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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Take care of your gums, kiddos...

...because I had a gum graft today, and I tell you that I'd rather have given birth. I thought THAT was a bad place to get stitches, but that was before I had these. New winner!

And, it's disgusting to boot, it just keeps oozing and oozing blood everywhere, which would be fine if I didn't have to taste it. I have no idea how vampires can stand this.

So, if you want to come look at the injuries (the stitched up area, or the top of my mouth where they took the tissue from) you MUST bring me a milkshake, and do your best to score me some narcotics. Otherwise just stay away, because I'm mighty grumpy.

>:-| I can't even frown, I just have to make a straight face with angry eyebrows.

Gotta run, need to spit...

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Monday, January 26, 2009

I wonder...

When a person dies violently in a book or movie, they always describe him as "lying in a pool of blood."

Why a pool? Why not a "blood puddle?" Or, if it's been a while, why not say, "he was lying in a scab of blood..."

Just a random thing from my head.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

I'll be watching for the lady in room 217!


Since the trip to the County Coroner's Office is filling up nicely, I thought I'd see if anyone in the homeschool group is interested in taking the Ghost Tour at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park. I booked it for our co-op, we go next month!

Those of you who are big fans of Stephen King will recognize this as the inspiration for his 1979 novel The Shining. Wikipedia has a pretty good section on how The Stanley became The Overlook in the novel, for anyone who's interested.

Maya and Sage, my 11 year olds, are the most excited about this. Well, besides me I mean :-) They've wanted to tour The Stanley since they saw it on Ghost Hunters a while back. (There are some awesomely creepy videos of their experiences here, squee!)

I'm doing this as part of the co-op, since it's really for the older kids. Speaking of co-op, we're all posting classes now, and so far we're over 55 and they're still coming in! The all time high was 70+ classes in 3 months! (For a desription of how our co-op works, you can click here.)

It's just so amazingly cool that the kids in the homeschool group are getting older, and we can do some of this neat stuff with them. When we started the group in 2002, the oldest kid available was 7. Now we've got a pretty decent DDC (Double Digits Club) within the group, and we regularly see kids from birth to around 16 at our events. I love my homeschooling families :-D

Happy Friday!

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Win a copy of Knitting for Peace!

Kala, over at Vegan Craftastic, is running a contest to win a copy of the book Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time.

I love to craft for charity, and this looks like a really neat resource. Check it out!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Sage's Stitches are OUT!!!!

It's been 2 weeks since her surgery, and today the stitches came out.

Because they had to go so deep to remove all of the affected tissue, she's got about a zillion stitches inside, but those will dissolve and we don't need to worry about them. Today they just took out the ones on the surface.

They said she's looking good, and that she'll still probably be worn out sometimes because of how the procedure went, but that just having the stitches out should make her feel better. Whew!

Yesterday, I took her and some other tweens out to see Twilight. Yeah, again. Actually, I saw it once in the interim without telling you guys, so this was the 7th time. Yes, I understand that I have a problem... What of it?

Anyway, yesterday was the first time she was able to get a shower and go out and do stuff for any length of time. Yay for Sage! So, I think she's starting to really recover, either that or the Twilight movie has some magical healing powers. Given the migraine I ended up with yesterday, I'm pretty sure it's the former, or maybe it just doesn't work for old people?

Either way, I'm glad to see her up and about more!

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Friday, January 16, 2009


Guess who vacuumed my house today?

My seven year old son!

He's a good-hearted kid, and eager to please, but normally I don't give him a lot of responsibility. He has a freakishly short attention span...unless he's involved in some form of demolition. Therefore, whatever task I set him to may start well, but it ends in an explosion and a giant mess. And tears, often from me.

But, today, I got to thinking about it. He likes machines. The vacuum cleaner is a machine. He likes things with wheels, the vacuum cleaner has wheels! When you think about it, it's basically a power tool, right?

It was AWESOME! He vacuumed the heck out of my carpet (and trust me, there was a lot of heck in there to suck out!) He was having such a great time that he didn't want it to end! I think he's in love...

Wait until I show him the hose and the attachments, I may have to buy him his own. That's OK, it's worth it!

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa....

During a conversation I had with my Dad the other day, he expressed his disappointment that I haven't been blogging much. There was nothing I could do but hang my head in shame and promise to do better.

Part of the problem is that I have been goofing off way too much on Facebook (I'm Jen Lindner-Green if you want to "friend" me.) It's very different from blogging, but I get more feedback there and I keep hooking up with old friends so I just sort of gravitated off in that direction. I am ever so sorry. You guys deserve better. Do you still love me?

Another part of the problem is that Sage finally had that precancerous birthmark removed in a surgery that turned into a big gory mess (but I got to watch the procedure, which was most excellent!) The recovery has been a lot more stressful than it would normally be. The bad news: They expect a great deal of bleeding during scalp surgery, and while we like to see Sage exceed all expectations, we don't mean stuff like this. It really was pretty awful. The good news: She is 100% cancer free, and this surgery shouldn't need to be repeated. So, as soon as we get her healed up, she's done, duh duh done (think "Dragnet" for the tune to that) with this whole experience.

Other than that, all is good! Homeschooling is ripping right along, and we get to go to the County Coroner's Office in March. We were supposed to go last year, but we were still suffering from the Iowa Death Flu. So, YAY, we're taking the kids to the morgue (temporarily)!

Oh, yeah, and Twilight has taken over our lives. We loves us some Twilight. We are planning to move to Forks and buy a house next door to the Cullens. So, the stalking has taken up a bit of time, not to mention trying to hide from the Volturri and the werewolves...

Seriously, between taking different groups of kids, etc, I've seen the movie 5 times in the theater. Me, the grownup! I was thinking hard the other day, trying to remember the last time I'd seen a movie more than once or twice in the actual theater... Not counting movies I've watched while only wearing a bra and slip, can you guess what the last movie was that I saw 5 times in the theater? Click here for the answer! Were you right? Let me know in the comments.

Anyhoo, I'm here. I will be here more often, because it breaks my heart to disappoint my Dad. I love you, Dad!

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