May 6th, 2002


Snow... in May

[weather| drizzling ][water| 0 @ 0958h ]
[mood| *erf*? ]

It's May. It snowed and hailed here last night. There was slush all over the back steps and all over every lawn I could see.

I've noticed that over the last 10-15 years, the cold weather has gradually occurred later and later. It used to get cold here around November/December; we used to have White Christmases, if it snowed at all. Then it started snowing in January instead (again, if at all). And this year, the cold weather has been insanely late.

I wonder if I should be worried that this could be one of the results of The Greenhouse Effect/Global Warming ... maybe the rise in water levels changed the landscape of something enough that it causes weather pattern changes in the South Pacific. I keep hearing "the South Pacific" mentioned every time some wacky weather thing happens. The "Pineapple Express" was the thing that caused our extraordinarily warm December/January this year. "El Niño" and "La Niña" have also been mentioned before...


Husband Guy's Grandma

weather: drizzling
mood: sad

Grandma slid out of bed Sunday morning. For some reason, she likes sleeping on the very edge of her bed and stick her feet outside the covers, off the side of the bed. I guess she edged herself a little too far and slipped right off.

Her bed is about a foot away from the wall. So, Sunday morning, Grandpa heard a loud noise and went to get Husband Guy's father to help. When he found her, she was in a kneeling position against the wall, on the floor next to her bed. Her oxygen tubes had slipped off her face and she wasn't breathing.

He put her back on the bed, put her tubes back in place, kept patting her on the back and she started breathing again.

She doesn't have much time left. She's had lymph fluid swelling for a while now too. It started in her feet and it comes up past her waist now. She's having trouble breathing, even with the oxygen breathing apparatus. The doctor estimated her life expectancy to be 2 months in January. She's lived past that now.

Since the last time I wrote, Grandma has been doing steadily worse. After her colon surgery, she had talked about not having any more surgery even if doctors recommended it. MIL just kept telling her that surgery meant that she could live longer and she had to live long enough to see her great-grandchildren. That seemed to keep her going for a while.

The test results from the lung fluid in November said that the fluid was all cancerous. The doctors stopped prescribing all drugs except pain killers and just sent her home. She's been on Morphine for the last week.

Grandma has also been in a fog since she came home from her November 2001 hospital stay to drain the fluid from her lungs. Her reasoning ability has gone to bits. And I've been watching my husband's father take full advantage of that. Grandma started saying things that indicated a sudden and strange change of mind that could not be anything other than his words.

She hasn't been able to walk on her own, it takes 2-3 people to help her up and down the stairs (but she insists on going up and down the stairs every day). Talking is a chore because she keeps coughing. She was still eating by herself, but not much else.

Grandpa is pretty heartbroken. He holds her hand and cries.


Las Vegas

weather: sunny/cloudy
mood: pensive

There's talk about a Lost Wages trip sometime late this year.

I've been to Vegas once before - Victoria Day long weekend, 1996 with Kat (long time good friend of mine). I even still have the text journal entries, I should dig them out and post them. We stayed at the Excalibur and it was fantastic fun. We weren't much into gambling. We did play some slots and I think I came out $8 ahead in total.

We went mostly to see the shows - King Arthur's Tournament (the one where you eat a cornish game hen with your bare hands); Sigfried & Roy; the Lipizaner Stallions; and I thought we saw something else too, but I don't remember now. Maybe we spent the entire rest of the time just walking around. That's one thing about a Vegas trip that seems to be universal: be prepared to WALK. A LOT.

My WishList of Things To See if/when we go:

  • The Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton - Tix: USD$25 + tax.
  • Mystère, Cirque du Soleil at the Treasure Island - Tix: USD$80 + tax. We need to get tickets way farking early for this. Like a few months in advance.
  • Fremont Street Experience - it's a canopy over the street and it's a light/laser show to music. latraviata says it's free. =)
  • Hoover Dam - I think this is a little ways away from Las Vegas itself...
  • O, Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio - Tix: USD$110.00 and USD$90.00 + tax. piyomomo's suggestion.
  • Blue Man Group at the Luxor - Tix: USD$82.50 + tax. piyomomo's suggestion
  • The Pirate Show - just outside the Treasure Island. This is a free show at specific times, but you kinda have to go early to get a good spot.
  • The Bellagio Fountains - I think this is a free show at specific times.

I wouldn't mind seeing The Tournament of Kings (tix: $44.66) at the Excalibur again. But I WANNA SIT IN THE WHITE SECTION!!! Front row, if at all possible. Or if we can't, then front row in any other section.

I think we should try to book as much as we can ahead of time before we go. If you wait until you get there, things will be sold out, you wander aimlessly from hotel to hotel trying to find the ticket booth (because we won't have internet connection when we get there), you'll get crappy seats, etc.