July 13th, 2006

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Of Eyes and Mites

So, for the first time ever, I have a lower-power pair of glasses for use at the computer, which is pretty much all day every day, since I work at a computer at home and then use my own computer for recreation. I did this to reduce the strain on my eyes, because a regular prescription makes it difficult to focus on things up close.

But it's weird, 'cause with these glasses, whenever I get up to get food or go to the bathroom or whatever, everything is blurry and my eyes struggle trying to focus but can't quite ever actually achieve it. Even the floor isn't clear. Yet, I don't want to switch glasses every time I need to stand up for a moment, so here I am dealing with it. I guess I didn't really think about how often I'd be somewhere in the house NOT looking at a screen three feet in front of me.

I suppose I should take pictures of me in my new glasses, using the new Kodak Z7590 digital camera I just bought (wow, I have a real digital camera now). I really should get a haircut first, though.

The landlord and landlady are off on separate vacations for three weeks, and they left me a note to make sure their fuschia on the kitchen counter gets water every day. Well, I've been doing that, but the plant is dying -- and fast. I looked closely at it and now I see the problem (though I had to look around online to figure out what I was seeing): It has a spider mite infestation. At this point, the plant is looking so bad, I wonder if it could recover even if I had a way to get rid of the mites. Apparently the most effective way is to get more mites -- ones that eat spider mites. I guess a garden center somewhere must breed these predators...?