Jul. 19th, 2015

ginkage: May God stand between you and harm and all the empty places you must walk. (egyptian prayer)
 Is this thing on? Oh, it is? I'm live? All righty then...

Hello, fruitbats of the internet. I know it's been a dreadfully long time since I've journaled in any form. I admit that posting tiny of-the-moment thoughts to my Facebook page takes less time and effort. Also, I don't store things up to spew them in my good old critical-mass moments. But I also know that some folks choose not to use Facebook and thus haven't heard from me in a while. 

I'm alive. Let's start there. Alive, getting healthier, working through stuff. I was diagnosed as diabetic last September. Since then, I've cut my numbers in half, dropped over 40lbs, and quit the job I'd been working for four years. The stress was literally going to kill me if I kept going. My blood pressure alone dropped like a stone in the month after I quit. I was borderline hypertensive and at a stroke risk before, now I'm not. In fact, last week I got okayed to cut my meds in half. 

A month or two after I quit, I started a different job doing inventory counting for a national company. It's... not all it's cracked up to be, but I know I can't afford to not be working. Nothing has materialized on the front of getting a job as a pharmacy technician. Even with my schooling, most hospitals or care centers won't hire without prior experience... and the schooling meant I was apparently overqualified to work at CVS or such (they want you to go through -their- training, first). Due to monetary concerns, I had to let my certifications lapse, but I'm working at getting them back. I spend a lot of time after shifts at work in relative discomfort due to sciatica, but I try not to let it get me down too much. There are always good days and bad days. 

I'm still chainmailling. Even though my sales seem to only happen at the couple of conventions I'm doing a year. I've got one of those coming up next weekend (Otakon) and have been prepping for that. So much to do and so little time! I had a lot of help in coming up with the funds for my own hotel room this year, but I made it. Now I just have to get through that weekend! I hope sales are good. If you want something pretty, check out irodama.net (main site) or irodama.etsy.com for stuff I have available. I'm taking time out of making things today to post this. :)

I'm slowly getting back into drawing, too. It's a nice offset to the other creativity. Beyond that, I play a lot of Minecraft along with occasional stints in World of Warcraft, Star Wars: The Old Republic, and a few others. 

All in all, I'm mostly the most positive I've been in years. As I said, there are good days and bad days, but things could be much worse. 
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