September 2nd, 2010

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Wednesday real life

It was actually pretty quiet, but I needed a quiet day.  I was kind of tired, but felt like I was in a better mental state than I had been for a while.  I spent much of the day up at the computer in the living room, my computer.  I don't think I turned the laptop on at all.  My bad leg is sore from the angles I prop it up on the cushion under the desk.  It's much better physically for me to be sitting in the recliner in the family room with my leg up on the hassock, but I can do a lot more on my computer than the laptop.

I tried Jasmine Lovers tea today.  I've gone into the "Exotic Bouquet" teas now, with Shooting Star and this one.  Jasmine Lovers is a white flowering tea that opens up to show a lily and a string of jasmine blossoms.  I refrained from poking at this one with a teaspoon, though I swirled the flower around some by tipping the little glass teapot in different ways.  I enjoy jasmine tea.  Next time I'll have to let it steep a bit longer, but I like tea strong.  It was good.

Aunt A. sent me a care package, full of the funny little things she puts in our Christmas stockings.  That was really sweet of her.  Dad's side of the family has been great about sending get well cards and wishes.  Mom doesn't have many relatives left, or none we see often.  We used to see Uncle R., Mom's half-brother, pretty often when we'd come to Nana A.'s for the holidays.  I don't know if Mom even told him I broke my ankle.

I really wanted my hair washed.  As I've noted in a recent entry, the kitchen sink is hardly draining at all, and I'm sure Mom doesn't think that getting long hair in it will help at all.  Mom suggested I go up and take a shower.  I had done a thorough, all-except-for-my-hair-washed sponge bath only a few hours previously, but I figured that if I wanted clean hair, that was my chance.  I had to stop partway up the stairs to rest.  I really need to do my arm exercises and the ones for my good leg twice a day to keep up my strength, but pulling yourself up the stairs with your arms takes a lot of energy anyway.

As before, we wrapped my bad leg in plastic, and I hung it out of the shower.  At some point, Mom asked if I was still washing my hair.  "It takes a while," I said.  It's only halfway down my back, so it's not that long, but it's not that quick a process to wash it.  When I was done, I pushed myself up from the edge of the tub with my arms, and got totally into a standing position that way.  I surprised myself with that.  Downstairs is easier, though on the way up, I managed to hold the casted leg completely off the stairs when I went up one.  I think that took a lot of energy, also, which is why I needed to stop.

I stayed up in the living room on my computer while Mom and Dad watched the Phillies game.  Dad reclaimed his laptop for a little while, and they seemed to be much more peaceful today.  Dad watched some sort of movie afterwards while I stayed here.  He headed upstairs a bit ago.  I'll go and put my bad leg up on the hassock soon.  I may need painkillers tonight.

I called around about scheduling paratransit trips, and other disability things.  I get the plaster cast off next Friday or so, but it's going to be quite a while after that before I can drive again.  N.F. will take me to garden club tomorrow.  I don't think she could lift a wheelchair into her car, so it will be all using the walker.  I shouldn't have to do a whole lot of walking in the building.  D.S. will probably be glad to see me in a situation where she's not translating clips from Verbotene Liebe.  I don't think she's any happier than Henriette about seeing two men kissing, but she's been a trouper about it.  I rewatched an AWZ episode I'd seen last September, and I was amazed at how much soap opera German I've learned in the last year.

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I've been saying how excited I am about the upcoming Chrolli wedding and marathon.  I don't think I ever did post the web address for the marathon here:  It starts 8:00 a.m. EST (United States Eastern Standard Time) tomorrow morning.  I signed up as Neyronrose -- that should be easy to remember.

Christian and Olli were at Schneider's, choosing the catered food for the wedding, with Arno's help.  Christian was saying that they'd gotten an open-minded priest who didn't have a problem with them being gay.  He said that he was a believer, even though he didn't go to church on Sundays, then changed the subject back to the food.  Despite everything Christian's been through, it makes sense for him to have faith.  Olli got a call from their priest to say that the presbyters at the church had turned them down for the wedding.  Charlie and Arno were indignant.  Christian was really feeling bad, but the guys still wanted to marry each other no matter what.

Olli and Christian kissed outside of No Limits, then were shocked when something thrown in their direction crashed right near them.  I thought it was some kind of attack, but it turned out to be their friends breaking plates in a German pre-wedding custom.  Constantin caught it all on tape.  His videos are a VL extra.  There was cheering and clapping every time Christian and Olli kissed.  Olli said that hopefully their friends wouldn't do that from then on whenever they kissed.  The fans do it.  I'm sure their friends realize what great chemistry they have.

Christian and Olli swept up the fragments of the broken plates.  Apparently that's something the couple to be married are supposed to do together, without help.  Christian picked Olli up in his arms, broom and all, and swung him around in circles a couple of times.  Christian's picked Olli up a number of times before, but it showed once again how strong he is, to lift Olli without it seeming much effort. 

I was waiting to see the subtitles of yesterday's Verbotene Liebe episode before I posted about that.  I had gotten the idea.  VL had a policeman-stripper for Christian and Olli, just like AWZ did for Ben's bachelor party.  On AWZ, Ben and Tom had played along quite nicely with the stripper, Tom even yelling, "Strip!" at one point.  I love Tom.  Roman and Deniz were glancing longingly at each other more than they were looking at the stripper.  They were the two characters there who you would think would have appreciated a male stripper the most.  Ingo, Marian, and Florian had rather disgusted expressions.

The VL fans claimed that it was the same stripper who had been on AWZ.  The abs looked familiar, and his hair, I thought, though he was under colored lights at No Limits, and he even had the same name, Robin.  Christian and Olli appreciated him.  Olli immediately ended up wearing the policeman's hat, and looked very cute.  Olli was quite happy about being "frisked," too.  Christian gently poked Olli's belly with the nightstick as that was going on.  Robin had Christian pull his tie off.  Christian played along, but didn't seem quite as comfortable having a male stripper as Olli did.

Olli woke Christian to his feelings for men, and Christian hasn't had eyes for anyone else since he and Olli first made love.  All those public displays of affection are just the natural way they show their love for each other.  By the time Christian came out to the North Rhine and Westphalia boxing fan public, he was very ready to be openly gay, so he could be honest with everyone about how much he loved Olli.  Christian just seems to be very much the monogamous type.

It's a different situation altogether with Olli.  Olli was very aware of his own sexual preferences, and not shy about acting on them, even in 2001, when he was a couple of years younger than Christian was when he and Olli met.  Olli was generally sexualized, not just to any one person, from back in the day on.  I think that's pretty common for men.  Olli is naturally flirtatious, too.

There was a very different attitude at No Limits from the party crowd than the AWZ bachelor party members had.  On VL, the whole crowd accepted the homoeroticism in the performance for Christian and Olli, and the women just appreciated the male sexuality of it.  Even Andi seemed pretty relaxed about it.  He said he knew what his girls liked.  I think it was Olli (or Christian?) who said they all liked it.  It wouldn't have been Arno's kind of thing at all, but like everyone there, he was supportive of Christian and Olli.

Charlie told the guys that she and Arno talked to the church people, and that they could get married there after all, so there was general rejoicing for that.  Christian and Olli got their chance to dance together, and have their party with their friends -- Brandners, von Lahnsteins, and others they're close to.

Rebecca partied with Robin all night, but said she realized by the tenth time he said how cute Christian and Olli both were that there was nothing doing for her.  They are a very handsome couple.