Saturday, May 31, 2008

The rest of the story

While I'm able to sit up a bit, I thought I'd write the rest of the story from my last post.

I was in Pittsburgh, chaperoning a field trip and ended up being rushed to the hospital. We had visited the Art School there and my daughter has decided she wants to go there after graduating in three years. She wants to be a fashion designer. After the school, we got on the bus and ate our lunch. My turkey didn't taste right, so I only had a couple bites.

We got to the Carnegie Science Museum and had an hour to explore before our guided tour. My two kids and one of their friends got to see the dinosaurs and the gems and mineral room. There was a crystal skull there. Pretty neat even though I don't believe it is a real one, but just a casting.

We get back to meet the rest of the group and I start to hurt. We break up into three groups and head off in different directions. Daughter and her friend in one, son and me in another. We get to our first stop, a juvenile t-rex named "Jane" and the pain is so bad, I hit the floor. It felt like a bunch of knives were jabbing through my stomach and out my back. OUCH!

Security comes running and after seeing me doubled over, crying they call an ambulance, then have the rest of the security officers try to find my daughter and the teacher in charge of our group. My 13-year old son is sitting on the floor, holding my hand when 15-year old daughter comes running. The teacher gets there just as the ambulance shows up. She calls my hubby to let him know what was going on while the paramedics are checking vitals, etc... and I'm loaded into the ambulance.

Security there was great. I can't say enough good about them. They closed off the exhibit and stayed right there with me until we left. They stood in a circle around me to keep all the lookie loos away. As we were being taken out the door, they even gave my son free passes for us to come back another time. We will definitely do that. We didn't get to see even a third of the museum. I really wanted to see the Egyptian wing, but ....

After about four hours in the ER and more tests than I can count, I'm admitted for the night. My gallbladder is the cause, they think. They decided to send me home the next day since the pain wasn't as excruciating and let our family surgeon decide whether or not to remove it. (He's doing that on Tuesday).

It's a trip none of us will soon forget and I bet they don't ask me to chaperon another trip!

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Camera Critters

Thought I'd go way back in time for today's image. :) I took this at the Pittsburgh Museum of Natural History while chaperoning a field trip on Friday. This is a juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex named "Jane."

Not long after this was taken, the ambulance showed up and hauled me off to Presbyterian Hospital. Not one of my finer moments, but it made for a trip that none of the kids will soon forget! :) That story I'll leave for another post.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Worldless Wednesday

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cooking? Cleaning? I'd Rather do Genealogy!

One of my favorite hobbies is searching my family's history. I've been researching since I was a little girl and now have teenage children of my own that I try to show how important our history is. Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.


Cooking? Cleaning? I'd Rather do Genealogy!

They think that I should cook and clean, and be a model wife.
I tell them it's more interesting to study Grandpa's life.
They simply do not understand why I hate to go to bed
I'd rather do two hundred years of research work instead.

Why waste the time we have on earth just snoring and asleep?
When we can learn of ancestors that sailed upon the deep?
We have priests, Rabbis, lawmen, soldiers, more than just a few.
And yes, there's many scoundrels, and a bootlegger or two.

How can a person find this life an awful drudge or bore?
When we can live the lives of all those folks who came before?
A hundred years from now of course, no one will ever know
Whether I did laundry, but they'll see our Tree and glow
'Cause their dear old granny left for them, for all posterity,
not clean hankies and the like, but a finished family tree.

My home may be untidy, 'cause I've better things to do
checking all the records to provide us with a clue.
Old great granny's pulling roots and branches out with glee,
Her clothes ain't hanging out to dry she's hung up on a tree.

Mel Oshins


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Worldless Wednesday

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Camera Critters

Another one from our trip to the Pittsburgh Zoo. I love the big cats the best at zoos. :)

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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Worldless Wednesday

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Golden Compass

Our 13-year old son read the trilogy the movie is based on and absolutely loved it, so we went out and bought the DVD over the weekend. An added bonus from WalMart was a Ty beanie of the polar bear. He's soft and is sitting happily on my night stand beside my Ty beanie bear Peace.

Since it's pretty rare for an epic fantasy movie to come even close to what the book is, I truly wasn't expecting that much, but was pleasantly surprised. It didn't follow the book exactly, the movie would have been several hours long. They did cut quite a bit, but there was enough to follow the story.

The movie was very good and I enjoyed every minute of it. Our son kept telling us what was wrong with the movie, but eventually, he got into the movie and just enjoyed it for what it was. The polar bears and daemons were great and looked very real.

I'm looking forward to the next installment in the world of His Dark Materials.

Has anyone else seen the movie? Thoughts?

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Camera Critters

We were outside working on the yard this morning and Aphrodite decided it was time for a new formal photo. She's a really sweet dog. Just wish my boy could be out there with her.

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