I just realized when I posted these pictures that I completely forgot about Bleeker's tail. This is the family dog of my pillow monster family request. They love Notre Dame, hence the shamrock charm on his collar. I had many failed attempts with Bleeker, but I am really happy with how he turned out. The family is being oober-patient with me---this request has taken me too long, and I still have a cat to do! The truth is my symptoms of my repetitive strain injury are back full throttle. It is completely devastating to not have my body cooperate with me, but I know I will heal eventually. In addition to arm pains, my neck, shoulders and back ache. I am not sure what exactly triggered this flare up, but I think it could have been a result of over-strenuous stretching. I always think more is better, and that is often not the case. Examples of more being worse than less are: ice cream, searching symptoms on the internet and stretching. The good news is, I think I am going to love my new job. I am still in training, but I have observed classes and activities with the adults with developmental disabilities and everyone is respectful and caring. They are treated like individuals and it is just such a positive place with genuine, positive, creative energy. Also, the job will help me to be less whiny about my own physical problems while simultaneously aiding my healing process since I will be forced to break up my day instead of being a sewing-machine.
I also joined the YMCA and started swimming because it is supposed to be great for people who have RSI. I forgot how much I loved being in water and splashing around. There is something so nice about it. What I really want is to do water aerobics, but I never quite fit in with the water aerobics crowd. Oh well, I shouldn't let it stop me.
I'll make and post the final animal member of the fam and then I need to take a break until I am fully healed. In the mean time, I will be dreaming up new creatures. Take care!