Saturday, May 30, 2009

While I was sleeping

In a humbling reminder that I am NOT the center of the universe, life went on around me while I recovered from surgery. Several of my siblings experienced some pretty major changes. I was doped up on lortab but I managed to absorb some of the news. Please let me know if I missed anything.

Twoofadozen will be primarily producing instead of reporting (boo) but she did manage to score an exciting move from AM to FM audiences with the little bit of reporting she still does (yea!). I'm excited for her. I think the experience in FM radio will be a huge asset to her resume. Who knows, maybe she'll make the switch to radio DJ or traffic helicopter next?

Threeofadozen and Fiveofadozen moved 8 hours southwest of me, which is a big improvement over where they used to be (18 hours due west). Three has a promising new job at a resort and Five was able to transfer into the same position and pay at the same company. On the downside, they are now 22 hours southeast of Two and family. On the upside, they are now 22 hours away from Religion Central, smack-dab in the middle of Cowpie Central. Yee-ha!

Fourofadozen's wife went into labor 8 weeks early and delivered a baby boy a few days ago. I hear he's off the respirator and out of the incubator but they still expect to keep him in the hospital for a while. I'm glad he's doing so well and I'm really glad Four has a stable job with benefits. I've seen how high my hospital bills would be without insurance - and all of my visits have been outpatient. I can't imagine how high the bills would be for a baby in NICU.

Nineofadozen was very helpful while I recovered from surgery. She watered the grass every day, mowed the lawn, took out the trash, washed the dishes, drove me around and did all the heavy lifting. I had to take her home last night because she's helping out with church camp next week. I kind of miss her, although it is nice to walk around in my underpants again. Nine might fly out to help Four and family while the baby is in the hospital. I'm not so sure that's a good idea but no one asked for my opinion.

My surgery went pretty well. Three asked how many stitches I have. I estimate around 150 per side. They're all internal stitches that are supposed to dissolve by themselves so it's difficult to count. I'm really sore and things are bruised and ugly at the moment. It's hard to say if I'm glad I did it but I think once the pain and swelling go down I'll be happy with it.

I had a little drama during surgery. I was supposed to go home afterward but I didn't come out of anesthesia very quickly. Instead they checked me into the hospital overnight for observation. I was worried about Nine driving too and from the hospital in a strange city but she did quite well on her own. If she got lost/went for a joyride in Gardner/picked up a few boys and brought them back to my place I never heard a word about it and I guess I don't need to know.

I took myself off the drugs on Thursday, which was fortunate because I'm not allowed to drive while medicated and I didn't know Nine had to go home so soon. I'll see the surgeon for a post-op checkup on Monday. I should be back to work part-time on Tuesday. I'm really glad I get another two weeks part-time because I don't think I can cope without napping every day!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

This and that

I realize I've left you hanging on a few things so I'm going to post some quick updates:

Grass - it's coming along nicely but I think I should put more seed down.

Weeds - will need to be sprayed again once the grass is more established.

Boobs - I'm having them reduced next Tuesday, May 19th and my adorable teenage sister is coming to babysit me while I recover. I smell a Battlestar Galactica marathon!

Hormones - "normal" according to the endocrinologist, although my leptin levels are 57 when they should be below 27, my TSH is 2.6 when it should be below 1.0 and my blood glucose levels were all way above the normal range. He gave me a prescription for Metformin to raise my insulin sensitivity. So far it makes me feel a little bit nauseated all the time.

Tragic boy at work - accuses me of always being busy because I don't stop to chit chat, tells me I'm spoiled/lucky because I have a DVR (spoiled/lucky? really?? I decided I wanted it and I pay for it, so who is spoiling me and where is the luck in that?) and hangs around my cubicle for 30 minute stretches that feel like forever. Less is more my friend! Well, except when it's... less.

In other news, I watched the Stargate SG1 season 6 finale last night. I only have 4 seasons left but I think I'll be starting season 1 of Stargate Atlantis very soon. I haven't seen the spin-off episode yet but I can feel it coming. I might finish the series while I'm recovering from the double boob-otomy. It kind of depends on what Nineofadozen/America's Next Top Model (ie my adorable sister) wants to do while she's here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

On the ball

Last night I turned on the water in the kitchen and heard something break in the faucet. Nothing came out. Not a drop. I had a huge stack of dishes to do, including a frying pan that I needed to handwash right away to use for dinner. I had to settle for an un-grilled cheese sandwich. Oh, the horror!

This morning and afternoon I tackled the faucet. I went to Home Depot and picked out a new faucet but I wasn't thrilled with the price: $78. On the way to checkout I saw a home repair how-to guide. I flipped through the pages and found instructions for repairing a faucet. This sounded much cheaper than replacing it so I went looking for a faucet repair kit. Apparently there are different kits and different parts for different brands of faucet. I had no idea what brand my faucet was. One of the guys suggested bringing in the broken part, so home I went.

I spent a couple of hours trying to take apart the faucet. I couldn't find a screw on the top so I crawled under my nasty sink to try and take it apart from below. I couldn't get the flashlight to point in the right direction and did all I could to keep from holding it in my teeth (no way was I opening my mouth in there. Yuck!). I stripped a screw and broke a Phillips head screwdriver. I tried using my drill and accidentally dropped it on my face. Ouch.

In frustration I looked again for a screw on top of the faucet. I finally found it under the hot/cold label. I took the faucet apart and found the problem: a broken ball. The ball and I went back to Home Depot and found a match for under $10. It only took ten minutes to put everything back together and the faucet works better than it has since I moved in two years ago. Hooray!

I can't believe it took me so long to fix it but I'm glad I didn't buy a new one - especially since that stripped screw would have to come out before I could think of installing another faucet. After all that work taking it apart and putting it back together, I never saw a brand name on that faucet and I still have no clue what it is. You'd think manufacturers could make these things a little more universal!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Alpha dog

In the space of ten minutes this guy went from not on my Hot List to the top five. Wanna know why? Dollhouse.

Now, I've seen Alan Tudyk (that's his name) in Firefly and Serenity without feeling a flutter but something about his character on Friday night's show was H-O-T: hot. I must really have a thing for bad boys!

If you aren't watching Dollhouse, please do. It's not too late to catch up on Hulu or Well, it's almost too late because the season finale is next week. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that FOX won't break my heart again by canceling another fantastic show just as it's really starting to get its legs under it. I seem to have a bad habit of falling for canceled or nearly-canceled series!