I've read that sitting at computer monitors for hours a day is a health hazard - that human beings were built to stand and to move. So I'm looking for the best workstation addition. Last week I ordered a TaskMate; it's a motorized desktop device that moves my monitor and keyboard up and down.
I've got a problem with it because I'm shorter than average, and when I've got the keyboard the way I want it, the monitor is several inches too high in both the sitting and standing positions. So the company rep suggested an articulating arm to give me a more moveable monitor, but that seems kind of complicated. So I did more exploring yesterday and have now ordered a Kangaroo desktop device, where the monitor and the keyboard can be adjusted separately.
Even with the discomfort of a too-high monitor, I've noticed that when I spend most of my computer time standing up, my back feels better. Initially I resisted the idea of spending money on an "after-market" ergonomic product. But then I thought about how much we travel, and how we like to walk and explore places, and how much I'm paying my chiropractor these days to help with my back when it's troubling me. And I thought in the long run the expense will probably save me money in the long run, as well as allowing me to pursue my personal goals.
The sun has come out, at least partly, for the afternoon. Pretty soon I'll be going outside to cut branches for Art to feed into the chipper. Before I do that I'll stretch - something I didn't use to do.
As a follow-up item, I changed out my blood pressure medication two weeks ago, and the cough and postnasal drip issues I've been dealing with for two years have just about disappeared. Amazing I didn't consider they might be side effects - but I'd been taking lisinopril for three monthe before the symptoms showed up, so I didn't make the connection. So far, the replacement bp med the doc prescribed hasn't kicked in, so I'm tiptoeing around thinking lower-blood-pressure thoughts. I'm very grateful that so far in my late middle age (!) the only prescription I have to take is for blood pressure.
I worked on the annual budget today. This is the first year we'll be living only on Art's retirement income. I can see we're okay for travel this year, but we won't be able to go whole hog like we did last year when I had six paychecks. That will just have to be okay.