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Personal Demons

I periodically personify things that plague me; those who were readers during the depths of my depression may remember that I turned it into a blubbery, rubbery demon named "Ol' Squishy" that rode around on my back like a big pile of goo, for instance.

Well, this cold has been bad enough to be named a personal demon, whom I call Hack. Hack was sent by whatever diabolical power it is who hates it whenever I start to be productive, who saw that I was getting a post-con bounce from FC and was determined to put a stop to it by any means necessary. Hack's main goal is to squander all of my leave time from work, forcing me to sleep 18 hours a day and then do little more than play puzzle games on the computer the rest of the time. He does this both to prevent me from being productive now, but also to force me to have to work extra hours in the upcoming weeks to earn comp time, thus preventing me from being productive when he's gone.

He's not a particularly powerful demon, but he makes the most of what abilities he's got.

There's not a lot I can do about Hack; Ol' Squishy I could defeat using my intellect, keeping good company, and getting intense bouts of exercise. The only thing to be done about Hack is to endure. Today I feel well enough to actually work from home (as opposed to, y'know, sleep from home), so hopefully I've stopped burning vacation hours now while I've still got -30. *cry* At the rate of just over 7 hours accrued every 2 weeks, I'll get back up to zero sometime around the end of March. Cripes. If I am very disciplined about it (and don't get sick again), I should be all right in time for AC, and I can work o/t to build up comp time if needed in the meantime. But Hack has certainly done a number on my next several months' flexibility.

-The Gneech


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Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Crikey o.0 Do you have mono or something?

Rest up, good luck fighting it ^ ^;;
Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
No, it's a plain ol' common cold with a side of pink-eye; it's just a particularly severe one. :P And of course, three days after I got home, laurie_robey had it too. :P

Thanks. :) I think it's on the way out, but it's putting up a struggle!

-The Gneech
Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:47 pm (UTC)
It's not my pink-eye (or red-eye, depending on what time you saw me), mine wasn't a catchable variety, I promise you that much ^.^;
Feb. 2nd, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Get well soon buddy, I'm currently beating mini-Hack into submission with copious amounts of Beechams Flu remedy and cups of Good ol' Tea :D
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
He's part of the Hack n Sneeze company, which is mking the rounds right now. One of their "counselors" took great umbrage to my playing music on Friday and struck me down hard.
Feb. 2nd, 2009 09:43 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that you're (at least slightly) on the mend. We were surprised too just how it affected our sleep patterns.

Hope things aren't too crazy trying to recover from it.
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:04 am (UTC)
Thank god I didn't catch that when we were at the con... Upon second x-ray my wrist is officially broken, and if I had a cast and a mega-cold, it would be extra ugly.
Feb. 4th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
That song is by Pansy Division. Not the sort of thing I'd expect your music collection to boast; you're full of surprises, you are...
Feb. 4th, 2009 12:25 pm (UTC)
It floated by on one of my Pandora stations one day and tickled my funny bone. :) One of these days I'll probably do a sketch of Brody singing it, with Drezzer providing an appropriately rude gesture in response. :)

Feb. 4th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC)
Sorry you're still under the weather. Though, with a name like Hack, I'm visualizing an amorphous dark-gray blob riding around on your shoulders wearing a Voorhees-style hockey mask.
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