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August Is A New Month August 1, 2017

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It’s the 1st of August. A new month. Thank goodness.

I have to say that I’m quite relieved for the most part. While the first six months of 2017 weren’t exactly great for me, the month of July went by with several health issues that I have to admit have scared me, and that have definitely screwed with my head. Not to mention the stress.

On the the other hand, there were some good things in July, 2017. Most of those include gaming stuff, so I’m not going to go back over that stuff here.

As for August, well… There’s a lot of stuff this month, to be honest. There’s a couple of doctor appointments ahead of me this month, including the shoulder assessment for physiotherapy, footcare, and a doctor’s appointment today (and likely another one after the assessment at some point). And then there’s GenCon Indy that I’m looking forward to for the most part, but am not expecting it to be stress-free. Especially if I’m hampered by the shoulder and arm (which I suspect will be the case). I’m just going to try and take the month day-by-day, and am going to try and relax and not stress over stuff as much as I can.

But for now, some breakfast. 🙂

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Friday Morning Post July 7, 2017

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Haven’t posted in a couple of days.

Nothing really new to report. My health is pretty sad at the moment, in terms of my left shoulder; the pain is getting worse, every day, and I don’t have a good feeling about what’s going to happen at the doctor’s next Tuesday when I finally get the report on the ultrasound that was done a week (or is it two now?) ago. On top of that, if the doctor has to refer me to a shoulder specialist (orthopedist, I think?) it might take a month
or longer to get an appointment. Meanwhile, the shoulder is just going from bad to worse.

As for today, well…the fourth official day of my retirement from work. Doesn’t seem to make a difference to my overall mindset, but we’ll see how I feel after today’s appointment. Yes, I have an appointment this afternoon at Ottawa Respiratory Services; the doctor must have thought there was something to book me an appointment there.

I need to be there in the next hour and a half, so time to head out the door. Then find somewhere to eat lunch after the tests are done.

Last Day of June June 30, 2017

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It’s the last day of June, 2017.

And in all honesty, I can’t wait for this month to be over.

I’m not going to go into details about why I’ll be happy to see June in the rear view mirror (all you have to do is read some of the blog entries of the past month to see what’s been going on health-wise with me), but it will be good to start looking forward to the month of July and all the stuff that’s happening in it. July will hopefully start off with some gaming, so I’m looking forward to that.

Work today is as busy as I expected it to be, given that it’s an abbreviated work week due to Canada Day tomorrow, but this is good as it’s keeping me distracted from the thought that this is my last day on the job, as I retire effective July 1st.

Wonder what I’ll do next week to keep my mind off the ultrasound results and worrying about all sorts of stuff. Anyway, back to work.

‘Tis the 1st of June June 1, 2017

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June 1st. The start of a new month.

And I couldn’t care less.

While last month was pretty good for the early part of it, the second half of May was pretty rough. With the exception of CanGames, most of which I don’t remember, though I know I had some fun running the games I did (as the Whispering GM), I’ve spent the last part of the month pretty ill. I may have had something just before the convention, I definitely got con crud at the convention, and it may have mutated to something else. Maybe pneumonia? (The antibiotics that I’m on don’t seem to have done much for my condition, and I’ll be out of them by Sunday or so. We’ll see what happens after that.)

On the down side with June, this is the day that truly heralds the coming of summer for me, and the hot weather that I really dislike. (Yes, even though I was born in summer, on an exceedingly hot day in the year of my birth, I really *hate* the heat and summer.)

Anyway, June is not off to a good start, and I just hope things don’t get worse.

In the meantime, “One day at a time in June” is my motto.

A Saturday Rundown May 6, 2017

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It has been a long day.

Woke up this morning feeling somewhat tired and ill, and my right hand and arm were bothering me somewhat. The left shoulder was still agonizing and not comfortable, and I’m still limited in mobility with that arm. The weather was horrible outside, pounding rain, and somewhat cold. Probably didn’t help with my body aching all over. I got up, managed the morning rituals, and then had breakfast (egg scramble with some toast, a bit of jam, and some yogurt followed by coffee).

After breakfast, I did a bit of reading and wrote some notes down about my current scenario idea for the Primeval RPG, and then showered. The hot water seemed to help with my shoulder somewhat, but the muscles were still tense when I finished bathing. I checked some e-mail on the computer, and then perused a couple of on-line sites for stuff that I’m currently interested in.

After lunch, SteveR dropped by, and we went out in the rain. The first stop was the Freedom Mobile store, where I (finally) picked a case for my Samsung Galaxy A5 mobile phone, a travel charger, and a protective layer cover for the screen. Cost me over $70, but I was expecting that, I guess. From there, it was over to Staples, as I needed to do the photocopying of various sheets (player character sheets, mostly) for the four games I’ll be running at CanGames 2017 in just a day short of two weeks. Needed to do copying of material for two Coriolis – The Third Horizon games, a Primeval game, and a Tales From the Loop game, so that ran me a bit of money (but I had budgeted for that).

Picked up a couple of croissant for tomorrow morning’s breakfast, and then stopped off at a Tim Horton’s to check out the new latte that they’re offering, but it doesn’t come in a decaf format (should have known this, given that it’s espresso coffee), so I guess I won’t be having any of that any time soon. Oh, well.

SteveR dropped me off at the house with the various stuff, and after a quick rest for about 5 minutes, he headed for home, and I am watching the Ottawa Senators-New York Rangers NHL playoff game (the Sens are currently leading 3-2 near the end of the 2nd period of play).

A Busy Afternoon March 9, 2017

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It’s Thursday in the Ottawa valley. The temperature has dropped, though not as low as it’s going to get over the weekend, but the sun is out so hopefully the day will feel warmer than it has so far.

Promises to be a busy day. After work, I’ve got to go for my Footcare appointment, then to the hospital for a PSA blood test, and finally for a haircut. Then I’ll think about lunch.

Gods, but I feel tired already!

A Wednesday’s Thoughts January 25, 2017

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Wednesday morning.

A rather gloomy day outside, not a lot of sun at the moment, although the weather is supposed to clear up and get a bit warmer (for a winter’s day in January), so that’s a good sign.

I’ve got no gaming tonight with the Wednesday night players, as this is the gaming week off, so I’ll be able to sit back and relax this evening.

Of note today is that I do have another dentist appointment today. Nothing major… The dentist is going to do some bonding on three of my teeth.

Meanwhile, back to work.

Wednesday Morning Thoughts January 4, 2017

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Woke up this morning somewhat tired, under the weather, and a bit depressed. The view outside the window, gloomy and snowing, didn’t help my mood, but I hauled myself out of bed and got ready for breakfast, and then work.

I got to work around 7:00 am this morning, and after checking what was on the agenda for the day at the office, had my first cup of herbal tea. Feeling somewhat better now, no doubt aided by the fact that I’m relatively busy and have been thinking about the afternoon and this evening’s plans.

In the meantime, back to work.

New Year’s Eve Thoughts December 31, 2016

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So, here we are, once again. New Year’s Eve.

I haven’t planned to do much this New Year’s Eve, other than to relax and have a relatively quiet evening, and I don’t expect that to change. I’m just looking forward to ringing in the new year as quietly as I can, and it seems fitting that I’ll be doing so on my own with a bottle of shandy.

Not even sure that I’ll be awake at the stroke of midnight, depending on how I feel and all.

In any event, I would like to wish all my friends a very safe, healthy, and Happy New Year. Be good to yourselves, be good to each other, and I’ll catch you here again in 2017. 🙂

Final Day of 2016 December 31, 2016

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It’s the last day of 2016.

Thank Goddess this year is coming to an end. Sure, there have been some good moments in time this past year, but 2016 saw too many deaths of beloved figures in both music and entertainment, a change in U.S. politics whose ramifications will be felt most strongly in 2017, and the senseless slaughter of too many people world-wide in acts of terrorism and sheer evil. Add to that the rough times I’ve had this year health-wise and in other regards that I’ve not discussed this year, and… Well, to reiterate, good riddance to 2016.

It’s a Saturday morning, so I’m sitting here at home taking it relatively easy. The weather outside is cold, and the snow is coming down (there’s supposed to be another 15-20 centimeters of the white stuff today and tonight), and I feel as if I’ve not really slept all that well last night. I don’t intend to do a lot of stuff today, and I’ll see how I feel later in the day.

Time to clean the dishes, and take a nice, hot shower. Hopefully the latter will make me feel somewhat better.