Slug Racing and Raspberry Leaves

Despite my still-firm commitment to my New Year’s Resolutions, um, goals, I’ve been a feeling a bit slow this week, like a slug crossing the road. Slower than a slug, actually. This little one actually made it across the rain-soaked road in a matter of minutes. Not bad for someone with only one foot. Speaking of having only one foot, it’s time for an update on the Morton’s neuroma. Here it is: I still have it. The series of steroid shots did nothing. Incidentally, that is also exactly what my employer-sponsored health insurance plan covered. So, apart from a depleted bank account and a sour taste that gurgles up into my throat whenever I recall this failed $600 experiment, I still have an unhappy foot. So, this week in 2014, I did a little work in the raspberry patch. Remember how it looked last week? This is the “after” picture I promised. … Continue reading…

A Birthday and the Feeling of a Balled-up Sock

I’d love to open this post with something like, “You’ll never believe what happened this week!” but , unfortunately, the past seven days were just chock full of utterly mundane and believable things.  Truth be told, this was a pretty mellow week. One bit of excitement is that we celebrated the birthday of this beautiful lady, Mike’s mom, Sherry. Happy birthday to a wonderful friend! In other news, I finally saw a podiatrist and received an official diagnosis on my foot problem: Morton’s neuroma. You can read all about my visit with the doctor – and my reluctance to adopt the suggested treatment – here. Essentially, Morton’s neuroma is a ball of angry nerves inside the foot caused by fashionable shoes, impact sports, and standing on tippy toes. Most people say the feeling is like walking on a pebble or a balled up sock, although my experience was more that … Continue reading…

Possible Mild Insanity & Progress

Ah, the second week of January is already under our belts and, speaking of what’s under our belts, how’s everybody doing on their resolutions so far? Anybody still working on theirs?  Finances in order, that great novel nearly finished, fluency in another language achieved — whatever your goals, I hope you’re making progress. Getting fit and healthy — or just losing that holiday weight — is a common goal for many people this time of year. Most people resolve to shed what I call “Christmas Tummy”  and take on all sorts of challenges, diet programs, cleanses, detoxes, and exercise regimens to help them reach their goals. Great!  You only have one body so I say, “Experiment on it!”  Then let me know how it works out! This week in 2014, I took some steps toward a healthier me. I finally set up an appointment to have my foot problem officially … Continue reading…