Monday, January 26, 2009

My New Ears

"He gave me my ears that I might hear the magical sound of things..."

So you may know that I had ear surgery last Thursday. The procedure is gross-sounding so I'll spare you the details, but just know that I used to have holes in my ears and they've officially been patched up. I also have stitches above my right ear now.

I am still recovering and so I feel lots of pressure on both of my ears. I expected that. Sometimes I have pain. I expected that, too. Loud, bassy noises are irritating and vibrate inside my head. I even expected something like that.

What I didn't expect was the sudden realization that our upstairs neighbor is a lot noisier than I ever knew. I had no idea she even had a t.v. in her bedroom until I tried to go to sleep Thursday night. I turned to Josh and said, "She has a t.v. up there?" And Josh said, "Yep." And I'm like, "Since August, when we moved in?" "Yep."

I have such a non-murmuring, non-complaining husband that I never guessed things upstairs were so loud. And now I think to myself at night when I'm trying to sleep and the lady upstairs is talking on the phone and the heater turns on and almost blasts me out of bed in all its glorious bassy noise and the drip outside the window just won't quit: Sometimes ignorance is bliss.

Should I go get my old ears back?

No, I really do appreciate getting so much of my hearing back. I can already hear things so much better, and I haven't even finished recovering yet. The doctor told me that without this surgery I would probably need a hearing aid for the rest of my life. Can you even imagine that? I know I'm old, but I'm not that old...

Friday, January 23, 2009

Wherefore Art Thou?

Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo??

Please, please, call me junes. I insist.

junes, junes, wherefore art thou...

excuse me, sorry, i was distracted by your face.

me too! this is way funner than Shakespeare!

besides, i like action movies better.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just another fun little comparison

can you guess who the babies are? do you see any resemblances?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Ode to Something Grand

To sit in a meadow, the wind in my hair
The grass whispers softly, I'm hardly aware
Suddenly I hear it-- O, sweet welcome sound!
The ring of my cell phone brings me back to the ground
True comfort is knowing I'm never alone
Yes, true comfort is hearing that ring-a-ding tone.
Like bells at Christmas, or at St. Patrick's a clover
At the press of a button, all troubles are over!
Not to worry about solitude, loneliness or peace
They can call me and find me even when I'm asleep
But if you want the truth the best part of all
Is that I look cool with my phone... so give me a call!

I wrote this poem when I got back from my mission in 2005 and was suddenly surrounded on all fronts by cell phone users. "Who are they all talking to?" I wondered as I walked across campus and hundreds of trendy gabbers passed me on the walkways, giving me a glimpse into the innermost details of their personal lives. I wrote a paper about how cell phones are changing society for my ELang class, although I felt like my ideas in the paper were received by readers as kind of a "duh" "cell phones are normal, what are you talking about?" "get with the times!" idea. About eight months later I succumbed and surrendered to the madness. I wasn't strong enough to fight the fight. Do you even remember what life was like before cell phones?

Monday, January 5, 2009

With the exception of a terrible battle between the sons-in-law...

Christmas was a success this year!

Thanks to Camilla and Ryan for the pictures...

...since we kinda forgot to take our camera with us to California for jr.'s very first Christmas ever. oops.