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Thursday, November 22, 2012


A day off of work and a large list of things to get done today.  Since I am off till Monday, whatever does not get done today, can be done tomorrow.  Famous quote "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today"

First and most important is that visit to the Physical Therapist.  I have been procrastinating for weeks, and where has that gotten me.  Not back to full strength or pain free from an initial injury over a month ago.  I left a message the day before, and I followed up a few minutes before 9am and made an appointment.

Sue, Kyle and Luke got their usual early start and they are at school.  Gavin is sleeping in but says he wants to go for a morning workout.  I leave a note "945 Went to PT, be back in an hour or so"

This day in history "The American inventor announces his invention of the phonograph, a way to record and play back sound.
Edison stumbled on one of his great inventions--the phonograph--while working on a way to record telephone communication at his laboratory in Menlo Park, New Jersey. His work led him to experiment with a stylus on a tinfoil cylinder, which, to his surprise, played back the short song he had recorded, "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB". Public demonstrations of the phonograph made the Yankee inventor world famous, and he was dubbed the "Wizard of Menlo Park."

I get to PT and the office staff are very friendly, the waiting room empty, and the buzz of activity in the therapy room and strength training areas a comforting sign that people are being treated.   Before I get to sit down, the office manager asks me for insurance card and hands me the obligatory new patient forms.  Instead of having me fill them out in the reception area, she brings me to an exam room.

The doctor shows up minutes later and says he will be with me shortly and escorts me to another room which he likes better...I think it is because it is on an outer wall of the building with some sunlight coming in.  A thorough review of my injury, medical history, and some movements of my legs and hips to elicit a pain response and he is ready to explain what has happened and his treatments.

First visit, I get ultrasound and some Kinesio tape on my right hip and left buttocks....More on the Kinesio tape in another blog.  Let's just say its the tape you see athletes in the Olympics wearing and probably like me wondered what some tape across the skin could do.

Gavin and I knock out some of the list.  We shop for TURKEY and stuff, have lunch together at a neighborhood Asian Fusion place "Jiang' and then head towards the mall.  We score some needed items from Trader Joes, Dicks sporting goods, but strike out at Barnes and Noble.

We scoot over to the CSA pickup site hoping for a bounty of items, including sweet potatoes.  To my surprise, the bins are all empty.  Rita's store looks closed, but I poke my head in.  She says she is cooking dinner at her store because the kitchen is better...THE CSA ended last week.

We get back home to find Luke playing xbox360, Kyle at PJ's house and Sue at the gym.  My corned beef gently simmering the past 3 hours looks fine.  Time to get the potato,carrots, and cabbage ready.  Dinner was delish, with all items except the corned beef coming from CSA.

Practice at Deer park for Kyle, and Gavin and I watched Prometheus.  Late night for me as I head to bed after midnite.

Photo of the day "Jiang"

P.S. I don't usually eat my fortune cookie.  I had it in my pocket and while wandering around the mall, I decide to open it and eat a piece.  Ironic that the fortune has the word 'jiang'...the same name as the place Gavin I go to when he is home from college to have some pad thai chicken.

Magic number 166

Fig tree still needs a wrap, and that garage is a disaster.

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