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A Survivor's Tale
Half of us here at work are sick with some mild stomach bug. Nobody's throwing up but Liz and I seem to be the worst; we're both exhausted for no reason, both having stomach cramps, and... I didn't want to go into any more detail with her OR you guys but there are other unpleasant effects too.

I'm not taking a day off because it's not that bad, and besides, I feel I've had too many sick days so far this year (I still have some available but I don't want to chew through them unless I'm sick enough to warrant it.) Also, I feel I have no right to moan after reading justascream's latest update. ;P I probably won't be going to pump tonight, and I can't make it up on Thursday because I promised to go see 'Watchmen' with the guys, so I'm going to have to walk to and from work a couple of days this week to make up for it.

Mentioning work-Liz just reminded me that friend-Liz (niaid) is coming up for an early visit. We're going to see her sometime this weekend. Hooray! Also, we're getting together with Damo on Sunday so I can check out his shiny new portfolio.

Yesterday I downloaded the French versions of the Harry Potter books. Luckily I have a French-English dictionary on loan from Joe's mum, because dayum. I'm progressing OK through my DS French programs (haven't had a chance to do the computer software yet and have only done a little of the audio phrasebook on my iPod) but I'm still at toddler level - days, months, colours, greetings, titles, etc. This may be because I'm absolutely determined to learn each new set of words back to front and inside out before progressing to the next level. I'd love to give the "immersion" software Rosetta Stone a shot, but it's way expensive, so for now I soldier on this way. I figure once I get to a certain point I'm going to take some actual French lessons to test me and fill in any gaps.

Ironically, we're not that likely to be moving to a French-speaking part of Canada, but having it as a second language does add way more points to the immigration tally, even if you never need to use it once you're there. That benefit aside, learning the language is just plain FUN: who knew that "Mardi Gras" translated to "Fat Tuesday"? Well, Terry Pratchett apparently knew, but it was news to me!
7 have fought ~ fight the power!
raphstar From: raphstar Date: March 3rd, 2009 01:08 am (UTC) (Link)
We had a bug go around work for the last few weeks to. Looks like it's my turn :( but I was a whinger about it and took the day off...

Hope you feel better soon!
alby_lion From: alby_lion Date: March 3rd, 2009 02:45 am (UTC) (Link)


Sorry to hear about your stomach bug. Hope you're feeling better. < :)

I always try to make being sick better by adding disgusting puns: "This is why no soup should ever be called 'chunky style,'" "Expelliarmus!" "Twilight this," etc.

Edit: LJ never likes my < *fwaps*

Edited at 2009-03-03 02:56 am (UTC)
stonelizard From: stonelizard Date: March 3rd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah there are a few bugs going around our place at present - avoiding me so far (touch wood)

Where did you get the french HP from? I was thinking of doing exactly the same thing. I would LOVE rosetta stone but I can't put out that sort of cash for no reason. If we were moving to montreal it would make sense (we were going to move there a couple of years ago)

I am mostly doing it so I can understand the loisel graphic novels and watch those lovely french movies on at midnight...
tania From: tania Date: March 3rd, 2009 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
With Rosetta Stone, maybe I can find a *cough* illegaldownload...

The HP books I downloaded as a torrent - it had all 7 books in PDF format. Of course, my DS Reader program only reads TXT format, so then I had to download like three PDF->TXT converting programs before I found one that could handle French AND preserve paragraphs... oi. But I got there in the end. If you have BitTorrent or any sort of torrent software, search www.mininova.org, I'm pretty sure that's where I found the books.
justascream From: justascream Date: March 3rd, 2009 06:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Haha, nah, complain all ya want. You can even borrow some of my moaning; I've done plenty of it today/last night as is.

And yup, fat tuesday! Last day before Lent, when you splurge your ass to hell because if you're a good little Catholic you're going to suffer for weeks to come. ...really though, let's face it...it's just another excuse to party and get drunk! Carnivales are carnivales, no matter what country and culture you get 'em in.
tania From: tania Date: March 3rd, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Haha, awesome! That makes a lot of sense! I love the little trickeries of language. French is pleasing to learn because so many of the more advanced words are similar or even identical (bar pronunciation) to their English alternatives... I feel that once I've nailed basic grammar, construction and usage, gaining a higher vocabulary will be great fun. :)

Hope you're feeling better today, girl! <3

Edited at 2009-03-03 11:35 pm (UTC)
c_eagle From: c_eagle Date: March 3rd, 2009 10:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope ya do really well with the French project!
7 have fought ~ fight the power!