Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Doctor Who - Full Length Trailer for New Series 2011 - BBC One

Tell me if I'm crazy, but if you watch VERY, VERY carefully, there are two places where a TARDIS is seen that is NOT 11's TARDIS. There's no St. John's Ambulance round sticker when the TARDIS is spinning through space, and there are those coral-looking struts from 9 and 10's TARDIS at the :37 second mark, and it looks Rory and Amy are watching 10? regenerate...

Is someone coming back? EEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Probably not, but just in case... EEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Pray for ingrid

Ingy has a migraine. Just got back from the doctor. She has been referred to a neurologist but it will take days to get in. She is really sufferring.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Robin Hood was here

There is trouble afoot in Sherwood Forest (literally...this neighborhood is called Sherwood Hall). HA! Found this walking on the way to school this morning. Alas, Jonas Armstrong did not jump out from behind the tree...

PS this is my first ever mobile blog post!

Monday, March 28, 2011

i switched my blogger account...

Mr. BikeMan and I are in the process of streamlining our electronic communications now that we've entered the 21st century and have purchased smart phones.

One thing I did was move this blog onto my new e-mail. However, when I did so, the blogs I was following disappeared...I didn't think to copy them down. I'm sorry if yours disappeared!

what Ingrid learned at school this week...

"Boys go to Jupiter
To get more stupider."

And the second verse which we came up with at home:

"Girls go to Mars
To eat candy bars."

I tried to explain the grammatical error of her first poem, but she didn't think that my grammatically correct version had the same ring:

"Boys go to Jupiter
To get stupider."

And then Chad had to chime and tell her that if girls went to Mars too often to eat candy bars, that they, in fact, were the stupider ones because they would have to go on a diet.


What do you do when your favorite tights get holes in the knees? You take them to Daddy of course, for garment modification.

"Daddy, how do I tape them back together?"

"You don't, Ilsa. But look! Now you have a pair of bike shorts, socks or wait! You could even wear them as arm warmers!"


And then with further modification, you get slippers.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Happy March 27...

DSC01778, originally uploaded by BikeBookBread.

Friday March 18 = 83 degrees
Sunday March 27 = 31 degrees

Friday, March 25, 2011


Sorry I can't make this smaller... But I don't care! It's the Doctor Who Season Six Prequel -- AND IT'S CREEPY! Counting down to April 23, 2011...

world's smallest horse

Einstein the horse is only 20 inches tall!!! You have to see this article...

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Administering Heparin

Seven days worth of supplies.

Trash generated by one day's infusion of antibiotic

I am amazed how much trash is generated by Chad's daily antibiotic infusion: three saline syringes, wrappers and lids; two heparin syringes, wrappers and lids; six alcohol wipettes and wrappers; the actual medication "onion bulb." Plus, Multiply by 28 days (4 weeks). Add in the actual PICC line "port" changes, the dressing changes once a week by the visiting nurse... I'm amazed by the amount of JUNK that is generated!

Saturday, March 19, 2011


"I need to let out a cough."

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

very, very sourdough starter molded

I grew my own wild yeast sourdough starter several years ago while we were in Tucson. I blogged about it.

I have really neglected it, but it was safe and nestled (so I though) in my fridge in a glass jar. Unfortunately, something had gotten to it. It molded.

Back to square one.

update on Mr. BikeMan

So... why do you think I have this look on my face? And why is Ilsa hiding? Read on..

The scene:
The surgeon's office.

The event:
The impending removal of Chad's wound packing.

There's a video of the actual event, but only for the very stout of heart. View at your own risk. This is your final warning! Mu ha ha ha ha ha! But it is strangely compelling and morbidly fascinating as well. Sort of reminds me of a magician pulling an unending scarf out of his fist.

We did learn some troubling things about the infection, though. Apparently, once you have staph, you have staph. It may be controlled, but it is never fully eradicated. It can be triggered by another illness or injury. Chad wasn't so happy to hear this news. He's off of work several more weeks, and catching up on reading, White Horse Inn podcasts, and other fun stuff.

epic bed head - wordless wednesday

DSC01678, originally uploaded by BikeBookBread.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Doctor Who Paper Art!!!

These are just too, too cool! Here is link to the website to print and cut.

As soon as I make one, I'll take a picture and post it :)

Friday, March 11, 2011

so glad so glad so glad so glad...


Just got back from Chad's post-op appointment. The doctor looked at me rather incredulously when I asked him when I was going to learn how to re-pack his wound. He sort of laughed and said, "Everyone tries to do my work for me..." The nurse was HAPPILY wrong. I do NOT have to do this! I may have to change a dressing, which is fine.

Chad uttered some fantastic things under his breath as the doctor removed his packing. EXCRUCIATING...

At this point, Ilsa looked at Daddy, took off her hooded parka, turned it around backwards so that the hood was hanging off of the front of her head to obscure her vision. To quote her, "I'm hiding my head. I don't like that foot."

I don't know that I could do it. His bone is exposed. It is just gruesome. Period. And honestly, not much freaks me out, but this DID.

Looks like he will be off of work at least two more weeks.

I won't post pix. If you like that sort of thing, e-mail me and I'll be more than HAPPY to share :/-

Thursday, March 10, 2011

the little shop

I just had to post the sign from The Little Shop. I went in the day we checked Chad out of the hospital, thinking that maybe, just maybe, I'd find a fellow Whovian inside, or at least someone who might understand the reference. No such luck. I didn't even ask.

YAY! He's home!!!

Visiting infusion nurse came and taught me how to administer the antibiotics to Chad's PICC line at 7:30 this morning. It isn't hard, but I was a bit nervous. Now, after 6 syringes, I feel like an old pro! :)

It will take about 40 minutes from start to finish, every morning, at the same time. I'll start the line before I drop Ingrid off at school, and then it'll be done by the time we get home.

The nurse was very kind and patient with me, even when I emptied an entire syringe of saline on the floor the first time I tried to prime one. Heh heh heh...

We continue to be so thankful for the kind help and prayers of all of our family, old friends and new friends!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chad update - early morning Wednesday 3/9/11

He's coming home today! At least that's the plan as of 6:40 am.

Please give God the Glory along with us! And if you would, please pray for the following:
  1. PRAISE! The infection was common staph, and not common MRSA or hospital-borne MRSA.
  2. PRAISE! The physicians, technicians and nursing staff have been methodical, brilliant, lovely, fun, caring, attentive and careful.
  3. PRAISE! We are so very, very thankful for the outpouring of support, comfort and physical care offered and received by friends and strangers alike from church and through Steph's connection with the Well-Trained Mind homeschooling message board. She even received an offer of help from a complete stranger -- a barista at Starbucks.
  4. Pain management at home, and the ability to manage sterility here. Eradication of the nausea and constant headache from the necessary, but very potent pain medicine.
  5. We have stairs. Lots of 'em. We need to find the best place for him to settle.
  6. For the infection to be completely controlled.
  7. Ingrid's health -- her bug just keeps coming back.
  8. Emotional strength.
  9. For full healing, ultimately, so that Chad would be able to return to his former level of physical activity.
  10. That his job would not be impacted negatively by this situation.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Chad update - evening

Chad's surgery was successful, however, it appears the infection did make its way into the bone. Waiting for cultures to come back to confirm with which antibiotic doctors will proceed.

Thanks for your prayers, calls, emails... please know that they are much appreciated, even if I have not personally responded yet. I'm beat... I need to be off to bed now...


Chad Update - 13:40 Monday 3/7/11

What I know new:

Surgery scheduled for 3:00 today (Monday 3/7/11) to flush the wound

Looks like staph or MRSA - pathology will come back tomorrow

Pain management seems to be working better

PICC line will be inserted tomorrow for 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy; line will be inserted to the vein nearest his heart.

chad update: having surgery today (Monday 3/7)

Sometime today (probably this morning) Chad is having surgery. They will be opening his ankle/leg and irrigating it with disinfecting solution. I don't know the specifics. Would you add this to your prayer list? Thanks.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

went dark ginger

Hard to tell here, but I even went darker on Thursday. Just had a chance to upload the photo now...

It is quite a bit redder in natural light than it looks in the photo.

haven't seen any Cat-Nurse-Nuns...yet...

In the midst of Chad's very serious medical situation, I did find a moment of humor while sitting in the ER waiting room watching the hospital info-channel loop over and over again. Doctor Who fans will understand...

The Doctor would be sooooooo pleased!

prayer request for mr. bikeman please

Two weeks ago Thursday, Chad had ankle surgery to repair recently-discovered damage from his bike accident back in October of 2008. He had been walking around on two two tendons and a bone wonder it kept swelling up. He had just retuned to work on Thursday, and his ankle was quite swollen and sore. Friday the swelling worsened, and was very painful by Friday night. On Saturday morning, he woke up physically ill and his ankle was red and grotesquely swollen, and very red from mid-calf down.

I took him to the ER and he was admitted soon thereafter with a very serious infection in his surgical sight. Infectious disease doc believes he caught staph in the surgery. He's in hospital for at least 5 - 7 days with IV antibiotics, and then he'll have a pic line placed for six weeks of home-injections.

He's in an awful lot of pain and it's a serious situation.

Thank you friends and faithful readers...

I have pictures but I won't post them... you don't want to see. Seriously.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

at wits end...

I have been having a tough time with Ingy Badingy lately. We've been at loggerheads. She's been in a state of discipline more times than not, which for her has meant no TV. Pure torture. Her attitude has been sour, her words poorly-chosen: snippy and disrespectful. She is mean to her sister. She's been selfish. I've read "the books" and "done" the suggestions. I know it's a heart issue -- I really do.

I drove her to school today after another morning of battling, I was in tears all the way home. I just am discouraged...the specter of another 11 years of this broken relationship is daunting.

I was going through some of my old blog posts, and found this encouragement. Hope it's a shot in the arm for you today, too. I know I needed it.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Congratulations Colin! I couldn't say it any better...

I don't want to reinvent the wheel, so I'm directing you over to my favorite blog, Enchanted Serenity of Period Films:


Now if we can find a babysitter, maybe Mr. BikeMan and I will actually get to SEE this movie before it's on Netflix.

highly recommended!

If you love history as much I do, then you will want to watch the HBO miniseries, John Adams. Mr. BikeMan put this on our Netflix queue a month ago, and we just finished watching the six-episode series. It is apparently quite historically accurate (save a bit of dramatic embellishment). Watch it. You won't be disappointed.

please vote in the ginger vs. brunette poll...

See the pics and vote to the left...

Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller in Danny Boyle's Frankenstein ...

A critically acclaimed production of Frankenstein is running in London with Benedict Cumberbatch as the Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein. I can't get the widget to work, but it might work for you. See if it's being shown in your city.

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