Saturday, March 16, 2013

Another Totally Bizarre Health Incident

Well, as you may know, I have been doing Pilates for a couple months now and enjoying it. I have only been attending a few classes a week but I was getting psyched at the prospect of my new longer body LOL. I like that they claim your muscles lengthen when really your bones would need to be able to lengthen as well.

But I digress. As part of the exercises, we do a lot of rolling back with our legs over our heads,

... which may or may not be the cause of my latest health incident.

On Monday I got up early and checked the computer to see if I had been called in to substitute. I noticed a flickering of light at my peripheral vision on one side, and chalked it up to using the computer in a completely darkened room. I thought maybe my eyes did not have time to adjust properly.

Well, same thing happened on Tuesday. Odd, but still not cause for alarm.

Fast forward to Thursday and we were driving home from VC's track meet and my eyes were flashing and there was a huge floater in the middle of my field of vision.

I told VC that he had better stop asking if he could go see his girlfriend as I had already said no and my eye was completely wonky.

Thursday night I started doing some research on the interwebs and started getting that uneasy feeling that you get when you realize your retina may possibly be torn and that to be on the safe side I had better schedule a doctor visit for Friday.

So Friday after school, I went to the eye doctor, who excitedly showed me the picture of my eye, with the hemorrhage behind the eyeball and parts of the inner layer of the eye floating around. The diagnosis: Posterior Vitreous Detachment. Luckily my retina was fully intact. He asked if I had done anything new recently and then all of a sudden my eyes lit up - the Pilates!!  We do a lot of head movements and many of them put pressure on the head and neck, as in the photo above. He said there was a good chance that is how this damage occurred, but said I was OK to continue.

I attended class this morning and spoke to the instructor after class and she agreed that many of the poses can put pressure on the eyes :-(

....which means I am going to take a self-imposed hiatus, and lift some weights in the meantime...

I'm sure that will be safer ;-)  but seriously, I am just got out my weight belt (circa 1991) and weight gloves...stay tuned...

I have a feeling I will soon be back to the only exercise I have done consistently for years: Walking!!!

P.S. Thank you for all your recommendations regarding the Matron of Honor dress. (My friend Lisa kindly reminded me that I am old and married so it is "matron") I have yet to even go to the store to look at them and time is of the essence!!! Not a big shopper especially for dresses I may never wear again which is why I'd better go with the least likely Matron of Honor looking dress...

Thursday, March 14, 2013

RIP Google Reader

My fabulous friend Charlotte turned me on to this blog post - about the demise of Google Reader - Yes, our BELOVED Google Reader is to be no more....

Naturally, it was only a matter of time - Google has already stopped supporting my other fave - Google Friend Connect, then they ditched Posterous (not a biggie) yet all this has me wondering if it is only a matter of time before the plug is pulled on Blogger, at which time my blog will most likely cease to exist as I've done enough flip flopping from blogger to wp to self-hosted wp to blogger back to self-hosted wp and then back to blogger where I am now.

What do you think? Will you miss it? Has Google Reader been your go-to reader as it has been for me for 5 years??

Sunday, March 3, 2013

I'm Gonna be a Maid of Honor!

It is very odd to find myself in this position at "middle age."  It is a long story, but the ex-wife of someone my husband befriended (they were married close to 30 years and recently divorced) asked me to be her Maid of Honor. During the time culminating in the divorce, we came down clearly on her side for reasons I won't mention here. We don't see each other often at all, mostly communicate via Facebook, but I guess I was a welcome sounding board during difficult times and she appreciated it...

Which leaves me approximately 7 weeks to pick out a maid of honor gown. Here's where you come in.

Do you think this style is too much "bridal party dress" that I won't be able to use it again?  I have another one in mind of a more deep dusty purple color. But this is my starting point as it was the first style that caught my eye.

What do you think?

If I was a 6 inches taller, I would go for this style minus the big poufy flower. This is the color that would be most flattering with my hair and skin tone, plus it is designed by Vera Wang :)
I should probably add that the venue is very rustic - translation: porta jons will be involved. Possibly no running water. But the bride has picked out a very formal classic-styled gown.

Oh, this one is kinda cute - not formal enough???

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