Yeah, that’s pretty much my feeling this gloomy, Monday morning. I’ve now officially had a cold for the greater part of the last 30 days, taking a slight break for the Christmas holiday. But only barely. It’d all be fine if I couldn’t hear myself talk through the congestion in my ears.

Somehow, I did find time (albeit just a bit) to rest over the weekend and attempt to rid myself of whatever is lingering around. But, couldn’t resist trying to ballroom social dance for two hours straight on Saturday for the first time in… well, a really long time. (West Coast Swing is different.) But here we are, Monday morning, and I’m still supporting myself up with Sudafed, water, and hot tea.

My blood sugars have taken a turn for the unpredictable as since I’m sick, not dancing as consistently (or doing any exercise for that matter), and am now sitting in the last week and a half of my cycle. (At the very least, the ovulation monitor can give me some sort of idea of when my blood sugars are going to go to crap each month. The insulin resistance and odd-ball-ness seems to correlate with the new hormones. YDMV.) Guess we’ll see if the monitor was accurate at all.

Other things I learned this weekend:
– It’s not a great idea to rip out a Sure-T like you would a QuickSet infusion set. Ouch. The site still stings.
– The computers in my house are too new to support the Carelink Software. :-/ Yeah – that’s right. I bought myself a shiny new MacBook right around the holiday to replace my seven year old one. But – the Carelink software doesn’t recognize OSX 10.9! (Or Google Chrome… or newer versions of Firefox… ugh!) Since we’re predominantly a Linux household, there is no incentive to continue using Medtronic unless I want to fire up our old, finicky Windows machine. Not saying I won’t upgrade to a 530G in February, but the “doctor reporting” software that I might miss by leaving the company just became a moot point.
– The most accurate place for those Minimed sensors are the sides of my hips. In fact, I now have all sorts of fun marks there from being repeatedly stabbed with giant needles. Not really sure how to alleviate the scarring.

Lastly, the blog has a new look. It’s a bit too pink for my liking and I haven’t really given any thought to the one thing I can customize – the graphic in the side bar. (ANYTHING will be better than what it was. Yikes!)



Taking the Good with the Bad

Being sick while unemployed is not a fun experience. The motivation that was already waning because of the dead-end interviews is now at an all time low due to the fact that my throat is on fire. But there is no rest for the wicked, as sitting around at home watching old Disney movies doesn’t get job interviews. I have one tomorrow morning and I really hope that I don’t sneeze on my interviewer.

However, let’s look at is this way. Each time I’ve had an interview, someone else calls me to schedule another one for a different opportunity. They aren’t all worth exploring.  (And according to the book, Surviving a Layoff, I started this whole job hunt thing all wrong. Apparently I was supposed to sit and mourn my loss first.) But I apply for everything I could possibly be qualified for because 1) I need benefits and 2) I need to survive. I suppose turning down interviews is a good problem to have.  I just wish something more interesting and challenging pops up.

Being sick and working part time with no benefits also has a downfall – when you are sick, you can’t get paid if you don’t come in. And since the State doesn’t seem to want understand my Unemployment Claim Forms, I haven’t received any benefits yet. At this rate, I might actually have a full time job before I get any money at all. On the other hand – I have a job, albeit a very part time one. I’ve heard it’s easier to get another job when you are currently employed. Though – the headhunter that interviewed me thought it was funny I was still working there because my paychecks essentially pay for the gas that gets me there. Guess I can’t complain too much – I still get to see my friends a bunch.

With show in two weeks, perhaps resting for a few days would be a better idea.