Thirteen (thirteen? How did it get that long?) years ago today, at 1:31 am (which, as Tony pointed out, had we observed DST at the time would've been 2:31 am) my lovely daughter Jessica Lynn was born.

I've had my rough patches at being a mom, and things haven't been easy for Jessica over the past thirteen years, but she is the joy of my life and a precious, precious gift. I had expected her to be taken away from me - permanently (due to her health problems at birth) but, thank Ghods, she wasn't.

And today she's a teenager. ;) I realize that it's not going to get any easier on me from this point forward, but - if we can survive the *last* thirteen years, well, we can survive the *next* thirteen, too.

I remembered this morning that there was a song that I felt "summed up" my feelings about being a mom...even though it's not about parenthood, it seemed to capture what I felt in these lines:

So caught up in you, little girl
And I never did suspect a thing
So caught up in you, little girl
That I never want to get myself free
And baby it's true
You're the one
Who caught me baby you taught me
How good it could be

("Caught Up in You", :38 Special)

(Yes, I know it's a love song, but it's just this part of it.)

Anyway, in the interests of showing the difference in how she's grown, and potentially embarrasing her by publishing pictures of her on the internet (albeit privately):

Jessica Then and Now

Cut only to save bandwidth...cute pictures here... )

Well, the sum of it all is:

indyellen: (Girls)
(Seen *everywhere* on LJ)

Go to Wikipedia, key in your birthday (excluding the year), and post 3 events, 2 births, and 1 death.

July 2


1776 - The Continental Congress adopts a resolution severing ties with Great Britain, though a formal Declaration of Independence is not adopted until July 4.

1947 - An object speculated to be a UFO crashes near Roswell, New Mexico, though the United States Air Force claims it is a weather balloon.

1964 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act into law.


1908 - Thurgood Marshall, U. S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1993)
1946 - Ron Silver, American actor

Or, alternatively, for Jessica:

1957 - Bret "Hitman" Hart, Canadian professional wrestler
1986 - Lindsay Lohan, American actress


1937 - Amelia Earhart, American aviator (disappeared) (b. 1897)

Now, Jessica was watching over my shoulder while I was doing this, so I've decided to put hers up, too, since she doesn't have an LJ of her own.

April 19


1775 - American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Lexington and Concord – British General Thomas Gage attempts to confiscate American colonists' firearms. Captain John Parker orders his band of minutemen to not fire unless fired upon. Random shots rang out among the British soldiers. The minutemen promptly fired back. This was the "shot heard round the world." The British are driven back to Boston, Massachusetts, thus beginning the American Revolutionary War.

1956 - Actress Grace Kelly marries Rainier III of Monaco.

1993 - The 50-day siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. Eighty-one people die. (As much as I hate it, I felt like I had to include this one since it's the year she was born.)

Births (I picked 2 she knows)

1946 - Tim Curry, British actor

1981 - Hayden Christensen, Canadian actor


1882 - Charles Darwin, English biologist (b. 1809)
Well, today has been an interesting day on several different levels:

I slept in fairly late, even with Jessica here. It was a decent rest. When I woke up, I got an email that changed the course of a number of things - someone (who was making trouble) has removed them self from the equation. It will make life both easier & more complicated.

Jessica had a Girl Scout ice skating party today; I was getting ready to take a shower to go, and slipped & fell in the tub. Scared the HELL out of myself, Tony, & Jessica. (Tony has spent part of the afternoon putting traction things in the tub so no one will slip anymore.) I'm sore where I landed; it could be worse, I didn't hit my head or anything, but my left side (mostly) is sore in the hip, arm, and shoulder. Also my ankle. My right side is a little sore - that's the side that grabbed for the shower curtain to try to balance myself. On the plus side, the shower rod stayed up - well built.

Re: the skating - Jessica had never been skating before. She ended up doing pretty well, overall. Her first few times she wouldn't leave the wall of the rink, but her GS leader helped her, as did her troop mates, and she eventually left the wall holding on to a traffic/safety cone that the rink was letting little ones use to help them stay up. But she didn't fall much, and she was in good spirits & NOT terrified, which pleased me greatly.

Both she & Tony are currently napping. I'm sitting here partially because it's a different position & feels better, and partly to stay awake myself, although I probably *could* nap.

I think I might play a little Scrabble & chill out.
I got a phone call from Jessica tonight. It seems, when she was here this last weekend, she left her keys. This has necessitated her going to the apartment office to borrow a key to get in for the past two days. She has begged me to bring them over to her, and so I will - with the statement that she OWES me (very tongue-in-cheek). She's offering foot massages when next she comes to visit.

I realize that I should stand my ground and either A) make her keep going to the office for a key this week; or B) make her father drive her over here to get them. However, due to a change in visitation, I'm not going to see her for two weekends in a row, so she'd be without keys for three weeks, which I think is a little extreme of a lesson. I've gotten her father to agree to drive one way on visitation weekends to pick her up, so I don't feel inclined to push the issue - not to mention the fact that she'd get hell from him the whole way here and the whole way back.

So, this time, I am Super Mom to the Rescue and driving the keys across town. Next time, though, I think I'm going to make her suffer - or buy her a bigger purse. ;)
Christmas went lovely, really. Minor hiccups (like the un-good weather outside, making my Mom *very* nervous) but otherwise well.

The presents went as follows:

HP & the Prisoner of Azkaban game for my X-box & a pearl/gold bracelet (from Jess), Babylon 5 (season 2) on DVD, Danger Mouse (seasons 3 & 4) on DVD, and a gift card to Kohl's (from Tony) and a Hammock from my Mom! I also got a check from my Dad & Stepmom in Texas a few weeks ago, and I'll be buying us a food processor with what's left of it - I also bought some pants for work.

I was going to talk about what Tony got, but I'll leave that for him in his LJ (if he chooses.)

Mom was THRILLED with her DVD/VCR player - went off on the "you spent too much" but we shut that down pretty quick. She also was happy with the DVDs she got: we got her the La Boheme she'd been asking for a VHS of, and Jessica got her a collection of three Audrey Hepburn movies (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Sabrina.) She spent a good deal of time last night trying to hook it up - I don't know if success was ever finally reached. ;)

Dinner went well; I didn't make the broccoli/cauliflower but the green beans came out well...Jess didn't know what to do with "crunchy" green beans...I've fed her too many canned beans. ;) The ham loaves came out fine, as did the turkey breast (thank Ghods for oven bags!) and Mom brought the cherry cobbler I love for dessert.

I can also *highly* recommend Penzey's Chip & Dip seasoning...yummy stuff, particularly w/ridged chips. :)

Anyway, that's where we're at today. Now we're hanging out. Need to go to the mall to return some stuff, but we're not going to do that until tomorrow when the hoardes might be somewhat better since so many need to go back to work then. I'm thinking about taking Jess to see Narnia - TLTWTW today; I'd like Tony to come but I don't know if he will.

I'm going to go find something to eat & relax with my kid.
And I was the first one up! How does *that* happen? (Especially since Jessica is here for the next 4 days!)

This morning I'm going to bake cranberry quickbread. Mom is coming over for Christmas around 1 pm today; she's going to be VERY surprised by her present. ;) Our menu for dinner is as follows:

Individual Ham Loaves (Pork & ham ground together in little meatloaves with a vinegar/brown sugar sauce.)
Roasted turkey breast
Redskin mashed potatoes
Green beans w/ Alfredo sauce & french-fried onions
Broccoli & Cauliflower

Mom's bringing dessert. I don't know what it is, but I have expressed the idea that I really DON'T want something made with jell-o. :)

Tony wants me to wake him around 10 am since he was up until 4 am or so doing video stuff. This gives me time to start the cranberry bread, and Jess (who is finally awake) doesn't seem to be in a huge rush to open presents. (This is actually a somewhat pleasant change from the violent present-hunger of earlier years.)

Anyway, I'm going to get off of here and go start my cranberry bread.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, (belated) Blessed Yule, Good Kwanzaa, and/or whatever holiday celebration you choose to celebrate!
OK, I had decided a while ago that I wanted to get my Mom a DVD player for Giftmas. I had intended all along to get her a VCR/DVD combo (so she can still play all her tapes) to replace her current VCR (which isn't bad but is getting older.) However, after reading some information in a couple of reviews/buyer guides, it was pointed out that I could probably get her just as good a DVD player separately (if not better) than with a combo unit to use *with* the VCR.

Mom is COMPLETELY technically inept. She manages to send email somehow, but she couldn't change the cables connecting the VCR to her new TV by herself. (Make no rude comments; I'm rather afraid of messing with the video electronics myself.) She can't program a remote (which, I am aware, is reasonably complicated but not overly difficult) and if she can't figure out why the remote isn't working right, she buys a new one. *sigh* I will point out, however, that she's discovered just fine. ;) (Even if using her credit card online scares her.)

Anyway, my original thought with buying the combo unit would be that it would be less confusing for her. However, as was pointed out in the above mentioned reviews/guides, if one half of the thing breaks down, then you lose *both* for the duration of repair. On the other hand, if you buy a decent enough machine, it shouldn't break down anyway.

I was then thinking about what she would do with the old VCR. She uses stuff until it dies, normally - not always a bad trait - and so I have this niggling feeling that she'd be uncomfortable giving away/selling the old VCR because it's "still usable".

So, what do people think? Should I go with a single unit to replace the older existing VCR or should I get a DVD player only & have her use both? Please help; I have to buy it this week (obviously) and I can use the input.


(crossposted to my LJ & [ profile] callahanians
Tonight I drove across town to go to Jessica's Girl Scout meeting - or what I *thought* was going to be a meeting until Dad spilled the beans last night. (I'm glad he did, it meant I got to bring the camera.) It was Jessica's investiture/rededication as a Junior Girl Scout.

I had Jessica in Brownies back when Jim & I were still together; she enjoyed it but then life took a left turn & she wasn't in a troop anymore. Jess's Aunt Lucia (my good friend Kathi) and I had been trying to convince Dad that she should be in Girl Scouts, but it didn't happen until Jess's new stepmom came along. I guess having three women bugging him was too much. ;) So she's been going to meetings & keeping active. Back before Halloween y'all saw our costumes for the troop Halloween party, so I met the troop leaders then.

It's a troop not affiliated with any one school - although all the girls are in the range to be Juniors. There are 5 or 6 girls total, and Jess has a *blast* with them!

Anyway, the girls in the troop put together the ceremony, which was very nice, and involved a candle lighting, the recitation of the Girl Scout pledge, and what it means to them to be Girl Scouts. And yes, after the Pledge of Allegance to the flag, all Girl Scouts recited the pledge - which included me, since I was a Scout for 3 or 4 years in school myself. It was touching, and I'll admit Mom got a little teary-eyed. So did the Troop Leader, which was cute.

Behind the cut are pictures; I hope to have more when we consolidate all the different pictures which were taken through the evening.

Proud Mommy pictures here. )
Tony ([ profile] royalcrow) has been out of town in Michigan on business all week. Today, I received a surprise at the office:

Sent to me with a note that they were to celebrate that he'd be home tomorrow. :)

You know, he's a pretty wonderful dude, and I'm lucky to have him.

Just thought I'd share.

P.S. Yes, that's my desk at work, part of it. The IT guy had a digital camera he let me use as ours is in Michigan with Tony.
Happy Birthday Tony! Not to get overly mushy in a public entry, let me just say that I'm thankful every day that you are here (both on the planet & with me) and today is a day to celebrate that! I love you.

And now, your online birthday card:

Tony (aka [ profile] royalcrow) is doing pretty well; he's been able to go out a little bit although he's still tired. His incision is healing well. The doctor put it in one of his natural neck creases, so it probably won't show up hardly at all unless you're looking closely. He's been accomplishing quite a bit about getting the last of his CD's in digital format (all his DJ stuff is digital now, pretty much) so we have enough music on the computer to last 40 days straight. ;)

He's due to go back to work on Monday (10/10) and I think he'll be ready. Still no look at the pathology report or operative note; my inquisitive self hasn't managed to track them down yet although I've got my buddy in medical records keeping an eye out for them. Tony goes back to the doctor for his first follow-up visit on Friday, so I'm sure he'll get the results then - I'm just nosy.

That's it for now. More later.

We return you to your regularly scheduled chaos.

(BTW, for the photography buffs: the picture is one Tony took of himself with our digital camera on one of his last days out in the field as a cable technician before he moved to the inside job. I like it.)
Tony's ([ profile] royalcrow) surgery went well. We've been home for a couple hours; he has some drainage (due to the drain put in by the surgeon) but nothing unreasonable. He's doing well today - of course, the meds haven't completely worn off yet from the surgery so he's still feeling pretty good. ;) I imagine tomorrow will be a different story.

Apparently it was a good thing the cyst came out - it still had "stuff" in it & there was scar tissue around it. (I'm not going to go into any additional detail so I don't squick anyone.) But it was a good surgery & the doctor is having it checked out by the pathologist just to make sure.

I'm going to go & relax for a while. I've been wound pretty tight myself & can use the relaxation. ;)

Thanks for all the thoughts & energy - keep it comin' for a little while.
Tomorrow, [ profile] royalcrow (aka my sweetie, Tony) is having surgery to remove a recurrent cyst in his neck. He goes in for prep at 8 am and surgery is at 9 am. His Mom & Stepdad are coming in for the surgery, although they'll be leaving after it's over. I'm off work for two days to help take care of him.

Anyway, any thoughts, prayers, positive energy anyone would choose to send for a simple surgery and easy recovery would be welcome. I'll post here after the surgery with an update.




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