But it appears there's one thing, at least, that's all but guaranteed to quash my sex drive: the pain of a broken tooth.
Last week, before it started hurting too badly, S and I had a date, and I discovered to my surprise and delight that she still has her genuine Catholic schoolgirl uniform from the days when she was a genuine Catholic schoolgirl, and so we played a variant of Naughty Schoolgirl and Stern Headmaster that might be called "The Naughty Schoolgirl Confesses Her Sins," and much fun was had by all...
...but since then, nothing. Ow ow ow.
I got a referral to The Best Oral Surgeon in the World (seriously, this guy is really, really cool), and the tooth is now fixed and has almost completely stopped hurting. It was a messy procedure; I won't disturb you with the details because they would...err, disturb you, but I now have stitches in my mouth and a new appreciation for the capabilities of a handheld drill and a good old-fashioned lever. At any rate, I'm almost back to normal, for some value of "normal." Which means that Shelly and I may be able to try out the carrot-shaped vibrator feorlen gave me last week; it has digital controls and lights up at the end. :)
Being in pain, or jittery and hazy from pain meds, or both, doesn't appear to affect my ability to play World of Warcraft, however--something I've been doing a great deal of over the past few days. I've virtually stopped playing my warrior since he's reached Level 60 (the highest level the game currently permits), and have been playing my warlock instead; he just reached Level 59, and I may get him to 60 tonight if I play.
The warlock is the only high-level spellcaster I have. Spellcasters in World of Warcraft use mana as energy to fuel their spells; a character has a certain amount of mana, which goes down as he casts spells and then goes back up again over time. As a character rises in level, he gets greater amounts of mana, but he also begins using a wider variety of more powerful spells, which consume mana more quickly, so the amount of mana scales pretty closely with the mana requirements of his new spells.
However, I've noticed that at very high levels, the rate at which mana regenerates does not scale with the amount of mana a character has; above level 45 or so, it starts taking a very long time for mana to come back after a fight. (There are potions and drinks things you can buy that speed the rate of mana recovery, but they're expensive and take up space in your inventory.) What that means is that by the time a spellcaster reaches level 55 or so, he's spending a considerable amount of time--sometimes several minutes--after combats, waiting for his mana to regenerate.
I've also hit something of a brick wall in the book on polyamory I'm writing, and progress has slowed dramatically; I'll add a few pages over the course of a week, then not work on it at all for three weeks or so. (Yes, this does relate to World of Warcraft; bear with me.)
Since I want to stay in the habit of writing, even if I'm not working directly on the book, I've started writing fiction--specifically, erotica. I haven't ever tried writing fiction before, so it's been an interesting experience. What I've started doing is writing while my character is regenerating mana; I keep the laptop next to the game computer, and switch back and forth, typing on the laptop while my character is regenerating mana, then switching back to the game when he's ready. It seems to work pretty well; I've already got some stuff posted on Literotica.com and have so far accumulated an average reader rating of 4.93 out of 5.00 for quality, not bad for my first piece of fiction evar.
A strange side effect, though, is that I'm beginning to eroticise World of Warcraft, and playing is becoming an arousing experience. The human mind is a weird, weird thing.
And speaking of eroticising unusual activities, I just want to reiterate that having a girlfriend who is aroused by math is the hottest thing evar!
A while ago, I found an online sexual glossary that had a lot of definitions I found problems with (for example, it defined "polyamory" as something like "group sex between multiple people"). I dropped an email to the site owner, taking issue with the definitions in the glossary. He emailed me back immediately, and not only responded very positively, but also sent me a T-shirt.
We've emailed a few times since then, and he's asked me if I'd be willing to write reviews of the various sex toys and stuff his company sells. That should be fun, I think. I'm considering adding a reviews section to the Symtoys site, y'know, because I don't ever have enough to do.
And speaking of which, I've done yet another significant update to my own BDSM dictionary and polyamory glossary because, y'know, what else is there to do after oral surgery?
Tomorrow, hanging out with Shelly and S, and then camping with Shelly and serolynne and her partner fritzcat66! Then next week, Front 242, and then the following week, Shelly's other partner merovingian will be in town! *delighted*
And in the final piece of good news, alias_node isn't going to die. :) It's not cancer, but rather an incredibly rare (and treatable) bacterial infection called Lemierre's syndrome. They figured it out in time, and while he's up for some misery that's probably going to make a broken tooth look like a casual midafternoon stroll through the Golden City beyond the Elysium Fields, his prognosis is most excellent. Which is most excellent.