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Good Bye Gall Bladder...

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Who knew this pesky little organ would give me trouble?  I sure as hell did not.

It feels kinda weird that at the end of the day today, an organ of my body will be gone.  And still, my body will work.  Neat and weird and cool and strange and scary.

Surgery is at 3:00 p.m. EST and I hope to be home tomorrow on the road to recovery.

I think the hardest part (other than the pain) of this experience has been being away from home and family.  I cannot wait until I am at home again...I feel like the holiday season has been put on PAUSE.  I want to get a chance to Un-Pause it and to enjoy!

Good bye, Gall Bladder...sorry you couldn't stick around anymore, but you just became a pain!


Remember that Thanksgiving where you had Gallstones and later on had to have Gallbladder surgery?

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Someday, I will be able to say that.

Right now, home with Vicodin and anti-nausea medicine waiting to talk to a surgeon next week (hopefully Monday) for surgery. Yay!

 This couldn't come at a worse time (of course, when would be a good time, eh?)

 So, the long weekend I was looking forward to--not so much.



PAIL Monthly Theme Post - Geeky Traditions

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INTRO:They are certainly different for everyone. Some people’s traditions are rooted in family – some in their culture – some in their religion…and most people seem to use a combination of any/all of those factors when creating their own traditions for their families. -- PAIL 

I think when we start having families (in whatever sense of the word you want to put it) on our own away from our parents, we start out trying to emulate the traditions we grew up with.  As time goes on, circumstances change and individual differences emerge to become new traditions within your family.

While I could talk about the various holiday traditions we observe (yeah, I have stories of reading about Hanukkah to our pet chinchilla when we did not have children; about trying to do an Easter egg hunt with an obviously bemused Jewish husband--or how now we observe with both a Christmas tree and Santa Claus and with a Menorah and latkes), I wanted to talk about the traditions that are make our family unique--t…

Thoughtful Movie

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Michael did his first paid babysitting job today so that Chewy and I could go see the Spielberg Lincoln movie. (He did a good job--although when we got home Willow was at the kitchen table and he was playing a computer game--as she often says "AH-hem!")

I grew up reading and re-reading Carl Sandburg's Lincoln biographies. I devoured anything Lincoln when I was a kid. My parents even took me to this museum a few times during summer vacations (a highlight for me was the collection of political cartoons).

I read almost anything I see new about Abraham Lincoln, about the assassination, etc.  A highlight of visiting Washington D.C. for me was going on a 90 minute walking tour of Lincoln's Washington with a Lincoln historian (Michael in a stroller sleeping his way through it all).    I have read A Team of Rivals twice (and after seeing this movie--probably will read it again).

So, I was thrilled to get to go see this movie. Although I found a few things heavy handed (th…

Random Fact Friday

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This is why I love the school years at Willow's age.  I get inundated with TONS of projects and drawings and colorings and rainbows and butterflys and paper projects galore (poor trees!). 

While I don't save all of them--I am grateful to be able to put many of them up around my house.

I especially love that she came home last night with this little decoration for Thanksgiving.




Finally Trying Some Digital Scrapbooking...Or What I did this weekend...

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Thing is, I have tried a few times to do digital scrapbooking.  Sometimes the various programs have crashed on me, sometimes the templates were just not flexible enough for me.  And I still like the feel of physically cropping and creating layouts.  But.  Most of my photos now are digital already.  So, it seems like something that is inevitable.  This weekend I had a little bit of time (and money to be frivolous with), so I did some layouts.  Here are two examples (left page and then right page--I could have put them side by side, but then they would be smaller on screen..):


















New Camera - Life in Snapshots

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Playing with my new camera...nothing important happening...just, you know, life...


First shot from my new camera (Happy Almost Birthday to me)
Willow insisted that I take a picture of the puppies...made sure to get her in the picture too... 

Reluctant model.  Very much his attitude most days now.  Very teenager-y. 
Hey, the flash works!  Kif with his eyes closed.
Laying around..they both do this a lot.  A Lot.
Yeah, mom, we get it, you have a new camera!!


Random Fact Friday (on Saturday)

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Okay, now that I said I would participate, trying to come up with a Random Fact...um, you know this is actually kinda hard...

Random Fact:
I am researching about Savings Bonds!

(There.  How's that for Random?!)