Sunday, August 12, 2007

At least I was wearing clean underwear

If your mother ever warned you to always wear clean underwear just in case you were in an accident, you may just want to listen to her. On Wed. night as I was carrying 2 glasses of pre-dinner wine to the patio, I paused to look at the cat who was cleaning herself at the bottom of the steps. In that instant, I lost my footing and took a bad tumble down the back steps, gashing my head on a ceramic planter. My husband managed to get me upstairs to the bathroom to wash away the blood and see how bad it was, but I started shaking and throwing up, so he decided that it was best to call 911. 4 hours, an ambulance ride and 2 stitches later, I was back at home, battered and bruised, but generally feeling a lot better than I looked.

I'm still recovering, four days later. I took a real bashing to my right side and am only just starting to regain motility to my right arm and shoulder. On the plus side, K. has taken over the cooking and cleaning duties for the weekend. On the down side, I went for almost a week without a hair wash. I had been planning a "spa night" on Wednesday. I was going to have a long soak in the tub, give myself a facial, colour my roots, do my nails... But instead, I spent the evening in the ER, getting stitched up and x-rayed. At any rate, I hadn't washed my hair since Monday, so by this morning it was getting pretty gnarly. (Luckily, my husband didn't mind being coiffeur for a day).

Besides that, things here are okay. I've been traveling back and forth to Chicago for work quite a bit. Well, I say Chicago, but our satellite office is actually an hour north of the city, so I haven't seen much of the downtown yet. I did spend one day there in June for a conference, but as I was on my own I just spent a few hours at the Art Institute and walking around the "Magnificent Mile" before heading back to my suburban hotel. The museum was great, though -- one of my all-time faves and one I certainly want to revisit.

The only other thing worthy of mention is that we bought a second car. I found a '95 Land Rover Discovery parked downtown with a For Sale sign on it and it was love at first sight. And once my husband got a look at it, it was all over (he's wanted one for a long time now). Being a 12 year-old British car, it has lot of "quirks", so tuning her up has become K's summer project. We're going on holiday the first week of September, so we're hoping that the car'll be ship-shape by then. We've rented a lakeside cottage in Eastern Quebec and invited my family and some friends to stay. I'm really looking forward to it, especially since my brother and his boyfriend (F) might be coming up from NYC and this will be the first time we'll meet F face to face. Plus, it's a great setting -- nice cottage nestled in pine trees, cabin with a sauna, deck looking out onto the lake... bliss!

Anyway, after resting a lot during the past few days, it's time to get up and about today. We've got painting in the living room to finish (I'll be doing as much prep work as I can left-handed). It's going from a yellowy off-white with a colonial blue ceiling to a deep grey-brown with white trim and ceiling. It's almost done and it really looks great. We've got built-in bookshelves in the back that weren't terribly well-made, but with the dark paint behind them they look like a million bucks. But first, it's brunch with friends. It's a lot easier to paint with a belly full of French toast...
:: posted by Ann Howell, 9:58 AM


I'm glad to hear you're all right. Even if it turned out to be relatively okay, that fall sounds terrifying (clean underwear notwithstanding). I'm impressed by your determination to work on painting projects. I'm afraid that I'd be milking the injury for all it was worth to get out of my fair share of the labor.

Your Land Rover sounds so incredibly cool. If you're feeling up to it, how about a picture of the car? And a couple of your living room? And maybe one or two from the blissful cottage in the pines? I know, I know, I'm probably asking for far too much.
Blogger niobe, at 8/12/2007 1:18 PM  
Sounds like a nasty fall. I'm glad to hear you're starting to feel better, thinking of home improvement projects even!
Blogger Lut C., at 8/12/2007 3:35 PM  
Oh my! Am certainly glad you weren't injured more seriously. Be careful painting. Don't paint above you (head back, neck bent). Other than that, the shelves and colors sound great!
And the vacation cottage sounds AWESOME. I second the vote for pics of everything you've described! :-)
(ps - my word verification is "aaxcl" - either you will excel at everything you try in the near future, or you need to check the LR's suspension. lol)
Blogger Julie, at 8/13/2007 5:14 AM  
Hey - I'm sorry about your fall but glad that you are doing ok. I've been thinking about you this summer. If you are near the art institute any time again, I work about 10 minutes from there...
Blogger stat763, at 8/13/2007 11:32 AM least you were wearing clean underwear. You crack me up. Now take it easy...we like you in one piece.
Blogger Catherine, at 8/13/2007 1:04 PM  

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