English: Kim during her free skating competition. And she is 2010 Olympic goldmedalist. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sundays are a lazy day, a day of recovery from the week and rest in the form of afternoon naps. Still, I managed to watch a couple of rented movies and now am watching Ice Skating. I have always loved watching this. It’s unusual that what I can’t possibly do is what attracts me. I watch the dexterity, the grace, the smoothness of movement and revel in the talent and how they skate to their chosen music. Unusual, since I can walk with great difficulty and for very short distances. But I’ve always been drawn to those who have chosen and learned how to train their bodies in wonderful movement. I also love dancing and gymnastics.
Nothing much new has been going on. My 4 day work week is about the same and my 3 days off are spent with hubby and daughter and in blogging or deleting emails and tv. I have noticed when my physical condition is testing me, my world becomes very small as I work and struggle to make it to work and back and manage all the tasks involved and in between.
When I am tired my world gets more me focused as I deal with my day to day struggles. Since I need knee replacements it is difficult when getting up and down and into my chair at work. Navagating the bathroom at work is especially difficult since standing without holding on to something makes that a challenging chore. I’ve also noticed that when I am tired, my bed seems to grow taller and it becomes harder for me to reach.
We decided it was time to try to lower the bed frame. It always sounds easier to carry out until you are into the project. Upon examination, the legs couldn’t be removed from the frame. So, we put the frame in a back room, placed some long boards on the floor to support the box springs and mattress and voila! The bed is now about 6 inches closer to the ground. That makes it easier to get into, and easier to swing my legs onto the bed without hurting my knees, but getting up is harder since I don’t really have anything to help pull myself up with. It will take some getting used to, but I think the pros outweigh the cons. Perhaps now, I won’t feel the fear of hurting myself when it is time to go to bed. I managed to rest without hurting my knees last night and that was a wonderful accomplishment. Every little success makes the day worthwhile. Until next time…
- Ice Skating! (ritaipvt.wordpress.com)
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NCIS: Los Angeles (season 2) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I haven’t written in quite awhile. Everything I do tends to go in spurts. I’ll play Animal Crossing or Dawn of Discovery on my wii until I’m sick of it. And then I’ll watch tv marathons of NCIS, or the entire series of Merlin until I get done. I actually read a book on my Nook last week. I used to read voraciously, but some recent proofreading jobs put me off of reading.
I find that on my days off, I like to engage in mindless entertainment. The kind that doesn’t take too many brain cells
to fill my time. Sometimes it’s just to forget the stress of work, or just a mindless vegetation to relax.
Last week I watched Thor, Star Trek and HGTV all day. I enjoy watching new house hunters, finding out the prices all over the country and even the world. So far this weekend, I’ve watched the last movie in the Twilight series, and a marathon of NCIS Los Angeles.
I had a great idea for a cute blog the other day while at work. By the next day, I’d totally forgotten what I thought would be so cute about it. I was going to write about my new phone. I didn’t have money to spend, so bought a reconditioned phone exactly like the one I had that was not working. I spent $5 for the phone and the same for shipping. It came Fed Ex. They tried 3 different times to deliver it to us but we were at work. I was amazed they wanted a signature for a $5 phone, but whatever other amusing thoughts I was going to share in my blog have been forgotten.
And so, today I thought I’d just do some mindless thinking so everyone will know I’m still alive and kicking. The arthritis is making the rounds, sometimes the knees and sometimes the shoulders, but that’s all normal. Getting up during the night for bathroom visits is annoying, but normal also. That just means I take a lot of naps on my days off.
If I suddenly think of something interesting to share, I’ll write again later. Happy blogging…
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I am a fan of the Twilight movies and books. I was first interested when I found out there was not the usual excessive violence, language
The Host (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
and sex in a vampire series. After that, I was drawn in and became a believer. Being a Stephanie Meyer fan made me want to see The Host. The movie is compelling from the very first moment and will grab Sci Fi fans. The cast has a lot of young, beautiful unknowns, but also has William Hurt. The story is a race of beings who travel from world to world to coexist with hosts. They have taken over the earth and its inhabitants and have healed the planet in exchange. There are Seekers who live to hunt down the small amount of humans left without hosts.
But, the main character happens to have the will not to be taken and tries to kill herself before becoming a host. After she becomes a host, she remains intact in her mind and coexists mentally in her body. That is rare and unforeseen. That is when the real story begins, as she runs away and goes to where she knows her lover and her little brother will be hiding.
I was immediately drawn into the story and was mesmerized until the end. It is a wonderful story and well worth watching!
IMDB database has this to say:
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and
erasing their memories, Melanie will risk everything to protect the
people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a
dangerous new world. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1517260/?ref_=sr_1
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A return stroke, cloud-to-ground lightning strike. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I got this in an email. I’d seen it before, but it is really too good NOT to share!
A Child’s View of Thunderstorms
A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school. She also feared the electrical storm might harm her child. Full of concern, the mother got into her car and quickly drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did, she saw her little girl walking along. At each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up, and smile. More lightning followed quickly and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile. When the mother drew up beside the child, she lowered the window and called, “What are you doing?”
The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty because God keeps taking my picture.”
May God bless you today and every day as you face the storms that come your way.
” Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so Love the people who treat you right. Pray for those who don’t “
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Nighttime is not my favorite time. Sometimes I actually dread it. Most of us look forward to lying down in bed and getting our rest and our sleep which keeps us healthy and readies us for the next day. Me, I have some issues which keep me from enjoying bedtime. I have lymphedema. That means that my lymphatic system doesn’t work as well as it should anymore and doesn’t remove the fluids from my lower extremities like it needs to. Untreated, that means my legs can swell, sometimes to twice a normal size, fluid can build up within the tissues and I can develop cellulitis which is an infection of the skin from the “leftover” and stagnant fluid left in and under the tissues. Sounds nasty, right? Well, now I wear compression hose to help keep all that in check. I haven’t had a case of cellulitis since I was diagnosed with lymphedema and spent a while in the hospital about 4 years ago.
I also have an “overactive” bladder, or leaking problems. When you lay down at night, that is when the lymphatic system can work better, using gravity to help, and that’s when my body can work to remove some of the fluid build up. Add my bladder problem to that equation, and I make a lot of trips to the bathroom instead of sleeping. Normally, I get two hours when I first lie down to sleep. Then my bladder wakes me up so I struggle to the bathroom. Struggle? Well, I also have bone spurs in my knees which prevent me from straightening my legs, so when I stand or walk, it is from the position of a low squat. The knees also need replacing, so what I have left doesn’t work too well and that is the struggle. Now if I’m very lucky, the next lie down sleep time will last an hour and a half, maybe two hours and I’m up again. After that, I’m up every hour. I’ve learned to fall asleep again quickly, but some nights I get really cranky. When that happens I tell myself this is my exercise time and say thank you prayers for that. Getting up on an average of 6 times every night during my 8 hours of “sleep” makes me look forward to my weekend when I can stay in bed an extra hour if I want and not have to worry about how tired or crippled I am from my nightly exercise and how that will affect my work day.
The point of all of this? There is no point. I felt like whining a bit. And then after I whine, I have to back pedal and recognize that there will always be someone with more physical problems or disabilities than I have, so I can be thankful. I wear the hose that feel like support hose on steroids to keep my legs healthy. And that keeps me out of the hospital. And I can still walk to the bathroom by myself. And I can still work 4 days a week and be productive. I’m trying to lose some weight which can only help all the above. The end result, life is good. No matter what is wrong, or how difficult life is, there are always positives to find. We just have to look for them.
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The past two weeks have been exceptionally busy at work. It was graduation and that means more customers wanting special cakes and more business. More business is good for the business but not for me. It means more stress, more work, and a few more hours if necessary. I think I am showing my age now. I’d prefer not to have the stress or the extra hours or the extra work. Leave that for the younger girls.
And so, as I often am on Sunday, I was too crippled to make it to church. It takes my 3 days off to recuperate from my work week. So, I watched Sunday Mass online and had an early lunch with hubby, read a couple of emails and fell asleep for my first nap of the day. That lasted almost 2 hours. Then, I watched a little TV, wrote a blog, and fell asleep again. That pretty much wiped out the entire afternoon. I suppose that is what age does for you. I have become accustomed to taking a nap every day off. Sometimes I can manage to forgo one on my last day off in anticipation of an earlier night before my first work day of the new week.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
And now supper is over and it is evening with not much accomplished for the day except rest, which is what Sunday typically is for. And daughter is over for some girl time and we are watching an old Lara Croft movie. We’ll probably do a little editing or judging of contest entries for critique my novel’s novel-writing contest and have a late night. Hope your Sunday has been as restful as mine. Have a good one!
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