Wednesday, February 25, 2009

3 Broken Shoulders?

So not only do my mom and dad have bad shoulders/arms, I now am having problems with my arm. Geez. You would think that it's either genetic or contagious. I don't know.

But this morning in Government I was trying to pick up my textbook and I just couldn't get a grip on it and it kept falling out of my hand. Well, I realized that I can't feel my thumb. And as the day progressed I noticed that my wrist started to hurt whenever I tried to use my thumb. Well, now the pain has traveled up into my arm around my shoulder, and it hurts to move my arm/thumb certain ways. And now I have a tingling feeling to go along with the pain and numbness.

I really hope that this goes away, because I don't want to pay a visit to doctor Roisum. :[


Monday, February 23, 2009

A random find from Natalie

So I was just surfing the internet and I found this article on all the uses for used, yes USED dryer sheets.

1. Use it to dust your television screen. The anti-static chemicals in a dryer sheet will help to repel dust and lint.

2. Use old dryer sheets to easily wipe up talcum powder, flour, and other messes of this type.

3. Used sheets usually have enough fragrance in them to freshen up other areas in your home. Stuff them in tennis shoes, place them in closets, in laundry hampers and in pieces of luggage -- anywhere your house needs a little "refreshment."

4. Run a sheet over a piece of thread when you're doing sewing tasks. The thread won't tangle up as easy.

5. Have pet hair on your clothing? Simply wipe it off with a used dryer sheet! Also works great on cloth furniture too!

6. Keep dust and other contaminants off your glass computer screen by carefully wiping it with an old sheet.

7. Did you purchase some old, musty books at a garage sale or thrift shop? Make them smell good again! Simply place the books in a sealed plastic bag with a used dryer sheet. Allow the bag to sit undisturbed for a day or two, then remove the contents. The musty smell will be gone!

8. Got a problem with mice? Find where they are entering your house and stuff the hole shut with a used sheet. Mice won't chew through the smelly material.

9. Place a used dryer sheet in the bag of your vacuum. Sweep your house, and, once you're done, the air will smell as fresh as your clothes do.

10. These wonders of the 70's are also said to repel mosquitoes as well as other annoying, flying insects. Don't rub it on you. Instead, stick a used sheet in your belt loop.

11. You can use dryer sheets to clean and polish the chrome on your vehicles.

12. Is there a build-up of soap scum on your glass shower door? Simply use an old dryer sheet to eliminate the mess.

13. Is the interior of your car or truck smelling a little stale? Forget the pine tree on a string! Place a few used dryer sheets under the seats of your vehicle instead!

14. Use sheets to clean and polish the glass lens of your eye glasses. They're not recommended for plastic lens, though!

15. Is your hair dry and full of static electricity? Gently wipe a used dryer sheet over your head to get rid of it.

16. Dryer sheets make great dusting cloths for your wooden furniture.

17. Help keep dust and other contaminants out of your house. Simply place a used sheet inside every furnace/AC register in your house. Make sure it covers the openings and replace once they are dirty.

18. Keep your window blinds clean longer by wiping them periodically with used dryer sheets. The anti-static properties of the product will actually help to repel dust and dirt.

19. Are your scissors not cutting as smooth as they should? Wipe the blades clean with a used dryer sheet to remedy this problem.

20. Used dryer sheets make great little cloths for quick shine ups in the bathroom and kitchen too. Just use one on each of your chrome faucets and see how brightly they shine.

Trimester End/Wounded Shoulders

This week is the end of the trimester at school, which means the year is two-thirds over. This year has gone by quickly. I had two concurrent English 101 classes, AP English Literature and an English 102 class at University Place fall semester/first trimester. This trimester I had two English 110 classes (freshmen lit) and Senior A and B.

Neil and I both have "wounded shoulders" --we made a resolution to get fit for the New Year--our diets have been going well, but I guess our shoulders did not get the memo.

I've had an interesting "medical" February. The first week of this month, I started having pain in my left shoulder--then could not lift or move my left arm without major pain. According to my MRI I have a torn shoulder tendon. The first ER doctor gave me steroids, pain pills, and a guess that something was wrong with my neck with the cervical fusion I had five years ago. He passed me on to my old pal Dr. Cach ( a great neurosurgeon if you're looking for one) who thought the neck was fine (ordered an MRI to make sure), but believed the shoulder was hurt and recommended Dr. Huntsman, shoulder specialist extraordinaire, who gave me a cortisone shot and recommended physical therapy. I seem to be healing--yeah!

Neil has been seeing the same surgeon since the end of December because he can't do anything with right arm or shoulder; his MRI indicated that he has a rotator cuff that is 90% unattached--not a good thing. He has surgery scheduled for March 6th. Dr. H says he will finish un-atttaching and then re-attach--sounds rather painful.

We decided wounded or not we were heading this week for the warmth of our condo in L.V. for five days--after all between the two of us we have two good shoulders--my right, Neil's left!! We'll be having fun at the Nascar races and shopping and plan to meet up with Wayne and Marcia, and Duane, our good friend and Island Park cabin buddy. It will be nice to leave Idaho snow behind.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Vickie's First Blog

I've enjoyed reading my sister's family blog so much it inspired me to try to get our family organized. Natalie was kind enough to be the "blog tech" and get us started. I'm the mom of this Christensen clan. I have been married to Neil for thirty-two years! I have two sons, Ryan 26, Tyson 22, and a daughter, Natalie 17, soon to be 18. I also have a wonderful daughter-in-law Ashley, and three EXTREMELY cute grandkids, Benjamin, Aisha, and Keeley. I love to read and to travel. Any place in Europe is my favorite destination--with Italy and England/Scotland my most favorite. I have taught English for nearly 29 years--mainly at Skyline--some for ISU and Ricks College. I especially like British literature.

Here are just a few pictures of my beautiful family.

First Post on our Family Blog.

Well, since I'm the 'blog tech' of the family, I thought I would post the first blog. I'm Natalie by the way; the baby of the family.

I graduate high school in 4 days and I'm sooo excited. I hope it makes my parents feel old! Haha. Just kidding Mom and Dad. I turn 18 next month on the 26th. I can't believe I'm almost 18. It's kinda scary but really exciting. I'm also attending beauty school right now. It's gone by so fast and it's been really fun. I love most of the girls I work with and I love being there. I've made a lot of friends. I should be graduating in July or August depending on how my hours add up.
Well that's all I've got for now. :)