Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Random bullets

  • My neck has been hurting since Saturday. You know, like I slept wrong. It hurts to tilt my head to one side.
  • I have been feeling nauseous and achey, also since Saturday, especially in the morning. No, I'm not pregnant and I don't have a fever, so I don't know what that is about.
  • I finally got my haircut today, which I haven't done since August. I'm letting it grow out, but I still need bangs to hide my gigantic forehead. (Bonus weird fact about me: I have a huge forehead which kind of makes it look like my hair is receding, but it's been like that my whole life.)
  • I waited on hold for a half an hour this afternoon just to hear from the advice nurse that I should use Advil and hot and cold packs for my neck. REALLY? I know she is used to dealing with 19 year old undergrads but she has my file right in front of her on the computer screen. If she was paying attention she could have figured out that I'm 34. She kept on asking me if I needed a note for my classes.
  • I wish my problems could be solved by a note from the school nurse.
  • My new haircut looks a little like Eve Myles from Torchwood, only my hair isn't as long as hers.
  • I'm spending some time at work learning web design. It's actually kind of fun. My fabulous boss suggested I could take a class (offered next quarter) in video production and then work on creating videos and other multimedia stuff to put up on the web for his office.
  • If this whole academia thing doesn't work out maybe I'll be able to find a job in "new media."
  • Beorn and I are now firmly involved in the grad school application process and both having small panic attacks about it. I mean we are talking about uprooting our entire lives here and moving across country and this all depends on the stupid, arbitrariness of the admissions committees, and we are too old for this crap, and we need to have kids soon, and and and...
  • I really like trees and being outside. I miss having a job that involved moving around and being outside. Sitting at a desk for 12+ hours a day leads to mental and physical health problems.
  • I'm considering taking up folk dancing 0r some similar activities. My favorite exercises are hiking and swimming in a lake or the ocean. Swimming pools and walking around town are just not the same.


Anonymous said...

Congrats on the haircut, but sorry about the rest of it. Deep breaths. And cold packs and tylenol. :)

wil said...

Breena, you're hilarious!

FWIW, if I were experiencing your physical symptoms, I'd go see a Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncturist. They're usually very good at diagnosing and fixing subtle, interconnected physical ailments.

I hope you feel better soon.

Unbalanced Reaction said...

Ah yes, the wonderful advice nurse line.

One weekend, I got a very nasty liquid nitrogen burn, while working in the lab. It immediately blistered up, so I called to make sure that I should keep it uncovered. The conversation went something like this:

Nurse: why would you put that on yourself?

Unbalanced: Um, I didn't. I was in the lab.

Nurse: So did your boyfriend do this to you?

I think she thought this was some weird sexual party trick. Good grief!

Breena Ronan said...

That is hilarious! The nurse is thinking "woman in scientific lab=does not compute."