Results tagged “Sickness” from Kazza the Blank One

Recovering

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We've had a pretty quiet week.  We did go down to Kit's for a little while last night though which was nice.

This morning we got up relatively early .. scratch that.. Stu got up relatively early .. I'd been awake since 5:30am on account of having a sore spine from our dumb mattress.  Anyway.  Got ready and went to the farmers markets.  I actually find the farmer's markets somewhat stressful - too many crowds and too many transactions to get stuff from multiple vendors.  We had pies before we started, which were stressful in themselves due to having nowhere comfortable to sit to eat them.

Did a load of linen washing, fixed the hinge in the laundry door (the pin had almost worked its way out), and fought with our network for ages.  I still can't get the NAS working on the Cisco switch (which turns out to be unmanaged, so can't see any sort of logs), and one of the network cameras (which I swear was working this morning) is also being a poo.

Went to Coles in the afternoon and remembered why I hate it so much - there's still no trolley bays in much of the car park, so you have to walk your trolley all the way back into the shopping centre to get your money back.  Fills me with so much rage.

Got invited over to EffanC's, but we're still potentially contagious, so decided not to go.

Have been resizing holiday photos, but geotagging is super painful due to our super awful internet right now.  Our SNR Margin is 15.  Our loop attenuation is 66.  According to Draytek our internet shouldn't work at all....

Gastro

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You know how Stu came down with gastro the morning after we got home?  Well try as we might to avoid passing the germs on, I still managed to get it.  First sign was before lunch yesterday, so decided to come home.  Was actually fine for the afternoon, and worked from home, albeit very slowly with our terrible internet.  Was unwell last night but at least I wasn't sick (I think I got a milder case).  Decided to work from home again today (again, with super slow internet).

I've geotagged two days worth of photos, and selected highlights from day 1.

East China Sea GPS track

In case anyone missed me.. I've been cruising the East China Sea .. (see link in Holiday Blogs section).

So we got back on Sunday morning (thanks to Chrissie for picking us up from the airport!!).  While we were away they'd had problems one night with the alarm (went off for no good reason, and they couldn't find a spider).  There was also a problem with the back door not locking properly - the door has warped a little, possibly from all the humidity from the evaporative cooling, and so can't be locked unless you push the lock up quite hard.

Also, the internet was dead.  Something to deal with later.

Went to pick up something for lunch and for dinner.

After lunch I slept for about two hours, the sweetie most of the afternoon.  

I had a go at fixing the internet.  Rebooting the router didn't help.  Nor did rebooting the wifi (not that I thought that would do anything, on account of my pc is wired, and it wasn't even getting an IP address).  So I kicked the switch.  And everything came back.

Mostly.

My computer got an IP address and got back on the network.  But the NAS never came back.  Rebooted it.  Cold rebooted it.  Nothing.

We've had no end of trouble with all the Cisco gear we bought a few years back.  The 887 router just couldn't deal with our crappy phone line and would drop out and not come back til it was rebooted.  The WAP was pathetic and also kept dropping out.  We replaced both of them.  Now the switch has crapped out.  Anyone have any gigabit switches going begging?

Cooked sausages for dinner and we had a very early night.

And then woke up at 4:30 to the sweetie having a massive diarrhoea attack.  He was sick all day the poor thing.  I'm guessing a gastro virus picked up at the airport or on the plane.  So now it's the ticking time bomb of will I get it too..

Tonight I cooked myself dinner and gave the sweetie rice crackers for dinner.

And then fought with the NAS some more.  The thing has two network cables, but neither were giving a link light.  Given that the switch had spazzed out, I tried plugging them into a small 100mb switch we had lying around.  Sure enough, got link lights and the thing just started working!  So now I'm copying photos off the laptop at 100Mb/s (well actually about 9MB/s).  I really need to console onto the switch and find out what's up with it.

And we also really need to get our internet fixed.  Last night it was practically unusable.  It was a lot better earlier this evening, but has gone back to being almost unusable.  *sigh*

I've been sick this week.  Got a sore throat on Sunday night, felt all fuzzy on Monday (I should have stayed home), worked from home Tuesday to keep my sniffles to myself, and have felt better but coughing a lot the rest of the week.

Last night we took a couple of Dr Octopus pizzas down to Kit's for dinner and had a pretty relaxing evening.  When we came back up there was a huge huntsman in the entrance way, so we caught it and Stu said I should take it and show Kit.  So I did.  And then she fed it to her frogs.  !!  Poor spider..!!

Tonight we watched Oliver Stone's Snowden.  Quite well done and we both enjoyed it. 

Cough

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Wednesday night I started coughing.  Spent the next few days feeling like crap.  And the next few days coughing non-stop.  Fun times.  Not.

Saturday we fed about seventy people at the club.  The sweetie had to do most of the food preparation though, because I didn't want to spread germs. 

Club after party

Club after party

Club after party

Dave and Kat came up for the weekend too which was nice, other than feeling like crap of course.

My back hurts, I think from all the coughing :(

Where'd I get up to?

Thursday night we had a whiskey tasting night.  Nothing really stood out for me.  Mostly because Neil didn't get any peaty whiskeys heh.  The four Scottish ones were much the same (one was slightly rougher than the others).  The Nikka was probably my favourite, just because of the hint of smoke.  Early night and slept reasonably well.

Whisky July

Whisky July

Friday I got a bunch of cleanup work done, then left early and headed with the sweetie down to the coast.  Stopped in Batemans Bay for dinner at KFC (bad move - they're even more inefficient than Belconnen and we took fifteen minutes to get our food!).  Chilled out at the house, and I started a jigsaw.

Saturday I finished the first jigsaw and moved onto a second.  Went to Myrtle Beach and even had a swim (well a wade really, I hadn't taken my glasses off and didn't want to lose them).  It was cold, but not freezing.  Couple of weirdos though - one meerkat and his wandering mate.  Yeup.  Saturday night we got pizzas from Steveo's.  We got three, but really only needed one.  Two tops - having some for breakfast we *still* brought home a full pizza!  Then watched Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull to see if it was as bad as we remembered.  It was.  And then some.

Coast breakfast

Myrtle Beach walk

Myrtle Beach

Steveo's Pizza

Today I finished the second jigsaw and decided to squeeze in a third while the sweetie did reading for uni.  Then cleaned up and came home.

Blue coast view

Almost hit two kangaroos - one on the way down on Friday night, and one on the way out to Myrtle Beach.  The second one was panicking and actually slipped over on the road in front of us.  We'd slowed right down though so it was all fine.  The first one just bounced gently across the road in front of us but didn't do anything stoopid.

Tried to doze on the way home but didn't succeed.  

I'm still sick with this damned cold.  Stuffed up nose so haven't been able to breathe in days.  I didn't feel like doing *anything* when I got home.  So *blip* there goes another weekend with nothing achieved at home :(  (I did manage to look at and geotag day 22 of the holiday though, so I guess that's *something*).

Exhaustion

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Sunday I got sick.  Felt like crap.

Monday morning I still felt like crap and had a sore throat and a bit of a cough.  So stayed at home and rested (in front of movies - Star Trek Into Darkness and The Martian) and attempted to doze (failed).  Of course since I'd rested all day I didn't actually feel tired on Monday night did I?? Took hours to get to sleep :(

Tuesday felt somewhat better (although super tired) so went to work.  Had pizza with Potty and Jake in the evening and watched Independence Day.  At 9:15pm, possibly as a result of power surges from the storm (various parts of Canberra lost power) our main power circuit tripped.  Flicked it back on.  Then at midnight it tripped again.  Disconnected the printer even though I knew it wouldn't be that.  At 2am it tripped again!  Gah!  Having been expecting it to keep tripping, I really didn't sleep at all.  At the 2am wakeup I disconnected the big fish tank.  As I was pulling the power, it tripped again!  So fairly likely it was that tank doing it.  Managed to sleep the rest of the night, but was a zombie today.

Oh also at 2am two random dogs came to say hi when I went outside.  Never seen them before (for a second I thought one of them was Petal).  No collars on either of them so couldn't call the owners.  They wanted to come inside but our house isn't setup for it so left them be (my nerves were frazzled enough I couldn't really deal with random dogs in the middle of the night).  Hope they made it home ok.

Tonight we went and got a new heater for that tank (it's always the heaters that do the tripping).  So far so good.  Is there some device you can get that will trip the power before the whole house circuit breakers trip?  Aren't those power boards with surge protectors meant to do that sort of thing?

Also sad is that my computer doesn't seem to recognise the UPS anymore.  It knows it's there, but doesn't recognise when it's gone onto battery mode :(

Fuzzy

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So Friday night after the hot water dramas, headed out with Kit and Serena for a couple of drinks at the George.  Then came home and had a nice early night.

Saturday spent pretty much the whole day alternating between Nonogram puzzles and housework.  Tidied the spare room, the bedroom, cleaned the bathroom and kitchen, vacuumed half the house, washed some sheets.  I think that was all.  Then Potty and Jake arrived so chilled out with them for the rest of the arvo.  Cooked a lamb roast for dinner.

Today we had a fairly lazy start to the day.  I might have gotten more stuff done in the afternoon, but I started feeling fuzzy like I'm coming down with something.  This time there's a bit of a cough as well.  *sigh*  So really didn't get anything much done today :(  The sweetie has been feeling pretty blah too - all weekend in fact.  Fun times.. not.. :(

Wins and Losses

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Had a fairly decent weekend last weekend.  Got quite a few things done on the todo list, including renewing my domain names (kazza.id.au has been in existence for fourteen years today!), vacuuming and cleaning out the pool, washing the sheets, installing windows 10 on my little laptop (and the GPS software still works hurrah!), cleaning the kitchen, some fish tank work, food shopping and cooking.  Didn't do the house vacuuming though.

In between we had our work ball, which I'll get some photos online for eventually.

This week was a very strange week.  We had several farewell events for the Chrises including a long lunch on Wednesday.  Gonna miss them.  It also seems certain that we will lose literally the best bar in Canberra.  And our carpark.  All very depressing.  Got some work done in between, although wasn't terribly motivated.

I also got grumpy this week at Insight Vacations who have been ignoring my emails.  And at myself for not registering for the last Ingress Anomoly - which means the hundreds of jarvises, adas, cubes, bursters etc that I donated to the cause will have been for nothing :(

Our pool froze over twice during the week.  And yesterday the power tripped early in the morning which means the fish tank heaters didn't work all day, and we lost some fish in the smallest tank :(  

Pool ice

Have been spending mornings scanning mum's photos.  Two weeks to scan each album, give or take.  So one down this morning, four more to go until the next swap-meet when I can get some more.

And I have this odd sort of feeling that I'm coming down with something.

Coming back slowly

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So after several nights of reasonable sleep, last night I went to bed at 10pm and didn't get to sleep til 3am.

#grunt

So took another sick day today.  Even actually managed a little more sleep which is rare.

And this afternoon and this evening the cough is starting to lessen.. finally!

Sick

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Still sick.  Have so far spent the entire weekend feeling miserable.  Other than not being able to sleep and watching quite a few videos, all I managed to achieve was creating the Enlightened logo in Lego, and rename the 800 photos I took on film from 1992-1999 with a filename containing the date, roll and frame number.  Actually didn't take all that long.  I also figured out that it's quite possible that dad had never scanned the first thousand photos he had.  It looks like he was working his way backwards through his photos - the ones he had from 1999 were scanned just before he was diagnosed with his brain tumour.  Doesn't explain why the excel files with the labels are missing though.

Enlightened Logo in Lego

I was thinking I might be able to work from home tomorrow, but if I'm feeling as crappy as I do now I might even reconsider that :/

Fuzzy

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So I survived the entire winter without getting sick, only to get a cold mid-spring.  Blerf.

Not sick?

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Tonight when I went to bed I'd pretty much stopped sniffling.  And I was totally fine today.  Who's ever heard of a cold that lasts less than 24 hours?? Maybe I wasn't actually sick but had some sort of hayfever-like reaction ??

Weird.

Started looking at Turkey photos tonight, since it's coming up on a year since I went.  But ten minutes in and I was already overwhelmed. hrmm.  That was the trip where I smashed my old lens, and had awful trouble trying to get it to focus, especially in low light at the beginning of the trip, but also in daylight later on.  I was surprised how many of my Gallipoli photos were out of focus when I went looking for pics the other day.  Sad times.

Supersize Me

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Finally saw Supersize Me tonight - watched it on Netflix.  Quite scary.  Although enough to stop me craving and eating bad food?  hrmmmm dunno about that.  There was also Food Inc we watched the other week which made us want to source more ethical food.  That's hard too when Coles is so cheap and has everything we want in once place.  Also hrmmm.

Last night I was cold and simply couldn't warm up.  Until about 1am :(  And then my nose exploded.  Seems I have a cold :(  So about three or four hours sleep last night.

But had to go to work today - big release I needed to do stuff for.  Anyway I don't feel "sick" as such - just tired and sniffly.  Better be off to bed methinks.

Sad

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Dad moved into a nursing home today.

He's hating it.

To be honest I wasn't that impressed either.  At Calvary he had a wonderful view of the city and the planes, and a room to himself.  There was just nothing going on there to keep him entertained.  At this new place he's stuck in a room with a partly deaf guy who's basically just a zombie watching the television very loudly and hasn't talked to dad at all.  It was super hard for us to talk to dad because the tv was blaring and there was another person *right there*.  Dad was totally pissed off at the world - feeling like the doctors didn't want to talk to him, just a quickie conversation then off again, and complained that the food was cold etc.  Basically no matter what things were like he was going to be negative about it.

So that put me in a blah mood, and really upset mum. 

Sigh.

Da plane!

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How cute is this Lego sea plane Fiona gave me on the weekend? :):)

Lego sea plane

Not as sick today as I was yesterday.  Tried to work from home, but the VPN or something kept freezing up, making it completely unworkable, so I gave up and went into work.

I've been doing heaps of photo filing.  It's awfully hard work.  Well some of it is easy, but a lot is hard.  The sheer numbers don't help.  I've filed a lot of my digital photos because I don't have to scan them.  But even so, there's still seven and a half thousand photos left to sort from 1999, 2003 and 2007 (I've been jumping around a bit to keep interested).  After that there's just the analog photos.  But will need to rescan a heap of those, as they were only scanned at 150 dpi the first time.  That'll get merged with the scanning of mum's photos I'm doing.

It's kinda freaky having blogged for ten years.  Because now I can go back and see what I was doing "ten years ago today".  Like being contacted by my best friend from Year 7 (sadly that didn't go any further :( ).  And tomorrow will have been ten years since ice skating at Fox Studios with Jim and John and a group of others.

John and Jim ice skating

Yep.  I have a cold.  Again.  Stu has the flu.

Epic pissed off.

Also

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I think I'm getting sick.

Again.

I haven't even fully gotten over the last cold, and here I go getting another one.  Sick of it.

Still Coughing

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It's just not going away, and getting really rather tiresome :(:(:(:(

Went to bed at 10pm last night.  Was still awake at 2am.

Today Windy did help me solve a problem that I'd created on Friday (that'll learn me to clean up - slightly too efficiently oops).. thanks Windy!

Getting there..

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Saturday was still feeling a bit blah, but by the afternoon was starting to feel better.  Did our food shopping and in the evening we went over to Mishi's for a games night.  As usual most of the night was chatting over food, but we did end up going and playing some Fluxx and Monty Python Fluxx.  Damien won several games, and Geoffrey and Liam won a game each as well.

Today was feeling more back to normal (still a lot of phlegm) and was actually up to doing some housework.  But otherwise it was a pretty nothing day.

And so that's the end of that.. 

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