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Old 05-11-2010, 10:00 AM   #12001
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Meet Pearl, she's a 4 month old Schnauzer & is my anniversary gift from Brian. Did he earn some brownie points last night or what?!


She weighs all of 8 lbs (according to my bathroom scale) and will be going for her vet check today, she's a lover, sitting and snuggling with Jacob on the couch right now.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:36 AM   #12002
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Julie: Cute anniversary gift. Is she totally trained already? What happened to the lab? Is Katie allergic to her? Good luck, puppies are a lot of work but a lot of fun too!

Yesterday I went to the GP for MY LAST monthly appointment. When you are OFF THE NARCOTIC pain killers you don't have to go and see him, so he claims. I have 5 mg of oxicontin for the next two weeks at night time and then I am finished with them. He did give me a script for another kind of painkiller, sort of like a Tylenol #3, and I can use them if things get really bad pain wise, but as far as he is concerned I am "cured". He is so full of crap! My lawyer is calling in a specialist because he is sure the knee needs attention and the GP is not doing all he could do to help the knee recover from what the GP called "a really terrible break".

So it looks like I am getting ready to visit the lawyer to find out the next step in the court case. This will happen on June 1st. I will then find out what my lawyer feels my suffering and pain are worth in the legal world.

I am headed to my daughter's city today to see an apartment. I will be back later this evening!

Have a great day!
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:04 PM   #12003
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Christine she's not trained yet, but very sweet and smart. She did potty in the house last night, but only outside today, she's getting the hang of it (or I am). Lab's aren't hypoallergenic, so I didnt want to take the chance on that.
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Old 05-11-2010, 02:32 PM   #12004
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Julie, she's adorable! Congratulations!

Christine I hope you get things figured out with a minimum of trouble.

I spent the morning working in the lab today, we're moving stuff from one freezer (-75 F) to another at the moment. Next week I learn specimen prep.

And then I tried to be a good citizen and wound up being an idiot instead. As I was leaving, I saw something yellow in the middle of the sidewalk. I approached, and discovered that it was a warbler (one of those mostly-yellow suckers that is impossible for me to keep straight without a field guide... but after I got home, I think maybe Cape May, which are uncommon but would be migrating through about now).
Now, I have a rule of thumb. If a bird lets you catch it, something is wrong with that bird. Honestly, if you can walk right up to a bird in the middle of the sidewalk, in no way even near cover, something is wrong with it. So I took off my jacket and wrapped him up in the sleeve, and took him inside to search for my professor, who would know if anyone in the area does songbird rescue.
My professor was already gone, so I took him to the biology office to see if someone there had a number, but they directed me back to the professor, so I went to get a box to put him in. The sleeve wasn't a very good restraint mechanism. In fact, the rest of the jacked had kind of pulled on my hand and I didn't have a very good grip anymore, so I started shifting to see if I could get him in a banding grip (this is a safe way to restrain small birds in one hand), and the bird escaped.
Now, this is a BRIGHT YELLOW (like, this color->) bird, for all he's pretty small, and I watched him fly up to the fourth floor from the third. There is no place to hide on the fourth floor, and yet, when I got up there, he was gone. I spent about half an hour searching (got me some strange looks from the three people eating lunch in the atrium) and the dang thing apparently simply disappeared. So I eventually gave up and came home. I figure at some point he'll be found desperately in search of food in one of the fake bushes by the windows, and I'll go back this afternoon and tomorrow to see if I can find him... but honestly, its a building full of scientists. Anybody who finds him should be able to, at the very least, contact someone who can catch him and get him outside.
But if nobody can catch him again until its too late, or he gets into some kind of chemical... well, I feel like an idiot and all I was doing was try to make sure he was safe. *headdesk*
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Thanks for the Mother's Day sentiments. Hope you had a good one! That goes for the rest of you, too!

Christine, Take your time. If you over-do on the knitting now, you'll be sorry later! I hate the way pain meds make me feel. Hope you are done with the symptoms soon! And I hope you get the care and compensation you need without much hassle!

Chris, those socks are STUNNING! Nice job!

Emily, my kids were both born blond. Now one has brown hair and the other is still a dark blond. Don't worry about "Goldie." You did the right thing!

Julie, Pearl is CUTE! Hope you don't have any problems training her.

I'm still battling headaches, but today was a good day. My students were unusually hard-working and excedrin took care of the headache.
I saw my ob/gyn doc last week. I'm in the "Lucky" 5% that the last surgery didn't do what it was supposed to do. He wants me to have a hysterectomy. I think I will decline for now. There are just too many side-effects and i can't face another surgery just yet.

Chris, CONGRATULATIONS! You made post 12,000 on this KAL!
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Chris, CONGRATULATIONS! You made post 12,000 on this KAL!

I'm sorry I didn't think I was talking that much.
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I'm sorry I didn't think I was talking that much.
You know, sometimes I think that after 1200 pages, maybe we ought to start an Any Sock KAL 3...


So today, I cataloged all of my National Geographics into an Excel file. Now, on to my metal bookcase! I have most of my books cataloged in a hard copy form, but it doesn't fit in the card holder anymore, so I'm converting to electronic.

After that, and working for a while (which honestly today mostly consisted of following my professor around), I got a little bit more work done on the quilt. And guess what? I didn't buy enough fabric. *sigh* See, I know what happened. I bought more than enough to make the quilt as shown in the book. And then, I redesigned it, and made it bigger, and didn't calculate out that I needed more green and less red. So tomorrow I'll be stopping at the fabric store and buying a load of green fabric.
On the other hand, what I have done is still beautiful, and while I'm home I'll be picking up the batting so when I get my greens figured out, I can finish it! Maybe as much as two weeks BEFORE the wedding! Maybe more! (and maybe I'll be working on it the day before I leave for the wedding, begging for more time... )

I just saw that Borders is introducing their new eReader for $150. Sure, it doesn't have all of the features of the Kindle or Nook, but it reads Adobe formats, which is what the eBooks I have are. I think I know what I want for Christmas!
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Emily, $150 would be fairly easy to save for, maybe 20 or 25 a pay check and you'd be there sooner than Christmas. Sorry to hear about Kitten.

Pearl's coming around, she had a fever when we got her and was acting like an 11 year old dog, just laid around, not playful etc. so she's on antibiotics and the gal I bought her from re-imbursed me for the cost of that (nice I thought) said she had no idea she had a fever and said she'd check Pearls brother, hadn't heard anything.

Not much else going on, kids get out on the 24th, Rascal is slowly getting used to Pearl, they often chase eachother around the house, then Rascal gets his feelings hurt and hisses; big baby. Pearl had an accident free day on Tuesday and a couple accidents yesterday (because I was busy) so hopefully today will be accident free again. I'm teaching her to potty on command when we go outside, makes life so much easier! My mom did it with her papillions and I'm giving Pearl the same phrase "go squat" and so far so good. She was crying at 2am and I took her out and told her go squat and she did. She's a smart dog. I think as long as were persistant and constant with her she's going to be a breeze to train (I say that now). Ok gotta go dry my hair & get breakfast done and take Jacob to school, then spend time & $ at the dealership to get teh van fixed so the dang thing wont go into gear without someone pushing on the break first. ttyl

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This is your friendy knitting addict, coming to you from withdrawal symptom hell. I am on my last 5 mg dosage of oxicontin, which I take at bedtime for the next 11 days only and then I am drug free. The nasty GP gave me a painkiller which is not narcotic and therefore not addictive, to be used "when needed" and in my case as little as I possibly can! There are a lot of times when I am miserable and sore, but I am managing. However, let me tell you all, if your doctor ever wants to put you on oxicontin, please first ask if there is anything else you can take instead. This is why:

I am irrational. I cry at the drop of a hat and I cry a LOT! I blame everyone in the world for all the horrible things going on inside me, but mostly my hubby! I hurt all over, but mostly the knee and lower back. I went the other day (because I thought that being near my DD would help me a lot) and rented an apartment that I was supposed to move into on June 1st, but there is only one problem, there is no money to move and I knew that when I did this. I spent the day after I did that crying and then had DH call and tell the person we did not want the apartment, or actually could not afford it to be exact. This was so irrational! I feel I am loosing my mind. I am not a calm person right now. What I need is a nice cigarette... oh yeah, can't do that, I quit smoking too didn't I! Life just gets better and better all the time!

So my advice to you all, do NOT take narcotic pain killers unless you absolutely have to and then only for a short duration, not like 9 months. It's hell on your system trying to get off them. Do not try to get off pain killers and cigarettes at the same time!

I am sorry, I DID read all the lovely comments but I cannot remember what I was supposed to make comments on. There was something about 12,000 posts. Wow, we are a talkative bunch!

Perhaps I'll be able to concentrate enough to knit a bit today. I have to go for an x-ray on my knee before I no longer have to deal with Dr. Boy Wonder every month. He is sending me to the same place that rebroke my rib last time by log rolling me onto my side when they knew about my injuries but insisted it HAD to be done their way! Hopefully this will NOT happen today. I also have a few errands to run, but nothing strenuous.

Speaking of strenuous, on the diet front I am down 17 lbs. It seems that the oxicontin makes you retain water and coming off it makes the water leave your system. DH hurt his ankle in January and it was all swollen so his doc (who is a real doc and not to be confused with my dickhead doctor) gave him a diuretic last time we were there as well, and he is down 23 lbs. He is looking GREAT!!!
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Christine. Hope things will be back to 'normal' once you're off the *&#% drugs.

I hate to admit that my family needs some prayers, mostly my parents and brother. Here's the quick story, dwi in Oct, doesn't remember even driving-crashed, no one dead/hurt that we know of. Finally had his trial a few weeks ago, went to see the PO yesterday (parole sp? officer) on Tues, and because he couldn't give them a urine sample he was thrown in jail and got out yesterday at 6:30. Called Mom and told her that he never gave them a sample, so then howcome on the metro court website it says that he tested positive for marajuana sp? & meth? We're so confused and so is he, he's 23 1/2 but has the mentality of a 15 year old-said his psych. Prayers would be much appreciated. he's supposed to get down there to see his PO again this morning and he said, if I cant pee they'll just throw me in jail again. I hate the fact that my kids know their uncle has been in jail.
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