Let’s see, where am I at right now…
Sleep: I got a weighted blanket on Meh. I’ve slept with it two nights. First night my sleep was aborted because of a… thing, second night I slept pretty well under it and woke up sore in the morning as if I’d been lifting weights for the last several hours. Interesting.
My new CPAP mask has been working pretty well for me. Although somehow I managed to not only take it off but take it apart in my sleep last night. Wat.
The… thing: I was feeling a mysterious pain in my left leg and hip starting on… Tuesday, I think? and it was getting worse and worse, and felt a lot like the DVT I had back in November 2017 which threw a clot and turned into a pulmonary embolism which wasn’t exactly a fun experience that I have any interest in repeating anytime soon. So I went to the ER to get it checked out, and it turned up… nothing. So, good news, no DVT. The doctor suggested I just take it easy for the next few days, which I am trying to do, and oddly enough I’m feeling a lot better, go figure. Also I’m glad I’m with Kaiser because the whole thing only cost me $15.
But it’s hard for me to take things easy because I want to get my home clean, because my birthday is coming up soon and I am intending to host a completely unrelated pizza party at my home. (Incidentally, if you are in the Seattle area and are interested in pizza and you think I know you well enough to let you into my home, let me know and I’ll maybe extend you an invitation to the party!) Fortunately a friend is coming over tomorrow to help me out with the cleaning stuff (for which I am incredibly grateful!) but I am oh so very tired. So I mean I’m taking things easy at the moment, but I’d rather not.
General pain levels are all over the map, but typically Bad. Like, 6-7 on the Mankoski scale most of the time. I’ve asked about getting a pay-per-use parking permit at work so I can drive on days when I’m pretty sure I’ll be low-spoons. I’ve also asked about the process of doing disability leave on an as-needed basis if things keep on this trajectory. I haven’t heard back about either thing yet, but to be fair I only submitted my inquiries on Thursday and the university is wrapping up the spring quarter so I’m sure those departments are very busy right now.
I used my impending
uptimeodometer rollover as an excuse to buy more music stuff I don’t really need; specifically I ordered a better portable MIDI keyboard (affiliate link) and a copy of NI Symphony Essentials (which is currently on massive sale and I qualified for a $150 “crossgrade” from Komplete 11).
Oh and I also have a song in this week’s Song Fight!, for the first time in nearly 3 years. Specifically “Freak Flag,” which will eventually be over yonder but while it’s on the front page I encourage you to listen to all the songs and vote for the ones you like. Also maybe post some reviews over on the forum.
I really want to work on comics right now but I really can’t. But I’ve been playing around with Affinity Photo as an alternative to Photoshop and while it’s still got a bunch of rough edges (and is still missing a few workflow things I need) it’s getting pretty close to usable, and is a lot faster/cleaner/more affordable than Photoshop. I can totally foresee switching to it as my main drawing program.
I might also try out their other programs, Designer and Publisher, to see if they’re actually usable, unlike the Adobe equivalents (Illustrator and InDesign, respectively). I could never wrap my head around Illustrator and sometimes I need vector art, and similarly every time I do a layout in InDesign I end up having to relearn it.
If I do this then I’ll probably switch back to Final Cut for video, because Final Cut does all the stuff I use Premiere for and the only reason I use Premiere is because I pay for Creative Cloud anyway so I’d might as well use the program I already have. (Also it turns out Apple has a Pro Apps for Education bundle I qualify for since I work at the university, and it includes a few other things I’ve been wanting to mess with and costs less in total than Final Cut on its own.)
In retrospect, a bulleted list was probably the wrong format for this entry.