WifeGeeding Bag of Randomness

  • Before I went back to work today I made sure Keith had Herschel, all the remotes, his phone and a drink right next to him.  And no, it wasn’t Fireball whiskey.
  • I played “Mother May I” with 13 four year olds today.  They were learning about patience.
  • You never see kids playing “Red Rover” anymore.
  • Keith has been on a potato, egg and cheese taco kick lately.
  • While helping DaugherGeeding with her homework I hear “beep, beep, beep, beep”.  I immediately jump up and run out to the garage to see LeafGeeding backing up and the garage door going down.  I quickly run to the car and open the driver’s side door to stop Keith from driving.  He said the paper work from the doctor said he could drive 10 days to 2 weeks after surgery and it was day 10.  I did not think it was a good idea, but went ahead and let with him drive around the block with me in the passenger seat.
  • Keith thinks I’m weird that I eat cold leftovers–pizza, fried chicken, quesadillas.  Both kids came downstairs as Keith was warming up some chicken tenders, grabbed a cold tender out of the box and started munching away.  Proud Mom moment.
  • If only I could get Keith to pronounce syrup correctly.
  • Some of you are worried about Keith getting off of his pain medication.  He has cut down his dosage and is lengthening the amount of time between taking it.  If the pain becomes too uncomfortable he will take a pill.
  • BoyGeeding is having a hard time deciding what he would like to play in the spring.  We let our children choose one extracurricular activity in the fall and spring.  You may remember that he played flag football in the fall.  The past two years he played Blastball and T-Ball in the spring with the same team and coach.  This year will be Coach Pitch and unfortunately the coach will be coaching his daughter’s softball team.  Without the same coach, which we really liked, and not having any of his friends play, it looks like he will not be playing baseball this year.
  • If you could meet either your ancestors or your descendants who would you choose?
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A WifeGeeding Bag of Randomness

  • Keith had 2 outings this weekend.  The first one was to IHOP.  It was pretty hard on him because we took LeafGeeding which was not as comfortable as our SUV.  The second one was to Dairy Queen.  That time we took the SUV, but was nearly in a wreck due to a red light.  I was trying to be so careful with driving slow that as the light turned yellow I didn’t want to speed up to go through the light and didn’t slam on the brakes hard enough because I didn’t want to hurt Keith so I stopped pretty far over the line.  The other drivers were thankfully paying attention and showed grace as I backed up out of the intersection.
  • The kids were so excited to show me their report card that they pulled it out of their backpack as soon as I picked them up from school on Friday.
  • DaughterGeeding and I had to do some major cleaning in her room this weekend.  Thankful that she was willing to give some things away and throw things away.
  • BoyGeeding is filled with such joy.  He can be so goofy with his mannerisms that he just makes me smile.  And he still wants to cuddle with me.  I know that won’t last so I will take it every chance I get.
  • Remember elementary school talent shows?  When I was in first grade, two other friends and I did a twirling routine, but it was really just standing up on stage making up something as we went along.  I think I hit one girl in the chin and didn’t realize it until we were finished.  DaughterGeeding and BoyGeeding are thinking about being in their  upcoming school talent show.  What is their talent?  Why singing a U2 song of course!
  • I lead chapel at the preschool where I work.  Last week a 3 year old boy asked what was God’s phone number.  No need for a phone number-you can talk to Him anytime and anywhere.
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A WifeGeeding Bag of Randomness

  • Overall, Keith has been recovering well, but yesterday was a bit of a setback.
  • He’s a bit frustrated how he feels loopy and out of focus all the time due to the painkillers. He’d like to stimulate his mind or get engaged in a book or a Netflix series, but he’ll quickly lose track of what’s going on or will fall asleep.
  • He’s more comfortable laying on his side than his back.
  • He now refers to his walker as Herschel and I’ll catch him having conversations with him, most peaceful. He refers to his back brace as a corset and keeps teasing me about him getting a set of Boudoir photos with it as a gift for Valentine’s day.
  • I love my man and all, but he annoyingly will leave cabinet doors open and not put the toilet seat down.  GRRR!
  • It’s a bit sad to hear about the Toys/Babies r Us store closings. When pregnant with DaughterGeeding, the employees were a wealth of information on products and answering questions. It was much better speaking to them and comparing products in person that relying on some product page or online review.
  • One way being married to Keith has changed me is to look at things from different perspectives.
  • On the way to school in the mornings, DaughterGeeding provides live weather reports and BoyGeeding will provide the traffic.
  • I’m thinking about dying my hair all grey, Keith is encouraging me.
  • The Texas town of Italy has been in the news. About half the reporters will correctly pronounce it correctly – Italy (/ˈɪtli/ IT-lee, unlike the country Italy).
  • A few of my coworkers have provided meals for us this week which has been very helpful.
  • Keith gave me an Instant Pot for Christmas.  To be honest, I wasn’t too crazy about the gift when I opened it.  I thought, “Great.  Now I have to cook.”  Now, I really like it and am enjoying trying new things.
  • Keith helps out with household chores like laundry and cleaning our bathroom.
  • I highly recommend watching Black Mirror on Netflix.
  • I graduated with 135 in my class.  My nephew who attends the same high school has 294 in his class.
  • Having lost both of his parents, Keith knows how important it is for me to spend with my family.
  • The Amazing Race os one of my favorite TV shows.
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Bag of Randomness

  • Keith is looking for names for his back brace and walker.  He’s usually pretty clever with coming up with ideas, but I think the drugs are affecting his brain. Right now he calls his back brace his corset.
  • He thinks he is never going to poop again.  In case you weren’t aware, a side effect of pain medication is constipation.
  • I left Keith alone for about an hour and he dropped the remote.  Thank goodness for the DirecTV app on his phone that allowed him to change the channel.
  • I changed his bandage on his back tonight.  It was the first time either one of us saw the stitches.  Care to know how many?  Click here to count.
  • Despite being off of his baby Aspirin and supplements for 2 weeks before surgery the surgery team noticed how thin his blood was when they cut him open.
  • According to Keith’s FitBit this is how many steps he’s taken since surgery.
    • Saturday:  346
    • Sunday:  368
    • Monday:  495
    • Tuesday:  694
  • Keith wanted the kids out of the house this afternoon because he was afraid they were going to bump into him.  So we went on a bike ride.
  • Keith wrote a note for the kids and put it in their lunchbox on Friday (day of the surgery).  DaughterGeeding found hers today.
  • He received the Flu shot and Pneumonia shot the day he was discharged.
  • I should have noted that Keith makes his Rice Krispie Treats with peanut butter and they are delicious!
  • I love Big Red (the drink), but only drink it about 3 times a year from various restaurants.
  • Eating cereal out of a cup is much more efficient than a bowl.  When you are finished eating the cereal, you have the cup to drink the remaining milk.
  • Keith thinks the Olympics will only be broadcast on Amazon or Netflix.
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Bag of Randomness

  • Sorry I didn’t update the blog earlier.  I was a little tired last night.  Wonder why???
  • The patient moved into the living room which boosted his spirit a bit.
  • Nights are long for him.  It’s hard for him to get comfortable.
  • Before going to bed Keith took an Ambien.  When I woke up at 1:00 to give him his pain medicine I noticed there were homemade Rice Krispie Treats in our kitchen.  I didn’t make them.
  • Lots of talking in his sleep last night.  Words and phrases that I remember are “Cuba”, “Sorry about that guys…fickle women”, “Jane Fonda”, “Let’s go with this wood because it has been treated.”
  • DaughterGeeding wants cardboard boxes and gift cards to Lowe’s for her birthday.
  • BoyGeeding received a fishing pole from a neighbor friend yesterday.  Looks like we will be going fishing this spring and summer.
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Bag of Randomness

  • After 2 nights in the hospital, Keith is home!
  • The first night was pretty rough.  Per Keith’s request, the catheter was removed during surgery so that he would not feel the pain when it was removed.  At 2:00 in the morning a catheter had to be inserted because he was having such a hard time urinating.  Keith stood at the toilet for an hour with the urge to urinate, but it just never came.  The nurse had trouble inserting it so the charge nurse was called.  It was finally inserted after a couple of tries.
  • The next day was spent sleeping to catch up from the night before.  He talked a little bit in his sleep.  One thing I remember him saying was that he gets the capitals of Oklahoma and Nebraska mixed up.
  • As much as Keith did not want to inconvenience anyone I called my mom that morning to help me.  She took DaughterGeeding and BoyGeeding to Geeding Manor so that I could be with Keith all day and help him.  Thank you, Mom!
  • That night he asked that I stay with him in case it was another bad night.  I went home to get a few things and check on everyone.  To be safe, I asked for hospital security to walk me to my car.  She seemed very perturbed to leave whatever she was doing to help me.  She didn’t even walk me all the way to my car, just watched from the door!  Granted, it wasn’t that big of a parking lot.
  • That night went much smoother, but still a lot of nurses in and out of the room.  Right when I would fall back asleep another person would come in to do something.  The catheter was removed during the day so he did get up a few times during the night to use the restroom.
  • Keith would not be discharged until his pain was under control and he passed gas.  I don’t know how many times a nurse would ask, “Have you passed rectal gas?”  This is quite comical if you know Keith because he does not have any problem passing gas!
  • The doctor that performed the surgery saw Keith this morning and asked Keith how he felt about going home.  With a tired smile on his face he said, “I want to go home.”  We were out of there by 11:00.
  • Instead of DogGeedingII greeting Keith with a wagging tail he barked and growled at the old man using a walker.
  • Our experience with the hospital staff was not that great.  The day of the surgery everyone was very friendly, introduced themselves, and explained what was going to happen.  Once they moved Keith up to his own room the nurses were either spacey, inattentive, annoyed to be there, or not as professional as other nurses that we have experienced at other hospitals.
  • Keith’s pain has been as high as an 8 and as low as a 4.  I have set my alarm to go off every 6 hours to give him his medicines.
  • Typical Keith–When we arrived at the hospital and were waiting in the hospital Keith pulled out a bag of magazines, powdered donuts, and other snacks for me.  He wanted to make sure that I was taken care of.  Always putting the needs of others above himself.
  • Sorry there aren’t any pictures.  I forgot how to post them.
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Surgery Update

First of all I want to thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers while Keith was in surgery.  Thank you also to those who called, texted, or made a comment on his blog regarding his surgery.

I’m not sure how much personal information Keith wants me to share with you so I’ll leave that to him when he returns to blogging.  The surgery went very well and he was up walking by 2:00.  He is in pain, but does have that morphine button to push every 10 minutes along with other medication they are giving him.

As much as he wanted to come home tonight, he is spending the night at the hospital and will probably come home tomorrow.  Not sure when he will be up for blogging so maybe if you’re lucky I’ll post some Bag of Randomness!

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Bag of Randomness for Friday, January 19, 2018

  • Most of you read Bag of Randomness between the hours of 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM. More than likely, you’re reading this while I’m being operated on.
  • I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me for so many of you and my friends to drop me well wishes yesterday. Unexpected, sincere, unprompted acts of kindness and grace tugs at my heartstrings.
  • Last night the anesthesiologist for my surgery called to go over medications and ask some basic info. He couldn’t have been nicer and told me to just call him Gary. I told him the last time I was anesthetized I vomited and he said he’d put a medical patch behind my ear which should help with nausea for three days. He also said not to eat anything past midnight (expected) but I could drink several cups of water and even have a cup of coffee before 5:15 AM (totally unexpected). I check in for surgery at 6:00 AM and surgery is to start at 7:30 AM. That means I’m going to miss my favorite Friday TICKET segments. So, Alex, if you call in for the Emergency Break Of The Week segment, be sure to drop a casual “Bag of Nothing” line in there for me.
  • If there is a government shutdown, as a government contractor, the timing of this surgery would work out great.
  • I wish I could share the details of the communications from the executive management team at my place of employment regarding my surgery and time off. But I will tell you they have been exceptionally caring and encouraging.
  • I worked with DaughterGeeding a bit yesterday on her family immigration project. The teacher is having her students do a project on a family member who has immigrated and DaughterGeeding wants to do her’s on my dearly departed mother. It was neat to see her excitedly embrace her Vietnamese heritage and made me reflect on how I used to be embarrassed about it. I provided her with MomGeeding’s U.S. citizenship documents and all sorts of stuff written on South Vietnamese government stationary as well as defunct currency. She found some of MomGeeding’s old clothes, clothes my mother actually made/sewn herself, and started to sport them around. My mother was so tiny that the clothes somewhat fit her.
  • When it’s time to put the kids to bed, we have this tradition of me picking them up and dropping them on their beds. It’s a bit weird I’m not going to be able to do that for two months.
  • Yesterday, U2 released the video to “Get Out of Your Own Way”.
  • Donald Trump has been the President of the United States for a year now. It’s really interesting to reflect on the past year, or the past four years, and to see how much you may have personally changed as an individual.
  • Balding Prince William has finally shaved his head
  • The Washington Post – What I’ve learned from my tally of 757 doctor suicides
  • Trust in media to report the news accurately, by county: Netherlands: 82%, Canada: 78%, South Korea: 36%, Greece: 22%
  • Montreal man fools police with fake car made of snow
  • NASA tests small nuclear reactor that could power a habitat on Mars
  • The British accent makes it funnier – Driver Has An Absurdly Frustrating Interaction With His Car’s Voice GPS
  • The Boy Who Stayed Awake For 11 DaysIn December 1963 two boys hit upon an idea for a school science project – stay awake for as long as possible. And it shed new light on what happens inside our tired brains.
  • My Life As a Mom to 8 Kids
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How a TV Works in Slow Motion – The Slow Mo Guys

If you are reading this, you’ve seen a screen with your eyes. But have you REALLY seen it though? Like real proper seen it? Don’t worry, Gav is here to help you out. This is How a TV works in Slow Motion.

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Neck Tie Tying Table Trick

Is this a Half Windsor? I’ll be honest, I only know how to tie a tie one way, the four-in-hand, but I think I want to give this trick a try because the knot is more symmetrical.

 

 

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Bag of Randomness for Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • My kids were gifted the book The Magic Misfits which is authored by Neil Patrick Harris. It was a delightful surprise to find the setting of the book is a town named Mineral Wells, described as a small sleepy hamlet. The town in the book is not my hometown of Mineral Wells, Texas. The characters in the book are trying to save the town from crooked carnival employees.
  • I don’t think I’m stressing out about my surgery tomorrow. I’d guess it’s only natural to go through a cycle of nervousness, anxiousness, worry, and optimism.
  • For the past week, I’ve been trying to make myself dream a particular dream to no avail. In this dream, I wake up in my childhood home but I’m the present day me. I walk into the kitchen to find my mother and father eating breakfast and drinking coffee chit-chatting like I’ve seen them a thousand times before. They greet me with a good morning and I simply have a substantive conversation with them about life, parenting, marriage, and the surgery.
  • At DaughterGeeding’s last counseling session I was invited to participate in the last few minutes. The counselor asked DaughterGeeding if she could ask her father, any question in the world, what would she like to ask me. She’s been studying family trees at school so I thought it would be something like that, or maybe something about the surgery. Nope, she asked, “If you wrote a letter to U2, how long would it take for them to respond?”
  • I looked at my post surgical instructions and it states, “You may resume passive sexual activity 1 week after surgery.
  • Koreas to march under single ‘united’ flag in Olympic Games
    • This reminds me of when Putin was mostly on good terms with the world leading up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi in Feb 2014 and then invaded Crimea shortly after the games concluded.
    • “The North has also agreed to send a smaller, 150-member delegation to the Paralympics in March.”
      • The way I envision it, North Korea had no idea what the Paralympics were and had it explained to them. The North Korean representatives then pretended they knew what they were all along and agreed to it. They return to update Kim Jong-un who then gives orders to injure abled bodied citizens so they will have participants.
  • Butcher trapped in freezer uses sausage to bash his way out
  • What a weird story out of Tarrant County College. My guess is the adjunct professor was trying to make a point similar to the way Young Republicans college campus groups will hold an Affirmative Action bake sale with prices determined based on race.
    • Tarrant College students leave class after professor’s bizarre behavior (photos and video included)
      • When TCC Adjunct Professor Daniel Mashburn walked into his Astronomy class Tuesday night, several students were alarmed by his behavior. Some thought it was a joke while others called police. Student April McLeod says her teacher got to class about 20 minutes late and turned off the lights and was wearing a ball cap, a toboggan, a scarf over his face and gloves. She says Mashburn never took any of it off even when police questioned him after responding to calls from students.
      • Students say the professor talked about the Koran and the moon and the dark night and seemed incoherent and never discussed anything astronomy-related.
      • “Mostly he was talking about different things of the Muslim faith,” McLeod said. “I was in class for about five minutes. He kept messing with his pocket and you could tell there was an object in the right-hand pocket. And whenever he went to pull out his hand, I started having this really bad feeling and jumped up and ran out of the classroom.”
  • I’m enjoying this season of ‘The X-Files’. In last night’s episode, Scully mentioned she sleeps with her back to the door in case the devil were to come in. That’s contradictory to me. As a child and even as an adult, I sleep facing the door because I want to be alert to anything which may come in.
  • Amazon’s new ‘$10 and Under with free shipping’ section takes on budget shopping app Wish

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Puppy Train

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