Sunday, July 31, 2005
In other news, I can touch my toes again. Barely. But three days ago, I couldn't get my fingertips past the tops of my ankles. On a normal day, I can grab the bottoms of my feet and put my forehead on my knees.
This, along with the proposed revisons to the Patriot Act, ought to scare the hell out of you.
Saturday, July 30, 2005
"As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual," went Dan McKay's winning entry in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest.
Matt: Ryan's on his way over. Do you have pants on?
I did have pants on. They played on the computer for a while, and then we got carry-out from Fingers & Claws, a restaurant up the street. I had cream of crab soup, which was excellent, and a "Jay Leno," which is an italian cold cut sub. It was good, but the bread was a little too crunchy. We watched TV for a couple of hours and Ryan got ice cream sundaes. Mmmm.
I sent Matt out this morning to run stuff over to the church for VBS rehersal and then out to the grocery store. I haven't had any pain medication yet today, just the heating pad, so we'll see how that goes. Other than that, it's just going to be another long day of sitting/lying around. I shudder to think what this will do to my weight.
I'm trying to decide if I should try to go to church tomorrow morning. I hate missing church, especially when this Sunday will be the conference to decide if we'll be taking on a school in the fall. I think I'd be fine if I could discreetly lie down during the service. Do you think anyone would be offended if I did that?
Now Listening: Blind Melon - No Rain
Friday, July 29, 2005
But seriously, this is awesome. I just said yesterday, after reading about animal studies that sucessfully treated spinal cord injuries in rats and heart attack damage in pigs with stem cells, that they needed to relax the restrictions on stem cell research.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
What the heck??
I am like, the LAST person who should throw their back out. I'm only 23, female, not overweight, and I do yoga and pilates. But here I am, on bed rest for the next 2-3 days and minimal activity for another week after than (meaning no housework, lifting, or exercise) because I had a back spasm.
Now Listening: Barenaked Ladies - Back
Monday, July 25, 2005
I'm finally to the demographics section of the stupid survey.
Some girls at the zoo dissed my cell phone on Friday. I was sending Matt a text message (since he had to work that day) and these two girls walked past me, probably were about 14 or so. One girl said to the other girl, "Look at that phone. I had that phone when I was like, TEN." Who cares? It's a phone, it works, and you probably did have it when you were ten because it's at least two years old already. And who gives a cell phone to a ten-year old kid?
I didn't sleep well last night because my shoulder started acting up again. I don't know why...I haven't done any repetitive moving (tennis, swimming, etc) for a while. And I haven't even gotten dressed yet, because I'm still working on this NFO survey, which I normally love doing, especially when it's worth 500 points (=$5.00), but the pages are taking waaaay to long to load and it's starting to annoy me. Gah.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
There was a cop at the gas station yesterday morning when I stopped. I wanted to go over to him and say, "Excuse me, officer...I'd like to report a robbery. I just paid $2.40 a gallon for regular gas."
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
It all seems a little too convenient to me though. Guy goes to Africa on a news tip about Iraq possibly obtaining uranium, guy comes home and writes opinion article saying that reasons for going to war may have been manipulated by Bush administration, 5 days later an "unnamed source" (now revealed to be Rove) sends an e-mail to the media outing the guy's wife as a CIA agent. And Bush refuses to say anything about firing the leak.
52 cars drove past the opening I left for them to merge into when I-70 went down to one lane on the way home yesterday.
Oh, and the guy who kidnapped those two Idaho kids and probably killed their parents was out on bail from charges in Minnesota that he molested a 6-year old boy. After he had already spent almost 10 years in prison for molesting another boy at gunpoint. I'm sorry, Shasta...your country has failed you and your family.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Soo…vacation. I always feel like I need a vacation to recover from my vacations. Anyway, we went to see Dottie in the hospital on Saturday morning before we left. She was doing well after her second knee replacement, and was supposed to be going home today. Then we drove down to my parents’ house for a few days. My brother Daniel had come home on Friday, and was going to have to go back Saturday night because of some screwball that changed the duty roster after Daniel had left, because that guy didn’t want to have duty on the 4th of July. Daniel called a guy who finally offered to do it for $150. My family took up a collection to cover the “ransom.” My Uncle Steve and his fiancée Mel were there for the weekend as well, and he LOVES to cook. So we had some awesome Dungeness crab and corn on the cob for dinner, and then we all went up to Fredericksburg to see my other uncle Tim and his band play at a bar. They were really good and we had a lot of fun with everyone, although we didn’t get to bed until after 2AM.
The next morning, Daniel got a call asking “where are you?” Apparently the guy who extorted $150 out of him decided at the last minute that he didn’t want to do it after all, and just left. They found someone else to cover it since KG is about 5 hours away from
Monday we had another round of excellent food – slow cooked pulled pork that my uncle started making on Sunday afternoon, beef brisket, and a ton of fixings. We went down to the Dahlgren Navy Base around 8:30, and they had a nice fireworks show. We practically had front row seats – could see the guys running around lighting everything off at the airfields and all.
We drove down to
The next three days were pretty much the same. Julie has several hours of therapy (physical, occupational, and speech) earlier in the day. So we would all go out to lunch, and then go over to the hospital around 1:30. We would stay there until 7 or 7:30, when someone from their church would come to spend the night with her. Then we’d go out to eat dinner and then head back to the house and watch a movie before bed. We saw “The Manchurian Candidate” (which we had seen before but Mandy and Kyle hadn’t), “Hostage,” and “Something the Lord Made” while we were there. The last one was really neat to me, since it was about
As I mentioned below, Julie is now considered “semi-comatose.” She’s made quite a bit of progress since her second brain surgery, but it’s still all very slow. Her eyes are open, and she can occasionally follow a few commands and recognize people in pictures, but doesn’t talk or communicate other than holding up a finger in response to some questions. I had really thought (not just hoped, but honestly felt) that she was going to wake up while we were there. I was disappointed and a little confused when that didn’t happen. It makes me question a little, how I’m ever supposed to sort out when God is telling me something if I can’t believe that I know when it’s happening or not. Anyway, the bottom line is that she’s still got a long way to go, and she doesn’t look much like the picture below anymore, and both of those things make me very sad.
We drove back on Saturday, and traffic was worse since we were on the other side of DC and they didn’t have the HOV lanes open until we were already past all the exits on I-95. We got home, exhausted, around 7:30, ran out to the grocery store for some dinner fixings, and crashed pretty hard a little after 10. We did go to church today, which was nice, and out to the Mongolian grill in
So, kudos to you if you made it through all this without falling asleep. I didn’t take any vacation pictures (although I did see Mandy’s pictures of the accident and there was nothing left of the passenger side of her mustang, so it’s a miracle Julie wasn’t hurt more badly than she was). The only souvenir I have is 10 pounds of the best nectarines ever. Mmmm.
Now Listening: Bruce Springsteen – She’s The One
Saturday, July 09, 2005
More details later, after I have food in my tummy.
Now Listening: Casting Crowns - Who Am I
UPDATE: Sometime's it's nice to put a face with a name. So, if you didn't already know, this is Julie.
Friday, July 01, 2005
Looking into the living room from the entryway.
The entryway from the living room.
The living room again. I just hung those curtains today.
The "dining room" - actually just an extension of the living room.
The breakfast bar, looking into the living room - this is where we mostly eat.
The kitchen, from one end. That's our pantry on the right and the laundry room straight ahead.
The kitchen, from the other end.
The second bedroom, currently our "extra stuff" room.
Another angle on the bathroom.
The master bedroom from the doorway, and Max.
The bedroom - our closets, and Max again.
Still in the bedroom - also now our computer room.
I didn't get any pictures of the outside because I didn't remember to take the pictures until about 10pm, but there's not that much to see out there - the front windows, some bushes and my herb garden pots.
So there she is - all 864 square feet of her. And she's all ours.
In other news, however, this take on the newly passed eminent domain laws is hilarious. I hope the application passes.
But the worst part is the blame game. Case in point:
"The governor said Democrats wanted a government shutdown to embarrass him in the run-up to his 2006 re-election campaign. 'The Democrats turned and left tonight when Minnesota needed them most,' Pawlenty said at a late-evening news conference."
Yet, two sentences earlier, the article says:
"Earlier Thursday, the Senate passed a temporary measure with no time limit, which the governor and Republican leaders in the House said they would not accept. Most Republicans opposed the bill, saying it would create incentive to drag the budget debate deeper into the summer."
If the House Republicans opposed the bill, how is the shutdown the Democrats' fault?
I really hate politics.