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renniekins
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Unfinished Stories
The interesting thing about reading a journal is: you only get to find out what I decide to tell you. I only write about what's on my mind, or what I think will make a good story. So the reader is left with glimpses and snippets, unfinished tales and questions.

The fact that I just completed the struts web interface for our claims user administration system here at work? Very boring. But the fact that during the process I lost my pen down the toilet...now there is some entertaining reading! Or at least, it amused me enough to share.

So today I'll finish a couple of the stories I started, or at least mention the next bit.

Despite the fact that I am getting some things done (see the boring part two paragraphs ago), my motivation levels are still extremely low. In contrast, my emotional levels are very roller-coastery. I have therefore been avoiding anything too serious and instead focusing on cell phones.

I've been obsessing over the idea of combining PDA and cellphone technology for quite some time now, and it culminated this week with my spending way too much time looking at phones and plans on the web, talking to people about their phones and providers, and even visiting a couple of brick-and-mortar stores to play with test units. This afternoon, I threw caution to the wind and placed an order for a Treo 600 through AT&T. One good thing is that they offer a 30-day trial period, so if I decide I made a mistake I can return it. I'm really looking forward to playing with it. I hope it arrives soon!

I visited my knee doctor on monday for my 3-month surgical followup, and he said I am allowed to try skating again. Obviously I will need to ease into things gradually, and I won't be able to do much at first. Still, it is good to be on that next step, and it will be good to start trying normal stuff again.

But I haven't gotten back on the ice yet. Partly because I'm scared, and partly because I'm just kinda tired of rehabbing. I have (only semi-intentionally) given myself a week off. Aside from a few walks and some stair-climbing (oh, and some dancing last night), I haven't done anything physical this week. At first it was because of the doctor appointment, then it was because I gave blood, but then it was simply because I don't wanna. I haven't ridden my bike, I haven't tried skating, and I haven't gone to the gym/physical therapy.

Speaking of physical therapy, I don't know quite what I want to do about that. On monday the surgeon asked me if I needed/wanted to continue PT. I said I didn't know. So he gave me a prescription, and let me make my own decision. That prescription is still sitting in my car, the decision unmade.

At PT last friday, the therapist I talked to thought it would be good for me to keep it up a little longer. I am not ready to skate or be athletic yet, and I have a ways to go before I feel confident in the use of my knee. Having somebody monitoring me, and giving me new exercises, would probably be good. But...I was looking forward to being done. I guess I'm just weary of the whole thing.

So I gave myself a week off. It's been nice, not rushing off to therapy at all this week. I'm hoping that I'll feel (mentally) better after this week ends, and I'll be able to decide what to do about therapy and rehab and exercise and whatnot. Because clearly I need to do something; I will never be whole unless I continue working at it.

Interesting: despite my present reluctance to do it, I know precisely what needs to be done to make my leg better again. I wish it were as easy to figure out how to make my life better.

I took the week of July 5-9 off from work. I always take time off, this time of year. I don't know what I am going to do with it yet...that's another thing I need to decide.
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From: ex_dcl Date: June 25th, 2004 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love, love, love my Treo 600.....

....sure, there's some things I don't like about it, but what I do like *far* outweighs what I don't.

Let me know what you think, and if you have any questions! My learning curve to get completely used to it was about 3 or 4 days
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2004 09:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Coool, thanks for telling me that! Hopefully it'll arrive in the mail next week. I'm excited!
bluelotus From: bluelotus Date: June 25th, 2004 05:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
That phone has lots of buttons!

Can I ask what you did to your knee?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2004 10:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Yep, it has an entire keyboard!

I tore a ligament (the ACL) while ice skating, and had it surgically reconstructed in March.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: June 26th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your knee has a keyboard? :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2004 04:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure...doesn't everybody's? (:
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 27th, 2004 07:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Nope no knee keyboard

But they both click like a mouse sometimes.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: June 25th, 2004 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

treo 600!!!

count me in on the love love love of the treo 600 :)

I love mine :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: treo 600!!!

Awesome, that's good to know. (Here's a question, about coverage and such, does it work at CSS?) I'm excited about it. Just checked the FedEx tracking...it's been shipped...it's already in Michigan!! Pity it's a weekend, because that probably means I won't get it until monday.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: June 26th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: treo 600!!!

I didn't have it last year, but it seems to work anywhere my prior ATT wireless phone worked, plus more, now that they've increased their coverage.

Sounds like how I kept track of my phone, then found out that although there was a tracking number, it was in fact the new SIM card - and they were out of stock of the phone. So I called around until I found an ATT store that had one, down in Oakland and I went and got one it there and (tried to) cancel the order for the one that was on backorder.

Three days later I had two of them.

That's all sorted out now, and like I said, I love it :) My sister-in-law has one too (did you meet her? Bonnie Ricca - she was at CSS too) and also loves it. And she's a LONG time Palm user :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2004 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: treo 600!!!

That's encouraging to hear. My current ATT phone is digital, not GSM, so I'm a bit worried about the coverage change. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Oh no, I hope it's not just my sim card! Hopefully the whole phone will be attached....

I don't remember if I met a Bonnie -- if so, she wasn't somebody I talked to much.

I gotta work on convincing my boss to send me this year.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: June 25th, 2004 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Keep up the PT

The activity and routine are good for you not to mention the exercise.

I too am on vacation that week, let me know if you want to come up and meet Tulip the baby donkey and the rest of my sister's menagerie.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 26th, 2004 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Phone choice

Have fun with the new phone. What I really want is a combination that is a PDA, GSM phone and GPS device with driving directions. Probably be a few more years and lots of money. I am thinking (strongly) of switching to t-mobile with a Motorola V66 for the trip to France, but I'd need to hack the unlock codes to add a French SIM - useful for getting people in France to call you instead of an overseas number (they won't give them out unless you've had the service for 90 days, the unlock does that is, darn).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: June 26th, 2004 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Phone choice

A GPS would be a cool addition, yes. Good luck figuring out the unlocking and such! When I was looking on EBay, I did notice a bunch of unlocked phones for sale....
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: June 26th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Phone choice

I saw some too, none I wanted though. Interesting is the sale of unlock codes on eBay with refund if the unlock doesn't work.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: June 26th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Personally, I'd like to hear about the struts interface, too. No, seriously!
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: July 2nd, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took the week of July 5-9 off from work. I always take time off, this time of year. I don't know what I am going to do with it yet...

Can I take you out of town this weekend on my motorcycle? Say Saturday morning and then back sometime Monday evening? (Hopeful smile) :)
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