Friday, August 31, 2007

Spyderco Dodo

This is one of the Little Big Knives of Spyderco, designed to offer real cutting performance in knives as visually inoffensive as possible. This knife has a 2 1/6" blade, with the sharpened area only 1 3/4" long. It manages to use that space effectively, with a downward curving tip that's great for opening boxes and detail work.

The Dodo is designed to look innocuous, and fit into environments that allow knives, but limit blade length. The handle is long enough for a very comfortable and firm grip, and comes to a point at the pommel, giving strike or pressure capability. The ball bearing lock is incredibly strong, and would only fail if the bearing is crushed (meaning the blade will fail first). CPM S30V steel is tough and holds its edge a very long time. An excellent, if odd-looking, knife at a very reasonable price.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Better, Faster, Bigger, Harder

I'm sorry I've posted so little lately. I have reasons, but no excuses. I'll make it up to you.

When I went to Walton Rehab after work yesterday, I found that Little Momma is coming home Saturday! That will have its own set of challenges, but at the same time, I'm hoping being back at home will help her heal inside and out.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Escaping Salem

I have just finished my first paper of the new term. Wow. I hope they get easier again- this was only 2000 words, but it was pretty rough.

If you can find Godbeer's Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 for a reasonable price, pick it up. Interesting reading, and it might make you feel a bit more kindly towards early Americans than thoughts of Salem Village.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Updated Matrimony Plans

Little Momma's unexpectedly extended hospital stay means less time for Jordy and I to do things, and certainly means Little Momma can't have much involvement in the wedding ceremony. We have decided to push back the ceremony until Spring. If you live in TX or TN, DISREGARD! THIS WAS ONLY A DRILL! (But keep those wedding invitations. I'm sure they'll be worth something someday.)

In other news, my Adductor Longus and Adductor Magnus are now recovered enough for me to walk without pain. Guess I won't do six sets on the Hip Adductor machine next time!

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Shoes, ships, ceiling wax

Little Mama is finally out of the hospital proper, and in a rehabilitation center. She still isn't in great spirits, but has considerably improved in outlook. And is actually trying to have her drugs reduced.

I am taking 15 credits this semester. I was amazed to discover, at the very last minute, that I needed permission to take more than 12. Paugh!

I have finally made my first visit to the new ASU gym. It felt great to move a little weight. I seemed to have lost some upper body strength (not surprising), but my legs have become almost freakishly strong on some exercises. Yay me.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Cuttin' Time

Little Mama has been perpetually leaking blood from her incision. She was told yesterday that she would need an operation to be sure that her back wasn't infected. She wasn't happy. This was not a major surgery, but after three weeks in the hospital, she was understandably discouraged.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Seasons Change

Some dreams, are in the night time
And some seem like yesterday
But leaves turn brown and fade
Ships sail away
You long to say a
thousand words but
Seasons Change.

They are changing again.

I'll leave in forty minutes or so to talk to my counselor- if the bastard is actually available for once- and register for fall classes. I may save a few buck in fees because I'm a recent combat vet, though I don't qualify for Georgia's new HERO scholarship because I'm a graduate student.

Hospital Time

I've been putting in a good bit of time, here and there, at the hospital with the woman Jordy sometimes affectionately calls Little Momma. One back operation wasn't enough, so another was done. She's been in the hospital for over three weeks at this point.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Back 2 Good

I've had a lot going on since I've been back, with getting ready for school, finding (and working) a job, car, and domicile, and reintegrating back into regular society, but I've seemed to have had a lot of irritability recently. I'm hoping it's mostly just that I haven't been sleeping well lately.

Moronic Parents

A couple of days ago, I saw a young girl with jeans that had "apple bottom" emblazoned across them. What in the hell possesses parental units to think that buying clothes like this for a nine year-old is a good idea?