It's the holiday season and that means days off from work, school, and possibly contagious diseases. Do you remember being home sick, on the couch, or n bed, and watching TV in between doses of Nyquil or Theraflu?

Even when I am not sick, but want to watch something comforting and familiar I turn to these movies:

At the top of my list is "The Princess Bride". It has been my favorite movie since childhood. Romance, action, comedy – what more do you need?

Since it's the holidays, my favorite is "Miracle on 34th Street" – in B&W, not Technicolor. I also love "Arsenic and Old Lace".

When I want a great action flick, I turn to Captain Tightpants and "Serenity".

If I need a good cry I watch "What Dreams May Come".

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anxietymonster I just can’t seem to get away from this monster. It started late Sunday afternoon with a sudden sense of loss and loneliness. I chalked it up to being tired and coming down from the informational high I got from Drupal Camp. It’s a long drive from Irvine to Lancaster, so I was tired, and worried about Josh. He’s been sick since last Wednesday or so, thought it was just a cough, now it appears to be the flu.

Then yesterday, I went to sleep ok, could not wake up. It felt like there was a heavy hand on my chest and cotton in my brain. I checked on Josh, who still sounded like he was trying to cough up a lung, so opted to stay home. And then realized, I had absolutely no interest in leaving the house, not even to get the rest of my stuff out of the car. “Great, just great, here we go again,” I thought. Then the shortness of breath despite no physical activity whatsoever. This is how I usually know that I am about to have an anxiety attack. And this uncontrollable urge to go back to bed and crawl under my blankets.

I had a bout of agoraphobia last summer that was particularly bad. I couldn’t even leave the house to walk the dogs. That was messy. Yeah, it was that bad. At least this time I have a job that can take my mind off my troubles for eight hours a day. And a sick kid to take care of. So long as I don’t have to take him to the ER.

Random Observation

Since I started blogging about my anxiety and tagging my posts, it seems that I have a notable attack about once a month. It doesn’t seem that often in my brain though.

Update

It’s Friday. I’ve been home all week and haven’t left the house at all. Partly because I caught a touch of what Josh has. I hate being sick, it doesn’t make the anxiety/agoraphobia/depression any easier to deal with, that’s for sure. I think I’m better. I still don’t want to go outside if I don’t have to, but I can if I need to.

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We all know I have a love/hate addiction problem with twitter. I love it. I’m addicted to it. Sometimes twitter hates me.

Today there was a phishing scam going on. As soon as I tried it and realized that I had NOT been taken to OAuth, I changed my password. This worked fine for a few hours. Then around 1:06 PM (3 hours later!!!!) I get an email from twitter stating:

Hey there.

Due to concern that your account may have been compromised in a phishing attack that took place off-Twitter, your password was reset. Please create a new password.

Please click on the link below our copy and paste the URL into your browser:
http://twitter.com/account/password_reset?[redacted]

This will reset your password.

The Twitter Team

This was about the same time an app that I was using stopped working and wanted me to log in again. And I wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t first tried to reset my password about 1:20 PM.  And reset, and reset, and reset …. and endless loop of reset emails! And then I contacted support@twitter.com and guess what, GOT THE SAME info from the help page that had prompted me to email the support team in the first place.

I finally got in after switching browsers.

*sigh* I have a headache now. I cussed on twitter – well as much as I do out of respect for my followers. They all have such good vocabularies I am sure they filled in the blanks and missing syllables.

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I need help. No doubt about it. And now it’s time to get that coffee.

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My favorite podcast author, Tee Morris, has a new non-fiction book out called “All A Twitter” and you can buy it now from Amazon.

Why am I stoked about a non-fiction book? For one thing, his style definitely makes Twitter accessible for non-techies AND *drumroll please* I got to consult on the Android/G1 portion of the book!

 

So please, if you don’t “get” twitter, get this book!

Product Description

Make Twitter work for you–right now!

Twitter! Everyone’s talking about it. Its membership grew over 700% in just one year! Now, learn how to make the most of Twitter–in your personal life, your business, everywhere! All a Twitter delivers quick, smart answers to the questions everyone’s asking about Twitter: What’s it about? What’s it good for? Is it worth your time? How do you get started? Where can you find great Twitter feeds to follow? How can you build a worldwide audience for your own Tweets?

You name it, Tee Morris answers it–and shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step, in plain English. No experience? Looking for something new to do with your Tweets? No problem: this is the Twitter book for everyone!

Covers all this, and more…

• Setting up your Twitter account and getting started in minutes

• Creating great Tweets: making the most of the 140 characters Twitter gives you

• Using Twitter to make connections, exchange great ideas, and uncover hard-to-find resources

• Building a Twitter audience–and using it to build your business

• Tweeting to recruit, promote, and coordinate volunteer organizations

• Mastering Twitter etiquette and avoiding beginner mistakes

• Swapping Tweets on your browser, on your desktop, and on your phone!

• Finding tools that make Twitter even more efficient

• And much more…

 

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I woke up this morning to two heart-breaking tweets back-to-back. People were informing me that Eric De la Cruz had passed away over the holiday weekend. On July 4th to be exact. Veronica didn’t announce it until late last night.

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My heart breaks and I wonder if there wasn’t more I could have/should have done. Once Eric arrived at UCLA and made it onto the donor list I went back to my old avatar and didn’t tweet about him as much. I didn’t think there was anything more for me to do.

But there is. We still need healthcare reform in this country. So please, contact your state representatives, sign the petitions, do whatever it takes to get health care reformed in this country. It’s appalling that we have so much wealth and yet so many Americans are uninsured and can’t afford quality health care.

Rest in peace, Eric. I’m sorry I never got to know you.

 

 

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Jaw. Dropping. Shock. Speechlessness. Deep Sadness.

I don’t want it to be true. How can it be true? I wanted to marry the man (before he got weird). Michael Jackson has been a part of my *whole* life. And now he’s gone at 50. So young. And so suddenly.

I don’t usually get all emotionally torn up over celebrities, I mean, they are celebrities. But when you grow up knowing all the words to all the songs, from the Jackson 5 albums, to PYT, to Thriller, to Bad … on and on. He was an innovator, an entertainer, a pioneer. And his music will be greatly missed.

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Jaw. Dropping. Shock. Speechlessness. Deep Sadness.

I don’t want it to be true. How can it be true? I wanted to marry the man (before he got weird). Michael Jackson has been a part of my *whole* life. And now he’s gone at 50. So young. And so suddenly.

I don’t usually get all emotionally torn up over celebrities, I mean, they are celebrities. But when you grow up knowing all the words to all the songs, from the Jackson 5 albums, to PYT, to Thriller, to Bad … on and on. He was an innovator, an entertainer, a pioneer. And his music will be greatly missed.

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