My father was in town for a quick visit this week, from Thursday afternoon until Friday afternoon. It was a nice, boring, uneventful visit: just some playing all night on Thursday, playing all morning on Friday, a trip to the zoo on Friday afternoon, then home to nap. Well, not really nap; too much traffic, and the boys slept in the car. Cie la vie. The boys loved visiting with Grandpa, particularly since they usually only see him on the computer. What I'm happy about: when The Boy first saw him, there was an unhesitating run-up-for-a-hug. It's important to me that they have a close relationship, you know?
Of course, things couldn't go completely smoothly. When I picked up one of the boys on Thursday afternoon, something TWISTed in my back, which knocked me flat for most of Friday night and all day Saturday. It's still really painful, but less so when I don't move, breathe, or laugh. It's not a lower back thing, it's a middle-upper back thing: kind of in between my left rhomboid and left lattisimus muscle. It's really, really, really painful right now, and it's actually better than it has been. Taking it easy today, again.
Other than that, we've had a recurrent theme on this blog: things have been nice and boring and NORMAL. I go to work, come home, and play until bedtime. After the boys are in bed, I actually get a chance to have conversations with my wife, or read a book, or watch some television, or play my Final Fantasy 13. I just crossed the 3 month date of playing the game, and the 60-hour mark. For the mathematically impaired, that's about 45 minutes a day - or what I used to spend watching television. 60 hours of entertainment - with about another 20 or 30 to go - for $100 ,with the special hard cover hint book? Not too bad. That's around $1.70 per hour of entertainment. Compare that to the movies, which is $15 a ticket for 2 hours. And, I've even managed to read a couple of real, actual BOOKS lately! Terry Goodkind's "The Law of Nines" and a random science fiction book I picked up in a used sale.
I think I'm going to try to restart some of the reviews I used to do, pre-diagnosis. We'll see. I need to rethink my blog usage, to start to transition towards something non-cancer-related.