It’s amazing how the human body and brain can push through pain. Through the moments of passing out for 3 hours or hiding under my pillow, I’ve been amazingly productive. I have to admit that I have plenty of practice at this – I’ve been having severe migraines since I was 10 years old. This is why I consider disassociation a TOOL and not a DISEASE in people with chronic illnesses.
I imagine it’s like the accounts I’ve read of how soldiers survived and kept their mouths shut during torture and imprisonment. Wow, that’s a cheerful thought!
Anyways, stuff I’ve accomplished in a fun and numerical way:
1. Finished the other half of the Christmas stocking for LJ. Shaun’s grandma made stockings for all her grandchildren and we had someone copy them for A&E (back when we thought we were only going to adopt A&E) the first Christmas they spent with us. Last year I refused to put up stockings because we didn’t have one for LJ. This year we will!
2. Ordered supplies on the internet. Seriously, getting the best deal online without getting ripped off is hard work.
3. Put together a pipe accessory kit for our lovely Etsy customers.
4. Took pictures, edited pictures and listed about 10 things on Etsy.
5. Went to the fabric store and bought some cute fleece, some micro-fiber for our custom pipe bags, and some flannel & jersey for “fashion” pipe bags.
6. Got a new computer. It’s super duper fast and runs photoshop incredibly well, but the firewire ports aren’t working and that makes me pissy because I don’t have access to the servers right now. I did set up the old computer on a nightstand so I have it to fall back on when I need it.
7. Joined 2 pipe clubs online. Somehow, Shaun became one of the most viewed pipe restorers on the internet (page 2 of Google, bitches!) and since I run the internet profiles, I figured I should meet our demographic. It’s fun to talk to guys though – since I worked for an automotive advertising company for like FOREVER, it’s kind of my niche.
8. I think I finally had a breakthrough with LJ in regards to our relationship. It worked out the way most breakthroughs do – we had a major fight and then after we were done screaming at each other, some unabridged honesty showed up.
9. Moved the birds to my nightstand and away from the window for the winter. I don’t know if it was grief that her friends had all migrated away or that she was cold and itchy, but Cami pulled out a ton of feathers. She’s doing a lot better now, but the birds love to torture me when I lay down. If I don’t give them proper attention before I go to bed, I get pelted with seed and pine shavings all night. For such little birds, they’re incredibly talented at throwing things. I get revenge by spritzing them with rosewater (alcohol free of course) and yelling RAINSTORM, RAINSTORM, RAINSTORM! in the mornings.
10. I cleaned the living shit out of the bedroom. Since I’m in here 24/7 right now due to the headache induced narcolepsy, I figure I should at least make it a pleasant place to be. It’s kind of hard to tell how much cleaner it is unless you spend a lot of time in here, but it is vastly improved.
In general, un-numerated manner, I also wonder why people recycle circuit boards from computers without thoroughly glazing them with acrylic or glass. Do they not realize that most of the components are TOXIC??? Yes, it is absolutely a good idea to take circuitry apart without gloves or a mask, cut it, and make candle holders and jewelry out of it. Can a sister at least get a plastic lamination sheet? Some diamond glaze? A thick layer of Elmer’s glue? It amazes me that our government worries about flavored cigarettes being sold legally to adults when equal retards are taking electronics apart, grinding them into toxic dust, and then selling them without a single precaution?
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t recycle dead computers into new and useful things, just that there are safer ways to do it. Raise the price a couple of dollars and buy some sealant. Put it on thickly enough that the surface is smooth (the microscopic wires easily get under skin and it not only hurts like fuck, it’s not that good for you.) Just writing that paragraph makes me want to smack the person who caused the label “do not eat” to be put on those rare earth magnets. Or the Kleenex brand for refusing to use recycled or sustainable paper products instead of rain forests. Or the goblins that keep stealing the red straws from my Cans’o’Air.
Speaking of that, I wonder if one of those air mattress pumps would work to clean my computer. Experiment engage!