Category: Me

  • Day in the Life: Shower, Chafing, & Jock Itch

    These days I use the blow-dryer on crevices and wear tummy liners from More Of Me To Love instead of baby powder. (Yay not getting baby powder everywhere.) I like their bra liners too. I continue the use of antifungals as needed, usually in other crevices. Ah, the morning shower.  Warm water to get the […]

  • Day in the life: Stretches (updated)

    I still stretch in the morning and evening, though not this full sequence. Usually I stretch whatever feels stiff and I bend over to touch the floor a few times. Last year we had a plumbing problem under the kitchen sink. Himself knew how to fix it, but didn’t feel up to the bending. I […]

  • Day in the life: Waking up (updated)

    This post was originally written in 2008. It’s one of the first I wrote for this blog. And it’s still pertinent! I’ve been using a CPAP for over 10 years now. I have problems falling asleep without it. Not because I snore or otherwise sleep poorly without it – because I’m so used to having […]

  • When the days flow together

    You can add definition. I “retired” (maybe permanently, maybe until my health is better) in late June 2019. Husband ended his contract test job around Thanksgiving 2019. Housemate began working from home to avoid COVID-19 in the first week of March 2020. Each of these transitions came with its own changes and flow. Initially I […]

  • A post

    I have installed Habitica again, and setup a system of things to do daily, things that repeat frequently, and occasional to-dos. One is to “Write a blog post”. So. This is a blog post. :)

  • Life Without Ibuprofen

    I became aware of ibuprofen in high school, as a reliever for period pain. I used it with happy abandon for assorted cramps and pulled muscles. When my knees started hurting, I used ibuprofen. Headaches weren’t much helped by ibuprofen, but that’s what acetaminophen is for. Eventually I had knee issues that ibuprofen didn’t handle, […]

  • Disabled or not?

    A person with a disability is defined as: A person with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or A person with a record of such a physical or mental impairment; or A person who is regarded as having such an impairment. – NW ADA Center “Disabled” is […]

  • Thankful Thursday

    Starting this practice again. Our single-story home. We’ve been here for 2 years now, and it’s still the right decision. Unpacked some boxes this week. (We’re old and thus have lots of stuff.) Chosen family. Twitter friends. My mobility scooter, which makes events and shopping easier.

  • December Again

    Reviewing old posts tells me that in December 2010 I was unemployed and job hunting. Now I’m unemployed and not job hunting.  In a lot of ways I’m resting now, catching up on day to day.  I’ve been cooking again.  I’ve been sorting through clothes and fighting my “but I might never find this again […]

  • Medical Tests of the Itchy Sort

    In May 2018 I was short of breath. I thought I might have pneumonia.  Turned out they  found a pulmonary embolism and I spent 4 days in ICU. I was finally discharged to go home and rest. This also came shortly after a kidney stone and high blood pressure diagnosis, and I was really, really, […]

  • Retirement

    My last job was at Amazon, as a QA Engineer. “It was fine until it wasn’t” is one summary. “It was a good distraction from the stress of my dad’s failing health so I could keep balance, but fell apart after other losses and health crap that made me not care about work much” is […]

  • Is this still on?

    Heya!  Just checking that posting still works :)

  • A Few Thoughts On Consistency

    Today I received my last Sojourner medal in Ingress.  It’s a deceptively simple one to earn – get within a certain distance of a game portal and perform a certain game action daily. The number of days starts at 15 and  increases over time. As of today, I have visited a portal 360 days in […]

  • Tests Are In …

    I posted before that I’ve been having some medical tests. And that I’m seeing an endocrinologist to treat hypothyroid. Some of you may have seen my tweet about getting a growth hormone test. Turns out I’m deficient in human growth hormone.  This may explain why I have less strength, stamina, and endurance than I used to […]

  • QOTD

    This isn’t a Christian blog per se, but I loved this so much I want to share it. From a comment by Ursula L on Rachel Held Evans’ blog: When I see Christian churches treat women as second class, and QUILTBAG people as second class, the inevitable and obvious conclusion is that Christianity is a discriminatory […]

  • Norwescon Panel Discussions

    Like many fan conventions, Norwescon has lots of panel discussions.  There are many areas of focus, including not just sci fi & fantasy but science, space, writing, art, movies, indie filmmaking, gaming, costuming, music, and the culture of fandom.  This year, some of the panels included were: Feminism in Fandom Size Acceptance is for Every Body […]

  • Milestones

    So I threw this on twitter, but I’m repeating it here: I’m 48 years old & it’s been over a year since my last period. I’m OK with the first.  I’m HAPPY about the second — and yes, it means I’m “officially” considered menopausal.  I had a few years of skipping periods in the fall […]