Friday, May 29, 2009

Not About Montana

Can someone tell me what's wrong with this picture?

Why does yahoo think I'm Jewish?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


After spending a week driving through suburbia, my commute home from Baker to Plevna was wonderfully peaceful. It's 13 miles of "set the cruise control on 70" then turn right. Sigh. I love this.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Updating with Good News

The Lady continues to show improvements. They've declared her infection-free so hugs are back on the menu. It's been the most relaxing/exhausting week of vacation I've ever spent anywhere. Why is sitting in a hospital room so tiring?

I leave bright and early Monday morning (6am flight out of Milwaukee) to go back to Montana. The Lady won't be out of the hospital for a few more days. They've got her on steroids which keeps the water in her body, and Lasix to drain the water, and lots of insulin to counteract the high blood sugar resulting from the steroids. The complications arising from the diabetes are... uh... complicated, and making this hospital stay last forever. She's also still on IV antibiotics- now through a PIC line (an IV directly into her heart).

Thank you to everyone who sent love and prayers- I truly think it all helps. She's grateful, and Mr. Lady and I are also grateful.

Now back to Montana!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Made it to Chicago

Got here yesterday- the person I came to visit is feeling much better, despite the lack of a diagnosis or improving chest X-ray.

Oddly enough, her radiologist is the dad of one of my high school boyfriends.


Saturday, May 16, 2009

Alright Guys (HIPAA violation)

I know a TON of people read this blog, many of whom I have never met. And usually I write fun things about cows, or small tows (graduation is tomorrow in Plevna- with 6 kids, and bets on how long it takes?) but today I'm having a moment. My mom's in the hospital with pneumonia in both lungs and the fluids and antibiotics just aren't doing their job yet.

If you have a spare moment, I believe that the more prayers, thoughts, and positive energy sent her way will only help her kick this faster.

Thanks! You all are awesome!!


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More About Montana

While I'm working on getting the macbook up and running, enjoy this clip about people who live in Montana:

The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Alpha Dog of the Week - Erik Slye
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorGay Marriage

Monday, May 11, 2009

Just Interesting

You are about to read a series of posts about how awesome my new Macbook is... but it's not here yet.

Where is it?

But check that out... It started in Shanghai! Now, for the rest of the day, I'll be singing along to this:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

What to do in Rapid City

Stephan and I took a mini-vacation last weekend over to Rapid City, South Dakota. He had bought tickets to see Ron White on Sunday night so we figured we would make a whole weekend out of it. Of course we stayed at a Super 8 so we could keep the dogs with us. We got there on Saturday evening and Stephan immediately wanted to get food.

So he left me to nap in the hotel room (good husband!) while he scouted the town. He called and asked me what I wanted for dinner. My exact instructions were:

"Seafood, like shellfish. Shrimp or crab, but not with a sauce, just cooked, and make sure you get butter. You know the melted salty butter that comes with lobster? Whatever you get, make sure the butter comes with it. Did I mention the butter?"

He came back with shrimp and lobster tail and FOUR tubs of melted butter. Not that I want to advertise for these people (because I'm not making any money for it) but it was the best meal, maybe of my whole life. There were moon biscuits, there was garlic sauce made of actual Italian people, and potatoes fried in angel sweat. I smiled for 4 hours nonstop.

Cravings 0: Husband 1

The next morning we found a bagel place that also granted my every wish: toasted white chocolate bagel with honey-vanilla cream cheese. I actually dreamt about that bagel later that night. We drove out to The Crazy Horse Memorial and spent 4 hours there. It was actually a 'blast day' and we say 3,000 TONS of rock blasted from the mountain. It was worth the wait, and amazing. Check out that website for the live webcam, it's awesome.

We skipped Rushmore (we were there 2 years ago) and went back to Rapid City for shopping! We focused on independently owned American Indian (or First Nations depending on how politically correct you want to be) stores. We didn't really spend that much money, but we were exposed to a lot of neat artwork. While we wandered around we mentioned to an old Indian woman that we wanted to visit Wounded Knee.

Lesson: Never get directions to the Indian Burial Ground from an Old Indian Lady

The trip the next day involved a space/time vortex and 90 minutes we hadn't planned on spending in the car. When we got there, there was no marker, no sign, and no way of knowing what we were looking at. Some other old Indians pointed out the cemetery and told us a bit about the history. It was also raining, but we still made it to the site.

Indian Burial Ground 0: Anna & Stephan 1

We got home in time for Stephan to shop again and bring back food. Ron White was awesome! I laughed so hard my stomach hurt, and continues to be sore today.

The ride home involved more rain, and we made it home just fine. No photos, though, I completely forgot the camera. Let me know if you have any questions about Rapid City.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Overheard: At Breakfast

Him: Do you feel better today?

Me: Yes. But you really shouldn't have fed me after midnight.

Him: ??

Me: And gotten me wet, that's when things fell apart.

Friday, May 1, 2009

The answer was : inside of a toilet

When most people hear the word "lagoon" they picture something like this:

In Baker Montana we have our own lagoon!! It doesn't look like that, though. It looks like this. It is the septic field for the town. Over the winter it freezes. During the springtime it thaws out. This lagoon is located on the Northwest corner of the town. Can anyone guess where the prevailing wind blows from? Yep. The Northwest.

So, for 2-3 weeks every year we all know exactly what it's like to live: inside of a toilet.

Pregnant people beware, if your nose is it all sensitive, this WILL ruin your day.