Friday, February 24, 2006


$6,076. That was the cost of my foot MRI. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the "this is not a bill" document that was sent to me. WOW! I had no idea, and I'm praying to God that my insurance covers the entire cost. I'm afraid though, because someone is going to take a look at how much they've spent on me over the past year ($11,000 for April 2005's breast reduction and now this, along with life's incidentals), and kick me out. They *can't* do that, can they?

Personally, I'm surprised that for just a mere $5,000 more than the cost of an MRI someone can get a breast reduction. To me, the reduction was priceless and is a visible thing. The MRI was just an opportunity to put on some headphones and listen to some music for a half hour while photographs of my feet were taken.

Still haven't heard from my podiatrist on the results of the MRI. Geesh, for $6,076, you'd think they'd throw in the results.

By the way, for those losing sleep at night over my heel pain, the New Balance 853s are awesome. Most pain has been eliminated. So, just $80 cost for the shoes may have solved the problem. Maybe I'll just frame the MRI pictures and hang them in my house. Because for that cost, I could call them art.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Chapped Cheeks and Rest Planned

The cheeks of my ass are chapped. Sadly, I am not kidding. Result of being in Minnesota last week, I suppose. Mind you, I did have long underwear on and jeans. Guess that's not enough.

I experienced a 90 degree change in temperature yesterday, from that negative 35 last Friday. For the past two days, I was in North Carolina for work. It was a short trip, but I did enjoy that it was 60 degrees. NC stands for "Not Cold".

I'm finally home now, for sometime. I've got a good job, but it gets busy with travel at times, and recently it has been busy. Basically, I travel a lot about four months a year. I plan on resting a bit now that I'm home by making a birthday card for my mom, and a couple get well cards for people at work. I'm messing around right now with the Northwoods Coloring Technique, as I'm teaching it to our Stamp Club in March. Funny thought, really. I'll post some of my samples later in the week, and will probably create a post about my woes.

Well, I'll put this boring post to a close. Just thought I'd bop in and say hello.

And, a quick note to the lady on the plane yesterday traveling from Charlotte to Columbus....put a shirt on your three year old girl, for goodness sake! It is not summer and, more importantly she is in public and beyond being a baby!

Monday, February 20, 2006


Minnesota 2006
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
I spent the past week in Minnesota on business. With my luck and terrific timing, Minnesota was experiencing the coldest temperatures of the season. Actually, it was the second coldest it had ever gotten there. On Friday it was negative 35 degrees. Actual temperature! Windchill was up around negative 45 degrees. I somehow survived, and was treated to some stamp store visits on Saturday, since Transit Authority cancelled their concert. I went to The Stampin Place and We're Stampin Mad.

The best part of the trip was discovering how very delicious Sugar Free Davinci Vanilla syrup is in my Diet Coke. The school insisted that I take the bottle back home with me (I must have looked like a drunk carrying the bottle home), and they presented me with this book celebrating Minnesota Winters. In my opinion, there's nothing to celebrate.

It is "cold" here in Ohio today, about 30 degrees. I'm thinking it is balmy!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

What's My Name?

I've been struggling of late as to how to introduce myself to you all. Specifically, with my name.

The owner of this blog (me) is listed as "Little Sea Otter". My Flickr account is listed as "Buckeye", because I was lucky enough to have that name still available to me when I created an account. However, I can assure you that my name is neither Little Sea Otter or Buckeye, though I wouldn't mind either, LOL. I've been leaving some blog comments as "KH", which are my initials.

I'm hesitant to share my first name, because it is very uncommon. And, it is not that I want to keep it from you, it is just that I don't want anyone I know in real life to do a Google search and then this blog show up. I guess I want to feel free enough to say what I want to say, bitch about what I want to bitch about, and just be me. Right now, if you do a search on just my first name, some websites with my specific first and last name come up on the first page of results. Also, if you do an image search with my first name, my picture comes up. So, I've got a rare name and have a career where I'm somewhat known in my field.

I hope, hope, hope you all understand this. If I had a name like Karen, Jennifer, or Susan, I'd use it in a heartbeat on this site. But for now, please feel free to call me Little Sea Otter, Buckeye, KH, or Kay (that's my middle name).

Thursday, February 09, 2006

"Just Like Football"

Just a quick post to chant

"Just Like Football". (clap...clap...clap, clap, clap)

Ohio State 94, scUM 85

It's great to be a Buckeye!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Size 8D

New Shoes
Originally uploaded by Buckeye.
My new shoes finally came in today. Last week my podiatrist recommended that I get a pair of New Balance 853s to help with the heel pain I've been experiencing. He basically told me Nikes suck.

Last week the shoe guy measured my feet and ordered a pair, size 8D. I shared this with my mom and she thinks this is just terrible. She believes there is no way I wear such a wide shoe. What exactly does she want me to do, crunch my feet into a smaller, narrower shoe? She's upset that I bought them! She claims that I'll never be able to get new shoes that are of this size, except for cheapies at KMart or Walmart. I find her logic ridiculous. Shoe guy claims my Size 9 Nikes were that size to compensate for the width I needed.

So, do these shoes look too wide?

I personally don't even care much about shoes. I'm not like most women who obsess over shoes. If it were up to me, I'd wear fuzzy houseslippers all day. These 853s, Size 8Ds suit me just fine.

Tomorrow I go for my feet MRI.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

ABC Meme

Journeywoman tagged whoever wanted to play. I figure, why not?

A - Accent: I don't think I have one. Course to some in the world, I'm sure I do!
B - Breakfast Item: French Toast
C - Chore you hate: Cleaning the bathroom
D - Dad's Name: Dad
E - Essential everyday item: Socks. I do not like to be barefoot, ever!
F - Flavor ice cream: Cake batter from Coldstone Creamery
G - Gold or Silver?: Silver bullets, of course! Go Buckeye Defense!
H - Happy Place: Ohio Stadium, with the Buckeyes having the lead.
I - Insomnia: Oh yes. I'm a night owl.
J - Job-Love or Want to Leave: Depends on when you ask. Right now, leave.
K - Kids: No
L - Living arrangements: Slightly engaged. Can't live with him, can't live without him.
M - Mom's birthplace: Ohio
N - Number of lovers you've had: Just a couple.
O - Overnight hospital stays: None, except for my birth.
P - Phobia: Deer
Q - Question: When will Ohio State win the National Championship in football again?
R - Religious Affiliation: Protestant
S - Siblings: I'm an only child.
T - Time you wake up: Varies by day. I definitely need a schedule.
U - Unnatural hair colors you've had: Always been a brunette.
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat: Peas, beets, spinach, should I go on?
W - Worst habit: I'm rather sloppy and unorganzied.
X - X-rays you've had: Dental, chest, foot.
Y - Yummy: Peanut butter fudge. No control over it.
Z - Zodiac sign: Libra

Tag~anyone that wants to play!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

January In Review

Best Day-January 2, when my beloved Buckeyes beat Notre Dame. Great seats, great game. Picture perfect, sunny, 75 degree weather each and every day we were there. I love Arizona and the trip got me wondering why I live where I do.

Biggest Accomplishment-Shedding 7 pounds during the month, and giving up sugar. Truly amazing. I'm still not quite believing it.

Biggest Surprise-Mild, mild weather. We're talking like all but two or three days above average temperatures. Just a trace of snow.

Areas of Learning-Protein makes me feel full and satisfied, and Iris Folding.

Books Read-Undomestic Goddess(Kinsella) & To Have and To Hold(Green), both enjoyable but Green's book isn't really up to par with her others.

Looking Ahead to February-Busy month ahead at work. Just need to somehow survive it. I need to incorporate more cardio into my exercise regiment. Would like to declare February as "Operation Treadmill", but my foot that hurts has other ideas. I went to the podiatrist today and he's ordered an MRI. Some type of heel pain. We'll see.