Hi y’all. Feel like it’s been a while since I had a real post. So.
Started walking again. The hip pain I referenced about 10 days ago? Still here. Still decreasing, thank heavens, but still here. I took nearly two weeks off from walking every day. I have begun doing very short walks again, and have continued to do leg lifts and extra stairs and other strength exercises. Pro: Knees are fine, hip is improving, going for walks again. Con: New Year’s resolution didn’t make it past 1 month. Oh well :)
The music convention 2 weeks ago was notable for lack of knee pain and ease of walking (at least until the bed screwed up my hip). I also realized, partway through Friday’s setup, that I hadn’t needed to use my inhaler Friday or during Thursday’s carry-lots-of-things mission. I took this to mean my current asthma preventive regime* is working well. :)
We have decided to not renew our membership at Fitness World, mainly because we haven’t been using it much. This is probably as much a factor of it’s location as anything else — I have been using the much smaller gym at work, which I think is telling. The man of the house is both going for walks and walking more at his job (he’s in a hillier part of Seattle).
Spring appears to have come to Seattle. The roses in our yard have new growth and the neighbor’s rhododendron is in full bloom. Today the man of the house stooped down to the wildly blooming heather and admonished, “It’s February.” I don’t think it cared. Hence my updating the blog banner.
I’ve been getting new clothing catalogs and … I’m really glad I have plenty of clothing already. How terrible is that? I’m not seeing much that I would want to wear, much less buy. (This IS great for my savings account.) I’m also being a bit crafty — my pants tend to develop wear holes around the pockets first, so I’ve been mending them.
In other crafty news: I’m knitting a dark gray, nearly black, scarf. The pattern isn’t much (knit first 2 stitches; knit 2 together, yarn over, repeat to 2 stitches from the end of the row; knit last 2 stitches) but I’m having fun. An advantage to knitting it myself is that I can make it as long as I’d like, to fit my torso and frame. :)
Valentine’s Day was pretty low-key this year. We went out for a nice seafood dinner (with appetizers and dessert sampler) Thursday, in part because Thursday tends to be a much-less-busy night for going out. (Practicality wins.) But we had a nice relaxed weekend, too.
I’ve started doing my taxes with TurboTax, but I’m a little nervous that I haven’t gotten a 1040 booklet in the mail. Are they not sending them this year?
I routinely feel I’m not getting quite enough sleep during the week. I’m starting to inch my bedtime earlier again.
How’s with you all?
*Current asthma routine: Advair 250/50 twice a day; Singulair once a day; Allegra once a day; Albuterol inhaler as needed.