Friday, November 30, 2012

We've got health insurance!

My COBRA was over on Nov. 10th and I whiffed and didn't getting anything else lined up. I was very surprised that, as time ran out, I wasn't be bombarded with offers to switch from COBRA to private insurance. When I called United Health Care to inquire about what options they had, I found out why.

They don't offer insurance to the public in California.

Actually, as far as I can tell, they aren't really in that market much of anywhere. They specialize in being administrators of companies' self-insurance plans. Intuit had self-insurance.

I had two days to get another option but supposedly I'm going to be converted to an employee at my new job so my motivation to do all that work for just a few weeks of insurance was limited. I was also concerned about pre-existing conditions, which all three of us have.

Which is how the kids and I ended up on Mr. Mac's insurance plan.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I'm a Winner! (NaNoWriMo)

This was my first attempt at NaNoWriMo (more formally National Novel Writing Month). I did attempt a novel once when I first graduated from college. Before that I only did short stories and poetry and I was convinced I was an extremely talented writer who would be famous for my novels some day.

But trying to write a novel killed me as a writer. I never wrote any fiction after that ever again until this month. (So it's been 33 years - wow.)

I'm not sure what the deal is with novels but I found them much harder than just writing a longer short story or writing several short stories strung together and trying to do a novel convinced me that I didn't have the talent to be a writer so I stopped writing except for work and my blog and message boards all of which are non-fiction.

Isn't that sad?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

No Headache (sort of)

On Friday night, i went to bed with a slight headache. The next day it was gone and did not come back until bedtime again. It wasn't exactly 24 hours, more like 23 but I think that's the best I've done so far.

Of course, I am sick and took this big nap in the middle of hte day after sleeping in in the morning. So I was asleep for 16 of those 23 hours.

But it happened. So there's hope.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Head Report: One Year and Counting

It's been over a year since  I hurt my head. Around Halloween, I had a dramatic improvement. I woke feeling cured with no restlessness and little thought to my head for hours. I still was getting headaches every day but some days they were so slight I hesitated to call them headaches.

I started dreaming of working out and even doing a 5k in December.

But then we started putting in long hours at work and working a war room. It was my first war room experience and I enjoyed many aspects of it and think it's the right thing to do for this phase of the project. But it kills my head.

I even had a headache so bad on Monday that I had to blow off my SVTC meeting and miss a great speaker.

I am frustrated though those two weeks where I saw light at the end of the tunnel have given me hope. With Thanksgiving coming up and a code-complete date in sight, I am hopeful that I will get back to where I was at Halloween. I am even planning to run every day starting Jan 1, 2013. So I better get better!

I am supposed to go back for a follow up visit next this week but I have no health insurance right now. As soon as I get a new policy started up, I will go back and see what the neurologist says.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm writing a book!

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) and this year I've decided to participate. I'm not actually writing a true novel. I'm writing my memoirs. More specifically I'm writing about the same things I write about on this blog, only with a more biographical slant.

I'm starting out just writing a series of stories as if each one was a blog post. I'm not worrying about how they all fit together. Or if they are in chronological order. Or polishing them.

When I'm done, the plan is to edit them into book format so that they do tie together somehow and present a coherent story.

It's only day three and I've already learned a lot.