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10/31/06
Fever - gone. Aches - somewhat gone. Headache - mostly gone. Wet, germy cough - mostly gone. Desire to go back to work and be around the old, immuno-compromised folk - not quite gone. I'll enjoy these few days of recuperation.

Best way to get over being sick - retail therapy. I went down to Point Pleasant Beach to find a funky jewelry store that my friend Karen had taken me to, once. Found five stunning necklace/earring sets that called my name. Then I did some antique-store browsing until I was sure I had covered the whole of Bay St. with my germs. Stopped at Monmouth Mall on the way home for a too-short haircut, a beautiful red blouse, two pairs of slacks from the Limited that actually fit well, new slippers and some odds and ends. Next time I'll try to do some holiday shopping for other people.

It's been a year since Jim and I ran into each other (again) and started dating. At least one of us remembered it.

later on 10/30/06
OK, I ate real food. Well, McDonald's. It was good.

Dr. L. told me not to breathe on my patients for another few days (he comes to the nursing home where I work, so he said I probably got it from one of the residents), so I got a doctor's note to stay home tomorrow. I'm not on the schedule til Friday, which is fine. I'm just not allowed to get sick, since I'm now out of sick days. HR said she's going to get to the bottom of the insurance thing since it should never have happened, and she put in a call to corporate to straighten it out. Hopefully it'll be soon, since now I'm looking at the ER, Dr. L., my gyn next week, and the associated prescriptions that I'll have bills for. Joy.

Anyway. Feeling more human today. Maybe it's the prospect of four more days off.

Or maybe I'm still sick - I actually made a dentist appointment today. The woman said, "How long has it been since you were here? You're not in our system." I don't think I've been since I had my root canal, and that was several years before moving home... anyway. I think I have a cavity, there's a weird discoloration on the side of one molar. And I guess they could use a good scraping. I hate that scraping bit. But I'll live.

Unrelated to being sick, I was straightening out my TV cabinet (the one with the VCR, maps, stationary and assorted junk underneath) and found my checks. The ones I lost so I had to order new ones. They must have moved themselves, because they weren't there last time I looked. Also found my old black vinyl Halloween cat ears, now I have something to wear tomorrow. Promise not to cough on the trick-or-treaters.

10/30/06
I can't recommend dieting by pneumonia at all. I feel so miserable that I can hardly stand up, much less eat. Over the past five days, I've eaten/drank two sandwiches, a bowl of applesauce, a small plate of noodles with brisket sauce (last night, that was the big meal), two glasses of OJ, and four or five bottles of water. Lost six pounds. My "skinny jeans" are too big. And I still feel icky.

Off to the doctor, then off to see HR to get this insurance thing straightened out (and put in for my sick days).

10/29/06
I took a shower. And brushed my teeth. That's all I have the energy for.

Well, no, I curled up on the couch and watched the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy. The parts I was awake for, anyway.

Doctor tomorrow. Preceeded by a visit to HR at work, to find out why, when they added my weekend bonus plan at work, they felt the need to temporarily suspend my benefits. I got a notice a week ago saying that because my status had changed (which it really hasn't), that my life insurance was cut. So I asked HR and she said that they had to change my status from full-time to casual in order to get the weekend bonus, but it wouldn't affect my benefits and they would be retroactively brought up to date. Well, that didn't help when Mom took my prescription benefits card to the drug store and they told her I had no coverage at all. HR had better get this straightened out before I get a bill from the ER.

10/27/06
So, after sitting around all day moaning and coughing, and watching my temp spike up to 103, I took myself over to the ER (actually, I called the ambulance company we use at work and asked them to take me). Pneumonia. I'm too young for that! They gave me an IV antibiotic there and I'm supposed to continue on PO (oral) antibiotics for another ten days. Oh and stay home from work for at least two days while I follow up with my primary. I called work at 5am with the cheery news and made an appt for Monday with Dr. L. They also prescribed Tylenol and Motrin (everything aches from coughing and generally being sick), but the Tylenol isn't helping too much. My temp this morning is 101 again. I was sitting there last night with it at 103, shaking with the chills, and the nurse is trying to get me to take my sweater off so I can freeze. Just can't get comfortable.

10/26/06
Definitely sick. Temp 101.2. Going right back to bed.

10/25/06
Ugh, I feel like I'm coming down with a cold - good thing I'm off for two days. Today at work I was just dragging, with that heavy feeling like I'm getting congested. I took a hot bath when I got home, and some Tylenol Cold and Sinus, and I plan to do nothing until tomorrow night.

I love my coworker V. When I complimented her white moccasins with silver embroidery, she offered to go buy me a pair. And she did, they're fantastic.

10/24/06
Not working today, so I can enjoy the weather. And enjoy Game 3 of the World Series without a million interruptions (not that I'm at work to watch the game mind you, but I always turn on baseball in the lounge). I'm rooting for St. Louis in a weird way - I don't want to root for the Tigers because they beat the Yankees. My coworker D., a Mets fan, is rooting for the Tigers for the complete opposite reason - not wanting to cheer on St. Louis because they beat the Mets.

10/23/06
What a beautiful fall day. Too bad I slept through most of it. Since I changed my schedule to do the weekend bonus thing, I do the double on Saturday and then I'm tired through most of the Sunday shift. Today I offered to pick up overtime, so I'm working 3-11 again. But in between last night and this afternoon, I managed to sleep for 13 hours.

When I'm awake for it, I love this weather. Some people at work are complaining that it's too cold, but to me it's perfect. Crisp.

Best "out of nowhere" gift - Jen sent me a felt Yankees pennant from their museum's baseball exhibit. It's great - I just have to find the space to hang it!

later on 10/19/06
Oh great, another World Series where I don't really care about either team. The Mets were *this* close. THIS close. Erg.

10/19/06
I was sitting next to a guy at Joe Allen last night, while I was watching the game and waiting for Jim. And this guy said he knew Lee Mazilli, who told him that A-Rod was having some eye tests done because he "was seeing spots in front of his eyes." Well, he sure wasn't seeing the baseball in front of his eyes.

Game 7 tonight for the Mets - they have to win, and then the World Series has to go to five games, because Jim bought tickets for Game 5. Fingers crossed!

Michael said he was trying to come up with a slogan for last night's pitcher, John Maine. He suggested "Remember the Maine," but didn't the Maine sink? John Maine was fantastic last night (even tho before the game I was saying I'd rather see Pedro in a full body cast pitching instead). Tonight's pitching I'm worried about.

10/18/06
How do I feel? Not like driving five hours to see Will's show, alas. I'll wait til Thanksgiving when I have tickets to see it here. Instead, I'll stay in and watch the Mets try and salvage the NLCS.

later on 10/17/06
Jim says his Boston trip is a no-go. Maybe I'll go up anyway - I don't have to work tomorrow or Thursday. See how I feel when I wake up.

10/17/06
It's anniversary week! Happy Anniversary, Eve and Mark! I still remember the B&B where the wedding was (and it was my first outdoor wedding), and one of these days I'll take a break and go back there. The Holly Hedge in Bucks County. Absolutely stunning.

And Happy Anniversary, Jen and Sean! Your wedding was one of the most beautiful I've been to, and I'm still thrilled to have been a part of it. Not to mention you were able to get friends from literally around the world together. I still have the pic of us with the dinosaur up on my mirror. And the Yankees/Sox game was rain delayed that night so by the time the reception was over, Dona, Brian, Missy, Reca and I were able to gather in Dona's room to watch most of the game.

I've been feeling really hyper lately. Just this week, really.

Fingers crossed for a roadtrip. I was ticked that I couldn't find time to go to Boston to see Will in High Fidelity, but now my schedule actually gives me two days off in a row. So Jim called earlier and said he might have to go up tomorrow to make some changes to the show, and did I want to go? I'm just waiting for him to call back and let me know if it's definite. I think taking the train will be a safer bet than driving, what with my anti-Red Sox bumper stickers. Even if this trip doesn't pan out, I do want to make a Boston trip one of these days. I haven't been there in probably five years - whenever Jen and I went to see Cabaret on tour there, I can't remember when that was.

10/16/06
It must be fall - when I got out of work yesterday morning (I worked a double, leaving at 7am), there was frost on my windshield that I had to scrape off. And Mom actually put the heat on in the house - an event usually reserved for the first snow. Mimi and Merry were sleeping on the radiators last night.

I'm loving Geico's customer service. They sent my invoice for the next six months of car insurance as one lump sum. So the other night at work (at 3am, mind you), I called their 800 number and was able to break it up into multiple payments. They really do have excellent customer service 24/7.

Bummed that the Tigers swept Oakland. I was rooting for the A's because I didn't want to the team that beat the Yankees to advance to the World Series. Now I'm really rooting for the Mets to kick the Tigers all over the pavement, but first they have to get past St. Louis.

I went to AC today to seek my fortune. Did I say seek? I meant lose. But I had a great time doing it.

10/13/06
Tesse says "road trip Toronto?" and I have two extra vacation days to use up asap. I feel a roadtrip coming. I hear there's a ton of snow tho. I wonder if we can squeeze in Niagara Falls - bet it looks beautiful in the snow.

10/12/06
Still can't get over this plane crash.

And the Mets still can't make the back page of the papers, even in the playoffs.

These Dickies scrub pants I bought are so comfortable. I may need to replace the rest of my generic Life Uniform pants with more of these. Loving them.

10/11/06
When they said on the news that a small plane crashed into a building on the UES, the first thing I thought of was Missy's boyfriend Oliver, he lives up there. And I was relieved when they said it was a few blocks away from his apartment. Now they're reporting that the plane was owned (and possibly piloted by) Cory Lidle, the Yankees pitcher. That's a shock. Tho I guess accidents happen every day to all kinds of people, so why should being a major leaguer exempt you from that. But still, it's tragic.

Pouring rain, too. Who would take a plane out in this.

Well, the first thing I thought was that it was a terrorist attack, because five years ago we thought it was a small plane at first.

10/10/06
Happy day - Joe Torre is coming back as the Yankees manager next year, and I found some cool catalogs to do my holiday shopping from. I never know what to get people.

I've been at my job for a year as of today. And I still really like it.

later on 10/9/06
Ooh, Kevin Costner. Jumping out of helicopters into pounding storms isn't something I want to do. Thank god the Coast Guard does it.

10/9/06
Oh, it's beautiful out. And I don't have to work today! Errand day, then. Oil change, haircut, and I want to go see the new Kevin Costner movie (The Guardian). No baseball today.

I really hope they don't let Jot Torre go. Not that I have anything against Lou Piniella, but I really like Torre. A-Rod - he can go. Sheffield - he can go. But keep Joe.

10/8/06
So this is how the season ends, not with a bang but with a whimper. Or more like a quiet, choking sound. I'm disappointed in the Yanks.

And worst of all, I have to somehow train my mouth to utter the words, "Let's Go, Mets!"

10/7/06
It is with a sense of impending doom and a small sliver of hope that I will watch today's game.

10/6/06
Quick! How can I get a cheap fare to Detroit, and manage to get my Louisville Slugger on board? I want to go teach A-Rod how to hit, since obviously even *I* can do a better job than him.

What this series needs is more Melky.

later on 10/5/06
Can A-Rod please stop sucking now? It's the postseason!

We actually ended up with decent seats, in the tier near right field. Not that there are really any bad seats in the stadium. It would have been better if we won, but hey, Mom and I got to see Moose pitch and Johnny Damon hit a 3-run homer (the only runs we got). I was surprised that it was still nearly sold out, being a makeup game in the middle of the afternoon. The crowd seemed more subdued than on Tuesday night, but it was still a blast to go to another ALDS game.

10/5/06
Now today is the day to bundle up in all the layers. Last night the drizzle that necessitated cancelling the game turned into a downpour, complete with flashing cloud-to-ground lightning and rolling thunder. And today is gray and cold. Perfect football weather. Unfortunately, we're not going to see football, but if today is anything like Tuesday, we'll be up on our feet so often that we'll be warm.

All the layers, tho.

10/4/06
Picked up tickets for the "revival" of Les Mis, High Fidelity (Will!) and for Company (love Raul, I've been looking forward to this all year). I can't find a discount code for A Chorus Line tho, that's the other one I want to go see.

I'm surprised that it rained tonight. I'd have thought the rain would come last night while we were at the game, since it always seemed to rain when we had tickets. Alas. No game tonight.

Best part of the rainout tho is that I was able to get tickets for tomorrow's game! Moose, here we come!

late on 10/3/06
Yankees win! 8-4! Jeter 5 for 5 with a homer. Oh, what a night!

The entire game was terrific. I got to the stadium just in time to meet Missy outside the gate. We did our usual Yankee Stadium diet-busting meal of ice cream, hot dog and Diet Coke. Tino threw out the first pitch, they had an enormous American flag unfurled in center field during the national anthem, and two F18 Tiger Hornet planes (all I know is they were loud) fly over the stadium before the game. Things got a little tense when Torre took Wang out (bullpen? What bullpen? It's our rallying cry) but they prevailed and beat the stripes off the Tigers.

Layers of clothing needed? Not many, it was a perfect night for baseball. Two pairs of socks, jeans, long-sleeved shirt and jersey over that.

I saw my friend Joe, the bartender from Marie's. He'd told me he was going to the game, and he was just a few sections over from us. And on the platform waiting for the downtown train after the game, I hear behind me, "You don't see many Sturtze jerseys," and I turned around and it was Morgan, one of the electricians from Rent, who I hadn't seen in a few years. So it was good to catch up.

Overall, a great time. Tomorrow I'm off from work and there are three playoff games on TV. In between innings, Mom and I are tearing up the tiles in the downstairs bathroom, so it should be a busy day.

10/2/06
I like the overnight shift, as long as I don't have to be back at 3pm. Luckily, that's only going to happen once a week. I tell you tho, after a double, and knowing that I have to be back in eight hours, I can manage to fall asleep pretty quickly!

ALDS game 1 tomorrow - can't wait! It's supposed to be fairly warm, too. Still, going to take Aunt Barbara's advice and pick up some handwarmers at Wal-Mart before heading to the city. Look for me and Missy on TV, we'll be the ones in Yankee caps.

10/1/06
Now it feels like fall!

-catherine

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