I think I’m going blind. No, no – I’m not a hypochondriac with yet another ailment. I have plenty of real ones without coming up with any new ones. It’s just that I’ve been making my eyes work overtime lately and they’re complaining.
First and foremost, I finally got my reconstituted computer back. I think I actually went through a kind of “withdrawal” over the 2 weeks I didn’t have it. I realized that so much of what I do day to day includes the computer. And I sweated over losing 6 years worth of information. Thank God I had recently backed up the family history data and photos. If I hadn’t, I would have lost so much – some things that I won’t have access to again!! So my mantra from this day forward is – Back it up . . . back it up . . . back it up!
Not that backing things up solves all my problems. I’ve spent the better part of two days trying to get the computer back to its prior status – they reinstalled the operating system, but the programs were all gone. So I’ve been downloading programs, reconnecting data, setting favorites, etc, etc. It’s still not completely restored, but it sure is getting there. My tired eyes can attest to that.
My eyes have been being overworked in other areas, too. I have, for better or worse, signed up for an educational program run by the Episcopal Church. It’s called Education for Ministry (or EFM) and consists of 4 years of reading (hence the eye strain) and seminars. My first seminar is tonight, so I’ve been reading and studying over the past few days since I got my books on Sunday. I haven’t taken a course in over 20 years and I’m concerned that the fibromyalgia will make it difficult. I hope I learn something other than how much I wish my body worked better.
Dancing with the Stars new season started this week and I’ve managed to watch the first two shows. I will have to miss the result show tonight because I’ll be in class. I’m not yet impressed with the stars overall, but it is only the first week. I’m not sure how I feel about Cloris Leachman – her antics are funny, and yet sad somehow. Susan Lucci is a bit of a disappointment. I guess you expect more from “Erica Kane.” My heart goes out to Toni Braxton (no pun intended) – I hope this show helps both her strength and confidence grow.
Last, but not least, the eyes have been giving me some pleasure reading. I finished one book, Mayflowerby Nathaniel Philbrick, which was an eminently readable history of the first New England colony in Plymouth, MA and the subsequent 50 or so years. It was actually rather thought provoking, though I did find a mistake in it for any of the purists. Mary Rowlandson, an English captive of the Indians during “King Philip’s War,” was married to Rev Joseph Rowlandson, not Rev John Rowlandson. The story details are accurate, but first name of her husband is incorrect in the book. Possibly a proof-reader oversight? How do I know this? It appears that one of my husband’s ancestors was a sibling of Joseph Rowlandson. Amazingly, I realized it when reading the book, but had to wait for the computer to get back to check my own recall.
I’m now reading a book by Robin Cook called Crisis. I have read all of Mr Cook’s prior books and enjoy his stories of medicine and mystery very much. This one is set in Boston, instead of New York, so I have some frame of reference when he describes going from place to place. In addition to medical intrigue, his books all include some “cutting edge” medical issue – genetic manipulation, pharmaceutical research, for example. This book looks at traditional vs “concierge” medicine. I’m about 3/4 done and don’t know whether I want to finish or not. I want to know the ending but I know I won’t want the book to be done. I find, when I read a book that is in a series with a continuing character (Jack Stapleton in Cook’s books, Kate Scarpetta in Patricia Cornwell’s books), I want to keep reading about their lives. I guess it’s like watching the soaps on TV.
Right now, my eyes are complaining and I’m going to have to get my glasses. Then maybe I should call the eye doctor for a check-up. The glasses don’t seem to be working as well as they used to.
I just hope the eyes will hold up while I drive to and from class tonight. And I should probably resist the urge to continue updating the computer for the rest of today, anyway.
Thank God so much of it was backed up. My eyes would never have survived having to reenter all that data from scratch again!