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Jul. 21st, 2017 08:13 am
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More things I have learnt from physio - mainly notes to self. I suspect [personal profile] hagar_972 and [personal profile] taennyn may have useful experience here, where I'm just starting out on the same journey they've already been on.

Muscles in the thigh - VMO, lateralis, the big quad one, the sartorius one across, adductors on the inside, abductors on the outside. VMO needs extra strengthening due to hypermobility. The small stabilising muscles tend to give up, then the big muscles compensate, and that's why my hamstrings get tight all the time. Then the hip/bum ones like glute max and glute mede also need help, particularly the latter.

Making sure things activate in the right order is hard. If the lateralis activates before the VMO instead of at the same time, then my kneecap slides sideways and that's one of the reasons it hurts. Trying to activate the VMO first will retrain it so they both go at the same time.

Unexpected wildlife part 2

Jul. 18th, 2017 03:29 pm
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Twice while working at home today, I've gone into the kitchen and seen butterflies fly into the kitchen window. I've never seen that before.

That's two days in a row that a window has saved me from insect attack.

Unexpected wildlife

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:13 pm
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In an office on the 7th floor today, something caught my eye outside the window. It was a dragonfly. It might have been blown up there by the wind, but it's not windy today.

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Jul. 14th, 2017 05:12 pm
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I didn't actually will myself sick to get out of a work 'team bonding' event. But I can't deny the super convenient timing.

I finished up a big work project I've been working on for months. I was somewhat concerned I wouldn't be able to find something else big and lengthy to work on next... and then I stumbled on a trash fire made up of a few different individual fires that will take a lot of effort to put out. Which is great! But also a bit demoralizing, in the sense of "holy shit is everything terrible, am I going to be cleaning up decade-old bad code forever?".

I really need to apply for other jobs. For the experience of applying, remember / figure out how the hell to do interviews, hopefully get an offer I can use to blackmail my current company to give me a better raise. (I was basically told, flat out, that the only way to get a more-than-meh raise was if they had to 'fight' to keep me. So.) But the whole concept is terrifying. I get stuck on details like, what route would I take to drive there? I haven't even applied yet, and I'm already worried about the commute. I worry about everything, the whole chain of events, up front. Which makes me good with money, I guess, but in most other ways it makes things too impossible to begin, with all the risks and potential for failure.

I have fallen off of Twitter. I've conceded that I'll likely never be sufficiently blasé with my thoughts to casually tweet them out with any regularity. I recently got an instagram acct, for reasons I'm disinclined to examine closely. So far I've kept at it longer than I feared I would, so that's nice. I'm sticking to a deliberately slow pace, for now.

Pretend play

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:13 am
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L has just started, within the last day or so, to do a new kind of pretend play. He's been playing "I'm cooking" or "I'm driving", activities that happen in real life, for months. But now he's adding in, "I'm a kitty!" or "You're a puppy!" and acting it out by meowing or crawling on all fours.

This morning in the car, he said that he was a kitty and I was a puppy and he was my mama. I said, "L, if you're a kitty, how can you be my mama if I'm a puppy?" Sidestepping this logic, he said, "Mama, you a SAD puppy and I'm your mama." I made some sad puppy sounds and then said, "Mama, how are you going to make me feel better?" He said, "Here's Kitty!" (meaning his beloved stuffy). So I hugged Kitty and gave her back (always give Kitty back!). Hugging Kitty solves all problems, so that was that, and then he went on to other details of our commute ("There's a gas station! There's a cement truck!").

Kids! Development! So weird and cool.

Wheelchair recs

Jul. 13th, 2017 07:22 pm
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Your first wheelchair by [personal profile] kaberett was brilliant for helping me upgrade from Shopmobility's hire chair to something designed for active use and being pushed by the person in it rather than a carer.

The Spinal Cord Injury Empowerment Project by the University of Washington has excellent videos on wheelchair skills. The American accent and cheery tone grates after a while, but it's very useful info and nicely bite-sized.

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Jul. 13th, 2017 08:30 am
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Someone on my reading circle recently (within the last month?) quoted someone else on dreamwidth who wrote a post that boiled down to, "Here's a list of nine things that your brain wants you to think you're supposed to be able to do flawlessly all at once, but in reality most people manage two at most," those two being "holding down a job" and "keeping a living space livable". Some of the others were, like, "meaningful artistic practice", "gregarious and active friend circle", etc.

I wanted to reread, but I can't remember who posted it or when. Does this ring any bells?

Quite pleased

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:44 pm
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Short story draft is at about 3000 words; I'm aiming to be finished in the 5-6K range. It's going well but most of all I'm pleased that even though my days are carved up with internship, I am finding time to write, and I am consistently coming back to the story able to remember/pick up where I left off (not always guaranteed with original fiction).

I was invited to submit by an anthology editor who remembers me from last time, so that is nice. They won't accept necessarily but the odds are good. Hoping to submit by Friday.

I've been using the "moral premise" plotting style for my recent short fiction--has anyone else tried it? (There's a book but I'm too cheap to buy it; I've been basically doing what someone suggests in this blog post about it.) I'm finding it pretty helpful to round out characters and keep focused on a single problem in a short space, instead of writing a bunch of "is this the first chapter of a novel?"s.

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