Saturday, July 28, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
The only problem I have with these machines is that since they're front-loading, I can't felt things anymore. And I just bought a new Noni Bags Kit (Bags, Spring, 2006, Large Bobbles) so if I ever get the time to actually knit the darned thing, I'll have to find somewhere else to felt it. Small price to pay for kickin' machines.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Smoky quartz, moonstone, pearl, larimar, turquoise, blue lace agate, and seraphinite -- and also a really cool pendant I couldn't resist. Awesome stuff!
The much-anticipated highlight of the weekend, was, of course, getting the last Harry Potter book. I thought it was coming by FedEx, but when I went to check the mailbox, there it was! So I ripped open the box and plunked down to start reading around 1pm. I had a brief nap around 6pm, and then read to page 658 and had to call it a night. I finished the rest of the book this morning, and without giving anything away, I have to call this the best one EVER, and the movie is going to be amazing. I feel like starting the entire series from the beginning again -- this is probably my favorite set of books ever.
Friday, July 20, 2007
1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines at practice! This is not the final routine, and definitely not a punishment! They have done other routines, including "Sister Act" and some fancy marching drills.
I personally vote they do "Grease" next. Or better yet, "The Time Warp"!
Click here to see the video on YouTube!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I just got a phone call from the doctor and it wasn’t a spider bite after all. It’s apparently an MRSA Staph infection, which means if I hadn’t gone to the ER that first night (after going to the doctor in the day and getting Keflex for a spider bite) and the ER doc hadn’t thought to prescribe a sulpha antibiotic as well, I wouldn’t be any better than I was last week. So I guess that’s something.
Apparently there are tons of different Staph bacteria on your body at any given time, and they are usually harmless, but every now and then it passes from one person to another somehow and the other person doesn’t handle it very well and you get an infection. Ah, the intricacies of the human body. The nurse was concerned that I still have hard spots under both areas, so I have to make an appointment tomorrow for another appointment with Dr. Lidocaine and Dr. Scalpel.
In case you're interested, there's a good article about Staph infections at Web MD -- I have a feeling that a mild cat scratch may have been what let the bad bacteria in, and it was interesting to read that many people think they've been bitten by a spider or an insect, and they actually have Staph. So this is my little Public Service Announcement to not let anything that "doesn't look quite right" be ignored!
Monday, July 16, 2007
Here's photos of Zack enjoying it for the first time:
I, of course, had to go down this slide with him, too. No photos of THAT, though.
And here's my little man -- isn't he wonderful?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Trying as always to find the bright side of things, I realized the GOOD part of being in bed for a week is I read a lot of books.
I started with "The Monk", by Matthew Lewis. It's a 200-year old gothic horror novel, although I don't know about the "horror" part. Considering the times in which it was written, it's pretty darned racy and I'll bet it got burned and banned a lot. It was interesting, but every now and then I got thrown off by the way they put words together back then (sentence structure, randomly capitalized Vowels, different spellings than used now), and I'd recommend it for a change of pace.
Next came a book that I picked up at Coffee East, the local coffee shop here in Easton. One of the cool things they have is tons of bookshelves with books for sale for $2 each, and I think it goes towards the library fund or something. Anyway, I picked up a couple of books (one, I had forgotten I'd already read, oh well, it was $2) and the other was called "Educating Waverly" by Laura Kalpakian. It's about a girl that is the result of an affair, and how she's off-loaded to this crunch-granola-esque school on Isadora Island in Washington state, to keep her from being an "embarrassment" to the father. There are a lot of reasons why I found the book interesting, but one of them was that this took place in 1939, so the historical aspect of the war and war refugee children came into it. The book reminded me a bit of something Elizabeth Berg or Ann Tyler might have written, and I'd recommend it heartily.
I also read "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson. This one was non-fiction, about the cholera outbreak of 1854 in working-class London. First, I have no idea how anyone lived through those sorts of living conditions. Just the descriptions of the massive sewage problem newly industrialized, over-populated areas faced was nauseating. Second, while the book was interesting, you have to have an interest in epidemeology and molecular biology to really get through the book. Since I studied a lot of it in college, it was fascinating to me, but it's not a "beach read" by any stretch of the imagination.
And now, while I eagerly await the seventh Harry Potter book, I'm reading "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand. I've had this book on my bookshelves for some years now, obtained when I joined one of many book clubs, but I've always avoided reading it for some reason. For one, the thing is huge -- hardback and over 1000 pages. For the other, I had no idea what it was about but had a vague idea it was going to go over my head. However, when I ran out of books to read and started poking around trying to find something to maybe re-read, I found it, and thought, ok, enough's enough, get it over with.
I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and I read the first chunk of it the first night. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it, like the story line, and while I'm aware that this is one of those classics that gets dissected to death in schools everywhere, I'm trying not to do that too much, but read it for what it is -- a book with a good storyline and an important message to tell. I always hated when we'd read a book like "Heart of Darkness" in school and then tear it apart looking for symbolism in every single sentence. I just wanted to READ it, and I figured that if there was a message there, I'd GET it.
I should be through that one by the time Saturday and Harry Potter rolls around -- for a brief moment this morning, I thought THIS was the morning and checked my front door for the FedEx package, but then realized I had my weeks all wrong. Bummer.
So now that I've caught you up on books, I'll start a new post on ZACK!
Friday, July 13, 2007
Sunday night I discover a couple of bug bites -- one on my tummy, one on the inside of my thigh. Whatever. Lovely little red spot, itches, ok.
Monday morning I get up, and the bites look a bit bigger. But still no big deal. I put on a pair of linen pants (to hide the bites, with shorts, ick) and go about my work.
Rick comes home with Zack around 4pm and I'm not feeling all that hot. He says, "Let me look at those bites."
OMG. They are now about 8" across, bright red, hot, and hard. Lovely.
Fortunately, our doctor had late hours that day, so we troop across town. By this time I'm very decidedly not feeling well, won't eat, and probably couldn't have driven myself home. The doctor says what we suspect -- spider bite. Maryland does have the Brown Recluse and I've seen enough nasty photos of what those bites can turn into to be more than a little worried.
We go home with a prescription for an antibiotic and I go to bed.
At 3am, I can't stand it anymore -- the pain has gone beyond bearable, and we wake up Zack and Rick drops me off at the ER so he can take Zack back home to bed. The doctor looks at it, says, yup, nasty, adds yet another antibiotic to the mix, gives me strong narcotic pain killers (Say Hallelujah) and warns that if they're not better in another couple days, go back to the doctor to have the excised. Which means cut. Open. Lovely.
Believe it or not, those pain killers don't work for as long as they're supposed to, and they're GOOD ones. I had NO idea anything could hurt like this. We went back to the doctor yesterday (I think? I've lost track of time) and he cut one open and hoped the other one would come along.
Today is my first day up for more than five minutes. I'm completely blown away that an insect bite could throw me off like this! And it's not over -- my leg and tummy are still not right, in fact skin is feeling dead (not good) so who knows where this will all end up.
The best we can come up with, since I wasn't outside, was that the spider bit me while we took a nap on Sunday afternoon. So now I have complete creepy-crawlies about the bed! Of course, it could have happened anywhere but still. Ick.
Anyway! That's where I've been all week.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Friday, July 06, 2007
2- I can't keep these in stock! Completely handmade chain in sterling and gold-filled. Right now, made to order as I'm out of the silver, but will be getting it in soon. Price depends on precious metal market
3- Fun lampwork bead bracelet, with beads made by famous artist Kristina Logan, whose silver-set bead necklace I just covet. $88
4- A large Tibetan pendant is graced with two amazing strands of deep purple amethyst and a strand of purple pearls. $198
5- Pristine sterling silver beads topped with 10mm red Swarovski crystals. $25
6- Another in my vintage series, vintage mother-of-pearl buttons topped with hematite Swarovski crystals with a delicate wire-wrap detail. $15