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Oooh I’ll get by…

Posted in Gaming, Random Rolls with tags , , , , , , on April 22, 2011 by Cassie

I’ve had a hard few months.  Lyme disease isn’t exactly fun stuff, but what can you do?  It’s not going to last forever so I’m just going to take it for now. 

There are days when I can’t get out of bed.  I literally lie there pressing play on the same movie over and over.  But I’m not here to dwell on symptoms, I’m here to dwell on the support system which has shown itself since this happened.

I’ve had relatives all over the place offering help, visiting and sending cards and little gifts.  My room is filled with small objects given to me by people who want me to know they’re there for me.  I cherish every single one.  It’s amazing to know how many of my relatives have gone through things with similar symptoms and similar consequences. 

I’ve heard from only two “real-world” friends, but not very often.  I’m not upset about it, life happens and people move on.  They’ve been supportive when we’ve spoken though.  And once I can leave the house they’ll be there.

The real surprise has been my online friends.  They’re always there.  I have four friends on Steam who have been absolutely amazing, and one more Steam friend who has been great too.  Just to clarify, I separated them because the group is of five of us and the other doesn’t know the other four.  I had two of these five people give me new games, both because I’m down to my last chunk of emergency fund and also because they thought I would enjoy them. 

These five people have been exactly what I need.  They’re like a drop of normalcy when most of my days are not.  They’re concerned, but won’t pry if I ask them not to.  They’re patient and kind, and a little inappropriate when it means a laugh.  They don’t make a big deal of the fact that I’m a chick playing Left 4 Dead, which you’d be surprised how many people do.  One of them is even waiting for me to finish single player Portal 2 so that we can both discover the Co op together.

So all in all this experience of being ill has sucked, but it’s been one of the most valuable experiences of my life.  It’s been amazing to see the friendships I’ve found, and I couldn’t feel luckier to have them.  So I guess I’ll get by with a little help from my friends.  (Cheezy ending, had to be done.  Sorry!)

Cheers!  –Cassie

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Snow, Snow, Snow

Posted in Random Rolls with tags , , , on February 21, 2011 by Cassie

We’ve had nothing but snow here for the past week or so, and it’s been plaguing my internet connection, though to be fair it was messed up before the snow even thought about visiting.

A few months ago we had a huge hurricane here and ever since our internet has been sporadic at best, the snow isn’t helping…come to think of it, neither is our interent provider….but that’s for another day.

Here we’re having a problem because it’s not just snowing on the damaged cables, but we have a constant cycle of snowing, freezing, warming up, and melting.  The wires aren’t happy about it, which makes me not happy about it because on my bad days I can’t distract myself with websites, and on my good days I can’t shotgun zombies in the face Left 4 Dead style.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the snow.  I love it even when I’m shovelling it.  There are times here when you get up in the night and it’s snowing so silently you think you’re deaf, and the whole house is lit up from the white softness drifting from the sky.  It’s the best.  In a world where the wind never stops, you always notice when it does.  So it snows and snows and snows, and I love every second of it.

Until I try and log on.

And that’s my story for the day, hoping to be up and running properly soon.

Cheers!  –Cassie.