Weekend Updates

I actually have some weekend-y updates to share this time. Weird, no?

Friday night I didn’t do much but watch TV. So sue me. I wanted to relax. I love Frasier, and have been re-watching the show through. Love it all over again. I forgot how fond of it I was, even though I didn’t follow it through to the end when it aired originally. I’m a little startled how long it’s been off the air. Goodness, the years get away from me.

But Saturday, I had to get up early to go see the optician again for my contacts follow-up. If you’re not familiar with the saga, I got contacts a couple of weeks back and have been trying to toughen my eyes to them because they offer much, much better vision correction than my glasses, and have the added benefit of stabilizing my poor, torn-up corneas while I wear them. The bad news is they bug the royal crap out of me, and I haven’t been able to wear them longer than about eight hours so far. Then, with the car disaster last weekend, I didn’t have any conditioning/disinfectant solution, so I didn’t wear them again until Thursday when my ordered solution (finally) arrived from our Wal-mart online purchase.

When I got to the appointment at about 9:20AM (appointment was for 9:30AM), I’d been wearing them about an hour. They were bugging me already. The optician had a drop-in appointment (someone the receptionist WEDGED between me and the patient before me for some stupid reason) and I didn’t get in for another half-hour. By the time I sat with the guy and explained what all was wrong, they were in full my-eyes-hate-these-things mode. So the optician looked them over, took them away and asked me to try some different (smaller) lenses. But just as he did the first time, he disliked how much they shifted off-center when I blinked and didn’t center well on my corneas. Ah, well. The answer, of course, is the ridiculously expensive hybrid lenses meant for people with post-surgery corneal issues, but I can’t afford those. So.

When he came back he asked me to put my lenses back in and HOLYCRAPWHATDIDYOUDO?! They felt AMAZING! Light years better! All he did, he said, was buff the edges. And voila!  — they’re so much more comfortable to wear now.

So despite not having worn them for almost a week, I kept them in for about eight hours Saturday, and pulled them out about 5:30PM. My eyes felt abused, as they always do, and the spectacle blur which follows removing them is a PITA, but now I can continue trying to get my wear time up to a full work-day. I can only pray that’s soon, because these things do wonders for my vision.

Unfortunately, they still give me trouble from time to time, and I have to mess with them more than I’d like, but I do have an irregular cornea. Like I said, whenever the Lord gives me the chance to prove to Him that money won’t ruin me, I’ll get the hybrids, or find someone who can do a corneal transplant or something. Until then, this will have to do.

During the rest of my Saturday, I edited like crazy. I managed to get the better part of three more chapters finalized and in the hopper. I’m down to just thirteen scenes to go. I spent Sunday doing more, and I should be finished completely before next weekend. Then it’s on to making the cover – I already have the concept I want, and have to see if I can execute it with my paltry Photoshop skills – and then, finally, conversion to Kindle format.

I’m also launching the book in the Kindle Select program, which means it will be exclusive to the Kindle for the first 90 days, then I’ll sell it at the regular price. I hope this provides a boost in name recognition, but I’m not holding out much hope of that. Still, it’s not going to hurt anything, and of course I already have another story outlined for those 90 days, and hope to get down the road on the writing pretty far. I think I’ll go with Scrivener this time to see if it’s ebook exporting features are as good as I’ve heard.

Other than that, good company with my loving spouse and kids, and not much else. How ‘bout you? Anything exciting happen for you over the weekend?



3 thoughts on “Weekend Updates

  1. Frasier, in it’s heyday, was one of the finest television programs I’ve ever seen. It was very well written and incredibly performed.

    Yes, it is! Brilliant, and it’s better than anything I’ve seen in recent years on TV now, though I don’t watch current shows, so I’m limited in my statement.

    But speaking of great television, I just heard on the radio that Richard Dawson passed away.

    Indeed, and I was saddened to learn so.

    That guy was the best game show host ever. He was just so calm, cool and collected amongst people going crazy and being all stressed out. And yes, he was lecherous, but that was hilarious. That was his schtick.

    He was, without question, unrivaled as a game show host, even the fictional Damon Killian.

    But back on to Frasier.

    My Top Five Fave Frasier Moments
    5. Bulldog getting upset and shouting “This stinks. It’s total BS!” then completely calming down again like nothing happened. Awesome stuff.
    4. Martin pretending to be gay to brush off a female admirer only to then be introduced to a gay man and double-date with Frasier and some woman. HA!
    3. The part where Daphne’s ex-boyfriend visits and she pretends to be married to Niles and Frasier and Roz (pretending to be Maris) are pretending to be married and both women are constantly flirting with this guy. And Martin pretending to be an astronaut. That was great! What a zoo!
    2. Frasier and the station manager arguing then fooling around on the air. The dirty girl incident. Oh, that was HYSTERICAL.
    1. Niles telling some guy off at the coffee shop with a long, metaphor-laden insult about this guy having no dick. “… the only male in recorded history to suffer from penis envy!” HAHAHAHAHA! Yeah, that was great!

  2. I loved Frasier and I plan to start watching it again. Not much of interest for my weekend.

    Mine either. I shouldn’t bore you all with such drivel, I suppose, but what else can I share? 🙂 And Frasier rocks. Loved it the first time, loving it the second too.

  3. Oh gosh, contact lens issues… I tolerate contacts quite well, relatively speaking, but I stopped wearing them anyway because I can’t be bothered fiddling with them at least twice a day. I still have a bunch in my drawer, in the packages. (I’m not worried about the cost, because my work health plan covers them.) I’m going to try to wear them to my cousin’s wedding next weekend. We’ll see how that works out! Good luck with yours.

    Thanks. I’ll need it. I’m having the WORST time building up to the ability to wear them through a work day. I’m just afraid I’ll blink them out the way I do after about three or four hours. Tomorrow (Sat) will tell the tale!

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