8:24 PM Sunday, May 20, 2018
PT’s good. Had pretty good range of motion and strength, but still have some muscle tightness and knots and stuff from being in the slign. Having to build up the smaller stabilizers, and shoulder blade stuff, to get better. Stretching definitely helps. Extra 2 weeks working from home while they did office renovations was nice. Ate worse though. Looking forward to eating healthier back in the office. Got Tracy a ukelele for Mother’s Day. Much easier to play vs. a guitar. Reinvigorated my guitar learning as well. Maybe we could do a duet at some point. Almost definitely getting the garage redone this summer. About time. Got my NUC setup at home. Pretty nice and fast. Not entirely 100% stable though. Gotta iron that out. Also ordered up a Raspberry Pi to setup Pi-Hole.
10:15 PM Sunday, May 6, 2018
Loving not being in the sling. Having full use, well, relatively full use of both arms is great. Actually hopped back on the bikes today, just up and down the alley, to see what it was like, while the kids scootered and biked. I think I could be back up and biking much sooner rather than later. It's only been like 8 weeks since I took the Clubman out, and the drivetrain (mostly the chain) is already showing rust. That's crazy. As far as I can tell, the bike is still good and solid. I should bring in the Xtracycle for the annual checkup, and if I can get ready by Memorial Day, maybe take it out for Bike the Drive. Hung out with the Grady's a bit this weekend, with the Jacksons' playing in backyards and the aforementioned alley scootering. Tracy broke the grill out all weekend, I made waffles for the first time in a while. Finally broke out the power washer I got last summer. Kinda did the garage doors, and really did the front porch, and did half the front fence. Then I got tired. But pretty cool. Officially working from home for the next couple weeks as the office renovations started. Since I don't have an RDP machine always on in the office, I'm going to set up a NUC here at home for it. I tried an Amazon Workspaces and Azure Virtual Machine, but neither was either as easy, or as cheap as I hoped it would be for a relatively responsive machine. So, I'll use the nice fat AT&T Fiber connection and just leave one up at home.
11:36 PM Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Officially out of the sling. Time to start PT. Also means I can start going back into the office, which is funny, because starting next week they're doing some renovations, so I'll be working from home again for I think a week or two. Not quite sure if I'll have enough space for all my monitors though in the new space. Not really cubes, more like desks. Had Lucy's 8th birthday party at the house last Sunday. 12 7-8 year old kids in the house. Tracy had some painting and cookie decorating activities, which went over pretty well. Still pretty crazy. Surprised that the dress up and costumes got the most play, which is actually pretty cool. And a bunch of the girls played with Jackson's Matchbox Ultimate Garage. Also, the cake from Dairy Queen was pretty good. Snuck away after to see Whitney at Piece. Also saw Leo and Con, which was funny because Jackson tagged along. Haven't been back there or seen Whitney in a pretty long time. Pretty much caught up on Billions. It's good stuff. Loved the Netrunner callout. Finally put all the LEGO away. Not well though, need to find a better display/storage solution for the built sets.
2:48 PM Tuesday, April 24, 2018
About 6 weeks ago (Wednesday, March 14), I broke my right clavicle on my bike commute home from work. Think I pedal clipped turning onto Clybourn from Halsted. Ended up on my right side. Got up, walked over to the sidewalk, shoulder seemed sore but seemed to be working. Bike was in good condition. Then biked home. Once I got through the door and felt the break, realized it was broken, and went to the ER. Had a great experience at Illinois Masonic, hardly any wait, everything pretty quick. Got a sling and x-rays. Took the next couple days off, got an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon (Dr. Patrick Birmingham) at NorthShore Medical Group. Because of the displacement, went with surgery, scheduled for the following week. Had surgery at River North Same Day Surgery Center. Had a very cool cold therapy machine, (Game Ready), and used that for like 3 weeks. Originally was told I could probably be out of the sling in 2 weeks, but after the first post op visit, and seeing the x-rays, and the number of breaks/screws involved, I'd be in for 4 weeks. And then after the week 4 post op, I get another 2 weeks in the sling. I'm about ready to be out of it. Been working from home so I can support the arm while typing. As soon as I'm out, I"ll start heading in to the office again. Finally started helping more around the house, using the right arm a bit more. As soon as I can, I'll get back on the bike. Hoping I can actually do Bike the Drive in another month. Oh, started taking medication for high blood pressure, because my diet went to crap, and I wasn't really exercising. Recently got back on the bike trainer in the basement, which is good. Still totally into LEGO. In the middle of organizing the loose bricks by type. Actually have the Ninjago City waiting to get built. Started watching Rise, but there wasn't enough singing, so I watched the entire Glee series. Also really enjoying LA to Vegas and Deception. Reupped with Comcast in order to drop the cost a bunch, and got Showtime as well to start watching Billions, which is really good. Also watched all the Transformers movies. Also got and switched over to the Denim blue color case and watch bands.