I slept a bit late this morning. I think all the driving for the past 4 days is finally causing my fibromyalgia to catch up to me. I thought maybe the extra rest this morning would help, but it really hasn’t. I have the overall fatigue that no amount of sleep seems to alleviate. So we decided that we wouldn’t do very much today. Go out for a light lunch and short drive, then back to our room to relax before the Penguins hockey game tonight. I really want to enjoy that.
We took a dry run to the Mellon Arena, so we’ll know where we’re going tonight. Then we decided to get out of the downtown traffic. We took a road marked as a “scenic drive” on the map – and it sure was! The road was Grandview Road. It is atop Mt Washington, across the Monongahela River from Pittsburgh. It was a road I wouldn’t want to drive in winter weather. Steep and winding. But it offered a fabulous view of Pittsburgh. Panoramic! We grabbed a bite to eat at a Wendy’s and headed back.
Pittsburgh has more bridges and tunnels than any place I’ve been before. It’s location at the junction of three rivers, in the valley, makes all of them necessary. It’s not too bad to negotiate as long as you can read signs and a map.
I tried a shower to wash away the cobwebs in my brain this morning. It didn’t really help. I was lucky to have enough towels for the shower. Yesterday, when we got back to our room about 6 PM, we hoped to have a pleasant evening. But we were instead annoyed. Housekeeping had done half the job cleaning our room – a really half-assed job. Dirty dishes weren’t removed, there were no clean towels left, beds weren’t made, etc. Today we got back earlier – about 2:15 – and the room hadn’t been touched yet. Great!
There went the rest I had wanted to get. No, not because we invited the housekeeper in when she finally arrived at 3:15. We just asked for towels. She didn’t understand English and wasn’t sure what to do. The rest was ruined because of the aggravation, which caused the adrenaline to surge (not good for fibromyalgia) and woke up my body, if not my brain.
So I sat playing computer games to calm down. Concentrating on something rather mindless is one of the ways I’ve found helps calm me. I think the concentration causes my breathing to be more regular, so it does have a reasonable physiological explanation.
I think I need to give my husband the computer for a while. He’s been really patient but I know there are a couple of things he wants to do. I’ll go read a magazine or watch Oprah for a while – til it’s time to go to the game.