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The biggest difference I've seen this week is that my nose is clearer. Not perfect, by any means, but a definite clearness that wasn't there. I also think that the acne and such that was on my nose was because of the accutane, so it's nice to see it worked through (though I am by no means thinking that I have gotten through the worst of it).

Still lots of Aquaphor, not as much peeling, drinking water and things are okay.

The other problem I discussed last week - the one having to do with being back on birth control - is *still* a problem. Feh. But I'll give it another month or so and we'll see what happens.


In other news, I have had what can only be described as a decadent weekend (cut because I ramble). )

Oh! random other: My mother just went to the Caribbean for a week, and yesterday morning, as she was leaving for the airport, the fire alarm in her front hall started beeping. So she called me from the airport to see if I would stop over and change the batteries so that it wouldn't start beeping incessantly while she was out of town. I agreed, and before breakfast Fleet and I went over to switch them out. Now, the smoke alarm only takes 9V batteries and the two extra my mom had were dead (so very helpful, that). So Fleet and I went to eat, then stopped at Walgreen's to pick up two new ones that, you know, worked.

So we go back to my mom's, I put in the batteries and push down the 'test' button and the batteries work, but somehow the test system on the fire alarm set off the security system in my mom's apartment. So the fire alarm stops going off, but now the whole freaking security alarm is going nuts and the security company calls to see if everything is okay.

Everything is fine except I don't know the alarm code. At all. Even a little bit. And the woman on the phone needs the code to help the alarm. Or she'll have to call the fire department (which, as it turns out, came anyway). So I am trying to figure out the alarm, which is still going nuts - can't call my mother because she's on a plane - trying to call my brother who is in the middle of moving, trying to call my *sister* who is at a birthday party for her husband's aunt, forcing my cell phone at Fleet and asking *him* to try calling my siblings while I dig through my mom's filing cabinet, freaking out that the woman I am *still* on the phone with is going to think I'm an intruder and basically losing my mind, though not in a huge way. More absurd.

After about fifteen minutes I've hung up with the Security woman, who is trying to reach my sister, the alarm has automatically stopped shrieking and my brother calls me back having thought of a possible code. So I go over to the system and punch it in and the alarm deactivates.

All is well.

Except the fire department is still coming and that is no good. So I call back the security place (thank you caller ID!) and talk to the woman who asks the password I now know (and will NEVER forget) and she says that she'll call off the dispatch. Except as we're talking there are siren's getting closer and closer.

Well, suddenly they stop, all is good with the security company, Fleet and I have a moment to absorb the surreal 20 minutes we just experienced and we leave. Only to walk into the fire department. Who, as it turns out, have no idea that to get to my mother's apartment you actually have to go to the back of the building to the second elevator and even if they did know that they don't know how to use the elevator override.

Chicago's Bravest, ladies and gentlemen.

But they were nice and would have figured it out, I'm sure, and I had a fun little adventure, indeed.

All this because I did my mother a favor.

Ta Da!

Well, it was funny and only frustrating when I didn't have the code (I had my mother's maiden name, birthdate, social security number and several other bits of information but none of them would work because I didn't have the blasted code. OH MY GOD SO FRUSTRATING!!!) and the alarm was shrieking.

So, that's my weekend. good times, my friends. Good times.


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