Monday, February 23, 2009

Ponderings

It is a cool 31 degrees here tonight -- nothing, I know, to you frozen tundra folks, but enough here to prompt turning on the heat. And I am pondering particular things.

Things I am pondering are that in a few short months we will have been in this place for a year. It feels reasonably like home, in that it is never really neat, we still don't file things, and there is lots of cat hair. It doesn't quite feel like home because so much stuff is still backed up in boxes in the storage units.

Which brings me to my next pondering. In May, I will only have about a year to pack up stuff in preparation for our next move, which will theoretically be in 2010. Considering how long it took me to pack up stuff LAST time, I'm wondering when I should start. The positive spin on this is 1) this is a rental so I don't have to leave the place "show ready" 2) I only have about 1/2 as much stuff to pack.

Every time I look around, I start thinking about what things I should be packing NOW, just so I can ease the burden THEN. Of course, not knowing where we will be going makes this a little complicated, as I'm not sure if we will jettison certain things (one set of book cases aren't going to survive another move, we are already certain.)

At least I have a year to think about it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

And the Knee News Is...

The beginnings of arthritis, in a nutshell. The cartilage under my kneecap is 'frayed and worn'. The left knee is going the way of the right knee. It's a part of aging, oh joy, o rapture.

Solution? It's sort of a "try this and see" with stages. For now, new knee braces and physical therapy. In 6-8 weeks, we see what's going on -- if good, then good. If not so good, we move on to an outpatient surgery to smooth the cartilage. If that works, great. If not, injections. If that works, great. If not, more surgery.

Really, it's good news. The braces fit well and I already feel a difference when I move around. I wanted to exercise anyway, so the therapy (which will be mostly exercise) is in line with that. The first surgery is scope/outpatient so not too bad, if it comes at all. The doctor was pretty optimistic. He doesn't see surgery as being too near.

Now -- new yoga pants!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Knee News

I don't keep up with where I've whined about what, but I'm sure at some point since last summer I've whined about my knees. I have two of them, you know. They do the standard knee things -- bending, unbending, getting whacked on table edges -- only for the last 6-8 months, they've been telling me how unhappy they are about it, at least when I climb stairs, or go down stairs, or walk on an incline, or have to do anything similar. Sometimes just stepping 'wrong' is enough to send one of those attention getting knee messages to my nerve center. There are days I have to think about going upstairs very carefully so that I don't have to do it more than once.

Insurance nonsense prevented having tests last year when the problem started (I had knees before we started this insurance! Pre-existing condition! Even though the problem started 6 months AFTER we changed insurance. Oi!) So, Monday I went to the local orthopedic specialist center for X-rays.

The good news is I do not appear to have arthritis or a similar joint disease. So, Tuesday I went in for an MRI. This will determine if I have mechanical problems -- torn cartilage, loss of joint fluid, stuff like that. Depending on what is found, I may have knee surgery.

Weee. I am not exactly excited about this prospect, but if it means I can use my knees a little more rigorously (like riding my bike), I'll deal.

We find out on Friday.

Of course, now I've developed a painful problem with my left elbow -- it gets unhappy if I do extreme things like, oh, straighten my arm while I'm sleeping. It makes a "pop" noise and screams at me for a while.

I'm thinking of it as a 44th birthday present.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Home, home, home

Got in last night after a time warped day (traveling from west to east does that). Cats are all still here, but Ben has apparently injured an eye that, if it doesn't improve post haste, will have him at the vet. Caliban is terrorizing the others as not-quite-kittens will do, and he greeted me with purring, a snuggle, and a bite on the hand.

I slept far too long.

Now to remember how to live here again. Might take a few minutes.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Last Day in Vegas

I thought I was done with the fake cities in Las Vegas, but, no. Today we wandered in Caesar's, which is a big mall that pretends it is Rome.


Yep, ancient Rome as a shopping destination. Note, another fake sky. All the big designer stores were there -- Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton -- and I think I counted 3 different Coach bag stores. The only really GOOD things we found was a Vosges store and a Sony store where I got an AC adapter for my E-book. As for the chocolate store, we spent far too much money on the most delicious stuff. Ahhh...

But, yeah, I am ready to go home. Didn't gamble so much as a penny. Casinos are, too me, nothing but noisy, gaudy, disgustingly smokey places for people to sit around looking really ugly. Yeah, something about a casino just brings out the ugly in people. Not my thing.

Quite ready to be leaving Las Vegas.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Vegas Day 4 -- The Miracle Mile

No photos this time. Oh, we took some, but really -- do you need pictures of a mall? Even a mall with a fake sky and fake looking buildings?

Yeah, that's what we did. We walked the Miracle Mile and we looked at a lot of stuff, because that's what malls have. We found out that you can't take pictures of the weird shoes, either -- they come out to stop you. I guess someone might want to make knockoffs of those weird shoes. Hoochymama shoes, pimp shoes, shoes of impossibility, shoes of pure strangeness -- this mall has them all.

I did get some new charms for my travel charms bracelet. One store was nothing but charms.

Lots of art gallery stores, all grouped together. Jewelry stores, clothing stores (for the very skinny and the very trendy), make you stinky stores, and more shoe stores. We stopped at a place that took Jimmy Buffet's "Cheeseburger in Paradise" rather literally, but the food was good and we all got drinks with little umbrellas in them. I saved the umbrellas.

Then we came back to just rest. Ahh, sitting down. I like sitting down.

Oh, also, I am 44 now. No particular deep thoughts about this. I am fatter than I've ever been, I appear to have permanent black eyes, and things hurt that I never thought about hurting, but all in all it's not so bad. I find myself now looking at those 20 years younger than me and remembering what I was like at that age, and shaking my head with a smile, knowing what I know now that would have made life easier then, and also knowing there is no way to tell that 20 something person any of it. They aren't going to listen. I know I didn't. I do sometimes wish i knew as much now as I thought I did then.

Vegas Day 3 -- The Strip

Today we wandered in faked World Cities, starting with Venice.

The Venetian Hotel's shopping area had a beautiful fake sky, which always looked like just before sunset. The clouds seemed to be moving, but it was just a trick of the lighting (I spent enough time staring to prove it to myself). There was a canal and gondolas and wonderful Italian food -- it was very nice. I understand that the real Venice doesn't smell nearly as nice.
When we walked outside, I had to check the actual sky. Seriously, they did a good job on it.

Then we went to New York, New York to wander around a fake New York City. That's where Zumanity is. We saw that show -- the "adult themed" Cirque du Soleil show. Lots of raunchy humor, lots of flesh (real and illusory -- excellent body stockings used), lots of dance and suggestive activity, tons of thrills and laughs -- but not really "sexy" or "sensual". It was too scripted and the performers going through routines too familiar for that Sexy and sensual implies to me pleasure, and whatever pleasure the performers got came from doing their job and not hurting themselves, not in each other. Still, a most excellent show. I laughed until my eyes watered.

But I think I have had my fill of fake cities.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Vegas Day 2 -- The Bellagio

Wind, cloudy weather, and some unforeseen business prevented us from going to the Valley of Fire, so we decided to wander the Bellagio instead.

The Casino looked like...a casino. Yawn.

However, the Chinese garden was pretty spectacular. Tons of orchids.

And I loved the Chihuly ceiling fixture.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Vegas Day 1 -- Hoover Dam

Everything in Vegas is a smaller version of something somewhere else.

Except for this.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Goin' to Vegas, Baby!


Yep. Leaving in the morning, there for a week. Planning to take a lot of photos and see Hoover Dam. NOT planning to gamble, although I might put $5 of nickles out. Maybe.

More later. Must pack and panic a bit.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Is It Wrong...

That I completely love this balloon dress and the groom's red wedding pajamas? Because I totally do.





































However, this Camo Hunter/Ren Faire shit is ooking me out all over the place.





All this joy brought to you via Tacky Weddings. And all this time I thought buttbows were bad.