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    Twenty-four hours ago I was stressed, looking at what I could sell, researching pay-day loans, and facing the grim reality that my gas bill, electricity bill, rent, and phone would all go unpaid for another month, and with no idea how I would pay for transportation to my college to purchase my books for classes which all start on the first of September, not to mention how I would be feeding myself.

    Freaking out and at the end of my rope, I decided to.... fuck it and sit down and draw for the first time in month.

    Earlier day I found out classes have been postponed a week due to flooding.

    Ok. Some breathing room.

    Then, in the wee hours I found out the money I was waiting on came through "like whoah". The burden of the past THREE YEARS has finally paid off, and I find myself suddenly comparing stats for things like a new computer, a new camera, and dental insurance.

    It is dawn, and I am about to sleep SO FUCKING WELL.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
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    That's so wonderful, Rachael. :)
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    Rachael - Here's one huge virtual vile hug. My experience with the Social Security process still gives me anxiety just to think about it. I'm glad to hear things are working out. Good luck with school!

    My daughter made it through the night for the second night in a row with no bed wetting! I'm not going to get all cocky and say she's house broken, but DAMN!no urine soaked laundry this week. Her mom picks her up tonight and then I have a three day weekend with no kid.

    I'm also looking at a comic I outlined about four years ago and I'm going to write all 8 issues (artists be damned) because I like the story. There was one element that really bothered me as I read it now. I think I've figured out how to pull that out and replace it with something that accomplishes the same things without being quite so... blech. Tomorrow night, I sit down in my favorite bar with my laptop and make the changes. And then... I get to start scripting!
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
     (10189.4)
    BOOYA! RACHAEL! booya

    uh... i jammed with my creative partner and am having curry for tea....
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
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    David: in answer to the post from last month, yeah...I know. Just...I'm a double-mozzarella gal (pop some feta on that if I'm feeling really naughty and want to break out the tums). It'll be hard. And as for soy/almond milk, I've actually been drinking soy instead of cow milk for 3-4 years. I don't drink much...mostly just in my tea, so it's cool. When I ate cereal I enjoyed almond milk though.

    Dork: Hmm....I'll try that cheese out.

    Today I went boxing again. It was actually a pretty uneventful and rather boring training day, but it was my first time going in about 2-3 weeks and DAMN it felt good. I'll always love that endorphin kick after a good workout and WORSHIP the shower afterwards. Lovely!
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
     (10189.6)
    @ oldhat- yeah, the good old endorphin rush is priceless. It can be a bit fickle with me yet when it comes on it is like the pharmacy in my central nervous system/brain thingy is having a closing down sale. I had a hit of it yesterday morning. I'm a Northman viking and i could smell the ocean and the arrival of autumn..it was fucking great!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeSep 1st 2011
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    right on Rachael! love it when shit just falls into place letting you have room to breathe!

    Improv class tonight, more opening up for strangers, more thinking on my feet, compliments that left me glowing and sure I'm on the right track. }:>
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    Rachael - really good news, pleased for you.
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    Thanks, everyone, for your congratulations!

    What I think is best about today is that...

    IT'S JON CARPENTER'S BIRTHDAY!!!!!

    WHEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Hooray!!!!
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    Been stressed out lately, and today I got up after tossing and turning for quite some time just to find out that my internal calendar had been totally messed up - instead of Thursday or maybe Wednesday, it was Friday. Gaming and reading today, maybe diving tomorrow, then on Sunday a trip in the woods to pick some mushrooms.
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    Thanks Rachael! I think it'll be an extended birthday weekend, as today's a bit of a write off and my poor other half was too busy being stuck on a drip in hospital to buy any presents, but she's home now which is all I could wish for...
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
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    @ JOnCarp3nter..Phew!! I actually had to think to tap that in! ALL THE BEST FROM THE DAWN OF SHEPHERDS BUSH LONDON! Me hope the wife is ok. I got health issues so...

    I just "TURNED" (sounds as if on a birthday you become a vamp or a zombie) 47 and find birthdays surrreeeel! I may be 47 in "real time" but in my mad little universe i'm about 12.

    WE WANT TO PLAY!!!
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10189.13)
    Happy happy For Rachael! You certainly needed a break.
    For me the good thing happened yesterday. Had my annual physical (which I haven't had one since 2008 WTF?) Anyways my exercise and diet change program that i started 2 months ago has paid off. Not only have I lost 37 lbs in that time but my blood pressure has improved (it's a normal 116/70 instead of 130ish/80ish) but my cholesterol/triglyceride levels have improved immensely since 3 years ago (from 206 total to 164 total with HDL -the good stuff - going from 47 to 53) and my glucose level is back into the low normal range.
    All this from cutting out all grains, and junk food, and exercising regularly.
  7.  (10189.14)
    You know what I think is a good thing right now?

    My son not losing a bollock.

    Couple of nights ago, he came downstairs and told us he had unexplained pain in his scrotum & was worried. We phoned NHS Direct, who said 'take him to Casualty, just in case'. We did.

    He had testicular torsion. Basically, testicles can sometimes just twist around inside the scrotum & the blood supply to the organ is cut off. Unless you correct this surgically, the testicle basically dies within 6 to 8 hours. He was operated on in the middle of the night, with about 2 hours to spare.

    He's home now - sore and bow-legged but basically intact.

    So, two things.
    Thank FUCK for the NHS.

    And, boys - any unexplained pain in your nutsack, get that shit checked out FAST.

    (Yes - I've seen that Venture Brothers episode. He hasn't - yet.)
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      CommentAuthorkperkins
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10189.15)
    Glad it was nothing too serious Cat.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
     (10189.16)
    Yeah, I slag off the NHS yet if it wasn't for them I would have died 9 yrs ago.Thank you Chelsea and Westminister( is that spelt right?) Hospital!
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011 edited
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    @kperkins: cheers.

    @flecky:
    Without the NHS I would have lost a foot and half a leg to diabetes-related gangrene after a martial art injury some 9 years ago. Still get baffled & angry when Americans talk about their medical system, on their behalf.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd 2011
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    @Cat:
    I know what you mean. I've read what people have to go through on this site just to get a blood test etc.in the states. Saying that though i've seen the NHS pull off some well dodgy shit. I used to work in a "old" peoples home and it got a bit heavy. Most of the staff were cool yet a few shouldn't have been allowed to work their. That was a long time ago..shit,I sometimes freak about getting old(er)!
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    @flecky: Oh yeah, when they fuck up, it's usually really bad. But it beats not being there at all - mostly.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeSep 4th 2011
     (10189.20)
    At Dragon Con in Atlanta. Holy shit, what a time.

    Got in at 6pm, registered, and went shitting around. Tried and failed to get in to see Abney Park. Got shitfaced. Today--well, yesterday--I got out inexplicably early, shitted around some more. Met Seantaclaus, my first Chaplain and a hell of a cat. Trying to wind down now, as me and two buddies are driving back at noon.

    I'm sore as shit and am very, very happy.

    @rachael and @cat: good news all around!

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