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Medically Induced Selfishness

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Dec 19 2014 · 45 views

My grandmother is making excellent physical progress; she's far beyond where she was a week after the first surgery. The physical therapy the rehab center is making her is above and beyond what we are capable of assisting her with.

The painkillers have made her equal parts loopy, groggy, and irritable. Her loopiness makes her forgetful and willing to say things in her sleep worthy of my status updates (my personal favorite is "baby fig, baby fig, oh, baby fig ... CHICKEN"), her grogginess makes her fall asleep in the middle of eating, and her irritability makes her demanding ... when she's not subject to mood whiplash, going from laughing at a joke to crying about nearly dropping an orange.

The frustrating part about this scenario is that she craves things—either material items, like clothing, or her favorite snacks, like olives. Today saw us go down to the rehab center a little over an hour away, go out to the grocery store in rush hour to get olives, only to have her eat two before realizing that they needed to be chilled. She did this a couple of times after surgery #1, with hamburgers and barbecue.

It's impossible for me to be aggravated at her, because I know that this is the medicine and not her normal personality. All the same, I do hope that she's able to continue recovering at the same rate so she can get her personality back, as talking to her now can be like trying to talk to a toddler.


Ups and Downs

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Dec 18 2014 · 81 views

My grandmother progressed well after her second surgery, but the doctors wanted her to go to rehab to make her move around enough to prevent scar tissue from forming in her back, which was part of why she had to have a second surgery in the first place. Though we all knew it was the best thing for her, she didn't take it with a sound mind; although she doesn't have any sort of dementia, the pain medicine regimen the hospital put her on threw her brain for a loop.

Essentially, while given these medications, her sense of cognitive reasoning flies out the window, she's unable to distinguish between dreams and reality, and the list of things that make her cry expands to include things like not being able to find the remote control.

Rehab has had a few issues, mostly due to the lack of communication between nurses, doctors, her, and us. We had to straighten them out tonight and get everyone on the same page.

The worst part is that she was diagnosed with MRSA. Although the vast majority of MRSA cases are treatable (including this one), she took it especially hard, since in her time working in physical therapy, MRSA was right under Ebola in terms of scary, deadly diseases.

But since we've been with her for two months, I'm really nervous that we should get ourselves checked out; MRSA's still very deadly if it gets in your system for over a few days without detection.

Every time I think things are really turning a corner, another ton of bricks drops on all of our heads. While I'm concerned for my grandmother the most, I know that my parents are really exerting themselves too.


Things are looking up

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Dec 13 2014 · 106 views

My grandmother went through Major Back Surgery #2 this past Thursday in order to repair the things that were going awry with the healing from Major Back Surgery #1. Because of the length of surgery, the amount of scar tissue from the first one, and the overall risk of complication, we thought that the ordeal would make her even weaker.

Two days later, she's walking around at twice what the doctors thought she'd be able to handle and hasn't needed nearly the same amount of painkillers she needed before. Forty-eight hours after the first surgery and she was still extremely groggy, whereas this evening she was—IV hookups and hospital settings notwithstanding—her usual impish self.

She avoided rehab the first time—a move we acquiesced to because she's quite a homebody—but this time the doctors wanted her to do more extensive physical therapy to avoid the possibility of a third surgery. While I know she'll be homesick while in rehab, facing that as a reality instead of a mere possibility has only increased her drive to do more therapy and get better faster. By all accounts, she's on the right track, and ahead of schedule at that.

I have appreciated your thoughts and prayers over these past two months. If everything keeps going smoothly, everything should be back to normal by the new year.

(In other news, you still have a little over a day left to enter Blogarithm Contest #9: Vakama Eats Spam‽ if you haven't done so already. The story is done save for inserting the name of the winner; the results [and first chapter] should be out early next week.)


Things haven't been good

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Dec 04 2014 · 203 views

My grandmother has been recovering slowly but steadily since her mid-October surgery. There have been a number of setbacks, including bronchitis, but none more disheartening than the thought of getting another surgery and going through the process again.

Unfortunately, the spacers they inserted into her back have moved and have temporarily paralyzed one of her feet. A second surgery is now a must if she wants to walk normally again, and it has to be done immediately before the bone heals around the spacer.

The scary thing isn't the pain she'll go through—the nerves, which caused much of the post-surgery pain, have all but completely healed in every place but that foot—it's the time she's under anesthesia, which was the root cause of the problems in her first surgery.

We all thought the process would be over by Thanksgiving, and yet there's still no end in sight. Your thoughts and prayers are very much appreciated.

I hope that my activity can return to a more normal basis by January. Mindless diversions from constantly worrying have done me some psychological good, and in that vein, you can expect the sequel to The Adventures of Sumiki's Dad some time soon.


On Showrunners

Posted by Sumiki , in Writing, Rants, Not Essays!, Life Nov 08 2014 · 241 views

In terms of changing fundamental aspects of Doctor Who, Russell T. Davies did more than Steven Moffat.

I'm not trying to advocate for Moffat's writing; I find it tedious, prone to overly emotional appeals, filled with plot holes, and beset with pacing issues. As far as good ideas for series go, each successive series since Matt Smith took over the role has been worse than the last, although I think Death in Heaven was an improvement over The Time of the Doctor. (To be fair, watching my toenails grow would have been preferable to The Time of the Doctor.)

However, I don't find every criticism of Moffat legitimate, for as much as I may agree with many of the commonly brought-up points, others stand out to me like sore thumbs. (As a disclaimer, I should probably say that this isn't directed at anyone.)

So, Doctor Who was rebooted in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor and Russell T. Davies as showrunner. Over the course of that season and all of David Tennant's run, we learn that
  • The TARDIS doors are the same on the inside.
  • The TARDIS looks vastly different on the inside.
  • The Doctor is the last of the Time Lords because the others are all dead.
  • The Doctor is fine with having a romantic relationship with a companion.
  • The titles no longer feature the Doctor's face.
  • John Simm was a totally out-of-character Master.
As far as Show-Changing Events are concerned, the third is the biggest. It literally changed the course of the show, from the Doctor being a rebellious child of Gallifrey to its lone, remorseful survivor. This was the biggest plot point to date, and all of it was offscreen, and there was no real established reason for it other than ... well, RTD wanted it.

And no one hated him for it.

We skip ahead to the 50th Anniversary Special, easily one of my favorite episodes of the revival. In it, we learn that Gallifrey's fate is sealed in a parallel universe through the combined efforts of the Doctor's incarnations. The end result is practically the same in that the Doctor cannot get to Gallifrey and does not nullify the Time War as a terrible chapter in the Doctor's personal history.

And a lot of people hated him for it.

So the question is: what gives? Are there enough voices in the fandom willing to criticize Moffat for every decision he makes? Is anything associated with his name tarnished, regardless of whether or not it's problematic?

To some extent, Moffat is subverting decisions that RTD made, especially in the Capaldi era. The 12th Doctor is more aloof and alien, the TARDIS is the most classic design in the revival, the faces are back in the titles, and the Time War has been—as mentioned above—quasi-subverted.

If you dislike his writing because "he's changing the show," you're looking at Doctor Who since 2005. In the scope of its nearly fifty-one years, both RTD and Moffat have made radical changes.

tl;dr Moffat's issues lie more in his execution of concepts than the concepts themselves.


The Fish Camp

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Nov 07 2014 · 111 views

Ah, the fish camp—a beloved institution in the southern United States. Just about anywhere there's enough people, you can find—tucked away, no doubt—a rickety old building packed with a large clientele. These fish camps are not chains, but a kind of restaurant, and their sole purpose is to take the fruits of the sea and deep-fry them until any semblance of flavor disintegrates.

I generally try to avoid these kinds of places, but as I am still with my grandmother during her surgical recovery, she dictates meals if she has a particular craving. First it was a burger, then it was fried chicken, and today? A fish camp.

This particular place is an establishment, though I know not how. Family on my mom's side used to get food from this place at every reunion, although thankfully they stopped that tradition a few years ago. Tucked away behind a drugstore, its smell can be sniffed anywhere in the vicinity—and it smells more of old oil than of fish.

Their staple? Overwhelming portions. They prize quantity over quality, and the more you get, the less is edible. There was enough in my box to feed a family for three weeks, so I'll let you figure out how it tasted. My grandmother was wise enough—despite frequent medicine-induced mid-sentence sleeping spells—to order broiled shrimp.

If there ever is a need to go back to that place, I think I'll follow her lead.



Posted by Sumiki , in Writing, Life, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Oct 27 2014 · 146 views






I Haven't Showered in a Week

Posted by Sumiki , in Life Oct 21 2014 · 215 views

Everything is as good as can be expected.

Well, except for my hair.

I've produced my own gel.


The Dumb American Road Trip

Posted by Sumiki , in Life, Sumiki's Dad Oct 19 2014 · 100 views

My grandmother's surgery meant that we had to spend a week or two in the southern portion of North Carolina, roughly an hour and fifteen minutes from where I usually live. My great aunt, who is from the mountains in the west of the state, also came to visit and help, but given her age (and her own health problems) she left earlier today. My grandmother is doing as well as can be expected and expects to be discharged tomorrow (or later today, if you want to be pedantic).

My mom packed for a long stay, but my dad and I had to play things by ear and—in a move classified by leading scientists as "pretty stupid"—packed incredibly lightly. I didn't pack my retainer, which I wear every other night to keep my teeth straight after my year+ with early teen braces. I didn't even bring along another pair of pants.

And so it came to pass that the surgery meant that one (or two) of us would have to stay with her more or less constantly until her discharge. With her house ten minutes from the hospital, it became obvious that we would have to move into her house for the time being.

At 10:00, after watching the latest episode of Doctor Who on the TV in her hospital room (albeit on mute, so I'll still be avoiding spoilers until I can watch the repeat next week), my dad and I left and went back to her house, where he expressed the concern I'd been feeling all day but hadn't yet mentioned: we needed our things, and the round-trip drive would take over two hours.

Well, my parents and I are on three different shifts: my dad is first-shift, myself, second, and my mom, third—just as she was in her days as a nurse. Usually this only leads to my dad complaining about how we all need to get on better cycles, but today, it worked to our advantage.

With my dad too tired to drive and us really needing supplies from our house, we set out, driving a little over an hour up to our house, loading the car up with foodstuffs and clothes and toiletries and my electric piano (composing deadlines wait for no one), and then driving back, arriving back at my grandmother's house a little after 1:30 AM.

It was, in the words of my dad, "the dumbest thing we've ever done."

I respectfully disagree with him, but all the same, it was not the most well-thought-out plan we've ever put into action.



Posted by Sumiki , in Life Oct 15 2014 · 179 views

My grandmother underwent a significant back surgery today. There was one complication, but it was resolved, and she is recovering as well as can be expected at this point.

My activity has and will remain sparse for a while, as will (likely) my emotions. It's been a very long day in the midst of an even longer week.


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He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life

How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six

[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker

Sumiki is magic. - Cholie

Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles

Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo

"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker


Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva

BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex

What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus

I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh


Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok

Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker

Sumiki - hat-wearing ladies man. - Black Six

He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist

I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens

I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig

I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk

I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome

Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex

Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz

10/10, would Sumiki again. - Bfahome


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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.

10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith

11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)


1/3/12 - Daiker
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/13 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi
8/27/13 - 8/5/14 - None
8/12/14 - Another Chro Original
8/19/14 - Kanohi Zatth
8/26/14 - Miniland Hatpile
9/2/14 - S. S. Starfish
9/9/14 - Special - Claude Hairgel
9/16/14 - Green Flame
9/23/14 - Avohkah Tamer
9/30/14 - Special - The Havoc Wreaker
10/7/14 - Fire Snake


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Formerly known as the Bring Back Teal Club, the Unused Colors Society is a club that serves to promote colors that are little-used or discontinued, such as teal, old purple, or metallic blue.




ToM Dracone
-Toa Lhikevikk-
Dirk Strider
Toa Flappy
Lime Paradox
Toa Robert
The X
Dave Strider
Akuna Toa of Sonics
Commander Helios
Popup2: The Camel
~Shadow Kurahk~
~System Of A Down~
Kohrak Kal17
Jackson Lake
Thunder on the Mountain
Ackar's Follower
Bitter Cold
Doc Scratch
Mendicant Bias
Darth Eryzeth
Toa of Vahi
Makuta GigaDon
~Toa Drokonas~
Progenitus Worldsoul
Toa Kuhrii Avohkii
Bohrok Kal
Toa Neya 2011 Edition
~prisma son of dawn~
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Alternate Velika
Schnee 1
Brickeens (again!?)
The Great Forgetter
Thomas the Tank Engine
Jonah Falcon
Oh my miru
Element lord Of Milk.
Lexuk Toa Of Insanity
Michael J. Caboose
knuckles chaotix
The Bean
Lord Kaitan de Storms
Toa of Dancing
Toa Arzaki
The Oncoming Storm
Lego Obsessionist
Toa of Pumpkin
Teal Armada
Toa Zehvor Blackout
Mr. M
Mylo Xyloto
Lord of Ice
Gamzee Makara
Zarayna: The Quiet Light



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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:

You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.

just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle

so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay

nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION

[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange

Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra

You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.

Also a long line of really great hats.

Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.

have we mentioned hats

To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.

It's a long story.


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