Sunday, August 30, 2015

MSC Cruising, Take 2

Back in April, Ed and I had a fantastic time on the MSC Divina, enjoying all the musical performances of progressive rock groups on Cruise to the Edge. While we dubbed it the 'cruise to sleep deprivation', there was no question that we'd return to CTTE and the Divina the next time that CTTE left port.

There was a bit of surprise in August. The promoter (On The Blue) was hosting another full ship charter on the MSC Divina, this time for Celtic music, but he hadn't hit the numbers needed to break even on the event, and sent out an announcement to the alums of his other charters that contained a deal too good to pass up. Put it this way: We could either eat, or pay for a hotel for 4 days for the rate we were offered.

The boys were asked 'Would you like to go on a' and we didn't even finish asking before we got excited affirmative replies, so I booked and looked forward to showing Chef and GameTeen all the things that Ed and I had talked about for six months, while also getting to see more of what the Divina had to offer that we missed in our enjoyment of many musical performances.

Now back for over a week, I can say we definitely got in a lot of relaxation, did a bit of running around, and the boys are also fans of cruising (and unlimited buffets!). We added one more country to our list of places traveled (Bahamas), and I added a band to my 'must purchase' music list (Gaelic Storm).

Some pictures from our adventures:

Week 1 Done

This semester, I have two classes-both online.  One is in my autism cognate, the other is in my program and both will be easy to manage, but require a decent amount of reading or work, so the game plan is to do the autism readings during my lunch breaks and work on weekly assignments at night.

Then, to add a monkey wrench, I'm taking a course through work on the adult learner.  At least it is only three weeks.  Everyone in my department was encouraged to take it.  At least it prepares me well for when I take the same course for my degree, and I have the textbook for that course-so I may be in good shape for that.

Four semesters left...


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Google Two Step Verification...

If you don't have it, get it!

There are four others like this, all within the past half hour.  Nope, you're not getting into my gmail.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, February 02, 2015

Of Neurologists That Piss Me Off


The vertigo has been a constant companion since January 1st, a full month of riding the merry go round and wondering when the hell it would stop.  Last Monday, thanks to some self-caused stress (oversleeping), it ramped up to the degree that I usually experience right before the carousel operator kicks the switch into overdrive, and sends me staggering to the bathroom amid the 45 (or 78) rpm my world is making.

My MRI results were insignificant, which basically means that there has not been enough progression in the Chiari to cause this.  I went through the 10 day course of faux steroids, took hydrocodone for the headaches as directed by my neurologist (a treatment course we normally do, but she'd asked me to try a run of Imitrex for any and all headaches-but there's a really bad interaction with sumitripan and this not-a-steroid), and nothing was stopping it.

A week of phone tag ensued, and as is typical, the neurologist looks at the headaches first, vertigo second.  This morning, her nurse calls me back and tells me to go to the emergency room for treatment for the headaches and vertigo.

Really?  That is your expert opinion on my situation-go to the emergency room, which may or may not have a neurologist in house at the time?  That smacks of "I don't know what the fuck I am doing here, and I am done playing doctor now.  Go away"

Is it just me?