Thursday, April 7, 2011

2011 by Facebook

Baby was *just* recovering after that whole 2 month ordeal. We got one good week, but tonight she's been up all night sick again. Wish this kid could catch a break... I mean a break of significant length.

*about an hour ago

Just noticed tonight that my "Welcome Pup" (a little dog statue on my front step) is still holding a sign that reads: Merry Christmas! I'd change it... but people might as well know I'm a little behind before they step through the door.

*April 1 at 10:43pm

Ever gotten a haircut, and when the stylist turns you toward the mirror and asks, "What do you think?" your first actual thought is... "Well, it'll grow back..." Today I was the stylist and gave my Sheltie a fur-cut. By skipping the puppy-parlor I saved $100!!! And don't worry... it'll grow back.

*March 31 at 1:20pm

Nothing unusual about today. Just been happy. :)

*March 29 at 4:09pm

Met Jimmer Fredette at Costco! Was in the check-out line next to him... got our receipts checked at the door simultaneously... and judging by the gash in my Achilles tendon from the cart behind me... I think the woman behind me saw him too! and nothing else. :)

*March 28 at 11:35am

I don't know what your daughter does with HER fairy figurines, but at OUR house they fight over soda crackers, with a "Mine! No, mine!" and then end up brawling. Ever seen a two inch fairy throw a punch? Fearsome stuff...

*March 25 at 11:04am

Ah well... thanks for the ride BYU! Jimmermania forever!

*March 24 at 7:42pm

BYU vs FLA overtime: 68-68! You're KILLIN' me! Come on Jimmer... sink me some mega-threes.

*March 24 at 7:30pm

I'd like to do a personalized plaque for one of my walls. Anyone know where I can get vinyl lettering at a reasonable (or free) cost?

*March 24 at 6:29pm

Just typed and erased 4 different whiny status updates. Have landed on this: "I need a hug..."

*March 22 at 3:13pm

Welcome back, Jon! Happy to have my brother home after his year in South Korea.

*March 15 at 10:27pm

Saw the biggest rainbow in the evening sky yesterday and had to pull over to watch it a while. No song, no photo, no artist, no author can do a real rainbow justice. And no matter what your religious convictions, it sure did seem like a message of hope to me...

*March 14 at 12:21am

Real time footage. 6 minutes 21 seconds of change.

Tsunami Footage [HD]

I want to show everyone the news media we are being presented with here in Japan. I think it's quite different from what you see on CNN and other Western news outlets. Due to the popularity of this video, I have started a new page to collect my personal ...experiences as well as release Japanese news reports about the Tsunami.

Length: 6:21

*March 14 at 12:19am

"Not If But When" -- No more denial! There's a link at the top of this page for a 50 minute radio presentation on earthquakes in Utah. It's an *excellent* listen. For anyone living in Utah, I encourage you to listen. (You can listen while doing something else!) Consider recent events in Japan, and *please* do what you can to prepare! There's also some written info on this page.

KUER: 3/10/11: Preparing for Utah's "Big One" (2011-03-09)

*March 12 at 10:12pm

Here's some good news! Bridgette dropped to 0% (percentile) in weight in the hospital. But in *one week* since she's been home, she's gained enough to be in the 50%!!! Want her secret? All you have to do is be 36 inches tall and eat 5 lbs of peanut butter in 7 days. :) No joke. 3 big jars. And still eating...

*March 10 at 1:34pm

Today at home on the couch, Bridgette cuddled in my arms while my puppy fell asleep in my lap. These are the moments of emotional detox.

*March 7 at 3:21pm

I *lub* this! Here is my daughter in her hospital bed, and one of the cutest videos ever... partly because she's had such difficulties learning to speak. It does our hearts good to hear her try. :)

I Lub Boooo

*March 7 at 12:08am

For anyone interested in food storage or food storage products (for emergency preparedness or any other reason) -- here is a site I really like:

Food Storage Made Easy

Learn how to build up your food storage now ... BEFORE you actually need it! Our BabySteps will help you get started today.

*March 3 at 9:57am

Beyond belief! We are going home tonight. We'll still be watching for complications at home, and we'll have follow-up appointments, but since she's off the IV and not having other procedures done here, we can do what we need to do at home. Home. Home. Home. That word sounds SO good.

*March 1 at 5:15pm

Here's the latest on Bridgette:
Hoose-Johnson Blog: On the Benefits of Being Blind

Contains random ramblings, daily happenings, surgeries, pictures and other information about the Hoose-Johnson family. Enjoy!

*February 28 at 12:15pm

Today at the hospital Bridgette played with plastic dinosaurs. She made a little family. The smallest, cutest dinosaur she called "Baby!" She picked the funniest-looking dinosaur from the bucket and said, "Daddy!" And just who did she assign as Mommy? The Tyranasaurus Rex, of course!

*February 28 at 9:15pm

I just got on here for the first time since this morning and am feeling overwhelmed and teary by all the support. Thanks for all your comments, emails, page posts, thoughts, and prayers. When people want to know what they can do to help? Well, you're doing it.

*February 27 at 9:56pm

So Bridgette seems worse this morning. Belly is bigger, temp is back, yet diapers are fuller... it's just pouring out. How is that *possible?* A bit surreal. The surgeons and GI's are consulting en masse. My daughter is one-of-a-kind in all the best ways, but sometimes I wish her insides were a little less unique.

*February 27 at 9:04am

No real changes. We're just waiting "it" out now, whatever "it" is. B's sitting in her hospital bed playing with some MegaBloks that someone donated. She loves them and is building, "a house!" It looks like a volcano that's spouting flowers. :)

*February 26 at 9:43am

Babe is out of surgery and mad as hell. She screams at everyone who comes near her. I think that's a good sign. Vitals are strong anyway.

*February 25 at 5:31pm

Some other emergency surgeries pushed her time back, but we're headed down to surgery ourselves now. And the poor thing was finally napping. Well, guess she's in for a long nap this afternoon...

*February 25 at 3:25pm

Well, I guess my husband agreed to a procedure for Bridgette that requires full-anesthesia... I just found out and am still 45 mins away from the hospital. Procedure happens in 1 hour. Am leaving now, but please spare a thought for her today. Still not doing well.

*February 25 at 11:07am

Just woke up refreshed from a long, quiet, blissful night's rest at the hospital... heheh... chuckle, chuckle... snark... haha... BWAHAHAA... HAAAAAAAAAAAA!

*February 24 at 8:05am

Admitted to the hospital (Primary Children's). Not the best of days, but at least we have a view! It's of the parking garage... but trust me, we've had worse. :)

*February 23 at 3:21pm

B is severely dehydrated this morning. X-ray yesterday showed considerable swelling in parts of her intestine and no one knows the cause yet. Doctors are fighting each other and me. So we're off to the hospital today. All wishes for her health and *my* sanity accepted.

*February 23 at 9:44am

Watson Jeopardy! computer: Ken Jennings describes what it's like to play against a machine.

When I was selected as one of the two human players to be pitted against IBM's "Watson" supercomputer in a special man-vs.-machine Jeopardy! exhibition match, I felt honored, even heroic. I envisioned myself as the Great Carbon-Based Hope against a new gen...

*February 17 at 1:55pm


New Building Concepts

Looking forward, The Living Planet holds a vision for the future that includes a larger aquarium for the people of Utah. However, we are committed to growing in a fiscally responsible manner which means a large aquarium is still a few years away. The final... site and funding mechanisms still need to be determined; a process we are in now. To make our vision of a large aquarium a reality, funding will need to be supplied by a supportive community: the public, private foundations, individuals, and interested organizations and companies. Our current aquarium is self-sustaining, and we are dedicated to ensuring that a larger version of The Living Planet Aquarium will also support itself through gate receipts, gift shop sales, café sales, and facility rentals.

By: Living Planet Aquarium

Photos: 12

My friend is doing her first blog craft give-away. She's really talented, so if you're stateside and want to check it out, go here:

Pattern Shmattern: My First Giveaway!

*February 17 at 1:42pm

Good news! Bridgette officially no longer needs visits from a physical therapist! One year ago we had 4 therapists plus 3 weekly therapy classes. Now we're down to 2 therapists and 1 class -- a music class that she loves. Way to go, B!

*February 15 at 2:24pm

HD mums: For those whose children are on full-time meds... any tips when your little one refuses to take them? Bri is on Flagyl twice daily and has always taken it zero problems. But this week she thrashes/screams and spits it out. Could use suggestions.

*February 14 at 2:11pm

"Ring around the rosies, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down!" Only Bridgette just says, "Ashes, ashes, ashes, ashes, ashes..." over an over, and it doesn't come out sounding like "ashes..." :) :) :)

*February 9 at 12:31pm

Taken in our backyard last November. A little late in posting, so instead of Merry Christmas... Happy Valentine's Day!

It's Been a While

*February 5 at 9:11am

I gave Bridgette her first racquetball lesson today at the gym. A 2-year-old attempting racquetball = the cutest/funniest morning I've had in a while.

*February 3 at 12:15pm

If you're in the storm surge area, evacuate immediately. Elsewhere along coast, shelter-in-place, safely. Take food, drinking water, and potty bucket to strongest part of house. Wear shoes in case of broken glass. Stay calm...

*February 1 at 11:06pm

ABC radio network coverage and directions:

1) Charge your mobile phones now
2) Keep phone calls short & only use in emergency
3) When power goes out, stay calm
4) Stay safe, North QLD! We're pulling for you!

The latest TC Yasi coverage on your ABC

The ABC's coverage of Tropical Cyclone Yasi

*February 1 at 10:29pm

Poor Chewy! His dew claw ripped off *again!* What does this make? 5 times now? $120 later, he has a pretty yellow bandage, some puppy antibiotics, and a healthy bit of sympathy from us as he limps around.

*February 1 at 9:59pm

Writing a fake "disaster scenario" for my students to solve for their midterm. Suggestions?

*February 1 at 1:33pm

In honor of Jimmer...

It's Been a While

*January 27 at 1:57pm

B was faced with the dilemma of choosing a stuffed animal for bed last night, and of course she picked a crocodile instead of the puppy or teddy bear.

*January 25 at 12:51pm

Bridgette: "Uhhh... Yo!" Me: "A yogurt?" Bridgette: "Yeah!!!" Me: "Is it yummy?" Bridgette: "No! Uhhh... peach!"

*January 21 at 4:52pm

I can't decide which part is best... the harmony, the solo, the clapping, or the burp.

God Will Take Care Of You

Here is a repost that we're bringing back by request. We don't know who the people are, or where they're from, but it is cute and funny.

Length: 2:37

*January 18 at 2:58pm

Celebrated Civil Rights Day by riding the city bus. Everyone sat wherever they wanted.

*January 17 at 3:16pm

Finger painting with chocolate pudding = Win! Also explains my first use of the phrase, "Please don't lick the wall."

*January 15 at 2:18pm

Besides sea-kayaking, this was my favorite part of our trip!

Happy Mama

*January 11 at 10:03pm

Perhaps the only thing harder than hoisting a full-size pickup truck onto your back is wrestling new batteries into your kid's toys. Man. All it took to kill my illusion of strength was three AA-batteries and a singing seahorse.

*January 7 at 9:22pm

"We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years, and justify our existence... on pain of liquidation." ~George Bernard Shaw

*January 5 at 12:10am

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

*December 31, 2010 at 11:49am

1 comment:

Lore said...

Enjoyed the whole post, but am sorry to hear about the new sickness development. Please continue to keep us posted. Love you!