Life is Good – March 5, 2010

The morning moon has been so bright and beautiful this week. I first noticed it on Monday morning as I was leaving for work. It was huge and glowing in the western sky. I wanted so badly to go back for my camera, and take some time to photograph it, but I simply didn’t have the time.

With each day that passed, there was the moon in the morning sky, bold and bright, but seeming a little smaller each day. I was determined to make time to photograph it, so on Thursday, my day off, I set my alarm clock for 6:15 a.m.  when I knew the sky would still be a bit dark, but with enough signs of the morning light that I could get some good shots. I was lucky that the skies were clear and I could frame the moon behind the branches of the winter trees.

I’m fascinated by the moon when it is so bright and striking as it was this week. It kept reminding me of a favorite book from my childhood, Amos and the Moon by Jan Balet. I loved that book. I think I still have it around here somewhere. I’ll have to dig it up, as it is apparently quite rare, according to the blog Today’s Inspiration, which has a series of posts highlighting illustrations from the book and excerpts from the story.

Ahhh… good memories…

In other news, the kitchen remodel is about to begin and I’m getting excited! The new stove and refrigerator have been purchased. The new cabinets are almost finished and are ready for staining. I still have to pick out a sink and counter-top, but soon, the transformation will be complete and I’ll be all too willing to play June Cleaver. At least until the novelty wears off.

Remember me mentioning that I was getting my head examined by the doctor this week? Well, I did and the news was good. I’m not dying or anything. I’ve had some cysts on my scalp for a while now. Well, actually, more than a while. I’ve had one of them for years. Of course, no one really knew I had this lump on my head. It’s buried under my hair. Then over the past year, a couple more developed. They’re not painful, but once in a while, a couple of them get a little uncomfortable. I was feeling a distinct ache last week and it caused me enough concern to finally call the doctor. I did some research online and was pretty sure it was nothing to worry about, but you just never know. As it turns out, they are sebaceous cysts and harmless. But, since they bother me, I’m getting them removed. So later this month, I’m getting my head cut open, cysts removed and head stitched back up again. That sounds fun, doesn’t it? Of course, you know I asked if they’d have to shave my head in those spots and I was assured that is not necessary, which is great news. That would have been a deal breaker.

On the work front, I had some fun this week. There was a big meeting on Wednesday in which I had to present my ideas to a group of web developers. I had spent the past couple of weeks working on writing user stories, which are basically, individual descriptions of each capability I would like to have available on the website. After I presented each story, the developers would vote on them and would agree to a number that would be assigned to that story. Each number indicates the level of effort required to design that capability. The whole process will help decide what can be done first if a first release of the site doesn’t include all of the functions.

So, in this meeting, I was sitting next to a coworker with whom I’ve been working closely. At one point, after a vote, all the developers began joking about something in the technological realm of which I had no understanding whatsoever. They were laughing heartily, and I turned to my coworker and whispered, “I don’t get their humor.” This in turn, caused her to start giggling and pretty soon the two of us were laughing as well. All too soon, though, we realized all the developers were staring at us curiously, waiting for us to stop laughing and for me to present the next story. Can you say embarrassing? Oh well. No harm done and we all got a little stress break for a moment.

Brad celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday! According to him, he didn’t really celebrate it as he had mid-terms on Thursday. I’m not completely sure I believe there was no celebration. Who doesn’t celebrate their 21st birthday? He’s legal now! His spring break begins the 15th and he’ll be home for the week. I’m so looking forward to seeing him again since the last time he was home was for Christmas break.

This weekend, I have a free Saturday and then another day of volleyball on Sunday. I’m tempted to complain about having a fourth tournament in four weekends, but I know all too soon, these days will be forever behind me. So I’m going to enjoy it.

Life is good.

What are your weekend plans?

13 thoughts on “Life is Good – March 5, 2010

  1. I think you will find that your kitchen remodel will at a lot of joy to your life. We all spend so much time in the kitchen – not for the cooking or chores thing – but because it is the hub of family life. It will be good…June :)


  2. You know, it’s been so long since you posted any photography stuff of yours I’d almost forgotten that you held an interest in it and also, that you did some pretty darned good work with it too! Hope you find time to get some more shots in from time to time!
    Brace yourself though for the rest of the kitchen remodel. The actual installation and the messiness of the room then till it is done is the royal pain in the dupa, for sure! But, well worth it in the end too.


  3. Good to hear that your head will be OK – and no bald patches too!

    Didn’t celebrate his 21st? Wow, my 21st was so good I don’t remember it!

    Love the photos – that blue is amazing! You have to be really early to get that colour…

    Laughing at meetings is always an odd experience, although I must admit that it happens more often with our new Dean who likes to loosen things up a bit.

    My weekend? Visiting my FIL on Saturday and then making sure my wife gets to relax on Sunday, even if it means shooting her with a tranquilizer dart :-)

    Have a great weekend!


  4. My-o-my. With everything you’ve got on your plate this week, no wonder you had to get your head examined. I am glad to hear that you got checked out and it is nothing serious. And thank goodness it won’t affect your golden locks (too much). I, for one, would hate to see you looking like Britney. Just no more crazy hats for a while.

    Good luck with the kitchen redo. I thought we might get to see some pictures (before/during/after). Pleeeeeezze?

    And those web developers are a strange breed. Talking in a strange language, staying up all hours, running in packs. We need treat them nicely. After all, it was some web developers that came up with this bloging format…

    Happy Birthday to Brad. He’s now legally able to get into all sorts of trouble.


  5. I’m excited for you about the kitchen remodel! You will probably post a few pics of before/during/after??
    I had one sebaceous cyst on the top of my head and had it removed a few years ago. You will be glad to be rid of them. Enjoy your weekend!


  6. Oooooh, kitchen remodel. Can I live vicariously through you?

    A neighbor of mine had cysts on her head that sound much like yours. She had them removed with no problem. Amazing how a lobotomy can change your outlook. KIDDING!

    …didn’t celebrate his 21st birthday. Yah, neither did I… PFFFFFTT!!

    Nicely done – shooting the moon!


  7. So glad your doc found nothing that can’t be put right and soon – good luck for the op! Ah, a new kitchen sounds great (what isn’t so great is the installation process, but it sounds as though you have it well in hand). You certainly appear busy, hope you have a successful and happy weekend.

    Me? It’s spring at last – woohoo! I’m about to twist a few arms to drag along on a coastal hike (evil grin)..


  8. Wow, you move fast when you set your mind to something! I have *the* ugliest old kitchen, c1980, but the day that I steel myself to actually do something about it I’m sure the planning process will take me at least 6 months.

    You must be very excited. In the meantime it’ll be microwave and take away meals for a few weeks then. :)


  9. I hope your surgery goes well… good thing you won’t have to sacrifice your pretty hair.

    Happy belated 21st to Brad. My baby will turn 21 in a couple months too.


  10. Great pictures!

    IT people tend to speak a language of their own. Most IT jokes are incomprehensible to the bulk of society. We’re a sick breed. :)

    Happy birthday to Brad!


  11. I’m just as fascinated by the moon – and these photos are TERRIFIC. You really captured the lighting!

    I cant wait to read/hear all about the Kitchen Remodeling!

    Glad you will NOT have to shave your head to deal with the cyst situation!

    Happy to hear all is well on the Work Front!

    And… HAPPY 21st birthday to Brad!!!!!!!


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