For the past few weeks I’ve had this bump on my eyeball, which was weird enough, but then my whole eye started getting really irritated around it. I saw an optometrist who said he used to get them all the time and it should go away on its own, and I could take fish oil supplements to prevent them in the future. So I did that for a few weeks, and it was just getting redder and redder, it looked really bad, people were asking me what happened or if I had pinkeye. Last Saturday morning I woke up with my whole eye all puffy and weepy (it went away within a couple hours, it was just so irritated overnight), so I went to an ophthalmologist, who did a whole bunch of stuff and numbed my eye and poked it and all that, then prescribed me steroid eyedrops to take for a week.
By the next day, it was already looking better! And it’s continued to improve. I am looking almost completely back to normal now, and it’s only been a couple days. I have to go back next weekend for a check-up, and then hopefully will be able to taper off my eyedrop dosage. I am looking forward to that, because 1) it’s sort of a pain to have to remember to take an eyedrop every six hours, especially because I’m bad at eyedrops and it can take me a while to get it right; and 2) even though it’s only four drops a day, I’m still getting the unfortunate steroid side effect of not being able to sleep. For the past couple nights I’ve woken up at 3 AM and just could not get back to sleep. By the time I did, my alarm was going off. I’m usually so awesome at sleeping, so I’m not used to this.
This week has been super fun. We had a two-day face-to-face team meeting, which I always enjoy because there’s only three of us from my group located here, everyone else is either in the other office or works from home, so I love getting to see everyone. My week was filled with meetings, activities, dinners, and hanging out. (Ugh, I say “my week” like the week is over – I can’t believe I still have two more full workdays!)
I will say, I was a little disappointed with our meeting. The meeting part itself was good, but the focus was really supposed to be on “team building,” and it felt like those aspects were lacking. There are maybe a couple people in the group who could really stand to focus on working as a team, and they were being uncooperative, not participating, etc. We had an outside person come in to do sort of a personality analysis and teamwork lesson, but they ended up spending most of their limited time on stupid stuff (e.g. where do we want to see ourselves as a team in 2 years? Obviously we want to succeed and do a good job.) and not on what I had imagined we would be covering (e.g. how can we learn to work together to get to that point?). Then we had an evening activity where we went to Dave & Buster’s
for a corporate event that was supposed to include dinner and a team-building activity, but it was sort of the opposite of teamwork again: two captains were selected, they had to choose teams one member at a time (there’s a chance for favoritism to come out), then we played games that didn’t really involve teamwork, they were more individuals taking turns while everyone else cheered them on, and also half the group was competing against the other. It was fun and I had a good time, it just wasn’t what I had expected or what I feel like we needed as a group.
TMBG’s “Join Us” was released yesterday but I didn’t have time to listen to it until tonight. I am still sort of mad at them about being bad at Twitter, and selling out/doing a lot of kids’ stuff. But I am really enjoying this album. It definitely feels like a return to “classic” TMBG (example: “Cloisonne” mentions Sleestaks five times!). No track really sticks out for me yet as one I really like, but there are also none that I really don’t like, so I think that’s good. There’s a couple where they do some neat things, like “Spoiler Alert,” which is actually two songs sung simultaneously, or “Protagonist,” in which a movie script is read between lines of the song. I have to say, when I first listened to “When Will You Die,” I thought it was sort of horrible, wanting someone to die. But then I listened to the lyrics and realized… I actually feel that exact way about someone! The lyrics are so perfect – here’s some choice lines: “You’re insane, you are bad, you wreck everything you touch, and you’re a sociopath,” “I’d be counting down the days until the lovely one on which you’re gone,” “We’ll exhale, we’ll high five.” I had been considering not even bothering to see them the next time they come to town, but I think I will go :o)