The irises are blooming on the south side of the house.
Irises always remind me of the the Japanese story in the Tales of Ise where a group of travelers sit next to the Yatsuhashi (Eight Bridges) in a marsh full of irises.
Round 1 on the second day of Beach Nationals is a little quiet, as the championship brackets start in round 2. But I hear that in addition to the kite festival that started yesterday, there's going to be a big party this afternoon on the boardwalk. Lots of exposure for ultimate!
It has been three weeks since my eye surgery, and my eyes seem to have settled down pretty well. I can see to drive, play Ultimate, and pretty much everything else.
The only annoying bit is clearly seeing my computer screen. My next appointment isn't for another couple of weeks, but I'm going to guess that my eyes didn't settle to the same place, and computer-screen distance is the distance at which they have the most trouble working together. I can still do work, it's just noticeably tiring to get my eyes to focus together for long periods of time.
Millie doesn't mind taking extra walk breaks, though, and I'm more inclined to do some spring workouts in anticipation of the forthcoming Ultimate season. Now if only the weather would cooperate.
I was warned that my sight would get better, then worse, then better again. It seems that I have quickly hit the "worse" time.
Yesterday was amazingly easy. My eyes felt great, I could see so much, and the sunglasses seemed like a mere formality. Today I had a rough, painful, morning, and I've spent most of the afternoon avoiding any sort of light.
I'm hoping for just one day of this. Millie can't decide what she wants - she likes cuddling when I can't get out of bed, but she also wouldn't mind a couple of long walks.
I thought my doctor was trying to promote optimism when he told me that I'd be able to see the clock in the operating room as soon as I got up from surgery. He was not. I could see it. Craziness.
Until I'm back to normal, though, I get to sport these fancy taped-on eye protectors whenever I sleep, and sunglasses when I'm awake. I'm going to have a stylish weekend.
The impetus for our Hawaii trip was that there were two Ultimate tournaments on back-to-back weekends on different islands.
The first was a team tournament near the beach on Oahu to which my Master's team (women over the age of 30), Hot Flash, was going. Sam picked up with a Spirit team, and we all had fun playing pretty competitively during the day and partying pretty hard at night.
The second was a hat tournament on a mountain on Maui to which mostly locals and some outsiders went, we all mixed up on different teams, and we played hard, but the competition level was a bit lower. My team was short on women, so I played four games and took off a total of four points all day.
In the end, my team won the championship game, my hamstrings were taxed to their limit, and I won the MVP Award for the tournament. You can see how serious this was based on the toilet seat that was my award.
The views from the fields were fantastic, the people were great, and Sam has said more than once how this tournament was the highlight of his week. It was pretty awesome, for sure.