OK, so I burned my index finger early in the day Sunday. It's fine now, except that the skin on top has taken on a slight reptilian texture in comparison to its fellows.

Yesterday, it was established that my "carpal tunnel" that won't quite go away is likely to actually be tennis elbow, or maybe both. I used an Ace bandage to wrap the area just below the elbow where wrapping is supposed to be helpful. I did not wrap too tightly.

I am, however, a stomach sleeper, and sometimes I sleep on one or both of my arms.

The end result is that my forearm, wrist, and hand swelled up like sausages while I slept.

They don't hurt, but they're stiff. I'm sure the swelling will go down now that I've removed the bandage and am about to go put my arm on ice.

My dignity will take longer to recover.
Still up with headache! I found some "liniment" in the cabinet downstairs called something like Arthritis Relief Rub. It looks like a patent medicine and claims to have no bad smell.

Um, LIES! Its primary ingredients are things like camphor, wintergreen, and rosemary extract, so you can imagine how totally Ben Gay it is. Icy Hot! I rubbed it all over my neck and shoulders and it made my eyes tingle. I wore a hot-wrap around my neck.

I also put liniment on my gardening injury.

Also, I did a New York Times Friday crossword puzzle (which I believe are supposed to be very hard... they ARE hard; I cheat a lot by checking my answers).

When I was doing a lot of Office training last week, which I have to get back to tomorrow, I was having eye problems, and my head started to hurt. That was actually the genesis of this headache, which I have been fighting off for days. I will have to wear my oft-ignored glasses if I want to do more training.

All I really want to listen to is classical music.

So it is official! I have become elderly. *sigh*

(What other old-people things could I be up to?)
oh, the headache. it is back.

i have had it for nearly a week now, with maybe a day or so of freedom in the middle. I had been doing better until I went to a small party Saturday night, drank a raspberry beer, and was immediately hit with it again.

this sucks.
Yeah, so I got a wild hair to read some Keats. (or is that a wild hare?)
As if that weren't bad enough, "Ode on a Grecian Urn" just made me cry.
I think I might as well just turn in my Punk Card now, give away all my skull-and-crossbone jewelry, etc.

Um, let's see. I'm feeling better tonight, in that I haven't thrown up in my mouth at all today. (This sets me well ahead of last night.) Still have the evil sinus headache and stiff back. Before bed last night I watched The Cat Returns, which is cute and charming but slight: a Ghibli production, but not Miyazaki. Tonight is Pabst's Pandora's Box. It's silent, so I will have to pay attention to it and probably not work on anything else at the same time.

I finished my Sueet bag last night; now I just have to line it. It was a pain in the butt until the very last stitch. Tonight I finished a ribbon scarf; the ribbon is called India, but I don't recall who made it. Maybe Lana Grossa? My mom suggested wearing it with a turtleneck, which is all well and good, except that I don't look good in turtlenecks (too much boobage, it's unflattering), so I don't even own one anymore. So no idea what I will do with the little scarf; may gift it to someone.

I'm going to keep finishing unfinished projects until I'm caught up. I have a hat to knit for my mom, a mitten to make for myself (for which I need to remember the stitch pattern I used at the wrist), and a sweater to finish, and then I think I'm good to start on new projects.
Sinead O'Connor is on Leno right now. She's a little off-key. She looks good, though. Still no hair. Reggae?

Sick House developments: nausea on my part, which the mom has been experiencing since this morning. I don't feel nauseated enough to throw up, but I almost have a few times anyway, which was surprising and alarming when it happened. (I think this will distress at least one of the well-wishers replying to my last post.) My stomach just hurts very vaguely. I slept a lot today. I also started Jonathan Carroll's new book, Glass Soup.

Tom is over in Tomland - his apartment - and seems to be doing OK.

And I worked on the pattern from Knitty that I started almost 18 months ago, Sueet - it's a little bag made in Berroco Suede. And you know what? It sucks. It hasn't been the least amount of "fun" to knit, and the construction isn't really intuitive (it's one of those projects where circular needles or double-pointeds would have been best and would have saved some finishing, but it's written to be made on straight needles because circs and DPNs scare some people). That's why it took me 18 months to do a tiny project... obviously, I hadn't worked on it a lot in the last year. I still have to line it, which I may put off for a while. But I want to finish all my unfinished projects before I start anything new, with the exception of some hats for the putative in-laws, which I'd like to make before Thanksgiving. That's mainly my sweater in Colinette Tagliatelli and this bag, as I finished my Koigu socks in the spring (and can wear them soon! yay!). And then that's it for me and multiple projects - I will work on one thing at a time until it's finished.
Last night I had a really bad headache... sort of a sinus migraine with an accompanying stiff shoulder. Light and noise were not my friends. I fell asleep on the sofa and slept from 11:30PM to 4AM. I feel a bit better, not as headachy, but I'm going to go back to sleep for a few hours soon. I haven't been feeling very well for about a week, but it comes and goes; when I feel OK, I work on my book problem.

Woke up to find that my mom is also sick. She's already called in sick for work, but last I heard she'd changed her mind and decided to go in. I don't know what's going on.

Dog and cat knocked over a cup of tea everywhere, so this morning, we've already had to pull out a side table, wash the sofa covers, use carpet cleaner, etc etc. No fun.

Also, all the scanlations of Gokinjo Monogatari that I've been downloading are corrupt. The only way I can read them is if I preview them without unzipping the archive. Meh.
Oh, I was so tired today! I thought that my legs would be achy (because I went out dancing last night for the first time in at least 18 months), but they weren't; only my lower back and hips were a little bit sore. However, I haven't had very much energy at all. I was doing laundry earlier this evening and had to use my arms to haul myself up the top few stairs on the second staircase. I spent a lot of time reading through the day.

When we were out, I wore the black knit circle skirt with the slanted hem that I got a while ago. Any time I did a spin, it flared out wonderfully. I also wore these odd little soft suede flats with an elastic vamp that I've had for years; they're basically like ballet shoes with a thicker rubber sole. Soft and light and cushiony, yeah, but no ankle support, and I found myself almost falling off the sole once or twice (ankle twist!) with just a slight loss of balance. So I'll have to regretfully rethink those shoes. Since I've gone on and on about the bottom half of my outfit, I might as well add that I braided my hair with ribbons and put it up in two buns with dangling ribbon bits and skull bows, that it's really freakin' hard to get hairpins through ribbon braids, but that the hairstyle turned out decently. Shirt was my Custo Barcelona "When Rabbit" tee, which is black with light turquoise sleeves and a metallic Asian rabbit print.

I also went to the library tonight, which was relatively painless. I got the Taking Tea With Alice book that someone recommended in [livejournal.com profile] egl last week. (Along with half a dozen other things that I'll talk about another time - some home books, some craft books, some novels, a Dears cd.) I also made a (somewhat irresponsible) deal with someone re my Homemade Gothic & Lolita book that I got for Xmas in 2003. I meant to sell it, but she wanted to trade for a lino print that she'd made, and it was so awesome (sort of EGL and sort of Keane-inspired) that I couldn't say no! We'll be working that out in the next few weeks.

(Two things about EGL: It's mutated to the point that I feel like I could wear some of it, because it isn't all high-waisted Alice or French Maid dresses anymore. Also, most styles look pretty simple to make: basic patterns - 4501 at that link, for example - can be used, because most of the style is in the details. But I don't know if I ever actually will get around to it.)
I have numerous and contradictory things to write about. I think this post will have MPD.

First of all... are all of London's LJ contingent OK?
I already made contact with my only good IRL friend in the London area - actually, she lives in Kent, and happened to not need to be in London today, and feels greatly relieved. So she's fine. I hope you and yours are all fine too, UK people.

Second of all, I went to a sneak preview of The Fantastic Four tonight. Tom and I joked that we were only going out of a sense of morbid curiosity, since neither of us would actually pay to see it, not even at the dollar theater. From the ads, I was expecting it to be truly and painfully horrible, something along the lines of... I don't even know, because I don't usually watch movies that look that bad. Actually, though, while it's not exactly a "good" movie, it has some mild success as a light comedy, most of the way through. There are a lot of really bad dialogue transitions, the completion of Victor's transition to Dr. Doom is very abrupt, the action climax feels silly and rushed*, and Ben's Thing suit looks super-fake. At many moments, the whole movie looks kind of cheap. I'm not a fan of the comic AT ALL, so I had no positive expectations whatsoever.

But it's not completely terrible if seen as a "popcorn movie" for 10-to-14-year-olds, which is what it feels like in depth and pacing, and it is certainly at least as good as most of those that I can think of (for example, I thought it was far superior to Spy Kids, while vastly inferior to the more "grownup" superhero films of the last few years like both Spiderman and XMen movies, and Batman Begins). Is that damning with faint praise? Probably. Still, it's shallow and vaguely entertaining fluff to which you can take your kids or younger siblings or cousins, and which they might enjoy, and you might not be driven to gouge your eyes out with a spoon as a result of having to sit through it. The only things that even set a lower age limit are one scene in which a character dies because a hole is bloodlessly blasted through his chest, and another in which Jessica Alba is very briefly shown in her underwear. The performances are OK - Chris Evans is especially engaging and bratty as Johnny Storm, the Human Torch.

Third of all, I have been having an awful week, with a moderate CFIDS relapse. Mostly just very tired. Wearing the same denim skirt every time I go out, because nothing else is comfortable in this weather (I don't actually own any shorts). I can't handle driving myself or being out for very long at a time, but today seemed better than the rest of the week has been.

The real bright spot in my day was popping by the library to return some things and finding that my reserve copy of Yotsuba& had arrived. That's pronounced "yoht-soo-bah-toh", and is about a charmingly weird and spacey little girl named "Yotsuba"; "to" means "and" (&), so each chapter is Yotsuba's encounter with a different thing. The first is "Yotsuba & Moving", for example. It's from the creator of Azumanga Daioh, which I really like. Here's some commentary about both of them.

*How silly and rushed? Well, I got bored and started thinking about laundry that I needed to do at home, and as a result I actually lost track of what was going on.



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