Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Years almost...

 it's the eve and it is nasty out there.  warm, wet, some wind.  not sure i will attempt to navigate the trails today. yesterday i was still sore from Monday's PT so i mostly walked back and forth near the trail head and threw the chuck for Blossom. while doing this i did calf raises and very mini squats and lunges that PT had requested i practice.  last night i iced quite a bit and took my first narc in days.  so far feeling better today and i'm back to my regular PT, Tiffany, today...hurray.  the other guy is nice but she is just better.  hopefully there are less people there as well.  gets confusing when they are jumping back and forth between several patients.
 that first picture was taken from my bedroom window.  after my little walk i drove around just to keep myself from going stir crazy.  went moose spotting but saw no moose so i cruised over to Lake Hood to check out the planes.  always fun.
 Rio took the day off from walking.
 Blossom had loads of energy and had a blast chasing her toy...she's quite easy to please.  keep forgetting to carry treats with me...some extra training would be helpful as it seems Blossom has forgotten a few of her skills, which i currently need her to remember.
 my house is for sure safe from enemy cat invasions.  not sure how Blossom would do fending off real invaders but as far as felines go...she is on those Kitty Cats, no cat wanders the neighborhood unnoticed. she has never figured out that the two cats she lives with are also kitty cats and she lets them get a pass.
 the commissioner position for fish and game has apparently 4 applicants.  the paper surmises that the guy who is in the current temporary position will end up with the job.  of course, the last commissioner seemed to have very little to do with the decision about Round Island.  will have to wait and see who gets placed in the other positions.
 finally watched, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" the other day.  it won all sorts of Academy Awards from what i recall.  i suffered through the thing.  not my kind of movie at all.  Being in English seemed silly.  oddly my little DVD player does subtitles anyway and they were completely different than what i was hearing so that was odd too.
 joined SH for a movie at a theater last night.  thankfully it was discount Tuesday as that movie was another fail in my opinion.  "Wild".  basically, Reese Witherspoon walking with a frown, naked shots of her having sex in flashbacks and a shot of her poop in the woods.  rumor is that she had no body i'm wondering if she had a poop double?
 it was long and boring and dreary.  the last few  minutes they finally allude to her finally "getting" a bit of what life is about and that she goes on to live a relatively happy life.  otherwise, it's total misery.  the scenery should have been grand but even the cinematography is lacking considering. so skip it, unless you really want to see naked shots of Witherspoon engaged in drug induced sex...these sections could have been completely removed as we all don't need a visual of people taking drugs and boinking strangers....we can imagine that well enough.
 sitting for long periods of time not overly comfortable anyway.
 there really just wasn't anything uplifting or interesting about that movie.
 they have found the wreckage and some bodies from this last plane crash.  much more shallow water than the area suspected for the flight that was lost earlier where no trace was found.  sad, but at least the families can get some closure knowing of the flights fate.  that has to be easier in the big picture.  probably happened fairly quickly as they had no time to get out a mayday or make any attempts to make contact.  those last few seconds of any crashing flight have to be horrible though...knowing your fate like that.
 when i was in a plane and was told to prepare for crash just got very quiet.  everyone was surprising calm that hour in the air.  everyone was terrified but i think you do have some shock that protects you some.  the panic didn't really settle in me until the next day when i was safe at home.
 those are words that nobody wants to hear from your pilot..."please listen to your flight attendants and prepare for a crash landing".  as we landed in crash positions the flight attendants could all be heard yelling, "brace, brace, brace, don't move" over and over again. it was so steady that i honestly believed it was a taped thing that they just pushed play.
 a woman in Idaho was killed by her two year old by accident.  she was carrying a concealed weapon in her purse which she stupidly left sitting in a cart next to her kid.  the kid took the gun out and it went off.  it's always seemed a bad idea to leave any purse sitting in a cart, lest someone steal it, let alone a purse with a loaded gun.  brilliant.  still sad...stupid and sad.
 my gut is not happy today.  they have me taking aspirin but i suspect my gut is less than happy with this.  headache today....the knots i predicted have arrived.  can't wait for my massage on Monday.  hoping to get a script at my DR appointment Monday.  fingers crossed.
 i've never been a fan of Dr Oz...the guy actually freaks me out . little article the other week saying most of what he says on his show is surprising. haha.
 tough Alaskan is a survival story this week.  he was out on the sea ice on his snowmachine when it crashed through the ice.  he survived 3 days wet, frozen clothes with temperatures well below zero with the wind chill.  he had internal injuries, frostbite, hypothermia and dehydration...not to mention he was being stalked by a wolverine.  guess i didn't realize that wolverines lives so far north.  they will eat anything and can be pretty brutal.  of course, Barrow would be in polar bear country as well..that is where he went through the ice.

 ski's on wheels.  you land on these in the summers on glaciers.  take off with wheels and then the ski's can be dropped down for landing. the same applies in winters.  seems like they use a hand crank to elevate and drop them.  probably not all planes but i've seen that.
 action film star Jackie Chan's son was arrested on drug charges.  his statement was that he felt shame for his sons behaviour.  this made me think about how rarely a family in this country feels any shame for the actions of their kids.  in this country you simply defend your child, no matter how heinous their behaviour is.  strange.
 i am so behind on my newspapers.  pretty much skipped news until just a few days ago.  just caught glimpses on Yahoo as i checked mail.
 got the winning calendars mailed off yesterday.  thought i better get that done before it gets too far into the new years.  nobody wants a calendar in February.
 smugglers were attempting to get over 200 box turtles into China.  they were caught here in Anchorage and now all those cute baby turtles that survived are being transported for care.  there were 6 different species, some of which are protected species.
 a few baby black bears were being held at the local zoo while awaiting transport to permanent homes.  they were found abandoned in different area's.  seems late in the year for orphaned bears, but perhaps the warmer weather is a factor.

 the skies were pretty out yesterday. i would have liked to have stayed out and watched the sunset with these planes, but i get sleepy and so i headed home for a nap.
 watched the rest of the sunset from the comfort of my bedroom. then crashed for a bit
 the way the clouds and colors came looks like it was a super pretty sunset out there.

 not back to my baseline at all.  needed ice last night.  can just use my ice packs tonight.  so warm out i fear buying ice as it may just melt. it does say in the forecast that colder weather maybe coming, but then every day it says snow is coming and that hasn't really happened.

 last season on Denali not the most successful. i guess there was quite a bit of snowfall in the region and only 36% of those who tried to summit did.
 a few weeks back the Taliban attacked a school in Pakistan, killing 132 students.  i guess to them an education is to be feared as i suspect if all kids were able to be truly educated and not just brainwashed their member numbers would drop.  it's a battle the rest of the world must continue to fight...that of educating the children of the world.
 sadly, the children in our own country often don't seem to grasp the value of their own education.  i'm all for putting them all in uniforms and helping them see that schools aren't for socializing but for them to do their "job" of getting educated.
 seems this is lost of far too many kids who disrespect the system and the teachers.
 plane takes off in a cloud of snow

 my gut continues to be upset...making for a long morning already.  not sure whether eating will help or make things worse.  may need to try soon though. getting hungry.

 getting through some papers though, which is good.  always more news.  some of it not too bad, most of it sad or distressing.
 may just go back to bed for a bit and listen to Big Bang reruns.  brainless...always a good thing, at least for the moment.
 more skies from my window.

 pretty awesome...don't think today will offer the same, but then again, weather up here can change very quickly.
 turning dark
grateful for: a.  less pain this morning, B.  a good nights sleep C. seeing, feeling,'s all good.

Monday, December 29, 2014

post PT pain as promised!!

 they worked me a bit more today in PT.  semi-mini squats and knee bends.  stairs are still tough.  going down in a normal way is improving but going up is still not there yet. walking a few miles every day.  PT has said this was fine though they said no to a treadmill.  probably less easy to control elevation gain and all.  the stationary bike is fine as i can put it on a super low setting and it's for ROM over exertion.  i've stuck to mostly level trails that are packed down.  a few times i've walked a route with small incline/declines to help build up my knees for those dang stairs.
 not many pictures as managing the dogs, the chuck it, the leashes and the trekking pole is generally enough and it's been pretty grey out...not to mention i've been on the same trails pretty much every day i've been out there. the two above were actually from today's drive to PT.
 overall every day i can feel improvement in my range of motion. pretty amazing how quickly function is returning.  tomorrow is post op day 14!!  i'm off work another week.  DR's orders.  work encouraged me to do the FMLA thing so i have to wait for the Dr's note to return. i'm sure it's best.  everyone said i'm the sort to maybe try and push it too much.  i've been very careful with recovery but i do suspect if i hadn't gotten FMLA i would have probably tried to work earlier than i should have.
 my discomfort is on the outside so inside my knee for sure feels better.  sorry to bore you with knee's clearly a large part of my world these past weeks.  the time is going fast.
nothing new on the WARIS front.  still waiting for the dust to settle post election.  the new Governor is going for big cuts in budget so not sure what that will mean for my walrus.  will check in with my friend who is working on the web page...hopefully we can have a cooler, better functioning web page soon.
 finished the first 3 seasons of Gilmore don't tell me what happens after that.  i was streaming those and i'm running out streaming time so now i ordered season 4 on DVD.  will have to wait.  watched, "Pirate Radio" last night...maybe the night before...hmm.  anyway, really liked it.  had no idea what it was going to be about really when i put it in the DVD player.  good flick though.
 way behind on news.  another big jet has been lost and they have yet to find it.  amazing in this world where we are so connected and monitored that a jet with over 150 people could just be gone like that.  very sad for all involved.  Malaysia Air has had one horribly tragic year.  they never did fine that one jet that apparently flew for hours before disappearing.  so strange.
Anchorage has yet to go below zero in 2014.  very odd.  the last time this happened in recorded history was back in 1952 i think it said.  i guess we average 20-30 days that dip below zero...a few years after the one with no days below zero they had a record high of 75 days below zero so we may pay for this warm weather.  to beat the record of days not going below zero we'd have to not go below zero until next Nov sometime i think.
 Our curlers are out of luck as their rink for curling is on the fritz.  who knew they had a specialized ice surface.  something about having tiny bubbles freeze over the surface.  not sure but i guess they can use an outdoor rink that they will have to treat to make the little bubbly surface.
the moose of Kincaid park are at risk...apparently there is talk of a hunt to thin them out.  not that there really are tons of them.  the new bike trails are all over the place and there are now more encounters...surprise, surprise so some want it thinned.  talk of killing all the females and just leaving the males and the calves to fend for themselves.  the guy mentioned in the article for pushing for it, wants it to be open to just over 70% disabled people....he himself is in a wheelchair. they would use guns and would probably have to be accompanied by an abled person as moose that have been shot rarely drop dead right there and i suspect doing the cleaning of a large moose may be difficult for someone who is 70% disabled.  
 the real Christopher Robin (milne) apparently donated the original "pooh" bear that his dad used to write the stories to his fathers American publisher back in 1947.  in 1987 the bear was given to the New York Public Library system.  now the Brits are trying to get the bear Winnie The Pooh, returned to England.  apparently this is an old grudge between the two nations.  Tony Blair had a discussion regarding the return of the bear with President Clinton.  the bear remains here in the states though.  nice to know our diplomats have time to fight over a bear....hopefully this does not cause some major riff between the two nations.
guess i should lay down for a bit, perhaps watch a movie.  between my walk and PT i am a wee bit sleepy tonight. yesterday i felt like i was being very lazy, as i skipped the gym and the bike, but i got several tasky things done at home.  dishes, laundry, dog poop pick up.  even got the tree down and on the front deck...not easy.  i may have to skip my annual tradition of dragging the tree to the recycling area and instead pay the boy scouts to pick up the tree.
not much left on our tree.  not sure where the headless nutcrackers are going...people taking them or are they becoming part of some squirrel den.  hmm..
thankful for  A.  turkey noodle soup.  B.  being able to walk outside again, even if it's slow and steady C.  Rio....even though she has driven me a bit nuts these past few weeks.  so needy!! night.