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15 June 2010 @ 11:31 am
Ow, My Back!  
My lower back has been semi locked-up since Sunday, and as soon as I lost the neck cramp last week a persistent pain around the left/back side of my lower ribs appeared. Still there. I've had one good night's sleep in the last ten days, thanks to the various aches & pains. :(

See the icon? I don't use him much because he's as crabby as he is cute. But today, he sort of fits.

Except... Weeeeesta! It's weesta's birthday today, and I kind of wish school were still in session so your kids could spoil you, but I hope you're having a glorious birthday doing whatever seems fitting! If you'd like a drabble-present, please let me know. And update us on the cake, too-- virtual cake is the only kind I get until August. :0

Speaking of cake... Christopher's friend's Dad took a major stab at making that Pinball Cake. He did his own version (apparently, he does a lot of baking but not so much the birthday cakes) and I think it turned out really well. HSH says the man is his hero. :D

Because of incredible windiness on Friday and Saturday, I biked on Sunday and Monday. I try to avoid the bikepath on the weekends (too crowded), but it couldn't be helped. Haven't seen the escapee swan in weeks, but I think it's because the weeds are at max height now, and obscuring my view of the river (I'd have to get off the path to check).

I've been in kind of a funk since that ride, though. Remember my mentioning a family friend that seemed to have gotten angry at us a couple of years back, and we've never known why? She suddenly cut us off, and I went far beyond the "benefit of the doubt" on overlooking her failure to return phone calls. You know how it is-- you'll humiliate yourself for friends in a way that you otherwise might not. *sigh* I saw her and her daughter on the bike path Sunday, and said hello and rode with them for a short while. She was polite, but not especially happy to see me. And I'd been pretty certain of that (she didn't even return a phone message a year ago where I mentioned that we missed her, and that HSH had been diagnosed with cancer).

But it sure hurts to be confronted with it firsthand. And I still have no idea what we did that offended her. Her complete lack of interest in HSH's health was chilling, and eventually I'll be at the point where I'm just angry about it instead of also hurt (HSH is such a sweet man, and he doesn't deserve that from anyone). But right now, I'm still at the point where it makes me feel unloveable and worthless. :(

Saturday night we watched another Shaun The Sheep movie, and the extras afterward. It showed how they do the films (! I thought those were real sets, with the claymation superimposed! Damn, but those minatures are good) and instructions on making the pigs. I've told Christopher for ages that the sheep's nostrils mesmerize me, because they look like someone just jabbed them in with toothpicks. When the claymation expert got to the pigs' nostrils, she turned her chopstick-like tool around and stabbed the holes in, and Christopher went off on a giggle-fit.

Randomly, he brought back some rubber pencil-topper cow from a field-trip last Monday, and now it's in the bathroom, lying helplessly on its back inside its vending machine bubble. All you can see are its round hooves sticking up and an incredibly wide muzzle with... biiiiig nostrils. Cracks me up every time I look at it!

sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: SnoopyWoodstockbadboy_fangirl on June 15th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
I can't stand that about people--when they just stop talking to you. I'd much rather be told I'd been a jerk about something and have a chance to really come off jerky if I didn't apologize or feel I was wrong or whatever, but to not even be given a chance?

*makes raspberries*

And like you said, regardless, to have no HUMANITY with regard to HSH just makes her the jerk, really. When you're ready to hear it, just know you are well rid of her, it sounds like to me!

Sorry your back is twinging! You know, the older I get, the more random my aches and pains are, suddenly appearing, and then disappearing just as fast. I was holding a chunk of a baby last night for a good long while and he fell asleep in my arms, but my left shoulder is kinda outta whack today, and I think it was the way I was holding him. Go figure!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'd much rather be told I'd been a jerk about something and have a chance to really come off jerky if I didn't apologize or feel I was wrong or whatever, but to not even be given a chance?

Exactly. The second-to-last time I spoke to her, it was a friendly conversation and we were trying to set up a weekend to get together (she's been bouncing between two cities). We agreed on a weekend, and then I called back before that weekend to firm things up and she said she'd made other plans and then never returned any phone calls after that.

We'd been operating for years on the idea that it was okay to set aside weekends and firm up later, or even to call and say, "Hey, want to come over today?" Because our kids are about the same ages, and their social lives often dictate our schedules more than ours do. So if you find yourself with a free day, why not have someone over? Some people find last-minute-calling offensive, and some think it's a spontaneous opportunity.

Maybe she changed her mind about that, and I missed the memo. I don't know. It wasn't as if I besmirched her good character or that of her children. We've adored them all for years, and miss them.

But since both HSH and I grew up as shy people (whose parents were really NO HELP there in a lot of ways), we are sometimes clueless on social hints and niceties. Argh.

You know, the older I get, the more random my aches and pains are, suddenly appearing, and then disappearing just as fast.
So true! The pain around the corner under the ribs... I'm honestly assuming I'm just a little blocked up, with the sudden rise in heat and my sudden interest in salt. So I've taken measures and will keep doing so, and if it doesn't budge by about Friday (a week), I'll call the doctor.

But we just had a random employee "refresher test" for work last week, where there was a question about I've had this pain a few days. The best thing to do is:
A. Call the company health authorities and flail!
B. Discuss with your manager, in case it's an ergo-injury.
C. Take some Advil and see if it goes away in a few days.

Now, you know the correct answer there is "B." But the thing I'll actually do, every time, is "C." Because unless it's in appendicitis or heart-attack territory, it can wait. And it probably WILL go away. ;)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: Allgoodbadboy_fangirl on June 16th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Yes, "C" is better, especially since I had my appendix out in 1999, and I think my heart's pretty good.

But flailing always makes for fun times :D Of course, I'm one of those people that sees a "weird 1 in 1 million people disease" on TV and then goes around all day believing I have that disease.

I was watching something the other day where an adult was explaining to a child what hypochondria is and the kid is like, "I TOTALLY HAVE THAT!"

So funny.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Christopher has it too (and I know I did as a kid). I was reading "The Secret Garden" to him, and we came to the boy who lives hidden away in the manor and is treated like an invalid, and always assumes every twinge of discomfort means he's going to die.

Christopher was very quiet, and then he said, "I think I have that problem." And I said, "I think so too." But I wasn't going to just come out and say it, so I'm glad he beat me to it.

Having parents who are doctors, who really know that almost everything is transitory, eventually leads to you coming to the same conclusion yourself. It has to persist and/or be something like bronchitus/strep before I'll consider even calling the advice nurse. :0
Weesta: Holiday - Birthday - purple boxweesta on June 15th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
I'm in school 'til next week so I bought myself a strawberry shortcake cake, brought in the party hats from the Tricky Tray Birthday basket that I won and partied with my 5th graders. It was awesome. They sang/danced Happy Birthday at least 4 times. Then they couldn't settle down so we watched Cyberchase.

I wore a pin saying "It's my B-Day" given to me by a teacher friend all day so everyone knew it was my day. It was pretty great!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, how nice! Our school let out last Friday, but I'd forgotten that some were still in session another week. How nice that you got to celebrate with your students-- it's sounds as if they adore you as much as you adore them, and that must have made them very happy. And you as well. *happy sniffle*

Want a drabble of some kind for your birthday?

And ooh, cake details! Strawberry sounds lovely. :)
Weesta: Calvin - danceweesta on June 15th, 2010 10:54 pm (UTC)
It was funny - I got a strawberry shortcake cake with lots of gooey strawberries and lovely cream, but my students wanted the plain vanilla cake with plain frosting. Luckily my friend bought me an extra cake!

I'd love a birthday drabble!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2010 10:59 pm (UTC)
I find white cake with white frosting especially scary (our wedding cake was chocolate with buttercream frosting). When my daughter (who loves sweets) was 3, some kids would serve that at birthday parties and she would never eat it because it has no flavor except "sweet." Which is exactly why some little kids like it, apparently.

Any mood type or theme for your drabble? Fandom type? *clappy hands*
Weesta: Supernatural - Bro - nudge on roadweesta on June 15th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
Supernatural drabble - you can surprise me with the topic!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2010 11:09 pm (UTC)
Wincest or Gen? Or Either? (Just to cover all my bases...) :D
Weesta: Supernatural - Bro - like Gilmore Girlsweesta on June 15th, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Gen. Bases covered. *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on June 17th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
It's ready!

Hope you like it, and many happy returns!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on June 15th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Life's too short to spend it stressed. Forget about her.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Heart - greenhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Easier said than done (it's my personality type), but I'll get there eventually. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
kira!kiraboshi on June 15th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
sorry, just grinning at your chibi!iron man icon....
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Iron Man Toyhalfshellvenus on June 15th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Isn't it adorably crabby-looking?

Plus, I can't be entirely sure that it isn't a marketable toy somewhere. :0
realpestilence: panda!loverealpestilence on June 16th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
I hope your back feels better soon. D:

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Doomed Winchestershalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2010 12:37 am (UTC)
I started falling asleep at my desk, so I went for a walk outside to wake up and stretch out the lower-back portion. And then took 3 Advil when I got back, because it is stubborn.

Those other pangs... they'd better go away, because I have no interest in seeing the doctor. Like, ever. ;)

What a cute icon-- Pandas are one of my weaknesses (and the babies' faces seem to be 40% nose0. \o/
realpestilence: panda!loverealpestilence on June 16th, 2010 12:45 am (UTC)
It's my panda!hug, for my peeps who need hugging, since I can't do it in person. I have koalas, too, but am too lazy to upload them, lol.

I have an old injury in my neck/shoulder/back that's a bitch most of the time, pluse my sciatica likes to flare up regularly. So I'm pretty useless on the left side of my body...I feel like dragging around like Igor! But sleeping in a bad posture definitely increases it; and I notice when I flipped and turned my mattress that it helped some. I need to get better pillows, too.

We're really not meant to be upright animals. D:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Blue Flowerhalfshellvenus on June 16th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
:D I had a persistent problem in my right shoulder last year, from about January to August, and I could NOT get it to go away. I lightening up on the weights at the gym (range-of-motion only), carried my bags on the other side, you name it.

Finally, the trainer at the gym suggested that it might be something I was doing in my sleep. So I stopped going to sleep on that side. Bingo! It was gone within a week.

Makes me think of a line in a story someone wrote in my high school paper: "Your body is trying to kill you..."

I grind my teeth in my sleep too, but never when I'm awake. Which means I can't get it to stop- Gah! The nightguard keeps the damage down, but the grinding still goes on...