Ashe Elton Parker

A Writer of LGBTQ+ Characters in Speculative Fiction

Tag: Duolingo

16-17Oct18: Another Day Missed!

I was away from my computer yesterday, and I don’t have the ability to update my blog from any device except my desktop computer at home, so here I am at 04:00 or so on Thursday updating for two days again. And a look in my “bullet journal” shows me I recorded absolutely nothing I did on the 16th. Well! Let me see what I can recall.

First, did I get anything from my list done on Tuesday?

I went to my volunteer shift. Got my 250 words. Did my languages and AEP post.

Got to bed around 01:00, if I remember right. After about an hour, I slept like crap for about 2 hours, then laid in bed awake with my eyes closed for another 3 or so, for a total of 6+ hours of bed time for little result. Oh, well.

Rose at around 07:00, I think. Was back in bed after most of my morning routine at 08:00. Got up at 10:00 with intent to finish entering my Wednesday Pathfinder character’s info into the online character sheet and took an hour nap on the sofa instead, then moved back into my bedroom for better sleep until 13:00 or so. Finally had breakfast, then laid down for another hour or so before dragging myself out of bed to go to Demolition Games.

There, I played MTG with Kaydan and Greg. Daz showed up later, and he played a round with them while I suffered under a horrendous tension pull headache. After that, Greg offered to get me some ibuprofen at a nearby convenience store and I accepted the offer. At about the same time he came back with the medicine, Phil, Dan, and Dave showed up for Pathfinder. That we played until around 20:30, when Kaydan couldn’t take the noise out in the main part of the store any longer and departed. Daz summarized the remainder of our in-game activities, then we chatted for a bit as we took our time packing up to leave.

Came home. I went downstairs to Daz’s apartment and helped him with is dishes and cooking up something to eat, then we watched a movie on Vudu.

7Oct18: A Movie Night at Last!

Sunday started with a trip to get groceries with my friend Ross. After that, Lynn’s D&D from noon until 16:00; pretty much everyone else in the group finally leveled up after we discovered some major discrepancies in XP. Varick joined me, Daz, and Kit for a chat at Oasis while waiting for Kit’s ride, then the rest of us came back home. I got my Duolingo lessons in while Daz and Varick stopped at Daz’s place to drop off Daz’s gaming things. I wanted to write, but had no time.

But we finally got a movie night in!

It took us three weeks to find a site that offered the first Captain America movie, not to mention cancellations for a couple of other reasons. It was good to sit down with Daz and Varick to watch the movie we’d been looking forward to seeing for so long. Afterward, we sat chatting for a bit, petting and playing with Hendrix. I hated to see them go, but Varick had to start home so he wouldn’t miss the last train. After going to see him off and checking on Inara, Daz came back up and we made a cooperative meal and watched Little Shop of Horrors, which he had not seen before. We had some good laughs over how corny and campy the movie is, then Daz skedaddled after because he wanted to get some sleep.

So, all in all, a good day!

4Oct18: More Done than it Seemed

Thursday seemed like a lazy day, but I actually got more than I thought done. Looking at my list of tasks accomplished, I have the following:

Read a free article on the business of writing
Did my Languages
Turned in my rent check, Hendrix’s Rabies vax proof, and a note about the trash room on my floor
Played MTG
Wrote my 250 words
Had a long chat with my mom
Helped my friend Greg get his Farepay card for transit, and set up his online account for it
Recorded things in my not-a-bullet-journal
Wrote the AEP update for the 3rd and posted it
And got to bed at a decent hour

Pretty good, I’d say.

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.

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