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Missing Child [09 Dec 2008|12:34pm]
[ mood | worried ]

http://narniarose.livejournal.com/63920.html


I heard about this from one of my Noxilite guildies last night who is also a SCAdian. Let's keep an eye out for this girl, folks...she needs to be home.

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First week on the Omnipod [16 Oct 2008|12:00pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Well, after a couple of false starts, I finally got set up with my Omnipod pump on 10/6. It's been an interesting first week and a half, I must say. It's taken me a while to get used to having the pod glued on me. This meant that for the first several days, I was waking up multiple times each night to make sure I hadn't dislodged the pod.

I've accidentally left the controller home once, and already had to do a pod change at work. I'm hoping I get all the mistakes and screwups out of the way now. The other thing we've learned is to use baby oil to help remove the pod, because the little buggers stick like superglue, and without the oil to break the surgical adhesive, pod-change time can hurt like heck.

Other than that? This. Thing. Is. AWESOME.

I don't think I've ever felt this close to normal before. No more slinking off to the bathroom when we go out to eat to give myself a shot...just program the controller and administer the bolus, right there at the table.

I am so very glad I did this.

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Ganked from friends list [15 Oct 2008|07:50am]
[ mood | awake ]

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As you wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

Westley: This is *true love.* D'you think this happens every day?

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YESS!!!! [24 Sep 2008|06:24am]
[ mood | ecstatic ]

Got a call from the Insulet office yesterday...my insurance approved the Omnipod! It's been shipped, and I'll have it in 3 to 5 days!


*happy dance*

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News [22 Sep 2008|05:26pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Well. A lot's been going on in my life, so here's the update post with the highlights.

First - I have a new car. A 2001 Chevy Impala LS. Apparently, "LS" is car-speak for "has a Camaro engine so the insurance company can increase your rates." Fortunately, we've found an insurer that isn't going to break us over that engine. The car can accelerate from "safe on Hwy 150" speed to "zomg get a speeding ticket on I-459 even" in just about nothing flat. Thank the gods for cruise control. :D So...should you see an Impala with a "For the Horde" ribbon magnet on it...that may well be me. :)

Second - After many many years of avoiding it, I have applied for an insulin pump. They finally have a model that doesn't use any tubing, so I figured it was time. The one I'm trying to get is called an Omnipod. (www.myomnipod.com) Though my A1C's have been great lately, the 'Pod will help me improve control even further. Right now we're waiting on the pre-approval paperwork to come back from insurance, so look out for more bulletins when they happen.

Third - I also have gotten an iPod. Given the new open atrium area of the News building (which I am now sitting right by), this thing has been saving my sanity on a regular basis at work. It's an 80 gig...and I'm trying to figure out why on earth anyone would need bigger. I guess if all your movies were on your iPod, you might could use the 160...but I don't think I'm ever going to fill up 80 gig, even if I go nuts and buy every episode of Mythbusters I can get off of iTunes.

No, I've not sent off my application for employment to the corporation of virtual crack-dealers of my choice. I still plan to do so...just other things have gotten in the way recently. So. That's my news. Bulletins on all of the above when they happen. :)

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Well, I finally did it. [26 May 2008|11:31pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]



Little Destril finally dinged 70. I'm amazed that I actually managed to get a priest, of all classes, to 70 - though the fact that he's shadow probably really, really helped.

For some weird reason, my sunny-tempered little blood elf has become one of my favorite characters.

So...grats, Destril, on 70. Now he can go play with the big kids in Karazhan and beyond. :)



And for those who haven't heard from me in a while...the surgery went fine, I'm now in physical therapy to rebuild strength in that shoulder. I haven't yet been cleared for a return to work yet, but I suspect that will be coming when I see my orthopedist again on June 2nd. If it doesn't , I'll suspect something's far wrong in there...though Dr. Savage did tell my mother and the gatorbear immediately post-op that what was going on in the shoulder in question was one of the worst he'd ever seen. Owie. Still sore, but hoping that continues to improve day by day.

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Sugery Date Set... [27 Apr 2008|10:45pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Well, the doc looked at my MRIs, had radiology look at the MRIs, and read the report they sent back. He then notified me that the best way to fix what's going on in my shoulder - which is very likely, by the by, a complication of diabetes - is to do arthroscopic surgery.

So I bit the bullet and scheduled the procedure. It's to be done on May 8th, but I'm not sure just when exactly yet. So keep me in good thoughts that day that everything goes well, there are no complications, and that I can get back on my feet as soon as possible.

I'll likely have my arm in a sling for at least two weeks after the procedure, so WoW-ing is going to be challenging at best. I hope I can figure something out so that I can more-or-less play, otherwise being stuck at home for two solid weeks is going to seriously suck.

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Wonderful.... [17 Apr 2008|10:20am]
[ mood | hurting ]

For those of you who hadn't heard, I've been struggling with a nasty case of frozen shoulder for the better part of a year and a half or so. In the last few weeks, it's been nastier than normal, which has meant I've only been getting a decent night's sleep on the night that I cave in and take the Lortab that my orthopedist prescribed for me. I don't like the idea of becoming dependent on Lortabs, and I don't like being knocked witless by them...but dammit, sometimes I need pain-free sleep.

I scheduled another appointment with the orthopedist for yesterday, and the gatorbear and I went to see what could be done.

Long and short of it is...the condition has not improved any..if anything, it's worse. This means that Dr. Savage (who looks like the quintessential grandpa, much to my amusement) is going to have to either perform a closed manipulation on the offending shoulder, or arthroscopic surgery.

I go in for an MRI on Monday to help determine which exactly needs to be done. Not exactly looking forward to having my head and shoulders jammed into a tiny little Tesla-esque magnetic tube; the MRI I had on my hip a while back was claustrophobic enough for me, but we do what we must.

When I know more about what's to be done and when, I'm sure I'll post something to let folks know.

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What a difference a little tech makes... [20 Feb 2008|09:22am]
[ mood | content ]

About a week ago, my blood sugar meter started to geek out on me. It kept erroring when I would try to test my sugar. This, frankly, sucked, because I would then have to re-stick my poor abused fingers and get yet another good-sized blood drop and use another test strip to find out what my sugar was doing.

This displeased me greatly. I figured my fingers were abused enough and didn't need all the double-sticking I was doing, so I called my doctor and asked him to suggest a new meter. I was looking for one that allowed for alternate test sites and used a smaller sample for testing. He told me to check out the Freestyle brand of meters. I picked up a Freestyle Lite, a bottle of strips, and a box of lancets.

Wow. This thing is amazing. In the past week, I've only had to test once on my fingers...I've used alternate sites for all my other tests. The sample required is teensy, and if you happen to not get enough, you have a full 60 seconds to supplement the sample on the strip.

I'm quite happy with the meter...and a little bit amazed that so simple a thing as the features the little bugger offers have made a huge difference in my willingness to check my sugars regularly.

I was also a little surprised to realize my old meter was almost 9 years old, so I guess it really was due for retirement.

Odd thing to be happy about, I reckon..but I take 'em where I can get 'em.

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Mew? [08 Nov 2007|07:14am]
[ mood | calm ]

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Heh. [28 Sep 2007|05:00am]
[ mood | tired ]

Not playing the new Changeling...but this *so* does not surprise me.


What's your Changeling type?
Your Result: Beast
 

Feral, Wild, maybe even Furry. You embody all that is Beast. When your wild side comes out, things could get dangerous for those around you. Humanity is something to strive for but you'll settle for the basics, a full belly and a warm, safe place to sleep.

Darkling
 
Elemental
 
Fairest
 
What's your Changeling type?
Take More Quizzes
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[22 Sep 2007|05:47am]
[ mood | amused ]

Heh...and here I always thought I was more like Five. :D




Your Score: The Tenth Doctor


You scored 21% intelligence, 60% compassion, 31% sense of humor, and 25% weirdness!




You're a charming, friendly, easy-going sort -- the type who looks just as comfortable in a suit and tie as in a bathrobe. Nothing fazes you...until someone starts picking on somebody you love. Then you get all intense and pull a face not unlike an angry bullpup. Yeah, it's hard to take you seriously sometimes, but you're nobody's fool. Your turn-ons include pinstripes, Douglas Adams, incoherent mumbling, Elvis, Scots accents, and Kylie Minogue, apparently. Your turn-offs include Christmas angst, long-distance relationships, jealousy, and other people's stubborn parents.




Link: The Which Doctor Who Are You? Test written by TottersLane on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Day from Hell... [22 Aug 2007|01:06pm]
[ mood | moody ]

Today has been...the day from Hell. Nothing bad's gone on at work, for a change, but it's maddening to be sitting here at the office trying to concentrate (when there's really not a lot to do to boot), when my mind is a million miles away in Azeroth/Outlands worrying.

I know guild drama will happen as a fact of life...but last night's guild drama was particularly fretful. In point of fact, it rather makes me wish I didn't have Karazhan tonight because I'd much rather get away from it all and spend the evening on my Tauren hunter or my Blood Elf priest. Life seems so much simpler when I'm on one of those two. But such is the price we pay when we want the phat leet purplez, I suppose.

sigh...

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Sidelined again...damn it. [30 May 2007|07:18am]
[ mood | irritated ]

So...I'm having to stay home from work again today.

This time, the trouble's my eyes. When I went to the eye doctor last month, he said that what I had thought was a persistent eye infection was actually something rather different. Since I have apparently been dehydrated for a while, my corneas have been sticking to the insides of my eyelids as I sleep. Naturally, when I either open my eyes or my eyes move in my sleep, little tiny chunks get ripped from said cornea. This makes it feel like I have something in my eye that simply will not go away. For whatever reason, it also makes me very photosensitive as well. He gave me some mineral oil-based drops to use, and I applied them for the prescribed 3 weeks to help heal the damage. All was well.

Till I got woke up at 5:20 this morning by a recurrence of said eye pain. And discovered that I can't keep my eyes open comfortably long enough to be safe to drive. I felt really rotten about having to call in sick yet again.

I'm tired of having all these little things wrong with me. I'm tired of this eye problem especially. Back to drinking mroe water and using the drops again, I suppose...but ARRRRGH! So. Very. Frustrated.

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Well.... [07 Mar 2007|12:47pm]
[ mood | impatient ]

'Tis been a while, hasn't it?

Here's what's currently going on in my life: I've gone back to school. I'm doing the online college thing, learning about computers and network security. What can I say? I've always been a tech geek at heart, and it's not like it's a field that's going to be disappearing soon, sad to say.

Toby's doing great and has settled in well. I've never before had a greyhound that was a snugglebug...suffice to say, I have one now. He's got a great sense of humor and is a natural comedian. I'm glad Sly sent him to us when he had to leave us.

WoW is..well, WoW. I'm trying to re-itemize my druid to make the most of my post-nerf tanking abilities, though I understand that Lacerate makes a definite difference. Just gotta get thru 65 to GET to it first. Tahlian is 70 and I'm trying to get him keyed for Karazhan. I've been glad for the guild runs I've been getting to contribute to this process...I can see the improvement in my play every time we go.

I've also started a Draenei paladin...Kihoti. Yes, that is pronounced "Quixote." Yes, he is crazy.

And today, I get my laptop. This work day has gone by sooooo slowly...gah!

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School grumbling.... [24 Jan 2007|11:37am]
[ mood | confused ]

Hexadecimal makes my brain hurt. >:(

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In the spirit of the holidays.... [12 Dec 2006|01:06pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

The Christians and the Pagans
Dar Williams


Amber called her uncle, said "We're up here for the holiday
Jane and I were having Solstice, now we need a place to stay"
And her Christ-loving uncle watched his wife hang Mary on a tree
He watched his son hang candy canes all made with red dye number three
He told his niece, "It's Christmas eve, I know our life is not your style"
She said, "Christmas is like Solstice, and we miss you and it's been awhile"


So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
And just before the meal was served, hands were held and prayers were said
Sending hope for peace on earth to all their gods and goddesses


The food was great, the tree plugged in, the meal had gone without a hitch
Till Timmy turned to Amber and said, "Is it true that you're a witch?"
His mom jumped up and said, "The pies are burning," and she hit the kitchen
And it was Jane who spoke, she said, "It's true, your cousin's not a Christian"
"But we love trees, we love the snow, the friends we have, the world we share
And you find magic from your God, and we find magic everywhere"

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
And where does magic come from, I think magic's in the learning
Cause now when Christians sit with Pagans only pumpkin pies are burning

When Amber tried to do the dishes, her aunt said, "Really, no, don't bother"
Amber's uncle saw how Amber looked like Tim and like her father
He thought about his brother, how they hadn't spoken in a year
He thought he'd call him up and say, "It's Christmas and your daughter's here"
He thought of fathers, sons and brothers, saw his own son tug his sleeve saying
"Can I be a Pagan?" Dad said, "We'll discuss it when they leave"

So the Christians and the Pagans sat together at the table
Finding faith and common ground the best that they were able
Lighting trees in darkness, learning new ways from the old, and
Making sense of history and drawing warmth out of the cold


Best wishes for this season, no matter your faith. *hugs*

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Computer assistance needed… [08 Dec 2006|10:50am]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Okay…everyone I’ve talked to is baffled. So I turn to you, my LJ audience, to try and help me get the gatorbear back playing World of Warcraft.

His machine seems to be having issues with installing the 2.0.1 patch. We both used the Blizzard downloader to get the patch in smaller chunks, while we were not online playing. Come patch day, mine installs just fine. His, on the other hand…did something it hasn’t done since the 1.12 Scourge Invasion patch. About 80% of the way through the install using the Blizzard Updater that comes with the game, the monitor just goes “click” and shuts off. The hard drive fan is still running, and the computer gives no warning or indicator that something is about to go wrong before it happens. To all intents and purposes, it almost seems like the computer goes into some fashion of “sleep” or powersaving mode. But when you turn the monitor back on, it gives the “signal error” message that indicates that the hard drive isn’t on at all. No amount of moving the mouse or tapping on the keyboard can wake the computer up.

The only way we have found to revive the system when this happens is to shut down the main power switch in the back, then switch it back on and reboot. Of course, when we have to do this, it destabilizes Windows, which tends to make it want to go to Active Desktop Recovery when we turn it back on. When we tied defragging the hard drive last night, for the first time, the computer performed this behavior on a function not related to WoW. It seems to run all other functions (save defrag, as we found out last night) just fine.

So, I have three questions for the computer geeks out there. First – anyone got any idea what might be causing this? To me, it almost seems like some sort of failsafe switch is getting thrown, because the system handled a smaller bug-fix WoW patch (1.12.1) just fine. It’s only had this problem on the large content patches. Two – any idea how to fix the problem if you know what it is? The easiest thing to do might be related to question Three – does anyone know of a way to bypass the Blizzard Updater/Installer to get the patches applied to the program? Once we get the stuff actually installed, his computer runs the program just fine, as we’ve discovered in the past. It just seems to get bogged down on the install somehow.

Help? Please? I have a very frustrated gatorbear who is missing out on all the 2.0.1 fun – and his chance to go to Molten Core tonight. :(

EDIT: I have found one more tactic we haven't yet tried. So when I get home, I'm going to try starting his computer in Safe Mode and see if I can get the patches to install that way. I would assume that if I can get them installed with the computer in Safe Mode, that I would then restart the computer in Normal Mode in order to play, yes? Anyway - wish me luck. I'm gonna need it.

EDIT THE SECOND: Not good. Started the machine up in safe mode, began patching 1.12. Going slow...but so far as I can tell, everything's slow in safe mode. Got to about 7% installed and got the "unknown hard error" popup box, which crashed the install. After about 4 or 5 sesconds, the computer did its shutoff thing that it's previously been doing without warning. So...is this a hard drive problem or a problem somewhere else?

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AAARRRRGH!!!!!!! [06 Dec 2006|01:13pm]
[ mood | irritated ]

Damn. Damn, damn, damn, damn, DAMN!


I knew I should have gone out to the Steppes Monday night and had a couple more tries. But no...I decided to do other things.

In applying the patch and completely changing Scorpid Sting...Blizzard broke the Klinfran fight. Scorpid no longer de-enrages him, so even if you hit him with it, he still hits for 1200+ a pop.

Apparently the only way to kill him (at least till Blizzard decides if and/or when they're going to bring him up to date with his supposed weakness) is to kite him all over the zone and hope he never gets close enough to hit you. Or that nobody else decides to shoot at him and despawn him.






I just want them to fix him so I can try and get my damn bow. You know...a Core Marksman Rifle is starting to look real good about now. Grr.

>.

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Buh-whaaa? [28 Nov 2006|04:23pm]
[ mood | irritated ]

Okay...let me get this straight.

The Cam is accusing me of cheating, by "playing my character above my MC."

Umm...I've been MC 8 for about the last 5 years. Have had it approved by multiple RCs...not to mention the fact my character was passed - repeatedly - as "good to play" by the regional ST staff at the only SERE I ever *played* him at. And they did, indeed, do the math to make sure he added up right.


Damn, I'm glad that next year I'll be putting that $20 towards another WoW game card rather than wasting it on White Wolf. Accusing me, of all people, of cheating is NOT the way to get me to resume participation. Or cooperate with you in any way at all.

Grrr. >:(

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