She instructed me to: “Walk across the room on the heels of your feet.”
I obliged, tottering along in Chaplainesque pantomime.
“Now back the other way on the tips of your toes.”
And, suddenly, I was a ballerina, capering back the way I came.
“Bend over sideways as far as you can go. Good. Now the other way. Good. Now lean forward and show me how far you can go. Wow. You’re flexible!”
It was kind of her to say, but: “Not really.”
“Now lean back.”
I leaned back and felt a familiar twinge in my lower back, winced.
“Un huh,”she noted and then consulted a note pad that, I suspect, contained some information wholly unrelated to my visit: a shopping list, her personal poetry, a recipe for pound cake. “It looks like a muscle strain. Would you like something for the pain?”
“No, thanks.” The truth is, it’s less a pain and more of an ache that presents itself only occasionally, just enough to remind me it’s still around – and worry me enough to visit a walk-in clinic. “So it’s nothing serious?”
I was looking forward to a reassurance, a dismissive hand wave, maybe even a derisive snort. Instead, she fixed me with a suddenly serious look: “Come back in two weeks if you’re not better.”
Okay then, I’ve got two weeks to take it easy, take a break from the weights and workouts, and focus on some less strenuous pursuits like movies, whisky, and books.
With regard to the latter, I’ve decided to join a bunch of online book clubs in order to motivate me to read more. The truth is, I read A LOT, but I always feel I can do better. And so, here are the book clubs I’ve joined and the books I need to read in October:
For the Scifi and Fantasy book club (SciFi and Fantasy Book Club):
For the You’ll Love This One! book club (You’ll love this one…!! A book club & more):
For the Around the World in 80 Books book club (Around the World in 80 Books):
For the Genre Specific Review Group book club (Genre Specific Review Groups):
The Evolution of Science Fiction book club (The Evolution of Science Fiction):
The 2013 Reading Challenges book club (2013 Reading Challenge):