Thursday, September 06, 2007

Hello September! and Other Things

In my book, September 1st marks the end of summer and the beginning of fall. I realize it’s officially September 21st, but what do they know? Already I’ve noticed the days getting a little cooler and last night I actually got cold! It was heavenly.

A couple nights ago I went for a walk and ended up passing the ballpark. There were a couple games being played, so I stopped to watch one of them. I sat there basking in the glow of the lights, a cool breeze tickling my cheeks, and thoroughly enjoyed watching a bunch of men I don’t know run around the bases. They were actually quite good. Anyway, as I sat there I thought, Boy, I love this time of year.

I really love the in-between seasons (spring and fall), but I think I may like fall just thismuch more. Why?, you ask. Let me tell you.

Football. Really, that’s the main reason I like fall more than spring. Spring has some great qualities, but football season is over in the spring. Tonight is opening night, and the Colts are playing the Saints. I’m so excited! (I love Peyton Manning.)

Hmmm. Maybe when I go grocery shopping tonight I’ll buy some extra-favorite food stuff and throw myself a mini football-watching party! Good idea!

I like other things about this time of year, too. I like that I’m not back in school. I like when the leaves change colors. I love wearing sweaters and jackets. I love apple cider, fresh produce from other peoples’ gardens that they so kindly give me, soup, and hot chocolate. I like early snow that melts quickly. Two words: carving pumpkins! Yes, fall has many great offerings.

In unrelated news, I’m beginning to wonder if I broke my nose this weekend. Is there a way to tell without making a trip to the hospital/doctor? Does it even matter if I broke it or just hurt it? Will it not heal properly if left unattended? I hate going to the doctor, especially since I am without insurance, but I start to worry that if I don’t go something bad will happen, like my nose falling off. I’m a bit of a hypochondriac but with a healthy dose of loathing for doctors' offices and hospitals. So, I probably won’t do anything about it, unless you tell me I really, really should.

What? You want to know how I hurt my nose? Hmmm. I probably shouldn’t tell you, but I’m getting used to the humiliation involved when I tell people, so here goes:

I fell in the shower. Yes, face forward. I was shaving my legs, one of my legs was precariously resting on the back of the tub (so I could reach all the angles better), my alarm went off (that’s what I get for waking up before my alarm), I was startled, my other leg slipped, then the leg on the tub slipped, and I face-planted right into the back of the tub. My nose hit first, then my forehead. Can you imagine this? Never mind, please don’t try.

Anyway, I wondered for a moment if I was going to blackout, I didn’t. I stood up and checked to see if there was any blood. There wasn’t. My face throbbed with pain and I managed to stop myself from swearing. Adam was flying into town in a couple hours, and I figured I would have two black eyes, a swollen nose, and a big bump on my forehead - not exactly my best look. I started thinking up stories I could tell him to explain that didn't come anywhere close to the truth. Fortunately, I only had a little bump on my head, which my bangs effectively covered, and a little swelling at the top of my nose. I could have gotten away without telling anyone about my stupidity, but I’m too much of a baby and I always enjoy telling a good story.

The problem is it still hurts! Shouldn’t it stop hurting sometime soon? See, I told you I’m a baby.

In shower-related news, I’ve been taking cold ones the last few days. A few weeks ago, when I returned from my cruise, I realized that I wasn’t getting any hot water, so I eventually (after a few days of cold showers) let my apartment manager know and the problem was supposedly dealt with. Well, it wasn’t. Turns out my water heater needs a new element, which is being replaced sometime today. So, hot shower here I come!!

That’s it.

Go Colts!!!


Alyson said...

Oh my goodness, go to the doctor, please!! I can't believe you slipped in the shower! That's a huge fear of mine, because there's so many hard places to hit your head. What a horrible thought that it happened to you.

julie said...

I got thinking about it and maybe my second topic isn't too unrelated to the first. Do you catch the connection?

Aly, you really think I should??? Hmmm. Not what I want to hear!

Candleman said...

You have a dainty little nose. If it isn't presently crooked or substially bigger and you can breathe through it as you normally do and it isn't bleeding; then even if it is broken there is probably nothing the doctor can do for you.

They make a little chair you can put in the tub pretty cheaply. Those little traction flowers you can stick on the floor of the tub are even cheaper. Safefy first, I remember that one of the early astronauts missed a major mission to space because he slipped in the tub. It can happy to any of us.

Candleman said...

Gee, I just discovered I misspelled substantially substantially. How embarrassing.

Booklogged said...

I got the connection - FALL! very clever. I'm so sorry to hear about your fall. That is so scary. I'm also sorry to say that you had me laughing before the fall, so I was reading your blog out loud to Myke and, unforgivably, I laughed at your telling of the story. It will be funny in several years, right?

I'm totally with you about not going to the doctor. I hate going. Have you asked people who can actually look you in the nose and give you that advice?

How did the weekend go? The part that included Adam?

I love fall the best, too. Spring 2nd best. Football doesn't even enter into the equation for me.

Cassie said...

I have a fear of falling period. So falling in the shower is right up there. Every time I go to shave my legs there is a tiny tiny part of me that feels like I am taking my life in my hands. I think if it didn't bleed then it might not be broken. If it keeps hurting after another couple of weeks or so then I would go to the doctor.

Cardine said...

Usually if you break your nose there is bruising (like black eyes). If it is broken, then the doctor will maybe just re-break it (but if you don't have problems breathing, probably not), which FOR SURE will cause bruising, and then they'll reset it.

It might be really, really tender and you might have inner bruising. I agree with candleman's first paragraph completely. And the traction flowers are cool, too.

julie said...

Candle, the little chair sounds nice. If for nothing else, it would make shaving my legs less dangerous! Something to think about. :)

Book, I think it's funny - NOW! At the time I wasn't amused at all! Of course, lack of bruising made me feel a little better about the situation. So, laugh away!

Thanks for all the suggestions - especially the ones that suggest not going to the doctor. That's what I'm going to do. Although, last night I started worrying about bleeding inside my skull (I watched CSI). So, if I croak suddenly, you'll know why. (Remember, I'm a hypochondriac.)

Also, anyone else watch the game last night??? Colts won 41-10. Yeah!!!

Booklogged said...

I don't know why I didn't think of this last night, but why don't you sit on the edge of the tub while shaving your legs. That's what I do.

Framed said...

I'd say if your nostrils are pointing at your ear, you should get someone to straighten the nose for you. If you don't want to go to a doctor, I'm sure one of your brothers would be glad to help.

I was going to say fall was my favorite time of year, but let me say instead that it's autumn.

tearese said...

yay Autumn! My favorite as well. I love the colors, the crisp cool air,and I actually always loved going back to school. I like wearing layers and crunching leaves, and seeing pumpkins!
Your nose is probably fine.

Indy said...

I am sorry about the fall. That doesn't sound any fun.

What I love about fall is light jackets and standing in the cool breeze.