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21 October 2008 @ 04:49 pm
 
well, second opinion from the doctor today is far more measured.  He basically said that although these medications were pretty aggressive, the combo wasn't harmful.  He also said that he wouldn't have thrown all of this stuff at my sickness without some baseline establishing that I did have asthma (because that's basically what the second set of stuff is).  He wants me to go ahead with the single day i have left on the steroids, and 10 days on the symbacore, and then to come in for a test in about two weeks so we can measure my lung capacity when Im well and find out if i'm truly experiencing any respitory distress from allergies/smoking/asthma/etc.  And then we'll decide if I need to be on something to help with that or not.  Looks like I'm going to have to stop smoking for health reasons (which, frankly, is good but the 12-year old part of me is complaining to high heaven that I won't have my vices anymore)  The upshot is that I'm doing better and that's a good.

now, from tabaqui, a test that measures my taste in art... though I'm not quite sure if it's accurate... not that these things are ever really *accurate*

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Non-conformist, Visionary, and Independent

13 Abstract, -12 Islamic, -8 Ukiyo-e, 9 Cubist, -10 Impressionist and -22 Renaissance!

Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture.


People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionsaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendancy to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.

Take What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test at HelloQuizzy



and from entrenous88 a long procrastination meme because I'm tired of doing Kaplan work


1. What time did you get up this morning? 11 AM

2. Diamonds or pearls? Um... diamonds?  neither really

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Tokyo Gore Police.  No kidding.

4. What is your favorite TV show? Right now?  True Blood.  I like and watch a whole bunch of other shows, and True Blood has it's flaws (lots of them) but I'm really looking forward to watching it more than anything else.  It's my not so guilty guilty pleasure.

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? An egg and toast with coffee

6. What is your middle name? Orene

7. What food do you dislike? Cauliflower

8. What is your favorite CD at the moment? Gomez, any of the live albums

9. What kind of car do you drive? A falling apart car, seroiusly!  A toyota corolla

10. Favorite sandwich? Roast beef with avacado, cheddar, tomato, fresh lettuce on sourdough.  Or homeade egg salad.  MMMM.

11. What characteristic do you despise? My own tendency to be pedantic. 

12. Favorite item of clothing? my black scoop necked top

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go? Today?  Carribean

14. Where would you retire to? Unrealistic - South of France, Realistic - dunno actually, not there yet.

15. What was your most recent memorable birthday? Well I certainly haven't forgotten about the one I had 11 days ago!  Fabulous dinner, then fabulous picnic on a beautiful sunny day when I got to have nummy food with great friends and watch them play frisbee and fly kites!

16. Furthest place you are sending this questionnaire? Just LJ.

17. Person you expect to send it back first? not a one... well, maybe if someone is bored.

18. When is your birthday? Oh geeze, um, October 10th!

19. Morning person or a night person? Night person, for SURE.  Although sort of a night person that occasionally doesn't mind mornings as long as I can have them to myself. 

20. What is your shoe size? somewhere between 8.5 - 9

21. Pets? The beautiful Domino (wonderdog) and Miseur Ash (the evil cat)

22. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share with us? My prof just told me I'm the best TA he's ever had for his class?

23. What did you want to be when you were little? Psychiatrist.  Yeah, kidna scary huh?

24. How are you today? Not too bad all things considered

25. What is your favorite flower? Tulips!  and birds of paradise, and I'm really in love with gerber daisies lately, and anything kind of odd but vibrant looking, oh, and IRISes!  And daffodills, even if we don't get them here. 

26. What is a day on the calendar you are looking forward to? Next Saturday, when we get a dog trainer to come and evaluate our puppy and help us with her.

27. What are you listening to right now? Wife Swap.  Oh dear.  I admitted it out loud.

28. What was the last thing you ate? A chicken sandwich

29. Do you wish on stars? Absolutely.  and other things.  Just cuz.

30. If you were a crayon, what color would you be? Periwinkle

31. How is the weather right now? Sunny and breezy

32. Last person you spoke to on the phone? my old doctor's receptionist.

33. Favorite soft drink? IZZIES.  And cherry coke.

34. Favorite restaurant? for breakfast - Kerby Lane, for dinner - Wink

35. Hair color? Red!! 

36. What was your favorite toy as a child? Ummm... stuffed animals? Books?

37. Summer or winter? Autumn.

38. Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate.  Hands down.

39. Coffee or tea? Both! Coffee with lots of cream and sugar, tea with sugar!

40. Do you want your friends to email you back? Always!  Oh, um, I mean I want them to forgive me for being a crappy emailer myself.

41. When was the last time you cried? A couple of days ago - sick frustration.

42. What is under your bed? lint.

43. What did you do last night? Watched TV, graded mid-terms, and made two different trips to two different grocery stores for dinner supplies (we thought we had enough potatos, but we didn't)

44. What are you afraid of? oh dear.  tons of stuff, mostly not living up to doing what it is I want to do.

45. Salty or sweet? BOTH!

46. How many keys on your key ring? 12 or so.  I think.  not including clickers.

47. How many years at your current job? um, none.  I'm a TA.  It's not like it's a yearly thing.

48. Who was the last person you said "I love you" to? Neil.  today.

49. Do you make friends easily? Not like I used to.

50. How many people will you send this to? um, the flist?  flist!  are you out there?

51. How many will respond? not sure really ...

52. Do you like finding out all this stuff about your friends? Always!!  I'd love love to read everyone else's, even Tylers!  but we'll see who does it...
 
 
 
your royal pie-nessentrenous88 on October 21st, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad to hear someone likes True Blood! I keep meaning to catch up on the episodes, and then I hear irritated mutterings from my flist about how much they dislike the show. :/ So I'm happy to know you're enjoying it, and if I do ever catch up with it, I'll know who to chatter to about it!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 21st, 2008 10:02 pm (UTC)
I know people are poking at it (and a couple of friends hate the books too) but for whatever reason I'm actually having a good time with it - feel free to natter away! the only reason why i don't is (except for this last sunday) we've been tivo-ing a week behind.
gray_ghostgray_ghost on October 21st, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
Maybe you should try using the patch or something? Going cold turkey is complete hell - especially since your two house mates smoke. Once your lungs start feeling normal again, you are going to want to smoke regardless of what the doctor says.

my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 22nd, 2008 04:04 am (UTC)
i can't use the patch - not enough nicotine in the body, i'd just run. but we'll see what happens. and yes, i know i'm going to want to smoke again (i do now) but i'll just see how it comes out.

cold turkey isn't the way i would have chosen either, but the idea of gum or patch that would be insane i don't think are going to work - it's too much nicotine in even the smallest dose.
apothespisis: friendapothespisis on October 22nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
OH THANK CHRIST!

I've been so worried, SO worried, and haven't been around to answer your comment, but have been sending positive thoughts and healing energy your way. Because I do believe in that, even though I'm irreligious as hell. *hugs you tight*

Quit smoking? Bah. They always tell me that, and I've had bronchitis and pneumonia several times. I wait until I'm well, and then I smoke and am fine (well, except for the cancer sticks). But if you really DO have asthma? Yeah, you need to quit. I srsly don't know or believe I *could* quit, so I sincerely understand and feel your pain. If you do need to quit, give serious thought to help like the patch, lozenges, etc. I don't think I could quit without them. For me, it really is an oral fixation and not so much about the nicotine (well, some of it is).

I'm just so relieved that you're showing signs of improvement and that the second opinion worked out. *petspetspets*

I'll do your meme! Eventually...
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 22nd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I believe far more in positive energy than anything else, so we're even there darling.

And yeah, we'll see about the quitting -but if i still feel lung-heavy i'm gonna be really careful. The good part is i've gone a week without anything and even though it's like pulling teeth sometimes, it's not been that bad. And ok, so one week is NOTHING, but we'll see. It was still a week w/out smoking. The patch sadly is a no go for me - i didn't smoke enough to do the ramping down thing, so i'd have to start with the smallest dosage and they messed my boy up when he tried that so bad i'm hesitant. i might do the uni's nonsmoking classes though, we'll see.

and ME TOO about the improvement. AND the DR was SO much more like what i'm looking for - he took his time talking to me, explained a course of future action too, and just all around didn't treat me like i wasn't smart enough to get wtf is going on with me.

no rush on the meme, but if i don't see it let me know if you do it!!

xxoooo