Yesterday, on my way to work, as I was walking out of the Twin Towers--the building catercorner to the Capitol and where the MARTA station is--I was hit by a frigid wind that knocked my breath away and clamped my lungs shut. Of late, my fingers turn blue every time I go outside (and sometimes even when I'm inside)--my Raynaud's syndrome coming out of its southern climate-induced dormancy--and my skin feels so dry I think it should crackle when I smile.
I remember all of these sensations in icky, vivid clarity. It's what winters are like in the Midwest: freezing, arid, and painful. It's not how winters are supposed to be in the South! Wah!
At least it's not snowing. But this weather makes me utterly miserable.
On the non-griping-about-weather front, dire_epiphany swung by on Sunday and taught me the rudiments of Adobe's InDesign. So much better than MS Publisher. I'll be using it to lay out the Daily Dragon from here on. And now I have the urge to engage in gratuitous desktop publishing.
I'm way distressed at email right now. In addition to getting undeliverable error messages when I try to send to aol.com accounts, it seems some of my emails to other, non-aol accounts aren't getting through, and I'm not getting any sort of bounce message.
The editor of Writing-World sent me a query about the status of my Writing For Young Readers December column, the one I emailed to her over a week ago. I emailed her my column again and asked for a receipt confirmation (from a couple accounts) and haven't heard back. Ack!
While the bounce messages are annoying, at least they told me when something I sent didn't make it. This no error thing is freaking me out, wondering what emails I've sent that might've gotten lost in transit, and what ones I'm not receiving that the sender hasn't realized didn't make it to me. So much of the nuts and bolts of my writing career dealings are dependent upon reliable electronic communications. This is so not good. Also, WTF?
Okay, you two, break it up. No fun at work! ;)
Manicure gloves from Crabtree & Evelyn are good for working in without getting in the way of typing fingers. The cotton is warmer than knit, I think, like those thin, silk long-underwear. (I love my silkies.)
They look like these. I didn't see them online. They might only have them in the warmer months, or in the stores. If you sign up for their membership card, you might get a free pair. (Like I can pay $20 for cotton gloves regularly?)
Ooo. And they don't interfere with typing? I routinely wear a pair of unlined, Isotoner spandex gloves with the fingers lopped off to provide a little extra warmth, yet still maintain functionality. Sometimes I layer crocheted fingerless mitts over them when it gets really cold. I've been hesitant to go full-glove 'cause I'm afraid I won't be able to type.
I've tried thicker spandex style ones, too, and typing wasn't fun with tips on them. These have no fat seams to get in the way, and are rather like a t-shirt version of magic stretch gloves, allowing them to form fit your hand. That makes a huge difference for me, because my pinkies are one joint shorter than most and I always end up with floppy fabric in my way on the keyboard.
Do you get the sausage effect when your Raynaud's flares? My fingers don't get huge, but they will stiffen, swell a bit, and turn colors.I ask because typing with these on is like that first bit of stiffness you might feel. Odd, but not really cumbersome, especially if you're used to typing on a laptop's keyboard. Also, the warmth and softness takes away some of the hurt and itch quickly enough that you're given back more than you lose.