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Posted on Saturday 15 November 2008 at 10:52 am

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My dad might be having surgery on Friday. We won't know until Friday. He is being admitted to the hospital on Friday for testing because they aren't sure what is the cause of the problems. If the tests show a problem that can be fixed, they will operate then to fix it. If the tests do not show a problem that can be fixed, odds are Dad will have to spend the rest of his life hooking himself up to a machine every 4 to 5 hours. So at this point, surgery is actually what we're hoping for.

For the first couple of nights after I sent the email to the prof, I slept better than I had in weeks. Last night I couldn't get to sleep again. Bah humbug.

After I volunteered at the elementary school yesterday, I had planned to work for half a day. If I had, I was going to work for half a day today as well. But I decided that this whole half day working and half day off thing may not be the brightest idea since it means I never get a full day off. The amount of time off might be the same, but somehow it doesn't feel the same. So I took off yesterday and will work a full day today. I played a game in the afternoon and read Brave New World in the evening. I have this problem when it comes to reading. If I'm rereading a book, I can stop at any point. But I'm tired of rereading the books I have here and have been trying to read mostly new (for me) stuff for several months. The problem is that I can't stop when reading something new. I would say 90% of the time I start a new book, I have to finish it that day. Which means that I can't read fiction unless I've got several hours to set aside for the purpose. I used to read for half-an-hour or so every night before going to bed, but that only works if I'm rereading. I miss reading on a regular basis, but I'm tired of rereading the same few books over and over. I'm at a lost as to what the solution should be since the obvious is just to read new books the same way I reread old books, but I can't.


gilpin25 at 9:01 pm on 15 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I'll keep my fingers crossed for your dad - I'm sure they'll do their utmost to find out what is wrong through the tests.

Why do you think you can't read new books in the same way as old? I can't believe they're all so absolutely marvellous that you can't put then down until finished?! Or are they providing an escape from all the stress you seem to have on your plate at the moment? (I'll stop with the lousy self-help analysis now and leave you in peace.;))
bratty_jedi at 11:54 pm on 15 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I hate not knowing what's going to happen. Even if the story isn't all that engaging, I can't stop reading until I get to the end. I'm that way with everything. You should hear some of the inventive cuss phrases I come up with when I'm watching a TV show and an episode ends with the dreaded "To be continued..." I've always been this way. Now, why I've always been this way and why I hate the not knowing thing could probably be analyzed for a very long time because I certainly have no ready explanation.
littlepixiechic at 2:55 am on 16 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
Here's hoping that your dad can have surgery!

It's kind of interesting that you read that way. I totally don't. I don't like to stop in the middle of chapter or a really really interesting section, but I don't have too much of a problem putting down a new book (Harry Potter was the exception, but that was probably because I knew everyone else was reading them in one day and I didn't want to be spoiled).
bratty_jedi at 4:20 am on 16 November 2008 (UTC) (Link)
I could see spoilers being a big concern with Harry Potter. If I have to do something, like go to a meeting or whatever, I can interrupt reading without any problems and finish the book later that day. The issue is going to bed at night. If I try to read a few chapters and then put the book down and go to sleep, I just lie in the dark wondering what will happen next. It keeps me up, so I always turn my lamp back on and finish reading. This happens so often I've given up even trying to stop reading a new book.

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