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First week back wrap up, and some Grumpy McGrumperson rules

I had hoped to be online five days my first week back, but that didn’t end up working out. Cold virus and Camwhores closing and all that. I’m trying for the same thing this week, now that I’m feeling better. I’ll also be aiming to be online somewhat earlier than I have been, since it looks like I’ve got a bunch of viewers who go to bed much earlier than I tend to! I think I’m going to try for 6pm or 7pm PDT, and see how that works out. I’m still working on getting back into the groove of things, and figuring out what space and lighting works best, so bear with me!

I haven’t gotten my SM account reactivated yet, and I think I’m going to wait on that for a little while, because one change to my daily routine is probably enough for now. I plan on making some new clips in the near future though (and figuring out new profile pics and the like, since the old ones look nothing like me anymore…) That will most likely not happen until my cold is completely cleared up, because I’ve been absolutely exhausted all day, even though I’ve barely gotten off of my ass. I’m the worst at being sick, and I need about 12 hours sleep a night minimum until I’m done fighting it!

Everyone who currently has access to my Snapchat: I’m ending my extended free period for early adopters on April 15th. If you haven’t re-upped by then you will be deleted. Anyone who has won or paid for Snapchat access since March 15th, you’ll have one month of access from the day you were added. I’m working on reminder graphics at the moment to snap to people shortly before their time is up, so it won’t come out of nowhere (actually, they’re open in Photoshop on my other machine as I type this). I also want to remind everyone to check my story! A lot of my snaps go directly there and are not individually sent to everyone on my list, because dammit, can’t they add that “send to all” feature already? I’ll be offering lots of deals on Snapchat in my room for a while, since I’m trying to get a good number of people on my list. The more people I have added, the more motivated I feel to update frequently.

With my return to MFC came the return of a horde of people asking me…. “Skype bb?” So I just want to outline my current policy on that, and will update my profile with this information in the near future as well. My current rate is 100 tokens per minute, which is slightly higher than True Private, on the logic that you’re getting a higher quality stream. I will be very strict on time. An appointment needs to be agreed on and paid in advance, and I prefer 24hrs notice. I prefer to be available mainly before shifts on MFC. I will be setting up a new Skype account — you will receive this username after paying, and be deleted immediately after the session, as I do not use Skype as an instant messenger. This may all seem like a disincentive to set up a Skype session with me… which is by design, if you’re not someone who is alright following these guidelines! Should point out that I will absolutely, positively, never ever ever sign off of MFC in order to Skype with someone. First, that’s nowhere near 24hrs, is it. Second, although my room has been quite empty and slow so far, I’m not going to improve situation that by signing off before I’ve done my time. Also, I’m just not a very spontaneous person by nature. Simple things require mental (and whatever other type of) preparation for me. So, that’s that.

And this is this: the only form of payment I am currently accepting, outside of C4S and Bitcoins (which no one has used here yet :P), is MFC tokens. I’ve updated my checkout on this site to reflect the same information. This benefits my MFC camscore, and is also a form of payment that, unlike something like GiftRocket, I can confirm just about immediately (as long as you remember to leave a tip note, grrr). Plus, unlike gift cards, I can pay my rent with the payout. I will still gladly accept gift cards and wishlist purchases if you’re feeling generous (though, I don’t think I currently have a wishlist set up), but this is currently not acceptable to me as payment for anything. If you don’t like this system, tough titty. I’ve had too many people pushing the boundaries of what I’m okay with, so in order to stop myself saying “welllll, maybe just this onnnnnnce” I feel the need to set some definite rules. Any of this might change at any time, but either way… my word is law :p

And with that necessary grumping and rule-outlining over with… I’m going to get back to my night off (Mondays always SUCK) Project Runway marathon, and to and completely failing to put away my mountain of laundry. I ought to be on MFC again tomorrow night. Doop doop doop etc.

Maybe I’ll see you soon, but I wish I could see you properly, I had nice eyes at one point.

So, I haven’t cammed now in what… a month? I was trying to make a serious go of it, but my eyeballs had to go ahead and intervene. I don’t know who reads my Twitter account, and of people who don’t read my Twitter account I’m pretty sure there isn’t anyone who reads this in addition, but since this is a much more permanent place for my babblings I guess I’ll babble here a bit and repeat some of what I’ve said elsewhere.

I found out a few weeks ago, after long enough either ignoring the problem or trying to treat it on my own, that I had/have pretty severe keratitis, which is inflammation of the cornea. This was probably brought on by a combination of things including my dry as fuck drafty apartment, allergies to everything imaginable, overuse of contact lenses and side effects of various medications. Once it got bad, bacteria got a foothold, and then I was fucked.

Follow-up appointment (when they were able to flip my eyelids inside-out without it being seriously OUCH) I was told I have clogged meibomian glands, so now on top of eye drops that cost more than $100 per 5 goddamn ml I get to do 4x daily heat compresses and eyelid massages. A week and a half after all of this bullshit my vision is still blurry, my eyes still sting, my eyelids are still swollen, I still have shrivelled raisins for eyeballs.

But I can now tolerate light again. It doesn’t make me draw my elbow up all Bela Lugosi-like. I’d like to get back to shit today or tomorrow or sometime this week… but here’s the dumb shit I’m scared of. I don’t like being on cam without any eye makeup, and I think eye makeup is still not a thing I can do. I’m okay posting #nomakeup on camwhores.com at times, or on my Twitter feed, but I don’t like camming that way. I feel like since I already am forced to wear glasses and I’m still squinty that my eyes are just invisible and I look like Mr. Magoo or something.

Yep, though. That’s my problem. I could totally come back about now, just either have to be a tiny-eyed self-conscious person or maybe mascara only the tips of my lashes? Still worry about removing any makeup. “Chronic dryness” is apparently a thing my eyeballs have, so I should figure it out, I suppose.

End whining.

Winter is a Pain in the Eye

My, what droopy eyes you have

This is a picture of me opening my left eye about as wide as I can at the moment. You may have seen me complaining on Twitter about not being able to get on cam, and I’m really not exaggerating. If there are more than zero lights on I literally cannot open my eyes some days without it feeling like someone is stabbing them with a fork. I’ve spent a lot of time sitting around mostly listening to TV because it hurts too much to look at it.

I’ve had problems with pretty nasty dry eye since the summer, so now with the addition of cold, dry winter air it’s almost impossible to function. At this point I’m figuring I might need my thyroid meds adjusted or it could be a side effect from other medication I’m taking… or… something. It’s definitely not normal lack of humidity anymore. Especially now that I’ve taped up my drafty kitchen door and have two humidifiers running in here. Walking into my apartment from outside feels like you’re walking into the rainforest pavilion at the zoo. I’m not sneezing anymore, no more nosebleeds, not in danger of developing lizard scales. But my eyes still feel like shrivelled little raisins. I have six different kinds of eye drops in my apartment. Ibuprofen helps some, but not enough. Going to the doctor for blood tests soon, I guess. Hate hate hate hate hate. I’m a total wuss and those things make me nearly pass out every time, otherwise I wouldn’t have put it off this long. Inability to look at things has finally become more of a problem than my fear of needles.

So, I’d love to have been camming more lately — but since I’d have to do it in the dark and I’m not able to look at the computer screen without squinting it’s not working out. I tried a black light show the other day and it was way too slow to stay online, but maybe that was just a bad night. Maybe I’ll try it out again. Those lights aren’t nearly as stabby. Or we can pretend I’m some kind of reptile and just use the one red light bulb I’ve been turning on in my living room to make sure I don’t trip over things (not that all the light or vision in the world stops me!) I just wish that when I did get on people would stop asking me if I’m high. I mean, sometimes I am, but that’s not really relevant. I don’t think my eyes usually get red or droopy unless I smoke ALL of the drugs, and that’s just not a state I’d cam in, since I wouldn’t be able to figure out how to log in to the broadcaster, and even if I could I’d get distracted halfway through the process :p

Still going to try to get on tonight, though. Hoping that using up all of the hot water in the shower, some ibuprofen and half a bottle of eye drops will be sufficient to open my eyes a few millimetres wider than that photo up there. Otherwise I’ll attain a bottle of wine and watch/listen to something sad on Netflix. Maybe tears will help me!

In which Lintilla begins a new blog by complaining at length about her cold like a baby

I said I was going to get back on cam after Thanksgiving. Well, that didn’t happen. I don’t think many people probably noticed, since I’ve been MIA for over a month now, but I’m pretty annoyed because I was all… I’ll have the apartment to myself! I’ll have all sorts of time to get set up and organized and my internet will probably be working properly by then and I can have the place all clean and it’ll stay like that… I was going to do things all properly like. But noooo… I go out for one night for the first time in weeks, and of course I get sick.

I also said in the meantime I might finally do something with this domain. I suppose that just got delayed. Hey, I’m doing it now, though (can’t do much else). I forgot that while  my husband and the band and other various visitors came back for the break between the first and second legs of their tour I’d be dealing with my husband and the band and other various visitors for the entire break between the first and second legs of their tour. And Thanksgiving. And my husband’s birthday. And my husband’s laundry. And actually going out for one night for the first time in weeks resulting in of course getting sick.

I didn’t bother installing a proper theme here yet, so whatever the hell is about to show up when I hit “publish” is just a default. I felt like whining, and there won’t be anyone home to whine to for weeks except my cat who isn’t a particularly sympathetic listener. Besides, I always use getting everything set up perfectly as an excuse to never starting a new site at all, since nothing will ever be perfect. I’ll make the site all non-plain and add my links and latest cam image and tweets and whatnot eventually. Maybe.

Right now I’m too busy being probably the sickest I’ve been since I was a kid if you don’t count a couple of food poisoning incidents, which I’m not because food poisoning fucking sucks but has never lasted more than 24 hours for me. I’ve been feeling like shit for almost a week now. Just a cold, maybe I’m a whiner. Usually, though, I don’t get aches and pains for more than a day. I’ve had them the entire time with this bout. Nasty ones. My fingernails hurt. My teeth hurt. My scalp hurts if you bend my hair the wrong way.

If this hadn’t come on like every other cold I’ve ever gotten (sore throat for two days, runny nose the next, cough the next) I’d say it was the flu. Maybe I managed to pick up both somehow. I haven’t been able to eat anything much in a few days besides ginger ale and chicken soup. Yesterday I ate two pieces of bread and butter and almost choked it tasted so disgusting to me. So I dragged myself to the store all dizzy and about to pass out and bought some protein bars. Took me half an hour to eat one and I kind of wanted to puke. Beyond that I’ve only managed to add DayQuil to my diet.

When I got sick I thought maybe I’d push getting back on cam to December 1st.  That’s a nice round date. But no, totally dying. If I live, it’ll be at least a few more days I think. A couple more days of sickness, and at least one to clean up the mess I made while being sick. Do you know how impossible it is to do dishes when the process is wash one spoon, remove gloves,  locate kleenex, blow nose, wash hands, dry hands, put on gloves, wash another spoon? When touching water, even if it’s hot, makes you feel like all of your bones suddenly turned to ice and then electrified? Yeah, no. I think I’ll save it.

I’ll post and tweet and junk whenever I manage to kick this virus (please no sinus or chest infection this time!) to let you know where you can go to hear me complain about having had it… I know I owe some people content as well, and that’s all still coming . I just don’t think you want to see me how I am right now. Unless you do, in which case you might be a bit of a jerk. See ya, Internet. Hopefully sooner than later.  I don’t think my cat wants to listen to me moan any more.