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chestnutcurls: (it gets worse)
This has been another awful, chicken-with-my-head-cut-off workday. I was finally finished with everything, but someone just brought me something else to do.

I'd bang my head against the desk, if my head didn't already feel like a balloon that someone blew up too far.

Tomorrow I have continued insanity and a monthly birthday party to throw. But at least it'll be Friday, so maybe I can be more optimistic then.

When am I going to get well? :P
chestnutcurls: (it gets worse)
This has been another awful, chicken-with-my-head-cut-off workday. I was finally finished with everything, but someone just brought me something else to do.

I'd bang my head against the desk, if my head didn't already feel like a balloon that someone blew up too far.

Tomorrow I have continued insanity and a monthly birthday party to throw. But at least it'll be Friday, so maybe I can be more optimistic then.

When am I going to get well? :P
chestnutcurls: (tea)
Today is Wednesday, and not Tuesday! I'm so thrown off. Tonight I have flute practice (our trio is scheduled for Sunday morning) and then Evan and I will go to Free Scoop Night. I see it's gained quite a following. :) Ice cream: bringing people together. It couldn't be a better night for it, since my throat is still hurting. I'm trying to stave off the full sickness with Sudafed, but since these sinus attacks come every 2-3 months now, I know the signs. One of them is that I lose my appetite and only want cold drinky things like milkshakes and smoothies. It's weird. Anyway, Free Scoop Night is my personal kickoff to summer. Yay!

One thing I like about my job is getting to open hotels in our database system. I only get to do it once in a while because it's really my co-worker's job. Once I open a hotel, I send a notification e-mail to both of our corporate offices...thousands of people! It's the only time I ever feel powerful at work. Helen says I'm famous because of it. :)

Myla has invited me to go to Music Fest with her on Saturday to see Switchfoot. Sister Hazel, Fuel, Collective Soul, and Journey are also playing (some of them at the same time). The tickets aren't too expensive, so I'll probably go, but I'm not as thrilled about it as I was in years past. Crowds of drunk people are not my thing. Plus, it's hard to get very close to the stage. I hate shelling out money and then getting stuck a mile from the band I came to see. Oh well...I still have time to think about it.

AI )
chestnutcurls: (tea)
Today is Wednesday, and not Tuesday! I'm so thrown off. Tonight I have flute practice (our trio is scheduled for Sunday morning) and then Evan and I will go to Free Scoop Night. I see it's gained quite a following. :) Ice cream: bringing people together. It couldn't be a better night for it, since my throat is still hurting. I'm trying to stave off the full sickness with Sudafed, but since these sinus attacks come every 2-3 months now, I know the signs. One of them is that I lose my appetite and only want cold drinky things like milkshakes and smoothies. It's weird. Anyway, Free Scoop Night is my personal kickoff to summer. Yay!

One thing I like about my job is getting to open hotels in our database system. I only get to do it once in a while because it's really my co-worker's job. Once I open a hotel, I send a notification e-mail to both of our corporate offices...thousands of people! It's the only time I ever feel powerful at work. Helen says I'm famous because of it. :)

Myla has invited me to go to Music Fest with her on Saturday to see Switchfoot. Sister Hazel, Fuel, Collective Soul, and Journey are also playing (some of them at the same time). The tickets aren't too expensive, so I'll probably go, but I'm not as thrilled about it as I was in years past. Crowds of drunk people are not my thing. Plus, it's hard to get very close to the stage. I hate shelling out money and then getting stuck a mile from the band I came to see. Oh well...I still have time to think about it.

AI )
chestnutcurls: (elven cloak)
It really irritates me when people, upon seeing that I am sick, hold things up in front of their faces while talking to me, even though I am standing a good five feet away. I have a non-contagious sinus problem...not leprosy. Thank you very much.

Yes, I am even sicker today. This is great because I will spend tonight and tomorrow smushing in the backseat of a car with my two siblings, who will likely talk nonstop and probably use me as a pillow. At the end of the journey, I will spend several nights sleeping on the couch in my grandmother's smoky, dark house. Then we will turn around and drive fifteen hours straight to get home. Did I mention I'm not happy about this trip? I'm really not happy about this trip. I want to leave now because the sooner we go, the sooner we can come back. I have to get a better attitude. My extended family is getting older and who knows how much time I'll have with them. And I guess the wedding festivities will be fun. I've just been torn away from my friends and a restful five-day weekend for all but two Thanksgivings of my life, and I am tired of it.

Evan is going off-roading in Arkansas while I'm gone. I'm glad, because he hasn't gone in a long time and I know he's itching for the trails. Unfortunately I didn't get to say goodbye to him last night because he had to work on the truck, in preparation. We will be apart for six days, counting today. This is the longest separation since we've been dating. I am very sad. If you find that sickening, rest assured that the small part of me not infested with cartoon hearts agrees with you. :) At least we'll get to talk. I love you, nationwide calling plan.

Anyway, I hope you all have great, fun, relaxing Thanksgivings full of love and turkey. As a parting gift, here's a poll.

Poll Time )
chestnutcurls: (elven cloak)
It really irritates me when people, upon seeing that I am sick, hold things up in front of their faces while talking to me, even though I am standing a good five feet away. I have a non-contagious sinus problem...not leprosy. Thank you very much.

Yes, I am even sicker today. This is great because I will spend tonight and tomorrow smushing in the backseat of a car with my two siblings, who will likely talk nonstop and probably use me as a pillow. At the end of the journey, I will spend several nights sleeping on the couch in my grandmother's smoky, dark house. Then we will turn around and drive fifteen hours straight to get home. Did I mention I'm not happy about this trip? I'm really not happy about this trip. I want to leave now because the sooner we go, the sooner we can come back. I have to get a better attitude. My extended family is getting older and who knows how much time I'll have with them. And I guess the wedding festivities will be fun. I've just been torn away from my friends and a restful five-day weekend for all but two Thanksgivings of my life, and I am tired of it.

Evan is going off-roading in Arkansas while I'm gone. I'm glad, because he hasn't gone in a long time and I know he's itching for the trails. Unfortunately I didn't get to say goodbye to him last night because he had to work on the truck, in preparation. We will be apart for six days, counting today. This is the longest separation since we've been dating. I am very sad. If you find that sickening, rest assured that the small part of me not infested with cartoon hearts agrees with you. :) At least we'll get to talk. I love you, nationwide calling plan.

Anyway, I hope you all have great, fun, relaxing Thanksgivings full of love and turkey. As a parting gift, here's a poll.

Poll Time )
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
My internet connection at work is still sporadic. Our network must have been hit pretty hard.

Now that I've finished my antibiotics, I think I'm getting sick again. What am I going to do? I can't just go back to the doctor. "Um, this medicine didn't work, give me something else." :P

Do you guys know my friend Jenn? She's living in Australia and is really cool. I just got caught up with her blog and wanted to give her a plug, since she rocks my socks.

Gandalf did Pilates this morning. I'm not kidding! One of the first movements is the roll-up, which is basically going to a sitting position from a lying-down position. Gandalf flopped onto the rug with us when we started our workout. When it was time for the roll-up, he laid on his back with his paws over his head, and when we sat up, he sat up too. When we laid back down, he did too. He did it three or four times. I was laughing so hard I could hardly do the exercise. I told about it at lunch and no one believed me, but I swear it's true.

Two random trip things I forgot:
1. One day while we were driving, my mother and I spotted a furry, cute, flattish animal scurrying around on the side of the road. My mother insisted it was a platypus. I had to convince her that platypuses (platypi?) are not indigenous to North America, but once I saw it I agreed that it sort of looked like one. I wanted to get a picture of it, but it ran away. Later I figured out that the "Michigan platypus" (as we called it) was actually a beaver. I'm so smart.
2. I learned from a radio commercial that no place in Michigan is further than six miles from a lake or river. I thought that was neat. There's your useless fact for the day.
chestnutcurls: (cat love)
My internet connection at work is still sporadic. Our network must have been hit pretty hard.

Now that I've finished my antibiotics, I think I'm getting sick again. What am I going to do? I can't just go back to the doctor. "Um, this medicine didn't work, give me something else." :P

Do you guys know my friend Jenn? She's living in Australia and is really cool. I just got caught up with her blog and wanted to give her a plug, since she rocks my socks.

Gandalf did Pilates this morning. I'm not kidding! One of the first movements is the roll-up, which is basically going to a sitting position from a lying-down position. Gandalf flopped onto the rug with us when we started our workout. When it was time for the roll-up, he laid on his back with his paws over his head, and when we sat up, he sat up too. When we laid back down, he did too. He did it three or four times. I was laughing so hard I could hardly do the exercise. I told about it at lunch and no one believed me, but I swear it's true.

Two random trip things I forgot:
1. One day while we were driving, my mother and I spotted a furry, cute, flattish animal scurrying around on the side of the road. My mother insisted it was a platypus. I had to convince her that platypuses (platypi?) are not indigenous to North America, but once I saw it I agreed that it sort of looked like one. I wanted to get a picture of it, but it ran away. Later I figured out that the "Michigan platypus" (as we called it) was actually a beaver. I'm so smart.
2. I learned from a radio commercial that no place in Michigan is further than six miles from a lake or river. I thought that was neat. There's your useless fact for the day.
chestnutcurls: (snowman love)
I feel like I have been away from LJ forever. So much to tell. Where do I start?

I am feeling better. However, my sickness was a major issue over the last few days. Last Friday night, my mother called to inform me that I was not allowed to come to the house or spend any time with the family, lest they catch my Horrible Mysterious Illness (which turned out to be a totally noncommunicable sinus infection). She said that she would "see" if I could come home on Christmas Eve, depending on how I was feeling. My Miami grandmother and cousin had just arrived in town, so needless to say, I was sad and hurt. To cheer me up, Kathy, Daniel, and Evan took me to McAlister's. Then Evan and I watched Boondock Saints, which was sort of interesting.

Saturday was mainly spent lying around with Kathy and Em, as I was too tired to do much. Sunday was the same, except for church, lunch with Kathy and Em, and watching Wayne's World with [livejournal.com profile] aardwolf. On Monday I took a sick day and dragged myself to the doctor, who kindly provided me with Z-Pack and large purple pills which (finally) enabled me to breathe. :) Later we went to Kathy's family's house to watch her 19-month-old nephew, Brendan. We tried to teach him our names, but mine confused him because it's too similar to his own name. Eventually he decided to call me "Binnie." :) Around dinnertime, my family called my phone wondering where I was. I told my mother that I was officially not infectious. After much pleading from Debra, she agreed to let me come over, but then wouldn't talk to me when I got there. Debs was disgusted with her, and came to spend the night at the apartment just to escape the Madre Madness.

On Tuesday, Debs and I did some shopping. I dropped her off at the house, came back home to take Evan to the airport for his trip to New Hampshire, and then went back to the house again. I was allowed to spend the night and see my family. We went to Christmas Eve service, which was nice.

And then yesterday was Christmas! Here are some pictures of stuff I got. :) My mother always wraps a baby Jesus and makes us open it last, which my cousin found to be pretty funny. We went to the movies and saw Santa Clause 2, which was cute, if a little weird. :) Then we came home and had Christmas dinner complete with honeybaked ham, homemade bread, cranberries, and mashed potatoes. It was wonderful. After dinner we watched Mr. Deeds, which I had not seen before and loved immediately. If you haven't seen it, you should! Then I went home and opened presents with Kathy and Daniel. Kathy's parents got me a set of retro plates from the Pottery Barn that have pictures from old movies on them. Very cool. (Picture forthcoming.) They also got me a ticket to see Annie at the Orpheum next month! I am so excited. And, they got Kathy a PlayStation 2!! Which is really for both of us, since it's in the apartment! I love Kathy's family. :)

Gandalf got plenty of toys for Christmas, among them his new collar. It has a little bell on it, so he can't sneak up on us anymore. I think this makes him mad. :)

I have more to say, but my director is sending me home early. :) So I will have more news tomorrow. Believe me.
chestnutcurls: (snowman love)
I feel like I have been away from LJ forever. So much to tell. Where do I start?

I am feeling better. However, my sickness was a major issue over the last few days. Last Friday night, my mother called to inform me that I was not allowed to come to the house or spend any time with the family, lest they catch my Horrible Mysterious Illness (which turned out to be a totally noncommunicable sinus infection). She said that she would "see" if I could come home on Christmas Eve, depending on how I was feeling. My Miami grandmother and cousin had just arrived in town, so needless to say, I was sad and hurt. To cheer me up, Kathy, Daniel, and Evan took me to McAlister's. Then Evan and I watched Boondock Saints, which was sort of interesting.

Saturday was mainly spent lying around with Kathy and Em, as I was too tired to do much. Sunday was the same, except for church, lunch with Kathy and Em, and watching Wayne's World with [livejournal.com profile] aardwolf. On Monday I took a sick day and dragged myself to the doctor, who kindly provided me with Z-Pack and large purple pills which (finally) enabled me to breathe. :) Later we went to Kathy's family's house to watch her 19-month-old nephew, Brendan. We tried to teach him our names, but mine confused him because it's too similar to his own name. Eventually he decided to call me "Binnie." :) Around dinnertime, my family called my phone wondering where I was. I told my mother that I was officially not infectious. After much pleading from Debra, she agreed to let me come over, but then wouldn't talk to me when I got there. Debs was disgusted with her, and came to spend the night at the apartment just to escape the Madre Madness.

On Tuesday, Debs and I did some shopping. I dropped her off at the house, came back home to take Evan to the airport for his trip to New Hampshire, and then went back to the house again. I was allowed to spend the night and see my family. We went to Christmas Eve service, which was nice.

And then yesterday was Christmas! Here are some pictures of stuff I got. :) My mother always wraps a baby Jesus and makes us open it last, which my cousin found to be pretty funny. We went to the movies and saw Santa Clause 2, which was cute, if a little weird. :) Then we came home and had Christmas dinner complete with honeybaked ham, homemade bread, cranberries, and mashed potatoes. It was wonderful. After dinner we watched Mr. Deeds, which I had not seen before and loved immediately. If you haven't seen it, you should! Then I went home and opened presents with Kathy and Daniel. Kathy's parents got me a set of retro plates from the Pottery Barn that have pictures from old movies on them. Very cool. (Picture forthcoming.) They also got me a ticket to see Annie at the Orpheum next month! I am so excited. And, they got Kathy a PlayStation 2!! Which is really for both of us, since it's in the apartment! I love Kathy's family. :)

Gandalf got plenty of toys for Christmas, among them his new collar. It has a little bell on it, so he can't sneak up on us anymore. I think this makes him mad. :)

I have more to say, but my director is sending me home early. :) So I will have more news tomorrow. Believe me.
chestnutcurls: (snowman love)
Still feeling crummy. Actually, crummier than before. I've hardly slept the last few days, since it's hard to sleep when you can't breathe. But, strangely, I am not tired. I have to stick out the week at work because there's too much going on, but I've made a doctor's appointment for Monday.

UPDATE: Cortney says that Claritin has speed or some other drug in it. So this explains my non-sleepiness. I'm on speed! I can stay awake for days! LOL. :)

Yesterday I got a package from Lawson! He sent me Wayne's World on DVD! Very nice of him. Thank you, Lawson. :)

So. Two Towers. I will post my own review (behind a cut) in a little while, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from our little jaunt... :)

Pictures! )
chestnutcurls: (snowman love)
Still feeling crummy. Actually, crummier than before. I've hardly slept the last few days, since it's hard to sleep when you can't breathe. But, strangely, I am not tired. I have to stick out the week at work because there's too much going on, but I've made a doctor's appointment for Monday.

UPDATE: Cortney says that Claritin has speed or some other drug in it. So this explains my non-sleepiness. I'm on speed! I can stay awake for days! LOL. :)

Yesterday I got a package from Lawson! He sent me Wayne's World on DVD! Very nice of him. Thank you, Lawson. :)

So. Two Towers. I will post my own review (behind a cut) in a little while, but in the meantime, here are some pictures from our little jaunt... :)

Pictures! )
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
Big Happy Day is going well so far. Except that I feel like someone beat me with a golf club and then stuffed it in my head. I'm disappointed that I am sick on such a fun day, but I am just going to deal with it.

I should probably go to the doctor, because a friend of my co-worker's was rushed to the hospital the other night, and they thought he was on his deathbed...they found out he has an abscess in his brain due to a sinus infection that wasn't treated. So! Everybody! Go the doctor for meds, and avoid getting a hole in your head.

But, LOTR is in two hours and ten minutes. Yay!
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
Big Happy Day is going well so far. Except that I feel like someone beat me with a golf club and then stuffed it in my head. I'm disappointed that I am sick on such a fun day, but I am just going to deal with it.

I should probably go to the doctor, because a friend of my co-worker's was rushed to the hospital the other night, and they thought he was on his deathbed...they found out he has an abscess in his brain due to a sinus infection that wasn't treated. So! Everybody! Go the doctor for meds, and avoid getting a hole in your head.

But, LOTR is in two hours and ten minutes. Yay!
chestnutcurls: (Christmas Bun)
Hello everyone!

This weekend was mostly good, but it didn't start out that way. On Friday, I went home at 2 because I was suddenly struck down with intense abdominal pain. :P I tried to wait for my boss to get back from lunch so I could ask her if it was okay for me to leave, but she was gone a very long time and I ended up leaving her a note. I worried all night that she would be mad. Apparently she is kind of miffed, so I'm unhappy about that. Anyway, I spent Friday night lying feebly around the apartment, watching Ghost and taking pictures of the cat.

By Saturday morning, I felt somewhat better. I went to Breakfast with Santa at Kathy's church. Kathy and Daniel, Jamie and Billy, and Ryan were there, and we spent a couple of happy hours coloring various Christmasy things. We got our picture taken with Santa, and I even won a door prize! Then I shopped for Christmas presents all afternoon. Afterward, I came to my parents' empty house to find Bun sitting calmly in the middle of the living room. He had escaped his cage while my family was gone. Houdini Bun has returned! :) When they got home, we went to the Christmas program at their church. They had a live Nativity with a real baby laying in the manger. It was adorable. My sister did a great job with her signing (I tried to get a picture of her, but the battery died). After the show, I spent some time at the house and wrapped some presents.

On Sunday, I went to Chili's twice. :P We went there for lunch after church. Then, everyone who hadn't gone to morning service came to the Christmas program, and afterward they all wanted to go there for dinner. I protested, but ended up going along and not eating anything. Anyway, our Christmas program was amazing. Our music minister is one of the most talented people I've ever met. He can play practically every instrument, and he composes constantly. For the finale, he did a big-band version of a 1500s Christmas lullaby. :) Also on the program were the Mountain Men, our bluegrass ensemble that plays on special occasions. They were wonderful. I love my church.

I also took several mirror pictures, all of which clearly say, "I do not have a freakin' clue what I'm doing." :)
chestnutcurls: (Christmas Bun)
Hello everyone!

This weekend was mostly good, but it didn't start out that way. On Friday, I went home at 2 because I was suddenly struck down with intense abdominal pain. :P I tried to wait for my boss to get back from lunch so I could ask her if it was okay for me to leave, but she was gone a very long time and I ended up leaving her a note. I worried all night that she would be mad. Apparently she is kind of miffed, so I'm unhappy about that. Anyway, I spent Friday night lying feebly around the apartment, watching Ghost and taking pictures of the cat.

By Saturday morning, I felt somewhat better. I went to Breakfast with Santa at Kathy's church. Kathy and Daniel, Jamie and Billy, and Ryan were there, and we spent a couple of happy hours coloring various Christmasy things. We got our picture taken with Santa, and I even won a door prize! Then I shopped for Christmas presents all afternoon. Afterward, I came to my parents' empty house to find Bun sitting calmly in the middle of the living room. He had escaped his cage while my family was gone. Houdini Bun has returned! :) When they got home, we went to the Christmas program at their church. They had a live Nativity with a real baby laying in the manger. It was adorable. My sister did a great job with her signing (I tried to get a picture of her, but the battery died). After the show, I spent some time at the house and wrapped some presents.

On Sunday, I went to Chili's twice. :P We went there for lunch after church. Then, everyone who hadn't gone to morning service came to the Christmas program, and afterward they all wanted to go there for dinner. I protested, but ended up going along and not eating anything. Anyway, our Christmas program was amazing. Our music minister is one of the most talented people I've ever met. He can play practically every instrument, and he composes constantly. For the finale, he did a big-band version of a 1500s Christmas lullaby. :) Also on the program were the Mountain Men, our bluegrass ensemble that plays on special occasions. They were wonderful. I love my church.

I also took several mirror pictures, all of which clearly say, "I do not have a freakin' clue what I'm doing." :)
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
My office is full of sickos today (in the physical sense, not the mental sense :)), and I don't feel very good myself. I think we should all go home and go to bed. Unfortunately, Human Resources would be sure to notice this.

We had our annual book fair this morning, and I bought a cute Christmas box. It's blue and red with snowmen on it, and it contains matching Christmas cards and stationery. I couldn't resist it. I needed Christmas cards anyway. :) And after I send all of my cards, I can put the cards sent to me in the box. Yay!

I didn't go to lunch today because I'm making up time for the half-day I'll be missing next week. The day seems so long when I can't go anywhere. And we're still tying up the loose ends of The Project, which can be irritating. (Evan advised that, if anyone comes to harass me about the project, I should speak to him in an Entish way: "Hroom, hoom, you are a hasty fellow." I laugh whenever I think of this.)

Plan for tonight: Chicken Marsala, Friends/Will & Grace, and scrapbooking with Kathy and MaryElaine. It should be a nice, relaxing evening.

I'm so surprised...not )
chestnutcurls: (Belle)
My office is full of sickos today (in the physical sense, not the mental sense :)), and I don't feel very good myself. I think we should all go home and go to bed. Unfortunately, Human Resources would be sure to notice this.

We had our annual book fair this morning, and I bought a cute Christmas box. It's blue and red with snowmen on it, and it contains matching Christmas cards and stationery. I couldn't resist it. I needed Christmas cards anyway. :) And after I send all of my cards, I can put the cards sent to me in the box. Yay!

I didn't go to lunch today because I'm making up time for the half-day I'll be missing next week. The day seems so long when I can't go anywhere. And we're still tying up the loose ends of The Project, which can be irritating. (Evan advised that, if anyone comes to harass me about the project, I should speak to him in an Entish way: "Hroom, hoom, you are a hasty fellow." I laugh whenever I think of this.)

Plan for tonight: Chicken Marsala, Friends/Will & Grace, and scrapbooking with Kathy and MaryElaine. It should be a nice, relaxing evening.

I'm so surprised...not )
chestnutcurls: (weezer)
Bad news today. Kathy's grandmother had a small stroke a couple of days ago, which she was recovering from, but now she's failing and they don't think she'll make it much longer. Needless to say, Kathy is pretty upset.

But, a good thing has happened- Lili was downgraded from a Category 4 to Category 2, which means Emily is safe and will not be swimming around town. :) Although the meteorologist in me is dying for a Weather Event, I am glad this was not it. Two hurricanes a week apart are too many for anybody.

I almost didn't go to Bible study last night, but I'm glad I did. The topic was sacraments. (I like the word "sacraments.") Since this is a subject I am kind of lacking in, I was glad to hear good teaching about it. Jean said that baptism is like an engagement ring, a symbol of our union with Christ, and the Lord's Supper is like a wedding ring, a constant reminder that we are the Bride of Christ. Of course there was more to the lesson than that, but I liked those analogies. :)

I realized afterwards that now I don't have anyone to really talk theology with. I loved going to studies with Evan because we both process and appreciate things the same way, and talking things over with him was like the icing on the cake of the message. Last night I really felt the effects of not having that. I felt like a champagne bottle that needed to be uncorked.

At my work I get 6 sick days a year. That is not a lot, so I am wary of using them at the beginning of the year. Last winter I spent many days here in my cube with a cold, because I was afraid I would get the flu or something later and need those days. Now it's October and I have 5 days to burn. (And I have to be actually sick to use them.) I am in such need of a "mental health day" that it's not even funny, so I sort of want to get sick just so I can stay home. Isn't that disturbing? :) I've had a headachey sort of feeling the last few days, and instead of thinking "Oh no, I'm getting sick," it's more like "Oooo, am I getting sick?" :) Maybe I need help. :)
chestnutcurls: (weezer)
Bad news today. Kathy's grandmother had a small stroke a couple of days ago, which she was recovering from, but now she's failing and they don't think she'll make it much longer. Needless to say, Kathy is pretty upset.

But, a good thing has happened- Lili was downgraded from a Category 4 to Category 2, which means Emily is safe and will not be swimming around town. :) Although the meteorologist in me is dying for a Weather Event, I am glad this was not it. Two hurricanes a week apart are too many for anybody.

I almost didn't go to Bible study last night, but I'm glad I did. The topic was sacraments. (I like the word "sacraments.") Since this is a subject I am kind of lacking in, I was glad to hear good teaching about it. Jean said that baptism is like an engagement ring, a symbol of our union with Christ, and the Lord's Supper is like a wedding ring, a constant reminder that we are the Bride of Christ. Of course there was more to the lesson than that, but I liked those analogies. :)

I realized afterwards that now I don't have anyone to really talk theology with. I loved going to studies with Evan because we both process and appreciate things the same way, and talking things over with him was like the icing on the cake of the message. Last night I really felt the effects of not having that. I felt like a champagne bottle that needed to be uncorked.

At my work I get 6 sick days a year. That is not a lot, so I am wary of using them at the beginning of the year. Last winter I spent many days here in my cube with a cold, because I was afraid I would get the flu or something later and need those days. Now it's October and I have 5 days to burn. (And I have to be actually sick to use them.) I am in such need of a "mental health day" that it's not even funny, so I sort of want to get sick just so I can stay home. Isn't that disturbing? :) I've had a headachey sort of feeling the last few days, and instead of thinking "Oh no, I'm getting sick," it's more like "Oooo, am I getting sick?" :) Maybe I need help. :)

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