March 2004 Archives

The good old days

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Cool pic of the day

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From Sunday, actually. Taken with the Nikon D70.

Us and them

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Every since they started building my house, I've been complaining (to whoever will listen) about how the developer of my subdivision refuses to finish the entrance sign. It looks really sad when you look at what the development across the street has.

Us:

Them:

I'm hoping they're just waiting for the animatronic deer (this is Deer Ridge, after all), and maybe a wall-of-flames to show up.

Nice sunset, but no picture

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I spent the weekend at my parents house, hoping that being there would make me feel better. My heart skipped less today than on previous days, but I'm still feeling a little weird.

This afternoon my mom came back to Brentwood with me, and we did the grocery shopping thing that I mentioned a few weeks back.

On the way out of the store the sun had just set, and it was amazing. The wispy and feathery clouds in the sky were different shades of blue, purple, red, and orange. I wish I had a camera with me, as this one was great. The weather has been warm here lately and it was 79 degrees as we left the store at 6:30.

We got home and I quickly marinated some chicken breasts that I bought in some yummy teriyaki sauce. We watched 60 Minutes and then I fired up the new BBQ (which Amit and I broke in last week) and cooked the chicken and some veggie skewers. Everything came out great. It's nice to be able to enjoy the warm evenings, which will be even nicer in a few months.

A not-so-fun trip to the doctor

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For the last few weeks I've had this annoying sensation in my chest, near my collar bone. It always feels the same -- and it's really hard to describe -- kind of like a twitch, I suppose.

The whole thing was making me anxious, so I gave up and went to the doctor. I'm nervous as I arrive, and it shows when they take my blood pressure and pulse.

I tell the doctor what's going on and I lay down for him to listen to my heart. Sure enough, while he's listening, it happens -- twice. Heart palpitations. Now I'm really freaked out.

He asks me about caffeine (I've been trying to avoid that since this started), stress (yes, and it's worse since this all started), family history, etc. He wants me to have an EKG to make sure there's nothing funny going on, so I do that. My EKG was normal. I'm going to have blood tests soon for thyroid, stomach acid, and blood sugar as well.

SO, he tells me not to worry, it's not dangerous, etc (if you're dizzy or fainting, then it's a problem). My brain is having a hard time being convinced of that -- it's my heart we're talking about here. And, of course, anxiety over this just makes it worse -- a vicious circle.

So now I have to find a way out of this mess... I need to reduce the stress enough so the problem goes away, so I won't have to worry about it anymore.

Anybody gone through this before? Any wise words of advice?

New addition to my garden

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I saw this at Home Depot yesterday and couldn't resist. It's a pineapple plant!

My garden is really growing now. Even my grapes are starting to produce leaves. Exciting stuff.

Disneyland photos posted!

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Photos were taken with the Olympus E-1 on Saturday, March 13th. I can't believe that it's been nearly two years since I last did a DL photo update!

Check them out!

lessons learned

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I was reminded of two things this weekend in LA:

A friend is someone you can count on (I've learned this one the hard way). Family is always there for you.

I'll post my Disneyland pictures on Tuesday.

Time for loungin' in the backyard

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Today I got:

and

I'm looking forward to enjoying these warm spring months outside!

(We had to rent a truck to get all this stuff... no way would all that fit in my car!)

Welcome to last week

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I know this is old, but I thought I'd do the "where you have visited" map thing.

Time for a camera phone?

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There I was, walking down past the deli section of the grocery store when I saw it. It wasn't your ordinary "fresh" (and I use that word loosely) burrito: this one was huge. It's name? "The Bomb". How appropriate. If I only had one of those camera phones, I could've shared the moment with the world...

How my garden grows

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I finally finished my gardening chores that I started last year. Click below to see what's growing in my backyard.

Wine Country photo blowout!

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Well I don't know what happened to the original entry, but it's gone now... pictures remain though...

It was a beautiful day

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At sunset today, it was 75 degrees -- the warmest day of the year. It was so pleasant all day that it had me wishing I had some patio furniture. I've been drooling over a nice set at Crate and Barrel, but am having a hard time forking out $1200 for a table, chairs, and umbrella. So I'll probably go to Target instead (too bad they don't deliver).

Since it was nice, I also bought some new plants for the backyard. First I got the bougainvillea that I've been wanting. Planting it wasn't easy at first, as I hit cement almost instantly (from the wall in the backyard). I moved over a foot and was home free.

I also bought two grape plants -- yes, grapes. They grow a lot of those out here, so I know they'll do well. They're soaking in water now, and this weekend I'll put them into the ground.

One of these days I'm going to have to take some nice pictures around town. I knock Brentwood a lot, but it's gorgeous right now. Everything's green, the trees are blossoming, and even the cows look happy. Now if there were just more places to eat...

Pictures from today

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I was in the big city today and have a few pictures to share... click the link below to see them!

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