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Well, the ankle (according to the doc and PT) is almost healed.  Still hurts if I move too fast, or too much, but at least I get to go back to work this week.  And in regards to that; I'm still waiting to see if my disability claim will be approved or denied.  Last week I got a call from the company that administers our claims, letting me know that my claim was goign to be denied 'because i wasn't off work long enough'.  WFT???  So I looked at my paperwork from the doc, and there were different dates on the two sets fo paperwork.  Lovely.  I'm hoping that their office can straighten this out - missing two weeks of work is bad; having to go without 2 weeks of pay will be that much worse.
GRRRR

However, the PT says that I can start to resume my normal activities this week.  So I can finally mow the lawn (it's been almost 3 weeks) and next week I'll start back to kung-fu.  Yay for being back to 'normal' (whatever *that* is)!

Oh, yeah, and my CD drive is dead, and it sounds like my sound card is going, too.  So much fun here :/
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Well, the ankle is worse than we thought. I have 3 spot bruises; all are lateral and below the malleolus. Yes folks, those would be the tendon attachment points. My doc wants me to take a week off work, go to PT, and rest. Does she have any idea how poorly I do that last?  Does she have any idea how much I hate the first (to say nothing of what my boss is going to say)?  GRRRRRRRR

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Well, the ankle is worse than we thought. I have 3 spot bruises; all are lateral and below the malleolus. Yes folks, those would be the tendon attachment points. My doc wants me to take a week off work, go to PT, and rest. Does she have any idea how poorly I do that last?  Does she have any idea how much I hate the first (to say nothing of what my boss is going to say)?  GRRRRRRRR

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Well, as posted in my last entry my shoulder is finally healed.  As a reward for this, last night at dance I gave myself one hell of an ankle sprain.  Bad enough that I went willingly (ok, not so willingly, but I went) to the ER.  After xrays and exams it was determined (mostly by my Physical Therapist ...love ya honey!) that it's a grade 2 sprain, including at least 2 of the 3 ligaments.  Yeah, nice work!  So, since I had a training seminar today I spent the day gimping around the hospital.  Let me just say this: Crutches suck dead weasles.  We hates them precious, we hates them all.

...And I am beginning to suspect that I might be getting old.
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Well, as posted in my last entry my shoulder is finally healed.  As a reward for this, last night at dance I gave myself one hell of an ankle sprain.  Bad enough that I went willingly (ok, not so willingly, but I went) to the ER.  After xrays and exams it was determined (mostly by my Physical Therapist ...love ya honey!) that it's a grade 2 sprain, including at least 2 of the 3 ligaments.  Yeah, nice work!  So, since I had a training seminar today I spent the day gimping around the hospital.  Let me just say this: Crutches suck dead weasles.  We hates them precious, we hates them all.

...And I am beginning to suspect that I might be getting old.
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What's new with us?  Well, there was a lot fo rehearsal packed into a *very* short time, promptly followed by a weekend long pirate festival.  It went very well, actually.  Considering that it was only the third time we (the group of crazies who act/sing/fight) have done this festival we did well.  Lots of compliments from people who weren't dressed funny (important), from the organizer (very important), and from a few hardcore reenactors who randomly showed up (niiice).  Links to pice will be posted once I have the links in question.

Also in the news, I did moer damage to my shoulder than had thought ...it's now 2 weeks without a visit to the gym and I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms ...and since it's not improving, I'll be skipping MMA this week too.  Damnit!!

However, this weekend is the Rochester Irish Festival.  We (Kate and I) will be dancing as members of the Young School of Irish Dance on Sunday 9/13.  Interestingly enough, *last* Sunday was our 6th Anniversary ...which we spent acting like pirates.  We'll be going out for a nice dinner this weekend to make up for that!  At any rate, anybody who wants to come see us (and the rest of the adult dancers in the school) put on a bit of a show, we're on stage at 2pm on Sunday.
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What's new with us?  Well, there was a lot fo rehearsal packed into a *very* short time, promptly followed by a weekend long pirate festival.  It went very well, actually.  Considering that it was only the third time we (the group of crazies who act/sing/fight) have done this festival we did well.  Lots of compliments from people who weren't dressed funny (important), from the organizer (very important), and from a few hardcore reenactors who randomly showed up (niiice).  Links to pice will be posted once I have the links in question.

Also in the news, I did moer damage to my shoulder than had thought ...it's now 2 weeks without a visit to the gym and I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms ...and since it's not improving, I'll be skipping MMA this week too.  Damnit!!

However, this weekend is the Rochester Irish Festival.  We (Kate and I) will be dancing as members of the Young School of Irish Dance on Sunday 9/13.  Interestingly enough, *last* Sunday was our 6th Anniversary ...which we spent acting like pirates.  We'll be going out for a nice dinner this weekend to make up for that!  At any rate, anybody who wants to come see us (and the rest of the adult dancers in the school) put on a bit of a show, we're on stage at 2pm on Sunday.

musings

Aug. 18th, 2009 10:52 am
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It's been a busy few weeks.  Vacation - which was nice - then work and catching up on all the crap agound the house.  Finally finished several of my woodworking and workshop projects.  Faire has been kicking my ass this summer, but we're done with that now, and despite all the issues that we had with faire in general and the booth in particular this year, I'm still hit by post-faire letdown. 
Last week Kate's grandmother passed away.  It was rough on her mother, and for Kate and her brother.  It made for a really hard weekend, but after 98 years, she had told all of us that she was ready to move on.  And she did.  I hope that I'm as ready and as organized when my time comes. 
So faire is done, summer is ending on a down note, and work beckons.  More news later.

musings

Aug. 18th, 2009 10:52 am
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It's been a busy few weeks.  Vacation - which was nice - then work and catching up on all the crap agound the house.  Finally finished several of my woodworking and workshop projects.  Faire has been kicking my ass this summer, but we're done with that now, and despite all the issues that we had with faire in general and the booth in particular this year, I'm still hit by post-faire letdown. 
Last week Kate's grandmother passed away.  It was rough on her mother, and for Kate and her brother.  It made for a really hard weekend, but after 98 years, she had told all of us that she was ready to move on.  And she did.  I hope that I'm as ready and as organized when my time comes. 
So faire is done, summer is ending on a down note, and work beckons.  More news later.
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Back from vacation as of this evening.  A week on the south Delaware shore, in Bethany Beach, with the Wife's family.  And it was a good time.  We hung out on the beach, boogie boarded, swam in the Atlantic, lounged in the sun and read, and generally enjoyed life.  I had nearly as much fun as I did when we spent a week in the Outer Banks, and it was fantastic to be able to unwind like that.  As an aside, my chosen beach read was 'A Peoples History of the United States'.  A good read, but a very scary look at how our country became what it is.

Also, I made the wife watch a movie called 'The Gamers: Dorkness Rising'.  We nearly wet ourselves laughing.  Go find it on YouTube ...the funny will commence.
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Back from vacation as of this evening.  A week on the south Delaware shore, in Bethany Beach, with the Wife's family.  And it was a good time.  We hung out on the beach, boogie boarded, swam in the Atlantic, lounged in the sun and read, and generally enjoyed life.  I had nearly as much fun as I did when we spent a week in the Outer Banks, and it was fantastic to be able to unwind like that.  As an aside, my chosen beach read was 'A Peoples History of the United States'.  A good read, but a very scary look at how our country became what it is.

Also, I made the wife watch a movie called 'The Gamers: Dorkness Rising'.  We nearly wet ourselves laughing.  Go find it on YouTube ...the funny will commence.
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Well opening weekend was ...cold ...and empty (on Saturday, anyway).  Sunday was better, from both a weather perspective (I didn't need the cloak, always a bonus) and from a business standpoint (but not by much).  Here's hoping that it gets better.  The new location of the booth?  Yeah, not so good.

Yesterday, after over a week of not mowing because it was raining, I hacked my way through the jungle that surrounds the house.  Literally an all-day job.  I started at 9, finished around 3:30, but managed to get the mowing, triming, and some of the weeding done.  Man, that was some heavy-duty work; I suppose that will teach me to go do a silly thing like fertilize the lawn! 

The payoff for spending all day mowing?  I knew where all the ripe blackberries were.  So I started this morning picking them ...and ended up with 2 pints!  I guess the selective pruning of the bushes is helping them a bit (and I'm sure that the rain is too).  Last year we got almost no berries, so it's nice to have a bounty this time.  Perhaps I can talk my lovely wife into baking some muffins.  MMMMmmmmmmmm blackberry muffins!  So, fresh berries on teh cereal, and now to begin my favorite part of faire: 'Garblaundry'(tm)!
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Well opening weekend was ...cold ...and empty (on Saturday, anyway).  Sunday was better, from both a weather perspective (I didn't need the cloak, always a bonus) and from a business standpoint (but not by much).  Here's hoping that it gets better.  The new location of the booth?  Yeah, not so good.

Yesterday, after over a week of not mowing because it was raining, I hacked my way through the jungle that surrounds the house.  Literally an all-day job.  I started at 9, finished around 3:30, but managed to get the mowing, triming, and some of the weeding done.  Man, that was some heavy-duty work; I suppose that will teach me to go do a silly thing like fertilize the lawn! 

The payoff for spending all day mowing?  I knew where all the ripe blackberries were.  So I started this morning picking them ...and ended up with 2 pints!  I guess the selective pruning of the bushes is helping them a bit (and I'm sure that the rain is too).  Last year we got almost no berries, so it's nice to have a bounty this time.  Perhaps I can talk my lovely wife into baking some muffins.  MMMMmmmmmmmm blackberry muffins!  So, fresh berries on teh cereal, and now to begin my favorite part of faire: 'Garblaundry'(tm)!
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So ...twelve weeks.  What's been going on with me for that time?  Well, I've fried my hard drive, had two massive viruses (one before the HD problem and one after).  Work's been kicking my ass - lost of crazy SOB's and even more psycho family members (I know all about the stresses they are under; there's still no reason to tell me 'I know people, you won't make it to your car tomorrow'). I need to renew 2 of my certifications before fall.  We have nine (count 'em 9) new hires starting in july ...and 4 good, proven nurses leaving.  They just hired a new mid-level manager ...who they fired 2 years ago - when she was a bedside nurse - becuase she was *this far* from completely useless.  Stress?  nah, not really.  We've still kept up with the Kung-fu and I'm still doing the MMA; trust me when I say that stepping into the cage and working full-tilt for several rounds is a great stress burner.  And I'm still going to the gym to run and lift.  I'm pleased to report that I'm down to 212, from a high last August of 235+.  I'm pretty pleased actually.

We've done a few things to the house too.  Spring landscaping, flowers in the beds, and a new lilac bush. All to the good.  I also installed screen doors on the front and side entrances.  And ripped out the old (32") front door and replaced it with a new (36") insulated steel door.  It makes a nice presentation on the front of the house ...pictures will follow, I promise.  It was a bit of an adventure, but much easier than my worst imaginings would have had me believe.  And it's got a great paint job on it as well - tip for you, if you buy a new door don't pay to have it painted at the shop.  Buy a primered door (usually $150 to $300 cheaper that way) and go see the nice fellas at the local autobody shop.  My paint job cost me a weekend without a front door and $135.  And the color was *exactly* to my specifications ...both outside and a different color inside.  Pretty cool, that.

I'm looking forward to Sterling starting in a few weeks, and hopefully getting to see all of my 'faire friends' - both in-state and out.  Oh yeah, and once again with the Stanley Cup Finals going on, we're a house divided ....Pittsburgh Girl and Detroit Boy keep watching, cheering and trying to not resent the others' team successes.  GO WINGS!!!
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So ...twelve weeks.  What's been going on with me for that time?  Well, I've fried my hard drive, had two massive viruses (one before the HD problem and one after).  Work's been kicking my ass - lost of crazy SOB's and even more psycho family members (I know all about the stresses they are under; there's still no reason to tell me 'I know people, you won't make it to your car tomorrow'). I need to renew 2 of my certifications before fall.  We have nine (count 'em 9) new hires starting in july ...and 4 good, proven nurses leaving.  They just hired a new mid-level manager ...who they fired 2 years ago - when she was a bedside nurse - becuase she was *this far* from completely useless.  Stress?  nah, not really.  We've still kept up with the Kung-fu and I'm still doing the MMA; trust me when I say that stepping into the cage and working full-tilt for several rounds is a great stress burner.  And I'm still going to the gym to run and lift.  I'm pleased to report that I'm down to 212, from a high last August of 235+.  I'm pretty pleased actually.

We've done a few things to the house too.  Spring landscaping, flowers in the beds, and a new lilac bush. All to the good.  I also installed screen doors on the front and side entrances.  And ripped out the old (32") front door and replaced it with a new (36") insulated steel door.  It makes a nice presentation on the front of the house ...pictures will follow, I promise.  It was a bit of an adventure, but much easier than my worst imaginings would have had me believe.  And it's got a great paint job on it as well - tip for you, if you buy a new door don't pay to have it painted at the shop.  Buy a primered door (usually $150 to $300 cheaper that way) and go see the nice fellas at the local autobody shop.  My paint job cost me a weekend without a front door and $135.  And the color was *exactly* to my specifications ...both outside and a different color inside.  Pretty cool, that.

I'm looking forward to Sterling starting in a few weeks, and hopefully getting to see all of my 'faire friends' - both in-state and out.  Oh yeah, and once again with the Stanley Cup Finals going on, we're a house divided ....Pittsburgh Girl and Detroit Boy keep watching, cheering and trying to not resent the others' team successes.  GO WINGS!!!
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This is all [info]dawntreader90 's fault.

You Are Brave and Cheeky
When You Are At Your Best or in a Social Setting:

You are a determined and responsible. You strive for success, and you know what it takes to get things done.
People find you to be trustworthy and a good leader. You treat people well, and they benefit from your wisdom.

When You Are Comfortable:

You are a strong person. You're driven and assertive. Success is yours, as much as you want it.
People find you to be clever and spirited. You're a bit saucy too... delightfully so!
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This is all [info]dawntreader90 's fault.

You Are Brave and Cheeky
When You Are At Your Best or in a Social Setting:

You are a determined and responsible. You strive for success, and you know what it takes to get things done.
People find you to be trustworthy and a good leader. You treat people well, and they benefit from your wisdom.

When You Are Comfortable:

You are a strong person. You're driven and assertive. Success is yours, as much as you want it.
People find you to be clever and spirited. You're a bit saucy too... delightfully so!
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Well, I drank the Kool-Aid.

Yeah, I bought an Wii.

And Wii fit, too.

And now I'm hooked on the damn thing.  We're now taking Praying Mantis Kung-Fu, and the yoga-on-tap that Wii Fit offers is helping quite a bit with my flexability.  And while I've been back to the gym for several months now, the areobic workout that I can get from the Wii Fit is helping banish the pudge (don't laugh - I'm down from a high last summer of 235 to 219 as of this morning).  I'll grant that the workouts are pretty basic.  You choose a yoga pose and the digital trainer (who I refer to as Wil Wii-ton, 'cause I'm like that) talks you through it.  The balance board is pretty nifty, utilizing pressure sensors to determine how well you're maintaining your balance.  I feel like such a geek, though, gettign my workouts from a frakking video game console.  ...Oh, wait, I *AM* a geek.  nevermind.
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In honor of my geekiness, I have stolen a meme from [profile] sirhc_warriorWhich five book characters are you most like (including, if you want, one of your own)?

1. Fred Weasley.  Inveterate smartass, occasional trouble maker, and above all else loyal to his friends and to himself.

2. Tanis, from The Dragonlance Chronicles: Oh, how I loathe having to lead (or manage) and be responsible for other people.  I'm fine with responsibility for myself, and while I have no problem with guiding other people to the right place to find their answers I'd honestly rather do things myself rather than have to manage (lead) a group.

3. Harry Dresden, from The Dresden Files (no, not the TV show, the books).  Bullheaded.  Too stubborn to walk away from a problem.   Often relying on force over subtlety.  Not bright enough to ask for help most of the time (just ask my wife, she'll tell you)

4. Skeeve, from Robert Asprin's Myth series.  Often clueless, frequently in the wrong place at the wrong time, regularly self-deprecating, and nearly always lucky enough to fumble his way to the right solution.

5. D'Artagnan.  Often too wrapped up in trying to do the 'right' thing.  Easily distraced by beautiful women and good wine.  Gets into fights (well, I used to anyway) far more often than is healty or wise.
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Well, I drank the Kool-Aid.

Yeah, I bought an Wii.

And Wii fit, too.

And now I'm hooked on the damn thing.  We're now taking Praying Mantis Kung-Fu, and the yoga-on-tap that Wii Fit offers is helping quite a bit with my flexability.  And while I've been back to the gym for several months now, the areobic workout that I can get from the Wii Fit is helping banish the pudge (don't laugh - I'm down from a high last summer of 235 to 219 as of this morning).  I'll grant that the workouts are pretty basic.  You choose a yoga pose and the digital trainer (who I refer to as Wil Wii-ton, 'cause I'm like that) talks you through it.  The balance board is pretty nifty, utilizing pressure sensors to determine how well you're maintaining your balance.  I feel like such a geek, though, gettign my workouts from a frakking video game console.  ...Oh, wait, I *AM* a geek.  nevermind.
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In honor of my geekiness, I have stolen a meme from [profile] sirhc_warriorWhich five book characters are you most like (including, if you want, one of your own)?

1. Fred Weasley.  Inveterate smartass, occasional trouble maker, and above all else loyal to his friends and to himself.

2. Tanis, from The Dragonlance Chronicles: Oh, how I loathe having to lead (or manage) and be responsible for other people.  I'm fine with responsibility for myself, and while I have no problem with guiding other people to the right place to find their answers I'd honestly rather do things myself rather than have to manage (lead) a group.

3. Harry Dresden, from The Dresden Files (no, not the TV show, the books).  Bullheaded.  Too stubborn to walk away from a problem.   Often relying on force over subtlety.  Not bright enough to ask for help most of the time (just ask my wife, she'll tell you)

4. Skeeve, from Robert Asprin's Myth series.  Often clueless, frequently in the wrong place at the wrong time, regularly self-deprecating, and nearly always lucky enough to fumble his way to the right solution.

5. D'Artagnan.  Often too wrapped up in trying to do the 'right' thing.  Easily distraced by beautiful women and good wine.  Gets into fights (well, I used to anyway) far more often than is healty or wise.
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Blame this on [livejournal.com profile] matociquala . She posted a fantastic youtube vid of Mark Knopfler a few days back, and I followed the trail to a few of my favorite songs ...which I now post for you.  Damn youtube for swallowing my day whole, and enjoy the songs.
Mark Knopfler with a great version of 'Brothers in Arms'
www.youtube.com/watch

and Christy Moore, with 'Ride On'
www.youtube.com/watch
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