March 18: I made a fist with my right hand today. This is kind of a big deal.
I have been dealing with "trigger finger" of my right ring finger for about a year; the problem had its origins in an injury from about ten years ago. I have been doing therapy on it, and making VERY slow but steady progress. And then in January I shredded the skin on the second and third fingers of that hand, and was unable to bend the fingers due to the damage. And then today, with the abrasion damage healed, I tried to do some therapy exercises, and had NO sign of the joint locking at all. It kind of seems that rebuilding the skin also helped with the recovery of the joint. I don't really care; I just know that my hand works right, again, for the first time in a long time.
March 18: And from the extreme geekery file, we have the following: I have seen a number of discussions in the last few years about a supposed plot hole in "The Lord of the Rings", namely, the matter of why Gandalf didn't just contact Eagle Air and drop the ring into Mount Doom on the fly without all of the other foolishness. The thing is, there is no plot hole (or it least, that isn't one); the simple fact is that as long as Sauron was alive, he had air superiority over Mordor. No air superiority, no eagles. No eagles, no air drop option. Duh.
March 21: There are no typical conversations in my household. There are also few REALLY surprising ones, but every now and then it strikes me that I just said something that would be... kind of odd... out in the world. For instance: A really rough rule of thumb is 1% of body weight in food every day, so a 10,000 pound dragon would need a sheep every day, or a cow every week or so.