Monthly Archives September 2011

This Side of Four in the Morning

I fully intended to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. I was tired and have yet to shake this low-grade fever that has been lingering for a week now. I made my way to bed at a reasonable hour, for me anyway, and after some very pleasant pillow talk and other stuff I won’t go into, I lay in bed, drifting off to the sound of something on the television and the white noise of the fan, very peaceful and content in my little world.

I fully intended to fall asleep. I wanted to fall asleep. I was tired.

But my muse had other plans.

As I lay in...

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Netflix Angers, Loses Customers

Will it make a difference?

Netflix sent an email out to current customers announcing a change in terms of service that would also change plan pricing and introduce a new “streaming only” plan. Netflix’s blog, however, intimated the price changes were actually a reduction in price when compared to current plans.

The video giant’s blog read, “These plans offer our lowest prices ever for unlimited DVDs ‘” only $7.99 a month or our 1 DVD out at-a-time plan and $11.99 a month for our 2 DVDs out at-a-time plan.”

But customers weren’t fooled.

With the previous Netflix DVD plans, the unlimited st...

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Paranormal Challenges

So my son loves ghost stuff, paranormal things. He likes to watch all those paranormal reality shows on television and such, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenges, and others. He says he wants to go to school to become a paranormal investigator.

Now, this is the same kid who wouldn’t go outside to the side of the house to flip the breaker on the switchbox, because it was dark out there at ten in the evening. This is the same kid who used to get freaked out that there were people standing outside his bedroom window and made me put a board up on the window so he could sleep. But now he wants to be a paranormal investigator? Yeah. I get a kick out of him.

I’ve been doing some research on something recently, for a novel I was tossing around in my head...

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Four Little Steps

It’s taken me over a week to write this blog post. I’ve had it in my head in various incarnations and snippets of thought and emotion, but getting it from my head onto the screen was proving quite difficult. I started writing it several times, but couldn’t ever get into the flow. Then, at like four in the morning, I’d be laying in bed, writhing in sciatic pain, and the words were flowing inside, but I couldn’t bring myself to sit up and pound them out. I don’t know that today is any different than those other days — maybe I’ll finish, maybe I won’t — but here goes.

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Under the best of circumstances, I would not have wanted to...

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I Ain’t Broke, Broken, or Borked

A week ago, I went to a new doctor. This doctor is part of the UTMB teaching facility. My goal in going to this new doctor was two fold: 1) find a new doctor who could treat me and dcoordinate my care for me between all the specialist, one who would look at all their reports, all their medications, all their recommendations and make sure none of it conflicted with anything else. Why? Because I had a PA who gave me a BP medication that interacted with, in a bad way, my metabolism and absorption and conversion of T3 Cytomel, given to me by another doctor, and it took a cardiologist (a third doctor) to tell us that this wasn’t good and take me off the medication. A primary care doctor who is supposed to be coordinating my care should have caught that. 2) I wanted/needed to get into the UTMB system.

UTMB: University of Texas Medical Branch

UTMB ...

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