Monday, September 18, 2017

What NEXT?

These are the times that try men's souls.  And women's.

I'm currently struggling with everyday life because my right hand and wrist are in a splint following tendon repair surgery (see previous post).  I celebrated tying my shoes yesterday - yes, really, tying my shoes!  No more old lady slip-on Skecher mules for me!  Fastening the seat belt in my car is a contortionist's nightmare, but I get it done.  I still can't fix my hair, though.  There's just not enough grip to go around for the styling brush AND the blow dryer.

I'm dealing with it, and doing as much as I can.


Today, I ran a couple of errands after work, and arriving home, I decided to eat some leftover pizza.  Popped it in the oven, moved the laundry to the dryer, put the pizza on a plate, opened a can of soda, and noticed I'd BROKEN A TOOTH.

What. The. Heck.

When did it happen?  Why didn't I notice?  How could this huge chunk of enamel and dentin have sheared off without any pain?  The entire front half of the tooth is gone, exposing a metal amalgam filling top to bottom!

I noticed my missing dentition at 5:01 p.m.

The dentist's office closed at 5:00 p.m.

Of.  Course.

I called anyway, and left a message. Miracle of miracles, the receptionist called back, bless her pea-pickin' heart!  I have an appointment tomorrow.

I'm guaranteed royal treatment - I'll be getting a crown.

After the dentist, I'll mosey on over to occupational therapy for my weekly torture session.

Looking forward to a FUN day.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Not Very Handy Right Now...

A couple of weeks ago, I had surgery on my right hand.  Why?  Well, it's the aftermath of a cat bite.

Back in mid-May, I was trimming one of the cats' claws, and...RAWR!!!

She got irritated, started up her warning "siren" (which I stupidly ignored), then bit me.

Just look at that sweet face!  Surely she's not capable of such a dastardly deed.

Don't be fooled.  This is the Demon Cat from Hell.

When she came into our home as a kitten, she wasn't well socialized.  She didn't like to be touched or picked up.  She growled and yowled.  She didn't clean her fur very well.  She was Grumpy Cat times ten.  However, after YEARS of work, she can give a good imitation of being somewhat pleasant.  I can no longer sit on our sofa without her immediately taking over my lap.  Of course, it's all on HER terms.

No matter how she pretends, she is NOT a nice cat.  The other cats get out of her way.  She terrifies the dog (the BIG dog).  She sits where a gorilla would sit - wherever she wants.

Anyway, she's not a fan of being handled.  So she bit me.


I detached her from my hand, then wrapped her up in a towel and finished the job.

She was NOT going to win.

Long story short, the bite got infected, I went to the emergency room twice, was put on pain killers and two heavy duty antibiotics, lost some movement in one finger (on my right hand), tried occupational therapy (FAIL), then had surgery that repaired two tendons.

Here's how my hand looked afterward.  My whole arm was numb until the end of the next day.  It felt like a telephone pole in its sling, and was about as useful.

I've since graduated to a different, slightly abbreviated splint and bandage.  I have to wear them 24/7 for three weeks - ugh.  At least I can sort of use my fingers.  I get to take it all off once a day and do a little gentle massage.

Meanwhile, I'm working - slowly.  I try to write left handed (oh my - barely legible) and use the computer (hunt and peck).  Getting dressed is an Olympic event.  By the time I have all my clothes on, I feel like I've competed in the decathlon.  And lost.  I'm ready to lie down and take a nap.

I keep telling myself it will be worth it in the long run.

It will.

It really will.


Friday, August 25, 2017

My Cheapo BuJo

I’ve fallen into the Bullet Journal trap, and I can't get out!

One of my friends introduced me to Bullet Journalling a few months ago, and being totally innocent/ignorant/clueless as to what a bullet journal actually IS, I did the most natural thing in the world – I googled it. 

Oh.  My.  Gosh.

I guess I'd been living under a rock.   There are a zillion posts on Pinterest and another zillion websites.  Just. About. Bullet Journals.

 Mine is a cheapo composition notebook with graph paper pages, and I've turned it into sort of a do-it-yourself planner/scrapbook/coloring book.  Lots of people use them to establish new habits.

Most sites I visited recommended starting with two specific pages – a table of contents and a list of 100 dreams, kind of like the Index and Maybe/Someday pages in traditional planners.

From that point, it’s a free-for-all!  

Some people draw their own monthly/weekly calendar pages and use them like a “normal” planning calendar.  Some people make workout logs, running logs, lists of books to read, lists of books read, weight logs, and a myriad of other list-based pages.  Some people use one color of ink; some use a rainbow.  Some people get fancy, using different decorative fonts, drawing pictures, and making artistic borders.  On Pinterest, the posts are overwhelming – so much artistic energy!

There are special supplies for bullet journalling.  There are notebooks with heavy paper that won’t allow ink to bleed through.  There are notebooks with pages that are blank except for faint dots in a grid pattern to help you draw boxes and lines, and to keep your writing straight and a consistent size.  There are notebooks with pre-numbered pages so you don’t have to do it yourself.  There are notebooks with pages expressly for the title page, table of contents, and list of 100 dreams.  There are special pens and markers and clear rulers and stencils.

Because I’m frugal (read "cheap"), I went to the local big box discount store and bought the aforementioned composition book and a pack of ten colored gel pens.

Here some of the things I've put in my bullet journal:
  • Quotes I like
  • List of 100 dreams (I’m an over-achiever – I have 120!)
  • Couch to 5K tracker (I’ve had to stop for now – I’m recovering from a bout of plantar fasciitis in my left foot)
  • Daily habits (like empty the sink/load the dishwasher or feed the animals)
  • Weekly habits (like clipping a cat’s claws each week – I rotate, so each cat gets clipped every 4 weeks)
  • Wish lists for planned vacations
  • Daily steps
  • Running mileage log
  • Books read this year (for the challenge)
  • Bicycling mileage (for the Great Cycle Challenge in June/July)
  • Leave tracker (so I don’t run out of vacation days!)
  • Running streak tracker (not mileage, just whether I've run a minimum of one mile every day)
  •  Pages read (for the library summer reading program)
  • Ongoing projects (things I might forget to work on, like clearing out the so-called guest room so it can be used for its stated purpose)

I use color, but I’m not big on fancy fonts or borders or pictures.  I like to color in the squares, instead of checking things off.  I can see at a glance how consistent I am with my habits.  Getting ready for tomorrow and laying out my clothes – nearly every day.  Vitamins – hit and miss.  I can’t lie to myself when I have the evidence right in front of me in ten colors!

Sometimes when I’m filling in my daily items, I notice I haven’t done something on the list, and I’ll go hurry and do it just so I can color that blasted square!  Mind games.  That's what it is.  

It’s everything in one place.  No more random sheets of paper stacked around or filed away never to be seen again.   No Post-It notes to lose.  No more bulky notebooks, each dedicated to one project.  No more pre-printed forms.  If I decide it doesn't work for me, I can change the layout it so it does.

Have you used a Bullet Journal or something like it?  What kind of stuff do you have in it?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

It Was a Great Phone While It Lasted

During the trip to Williamsburg, my phone decided to have a tantrum and gave me all sorts of problems.  Of course, just when I needed it most for directions, finding restaurants, running the Colonial Williamsburg app, and all those things you need your smartphone for when you’re on vacation.

It just won’t hold a charge.  It has performed like a champ since I got it, and now, suddenly, it’s getting ready to abandon me!

Darned phone.

So I got irritated at it today, and took the plunge.  I ordered a new phone, AND got an unlimited data plan.  It turns out the unlimited plan is the same price as my old plan – what a deal!

I ordered the new Google Pixel XL.  I feel a little guilty.  My first smartphone was the original Motorola Droid, and I’ve had Droids ever since.  But there are no Droids available, Turbo or otherwise, and I’m not a fan of the Motorola Moto, so I caved and went with the Pixel.  It seemed the most like my poor old Droid Turbo II.

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It should be here Wednesday!


Not that I’m excited or anything.

I just have to nurse the old phone along until then.  It’s been a good ol’ phone.

Don't spill the beans and tell it what I'm up to!  If it finds out, you KNOW it will die early!