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Short version:  While I was setting up for the Austin Flea on Saturday morning, one of my tent weights fell on my foot.

Long version: I have these weights to stabilize my tent in case of wind. They are made of PVC pipe roughly 2.5 feet high and 3 inches across, and they are filled with cement with a large eyebolt sticking out of one end. One of them tipped over from where I had it leaning, bounced off the asphalt, and landed on the big toe/ball of my foot.

Cue swearing. It HURT, but I quickly realized nothing was broken and I had to get the booth set up, so. It hurt all day, kind of a dull throbbing. When I got home and finally took my shoe and sock off, man, the bruising was SPECTACULAR. Bright red/purple, with some stylish almost-black accents. I iced it all evening, and iced it on and off all day on Sunday. The bruising has now spread to my second toe and across the top of my foot, but I can bend the toe, there's no numbness, so I figured I dodged a bullet on bone breakage.

The really annoying part is I'm still trying to get ready for the 10k in April and because of terrible weather I haven't been getting out and walking, and Sunday was absolutely gorgeous. (I did get a lot of base enameling and laundry done though, so yay?)

I'll be applying my heat pack to it all day in the hopes of making it better sooner. sigh.

But, the show was a rousing success mainly due to a couple of women just walking in and buying without even looking at the prices. Made up for a little hipster chick trying to talk me down on a pair of earrings she was buying as a present.
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Let's see. Last Saturday we got the lab moved, including all of my things. I really like the new space--much easier to get in and out of, better neighborhood, and A BATHROOM! Plus it's only a few minutes from the apartment. Unfortunately the city did not get the electricity turned on so we weren't able to add any new plugs/lights. I spent the remainder of the weekend doing hand work--making coin bracelets, doing some wire wrapping, checking inventory and the like. Hopefully the electricity will be on by this weekend as I still have quite a bit of enameling to do.
I ordered some new display pieces--I want to get more attention to my booth/table and I hope these will do it. Plus, I got some boxes in a nice teal blue to go with the silver ones I already had and some nicer bags as well.

 I will have to raise all my silver jewelry prices anyway and I'm thinking of raising them enough to cover taxes so I don't have to keep making coin change all the time.

So, of course I get another UTI. This one is putting up a fight; right now it feels like someone has repeatedly whacked me in the lower back, even if I am on antibiotics. *sigh* I took the afternoon off in the hopes that it will all Go Away Real Soon Now. I do want to get some things done today. We'll see.

I could also blather on about the weather, how it's 10F warmer than it should be this time of year and how there are multitudes of wildfires burning all over the state. Coppersmithing last night was kind of brutal. It was very humid and quite warm; despite lots of fans and lots of water I was drooping by the end of the class.
lillian13: (h50 Danny chest)

It's not broken! It's just "severely bruised". I'm wearing sandals for a few days until the swelling goes down. Still looks pretty ugly, though.

And it seems that with the new commitment to vegetables and less crap in my diet I'm losing 1-2 pounds a week. \o/

New Hawaii 5-0 tonight!

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winged hearts

Went into the workshop about 1 and stayed until 6-ish. Got 13 pendants done, including these two. I think this particular combo of wire and stamped enamel works well. I think I'll make a few more when I go back. I'm having to double up on what I'd normally make; since I have the World Horror Convention on the 29th-1st and then the Brentwood Spring Fair on the 7th. And since that show is the day before Mother's Day, I tend to sell a LOT of things with hearts on them. As usual, click through for the other 12 pendants!

I was going to pound out some more spiral earrings and hearts, but I left the Good Hammer at home. Dang it.

Talked to my brother today and he wants me to go in and get my foot x-rayed in the morning and then come to his office to straighten and tape the toe. It's hurting a little more today and some bruising has shown up at the base of the toe as well. So I'm off to my...(counts)...fifth x-ray in five months. If I start growing antennae I'm so suing somebody. :-)
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...I appear to have broken a toe on my left foot; the one next to my pinkie toe to be precise.

I thought I had just slammed it a little hard into a brick this morning--it was one of those "OW, damnit!!" moments, but it didn't really hurt afterward. There were the beginnings of a bruise on the joint, but I put on my shoes and socks and went off to the coin show* and then the grocery store and then I found OMG PIE and I came home to update my character sheet and do other things. It was giving me twinges but I didn't think much about it.

When I took off my socks it was solid purple from just below the nail to below the joint. It wiggled funny when I poked at it (of course I poked at it!) but no real pain. Kind of numb, actually. Texted my-brother-the-doctor and he said there wasn't much to be done.

So now I have a semi-bum knee on my right leg and a broken toe on my left foot. FML. We'll see how it feels tomorrow, as I'm planning on getting up kinda early to go into the workshop.

* Though I did restrain myself at the coin show and only got the really cool stuff. The dealer I'm used to buying literally a pound of international coins from is no longer doing shows, so I'll probably have to go to Houston at some point to restock. The local vendors just don't have the selection for the price--at least the ones I've been dealing with. Also, if you ever want to hear wacky right-wing rants, there is no need to go to a gun show. Just listen to the old farts at a coin show.
lillian13: (justified boss hmmm)

Got up kind of late and made my way to the workshop by about 1pm. Stayed until 7, cleaning and grinding metal, and laying on base coats of enamel so I can be all creative tomorrow. I'm filthy.

Anyone who thinks that making jewelry is this dainty, "nice" hobby had better not get downwind of me after a long day in the workshop. Phew.

Got the stitches out of my knee yesterday, and was told that the meniscus tear was really, really bad. As in a complete split bad. My knees have always been crappy, but a combination of lots of sports that work knees hard (fencing, martial arts, baseball) and my weight gain have done a number on the right one. I have the knee of a 70-year-old. Joy. So, unless I want the thrill of a total knee replacement in the next 5-10 years, I have to lose the weight.

The World's Best Niece and the OMG!Boyfriend saw Source Code last night:

spoilers hidden... )
tl;dr, go see it. worth the money.
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All I have to do is patina the bowl and it's done! (If you click through to flickr there's some more shots.)

Going to see the doctor tomorrow and hopefully he'll take the stitches out of my knee. It's still achy but my workout this morning felt good. I think most of my aches are due to loss of muscle tone in that leg and knee--at least I hope so!

Going back into the workshop this weekend to get things done for World Horror and hopefully the etsy page. I have some great new steampunk stamps and some ideas that I hope will pan out. It looks like we'll be moving the lab late in the month after we get the electricity up to our (admittedly high) standards, install a vent fan, and fix the A/C(!!).
lillian13: (assbutt)

 I went to the Zilker Garden Festival with dremiel. We decided to pay to park, since you can ride in a golf cart back and forth to the festival.

All was well until we were going uphill to cross the road. We were sitting on the back seats, and I slipped off and landed on my Evil Knee. No popped stitches, but blood a-plenty, which was spectacularly in evidence since I was wearing that lovely white stocking. One quick trip to the nurse later with a little cleaning and a piece of gauze and we were back on our way. (I did take off the stocking since it was kind of gory.)

I got an etched glass from Frenzy Art, a tie-dye shirt, soap, ginger rhizomes, and 4 really cool low-light succulents that should survive on my dark patio. As usual, I saw many people I knew, including a couple that I hadn't seen in person in at least two years!

I got the plants repotted in the grave dirt of the dead ones, soaked them all well, washed the gory stocking, put on the other one, and now I'm ensconced in front of the TV with books, the computer, an ice pack, and a couple of sleepy cats.
lillian13: (dragons can be killed)

I just heard that Diana Wynne Jones has passed away. I've been reading her books most of my life, and it feels like I've lost a friend, though I never got a chance to meet her in person.


I took the dressing off my knee and I now have 3 new teeny scars to go with the previous two. I also have to wear something called an Anti-Embolism Elastic Stocking for 6 days. It's white. It goes from my toes to the top of my thigh. It's too warm to wear long pants. yay?

My brother came over with dinner last night and we had a nice talk (since we avoided politics and religion).  My ortho doc had called him--if I don't reduce the stress on my knee --aka, LOSE WEIGHT--I'll be in a wheelchair in 10 years. Not acceptable.

Time to get fucking serious about this. Does anyone have any tips about working out?

I'm really working hard to eat better, though it's going to take a while to break the bad habits of almost 50 years. I have been feeding myself since I can remember. My mama wasn't big on cooking and was more than happy to have me take as much responsilbility for myself as I could as soon as I could. (I'm pretty sure I freaked out my sister-in-law when I asked her why the kids weren't cooking dinner...when they were 9.) So I never really learned how to eat correctly.

I really want to go to the Zilker Garden Festival tomorrow, Hm, I'll even fork out for the $3 parking, since they have golf carts to ferry you to and from the parking lot. I need to replace some plants that died in the Great Freeze this winter (um...that would be most of them, lol).
lillian13: (one brain cell)

Surgery went off without a hitch. There was free wifi in the lobby of the surgical center, so the World's Best Niece was able to work on a paper and not waste her time while waiting for me. Felt just fine afterwards and we went for late breakfast at Kerbey Lane Cafe.

Didn't need the crutches my coworker gave me at all, since my knee hurt less after the sugery than before. That's good, right?

I take the dressing off tomorrow and get to see my new scars. :-)

I've been dozing in front of the TV all day and finally saw an episode of Breakout Kings. I'll need to add it to the DVR list--on first viewing it looks like the bastard child of Criminal Minds and Leverage. We'll see if it stands up or it was the Vicodin talking. Now I'm waiting for Fringe. I am also now covered in cat hair from lying on my couch all day. (It's normally the cats' territory, not mine.)

Apparently, my knee was pretty messed up. The tear in my cartilage was pretty big and I had a lot of arthritis damage. Whatever, I just want the darn thing to stop hurting. I guess I'll get to see the pictures next Friday at my appointment. Woo hoo! /sarcasm

lillian13: (glass of water)
OK, feeling a bit better. :-)

The man who commissioned the crystal was very pleased. \o/

I had very spicy beef from the great Szechuan place down the street.

I moved the FrameMaker training to next week, since I wouldn't be very good at it. (I'm a tad nervous.)

I canceled my 7am workout tomorrow. I think I need the sleep more than anything.

The house is relatively clean so I can get around on one leg if needed.

The giant Italian Word Doc of Doom is coming on slowly.
lillian13: (deserve it)

Gah. Surgery is day after tomorrow and I have a ton of things to do both at work and at home.

I'm grumpy, anxious, and generally irritated with the world.

I wish I could take tomorrow off but I'M TRAINING SOMEONE ON FRAMEMAKER. argh. I will be a good girl and train her well. But why is it always me?

Commission piece guy is meeting me tonight. Now I'm worried whether or not he'll like it.

I just want to go home and sleep until Friday morning. But I have too much to do.

(Just got off the phone with the pre-op nurse. Feel slightly better. But not too much.)

/rant mode off

Have some cute cheetah kitten!!
lillian13: (reid glee)

OK, surgery is scheduled for 8am on Friday. Now I need to organize rides to and from the surgery center. I'm so glad they're working with the center out in Cedar Park since the drive out to Oak Hill can be a real pain. Should only take about an hour and I can probably go home early in the afternoon.

I was at All-Con in Dallas this weekend, running the booth for Mr. Pegasus. It was a last-minute thing, and it was a nice little show. Lots and lots of costumes, including whole families dressed up. I was planning on getting enameling done, but I at least got a commission finished that had been hanging fire since *cough*August*cough*. alycorn was amazing and set everything up on Friday and loaded the truck on Sunday, saving my knee a lot of pain.

Of course, on the drive back last night there was a wreck in Belton so I had an hour added to my trip. Joy.

We will be moving the Lab soon, so I need to get out there and get some work done. I'm selling at the World Horror Convention here in Austin at the end of April and of course I've left everything until the last minute. Getting that commission out of the way has really cleared the decks creatively--I have a lot of great ideas bubbling around.

Here's one shot of that commission piece. It's a great big crystal, almost 3 inches long and over 3/4 of an inch wide at the widest point. The owner wanted to be able to wear it from either end and gave me carte blanche on metals. I think it turned out pretty nice. I sure hope he likes it!

Off to do laundry and watch Hawaii 5-0!
lillian13: (saving universes)
Went in to see my ortho guy. He walks in.

"You have a cartilage tear! A pretty big one!"


"Yeah, we just need to scope it and fix it. Day surgery, just like the last time."

(There was other commentary, like How the Hell Did You Do That, and Boy Am I Happy This is Fixable. But I covered the main bits.)

Easy as that. :-) I go in next Friday, will be on crutches for a few days (need to hit up Goodwill for a pair), and then I should be walking around.

*throws confetti*
lillian13: (assbutt)
I go in tomorrow morning to hear the results from my MRI on the Evil Knee.

Distractions. I needs them.

(You see, I'm pretty damn scared that he's just going to say "Sorry" and prescribe me pain pills. I really don't want to live with chronic pain.)

The knee

Feb. 14th, 2011 10:07 pm
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I finally got a diagnosis on my stupid knee. I went in and saw my ortho doc and after more x-rays and painful poking and prodding, he pronounced that I have tendinitis in my quad. Which means a brace for at least a couple of weeks. Which means the workout program I was supposed to start this week (7am on Thursdays, FML) will have to be postponed. The doc said specifically that "this is not something you work through; it has to heal". Which is really annoying, since it's part of a weight-loss thing I'm involved with at work. I'm attempting to learn how to eat and exercise like an adult, since I'd like to get around at Comic Con better than I did last year.

And of course I leave at oh-dark-thirty Friday morning to fly to Denver in order to flog t-shirts.* This is not going to be fun.

* Two weeks after that is the Celtic Bataan Death March in Dallas, aka the North Texas Irish Festival. I sure hope my knee is better then, because that's three10-11 hour days on concrete.
lillian13: (pratchett reformed vampire)

Last Wednesday, I went to my podiatrist, since  I felt that my orthotics weren't fitting as well as they had been. He looked them over, took new x-rays of my feet, and made me little cork inserts to go under the heels of my orthotics. (They are less than 1/4 inch thick in the back.) He also tells me that I have arthritis in the tops of my feet, which, combined with my information that I now have diagnosed arthritis in my hands, made him a bit worried. OK, I'm seeing my doctor/brother in a couple of weeks, I'll bring it up with him then. I walk out with the inserts in and thing nothing more of them. By the end of Thursday (loading in for IkkiCon, lots of heavy boxes to move), my right knee was starting to be unhappy with me.

(Cut for knee complaints) )
I did make it to the farmers market today and got more Wonderful Bacon, some local olive oil, still more pecans, and some green garlic and carrots to make soup with tomorrow. I had a good afternoon with my friend L. We are now trying to find a gym that we can both get to easily that we can afford so we can work out together! I took down my Christmas lights and took out a lot of trash and cleaned the porch. Now I need to put up all my foreign coinage I've accumulated for jewelry. Y'all stay warm now!
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Getting my ear pierced Friday night, to celebrate the World's Best Niece quitting smoking. Had to order a titanium ring, since stainless steel would cause a multitude of problems. And the WBN is coming along for moral support.

So my question to my flist, where should I get it? (It's a thin hoop, uncolored.) Outer ear? Inner ear? Right ear? Left ear? Inquiring minds want to know.
lillian13: (oook)
Wow, I've been in a fog of tiredness today. I had my CPAP study last night, and even though the rig took some getting used to (I'm a side sleeper, annoying with something that goes over your nose), my sleep quality was much higher than I've gotten used to getting. I need to get one of these.

However, they booted me out at 6-bloody-a-m, and after the mandatory shower to get the electrode gel out of my hair, I was just awake enough to make going back to bed problematic. So I took myself out to Kerbey Lane for breakfast, and then read the paper, read a book, vacuumed, cleaned the ceiling fans, have done 2 loads of laundry taken out lots of trash, hung a curtain, and aired out the apartment. It's 73F right now, and I'm taking advantage of it while I can. (Tomorrow it will be 55F.)

I still need to take one of my BFFs out to his early birthday dinner tonight, with his wife and mom. One of his presents still hasn't shown up, but his main one has, so I'll call it a win.

Stonesetting is still kicking my butt, but I have plotted out a pendant using a really nice stone I have. Once I order the fine silver wire for it (it's going to be partially enameled), I should be able to make it in relatively short order. Or so I hope.
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I was going to have my second sleep study (where they see if a CPAP helps with my sleep apnea) next weekend, but they had a cancellation, so I begged off from my D&D game to get the thing over with.

I really hope this helps. I can tell that I'm not as sharp, as interested, as involved in things as I was a year ago. I'm becoming convinced that a lot of my depressive symptoms are due to a chronic sleep deficit, and I really hope this proves it. We'll see!


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