Sundries

Oct. 24th, 2010 06:00 pm
syzygy_dw: Heather (Heather)
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I have been sort of absent from the computer for a while-- not just LJ or Dreamwidth, but Tumblr and FaceBook, too. I have basically been on Twitter, and that's mainly because Twitter and the iPhone seem to go really well together, while my other on-line haunts don't. I use my phone for pretty much all my internetting these days. Part of it is because I spend all day in front of a computer, and I don't feel like it at home, but another part is that it's physically painful to do it now. I have a desk job for the first time in years, and while I love it, I am having problems with ergonomics. I already had tendinitis in both elbows, but now I am feeling it in my wrist. I have an ergonomic mouse and an adjustable keyboard, but it doesn't seem to be helping. I am going to have to figure out how to fix it soon, though, because just using the mouse is causing me a lot of pain. And I use the mouse a lot.

Still loving my new job, though, and my new job seems to love me, which is fantastic. I will reach the end of my probationary period next week, and I have to admit that I feel my old anxiety creeping in at the back of my mind, but I try not to let it. I know that the higher-ups like my work, and so far I have not received any complaints.

September was a busy month. Labour Day weekend a bunch of my friends came from Montreal to visit, and I went to Montreal the next weekend to attend Comic Con. And, although I didn't know it at the time, I had my first real sinus infection (despite years of sinusitis, I have never had a sinus infection. I never want to again). I thought I had a really bad cold, but by Wednesday my face and my ear hurt, I had blown my nose about a zillion times, and I couldn't feel my teeth. I went to a new walk-in clinic and was diagnosed pretty much right away. I was given giant antibiotics, and for the first couple of days, they made me sick. On the 18th, my 35th birthday, I had to teach an English class and then man a table at a community event. I felt pretty crappy and tired all day, and by the time I got home, I wanted to die, and just crawled into bed. I had a bad reaction to the meds later on that evening, and was sick. I was miserable and feeling very sorry for myself, because it sucks to be sick on your birthday. I got a bit of a birthday do-over on the 19th, when John took me to the Chateau Frontenac for their famous brunch. I was worried that I would be too sick to go, but I was OK. I didn't eat a lot, but I had a good time. Later, we walked around the old city, and we went home when I started to feel worn out.

I went to Con*Cept in Montreal the first weekend of October, and that was WAY better than Montreal Comic Con. I hadn't been to that particular con in about 15 years, and it was nice to re-connect with my fandom friends from long ago. I went with my friend Ben, and his girlfriend and one of his work friends, and we had a great time. Five minutes after arriving in the dealer's room, I managed to buy 13 Doctor Who books (the old Target novelizations) and a black RC Dalek, all for about $25. I bought a bunch more Who books the next day, and found some of the new 11th Doctor hardcovers at Indigo. Total Doctor Who books that weekend: 23, which I consider to be a win. I was also complimented on my Doctor Who scarf, took part in some fun panels, and won the Geek-Off. (That was a trivia contest, which I pwnd because of my pedantic knowledge and Hermione-like hand-raising reflexes. I won a kick-ass wireless headphone set and a free membership to Polaris in Toronto next summer.)

My friend Andy, whom I haven't seen in more than five years, came to visit from Toronto. Andy was my first ever internet friend, and we have known each other since 1995. This was his first visit to Quebec City, and he loved it. It was so much fun having him here. There's nothing like a friend who has known you since your youth. I miss him a lot, and I hope he comes to see us again soon.

Finally, this week John and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary. In one way, I can't believe he and I have been together that long, and in another it feels like we've been together our whole lives. Marrying him has been the best thing I have ever done.

My arm is killing me, so I'll stop here. But I'll be back. I haven't forgotten you, my friends in the computer!
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