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14 October 2008 @ 01:29 pm
yes, i am alive, why do you ask?  
checking in from the lands of the half dead ... first off...

THANK YOU to all of you who sent me happy birthday wishes!!  I adore you all and I suck for not responding, but I appreciated every single wish, seriously.

and (so i don't keep forgetting)

happy belated birthday to those two most wonderful women, soft_princess   and kivrin  (i'm sorry i missed greeting you on the days)
and happy early birthday to that talented (if a bit quiet and permanently introspective) of men keysersoze5050
and and even earlier happy birthday to miss emeraldswan because i don't want to forget and i'm worried I will!

First off I had one of those thursdays that were great, and then at midnight I got to open a present!!!  And it was N. Katherine Hayles' book about subjectivity in the postmodern world!! 

Friday morning I was out of the house by 7:30 or so for the conference, and spent most of the day doing that giddy event stuff where you run around getting things done because the event you've planned for an entire year is finally coming to fruition.  Most people at the conference were having a grand time, and even the woman who annoys me was in a good mood and didn't annoy me, so it was all in all fantastic.

And then I got to do my talk again!  And Neil and D were there (along with another friend - I'm the only one of our grad students that actually has an audience that isn't part of the department) and even though I gave a 26 minute talk (we were only supposed to do 15) i NAILED IT.  It was fantastic and fun.

Then Neil and D took me out to dinner at one of the loviliest little places ever - Zoot Restaurant - where I got my birthday dosage of fois gras (oooo so tasty!!) with blackberries and a rice pudding, and a fantastic steak with potatoes and spinach, and an absolutely beautiful and perfect flourless chocolate cake.  MMMMM.

sadly, the bad news was by the end of the night I'd started feeling a cold come on, so I stayed up long enough to open my other presents (and I will not cooo over them here but I'm so stoked!) and then went to bed in the hopes I'd be willing to get up and work Day II of the conference on Sat.

Except when I woke on Sat, I was not going anywhere.  They didn't really need me anyway, and so I dosed myself with C and liquids and teas and soups and kept my fingers crossed that I was going to be feeling better.

I'd also wanted to actually, you know, celebrate my birthday with my friends, so on Sunday we had a picnic.  I was feeling slightly better after Sat's rest and rest and more rest, and the day was absolutely beautiful, and everyone came out and brought yummy food and we goofed around outside talking and sitting on blankets and it was exactly as I'd pictured it (well, ok, my throat wasn't quite as scratchy in my head, but still) it was picture perfect.  Mochie flew the kite lostgirlslair brought, and our other friends played frisbee, and Domino the puppy an amazing time running around with everyone and probably getting fed way too much people food.

And I've not gone anywhere for the last two days.  The itchy-painful throat came back with a vengance on Sunday, so I ended up trying not to talk at all, watched a lot of bad TV, and hoped it would move somewhere else in my body just so I could swallow without fear.

Of course, with hopes like that, something's going to happen - now I have a bronchial cough that I think is actually close to ... truly bronchial.  I'm going to a real doctor this afternoon to get myself checked out, and missing my kaplan class to boot.

So, I'm still here but I haven't actually had enough energy to even face the computer until this morning, and I'm figuring that after this I'm going to be heading back into the gentle quiet of the bedroom for a nap prior to my dr's appointment.  But I'm still alive, promise, and doing well, if still overwhelmed.
Sofysoft_princess on October 14th, 2008 03:10 pm (UTC)
*hugs hugs hugs* I'm so sorry about the cold! But I'm glad you had a good birthday! And YAY presents!

*hugs more*
my monkied brain: g/x - belovedkatekat1010 on October 14th, 2008 10:40 pm (UTC)
*hugs hugs hugs & squishes* it sounds like you had a good birthday too, so YAY!! And thanks darling. *love*
kivrin on October 14th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I'm sorry about the respiratory ick. Good for you for going to the doc to get it checked out.

Thank you for the birthday wishes! All the best for yours. :)
my monkied brain: buffywill - *glomp*katekat1010 on October 14th, 2008 10:41 pm (UTC)
I basically got scolded by both the bf and the housemate into making the appt, but it was good that i did - bronchitis is the diagnosis and now i have the antibiotics to prove it.

And seriously, sorry they were so late! But I hope the day was fab nonetheless. *hugs*
kivrin on October 14th, 2008 11:02 pm (UTC)
I basically got scolded by both the bf and the housemate into making the appt, but it was good that i did - bronchitis is the diagnosis and now i have the antibiotics to prove it.

That was totally me in August - I was sure it couldn't be bronchitis or anything bad because I didn't have a fever, but it turns out that an elevated temperature is not necessary.

I recommend ginger tea, or this stuff if you can find it, for part of your drink-lots-of-clear-fluids prescription.

I hope you feel better soon!
my monkied brain: _nihon_lionkatekat1010 on October 15th, 2008 11:37 am (UTC)
MMM, yummy. I will totally look for that - we have a ton of health stores around here. Thanks!!
apothespisis: kissapothespisis on October 14th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Congrats on kicking talk ass! Nothing is better than getting your geek on and knowing people understand what you're saying and will walk away better educated than when they entered. I am so enormously proud of you! *petspetspets*

Respiratory stuff is nasty and mean and hateful. I'm expecting mine to come next month, right on schedule. I hope you're better soon, pretty. *gets all upset when the katekat is under the weather*

w00t for presents!
my monkied brain: cordy - red hotkatekat1010 on October 14th, 2008 11:07 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun!! And you'll love me for this - since the woman running the panel annoyed me to no end throughout the planning of the conference, I didn't shorten my presentation one bit, so what was supposed to be 15 minutes was 26! (and I didn't even screw my fellow panelists cuz we had a drop out) She was so annoyed that I wasn't stopping she was actually hand writing me notes about wrapping it up.

And everyone who saw it declared it a great success. I wanna do these things more often - they're fantastic!

UGH on the respatory stuff - the only good part is that i have the codeine laced cough syrup and an inhaler (damn smoker lungs). I feel much better today. Keep your fingers crossed i can make it through tomorrow and school.

fadednegative on October 15th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Awww I'm happy you had a good birthday..kinda sucks about your throat though :(

Did you get your prettie icon I posted for you? I hope you like it.

my monkied brain: xander - excitedkatekat1010 on October 15th, 2008 11:38 am (UTC)
I did, thankyou! it was sweet of you to make it! and yeah, the throat sucked and now the lungs are doing lovely similar things... but hopefully I will survive. Anyway,thanks for the bdy wishes!!
BJ: Whatever He's Drinkingdara_starscream on October 15th, 2008 09:26 am (UTC)
Oh yicky. (plies with soup and crackers)
my monkied brain: willow - grrkatekat1010 on October 15th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
*clings* so f-ing tired of being sick. but the dr. gave me the crap to really kick this bronchitis in the butt, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
Arielkikucutie on October 16th, 2008 04:42 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late birthday greetings. I was internet-less (except my cell), because I was in Tokyo for a big vacation - and the Tokyo Game Show.

I've caught up on everything, but I'm sad to hear that you're sick. I hope you start feeling better soon. Don't forget to take it easy.


Happy late birthday!
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on October 31st, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC)
lol, hi sweetest! i'm sorry it's taken me so long to respond to this, especially when it was such nice bday greetings! How was Tokyo? I'm feeling much better now, paritially because i haven't smoked since my bday basically. it's weird, but good.

how are you doing? if you have a couple of minutes give me a call (well, probably not tonight, but you know, sometime. I would love to catch up!
Arielkikucutie on November 3rd, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you're feeling better. I'm having a great time, even though it's almost freezing here. If it's any indication, I've already decided that I want to renew my contract for another year!

We really should arrange some time to talk. I can give you a ring via Skype, if that's okay.