Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Shape of Buoyancy --- Day 6/299

Walk: AMC Dine-In (The Shape of Water)
Distance: 2.3 miles, Up/down the 60 steps, 1.5 hrs. exercises

Ciwt has even surprised herself with her buoyancy throughout her recovery.  Until...she had to change PTs a couple of weeks ago and encountered an overbearing autocrat who nearly had her convinced she would probably never recover.  Maybe If she adhered to his forever program of bedrest, no walking, no driving (both of which she'd been doing for months!) and total dependency on him.  

Well, after two weeks of depression, despair, anxiety, the works, Ciwt finally figured out she could move on.  New PT  yesterday and within a matter of hours her buoyancy and energy have returned - as well as her Walks!  Yes! She is now Walking There again!!!

'Buoyancy' brings her to the movie she walked to this afternoon about a sea god captured by humans.  The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, "an other worldly fairy tale" according to its PR description, already nominated for several awards.  Except for the award nominations part, Ciwt didn't think Shape would be for her, and she was right.  

She also thought she would be touched by Sally Hawkins, an actress who can warm (or break or whatever she wants it to do) Ciwt's heart by just showing up on screen.  And she was right about that. Richard Jenkins can also do no wrong on screen in Ciwt's opinion, and he didn't.  The rest of the cast was excellent as well, flawless actually.  Also the enveloping gorgeous visuals.  The music is good and the directing with its nods to classic films is intelligent and tight.  

So probably it was the story that didn't particularly move Ciwt - any more than Pan's Labyrinth did or La La Land for that matter.  But of course people loved the latter movie, and it went on to win numerous awards, including Best Picture for about two minutes before it was discovered the wrong title had been announced.  The critics are adoring The Shape of Water, so maybe it will even win Best Picture for real.  Don't stay away; it certainly rates at least a B for buoyancy (ha, ha).

Friday, December 15, 2017

Will YOU Be My PT? --- Day 6/298

Walk: Presidio PT
Distance: Home and Outpatient exercises

Home from third PT.  Hope she'll be the one.  Ciwt didn't realize finding the right PT is like

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Can I help you...(out the door)? --- Day 6/297

Walk: PGCC
Distance:  Up/Down, maybe 2 blocks total, exercises, then major icing 

Here's a job you don't want to have right now: staff at Ciwt's club.  It's holiday time so there are club functions galore as well as multiple rentals by outside organizations giving their Huge annual luncheons.  On top of that, the club is being remodeled; there's intermittent clanging, banging and shaking and something has gone wrong with the heat and sometimes the electricity.

To use up her food minimum before the club closes for the annual three week winter break Ciwt made a second trip there in as many days.  She couldn't help but notice that the usually ultra friendly staff was barely able to force smiles.  Clearly they are living for the day the club closes and they can get away from all of us.  (Nothing personal; they've just had it.  And Ciwt totally gets it).

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

People?!? --- Day 6/296

Walk: PGCC for bridge
Distance: A few blocks, drive, exercises, pedal

Today Ciwt went to her club to play bridge and spend time with people after 3 months solitary recovery. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Not a Sucker --- Day 6/295

Walk: PT, Fillmore, PGCC, Union Square
Distance: 1.3 miles, the usual exercises plus

A Christmas Story: The Musical

Ooops, Ciwt forgot to write when she came home from the theater last night.  Probably because she was still bored to death by the play.  It was chock full of romping and singing children and adults in the olden midwest at old timey Christmas time.  Ciwt is not a sucker for these types of stories...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Now in Living Color ---- Day 6/294

Walk: St. Mary' Hosp. for Annual
Distance:  Up/Down x 3, 4 blocks, exercise/asana/pedal/flexion

Ciwt's pedal station now has flicks! (Godless binge coming up.  Every Western cliche, Yahoo!)

Sunday, December 10, 2017

I Have This Dance --- Day 6/303

Walk: Drive PGCC, Trader Joe's
Distance: 6 Blocks, 1.5 hours exercise/asana/pedal

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Two Gustav(e)s ---- Day 6/302

Walk: Legion of Honor (Klimt and Rodin; Gods and Goddesses in Living Color)
Distance: 6 blocks, lots of exercises, asanas, pedaling

Gustave Rodin, The Kiss (reduced, 1904) . (After) Gustav Klimp, Beethoven Frieze, 1904 (copied 1964)
The Legion has done a superb job rearranging the Rodins in their outstanding permanent collection of the sculptors's works and pairing them delicately and meaningfully with the visiting Klimp paintings.
A gorgeous show and very rare opportunity to see so many Klimp works which hardly ever travel from Europe.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Endearing Disaster --- Day 6/301

Walk: PT, AMC Dine-in Kabuki (The Disaster Artist)
Distance: 1.3 miles (against pt advice but had to do something besides exerises),  pt exercises and stretches

James Franco in The Disaster Artist

Ciwt found The Disaster Artist entertaining and endearing in a very peculiar way.  Also deep, again in a way that is difficult to pinpoint.  Excellent movie making technically and for some reason - even when the movie is going nowhere - the acting is riveting.  It captures but doesn not explaing the elusive line between horrendous egotistical disturbance and laughable farce.  Ciwt says see it; probably it will get nominated and maybe win some awards.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Number 254 --- Day 6/300

Walk: Around pad
Distance: Not far; exercises, pedaling

It seemed to Ciwt a good day to remember Emily Dickinson's poem 254, Hope is a Thing with Feathers.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

On the San Francisco Road Again --- Day 6/299

Walk: No, Lyft to/from Dentist, Drive again! to PT, car wash, grocery
Distance:  Not far but felt more free - and Was!  new, super picky PT impressed with Ciwt's progress,
deals being made: more driving, more walking in exchange for more care and no over-doing from Ciwt.  Rescinded if knee flares up.  Tense but necessary for sanity.

Ciwt's on the SF road again.  Oooops, wrong picture; here we go:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

First Tour --- Day 6/298

Walk: de Young Museum Tour of  Revelations
Distance: A few blocks, 3 hours, a little home pedaling and lots of icing afterwards

Ciwt is home after first tour in a long while. Yay! but tired.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Two Tulips --- Day 6/297

Walk: No, Lyft, around pad, Up/Down
Distance: Not far, PT and then exercises at home

Tulips Make Ciwt's Kitchen

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Enough Art Already --- Day 6/295

Walk: Pad
Distance: Not far; lots of exercises, pedaling, asanas

Ciwt is tired of preparing for her art tour in a few days.  

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Twilight Out --- Day 6/195

Walk: No
Distance:  Some exercises/asanas, not much.  Resting basically.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Twilight In --- Day 6/194

Walk: PT, impossible to avoid Up/Down x 2
Distance: PT says no to walking for exercise and enjoyment (for a while) so Ciwt is Lyfting around 😐  He says Ciwt shoud be happy because she 'gets to' rest instead of overdoing it for a while.  Hmmm, Ciwt thinks he kids but has to admit things are improving under the new (ever-lasting) more passive regime.  Anyway, lots of (mostly seated) exercises, pedaling, asanas, flexion.