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12 November 2015 @ 03:16 pm
Dropping by...  
I'm woefully behind on reading my f-list and posting my own entries. It's been kind of overwhelming since HalfshellHusband broke his wrist, with more to do around the house.

HSH has been really sick for about 1 1/2 weeks now. He picked up something in the hospital while he was having or recovering from surgery, and it has led to severe dysentery. He got an antibiotic for it late on Sunday, and the treatment is heavy-duty and lengthy. So far, the stomach cramps are better, but nothing else is. I hope we'll see some results soon, because it's awful for him and it's worrying.

The plus side of our weekend was watching The Song Remains The Same, at our son's request. He's been listening to excerpts on youtube, and wanted to see the movie. I think HSH and I watched it about 20 years ago. I still find Robert Plant's performance kind of distracting, but the singing is good. I've only recently come to appreciate drummers, so wow to Bonzo's performances there, and I'm crushing on Young Jimmy Page because of his talent. So wrong, but there it is. I hadn't realized what a busy performer he was—none of his guitar work is ever in the "background" on a live performance. Amazing. I do wish John Paul Jones wasn't always parked in the shadows, or just never really featured. There are parts where you can hear him going nuts on the bass, and yet you can't see a thing.

Conclusion: I've spent most of the week at work listening to live Zep performances on youtube, including How The West Was Won, In My Time Of Dying, A 1969 Danish TV show session, and the amazing Since I've Been Loving You (since our son got me hooked on that and helped me process the fact that it is eventually not "Tea For One." It's from an album I rarely listen to).

My other weekend highlight was a run Sunday night that was the fastest I've done in years. 9:13 miles over 5 miles—whoo! I think some of the speed came from lengthening my stride, because my legs hurt for days afterward, in the same way they do when I visit Tryon Creek once a year and run where there's a lot of downhill. :O

I'm doing the mini_wrimo daily writing challenge this month, and of course, it's NaNo time. How many of you are working on some sort of November writing challenge?

Well, the weekend is coming soon, and at the moment I feel like I'm getting farther behind on everything—and we aren't even in the Christmas season yet. Halp!

ecosopherecosopher on November 12th, 2015 11:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so sorry! I hope HSH gets better really soon. Poor him. And poor you--it's so hard to have to just wait these things out.

I'm doing NaNo, but work has picked up and so I've not had as much time to do it as I would have hoped. But it's all good. Perhaps I'll get to do some of it this weekend.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 12th, 2015 11:44 pm (UTC)
The nice thing about NaNo is that while there is a huge goal (not so nice), it can be done whenever you like and isn't mandated for every day.

At least more work means more $$ and increased reputation for you!
uranium-235: Pulpyfidgety on November 12th, 2015 11:36 pm (UTC)
I like how you keep saying "dysentery" because it's making me nostalgic for Oregon Trail.

I'm also doing mini_wrimo, but other than hitting my daily 350 goal, I'm not taking it seriously. I've been writing an ongoing, exquisite corpse type of story that makes little to no sense. It's actually been a lot of fun, and it's getting me back into the swing of writing regularly.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 12th, 2015 11:46 pm (UTC)
You can actually get a t-shirt (from either $6 Tees or Snorg Tees) that has the green-on-black display of oxen pulling a wagon with the banner, "Your party has died of dysentery."

I came along too early for that game, but my kids played the fancier graphical version. A lot.

Your word count is good! I think I crossed 200 once and maybe 300 once, but mostly it's in the 100-200 range. Because getting the words out is always a struggle for me, especially since I'm poking away at a longer story. :O

Edited at 2015-11-13 09:11 pm (UTC)
Laura: B99 Jake teddycookielaura on November 13th, 2015 04:02 am (UTC)
Poor HSH :( I hope the treatment starts kicking in soon. *hugs* to you, it's so horrible watching someone in pain and not being able to make it stop.

My only November writing challenge is to try and make progress on my WC big bang! /o\ Good luck with mini wrimo!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2015 08:44 am (UTC)
He seems to be a little better today-- things are at least slowing down a little. But he has been just miserable. Bad enough to break his wrist, but to get sick from hospital germs? Even more unfair!

I saw your note about the Big Bang. If I recall correctly, those are usually about half of a NaNo novel length, which is still a tremendous amount of words! I'll be rooting for you. :)
bleodswean: zeppbleodswean on November 13th, 2015 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, K. *hugs* I am thinking of both you and G. I hope he turns a corner today. Terrible. :(

I am writing, but I am always writing. NaNo is just slightly more focused. Looking forward to Idol starting, too.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
He IS a little better. At this point, just stretching out the time between attacks is a huge improvement. 3-4 onslaughts a day instead of 9-10. :O

I'm hoping Idol will wait a little longer, since everything is so overwhelming right now. And that write-every-day thing is cutting into my sleep!

Ooh, yeah! on the icon. Rowr!
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on November 13th, 2015 06:20 pm (UTC)
My writing challenge is time. I have done a little. Better than no writing.

That C-Dif bacteria is evil! The Mothership has had it off and on since August.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on November 13th, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's exactly what HSH has! I can't imagine an elderly person going through that-- it's made him incredibly sick, and he's not quite 60 yet. Really hard to kill, too. I hope your mom is able to beat it. :(
adoptedwriter: Apple kittenadoptedwriter on November 16th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
It's nasty indeed. I hear there's a stool donation technique which involves the healthy person donating stool and that gets injected into the patient. It gives the patient " good bacteria". Sounds weird but I hear it's successful. I hope we don't have to get to that stage. Hopefully she passes the sample test, and that's the end of that. AW