Well, I'm at about 2 weeks and my knee is finally feeling pretty good. In this case the combo of rest with slow increase in usage seems to have worked. I went over a week of nothing but ADL's (activities of daily living). Which in my case includes at least a dozen flights of stairs on any given day (which was the most painful activity for the knee). With the brace, I started increasing activities once the pain was tolerable without any NSAIDS. Casual bike riding and walks, very short hike last weekend, and yesterday I did a full, hard bike ride. Today I still have almost no pain. I'm not sure if this was the "right" combination, or if I got lucky.
Based on yesterday's ride, the two week break in exercise seems to have cost me about six weeks of cardiovascular progress in my bike riding. Ouch. Particularly since it's getting cold and I have nowhere near that amount of time to make it up locally.
I either need to find some type of winter physical activity that I enjoy, or get out of Fargo for large swaths of the winter. I'm already anticipating the stir craziness an upper midwest winter, coupled with no job or self employment endeavour, will bring. Which means I'm all the more ready for some travel. This is the GF's last week of her contract, so theoretically we are free to do so together. Read below as there is some disagreement on the time table.
The GF and I got into a big fight on Friday night and it carried into Saturday. Mostly about how our life is going to look over this winter and going forward. She was offered a PRN job at her current employment with very few restrictions on how many hours she has to put in (like, almost none). The wage is actually decent, and the flexibility is high, so she's going to take it. This means anytime we're at home base the GF will have options to pick up shifts working. She really likes it at her hospital and the fact she has the ability to earn at will helps her anxiety about becoming an unemployed loser like her BF. This is a nice win overall. Our fight was more about how much and when she planned on working here over the next few months, and whether or not she still planned on taking time off now and potentially a travel contract later this winter. Her ENFP personality has so many ideas running concurrently that it's hard for me to keep up logically sometimes.
We made up Saturday afternoon and decided to salvage the weekend by taking a quick trip to Devils Lake ND area, a couple car hours away. Two years ago around this time we happened into some great fall foliage up there. Unfortunately, it seems we were a week or so late this year. Most of the leaves were gone, the trip was kind-of a bust, except that it helped assuage my road trip bug for another week and we got a chance to enjoy each other's company after the fight.
Yesterday I racked and then chilled my hard ciders. After chilling, I'm going to rack one more time before bottling. I'm hoping to force a stop to fermentation to keep some of the sweetness. The obligatory siphoning taste test gave me an initial positive impression for the pineapple and hard lemonade, but the apple and pear were already pretty dry. The GF had the opposite impression and thought the pear and apple were pretty good and wants to take a bottle of each to a girls weekend at the end of the month.
I realized I had forgotten to apply for my yearly credit card to attempt to get a bonus. With spending decreased, it's nearly impossible for me to spend the 3K in three months most of them want these days. I'd have to manufacture the spending on gift cards and the like, and that has never seemed worth it. I did find a chase card that offers $200 for $500 spend in the first three months. That's pretty easily attainable since I have 6 months of car insurance coming up soon. This will be my first "income" since May. I've been reinvesting all dividends and interest thus far because I had 2020's spending money sitting in my checking account since the end of my only contract this Winter/Spring. While researching cards, I found that I can get a referral bonus from my capital one quicksilver card. It was my bonus card last year, new cardmembers get $150 with $500 in spending in the first three months, no annual fee and 1.5% cash on all purchases ongoing. So if anyone reading happens to be interested, let me know and I'll PM my referral link.
Did c_L just try to monetize his journal
. I'd better stop while I'm ahead! Thanks for reading!
Edit: I almost forgot, the GF's COVID antibody test was negative. I find it extremely unlikely I ever had it without infecting her. So it looks like c_L remains on the hook for any vaccination that becomes available. Something healthcare jobs will no doubt require, and something I'm skeptical about until there's better longer term data on potential side effects.