Monday, May 21, 2012

Giving 110%

I'm not sure I ever understood those type of statements. Because if I'm giving 110% then I suppose I'm working on a scale of 1000. So that would mean I'm really giving 11%, which is kind of lame. But whatever, that has nothing to do with anything. I just wanted to put a number in my title.

I'm sure everyone will be happy to know that my tooth sorta took care of itself. I don't think it was an infection, but instead something stupid, like clenching my teeth really hard in my sleep.

So, after installing a mouthguard while I slept I found the teeth startedfeeling better. For a day or two, I don't think I could recall enjoying the pure pleasure of eating more after the tooth thing passed. It had been more than a week since I'd had any solid food.

I celebrated by having oatmeal for breakfast.

Well, I always have oatmeal for breakfast when I'm at work - except for the week prior when my teeth hurt too bad to have oatmeal, which is a real thing, because even though oatmeal is pretty soft, you still have to chew it, and the chewing motion was excruciating - and so I made my perfect breakfast: Piping hot oatmeal.

Oh, which I promptly spilled all over myself.


The next day it looked like this:

That's weird, I don't recall my arm being that hairy.
I had to go to the doc for a checkup anyway, so I asked if it was anything to be worried about. Turns out that I'll probably be okay, although there may be some scarring. A few blisters formed and all.

So, to recap. I nearly lost a finger due to a 'getting myself dressed accident', nearly lost the ability to eat due to a tooth grinding incident, and nearly lost my arm due to an oatmeal related disaster.

And that's all during the last couple of months.

Is there any question that should the apocalypse actually happen that I'd be dead within hours? I get injured in my sleep people, I'm a dead man walking.

Anyhow, I've about done all I can with that one.

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I hope everyone is aware that a new podcast is on the scene. The most excellent Vic Caswell and Emily White have started their PodPeople podcast that focuses on YA lit. The first episode is up and it was great to hear them talk books. Please check it out.

In other news, I'm rolling back the number of posts I'm going to be putting up for a while, probably for the summer at least. Time is always my enemy. It marches on without any consideration for what I want it to do. So, while I've been giving blogging my all (pathetic, I know) I'm not getting as much writing done as I should be. So, the hope is for a bit more productivity from me as a result.

I'm thinking about two posts per week right now, I'll play it by ear though and see. Maybe I can make some of them sorta interesting.

I think I had actual news today, but I got caught up in my personal drama and can't seem to recall what it was.

Happy Monday folks.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You really are an accident waiting to happen. Maybe you need to wrap yourself in bubble wrap or get a Nerf suit?
I'm going to have a lot of only two posts weeks (like this week!) since I am writing again. Enjoying it as well. Wasn't sure I could still enjoy writing.
I think you need a vacation. Stay away from toasters and other dangerous appliances though.

Brinda said...

Oatmeal can be a pretty dangerous adversary. You's so sharp and lethal. Anyway, I'm glad to hear you have survived the household/daily living minefields lurking in your home. :) Blogging two days a week sounds decent to me.

Tonja said...

I used to be an IT nerd (no, you never actually recover from that so I will always be a little off). One of my co-workers yawned - like with his arms in the air. And he pulled a muscle in his side. Be careful when you yawn.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

ohmygoodness... that looks sooooo painful! my son recently got a burn blister from a spaghetti-o incident.

i hope you heal soon! ow!

thanks for mentioning pod people! :)

PT Dilloway, Superhero Author said...

Jeez maybe someone has a voodoo doll of you.

I got a second degree burn once when I was draining pasta and some of the water spilled on my foot. It was pretty nasty.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I've heard some dodgy things about ostmeal... I never thought they could be true, until now :-)

Hope your arm is better soon.

M.J. Fifield said...

I burned my arm boiling water once. I didn't spill the water on it. I just held my arm over the boiling water for a quick second to reach for something and BOOM. Scalding flesh.

Briane P said...

I love the tag "Oatmealagedden." I can't believe that's not been used for a product prior to this. Trademark it quick!

The important thing is to have a good cover story when people ask you about those scars. I recommend any combination of:

(1) ocelots. BEARS ARE PASSE.
(2) amusement parks.
(3) chartreuse.

Also, don't tell the bears what I said about them. Passe or not, they're still fierce carnivores. (This comment sponsored by Animal Planet.)

Matthew MacNish said...

Those are burns? Ouch. Looks painful.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Ouch. I'm so sorry Rusty. Life hasn't been kind to you lately *hugs.

M Pax said...

You may need to write some humor, Rusty. You had me crying from laughing by the "I get injured in my sleep". I feel bad laughing about your pain, though. Glad your teeth are feeling better, and the finger. Heal that arm up quick. Ouch.

I want to scale back my posts, too. Next week & after mid June. Yay. I know what you mean by time. I can't believe we're past the mid point in May. How? How?

Andrew Leon said...

I like Alex' idea. A bubble wrap suit would be awesome! And, you know, when you were board, you's have something to do, because popping those little bubbles is -always- fun!

And you do have news. It's on my blog!

Deborah Walker said...

Thank goodness we don't have oatmeal over here. We Brits shun killer cereals.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps you should consider sleeping while nestled in bubble wrap!

Be careful and try to enjoy your summer.

Ciara said...

I thought I was a walking issue. Wow, I don't think we should ever sit on the same bus or plane together. With that kind of luck, no one would survive. I hope you feel better soon.

N. Grotepas said...

I love how hairy your arm is!

Donna Hole said...

So in the zombie Apocalypse, I'll look for you to distract the walking dead while I get away :)

I think there is a story in your misadventures there.


Jay Noel said...

You have disability insurance right?
I never thought oatmeal could be so dangerous, although I've injured myself with hot cocoa.

Thanks for the heads up on the podcast!

KarenG said...

I've burned myself on oatmeal before. It creates a nasty burn because it sticks to the skin and doesn't fall off. Totally hear you about cutting back on the posts. I'm down to posting once a week, never thought I'd see the day!

Anonymous said...

You might want to get that tooth checked out by your dentist. I too had a really bad tooth ache and thought it was caused by grinding my teeth, and, I picked up some mouth guards which I hoped would help. Anyways, long story short I had an infection and needed a root canal. The root canal was a breeze, and it does not hurt (since most likely the tooths nerve has died). So, if your tooth is still hurting go see your dentist. by the way, they do not remove the tooth, they just poke a small hole at the top of the tooth and remove the infected nerve.