• July 2007
    S M T W T F S
  • Categories

appointment tomorrow

When I was talking with Mom this afternoon, I told her that my insides feel like they’re going to fall out if I’m standing up, walking or sitting up for a few minutes. She remembers feeling like this after childbirth, like I do, but said she thought I should call the doctor just to make sure it’s ok after 5 days to still feel like this.

So I did. I asked the nurse. She called back & said that the doctor wants me to see the nurse practitioner tomorrow afternoon.

finished it…

but don’t really remember the last few chapters. I was on chapter 25 or so before my surgery. I didn’t read anymore until very early Sunday morning. I had thought that I’d read the book when I was in the hospital waiting to be released. I was wrong. I was in too much pain to even hold the book and couldn’t focus my eyes to read until the anesthesia was out of my system a bit.

When I woke in the wee hours of Sunday morning and couldn’t go back to sleep, I thought I’d try reading for a bit. I was taking medicine for pain and nausea round the clock still at that time, so I must have read without retaining it.

I remember thinking that I liked the ending. I remember feeling happy as I put the book down beside my pillow and drifted off to sleep. I don’t remember any details, though. Maybe I should re-read those chapters.


I had the surgery on Thursday afternoon. It was a 2 hour procedure. I’m now minus one large uterus. My doctor said a healthy uterus is the size of a small lime. My unhealthy uterus was the size of a large grapefruit. Ick! I’m thankful to be rid of the IV & Foley catheter. Those are not things I hope to have again. I’m still sore from both of them.

After 24 hours, I was released, feeling like I’d been run over by a train. I stayed at Mom & Dad’s house from Friday until Monday. It was nice to have them there & to not have to think about the needs of my children. I slept most of the time, aside from the early Saturday morning (3am to 5am) bout of nausea & vomiting that had us calling the doctor for different pain medication & a script for nausea medication.

Now I’m home. I feel a lot better. Coming home was exhausting. Having to think about the needs of my children while dealing with the pain & weakness and needing to rest was almost overwhelming.

I look forward to healing & feeling a little better each day.

the ex and the underwear head guy

Today XH called to talk about when he could see the kids before he goes to school. He’s been off work for the past month. He said he’s leaving to drive to GA on Thursday & that he’ll just stop in to see the kids then. When I told him that I’m having surgery on Thursday & that the kids will not be here for a few days (when I’m in the hospital for at least one night & for a day or two after I get home). He said that he remembered I’m having surgery then & that he guesses he just won’t be able to see them before he goes to school.

I said, something like, “Haven’t you been off work for the past month?”

When he said he has been off work for that length of time and started making excuses, I said that I thought it was clear what his priorities are by his actions. Then I said, Talk to you later, have a good time at school and got off the phone.

Right after that, I looked over to the car in the next lane. I had to look twice because I thought I was imagining it. The guy driving had shoulder length hair, dark brown, sort of curly at the ends and was driving with his window down. He had a pair of white mens (or boys) underwear on his head. Briefs. I could see the leg holes. He had the waistband pulled down by his eyebrows. It was hilarious! I had to be careful to not drive into the wrong lane.

I wonder what that guy was thinking?

Maybe he thought, “I just don’t like my hair today, so I’ll wear a hat. Oh no! I cannot find a hat. Here’s some underwear (and oh goodie! it’s clean!). I’ll just wear that instead.”

It reminded me of how this guy wears his stocking caps (only not as cute):

I’d surely have run off the road if it truly was this guy!

It’s a reading sort of day

DD13 has been reading the Harry Potter book today instead of listening to the audio book. She’s on chapter 24.

DS12 is planning to start reading again when DD13 is finished. He’ll probably listen to the audio book tonight if she’s not finished the book yet. He doesn’t like to listen to audio books during the day – only when he’s lying down at night.

We got…

our Harry Potter books! I was walking out of the mall with books in (DD11’s) hand by 12:20am. DS12 is reading the book first. DD13 is listening to the audio book first. We have Mom’s copy of the book, but we’re not going to read it. She’ll be back in the country on Wednesday & we’ll have it waiting for her in pristine condition.

I’ve told DS12 that he needs to either be finished or to a stopping point by Thursday because I’m taking it with me to the hospital to read (if I feel like it) when I’m waiting to go home on Friday.

Tonight at the bookstore/mall was really fun. They had a Potter spelling bee, a Great Snape Debate: Friend or Foe?, a costume contest, face painting, mask decorating, Snape Snape Potter (like Duck Duck Goose), Snape Bingo, trivia contests and tons of other fun things to do.

I enjoy people watching as much as I enjoy Harry Potter, so I was quite a happy one tonight.

If you’re reading book 7 this weekend, I hope you have a wonderful time. I’ll be catching up with you next weekend. 🙂

tattoo & bracelet

Here’s my Harry Potter tattoo and the bracelet
I was given this morning when I went to register at
the bookstore where I reserved my copy of
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows

They’ll begin calling in groups of people by bracelet color
at the stroke of midnight, when Friday turns to Saturday.

I cannot wait to hear Jim Dale narrating this book.
He’s a wonderfully talented reader. My children have
fallen asleep many a night to the sound of his voice
reading Harry Potter books.

in 24.5 hours…

at midnight, when Friday turns into Saturday,
the 21st of June (as Jim Dale said so well),

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
will be released!

Are you going to read the book?

Are you going to a book release party?

Thursday Thirteen #42

Thirteen thoughts about the pending release of
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

1. I’m so excited that tomorrow is finally almost here. I’ve been counting down the days for so long now! I’ve enjoyed reading all of the books. More than that, I’ve enjoyed seeing my children read them.

2. I’m looking forward to seeing/reading about Harry and Ginny. Will they get back together? Is it really over?

3. I wonder if Harry, Ron and Hermione will finish out their 7th year at Hogwarts.

4. I want really badly for Severus Snape to be good and not be on Voldemort side again.

5. I wonder how Fred and George Weasley are doing with their joke shop, and how Bill and Fleur are getting on.

6. I’m wondering if we’ll have a peek at Professor Lockhart in St. Mungo’s.

7. I wonder if Neville’s parents will have their minds restored if Voldemort dies.

8. I wonder if Voldemort will die.

9. I really hope Harry does not die.

10. Or Ron. (Actually, I’m hoping that all the Weasleys will make it through the book unscathed.

11. Or Hermione.

12. Or Rubeus Hagrid. Hagrid is such an endearing character with his great size & blundering about. I love his tenderness with Harry & his love for all the weird animals he finds.

13. I’m a bit sad that this is the final book in the series.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Oklahoma Marriage Initiative newsletter

Reserve your spot now for the FREE “All About Us” day scheduled for Saturday, August 4th at Hillsdale College in Moore, Oklahoma. Childcare and door prizes will be provided.

“All About Us” will be a fun and interactive day for you to focus on your relationship and spend time with other couples. Through a combination of presentation and activities, the workshop will provide an opportunity to learn skills to enhance your relationship – how to talk without fighting, have more fun together and solve problems as a team. Come learn what over 115,000 Oklahomans have already learned through Oklahoma Marriage Initiative workshops!!

As always, engaged couples who complete the workshop will qualify for a discounted marriage license – $5 instead of the standard $50!!!

For more information or to register, go to http://www.registernow123.com or call Lauren at (405) 848-2171.

If you’re in the Oklahoma City area (or can be on this date), and are able to attend, this sounds like a great resource for relationships & marriages. I hope you’re able to attend!

Sometimes I wonder

how my life would be if I had made different choices. I know it’s a bit silly because I am who I am because of the choices I’ve made & the people I’ve known.

Still, sometimes, I wonder…


Made some changes to the template today.

UPDATE 7-16-07:
This is the template I originally wanted.

I still cannot figure out how to get the text of posts to move a bit to the right. I’ll come back to it later.

I also couldn’t get the header I wanted to work right, so I left it off.

I went with a different template since I couldn’t get the other one to look like I wanted.

I’d like to change the title on the top of the blog from MY BLOG to the name of the blog – but it’s an image that’s part of the template. I’ll see if I can tweak the image. If not, I’ll just stay with this until I find something I like better.

overheard conversations


A: Did you drive downtown for lunch?

B: Girl, you know I have a dead man’s handicapped sticker on my car! I’m not trying to park downtown.

A: Oh yeah.


C: Where can I get a big chair like yours?

D: It’s one in the other room through there.

C: It is?

D: Yes, it’s one in there. I’ll show you.


Thursday Thirteen #41

Thirteen things I enjoyed seeing in
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:

1. Grimauld Place & how the neighboring houses were portrayed.

2. Neville’s plant

3. The Room of Requirement

4. The actress who played Dolores Umbridge (she did an excellent job)

5. How Harry’s detention was portrayed

6. Thestrals

7. Luna Lovegood

8. Occlumency lessons

9. Dumbledore’s Army

10. Hogwarts in winter – I love seeing the castle with snow falling

11. The Dursleys – I look forward to seeing how they’ve changed in each movie.

12. The Weasleys – love that family!

13. The Forbidden Forest

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


DD13, DS12 and I went to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix tonight. The theater was full, but it didn’t feel as crowded as it did when we went to see POTC: At World’s End.

We loved the movie!
The director/writers did a great job bringing the feel of the book to the screen. While a lot of the book was left out (how could they possibly fit it all into a 2 1/2 hour movie?), they did a good job keeping the main story line. I”m always interested in seeing if the director’s vision of the characters & events is like the vision I have in my mind when I read the books.

I’d not recommend the movie for young children (the dementors and death eaters are a bit scary). I’m not sure that I want DD11 to see it since she’s not read the book & wouldn’t understand the parts that were a little scary. I’m not sure if she even cares about seeing it. I’ll talk with her about it when she gets home from camp. DD11 got creeped out by the dementors in The Goblet of Fire & slept with me for a long time afterward. I’m not sure I’m ready to repeat that experience just yet.