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Thursday, November 14, 2013

I'm a little behind ( ! )

The deed is done and I am recuperating at home. Staples come out tomorrow and I can walk using a cane instead of a walker now. I am not sure I should try and write anything just yet, as the medications and general discomfort may be having an effect on my thinking-thingy. My ability to concentrate and sit in any one position for even a short length of time has been seriously compromised, but it gets better every day.

I have only been able to read one book. Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir. I got through it in a day as my sleeping habits are pretty screwed up and I had little else to do other than physical therapy exercises (which I will have to do for most of the winter). It was her debut crime novel and while not supposed to be her best, I found it enjoyable and really wanted to learn about her character Thóra. I intend to read the rest of that series and like to get in on the ground floor. Just like Arnaldur Indriðason's Inspector Erlendur there are always interesting back stories in the main character's life.
Thóra is a much different character than the dark and broody Erlendur. Both have their appeal to me, but if both were real I would much rather spend time with Thóra than go down into the depths with Erlendur.

For those of you who like crime novels and would like to try a different setting, these are good reads. There are a handful of other Scandinavian crime-fiction writers who are also very talented and deserve some time to read. So many books, so little time.

Needless to say I haven't been out to take any pictures, but right before I went in for surgery I got these on the way to work.


Then, of course, I need to remind myself of the reason for getting a new knee. I really love to walk. Here is a return to July and a day walking along the Thames. Taking a moment to strike a relaxed pose as Andie and I take in the touristy, but quite wonderful, sights of London.

8 comments:

Donna Banta said...

Glad you're recuperating. Love the pic on the Millennium Bridge! We were there in September. Feel better!

Pixel Peeper said...

Recoveries always seem to go slower than we want them to go. But as long as you are getting better every day you're doing fine.

Don't overdo it and enjoy the downtime!

Professor Batty said...

Nothing better than a bleak Icelandic mystery for those long winter nights. Good luck on your rehab!

jenny_o said...

Glad you're over the worst - hope the healing goes well.

Beautiful photos.

chlost said...

Good luck on the recovery. Glad to hear it went well. Slow and steady. Give your therapist all the respect that s/he deserves. They are awesome task masters who will bring you back to your walking with amazing swiftness. I know that I could not have done nearly as well without my therapist. Stay warm and away from icy paths for a while!

Jono said...

DB, Thanks! It was so pedestrian friendly there.

PP, even the downtime starts getting to me, but all will pass.

Batty, thanks and I might just get another mystery before I have to start being useful again.

Jenny-o, Thanks!

Carol, you've been there and know how it is. My P Therapist is an old friend.

Knatolee said...

I'm trying to catch up on all my bloggy friends. Glad your knee surgery went okay, and I hope you are feeling miles better very soon. I like the pic of you near the London Eye!

idratherbeiniceland said...

I hope you are feeling better. It sounds like a great excuse for lots of book reading and generally being lazy and cozy!