December 2003 Archives

December 2, 2003
Spank you

My Thanksgiving went pretty well. I left around 1:30pm on Tuesday and got to my parents' place at 11:30pm, so it was a nice 10 hour drive. I only hit traffic at the beginning of my trip, so I guess I shouldn't complain. I was really tired by the end of the trip and my eyes were hurting, but I managed to make it without causing an accident.

Since my mom has a newish job, her hours are different than years past, so I got to spend a lot more time with my parents than usual. It was nice seeing my family. And the food was great, too. I cheated a bit on my no sugar diet and had some apple pie and coffee bread, but... I just couldn't resist. I didn't gain any weight from it anyhow, so there.

I left on Saturday around noon. I wish I could've stayed longer, but I knew the traffic on Sunday would be hellish. I hit quite a bit of traffic in Massachusetts, but once I got out of the state, the roads were fairly barren. The weather cooperated most of the way with just a bit of rain and snow falling. Somehow, despite the traffic and weather problems, I got home in about 9-1/2 hours.

It seems I'm not cut out for long distance driving, though. My back started hurting about an hour into the trip up and my neck and shoulders started hurting about two or three hours into the trip back.


Posted on December 2, 2003 12:39 PM | | Comments (0)

December 9, 2003

Hi there. I know I haven't posted in a while, but I guess there hasn't been a whole lot to post about. Been busy with errands and Christmas shopping and all sorts of things lately, but it hasn't been much that's entirely interesting.

I did get new glasses last night. I hadn't had an eye exam in at least 3-4 years and, amazingly, my prescription hasn't really changed much. The doctor tweaked it a bit, but she said my eyes were very healthy and really not that bad. Signs had started getting a bit blurry for me until I was close to them, so hopefully the little change will help. My new frames are pretty stylish and look good. They look much better on my thinner face than my old ones did. They're made of titanium, so they should be pretty durable. Thankfully I had a 50% off coupon or else the glasses would've been extremely expensive.

I know my MP3 of the Week has become more like my MP3 of Whenever I Get Around to It. Hopefully I'll fix that soon. Just haven't heard much that really strikes my fancy.

Hope everyone's having a loverly December.

Posted on December 9, 2003 2:42 PM | | Comments (0)

December 30, 2003
I got paid in puke!

Yeah yeah... haven't written much in a while. But the holiday season's busy.

On Sunday the 21st, we went to Ohio to visit Sarah's family. This also gave Sarah an opportunity to catch up with a friend of hers who lives in Seattle now, but who was visiting family and friends in western Pennsylvania.

When we got there, I discovered that it really was Sarah's grandparents' cat that made my eyes burn. I never felt all that great afterwards, though part of that is because every single kid there (and there were 4 of them) plus Sarah's cousin were sick. And also because Sarah's grandparents don't believe in heat at night. But anyway... for me, it was just sniffles. For Sarah... it was more. But I'll get into that later.

We had oodles of fun playing with the kids. Both of Sarah's cousins had new additions to their respective families very recently, so those two were tiny little cuties. The other two were cute, too, but they were also coughing, sneezing, runny nosed menaces who seemed to enjoy hitting me and stepping on me in rather unpleasant places. But Emma, the older of the two babies, was an adorable little thing who was pretty well behaved most of the time. Especially if she was being held by an adult who was standing up. We didn't get to see Libby as much, but she slept oodles, which was good, too.

Anyhow... on Christmas Day, we got to have brunch and a nice dinner and we got a few nice presents. And Sarah got to hold Emma for most of the day, since her mommy was so sick. However... the germ factory would soon finally take its toll on Sarah.

On Friday, we met up with Sarah's friend, had a little lunch, and then went off to visit Stan Hywet, the mansion built by F.A. Seiberling, the co-founder of Goodyear. It was a very cool house and it was all decorated for the Christmas of 1940. I had a good time. However... this is when Sarah started feeling ill.

After a dinner where Sarah ate next to nothing, we all went back to her grandparents' house only to discover Sarah had a 102.6 degree temperature, which is especially high for her considering her temperature usually hovers around 97.4 or 97.8 or so. She went to bed soon after we got home. But a rather unpleasant choking dream woke her up in a very messy way. After a change of clothing, she went back to sleep.

We were supposed to leave on Saturday, but Sarah wasn't up to travelling and still had a temperature a little over 101 degrees. So I drove us back on Sunday through some slightly yucky traffic. But at least the weather was good.

A pretty good trip, but the sickness was bad and Sarah still doesn't feel all that great. But... it could've been worse. I'll have some pictures up soon, mostly of the little ones.

Posted on December 30, 2003 10:28 PM | | Comments (0)