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Jul. 25th, 2014 09:01 pm
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Disabled people: not a modern invention. Not always put out on a hillside.

PLOS ONE: Earliest Cranio-Encephalic Trauma from the Levantine Middle Palaeolithic: 3D Reappraisal of the Qafzeh 11 Skull, Consequences of Pediatric Brain Damage on Individual Life Condition and Social Care

Licescience: 100,000-Year-Old Case of Brain Damage Discovered

So: around 100,000 years ago, a child survived a head injury which would have caused moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. This was "most probably followed by significant neurological and psychological disorders, including troubles in social communication". But they lived a significant number of years after the injury, and were buried in a way that suggest unusual, deliberate ceremony.

(Which could, of course, mean "these deer antlers ward off the evil from this unholy changeling child we finally executed." Many stories are possible.)

Hello, Qafzeh 11. Hello across the millennia.

(Also, hello little Sima de los Huesos Cranium 14, 500,000 years ago, who was not even a modern human but a Middle Pleistocene hominin, possibly a proto-Neanderthal. Hello.)

Edmonton fannish meet-up

Jul. 25th, 2014 12:33 am
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This won't apply to most of you, but to the few who it does apply to, read on!

If you live local to Edmonton, you are invited to a fandom meet-up at the couch area of SUB on the UofA campus on Monday July 28, 2014. This will be a slash-friendly, het-friendly, gen-friendly meet-up, open to people from all fandoms. Come to talk about how awesome the Avengers are, world building in Harry Potter, what hockey players are doing during the off-season, or any other fandom that you like.

I will be there from 6:30PM to 9-ish – feel free to come visit for a few minutes or stay the evening. I will be wearing a Taylor Hall Oilers jersey for easy identification (or an Oilers shirt if it gets too hot).

If you live in Edmonton and know other fans, please bring them with you! If you don’t live in Edmonton but know fans in Edmonton, please pass this post along.


Also, hello! Long time no post. Life is treating me well and you can find me mostly on tumblr these days - I'm burnishedvictory there too, I recommend it if you want pictures of hockey players and Sebastian Stan on your feed.

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Jul. 24th, 2014 10:20 am
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We had a softball game last night. It was at Scheffler, fortunately, so there was shade. Next Monday's game won't have a scrap of shade, and Scott's parents are currently planning to come, so we'll let them use the shade umbrellas. Time to break out the sunscreen. After Monday's game, we'll have one game left. That's currently scheduled for Friday the 1st, but that date is squishy as it depends on both teams having enough players to make it work. That game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but the other team would only have five girls, so we couldn't play then.

Cordelia's team won the game. They had three innings during which they scored the maximum number of runs (seven). Cordelia batted last, so during those innings she would just get on base and then have the inning called. She did make it home in a later inning, getting from second to home on a long grounder that went right between the outfielders. (The coach has promised that, if anybody hits all the way to the trees, he'll buy the entire team ice cream. He's unlikely to have to buy.)

It got fairly chilly by the end of the game. I'd intended to change into long pants before we left, but I lost track of that, so I was cold by the time we started for home. I'd rather have the chill than the heat, of course. I hope it's that cool on Monday-- Scott's father is still recovering from his surgery, so mild weather is better for him.
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I felt a little let down by the novella and novelette categories, that the offerings were a mixed bag– something that other people I know have agreed with and said is how the Hugos often are. Which shouldn’t be surprising, really, as there’s a wide variety of tastes and preferences and they’re called “The Hugo Awards” and not “The Brigid Awards,” so I shouldn’t expect to love everything on offer.

And then I hit the short story category and three of the four stories deeply affected me and made me cry and the fourth was just eh. Not for me. If I could nominate three of those short stories for first place then I would. It’s a painful decision, and that’s super great.

Before I talk about the stories, I’m going to tell you something ridiculous.

I read two of the stories, couldn’t find the third I wanted to read, and then started reading “A Stranger In Olondria.” “Wow,” I thought to myself, “this is a really long short story. Huh. This sure is slow to start. My goodness, this is pretty long for a short story.” Then, uh, I realized I’d started reading A NOVEL and not A SHORT STORY. So I stopped (which was hard, actually, looking forward to picking it up again) to read the very excellent short story by the same author.

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, is a story set in Thailand about Thai people and culture and Buddhism, written by a white man from the Netherlands. It reminded me very much of “The Milagro Beanfield War”: both works are very earnest, but also condescending and exotifying toward the people/cultures they are about.

Selkie Stories Are For Losers, by Sofia Samatar, is a fantastic story about loss and love. It’s a coming of age story, and it’s a story about stories. The protagonist is still reeling from the sudden loss of her mother (who may or may not be a Selkie; she may or may not have accidentally returned her mother’s skin while looking for something else) when she meets, befriends, (and falls in love with) a young woman whose mother has tried to kill herself several times and who has basically checked out of life. They are both motherless, in their own way. They are both creating their own homes, their own families, or trying to, in their own way. It’s a beautiful and deftly written book, full of longing and bitterness and sorrow and hope and fear and love, so much love. And I really love Selkies and Selkie stories. And the fact I didn’t rate this story higher speaks volumes about the quality of the short stories on this ballot.

If You Were A Dinosaur, My Love, by Rachel Swirsky, is an incredibly powerful short story about love and hate and destruction and hope and which lives are considered important. I think a lot of people are put off by the opening cadence of the story, which is a bit like a children’s story (notably, “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie,” but it reminded me of some other kid stuff I’ve read to my own kid) but that stylistic choice is very important one that gives the story a lot of its power. This is very much a social justice/social commentary piece (as, in my opinion, the BEST Science Fiction is), and it is utterly devastating. I highly recommend it, but have some tissues or a sleeve or something handy. (For some reason, this wasn’t included in the voter packet I downloaded. I’m very glad I sought it out and was able to find it online.)

The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere, by John Chu, is a stunning bit of character-driven fiction that revolves around personal relationships that are hampered by the odd fact that, suddenly and for no reason, cold water started falling out of nowhere on people when they lie. It ranges from a clammy mist, to a drizzle, to a torrential downpour depending on the severity of the lie. It’s greatly impacted the very private and closed off Matt, who loves his boyfriend and loves his traditional Chinese parents and sister, and is terrified of letting any of them down. Matt has to come to terms with what he wants, and what he needs… and he has to learn how to open himself up to his boyfriend and to his parents and let them in. The cold water falling down is a fantastic narrative device, something that has utterly fundamentally changed the world without changing human nature, something that reveals Matt’s lies to himself… as well as his truths.

It was SO HARD deciding how to rank these stories, and I’m SO HAPPY that’s the case. I utterly adored Samatar’s short (and have really been enjoying her longer work). She manages to capture characters and their world so very well. I’d like to read more about those girls. Swirsky’s short is absolutely heart breaking, wrenching, so sad and so beautiful, and so wonderfully written. But Chu’s piece? It’s so very human, and so hopeful in the end.

I want to say a special thank you to Chu for managing to break the streak of male mediocrity in this year’s ballot. What a powerhouse of a story.

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So, to recap the week so far

Jul. 24th, 2014 01:11 am
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Three trips to the emergency 24-hour vet in one week is three trips too many. And that's not even taking into account the daily visits to the regular vet.

this entire week needs an animal-harm warning. )

Hey my buddies!

Jul. 23rd, 2014 10:46 pm
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Bday party:

At @hq_chicago 2833 N Sheffield
Sunday 7/27 2-6 PM Come/go whenever!
Gifts ok but not, NOT, req'd

Just in case you didn't see it in any of the other places I posted it. :)

And just to let you know that I'm not any less myself at 39...last night I stubbed the crap out of one foot and today one toe is super gross bruised. So if anyone needs me I'll be over here icing my toe. Of course.

SPN beta?

Jul. 23rd, 2014 10:20 pm
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I have committed post-S9 Sam/Dean fixit fic.  Anyone up for a beta?
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My parents' dog has gone to a family friend on Sunday with 2 hours of notice. My dad came back mid-day Sunday and decided he didn't want to take her. I couldn't keep her. Hence the friend but my dad didn't tell me, I found out from her and had to pack Winnie's thing and say goodbye within 2 hours. That dog was the last remaining alive memory of my mom. I didn't take it that well.

So I read light romance m/m novels and Sterek fics.

Just Finished

Marie Sexton's Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding. m/m romance. Part of a series, Coda, and sub series. We met Cole and Jonathan from Strawberries for Dessert, further down the road in their relationship. Their journey to become a family, adoption, estranged mother and reconciled father included. A long novella with the pitfalls that involves : short cuts with the plot, more telling than showing. Still a nice enough epilogue to the story of Cole and Jonathan.

A. M. Arthur's Cost of Repairs. First title in a series set in a smallish Pennsylvania town where we meet Samuel Briggs, police officer with a traumatic past and Rey King, short order cook, man of all trades with a traumatic present. The set up is well done, as a reader I got attached to the main characters but also the set of secondary characters that have for the most part their own lives and agenda. I'm currently reading the next title in the series. Both Rey and Samuel acts and are grown up men, trying to muddle through life, love and losses. I liked it.

What I'm reading now

The Grave Maurice. Richard Jury #18. Set in the world of big racing horse ranch.  Currently on hold for a few days while I binge on romance novels.

A.M. Arthur. Color of Grace (Cost of Repairs #2). So far okay.

Batman : Year One by Frank Miller. In ebook format to read on my iPad. First comic book in ebook format for me. It was on sale on Amazon.ca for 2.99$ today. Also in preparation for Gotham in the fall.

What I'm reading next

I would say Patti Smith but I would be lying through my teeth.

What I bought/got from the library this week

Got of few of Courtney Milan's back titles that I didn't have. They are on sale for under 2.00$ at Amazon. She's a good, solid, historical romance writer.

Also got two e-comics : Batman Year One from above and Batman : the Long Halloween. Both 2.99$ on Amazon.ca today.

Media consumption Wednesday

Jul. 23rd, 2014 01:54 pm
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Movies

Blood: The Last Vampire (live-action)
A pretty different movie from the anime, except for the opening scene, the general setting (a US army base in Japan during the Vietnam war), and the main character (the monster hunter). I liked the anime better and the OH liked the movie better. I saw the anime first and the OH saw the movie first. Do you usually like best whichever version of a story you took in first? I think I generally do. Some differences between the anime and the movie: It's made clear right away that (spoiler) the monster hunter is a vampire. The person she is trying to protect is the daughter of the general who runs the army base. (In the anime, the person is a middle-aged fat nurse.) She is trying to kill the most powerful demon, which turns out to be her mother. I liked the demon/mother character a lot. Refrigerator moment: It isn't clear to me why she needs any human handlers. They supply her with blood, but surely she could figure out another way to get that. How did she survive the centuries before the human handlers showed up? (end spoiler)

Funny Face
Highly recommended if you can ignore the loud buzzing of the sexism fairy. Late 50s movie with Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson. Kay Thompson is more well known as the author of the Eloise books, and this was her only starring film role. The movie is about a fashion magazine. Two of the characters were apparently based on real people -- Avedon the photographer and Diana Vreeland the editor of Vogue. Kay Thompson plays the editor character, Maggie Prescott, who is middle-aged and FABULOUS. She pretty much upstaged Astaire and Hepburn. OK, I did keep saying that she reminded me of Rex Harrison* but in an absolutely fabulous way (plus she can sing and dance much better). The sexism fairy has been hard at work on the romantic plot  (spoiler)(being a model married to a guy who doesn't give a shit about your intellect is much better than being a single woman studying philosophy and working in a bookstore) (end spoiler), but when Hepburn's character isn't subsuming herself to a man, the character is great.

(*and thinking I'd like to see a crossover where Henry Higgins fights with Maggie Prescott over Eliza Doolittle)


Fiction
Rex Stout, The League of Frightened Men

Tananarive Due, The Good House
This had a slow start but really caught my attention starting around 2/3 of the way in.

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Jul. 23rd, 2014 11:04 am
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Scott bought me Private Selection's black chai tea to try, and I had some yesterday. I'm not enthusiastic about it. It was too bitter for me, and the only thing that helped was adding almond milk which I'd rather not do. I'll drink the rest of it, but I don't think we'll buy more. I will, though, experiment with steeping time. Perhaps a shorter steep will produce a less bitter chai.

I do intend to try whatever chais we can find so that I can figure out which I like best. I'm not expecting great things from what we can find on the shelf at Kroger, but Kroger is the one source that doesn't require a special trip or a mail order. I'm trying to find a chai that has a strong enough flavor to balance the stevia without being too bitter for me to enjoy.

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Jul. 23rd, 2014 10:38 am
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Cordelia's been drinking chai from the powdered mix that Scott bought. I worry a little that she'll get dependent on the caffeine only to have it suddenly vanish. I'm not ready to buy the stuff for her to have it every morning, not when she's still waking up just fine and having no trouble staying awake. As a treat, it's fine. It's just that caffeine dependency is inconvenient in so many ways.

Scott grilled some pork last night. The cuts of meat were exceedingly large and difficult to cut up. Each of us had half of one, and I think that was more than we needed. Scott also grilled some zucchini (Cordelia claimed it was so awful that it made her want to throw up), and I microwaved some redskin potatoes. I think I'd rather Scott grilled the potatoes and I microwaved the zucchini. I prefer steamed veggies to grilled.

My thumb is giving me some trouble again. I used the brace Scott bought me, and it helps (mainly by reminding me not to use the dratted thing), but I had stuff to do yesterday that I couldn't do while wearing the brace. I haven't put the brace on yet today. I'm trying to decide whether or not I need it. I'm much more likely to write if I don't wear it, and my thumb's not hurting right at the moment, but I do tend to do stupid stuff without the brace. I don't know.
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The 2014 Hugo Ballot has five novellas: three by men, one by a woman, and one by a man and woman team. I’m going to review them from least-liked to most-liked.

The Butcher of Khardov, by Dan Wells, is a tie-in to the Warmachine game franchise and was poorly written enough that I didn’t finish reading it. I found myself describing the reading experience as “slogging” so I just stopped. If I were a Warmachine fan, my feelings might well be different, but probably not: this is an incredibly genretastic OMGMANPAIN story with very little that sets it apart. The writing isn’t that good, either, and the fake Russian-esque stuff irritated me (they have a powerful clear liquor called vyatka which is totes different from vodka u guis no really it is). I liked one scene early in the novella where it becomes clear that the protagonist is haunted by his dead wife, and dances with “her” (actually a huge axe) in an inn as people look on, horrified. It’s an intriguing scene, and gosh do I love ghost stories. But that scene is marred by the “you can tell I’m the good guy because I loudly object to a person insulting women, all men but me are abusive rapists” trope, and also by the protagonist going all ragey and murdering every single person in the inn for ~reasons~. After that it becomes pretty clear that ghostwife is your pretty basic idealized woman-on-a-pedestal who gets fridged for MAXIMUM MANPAIN. The negatives really outweighed the positives to this story, and I spent most of it feeling a little lost. If I were familiar (at all) with the game, I might have liked it more but, again, I didn’t think the writing was that great. And I’ve read ALL the “Vampire: The Masquerade” novel tie-ins. So trust me, I know from bad game novelizations.

The Chaplain’s Legacy, by Brad Torgersen, is a military genre piece about a chaplain’s assistant who accidentally averted human genocide after encountering an insect-like alien race. As a result of this, he was hella promoted. Now that the aliens are saying “nope nm we gonna kill u” he’s been called in to avert things again. As with Torgersen’s novelette, his military protagonist is anti-military-rank-and-protocal and has a folksy nickname and hooks up with a female character who exists primarily to motivate him, and makes really strained and unfunny sex “jokes.” Although an atheist, he adheres to some pretty stereotypical Judeo-Christian beliefs about sexual mores (if u dun love a grl u shdn’t slep w/her or its WORNG). The idea that an atheist is teaching an alien race about religion, and that he’s a spiritual inspiration to religious people, is a cool idea, but the writing is just so… blah. The characters remain shallow and uninteresting, overall. There’s a lot of “it’s in the script.” And Torgersen has a pretty anti-technology beef in the story that’s a little unrealistic. Namely, the alien race has been SO dependent on technology for SO LONG that they FORGOT they can FRAMBLE the KLURTZ!!!! Thankfully, there’s a HUMAN around to remind them of REAL LIFE and ACTUAL NATURE and INSTINCT. Oh gosh if ONLY those aliens didn’t have TECHNOLOGY preventing them from realizing how awesome faith is!!! There’s a few kernals of interesting ideas in here, but eh. Better than his novelette, but that’s damning him with faint praise. If you’re looking for military sf that reads like something written in the early 1960s, this might just be your bag.

Equoid, by Charles Stross, was a real mixed bag for me. There was stuff I really liked about it (unicorns as horrific creatures; a re-imagining of Lovecraft’s work) and stuff I didn’t like or didn’t think worked. One of the issues was that this Novella is part of a larger series, so I alternated between feeling kind of lost and feeling clumsily info-dumped. It’s not the only piece that was part of a larger series, and I wonder if the Hugos shouldn’t have a category that’s specifically for pieces of larger works. Another issue is that the story tries to be wacky humorous, like Douglas Adams or Terry Pratchet, kind of off beat and wry and whimsical, and it feels forced and often falls flat… especially in contrast to the very visceral horror. It’s not a good mix. But there were two things that bothered me the most. The first is the idea that racism, virulent BNP racism, is an external thing pushed upon humans by evil, malevolent outside forces. Look. People who are racist aren’t monsters. They are human beings. Insisting that the only reason humans act in racist ways is because of horrific external influences just… it’s shitty. The second thing I really didn’t enjoy, that left me very uncomfortable, is the incredible and sexualized violence inflicted upon women in the story. Yes, yes, it’s spinning off of unicorn mythos in which (female) virgins play a big role. But I am left utterly cold when a teen aged woman is literally being eaten alive from the inside out and a male character talks about how turned on it leaves him despite the terror of it, and is saved from inadvertently fucking her when he catches sight of the monstrous barbed tentacle her clitoris has turned into. Women– girls, really, ranging in age from 4 years old to teen aged– are mind controlled, tortured slowly, and killed in agonizing ways. A handful of men are eaten and one gets shot and killed, but it is not the same level of torture, and throughout the narrative we’re meant to empathize with the male protagonist and realize how utterly awful it is that the unicorns kill men. Not that they enslave, torture, and kill the women they use as bait. That’s just a thing that goes on, kind of in the background, oh isn’t it a shame. And it’s really frustrating for two reasons: 1) I’m tired of it. I’m just so, so tired of it. 2) I keep thinking about this story. For all its flaws, bits of it really sunk into me and I keep mulling it over in my head. And every time I do that, I also get the image of naked girls being consumed from the inside, alternately whispering for help with their own voices and tempting men closer with horrific shub-niggaruth voices. That’s how women exist in the novella, as sacrificial horrors. There’s also jabs at little girls who like unicorn stories because if there’s one group of people who isn’t mercilessly shat upon for liking stuff, it’s little girls, right? I think there’s enough here that I liked that I’d be willing to try more stuff by the author, but I’m really turned off by the way women (girls, actually. literally little girls.) are treated here. Stross has a novel up for voting as well, so I’ll sample that and see how it goes.

Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages, is a marvelous piece of American Magical Realism. Set in a very specific place over very specific time periods, the novella explores America’s history of racism (and to a degree, classism and sexism) and the concepts of invasive species, cryptozoology, and what it means to be human. The setting is described so well, so completely, that it feels familiar; the characters are wonderfully drawn and interesting; the story is an intriguing one. This well polished gem of a story was a very pleasant surprise. I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it, but it’s very engaging. I’ve read some comments that one needs to be familiar with the Tarzan mythos to understand the story. I’m noddingly acquainted with it, no more, and didn’t feel any lack… which was a nice change of pace from all the pieces on the ballot that are part of larger works. This is a pretty short review. It’s a good story, very solid and excellently crafted. I’ll be on the lookout for more pieces by the authors, whether working jointly or individually.

Six Gun Snow White, by Cat Valente, was the best of the novellas… but I should note that I’m already a fan of Valente’s work and also love retellings of fairy tales so I was doubly biased. This is an eloquent novella that mixes the structure and theme of both classic European fairy tales and non-European folk tales. The story is rooted very strongly in a specific time, and several specific places, locations sketched with such detail that they feel familiar. Valente does a marvelous job of capturing Snow White’s voice, and deals beautifully with thematic elements like racism, colonialism, sexism, and domestic abuse. These all sound like heavy topics, and they are, but Valente manages very deftly not to write OMG AN ~~ISSUES~~ novella. It’s just a story about a person who has a bunch of bullshit in her life, and handles it to the best of her ability. I saved the reading of this novella for last, as something to look forward to. However, again, if I could award first place to two works I would. This and “Wakulla Springs” were both fantastic.

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Dreadful update

Jul. 22nd, 2014 03:53 pm
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Dreadful is staying at the vet overnight tonight because they can't get a urine sample from him and they really need one to run tests on, especially because, to quote the vet, my cat is "acting weird". She then went on to clarify that it's "good weird", but still weird. Basically, his blood glucose level today was much lower than they expected it to be. So, it's possible that he's going to be the kind of cat whose diabetes can be controlled just with food.

We went back to scritch him a bit in his cage and the vet tech said he'd been "angry eating", which is also a good sign. He's definitely way perkier and more himself today than he was yesterday.

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Jul. 22nd, 2014 10:21 am
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Scott was running late last night, so we had pizza. He and Cordelia together finished off a medium thin crust pizza. Scott says that next time they'll have to get a large because they were both still hungry afterward. I, of course, had pizza leftover. I get a small (regular crust) all to myself because I can't handle any of the sauces that Cottage Inn offers, not without significant risk of reflux. These days, Cordelia won't touch pizza without some sort of sauce. She prefers Alfredo or ranch while Scott likes barbecue.

I am thinking to send Cordelia to Subway on her bike some day this week to buy us lunch. She both likes the idea and is intimidated, more by Subway than by the trip there. I pulled up the menu so that Cordelia could look at it and decide what she wants (I think going in knowing just what to order will go a long way to overcoming her anxiety), and I was sad to see that they no longer have the seafood and crab sub. I loved that one. Ah, well. Some of the other subs look good. Given the pizza last night, I will probably wait until late in the week.

I put chai on the grocery list last weekend. Scott bought two kinds, one in tea bags and one powdered. I haven't tried the kind in tea bags yet, but Cordelia and I tried the powdered. It's pretty tasty. I'm going to leave it for Cordelia to drink, however, because I don't need the calories from the sugar and creamer (Just stopping drinking sweetened tea and juice and pop has stopped me from gaining more weight. That's all I wanted). It's tempting, but I think I can resist.

My sort of plan to exchange Sit and Be Fit for time on the treadmill is on hold. Scott says, and I know he's right, that the basement needs cleaning first. The corner where the treadmill is is piled with stuff, books, furniture that needs to be repaired, a small mattress. I think I could get to the treadmill and use it anyway, but it would be a challenge. I need to make Cordelia pick up her toys. Then we need to sweep and/or vacuum. There are mouse turds near the stairs (which makes me wonder if we have more mice and they simply haven't come upstairs). I'm considering asking our cleaning lady if she can give us an extra hour some week to work on the basement with me. If nothing else, she could get spiderwebs off the bookshelves so that I can put away the piles of books. She'd also help me get past being so intimidated by what needs to be done that I can't even start.

Back from surgery

Jul. 22nd, 2014 07:20 am
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I had my surgery yesterday (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] fabrisse for sitting with me beforehand), and stayed the night at [personal profile] meri_oddities because even with outpatient surgery, one really shouldn't be alone the first 24 hrs afterwards.

Medical details, possibly tmi )By about 2 am I could lay flat, and this morning I managed to take a shower and dress myself. I'm going to be very cautious about lifting anything with my right arm for the next few days, but hopefully it won't be a problem by the end of the week.

And maybe I'll actually be hungry soon, since I've eaten two pudding cups and two cups of yogurt, but the attempt at soup and soft bread I had to give up on after only a few spoonfuls. Ginger ale seems to help, or at least has calories -- I can get a 32 oz glass of water down, but it takes a couple of hours... and a straw, since my neck is still stiff.

Anyway, I seem to be on the mend, and hope to be up to light socializing soon.

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