a big whew for my ankle

September 4th, 2015

Got some good news regarding the ankle – no fracture, no ligament damage. I went to Reconstructive Orthopedics and Dr. Alami confirmed that although it’s a bad sprain, I should be fine in about 3-4 weeks. And probably ready to run prior to then too. The pain and swelling after my run last weekend was due to some of the soft tissues around the ankle that are still healing. She gave me some fancy new footwear too…

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I’ll wear the brace when I run for a few weeks after it is fully healed for extra support, and then be done with it.

I have to say, I was really impressed with theReconstructive Orthopedics office. I have never been in and out of a doctor’s office that fast. And I even had x-rays done while in the office too. That is a well-managed office, Dr. Alami and the entire staff was incredibly nice. I highly recommend them.

 

I can’t wait to get back to running again.

Movie Reviews…

Good Kill – great premise for a movie, but the script was truly lacking.

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was it the farts?

September 3rd, 2015

See this chart?

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The outlier (that tall bar) on Sept 2nd, that’s the post from yesterday featuring a screenshot from text messages between Abbe and I that contained a fart joke. So today, I’m going to pose a question: Was it the fart joke or the text conversation screenshot that drove the stats sky-high?

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Today, I am hoping to get a better idea of what is going on with my left ankle. This past Sunday morning, I decided to test out the ankle with a short one-mile run. The run went fantastic. In fact, it was my second fastest pace (7:29/mile) ever for under two miles. But shortly after finishing the run, my ankle started a dull, but noticeable ache, and started swelling too. After resting for two weeks, I was really hoping to be past the injury. This afternoon, I’ll find out what I did to myself. I am really hoping surgery isn’t required. I’m not worried about losing the progress I’ve made as a runner recently – I want to continue dropping weight.

Movie Reviews…

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – action movie series lately seem to be getting passing grades lately for not sucking as much as the past few movies in said series… with that in mind, solid C+

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she must have been holding that in for a while…

September 2nd, 2015

Abbe owning her own car for the first time in three years has opened up new comedy doors…

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End of a great season

August 30th, 2015

Last night was the Blazing Cannons’ end of the season party at Frank and Renee’s place. It was great to see my teammates, have a few beers, and get together one more time. There were even celebrities, check it out…

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It sounds like we’ve got most everyone returning next season, but there are rumblings that the younger guys may split off and form a new team. If that happens, that could be the best possible thing for Medford Lakes Softball. I’m hoping we work with the Colony to open the doors to more players. I’d also really like to see the dues lowered. At $100 for residents and $125 for non-residents, it’s pretty tough to attract any younger players to get the next generations started. For comparison sake, the Tabernacle League charges $300/team. Each team normally finds a sponsor, so it costs nothing per player. So for a roster of 15 players, your team will pay $1500 (if 100% Lakers) versus $300. From what I understand, the adult sports help pay for MLAA for kids. I’m going to try and get more involved because I think growing the league would net more income for our community and make it easier on our families too. Getting families together on Sundays is such a good time.

Movie Reviews…

Terminator Genisys – it wasn’t quite as good as the first two Terminator movies, but it didn’t suck like 3 and 4.

Southpaw – although this lacked originality and it followed the formula one would guess from seeing the previews of another boxing film about a boxer that loses everything and regains himself by going back to his roots, I still liked it. It slows down at parts, but Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker were both very good.

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CARS!

August 28th, 2015

For the first time in three years, you can see this in our driveway…

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Two cars. Thanks to TD Bank (for a modest car loan) and Mike Beal at Integrity Auto Group, I was able to buy the 2001 BMW 325i for Abbe and this 2005 Ford Explorer for myself. We kept it within our budget and came home with two reliable, safe cars that are better than we were hoping.

The BMW was owned by a mechanic and despite the age and mileage really runs well. This will be my third Explorer that I have owned. Mike actually mentioned it as an afterthought. I had test driven two cars and was lukewarm on one of them, and didn’t like the other. He had just purchased the Explorer the day before at a local car auction. The best thing about my new ride is it only has 32,000 miles on it… although, if you ask Van Jr he really likes the rims and stereo systems (once I get it repaired). We actually drove to the auction lot and got one of the longer test drives (about 45 minutes back to the dealership) with her.

Both cars need some minor repairs (BMW – remote key, driver side door; Explorer – brake pads, stereo, blendor actuator), but we feel great about the purchases. Van Jr and Viv are really happy to not have to worry about Daddy’s car overheating and us sitting on the side of the road.

And here is the best part…

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That’s Abbe sitting on the hood of her car, incredibly proud. She has worked so hard to regain her independence. I am so happy that she has gone seizure free this long. We know that we have to remain vigilant to keep her healthy. I am so grateful for her doctors. Even though she is still an epileptic, she is refusing to have epilepsy define her.

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