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Miscellaneous Things Done [Dec. 7th, 2008|12:22 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Other shit what I got done this past week OR "Why It's Good To Boost KJC's Meds"

Such a weird week. Popped awake every morning, then was exhausted by noon.

Monday I just gave up and went back to bed around 12:30pm, woke up again at 8pm. Not so good for the productivity.

Tuesday, I woke up early and got a few things done, then when I started to feel sleepy and unmotivated, I made plans with ceciliatan for lunch. HA HA! Strategies! Showered and walked into Porter Square to pick up a 'scrip and order a book, then had lunch with ctan. After that, I did some Circlet shipping and headed out. I tried to pay for my medium-sized PO Box at the UPS Store, but... there was great stupidity and I failed. Picked up some fancy new sort of Modge Podge type stuff for a project from the Paper Source and some crispy sesame sardines from Kotobukiya.

I dropped off my Mom's old sewing machine (which she gave me a few years back) at the little sewing shop in Davis Square to get it checked out. (This is a big deal because I've been thinking about doing this for years.) They'll call me in the next two weeks to pick it up - flat rate of $95 for a cleaning and tune-up.

AND, as a bonus, they offer hourly tutorials for $75. I think I'm gonna get me one and find out how to make a bobbin on this machine, how to thread it, and how to set the tension.

Then I went to Microcenter and desperately tried to find a USB F/F gender bender or a PS/2 M/M gender bender to try and make the new USB-based barcode scanner work with our ancient Windows98 PC at MYP. I ended up getting another Y cable (all PS/2) and a USB-to-PS2 converter. I was missing a cable (the only M/M PS/2 conversion ability I had), so I didn't swing by the Picnic afterward to try to get it all to work. I saved that for Wednesday, after the Doctor's appointment. (It didn't work.)

I did go to Trader Joe's though, and pick up some dinner-type items and snacks. Yay paper bags for recycling!

Wednesday, after the Doc's, I filled my car with gas, went over to MYP, failed to get the scanner working, then hung out with rmd and clauclauclaudia for dinner, conversation, and silly TV.

I managed to remember to register my car online (three months late) but failed to pay my Cambridge parking ticket from over the summer (couldn't find the damned ticket to input the information).

Thursday I worked a long, wretched day at the Picnic, came home, and collapsed.

Friday I slept until my parts stopped aching, then the BF & I made butternut squish gnocchi (after roasting a butternut squish left over from our farm share and mixing it with a cup+ of cheese & garlic mashy taters left over from T-Day). TASTEEEEEEE. My first time actively participating in cooking in a LONG time. Stupid depression. I LIKE cooking. While the BF finished the gnocchi, I absolutely stuffed FULL four smallish paper bags with mail (RECYCLING!) that had been piling up in corners and on shelves for a couple years. I'm almost done cleaning out the knot of CRAP that was my mail pile. FOUND the stupid fuckin' parkin' ticket. Haven't paid it yet, though, because I'm almost out of money. (The checks will come soon, but not soon enuf, dammit!)

Saturday, I was a model for istemi's photography class, had dinner with her and some FTP Alums (adjacent to the Richman Clan) at Mary Chung's, and a scoop of kulfi ice cream from Tosci's. Got a lift home and sort of collapsed on the couch. Watched some TV. Cleared a little room on my DVR for a Sunday night recording of a new show, Leverage.

Tomorrow (well, later today), I'll work at the Picnic most of the afternoon and evening.

Despite getting a LOT of things done, I've been in kind of a bad mood all week. Not sure why. Might be fear for illin' chums. Might just be medication changes. Dunno.

[User Picture]From: lillibet
2008-12-07 12:28 pm (UTC)
Given how sensitive the topic is, this that it's just a question, I'm not judging at all, but I'm asking because I'm not you and I don't know what it's really like inside there:

Do you find that you have any control over your moods? Are you able to cheer yourself up or calm yourself down or whatever?

Meanwhile, yay for things accomplished!
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-07 01:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the yay!

S'okay, it's pretty difficult to offend me with honest questions.

Unfortunately, the answer is "sometimes." Sometimes I can lever myself out of a bad mood with good stuff and sometimes I notice when I'm making myself cranky and I stop, thereby avoiding bad moodiness.

This week was odd. When I was doing things I enjoyed or getting stuff done, I was in an OK-to-good mood. But in neutral space, my baseline mood level was just way down, and there wasn't much I could do about that except seek out lifters (food, activities, companionship). I think it's the temporary nature of the lifting activities that made me realize I was sort of in a bad mood underneath/overall.
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[User Picture]From: rmd
2008-12-07 12:38 pm (UTC)
fwiw, sometimes when i come out of a funk, i'm in a bit of a bad mood about it. i end up with a hefty dose of "man, i really should've done this by now!" and so i get grumpy or angry as i clear the backlog on stuff.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-07 01:58 pm (UTC)
Mm. S'a good point. The backlog is pretty damn big at this point.
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[User Picture]From: candle_light
2008-12-07 06:16 pm (UTC)
Heya. It was nice running into you last night. Sorry we couldn't actually join you for dinner. Hope the kids didn't bug y'all too much when they came over to visit.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-07 09:43 pm (UTC)
Never! Your kids are such a delight, I feel guilty when I don't have the energy to keep up with them...

It was good to see you folks too!
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[User Picture]From: istemi
2008-12-08 11:01 am (UTC)
If you want to save $75, I'd be happy to figure out your sewing machine with you. Many manuals are online, if you don't have it any more. Bobbins and threading are easy. Tension is something you figure out once and never change.

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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-10 05:26 am (UTC)
I kinda figured it might be better for everyone if I paid for the lesson, because I'm not the easiest person to teach. I have to be shown each thing a couple times, I ask a lot of questions, and I take a lot of notes. Then I try and do it myself and ask more questions.

If you don't think I'd annoy the crap out of you, I would happily take you up on your offer. If you do think it'd be stressful (which I'd fully understand), I'll just buy a lesson.
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