Halfway through training day #2 and I still have no feeling in my right thumb. I have an appointment with my doctor Friday morning. Someone has come by my office to make sure my desk is ergonomically sound. My mouse has been moved to my left hand (which is a bit of a challenge). I’ve been given a kind of thing to put around my right arm just under my elbow. I’m hoping the doctor can just give me a shot and be done with it. I’ve been getting dull pains near my elbow (ulnar nerve) as well as in my right forearm, and I think they are all related.
Four more hours of training to go today. It’s sunny and warm out. And I’m hoping to get the final draft of the February story wrapped up tonight.
Originally published at From the Desk of Jamie Todd Rubin. You can comment here or there.
We slept in Sunday morning. It’s so quiet up at Sarah’s parents (their house is essentially in the woods) that both Kelly and I sleep very well when we are up there. Once we got up, we lounged around for a while, and then Michael made breakfast and the six of us managed to consume to loafs of French toast, as well as bacon, fruit and other comestibles.
Sarah’s father showed us a baby changing table that they have in their garage and that we can use for Zachary when he arrives. They are going to bring it down to us on one of their visits.
Eventually, we gathered up our things (minus the dog, who was staying up in NJ for a few weeks) and climbed into the car for the drive home. It was a relatively uneventful drive save for two things:
First, we stopped in Yardley, PA, to have lunch with Ian and Jan and see their new baby, a real cutie and very-well behaved. (I think all babies are well-behaved around Kelly.) Lunch was nice. I had a BLT (my bacon craving from the morning carried over) and some tequila-spiked chicken soup.
Second, we hit massive traffic in Delaware, which is always a mystery to me. We pass through something like 11 miles of the state and the tollbooth they erected before entering Maryland seems forces all eleven miles into a knot of traffic.
As we arrived back at Sarah’s I noticed that I had lost all feeling on the inside of my right thumb. It freaked me out a little bit, but after some reassurances from Kelly, it’s like a repetitive stress injury. I’d been having some burning pains in my thumb since last week, when I was churning out 500+ slides in preparation for my training sessions. I’m going to try and schedule an appointment with my doctor for late this week. I the meantime, I’m taking Advil regularly to reduce the swelling.
We were back home before 7 pm.
Originally published at From the Desk of Jamie Todd Rubin. You can comment here or there.
All of the slides I need to create for the training presentations are done. The total count of presentation slides for the 3-day training session now stands at 501! I have also now gotten so good with PowerPoint that I could probably produce a full-length feature film with it.
Still have lots to do. Next up is going through all 501 slides and making sure they’ve got good notes.
I’m at a low energy point at the moment. My knees ache. My right wrist and thumb has been giving me some trouble the last few days (Kelly says its because of all the typing I’ve been doing–maybe so). And bed is starting to sound really good right about now, but I’ve got to press on.
After 10 consecutive days of cooking dinner, I didn’t cook tonight. I didn’t even eat tonight. I screwed up. I had a teriyaki stir fry on the menu, which requires chicken, and we don’t have anymore chicken! Kelly got away with leftovers, but I just skipped dinner. I was busy working on a CSS style sheet for a new site design.
Another ridiculously busy day–one of those days that flies by because I’m so focused on my work. The world around me fades away. I didn’t even break for lunch today, but sucked down my sandwich during a meeting. This type of work is mentally draining and I’ve been coming home and avoiding both reading and writing. I want to do both, but I can’t get the focus I need.
I felt the baby kicking again last night, which always makes me feel better. Kelly has been working on a wedding photo album and she’s done a terrific job. Kelly and the baby are my happy thoughts during these hectic days.
NEW SCIENTIST arrived in the mail and I am once again 2 weeks behind. Plus I’m still an issue behind on SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.
Another draining day is in the works for tomorrow. Mentally, I’m not planning on getting up at 4 am, but we’ll see how things go.
The soreness has started and thus commences a week of "soreness" hell that everyone who starts back on a regular workout routine has to go through. When I got home from work, I took some Advil to help with some of the soreness. (I also took an antihistamine to counteract an itchy eye that had snuck up on me.) Right now, the worst of the soreness is in my ribs, and by my armpits. Tomorrow will be the worst for that area and then each of the other areas (legs, arms, etc.) will follow after their respective first workouts. Tomorrow morning is cardio, which at this point is a relief.
Kelly went to the gym after work and when she got back, we had a nice salad for dinner, with hard-boiled eggs, cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, and cucumbers. For the second night in a row I’ve avoided overeating and eating or drinking anything sugary like cookies or soda. For two days now I’ve limited myself to a single 12-ounce can of soda each day. It’s tough but I’m sticking to it.
I finished reading Dick Winters’ Beyond Band of Brothers, which was an outstanding book. At lunch, I finally started in on mabfan ‘s I Remember the Future. The first story in the book is one of the only stories that appears there that I’ve never read, so that alone is a treat. I’m going to crawl into bed and read some more as soon as I wrap up this entry.
Spoke briefly with Dad today when he called me at the office. Received the latest issues of ANALOG and F&SF in the mail today, as well as a bill from the doctor.
I’m calling it an early night tonight. This aching body of mine could use a little extra sleep.
I was busy most of the day today–another cold day here in the metro DC area–and even as the day ended there was no relief in sight. I managed to talk my way into a meeting that I thought started at 2 PM, and did start at 2 PM, only in the wrong time zone. So I rushed home from the office in time to call into a two hour meeting that lasted from 5 – 7 PM. By the time it was over, I was hungry. I had some tomato bisque soup for dinner and made a grilled cheese sandwich to go along with it.
A few odds and ends taken care of today. I managed to squeeze in a haircut this morning. I finally got around to adding Kelly to my auto insurance. She can cancel hers tomorrow. I also met briefly with our financial adviser to begin the process of planning for the coming family expansion and all that it entails.
The February SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN came in the mail today, as did the March ASIMOV’S and the December/January BULLETIN of the Science Fiction Writers of America. Also a few statements from the insurance company, indicating that they have now paid for some of our OB doctor appointments. (Originally, they were trying to bill Kelly’s insurance first, but since she canceled her insurance when she got on mine, there were some delays in payment until the computer records were sorted out. It has all now been resolved.)
No reading today. No writing either. I’d like to get started on the second draft of "Homecoming" so that there might be a chance that I can finish it and get it in the mail in the next 10 days.
As I write this, I notice that the counter in the kitchen is a mess and that’s my fault. I need to get it cleaned up.
And I need to get back to the gym.
Today was a relaxing, lazy day. First off, it was very hot out, well over 80 degrees, and that just made me feel sluggish throughout the day. I didn’t do much. Kelly and I did head over to the nearby mall and wandered around in the heat until we couldn’t take it anymore. And although we wandered into Banana Republic twice, neither of us bought anything.
I should have gotten a lot of reading done today, but I’ve been obsessively watching episodes of Battlestar Galactica and that has consumed a lot of time. That, and playing Sim City on my iPhone. What time wasters! I could be reading. Or writing! Oh well, I’m on vacation.
Kelly and I took a long walk today and saw a small snake cross the sidewalk in front of us. I have no fear of snakes, but we gave it a wide berth anyway. I didn’t know if it was poisonous or not, but Kelly’s mom later told us it probably wasn’t. Later, we went to the pool and I watched Kelly and Logan swim. This time, I didn’t go swimming (I was busy watching Galactica episodes).
We had burgers for dinner and I managed to eat two of them. I have been eating a lot more than I am used to eating. I eat a meal and still feel hungry. This has caused my weight to jump to nearly 158 pounds. I’ve got to get back my good eating habits. And I’ve got to get back to the gym regularly!
Tomorrow morning, we head home. I’ve charged up the GPS using the charger that came with the GPS we gave to Kelly’s parents for Christmas. We are mostly packed. Heading out around 8:30 or 9 AM.
Up just before 6 AM with a killer stomach ache, the first one in a really long time. Eventually it went away. I was good today about meals. 5 small meals beginning around 7 AM and spread about every three hours throughout the day. For dinner I made chicken and had what was left of my apple, ale and cheddar soup. Kelly was craving noodles and peas and so I made those for her as well.
Productive day at the office. For some reason, I didn’t think I had any meetings today, but I turned out to have plenty. Still managed to get in a solid day’s work. Also made some good notes for the new story, including what I think will be the opening line. Looking forward to getting started on that as soon as the workshop story is in the mail.
Speaking of mail, I got stamps today. They charge a $0.50 service charge for stamps atHarris Teeters. I didn’t think that was allowed but I was in too much of a hurry to debate the issue. I mailed some more thank you notes (only one more small batch to go). I also paid a couple of bills. Dad called and I spoke with him for a little while. He was at the airport in Seattle, returning from his trip up there. Also a call from mabfan , who was very patient in answering my physics question.
After work I went to the gym, then home, cooked dinner. Kelly went to bed early and I started reading joe_haldeman ‘s Marsbound. Through the first 35 pages and maybe another 15 or 20 before I call it a night. (Yes, I gave up on the Franklin Roosevelt book–for the second time now.)
I went to bed at 8 PM last night. I tried reading for a little while, but I was just too tired. I woke up with a terrible headache yesterday morning and it lingered for most of the day. I took some medicine before going to bed and then finally seemed to help. I turned out the light maybe 8:10 and was out cold. Kelly said she came to bed at 9 PM and I have no recollection of it. I woke up after midnight and she was already in bed. I was up just before 6 AM this morning, after getting nearly 10 hours of sleep. I feel much better today. No headache!
Todd, Karl and I are planning to head to the house at lunch to play Wii for an hour.
Can you believe it’s been one month since our wedding already? Time has zoomed by at an incredible rate! I had to work late today but on the way home, I picked up a dozen roses for Kelly in celebration of the special day. (Kelly had Veterans Day off.)
The cats were hungry early and so I was up at 5:30 to feed them and then decided to stay up. I was in the office at 7 AM and didn’t head home until 6:30 PM, making it the longest day in a while. At lunch, I finished reading Einstein: His Life and Universe. What a great book! It was definitely a five-star book. I thought I knew the general Einstein mythology, and I learned a great deal more. His life story was well told and kept me turning the pages, even when I had to stretch my imagination at some of the descriptions of relativity and quantum theory I don’t give books 5-stars very often, but this one was well deserving.
(See all my 5-star rated books here, 20 of them out of nearly 400 read.)
I then immediately started in on Conrad Black’s immense (1,200 page) biography of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Kelly has unwittingly inspired my reading of these last two books. She was watching the movie I.Q. one evening, and that reminded me that I had the Einstein book sitting on the shelf, unread. Then a few weeks later, she was watching Warm Springs and that reminded me that I had started the Roosevelt biography years ago and never finished and it was time to start over.
When I got home from work, I dashed out to the mailbox, eagerly awaiting NEW SCIENTIST. The box was empty. Duh! Veterans Day!
I got through another dozen thank you notes this evening. Spoke to he11o_sunshine on the phone this evening. Spoke to Dad briefly earlier today. Feeling better today. I got a flu shot this morning. That means I’ll either get the flu, or I won’t.
I felt much better when I woke up this morning and as a result, I had a productive day at work today and it felt good. The day concluded with a two hour meeting. Kelly was waiting for me at the mall when the meeting was over and we headed home together. It was a quiet and relaxing evening. We sat reading in the family room, with the fireplace going to keep us warm. It was delightful. I ran to the grocery store to pick up a few things and when I got home, I ended up making myself what I consider to be the best sandwich I ever made. It consisted of a sandwich role with mustard and mayo, and then layered upon the roll, two slices of turkey, cheddar cheese, two slices of bologna, cheddar cheese, two slices of salami, freshly sliced parmesan cheese, and two slices of fresh tomato. Boy was that sandwich good!
Upon arriving home, I eagerly rushed to the mailbox in hopes of getting the most recent issue of NEW SCIENTIST and it was to my great dismay that it didn’t arrive today. Maybe tomorrow?
Sent a rather long note to Barry Malzberg today on his recent Dialogs in SFWA Bulletin. And I purchased a copy of mabfan ‘s new short story collection, I Remember the Future, for stubiebrother , who I know will enjoy it.
And if you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you should really do so. It belongs in the library of any science fiction fan, whether you are new to the genre or a seasoned fan. Check out Michael’s book website for details on how to order.
I’m close to finishing the Einstein book. Up next I think I’ll be reading a massive biography of Franklin Roosevelt.
Spoke with Dad briefly this afternoon. He’s on his way back from Seattle.
Flu shot scheduled for tomorrow.
Still sick when I woke up this morning. Last night was the third night in a row that I slept in the guest room in an effort to prevent spreading this cold to Kelly. Don’t know if it is working. This evening Kelly was saying that she might be coming down with something. I’m not sure if this is a flu, but the irony is that I am scheduled for a flu shot on Tuesday.
Lazy day, of course. I sat out on the balcony and did some reading. I did a little bit of tidying up around the house, and made some more progress on thank you notes. Jen S. came over and she and Kelly went to Cake Love to get cupcakes, while I took a break and played Tiger Woods.
Today’s reading: Einstein. Made good progress, too. More than 350 pages through the book.
Back to work tomorrow.