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[personal profile] darkemeralds
Hi everyone. It's my birthday! Which, after 57 previous ones, isn't all that big a deal. But I took the day off work, had acupuncture, went out to breakfast-for-lunch, got my nails done, and came home in the very cold December evening to eat really rather a lot of French chocolate.

I was dreadfully sick last week--like bedridden-and-housebound for six days, miss-Thanksgiving-dinner level sick. It was mostly just the worst cold in the world, I think. At the nadir of it I ruptured an eardrum and had conjunctivitis in both eyes, so I was half-deaf and half-blind and it was generally awful. (Bragg's raw apple cider vinegar, diluted on a cotton pad and wiped along the lower lid, stings like hell but makes short work of the pinkeye, by the way.)

Long story short, I'm a million percent better now, though still a bit hearing impaired in the one ear. Back to breathing, sleeping, and riding my bike.

Hand of DarkEmeralds with silver sparkly nail polish
Birthday nails


Hardly any job left in my life now:
Retirement Countdown showing 25 days, 23 hours
Retirement countdown

happy birthday to you!

Date: 2013-12-06 02:56 am (UTC)
dine: (cake ... for you!)
From: [personal profile] dine
those birthday nails are SHINY indeed - and I'm impressed by the low number on your countdown.

congrats to you on all fronts!

Date: 2013-12-06 02:57 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] panisdead
ruptured an eardrum and had conjunctivitis in both eyes

Holy crap. I'm glad you're feeling much better now!

Happy birthday!

Date: 2013-12-06 03:22 am (UTC)
lycomingst: (wallace gromit)
From: [personal profile] lycomingst
Happy Birthday!

Date: 2013-12-06 05:08 am (UTC)
ranunculus: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ranunculus
OMG
I'm so glad you are ok, um sort of.

Date: 2013-12-06 09:28 am (UTC)
tehomet: (Benedict Cumberbatch oh crumpets!)
From: [personal profile] tehomet
ruptured an eardrum and had conjunctivitis in both eyes

OMG, that sounds miserable! I'm glad you're feeling (mostly) better.

Happy increasingly-imminent escape from the World's Tallest Basement. :) A mere 25 days to go!

Love the manicure.

Happy birthday and many happy returns.

Date: 2013-12-06 09:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cat63
Belated Happy Birthday.

Your cold sounds to have been deeply miserable, but on the plus side, at least it got better in time for you to have a good time on your birthday!

Date: 2013-12-06 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] scribblemoose
Happy birthday, at this pre-dawn of a wonderful new chapter in your life. :)

Date: 2013-12-06 02:31 pm (UTC)
bluemeridian: (NF :: Coffee With Steam)
From: [personal profile] bluemeridian
*eyebrow* That's a really impressive cold, damn.

The nails, though, are super shiny and generally fantastic.

Date: 2013-12-06 04:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mizzhap.livejournal.com
*comes out of hiding once again to belatedly join the chorus of well-wishers* A very happy birthday to you, and may many more follow! That illness does sound awful, glad you're feeling better.

Date: 2013-12-07 01:56 am (UTC)
ruric: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ruric
Belated happies!

Glad you're feeling better after the unholy trifecta you managed last week. I've been languishing on my couch with a cold from hell too - but at least I missed the busted ear drum and conjunctivitis. Never heard of the cider vinegar cure either but will remember it for next time *G*

Also on the plus side - shiny nails are very shiny and seasonal - also 25 day to FREEDOM! Which is a hell of a big bang start to 2014 *G*

Date: 2013-12-07 05:21 pm (UTC)
toft: Screenshot of the tomato roses created by Hannibal Lecter. (Default)
From: [personal profile] toft
Happy birthday!!! Oh gosh, that sounds grim, glad you're better.

Date: 2013-12-15 01:13 am (UTC)
cookiemom6067: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cookiemom6067
Happy Birthday, a week or so late.

Date: 2013-12-15 01:25 am (UTC)
cookiemom6067: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cookiemom6067
I have been really anti-social in most ways lately - very inwardly focused. Somehow, I suspect you understand that impulse.

I'm very happy for you that you'll shortly be leaving your work life behind (or at least, changing the form of your work life). What an exciting new chapter! We're not far off in age, but I'm nowhere near retirement. I confess to feeling somewhat envious.

Date: 2013-12-15 02:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cookiemom6067

I hope they're not consciously passive aggressive. That would be irksome.

We have had some bad luck, certainly, and made some bad choices. We've also made expensive choices we wouldn't change if we could (having children, going back to school at fairly "advanced" ages). But, bed made. Lying in it.

Honestly, I believe good luck is also to be celebrated. You don't have to "deserve" what you have by dint of "hard work." You don't have to deserve happiness. At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

Yes. I am feeling brighter. I'm still not answering my phone or picking up voice mail messages (do other people do that? I feel really guilty about it), but I have been developing a really good self care morning routine. I'm doing better. Still not "there," but I'm starting to wonder if anyone ever gets "there."

Date: 2013-12-15 02:05 am (UTC)
cookiemom6067: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cookiemom6067
I hope they're not consciously passive aggressive. That would be irksome.

We have had some bad luck, certainly, and made some bad choices. We've also made expensive choices we wouldn't change if we could (having children, going back to school at fairly "advanced" ages). But, bed made. Lying in it.

Honestly, I believe good luck is also to be celebrated. You don't have to "deserve" what you have by dint of "hard work." You don't have to deserve happiness. At least, that's what I keep telling myself.

Yes. I am feeling brighter. I'm still not answering my phone or picking up voice mail messages (do other people do that? I feel really guilty about it), but I have been developing a really good self care morning routine. I'm doing better. Still not "there," but I'm starting to wonder if anyone ever gets "there."

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