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Where, oh where, have I been? - Karen's Musings
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estherchaya
estherchaya
Where, oh where, have I been?
Wow, I feel like it's been a while. Though technically I did update yesterday.

Last days of Pesach were less than optimal. Seth was sick, sick, sick. Not good. We had a lovely Shabbos dinner, but Seth pretty much collapsed after dinner. Saturday I was dressed and ready to go to shul for the first time in *mumble*mumble* (well, suffice it to say, a LONG time). But I quickly realized I couldn't go because Julian was being a holy terror (no taking him to shul...he was meltdown-boy/short-attention-span-boy) and Seth was completely out of it. No movement whatsoever from his bed. Not even a groan or a grunt or anything. I wasn't even sure he was breathing until I looked real close. So no way was he going to be able to handle Julian sans TV. I got out of shul clothes and Julian and I played in the living room for a bit, played outside for a bit, and then I let him rampage for a while while I tried desperately to stay awake on the couch. Occasionally, he'd bring me a book and I'd read it to him. Sunday went much the same way, but Seth was slightly more alive.

We did get to play a couple of games Saturday night/Sunday. That was nice. We tend not to be able to play games anymore either because the monster needs (and deserves) attention, or because we're too darned exhausted. So it's nice to have that opportunity again. He beat me in the first game of Carcassonne. I was very sad. But he only beat me because he stole my strategy after realizing that my strategy always works and his never does. So darnit. I had to modify my strategy after that, and we had some close calls, but I did, indeed, win the next game. Hah! (I'm a very poor winner, I know that)

We also played Phase 10, which is a rummy-style card game in, you guessed it, 10 phases. It's a game I'd really like to like. But I don't. And it's really because I think they did the math poorly. I like rummy-style games. And I like the variations, because how many times can you just play regular rummy (or Gin)? Plus, Seth doesn't like Gin (or gin rummy), so tricking him into playing rummy via other kinds of card games is a great compromise! :) Anywho, the point is, I think the math doesn't work right.

I started typing out the basics of the game, but I realized I don't have all the info in front of me. Suffice it to say, I'm going to post it all with my guesses as to what's wrong with the game, but I am definitely looking for input. I think it could be a pretty decent game, but first I've got to re-write the rules. Most notably, I'm betting that glenbarnett could do the math in his sleep, whereas I'm too lazy to do all the math and I'm doing some of it by gut instinct. Maybe I'm completely wrong and he'll explain why. But I'm betting I'm not completely wrong. Anyway. Point is, I want to like the game, and I'll be enlisting all of you to help me modify the game so that I do! Whew.

Sunday night I went and bought Krispy Kremes. Yum. Then I went about trying to turn my kitchen back to normal. HAH! About 15 minutes into it, I felt sick. I stood in the doorway to the bedroom explaining to Seth that I felt sick. Really sick. I couldn't move because every time I moved I thought I was going to throw up. And I felt like that for an hour until I decided it was safe to go back to the kitchen and try to keep working. Four minutes later, I was praying to the porcelain gods. Bleh. That went on all freaking night. Joy.

I was still determined to go to work, though, because I had a deadline (today) and I needed to work. Except, well, every time I got up to get ready for work, I threw up. Eventually, I called out sick. Gina arrived, I handed Julian to her and told her that if she needed me, she should call Seth and I went downstairs to be away from toddler-land, and fell asleep with a kitty kat. I woke up 6 hours later. By then Julian and the nanny were gone, and I came upstairs, drank about an ounce of coke, and curled up in bed for several more hours. All in all, not a productive day.

Yesterday I was well enough to come to work, though I still felt pretty shaky. I wasn't loving the idea, but the fact is, I had work to do and therefore not a lot of choice. In fact, I felt well enough during the day that I thought I was well enough to go out to dinner with some friends last night (including Jen and Seth who are returning to Uzbekistan on Sunday). I felt okay through dinner, though not 100%. But when I stood to go, I realized I was completely dizzy. I let it calm down a little and then I headed home. I was sick the rest of the night.

But now! Now I feel much better. And I met my deadline with two hours to spare! Because I ROCK! :-D And I'm hoping to return to my normal picture-taking-habits of the monster, so that you can all see how much he's changed!

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magid From: magid Date: May 4th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
So glad you're feeling better. And congrats on making your deadline with extra time.

The new game I'm liking is Gang of Four; the drawback is that it requires four players...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I'm going to have exactly four players sitting in a room, I'm going to play BRIDGE!
magid From: magid Date: May 4th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've learned a little bridge, just enough to be confused.

I was thinking of having a 4-player game night sometime, with bridge, euchre, gang of four, tichu, and whatever else requires exactly four.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love bridge. If only we could convince beckyfeld to learn. Harold, Seth, Becky and I could play! :)
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 4th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was the ounce of Coke that cured you! Congrats on the deadline... you do, indeed, rock.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
actually, I probably forgot to mention. I didn't keep the coke down either. I was trying to go easy on the gory details.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 4th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, yuck. Well, it was a thought. Didn't the previous generation of old biddies hand out Coke syurp as medication?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, and it does work.
Probably at that point I needed gatorade.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 4th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, for a brief moment, Nectar OTG was briefly challenged by Gatorade?

You did say "needed," not "wanted." Okay, okay.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
if it had been actual coke syrup, it probably would have been better than Gatorade, since Gatorade has so much salt. But it was very, very carbonated and not actually concentrated enough to do much.

By that point, I'd probably blown my electrolytes away, and probably the nausea was more the result of dehydration than anything.

I know that doesn't make any sense, but it's how it was explained to me by a nurse at Julian's doctor's office.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 4th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Interesting. So what you're saying is that you really needed "Concentrated Coke-Flavored Pedialyte"?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
yes.

Apparently, though, according to Julian's nurse (and she was giving me this advice as a mom not as a nurse, since she can't advise adults), I can buy actual coke syrup from the pharmacy.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 4th, 2005 04:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Phase 10 is all messed up because it's in the wrong order. Some of the later phases are much easier to get than the earlier ones. I haven't done the math yet, either, but just playing it is enough. It's not even close.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not just that the phases are in the wrong order, though that's the main part of it. It's also the point counting crap. Because the phases are in the wrong order, odds are slim that the point counting will ever matter, since you don't count points UNLESS all players finish phase 10 in the same hand (that's never happened to us). There are other things too, but I'll figure that all out later. Great icon, btw.
From: have_inner_lady Date: May 4th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've never had anyone make Phase 10 at the same time, either; however, I've had games where more than one person is trying for Phase 10.

It doesn't seem like you to complain about a little bit of unnecessary, basic math. C'mon now, you like this smart stuff, no?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I love the math. I just haven't had the time to sit down and deal with the math.

And sure, we've tried for Phase 10 in the same hand, but we've never both completed it in the same hand, thus making the points worthless. I don't want to eliminate the points...I like them. But I want to find a better way to use them. It helps add an element of strategy to the game.
magid From: magid Date: May 4th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
OK, I'm intrigued... are there game rules somewhere I can read?
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll post them tonight.
cellio From: cellio Date: May 4th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're feeling better and you made your deadline!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm pretty proud of myself for making the deadline. I was certain I wouldn't. Go me!
From: lola100 Date: May 4th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Baruch rofeh cholim.

(I need to show my frumminess a little)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: May 4th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
tee hee.

Thanks. You're a doll.
glenbarnett From: glenbarnett Date: May 5th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC) (Link)

> Most notably, I'm betting that [info]glenbarnett could do the math in
> his sleep, whereas I'm too lazy to do all the math and I'm doing some
> of it by gut instinct. Maybe I'm completely wrong and he'll explain why.
> But I'm betting I'm not completely wrong. Anyway. Point is, I want to
> like the game, and I'll be enlisting all of you to help me modify the
> game so that I do! Whew.

Thanks for the kind words.

Plenty of people on your friends list would likely be at least as good at mathematics as me, but I do have a pretty good knowledge of probability, which may be relvant here.

In fact, I do sometimes do mathematics in my sleep. For example, when I get stuck on a tricky mathematical problem for a few days or weeks (or months...), I sometimes get dream solutions. Or should I say 'solutions'. Unfortunately dreaming-brain isn't overly concerned with logic - it's more a "random connections between things" engine that can give a 'Eureka!' sensation without having something that actually works.

Occasionally dreams have supplied some useful insight or other (they can certainly generate novel approaches, which can be gold when you're stuck), but mostly there's some major flaw in dream-solutions that dreaming-brain can't see.

I wake myself up, scribble something down and (assuming I can even read it) in the morning I go "What the *&@%#! was I thinking? This is nearly as bad as mathematics people post to Usenet."

Glen
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