I've been alternating days of feeling halfway decent other
than the usual pain and early fatigue-after-not-having-done-very-much,
and barely-get-out-of-bed days -- which I suppose is a pretty normal
spell, for me. I made it to Darkover (four performances -- two with
HCB and two with
pick-up dance bands) but was too wiped out to stick around for
the filking either night or to return on Sunday for a day at the
con without obligations and schedules. I made it to a rehearsal
for a recorder group to see just how rusty my reading has gotten
lately, and to
3LF rehearsal (well, about the second half of it). I wasn't in
great shape Wednesday but I got where I needed to get to. Saturday I played
Madrigal Feast where I felt awfully under-rehearsed but things
went pretty well in general anyhow. (I think -- I hope --
most of my mistakes were covered up by the rest of the band, especially
by the other bass recorder player (I stayed on bass recorder all
night), but alas the band as a whole fell apart on one of my favourite
tunes, "Riu Riu Chiu". I'm pretty sure the audience did notice that,
but it is the nature of audiences of live music to quickly forget the
embarrassing train-wrecks if you nail the next couple of tunes.)
I'll be doing that again -- same event, different location -- this
coming Saturday (last I checked there were still three $65 tickets
left ...). They're not feeding the musicians, so we bring sandwiches
and stuff to nibble while the actors have long bits to do without
us. This coming Saturday, I may wind up playing bowed psaltery on
There's supposed to be a HCB performance this Wednesday night,
but , er, there's something about a leak and six feet of water and
the building condemned, or something, and we're still waiting to
hear whether that gig will actually be happening or not, and exactly
where if so.
As might have been expected, I was pretty useless for anything
yesterday. Today I've got a to-do list a kilometer long, but will
try to pace myself so that I don't get too tired today to be able
to go to 3LF tomorrow and HCB Wednesday if we do turn out to have
a place to play. There's always the sheer randomness of fibromyalgia
to screw up any care I take in trying to schedule my downtime, but
I can at least try to keep the odds tipped my way. I've already
decided to punt the to-do items that involve getting dressed and
going anywhere today, with the possible exception of a run to a
hardware store late to buy new mounting brackets for the railing
on the back stair -- since my
the top of that staircase started with the top bracket breaking off,
I think I want to replace all three with sturdier ones.
anniemal gave me a new wooden railing to replace the
one that broke off so dramatically; it just needs to be cut down a
little to fit, and maybe get a coat of paint (and, ideally, get
sanded smooth), so all I'll need to buy are the brackets and maybe
paint. Picking a day when I have the energy to dive into a hands-on
project is the bigger obstacle. Needs to be done though.
So far I've been trying to manage my capable-of-doing-stuff days
with only my performance schedule in mind. I haven't even begun to
take party announcements/invitations into consideration. I really
need to start doing that too, as some social time would do me good.
I mostly see people at rehearsals, not random hanging out or parties.
So I've been very bad about keeping up face-to-face relationships
(for oh, several years now, at least). Wanna fix that.
Today, I'll see how much paperwork I can get through, including
scary government forms (scary mostly because they're government
forms, and I get twitchy worrying about whether I'm translating
from bureaucratese to plainspeech (or Glenn-idiolect) correctly
when I run into questions that seem to include unstated assumptions).
And practice the bowed psaltery. Later in the week maybe I'll
try to deal with OS installation/upgrades on a couple of machines.
(I already did battle with Debian's 'apt-get' and 'aptitude' and
fought it to ... an inconclusive result, possibly considered a
draw but less straightforward than that sounds. It did involve
use of a Red Hat rescue CD, and while a current kernel is
installed, I cannot boot it (and 'apt-get' seems to be
telling me it can't complete configuration of the new kernel
because the new kernel isn't configured yet -- huh?); and I have
X back, and the terminal program I'd been using, but I was without
anything X-related for a while and my menus have been rearranged
and my screen resolution changed, so I'm not sure whether I'm
ahead or behind on the GUI front. Methinks I'll live with what
I've got for a few days and focus on the aforementioned paperwork.
And (*sigh*) phone calls.
It did occur to me that I missed an opportunity for a bit of
schtick this past Tuesday -- I should have brought the broken-off
piece of railing with me and carried it into rehearsal. Then when
somebody asked me why I was holding it, I would've explained, "Oh,
holding onto this is supposed to prevent my falling down the stairs."
Might have gotten a laugh, I dunno.
My mother fell recently too, which I found out when I called
her last night. It sounds like she got hurt a lot worse than I
did. I'm hoping to get out to visit her sometime this week.
I hope my brother who lives with her is being helpful.
I'm a week and a half to two weeks behind on television watching
(and that's not counting a few shows I haven't watched any episodes
of yet this season, hoping I can find the videocassettes in the
right order when I get around to them, such as Gilmore Girls
and Veronica Mars); the only things I'm current on are
Heroes and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. And
I'm only current on the television portion of Heroes; I haven't
even looked at the comic book/webcomic/whatever yet -- and
is there something about character blogs that I'm missing, too?
I'm about two weeks behind on LJ as well and kinda random about recent
email -- I've peeked at my 'busy' and
filters a few times, but have not really done more than a quick skim
each time, so I feel like I'm behind even on those portions of my
friendslist. (I did pay enough attention to note the juxtaposition
of an entry
claiming that "illegal aliens murder 12 Americans daily"
almost immediately below
entry linking to
an article about how "entirely made-up statistics being quoted all
over the place, against immigrants" which starts off by showing
the 12-murders-daily statistic is bullshit.
Urk! And I've gotten behind on collecting quotes for my
quote of the day;
the scheduled quotes run out on Wednesday -- eek! (I do have a
bunch of unscheduled-yet quotations in the file, so worst-case
I'll just use up a bunch of those. But I was saving some of them
for particular holidays, anniversaries, or times when specific
topics come up in Congress and the newspapers again -- and some
are in the "still deciding whether I really want to use this"
category.) Maybe I'll make time for quote-mining my friendslist
tonight if my sleep-meds fail again.
I think that's about the right amount of procrastination. Now
on to filling out forms.