Saturday, June 28, 2008

Everybody I Love You

I had every intention of delving into more books this summer, but one of the pain medications I was (and still am) using takes my attention span to that of a flea with ADD. The days I am more clear minded have been spent making an attempt to read more than just magazines and random stuff on the internet. One of the books I've just finished is I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies) The Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Lauie Notaro. This book was lent to me by my hair dresser. It's a good, light summer book. A chapter is very doable if you're strapped for time or, in my case, dealing with drug induced flea ADD, and a chapter is all I can deal with and remember. Laurie Notaro talks about her mother frequently in this book, and often quotes her. I was actually quite surprised when one of the quotes in the book was something my own mother said to my sister. I just about died laughing because it was so spot on, especially a reference to truck drivers and prostitutes.

Back when I was still living at home, and Mom was still around, my sister, who was probably about 12 or 13 years old at the time, said a very, VERY bad word. My mother overheard this word and scolded my sister, saying "who do you think you are?" "With a mouth like that do you think your mother's a prostitute and your father's a truck driver?" I had to leave the room because it was so funny, I burst out laughing. Later on, my sister was also laughing, but we didn't let Mom know. Mom would have been even more upset that we were laughing... To this day we're still laughing.

Real good times.

Today I also ventured out into the world. My husband and I went for a walk. I took my cell phone and turned on the BiM GPS to track my walk. This is the first longish walk I've taken since the marathon, when we had to walk from the parking area to the water table and back, and I was using a walker at that time.

Activity: Walk
Date: 06/28/08 11:11 AM
Distance: 0.93 miles
Time: 0:30:06
Speed: 1.8 mph
Pace: 33' 20 min/mile
Calories: 88

I had taken pain meds, had my cane, and had to remind Michael to go slow. My neighborhood is hilly, and it was difficult to even navigate walking down hill a little. Wow. It took me about a half hour to burn off 88 calories and barely go one mile! I sure have my work cut out , don't I? Will I be even be running by fall? That's all besides the point at the moment. Each day is a little better. Each day I'm limping less. Each day is less painful.

Yesterday's song:
Yummy - Gwen Stefani



Backofpack said...

You are doing great! Walking a half hour with just a cane - awesome! We have a friend who has three screws in his hip - once it healed he got back to running pretty quick. He limits himself to half marathons or less now, but that's because of other health issues. Keep it going!

Michelle said...

Yay! on the walk. You are a strong woman Irene, really tough. I know you will get back to running. By fall? I have no idea, but it's going to be in your future and this will one day be behind you. You're doing the right thing, just looking at where you are now and what's in front of you to accomplish.

Irene said...

Michelle (BOP)
That's encouraging! Thanks. I hope to be back at it as soon as I can.

Fall is about when they said I would probably be running again. I hope so. Thanks!

simplypink said...

I sometimes have reading ADD too. After my surgery I was like that and it was only two weeks. I can only imagine what it's been like for you! I also have ADD when I read as I wait somewhere. I do better with magazines.

Irene said...

The attention span is getting better. LOL!