Sinuses, Patching, and stuff

Been trying to write a post for a few days now, I have very little focus outside of work patching. Worked my tail off the last 3 days. fielded misunderstandings, and and got kudos from of managers in the dev area. Which made all the tail working worth it. So the first round of patching is done, second run is a week from Sunday, then the final bits are the Thursday afterwards. Busy times for this shoggoth wrangler.

So of course my cedar fever and sinus infection rebounds, felt blah on Wednesday, bad Thursday, and utterly miserable yesterday. So after I finished work yesterday I went back to CareNow. So, new antibiotics, oral steroids and pain meds. Started the pain and antibiotics last night, today was the steroids (per pharmacist, he said to wait unless I liked being up all night).

Slept pretty lousy though. Woke up early, took meds, futzed around for a bit, then went back to bed for an hour. Didn’t really sleep, but I ended up sweating like crazy as the low grade fever broke. So I got up again, and while I don’t feel good, I do feel better. I don’t think I’ll be doing much this weekend. I’ve been googling things like food delivery (besides pizza and Chinese food), and drop off laundry service. Because I don’t think I’ll have the tentacles to do it myself, and I’m way behind. So it might just be worth it to me to pay someone else to do it. We’ll see.

So yeah, still sick, still tired. Just talked to the friends I was going to go visit today, and yeah, not leaving the house. So, plan B will be watching Superhero movies and not doing much in the way of chores. There may be books, or naps in the future. Or both. Mostly though, I’m just going to rest. And hopefully by the time I’m back in the office I’ll feel human again. Catch you all later.

Not doing so hot

Not doing so good today. Last night was a series of classic vulpine anxiety dreams. One involved a cat dying, not any cat I know, but still, sad about kitty. Woke up from that bit of sad, decided to take my anxiety med and try to go back to sleep. Which I did, and had an even worse nightmare about celebrating a friend being in a big budget X-Men movie, which was great and glorious, but all my friends at the party (save the movie star), treated me as a leper. I woke up crying, and I felt like I’d been run over by a train. Great way to start a Saturday.

So I’m wide awake at 7:30am, depressed as hell, scared as fuck of going back to sleep. So I got up, checked the mail, and went to the store. Adulting, even when I had 0 desire to adult. Groceries gotten, some general chores done, been watching the first two ‘Species’ movies. Trying not to think much, as I’d like my brain to leave me alone.

Between the dreams, and the perpetual allergy war, and the world diving into an unhappy kind of insanity, lets just say I’m kind of hoping the comet that’s nnearby takes a left turn and smacks into the planet. At least there are always books. They give so much, they ask so little.

I’ll be ok, these things pass, sooner or later. Later today I’m going to see ‘John Wick 2’ with some friends, which I hope helps. Catch you all later.

Cephalopods in the Datacenter.

Came up with a brilliant bit of future genetic engineering today at work.

Create cephalopods that can function outside of water (ok, yes…this is probably a species limiting move, but work with me here).

Multiple arms, highly intelligent, able to communicate. Cephalopods would make perfect IT staff. But you wouldn’t want one particular type to be all IT staff.

For example, octopuses. Highly intelligent, clever, but destructive and erratic as hell. One day they might solve world hunger, and the next 3 they’d be unable to stop watching cat videos. You wouldn’t want them supporting your datacenter, but they’d make great developers. Make sure to have plenty of snacks and toys though, and keep the tasks changing.

Now if you wanted a perfect NOC tech, you’d use a cuttlefish. Not quite as smart as an octopus, and definitely not as able to come up with breakthroughs, but cuttlefish are not primadonnas. They are reliable, talented at communication, and less likely to eat their cube neighbors out of frustration. A team of quality cuttlefish would be perfect NOC techs.

Last, we have the squid. Probably as intelligent as the above two, if less studied. Tend to function more at night, can be highly aggressive if provoked, but generally are peaceful and curious. Can work in groups, but tends to function best solo. Obviously squid are system/network administrators. Also keep them in snacks, otherwise they may hunt down junior sysadmins or noctechs for sustenance.

*waves a tentacle*

Home, with a body

I was going to go be social with Amythest today. Woke up this morning and had exactly 0 tentacles for leaving the house. I’m trying to see if I can find some, but I really think I’ll just be staying here at home.

Weird dreams again, including my agnate sibling. Something about moving, so double odd. I also dreamed more stuff that’s from a city in my dreams, same place that the ur-Bookstore is in, but this is a major subway/train station, with a hub that has a lot of small shops in it. So I guess I’ll be dreaming about the theater district next. Yeah, I dream about this place a lot. I wonder if I’ll end up going somewhere and go ‘Oh holy crap, this is that dream!’. Which, if it has the ur-Bookstore, may mean I’ll finally move. My luck, it’s Unknown Kadath, and Nyarlathotep will be there to mock me.

Finished one book and one serial story last night. So much Mythos. And I have much more to read. Some group funded books came in, including a collection of stories based on the writing of Ramsey Campbell, one of my favorite authors. So that should be a lot of fun. As I said yesterday, I need to do some reviews. Maybe I can knock out a few today.

Not much else, work this week should be busy. I know I’m spending a few hours tomorrow dealing with telco stuff. I’m thinking I may work from home one day so I can sit down and focus on one project from the comfort of Château Innsmouth. We’ll see, I’d like to do it Friday, so I can work til late if I get into a groove, but we already have one admin on PTO that day. We’ll see what the boss thinks. Ok, that’s enough ramble for today. Catch everyone later. Oh yeah, enjoy your Superb Owls.

Books, books and dreams of books

Well last night’s sleep was kind of demented. Stayed up reading a quasi-random book pickup that’s turned into an epic Lovecraftian conspiracy novel. Decided to pause at about 2/3rd of the through, since I was pooped, and I wanted to savor the last reveals. Went to sleep, and had some bizarro dreams. I mentioned one on Facebook, where either Daniel Harms referred to me as a ‘poor man’s Kenneth Hite’ or Kenneth Hite referred to me as a ‘poor man’s Daniel Harms;. Either way, I’ll take the compliment. Other dreams in the series was going to the ur-Bookstore. That’s what I call a recurring bookstore in my dreams. It’s huge, more like a book mall, laid out in a labyrinth of rooms, halls and displays. I’m never looking for anything in particular, I’m just wandering looking at stuff. And I found a new, basement section of historical docs and manuscripts and other oddball stuff. But I had to go outside to get to the basement entrance, and suddenly it was Arctic winter and I was dressed for Texas. Brrr. Then the entrance was locked and I was getting colder and colder. Then I realized I was dreaming, but my brain said ‘so what’ and I was stuck trying to find a way out of the cold, or to wake up. Lucid Dreaming roll, 00. I was boned. Woke up eventually, and decided I didn’t want to give my subconscious any more run time.

Got up, got moving. I’ve spilled my pills twice today, I got the bathroom floor mopped, but my sinuses are now unthrilled. I was going to do a store run, but I really rather just avoid humanity for the moment. Watching a weird 70’s martial arts assassin flick, with really cheesy fight scenes. Once that’s done, I’ll probably work on general cleaning. Not putting the bookshelf together, my electric screwdriver/drill is dead, I’ve found that manually screwing around = crappy bookshelves. So I’ll either have to borrow one from a friend, or go get another one.

Ok, just went and picked some stuff in the bedroom, and I’m going to flop some more. Don’t think I’m leaving the house. I can always order a pizza… in fact I may do that very soon. Take care everyone. *sniffle*

Stand Friday Postness

Another Friday, another post. Rough week, the promised break in the tree pollen has failed to happen. I locked my keys in my car, and I’ve been running around at work pulled in a bunch of different ways. But it still beats the Shoggoth Pit. I joked to my boss about moving to Iceland, and his comment was ‘As long as you have decent internet it could be workable’. *chuckle* No, not planning to flee the country, just wishing I wasn’t allergic to Texas. Yeah, I complain a lot…but this year has been hell.

I’ve been reading a lot as usual, bunch of new books came out that I had to have. King in Yellow Rock Opera tale, insidious conspiracies of Azathoth worshipers, stuff like that. I have some reviews I need to write, even though I hate writing them. I can’t find the middle ground between epic reviews of length, and just saying ‘I loved it’. Speaking of books, assuming I wake up with enough tentacles, I’ll finally be putting together another 6′ bookshelf for the Starry Wisdom Library, and then start moving books around. I also have some left over chores from last weekend that I need to do. Organize the bedroom, sort stuff, get rid of more trash. But mostly I do just want to get the bookcase done.

That’s about it for my brainmeats. I have bright ideas to write things, but when I sit down I can’t remember what I thought of. I think I really need to setup a speech to text system, and hook a mic in the shower…as that is traditionally where my best ideas show up. Ok, I’m calling this a post. *waves a tentacle*

Art…on a stick

Well, my Friday was mostly productive. Didn’t get all the chores I wanted to do done, but enough to call it successful. Woke up today out of a series of weird/unpleasant dreams. Ok the Harry Potter/Lovecraft/Tolkien crossover was pretty cool. But the rest were classic Vulpine anxiety dreams. So I got up a little bit ago. Still kind of off feeling though. So I’ll futz around Château Innsmouth, then off to look at art and watch zombies with Amythest and Nymaz later today. So maybe some reviews later on this weekend. Have a good Satyrday cultists.

Thank Cthulhu, a three day weekend

Took today off from Carcosa, time off in lieu for working on a MLK day. Internet died last night, so I went to bed to read my ARC of ‘Winter Tide’ by Ruthanne Emrys. (I won a raffle she did around Cthulhumas). I read about half of it last night, and I love it. Go Team Innsmouth!

I’m still recovering from tree pollen explosions, in theory the pollen should go away next week. I’m better, more functional, but still…this has been a hell year already.

Doing the chores I’ve ignored for weeks. So much laundry, picking up clutter and trash. Have some errands to run too, but I’m less interested in going out today. We’ll see once the laundry is done.

That’s about it for this post. I have stuff I want to write, but I rarely get creative when I’m at a keyboard. Maybe later. Until then, wish me luck and tentacles.

*insert amusing thing here*

I survived Friday night, ended up curing up with an old favorite book, “Nightmare’s Disciple” by Joe Pulver. Stayed up later than planned, but that’s ok. Went to sleep about 11, and pretty much stayed asleep til 9ish, with only a few wakeups. Still feeling ick, pollen count has jumped again. Really tired of the trees. Damn the Lorax *wink*

Me and Amythest had already decided that our plans for museuming today was not going to happen. So I made myself go out and get groceries while I still had tentacles. Got groceries, got a burger. Got home, took a shower and flooded my sinuses, which helped a little.

Was going to do the massive ton of laundry and chores if I didn’t go be social today, but I don’t think I’ll get much more than some general pick up and organizing (which I’ve already done). So I’ve been at the computer, and watching ‘Resident Evil’ movies in prep for next weekend’s release. I’ve finally gotten around to setting up Crashplan backups on Hydra, so time to watch all my files slowly back up. This is going to take forever, but just in case Château Innsmouth gets hit by a meteor while I’m not in it, I’ll still have all my Mythos Multimedia.

I have thoughts I want to post about, but at the same time I’m pretty fuzzy brained today, so it may wait. I’ll probably work some on trip foo, been reading fluffy computer articles and organizing files. Trying to avoid too much social media, though it looks like today was better than I worried. Hope it stays that way.

The rest of today, more movies, more taking it easy. I really hope this crap fades soon. Ok, catch you all later.

Remember when I said I was going to post a lot tonight…

Yeah, that’s not going to happen. I was up to the wee hours due to the steroid shot, got about 6 hours of sleep. Felt alright through most of the day, then I hit a wall. Which would probably be the point where the steroid wore off. I’m tired, sniffily and tender again. So tonight will probably be a bad movie or to, some geekery, and early to bed with a book and a lot of meds. Was a good day, officially going to the Necronomicon in Providence in August. Paid for my registration, reserved a room at a local small hotel that looks quirky and fun. Now to find a good plane flight and I’m golden. Have some non-Lovecraft plans for while I’m in New England, I’ll go into more details another time. For now, I’m calling it a day. May Cthulhu hold you gently in his tentacles.