Weeknotes 1 – 2019-04-22

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.
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April 22, 2019

I’ve been enjoying Sunita’s Weeknotes so much that I’ve decided to copy her. There seem to be a bunch of people doing these, and it seems like a good way for me to get more writing done. I’ll be writing these on Sundays but posting them on Mondays–think of them as a week in review.

Reading/Watching/Listening

I’ve been trying to get some reading done every day. This is, weirdly, harder than you think it might be. When I’m in the office, I shut my door at lunchtime and read while I’m eating. Last week I finally finished N.K. Jemisin’s How Long ’til Black Future Month? and started Alec Nevala-Lee’s Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction. The Jemisin collection was fantastic and I’m not far enough into Astounding to really say one way or another, but the introduction and first few chapters are great. Very glad to see Nevala-Lee acknowledge Asimov’s history as a serial groper right up front, too.

I also reread Lois McMaster Bujold’s Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen and it was as lovely as I remembered it being.

The other book I’m slogging my way through is Douglas Rushkoff’s Team Human. The essay I read based on one of the chapterlets in this book (there are 100 of them; I wonder if he has plans to nail a copy to Facebook’s doors and one-up Martin Luther) intrigued me enough to pick up the book and I wish I hadn’t. As the book goes on, he becomes increasingly shrill and doesn’t seem to quite understand how certain communities (ahem, fandom) work online. His perspective as a white man also pervades the book to an uncomfortable degree.

I did my annual rewatch of Jesus Christ Superstar this week and realized that Judas is the Biblical equivalent of that scold on Twitter who is upset that your concerns and worries about the world aren’t congruent with theirs. See all the people who don’t think people should be sad about Notre Dame being on fire.

Work

Work is working along. We’re rapidly approaching the date when we’ll be spun off into an independent company and hooboy, I’m not ready. We still have a ton of work to do in order to get the system we’re shifting some of my work into functional for us to use, but I did get read/write access to one of the databases last week, so that’s a good thing.

I’m having some feelings about the spin, but I think that’s only natural.

In the long run, everything will work out as it needs to and I’m trying to keep that in mind when I run into various brick walls.

Medical

Let’s see… I’m still on tons of medications and I still have a fair number of bad days mixed in with the good. The bad days aren’t as bad as they used to be, so that’s a good thing.

My surgeon thinks it’s still too risky to remove my gallbladder, so I get to live with the creeping fear that it’s going to try to kill me again for the foreseeable future. He wants to have the vascular problem in my abdomen corrected and my stent removed and my nutrition to be stable before doing the surgery. My stent is coming out this week, I had labs done to check my nutrition last week, and I’m hoping to talk to my GI doctor about the vascular problem and get a referral to a specialist so I can start working on that.

I also had to have my left breast reimaged. I had a mammogram a couple of weeks ago and the radiologist noticed a difference between last year’s mammogram and this year’s so they wanted to take another look to be sure. Everything came back normal and the difference was due to the weight loss I had last year (I lost a lot of weight in the hospital, an awful lot of it in my breasts), but they still want me to come back in 6 months for more imaging.

Productivity

I have really been struggling with executive function lately, so I’ve tried to externalize it as much a possible to a planner. I’ve moved from the free form bullet journal style to a Hobonichi Techo because I need the dated pages. So far, it’s working out well. I’m keeping a master list of work tasks and moving them into the Techo when I want to work on them and it’s helping me not feel overwhelmed (see rapidly approaching spin above). I’m also able to keep track of when I have doctor appointments a bit better, since I tend to have one or two a week if you include therapy which I totally do.

I also took care of the overflowing inbox–well over an inch of medical paperwork that needed to be filed. I need to sort through it and figure out what actually needs to be kept as opposed to shredded, but our shredder is broken (a new one is on order). But it’s such a relief to have the empty box there on the shelf next to my desk, not stressing me out.

Okay, time to go put away laundry and sort/fold headscarves. The excitement is overwhelming, I am sure.

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1 Comment

  1. Sunita

    Yay, you’ve started Weeknotes! I really like doing mine. Monday morning seems like the best time, too. I started on Sunday but I actually end my week on Sunday, so that didn’t make much sense.

    Thanks for the medical update. It’s great to hear what is going on with you; I want to know but I also don’t want to spam your email inbox with “how are you? what’s new? what’s different?” This is perfect. Also, weight loss and breasts, ugh. I never had mine done after my left-breast lumpectomy so it’s smaller than the right, and when I lost weight it gets smaller faster. Like, I didn’t already have enough asymmetry? The little indignities, they never go away. I’m so glad your mammogram was OK.

    I find tasks and lists to be harder than anyone says they are, or than I often feel they should be. I like making them and I work better making them, but sometimes I feel oppressed by them. It’s weird.

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