Last item on the “To Do List

Crown List was wonderful, a truly, truly enjoyable event.
The company that pays me is an evil, soul sucking collection of nitwits that is managed by people ……Gah, I can’t even think of anything insulting enough to say. Can you tell it’s been a bad day at work?
I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving, to spending the day with my friends. I know it will be a great day, filled with good friends, good conversation, and good food. I am not however, looking forward to the grocery shopping I’ll have to do tomorrow in order to prepare for Thanksgiving.
Because of the bad day at work, I realize I’m in a very foul mood and I don’t really feel like a long blog post. The only reason I’m writing anything is that I had put it on my “to do” list today.

Hopefully I’ll be in a better mood tomorrow,


Be careful where you step…

The weather in Memphis has turned fugly the last couple of days. Heavy cloud cover, intermittent rain. Just, “blah” weather.  This kind of weather has meant a lot of wet sidewalks, slick wet leaves on the ground, etc. etc.

I mention this because as I was leaving Their Majesties home yesterday, after completing the inventory of Heir’s Equipment, I did something rather embarrassing. As I stepped down from a stair in front of their house, I apparently stepped on a wet leaf that was on top of a slick patch of pavement. Entirely on it’s own, without any direction from my brain, my left foot decided to do a bit of “pavement surfing”. This, of course, made my left leg, the one that was supposed to be taking the weight (considerable as it is) in this step go kind of shooting out to the side. Of course I then proceeded to fall down the remaining two stairs.

What was truly odd was that it all seemed to happen in slow motion. Her Majesty Kenna was standing on the porch behind me, and I quite clearly heard her ask me if I was OK as I started to tumble.  I may be remembering this incorrectly, but I think I actually had time to say, “Oh yeah, just falling a little”. Actually, I know I’m remembering that incorrectly. That’s what I would have liked to have said, but what I think I actually said, if anything was, “Oh shiiiiiii”. Although the fall seemed to be in slow motion I didn’t have time to finish that last word before my right knee and left elbow hit the pavement. I’m fairly sure earthquake detecting machines in California registered the vibration of that impact. I know my knee did.

Now, let me assure you that there was no real damage. But the truly odd thing was that although it was my right knee that hit the ground, it’s been my left thigh that has been hurting all day. Feels like I sprained a muscle or something.  It’s been more annoying than anything else, but still kind of strange.

So, the moral of the story this little story is this: be very careful where you are stepping. Could save you all kinds of annoyance.

(sorry folks, I didn’t have anything more interesting to write about tonight)


It’s only Tuesday, and I’m already ready for the weekend

All my life’s a circle;
But I can’t tell you why;
Season’s spinning round again;
The years keep rollin’ by.

It seems like I’ve been here before;
I can’t remember when;
But I have this funny feeling;
That we’ll all be together again.
No straight lines make up my life;
And all my roads have bends;
There’s no clear-cut beginnings;
And so far no dead-ends.”

So, it’s been a week of sleeping with the damnable machine, and while I still can’t bring myself to say I like it, I do have to admit that it is having a positive effect. I am definitely sleeping better than I have in a very long time. It’s strange, but until I started sleeping better, I didn’t realize just how badly I was sleeping.

In other news I’m really excited about going to Crown List this weekend. To begin with, I’ve never been to this particular site. Add to that the fact that I always enjoy Kingdom events, and the fact that there is a particularly good group of fighters in the list, and it promises to be a good weekend. If everything goes right, we should be on the road by 2:45 PM on Friday, which should put us on site about 9:00 PM that evening. Drop off the Royal trailer at the site and then head back into Minden for the night (didn’t get bed space),  and back on site early Saturday morning.

Now all I have to do is survive the rest of the week. That should be a challenge.


Sunday Morning.

Much to my surprise, I find myself awake before noon today. I certainly didn’t plan to be. In fact I had planned to sleep until at least noon, if not later. Apparently the universe had other plans for me.

Since my last post on Tuesday I’ve been adjusting learning to sleep with  CPAP machine. I can’t bring myself to say I like the damn thing, but I do have to admit it is having an effect, a positive effect. I am waking up during the night less, and I am definitely sleeping better than I have in years. It’s strange, but I had not realized how badly I was sleeping. I knew I was waking up two to three times a night, and I knew I tossed and turned a lot while sleeping, but I didn’t realize just how much that was affecting me. In just the few nights I’ve been amazed at the change in how I feel. It does take me a bit longer to actually fall asleep when I first go to bed, but once I do, I sleep the sleep of the dead.

In other news I had an absolutely wonderful day at Quest For The Holy Pail 3 yesterderay. I’ve been to all three of these events, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself all three times. Rookshaven works hard, and they put on a very good event. The tournament, which was won by Caedmon, was entertaining to watch. The hours between the end of the tournament and court seemed to fly by. I spent a lot of time doing what I always do: talking to lots of people, and enjoying doing so.

Soon it was time to prepare for Court, and that was a different experience. Since Linnet was not at this event she had asked me to be in charge of organizing the entourage for the day. With our entourage team that was not any problem, these folks are a real joy to work with. What was different was that for the first time I was involved in the court prep: checking the troll records to make sure people were on site, find a scribe to make sure the scrolls had the proper names on them (Thanks Jane) , pulling regaila, etc. etc. This was a small court, with only a about eight pieces of business, but I was amazed at how complicated the whole process was. Court itself was very entertaining; Their Majesties really put on an entraining show at court.

The feast was very good, particularly the meat kabobs. I also enjoyed the soup. The Lemon Water that Kat The Strange brought was also good. Different, but good. The fact that the kitchen staff had to deal with horrendous problems with the site all day long just made the feast all the more impressive. For most of the day the kitchen appliances didn’t have any power. At one point they lost water pressure. With all those problems they still turned out a great feast on time, with no delays. A very impressive feat, folks.


It is here

It is here. I picked up the damnable machine yesterday afternoon. The machine that I know I need (well, the machine that my Doctor tells me I need). I spent roughly an hour yesterday organizing a place for the damnable machine close to my bedside, and another 30 minutes or so getting the mask adjusted properly. Then I tried to sleep.
I have to admit that I did sleep, and I slept better than normal. I normally sleep about five to six hours a night. However I never really get “deeply” asleep. I toss and turn a lot (or as much a fat man can toss and turn), and I normally wake up two or three times a night. Of course I don’t stay awake long, usually just five to ten minutes at a time.
Last night I only woke up once, and that was to go to the bathroom. It did take a while to get over the two strange sensations (a mask strapped over my nose and a air blowing into my nose. However, eventually I did sleep. Apparently I slept better than I expected, or better than I normally do. I slept deeply and enjoyed it thoroughly. That is, I did until I woke up this morning.
If any of you that read this ever find yourself in a position where you have to use a CPAP machine I’d like to give you a bit of advice: it is a really, really, unspeakably bad idea to roll on your side with the air hose under you. This causes the hose to compress, and you will find that you wake up rather quickly and unpleasantly.


An odd, but pleasant day….

    Good gods, (all of them) this has been a good weekend. A restful weekend. A mental battery recharging kind of a weekend.
” Why has it been all of those things?”, I can hear you ask. Let me tell you.
My weekends for the last several weeks have been very busy, and for the next several weekends they will also be very busy. It has been a “good” type of busy, as will the next several weekends, but good or bad, busy is busy. Not much chance to rest when your weekend is as busy as your regular work week. I needed to rest. I needed a day of doing nothing. I needed a day of not thinking about anything. That is exactly what I got.
Due to stupidity on my part, I ended up having a very, very long day at work on Friday. I got to work at 10:00 AM and left it at 9:05 PM. I freely admit I don’t have a physically active job, but sitting in an uncomfortable desk chair and talking to debtors for 11 hours is rather draining. I felt half dead as I left the building, but by the time I got home I was wide awake. So, instead of going to bed, I got out my jewelry making supplies and spent the next four hours coiling wire. That set me up perfectly for Saturday. I guess I went to bed around 2:00 and enjoyed one of the last few nights of non-hosed ( I become an official member of the Hose Nose Brigade on Monday when I pick up my CPAP machine) sleep I shall ever have. I slept for seven hours, which is about two hours more than I normally sleep.
I woke up Saturday and there was a couple of things I needed to do, but nothing I had to do. Nowhere I had to be. Nothing depending on me. Other than doing some laundry I had a totally free day. It just so happened there was nothing I wanted to do either. I didn’t want to leave the house. I most definitely didn’t want to actually clean the house. I mostly wanted to not think about anything. So, I started a load of laundry, and looked for something to do. I flicked through the cable channels and didn’t find anything remotely interesting to watch. Scratch that idea. So, I grabbed my Ipod and fit the ear buds into my ears and resumed listening to the fourth book in The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. I then looked around for something to do with my hands while listening to the story, and reached for my jewelry kit again.
I make chain mail jewelry, mostly bracelets and necklaces. As I said above I had spent several hours Friday night winding wire into coils, and the next step in the process is to cut the individual rings from the coils. Once that is done the rings themselves have to be opened. It’s quite literally a repetitive, tedious, mindless process. Normally I don’t enjoy it at all, I want to get through with it as soon as possible so I can get on to actually assembling the rings into something. However, on Saturday, it was just exactly what I needed.
I spent several hours just listening to my audio-book and either cutting or opening rings. I got lost in it….and in a very strange way it freed my mind to wander. True, on one level I was listening to the story, but I wasn’t really paying attention to it; the voice of the narrator became a kind of background noise. I’ll have to listen to that section of the book again because I don’t remember any of it. I said earlier I didn’t want to think about anything, and I really did feel that way. However, as my hands went through the process of cutting and then opening the rings I found my mind wandering into some areas of mental geography I hadn’t explored in a very long time.     I guess I needed to visit those areas, and spend some time there. It was most emphatically not unpleasant, quite the reverse actually. It was, however, unexpected.
I got started about 10:00 AM Saturday morning. Sometime late that afternoon I did take a break and go out to get something to eat with my roommate, I think that was around 3:00. By 5:00 I was back at it, and kept going until about midnight. I know at some point I actually got up and moved around; to get something to drink, to change loads of laundry from the washer to the dryer, or from the dryer to hanging up in the closet, but I don’t remember any of those times. The truly odd thing is that when I ran out of rings around midnight, and really became aware of my surroundings again, I felt like I’d taken a very long nap. I felt refreshed, and recharged. Very, very odd.
Today I just slept late, finished my laundry, and then helped with unloading the Baronial Property from the trailer back into the Baronial storage room.