Colonoscopy Prep – The Live Blog

Tomorrow, I’m having a colonoscopy.

I imagine at this point you’re asking yourself “who schedules something like that for New Years Eve?” Look, like a lot of stuff that I do, this seemed smart at one time. I can’t remember what seemed smart about this idea.

Anyhow, since I’ve been on a little writing break over the holidays, I thought “why not write about what’s happening today?” I invite you to refer back to the last paragraph about things seeming to  me to be a smart idea.

I’m going to update this through the day, because in my cranky, hungry state of mind it seems like the thing to do.

It is about 10 am. I last ate at 11 last night. I’m not really allowed to eat today. I get water, jello and broth. I jumped up and got out of the house early to run errands, but forgot to enjoy some jello.

Times like this remind me that food is very prevalent in our society. It is everywhere. There’s a restaurant on every corner. The radio constantly advertises places I could eat, if I could eat.

Also, there are no jello and broth restaurants. Note to self, open a jello restaurant catering to the untapped colonoscopy market.

Ok, I’m going to finish my errands before I have to go home and take my first dose of the medicine that starts the process. Come on back in a little while for more fun with cranky me.

10:45 – I’m at Home Depot; they don’t sell food here, right?

I just left Costco. Those sample ladies are pretty aggressive. The one with the chicken samples was really bad. Hey lady, panko bread this!

This is my last stop before I go home and turn the house into the thunder dome.

IMG_212611:30 – I’m home and enjoying a delicious bowl of jello. Speaking of jello, Bill Cosby is being arrested. That has nothing to do with colonoscopies, it’s more of a stream of consciousness thing.

For any of you who may have wondered, two little boxes of jello makes about two pounds of dessert…or as I like to call it, lunch.

I made my lunch yesterday. You might notice from the photo that I made layers – lemon, then lime. I’m creative like that.

When you do a colonoscopy, doctors don’t want you to eat or drink red stuff. Apparently we’re all red inside. When you eliminate shades of red in jello, you’re pretty much locked in to lemon and lime or whatever the blue stuff is.

IMG_212712:00 – I just took my first dose of magnesium citrate. Things will be getting real soon.

You know, the last time I had one of these procedures, the stuff they gave me to get things moving was terrible tasting. It scares me to say this, but this stuff wasn’t so bad.

I got a kick out of the label “The Sparkling Laxative”, but it was lemony and sort of refreshing. I’m happy to see that it is pasteurized. The last thing I want to do is drink something that’s unpasteurized that will cause me to spend my day on the toilet.

2:00 – All  quiet so far. Three pills the doctor’s office packed for me are now added to the mix, according to the directions. And the cable is out.

3:30 – The medicine has started working…

3:50 – It hasn’t been a problem, but for safety purposes, know that if you think you only have to fart, you don’t.

4:00 – Time for the second bottle of “The Sparkling Laxative”. I notice that it comes with a money back guarantee. I don’t think that I will be making a claim on that guarantee.

5:45 – Well, it seems I really am full of it. Well, usually I am. I’m going to be empty tomorrow. If you see me then, I won’t be full of it and won’t put up with you telling me that I am.

6:15 – I think the bidet is an under rated plumbing fixture.

Most of the time I don’t think about bidets. Under the circumstances, I think it is reasonable to do so.

This isn’t to say that I have any practical experience with the bidet. I’ve never been in a bathroom that had one. But it is a darn fine idea and I think it is time for us all to have one.

6:30 – I want food. Bad. How bad? Our cat is in danger.

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Look, I’m not saying I’m proud of it. I’m just saying that he’s already thawed out.

9:00 – I’m in this weird place where I know I should be hungry, but I’m not. I can’t explain why. I even watched a Food Network show with no ill effects. I think my stomach’s spirit is broken. I’ll rebuild its spirit with a cheeseburger right after I get out of recovery.

It is the next morning. My appointment is in an hour. If we don’t get out of here soon, the cat is in real jeopardy. 


Looking At A Taylor Swift Concert Through 51 Year Old Eyes

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift (Photo credit: jennnnnyf)

Today is the big day. Taylor Swift is coming to town for a concert. I’ll be there, working.

Here is a list of things I know about Ms. Swift:

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Soup Or Bowl II, The Super Bowl Live Blog

The San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl XXIX troph...

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Good morning, it is 6:30 am, Super Bowl Sunday. I’m at work. Somewhere there is coverage of the big game on some channel. I’m not watching, yet.

This is where I’ll be blogging and responding to comments about the game, the ads and whatever else comes up. I’ll update through the day and make continuous updates throughout the game.

In response to a comment in my previous post, I am running a contest. I don’t know what the prize is, perhaps it is my deep and heartfelt respect. Here is the proposition. We all know that the opposing coaches in today’s game are brothers. Yes, same parents, raised in the same house, the whole deal. How many times will we be reminded of that fact?

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Boycotting The Royal Wedding – The Live Blog

Map of Virginia highlighting Prince William County

Prince William County (Image via Wikipedia)

Well today is the day. Prince William, who is named after a county in Virginia, is marrying Kate Middleton in London. Ms. Middleton is not named after a county in Virginia.

One more long day of the media here in the states telling me how excited I am and “getting me ready for the big event”. Tomorrow we’ll have post game analysis by people who are somehow qualified to break all the action down for us and then, mercifully, we can begin to stop hearing about these people.

Let me be clear. I am certain these are two fine people who love one another. I’ve no issue with them marrying or that some people are intensely interested in how they go about becoming married. I am just sick of being informed that I am interested.

So here’s my plan. I am boycotting the wedding. I am pretty sure the happy couple will not be upset by that. My interest is simply to document my indifference because, well, I’m made that way. Read the rest of this entry »


Live Blogging Jury Duty

So today I am at the courthouse, I’ve been summoned to jury duty.  I am dragging you along for the ride. I’m in a big room with Wi-Fi access while I wait so I’m just going to write this post thru the day and see what comes of it. Stop by for periodic updates.

7:50 – I am waiting outside the jury room. It isn’t open yet. It seems like some people have arrived with friends. I don’t know how you get jury duty with friends. If any of you know how, please let me know for the next time.

8:20 – The summons says business casual attire is required. A guy just showed up in jeans, boots and a ball cap. Another has his jeans hanging down around his butt with his boxer shorts showing. What business are these guys in? Read the rest of this entry »