Due to circumstances outside of my control (I mean, I'm *good*, but even I can't control the weather!), I remain at home and NOT sipping hot chocolate by a warm, wood burning stove on the outskirts of one of our Islands here in Puget Sound. And I am bummed. I have been *bummed* all day. So, in the spirit of *bummed*, I have done NOTHING, but bum around. Well, that and waiting for the high wind gusts to knock out my power as usual.
So far, the electricity has stayed on all afternoon and evening and it appears the wind gusts are dying down. Our local 520 floating bridge (which "natives" often refer to as the "520 car wash" when the winds pick up) managed to stay open all day, even with a few wind gusts over 50mph (It is mandated to close for traffic if wind speeds reach a sustained 50mph or above for 15 consecutive minutes). I have cranked up my heat in the hut to a toasty 72 degrees...waiting...I have electric heat, so it is always best to *preheat* if there's a chance the power is going to go down.
I have also, for some strange reason, not felt "myself" (minds out of the gutter here, I'm NOT talking literally!) today. Periodic episodes of dizzy have been plaguing my existence throughout the afternoon and evening. Of all the transient MS symptoms I have, DIZZY is my worst enemy. Because with dizzy, I often feel twinges of nausea...and believe me, if there is ONE thing I will sell a kidney in an effort to avoid, that is up-chucking nausea. I can manage pain, paralysis, numbness, and all other MS symptoms with a tiny bit of grace...but give me dizzy/nausea, and I whimper like a baby and cry like a school girl. I honestly humbly bow to those on prolonged cancer treatments who deal with nausea daily for weeks or months at a time!
I've also begun to notice a return of some minor/lesser MS symptoms that are no more than an annoyance, but coupled together, DO make me irritable (like I NEED an excuse to be irritable?!?). My toes and the bottom balls of my feet have felt fire-ish and somewhat painful as well as what feels like the beginnings of muscle cramps in my calves. I earlier had those annoying facial tremors in my chin and also have an ache in the left side of my neck, which travels down my left shoulder and into my arm. It's that "nerve-y anxious discomfort pain"...the kind that is hard to describe, but so easily identified from past experience with it. I suppose with all of these minor body inconveniences, it has probably been for the best I did NOT travel away from the confines of the hut for now.
And on a complete loosely related note, I received word of yet ANOTHER MS blogger new to the blogging world at Life In The Slow Lane ...added to the stack of blogger links over there on the left side bar. It goes without saying, welcome, Nickie! But I'm so sorry about the ride...
I finally just had to give up the ghost and mark ALL of my GoogleReader blog links as *read*. I'm sorry. I've not been avoiding you or your blogs. I just got behind about 75 blog posts and felt too overwhelmed to catch up. With one click of a button, I am no longer haunted by unread blogger posts and can pretend all is well in my world. I WILL try to get caught up on reading all y'all's blogs again soon...I think this is just part of my *bummed* persona that has been brewing all week.
Time for me to stick my fiery toes under my sheets and get some shut eye. We're expecting snow tomorrow and I want to be well rested for THAT drama! Snow in Seattle is *almost* as big news as the recent snow in the south...almost...