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Hoping for some knee answers today

airrosti2-logoFirst things first . . . as for yesterday’s get ’er dones, I failed to go to Best Buy (no biggie) and to hook up the dvd. Everything else turned out a-okay. I baked the potatoes using a recipe at http://whatscookingamerica.net/Q-A/PotatoBaking.htm; the Mister and I liked them more than son #2 (but he prefers mashed potatoes); #1 son ate the usual white rice and barbeque sauce delicacy. I enjoyed the middle school PTO meeting (nice group of gals and a short meeting . . . a great mix!). The doctor’s appointment gave me absolutely no answers, but it was only a prerequisite for today’s Airrosti appointment. I dislike seeing orthopedic doctors who don’t run; they think the answer to every ache and pain is not to run. They don’t understand that runners NEED to run, especially when they’ve paid $65 to enter a half-marathon! Obviously, I wouldn’t run with a fracture, severe sprain, or illness, but I know that I can at least walk for a fair distance, so the half-marathon still is doable. We’ll see what the Airrosti folks say today.

By the way, #2 son lambasted me about not using Arial Black (ugh! that’s not readable for a three-page paper!) and not single-spacing his science project paper (I used 12-point Arial on 18-point leading). Of course, he didn’t bring home his scrawled instructions, so I could double-check that I did NOT see any details about spacing or the Arial Black. I contend it said to use 12-point Arial. Geesh! The only middle school grade that counts for high school is Spanish, anyway. If he gets a B on the project, so be it. I did finally convince #1 son and the Mister to quiz #2 son on his Spanish, since both of them have taken it. Even though #2 insisted he didn’t need their help, he later admitted that he thought it was a good thing. But we didn’t get to the U.S. History; he should have some time during school to study that review today. We’ll go over it after school. He also has his math final.

Today’s get ’er done menu:

• 9:30 a.m. massage (hurts so good!). This could help my knee, and I know it will help my chronically sore illiotibial bands.

• One load of laundry; put water in pool.

• Hook up dvd to bedroom TV.

• Hook up external drive to the old Powerbook and back up the boys’ extensive iTunes library (we’ve done periodic backups onto dvds; I’d like more redundancy).

• Call a recommended guitar teacher, so that #1 son can start lessons. Expect that the lessons will end after a month, just like the drum and art lessons, but feel assured that he will get something out of them.

• 1:30 p.m. Airrosti appointment (http://www.airrosti.com/). Practice not cringing beforehand.

• Continue excavation of master bedroom; consider bringing in a forklift (it’s a daunting task!).

I did get rid of one big box in the bedroom . . . I freecycled an unopened Epson Stylus printer from 2004! I’m sure the ink has long since dried up, but it should work. My “trash” is someone else’s “treasure.”

Moving forward!

First things first: Did I get ’er done yesterday? Sure did!
• Got those four photos uploaded to the neighborhood newsletter. Not my best work because the lights in the school’s gyms cycle frequently causing odd color shifts. Over the two-week winter break I also met my goal of processing all the girls’ and boys’ basketball photos I had taken (includes A and B teams for both seventh and eighth grade) and posting them to my photo website (susansternberg.smugmug.com). A BIG accomplishment for me given my sloooow Photoshop workflow.
• Did one load of laundry and even matched up all the socks (but what about all the unmatched socks still languishing sadly on the dryer? Definitely a get ’er done in the future!).
• Shopped at Kroger’s and snagged the cornflakes (although they were the generic Kroger’s brand; the Mister said they tasted good, thankfully) as well as a few other items, most of them healthy.
• Watched “Oprah.” I liked what she had to say about having a balanced life. I also see my weight go in the wrong direction when my life gets out of whack.
• I planned the week’s meals to the best of my woeful cooking ability. The Mister and son #2 liked the barbecued pork that I baked for them; picky son #1 didn’t and mostly ate only his white rice and barbecue sauce (oy!) and biscuit with grape jelly.

Now on to today! Here’s what’s on the get ’er done menu:
• Redo the custom header in Photoshop because I don’t like how small the type is on the header that comes with this theme.
• Research wide-angle zoom lenses for my cousin Andi, who is a novice Nikon D300 user (she bought one, took it to Africa on a safari, and it looks like she took fabulous photos with it despite her inexperience using it).
• Pay the Discover and VISA bills online.
• Follow the Macworld expo keynote speech at 11 a.m. to see what Apple has in store for us Apple fans in 2009. I’m mostly interested in any changes (especially in price) to the MacBook, which will be my next purchase.
• Call Walmart to find out about their no-receipt exchange policy (son #1 desperately wants to know this information, not that he’s about to call and find out himself, of course; that’s what moms are for!).
• Work on getting rid of the clutter in the master bedroom. We’ve lived in our house for 12 years and haven’t painted or replaced the carpet in this bedroom. That builder’s-grade beige paint looks pretty faded. We can’t paint or replace the carpet until we clear out all the clutter, which includes our old (big!) entertainment center that used to live in the family room until it was replaced by a simple TV stand. The Mister, unfortunately, put it in our bedroom, and now all kinds of things have grown attached to it, none of which resembles a TV. So that, its attachments, and all kinds of miscellaneous items that haven’t seen the light of day outside of the boxes they reside in need to find another home or place.

I plan to concentrate on working on the bedroom for the next two days. Let’s see how much I get done!