Nov 082011
Looking a bit grey out there

Never ask a diabetic for Halloween Candy in Germany
I learned this the hard way.  Even though Halloween is largely a non-event in these parts (a few parties, nothing more), I still got the craving for a little sum-sumptin.  So, I asked my kind hubby to pick me up a little taste of home when he made his market run.  Since there were no big American-style candy displays with Milky Way minis or Peanut Butter Cups, he apparently just decided to choose by color.  This is what he got:

I won’t make you translate.  It is organic vegan black licorice made with all natural cane juice!!!  Good?  Actually, yeah.  But not really the Craptastic Halloween Experience I was looking for.

My contribution: Candy Corn Cookies- The orange came out too red, but not bad otherwise

That is the watchword this month.  Everything is work.  But, we whistle when we can, so Bring It On.  The nice thing about work is that once you do it, you have, in fact, Done something!

This is doubly true when you are a writer because someday, you know, you will have a lovely little book to hold in your hot hands commemorating the effort you put in. This week I set the wheels in motion to hold 2 little books in the future.  And, left-hand willing, I should have 3 more submitted by the end of the week, 3 more after that by the end of the month, and 3 more by the end of the year!  I do like my job!  But, if I happen to be a bit slow on the blogs (or emails), please understand.  There are only so many words my one hard-working hand can produce.  And TCM had the rights to about 30,000 of mine over the next few weeks!

New Work
I am told that learning new things, like new physical skills and new languages, can help inoculate your brain from the effects of Alzheimers.  If so, then I have been taking my medicine!  Typing left handed is just slow and tiring.  Mousing left handed, though, is a whole new skill.  As is brushing teeth, washing hair, using the restroom, putting on a seatbelt, flipping eggs in a pan, etc etc etc! 

As I am busy discovering the wonders of a one-handed lifestyle, David and the kids are busy learning that Being Mom does not really involve that much sitting around on your tush time.  Obviously, David gets the brunt of it.  He is suddenly in charge of such disparate tasks as furniture building, child delivery service, cooking, shopping and, of course, helping his wife dress and shower.  To his credit (or perhaps mine) he doesn’t seem to mind those final two all that much 😉  But, juggling all that with his fulltime job is a logistical challenge to say the least.

Unfortunately, this weekend the logistical challenge took on insurmountable proportions when our car, once again, landed at our convenient local VW (fau-veh in German!) dealership repair bay.  It seems that the brake job included in our last major service was, indeed a brake job.  As in a brake.  One.  On the passenger side.  The driver’s side brake, feeling out of sorts and neglected, decided to pick this week to protest.  Unimpressed with the idea of carrying a cardboard sign, it, instead, chose self-immolation as its statement.  The loud noise and 600 EU worth of damage it created DID succeed in catching our attention!  It also kept the kids out of school for two days and David out of work for one.

Actually, he just skin-of-the teeth missed having to make a 4 hour round trip to Hogwarts in the rain (2 hour walking 1 hour on trains and 1 hour on trams) to meet our obligations as Lunch Box Monitors. He convinced the service center to have the car ready at 11 instead of noon.  You can only imagine our relief over that!  Last month we completely Oopsed our Lunch Box day when we found out about my shoulder, so we really had no wiggle room on this one!

Unfortunately, the car issues kept us from getting out to see Autumn color at its height.  I am rather piqued by that.  But, at least the tree by our bedroom window has been putting on a show :)

New Parts
Oh, that is right.  I promised to tell you about Titanium, Sugar and the Mechanical Chair!

The chair is actually supposed to arrive today.  It is to provide 1 hour of “passive movement” of my re-configured arm per day.  I guess we get to keep it for a couple months.  It would have arrived sooner, but, our address was still listed as Auenheim in the computer, so it got taken to the wrong place!

As for titanium and sugar?  Well, apparently I am now sweeter and metalically reinforced.  My tendon is held in place with one large titanium screw that will stay with me for life.  It is also currently supported by a few sugar-based fasteners that will dissolve over the next 3 years or so.  The doc showed us an X-ray.  The screw is deep in the bone so it won’t rub on the soft tissue.  I am not sure how it is attached to that tissue, though.  May be best not to think too hard on that.

Another thing not to think too hard about- the line on my Physical Therapy prescription that says “Manuelle Lymphdrainage Teilbeh”.  Shudder.  First physio appointment is Friday.

New Furniture
Ikea and Roller both got a chunk of money from us last month, and now it is finally paying off- in Sweat, Honey.  Ok, I suspect Debbie Allen’s furniture-kit days are long behind her.  But they are still very much part of our present.  When we conceived of these projects, I am pretty sure everyone expected I would be our primary builder.  Again credit is due to David, who has stepped in uncomplainingly for a long string of what we affectionately and accurately term “Curse and Swear Days”.

David, tell us how you REALLY feel

When in doubt RTFM

Almost done

Ta Dah!!!

This will be wardrobes.
Drawers!  Woot!

David and DD walked 2 km to Bauhaus to buy a kickin drill

Everyone pitching in

Insides done

Drawer adjustment
One Down!  Next one next weekend!

6 months living out of suitcases and boxes- you better believe wardrobes and bookshelves are a Big Deal!

You know, the colors are fading, but this is still a nice view as light plays in the leaves in the mornings.

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