December 31, 2004

Tsunami news

Beyond the official news, excellent personal accounts and on-site coverage are being reported by blog journalists. BoingBoing has some good info:

December 29, 2004

Internet Deprivation

We're becoming so accustomed to using the Internet as our source for news, entertainment, and communication that when we're someplace without Internet access it's like being without a newspaper, without a phone. Visiting family with only dialup (or nothing at all) can be both an experience in slow culture and excruciating separation.

And the nicest thing one can do for visiting relatives and friends is to offer them time with your broadband. :)

December 12, 2004

Fleece blankets

I really, really like my fleece blankets. I have one for the couch that keeps me warm when my husband:

  • has the windows open because it's cool outside
  • has the air conditioning on because it's warm outside
  • thinks the inside temperature of our condo should resemble a walk-in cooler

I also have another fleece blanket for bed -- allowing me to sleep in my own personal zone of warmth.

A few nights ago I was up late, reading online, with couch blanket wrapped around me. Then I went to bed, and almost walked in to the bedroom with couch blanket. Oh no! By now, couch blanket and bed blanket must be sworn enemies. I had visions of a blanket-anti-blanket explosion. Isn't this the kind of thing that happens on Star Trek? I'm lucky I didn't open the door; I'm fresh out of dilithium crystals.

December 09, 2004

So what's the deal with Blogger tonight?

I tried to log in for twenty minutes and gave up. I read that Google was making some improvements but I don't think this counts. (ha)

December 07, 2004

Back in Black

It's been a while since I last wrote...busy with classes, foolishness at work, fighting with a dip into a minor bit of depression.

My employer is three or four months into a lingering reorganization. The latest news is that, as of January 1, I'll officially have two levels of no management. Both my immediate supervisor's position and the supervisor above are unfilled.

Right now I only have one level of no management (since my boss was called up to military service in May). I guess they think we're doing such a great job on our own that they've decided to give us more of the same (HA).

I've had to deal with bouts of real depression before, so I know this phase wasn't bad at all by comparison. But since I was lingering on the edge of getting serious with it, I ended up increasing my antidepressants for a while. Until I realized I was having side effects from the higher dosage, and backed down to my normal level again. But it helped me over the hump, and I'm dealing with things better again.

I've been on antidepressants for several years now. According to what I've read, people with epilepsy have strong tendencies toward depression. It might be associated with epilepsy itself, or the meds we take to prevent seizures, or maybe both.

I do know that I grew up with recurring depressive feelings since I was very young -- so it's not the meds alone. I thought that it was normal to experience life that way. I was an adult before I had gained enough life experience and perspective to see that my point of view was different from others', and to decide to look for help.