Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I swear I didn't get lost!

I can't believe it's been over 3 weeks since I posted last!  Wow.  I can't even claim anything exciting or drama was happening, because it wasn't! 

I go in Friday to the lovely gyn office to have my 6 week checkup and exam and hopefully I'm totally healed from the hysterectomy done July 11.  I've had no issues at all.  I confess to mowing half of the lawn today and would have done more but it started to rain.  

I found a website called HysterSisters.  It's a support forum for women who have had hysterectomies and so far all it's done is make me thankful that I've had such an easy time!  You can join a thread with other people who had surgery the same week as you and I almost feel guilty for posting any updates since some of the stories - sheesh.  

I got my guilt-trip "we miss you" card from the ladies at Weight Watchers today, so I am thinking about going back.  They're having some deals going on right now, so it would be a good time to re-sign up.  I had cancelled my credit card and forgot that my WW fees came out automatically, so my membership lapsed while I was in Charleston with Miss Angela & her dance team for Nationals but since I knew I'd be having surgery, I didn't renew it.  Sigh.  It's time to go back, but not until after my birthday (Monday!!)
Randy and I went to Belle Isle in the Detroit River between Detroit & Windsor one weekend to get some pics.  And we proceeded to miss half of the things on there!  This means another trip back, since it's part of next April's A to Z Challenge! 
I was trying to face swap with Maddie here but I can never get that damn thing to work! 

3 of the 4 critters had checkups at the vet and I took them all in within a week.  
 It sucks that everyone except Daisy is considered geriatric, so they wanted to run all sorts of tests on them.  I had them check a lump on Jack's (who will be 12 next week) belly that ended up being a roll of fat (they stuck a needle into it for a sample ~gag~!) and his liver enzymes were high but they just want me to keep an eye on him and told me what to watch out for.  For Maddie (who is 9ish) I opted not to run all the tests right then, since Jack cost us $300+ a couple days before!  Then Chester (who is 16 or so) was in a couple days later.  He has always been well over 16 lbs, but he weighed in at 14, so I did let them do the blood tests (and had to provide a urine sample!!) even tho he's been acting normal to maybe figure out the drastic weight loss.  He had pancreatitis and needed medicine, which he was not happy about.  But other than that, he is a fine, healthy old man!  Whew.  
A monster under my bed!


OMG.  I got this local beer from the Thai restaurant Angel works at - I'm not usually adventurous with my beer, but this was really good!  
Fire Drill Selfie!
We had an actual fire drill at work last week.  Pretty sure if they had a truck running in the garage, we would never hear the alarm.  As it was, there's no alarm in dispatch, aka the old part of the building, so we could only hear it from the new part, so it wasn't very loud at all.  And all of the dispatchers ignored it.  I heard it and asked if that's what it was?  Then the VP wandered into the room from the new part and I asked him and he finally put 2 & 2 together that that was probably why the security door at the bottom of the stairs was closed!  So he shoo'd us all outside where there was a big argument about where exactly we should meet.  We thought the back of the yard, farther away from, you know, diesel fuel tanks and other flammable stuff in the garage?  But HR told us by the fence right across the parking lot from the garage.  Sorry peeps - if I see flames I will NOT be near the garage!  And yes, I will grab my purse, too.   

So Angel started her first college courses Tuesday.  She is starting out with 2 classes this semester, which is plenty with work & dance.  She's got a College Study Skills class (and will be watching Amadeus??) twice a week and a 4 hour computer class once a week. I read the syllabus for that.  Microsoft Word, email & Interwebz searches were listed!  Sounds tough!

She's already signed up for the 2016-17 dance season, and I actually heard her say it's her last.  She'll be getting her 10 year award from the studio this year and for the competitions, the senior age group is 17-19 and she'll be 19 in just over a month.  She basically is taking every class she possibly can, making the most of it.  The one new teacher has already taken her under her wing and is going to teach her a lot of new stuff and work on improving what she can do. 

We got her recital DVD from last season.  While the content was excellent, the quality of the DVD sucked!  I'm sure I could have gotten a better recording on my phone.  Whoever this company was used non-hi def equipment and it was just bad.  Nothing was in sharp focus.  The coloring was horrible - everyone was washed out in whatever the background color happened to be, especially the red / orange / yellow.  One of the little girls did a solo wearing Barbie / Pepto Bismol pink and she looked like she was in white.  They had stationery cameras on the corners of the stage and we couldn't decide if they were fish-eye lenses or just smudged.  The sound was pretty good, but they covered up the sound of the taps and any yells the girls did like in their All Stars routines.  Watching a tap dance and seeing mouths open, but no sounds happen?   Can't believe we paid $50 for that!  The video last year was excellent so in comparison, this one was painful.

Anyhoo.  It's about time to turn in for the night, but I have a purring kitty on my lap so I'll sit here and suffer from feline paralysis for a bit longer.   I'm sure there are other things I wanted to ramble about, but I can't think of them right now!   Oh man - that means another post soon!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Just stuff & nonsense

Life is slowly getting back to normal after my surgery.  I had a hysterectomy on July 11 (and if you really want to read more about it and the recovery - Part 1   Part 2   Part 3 ) and I'm slowly getting back to normal.  I still feel a bit achy, but nothing worse than cramps.  I have an elastic waist band that I wear at work to help keep everything squished in while sitting.  And once I get my sleep schedule back to normal, I'll be great! 

I was off work for 2 weeks.  The first week, I didn't do a whole lot.  Randy had Monday & Tuesday off to keep an eye on me, then worked from home the rest of the week.  But I felt good enough to drive out to my sister's house that Saturday to check on her cats.  I let Angel drive us home, tho.

I was able to start getting my Halloween headstones repainted.  I realized that I needed to put a couple coats of DryLok on them to seal & protect the cheap foam.  And of course I'd already painted them.  Sigh. 
He wasn't very much company!
Jack was my stupervisor, as usual.  
After DryLok / before paint
I grabbed a couple other foam stones out of the shed and DryLok'd them, too. 
As of today - they're done except for some splashes of color I want to put on them. 

I went back to work the day after my 2 week check-up on 7/26.  I probably should have asked for just half days to begin with, but I'm surviving.  My co-workers did a great job of keeping up with my work so I wasn't slammed when I came back.  

It's not the toad with the extra toes, but he's still pretty!

I came across this book Miss Angela made in probably 1st grade - this is the greatest page ever!
"God Bless the USA.  I was born"

Speaking of Angel - she did move back home.  Her incentive to come home was the fact I wouldn't pay for summer dance classes if she was staying somewhere else.

Things have been going pretty well with her back.  I haven't felt the need to get my referee shirt out.  She actually signed up for college courses!  She's taking 2 classes to begin with, which is just fine.  Between that, work & dance - she'll be kept busy.

She also did a big change with her hair.  She's been platinum blonde for a long time, and she chose to have the stylist dye it to match her roots!  And she got about 5 inches trimmed off.  It's weird getting used to seeing her so dark, but it looks so much healthier. 

Last Friday was auditions for the competition team at the dance studio.  She wanted me to be there for moral support, so I got a chance to visit with people I haven't seen in so long (heehee, as if we didn't spend a week+ with them in June!)
There were some younger girls that I hadn't seen before - they were funny!  Angel and some of the older girls were in the first group to audition.  After they did jazz, they bust out of the room to grab their tap shoes, but they were all dripping in sweat and breathing really hard.  Those younger girls just stared!  I'm sure they had no idea what to expect, then seeing the big girls like that probably freaked them out!

Results came out on Saturday.  There's nothing really surprising in where she was placed.  
small group jazz
small group tap
small group lyrical
jazz line (which may become a production)
hip hop line

and then she'll be taking the usual ballet, technique and was asked to be in advanced acro.  She's mentioned taking a couple recreation classes for fun, too.  She's OK with not having a duet this year, since her partner isn't dancing this year.   She couldn't begin to imagine who they would have paired her with, anyway.  

There are 2 new teachers this year that all the girls are excited about.  They all love Miss Gabby, but she had to have gotten burned out last year.  She taught a zillion classes, in addition to working, going to school and planning a wedding.  So the new teachers will ease her workload a bunch and bring some new ideas to the stage. 
I've had this plant at work forever.
I leave for 2 weeks and the damn thing flowers for the first time! 

So that's all that's going on here.  I felt mildly guilty Sunday watching Randy mow the lawn, since I'm usually the one who does it.  But I can't for a while!  Luckily its been so dry that it was mostly raggedy weeds sticking up and not thick grass.  It hasn't been mowed since the weekend I left for Charleston in June!

   I'm taking Angel to vote for her first time tonight.  We had to look up what all was on the ballot and talk about it.   Should be an adventure!

Well, since I'm at work right now, I should actually, ya know, DO some work!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Happy (late) anniversary and birthday to my sweetie!

Today is his birthday!  Hope he had a nice relaxing day and we get to spend many more together.

Friday the 8th was mine & Randy's 10 Anniversary!  He mad mentioned making a big to-do about it with a vow renewal and such, but that didn't pan out.  But I think we had a pretty fantastic weekend anyway!

First, I randomly suggested that he go with me to get a pedicure.  I was really surprised when he simply said "OK"!  I think he really enjoyed it and will be making it a regular thing.  Escpecially the sugar scrub and hot stone massage.  He kept saying the little old Korean woman was scrubbing so much dead skin off that his feet were going to be smaller!  Then he also discovered the joys of driving barefoot.  His flipflops were bothering him so he kicked the one off and he acted like he was such a rebel!  Heehee, do that all the time!
Mmmm massage chairs

The part I wasn't excited about was that I had to stop in the hospital and have blood drawn for my surgery on the 11th.  I also got pre-registered so they put the damn hospital band on my wrist then, too!  That really sucked wearing that stupid thing all weekend.  I was so self-conscious!
(it is currently 10 days later and I still have a noticeable bruise from this!!)

I really didn't know what Randy had planned for our anniversary.  I knew we were going to Canada again (we went to Niagara Falls for our honeymoon and Toronto for our 5th, so it's getting to be a thing with us).  I really am not too fond of surprises like this - I can't look forward to something if I don't know what it is!!  But he had to let me know somewhat,  so I knew what to pack and to get out our passports. 

We drove up to this place along the St. Clair River called Marine City and took the ferry across into Ontario - it's not even a 10 minute ride, and only 12 cars could fit on each ferry.  The town on the other side is called Sombra.  A really cute, quiet place.  Not a lot of exciting things to do. 
On the ferry!
Customs was a breeze there.

He found an adorable little B&B about 3 miles (5.5km) from the ferry landing called Sheboane.  We were the only guests there for the night. 

This was our view when we pulled in.  They owners had actually been next door and their Great Dane was the one who found us sitting in the driveway.  
The other side of her face is black and with a blue eye!
Very sweet. 

This is the view coming up from the river.  Inside the door was the stairs.  There was a larger suite on the bottom floor along with the dining room and 2 suites upstairs.  

I'm glad I got a picture of my flowers.  We couldn't bring them back over the border!  
5 red carnations & 5 white ones. 

This is the view from the balcony.  

We had reservations for dinner at a restaurant called the Aft Cabin right near the ferry landing.  The building itself wasn't anything spectacular, but the food was amazing! 

I had sauteed shrimp & scallops with grilled veggies (squash & pineapple - never would have dreamed up that combo!) and scalloped potatoes.  Randy had the chicken cordon bleu.  
Dessert was a rum cake.  To. Die. For. 

This was the view from the B&B's personal pier.  It was nice to sit, but the mosquitoes were out in force!  This is looking over toward the US.  We wouldn't get any less into Ontario than we were! 

I never did get any pictures of the big freighters on the river!  
View in the morning. 

They had a lovely water garden behind the guest quarters with big koi fish that we could feed. 

This big frog almost jumped on my foot! 

Randy got me a beautiful sting of pearls with matching earrings!  It's 100 inches long, so I can wrap it up in different ways.  He knows I don't wear fancy jewelry often, but I will wear these!  Looks great here with my tanktop, jeans & flipflops! 
Random party store picture - not sure how I feel about this!

After a wonderful breakfast and chat with the nice people who run the B&B. we hopped in the car and drove to Chatham-Kent, about 45 minutes (55 km or so) to a riding stable that Randy found.  
While we had dinner Friday night, a storm blew threw, dropping the temps to absolutely perfect.  Jeans & a t-shirt were perfectly comfortable for riding!  Breezy enough to keep the bugs down and it was a great day.

TJ Stables, home of the Canadian Cowgirl Rodeo Drill Team!

He's gotten a reservation for just the 2 of us and a guide.  They have 17 wooded acres that we roamed around in for an hour.  We crossed a lot of the same trails, but it wasn't like riding around a ring.  It was neat.  They did a good job of pairing us up with our horses, too.  They had a nice calm, sturdy gelding named Tonka for Randy and from what I gathered, the alpha mare named Mia for me.  The girl commented that she didn't do well with other mares but she'd be fine with Tonka and her Nova.  

I was pleasantly surprised with Mia.  I was supposed to be riding with 2 hands on the reins (UGH!) which means the horse is used to left rein being pulled to turn left, etc.  But I'm used to both reins in my left hand.  So when I wanted her to turn, I'd move my hand over the left, laying the right rein against her neck and a nudge with my right heel and she responded beautifully!  And when she dropped back a bit, she picked right up into a trot when I asked her to! 

Mia's ears were always back, which is a shame, she was a pretty girl!

Tonka wanted to eat!  He kept trying to snag flowers along the trail. 

We drove thru a lot a farmland, but close to Lake St. Clair so there was plenty of wind for the mills!

We were only gone over night, but it was good to be home!

We got off the ferry and stopped at customs - the agent asked where we were coming from and Randy (the smart ass) says Canada.  The agent did roll his eyes, but to his credit, he did NOT say "no shit, Sherlock!"  I'm pretty sure I would have!  We probably could have been dishonest, and not mentioned my anniversary flowers, but we thought for sure he could see them sitting on the backseat of the car.  So we had the option of taking them back to Canada or giving them up for disposal.  So we gave them up.  I hope they did keep them in their office so someone could enjoy them!  

Going on - today was Randy's birthday!  Angel & I took him out to breakfast.  He went and renewed his drivers license at the Secretary of State.  Then we did basically nothing and napped for the rest of the afternoon.  I took him out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse, then we walked around the Salvation Army for a while to help settle all that food.  We didn't plan on getting dessert there, but the manager brought out a brownie with ice cream since we'd been "so patient with all their delays".  We were like Okkkk.......we sure don't recall any time where we had any super long waits for anything......but if you're gonna give us free dessert, we'll take it!