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Archive for June 2008

After much, much, much debate on where we should go this upcoming 4th of July weekend for a nice, albeit short, vacation, we have finally decided on the Windy City…yep, Chicago here we come.

I was beginning to think that my family was never going to agree on a location. We had places ranging from Tampa to San Diego to Galveston…all of these are plane rides away and would require a bit more planning on my end to accomplish. We also had Lake of the Ozarks, Kentucky Lake, Chicago, and Nashville on the list too, all within driving distance and much more doable, in my opinion, for a 3 day weekend.

All of these places would be nice to visit. I’d love to actually make it to every single one of them eventually. BUT…when you only have 3 days and really don’t want to spend a lot of time either driving or a lot of money to fly, well, a 3-4 hour trip is just so much better.

I think we will be able to accomodate every person’s vacation desires by going to Chicago. My daughter wants a beach/ocean view…well, there’s Lake Michigan for her. My son wants fun stuff, like amusement park rides. Well, hello, Navy Pier!! They have a huge ferris wheel just beckoning him to test it out. My hubby’s desire was good food. Hmm, Chicago and food? Yeah, I think he’ll be pleasantly surprised with what he can find to tempt his taste buds in good ol’ Chicago. Myself, well, I didn’t really have any one thing that I wanted in a trip. Mine was more a combination of a water view (again, the lake), fun stuff to do (all types of attractions) and being able to spend a nice weekend with my family and not having to worry about work. I definitely think that one is doable.


Been busy here so just thought I’d post a few blogthing quizzes for you to try. Have fun!!!

You Should Spend Your Summer at the Beach

You’re a free spirit who is always thinking of new ways to have fun.

And you don’t just love summer… you live for it.

So, you really should blow off your responsibilities and head to the beach!

You Are Strawberry Ice Cream

A bit shy and sensitive, you are sweet to the core.

You often find yourself on the outside looking in.

Insightful and pensive, you really understand how the world works.

You are most compatible with chocolate chip ice cream.

You are Platform Sandals

Funky and urban

You’ve got a cutting edge style that everyone envies

A little bit downtown, a little bit euro, and whole lot of sexy!

What Your Flip Flops Say About You

You are a very sweet and sensitive person.

You connect with other people easily.

You’re the type of person who feels bad about killing bugs.

You hate to see anyone – or anything – in pain.

Your ideal warm weather place: Thailand

You Are a Classic Bikini!

You are the type of gal who looks good in almost any bikini.

Going for the understated look, you don’t need a flashy bikini to turn heads.

I never want to go through another ct scan again! The ct scan itself wasn’t that bad, but the preparation, the nervousness and the crap i dealt with afterwards was for the birds. When I woke up yesterday morning, my stomach was already doing flip flops. By the time I got to the hospital, my hands were shaking so much that I couldn’t sign my name legibly and I thought I was going to pass out. I made it through registration though and they took me back to radiology to wait. I kept telling my mom that I hoped it took forever to call me back, but unfortunately they called me so fast I didn’t even have time to get comfortable. Dang, don’t they know people are supposed to WAIT in a hospital? Geez!

They took me into this big room with several different curtained areas, each containing a hospital bed. The told me to go into one where I had to get into a gown and then they started on the blood work. That was NOT fun. Even though I’d drank enough water to replenish an entire lake the day before, it seemed, apparantly I was still dehydrated and every time they’d find a vein to put my IV in, it would collapse. Lucky me now has exactly 11 little holes with 11 not so little bruises in her arms!

When they finally got the IV in, the nurse took my blood pressure. I was so nervous and worked up at the point, my bp read something like 166/85! The nurse kept asking me if I had high blood pressure and I kept telling her that normally I don’t. It didn’t sink in to her what I was saying though. When the doctor that was going to do the myleogram came in though, he realized that I was pretty nervous and he offered to give me some good drugs to calm me down. NOW, we’re talking 🙂

Once they gave me the feel good drugs, I didn’t have a care in the world. I didn’t feel them insert the needle into my back for the dye, I didn’t feel them flip me over onto a different table to wheel me into the ct lab, I didn’t even care when they went to take me to x-ray and my IV tube got caught between the gurney and was just about ripped out when they transferred me from it to another one. Nope, didn’t care at all.

After all that fun stuff was finished, I got to lay flat on my back for 2 hours. They were nice enough to feed me lunch, but that was a real pain to do laying flat on my back. Mom helped though so I managed to get some food into my rumbling stomach. All this time, the nurses kept checking on me to see how I was feeling. I told them the only problem I had was a bit of nausea. Not a problem, they said, it would wear off. Okie dokie.

I laid there for 2 hours pretty much staring at the ceiling. They had tvs in the room, but I couldn’t see the darn things in the position I was laying. I tried to sleep, but every time I closed my eyes the bed would start spinning so I kept them open. When the two hours were almost up, the doctor who did the myleogram came in and said that to him it looked like i do indeed have a disk problem, but he wouldn’t go into detail because that “isn’t his area of expertise”. But, at least now I know that I don’t have some big tumor or a alien being growing in my tailbone.

After the 2 hours were up, mom and I started the drive home. I thank God for my mom every day, but yesterday I thanked him doubly. If it weren’t for her, I don’t think I’d have made it home. The nausea got the best of me about halfway and I ended up getting sick. Not fun, but mom had came prepared. She knew from past and personal experience that vomit was a huge possibility after any type of stay in the hospital and had stocked her car with a big bucket, wet wipes, breath mints and bottled water. She was never a girl scout when she was younger, but she rocked the “Be Prepared” motto that day.

I finally made it home and was so thankful to get into my own bed. Drs. orders were to stay in bed the remainder of the day and believe me, I was very happy to comply. I think I slept longer yesterday then I have since I was a baby. I didn’t even hear my husband come to bed that night. I was dead to the world.

When I woke up this morning, however, I was sore. Not just sore at the injection sight, but sore all over, like I’d been hit by a truck. My arms hurt, my back hurt, my sides and my legs hurt. I just felt like crapola! When the nurse called from the hospital this morning to check in on me, she could tell by the tone of my voice that I wasn’t feeling right. I told her what was going on and she said that was probably just from laying around all day yesterday, but to keep an eye on it and if I got worse to call back. Thankfully, I’m feeling much better now. I am still sore and I am still moving slow, but I’m almost back to normal….well, as normal as I can get anyway.

Now the waiting begins. I hope that someone cancels at the neurologist so that I can get in sooner then July 24, BUT I’m also dreading that appointment because I know that the possibility of surgery could come up. But, I will just go with it when it happens. i can’t change the results so why worry about them now, right?

Ok, today is the day….ct scan with myleogram. My hands are shaking so bad that I can barely type this. I don’t know why I’m so scared. People take this test every day with no problem. Why do I think that I’ll be that 1% that has complications? I don’t know. Fear of the unknown? Yeah, that’s probably it. I have to leave in about fifteen minutes, will be there for approximately four hours, then should be home around noon or so. I’ll fill everyone in on how it goes. Wish me luck. And while you’re at it….anybody out there want to take my place? Please?!??!

My previous post was about the flooding we are dealing with here in my little town, but today’s post is about flooding in Cedar Rapids. My best friend in the whole wide world lives in Coggon, IA, just a few miles northeast of Cedar Rapids. Thankfully, her home and her family are all ok. The Wapsi River crested today and never did flood into their property. The Cedar River, however, has overrun the town of Cedar Rapids. Her husband works in Cedar Rapids and according to her email to me this evening, there is only one route left to even get INTO Cedar Rapids at the moment that isn’t covered by water. The major highways are all closed and at least 83 of the 99 counties are considered disaster areas. She also told me that a lot of stores like Walmart are out of bread, water, milk, etc. How scary is that? Here are just a few pictures, compliments of Yahoo Images:

this is an OVERPASS! There is actually a road that goes underneath that bridge.
a train track that goes over the Cedar River that the flood waters have almost covered
View of downtown Cedar Rapids. That is I380 running through the middle of the picture. They closed that road at 6pm tonight and say it might be closed for a week.
A view of the one of the downtown streets. It almost looks like Venice with all the water!


Posted on: June 9, 2008

Here are a few pictures of the major flooding that is taking place around the area from the record 9-10″ of rain we received Friday night/Saturday morning.

The scary thing is that there are no rivers by the houses that are flooded in these pictures. This is all from ditches, heavy rain and SMALL streams in the area! I don’t have any pictures of the actual rivers that have flooded and overflowed their banks.


As a 1930s wife, I am

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Want to see how you would have done being a wife back in the 1930’s? Check out the quiz.

I agree that marriage is a holy union and that husbands and wives should put each other first, but some of the questions in this quiz were just downright stupid. I respect my husband and try to make our marriage a happy one for him and for myself, but has to work both ways.