Monday, March 31, 2008

Cambrie comes to Utah!
SUN APR 27 flight 82 from Ontario, 12:10 pm (an excuse to miss church!)
FRI MAY 02 flight 797 leaves SLC 1:50 pm
Christa, when Benjamin asks why Gramps doesn't come with Grandma to Albuquerque tell him that with work, kids from out of town visiting from time to time, a wedding when kids come in July, a strong desire to go camping, and a wife that refuses to camp/ride on Sunday, I only have so much time off to go around so it doesn't always include all the trips to go visit family that moved away for greener pastures.
Argh! I'm glad to be alive! On the freeway in's still dark. I'm going about 40 MPH in the Jeep when I see multiple spinning headlights & taillights in front of me. I step on the brake to try to slow down and I just start sliding. I saw an opening in the askew vehicles & lights, took my foot off the brake, and shot through. I thought I was gonna die! From there on in it was 20 MPH. I suppose it was good exercise for my heart. Saw about 5 more slideoffs along the way...both sides of the road. At the S turn in Provo there was an accident blocking northbound traffic. It was a total blizzard when I got up this morning. Is it Spring yet?........... CLICK HERE
Thank you everyone for your birthday greetings! I really did have a very nice weekend with my family, and future family. On Saturday, we had a Boren birthday party at my sister's house, where we celebrated everyone's birthday from January through April (we're getting big enough that it's easier to do birthday's in bulk). Then I had a great dinner with Mom and Dad (all y'all's parents... hope that's ok if I start claiming them too). And I just wanted to say thank you again for the gift - Brett and I went home and sorted through it all, and emergency kits really were an inspired idea. On Sunday we went to my parents' house, currently being taken care of by my sister, and had another birthday feast. So long as my birthday continues to be filled with good food, I'll be happy! Thanks again!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Come get 'em while they are hot.
They've got no baking powder and they've got 10x too much salt.
I doubled the batch so there is plenty for everyone.
come get 'em hile they are hot.

Blast! I wasn't the first one to wish Katie a Happy Birthday. However, I can tell you that B&K came over for dinner last night and we had a Double Frosting German chocolate cake (look how thick that frosting is in that picture!) . Brett & Katie played a few rounds of Khet......they each won a few. 111 days!
Again, Happy Birthday Katie! (Official happy birthday post is below). Erica and I missed Katie's birthday bash yesterday, and we feel bad about it. Erica wasn't feeling too good, and still isn't 100% this morning.

We woke up this morning to two inches of snow! I had to go put up chairs at the church, and after 1/2 an hour of that, there was an additional inch! And it's still coming down. The weather people got it wrong. They said the Wasatch front valleys *might* get some snow on Monday. So much for us walking to church today.

In other news, I've officially switched from Visa to American Express. They've got better rewards overall. It's true that some places don't take American Express, but I've got a visa debit card for that.
(Not that I haven't told you already)

I get to be first this time!

And guess who rocked March's contest? I'll let the results speak for themselves:

                                   Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4  Q5  Q6  Q7  Q8  Q9  Q10
13   Katie Boren                   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   1   2   1   54.7320%
273 Kim Groneman 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 3 10.0491%
301 Brett Groneman 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 8.9374%
450 Cambrie Nelson 1 3 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 5.0535%
479 Chad Groneman 1 3 1 1 3 1 1 1 2 5 4.4320%
603 Erica Groneman 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 6 1 1
905 Breanna Groneman 1 2 1 1 2 4 1 1 3 3
1330 Christa Dastrup 1 1 1 1 1 10 1 1 2 5

I've decided different questions have different weight. Look at the difference
in the scoring between Dad and myself. Otherwise, I would have rocked you Dad.

Here's next month's contest folks.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

When you are faking a pose for a camera photo opportunity, at least you can get the phone turned in the right direction! And he want's to be President?!

'NUTHER MOVIE REVIEW: Martian Child - Different. Entertaining. Enjoyable to watch. It didn't have one of those esoteric endings that are so popular these days where you are left to decide what is real. The ending is great. Definitely in the "feel good" genre. My main disappointment in this movie is that it didn't do enough to develop the sub-plot of his woman friend. She just seemed to be in the background except for a few short scenes. You can guess her eventual role by watching the pictures as the credits are rolling by.
Movie Review: Howard's End

Never judge a book by it's cover -- you may find yourself surprised. Likewise, should you ever run across a movie title of "Howard's End," and judge it to be an epic tale of a man "Howard" who is faced with the impending "end" of whatever subject your imagination supplies, and finds himself in jeopardy and car-chasing, gun-fighting, heart-stopping, explosive action to thwart imminent doom and peril -- you would be wrong.

But don't tell the movie user-rating systems that. The recently reviewed "No Reservations" received 6.3/10 ratings and seemed to be generally accepted as not the greatest movie, but still enjoyable. Howard's End on the other hand is simply neither, and at a 7.3/10, will be your mind's Demerol
®, your wallet's BIC® lighter, and 140 minutes of life you could have spent counting fruit flies on rotting food instead of counting seconds in your rotting mind.

In all fairness, the the film which has received 3 Oscars and 22 other notable wins is not entirely void of meaning and purpose. Well, in meaning, yes. In purpose, it would serve well as a non-pharmaceutical sleeping aid or arguably the world's first effective audiovisual tool to encourage a more active and productive lifestyle away from the silver screen.

Even the movie trailer, in it's condensed format is so void of any sort of plot that a person is challenged to find himself at the end of it without getting distracted by floating dust in the room.

My feelings toward this movie are perhaps best described by Dave Barry's feelings toward classical music:
"I myself am not a big fan. I will go to a classical concert only under very special circumstances, such as that I have been told to make a ransom payment there."

In summary, it will make you cry. It will make you laugh. But probably only from the pain of the pressure ulcers that develop as you watch or the ability you have to write honest movie reviews about it many years after it has scarred your dumber-than-it-was-140-minutes-ago mind.

Friday, March 28, 2008

MOVIE REVIEW: No Reservations - Worth watching (no, not just because it stars Katheryn Zeta Jones....but it helped.) Marilyn's allergies were getting to her or this movie had her crying in parts, laughing in others. Very predictable movie, but pretty decent overall. (Single girl has job, gets custody of child, life is turned upside down, boy is hired to help at job, girl is angry & hates boy, fall in love, kid gets real family, happily ever after.....) Chick Flick.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Dear Benjamin, Thank you very much for the birthday picture of dinosaurs and fruit you sent me. It was the best gift I received on my birthday. My birthday was a very busy day so I'm late saying "thank you" will you forgive me? I sent you some things I got at my work. I love the picture of dinosaurs. The Brontosaurus is my favorite. It's starting to be springtime here in Utah. Soon we will have leaves on our trees and I can go ride my ATV and go camping. I wish you were here to go camping with me. Well, I guess I'll see you later! Love - Gramps Groneman
I bought the game of Khet ( LINK ) for a prize at BrainShare and it looked so intriguing that I bought one for myself. Marilyn and I played it last night. The first game Marilyn wasn't doing so good so I let her win. HOWEVER, in our second game that I was trying to win, she just plain beat up on me and killed my pharaoh with a laser beam about 15 minutes into the game. Dang...I HATE it when that happens! Cool game. Each person (2 players) has a laser on their end of the board. You have different pieces that can move/act in different ways with various configurations of mirrors. Your goal is to bounce your laser beam around so it hits your opponent's pharaoh. Sounds easy. It's not. With two of you moving mirrors around, blocking, and strategizing, it's quite intense. If anyone (local) wants to borrow it, feel free.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Movie Review: Enchanted
The real world and the animated world collide. I liked this movie a lot though it had some problems. I always hate a character in a sci-fi or scary movie that has overwhelming evidence before them that something is not normal yet they act like they really don't get it. I mean, comon folks....the girl sings and has everyone in the park singing and dancing and they guy acts like it's something just slightly out of the ordinary....or she has pigeons and cockroaches and rats cleaning the apartment and he does nothing besides shoo them out then acts like everything is normal. I don't care if it is fantasy, he's supposed to be "normal" and normal people just don't act like that. The first 5 minutes of the movie I wanted to gag it was so sickening sweet, but that fits into the rest of the movie and, hello! This is Disney. Like I said though, I really liked it. There were a lot of funny moments, my favorite is when the animals just finished cleaning the apartment and a pigeon reaches over and eats one of the cockroaches. I smiled and laughed most of the way through and at the end I was sad it was over. Like Marilyn said, I bet they had a lot of fun writing this one.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

A few weeks ago, Erica and I watched a documentary on Teens and Religion called Soul Searching. It was very interesting. They surveyed teens across the U.S., of all sorts of religious backgrounds. The survey "revealed" things that prophets have been telling us for as long as I can remember.

The people who did the survey / documentary were apparently very impressed with LDS youth, and wanted the director of mormon youth programs to know about it. So, it somehow made its way to the director of EFY (Erica's boss). Interesting.
I'm going to be an L.V.N!!!!! All sing praises and rejoice!!! I got into my program that I've been trying to get into, which is a miracle...and here's the story:
So there is an entrance test to get into the program that is basically like a slightly advanced ACT test (english, reading, science, and math). I went and bought the book and was studying for it all week beforehand and whereas I felt comfortable with the reading and english sections, I didn't feel quite as secure in the math and science sections. I was scheduled to work the night before the test and since the test was from 8am-1pm, I asked a co-worker to work for me and she agreed, saying she needed the hours anyways. Unfortunatly I didn't get it in writing and she didn't show up to work that night and they called me into work just as I was settling down to study some more and go to bed. Needless to say, I was kindof upset and very worried about working all night and then going to take the test the next morning but I studied as much as my tired mind would let me and then went the next morning from work to go take the test (praying the whole time). I took the test and got some pretty good scores but I was concerned that my science and math score was going to keep me out...but they called me yesterday at 4pm saying that i'm in the program! Yeay for me! I then proceeded to celebrate by eating some cocoa puffs for dinner... :-)

So I have another interesting story to tell you all. So Easter, I was scheduled to work a morning shift (6:30-2:30). So I was working and I took one of my patients into the shower room to have a shower and one of my co-workers was giving one of his patients a shower at the same time. My co-workers patient is one of my favorite patients and he's always asking me when I'm going to marry him and I always tell him "maybe next week". Well he asked me and I responded as usual but then my co-worker asked if there was a boyfriend application that he (my co-worker) could fill out. I thought that he was joking but later realized he was serious when he persisted. Well, I kindof avoided the subject for a while trying to think of a good way to let him down easy when it came to me! Like a bolt of lightening! It was genious! So I told him I would consider going on a date with him if he went to church with me. He agreed and I got all excited and called our ward mission leader to let him know I was bringing someone. So we go right after we get off work and we get there and there was only 2 people in the class that I was supposed to take him too: They had forgotten that it was easter sunday and that usually singles go home to spend it with their families. I was very disappointed as it was also his mom's birthday so he couldn't stay for at least priesthood meeting. But we sat with him and talked with him for about 30 min explaining to him the basics of our church. As we were leaving he said that "he had never felt anything like that" and that it felt really good and he was interested in coming back. He's from the phillipines and he said that when he came over here, he thought all americans were the type that are too busy for God and only go to church once in awhile...he was very impressed on how dilligent we are about our religion. So yeah... that's my interesting story.

Well, entry is coming to a close. I know how much you all enjoy reading my novels that I put on here about once a month or so... I do my best to keep up my reputation as such :-) So yeah, the only other news that I can think of that I have left is that I finished my HHA (home health aide) class today and got my certificate so I can now work as a HHA...yeay me! Anyways, that is all for now...TTYL!

Monday, March 24, 2008

I would like to propose the idea of spending Thanksgiving this year in California. There are 6 people in Utah, 5 in California (including a new baby), and 4 in NM. So why not California? We have plenty of friends close friends who would be vacating their houses so we could use one as extra sleeping quarters. We could also go visit some So Cal sights if people wanted to. Thoughts????

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Here is my cute daughter having a blast in the water fountains as mentioned previously.

I don't know why, but I think Kiera looks like Benjamin in these pictures. Anybody else think so????

Kiera had a great Easter. Yesterday we took her to my in-law's ward's hunt and this morning the Easter Bunny visited our house. Each time we had to show her the eggs, and convince her to put them in the basket. She enjoyed dumping them out and putting them back in. Then I showed her treats inside (lucky charms) and she was anxious to open them and eat the treats.

We also took her to a water fountain they have in the sidewalk of an outdoor mall around here. The water shoots up randomly from holes in the sidewalk and kiera had a blast playing in it. She got squirted in the face quite a few times and was very surprised, but never got upset. She is a water baby-- that's for sure.

Other news around here: I've been eating!!! I can eat small amounts of things. I've been told I can eat whatever I feel like eating. so far: smoothie, quesadilla, pizza crust, crackers watermelon, and ice cream. I can only eat little bits cause my stomach is still having a hard time adjusting to having food in it. I ate a few pieces of easter candy and I was sorry yesterday. Bad idea. Oh well, I'm very happy to be eating. I am in no way anywhere close to getting rid of my feeding tube which is ok with me because I know that without it's constant flow of food I would be nauseated. I'll keep it as long as they will let me.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

FYI-- I went to our cannery today and they did say that the church wouldn't be buying white wheat until the prices stabilize (so they are selling one bag per family per week until their supply is gone), but that the Church actually grows its own red wheat, so that is still for sale. So there is no need to panic at this point. Red might not taste as good, but it will still fill you up when you are hungry. It's good to get your storage as soon as you can, but you don't need to feel like you are condemned to a death of starvation if you can't get it all right now.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Erica and Christa, check my comments on wheat buckets. One other thing I would add: Wheat takes up less space in bags stacked together than buckets stacked, but really as pricey as wheat is going to get, and since you don't have basements (cooler) to store them in, I would get buckets. I would like to have a 20 year supply of wheat because the price of wheat is NEVER going to go down again. It will only continue to skyrocket.
One other thought, girls : Do you remember the room setup in Virginia? We had a 4 bedroom house, and 5 children. We put 2 children in each room so that we could have a food storage room. We put Breanna when she was born in the family room, next to our bedroom. We had food storage with a family of 7 in a 4 bedroom house. I hear people in our ward say that they just don't want to get any more storage because they have run out of places to put it. But they can't eat their beautiful rooms. In Cambrie's kitchen she has done a smart thing. She has like a banquet table next to her wall, and underneath it is a lot of food. It is covered, to the floor with a table cloth, so it looks good. One could put a lot of food storage underneath a card table in a bedroom, with a cloth to cover it and a nice flower arrangement on the top. Or, you can store like20 cases of #10 cans of storage under your Queen size beds. Is it convenient that way? No. Was it convenient for Noah to build an ark or Nephi to build a ship? No, but their obedience is what the Lord expected for them to receive the blessings that came thereafter. The Lord doesn't care if our wished for setup disappears. He will have an obedient people, and it will be people who have been obedient that will be here to meet him when he comes.

I thought you ought to have an update on my father. Dad's asthma is getting really bad. Last week during an asthma attack at home, he passed out on the floor (I just found out about this 2 days ago), woke up in a puddle of blood, and took himself to the ER to have his head stitched up. I will be very surprised if he makes it till Christmas. All of us kids want him to sell his garden, as we are sure it will be the death of him if he keeps it. But he doesn't want to donate 1/3 of the sale proceeds to the govt if he sells it. Anyone know of a way around that problem?
I would appreciate any suggestions. Keep in mind that at this point, there isn't a way that they would be moving in to any of our homes, (yes, there are several of us that are willing to take them in). They both want their independence, and I don't blame them for that. But it is frustrating, because as long as that garden is there, dad will be in it, and it makes him wheeze just to walk slowly across a short distance. He is a mess. His Dr has him on some new meds. He says that they are helping, but they are drawing to the end of what Drs can do to help him. I would appreciate that your prayers in his behalf. He says that he would like to die 10 minutes after my mom goes, and that he is only hanging on so that he can take care of her in their own home, as she wishes. It is going to be THE HARDEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE to have to put my dear sweet mother in a lock down unit at a care center if dad goes first. But she is VEHEMENT about NEVER MOVING IN WITH ANY OF HER CHILDREN and if we forced it, she would just leave and get lost. Dad needs to outlive her. Please add that to your prayers if you will. Thanks Kids. I sure love you all!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

I am happy to announce that Kiera learned a new word: Yes. And I'm very happy to announce that she has not yet learned the word "no" which is the favorite of all of her friends her age.

I took kiera to the ward easter egg hunt yesterday. I knew that she wasn't old enough to know what was going on so I didn't plan to have her participate. But when all the kids were given the "go" and started running around all excited, I sent kiera running after them. It was so cute I wished I had my camera. She ran after them all shrieking with delight because everyone else seemed excited. It was fun to watch her.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Don't know if anyone is still reading comments on Chad's blog, so I will put here, that Lindon Cannery did have white wheat today, and they said that the church has decided not to buy anymore because it has gotten too expensive. Doesn't really make sense to me. Just raise the price some and continue to sell it....
But I did get 100 lbs for$27.00. Way better than Macey's for $72.00. And I went and bought more for $20 at Lehi roller mills for 50 lbs. They had it in. But all of the source I have asked say it is expected to go up lots again sometime this week. Chad and Erica, I wanted to get some in pails at Lehi, when they get that in. It is better protected against weevil and moisture. They have my name on their list over there and will call me when it is available. Having me on their list locks the price, so do you want me to pick some up for you? You would need to take it soon, as my areas are quite full!
Hope your happily food storage shopping everyone! :)
Our webcam can be seen during the day (we take it down at night) HERE

Monday, March 17, 2008

I have to post... I can't take the unbecoming ute on my screen anymore.

Erica and I are concerned about food storage, and we've been looking at using any money from the IRS on food storage. Prices on many foundation foods are going up. Many places in Utah that used to sell wheat no longer do - they're keeping it. For example, the Church used to sell wheat, but now they buy it and keep it all. Mom said that she noticed in Maceys that the price of Wheat is significantly more than the same amount of flour.

A new fungus recently started attacking wheat in Africa and the Middle East. Some people fear that it will come over here soon, although government officials in several countries are discounting that it will affect them.

Wheat prices have doubled recently, and we've heard rumors that they'll double again within two weeks. With our economy likely headed into a recession, if you can get your food storage stock up, that would probably be good.
HAPPY BIRTDAY Daddy! Wow dad, you're old! Lets see its your 23rd anniversery to your 29th birthday? Watch out everybody! Anyways, I hope you have a wonderful day. I love you!

and for everyone else.....

HAPPY ST. PATTY's DAY!!! Watch out for those leprecans...they are tricky little devils... they already got me once today... and it's only 2:44 AM!!! So you all just watch out

Sunday, March 16, 2008

GO BYU!!!!!!!!!!!!!Another reason why Kiera's growing up to be a BYU fan!!!...and for all you wondering out there, I can swallow my own saliva:)

Friday, March 14, 2008

Check out what we made! Okay, Dad may have been able to do this in an hour with his eyes closed, but for two untrained carpenters, we are pretty proud of ourselves. We built a sandbox! I really wanted one for the boys, but the kind they sell are tiny. I wanted one big enough for Benjamin and his joy school friends to be able to play in. So Brigham said he'd make one for me! He got the instructions on the internet, and with a lot of improvising (in order to keep it from costing an arm and a leg to buy all the recommended tools and wood), and an afternoon of hard work, we now have a sandbox! Pretty cool, huh? What a great husband I have to spend his one day off in the week making me a sandbox!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Remember those days after watching Newsies and you thought to your self, "Wouldn't it be funny if people just broke out into spontaneous synchronized song and dance?"

...Of course, we live in the real world where stuff like that just doesn't happen...
Just curious..... do brett and katie have any specific wedding colors ????

I'd just like to know so I can dress up my cute little daughter. Also, if you'd like us old big people to wear anything in particular, let me know cause I have to buy special fat-people clothes.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I noticed there's a Godfather's Pizza going up in Provo on 9th East. I haven't had their pizza in years. I don't remember if it was good or not, so I'll have to try it when it opens.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Proof Daylight Saving Time doesn't save energy HERE
I have an announcement: (drum roll.........) I am now able to swallow my saliva. I know-- what a great accomplishment right? Well, it's a big deal to me because I can sure communicate a lot easier now. A great step in the right direction.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Today at church we had a musical number where a woman singing with more than a fair share of vibratto. Benjamin turned to me and asked, "Mom, do you think this is beautiful?" I wasn't aware that he was listening to the music, so I asked what he was talking about. He said, "This singing. Do you think it is beautiful?" I asked, "Do you think it is?" He wrinkled up his nose and said very emphatically, "No!" It's good to see that my son can already distinguish good music from that which is... um... not as good.
Three Squeezes. Many years ago, Marilyn and I were sitting and listening to our seminary graduation speeches at a church in Orem. One of the speakers, an older gentleman, was telling how he and his wife had a silent signal for "I love you" which could be used anytime, anywhere as a private signal between the two of them. It was three squeezes by your hand. We've been using it ever since. It's great. I can tell her I love her anytime I want without anyone else hearing.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Kim and I had a great time eating dinner and having fun playing games with Chad and Erica at their house on Tues. We ate STEAK! And Erica makes a NUMMY smootie. Probably 90% frozen fruit. No ice. TASTY! It was alot of fun. They have a couple of games that we like that I haven't seen anywhere else. They are fun, and really different. One of them was "Beans" and the other, we can't remember, so they will have to tell ya'll. Kim wants me to gloat about his winning the beans game...
Chad and Erica's place is nicely done. Very cute and comfortable and welcoming. We loved our evening with them! Thanks GUYS!
Cambrie update:

Yes, my tube clogged yesterday but thankfully it wasn't a huge deal to get it fixed this time. AND...the doctor gave me the wire so that I can manually de-clog it at home. I was VERY surprised that she did that becauses nurses are never allowed to to do anything like that even in the hospital. Only GI doctors do it. But, I've not it. Also, next friday the doctor will put in a tube that is almost twice as big in diameter so hopefully it will stop clogging.

Yes, Kiera has been very sick. Took her to the doctor today. Ear infections on top of the nasty viral bug she's got. This too shall pass.

I'm surviving life ok now. I have buff over twice a week to help out for a few hours. Buff is wonderful to play with Kiera and help me with cleaning. I send kiera to play at a friend's house twice a week, and then I randomly invite people to come over for play days. I manage life alright under those circumstances (as long as kiera is healthy and my tube is working). I'm not exactly the best housekeeper, cook, or playmate for kiera-- but we are getting by from day to day.

steve is busy preparing for finals week which is 1 week away. Kiera misses her daddy (who is now her favorite person). I'll be glad when he has a break for a few days and play with us!
New way to exercise. I could use one of these. You gotta watch it all the way through to see the full benefit.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

FYI-- I talked to Cambrie briefly this morning. She was on her way into the hospital with another clogged tube. I guess that Kiera is very sick too, with a fever of 103 degrees for the last couple of days. Poor thing hasn't been able to sleep for the last couple of nights. I guess that she has an appointment tomorrow. Cambrie was at the hospital when Brigham was finally able to call her after his 30+ hour shift, and she couldn't talk, but in case Steve has the chance to read this-- from the limited facts Brigham has, he would take her to the emergency room.

Although we are overall doing better than the Nelsons, the Dastrups have been hit by the plague this week. Brigham got it the day before yesterday and spent all day in bed or over the john. Then yesterday he had to go in and work a 30 hour shift although he was weak and still unwell. I spent all yesterday evening cleaning and trying to disinfect the house. But it was futile. I woke up with it in the wee hours of the morning and therefore had to cancel Jacob's big evaluation that we've been waiting months for. Benjamin came down with it around 1:00 (thank goodness he is finally old enough to be able to throw up in a bucket or the toilet!), and Jacob around 3:00. Our dear friend made us dinner, but no one was well enough to eat it! Poor Brigham got home around 2:35, and although he volunteered to stay up and help out, I sent him to bed. What a day! Like Brett said, it makes you appreciate more what poor Cambrie must be going through!
Brigham, is THIS safe to use? It seems to work for me but I am experiencing one of the side effects Cap'n.
If you eat cookies while putting stuff on the blog THIS is for you.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

An every-day life event in the life of Cambrie Nelson:

(since I have nothing exciting to blog about).
TAKING A SHOWER. For most people, this is an every-day-not-too-difficult experience, but for me it can become a challenge. First of all, we'll assume that I have the energy to take the shower on the particular day. Then, I have to hope that there is an adult near by who can cover my IV site on my arm for me with suran wrap and tape(since it can't get wet). You might say, "why doesn't steve just do it?" well, because by the time my IV fluids are done running in the morning, steve is long gone. I have considered knocking on my nextdoor neighbor's door to ask them to cover it for me, but since my neighbors on both sides are nocturnal, that doesn't work either. Once I have succeeded in getting my IV covered I may then shower. This is not an easy task itself as I am attached to my feeding tube still and the bag must remain outside the shower. I'm therefore on a 2 foot leash from the shower door to my abdomen which leaves me unable to turn around in the shower. I must then clean myself using only my left (non-dominant) hand while keeping my right arm out of the water as much as possible since the suran wrap has a tendency of leaking. Keeping in mind that during all of this I'm nauseated.

Next time to take a quick refreshing shower, take a second and count your many blessings.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Just a little treasure on the Internet I thought was worthy of spamming the blog with.

Neener Neener. Who's your daddy!?!....
149  Kim Groneman                  1   1   2   2   1   1   1   1   6   1   8.5947%
1178 Brett Groneman 1 1 5 2 3 3 4 1 1 1
1196 Chad Groneman 1 1 2 16 1 1 1 1 1 4
1728 Christa Dastrup 1 1 1 2 2 10 2 1 5 4
1838 Cambrie Nelson 1 1 6 6 3 3 1 1 5 4
2215 Steve Nelson 1 1 1 18 1 3 15 2 1 1
Enter the March common answer contest HERE. Marilyn, you used to have a sense of fun. Where did you lose that?........... And Buff/Brigham/Katie/Erica, what happened to you guys?

Sunday, March 02, 2008

I am back! And I am GLAD to be back! BOY, I AM GLAD I DON'T LIVE IN NYC!!! Those people have no idea how much they miss by living there. Yes, they have lots of entertainment to go and do, but coming home to a high rise everyday on a dirty subway with crazy people, and everything that goes with couldn't pay me enough to live there!
But I did enjoy my trip.
The first day was very stressful. Saturday on the way home from Cambries, my cold symptoms were pretty much gone. That was the last day of my antibiotics, and by the time I got home, I decided they had done the job, so I could go ahead and go to NYC. But Sunday on the plane symptoms began to return...but I was on the plane, and I had nowhere else to go than to Malesa's. But I did NOT want to take an bug of any kind into the Brintons home with their new baby, so I was very concerned. I had a kind of scarf I could wear over my face at the Brintons, but I knew that it wasn't a guarantee that I wouldn't give them anything. That night while we were visiting, I felt a cough coming, so I hurried into the kitchen to get away from them so they couldn't get any germs on them. Much to everyones surprise (especially mine) what came out didn't sound at all like a cold getting over...but a cough that is in the midst of a very active cold. I was so rattled to be there with their new baby. The rest of the night, anything I had to touch, I used an antiseptic wipe, to wipe down. But I had a really hard time sleeping that night because I was so nervous about giving the Brinton baby a bug. I WANTED to get out of there. Luckily, their was a visitors apt for family of the dental students to rent. So I got in that. It was a real relic! OLD. Lots of problems. About the only thing that worked in their was the lights, and the bed was terrible, but I was so thankful to have it as an option of getting out of the Brintons way! They were very sweet and gracious about it, and were so sorry I needed to leave, but I am sure that they were as relieved as I was to not be sharing space with their new baby.

My good friend, Linda Seamons, last year was going to NYC with her family. They bought tickets that cost $100.00 each to go see the musical, "Wicked" on Broadway. Her son, bought 5 extra tickets and sold them on EBAY for $500.00 (Thanksgiving weekend). Well, once a week on Wed. they have a raffle to buy tickets for $26.00 for wicked. People come and put their name in a raffle cage, and they pull 14 names out, each that can buy 2 tickets. So we did that. Out of the crowd that was there to see if their names were pulled, Anne was one of them! And so we got to see Wicked on the front row, very center of the stage. Online those tickets sell for $473.00, and we got them for $26.00!!! The play was FABULOUS! I would never buy those tickets for more than $100.00, because I just don't do that sort of thing, but seeing that play was definitly the highlight of the trip!
Or maybe it was the "Naked Cowboy" which I also saw! It was amazing. This guy has actually been named as one of the 20 top things to see in NYC, and he was strolling along by my bus, and we saw him! The really amazing thing about it was that it was REALLY cold that day. it was 19 degrees with a stiff wind, the kind that blows your umbrella inside out. I had on 2 pair of thermal underwear, my pants, and a wind-breaker pant over the top of that, and my boots. On the top, I also had on 5 layers, and I had 2 pair of gloves on, and had to buy a hat cause it was so blooming cold! Anne stopped at MACY'S dept store and bought 2 pair of PJ bottoms to go under her pants cause she was freezing, and she also bought another pair of mittens so she could get warmer, and there he was, the naked cowboy, in nothing but his boots, underwear, guitar and hat, stolling along as if he was at the beach on a beautiful summer day, stumming on his guitar and singing a song. He went to cross the road, and someone honked at him, so he stopped in front of them and played them a song. I was told that he makes a lot of money doing that, and because he was listed in some magazine as one of the top 20 attractions of NYC without his permission, he is sueing and he will likely get rich off that lawsuit! So, hey, if any of y'all are unsure of your career, you could consider doing that!
We saw most of what NYC is famous for: The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State building, Rockefeller Center, Time square, the hole where the World trade Center used to be, and St Pauls Cathedral, where the rescuers and then recovery teams would go to rest between their shifts (it has still got kind of a memorial set up there to those lost and those who tried to find them). We went to the Natural HIstory museum, Central park, the Metropolitan Museum of art (which has alot more than just pictures on the wall! A must see if you go to NYC!) and a whole lot of other stuff.
I wondered how it would be to travel with Anne. It was GREAT. When I do go somewhere like that with Kim, he doesn't want to go and see the stuff, so if I can get him to, he's done and wants to go back to his room on the ship after about 4-5 hours max. And then the next day, he doesn't want to go out at all. Ann and I hit the subways about 9 am and didn't come back till 7:30-8:30 pm every day we were there. So I got to see a whole lot more than I would have with my sweetheart! And we had so much fun yakking at each other that 2 times we missed our subway stops! It was a great time. I think I will be doing more of that in the future, but I doubt I will ever go back to NYC. Once was enough for me.

Malesa's baby is very cute! And such an easy baby. She really didn't need Anne's help, so that is why we were able to do such long days. I was TIRED at the end of each day! Anne and I have about the same tastes in what we want to do and how long we would like to do it, so that worked out really nicely too. Philip and Malesa were both SO VERY GRACIOUS! What a great couple! They actually THANKED me for coming (in spite of the scare I brought them), and Ann said that not a day went by that both of them didn't express their heartfelt appreciation for her coming to help them and "they couldn't possibly have done this without her". And of course, Ann just LOVED being there, as they made her feel so valued and welcome! 2 nights before I left, Phillip got about 3 hours sleep as he was studying for a big test he had to take on Friday, but at 4 am the next night, he got up to help get Ann and I's luggage to the foyer to meet the cab! He is such a sweetheart! I was very impressed, and I felt he went way beyond the call of duty for us! Malesa deserves such a great guy as Philip!
Well, that is probably way more information than you even wanted, so I will be done. I will have my sweetheart (who I missed very much this last month) put my pictures on the blog. I ran out of batteries in the Metro. museum of art, so I didn't get some great stuff there. And the museum didn't sell batteries, so that was a bummer. But I hope I got some good stuff.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

It must be the beginning of spring. A big bug did a splat on my windshield right in front of my nose yesterday on my way home from work. It got up to 63 degrees here today. Yup. Spring is on the way.....until I went to the airport to pick up yer mother. It was about 58 when I left. By the time I got to the airport it was snowing hard. Mom's home. I'm glad. I hope she can stay for a while, but if Punkin' needs her, that's a more worthy cause.
I had another tube-clogging episode yesterday. Thank goodness it didn't happen on a saturday again. I was FINALLY able to see the stomach doctor (who only works weekdays). He fixed my tube and wrote me a prescription for stuff I can use to de-clog it myself if it happens again.
I made a point while he was working on fixing my tube to really connect with him. I thanked him profusely for putting the tube in for me and told him how much it helps my life. I asked alot of questions and made him really connect with me and like me. It paid off too because he told me that if there is a problem with my tube he will come into the hospital on the weekends and fix it for me. I asked "what if you are not the Dr on call?" and he went and got the other doctor from another room and said to him "this is Cambrie Nelson. If she calls with a problem with her tube on the weekend, please come in and fix it for her" and he agreed. (Normally stomach doctors only come in on weekends for emergencies such as bleeding). It takes me a few days to recover after my tube stops working so I'm not doing so hot today, but hopefully I'll be better by tomorrow.

PS- the doctor told me "I've never seen anyone with as much abdominal muscle as you. Do you do alot of sit-ups or something? It was very difficult to make a small incision through such thick abdominal muscles" I guess I'll take that as a compliment.....but then again.....most people who get these feeding tubes are over age 70.....