rinnia: (blood)
I now present to you two true, oddly similar tales of knives, ER visits, and blood. Warning: I'm not joking about the blood. You've been waaaaarned. )

And that is how Jaime came to have five stitches in his hand and a soon-to-be-scar that matches my mom's. Oh, life. So full of mystery and wonder. You saucy minx.

Since I'm here anyway, I'll throw out a couple things I've been meaning to link to but didn't feel like writing an entire post about:

I'm actually into an RPS ship. I know, I know! I'm not sure how it happened either. Anyway, it's... ahem... Kris/Adam, and I need, I say, need to throw a couple recs out there:

More Myself with You - the oddly plausible epic that made me upgrade from "toying with the idea" to "full-fledged shipper"
The Devilstone Registry - the steampunk-y AU that you really don't need to know the fandom to enjoy
If It Kills Me - the non-AU fic that unexpectedly leapt into one of my favorite genres (spoiler: survival, omg YES)

As a complete 180 from all that, I also need to rec Marble Hornets for being well-made and esoteric and creepy as fuck. Go to the wiki's list of the entries and scroll down immediately to the suggested viewing order. Don't read any summaries or anything - just watch the videos in that order. It will destroy you. Fair warning: I am not joking about the creepy as fuck part. It is NOT for the meek. Don't blame me for any resulting nightmares or paranoia.

On that note, I think I'll go read fluff and try to get some sleep before my (AUGH) meeting tomorrow morning. Wish me luck, folks.
rinnia: (blood)
I now present to you two true, oddly similar tales of knives, ER visits, and blood. Warning: I'm not joking about the blood. You've been waaaaarned. )

And that is how Jaime came to have five stitches in his hand and a soon-to-be-scar that matches my mom's. Oh, life. So full of mystery and wonder. You saucy minx.

Since I'm here anyway, I'll throw out a couple things I've been meaning to link to but didn't feel like writing an entire post about:

I'm actually into an RPS ship. I know, I know! I'm not sure how it happened either. Anyway, it's... ahem... Kris/Adam, and I need, I say, need to throw a couple recs out there:

More Myself with You - the oddly plausible epic that made me upgrade from "toying with the idea" to "full-fledged shipper"
The Devilstone Registry - the steampunk-y AU that you really don't need to know the fandom to enjoy
If It Kills Me - the non-AU fic that unexpectedly leapt into one of my favorite genres (spoiler: survival, omg YES)

As a complete 180 from all that, I also need to rec Marble Hornets for being well-made and esoteric and creepy as fuck. Go to the wiki's list of the entries and scroll down immediately to the suggested viewing order. Don't read any summaries or anything - just watch the videos in that order. It will destroy you. Fair warning: I am not joking about the creepy as fuck part. It is NOT for the meek. Don't blame me for any resulting nightmares or paranoia.

On that note, I think I'll go read fluff and try to get some sleep before my (AUGH) meeting tomorrow morning. Wish me luck, folks.

Outrage!

Feb. 12th, 2010 11:10 am
rinnia: (glare)
Jaime's in limbo for scans, and we all know what that means. Time for me to ruminate on the latest installments of things I like and why they suck now!

... Okay, that's a bit harsh. Not all of them suck now.

Anyway, Smashing Pumpkins! This whole "reunion" is kind of bullshit no matter what, and Zeitgeist isn't anywhere near as good as the original stuff (this coming from a girl who thinks "Adore" is their best CD, no less). I have to say, though, that the American Gothic EP was a pleasant surprise. It's good. It's really good. The Rose March in particular is epic, but the whole thing is 17 packed minutes of great music. That combined with Song for a Son really got my hopes up. I was skeptical about this whole Teargarden idea, but... yeah... the first track is excellent. Like, on par with some of their older stuff for me. Then came Widow Wake My Mind.

Ugh. Back to Earth. It's not that it's a bad song, because it's not. It's just that it's... not... good. Specifically, the song structure is too repetitive, the vocals are just annoying, and the drumming, while proficient, is boring. Jimmy's gone, and even if I hadn't known that beforehand, I would've been able to tell. It's that dull. I'm sure the new kid is a fantastic drummer on his own, and he's no slouch within the Pumpkins (if you can even still call the band that when it's more like "Billy Corgan and the Ego Trips"), but there's no there there. It's like he's stymied by his own accomplishment - like being recruited into the band has robbed him of the balls to insert any personality into his drumming. He drums rhythms, and that's about it. Of course, this is only one song. It's highly possible that the next one will blow everything out of the water, and my faith will be restored. I'm not counting on it, but it's a possibility. We'll see.

On the plus side, Rock Band and SP forums lead to Jaime's and my discovery of Silversun Pickups a while ago, and I'm obsessed. Now that is some fantastic music. All of it's good, but I'd especially recommend the acoustic set that's floating around. Rusted Wheel acoustic is fucking amazing.

Mighty Boosh! It's hard to be my favorite show - there's a lot of love, but a lot of expectations. The Future Sailors tour did not live up. Much like with Widow Wake My Mind above, it's not that it's bad. I liked it a lot when I first saw it, actually. It's that it's so much less than it should be; it's so far below par that it's, well, not funny. Rewatching it, I noticed just how little of a story there is. Compare that to the first show, where there were plenty of humorous asides and fake theater mishaps, but they almost all occurred within the framework of the plot. Future Sailors, on the other hand, only has a plot for half of the second act. That's it. That's the best part of the show, actually. Vince is still too mean to Howard for my tastes, but at least it's funny. Before Sunflash shows up, it's downright hilarious. Sunflash is also pretty funny, for that matter. I can approve of his addition. What I'm more bothered by is how the first act pretty much consists of milking laughs from the audience based purely on character recognition.

I hate it when entertainment becomes self-aware. It's like when the Project Runway designers applauded Tim Gunn saying "Make it work!" at the start of... the fifth season, I think. Jaime and I winced. The charm is in observing characters you love doing the things they do, not in said characters feeding you what you want to see with a wink and a nudge. Yes, Tony Harrison always declared things an outrage, but it was never a non-sequitur exclamation. When he's saying it because he knows it'll make you laugh, it's not funny anymore. Bob Fossil teaching the audience dance moves was amusing, but was it amusing because he was teaching the audience or because we were watching him dance? How much funnier could it have been if there'd been a reason he was dancing outside of "because that's what Fossil does"? This is where creativity comes in. I know they're capable of crafting amusing plots - the series and the previous live show prove it. This iteration was just lazy, and frankly? I expected better. I'm a little concerned that, based on the lack of activity and the lack of creativity when active lately, the Boosh is dead. I hope I'm wrong. I don't think I am, but I hope.

No More Heroes! First off, NMH2 does not suck. It's not the incredible-improvement-in-virtually-every-aspect sequel that many media outlets seem to think it is, but it is a fantastic game. No lj-cut - I'm going to keep this mostly spoiler-free.

The first big difference you notice is the graphics. Stylistically, they're close to the previous game, but they're both more detailed and cleaner. The palette in this game is breath-taking - lots of deep, heavy tones without feeling too shadowy or muddy. The battle graphics in particular are just about perfect. When fighting, the enemies get thrown around and slashed with glowing streaks in alarmingly pleasant ways. It's a violent visual feast. No complaints there. The cast is pretty strong, too. A lot of familiar faces show up, including a couple that really caught me off guard and a couple others that are playable, and the new assassins as a whole are just as appealing and uniquely psychotic as their predecessors. My only real complaint about the cast is that I would've liked to have seen a couple of them reappear at multiple points in the game instead of the standalone instances they showed up. Not a big problem, really. Just a nitpick.

Nah, the big problem is actually the thing that all the reviewers seem to love - the lack of an overworld. Gone are the long sessions of biking or hoofing about town, trying to find just where your job/mission is while kicking dumpsters and collecting Lovikov balls on the way. Lots of people seem to consider the previous world map nothing more than a time-consuming nuisance and find the new system of simply selecting where you'd like to go and appearing there stream-lined to perfection. I don't. I think the new system is just not fun. Having to drive to a job every time you'd like to try it was annoying, true, but a big chunk of the first game's charm was tooling around on your ridiculous motorcycle and exploring Santa Destroy. We liked randomly hitting pedestrians and stumbling across new shirts. Was it necessary? Nah, but it was fun! I can't really complain about adding the ability to teleport straight to missions, but couldn't they have given the option to ride around town if you want to? It doesn't have to be a requirement, and in fact the game is probably better without it being one, but I maintain that having it as an option would've been nice.

And no matter how fun the new mini-games are, I will never forgive them for subjecting my perfectionist mind to the Strength Training. Talk about a challenge. I kept at it until I beat them all, and in retrospect, it really didn't take me too many tries, but in the moment? So frustrating! Fat Jeane is nothing but love, though. Kitty exercising! :D

Persona 4! Okay, so there's nothing new there. I just wish there was. In the spirit of P3P and all the new features they added to that, I'd like to present "What I want to see in a P4 remake":
- Picking the gender of the MC. Natch.
- Dating both genders. It's been too long since Tatsuya and Jun. That level of freedom needs to return.
- Matchmaking. I know plenty of people wanted to see Kanji and Naoto hook up, and I personally would like to nudge Chie and Yukiko towards a different sort of close relationship. Didn't you ever play matchmaker for your friends in high school? It just makes sense.
- Changeable battle outfits. Surely Yosuke could hide some stuff in a breakroom for you guys to grab before heading into the TV. I want maid costumes for the girls and the boys!
- More missions! Am I the only person who adores those things? They're just too few and far between.
- Variable main plot conversations. It would be great if there were little changes here and there to reflect your social link status with people. Think the random conversations in empty dungeon rooms, but scattered throughout main plot scenes.
- Hmmm... I'm blanking... well, if I think of more later, I'll throw 'em on.

Still twenty minutes until I can expect Jaime back, and then he has to start drinking contrast and we wait until his next scan at 2:30. Sigh. Distractions, distractions...

Dream at Tempo 119 is like the most bitchin' song ever. <3

Outrage!

Feb. 12th, 2010 11:10 am
rinnia: (glare)
Jaime's in limbo for scans, and we all know what that means. Time for me to ruminate on the latest installments of things I like and why they suck now!

... Okay, that's a bit harsh. Not all of them suck now.

Anyway, Smashing Pumpkins! This whole "reunion" is kind of bullshit no matter what, and Zeitgeist isn't anywhere near as good as the original stuff (this coming from a girl who thinks "Adore" is their best CD, no less). I have to say, though, that the American Gothic EP was a pleasant surprise. It's good. It's really good. The Rose March in particular is epic, but the whole thing is 17 packed minutes of great music. That combined with Song for a Son really got my hopes up. I was skeptical about this whole Teargarden idea, but... yeah... the first track is excellent. Like, on par with some of their older stuff for me. Then came Widow Wake My Mind.

Ugh. Back to Earth. It's not that it's a bad song, because it's not. It's just that it's... not... good. Specifically, the song structure is too repetitive, the vocals are just annoying, and the drumming, while proficient, is boring. Jimmy's gone, and even if I hadn't known that beforehand, I would've been able to tell. It's that dull. I'm sure the new kid is a fantastic drummer on his own, and he's no slouch within the Pumpkins (if you can even still call the band that when it's more like "Billy Corgan and the Ego Trips"), but there's no there there. It's like he's stymied by his own accomplishment - like being recruited into the band has robbed him of the balls to insert any personality into his drumming. He drums rhythms, and that's about it. Of course, this is only one song. It's highly possible that the next one will blow everything out of the water, and my faith will be restored. I'm not counting on it, but it's a possibility. We'll see.

On the plus side, Rock Band and SP forums lead to Jaime's and my discovery of Silversun Pickups a while ago, and I'm obsessed. Now that is some fantastic music. All of it's good, but I'd especially recommend the acoustic set that's floating around. Rusted Wheel acoustic is fucking amazing.

Mighty Boosh! It's hard to be my favorite show - there's a lot of love, but a lot of expectations. The Future Sailors tour did not live up. Much like with Widow Wake My Mind above, it's not that it's bad. I liked it a lot when I first saw it, actually. It's that it's so much less than it should be; it's so far below par that it's, well, not funny. Rewatching it, I noticed just how little of a story there is. Compare that to the first show, where there were plenty of humorous asides and fake theater mishaps, but they almost all occurred within the framework of the plot. Future Sailors, on the other hand, only has a plot for half of the second act. That's it. That's the best part of the show, actually. Vince is still too mean to Howard for my tastes, but at least it's funny. Before Sunflash shows up, it's downright hilarious. Sunflash is also pretty funny, for that matter. I can approve of his addition. What I'm more bothered by is how the first act pretty much consists of milking laughs from the audience based purely on character recognition.

I hate it when entertainment becomes self-aware. It's like when the Project Runway designers applauded Tim Gunn saying "Make it work!" at the start of... the fifth season, I think. Jaime and I winced. The charm is in observing characters you love doing the things they do, not in said characters feeding you what you want to see with a wink and a nudge. Yes, Tony Harrison always declared things an outrage, but it was never a non-sequitur exclamation. When he's saying it because he knows it'll make you laugh, it's not funny anymore. Bob Fossil teaching the audience dance moves was amusing, but was it amusing because he was teaching the audience or because we were watching him dance? How much funnier could it have been if there'd been a reason he was dancing outside of "because that's what Fossil does"? This is where creativity comes in. I know they're capable of crafting amusing plots - the series and the previous live show prove it. This iteration was just lazy, and frankly? I expected better. I'm a little concerned that, based on the lack of activity and the lack of creativity when active lately, the Boosh is dead. I hope I'm wrong. I don't think I am, but I hope.

No More Heroes! First off, NMH2 does not suck. It's not the incredible-improvement-in-virtually-every-aspect sequel that many media outlets seem to think it is, but it is a fantastic game. No lj-cut - I'm going to keep this mostly spoiler-free.

The first big difference you notice is the graphics. Stylistically, they're close to the previous game, but they're both more detailed and cleaner. The palette in this game is breath-taking - lots of deep, heavy tones without feeling too shadowy or muddy. The battle graphics in particular are just about perfect. When fighting, the enemies get thrown around and slashed with glowing streaks in alarmingly pleasant ways. It's a violent visual feast. No complaints there. The cast is pretty strong, too. A lot of familiar faces show up, including a couple that really caught me off guard and a couple others that are playable, and the new assassins as a whole are just as appealing and uniquely psychotic as their predecessors. My only real complaint about the cast is that I would've liked to have seen a couple of them reappear at multiple points in the game instead of the standalone instances they showed up. Not a big problem, really. Just a nitpick.

Nah, the big problem is actually the thing that all the reviewers seem to love - the lack of an overworld. Gone are the long sessions of biking or hoofing about town, trying to find just where your job/mission is while kicking dumpsters and collecting Lovikov balls on the way. Lots of people seem to consider the previous world map nothing more than a time-consuming nuisance and find the new system of simply selecting where you'd like to go and appearing there stream-lined to perfection. I don't. I think the new system is just not fun. Having to drive to a job every time you'd like to try it was annoying, true, but a big chunk of the first game's charm was tooling around on your ridiculous motorcycle and exploring Santa Destroy. We liked randomly hitting pedestrians and stumbling across new shirts. Was it necessary? Nah, but it was fun! I can't really complain about adding the ability to teleport straight to missions, but couldn't they have given the option to ride around town if you want to? It doesn't have to be a requirement, and in fact the game is probably better without it being one, but I maintain that having it as an option would've been nice.

And no matter how fun the new mini-games are, I will never forgive them for subjecting my perfectionist mind to the Strength Training. Talk about a challenge. I kept at it until I beat them all, and in retrospect, it really didn't take me too many tries, but in the moment? So frustrating! Fat Jeane is nothing but love, though. Kitty exercising! :D

Persona 4! Okay, so there's nothing new there. I just wish there was. In the spirit of P3P and all the new features they added to that, I'd like to present "What I want to see in a P4 remake":
- Picking the gender of the MC. Natch.
- Dating both genders. It's been too long since Tatsuya and Jun. That level of freedom needs to return.
- Matchmaking. I know plenty of people wanted to see Kanji and Naoto hook up, and I personally would like to nudge Chie and Yukiko towards a different sort of close relationship. Didn't you ever play matchmaker for your friends in high school? It just makes sense.
- Changeable battle outfits. Surely Yosuke could hide some stuff in a breakroom for you guys to grab before heading into the TV. I want maid costumes for the girls and the boys!
- More missions! Am I the only person who adores those things? They're just too few and far between.
- Variable main plot conversations. It would be great if there were little changes here and there to reflect your social link status with people. Think the random conversations in empty dungeon rooms, but scattered throughout main plot scenes.
- Hmmm... I'm blanking... well, if I think of more later, I'll throw 'em on.

Still twenty minutes until I can expect Jaime back, and then he has to start drinking contrast and we wait until his next scan at 2:30. Sigh. Distractions, distractions...

Dream at Tempo 119 is like the most bitchin' song ever. <3
rinnia: (insomnia)
18th - PET scan at Moffitt, as Jaime's latest CT scan showed an enlarged lymph node in his neck.
19th - my grandfather's funeral, which I can't attend, because it's being held in Tennessee, where he spent the past two years with his new wife, instead of Florida, where his wife of 47 years is buried.
20th - orientation and class registration. After that's done, I need to send my schedule to my dad so he can maybe get me dental insurance for a month and I can get whatever's painfully wrong with my molar fixed, fill out the form to get my UF health insurance, and try not to freak out about not being as knowledgeable as I feel I should be to start research work.

Huh. Wonder why I can't sleep?
rinnia: (insomnia)
18th - PET scan at Moffitt, as Jaime's latest CT scan showed an enlarged lymph node in his neck.
19th - my grandfather's funeral, which I can't attend, because it's being held in Tennessee, where he spent the past two years with his new wife, instead of Florida, where his wife of 47 years is buried.
20th - orientation and class registration. After that's done, I need to send my schedule to my dad so he can maybe get me dental insurance for a month and I can get whatever's painfully wrong with my molar fixed, fill out the form to get my UF health insurance, and try not to freak out about not being as knowledgeable as I feel I should be to start research work.

Huh. Wonder why I can't sleep?
rinnia: (insomnia)
Woke up at 7:30am (after going to bed at 4:30am because sleep and I have a dysfunctional relationship) so Jaime and I could get to Moffitt before 10:30. We were making really good time, too, like half an hour ahead, but then we hit traffic that ended up making us fifteen minutes late. Turned out there had been a horrible wreck - it broke my heart a little bit. A large truck, one that Jaime said looked like the type used for fruit transportation, was lodged deep in a ditch by the side of the road. The cabin was practically non-existent. I don't think there's any way the driver made it out of that alive. The odd feeling that settled in my stomach at that kind of stuck around the rest of the way to Moffitt. I let go of it eventually, though; I've had plenty of memento mori moments in the past year. Just another one to file away.

Moffitt was astoundingly boring. We were there for a follow-up with the neurology clinic after all of Jaime's January drama. The day started off with an MRI, during which I called my mom and jabbered for an hour. That was nice. I tend to avoid socializing a fair amount, but every once in a while, I get reminded of how pleasant it can be. Anyway, after that we went to the neurology clinic, where we sat for over an hour in the waiting room. I'm not kidding, not exaggerating even a hair. We got to Moffitt for an MRI and what should've been a quick appointment at 10:45am, and we didn't get to leave until 2:15pm. Fucking ridiculous. I forgave them pretty quickly, though. Jaime's MRI came back beautiful. No further appointments necessary. The only ties he has left to this are the scans he has to get every few months. Other than that? Free.

It was in good spirits (and with empty stomachs) that we went to International Plaza after that. That's one of the coolest malls I've ever been in. Got food, wandered around - saw a kind of amazing store packed full of accessories called GLAM that I will ransack once I have an income - would've gotten something done at Sephora if I hadn't been getting tired and Jaime flagging even more, and bounded with my last burst of energy like a giddy child into Lush. My goal? See the mythical Goth Juice, of course! I was even giddy enough to play along and try out their salt and sugar scrub demos. They have a deal going right now where you can put together a little box of hair product samples for $15, and Jaime was kind enough to not only get me that, but also a little hemisphere of solid sugar scrub. So! Now I have a tiny jar of Goth Juice to try out and cuddle and watch Boosh with. Victory!

Speaking of Boosh, I was flitting about YouTube (watching some amazing clips like this one) and got inspired to look for Nathan Barley again. It took me all of five minutes to find the whole series. I'm not sure how I fucked up my searching so bad last time. I found AD/BC as well, which I'm psyched about. Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade musical with Julian Barratt and a tiny bit of Noel Fielding - how can you go wrong?!

Aaaaanyway. After that whole day, we came home and crashed. I woke up just after 11pm. I freaking slept through SYTYCD and The Fashion Show. So, I watched Top Gear until the repeat of TFS came on, then found SYTYCD clips online to catch up. And oh my gosh, was there a lot to catch up on. )

As far as TFS goes, I don't feel like cutting for two sentences, so I'll just say this without spoilers: My favorite made the final four. I know where my vote's going. :D

So since I napped for a couple hours, I couldn't sleep. :\ Hence, this entry! And now, with Placebo in my headphones and my Lush goodies waiting for me to play with them in the morning, I think I might be able to catch a few more hours. Ought to at least try, I suppose.
rinnia: (insomnia)
Woke up at 7:30am (after going to bed at 4:30am because sleep and I have a dysfunctional relationship) so Jaime and I could get to Moffitt before 10:30. We were making really good time, too, like half an hour ahead, but then we hit traffic that ended up making us fifteen minutes late. Turned out there had been a horrible wreck - it broke my heart a little bit. A large truck, one that Jaime said looked like the type used for fruit transportation, was lodged deep in a ditch by the side of the road. The cabin was practically non-existent. I don't think there's any way the driver made it out of that alive. The odd feeling that settled in my stomach at that kind of stuck around the rest of the way to Moffitt. I let go of it eventually, though; I've had plenty of memento mori moments in the past year. Just another one to file away.

Moffitt was astoundingly boring. We were there for a follow-up with the neurology clinic after all of Jaime's January drama. The day started off with an MRI, during which I called my mom and jabbered for an hour. That was nice. I tend to avoid socializing a fair amount, but every once in a while, I get reminded of how pleasant it can be. Anyway, after that we went to the neurology clinic, where we sat for over an hour in the waiting room. I'm not kidding, not exaggerating even a hair. We got to Moffitt for an MRI and what should've been a quick appointment at 10:45am, and we didn't get to leave until 2:15pm. Fucking ridiculous. I forgave them pretty quickly, though. Jaime's MRI came back beautiful. No further appointments necessary. The only ties he has left to this are the scans he has to get every few months. Other than that? Free.

It was in good spirits (and with empty stomachs) that we went to International Plaza after that. That's one of the coolest malls I've ever been in. Got food, wandered around - saw a kind of amazing store packed full of accessories called GLAM that I will ransack once I have an income - would've gotten something done at Sephora if I hadn't been getting tired and Jaime flagging even more, and bounded with my last burst of energy like a giddy child into Lush. My goal? See the mythical Goth Juice, of course! I was even giddy enough to play along and try out their salt and sugar scrub demos. They have a deal going right now where you can put together a little box of hair product samples for $15, and Jaime was kind enough to not only get me that, but also a little hemisphere of solid sugar scrub. So! Now I have a tiny jar of Goth Juice to try out and cuddle and watch Boosh with. Victory!

Speaking of Boosh, I was flitting about YouTube (watching some amazing clips like this one) and got inspired to look for Nathan Barley again. It took me all of five minutes to find the whole series. I'm not sure how I fucked up my searching so bad last time. I found AD/BC as well, which I'm psyched about. Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade musical with Julian Barratt and a tiny bit of Noel Fielding - how can you go wrong?!

Aaaaanyway. After that whole day, we came home and crashed. I woke up just after 11pm. I freaking slept through SYTYCD and The Fashion Show. So, I watched Top Gear until the repeat of TFS came on, then found SYTYCD clips online to catch up. And oh my gosh, was there a lot to catch up on. )

As far as TFS goes, I don't feel like cutting for two sentences, so I'll just say this without spoilers: My favorite made the final four. I know where my vote's going. :D

So since I napped for a couple hours, I couldn't sleep. :\ Hence, this entry! And now, with Placebo in my headphones and my Lush goodies waiting for me to play with them in the morning, I think I might be able to catch a few more hours. Ought to at least try, I suppose.
rinnia: (wince)
Jaime's having surgery tomorrow morning. Granted, it's just a routine port removal, but still; I am a ball of nerves. Urrrrrgh.

Hopefully, once he's port-free and resting at home, I can finally finish up my Top 5's post. And my "Meet Souji's 'Rents!" fic. And then I can start my "P4 Goes to DisneySea" fic.

Not sure why I'm posting now - possibly just because I haven't for a while; probably because I'm so incredibly nervous and it's easier than sleeping right now.

Be back tomorrow.
rinnia: (wince)
Jaime's having surgery tomorrow morning. Granted, it's just a routine port removal, but still; I am a ball of nerves. Urrrrrgh.

Hopefully, once he's port-free and resting at home, I can finally finish up my Top 5's post. And my "Meet Souji's 'Rents!" fic. And then I can start my "P4 Goes to DisneySea" fic.

Not sure why I'm posting now - possibly just because I haven't for a while; probably because I'm so incredibly nervous and it's easier than sleeping right now.

Be back tomorrow.
rinnia: (exhausted)
Back in Port Charlotte! Have been for a little while, but I was exhausted (anxiety on plane -> ambulance -> many EKGs -> delayed return, but at least I know I have a good heart, I guess?) and far too squiggly at seeing Jaime again to steal some LJ time. I've had a cold, too, which doesn't so much help with the wanting-to-be-awake. I fell asleep early last night, though, so here I am now!

To-Do List (Anyone who's not me, feel free to ignore this.) )
rinnia: (exhausted)
Back in Port Charlotte! Have been for a little while, but I was exhausted (anxiety on plane -> ambulance -> many EKGs -> delayed return, but at least I know I have a good heart, I guess?) and far too squiggly at seeing Jaime again to steal some LJ time. I've had a cold, too, which doesn't so much help with the wanting-to-be-awake. I fell asleep early last night, though, so here I am now!

To-Do List (Anyone who's not me, feel free to ignore this.) )
rinnia: (kiss)
Went up to Moffitt this morning for a consultation with the bone marrow transplant people. Sokol didn't think Jaime'd need it, but since Burkitts moves so fast (the doctor we spoke to in the bone marrow clinic said there is no known cancer that grows more quickly than Burkitts Lymphoma. Can we say, "Holy shit"?), he thought it prudent to get to know them just in case and hear their opinion. The basic gist is that there's no clear answer, but they're not recommending BMT right now. It's more likely that he won't relapse than that he will, and though he does have two big risk factors, he's lacking many others. In addition, since Burkitts is really rare, there aren't any studies to support BMT in a patient like Jaime (more on that in a moooooment). According to the doctor we spoke to, the majority of oncologists would say no to BMT in Jaime's case, so that's what we're going with.

Since this is my thousandth livejournal post (and I was really REALLY hoping I'd get to say this for the big 1-0-0-0), let's close things out with a bang, shall we? I mentioned before that there aren't any studies about this stuff in a patient like Jaime. By that, I mean someone who had Burkitts Lymphoma and went into complete remission. That's right.

As of today, 02/25/2009, Jaime is officially in remission!

The smile, it just won't go away! Party, anyone?
rinnia: (kiss)
Went up to Moffitt this morning for a consultation with the bone marrow transplant people. Sokol didn't think Jaime'd need it, but since Burkitts moves so fast (the doctor we spoke to in the bone marrow clinic said there is no known cancer that grows more quickly than Burkitts Lymphoma. Can we say, "Holy shit"?), he thought it prudent to get to know them just in case and hear their opinion. The basic gist is that there's no clear answer, but they're not recommending BMT right now. It's more likely that he won't relapse than that he will, and though he does have two big risk factors, he's lacking many others. In addition, since Burkitts is really rare, there aren't any studies to support BMT in a patient like Jaime (more on that in a moooooment). According to the doctor we spoke to, the majority of oncologists would say no to BMT in Jaime's case, so that's what we're going with.

Since this is my thousandth livejournal post (and I was really REALLY hoping I'd get to say this for the big 1-0-0-0), let's close things out with a bang, shall we? I mentioned before that there aren't any studies about this stuff in a patient like Jaime. By that, I mean someone who had Burkitts Lymphoma and went into complete remission. That's right.

As of today, 02/25/2009, Jaime is officially in remission!

The smile, it just won't go away! Party, anyone?
rinnia: (coy)
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Nope and nope. The only phobias I come close to having are somniphobia (which actually sucks and screws me up sometimes) and coulrophobia (which is waning as I get older and is moderately amusing to me now after the freak-outs). Oh, and earwig phobia. FUCK, I hate that one. Ugggggh.

I'm sitting in a waiting room (have been since around 10am) at Moffitt while Jaime gets his PET scan. Pirates came by and gave me beads. It sucks that we have to visit a cancer center, but I have to say, this place can be pretty awesome sometimes.

Working on Valentine's Day fic for the P4 kink meme. It's turning out longer than I expected. Why can't I ever just write one or two comments worth?

Anything good on the internet today?

Edit: There's an elderly woman crocheting a baby blanket a few feet away from me. She's so FAST. She just tips the hook back and forth, and stitch after stitch appears. I'm in awe. And jealous. Dang.
rinnia: (coy)
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Nope and nope. The only phobias I come close to having are somniphobia (which actually sucks and screws me up sometimes) and coulrophobia (which is waning as I get older and is moderately amusing to me now after the freak-outs). Oh, and earwig phobia. FUCK, I hate that one. Ugggggh.

I'm sitting in a waiting room (have been since around 10am) at Moffitt while Jaime gets his PET scan. Pirates came by and gave me beads. It sucks that we have to visit a cancer center, but I have to say, this place can be pretty awesome sometimes.

Working on Valentine's Day fic for the P4 kink meme. It's turning out longer than I expected. Why can't I ever just write one or two comments worth?

Anything good on the internet today?

Edit: There's an elderly woman crocheting a baby blanket a few feet away from me. She's so FAST. She just tips the hook back and forth, and stitch after stitch appears. I'm in awe. And jealous. Dang.
rinnia: (distance)
Time for more Persona 2: Innocent Sin chatter! Spoilers for the bomb shelter. Contains some bitchin' screenshots and plot speculation. )

That's it for now. Jaime has an appointment at Moffitt this afternoon, so I'll likely be out until well into this evening. Not sure if I'll get any gaming in today. I will try!

... I need Maya userpics. Mawr.
rinnia: (distance)
Time for more Persona 2: Innocent Sin chatter! Spoilers for the bomb shelter. Contains some bitchin' screenshots and plot speculation. )

That's it for now. Jaime has an appointment at Moffitt this afternoon, so I'll likely be out until well into this evening. Not sure if I'll get any gaming in today. I will try!

... I need Maya userpics. Mawr.
rinnia: (thrilled)
WE GET TO GO HOME THIS EVENING.

I'm going to take some goddamn Sudafed and play Persona 4 into the night with Jaime by my side. It will be awesome.

And his CT scan showed no signs of cancer. I love today.
rinnia: (thrilled)
WE GET TO GO HOME THIS EVENING.

I'm going to take some goddamn Sudafed and play Persona 4 into the night with Jaime by my side. It will be awesome.

And his CT scan showed no signs of cancer. I love today.

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