Monday, January 31, 2005

Headache and Swimming Lessons

Missed work 2 days last week, but feeling pretty good today - I thought. Now I have a big headache - the kind that caffeine won't help. Oh well - perhaps chocolate?

Fun day yesterday - warm enough to make a snowman in the back yard with the Dude. Started the day off with a successful swimming lesson - the first ever! Finally. It seems so odd that he is resistant to swimming lessons. His older sister has always been a natural born fish.

Anyway it all "clicked" with the Dude on Sunday. Granted he was using a noodle under his arms, but he finally developed the confidence (or skill or ??) to kick off from the wall and paddle around. Of course, he didn't want to get out at the end of class.

Final note: Worked on M's Pinewood Derby car. Any hopes I had of actually building a respectable car - after years of childhood shame at having the lamest car in the Cub Scout Pack - have been dashed. At least she won't be one of those kids where it's obvious that he Dad did all the work - even though I did. I think I do a lot of things well, but working with tools and wood is not one of them.

Friday, January 28, 2005

Madison News

Home sick without much energy, however Ames challenge to post more will be met. Here's a little news that some of the former Madison folks in the family may or may not have heard about, razing Van Hise.

Link via Althouse who goes on to say,
For those who don't know Madison but do know NYC, Van Hise is to Bascom as the old Pan Am building is to Grand Central Station. One building is elegant but relatively short, and the other building occupies the visual space above it, greatly diminishing the aesthetic impression from crucial vantage points in the city.

There you go Ames - now it's back to bed for me.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Another Fun Family

Thanks to the "Next Blog" feature of Blogspot, I just ran across the Farrs from England. Lots of cool pictures:

One of my favorites is the funny (but crude) bacon sandwich picture.

Quote of the Day

Here's a great line from my neighbor Mark:
“It was so great just to smell a fire truck again!”
As some of you know, Mark is down at Mayo going through all the necessary work to prepare for stem cell replacement in his onging battle with cancer.

Mark is a firefighter in Roseville, and the Rochester firefighters have stopped by to visit him on several occasions while he's been at Mayo. They went to lunch yesterday in the fire-truck. The quote followed that trip.

Sleep Well Thomas Edison

Some of the females in my family probably knew this all along,

Before Thomas Edison’s invention of the light bulb, people slept an average of 10 hours a night; today Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights and 7.5 hours per night on weekends (NSF’s 2002 Sleep in America poll). National Sleep Foundation.

Original source Pearson's Perspective - a Wayzata attorney.

Holding Hands

Interesting bit in the Bleat today about holding hands with little kids:
Downstairs. She’s still at the age where we go down hand in hand. Probably past the age, but I’m not telling her.

I still hold hands with both, aged 4 and 7, though I find myself surprised when the 7 year old still wants to hold hands in public. It's nice, especially so because I know it won't last.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Politics (for once)

One reason I read so many blogs is I enjoy the thoughtful political discussions you don't find in the MSM (main stream media). I usually don't link to political stuff, but here's an interesting piece discussing what the Left might do to regain power.

Still unable to accept that the right has dominated our national life for the last quarter-century, the left hasn’t done the hard, slow work of thinking through what it means to be progressive during an era of ultraglobalized capitalism in which the only successful Democratic president in the last 35 years, Bill Clinton, followed policies that even he compared to Dwight Eisenhower’s. Far from proposing bold new ideas that might seize the popular imagination, the left now plays the kind of small-ball that Dubya disdains. Even worse, it’s become the side that’s forever saying "No."

Credit: Instapundit.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Enough Already - Wait, Don't Stop

Been wrapping up my annual performance appraisal meetings this week. Two reviews this week were scheduled with the employee, myself, and my manager who is operations manager of the 150+ department. At the end of these meetings, the employees went out of their way to say what a good Team Coordinator (TC) I was. Kind of embarassing - but I loved it!

Then to top it all off I get "cc-ed" on this e-mail sent by one of my employees to my two bosses:

I'm sure you know how exceedingly competent John is as a TC. I wanted to let you both know how much he goes "above and beyond" for us as a team and as individuals. This week I came to work and had to leave rather quickly - I had chest pain and the nurses here insisted I go the hospital. I had left my glasses and keys at my desk. John brought them to me at the hospital after work on his way home. I was so surprised to see him - and grateful - it certainly made retrieving my car from the parking lot easier for my son - I don't have an extra set. This is one example of the countless ways in which John as our TC makes our team and [anonymous large legal publisher] such a great place to work. Thanks!

It's not that I feel underappreciated most days, but it sure is nice to get some praise from time-to-time.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Fargin' Thryoid

Doctor's office called Friday with results of latest blood test. Thyroid still "off" - (don't recall the actual TSH level - the report is in the mail). Off course the cholesterol is still out of wack as well - 234 (173 for the "bad" stuff). In this day of managed care the "care" consisted of the nurse's call to S, the mailed results (which haven't arrived), and a phoned in prescription to Target where I went to pick up my new dosage - 100 mg of Levoxyl. I will probably seek a second opinion -if for no other reason that I hate to be on all this medication without a proper "sit down" meeting with an actual MD.

Weekend Report

Quiet weekend at the C-G household. Little dude sick. He finally got the flu thing that laid all his friends low last week. Woke up Saturday with fever. As Mom and M had lots of girl things - Brownies in the AM and movie and dinner in PM, the Dude and I spent lots of time together. Saturday night, I watched Indian in the Cupboard with 40 pounds of 101 degree kid on my lap.

Sunday was my day to be out and about. Went to Target - a different Target because "our" Target is being torn down and replaced by a new Super Target. Loved my old Target - it was the original Target store - "Target Store #1" to my neighbor a former marketing for the big T. Anyway, M and I spent about 45 minutes going back and forth trying to find where they put the damn merchandise at this new Target. Got out the door spending only $58 dollars - - only a little over $1 minute. Not bad for Target.

After Target, it was off for a quick lunch then Color Me Mine - where you paint your own pottery (clay cups, saucers, do-dads, etc.) After painting, they "fire" them. We pick up the finished product on Tuesday. Did this before Christmas - made a few cool gifts. M just loves this place!

A quick stop at the Library, then off to M's friend Anna's. M had been summoned by a bored Anna, and M ended up staying for dinner and a sleepover - as today is no school, MLK holiday.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Intersection of Beatles and Work

As a call-center employee, I got a little chuckle out of this:

Dialed a call centre and pressed the obligatory selection of buttons on my phone "so that you can be connected to the right department". Immediately through to the piped music to hear Paul McCartney singing "there will be an answer, let it be".

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

It Figures

Not really ground-breaking news, but timely anyway.
New federal diet guidelines to emphasize calories, exerciseThe government on Wednesday urged most Americans to eat fewer calories and exercise 30 to 90 minutes a day, updating guidelines that advised people to lose weight but gave few specifics on how to do it.

30 to 90 minutes - egad, I better get cracking. I've gained 5 lbs since Thanksgiving.

Cousin Alert

Cousin Mary stopped by to see me today. A very plesant surprise. Nobody visits me at work - that's one of the major downfalls of working in a remote surburban location. Had a nice chat with her - she's in love - with a Lutheran paster no less. It's the family legacy.

The visit gave me a chance to plug the latest work of the Hobbled wife: The Lobotomist, a new book by Jack El-Hai. S helped build the web site.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Back and Bloggin'

Been gone so long I'm afraid to start, so let's start it off nice and easy by stealing other people's links. Here's some cool stuff I found this morning:

Vertigo Then and Now - Before and after images of various San Francisco locations used in the Hitchcock film.

Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermy - thanks to Blair.
They were featured in the NYTimes Jan 3.

The snow we didn't get - but Madison did. Via Althouse.

And finally, former West Reference Attorney Larry Tweed meets the U.S. Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan.