This Crazy Roller-Coaster Week


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School is finally over for the year. John is officially a Senior! And Band is officially over until college, for which I could not be more thankful. Love those kids, band kids are the best! But since so many of them won’t be returning to the band next year I have a feeling I’ll still be seeing a lot of them. One of John’s last projects was this video, shot at a friend’s house. John’s the clean-shaven one with darker skin and lighter hair.

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I found a new chiropractor, and he’s awesome.  He’s passionate about his work and his patients, and he has the most brilliant analogies he uses to explain things. My favorite so for is the head as a ten-pound ball held up by your hand. Grab a ball and do this. As long as your wrist stays curved it’s not that hard to hold onto the ball. Now straighten out your wrist as if someone had, say, screwed metal plates into your wrists and made it perfectly straight.  Really hard to do, right? That’s me, just trying to hold my head upright. And my X-rays also show moderate lumbar scoliosis. Who develops scoliosis at forty-nine? I guess I’m special. But we ended up crying together on my second visit, so we’ve bonded. If you’re in the Louisville, KY area his name is Drew Anderson.

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Finally, after all these years, I went to a chronic pain support group.  I don’t know what I expected, but it certainly wasn’t the enthusiastic, welcoming, positive group of people I met. I’m only sad they just meet once a month!

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I’m totally conflicted about the mid-season finale of Fear the Walking Dead, which I finally watched yesterday.  Nick is such an amazingly complex character. I’m looking forward to August, but I probably need until then to process it all in my mind and be ready for whatever’s next.

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This baby withdrawal is really bad. I need my friend Lisa and her family to return immediately from vacation. I need someone to sit in my lap and listen to a book and someone smaller to let me feed him his bottle. I suspect if I go door-to-door in the neighborhood with these requests I’ll end up needing to be bailed out pretty quickly.

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With school ending I guess this has been our week to catch up on DVRd TV shows. All three of us watched the premier episode of The Preacher on AMC. We all agreed we were very confused, but intrigued. And thank you, AMC, for adding “Talking Preacher” for the next episode. I’ll clearly need that. If you haven’t seen it yet try to find it On Demand or stream it. I can best describe it as a combination of Men in Black, Pulp Fiction, and True Blood with Chuck Norris in the starring role. Oh, and a great soundtrack: Willie Nelson, Carlie Simon, and Johnny Cash! By far the best actor in the whole cast is a little boy in the congregation who wants the preacher to beat up his father for abusing his mother. He only has maybe four lines, and his face never changes, but his delivery when he says, “Pray for me, preacher”  – WOW! It was like Jack Nicholson was in this kid’s body. Incredible!

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At the risk of over-sharing I just want to say I had my first Brazilian Wax today. It was quick and I was able to make conversation throughout. I thought for a quick second I’d lost a strip of skin in a tender spot, but then everything was fine. Tara at Elements salon in Middletown is fabulous. And she has a little room chock-full of handmade jewelry, soap, baskets, textiles, etc. I could probably do all my Christmas shopping there! I did forget to ask how often this typically needs repeating. Anyone willing to share?

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4 thoughts on “This Crazy Roller-Coaster Week”

  1. Scoliosis! Every elementary-schooler lives in terror of scoliosis (at least that’s all I remember from grades K through 5.) So sorry about your diagnosis, but I’m glad you found a good doctor and a support group that knows how you are feeling!

    1. Yes! I still vividly remember those screenings, even though all I knew about scoliosis as a child I learned from a Judy Blume book! But evidently the screenings only pick up one of the two types of scoliosis, so I’m digging through all my old medical records to find a lumbar spine Xray from about 6 years ago – but I swear I would have noticed if scoliosis had been mentioned *sigh*

  2. Jeezie Pete — a Brazilian? Even after having a million babies naturally, I’m not brave enough for that.

    And, if you feel the need to read a million picture books one afternoon, I think we can supply you with plenty of selections, an amazingly captive audience, and good tea or coffee. 🙂

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