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Helgafell

Toward the end of the day we hiked up Holy Mountain – also known as Helgafell. I didn’t get my act together fast enough. I missed whatever the guide might have said on the hike up and down the mountain. Just as well, as my pen was out of juice. So this is all based on memory.

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Snorri Sturluson

After the lava falls, we stopped off to visit some land Snorri Surluson owned.

Snorri Sturluson was a poet/historian/politician. Back in his day (1179-1241) it was kind of all one role. History was kept in the form of poetry. Lawmakers referred to history in their decision making. And Snorri was in the thick of it.

He was a major land holder with seven chieftainships, five profitable estates, and an harbor. His first wife was an heiress.

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Hraunfossar Waterfalls

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Random Pictures of Iceland

I was originally planning on posting about Reykjavik today, as that’s where the tour started, but it looks like I will have to wade through several hours of recordings first. I ran out of time. So instead, I bring you a random assortment of pictures from the first few days of the trip.

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Iceland and Greenland

Some general impressions:

  1.   I’ve heard it before, but it’s really true.  Iceland is green and Greenland is icy.  Talk about false advertising.
  2.   It’s all Eric the Red’s fault.
  3.   Iceland is really expensive.
  4.  The economic crash of 2008 left a bigger impression there.
  5.  They eat a lot of fish.
  6.   Much of which is raw.
  7.  They also served us stuff like shark, horse, and lava.  Yeah, I’ll explain the lava, but not for a few days.  🙂
  8.  Iceland is one huge volcanic field dotted by volcanoes.
  9.   It’s really, really “new” land.
  10.   It hasn’t been inhabited all that long.
  11.  Greenland is deadly
  12.  and desolate.
  13.   Both places have their charms.
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Things I Wanted to Do

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Just a quick look back at a previous post.

1. I can’t say I’ve really gotten back to blogging, but I’ve gotten better. 🙂

2 I’m still sitting around in the living room, but that is partly because I’m nursing a concussion. Moving gives me a headache.

3. I’ve taken little nibbles at the computer issues. I’m still not fully functional, but getting closer.

4. Motivation has been creeping up on me. Maybe I don’t really need to worry about my lack of it.

5. My reading has returned to normal levels.

6. I haven’t gotten much work done, but I’ve been trying. Kind of the revers of what I was after.

7. Gained weight rather than losing.

8. Still haven’t got the cell phone set up.

9. Been eating chocolate. Probably why I’m not losing weight.

10. Gifts are shipped! Now I have a couple of cards to come up with, but otherwise free and clear.

11. Got The Boy to fix my bicycle. Yay! Been riding, but now holding off until concussion goes away.

12. Never enough sleep.

13. I’m unsuccessful in getting nothing done. I’m counting that as a good thing.

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A Random 13

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2 can
3 at
4 least
5 come
6 up
7 with
8 this
9 many
10 words
11 if
12 I
13 try

Totally Random Picture – Jakarta highway.

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Things I Want To Do

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1. Get back to blogging

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13 more musicians or groups I want to keep track of

1. Blackfield

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A Totally Random 13

1. Can I count the picture? It’s a random shot from the window of the bus while on my trip to Indonesia nearly two years ago.

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Diet

I’ve gained weight. It’s not all swelling in the legs. Maybe I should go back on my diet. 13 things I’ve eaten today:

1. broccoli – fresh crowns
2. chocolate
3. pork chop
4. yam
5. cereal
6. chocolate
7. peanuts
8. tea
9. bread
10. peach jam
11. banana
12. chicken soup
13. chocolate

Yep, the only old food allergy still bothering me is pineapple. If I don’t get a grip, they’ll be back.

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13 Things

My desk is upstairs in an office with no comfortable places to rest. I’m just not spending much time there right now. Instead, I’ve taken over a corner of the living room with the recliner. Here’s what’s accumulated

1. A comforter that covers me most of the time.
2. A trash can
3. A bottle of water
4. A jug of water for refills
5. My cell phone
6. A borrowed book – half read
7. A laptop
8. Another laptop
9. A tablet that I planned on setting up but haven’t finished yet
10. My wallet
11. A basket full of bottles of pills
12. A basket of snacks
12. A basket for dirty dishes

Mostly Random Picture – from the Jack and Jill archives. They’re in a recliner.

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Hip Precautions

Until the muscles and tendons around my new, mechanical hip have mellowed out, I’m supposed to be very careful to avoid certain positions. Those positions are, specifically, never let the chest and knee get closer than ninety degrees. Never point the toes inward. Never let the knees get close, let alone cross. And never twist the hips around to look behind you.

1. 90 Degrees? Piece of cake. The arthritis hasn’t let me get my knee up any higher than that in years. Or so I thought. I went past it just by lifting my knee while reclining in the recliner. I really had no idea it would be such a sharp angle. I no longer feel the jab of pain in the front. It’s more a sense of strain and impending disaster in the back.

2. I’ve broken the pigeon toe precaution nearly every morning since the surgery. I wake up to find my foot has been flopped over that direction for who knows how long. It seems to be a natural position. But I can feel the strain in my hip.

3. Walking to the bathroom is treacherous. It takes five turns to get there, each one a chance to go pigeon toed.

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13 Not Really All That Gruesome Details

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I had a total hip replacement. If you’re squeamish or easily bored by medical talk, then this is a good place to stop reading.

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13 Friday Fictioneers Posts

I’ve been participating in the blog hop called Friday Fictioneers since April of 2014.  The idea is to write a story of 100 words based in the provided pictures.  A few have piled up.  These are ones that don’t use a particular cast of characters.

1.  Celebration

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