Work wasn't SO bad today. I was actually going to get off at a decent hour, "decent" being only about 9 hours of work today. But I was slowed down by a bit of a problem. A little history: about 3 years ago I had a lot of knee pain. Turned out to be patello-femoral syndrome (i.e. how my patella sits over my femur or, more accurately, how it doesn't). No surgery required, just exercises, and it got better, just a bit achy at times before a rain.
Well, it's been achy for the past week or so, but it didn't go away after it rained. I figured maybe it was still high pressure in the skies. It was aching as I went to work today, and just as I was thinking that on my walk from the Metro station to my work, BAM, like a lightning bolt, felt like my knee moved sideways and froze me in my tracks. Limped in severe pain the rest of the day until I went down to the nurse's office at work and got some crutches, and now an appointment with the orthopedist in the morning. I'm hoping it just popped out weird or something and can be taken care of easily, though I'm a little bit worried. Obviously, my weekend soccer game depends on the verdict. Right now, I can't even walk easily, let alone run or kick. I've been working A LOT and this is pretty bad timing. I'm also really hoping it's nothing too serious. But I'm definitely in a lot of pain. Guess life has a way of slowing me down when work gets out of control. Of course, I have NO time to go to the Dr., and yet suddenly, tomorrow an appointment. "Funny" how that works...
Of course, life still has its sense of humor. Even though I made my way to my car in the Metro lot at 10:30pm, it wasn't enough that I was home WAY later than planned. No... my car tire also had to be low. I played up the crutches, though, and hobbled my way up to a gas station attendant, did my best "I look pathetic look" and asked if he could help me fill some air in the tires at 10:50pm. 11pm and I am home, eating, and exhausted!
It was with enormous happiness and sadness that I discovered the court ruling to overturn the gay marriage ban in California... just 3 days before what would have been my 5th anniversary.
What better time to leave DC when the weather is (theoretically) finally starting to get nice? OK, I jest. But I will be in the L.A. area very briefly in just under 2 weeks.
Last minute trip following a lot of begging by the folks who wanted me home for the holidays. As my parents aren't getting much younger (or Junger, ha ha), and since my work affords me enough vacation time that I usually am working too hard to use, I figured I'd better come.
I will sadly be limited in time because of the holiday, but please let me know via email or cell if you will be around and able to get together. I'll be in town Sat. 4/19 - Mon. 4/21. (flying 4/18 and 4/22)
No, the new icon isn't "Bert & Ernie"... Just an old "buddy" photo from long ago. I have 2 new buddies, however. Or 2 sets of buddies, to be more precise.
Soccer started up again this past Saturday. Yet again, our team is maintaining the tradition of being unable to field an entire team for a game, thereby leaving the remaining players short and without subs. Since I broke every promise to myself to maintain some semblance of staying in shape, I have gone now 4 months without ANY exercise, thereby laying the groundwork for a VERY painful and limpy Sunday.
So, I limped my way through the Pet Expo, which has been a yearly tradition for me since I moved here. I felt the reward for the torture would be office pets, so I settled on a mini ecosystem, a little self-contained aquarium which houses 2 African dwarf frogs and 2 little snails. Frogs have had some significance in my life for a few years now... and besides, they were darn cute! Apparently, all the frogs are males (the males and females don't get along too well) and I decided to name them Bert & Ernie.
Now, don't underestimate the ability of an attractive co-worker to influence my naming abilities. The lovely lady in question said "Bert & Ernie was too "predictable" and wanted me to go with "Thelma & Louise," to which I replied they were male and I didn't want them jumping over any cliffs. I contemplated Ponch & Jon, but it just didn't fit. And then, said cute lady recommended "Siskel & Ebert," to keep up with the theme of my career. Oh, how those pheromones tugged at me! I gave in and now the snails are Siskel & Ebert, my own personal office Magic Balls. Someone asks about a story idea, just refer them to Siskel and Ebert. They may be waiting a while, however, as they have no thumbs!
But as for the frogs, it was a lost cause. I stuck to my guns and have settled back with Bert & Ernie. It was a good choice in my opinion, for several reasons. 2 males sharing the same living environment, with very little prospect of venturing beyond one another to find romance, one darker, one lighter, darker one a bit rounder, lighter one a bit narrower. Ernie had a Rubber Duckie and Bert had a pet goldfish, meaning they both like water. (Did I mention African Dwarf frogs are aquatic?). And lastly, it is rumored they were named after classic movie characters: Bert the Cop and Ernie the Taxi Driver, from "It's a Wonderful Life." And so Bert and Ernie have come to be the newest addition to my work environment. And the attractive co-worker? Well, that's a lost cause too.
Looking out my one of the executive's windows the other day, I noticed the tree in the courtyard. I thought to myself, "How odd, to have a little frost around the edges of the treetops when it's probably in the 40's or 50's." Aha! Not frost... buds! YES!!!!! Spring is here! I like this time of the year, when all of the trees have red or white or green "glows." The trees haven't quite blossomed yet, but they are almost there, so there is a hue around them, and it feels permanent until one day they just POP even bigger and brighter, full with color. I think spring has always been my favorite season, but never so much since I moved to the east coast. The peak of the cherryblossoms should be in just over a week, and if we can just knock the temps up about another 10+ degrees, things will really be looking up!
Wish I had a way to upload pix from my phone while at work. For all the non-interesting protests that I've forgotten about since i started living and working here, today was the biggie. The 5-year into the War, Anti-War protest! It was a MAD HOUSE on the way to work this morning. Streets were blocked off, people were laying in the streets, people in huge pink outfits with huge pink booths on wheels were rolling down the street being asked to move onto the sidewalk by police. Helicopters, police, crowds, reporters everywhere. And all right on the street in front of my building. I'm pretty sure it lasted all day, as I kept hearing sirens until about the time most normal people leave work. But alas, I was too busy to check. Sometimes I think the message is lost in the spectacle, frankly. But as far as living in DC, today was one of the exciting days.
Is it really the Academy Awards this weekend? Did I really not know that? I can't seem to figure out if it's because no one out here cares, or because the nominees just keep getting worse and worse. Or maybe it's because I'm dealing with little things like ice storms about once a week in February.
My first ice storm as a resident. Tuesday night. I had been inside all day Tuesday, no idea the weather had turned bad. People kept saying to leave before it got much worse. HA! The whole city was iced over. Of course, out in the suburbs where I am... worse! My car had a nice solid coat of ice. Like I dipped it in water and stuck it in the freezer. Metro station is 2 miles from home. Between trying to pound and scrape the damn stuff off my car and drive home slowly, took about 35-40 minutes, metro to home. It's cold here. Less than 2 weeks to Florida...
Which reminds me of my other discovery. I think I noticed it last year the first time. It happened here last month. It's that exact moment when the last of your skin pigment exits your body. The tan you had built up (in Canada, no less!) last summer has been steadily fading throughout fall and winter... and suddenly, you look down at your hands and realize, "OH MY GOSH! THERE'S NO COLOR LEFT!!" Let me repeat... Less than 2 weeks to Florida. Those Floridians will definitely need sunglasses when they see me coming, but I will definitely be showing flesh, cause it misses the sun!