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09 June 2008 @ 09:05 am
Weekend roundup  
Ow. Ow ow ow ow.

Yesterday, I had an hour and a half massage. Now, some of you might be thinking "Wow, lucky her, I am soooo jealous!" Well, that is only because you have a misconception about that hour and a half. A lot of people think of massage as this relaxing, pampering thing. And sure, it can be. But I'm supposed to have one at least one a month as a preventative measure for my migraines. And I am horrible about following through on this. I get one, it works out a bunch of the kinks and knots and things, and I feel fine and don't get any migraines and let it go for waaaaay too long. Like, months.

You may recall last week, my shoulder was messed up (I can't remember if I talked about it here.) All week, it hurt, and was basically like concrete, until by Friday, the pain went from my neck, all the way down to my left wrist. Not. Fun. So, Jessica, my lovely massage therapist and also a good friend, came over with her husband yesterday, brought her massage table, and worked on me. Oh. My. God. Apparently, the messed ip stuff went all down my back to my hip. She dug in and did so many, highly painful things that relieved pressure, relaxed knots and other such necessities. (Really necessary; to no one's surprise, I'd been woken up Sunday morning by, yes, a migraine!)

Anyway, she commented, a little pointedly, that if I kept up with the massage, they would not be this painful, and I would not have nearly as many knots and tight areas. Yes, yes. I know. She is right.

Especially as I'm sitting here at my desk this morning, whimpering because my shoulder and down my spine and lower back (just above my hip) feel bruised and thus painful to the touch. Ow! I took ibuprofen this morning, not for a headache, but for the owies along my back. And I have no one to blame but myself! I should just bite the bullet and start scheduling two a month with her until we get this at a level where once a month can maintain it. She expressed an interest in trading for jewelry...*is contemplative*.

And this got me thinking - millions of people the world over go their whole lives and never have a single massage. And lots of people end up with back problems, or hip problems, or knee problems later in life. I wonder how much of that actually started with muscles tightening to the point where they pulled and stressed things that shouldn't be pulled and stressed, and over long periods it became debilitating. Food for thought. Massage should totally be covered by insurance as a preventative health measure! Too bad it's not (under mine, anyway.)

The moral of this story? Go get a massage!

What else did I do this weekend? Oh, we saw Kung Fu Panda - great, great, great movie. The animation was incredible, the story was good, it had a good message. I actually can't wait to own this one. And, for anyone with any martial arts experience, it's hilarious.

And I wrote and posted Iron Man fic, for anyone who missed it. It was actually supposed to be a drabble, but you know me and drabbles. *rolls eyes*

I also had my wedding ring fixed - last week, I noticed one of the prongs was bent. Since fixing this sort of thing surpasses my current jewelry making expertise, I took it back in to Fred Meyer Jewelers (where it was originally purchased) to their on site goldsmith. Since it's been six years, it was no longer under warranty, but they did give me a new guarantee policy thing, where if I bring it in every six months to be inspected, if a diamond ever falls out, they replace it for free. It was a quick, in and out thing, so I got my ring back, prong fixed and ring buffed within two hours. Although at first, the salesgirl wanted to plate it in rhodium, not buff it:

Me: "Um, I don't think you do that with platinum."
SG: "This is platinum?" *looks skeptical*
Me, a little defensive, because jewelry person that I am, I haven't actually cleaned it in awhile: "It's a little dull right now, but yes."
SG: "Really?"
Me, kind of annoyed: "Yes. I'm allergic to gold, so...platinum." (Thinking: it damn well better be, as much as we paid for it!)
SG: *looks at ring a little longer* "Okay. We'll buff it up for you."
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Nu: book-serenity-hot as icequiet_rebel on June 9th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
The moral of this story? Go get a massage!

Hehe. I told myself I was going to reward myself with a massage when I finished my book and it's been almost a month and no massage. I should go this weekend!
rhienellethrhienelleth on June 9th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
Yes! You totally should!

Is that Kelly Monaco in your icon? Oh, she's the model for your MC, right?
Nu: book-serenity-hot as icequiet_rebel on June 9th, 2008 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yup, that's Kelly, and yup, she's the model for my MC :)
L.A.frenchroast on June 9th, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
I was supposed to get my first massage this past Friday, as part of one of my friends' pre-wedding girl day stuff. Unfortunately, her fiance (now husband) is a jackass and guilted her into staying home to clean, so the massages were nixed.