If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it has been a long week. I have not been able to go anywhere, due to the heat and humidity. Fortunately, I didn’t have any appointments to go to during the week. I’d tell you that I have a fascinating (at least to me) idea for a new blog I’d like to start, as well as some changes to the looks (Not the content!) of this blog. I’d tell you I spent a tremendous amount of time, playing Sudoku online, as I play that to try the repair some of the deficits in cognitive ability due to nerve damage on my brain from MS, by stimulating new nerves to take the place of the damaged nerves, with new ones (not sure that has helped).
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I spent Friday baking goodies for us to eat with our coffee. I’d tell you I made a delicious carrot cake with cream cheese icing, and molasses cookies (because they are my all-time favorite, after chocolate), but the cookies were burned because I forgot to set the timer on these newfangled stoves they put in here. The weather here has turned a bit cool after the storms went through, and I had to put on jeans for the first time all summer. The air conditioner is off and the cat is enjoying the open window. Unfortunately, my flowers in the window boxes on the sills did not fare well due to me or the weather (I’d rather blame the weather). I may have to try something different next year.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I have an exciting week ahead. I will be going to Chicago for three days, for the 2016 Valor Games Midwest. These games have been adapted for veterans with many different types of disabilities, ranging from Archery to Tandem Cycling (for the ones who cannot see), as well as Field events, Indoor Rowing, and some exhibition sports that we can try out, and see if it is something we would like to pursue. I’d tell you that since I’m either sitting, or in bed for the night, I don’t get much exercise, except when I use my manual chair when someone gives me a ride somewhere. So I play adaptive sports in the summer, both for the competition, the wish to push myself a little further, to meet up with old friends, or just cheer for our teammates. I’d tell you I went to Salt Lake City the end of June, into July, and that I won a bronze medal in 9-ball, a silver medal in bowling, and a gold medal for the Power Slalom, which is just a fancy way to say an obstacle course for power wheelchair. I’d tell you that I don’t do it for the medals, but for the competition with friends I’ve met over the years, conversations by the pool that can last half the night, and the opportunity to travel all over the US. I’ve been to events from the western part to the state to the eastern part, and I have yet to visit a city I haven’t liked, except for maybe the heat. I’d also tell you that in September I’m going to San Antonio for the Valor Games Southwest. This will be my third year going, but this year is the first year that I’ve had to pay for everything myself. I was charged an extra $200 for my flight, because I changed my departure day to return home, from Friday to Thursday. Then I turned out I had the return flight scheduled on the correct day the first day, but my departure from home was a day early. So I cancelled the reservation entirely (BIG mistake) and applied for a refund for the entire trip. I then made a new reservation, on the correct days, but was later informed that I would not be receiving a refund at all from the first reservation. Any ideas how I can do that?? I would also tell you that I won’t be posting much this week, due to my travels. And I would tell you to have a great week!