Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Week 1 - Blue Cross Hell

Alas, Monday was the last day of break. Five days had gone by in a flash and while I hadn't been a total slug, I still had a huge to do list of things I hadn't gotten done. And that's what I did, making a huge dent and in one day, redeeming myself from total slackerdom. A day off and lots of things crossed off is a good way to start a week, even if it was the last day of break.

Tuesday was not a good day. First off, instead of starting the year with a productive day of doing monthly reports, which is incredibly satisfying btw, we spent most of the day in a workload planning meeting. We went through everything Nora and I do trying to find things we can offload to others or stop doing all together now that filling Josh's position wasn't going to happen. My six weeks off for my knee replacement steps this up a notch. But it was most of the day and there were more of these meetings scheduled every day all week. Sheesh!

Then when I got home, my doctor's office called to tell me that my pre-surgery MRI for my shoulder had been denied, even after a peer review! Despite the fact that I'm in constant pain from the bone spur that's irritating my rotator cuff, which leaves me struggling to sleep most nights, and have already had a super painful needle aspiration, they want me to do a month of PT before they'll OK the MRI. Now I need the surgery NOW so that my shoulder is completely recovered by March 9th, when my knee replacement is happening. They aren't including that complication in their decision. Meanwhile I'm only able to sleep with a lidocaine patch on my shoulder and even that's not good sleep. Yet again, money trumps patient. Our system is so broken.

I tried for productivity, dropping my puked on coat for dry cleaning and stopping at Fresh Thyme for produce before work on Wednesday. And luckily after meeting for another huge chunk of time on Wednesday, the rest of the workload planning meetings for the week were cancelled so I was able to start on my reports, which Cheryl helped me with. Still it took the rest of my week and they weren't even 100% done by Friday at 5:00.

But I did end the week by talking to the benefits director about the ridiculous PT. I'd spoken to my doctor's office again and tried to plan out a month of PT and still getting my shoulder done before my knee. She called Blue Cross and gave me a ray of hope to end the week on. She'd hear back from them Monday so it was more waiting. Hopefully waiting though to head into the weekend.

It started with a rare Friday night social engagement - my water aerobics friend Cindy's retirement party. She had it in a downtown bar and it was lots of fun - good friends, yummy food and a DJ. While I didn't get up and dance, I had some fun rockin' out in my chair to some of my favorite songs. I've got 10 more years before I can retire. Jealous!

I had a Friends of the Library meeting at 9:30 Saturday and had actually done all the prepping, including a year in review treasurer's report, on Thursday night so wasn't slamming to get the reports done last minute. Very adult. I like starting a weekend at home with a Friends meeting, which gets me up and out and feels like a good start to the weekend. I ran some errands after the meeting then was home for the rest of the weekend.

Other than the usual chores, I spent Sunday prepping produce. I started the first of my 2 pre-surgery rotations on Sunday morning. I've gained 20 pounds since my sustained loss of 65 pounds and my intention is to lose them before March 9th. I can do it if I don't flake on these rotations, which I feel like I can do with the surgery hanging over me. After eating like a pig over the holidays, eating healthy food felt great so even 600 calories isn't going to dampen my enthusiasm. Wish me luck!

2017 - Just One Word

Every year I choose a word and TRY to focus on that for the year. Recently I haven't done a good job of following through on that so this year, I think I have a winner because it hearkens back to my first and most successful word - enough.

After having chosen this year's word but before writing this post, Faith Salie did a rant on CBS Sunday Morning about my word. Not that it will change my mind but I thought I'd share. Now for my word.....


The reason this word speaks to me is because my life is full. Very full. Of stuff, time commitments, energy commitments and the like. This leaves me in the position of constantly having to pick and choose what to keep/do/commit to like a museum curator. So it's time to really be deliberate in my life, especially this year when I'm facing my knee replacement and hopefully surgery to fix the bone spur's that killing my shoulder, both of which will leave me with extra time but limited abilities to get things done. So despite the fact that it's a buzz word right now, I am embracing curation as my goal for 2017. Wish me luck. Happy New Year!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Week 52 - A Short Break

Monday afternoon was our annual open house so we got up and out to Stop & Shop first thing on Monday. Since it was the first time Hanukkah and Christmas coincided since I've been Christmasing in RI, we were making potato latkes for the open house so had lots of prep work that morning. After peeling 15 pounds of potatoes and 4 pounds of parsnips, we prepped the 2 batches of latke batter and then started putting together the cookie platters and other treats. We were starting later than usual - 3:00 - and Carolyn planned to start frying when people started arriving. She had 2 frying pans on the stove but when she went downstairs for the electric frying pan, she came up empty handed, remembering she'd thrown it away after the last time she'd made latkes because it did such a crap job. Sharyn had just arrived when I grabbed her and we headed out to buy a new one, failing at Benny's so we had to brave Wal-Mart the day after Christmas. At least we found one.

The latkes were delicious and a big hit. More of Carolyn's friends came this year than most and with all my friends too, I had plenty of fun chatting and eating. Is there anything better in life? Only if it's got knitting too maybe. I didn't pick my seat wisely so ended up blocked in at the end of the table and didn't mingle as much as I would have liked but it was all good. Carolyn's friend Beth had helped her with the frying and then was a machine at clean up, which she said she enjoys. I thanked her profusely for doing my clean up work and headed out to drive Sharyn home. Christmas was officially over and had been a big successful, even with my behind the wheel puke fest. Monday was my last night in RI so it was a ridiculously short trip. I went to bed feeling satisfied though and was looking forward to being home for 6 days.

With a nearly empty suitcase to fill, Carolyn and I headed to Job Lot first thing on Tuesday morning. I found plenty of things to take home and was packed within minutes once we got home. It was cleaning day for Carolyn so I'd arranged for Cornelia to pick me up for lunch and airport drop off. She'd gone to Florida for Christmas so I hadn't seen her yet. As always, it was great to have some Cornelia face time. We went back to The Crow's Nest for more fried clams and when we had time to kill, we headed to the water, sitting in the parking lot in Potowomut overlooking the bay and chatting for more than an hour. Here's a pic of a very classy older lady who had the same idea. What's not to like about this view? One of the things Corn and I talked about was me coming back to RI in the summer once I retire. Now that's ten years away but it's the first time I've ever considered that. The words coming out of my mouth surprised me and I'll have to give this more thought. Anyway, she dropped me at the airport and despite not getting pre-check, I sailed right through the lines and was at the gate with plenty of time. I was not changing planes in Chicago so chose my seat wisely since I'd be in it for a long time. They did let us off in Chicago so I was able to use a real bathroom and get some frozen yogurt but still get back on the plane before general boarding. Nice. It was another ueventful flight and drive home. I was in  my house just after 11:00 p.m. and had six days at home. Yay!

I spent Wednesday and Thursday unpacking, putting things away and knitting. It felt great to be home. I am actually looking forward to the six weeks I'll be home post-surgery even knowing I'll be in pain. I just love being in my house during the day and being able to do whatever I want when I want. Holiday break must be what retirement feels like and I'm ready. Ten more years seems like a long time but I'll make it.

Other than brief forays to run errands, I didn't leave the house much until Friday, when Lorri and I headed to Lauritzen Gardens. We ate lunch in their cafe and then explored their poinsettia display and their new glass houses, which I hadn't seen yet. It was a lovely interlude in the dead of winter and makes me think I should buy a membership and go more often. From there we shopped our way home - Stoysich House of Sausage, Personal Threads (the yarn store where I bought too much sock yarn) and Aldi for milk and a few groceries. It was a lovely afternoon hanging with a great friend.

I had floors to sweep, counters to clear and chairs to set up. I filled a 3 tier stand with all kinds of goodies from my stocking and presents, put out 2 kinds of cheese and made a blueberry cake to go with the pots and pots of tea. There were 8 of us and we had a nice time eating, knitting and chatting. It's a wonderful way to start the new year. Happy New Year!

Week 51 - Rhode Island Christmas

I kept up the zicam on Monday morning but by noon admitted defeat. I had a cold - just what I need to the week of Christmas. I was a total snotty mess and felt so crappy by the time the day was over that I skipped knitting! It's very unusual but I didn't want to share my germs so close to Christmas. It was a good thing because by Tuesday, I had a fever. I called in (another rarity) and spent the day alternating between sweating and chills. Once I lost the sun in my back room, I retired to bed, where I streamed on my iPad all afternoon with the heated mattress pad keeping me warm.

Wednesday was cleaning lady day so despite not feeling much better, I went to work. Well, that wasn't going to fly. Mary took one look at me and told me to go home. When I explained that I needed to be away for the cleaning lady, she told me to kill my time at Starbuck's, HyVee or a thrift store. She didn't care where just not sharing my germs at work so off I went. I stopped at the market and got home at noon for another afternoon of doing nothing. My fever had broken by the time I got home too so other than snot, I was feeling better. I spent the afternoon knitting and taking it easy. I finished my last pair of Christmas socks that afternoon and had them blocking before bed.

Unfortunately my shoulder kept me from sleeping through the night so I was up doing laundry in the wee hours. I was tired but was fine at work and had lunch with Dodie. Then it was home to pack (that took 10 minutes) and go to bed early since I had to be awake at 3:00. I was in bed by 8:00 and had turned the light off by 9:00 so actually got six hours before the alarm went off. I was out the door at 3:40 (10 minutes later than I'd planned) and got to the airport before 4:30 for a 5:30 flight. But they opened a new canopy parking lot that shares the shuttle so it took 25 minutes to get to the terminal. Everyone was nice and let me cut in line but my checked bag was marked late check in so there was no guarantee it would arrive with me. I had all my clothes in my carry on so it only had Carolyn's stocking and yarn for Dottie so it wouldn't be much problem if it was late. Nothing I could do at that point so I settle in for my flight. It was all uneventful, which is the most you can hope for these days. 

John was in the terminal so I was one of those lucky people with someone waiting with a big hug at the bottom of the escalator and then my luggage was on the carousel. We went from there to The Crow's Nest for fried clams, clamcakes and chowder. Yum! John dropped me at Carolyn's and the Christmas prep began. Lists, lists, lists. Carolyn was leery of me touching food with my cold so I sat in the sun knitting while she started cooking. We had Don's spinach pies for supper. It was good to be in Rhode Island.

Saturday was Christmas Eve so I got busy first thing with Auntie Margaret's plum pudding. Otherwise Carolyn was still doing most of the cooking John came by to hang out and Carolyn had him braid the cardamon breads, which was something new for him. I had to laugh while i watched him moving the pieces back and forth before saying "I think I might need some help starting the braiding." I gave him a quick braiding tutorial and left him to it while I enjoyed some lovely knitting in the sun time. Here's a pic of his braiding efforts. Can you spot the problem? Too funny.

I left for Shelley's just after 3:00 so Christmas was on. I got to catch up with Auntie Margaret and Bette before Dottie and her family arrived. I hadn't seen them in more than a year and Andrew even longer and not at Christmas for years and years. That's better than any present. When I left ~7:30, I handed off the HUGE bag of yarn to Dottie and then struggled to clear a layer of ice off the car before heading to John's mom's. They had already eaten dinner (I used to eat with them but that was stressful and cut into my Auntie Margaret time so I now only go for a post-dinner chat, which takes the eat off) so I had half a glass of white wine and enjoyed their company for a couple of hours. The plan was I'd call Carolyn when I was leaving to see if I needed to pick her up at Tracy and Andrea's but she texted John just as I was standing up to say she did need a ride. It was just after 10:00 so still earlier than usual, which wasn't all bad.

There was no ice on the car (the freezing drizzle had stopped) but it was cold and my muscles cramped up as I waited for the car to warm up. I shrugged it off and headed to Cranston. Well, I was on the highway when I got a 3 second warning - I was going to puke! There was no shoulder and nowhere to pull off and no holding it off. I tried to cover my mouth but that did little good as I projectile vomited. I pulled off in a parking lot, puked some more and then did my best to clean things up with a stack of lotion kleenex and the gift box from Dottie's present. It was not pretty. I called Carolyn to say she needed to meet me outside (I usually go in and say hi) and she did. I felt fine as soon as I was sick, which was a good thing because I had some major clean up to do when we got home. When Carolyn went in for windex and paper towel, Aaron immediately asked if I'd thrown up in his car. Now why did he go right there? I'm 55 years old but I guess he's 16 and was thinking like a high school boy. Anyway, I spent some time outside in the cold and dark cleaning what I could then jumped in the shower before stuffing stockings and heading to bed. This was NOT how I'd planned to spend my Christmas Eve.

Christmas Day was lovely. We opened stockings first, which is my favorite thing. And yes, the bags underneath are stocking stuffers in what we call "the annex." We don't mess around with stockings. My 2 favorite things were the neck firming cream (I'd mentioned getting turkey neck to Carolyn and roared when I opened it) and the Middle Child Mints in a tin that said throw them in your pocket and forget about them. When we were done with presents, we had a low key breakfast. No elaborate blog food - just scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and cardamon bread. Delish! We were also making an easier dinner and since Aaron and I both had colds, Carolyn's parent were not coming so it was just the 4 of us and Jen, a friend who always comes for Christmas dinner. We had spiral ham (much easier than prime rib), scalloped potatoes and brussels sprouts. I was deemed healthy enough to touch food so did the potatoes and the sprouts, making me feel so much more useful. While we waited to eat, I went back out for more car clean up and it was looking unscathed by the time I was done. We left he doors open to air things out but I'd still be leaving money for detailing. Sheesh!

Dinner was delicious and the creme brulee was a nice finish. We were done with clean up by 5:00 and didn't know what to do with ourselves for the 2.5 hours we had to wait before the Call the Midwife Christmas special. It was the first down time we had in days so we retired to the front room for knitting and relaxation. All in all, it was a lovely Christmas. We had a big list for Monday morning but that was another day. We enjoyed our evening with full bellies and happy hearts. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Week 50 - The Home Stretch

I started the week with an appointment with my shoulder doc. I was using way too many lidocaine patches (almost every night) so needed to explore next steps. While my strength was still good, they ordered an MRI to check the calcification and rule out a rotator cuff tear before deciding if surgery is an option. But when I stopped to schedule the MRI, they said they had to wait for Blue Cross to approve it and it was a don't call us we'll call you situation. I am not holding my breath. Our health care system is SO broken. The good news is that Wednesday was our last water aerobics and while I'll miss it, my shoulder has been way better since. I'll take it for now and will try to be patient waiting for the MRI. 

I dropped Ginny's package on the way to work (Staples, which I had to drive right by, has a UPS desk) and got to work after 10:00, which is a nice way to start the week. But then I got an email from Nora saying they'd denied us filling Josh's position, which means more work for both of us and Nora will be slammed when I'm out for 6 weeks having my knee surgery. Nora took it hard but I wasn't surprised so just went on with my work. What did surprise me was when Mary decided to cancel our Winter Workshop, which was scheduled for 2 days after break and would have had us slamming until Christmas and probably meant Cindy would be working over break. So that was a nice bonus and started the discussions of what we can give up to deal long term with not filling the position. Unfortunately the next step was we have to start logging our hours so they know what we're working on. I HATE THAT! I had to do it at Brown and it sucked. Oh well. We're getting into we just need to be glad we're employed territory. Of course this is mostly the fault of the republicans in our state legislature who voted to cut taxes even though farm prices, and therefore revenues, are down. Who doesn't see the correlation? I just don't get it.

Feeling dejected, I put in for Tuesday afternoon off and went home after meeting Darla for lunch at HyVee. I had a lovely afternoon, catching up on the chores I hadn't gotten done on the weekend when I got sucked into knitting gifts. I also made rugelach to take to work on Wednesday, when we were having our office Christmas party. Mary takes the whole office out to lunch and buys us all a gift too - very generous. We also do a Yankee Swap (called a white elephant exchange in Nebraska) and that's always fun. It's supposed to be something from your house so I ended up with a hideous bear ornament but it came with a huge bag of Lindor truffles. Yum! I ended the day with our last water aerobics for a few weeks. I'll miss seeing all my water friends.

I still had 2 stray hours of vacation time in my bank (I like my bank to be in even days - call me anal!) so decided to take them Friday and head home early. I was home by tea time, which was a nice start to the weekend. I had no plans to leave the house and with my wrapping almost done and Ginny's package shipped (it had already arrived in South Carolina by Thursday morning), the list wasn't overwhelming. I was nearly done with one pair of Christmas socks and had one whole other pair to make by the 26th. I also needed to put my tree up, finish wrapping and put the wrapping stuff away plus do a final neatize of the house. It was going to be bitter cold so my plan was to never leave the house.

I started Saturday with a long overdue sewing project that I can't go into details on just yet. It went swimmingly but I was missing something to finish it up so had to brave the cold and head to the farm store Saturday evening. It was worth it to finish the project, after which I put up the tree. It was due to be -14 real temp with wind chills making it feel much colder but I couldn't get Pie to come in Saturday night, probably because I'd dragged her in Friday night so she wanted nothing to do with me. She has access to the garage and is a former feral from campus so pretty self sufficient so I wasn't too worried....

Until she didn't show up for breakfast on Sunday morning. When there was still no sign of her by afternoon, I was convinced she'd frozen to death. After calling and calling to no avail, I drove to the farm store and called there in case she had hitched a ride in my car. Can we say crazy cat lady boys and girls? I then had a kid who was visiting my neighbor down on the ground taking video underneath my deck with his phone. No luck. Needing something to take my mind off my frozen cat and having gotten everything on my list done, I decided it was time to do my online STOP class to get my 2nd speeding ticket dismissed. I'd paid a couple of weeks ago and had to do it by my first day back from Rhode Island so it made sense to get it over with. It was supposed to take 4 hours but took closer to 6 but I was done by 8:00 and had gotten an entire sock done on my last pair so it wasn't a total waste. Yet there was drama on the horizon surrounding that. Stay tuned for details next week.

Here's hoping your holiday to do list isn't too long and that you find some time to enjoy the preparations. Ho ho ho!

Week 49 - Christmas Prep Galore

It was a relatively quiet week with lots of pre-Christmas preparations. Me and the rest of the planet (or the ones who celebrate Christmas anyway.) My goal was to get everything done during the week so I could hunker down on the weekend. That made for a very busy week but all worth it.

While mundane, I just have to share that I got a new Sonicare toothbrush and absolutely love it! I have contemplated buying one for years and finally did it on amazon. My teeth have never felt cleaner and after just a few days of using it, my teeth are visibly whiter and have less plaque. Yay! If you’ve never tried one, you should.

My shoulder has been getting more painful with every passing day so when I was at Walgreens picking up my photo order, I stocked up on lidocaine patches. I had Anne put my first one on after swimming Wednesday night and got the best night’s sleep I’ve had in ages. These patches are fabulous! I also called my shoulder doc and made an appointment for first thing Monday. It’s clearly time to get this taken care of.

When I headed home Friday night, I was completely prepared for a weekend at home with a fully stocked larder and a big to do list. I had a lovely morning knitting in the sun on Saturday and was up and gluing down pictures by 10:00. The calendars went together easier than any other year (must have been our fabulous page designs) and I was done by lunch time, after which I cleared the bar and started wrapping. I had Ginny’s stocking wrapped before I sat down for tea. When I was putting her box together, which included a big pampered chef deviled egg tray that had been sitting unused in my basement for years, I could not find a cookbook I knew I’d set aside for her and so started digging. What did I find but a box full of stocking stuffers I hadn’t found when I sorted through them after Thanksgiving! I knew I should have had more. I added the few in there to Carolyn’s pile but put everything for my sister away for next year. Sheesh!

After a rotation dinner (I was on my sixth day of a 600/900 week and was down 4 pounds), I forced myself to get back out of my chair where I was happily knitting and watching Mary Poppins. I was tired of standing but felt great when I finished wrapping Carolyn’s stocking. With that done, I was going into Sunday with just my chores to do. Nice.

I was still feeling some Christmas knitting pressure. I was on the 2nd sock of Lorri’s Christmas socks but still had an entire cowl to knit and another pair of Christmas socks plus a pair of baby booties. With that in mind, I pulled some thick/thin bulky yarn for the cowl and then called Andrea to borrow big needles because mine were nowhere to be found. She was coming over with compost so dropped the needles off. I had started chores but then got sucked into knitting the cowl (it took 4 cast ons to get it right) so ended the day with the cowl done but not the chores. Oh well. I can finish those during the week. Christmas to do’s trump chores at this point. Am I right?

I hope you all are making big progress on your Christmas prep. Just 2 more weeks to go! Ho ho ho.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Week 48 - Everything's Too Hard

It was a bear of a week. Everything seemed to be harder than normal and I had a few humdingers that added nothing good. But I ended the week with a super productive weekend, getting a big head start on Christmas prep so it all worked out.

The first issue was Christmas trees. I've been getting my trees - one for inside and another for the deck - at Menard's for years. I get 4-5 foot trees and usually get out of there in 20 minutes for <$30. Since it was in the 50's on Monday and the long term forecast showed much colder temps, I headed to Menard's over lunch, only to find they had no small trees. None. And their naked wreaths were $10! Home Depot was in the same parking lot so I went there and found it all. Now the inside tree is labeled "evergreen" because it's no species I've ever seen and has the absolute spikiest needles ever. Oh well. Maybe that will dissuade the kitten from trashing the tree. The other tree and wreath are fine but in my travels between the stores, I managed to tip over the newly filled bag of cat food I keep in the back to feed the campus cats. Twice. So I was back on campus with holiday greenery but cat food everywhere. And now pine needles. Whatever. Done.

My Fit was registered through the 30th so I'd made an appointment at the Lincoln Honda dealership for Tuesday to get the airbag recall taken care of. This left me leaving Wahoo at 6:30 a.m., which made for a totally whacked morning. I bummed a ride back to Honda with Dodie then while super hungry, went to Aldi just for milk. $65 later! Then I hit Trader Joe's and was happy to leave for <$30. What a LONG day by the time I got home though.

Fast forward to Wednesday morning when I had a training class at 8:30, which I always struggle to get to. I'm an 8:15 person on a good day but inherited this class and its too early start time from a co-worker. So I'm sailing down the highway, with the cruise set but foot on the gas anyway, when I see a cop behind me lights ablaze. His first question was when I had my last speeding ticket and I fessed up that it was in October so off he went to write me another one. He was very nice and I called a friend to prep my class while I was pulled over so the class was fine. Now I have to do stop class though or my insurance will skyrocket. Grrr.... first thing I did was have Cindy change my future classes to 9:00. Who needs this?

The last thing that happened that was the icing on the cake was at lunch on Thursday. Cindy and I went thrifting and at my favorite store, someone swiped something out of my cart while my back was turned looking through stuff on a shelf. Now it wasn't my purse or anything important but who does that? The person must have made a beeline to the registers because we looked around for the offender but didn't find them and the cashier confirmed that someone had checked out with my item. Whatever. I was over the negativity for the week.

At 8:00 Thursday night, I actually got up from watching TV and made tetrazzini with the last of the Thanksgiving turkey and loaded it up in my freezer in individual casseroles. Because, get this, I scheduled my knee replacement surgery for March 9th! With all this talk of problems, I forgot to mention that. It's a big relief to have that scheduled and now I can move forward with that date in mind. Step 1 - cook for when I'm home and can't stand to cook. That was a step in a positive direction.

I continued the positive trend Friday morning by basement shopping. 3 of my 4 office mates had mentioned wanting/needing something that I had in my basement storage room not being used so I went downstairs first thing and in 5 minutes had a corelle plate (for avoiding nuking in plastic), a vintage sewing chest and a huge butter dish. I washed them all up and presented them at work. Everyone was happy, including me because 3 things were out of my house. I also brought some rubber stamps as inspiration for our calendar page day on Saturday and Nora and I had fun going through them and brainstorming. The day ended at the pool so I was exercised and showered when I got home to start the weekend.

Nora, Cheryl and I were making our calendar pages on Saturday but I had to pick up money at the library and deposit it before leaving to drive to Lincoln so I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn. I had time for a leisurely breakfast, a chat with Carolyn and pulling all my supplies together. It started snowing just after I got to Nora's and we had a lovely day full of creativity and fun. The page designs seemed to come easier than previous years so I was on the road as the sun was going down and home before full dark. It had stopped snowing mid-afternoon but the roads were most likely treacherous once the temp dropped but I wouldn't know because I was cozy at home.

I had a totally productive day on Sunday but had enough time to intersperse knitting and streaming (The Crown on Netflix, which I'm really enjoying. Check it out.) with chores. It was warm enough out that I spent some time getting my outside decorations up, including my deck tree, which always makes me happy. At the end of the day, I went next door with all the paperwork to officially transfer ownership of the Fit to my neighbors so that was off the list too.

For all the hassles early in the week, the week turned out better than average. I feel like I'm well on my way with Christmas prep, have a plan for my knee and am down to one car. All good, right? And a fun thing that's bringing me daily pleasure is my sock yarn advent calendar. Could there be anything more perfect for me? Doubtful.