Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Politics at lunchtime

Francois Guisot (1787-1874): "Not to be a republican at twenty is proof of want of heart; to be one at thirty is proof of want of head."

a little food for thought. See also,

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Sinus Tale

Yes, dear readers- this post is about my sinuses. Why, you might ask? Well, after a much procrastinated trip to the Ear, Nose and Throat Dr., it has been determined that I will be having surgery in 3 days. On my sinuses.

It was totally a God thing that any of this even happened, because I was able to get an appointment, have a CT scan, and have that CT scan read all in a period of about 6 hours. WHO ELSE DOES THAT HAPPEN TO?? wow. Dr. Sciacca called me back to his office and then proceeded to show me lots of slides which indicated these things:

1. 11 of my 12 sinuses are completely blocked, and show signs of "sinus disease", or infection lingering for many months.
2. My septum is deviated and looks like a "knuckled letter S" in the words of Dr. Sciacca
3. My sinuses are filled with cysts and polyps that have been trapping infection and not letting my sinuses heal. This explains why I go a month or so without a sinus infection, and then wham, another one pops right up. The slightest irritation can trigger this.
So, basically, during surgery the Dr. will straighten my septum (ow), and scrape and snip all the polyps and cysts out of my sinuses. None of which sounds particularly delightful, so I hope you are not eating while reading this. My mom is coming up to be...well, a mom, and nurse me back to health (AKA keep the pain meds comin'), and it just so happens that K had the day off anyway, so he'll be around to help out, too. I could not have asked for anything more. If I have to have surgery, this is the way to go!
This also means that in the next 3 days I have to write a weeks worth of lesson plans, and not just any lesson plans like most teachers, but CHOIR lesson plans which totally throw subs off kilter. Here's hoping I can get them all done.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Days gone by

I am really lucky to have 2 wonderful, generous, loving grandmothers. I got to live in the same town as one of them (mimi) growing up, and only about an hour away from my mothers's mom, Grammy. Here's a little photo essay and birthday wish! What a tech savvy grandmother she is, as well, as she's been "on-line" for years now. If only she'd blog....

Grammy and I the day of my college graduation, Aug. 7, 2006
My sweet, dear Grammy and her two little ones. My mom is on the left and my Aunt Lori is the cutie in the black patent shoes! Grammy is one of the sweetest, funniest and most thoughtful people i've ever known...and she gets to be my Grandmother, too! I, for one, am really glad she's been around 79 years this week :)

My Grampy, Grammy, and a pre-meeting-my-dad Mom!
Lorilyn, Me, Grammy and Mimi at my Jr. Voice Recital in Auburn. 2004

My sweet Grampy (and me--1984), my Grammy's other half and husband. 7 years of dating led to one of the most wonderful pairings of people God ever concieved!

Some Grammy memories:
-playing beautyshop with her in the kitchen sink of her old house in Andalusia
-going with her to get her hair done at Miss Connie's
-visiting her at work at the Courthouse. she was a hard workin' Grammy for a very long time!
-many many trips to "Penney's" and a shoes shop that just might have been housed in an old bowling alley??
-Many day-after-thanksgiving's spent in Andy
-her playing with my hair when I was younger
-talking and laughing whenever she's around
-the generous family thanksgiving beach trips and the sweet prayers she gives
Happy Birthday!

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Cold (?): Day 8

Boxes of Tissues: 3

Boxes of Tissue with Lotion after I got smart: 1

Packs of Tylenol Sinus: 2

Packs of Dayquil: 1

Packs of Nyquil: 1

Days at work being grouchy because of feeling bad: 5

Blessings in spite of a little head cold: millions.

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The shower went well! I will never wear polka dots again, but other than that, I call it a complete success! :)

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Friday, October 3, 2008


The last few days have been spent in busy preparations for my dear friend Abigail's Around the House shower that 6 of my childhood friends and I are hosting. Saturday at my house, things should be hoppin! I cannot express how thankful I am that everything seems to be coming together so well!

I will post more and have some pretty pictures later this weekend :)

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