Wednesday, January 3, 2024

First Rando Update of 2024

It's 2024.


I thought I'd share the pantries/cart that FINALLY got done just before Christmas.

The two larger cabinets are Ikea Brimnes which we had to fight with to get since both cabinets were damaged, the Mr frankensteined one full cabinet and then they were out of stock again so I had to stalk their stock for it to come back in for a few hours and place an order.  In 2019, we got two other pieces from the Brimnes line so these match however, these now smell like whatever natural fiber backerboard is on the back.  You read that right.  😑

I no longer care.  I don't have it in me to fight anymore.  So we've just had the doors open for over a week with 6 boxes of baking soda inside.  The boxes on top are to store things that have porous bags like flour or whatever until it gets transferred to glass containers so it doesn't pick up the stank.  So I can tell you firsthand that, as seems to be the pattern with everyone and every company, the pandemic has been used as an excuse to make some kind of substitution in either glue, binders, ingredients, etc. for anything and everything and not in a way that seems to benefit the customer.   

The piece in the middle is a cart from Amazon.

It's small but could be used to house stuff like bulk spices or mason jars and stuff like that.  All we know is the more storage the better for our shoebox.

So there's that whole thing.  I don't know what else to write here because it's basically just been physical limitations and grief as far as the eye can see.  I am going on one month of pure inability to go on our walks which has severely affected my already flailing mental health.  As you can imagine, that has sent my weight in the wrong direction.  I feel like I am a physical therapist's office and the Mr chuckles when he hops into bed and has to push aside a yoga strap, Beetlejuice the fascia tool, my wooden tomahawk and hope he doesn't step on a random ball I may use for fascia release.  I mean how much damn 'rest' is one supposed to give it???  My calves are in a permanent state of lock which scares me.  I'm going to have to give it a week or two for everyone with the creeping crud of their choice to settle down and make an appointment for deep tissue/trigger point massage.  Clearly nothing I'm doing on my own over a month is working.  I did order a floor bike which is not my ideal and it gives me zero cardio as I can do 15 minutes and burn a measly 30 calories so it's definitely not a replacement for exercise sessions but might help in some other way.  Given this is the 3rd time in 10 years I've been banished to non-weight bearing exercise, I suppose I should keep it.  (I got one before but I think it was cheaper and I ended up donating it.)  I can get strength in there but standing for it is an issue so I may have to do it in a chair.  I'm a hot friggin' mess y'all.  The last thing I want is if we happen to get our ONE day of snow at some point and I'm not able to go out in it.  I try to go for walks here and there but it's really painful during and iffy as to how I feel if I don't do a crap ton of digging after.  I'm trying to gauge how it feels but I hate that the Mr has to slow his speed when we are able to limp out a few laps.  

Speaking of the Mr, he has to go back in office this week.  There is literally NO ONE from his team at the office, they are all geographically dispersed and in no way require being in office as all work is done remotely.  There is no 'team building' or 'collaboration' that can be done by being in office.  So it's a BS front that others who have very real health issues have to pay the price for.  He'll protect himself as necessary but shouldn't have to given there are just as many people on his team on site at home as in the office.  We'll see how long that lasts as no one including his supervisor is happy about it.  He's still continuing to apply for jobs that are fully remote but those take months to even go through the convoluted sorting process.  You can get an email months later "congrats, you made it to the next level!" and then hear nothing ever.  Dumpster fire all around.

So that's about it for us. 

How's the new year treating you so far?

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  1. I really love the way they look and the fact that they offer us a ton of storage in a space that was otherwise empty. I know it was a pain in the bum but in the long run these will be so good for us to have.

    1. I do too and thank you for being a whiz at putting those God awful furniture together. Lord knows I wouldn't be able to do it on my own without the end result being a pile of ash.

  2. I am struggling with my heath too. I have such a pain in my heel. It has been months with no relief. I spoke to my GP & she will be referring me to podiatrist. I have gained 20 pounds & I am sure it is adding to the problem. It makes exercising difficult. I have an appointment with my endocrinologist this afternoon. The change in my meds has done nothing for the weight gain. It should be interesting. Glad you finally got the cabinet situation resolved.

    1. I'm so sorry you can relate to the heel pain. I will say that I've been doing my physical therapy for only two days and there is an improvement. The muscles that are underused/weak are tight but as long as I dig at them/roll/stretch to keep them from locking, I'm seeing improvement for the first time in over a month. (Trying not to get too excited about that) Here's an article with an infographic I used for reminders if you want to look at it and discuss it with your doctor.

      I've found so far doing the stair heel raises 3x see have made the biggest improvement for my situation. I hope you can get some relief!


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