His bark is worse than his bite.

Well, the good news is I feel a bit better.  Not coughing as much.  No fevers, no chills.  Just sitting here chilling trying to learn CSS.  I didn’t sleep much last night cuz of coughing though.  And I failed miserably on first attempt at napping.  Then second attempt at napping was interrupted by Mojo going nuts cuz he heard something outside.  Mojo likes to bark, he’s not yippy like a lot of Chihuahuas, he barks a real bark considering he is only 7.5 lbs it’s pretty impressive.

Learning CSS isn’t going so well for me.  I watch the video, I try to follow along, my html and style sheets look just like the ones from the teacher.  Why in the hell won’t mine work?  I am not a complete neophyte to the web design world, this should come easy for me.  I’m too far out to blame it on chemo brain.  I blame it on sloppy coding on my part.  I have a tendency to miss a lot of > keys.  That means the thought doesn’t close and it screws everything after it up.  I’m sure if I take a short break I can go back and find my mistake and get it right.  UGH.  Should be easy.

The last thing on the video that the instructor said was “Get it, Got it, Good.  See you in JavaScript.”  Eek.  I am still back in CSS 101.  But it’s all good.  I am sure I know what I need in CSS for JavaScript, if I do need something.  Confused.  Teach me to try to learn from a series of videos.

Way back when, I had created  desert-rat <dot> net.  (that url goes to someplace I don’t have permission to see now) I did everything I wanted to do on that site purely in html (there was no CSS then).  The only resource I used was a 13 year old girls page where she explained it all for us older (I was 21ish) folks.  Now to make a good website you have to use HTML, CSS, and apparently JavaScript.  So, I breezed thru the html part of this video series.  Heh, CSS not so.

Glutton for punishment me signed up for next class in the series, ADVANCED WEB  DESIGN.  It said it was for intermediate web developers.  Well, after I finish the first class (got a lot to go) I should be able to handle the second one (HA HA HA).  The good news is, I have forever to take the 2nd class, so if I don’t feel I am ready I can’t just put it off.

I want to be outside, it’s a gorgeous day, but alas, I am sure the minute I go out the door <COUGH COUGH COUGH>.  I said I was feeling better.  Not well.  But better.  Mama Campbell didn’t raise any stupid children, I am not gonna try outside yet.

it’s 3 o’clock and I haven’t eaten anything except a couple handfuls of Gummi Peaches.  Well, I am not hungry.  I wonder what Teresa is going to bring home for dinner.  I hope we can agree on something we both like.  What I am really in the mood for is lasagna, not just any lasagna… the world’s greatest lasagna.  But it takes too long to make, so it can’t be done on a weekday.  Maybe I can convince Teresa to go to the store and get the stuff for it.  She still is a little on the sick side too, so she will probably say she isn’t up to going to the store and I totally understand.

It still feels kind of weird logging back into WoW.  I quit with zero intention of ever going back.  I guess I never should have said never.  A good portion of my characters were booted from their guilds which was not surprising.  All that guild rep down the drain.  Heh.  I deleted a few characters that I was never going to play last night, and I am probably going to delete more today/tonight.   Perhaps I will get to play Pugno with Teresa’s Death Knight tonight, if we are collectively feeling up to it.  She knows this new expansion fairly well.  I quit like 2 days after the expansion went live.  I still don’t like the Legion expansion, but I am gonna play it, cuz my wife asked me to… sorta.

OK, I couldn’t pick a single song to post today.  So here is WatchMojo’s worst cover songs.

A message and a bunch of babble

I will.
If all the men who’ve heard women report sexual assault, harassment, objectification, and being made to feel uncomfortable by any unwanted sexual advance, were to commit to interrupting that behavior, not allow it to happen, and not minimize women’s concerns about these issues wrote “I will” as a status, we might give people reassurance that there are men who are allies and will be agents for change.

The above was stolen from a friend on Facebook.  It’s a real man’s answer to “me too”.  I copy/pasted it on Facebook and I posted it here.  I got no time for a cretin who doesn’t know how to treat a lady right and all the time and sympathy for a lady who has been treated wrong.  Simple as that.

D&D tonight went really well even with me being sick.  Had a few problems with simple addition and subtraction cuz my mind shut down, but I managed.  The party is doing really well with the 4 of them.  A Paladin, a Sorcerer, a Cleric, and a Fighter/Thief.  A Ranger was supposed to join them, but he keeps working over in the real world.  They thought they were about finished with the adventure, but they came to a dead end now they get to backtrack and go the other way.  Funny thing they caught on to, either way they would have went would have ended in a dead end.  I wanted them to do both sides of the place.  So next week they will be off to clear out a bunch (A LOT) of undead.  Will be most fun for everyone.  Especially for me 🙂

Day 5 of being sick (I think).  Still coughing, still choking, still short of breath.  Sinuses aren’t bad, so that’s a good thing. Have only ran low fevers.  Which makes me achey and cranky.  But most of the time my temperature has stayed in the normal range.  So, I guess it could be a lot worse.

I told my mom about my project and she thinks it’s a good idea.  She thinks I can do it without a problem.  I think I can to.  But I still can’t tell you all what it is until I run it by Teresa and see what she thinks.  It’s a good, solid idea.  So it’s really 50/50 as to which way she is gonna take it.  Let’s hope it is the “good” 50 and she says ok.  I will ask her about it this weekend, when I should be feeling a bit better.

Disneyworld may be postponed a year.  Teresa wants to put in heated tile here at the house first.  I’m ok with that, I guess.  I will benefit from the heated tile more than she will, so hey I’m not gonna balk.  Heated tile is gonna run us a pretty penny though, cuz we wanted thru all over the main floor, which is 1200ish feet square.  But if heated tile is what Teresa wants, heated tile is what Teresa gets.  Disneyworld will still be there next winter.

I have a friend here that used to do general catering, but got burned out.  She cut catering down to just weddings and went to work at a tile place.  Apparently doing fairly well at it.  But now if I want her catering I have to know someone getting married locally.  Guess I won’t be getting any of the Chicken Alfredo anymore 😦

I’m back to playing WoW with my wife.  I really got back cuz I want to pet battle, but it seems silly not to level to 110 with at least 1 character and I chose Pugno my warrior to be that 1 character.  Pugno has been thru a lot, it’s appropriate that he will go on.  I hadn’t played a MMO for several months, it was weird last night playing with some people.  But it feels right playing WoW with Teresa.

After I get back here from our little Thanksgiving vacation, I will be looking actively for a D&D game to PLAY in.  I love DMing, really I do.  And I like to think I am pretty good at it.  But sometimes it’s good to be the one acting in the play, not directing it.  I am afraid I am going to have to use roll20 though.  I don’t care for roll20, but I can see it’s usefulness for people who can’t or don’t want to play in the mind’s theater.  So, I will try to find a live 3d game here in the Des Moines area, or I will find one online probably thru roll20.  Either way, I am going to play in a game starting in December.  Yup, that is what I plan to do.

I’m not sure when the Friday night D&D game is going to resume.  We were supposed to start last Friday, but I had no voice, then this Friday, but 3 of the 6 of the players are gonna be away, so next Friday, the 27th maybe.  I have had more than enough time to prepare for the end of this story arc, I keep adding to it and taking stuff away.  I have to get this done before my head explodes.  The 27th, yes, we will rock the end of the current story arc then transition into the NEXT Stage.   Yup Yup, Next stuff is really cool I think.  My peeps are gonna have some fun.  That is part of my life goals, help people have fun.

Hmmm, Cori didn’t like my Punk music.  She said the Chicago was her mom’s music.  I won’t post rap, but I doubt she’s into rap.  I won’t post country, cuz I can barely stomach country.  I know what I will post now…Cori probably won’t like this either.

Yet another blog post

A moment of seriousness.  A very good friend of my mom’s passed away in August and her husband didn’t think to tell my mom until my mom sent her friend a card saying what’s up.  That is sad.  My mom and her friend had been friends for 50 years or so, you’d think someone would call her.  Rest in peace, Jackie, may you have been right and you are in heaven.

My friend’s wife passed away a week or so ago.  I hadn’t actually spoken to my friend in a long while, but this one hit me kinda hard.  Jason basically saved me a couple times while I lived in Ridgecrest, and it sucks that I haven’t been a good friend to him now that we have reconnected via Facebook.  Jason is like 8 years older than me, his wife was 20ish years younger than Jason.  Died resting on his shoulder in her sleep.  I don’t know many details (or any details as the case is) but I know that has to be really hard to wake up to your loved one on your shoulder cold.  Jason, I don’t know if you read this blog ever, but you can find my number in my profile and call me, I am here for you man.  I hope Mary is in a better place too.

Now on to the regular scheduled show….

I am on Day 5 of being sick.  I feel ok as long as I don’t cough.  Unfortunately, I am coughing quite a bit, especially in the morning (read that as starting at  4am) and the late evening.  During the day, if I am up and moving around I am mostly ok.  I do not think I am gonna be well by Saturday 😦  Not going to be able to go to Light the Night or definitely not be able to help out.  I am bummed about that.

I’m about to start learning CSS, you know the style sheet thing that goes with html on websites.  I have always wanted to learn since CSS came out, but never had a need or was willing to dedicate the time.  Now, my project that I am still not going to talk about needs a website.  Don’t have enough money to pay someone to do the website, so I am gonna do it.  After CSS, I will learn JavaScript.  Then I will be able to rock a website, then maybe I will be ready to share information about what I am doing.

Lou Malnatti’s Pizza is on the menu for dinner tonight again.  We order them frozen from http://www.tasteofchicago.com .  Good stuff.  Better than any pizza we can get fresh here. Well, to be fair, there is a couple pizza places a half hour or so away that are pretty good.  But I still think I like Lou Malnatti’s pizzas better.

I still haven’t played any games over the last few days.  Just not in the mood.  Guess I got other things on my mind.  My project and the website and learning CSS and JavaScript.  Other things.

Teresa is feeling a whole lot better, but she got antibiotics to move her along.  Kinda sucks for me to see her feeling so good while I am still so sick.  And I got 5 more days to go.  But I am happy for her, she was miserable for enough days, she needs to be healthy so she can go to work, so she can take off the days between Thanksgivingfest and Thanksgiving proper.  If they will even give her those days off, that is uncertain at this time too.

I may get booed by some of my friends for this.  But it looks like the Cubs are gonna be out of the playoffs.  Kinda feel bad for their fans, but from what I understand the Dodgers are just rockin right now and the Cubs aren’t.  Hey, it happens.  Now, I would love for the Cubs to go win the next 3 games, but lets be realistic.

Tomorrow’s D&D game might have to be put off a week.  I have a definite cough at the end of every sentence I speak.  I don’t want to cough into my microphone and blow everybody’s ears.  Besides, I am not much on sitting up either right now, get light headed.

Cori said that the music I have been posting with these blog posts “Sucks”.  I happen to like punk.  But today I will go out and find something more appealing to the masses

Now I’m sick, and is her fault

Now I can blame Teresa for my illness. Upper respiratory infection.  Of course, doc says they can’t give you anything for it for 10 days, I am officially on day 4.  Bleck.  Tried taking a nap but coughing too much, nose running too much, and Mojo scratching the hell out of my back (which has nothing to do with my sickness, just wanting to whine some more.  I HATE being sick.  I really do.  Weird thing is, I haven’t ran a fever.  Guess not weird, have to be on my death bed to run fevers normally.

I am going to have to cancel my lunch with my friend again.  I am not going to be healthy by Wednesday.   Good thing I have nothing else scheduled for a long while.  As of this minute, I have nothing scheduled until the first week of November.  Plenty time to get healthy.

We started on the first puzzle yesterday.  Heh, the pieces are transparent glass, so you see colors on both sides.  Luckily, one side is shiny (the top) and one is dull.  Still if you aren’t paying attention you are looking at a piece wrong.  It took us a couple hours just to put together the outer edge, this is gonna take a long time I think.  But it’s fun, so it’s all good.

I have a phone call to return, but my voice is fried.  I sound horrible when I can talk at all.  So, that phone call is gonna wait a few more days.

I still have stuff to talk to Teresa about, but now instead of waiting for her to feel good enough to listen , we are gonna wait til I feel good enough to talk.  Disneyworld, we need to decide on.  A short getaway for our 25th anniversary, we need to talk about.  I know there are more things, but those are the two issues that come to mind.

34 days til Thanksgivingfest.  Woot.  Yes, I am counting.  No, I still don’t know how I am getting to Indy, but it’s all good.  I’ll get there.  Good food, good friends, good times, who wouldn’t be looking forward to spending 12 hours that way?

Sunny and cool is the weather forecast until the weekend.  NICE.  we needed a dry week.  We’ve had so much rain it caused the airport to shut down cuz a spot on the tarmac broke apart.  Planes couldn’t get to the runways.  So all air traffic in and out was cancelled or diverted for about 14 hours.  All because of the foot or so of rain we got over last week.

I just answered my phone, had a 30 second conversation and I am totally winded.  SUCKS to be sick.

Something is wrong with WordPress, it keeps failing to save a draft.  Oh well, I am not gonna do anything to make what I have wrote go away, so I’m good.

I think I forgot to take my Flexeril this morning.  Guess I will know this evening.  This morning is a cough filled blur.

Heh, the problem wasn’t with WordPress, it was with my cable modem.  Anyhow, it’s fixed now.  But I am cutting this post short.  I’m feeling o rotten atm.

Another day, more coughing

New day, same sickness.  I cough, therefore I am.  I think I am getting better though, as long as I don’t get up.  Getting up makes me super dizzy.  Even when I get up slow.  This is my biggest complaint about this illness, dizziness sucks.  But the cough is sounding better and the nose isn’t running quite as much, so I should be better by Monday, I hope I am better by Monday.

Teresa at times seems to be feeling better but at other times she seems to be worse.  I don’t know if I trust these doctors you can see online.  But the doctor did get her amoxicillin and that is what a real in your face doctor would have probably given her.  So I shouldn’t complain about him.  I just hope she gets better soon, I hate seeing her suffer like this.

I feel bad about cancelling Friday night D&D last night.  I think my players are more than ready to end this story arc.  And no, the current one didn’t suck, it’s just I think the next piece of the campaign is a little cooler cuz I know more about balancing fights/party.

I got a new project in the works.  I can’t talk much about it yet.  But I am pretty excited right now.  Get me off my butt and out into the real world again.  That will make me happier and make my therapist happier too.  And it might make me a little money to boot.  But until it is a little more than thoughtware, I am not gonna say any more.

It just dawned on me that Light the Night is next weekend. They still need a lot of volunteers.  I hope the local LLS chapter gets the people they need to fill the volunteer roles so they don’t have to cover stuff themselves.  Oh yeah, I have the link to my page if you want to donate to the Light the Night walk & the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.   http://pages.lightthenight.org/ia/DesMineL17/JCampbellahi   It’s nice that WordPress sees that as a url and makes it clickable.  Any donations will be greatly appreciated.

I am sure I made the right choice decided NOT to go to school in the Spring.  Especially if this winter is going to be as bad as they are predicting.  Yeah, every year they say it’s going to be bad, but after last years non-winter, I think this year we are due for a doozy.  We shall see in a couple months.

Pucky and Mojo have completely recovered from their teeth cleaning.  Mojo’s mouth was puffy til late last night, but he had 5 teeth extracted, and if you had 5 teeth extracted all at once, you’d be puffy for a few days too.  But now they are playing and chewing on things and eating dry food and generally back to normal.  No more vet visits til December when Mojo’s shots are due.

Got our furnace fixed yesterday.  Took the repair guy less than 1/2 hour to fix it.  Somehow water got into a tube that is not supposed to have water in it.  He was confused, I felt like crap so I didn’t offer any theory and still don’t have a theory as to how that happened.  But he found the problem and boom it was blowing hot air.  NICE.  He only charged us for 1/2 hour service call too.  So doubly NICE.

I haven’t played any computer games for longer than 5 minutes in the last 3 days.  I must really be feeling rotten cuz that is so unlike me.  Lack of attention span.  Even these blog posts are taking me a LONG time to write cuz I keep getting distracted.  LOL.  Yesterday’s took me over 2 1/2 hours.   This one, at least, is gonna be done in about 45 minutes I think.

I did go to play Mutant Football League today and for some reason the game wouldn’t see my controller.  The computer did, but the game didn’t.  I have no clue how to fix it.  It’s obviously not the controller or the computer, so its something with the game.  I’ll try it again tomorrow and if it doesn’t work I will appeal to the beta board.

It seems the Publisher’s Clearing House did not have a winner match this time for 1000 dollars a day.  They sent me like 4 things stating this fact.  I have no clue when they are gonna draw it again or even if they are gonna draw it again.  But heh, I could use 1000 dollars a day.  Even if after the government got done I would only 570ish.  It would still be nice.  But what has really piqued my interest is the December giveaway, 2.6 million upfront and 5k a week for life.  Yeah, I could be happy with that kind of money and income even after the government takes their share.  I will never win, but a boy can dream, right?

The first puzzle arrived today, neither of us felt like working on it.  So the box is sitting on the table, basically untouched.  Well, wait, I think Teresa looked at the box when she was passing by it.  But beyond that, I touched it getting it out of the bigger box it was in, Teresa touched it when passing by, and the rest of the time it just sat there.  Maybe I’ll break into it tomorrow if I am feeling better.

I still have a lot to talk to Teresa about, and she still isn’t healthy enough for me to talk about everything I want to talk about with her.  She actually took a 1/2 hour nap at 8:45pm tonight.  1.  She never takes naps 2.  She never nods off and 3.  She never naps that late at night if she does nap.  She is still very sick in my opinion and hardly getting better.

Well folks, it’s late.  I am late taking my meds.  So I will leave you with a video again… which one will it be?

I feel bad and its not Teresa’s fault

I do feel crappy today.  However, I don’t think I am gonna get this as bad as Teresa has/had it.  My voice is toast.  I have a pretty wicked sounding cough.  But I am not running a fever.  I am not all congested.  As a matter of fact, I may have something completely different than what Teresa has.  Heh, who knows.  I just figure I will feel crappy for the weekend and be ok by Monday.  That is normally how illnesses go in this house, I feel crappy for a few days, Teresa sits on her death bed for a week.  I guess that is good because right now my immune system is compromised.

editor note:  Teresa did not get me sick.

Way back when, Teresa and I did a big puzzle together, had a lot of fun doing it too.  Teresa had decided she wanted to do an adult lego kit build, but those are really expensive.  I convinced her to buy a couple puzzles.  We ended up getting a 1500 piece Disney Stained Art one, and a 1000 piece Disney characters one.  We have a table in our bedroom which will be perfect to do puzzles on.  I am looking forward to doing these puzzles with my wife.  I love spending that kind of time with her.

I made it to Leukemia chat last night.  Stayed for a little over an hour (it runs for 2).  It was a good chat.  Because it’s so specialized and you have to fill out a big form to get to it, we don’t have trolls.  And even whiners (not that anyone last night was a whiner) at least whine on topic.  I look forward to next week.

I signed up to volunteer to work the survivor’s tent at the Light the Night event this year. I really try to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in any way I can.  I hope that the LLS is getting to more of the people who can use them.  I didn’t know about the LLS until AFTER I was out of treatment.  Heh.  Not when I had questions and doc was tip toeing around the answers.  Anyhow, the LLS is a great organization which really tries.  Anyhow, Light the Night is their big fund raiser for the year.  I am accepting donations for the Light the Night walk.  I don’t have the page to send you to yet.  But I have the app on my phone.  So if you are interested in donating, leave a comment here or msg me on Facebook, and I’ll be glad to help you out.

I have decided NOT to try school again.  Firstly, I don’t want to have the argument with Teresa and Secondly, I have screwed up too many times, I don’t want to do it again.  So, I am not gonna do it.  I think I could do it in a real semester, but I don’t want to go into debt to see if I can or can’t.  So no school for me.

Because I have a little voice and a sore throat tonight, Friday night D&D has been postponed 1 week, possibly 2 weeks if 3 of the players aren’t available next week.  I want to finish this story arc so bad… but fate keeps pushing it off.  Most disappointing.  But we will get this done and move on to the next story arc which is cooler than this one.  And hopefully we will be able to do it straight thru or close to it.

I love Zyrtec.  Fall is normally terrible to my allergies, but I have been pretty much allergy issue free so far.  1 pill a day and no runny nose or itchy eyes.  That’s a good trade in my opinion. If I take it too early it makes me sleepy, so it gets taken with all my other 10pm meds.  I take too many pills at 10pm, but Zyrtec is one I am not willing to give up.

I’m looking forward to Thanksgivingfest.  My friends who go to that I only get to see once a year, which in my opinion is not often enough.  But it’s all we can do.  I live too far away and direct flights are just too damn expensive.  So, once a year is what we get.  And I like to make the most of it.  The only other time they all get together is Superbowl and football is so not my thing.  So, I don’t make any effort to see them then.  If I made a trip to Indy any other time, I would only get to see a few of them.   Sometimes I just wish I lived closer to them.

It could be worse, I guess

Ugh and oh no.  I took a nap.  When I woke up, I feel like I was ran over by a truck and I got a cough.  This is how Teresa’s illness started.  I don’t want to be sick for 6 or 7 days.  I don’t want to have to go to the doctor and get antibiotic.  I DON’T WANT TO BE SICK!!! I got things to do, people to see, places to go.  No time for illness, I am a busy man next week.  Oh well, almost all of it can be rescheduled. <COUGH COUGH> Timing on this could be worse, so at least I think I am getting sick now so I don’t have to worry about being sick later.  Teresa is about over her sickness, 2 day incubation, 4 day dying.  I am on day 1/2.  Got a long week to look forward to.

Had my blood check at the cancer center.  Platelets are down even more.  In a healthy person, platelets are between 150k and 450k.  Mine are now officially at 33k and falling.  I have my cancer doc stumped.  He is going to appeal to a more knowledgeable power, UofI Cancer Center. I hope they have some idea.  We tried the mega dose of steroids, so it is NOT the common thing that happens after chemo, not the thing he knows how to fix.  Dr Google has failed me on both finding out why this is happening and finding out how to fix it.  For now, I just have to be very careful not to cut myself or bump anything that causes a bruise, cuz the last paper cut I got bled for 6 hours.  Heh and bleh.

I’d drag all my records up from the basement, but I don’t think we have anywhere I can store them.  Records are big, cds are small.  Simple as that.  I will try to figure out a place for them here in the bedroom.  I want to listen to some of them now that I have a working record player.  Teresa would be mad at me if I just brought them up and set them in the middle of the room.  I will figure something out, maybe go buy a Album Rack, I had one as a kid, I know they have to exist again since records are making a comeback.

Our Furnace is not working right.  It’s blowing air, but the air isn’t hot or warm for that matter.  Called the furnace repair people and they are trying to get someone out today.  Heh, I love living in a small town, same day service.  It’s probably the same problem we have had a couple times over the years.  Little gizmo needs replacing.  Didn’t think we were going to have a problem this year, I even think I talked about it here, but I was wrong.  Another bill this month.

I hope I feel up to seeing my shrink tomorrow.  Would really suck if I missed it.  He would still prescribe me meds and they would reschedule me til next month if I asked.  As I sit here and cough I wonder if I will feel worse tomorrow or not.

Teresa is finally feeling better, not well, but better.  She is surprised that her cough didn’t wake me at night.  Heh, I sleep the sleep of the dead thanks to clonazepam (Klonnie) and Flexeril.  lol.  Once I am asleep, I SLEEP.

I need to talk to Teresa.  I need to talk to her about several things.  I wonder if she is finally ok enough to hear what I have to say?  The only pressing issue I have discuss with her is how I am getting from the Region to Indy for Thanksgivingfest.  The rest of the stuff I have to discuss is actually months away.  Then again, by the rate this year is going by, months seem like weeks and before I know it it’ll be a new year.

Leukemia chat is tonight.  Gotta try to remember to do that.  I always seem to remember too late.  I hope every one who participates in the chat is doing well.  I should be around to do it.

I told you guys about my chronic cough, well it’s gone.  Long story that I don’t want to get into, but be happy for me that I am not hacking up a lung every night.  STUPID ME though..

Next month my appointment is actually with Dr Wehbe and not one of his nurses.  Dr Wehbe is my cancer doctor.  He is a really knowledgeable guy.  We have had some really smart and funny conversations.  It’ll be good to actually have his undivided attention for a while and hopefully he will have some new information about my platelet problem.  He has a month to talk to the gods on high at UofI.

Here ya go.  A little Sex Pistols for you watching and listening pleasure…