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So, I got to talk about it with my sister after she came home last night, and she told me that the doctor had assured her that what she suffered yesterday was not a pulmonary embolism, and that that won't be a side effect of her fibrosis; though she still might have one, it's not going to be a direct result from the fibrosis. The doctor did tell her that if it had been anyone else, she would have sent her to the hospital, sighs. But she prescribed her some meds, which she hasn't filled, and told her to call over the weekend if anything happens. She's going to get a CT scan now if I have to sell a kidney, which realistically might be the only way we can pay for it, sighs.

Anyhoo, for brighter news, I did get my copy of Mass Effect 2 yesterday, yay! And played, and played and played. I don't think it's the greatest game ever; they improved a lot from the first game, like getting rid of that stupid ass land rover, the Mako, hallelujah! But they've also gotten rid of the inventory system, and made it impossible to shoot crates--you need to use a biotic power, which means taking control of another character if you yourself don't have biotic powers... Just, sighs.

Okay, I'm a twelve year old because the most fun I had was playing around in my captain's cabin in my brand spankin' new spaceship. I liked watching my fish in the aquarium and feeding 'em, I liked playing with my musical choices (hm, insistent techno, urgent techno or pounding techno? By the way, why no ambient? I'm trying to relax, aren't I? Where's my future-Yanni?!) And, of course, flushing my future-toilet. Oh, and the funny glossy 8x10 of Kaidan (the character who I knocked boots with in the first game) on my desk, ahaha! I don't think it was meant to be funny, but it was so win!

They changed the POV, though, so it's more overt the shoulder, which I know people who are used to FPS love, but I just don't care for. It feels like I'm trying to maneuver a tank, not make a person walk and talk and forget trying to run with my gun drawn, oy!

So, not awful. And, keep in mind, these are similar complaints to what I thought of Dragon Age: Origins when I first started playing, and I ended up loving that game. All in all though ME2 feels rather like the sequel I strain to like just because I want to find out what happens next.

Today is the first day I've started to feel better, thank God! Still trying not to overdo anything, but hopefully this is the tail end of the flu now!

peace, Ghani
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So, today I got the rare pleasure of watching my sister do one of her book presentations. A little background: every fall, the library district hires an author to come do a tour of the county's schools. Well, it was decided that not only was it awesome promotion for the book and for holocaust awareness in historical fiction, but pretty darned good for the library too to hire Ann on this fall. Now, most of her appearances are in schools but today she was doing a presentation for adults and asked me along. She was excellent; she really has the whole presentation down and when she reads from her book, it's really emotionally touching, even for someone who's been reading it since the rough draft nearly four years ago. I also got to meet all of her coworkers, which is always an interesting experience because I hear so much about them. I even raised a hand and asked a question just to try to encourage others.

I dunno, I guess I thought it might be weird, and it made Ann a bit nervous to have me there at first, but it felt very natural once she'd gotten going.

All in all, very lovely day. I got to see my sister in super-professional author mode and hear her marvelous presentation! Win!

Peace, Ghani
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Amazingly, we've kind of retained this height ratio! xD

Peace, Ghani
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But, being a sibling, my first instinct was to post 'em, hee! Never tell me not to post something on my blog before it's even occurred to me! So, without further ado, here's my sister teacher her ASL class at the library (where she works):

I love that the letter 'T' looks fairly obscene and that she's so hyper about the 'U'!

Peace, Ghani
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So, today my sister was unofficially diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, the official diagnosis will come soon when she sees a specialist but our doctor's certain. Which is what we were scared about. In short, the scar tissue in her lungs is building up in such a way that it's restricting her air passages; it's treatable, but not reversible, so the question is how quickly is it advancing? Once we determine that, we'll know how she's going to be treated. This will all lead to a lung transplant in what I hope ends up being the far future, but she's just always been so sick.

So just... pray for her, if you can spare a thought.
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The bad news with my sister: she's got bronchitis. This takes her one more step towards a collapsed lung like she had when she was young and the eventuality of a lung transplant. My concerns, however, are immediate as her breathing, her "breath flow," is only a third of what is normal and she's been waking up gasping and not being able to getting even that in her lungs. My doctor told her she should rightly be in the hospital on an oxygen machine, which is of course how I last saw my father, so you can understand my concern. This is bad news, she's destroyed even more of what was already a sick and defunct system inside of her; she'll get better but it all goes towards future troubles. Sigh.

Peace Ghani
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This past Sunday, my sister was featured in The Gainesville Sun. You can find the article(along with a very nice picture) here.

Admittedly, we had a bit of a giggle about the way it was written, just because it sounded like a piece of, well, press and not necessarily like Ann. But cool nonetheless!

Peace, Ghani
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Happy Birthday Peter!


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Peace, Ghani

Hurrah!

Dec. 17th, 2007 04:10 pm
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T4 has a cover! Clicky on the tumbnails as usual.

This was the initial cover concept:






And the final image (though they spelled Ann's name wrong, they're fixing that):






There are some things she's not crazy about, like the fact that the Black Forest in winter now looks like a corn field or a tropical jungle with those leaves surrounding Paula. Also that it doesn't say, 'A Novel in Verse' anymore. Darkening the color on the hands (which were initially Ann's idea!) seemed a bad choice but I think it'll look different when printed out.

I absolutely adore the logo drawn as a swastika; we were worried at first because, well, you can't really tell the title, but someone in a meeting said they didn't know what "T4" was anyway and that was the end of that! XD

Peace, Ghani
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So, tomorrow is the third anniversary of my father's passing. As many of you know, it was a little more difficult than with my mother's (three years this past August) as she went suddenly and Dad, well, we had to make the decision.

In no way is the decision ever easy; the doctors are very candid with you about what will happen and all illusions of a peaceful drifting away as the monitors flatline are totally shattered. We know what our dad wanted and we made the decision really quickly (which surprised the doctors because there are three of us and usually at least one member of the family dithers) and we waited. He--and we--were blessed with the fact that it only took one day.

Me and Dad, we had some hard times together. I mean, really, really difficult times between the two of us, like beyond the telling of it, as many of you know. But I was also extremely close with him, and I loved him and I miss him so fiercely.

How to Save a Life lyrics )

Peace, Ghani
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Yesterday started out nicely: Ann picked uo her e-card before I got up, I gave her her present (all three of the Psycho sequels on two DVDs, a bargain at $13) and she was over the moon about it, especially 'cos Psycho IV is extremely hard to find closed captioned or no. Next we got Falafel King and sat to eat a yummy birthday lunch. I made her a cake, special ingredient love natch ;-), and was letting it cool as we sat down to watch Psycho IV. Sounds downright idillic so far, don't it?

We got about ten minutes into the movie when Ann noticed her little doggy Basho was peeing blood. Worried, we rushed him to the emergency pet care center--which didn't open until about two hours from when we got there, so we drove all the way across town to our usual pet clinic. There followed four--I repeat four--hours of waiting and worrying while they performed every test they could. They were super, super nice and kept us abreast of everything, but it dragged on and on and on all thw while with us terrified it was going to be a kidney stone.

Well, prognosis: He has a UTI but stones don't always show up on x-ray and there were crystals that are consistent with stones in his pee. So our very, very kind doctor, Dr. Blair, sent out his blood work and urine to a lab to see what results they get, and we're waiting to hear in about a week.

My sister was an absolute wreck. I truly hope her dogs are immortal because she is going to fall apart when one of them, er, sheds this mortal coil and becomes an ex-dog.

So, we limped home tiredly, I frosted her cake and we both ate a piece while watching Dancing with the Stars and then I kept fell asleep during the premiere of Heroes which I got ticked off about, not at that show but at FOX for putting new season fave K-Ville against it and mourning that the latter will only last for about three more eps if they keep it in this time slot.

Le sigh. Ghani
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Well, today is the day. Three years to the day, to be exact, that my mom passes away. I've said most that needed to be said, and some stuff that never did, and there's only ever one thing that should be repeated: I miss her. Like a fist in my chest clutching around my heart, like a big old hole in my life. We had a rocky past, but in the last few years of her life, we were so close.

I lost my best friend, and I learned that life can throw things at you in the blink of an eye; everything can change.

'Who Knew' lyrics by Pink )

Peace, Ghani
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I WANTED TO BE:

At Dukes Fest 07. We were watching coverage on CMT (yes, we were watching CMT, which is like a whole 'nother planet, but that's what made it fascinating. And, yes, John Schneider is still highly, highly fuckable.)

I WANTED TO CRY BECAUSE:

Because a storm fried my computey. I was wise enough to turn off my laptop but totally forgot about the family computer and, well, we had a huge surge from a nearby lightning strike. (So apologies to all for my very short answers as of late and absence of e-mails.) I getting most of it up and working, though it looks like my DVD burner was a casualty, which also means that...

I WANTED TO HIT MY HEAD AGAINST THE WALL REPEATEDLY BECAUSE:

I can't burn the new Doctor Who episode, along with the Confidential, and watch it in the den like I do every week.

I WANTED TO JUMP FOR JOY BECAUSE:

Ghost Rider Director's Cut comes out tomorrow, squee! Even though I can't buy it (though I do have it and the extra disc in my Netflix queue) tomorrow because...

I WANTED TO POUT BECAUSE:

Even though we have that $12,000 coming in, we are completely penniless right now. Been here, done it, it will be very nice to to have to worry like this anymore, I'll tell ya.

I WANTED TO LAUGH HYSTERICALLY BECAUSE:

My sister told me to pause an episode of Dukes of Hazzard because they were shirtless and, and I quote, 'Even I like that. That's saying a lot!'

I WANTED TO HUG:

[livejournal.com profile] may_child, 'cos she's my best friend, one of the sweetest, most generous and funny people I have met and she's having a really tough time!

I WANTED TO SHAG:

Well, you know the list, but this particular weekend was Garrett Hedlund because I got an awesome copy of Georgia Rule, which grew on me, and he's finger lickin' good in it.

I WANTED TO CHEER BECAUSE:

I got 70 pages of my original novel done. In three days. I think I might actually get this one into a workable manuscript! Sadly, that means no time for my fanfics, Supernatural chapter 1, Ghost Rider Chapter 8, X-Men 3 alternate chapter 3, all of which are vying for my attention as well, but I'm remaining focused, determined to!

Peace, Ghani
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So, my sister had a consultation this afternoon at the specialists and the news is not great.

They gave her oestrogen and told her that she should have been on that right when she was diagnosed. They're hoping that's going to shrink it, but they're not overly optimistic as most women who have reoccurring cases end up having hysterectomies. The tumor is growing quikcer than expected and has hooked onto her intestine, which is bad. Whether or not she's healthy enough for that is a whole other discussion, and the best course of action would be that new type of radiation, but that would cost us upwards of $40,000, which we don't have, obviously. So, for now we wait and see, and Ann tries like the dickens not to lose her medicare, plus they want her seeing the pulmonologist because her lungs sound terrible and that'll be a factor as to whether she's healthy enough for surgery. Oy vey. Life sucks sometimes.

Peace, Ghani
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Edward Harrison LeZotte
1937-2004


Seems like it was yesterday when I saw your face
You told me how proud you were, but I walked away
If only I knew what I know today

I would hold you in my arms
I would take the pain away
Thank you for all you've done

Forgive all your mistakes
There's nothing I wouldn't do
To hear your voice again
Sometimes I wanna call you
But I know you won't be there

I'm sorry for blaming you
For everything I just couldn't do
And I've hurt myself by hurting you

Some days I feel broke inside but I won't admit
Sometimes I just wanna hide 'cause it's you I miss
And it's so hard to say goodbye
When it comes to this

Would you tell me I was wrong?
Would you help me understand?
Are you looking down upon me?
Are you proud of who I am?

There's nothing I wouldn't do
To have just one more chance
To look into your eyes
And see you looking back

Ohh I'm sorry for blaming you
For everything I just couldn't do
And I've hurt myself

If I had just one more day
I would tell you how much that I've missed you
Since you've been away
It's dangerous
It's so out of line
To try and turn back time

I'm sorry for blaming you
For everything I just couldn't do
And I've hurt myself by hurting you
-Christina Aguilera


For more lyrics )

Peace, Ghani
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Well, my sister just came back from her follow-up appointment concerning the growth in her uterus. It's a fibroid tumor, it's benign, but it's growing in such a way that, if left the way it is, it will hook onto her intestine if it's not treated. The doctors agreed that surgery would probably do more damage than good in her already poor health, so she's going to start radiation therapy soon after the New Year- good news that she didn't have to start it right away, but still...

Peace, Ghani
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1. What is your nearest lake or river?

Lake Alice on the Lake Alice Wildlife preserve right here in town near the university.

2. Do you believe in heaven?

Yes and no.

3. What's your lucky number?

13

4. Ever know anyone who appeared on a game show?

My dad as a matter of fact! On The Match Game in either '63 or '64. His partner was Betty White.

5. Charades: good times or lame?

Gosh, I haven't played in the longest time but I do remember being the only one who ever actually enjoyed it. I try not to think of anything as being lame because then you get the attitude and ruin other people's fun.

Peace, Ghani
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Ah the wonders of digital camera! It means I can bring you, gentle reader, up to the minute photos. Here's some Halloween fun from last night...

On to costumes, candy and... madness! Mwahahaha! )

Peace, Ghani
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Was a nice day, very low key. My sister's been feeling especially lousy lately, so I was determined to make it the best day I could. She worked on her book this morning and early afternoon- she's had a breakthrough and it's really shaping up. It came to her yesterday to write her children's novel as freeform poetry instead of fiction prose, which she's been having real difficulty trying to work with. She asked me to proof it and just reading her 40-some-odd unfinished pages, I was sucked in immediately!

We headed on over to TGIFriday's afterwards, which gave me a bit of a stomach bug when I went last week but was good today. After that, we stopped by the supermarket for a cake mix and I whipped her up a lurvely birthday cake (understand how exceptional this is: I baked! I was in the kitchen baking. And it wasn't a total disaster! Yay! It's a little, um, heavy because I accidentally put too much water in, but it tastes good!

We were going to watch Manhattan Murder Mystery (rules of a birthday in my household: Who so-ever was born that day, doth the movie they chose to play XD) but her tape was wrecked (boo!), so we ended up watching The Core- yay! Aaron Eckhart goodness! We both have been wanting to see Aaron in something else since being introduced to him in The Black Dahlia and this was a yummy choice! 'Ooh, shirtless scene!' I announced lously and happily. We both looked. "Don't you just want to touch him?" she asked after staring for a minute. "Even I do!" (Not my sister's sexual preference but, DAMN, the man is just that hot!)

Bed now and, hopefully, onwards to dreams of Mr. Eckhart, shirt -and pants- optional! Hee! ;-)

Peace, Ghani

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