Today I bought my ticket from the Isle of Man to Liverpool on the Manannán. The ferry leaves Douglas at 3pm on July 28th and arrives at 5:45pm. The ferry from Dublin to Douglas, however, leaves at 1am and arrives in Douglas at 5:45am -- the departure time isn't unreasonable for me, as a night owl, and I do have a reserved seat, so I'll be able to sleep. Getting to the dock at a little after midnight to check in might be challenging, but I can always get a cab if necessary. I didn't reserve a seat on the ferry to Liverpool as they have a cafe and a restaurant on board, apparently, so I can nurse a cup of tea for a fair while and they may also have wireless. If the weather's good, I can go out and wander on deck a little as well.
This evening I was also able to catch the sib online on Skype just before he headed out to work. I sent him my flight information from Venice, and told him when I would like to be picked up in Prague. He says he's very excited, and that my timing is excellent, because I managed to get him out of a big inspection/war game. I'm very much looking forward to the road trip from Prague down to northern Italy.
My flight from Venice leaves early-ish, in the 7:30am range, so I'm not sure if we'll spend the night before in Venice or if we can drive in. That'll be up to him. For all I know, he may have a friend there with a spare couch or something that we could crash with. I've been updating my itinerary doc with the various notes about flight numbers, departure and arrival times, and all that stuff. Once I have all the various tickets and reservations for lodging, I'll fill out the rest of it with contact information for the places I'll be staying so that I can be in touch while I'm in the area. I'm also going to leave information about where I'll be and who I'll be visiting with a few people here, like gra_is_stor
, so that folks can check in with me if I've been silent for anything resembling a suspiciously long time.
I'm still waiting to hear back from the various B&Bs in Penrith that I've contacted. If I can't get one, I'm sure there's a motel or hotel in town that will have a room, probably for a somewhat equivalent price. I checked into the one hostel I could find in town but, sadly, they're already pretty much booked up for the season at this point. They're right along the Coast to Coast bicycle route and always have cyclists and backpackers there in the summer.
I took a trip over to Lowes today to pick up some diamond bits for the dremel. I will need to get a couple more, as the moss agate is rather harder than I'd expected and I've worn the diamond off the ones I got. What has been truly fascinating is that the high speed of the bit's movement means that there's a flash of fire inside the stone as I'm doing the work, so it feels very magical.
While I was at Lowes I also bought a new horizontal blind for the lanai door. The vertical ones have been kind of mangled by the DoDC+3 when he freaks out about the other dogs outside. If the blinds have been partly closed, he'll end up biting them, so he's destroyed a couple of the slats. With the horizontal blind, I can just lower it enough for privacy, but not so low that he can reach it and bite it when he's in one of his frenzies. That should resolve the issue. It is, however, a two-person job. gra_is_stor
says that she'll help me out when she gets here tomorrow afternoon before her band rehearsal.
Today was, again, a very headachey day. My stomach has been giving me a lot of trouble as well, as I think I noted last night. Today I finally gave up and took a tramadol, an extra pill for the acid problem, and also one of the anxiety pills, which seems to have helped a bit, as both my stress and my stomach are calming down a bit. I've eaten really sparingly today and had only one small cup of oolong tea when I got up so as to have enough caffeine in my system to be sort of functional. I'm still not quite together, but with the slightly lowered anxiety level, the stomach does seem to be reacting less. Right now I'm having a bowl of mushroom udon.
Lastly, I did a beta for a friend's fic today, and had a lovely time reading it over. I think the fandom in question is really going to enjoy the story.
I've not been sleeping well lately. I really think the stress of crossing the Canadian border hit me harder than I expected. The stomach trouble has been manifesting since I got home from the trip, and I'm sure that the border crossing crap has had something to do with it. The anxiety about buckling down and dealing with booking transportation and lodging has also taken its toll. Believe me, I'm not at all sorry I'm doing these things, but I have to remember that I do have PTSD and an anxiety/panic disorder and that doing something so very far outside of my comfort zone is going to cause my anxiety to spike pretty hard, with all the accompanying physical symptoms. At least when I have some idea of what the triggers are, I can try to step back and work through it. It's hard, but worth doing. Excitement is its own kind of stress and I have to remind myself of that. Even happy things mess with my system, sometimes too much.