Sunday Break

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

Because there is no such thing as taking too many breaks!

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Sidekicks

Many of you have met them before, but these are my three sidekicks here around the house. Lily (left) is a 12 year old Cairn Terrier that I got during my last year of grad school. Alva (center) is a 7 year old Chihuahua/Terrier that I adopted from a dog rescue organization, an Oliver (right) is a 2 year old Pug – looking anxious just how pugs know how to do.

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For the first time in probably more than 1 year, I not only went to the market but I also spent all afternoon cooking in the kitchen. Cooking was one of my favorite hobbies before my rheumatoid arthritis worsened over the past couple of years, so it’s an extra-special treat to be able to return to some of my old habits. I’ve also traded open-air markets with the freshest produce imaginable for higher-priced grocery stores (and the convenience of their shopping carts), so being able to shop in the market and carry my groceries back home is another indicator of the recent spurt of wellness that I have been experiencing.

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In first (or third?) grade my class was treated to a showing of the video for Watership Down…I guess the fact that it was an animated movie led my teacher to believe that is was a movie for young kids. Wrong! The frightening visuals have stayed with me to this day, all the more reason to read the book and see if for the great work of fiction that it is. I’m currently mid-way through reading Watership Down, and am really enjoying it. (I plan to also see the video again afterwards.)

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As many people are beginning to experience the first warm days of spring, here in South America the chill of autumn has arrived. At 13,000+ feet above sea level, winters can be quite rough. Promise me that you all will send me warm thoughts in the coming months!

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Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!