I moved in with Carter in June and was at the mercy of friends and family for transportation for that first month or so. Since it’s my right leg I’m missing, I can’t drive using foot pedals and getting a vehicle converted so I could drive it was expensive. Originally, I’d wanted to wait to move in until I did have my own transportation because I was afraid I’d end up being isolated if I didn’t. Carter, though, can be pretty convincing when he wants to be, but it also helped that I discovered and applied for a grant to help me get a truck and have hand controls added to it. In July, I got my Chevy Colorado and learned how to drive it with my hands instead of my feet. Best toy ever! Nowadays, my silver Colorado sits in the driveway beside Carter’s black Silverado 3500 and it just makes me smile.
In September, a bunch of us went down to support the Akron Marathon runners and the little lunatic with us suggested we all run the half-marathon in 2013. It took me a while to get used to the blade prosthetic I had to get that would let me run, there was some trial and error regarding chafing, but now I’m keeping up with Jazz and Thorny just fine. We’ve managed to do 8 miles lately and, since a half-marathon is 13.1, we’re feeling pretty confident. That same lunatic has mumbled about why not train for the whole marathon, but nobody’s listening just yet.
Back in April, Carter and I would spend weekends together and we developed a real fondness for ignoring the world around us and concentrating on each other. At first, that meant only getting out of bed for the bathroom or refrigerator, but later on it was more about hanging out with my best friend, focusing on our relationship, and…yeah, more of the staying in bed fun. So most weekends, beginning on Saturday morning and ending on Sunday night, we ignore cell phones, leave computers off, and usually stay home. During No-Tech Weekends, we are each others’ biggest priority and I think it’s made our relationship amazingly strong.