April 14, 2022

Digitizing Photos

I didn't even really know what to title this post! Usually I recap my running for the week, but since I've been giving my knee time to heal, I actually haven't done any running in a week and a half. I didn't plan to take this much time off, but I also didn't think my knee would still be bothering me.

It's frustrating--the pain comes and goes, and it's not bad enough where I feel like I need to see a doctor for it, but it's a nuisance. Whenever I walk and then turn my body, I feel the pain. Or if I'm sitting for a while in one position, it hurts pretty badly when I stand up and walk. So, I may try running on it in the next couple of days and see if the pain is as bad as it was a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway, I don't really have time to write a "real" post, so this is pretty much a filler. I have a stack of photos that I need to make digital (and by that, I mean taking picture of pictures, hahaha).

It's super tedious--trying to keep away any glare and making sure the room is bright enough with natural light is kind of a pain. But I'm not a photographer and I don't have a scanner, so that's just what I have to do. I did it with a lot of pictures several years ago (when I post photos older than about 2007, they are "pictures of pictures"). 

Some of these pictures are hilarious--just all of the horrible hairstyles my mom gave me. I really should do a photos post of the worst of those. They are so cringey!

But here are a few interesting "random facts" that I haven't posted this week, and I will do a "real" post tomorrow:

Hmmmm... no pressure at all! I guess I need to get rid of my "resting bitch face"--ever since a reader complained that she saw me at Kroger and I gave her a dirty look, I've assumed I have resting bitch face. I didn't even realize there was an encounter (she didn't introduce herself or anything), but she said she bumped into me and I gave her a dirty look. I promise you, if you ever see me in public, whatever look I give you is not intentionally a "dirty look"! I'm a friendly person to approach, even if I feel totally awkward. Truly. Ask people who have met me!

I've always adored American Sign Language and have wanted to learn it fluently ever since I was a kid. I took several classes and I do feel like I could communicate on a very basic level (probably with all the wrong structure types, so it would be more "English" Sign Language, where you sign the way you speak. ASL has a totally different structure of the sentences.

This makes me kind of sad! I'd be happy to purchase a couple package of socks and donate them once in a while. In fact, I challenge all of you to donate some socks to a homeless shelter and then report back. (I don't like the photos/exploitations of people who video/photo giving away items for people in need. I do a lot of this for people in need, but I don't give myself a pat on the back on social media and I certainly don't take a video of it. A quiet donation means the most (in my opinion) and makes me feel like I'm doing it for the right reasons. I'm glad I learned about the socks! I'm adding it to my to-do list.

I actually filled out an application to be a volunteer somewhere, but I'm afraid to mail it. If people google me, lots of personal things come out--having bipolar, namely. When people hear that word, they immediately judge me. This was something I never thought about when I "came out" with my diagnosis. The media makes bipolar look like I could have a total breakdown and harm people or something. It's nothing like that! I'm completely sane (even though I like to call my self "diagnosed crazy"--as someone who take crazy pills to make me not crazy). But it is what it is! Maybe I'll get the courage to mail it in soon.

Okay, I really need to get working on these pictures before the daylight is gone. Friday Night Photos tomorrow!


  1. I am not sure where you are thinking of volunteering but anyone would be lucky to have you. Working with animals is perfect because they do not judge and NAMI might be a place to check out - they work hard to make Mental Health like any health condition (just how it should be).

    Good luck with whatever you decide to do :)

  2. Have you been icing or hot packing your knee during your rest from running? If not, maybe it would be worth a try? Or icing immediately when you finish a run to try to help prevent it from hurting the following day?

  3. I really need to work on making my old pictures digital as well but oof, is that a ton of work! Lol. But it is fun to reminisce!! I didn't know that about socks as well. The fact is accurate as I wear my socks until my toes end up busting through them because of all the holes lol. I'm also going to add it to my to-do list to donate a new pack of socks!

  4. I can attest to the sock thing. Our church does a community lunch (aka soup kitchen) once per week, we always try to have socks available for our clients that need them!

  5. Hurrah for the socks. Much needed. Also hurrah for anonymous or low-key donations. Goodness aren't there people going through enough and then being put on camera. It makes me sick. About that knee though, um, seriously. At least call a PT place. This is your "older" friend talking. Time to get it checked.

  6. I'm with Nita... Get your knee checked out by a physical therapist - they should be able to give you exercises to strengthen the muscles that support the knee joint so that it doesn't take the brunt of the pressure. They should also be able to do a gait analysis to see if there is something that you could easily tweak to take save your knees! My daughter is a marathoner and was in agony after her first half. She then went to a running coach who suggested that she see a PT and also weekly gives her strength training exercises. Total game changer!

  7. Have you tried knee straps by Mueller (they also make back braces)? This are preventative, not curative. I wear them sometimes when I have to go up a lot of steps, or hiking. They do more than you'd think from fabric and a strip of silicon.

    Don't let your mental health stop you from volunteering. My wife is a psych nurse, and there are many people who work with her who are there because they have prior drug issues or mental stuff.

  8. One thing to think about on the flip side of people finding out you are bipolar - they may discover that it's not what they really think and it helps them. The same worry you have about them finding out might be the same vision they have until they meet you. That may change their perception of mental illness and provide them a different perspective.


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