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Winter blues

February 3rd, 2014 at 03:14 pm

What a blue, dismal weekend.

On Friday night I parked my car in the city garage for the snow emergency (which was rather underwhelming, but that's okay). The car is still there. I'll ride the train to that stop tonight and pick it up. No charge for the parking.

But before I parked the car, I went to PetSmart and the grocery -- spent $36 at PetSmart for cat food and kitty litter, and $28 at the grocery store. The grocery store, by the way, was the predictable zoo -- the promise of bad weather always brings out the crazies!

On Saturday morning I got my hair cut at Supercuts ($15). I went there on the recommendation of my niece, who has a favorite stylist there. I got a really nice cut, much better than the last one I got at Fantastic Sam's. And this place is in easy walking distance! I actually got a ride from my son, but I'll walk when my knee heals.

I also made a quick stop at Walgreen's for a couple of grocery items I had forgotten the night before ($7).

So I am already $86 into this month's $300 challenge. And it's only the third!

I made dinner for my son's family on Saturday night. Just potato soup, rolls and Waldorf salad. But it was a tense dinner; my grandson was cranky and misbehaving and his parents were furious. They were tired and cranky themselves. It was not fun. I felt very blue afterward and all the next day. I'm still blue. I think the weather and my knee are factoring in.

I didn't bother watching the Superbowl; I went to bed early and got plenty of sleep.

Can't believe I'm facing another week of work, with the promise of more snow, another temperature dive, and no progress on my knee. Being able to take the train has been a mixed blessing since it puts me on my feet more and stresses my knee more. I don't see any end in sight. I feel kind of like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" when he says that winter will never end, and every day will go on just the same, forever and ever. I know the feeling!

6 Responses to “Winter blues”

  1. snafu Says:

    {{{Hugs}}} sending cyber hugs and wishes for a break in the weather and satisfying week at work. I think as we get older it takes our bodies longer to heal. Tendons improve incrementally and won't be rushed so take really good care of yourself. So surprised DGS was cranky, he's usually full of smiles. Perhaps just tired.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, I think the winter is wearing out its welcome (did it ever have one?) with a lot of people here in the Northeast. Sorry to hear about your knee. I know this sounds counter-intuitive, but are there any exercises you can do to strengthen the muscles around it? Seems to me that not u sing it might make it worse, but i'm no doctor, just a thought.

    I just remember having a rotator cuff (shoulder) injury years go from cross country skiing, and it was sore, so i kept favoring it. It got worse. It wasn't until I started using it normally, with a fair amount of discomfort, that it started to get better.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    I think a lot of us have the blues right about now! I was really sailing through this winter, even with the first polar vortex. The second vortex did the trick, though, and now every little thing is getting to me. I totally thought this winter would be different and I wouldn't start to get restless and short-fused in late January/early February, but this weather is extreme even for Minnesota (and Chicago).

    At least it's not totally dark when I leave work now. Minute bits of progress!

  4. CB in the City Says:

    PS, I am seeing a physical therapist twice a week. The challenge is how to strengthen the muscles without aggravating the injury. It's a balancing act. But I'm following the plan. Just wish I felt progress was being made.

  5. M E 2 Says:

    I am feeling it too, CB. We got 5-ish inches of snow on Saturday. They are predicting the same for Wednesday. And then there are rumblings of another round of snow on Sunday. Ugghhh. I am SO sick of snow. I couldn't care less about the cold, I don't have to shovel it!! We are 5 weeks in to 2014 and we have NOT gone a week without 3+ inches of snow, at least. Frown

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    It's rough when the kids act up at dinner. My husband tends to get more worked up about it than I do. I try to tell him that just makes things more uncomfortable.
    Superbowl = You didn't miss ANYTHING! Wink
    It's going to take a while for your knee and that is so frustrating!
    (I dislocated mine years ago and I thought it would never be 100% again. But it's fine now.)

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