I woke up this morning and the smoke was (mostly) gone, the sun is shining, and the sky is blue instead of gray. Woo hoo!
I have settled into a routine of taking Allegra (non-ephedrine formula) twice a day, Patanol eye drops twice a day, and Sudafed (30 mg of ephedrine) whenever I get really stopped up, usually 3-4 times a day. The Allegra-D has 120 mg of ephedrine, which is just waaaaay too much. For now, at least, this combination seems to be working pretty well, although the freakin' smoke going away forever would help a lot, too.
Next steps on the photography list:
* figure out how to use iWeb (I think I will take the free class at the Apple store in the FL Mall) and set up a website
* buy a reflector and learn how to use it correctly to fill in shadows for outdoors portraits
* buy the magical, secret professional Photoshop portrait filter
* take a whole big pile of really impressive portfolio-type pictures, ASAP!
Today at work has been relatively calm, yay. Lately there have been a bunch of really busy, stressful days (boo).
Instead of eating lunch today, I took a walk around the parking lot (not exactly scenic, but one loop all the way around = 1 mile) while listening to this on my iPod. Warning to those who might dare to listen -- they say negative things about Ellen Degeneris' stand-up act! I LOVE ELLEN! I actually saw her perform live at the Bob Carr, a long time ago, when her show "These Friends of Mine" had aired a few times but hadn't yet been picked up and converted to just "Ellen". This was even before she was a lesbian, although the audience was packed with mullety vest-wearing womyn... and me. She was great! Did I mention that I love her?
So, I'm at work for approx 3.5 more hours, then 45-minute drive home to my sweetie, my kitty, my DVR with last night's Heroes, tonight's Deadliest Catch, tonight's American Idol, and a healthy snack. Or maybe pretzels and beer... :)