Sunday, January 31, 2010

Qi Gong and the Golden Heal

So far I am keeping up with updates on Sundays at the very least, which is working. As I improve during the coming weeks physically I believe the updates will grow more in number per week.

This week has been a week of seemingly non-stop qi gong. I did my regular qi gong practice every day and began to feel stronger and stronger. Thursday I slipped with my crutches here in my house. There was a very loud *crack* and my shoulder just was not good. Since my shift wasn't over I still had to work so this meant between calls was a lot of qi gong, which actually saved me over.

I went to qi gong class that same Thursday where Just Bill began showing us "silk reeling" exercises and I have come to the understanding that my left hand does not understand making figure eights.

It still doesn't want to do figure eights.

I'll keep working with it though and see what it will do this week.

Any way....

As I was working with the qi gong when I was injured I kept imagining that the energy was golden and it was going to the hurt place and wrapping around it like a golden sheet and healing it. My shoulder began to feel better and have thus kept it up with qi gong breathing, energy collection, and my shoulder has continued to get better.

The qi gong didn't keep me from having to take some extra pain meds, but not as much extra as I would have been forced to take with all of the additional pain if I had not done the exercises. Plus, my mood has also been more light than it otherwise would have.

Yes, I have felt like absolute crap and moving has been a royal witch, but my shoulder's progression of healing has definitely increased.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Why Didn't My Kitteh Do This For Me This Morning?

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Feeling a little better today. My shoulder is better. My feet are not. The back is better. The knee is not. So, I guess this is 50/50 over all. Not too bad.

Today it has been very cold and has either snowed like mad (at one point while working I looked out my window and it was white with snow, I couldn't see the tree outside my window!), sort of drizzled cold rain, or just simply been frigid.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Not the Monday I Expected

There was a lot planned for today, being Monday and all. There was work, of course, and then writing and playing some on Dragon Age, and then the first night of tai chi. Sadly, none of this happened today because my arthritis attacked with a holy vengeance upon me.

Today has been a day of sitting as still as possible, or literally writhing in pain. It has been so bad that Hubby didn't go to work either today, but stayed around to take care of me, as well as to determine if we might need to get me to a doctor.

Currently the pain is better. I was able to do some qi gong that eased up a good portion of the pain. It was remarkably easy to direct the chi to the shoulder and other bad spots. My back received a lot of it, as did my hands. All it took was some concentration...and belief.

Surprisingly, chi work is coming quite easily for me. I have done energy work before, but never truly put this immense determination into it, some people would call it "putting my mind to it." Now that I have, and seen positive and real results from it, has pushed me over the edge of just playing with the concept of energy and chi work, into making it a goal of mine.

The qi gong did not stop the pain entirely, but it eased it up enough that I have manged to sit up and move a little. I have only had to take one dose of Advil, which is remarkable at a time like this. Advil does nothing for the pain either, but it does help the swelling of what few joints I have that continue to have joint material. I have been able to be civil to my husband and friends who have called to check on me, and although I am completely and utterly exhausted from all of the pain today, I know I will be able to work tomorrow.

I was also good and called and left a message with Just Bill to let him know I didn't just stand him and the class up, and tried to get hold of Bliss, but just didn't have the physical stamina to wait on hold for any length of time. Next week I am bound and determined to go to tai chi, and I am not missing qi gong class for anything!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Wittle Jake Got Upset With Pop

Once upon a time there was a little puppy named Jake. He was a lucky little fellow who went straight from his mama's side to Poppa, the bestest human dad evar! Jake's Poppa loved him and so did Poppa's sister and brother-in-law. He was a part of a big wonderful family.
wittle jake

Jake's Poppa stayed with him all the time when he was little and played with him and loved him. But then, as Jake grew up, Poppa said he had to get another job. So Poppa began going out during the day to something Poppa called "interviews", but he always came back to the Jake, which is what Poppa said every day when he left for a while. "I'll always come back for the Jake."
It was never too long that Poppa left Jake, but it felt like forever! Jake would try and play with the cats, but all they did was make funny noises at him that were a little scary.

Poppa worked hard to get this thing called a job. Jake didn't know what it was, but it was very important to Poppa so it was very important to Jake, too. Poppa worked with a box that sometimes made noise and showed pictures. Jake would wait patiently beside Poppa to finish and play with him.
Then, one day, Poppa came home and was so happy and excited. He had the thing! The job thing! Poppa said, "Things are going to change, Jake, but always remember: I will always come back for the Jake."

Jake was glad Poppa had this job thing. Nothing really changed for them except Poppa was happier and started pulling things out of the closet like nicer jeans and shirts and something that smelled good, even though it was washed called "a lunch box."

Then, one morning, before the sun had even woke up, Poppa was up and moving about the house putting on clothes and hurrying really fast. Jake got up too because, you could never tell when something might happen that would let Jake ride in the car! But Poppa didn't get the leash. Poppa filled the water bowl and the food dish extra high, gave the cats extra crunchy food, too; and then he petted Jake and was gone out the door.

Jake wasn't too worried about this because Popa had been trying very hard to find this job thing. The sun was good and up and still Poppa didn't come home. The sun was almost to its highest point when Poppa came home and fixed some food quickly for himself and set some aside for Jake, like always. Jake was SO happy Poppa had come home! But then, after eating, Poppa left again and Jake didn't see him for several long hours later.

Jake was so very sad. And bored. Jake was very bored. His toys weren't fun any more without Poppa.

The very next day Poppa did the same thing. He got up before the sun woke up, and was gone all day. He only had time to play with Jake when he was through with this job thing. Jake decided the job wasn't a good thing if it took Popa away so much.

Jake began to really not the like job thing because it took Poppa away from him forever and only gave him back to Jake on something called "days off" and they were never in a row.

Another thing Jake began to not like was the thing Popa talked into that always took his attention away from Jake and playing or just resting with Jake. Poppa called it "a phone."

One day, Poppa came home for the short time to eat, which Jake learned was called "lunch" and was in such a hurry he left the thing called "a phone" behind. It was the perfect opportunity to teach that nusance noisesome thing who was top dog behind Poppa: Jake.
But maybe, Jake thought, he had taught the phone too good of a lesson because it crunched really easily. Just when Jake was thinking about eating the thing, Poppa came home.

Poppa was so upset! Jake had never seen him quite so upset and sad. "I need that, Jake," Poppa said. Jake felt bad, but it felt good too because he had shown everyone he was Poppa's second in command! Even the cats would show him some respect now! But that didn't make Poppa feel any better and Jake lay down on the floor and looked up at him with his bestest sad eyes and Poppa forgave Jake.

A new phone came to live at the house after the old one's demise. It still took Poppa's attention away as did the nasty job, but Poppa really did always come back for Jake.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The World is Soggy Outside My Window

I know Lexington isn't getting as much rain and water as California, but it is really soggy outside. It is cold and soggy. It actually makes me want to stay inside and be quiet with knitting needles and yarn, or play video games and solve crazy puzzles.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What Voice?

Currently I am suffering from laryngitis and a head cold. Earlier today there was a fever. Now, thanks to medications, there isn't a fever, but I am quite cold most of the time and quite tired. Yes, I know that it is late, but working here at the computer on things that don't require me to talk, well, helps me to actually relax so that when I do go to bed I will be more likely to sleep deeply.

Today was one of those perseverance days for work. In the beginning of the day I didn't have problems with my voice, just a stopped up head and nose that surprisingly brought sympathy and get-well wishes from several callers; however, about an hour and a half before my day was over my voice began to go rapidly and then vanished all together into a whisper. You can't whisper and talk to people on the phone. Luckily for me one of my supervisors let me pull e-mails and make notes on them. Before signing out today I asked if I could do the same thing since I don't want to have to take time off from work if I can possibly help it. I need a good paycheck.

There was a lot I had planned to do today. I was going to clean on the house after work, and play with the dogs, and organize the office some (it's a royal mess), but What did I do? I slept to the sounds of the TV. The interesting part is that it was needed.

The only thing that truly sort of "hurt" about not doing, was working on my Victorian story with its newest arrival of a witch. This story has me interested. I know a little of what is going to happen, or what I would like to see happen, but, for the most part, I am enjoying just watching it unfold. Sometimes I have to stop the process and rein in a character, but it is wonderful. This writing project has been the most satisfying one in quite a while. Add to this that I am using a dip pen and bottle of ink on a legal pad to get words down and maybe you can understand how much bliss it actually is giving me to write it!

Now, I go to bed. I was bound and determined not to go to bed without updating here. Now I can go to bed with more peace.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Work + Shift + New = Change

Well, I have a new shift at work: 7:55 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Part of me is excited. Part of me is nervous about getting this body to move so early in the morning.

I am actually excited by the new shift because this actually gives me time to write and work on the house as in cleaning and cooking, etc. This is beneficial and useful.

Already there is a list prepared for things to do in the morning and hopefully the routine will get established, or establish itself so that this won't be such a shock to my system.

Coffee is going to be much needed from here on out!

In other news, there is still snow on my ramp. I will be staying in for a little while longer until it melts some more. Since I am getting off earlier at work, well, I should be able to run away to Barns & Noble during the day and be back before the husband gets home. I consider this a win/win situation!

Well, we'll see how it goes tomorrow.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

The First Monday of a New Year's Work Week and Song Lyrics

Tomorrow is Monday. The first Monday of 2010. Monday. I have to work tomorrow morning. Just keep thinking about the paycheck. Just keep thinking about the paycheck. Just keep thinking....

Mondays are rarely good in my job. Usually the calls swamp us and I can barely have enough time to breathe much less think or grab a snack here and there. Since I don't have a lunch break, well, I'm starving by the time the day ends. Still, as of January 15th, *knock on wood*, I will have been in my job and with my current company for an entire year. This pleases me greatly. It gives me hope and helps me settle some weird turmoil deep down inside. Hopefully I can continue to do a good enough job and stay where I am for a while longer.

It has taken a lot of thinking these past couple of weeks preparing for Christmas and then New Year's (which didn't pan out as I had hoped), but there is a plan for obtaining the goals I've mentioned. It is a good plan, I think, and do-able. The do-ability part of the plan is actually something that is encouraging me at the moment, where before had been a shadow of lurking doubt.

I am not "pumped", but I am...peaceful about 2010 and the things that should be accomplished. I am not even going to put an "if" in that statement. This is going to be my year.

Today, when I opened up the browser there was a new "most downloaded song" and after listening to it twice I actually wondered who was downloading it. The song isn't bad. It is catchy and has a fantastic dance beat to it, but it isn't for grammar school kids or tweens in the least, and possibly not some teens because, well, it encourages partying a wee bit much. It is called "TiK ToK" by Ke$sha, yes, this is how she spells her stage name.

It took a little searching to find a site that actually had the lyrics to the song and I listed again to make sure they were as close to correct as possible. They are as follows:

Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy
(Hey, what up girl?)
Put my glasses on, Im out the door - I’m gonna hit this city (Lets go)
Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack
Cause when I leave for the night, I ain’t coming back
I’m talking - pedicure on our toes, toes
Trying on all our clothes, clothes
Boys blowing up our phones, phones
Drop-toping, playing our favorite cds
Pulling up to the parties
Trying to get a little bit tipsy

Don’t stop, make it pop
DJ, blow my speakers up
Tonight, Imma fight
Til we see the sunlight
Tick tock, on the click
But the party don’t stop
Woah-oh oh oh
Woah-oh oh oh


Aint got a care in world, but got plenty of beer
Aint got no money in my pocket, but I’m already here
Now, the dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger
But we kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger
Im talking about - everybody getting crunk, crunk
Boys trying to touch my junk, junk
Gonna smack him if he getting too drunk, drunk
Now, now - we goin til they kick us out, out
Or the police shut us down, down
Police shut us down, down
Po-po shut us
[Chorus] x 2
DJ, you build me up
You break me down
My heart, it pounds

Yeah, you got me
With my hands up
You got me now
You gotta that sound
Yea, you got me
DJ, you build me up
You break me down
My heart, it pounds
Yeah, you got me
With my hands up
Get your hands up
Put your hands up

The video is catchy too:

I am not all up-in-arms about censorship and everything, but those who have younger chidren may want to re-think downloading this particular song for their tweens or young kids, even though it is super-popular.

After all, this is The Kentucky Mountain Girl News and part of the reason I began this blog was to share information with you, Dear Readers.

Friday, January 01, 2010

A New Year. A New Decade.

First and foremost.... HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The husband and I spent a quiet New Year's Eve together. He had fought a migraine for most of the day yesterday and the cold temps here in Lexington just made me back out of going downtown and enjoying all of the wonderfulness of counting down to a new decade as well as a New Year. I played it safe. I played it safe for myself as well as for my husband. Some would say this was quite thoughtful and very adult of me; others would say that I had lost my youthful exuberance for challenging everything and everyone to do what I want. I cannot, for the life of me, choose the best side to stand on as far as my actions are concerned. Yes, I was disappointed in not going downtown and dancing until I could not longer breathe. Yes, I wanted to enjoy bringing in a New Year with a lot of people who were hoping for something better like me. No, I was not willing to chance falling on ice and injuring myself for the beginning of the new year. No, I did not want to add to the stress of a post-migrained husband in a crowd of people with flashing lights and loud music.

Sadly, I even declined having people over because the husband wasn't up to it.

So, we quietly brought in the newness of the Year and Decade with video games, a kiss, and watching just a few minutes of Carson Daily and Rihanna in New York City where it was snowing and looked so cold. (Actually I felt quite sorry for Rihanna who was singing her heart out and wearing a belly-showing bustier with a short white fur-looking coat and riding pants and boots. I could almost feel her cold, especially since her band and back-up singers were bundled in several layers.) Then we went back to playing the video game - Conan for the XBox 360.

I actually ended up leaving the husband playing the game and took myself off to bed and didn't wake up or get up until 11:40 this morning (or what was left of the morning).

Friends are coming over tonight to enjoy ham hocks, black-eyed peas and pintos, with collard greens (or any greens I can put together) with some cornbread. A traditional mountain New Year's Day supper.

As far as New Year's Resolutions are concerned I have decided on the following:
    1. I am going to be happy this year and as filled with peace as possible, even if I must depend on the use of some nerve pill here and there to help me along.
    2. I am going to get out and do what I like and that makes me happy whether or not anyone approves, unless the thing I want to do puts me in danger.
    3. I am going to correct as many of the "mistakes" my husband says I make where he is concerned as possible. The others I will note, and just keep on living my life and doing my best to please him as possible while understanding and accepting I am never really going to be able to do that on a constant basis because, let's face it, we're both humans and humans make mistakes and err and we just have to keep going forward with living.
    4. The house will be better kept and I am going to encourage the husband to help clean up the messes he make- not two days later, but before going to bed.
    5. I am going to move more and continue getting in better physical condition.
    6. I am going to work as well as I can and keep my job for as long as possible.
    7. I am going to move forward with the writing and the knitting because I am almost positive this is how I am going to get the extra money I need in order to keep up a good living condition, as well as keep myself in yarns, journals, and books.
    8. I am going to organize, organize, organize.
    9. I am going to follow the dictates of my faith.
    10. I am going to prepare myself for death every single day from this point forward. Yes, it does sound a little morbid, but if I live every single day as if I am going to die at the end of it then perhaps I will be able to keep more joy in my life and everyone else around me as happy as possible.

These look simple, and even sound simple, but this is the most difficult New Year's Resolution list I have ever made for myself.