A couple weeks ago one of my contacts gave out. It was my last pair, so I had to go to the eye doctor. I had been putting an appointment off for a while, but it turned into and emergency. I can't drive, work or really function with one eye.
I managed to get an appointment and walk out with a pair of lenses. They weren't my full prescription strength, but they would work for a week while they ordered some lenses for me. I only had to suffer with them for a week while they ordered some lenses for me. Holy crap, these things are terrible! They are worse than the first pair. I don't know what's wrong with the prescription but I feel like I'm walking around cross-eyed. I had to go back to the first lense he gave me for one of my eyes. That one seems ok, but not 100% as sharp as it could be. The other one is all wrong. I can't tell whether it is over corrected or not high enough. The biggest problem I have is that my eye seem to be competing with each other, and it's hard to get a focus on something.
Two weeks of dizziness, headaches, and feeling sleepy all the time. Now I get to go back and get them to try and fix the prescription. One more week in a new trial pair, an extra week if they have to order more in. Each mess-up will be another week. I ordered a pair of glasses at the same time. I can't wait to see what those are like if he messed up with my contacts so bad.
Laser surgery is looking mighty tempting right now.
Monday, February 08, 2010
A while back I picked up The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. I was creating a book list of post-apocalyptic books for teens, and I came across this one. I've heard a lot of praise from readers about this book, but never really looked into it. After reading the description, I had to try it.
The book is set in a post-apocalyptic America. War, drought, fire, and famine has left the country wiped out over-taken by wilderness. The remaining humans are secluded in a large Capitol City, with 12 districts scattered throughout the country. Life in the Capitol is rich and privileged, where existence in the districts is harsh, poor, and labor intensive.
Every year the Capitol holds the Hunger Games as a way of asserting control and intimidation over the districts. All the children between the ages of 12-18 in each district have to submit their names in a lottery. Both a boy and a girl from each district are selected and will be sent to the Capitol to participate in the Hunger Games. The Hunter Games are all about survival. In this "kill or be killed" battle, twenty-four kids go in and only one will come out as the winner.
I was immediately hooked by this book. As some people like to point out, the plot is very similar to some other books or movies, but this story is well-written, intense, and still very unique.