Exploring the Deep

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great view

There is an outstanding view of Mt. Ranier that still makes me smile every time I see it — the view from the parking lot in the Issaquah Fred Meyer. I’ve told many of you about it but have only been able to share it with a few of my friends outside of Issaquah. It’s one of those views that you need everything to line up for you: clear day, not too sunny, the right time, remembering to look in that direction (oposite the door). But today I’m happy to treat you all to it! Here’s a shot I took tonight…first time it’s been visible for awhile because of the winter clouds and fog. Enjoy!

check out the closer view in the inset

Also, Jasmine being naughty when she thinks I wasn’t looking. Yes, that’s the dishwasher!


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Last week was the start of the process of better health for me. You see, when I was younger I had a number of bad sunburns in the summer. My parents did a good job of keeping me well blocked when I was a kid (except when our luggage got lost), but I haven’t always been the best at the same task as a teenager and now as an adult. All this to say that I’ve had some suspicious moles pop up or change over the past number of years. So with seven moles removed in five years (two of them pre-cancerous), I should be the poster child for annual skin check-ups. Sadly, it had been about two years since I last went in for an appointment and I was overdue.

So last week I made an appointment for a full body check (yeah, always a joy…) and the doctor found two moles that she decided to biopsy. One was so small I didn’t even know I had it (way to go doc!) and the other was one that had actually be biopsied before but the pigment grew back (sad). This brings us up to yesterday and my appointment to have them removed.

Thankfully I was cool as a cucumber before the appointment — I have a tendency to get anxious with these things. But when I got into the operating room they had mixed my charts up with someone else! To their credit, it was with another patient named Heather (different last name) getting a very similar prodecure done. So everything is going fine: they give me a few shots of numbing stuff, remove the super small mole, get started on the second, larger one. Then I begin to feel a little light-headed. And hot. And clammy. And I had to say something. They were great — flipped me over, gave me a cold washcloth and bottle of water, and let me rest. A few minutes later I’m feeling much better and ready to finish this thing. Not sure what happened (I probably wasn’t breathing), but I’m feeling better.

Now it’s all about keeping the areas clean, being careful with the stitches and taking a break from the gym for a few days. Next week the story continues…stiches removed Wednesday – yay!

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A fresh start with a fresh month

I’ve realized I’m not a great blogger. I love reading other people’s but have a truly difficult time keeping my own current. So in an effort to bring you up to speed – the highlights from the last four months:

– Marianne moved out.

– Marianne moved back in. (To clarify, she house sat for two weeks and went on vacation for one week.)

– I organized a family conference. Yes, a family conference. I was single at the time. I’m still single.

– I went back to Fargo for Thanksgiving and introduced my parents to Macy’s after Thanksgiving Day sale. They thanked me.

– The Gospel According to Scrooge performances went well. I made a return performance as Angel #2.

– Marianne successfully planned a surprise birthday party for me. It got snowed out. Twice.

– Five lightbulbs burned out in the apartment.

– I began teaching Marianne all things snow, including driving, snow shoveling and the joy of children’s playground equipment in the snow. (Check out the video below.)

– I enjoyed a l-o-n-g vacation in Vermont over Christmas and New Years. Thanks Continental Airlines!

– My aunt said, “2008 wasn’t great, but 2009 will be fine.” I didn’t believe her when I came home from Vermont to find a tree branch had shattered my back car windshield.

– Got the window fixed and test drove the new 2009 M6. It’s nice!

– I got a great deal on a flight and rental car in Connecticut. Seriously, who can beat $189 roundtrip with taxes?!?!

– I hosted my first small group at the apartment. We had fun!

– A new rug for the living room was delivered today!