16 May 2007

A Very Super Long Post

Chris broke our computer. I think I got him a little too excited about handy work. See, I had just spent a week convincing him to talk to his dad about how to fix our lawn-mower, and then additionally convincing him that he could indeed fix it. He'd also recently fixed my vacuum, which I tend to break frequently, and attempted to put up a swing in the backyard for Sully. Oh, and he had managed to put a new RAM card into the new computer so that it could happily play WoW...

We went to Best Buy to buy a new RAM for the old, regular comp. We spend a lot of time in Best Buy now. It's kind of weird, since its been in town for like a year... Anyway, we had a plan. March up to the nearest guy, maybe a Geek Squad guy if he was in the area, and ask them which RAM was right for a Dell. Enter the store, and instead we head straight to the RAM where he picks one out. He says, "This should be the right one." I'm like, well, whatever, let's go.

Then sometime later at home, he's doing his thing, I'm sort of just hanging out. That's when it happens. Caayn says, "I think I broke the computer." This is followed by me asking why he thinks that. "Oh, it won't turn on anymore."

Hmm. Well, that would do it. Jimmy came out on Monday to take a look. After he was nearly mauled by a 40lb dust bunny, he informed us that the RAM channels were broke (or some technical term for that) and that the motherboard had also left the building. Oh, and that the fan in the computer was so clogged with dust that it couldn't rotate. Hmm. Apparently you're supposed to take the cover off these bad boys and vacuum them out every once in awhile. Who knew? So he opened a window on the other comp and showed us the parts we needed to buy to get it fixed. They only cost around $75 which was way better than the $300+ I was imagining! We're hoping he can come out tomorrow to put them in (he said Caayn isn't allowed to, lol, and was also very amazed that Caayn had managed to get the card in there to begin with, since they are apparently different sizes)... If he can't, it's not the end of the world. I don't much care for this new comp. The screen hurts my eyes, the mouse is weird. Or, well, I could just admit to having a thing about computers. I like MY computer and I dislike using any others. I'm just weird like that. And so the main comp being broken is allowing me to NOT spend all my time on the comp. Which is nice. I managed to finish reading The Stand (after starting it like a month or two ago?)... I'll have to dedicate another post to that book, lol. I was reminded of things that I want to share about it. Maybe now I'll get a chance to finally read more than 18 pages into these new Tad Williams book I picked up on suggestion by a good friend.

Few other things, since I haven't posted in awhile.

We took Sully to the zoo. He was so excited. His favorite thing was the geese, which aren't technically part of the zoo. They just come to the zoo when they are in the area and then migrate out when the weather changes. They come for the corn. Then he also liked the deer. Our zoo is weird--you can feed almost ALL the animals. The only other zoo I've spent quality time with is the Santa Barbara Zoo, and I can tell you, you couldn't feed the bears or warthogs or deer or anything like that... But yes, we fed some fallow deer and some other type of deer corn. They licked it out of your hands. It was very very cute. Of course, I didn't let Sully do that because it's gross, but oh well, lol. He loved it. And he really liked the otters. I like otters. They make me think of my beach, where if you were lucky, sometimes you could see a sea otter. And they also make me think of Erin, or Fae as she's known on Neopets. I met her through a really swell guy named Josh. They just got married last year, and she is just the sweetest girl you could ever meet. (Not that I've met either of them yet, but whenever we get a chance to drive out to PA next, I swear that I am stopping at their comic book store in Oberlin, OH to meet them.) She LOVES otters. She gets all goofy when she talks about them, and apparently does an otter flippy thing with her hands when she gets excited. (Funny side story--we actually went to the zoo and saw the otters here in Minot last year on the same day the two of them got married, which is sort of special to me since I couldn't be there. It was my own sort of tribute to that day.)

Also, we have a swing in our backyard now. Caayn had to rig it up special, since the ropes were like 3 feet too short, but Sully loves it. He is always asking to go swimming. Which is how he pronounces swinging. He spends great amounts of time just blissfully swinging.

For anyone not interested in poop, now is the time to stop reading. :)

Sully hadn't pooped for like a week. We aren't sure how long exactly, since this isn't something we generally keep track of. He spent two days grunting and screaming and attempting to poop. We gave him some baby laxative stuff that we have and cut him off his milk supply. (Our dr is always telling us he drinks too much of it, but whatever, it's healthier than juice...) No dice. We did the bath tub thing, which is gross, but sometimes that helps him get the urge. No go. The next day was serious. He had sort of stopped eating for the most part and was cranky but who wouldn't be?! We agreed that if he hadn't pooped by like 6, we were going to have to go to the hospital and see what they could do. He needed to poop. At around 1pm, one of us had an idea to go downtown and see if we could find an enema or suppository or whatever those things are. We did. It's a baby Fleet Enema. Which is totally bizarre. Who sat around thinking, hmm, I'm going to stick some glycerin and mineral water up my butt and see what happens? Seriously. That sort of worked. Not like I thought, but then again, I've had no experience with this sort of thing. Since then, each day he will spend a good portion of the day trying to poop and not poop at the same time, but managing to get some out. So hopefully we won't get to this situation again. Apparently I have to monitor this sort of thing and not let it get so bad.

OH! And one other thing. We took Sully to the dr. He has some sort of weird growth in his cheek, which kind of concerned me. You can't see it, and its just under the skin. According to the doctor, it's a piece of his lymph node. She said that right under your jawline you have a bunch of them, and that part of his must have just wandered up. Nothing I can do about it but keep an eye on it. If it gets bigger, we have to go in right away, but if not it's fine. Eeks. It still freaks me out.

I have my next appointment tomorrow. Yahoo! And my brother left California today. That's a big deal. He's moving out to Colorado to work with an old friend... thats a story for another, not quite so long already, post. But he's hoping to get there by the 20th, I'm sure he'll get there sooner... then hopefully, HOPEFULLY, he'll get a chance to come out here and visit me. I'm so looking forward to this. I miss him! He's never seen Sully, except for a few baby pictures from like 2 years ago. So that will be awesome.

And we've made the decision. This is the last baby. We're done. Caayn will probably get the old snip done after the baby is born (my mom suggested doing it before, so that he'd be healed and I'd be healed at the same time, etc, but that's too jinxy for me--I may not be very superstitious, but that is just too close for me). And you know what my last baby present is going to be? A tummy tuck. Yeah, that's right. I am so excited. If you know me, you'll understand. This is something I want very badly. I feel giddy and bouncy inside just thinking about it. I had a consultation with a doc while back, so I know what I'm looking at price wise and surgery wise... now, to have this baby and get it done! WHEEE!!

OMG. If you are still reading, you deserve a prize. Sorry, I've been feeling very chatty since I've been locked away from all my blogging pals. All my blog sites that are saved are on my old comp... so for now, I'm stuck with my basic few. That's okay, those guys are worth reading any day.