Here I go again on my own

Well, here I am, sitting in DFW airport waiting on my flight. We’ll start boarding in roughly another 30 minutes. Whee!!! I am VERY excited. The evil shuttle guy was late and didn’t know where he was going. That frustrated me.

I weighed myself again this morning — looks like I’m now down 16 pounds!!!! WOO HOO!!! My knee is already killing me, but what can I do there? I guess it just didn’t like the shot this time. 🙁

Not a lot to say, but I just had to make a quick post before I board. 🙂

You come and go, you come and go

Every day is that much closer. Woot! I just finished booking my SuperShuttle to the airport for Friday morning. I was going to take the train to the airport, but the shuttle will save me time. Partly because I don’t have to attempt to make a 8am train, and partly because I don’t have to spend hours in transit. They’ll pick me up at @ 9:30, and I’ll be at the airport around 10. If I took that 8am train, I wouldn’t even make it to the airport until almost 11am. And since I’m supposed to be there roughly 3 hours early because it’s an international flight, that wouldn’t work.

I’ll fully admit – I would very much prefer to drive my own car out there and not have to worry about someone else’s schedule or being picked up, etc. But, I can’t exactly afford 10 days in fees from parking at the airport, and there’s no way mom would be able to pick up my car and take it back home so it’s not at the airport that whole time. I’m still going to have to take the train when I come back; but that won’t bother me as much. Coming home, I won’t be on a set time-table, worrying about making it in time.

As predicted, getting back to my car on Friday almost killed me. Once I finally made it home, I attempted to do as little moving around as possible, and iced the knee down as well. Saturday morning, the knee felt wonderful. I can’t remember the last time that knee felt this good. It never felt quite this good after the last shot, partly because of the bruising, I think. But, my right knee is starting to get worse. Or maybe I just notice the pain more in it since the left one is good now? The right isn’t bad enough for another shot, but it might not be too long before it is.

I don’t think I ever said anything in here about how my diet is going. I started around the end of August, switching to SlimFast, salads, water, etc. When I went to the doctor at the end of last month, I was down 7 pounds. YAY! Hopefully I’ll have lost more when I go in again for another visit later this month. We’re going to have to see how good I eat while on vacation, though. 😉

My cat’s medication seems like it’s finally doing the trick. Her fur is beginning to grow back on her stomach and elbows, which means she isn’t chewing as much anymore. The tricky part is going to be while I’m on vacation. Mali has some separation anxiety while I’m out of town, so we’re hoping the meds keep her from relapsing. We don’t want her to start chewing again just because she’s stressed out that I’m not home. She’ll probably have another vet visit after I get back from Toronto. Hopefully, if she stays on the path she’s on now, we’ll be able to stop pilling her in a month or so. I’ve got my fingers crossed that if the habit’s broken, she won’t start again. There’s just no way I can catch her every day and force a pill down her throat. The more pills I give her, the better she gets at resisting swallowing them.

3 more days. I am so ready to get out of town and up to Toronto. Is it time to go yet?

I’ll never be your beast of burden

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may soon have a dream of beating up the person you were five years ago. This would be a good omen. It means you’re ready to wean yourself completely from a stale old self-image. If you dream of feeding caviar and champagne to a donkey, it’s also a positive sign. It means you’re beginning to recognize that the hard-working beast in you needs to be treated more luxuriously. And if you dream of yelling at a bunch of kids to go clean up their messy bedrooms, Leo, that’s an auspicious portent as well. It signifies your readiness to discipline the irresponsible habits and organize the unruly impulses of your inner child.

I try not to post my horoscopes too often, but this one amused me enough, and I wanted to analyze it a little. Beating myself up, eh? Well, okay. As long as it means I’m not just changing my self-image, but I’m also actually changing, too. I am still trying to better myself, strengthen myself, learn to trust again, and (more importantly) learn to trust properly. That would be better than who I was about 5 years ago, if I can keep changing in those areas. But sorry inner beast of burden, you’ll have to deal without caviar. You know you’re allergic to anything fish/seafood related. But how about I dream of feeding you Godiva chocolates instead? Or even better – how about delicious New York Strip steaks and salads? Mmmm. Poor inner child. She’s been through a rough time lately. We’ve been doing a lot of cleaning. But organization? I’m not sure if we’re ready for that one yet. We’ll see.

For some reason, it seems that the LJ feed of my journal hasn’t updated in over a week. I poked around some yesterday, and found a thread from a girl who had a similar problem a few months back. I tried the things that she did to fix it – we’ll see if that does anything for me. At least I know that the feed validates as RSS now. It did before, but there were 2 warnings that shouldn’t have affected anything, but knowing LJ they probably did. 😉 haha. Hopefully this fixes it, though. If not, I know what post was the last one it read. I’ll temp mark the next post as a draft until LJ takes the rest of the feed, see if maybe that doesn’t work – if maybe there’s something wrong with that individual post. Which wouldn’t surprise me either.

I need to call my doctor’s office and see if they’ve heard anything on my MRI, since they’ve suddenly become incapable of calling me since my last visit. I need to schedule my follow up appointment, anyway, since that wasn’t done when I was in there before. When I go in again, I can check to see if I’ve lost any weight, and I can also coordinate my home scale with the one at the doctor’s office so I know the results are accurate. I feel like I’ve lost weight, and the scale has moved backwards some so this is good. Finally. Whee! I also need to find and get an appt with another doctor – but I won’t go into the details of that one here since it’s a little too personal. (Appt made.)

I want to completely reconstruct another site I maintain. A few weeks ago, I spent a few hours while I was teaching myself some CSS, writing an index page all in one file. After I had it looking exactly how I wanted, then I went back and split it up into the appropriate CSS, header, and footer files. I learn better that way, seeing it all in one file at first, working how it should, being able to tweak things in one place before breaking it down into the proper components so it can run the entire site. The only problem… the site that I want to rebuild now is a blog. I am just barely learning CSS, and know minimal amounts of PHP. Trying to throw in all the right stuff I need to make a blog work? Yeah. I don’t think I’m ready for that. But if anyone wants to take pity on me and help… haha. Just be warned it probably won’t be an easy ordeal. And I should still probably make a generic layout of the site first, to show how I want it to end up, even though it won’t work at all in WordPress. Probably. Maybe. I don’t know. This stuff confuses me. :-$

I’m spending most of the work day today writing procedural manuals. Oh joy! But seriously, if they help out and make it easier for someone else to do my job while I’m on vacation, I guess I can do it. It just would have been nice if the manuals were already written. I had to be trained one-on-one and take notes, the old fashioned way. So did most of the people in this position before me. I will still train my co-worker one-on-one, but at least she’ll have a manual to refer to when she gets confused, instead of sitting there trying to figure out what she meant in the notes she took?

There was more that I was going to ramble about today, I think. But it seems that my tongue is swollen in one small part, but that is starting to spread. So I think I need to go google that to see what on earth could be going on. O.o I don’t think it’s an allergic reaction, because I haven’t eaten or drank anything different. In fact, since I’m bringing Slim Fast to work, it’s exactly the same thing I’ve had for lunch for the last 3 weeks.