Hello, hello! I feel like I've been away forever. On the plus side, I have a new talar dome (well, slightly used, but still) and I can now lurch around in a delightful and only sometimes painful manner. Actually, that's pretty much the whole minus of it, too.
Thank you all for the well-wishes -- and hope your holidays were full of festivity, joy, and kindness. Oh, and writing. But if you haven't written yet, I'll give you a topic at the end of this post.
- The Last Three Miles: Politics, Murder, and the Construction of America's First Superhighway by Steven Hart,
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz,
- and Exit Ghost by Philip Roth.
Wahoo!!! Thank you Ms. Berzok, for placing me in such esteemed company.
The Other Mother is also one of Role Mommy's favorite books of 2007. If you're near White Plains, NY on January 23rd, you can come to the White Plains Public Library to meet me, as well as Pamela Dorman and Jane Green, at the Role Mommy Books and Authors We Love event. I can't wait! I might even been lurching a bit more smoothly by then!
So, here are the three tips for ankle surgery recovery as promised:
1. Become completely obsessed with knitting.
I'll try to post some pictures. I've made 3 hats, 6 scarves, two cable couture bags. Let's just say knitting keeps me thinking about things other than pain, and it feels productive, even if, as my husband pointed out, my kids look like people whose mother has a little too much yarn on her hands.
Check out Loopsknitting. Shelley has a gorgeous store, gorgeous site, and Loops Scoop, with free patterns and ideas; I won a kit for the cable couture bag, which is what got me back on the knitwagon...), a sweater, several purses to felt (once I can get down to the laundry again), a wrap, two stuffed animals...I'm done bragging.
2. Ask your surgeon to lend (or rent?) you a Roll-A-Bout.
You put your knee on this sort of modified skateboard with brakes and wheel around when you need one free arm (not so easy with crutches).
3. Get dressed every day.
Even if wonderful friends and relations have taken over the driving/cooking/and other items on the endless parenting list. It just feels better, even if it takes a few hours to get pants over your cast.
So, here's the writing topic.
Make a list of three tips:
- three tips for surviving divorce
- three tips for shovelling your driveway (don't use a leafblower on snow, for example)
- three tips for avoiding writing
- three tips for feeding a picky eater.
After you have your list, take it from there. You know how it goes: don't think, just keep the pen moving. You can do this: write for 7 minutes. That's all. It takes longer for me to get a sock on my left foot.
Come write, one and all! It can be a New Year's Revolution: write every day. Welcome back!