chanaleh: (Default)
Apparently it usually does take me 3 weeks to get this posted, but down the line I won't care how belated it was, so here it is. :-)

10 goals from 2016 )

more things that happened in 2016 )

10 goals for 2017 )
My mom had back surgery on Wednesday for spondylolisthesis (basically, a slipped lumbar vertebra). When I heard from my stepfather Wednesday night, she was just out of surgery, recovering well, and due to be discharged (hopefully to the local rehab center) today or tomorrow. So that's all good so far. They think she might be off work for 6 weeks or so.

Also, since the 17th, my uncle Jim (my mother's brother-in-law) has been in Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto -- I am hazy on the initial progression of symptoms (but he's been dealing for over a year with low hemoglobin and significant fluid retention). My aunt has been sending regular updates by group email and on Facebook. He had an endoscopy trying to find and fix some hypothesized GI bleed; they were supposed to do a capsule endoscopy, but then they postponed that because his stomach had "a lot of blood oozing from under the skin". They can't figure out where it's coming from. He's supposed to be discharged today but go back "in a week or two" for another outpatient procedure to "measure pressure in the liver" (not sure if this means they suspect cirrhosis or what). One good thing is that my brother (who lives in Sunnyvale) has been able to come by and visit almost every day while they were going through all this.

Rough week for the California branch of the family!
chanaleh: It's hard work being bitter (bitter)
Around the end of September -- shortly after Sukkot -- I started experiencing some swelling in my hands (both hands equally), especially in the mornings.

Since then, it's turned into genuine stiffness/aching and been getting progressively worse, especially in the last week or so. Just today it's bad enough that I am having trouble typing, which was not the case even last Friday.

As someone who does computer-intensive work, I do experience some (OK, fairly chronic low-grade) tenderness in the forearms, mostly on the right, which is my dominant/mousing side. But I've never experienced anything in my hands before. I really don't even know where to begin with this!

more specific notes )

(I suppose sitting here typing to you all about it is counterproductive, but I need sympathy, dammit, if I'm even going to make it through tonight's band rehearsal. Advice based on either experience or training is also welcome.)

The gum surgery

Friday, March 22nd, 2013 11:24 pm
So I had what is generically called a gingival graft, where they remove tissue from the roof of your mouth to graft it onto a receding gumline.

Nothing terribly squicky behind the cut, but you never know, so feel free to skip )

Most annoying side effect: Somewhere in the last quarter or so of the process, my nose started to tingle like I was going to have to sneeze, and though I didn't, my nose has now been draining continuously since the minute I got up from the chair (and it's now been 12 hours and counting). I can only assume this is due to inflammation from the palate somehow impinging on my (often temperamental) sinuses, because I swear I didn't have any hint of rhinitis symptoms when I walked in there, and it's only on the left side (like both the surgical sites). Bleah. I really hope that clears up with the swelling in a day or two.


Friday, March 22nd, 2013 02:13 pm
chanaleh: (breathe)
Goals for Pesach vacation:

  1. recover from today's minor periodontal surgery (on which more later)
  2. submit complete revised final book files (text & cover) for press
  3. finish (if not actually order printing of) L&E's ketubah
  4. do enough shopping and cooking to keep us thoroughly fed on vegetables and animal proteins
  5. take [ profile] justom to 1st-night seder
  6. tie up a bunch of pending travel details for Hawaii trip with Mom (suddenly just a month away now!)
  7. update my personal website
  8. do my project for Skillshare's Teach Yourself to Code: One Month Rails
  9. have [ profile] jessruth over for a day of serious closet purge
  10. go over to [ profile] jessruth's for an organizational day in exchange
  11. review my final book proofs (text & cover) and ship jacket files to new bindery
  12. see [ profile] la_vie_en_rosie & R when they are in town Wed/Thu
  13. if possible, have next date with ZZ :-)
  14. visit Boston next weekend (though it may be shorter than I originally thought, due to all the above)

Chag kasher v'sameach!
chanaleh: Muffin the Vampire Baker: "It's him, Muffin! You have to protect him at all costs!" "I'M ON IT!" (i'm on it!)
10 goals from 2012 ( cf. original list: LJ | DW )
A mixed bag, but overall, progress was made. )

10+ additional achievements of 2012:
It was actually a good and stabilizing year for me, despite the ongoing crises in the world at large. )
11. ... And, oh yeah, turned 40 and had an awesome celebration to mark it.

10 goals for 2013:
Some that build on last year's, and some new ones. )

Wishing all of us a year of physical health, emotional growth, and spiritual abundance.


Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 01:22 pm
chanaleh: (Default)
So about this low-carb thing I mentioned in passing the other day.

Yeah. I started last week -- I was going to say Sunday night, when I had my 7-hour crazy bus ride, but since that was on the heels of fabulous waffles and cinnamon rolls from brunch, I suppose that really means it was Monday. So, just over a week now. [ profile] justom was going to be away the rest of that week, through Thursday, and I felt like that was a good time to be experimenting (not the only possible time, but a good time).

why? )
how? )
findings, to date? )

No, I don't expect to do this forever, but I feel like I should give it a solid couple of weeks before deciding anything further.

But right now I'm finishing a lunch consisting of a bed of lettuce (including beet and radish greens), a can of tuna, half a cucumber, and half an avocado -- dressed with sesame seeds and a little Bragg's Healthy Vinaigrette. What's not to love??

Snow b'Shvat

Friday, January 21st, 2011 11:26 am
chanaleh: (breathe)
I am home, due to the second snow day in two weeks. Crazy.

Really, it would probably have benefited me more to stay home yesterday nursing my cold*, and be able to go to work today, but whatever. Even with the cold, I did put in a fairly productive 10.5-hour day and take care of a bunch of loose ends, so that was good.

*(It was coming on even before [ profile] arisia, so it's not really con crud. This is why I begged off early from all the parties to sleep as much as possible.)

I do have some work stuff I should do from here, and then I am going to take an hour to clean my filthy kitchen. Not to mention drinking vast quantities of tea.

I had meant to drive out to the Acton Jazz Cafe after shul tonight, to see a 9pm show of the jazz quartet of one of my high school choirmates (from Indiana), who is now a professional jazz saxophonist living in Newport and teaching at URI. However, with the snow, I will have to see if I feel un-lame enough to dig out my car before Shabbat, or if I am just going to take the T to shul and forget it. :-/

One more note: Today (16 Shvat) is the 15th anniversary of my conversion to Judaism. Yowza. :-} I am sponsoring the kiddush at [ profile] tremontstshul tomorrow, in honor of that as well as my get.
chanaleh: Snoopy at the typewriter, pondering (snoopywriter)
[I was thinking about posting this friendslocked, but... what the heck.]

Today is Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, as well as a host of other catastrophes of Jewish history.

What I want to write about here, though, is not the religious aspect, but the fasting.

Three weeks ago (June 29) was the minor fast day of 17 Tammuz. For the minor fast days, especially in the summer, I often will do a liquid fast rather than the traditional not-even-water.

One of the interesting things about religious fast days is that by the time I get to the end of them, I invariably feel like I could keep going pretty easily. The first 24 hours are the hardest, no?

So I successfully did ~4 days on liquids-only at the end of June. )

It was... interesting, but tiring. )

So, yeah, as for today, I'm continuing to drink water, but nothing else. A different sort of experience. (I had a massage appointment with [ profile] chaiya 10 days ago where she expressed serious concern about my hydration levels, as well as muscle tension and usage patterns in general, so I'm sticking with the water.) Also, work is officially closed until 1pm today, so I think I'll go put laundry in -- if there's still time! -- and then come back and stretch and rest until I need to go anywhere else. Still haven't decided whether to do the shul break-fast tonight; I think I'll just wait and see whether I feel like it, or if I have a better impulse by then. ETA: Now, of course, [ profile] surrealestate's post about kimchi is making me think about sushi and Korean places. :-)
chanaleh: (leila)
I believe I mentioned that my exercise habits had been slowly improving before Gondoliers, but that as of about tech week for that (read: late April), and then with segueing immediately into rehearsal-every-weeknight mode for Margaret Ghost, I kind of fell off the wagon.

Most of my walks had been in my regular (Dansko) street shoes, especially in the wintertime -- they're reasonably weather-resistant, supportive, and all that. But they're not really what you want for breaking into a jog, and I'd been trying to start alternating running with walking, Couch-to-5k style -- in bursts of about 4 blocks.

So, I invested in the proper tool(s)... )

I haven't had a lot of time so far to invest in ramping up my walking program. However, when I do get out, the shoes actually do seem to help with the running segments: Last night I managed to jog almost the entire way from Powderhouse Circle to Teele Square in one go. I don't know how many minutes that was, but it was more than I remember doing before. (And that was even, I must admit, on a belly full of Toscanini's. :-)
ETA: Having done it again, I recalled that it was actually from Powderhouse Circle to Packard St. (along Broadway) -- which GoogleMaps estimates at .4 miles, and which clocked in, the second time, as a whopping stretch of... 4 minutes. Um, woohoo?

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