Thursday, May 14, 2015


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.

Sunday, May 3, 2015


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!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Virginia Beach

We're observing USA Ultimate's first ever Beach Championships. I'm pretty sure it's warmer in Wisconsin right now, but we'll manage.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Strawberry fields

The strawberries survived the long Wisconsin winter and are already flowering. We're not quite ready for it, but  spring is here and we're not complaining!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Three weeks

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.

Monday, March 23, 2015

By the numbers

Firstly, random Hawaii photo. No good photos of Sam and I together exist from our Hawaii trip. So it goes.

Secondly, yesterday was as bad as Saturday, but in a different way. Less discomfort, but more light sensitivity. I wish I liked listening to basketball more, because yesterday would have been great. Instead, I was very bored.

Today, the doctor said my eyes are healing very well and now I just have this line across my eyes where the epithelial layers growing across have met each other. That should smooth out in the next 36 hours, and I'll have a decent idea of what my final sight should be like.

Right now my vision is approximately 20/50. Do you know what that means? I did not, so I asked. 20/20 means that you can see at 20 feet away what a normal person sees as 20 feet away. 20/50 means that you can see at 20 feet away what a normal person can see at 50 feet away. The big E on the eye chart is 20/200.

Let's put this in perspective for me. 20/50 roughly corresponds to a glasses  prescription of -1.00 to -1.25. My prescription before surgery was -9.00. That doesn't even begin to register on the 20/x scale. Nice improvement, don't you think?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I wear my sunglasses at night

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.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Hello, eye protectors

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.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Goodbye, glasses

Millie is licking my glasses for last time, as I am getting refractive surgery, or as Sam says, "getting my eyes lasered," this afternoon.

The next time I see you, it should be without any corrective eyewear!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Two tournaments

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.