March 23rd, 2005

Sarah's painting

Something more personal than this has been of late...

See those glasses in that picture of me? Well, they're pretty badly scratched all over the surface, and they're a couple years out of date. I didn't realize how bad my vision is with them until I went to the optometrist last week to get fitted for Contacts. And then I didn't *really* realize how bad my vision is with my glasses until yesterday when I wore the contacts to work, wore them the 8-10 hours that I've worked up to in this breaking-in period, took them off, replaced them with my glasses, and then tried to read my computer screen.

The brain adjusts to being able to see.

Re-adjusting in the other direction is sad.

Luckily, I've ordered new glasses as well.

So, other personal news from this week is I seem to be fighting a cold. Just in time for Minicon. :(

Yes, I'm taking Cold Ease. And vitamin C. And echinacea. Right now I should be getting to sleep actually. The most obnoxious part is that my nose, already aggravated by allergies, has started bleeding once or twice a day if I blow it. Today it started bleeding while I was at a guest lecture at the school of information. (that was interesting - it was about smart mobs and other possible future emergent social uses of the internet and mobile communication). I managed not to get any blood on my shirts, which I was really proud of, and my co-worker next to me seems oblivious, so I guess I'm good at bleeding unobtrusively.

I've started coating the inside of my nose with vaseline or neosporin and I'm really hoping it will heal.

If spring would just come, that would sure help.

Oh, and I'm now certified in adult, child, and infant CPR and AED use and first aid. The only thing they tell you about bloody noses is to tilt your head forward (*not* back) and pinch your nostrils together. My nose stops bleeding quite quickly this way. I called the nurse at my doctor's office and she said her nose is bleeding in the same way, so I figured she wouldn't be much help. But I will go snort some saltwater before I go to bed....