Goggle Monday, Sep 29 2008 

26 September 2008
A day of wonderment, excitement, trepidation, worry & some fear. This is the day that I have been waiting for and saving for. This is the day I have LASIK performed.
Last Saturday, I filled out an online form at my chosen LASIK physician; by Monday, I had an appointment for a consultation, and if necessary, a pre-op. Everything in the consultation and the pre-op went swimmingly so the very next day, I scheduled a 4pm appointment to have my eyeballs cut open and reshaped. So, on this 26th of September, my wife took me to work where I did the necessary things and finalized a few outstanding issues, then she came back and picked me up just around 1500. I took the proffered Valium they had given me and settled into the drive. We arrived at the Dr.’s office where Matt greeted us and almost immediately put some flushing drops in my eyes. A couple of rounds of that, and 15 minutes or so later, they called me to the back. I put on my little hair cover, kissed my wife and went to the back. Eight minutes later, I emerged to a clear but fuzzy world and my wife took me home. I won’t go into the procedure, but suffice it to say it was not nearly as pain-free as I had been led to believe; however, it certainly wasn’t as painful as it could have been. I mean the eye is a very sensitive part of the body, right? I slept for a couple of hours with my goggles pulled tight about my head – they gave me goggles to wear so that I don’t rub my eyes in my sleep. When I got up, the little amounts of light in the house were painful, and watching TV was an absolute no-go. I took the suggested sleeping tablet and went back to bed after taking a photo.
Goggle Lens
Let me suggest to you all. On the day you have LASIK surgery, do all your photography before the procedure. With the Valium & the sleeping tablet & the pain & the world being fuzzy/hazy, I had to rely 100% on the camera knowing what to do, because I sure couldn’t tell.
I have to wear these goggles for another 3 days, then I hope to turn them into some sort of Steampunky yumminess.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 September 2008 )

Listening to:
On Your Porch by The Format
from Veronica Mars

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.6 sec (3/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Gooner Blanket Monday, Sep 29 2008 

25 September 2008
A couple of years ago a co-worker showed up at my cubicle with a present. A wonderful, unsolicited, beautiful present.
Arsenal Throw
She had been to an Estate sale over the weekend, and espied this fantastic blanket which she snapped up for a measly $2.00. She knew that I’m a Gooner and that this blanket would be headed to a fine home. In the summer & fall months, the blanket covers my office chair. In the winter & early spring months, the blanket migrates to the living room so that I can huddle under it while watching Arsenal destroy whichever team it is they are playing on that day.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 September 2008 )

Listening to:
Hot, Hot, Hot!!! by Cure
from Galore

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 80
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Left Hand Milk Stout Monday, Sep 29 2008 

24 September 2008
I’m writing this nearly a week late, and frankly, I can’t remember anything about this day. I obviously took a photo of a beer bottle; but I don’t even remember drinking it (no…not because of drinking it).
Left Hand Brewing Company Milk Stout
Shrug. Oh well.
Cheers.

~KR (Written on 29 September 2008 )

Listening to:
I Hear the Bells by Mike Doughty
from Haughty Melodic

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.04 sec (1/25)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Ice and a Pink Straw Monday, Sep 29 2008 

Ice and a Pink Straw

28 September 2008

I have been surrounded by old receipts and file folders for days.  We’re coming up on a tax deadline, and I cannot believe how many hours I have in this project.  Arrggghhh!

After a long, boring day of shuffling and filing paper, Kyle took me out for Tex Mex and a margarita.  My photo is of that margarita.

“Mr. New Eyes” is pretty darned pleased with himself these last couple of days.  He has already used the words, “life-changing.”  The redness that’s left in his eyes tonight isn’t much worse than what would normally result from a long day in his contact lenses.  Today, he went down to NFG to watch part of the Cowboy game (ouch!) with Terrill,  and apparently, at one point in the game, Terrill asked “Mr. New Eyes” to tell him the score, ’cause he couldn’t read the screen himself.  Kyle could and did.  I’m so happy for him.  One more follow-up appointment on Thursday, and then he’ll be done with the antibiotics and all that really remains is for him to simply enjoy seeing!

~MB

Purple Coffee? Monday, Sep 29 2008 

 
Go Frogs!

27 September 2008

Kyle had his follow-up exam this morning, and the doctor said everything looked great.  The redness in the whites of his eyes, is normal, and is lessening every hour.  He is already seeing now, about as well as he ever did with his contact lenses.  Amazing.

We went out this evening, to Pappa’s Burgers on the West Freeway to attend a TCU game-watching party.  We met my long-time friend Mark, and we enjoyed the company of a hundred-plus TCU fans, to watch the Frogs get pummelled by OU.  It wasn’t pretty.  We had fun, though, and a great burger!

I took this photo of Mark holding the bag of coffee, late in the evening, after hope was gone, and I was looking for a distraction from the TV screen.  A woman at an adjacent table had won the java as a door prize, and since she can’t have caffeine, offered it to us.  I expect it to be much more dark and bitter than I usually prefer, but hey, it’s purple! (The bag is purple; the beans, sadly, are not.)

The following links are to a couple of absolutely wonderful, heartwarming stories about Galveston and the ongoing recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. 

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/6026593.html

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/main/6023258.html

Enjoy the read!

~MB