Rather than review yet another crazy week, I thought I'd get some ideas on
(virtual) paper about what I want in a new place. Not moving anytime soon,
my lease isn't up til March. But I'm still daydreaming of what I want
in a new place.
The problem with the current Château Innsmouth is that it's laid out
organically, and there isn't really enough room to reorganize. Plus the
apartment has features that use space badly, like a bar area, and a fireplace/
mantle. Plus, as a crazed book collector, I want more room for bookcases.
So here's my ideas.
A 2 bedroom (or one bedroom with a study) apartment/duplex/condo. The usual
bedroom, bathroom, kitchen stuff. If possible a garden tub for soaking, and
washer/dryer so doing laundry doesn't require extra tentacles to leave the
place. All pretty mundane more or less. Hardwood/tile floors if possible,
easier to clean and less dust. Don't really care about appliances, as long
as they work well and I have room in the kitchen to do stuff. More than one
closet would be nice.
The fun stuff starts in the living
room area. Usually that's the biggest room in the place, and for mine
it will become the library. Walls of bookcase, as tall as I can
get/reasonably afford, covering most/all of the wall space. Somewhere in
there will be the reading nook, comfy chair, lamp, fan, etc. Possibly by
a window, if I don't just cover them all up with bookcases. Half height
bookshelves making an island in the middle maybe, possibly with a table
top to display some of my collection of weird knickknacks. No TV or
couch or other standard living room stuff, I'm not one for entertaining.
Maybe another couple of chairs instead. If there's a dining room, it will
pretty much be an extension of the living room. (or possibly act as a study
depending on size and location.
The other bedroom/den/etc, I'll set that up as my study. Will probably
be the larger of the rooms. I look at bedrooms a lot like the ancient
Romans did, it's a place to sleep and keep stuff, not to live in.
Find a new, cooler
desk (or desks). On one wall will be the TV and a rack for the various
server, network and media stuff (some of it will depend on where the demarc for
the internet service ends up) My workstations will be on the desk, along
with my usual fidgets and favorite Cthulhu items. I'll put together some
kind of display cabinet for more of the Mythos stuff. Framed art on the
walls (vs randomly adding stuff to the wall with tacks), a few bookshelves
(probably half height, to mix art and books). The books in the study
are either favorites, extra fancy, or just stuff I like having in arm's
So that's my thoughts about a future home. We'll see how it works out. Join
me next time, when I'll probably ramble about a crazy week or two. Ciao.
Another crazy week. Eyedoctor says my eyes are fine, and my 'script is the
same. So I get to order my usual type of glasses, and get re-used to
transition bifocals. Also have to pay a pretty penny for them. Work has
been crazy, the new project went from 0 to 60, and I spent most of Friday
building things so things can be ready for Monday. And I'm pretty darn
sure tomorrow will be a mess, because no plan survives contact with the
I spent yesterday being social. Beta tested a wood pellet powered pizza
oven (was good), petted fluffy adorable kitties, figured out my next
apartment's bookshelf order. Then I headed over to the other side of
the Metroplex and watched movies and chatted about our road trips, and
watches movies. Came home about 10pm, read for a while and went to bed.
Today was supposed to be going to the Alamo Drafthouse to go see 'Blood
from the Mummy's Tomb' and 'The Fog'. But I woke up today after a sad
dream, and I just didn't want to leave the house. I back and forthed over
it for a while, then right around go time I decided to stay home. Been
finishing up watching 'The Haunting of Hill House', which started slow,
but went into high gear. Finishing up the series as I write this. Then
off to bed with a book.
Hoping this week isn't as crazy as last week's. I can dream at least.
Ok, going to call this a post. *waves a tentacle*
October hasn't been what I'd call a great month. Work is lots of stress,
lots of change and not a lot of concrete stuff. I'm officially a Subject
Matter Expert for something I really do not to be involved in, but I am
the guy with the most knowledge ATM. At least the project is a complete
new build out, so hopefully I can do it right from the start.
I turned 46. I still don't feel 46. What the hell happened? I'll buy
my 30's, since I can at least keep my checkbook balanced. Oh well. On my
spawning day I went and saw a screening of 'Prince of Darkness' at the
Alamo Drafthouse. Good way to spend the end of my spawning day.
Last night I went to the wake of a friend of mine from college. Saw a lot
of people I haven't seen in too many years. Lots of stories, laughs, tears.
I have a lot of stuff in my head that I have to process. Don't worry,
nothing bad, just stuff in my life and how I view my life I think I need to
change. I'm also sorry it took a friend dying for me to reach out and see
those friends from my past. *sad*
Health wise, things are mixed. When I'm mindful of my eating, and my
stress isn't super high, my bloodsugars are hovering a smidge above normal.
When the stress kicks in, or I do something stupid like eat too much pizza
(aka today), they're all over the place. My dealings with CareNow have
sunk to a new low, I need to find a GP so I don't have to deal with
unprofessional medical staff. I have a couple of leads from people I trust,
so that's good. Depression/anxiety and stress is making the brainmeats
tricky to manage, along with constant focusing on my blood sugar and how
my eyes are acting. *yawn* I also am having issues sleeping solid, stress
is for the feckin birds.
So what's coming up ? A follow up eye-doctor visit on Wednesday, then
after that I hope to have stable enough vision to get my normal bifocal
glasses. Various work projects, next weekend is more social time, and
going to see some classic horror flicks next Sunday. Mostly though, I'm
just going to be trying to keep the anxiety/stress levels from hitting
peak levels again. *crosses tentacles*
It's taken a while to write this, I think this is rewrite #3. Going for the
short form this time. Had a really good time at the Film Festival. Portland
as usual is the kind of city I enjoy. Good food, interesting buildings,
a metro system that works, and a distinct lack of mountain cedar. Did
my usual wandering, raided Powell's City of Books (Oh, my credit card
bill). I also went over to the Oregon Maritime Museum and Movie Madness
Video. Then, Friday night was time for the Fest...
As usual it was mostly feature films for me. So after saying hi to people
I know, I found a seat for 'Necronomicon: The Book of Hell'. A flick from
Argentina, that I've been wanting to see since I first heard about it.
Movie about one of the copies of the Necronomicon that HPL said was kept
at the Biblioteca Nacional in Buenos Aires. Creepy book tale (which
themed to be a theme for me this year). Lots of fun, low budget but
it worked well for me. Then again, crazed book folks hit a special note
with me. Hoping it gets an international release. Next flick was 'The
Rules of Ruin', another forbidden tome book, this one from Mexico. Also
creepy, it didn't hang together quite as well as Necronomicon, but it was
enjoyable. Again, hoping for a wider release (and a physical copy for me).
Saturday started with 'Carbload for Cthulhu' a signing event, with bagels
and Voodoo donuts. (I had a quarter of 1 donut due to the evil diabetes,
was good but not worth sugar coma). Met some more friends, met a number
of new authors and bought a bunch of books. Then was the HPLHS presentation
of 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth' as a radio play. As a card carrying member,
I had to get a front row seat. Then was dinner, sushi with pals, then back
to see 'Hammer of the Gods', a Canadian wilderness horror flick. The same
people did 'Black Mountain Side' a few years ago, which blew me away. This
was different, jarring spikes of horror, mixed with general 'oh crap this
will end badly'. Really enjoyed it, will be staying out of the Canadian
wilderness. Last flick for Saturday was a Japanese adaptation of 'The Shadow
Over Innsmouth'. Was enjoyable, if a little slow. But it's one of those
things I'd probably never get to see again, so glad I went.
Sunday started with more wandering and talking. Some folks had their
wedding at the HPLFF, and they opened it to anyone who wanted to attend.
Cody Goodfellow presided, I highly recommend getting married by a crazy
Cthulhu cultist if you are of the inclination.
Movies were Clark Ashton Smith adaptations, one from 'Night Gallery' and two
by Richard Stanley, 'Mother of Toads' (which I've seen a few times) and 'The
Sea of Perdition', which isn't a direct adaptation, just using some themes
and going off a really cool landscape he found in Iceland. Richard Stanley
did a Q/A which was really interesting, he's a very quirky dude. I then
hit my one shorts block, the NSFW set. Definitely was not safe for work,
or sanity. Will never look at lobsters or mirrors the same way again.
*wink* Final flick was 'Corpse' based on the King in Yellow mythos of
Robert Chambers. Very psychedelic, multiple timelines that were kind of
hard to keep up with, and IMHO needed a bit of editing, but it really got
the creeping insanity of Carcosa (not Carcosa Corp). And with that, my fest came
to a close.
*looks up* Yeah, this is the short form. I can get wordy really bloody
easily. As I said, I had a blast. Saw a number of friends, made a bunch
of new ones. Was already wishing it was time for the next fest before I
got to the airport the next day. Many Thanks to Gwen and Brian Callahan,
along with their eldritch minions for putting on one hell of a fest.
Quick post, I've hit 46 cycles around the flaming ball of death in the sky. Working from home today, not getting a lot done. Distracted fox is distracted. Tonight I'm
going to a local screening of Prince of Darkness. Normally I won't go to a movie during the work week, but that's one of my top 5 movies, and it's showing on a big screen on my Spawning Day, so if that's not a sign, nothing is. So tomorrow I'll probably be dragging. But it will be worth it. I also still owe a post about the HPLFF, maybe
this weekend. Assuming my anxiety drops a notch or two. But until then, happy spawning day to me :)
Flew back in today. My brain has been reduced to something akin to tapioca, early wake up, flying, having my bag searched because of eldritch objects, and a screaming child two seats away. But that's just the return journey, the rest of the trip was gloriously fun. Movies, books, friends, good food, things with tentacles. Friends with tentacles. I'll write up a more detailed post probably this weekend. For now though, I'll try to regrow some tentacles for returning to Carcosa Corp tomorrow, and probably go to bad way early.
Heading out to Portland in a few hours, for the HP Lovecraft Film Festival. Very much looking forward to it, hoping for an
easy trip (I have a sinus infection, and that's making me a tad nervous about flying). Lovecraftian movies and people, book raid on Powell's City of Books, and some rather good food. So wish me luck, and I'll post again after I get back, and fill you all in on the eldritch details.
Good news everybody. The eye doctor said my eyes are quite healthy, no signs of any issues from the diabetes, other than my vision prescription has changed rather dramatically. And since my blood sugars aren’t stable yet, they may change yet more. So I have a new ‘script for glasses, and found a place that could get me distance glasses made today. So I’ll use these ‘cheap’ glasses til we’re sure my script won’t change again crazily, then I’ll get my bifocals made. For now thought, I’m going to go rest my tired eyes, at least until the damn dilation goes away. *blinkblink*
Well it's currently Day 13 of me being diagnoses with diabetes. So how
am I doing? Well, it's officially official. My bloodwork came back with
confirmation of being diabetic. Which beats having something weird and
esoteric in my pancreas. Been doing the blood testing twice a day per
my doctor. Once when I get up, once after a meal (usually dinner or
lunch). Don't like the jab, but I'm not needle phobic at all, so it's more
of a 'sigh' *bleed* *move on*. Blood sugar is going down, which of course
is the way we want things to be going. Yay medication and diet.
Speaking of diet, I've gone from an average of 3000 calories a day, to under
2000. How, setting limited portions, snacking on cucumbers and tomatoes a
lot, and trying to be mindful of how I'm doing. The snacking urge is hard
to ignore, I hate being hungry. But my stomach is shrinking a bit, and
I've found stuff that works well for me. So I'm doing ok. Trying very hard
to not set myself up for a fall. If I go over calories/sugars, then oh
well. Try better tomorrow. I'm going to go over tonight by a bit. (I
treated myself to NYC pizza, was good and only ate two slices. That was
hard). But I don't have to be perfect. Just have to improve.
Otherwise, I'm kind of kerfrazzled, the vision stuff is scary, but I think
my eyes have settled down to a point where I think that unless they find
something else wrong, And if they do, I'll deal. Though if I stop being
able to read, there will be problems. Work is stressing me, lots of
meetings, lots of questions I just don't know. Company buyouts are
stressful as heck. I ended up taking today as PTO to just decompress.
Tomorrow and Sunday are more decompression time, need to do some more
chores around the house, read, and really, REALLY try to catch up on sleep.
Speaking of reading and sleeping, I think that's what I'm going to do.
Night fellow cultists (and everyone else reading this)
Quick post. Last Thursday (a week ago), my eyes started acting up. Vision
got kind of fuzzy, over the next few days my eyes changed enough that my
glasses are unwearable. My distance vision is lousy, mid range is fuzzy
but workable, and from arm's length and closer I'm alright. What's going
on ? No idea. It could be the change in blood sugars from high to less
high triggered a change in eyeball/lens shape. It happens, per some diabetic
friends and some major googling. If that's it, my eyes should self correct.
If not, well it could be a number of other things. Thus I have an
ophthalmologist appointment on Monday to give my eyes a complete look over.
They'll be able to tell if I have other eye problem, or if my eyes have just
changed and I need a new 'script. We'll see Monday.
What does this mean? I haven't left the house since Sunday. I can drive,
but that's a bad idea IMHO. I took Monday off from Carcosa Corp, but after
that I rearranged my desktop setup at home so my computer screens are close
enough to limit the eyestrain. I haven't been getting a lot done, but it's
been a week of meetings, which doesn't require me to geek much. I can read,
thank Cthulhu, otherwise I'd have gone nuts already. I'm listening to a lot
of pdocasts and audiobooks when I'm doing other things. So I'm not crazy, but
I'm definitely antsy as hell.
So, hopefully the docs can figure out a fix, and life returns to normal. My
plans for this weekend are just about non-existent. I'm probably going
to stick around home, read, etc. I'll be stircrazy, but not much I can do
about that either way. I can at least futz around the house doing chores
and stuff. And we'll see how things go after that.