Friday, September 26, 2008

I am a nerd.

I finished my book Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and my class just started reading the first chapter. I guess I am just an overachiever.

I decided I am going to give my book review on it, this book is now one of my favorite's and right up there with Harry Potter and Twilight, not ever kidding. I thought it was going to be some long drawn out book about some family and how they lived through their lives after the disastrous 9/11. Ok...it was just like that but not how I thought it would be. It only had a few refrences to 9/11 but it was still definatelly a 9/11 book. This story is about a little 9 year old genious boy whose father was killed on September 11th in the second tower. It is also about his grandmother and her sad little love story about how her husband left her at a very hard time in her life. It was a very sad and depressing book, but it made me laugh a ton.

This little boy, Oskar Schell, is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, amateur entomologist, vegan, orgamist, percussionist, amateur asronomer, computer consultant, and amateur archeologist. I also can't forget he speaks pretty good french. His idol is Stephen Hawking. He collects rare coins, postage stamps, butterflies that died in natural deaths, miniture cacti, Beatles memorabilia, semiprecious stones, and other things.

He wants to invent a bird-seed shirt, so when you wear it birds will come and pick you up and fly you to safety. He want's skyskrapers to move and elevators to stay in place. He wants a portable pocket so you can velcrow it to your pants and take it with you anywhere and have plenty of pocketspace so you can have bigger matches because matches are to small and they burn your fingers, and they are small because our pockets are small, so if we have bigger portable pockets...problem solved.


I loved this book :]

Gimp

I went to see an Orthopedic Surgeon yesterday. He told me the way my knees were built makes me prone to having a dislocated patella, I have knocked knees, whatever that means. He also said that I might have to have surgery to fix this problem so it won't happen again, so I have to get an MRI by Tuesday so he can find out if my knee is centered correctly or not. If it's centered correctly I will most likely just go to physical therapy to strengthen my knee muscles, I didn't know knees had muscles. If it's not centered perfectly then he is going to go in and have surgery on it and it will really decrease my chances of this happening again. I'm terrified of surgery.

On a happier note, everyone at my work thinks I'm some supernatural person because I was all very calm when this happened and I also showed up to work the next day with my shnazzy knee brace on.
One of the guys I work for said "[Hayley] is one tough broad" obviously he is older cause I don't know anyone who has used that type of vernacular since the 1920's. My boss's son said "If I ever get in a fight or get hurt or anything all I am going to think is...What would Hayley do?" another one of my favorites was from this kid that saw it all happen..."WHAT!?!? After all that...I can't believe you came to work today!" I also got a lot of "wow your really tough".
I pretty much feel like 'one hundred dollars' (Quote from the book Extremely Load & Incredibly Close), except for my leg which is in a lot of pain right now.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Troubles :[

I had a very action packed night at work yesterday night. I was just another extremely boring day at work, where I wanted to just lay on the ground and fall asleep. Well I got one of those wishes...I was just bent down to pick something up and I was turning around to go help the guy next to me when 'pop' my knee blows out...Again.
I was just laying on the ground, thinking "Oh crap, why work, of all places!" and "Why couldn't something cool have happened, like I was running from some crazy guy who wanted my money, or I was just cliff diving, not I just turned around and pop, my knee is out of my socket." But anyways, I was just laying there and I was like "Uh, can I get some help?" So a couple people see that I am on the ground and they have no idea what to do, they are all just standing around me, which is totally embarrassing, so I have to be the one that says "Can one of you guys get help or something?" They were totally clueless. So then someone calls 911 and then I say "Does anyone have another phone I can use to call my parents?" like that wasn't the total obvious thing to do. I'm the one with my knee cap on the side of my leg just laying on the ground in excruciating pain, but totally calm, having to take control of everything and tell people what to do. I think it's pretty funny, I wouldn't have known what to do either.
So I was there on the ground for maybe 10 mins when the firemen showed up and they started to question me and put me on a gurney. Then the paramedics showed up right when they put me on the gurney, and right as they were putting me in the paramedic truck my parents come running over. Perfect Timing.
So it was a bumpy ride and long ride. The drive was from Grand Teton & Durango to the Summerlin ER. I was always terrified of getting an IV but it doesn't scare me anymore cause if you ever need one you are probably in more pain than having that needle go into your arm. It's all a little hazy from then on cause of all the morphine they gave me but I know they got lost trying to find the pediatrics so we were rolling all over the hallways. Then when they found it the doctor just acted like she was checking my knee and then she just popped it right into place, and it was such a relief. It still hurt like crazy, but it relieved a lot of stress on my knee. I almost think my mom had it worse than me, she had just taken 3 Tylenol PM's when I called and then she was stuck at the hospital for 4 hours just sitting there, waiting, while I was in my nice cozy little cot sleeping. We didn't even get home till about 2am. But while I was awake a little after the doctor popped it back in I remember asking my mom if she had taken any pictures of my knee when it was popped out and when she told me no I was all disappointed. I was hoping that would gross everyone out as much as Sara's ankle picture. And then I said that I was excited to go home and blog about it, because I hadn't had anything to blog about in a while. :D
My mom took pictures while I was at the hospital with my knee back in place. I'll post those soon...






Here's my knee almost exactly 2 years and 3 months ago...




I'm also hoping for a faster recovery. It took me a week to go without a wheel chair or crutches and walk around just with my brace on. Currently I am walking around with my brace on. Last time it took me about a month to be able to walk without crutches or a brace, I'm hoping for a week or two. Or at least before homecoming, because I'm not wearing this nasty brace there. But I already lost all my muscle in my right leg. :/ Which is crazy, cause I worked hard, all that conditioning for Tennis this past month and a half...It's all gone.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

I am reading this book for my Modern Literature class this year. I just started it, maybe an hour ago, and it's already getting really good, which makes me so happy cause I never enjoy school books. It's about a little 10 years old boy who's father was killed on September 11. So this is my little tribute to recognize September 11, today, and inspire someone to read this book. :]


I just finished reading some more, and its really weird.
Now I'm kinda iffy about it.

Just kidding. :]
I completely understand it now.
It's one of my favorites now,
I would definitely recommend reading,
it is a little risqué though.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

What the...



I was at work today and me and a co-worker were just doing our job when he pointed out to me this huge black thing just chillin on the ground. We couldn't really figure out what it was so we just kind of looked at it for a long time. It was huge, I have never in my whole life seen a bug so freakin big. Steve, my co-worker, decided to throw a rock at it to see if it would fly away. It literally had a wing span of 3 inches. It was insane. It looked similar to this:


Yeah, it was that nasty!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Wii Fit

Wii Fit

We just recently got Wii Fit. It's actually really fun, lots of games that strength your core or teach you better balancing skills. All the yoga training is hilarious to watch and even more to do, between Emma trying to do the Tree and Jack doing the Warrior pose...none of us have great balancing skills.

But the one thing that has me cracking up to this very second is before every 'game' they take a good 30 seconds explaining to you the floor around you needs to be clean and free of anything that may be in your way. We actually all did just that, cleaned up everything off the floor in our upstairs TV room. What they dont bother to tell you is took look for large hanging objects on the ceiling which can be a danger to your fingers while doing the Tree pose. Emma nearly chopped her fingers off on our ceiling fan which was going full speed at the time. Becareful! :D

The Tree Pose is the First example on the box.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

My Feet

I went to work today for 6 and a half hours, 6 and a half long hot hours baking in the sun. When I got home and took off my shoes I discovered that my feet have at least 3 different shades of...I guess you can call them tans.
First I have my sock tan that I get every year from tennis practice, nothing I'm not use to.
Second I have my Flip Flop tan line from my day at the beach a week or two ago.
Third I got my 'shoe' tan line from work today, It is about an inch below my sock tan line and for some reason it goes all the way down and through the lip of my shoe so I have some weird zig-zag where my shoe laces appeared.

I pretty much feel really unique now.
I tried to take a picture of it,
but it doesnt show up real well on camera.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wade vs. Hayley

Tennis Championship
Today's Score:
2-6

The Final Score:
10-18
I'm not completely sure what happened,
but it was a whole lot easier to beat my dad today,
I guess he's just getting old & its slowing him down...
Lucky us though, we had Jack as our ball runner.
He worked up a sweat.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Wade vs. Hayley

Tennis Championship
Today's Score:
4-6

The Final Score:
8-12
Heck yes! I won again, but I screwed up my wrist playing today and had to run to Walmart to get a wrist brace.

Family Home Video Day

Wanna see something really groovin?
video
Yes, it was just as embarrasing to watch as it was to make.