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First, I want to say that, although I didn't go back and reply to all the comments on my step-mom, I really appreciate everyone's sentiments and well wishes and thoughts and prayers on the matter! It really touched me that people thanked me for the update, showing that our family are not the only ones thinking about it. So thank you guys so much for caring! The procedure is really fascinating and medical science just amazes me. They don't understand what the stem cells are doing or how they do it, but they just know it works at this point and that's sort of amazing in itself.

Now, the other things. )
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The day after my last post about the asshaberdashery of the insurance company we were dealing with, we had everything resolved and Chris and I took a trip out to Gallatin Friday afternoon to get the truck he wanted.


After enjoying the benefits of having a truck all weekend, it's a little easier to ignore the fact that we now have three years of debt because of it (unless we pay it off early, which we probably will).

Jonah had his second soccer game on Saturday morning at the ungodly hour of 8:30am. Sure, that doesn't sound like it's that bad, except that it takes an awful long time to get shin guards and tight knee socks on wobbly little legs that don't know the meaning of the word "still". Jonah's natural rising time is at about 8am, exactly when we should be leaving the house to get to the field in time. But we made it in plenty of time, despite waking a bit late and he was even fed and over his "you woke me up" grumpiness by the time we got there. The promise of a donut after the game probably helped.

The only issue was that we did not account for the blustery wind that was blowing at that hour. At least we weren't the only parents that were ill equipped. Chris and I would kick the ball around with Jonah on the side lines when he wasn't in the game to help keep him (and us) warm. But as we were leaving, I noticed the ball was starting to roll down the slope toward the ditch. Wanting to keep it out of the mud, I ran up to kick it up the slope. But when I planted my left foot next to the ball, my ankle rolled downhill and I went down momentarily. I could tell immediately this was not a "walk it off" injury. I've rolled my ankles before, but I've never had anything I'd call a sprain. This is awful!

Behind a cut because the bruising and swelling is rather gross. )

I've been trying my best to take it easy and follow the RICE rules (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation), but I'm not so good at the R part and I've probably not used enough I or E because I'm not doing R. But I do keep it wrapped snuggly in an ace bandage all day and I sleep with it elevated. This morning, after prolonged icing last night and taking it easy yesterday, I've noticed that the swelling looks to have gone down by about half. But now, I'm noticing new bruises on the right side of the ankle as well as a slight discoloration throughout all of the swelled parts. Waking in the morning is the worst time. It gets settled in a relaxed position and I have to bend it back closer to a working angle to wrap it. Once it's wrapped, I'm usually okay for the rest of the day, but that transition between positions is excruciating! The rest of my body is starting to feel the strain of compensating for the ankle as well. I've got to take it easier until I'm healed.

One good thing, since I have to take frequent breaks, it actually looks like I'm going to get my reading done for the book discussion on Friday. We're starting Return of the King. Wow, we've been doing this for a really long time. Fellow smialites, is this year 2 or 3 since we started discussing LOTR?

Despite my crippledness, I still managed to help Chris put up the garden shed we had bought and could finally bring home because YAY TRUCK! I didn't do much but hold panels up so he could hammer them together, but it was something. Then I stocked it with all the tools and supplies that have been rusting out in the elements for years as well as a full shelf worth of stuff out of the garage. I want to outfit it with a loft for storing seedling flats and some pegboard and hooks for tools, but for now, everything is out of the way and accessible and tidy.

I also got the last of the clean up done in the gardens on Sunday. After cleaning out the entire garage the weekend before, my missing shears never turned up. So we bought some new ones and we got all the ornamental grasses clipped back just in time for the new growth to start popping up. The guy came to mow the grass yesterday for the first time, so the yard is starting to wake up out of winter funk.

Apart from that, I have a list of things I've vowed to finish before I start any new projects. I'm slowly crossing things off of it, but I've got some tremendous guilt about some of the things I've procrastinated. Nothing to do but just get them done though. The longer I take to finish them, the worse it gets. I've always said my mantra should be better late than never, but damn it, that's not good enough. I feel like I'm screaming "THIS IS WHY I'LL NEVER BE AN ADULT!" at myself. *sigh*
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Last night I ventured out to the Borders in Cool Springs to meet up with the Nashville Smial for a discussion on Smith of Wootton Major and Farmer Giles of Ham. I've really appreciated the group and specifically these discussions because they're forcing me to read some fiction for a change and especially some of Tolkien's works that I hadn't explored before (since I never really ventured outside of the big four).

I was the last to show up, after walking around the store for about 5 minutes looking for which corner they might be hiding in and getting a much needed cup of coffee at the cafe. Of course, my fellow geeks would be in the Reference section. Why I didn't think of that first I'm not sure, heh. In fact, during discussions, I found myself listening intently, but scanning the bookshelf directly across from me for books I want to read. I came in when they were discussing to the dragon in Farmer Giles of Ham. I made some comment about him seeming like a used car salesman in his bargaining methods. Later when thinking about that comment, I couldn't help but think of Crazy Vaclav, the car salesman in the Mr. Plow episode of the Simpsons: "She'll go three hundred hectares on a single tank of kerosene!" Also, [ profile] arymetore used the term Schadenfreude when describing the blacksmith in Farmer Giles, which gave me the opportunity to interject with "No, I do not know what Schadenfreude is. Please tell me because I'm dying to know! [sarcastically]".

There was lots of stimulating intellectual talk, and even more stimulating non-intellectual talk (nethers, need I say more?). There were brief, though heated discussions while we aired our grievances over some of the drama that's gone on between some of the mutual members of the Smial and the Tennessee Fellowship. But we were always able to break an uncomfortable seriousness with "So, back to my nethers." [ profile] sailingwest and I even got a chance to exercise our "Yes" at some point. We of course had to fill Barry in on what all this nethers business was about. Then I realized we've inadvertently developed a new game. It's similar to "horrify the Twilight n00b" but it's Nethers n00bs.

We closed the store down at 10pm and then stood out in the chilly night air for a few minutes longer discussing possibilities for future gatherings. With the holidays coming up we're not doing a book discussion in December, but Marie mentioned starting the Lord of the Rings next and taking it a book at a time (as in one of the 6, not one of the three as it was published).

Unfortunately, I had trouble finding an open grocery on the way home last night and didn't get in until well after 11pm. So, I'm pretty groggy today, and the fog outside isn't helping. Need to get Jonah up and ready for school. But most importantly, I need to get out and run today, since Marie issued a challenge to [ profile] sailingwest and I to do some sort of exercise today, since she and [ profile] witchcat07 were going to the YMCA today to workout. Despite my conviction earlier in the week, I've not set aside any time nor any motivation to get out an run yet. I still have a chance to run three days this week if I get out and do it. Ugh, why did I ever stop. Getting started again is so hard, especially when it's cold outside.


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