Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

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Yeah, I Missed a Couple Days Again

Crutches!

Crutches!

This past week’s just been a mess. Let me see if I can remember the past few days in order.

Okay, Friday:

Didn’t do a whole helluva lot. Got up, went to the patch-together gaming session for Kit’s D&D, came home, and basically crashed. I had not slept well the night before.

Saturday:

Things started off great on Saturday. I had already planned to get some of the notes from Lynn’s D&D group transcribed, as well as some housework done this day. So what I did was type up some notes, then spend 10 minutes doing housework. Went through this cycle a number of times until around 14:00, when I came to a big blank spot in my notes that threw me into a mild anxiety spiral. The only way to stop it was to stop transcribing notes, and that threw me out of housekeeping as well. All this was okay, though. I’d gotten a number of adventures typed up, and cleaned my living room and bedroom; swept the litter off the floor around Hendrix’s litterbox; and taken out a lot of garbage.

Saturday went so well that I decided to make it my usual transcription/housework day. This is especially important because neither thing was getting done with them on a random schedule.

And Sunday:

Did not want to get out of bed, but finally pulled myself out for good about an hour before I needed to start out for Oasis with my gimpy broken toe and crutches. Fed cat, sorted pills, and basically packed up everything with a closed cup of coffee I’d made the night before.

Got to Oasis Games and settled in to game from Noon-16:00. As I expected, I warmed up to gaming once the session started, and I had a fun time. One of our regular players went from tardy (which is his usual MO) to completely absent, which was annoying, because he didn’t bother texting or calling Lynn to tell him/us he was going to be absent. But Cayden was there, and we were all worried they’d not be able to return at all, so it was good to have them back.

After game, I was supposed to walk home with Daz and settle in for a chat about my Pathfinder character, but he hadn’t slept in like two nights, so we all encouraged him to go home and rest. I assured him I didn’t mind waiting another night to discuss my character, and I really didn’t. Insomnia is hell, and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone. So Daz left, and I hung out with Kit until his ride came, then hiked myself home on my crutches. LOL I’ve been taking it easy on these jaunts and giving myself extra time, because I don’t see a point in working up a sweat in the heat to get from Point A to Point B.

Since getting home, I’ve primarily zoned. Chatted a bit online. Discovered the texting app that came with my phone has an option to text online and been using that to coordinate things like MTG and D&D with friends.

Gaming & Stuff!

Dice!

Chessex 6-sided Dice

The & Stuff started with grocery shopping at 08:00 this morning. Went an hour earlier because of the crutches. My friend Ross drove me to the store and home, and pushed the cart for me. All the while heckling me. LOL He’s fun to be around. He also mentioned Temple Squares will be starting square dancing in I think September. After the trip to the grocery, he brought my food upstairs, then stayed for about 20 minutes petting Hendrix, who, for once, did not nip at him. I think he liked the attention. LOL

After that, I called Mom and did some housework, then headed out to Oasis to play D&D. Honestly, I didn’t feel like it. I felt like I’d walked all over the grocery about 3 times, and just wanted to veg at home. But I went. Would have had to go anyway, and I knew that if I went to game, I’d feel more like gaming once I got started. We had a good session. Finished off the encounter we were in last time we had to stop and traveled a bit.

While we gamed, I told Phil that the games store was expecting to have a very busy weekend, and we tentatively agreed to cancel game next week because of it. After tame, while I was waiting in the front of Oasis to meet someone who wanted to buy my Nook Glowlight, I contacted Trish and Greg about the cancellation and Phil’s suggestion that we play 2 sessions of D&D next month to make up for the days we’d missed this month. I agreed with him, that 2 sessions doesn’t feel like enough. Before the Nook Meeting happened, we’d all agreed to play D&D 2 Saturdays next month.

That left me about another hour or so of wait time, but I was able to nail down some more plans for my campaign. When the person who was buying my Nook arrived, we made the exchange quickly, and I was suddenly $50 richer. I set aside some of it for room rental next month, then purchased a couple items I’ve wanted to get: 6-sided dice for MTG and some precise-fit sleeves for my MTG cards. I got only one package because I wasn’t sure if they were end-loading.

Came home, had another chat with Mom, discovered the sleeves were indeed end-loading, and marked my dice. Also typed up 1-1/2 adventures from Lynn’s games while chatting with Kit on MeWe.

Forgot to Post Yesterday

How-To-Gimp Book

My friend JA Marlow got me the GIMP books.

Well, Wall O’ Tired hit suddenly last night, and totally obliterated my thoughts of posting before bed. It was a good day, though. Got in touch with my friend Anita and made tentative plans to get together with her this week.

Also cracked open one of the GIMP books, and discovered that it didn’t mesh with my version of GIMP. I’ve hunted down the version of GIMP the book seems to go to, but I’m not sure just which link in the list to follow to download, so I’m waiting for Jam to get a day off to ask for her help. I figure if I learn 2.8, I’ll be able to move to 2.10 without a lot of problem. I’d just go with the book and shrug the differences off—they’re minor, really—except coming across the differences hit my anxiety and I’m not sure I can just tough it out. But I think if I get 2.8 I’ll be able to learn it with ease. The book I’m using, GIMP for Absolute Beginners by Jan Smith and Róman Joost, is very easy to follow and literally took me through even the earliest steps possible: Downloading the GIMP program itself. So yeah, I think that’s the one to go with.

I chatted with my mom a bit too. She wants to come over on Tuesday, so we set those plans down.

And it looks like I’ll be gaming with Kit’s group this Friday. At least, everyone agrees 3pm is a good time for us to meet. Not sure about gaming on Saturday with MLTGF, though, as Oasis is having 3 major events that weekend and all the rooms are booked and it’ll be very busy otherwise. We’d all have to arrive right at 10:00 to get any tables.

Crazy Days

Gift Books from Somebody

GIMP books gifted to me. From who? Dunno.

This is the kind of craziness that comes from bipolar disorder, not from having hectic days, and the craziness started on Wednesday.

I took my night meds and went to bed. Then I spent the next 3-4 hours babbling D&D plans. Needless to say, I was no longer tired enough to sleep. So I pulled myself out of bed and worked on the D&D plans.

Wednesday, I’ll have you know, is also the day I was to go paint minis with Kit, then spend a couple of hours playing MTG with some friends. All of which I did. But boy was I tired after that.

And what do I do when I get home? I fire up the computer to read incomplete wips instead of going to bed. I think I finally made it to bed around midnight.

Thursday I was up bright and early. I’m counting it, even though I didn’t actually get out of bed until near 10:00, because I laid awake after that initial phone call from Mom. She brought over a window AC unit for me, and we installed it in one of my bedroom windows.

So today was D&D day with my long-time gaming friends and Greg. Today because I was supposed to go grocery shopping Saturday, but those plans fell through after I changed D&D’s date, so I just left it. I think I did better in some ways with the DMing, and in other ways worse. Overall, though, I think it was a fun session for us all, and that’s really what counts most. Phil asked what we should do for next month, and I said MTG since we did Vampires last month. He agreed to that and invited Greg to both the other games, and I think Greg’s going to go for ’em both. I know he’s interested in doing MTG, and he seemed interested to do Vampires too.

Because I expected to meet someone who’s buying my one Nook from me after gaming, I moved with Greg into the main part of the store after gaming. That person had apparently come earlier, mistaking the time we’d agreed to meet. So, for a while, I sat with Greg and went over a method I hope helps him with his MTG playing a little more. I basically wrote out the steps I go through when playing and did a couple of examples for him, then went through the steps with him a few times to ensure he understood the process. He said he’d been having trouble with it all and that my step-by-step format helped him work through it easier, and that makes me happy. I’m glad I could help him with it.

He was kind enough to help me cart some of my D&D stuff to and from Oasis, and on the way in, I checked my snail mail box as I like to do on days when I’ve been out. Found a package box key in my mailbox. Now, I hadn’t ordered anything delivered, so I thought the mail carrier may have misread the name or address or something on the package, but I found two packages in the package box with my pen first name and legal last name and the correct address. Brought them up, then visited with Greg for a while before he had to go—but as soon as he was gone, I opened those suckers.

Someone sent me those GIMP books in the pic above! I think I know who, but I’m not sure. I’ll definitely be asking them, though. LOL

And now I’m going to go to bed early and sleep until I wake up naturally. I am pooped.

Sorry for the Silence

Broken Toe!

Toes, buddy-taped.

After all the worry over JJ, I was a bit emotionally worn out, so that’s why I didn’t post Friday. But I have good news! JJ’s doing fine. He was just in the hospital, and they don’t give out patient info without a code that I didn’t have. He contacted me Friday to say he was out, and apologized for standing me up over the Aviary visit. I assured him I didn’t care about that as much as I cared about his health and safety. At his suggestion, we’ve rescheduled for this Thursday, but I may have to cancel depending on what Podiatry says about my foot.

But before that, an update on Saturday.

I awoke Saturday morning with an absolutely incredible sinus headache. It felt like a horse had stepped on my head and was so bad that being vertical made it hurt more. I did only what I absolutely had to do, including taking some DayQuil, and returned to bed. Then, around 10:00, I contacted my friends to cancel gaming since the headache hadn’t really abated any. After another hour, I was bored out of my mind and got up anyway, but I wasn’t really functional. After another dose of DayQuil, though, things got better. I managed to write a bit. Still, I was in bed by 21:00 Saturday night.

So now, the reason why I’m waiting to see what Podiatry says about my foot (this is pretty much a paste from what I typed over at MeWe for my friends, cause I’m tired of retelling this story to everyone who asks):

On my way to Oasis Games to play D&D with Kit and some other friends today, my right foot slipped on some water coming out of the planters in front of Café d’Bolla, which is on the ground level of the Stoneground building. My left toe caught me, and I didn’t end up having a worse fall (which would have been on at least 1 knee, if that had happened). Instead of going in to the hospital right away, I thought, “Oh, it’s just a slight sprain and will be fine if I ice it.”

So I got to Oasis and grabbed a bag of ice that the barista there was more than happy to give me and went to the room where we usually game with Lynn. While I waited for everyone to arrive, I iced my toe. It didn’t hurt too much while I was seated, so I didn’t think anything of it. Well, over the course of the afternoon, my toe developed that purple bruise across the top. Walking on it was painful, but not excruciating (me forgetting that I have a high pain tolerance most of the time).

Like I usually do after gaming Sundays, I waited with my friend Kit for his ride to come get him. While we waited Kit suggested that I go in to the hospital to have my toe looked at. Regarding that bruise and the pain I was in while afoot, and the fact that I couldn’t move the toe, I decided to listen and asked if his father would be willing to drive me up to the VA. Kit sent a text to his father, who didn’t respond to it. When his father arrived, Kit promised to make his father take me and went to go hop in the car, then they came around to pick me up.

Klaus drove me to the VA hospital, and I had him drop me off at the front door and hobbled into the ER. Immediately after checking in, a guy who was short of breath arrived, and he was seen first, but I didn’t much mind. I’d gotten a seat in one of the funky wheelchairs they have all over the VA, and was content to wait since I was the only other patient in the ER at the time.
Shortly after getting the short-of-breath man into the ER, the nurse, Uta (German name I’m not sure on spelling; sounds like “Yoo-tah”) took my vitals and wheeled me right up to Radiology, where a tech named Demarcus (sp may be wrong) took me in for x-rays. About five mins later, I was on my way back to the ER with Uta.

She took me to what was apparently the only room that was in any way neat, put ice on my toe, and went to fetch the doc. He looked at it, and explained that there was a crack right beneath the bruise, then told me to keep it iced. He also told me my sandal was perfect for wearing, because all that he’d do was give me a similar type of medical shoe, and told me he’d prescribe a painkiller and have the nurse buddy-tape my toe. Uta returned after he left, buddy-taped my toe, and got me a pair of crutches along with everything I’d need to do the tape job myself.

Uta pushed me in the wheelchair to the pharmacy and I showed the tech there my VA ID card, then while I waited, I adjusted the grips on my new crutches. There were a young woman and her brother there, and I asked them kindly to please take the wheelchair I’d come in back to the front of the hospital since there was no way I’d be able to manage it with 2 crutches, and she agreed. They left with the chair, and I got my -codone med, and hobbled back out to the hospital’s entry and called a cab.

The Cab drove me home, and that’s the story. Doc said he’d have Podiatry call me for an appt later this week, and I watched Uta’s procedure with my toes to make sure I could tape ’em up again later. But that’s it!

No Aviary Visit

Hendrix with D&D books.

Imma read ur D&D books. Upside-down, even!

I pulled myself out of bed by 09:00 this morning so that I’d have enough time to prepare to go to the Tracy Aviary with my friend JJ. Sadly, he had not responded to any of my contacts since Tuesday, and I was already concerned about his silence after he messaged on MeWe that he was at a hospital on Tuesday. He didn’t respond to my texts or phone calls this morning either. I tried calling the hospital to see if he was an inpatient, and they said they had nobody by his last name there. Also notified Kit that I hadn’t heard from JJ for a couple days since that mysterious and troubling message he left on MeWe on Tuesday.

After I realized we wouldn’t be meeting today at all, and that he wasn’t going to respond, I went and laid down to get over the the stress of JJ’s lack of communication. I think I even managed to sleep a little. This was good, because I hadn’t slept well last night, and that probably wasn’t helping the stress factor.

Since there was nothing I could do to get a response from JJ at present, I packed up some D&D stuff to take to the Pride Center with me. I’d already gotten an agreement from Kevin on Wednesday that he’d drive me home if I came and hung out with him before the support group I wanted to go to. So that was what I did, while working on D&D stuff. Happily, I got all the must-do stuff done and have since been working on something purely fun for me (and hopefully my players).

When I got home, I fed my cat and then quickly called Mom, who’d left a message while I was at the Pride Center. I convinced her not to spend money she didn’t need to spend on something for me that I don’t really need. Tried contacting JJ again too, but no response to my message, so I emailed him. Did my languages on Duolingo, a teensy bit of work on one of my wips, had supper, and took some pics of Hendrix. I’ve posted the most amusing of them above. LOL

Yet Another Eye Exam

Chairs and carpet and wallls!

My favorite VA waiting room.

I had another VA hospital visit today, for two reasons. One, I had to have X-Rays taken of my knees to determine what might be causing the pain I’ve been feeling in them. I did that this morning, before noon. This was a pretty quick process that required a minimum of discomfort from me. Well, in addition to the discomfort I usually feel. I got the results pretty quickly; my doc called to tell me that there’s no evidence of arthritis in either of my knees, though there is a little bit of some wear. She thinks that if I can lose some weight, the pain will go down. Easier said than done, right?

After that, I went to wait for my next appointment, which was for an eye exam. This is a new thing, and something of a big deal for me. Because I’ve developed diabetes, they’ve been checking my eyes for glaucoma. I go in every few months, and they take a picture of my optic nerve, then have me go through a vision field test to determine if I’ve lost any of my vision.

Today was a little different. I also had a full standard exam—the dilation and reading test and all. But the picture of my optic nerve didn’t reveal any progression of glaucoma, though the vision field test indicated I’d lost some vision. What this means is that they want me to go in three months from now for repeats of these two particular tests, and if there does seem to be any progression of glaucoma, they’ll give me an additional eye drop to use along with the one I’ve been putting in.

After that, I just wanted to come home, so I’m glad I told my friends who I usually play MTG with that I wouldn’t be able to do so today. When I got home, I fired up the computer, put water on to cook, and then decided to turn off the stove and lie down for a bit. I think I was down for about two hours, but I got up feeling better.

I spent some time idling online, then buckled down and did some work on my D&D prep. Not on what I should have been working on, but I wanted to do something fun, so I decided to start a separate treasure listing for Magnificent Milzen’s Mercantile. Milzen’s not a mage, but he is magical, and he’s going to be recurring every so often, and not always in a place that makes sense. LOL

Also did some Duolingo, both Spanish and German. Am considering doing more, it was so much fun. I really forget how much fun learning languages can be when I stop doing it.

That’s it for today!

Volunteer Shift and Floor Plans

Floor Plans!

I had my volunteer shift today. Because I didn’t sleep well last night, I almost didn’t go in, but I decided to at the last minute and went in anyway. So I gathered everything I thought I’d need for doing floor plans for D&D and headed out.

Was two stops down the Trax line when I realized I’d forgotten the master floor plan—the one I did on graph paper that I’ve been enlarging from. This meant I had to either do it all from memory, or I had to go back and get it. Almost decided to try it from memory, but as the train stopped, a northbound train pulled in, so I hopped off and caught it before it headed off, hurried to my apartment, and grabbed the master floor plan.

I managed to draw up all the floor plans I think I’ll absolutely need for this weekend, which makes me happy.

Back at home, I managed to do a few rounds of Duolingo on the two languages I’m learning on and off. Also purchased some Two Year Novel ebooks from a friend of mine on Smashwords to start plugging a story into.

Another Mini Painted!

Elf Paladin Mini!

Riardon the Elf Paladin

Today was a pretty good day. I managed to get out of bed without any hint of depression, and I got up early enough to do some research on what I needed to do for my D&D prep and get some of the missing stuff done.

Went to Oasis Games about an hour after they opened, taking my D&D prep stuff, paints, a palette, brushes, and a container for water, as well as my storage thing for minis with me. While I waited for Kit to arrive at our appointed time, I worked on D&D prep. He showed up a little early, and we got started painting minis. He did a Dwarf Cleric and I painted an Elf Paladin.

Came home around 16:30 after waiting with Kit for his ride to show up, and did some more D&D prep work. Should have done more, but I was just unable to focus well enough on it. I’ll get more of it done later this week, though. And I’ll be taking paper and stuff for floor-plan drawing at my volunteer sift tomorrow, so there’s that.

Started Out Rough

At around 04:30 this morning, the electricity went off. I know this because my CPAP machine turned off. It didn’t come back on until 09:30. As a result, I dragged my ass to Lynn’s D&D session. But I made it. Had a fun time too. Now I’m off to bed ’cause I’m just too tired to stay up any longer.

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