I did the treadmill stress test and echocardiogram thing for my heart yesterday. Although I only managed six minutes on the treadmill at a whopping max speed of 2.7 mph, I did not die so I consider that an over all win. I also got to see the live feed of the ultrasounds they did of my heart, which was kind of creepy cool.

The down side was they spent nearly an hour trying to get an IV in so they could inject me with some dye to make the heart images better and never managed to actually get the IV going. They brought in the "vein expert" and he stabbed me twice, the second time resulting in my legs flailing around like I was being electrocuted because OMG someone trying to put in an IV in the back of your hand without deadening it first HURTS LIKE A SON OF A FISH. But I did not move my arm and I only screamed a tiny bit and I did not curse anyone's parents for bringing their horrible spawn into the world to mutilate my arm, so... win again?

Anywho, they were able to do the ultrasounds without the dye, and they called me yesterday afternoon to tell me my heart looked normal so I didn't need to panic about that.

And I'm wearing a heart monitor for a month, which is already irritating the heck out of my skin where the electrodes are attached, because of course it is. And I discovered last night that wearing a sports bra to sleep is not terribly comfortable, but I can tuck the monitor sensor into the cleavage without worrying that it's going to unplug during the night. Unfortunatly, it appears that the cleavage also provides just enough insulation that the sensor doesn't adequately broadcast to the receiver on my nightstand if I'm facing away from it. So, you know, I'm going to count that one as a win for my ample bosom and call it good because I'm looking for the bright side of things right now.

In other news, the Captain was supposed to have today off but a few of his soldiers needed to report on base at five to do a thing they've put off until the last minute so he had to text them to remind them this afternoon. Then at five thirty he received a text from his boss saying some of his soldiers did not report so Captain needed to round them up and go to base himself to deal with that, which was annoying because it's a day off, but it's his job so you can't very well tell them no. However, he was so annoyed he decided to take the Demon Spawn and one of Demon Spawn's very loud electronic toys with him because if he had to suffer, everyone else was going to suffer by golly! So we're apparently using the child for revenge now. I'm surprisingly okay with it.

I've knit my first mitten, which I'm proud of. It's a convertible mitten so you can flip the top part backwards to expose the fingers for phone texting and whatnot. It has a thumb, even. But now I have to knit a second one and I'm a little concerned they won't match, that I'll end up adding or deleting a row somewhere or something.

I'm also hoping to get some writing done this year, but I said that last year and only managed maybe ten thousand words of fic, and now I'm playing WoW again so I doubt I'll even get that much done.
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( Jan. 15th, 2015 11:50 am)
I check LJ almost daily, to see what friends are posting... if friends are posting, but I haven't been posting myself because everytime I start to write something I think, "This is garbage, no one cares about my whinging" and then I delete.

So to catch up - Several months ago I started offering to knit things for money because I was hoping to raise a little bit of cash for a friend of mine that is hoping to be able to adopt a child in the next year or so. Apparently, adoptions cost upwards of $30,000 which is... well, it's crazy really. However, selling custom knitted crap has gone about as well as one would expect, which is to say I've made $20 so far, and half of that went toward yarn so. See, my stuff is good enough for people to ask for me to make them things when it's free, but if I want $15 for a pair of baby booties that look like tiny combat boots (military spouses EVERYWHERE here) then I'm apparently just talking crazy. Winter hats that look like Elsa or Anna's hair? Totes adorable, unless I want to be paid for them, in which case they're not really what people expected, you know?

ANYWAY, so that hasn't taken off, which is both a relief and a disappointment. I'm not sure I'm ready to be a responsible adult, and if I'm spending all my non-toddler taming time knitting then I don't have time to play World of Warcraft, which is a thing I've started doing because it's something Captain and I can do together.

After the Demon Spawn goes to bed most nights, we sit at the breakfast counter on our laptops and run around smacking things with our pandas or the future Mitzi Deathbringer the giggling gnome Death Knight (I'm just waiting for the right moment to create her, she will be awesome and possibly have pink hair). Because nerds.

In the rest of the Responsible Adult news, I will be having a pair of ultrasounds of my heart, a treadmill stress test (again for the heart), and a thirty day heart monitor applied. All on Monday. Because I am, apparently, at risk for a heart attack and I'm not even forty yet and I have just really, really, really been having a difficult time processing how some minor tachycardia issues that my doctors have been pish-poshing for over a decade are suddenly potentially life threatening.

Although, I think I did sort of know something was up when the random episode went from once a month or two to once or twice a week back in October. I insisted that Captain and I finally sat down with a lawyer and had our wills done to reflect that we've got an heir now, set up a guardianship for Demon Spawn should we both die, and to update the living wills and POAs, even though we've been putting all that off for over two years.

Still... I'm scared to death because vaguely ominous feelings are strangely less scary than the thought of having something very wrong confirmed. Does that make sense?

And now I've depressed myself so it's time to get back to figuring out how to knit a thumb on a mitten.
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( Feb. 18th, 2011 02:39 pm)
It gets easier and harder to leave the house.

What is it they say about something at rest tending to stay at rest?

I'm slightly less apprehensive about driving, but only to places I've driven to before. I refuse to even attempt to drive somewhere new at the moment, much to the Captain's annoyance. He would prefer that I venture out to places and attempt to have a normal life while he's gone, but I just can't do that.

Not yet, anyway.

Every time I need to leave the house, I get anxious. For some reason, I am convinced I'm going to end up in an accident. It's very wearing on my nerves.

In other news, I've been knitting on my Slytherin house scarf, and I would guesstimate that I'm about sixty-six percent done.

ETA: It's 84 degrees outside today. I had to turn the AC on. It's February. I hate Georgia.
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( Feb. 18th, 2011 02:39 pm)
It gets easier and harder to leave the house.

What is it they say about something at rest tending to stay at rest?

I'm slightly less apprehensive about driving, but only to places I've driven to before. I refuse to even attempt to drive somewhere new at the moment, much to the Captain's annoyance. He would prefer that I venture out to places and attempt to have a normal life while he's gone, but I just can't do that.

Not yet, anyway.

Every time I need to leave the house, I get anxious. For some reason, I am convinced I'm going to end up in an accident. It's very wearing on my nerves.

In other news, I've been knitting on my Slytherin house scarf, and I would guesstimate that I'm about sixty-six percent done.

ETA: It's 84 degrees outside today. I had to turn the AC on. It's February. I hate Georgia.
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The only downside to going home to visit family is the lack of internet. Before I left, I looked up the (only) place in town that offered free wi-fi and promised Captain that if it got too bad we could always go out for coffee (that neither of us drink) and catch up on our e-mail/LJ/Facebook/etc.

We didn't bother.

I almost didn't even get my laptop out when we stopped at a hotel on the way home on Saturday (there was a jacuzzi in my room, I soaked and watched Jurassic Park and it was worth every penny to be out of the damn car at that point). Of course, I did turn the laptop on and that's when I realized just how much stuff can accumulate when you ignore the cyberworld for over a week.

Anywho, I've just finished unpacking and putting away all of our fabulous early Christmas presents. (I'm not the only one who alphabetizes the DVDs and stuff, right?)

I finished knitting another little baby (not mine) project just before I left for the holidays, so I'll attempt to post pictures of that to [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome later.

Unfortunately, since I didn't get the laptop out the entire time I was away, I did not work on the fic I was hoping to write for [livejournal.com profile] celebrate_sshg, but I'll have some free time before the fifth and I've still got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to work on it. If not, I can always take some time with it and post it later as a simple one shot or something.

Then again, the lure of Lego Harry Potter might become too strong and I could end up spending the next week playing on the Wii.

OH, before I forget, I also managed to see Deathly Hallows part 1 last week. Not enough Snape. Too much camping. Of course, the same could be said of the first half of the book, so I suppose the movie wasn't too far off the mark. (Far enough for me to go "What the gravy is this?" more than once, though.)
The only downside to going home to visit family is the lack of internet. Before I left, I looked up the (only) place in town that offered free wi-fi and promised Captain that if it got too bad we could always go out for coffee (that neither of us drink) and catch up on our e-mail/LJ/Facebook/etc.

We didn't bother.

I almost didn't even get my laptop out when we stopped at a hotel on the way home on Saturday (there was a jacuzzi in my room, I soaked and watched Jurassic Park and it was worth every penny to be out of the damn car at that point). Of course, I did turn the laptop on and that's when I realized just how much stuff can accumulate when you ignore the cyberworld for over a week.

Anywho, I've just finished unpacking and putting away all of our fabulous early Christmas presents. (I'm not the only one who alphabetizes the DVDs and stuff, right?)

I finished knitting another little baby (not mine) project just before I left for the holidays, so I'll attempt to post pictures of that to [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome later.

Unfortunately, since I didn't get the laptop out the entire time I was away, I did not work on the fic I was hoping to write for [livejournal.com profile] celebrate_sshg, but I'll have some free time before the fifth and I've still got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to work on it. If not, I can always take some time with it and post it later as a simple one shot or something.

Then again, the lure of Lego Harry Potter might become too strong and I could end up spending the next week playing on the Wii.

OH, before I forget, I also managed to see Deathly Hallows part 1 last week. Not enough Snape. Too much camping. Of course, the same could be said of the first half of the book, so I suppose the movie wasn't too far off the mark. (Far enough for me to go "What the gravy is this?" more than once, though.)
As most people on my flist seem to do, I try to keep my postings here a bit separate from my RL. I have RL friends on LJ, but they are people who *gasp* know my fannish little secrets. In other words, they know I write HP smut. When I do mention personal things, I tend to lock them down so that my RL name isn't clearly linked with my personal LJ or my Fic LJ. It's not that I don't want to be a nice, open person, but I've got some friends and family who just would not understand or approve of my double life again, HP smut also, sometimes, I like to rant about those anonymous friends and family in the privacy of my flock.

In other words, please don't post things I've got under flock to Facebook or Twitter or whatever. If I wanted my stuff posted there, I would have already crossposted it myself (as I sometimes do).

In other news, I've been knitting the Captain a Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly. It's a Christmas present, and he knows about it, and it's driving me batty because I have to use Magic Loop on the circular needles and I hate Magic Loop.
As most people on my flist seem to do, I try to keep my postings here a bit separate from my RL. I have RL friends on LJ, but they are people who *gasp* know my fannish little secrets. In other words, they know I write HP smut. When I do mention personal things, I tend to lock them down so that my RL name isn't clearly linked with my personal LJ or my Fic LJ. It's not that I don't want to be a nice, open person, but I've got some friends and family who just would not understand or approve of my double life again, HP smut also, sometimes, I like to rant about those anonymous friends and family in the privacy of my flock.

In other words, please don't post things I've got under flock to Facebook or Twitter or whatever. If I wanted my stuff posted there, I would have already crossposted it myself (as I sometimes do).

In other news, I've been knitting the Captain a Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly. It's a Christmas present, and he knows about it, and it's driving me batty because I have to use Magic Loop on the circular needles and I hate Magic Loop.
Finished playing about with my initial efforts with the new heat gun thingy.

Pic behind the cut to save the flist )

More pics can be found here at [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome if you are interested.

And I still need some sort of crafty icon.
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Finished playing about with my initial efforts with the new heat gun thingy.

Pic behind the cut to save the flist )

More pics can be found here at [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome if you are interested.

And I still need some sort of crafty icon.
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Since I finished the latest battle bonnet yesterday (see [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome for picture evidence) I decided to treat myself to something I've had my eye on for a few weeks.

My very own embossing heat gun thingy whatsit.

It is pink. It makes hot air.

Tonight it made annoying little bits of goldish glitter turn into shiny, shiny goldish embossed background patterns that only smell a little bet melty eww.

Tomorrow, it shall do this again. And then, perhaps, if I am in a daring mood, it shall do its magic with bits of coppery glitter on two additional bits of background paper and I shall end up with four - FOUR! Mwha ha ha ha! - finished squares of 8x8 paper that curl up and have to be flattened out but look ohhhhh so shiny.

Did I mention the shiny? Because I adore the shiny.

Of course, in order to get to the stage where I use the heat gun thingy whatsit, I had to go buy some ink, some stamps, some embossing powder, some glitter (because what's the point of having all those stamps if I can't use them with some glitter too?), stamp cleaner, a brush thing, and a funnel tray so I can not waste all my new powder/glitter on my first project.

Retail therapy/rewards to self for finishing projects - gotta love it.

I need a crafty minx icon.
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Since I finished the latest battle bonnet yesterday (see [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome for picture evidence) I decided to treat myself to something I've had my eye on for a few weeks.

My very own embossing heat gun thingy whatsit.

It is pink. It makes hot air.

Tonight it made annoying little bits of goldish glitter turn into shiny, shiny goldish embossed background patterns that only smell a little bet melty eww.

Tomorrow, it shall do this again. And then, perhaps, if I am in a daring mood, it shall do its magic with bits of coppery glitter on two additional bits of background paper and I shall end up with four - FOUR! Mwha ha ha ha! - finished squares of 8x8 paper that curl up and have to be flattened out but look ohhhhh so shiny.

Did I mention the shiny? Because I adore the shiny.

Of course, in order to get to the stage where I use the heat gun thingy whatsit, I had to go buy some ink, some stamps, some embossing powder, some glitter (because what's the point of having all those stamps if I can't use them with some glitter too?), stamp cleaner, a brush thing, and a funnel tray so I can not waste all my new powder/glitter on my first project.

Retail therapy/rewards to self for finishing projects - gotta love it.

I need a crafty minx icon.
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( May. 28th, 2009 02:54 pm)
I was updating my stash at Ravelry and realized that I don't think I've ever really mentioned my account here or asked if anyone else had one - hi, Kauricat - and if they did, would they be interested in friending me?

I love looking at other people's projects and getting ideas for some of my own.
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( May. 28th, 2009 02:54 pm)
I was updating my stash at Ravelry and realized that I don't think I've ever really mentioned my account here or asked if anyone else had one - hi, Kauricat - and if they did, would they be interested in friending me?

I love looking at other people's projects and getting ideas for some of my own.
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( Mar. 3rd, 2009 10:28 pm)
Picked up the heart event monitor today at the hospital. Have been wearing that all day.

It's already annoying the ever-loving snot out of me, but I only have to wear it until Friday, so I'll live.

Have been knitting a lot the last few nights, Sarah has been over playing Animal Crossing on the Wii. Since it's a one person game and I feel guilty about wandering off to the office while someone is in the house, I've been sitting in the living room watching her play and knitting.

Well, fighting with the knitting pattern, more specifically. Sometimes I hate this project more than I can articulate.

Saw the HBP trailer. Still want to have awesome monkey sex with Alan Rickman's voice (not that you hear it in the trailer, just stating a fact).

Been reading lots of lovely SS/HG fic on the exchange (while I knit after Sarah has left for the night, but before I watch such stellar DVDs as Screamers 2 and Poultrygeist).
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( Mar. 3rd, 2009 10:28 pm)
Picked up the heart event monitor today at the hospital. Have been wearing that all day.

It's already annoying the ever-loving snot out of me, but I only have to wear it until Friday, so I'll live.

Have been knitting a lot the last few nights, Sarah has been over playing Animal Crossing on the Wii. Since it's a one person game and I feel guilty about wandering off to the office while someone is in the house, I've been sitting in the living room watching her play and knitting.

Well, fighting with the knitting pattern, more specifically. Sometimes I hate this project more than I can articulate.

Saw the HBP trailer. Still want to have awesome monkey sex with Alan Rickman's voice (not that you hear it in the trailer, just stating a fact).

Been reading lots of lovely SS/HG fic on the exchange (while I knit after Sarah has left for the night, but before I watch such stellar DVDs as Screamers 2 and Poultrygeist).
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( Jan. 28th, 2009 03:45 am)
As of 3:45 this morning, I am all caught up on reading and reviewing gifts for the SS/HG exchange. Finally.

I did much better than last year when I some how managed to get behind by nearly 80 gifts, and there were less than a dozen on my "Get to when you have the time" list when after I finished my fic.

In coinciding news, I've been knitting something new and the first part of it (it has two separate bits) is very nearly complete. It would probably all be done by now, but I've been reading exchange fics while I knit - two birds, one stone - and I kept getting distracted.

In other - less coinciding - news, I also finished re-reading the first five chapters of Walls of Jericho and the first half of chapter six, which I believe has pretty much been sitting, abandoned, for over a year. It really is time to finish that thing and move on. My first instinct is to take the outline and finish all of the remaining chapters and THEN send it off to the archives, but I know there is a good chance I'll get all antsy and want to send them in as I finish them, which is how there ended up being at least thirteen months between the last update and today.

My muse? She packed up and buggered off for a long time, and I've finally just recovered the urge to write anything, much less return to long abandoned WIPs. Still, if I finish it, it is one less thing hanging over my head later. I'd like to finish Walls and write that epilogue to Fun and Games that I never got around to, before I concentrate on some original fiction for awhile.
missmiah: (Who/HP Expelliarmus)
( Jan. 28th, 2009 03:45 am)
As of 3:45 this morning, I am all caught up on reading and reviewing gifts for the SS/HG exchange. Finally.

I did much better than last year when I some how managed to get behind by nearly 80 gifts, and there were less than a dozen on my "Get to when you have the time" list when after I finished my fic.

In coinciding news, I've been knitting something new and the first part of it (it has two separate bits) is very nearly complete. It would probably all be done by now, but I've been reading exchange fics while I knit - two birds, one stone - and I kept getting distracted.

In other - less coinciding - news, I also finished re-reading the first five chapters of Walls of Jericho and the first half of chapter six, which I believe has pretty much been sitting, abandoned, for over a year. It really is time to finish that thing and move on. My first instinct is to take the outline and finish all of the remaining chapters and THEN send it off to the archives, but I know there is a good chance I'll get all antsy and want to send them in as I finish them, which is how there ended up being at least thirteen months between the last update and today.

My muse? She packed up and buggered off for a long time, and I've finally just recovered the urge to write anything, much less return to long abandoned WIPs. Still, if I finish it, it is one less thing hanging over my head later. I'd like to finish Walls and write that epilogue to Fun and Games that I never got around to, before I concentrate on some original fiction for awhile.
Firstly - parts of this weekend blew. Just getting that out in the open. I suspected it was going to be a major wad of suckitude around Friday when I realized that I was being very productive of late. Very. Lots of writing, some gnome painting, faux-dazzling, organizing lots of tiny little bits of faux-dazzle, lining up my paints in color order, replacing my three months broken toilet seat, hand mopping the bathroom floor, agreeing to join a yoga class, things like this.

While it's all fun and games while it lasts, it's also usually a sign that I'm in the middle of a manic episode and soon there will be a crash and almost as if realizing the crash is coming actually triggers the crash... it happens and is so not the point of this post.

The point is that today many things happened to make me a happy Miah.


  • My Ravelry invite arrived in my e-mail, and now I can play around with that.
  • My brand new yoga clothes arrived. AND they fit. Sort of. They're comfy as heck, but I purposely ordered parts of them too big so that while I'm in the gym I can feel all covered up and not having to spaz because zomg some skinny bitch is rolling her eyes at my fat rollsssss. Skinny bitch may know I'm fat, but she won't be able to actually see the fat because I shall be wearing the biggest, most shapeless shirt I could find, and I look a bit like an elephant that has lost a lot of weight on a flash diet and is now all saggy skin... What? Going to the gym is stressful enough without the tight workout clothes being on display. I got the tight stuff too, it's just under the elephant shirt.
  • My order from Whimsic Alley came in. Sarah and I are talking about going to the Hallows and Horcruxes Ball at K-State in March, and if we go, we're thinking about dressing up. I needed supplies and there was a sale. DON'T JUDGE.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera was on sale at Wal-Mart, of all places. And now it is mine.
  • As a present to myself for finishing an entire fic (short as it may be) in just over a month, I bought Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii and have been adoring it.
  • Finally - Flowers! Half a dozen pink roses from the Captain, just because I had a cruddy weekend. Seriously, I do not say it often enough. I love that man.


So, just thought I'd share.
Firstly - parts of this weekend blew. Just getting that out in the open. I suspected it was going to be a major wad of suckitude around Friday when I realized that I was being very productive of late. Very. Lots of writing, some gnome painting, faux-dazzling, organizing lots of tiny little bits of faux-dazzle, lining up my paints in color order, replacing my three months broken toilet seat, hand mopping the bathroom floor, agreeing to join a yoga class, things like this.

While it's all fun and games while it lasts, it's also usually a sign that I'm in the middle of a manic episode and soon there will be a crash and almost as if realizing the crash is coming actually triggers the crash... it happens and is so not the point of this post.

The point is that today many things happened to make me a happy Miah.


  • My Ravelry invite arrived in my e-mail, and now I can play around with that.
  • My brand new yoga clothes arrived. AND they fit. Sort of. They're comfy as heck, but I purposely ordered parts of them too big so that while I'm in the gym I can feel all covered up and not having to spaz because zomg some skinny bitch is rolling her eyes at my fat rollsssss. Skinny bitch may know I'm fat, but she won't be able to actually see the fat because I shall be wearing the biggest, most shapeless shirt I could find, and I look a bit like an elephant that has lost a lot of weight on a flash diet and is now all saggy skin... What? Going to the gym is stressful enough without the tight workout clothes being on display. I got the tight stuff too, it's just under the elephant shirt.
  • My order from Whimsic Alley came in. Sarah and I are talking about going to the Hallows and Horcruxes Ball at K-State in March, and if we go, we're thinking about dressing up. I needed supplies and there was a sale. DON'T JUDGE.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera was on sale at Wal-Mart, of all places. And now it is mine.
  • As a present to myself for finishing an entire fic (short as it may be) in just over a month, I bought Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii and have been adoring it.
  • Finally - Flowers! Half a dozen pink roses from the Captain, just because I had a cruddy weekend. Seriously, I do not say it often enough. I love that man.


So, just thought I'd share.
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