Cataract surgery on my right eye was successful. Today I had the first post-op appointment and could read the tiniest type on Dr. G’s card. I scheduled surgery for eye #2 in two weeks. so here’s to everyone who told me I would love the results. I can now see white from my right eye…true white that is. Hopefully, the left eye will be as successful. Don’t you love it when the doctor says, “perfect” after he examines your recent surgery or whatever.
Today my back is giving me fits. Lying on the gurney for eye surgery, I felt no pain owing to the intravenous sedative. I’d like to take that stuff again and feel no pain. A major muscle in my back (left side) hurts like crazy. I think I am walking lopsided to ease weight on my right hip, which is beyond help. My master plan is to have cataract surgery completed before I schedule hip replacement which is inevitable. I am currently reading Mage’s blog Postcards to follow her experiences with hip replacement surgery.
My new books on Vietnamese cookery came today. Even if I never become a master chef, it will be nice to understand the different flavors and ingredients found in the various Asian dishes. Meantime, last night when grand-daughter Joy came to visit with her mom, we ordered take-out from the Bangkok Thai restaurant up the street.
I think the ‘stir-fry’ recipes I found and used from the Weight Watchers site were weird because the authors mixed and matched spices and herbs from several cuisines. This probably works if you know what you are doing, but I don’t think some of them did. I found several recipes for stir-fry on the WW site, all different, some too spicy, some too bland. So far, I got the best recipe for stir fry from the Diabetes Cooking mag.
I also discovered that Amazon carries many of the organic ingredients I used to buy at our local organic market. I ordered some of them along with a new OXO Good Grips cookie press. Good old Amazon.
Speaking of Amazon, I spotted two articles about Amazon in the news in the past few days. By now everyone knows Jeff Bezos billionaire founder of Amazon bought The Washington Post.
The other article concerned the problems Amazon is having in Europe with local labor unions who are far more demanding than those in the US. Too bad because like Wal-Mart (recently obstructed in ultra left Washington DC), Amazon benefits a broad segment of the population owing to its offer of available jobs as well as reasonable prices and shipping practices, to say nothing of the trade in used items like text books. If the labor unions get their way many Europeans won’t have access to their jobs, products or services.
When Amazon first started I was an early reviewer of books, films, etc. and at one point worked my way to position #11 among all Amazon reviewers. I stopped doing reviews for Amazon over 10 years ago. The last time I looked I had floated down to a position in the top 50 and after that became a classic reviewer.
I simply grew bored with the cutthroat practices of some of the reviewers. These days, Amazon runs a tight ship and you must be a bona fide purchaser to write a review or comment on a review. I was always a bona fide purchaser of anything I reviewed, but apparently, this was not the case for some, which made the whole activity unpleasant.
To thank us reviewers for our efforts, from time to time, Bezos sent a gift of a DVD with a thankyou note attached. For example, I received Braveheart, around the time it was a big hit, although I would have preferred Sleepless in Seattle.
As for the Post, I hope it continues as the paper that excelled under the Grahams who owned it for most of my lifetime. As Bezos is a successful businessman it should be okay.