July 2016

Aug. 8th, 2016 12:29 pm
mbernardi: (WeeMee)
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Delay Repay - due to rail delays and strike action meant my season ticket cost 3/4 it's usual price.
At work we are now using soft VOIP phone, sound quality is poor so getting a better headset helped (a bit)
This month's SF Book Club was on the first Monday this month and the set read was Embassytown by China MiƩville - which again I didn't complete. good discussion. P gave directions to his house for party next weekend.
Used GPS on my iphone to find P's house - celebrating his birthday later this month and the summer solstice! food, drink and conversation all very good stayed 2:20-7:20
Went to see doctor about aches and pains and had to go for a fasting blood test (meaning no food for 12 hours before blood taken)
Ballroom Dance classes on Tue, we revised jive (though no new steps). The Saturday Social (last saturday of the month) practiced all the dances as usual (danced rumba one as lady!)
J's birthday on 8th, so I took the day off and we went up to London for the day. First went to Forbidden Planet, just to have a look around - I did buy 1 book! Then we walked to the Prince of Wales Theatre where we had tickets booked to see The Book of Mormon (at a matinee) before this we had lunch at Eds diner. The play was a comic musical, which was fairly respectful of the source material (Life of Brian being similar). After the theatre we walked along the embankment, then to All Bar One opposite Canon Street station where we had a light supper before walking to The Shard (above London Bridge station), After going through airport style security took to lifts up to 68th floor
Stayed until sunset and the lights came on over all London. Magical day.
Mid month my fridge expired and had to order a replacement, this arrived fairly quickly, but had to use ice block to keep the temperature inside cool until it could e replaced.
The new fridge did arrive in a timely manner and all perishable were transferred successfully - though some stuff was binned!
iPhone bricked itself, would not turn back on. Had to reset to factory defaults and restore from cloud backup. worked fine only one app didn't restore. Must remember to sync to iTunes regularly.
Had ben able to use my Fire tablet to keep my diary up to date.
Continuing with Yoga even tough number have been as low as 3 students.
Mum had been in hospital for three weeks after an operation, and once she was home I went to visit.
Last Monday of the month there was a fatality on the line. This delayed trains so much I didn't get home til 9:00 4 hours later than usual!
On the last Wednesday went to the Hawth to see Arrival - The Hits of ABBA , started at 7:30 and finished just before 10:00, with an interval - showing adverts from the 70's. The show used 6 people on stage - but also showed video above the stage - either news reel footage, cover art & music videos reshot with the 4 principle stage characters. Also a lot of audience participation.
And on the last Friday we had a work team building exercise with most of the team enjoying BBQ and cup cakes near the beach of Goring Gap
Last day of the month was the deadline for Hugo award voting - sent my votes in even if I hadn't read all that I should.
Looking back over the month it seems that more happened than usual, from train delays to concerts, faulty phone and fridge, and two birthday adventures

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Date: 2016-08-12 01:57 am (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
I'm glad you had such enjoyable birthday adventures & glad your mum got home okay.

What did the doctor say, though? Don't leave us hanging; who do you think you are, Roger Zelazny?

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Date: 2016-08-12 10:48 pm (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
More testing for what? "aches and pains" is rather vague, you know.

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Date: 2016-08-13 11:45 am (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
Osteo or rheumatoid? So many exciting flavors are available. ;(

I had rheumatoid in the joints of a few fingers for several years. If they put you on hydroxychloroquine [plaquenil], it slows/stops the spread, but you have to get an eye exam every year [& even for a few years after], as there's a chance it may gunk up your retinas. I was fortunate in that my case was mild, & I was able to go off it after a few years. 4 finger joints still look large, but don't bother me.

In the years since, what's new is one knuckle & one finger joint are permanently swollen. Most of the time they don't bother me, & ibuprofen is able to help when they do. It's such a relief to be able to take it. When I was on celebrex & plaquenil, I couldn't [ibuprofen & celebrex counteract each other, one thinning blood, the other thickening it]. All I could take for pain was acetaminophen, which doesn't work nearly as well for me. Just ask our buddy Miles about idiosyncratic body chemistry.

So, once again, whatcha got?

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Date: 2016-08-13 04:33 pm (UTC)
filkferengi: filk fandom--all our life's a circle (Default)
From: [personal profile] filkferengi
Well, be sure to keep us posted. I hope it's, in Heyer-speak, a fence you can get over lightly.

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