Thursday, January 26, 2006

A Little Challenge

Try this out! The Red Square Challenge! Can't for the life of me get a link to work today, sorry - you just get the address. :)

And I am GOING AWAY this weekend! Wanna know where? No, I won't keep you in suspense like the Laundry Lady - when is she back, anyway? I am going to a SCRAPBOOKING WEEKEND! My husband shelled out the $75 and is sending me away (could be to have lots of extra time in the garage, but I'm OK with that!) I leave first thing in the morning and come back Sunday afternoon/evening. Isn't that great? At least 2 full days of scrapbooking - what's better than that?!?! We have devotional time and hot meals AND.....ready for this?...... I only have to take out and put away all my stuff ONCE! I'll give you an update when I get back of what an awesome time I had. I've been looking forward to this ALL OF LAST YEAR! C U L8ter!

Monday, January 23, 2006

Names Please

Why is it that men's middle names seem to be a whole lot more amusing than women's? My middle name is Jean, and Harry's is Leviene .... and he's a Jr.

I went to school with a guy named Glenn Orndorf - and was a Jr. the III. Is that just mean, or what? I mean, imagine any phone call to the house. "Is Glen there?" Well, which one? What kind of business would know if they're calling for Glenn the II or Glenn the III?

My name has been mistaken for Arnie a few times. I guess the m looks like rn? And I get Annie all the time. There were 3 other girls in my class with my name. 3 of us spelled it "Amie" and one "Amy". Isn't that funny? And we thought we were going to be unique. People spell my name Amy or Aimee all the time. But all in all, I really like my name - Mom, Dad; you did good.

So today I want to know your middle name please, and your mate's middle name if you could. :) This should be good.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

My Brother

Okay t, I looked through my comments, and I haven't heard from you since January 5th. Get on it! Is she on vacation or what? COME BACK TO ME, T!

On a lighter note, I thought I'd tell you a little story. I used to have this crush on one of my brother's friends. His name is Andy (no relation to my future son, who will be named Andy - err, I mean Duane). Let's see, my brother was 6 years older than I would have been 12 years old or so? We used to hang up a wire in the backyard between 2 trees and tie water balloons onto it, then use them as target practice and shoot 'em. Anyway, all of us got into a water fight and I soaked Andy. So he picks up a pitcher of water and starts chasing me with it. Well, I run into the backyard under the wire and, yup, you guessed it. He followed and had no idea the wire was there (cause we have great aim and were no more balloons hanging from it). He probably still has a scar on his nose from it - it may have gotten him on the side of his eye, too. Poor guy.

How about I tell you about my oldest sibling? My brother used to practice his boyscout knots on us. He would tie one end on a door knob, then put it over the top of the door, and hang us by our feet on the other side of the door. He always defends himself and says he never left us up there for very long (20 minutes at the most, he claims) and always put a chair by our heads so ALL the blood never had a chance to rush there all at once. Eh, I'm sure we deserved it.

I thought he was so cool growing up - he had this motorcycle for a while (well, I think it was his anyway). I wanted a ride on it so bad....and he said the only way I could get a ride was if I drank this bottle of breath freshener. I don't know if you people have ever tried the stuff, but one drop on the tongue and a little burn later, and you have some great breath for a while. And to his defense, the bottle wasn't big.....just enough to last you a couple months or so. Yeah, I drank it for a motorcycle ride.....after I recovered, of course. Man, that burned!

My brother was always pretty good to us, though. The only time I ever saw him really mad was when I was trying to get downstairs (all of our rooms were upstairs). I was following him down and he was taking his precious time because he knew I was in a hurry. And being 6 years older than me and male, obviously stronger than I was. Well, I knew about next to nothing about the male anatomy, but I had heard some people at school talking about kicking a guy in the ....well, you know. I didn't know what happened if you did that, but boy I found out. I was trying to push my way through, and he turned around so I had a pretty clean shot. Oh was he ever mad. Needless to say, I never did that again! Is it too late to say sorry for that?

We weren't ever allowed in his bedroom, and had this trick about cracking the door the perfect amount every time so he would know if we had been in there or not. We could never duplicate the length - I still don't know how he ever got it to stay that way. Anyway, my sister had started a fight with my parents downstairs and I started crying and ran upstairs screaming - I didn't do well with fighting because I didn't see it very much growing up. And I heard the slightest knock at my door, so I opened it. And there stood my brother holding out his arms to give me a hug. He must have known how scared I was because this was just not his personality. He was too relaxed and cool to be scared or frazzled. Then he invited me into his room and let me play his guitar and mess with his stereo (which was normally forbidden). I felt pretty special.

Before he turned 30 this year, he had a heat stroke, and later found out he had a heart attack. Gave us quite a scare. Hopefully the smoking comes to a permanent end. So this blog is for my brother. Sorry for taking you for granted those many years and never really got to know you all that well, even though we're only a few miles apart now. I always admired your "relax" (his senior saying in the yearbook) attitude and your kindness to everyone you came into contact with. I always saw you as a role model, whether I ever let you in on that or not. Thanks for being the best big brother! I love you.


You may have to open this in a new window. No animations today!
Now look at the picture. Just pink dots, right? Stare at the middle cross
and the rotating circle turns green. I just love illusions.
Even though it's not the best illistration of it,
I love the thought that things aren't always what they seem.
A little hidden something-or-other that no one else sees.
We love to hide "the other side".
Maybe it's the thought of getting too personal.
Or maybe it would be a little too inconvenient to be held accountable.
Or could it be that we want everyone to think we have it together?
I think we all should lay it out there at the same time.
But here I could lay it all out, and come to find out there would only be 2 comments.
And that would kind of defeat the purpose.
But just so everyone knows,
I have issues, yes I do. I have issues. How about you?

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Know what else?

Oh hello there blogging friends. I don't really have a lot to say today, but I'm bored. So I'm blogging about nothing. :) Well, not nothing - I'll tell you the highlight of my day.

Know what? Had a GREAT supper tonight! A supper from the church crew. I won't mention any names, but her initials are Chris Long. Oops. Heth, you must have had it made when you were a kid! Chili for Harry and Potato Soup with Ham for me. Fresh Rolls and Tapioca. Boy, oh boy it was good! I saved some for lunch tomorrow. Mmmm! I can't sleep cause I'm excited about eating it (among other things), but I want to save it for tomorrow. Potato soup is the best! I think we have the best church ever - the meals they bring are awesome, and I think we have some of the best cooks ever right here in Waverly.

Know what else? I don't like to sleep. I love getting rest, but the sleep part isn't my favorite. Nightmares and vivid dreams always accompany my sleep. I go to sleep always after 1, usually 2:30 or so - and I don't really like to get going right when I wake up in the morning. I'm a slow riser. I mean SLOW. No matter what time I "wake up", I'm not really awake until noonish. lol, isn't that sad?

Know what else? I like to watch movies over and over and over.....until I have them memorized. I figure that way I don't ever have to sit down to watch it again - I can just recite it in my head. :) My sisters used to use me as a human VCR on our trips to Minnesota when we were younger. They would have parts of my face that were fast forward, rewind, play, stop, slow, and pause may have been their favorite. Oh, the things you'll learn when I'm bored.

Know what else? I'm not a great conversationalist. I love talking to people, but run into not knowing what to say a lot of the time. I'm getting better about asking questions to keep it going, you'll be happy to know. Well, I don't know about "happy" to know, but you're going to know cause you just can't stop reading this, even though you have a hundred things that would be better to do. Stupidity fascinates people. Welcome.

Hahaha! If you could only see me laughing at myself! I'm just too funny. I have nothing better to do and you're suffering through it. Glad to have you here.

Know what else? At the last garage sale we had, I had the BEST idea! Oh, it was funny. We've had this big off-white sweater with an american flag on it that was passed down, and all 3 of us girls wore it. Anyway, I pull the thing out and am ready to mark 10 cents or something on it and my sister says, "Ugh, put that in the free box! I don't EVER want to see it again!" Know what I did? I wrapped it up for Christmas for her......oh, it was the best!

Know what else? I'm going to tell you everyone's gag gifts for Christmas. When I was little (5 or so), we were at my great-grandma's farm. She had peacocks. I hate peacocks. The feathers freak me out. Completely give me the willies. My lovely sisters put a couple peacock feathers under the sheets of the bed I was going to sleep in, and when I pulled back those covers, I screamed and cried. Aren't they mean? Anyway, I always get teased about the dumb things and I open my gift this year and here are these 2 stupid metal peacocks you can hang on the wall. I "accidentally" left them at Mom and Dad's. :)

Know what else? Jerry (my brother) goes hunting with Dad and sometimes they drive through Strawberry Point. Well, Jerry tells my dad every time they go through here that he absolutely hates Strawberry Point. Don't know why. Just hates it. So Dad gets a thermal coffee cup and has my sister write "Strawberry Point" on it in neat lettering. Souvenier for the Strawberry Point fan.

Know what else? When my sister (mommy corbie) was in high school, she got her thumb drilled through. She was in shop class and holding this metal thing and someone else was drilling a hole in it. It was one of those hand-held drills, and it slipped. Went in at the bottom corner of her thumb nail and came out the other end. Then the shop teacher has a great idea and drills it back out. lol, obviously it wasn't funny at the time, but she still gets teased about that. So dad (or was it my other sister?) wraps up a handheld drill he found on the side of the road on "junking days". That was a good one.

Know what else? We LOVE junking days! In the cities (Minnesota), they have days where they just set their "garbage" out on the side of the road and people drive by and go through it and pick up the stuff they want. It is the BEST time! We actually plan for this every year. Anybody wanting to come with this year is completely invited! It's like garage sales only you don't have to park your car (cause it's all on the side of the road) and it's all free! Last year I got a bunch of bikes (for daycare) and a vanity for the downstairs bathroom (sink included). Harry got a few weed eaters that he's very happy with - gas and electric. Dad really racks it in, though. We're comletely jealous. He finds the most awesome things - new sterio/CD player with a remote. Works great, beautiful. Free on the side of the road. I won't mention digging through the actual garbage and finding cool stuff. And I won't mention that I found my FAVORITE Christmas decoration dumpster diving. lol, The things you learn when I'm bored.

Know what else? This is a long blog. I think I'll spare you now. See ya' tomorrow! I'm sure I'll be bored again soon. TTFN, Ta Ta For Now! I usually proof-read before I publish a post, but it's too long and I'm lazy. So I'll let you do it. Let me know if I have too many typos! Cause I know you read all of it. :) You just can't resist stupidity, can you. Sad, isn't it?

Monday, January 16, 2006

THE Surgery

Here's what the surgery was about. I have a condition called esophageal achalasia. It's where the tissue in my esophagus doesn't work quite right, and the muscle around it has been working so hard to try to get that tissue to work that it's gotten so strong and grown so much, that it's blocked a part of the esophagus off. Did that make sense? Anything that is in my stomach stays there, but the hard part is getting it to the stomach. Point being, it's hard to eat.

Had surgery last Tuesday. They did laproscopic (spell check that!) surgery with a robot. I have 5 incision marks on my belly - the middle one going right through the belly button. It was pretty crazy to learn, but the doctor didn't hardly even touch me. He controlled this robot from a "booth" and there are big robotic "arms" that come out from it. He had some assistance from other doctors (next to me) placing the robot arms where they needed to be. I remember "coming to" and not able to open my eyes, but I was shaking so bad. I could hear a guy asking if I could hear him, and asking me to respond and I just couldn't - I just kept shaking. Ugh, it was scary.

Then I have a lot of sleep, and then more sleep - that medication is some good stuff. Then a barium swallow the next morning. I hadn't had anything to drink or eat at that point - just the IV. I know it sounds simple, but all I wanted was to EAT normally. I go in and stand in front of the X-ray machine, drink the chalky white drink, and watch the monitor. Some of it goes down, and some of it doesn't. It was just sitting there at the bottom of my esophagus, the same way the tests before surgery were, and I started to cry through the rest of it. Not saying anything, drinking, holding my breath, and turning when they told me to.

On the positive side, there were no leaks in the esophagus. That was the biggest concern with the doctor. Mine was that things still wouldn't go down. When I talked to the doctor later, he said it was a toss-up with me and one other, but it was the worst case of this he had seen. The surgery included cutting the muscle inside and "butterflying" it, and pinning the sides back. And then wrapped my stomach around my esophagus to prevent a lot of acid reflux.

Doesn't feel one bit different as before surgery except it burns now. lol, I'm hoping the muscle is swollen and will feel better next week. I am taking in 2300 calories and 70 grams of protein on a liquid diet. Have you guys tried those nutrition drinks? Then Harry bought me baby food and apple sauce-type things. He's been wonderful with getting me things and making sure I'm drinking enough. Coudn't have asked for more out of him.

Honestly, though, I would love a big juicy Bacon Cheese Thickburger with curly fries! Haha!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I Love Being Tagged.

Four jobs you've had in your life
1. Waitress
2. Receptionist at Bank Mortgage
3. Business Manager at GS Camp
4. Making omelets for people at a restaurant on weekend mornings

Four movies you could watch over and over
If I must just pick 4………….
1. The Princess Bride
2. Secondhand Lions
3. Step-mom
4. You've Got Mail – good call, t!

Four places you've lived
1. Monroe, IA
2. Minnesota – in the cities
3. Boone, IA
4. Waverly – now home.

Four tv shows you love to watch
1. Good Eats
2. Supernanny/Nanny 911
3. Everyday Italian
4. The Price is Right

Four places you've been on vacation
1. Disney World
2. Paris
3. Our Minnesota cabin
4. Tennessee

Four websites you visit daily
1. Uhh, none daily. I visit blogs the most.

Four of your favorite foods
1. White cake with funfetti frosting
2. Lasagna
3. French silk pie
4. Angel hair pasta with anything!

Four places you'd rather be right now
1. Uhh, standing up comfortably……..anywhere!

Four bloggers you are tagging
Everyone reading this, Brenda especially!

Thursday, January 05, 2006

No Cap

Okay, it's 1:45 am and Harry's asleep as I watch Iron Chef America and blog. I love the word "blog". Anyway, I hear him startle a little, and he says, "oh, good. I'm okay!". So I ask him what he's dreaming about, and he responds.

"I couldn't find the cap! It's okay now."

Hahaha! It was worth waking up and realizing it was only a scary dream. How horrifying to not be able to find the cap, honey. Hehehe

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

I consider myself tagged.

1. What did you do in 2005 that you had never done before?
Celebrated our first anniversary. Had our first baby. Had a family get-together at my house! for Thanksgiving! Timed an entire breakfast just right – oh, it was so exciting! Eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls, toast with butter and jelly, coffee, and apple juice. All done in perfect timing. 20 minutes. Everything was nice and warm served – it was this morning and it was perfect, my friends.

2.Did you keep your New Year's resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Ahh, I don’t remember if I made any.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Ahh, me. Is that close enough? Lot of friends, too.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My grandmother on my dad’s side.

5. What countries did you visit?
This one. :)

6. What would you like to have in 2006 that you lacked in 2005?
An esophagus that works, please! One more week – yay!

7. What dates will remain etched in your memory and why?
Tiffany’s birth, first anniversary, grandma’s funeral, birthdays were great.

8. What's your biggest achievement of the year?
FINALLY understanding that I have a self-discipline issue. And the Lord says….Duh! I’ve been trying to tell you……

9. What was your biggest failure?
Golly gee, I dunno.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
All year long with the esophagus thing. Man, that’s not fun. No real illnesses or broken bones or anything, though.

11.What was the best thing you bought?
My rug in the front room. It’s my favorite.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Harry’s. He’s come such a long way – I’ll just leave it at that. I’m proud of you, baby!

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and disgusted?
I can’t answer that, sorry. My mother told me if I don’t have anything nice to say – to not say anything at all.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills. Period.

15. What did you get really, really excited about?
Having a baby! The whole experience was and is wonderful!

16. What song will always remind you of 2005?
I don’t have any song that reminds me of any year. That would require memory that I completely lack.

17. Compared to this time last year are you?
a) happier or sadder? happier
b) fatter or thinner? Thinner by 5 pounds
c) richer or poorer? I second Angela’s answer. richer in many ways

18. What do you wish you had done more of?

19. What do you wish you had done less of?
Ha, cleaning? Which now somehow seems painless.

20. How will you be spending New Year's Eve?
We went over to Dan and Tammy’s. We ate homemade ice cream, played games, and talked ‘til the ball dropped.

21. Did you fall in love in 2005?
Every day.

22. What was your favorite TV program?
Everyday Italian. Unwrapped is a good one, too. It’s something Harry and I both like to sit and watch together. OH! And Supernanny or Nanny 911. Those shows amaze me.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Nope. Honestly, I dislike someone a little more, though.

24. What was the best book you read?
The “What to Expect” books. They were very helpful throughout the year.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
That my trumpet valves are hard to unstick after a year of storage! Sad. I really miss playing.

26. What did you want and get?
I wanted a candy dish for each season. And here we are. Now I just need help eating all these M&M’s……

27. What did you not want and not get?
More than 10 unexpected bills?

28. What was your favorite film this year?
Secondhand Lions took the cake – love it!

29. What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 24 and I was at a funeral home in Minnesota all day for my grandma visiting with relatives.

30. What one thing would have made your year measurably more satisfying?
If only there had been no bugs………

31. How would you describe your personal fashion in 2005?
Can you say, Maternity?

32. What kept you sane?
Uhh, I’m sane?

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Alton Brown on the Food Network. Good Eats, baby! I love that show, too!

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I can’t stand politics.

35. Who did you miss?
All my relatives far away, and MY BETH – I miss you, Flower!

36. Who was the best new person you met?
Kodi – she’s been wonderful.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2005.
Breathe life in. Knock off the worrying.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
That would require memory. I’ll sleep on it.

Hey, no more? That was kinda' fun. :)

Monday, January 02, 2006


I just went through all the toys upstairs and have 4 boxes of stuff going to Trinkets & Togs. Tiffany will be crawling in a couple months, so I put all the toys she could have on the shelves in the living room. Ah, yes just the upstairs! I have the whole downstairs FULL of toys I haven't gotten to yet. Anyone need toys? Get this stuff OUT of my house! :) I used to like stuff. Then I realized it has to be cleaned. Then I decided to not like stuff so much.

I'm sitting in the kitchen watching out the window at the neighbor kids making snow forts....kicking in the bottom and rolling up as big a snowball as you can without passing out. It's bigger than the kid pushing it! And then the beautiful patches of grass everywhere. Don't get me wrong, the snow is pretty. But ya' see, there's just something about seeing grass that tells you it's warm enough outside to be melting snow. And that just warms my heart :) We are going to put a puzzle together tonight! Doesn't that sound exciting? As for now....well.....

Here I am taking a break. After spending two days in bed, we need to ease into this "doing stuff" thing again. Did I ever tell you all how much I LOVE doing nothing?? Oh, it's my favorite thing to do! favorite thing not to do, I guess! I thoroughly enjoy it. Three cheers for doing nothing! Three more cheers for getting rid of all the junk in my house! Hip, Hip, Horray!