Dec. 11th, 2006

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I got some stuff done today, but not as much as I should have. Isn't that always the way? Obviously I'm not one of those "busy!" people you should give work to because they'll always get it done. See? Method to my madness.

So today I saw the doctor about the suddenly elevated cholesterol. Guess what-- she couldn't say why it went up instead of down despite all the diet-awareness, except "genetics." Okay, then. Bring on the pills. And apparently statins are really good for some other things too, so it's all good. She went to get me some samples and when she came back in I heard someone in the hall offer her sympathy. I must have looked quizzical, because she explained. Seems her mother died two weeks ago, after having surgery, infection?? and then hospital-induced psychosis, I think she said. That makes a lot more sense to me now than it would have 15 months ago. Anyway, while her mother was having this episode, her father had a heart attack; he's apparently doing reasonably well, though. Then her father's sister had some kind of surgery, and the doctor herself had some kind of alarm that turned out to be benign. I tell you, I was embarrassed to have bitched about a few exams and papers. Wow. What's a few exams and some elevated cholesterol, anyway?

I went shopping for a digital camera as a reward for getting other errands done. I had my Consumer Reports printout clutched firmly in my hand..... and, as usual, the store didn't have a single one of the cameras they reviewed. The first clerk I had was really good and got curious-- he looked everyone of them up on the computer, and they not only didn't have them in the store, they don't carry them at all. I started looking at other cameras, wanting to try some out, and see how they felt, etc, and he said another clerk knew more about cameras than he did, so the other guy came over. He may have known more about cameras, but he knew shit about sales. He was of the too-cool-for-school variety and didn't want to waste his time with me. Too bad... I came home and did some more research online. There were a couple that I liked the looks of. I suspect I could shop forever, hoping to get exactly the right balance of cost and features, but since I don't understand half of what I'm reading, I'd have to first learn everything about everything, and screw that. Patience is not my virtue for today. There's only so much research you can do, and then you just have to hold your nose and jump. Anyway, I think that's going to be my gift to myself this year. Yay! And it's just the right size, too!

I did get confirmation today that I'm on track to graduate in the spring. Wahootie. For some reason I got nervous about that and felt the need to check.

Also did my Baronial polling today. I must be in quite the mood.... I pretty much just wrote down what I thought. Not rude, but I didn't go to as much trouble as usual to be Southern-polite about everything. "How nice!" wasn't on there anywhere. Just call me Lucia the Tactless. Hey, Venice is in the north of Italy, okay?

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Susan Arthur

February 2011

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