I didn't enjoy happy hour (emphatically NOT the decider's fault).
I'm not feeling so awesome out work right now.
I'm not feeling so awesome in general right now.
I don't want to go to work tomorrow. I don't want tot go to a wedding this weekend. I don't want to do anything so much as sleep.
And why the FUCK does my elbow hurt???
I should look into getting a suit for Pranas' wedding in October.
This blueberry pie is damned good. Rodney makes a damn good pie.
Been off my game lately. Getting to work at a decent hour but staying hella late. And not even to do the extra stressful crap I need to get done. Just doing normal stuff. Not good.
Like the subject says, you know?
I get to rebuild my system.
A couple days ago, Windows told me it was time to download SP3. So I decided this would be a good time to actually be smart and back up anything I don't want to lose. So I plugged in my external drive, and ran the batch file that my father had written to backup the user's profile directory. Didn't work. Dad thought he screwed something up, so I sent the file back. Decided to backup manually by copying all that stuff over. Received an error saying Windows couldn't copy *gibberish* because the file couldn't be found. Did some digging and found the file, which cannot be copied, deleted, or modified in ANY way. File belongs to a copy protection thing called "SecuROM." uninstalling the game that put it there does nothing. Uninstalling any and all games that may use it does nothing Research reveals the only way to purge this thing involves ducking around with the registry. Fuck that, says I.
So now I'm gonna wipe the hard drive and reinstall everything. And return the new expansion I'd bought for the Sims 2, but hadn't opened yet. And never install that game again. Because that's what put this damn thing there. FUCK YOU, Electronic Arts.
I really liked that game, too.
Anyone want a copy of the Nightlife or University expansions?
October can't come soon enough. I want nothing more right now than to go away and not think of anyone or anything in this town.
Should be excited about Otakon this weekend, but I'm not. Hopefully that will get better.
Had to kill my credit card because someone got hold of the info and started charging shit to it. Sucks. May not have the new one before I go to Baltimore. That would also suck, as I will be limited to cash. And I can spend A LOT in that dealers' room.
I think I'm just gonna go to bed.
Not the break from work I was hoping for.
Friday I was off and had a productive day. Went up to the courthouse and got the MINI registered in Arlington for tax purposes. Goofed off for the rest of the day. Had dinner at becca5's place with her and damian792. Then we went down to the Four Provinces to see Gerry with the guys. Pretty good night.
Saturday i decided to go on a little drive. So I took the MINI to Baltimore. I had a shrimp cocktail and fried scallops for lunch in Canton, then I went to Federal Hill to buy a pie. On the way there, I discovered I have a food allergy when I began itching like crazy and breaking out in hives. Got to the Hill, parked the car, fed the meter and decided to find a pharmacy. After walking only a short distance, I encountered a girl I knew in college, who now lives in Georgetown and was in Baltimore to see a baseball game. I was wondering when I would meet someone from a past life again, as i hadn't had one of these run-ins in a long time. It was quite shocking that it was 50 miles from both our homes. After that, I found a druggist and bought some Benadryl. Then I deli, got some water and popped two. They had mirrors on the wall there and I could see my face was turning red. The Benadryl helped. Now I just have to figure out what triggered the allergy. I figured it must be some ingredient in a condiment or side-dish, because I've eaten shrimp and scallops my whole life with now ill effects. But jduffy1535 and my dad told me that sometimes folks develop allergies later in life, so I guess it could be the crustacean or the mollusk. I hope not. So, who wants to come to Matuba with me to watch me scarf shrimp and see if I break out. And then do the same with scallop some other time?
I eventually did get my pecan pie, after which I drove home. That evening I was well enough to go out and see Gerry again. That's a link to YouTube, BTW. InsaneJournal doesn't seem to like when I embed videos using Semagic. I've consistently had to edit the entry via IJ's web interface after posting to redo things. Don't really feel like doing that tonight. On a related note, imagine my surprise to discover I'm a trend setter! At one point my two "productions" were the only two Gerry Timlin videos on YouTube. Tonight I see there are several more. That kinda makes me happy. I think the sound one mine is better than the other ones I watched. Last night I took a couple more, so I may upload those later this week.
Visited my parents today. Showed off the new car and had dinner. My folks really like the MINI. Mom even liked the red leather seats. I wasn't sure how she would feel about them. Not that her opinion matter much, but I do hate listening to her when she expresses dislike of other people's things because they are not in line with her tastes.
I angered the gout God last night by eating Italian sausage with my spaghetti, and relapsed. My knee didn't hurt like it did on Friday, but felt worse than it did yesterday. I managed to do laundry today, though, which is good. I also called my credit union and got my auto loan today Got the lowest APR they offer for the loan term I applied for, so I am pleased. Everything car-related is coming together quite nicely.
I was planning on taking my birthday (Friday) off. But having missed last Friday on account of my knee, I'm not sure anymore. I guess I will see how the next few days go and then decide. Birthday will be low key this yea, as usual. Dinner with just a few friends. I hope everyone I invited is able to make it. Sorry I didn't invite all my friends, but I wanted small.
Thursday morning, my knee was hurting me. It got worse all, day, so I knocked off early an came home. I thought I must've slept wrong or tweaked or pulled something. I was wrong. I found out I was wrong when the knee hurt significantly worse after dinner. I didn't want to go out, and I didn't feel like cooking. I decided to order a pizza, because then I could stay home. Also, I couldn't remember the last time I had pizza. So I ate my pizza and watched some anime, and then a few hour later, my knee hurt even worse. I took some ibuprofen and went to bed.
When I woke up Friday morning, I was in agony. I couldn't flex or extend my knee from the position it had been in while sleeping. If I moved it at all, I wanted to scream and cry. This could mean only one thing...GOUT. I couldn't walk. All I could do was hobble around and grimace. So I called in sick and stayed home and drank water I read four volumes of Fullmetal Alchemist two volumes of Sakura Taisen and the first Fill Metal Panic! novel. I finished watching Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Yesterday my knee was a bit better, but I still couldn't walk properly. I watched movies and TV all day. I watched The Getaway (original) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, an Get Carter (again, the original). I watched the original Ghost in the Shell movie. I watched some shows I'd recorded: Deadliest Catch, Mythbusters, and an episode of Letterman from last week. I ordered in Chinese, then I watched Slap Shot.
So, at least I was able to keep myself entertained. Still, this is really bad, I've never had it in my knee before. I think I'll have to go to he doctor and see about getting a prescription for one of the drugs used to prevent attacks. In retrospect, I probably shouldn't have had two tuna melts for dinner on Thursday night (two was probably excessive). Or washed them down with beer.
Today I feel much better. I still can't get my leg straightened quite all the way. But I can walk. So I wen tout nd did some grocery shopping. I'm doing dishes throughout the day, and in a couple hours I think I will make some marinara sauce so I can have pasta for dinner.
On a good note, I called up "Ask MINI," and the automated system told me my car was in the paint shop, with an estimated completion date of 3 May (yesterday). I'm excited I can't wait to have my new car.
On a good note, I've been attending a conference this week, and it's been most informative. I presented yesterday, and folks were most entertained. Apparently I am an exciting and engaging presenter. Go me.
Tomorrow I am going to call my doctor's office and see if I can't get an appointment to get this knee checked out. It is better than it was on Thursday, but still not right. On Thursday, every once in a while I would be walking along and the knee would feel like it was going to go out from under me. I got the same feeling when standing up, except it was also hurt. Now I am walking OK, but it still hurts a little when I am descending stairs. Last night, it really hurt twice. Once at the mall, when I side-stepped quickly to get out of some one's way, and once when getting out of the back seat of Joe's car. I don't think my gout has decided to try my knee this time, because this doesn't hurt like gout does. The discomfort is confined to the font left portion of my knee, bottom half of the joint. I don't know what it is. So I'm going to go to the doctor.
Depending what the doctor says, I may wind up withdrawing my name from consideration for a TDY next month. Actually, I may just do that anyway, because it hasn't yet been decided who's going, and if I pull out now, they will be able to select another candidate from the pool of volunteers, rather than scrambling to find someone else if I back out later. If my knee's acting up on me, I will not be able to perform as effectively on the trip, which would involve much walking around and assorted other stuff. So, yeah, I may just say, "hurt myself; may not be the best person, so talk me of the list." That would be the best for all involved. It sucks.
Yesterday I went to Border's because I had a coupon for 25% off one item. I bought five items:
- Manga: Hellsing - Volumes 1 and 2
- Music: Led Zeppelin - Mothership, and Death Cab for Cutie - We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes
- Film: Howl's Moving Castle
There's little rationale behind my selections. I just finished the first three volumes of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA (completely disregarding the results of my recent poll) and thought I might like the manga. When I saw the Led Zeppelin on the shelf, I realized I didn't actually have any of their stuff, which struck me as wrong. As for the DC album, I'd heard of the band and heard one song, which I liked, so I decided to buy an album. I have no clue if the song I liked is on this one, but I've had good luck lately with random uninformed music purchases, so I took the plunge. As for Howl, I figured I should own at least one of Miyazaki's works.
I tore through the Hellsing in a matter of hours yesterday, so today I went out and bought volumes 3 and 4. I notice volume 6 of Gunslinger Girl is on the shelves now, so I have to pick that up at some point.
Had dinner with the gang last night. We went to Gordon Biersch. A few folks were less than happy with their food. Mine was surprisingly good, especially considering my sole criterion for ordering the dish was that it came with regular old fries and not garlic fries (yuk!). I find it's hard to go wrong with steak and pommes frites.
Three months until my birthday. I turn 30, this year, and need to decide what, if anything to do to celebrate. I could have a party at my place, but that would involve set-up and cleaning, so I am leaning against that. I think I might get some friends together for dinner. Smallish number, like maybe ten or so. I think a nice dinner followed by movies and drinks back at home might be a good plan. For me, I think anime and sake would be the best possible plan. If I opt for the latter, I already know where I want to go to eat.
So much to think about. I think I'm going to go watch Fullmetal Alchemist, now.