Since there's not much else I'm going to be able to do for the next month or so, I might as well bore you with The Great Hip Replacement Ordeal. The long and short of which is that I had my hip replaced Wednesday January 6th at the Portsmouth Regional Hospital by Dr. Thomas King.
01/06/10 - Wednesday
01/12/10 - Tuesday
I was not really feeling all that great, couldn't even focus on a backgammon game Marissa and I had. After coming back down from sleeping for a couple of hours, Marissa put in another of the Treasure Quest DVDs and we watched 2 or 3 episodes. Great stuff and just what I needed to keep me focused.
We sent out for the new Domino's Pizza, but were both very disappointed in it. And the salt was extreme. No more Domino's if that's their presentation. Marissa and I finished off the night with the movie Julie & Julia.
01/13/10 - Wednesday
Visits by both OT and PT after which I needed to sleep for awhile. After some soup, Marissa and I watched a Treasure Quest episode or two, and then Marissa was out with some of her friends. I was exhausted, so I just rested. When she came back, we watched the movie A Lot Like Love.
01/14/10 - Thursday
Marissa helped me hobble a short distance around the parking area to see how I'd get along. Because of my training in the cane, I had been using two canes to get around. This was a good test across less than perfect ground conditions. But it took a lot out of me, so down to sleep for awhile I went after getting back in.
Gary came over after work and Marissa fixed saucy pork chops, broccoli, and noodles for dinner. The movie of the night was Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince.
01/15/10 - Friday
It seems that I tore some of the muscle fibers in my inner thigh/groin muscle and that was really causing issues with many of the exercises. Thanks to my detailed sensitivity to my body through 40 years of martial arts training, I was able to articulate just what I was feeling so that Shireen could alter the exercises so that progress could be made without aggravating the tear while it healed.
I also told her about Thursday's walk outside, so she wanted to see how I did. We went just a little further than where Marissa and I had gone, and though I made it, I could feel the strain on my muscles and the drain against my entire body. Good session, but I was very, very stiff and sore.
I slept for awhile after Shireen left, and then Marissa and I did several of the Treasure Quest episodes.
Amy from my office dropped by with a get well basket of wine and cheeses from the crew at work. Great of everyone to sign the card and say hi. I appreciated the thought.
I can't remember what we did for dinner as I was still pretty much a slightly moving hurtin' unit. But I do recall that the movie of the night was Angels and Demons. It was a tough climb up the stairs to bed, and sleep was intermittent with all of the throbbing pain I was in.
01/16/10 - Saturday
Someone can tell you all about the shock your body undergoes after something like this, but to experience it is something else. There's just nothing you can do. Both the nurse and PT told me that the best, and the only, thing I could do was to just rest. Man, I've go no choice in that! I just sat propped up on the sofa all day nodding in and out of consciousness.
I shook it off around 5:30pm as Gary and Colin arrived. I poured myself a glass of wine and parked it on the sofa as Marissa cooked dinner for us. And because Colin hadn't as yet seen it, the movie of the night was Star Trek! That was my 4th time, I think, but I enjoyed it as much then as I had in the past.
I had a pretty good night sleeping as well. Shireen had helped identify a better position for my legs and so I was able to eliminate some of just the gravity stresses against the incision. Only helping was the fact that a lot of the swelling had gone down as well.
01/17/10 - Sunday
I was starving and I didn't want Marissa to have to cook again, so she and Gary drove over to KFC and got us all dinners to go. It's been a long time since I've had KFC, and it was really good; hit the spot for me. I felt so much better after eating that I was ready for the movie of the night, Night At The Museum 2.
Gary left right after that as he had to be at work early the next day. But neither Marissa or I had anywhere to go and I had been sleeping most of the day anyway. So, we stayed up and watched the movie Hitch with Will Smith.
01/18/10 - Monday
The nurse came over to draw blood as she has to each Monday, but just couldn't get any. We talked and determined that I must have been dehydrated, so the plan was for me to get hydrated and she'd come back Tuesday morning.
I just parked it on the sofa most of the day and read. My PT Justin, who is subbing for the week while Shireen is off on a ski trip to Colorado, came over and showed me some really good quad exercises that I knew right away were going to help. And yeah, I overdid them just a bit so had to back off a little.
At bedtime, I thought I'd cut back some on my pain killer meds to see what was going on with my body. I thought that the drugs were masking the pain and if I couldn't sense just where the pain was coming from then my meditation and my concentration during my exercises would not be as effective as I knew I could make them.
01/19/10 - Tuesday
I got up around 11:30 and was just useless until the drugs stabilized me around 3:00pm. And what a difference! Yup, not time to be cutting back on the drugs just yet.... But, I had been careful to really drink a lot of water Monday night and then after I got up. When the nurse returned, she had no trouble drawing the blood she needed.
Good thing I started feeling better because my friend Henderson came over around 4:00pm followed closely by Gary and then Colin. It was time to start my planned party: Peter's 2 Week Hip Replacement Pity Party! Marissa fixed up a terrific scallops in pesto sauce, we had a marvelous time chatting and relaxing. I felt pretty good, but I knew that I shouldn't push it. Everyone left around 7:30. Marissa put in the movie The Hangover and I was in bed by 10:00pm.
01/20/10 - Wednesday
My body was hit pretty hard and though the pain has gone way down, I'm just exhausted all of the time and not really able to focus on anything longer than a movie and my time at the computer is limited to about 15 minutes - up from 5 minutes just last week; a very tough week. I can best describe how I feel as imagine you have just been hit by a truck and are laying on the sidewalk knowing you are hurt but the world is just sort of floating around you. Yeah, that's about it. One day just sort of drifts into the next.
Had some dinner and began to feel better so Marissa and I did two movies: In Her Shoes, and The Holiday.
01/21/10 - Thursday
I had a relaxing dinner and then just eased into the sofa and watched some mindless HGTV as I was exhausted and my body ached. Felt better by the time Marissa got back around 9:30pm and she talked me into staying up late to watch the horror movie Drag Me To Hell, which was supposed to have been pretty good. Neither one of us thought much of it.
01/22/10 - Friday
Gary came over after work and I had subs delivered for dinner. We got done early and Gary stayed for the movie Wing Commander. After he left, Marissa and I were just going into second gear, so we finished off the night with the movie Taken.
01/23/10 - Saturday
Because this was going to be Marissa's last night before going back to school, Gary came over and Marissa fixed pork chops for dinner. We had a little party and a great time. Gary had plans with some of his friends, and so Marissa and I decided to watch the just released movie Gamer. She had seen it before and loved it, but I had mixed feelings. Oh, lots of action. But sort of an unbelievable plot. It was mildly entertaining, but regardless we enjoyed just being together.
01/24/10 - Sunday
I was able to get outside and take two walks around the condo project. But each one exhausted me, so there was a lot of downtime for me on the sofa. On the plus side, I got almost all the way through Lost Symbol. I had one of my archived meals for dinner, and capped off the night with the movie, The Marine.
01/25/10 - Monday
I poured myself a glass of Shiraz around 4:00pm and relaxed on the sofa while re watching two of the Treasure Quest episodes - that is such a great series, I just can't believe it. I had asked Marissa to leave the set with me as I knew I wanted to see them again. For dinner, I had leftover pork chops from Saturday night's party, and then finished off the evening with the movie, Matchstick Men.
01/26/10 - Tuesday
After lunch, I took another short outside walk, did some exercises, and sped read through a lot of the Koontz bio. The author did a really exhaustive analysis of each of his works, but that was not what I was reading it for. As a writer myself, I was looking for his process and thoughts on writing rather than what he had for dinner on his thirtieth birthday.
Shireen was back from her vacation and came over to work with me on some PT around 2:00pm. Good session, and she gave me some new exercises to work on. After she left, I did a third short outside walk. But that pretty well did me in. I retreated to the comfort of the sofa and more reading until I just fell asleep for an hour or so.
I grabbed an archive meal from the freezer, poured a glass of Shiraz, watched a little HGTV as I ate. But I was pretty tired and my body really ached. I just slipped in the movie Pulp Fiction and zoned out. I hadn't seen that in a long time, and the ending cafe scene is a classic; but you do have to watch the whole movie to let it all set up, otherwise it not only doesn't make any sense, but it's really stupid. But in context, classic.
01/27/10 - Wednesday
01/28/10 - Thursday
After waking up, though, I sat in a chair and minimally conducted a few of my karate students through some of the work they are doing. After that, we came up and I ordered out for pizza. While we waited for that to come, I started the insipid movie The Fifth Element with Bruce Willis; the attraction here strictly to watch Milla Jovovich.
01/29/10 - Friday
Shireen came by around 2:30 and we worked some exercises and made plans for the next two weeks of rehab work that we could do. After that, I just crashed on the sofa and read, had dinner, watched the movie The Net, and hit bed around 11:00pm. Exciting day.
01/30/10 - Saturday
01/31/10 - Sunday
Bright sunny day, though very cold, I still took a walk outside; this one a little longer than individule ones before - probably one and a half the distance. I felt pretty good when I got in, but my body got very heavy feeling and the reading was difficult. I think I fell asleep a couple of times, maybe for a total of about an hour or so. But then after reading for about an hour, I was so tired I went upstairs to bed and slept heavily for an hour and a half. Crazy....
Came down and watched a couple of episodes of HGTV while I ate dinner. Was really just achy and had little motivation so got a little fire going in the fireplace, slipped The Net 2 dvd in, and zoned out to that, which even in my decrepit state was pretty crummy. In bed by 10:00pm but muscle cramps kept me up until about 1:00am.
02/01/10 - Monday
02/02/10 - Tuesday
02/03/10 - Wednesday
Felt really, really sore when I got home. Even though only a 20 minute drive, it just killed the muscles in my right leg. Couldn't help myself; just had to slip a magic pill.... That took hold just about the time my physical therapist Shireen came to take me through my exercises.
But I was hurting in so many different places, we just discussed specific exercises that I could do later to address where she felt were the problem areas. After she left, I just crashed in bed for a couple of hours; just exhausted. Got up and just had a can of soup for dinner, watched the movie The Bourne Identity, and hit the bed.
02/04/10 - Thursday
02/05/10 - Friday
I called one of the nurses and again the suggestion was that I might benefit from some iron supplement. I asked my disciple Rick Downs if he had time after work to take me shopping. He picked me up around 3:45 and we were back by 4:45. But I knew I was just hanging on. I had a can of soup and went back to bed.
I didn't wake up until a little after 7:00pm. I had another can of soup, took some pills, and parked on the sofa to watch more of the Star Trek special features on disk 2 but by 9:00pm I was fading fast, so off to bed for the night. What a thrilling day....
02/06/10 - Saturday
And so, I now realize that I pushed appropriate to what I knew. Unfortunately, life is a constant teacher and it put my ass down. I see where my physical therapy was incorrectly focused and am going back to sort of a ground zero in my structure of it as well as the meditative process I use to hook it all together. Now, if I can just stay awake long enough to implement it....
Part of the exhaustion can also be attributed to the taught muscles in that I am straining my body constantly against them; sort of a constant workout. So for now, lots of stretching and water and meditation; then I'll get back to the strengthening. Spent the afternoon just sitting on sofa and reading an old commodities trading book for it's entertainment value rather than anything significant as I am still having trouble focusing on anything specific.
Gad, I read online that the President had likened the big snow storm pounding the mid Atlantic states to "Snowmaggedon." With 20"????? Gad, that happens up here a couple three times a year. Get over it! Push it out of the way and get on with your life.... But as my brother pointed out, their capability at snow removal down there is relegated to, "...two old guys with shovels and a beat up pickup truck with a plow."
After taking a walk after lunch, I went up and laid down and slept for about an hour before Marissa and Gary and Marissa's friend Courtney came over so we could have a nice little party. While I played one of the Treasure Quest episodes, Marissa fixed us all up a great chicken pesto dinner. Marissa was all tired out from her Friday night trip down to Boston with a friend to see the Celtics throw some hoop, so I got the movie of the night going early.
Dinner party was so much fun; so great to have them all over. Courtney hadn't seen the new Star Trek movie, and so I put it on. 15 minutes in, with eyes bulging out of her sockets, she wheezes, "I've got to go buy this tomorrow...." and her expression just sort of glassed over. That was the 4th time I've seen it in 3 weeks; I could put it on again right now and watch it again. I was beat and in bed by 9:30.
02/07/10 - Sunday
The walk and some breathing exercises I did seemed to throw off most of the fatigue I was feeling, so I parked it quietly on the sofa and read for most of the afternoon. Took a short nap and then got up to cook my first meal in about 5 weeks, tarragon pork chops in a dry sherry and minced garlic reduction cooked with herb and sauced mushrooms. And I had a big spinach salad, as suggested by the doctor to have dark green veggies to help with the exhaustion.
As I was finishing my meal, I caught the first quarter of the Super Bowl; Indianapolis up 10 over New Orleans. Football three times a year: Super Bowl, Thanksgiving, and New Years Day. That's my quota and my tolerance..... Movie of the night was crummy and forgettable, so I put in another one, Adam (2009) and that was really nice; saved the evening. I hit the rack around 10:00pm. Beat again; maybe a little too much activity with fixing dinner. Just trying to work the body back, but this is really taking a lot - a lot - longer than I had ever thought or was implied to. I'll get there....
02/08/10 - Monday
Well, I think starting to take some iron is helping. I backed off of all of the muscle strengthening exercises and am working stretching. Don't know why I didn't think of that earlier. Even the PT said that most folks that have hip or knee aren't in very toned shape and so none or few of the issues I have. I finally figured out that's why they didn't get me on a stretching program first; never crossed my druuuuuuuug cluttered mind at the time.
Anyway, think I strained my back a little so just doing slow relaxation stretches when I can.
Took a couple of nice short walks that seemed to flush some crud from me. Only concern right now is that because I was sooooooo beat and feeling awful the last couple of weeks, I find that I've lost 5 pounds and am down to 145. I've never had to worry about putting weight on; only studied good eating etc. so have no idea how to gain it back!
Whole body aches and general feeling of being tired, though only one short nap this afternoon. But it's clear that I'm not going to be ready to go back to work next Tuesday. Had an archive meal that I had fixed weeks ago, watched a little mindless tv, and then hit the rack.
02/09/10 - Tuesday
Before Maggie came, I took a long walk around the project and got some good leg stretching in. By the time she left, it was time to get a bite to eat and then I took another short walk and got the mail. Then I was pretty tired, so I lay down on the sofa for a short nap.
My disciple Rick Downs swung by at 2:00pm to pick me up for another run up to New England Furniture in Farmington to look for a reading chair for the living room. Lisa was working again, so she was able to show me some options and get me all squared away. But because I wanted a specific fabric, it'll be 4 to 6 weeks for delivery. That's fine. At least I have a really nice chair coming.
I tried doing some computer work when I got home, but was pretty tired. I took another short nap, grabbed a bite to eat for dinner, and settled down to watch the movie The Matrix, in Blue-ray that I had just received from Amazon, before heading off to bed.
02/10/10 - Wednesday
I worked a little on the computer, trying to start building up my concentration strength. I didn't overdo it, but was achy after, so took another very short walk. Shireen, my physical therapist came around 3:00pm and we had a good stretching session, though I think I overloaded her with all the questions.
I took Colin out to dinner to Longhorn's steakhouse down in Newington to celebrate his great year at work. I had him drive me in my car as it has not been even running in about 6 weeks. It was a little tough starting, but fine after that. We had a nice chat and I'm sure the huge piece of screaming red meat (as Ted Nugent would say) was just what my iron depleted body needed. Besides, I've got 5 pounds to put back on here somehow.
Starting my next round of meds reduction, so we'll see how that goes....
02/11/10 - Thursday
I took a short walk around 1:00pm and was able to do a little work at the computer before I had to go lie down for about an hour. Shireen came over at 3:15 and we worked through a bunch of really good exercises, pushing just a little harder. I was a little sore after she left, but more of a refreshed sore than just painful sore; sort of a 'good sore'.
I went to bed around 11:00 with no meds, just a couple of Tylenol to see if that would affect my ability to get to sleep easier/sooner. It didn't. I tossed around unable to get comfortable and overall achy until around 2:00am when I disgust I popped another couple of Tylenol and finally drifted off.
02/12/10 - Friday
I was going to drive for first time today to go down to my chiropractor; stopped percoset yesterday so okay to drive. But you know, I'm just really, really tired from yesterday's PT workout and I canceled my appointment. Took a short nap this afternoon and then my first drive - short, very, very short. I had heard that the local Hollywood Video was closing soon (chain going bankrupt) and that they had some good deals, so I drove up there - about 5 minutes - and found Mamma Mia in Blu-ray and just had - had - to buy it.
Of course, when I got it home I had to watch it because it was used and I needed to make sure it didn't have any defects. It was about half over when the first couple of folks arrived for my Movie Night At The Garrison: The Bourne Supremacy. Of course they wanted to watch it while some backgammon was going on. I had pizza delivered and by the time we had eaten, Mamma Mia was over but then those that hadn't seen it wanted to see the start of it so.... we watched it from the beginning until about 8:20 when I just had to blow the whistle and get on with The Bourne Supremacy. Even though that got over just a little after 10:00pm and everyone was gone, I just had to stay up and watch all of the special features segments.
02/13/10 - Saturday
Dinner was great and Helen and I had a lot of fun sipping a couple of bottles of wine she had brought and catching up on our lives for the last 28 years. Whew! The time goes....
Even though Helen left around 10:30, I determined that I was not going to go to bed until late tonight. I've been trying to get to bed anywhere from 9:00pm to 10:30pm but just toss and turn for hours, so I just figured I'd watch some tv until I got really tired and then see what happens.
02/14/10 - Sunday - Valentines Day
Marissa and Gary swung by for a short visit mid afternoon and then I went up and took a short nap. After an archive dinner of one of my special chili efforts, Helen and I watched The Big Chill. Been awhile, I think, since I've seen that and it always amazes me how good a movie that was. Got to bed about 11:30 and finally only tossed around for about an hour before falling asleep.
02/15/10 - Monday - Presidents Day
But still sharp pain in certain positions that when the physical therapist Shireen was here, we still can't figure out what's causing it. Shireen called my surgeon's and I'm going if for an evaluation tomorrow morning. After she left, I did need to take a short rest. Finished out the night with some easy tv and that's it.
02/16/10 - Tuesday
Didn't go so good for me, though. Went to bed last night at 10:30 but just hurt and could not fall off. Got up at 1:00am and did about 5 minutes on the machine to see if I could tire out, but by 2:00am I had just had it. Jumped out of bed, went downstairs, ate a can of Beefaroni and watched tv for awhile. Unbelievable. Then up early to go to the surgeons.
Seems I get a little ahead and heal in one way and then boom, something else happens. The surgeon said he was surprised how well I was doing; that I was doing far better than he had expected. Gee... why don't I feel that way, hu? Great. Got some meds to drop me to sleep and a pat on the back.
When Rick, who drove me, and I got back to the condo, Marissa had stopped by to see me so we decided lunch from Subway was the thing. After Marissa left, Rick and I watched one of the Treasure Quest episodes, and I was really beat. Rick left and I went up and took a nap, but still sore and tired when I got up. But I pushed through because I have the sleep meds to solve all-s my ills (as Dr. John would say). Great.
I just parked it on the sofa all afternoon and evening watching the Winter Olympic games in Vancouver as a big snow storm pounded away outside.
02/17/10 - Wednesday
I got a pretty good sleep last night with the pills. Went to bed at 11:30 with full intent to get up at 9 but just couldn't pull it off until about 10. And I'm tired still.
After being up just an hour, I was on the sofa and fell deed asleep for an hour and a half. I had to do another hour later that afternoon. Man, I was wiped out. Based on my conversation with the surgeon yesterday and then this today, I knew I just would not be able to go back to work next week. And though it pisses me off to no end, I've still got some major healing to do, and I'm just not going to be able to force this.
Shireen came for my final home physical therapy visit. I had showed her some of the karate 3-S type stretching exercises that we do, and these have really helped over the last couple of sessions, getting some of the deep tissue moving and stretching. Though tired after she left, I felt refreshed. But I'm thinking the whole time when my body will just collapse....
And it did, so all I could do was lie on the sofa like a beached whale and watch two movies: The Deal (2008) with William H. Macy and The Happening. The Deal was really entertaining, and, though The Happening was not one of my favorites, it was deep and dark and just sort of sucked you in; typical M. Night Shyamalan fare. I watched most of both movies special features. That's how hard up I was for entertainment.
02/18/10 - Thursday
02/19/10 - Friday - Movie Night At The Garrison: The Bourne Ultimatum
That worked out pretty good, with several mini breaks as my stamina and concentration just gave out. Around 6:00pm friends started arriving for Movie Night At The Garrison: The Bourne Ultimatum. We got take out Chinese and had a great time. It was nice to have everyone over and share a really good movie. Though I got to bed around 11:30, still a really tough night getting to sleep. I think I was still aware of the time up until about 3:00am.
02/20/10 - Saturday
Nothing else planned for the day, so after Sue left I just sat in the living room and read one of my books and rested, though I did do a short, crisp walk out to get the mail; probably one of the quickest walks I've done. Though I could feel the muscles straining, I didn't over do it.
I've been laying off almost all exercise and most stretching the last few days. I want to give my body time to do some general internal healing without running it down with 'stuff', particularly since I am having so much trouble sleeping. Getting the sleeping under control and resting the overall body systems is primary; I exercise, gain strength, and stretch anytime; for the rest of my life. But right now: I've got healing to do and only a little over a week to make it happen before I go back to work.
I grabbed a dinner out of my pre made stock and watched an early movie, Bullet with Steve McQueen from 1968. I remember from watching the special features from the movie The Bourne Identity that they used as a model for their car chase scene the one from Bullet, which even today is amazing.
I went to bed around 11:30, this time taking two of the meds the surgeon gave me to see if that would work better for me.
02/21/10 - Sunday
I was actually able to put some time into programming later in the day, and I was just fine for the evening when Helen brought over leftovers from her family gathering Saturday. Made it to bed around 11:45, though did take an hour or so to fall off to sleep. But a good sleep.
02/22/10 - Monday
All in all, the day went pretty good, though I did run low on energy a few times and if I would have been at work and not able to rest I think I would have run myself totally to the ground. Just wasn't ready to go back to work yet. Good advice from the surgeon to really take this thing slowly.
02/23/10 - Tuesday
Did pretty good through the day and fine with dinner out with a friend, though that was an early night. Came home and watched the brainless but terrific special effects movie Transformers to wind down and then toppled into bed.
02/24/10 - Wednesday
And, as I wrote in an email to my brother: "Great day here! Overcast and raining and misty and cold. Just like Ishmael walking toward the Spouter Inn, I'm slowing slipping through the senility of my perceptions."
I was, for the first time today, able to work productively on my computer programming project in pretty good half hour blocks. Not quite ready for prime time yet, but feel pretty good that I was able to do multiple sittings and work somewhat productively.
I had my first out patient PT today, and Joe really worked the hip joint. Though I'm sore, it should really help with the stretching exercises - which he gave me a whole different set and format for doing. But I knew this probably took a chunk of my energy, so I just parked it on the sofa and watched a some mindless HGTV episodes.
02/25/10 - Thursday
Spent longer segments at the computer today than I did yesterday, but got pretty tired in the afternoon. Didn't do nappies, but close. And then it started to rain. And the wind was whipping in gusts that must have been 50mph. The lights started flickering around 10:15pm so I just shut the tv down and headed up to bed. Just in time for the power to go off. Great.
02/26/10 - Friday
I just parked it in a living room chair by the large deck window and read some more of the The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine until late afternoon. I got cleaned up and headed off to dinner with Helen at Ronaldo's Italian restaurant in North Hampton.
By the time I headed home, there was such a heavy wet snow falling that I could hardly see two car lengths in front of me; sort of had to come home on the Braille System. Worse: the power was still out.
02/27/10 - Saturday
Anyway, in about an hour the heater brought the downstairs temp up from 52 to 75, with noticeable changes upstairs as well. Good unit. Thought I'd drive down to Border's Bookstore at the mall after grabbing a half Subway Italian B.M.T. sandwich at Wal-Mart. I bought one book that looked like light, interesting reading, No Angel. I felt sort of tired, so I drove back to Dover and just had to do nappies.
But got up at 5:00pm,washed up, and headed out back down to Newington to get 7:40pm tickets for The Wolfman (2010). I had parked behind the theater so figured I just walk from around there and across the mall parking lot to Longhorn Steak House on Gossling Road. But when I got there, people were standing in line out in the cold on the sidewalk. I just walked across the road to McDonalds and ate a chicken sandwich and Sprit that and talked to my brother on my cell phone - which has very little bars in Dover because once again something has happened to the Sprint tower. This is becoming tiring.
After eating my sandwich, I still had time to kill so I walked over to the kitchen place by the theaters and found a great 12 inch Faberware deep saute pan that I need to replace my worn Teflon version that is peeling. $30 but what the heck; the thing will last 6 to 10 years as long as I don't turn the heat up too high or scrape the surface with metal implements of destruction to the pan's surface.
I enjoyed The Wolfman for it's entertainment value and special effects, but it was a little over the top as far as some of the violence goes, unnecessarily in your face violence from my view. I'd rate it 3 out of 5. Fortunately Public Service NH came through and my power was running when I got home about 10:00pm. I was so excited I pulled into the Burger King just off Exit 7 on Rt 108 to grab a cheeseburger and drink. Though all the lights were on, no one was working. So, when I got home, I just had to do a can of Beefaroni and Diet Coke - what a mix. And with those delights, I watched Hunt For Red October and loved every minute of it.
02/28/10 - Sunday
I bit into several concentrated 2 hour programming sessions. I'm combining several files functionality into one service file and than going about the business of break the various discrete business functionality back out into new separate files I got it all to the point that the entire project compiles. But when run, error messages start popping up all over the place where I have left warning code to indicate that more work needs to be done in those areas. My job tomorrow is to categorize those areas and then triage then for order of implementation. And then will come the complete rewriting of transaction services and how critical program and reporting data can be efficiently obtained from their respective service classes.
One of my students, Brian, was nice enough to come over for a couple of hours and wet vac up 10 or 15 gallons of water that the storm and high water table had shoved into my basement. Laundry has to wait until tomorrow so the area dries out some.
I tried conning Helen to come over so I could try out my new skillet, but she wasn't hearing it. As a result, I lost track of time in all the bullshit I was involved in with all this code manipulation I'm working on and totally, completely forgot to go shopping. Thus, there would be no breaking the new pan in this time. Instead, I opted for a past dinner in freezer stock. And though very good (it was chicken pesto on linguini), it was not the normal sit down semi formal Peter's Sunday Dinner Party For One. See: no supervision, and this is what happens.
Done with dinner early so did two movies. The first was the 1997 Wilde, about the playwrite Oscar Wilde. I thought it a bit overly gratuitous, whereas so little was spent on the great works Wilde was able to do. It was okay, but to recover from that, my second movie was the 2009 Surrogates with Bruce Willis. Not really a Bruce Willis fan and the movie made some absurd jumps in reality. But it was mildly entertaining, and it put me in a sleep ready mood.
02/29/10 - Monday
Was able to get a good day in programming so getting back in the swing of things preparatory to going back to work on Wed. Had outpatient physical therapy this afternoon, and not real sure my body wants to move in all the directions the therapist is shoving it...
Did some food shopping after my PT appointment, popped a bottle of Zinfandel as just wanted a glass of wine with dinner in prep for the world stopping event of the finale of The Bachelor. I know, I know. Pretty lame....
I was pretty sore from the PT and had a lot of discomfort at first trying to get to sleep. When I finally did get to sleep, I slept pretty well, though was very tired.
03/01/10 - Tuesday
That was only my second outpatient physical therapy appointment and Joe had got me on some of the machines, did lots of deep tissue massage, and moved my leg around in ways that really pushed me. But that's what you have to do. However, I was wiped out and knew it. If I got up, I knew I'd just be doing nappies all day. So, I just turned over and went back to sleep. Suddenly, it was 11:00. I felt refreshed, though still a little sore, as I worked my way out of bed and into the day.
Marvelous Amazon purchase this afternoon of Beethoven's Sonata 110, which includes andante favori in F Major with the rest of it all.... Smooth. I'm still feeling fine, so pretty sure my exhaustion this morning was the after effects of my rigorous physical therapy. Regardless, I just had dinner, watched an early movie, 500 Days of Summer, and called it an evening around 10:30pm.