Sunday, September 29, 2013

Rapid Fire

So much to say....so little time to say it.

Rapid Fire....

1.  Work is trying to kill me. It is Government year end - always the busiest time of year.  My company officially split into two new companies last Friday.  Ridiculous amounts of administrative actions being thrown our way due to the split.  We are in a system blackout because of the split for about 10 days.  We won a new Task Order last week.  Should be good news but ACKKKKKK ..... more work!!  Audits.  Big proposal coming soon.  Very, very soon.  Flying to Bama this week for three days of training.  Trying to get the training slides updated - procedures re-written or written to match the training.  I have hives (for reals) and sores in my mouth.  Hair is falling out.  I am eating like it is my job.  Stress is a beast and right now it is soundly kicking my ass!

2.  Chip is already playing songs on the trombone.  Ridiculous how quickly he has picked up playing the trombone and reading music. He is a natural.

3.  Harry received an acceptance letter from Arizona State University and was accepted into the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism.  Wow.  So very proud of him.  Now he wants to visit ASU and Bama one more time and then decide where he wants to go.  Let's do it!

4.  We went to Washington DC last weekend.  Me and the boys gave hubby baseball tickets for his birthday in August.  He only lacks going to a couple of baseball stadiums before he sees them all.  The National's Park was one of them.  We flew up on Friday night and went to a Smithsonian Museum on Saturday, visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier then headed over to the baseball game.  It rained.  It rained so much, the game was rained out.  Super sucky!  We did get in to check out the stadium, buy some snacks and souvenirs and watch the rain fall.  I am calling it visited.  Mark it off the list.



















5.  Harry asked his girl to Homecoming.  She said yes.  That means I get to make a Homecoming Mum.  It is a big deal here in Texas.  The mums are given to girls to wear to school on Friday.  They are huge elaborate ornate corsages with tons of ribbons and streamers, etc.  I cannot wait to get my glue gun fired up for that!  Should be fun.

6.  Chip is rocking middle school.  Getting great grades.  Making new friends.  Trying to get taller than me.  Good stuff.

7.  Harry got the part of "The Head Guard" in the high school musical production of "Shrek The Musical".  I can't wait to see it.  He also got invited to the State Thespian Festival in November.  Should be a great year in theatre.

8.  Chip is playing baseball again this fall.  They had two terrific games yesterday.  Won both in the bottom of the fifth inning.  Low scoring.  Real baseball.  It was an awesome Saturday of baseball.  We were rained out the rest of the weekend.  Boo!!


9.  The Crimson Tide has been playing some good football.  Still waiting for them to win and mean it!  Always on the edge of my seat with those boys.

10.  Bible Study has been amazing as always.  So enjoy listening to Beth Moore.  She is a gifted speaker and her love of God is contagious and inspiring.  I do wish that my couch was not falling apart.    So embarrassing to have my bible study peeps come over and sink wayyyy down on the couch.  Not sure if we have springs missing, or busted or what...but it is turning into a hazard.  Must find time to shop for a new one!

That is all I have for now.  Have a blessed week ahead.   

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bob Chronicles - Fourteenth in a Series

For those of you who might be new around here (who am I kidding?), this is a series of blog posts about my Dad.  There are thirteen previous ones that are quite entertaining.  Might be worth the time it would take to search the archives to read.  But this one I have read several times and it still cracks me up! 

So Bob recently had to have a prostate biopsy because his annual PSA blood test was a little high. At the young age of 69 the doctor's recommend that a high PSA test get followed up with a biopsy.  Just to be sure everything is fine.  Well Bob entertained us all through this procedure and sent this highly informative summary of his day.  It was just too awesome not to share! 

Phase 1...Got up at 5 this morning to start the coffee pot and do a little worrying about the 5:30 enema.  I'm not sure Lana is fully up to date on the correct procedures for doing this which causes me a little anx. After all this is a very delicate area in which she will be working.  Well it's time to get her up and get the show underway.
It's 5:30 and time for the procedure to begin.  The enema box said it takes a few minutes to get all the stuff in....wait 10 minutes then let it out.   Hope your not eating right now.  I will put this on pause now and let you know how things worked out....later.
Well it's over and I'm glad.  I set up an enema station in the bedroom which is about 20 feet from the bathroom.  If it was 21 feet from the bathroom I would still be back there cleaning up.  Lana took her time and did a great job with the insertion tool.  She got all the liquid in with no problem.  The only problem was the waiting 10 minutes after the liquid was in before going.  I made it like 1:43 minutes before it all came out.  Kind of surprised me how fast that stuff works but it's done.  I'll probably have a few more visits to the porcelain queen before leaving for the big procedure.  Later......
Phase 2....Departing for the doctors office. Arrived early as I always do but they processed me in pretty quick.  Probably saw I was a little nervous.so a nurse took me back to the get-ready room.  She gave me my Ativan (anxiety pill) and a Hydrocodone pain pill an hour before the doctor started the procedure.  Told me to take everything off below my waist and get up on the table.  Those were all new words for me.   Anyway the table had stirrups in which to keep my legs separated and raised so he could look at the area dead on.  There were trays of medicines, shots. grease, TV screen and other tools used for this procedure.  He first inserted his finger, I think, which had a camera attached.  It displayed a picture of the prostate gland on the screen.  Said it looked pretty good.  I thanked him.  He thought it best if he gave me two Novocain shots in the gland to help the pain as he took biopsy's from the gland.   It worked as I felt just a little pain as he took the snippets from the gland.  He actually took 12 samples so I'm not sure how much of the gland remains.  I'll guess I'll see when I try to pee. He explained that there might be some bleeding for a few days but that is to be expected.
Phase 3.  The recovery room.  The nurse called Lana in to help watch me as I was a little groggy.  Explained where all the cleaning material was located and when ever I could sit up real good, to put my britches back on.  She also said I could wear a pad in case there was still some bleeding.    Lana positioned the pad and I yanked my pants up real quick so it wouldn't slide out of position.  Then proceeded to check out where I got my next appointment to get the results of all the biopsies.  He said I could eat and drink all I wanted but couldn't have sex today.  Like that was going to happen with a Ativan and a pain pill in my system.  So Lana will just have to wait and be patient.  We took out of there and headed to Bojangles for a ham biscuit and a senior coffee.
Phase 4  The rest of the day will be rest and more rest.  This afternoon I have to get ready for my nerve conduction test tomorrow.  I'm sure it will be much simpler that today.
Thanks for your prayers it worked!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up

I'm stalling.  Doing anything I can think of to not have to pull together and scan six work files to send to an auditor.  I am on Holiday this fine Labor Day, but told him I would have the files to him by Tuesday at noon.  That was dumb.  I should have said I would have them to him by noon on Wednesday.

Anyway, in the spirit of stalling to not have to do something that I absolutely must do let's do a little blogging and catch you up on the goings on around these parts.

Weekend got here just in time...first week of school damn near wiped us out.  What I wasn't able to say last week (because someone besides my six loyal readers might have figured out that Hubby was out of town) was that Hubby was out of town.  He left last Monday for work, going to Mexico City and Panama.  So that means I was flying solo for the first week of school.  You may think that is no big thing.  You would be wrong.  It is a big thing.  Figuring out the schedules, who goes where when, getting all the bodies up and moving, lunch packing, getting people to practices, school supplies, working, cooking, etc.  Factor in the fact that Wanda was not at work so work was a big, hot, fresh mess damn near every day.  And it was all just a bit much.

We survived though.  We more than survived, we rocked it.   Unfortunately, I didn't get to fit in my early morning walks last week and that was tough mentally and physically.  However, I found that I used the early morning time so well.  I got up at my same early time and enjoyed a quiet cup of coffee.  Then while Chip was in the shower I made beds, put away clothes, gathered dirty clothes, started a load of laundry.  By the time, he was showered and dressed the house was kind of straight and ready for the day to start.  Harry got up a just as Chip was walking out the door and I got to work.  Awesomeness.

Chip started his daily trombone practice and had baseball practice twice and flag football practice once last.  It was a lot. A bit overwhelming when you throw in all the big changes of going to Middle School, lockers, combinations, eight classes, buses to catch, etc.  I had to talk him off the cliff by Thursday, but nothing that a Dr. Pepper and a hug from mom to smooth things over.  The three day weekend is just what he needed.

Harry has an awesome senior schedule.  Two off periods. Perfect lunch period.  Friends in his classes.  Life is good.  It is also about to get supremely busy.  He has auditions for Shrek the Musical next week.  They are also doing two other productions that he hopes to get a spot in.  Then he is going to do the radio Color Commentary for Eastview High School Football in Georgetown.  He is going to do it with some good friends of ours and I think it will be highly entertaining.  Should be something awesome to put on his resume!  He has Thespian officer meetings and regular meetings.  He has cut back his hours at work, so hopefully his schedule won't get overwhelming!

In other weekend news, me and the boys watched the Bama game Saturday afternoon.  It was painful.  That offensive line has some serious work to do.  If Virginia Tech was pushing those boys backwards you bet your last dollar that the big SECs schools are going to land them flat on their backside.  I hope Nick has some fantastic coaching up his sleeve to make that improvement before they take on A&M.  Otherwise, it is going to be a long year!  

Now quickly, so I can move on to my next stalling project...making dinner.

  • Chip is obsessed with his band fundraiser. 
  • My hips are still killing me.
  • We walked almost six miles this morning at a 14.47 mile pace. That is booking it.  AND there were hills involved.  Wonder if that is why my hips hurt? 
  • My cell phone deleted all the names that go with the numbers in my phone.  Second time this has happened.  It is very helpful. 
  • I worked out on my own at the gym on Friday and did great!  My arms were super sore. 
  • Started super clean eating yesterday.  September will be full of "No thanks, that is not for me right now."  Trying to lose ten pounds before the holidays.  
  • Can you even believe the holidays are right around the corner.  Son of a gun!
  • I have been cutting out felt leaves for my Lakeside craft project.  A hundred of those babies.
  • I went to Sam's today to buy a gross of toilet paper for Lakeside.  They don't take Visa unless it is a debit card.  They also don't take American Express.  I was mortified. Left empty handed.  Embarrassing.
  • We have new neighbors.  I wanted to hate them because they moved into Karen's house, but alas they are nice. Can't hate them.  
  • How many fantasy football drafts are too many?  I think two should be the maximum.  I think Harry has participated in four.  He is over the legal limit. 
That is all for now!  Say a prayer for Bob...he is having prostate and nerve tests done next week.  You don't know funny until you receive one of Bob's priceless emails describing a medical procedure.  I can hardly wait!  

How much do you want to bet I will be up at 4:30 tomorrow a.m.  pulling those audit files together?  

Have an amazing week!