January 31st, 2010

Disney: L&S Stitch bonking head

Busy....

as usual. Went to the hospital yesterday....THAT was an experience!

Mom had called Friday evening. Still loopy, but sounded somewhat "there", so I asked when we should plan on visiting. She SAID that after lunch would be best - she was sure they would be moving her to a room, so....Alrighty, then!

We headed out at 11 - I needed to hit the outlet mall for a new sports bra, and Sweet Geek needed gloves. The Bali-outlet was having a buy 1, get 1 50% off sale, PLUS I had a 20% off coupon, so I got a new sports bra AND workout pants for less than the bra alone. We hit Wilson's Leather...and got mobbed by the 2 girls working the till - apparantly my and Herself's hats are the coolest things they'd ever seen...and when they discovered that they were hand-knit...well! I was a mini-hero (which is funny - *I* can see all the mistakes!) We scored him a pair of suede gloves for $12, and headed on out.

At 12-ish, I called her cell (ICU doesn't have phones in the rooms.) No, she still wasn't moved, and *the next visiting slot was at 3*. Ok-dokey, we're on the road and won't get there until 1:30-ish; we can deal!

There's a Weaving/Knitting/Fiber Arts shop maybe 2 miles from the freeway exit. I *did NOT* want to go - I know how my self-control is when faced with fresh, soft, yummy wool - in any form! But....it's 1:45, we can't visit until 3, so.....:sigh: Sweet Geek *said* he'd help in the self-control department, so Ok. I can do this.....

It took 10 minutes to hit the $100 mark. HE was no help at all! :lol: We did score the buttons for his cardigan (well, they ordered them for us, but we had to prepay), I got some bright roving that'll work for Irish Fest (if I can't get anything wilder!), some yarn for Sweet Geek yet another hat (except this AM he decided that the roving would make a much more funky hat, so can I spin it up for Him a Hat? :shakes head:), some DPNs for Himself to finish his hat....and got our hats praised again. (It's much more meaningful to me to have "real" knitters admire my stuff - it shows me I'm on the right track. They even liked the inside of my hats - which is funny, since I cheated and just tied all the ends together! :lol:) Sweet Geek now wants to weave in the worst way; the store owner wants photos of my 12H table loom that's for sale....it was a fun visit. (And....I was good. They have a HUGE sock yarn collection..and I didn't even touch! I know it sounds like a large amount for not much goods...but really? It's not - I also got a replacement tape measure and some more row counters. The yarn was 50% off, and the roving is 8 oz....I feel like I did good. I won't be doing it again anytime soon, but it's nice to see *real* yarn, and not just look at it online. Oh - and this IS the "Local" store - the next closet is in Dallas, and it's 10 miles FURTHER out. :sigh: I live in a yarn-deprived area!)

At 2:20, we headed for the hospital. I had finished the cardigan front, and was working on sleeve #1 (Did ya catch that? The Cardigan BODY IS DONE!!!), so I was OK for a bit of a wait....only, ICU visiting hours are from 1 to 3.......and it was 2:40 when we found her room :bangs head:

Herself and I chatted with her for 10 minutes, then Herself left and I stayed in until 3. SHE says she's doing great, and wants to move on........I cornered the nurse when I left her room. :sigh:

Surgery-wise, she's doing great. HOWEVER...she refuses to cough. She HAS to cough to get all that crud out of her lungs....and she won't do it. She does cough when on the phone, though.......so I need to call her more often, and get others to do so too. They're keeping her pretty well sedated (to aid in healing), and the room is kept dark. I don't think she really understands what they did....I mean, she's missing half a lung now! Of COURSE they need to keep her under observation as long as possible - pneumonia is a real threat. :sigh:

I could say more...but I am impressed with the hospital, especially her nurse.

Today, we take Sweet Geek's aunt out for her birthday.....so today is toast, too. :Sigh: At least I can knit in the Jeep....:grin:
me: portrait

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I got this from Anna. Here's how it works: Bold all the things that you have done in your life.

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band

4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo

11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea

14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill

24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset

31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied

38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been inside an ambulance

47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia.
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee


That's 51 for me, but the italizied are because they didn't add 'in person' after it.
Anyhow... how do you think you'd do? Some of them are "iffy" - I *did* keep Himself alive during a major asthma attack, but didn't count it because we rushed him to the hospital. I've virtually walked the streets of Jerusalem thanks to PBS's "Walking the Holy Land" series; ditto on "Visiting the White House". Haven't held a lamb - but will have kids come March. Ditto #87- we'll be sending the excess kids to "freezer camp". The "snow fort"....I've built one - sorta - but we really don't get enough snow here to call it a "fort". :grin:

I tag anyone who wants to do this . . . post it on your blog!