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Human again

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

After 4 days on antibiotics I’m finally starting to feel human again – except of course for the wonder of a job that the antibiotics are performing on my GI tract. It’s nice to not feel sick after spending the last nine days suffering. Last night I ended up passing out at about 9:00 in the evening, and woke up this morning a little before 7:30 feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.

Now here I sit doing laundry, trying beat the ‘sick smell’ out of my condo with Fabreeze, and reading some of the funniest blog articles about oral sex and it’s relationship to the right wing gay agenda that I’ve ever read. I’m also nursing my ankle which I managed to tweak slightly while roughing around with Skype at the dog park this morning – my body really does have it in for me doesn’t it…

Tally ho weekend – here I come!

On the road to recovery

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

I worked part of the day on both Monday and Tuesday this week, but it turned out to have been a mistake. I was feeling rather weak and still fighting off the illness. Yesterday I finally bit the bullet and went to my doctor to figure out what exactly was wrong with me. He diagnosed as Pneumonia and told me to take some antibiotics and take the day off to rest – boy am I glad I did. After 24 hours on the antibiotics and an extra 20 hours of sleep I actually feel quite a bit better. I think I’m going to try for a half day at work today, and see how I feel with it.

Update: A half day was it – it’s 1 in the afternoon and I’m home and wiped out again. I’m planning on napping over the afternoon and hope to make it for a full work day tomorrow.

Sick time with Mario and Skype

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

It’s been a long and unpleasant weekend for me. It started off on a positive note with my father in town and dinner with him and Brien at Wasabi Bistro, but then descended into a 2 day plague of fevers, chills, coughing, and generally feeling like crap. The whole sickness started last Thursday as what I had through to be a mixture of quitting smoking (again – hurray) and allergies, but quickly descended into something far more sinister.

Luckily the weekend before I had picked up my copy of Super Paper Mario for the Wii at Costco and found it to be the perfect accompaniment for fading in and out of consciousness on my couch. Over two days I managed to log almost 10 hours of play time and made it through 5 of the 8 worlds. It’s a fun little mix between the classic Mario platformer game and a kid-oriented RPG. Sometimes the storyline got to be a bit childish for me, but overall I like the concept of leveling up your hit points and damage in a Mario style game. Super Paper Mario also features a delightful number of puzzles which can be solved by various pixl’s (our hero’s new helpers – equivalent to special abilities in other RPG style games), sometimes involving a large number of steps to be orchestrated over several screens.

Skype was very patient with me this weekend. Even being a dog he can tell when people are sick and I could tell he was worried about me. He spent 95% of the weekend squeezed up next to me on the couch licking my arm from time to time as if to say “I’m here dad – get better soon”. I feel bad for not having given him more exercise (it was all I could do to walk him three times a day) and once I’m better I’ll have to make it up to him with some extra time at the dog park later this week.

For better or worse I’m back at work today – I’m hoping to make a quick day of things here and get home to rest further. I’m still stick, but no longer floored (or couched as the case may be) and am able to make it up and about. This morning I have one really important meeting I can’t reschedule, but after that I should be free to go work from home if I feel the need.

A beautiful Sunday afternoon

Sunday, April 15th, 2007


Today was simply beautiful in Seattle. I’m laying low for the most part, but I did manage to get out to the Conservatory to take some shots. The above was my favorite, but I took a series of others. The fresh air did me good and I’m feeling fresh and ready for next week.

I’ve also fallen in love with the California Duster car duster. It won’t “clean” a car, but a clean car with dust on it looks atrocious and can be fixed in seconds with this little wonder. It has ultra soft cotton threads coated in a special paraffin wax. The result is a dust magnet that won’t scratch my finish and keeps my precious Pimpmobile shiny and sparkling. This summer I can keep that “freshly detailed” look so long as the rain keeps at bay.

Bladewall” by sparktography

Of changing names and ritual

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

One of my friends has just taken a very big step in his life: he has chosen his name. For him the reason is religious, and he has picked his Hebrew name as a part of his personal spiritual path. Having chosen myself to pick a name that suits my personality I have an inkling of what a significant milestone in his life this must be for him. Changing your name is more than just changing a label, it’s putting a stake in the ground and expressing to the world who you really are.

Welcome Akiva Raanan Martin, may your life’s experiences (including both a chosen name, and soon to be married man) be full of friends and fortune.

A productive saturday morning

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

It’s not even 1pm and I’ve already woken up, given Skype a bath and his various medications (oh the horrors), taken him for a long walk, done two loads of laundry, cleaned my kitchen, swept my deck, washed my car (interior and exterior), and edited a couple of photos of boats from past photoshoots (the other one is here):

Yellow and blue

Even though I sure do treasure my lazy weekends when I get them sometimes it’s nice to be a bit productive before I get lazy. Now I get to really enjoy the rest of the day knowing that I have nothing pressing on my agenda!

Yellow and blue” by sparktography

Update: I even went to Costco and Home depot, picked up the parts to fix my toilet (the lever broke and it was making funny noises), fixed my toilet, AND managed not to get my car dirty during the whole excursion. Plus as a bonus I picked up Super Paper Mario for my Wii at Costco and now get to enjoy a new Mario game for the rest of the evening!

Good things for Skype

Thursday, April 12th, 2007

The sample they took from the growth on his foot came back as non-malignant which is good. Hopefully it will go away on it’s own, and if not they can surgically remove it, but it’s nothing that they think could turn life threatening. He’s also responding very well to three separate ear medications and will be down to one of them this weekend if his ears continue to progress from their infected state.

Poor Skype – he’s responding well to the hypo-allergen free dog food and his rash is going away but the poor boy is simply starved for treats. If he continues to improve like this we can start to re-introduce different foods until we find the allergen – I hope I can go back to giving him his favorite chicken treats soon. I’m making up for it by giving him extra doses of love.

Never trust Verizon

Monday, April 9th, 2007

About six months ago I had an brief but torrid affair with a Motorola Q which ended in an 6 hour saga (over 3 calls and a months time) on the phone with Verizon canceling my service (I had the Q less than 48 hours). After the 3rd call I thought everything was sorted out, they assured me I wouldn’t pay for anything, and that business was done.

If only life could be that simple: today I got a notice from a collections agency regarding my “outstanding bill with Verizon”. Not only was the bill ridiculously inflated (I suspect identity theft because they claim the line had active for several months), but I had to spend another hour on the phone with them sorting it out this evening.

Now tomorrow I have to call a different part of Verizon back during normal business hours, then call the collections agency, then call Verizon back to make sure they get all connected up with the collections agency, then call Experian to make sure it won’t affect my credit history. Talk about a ridiculous waste of time because of Verizon’s lack of follow through on an account cancellation and internal buracracy.

End of the story: don’t give Verizon one penny of your money. Be sure to get everything in writing when you cancel your service. Verizon has some very great employees (I spoke with one this evening), but their internal workings are screwed up. They don’t follow through with actions like full account cancellation, and don’t do enough to check the identity of callers.

Update: Even worse – I talked to the collections department at Verizon this morning and they didn’t send me to collections – this was for a land line I had with GTE (who was purchased by Verizon) over 7 years ago. It would appear the collections agency acquired some form debt from GTE as a part of the sale. Now I need to start a formal dispute process in order to get details about what the GTE thing was all about. This is getting more and more silly (and time consuming) by the minute.

Food allergies in dogs…

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

Skype had developed a sore on his front paw so I took him to the vet this morning. They took a small biopsy of the growth (which was quite the struggle once he figured out what we were up to) and we should know more in a few days. We also discovered that he has another ear infection – certainly not a good thing. Skype HATES getting ear drops, but now he has to get 2 different kinds of drops twice a day for another two weeks – boy will THAT be fun…

Since he has had several ear infections in the last year the Dr. is looking for a root cause. She suspects that he might have a food allergy so I have to switch him to a hypo-allergenic dog food and ONLY feed him that for a while. Skype is going to hate not getting treats, but hopefully it will clear up some of his skin and ear irritations.

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