Thursday, April 3, 2008

Life in the slow lane . . .

. . . surely 'bout to lose my mind . . .   to paraphrase the Eagles.

I have definitely been living in the slow lane since my surgery last Thursday.  My daily schedule goes something like this:
 9:30 am--get up, wash face, feed cats and Elvis, fix latte, eat breakfast.
10:00 am--watch Martha Stewart
11:00 am--watch the View
12:00 pm--watch Homicide--or not.  I have the DVR set to tape this one everyday.  Every other day, I have been showering about this time.  Typically, I would shower and do the hair everyday, but it is rather labor intensive when you are dealing with this:

I have to put a trash bag over it to keep it dry.  It is quite cumbersome with all the bulk over my thumb.  I'm glad I didn't get my hair cut before the surgery.  I'm thinking of getting a stacked bob just above my shoulders.  The problem with this style is that it must be blown dry. Right now I cannot maneuver a blowdryer and brush.  I just aim the dryer and dry.  Fortunately I have a professional flat iron which is what I do to look presentable.  On the off days, I resort to this:
I love, love, love this product!  It is a dry shampoo, reminiscent of the stuff we used back in the 70's.  I keep one of these at work too.  My bangs get oily and I just zap 'em with this and brush!  Good as new!

Back to my tv schedule--for those of you who like tv dramas and have never watched "Homicide, Life on the Street," it is by far my most favorite tv drama.  It aired for 7 seasons in the 90's and was hailed as the most realistic police drama ever.  It takes place in Balitmore, so it is always neat to see one's stomping grounds on a tv show.  The writers were, respectively, a retired Baltimore City homicide detective and a Baltimore Sun crime reporter.  They are the same writers responsible for HBO's "The Wire."  Homicide airs on Chicagos WGN daily at noon (eastern time).  Today's show is the first one in season  4.  I'm on my second time through.  I've literally seen every single show of the 7 seasons and I still love it!

During the time I'm watching tv, I'm usually on the computer.  I have to admit that I am getting bored.  I love time when I'm not working, but typically I can use that time to get housework, sewing, knitting, gardening etc. etc. done.  I can't do any of that stuff!  Just read and shop on ebay.  That's about it!  

I then fix lunch. Lately it's been this:

DH gave me the flatbreads in my Easter basket and leftover Easter eggs make great egg salad, which I absolutely love!

Of course the rest of the afternoon is spent on Law & Order reruns. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and actually get to watch an episode that I've never seen before!

I have been venturing out a little.  Surgery was last Thursday.  Friday I stayed in.  Saturday, I ventured out for a pedicure.  It was nice because the nail spa was dead so I got to sit in the massage chair while my nails dryed. DH and I went to Cosi's for dinner.  That was enough for my first day out.  Sunday, DH took me to BJ's and Trader Joe's.  I love that they always have stuff to sample at TJ's.  They had a really good side dish which I ended up fixing on Monday.

Here it is:

Quinoa with Grilled Mixed Veggies
ingredients: 1 box Trader Joe's Quinoa, 1 Jar of Trader Joe's Mixed Grilled Vegetable Bruschetta, 1/4 cup grated cheese.

Using 1 cup of quinoa, prepare according to package directions.  When done, mix in entire contents of the Bruschetta and the cheese.  That's it!  

It is really good stuff!

I got these at BJ's:

2 dozen roses!

Monday, I stayed in again.  Tuesday I went to Target and DSW.  Drastic times call for drastic measures.   What were those drastic measures?  I had to buy  "sensible" shoes.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I do not wear sensible shoes.  I do wear comfortable shoes, but not sensible ones.  The problem is that I cannot wear my jeans yet.  I cannot button them in this condition so I am reduced to wearing workout pants and jean skirts.   I also don't wear athletic shoes except for on the treadmill or at Curves.  I usually wear my Icon sneakers or Tsubos with workout clothes in public.  I can't tie my shoes so I had to get some shoes that would work with the pants that I didn't have to tie.  I got these:

Fortunately the Privos (the top ones) were on clearance for  $1 5.  I think they are hideous, but they are comfortable and I will use them for exercise.  I rather like the Sketchers.  My only regret is that they were out of my size in the ones made of black eyelet.  They were identical to these, but the eyelet seemed more springy.  I would bet that it is also cooler, so I would wear them in the summer.  They are extremely comfortable.

Yesterday, I went to CVS and Marshall's and today, I went to Borders and Loehmann's.  I received a coupon for $25 off of a $50 purchase at Loehmann's.  I ended up getting another pair of sensible shoes:

I also got a Donna Karan cotton and lace workout top and two pairs of bamboo socks. Total bill? $29! Gotta love that!  I also placed an order with Webs.
They are having their spring sale so I got 10 skeins of Ella Rae Bamboo Silk to make this from the newest IK:
I got a lovely pale dusty turquoise color.   I received an email that the yarn was backordered for a couple of weeks, then today I got one saying that the yarn had shipped!  I guess they were running into backorders with the spring sale and just sent out the emails as a CYA measure!  There's certainly no rush.  It's not like I can knit this anytime soon!  

I've been procrastinating on the taxes.  That was my goal for the week.  I will begin them this evening as I really can't put it off any longer.  

Tomorrow, I get to go to the doctor's and trade in this big bulky splint for a regular cast.  That should enable me to do a little more.  Monday, I will go back to work for a professional day.  It worked out well as that will give me a day to clean up, do grades and get things together for the week.  Next weekend (the 12th) we will go to Pittsburgh.  Bird's senior recital is on Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m.  I will order some deli platters from the Giant Eagle in the 'burgh and bring some boxed wine and rolls for a little reception. 

That's about all that's been going on.  It will be good to get back to work.  It won't be good to get back to  5 hours of sleep a night.  That will totally suck.

Bushism of the day:

"The truth of that matter is, if you listen carefully, Saddam would still be in power if he were the president of the United States, and the world would be a lot better off." --George W. Bush, second presidential debate, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 8, 2004

Boggles the mind, doesn't it?

Kitty cam:
This is what you see when I leave the couch:

Meanwhile, Samantha refuses to hang out with the boys. She hangs out on her favorite resting spot in the living room.

And I thought I was the only lazy one!


  1. i have those sketchers or something very similar and they are so comfortable that i can walk the dog in them...keep in mind i have a 95 pound dog so i need good shoes for dog walking! feel better heal quickly and start knitting again soon!