duncandahusky: (huskyface)
Well, here we go! As of today, Dan and I are participating in Centegra Hospital’s Optifast Program. You can find more info here, but here’s the short version:
•    12 weeks of nothing but Optifast shakes, bars, and soups.
•    8 weeks of transitioning back to real food
•    8 weeks of maintenance/consultation

During the first 12 weeks there are weekly classes, bloodwork, and metabolism monitoring. After that, there are monthly meetings/consultations, and follow-up with the program. This is a Really Big Deal, but it is something that we feel needs to be done.

Some Frequently Asked Questions below the cut!
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Originally posted 09 February 2016
duncandahusky: (Default)

Originally published at Tom Brady's Blog. You can comment here or there.

Seven days ago I underwent LASIK surgery. Here is an update on how things have gone since. (A report of my initial experiences can be found here.)

I wisely chose to spend most of last weekend indoors. Although I’m not having a lot of light sensitivity, I decided to err on the side of caution. I picked up a pair of cheap wraparound sunglasses from Amazon and those served me reasonably well when I ventured out to walk Buddy. For the most part, though, I stayed inside and took it easy.

On Monday I returned to the doctor’s office for a checkup again, as my distance vision had been good, but not quite where it should be on the Friday before. This was much better. Interestingly, although things were a trifle blurry when I covered one eye and tried to read the smaller print on the eye chart, when a diffraction grid (piece of plastic was many small pinholes) was placed over my eye, everything snapped into focus nicely. This is how the doctor differentiates between problems due to an inaccurate prescription cu into the corneal flap and deficiencies due to the eye needing to heal more. In this case, my prescription is perfect, my eye just needs more healing time.

At work, things have been pretty good. I haven’t had to expand fonts or zoom in on documents. I have a 22″ monitor that I have about 18″ away from my face right now (I’ll be moving that back as things progress). My 14″ laptop screen is about 30″ away from my face and I need to lean in to read that still. My friend Jet had an excellent suggestion, though – once an hour (or so) I try to turn my attention away from the computer and let my eyes relax some – walk to the bathroom, get a drink of water, or just close my eyes for a few minutes.

The other thing that I’ve noticed is that I am definitely having “good eye days” and “bad eye days,” as demonstrated by my consumption of eye drops. My doctor has been kind enough to supply me with 30 boxes of Refresh Optive eye drops (each box contains 5 plastic vials, and each vial is good for about 3 uses). On a “bad day” I’ve found that I may go through 10 vials, applying drops every 15-20 minutes. On a “good day” I’ll use half of that. Because the free samples will only last so long, I have ordered a couple of bottles of Systane Ultra eye drops from Amazon. The price is a little less than the Refresh Optive, but from my research it appears that Systane is slightly better at relieving dry eyes. I expect to continue to have good and bad days for the next 4-6 weeks, but it’s a minor annoyance compared to the overall improvement of vision I have after the surgery.

One thing I haven’t mentioned is the eye guard that I’ve had to wear each night while I sleep. Imagine something like goggles, held on by an elastic strap that goes over your head. For the last week I’ve slept rather poorly because this guard tends move around on my face and requires re-seating every so often. It’s been a minor annoyance, but nothing debilitating. The good news is that I only have to use that for a week, so tonight will be the last night with it, and then I’ll be done.

The purpose of the eye guard, of course, is to prevent you from rubbing your eyes while you sleep. I had a heart stopping moment a few days ago when I woke up, removed the eye guard, and rubbed my eyes. Waaaaugh! Fortunately, there was no harm done, but man that is an unpleasant way to wake up! It just goes to show that you have to think about what you’re doing whenever your hands go near your eyes, even if you’re only half-awake!

I have another follow-up appointment with the eye doctor on Monday, and I’m expecting to see even more improvements then. I’ll be sure to post more updates as time goes on!


duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Right, about time for a proper update I suppose.

Once again, [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I were able to celebrate the new year by hosting Wuffmeet New Year's Eve (our fourth in a row). Once again, it was an awesome party as we welcome about 40 friends to the cozy confines of our usual hotel for three full days of hanging out, swimming, hot-tub-soaking, and just a wee bit of imbibing. I think we really did well on the food this year: the New Year's Eve dinner from Brown's Chicken was tasty, but Saturday night's dinner catered by Smoque was definitely a home run. Add to that a very entertaining (and very inexpensive!) trip to Whirlyball, and I'd say that it was an excellent Wuffmeet all around. Thanks to all who could make it! A notable thing about this year: it's the first Wuffmeet ever where we were in the black, even if it was just a little bit. That was a nice change, too.

Work has been crazy over the last few weeks, including having to work between Christmas and New Year's for the first time in a few years. It was annoying, but not the end of the world, even if I did have to work until 2 PM on New Year's Eve. I finally wrapped up the last bit of really high-pressure stuff yesterday, so it's nice to actually have a chance to breathe again.

Things weren't helped by the fact that both Dan and I got sick after Wuffmeet (only two of several folks who got sick, unfortunately). Dan's getting over a sinus infection and mild bronchitis, and I think I need to see a doctor about my chronic bronchitis since I'm coughing a lot at night. This should be fun since at the first of the year I moved onto my employer's health plan after having been on Dan's plan for the last eight years. We had the distressing realization that with the tax penalties for domestic partners, we were losing about $1,300 per year by keeping me on his health plan. So, I don't have a health insurance card or prescription card, but I'll need to figure out how to see a doctor in the meantime. Fun!

Finally, we had the pleasure of spending the some time with [livejournal.com profile] girtygrin, [livejournal.com profile] nikvulper, and [livejournal.com profile] eddiddiums as they visited Chicago last weekend. After hanging out and chatting at their hotel on Friday (joined by [livejournal.com profile] daveqat, [livejournal.com profile] jimcyl, and [livejournal.com profile] tecknow as well as several locals who we saw fleetingly before they took off), we met up with them in time for brunch on Saturday, which we had at Wishbone (and were joined by [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus). The biscuits and gravy were transcendent, and my shrimp and grits were delicious.

We then walked up to Paulina Market where we picked up some tasty meats (and I got some duck fat, yum!), then it was over to Dave and Jim's place to hang out and chat for a bit. We ventured into the cold to stop by Evil Squirrel Comics to say hi to [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn and Ryan, then it was time for dinner. We wound up at The Curragh (yes, the Irish pub that was near Woodfield Mall - they finally re-opened in Norwood Park!). Dinner was excellent, and the Magner's cider was much appreciated. It was a very fun day spent with some very cool folks - we definitely need to return the favor and see more of Ann Arbor soon.

On Sunday...well, on Sunday we rested. It was glorious - a quiet day at home, and after spending the morning doing not much, I took a nap in the afternoon. Unheard of! Dan got to sleep in untilt he crack of noon as well. It was just what we needed, I think.

So that's about it right now. Oh, I did want to mention that yesterday marked the eighth anniversary of this journal. It's been a crazy eight years, but I'm pretty happy with how everything has worked out.
duncandahusky: (Ky00t Duncan)
Wow. This may be the longest I've gone without a substantive public post to LiveJournal since I started this journal. What has happened since I last updated? Here's the short version:
  • Midwest FurFest happened. It was a great convention, though it was the usual blur for me. It was my second and final year as convention chairman (MFF has a tradition of two-year terms for its chairmen). I didn't accomplish everything I would have liked, but I feel that I was able to keep the convention on its upward trend and overall people seem to be very happy. How do I know? Well, we've got this nifty survey up, and if you take it you can win a free room night at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare! My biggest personal regret from the convention is that it sounds like there was one hell of a party in our suite on Sunday night but I was just so exhausted and done with socializing that I wound up taking a nice relaxing bath and going to bed early. Oh, and rest assured that I will not be disappearing from Midwest Furfest staff! I will be taking over the position of Hotel Liaison for MFF 2010, just as we're going into a new hotel. Whee!

  • Thanksgiving happened. We were pleased to welcome Roho, Genet, Bander, Shawn, Shadowstalker, and Tarin over for Thanksgiving dinner, with a delicious turkey made by [livejournal.com profile] takaza's mom. The food was delicious, and the company was fantastic! Incidentally, if you were at Midwest FurFest, you might have met Dan's mom - she was Staff Liaison, and her job was to go around the convention and make sure that folks who were stuck in one location got an occasional snack and drink and had everything they needed. She was a tremendous help during the convention and I'm so glad she was able to make it!

  • Dan's birthday happened. We rounded up a bunch of folks and went out for dinner at Wildfire Restaurant, which was really excellent. Dan ordered the martini flight (!) and even drank a few of them. Great steaks, and really tasty desserts.

  • A doctor's visit happened. I found out that what I thought was carpal tunnel is in fact tendonitis. This led to a nice cortisone shot (ow) and orders to wear an arm brace for two weeks. I'll be living on Advil for a while, I think.

  • And finally, a brief visit down to Urbana happened. [livejournal.com profile] mirkowuff's neighborhood revived the "Candlestick Lane" tradition on short notice, so he threw a small short-notice party to celebrate. We had a lovely time and got to see some great old friends and meet some new folks as well. It was a very pleasant weekend.


So now we're pretty much caught up. What's coming up? Well, we're going to dog-sit this weekend, and hopefully visit either Evanston or Milwaukee to go to The Spice House and do some restocking. We're flying down to South Carolina for Christmas. And of course there's Wuffmeet coming up, for which we really need to start making specific plans for food. December is a trainwreck, as always, and it doesn't look like January will be much better! But we're having fun and all is right with the world, regardless.
duncandahusky: (Stay off of my lawn!)
So after adventures in muscle spasms on Friday, I curled up with a nice combination of Valium and Vicodin. [livejournal.com profile] takaza stayed home as well because the weather was pretty lousy, with around 10" of snow falling. I napped a good portion of the day and was quite grateful for the pharmaceutical assistance.

By Saturday the spasms had pretty much abated, though my neck was still stiff. I came in to work (which was mandatory, in exchange for getting Christmas Eve off) and puttered around a bit, then Dan and I went over to his mother's to exchange Christmas gifts and enjoy a lovely dinner.

Sunday was much more relaxed, though we finally ventured into the high winds and blowing snow to do some Wuffmeet shopping. We did some price comparisons at GFS (and got some good ideas for food), picked up all of the bubbly we need for New Year's at Trader Joes, and took advantage of a fantastic sale on sodas at Meijer to get $160 or so worth of soda for $90. Unfortunately, while moving all that soda, Dan torqued his back, which has left him somewhat the worse for wear today. As for me, my neck still is a little stiff and I still get occasional pain, but I've regained about 80% mobility, which is a huge improvement.

We're supposed to drive down to St. Louis on Wednesday to spend Christmas with my parents and my sister's family, but the weather is looking most unpleasant. The snow I could deal with, but the mention of freezing rain between here and there gives me pause. I'm hoping that, at worst, we'll have to delay our departure until midday Wednesday, but if it's bad enough we may have to drive down on Christmas morning. We'll see how the weather works out. Alas, our visit down there will be brief, since Dan has to be back at work on Monday the 29th and I need to tend to all kinds of New Year's preparations. The one spot of good news is that it looks like I won't be called in during plant shutdown, which will leave me free to concentrate on party planning.

I hope everyone's holiday planning is going well. Stay warm and safe!

Whoa...

Dec. 19th, 2008 02:06 pm
duncandahusky: (Stethoscope)
So yesterday morning I woke up about 15 minutes before the alarm was to go off with a crick in my neck. Ow.

I went ahead and showered and headed off to work, thinking nothing of it. But as the morning progressed, that crick in my neck progressed to a greater pain, then became full-fledged, stop-where-you-are-and-whimper muscle spasms. By 9:30 AM my boss took a look at me and told me to go home. So I came home, took some ibuprofen and a muscle relaxer and tried to relax. Not a lot of help there - the slightest movement set off a muscle spasm and a world of pain. By the time [livejournal.com profile] takaza got home, I was a mess. I called my doctor and she (rather surprisingly) called in a prescription for Vicodin and Valium to the nearby pharmacy. That stuff knocked me out, and I was able to get a solid night's sleep.

This morning the spasms were somewhat shorter in duration, but still there. Given the fact that I still can't turn my head to the right, as well as the fact that we got ten inches of snow overnight and the roads weren't plowed yet, I elected to call in (well, e-mail in) to work and stay home. I popped a Valium and a couple of Vicodin and got a very nice nap in. Dan has stayed home as well ( the roads truly do suck) and he's watching out for me, bless him. Unfortunately, I'm supposed to be at work tomorrow (mandatory work day in exchange for getting Christmas Eve off), so I'll probably go in no matter how I'm feeling. Hopefully the spasms will have abated by then, though.

Fun times!
duncandahusky: (License)
I'm still alive, and still around. Things are busy at work, where I'm juggling several projects, and at home, where it's premiere season on the broadcast networks and finale season on cable, meaning there's been lots of great stuff on like Burn Notice, Heroes, Eureka, and more. Still, I wanted to write about our amazing weekend.

On Saturday we drove up to Madison... )

Here is the entire album of pictures from Saturday.

Sunday was a bit more low-key. Dan and I watched a little Tivo, then there was the online Midwest FurFest staff meeting. All seems well on that front, which is good news. I've got several interesting projects in the works that I think will make this year's convention spiffy for a lot of folks.

In other random news: I'm still coughing, which is no great surprise. These bouts with bronchitis usually last about two to three weeks, unfortunately. The downside of this is that I haven't slept well for the past week and a half or so, which means I'm generally pretty sleepy during the day. Bah. This too shall pass. The other good news is that our shiny new bed is coming tonight! We took apart our old bed to make it simple for the furniture guys to haul it out. I'm just glad we're not the ones carrying everything up and down the stairs!

OK, back to work with me...
duncandahusky: (Bruno)
First off, thanks to everyone for their kind words in response to my last couple of posts. They are very much appreciated!

After a go-go-go summer with seemingly at least one day of every weekend busy, this has been a odd weekend. Yesterday was spent relaxing and watching football games. I also made a test install of Drupal on a spare laptop and tried to figure out how to configure it. Today was spent watching some movies* and napping in the afternoon. Through it all [livejournal.com profile] takaza has been a wonderful husband, making dinners and snuggling up with me on the sofa.

The bad news is that I have a strong suspicion that the strep throat has moved on and left me with bronchitis in its wake. That would explain the wracking coughing that leaves me breathless (what fun!). I intend to call the doctor tomorrow and see what, if anything, is to be done. In the meantime I'll cuddle up with a nice dose of cough syrup and hopefully get a passable night's sleep.

* Wilily Wonka with Johnny Depp - enjoyed it, even if they took significant liberties with the ending; Meet the Robinsons - hated it and turned it off 20 minutes in.
duncandahusky: (huskyface)
Got a voicemail from the doctor. Strep throat culture came back positive.

I'll be at home all weekend, curled up with a Z-Pack and Hycodan if anyone needs me. And on Monday, I'll be calling them and findd out why the hell it took three days for them to let me know the culture came back positive.
duncandahusky: (Bruno)
Bleah. This cough is hard to shake, and it's kicking my ass. The doctor has prescribed a teeny-tiny bottle of Hycodan, which is a good start. I'll have to call tomorrow to get a refill on that to get me through the weekend. The syrup helps me get to sleep, though it tends to wear off by about 3 AM, which means I get to cough myself awake. Sleeping for the past few nights has been difficult. I left work at lunch today with the intention of relaxing at home, but I wound up just sleeping for four hours - a rarity for me, since I don't usually nap during the day.

[livejournal.com profile] takaza is wonderful, of course. He bought a couple of teas for me to try, and now he's making chicken and rice, which smells delicious.

I'm really glad that this weekend is going to be a quiet, relaxing couple of days at home. I need that.
duncandahusky: (WTF?)
So the craziness of the past week and a half is done, and I'm looking forward to a busy, but not insane week ahead. Now that I have time to breathe, let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. )
duncandahusky: (Looking Up)
Well, due to some last-minute illness and [livejournal.com profile] takaza's continuing health issues, we are going to postpone this weekend's River Trip. I won't say I'm not disappointed, but I'll survive. We'll probably try again come late April/early May of next year, and who knows? Maybe we can add to our caravan. As the time comes closer, we'll spread the word around. It's probably just as well, since Dan and I both have a lot of work to get done for Midwest FurFest, including almost 300 postcards to label, stamp, and mail out.


Meanwhile, I came across some interesting and fun links this morning. Mark over at BoingBoing TV (who has excellent taste in coffee beans) demonstrates a coffee gadget so nifty I bought one this morning (See the exhaustive discussion here as well). Also, Adam at The Amateur Gourmet gives us a nifty video tour of a cheese shop and discusses some cheese basics with the cheesemonger there. Finally, happy 40th birthday to LOGO, the first programming language I ever learned. And I'll note that I'm a lousy programmer. Correlation? Who knows?
duncandahusky: (happygolucky)
So I suppose the last substantive post I made kind of left things off around the middle of last week. The rest of the week was pretty quiet; honestly, I was so darned tired all week long that actually doing anything would have been difficult. Also, it didn't help that the cough that lingered through Anthrocon continued to haunt me, waking me up a couple of times each night and making catching up on sleep difficult.

Saturday we finally got around to being social again, catching Harry Potter and the Moneymaking Juggernaut on Saturday afternoon with [livejournal.com profile] roho and [livejournal.com profile] genet. Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite book, between Harry's pubescent whining and interminable scenes at the Order headquarters filled with talking, talking, talking. The movie cured a lot of that by cutting out great chunks of the story (which was needed, I think, if only to make the run time manageable). For that alone I would have liked the movie, but the casting was fabulous as well. I always adore Emma Thompson, and her depiction of Professor Trelawney is always great. Evanna Lynch wasn't quite the way I was picturing Luna Lovegood but I thought she was a good choice. And Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge was just delicious - how she gives you the willies with a girlish giggle. All in all, a good movie, and one I enjoyed a lot.

After the movie, we retired back to our place where we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] colliedoc, who was crashing with us between weekend shifts at Bristol Renaissance Faire. Fajitas were consumed, as well as yummy artichoke dip and a caramel apple pie that was just divine. We watched some Flip This House and World Series of Pop Culture, and everyone had a great time.

Both [livejournal.com profile] takaza and I woke up before 8 AM on Sunday (!), so we saw Straif off for the day. After relaxing a bit and catching up on some Tivo, we headed out to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] justincheetah for a Top Secret Project. Not much I can say except that it was a pleasure to Mike (Calla), Cheetah's boyfriend. Afterwards we headed home and had a quiet evening in.

On Monday, I finally got tired of the wretched cough and went to see the doctor. I explained that I had tried taking Tussin AC (guaifenesin + codeine, left over from a prescription from last year) but it didn't really seem to help. She prescribed another cough syrup and told me to call if that didn't help. I left a bit disgusted, hoping to have a bit more help than that, but oh well. I got out of the doctor's in time to catch Dan on the way home on the train, so I picked him up at the Mundelein station (yay for Google Maps on my Motorola Q!) and we went shopping for the week's groceries at Target using the $100 in gift cards we had gotten as thanks for helping out at Dan's company picnic. While we were there, I had the cough syrup prescription filled, to the tune of $0.69. The groceries were a lot more, though we went a little nuts and bought some stuff we probably wouldn't have otherwise, just to try out new brands and such.

That night, I took the cough syrup before going to bed and...I take back everything I said before. The doctor had prescribed Hydromet, which I thought was more of the same but is actually hydrocodone and homatropine. I knew hydrocodone affects me a lot more than codeine (following some fun in college with an abscessed tooth and Lorcet Plus; "Whoa, I think I'll sit down now."), but the homatropine is some serious stuff as well. Since I took that first dose I haven't coughed. At all. Holy cats. And this after I was wracked a couple of times each day and night with a nasty, rasping cough. I took it again last night (earlier than I had Monday night, which was good since I didn't feel quite as dopey this morning), but I'm thinking that should be all that's necessary.

As for the rest of the week, there's not too much going on. I have the Midwest FurFest registration database up to date now, and while we're ahead of last year's registrations I'm not seeing any insane explosions of growth. The fact that we're selling out the Hyatt in July (as opposed to in October last year) is more a reflection of the fact that it costs nothing to reserve a hotel room, but actually costs money to register :-) Anyway, now that everything is caught up, I have about 70 or so confirmation postcards to send out, which I hope to do tonight. I don't think we're doing anything Friday night, but Saturday night we're going to stay at the Amerisuites Schaumburg (thanks again, [livejournal.com profile] r_bear!), then on Sunday is the Midwest FurFest board meeting at 1 PM then the staff meeting at 2 PM. Lots to do before those meetings, so off I go!
duncandahusky: (Geeky)
That's from my shopping list, of course. Since I flaked yesterday and forgot a bunch of things when I went to the store, my penance is that I have to go back today. [livejournal.com profile] takaza's mom is coming over for dinner tomorrow so I need to get more pork chops, and I think I'm going to make a nice lemon sorbet for dessert.

Last night wasn't so good. My back was killing me, even after a round of naproxen and some time on the heating pad. After waking up several times, I finally took some Tylenol 3 at about 2:30 AM to get some sound sleep and that did the trick. On the upside, last night's episode of Heroes was quite excellent. You know it's good when you have to pause the Tivo in the middle of the show and just stare and say, "Wow!". One more episode to go, and it's going to be a doozy.

Dan and I have talked a bit about FRAC (Furries Race Across Chicago) and it sounds like we've got some plans in place. It's going to be on Saturday, October 13, and we're going all-out this time. We'll have a website for it, and we plan to have some players out at Anthrocon as well. Dan is going to set up a hotel room block for out-of-towners. For those veterans who are interested in working behind the scenes this time, we're going to have some fun opportunities to help out, as well. We only have a very general idea of places we want to send people this time around, but we're happy to take suggestions and also ideas for fun puzzles (privately, of course).

That's it for now! Back to wrestling this protocol into shape...
duncandahusky: (huskyface)
Traffic in Chicago on Friday afternoons sucks; traffic on Friday afternoons when it's raining is just downright retarded. This would explain why it took us two hours to get from Mount Prospect to Naperville last Friday afternoon. The trip was worth it, though! We had an OK dinner at Famous Dave's (thereby scratching my yen for BBQ - almost. Now I just want some good BBQ). The company was excellent, though, as we were joined by [livejournal.com profile] wyldekyttin, [livejournal.com profile] foxish, [livejournal.com profile] emrldgirrl, [livejournal.com profile] datahawk, and [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus. After dinner we headed over to the theater and saw Clerks 2, which was a lot funnier than I expected it to be. Like most of Smith's movies, it's very quotable, and educational, too (hence the title of this post :-)

On Saturday we had a pleasant morning and early afternoon of bumming around the house, then headed out to Sheffield Walk to see Carbon Leaf. That was a heck of a lot more people in too small a space than I was prepared to deal with. The sound mix, alas, was abominable, and between the crowds and incoming rain, Dan and I bailed about halfway through the set. We retreated to Bobtail for tasty ice cream, and were joined there by Linnaeus. Devin and Data picked up Kyttin and met us in Lincoln Square, but we eventually opted to adjourn back to Linnaeus' place for dinner from the taquiera on the corner nearby. Dinner was yummy, and it's always fun to hang out with friends.

Sunday found us driving up to McHenry County to visit with Dan's mom. Her Tivo wasn't connecting and we suspected we knew the problem but had to be there to fix it. Sure enough, the Netgear wireless router had somehow completely reset itself; fixing it was a two-minute thing, very simple. We got a delicious lunch out of the deal, though, and a nice afternoon of familial socializing. We headed home and lazed around the house for the rest of the evening, watching a little more Tivo.

And here we are at today. Ever since Friday, I've had a pain in my right ear that has gotten worse and worse. I suspected I knew the problem, and I just got back from the doctor who confirmed it: Otitis Externa, or Swimmer's Ear. A round of levofloxacin (a relative of Cipro) should take care of it, and the Tylenol with codeine to help the pain at night won't hurt either :-) Having taken care of that, I'm off in a few minutes to pick up Dan and then we'll wander our way down to Lombard to celebrate [livejournal.com profile] rustitobuck's birthday. Yay!

Oh, and for locals: if you haven't seen it, there's a coffee get-together in the city on Wednesday!
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
Good news! I have too much blood in my cholesterol system. Or rather, I don't have too much cholesterol in my blood system. Well, I do, but it's not something I need to take meds for - I'm classified as "high borderline" on most counts, but compared to last year the numbers are declining, so all my work at the gym has paid off. My weight hasn't really changed much, unfortunately; this means that in the diet-exercise balance, I need to work on improving my diet. The even better news is that everything else checked out, and I'm pretty healthy otherwise.

This week has gone by pretty quickly. Tuesday we helped [livejournal.com profile] woodychitwn pick up some shelving for his about-to-open comics store (they do mail-order, too!), and had a tasty dinner at Heartland Cafe. Last night [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar and [livejournal.com profile] simbalion joined us for dinner, and tonight we're going to have dinner with [livejournal.com profile] daveqat and [livejournal.com profile] jimcyl. I reckon we'll have to have dinner with [livejournal.com profile] perro and [livejournal.com profile] prfanity at some point just to complete the apartment trifecta :-) Tonight should be fun, though - we're going to check out Tweet, which gets good reviews from The Reader.

Planning continues apace for Wuffmeet. To those of you who are attending and have not yet made your hotel reservations: DO IT NOW! We're being asked to give up some space because it appears (to them) that we don't have many people in our room block. The sooner you reserve, the more bargaining leverage we'll have. If you need the info again, just let me know.

Back to work now!
duncandahusky: (Looking Up)
Man, am I dragging this afternoon. I don't think I slept too well last night; [livejournal.com profile] takaza woke me (for the second night in a row) pointing out I was showing signs of apnea. Oh, dandy. Hmm, my blood pressure is high, my knee is crappy, and now sleep apnea? Maybe I'm way off base here, but I think maybe, just maybe, it's time to get rid of some of this weight I'm carrying around. A gym membership is going to have to wait until we work out the cash flow nightmare that is Christmas and New Year's.

Meanwhile, last night was pleasant. [livejournal.com profile] siriuswolfstar came over and joined us in a gourmet meal (snrrk), but he was also kind enough to bring some tasty caramel syrup from Starbucks and, more importantly, Chantico mix. If you haven't had this "drinking chocolate" from Starbucks, and you enjoy dark, rich chocolate, I do have to say that you're missing out. Yeah, it's $2.60 a pop, and yeah they only give you a 6 oz. serving, but you'll have to trust me when I say that 6 oz. is all you want of this - it's that rich. Dan mixed up a batch and it was indeed delicious. We chatted for a bit and watched some Tivo, then Sirius took his leave and we went off to bed.

Tonight [livejournal.com profile] datahawk and [livejournal.com profile] posicat are coming over to watch the season finale of The Amazing Race with us (C'mon, anyone but the Weavers!). I think we'll be cooking up some cheeseburgers for dinner. And then there's tomorrow. According to the National Weather Service, we're supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow, with the highest probability of snow falling occurring between 6 AM and 5 PM. Given that if I take the train I'm looking at leaving at 6:15 AM and not getting home until around 6:30 PM, I think I'm going to take my chances with driving. If I leave the house at 5:30 AM I can leave work by 2:30 PM, and if nothing else that puts me on the road earlier than the worst of the stupidity. Even if it takes me three hours to get home I'm still doing pretty good. We'll see how successful this plan is tomorrow, though.

Looking way, WAY ahead, Dan and I are starting to make plans for the next Wuffmeet/Furries Race Across Chicago. Watch this space and keep Memorial Day weekend free, 'cause that's when it's going to be!
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
I've been accused of running silent for the past few days (hi Mom!) so I guess it's time to bring everyone up to speed on what's going on in my life.

First and foremost, I've been worrying about my Dad. As I mentioned in my last entry, he's in the hospital recovering from a repair of a repair of a repair to his back surgery. The good news is that he seems to be recovering nicely, and I'm hoping may be out of the hospital as early as next week. My mom and my sister have been busting their butts keeping him in good spirits, cooking dinners for him, and generally making sure he's got the best possible care. It kills me that I can't be there helping, but time and money and circumstances prohibit.

We actually had a pretty busy weekend. [livejournal.com profile] takaza, [livejournal.com profile] linnaeus and I spent Saturday walking around a whole lot in preparation for a event we're working on in October. Preparations went well and I'm confident that folks will really have a good time. We had a lot of fun but unfortunately I've confirmed that I have weak arches or some such because my back was a complete mess by the end of the day (and my left knee wasn't so hot either). I'm going to need to see a doctor about this sooner than later, and I'm hoping the resolution isn't going to be more of the "Lose weight ya fat bastard" sort of thing.

I spent a good portion of the day Sunday resting my back, but Dan and I finally headed out late in the afternoon and spent the better part of four hours doing research for the Midwest FurFest Restaurant Guide. The idea was to pare the radius of restaurants listed from five miles down to two miles. Just lopping off the list at the two-mile mark cut about 20 restaurants, though a few were added back (Outback, Gameworks, etc.). We covered about 75% of the area (still need to do Woodfield Mall and its environs) and wound up crossing off 3 or 4 restaurants that closed and added a good 20-30 restaurants that hadn't been listed before. Yikes! We're going to have to take a hard look at that list and decide either to cut back the radius or be more selective about the restaurants we list (probably the latter - do we really need to list all four Quizno's in the area?).

Last night was a nice change of pace. I got a call on the way home from [livejournal.com profile] daveqat informing me that I really needed to stop by their place to pick up something. That something turned out to be a belated birthday present, a very nice cheese board, a nice set of knives and little cheese label thingies. It was a lovely gift, and very thoughtful of them. We hung out and chatted at their place for a while, then were joined by [livejournal.com profile] tecknow. We all went out to Tom Yum, a little sushi/Thai restaurant a few blocks from our apartment (though Dan and Paul bowed out from dinner). The food was pretty good, the service appalling. A nice reminder of why I only get take-out from there. Fortunately, the dinner conversation was entertaining and I had a really nice time.

As for the rest of the week, we don't have a lot planned. I might have to work late on Friday (yay overtime!) and Dan might have to work this weekend - we'll see. I'm hoping to maybe hang out with friends, because I feel like I've been a bit of a hermit of late. Who knows? We might even show up at LAFF Bowling this month. And of course there's also the Midwest FurFest staff meeting on Sunday - lots of fun to be had there!

Well, back to work I go...
duncandahusky: (Inquisitive)
It's been a pretty good week. We got a new car, and he passed a huge hurdle once we got online registration up and running for MFF. Work has been steady and shows signs of getting even busier, which is not a bad thing.

The one down note was that my dad had to go back into the hospital Wednesday night because they found he was leaking cerebrospinal fluid - about 100-150 cc's worth. Eek! The whole idea gives me the willies. The good news is that they were able to go in and fix the problem last night (there was a small laceration in the dura, or membrane around the spinal cord) They patched the hole with a surgical cyanoacrylate adhesive. Yep, super glue. Hmm, I wonder where that came from, eh, [livejournal.com profile] ladyinthetower? He'll be in the hospital until Sunday, but I think that's more to make sure that he stays flat on his back and doesn't push himself quite as hard as he did initially after the surgery. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated!

Tomorrow afternoon we're off to the wilds of McHenry County once again to take [livejournal.com profile] takaza's mother to lunch for her 60th birthday. Sunday we'll be gadding about Chicago on a top-secret mission! Woo!

Finally, and this is going to come a huge surprise to everyone, I know, but it's true: Roger Ebert hated Deuce Bigelow: European Gigolo. But it sure makes for quite the entertaining review!

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