Day 251 – Downpour

I considered not going in this morning. I woke up with a seized-up left shoulder; I’m pretty sure I did that in the last hour of my sleep because I remember being okay the last time I rolled over before waking up. Agony!

Today however our new(ish) CIO was supposed to come to the office for another visit, and there was a celebration for a major project that was completed exceptionally successfully. I felt an obligation to be in. And for the most part it wasn’t actually too bad. By about noon my shoulder was mostly easing up.

The mid-morning celebration for the project had involved copious quantities of pastries and snacks, so I was not feeling too hungry. However, when my fellow-manager was heading out for lunch I thought it might be wise to get some opportunistic food as well. I hadn’t intended to head out, but with the downpour outside I couldn’t make him walk through the rain, so we drove.

As bad as the rain was on the way out, it was worse on the way back in.

I don’t mind rain. There is nothing better than getting drenched on the way home to a nice hot shower.

There is nothing worse than spending an afternoon in drenched demin. While it was wet, it was freezing my legs to the bones. When it started to dry, it felt like sandpaper against my legs. There is really no winning with wet demin. Luckily I had my superfluous gym-bag with me, because switching t-shirts felt really good. Last thing I’d want with my sprained back is the start of a cough.

I think tomorrow I’ll bring a home-made lunch to protect my back.

Day 250 – Shouldered Burdens

I’m glad the state I woke up in was not indicative of the remainder of the day to come. I’ve gone from extremely uncomfortable, to almost bearable. If I don’t move my neck too fast and sit nice and upright I could almost fool myself into believing everything is fine.

I will however be a good boy and take it easy a little while longer. I’m itching to get back to the gym, but if anything Saturday has shown how fragile this recover is so far.

Today I’ve kept to easy tasks. My main accomplishment for the day was to clear off my entire desk and re-organise my technology so that it all fits nicely. Now I just need to get rid of the QNAP TS-409 that has done faithful duty for 7+ years. Even though it was in no way failing, it was no longer living up to my needs and expectations.

The 870 PRO so far is doing a great job at impressing. I’ve installed the latest version of Plex on it, as well as on my laptop and my phone. And I’ve started ripping some of my media onto the drive to have a play with it. I’m impressed with how slick the integration and interfaces have become. Last time I considered Plex was 2-3 years ago, and I moved on to XBMC for the living room. It probably was the right choice at the time, but now… this is so much better.

I can’t go too far overboard with the ripping yet though, because I only have about 3TB of usable space in the 870 at the moment. I purposely only got the bare essentials space-wise so that I can wait out any price-drop in 4TB drives later this year when the 5TB models will finally arrive. Once that happens I should be able to load up the 870 and start filling 28TB of storage with all our media for instant-on access from all our devices. It amazes me a little how long it has taken for this particular future to arrive in a ready-to-go product.

I guess with all the tech-stuff out of the way, I can get back to making a dent in my reading; Ice and Fire has waited for my return for too long, and I have a Matthew O’Reilly waiting for me since Christmas. I am current with all my Podcasts at the moment, except for one Nerdist that I paused because they were going into Bioshock Infinity spoilers… which is the other area I need to re-invest some time in; I have a truckload of games waiting for my attention. I’m only halfway through Bioshock I. And that’s the only embarrassment I’m prepared to admit to right now.

Oh god, and software development.
I have long in-depth posts that have been rattling through my brain for too long.
And an intense itch in my fingers to make a dent in my Web Development projects.

My next break is over Easter.
I think I should plan to stay home and Do Things.

Day 249 – NOOOOOoooooo…

I had plans for today.

To be fair, I managed to get through some of them. I decided to fit in some extra reading time at Michel’s today, which went fine. And then I was going to put together the eBay listing for my PC and then move on to doing some study for a technical post. Instead I have been uncomfortable for the better part of today.

I had taken pictures of the PC. I had taken pictures of the external DVD burner. I had taken pictures of all the original boxes I’d kept for the components and parts.

Before boxing it all up, I wanted to make sure I had all the right cables in the boxes. Unfortunately the whippet was in front of the drawer that I needed access to. He was sleeping on his bean bag. So I moved it. Or did a good impression of moving it.

It had shifted about a foot and I felt heavy twangs up my shoulder-blades and upper-back. I knew this wasn’t good immediately. It set me back to when my back first went loopy around Mon/Tue this week. The range of motion in my neck is very limited, and making doing anything more than just sitting as upright as I can very uncomfortable.

I’d never realised how much I use those muscles doing the most ordinary of things before this week. I can move my arms fine without discomfort or pain. But rolling over on the bed is anguish if I don’t keep my back completely rigid. Getting up off the lounge is a simple motion… except it apparently involves quite a bit of motion of my neck… which makes me get up like an 80-yr-old right now.

I can decisively say I’m not enjoying this.

I’m going to keep my back heat-packed as much as I can, and I’m going to see about a physio appointment for a thorough look at the problem. I wish medical science had a quick fix for this.