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Can't catch a break

Feb. 15th, 2008 | 01:02 am

So I get something stupid like a pimple where my prosthesis presses against my knee, and all of a sudden I've got my doctor talking about Meth-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus MRSA (pronounced 'mersa' I guess) and wound clinics where they have to cut out the infected tissue.

I'm a hypochondriac as it is, so this kind of stuff doesn't help my situation any. Grr. Long story short, I've been on crutches for a week (so far) because they won't let me wear my prosthesis. I'm feeling way more crippled than I really am. It's ridiculous. Feh.

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Happy New Year!

Jan. 31st, 2008 | 12:14 am

Here's to hoping that no one had the kind of exciting start to 2008 that I did. On the third of January, my 6 year old daughter broke 4 ribs while sledding. She crashed into the pole of our swing set.

Every doctor and nurse that attended her during her 4 days in the hospital was sure to comment on how difficult it is for young children to break ribs, so she must have been going insanely fast when she hit. She also had a laceration on her spleen, hence the hospitalization. Luckily, though, it only bled a little. If it were bleeding out worse, they'd have had to remove it.

Then, a week later, my son needed to have his adenoids out and tubes put in his ears. A routine surgery, but considering the stress of the week before, I wasn't exactly relaxed about it. At least that went well, and he recovered quickly. By the next day, it was like nothing happened.

So I've spent the last couple weeks trying to feel like everything is back to normal, but my daughter continues her daredevil ways, despite the number of times we remind her that her ribs aren't completely healed yet.

At least she waited till after the holidays to land herself in the hospital.

Anyway, needless to say my language studies had halted for the month. I'm trying to get back into it again but it seems my motivation has waned. Bleh.

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Happy Holidays?

Dec. 13th, 2007 | 10:27 am

I'm always absurdly sentimental this time of year, but this year is worse than most.

This is my first Christmas since my mom died.

It's my Dad's first Christmas without her in over 40 years.

When a teacher asked my 6 year old daughter what she was thankful for this year at Thanksgiving, she said, "I'm thankful I got to see Gramma Alma before she died from cancer." That girl is so far beyond her age sometimes.

I wasn't the nicest person to my mom growing up. She was often unreasonable, frequently mean, and sometimes completely out of line. I can say I'm happy our relationship improved later, and that we had a beautiful week with her this spring. She died in May, just before her birthday.

I've got no regrets there. I just wonder how my Dad is going to manage. My brother and sisters in Wisconsin are keeping him busy, but I'm pretty scared anyway....

Happy Holidays.

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Mandarin Chinese

Dec. 10th, 2007 | 02:41 pm

Wow, OK so I made this LJ almost a year ago and forgot about it. Jeez.


Recently, I watched the drama Meteor Garden (which spawned the popular Japanese remake, Hana Yori Dango) and while it all seemed as alien as Japanese used to seem to me, over the course of some 50 or so episodes, I started to spot repeating elements and could even distinguish some words by the end. Suddenly, it seemed that Chinese wasn't necessarily an impossible goal.

I read in several linguistic resources that learning two languages at once actually speeds progress, rather than confusing it. I don't fully understand the logic behind this, but it seems I've decided to put it to the test.

I use Rosetta Stone for Japanese and I absolutely love it. I went into the program with a beginner's grasp of the language and I think that has definitely helped. However, I am going into Mandarin with absolutely no preconceptions about the language and no foundation.

Using Rosetta Stone from page 1 is quite a challenge, as I am reduced to mimicking the native speaker audio and hoping I am saying it correctly. I have a much more fuzzy understanding of what I am saying in Chinese than I did with Japanese. But overall, I am still pleased with the progress I made in a single lesson.

I had an interesting discovery, too. I was telling my husband some of the words I learned and what they meant in English.
yi nan ren = a man
yi nu ren = a woman
yi ge che = a ball

Then I said,

yi pi ma = uma


uma? That's Japanese for 'horse'. I don't know what to make of this particular slip of the tongue. I didn't confuse Chinese and Japanese, I confused Japanese and English.


Anyway, tata for now.

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Kitty dance

Jan. 16th, 2007 | 10:11 pm


Watch it, watch it now! You will love it.

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The New Drug

Mar. 4th, 2006 | 11:54 pm

It was only a matter of time before a new drug was discovered, everyone knows that. But this one is already in homes across America, dangerously poised to consume our youth.

It's a stimulant. it is highly addictive. It's causing kids to forget about their friends, ignore their schoolwork and become impulsive and hot tempered.

It's not an actual drug but it works just like one.

They get that intense look. A face of serious concentration. Eyes darting back and forth. And the children learn to do it from their parents.

"Yeah, that was awesome."

Not so awesome for man's best friend. No one home to play with, everyone's out at the big game.

Yes, we're talking about athletics. We don't mean your everyday, run of the mill exercise. "Of course exercise isn't addictive, and is healthy for you," said one medical expert, "everyone should exercise. This is different."

"We get kids who act out more they don't think about what they're doing they don't see the consequences, they tend to act less respectful to their parents and it just keeps going on."

How is it that seemingly harmless sports can transform otherwise fun-loving, family focused children? It's all in the adrenaline, stimulated by the strenuous activity and social pressure associated with the games.

"What we're doing is getting kids addicted to their own adrenaline, and then when it drops off and they get bored they want to be stimulated more and the brain doesn't remember that original high so it wants to get higher. So they have to do more exciting things."

More exciting things -- like violently bludgeoning their peers, stealing money from classmates, and in some cases, extreme alcoholism.

"It's very frightening," said one high school teacher who asked to remain anonymous. "I've been told to alter test scores in favor of an athlete so his chances of playing aren't compromised. It seems like everyone is a part of the conspiracy. It's the student that is going to suffer for it."



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