Name: bdogg_mcgee

From: Big D, Texas, United States

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7.28.2008,7/28/2008 09:10:00 PM
Bobby Brady Lives on my Block
Most of the people who live on our street are older than we are. Our neighbor on the left is the oldest person in the neighborhood, at 91, and is quite proud of that. The neighbors on our right are a retired couple whose kids and grandkids live nearby. When we moved in a year and a half ago, DH was unpacking in the front room and he said that a gaggle of pre-middle school kids kept running by our house, stopping short of ringing the doorbell and asking if any kids lived here and wanted to come out to play.

When we lived in Frisco, the area was literally teeming with babies. It was baby this, baby that, oh look at my baby, I have a baby, and pretty much wherever we went we saw families lugging small children around in Baby Bjorns and Peg Perego strollers. Which was totally cool with us, but moving to Allen has thrown us into dealing with a whole new age group of children.

The teenager.

For example, the past few nights I've been serenaded by the sweet, sweet sounds of a drum kit being hit with full force by, most likely, a teenage boy with dreams of traveling all over the world, being a rockstar flocked by groupies. (I wonder, do drummers these days still twirl the drumsticks in their fingers like all the hair metal guys did in the '80s? Probably not - wow, Bdogg, you are really showing your age now!) I have to say, it isn't that bad, and I was never coordinated enough to hit a bass drum with my right foot and hit a snare drum with my left hand while tinging the cymbal with my right hand, but come on! Just because you're on summer vacation and can stay up all hours of the night does not mean that the rest of the neighborhood should be subjected to killer beats when they have to go to work the next day. Why don't you try to wake up early, say 10 am or so, and practice then? The majority of the neighborhood would most likely be at work during that time. Oh my gosh, will you listen to me? When did I become old? Next thing you know I'll be going to Denny's for the 4:30 dinner special.

Bobby Brady doesn't have anything on the hot tub banger, though. Remember that classic?

Ear plugs, I love you.
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7.25.2008,7/25/2008 10:14:00 AM
There's a Birthday Among Us...
Today is the birthday of my bestest friend in the whole world, Poppy. She's an awesome chick with a huge heart and a load of sassiness to boot. I am incredibly lucky to have her as a friend.

Happy Birthday, sweetie!!!!!111
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7.23.2008,7/23/2008 08:18:00 PM
Riddled with Bullets
  • --On Sunday, DH and I went to our favorite place, Studio Movie Grill, to see The Dark Knight. It was all-you-can-eat pizza night, so DH and I ate pizzas and drank sodas and watched the movie. The thing about the pizza is, they bring you a full-sized pizza the first time around, and if you order another one, it's half the size of the first one. That's okay with me, though. I thought the movie was really really really good. There were several times that I sat there, slack-jawed, and looked over at DH who had the same expression. Heath Ledger was amazing as The Joker, and of course, Christian Bale is one of my favorite actors. After the movie, DH and I were mostly quiet on the way home, just processing it all.
  • --Yesterday I was coming back from the sandwich shop near work, and as a cop drove by on the other side of the street, I watched as a man in a pickup truck pulled right out in front of me to turn left and stopped in the median area, the back of his pickup taking up my entire lane. So, I laid on the horn and kept my hand there until he finally moved, and when he was pulling away from me the bastard moved his hand in a "yap yap yap" motion at me. So I gave him the finger.
  • --It is hot as blazes here. Yesterday the high was 103, but today it actually cooled off a bit. The high is 98! I should have worn a sweater. But it is kinda sad that my office gets so cold in the summertime that I welcome going outside just to warm up...
  • --Menchi and Kino are pretty smart kitties. I think one of the reasons he is such a butthead is because he gets bored easily. So one day I was watching Housecat Housecall on Animal Planet and the vet suggested giving the cats toys that made them work for things to occupy their time and engage their mind, and showed a clip of a cat batting around a Kong filled with kitty treats and eating the treats contained within, as its reward. So last weekend, DH and I went to Petco and bought a Kong, brought it home and promptly filled it with treats. The cats looked at us like we were crazy, so we just left it on the floor and DH went to work out. About ten minutes after DH left I went into the kitchen and saw Menchi batting the Kong around and eating the treats that came out. I got so excited that I called DH and told him about Menchi's super intelligence. She hasn't done it since, though, so maybe it was a fluke.
  • --I'm in a big rut with my job. I mean, I've been doing the same thing, essentially, for nearly 10 years, and I'm tired of sitting at a desk all day. So, I figured, why not try something new? So I'm selling Avon. Not full-time, of course, not yet, but it's something I really want to try to do. I'm not allowed to advertise my website link on my blog though (boo,) but if you want to buy stuff from me, e-mail me and I'd be glad to help you out.
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7.17.2008,7/17/2008 09:43:00 PM
New Eyes
Thanks to all of you who left get well comments. I am finally starting to feel better, thank goodness! Five days after the surgery, I woke up with a puffy rash all over my torso. Turns out I had an allergic reaction to the antiseptic prep stuff they swab all over you pre-incision. My body is weird like that -- I once finished a ten-day course of a sulfa medication before I blew up like a balloon. But, a prescription for steroids and a week later and presto! No more rash!

My incisions healed nicely, but the scars aren't that pretty. I see Mederma in my future...

Anyway, last Saturday DH and I had our annual eye exams. Well, it was annual for me -- DH hadn't been to the eye doctor since before we moved to Dallas 4.5 years ago, when he got glasses to replace the ones he lost in the Guadalupe River on a toobing trip.

Ever since mid-June, DH had been wearing his old contacts that I had to dig out of a box in our closet because, big surprise, he lost his current pair of glasses in the Guadalupe River during a toobing trip. Now, let me tell you, when he decided to go (I'm not the biggest fan of toobing, so I decided to stay behind, plus, my dad and stepmom came to town and took me shopping--way more fun,) I said to him, "I really hope you don't lose your glasses this time," and he assured me this wouldn't happen.

Flash forward to Saturday afternoon. I'm in the car with my parents heading back from the mall when I get a phone call. It was DH, telling me that, as usual, I was right, and guess what he did? He lost his glasses in the river. Luckily his prescription isn't that bad and he can still see mostly without his glasses, because he had to drive back to our house!

Anyway, so we had our eye appointment, and he got new glasses. The new glasses bug bit me as well, since my pair was 3 years old, and, well, I couldn't have DH looking all snazzy in new glasses with me wearing my old ones. Never mind that I don't wear glasses in public. Oh well - I got a new pair in addition to my contacts, and I love love love them!

While DH got his glasses right away, because his prescription is so minimal they can make them in-house (and he looks so cute, y'all, in his new glasses, you don't even know!) mine, being coke bottles, have to be sent off and ground down from giant sheets of plastic, or whatever they do for people who are half-blind.

They came in earlier this week, and I thought I'd show them off, because I think they're quite fetching. I might even wear them in public!

Here are my previous glasses:

And the new ones:

What do you think??
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7.05.2008,7/05/2008 09:33:00 PM
Up and at 'em...sort of
Well, folks, I survived my gallbladder removal. So far, I've been feeling pretty well, considering, but I've been trying to take it easy. Wednesday morning I checked into the hospital and got the IV and all that great stuff, and met with my surgeon and anesthesiologist (both very wonderful people,) and was wheeled into the operating room. The anesthesiologist and I were talking about different types of music we liked, and they were piling warm blankets on top of me, and the last thing I remember was the gas mask being put over my nose.

I woke up in recovery, having a very difficult time breathing, and every once in a while the oxygen machine would beep at me, reminding me to breathe since the anesthesia relaxed my respiratory system so much. Luckily, though, I wasn't nauseous or anything, but I was in quite a bit of pain, so they kept giving me painkillers.

According to the surgeon, my body had started attacking my gallbladder, and was in the process of walling it off by growing fat and tissue around the offending organ. She took a picture of it, and I have to say it was a very interesting sight. So it was a good thing that they took it out, since my body would have eventually killed the gallbladder anyway and kept causing me pain.

The past few days have been spent with me on the couch, my Mom taking care of me and she & my Dad pretty much doing all the housework, bless them. They left yesterday afternoon, and DH has taken really good care of me, too, bringing me drinks and snacks and ice packs for my tummy. I have three incisions on the right side of my abdomen, and one in my belly button, which are held together with super glue-like stuff. Kinda disconcerting to look at, but so far everything seems to be holding together all right. :)

Just wanted to let everyone know that the surgery went well. Sitting up can be a bit uncomfortable, so I'm going to go recline as much as possible until I have to sit up all day back at work on Monday!
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7.01.2008,7/01/2008 09:57:00 PM
American Girls and Gallbladders
Last weekend, my sister-in-law came up and took her daughter and son (my niece and nephew) and their cousin to the American Girl Cafe. Now, I know you're wondering why my nephew came too, but that was because his dad is in Korea preparing for the family to move there at the end of the month, so he was kind of stuck doing all the girly stuff.

I got one of the very first American Girl dolls, Kirsten, when it was still called Pleasant Company and before Mattel bought the company out and kind of sullied the brand, in my mind, but I have to say I got suckered in, and had a fabulous time. I even brought my doll and got her hair done back to its original style, and we all had a lovely lunch - here's a pic of the afternoon--you can see the rest of the set here:

Later on that afternoon we went to see Wall-E for my nephew, and it was very very good. I definitely recommend it. At first I was worried that it was going to be a bit too preachy like Happy Feet, but I was pleasantly surprised and even teared up a few times.

Tomorrow morning I check into the hospital to have my gallbladder removed, and while I'm a bit nervous, I'm glad the whole thing is soon to be finished. So, until sometime after the surgery, I bid you happy blogging and I'll see you on the flipside!
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