June 22, 2008

An update on Betty's Bro

The news is good. Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and comments. They are very much appreciated.

Rob has a long list of injuries including a broken nose, stitches in his tongue, broken ribs, bruised lung, and his spine is broken from his ribcage down to his coccyx. He never lost sensation in his legs and never lost movement in them either. He was thrown 30 ft. from his bike.

Yesterday he was fitted for a back brace and was able to stand for an x-ray. Today he was able to sit in a chair for a few minutes. This means that he gets to avoid surgery to fuse the vertebrae. He will wear the brace for 3 months and then be evaluated again to see if the brace worked well enough. They are talking about releasing him from the hospital within the next few days. His attitude is amazing and he is determined to be able to do the backpacking trips next summer that he had planned for this summer.

He wants to get back to Montana as soon as possible and will do his therapy there. He will stay with the parents until he is able to tolerate sitting long enough to make the trip. My parents are hanging in there. I have yet to fully grasp the trauma and now they are talking about releasing him. It's all very surreal to me.

June 20, 2008

Cyclist struck by car near Xenia

The cyclist is my brother.

The story from the local paper.

He has a long recovery time ahead of him and we are still waiting to find out the extent of the injuries. He is an avid biker and not a careless biker, and he thought he could see that there was no traffic on the road. He made a mistake and will be paying dearly for it.

My parents happened to be driving that road and noticed a car off to the side. They drove on and saw an ambulance headed that way. Dad turned around and went back to there, where they were eventually told that yes, it was their son. They got to see him awake and talking, which helped, I think. They both seem on the verge of collapse, both emotionally and physically.

His wife arrives tomorrow.

It has been a long day.

June 4, 2008

A picture meme

Why? Because Lindsey asked me to. It was fun to do. It also showed that many people are so lame about their flickr tags. Grr.

Flickr meme

1. Betty (Matte Hollywood), 2. coffee and chocolate mousse cake, 3. Xenia Tornado-Xenia High School, 4. When I'm sleeping, I slow down my breathing...Living in dreams, dreams that come true...thinking of the color blue... ZZZzzzzzz..., 5. Hugh Laurie naked, 6. tea, 7. underground tunnel, 8. 4 New Flavoured Ice Cream Plush Toys from Chocolate Log, 9. A perfect weekend watching Tom & Jerry on tv and laughing..., 10. Snowmen family in TX, 11. stealthy, 12. Just Between Us...01

Created with fd's Flickr Toys.

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's mosaic maker).

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

That is a picture of the actual high school I attended. The tornado hit a year after I graduated. I just gave away my age. Oops :)

June 1, 2008


I finally tried kayaking. It was a few weeks ago, but I was on some sort of blogging hiatus and today I finally remembered to ask permission to post a photo. That's me on the far right.

Thanks to Brian for the use of the photo and also for giving me instructions to get out of a very tricky place that another newbie pushed me into. Oh yeah, and thanks for helping me after I rolled over too. Even that part of it was fun, surprisingly.

The reason I hadn't tried it before this is because I avoided most water sports because I didn't know how to swim. A few years ago I started taking lessons at the Y. I already knew the mechanics, but I had a fear of deep water. That can happen when a child is always told that if they go into water over their head, they will drown. Oy. Anyway, I really liked it and hope to do more of it this summer.