January 19th, 2018

Is it me or Memorex?

This morning was the first time since early December - except some of the prednisone days - that my swim felt better than the day before. Not worlds better but better is better than not and I'll take it. I not only didn't have to stop as often and as long, I really just flat felt better. It is so encouraging not to feel worse.

However... my tracker says it was not even as good as yesterday's swim. So, here's the rule about me and my tracker. Anytime it reports a better result than I expect, we go with the tracker. Anytime it reports not as good as I expect, we go with me. When you are 68, almost 69 years old, you get to make whatever rules you want. And that's the rule I want.

Also, last night something weird happened. I had tried walking the hallway earlier in the day and it wasn't good. In fact, I really just felt crummy. I was watching TV and thought that maybe I'd try the hallway one more time, just to see. My plan was that I'd take a hit off the albuterol inhaler, wait 15 mins (until Jeopardy was over) and try again. In about 10 minutes I realized that I no longer felt crummy. The walk wasn't that great or even that much better but I felt better. Weird. Mostly when I suck down the albuterol, I can't really feel a difference. But last night I absolutely did.

So maybe there's hope for me yet.

I think today I'll tackle the fabric in the house cleaner's basket and make a doll or two or creature. I have a bear 3/4ths done with some of the yarn. I do want to have some results to show her when she's here next Wednesday.

We are 6 weeks away for the first baseball game of the season. Spring training game but I'm counting it. And so looking forward to it.

ok, just ok

Today is a rare space heater day. It's really when my hands get cold that I turn on this little tiny space heater. Yes, I could put on gloves or mittens but I don't. The space heater is fine.

The Amazon crowd should start arriving soon. It is 46 degrees outside here right now. (66 inside) And the rain is supposed to start momentarily. Excellent weather for an outdoor party. I'm sure those giant tents have heaters in them but really. Ugh.

I did get a doll made and a wild looking creature. And I went outside... across the street and down the block to the ATM. Made it there and back ok. But, outside of that and the encouraging swim this morning it's been a crap day lung wise. This shit is getting old.

I did sort through the foreign currency that Sandy gave me a few weeks ago. The coins are mostly not worth anything. But, unless I'm not reading the internet correctly, the Japanese yen are worth about $80. So I sent them off today for exchange. Cash in an envelope. That's safe, right? Nothing ventured. Also there was a bunch o' still valid Canadian cash so I added it to my own Canadian cash stash and now I've got more than $100 to sprinkle around Victoria or Vancouver whichever I hit next. So pretty good haul and fun working through it.

Back weeks ago when I cut off the excess phone cable in the closet and so cut off my internet, the Wave G guy cobbled together a fix for me but knowing that if Zoey sneezes in the right place, I could go down again has bugged me. I just didn't know what to do about it. I mean it's telephone wire. The telephone company is not going to want to come out and fix it. The Wave G guy was great to do what he could but he was clear that he was working outside his box there.

So when my brother was here, I grilled him and he gave e the clue - low voltage. The internet turned up a bunch of electricians but that's way more fire power than I need. I did fine one dude who had the worst website I've really ever seen. I noted the name and phone number and moved the task to Someday I'll Get A Roundtoit. Then today I picked up the modem because the cables were caught on something and the internet went down. FUCK. Finally, I figured out I'd hit the 'off' button when I picked it up and got the internet back but it spurred me to to call the guy.

He turned out to be exactly what I need. He's a 1 guy + 2 half guys (great visual, I think) and all they do is cable - coax, fiber, phone, whatever. He had me send a picture. Then he sent a picture of the gizmo he would use to fix. $50 ok? Absolutely (my brother said that it might cost as much as $300). He said he'd be out next week. Whew.

Now I think I'll finish off Major Crimes. I have 1.25 episodes left. I'm going to miss this series. But, it's time to say goodbye. Plus I have a teddy bear arm and two ears to finish while I watch.

today's swim = 6
yesterday's day = 5

Documentation

Just tried the hallway walk. Up and back 200 yards. Made it tonight with no stopping. But had that been a real walk, I would have had to make at least a short stop at 200 yards before going on.

Google says it's 1056 yards between here and the baseball stadium which is the goal for next Wednesday. The program starts at 7:30pm. Maybe if I leave on Tuesday.