June 17, 2008

#17 of 30 – the unabridged version

Filed under: 30/100/30,Deranged Denise — Tags: , , , , , , , , — denise @ 8:26 pm

Still in hospital.. hopefully getting out tomorrow…

Surgery went very well except that they did have to open me up.  Once they got the camera in, they could tell there was too much scar tissue to safely perfom the repair that way.  So I have an incision on the right side about 4 inches long and one on my left about 2 inches long.

My anesthesiologist was funny and caring and lovely… the nurses have all been wonderful (with the possible exception of P____, who has painfully flushed my IV without warning me first, threatened to throw Kory’s muffin away because she “doesn’t like food sitting around” – which would be fine if we were like, hanging around HER LIVINGROOM, but we essentially live in this room right now and there is no place else to put the goddamned muffin!  She also keeps forgetting about me when I ask her for something and she calls me “honey” in a “oh, it’s a poor retarded girl” way and not an endearing way. So, she’s at the bottom of the list of nice nurses….

I’ve forced myself to go against the very grain of my nature and just do what I’m told.  I’ve been walking laps around the nurses station, drinking tons of liquids, using my breathing machine, etc, etc.

Kory’s been sleeping in a chair so he can stay by me when I need him.  The meds make me itch (WHY DO ALL MEDS MAKE ME ITCH??)  and Kory has been so sweet when I wake him at 3am and ask him to scrach my back and my feet.

My roommate is an old lady who has had a heartattack AND had most of her colon removed… I know this because she’s a bit of a talker.  She’s full of complaints and thinks the nurses aren’t taking care of her. She doesn’t understand that she can bump her own pain meds and freaks out everytime an IV alarm or monitor alarm goes off (which is about every 5 minutes) … and she burps constantly like an old sheep.




Swear to god. JUST LIKE THAT.

Oddly, instead of wanting to stab her with my bendy straw and tell her to please SHUT IT because I’m dealing with my own pain, etc… I just feel sorry for her and Kory and I help her as much as we can by calling the nurse for her, listening when she talks, etc…  she’s had no visitors and I’ve had many.

Even now, waiting for the Percocet to kick in so I can sleep, I know how lucky I am.  The presents from my team, the “smile in a box” that I got in the mail from Dani… my mom flying here from Tucson to help take care of me and The Baby, Kory’s parents taking The Baby so both my mom and my husband can be with me…the phone calls and emails from my friends, coworkers and boss… the 3 bouquets of flowers that ALL had gerbera daisies in them… CaraLin and her daughter, Peanut, who drove all the way here to see me…  I’m lucky.

I’m luck

May 30, 2008

Things that make people other than Deeple happy.

Let’s do the links first….

Here’s what makes Krista happy…  only 50 things, but 50 really thought out and explained things…

Here are the things that make Gabbi smile.  I love how I feel like I know her so well just by reading her stuff..

This is Dani‘s list – I’m KICKING MYSELF for not putting “giving gifts” on my list like she did… I loooove to give people presents.

I just checked and it looks like Faith made a list, as well… she has that whole “karma balance” feeling about doing the happy side of it, too.

Blue Girl has a few lists… I’ll link you to the first segment because it’s fun to just read through her other stuff looking for the rest of her list.

Finally…  my friend Rob The Blogless sent me this list and I gladly post it here for him.  You might note the EXTREME SHMOOPY going on in his list for his beautiful wife and daughter. Feel free to give him crap about it.  I tried to, but the truth is, it’s so damn sweet that I couldn’t put much oomph into the ribbing and ended up just sniffling and telling him to read this out loud to them while sprinkling rose petals on their heads and playing Josh Groban in the background…

Instead I will make fun of the NERDTASTIC way he makes his lists in Excel like a total data geek.  So, there!

1 A genuine laugh from my daughter.  Seeing the joy in her may be the best thing in the world.
2 Good stand-up comedy.  
3 Good blue stand-up comedy.  This is a much more difficult to pull off.  Not just being crude for the shock value but to actually have intelligent content behind it is tough.  (see Doug Stanhope)
4 Finding a great sale on something you really want.
5 Playing co-op video games with my wife and or daughter.  
6 Peanut brittle.
7 The first Wednesday in November because then good or bad all the election garbage is over, for at least a little while.
8 Seeing movies in the theater.
9 Aurelio’s Pizza.  Best in the Twin Cities hands down.
10 Making a good golf shot.
11 Grabbing a beer with my best friend.
12 My first authentic Twins jersey.
13 Spring weather in the 60s and 70s.
14 My morning cup of coffee.
15 The internet.
16 A well written and well drawn comic book.
17 Finding money in one of my pockets.
18 The Cayman Islands.
19 Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum.
20 Unexpected hugs and kisses from my wife.
21 Catching up with old friends.
22 My new digital SLR with it’s 28 – 300 vibration compensation lens and 2gb memory card.
23 Modern Christmas Music.
24 The feeling of warmth throughout the Christmas season.
25 Listening to my daughter talk about her new discoveries.
26 Sneaking in a few hours for myself.
27 Blue Jeans.
28 Cuddling on the couch.
29 Fair food.
30 Traveling.  I hate the prep but I love going places.
31 Hot tubs.
32 Playing games with friends.  Apples to Apples is a blast with a bunch of good friends.
33 A light rush hour.
34 Sit down lunches on Saturdays.
35 Great music on the radio.
36 Losing weight.
37 When I complete a drawing that I’m proud of.
38 Kick off on football Sundays.
39 80s music.  I find it really interesting how much of it I like now that I hated back then.  Ah, nostalgia.
40 Making up after a fight.
41 Bass Ale, Guinness and Black and Tans.  Unfortunately these also cause me to snore on these nights.
42 Crawling into a warm bed on a cold day.
43 Playing fetch with my dog.
44 Watching birds of prey soar.
45 Snorkeling.
46 My HDTV.
47 All four seasons.  I couldn’t live anywhere that doesn’t give me all four.  I need the snow and cold as much as I need the sun and the heat.
48 A really good cliff hanger for a season finale.  (Provided that the show gets renewed.)
49 Just getting through the intersection before the damn light rail turns the light and keeps you stuck for an unreasonable amount of time.
50 My daughter’s imagination.
51 Waking up to the smell of breakfast.  Bacon, cinnamon rolls, coffee it doesn’t matter just a good smelling breakfast really starts the day right.
52 Surprising my wife with the perfect gift.  This is remarkably hard to do.  It’s more because she generally has laid so many hints or flat out told you what to buy that it’s not a surprise.
53 Convertibles in the summer.
54 Looking at the stars when you are miles away from the city.
55 The Palatine Fire Dept. badge I have framed with a picture of my grandfather in his firefighters uniform.
56 Bikini season.  There I said it.  This could almost be numbers 1 – 100  😉
57 My Xbox 360.
58 A newly cleaned restroom at work.
59 Alaska.
60 Staying up late and sleeping in.
61 Spending an evening playing cds with my wife when we alternate choosing songs out of our entire collection.
62 The song Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
63 My wall of photos in my house.
64 Art by Guy Harvey.
65 The smell of my wife’s perfume.
66 My collection of original comic book art.
67 Cooking s’mores around my fire pit.
68 The baseball opener.
69 My teams making the playoffs.
70 A clean car.  I haven’t had one in I can’t tell you how long but when it is…
71 When my magazines show up in the mail.
72 The occasional nap.
73 Costume parties.
74 My brothers.  The older we get the closer we get.
75 Moments when my daughter makes a leap forward in something i.e. walking, riding a bike, swimming those “Ah ha” moments where it just clicks.
76 The concept of John Anderson, Ross Perot and Jesse Ventura.  The execution was lacking but let’s shake up this system.
77 When a song hits me and pulls at my heart.  Usually it’s a song I’ve known for years but at that moment in time it somehow meant more to me. 
78 A late inning comeback by the Twins.
79 Going to brunch and a movie with my mom.
80 Getting together with friends that have kids the same age as Abbey.
81 Holding hands.
82 Getting a haircut.  That entire experience is so relaxing.  From the washing of my hair forward.  I swear one day I’m going to fall asleep in the chair.
83 Browsing at Barnes and Noble.
84 Listening to books on cd during my commute.
85 My Zune.  Look it up.  $14.95/mo for their catalog.
86 Zantigo.
87 Really vivid dreams.
88 Cleaning the house because I know it makes my wife happy.
89 My current relationship with my father.
90 Good natured ribbing with friends.  It’s so fun to zing and have it come back at you.
91 Playing darts.
92 Seeing a band at an Irish pub.
93 That first sip of a cold beer on a hot day.
94 Being contently full after a great meal.  I tend to over eat at great meals so when I don’t it’s a huge win. 
95 Career resurrections from my favorites be it bands, actors, artists.
96 4 o’clock on the last day of the work week.
97 Those Cadbury m&m type eggs.
98 Completing a job and knowing that you really kicked the snot out of it and that it would be hard for it to have been done any better.
99 What the future will bring.
100 In case you missed it up to now, my family especially my daughter and wife.


Thus completes the recent string of memes.  I have no plans for another one until I start my June 30/100/30 project. ..   feel free to suggest one to the group if you have a good idea, as long as it’s actually sort of unique and random.  If you send me one about whether I like chocolate or vanilla and if I like the stems of broccoli, I will murder your meme in its sleep and then I will rub your nose in your meme and say, “Bad blogger! BAD, BAD BLOGGER!”


November 21, 2005

Surprise parties rule

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , , , , — denise @ 3:53 pm

The cool thing is that Matt really really really was surprised!  It was fun to see everyone and I was even able to resist the demands that I do a “keg stand” – sorry but I don’t do those. I really love spending time with everyone – God bless my friend Julie and her INFERNAL CAMERA because honestly, we all love that she captures us all in those moments….

Least favorite picture of me and Dani at the party (she says she looks like the Pannokeoken lady and I look mental):

Julie Wetterlin > Matt H Surprise 30 B-Day Party photo

Favorite picture of me from the party – I’m showing everyone my bear roar – but that’s another story…

Julie Wetterlin > Matt H Surprise 30 B-Day Party photo

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