Top Of My Head

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Date: February 14, 2009

The New Baby and Groceries

So, Cheryl is out of town because on Thursday the newest member of our family was born (pictures below). Unfortunately, even though I have a terrific boss who would’ve let me be off to be there, I’m not, and that is because of my knee surgery. This will haunt me for a long time that I missed the birth of my third grandson. Sending flowers to Kim and a teddy bear to Nicholas just doesn’t cut it in my mind. Luckily for me, Cheryl didn’t have to drive there by herself and she didn’t have to miss the birth to watch the boys because Dad took her up to Green Bay. He stayed at the house, while Dustin and Cheryl accompanied Kim to the hospital.

But, if I can leave behind the joy of having little Nicholas enter the world (on the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, I might add) for just a moment and get back to the subject of me. I’d like to whine. While my knee hasn’t been hurting too much since my surgery yesterday, but that could just be because of the pain killers they gave me at the hospital, I miss being able to do easy things. My leg is completely wrapped from mid-thigh to the bottom of my foot and I have instructions that I can’t take this off. (I confirmed this with the on-call doctor last night.) My doctor likes to ensure the minimal of swelling as possible, so this wrap won’t come off until Monday. This means I can’t do anything. I can get to the bathroom and maybe cook something, but I didn’t realize how helpless I would be.

Now, some of my friends have said take the wrap off — I’ve had the same surgery and you don’t need it. And, while I appreciate their advice, I don’t really like ignoring my doctor — mainly because I want to be able to return to work on Tuesday. And, because I don’t want to have to go through this again. Now, I’m not taking the pain medication my doctor prescribed. I don’t like the goofy feeling I get when taking it.

Then, when I awoke at five this morning, it dawned on me. We don’t have any food in the house, so I need to go to the store. I can’t shop on crutches and I can’t get a shoe on my left foot. And, I hate to depend on other people. It kills me to have to do that! It is at a moment like this when I truly miss Cheryl! Or, perhaps, I should’ve been better prepared and gone shopping Thursday night! :0

Anyway, God Bless and enjoy the below pictures.

Cheryl and DannyCheryl and Danny.

Cheryl and NicholasCheryl and Nicholas

Danny, Dustin, Alex and NicholasDanny, Dustin, Alex and Nicholas.

Danny and NicholasDanny and Nicholas.

Grandpa Totsch and Nicholas Grandpa and Nicholas.

The Bucket List

I found this on my nephew’s note page on facebook. Maybe it’s the drugs I’m on for my surgery, but I thought it was interesting, so I stole it for here. I don’t feel like posting it on my facebook page and tagging my friends, but I’ll leave the notes in tack in case you want to post it on your facebook page.
The Bucket List. Place an X by all the things you’ve done and remove the X from the ones you have not, then send it to your friends (including me).(To do this, go to “notes” under tabs on your profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, do the list and tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.) If you don’t see the Tag people in the upper right hand corner you are in the wrong place.)

Things you have done during your lifetime:
(X ) Gone on a blind date
(X ) Skipped school
( ) Watched someone die
(X ) Been to Canada
(X ) Been to Mexico
(X ) Been to Florida
( ) Been to Hawaii
(X) Been on a plane
( ) Been on a helicopter
(X) Been lost
() Gone to Washington, DC
(X) Swam in the ocean
(X ) Cried yourself to sleep
X) Played cops and robbers
(X) Recently colored with crayons – I’m a grandma
(X) Sang Karaoke
() Paid for a meal with coins
(X) Been to the top of the St. Louis
(X) Done something you told yourself you wouldn’t
(X) Made prank phone calls
( ) Been down Bourbon Street in New Orleans
(X) Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose & elsewhere
(X) Caught a snowflake on your tongue
(X) Danced in the rain
(X) Written a letter to Santa Claus
(X) Been kissed under the mistletoe
(X) Watched the sunrise with someone
(X) Blown bubbles
(X) Gone ice-skating
(X) Gone to the movies by yourself
( ) Been deep sea fishing
(X) Driven across the United States
( ) Been in a hot air balloon
( ) Been sky diving
() Gone snowmobiling
( ) Lived in more than one country
(X) Lay down outside at night and admired the stars while listening to the crickets
(X) Seen a falling star and made a wish
( ) Enjoyed the beauty of Old Faithful Geyser
(X) Seen the Statue of Liberty
( ) Gone to the top of Seattle Space Needle
( ) Been on a cruise
(X) Traveled by train
( ) Traveled by motorcycle
(X) Been horse back riding
(?) Ridden on a San Francisco CABLE CAR
(X) Been to Disneyland or Disney World
(X) Truly believe in the power of prayer – I used to.
( ) Been in a rain forest
( ) Seen whales in the ocean
( ) Been to Niagara Falls
(X) Ridden on an elephant
( ) Swam with dolphins
( ) Been to the Olympics
( ) Walked on the Great Wall of China
( ) Saw and heard a glacier
() Been spinnaker flying
(X) Been water-skiing
(X) Been snow-skiing
() Been to Westminster Abbey
( ) Been to the Louvre
( ) Swam in the Mediterranean
(X) Been to a Major League Baseball game
(X) Been to a National Football League game — I’ve attended two games — including one playoff game!

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