Archive | February, 2011

It’s The Little Things

28 Feb

The big accomplishment this weekend was that I managed to take both kids to the pool by myself. I leaned on Little Miss a lot to help secure Little Man as I got in and out of the pool, but it went really well. We all had a great time. Little Miss swam 4 laps of freestyle, with 2 laps of kicking, showing great potential! It was good for my knee to walk back and forth with her. Little Man has figured out how to hold his breath under water, so he jumps in and enjoys going under water.

On Friday, we had a surprise visit from my brother’s family, as the roads to Kirkwood Ski Resort were closed, and they needed a place to crash for the night. It was a lovely impromptu reuinion, and we let the kids stay up super late as all of the cousins played together. Poor Little Miss was crushed when neither of her boy cousins wanted to sleep in her room. I told her they thought it was too pink.

I’m getting much more mobile and functional, though in the back of my head, I know that in just a month’s time, I’ll be going under the knife and starting all over with my knee. Boo!

Seriously?!

26 Feb

And there is more snow in the forecast…

This is my neighbor’s car. Glad I have a garage!

Our backyard. I love how buried the porch swing and tricycle are.

Today was a total cluster. I awoke to find that preschool was indeed open, so I got us all up and ready and headed out in the blizzard to get to work. I dropped off Little Miss, and right as I pulled up to work, I discovered I left my computer at home. So, I drove home. On the way home, three warning lights appeared on my dashboard. I look them up in the owner’s manual, and the message for each light is “see dealer immediately.”

So, I drove to my physical therapy appointment, and while on the exercise bike there, I booked an appointment at the dealer. Drove straight to the dealer after PT, and waited for THREE HOURS while they tried to figure out what was wrong with my car. Luckily, they had WiFi, so I managed to be really productive with work. The more I waited, the more expensive I imagined the problem to be. After those three hours, they said they couldn’t find why those lights went on, and they just reset my computer. AWESOME.

While wrapping things up at the dealer, I get a call from preschool, reporting Little Miss is having another one of her coughing fits and needs to go home. So, back to get her I went… Goodness, what a day. I should have been holed up at home in front of the fire, but I ended up driving all around Reno in a blizzard. I think it’s time for some wine tonight.

Braving the Roads

25 Feb

It is blizzarding in Reno. After I woke up, I checked to make sure preschool was open, and decided to brave the storm to get to work. You see, back in 1998, I moved to Detroit, MI in January after living my whole life in New Mexico. It was truly sink or swim, as I immediately had to learn how to drive in snow (lots of snow) so that I could make it to my new job at GM. The policy at GM was that you always were expected to make it to work on a snow day. You were also expected to show up on time. My managers schooled me that you are to watch the weather, and plan to get up super early if a storm is expected.

I then moved to Reno, and am still amazed at how empty our offices are on snow days. I do think half of the people might be powder hounds up on the ski slopes, but there is definitely a good contingent that is just scared to go outside.

I spoke to a colleague in Seattle this week who said she was staying home “because of the snow”. I asked her how much snow she had at her house, and she said, “none, it is supposed to snow.”

That just made me laugh. Overnight, we got about 6 inches on top of the foot of snow that still remains from last week’s storm. Now that I’m off of crutches, I felt like I could brave it. The roads weren’t too bad, and I made it to preschool and then my office without a problem.

That is, until I discovered I left my laptop at home.

Argh. I am completely useless at work without a computer, so instead of being one of the few brave souls at the office, I got back in the car and drove home. After an hour of driving around town in a blizzard, I look like one of those wimpy people afraid to drive to work.

Oh well.

Can you guess where my hubby is? Yup, enjoying yet ANOTHER powder day. Lucky bastard!

I Ain’t No Tiger Woods, Mister

25 Feb

Those geriatric patients at physical therapy sure are chatty. Today, a man nursing a shoulder injury started a conversation with me by trying to guess my injury.

“Ankle?” He said. What a way to start a conversation.

“Knee.” I responded. Then, he said he used to read MRIs, and started guessing which ligaments I tore. It was like low budget Jeapordy. After he gave up guessing and I told him my diagnosis, he had to start guessing how I injured myself.

“Skiing?” He asked. Well, yes. People in this area think they are regular 007 detectives when they guess it was a skiing injury. Yes, people, I live 15 minutes from a ski area, it’s the middle of winter, so YES, it was a ski injury! He went on to tell me how dangerous skiing was. Then, he says, “well, you’ll never ski again!”

“Oh, yes, I will!” I retorted. If I didn’t plan to ski again, I wouldn’t be planning a surgery.

“Oh, well, you’ll only be able to ski Green runs.” He told me. I told him I would be back skiing whatever I choose. He then started to lecture me on how you’ll never get back to where you were, I mean look at Tiger Woods. And it isn’t smart to plan to go back to my old ways.

I should have pointed him to the poster of Jillian Vogtli on the wall behind him… An Olympic skier who has had two ACL knee surgeries, and continues to complete in moguls. Take that! Maybe I’ll just get me a fancy brace like she has.

I think I need to start wearing headphones during PT, as I really don’t need to be entertaining such commentary from the peanut gallery.

And for his information, I think I’m safer on double diamond runs. I skied those all winter, and it was a damn Green run that took me out. So from here on out, I think perhaps it should be all double diamonds, thankyouverymuch.

Seriously?!

24 Feb

Yesterday, after PT, I was walking down the hall at work in my workout clothes. A coworker who knows darn well the extent of my injury said, “did you go running at lunch?”

I was so dumbfounded by that remark that I didn’t quite know how to respond. I can’t walk down the hallway without limping like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, but yes, I ran a 10K at lunch!

Physical Torture Has Begun

24 Feb

I started PT last week. The last time I injured my knee, I remember calling it Physical Torture, and yup, it still sucks big time.

My workouts have changed from Bootcamp at the gym to hanging out with a bunch of geriatrics, swapping our injuries and surgery dates like dance cards. Fun times. I wish that pain burned calories, because then I’d be burning a boatload.

The good news is that in one week of PT, I have made a ton of progress. I’m off the crutches, off the knee brace, and walking around pretty well, though with a significant limp. (Note to the co-worker that made fun of my limp yesterday, that does not earn you brownie points.)

It’s really good to be more mobile. I can care for my kids more. I can go upstairs and help with the bedtime routine. I can pick up my baby and carry him around. I missed those things so much. But it is a bittersweet victory, as I’ll be having my surgery next month, and will be back where I started. Back on crutches. Back to ground zero of PT.

Every appointment, my therapist tells me this is going to be a long, painful road. Good thing he has a nice, boyish face, as he forces my knee straight and pushes and pulls on it while I cringe. I don’t hate him. Yet. Ask me again in like 3 months.

More snow is coming. I find the snow very depressing now, as everyone I know gets so excited and goes to play in it on the ski slopes, while I’m stuck inside. I tried taking the kids out in the snow on Saturday (while JB was on an 11 hour field trip to Kirkwood), and that lasted about 10 minutes. Little Miss held her brother’s hand, dragged him through the snow, and I stood on the porch step trying to oversee the process.

Stay away from the pond. AWAY from the pond. GET AWAY FROM THE POND RIGHT NOW!

On Friday, I got a lecture from my physical therapist about how I wasn’t doing my exercises enough. I looked at him in disbelief, thinking I was over achieving by doing all my exercises twice a day. Oh, no, he wants me to do them four times a day. Exercises that take at least 30 minutes to do through once.

I’m doing what I can. Plain and simple. If I can’t fit in 2 hours of PT at home each day, well then, my recovery will just take a bit longer.

So, that is the update from my own Gimp Central. If you see me, compliment me on being off crutches. If you make fun of my limp, you could get hurt!

Pity Party at My House

17 Feb

After 1.5 months of no snow, it is dumping here. My Facebook account is lit up with ski areas and friends talking about how awesome it is to have feet of new snow, with more and more snow coming through the weekend.

In contrast to most winters, all this snow makes me sad. It means I can’t really go outside, and I’ll be left all alone with the kiddos this weekend as the hubby goes up to play in it.

*sniff*

In fact, I’m seriously thinking about working from home tomorrow… The below would be in addition to the 4 inches we already have at our house.

From Weather.com:
… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST FRIDAY…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* TIMING: SNOW WILL BECOME WIDESPREAD AGAIN BY THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES OVERNIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 5 TO 10 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ABOVE 5000 FEET. HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL BE SOUTH OF RENO.

* SNOW LEVELS: RISING TO NEAR 4500 FEET FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS: PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL CAUSE MAJOR IMPACTS TO THE FRIDAY MORNING COMMUTE. HEAVY SNOW WILL CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS FOR LOCAL ROADS AND HIGHWAYS… INCLUDING INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAY 395.