January 28, 2011
February 22, 2010
Using only books you have read over the past year, answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. It’s a lot harder than you think!
Describe yourself: An Unquiet Mind (Kay Redfield Jamison)
How do you feel: Lost & Found (Jacqueline Sheehan)
Describe where you currently live: Paradise of the Blind (Duong Thu Huong)
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: To The Lighthouse (Virginia Wolf)
Your favorite form of transportation: Stardust (Neil Gaiman)
Your best friend is: Oxygen (Carol Cassella)
You and your friends are: The Girls (Lori Lansens)
What’s the weather like: A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khalid Hosseini)
Your fear: Whistling in the Dark (Lesley Kagen)
What is the best advice you have to give: The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit: How to Bounce Back From Life’s Hardest Hits (Azim Khamisa and Jullian Quinn)
Thought for the day: We Need To Talk About Kevin (Lionel Shriver)
How I would like to die: Their Eyes Were Watching God (Zora Neale Hurston)
My soul’s present condition: Buffalo Lockjaw (Greg James)
August 20, 2009
I had an appointment with Dr. Spine Specialist yesterday to review the results of my latest MRI. I already knew that I have a herniated disc in my lumbar spine. What I didn’t know is that I have three of them. I also have quite a bit of arthritis, as well as a fair amount of scar tissue in the area of the discectomy that was performed back in 2004. All of these things contribute to my lower back pain.
Dr. Spine Specialist mentioned surgery as an option, and warned me that it will be a more complicated procedure this time because it will involve spinal fusion. Umm, no thanks. Not unless I absolutely can’t bear the pain any longer.
Before I left his office, Dr. Spine Specialist gave me an autographed copy of his book. Thanks, doc. See you again in five months.
I can’t believe summer “vacation” is almost over. I use the word “vacation” loosely because I didn’t do any vacationing this year. What a bummer. I did get to the beach on Monday, but it was just the Long Island Sound at Hammonasset State Park in Connecticut. It was brutally hot, and, when I tried to go in the water to cool off, I had to turn back because the bottom was so rocky I was afraid I would lose my footing. So, I sat there in the sweltering heat for four hours, and ended up with a sunburn, despite wearing a large straw hat and heavy applications of sunblock. I’m really hoping to get to the ocean before I go back to work, but I’m not feeling very optimistic about that happening.
At least my daughter, Rebecca, got to go away on vacation. She and her boyfriend just got back from a wonderfully adventurous trip to Mexico.
While I am truly happy for Becca, I also have to admit that I am green with envy. Sigh.
Song of the Day: It’s Not Easy Being Green by Kermit the Frog
July 2, 2009
Astounding news! The Director of Human Resources just called in reference to a letter my union president suggested I write. Ms. Director told me that I am “absolutely right about the summer school seniority issue,” and I have been appointed to the position.
I feel like I’ve just been given a Death Row reprieve! Hallelujah!!!
Reading: The Memory of Water by Karen White
Song of the Day: Dead Man Walking by Bruce Springsteen