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Updating via DW because fuckin' LJ has been down for me all damn day...

Called the doctor this morning, she called me in pain meds and scheduled a STAT CT scan. Just got back from that, the radiologist didn't find anything, but did note diverticuli -- I don't know if that's in the bowel or the ureter. Ureteral diverticuli are extremely rare, so I'm guessing bowel. Meh, I don't have any trouble there.

The last time I had kidney stones the CT didn't pick them up, either. It took the KUB to find them. So the doctor told me if I'm still hurting after a few more days, to call and she'll set me up with the urologist.

So there it is. I have stones that are invisible to CT.
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Just tried to go there, blank page. Tried to go there via IP, blank page. Is it me or is it LJ? Who knows? I'm sure the DDoS'ers do....

This is just shit.
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[Error: unknown template qotd]Rob and Laura Petrie from the Dick Van Dyke Show. Or Danny and Kathy Williams from Make Room for Daddy. I actually used to fantasize that they were my real family -- my family was no great shakes, especially not my father, who was an abusive alcoholic.

Yeah, I'm old.
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Okay, I've decided to import my LiveJournal blog to Dreamwidth, where I've had an account for a couple years. I've never used it, but it's been there, just waiting for LJ to finally pop its clogs. Seems all the DDoS attacks it's had recently might possibly, conceivably be related to a desire on the part of the Russian govt. to silence certain free speakers.

Well, that's fine if it's just a Russian thing, but when you start to affect an international group of users, that's going too far.

So, even though I love all my groups etc., I've imported my journal to DW, and I'll probably start posting there. I'll be crossposting here for the time being, but one more DDoS and I'm gone from LJ except for checking groups.

So I hope I see all my buds here over there. Let me know you're there -- my username is wobblerlorri on DW, same as here. I also have two ONE invite code, if anyone wants it.

Blood Work

4/5/11 10:38 am
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Had blood work done last week, since it had been about 6 months. The nurse called this morning with the results.

Best news, my cholesterol is normal!! Triglycerides are 192, total cholesterol is 184, good cholesterol is 41, bad cholesterol isn't horrific (don't remember the number), just need to watch the sugars/carbs and increase exercise. I've started back on the C25K program, so that's done.

Thyroid is good, kidneys are good, A1C is good. Liver function is a bit elevated, but a lot of the drugs I'm on will do that, so Dr. Eubanks will watch it. The most worrying though is that my ferritin level is 8; normal range for women is 40 - 150.

So I get to have iron infusion therapy -- the nurse is setting it up, so she'll call me back when it's arranged. I don't know exactly what's involved, or how many times. It's apparently not uncommon for WLS patients, because of the malabsorption component.

I don't mind -- I'll trade some inconvenience and pokes for being able to get out and do stuff.

But my cholesterol is NORMAL!!!! YAY!!!! And all I've been doing for it is taking my Niaspan... weird.
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Patrick and I went to see INSIDIOUS today. We weren't sure if it was going to be as good as the trailers, but we were frighteningly pleased. I always gauge a scary movie by how far in my seat I've scooched down by the end, the more the better -- by the end of this one, I was almost lying down in the seat!!

The only complaint I had was the music, which sounded like Stravinsky's "Rites of Spring" being raped by Stomp!, was a bit loud at the beginning, but that may have had more to do with the nearly empty theatre than any problem with the sound system.

This young couple, the wife an apparently frustrated pianist, the husband a high school teacher, move with their 3 kids into a half-timbered Craftsman style house in CA, if I judge by the palm trees. Soon weird shit starts happening, culminating with their oldest son, Dalton, falling into a sleep from which no one can awaken him. Weird shit keeps on happening, mom is going spare, dad is staying late at work saying he's grading papers but he's really going to sleep at his desk, and eventually the mom is attacked by a ghost and she begs dad to get them out of the house.

So they move to a smaller house, bringing along all 3 kids (Dalton is still asleep), and the weird shit continues and escalates. They call in a comedy team of ghost hunters, who call in their medium lady named Elise. Finally they get to the bottom of the issue, and scary, holler out loud and grab your son's arm in a death grip creepy scary hi-jinks ensue.

The movie keeps you going for the entire time, after a slightly slow start. The suspense builds and builds, until you think you just can't take any more, and then you find that yes, you better, because here it comes!!!

Worth one viewing at full price; subsequent viewings, wait for early bird discounts or until it's on cable. It's worth it.

The second outstanding thing we did was eat at 5 Guys Burgers. If you've never eaten there, go to their website and see if there's one near you. If there is, GO THERE. It is truly a Presidential hamburger. Absolutely delicious, your choice of toppings, quick service, and the fries are to die for. If you go with someone else, I promise you, one regular fry will be sufficient -- they fill an 8 oz paper cup with fries (rough cut by hand, Idaho potatoes), then dump at least another 8 oz cup full into the bag loose! A regular burger has 2 patties on it, so if you're not a double person, get the small burger, which is one patty.

If anyone remembers what What-A-Burger USED to taste like, back in the 60's, that's what 5 Guys tastes like. Nom nom nom.
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You're not going to believe what they let Snape do in DH2! I guess they're trying to make up for the short shrift he's gotten in the movies to date... I don't understand 1. how they talked WB into leaving these in; 2. how they got JKR to go along with it (because the stuff is definitely not canon!); and 3. how they're going to keep their PG-13 rating!!!

Check it out...


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You know, this is so weird. I'm in the midst of a discussion on (of all things) a Harry Potter forum, wherein the topic is "are people now more evil than they were 500 or 1000 years ago?" Apparently deep philosophical realizations can come from the most prosaic of places...
tl;dr -- the soul wants out of the wheel of karma )

Just thought I'd share.
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And I discussed the pros and cons of surgery with her. She is of the opinion (as I am) that it really boils down to weighing the 40-50% risk of wound infection post-surgery on the one hand against the repeated risk every time I have bile reflux of aspiration, then pneumonia. And she stated right out loud and clear so that Mike could hear that aspiration pneumonia can kill you.

I don't think Mike had internalized how serious aspiration pneumonia is -- it's different from bacterial pneumonia because you're not only dealing with the pneumonia, you're also dealing with chemical damage to the bronchial tree from the bile, and bacteria from the digestive tract which are where they are not supposed to be (in your lungs). Altogether a very hairy and extremely serious situation.

Whereas with a wound infection, all they have to do is treat it appropriately. It was the inappropriate treatment of my infection after the WLS that made me a wobbler; if the son-of-a-bitch had just given me Levaquin to start with, I'd never have had gent, and all this lovely shit my life has turned into would not have happened.

Anyway.

Dr. Sweeney at Emory said he would put me on Rocephin before, during, and after the surgery. That's what the surgeon who did my hernia repair had me on, and I did just great after it. Now the only snag is how Dr. S will deal with that hernia repair -- will he be able to just cut it then stitch it back together or what.

But I'm calling tomorrow to tell them that I've decided to have the surgery.

And joy of joys, since I'm 53, I also get to have a colonoscopy!! What fun. At least I'll have lovely Versed (aka six-pack in a needle) so I won't be there for the proceedings. I'll find out when that's scheduled in the next day or so.

Of course I'll keep you all informed of what will be happening when.
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The Rules:
1. People who have been tagged should write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.
2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

To quote SBG, "Tough toenails, I ain't taggin' nobody. Do it if you want. :P"

1. 5 things that you can see without getting up:

The giant freakin' computer (full tower)
My monitor
My quart jug o' iced tea
Maggie (in my lap)
My Wacom Bamboo tablet

2. How do you style your hair?

BWAAAAAHAHAHAHAHahahaaaaa.... I wash it, let it air dry, then brush it. Every now and then I might color it if I'm feeling frisky. Other than that, we have agreed to coexist. I don't have the patience or the essential girly nature to fiddle with it a lot.

3. What are you wearing now?

Grey tee-shirt with cat claw holes and red Mickey Mouse capri length pajama pants. And my glasses.

4. What's your occupation?

Disabled, but used to be a microbiologist, and then a network administrator. Now I'm trying to get back into drawing, painting, and other expressions of "artistic" natures using digital and traditional tools.

5. What do you hear right now?

Listening to the 70's hits channel on the TV, right now they're playing Bread, "It Don't Matter to Me". I had forgotten that the 70's weren't dominated by disco crap, but that there was some Pretty Damn Good Music from that decade...

6. Who was the last person you hugged?

Little Jacky Roo Roo. She said er-ROOO! so I let her go. Silly little fat black and white cat.

7. What is/was for dinner?

Left over chili from yesterday, which means it was twice as good today.

8. What did you do today?

Had lunch at Chick-Fil-A with Patrick, then went to see Paul. See my earlier post for my review. tl;dr: GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!

9. Dog person or cat person?

Cats. Catscatscats. And Horses.

10. What is your favorite TV show?

Don't really have one, there are several I like a lot. I think Southland is probably the best cop show on right now. 30 Rock. Community. Bill Maher. Ghost Hunters. Destination Truth. Ghost Adventures, because the guys are so fuckin' cheesy, but enthusiastic. The First 48. The Daily Show. The Colbert Report.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?

6 mylar pompoms to hang up in my garden as bird chasers, and a pocket sketchbook. Oh, and popcorn and drinks at the movie.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

England, and I'd take Patrick, and we'd do a grand tour of the entire country from the Orkney Islands north of Scotland down to the tip of Cornwall, and from Pembrokeshire west to Norfolk east. I'd like to spend a week in each county. Then we'd go over to Ireland and do her up proper, too.

13. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Pretty much doing the same thing as I am now. Hanging out on the internet, fighting with dunderheads on my wobblers maillists, but definitely further advanced in my art.

14. Where's your birthmark?

On my face -- it basically looks like a big freckle, and when I tan you can't see it anymore so it's never bothered me.

15. What are you doing this weekend?

Well, I saw Paul (SEE THIS MOVIE!!!) today, tomorrow I'll probably get started on tilling up my garden plots. Then I'll make pasta primavera for supper, because we're in the middle of a freakin' heat wave (it was 80 today!! In March!!!) and it's just too damn hot to cook.

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?

I used to play the organ and alto saxophone. I'd have loved to be able to really play piano, or the harp. Or guitar.

17. Who is the last person that sent you a text?

I don't do texts. Last email was from Jan Dabkowski, one of my wobbler friends.

18. Who are you missing right now?

Nobody, really.
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Went to see this today with Patrick. Just four words:

GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!

Take every Spielberg or Lucas movie you've ever seen, mix it up with random Alien movies and the X-Files TV show, add the comedic genius of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, run through a blender with the cutest, most profane, wise-guy little CGI son of a bitch alien you ever saw, and add a dash or three of Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, and Kristen Wiig, and you have "Paul".

It is the funniest goddamn movie I've seen in literally years. I laughed and hollered myself hoarse. Anyone who's even partially a geek will love this movie. There are sight gags, music gags, dialogue gags, casting gags, fuckin' character name gags... I need to see it again to catch what I missed this time around!

Seriously. Drop everything and go see this movie TOMORROW.

That is all.
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Finally had the follow-up with the surgeon at Emory about my bile reflux problems. He talked with my regular doctor, and has all my test results and the surgical report from my RnY.

He feels that he could go in and surgically correct my situation by making the connection between my pouch and small intestine longer, which would make it so the bile couldn't reflux back up. However, because of my history of wound infection, and the mesh I have in place from my hernia repair in 2005, he also feels that the risk of wound complication would be rather high. In other words, if I have the surgery to fix the reflux, I stand a pretty good chance of getting a post-surgical infection. This surgeon, though, is on top of his game and it's at Emory, which is THE unusual case hospital of Georgia. If you're going to be a strange, hard-to-manage case, you should be at Emory.

On the other hand, each time I have a reflux episode I run the risk of aspiration, which (if I don't wake up quick enough) could lead to burns of the bronchial tree and aspiration pneumonia, which has a mortality rate of up to 11% as an outpatient, 25% hospitalized.

I'm going to call Dr. Eubanks tomorrow and make an appointment with her to discuss this. I honestly don't know what to do. I think Mike is worried I'll die or something if I have surgery; I'm worried I'll die from the next round of aspiration pneumonitis (which is basically aspiration bronchitis), since it took 14 days of Bactrim DS to knock it out...
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Yet another rip-off of Salvador Dali, this time of his Disintegration of the Persistence of Time... This one was pretty involved, but I had a blast doing it. For the Fotolia Contest at DeviantArt.

here be fruits, cats and clocks all surreal-ly and stuff )

Wonder what I should do next...
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[Error: unknown template qotd]The astrological signs didn't change, because astrology uses the tropical zodiac, which is fixed to seasons. What changed was the sidereal zodiac, which is fixed to the constellations.

So I'm still a Gemini/Cancer, and it fits.
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At least not according to Fundie Preacherman. His latest salvo in the great Heavy Buildings Cause Earthquakes battle:

If you go to back and look at history, I think it was three earth quakes attributed to Hover Dam and two to grand Collie Dam. Not that that would matter to you. I am an Engineer and know and understand the relative mass issues. The more distance from the center of rotation increases the effect on the balance.

Also, in reference to precessional rotation...

That is the center of the ecliptic plane of the earth's rotation about the sun which has a 23 degree inclination to that ecliptic plane. For travel on the ground it is of no issue and the reason the summer is warmer in the southern hemisphere, the earth has it closest approach to the sun. Once you lift off and achieve orbit all navigation is then done with the sun as the reference matrix for calculations. There is a, I think a 23 year cycle, that the earth rotation has small changes. I have never see a theory of why that happens, they just know it happens. It is not a wobble, it is just a difference in rotation axis.

I really should leave this poor old man alone, he's just not quite right anymore, but damn, supposedly he was an engineer -- you'd think he'd actually know about relative mass and precessional rotation. He's probably actually forgotten more than I ever knew about lots of stuff, but the trouble is he doesn't remember what he hasn't forgotten, either.

Your Majesty, I posted your calculations for his perusal, and also your qualifications as a Math Genius (compared to me, anyway). We Shall See...
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The scales have fallen from my eyes. Yea, and verily I have been enlightened and gifted with the True Knowledge of what causes earthquakes.

This is courtesy of one of the fundie loons on my wobblers list -- this guy is just out the window and round the corner with some of his ideas (if I can call them that). He's the one who said nothing you read on Snopes is true because it has a liberal bias... check here and here if you care or wish to be refreshed...

Anyway, here's Fundie Preacherman's take on What Causes Earthquakes:

It is the way God rebalances the earth to keep it from vibrating as it rotates. There has been a tremendous amount of construction that has concentrated much Mass in a small area which creates a need to rebalance the earth. It is just like your tires, it must be in balance to spin smoothly. AS long as people continue to place large masses in a specific location, we will continue to have earth quakes. Volcanic eruptions also tend to shift balance also.

Luckily I'm not the only voice of reason -- someone else has wondered why earthquakes happened and volcanoes erupted before humans were around to start building, and someone else answered her with "Gremlins". Of course, I had to provide a mini-lesson on plate tectonics, seismology, and volcanology, because I'm just an erudite asshole that way. With tons o' links, including one to that bastion of Ebol Librul Untruthiness, snopes.

I swear, Fundie Preacherman is going to owe me money if I break my jaw. It always drops in a very loud and painful way alllll the way to the floor when he posts one of his Knuggets O' Knowlidje.

ETA: just remembered that the earth does indeed wobble -- about 23 degrees. It's called precessional wobble and it produces the seasons... naturally I had to twist the knife just a little more, so I fired off an update to Fundie Preacherman.
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Here's my latest entry in the Fotolia contest on DeviantArt. It's an homage to Dali's The Persistence of Memory, which is probably my favorite surreal piece in the world.

here be weirdness )

There are several submissions that used this piece, but mine is the only one that did the entire image from scratch. The others just pasted the cats, clocks and fruits on top of the original painting. Lazy. I think old Salvador would have liked my version. Or at least not hated it too much.

Next one I'm going to do is an homage to Dali's Distintegration of the Persistence of Memory. If you've never seen or heard of it, here 'tis:

even more weirdness )
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Last night everyone felt good enough finally to enjoy the steaks I wet-aged a couple weeks ago.

I bought 3 nice sirloin steaks on sale for $3.50 a lb, each one was about a pound. Looked up aging them, and the only realistic way to age a steak at home is to cut off as much fat as you can, bung it into a ziploc bag, and throw it into the refrigerator for a week or so. You put it on the bottom shelf, in the very back -- it's coldest there, and the temp doesn't vary as much.

You squeeze out as much air as you can, and check the bag every day or so, turning it over and squeezing out any air. When you're ready to cook them, you take them out of the bag, rinse them off, pat them dry, and cook.

Of course we all got sick the weekend I was going to cook them, so we just stuck them in the freezer.

Well, yesterday was Steak Day. Thawed them out, and looked up how to pan fry a steak. It's incredibly easy, and boy were they tasty.

PAN FRYING STEAKS -- makes 3 steaks

Put 1 T olive oil in your pan, and spread it around the bottom and up the sides with a paper towel. Heat it over medium heat until a piece of fat sizzles immediately when you put it in.

Season your steaks with fresh ground pepper and a pinch of garlic powder, then put them in the hot pan. They'll sizzle and make all sorts of noise, but let them sit there without messing with them for 6 minutes for medium rare, 7 minutes for medium well. Use this chart and a meat thermometer to determine the doneness.

DONENESS TEMPERATURES

Rare remove 125 eat 130
Medium rare 130 135
Medium 140 145
Medium well 150 155

Turn them and cook the other side for the same amount of time -- add time if necessary until you reach your desired level of doneness. Remove from the pan to a plate, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest while you prepare

BEURRE ROUGE

1 shallot minced fine
1/2 cup red wine
1 T balsamic vinegar
5 T cold butter or margarine

Stir the shallot into the hot pan with the juices from the steak; saute over medium heat for a minute or so, just until the shallot picks up some brown color.

Deglaze the pan with the red wine and vinegar; cook until the liquid is reduced by half.

Add the butter one tablespoon at a time, stirring until it is completely incorporated before you add the next. If you rush it, you'll make the sauce break, which isn't pleasant.

Once all the butter has been incorporated, spoon a couple spoonfuls on each steak, and then serve. The sauce will be very thick and dark.

I swear, this was the best steak cooked at home I've ever put in my mouth. Tender, flavorful, juicy, and the beurre rouge made the flavor just blossom. Don't skip the beurre rouge, please do make it. You won't believe the difference it makes. I put A-1 Sauce on top of the whole thing, and I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

I'll still insist on Longhorn for Big Ol' Piece O' Meat Day (otherwise known as February 14), but now I know how to make a perfectly tasty steak at home, too.
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This is my entry for the deviantART Fotolia contest, wherein you can actually win MONEY!!! and STUFF!!! The contest is called One Cat, One Fruit, One Clock. You're provided with 9 stock images, 3 cats, 3 fruits, 3 clocks, and you have to use at least one of each in an image.

Here's mine.
it's big, so I've been nice and put it behind a cut )
Anyone get the reference? Besides Eddie and ace, of course... Gonna do two more, one based on Dali's Persistence of Memory, and one on his Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory.
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Can y'all stand another Snapey piece of art? Yeah, I thought you could...

cut to save your bandwidth )

This is for a challenge on DA for Severus Snape, Death Eater. It's just seconds before he receives the Dark Mark, and he's got a little smirk because he probably thinks it's just So Fuckin' Cool that he's finally gonna be a real Death Eater!! That'll show those Marauder gits!

You just keep on thinkin' that, son...
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