Take Two Kittens And Call Me In The Morning

When I Tweeted this earlier,

I had this in mind.

I’ve been under a lot of stress lately; work is changing and I’m constantly trying to figure out, from minute to minute, what is the most productive thing I should be doing, as efficiently as possible.

Also I’ve been somewhat tense about staying healthy for choir, because we’re recording a Christmas CD this coming weekend, but mostly it’s work. Sometimes I pretty much work myself into a screaming wobbler (not on the phone) when frustrated by something.

Saturday morning I woke up feeling fine, but later in the morning realized I’d spent too much time with my neck bent, reading the Internets… And suddenly I had a full-blown neck spasm.

David and I had errands to run and got lunch too, but afterwards I realized my kinked neck wasn’t getting better. Sleeping on Saturday night was impossible, and slow torture every time I tried to change position.

Just going from vertical (standing) to horizontal (lying down) was agony, and I was taking whatever OTC painkillers I had, plus some leftover Tylonol with codeine. Sunday, more of the same, even after maxing out the daily recommended dosage of Aleve. I spaced them out at minimum intervals, but nothing really shifted until the first two Aleve kicked in (they are very slow acting but last a long while).

I called in sick this morning, barely able to lift my eyes to the top of my screen to send my time sheet and managed to get in to the doctor (not my usual, one of the other practice doctors. Fortunately, the slow but strong Aleve had finally kicked in, and I was able to drive, very carefully.

Several hours later, after a lunch of comfort food at Boston Market (that was all soft stuff because I can’t open my jaw wide enough to take a big bite), I finally got my first meds downed and was installed in the armchair with a new body wrap heating thing. Just as well, because the third and last Aleve that I’d taken the night before had worn off with a screaming thud. Apparently you can’t take more than 3 of them in 24 hours.

And here I’ve been since, watching TV and taking various meds at the proper times: Prednisolone, Robaxin, and Norco — aka a steroid, a muscle relaxant, and a more powerful painkiller, but similar to the ones in my stash from when I had a molar extracted.

As it happens, I slept in this chair last night, but I’m going to go upstairs and try to crawl in, very cautiously. I’ve got an electric heating pad that works better on the bed than the back of the armchair. The body wrap thing is the kind you microwave and wrap around a neck like a collar, and is very comforting, though it only stays warm enough for 15 minutes. Still, I can wear it while walking around the house and while seated at a chair with no headrest.

Time to take my last dose of meds and see if I can lie down without groaning or making strangled cries of pain… that’s getting REALLY TIRESOME.

I hope to be able to log in and work tomorrow, at least try it in the morning.

Choir practice is Wednesday, so I hope to be able to open my jaw more fully by then! and tilt my head back too.

I would really benefit from taking two kittens as a stress reducer though. I would drape them on my shoulders and the purring and warmth would be just what the doctor ordered.

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Five other myths about travel agents

1. We've been everywhere, man: no, but we book people who have.
2. We get free travel: not anymore, though discounts exist if you know what you're doing.
3. We get commissions from airlines: not since about 1989 in the US, though some international carriers still offer it.
4. We dress up in stylish outfits with ethnic accessories: not if we don't meet clients, and work from home.
5. We know how much it costs to go anywhere: not unless we've got it pulled up in the GDS (booking tool of choice, AKA general distribution system).

Now that I've been in corporate travel for almost 20 years, most of the myths below no longer apply to me, and most of the realities don't apply either. Especially the one about calling ahead – we're supposed to take calls, not make them in my work environment. That's reserved for emergencies, special situations, and occasionally the need to negotiate with the manager on duty.



Five myths about travel agents
Why would anyone need an agent? We found out when we looked at some of the myths about how they work.

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Arvada Students Protest Conservative Meddling With History Curriculum

These kids are just exercising their patriotic right of protest, free speech, and free thought based on the free exchange of information. For freedom, and not free dumb, so take that, wingnut edumification bored.



CO Students Walk Out To Protest Wingnut Plan To Censor History Curriculum
The new wingnut school board members don’t know much about history.

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Chicago O'Hare terminal 1 partly evacuated

Bomb squad called after dog reacted to suspicious bag.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-ohare-terminal-1-evacuation-20140924-story.html

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Report: Alpecin announced as new sponsor for Giant-Shimano – German shampoo brand commits to four-year deal

Marcel Kittel, pro cyclist with caffeinated hair, coming in the 2015 racing season

Originally shared by +PRO CYCLING WORLDTOUR

Report: Alpecin announced as new sponsor for Giant-Shimano – German shampoo brand commits to four-year deal

According to a report in Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, Giant-Shimano has secured a four-year sponsorship deal with the German cosmetics and shampoo company Alpecin. From 2015 the WorldTour outfit will be known as Team Giant-Alpecin with the women's team to be known as Liv-Plantur.
There is a strong possibility that the teams' registration will be transferred from the Netherlands to German. However Iwan Spekenbrink and Shimano are expected to continue to own the team and the WorldTour licence.
The arrival of a major German sponsor is a sign of growing interest in professional cycling in Germany after the Jan Ullrich, Team Telekom and wider doping scandals of the last decade. De Telegraaf also reported that the German television network ARD could resume live coverage of the Tour de France in part due to the success of the team’s sprinter Marcel Kittel who has won eight stages in the last two editions of the French Grand Tour. The organisers of the Tour, ASO, have also been approached about a German Grand Départ within the next four years, with Berlin the most likely location.
Alpecin is manufacturer of a boutique shampoo which contains caffeine to reportedly stimulate hair growth at the roots and have annual turnover of over EUR 200 million. Alpecin's products are available in more than forty countries and is said to be looking to expand its presence in Asia.
The company has been involved with cycling previously having been associated with Jan Ullrich while its slogan for its product was 'Doping for the hair'. However the choice of sponsoring the Giant team was in part decided by the strict anti-doping policy enforced by team manager Iwan Spekenbrink.
The announcement of a new long term sponsor for the team ends a period of financial instability that begun with the announcement that Argos was withdrawing its sponsorship of the team at the end of 2013. An American charity was said to be ready to commit to the team before pulling the plug. Bike sponsor Giant became the principal backer for 2014, helping to save the team.
According to De Telegraaf, Spekenbrink was also in talks with multi-national company 3M concerning sponsorship. 3M has sponsored a small Belgian Continental team for two years and is apparently interested in increasing its involvement in the sport.

Via http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/report-alpecin-announced-as-new-sponsor-for-giant-shimano

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