Monthly Archive for July, 2014

See You on the Flipside!

As the downward slide into August begins, I’ll be unplugging to focus on other things: roadtrips, covert missions, and ignoring the fact that school starts on the 18th, while we’re squeezing every last drop out of summer.

So, posting will be light here at The Causal Perfectionist and Facebook, etc.

If you’d like to reach me, email me directly! (My email address can be found on this page. You will have to scroll all the way to the bottom.)

Even though I won’t be online or posting much, I won’t be far from my magical handheld device. My response time will vary.

*It’s an old photo, but the sentiment is the same! See ya on the flipside!

Live Long & Prosper, Pardner.

I took Claire to the pediatrician today to have her finger checked out. (It’s just a sprain, no need to splint nor amputate. Heh.) She did NOT want to go. I told her if she was good, we could watch Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark tonight.

Not only was she fantastic, she quoted both Star Trek AND John Wayne to the doctor (He was barely containing himself! Ha!), and then asked if we could sneak out the back exit. He said we could, but she wouldn’t get a sticker that way, and she said, “Really? Cool!”

Yep, we’ve reached the milestone where Pediatrician Stickers are for babies, but doing anything to see Indy is totally cool, and sneaking out the back way is acceptable.

I’m not gonna lie; I got a little misty-eyed.

Always default to Ninjas

“So, what happened to your foot?” This is a common question around these parts, from pretty much everyone who sees my boot.

Boot From the side

And, rightly so. I mean, it’s hard to miss.

The story about how I hurt my foot is just ridiculous. (…in that it leans to the BOOOOORING side of things.) You can read back through all the posts, and I’ve eluded to this story but not said it out loud all at once.

Over a month ago, we took out these massive junipers in the backyard. It was QUITE the undertaking. We worked on it all day, for hours and hours, and the next day, we were just BEAT. Our bodies were just sore. Well, that wasn’t out of the ordinary for doing what we did to get those things out. (It involved a couple different types of spades and a fence post leveraged on a rock! Yes, really. We needed a backhoe or a pickup truck and a winch…but our collection of tools in the shed is sadly devoid of those things.)

A week or so went by, and I realized that my foot never stopped aching. In fact, it got worse. I tried ignoring it, but to no avail.

Finally, I went to my foot doctor and he determined that my sesamoids (tiny bones in the ball of your foot, by your big toe) are injured. They weren’t broken, which is good, but they needed to be immobilized to heal. The ONLY thing I can think of is that it all happened when we removed the junipers.

…that or the fight in the alley with the ninjas.

You know, after turning 40, I just don’t bounce back from those brawls like I used to. 😉

You can’t make a hedgehog do something he doesn’t want to do.

Did you know you can’t make a hedgehog do something he doesn’t want to do?

True story.

I spent the morning coaxing and cajoling and was finally allowed to clip Lord Henry’s toenails.

Claire took a fun pic of Lord Henry with her DS.

Claire took a fun pic of Lord Henry with her DS.

My life is weird, but I love it.

Missing the islands…

Every once in a while it hits me.

I miss the islands so much my heart aches.

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Today, I spruced things up on FB and updated my twitter avatar to be more island-like. (The header here at The Casual Perfectionist, after all, is Claire holding the sun on Cozumel, so it shall remain as is.)

One of these days we’ll make it back to the islands. (Maui, Kauai, or Cozumel…I won’t be picky). The fact that a trip is not officially on the calendar (yet) makes me antsy, but that’s okay.

One of these days it will be, and my heart will sigh a happy sigh.

Woe is me.

Foot update! After two weeks immobilized in a boot, things are getting better, but I get to do one** more week in the boot! I also got a horrifically painful shot in my foot! I cried! My doctor showed remorse! These exclamation points are an attempt to raise my spirits! They’re not working! Woe is me. Sadness.

🙁

**Note: He was careful to say “at least” in front of the “one more week.” Boo!

Renaissance Festival Colorado 2014

Claire

‘Twas a beautiful day to go clomping around the realm! We LOVE the Renaissance Festival. Huzzah!

#jinglejingle #clompclomp

#jinglejingle #clompclomp

We’re slowly adding to our costumes. I got a new feather & flower piece for my hair – or hat, as the case may be – and now both our headpieces go with our jingle skirts. My boot added a level of difficulty to my attire, so I didn’t wear the dress I’d planned on wearing. It was for the best with all the uneven terrain; I needed to see my feet!

As you may be able to tell in the above photo, Claire acquired a new pet. It’s a dragon that sits on her shoulder. With a hidden controller, she can make him nod and turn his head. He’s SO cute!

Sparky and Claire

Sparky and Claire. Yes, she named him “Sparky.” Get it? A dragon named Sparky. Heh.

She named him "Sparky." Get it? A dragon named Sparky? Heh.

This is how he works. The black part is hidden, and she controls him with the silver tip.

…and now it’s time to rest my aching foot. Clomping around the realm can take a lot out of a person! 😉

Guess Where We’re Headed Today…

Huzzah!

Huzzah!

Aircast Tutorial

Boot From the side

How does one wear an Aircast?

…very carefully and with much stomping.

Heh.

By the way, I *wish* this were a sponsored post. Aircasts are not cheap! I’m so thankful for our insurance. Still! Yikes.

Because this routine is so engrained in my head, and because as soon as I’m a few weeks out of my aircast, I’ll forget (thankfully!), here are the steps to take when putting on and removing an aircast. (Steps to take? Oh, the puns! I just can’t stop myself.)

Put your heel all the way in the back of the boot.

Put your heel all the way in the back of the boot.

Firmly and gently pull the flaps over your foot and ankle, affixing with the velcro.

Firmly and gently pull the flaps over your foot and ankle, affixing with the velcro.

This is the hard shell. It goes on the top of your boot.

This is the hard shell. It goes on the top of your boot.

Position the hard outer shell with the front part over your toes, tucking inside the boot, and the ankle part with the velcro outside the boot. (Fit the top of this over your toes first, before velcro'ing it to your ankle. It works better that way.)

Position the hard outer shell with the front part over your toes, tucking inside the boot, and the ankle part with the velcro outside the boot. (Fit the top of this over your toes first, before velcro’ing it to your ankle. It works better that way.)

Feed the straps through the “buckle.” (I do them one at a time. For photo purposes, they’re both done here.)

Pull the straps so that the “ridge” of the strap comes through the “frame” part of the “buckle.” Not doing this step will allow the boot to be too loose. Here is the proper toe alignment of hard shell and proper strap position.

Do the same with both straps. It will feel snug.

Do the same with both straps. It will feel snug.

Find the nozzles on either side.

Find the nozzles on either side.

To inflate, pump 8 times on each side with the “Inflate” side of the tool.

To inflate, pump 8 times on each side with the “Inflate” side of the tool.

To deflate, pump until the the tool sucks in on itself. It won’t take as many as 8 times, and that’s okay.

To deflate, pump until the tool sucks in on itself (as you can see here, my thumb is not holding it down). It may not take as many as 8 times, and that’s okay.

Don't forget to do both sides of the boot. Whatever you do to the left, do to the right.

Don’t forget to do both sides of the boot. Whatever you do to the left, do to the right.

NOTE: You MUST deflate before removing the boot or bad things happen! (What exactly, I’m not sure, but I follow the rules! The nurse said something about it never fitting your foot properly if you do that, so I make sure to remember.)

So, there you go!
…very carefully and with much stomping.

😉

Comments Welcome

With the advent of Twitter and Facebook, I’d found people were commenting in other places about the posts here, and so I closed comments here. It was one less thing I had to check, and the conversations were never hindered. Now that so many people are logging off Facebook, I’ve decided to open the comments here again.

In the past, I always had great luck with my anti-spam filter. I’ve used Peter’s Custom Anti-spam for years. I love it because it’s really easy to use (on both sides of the monitor); there are not a lot of hoops to jump through, and I get to customize the words you are forced to type if you want to leave a comment.

We’ll see how this goes!

So…feel free to comment! Let me know if there are any issues. I dusted things off, but it’s possible I missed a setting here or there. Comments may wait in moderation, or not. It will be a surprise!

As always, thanks for reading. I’m so glad you’re here.