Every day I’m farther away from this bone break, I’m in a better and better mood. The shock of being who I am one minute and then hardly even being able to wash my hair the next took a while to subside, but now every day is more about how I can do what I can do, rather than thinking about what I can’t do. Here are five things I’m doing right now.
1. Reading on my Kindle app. Most of our books are still packed, and the one physical book I was reading is about three inches thick — I can sort of balance it on one leg in the reclining chair, but forget propping it up and reading it in bed… hence, using the Kindle app on my tablet. Don’t worry, real books, you know I’ll always love you more. I’ve downloaded a Bill Bryson non-fiction book, the Divergent series, a book and another series of books by Vonda McIntyre, and I totally got sidetracked by ”Leviathan Wakes”, a fun science fiction space opera (and I’m more than halfway through the next book in the series, “Caliban’s War”). I’m looking forward to the SyFy channel’s series based on those books (and since I know Chad Coleman – The Wire, Walking Dead – is in them and what character he plays, I can totally see him in my head when I’m reading).
2. Having the TV work. Last Friday our Satellite Dish got taken out by an afternoon storm, and through a Series of Events, they couldn’t come and fix it until Wednesday. Since most of what I can do right now is read and watch TV, I’ve done more reading this week than anything else. I’m anxious to do some more painting, though, and I like to have the TV on in the background for noise when I do that, so, I’m glad it’s fixed again.
3. Speaking of TV, Dark Matter and Killjoys. Those are new series on the SyFy Channel, and while I will never forgive them for either their name or their cancellation of Farscape, they’re starting to make it up to me. If you like Farscape, Firefly, and space opera in general, you might like these new series. They’re not Shakespeare, but they’re not bad!
4. Physical Therapy. Every day I’m a little bit better than the day before, and every week my x-rays look better than the week before. I forgot to ask him for a print-out Thursday, but with this last x-ray, you could barely even see the biggest break. Everything is healing up fine. And the people at the physical therapy office are all wonderful – they’re funny, and smart, and all of them very good with different types of people (so important in any kind of service industry). Even though it hurts, because now they can start me on movement, I like going every time. And the pain is just something to breathe through, as my eyes are on the prize of full recovery. Still, the staff at the Orthopedic Center are all wonderful.
5. Being creative. I’ve been cleared to knit, and I found out I can also make stitch markers (which I’ve been sitting on the supplies for a while). The pliers are also great physical therapy, with the squeezing and releasing! But mostly I’m glad to be knitting again. The month of June was the longest I’ve spent not knitting since I started knitting… what… twelve years ago now? Even at my tiredest, during the move, I managed at least a row or two a day. I’m glad to be back to it (and also plan to set up my spinning wheel soon, too).
6. Bonus! I’m enjoying my friends! Tuesday night we went to see Heather belly-dance, got to chat with Ryan a bit, and met up with not just Jenn and Stu but also Chris and Sharon. It made me feel like a human, going out somewhere with good people for good times, for the first time in June! Also, earlier this week, Rhea came out and brought Middle K and Little K, and they had some studio time. I love watching kids do ceramics, it reminds me of how I got consumed with it at an even earlier age. I hope they never lose that enthusiasm for having fun and making art.
So, that’s me. What are you enjoying this week?