Monday, February 24, 2014

A Momentous Occasion

Today was a big day for me, full of major accomplishments. I mean, some people are proud when they make the swim team or graduate from college. I've never made the swim team so I don't know what that's like, but today I experienced a sense of achievement the likes of which I have not felt since my college graduation. I did a thing I have been trying to do for years, a thing I have never accomplished without adult supervision. Today, I hard boiled an egg.

That's right. I did it all by myself with no input from my mom who normally has to help me because my hard boiled eggs never turn out right. Usually I do everything I'm supposed to and when I peel and cut into the eggs the yolk isn't fully cooked. On the spectrum of yolk doneness they are are far too cooked to be soft boiled but not yet at that crumbly creamy stage they reach when they are hard boiled. Up to this point my attempts have left my eggs right at the cusp of greatness, but rather than reaching the precipice of hard boiled deliciousness they always fall just a little bit short. When I peeled the first egg and sliced into it, I had low expectations. Imagine my surprise when the center was cooked all the way through. In a word, it was beautiful.

The fun did not stop there, though. I was in a great mood after class so I decided to try doing one of my errands on foot. Since spraining my ankle I've had to drive places I would normally walk. My ankle is getting better, but sometimes when I'm doing my physical therapy exercises or walking a long distance, I feel a weakness in my ankle that wasn't there before. It does not hurt exactly, it's more of a feeling that if I push too hard, my ankle will give out. I've been trying to rebuild the stamina in my ankle by doing progressively more walking. One day last week I got in 10,000 steps for the first time since the sprain. Today, I beat that number.

Keep in mind that these numbers reflect an entire day, but I did manage to walk over 2 miles without a break at one point. I am a long way from where I was before my injury, but it feels good to be making improvements. 

It was a beautiful day for a walk and it was fun to see all the people outside and enjoying the sunlight. It was nice to finally feel like I could get out and enjoy the sunlight too even if it wasn't for as long as I would have liked. It was a good day, and I'm looking forward to more good days to come.

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