Physical therapy is always their first line. Last year, I learned a series of exercises to strengthen my back. The clinic offered me a nerve-numbing procedure, but it was too expensive and painful for something that might only last six months, so I nixed that. This week, I'm returning to PT for my neck.
I'm doing what I can to change my environment. I recently got a new, ergonomic chair for work, and one of those neck-supporting pillows for my bed at home. But the chair I lounge and write in at home has GOT to be replaced. I've jury-rigged pillows to fit under my knees and under my neck and under my lumbar, all in an attempt to compensate for the chair being arthritis-unfriendly, but what I need, since I use that chair constantly and for long stretches, is something genuinely ergonomic.
Only problem is, ergonomic recliners are also mega-expensive. I am perfectly willing to spend the money on a chair that will work for me, but I have had bad experiences walking into stores, trying out chairs that seem all right on the show room floor, and then are killing me two weeks later and can't be returned (usually, because they're customized in some way).
I will ask the physical therapist for recommendations about how to buy a good ergonomic recliner, but really, I'm not optimistic.
To top that off, somehow I also managed to pull a muscle in my shoulder, and that's making sitting and turning my head even more of a pain. Will mention it to the PT.
Since partner and I have not really had anything like a joint holiday this year (except for that week father-sitting, during which I was essentially in the pacing up and down, wringing hands, stage of writing my keynote talk for Ottawa).
In spite of my waking up to radio saying flights out of Heathrow were being cancelled for weather reasons, Gatwick was unaffected. The only slightly hairy element was unanticipatedly heavy traffic meaning we got to Victoria just too late for train we were aiming for, but no great disadvantage.
Outflanked , Giles/Spike/Buffy by littleotter73.
Chapter Twenty Four of Shattered Remains by xspike4evax.
Blindfold 18 by velvetwhip.
Buffy wallpaper by red_satin_doll.
Spike wallpaper by comlodge.
ComicBookResources previews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Eight .
( Some revelation is at hand )
In conclusion: definitely one of the smartest shows of the year, about complicated people and issues. So many pop culture stories treat WWII basically as the ultimate role playing game, clear cut good/evil issues, compromise with the other side impossible because the other side is bent on genocide and led by the embodiment of evil in the 20th century, therefore only dashing heroism on the Allies side. And so often it gets contrasted to the present with murky issues, endless wars, and ever shifting alliances and the impossibility to see anyone as the dashingly heroic side. Yet here is this show, picking up a very specific part of the homefront of the war seen as the "good war" in US public memory, and relates it directly to one of the most disturbing current day issues, the way state surveillance, "enhanced" interrogation and the giving up of liberties has become an accepted and even deemed necessary practice. Wow.
( Hat der alte Hexenmeister sich nun einmal wegbegeben... )
Came across something recently which was going WOEZ that apparently a significant % of people doing a PhD are not going on to become academics.
Which, given that it is currently a truth universally acknowledged that the academic world is vastly oversupplied with keen young creatures with shiny new PhDs looking for jobs which NO CAN HAZ except on sweated-labour terms that recall to us Thomas Hood's Song of the Shirt, is this necessarily A Bad Thing?
Not everybody who undertakes a PhD is necessarily aiming at a career in academe.
Or at least, not as a academic doing the teaching thing. There are people working in related areas (e.g. information professionals, administrators) who find that there is no harm, and potential benefit, in gaining an advanced degree (if only for the added cred it gives them when dealing with srs academics).
Some people may just want to pursue knowledge in a structured way with access to institutional resources.
A PhD is not just, or not merely, a vocational qualification. Indeed, ideally it is a contribution to KNOWLEDGE.
(And there have been distinguished persons of learning who never actually got the PhD on their rise to distinction, including Nobel Prize-winners.)
I'm happy and grateful you're going to write a story for me. We must share at least one fandom, and I hope you'll have fun writing in it. The ideas in my requests are just that: ideas. If you feel inspired by another direction of story altogether, go for it, as long as it features the characters I requested.
General likes and dislikes: pretty ordinary. I don't like character bashing. (Or the bashing of a relationship in favour of another, but that hardly applies with my requests.) Not to be confused with whitewashing; some of the characters I asked so have canonically done some pretty apalling things, and you don't have to pretend they didn't, or that it was all someone else's fault, just because I love them. As long as they come across as three dimensional people with flaws and strengths, I'll be content.
Quiet character exploration or plotty tale, gen or slash/het/any combination thereof, humor or dark fic, it's all good, though unless you're one of those awesomely talented people who can write characterisation via sex, I'd prefer a story that's more than a PWP.
Now, as to individual requests:
( The Americans )
( Penny Dreadful )
( 15th Century RPF )
Saturday breakfast rolls: brown grated apple, with a touch of maple syrup.
Today's lunch: halibut steaks baked in foil with lime and ginger, served with baby carrots roasted in pumpkin seed oil, cauliflower roasted in olive oil with cumin seeds, and baby leeks healthy grilled in walnut oil and dribbled with wild pomegranate vinegar.
No bread made, because reasons.
ETA: There's now a spin-off fic for this one, by dragonyphoenix: Extraneous Tomes
Title: The Brian Situation
Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Fandom: Buffy, post-season 6
Word count: ~950
Summary: Dawn has a date. Buffy has mom hair.
( HORNS? Your date is a demon? )
Now, on to Flatline, which definitely belongs into the "liked much, want to rewatch!" category of episodes for me.
( To misquote Stephen Sondheim, exceptional is different from good )
The comet will scrape by Mars at a distance of 82,000 miles. That's a third of the distance between Earth and the Moon. Comet Siding Spring originates from the Oort Cloud, a cloud of comets that surrounds our sun at a distance almost quarter of the way to the nearest star, Proxima Centauri.
There are spacecraft in orbit of the planet Mars from the US, the European Space Agency, and India. They will all be ducked behind the far side of the planet during closest comet approach. But as they swing back around, they might still get a bit of comet dust on them. This has the potential to be very, very bad. A tiny spec of comet junk flying at enormous speed could punch holes right through an orbiting tin can like Earthling's Mars satellites.
Hopefully, though, all they'll catch are some cool photos.
The rovers on the surface of Mars will be safe due to the Martian atmosphere, but alas, the poor little guys will also experience closest fly-by during daylight hours.
Mars and Siding Spring will become visible again in North America after sunset this evening.
But, really? this? Am reminded of Winston Smith's compulsory and surveilled physical jerks.
The National Health Service is to put its own 1.35 million staff at the head of a new fight against obesity by encouraging them to join weight-watching groups and take out gym memberships, its new head will announce this week.
How about you reduce the stressful conditions they are working under, getting ever more so, rather than piling another requirement on top of them?
I am more on board with the idea of having healthy food available in hospitals, for staff, patients and visitors. This seems more to the point than 'encouraging' them to join gyms and weight-watching programmes (where are they going to find the time for that?).
And related to this, via Barbara Ellen's column (scroll down): Belgian MP Maggie De Block has been made minister of social affairs and health, amid criticisms that, at more than 20 stone, she is far too overweight for the job.
Even if De Block doesn’t have underlying health issues affecting her weight, there is the insidious implication that her appearance is more important than any experience or intelligence she could bring to the job, that how she looks matters more than what she does.
Time is a Thief , BtVS/Teen Titan crossover by lightning_skies.
Don't forget! The Classic Recs Weekend over at buffyversetop5 is coming soon. Get those lists ready.
Note to fiction authors, check this post out . ladydragon76 has information on fiction thieves.
I know Nano outright encourages rule breakers nowadays: pick a goal less than 50,000 words, pick a non-word count goal, write fan fiction, work on a second draft, write multiple short stories, etc, etc, so, in past years, I have felt free to use the energy of that month to accomplish whatever needs doing, but this year it's a matter of not having the time.
See re: writing class kicking my butt. There will still be lots of writing.