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29 November 2005 @ 02:43 am
I'm back. Woo. I'm so happy to be home. I love my new home.

So, the cold turned into bronchitis. I spent days (am still spending, actually) coughing and snorting and blowing all sorts of interestingly colored mucus. I seem to be getting better, so no antibiotics for me. This made for a pretty yucky birthday, though. I had had a fever during the night, and had to cancel my trip to the museum to see the chocolate exhibit. I did make it out of bed to watch some Firefly (punctuated by frequent hacking and noseblowing) and to go to dinner with my inlaws. I like them all very much. It was fun. Would have been much more fun had I not felt so awful.

Matt, the other married-into-the-family person who's not from Wisconsin, also got very sick. We've decided to change Thanksgiving for the Strobbe family into a summer holiday. Less chance of us out-of-townies to get sick, and there's more to do. Also, Milwaukee is very pretty when it's not slushy and cold and raw. This makes planning for next year's holidays very exciting, as I'll be HOME for all of them! That hasn't happened since I was a little girl. Whee!

I made some quilted Christmas ornaments out of Victorian-era fabric. That was fun. :) But I missed you all so much! *hugs teh intarwebs to her*

Rob gave me DVDs for my birthday. Cold Comfort Farm (there'll be no butter in HELL!) and the two-disc special edition of The Shawshank Redemption (still my favorite movie of all time, now with commentary and deleted scenes and other special goodies!) and Season 3 of 21 Jump Street (with Richard Grieco!!!ONE!) We also hit a used CD/DVD store, and came away with quite a haul. Season 1 of Nip/Tuck, Season 6 of Buffy, MST Manos: Hands of Fate, Wild Things (which, if you haven't seen it, is AWESOME. It has trashy lesbian kissing and full frontal Kevin Bacon), Buckaroo Banzai, Baseketball (that's Rob's), The Incredibles, and Falling Down.

In a totally not awkward segue... speaking of movies, you know how people act out Rocky Horror? I found the people who do it in Orlando. Even better? They act out Moulin Rouge. And they're looking for cast members. I want to go see them this weekend, then I'll know if I want to try and join. mlewys, would you guys be up for it? I can chip in for gas money. :)


*coughs* *spits*

I love being home. I love my home. I love Florida. Being around the slush and snow last week made me realize how over snow I am. I spent my childhood and adolescence hating Florida for not having normal seasons. But now I'm just happy to be warm, and not to have to deal with dried-out overheated air or that raw feeling in the back of your throat when your sinuses are draining and each breath you take is like breathing sand. I'm so happy to know I'm not going to get freezing wet toes or wind stabbing through my forehead. No taking tiny steps so I don't slip on the ice. No mountains of plowed-aside snow that harden into icebergs and take months to disappear, growing dirtier and grayer and pitted by the day. No waking up early to see if the federal government has canceled work for the day. Yeah, no snow days kinda sucks, but it's better than the disappointment of hoping for snow days and being denied.

Rob is happy to be here too. He really likes it here. I am so happy. He likes my family, and they like him. Everyone is accepted. It's awesome.

I read this article today and it makes me glad that I have an 1800 square foot house. 14,000?? 23,000???? Who NEEDS that much space? Madness. I want the high cost of energy to show them the folly of their ways. I myself feel supremely sensible, and it makes me happy. And dude, we can afford this house, and we love it. THAT is awesome. In DC, I was used to settling for what we could afford. Now I'm actually happy with it. No, it's not the dream house (that would be around 2400 square feet with an exercise room and a game room and would be powered by solar cells), but it's a house I could live in for the rest of my life. I feel settled in a way I've never felt before.

Today I was up till 2 am (twitchy legs and arms), then up AT 5 am, then on a plane bound for home, so I've been up almost 24 hours, with very little sleep before that. Yippee! We ran through a furniture store today and found a dining table and chairs. They're more than I planned to spend, but not insurmountably more, and the chairs are awesome. The cushions look like they've been needlepointed! Which they haven't, because they'd cost way a lot more if they were really needlepointed, but they have the look, so cool. Also, they were built in America. Yay for American jobs. If I were head of a big company, I'd make it a point of pride that we didn't ship off jobs to other countries, and I'd be sure and advertise the fact to make my company look patriotic and also progressive. It's a cause that liberals and conservatives (social conservatives, anyway) can get behind. The only bad thing is that shareholders could sue you for not squeezing every last dollar of profit out of the company, even if it's better for the country not to. I wonder if that would be upheld under the BJR. They uphold a lot of things under the BJR. I wonder if a CEO who did that could keep her job? I'd hang on to every bit of the obscene amount of money they'd pay me, so even if they did fire me, I'd have money, and I'd keep my integrity. That would be awesome.

I suspect I have sleep apnea. How does one go about getting a CPAP? Because if I had deep restful sleep and wasn't tired all the time, I bet a lot of things in my life would change for the better. Also, does anyone know if it's possible to have bigger sinuses drilled? I think I'm generally low on oxygen because my sinuses are always swollen or clogged. I bet bigger sinuses would take care of that. Or bigger nasal passages. I think mine are narrow.

Yeah. Rambling now. I should go to sleep before the sun comes up. I hate seeing the sun come up, and I already did that once this morning. Once a day is enough.
vlynnvlynn on November 29th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
To get a CPAP I think you'd first need to go to the doc, do a sleep study, and then they prescribe one for you. As for the sinuses, I have heard of folks getting theirs sorta roto-rootered. But I doubt it makes em much bigger...probably just more of a cleaning house. :) I had a deviated septum and was totally shocked by how much air I got after the surgery. Never knew breathing through your nose could do that. I still don't think I get as much as most as I yawn all the darned time, even when well rested.
Doe-eyed Bunnydoeeyedbunny on November 29th, 2005 08:31 am (UTC)
Even better? They act out Moulin Rouge.

Damn! (I am sooooo jealous)
You totally should do it, and then of course record it so the rest of us who live in uncool places can see you in all your can-can finery.
Elletheletterelle on December 7th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, LJ finally sent me this comment. :)

Uncool? Dude. You live in MANHATTAN. You're cooler than I'd even want to be. (I enjoy being uncool. I'm currently rejoicing that I don't have to go to Miami this weekend and party. I want to stay home and play on the computer. So not cool.)

I didn't go. :( I was too tired. I'll try to hit it next month.
elzedelzed on November 29th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC)
Ooops! Happy belated birthday, dear. And despite the gloomy health, I am glad you're happy with your move - I know how apprehensive you were about this at some points. I'm delighted you feel you made the right move.

Kitarrakitarra on November 29th, 2005 10:52 am (UTC)
*snugs hard* Happy Birthday!
Jer: HappyBoy - Steve Sandvoss (from B'Lane)lugonn on November 29th, 2005 11:57 am (UTC)
Interesting article on the giant houses. I was recently installing crown molding in a 4,000 square foot house. It seemed insanely large. Sure, there were things about the house that I loved, but mostly it seemed like way too much house.

I have about 1,200 square feet - it is what I can afford. I'd like more land, but land is $600,000 an acre here. And if I had more land then I'd enjoy a bigger house. But not a mammoth house like those. And I only want the extra land to be further from noisy neighbors and to give the dogs more play room.

You're views on energy seem similar to mine. Most people disagree with me when I say that gasoline is too cheap.

When I was a youngster I couldn't breathe through my nose and I had my tonsil and adenoids removed. I think the adenoids might be part of the solution. An ears, nose, and throat specialist could probably offer some advice.
lizzyjitlizzyjit on November 29th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
The more I live here, the more I realize this "hot all the time" thing isn't really so bad.