Rehab goes. I am physically stronger now than I was when we started, so by that metric of success it's going well. I go twice a week and meet with my personal trainer each time, she checks in with me on each machine or exercise. I've become enamored of resistance bands for my strength work but there is apparently disagreement within the PT world about their efficacy. I was put on an elliptical machine for the first time in years and did a solid 10 minutes at 150 BPM without falling unconscious. I haven't had any reductions in symptoms, but we keep at it. Possibly I have a little bit more endurance now just by the metric of I have added rehab to my schedule and haven't taken much else away in order to do so. My chest still hurts. It honestly feels like someone is slamming me in the chest with a baseball bat while I sleep. A sleep study showed exactly nothing, other than I both talk and laugh in my sleep.
We thoroughly cleaned out the old shed right down to the floorboards with stiff brushes and bleach. Put up shelving, threw out a decades worth of gardening/home improvement garbage covered in mouse excrement, and even found an old power washer and a working, all manual push mower in serious need of TLC. I've since added a workbench made from some reclaimed cabinetry and a big sheet of OSB and I'm working on a storage solution for my few tools that makes me happy. Pictures to come, though I wish I had taken a before/after of the shed full of mouse crap and anxiety compared to now.
I finally got all my chisels sharpened last night, that feels nice. I'm in the process of making a mallet, after that a toolbox, then I'm going to start on my small list of projects. If anybody wants furniture to gift out for the holidays, get at me.
Making progress on The Reformation. I keep waiting for some big 'AHA!' moment or something but I haven't really seen one yet. The story of Columbus and his contemporaries fascinates me though. Not because they were admirable figures themselves but because of the intensity of purpose it must have taken, the personal confidence one would have to have in their mathematics, sailing ability, personal charisma, etc to do such a thing. I suppose the 'AHA!' is that this kind of stuff is likely the reason why the Great Man theory of history had such power for so long. The way that we think about certain places, time periods is entirely defined by the records made of certain hyper-influential people.