SENIMMO's SparkPeople Blog SENIMMO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I need to catch my breath With going back to college, the problems with my hand healing after surgery, getting ready for my son to graduate high school, Hubs changing truck owners, the market season getting ready to start in a few months, and a major snowstorm coming in, I really need to stop and just breathe. <BR> <BR> I'm managing to keep up with my schoolwork, barely. They are trying to get me a notetaker and I'm getting extra time to do the writing parts of tests, so I should be ok there. The handwriting is maki... Tue, 2 Feb 2016 17:23:40 EST Does this look comfy to you?! <img src="">Me neither! Fri, 29 Jan 2016 09:52:12 EST Back to therapy...again. So, I went to the occupational therapist again. This is the first time since last year before the surgery. She was not at all amused by the condition of my hand. The Dr should have listen when I told him I heal extremely fast and ordered therapy before the scarring started. <BR> <BR> Evidently, when you heal really fast it makes things scar more and the scars tend to be thicker and harder to break up. Lucky me. <BR> <BR> So, she has to go out of town next week. She did a treatment on it to... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 23:32:39 EST Well, this is it. Classes start tomorrow. I'm more or less ready. I've gotten a lot of the work done ahead, I'm planning to spend the day tomorrow working on my accounting apps and procedures class. I can't really work at home, because there is nowhere to spread out and study without having one or the other of the pets in my face, on my books, in my lap, etc. So, lots of hours at the college is what it will be. <BR> <BR> We're short term struggling with the budget. Really struggling. But it will be okay. I al... Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:00:53 EST Technology :-/ I am returning to college after being away so long my credits expired. sigh. <BR> <BR> I'm starting all over, from scratch. Which would be fine-IF they still used books! They don't. Or rather, they do, but as supplemental information which is totally unnecessary to pass the course in addition to the ONLINE CRAP that is ESSENTIAL TO COMPLETE the courses. <BR> <BR> I am NOT a happy camper. I have the knowledge, that's not an issue. Having to do all of the work on computers, in the "cloud" (wh... Tue, 19 Jan 2016 13:51:11 EST Ready for the New Year? Yep. Been ready for this one to be DONE for a while now! <BR> <BR> I've got so much going this coming year, I'm probably going to be running in circles. Double course load for college, new product lines for my crafting business, a new spinning wheel on the way (whenever it finally gets done being built!), a new friend at the nursing home to visit regularly, and that's just the start! <BR> <BR> It will be fine. I'm hoping that staying busy enough will help me get back on track and keep my w... Wed, 30 Dec 2015 10:40:10 EST Merry Christmas! I am struggling less today than I thought I would be. That is nice. I'm pretty sure it's from delivering gifts to the nursing home yesterday. <BR> <BR> Of the five we had on our list, one is npo and more or less non-responsive to people, one was asleep, one is "special" (had I known that, I would have shopped more for a child than an adult, but it was still good), one was dressed like he was waiting for someone to pick him up to go somewhere, and One was in a private room, with the door clos... Fri, 25 Dec 2015 16:24:37 EST Totally selfish- Is what I am being this week. And you know what? I couldn't possibly care less. <BR> <BR> Why? Why am I being selfish? Or why do I not care that I am? <BR> <BR> I am being selfish in that I am doing something to make myself feel better about missing my dad. (Awesome Hubs is financing it) <BR> <BR> Why do I not care that it's selfish? Because of what it is I'm doing. <BR> <BR> I called the nursing home this morning. The same one I had adopted 10 people from a few years ago when I had my k... Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:28:24 EST Time heals all wounds While that is totally true for physical problems (even when the healing isn't what we planned or the result isn't what we hoped for or expected), emotional pain is different. <BR> <BR> Especially grief. Five years ago today, we lost my dad. It was expected, but unexpected, if that makes any sense. My mother had just had him put on a ventilator and he had been released after a month of ICU and was back in his nursing home. It was expected to be like it was when he originally had his stroke, s... Tue, 22 Dec 2015 11:15:49 EST SHHHH! Don't tell! I went to the grocery labels! rofl! <BR> <BR> I actually did look at labels and paid attention when I picked up a few things the other day. But I'll warn you, it gave me plenty to vent about! <BR> <BR> No one and I mean NO one better EVER try telling me again how much healthier turkey burgers are! I just had surgery a few weeks ago on my hand, so I can't make things from scratch yet (besides ground turkey is more expensive than beef!). So I needed frozen burgers of some kind. I l... Sun, 20 Dec 2015 09:15:22 EST And no... I was going to the pool today, but ran into problems when I tried putting my suit on. My hand didn't cooperate with the twisting. So, that's off for the day. I can't get the 1piece on yet, and I'm not sure where Hubs and I put the bag with my 2 piece. It's always something! <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> Son has to go to work after college class today, so he won't have time to help get my straps untwisted. I will try to get him to agree to helping with that tomorrow before school. He might. <BR> ... Thu, 17 Dec 2015 12:37:52 EST YES! The stitches in my hand are OUT and the Dr said I can start swimming again tomorrow! <BR> <BR> I just have to be careful, not try to pull myself out of the pool with that hand, the usual don't do stupid things speech. <BR> <BR> I got the new computer set up for school. I'm using in now. I need to get used to the new keyboard and windows10. Thankfully, 10 is nowhere near as bad as I had heard and SOOOO much better than 8! 8 is a nightmare. <BR> <BR> I already got 1 of my English books in th... Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:53:54 EST Tuesday blues It's been another wet yucky day. I did pretty good with my food choices today, but I am SO bored. I usually don't use that word,. because in high school I had a teacher that used to say "only boring people get bored", I guess right now I am about the most boring person in the world because I am about to go bat crap crazy! <BR> <BR> I know it's the hand. I am just SO over not being able to use it like I want to. <BR> <BR> I did finish getting christmas cards signed to send to soldiers. Hubs ... Tue, 15 Dec 2015 20:04:04 EST Rain rain everyday But like Hubs says, in December, it's better than ice and snow. It just feels very strange for it to still be this warm this late in the year. <BR> <BR> I haven't done much of anything the last few days, I'm trying to get this stupid hand to stop hurting all the time. I'm hopeful getting the stitches out wednesday will help. I don't see how it could make it worse (don't even offer suggestions for how it could be worse, I don't want to think about it!) <BR> <BR> I've been making an effort to... Sun, 13 Dec 2015 18:17:57 EST Probably another ramble I'm in one of "those"moods. Not as bad as usual, though. While I have done some mindless eating, it was the nibble here and there in between long stretches of crafting instead of the full out binging. <BR> <BR> Then I decided to get the crowbar and get my head out... <BR> <BR> Well, you know. I went in and rummaged in the fridge, found some leftover veggies, grabbed some of those, got some sliced cheese, some cottage cheese, baked crackers, and settled down for the rest of the day to work... Sat, 12 Dec 2015 15:10:49 EST So ready to get things done! But I'm having to wait, because nothing is else is ready! ugh. <BR> <BR> I am getting better at getting things done with my hand bandaged. The stitches don't come out for another week. <em>39</em> It is an exercise in frustration, but that's nothing new. <BR> <BR> I've got my plans set for school, got enrolled for 20 hours. I know that seems like too much, but it's mostly classes I've had in the past that are too old to count, brainless classes (how to study? really? I'm 48 years old, I ... Tue, 8 Dec 2015 17:08:03 EST "Activity as tolerated" I hate it when medical personnel put that on instructions after surgery or injury. Why can't they just say "these things will cause pain. Don't do them." <BR> <BR> No, they have to let people like me push to do things because they didn't say NOT to. And I tolerate doing them just fine...while I'm doing them...then when I finish? That when my hand starts screaming "OW, OW, OW, What the HECK did you think you were doing?!?? OW OW OW OW." <BR> <BR> Yeah. That's pretty much how it's gone since... Mon, 7 Dec 2015 22:12:09 EST Moving forward Or trying to, at least. We have some serious financial problems (who doesnt?), Hubs and I are trying to work through it. I'm struggling-A LOT -trying to not be angry or mean when it all could have been avoided if some paperwork had actually been done when I asked/told him he needed to do it instead of him putting it off until it bit us in the butt. <BR> <BR> He made some of the calls after we got home from my surgery today. Supposedly, he will do the paperwork tomorrow. Too late to keep from... Thu, 3 Dec 2015 19:11:28 EST Happy Thanksgiving!!! Hubs made it home after all! I made a lot of food and we packed it into reasonable serving sizes in containers. And we are going to the pool as many days as I can with my surgery coming up. <BR> <BR> Hot dang, we got this! Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:28:17 EST Well, that just isn't cool! Ive,been running a friend to do errands all morninf, early afternoon. It's been one of those days/weeks for us both. <BR> <BR> I made a wrong turn on the way to her house this morning to take her to the Dr. So I was 10 minutes late (which almost never happens). That stunk. <BR> <BR> She has an infection in her leg and is supposed to stay off of it. She's like me, if there is work to be done, she us going to try doing it. Did u mention she lives on a dairy farm? I tattled to her family tha... Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:34:33 EST Fixed the flex!! Actually, it wasn't broken, I had just misplaced the charger. I have the fitbit flex and the charger is really small and very lightweight. And is one of the kitten's favorite toys (along with hair ties, but that's a WHOLE other blog!) so I hid it. And then forgot where <em>24</em> <BR> <BR> But I found it this morning and now have a bully charged fitbit for the pool this week. Hopefully, it will give me an accurate count of calorie burn in the pool. We'll see. <BR> <BR> Hubs' rig should... Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:20:19 EST Almost an hour In the pool today, I did 55 minutes. Half walking/jogging and half swimming laps. I wanted to get a couple more laps in, but some guy came in with his kids and crowded me out. After the 3rd time of him crashing into me, I gave up. They were "playing catch". His kids throw wildly and he sucks at catching. And I'm only a little over 5 feet tall. He was running into me in 5 1/2 feet of water <em>198</em> I gave up before he could drown me to death. <BR> <BR> Early mornings on weekends is goi... Sat, 21 Nov 2015 22:10:07 EST Just ARGH!!! Since my last blog, Hubs had a mechanical failure in the rig (yes, AGAIN <em>234</em> ) which resulted in a fuel spill. Which resulted in frantic phone calls, police department, fire truck, hazmat cleanup crew, tow truck, repair shop, parts being ordered... <BR> <BR> The usual thanksgiving truck ordeal. <em>198</em> <BR> <BR> That was overnight Wednesday. Thursday, I went to the pool to de-stress. I waster walked 15 laps, and swam 10 (it may have been more. I lose count easily, s... Fri, 20 Nov 2015 04:38:00 EST Uncooperative weather So I'm putting off the green bay trip. I will do more cleaning and load more stuff. <BR> <em>334</em> <BR> I do plan to go swim. I've got my gear in the dryer now. I forgot last night. Oh well. <BR> <BR> And it looks like Hubs may be coming home soon after all! <BR> <BR> I've got this <em>334</em> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 09:58:45 EST A bit of this, a bit of that... Was my day today. I actually made it to rent the gym locker. I didn't have time to work out when I did that, but I did go back later in the afternoon and got in 35 minutes of pretty hard work. I alternated jogging in place with swimming laps. <BR> <BR> That snorkel and mask was a good investment. I'm not doing huge numbers yet, but I did do 7 laps today. I'm trying to add 1 lap a day until I'm at a decent number, then I may try to get into the bigger cold pool and work up to a decent number ... Tue, 17 Nov 2015 19:38:13 EST No motivation... No clue where it went. I had done pretty well the first 6-8 months I was on spark. I took 50+lbs off, was looking better, feeling better, staying on track... <BR> <BR> Then I got orders for several sweaters, got busy with markets, did nothing but sit and make products, grabbed junk food on the way to sales, and just generally let myself go so far off track it's ridiculous. <BR> <BR> And since then? I've been able to convince myself I can do it again whenever I want so there's no big hurry d... Mon, 16 Nov 2015 18:16:52 EST The next step With my hands ends up being a lengthy progression of steps. More like a marathon. Sigh. <BR> <BR> It turns out the first two dr's didn't look further than the medial nerve impingement. The orthopedic today took one look, felt the wrist and thumb, and said it's not just the carpal tunnel. I also have arthritis in the joints of the thumb. We are fixing the nerve impingement on the 3rd of December and then working on treating the thumb. <BR> <BR> That will start with meds, a different kind... Wed, 11 Nov 2015 21:12:02 EST The (school) plan So, the local campus desk lady told me I had to take classes based on my computer placement test score. Lie #1. <BR> <BR> I was/am not allowed to double major, because "it's too hard and too confusing " lie #2 justified by what the he##??? <BR> <BR> The new schedules are right there (the only ones out were the term that's ending in a few weeks.) Lie #3 <BR> <BR> There are no classes available for you here. Lie#4 <BR> <BR> You have to go online and figure it out yourself, it's n8t THAT ha... Tue, 10 Nov 2015 09:41:39 EST Smoked it! I went down to UWGB today and too placement testing. The computerized version several years ago said I was functionally retarded. Today with paper and pencil-and doing the math sections longhand-I scored 12.9...out 9f a possible 12.9 <em>224</em> <BR> <BR> Now I just need to get my old high school to send a transcript and wait for financing to come through. <BR> <BR> Holy crap, I've got this!! Mon, 9 Nov 2015 22:54:03 EST Dizzy... Not really, I just have that song stuck in my head because I've been spinning since 3am. I couldn't sleep. So I got up and started working. <BR> <BR> And I threw together some biscuits and made cornbread to go with the bean soup I started yesterday. <BR> <BR> The soup would taste better with more salt, but I'm needing to learn to use less salt for Hubs and I keeping BP down. Ugh. But I'm findng ways to make it work. I added celery, carrots, onion powder, and some small pieces of ham to fl... Sat, 7 Nov 2015 09:19:13 EST What to do? Its always like this right after the markets end. I never know what to do with myself. I'm working on a bunch of the owl mitts <img src="">(msg me if you want to order some for christmas, first come first served, I can only make so many) <BR> <BR> I'm making them all with handspun yarns. 100%wool or 100% alpaca. I have cream and grey. Hopefully they will go over well. They are expensive ($35 a pair) but I don't th... Thu, 5 Nov 2015 08:39:02 EST Just another day in paradise... Don't I wish. But things are leveling out. My knee isn't as sore, I've got a lot of products out in local shops (but on consignment, so it's money our of pocket for me), son is being slightly less of a butt and much more honest with himself about how much of a butt he's been being. <BR> <BR> The budget isn't in great shape, but we're holding our own. I ran all the errands and got the bills paid today. <BR> <BR> I wasn't as out of control with my eating today, either. I talked myself out ... Wed, 4 Nov 2015 20:27:46 EST I survived Monday... Barely. Finally got a text from Hubs late last night saying I love you too. That was good. <BR> <BR> I got tangled up with pets and had something in my knee pop. I can walk on it, but it doesn't feel good. <BR> <BR> Son fell asleep at friend's after work and didn't come in til 2am. On a school night. With his boyfriend. Who planned to sleep in his car. Son is in on my couch. Boyfriend is on the living room couch. Sleep in car in November, not even funny. <BR> <BR> This is what I designed ... Tue, 3 Nov 2015 07:55:48 EST UGH. mondays. It was a rough weekend. I thought everything was going pretty good, then out of the blue? My son starts a fight, my husband chews me our for it, and apparently MIL is mad at me for something I said several weeks ago as a joke that she took seriously. <BR> <BR> What. The. Hell. <BR> <BR> I'm waiting for Hubs to be speaking to me. With the way I got blindsided this weekend, I'm not at all sure he isn't going to ask for a divorce. And I really thought we were doing okay. <BR> <BR> I didn'... Mon, 2 Nov 2015 07:45:33 EST Cold and wet Which is not unusual for the last Saturday market of the season. <BR> <BR> I'm still here, but may not set much up. I do have a small order getting picked up, so I have to stay. <BR> <BR> I did toss my swim bag in the car, so that's a possibility after the order gets done. I got coffee this m9rning and made homemade mocha with it. 90cal vs holy crap calories for premade. It works. I also grabbed a sausage biscuit and yogurt for breakfast. Not as good as some choices, but way better than mo... Sat, 31 Oct 2015 07:56:14 EST Slightly better today I got my friend taught how to make nicer edges on her knitting, got 4 loads of laundry done, almost finishes one beret, and the fitbit us actually tracking today, it's just after noon and it already says I've got 1/3of my goal met. <BR> <BR> Much better than Wednesday was! I haven't made it to the pool again. I may or may not get to it today. I want/need to get some more alpaca spun. <BR> <BR> Either way, I'm getting more activity in. That works. <BR> <BR> <em>104</em> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:25:13 EST Fits and bits I spent the day yesterday helping a friend. He car died, and she lives on a dairy farm. There were a lot of errands that needed to be done for the farm. <BR> <BR> My fitbit recorded the entire day of shopping, lifting, and walking as-wait for it- 587 steps and ZERO MINUTES of exercise!?!? <BR> <BR> Can you say annoyed? Yeah, just a BIT. I about pitched the thing in the trash. Instead I just tossed it in the drawer for the day <BR> <BR> With swimming on Tuesday and helping with Farm stu... Thu, 29 Oct 2015 21:13:01 EST Suck it up, Cupcake I didn't make much progress today, But made progress, nonetheless. I got the car in and out of the shop this morning. It actually came out UNDER the estimate! WOOT!!! <BR> <BR> Then I went to the pool. I only spent 20 minutes in the water, But I tried out my new snorkel and mask. It's going to take a little getting used to, but I can swim laps in it! I only managed 2 laps, but it was something. Then I walked 6 more laps. I'm going to try to add a lap every day or two for a while. We'll see h... Tue, 27 Oct 2015 14:02:12 EST Cleaning house In more ways than one. I've got some stuff I'm clearing 9ut to donate to a charity that's picking stuff up tomortow, so I will have a little more cupboard space. I've actually been running the vacuum. And I took the big dog to the groomer, so less shedding. <BR> <BR> I'm keeping up with laundry, but still can't figure out how/why I can manage 6 or more loads in a day, washed, dried, folded and my teen son can only do 1.5? <BR> <BR> <BR> While I was in green bay with the dog, I went and ... Mon, 26 Oct 2015 11:21:46 EST Thursday The pets are a little sturdier on their feet today. Both giving dirty looks, but they will get over it. (Cleo was spayed and leo was neutered ) <BR> <BR> I'm trying to get some things done around the house, but keep running into problems. I wanted to put lasagna together to freeze, so I cleaned the freezer to make room, got everything I needed out of fridge, put sauce on the stove to warm (warm works better than right out of fridge), went to get the foil pans I use for messy foods...and son ... Thu, 22 Oct 2015 11:42:56 EST The pets are home And very wobbly and sleepy. Leo is kind of wandering around and not able to jump on the furniture yet. Cleo is laying in my lap <img src=""> and peeing on me, lol. <BR> <BR> Vet said they should be back to themselves by tomorrow. Wed, 21 Oct 2015 16:17:46 EST Mondays blog End of season sales are often my best of the season. I've cut my display down significantly, to make the work easier for me, and sales have been UP. Even with fewer choices, I've been selling more. This could work! <BR> <BR> I've also got a lead on another indoor winter show that's starting up. <BR> <BR> My hands still don't want to work right, the shot doesn't seem to have helped much, but I'm using the braces much more. It will work out. <BR> <BR> I've got several berets ready to go t... Mon, 19 Oct 2015 07:41:34 EST Is it too early for work? <img src=""> <BR> You know you're in for a long day when you're up before the sun. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 07:17:12 EST My day off- I got my shot in my hand today. It's still partly numb and feels strange. I just hope it feels better tomorrow and lasts for a while. <BR> <BR> I haven't done much today, other than rest it and wear the new braces I was able to find. <BR> <BR> I'm hoping that wearing them when I'm not actively working will help. Time will tell. <BR> <BR> I've got a lot of work to do over the winter. Spinning yarn is one of the things I'm looking forward to. Doing dish towels and scrubbies, not so much. Kni... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 21:37:37 EST Tuesdays ramble I'm trying to talk son into helping me tomorrow at market so I don't have to miss another one. I need the income, but also need the medical appt for my hands. He's deciding. <BR> <BR> I've asked a couple of other friends about helping, but no one has time. We all know how that goes. We'll see how it goes. <BR> <BR> MIL is going to see about making me some wool cards. That will be nice if she can. I carded some alpaca last night with dog brushes (it was what I had available ) and it actual... Tue, 13 Oct 2015 09:47:35 EST Working on it... So far I haven't been able to get rid of the update changes. I'm working on learning how to use my memo thingy to write my blogs so I don't have to spend much time on the screens that bother my eyes and head. <BR> <BR> I really want to get some weight off this winter and we all know it is not going to happen without help, moral support, and accountability. Which means finding a way to make spark work. <BR> <BR> I'm never going to stop wishing they would quit fixing things that aren't bro... Mon, 12 Oct 2015 07:48:37 EST Not at all sure That I like the changes the "update " on my phone has made to my spark stuff. I can't access the old desktop settings any more and I really do not like the stark black and white with hideous trendy colored accents. It's one of the things that can trigger my migraines. <BR> <BR> If I can't find a way to get back to decent colors or the old settings, I don't know how much or if I will be able to keep using spark. I'd my choices are feeling sick and having a pounding head or avoiding using it?... Sat, 10 Oct 2015 19:51:30 EST Hot Dang I did it! I figured a way to fix my spinning wheel! It turns out most of the problem is one of my bobbins is junk, one is so-so, and there is one good one. <BR> <BR> It's taking extra time to spin this way because I can't just fill up several bobbins and then just ply right off of them. I'm having to wind each full bobbin off into a ball before I can ply it. Then it gets wound off again, before it gets skeined, washed, hung to dry, measured for yardage, then either twisted into hanks or wound into ... Thu, 8 Oct 2015 11:28:03 EST It's official I have medial nerve impingement and neuropathy. <BR> <BR> Treatment options are: <BR> rest (not an option, I am not quitting work) <BR> Braces (have them. Can't work with them on. Not much help) <BR> Site injection (s) guided by ultrasound (scheduled for next week) <BR> Surgery (followed by 3-4 weeks of absolutely NO use of thumb and wrist without danger of undoing the repair) <BR> <BR> The injection option is not a fix or cure. It is a bandaid approach. It may not work at all, it may work ... Wed, 7 Oct 2015 12:33:26 EST Rambling... We'll see if this works. I'm trying to do the memo thing in my galaxy4 instead of having whole blogs go *poof* after a half hour or more of work. <BR> <BR> I was having one of "those" days...again.. I ended up taking a trip to green bay to fix some of the things that were causing it (like a cell company that shall remain nameless, but its initials are VW). <BR> <BR> It took forever to deal with that and I got one of the PC police to deal with there. We all know politically correct and me... Tue, 6 Oct 2015 18:16:40 EST