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Smashed My Finger :-(

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I just smashed the top knuckle of my finger on my left hand by accidentally dropping the lid of the wood burner on it. It is majorly bruised and the knuckle is split open. I am so frustrated! Not only does it hurt like the dickens, I was looking forward to a weekend of music and there is no way I can play either my guitar or my mandolin. I spent the last 30 minutes icing it and trying to decide whether or not to go to Urgent Care for stitches. Decided to butterfly bandage and stabilize instead.

Waaaahhhhhh!!!!!!! emoticon

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:04PM

    Had just read your most recent blog. Then noticed this blog mentioning 'smashed'.... So wanting to know how it happened, here I am.

What's that I just read. You ALSO play mandolin. I so enjoy listening to the mandolin. Don't have any CD's, but have friends who play mandolin.

Keep tabs on the open wound around the knuckle - if it remains red too long you might want to have it checked out.


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GRFXGIRL 1/23/2010 12:53PM

    OMG that is terrible. Its bad enough to just smash it in the door or something but you got a major whollop !! Keep an eye on it and make sure you don't get an infection !!
I hope you feel better soon !!

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Anat Baniel

Friday, January 22, 2010

I am looking forward to this weekend for many reasons. Even though it was a short work week, with a school delay included, I found the week demanding. I am really working on staying in the moment, which has been helpful in keeping stress levels down and staying focused.

There are three things I am looking forward to having time for over the weekend. I have not had time to spend with my music and hope to put in a lot of guitar emoticon and mandolin playing time. Music both brings me joy and helps me stay centered.

Saturday includes yoga class, which because of some scheduling issues, I have missed for the last few Saturdays. emoticon


I have been invited to join a 6 week Anat Baniel session starting this coming Sunday. A close friend who has battled breast cancer and has suffered from fibromyalgia has been practicing the Anat Baniel method and has had quite a lot of relief from it. I don't know a lot about it, except that it is based on the Feldenkrais Method, and helps reset brain patterns and responses. It may be just what I need to help integrate all of the body work I have been doing to heal my hip.

Another thing to look forward to - sunny skies! emoticon It's been a while since they were in the forecast.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:09PM

    Please post your experience of Anat Baniel classes. I too would like to know but rather hear about it from a SPARK participant than the promotional ads. emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 1/23/2010 12:20PM

    I'll post about it after I get it started.

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AQUAJANE 1/23/2010 12:07PM

    I'd never heard of Anat Baniel before, so I googled. I'd love to hear about your experience because I found the concept looks interesting but the couple of you-tube videos I clicked on were annoyingly promotional rather than informational. emoticon

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MARY1313 1/23/2010 3:36AM

    Oh! I didn't know you play guitar! I do too. Of course I play by ear, I don't read music. But that has never slowed me down in the least. I have always wanted to play the mandolin! I wish I could find a class for it. I may go and find a book and teach myself!

Sounds like you are doing everything you can to keep things in good order.

Have a great weekend!


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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Well, it's been a few weeks that I have been on SP, so I thought I would take a few minutes to write about my progress.

I haven't really fully gotten the grasp of using this site for exercise, diet, etc. - still learning how to record what I am doing. I find it rather difficult due to the fact that I have my own exercise regimen and my own diet. It seems complicated to try to eek out all of the choices for cardio, strength training etc. from the available choices, and I have pretty much given up on those. I am satisfied with recording water and vegetable consumption, steps, and exercise minutes, and knowing that I am actually accomplishing my goals on most days.

My goals were for improvement on my energy, health, and well being. I have to say, that I am definitely feeling a big improvement. Between yoga, my PT exercises, strength training, and walking more, my pain level has decreased substantially. Two huge benefits to reduction of pain have been better sleep, and a cheerier attitude. In addition, I have felt much more energetic. I am certain that all of these things create a circular pattern, sleep helps heal, better disposition creates more energy, etc. A positive spiral in health is a wonderful thing after a few years of the opposite!

Thank you to all of my Spark friends for your thoughts, friendship, and encouragement. This has been a wonderful place to begin a long needed healing process.

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:19PM

    I have never been very computer savvy or web site savvy but when I began this course of action, I vowed I would improve my skills. It has been slow and humorous but I am pleased with my increased comp. and web site skills. My daughters have long been advising me to get involved in bloggin' to others and the sense of well being I could derive. They were right and I desperately needed it.

Taking one tiny step towards improving one's healthy outlook on life does increase the chances of enhancing other areas of a person's overall well being.

I am moving more, doing activities I enjoy, etc.

I am still battling the "cut down the amount I eat, in addition to changing it out. But one step at a time.

Energy, health and well being have been the goals I have chosen as well...others are just happening. Nice.

Good listen' to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STARLASUE 1/20/2010 8:59AM

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ERINLINDSAY83 1/19/2010 6:15PM

    Great job on sticking to it! I will admit this site isnt very user friendly, it does take a while to get the hang of the various trackers, but I kinda like it now that Im used to them. Keep up the great work!

And remember to stay positive! A positive attitude can be the difference between success and failure!

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STEELERFAN71 1/19/2010 6:14PM

    Way to go! The great thing about the site is you may have difficulty finding or creating your common foods/exercises once, but once you do you can save them as favorites and then it becomes a breeze. Good luck on your journey!

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Bluegrass Fun

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I went to a concert with Bearfoot, a bluegrass band from Alaska, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage last night. It was a really fun concert. When I came home, I was inspired to get my mandolin back out. I've been so in love with my guitar that my poor mandolin has been a little neglected. It is a wonderful instrument - now I am wondering why I put it up so long!

Two summers ago, my 10 year old niece (then 8), who lives in Alaska, got to go to Bluegrass Camp, which was run by Bearfoot. That's my Hannah in the red shirt with the fiddle!

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:24PM

    I love, LOVE this picture. The joy these children are experiencing at the moment is beyond measure to compare. AND the memory of the event will be with them forever.

I enjoyed reading your blog. Makes a person feel happy.

My academic advisor for my music major degree (voice) obtained her Ph.D. in bluegrass music. How about that? Both her husband and she played concert bass and fender bass. She was the best. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LN7777 1/18/2010 6:20AM

    I wish I learned an instrument when I was younger. They say your never to old to learn but right now I am working full-time and going to school part-time. So I have no time but when I am done with 6 more courses and receive my bachelors degree I think I will learn an instrument. Your Hannah reminds me of my daughter Katelynn. She took violin lessons for years. She still enjoys playing but not as much since she is a junior in college and very busy. emoticon

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Helping Haiti

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Three reliable places to donate money that will get where it is needed most are:




Red Cross has set up an easy way to donate $10 with their texting donation:
Send a $10 Donation by Texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999

This country is so desperate right now.

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RUSTYSHAW1 1/24/2010 1:28PM

    I am so glad you posted to me when I mentioned Haiti. Now I can repeat my reply. Thank you! The information you had was extremely important. Wish we could know if our speaking up helped them to take monetary action. We do know that at least the people responding, some did, some thought about it, some may have yet to take action. That is a start. emoticon emoticon

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BETRME100 1/17/2010 1:03PM

    It's such a sad situation...those people are going to need a lot of help for quite some time to come...we should all do whatever we can to help our neighbors...

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MEOWMAMA3 1/17/2010 10:41AM

    Thanks for the links, the Red Cross texting is so easy every American with a cell phone ought to do it...I pledged mine.
I, too, have been riveted to CNN and crying on and off all week. Unimaginable. When these things happen it is so humbling. Really makes you appreciative for all you have and hopefully will bring out the humanity in humanity. I wish more people would start to view world as their community and stop being so self-centered and apathetic toward others. I'll stop here because I try not to get too political on SP. Thanks for the post! emoticon

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LN7777 1/16/2010 9:34PM

    Thank you for posting. My heart and prayers go out to them.

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JUS911 1/16/2010 9:55AM

    The United World Food Project is out there right now trying to give out high energy biscuits (because there is nowhere or elecrticity to cook anything). They also have a way to donate on their website.

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BEARTHOVEN 1/16/2010 9:29AM

    Thank you for posting this. Sparkpeople should put this on their front page.

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DTSM53 1/16/2010 8:51AM

  Thank you. It's so sad that some people use times like this to run scams, and that we have to second guess what organization is safe to donate to!

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