Sept. 20, 2020

Slightly Better Day Today

I slept in to start with. First woke up around 7-something and decided to just go back to bed because it's the weekend. Finally got up around 8:30am which is super late for me lately. I noticed right away that my feet weren't as swelled as they have been. The bath last night seemed to help (the swelling was already visually less just after the bath). In fact, my left foot which was so bad yesterday, looked almost normal today. My right foot was a little swelled, but not too bad. I still didn't have any coffee.

I worked on finishing up my daughter's ugly sweater while watching football. I made progress. Got both cuffs done and attached to the sleeves then started to sew the shoulder seems so I could figure out how many stitches the collar needed to be. Meanwhile, the Bears won, so I was feeling pretty good.

Right around the time my husband got home from work (2pm), I decided to take my grandson for a walk in the stroller. He was supposed to be lying down for a nap but never goes down easily, and my daughter was obviously tired having only gotten a few hours of sleep last night. When my grandson was born, I had hopes of taking him on daily walks through the summer but my health didn't allow it. But with the swelling in my legs down and a little burst of energy, I felt I could handle a walk today.

It wasn't a short walk, though. I wanted to leave the neighborhood and go all the way down to this wooded park where they have a Poke Gym because I have four slots left for Pokemon but no coins to buy more slots. I can't really catch anything anymore so I don't play much now. This is the only gym near us, but it's a bit of a walk. I think it's about a mile from our house which doesn't seem like much except it's all uphill coming home. Very steep hills. Pushing the stroller back up was awful.

I was so worn out by the time I got home at 4pm, I didn't have the energy to cook dinner. Besides, the kids didn't clean up the kitchen like I told them as I was leaving (specifically said, "have this cleaned up by the time I get back"). I was gone almost two hours and they couldn't handle it. Each one of them was like, "I thought you meant so and so to do it..." Ugh. In the end, we just ordered Dominoes pizza as something quick. I really had a taste for the tortilla soup I had planned to make, though.

Since then, I've been working on the sweater and trying to watch Netflix but keep getting interrupted by the kids. The 10yo threw a fit for twenty minutes because he didn't want to go to bed at 8pm--apparently it's not fair that he has to go to bed so early but his sisters get to stay up until whenever. Nevermind, my husband who sleeps in the living room (which is where the 10yo also sleeps) goes to bed at 8am so he has no choice and the girls can get up whenever to do their schoolwork but he has to be logged in to Zoom by 7:55am. Also, if he want's it to be "fair," he could go to bed at 7pm like his brother and sisters had to do when they were his age. I didn't start letting them stay up later until they were older back then.

Anyway, I finally convinced him to go to bed at 8:15 after threatening to ground him from the computer for the entire week. He slammed my door muttering something about how I don't care about him and just play on my computer all day. Sigh. He did come on the walk with us earlier so I don't know what he's talking about. I'm the only one that listens to him ramble about his interests. Everyone tells him to shut up or ignores him after a couple of minutes. Somehow, I'm the bad guy, though.

I think I'm going to try to stay up until no later than 11pm so I can get enough sleep before school in the morning. Last week was hell. I felt so tired every day and coffee was doing nothing for me. And now I need to cut back on the coffee to keep the swelling down.

It's going to be another long week.

Written by justanotherjen

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iyazo
Posted On Sep 22, 2020

I love Pokemon Go but honestly until you have everything unlocked (which I paid a lot to do in all honesty) it's hard to do much of anything in the game, especially with nothing around. I have a gym and a couple of stops within a 10 minute walk for me so I feel pretty lucky because I live close to a major city.

Ahhh kids......one day I bet he'll look back and realize life gets tough- it would actually be nice to fall asleep at 8pm!! lol (I am SO tired, I really feel you on the coffee thing- I was off caffeine for a while, but I need it again)

justanotherjen
Posted On Sep 23, 2020

@iyazo We have quite a few stops and gyms in town, it's just my neighborhood isn't really in walking distance, especially with my fatigue. It's a mile just to get out of the neighborhood, another to the store then another mile to downtown where there are a bunch of stop/gyms within a few blocks of each other. That's too far for me to walk. Coming home is uphill through the neighborhood. We only have 2 stops and one gym here. Well, I guess if you go a block past the gym, there are two stops in this cemetery, but there are no sidewalks so you have to walk in the road which is busy so I rarely go all the way over there.

It makes it hard to get Pokemon in gyms to collect coins with only one gym. I once had my guy stuck in it for two weeks, earning a whole 50 coins because no one came and took it over to knock us out. Last summer, I would drive to the marina and walk around the riverfront park to hit all the stops/gyms there, leaving several Pokemon behind each day. I've been out of room in my item bag and storage since the pandemic started.

iyazo
Posted On Sep 23, 2020

@justanotherjen I did notice having an overstock of items since they started all of the events so that people could more easily play at home. I rarely get out to put my guy in the gym and need coins though so I need to get out there. I don't have to go quite as far as you though.

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