Tuesday, February 21, 2006


In the summer of 1998, I was laid off my job and spent the entire summer out of work...
So what did I do that summer?...The first time I had ever not worked since I was old enough to hold a job?...
Well, during the day, I enjoyed being able to spend my daughter's summer vacation with her.
And at night until early morning, I was online...EVERY NIGHT, ONLINE...on good old AOL, playing Trivia, lurking in newsgroups, and IM-ing with my big brother...
I remember that summer fondly!  But then of course, August came and I went back to work.
But I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed totally wasting my time online, until now, when I'm off work again and can't seem to tear myself away from the computer. 
So is the computer an efficient time-saver, or a total time-sucker?
Today I reached my discomfort level with my stupid cast and had my mom take it off and redo everything.  The physical therapist last week had split it open so it was only in a half-cast, and something about the way she re-wrapped it was just killing me...
So when my mom finally got to the inner wrappings, you could see the indentations in my skin where the p.t. had wrapped it too tight.  No wonder it was bothering me so much!  Then I felt stupid for waiting so long before doing something about it...
But the incision is looking really good, no infection, and the bruising and swelling is down.  Yay!  And now I have it rewrapped and I am soooooo much more comfortable...thanks to Doctor Mom!
My daughter's middle school field trip this year is to Washington DC...and against my better judgment I sent the deposit in for us to go.  I really can't afford it this year, but I talked myself into it because it'll be much less expensive going with a group as opposed to going alone.
(But the problem with going with a group is...you know, THE GROUP.)
This'll be my third visit to DC...it's been almost twenty years...I'm so excited!  Abraham Lincoln, here I come...

Monday, February 20, 2006


It's like I've been away for so long I forgot how to do things.  
Anyway, Julie sent this to me and I haven't done one of these in a while...I like these...  
Four Things:Cut and paste this email to a new one.  
Just answer each question with the appropriate 4 answers of your own...
A.Four jobs you have had in your life:

1.)   Fast food restaurant

2.)  Answering service
3.)  Truck assembly line (for five whole weeks)
4.)   Key Entry admin (that was my favorite...)

B.Four movies you could watch over and over:

1.)   Apollo 13

2.)   The Princess Bride
3.)   The Shawshank Redemption (but only Michelle's edited version)
4.)   Kill Bill (this is a fairly new addition but I haven't got sick of watching it over and over yet, so I think it will stand...)  
C.Four places you have lived:

1.)   Louisville, KY

2.)   Fort Campbell, KY
3.)   Obernburg, Germany
4.)   Kitzingen, Germany

D.Four TV shows you love to watch:

1.)   Survivor

2.)   Charmed
3.)   Animal Cops
4.)   MASH (I know it's not current, but I can't think of any other current shows that I MUST watch!)

E.Four places you have been on vacation:

1.)   London, England
2.)   Colorado Springs, Colorado
3.)   Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 
4.)   Gatlinburg, Tennessee
F.Four websites you visit daily:
1.)   searchbug.com (for work)
2.)   UPS.com (for work)
3.)   courier-journal.com (Louisville's newspaper)
4.)   freetranslation.com (for work)
G.Four of your favorite foods:

1.)   JIF Crunchy peanut butter

2.)   Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
3.)   chocolate...chocolate...chocolate
4.)   Anything that my grandma cooks
H.Four places you'd rather be right now:

1.)   I'm pretty happy here...

2.)   Although I would like to be in a place where my hand isn't hurting and in a cast anymore, it's really cramping my style...
3.)   And a place where my daughter hasn't turned into a TEENAGER...
4.)   The most beautiful places I've ever visited (outside of my own beautiful state of Kentucky! :) are Wyoming and Austria, I still dream of going back there...

I.Four of your favorite things to do:

1.)   Reading

2.)   Music
3.)   DVDs
4.)   Petting my kitty
J.Four of your favorite drinks (alcoholic or non....ANYTHING):
1.)   Diet Pepsi
2.)   Diet Pepsi
3.)   Diet Pepsi
4.)   Big Red 

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

slighty loopy...

...that is my mood at two in the morning when I'm so tired and I'm vicodined up...
I don't know how much longer I'm supposed to be having pain from this Stupid Surgery but I've had quite enough, thank you...I planned on a nice vacation from work but instead all I've done is sleep, and pain, and sleep, and pain...what's up with that?!
One good thing...D and my mom and my grandma are all taking turns driving my daughter to school and back, and picking up anything I need at the store...they're not letting me drive at all.  Mom says it's because I'm still on pain meds and it would be too awkward one-handed anyway.  D is WAY less tactful and says the actual truth, that I'm a bad driver under NORMAL circumstances, and there's no way they can let me drive now...
Well...they can laugh at me and my bad driving all they want...I have a few weeks off of taking my daughter to school every day and getting in our regularly scheduled morning drive/fight, that means life is sooo much better!
Going to bed now...kitty's on my pillow...she's so sweet!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

very exciting...

Had the surgery Friday morning... I've been in a drug-induced haze since then, except for now.  My hand was hurting so much that I took two of the Vicodins instead of just one and now I find myself wide awake.  But feeling no pain...
I have the next two weeks off work and I'm really excited about catching up with my journaling, one-handed and all...
I had no idea how much my job and the upcoming surgery was stressing me out, until now, with the surgery in the past and I don't have to worry about work for a while.  Pain and all, I am SO HAPPY right now...even with the resident thirteen-year old drama queen in the house...
Except that I'm not allowed to pick up my kitty right now...but she's still sleeping with me, so I guess we're still good!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Why so long...

12.45 am...
Kitty is curled up on my bed, asleep...
I'm having total pain and discomfort in both hands...
My surgery was originally scheduled for my right hand first.  But then a couple of weeks ago a cyst appeared on my left hand, which put that ahead of the right in terms of pain, so at my pre-op appointment Monday I switched hands on them.  
Just a few misgivings about the late switch, because as I went from one testing room to the other, they would say, "Okay, WHICH hand?"
I'm picturing waking up in recovery with BOTH hands done at the same time...or NO hands at all...
I had to go to physical therapy...I'm of the opinion that physical therapists are MEAN.  She's showing me the exercises that I'll need to do after my surgery and she's making me copy her and I'm in so much pain and then she asks me that stupid question..."On a level of 1 to 10, how much does it hurt?" 
I don't normally curse, but I really wanted to scream at her..."13, you %!#$!, is that what you want to hear?!"
I've totally slacked on my journals...I swear I'm trying to catch up.  It's just so hard to type when your fingers are numb and you can't move your wrists because it hurts so bad.
I'm turning thirty-three on the 7th and then I'm having surgery on the 10th.  I'm OLD and I'm falling apart.
I'm going to cuddle my kitty now...she's soooo cute!  She doesn't care that mommy is old...she loves me!
(Well really, I'm the one that feeds her, of course she loves me!)