Wednesday, August 28, 2013

First Time Plumbing Inspection

According to the doctor, my internal plumbing is intact, and won't need another inspection for 10 years unless i develop any symptoms.

It was quite a day, with almost no sleep the night before -- i stayed up to do my colonoscopy prep and feed kittens, and only napped a couple of times.

My two complaints would be that the place was cold -- of course, it has to be, to keep the spread of germs down -- and it took three blankets to get me warm.  Even then, i wasn't really warm again until i was sitting in the car, outdoors in the sunshine (which would have been great for drying clothes, of course, but i needed it yesterday when i did laundry).

The other was that i was scheduled for a 9:30 exam, and they didn't get to me until after 10:30am.  Even though i know better and usually try to get the first appointment of the day, whatever i'm doing, i didn't do that this time, and sat there freezing and nauseated from lack of food for much longer than i really wanted to.  Remind me in 10 years to not do that again.

The good part was that the nurses were all chipper and happy and they didn't mind that i sat there and did crossword puzzles while waiting.  The doctor, whom i met very briefly, was nice enough, as were the anesthetist and his CNA.  They seem to do so many of these that i'm sure the patients become a blur.

For now, though, it's all over, and i am reminded of Timon and Pumbaa in The Lion King, when Pumbaa misquotes Timon and tries to tell Simba, "You've got to put your past in your behind."  Timon, of course, calls him an amateur and tells him to get out of the way before he hurts himself., but it's a funny scene.

So i will put this behind me, literally.

On to things like more kitten feedings, an open house at Little Girl's school, working with #2 Son on his getting into school, and listening to Bigger Girl say things like, "Mom, I might get my ears pierced.  But I promise not to get my nose pierced, that's too much.  Instead, i will color my hair purple!  Or I'll go climb Mt. Everest in a bikini.  I would go naked, but i don't want to upset the natives."

That's something to live to see.

Today is

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday

Birthday of Nephthys -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Columbia County Fair -- Chatham, NY, US (be a kid again at the 173rd annual fair; through US Labor Day)

Crackers Over the Keyboard Day -- internet generated: are we supposed to go crackers over our keyboard, or tempt fate by eating crackers over our keyboard?

Festival for Luna -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival for Sol -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Janmashtami -- Bangladesh; India; Nepal

Krishna Janmashtami /Sri Krishna Jayanti -- Hindu (grand fire ritual celebration of the birth of Krishna; local dating of observance may vary)

La Tomatina -- Buñol, Valencia, Spain (annual citywide food fight festival in which around 30,000 people take to the streets to pelt each other with tomatoes)

Mariamoba -- Georgia (Assumption of the Virgin, celebrated based on the Julian Calendar followed by many Orthodox Churches)

National Cheese Sacrifice Day (Now you know why you purchased the cheese for the sacrifice! To let it age properly before the actual sacrifice. Still doesn't answer why we sacrifice it, anyway, or to whom.)

National Cherry Turnover Day

National Bow Tie Day -- can't find any history  or reason for this, unless you like bow ties (may i suggest bow tie pasta for dinner?)

Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off -- Sparks, NV, US (with rib cookers from across the country competing, this is a rib eater's delight, and even includes a rib-eating contest and free nightly concerts; through Labor Day)

Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests this to pep yourself up as you wait for things to come up on the screen

St. Augustine of Hippo's Day (Patron of brewers, printers, theologians; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Carpineto Romano, Italy; Ida, Philippines; Isleta Indian Pueblo; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Ponte Nizza, Italy; Saint Augustine, Florida; Superior, Wisconsin; Tucson, Arizona; Valletta, Malta; against sore eyes)

St. Hermes of Rome's Day (Patron of Acquapendente, Italy; Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Italy)

Subway Day -- this date in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca opened what became the first Subway Sandwich Shop

Birthdays Today

LeAnn Rimes, 1982
Jack Black, 1969
Jason Priestley, 1969
Shania Twain, 1965
Scott Hamilton, 1958
Ben Gazzara, 1930
Charles Boyer, 1899
Leo Tolstoy, 1828
Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1774
Johann von Goethe, 1749

Today in History

The Third Crusade begins with the siege of Acre, 1189
6,000 Jews are killed in Mainz, accused of being the cause of the plague, 1349
St. Augustine, FL, founded, making it the oldest continuously occupied European city and port in the US, 1565
Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay, 1609
William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn, 1789
The first steam locomotive in the US, the "Tom Thumb", runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill, 1830
The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published, 1845
The United States takes possession of the, at this point unoccupied, Midway Atoll, 1867
Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola", 1898
James E. Casey begins the United Parcel Service in Seattle, WA, 1907
WEAF in NYC airs the very first radio commercial, for Queensboro Realty, at a cost of $100 for ten minutes, 1922
Toyota Motors becomes an independent company, 1937
Nippon Television broadcasts Japan's first tv show and ad, 1953
Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes, 1961
Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech; Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie are murdered in their Manhattan flat, prompting the events that would lead to the passing of the Miranda Rights, 1963
The National Centers for Disease Control announce a high incidence of pneumocystis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men; these will soon be recognized as symptoms of an immune disorder, which will be called AIDS, 1981
Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province, 1990
Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce, 1996
An electric blackout leaves 500,000 + without power and shuts down 60% of London's Underground, 2003
Hurricane Katrina begins to make landfall on the Gulf of Mexico, 2005


  1. IT IS A FUNNY SCENE...and one we adore here, too.


  2. I'm glad your procedure is all over and behind you. Bwahahahahahahahaha. Mine is next year, but I already know what to expect.

    Have a terrific day. ☺

  3. You must have been pretty clean and polyp free to not need to come back for ten years. Good for you.

  4. Gack! I'm glad your colonoscopy is over and you are healthy! I'm due for one of those (relatively) soon 'cause i just turned 50. Maybe my MD will forget??

    Now i keep thinking it's National Cherry.Turnover Day! Yummy! MUST celebrate!

  5. Miz, i'm always glad for a laugh from her.

    Sandee, make sure you get an early appointment, if you can, but i'm sure you will try. Enjoy your day!

    Stephen, i think because of my vegan diet for 8 years, it's helped. At least, i hope so.

    Mary, don't forget! It's too important. Enjoy a cherry turnover. too!

  6. Mia, i'm always glad for a laugh from her.

    Sandee, make sure you get an early appointment, if you can, but i'm sure you will try. Enjoy your day!

    Stephen, i think because of my vegan diet for 8 years, it's helped. At least, i hope so.

    Mary, don't forget! It's too important. Enjoy a cherry turnover!