Long month, the last week and a half. Let's see. A week ago last
Thursday I got an offer of a 3-month contract at Amazon, which I took
immediately. Since it's through KForce again, I had very little paperwork
to do and everything continues much as it has been. Colleen got her
diagnosis of posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome, which is associated
with immunosuppressant drugs, hypertension, low K and Mg. All of which
Friday I cancelled my Norwescon concert -- I really wasn't ready, and was
already under too much stress.
Saturday it looked as though Colleen was coming home, but by the time I
got there her blood pressure had gone up to really scary levels, and they
decided to keep her until it stabilized.
I spent most of the weekend shuttling back and forth between North
Starport, Rainbow's End, and the hospital in between. I slept at RE, with
Naomi and I keeping one another company.
Monday I picked up Chaos and Emmy, and went out to dinner for Emmy's 21st
birthday. Blue C Sushi, which was expensive but able to satisfy the YD's
craving for plum sake. I have two drinking-age children now.
I didn't notice any hill.
Tuesday Colleen came home. KForce called and told me I was supposed to
As it turned out, my boss at Amazon had been expecting me to start on
Monday the 1st (i.e., today), so things weren't quite ready for me. More
or less ok, though; they were at least able to get me a badge and a
laptop. (A Thinkpad T400, which isn't half bad.)
Last weekend was Norwescon. The "surprise open mic" that took the place
of my concert was Saturday night, and I gave a perfect demonstration of
exactly why I cancelled. GAAK. I should know better than to try to sing
anything off book. Especially when I'm unprepared and stressed.
I was plagued by charger problems all weekend, but at least my computer
charger worked most of Saturday when I really needed it to. The "geek
toys" panel was a lot of fun. I read off the specs for the Cray 1 from
the web browser on my phone, which had it beat by orders of magnitude. (How
many orders of magnitude depending on which spec you looked at. 8MB of
RAM? How... quaint.)
Sunday we had dinner at Romio's in Kirkland, on the way to take Chaos
Aha! moment -- I figured out that apologizing (which drives Colleen crazy)
is my way of trying to make myself feel better after screwing up (especially
in a way that hurts somebody else). It mostly doesn't work very well, and
if Colleen tells me to stop, or I'm afraid she will, I can spiral downhill
very quickly. (Started to write "downhell", which is actually a pretty
good description of it. What was I doing in that handbasket, anyway?)
Didn't do a lick of open filking, but I enjoyed the concerts, and spent a
fair amount of quiet time in the Green Room. Which was good for
(introvert) me, even though I didn't realize at the time that it was what
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