Archive | December 2005

Fon-dos & Fon-don’ts

I had been looking forward to a night of fondu for a while, and last night it all came together. We had swiss/gruyère cheese, oil with steak, chocolate with fruit and pound cake, and finally a new batch of oil for cherry and peach fry pies.

Holy cow, I’m still full. The only problem was not being able to stop myself.

Hospital visit revisted

Christmas night, as I was attempting to go to sleep, a pain I first was introduced to about five years ago made a return visit. It is now clear that Santa brought me a whole slew of kidney stones!

The pain persisted for a while, but eventally went went away and I got to sleep. Then, yesterday, the pain came back around 5 p.m., while I was at work. I continued to work, pretending that it wouldn’t get worse. It did though. I went home around 5:30 p.m. and writhed on the couch for a while until Julie told me I had to go to the hospital.

We were there all night … mostly waiting. I had to get my vitals taken, a blood sample, another sample, and a CT scan with the Siemens Somatom Sensation 64. The results of the scan were that I had already passed the stone that was causing me so much pain, but that there were a bunch more in my kidney.

Fuzzy Couch coffee clatch

Matt, Troy and I met up for lunch today and talked for a couple hours. We tried to patronize Mary’s Cafe, (which I gather has been there for a long time and I don’t remember at all) but it was closed. Instead, we went to the nearby coffee house, Einstein’s. I had a tasty panini, a coffee and sampled a few of soups.

Matt, Troy and Guido

FC for coffee
Originally uploaded by utini.

Here’s a photo from Troy’s camera that one of Einstein’s staff took for us.

The Christmas visitor

I was sitting in the dining room tonight, playing a board game with the family. My chair was facing the living room. I thought I saw some movement in the living room, so I began staring in that direction. I then saw — for the second time, but now more clearly — something fly across the room and back. A bat.

I rushed over and we watched it fly from one corner of the room to another, most likely looking for somewhere to go to get out. Utini noticed it and was ready to try to grab it, if it came close. Someone hearded the dogs into the other room and closed the door, while I was trying to scurry to the front door. It got pretty close to me as I crawled across the room.

I got to the door and swung it open, but as the bat came back across the room, it missed the door and went up into the corner again. It’s pattern then got disrupted by the open door and it fell, landing on my shoulder. Erin later commented on my “manly” scream.

The bat then few over somewhere by the tree. We couldn’t see it at first. Then we noticed it hanging on one of my Christmas presents. Dad slowly picked up the present with bat attached, carried it outside and left it out there … and that was the hartwaming visit we received from the Christmas bat.

No bats were injured in the making of this story.

Introducing … Kennedy

At 2:05 am Thursday, Dec. 22, Kennedy Joy (the first Fuzzy Couch kid) was born. She weighs 6 lbs 7 oz and is 19 inches long. The doctor decided to do a Cesarean. Mom and baby are healthy and happy and oh so cute. Carrie is getting some much needed and deserved rest and will be home Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

We’re so thankful to God for adding this precious little girl to our young family and we’re trusting the Lord to give us wisdom for being parents. We want to thank everyone who has been praying for us. We can hardly wait to see the many ways God will work in and through her life.

I’m sure you’ll agree after seeing the photo that Kennedy is THE WORLD’S CUTEST BABY EVER … but then maybe I’m a little biased.

No Streaking

I hear the Chicago Sun-Times is doing away with the Red Streak [link]:

The final edition will be published Thursday. The Sun-Times’ Red Streak launched in October 2002 on the same day as the Tribune’s RedEye tabloid — both attempts to attract young readers through short news stories and a heavy emphasis on local entertainment, sports, fashion and celebrity gossip. RedEye converted to a free paper in October.

Ryan e-mailed about some big news today. More about that later, I assume.

Added a self-portrait to my flickr last night.

Updated the Troyspotting map recently.


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Turnout for Ultimate was really disappointing this last Sunday. Ten people said they’d come. Only four showed up. Since we didn’t have enough to play, we just stood around a tossed the disc around for an hour and a half. I couldn’t feel my toes for most of that, plus about 15 minutes into the drive home.

This has to be one of my favorite celebrity quotes of 2005, perhaps more so because it wasn’t supposed to be funny:

“Matt, Matt, you don’t even — you’re glib. You don’t even know what Ritalin is.”

— Tom Cruise, arguing with “Today” show host Matt Lauer