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Sudden wealth and slipping

1. Yesterday the home-internet went from "barely working" to "not working at all, whatsoever." In the welcome advertisement pack from the US Postal Service, there's an ad for Earthlink at $10/month for the first three months, so I might have to look through the fine print and then go with that. I think my parents have been reasonably satisfied with Earthlink.

2. I finished unpacking the pod yesterday! I am proud of myself for getting it done, although hulking the three-drawer filing cabinet, the cedar chest, and the loveseat up the six steps of the back porch was NOT a fun project. At times like that I am grateful that I am a tall, strong woman. Hopefully I can downsize my files to a point where I won't need the filing cabinet the next time I move. Mostly this will have to be accomplished by more fully digitizing my reference collection. I am also grateful that the loveseat features extremely sturdy construction - why I bought it. I had to do multiple end-over-end maneuvers with it.

3. So now I am working on the unpacking of boxes and figuring out where things should go. This apartment has built-in shelves in the dining room and living room, which are fantastic. To give you an idea of some of the things I've missed: a tweed jacket, my wool CRAP jersey, the toaster oven, my hand-knitted mittens, the sewing machine (to think I almost got rid of it when I moved from AZ!), the enormous desk space (so vast!), the ghetto-blaster (boombox), ALL of the cast iron frying pans, the blender, the oil paints, the lap quilt from scrottie's mom, my oil paintings, my handmade ceramic bowls, and and and...

I've also enjoyed the sensation of rediscovering things that I own. For instance, I had completely forgotten that I already owned a pair of wool long underwear leggings. I bought new long underwear in Portland last fall, but I am overjoyed to have these other long underwear leggings, because they are Smartwool. I've been wearing long underwear every single day, so it's good to be able to trade out a pair. I also discovered several pairs of pants. YAY more pants. And now a lot of the wool socks that I had glanced at skeptically while in Texas I am suddenly excited about.

4. The last time I lived in a place with weather like this was twelve years ago, so there are certain things I've forgotten about with cold weather. I finished unpacking the pod on Saturday as it began to snow - the first snowfall since I've moved here. After the unpacking wrapped up, I biked over to the hardware store for a couple of things, and then headed back past the apartment towards the grocery co-op for groceries. At the stop sign right across the street from the apartment, I tried to brake and stop and then suddenly found myself sideways on the ground. So I put the bike away and walked to the grocery store (have I mentioned how wonderful it is that I can WALK to the grocery store?). This morning, walking in to campus, I slipped and fell again. Having lived in warm places, I've forgotten what it's like to live in a place where these slips and falls are just a normal part of the winter experience.

The slipping and falling sort of has an upside. I injured my right leg somehow during the bike ride last Monday, and it has been bothering me quite a bit this week, especially when stair-climbing. But now I have other aches and pains to think about instead.

I think this means it's time for me to go ahead and order a recumbent tricycle. I bet those are really fun to skid around on.


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Mar. 1st, 2015 06:33 pm (UTC)
Or studded snow tires. ;)

1) Let us long and vociferously shout the praises of Smartwool!

2) Sorry to hear about the leg. :( :( :( Do you have a bathtub now? Hot epsom salt soaks seem to really help with winter aches and pains around our house.

Sending love! Glad you are reunited with the things that make life easier and more pleasurable. They truly do improve one's disposition.

Mar. 1st, 2015 07:34 pm (UTC)
1) I purchased an Ibex top and Ibex long underwear pants in Portland. The top is fantastic, but the pants...Smartwool is a winner in that category. Hurrah, Smartwool!

2) I have a GLORIOUS bathtub. I should get some epsom salt. I had a regular soak yesterday, which provided some relief, but I haven't completely figured out what's going on with this leg yet. The discomfort has been migrating between different parts of the leg, so there's some sort of weird feedback cycle going on. I do know one thing: not having to lift any more heavy furniture and boxes should help!
Mar. 2nd, 2015 06:15 pm (UTC)
i like my ibex wool leggings. now i am very curious about smartwool leggings, but can't really justify the purchase due to the no-winter situation here in seattle.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 06:56 pm (UTC)
The Ibex wool leggings that I've got are fairly straightforward - purple and stripey. The irritating elements are that the elastic in the waistband has already curled, and the cuffs don't stretch at all because of how they're sewn. These SmartWool leggings have paneled construction, so they stretch and move in appropriate directions. The elastic waistband is functional, and the cuffs are sufficiently stretchy.

The only reason I could justify the purchase was that I completely forgot that I already owned a pair! :-P
Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:41 am (UTC)
I am a fan. Though I have recently been trying out the Darn Tough Socks, and am even more of a fan. (Someone explained at length that Smartwool has gone downhill a bit since having been bought up. Can't really say. Darn Tough has a lifetime replacement guaranty, and they're pretty. I buy both.)
Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:09 am (UTC)
I am curious how you and rebeccmeister know each other! I recognize your icon from regyt's LJ.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:14 am (UTC)
Via thewronghands. And bicycling. And invertebrate biology.

(I could totally make myself a picture of a sea slug on a recumbent bicycle. I should probably do that.)
Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:28 am (UTC)

Yes! You should! I would also note that our childhoods paralleled in Seattle. annikusrex (my bff) went to Washington Middle School.

Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:37 am (UTC)
Mar. 2nd, 2015 02:40 am (UTC)

I don't remember anymore! I think she and I are a few years younger? (I just turned 34, fwiw)

Mar. 2nd, 2015 06:16 pm (UTC)
yeah, app at washington; though i was in ipp a few years earlier for first grade at madrona.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
Hahaha, I vote for this!
Mar. 2nd, 2015 04:31 am (UTC)
I have been pleased with Darn Tough as well, and I have Smartwool leggings that are so awesome that I haven't tried any other brand. (And giant really baggy mens' military surplus wool pants that are my winter SAR gear pants, for serious fuck-you cold. tylik, I think I was wearing them for the picture of us at Elliott Bay.)
Mar. 2nd, 2015 03:23 pm (UTC)
I got some super-awesome vintage army-surplus wool knickers off of eBay a couple of years back, and now they're back in my possession since I've unpacked the pod! The only downside is they were sewn with cotton thread, which has disintegrated over time.

I'll take a look at these Darn Tough items. I love wool.

I'm also sad to discover there doesn't appear to be an army surplus store in town here. I want to buy a cheap wool army surplus blanket or two!
Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
If pain moves, think sciatic....
Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:34 am (UTC)

I was wondering about that, Mom...I think things have gotten a bit out of whack without adequate time to recover, so I'll do some back strength work while trying to get more rest.

Mar. 2nd, 2015 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Leg
The Legs Up Against The Wall stretch definitely indicated extra hamstring tightness in my right leg, but the origin of the troubles (proximal part of my right calf - feels like the soleus?) still seems to be present. We shall see in a few more days...
Mar. 2nd, 2015 12:49 am (UTC)
Has anyone done the carbide studded tire song and dance in your direction yet?

Because if not, let me break out my top hat and cane now.

Bar mitts are my most recent major equipment upgrade. Carbide studded tires are what made it possible to be a winter commuter in Cleveland. (And I took a couple of scary falls before I worked that one out. I'm really good at falling, but that's totally not going to help if a truck runs over me seconds later. Shit.) They're amazing. I can ride on a sheet of ice - and be fine. (I was riding in freezing rain the first time I realized this - it wasn't freezing rain when I left. I was noticing that the road looked more and more suspicious, but hey, I felt perfectly secure. Then I got to a red light, and put my feet down - and they had absolutely not purchase, but my tires continued to be fine.)

I have Schwalbe's because I have a recumbent and they make ones that fit my 20" front wheel. I've heard excellent things about Nokians as well.
Mar. 2nd, 2015 01:32 am (UTC)

I will have to look into those! Had heard of other flavors of studded tires, but never knew anyone who could speak from experience! Of course, by this afternoon everything had melted, so I can go back to playing the ice-lotto again... I think I might put off that purchase for what's left of this winter, because I can walk instead without major inconvenience, but if I find myself in snowy realms next year they'll go on the shopping list for sure!

Mar. 2nd, 2015 04:35 am (UTC)
I'm impressed with your serious hard-coreness. Once there starts to be a possibility of ice, I'm out. I'll just walk.

(This post brought to you by entering a Chicago winter again after weeks in a Seattle one.)
Mar. 2nd, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
There's a fine line between hard-coreness and stupidity, though! After falling twice, I decided I'd crossed that line and switched to walking. Of course, the ice has all melted again, so back on the bike I go!
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