Utah autumn


Here’s autumn in Utah. The colors may not be extensive, but they’re there. Great Art courtesy of the exclusive iPhone-cam, taken from my parked car near Duck Creek, Utah a few weeks ago during our vacation there, and part of my famous Vacation series.

Honest – the car was parked and I was standing next to it. It just kind of looks like it was taken while I was driving. If you look carefully, you’ll see the vantage point is too far above the hood to be otherwise.

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted. One or two Loyal Readers have started asking where we’ve gone, or even if something bad is happening. I’m delighted to report that the news is quite opposite – it’s all good. LRN4 is feeling pretty well and her numbers are going in a good direction. We visited our doctor this morning and he reported that her white cell count is down to 1.9 today and he expects them to drop to about zero within a day or two. Her red cells are hanging in there (no transfusion needed this weekend) and her platelets are doing okay but she’ll need a quick transfusion on those babies on Saturday.  She’s scheduled for 9:30.

This will be the third weekend in a row that LRN4 has gone to the hospital for a transfusion. They have a couple of outpatient transfusion beds available on weekend days and she’s become something of a regular. It routinely takes several hours – on the order of eight – to get done, but they’re very good to her there and it’s generally a good experience. Since she’ll only be getting platelets this time, it should go much more quickly. We’ll see, won’t we?

So why haven’t I been posting? Laziness. Plus, the universal excuse – I forgot. Sorry about that Loyal Readers. You deserve better.

Work is coming along slowly. I hadn’t touched the medical program for a few months, and I’m having all kinds of problems getting it working again. I’m once again able to compile and to generate installers. Today, however, I tried running the automated tests and discovered that they’re not working for me. I have an email in to non-Loyal-Reader John to see if he can help me figure out what’s going on. Also, what’s not going on. That’s the important part, I think. I have a bunch of testing work I’m planning on doing.

And here’s a tough decision I have to make. There’s a technology conference coming up at the beginning of November in the Clark County school district. They have vendor tickets available for $350. At that rate, I’d have to sell 175 copies of my latest iOS app just to break even. They expect 400-500 people to participate in the conference. Here’s the question for my Loyal Readers – do you think I should pay the money and attend? Your thoughts and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

LRN4 ordered herself a new [amazon text=bundt pan&asin=B00004RFQ4] the other day. It arrived yesterday. Looks really nice and I can’t wait to eat some bundt cake. Here’s the thing, though: she told me it was one of her Christmas presents. But she plans to use it for the first time at Thanksgiving. So I told her it’s no longer a Christmas present and she can have a new pan whenever she darn well wants one without waiting until Christmas. So another question for my Loyal Readers: should I call it a Christmas present anyway? We’re getting close to the time of year when we save everything we buy ourselves for Christmas, but I think that only applies to things we don’t need to use before Christmas. What do you say, Loyal Readers?

And that’s about it for today. Lots of stuff going on. Lots of little jobs around the house happening. I’m feeling good, LRN4’s feeling about as good as can be expected right now, and LRN2’s doing pretty well too. All systems are go.

I’ll leave my Loyal Readers with this shocking food violence news: double pizza assault!

See you tomorrow.

2 Responses to “Utah autumn”

  1. Sandy Says:

    So glad to hear that LRN4 is continuing to improve right now!! Here are my votes – Take a chance and go to the conference. And the bundt pan is NOT a Christmas present if already used. At least that’s my opinion.

  2. Shannon Says:

    Platelets are on Sunday. I need to communicate better with my caregiver!
    Okay, so maybe the pan isn’t a Christmas present anymore, but what that means is that I don’t need something else for Christmas. My dad told me years ago that he and Nan buy what they want when they want instead of waiting to give gifts at Christmas.

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