Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ever get the urge to nap in a jet engine?

We've had a fun, relatively quiet week, savoring our last bit of summer and sun. I finished (finally) this craft for Lucy's wall (someday room). I got the idea here. I thought it would be a fun way to commemorate her crawling and maybe I'll get around to doing one of her playing or walking to match. Today I went to the hospital again for a "planning session," before my radiation starts. Here's where the jet engine comes in. It really wasn't that bad. Before I start I do have to say that even considering my limited experience with Providence Park Hospital they are already blowing UofM out of the Customer Service water. Customer Service is more important to me than the actual treatment. I'd rather feel sick and have someone be nice to me than feel great but have a mean nurse.

Today as I sat and waited in a very crappy hospital gown (they don't know the trick with giving you two, one to use as a robe so you're not hanging out everywhere) I realized there is an untapped market out there. Custom fit hospital gowns! I know they have gowns for laboring women to wear so they feel pretty or whatever, but these would actually be practical for people who wear them on a regular basis like me. They could still give easy access where needed but could be custom fit so that when tied properly you're comfortable to sit or stand or lay or whatever ridiculous thing you have to do. I'm going to make one for myself....someday....when I learn how to sew.

So, anyway, today they had to make a mold of my body so that they can reposition me perfectly every time. We wouldn't want any stray rays floating anywhere else in my body. They laid a big tray down on the bed, with a plastic bag on top of it. They mixed two chemicals together to create a liquid that expands and hardens into a foam. The mixture is put into the bag, then I laid down on top of it so I could make my impression. It was a little hot but not too bad. After that the nurse had to take a bunch of measurements with the CT scanner. It was not so fun but bearable. The worst part was that she kept having to move me like a nanometer at a time and she kept having to look at my scar so she kept removing the towel covering my bum so for a while it was just hanging out there for all the world to see. I guess modesty shouldn't be an issue for me at this point but for some reason it still really bothers me. The table wasn't quite long enough and so my arms hung out in front of me kind of as if I were making a "goal" sign. So I asked if I could move them up to my hands are very far from my lumbar region and I'm very good at holding still...the nurse said, "If you do, we'll have to start all over." So it was numb arms for me. Oh well. After that, they inserted the ink in five different I now have 5 freckle-sized tattoos. Then it was over...I don't start the radiation for another week and a half or so...they said it shouldn't take long each time...only 20-30 minutes start to finish.

After that, since I had the car I had to go to Comcast to pick up a new cable box, and since Comcast is R-E-T-A-R-D-E-D, I had to drive to Ann Arbor to go get it. I figured I might as well enjoy my chance to be there, I do love Ann Arbor, I went to Whole Foods. Oh how I love Whole Foods. I think it's really, truly, one of my all time favorite places on earth. I splurged a little for all my pain and discomfort today. I bought myself some of their spinach dip which is truly out of this world. I have searched for a copy of the recipe but there are none to be found. Anyway...after I had my spoils I decided I'd go look in the ice cream department and see what they had. (As I reread this I realized I said department as if it's a shoe store...well, really, it should have it's own department) There is a specific kind I've been looking for but no one has. Lo and Behold...I should have known Whole Foods would and it is soooo worth it (the price and the calories). After I got home and tried to hook up the cable box, that doesn't seem to be working. Of course. I had a small scoop (I have to ration) of my heaven on earth. It was divine and almost made up for the cruddy Dr.'s appointment.

oh yeah, I'm a little obsessed with frozen mugs.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008


Do you think they do endorsements for cuteness?
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Thursday, August 21, 2008

A luxury for my nose.

I have an apartment that stinks. It stinks so much that when I go other places and open my suitcase...the stink has come with me. I hate the stink. I don't notice it so much inside the apartment but I know it's there. The stink in the hallway is sometimes almost enough to make you gag. Each time we come home from somewhere there is a new description of the smell, it's like that scene from Anchorman...

"it's like a used diaper...filled with Indian food..."
"it's like a turd covered in burnt hair..."

Well, my bathroom also smells like a Jr. High boys bathroom. I disinfect it on a weekly basis with more and more harsh cleaning chemicals. I have tried Pine-sol, Ammonia, Bleach (not at the same time), and CLR. And still...the stink remains. I think it must just be the cruddy apartment grade tile and paint that have soaked up the stinkiest of smells for the last, oh, 40 years this place has been in existance.

On to my solution. There is a smell I love. An air freshener smell that is. It's the Glade Hawaiian Breeze scent. I love it because it is the air freshener that was in my first apartment. I remember walking in and my first thought was "wow, it smells really good in here." I associate it with new found independence, fall and excitment...(and I used to think aromatherapy was a racket, ha.) I usually don't buy the little scented oil refills because they don't last they are a bit of a luxury item. I decided...they're one luxury I'm willing to sacrifice for. One nice thing about having a tiny only have to have one plugged in and it works for the whole place. I love the smell and it covers up the stink of this dreaded apartment I've grown to love. So...from now on, I've decided it is a must, a need; my nasal relief.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A great, healthy meal...

I made this for dinner for us on Monday and I thought it was awesome! I loved it. I doubled the recipe because I wanted to use up all the sugar snap peas I had bought. The only thing I might do next time is add a little less broth or made corn starch because it didn't thicken up as much as I would have liked. I found the recipe on

Orange Teriyaki Beef with Noodles (Cooking for 2)

Weeknight rush? Here's beef, veggies and noodles you can have on the table in only 25 minutes! From eatbetteramerica.
Prep Time:25 min
Start to Finish:25 min
makes:2 servings

1/2lb beef boneless sirloin, cut into thin strips
1cup reduced-sodium beef broth
2tablespoons teriyaki stir-fry sauce
1tablespoon orange marmalade

Dash of ground red pepper (cayenne)
3/4cup sugar snap pea pods
3/4cup uncooked fine egg noodles (1 1/2 oz)

Heat 10-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef in skillet 2 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown. Remove beef from skillet; keep warm.
2.Add broth, stir-fry sauce, marmalade and red pepper to skillet. Heat to boiling. Stir in pea pods and noodles; reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook about 5 minutes or until noodles are tender.
3.Stir in beef. Cook uncovered 2 to 3 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): No change.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 340 (Calories from Fat 130); Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 1/2g); Cholesterol 75mg; Sodium 670mg; Total Carbohydrate 28g (Dietary Fiber 1g, Sugars 9g); Protein 25g Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 4%; Iron 20% Exchanges: 1 Starch; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 3 Lean Meat; 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
MyPyramid Servings 1 oz-equivalents Grains, 3 oz-equivalents Meat & Beans, 1/4 c Vegetables

Mon(tz)'s Wedding

Sorry Maria...I stole your caption.

This weekend one of my best childhood friends got married. She and I met in Kindergarden and remained friends through high school and beyond. Her and her husband now live in the Chicago area but came back to Toledo to get married. The ceremony was at Gesu and it was beautiful...from what I heard in the cry room. Monika's dress was gorgeous, she looked so pretty. It was nice to see her so happy. Before the wedding we went to one of my favorite Toledo diners; Schmucker's. They have really good food and really great pie. It was fun to take my little family back there. I was worried Tony would think it was gross but he really liked it. I can't wait to go back to Toledo this fall to go to the zoo.

Lucy at Schmucker's.

Katy and Lu at the church, waiting for the newlyweds to depart.

There they go...the happy couple...Mr. and Mrs. Montz

Cool, apple centerpieces. Loved it!

Katy, Monika and I.

Lucy had a great time...she got to eat a ton of garbage and stay up way past her bedtime.

Between the wedding and the reception we stopped and saw an old, old, friend, Chris Rumpf. We grew up across the street from each other and spent most of our summer days in their pool. It was really nice to see him and his mom. I love keeping in touch with old friends. I think it helps us not get too far out of touch with where we came from.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

The nice things...

about my upstairs neighbors blasting their stereo are a.) I don't feel so bad when Lu is screaming and b.) I like their choices in right now we're listening to the Violent Femmes.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

You know what's scary?

when you have a doctor's appointment and you get to the check-out part and they say, "oh, there's no co-payment." It feels like going to a restaurant without prices on the, "this place is so expensive we can't even tell you about it."

Monday, August 11, 2008


GIANT Blackberries we got at DeGrandchamp Farm

We found this great little spot that was not crowded at all, and the sand was so soft and smooth.

My first view of Lake Michigan

"I'm ready to go in Daddy!"

"Here I go!"

"Daddy, that water is cold!"

Playing in the sand

...and the surf.

My little beach baby.

After our fun at the beach we went into town, South Haven. It really reminded me of a vacation I took to Wilmington, N.C. It just so happened to be the same weekend as the Blueberry Festival. I found out this weekend that there is a "fruit belt" in Michigan, a few miles inland from the lake up and down the state. We walked around, shopped, people watched, and went to a great restaurant, Clementine's. It was in an old building that used to be a bank. The best part were these onion rings that were TO DIE FOR. They were unbelievably good. We ate an order for our appetizer and then gluttonously ordered a second plate of them. We walked off our dinner around the old harbor and saw the drawbridge go up.

"Are you sure it's okay to touch a snake?" (a woman was carrying this python around her waist)

what do you think? Is it "me?"

After we left South Haven we went to Lucy's Greatgrandparent's house. It was wonderful to see what a kick they got out of seeing her. I wish we lived closer so we could see them more often.

after all that fun...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Friday, August 08, 2008

Book Review

March March by Geraldine Brooks

My review

rating: 1 of 5 stars
I did not like this book at all! I was really disappointed. I thought it was going to be a sweet book about father/daughter relationships between Mr. March and the Little Women, but it was not, at least not the beginning because that's as far as I made it. There were some things in it that I really didn't like. Louisa Mae Alcott would have been ashamed.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I was bitten by Breaking Dawn

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The BD party was a BLAST! There were teeth (although we know that's a myth), scavenger hunts, a costume contest, themed drinks and lots of silly girls...and a few boys. We had a great night! B&N did a great job managing the event.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Toledo Pride

Jen, the kids, and I made a quick trip to Toledo today. We were waiting in a parking lot in what I used to believe was a pretty safe part of town (my old 'hood) and I saw someone run by---fast---and pull a hood over their head. I thought, "they're running fast...I bet they stole something." I didn't give it much thought after that until more people were running after him. It turned out that this person had stolen a woman's money out of the ATM and made a break for it. He wasn't caught at the time but the police were called. It's funny---I grew up hearing my dad say if we see a police car in our neighborhood it's because they're lost. After all the hubbub we went to Swan Creek Metro Park for a picnic and little walk. It was fun. I was pretty amazed that I recognized the path we were on in the park, I didn't think I would remember that much. Lucy wanted to get out of the stroller so bad. She kept reaching foward for the kids, like, "wait up! I'm coming!" It was a fun time. I miss Toledo.

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