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Posts from April 2013


Ankle Update
It's been eight weeks since I had surgery on my broken ankle.  Sometimes it feels like it's been eight months and I've been living the movie "Groundhog Day"...waking up to the same odd routine of washing my hair in the bathtub because I can't stand up in the shower, hopping on one foot around my kitchen because I can't carry food with crutches, having to rely on friends to take me to and from places.  But this week I took a turn.  I actually walked Truman down to the corner and back with crutches.  It was so refreshing to do something that felt familiar and normal.  I thought, if I can take Truman on a short walk let's see if I can drive my car.  Last night I took it out for a spin to see if my ankle could take the movement of pushing on the peddles.  No problem!  So, I drove myself to work this morning.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.  My next adventure will be going to the grocery store on my own.  I probably could manage it now, except I still need help bringing the bags into the house.  One of these days I'll get there but all in all I'll take being able to drive and walk Truman with my crutches.  It's been a good week so far.   
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Book Worm
While I’ve been laid up waiting for my ankle to heal I have been reading like a fiend.  My neighbor brought me a book while I was in the hospital.  It was “The Other Boleyn Girl” by Philippa Gregory.  Now, I realize this book was published 10 years ago and a movie was made of it in 2008 starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson.  I never saw that movie as I believe the critics panned it.  But the book….oh, my goodness, the book.  It is so intricately written, fiction based on fact, heart pounding, page turning, cannot put down, sweaty palms written that I wonder why no one ever turned me on to this book when it first came out.  I suppose my love of history easily led me down the path of the first few pages so that I instantly became hooked.  The most wonderful thing about this book is that it caused me to research King Henry VIII and what life was really like under his rule and how he, as insane as he appeared to be, changed history.  This book placed my own head right on the chopping block with Anne Boleyn, feeling her fear, her weariness of trying to please a narcissist, her short life as a pawn in a king’s court.  How incredibly different the lives of women are in this century, let alone this country.  How incredibly fortunate we all are to live in this century, let alone this country.  If you’re looking for a good read I recommend this book.    
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ME TV
Because of my broken ankle I have to live on the first floor of my house.  I don't have any television sets on the first floor of my house so my friend Marny brought me a spare one to watch.  I'm used to my cable but this one is digital so I am watching some new channels I've not seen before like Create and ME TV.  I must say I love ME TV.  A channel that plays all the best sit-coms from the 50s through the 70s.  Some of my favorites are My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, Family Affair, The Brady Bunch, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.  I'm not much a of TV junkie but I think I could watch ME TV all day.  I'll be happy to be able to walk up and down stairs again but sad when the ME TV will go back to live at Marny's house.     
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