The Oncoming Storm

I went for my regular checkup at the rheumatologist yesterday. Seems such a waste to go there, have the nurse confirm that I am indeed still on the same medications, have the doctor ask how things are, say they’re the same, have the doctor say great see you in 4 months bye. Oh well, she’s a really nice girl anyway. She reminds me somehow of my sister.
After that I went and got my labs done, oh boy. Needle in the arm and pee in a cup! Love it. The girl managed to scratch me with the needle too, but it’s just a tiny superficial thing. Didn’t notice until I took the tape off. Taking the tape off hurts far worse than the needle does. 😛

I learned from my doctor that that hospital has been out of seasonal flu vaccines for weeks, and is not getting any more. They are also out of the H1N1 vaccine, and she has no idea when they’ll be getting more of that. I’m now on a waiting list, and they are supposed to call me when they get to me. I wasn’t going to bother with the H1N1 thing, but more and more people with compromised immune systems are hospitalised or dying from breathing problems – so I suppose I don’t really want to go through that. Sigh. Can’t be giving anything like that to my frail old grandmother either.

I haven’t really been up to much lately. It’s cold and rainy and that seems to have made me really lethargic, not to mention my joints being too damned sore.
Finished a HUGE book today, ‘Imajica’ by Clive Barker. It took a little longer to read just because Clive is so wordy. But I loved the story. If you’re into dark fantasy (with a little bit of really strange erotica) and feel like absorbing 800+ pages, I highly recommend it.
Started another Doctor Who novel, and I’m really loving it too. I read half of it before I logged in to LJ. The DW novels are a lot easier to read, but this particular author is an excellent writer, and this story is a bit darker. Excellent after seeing The Waters of Mars.
By the way, after watching Waters of Mars, I am even more in awe of David Tennant’s acting abilities, and that says a lot. The man is absolutely brilliant. And the direction, and the writing…! Call me pathetic, but I literally could not speak at the end of the episode. I really want to find out how they’re going to explain and end this whole mess. But I really don’t want it to end. I am too addicted to the show the way it is. We shall see…

I have a picture ready for a new portrait, but I haven’t felt really into it yet. It’s a gorgeous picture. I ordered a backissue of a magazine specifically for said picture. Guh. I’ve decided I’ll do this one in graphite, because I can get sharper detail with that than I can with coloured pencils. This picture needs sharpness.

Too cold, must make some tea or something.