Someone's back is feeling better.
Someone’s back is feeling better.

No doubt spooked by threats of getting checked out by an MRI scanner, my back has been on its best behavior today.  While not totally pain free, it’s a marked improvement from only a few days ago when I was staggering around like, well, my fourteen and a half year old pug, Jelly, who suffers from hip dysplasia.

Staggering takes a lot out of Jelly.
Jelly relaxing after a day’s staggering.

Not sure what changed.  Maybe it was the massage therapy or my being more mindful of my posture or, maybe, just maybe, that dose of radiation I received during my x-ray did a body good.

Got my car serviced today.  Not exactly notable except for Akemi’s extra-curricular activities while I was waiting for the good folk at Audi to finish washing my SUV.

1111I can’t help but think this is pretty much how a monkey would react if it discovered a balloon in its natural habitat: some close scrutiny, a couple of head bounces, and then retire to the complimentary coffee bar for hot chocolate and banana bread.

Hey, check out what I received in the mail today.  More birthday swag!

A Breaking Birthday card from my friend Jessie.
A Breaking Birthday card from my friend Jessie.

And two personalized t-shirts from Fondy:

This one for Akemi featuring a photo of her favorite boy (from what I understand, I'm a close second).
This one for Akemi featuring a photo of her favorite boy (from what I understand, I’m a close second).
And, for me.  Extra points for the Stargate references.
And, for me. Extra points for the Stargate references.

16 thoughts on “October 18, 2013: Better Back, Bouncy Balloon, and Birthday Booty!

  1. Hi Joe: That 12 to 18 month wait for an MRI scan is only in British Columbia where you have a bunch of old people who are on the list before you. Here in Alberta, I got in for a scan in two weeks and my son in 4 weeks. You live in the wrong province, my dear. Glad you are feeling better. If you have to stand up all the way to Japan, the will not be fun.

  2. Mmmm. Hot chocolate and banana bread…

    How nice of Fondy to send you those (clearly 100% cotton) t-shirts!

    Glad your back is feeling better. I hope it keeps up. Now if I could just get rid of my left rotator cuff problem…

    Went to see “Gravity” last night. I thought it was pretty good, the liberties with physics and some other technical details (Hubble and ISS are not anywhere NEAR each other in orbit) notwithstanding. The stuff they got right was very well done and clearly a lot of thought went into it. The plot was hardly complicated, but that’s not a bad thing as it was still fairly edge of your seat stuff. Definitely worth seeing in 3D, which I find is the exception.

  3. Uhmmm…should you be boasting about gettin’ ‘birthday booty’ in public? Show some decency, man! Children could be reading this!



  4. Any decrease in pain is a good thing and worthy of bouncy balloons!

    Cute shirts!

    I am low on grocery staples, except eggs, so this morning I made waffles with odd ingredients… a bit of baking mix with an egg, applesauce, olive oil, and almond meal. With a dash of Princess Cake emulsion (citrusy). Wow. Fluffy and moist, yet crispy on the outside. Topped with pumpkin butter. I think I may have a winner! I have the uneasy feeling these may have approached “good for me” food status.

  5. Glad your back is better. You might not need that MRI after all – until next time. Save your money for a later episode. (And consult a trainer.)

    Awesome birthday swag! Love the doggie shirts. Too cute.

  6. Happy Belated Birthday Joe, hope it was very blessed! Glad you’re back is feeling better. 🙂

  7. G’day

    Very cute t-shirts. Good to see Fondy sending you birthday goodies.

    Great to see the back is feeling better.

  8. That is really cool that Fondy is still fond enough of you to send you birthday presents (and Akemi, too!) That is very thoughtful—indeed.

    Poor Jelly. She looks exhausted.

    Quite a bit of sadness here on Wednesday & Thursday. My friend had to put her dog to sleep. I’ve known Inga since she was a puppy, but it was only in the last 1-1/2 that I’ve gotten to know her quite a bit better since my friend was busy doing a lot of traveling and caring for her mother who was going progressively downhill. She developed doggie ALS I’m thinking it was finally diagnosed in the late spring. It was a surprise how much different she got in just a week. I kind of had a feeling on Wednesday that my friend might decide it was time. I was supposed to watch her this weekend while my friend was at a seminar, but she made this decision on Thursday. So when I left on Wednesday, I took some time to lay on the floor with her and pet her and thank her for being such a blessing in my life and to remind her of all the fun we had together. I told her I loved her and I would see her this weekend (just in case my friend decided to try one more thing before making this decision). If any of you feel like reading about it, it’s on my business website blog:

    So I’ve been crying a lot these past days. I am glad for my other client, Lucky, who is still a puppy, and my clients this weekend, Mocha & Abbey, because they are making me laugh to the point that I’m snorting while laughing, but that might be because I’m so congested from the crying.

    The picture of Akemi and her fun perspective on life made me smile, so thank you!

  9. Akemi is so cute, I think she was mind melding with Mr Balloon, she is very zen with animals and now balloons. a good thing, maybe she learned all the secrets of the car dealership, another good thing. glad to hear the back is a bit better also.

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