serendipitous reflections

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fat finger vs wedding band

Last Friday Jeni and I had gone out to a friends and had a nice dinner (Jeni cooked most of it, so you know it was nice) and at some point, I noticed I had either nicked or pinched my finger near my wedding band. On the ride home, Jeni said it looked a little swollen and my ring was aggravating the spot, so we figured we should just slip the ring off and let my finger settle down. The problem -- at some point in the last 10 years, it seems I've gained a little weight. So my wedding band didn't want to come off. We ran it under cold water, submerged it in ice water, lotioned it up, pulled, wiggled, wrapped in ribbon, squeezed, rocked ... you name it, we tried it. Saturday, Jeni started to get concerned that this would hurt my finger and we would have to cut the ring off. We were actually on our way and we decided to give it some time -- my finger wasn't purple yet. Well, last night, with the help of some vaseline, grit and determination, Jeni managed to wiggle the ring beyond the swelling and over my knuckle and off. It feels weird not having a wedding ring on for the first time in 10 years (I'd only taken it off in public when I was going to the gym so it wouldn't get scarred up), so I guess we'll be ring shopping soon. Need to get another one on soon so the ladies don't get ideas (ha!) ...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tumor removal II

Unfortunately the abdominal tumor is malignant. I have very few details right now, but please everyone keep this little girl and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Gas price map

Right-click on the map to see gas prices by county (zoom in for zip code) to find the best gas prices. Suddenly things don't look so bad in South Carolina ... ninth lowest in the nation ($2.801) and Columbia 17th at $2.817, just a few behind Knoxville. (Complete list)

The Kings

Nikki updated her blog and there are some super cute pictures from Easter. Go and check those out!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Tumor removal

My boss sent around an email about one of his daughter's best friends. She's in fifth grade and is having surgery to remove a tumor today -- her birthday, of all days. I don't know any details about what kind of tumor, location or if it is benign or malignant. They were asking for prayers and healing thoughts. Her surgery is at 1:00 this afternoon. I just couldn't imagine being in fifth grade and having to worry with something this grave. I can't even remember what was a big deal to me in fifth grade except a broken wrist and the Thriller album...

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Firefly lights

This is a really neat concept. I wonder if they attract real fireflies?

Friday, April 21, 2006

Wandering the web

Look what I found wandering the web. I started at Brite Blue Dot (warning: liberal website) and clicked Drink at Work (because the name is just so intriguing) and found the very funny comics Teenage Girl President and Medium Large. Drink at Work also has some really nice photos. And yes, to answer your question, Fridays need to get busier at work!


This Close to Home couldn't have had better timing... It appears that I have started snoring. I guess I was real bad last night. I'm not happy about this. Jeni is even less happy ... Posted by Picasa

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Positive Affirmations

I really enjoy the Story People and get a Story of the Day emailed to me each day. I really like this one from the other day...

"Remember to use positive affirmations. I am not a dork is not one of them."

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Taxes are done, one check written, everything signed, sealed up, and off to the post office. I've had them done for awhile, but didn't want to pay my uncle the money until the last minute.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Gracie shows her TRUE colors

Lisa's daughter may be brainwashed with Clemson hype, but in this video you see her true colors. A little Virginia Tech Hokie dress and a sweet smile and wave got her on the local Bluefield news. Click this link, then click on the camera icon above the picture to see Gracie the celebrity!

Sunday, April 09, 2006


I don't think I really delude myself into thinking that I will win Powerball, but at $220 million (nine digits!) I can't help but invest a couple of dollars in South Carolina's "education" lottery. I think the education is in probability right now...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Afternoon Drinker?

If I was an afternoon drinker, today would have been one of those days....

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Dancing video game

Now this kid has played this game a few too many times ... I just wish I saw what his score was.


It's no George Michael in the garage with a curtain rod, but this is a pretty amazing lightsaber duel. Give credit to Ryan Wieber and Michael "Dorkman" Scott. It's fun, well done, and kind of humorous. Plus I like that Pat Wieber makes it in the credits for "Transportation/Facilitator" -- yeah mom!

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Edible Book Day

Did you know April 1 is Edible Book Day ... no joke. Check it out.