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Friday, December 01, 2006


I'm down to about a dozen boxes. They're all lined up against the dining room wall. That being the chosen room because we had given away our old dining room set. There are 3 boxes that have been opened but they are filled with computer parts. 3 keyboards, 4 mice, some old hard drives and lots of wires. I find this intimidating. I shouldn't find it so because I used to be the buyer for a company that actually built controls, aka computers, for automation systems. Controls being the stuff that allows the Human machine interface. However, this consisted of the engineers telling me what was needed for a particular job, the shop foreman telling me when it was needed, and for me deciding where to buy it to get it into the shop at the last possible moment and for the very best price. So even though I was purchasing CPU's, I/O modules, memory cards, cables, wires, male connectors, female receptacles and gender benders, I was stuck in my office on the phone and banging out purchase orders, so I really don't have much of a clue about what is what when I'm pulling it out of a box. So I procrastinate. I have the same problem with tools. There are so many allen wrenches, screw drivers, drill bits, etc., and they're all coming out of a 200 lb. tool box that I need to sort. At least I know the difference between a Phillips and a slotted screw driver but that's about it.

On another note. Do you ever feel like one of those dolls whose limbs can be removed from their torsos? Sometimes I feel that way. Only one of my legs has been reinserted backwards. Do you think that we are some childs toy in another dimension?

Indian summer is over and winter is trying to blow the house down. It's not snowing yet but the rain is making hard metallic sounds as it hits the windows. I must be finally getting acclimatized though. Yesterday I actually found 70 degrees to be balmy and tropical. A few months ago, I found that temperature to be downright freezing. Sweater weather. So I'm somewhat terrified and thrilled by the prospects of my first real winter in 35 years!

I was soaking in the tub the other night. I used to love to soak in the bathtub. Back when they were all huge and clawfooted. You could really relax in one of those. I stopped doing that a couple of years back because it would actually drain me. I mean I would get out of the tub feeling fatigued instead of relaxed. Someone who does not have MS or Chronic fatigue syndrome might not realize that there is a difference between relaxed and fatigued, but there certainly is. The other night though, I got out of the tub feeling invigorated. So maybe it was the heat of Southern California that was enhancing the dragging feeling. I must report that it was not a clawfoot tub that I was lying in so my head was cocked at a 90 degree angle to the rest of my body. This does not condone relaxation and my thoughts fell upon the fact that my cerebellum was leaning against the rim of the tub. The cerebellum, the place where the white matter was first spotted that helped lead to the eventual diagnosis of MS. For a second, I wondered, if this could be one of the causes. Only for a second though because for the first time in a very long time an actual bath refreshed me.

Tomorrow I start a Tai Chi class. Going to get my left and right sides back in synch. As least that is the plan!


At 12:31 PM, December 01, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tomorrow I start a Tai Chi class"

HUZZAH! Most excellent. I certainly hope you enjoy it ... compare notes with Miss Chris.

At 12:57 AM, December 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey mouse, you should like Tai Chi.

Its easy to do (I sit in a chair when I can't stand [tonight I was able to stand through the first half,]) and easy to stick with.

I left a comment about your computer speakers for you on my blog after your comment.

At 11:03 AM, December 04, 2006, Blogger mouse said...

Sir Mdm., Lesson one was quite enjoyable, mostly breathing and holding the big ball exercises.

Charles, Thank-you. I have 2 sets of speakers that I've found so far. One is a Multimedia set and has a green coded plug. The other is a Digital set and the plug is black.

At 1:43 PM, December 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with the Tai Chi. I don't know alot about it but Miss Chris and Joel both do it and have seen benefit from it. :)

At 11:36 AM, December 20, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, how is the Tai Chi going?

At 9:44 AM, December 21, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck with the Tia Chi, It works wonders for people with ms. The benifits will not be noticed at firstbut stick with it. Even if it is just breating....It helped me sleep when I have problems. All thats left for me to say is....
Merry christmas and hope you are well!
Love ya

At 5:13 PM, December 22, 2006, Blogger mouse said...

Kind sir MDM:

I look forward to the Tai Chi every week, and even do my homework! Haven't got my feet off the ground yet. That starts tomorrow:

Dangerous Dave:

It's the reverse breathing thing that is so wierd yet so critical to the Tai Chi experience. I tend to do things backwards anyways so it's easy for me to do!
Happy Christmas and Merry New Year to you too!

At 6:08 AM, January 30, 2007, Blogger Pris said...

I love this last series of posts. I had an introduction to Tai Chi some years ago and find it to be such a graceful art. If I ever get my knee healed, that's something I could do with CFIDS, a nice bonus.


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