Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Ain't she sweet?

So, last week, I'm in high anticipation of getting home. My copy of Jeff Fisher's book, "The Savvy Designer's Guide to Success" had arrived! At least according to the UPS tracker website. So I get home and Mrs. Dave brought the packages inside. At first I thought it was strange that they sent the books in separate packages, especially since I did the "ship all together" option to get free shipping. "Whatever, as long as it's here!" I thought. I look at one and it's from B&N. And I look at the other, and it is not, it's from my friend Alina! So, I'm thinking "What the...?" It was a large, flat package, so I start to open it. As I'm opening it, I'm thinking, "No WAY!" She sent me a copy of the book she designed, Creating The Cauldron Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Games. What a great surprise!!! I'd been bugging her to eventually get a copy, but was only being facetious. I never really expected one! But there it was. It's fabulous. Like many designers, she'll be the first to point out the problems, but she's being modest. It's wonderful, and she should be proud of her work. It was just such a nice thought and as I said, completely unexpected. What great work, and what a great lady! Have I mentioned her other works?

It only took her 20-some years to get her to that point, and she's still a work in progress, but WOW! She's got a nice touch! hehehehehe

Oh, I did also get Jeff's book and rifled through it, looking for where I was mentioned in it. I never thought my name would be associated with fashion in any sense of the word, but there I am on page 103. At first, I didn't remember making the comment, but eventually it came to me. I'm not sure if I'm elsewhere in the book or not, but that was the first place, and that's plenty for me! Thanks Jeff!!


I'm a Lifer

*sigh* I guess I don't have supernatural powers yet. While it's not really bad news, it's not the news I was hoping to hear yesterday. Without going into too much detail, I went to the doctor yesterday and found out I'm most likely going to have to stay on blood thinners the rest of my life. The blood test came back and I was still in the moderately elevated range of the test. That basically means that if I stop taking the thinner, there's an increased chance of having another, potentially life-threatening, or as the doctor put it "life-taking," blood clot. So, I was more than a little bummed about that.
The good thing is that my clot over the summer (if indeed that's what I had) didn't cause any damage and I survived it. That meant they were able to treat it, and get me on these thinners, which treated that clot, but also helps prevent future occurrences. So, I'm Ok, and if I keep taking this medication, the chances of it happening again are almost nil. But I just don't like the idea that I'm going to be dependent on this stuff forever. Knowing that if I screw up somehow and don't take it for some period of time by accident, I'm taking serious chances with my life.
Taking the medicine isn't so bad, really. Even the test to check levels isn't bad, it's just going to get the test that's a pain. They say it will eventually become a home test, but not yet. It's just a little finger-prick test, I'm guessing it's much like an insulin test for diabetics. Something like that anyway.
So, the good news is - I'm alive and relatively well, the bad news - I'm stuck taking this stuff forever. Well, if I absolutely had to have this condition somehow, I've got the best outlook possible, for which I am very grateful. That little boy in the picture and Mrs. Dave need me, and I really want to stick around.

Monday, December 20, 2004


Ech, Colts 20, Ravens 10. 8-6. Jaguars (!) in a better position to make the playoffs now. Ogden run around like a tree.
I was happy about the position we were in at the half. 6-3 was nothing to be embarrased about versus the high-flying Colts. But you can't afford mistakes against them, and we offered plenty. Just can't be leaving Marvin Harrison that W   I    D    E open and expect to win much. It also seemed like the offense was able to do most anything they wanted except actually score. How often does a field goal get blocked by the kicking team? Weird.
Well, I'm not given up on getting to the playoffs, but the Ravens didn't do themselves any favors yesterday. Here's hoping that they play for some pride against the Steelers and sweep the season series. Funny thing is, at the beginning of the season, this wasn't looking like it would be too tough a game! What happened? The Squealers were supposed to stink this year!

Polar Express

Someone left the door to Canada open! Man, is it cold here today! When I woke up, the temperature was about 8°F with a wind chill of about -10 to -15 That is seriously freezing! So of course I wake up at about 4:30 am with no blanket, no sheet and my shirt pulled up to my armpits. I probably don't need to tell you how obvious it was I was COLD! Major shrinkage! I'm sure my friends in the Great White North chuckle at this, but it's not quite what we're used to around here. Baltimore freaks out at just a few inches of snow. As I carried the boy out to the car to go to daycare, he looked into the wind and said "Ow!Ow!Ow!" as -10 hit him square in the kisser. This was after I bundled him up like Ralphie's brother in "A Christmas Story."

But depending on your point of view, things are looking up. They say it's is supposed to be up near 60° F sometime later this week. But, this does help it feel a little more like Christmastime. I guess it also helped that I was out Christmas shopping when the storm started.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Poppin' an Email

To see if the email publish thingy works

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Hi, Just here to have fun!

Like I said...