Archive for December, 2003

Funny Story

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

Now this is some funny stuff.

Strange feedback?

Thursday, December 18th, 2003

After many failed attempts to get floor tickets for the Meteora tour we decided to go ahead and get the tickets off of EBay. The transaction went flawlessly, at least until it came time to leave feedback. I left my feedback for him stating exactly what happened, “Received tickets quickly. Great to deal with!” Then last night the seller left me some feedback, “AAAAAAAAAAAA++++++++ Buyer Surprised you received the tickets today.”

First off, where in my feedback did I state that I was surprised I received the tickets so quickly? Nowhere! Secondly he proceeds to praise himself in feedback that is supposed to be about me. I mean how rude can you be! I checked his feedback for other people and he does not have a history of it, so why start now?

Ok, don’t complaining about Ebay. I had been planning to go last night and buy my first mountain bike, but it didn’t work out. I took Mom to the post office and the mall and we got back later than I expected. Hopefully it will happen some time this weekend.

Another A for K80K

Monday, December 15th, 2003

I received my grade from my final project last night, which was a 97%. Adding that to the rest of my grades brings my final grade to an “A”. It makes me feel very happy, especially with how much work I have put into this semester. I probably would have gotten a grade better than a 97% if I had been working with the correct requirements in hand. The document was updated but I didn’t know that and continued to work off an old copy of the document. After I realized I had the wrong document I had to make some quick changes to my project and I was somewhat careless. Luckily those mistakes didn’t cost me too much.

One day this week I am going to go pick up my first Mountain Bike. I spent some time this weekend test driving a couple different models. I even had the change to ride over my first cement parking block. I didn’t actually make it over it, but it wasn’t too bad for my first try. I am looking forward to getting my bike and spending some time jumping off curbs and riding over parking blocks getting used to it so that I am ready for my first real mountain biking experience. I will give you more details on the actual bike after I have it in hand.

After all my mother’s heart stuff, and my doctor advising me to watch my cholesterol, I decided to go back on my diet. I didn’t really realize how bad my eating was, but in just spending a week watching what I was eating I have managed to lose 4 pounds. I plan to restart my Tae Bo this evening, so I am sure I will re-lose the weight that I gained back in no time. I gained back a total of 17 pounds, but having already lost 4, that only leaves me with 13 more to lose before I am back on track. The first 10 are always the easiest to lose, so this should not be a problem at all.

Mom Dies

Friday, December 12th, 2003

Wednesday was one of the most nerve racking days of my life. It all started around 1 PM when I got a phone call that my mother was experiencing chest pains. Mom works at a hospital and was take to that emergency room and was being transferred to another hospital to undergo and emergency cardiac catheterization. They wanted to go in and check the stints that they had put in the week before to make sure there was nothing wrong with them.

Wednesday, coincidently, was also the day of my final exam. I tried contacting my teacher to see if I could take my exam at another time because I was really scared and upset because of my mother. I did not hear back from him before I had to leave for the exam and I had talked to my mother and she said she wanted me to take my test because it was too important. Dad said he would call me as soon as she was out of surgery so to let me know how it went.

I got to my exam and set out my cell phone in a place where I could see it. Mom was being transported to the other hospital at 3 and I figured she would be in the operating room while I was taking my test. I finish my exam and leave for home and still nothing from Dad. I get home and open my e-mail to find a letter from my teacher. He didn’t get to read my e-mail until after I had already finished and turned in my exam. He said he will grade it and let me know how I did and if need be he will let me re-take it. I think I did pretty good, so hopefully that won’t be necessary.

So I continue to wait. 7 PM comes and goes and still no word from Dad. My brother heads towards our house so that we can wait for the news together. Finally just before my brother arrived I get a call from my Dad. Mom is ok. There was nothing wrong with the stints they had put in the first time, and while they were in there they added a few more to some other arteries that may not cause problems in the future, but better to be safe than sorry.

When Dad is explaining what they did he mentions that it is rare, but from time to time when the ink is injected into the heart it will actually stop. This time around this happened to Mom. They had to use a defibrillator to bring her back. At this point Dad broke down and had to hang up the phone to calm down. It is hard to grasp that my mother actually died on Wednesday. She died and they were able to bring her back yet, but she actually died.

I must say that Wednesday was one of the most terrifying and stressful days in my life. I need her still. I need her to help me plan my wedding and to help me when I have my first child. I need her around so that I can yell at her for buying my kids too much Disney stuff and to burn a few more family dinners. The thought of losing her terrifies me because I don’t know what I would do without her. Hopefully this procedure has helped to ensure that she is here to celebrate my life with me.

Earth Quake

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003

I got home from work yesterday and went online to work on homework and talk to Apok like I usually do. I began to notice a creaking in my desk and a feeling that the legs of my pants where vibrating, then my one monitor starts to rattle and I notice all the toys sitting on top of it are shaking. At first I think it is just a truck driving by or the washing machine having issues again. I realize the washing machine is not running and the truck should have been long gone but everything was still shaking. I IM Apok and he advises me that it is probably just a giant.

At this point I think it was an earthquake because there is no other way to explain it, and flip on the news. I thought for sure that they would be talking about the earthquake that just shook the entire state, but there is nothing. I check a couple websites and still find nothing. I give up my search thinking that it was a giant as Apok suspected and go back to my homework.

I start to hear this faint music which I conclude is coming from one of my mother’s snow globes in our living room. I tell Apok I think there is a ghost in my house, and he tells me maybe it is the ghost of a giant. Finally, after a few minutes of thinking I am insane or my house is haunted, the weather guy comes on and says that he has reports from all around Baltimore of what seemed to be an earthquake and he is working on getting a confirmation.

You know how when you play a music box or a snow globe sometimes when you think the music has stopped when you sit it down the shake from the impact with the table makes the music start up again. That must be what the earthquake did to the snow globe, but it didnít shake it enough to start the music but just enough that any sort of disturbance would cause it to start playing again.

After the earthquake last night turned into a very successful night. I finished my Christmas shopping and am just a few steps away from finishing my final project for school. I have my final exam tonight and, if I don’t go out this evening, should be able to turn in my project before I go to sleep. Then this semester will finally be over. HAPPY DAY!