I find myself asking, “Why am I bothering to even make this entry?” The whole blogging element seems like a lifetime ago. And some of the friends that I met here in Blogland and in person seem to be fading away. Phone calls and emails go unanswered. The occasional post on my blog seems to draw minimal readers, most likely because people have pulled my blog from their blogrolls. I guess it’s understandable. But to me, good friends stay in touch continually, and they remain loyal, even to the extent that they retain one on their roll. Guess to me, it’s just common courtesy…not an issue of popularity or ‘having to clean house” on the blogroll.
In any event, I see my last posting was back in June of this summer. Hard to believe that Summer 2009 is over and that I’ve managed to walk through the first day of Fall. Time rages by faster these days. It was an interesting summer indeed…probably one that I would classify as a major ROLLER COASTER RIDE.
First there has been that on-going downward plunge with the economy which has simply kept business flat for me. My business partner and I find ourselves having to supplement our business income with our own personal income, but we are trying to weather the storm and slip into 2010 with hopes that signs will show improvement in the first quarter. But I do find myself having to do a reassessment of the business come late November, early December. I am praying that we don’t have to fold. At this juncture, I have no idea where I will go next with respect to work should we have to close our interior design business.
In any event, I believe I mentioned the rollercoaster ride took a jolt back in June when I sprained my left ankle severely. I ended up with some swelling complications that had me limited in activity for nearly 10 weeks. At one point I was even tested for blood clotting. I was experiencing sudden pain and tenderness in my left calf about 4 weeks after the sprain. Of course, all the flying mixed with the swelling, sent bells and whistles off for the doctors. Fortunately, my test results were negative for any clotting.
I also think I mentioned that I had a Hawaiian vacation scheduled at that time. All fun of course. I came back from Hawaii, the ankle improving at that time. About four weeks later my ride was on a fun upswing. I was off to Rehoboth Beach to meet up with the boyfriend (mind you it’s dating but a bit more beyond that). I couldn’t have asked for better weather…not a lick of humidity, just good ‘ol hot weather. The only sad thing was that all the ‘bears’ were up in Provincetown for Bear Week. Ah the things we give up for love. LMAO!! Let’s just say my time was WELL SPENT with the BF. We still had plenty of eye-candy to behold, bears included. Evenings always started with at least drinks downtown at the Aqua or other nearby bars, even if dinner was at home. You know…we had to get those flirtatious moments in! While the rollercoaster kept chugging along, it did hit a slight dip again. My left ankle started to swell again and bruise slightly, mind you some six weeks after the initial accident. Of course that led me to see the orthopod when I got home and to the subsequent clotting test that I referenced earlier.
Two weeks out, about the first week of August by this time, the rollercoaster ride is back on the upswing. I headed off to Lake Tahoe for a week with family, our annual family get-together that I have written about here in my blog on occasion. It started out being a blast. I was taking in little nieces and nephews that I hadn’t seen in months!!! Just the thought of all their smiles and the “Uncle Tony” ‘s that they laid on me. They sent my spirits soaring. And of course, we hit an all-time record with the number of family, cousins, second cousins, etc., that were present on the vacation and at joint dinners…seventy-five (75)!!!!! You should have seen the beach. We literally took up one third of the beach with seven cabana tents, beach chairs, floaties, bodies, etc. People didn’t know what to make of us. However, with summer starting to wrap up, there was another downhill run on the rollercoaster ride. Yes, another injury. About Thursday of my Tahoe-week trip, I was simply sitting in bed, went to stand, and instantly dropped to the floor with stabbing back pain. I tried to stand. No luck…dropped to the floor again. Tried to sit, and had to collapse into a reclining position. Even laying on my back was painful. I ended up spending two days on the floor, literally. Couldn’t get up into the bed and any attempt to lift me, sent me into excruciating pain. I even had to crawl to the restroom. I won’t elaborate here anymore. Don’t know how I did it but managed to pull myself together by Sunday to make the 9 hour drive home to Southern California (by the way, the Ibuprofen and the Vicodin that I managed to get – did nothing to alleviate the pain). I did ok with the drive but paid for it the next morning in major stiffness and mild pain. It kept me away from returning to work for two more days.
My back improved by the following weekend…just in time for moving my major pieces to my new living quarters. I somehow managed to pack everything that needed it, and then on that Sunday, went to move. Guess what happened…I reinjured my back. And it was really hurting. I had to be out of the apartment on Thursday, 8/20. I was completing my move on Wednesday…let’s say I don’t know how I pulled it off. PAIN, PAIN, PAIN, PAIN!!!
So as I finish my summer I am no longer in south Orange County but rather in north Orange County out in the eastern quadrant, and oh, about 10-15 minutes from that magical place called Disneyland! LOL I am now renting a room from a gay couple. The room is bigger than my “cell” at the apartment and I have 3800 square feet of house to roam rather than 700 square feet of a 900 square foot apartment. I have access to a private pool rather than an apartment complex’s pool. SCORE!! And lastly, with the owners being gay, I have a bit more freedom to have guests over without feeling awkward like I was in my former ‘straight’ apartment environment. For those that didn’t know, my former room mates were a straight married couple. I have to say though, I miss them terribly. They were easy to get along with, even thought they had no clue I was gay (or at least they never asked…LOL).
Phewwwww! Now you are all caught up. I sure hope Fall is better. And I hope those of you who read this, friends included, are all doing well. Hugs!