Thursday, November 27, 2008

M.O.M.S.

Marvels of Modern Science. Hehehehe. Today was a super busy day here. First the home health nurse came in to make sur all of her paperwork was in order. That took forever, but at least it didn't involve too much moving around. And most of the paperwork was already filled out, just a lot of confirming this and signing that.

The box spring and mattress came in today. Was kind of odd. My dad bought them at the PX and the people who delivered them brought them in a U-Haul. :-.. At least they weren't heavy. Took me longer to sign the delivery confirmation than it took them to pull 'em off the truck. lol They weren't as heavy as I remember mattresses being. Perhaps because 1/2 of one of them was that memory foam stuff? Perhaps.

Then in the afternoon was physical therapy. Lots of moving around. I think perhaps too much because part of the incision popped open. It didn't gush or anything, but it took me about 45 minutes to get the blood trickling under control. Yay. Just how I love spending my days. At least she's enjoying the bed. Another interesting note. Her legs/feet are still not all puffy. They both swelled up after the first surgery and now after this one they both went down. I told her it's cuz she's balanced now. I don't think she agreed.

Monday, November 24, 2008

3^2 Experiment

Sometimes I have to find ways to amuse myself. Especially in a hospital. Last year I didn't really hang around for the meals. This year I decided to see what a hospital (supposedly a healthy place) conciders 3 square meals. Let me tell ya, I haven't eaten so much in so long. I feel like I'm about to bust. The food wasn't horrid, but since my mom is at the end of the hallway on the top floor it was generally cold, or well on it's way to cold, by the time it got to us. Anyway, here's the break-down of what I ate yesterday:

Breakfast:

Raisin Bran, English Muffin w/ grape jelly, 2 beef sausages, scrambled eggs, cinnamon apple slice, coffee & orange juice. (I didn't keep the menu that came with it and I have a feeling I'm forgetting something from breakfast, though I may be wrong and it's my full belly playing tricks on me)

Lunch:

Tossed salad w/ ranch dressing (I even ate the tomato), BBQ chicken leg quarter, ranch style beans, green beans, cherry pie & iced tea.

Dinner:

Coleslaw, chicken fried steak (which was GOOD!) with cream gravy, mashed potatoes, green peas, texas toast (which was stale), brownie, iced tea and milk.

It doesn't seem like that much typed up like that, and the portions weren't huge, but it was definitely more than I normally eat in a day. So, what did I learn from my "Hospital 3^2 Experiment"? That's it's normal food which I could tell wasn't, like, organic or fresh or anything. The veggies were canned or frozen, the eggs were likely "egg substitue", the desserts store bought. I guess a person can't expect too much concidering how many people they have to feed . . . Although I would have expected something healthier than what I feed myself. Rather, what Aaron feeds me. If they had portion sizes on the menu (or if I'd have had a scale with me) I could tally up the calorie count. That would be interesting. But it wasn't all bad. According to my mom it's been way better than last year. Which makes me glad I didn't stick around for those or it might've prompted a Mac Attack.

P.S. For those of you who keep up with this sort of thing (or it might just be me trying to be honest with my faithful readers) I watched the movie on TV. We don't own it and may not unless it's the only thing to get. It was good, though. I enjoyed it.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Grinding Gears

Get it? Hehe. Hrm. Not sure I do either. Well, my mom's surgery was today. Went off without a hitch. Which I was sure of. The Dr.'s really good. My dad was supposed to come home tomorrow, but then he was supposed to come home today which I was REALLY hoping for, and now he's not supposed to come home until tomorrow again. I don't even know when tomorrow, but probably afternoon factoring in the 10hrs they make him break. *sigh*

A couple of really big reasons I wanted him home. Minus I love him to death. (Non-sick-type daddy's girl) For the moment there's no bitch-buffer. Which now for some reason Jet's taken to whining outside their door when she gets lonely. If he was here she could hang out with him. He's good with animals and since she never gets to see him she'd be all over him. Also . . . *groans* We lit the pilot on the furnace, and the blower blows, but the fire isn't "whooshing" and coming to life to really heat up the air it's blowing. I'm hoping it's cuz it's cold and the pipes have to clean/loosen up a bit and it'll come alive at any moment and I'll go out there and it'll be toasty warm. I'm not holding my breath, though. So I'll probably be looking online to see what I can find on that. *fingers crossed*

Remember last time my mom had her knee done I had the whole Dark Tower series to go through? This time I've got my birthday present: "Just After Sunset" A compilation of S. King short stories. I dunno if they were there and I didn't notice, but I'm definitely noticing in this one certain themes that carry-over. Like (without giving too much away) a person's name, or a health factor, or hobby from one will show up in the next and then something different from that one will show up in the next. I hope it continues because it's become kind of a game. I'm really liking them because there's a linking . . . mental undertone. Like exploring very real manifestions of the human psyche in a fictional setting. I'm loving it.

Also, they're talking about people coming in to see my mom on Monday . . . if she's still hospitalized by Monday (when my dad normally heads back to work) then we're not going to have Thanksgiving for another 2 weeks from now. I don't mind. The turkey'll keep. And it affords us time to spend Thanksgiving with other peoples.

I'm really hoping to avoid last year's pick-up fiasco. Ya know, when the rain was coming down in bucket-fulls and the driveway washed out. Yeah. I'm hoping we won't have that issue this year.

And now, I'm rambling. Still got mails and neopets so I'm gonna go do that now.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Franken-Puter

I have returned! *waits for applause to die down* Thank you, thank you. I know, I was missed. So, for those of you who missed the bulletin, my (near) brand new eMachine had some kind of aneurism. Aaron was on playing Sims and there was a loud pop accompanied by a flash and the computer restarted itself. So I got on and backed up everything while I had the chance (something I wasn't given when the HP died) and turned it off when I was done. While it was off it popped/flashed again and then it wouldn't turn on. Oh the agony. I tried plugging it into a different spot on the surge protector (of which we need a new one apparently), tried plugging it into the wall, tried stealing the cord from my mom's computer. Nothing.

So I call up to Computer Renaissance. The chick who answered the phone was a little smartass telling me she could look at it for free. Diagnostics by a pro is almost $70. That's, like, a quarter of what the thing cost to begin with. So no pros for this comp. I did some searching online and narrowed the problem down to either the power supply or the power button. Since the flash was in the back I was working on the theory that it was the power supply unit.

Days go by. I'm thinking that if we got a new one I could take the DVD drive and memory chipset out of this one and put 'em in the new one. That would be pretty cool. Wishful thinking since I knew I wasn't getting a new computer mere months after getting this one. Especially not with all the bills coming in. But it was not all useless wishful thinking. It got me contemplating. The HP got power just fine, just the motherboard was fubared. If I could take the power supply unit out of that and pop it into this one then it just might work. Assuming everything was compatible. I tried finding compatibility information but that was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. So I sat and looked. And looked. And looked. It all looks the same. Same cords, same plug-in pieces, same size. Only thing different was the layout and only slightly so.

So last night we went out and picked up a screwdriver. This morning I brought in the HP and pulled out the power supply unit making sure to either label or remember the plugs and where they went. So far so good! Nothing broke or snapped. Then I pulled the unit out of the eMachine. Again, easy going. I made sure to plug cords in as I took them out so I wouldn't get confused. No extra cords no empty plugs. *fingers crossed* I screwed it in, making sure to keep cords from getting pinched and fans from getting blocked. I knew I had something when I plugged it in and it made a noise. Of course, I didn't know what I had exactly so I put the casing back .. pressing the power button . . . .

Success! Tentative success, but the power came on, so I plugged in the monitor. All systems go! Turned it back off, finished plugging everything in and here we are. The only indication that anything is amiss is a slight bulge from one of the cords having a slightly bigger plug piece than there is space for. *shrugs* As long as we can get a new surge protector before it happens again we should be good to go! ^_^ I don't see why computer geeks are so stuck up. It's not that hard. In fact, soon as I'm feeling froggy enough I'm going to take the DVD drive out of the HP and stick it in there too. Franken-puter lives!!!! Muahahahahaha!!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Leviticus (probably offensive)

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is a radio personality who dispenses advice to people who call in to her radio show. Recently, she said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22 and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following is an open letter to Dr. Laura penned by an east coast resident, which was posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative:

Dear Dr. Laura:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the other specific laws and how to follow them:

When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15:19- 24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?

Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?

I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? - Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.