Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Back to School

After a semester off (not counting summer semesters), I am once again enrolled in classes at IUSB.  This time I've decided to take two classes, call me crazy.  I am taking Legal Environment of Business and World Regional Geography.  These classes will assist me in my new determination to finally get a bachelor's degree.  Hopefully I can stay motivated.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Happy Birthday Kelly!

Somehow it's already time for our family's birthday parade to begin.  I want to wish my wonderful wife a very Happy Birthday.  With my current surgery, she is pulling her load and mine and I am lucky to have her taking care of me.  I wish her the best on her birthday and hope that she can enjoy this day.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

First Days of First Grade

On Thursday Megan had her first full day of school.  She was loaded down with supplies and her lunch as she waited for the bus to come and pick her up.  We didn't get any good pictures of her leaving for school but Kelly got a few good shots waiting for her to come home on Friday.

Friday, August 26, 2005

On The Mend

I had my first follow-up appointment and physical therapy session yesterday.  The doctors say everything is going well, although you might not guess that if you could see it.  It's all bruised up and nasty looking.  There is not much swelling and they said I can ditch the crutches whenever I feel like it.  I also don't have to sleep in that awful boot anymore, although I do have to wear it throughout the day.  Now I have exercises that I need to do four times a day, so I hope my work doesn't mind me taking a few minutes to do some throughout the day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

We Have a Winner

Last night I was lying in bed trying to fall asleep, well as best as one can with a four-year-old lying next to you, when all of a sudden I heard Kelly running up the steps and through the living room.  She burst into our bedroom and said "I won!"  A few weeks ago she had entered a couple of her designs in a card contest at Pages In Time.  The judging day came and went with no notification so she assumed that she hadn't won anything.  This came as a great and well deserved surprise last night.

You can see a small write-up on their home page or you can click here to see the winners and some pictures of their entries.

Way to go, Sweetheart!

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Successful Operation

Thursday night my Dad and I drove down to Indianapolis.  We checked into our hotel room at the Wyndham Hotel and then headed over to Keystone Crossing for a late night snack.  We got a table at the Cheesecake Factory, where we first ordered an appetizer to split.  The Sliders, small hamburgers, were quite tasty and then we moved on to dessert.  Dad had the Chocolate Mousse cake and I had the Fresh Strawberry Shortcake.  Both were extremely good and hard to stop eating although we were both quite full.

Yesterday I successfully underwent arthroscopic surgery on my ankle.  Minus the two plus hours I had to wait for the actual surgery to begin, the whole operation went off completely without a hitch and with some of the nicest people participating.  I would give the entire staff at Methodist Sports Medical Center a 5 for their friendliness.  I felt like I was in really good hands.

Now I begin the recovery phase.  Hopefully the night's sleep will get better because last night was not very good.  I am on a strict elevation schedule for four days where my foot is supposed to only be down for ten minutes at a time.  I'm also on a slew of drugs for the next week and a half.  My favorite is the Cryo-Cuff, a soft cast like boot that you fill with ice-cold water.  It wraps around the ankle and provides much relief.

Tuesday, August 9, 2005

Please Don't Ever Make Me Go Back

Last night while attending a family gathering at my Aunt and Uncle's house, I experienced the frustration that is known as dial-up internet access.  It was not so long ago that this was the only option for connecting to the internet and for some this continues, unfortunately, to be the only way to gain access to the Information Highway.  I tried, unsuccessfully, for quite some time to gain access to a page that required a Macromedia plug-in.

My Aunt's computer is currently connecting to the internet via Wal-mart's dial-up access. Maybe it was just a bad night, but this thing kicked me off of the network at least five different times while I was trying to load the plug-in.  Finally I gave up that part of my quest and proceeded to get her signed up for SBC's DSL special that they are currently running.  Thankfully for her their neighborhood is capable of receiving this service.  Hopefully within the next week or so she will be up and running on a REAL connection.

Sunday, August 7, 2005

Going Under the Knife

Well after almost a year of not being able to participate (pain free) in any sports, I am finally scheduled to have surgery on my ankle.  In a couple of weeks I will be going down to the Methodist Sports Medical Center in Indianapolis to have my ankle scoped.  The doctor is quite confident that the surgery will bring me relief to the pain I have been experiencing.  I was happy to see all the pictures of athletes, some from the major sports, autographed and hanging in the doctor's office.  All of them said something like, "Thanks Dr. for fixing me up."  That was reassuring.