My internet's back on, which means I can reasonably spend time on it again. It was just one part of a cavalcade of weirdness I've been drowning in for the last week. Here are the hits:
You might remember in my last journal I mentioned some weirdness in my shoulder. Here's what happened. On Thursday, I woke up and everything was fine. Did a bit of light stretching, sat down to do some stuff at the computer, and things were great. When I decided it was time for breakfast, I opened the fridge and reached in for the bread, and suddenly my right shoulder was just a giant ball of pain. I can move around over 20lbs at a time with it, but apparently reaching for the bread was the tipping point. I iced it, saw my doctor, took some Motrin, and waited. After the pain went down I was able to localize it, and as close as I can tell it's a strain in the tendon where the upper pec inserts into the shoulder joint. I can contract the muscle comfortably, but when I stretch it too far it hurts. So I'm avoiding stretching it too far. I can do most of my daily things just fine at this point, but every once in a while it reminds me it's there. It's getting better, and I'm hoping it will be healed by the weekend.
My internet died on Friday. So I brought my BluRay player into my office and hooked it up to my second monitor, and went through a bunch of movies and seasons 1 and 2 of The Collector when I wasn't writing. Last night I watched Airheads before bed. I didn't even know I had that movie. This morning I tried to finish up season 2 of The Collector, but for some reason my BluRay player isn't sending the video feed up the HDMI cable any more. It sends the turning-on screen, but everything after that is blackness. My RCA audio feed is fine, it's just the HDMI video that's messed up - but only mostly. So I had to watch the last episode on my laptop instead. I was considering keeping the BluRay player hooked up in here, but if it's not going to work properly then I can't do that. At least it waited until the morning I got my internet back before misbehaving.
Having more time on my hands than usual, I finally got around to wiring up an improvement to my desk setup. I'd bought a 4-way USB splitter over a year ago, with the intention of attaching it to the side of my desk along with a USB extension cable, to give me more ports on my laptop. It's set up now, and seems to be working fine. However, when I plug my cell phone into it, it tells me it's charging, but the charge never goes up. And I can't use it to transfer files back and forth for some reason. It shows up as accessible in Windows Explorer, but I can't see anything in it. But I can use the debug features to aid in my web development work. So it works ...kind of.
In weird but good news, I'm not entirely sure why, but in the last few days I've seen massive speed gains from my abs challenge. A few days ago my time was over 26 minutes. Sunday it was 25:45. Monday it was 25:07. Then yesterday it was 24:16. This follows after a gradual 20-30 seconds/day improvement pace I'd been seeing for a week - suddenly it just started getting much faster. My abs are also more sore now than they've been in the last 19 days, which makes sense. There are still 11 more sessions left, and I'm hoping all of this increased strength will translate to growth over that time. Then I'll give them a break and focus mainly on other things. I also added in some upper body work yesterday, to make it a proper workout rather than just abs. The muscles I added? Shoulders. Because they were the only upper body muscles I was confident I could work without aggravating my pulled tendon in my shoulder area. Go figure. I also did my lower back, because don't skip your lower back.
Oh, and also it's unseasonably warm and humid in Toronto right now, and I've already put my air conditioners away. So my apartment has been 80ºF and 60+% humidity for the last week. It should go down again ...next Wednesday. In the meantime, it's only going to get hotter. I don't want to hook my air conditioners back up again for so short a time period, but I might have to. In the meantime, it's open windows and fans.
So anyway, that's what I've been dealing with for the last week or so. I am so looking forward to the weekend. What have you guys been up to?