Archive for September, 2008

Good morning!

September 30, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Claire

Tonight Claire looked at me, her eyes rolled up inside her head and she said "good night, dada", and proceeded to fall over asleep. It was 7:45PM.

At 11:00PM suddenly Donna and I hear "Good morning!!" We both jump up, and Claire’s in the livingroom, wide awake.

Donna grabbed her and dragged her to our bed and went to sleep. Hahaha. How fun.

Oh yes, and a student of mine wanted to know what "nooccar" meant, so I had to pull up the post from Marcy 2006. Back then I didn’t make my posts blue. I left them black, which I like better. So there.

(The wife doesn’t posts on this darn thing anyway, and she can’t blame her Masters on it either!)

Home & Garden Show

September 27, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Claire, House

Today I dragged the fam off the Home & Garden Show at the Fairgrounds. I am off for two weeks, and I was hoping to get some work done on the yard. I am sick of screwing around with it, and I just want to have someone come out, tell me what I should do, tell me how much it will cost, and do it. (For a good price!). After four hours of walking in and out of buildings as large as airplane hangars, we have three landscape quotes and one soft water quote set up. We at least want ground covering, but I know it’s an arm and a leg. When we looked before fake grass was about $4.50 a sq ft, but not it’s more like $6.00.

Afterward, we can home and crashed. We flicked on Dora, and dropped. Donna and I slept for about two hours while Claire hung out. Then we woke up to make her dinner. We both sat down in the living room with our food, and looked over at Claire who was at her small table. Her head was down on the table top, food untouched and she was out for the night.

We quietly ate, carried her to bed and went about our business.

Claire Graduates: Swim Kids USA level 2

September 23, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Claire

Claire’s been working with Miss Maribel since July now exclusively, and they get along very well together. The last few weeks Claire’s been doing really well in class, and today Maribel pretty much said "Claire, you know this. We’re done waiting. It’s time to get a medal." She then told Claire what to do, and while the deck manager watched, Claire went around the pool, jumped in, flipped onto her back, floated across the pool, rolled into a "supergirl" and kicked into the steps. How ’bout that? Just tell the kid, and she nails it!!! Mama missed that, but we waited until she arrived before the medal ceremony! Claire is now a Bronze Jr, and will continue her education with Miss Maribel.  We were all so proud of her.


The 80s are back!

September 14, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Leisure

A week ago our washer broke, and this Saturday after swim & gym we decided we needed to get one asap since no one wants to work without underwear. We headed off to Sears, saw a Kenmore we liked, and bought it. The lady said it would be delivered Sunday. Claire was asleep and we were hungry so we walked the mall towards Kona Grill. She immediately woke up and the three of us ate lunch.

In no way did we expect to stay at the mall very long, but suddenly we were in and out of stores. As I walked around, something odd happened. I felt like I was propelled backwards about 25 years to Century III Mall when I was a teen. The 80’s fashions were all around me. The kids were dressed like I dressed 25 years ago. The hightops were back. The neon clothes. I just wanted to know where the music is!! Where is it?

I was freaked out because suddenly the 80s were back. We went into Claire’s (get it, Claire’s?) and I asked the manager "When’d the 80’s get back?" Without missing a beat, she said "About 3 months ago". I asked where the music was, and she just shrugged with a knowing look.

About SIX HOURS later, we left the mall, and came back to the realization that it is 2008 and we’re old. Damn reality.

Ear Tubes: Take 2?

September 09, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Claire, health, Parenthood, Technology, Work

Ok world here’s a post. A doozy it’ll be. Wow. Today was bad. I was reading Claire a book in the doctor’s office about some little boy who had a terrible, horrible, really bad day, and compared to mine, his was a skip in the sun. Now I know people have worse days in their lives than today. No one died. No one got ran over. No car wrecks. But still pretty bad.

I’ll break the first rule of what a day is now by saying this, in part, began days ago or weeks ago, but I am getting ahead of myself here (or is it, behind myself?)… anyway, Donna’s had a cold-ear infection-sinus-thingy going on, and she got me sick. Yesterday I was terrible, and Claire and I took off from work early to go to the doctor’s. He said my sinus infection was still there and gave me Augmentin. Needless to say I was just on Cipro for a week, which did nothing for me. Nada. No deal. I thanked him, picked up my pills, popped one and went to bed.

By that evening Claire was hacking up a lung. Even few minutes she’d run into her bathroom to spit up in the toilet. I gave her her treatment before bed and her temp was 100. She’s been doing treatments since early June, and we’re all getting a little sick of it! I am going to buy stock in the doctor’s office!

I’d been to the doctor’s with her on and off since June, and the last time Nikki told us she’d have the girls call the allergist. After a week of not hearing back from the referral department, I began calling them. A week later someone from the office called me! Craaaazy. Yes, I was frustrated. Now it’s two weeks out and finally they got her an appointment for later this week.

So now come 745AM I want to call the pediatrician to get her in, but I know they’re not open that early. I figured I’d wait until 8AM. After 8AM I called and the message said they’d open at 9AM. I was like "who opens their offices at 9?!". I knew it was a mistake and remembering Nikki saying something about their VM message being wrong months ago. I kept calling and finally at 9:02AM it went through! They said that Nikki could see her at 9:40AM, so we rushed over there. Donna met us there because she feels like the kid’s been popping antibiotics like candy for 2 years. We were looking for something different. A diagnosis, rather than a treatment.

We got there and the doc came into the room. I figured since it’s been ongoing for so long, that they’d have her look at Claire. She told us some different info, but also a lot of the same.  They had her do a treatment to open her up, which I knew would work, but does the kid gotta take treatments everyday forever? Then they sent us off to the ENT. They called over there immediately and got us in!!!

We hit lunch and then the ENT who told us Claire needed her tubes put back in. See Claire had tubes when she was 1, and now they wanted to redo them. There’s so many different schools of thoughts on tubes, that you never know for sure and now he wants them back in. We have a concern about hearing loss since she’s had ear infections for more than half of her life, now! He wants us to do an ABR test which will conclusively tell if her hearing is ok, and if not, how bad is it?  We acquiesced to the test and left with an antibiotic (ask me anything! I am an antibiotic expert!).

On our way out, I snapped at my wife. So that left a bad taste in both of our mouths. I popped in a DVD (since Claire fell asleep in the car), and the damn speaker was making horrid noises. One speaker’s been messed up in the last few days, so I was just annoyed it was still doing it. I checked all the connections and even slipped the unit out of the tv cabinet to check the wires. Nothing. Nada. Still bad.

Began to consider dinner, but then remembered one of our stove burners doesn’t heat up anymore. We’re down to 2 1/2. Was thinking of doing laundry, but then I remembered our washing machine screams louder than a fire alarm when I try to put on the rinse cycle. Sounds like a ringtail cat in a room full of rocking chairs, and the thing won’t turn. Damn.

Finally gave up, plopped my butt down and did very little. Donna called later and wanted a second opinion. I figured she wasn’t talking about the washer, the tv, or the stove. Maybe it was on marrying me in the first place, but then I decided it was about Claire’s tubes.

My first inclination was NO WAY. NO HOW. Nikki rocks. We love her. The doc is great, too. The ENT is their friend. Nice guy! I wouldn’t want any of them to think we don’t value them. And if we wanted a second opinion, then we’d need to gather records. Damn.

Then I wondered. Worse case scenario, is whatever we (Donna and I) decide affects Claire FOREVER, and somewhere down the line our daughter (who worse case scenario wears hearing aids all her life) asks us why we didn’t get a second opinion on redoing tubes, and we gotta tell her, cause we liked the doc a lot? Well, that sure don’t fly with me.

So now I need another ENT appointment, I gotta take her to the allergist appt (which I was finally able to get), buy a new washer, figure out how to use my stove, and beat my head against my stereo.

In the mean time, I also gotta figure out who dropped the ball at MCC and didn’t order my books for my course, and finish building my courses that Shelley is also teaching, go to two meetings this week about my extra duties at work, and I need to figure out how to drop a duty, but don’t know which one, and lastly I need to learn to not write run-ons because I yell at my kids when they do.

A Video of ME

September 05, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Uncategorized

up close and personal

September 05, 2008 By: turtlegirl Category: Leisure

I couldn’t resist posting this pic of a cute baby giraffe!

Milk neutralizes PH levels

September 02, 2008 By: nooccar Category: Claire, health, Parenthood

Yesterday, Labor Day, Claire and I needed to get out of the house to give Mama some time to work. Typically, I can take her to the pool and sit there reading or grading or enjoying her splashing in the water. She is soooooo GOOD by herself in the pool. but today I decided I was going in. I am not a big go inner so it was something new for me.

Our problem is that when Claire swims with her family, she messes around. So as soon as we hit the water, she didn’t want anything to do with working on her lessons. A few times I was able to steal her noodle and force her to do some work. A few times she was kicking and flipped into an airplane. She did well when I forced her, but mostly she wanted to mess around. We did have a nice time though.

Today was her weekly lesson. I shot some good video of her doing airplanes and supergirls (with NO help!). Somewhere along the line her teacher, Miss Maribel, mentioned something about her red eyes and something about milk. I had no idea what she was saying, and sometimes she’s a but goofy (but lovable!). I quickly forgot about it, and after getting home, getting dinner, and popping in a DVD, I noticed Claire was cranky. She kept rubbing her eyes, and we were worried. She was very upset and they looked like they hurt.

Finally I decided I was calling SwimKids. Zoe put Chris on the phone, I explained who I was and what my concern was. He immediately told me to lay her down, pour drops of milk on her eyes, and make her open them. He said the PH levels were higher than usual today and Milk neutralizes the acids. I thought he was off his rocker. Milk in her eyes! Mooo. Cow’s milk? So I dragged her into the room, held her down, dropped milk into her eyes, comforted her while she cried, and then nothing. No rubbing. No real pain. Some whimpers from being held down and milk poured into her eyes, but she was fine! Really odd, but a helluva thing.

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