July 18, 2004

no news is good news?

I have nothing to report. Perhaps I should make up some news, like some reporters do. Maybe I could get a job at The Enquirer, or better yet, The Onion, with my work.

When I think of something clever, you'll be the first to know.

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July 15, 2004

and now for a complete change of topic

Bellydance cruises!

Nasreena, you guys should think about going on one :) Looks like it is all the fun of a regular cruise, with dance workshops and shows as well. What fun!

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June 24, 2004

peeking in on the community

Oy! I have been remiss here lately. I passed my 2000th comment (it was me, how anticlimactic) yesterday. I have been editing and typing and web developing and not paying that much attention to the blog. Check the weather, the apocalypse must be coming! I am making plans to do things away from the computer. The deciding factor was when I noticed the pallor of my skin was whiter than the papers I am editing. This girl needs some sunshine, stat.

Seems like the mood is pervasive. Many of my regular blogstops are slowing down as summer heats everything to a dull crawl. Maybe it is the heat, but my brain just wants to sit back and relax with a trashy novel. Those of you who are holding down the fort and still posting regularly and often, I salute you!

In other news, the bite is almost healed. The bad spot gets smaller daily, and will blip out of existance any moment now. All in all that wasn't a horrible experience. I really got lucky.

Gotta get back to the editorial grindstone. 27 pages to edit in the next 4 hours. Not a problem :)

How are you guys spending your summer "vacation" *coughcough* ? Anyone doing anything fun and non-political?

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June 22, 2004

talk to me!

Been a rough couple of days, and I have been playing on a discussion board with my bellydance friends. Not much to report of note here. Making Light often has open thread days, and I thought I'd try it here.

What say you? Open topic, no restrictions :)

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June 19, 2004

détente can be beautiful cute

The first thing you should know is that my dog is a Chow. A Chow that has bonded deeply with me. This means she tends to follow me around the house everywhere I go. Her name is Sam.

The second thing you should know is that Sam is terrified of thunder. This means that when it rains, she is even more adamant about being under my feet at all times. It is raining really hard here today.

Two of my cats, Bogart and Dinah, are the sweetest "couple" you could ever see. Dinah nuzzles up to spoon with Bogart, and Bogart has a penchant for cleaning Dinah's ears. Cat owners know this means licking the inside of the ear with a very raspy tongue. Kittens aren't fond of their parents doing this, but Dinah and Bogart have an arrangement.

Perhaps you see where this is going.

I am in the kitchen eating Braum's Carb Watch ice cream straight from the pint container, in my pjs of course. It is a really lazy day here. Sam, the chow, is sitting Sphinx-like at my feet. She does a mean Sphinx impression. Bogart sidles up to Sam and rubs his face against hers. Then he settles in and starts trying to clean Sam's ears. She didn't really understand the ritual and kept shaking him off. Eventually she resigned herself to her fate, and Bogart gave Sam's ears a good washing.

Of course there is no picture of this. As soon as any move was made at all, Sam used the excuse to get up and move away from her unrequested ear-cleaning. Can't say that I blame her, but it was cute while it lasted.

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June 17, 2004

speaking of scary tales

Modern Tales: The New Adventures of Death

This is a digression from the usual story line, but I thought it fit in with our talk of ghost stories.

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June 07, 2004

notes from the field

I am still in Missouri, and am driving home tomorrow. It's been a wonderful visit (not over yet, more family coming to see me tonight) and I am tired and happy.

The bite is doing really well. I think it is going to heal with a minor scar. I am still tired and have achy joints, but overall it's much better.

I should be back to a regular posting schedule tomorrow, or maybe Wednesday since I'll be dropping into bed in an exhausted heap when I get home tomorrow evening.

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June 04, 2004

working for the weekend

In short order I will be leaving my cozy home and heading north to meet my mom and aunt at my cousin's house. My mom has one of her quilts entered in a quilt show in Missouri. I'm taking my camera (really!) and will get pictures from the road. This should be an 8-10 hour drive, depending on stops and how fast I go. I have my iPod charged, with 8.8 days of music on it, and my iTrip set up. From what I read there are a few of you on holiday or just travelling this week/month. Be safe. I will too.

One last lingering note on the recluse bite. First, I think it's looking pretty good considering the toxins. Secondly, there is really a lot of information on the internet about the bites and much of it is conflicting. Anne's right about recurring joint pain, though. Apparently it is common for the toxins to remain in your sysem indefinitely, popping up symptoms from time to time. Lovely. I woke up in the middle of the night last night, a mere 2 hours after taking a wonderful itchandpain-stopping Benadryl. In pain. Taking another Benadryl so soon after the last one wasn't a good idea. Never underestimate the power of a good ice pack. I slept soundly the rest of the night.

BTW, I am led to understand that gas prices are higher the further north one goes. Oh dearie me. Sometimes I bet it's cheaper to fly. But not more fun.

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June 03, 2004

merci!

Thank you all of you who have emailed, IM'd and called to check on me. I think I am really one of the luckier people who has been bitten by these nasty critters. The bite isn't pretty, and there will be some scarring, but it will all heal up eventually. Benadryl and Ibuprofen help. I think some of the There are some other minor symptoms but overall I am really doing well. No hospitalization necessary.

Thank you all again :)

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June 02, 2004

I don't know what's wrong. Here take this pill.

Well it looks like what I thought was a summer cold may actually have been a serious reaction to a bite, probably spider, on my hip.

Symptoms: Runny nose, congestion, high fever (101.8 F at its peak), achy. A bite that first looked like a mosquito set up permanent house on my hip that eventually turned hard, hot and bruised looking. No black core or necrosis, so Brown Recluses were ruled out.

I was given Augmentin 875 mg twice a day. Sometime yesterday I also started to itch everywhere and my skin was so red it looked like I had been sunburned slightly. It was rashlike, like an allergic reaction.

Finally the doctor recommended taking an antihistamine. Since then, things are clearing up. The symptoms aren't as severe, although they are still present. Whatever bit me must be pretty toxic, or I never encountered it before. I am not usually allergic to bug bites.

I'm just glad it isn't contagious.

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