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27 June 2009 @ 06:16 pm

I have had a busy damned day.

Biked to the gym this morning (yay, hardly any bike butt!), swam, stopped to make a hair-trim appointment, came home, went to to get my hair trimmed (this time they did the back exactly how I wanted, shaved at a #2 setting, and entirely fucked up the rest of it. I said I was trying to grow the top out to the length around my ears and she trimmed all the top stuff and didn’t trim it over my ears at all. Now I look like I have layers, which I freaking hate, and it’ll be at least four or five months instead of two or three before it’s anywhere close to where I want it to be. Why is it so goddamned hard to get a decent haircut?), went shopping, came home, went shopping at the other store, came home, spent an hour raking the back garden to great effort but very little visible effect (there’s a huge pile of straw by the fence, so that’s visible, but the garden looks pretty much like it did before), came in and cooked dinner.

I believe I will go take a shower to get all the sun screen, dirt, sweat and shorn hair off me, then spend the remainder of my evening watching a double-header feature film presentation, possibly of “Ever After” and “The Replacement Killers”. Because that’s an obvious combination. :)

I gotta say, though, the Chinese doctor guy apparently knew whereof he spoke. He told me I had a water imbalance which caused my asthma (which he said wasn’t asthma, that it was a water imbalance *laughs*, but he obligingly referred to it as asthma), and gave me these foul-tasting little black herbal pills to help correct it. I have this wheeze that catches me up when I’m doing vigorous activity (or when I lie down to sleep) and I’ve had extremely, extremely dry eyes when I wake up in the morning for ages. Both have disappeared, the former so much so that I find myself inhaling and *expecting* my breath to catch and being surprised when it doesn’t. I was very VERY surprised while I was out raking and flinging bits of dust and hay and dirt around to not once be caught breathless, particularly since the wheezing is always worse in the summer so I tended to figure it was allergies. Anyway, now I seem to be able to breathe and it’s awesome! And now he’s got me on foul-tasting little white pills to help reduce tension in my shoulders and they appear to be helping, too. Who knew?

miles to Minas Tirith: 417.9
ytd km swum: 46.7

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: impressedimpressed
Pamela: I can fix that!jeditigger on June 27th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
kit: takeachance_heroineaddictmizkit on June 27th, 2009 06:20 pm (UTC)
Curses! My secret identity has been discovered!
Pamela: HEEjeditigger on June 27th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
In all seriousness, you're something of a heroine to me. You get a lot of outdoor/active time, you write wonderful novels AND comics, you live in IRELAND for Pete's sake, and you've remained friends with great people throughout.

Go you. You fit the image I linked. Only, you know, with a smaller rack. (Though I think only Power Girl outdoes the Amazon...)
kit: catie_haveanicedaymizkit on June 27th, 2009 08:49 pm (UTC)
I donno, if I had Diana's push-up bra I could maybe give her a run for the money in the rack department. :)

Huh, well, thank you, quite sincerely. I really think I'm quite ordinary, but, well, thank you. :)
Pamelajeditigger on June 28th, 2009 01:33 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know...I sound like a sycophant. I just have this theory that people hear too little good and too many complaints, especially about themselves, so I try to make up the difference. Additionally, this hard-hearted boss I used to have said that one thing she genuinely liked about me was the ability to find something nice to say about anyone. I happen to like that part of me, to find something in someone with which I can empathize.

I do hope you understand that I'm saying these things not because you're CE Murphy, ZOMG AMAZING WRITER, or anything but rather because I was led here by friends of yours whom I hold in high esteem (yes, even you, esmerel!) and as I've read your stuff and watched your blog and all over the course of...what, several months or so? I've seen someone really cool.

I have a great fear of sounding like a suck-up to successful people. Ain't that. I just like telling people how it is and try to put a positive spin on it. :) Most of us are too busy telling ourselves how much we suck, anyways.
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 08:39 am (UTC)
Possibly I should rephrase what I said: I think I'm pretty cool, actually, but not extraordinary (I persist in the belief that if I can do this, anybody can, although people sort of eye me when I say that), but it's lovely to be told I'm awesome by other people, even if I find it slightly bemusing. :) And no, I don't think you sound sycophantic, although you probably get bonus points for using the word... :) *hugs*!
Pamela: ADDjeditigger on June 28th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
I know, I feel the same way about the teensy bit of success *I* have (although I have to remind myself that only a small percentage of writers are published writers, and I'm one of them). But then I remember from my hellish decade as a tech writer that not everyone CAN write, and you have that elusive thing known as talent and the even more elusive thing known as work ethic. Judging by your blog comments, the latter doesn't come easy, but it does come, and that I think is essential to your success.

Probably being redheaded doesn't hurt either. ;)

PS: You did totally rock that hat, you know.
kit: catie_stripe02mizkit on June 28th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
My hair's brown, swear to God. It's just my skin that's red-headed in tones. :)
Pamela: I can fix that!jeditigger on June 28th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Hrmph. Well, I adopt you as a surrogate in the sisterhood of redheadedness! HA!
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
I'm down with that. :)
Grace Dudleygrian_ruadh on June 27th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
Several thousand years of recorded culture and medical study. Who knew? ;)
kitmizkit on June 27th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Yeah, I know. :)
princessaletheaprincessalethea on June 27th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Once upon a time there lived a girl who loved her father very much.
kit: drwho_nine_neverletherdownmizkit on June 27th, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)

And while Cinderella and her prince did live happily ever after...the point, gentlemen, is that they lived.
Pamelajeditigger on June 27th, 2009 10:15 pm (UTC)

Me? I'm only here for the food.
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 08:40 am (UTC)
That is possibly the best line in the movie. :)
Natural20natural20 on June 28th, 2009 12:23 am (UTC)
And clearly you got up to Dublin during all that to sign the copy of Pretender's Crown I picked up today. I was very amused at the difference between your signature and sarahtales', but I'm sure hers will change as she signs more books...
kitmizkit on June 28th, 2009 08:26 am (UTC)
I bet hers is legible. :) And no, I signed them a couple weeks ago when I was up on your birthday, actually... :)
Flitterbyflit on July 10th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
Chinese medicine is so poetic! I have "rising wind from emptiness" which causes my migraines.
Flitterbyflit on July 10th, 2009 01:19 am (UTC)
(And the nasty tasting pills are the only things that seem to really FIX my migraines.)
kitmizkit on July 10th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC)
I would like to have a permanent solution to this "water imbalance" thing (which I already know is helped by being less fat than I am now, sigh), but man, until then I'll take the nasty little pills.
Flitterbyflit on July 11th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
Generally speaking they do try to bring you back into balance, so you might end up with that over time.

Sometimes they have dietary suggestions, too; my TCM practitioner suggested that I eat rare beef around my period (okay that's not a deep surprise, but it's a yummy prescription!) There were a few times when my gall bladder channel was inflamed or over-sufficient so he recommended that I cut down on greasy foods in combination with the acupuncture he was doing.

What happened with me with the migraine pills was that I had to take them every day for a while, as a preventative and to restore a depletion of long standing. Now I just take them once or twice to help buffer me after a migraine occasionally crops up. If I think I'm particularly prone (i.e. am getting a lot of aura, or have let myself get dehydrated around my period) then I might take them for a few days as a preventative again. My system is just less migraine-prone now, so I don't need them all the time anymore.