busy weekend

Nov. 8th, 2010 12:21 am
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Had a busy weekend here, much busier than I anticipated. Looks like I've picked out a new car, a 2011 Kia Sorento, which is fully loaded and has all the neat bells and whistles. Which comes in Java Brown, which I think my better half will greatly enjoy - her favourite beverage and one of her favourite colours all wrapped up in one. It's a great machine, and it'll be less than what I'm paying now on my leased machine, and this will be to own, so that rocks. Deferred payments will help too, won't start until after Christmas, so I'm kinda stoked about that.

We also found out that they'll be covering us for the damage done to the house, which is also great news. We should get the funds soon and we'll be finishing the job we've already started ourselves (by we I mean my father). That's been hanging over our heads for awhile so it's nice to know that's done, or going to be done at any road, in the not too distant future.

Lastly, NaNo is going well, hit 11,548 words tonight and am very slightly ahead for up to and including Sunday. I'm having fun and my idea, while it's completely being evolved and made up on the fly, is still fresh and fun to work on, something I haven't been able to do in awhile, and it's making it easier to chug along.

Other than that, still worried about work, and money (a little, insurance helps there though), and other things, but am doing ok all things considered I guess. Still a little mreh, and sick, which sucks, but the cough and throat were better today. Here's hoping tomorrow they're better again and eventually they'll be gone altogether. Off to bed now as tomorrow's a busy day, but the rest of the week shouldn't be too bad after that. Of course I totally just jinxed myself there, heh.

busy weekend

Nov. 8th, 2010 12:21 am
canadiandiamond: ([BSG] and now that you're here...?)
Had a busy weekend here, much busier than I anticipated. Looks like I've picked out a new car, a 2011 Kia Sorento, which is fully loaded and has all the neat bells and whistles. Which comes in Java Brown, which I think my better half will greatly enjoy - her favourite beverage and one of her favourite colours all wrapped up in one. It's a great machine, and it'll be less than what I'm paying now on my leased machine, and this will be to own, so that rocks. Deferred payments will help too, won't start until after Christmas, so I'm kinda stoked about that.

We also found out that they'll be covering us for the damage done to the house, which is also great news. We should get the funds soon and we'll be finishing the job we've already started ourselves (by we I mean my father). That's been hanging over our heads for awhile so it's nice to know that's done, or going to be done at any road, in the not too distant future.

Lastly, NaNo is going well, hit 11,548 words tonight and am very slightly ahead for up to and including Sunday. I'm having fun and my idea, while it's completely being evolved and made up on the fly, is still fresh and fun to work on, something I haven't been able to do in awhile, and it's making it easier to chug along.

Other than that, still worried about work, and money (a little, insurance helps there though), and other things, but am doing ok all things considered I guess. Still a little mreh, and sick, which sucks, but the cough and throat were better today. Here's hoping tomorrow they're better again and eventually they'll be gone altogether. Off to bed now as tomorrow's a busy day, but the rest of the week shouldn't be too bad after that. Of course I totally just jinxed myself there, heh.
Most of you have probably already read my wife's entry about the same, but yeah, no coverage for Igor flooding damage. Which, well, there were people who lost their entire homes, their vehicles, so many other irreplaceable things, and we were pretty lucky, but still. There are government claims available I believe and we'll look into them if we qualify.

The biggest expense for us, aside from now having to replace the flooring in the basement (which arguably had to be done anyway, or will be an improvement at any rate), is the thousands of dollars to dig a ditch on a grade in the back, fill it with crushed stone, a perforated pipe for carrying water away, some weeping tile, then filling that back up with more crushed stone and covering it back up again. It'll (hopefully) prevent any future flooding down the road, which shouldn't happen any time soon, but at least we're prepared if it ever does. And it's improvement to the land too that'll carry with it if/when we sell the property down the road, but it's still a hit up front that wasn't anticipated. Not that there's anything for it, but here's hoping the government will help with some of it or at least some of the damage since the insurance company sure as hell isn't doing anything for anyone.
Most of you have probably already read my wife's entry about the same, but yeah, no coverage for Igor flooding damage. Which, well, there were people who lost their entire homes, their vehicles, so many other irreplaceable things, and we were pretty lucky, but still. There are government claims available I believe and we'll look into them if we qualify.

The biggest expense for us, aside from now having to replace the flooring in the basement (which arguably had to be done anyway, or will be an improvement at any rate), is the thousands of dollars to dig a ditch on a grade in the back, fill it with crushed stone, a perforated pipe for carrying water away, some weeping tile, then filling that back up with more crushed stone and covering it back up again. It'll (hopefully) prevent any future flooding down the road, which shouldn't happen any time soon, but at least we're prepared if it ever does. And it's improvement to the land too that'll carry with it if/when we sell the property down the road, but it's still a hit up front that wasn't anticipated. Not that there's anything for it, but here's hoping the government will help with some of it or at least some of the damage since the insurance company sure as hell isn't doing anything for anyone.
We cleaned up the garbage and debris that was piled up outside the house after the immediate flood clean up, and moved it down to the garbage can so it can be taken away. We also moved the old, waterlogged carpet that's partly dried out and put it down on the floor in the garage, which actually fits kinda well, heh. It may stink up the place for a bit, but if it dries out and can be used for, I dunno, somewhere outside sometime or something, it could be useful. Either way, can't just throw it away as it was, so doing this for now.

I also brought back my laptop which I'd left down there for so long, mainly so I can watch some DVDs later at night when we have our border staying with us without fear of bugging her. She's in bed, lights out, by 10pm or so, and I sometimes don't even put show on until then or 11, heh. This way I can watch things in bed with my headphones and not be annoying her. It'll also maybe get me in bed earlier in general, so I can surf / check mail and what not while in bed instead of staying up and online on the desktop. We'll see how that works anyway.

I've also been thinking about things in general and trying to work my mind around some things, which has been helpful too. I think I've managed to wrestle down a few things that have been bugging me for awhile, at least the ones that I can handle at the moment, and have been able to identify the ones that I can't right now and hopefully that will help be deal with them. At any rate, it's good to be able to put my finger on things, so to speak, and we'll see what happens I guess.
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We cleaned up the garbage and debris that was piled up outside the house after the immediate flood clean up, and moved it down to the garbage can so it can be taken away. We also moved the old, waterlogged carpet that's partly dried out and put it down on the floor in the garage, which actually fits kinda well, heh. It may stink up the place for a bit, but if it dries out and can be used for, I dunno, somewhere outside sometime or something, it could be useful. Either way, can't just throw it away as it was, so doing this for now.

I also brought back my laptop which I'd left down there for so long, mainly so I can watch some DVDs later at night when we have our border staying with us without fear of bugging her. She's in bed, lights out, by 10pm or so, and I sometimes don't even put show on until then or 11, heh. This way I can watch things in bed with my headphones and not be annoying her. It'll also maybe get me in bed earlier in general, so I can surf / check mail and what not while in bed instead of staying up and online on the desktop. We'll see how that works anyway.

I've also been thinking about things in general and trying to work my mind around some things, which has been helpful too. I think I've managed to wrestle down a few things that have been bugging me for awhile, at least the ones that I can handle at the moment, and have been able to identify the ones that I can't right now and hopefully that will help be deal with them. At any rate, it's good to be able to put my finger on things, so to speak, and we'll see what happens I guess.
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Not a lot to update on, really, even though it was a busy weekend. That's largely because it was busy in the digital sense. There was a lot of LOTRO and not much else, really.

Friday afternoon after work I decided to hit the city, since my copy of Final Fantasy XIV arrived on Wednesday and I couldn't get in before then to get it. I wanted to go in with my cousin, see a movie, have supper, make a night of it, but all week long he wouldn't call me back. Mreh. The friends I usually hang out with and stay with left Friday morning for Florida for 3 weeks, for a cruise / vacation there, so couldn't meet up with them either, so instead I just said shag it and drove in and out again that night. I swung by EB Games to get my game, then into Chapters for the new Rolling Stone (Mad Men cast on the cover ftw!), had supper at Scamper's, and then came right back out again. That night I got to hang out with my wife and others online for awhile and I made an early-ish (for me anyway) night out of it since I was pretty tired.

Saturday was more of the same, pretty much. Installed the new game and futzed around on that a bit, then back to LOTRO where I crafted all day pretty much (and all the night before), then we had a kin raid late at night. It was a decent first stab at it, I suppose, for the first almost entirely kin-only run, I know I can speak for myself and that my toon is nowhere near in the shape I want it to be, haha, but it was enjoyable. Better luck next time, etc. Then I crafted way into the wee, small hours, way way later than I've been up in ages, so late I don't even want to repeat it here. XD

Today I slept it late, then more LOTRO. Crafted my butt off all afternoon while watching Doctor Who and finished what I started Friday night, which was pretty darn quick to basically master two professions, haha. Go me! And then we were supposed to raid tonight but no one really showed aside from 3/12 of us, so I called it a night and here I am. Other people were looking for my class but mreh, I don't really need anything out of the raid we were going to do, I just wanted to support the kin, but you can't do that if people don't sign up / sign up and don't show. No biggie, just a little annoying when I think of how I crammed all this crafting into one weekend, made a ton of food (not just for tonight, it'll last longer, but would've been useful tonight), and then nada. I know, no one had a gun to my head to do it, I wanted to, but that's just the way I am I guess.

I also popped into work after supper, to see how my billings are doing, and it's not very good. August is almost like it didn't even exist, ugh. So bad. I do have an upside, or a potential one, in that I gave my assistant a whack of stuff to bill early last week and I think she did so but didn't put it in the books, so going to talk to her early tomorrow and see if things look better after that. Here's hoping, and I also scoured all my files tonight to see if there's anything else due for a billing and found a few more, so that should help. I just need to be better, be stronger, be ... I don't know, more dedicated to my job, I guess. Yeah, it's been stressful lately, but I've just gotta put up with it and deal. Times are getting tougher thanks to some horrible luck lately (I thought we were going to have an adjuster look at our house tomorrow but I was wrong, it's about the insulation that was just put in and someone's inspecting that to make sure it's done so we can get a rebate on it - adjuster better get his/her ass into gear soon though >.<), so it's time for me to step up to the plate.

And on that note, it's off to bed so I'll be as well-rested as I can be to deal with what I know is going to be a busy day tomorrow and a busy week. Hope everyone had a good weekend and that you have a good week too. :)
Not a lot to update on, really, even though it was a busy weekend. That's largely because it was busy in the digital sense. There was a lot of LOTRO and not much else, really.

Friday afternoon after work I decided to hit the city, since my copy of Final Fantasy XIV arrived on Wednesday and I couldn't get in before then to get it. I wanted to go in with my cousin, see a movie, have supper, make a night of it, but all week long he wouldn't call me back. Mreh. The friends I usually hang out with and stay with left Friday morning for Florida for 3 weeks, for a cruise / vacation there, so couldn't meet up with them either, so instead I just said shag it and drove in and out again that night. I swung by EB Games to get my game, then into Chapters for the new Rolling Stone (Mad Men cast on the cover ftw!), had supper at Scamper's, and then came right back out again. That night I got to hang out with my wife and others online for awhile and I made an early-ish (for me anyway) night out of it since I was pretty tired.

Saturday was more of the same, pretty much. Installed the new game and futzed around on that a bit, then back to LOTRO where I crafted all day pretty much (and all the night before), then we had a kin raid late at night. It was a decent first stab at it, I suppose, for the first almost entirely kin-only run, I know I can speak for myself and that my toon is nowhere near in the shape I want it to be, haha, but it was enjoyable. Better luck next time, etc. Then I crafted way into the wee, small hours, way way later than I've been up in ages, so late I don't even want to repeat it here. XD

Today I slept it late, then more LOTRO. Crafted my butt off all afternoon while watching Doctor Who and finished what I started Friday night, which was pretty darn quick to basically master two professions, haha. Go me! And then we were supposed to raid tonight but no one really showed aside from 3/12 of us, so I called it a night and here I am. Other people were looking for my class but mreh, I don't really need anything out of the raid we were going to do, I just wanted to support the kin, but you can't do that if people don't sign up / sign up and don't show. No biggie, just a little annoying when I think of how I crammed all this crafting into one weekend, made a ton of food (not just for tonight, it'll last longer, but would've been useful tonight), and then nada. I know, no one had a gun to my head to do it, I wanted to, but that's just the way I am I guess.

I also popped into work after supper, to see how my billings are doing, and it's not very good. August is almost like it didn't even exist, ugh. So bad. I do have an upside, or a potential one, in that I gave my assistant a whack of stuff to bill early last week and I think she did so but didn't put it in the books, so going to talk to her early tomorrow and see if things look better after that. Here's hoping, and I also scoured all my files tonight to see if there's anything else due for a billing and found a few more, so that should help. I just need to be better, be stronger, be ... I don't know, more dedicated to my job, I guess. Yeah, it's been stressful lately, but I've just gotta put up with it and deal. Times are getting tougher thanks to some horrible luck lately (I thought we were going to have an adjuster look at our house tomorrow but I was wrong, it's about the insulation that was just put in and someone's inspecting that to make sure it's done so we can get a rebate on it - adjuster better get his/her ass into gear soon though >.<), so it's time for me to step up to the plate.

And on that note, it's off to bed so I'll be as well-rested as I can be to deal with what I know is going to be a busy day tomorrow and a busy week. Hope everyone had a good weekend and that you have a good week too. :)
As you may have seen from my lovely wife's LJ entry, we've had to deal with flood damage to our house from the tropical storm that spanked our province on Tuesday. The water's all gone, we were thankfully able to get rid of it that afternoon, and the only real casualties were the carpet (which we were thinking about taking out anyway), some old end tables / a coffee table (both that my parents bought shortly before I was born and I've known all my life but they more than lasted longer than they should've), and maybe, maybe the big couch. We bought a new couch set, being a 3-cushion "big" one / sofa and a love seat, and while the love seat was thankfully dry, the sofa did get a little wet. :/ It didn't seem to be soaked through on the bottom or anything, so we're still hoping it's salvageable, and we've got the heat on to dry the basement out, so only time will tell. I think it'll be ok, though. We've also called the insurance company to see what they'll cover, and they haven't sent anyone out yet (I imagine they're inundated with claims right about now) but hopefully in the next few days someone will come have a look see and help us out. Word is the government is helping out, heck, even the Prime Minister is coming to see the damage, so we should get a little help with things, I hope. If not, we'll still be ok, just more of a pain in the neck (and wallet) than anything.

Other than that, I've been doing much better the last few days. The flood was the icing on the cake of a bad week or so, ugh, and after that I kind of dug in my heels and am determined to turn things around. While only time will tell re: the house, I've been feeling better myself and not letting things get to me, as best as I can anyway. I've also been listening to tons of new music, which is always nice and a big help. I've been digging albums by Mumford & Sons, Broken Social Scene, and The Gaslight Anthem to help me keep thinking happy thoughts and to pass the time, along with watching Supernatural, which I'm now fully caught up on, just in time for the season premiere I think, woo! So that's good. :)
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As you may have seen from my lovely wife's LJ entry, we've had to deal with flood damage to our house from the tropical storm that spanked our province on Tuesday. The water's all gone, we were thankfully able to get rid of it that afternoon, and the only real casualties were the carpet (which we were thinking about taking out anyway), some old end tables / a coffee table (both that my parents bought shortly before I was born and I've known all my life but they more than lasted longer than they should've), and maybe, maybe the big couch. We bought a new couch set, being a 3-cushion "big" one / sofa and a love seat, and while the love seat was thankfully dry, the sofa did get a little wet. :/ It didn't seem to be soaked through on the bottom or anything, so we're still hoping it's salvageable, and we've got the heat on to dry the basement out, so only time will tell. I think it'll be ok, though. We've also called the insurance company to see what they'll cover, and they haven't sent anyone out yet (I imagine they're inundated with claims right about now) but hopefully in the next few days someone will come have a look see and help us out. Word is the government is helping out, heck, even the Prime Minister is coming to see the damage, so we should get a little help with things, I hope. If not, we'll still be ok, just more of a pain in the neck (and wallet) than anything.

Other than that, I've been doing much better the last few days. The flood was the icing on the cake of a bad week or so, ugh, and after that I kind of dug in my heels and am determined to turn things around. While only time will tell re: the house, I've been feeling better myself and not letting things get to me, as best as I can anyway. I've also been listening to tons of new music, which is always nice and a big help. I've been digging albums by Mumford & Sons, Broken Social Scene, and The Gaslight Anthem to help me keep thinking happy thoughts and to pass the time, along with watching Supernatural, which I'm now fully caught up on, just in time for the season premiere I think, woo! So that's good. :)
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So, it's been awhile since my last update, and there's quite a lot to write about, at least from the recent past.

In general: work has been crazy, ever since I had a long trial that set me back even further than normal with respect to just about everything else. The trial ended in, oh, early June or so, and I'm still not caught up. Of course, that's a relative term because in my profession you never really get fully caught up, not truly. You can get close and be on top of things, but if you're ever completely caught up then you'd be out of work, I think. On the other hand, of course, no one wants to be constantly behind on nearly everything, which has been pretty much exactly my experience for a few months now. There's no lying that the stress of that (and some other self-imposed stresses, but more on that later or in another post, perhaps) has taken its toll on me, which, well, it sucks.

Going back to last Tuesday, I started having some abdominal pain, right in the middle of the region. It wasn't too bad at first, I chalked it up to indigestion and didn't think much of it, even as it persisted into the night. Waking up on Wednesday, I found it was still there. It lasted all day and evening as well, more of a nuisance than a severe pain, but it would come and go, pulsating and making me screw up my face a little in the worse moments. I called my family doctor but the closest appointment I could get was Monday morning. I told myself that if it persisted into Thursday I'd see another doctor or go to emergency about it.

Thursday it was still there, and it had made it very difficult to sleep on Wednesday night, so I called into work and told them I'd be going into the hospital. After calling the clinic to see if there was any other doctor I could see (in case of a cancellation or something, you never know) I found out that they could sneak me in before 11 to see my family doctor. Great, or so I thought. I went in and saw him, but he didn't really know what it was that was wrong. Due to the lack of certain specific symptoms he didn't think it was my bladder or my large intestine or anything, maybe my prostate but I'm too young for that really, so instead of ordering tests on the latter he said to go rest and if I got worse then to come back or go to emergency. In the meantime I was to rest and take it easy, so I did.

I got home, had a nap, and tried to relax. Unfortunately, this is where things take a big turn for the worst. I ended up napping for a bit but then I awoke with a yelp and a huge cramp in one of my legs. They hurt like hell and, while I don't get them too, too often, oh man. When they do, look out. Just ask [livejournal.com profile] believeitup how cautious and paranoid I get when I think there's even a chance one's coming on and how I get up to walk and try to head it off, heh. >.> But yes, one hit and OW, hell, so my instinct, as per usual, is to get out of bed asap and stand up, stretching it out, which hurts too but doing so shortens the cramp I find and overall lessens the pain. But as I'm swinging my other leg out of bad, BANG. Cramp #2 in the other leg. FML, etc. etc. So here I am, yelling out a couple of times, standing and leaning on my computer chair and in severe pain. Mom was working in the next room and came out at my cries, and I told her it was just cramps, it'd be ok (though I still had a pain to deal with, it wasn't a heart attack or anything). Dad's downstairs and she goes out to answer him calling out about what's going on, and then that's when the nausea hit me.

It's not uncommon when I have these cramps to feel sick to my stomach, and lightheaded, along with the pain. I've even seen stars before, my vision getting blurry / hazy, it's bad news. And this was in both legs at the same time, the muscles (my calves, specifically) of which are knotted up and hurting like hell. I felt like I had to throw up and my little waste basket in my room, which was half filled with paper and bags and such, wasn't going to cut it. So I made the stupid, instinctual decision to make a bee-line for the bathroom. About 3-4 steps later I'm leaning against the door frame, exhausted, and calling out for someone to come help me get to the bathroom.

The next thing I remember was waking up as from a long, long sleep, everything out of focus and being so, so weak. It took a few seconds to realize I wasn't in my bed but I was on the floor, legs out in the hall, Dad holding me up on a 45 degree angle with a cold cloth to my head and Mom out in the hall. I'd passed out, for about 45 seconds they said, cold junk. Thankfully I'd been leaning on the door frame so when I passed out I just kinda slumped against the wall, letting my folks get me down easily so there was no chance for my body to strike anything else on the way down. Having just passed out I was, of course, completely out of it - so weak I couldn't move, could hardly speak, my vision was blurry (they took my glasses off), and I was kinda terrified myself too - so they ended up calling an ambulance. It took them ~10-15 minutes to get here and by then I was sitting up on my own power, holding my calves - don't you bastards dare try to cramp up on me again now! - and able to talk, see (yay for glasses being back on!), etc. Once they got here they did their own tests to make sure I was stable and whatnot, then off to the hospital.

It was quite the experience - I'd never had to ride in one before, not that I can recall anyway, and they even had to use the sirens thanks to traffic. Policy meant that, even though they both cautiously hovered around me as I walked to the ambulance under my own power, they had to strap me in, hook up oxygen, etc. Then when we got there I was wheeled in from the back and put into a room. They did so many tests - urine, blood, blood culture, EKG, x-ray, and some others - to make sure everything was ok. The doctor's final diagnosis was to go home and rest, not to eat anything too hard on my stomach in case that was the abdominal problem, and to order a CAT scan. I got called the next morning at just before 9am and told to come over, and they were surprised in the CT department that I hadn't had one on Thursday, but I did one, necessitating two more further needles (right arm first and when that failed the left, for an IV for dye). I felt like a frickin' pin cushion at that point but I did it and it wasn't too bad.

So, now tomorrow I have the day off for Orangemen's Day, though my assistant made an appointment with someone out of province a few weeks' ago for tomorrow at 10am and by the time she realized it was a holiday it was too late to reach them. So I have an appointment tomorrow morning, but I'd already made my family doctor appointment for 10:30am pre-fainting last week, both to get it done early and to also give me an excuse to make the work appointment short, heh. I'm going to have a long talk with my doctor tomorrow, I hope, to figure out what's going on. I do feel much better now; yesterday I spent the day in the city with Mom looking at beds and couches for the new house, putting a set of each on layaway and should have them for when the wife is here, and getting some other misc. household goods. :) But yes, want to see what the heck's going on tomorrow.

I'm wondering how much stress has to do with it. There's tons at work, as usual, which has been amplified by 1,000,000 lately for the aforementioned reasons, and I'm putting pressure on myself, too, to work on the house and to keep up in LOTRO and to read books as fast as I can, etc. These things on their own aren't that unusual and are often good things, motivation is good at times, but maybe all of this at the same time has been hurting me. Or it could be a virus or something, or something else entirely. The point is to find out as much as I possibly can tomorrow, so that's where things stand now. The abdominal pain is almost 100% gone now, only palpable if I push down really hard or force it, there's no random pulsating or pangs of pain, thank heavens.

That's the biggest news anyway, haha. XD Other than that, well, I talked about it a little above: picked out a bed set and some couches for the new house, omg. Which are so nice, and are on hold for now, but I need to contact them asap if they're to order them in for sure. They get shipments every 5 weeks so if I want them to be here by the time Sara gets here (which is 5 weeks from tomorrow to the day, but who's counting?) I need to let them know soon. It may be quicker than that, we'll see, but I'm very excited. The current deal includes free endtables with the couches, and the bedding comes with a free frame and pillows - the pillows are not a big deal but the frame will do once we get another mattress for the spare bedroom. We'd still need a headboard too but that'll be easy. Actually, to be specific, we'll be getting a cheaper mattress and boxspring right now with the good bedroom set, just to have something to sleep on while Sara's here, and once she arrives we'll look at a really nice mattress to put in the master bedroom for later on and we'll move the first mattress to the spare bedroom on the free frame we'll be getting. :)

Other than that, I finally finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo today and it was great, didn't expect the ending to it at all. Well, part of it I kind of thought about, but not all of it, haha. Very good book, and I have the second and third book queued up on the Kobo, and have the movie to watch too, now that I've finished the book. Maybe for tomorrow night.

Alright, that's my update for now. Hope everyone else has been having a better time of it than I have lately, haha, and that everyone had a nice weekend. :)
So, it's been awhile since my last update, and there's quite a lot to write about, at least from the recent past.

In general: work has been crazy, ever since I had a long trial that set me back even further than normal with respect to just about everything else. The trial ended in, oh, early June or so, and I'm still not caught up. Of course, that's a relative term because in my profession you never really get fully caught up, not truly. You can get close and be on top of things, but if you're ever completely caught up then you'd be out of work, I think. On the other hand, of course, no one wants to be constantly behind on nearly everything, which has been pretty much exactly my experience for a few months now. There's no lying that the stress of that (and some other self-imposed stresses, but more on that later or in another post, perhaps) has taken its toll on me, which, well, it sucks.

Going back to last Tuesday, I started having some abdominal pain, right in the middle of the region. It wasn't too bad at first, I chalked it up to indigestion and didn't think much of it, even as it persisted into the night. Waking up on Wednesday, I found it was still there. It lasted all day and evening as well, more of a nuisance than a severe pain, but it would come and go, pulsating and making me screw up my face a little in the worse moments. I called my family doctor but the closest appointment I could get was Monday morning. I told myself that if it persisted into Thursday I'd see another doctor or go to emergency about it.

Thursday it was still there, and it had made it very difficult to sleep on Wednesday night, so I called into work and told them I'd be going into the hospital. After calling the clinic to see if there was any other doctor I could see (in case of a cancellation or something, you never know) I found out that they could sneak me in before 11 to see my family doctor. Great, or so I thought. I went in and saw him, but he didn't really know what it was that was wrong. Due to the lack of certain specific symptoms he didn't think it was my bladder or my large intestine or anything, maybe my prostate but I'm too young for that really, so instead of ordering tests on the latter he said to go rest and if I got worse then to come back or go to emergency. In the meantime I was to rest and take it easy, so I did.

I got home, had a nap, and tried to relax. Unfortunately, this is where things take a big turn for the worst. I ended up napping for a bit but then I awoke with a yelp and a huge cramp in one of my legs. They hurt like hell and, while I don't get them too, too often, oh man. When they do, look out. Just ask [livejournal.com profile] believeitup how cautious and paranoid I get when I think there's even a chance one's coming on and how I get up to walk and try to head it off, heh. >.> But yes, one hit and OW, hell, so my instinct, as per usual, is to get out of bed asap and stand up, stretching it out, which hurts too but doing so shortens the cramp I find and overall lessens the pain. But as I'm swinging my other leg out of bad, BANG. Cramp #2 in the other leg. FML, etc. etc. So here I am, yelling out a couple of times, standing and leaning on my computer chair and in severe pain. Mom was working in the next room and came out at my cries, and I told her it was just cramps, it'd be ok (though I still had a pain to deal with, it wasn't a heart attack or anything). Dad's downstairs and she goes out to answer him calling out about what's going on, and then that's when the nausea hit me.

It's not uncommon when I have these cramps to feel sick to my stomach, and lightheaded, along with the pain. I've even seen stars before, my vision getting blurry / hazy, it's bad news. And this was in both legs at the same time, the muscles (my calves, specifically) of which are knotted up and hurting like hell. I felt like I had to throw up and my little waste basket in my room, which was half filled with paper and bags and such, wasn't going to cut it. So I made the stupid, instinctual decision to make a bee-line for the bathroom. About 3-4 steps later I'm leaning against the door frame, exhausted, and calling out for someone to come help me get to the bathroom.

The next thing I remember was waking up as from a long, long sleep, everything out of focus and being so, so weak. It took a few seconds to realize I wasn't in my bed but I was on the floor, legs out in the hall, Dad holding me up on a 45 degree angle with a cold cloth to my head and Mom out in the hall. I'd passed out, for about 45 seconds they said, cold junk. Thankfully I'd been leaning on the door frame so when I passed out I just kinda slumped against the wall, letting my folks get me down easily so there was no chance for my body to strike anything else on the way down. Having just passed out I was, of course, completely out of it - so weak I couldn't move, could hardly speak, my vision was blurry (they took my glasses off), and I was kinda terrified myself too - so they ended up calling an ambulance. It took them ~10-15 minutes to get here and by then I was sitting up on my own power, holding my calves - don't you bastards dare try to cramp up on me again now! - and able to talk, see (yay for glasses being back on!), etc. Once they got here they did their own tests to make sure I was stable and whatnot, then off to the hospital.

It was quite the experience - I'd never had to ride in one before, not that I can recall anyway, and they even had to use the sirens thanks to traffic. Policy meant that, even though they both cautiously hovered around me as I walked to the ambulance under my own power, they had to strap me in, hook up oxygen, etc. Then when we got there I was wheeled in from the back and put into a room. They did so many tests - urine, blood, blood culture, EKG, x-ray, and some others - to make sure everything was ok. The doctor's final diagnosis was to go home and rest, not to eat anything too hard on my stomach in case that was the abdominal problem, and to order a CAT scan. I got called the next morning at just before 9am and told to come over, and they were surprised in the CT department that I hadn't had one on Thursday, but I did one, necessitating two more further needles (right arm first and when that failed the left, for an IV for dye). I felt like a frickin' pin cushion at that point but I did it and it wasn't too bad.

So, now tomorrow I have the day off for Orangemen's Day, though my assistant made an appointment with someone out of province a few weeks' ago for tomorrow at 10am and by the time she realized it was a holiday it was too late to reach them. So I have an appointment tomorrow morning, but I'd already made my family doctor appointment for 10:30am pre-fainting last week, both to get it done early and to also give me an excuse to make the work appointment short, heh. I'm going to have a long talk with my doctor tomorrow, I hope, to figure out what's going on. I do feel much better now; yesterday I spent the day in the city with Mom looking at beds and couches for the new house, putting a set of each on layaway and should have them for when the wife is here, and getting some other misc. household goods. :) But yes, want to see what the heck's going on tomorrow.

I'm wondering how much stress has to do with it. There's tons at work, as usual, which has been amplified by 1,000,000 lately for the aforementioned reasons, and I'm putting pressure on myself, too, to work on the house and to keep up in LOTRO and to read books as fast as I can, etc. These things on their own aren't that unusual and are often good things, motivation is good at times, but maybe all of this at the same time has been hurting me. Or it could be a virus or something, or something else entirely. The point is to find out as much as I possibly can tomorrow, so that's where things stand now. The abdominal pain is almost 100% gone now, only palpable if I push down really hard or force it, there's no random pulsating or pangs of pain, thank heavens.

That's the biggest news anyway, haha. XD Other than that, well, I talked about it a little above: picked out a bed set and some couches for the new house, omg. Which are so nice, and are on hold for now, but I need to contact them asap if they're to order them in for sure. They get shipments every 5 weeks so if I want them to be here by the time Sara gets here (which is 5 weeks from tomorrow to the day, but who's counting?) I need to let them know soon. It may be quicker than that, we'll see, but I'm very excited. The current deal includes free endtables with the couches, and the bedding comes with a free frame and pillows - the pillows are not a big deal but the frame will do once we get another mattress for the spare bedroom. We'd still need a headboard too but that'll be easy. Actually, to be specific, we'll be getting a cheaper mattress and boxspring right now with the good bedroom set, just to have something to sleep on while Sara's here, and once she arrives we'll look at a really nice mattress to put in the master bedroom for later on and we'll move the first mattress to the spare bedroom on the free frame we'll be getting. :)

Other than that, I finally finished The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo today and it was great, didn't expect the ending to it at all. Well, part of it I kind of thought about, but not all of it, haha. Very good book, and I have the second and third book queued up on the Kobo, and have the movie to watch too, now that I've finished the book. Maybe for tomorrow night.

Alright, that's my update for now. Hope everyone else has been having a better time of it than I have lately, haha, and that everyone had a nice weekend. :)
Day 01 - Your favourite song: Oasis - Don't Look Back (In Anger) / weezer - Say It Ain't So
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy: Joel Plaskett - Nowhere With You
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad: Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone: Paul Simon - Slip Sliding Away
Day 05 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere: Green Day - Know Your Enemy
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to

Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favourite band
Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favourite album
Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh

I missed yesterday's entry due to some very sad news (fellow friends of [livejournal.com profile] believeitup and [livejournal.com profile] onlyonechoice know what I mean :() and also due to the closing of our house - Sara and I are now homeowners. All in all in made for a very busy day and, with a trial today and wanting to go see the new house last night, I didn't spend much time on LJ. What little time I did spend on the PC was eaten up by a Thursday night raid and then it was straight to bed as I actually got up early today and was one of the first people in the office for a change, to prep for the trial, haha. Jokes were made at my expense too, good-natured ones of course, heh.

So, yes, today it's a two-for-one special. The first song, a song that reminds me of a specific event, is:



Cake's cover of this song is awesome, and it reminds me of the last Winter Carnival Talent Show I did with Burke House. It was one of the songs we did, covering this version, and leading up to the show I transcribed the solo myself and played it in the show, although due to time constraints (2 songs and had to be less than 5m, I think, or close to it maybe, I forget) we skipped the second half of the solo. Ahhh, memories. I would kill for an mp3 of that performance, one of the other houses used to record the shows and I do have an mp3 of our performance from the year before (I played, sound quality was shit though, it sounds so bad, and yes, it wasn't all us XD) but never could find one of this show. :/ We also did Say It Ain't So at the same time, it was a deadly combination of songs, and I loved rocking them both out.

And, for a song that you can dance to, I chooooooooose:



Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmee Syyyyyyyyyyyyympathyyyyyyyyyyyyy... *dance dance dance!* Love, love, love Metric, especially the new album. :D :D :D

Excuse me, I'm off to go dance. :D
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Day 01 - Your favourite song: Oasis - Don't Look Back (In Anger) / weezer - Say It Ain't So
Day 02 - A song that makes you happy: Joel Plaskett - Nowhere With You
Day 03 - A song that makes you sad: Jeff Healey - Angel Eyes
Day 04 - A song that reminds you of someone: Paul Simon - Slip Sliding Away
Day 05 - A song that reminds of you of somewhere: Green Day - Know Your Enemy
Day 06 - A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 07 - A song that you can dance to

Day 08 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 09 - A song from your favourite band
Day 10 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 11 - A song that describes you
Day 12 - A song from your favourite album
Day 13 - A song that you listen to when you're angry
Day 14 - A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 15 - A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 16 - A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 17 - A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 18 - A song that makes you laugh

I missed yesterday's entry due to some very sad news (fellow friends of [livejournal.com profile] believeitup and [livejournal.com profile] onlyonechoice know what I mean :() and also due to the closing of our house - Sara and I are now homeowners. All in all in made for a very busy day and, with a trial today and wanting to go see the new house last night, I didn't spend much time on LJ. What little time I did spend on the PC was eaten up by a Thursday night raid and then it was straight to bed as I actually got up early today and was one of the first people in the office for a change, to prep for the trial, haha. Jokes were made at my expense too, good-natured ones of course, heh.

So, yes, today it's a two-for-one special. The first song, a song that reminds me of a specific event, is:



Cake's cover of this song is awesome, and it reminds me of the last Winter Carnival Talent Show I did with Burke House. It was one of the songs we did, covering this version, and leading up to the show I transcribed the solo myself and played it in the show, although due to time constraints (2 songs and had to be less than 5m, I think, or close to it maybe, I forget) we skipped the second half of the solo. Ahhh, memories. I would kill for an mp3 of that performance, one of the other houses used to record the shows and I do have an mp3 of our performance from the year before (I played, sound quality was shit though, it sounds so bad, and yes, it wasn't all us XD) but never could find one of this show. :/ We also did Say It Ain't So at the same time, it was a deadly combination of songs, and I loved rocking them both out.

And, for a song that you can dance to, I chooooooooose:



Giiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmee Syyyyyyyyyyyyympathyyyyyyyyyyyyy... *dance dance dance!* Love, love, love Metric, especially the new album. :D :D :D

Excuse me, I'm off to go dance. :D
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First off, a meme stolen from my beautiful bride, [livejournal.com profile] believeitup:

Song a Day Meme: Day 1 )

It was such a busy week at work, holy crap. I had a fair bit of court in the city, all day on Wednesday and the majority of the day yesterday. Thursday was jam packed with appointments, all kinds of them and different types of law, so I didn't know whether I was coming or going, ugh, and I was very very frustrated and depressed at the end of the day. On top of it all, the stupid broker / company we're dealing with re: the financing for the house are idiots and we ended up extending the closing date on the house to next Wednesday to accommodate their last-minute demands for more financial disclosure. So, so frustrating, and we may end up having to postpone it again. Thankfully the vendors are patient and not buying another home that's pending on this sale or anything, or else we'd be in trouble, but yeah, so much stress this past week. So glad the weekend's here.

It's been a nice weekend so far; last night I didn't do much, which was nice in and of itself. I hopped around on all my characters in LOTRO, checking mail and such, before settling in and leveling my Guardian for awhile. He's about 1/2 way to 63 now, I think, and I bounced around to cook and do other things before finally agreeing to do a pick-up group attempt at one of the newer raids in the game. Sara came with, which was nice, and it was a lol-tastic affair, so many, just... I don't even know. Some people just make your head shake in amazement, and not in the good way, hah. We hung in there, though, and did the entire raid, and I even got a new piece of gear for my little Hobbit minstrel, which will be good towards the set bonus at least (the piece he has on is actually better). It was nice, but once it was done it was late late laaaaaate and I went to bed shortly after that.

Today I've been lazing about, and have the Bruins/Flyers game on. Boston's up 2-0 after the first, an amazing start despite Marco Sturm being injured on his first shift and gone for the day. At least Savard's finally back. XD Philly will wake up in time, they're much better than this, but should be a great, physical series. Here's hoping Rask can outplay Boucher in net, though. :)

Alright, the second period's about to start, so time to stop typing and to focus on the game again. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :D
First off, a meme stolen from my beautiful bride, [livejournal.com profile] believeitup:

Song a Day Meme: Day 1 )

It was such a busy week at work, holy crap. I had a fair bit of court in the city, all day on Wednesday and the majority of the day yesterday. Thursday was jam packed with appointments, all kinds of them and different types of law, so I didn't know whether I was coming or going, ugh, and I was very very frustrated and depressed at the end of the day. On top of it all, the stupid broker / company we're dealing with re: the financing for the house are idiots and we ended up extending the closing date on the house to next Wednesday to accommodate their last-minute demands for more financial disclosure. So, so frustrating, and we may end up having to postpone it again. Thankfully the vendors are patient and not buying another home that's pending on this sale or anything, or else we'd be in trouble, but yeah, so much stress this past week. So glad the weekend's here.

It's been a nice weekend so far; last night I didn't do much, which was nice in and of itself. I hopped around on all my characters in LOTRO, checking mail and such, before settling in and leveling my Guardian for awhile. He's about 1/2 way to 63 now, I think, and I bounced around to cook and do other things before finally agreeing to do a pick-up group attempt at one of the newer raids in the game. Sara came with, which was nice, and it was a lol-tastic affair, so many, just... I don't even know. Some people just make your head shake in amazement, and not in the good way, hah. We hung in there, though, and did the entire raid, and I even got a new piece of gear for my little Hobbit minstrel, which will be good towards the set bonus at least (the piece he has on is actually better). It was nice, but once it was done it was late late laaaaaate and I went to bed shortly after that.

Today I've been lazing about, and have the Bruins/Flyers game on. Boston's up 2-0 after the first, an amazing start despite Marco Sturm being injured on his first shift and gone for the day. At least Savard's finally back. XD Philly will wake up in time, they're much better than this, but should be a great, physical series. Here's hoping Rask can outplay Boucher in net, though. :)

Alright, the second period's about to start, so time to stop typing and to focus on the game again. Hope everyone has a great weekend! :D

happy monday!

Apr. 26th, 2010 12:48 pm
canadiandiamond: (Old timey Conan)
Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Mine was very relaxing, which was great, and yet I still feel like I accomplished a lot and got a lot of things done, which is always nice.

Friday night I ended up staying up way too late online and in game with [livejournal.com profile] believeitup, which was very fun, don't get me wrong, but I'd planned to get to sleep earlier than 5am, especially since I was originally getting up at 8-8:30am the next morning to leave for St. John's by 9-9:30am, whoops. That didn't happen, however I was up by 9:45am and out the door by 10:30am so it wasn't too, too bad. I had a lot of coffee and made it in to see a friend I've not seen since well before Christmas (come to think of it the last time I saw him it was his birthday, wow), and his new puppy, a mini schnauser who's just adorable omg. Then we had brunch before meeting up with another friend and seeing Hot Tub Time Machine in a theater we had all to ourselves. It was pretty damn funny, omg, very similar to The Hangover to me and just as funny.

After that I headed back home and hopped back in game to help the kin with what turned out to be yet more fruitless attempts at the hardest raid in the game, sigh. One of these days, maybe. It was actually an earlier night than Friday night, funny enough, and I got to sleep in nice and late on Sunday. All I did on Sunday was watch hockey and some episodes of Mad Men, and a little gaming thrown in for good measure (we did some older raids in the game and knocked those out of the park, yay for sense of accomplishment and actually winning at something! \o/) before bedtime. I even got a little reading in, something I haven't really done since my trip to Philly, so that was nice too.

This week looks to be a busy one at the office, today aside - appointments jammed in for Tuesday and Thursday, and in the city for court/discoveries all day Wednesday and most of Friday - but hopefully that'll make it go by faster, and oh yeah, the real estate transaction is due to close on Friday, so we should be home owners by the end of the week, so we've got that going for us, which is nice. :)
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happy monday!

Apr. 26th, 2010 12:48 pm
canadiandiamond: (Old timey Conan)
Hope everyone had a nice weekend! Mine was very relaxing, which was great, and yet I still feel like I accomplished a lot and got a lot of things done, which is always nice.

Friday night I ended up staying up way too late online and in game with [livejournal.com profile] believeitup, which was very fun, don't get me wrong, but I'd planned to get to sleep earlier than 5am, especially since I was originally getting up at 8-8:30am the next morning to leave for St. John's by 9-9:30am, whoops. That didn't happen, however I was up by 9:45am and out the door by 10:30am so it wasn't too, too bad. I had a lot of coffee and made it in to see a friend I've not seen since well before Christmas (come to think of it the last time I saw him it was his birthday, wow), and his new puppy, a mini schnauser who's just adorable omg. Then we had brunch before meeting up with another friend and seeing Hot Tub Time Machine in a theater we had all to ourselves. It was pretty damn funny, omg, very similar to The Hangover to me and just as funny.

After that I headed back home and hopped back in game to help the kin with what turned out to be yet more fruitless attempts at the hardest raid in the game, sigh. One of these days, maybe. It was actually an earlier night than Friday night, funny enough, and I got to sleep in nice and late on Sunday. All I did on Sunday was watch hockey and some episodes of Mad Men, and a little gaming thrown in for good measure (we did some older raids in the game and knocked those out of the park, yay for sense of accomplishment and actually winning at something! \o/) before bedtime. I even got a little reading in, something I haven't really done since my trip to Philly, so that was nice too.

This week looks to be a busy one at the office, today aside - appointments jammed in for Tuesday and Thursday, and in the city for court/discoveries all day Wednesday and most of Friday - but hopefully that'll make it go by faster, and oh yeah, the real estate transaction is due to close on Friday, so we should be home owners by the end of the week, so we've got that going for us, which is nice. :)
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house update!

Mar. 16th, 2010 11:28 pm
canadiandiamond: (Looking back [VM])
So, today it was finalized, at least with the haggling: we came to an agreed upon amendment to the price of the house. The inspection on Monday found a bunch of things that needed work, a lot of them relatively minor - it is the inspector's job to point out everything, no matter how big or small - and a few big things that had to be addressed. At first the vendors were being stubborn and insisted they wouldn't go below what they'd offered, which wouldn't even cover the materials needed, but we managed to get them to a more reasonable figure today. I was a little worried; the agent said yesterday when she called with the vendors' position that they would not bend from it, and when I called the agent today (we had someone else look at the place today re: part of what needed to be done and got an estimate) with our numbers, she was pretty sure they'd reject what I asked instead. However, she called back a few hours later and they accepted our position, so yay! Like I told her, I'm not trying to rip them off or to be an idiot, but I can't buy a house for a nice amount like that and then turn around and spend thousands more on repairs that should've been either done beforehand or adjusted for, so that was that. And it worked out ok. :)

All that's left now is to meet the broker again tomorrow to finalize that side of things, and then it's just a waiting game. Pretty exciting stuff, omg. :D And speaking of exciting, only 3 more sleeps until my trip to [livejournal.com profile] believeitup! I have a trial in the morning, so off to bed as soon as I type this up, and then the afternoon free to catch up on paperwork, then it's off to the city tomorrow night for court on Thursday morning in there, then back out for a short matter in court in Hr. Grace, then aaaaaaaall the way back to the city for Thursday night since my Friday a.m. flight is at 6:25am, very early indeed. I'm very excited, though, it's almost here! Going to be such a nice break, and well-deserved, too, if I do say so myself, heh. I've been feeling more overworked lately than I did before Christmas even, and this time Sara actually gets a nice bit of time off, well-deserved by her I might add, and we get to go back to Boston. So perfect for what's almost our first anniversary, I think. :)

Alright, off to bed with me, to dream of my impending travel. :D :D :D

house update!

Mar. 16th, 2010 11:28 pm
canadiandiamond: (Looking back [VM])
So, today it was finalized, at least with the haggling: we came to an agreed upon amendment to the price of the house. The inspection on Monday found a bunch of things that needed work, a lot of them relatively minor - it is the inspector's job to point out everything, no matter how big or small - and a few big things that had to be addressed. At first the vendors were being stubborn and insisted they wouldn't go below what they'd offered, which wouldn't even cover the materials needed, but we managed to get them to a more reasonable figure today. I was a little worried; the agent said yesterday when she called with the vendors' position that they would not bend from it, and when I called the agent today (we had someone else look at the place today re: part of what needed to be done and got an estimate) with our numbers, she was pretty sure they'd reject what I asked instead. However, she called back a few hours later and they accepted our position, so yay! Like I told her, I'm not trying to rip them off or to be an idiot, but I can't buy a house for a nice amount like that and then turn around and spend thousands more on repairs that should've been either done beforehand or adjusted for, so that was that. And it worked out ok. :)

All that's left now is to meet the broker again tomorrow to finalize that side of things, and then it's just a waiting game. Pretty exciting stuff, omg. :D And speaking of exciting, only 3 more sleeps until my trip to [livejournal.com profile] believeitup! I have a trial in the morning, so off to bed as soon as I type this up, and then the afternoon free to catch up on paperwork, then it's off to the city tomorrow night for court on Thursday morning in there, then back out for a short matter in court in Hr. Grace, then aaaaaaaall the way back to the city for Thursday night since my Friday a.m. flight is at 6:25am, very early indeed. I'm very excited, though, it's almost here! Going to be such a nice break, and well-deserved, too, if I do say so myself, heh. I've been feeling more overworked lately than I did before Christmas even, and this time Sara actually gets a nice bit of time off, well-deserved by her I might add, and we get to go back to Boston. So perfect for what's almost our first anniversary, I think. :)

Alright, off to bed with me, to dream of my impending travel. :D :D :D

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