Monday, November 28, 2005

Yawn, Things Sure Are Slow


Hey, How about some more posts on this blog?

Thursday, November 24, 2005

All is well on Harper Hill

It has been a while since I have posted but I wanted to let everyone know how Cody's "procedure" went. The doctors call it a procedure like it is a simple thing they do everyday. I am sure they do this everyday and are very good at it, but this is my child and it was really scary. Anyway everything went extremely well. We got to Cardinal Glennon at 7:30am, they asked all the questions and prepped him. They took him into the Cath Lab (which was a new word to me before this) at about 10:30. The cardiac nurse that we met at our first visit to the cardiologist gave me an extension number for the cath lab if I felt the need to call and check how things were going, I did not call, the last thing I wanted to do was interrupt. They told us it would take 2-3 hours, it only took about 1 1/2. The nurse called 3 times to let us know where they were at in the procedure and that things were going well. Finally she called to let us know they were finished and would be taking him to recovery. The doctor wanted to meet with us to show the ultrasound video they took to document the procedure. During this meeting he told us the hole in Cody's heart was about twice as big as first suspected (19mm or about 3/4 inch or the size of a nickel). The right side of his heart is also enlarged about twice the size it should be. He explained to us that the pressure in a normal heart measures at 3 or 4, Cody's pressure in the right side of his heart measured at 15 but immediately dropped to 12 when the device was put into place. They told us that the pressure and the size of his heart will continue to come down. He has to take it easy for about 3 weeks then he can resume light activity. After 6 months he will be able to play summer league baseball and will be ready for football again next school year. Other than a sore throat from the ultrasound camera they put in he is doing fine. As scary as this "procedure" was for all of us, I thank God the doctors took this simple heart murmur that he has had from birth seriously. Without sounding overly dramatic we have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. I'm thankful that this hole was found and that it was able to be taken care of, that the surgeon was knowledgable and talented. I'm thankful for everyone who prayed for him and for the support we felt from everyone. I know this post is getting long but I want to point out one more thing...how great everyone was at Cardinal Glennon. I hope that the families of the sick children who have to spend time there all have the great experience we had. Everyone from the doctors and nurses to the cafeteria workers were so friendly and caring to the kids and the parents. All of these people have incredible hearts.

misti

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Ringling Bros & Barnum Bailey





We took Wade to the circus and splurged on front row tickets. It was cool to have front row, but for the circus I think even the cheap seats would be good as you'd be more level with the highwire acts and still have a good view of the 3 rings looking down.

We asked Wade what his favorite part was and he said "All" which is good because I wondered if he was enjoying it or was overwhelmed by it. I think it was a little of both. He slept for 2.5 hrs afterwards so the lights, action, and noise wore him out. It was pretty loud. The circus has changed from just an organ grinder and his monkey. It's pretty technotronic now. I'm still singing "We want..we want.... WILSON!!! Everybody! We want we want...Wilson!!!" (to the tune of Queen's We will, We will ROCK YOU!). This is in reference to "Crazy Wilson". I'd have to say he probably is one crazy S.O.B. He was part of the high wire act. And, he also did a pretty unique solo act on a human gerbil cage that rotated 2 stories in the air while he ran on the outside of it. Then, he would free fall through the air down onto it as it rotated. I can't describe it well enough in writing.

There were lots of clowns, chinese acrobats, a token midget (vertically challenged person?), young girls in glittery costumes, magic, lions & lion tamer, dancing wild mustangs directed by the lovely lady in the tight fitting outfit, the whole works.

At the end of the show, they brought out a metal caged sphere where 3 motocyclers rode around inside at the same time while criss-crossing each other and going upside down. The thing looked about 10-15 ft in diameter. It was pretty tight. So, they brought in Crazy Wilson to be the 4th rider in the sphere. After zipping around with the others for a while, he left the cage and they created "Double the Danger" as "Crazy Wilson's Sister" climbed into the sphere and the motorcyclers rode circles around her as they removed 2 parts of the top of the sphere. So, they're in there buzzing circles around this glitzy dressed circus gal with half the sphere in tact. I think the music was roaring the whole time. It was pretty cool. I thought I saw her flinch once and her hand move. Upon reviewing the photo, I realized the riders were giving her high fives every time they passed. Wow, she didn't flinch at all! There was just even more danger than I realized!!!

Here's a trivia question for you. How much do you think a bag of cotton candy went for at this event? It was sold with a souvenir clown's top hat made of a felt-like paper decorated sort of patriotic with stars, etc. Saying it was very inexpensive material is probably overstating the quality. This is the only way you could buy cotton candy, with the hat.
Did you guess 10 cents? No, that was great-grandpa's price when he was a boy. $5? $7 for today's inflation? No. If you guessed $9, then you are correct. That's right, $9. I actually laughed at the lady as I handed her my $10 spot and thought to myself, this is today's way of ripping you off at the circus. After all, you do expect to be ripped off to an extent at the circus, that's part of it and you go in knowingly. I had to buy it, because I promised Wade for 2 days before that we would have some. If you think of it, it's no worse than paying $9 for a beer at the game these days and he still has cotton candy for the next 3 days. I guess it was just the principle that they KNEW they were hosing me so bad and so did I. That made the cotton candy leave a bitter taste in my mouth. But hey, it was all worth it.

Step Right Up and See the Show Before the Tent Comes Down!! (We want....we want.....WILSON!!) Crazy Wilson is seen in the tight rope photo. He's the one in front dressed in blue. He wore yellow in the hamster act and an evil knevil like outfit in the motorcycle stunt.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Palindrome

I just got done watching the movie "Palindrome" that Jeff was talking about quite a few post ago, and thought it was great. It's very disturbing, and makes you go "what the?", but that's exactly what I expected having seen his other movies. It's the kind of movie that will have you thinking about it long after you're done watching it.

If any of you have seen it, I would like to know what you think.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

You can NOT try me on my cell phone

Know how people in the work world like to leave a message on their voicemail stating, "leave a message here or try me on my cell phone"? Well, maybe not anymore. In case you guys haven't heard, you might want to sign up for the No Call List on this one. As you know, I work for a technology company that builds equipment for cell phone towers and this message came around to us at work:


"I'm sure all of you already know about this and have done something about it, but around the first of December, cell phone numbers are being released to telemarketing companies and you will start to receive sales calls. YOU WILL BE CHARGED FOR THESE CALLS.

To prevent this, call the following number from your cell phone: 888/382-1222. It is the National Do No Call list and it will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for 5 years. You can also go here to register your cell phone number.

Pass this on to all your friends. "

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Ain't Science Grand??

Researchers have found out something that we have known for years...

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Another Cupcake Killer

This is Abby at the birthday party. I feel Abby and I have a special bond. I can tell by the way she orders me around when we play.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Twisted Sisters

Here's another picture from our weekend at the Daw Mansion. Lexi and Willa had a fine time together. They even made money helping Aimee around the house.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Tangled Up In Blue

What a weekend the Phillips family had at the Daw mansion. The food was wonderful. There was a lot for the kids to do. They let me win beer at golf. They let my wife win cash at poker. We highly recommend it for a November Vacation Hotspot.

Seriously, it was a blast. A big thanks to do the Daws for having us. We might try to do it all over again on the Saturday after Thanksgiving if anyone is interested. There will probably be poker for sure. The golf, of course, is at the mercy of the fall weather.

And let me tell you, no one knows fun like Isa does.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Isa

This weekend Seamheads family came in to town to celebrate birthdays with their family. They stayed the night with us. I just thought I'd let the rest of you know how it went...it was a lot of fun:

It started Saturday. Lou, Dave, and Seamhead played golf at 12:00 while I went to my daughter's soccer game. I met them on the course at about 1:30 while they were on the 8th hole. We went to the 1st hole and played 18. Finishing the last hole at the last possible moment, barely able to see the hole as darkness was upon us. We scrambled. Lou and Myself winning the first nine and Seamhead and Dave winning the second nine. Logo balls were exchanged. A rematch is in order.

Saturday night we played some hold'em, the four of us plus Misti, Amy, and Shelly. Our plan (the guys') worked to a tee. We all ran out of chips leaving the 3 ladies to battle it out for the win. We hope that this sacrifice will entice the ladies to play again. Shelly was the eventual winner. Congrats Shelly!

The second game had Dave, Shelly, Roger, and myself playing...and, after many head to head hands with seamhead, I came out the winner.

But the hightlight of the weekend for me was seeing Isa. The last time I saw her she was in the pumpkin seat. Now she's walking and talking, and, my favorite,..............smiling!!!

I took a bunch of pictures of the kids this week. I'll leave it to seamhead to post whatever he'd like since it's his kid(s)...but the pressure is on 'cause some of my pictures of Isa should win awards!!!....I'll send them to you early this week Seamhead.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Concerns

I talked to Sweet Lou the other night. He filled me in on a situation that some of you may have heard about. Lou and Misti's son Cody will be undergoing an operation to repair a hole in his heart on November 22nd. Lou said the Doctor makes it sound routine. They will go in through a vein in the leg and plug the hole with a piece of wire mesh shaped like the plug in a piggy bank. Eventually, the heart tissue will grow around the mesh and completely repair the hole.

Keep Sweet Lou and Misti in your thoughts and prayers.

Pluto...is it a planet???

This week has brought us a lot of new discoveries in the world of space. The first is the discovery that Pluto has three moons, not just one, as previously thought. It's closest moon, Charon, is the one that we knew about before. It's roughly half the size of Pluto and it orbits around Pluto's poles, as opposed to the equator like moons around other planets.

But the raging debate is this....Is Pluto a planet? It seems that recently there's been several other worlds discovered much farther out in space that also orbit our sun. The most recent is known to be more than twice the size of pluto!!! The link above discusses several options as to whether or not Pluto should remain classified as a planet or not. The three major choices seem to be: 1) Reclassify Pluto as a Kuiper Belt object. It's orbit is inclined at 17 degrees, it's too small, and being called a planet just doesn't do the other planets justice. 2) Keep Pluto as a planet, but all other objects discovered are considered Kuiper Belt objects. 3) Since Pluto is socially accepted as a planet, it seems a logical progression to say that all other objects discovered that are bigger than Pluto are planets too.

I'm sure there are other ideas out there too. What do you think? Is Pluto a planet?