Because You Need A Laugh
I took a quiz last week, and Geoff laughed so hard at the result, that I figured it was worth posting for all the world to know.

Your Famous Blogger Twin is Wil Wheaton

You’re a friendly, funny guy (or girl) next door
With more than a touch of geekiness

I’m so disenchanted to learn that Wil Wheaton is my blog twin. I’ve read his blog. (moments of awkward silence) I don’t know what else to say about that.

We watched the Oscars last night. I always like to print out the ballots they have on We fill them out and see who gets the most right. I usually try to guess who I think will win, not who I want to win. I may make an exception in some categories, because I secretly hope it will go that way. I ended up with a total score of 12, beating Geoff’s 10. He won last year. I honestly thought they were going to give the 2 big awards to Scorsese and The Aviator. Geoff picked Eastwood and Million Dollar Baby. We saw none of the movies nominated for any big category, so we were kinda just picking for fun. Chris Rock did okay. I thought it was pretty blatant that they were reaching for younger viewers by their choices for presenters. And Chris Rock had some good jokes, but I could have been spared the 2 and half minutes of him getting all political. Could have been worse, we could have had Michael Moore there. 🙂 Fashion wise, best dressed was Salma Heyak. She was stunning. Renee Zellweger just looked awful! And I don’t know why Mike Myers was going for the Zach Braff look. Only Zack can pull that off.

Caught a story on the news last night about Ward Churchill. Shock! The ACLU is backing him! Didn’t see that coming a mile away. Geoff thinks that this may come to bite the ACLU in the end. I guess the deal is they think no teacher should ever be investigated for their words or actions. Now Geoff said that means, if they win, couldn’t science teachers start teaching Creation? Oh wouldn’t the ACLU LOVE that! 🙂 Seriously, everyone needs to be held accountable for their words and actions, even tenured professors.

We didn’t make it out to Golden this weekend. We opted for a relaxing weekend around the house. Did Peet’s on Saturday (as usual), and I sampled their latest tea, Snow Leopard. this is my first taste of a white tea. I generally stick to only black teas (don’t care for the green teas). Geoff says white tea is the latest craze, which I hadn’t heard. But it was pretty good. I may get it next time I go, instead I had a Mocha Freddo. Wanted the chocolate! But the guy we spoke to said he thinks it’s excellent as an iced tea. Me, I like my iced tea to be of the sugary variety, not real tea.

Tomorrow night is the championship game on Celebrity Poker Showdown. I was pretty good at picking who would win the games to get to the finals (Dave & Phil got nothing on me!), so now I’m not sure who to root for. But I’m betting on it being a great game.

I’m gonna close with a quote from Strange Brew.

[Bob and Doug are on stand, in the courtroom]
Bob McKenzie: I do.
Doug McKenzie: I do.
Bob McKenzie: I guess we’re married Clark.
Doug McKenzie: Oh.
Bob McKenzie: Where’s the honeymoon?
The Judge: Order, Order.
Bob McKenzie: Gimmie a toasted back bacon, hold the toast
Doug McKenzie: Don’t make me laugh, eh.
The Judge: I remind you not to speak, until you are spoken to.
Bob McKenzie: He’s startin’ to sound like the old man, soon he’ll be sending me out for beers.

Grandpa & The Health Care System
Found out that if you want the info, you have to go to Auntie Dianne. Why I didn’t think of it before, I don’t know. She used to be a nurse at the Royal Alec. Anyway, Grandpa had an angiogram on Friday, and it looks like he may even be home this weekend. Here’s what the problem was: before the chest pains, he’d been having some symptoms that sent him to the health center. His blood pressure was really low, so they gave him some medicine, and sent him home. The next day he’d be back, with the same symptoms, they’d give him medicine, send him home. This went on for nearly a week, before the chest pains incident. So the problem? He’s 81, and when you get to be that old, your body and metabolism don’t process medicine as quickly as they used to. The chest pains were due to them over medicating him for the low blood pressure. So they’ve cut back his dosage, and he’s doing much better. It’s so nice to have a nurse in the family, and I will furthermore go right to Auntie Dianne when I want answers. But looks like Grandpa is going to be okay. I will get my next update probably Monday when I call my mom.

I don’t get how it took so long for them to figure out they were over medicating my grandpa, but if I have learned anything from living in two different countries, it’s that no health care system is perfect. They are all flawed in their own way. You just have to relish in the moments when they get things right. Kinda like people. 🙂

I also wanted to mention that with the due date being 2 weeks away, if I’m not posting for a few days, it may be due to a trip to the hospital. There may then be an audio post, on this blog not the baby blog. Just FYI.

I got the Blackadder series out of the library again for us to finish watching it. So I’ll close with a quote from that.

Samuel Johnson: This book, sir, contains every word in our English language.
Blackadder: Every single one, sir?
Samuel Johnson: Every single one, sir.
Blackadder: Oh. Well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the doctor my most enthusiastic… contrafibularities.

Update On Grandpa
I called my Grandma yesterday, and she wasn’t there, but she called me back last night. I’d like to say I am more aware of the situation, but that’s not entirely true. Does no one in this family ask questions? Grandpa is going into the Royal Alec today to get a test done, then he’ll go back to the Fort. What test? Geoff and I are assuming it’s an angiogram, assuming because Grandma didn’t know. So I guess I just wait for news. Grandma thought we called because the baby had come.

This is pretty much all the info I have. I will nag my mom and Colin to stay on top of it, and to keep me informed. But I guess we’re lucky that my uncle Ron was around to take Grandpa to the hospital, since he just got back from a trip to South America on Saturday. I don’t know why they went to South America, but it’s their thing they do now. The family likes to travel there. I think my cousin Angela went there for Christmas with her boyfriend.

That’s all the news I have to share. Geoff is off to donate blood today (we’re blood donor people). He felt like if something were to go awry during labor, and I had needed blood, that he had done his part. I’m looking forward to being able to give blood once I’m not pregnant. I know some people can’t, and some people won’t. But it’s a great feeling to know you are doing something to help someone else.

I don’t even understand what the deal is with the weather. We were supposed to get rain and snow all week, courtesy of Southern California. Hasn’t arrived yet. It’s sunny, but a little chilly.

My grandpa is in the hospital. I don’t have a lot of details right now, but he was having chest pains, and now they are holding him for observation. He supposed to have some test (or tests) on March 2nd. I’m going to try to reach my grandma and get more details. I’m a question-asker, and I like to have as much info as possible to be at ease. I’m mildly concerned. I mean Grandpa is in pretty good health, and he’s beaten cancer, so he’s a tough cookie.

Colin got his stitches out, and is suppose to start rehab soon. He’s expected to miss another 4-6 weeks of work (which he’s not happy about). He says he’s really, really bored.

Kelly has added another title to her growing business card, she’s the fiction editor for Doublethink magazine. She has more jobs than anyone I know. But she loves it.

Honey Cat has been suffering the last 2 weeks from hairballs. She won’t cough them up, she just hacks and coughs then swallows them. We feel bad for her, we’d clean them up if she’d just expel them. I’m trying to make more of an effort to brush her everyday as I read that is supposed to help.

I’ve given up on the idea of going to our high school reunion, solely because I doubt it would be worth the $40/person they are charging. I don’t think it’s money well spent, and I’m cheap.

Well, I’m gonna close with a hoedown from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Colin Mochrie: The other day I stole something, it really was a sin / It was a little revolver made of gelatin / It was a really bad idea, something I should have slept on/ ‘Cause I was arrested for carrying a congealed weapon.

Borrowed Alphabet
It’s circulating on the blogs I read, so I jumped on the bandwagon. 🙂

Melissa from a-z:

A Age: 28
B Bands: Toad The Wet Sprocket, BNL, Captain Tractor, Radiohead, ApologetiX
C Career of Future: Who knows?
D Dad’s Name: Wayne
E Ethnic Background: Scottish
F Favorite Song at Moment: ‘Mr. Brightside’ (The Killers)
G Great Escape: Napping
H Hometown: Edmonton
I Instrument: Voice (but someday I want to learn to play the Bodhran)
J Job Title: Volunteer, or maybe SAHW (Stay at Home Wife)
K Kids: Honey Cat, and Elijah (will be here soon)
L Last Person You Talked to On the Phone: Lisa
M Mom’s Name: Carey
N Number of Siblings: 1 – Colin
O Oldest Living Relative: Grandpa Kuhn (81)
P Phobias/Fears: Fear of falling, bugs & reptiles
Q Favorite Quote: “Dude, I never went to college and check me out. I’m kick ass! “-Lance Brumder (Orange County), Romans 10:14
R Religion: Christian
S Song You Sang Last: ‘Roses’ (Outkast). I’m kinda embarrassed to admit that.
T Time You Wake Up: 7 am
U Unknown Fact About Me: Golly, I dunno. A lot of people don’t know this, but I added spinach to my diet. A big deal for a picky eater like me.
V Vegetable You Hate: Pretty much all of them, fruits too.
W Worst Habit: Leaving my socks in the living room, checking my email a gazillion times a day
X X-rays You’ve Had: Just dental x-rays.
Y Yummy Food: Potato chips (can’t live w/o them!)
Z Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

Nothing New
There really isn’t much going on here. Just waiting for the baby to come.

Two weeks ago, I got the urge to watch The Stand. So I dug out the videotapes and watched it. It’s a good movie, and I realized that in this day and age, tracking is not something anyone should have to deal with. Eventually I think we’ll be purged of all our old VHS tapes. There are so few we still watch, so I think maybe I’ll keep those until we buy them on DVD, and just donate the rest to Goodwill.

Speaking of “in this day and age”, I also need to be freed from my cassette tapes. Yes, I still have cassettes, and I listen to them. Geoff is so embarrassed by that fact, being the gadget geek he is. He bought a device to transfer the tapes into mp3s, I just have to get off my duff and do it. In all fairness to me, I have been slowly purging myself of these tapes for years. I was waiting on trying to find them on CD, or waiting for iTunes to make them available. Just last week I noticed iTunes added Digital Underground to their library. 🙂 But it’s harder to find Canadian artists on the U.S. iTunes store (like Barney Bentall, or Age Of Electric).

Last week, I was complaining about the weather, then Thursday it was gorgeous. Today I have to go to the doctor, the library, and the grocery store, and we’re supposed to get rain and snow. I’m hoping it will hold off until I’m done my errands.

It’s really going to happen…we’re going to get a visit from one of our California friends. Well, not so much friend as family. Cindy is going to come visit in April, and she’s bringing Abbie, Alec, and Alyssa. She’s coming out this way to visit family in Colorado Springs, but we’ll be hosting them for a night. I’m very excited.

So I guess we had a pretty good long weekend. We did chores, we had company over Saturday night, I got to nap, and Geoff finished reading his book. We also did some work on the baby’s room and Geoff made homemade vegetable soup. Mostly it was a laid back kind of weekend. This Sunday, depending on how we feel we may go up to Golden to celebrate Buffalo Bill’s birthday. They have cake, games and lookalikes. I think it might be fun, or maybe we’ll go next year with Elijah. If next year is our last year in Colorado, I want to get as much out of the state as possible. Actually, the festival I want to check out, I can’t talk anyone else into. Frozen Dead Guy Days. I mean come on, it’s a guy who’s frozen in a Tuff Shed that they plan events around. Who doesn’t want to check that out?! This year it would be foolish to try to go to the festival, it’s the weekend the baby is due. But I’ve got a year to try to talk someone into it for 2006. 🙂

Well, I better get started on my day, so I’ll close with a quote from The Tick.

Tick: Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you’ve got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception.

A Brighter Outlook

I’m feeling much better about everything after a good night’s sleep and a evening with our couples group. The girls just took a pad of paper and made a list of what they figure we may yet need, and are going to go shopping. It was very sweet. They also are going to part with some of their baby stuff they don’t quite use anymore, like a wipe warmer and a swing.

It was fun to have everyone over here, though I was wondering how we’d fit 8 people into our apartment. But it worked out. We ate, talked, and played Shout About Movies. Now that Geoff & I have played through the whole DVD, I think I try to trade with Colin since he has a different disk.

I just wanted to post to let everyone know that today is much better, and for those who prayed, thank you. 🙂