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24 May 2012 @ 12:09 pm
Christopher's play went really well last night! No pictures yet, but we sure enjoyed it.

Today, I'm trying to wake up (my brain is slow) and make headway on debugging at work. I also need to muster energy for my midday bike ride, which will be windy. :0

Still working on the drabbles from last night. I finished two of them already! Feels good to write completed things quickly, instead of my weekly Idol slaving.

HalfshellHusband finally has a surgery date for hip-replacement. \o/ It's August 11, which is later than we'd hoped (i.e., June). This will make the beginning of the school year tricky, as HSH is our stay-at-home parent and chauffer, and both kids are in different schools that they can't get to on their own. I work out of town 3 days a week, so this will be a logistical challenge. The doctor says the non-driving period won't be the 3 months threatened in some cases. Now, we're just worrying about how well the surgery will go. HSH has a neurological condition that makes his muscles tense all the time (even under general anaesthesia), and that proved problematic when the original surgeon tried to align the seven broken pieces of his femur and secure them to a plate. This should be three connections, though, and all of that damaged bone will be removed. I hope it takes his pain with it.

So, any plans for the 3-day weekend (folks in the U.S. who will have one)? I need to make some plans before I fritter away the time doing nothing. I foresee a trip to a plant nursery, and some touch-up painting, but what else?

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m_malcontentm_malcontent on May 24th, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
Awesome that the play went well. I hope HSH comes through the surgery very well and that it fixes all that pain.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 24th, 2012 07:46 pm (UTC)
My son was really worried about that play- one of the leads didn't know all his lines as of Monday (!), and things were just scattered. Apparently, the drama teacher was quite worried too. :0

But it all pulled together last night, and the play was more fun and actually more coherent than I expected Greek Gods combined with Lady Gaga to be. Though I still don't know why that approach was chosen, and it's an actual play someone wrote and that the school rents the rights for.

I hope the surgery goes well, too. His surgeon being prepared for that muscle condition will help. The original surgeon really didn't understand the condition or the severity, and it all took twice as long because he was fighting the muscles for leverage on the bones and to get that big titanium plate in there.

Just from the original break (5 places across the femure, most of them diagonal), the current bone is in awful shape and hurts independent of the eroded hip. So, I'm hope the hip-replacement will help both this issues. *fingers crossed*

Thanks for the kind words!
m_malcontentm_malcontent on May 24th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Greek Gods and Lady Gaga? I am a theater dork, but that one is new to me. Wild...glad it came together. A lot of times a terrible dress rehearsal means a good opening night...sounds like that was the case here.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 24th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I know-- what a combination!

Lady Gaga serves as a kind of narrator to introduce the audience to some of the Greek Gods, and various snippets of myths. It still doesn't make good sense to me, and seemed like more of an excuse to play her music and have the Greek Chorus dance and sing along. In past years, that part was packaged around some other pop culture figure...

One of the best school plays he was in was a musical called "Vacation on Mars." Kind of bizarre, but in a good way, and lots of catchy tunes. That one's also via rental, so you can Google it, but unfortunately the songs are suppressed for copyright reasons.
nodressrehersalnodressrehersal on May 26th, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Can you line up other parents to do the school shuttling while HSH recovers? And, how did he get 7 broken pieces of femur? Yikes, will send good vibes and happy thoughts when it's surgery time.

I did a nursery run this a.m. (one picture post on facebook, but I'm hoping to do a real garden post here soon)and am working in the garden today. Tomorrow we drive 90 minutes to our old hometown to put flowers on hubby's dad's grave. One of our local radio stations does a rock'n'roll 500 countdown all weekend, so that's always fun background noise.

P.S. Every time I watch Flashpoint, I think of you - I still love that show!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 26th, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
We can shuttle my daughter, since a lot of other kids in our neighborhood go to the same high school. But my son's in a non-neighborhood school with an advanced program, and we've never had any local that went there! Even after he left the elementary school (the other neighborhood kids went to a different Rapid Learner school), the kids that should have joined him dropped out of the rapid-learner program instead and are at the neighborhood middle school. :0 Fortunately, his school's on my way to the office, and he has two friends that live right across the street in case we have to have him stay late. It'll be a hassle, but really worth it!

I hope the trip goes well-- it's a nice way to remember your husband's father. I haven't made it to the nursery yet, and it's 2pm! But I've finished a few other chores/projects.

Flashpoint! Hah! I'll be you think of me, and it's probably in the form of "Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah-NYAH-nyah." :D