Hard times + good news
Sorry, friends, I've been quite absent from SP for a while, except for logging my exercise when I've been able to squeeze it in. Too much to tell now, except to say that an MRI confirmed a tear in my rotator cuff (plus a bone spur that exacerbat... Read more
My shoulder, my retreat, & the new challenge
Yesterday I saw an orthopedist, & he confirmed that my left shoulder's rotator cuff may be torn. He prescribed an MRI; my primary doctor has to issue a referral for that, so I have just called to request it. In the meantime, the ortho said, I SH... Read more
Sugar & me
Probably most of my Sparkfriends have seen the news about the American Heart Association's new campaign to decrease U.S. sugar consumption:
"In a scientific statement issued Monday, the organization says most women should limit their sugar ... Read more
Shoulder & poetry
First, in answer to your question, Paula: The audiobook I listened to during my Arkansas trip was The Last Juror. It was definitely fiction. I enjoyed it but didn't think it was Grisham's best.
What WAS stellar was my homeward-bound audiobo... Read more
So it turns out that I can walk as fast as I jog+walk! I took a familiar route this morning & made it in 33 minutes (just under 2.5 miles). Often when I've jogged it in the past (with short bits of walking) I've covered it at the same rate, abou... Read more
I'm a little annoyed at myself for repeatedly gathering good plans & intentions & then dropping them almost immediately. But it really has been a challenging few months, what with my second fall this year, struggles with sleep, my dad's surgery,... Read more
A semi-vacation at my dad's
A first for me on Friday: I made a 12-hour road trip by myself! I made sure to get up early enough so that if all went well I'd arrive before nightfall, & that worked. Also, when returning library books on Thursday evening I was able to pick up ... Read more
The jury is still out
But because of my long-term insomnia issues, I tend to be a little ahead of the curve in figuring out new solutions to diminish insomnia (with the help of my doctor).
For the past three nights I have slept REALLY well . . . even going back ... Read more
Um, NOT streaking
This is one of those times when life is just bulging. My trip to help care for my dad (& his wife, who has mild MS) in the wake of his heart surgery has been put off, as the doctors are still trying to get his heart rate stabilized & waiting to ... Read more
After my success at dragging myself out of bed to go on a run/walk this morning (later & shorter than I had intended, but much better than not going!), AND at digging out my PT shoulder exercise pages & doing some of those over my lunch break, I... Read more
Poetry helps me recombobulate
Yesterday was a kinda disappointing day. I slept in because of having insomnia various nights in the previous week, & then instead of going out running I started right in on my weekend cooking. Made muesli, dhal, a batch of brown rice, & a new r... Read more
My work, my appetite
I love my work. Since I was a small child I have loved messing with words, & as an adult I get paid to do it! What a privilege.
Nowadays I work for the company that puts out the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the go-to "editor's bible" f... Read more
Two posts in a day--but I have to celebrate this somewhere!
My daughter C was very happy in her job at a suburban YMCA until a new director came in recently to head up her program--& sure enough C was fired a week & a half ago. She was excited to get a phone interview with a Y in another state; that's co... Read more
There's always a letdown
After that amazing week in the writers' workshop, it's not at all surprising that this past week has been a hard one for me. Financial issues too complicated to describe, tangles & knots that aren't yet worked out . . . also insomnia & a small c... Read more
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A week of poetry--& collage
I got back from the writing workshop--including the manuscript class--today. Too much to tell, but it was fabulous. The manuscript reviews (not just mine but my classmates' too) were really, really helpful; I have a clear list of the things I ne... Read more