Sunday, February 24, 2008

Man Sick

It all started out on Thursday. It was a typical busy activities...4-H meeting...and the added bonus of the annual school carnival. Marc and I had orchestrated the event quite well. We were on time-ish to all the activities. We even managed a home cooked meal-quite an accomplishment on a busy night like this one.

The girls were all snuggled asleep in bed. Marc and I watched, Survivor, American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice...all in about 2 hours...LOVE THAT DVR OPTION. It was time to turn out the lights when Marc innocently said, "I have a gut ache." -Hmmm...that's too bad...ZZZzzzz. And I was fast asleep.

Just like with the beloved DVR, we now fast forward to 6 am. I awake to the sound of the shower running. This is NOT common . Marc usually has to be prodded out of bed. Not today. He informed me that he hadn't slept at all. His stomach hurt too bad. He then threw - up. Hmmm...that's too bad...see ya...and I was off to work.

About 11 am I decide to call and check in on my dearie. He informs me he is at the ER to try and see what is the matter with him. It is the worst stomach ache ... he couldn't wait until the urgent care clinic opened at 1 pm. Four hours and hundreds of dollars later...he was informed that his blood work was normal, except for high levels of acid in his stomach. They sent him on his way. Hmmm...too bad...I guess I'm on my own with the girls for dinner.

It was at that point that I diagnosed him as being Man Sick. You know, I am a man, and I am sick! I was quite tickled with my ability to make lots of women laugh with me as I described the situation. -Let's, his tummy hurts, he threw up...and had hurt for about 12 hours when he went to the doctor. -Not quite up to par with labor yet(3 babies)...or kidney stones (which I've also had 3 times.)...or appendicitis...or thyroidectomy. Hmmm...too bad I decided on teaching instead of becoming a nurse...I'm quite sympathetic.

Now I am going to fast forward to tonight...It is Sunday. He has now thrown up 6 times. He's slept the vast majority of the weekend. No, I haven't rubbed his tummy...I've stayed clear. Heaven knows I don't want what he has...I have way too much going on this week to catch this Man Sick disease. I do hope he feels better soon!

Penny Thought: I'll be eating an apple a day because I am going to be one SORRY momma if I do get this and it is really as bad as he's made it out to be!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Who needs Hamley's?

Don't get me wrong...but really, who needs Hamley's when you've got Chef Marc at home?

Marc proposed to me 14 years ago tonight. He served me Lobster, pasta, artichokes, roses,and a dessert of diamonds! A resounding yes! Who knew all the joys and trials we would encounter in these years. I could not and would not choose differently.

It has been a tradition, ever since, for him to cook each Valentine's Day dinner. A tradition I will never tire of. The girls loved the lobster and got their own flowers, cards and a very special gift from their father...a gift of time! Each has a coupon for a date of their choosing with dad. It has been non-stop planning...'Dad, can we go to Disneyland?' 'Dad, what if I want to go shopping?' 'What will you do Dad if I want to get my hair dyed?'

We love this man! Yes, yes we do!

A Penny Thought: It takes two! It really doesn't matter if it is 'birds of a feather,' or 'opposites attract.' This matter of marriage can't be done alone!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Jilly

My sister turns 39 today (for the first time)! It is hard to believe that she's that old. Lucky for me, I will ALWAYS be younger. Having a big sister had it's ups and downs, but I can't imagine it any other way. Jill and I were oil & vinegar growing up. She was an outside kid. She rode horses. She worked cattle. She ran with my dad. I was the inside kid. I baked. I sewed. I cried if they made me go work outside.

Jill rode a bike first. Jill got her car and her license first. Jill got grounded first. Jill got to go away to college first. I spent my days always trying to 'catch up' to my sister. Little did I know at the time that there were things about me that my sister longed for. Who knew...

Jill went to So. Oregon State College. I went to So. Oregon State College. Jill transfered to OSU. I transfered to OSU. Jill took some tumbles along the way and I took notes. I got the benefit of learning from her mistakes.

Jill and I don't get to see each other as often as I'd like...but we talk on the phone often. Now days, we compare notes...we seek each other out as sounding boards...we trade recipes...we enjoy each other as friends. If I need my sister I know where to find her.

Did you know? Jill...

  1. was born February 10, 1969...she was a big baby!
  2. was a Henley Honeybee Baton Twirler.
  3. had a surprise party...and I kept it a secret.
  4. and I used to jump on the haystacks together.
  5. and I used to 'spy' on boys...we called ourselves "Valley Vice."
  6. and I both kissed the same boy only twice that I know of.
  7. talked me into sticking my tongue on the frozen mailbox.
  8. was a better teacher than mom on how to drive a stick shift.
  9. runs in marathons...she's training for #5 right now.
  10. is a great cook, now...hasn't always been.
  11. can knit a lot of really cute things. (Not that she's ever knit anything for me...hint...hint.)
  12. and I made up code words for embarrassing things...PRU...SBD...OTC.
  13. made me shoot milk out of my nose at the dinner table...with a BANG.
  14. hid under my bunk bed and scared the daylights out of me.
  15. suckered me into...the last peep. "Girls, if I hear one more peep out of you..."
  16. used to chew her nails to the quick.
  17. could do amazing tricks that I couldn't with pencils and cans of mousse.
  18. had to call and ask me how to boil eggs in college.
  19. had to wear braces on her bowed legs as a small child.
  20. 'got' to wear braces on her teeth in high school.
  21. fought fires as a summer job.
  22. got stung by a scorpion while fighting fires.
  23. has traveled to 11 States.
  24. has traveled to 7 countries.
  25. drove a green Horizon Meizer. We had to climb in the hatchback...the doors didn't work.
  26. rear-ended my best friend on the way to me out of a history test. :-)
  27. stuttered as a child.
  28. has beautiful brown eyes and an olive complection.
  29. weighed 55 pounds in 4th grade and led her 1500 pound 4-H steer.
  30. flipped me off the back of the 3 wheeler more than once.
  31. was scared of my long fingernails...I used them as defense! (See #32)
  32. used to pin me down and drip spit on me. She pretended to try and suck it back up, never did though.
  33. would eat cold cereal for dinner on any given night if she didn't need to cook for the kids.
  34. listens to talk radio A LOT.
  35. is an avid reader and loves to buy books.
  36. has a degree in Forestry.
  37. took me to the infirmary when I had kidney stones in college.
  38. is a great mom.
  39. is the best sister ever!

A penny thought: Sisters are different flowers from the same garden. ~Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

February Project - Done

2/12 I am on my way. This was small and easy, but I never said it had to be a big project. -Just one project a month! I am on my way to fulfilling my 2008 Resolution.

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