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3 Things: Day 6

1) Venturing outside without my boot! So far, so good. I’m cautiously optimistic. (Yes, “two weeks” was almost “two months!!”) Honestly, I’m so giddy I could dance a jig, but that may qualify as “overdoing it.”

2) I love our Grocery Store at 7:45am. I love being back into the “I get groceries after I drop Claire off for school on Monday morning” Routine. Wanna know who else goes to the store at 7:45am on a Monday? Hardly anyone. True story.

3) Freshly attended-to eyebrows. Now, the villagers can put away their torches & pitchforks, and my neighbors can sleep through the night.

And then DasBoot and I laughed and laughed.

"Okay," Claire's Gymnastics Coach said to the crowd gathered on the bleachers. "You're all here for Adult Aerobics, right?"

“Okay,” Claire’s Gymnastics Coach said to the crowd gathered on the bleachers. “You’re all here for Adult Aerobics, right?” Hee hee!

*For those of you who CAN count, this is more than “two weeks” in my boot. We’re more than a month in now. Weeks? Months? What’s the difference, really? 😉

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. 😉

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! 😉

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.

😉

Water World!

So, what did we think of Water World?
In short: It is fantastic!

Click on photos in this post to show more detail.

Waves at Water World

Waves at Water World

Everyone had a fabulous time…
…except me.
Wait.
What??

Well, to be clear, this wasn't Water World's fault.

Well, to be clear, this wasn’t Water World’s fault.

The other thing that corresponded with the dates for our Water World Adventure was my foot injury. I’m in the midst of needing to wear a boot to immobilize my foot. My husband and our friends had arranged time off work for our adventure, and moving it around to suit the unpredictable needs of my foot just wouldn’t be feasible.

“Can’t you cheat?” people would say, with a hopeful lilt in their voices.

“No, I can’t,” I’d say, trying not to sound completely defeated. The thought of needing more time in this boot is daunting. I don’t want to risk it.

“Can’t you take the boot off and just do some of the easier rides, or just walk in the water?” they’d say, trying to find any way to make me happy.

“Yes, I can take off the boot,” I said, seeing their eyebrows raise in anticipation. “…but, if I have to bend my foot at all, it won’t work. Even the ‘easy’ attractions are full of jostling and bumping, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a water park,” I added.

Sadness.

So, I took one for the team.

Just ONCE, I’d like “take one for the team” to mean, “Here, take this duffel bag of unmarked bills. Find something to do with all this cash.”

…but I digress.

We were going with some friends and knew we’d be paying for at least one ticket amongst our group.

Note: I was invited to enjoy Water World during Blogger Week. We were given complimentary full-day passes to Water World and lunch vouchers. I was not paid in any other manner for my review, and I want to be clear: these words are mine, and my view of the experience was not influenced by this fantastic turn of events. As luck would have it, Blogger Week coincided nicely with a trip to the park we were already organizing with some friends. I LOVE it when a plan comes together!

Claire had Robotics Camp in the morning, but the park doesn’t open until 10am anyway. We picked her up at Noon and headed over. When we checked in, I asked about paying for a discounted ticket for someone like me who wouldn’t be riding any of the rides (I hobbled and pointed at my boot) or even getting in the water (again, I pointed to my boot). That’s when I discovered they do offer a “Limited Use Pass” for $27. The regular full-day rate is $41 (I rounded up…it’s technically $40.99. You can get a $5 discount by purchasing tickets online), and the mid-day rate is $25.99 and only available starting at 1:45pm at the ticket counter.

They have a Limited Use Pass. Ask me how I know.

They have a Limited Use Pass. Ask me how I know.

I was so glad to hear they offer such a thing. Again, things were falling into place in the pricing department. That said, sitting it out at such a cool place like Water World was nearly the end of me. My heart ached. We found a shady picnic table by Thunder Bay, and watching the waves roll in (in the middle of Colorado no less!) made me long for the beach, which made me long to go play, too!

This is where I was (up there under the lower blue awning). So close, yet so far.

This is where I was (up there under the lower blue awning). So close, yet so far.

…but I couldn’t play, and I was very sad.

Map WW14

We pulled out the map, and they talked about their plan of attack.

After lunch, I helped slather everyone up with sunscreen, and away they went.
They were gone for three days.

…no really, they were actually gone for a couple of hours, and I wasn’t expecting that. The park is huge, so running back and forth to the table wasn’t easy, and no one thought to go check on the gimp. When they finally returned, the fact they had no idea so much time had passed just made me laugh.

Because if I didn’t laugh, I’d cry. Maybe going to Water World in my boot wasn’t such a good idea. Now that I got a taste of what it was like, it made me sad.

Saved by Mary-Frances! I made her take my picture. She's a fellow blogger, so she readily obliged.

Saved by Mary-Frances! I made her take my picture for posterity. She’s a fellow blogger, so she readily obliged.

Then I was able to touch base with a friend (at Denver Parent) who was also visiting during Blogger Week. Immediately my foot stopped aching (being left out makes it hurt, apparently), and my mood perked up. Granted, I tried to keep a happy face for the people on the outside of my head, but this was so hard. Everyone was having such a great time, and I was not.

Boo.
Woe is me.

After my group got back and before going out for another round of water rides, Dad and Claire played in the water with our waterproof camera.

Wave Pool Calm WW14

In the tube WW14

View from the top of the tube WW14

Lazy River

Claire said the Lazy River was her favorite ride.

By the way, seeing all the photos they took makes me smile. It’s so hard to go to a place like this and sit out, so it’s fun to live vicariously through the photos. They had such a good time that I’m glad I went. No, really I am. I kept reminding myself that not all was lost.

What are the benefits to having someone that can sit it out?

  • We had no need to rent a locker.
  • No one would take our table, and our belongings were safe.  People leave their coolers and towels in various locations, but I definitely felt better keeping an eye on our stuff.
  • The 8.5-yr old could only handle so many hours of fun. Because I was sitting it out anyway, she could rest while the other adults went for one (or two or three) more rounds. In a typical situation, we’d just have to take turns.
  • The people-watching is like none other.

Over all, I was impressed with Water World.

  • All of the staff members were polite and courteous.
  • The place was clean.
  • The atmosphere was incredibly inviting, exciting, and fun.
  • We totally lucked out with the weather, but they do have a Rain Check policy in place if your visit is cut short due to weather.
Claire & I took a break for some Dippin' Dots. Our favorite!

Claire & I took a break for some Dippin’ Dots. Our favorite!

I was able to post some pictures on Twitter with the hashtag: #blogwaterworld

Water World’s Social Media Info:
Twitter handle: @waterworldco
Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/waterworldco
Website: www.waterworldcolorado.com

Would I recommend Water World? Absolutely!

For a theme park, it was worth the price of admission. Everyone who went with me absolutely loved it. I will love it even more next time.

Relaxing in Wave Pool WW14

Upward Swing

I’ve officially become one of those people you see drive up & park, and then they take time to put a weird contraption on their foot or leg and hobble to the building. You’re thinking, “What!? How can that person drive!?” You judge. I know I do!

Well, I have a whole new outlook now. My doctor approved it for relatively short distances, and as long as I’m very careful and have the right driving footwear, it’s not so bad. I mean, it only hurts when I use the accelerator or the brake pedal. 😉

That said, it hurts less than before the boot, so I daresay things are in an upward swing.

Things I’ve Stepped On Today With My Boot

Things I’ve Stepped On Today With My Boot

1) A cat.
2) The other cat.

The learning curve is a bit high with this one.

…for me. If the last few days are any indication, the cats will never get it.