The Daily EO: April 8th, 2013

She looked forlorn sitting quietly amongst the busy area.  An old woman unnoticed by others moving through urgent and mundane tasks of the day.  She was shrunken and grey and unfocused.  Uncertain and worrying.

I was the opposite in my new glorious and flowered pumps and vivid pink shirt – but I wonder if it was youth (in comparison) and confidence in my body, limbs, and mind?

We visited and talked and considered the future together.  She was expecting release soon based blood test and x-rays.  Besides her knees – swollen from a lupus flare up – she was doing okay.

April 8th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Where will I be at 93?

 

The Daily EO: March 2nd, 2013

With some prodding from my husband, I went to bed at 9 pm on Friday and found myself self awake at 6:45 am but feeling pretty well rested.  The thought occurred to me to go to the gym and I bounced out of bed and into my gym clothes before I could roll over and snooze that idea away.

By 8:30, had hd run 5 kms, done 120 Russian Twists, pulled 45 lats reps and finished stretching.  All that was left was a protein shake and another big glass of water.

I wasted an hour or two doing something on the computer – so wasted in fact that I cannot remember what it was.  I went down to London Drugs to pick up a couple of things.

That afternoon – after a break in the rain – Emile and I headed out to do some shopping – well, really browsing at high-end stereo equipment and high-end hand bags.  Needless to say, we didn’t buy anything.

March 2nd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  An agendaless amble through Vancouver’s downtown core with a hot tea in hand.

The Daily EO: February 23rd, 2013

I do not have problems with germs or thoughts of contamination.    I don’t use disinfectant really.  I don’t worry about washing new items that I buy in a store.  I use public toilets.  I eat food that I have dropped on the floor (so long as it is a reasonably clean floor)  I think that there are germs all around us and that my body is equipped to deal with them.  Granted, I seem to have a solid immune system, so perhaps that is why I am careless.

Okay, yes, if food is rotten, smells funny, been in the fridge too long, or anything else like that.  I stay away.  But I really find it weird that other people avoid shaking your hand if they have a cold.

Perhaps I am too lenient in these things, perhaps I am not concerned enough.  I don’t know, but there are all kinds and I try to be understanding of that.

My friend Alison is different than me.  She washes all of her fruits and veggies, washes all new towels, avoids dirty items, frequently washes her hands and teaches her children the same.   And I don’t think she teaches the “2 second rule”.   Potential germs give her the heebee geebees.

I don’t think this is an issue of who is better or worse, but just we’re different.

She and her family were over for the day today and we spent it using the facilities that our building has to offer.  One of which is the rooftop hot tub.

The hot tub was clearly needing additional chlorine added as it had turned slightly green like all outdoor pools and hot tubs do when the chlorine levels drop for too long.  There was no algae build-up or bad smell, just the colour was off.  When I was a kid, my job was to check the chlorine in our pool, so unfortunately, our pool was green once or twice a summer much to my mother’s annoyance.

It was cold outside with a biting wind and we were in bathing suits.

February 23rd, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Potential germs won out over cold.  But Alison didn’t complain, she didn’t say we couldn’t go in.  She just hesitated for a mere moment and then got in.  That’s cool.

The Daily EO: February 16th, 2013

I can tell you this – it is much easier to get in exercise and healthy eating when you are not working.  With everything happening in our lives and my demanding job, I let my exercising and healthy diet slip.  Fortunately, I never returned to my high of 176 pounds from a few years ago and can say with certainty that those 15 pounds have successfully been banished.

But also, I have never returned to my low of 152 pounds either because well, I don’t have all day to just focus on me.  So, I try to make sure I run 2 times a week and work out at least once beyond that.

3 weeks ago, I ran/walked a loop from my house up Pender, Main, the Sea Wall, underneath Canada Place and back home on Cordova.

Pathetically, it took me 42 minutes.

Today I did the same loop again and it took me 37.

Okay, okay, it’s not 25 minutes like some can do, but exercise isn’t about anyone else, it is about you.

Trying.  Doing.  Failing.  Succeeding.  All on your own terms.

February 16th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  Goodbye 5 minutes.  You’re not coming back.

The Daily EO: January 24th, 2013

I went to a new massage therapist.

I often feel like I have something to prove with RMTs because I never want to complain about the pain. I feel like I should just take it – the pain is good, it is releasing something bad right?  So, I usually suck it up during the rough patches, because I don’t want to be wussy.  (my mother would say “Get some self-esteem, Susan”)

But this new RMT started using elbows on my gluts?  Oh, my god that hurt.  And strong fingers along my scapula?  Wow. How did theose thin little fingers exert so much pressure?   It felt bizarrely terrible and good at the same time.   I didn’t cry out, I just told her later than that was “sure something”.

January 24th, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  It’s funny what we’ll take if it is presented in the right framework.

The Daily EO: January 21st, 2013

I have a tendency to draw squares with my mouse pointer when I am bored or thinking or unable to do what I need to do.

And that is what I was doing on Monday evening while trying to write the Daily EO.  I was exhausted, I was just wanting to not write it.

It was just then – 9:00 pm – that my husband came in the room, closed my laptop, said “Enough.  You need sleep.”  and turned off the light.   I laid there in the dark trying to get the gumption up to get my flashlight and laptop under the covers.  But before I could, I fell asleep.

January 21st, 2013 Extra-Ordinary:  I like someone who knows best taking care of me – and I am so glad I have Emile to do that.

 

The Daily EO: January 5th, 2013

I don’t often get sick, which is a good thing.  I don’t deal with sickness well.  I whine and complain and don’t get enough sleep, have endless showers and moan about how I am probably dying.  However, I will share with you my wisdom:

1.  The cold is always the worst first thing in the morning.  It will get better as the day progresses.  You can honestly say, it can’t get worse from here

2. It’s okay to lay down in the shower and let its curing hot water loosen up the phlegm and mucus that is lying around in there.

3.  If you can’t stop coughing, have a spoonful of brown sugar.  It feels so good.

4.  Don’t use anything but plain Vaseline on your angry red nose.  No stinging, just pure relief.  (and a greasy face, but it’s totally worth it)

5.  Stuffing Kleenex up your nose is totally normal and it feels really good.  And it gives you a break from blowing.

6.  Sinuses must be really really big because I can’t understand where all of this . . . stuff is being stored.

7.  Take drugs at night, but avoid drugs during the day – even if they say non-drowsy, they make you feel loogy.

8.  When you are starting to get better, your voice will probably sound the worst.  You can milk this if you need to.

January 5th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary:  On the mend.