Short. Sweet.

Posted: January 8, 2009 in bitching, blogkeeping, Family, goals, Journal, Video, work

1iconpenMy sister had surgery today to remove her defunct gallbladder. I just called her husband’s phone but he didn’t answer – it is about three hours after she should have went in, so she should be done now. I’ve had the procedure done myself, and know a whole slew of people who also had it done – so I know there’s very little risk of anything going wrong. Still, I worry. It’s what I do.


Speaking of paranoia, yesterday I got it in my head that if I didn’t back up all of my various blogs, old journal entries, and pictures, I would be on the very shining edge of disaster. I think the feeling was prompted by all the quasi-drama going on over at LiveJournal these days (is it going away? is it sticking around? who knows?). So I backed up my WordPress site, I backed up all of my files over at Dreamhost (hello, 268 MB ZIP file!), and I ordered backup CD’s of my pictures over at Flickr. It’s an imperfect backup strategy, but I feel like I’m covered.


I just got back from investing in my retirement. Jen and I walked over to our friend Mark’s desk. He runs the Powerball lottery pool, shared among eleven of us. He buys eleven numbers on Wednesdays and again on Saturdays, each week. Some day we’re GONNA win. I just KNOW it.

If we win this week, each person gets $3.7 million after taxes. I could live with that. Quite easily, actually.


Like, twelve people just got on teleconferences in the cubicles all around me. Hellew, headphones. Hellew, Seether.

I envy Kim her door. SIIIIIIIIIGH.

Puts me in mind of this song:

  1. Taoist Biker says:

    Damn you – first Kim and now you put that song into my head!

    Aaah. “Spybreak” for the save.

  2. Jayne says:

    I’m so out of the loop when it comes to technical things that I didn’t realise you could back up WordPress but it’s something that I have wondered about. If I can’t figure it out I may be asking for your assistance… again.

    I’m sure everything is OK with your sister, though I do understand the whole worrying scenario. It’s what I do too.

  3. Kim says:

    What a coincidence – my mom is having surgery today. Not on her gall bladder though; her eye. My sister is there by herself dealing with it while I am 400 miles away. I soothed the worry and guilt by carb-loading and cheesecake eating during lunch.
    Here’s the funny part about my door (so far) – I feel too guilty to shut it, like people are going to think I’m unfriendly or something! The ultimate in ironies.
    Funny story about that song. My best friend and I called it The Song You Listen To When Nothing Else Good Is On. Because it’s not BAD per se, it’s just not real good either.

  4. AmyD says:

    Don’t blame you worrying a bit, I would do the same in your shoes.

  5. Laura says:

    TB – Well, you do it to me often enough! Turn about’s fair play.

    Jayne – You can! I just figured it out myself. But I’m always here if you need help.

    Kim – I think people should just have their gallbladder, appendix, and tonsils removed at birth. And I would SO not feel guilty about closing the door!!!! As a matter of fact, I probably wouldn’t OPEN it for the first week of having one, until the novelty wore off. Finally, the song has a good beat. I cube dance to it on occasion.

    Amy – Thanks! She was in surgery for FOUR HOURS, which seems odd to me. Must be something else going on, but nobody is telling me what.

  6. dyskinesia says:

    Ditto everything you just said to Kim in that comment, and so far I’m 2 for 3. Here’s hoping I keep my appendix at this point, unless they could somehow work in an emergency tummy tuck at the same time because of the crap ass scar I have from the ovary, but since I doubt that, I’ll just have to hope to keep the little bugger.

    Hope your sis is on the mend?

    And seriously, that video should be alternately titled: How to Dance like White People. WOW.

  7. Laura says:

    Dys – GAH. Hope you didn’t just jinx yourself! Also, regarding the video – I KNOW, HUH???

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