Monthly Archive: February 2005

Feb 26

Status update

Knee surgery was more complicated than expected…as it turns out I had a “bucket handle” tear in my meniscus, which also needed to be fixed (or it would probably cause arthritis later). The surgery ended up taking until almost 4pm, instead of being done at noon.

The good news is that the meniscus will heal better in conjunction with the ACL replacement than it would alone (due to the …ew…blood that’s floating around, helping it to heal). And it probably would have needed surgery eventually anyway, so i guess it’s just as well.

That being said, I’m a lot more “banged up” than I expected — my knee is really swollen and hurts like the dickens. Thank heavens for codeine. I’m a little freaked out by the whole thing, as the leg brace that I have to wear is probably a few pounds and is making it *really* difficult to do things (like stand up :-( as it throws my balance off. Recovery time is longer with the meniscus repair too, so I don’t really know yet how long I’ll be out of commission.

The codeine has made me a little loopy too… I don’t remember a lot of what happened (which is probably good), but I’m also not good for much.

Lots of worries here… but I’m trying not to panic. I *will* get better…just not sure how quickly.

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Feb 21

Coinkydink?

This weekend I was more than a little antsy about the surgery…every time I thought of it I got the willies and became wonky and/or sad.  Sometime Sunday morning, working under the assumption that “expectation setting” was often a useful thing, I told Jeff that I would need “treats”* during my post-surgery recovery.  He acknowledged and said he’d thought of that already (yah!).

Last night was the worst night I’ve had in a while.  Had a devil of a time falling to sleep — flipping and flopping and worrying about my knee for hours.  Eventually I went to sleep, but when I awoke this morning I was still feeling ookie and strange.  When Jeff asked how I was, I told him that I felt a bit “off” but that I’d had a good dream involving a label-maker (I think, in my still-sleepy haze I may even have mimed the turning of the little wheel and squeezing of the little the handle to make it clear what I was referring to).

This label-making dream set off the OCD demon and so this morning I began to search for a label maker…I’d looked on eBay and was in the process of investigating Staples, since I knew Jeff had to go there anyway this week to return a mousie, when I found a nice little (new-fashioned, electronic) label-maker at a good price.  I emailed Jeff the URL and asked him if he thought it was a good label maker.

He then came into my room, carrying the label-maker.  Which he’d bought for me *yesterday*.  Before I told him I’d need “treats”.  Before I had my dream about label-makers.  Before I remembered my dream about label-makers (I don’t usually remember my dreams).  Before I even told Jeff my dream about label-makers (I don’t normally tell Jeff the dreams I do remember).

Freaky.

Nice label-maker, too!

* treats = small presents, toys, tasty food, ice cream… you know — the good stuff

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Feb 17

Music

The music meme thingy, via sarah_ovenall

1. Total amount of music files on your computer?

oh boy. Will have to confirm with iTunes at home, but I know it’s 8000+ tracks. Edited to add: 8932 songs (more frightening yet: almost 100% of that is legitimate music I own! I’m such a dork that when everyone was Napstering, I was only downloading songs I already owned, so I wouldn’t have to rip them…there are a few things that I downloaded and never bought, but probably less than 100 songs total).

2. The last CD you bought was…

Hrm…two at almost the same time: (1) Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Crenshaw (I saw him a few months ago at the Pour House in Raleigh, and realized how desperately I needed to have the song “Someday, Someway” (but I had to wait until I “needed” something else to order it ;-) and Spinning Jennies, Stratosphere

3. What was the last song you listened to before reading this message?

Wellllll, if the song in my head counts it’s “Someday, Someway”. If the last song I sang counts, it’s Norah Jones, “Lonestar”. If it’s the last song I actually heard playing on an external device it’s Mark Erelli, “Why Should I Cry Over You” (he’s playing the Six String Cafe on this Saturday, BTW)

4. Write down five songs you often listen to or that mean a lot to you.

  • “Let it Be”, The Beatles — this one is the easy one ’cause it’s a constant

The others are tougher, as I tend to get obsessive about songs for a period of months… my current ones (based on iTunes playcounts — I gotta be fair) are:

  • “Honey & the Moon”, Joseph Arthur
  • “All I Want”, Karin Allyson (a cover of a Joni Mitchell tune)
  • “Mr. Harris”, Aimee Mann
  • “Lean on Me”, Beth Orton (not a cover of a Bill Withers tune)

I could throw out the immediacy data and attempt to create the “five greatest of all time” — but that would be a lot harder. ;-)

5. What 3 people are you going to pass this baton to and why?
How about ovrclokd, Sarah of navelgazer.com and Kate, the Self Taught Girl just because they seem to represent a fair spread of folks.

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Feb 14

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I’ve been dreading posting to LJ, ’cause I’m, well, honestly, a bit compulsive and obsessive (I know, all you guys that know me are shaking your heads in astonishment now) and there’s so much that I’ve not commented on, it now seems like a thoroughly daunting process to even *try* to catch things up with any degree of clarity, consistency or completeness.

I suppose I should just give up my anal-retentive desire to have a *complete* update and just start talking again, eh?

Christmas was lovely. Michigan was cold and remote, but beautiful. There are many tractor dealerships there. Jeff’s family is tres normal, which is pretty nifty. Our visit with Paul and Kate (outside London) was wonderful. I had my first real Christmas pudding, complete with booze and flames! The dollar being so low compared to the pound made After Christmas 50% Off Sales nearly meaningless. Huff the hedgehog was even cuter in person than he is in photos. I think I’m only a little allergic to him (but that might still be too much). Department stores in England have *fabric* and *yarn* and *notions*. London was cold and windy, but fun. Harrods still does a great tea and if you try to eat all the wee sandwiches and pastries you will not want dinner until waaaaaay too late to get dinner (say 10pm). Wagamama is the best noodle place ever. Plum wine mixed with fizzy water makes something vaguely cider-like. Germans celebrate New Years in a very raucous fashion. Fireworks (even the biggish ones) are apparently completely legal there. Even if you take a regional jet like Ryanair between London and Germany, you still need to remember that you’re crossing borders and you’ll have to do the whole customs thing (no, I wasn’t smuggling or anything, it was just a lot more rigmarole than I was expecting for an hour long flight). I took some pictures (which aren’t adequately labeled. Sorry).

(ok whew.)

The biggest thing on the horizon is that I have to have knee surgery (ACL reconstruction) on the 22nd, as my knee went “flippy” twice over the holidays (this is twice more *after* the original injury on 12/2). I am more than a little ookie about this, but honestly, I’d rather get this over with (pay for the pain up front, as it were) than continue to have my knee give out (“pivot shift” is the technical term for the badness) while doing completely normal activities like shifting position while sitting (I kid you not). Ick.

The good news is that my doctor, Dr. Higgins, seems to be very well-regarded in his field. And I trust him (which is worth a great deal in and of itself). I’m getting an allograph (contrast: autograph, from one’s own tissue), which means I’ll get a dead guy’s knee bits. Sorta ookie about that too (which is funny, since I am an organ donor!). Though it’s outpatient surgery, they want to keep me overnight for observation — and apparently as long as I don’t stay more than 23 hours it’s still outpatient! Odd. I go over to the hospital on Thursday for my “workup” (which sounds like something the mafia would do to me …) . (It’s a good sign that he travels with the Duke basketball team, right? They wouldn’t trust those knees to just anyone…)

Things are further complicated by the fact that the movers *were* scheduled to come the 15th-17th to load Jeff’s stuff on the truck, after which it was going on a merry journey of time-killing while he looks for his pied-a-terre in NY. Apparently the stuff can live on the truck for up to a month with no charge (and, in doing so, probably see more of the country than I have!), which is a very good thing, as he hasn’t even looked at places yet.

With my surgery now scheduled for next week (and they couldn’t do it this week), Jeff had to scramble to see if the movers could switch their pick-up to the week of the 21st. Of course the only day they had open was the 22nd, so we’re hoping the timing of the surgery itself and the desire of the moving dudes to come get his stuff don’t directly conflict. We’ll work it out one way or another, because if nothing else I can drive myself *to* the hospital…it’s just driving home on Wed. that will be out of the question.

And this weekend we went up to Maryland to go to Jeff’s friend Carolyn’s daughter Charlotte’s First Birthday Party. Then, on Sunday, we IKEA’d. All very good, if a bit exhausting, and it was a good distraction from the urgently logistical mess we’re in at the moment.

Not thinking about my knee. Ew.

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Feb 08

At my local hardware…

My local hardware store (the one with the entertaining signs) is currently remodeling:

Coats 2 Hook
Pots 2 Cook
Getting a New Look
Step In

:-)

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Feb 04

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Via cliubjuggler

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Well, I have noticed of late that I can be a little change-averse. I am an organizing fiend. And my noise (yes, those of you that have been to concerts with me know the noise) is sort of a yodel-y thing.

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Feb 03

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Top 50 Worst Songs of All Time meme (via tekaytalks
This is a list of the 50 Worst Songs of All Time, as put together by the hip magazine Blender. Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to bold the items that you actually like. This might be more embarrassing than you think. Remember, no one is reading this. Well, no one of importance…

Gina’s addition:  italicize the songs you *really* loathe… the ones that you would’ve come up with if you’d made the list.  The ones that are on albums you own. The ones with one star in your iTunes. (I’m not including Achy Breaky Heart, for instance, ’cause I don’t come anywhere near “new country” so my exposure is limited).  Heck, add a few of your own.  Why not?  ;-)

1. We Built This City – Starship
2. Achy Breaky Heart – Billy Ray Cyrus
3. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
4. Rollin’ – Limp Bizkit
5. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice  (not on an album I own, but MAN I hate this song.  Such a complete tease, because I love “Under Pressure”) — edited to add… Under Pressure is Bowie and Queen, but Vanilla Ice *stole* the main “hook” and used it in Ice Ice Baby)
6. The Heart of Rock & Roll – Huey Lewis and the News
7. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin (just like Bobby McFerrin refuses to sing this song anymore, I refuse to listen to it
8. Party All the Time – Eddie Murphy
9. American Life – Madonna (I just went and bought the album on Friday, funny)
10. Ebony and Ivory – Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
11. Invisible – Clay Aiken
12. Kokomo – The Beach Boys
13. Illegal Alien – Genesis
14. From a Distance – Bette Midler
15. I’ll Be There for You – The Rembrandts
16. What’s Up? – 4 Non Blondes
17. Pumps and a Bump – Hammer
18. You’re the Inspiration – Chicago
19. Broken Wings – Mr. Mister
20. Dancing on the Ceiling – Lionel Richie
21. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
22. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) – Toby Keith
23. Sunglasses at Night – Corey Hart
24. Superman – Five for Fighting
25. I’ll Be Missing You – Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112
26. The End – The Doors
27. The Final Countdown – Europe
28. Your Body Is a Wonderland – John Mayer
29. Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
30. Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston
31. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm – Crash Test Dummies
32. Will 2K – Will Smith
33. Barbie Girl – Aqua
34. Longer – Dan Fogelberg
35. Shiny Happy People – R.E.M. 
36. Make Em Say Uhh! – Master P featuring Silkk, Fiend, Mia-X and Mystikal
37. Rico Suave – Gerardo
38. Cotton Eyed Joe – Rednex
39. She Bangs – Ricky Martin
40. I Wanna Sex You Up – Color Me Badd
41. We Didn’t Start the Fire – Billy Joel
42. The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel — Okay, maybe a little sappy, but I love it anyway
43. Follow Me – Uncle Kracker
44. I’ll Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) – Meat Loaf
45. Mesmerize – Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
46. Hangin’ Tough – New Kids on the Block
47. The Only Thing That Looks Good on Me Is You – Bryan Adams
48. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles — WTF?  Maybe they put that in to see if I was paying attention?
49. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
50. My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion
from Gina: 51.  Girl from Ipanema – by anyone at any time.  Ew.
from Gina: 52.  Sara – Jefferson Starship
from Gina: 53.  Candle in the Wind – Elton John (and the Princess Di one is even worse)

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