Updates & Miscellany

July 30, 2008

WARNING: Lots of random-ness ahead…

The latest on my dad… a little bit of good (it’s unlikely that he has an AVM) mixed in with a whole lot of bad (surgery definitely necessary, possible radiation/chemotherapy, extensive recovery time). Also, we’re being referred to a surgeon in Baltimore. I’m dreading this and I’m spending most of my time either trying not to think about it or (when I do think about it) crying.

My friend Suzanne came to visit this past weekend and brought her ice cream maker. We picked fresh blueberries and then made blueberry ice cream. It was delicious!

Last night I did something either weird or foolish. (Maybe both.) I removed my own sutures from the spot on my scalp where I had a sebaceous cyst removed. The sutures were itchy and driving me nuts. My appointment to have the sutures professionally removed is this afternoon. I bet that will be fun, explaining how I decided to do it all on my own.

A button seemingly made for me: “I have CDO. It’s like OCD, only with the letters in alphabetical order, like they’re supposed to be.”

I had planned to take Trevor to see “The Dark Knight” tomorrow because he really wants to see it, but after seeing the review on Plugged In, I think I will have to pass. A brief excerpt: “The Joker is as horrific a villain as I’ve ever seen onscreen—an embodiment of nihilism, a manifestation of pure, unapologetic evil. The camera may blink, but your mind’s eye doesn’t. The Joker forces us to imagine every cut and tear. He makes Jigsaw from the torture-porn Saw flicks look positively ethical, and frankly, I think I squirmed more through Knight than through the splatter-happy Saw IV. Why? The violence here feels more real, visceral … painful.” I think I will take him to see “Journey to the Center of the Earth” instead.

Sophia attended a Vacation Bible School last week.  I was unprepared for her Wednesday morning meltdown in which she cried that she wanted to just stay home and that she missed me, and why do I have to work so much anyway?!?!  Her being at a day camp twice a week and me working three days a week is taking its toll on both of us, I think.  And yes, I definitely have mommy guilt.  It must be time for more Kid Therapy.

It occurred to me that my birthday is less than two months away.  It also occurred to me that, ever since I turned 40 in 2006, I have celebrated my birthday by doing something new.  (In 2006 I rode a ferry, visited a winery and climbed to the top of a lighthouse.  In 2007 I went for a ride in a skipjack.)  I rather like the idea of doing something new for my birthday… it’s kind of like thumbing my nose at getting older.  So now I have to figure out what to do this year.  I’m open to suggestions as long as they don’t involved heights — no hot air balloon rides or skydiving experiences for me!



  1. Oh you did NOT?! remove the sutures on your own! I certainly understand, good thing they weren’t staples! That would have been fun to watch you with the staple remover. LOL

    Time to make more ice cream IMHO.

  2. My son recently saw the television-edited version of Batman Begins, and he is *dying* to see The Dark Knight. Skeeter saw it and said, “Uh, no.” I had seen the Plugged In review and I had already decided that, but it’s good to have confirmation.

    School will start soon and you and Sophia will be back on a regular schedule. 🙂

  3. If you’ve got any leftover blueberries, a blueberry buckle might taste good!

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