Monday, February 8, 2016

Another Weekend w/out Hockey

N is still not 100% and has missed another weekend of hockey, which is a bummer, but it's more important that he get healthy and skating hard on a cold damp ice rink is not a recipe for recovery. This flu has been particularly nasty and has hit him in particular really hard. I feel bad for him, though he is without question on the mend. I'm thankful for that. For what it's worth, the winter has not been particularly brutal in terms of cold and snow, and while this would normally bum me out, I think given our current state of convalescence, it's not necessarily a bad thing. I think once we're healthy and vital again I wouldn't mind a couple of feet of snow, but nobody cares what I think.

Things are winding down winter-wise so we'll see how the next month or so transpires. I'm looking forward to, or should I say hoping for, fewer coughs and fevers.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Regina for the pic.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Back on the Ice

N finally got back on the ice last week and I think it went okay, though he was still sick and at times he had difficulty catching his breath. Despite the fact that his fever has gone down and he's feeling better, he's still not 100%. His appetite is not completely there (he's lost weight-total bummer) and his cough is still pretty severe, especially when he exerts himself. He was a trooper and was glad to see his teammates and be on the ice, but it was probably a little too soon to return, especially to a cold and damp ice rink. On a bright note, it was good for him to get out and about.

With that in mind, it looks like it will take a few more days before he's ready to go full tilt on the ice, which means no games and no strenuous practices. The key here is to get back to good health, and that, unfortunately, means no hockey, but what are you doing to do? I know he's itching to get back into form, but we may have to delay that just a few more days... hopefully.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Hamid for the pic.

Good Optical Vibes

A has been having some issues with her contact lenses, which in my opinion is en par for the course with those things. I have contacts but wear them sparingly. I've been using them for most of my life but have found them to be a pain and not as comfortable as glasses, but I completely get the allure of wearing them, especially when you're a teenager. When you're old and boring like myself, you stop caring how you look... not that I ever cared in the first place.

Her contact lens situation needed to be dealt with so we tried to get an appointment with her optometrist CF at Fields of Vision, but they've been really busy. Even still, they almost always go to great lengths to fit us in, for which I am grateful, and this time around was no different. They told us to come in on a certain day and that there wasn't really an opening but they might find a few spare minutes for what we needed, which was basically a quick re-fitting of her lenses. I even asked if we could come in earlier because she had a hockey practice to be at and they said that would be fine.

I picked her up from school and we headed over to an earlier appointment, then I took her to FOV and they squeezed her in and fitted her with new lenses, which she says are really comfortable. I'm hoping these are the lenses of the future, but we'll keep our eyes on it. In the meantime, many thanks to FOV for working with us on this situation. They are definitely deserving of our patronage, though I'm guessing we'll get a bill for their time. At least that's how it's worked in the past, there are no free lunches in this town, as the saying goes. While this tends to erase some of the good will in our hearts, I'm willing to acknowledge that it's unrealistic to think otherwise. We'll still be loyal clients.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to rsho0d 69 for the pic.

A Nice Score

Over where the kids do their editing work at the studio and they have a bench where people put their unwanted stuff, free for the taking. There is an eclectic mix of businesses in that building, so people with different interests and backgrounds occupy the premise, including numerous artists. On the free bench they usually have old books or magazines, but every now and then there's the random printer or tech device. I once saw a digital copier and was tempted to take it but wasn't sure what I'd do with it. Mom would not have approved. Sometimes I think I have a bit of that pathological hoarder gene going on inside of me.

Either way, I was dropping the kids off when I spotted a small radio and grabbed it. While we are not at a loss for radios in this house, I have for awhile wanted a small one for the kitchen that I can listen to while I'm doing my countless domestic duties. We have several boom boxes, the kids each have one in their rooms, I have one in the barn for that project, and one for the backyard for when I'm chopping/stacking wood. For the record, I bought all of them at the Listen Center and paid anywhere from $5-10 for each one. We also have a nice home stereo, but it's in the living room and in the mornings and evenings I can't really turn it up so I can actually hear it.

The thing about this radio is that it's a really cool one. It's made by Tivoli, and in addition to looking cool, it's got killer audio quality. The bass on it is amazing considering it's size, and when you crank up the volume, it really booms. I love this thing, and the convenient size makes it perfect for placement on the counter. I thought I read that it was weather resistant, too. I looked online and a new version of this will set you back about $200. Can you believe that? It makes me stoked that I got it for free.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Charles_Che for the pic.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Hockey Night

I have been working pretty regularly at the Inn and my shifts tend to fall on the same nights as A's hockey games. Consequently, I've missed quite a few, which is a complete bummer. Mom has made it to a lot of them because she volunteers to help out. What a trooper. This past week I was scheduled to work from 5-10, and I asked if I could be out of there by 10:00 so I could at least give A a ride home. This meant that mom would not have to drive to the arena twice, once to take her to her game, and the second time to bring her home. The reason for this was because N was sick in bed and she didn't want to leave him home all by himself in that state.

Anyway, I got to work and we whipped through our tasks, which is a bit out of character. We had to go offsite, which always makes us work late, but we cranked through it, and by 7:30 we were back at the Inn. Things were looking good. As 8:00 rolled around, there were only a few things left to do, and they didn't require my presence since the other guys were still going to be there. I asked if I could go, figuring I could make to the rink by 8:30 and catch the last two periods of A's game. When I got there, they were still playing the national anthem, so I knew I was going to be able to watch the whole game. I enjoy watching the kids play, and even though my back was killing me, it was fun. It was nice also that mom didn't have to come back to the rink for pick-up, and the girls won. A win-win-win situation. I love when that happens.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to John Diana for the pic.

Sunglasses Found

This is a minor event but is filled with good vibes and more examples of parental folly, namely that of yours truly. N couldn't find his sunglasses the other day and we went through the usual litany of questions as to where they might be (cue eye-roll from kids). I figured they were gone and that was the end of it. At the same time I had left my jacket at the arena and DW was holding onto it until he saw me again, which was a week later. I tossed the coat in the back of my car and didn't give it much thought. It's a lighter jacket and with the cold weather I'm not as inclined to wear it.

Well, we've been having a warm spell lately and I broke out the lighter coat. When I reached into the pocket, lo and behold, guess what I found? You got it, N's sunglasses. He was stoked to get them back and didn't belabor the point that I was the source of their disappearance. It makes sense that I was behind it because he is in fact a very careful and thorough person. He takes very good care of this stuff, and keeps careful track of where he puts it. This is in marked contrast with two other people in this family who tend to be a little more scattered and continually lose track of various possessions. I'll leave it at that.

Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to Elysiebee for the pic.

Still On the Mend

Both of the kids are still on the mend and believe me, it's a complete bummer when your kids are sick. As delusional as it sounds, I wish it would never happen. Wishful thinking, I know. A&N have had a similar progression to their illness, though with N it definitely seems more severe. His fever was higher and more tenacious and he was bedridden for several days. A had a fever but she managed to go to school and only missed a practice, maybe two. Whatever be the case, I think N is better, and at the very least, the fevers have subsided. I'm guessing this is the flu.

This begs the question, is the flu vaccine a waste of time? I'm beginning to wonder, especially since some businesses, mine included at the hospital, mandate that employees get it. This reeks of corporate influence on policy, in this case the Big Pharma. I don't want to get into conspiracy theories, but sometimes it seems like we're required to do things that have questionable benefit while someone is clearly making money out of the deal. When a lobbyist gets the government to require that their product be utilized, you wonder whether the public's best interest is being addressed. Judging from countless previous situations, I would say highly unlikely.

Of course, next year we'll be standing in line to get our flu vaccines. What are you going to do?

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Dean for the pic.