Sunday, September 29, 2002

Anna and the King

This movie was spectacular, and very sad. Why is it that all extremely beautiful movies are so sad? I would put this with other movies: Kundun, Elizabeth, Ghandi and Hilary & Jackie. Pick the theme there... The acting was superb, the costumes exquisite. I feel a new costuming effort coming on, that doesn't require crazy makeup. The music didn't stick with me, it was upstaged by the imagery and story. The Thailand government does not endorse this movie as it is historically inaccurate, but it is still beautiful.

Too busy

With my co-lecturer away, I have been completely swamped at work and while housesitting. I'm looking forward to the break. Tiger (a black and white cat), has started eating, finally. Which means I don't have to be enemy for a while as I don't have to give him tablets if he is eating.

Students have been pestering me continuously for extensions and deferred tests. Even though I was horribly sick throughout my undergrad, and still now, I have never missed a prac. Only non-essential classes like lectures and tutes. I realise how difficult it is to work and study and be ill at the same time, but they seem to always put work above study too often. I think university policy needs to be re-worded to clearly state that 'work' is not a good enough reason to miss classes. Test marking starts on Monday, I'm not looking forward to it.

Had an ant infestation to add to my woes today, and found out about a broken promise, which has greatly upset me. Is this the tip of the iceberg? I hate being hassled to hassle others. And no-one is doing anything to help that situation, in fact it's just getting worse. I don't need to be stressing about this on top of everything else. Family do tomorrow. Really not looking forward to it. As usual I have been completely guilted into it.

I miss my garden and the relative quiet.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

Health update

I saw a kidney specialist today for my lumpy and swollen kidney. A good look at the IVP xrays showed that my left kidney is buggered - small, motheaten in the extreme, and not working very well at all. The right kidney is a little bigger to compensate, but is also starting to get moth-eaten. However, I basically have only one kidney between them. This could be due to a number of factors, and cannot be fixed, only monitored, and measures need to be taken to stop it getting worse. The next round of tests (this time I will glow) begins next week, for a baseline, in order to have something to compare to when monitoring the condition. This will happen regularly for the rest of my life.

I will be seeing the gynecologist sometime in October regarding my pelvic pain and endometriosis. Hopefully she will suggest an MRI, and will probably also want to do a laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and colonoscopy. I'm so sick of doctors, but at least the kidney specialist I saw was very good, knew his stuff, and explained everything in great detail. I hope the Gynie is just as good. Now to find a GP who isn't shoddy.

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Governments with no clue

More evidence that governments and legal systems are unjustifiable and completely out of touch - the Greek government has passed a law which bans the use of electronic games such as gameboys, those that come with mobile phones, and any games on home computers, including those that ship with operating systems. This is an effort to stop illegal gambling. Those found with electronic games (including tourists) face a heavy fine and possibly imprisonment. (via the null device)