I borrowed the title from an old favorite movie of mine, Young Frankenstein.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won't be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby... Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [short pause] Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.
Since adjusting the bar for my life, thanks RA, I have to admit ... I've been doing pretty darn good lately. I have been working a lot of OT to stick some money back for Donna and a new bike. Even working the long/extra hours haven't hurt me much. I wish I could feel this good all of the time but I know with winter closing in on us, this won't last too much longer. What I do find annoying, despite feeling good, is after sitting longer than 20-30 minutes it hurts to stand and start walking. I also hate that my hands just ache for no good reason. My feet hurt all of the time whether I'm standing, walking or have them propped up. Then there's the fatigue, many times after waking up from 8 hours of sleep, I feel tired and have to push myself to just walk across a level floor. Isn't it amazing that despite all of this, I consider myself to be having good days?
This is one thing I wished outsiders could understand. While we do go on and do many normal things, enjoying life the best we can now, we don't do this easily or pain free. We make many sacrifices and adjustments in life, just to appear normal, that are invisible to most outsiders.
Speaking of normal, life in Oklahoma has been anything but normal this year. Above average tornadoes (ok, we're used to those), flooding then drought conditions, we had 51 days over 100, 35 consecutive days over 100 and then BOOM ... Saturday afternoon we had a 4.7 earthquake followed by a 5.6 a few hours later. There have been several aftershocks, none serious. There is damage to several homes and a section of a US Highway is buckled. We live 140 miles away, so we have no damage but did feel the larger one last night. By the rest of the years activities, I guess I should be preparing for 10 feet of snow (yearly average is 5.1 inches) this winter.