I’m in my second week of pain. I cracked a tooth last weekend. The tooth became sensitive to cold. Then it became infected and painful. On Saturday, the tooth hurt too much to walk on the treadmill; the jolting hurt. By Monday, I was crying in pain. An emergency visit to the dentist yielded antibiotics, pain meds, and an appointment with a specialist for a root canal.

My antibiotic keeps me from going out in the sun. The pain meds keep me groggy. So go the best-laid plans of mice and men. School starts in a week and a half. My plan had been to find my 200th cache and to volksmarch Irving’s three year-rounds. Instead I lay in a darkened living room on the couch and brooded on what I was missing out on. Then brooding became boring and I had to get “active.”

Rather than lie bored, I make lists and plan for when I’m painfree and able to get on with my life.

  1. Get caught up on events to attend on Geocaching.com and American Volksmarchers.
  2. Add events to my calendar so they are officially on my to-do list.
  3. Re-organize my geocaching and walking bags. Throw out empty or old bottles of sunscreen. Sharpen the pencils. Check the ink in the pens. Clean and bleach out the water bottles. Shake out the bag lint.
  4. Upload and organize the photos from prior caching and walking adventures.
  5. Throw out old socks which no longer cushion my feet.
  6. Check shoes, especially the soles, for wear. Order new shoes.
  7. Relive my geocaching adventures by reviewing my geocaching journal.
  8. Update the geocaching journal.

Watch out, world! I’m getting ready for you!


About scribedscribbles

Like most people, I hate filling out profile pages. Who am I? Well, I’m a wife, teacher, daughter, and friend. I’m also an intellectual, an introvert, a night owl, and a bookworm. I work with struggling readers and overachievers, ages 11 to 15. I take care of students, a cat, two rabbits, friends, and my husband. I enjoy geocaching, reading, volksmarching, gardening, crocheting for charity, lecturing, science fiction, learning, and teaching. My favorite colors are blue, green, and purple. I am judgmental, dyslexic, sweet, overweight, graying, short, generous, loving, supportive, and chronically early to meetings. I’m afraid of snakes, putting my head underwater, heights, depths, and failure.

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