Sunday Salon

Sunday Salon: Dec. 4, 2011

Hello everybody. It’s been a while since the last Sunday Salon (ahem October! wow!) but I do have some news to share with you today.

Here’s the big thing that has been ruling over my life for months now: my knee. I hurt it originally back at the end of June; did some PT for a while that seemed to help immensely, got back on the bike and even did a few races, but then when I started running again it got much worse again. The original injury came back and then some, with some new symptoms presenting. I finally ended up on crutches because I couldn’t stand to walk on it anymore, just in the last few days before my knee surgery on Friday. I have been feeling fairly well controlled by this injury; it effects every part of my life and makes everything less enjoyable; rather than navel-gazing I’ve been knee-gazing. But now… it should finally be at an end! This past Friday the 2nd, I had arthroscopic surgery. We didn’t find the torn meniscus we expected, but did a bunch of repair to damaged cartilage, and I’m told I should be back on the bike soon – but I’m also told I will never be a runner again. 😦 This is sad news, as I had deferred my January 2012 half-marathon entry but hoped to run my first half-marathon in January 2013. Now, apparently, I will not. Those who know me at all, though, will know that riding and racing bicycles is THE most important thing in my life that doesn’t live and breathe. So, what a relief that I’ll be riding again soon! How soon, you ask? You’ll have to wait and see, along with me. My check-up appt. is this Thursday and we’ll know more then.

So. This week I’m laid up around the house, and you know what that means: lots of books! And movies, too. Movies are rare events in my life and I’m sort of looking forward to the opportunity. That, and I want to finish a painting I’ve been working on, and do lots of snuggling with the little dogs. (Well, the snuggly one at least. The other one looks lovingly at me from across the room.) Husband is working from home all week so I’ll be well taken care of.

At present, I’ve just finished reading (for review) The Chalk Girl by Carol O’Connell. You’ll have to wait a bit for the review, to be published in Shelf Awareness closer to the book’s pub date of 1/17, but I will say: I had never heard of O’Connell or her serial character Mallory, but boy was this book a hit! I’m recommending it. Wait to hear more.

As you know, I’m also reading Their Eyes Were Watching God as part of the ongoing Readalong (check back tomorrow for the second installment thereof). I have Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky going on audiobook, but that’s most likely on hold during this week off. The rest of my reading time is deliciously available, free and uncommitted, and I’m considering the next Sharon Kay Penman in line for my attention, Here Be Dragons, as well as the copy of The Home-Maker that Thomas sent me a while back… or some of the Papa books I’ve been saving… oh, the TBR shelves overflow, the possibilities are endless! I honestly don’t know where I’ll turn next. What would you read if faced with a week off??

I’ll be chugging along here, kids. Thanks for checking in and tolerating my knee-gazing.

What are YOU up to this Sunday?

3 Responses

  1. Sorry the outlook for running is not good, but I’m glad to hear you’ll be back on your bike soon! The Home-Maker was one of my favorite books a couple of years ago, so that’s my recommendation… so many good choices. Enjoy the movies, too.

  2. […] part, but I’m very willing to let my pain pills take part of the blame there. (If you missed yesterday’s post, I just had knee surgery.) I look forward to some other readers’ input on this section; maybe […]

  3. […] free time that Husband has been known to complain. Also, 2011 was an epic year for injuries for me, finally culminating in knee surgery, and keeping me off the bike for an entirely undesirable amount of time; if my riding & racing […]

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