with over 20 years in this amazing place. it's never dull. i hope to enjoy years of exploration here.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
another week passes by...
my days off go so quickly...and i look back and wonder what i have accomplished. briefly heard of this author while listening to the radio today. i think in his 30's or 40's he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and told he would have very little time to live. that guy whipped out 3 novels in a years time and after a year he hadn't died...it has spurred him into writing. amazing how much we can accomplish when we have a deadline. ultimately he lived years and years and then finally passed away from lung cancer. it's not your time til it's your time.
yesterday we cruised up the airstrip and then around and back through Rovers run. it was a fairly long walk and i really thought Rio would be too wiped out today to have any desire to join us, but join she did. we just walked a bit in Kincaid. the trails were mostly ice so i would turn back and take another way for a bit until it got too icy again. can't let Rio slip and fall. i'm guessing she is enjoying the warmer weather.
still in PT. went to pool tonight and i feel like i'm going to get more out of just hitting the gym soon. i have another appointment with them, but it's gonna be out of pocket til i hit my deductible and i'm not keen on that. i don't feel like i've been any sort of slacker with all this PT stuff so it's a bit disappointing that they feel like i need more for this one muscle that is weak. they even used the muscle twitcher machine...the best i felt today was in the pool though.
did 3 5-lap runs with kickboard exercises and 2-5 lap runs with regular front crawl? never can remember what they are called...regular stroke though. my plan is just to become a near daily gym attendee and get all my body healthy. that muscle will just catch up. did figure the other day while walking that i wasn't using my full range on motion with my stride on that leg.
i've begun to just mentally correct my stride. i remember i had to do that for a while after i got my winging scapula. i noticed that after i got it my right arm wouldn't swing while i was walking...so strange. so i had to just begin to tell my arm to swing all the time. eventually it just retrained.
did get a few errands done. for months i've been wanting to stop by and get a new upgraded iphone so i did that today. takes awhile to sort it all out at the store. the guy was as nice as the one was when i originally bought my first iphone. i feel sad that i won't be using my old phone...it's been good to me. haha. this new era where you don't wait until things totally fall apart to replace them is strange to me. it was for sure showing it's age though so i knew it was time.
have loved my cool mickey case, it was an old drawing of Mickey. can't find the same but i did find a cool Mickey in fantasia one on Amazon so i ordered that tonight. bought one to tide me over and keep this light little phone safe until my other one arrives.
a bunch of crows flying around out there yesterday.
was listening to this other guy on NPR talking about his theory of the missing Malyasia jet. he says there is an easy way from the front of the planes cockpit to get under into the inner workings and if you could get down there you could make the plane disappear as far as the electronics were concerned. he thinks that plane actually turned north and surmises it may have landed in Kasakastan? i always forget how to say that one. gotta love a conspiracy theory. he really had no explanation for why anyone would want to take a passenger plane or if they would have kept the passengers alive or not.
i had heard similar theories soon after the plane disappeared. there are some places where one could secretly land a commercial sized jet in the world. well, maybe not totally secretly but such that not a lot of others would know of it. some things in this world just lend themselves to conspiracy theories and there is no way to ever shut those down once they've begun. the believers will always exist. i've always found this one odd but plausible. time will tell...or not.
i loaded up the dogs and as i was about to pull out i noticed this cat chilling in the truck parked next to me. it's not often that you see cats chilling in cars...they do on occasion but it's not the usual. Blossom didn't notice the cat...or i suspect there would have been a lot of barking.
these are the indoor cats that live with me, Pogi...the cat with lots of extra toes..
and Miss Breezy Chatterbug. yes that is her name. the vet figured i'd shorten it, but it seemed to work for the cat.
Blossom keeps happily finding these puddles under ice....she smashes her way into them and lays down. one needs to cool your belly in a puddle some days i guess.
pot is apparently legal as of today. guess i missed the rush...
the name battle continues for the big mountain north of here. for Alaskans it's called Denali but those in Ohio call it Mt McKinley. they put through a bill every two years and that is enough to prevent the name change desired by the state of Alaska. a change in policy is the new focus so that these ohio bills will be finally ceased and the name changed. not holding my breath on that one either...but i see the mountain and i am here and i will call it what i want..Denali.
talk of re-routing the already re-routed Iditarod. the river in Fairbanks is not as frozen as usual so they may bypass it and do the restart in another area of Fairbanks.
after Kincaid today i went to the campell creek estuary for a short walk and look around. hadn't been there for a bit so it seemed like a good idea.
it's a little loop but always pretty and relaxing.
Rio has been a bit nuts all day. under foot and just bouncing all over. she is finally out cold next to me snoring away. that poor dog just wears herself out. wish she had just chilled on couch. of course if i had a rio cam i may find she's just as anxious at home...think i'll skip that. only so much i can do to help her relax.
it was a black and white sort of day. the new phones camera looks like fun. i took a slo mo video of rio after she'd had water...it was cracking me up. that is a large tongue..works great in slo mo. also has some other new to me stuff.
didn't see any obvious bald eagles in the nest down the beach. there is a large one quite a ways down there in those trees.
not too long til the migratory birds come back through here.
i shall crash soon. trying to get some money back from insurance...mine and Rio's. worth a try, right.
picked up ab's for Rio. vet figured we would treat her for a uti just on the off chance. she says occasionally that will make them drink more. her thyroid is a smidgee low as well. she turns 11 this year. was reading one of those help write in letters. girl dating great guy but jealous of the dog. the dog will always win if you pull an ultimatum. nobody is perfect. eventually, if you are lucky, you find someone who finds your strange quirks endearing.
little side trail down to a look out. not too much to look at today. the sandhill cranes like to chill out here in the spring.
so behind on my newspaper reading. always trying to play catch up. lots to read in the to be read pile. need to get back in a reading mode. i have times where i go off reading for a bit and then some great book will suck me back in.
grateful for: A. a good swim...love a good swim B. my new pretty phone. i'm more excited than i expected. C. that Rio is finally relaxed and peaceful.
have lived in alaska since 1995, lived in ketchikan for 6 years and here in anchorage since 2001. it's a wonderful place and i enjoy getting out nearly daily for a walk/hike/stroll or ramble. enjoy the pics