No Promises

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OK. I've missed you LJ peeps.
I see some of you IRL still, and some of you over on Facebook, but I need to make more of an effort to read over here too. I'm gonna get rid of most of the communities that I never look at anymore and make a reading list of just real people who still post more than a twitter feed.
Theoretically this means y'all will start seeing more comments from me too. :-)
I'm not sure I'll start posting here, but I think I will start crossposting my blog.


First the good news, then the bitching about mom.

Dad was discharged yesterday evening. He had low potassium, and the stress test showed that there may be "something" in one of his arteries. He's getting a full physical on Friday & they're doing more heart tests next week sometime. The fact that they didn't think they needed to immediately do the tests makes me a lot less worried about the tests.

And then there's mom...

She says she'll let us know if there is ever any serious health issue with dad & we shouldn't worry so much.

What? Going to the ER with heart pains & getting admitted for observation isn't serious?!?!?

And when I told her that I felt that qualified as serious she got all sarcastic & asked if I would like a phone call every time he got a hangnail. Well, if that's the only way to find out about things like heart pains in the ER & she can't tell the difference in seriousness between those two things then yes, call me when he gets a hangnail.

Also, when I was worried about dad on Monday night I should really also have taken into consideration how bad it was for mom. After all, dad got pushed around in a wheel chair & mom had to walk everywhere. Grrrr. You're at a hospital. If you can't walk, they can help you! You know that your hip is in such bad shape that you're planning to have hip replacement, maybe take your cane with you when you leave the house? Also, just a guess here, but was MOST of your walking going out to the parking lot because there's a no smoking perimeter because it's a freaking hospital?!?!?

Sorry mom, but I only have so much energy for worrying and I'm going to focus it on the one who needs it. You didn't need to be there by yourself, it was your choice.

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Dad's spending the night at the hospital tonight. :-(

He had some chest pain this morning, and his heartbeat was irregular so he went to the ER. The pain went away after they gave him nitroglycerine & he's been fine since. So far the bloodwork hasn't shown that it was a heart attack & they'll draw more blood later tonight and tomorrow he gets to do a stress test.

I've been told not to worry and that he's fine. He seemed ok when me & Rick went to visit. As long as the stress test goes ok he'll be back at home tomorrow.

The whiteboard in dad's room had a spot that said "Today's Goals" but there wasn't anything written there. I fixed it:

(Link in case FB pics can't be hotlinked)

En guard!

We've got Becca & Thatcher visiting from Fargo this weekend because Thatcher has two fencing tournaments here in the Cities. The first one was today and he did really well! Out of 35 fencers age 13-18 he was seeded in 16th place after the qualification rounds. Then they moved into a single elimination bracket and he crushed his first opponent. (Score was 15-4) Alas, his next match pitted him against the #1 seed in the tourney.
T lost that match, but did get a few hits in. This is super impressive because he was waaaaaaay outmatched.
~ The other guy was 18 yrs old, to T's 13
~ The other guy was a good foot taller
~ The other guy's probably been fencing for years (T's only been doing it for a year now)
~ The other guy has had tournament experience
~ The other guy is his team's captain
~ and the other guy freaking qualified for the National Junior Olympics Fencing last year
So, it was pretty much a given that Thatcher wasn't going to win that match but just getting any hits in was something. Also, both his opponent and his opponent's coach came up afterwards and told him how well they thought he'd done.

Here's a picture of Thatcher in one of the first rounds:

A lot of the people had cool colorful or striped socks. If Thatcher hadn't had boring white socks he would have probably won.

We haven't convinced him yet that he needs to yell "There can be only one!" at the end of each match.

Also, I declared that when we left we would be following "Austin rules." This meant that when we got home we would all get to take a nap!

Happy New Year

As I've posted several times in years past, one of my favorite New Year's wishes from the incomparable Neil Gaiman:
May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.

And his New Year's wish for us this year is also lovely:
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.

So all my dear friends, here's to 2012. Lets go make mistakes together!
Christmas Cats

Survive holidays. Check.

Ha! Only 2 week since my last post. Look out, I'm making a comeback.

So, Christmas & New Years happened. I survived both.

I got lots of new games for Christmas: Cosmic Cows, Ingenious Challenges, Hey, That's My Fish!, & Buzzword. I also got The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch, which is a Neil Gaiman story illustrated by Michael Zulli that I didn't have yet. And I got cozy slippers, and a pretty sweater, and a pashmina/silk scarf, and a pretty candle, and some yummy smelling soaps, and I'm sure I've forgotten something.

We spent Christmas Eve morning at my parent's house with my sister & brother & sister-in-law & brother-in-law & nephews & niece for our traditional brunch. I introduced my family to Cards Against Humanity. Then Rick & I ran home to take care of Rex & Fabreeze the hell out of our clothes before going out to Rick's sister's house for the rest of the night. All told, I think we ended up having a total of 6 family Christmases this year. Luckily we didn't have to buy/bring gifts for most of them.

Now I've got tomorrow off work so I plan to sleep in while Rick goes to work. That's something that NEVER gets to happen! LOL! I don't have to work because they're doing inventory at the store but my boss hadn't put me on any of the inventory teams. I don't get paid for the time off, but I also don't have to worry about extra work piling up while I'm not there.
Christmas Cats

Still not dead. Still not the king.

Yes, it's another of those "OMG, I haven't posted in forever!" posts. Argh. I must get better at it because I do miss the real connections you got with people on LJ.

OK, so now I suppose I have to update on the last 2 months or so of my life, eh?

~ My dog is still awesome & adorable.

~ The Vikings SUCK this year.

~ Moose went traveling without me. He went to Austin, TX, then Sweden, then England, then Austin, TX, then Los Angeles, CA then back to Austin again and then home to me. While off adventuring he went to the Fright Fest film festival, FantasticFest film festival and BlizzCon.

~ Me & Rick applied to go to Butt-Numb-A-Thon in Austin for the first time this year.

~ We got in!!!

~ OmegaCon was fun & relaxing. Rex also had a fabulous weekend staying at Adogo.

~ I completed a John Hodgman hat trick by seeing him for the 3rd time at the Fitzgerald & getting one of his books signed each time.

~ Sunspot came to town again! They're always awesome!

~ Still don't have an iPhone 4s. I'm using Rick's old 3G because mine got run over by Rick's Cadillac. iPhone vs Caddy, Caddy wins.

~ I saw a picture of a light saber battle at the ceremonial South Pole. Yes, it was as awesome as you think.

~ Me, Rick, Romeo & Shaya all flew down to Austin after work on Dec 8th and stayed through the 13th. We got to stay with the super awesome Neil & Rae, and we sat through 24 hours straight of movies Sat-Sun, and we at a lot of yummy Tex-Mex & got yummy BBQ once, and fell in love with Austin.

~ Now I am in Xmas hell. The longer people put off ordering their christmas pictures, the faster they want them.

So, that's the last 2 months of my life....
Impossible things

Facebook surrealness

Facebook does tend to make life surreal sometimes.
On Facebook I am now friends with the first boy I kissed, the first boy I had sex with, the first boy I lived with (platonically) and the last boy I had a rebound relationship with, and, of course, the first boy I married!

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The power went out on my street sometime around 1 or 2 this afternoon. It's just our side of the street and the houses right behind us on the next street over. I don't even remember the last time we had a power outage of any length here. It really sucks to look out the front window and see all the houses on the other side of the street all happily lit up.
When I was walking Rex tonight I made sure to note which houses had generators so that when the zombie apocalypse happens if they are killed or don't make it back to their houses I can go take their generators. (house #s 3141 & 3033, for future reference)
At least our water heater is gas powered so even if we don't have electricity back yet in the morning, I'll still be able to take a hot shower!

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