Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

It was just the two of us for thanksgiving and since I was home I offered to cook the turkey. I wanted leftovers so we got a 10 pounder and I followed Alton Brown's unconventional recipe. Alton Brown is either a genius or he has an army of researchers that spend weeks researching for his show Good Eats. The recipe included brining, fill the cavity with a sliced apple, onion, spices, and a cinnamon stick. 30 minutes at 500 then cover breast with aluminum foil (dark meat needs more cooking than white meat) then 325 till done and yes we bought a digital thermometer. We found out our oven cooks very unevenly, but besides that the turkey turned out great. Instead of gravy we made a cranberry dipping sauce (another Good Eats recipe) that was good though too much orange peel made it a little too sweet. Rikki did all the fixings and dessert. I think it was our best and easiest thanksgiving so far. We'll see what Rikki has to say.

Thanksgiving 2006

Nathan cooked the turkey this year. No, I didn’t nag him to do it, he volunteered or offered to cook it. I told Nathan that if he wanted to do it that it would be fine with me. So yesterday he got the brine ready for the turkey. He followed an Alton Brown recipe that we both thought would be good. All that needed to be done to the turkey today was to stuff it and cook it. Yes we cooked a 12 lb bird this year.
It took about 3 hours for the turkey to cook. In the mean time I made stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce (not from the jar), rolls and a vanilla pudding pie (no apple this year).
The turkey was awesome and it was one of our better Thanksgiving feasts. Thank you handsome for cooking the turkey.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

CT Scan Results

An appointment with the doctor for 8am. She was ready for me when she walked into the room. She had the test results for the CT scan and for the bloodwork. There is nothing wrong. The CT scan shows no abnormalities and the bloodwork looks great. Better test results compared to two years ago. The doctor says that I am a perfectly healthy 27 year old. She believes that it is just anxiety from the last 5 to 6 months. So I am told to eat more fiber and to drink plenty of fluids. This will help clean out the body. If I am still having problems and the pain becomes severe then I am to go back in and a colonoscopy will be ordered. So right now I am to just take it easy, put more fiber in my diet and drink more fluids. I am feeling better every day.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Pomelo Incident

As we've mentioned before we have had almost weekly power or brown outs for the past 2 years. We are now the only ones living on our loop and with the houses to be demolished in january repairs take time and are done reluctantly. Until the Pomelo Incident. Across the street we have a Pomelo fruit tree that bears something akin to grapefruits. They are supposed to be sweeter but the ones we have tried were not very good. But that doesn't stop the daily traffic of locals stopping by to attemp to pick the fruit. A few of the smarter ones bring their own fruit polls to grab the fruit. Others try to get more creative and that is what caused the incident. The fruits are heavy, at least a pound or two and the stems are thick so you really need a pole cutter and a ladder. People have tried using newspapers, water bottles, garden hoses (with sprinkler still attached), rakes, baseball bats... We have really seen it all. Until someone decided to drive their truck up over the curb onto the lawn and climb on the roof to reach the disgusting fruit. The problem was these Pomelo Bandits must have gotten excited about their new tactic and as they were about to flee the scene they backed their new and oversized truck back over the curb across the road and into the huge green 150000 volt transformer on the opposite lawn. The loud bang brought the wife out running assuming they ran into one of our vehicles. The idiots saw that they had dented the transformer pretty bad and moved the 2 ton transformer about 1 foot off its cement base. So what else would they do besides try to push it back into place! They were attempting to do this when they saw Rikki coming over and instead they decided to flee. They jumped in the truck and were off. We were of course left without power. After a few phone calls they came out and looked at the transformer, it was making a loud buzzing sound and leaking some fluid so they cut-off all power and ordered a new one. Luckily it was installed that night so we were only half a day without power and we haven't had a power or brown out since!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

CT Scan

The CT scan is today. I called Radiology yesterday to ask some extra questions after doing some significant research online. If you show up to a CT scan without wearing any metal you don’t have to put on a hospital gown. Ladies this means those under wire bras and antiperspirant. Don’t worry about climbing into bed with your significant other in the evening. The amount of radiation that you are exposed to is very small.
There will be anywhere between 80 and 90 pictures or slices taken of your abdomen.
You will be asked to pick up a prep kit before the CT scan. You will be given one of two types of solution to drink about 5 to 6 hours before your CT scan. I was unlucky and had to make and drink a solution of Hypaque. This is the most disgusting stuff ever. You take 5 grams of this solution and mix it with 45ml of a clear, non-carbonated liquid. You shake this for 3 minutes. Now let me tell you how horrible this stuff is. It took a clear liquid and made it turn brown. HUH?!! I am thinking that this is not healthy stuff to be drinking. You take the 45 ml and pour it into the container they give you. Add more clear, non-carbonated liquid until you get 22 fluid ounces.
I mixed this drink 5 minutes before I was to start to drink it. I put the container that I needed to make 22 fluid ounces with in the refrig the night before. I also put my bottle of Propel water and 6 fluid ounces of plain water in the refrig. It helps to drink this stuff while it is cold. This drink almost tastes like battery acid. It is really horrible. It should take you an hour to drink this stuff. I took 2 hours. If I could chug it without throwing up I would have but if you throw this stuff up you have to drink 2 of this 22 fluid ounce drinks when you arrive the hour before your CT. I don’t recommend that.
The hour before the exam you are given another 22 fluid ounces to drink. This time they mix it with Tang and sugar. You will be asked when your schedule your CT whether or not you have diabetes. This stuff is sugary. I am a major chocoholic and I thought this stuff was bad. Since it was sweeter than the water and didn’t taste as bad I was able to drink the 22 fluid ounces in 20 minutes. WOOHOO! 5 minutes after I finished they took me in. The CT tech mixed some more tang with a very fizzy solution. This stuff tastes bad but you only have to drink a mouth full. This is to coat the stomach lining.
I ask the CT tech a couple of questions before and after the scan. He was really good. The CT scanner was awesome. You can’t be an engineer and have things like this done. You ask more technical questions than other people ask. The scanner was automatic. The CT tech just pressed one button and the scanner did everything else; from pulling you in and out of the CT scanner to telling you when to breath and when not to breath. It was really cool. A total of 3 minutes and then you were done.
The reason for drinking the solution is to help “pronounce” per say your internal organs. It helps make them more visible for the doctor and radiologist to see. The second drink is to help do the same.
I will admit that I was extremely nervous about this test. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep the drink down and I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to drink it all. Be aware that you will be peeing your brains out after you drink the first mix and then again after you drink the second mix.

Sunday, November 12, 2006


I finally made it back early after missing my flights and spending a night at BWI. My military flight out of the desert was 4 hours late so I missed my commercial United flight. It would have been a total of 6 legs and 2 days of flying. It was great to be back home with the family though I think the wife has turned our dog into a wimp. I took her on a short run and she ended up dragging behind, need to get her back in shape. The house was in surprisingly good shape, Rikki did a very good job of taking care of everything. Trying to get back into the swing of things now. It sure is nice to be able to use the bathroom at night without getting dressed and walking outside.