Uh, yeah, okay, not quite. I'll get my fantasy life in check. What actually happened was that I had seen a patient in Room 2, and removed a small growth. We usually can tell when a patient is feeling faint or dizzy, and get them lying or sitting down quickly (such as the next patient who was in Room 2). This makes only twice in, uh, never mind how many years, that someone slipped past our guards. Anyhow, he seemed fine, said thank you & goodbye, and went to the front desk while I went into Room 1. Apparently he suddenly went from 'fine' to starting to fall over. Evil Secretary grabbed him, but she was on the other side of the reception desk. When I came out in response to her shout, she was leaning across the desk, holding him under the arms. Couldn't let go or he'd fall, but had no way to get around the desk either. I got him under the arms, and laid him down with something soft under his head and a stool to raise his feet. Turned out he hadn't eaten all day. Those are always the ones who get dizzy, combination of low blood sugar and anxiety. Frankly, if I don't have a nibble mid-morning, I get light-headed by the end of the morning (just the blood sugar, no anxiety), and this was the early afternoon when the gentlemen saw me and had his episode. We got him some juice (we keep some juice boxes in the fridge), and half of E.S.'s granola bar. After a while, he felt better, sat in a chair for a while, and when felt even better, took a taxi home. I think we're going to lay in a supply of not-very-good chocolate (because if it's good chocolate, well, I have no will power and would eat it all). Raises the blood sugar, and besides, everyone knows that's what you need after a dementor attack.
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The new house. We really love it. It's very bright, very classy and classic styling, high ceilings with moulding, lots of woodwork, beautiful layout with different sightlines in different directions.
The new office. Also very bright and classy. Really do need to tweak the layout of things in each exam room. In my old place, could basically sit in one spot and pivot to reach everything. Highly efficient way to work. Although these rooms are actually smaller, they are not yet as neatly laid out. It's annoying me, but haven't had time to tweak it yet; too many other things to do. Taxes mostly in to the accountant now.
Sitting in the back of your own car. Interesting feeling. The other day Nom w/ kids and I arrived home at the same time (warned you there'd be kids in this post). Wallstreet decided he wanted to play in Papa's car instead of going into the house. We both climbed into the back (later into the front where he sat in my lap and "drove" and also pulled everything out of the glove compartment). Sitting like that, the car changes from being a vehicle to being a small room. Interesting psychological perspective.
Hedgefund. Speaking of cars, she's become a back seat driver. At 4 years old. If she starts saying "mind the lorry," I'm sending her back. (Hyacinth from "Keeping Up Appearances" a BritCom used to like.) She also has become quite talkative in general, and much happier. That makes me incredibly glad, I was so worried she was depressive. She is also quite inventive about names and how she addresses us. Sometimes it's "hey guys" (from the timbre of voice and facial expression, I think she's imitating one of the daycare teachers), sometimes it's "hey parents," sometimes it's Papa Savant and Mommy Savant (I think from "Peppa Pig," a current popular children's show, the parents being Daddy Pig and Mommy Pig). Lately, she was mad at Wallstreet and started calling him Blue Dragon. Dragon because he was being mean, and blue because that's his color. His room is painted blue. Hers is green. Did you think I was going to write "pink?" Silly Reader, stop thinking in clichés. Green is her favorite color, has been as long as she could barely indicate a choice, so we painted her room green. The master bedroom is red (actually 3 walls are pale gray, and the back wall is deep red). Since we Savants like dragons, she (mostly) stopped using it as a negative, and now Wallstreet is Blue Dragon, she is Green Dragon (of sometimes Hedgefund Big Sister Green Dragon), we are Papa Red Dragon and Mommy Red Dragon. I have a hypothesis that color in dragons is multi-genetic, which effects how the colors breed, so perfectly reasonable for 2 red dragons to produce one green and one blue dragon. I'm putting in for grant to study it.
And oh yeah, "Happy Spring," apparently that being the season when it's only minus-a bit, and not too much snow forecast for tomorrow morning.
( Picture 1 - long view )
Coming in a little closer, you can really start to appreciate the beauty of the woodgrain
( A bit closer )
Coming in still closer, your mind's eye actually makes it look like imagines of something, like you "see" in tree grain, or clouds. (Sorry, this one's a little out of focus, but you can still get the impression.)
( Closer still, your eyes play tricks on you. )
I think I mentioned that this is a wardrobe door. In fact, it's a double-ended wardrobe. One door opens to the front hallway, the other opens to the family room. So in fact, it's a wardrobe that is also a passage. Sound familiar?
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Nom, ba ngaio, and the kids are out shopping. I could be doing productive work (well, did a little), but am enjoying lazing around the condo, relaxing, and not having to talk to anyone. This is not to say I did nothing. I ate, napped, drank coffee, took a bath, and watched the first episode of the current season of Dr. Who (thanks to captainsblog for letting me know it was happening).
It was okay. Background music too loud and sometimes covered up the dialog. Am reserving judgement on the new Companion, the character isn't fleshed out yet. And who is the bald guy with glasses (possibly robot) and what's his backstory. The story itself was good, but not thrilling. We'll see.
Did a few productive things. Cleaned up a little (Our cleaning lady is on vacation. I should have paid her to take the kids. Travel is so
relaxing for the parents broadening.) Backed up Nom's computer (strenuous work, hand-carrying all those bits and bytes to storage) Took out the trash (traditional husbandly duty, that one). Posting to DW. Was almost time for another nap, but Nom just called from the garage (basement of the building) for me to come schlep groceries. *Sigh* My life is so hard.
( Souvenirs )
Don't worry, even if I'm introducing them to sports/religion, I'm not neglecting their nerd side
( Nerdwear )
The link is to a short “article” in one of the Derm journals. Notable Notes are somewhat whimsical pieces, <1 page long. Sometimes bits of history, sometimes oddball items like dermatological conditions eponym named after food (eg cherry angioma). To this roll call of pseudo brilliance, comes Dermatology and Comic Book Characters. No doubt should stand alongside James Kakalios’ full length book, The Physics of Superheros, which likely you’ve both read.
Link to article
Hedgefund has always detested her high chair for sitting at the table. Not sure why, but would cry if we put her in it. Sometimes did so anyhow, sometimes she'd eat sitting on Papa's lap or standing on his chair, which was cute the first several times, then got annoying. Now she wants her own chair. Not a high chair, a regular chair, sitting next to me. Problem is that it's too low for her, and can't find a decent phone book anymore (dang internet), so pile up a few pillows. Sometimes I hold her (she still hasn't entirely mastered the household rule about falling off of things, which states, "don't fall off of things"). She doesn't always like that, and waves my hand away. I can hear her thoughts, "Papa, I want to do this myself.
Earring. I'm wearing one now. I used to wear one many years ago. Only one, in my right ear.
Back then, I often got asked "why that ear."
Ans: "I don't have a left earlobe." (
"But are you trying to make some sort of statement?
"Yes, I'm stating that I don't have a left earlobe. Look!"
"But, is there some significance."
Anyhow, in a fit of adolescent rebellion, have started wearing one again. I had it made at the same time we made our wedding rings, but didn't want to start wearing both at once.
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Wallstreet has a fairly limited repertoire so far, but what he does, he's really good at: smiling, wriggling, talking, grabbing my finger. A true champ in the making. Oh yes, also good at pooing and peeing. Unlike his sister, he has the extra attachment for distance and aiming, but I'm much too clever to let him get any on me.
Tried a new place for breakfast, Hof Kelsten. They were billed as making the best rye bread, croissants, rugelach, and chaussons in Montreal. Y'know, one of those East-European-Jewish-Parisian-French places. The rugelach had a little too much jam for my tastes, but the croissants are perfect and the rye bread is maybe the best I've ever tasted.
Well, they are filming the latest X-men movie in Montreal. (BTW, if there another generation of X-men, will they be the Y-men? Millennial-persons? Probably not, it will more likely be called X-men Deep Space Nine.) Anyhow, he might have wandered off the set, but they usually don't do that, and besides, at closer look, the jacket looked a bit homemade. Very good for homemade, but not quite big-budget-Hollywood-movie.
Maybe there's a SciFi convention in town that I wasn't aware of? I generally don't pay attention to the "what's happening" section of the local papers, what with rarely reading the local papers.
As I was pondering this, I heard something on the radio about the Gay Pride Parade. Yeah, that was it; he'd wandered off from the Parade.
Hey, maybe it's a combination? Maybe he's part of a new generation of Gay Superheros: Mr. Gay, or the 46XY-men, or Homosexuality Lad. He wouldn't quite be the first. Many of you Gentle Readers already know Low Pressure Lad, who, disguised as oxymoron67 is a milder mannered blogger for a great metropolitan website. His superpowers include weather control and extreme sarcasm.
Anyhow, beastly hot weather for a parade. Maybe they should have had Low Pressure Lad as an honored special guest. Meeting with colleague was in an air conditioned restaurant; conversation and food both good.
One might note that this is being posted on July 3rd. That's because July 4th is so important and sacred to Americans, it was decided to honor it on another day. I used to think it was wrong to celebrate holidays on other days just to have a long weekend, but then I decided it makes sense. Unless you are Dr. Who, you aren't actually celebrating on the day itself, but a year(s) later when the Earth has moved into the same position relative to the sun. Whatever. So if we're not all going to travel back in time to the actual event (or even forward in time to the event celebrating a holiday not yet declared), then we can celebrate it whenever it works
Had almost gone past it, when noticed read the (bilingual) plaque, which is clearly meant to go explain how the statue is meant to be inspirational:
Clearly whoever wrote that in French is a Starwars fan, since it translates to "May the Force be With Me." Whoever wrote the English just didn't get it.
*No problems with Hedgefund, had a seminar with our Residents and that was a convenient place to meet.
If you're confused, I'm being an über-nerd while channeling Abbott & Costello.
Everyone thinks British SciFi TV started with Dr. Who. (Not Christopher Ecclestonn in 2005, William Hartnell in 1963.) Don't get me wrong, I'm rather a Whovian myself (did I mention nerd?), but The Doctor wasn't the first, Professor Quatermass of the British Experimental Rocket Group was. According to my highly in-depth scientific research (Wikipedia & IMDB) Quatermass first aired in 1953, ten years before The Doctor, a year even before Rocky Jones, Space Ranger in the US. Just got it on DVD. It was, well, rather 1950's TV/movie SF, which is to say, horrid by modern standards, but fun in a very campy way. But fear not, Quatermass saves the Earth from being invaded, all ends well.
Deliberately didn’t into definition of cult movie, and am not going there now, but what would you add or subtract from this list?