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Friday, February 27th, 2004

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8:24a
Damn, what a week! A bunch of things happened, but all were eclipsed by drarwenchicken being sick. She's been ill since last Wednesday, and it's been Bad. I've been shopper and chauffeur, buying groceries (lots of fruit, since that's what will stay down), driving to doctor appointments, pharmacy, and such. Unfortunately, this is the weekend of the conference where she was to do a ninety-minute presentation! She made it to the practice session last weekend (I drove), but didn't get better after. By this Wednesday it was obvious she should not get on a plane. On Thursday, the doctor ordered her to stay in bed until Monday, at least.


The worst part has been watching her 1) struggle with not being able to present at the conference and 2) being sick day after day, not getting better, and I can't do ANYTHING to make her well! I suspect this experience isn't as bad as what parents go through when their children are ill, but it's hard enough. I offer what comfort I can, but she feels horrible, coughing near constantly. She just has to make it through. I'll do what I can, from the sidelines.


As you may imagine, I've been taking a battery of immune-system support supplements, trying to get lots of sleep, drinking plenty of fluids and thinking positive thoughts ("I AM well. I will STAY well!"). So far I've only had a whisper of a scratchy throat, but it hasn't developed farther than that. Maybe my bout with the Alaskan Flu has made me immune to this one. I hope so.


I believe she'll make a full recovery, and one day we'll look back on this event and say "Remember that time you were sick? That was Bad. Let's never do that again." Stay well, y'all...

Current Mood: sleepy

8:52p
I'm a WINNER!
I WON! It's so great! I've.. I've never won anything like this before! I'm speechless. It gives me such a sense of approval, of love, of VALIDATION to have finally won something... on... eBay. Oh, never mind.

Still, it's my first venture into the world of Internet auctions. I decided a while back that I wanted to sell off a bunch of stuff, and didn't want to go to the trouble of a yard sale (or the humiliation of having complete strangers paw through my possessions disapprovingly). So I thought I'd turn to my childhood friend, the Internet. Now I'm getting set up with Paypal and eBay, and I thought I'd have a look at what was out there.

To sum it up into one word: A Lot. I'd poked around on eBay before, but I hadn't really paid attention to the number of auctions going on at any given time. It's amazing. Anyway, I decided I wanted a VCR/DVD player combo, so I started watching the auctions for them. I let several go by (I was aiming for the $75 range), missed the end of an auction I would have bid on, but finally grabbed one at the price I wanted! Hooray! The only drawback is that it will take DAYS to get here, and I want to play with it NOW!

Buying online was fun, but I don't want to become one of those people who get their personal validation through shopping (we have a word for those people, don't we?). So my second purchase was only a $2.50 Tweety drinking glass (long story). I don't know if the wily timing of my winning bid really made a difference, or if nobody else was going to pay that much, but the thrill was still there. Now all I have to remember is to sell more than I buy.

Current Mood: excited

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