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Undaunted but pretty tired

Both of my sisters came over yesterday and helped me assemble furniture. This may count as an even greater act of generosity than helping someone move house.

Both of them were calm, thorough, and patient, and even if I could have physically managed those giant wardrobes alone (I couldn't have), the task would have defeated me mentally without their help.



We ended the day with all four wardrobes put together and mounted to the wall. The bed was much harder, and broke our brains and hands before we could get it finished. A couple more nights on the living room floor won't kill me.

I was so exhausted by the time we quit that I don't even remember falling asleep. I woke up still worn out after ten hours of sleep, and have been basically sitting in a chair all day. I managed to wheel the recycling bin out to the curb, but that was it: the needle was on Empty, and even three Seely Mint Patties, a kale smoothie, and two pots of coffee didn't shift it.

Partially-assembled IKEA furniture in the new bedroom
Where we left things last night


DarkEm's sister on a step ladder inspecting the installation of a big white IKEA wardrobe
My sister Helen checking the level of a wardrobe


I'll take it up again tomorrow: closet doors, bed slat-base, and cleanup. So, so much cleanup.

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roxymissrose
Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:19 am (UTC)
wow! This room is going to be AMAZING!!

*pats poor, tired you*
emeraldsedai
Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:22 am (UTC)
*accepts friendly pats*

This is where age shows up the most clearly: the fuel tank just doesn't seem to hold as much as it used to. I was extremely glad not to have to go to work today!
layne67
Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:03 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see the completed bedroom!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 22nd, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
You and me both! Having to take a day of enforced rest is really frustrating, this close to actually having a real bedroom again. Soon, though...soon.
helenajust
Apr. 22nd, 2014 07:20 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Very impressive. I do think you'll need another person to help with the doors, both because of their size and also because you can't both hold them and attach them.

To the exhaustion: yes, I think one has to factor in a recovery day for every day of sustained effort (especially physical effort) as one gets older. So, flat out on alternative days only!
decemberleaf
Apr. 22nd, 2014 09:32 am (UTC)
The moment I read helenajust's comment I thought Yes! YES! "I think one has to factor in a recovery day for every day of sustained effort (especialy physical effort) as one gets older. So, flat out on alternative days only!" I'm going to print this out and laminate it and put it on the fridge!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
Me too! I don't want to just give in to some concept of old age and fading energy--and I'm sure it's worth the effort to keep going, being active most every day. But when life calls for overdoing it one day, there's a lot to be said for underdoing it the next!
emeraldsedai
Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:16 pm (UTC)
I had to do a lot of mental readjustment to balance out the fact that I, personally, can't do that kind of work two days in a row while both of my sisters--one two years younger, one two years older--seem to have no real problem with it.

I'll say this for myself: I wouldn't have thought I could still squat, kneel, and crawl around on the floor as much as I've done in the last few weeks, either, but doing it has shown me that I haven't completely lost the flexibility, just hidden it behind a lifetime of office work. I'm not inclined to go to yoga classes, but I suspect that something like that could restore a lot of my flexibility. That is, I don't think it's necessarily gone for good, if I wanted to work on getting it back.

Whether I could regain some stamina...well, probably. But in my present reality? I definitely needed that whole day off.
helenajust
Apr. 23rd, 2014 08:21 am (UTC)
I have a similar issue in accepting that my sister, who is only just over a year younger than me, is fitter and has more physical stamina than I do. But we are different in many ways, as well as living different types of life.

I am the last person to advocate any type of exercise but I do urge you to retain and enhance your flexibility if you can find some amenable method of doing so! I think it's probably more useful as one ages than e.g. aerobic fitness (although of course that helps too).
emeraldsedai
Apr. 23rd, 2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
I read somewhere that the ability to squat fully and get back up without using hands/props is a key indicator of health in old age. I don't think the correlation is directly causal--that is, squatting doesn't somehow contain the Elixir of Life--but that there's a series of causal links: flexibility, movement, physical engagement in the environment, active work, utility, etc., all contribute to longevity.
harrigan
Apr. 22nd, 2014 01:15 pm (UTC)
SO exciting! I actually look forward to these updates. On your recovery day, maybe you could relax and enjoy this little video?
emeraldsedai
Apr. 22nd, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I LOVE Geek and Sundry. Felicia Day is one of my favorite celebrity folks. Thanks for the video.

That whole business of lying on the floor and reaching for things rather than getting up? Yup. Though only the first-ever IKEA thing you build takes that long, and after that you get faster.
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