26 December 2007

Christmas Continued

Still surviving. Taking lots of naps and drinking lots of fluids...
Went for a brief shopping trip with Mum Friday to run her errands. Pushed myself a little too hard and as we were walking out of the last place it hit me that I really just wanted to go home (so thank goodness Mum doesn't have the shopping gene that induces hours of fun filled shopping) and take a nap. Saturday we picked up around the house a little and wrapped presents. (Oh I did manage to sew a few presents before my surgery and a couple after!) Out of state family arrived safely just ahead of Skronky then we headed off for our family Christmas party. It was at my great-uncle's house this year and my great-aunt went all-out on the food and decorations. (Her house is always gorgeous) Enjoyed the gift exchange and such. Went home a little early due to wearing myself out. A lot of the family ended up at our house afterward since the out-of-staters were staying with us. Yay for Apples to Apples! Sunday morning we all slept in and then Skronky and I did our Christmas since I wouldn't be able to make it for his family's party. (He got me a block of goat's milk soap base that I've been keeping my eye on to give a try sometime - Knows me too well!)
Christmas was wonderful. My favorite gift from Santa was a Dyson root 6 (ie a handheld vacuum that is basically kick butt). More fun with family and a nap or two (or ten).
I've been so blessed. Thank you to all of my friends and family who have been praying for me for a safe and fast recovery from surgery.
And love to everyone - I hope your holidays are as wonderful and blessed as possible!

20 December 2007


I'm still alive. Tonsils out. Feeling fairly well but a little weakish. Am glad they gave me a benzo before they started the harder stuff bc it's nice to not remember that stuff. Only remember the pre-op room then the "recovery" room where I apparently was very nice and wished everyone who would stop long enough to talk to me a Merry Christmas. And I bonded with the woman in the next bed over though I can't remember a bit of what we talked about. And they brought in a young guy on my other side who told Mum I was pretty or something like that so I think he was still on drugs because by that time they had this ice pack thing strapped to my head. (I really didn't understand how that would be helpful if the swelling is all on the inside of my throat but how "with it" was I to question their doings?) That or he was being sarcastic??? I was beyond caring at that point (still am). In the pre-op room I talked to the anaesthesiologist about which meds they were planning on giving me during the whole ordeal. I was pleasantly surprised to recognise several of them. And the nurse hooked me up to a bag of antibiotics that I knew about (an older class of cephalosporin)! Yay!
Now to take a nap or find something to drink. I'll decide once I get to the bottom of the stairs.
Love to all and if you feel like it leave me a message!

17 December 2007

"And the Angels sang a whiskey Lullaby"

Have that song in my head.
At work today it hit me anew that my job is so varied... When I pick up a call I never know if it will be a routine my-child-ate-this-now-what, a prank, or a minor catastrophe. It makes for an interesting work place...
Did some Christmas shopping today - still more to do but hopefully I can keep it to a minimum. Grandmum called wanting my SSN to buy a savings bond (when did they start this new trend? On their
website it says to help locate stolen ones but honestly if you lose it that's your fault, right?) for me as a Christmas present and could not fathom why I did not want her to do that... Not because I think it's a bad idea to give out my SSN (which I do) but because I participate in the family's adult holiday gift exchange so I don't think it's right for them all to get me gifts besides, especially her. I'm not that materialistic. When I was little she babysat Dork and me pretty often, often enough that we both have a strong relationship with her which is worth so much more to me than any gift anyone could give me. That sort of relationship can't be bought or sold or given freely without time and love. I wish she would understand... And I won't give in on this one either. Like I told Grandmum, I'm a stubborn branch of a stubborn tree. But I'm worried that she's upset with me.
Have some sewing to do tomorrow; Will post pics if I make anything worth posting. But maybe the posting will be after Christmas just in case.

16 December 2007

Finals Finale and Upcoming Christmas

Back from Finals Week mayhem... My last post was during "Dead Week" which I'm sure I've complained before is never truly dead at my school. (Traditionally, and at other schools, Dead Week is the week before finals when there are not supposed to be any papers due or tests to take making it essentially a week for you to study up for your tests the next week.) In my experience I've never had a true dead week... Always at least a paper or two due, a test or three to take, assignments they assigned at the last minute to complete. This year it was two hard tests and a notebook of stuff due.
Then were finals, which I managed to survive, I suppose. So far, though official grades aren't out, I've made one A, 3 B's, and a C with 2 still to be determined. After the horrible ice mess here in Okieland this last week I rode with Mum each morning and spent 4-6hours each day studying for that afternoon's test added to anything that got studied the night before. Woohoo for sleep deprivation and caffeine highs!
Now am scrambling to gather together all the things on my Christmas shopping list before my surgery later this week. To top it off, I foolishly think I'll make time to sew some gifts! I'll let ya know how that goes...
Work yesterday, today, and tomorrow... Then done until January! I enjoy my job most of the time but hear a lot of scary things too. Learning experiences 101 should come in handy if I ever have to take care of kiddos. Don't let them eat that; Don't let them play with this....
Not looking forward to my surgery. I need to do it and am glad to get it over with but not looking forward to the recovery process. Hopefully those who spout the "ice cream happy times" theory are more right than the "you'll be sick for a month & still not lose the symptoms" folks. And besides, any surgery is scary so why make it sound scarier??? Jerks.
In case I don't get around to it later, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Warm Wishes, and Brotherly Love to everyone!

04 December 2007


I thought I'd update in a new way... Instead of complaining about all the fun things that I have no control over, I'll wrap up loose ends from previous posts that I never talked about again... I'll start back in... August and work my way to more recently.
From August 4th this year - I'm still playing that darn pinata game now and then on the second xbox account. Not often because school keeps me busy but it's nice to relax to occasionally. Finished Skronky's quilt a long time ago and have enjoyed several movies at his house with it around me. It's warm without being smothering. Haven't done those appliqued towels yet... We still have apple crisp in the freezer! We took one to my grandma's Thanksgiving thing even! Never did have that All-School Picnic since the timing never worked out either due to scheduling or weather or whatever. So we're just not having it!
Man, Retreat was such a blast! Did I mention that we had to get our whole group of around 16 or so people up a wall that was roughly 20ft tall? We could only have 3 people at the top helping and once you went up you couldn't help on the ground. We got everyone up - I was one of the last two and we had planned on me climbing up Chris while two guys at the top held him in place but that just didn't work out so we switched to a guy at top holding onto my climbing harness(we all wore them for safety) and Chris climbing up using my harness to hold on to swing up so the guys at the top could grab him. The instructor guy for the ropes course said he'd never seen any group have a guy climb up a girl before and he'd been there for years. Guess he was impressed. (Sadly, there are no pictures of this amazing event since we were all concentrating on getting the job done.)
Arkansas with Skronky... that was a trip. "Jack & Jill"'s baby was born in October, I believe, and Skronky says he looks cute in pictures. From the flooding - I think most of it has been cleaned up by now but there is still a lot of work being done on those bridges and roads that were effected. Dork is doing alright at school I think. He's switched to Aviation for his major, which should end up being a great choice for him. He seems happier anyway.
I am sooo glad Rush and Pledge periods are both over. It was fun and probably worth it but so much work. I've been asked if I had the choice would I do it again, and yes, I think I would. There are a lot of things I would have done differently but I would still stick with it.
I haven't played in an Intermural game since the game I got a bloody nose. First I had to work during the next two games, then we had a big test to study for with a review session at that time, then it just wasn't much of a priority when rush got going. I think the pharm girls either won the girls' branch of flag football or came in second. Did pretty well either way. Marie never got the chicken pox, it was a false alarm!
I'm still having my tonsils out over break... In about 2 weeks! Just realized it was so close - have been more worried about school and finals to even consider anything like, oh, surgery. It'll all work out, right? The homeless health and safety fair went well. It lasted 4 hours which seemed a little long but went well. Heard a bunch of stories about snake and spider bites; Seems like everyone has a story about themselves, their buddy, or some unknown person that just almost died but lived to tell about it.
For Halloween I dressed up but not as anything specific, more like ballroom masquerade dressing up. Then answered the door with my cat ears but no tail. Still haven't made that Christmas exchange gift but it sounds like no one else has either so we'll probably drop the rule and go back to purchasing it. Ha! I win!
Dawn is no longer expecting as of around Halloween. Sadness but she's doing better.
Off to help Grandpa with Insurance plan picking... more later.