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Saturday, February 12, 2005

Long Time No See  
So much has happened since my last post. Life has been very busy, so let's dive in.

I'm typing this on my new iMac. I love it like a new puppy. I actually enjoy doing homework on this beauty. It is so sleek, so elegant, like a greyhound. Yummy!

I finished my Physics class; took the final Thursday. I think I got an A. I received A grades on my essays and my quizzes. So I wasn't too worried about my final. I forgot that it was open book/notes. Not that I had any notes, but I did leave the book in my car. I could've gone back to get it, but decided it was no big deal. So I took the test blind and finished the 50 questions in about 20 minutes, faster than anyone else in the class. I feel pretty confident about it; I think I did well. My next class is Biology, and that starts Monday. No rest for the wicked.

I'm up for jury duty. I was on call last week and almost made it through. They called me in Thursday afternoon and, because my employer pays for unlimited days of jury duty, I was chosen to be on a panel for a 20-day trial. I have to go back Monday afternoon (Friday was a court holiday) for the voir dire to see if they choose me for the jury. If I'm dismissed, I think that's it. If I am chosen, then I'm on a jury for a month. My co-workers are pleading with many deities that I'll be dismissed. They've got a lot of work for me to do and aren't looking too kindly on my absence. I'm actually kind of hoping I get accepted. It would be interesting to be on a jury. A couple co-workers mentioned that since it's such a long trial and it's in criminal court, it's probably a murder case. If so, I probably won't be chosen because I'm against capital punishment. They don't want someone deciding on a capital case who's principally against the whole idea.

So Monday will be quite a roller-coaster. School in the morning (7:00a-8:35a), work after that, and jury duty in the afternoon (1:30p). Whew!

On a downer note, I'm having problems with a friend. Her general behavior I already dislike, but I've tolerated it so far. Even then, I can only take so much before I need a break to detoxify. She's not a "bad" person, just very broken. Part of that is she's very manipulative, portraying herself as a victim and making everyone around her feel like they have to save her. But I've realized she's only a victim of herself. She creates these situations. Then she exaggerates everything so you don't know what to believe. All in an attempt to attract sympathy.

All of this is probably reason enough to stay away, but I put up with it because she's a very close friend of my husband and he forgives her everything. But as we got closer, she told me something awful, and now I just really don't want anything to do with her. She cheated on her fiance. They've long since broken up, thankfully before they were married, but that's just disgusting. I can't accept that.

I talked to my doctor and I'm going off the Paxil. I'll be slowly ramping down before stopping, to avoid bad side effects. I've had some really good results from my therapy that have not only lasted, but increased. So I'm confident that I can improve without the drug, now that I have other tools. When they weighed me at the doctor's office, it turned out I'd gained a few pounds. After all this exercise and trying to eat a bit less. A bit of a disappointment, but I'll keep with it.

We're going to see a play tonight at the Mark Taper Forum, "Sylvia, or The Goat". My husband has been sick with the flu for the past few days, but he's feeling better today and thinks he'll be able to go.

I better go do my grocery shopping. Ta!