Monday, October 31, 2005
an adverb modifies a verb.

And HERE is my niece dancing w/my brother-in-law. (not her dad, but my husbands' brother). he was the only one willing to dance w/her, and see how we repay him? by taking pictures of him :)

a couple halloween party pictures

ah yes. emilir laughing. we found that if we opened the picture, and zoomed in all the way, we could see up my nostrils and INTO the brain cavity. pretty cool, really.

warning: rant ahead

halloween night; the trick or treaters haven't started to come yet......and we're just warming up dinner. i was planning on making chicken enchiladas tonight (yummy) but my head hurts too much to do anything, so we're warming up chicken nibbles instead. a poor substitute. :( today the neurologists' office (Dr. R) called AGAIN -- apparently his personal emergency will be keeping him out of the office for the next week and a half. AAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!! sooooo the next appt. they made for me is Nov. 17th at 11am. grr. this doesn't make me happy AT ALL! so i told the lady who called that i'd like to get in to see one of his associates, or ANYTHING sooner than that, if possible. i explained the daily headache thing. she said she was putting me on the top of her list, in case he came in next week at all and could fit me in. am i really on any list? probably not. call me cynical, but i have a *feeling* that it is just something good to say to get off the phone w/me. i can understand it's not her fault, but it's NO ONE"S fault, and i just continually have no appointment, and thus no chance to try something new that might help me get better! ok, rant complete.
november marks one year that the migraines have been daily. not my favorite kind of anniversary to 'celebrate'. ah, well. such is life.

Sunday, October 30, 2005
good times

well hello one and all. last night was a good time. as predicted, we missed gretchie and wedgie :( and of course we send lots of get well wishes to wedgie. el tiene pneumonia. :-( in any case, it would seem that we had a fun time last night -- some of the kids found the party a little 'boring', but what're you gonna do? it was great to see dave and julie again, it's been a while; of course great to see EVERYONE who came, but it'd been the longest time since we'd seen them.
sadly, i must have overdone it yesterday, either with cleaning or setting up or whatever, b/c i ended up sleeping forEVER -- then i had an insane migraine, and took something for it, which of course caused more sleeping. wow. i'm pretty sure i've been asleep for more of today than awake. lame.
spencer fixed the chat software, so i can chat online with the chronic pain support group. he's pretty brilliant, always knows how to fix computer stuff. i = a lucky wife!

Saturday, October 29, 2005
halloween party tonight.......

i'm pretty excited; spencer and i have been cleaning up, making all sorts of preparations today, getting ready for family and friends to come over! i've been trying not to overdo it, so i'll still be able to enjoy the party tonight.......just realized that, as this is the saturday before halloween, athens will be hosting its annual HALLOWEEN BASH. fortunately, it won't even compare to ours. ;) heeheehee -- we're going to miss Gretchie and Wedgie tonight, :( he is sick and she is in charge of the ward halloween party down there in P-town. so tragic. we'll miss them.......but for now, we're just getting ready to have a spooky good time!

Friday, October 28, 2005
disappointing :(

i just got a call from the neurologists' office; my Dr. has had a personal emergency and won't be in at all today. :( it's a little disconcerting, esp. b/c this isn't just one more thing in my to-do list (go to see Dr.), this is an appt. i've been waiting for a month and a half, looking forward to it since the meds aren't working! but there isn't anything to be done about it, they rescheduled me
(for next wednesday), so i really shouldn't even complain. that's only a few days away. but it's frustrating, and somewhat annoying to have plans change at the last minute, especially when it's something as important to me as seeing the Dr., hoping he'll have a new idea for 'fixing me'!

ah well. life goes on, and i will just do something else today; maybe buy a few last minute items for the party tomorrow (drink stuff, etc....) and definitely the house needs some cleaning. :-)

Thursday, October 27, 2005

something new: i was looking around online today, and found a chronic pain support "group" - a chat room/message board kind of online community for people suffering from chronic pain. in all honesty, most of the members there have conditions more numerous and awful than my own, but i feel like i could really benefit from being a part of their group; it's not to say my own husband and family and friends aren't incredibly supportive (they are!), but only that living in pain brings new issues and difficulties to life, which are hard to imagine or understand without living through it yourself. i feel like this is a good opportunity to gain some perspective about my current situation. we'll see how it goes!
also, the recipe for the delicious Pumpkin Crunch Cake!
preheat oven to 350 F - grease 13 x 9 inch pan.
1 can (14 oz.) pumpkin puree (not filling)
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. evaporated milk
1 1/3 c. granulated sugar
1 T. pumpkin pie spice (or 2 t.cinnamon + 1/2 t. each nutmeg and cloves)
1/2 t. salt
1 pkg. yellow cake mix
1 1/4 c. chopped pecans or walnuts
1 c. melted butter
whipped cream
1. In a large mixing bowl, stir together pumpkin, eggs, evaporated milk, sugar, spice and salt until smoothly blended. Pour into prepared pan.
2. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly on top. Scatter nuts over cake mix. Drizle melted butter over nuts, moistening dry mixture as much as possible.
3. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until set and golden. Cool at least 1 hour in pan on a wire rack before serving. Serve w/whipped cream. Store leftover dessert in fridge.


Tuesday, October 25, 2005
very funny dancing...singing in the rain.

a long overdue hello

I *finally* wrote my piano teacher at BYU an email, explaining my whereabouts this semester.
uhm, LAME! i can't believe i haven't stopped by to see him/talk to him/explain earlier! i am so lame! but in any case, you can just call me 'her royal lameness'. the email:
Hi there Dr. A --
I feel terrible that so much time has gone by this semester without my
contacting you. By way of explanation, I decided that I needed to take
this semester off because my health is still not improved. The
migraines are still an ever-present problem. I am planning and hoping
to come back to school as soon as possible. So far, the doctors have
not been able to find a successful solution to the problem.
Otherwise, I'm doing very well. My husband and I are living in Salt
Lake City; he is just starting a PhD program at the U of U. That
ensures our presence in Utah valley for another 4-5 years.
Hopefully the BYU school of music and (more specifically) your studio
is well. I miss you all very much, and find myself also missing the
huge presence that music was in my life. I look forward to being able
to play again!

he = such a cool guy, i love him - one of the best piano teachers i've ever had, and (unlike some others, who shall remain nameless), seems well adjusted enough to understand that even piano majors have lives! i like that. i miss my lessons with him, but mostly i miss playing the piano, the feeling of creating something beautiful, something real. it leaves my soul feeling hollow and fake.

in other news, there's a new strong bad email on good times. always. i pretty much just live for that site. heehee.

on a tuesday morning -

well it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood today. spencer and i went last night to carve pumpkins with my sisters' family. good times were had by all; it's strange how every year i seem to forget how messy pumpkin carving is, and how TIME-CONSUMING! it's not a bad thing, obviously, i guess the results just overshadow all the hard work in getting there. ;) but we had a really good time. i got to make a new recipe - a pumpkin crunch cake - and try out my brother-in-law's specialty, a tangy chicken recipe that i really enjoyed.
i'm getting excited for our halloween party this weekend; i think most everyone is coming, except gretchen and richard. :( very very sad. we will miss them, and they will miss all the fun! LAST weekend, just a few nights ago, spencer and i went to the O.C. Tanner gift of music conference at the conference center. it was really great; we got to hear the moTab and Utah symphony, and their guests were Ronan Tynan (an irish tenor) and Leahy (a fiddle/dance/celtic group). it was cool. also there were some bagpipes there for the last few numbers. it was a celebration of celtic heritage. pretty cool.
a few parting gifts for you, faithful readers; if you have some free time today, enjoy a quick game of Sudoku. :) number game. and..........for a laugh, got to and check out their photoshop contests. very humorous.

Friday, October 21, 2005
on the subject of my bellybutton ;)

hahaha. j/k. that one's for you, spencir. it is now 5:21, and i'm out of bed and at the computer for the first time today. my head has been hurting so much, it was one of those days i just had to stay in bed. :/ but of course, i'm excited to update my blog :) mostly probably the novelty of something new. the pain is not as bad now; probably resting for so long did me some good.
one week from today is my next Dr.s appointment w/my neurologist. i'll have been on this new medicine (verpamil) for 2 weeks once i go there. i wonder how long the trial lasts. so far, i haven't seen ANY effects; which is preferable to the side effects, i suppose, but obviously not what we're looking for. ;)
just talked to the husband, and he's on his way home -- this is good news. he was nice enough to go to the library for me earlier today; i was out of books to read, and he was leaving for school/work. what a nice guy!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

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in the beginning.......

Wellllll.... hello there. This is kind of a testing, testing, 1 2 3 .... mainly I want to check out MY BLOG and what it looks like. hopefully it's cool. if it's lame, i'll just pretend i have no idea what it is. heehee. Ok, here we go; i'm gonna send it out into the great information superhighway.

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I'm 25 - married, and recently graduated from Brigham Young University, studying music; I play piano. My husband is just starting his PhD program at the University of Utah in computer architecture.



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