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Hot and Fat and Sore

Dear Winter,

I know this will sound crazy, and I know most of the country will mock me mercilessly, but PLEASE come back to Arizona. I miss you terribly. I haven't been able to so much as put on a coat in nearly three years. I have a half-dozen of them. I had to travel north to even get to wear the fancy faux-mink I bought from nutmeg3, so even that's only been worn once. Last year we left town just as you arrived, but by the time we got back, you were already gone. It's been in the mid-to-upper 80's for weeks. I'm still throwing off the blankets at night.

Miss you!

I know, I know, I know, everyone else has the "Polar Vortex." My condolences. We have heat and high pressure.

The minute I finished the prescription pain meds, my hip started hurting again, and the arm NEVER stopped. I try to exercise, but MY HIP HURTS. Plus, it's hot and I'm lazy. (And fat, since I never go work out like I should. I went twice last week.) I at the very least walk every day (mostly). There was a "Get Fit" walk this morning at work and I did three laps, which seems to have aggravated my hip, damn it. So I was trying to stretch it out this afternoon with a little light yoga and Churro attacked my hair and BIT MY HEAD. The hair hanging down appears to have attracted him.

18,423 words. I thought of an actual plot/story to this rambling I'm doing, but my brain jumped right to the ending. I need something for the middle.

We saw this at the park on Sunday morning:


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Nov. 12th, 2014 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yay for urban birding, but dislike for pain and heat. [hugs]
Nov. 13th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
I'm always very pleased when we see one of our "pet" birds and I have a camera (even my phone!) handy. We think this is the Cooper's hawk that comes around.
Nov. 13th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
That hawk disapproves.

I'm sorry for your hurt and heat. I don't know the cause of your hip pain, but I had some luck with the exercises in Pain Free by Paul Egoscue for hips -- not so much exercises as mostly lying around on your back with a leg or legs propped up a certain way. The gist of his theory was that most pain (muscle and joint) was caused by misalignment, which makes your muscles work in a sub-optimal way, which makes pain. So the exercises were to make the muscles that were too tight let go, so the correct ones could take over.

I always used to tuck my hips -- I mean for over a decade I did -- so my posture needed a lot of correction, and I had to lie around on the floor a lot. But while I don't think my alignment is ideal now, it sure as hell is better, and my hips and legs hurt a lot less. (I used to take a prescription painkiller and the realignment allowed me to stop.)

Anyway your library system might have it, and you could get the details and decide if it's relevant. (If your hip pain is sciatica, it might not help, I don't know.)
Nov. 13th, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look it up and see. I think it's definitely muscular, but it's anyone's guess as to what makes it act up.

Nov. 13th, 2014 04:46 am (UTC)
You've been to a doctor for the hip, yes? And you'll have to come visit this way again so you can wear the coat at least one more time before the planet goes up in flames.
Nov. 13th, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
Yes -- he gave me a prescription painkiller to reduce suspected inflammation, but it didn't really do a whole lot. I'll go back and talk to my regular doc (she was busy) and see if I need something more. He didn't think it was in the joint, however, because my range of movement is good, and all the pain appears to be in the muscles.

Hopefully! I'd love to see New York in the wintertime. (And don't get me started -- Mitch McConnell's whining "why do we have to do it if the Chinese don't?" made me want to go to congress and SLAP HIM.)
Nov. 13th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
I used some exercises from Pain Free when I had shoulder problems. I second thisficklemob. Sorry you're in pain!

Cool hawk photo. I wish he'd come a few miles over to my office and eat the pigeons.
Nov. 13th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
I'll have to look it up!

It's really nasty today. Ow, ow, ow.

It was funny, him sitting there. You'd see other birds (grackles, doves, etc.) come toward the pole to perch and then wheel off suddenly like, "OMG! What's HE doing there?!?"

Nov. 13th, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
Winter arrived tonight. I'm NOT sharing it, so there. But seriously that sucks for you guys to be THAT hot.

Sorry the hip and arm suck too

we're pacing each other on nano. Mine is telling me crap all out of sequence.
Nov. 13th, 2014 11:49 pm (UTC)
It appears to be in the 70's today, at least. And cloudy. We may get the edge of the arctic blast. It'll help, anyway. I want to wear a coat, dang it. (I had the FAN on in the bedroom last night!)

I think I came up with some conflict for my NaNo! Woo hoo!

Nov. 14th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)
There you go. It's in the 20s and snowing right now. Okay then. I'll still have the fan on. (I mostly don't turn it off ever)

well yay for conflict. Is it still in Sean Patrick's universe?
Nov. 15th, 2014 12:26 am (UTC)
Well, remember, I'm more or less an AZ native and Barb is one. I start to get cold in the low 60's, but Barb is freezing if it dips below 70. :)

Yes -- although our hero (Justin, the middle child of Matt & Cody) falls through to another alternate universe of that one. We get to meet a human Sean Patrick who grew up, aged, and has a wife and kids.
Nov. 15th, 2014 02:30 am (UTC)
Hahah true. I was out there in the 20s today in short sleeves and my jacket not even buttoned.

Well that's unexpected. Cool. Good luck with it.
Nov. 15th, 2014 02:56 am (UTC)
I remember having only a light jacket in December in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. I was FREEZING.


Nov. 15th, 2014 02:59 am (UTC)
Probably not your best bet in PA, just saying.
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