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Tuesday night saw a Valentine's Day dinner involving just Violet, Wendy, and myself. In fact, after our food had been served the other group of people at the restaurant finished and left - leaving us as the only customers in the building. Once again our service was slow, and during a conversation of what kind of job I should have - don't ask me why they thought this was an interesting topic - Wendy told me that I should go and get us more hot tea. She joked about how, if I did a good job, she would hire me after we had both graduated - so I went up to the front counter and waited until one of the owners came out to fill the pot up with more boiling water. After filling up everyone's cups Wendy said "thank you", but when I tried to give her a "you're welcome" in reply she stopped me and pointed out how I should be the one thanking her for "giving me work". And she wonders why I tease her about being so mean.

Also, I have no idea where it came from, but I have a large bruise on the inside of my right arm that must be the size of a dollar bill. The only thing that came to mind was the possibility that Violet has been beating me up during the middle of the night, but that isn't a very serious theory. When I asked Yuka how she had spent her Valentine's Day she told me that she hadn't done anything at all, and after hearing about my gift of flowers to both Violet (who she has a class with this semester) and Wendy she made a comment of how no one had bought any for her. It isn't too long before White Day, so maybe she'll get a surprise on 14 March ...

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flaxendandelion
Feb. 17th, 2006 04:23 am (UTC)
the possibility that Violet has been beating me up during the middle of the night

You like your women rough, I take it.


fyi, I have a huge bruise on my upper left leg, and a bad scrape and bruise on my lower right leg. I got the latter by running into my piano bench a few moments after waking up on Monday. Not sure about the other one though.
samedi
Feb. 18th, 2006 03:15 am (UTC)
You like your women rough, I take it.

I wouldn't have thought so, no. Especially not if I wake up the next morning with skin that looks like a piece of marionberry pie. ;)

Ouch ... do take care of yourself, Ada!
alexandra_ell
Feb. 17th, 2006 07:56 am (UTC)
I'm always full of bruises with unknown origin, and my assumption is that giving up on trying to walk around in the flat without my glasses at night might help.;)
samedi
Feb. 18th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm quite accident-prone so they never really surprise me, but usually I can at least remember how I would have gotten them in the first place. Who wants to take the effort to put on glasses in the middle of the night though? :)
alexandra_ell
Feb. 20th, 2006 02:51 am (UTC)
Actually it happens quite often when I watch tv in bed, but get sleepy that I ask Martin to take my glasses - and he always puts them to weird places not where they supposed to be. And finding my glasses without my glasses at night is a mission impossible.

samedi
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:31 am (UTC)
You should make him pick a designated spot so you'll be able to find them more easily in the middle of the night or in the morning. Over my winter break I woke up one morning with my glasses digging into my back - but I have no idea how they got down there.
alexandra_ell
Feb. 20th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Hahaha, he hid my glasses last night when I got bored with Blues Brothers. What a coincidence.:)

I used to wear night and day contact lenses, but because of the yellow sand from China in Korea it's just not possible, because they are too uncomfortable.

If Martin is already in bed too, he puts my glasses somewhere on his side, so finding them is a challenge anyway. I guess that I should get up no matter how tired and sleepy I am, and place them somewhere I find them.
samedi
Feb. 20th, 2006 05:39 am (UTC)
That is a strange coincidence!

The thought of wearing contacts makes me feel extremely uncomfortable, as I'm too worried that I'll poke out my eyes to even try them. I can imagine the yellow sand would make contacts a real bother for large parts of the year in Korea; fortunately it seems pretty easy to pick up glasses (in Seoul at least). Do you own more than one pair?

Well, getting up when you're tired can't be much fun either. Maybe you can hang a case for them from one of your bedposts?
alexandra_ell
Feb. 20th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
I've been wearing contacts since 1990, so I had enough time to get used to them. I bought two pairs of glasses in Korea, I have one of them here, one of them in Hungary - but keep in mind that I only wear glasses at home.

There is no place for my glasses on my side of the bed without getting up, so sadly it seems that the only solution is not being so lazy.;)
samedi
Feb. 21st, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Now that you've mentioned it I don't think I've seen any pictures of you wearing glasses. Is there a reason why you only wear them at home?

That's a shame. :P
alexandra_ell
Feb. 21st, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Glasses make me look ugly.:P

But what is more important, my eyes I quite bad(-8), and the glasses can't compensate it, especially not on the left eye. So when I wear glasses, I can't exactly locate objects. In the flat it's okay, but in the street I fell off the pavement, hit the streetlamps and so on, because the way I perceive them they are 5-10 cms further. It's just simply not safe.

Actually I'm one of the people who started to wear contacts based on the doctor's suggestion, and not for aesthetical reasons.
samedi
Feb. 22nd, 2006 05:48 am (UTC)
Without a photo of you with and without I have no way to judge that for myself though. ;)

Hearing about the troubles you have wearing glasses I suppose I should be glad you don't wear them outdoors very often. I take it the only reason you wear them inside is so because glasses can be removed with less effort than it would take to get out contacts?
alexandra_ell
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
Hahaha, a photo... Even in a relationship it takes months to let my partner to see me wearing my glasses! No wonder that you've never seen a photo of me wearing them. If someone would take one, I shhould have to kill him.:P

I never wear them in public, only when I go to the optometrist. And at home, I switch to glasses only when I go to bed and don't intend to get up anymore. In the morning I get up, go to the bathroom to wash may hands and put my contacts in. That is all. Normally five minutes a day. When I'm tired, and there is a risk that I will fall asleep, I watch tv in bed wearing glasses - these days it happens quite often.
samedi
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:46 am (UTC)
Meanwhile I feel uncomfortable letting people see me without my glasses. So if Martin has already sent me a photo of you wearing glasses it that's something I should probably try to avoid mentioning around you? ;)

What do you watch on television so late? Also, you didn't mention anything about when you're in the shower - either this means you wear your contacts there as well or you just never bathe. :P
alexandra_ell
Feb. 23rd, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
I would never let Martin to take a picture of me wearing my glasses, so if there is one, I'm not only wearing my glasses on it, but I'm also asleep.:P

The painkillers kick me out too easily, so these days I'm always tired and sleepy. It means that it doesn't even have to be late for me to fall asleep, the right amount of medicine does the job. So sadly whatever we watch, I miss the end too often.:( (On the other hand, when the pain is bad, I get up between 3 and 4 a.m.)

I always wear contacts in the shower, so for me it wasn't a question.
samedi
Feb. 24th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
Have you ever been hypnotized before? That might be another way to get you out in public or photographed in glasses. ;)

So the painkillers are still working as well as they should? I don't know that feeling lethargic would be much fun, but it's much better than the alternative. Your situation reminds me of an Umberto Eco essay, in which he talks about always missing the end of movies in order to make it back home before his dorm/apartment is locked for the night. One day he meets someone who always missed the beginning of those same movies due to work, and they spend the whole afternoon exchanging the details of what the other missed. You should have Martin fill you in some time ...

Do you wear them swimming too? I've never really thought about contacts before, so now I have all these questions. :P
alexandra_ell
Feb. 24th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
Actually I don't really swim anymore, so it's not a problem. But when I do, I wear my contacts plus swimming glasses. Somehow I don't feel like swimming in a country where swimmers are ordered to leave the pool for ten minutes in every hour, because that is good for their health... I think I'm a responsible adult who can make her own decisions, and being treated like that makes me feel bad. It's maybe because I grew up behind the Iron Curtain, I don't know. Not to mention that Koreans can't help staring at me, which makes me feel uncomfortable... So swimming is out of question for me, but theoretically it is possible, all I need is a pair of swimming glasses.

Fortunately most of the time we watch DVDs, so I can finish the movies the next morning.:)
ex_amfora
Feb. 17th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
A bruise the size of a dollar bill, eh?
I've never heard that expression before. Very interestingly put... :P
samedi
Feb. 18th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Well, it's bigger than your standard assortment of coins but I still wanted to stick with the money theme ... because that always draws people's attention. :P
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samedi
Feb. 18th, 2006 08:20 am (UTC)
I've grown used to random bleeding but random bruising is still something new to me.
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samedi
Feb. 18th, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly accident-prone, so I'm constantly cutting or scraping myself without even realizing it half of the time. Last week I was trying to get something out of a friend's silverware drawer and cut myself three times on one of their knives ... because they keep them so sharp I didn't even think I'd been cut.
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samedi
Feb. 20th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
I wouldn't think so. You know those plastic bin cards they have in music stores with the singer's name on them? I've gotten cuts from those in the past.

There's nothing like noticing that you're bleeding and then wondering if you have blood all over your clothes as well ...
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