Week o’ stress

The last few weeks have been stressful due to work, especially last week. I hope it gets better soon. There are some indications that it might get better, but then again, this is Operations, the land of the unexpected.

I have been on some high-blood-pressure medication for about a month now, but it doesn’t seem to have lowered my bp at all. I have to go back to the doctor on Tuesday and he will probably increase my dosage, or switch me to another medication. I will also start taking the Flonase (anti-allergy, I think it is a steroid) because I think the nighttime congestion and snoring are due to allergies. I would also like to go get allergy screening done and perhaps arrange for some shots, if it looks like they would help.

No exercise this week, shame on me. That is something I should work on. I would like to be able to go up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath. It would be cool if M and I could find some kind of exercise we both enjoy, so we could do it together. My favorite exercise is walking, and her favorite is probably weights or some kind of strength training. She is going to get some therapy for her knees, hopefully that will help.

I did the good deed this weekend and built up a usable computer from spare parts, which I will eventually give to my grandparents. We may go over there today, if they call us back. I installed XP but didn’t activate yet, because I want to make sure they didn’t already get a computer when I wasn’t looking.

We had another Altaia game on Friday, which was cool. We got to do some role-playing that was not combat-related. I like a good balance of combat with character interaction, because character interaction lets me actually get in character and get a feel for who this character is. In this case Veldan is a half-orc caster who is really a wanna-be elf; so far I have played him as kind of fruity and not much other flavor mixed in. The character is supposed to be impetuous, but I’m really not impetuous, so it’s tough to work that in (plus, I don’t like grabbing lots of the DM’s attention, that tends to annoy other players).

What else? M and I went to dinner at Mudd’s last weekend, it was quite grand. We got to listen to the harpist for a while, and the food was wonderful. The lady brought us our main course before the soup and salad, so we had the salad after (European style) and took the soup home. The salad was wonderful; it was arrugula, warm goat cheese, prosciutto, and a light, sweet mango dressing, excellent “dessert salad”. We would like to go again soon. I would like it even more if I could find more excellent restaurants nearer to us. It’s kind of tough to find new restaurants because M doesn’t like to experiment much, and I don’t like to go out without her, so we have to rely on reviews from others we trust…

Things I would like to do this week: Organize the desk, Catch up on bills, Exercise at least once, Find the amazon book supposedly at my work somewhere. Maybe next weekend’s project can be to set up the access point and get some of these machines behind a firewall.

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