My 45th year has easily been the most injury-riddled year of my life. Yesterday I managed to convince myself to get out and whack back more of the holly bush I’ve been working on this month. I’d been going for about an hour when the long handle of my pruning shears snapped back hitting me in the mouth. My lip split and bled and I feared that damage may have happened to my teeth since one of my front teeth got whacked as well. I think my teeth have been spared (though they definitely feel as if they’d been whacked), but my lip shows the sign of getting smacked. However, I’m sufficiently scared to have to get dental work done — my teeth aren’t the greatest but at least they’ve come in fairly straight. I was hoping by this morning the minor discomfort with my teeth, specifically the one which got smacked would have been history, but it’s not. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
My house is now literally killing me.
I think I’ll “play it safe” until Friday to ensure that I make it to 46.
How Many Times Can One Place Bill Me?
When I went to see an orthopedist at the beginning of June I paid $31 upon leaving. I assumed that would be the last I heard from them. A few weeks later I received an “adjustment” telling me that I owed them another $11. I paid that. On Saturday I received another “adjustment” telling me that I owed them $211 more. What the fuck? Because this is all accident-related I assume that I will get reimbursed 100%, but it still frustrating as hell to get billed multiple times for the same visit.
fwiw- The office visit alone cost $457, while the x-rays taken cost an additional $100.
ITP Flickr Pic
I should have gone out and taken photos instead of attempting to work on the yard. I have just renewed my Flickr account for another year so in theory I plan to return to taking photos.
Viva La France, Viva La iPad
I got to watch the Tour de France via my iPad this weekend. I had previously downloaded NBC’s “Tour de France All-Access” app but had not purchased the video streaming plan until Friday. By Friday the cost of video streaming had dropped to $5 so I went for it.
Kudos to my iPad and its battery life. I never had any concern that I’d run out of power even on Saturday morning when it was in use for over five hours.
Semi-kudos to NBC. The video quality was sketchy at times, but overall was good enough for what I paid.
It was also fun/odd to hear another announcer call the action until the feed was turned over to Paul Sherwin and Phil Liggett, though I did miss hearing Bob “Bobke” Roll’s pre-race analysis. Another bonus of watching it on my small screen was that there were no commercial interruptions; the only advertisements seen were very small and unobtrusive in the corner of the screen.
I plan to use my iPad to watch the final weekend which is upcoming. By the end of next weekend the $5 spent for video access will seem like the best $5 that I’ve spent this month.
Of course today is a Tour rest day so I really don’t have much to look forward to today.
I’ve Reached The Bottom Of My Laundry Barrel
Well, not really. I’m just out of clean underwear, socks, and workout clothes. Tonight I’ll be haunting one of the local lavanderias with the intent on eating dinner nearby as well. I’ll probably wind up at the lavanderia next to Las Tortas Locas and wind up getting some food and a horchata there.
(Belated) Happy Birthday
While I was out trying to do damage to my face yesterday, birthday girl Barb was working on her deck so that it’ll be ready for the GarageMahal unveiling. Hope that you managed a good meal and some beverages once the manual labor was done.
Stats & Goals
Current Mood – scared, depressed, uncertain
Current Music – silence
Website Of The Day – It is no surprise that I am an Apple fan boy. It should come as no surprise that I enjoy watching/listening to Mac-related podcasts. One of my favorite short-video Mac podcasts is MacMost.
Mode Of Transportation To Work – my car
Exercise (b)Log – nothing
Morning Weigh-In – Wednesday
Foot Mileage – ~4.0 miles
Wheel Mileage – 0.0 miles
Pushups – 0
Situps – 0
Stairs – 0 flights
Consecutive Days Of Bed-Making (Longest Streak) – 0 (0)
Vegetarian Days – 1
Carnivorous Days – 16
Marta Rides To Work – 0
Bike Rides To Work – 0
– “Completely” recover from the bike crash
– Buy a bicycle and start riding again
– Not to get sick for the entire month
– Not get fired from my job
– Run at least once
– Eat vegetarian no fewer than five days
– Lose three pounds
2011 Goals [will be a little more fluid than in past years]
– Reduce my weight by 25 pounds based on the my weight as measured on February 1st
Completely read the book Daily Negations which I received as a Christmas gift.
– Run Sharpened Stone as a real business — one which does not get penalized.
– Save $500 for the sole purpose of donating to charitable organizations of my choice
– Attend at least one professional photography workshop
– Enter no fewer than three photographic competitions / gallery showings
Ride in no fewer than five 50 mile or 50K bike rides
– Run in no fewer than
two one half-marathon
– Submit at least one application under the name “Sharpened Stone” to Apple’s iOS store
– Continue backing up all data, including the off-site storage
– Become a proficient programmer in Objective-C
– Do not create a solution for something which is not a problem
– Eat smaller portions