July 21st, 2004

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I feel like sack of bruised potatoes

Had a horrible time sleeping last night: sore throat, spitting up gunk and around 4 a.m., one of the worst charleyhorses I've ever had. I remember waking up and thinking it was my throat and then screaming and pointing my leg in the air. It took around 3 minutes of blowing air out through my nose and thoughts of "It will pass" before it finally died down. My calf is still aching.
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    sore sore
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Immune System Turmoil

Ever have that feeling your body totally hates itself? I'm couching, sneezing, blowing my nose, and itching all over. Kind of puts a damper on plans for work today. Though I am doing SOME. Aaargh! I hate this!
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    annoyed annoyed
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Milk Mwhahaha

Odd. I have discovered that the one thing that makes me throat feel better is dairy, as in stinky Italian cheese and creamy yogurt. Normally dairy is something to avoid when you're sick because it forms mucus but somehow it is really soothing for my throat. Weird!

Meanwhile I'm debating whether or not to go to the regular writer's group meeting tonight. I really want to go but I don't want to pass on whatever bug I have :( At the same time Caleb wants me to go up to Buford to help him run a public workshop... but if I can't do writer's group I can't do that either, esp. since I could get a whole TOWN sick! Ugh.
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    uncomfortable uncomfortable
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Climbing the ladder

Whoohoo! Caleb got his exam results back and he's now an official AICP planner, certified and able to put Caleb P. Racicot, AICP, on his biz cards. Jeez, now the guy has Master's and a certfication. I guess I need to get to work on becoming a dentist so I can be DDS.
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    Madonna
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Ignorance Might Be Bliss?

I swear sometimes I think I should just not read AlterNet. It is just too f'in depressing! Actually they do run some positive stories, but in general, lots of muckraking. Which I support but DAMN! Like today, Bush administration has once again blocked all US support for UN Population Fund. Good job, Dubya! Congress approved the money.

I am drinking tea, slowly since it's hot. Not going to the writer's group. Instead, I will courageously plow through Mat Man's stuff. 3 more products and then a huge hunk of notes he sent... and a GIANT ENVELOPE of stuff he sent me before my trip which I forgot about 'til I was falling asleep last night. Caleb is in Buford all night so there should be NO intererruptions except ones I cause myself. And I'll try not to do that. Lots of tea.
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    depressed depressed
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That's it, my patience is used up

*gah!*

I flipping' HATE insurance companies, hospital billing and the whole lot. I swear, their whole strategy is based on bait & switch and then relentlessly calling you, billing you, and wearing you down until you cough up cash that you shouldn't be paying!

Just now I got a call from Emory Healthcare. Emory runs Crawford Long Hospital, where I get all my medical care. Tonight they were calling to tell me I owed them $146. "Oh, I just paid that," I said. I then checked my records and saw I had paid them, but for $256. I told the caller and her said I should look up that bill #, but I couldn't find the bill. I know I paid it because the check cleared; it was one of those I took care of right before my trip.

Anyway, so he tells me there this $146. I tell him I wonder what it's for since I know the other bill was for the same thing. In fact, the reason I finally paid the other bill is that some other Emory person called me and (after pretending she was "verififying your address") told me they were waiting on my very overdue payment. But anyway, the Emory man says that must have been payment for "the hospital visit" or some other charge different from the $146. Grrrr.... since I couldn't find the bill off hand, I have no idea if this is true :>(

Meanwhile I think the whole reason I have had to pay this crap is because Blue Cross Blue Shield has been giving me this whole run-around about me needing to authorize release of my medical records. Emory said BCBS wouldn't file a claim because they didn't have my records from my doctor. Oh, EXCUSE me, I switched insurance plans within BCBS and they suddenly need proof I have no pre-existing condition????!!!! I had to go to my doctor (on their one day "in town") and fill out a form... which the doctor's secretary told me they didn't know where to send.

So all in all, I just said f' it and paid the $146. I never did get my doctor to release my medical records or whatever. I am just too annoyed. Overall I spend like $450 of my money b/c I wanted to be sure the lump my doctor thought she felt in my breast was OK... which the test said it was. Jeez. And I bet my insurance company doesn't even count this towards my deductible, the bastards! (If they did, maybe I could start my allergy shots!)

*fumes*

It don't help I'm still SICK today :(
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    pissed off pissed off
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Wickedly Lowell

So I'm listening to an NPR news story about cops in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is right near my home town. Cracked me up -- especially the part where the reporter notes that this cop speaks with a "wicked awesome accent." Now I awaited an audio snippet and was greatly disappointed. I didn't hear an accent. He just sounded normal to me. I mean, it wasn't a wicked strong accent! Later on there were some cops who did though... Oh, well, nice to get a sort of virtual visit to Lowell. It's shaped up into a nice place recently. I actually was trying to get my parents to move there.
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    nostalgic nostalgic
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Brains Spattered Across the Floor, guess I blew too hard

Armor Guard Antifatigue Mat... I'm telling you, working on an industrial product catalog is never going to be fun but when you're sick and have been "at it" for over a year... it sucks.

Anyway, just sent Mat Man a lonnnng email detailing the latest round of build-out, saying what I'm doing next, and telling him frankly he needs to abandoned his idea for the layers-based category pages (example here -- gah!) because it's cumbersome, slow-loading and going to irritate users. I *hope* the man listens to my expertise. Updating a layers page with *behaviors* is f'in HELL!

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Nose will NOT stop running. Very sore nose. Somehow I still have a half-box of Kleenex left. That must be some super-size box I bought! Was thinking about putting on my noseclip and seeing what happens. It would keep my nose from leaking I think, but then again my head might explode from fluid pressure ;)

Throat is not bothering me nearly as much as my nose at this point.

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Caleb must've called me like a dozen times today. I wish he'd called my mobile because then I could have proof of the incoming calls. He went out to Buford and I swear it was like every 5 minutes I'd get a call. Good thing is that he went to the big Harry's and got me this German fruit sauce thing I put in my yogurt. Got the regular kind and then this sour gooseberry/grape kind I haven't had before. Yum!!!!!

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The other day I sent out a nice long email to my mom & dad with description and pics of my trip. I CC'd my 4 siblings. NOBODY has responded at all. No even, "Wow, that trip looks cool!" Whatever. Obviously they all must lead lives much busier than mine :>{

I've said it before I think the reason I don't hear from my siblings is they're jealous of me or think I'm too busy being fabulous to deal with them. I send out emails every few weeks saying what I'm up to, where I"m going, project I'm doing, and nobody sends anything else in return. I swear, I would *not* be bored if my sister Carolyn wrote me about my niece Genevieve getting a training bra or whatever. I bet they think mundanity would bore me. Jeez. And I would call them but they don't call me so...

Gah. See what moving 1200 away has done to my connectivity?
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    "Genius of Love"