Thursday, May 31, 2007

How I Spent My Wednesday PM and Thursday AM

These past few days have been a blur. On Sunday morning I woke up for church with an awful, horrible, unbearable headache. When I stood up the pain went down my spine to my lower back with sharp pains extending out across my back. I spent most of the day laying down and taking ibuprofen, hoping the pain would go away.

It didn't and on
Monday - Memorial Day - the pain was still there. We called the doctor and he instructed that I continue what I was doing and on Tuesday go get blood work done.

, I called out of work, and continued laying in bed only to get up and go to get blood taken. This was just to see if I had Lyme. (I did sneak off to the yarn shop because I was feeling a little better and of course yarn always makes one feel better. By the time I got back I had worn myself out).

I went to work. I was sick of laying in bed all day and since I would only be sitting at a desk all day I figured I would be okay, although the pain was still there. I was okay until about 3:00 or so when I finally got the nerve to ask if it would be okay if I left early. I came home in tears over the pain I was in and was frustrated that the doctors weren't being more active about returning my phone calls and tending to my pain. By 8:00 last night the doctor had called me back and when I told him about the awful headaches he told me to come into the office immediately. Mom and I went, only to find that our night was not nearly over. Since I had described to the doctor how horrible my headaches were (and since I don't get headaches terribly often), he wanted me to get a brain scan to rule out the possibility that I might have an aneurysm and the only place that I could get one right then was the emergency room. We checked into the ER at around 9:30 and I was finally brought out of the waiting room and into a room where the doctor could see me at 11:00. It doesn't sound too bad, but that hour and a half took forever! (Let me be the one to tell you, the people who walk through the doors of the emergency room between 9:00-11:00 are quite an interesting crowd.) By 1:00 AM I was finally being taken into the Cat scan room. It looked like this: I had had an MRI done before so I wasn't too concerned about this, and it wasn't all that bad. The next thing that the doctor at the hospital said we would need to do pending the results of the Cat scan would be a lumbar puncture - where they would have to take spinal fluid from me so as to do a more precise examination to rule out the aneurysm. Fortunately, the results from the cat scan came back perfectly normal and the doctor found no need to do the lumbar puncture. I was discharged from the hospital a short while late and after a quick stop at McDonald's (Thank God they are open 24 hours) we finally got home at 2:30 in the morning. I went straight to bed. Last night feels so surreal, like I was on the cast of Grey's Anatomy, like it didn't really happen.

I do, however, have the bracelet with my name on it to prove it.

(I still don't know why I have the pain in my back and head, but at least we know its not an aneurysm.)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

One Giant Step for ME

Since I started knitting I have wanted to sign up for a knitting class. I wanted to be around other knitters and I wanted to be able to learn something that I was having trouble teaching myself. I've had obstacle after obstacle keeping me from signing up. Whether it be financial issues, inconvenient dates, or lack of transportation I have been kept from signing up for a class.

Today I finally signed up. I will be learning how to knit socks on one circular needle. It's a technique called the Magic Loop. I will also be learning, well, how to knit a sock as I have yet to conquer that task. I will learn to turn a heal and how to sew up the tip of the toe. I will tell you more as I learn more. The first class is June 14th.

And if all goes well, everyone can expect socks for Christmas!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Relay For Life

When I was two years old I lost my grandfather to colon cancer. I do not remember this time very well - after all I was only two. But over the last twenty years since his death I have been told so many stories that I feel like I really know who he was.

He flew for Eastern Airlines after serving in WWII. Grandma always tells me how he was the greatest pilot ever, being able to land a plane so smoothly that even the co-pilot wasn't sure when exactly the plane hit the ground. Each time I fly I find myself comparing the pilot flying the plane I am on to how I think my grandfather would have flown the plane.

When I think of my grandfather I also picture him like I see him in this picture - totally and completely content:
On June 9-10 my family and I are going to be walking to find a cure for cancer at our local Relay for Life."Relay is a time to celebrate those who have battled cancer, remember those lost and get inspired to fight back."

If you are able and would like to, any donations to help me raise money to fight cancer is appreciated. You can make any donations at this link. Cancer is something that has made its way into each of our lives whether directly or indirectly. We have seen many fight it and many who have lost the battle. It has become a horrible epidemic that needs to be cured and we should do the best we can to get rid of this awful disease.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

There is Never a Dull Moment

Wednesday night Connecticut a level one tornado decided to make its way through my part of Connecticut. We lost power for 27 hours. We were actually pretty lucky compared to some people in the area. However, it did make for a slightly more complicated Commencement Weekend. This past weekend I officially graduated from college. And it was definitely not uneventful! We lost power Wednesday evening and we scheduled to leave for Gordon Thursday afternoon. We didn't get power back until 7:00 Thursday night so this meant that packing was done in the dark Wednesday night and Dad had to go to Grandma's house Thursday morning to do the last minute laundry that didn't get done because of the power outage. We left the house close to schedule and headed up to Gordon only to turn around five minutes later because Mom forgot the tickets. "Good thing it wasn't anything more important that we almost forgot." We arrived at the hotel and began unpacking the car. "Um, Dad, Where is my dress bag?" (The dress bag that I had packed my Baccalaureate dress, my Commencement dress, and my gown in). "I only packed the one bag." "Haha, very funny." He unfortunately wasn't joking. I had left my dress bag hanging behind my bedroom door. After thinking that we may have to drive 3 hours back home, the wonderful roommate Meg was able to find me a spare gown. (Target and Kohls provided new dresses for me for the two services.)

After the craziness of forgetting my graduation apparel calmed down the graduation weekend began.
I won't bore you with the details, but it consisted of all the normal graduation events.
Friday: Senior Breakfast
Class Photo
Baccalaureate Service

Saturday: Commencement (with the wonderful speaker Lauren Winner)Lunch with the Family
It was cold and rainy, but it feels wonderful to be officially finished.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Good Things Come in Small Packages!

And by small packages I mean 21 inches long, 6 lbs. 1 oz!Samantha Grace arrived yesterday, May 9th, at 7:29 pm. We went to the hospital this evening to get a glimpse of the sweet little thing, and let me tell ya... she is ADORABLE! Alex (the Mommy) is doing wonderful. This is her first little baby and she is already a natural. Daddy Chris is doing well too.

Cutest little infant in the whole wide world!
She will definitely look good in purple.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

The Beginning of the End

Although I've been living back at home for nearly five months now, senior year is beginning to come to an end. Commencement is eleven days away - oh my!

This past weekend I went up to school to celebrate with my graduating class at our Senior Formal. It was a last minute decision, but a wonderful decision nonetheless. It was a weekend of reuniting and of Meglet. I wore my sister's prom dress and we were both the hottest girls there (no offense to anyone reading this who was there)!The food was wonderful - especially the dessert! And we danced ALL night! My feet were so sore Meg had to carry me back to the dorm (not really true, but it sure woulda been a sight to see!) Wahoo Class of 2007!

P.S. The baby that I knit this sweater for is due on Friday which means I will soon have adorable baby pictures to show you. Plus, Bella and Gabby are visiting. It will be a whole cute baby post!

Monday, May 07, 2007

Home of the 1962 World's Fair

Things have been completely nuts around here lately which is why it has taken me nearly two weeks to report back on my journey to Seattle, WA.

First, let me start by saying it was absolutely AMAZING! and if you ever get the chance to go there yourself - definitely go. (This is what I say about most places I've been to. Travelling is a good thing!)

My first full day there, Saturday, was dedicated to shopping. We went to the University District where I bought an amazing pair of shoes and where Holly bought a sweatshirt cardigan in an amazing magenta color. We had lunch at Thai Tom (apparently the best thai food around). Then we ventured down to Pike's Place Market - where I bought lots of crafty stuff.

Saturday evening was spent getting to know her house mates. The boys made us a delicious dinner. I've decided that they are all wonderful people.

Sunday was the RUFUS CONCERT - and just like the last time, he was absolutely wonderful. WONDERFUL! Never ever turn down an opportunity to see him in concert.

Monday was our Sight-seeing day. We went to the Space Needle - awesome. And we had a wonderfully clear day with fantastic blue skies.

We went to the Public Library - AMAZING! There were lots of bright colors. The escalators were neon yellow. And of course... lots and lots of books. Big books, little books. Books for people who knew everything and books for learning people. It is 11 floors of library. How wonderful?!

Holly and I had a grand ol' time together. We went to Seattle's Best Coffee. We had some really good food. And lots of quality time together. We were happy. There were flowers. TONS OF FLOWERS! It wasn't the east coast, (Holly and I discussed the differences) but I fell in love. I miss it (and you Holly!)