Friday, April 25, 2008


Well yesterday I had my 3 remaining wisdom teeth removed. All in all the surgery went well. I was there and in the office at about 8:20ish prepping for the anesthesia. Let me tell you, this is the part I as most nervous about. They started by giving me gas and after a couple of minutes on it I was laughing hysterically and I didn't know why. I kept apologizing to the nurse for laughing because I was so confused as to why I was rolling in the chair, especially since she was trying to check for a good vein for the IV.

I tend to have trouble with IVs and having blood drawn and all of that jazz because my Dad has blessed me with small collapsing veins. I had a bad experience the last time I had an IV during a CT Scan, they tried in both arms and couldn't get it, put it in my hand and thought they had it and then pumped damaging fluid into my muscle and tissue. My hand blew up the size of a softball, no joke. So that experience fuels my nervousness. I explained this to the nurse and she checked both arms and decided on the left one. She stuck it in, it hurt, then she wiggled it, that hurt more. When she wiggled it I was surprised and sort of whimpered out loud, then she freaks out, yells at me "Do not Scream!! There are other people in here! Do not be loud!". So I tell her not to make it hurt. I could tell she was having a little trouble. Even after she had it in place and all taped down she had to readjust the whole thing because it wasn't flowing well enough. Eventually it was all in place although I probably asked her 15 times if it was in my vein cause I was so worried.

The doctor came in and started administering the medicine through the IV. I felt good but I wasn't completely out. They tell you that you are not unconscious even when people feel like they are they will still do what they are asked to do (open wider, move your jaw, etc..) and they said it effects everyone differently so that was part of what I was worried about. I remember everything I just didn't feel anything. I remember the shots and the doctor "wiggling" my teeth. I say that because I thought he was just wiggling to get them looser then he was going to pull them, but after wiggling he said, ok they are out. I remember laughing and calling him a liar, and he said nope, they are out. I said, geez that took like 5 minutes. The nurse said snottily "I was here and it took more than that". It couldn't have taken too much longer because I was in recovery for awhile then in the car and ready to go by 9:40.

Yesterday was pretty good. I was numb until early evening and ate some soft foods (pudding, applesauce, soup). As I regained more feeling it became more painful of course. I took some pain meds throughout the evening and into the night. I slept very little though. I have been up since shortly after 4am and I was up off and on before that. I am sure I will sleep later and I hope so cause I am beat. The pain isn't horrible, but my throat hurts, which they said could happen.

Anyhow, I am in for a restful weekend hopefully, it's supposed to be pretty rainy and blah so it should be a good weekend for it.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

We LOVE Spring Clean Up Days!

Thank goodness for spring clean up/large garbage pickup days! Without them we would still be unable to park in our garage, but now we can pull all the way in, close the door and everything!

We put out the carpet that we ripped out, the countertops that we ripped out, along with oodles of crap that was found as the snow melted around our yard including tons of ocky kids toys, an old hanging swing all rotted out, a random barrell with a water pump attached to it, 3 basket ball hoops, 1 backboard and one basketball hoop pole with stand. We also got rid of the old owners old nasty microwave, scraps of wood, and pretty much just crap. It is so nice to be rid of trash that was never ours. Again, thank goodness for large garbage pickup!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Wintery Spring Weekend

On Thursday night I called my sister to see if Jim and I could have Jayke for the weekend, we like having him come and hang out with us since he is just so awesome. Chelsea and I agreed to meet Friday afternoon. When she picked up Jayke from daycare she told him he got to go to Auntie Mandy's house and he was pretty pumped. Of course he told Chelsea that he also got to see Jim, Odie, Boomer and Milo then he looked at all of his friends and said excitedly, "I get to go to my Auntie Mandy's!!".

I picked him up Friday at around 1 and he came to work with me that afternoon. He loves coming to work with me cause he like to "play with the kids". When the bell rang for school to get out he looks at me and yells "The kids are coming! The kids are coming!" and he runs to go meet them. He especially likes one of my boys, Mark. He will ask over and over if he gets to see Mark and then he will tell me that Mark is his best friend (although the best friend changes through the weekend, it can also be Odie, Jim, Boomer, or just simply all the animals).

Saturday we went to pick up an ijoy massage chair that Jim and I purchased cheaply off of Craigslist. Jim had been wanting one for quite awhile, he even wanted to register for one for the wedding but we didn't. So when I saw this one for sale the guy said make me an offer so I low-balled it and he took it. I was SO excited to get it for Jim! We had to drive to Newton to pick it up but it was totally worth it, it works great and feels fantastic.

We also ran some errands on Saturday and let Jayke play in the mall play center which he always loves. That was good too since when we woke up on Saturday it was snowing, a lot. We got at least 1/2 an inch on the ground and it still snowed all morning! Jim went to grab the car before we left the mall since it was pretty cold and while Jayke and I waited in Sears he picked a couple of "tractors" that he decided should be his and he asked if he could have his picture taken by them so I obliged.

Sunday we ran to Walmart and he got to ride the horse, which he loves. Then on our way to meet Chelsea we stopped at the McDonalds play place because he had been begging to go there. Of course while we were there he would not climb up into anything, he just ran around and jumped on the bottom of the slides. Silly Kid! We were late meeting Chelsea because I give in when Jayke says "come on Manny, just 2 more minutes".

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Yay for Yardwork

Saturday was quite the day for yardwork at the Davis house. Jim, his sister, my friend's mom Kathleen, and I all spent about 6 hours working on the yard. Kathleen knows a ton about plants and mentioned some things the last time she was here so I asked her to come help us out and I am so glad she did. Our front yard is full of intricate landscaping and she really helped me learn how to maintain things each spring and each fall.

To start with there was A LOT of cleaning out to do since no one was here to do any maintenance this past fall. We trimmed everything up so it was ready for spring growth and Jim and his sister raked up all the leaves in the backyard. Pretty much all of the mulch up front will need to be replaced but we won't start that for the next couple of weeks because so many things are still coming through. It will be exciting to see how things grow and come up in the coming months!

We had gotten a leaf blower/vac/mulcher at menards and it was working great, until it broke of course! So there are still a few piles of leaves in the backyard that need to be bagged and some more raked around the swingset but we were beat by the end of it all.

Vet Visit

On Friday I had to take Odie to the vet to get updated on his vaccines and for his wellness check. We got a welcome packet when we moved to Urbandale and one of the items was a certificate to a local vet who I had heard good things about, so we headed there.

Odie always loves his leash and loves car rides so he was pretty pumped when we left the house. Things changed the minute we went to walk into the vet's office. I opened the door and he knew immediately where he was. He tried to run away and I had to try to coax him back, I was pulling the leash trying to get him to come in and he would not budge. Finally I had to pick him up and carry him in.

While inside he just cowered next to me in the waiting room shaking like a leaf. When it was our turn to go in things didn't get any better. The Vet opened the window to let in some air since it was so nice out and Odie tried to get out through the window, although the screen stopped him. He was very apprehensive and as a precaution the vet decided to muzzle him, which I was not a huge fan of, but I had never seen Odie act this way and I didn't know what his previous experiences were like at a vet's office so I understood.

Finally he was being examined and still not liking it much. They had to draw blood to test for heart worms, which he didn't have. All the while he had already went numbers one and two on the table. The vet responded with "good, we needed a fecal sample". After the blood draw he thought he was done and freaked out again and peed and pooed all over again. Then he had to get his shots, and again tried to get away after they were done and in doing so he peed and pooed yet again. That time the pee got all over my leg and shoe, and the poo was diarrhea since he had little left in him to be going. Then he got his bottom all in the nasty stuff so they had to carry him back to wash him off. It was all pretty traumatic for him.

Of course when they were all done and him and his leash were back in my hands he was fine, all smiles ready to trot out.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

12 cents in 12 hours?

On my way to work this morning I noticed gas was $3.07 and I knew I needed to fill up soon and thought it was a pretty good price (sad enough as that is). Anyhow, I remember thinking that it had gone down over the last couple of days and I knew I had enough gas to make it until tomorrow so I decided to wait it out to see if it would drop another cent or two (because there is nothing like saving a whole whopping quarter).

Anyhow, tonight I had to run a quick errand and noticed that gas had jumped to $3.19, of course this was right about when my gas light popped on. Not only do I hate the sky rocketing gas prices, but I hate that it takes a mere 12 hours for them to increase 12 cents! Insane! The good news is the last station I passed between the store and my house was still at $3.07, so I quickly filled up. Lucky for me it is almost scooter season, 100 miles to the gallon, I can handle that!

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