I am, apparently, one of the lucky ones in terms of cramps. They come, and I feel them, and sometimes they're worse than others, but usually that Time of the Month comes and passes with little actual what one might call pain beyond an irritating headache.
What I do get, though, is about a day or more of a raised temperature. Nausea and headaches are distracting, but something about the way my brain reacts to fever means that it's that
that really makes that time an unproductive time, because Debi with a feverish brain is weak and sulky and very very distractible.
Of course I type all that out, and suddenly the lower back pain hits. Thank you, lower back pain. Now I have to prove I can ignore you (after ibuprofen) and get on with my work anyway. Huh.
(A couple hours later and I'm pain free)
What I'm getting to, the long way round, is that I had a pretty miserable start to the week, what with distractedness running into the high... things, combined with the mood issues, and the inevitable stress that comes just before a supervisory meeting.
The supervisory meeting went well, and my mood went from
aaaargh eee I hate myself and everything
within an hour so now I can properly appreciate the good things that have happened this week.
Firstly, most importantly and I hope you're paying attention here: I have a job
! An explainer position at the Science Museum, I'll be working face to face with visitors on the gallery and presumably in other situations, mostly children. Getting paid for talking about science. It's like coming home.
I also have a niece. Who is gorgeous and big and sleeps in my arms and makes vocalisation noises and why don't I have electronic pictures
? The crappest part of this job is fewer weekends to see her in, but I'm sure we can fix that, because holy crap I think I've addicted to being an aunt.
Also, thanks to Dave
, I now not only own LEGO Batman, but Katy now has a graphics card of a suitable standard to run it on! Which means I spent an hour last night running around LEGO Gotham until my fingers cramped up, and that Katy has officially made Frankenputer status, as the only thing original in there are three disc drives, her motherboard and processor.
I probably really shouldn't own LEGO Batman: I hear it's really addictive, and might force me to stay up late, and I have a PhD (!) and a job (!!) and a niece and a social life and the important pieces of that
involve being at a computer that isn't currently playing a full screen game. But, what're you gonna do? It's cute and fun and I had far too much fun blowing Robin up last night. So there.