Saturday, November 19, 2005

12 hours of sleep

Does a body good. I no longer feel like smashing expensive things to bits, anyway.

I had a very extended dream last night that I was having an asthma attack and couldn't convince anyone to take me to a hospital. It was horrible. In the dream, I was lying in bed, in the dark, and realized my breath was coming in suffocated chunks instead of an even flow, and I tried to wake up M but he had to go to work or something--not sure, he just suddenly wasn't there. And I got out of bed in the dream and went to find my inhaler, and I used it twice and could breathe again. But I knew it was a temporary fix and so I started trying to find someone to take me to a hospital because I could feel my lungs getting tighter. Somehow my mother was there and agreed to take me, but instead she took me to a school, and I kept having to use the inhaler just to breathe. I walked around pleading with various people to take me to the hospital for a breathing treatment but no one was concerned. Someone handed me a camera and told me to take pictures of kids jumping off a diving board into a pool behind the school. When I got back there, I couldn't stand up because I couldn't breathe, and the camera wouldn't work when I tried to use it. I opened the memory card cover to see a strange-looking SD card jammed into the CF slot. I kept using my inhaler and spitting because I'd used it so much that my mouth was full of the medicinal, bitter taste of it, but I still couldn't breathe. I could inhale somewhat but it was even harder to exhale. I somehow wound up being shoved up the trunk of a tree by someone and looking down into a backyard where squirrels with horns were attacking my dogs...

Yeesh. And y'all wonder why I don't sleep much. Look what happens!

So of course when I finally woke up to the sound of the cockatiel going nuts in the kitchen, my throat felt awfully strange and it was hard to breathe. I wonder if I twisted in the bed somehow and was breathing pillow instead of air, to make me have that dream. Ugh. My throat still feels whacked.

I have Ani DiFranco's cover of Woodie Guthrie's Do Re Mi in my head. That is an excellent song.
It's about the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. Not cheery though.

It's sunny and warm outside today. This is a nice surprise, after the frigidity of the air this week. It also means the ground is thawing, so the backyard has been re-converted into a mud pit, and every time I let the dogs out, I have to give them a bath when I let them back in. Needless to say, they're going to be spending extended periods of time outside today.

And I think I will too.

After numerous bad experiences with Meijer and their sucky photo uploader and their rude tech guy at the photo counter and the 1-hour photo really being 2 1/2-hour photo and them charging me twice for one purchase and me having to jump though hoops to get my money back (fuck you, Meijer!) I've decided to see what other local options I have for printing 8x10s that look decent, are priced decently, and that can be framed and sold. So I decided to try Walgreens. They're priced a little higher than Meijer (heh that rhymes), but their photo uploader works a hell of a lot better and they're closer to my house. I uploaded photos (in the middle of the night when I couldn't sleep) with no problem. I went to the store and they were actually there and ready. I picked them up and drove to work and opened the envelope. LET THIS BE A LESSON IN OPENING THE ENVELOPE WHILE STILL AT THE STORE. The photos looked great, except for a three-inch long gouge in the paper where I'm guessing the wheel that feeds paper into the printer dug into the paper. RRRRRRRRRgh. Now I have to go back and ask them to reprint them.

Is it such a crazy thing to expect that somewhere in town, this town, which is more or less capitalism on steroids, I'd be able to get a dag-nabbed good-quality 8x10 for a decent price in a reasonable amount of time? I'm beginning to think the answer to that question is a resounding YES, it's crazy to expect that. Hmph.

Anyway, these two geranium pictures are the ones I had printed. They look pretty good except for that big ol' gouge in the paper.

I really ought to clean my dirty house today. But I think I'll go outside and skate in the sunshine instead. Or rake leaves. Or play with the dogs. Or go take pictures somewhere.

Saturdays. Yesssssssss.


At November 19, 2005 12:40 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

How about going out with the dogs and take pictures at the same time???

Lovely pics!!!

At November 19, 2005 12:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

beautiful photos. the asthma dream sounds horrific, never felt that myself.

At November 19, 2005 6:07 PM, Blogger Sorted Lives said...

Horrific dream, I felt as though I am living the dream as I am reading. BTW --the photos are fab -- keep up the great work!!!

At November 19, 2005 6:45 PM, Blogger M said...

It's 6:56pm, and I am still in my pyjamas. I'm supposed to be at a friend's welcome-home-after-being-gone-for-a-year party, but I just put the cake in the oven, so I've bought a little more time to finish drying my sheets, and shower.

mm. Mud. Maybe we'll get some of that super-zero weather up here. But I doubt it.

At November 19, 2005 11:33 PM, Blogger suleyman said...

I had something similar happen in a dream I had last night, camera-wise. I don't remember what I was photographing, but the damn thing wouldn't work - the batteries were dead!

Do Re Mi is an excellent song. The Texas Tornadoes and Flaco Jimenez did a great version of that with a Tex-Mex flava.


At November 20, 2005 9:43 AM, Blogger Sangroncito said...

I have suffered from both of those problems==asthma and insomnia--in my life and they suck. I eventually outgrew the asthma but I still get insomnia sometimes.
The flower photos look great.
I used my home printer for the first time yesterday to print some 8x10 prints of my Brazilian friends to take back as gifts and they look great...isn't today's technology amazing? I never imagined the printer (previously I only used it to make copies and upload photos to my computer and blog) could print such amazing photos.
Have a relaxing Sunday--see you next week in bloglandia!

At November 20, 2005 10:03 AM, Anonymous atpanda said...

I've been having nightmares about moving every night. Mostly they go like this: I wake up on the morning everyone is supposed to be here to help us move and we've not packed ANYTHING yet.

Seriously great pictures. I love how soft they came out. Hope your Saturday lived up to all your expectations of it.

At November 20, 2005 1:39 PM, Blogger Greg said...

Bizarre dream: are you sure you didn't try any Vicodin or absinthe or something quaint like that before going to bed? Or something hallucinogenic? Mushrooms? McDonald's French fries?

I know!! This is your brain on NaNoWriMo!!

Those are great photos, by the way.

At November 20, 2005 5:32 PM, Blogger Mr. H.K. said...

Then, Sundays are for cleaning, eh?

Maybe, not...


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At November 20, 2005 6:34 PM, Blogger cmhl said...

gorgeous pictures!!!!!

At November 20, 2005 6:50 PM, Blogger d.K. said...

Wow, nice work, again.
The bridge in the post below is amazing as well.

I hope Thanksgiving brings you some restful sleep - isn't turkey supposed to make you tired? In any event, have a good one :)

At November 20, 2005 9:03 PM, Blogger HM said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better! Although smashing things CAN be a fun way to solve the problem, sometimes... hehe.

I reaaaallly like those pictures. I almost want to say haunting, for some reason. Can flowers be haunting? When are you going to make some of your work available online? :)

Unfortunately, I won't be returning to Findlay. I'd love to, but bottom line, the degree I'd be getting there wouldn't easily pay off the amount of loans it would take me to get it. I'm starting at UGA in January.

At November 21, 2005 1:02 AM, Blogger Mr. Brightside said...

I was supposed to clean up this weekend, too. But life is too short. An little mess never hurt anyone.

At November 21, 2005 1:03 AM, Blogger M said...

ooh, you sent me something??

mighty exciting!

*does little happy dance*

At November 21, 2005 11:33 AM, Blogger Indigo said...

I simply love those pictures!

At November 21, 2005 12:55 PM, Blogger deputyswife said...

Awesome pictures once again J. I am thinking of looking on your Flickr account to look for a set to print and frame for my Family Room. I know you have offered that before, but I wanted to make sure it was still okay.

I LOVE the golden geranium!

At November 21, 2005 4:04 PM, Blogger Q eye said...

Whenever you talk about daily life, it sounds really bleak, but I can see through your photographs that you can see beauty in this world.


At November 21, 2005 8:09 PM, Blogger Jen said...

those photos are great. how did you get them on a black background like that? is that photoshop work or did you take it like that?

i use to print all my 8 x 10's and they come out great. it takes a few days, but worht the wait.

At November 21, 2005 10:44 PM, Blogger BG said...

J-- I LOVE the new template!!! I just love it!!! you could change the picture a million times and that would make it new every time. My template got old a couple of months ago... but I just don't know how to "work it"
If it took you long to figure it out... It would take me months...

Anyway, it's nice! yay!

At November 23, 2005 11:40 AM, Anonymous mary said...

Well, I'm glad your body got some rest even if your mind was working overtime with the weird dreams. I have insomnia issues and I know it's always one (mind or body) getting what it needs at the expense of the other. The rare day where I'm balanced is like a 24-hour miracle.

The geraniums are stunning.
The last one particularly seems to be floating - like beauty suspended in mid-air, as if geraniums were supposed to grow in the dark and be untouchable. Very very nice.

At November 23, 2005 1:00 PM, Blogger A Failure By Design said...

wow, those pictures are gorgeous =]
what do you use to edit them?


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