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Mad Cow

I used to give blood regularly when I was in the UK. I was on the Organ Donor list and I was on the Bone Marrow register. Since I lived in the UK I am not eligible to give blood in the US. All because of frigging mad cow disease! I do hope that this policy changes soon but I doubt it will. It does transpire though that I am still eligible to be a bone marrow donor. So I have filled out the form online and I will be sent a registration pack in the mail soon. All I have to do when I get it is swab the insides of my cheeks and send it back. Then I wait to see if I am a match to anyone. As K has her Kidney problem, I am well aware that she may need a transplant or dialysis in the future. I am hopeful she won't. In fact I pray she won't and I am not even a religious person. However, if I am a match to someone and can help improve their quality of life by donating some of my bone marrow then why wouldn't I do it? If K needs a bit of one of my kidneys then I wouldn't think tw…

KIndy 500 Race

You will need to turn your head to the side as I had my phone the wrong way round when I was recording this. I really need to get a proper camcorder. Am considering getting a Flip as they are quite cheap at moment. Anyway, Z is in the red car in the middle. He had a big grin on his face the entire time. He got a medal and a certificate. He was in the very last race as they listed all the kids alphabetically by first name.

Carmel Farmers Market Visit

We are just back from our first ever visit to the Carmel Farmers Market. As it was the first market of the year there was free donuts. K and Z had one each but I was good and didn't have one. We then had a wander around looking at all the stalls and smelling all the lovely food that was cooking. We tried a sample of the kettle corn and got a reusable bag from the Clarian North Medical Center stall. (That is one stall I was not expecting to see but the woman there was lovely)

We bought some organic strawberries, bread, herbs and some honey sticks for the kids. All in all it was a good visit and I am looking forward to going again.

Here is a picture of K enjoying the strawberries whilst Z was away with Ben getting the bread.

My son, the Giraffe.

Yesterday Z was in his school show "Kindergarten Sings the Zoo". He had to dress as a zoo animal and sing songs about animals going from A - Z.

We looked for a costume at lots of stores but as it is nowhere near Halloween, we were having a hard time. In the end Ben managed to get a costume from Dan that his niece had used. So Z was now going to be a giraffe.

We took him to school for 6.45pm and went through to the gym hall where the show was being put on. There were a lot of people there and in the end we sat quite far back so were not able to take any good pictures of the show. At just before 7pm all the Kindergarten classes came into the hall and went onto the stage. Z was in the front row and right in the glare of the spotlight. He got a little bit of stage fright and did not sing as loudly as some of the other kids. He did sing a bit and he did do a few of the dance moves but mainly he just stood there. As the lights were so bright in his face he was not able to see us a…

UK Weather v US Weather

The last few days it has been a bit...wet here. In fact it has been very similar to British weather here for the last few days. However, come this weekend it is set to change. As of today this is how the forecast is shaping up on the Weather Channel. I am liking the look of it! Check out Sunday May 23! (I still need to see weather forecasts showing temperatures in C rather than F)

Bring on summer!

10-Day Forecast for Carmel, IN (46032)
High /
Low (°C)Precip. %Today
May 18Showers14°/10°40 %Wed
May 19AM Clouds / PM Sun21°/11°20 %Thu
May 20

Carmel Farmers Market

I like my bed. I like to lie in my bed as long as humanly possible. The weekend is usually the only time I can get at least one morning when I can lie in bed past 7.30am. However this coming Saturday I am going to be up and dressed early so I can go to the Carmel Farmers Market. It is the first one this weekend and I have never been to one before. As I have a daughter who has a love of fruits and vegetables I think I will be able to get a few bits and pieces that she will like. We are also on a quest to get our son to be more adventurous with eating fruits and vegetables so I will probably be dragging him along to see if he likes the look of anything.

CarmelFest 2010

4th of July in CarmelCarmelFest 2010

CarmelFest 2010 Entertainment Line-up Announced Get ready for CarmelFest 2010!  Every year this fun family event celebrates our nation's   heritage on Independence Day weekend with a parade, fireworks, entertainment and exhibits - and every year the Rotary Club of Carmel wows us with new events, fun kids activities and a great way to show our community spirit!  A preliminary entertainment and activity line-up has been set for CarmelFest 2010, Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5, at Carmel Civic Square. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday; and noon - 10:45 p.m. on Monday. Admission is free. CarmelFest parade: 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 5 CarmelFest fireworks: 9:45 p.m.  Monday, July 5 CarmelFest's entertainment line-up as of mid May, 2010 includes: Sunday, July 4 Gazebo / Main Stage 12:00-2:45 p.m. “CarmelFest Has Talent” Vocal Competition 3:15-4:15 p.m. Carmel Brass 5:00-7:00 p.m. Barometer Soup: Beach/Island Rock 7:30-10:30 p.m. The Wright B…

School Summer Break

When I was a kid I always thought the summer holiday from school was not long enough. My parents always seemed to give the impression that they thought it was too long. I never really felt like that until I became an adult. The summer holidays I had from school in Scotland were from the last Friday in June until the middle of August. (I was never at school for my birthday, yay!) In England they usually seemed to break up from school around my birthday (mid July) and go back the first week of September. In all it was about 6 weeks.

Now I am a parent and I have children of school age I look at it slightly differently! The school summer break here in Indiana is a bit longer than I am used to. Z has his last day of school on Thursday May 27th and he goes back to school (along with K as she will be starting Kindergarten) on Tuesday August 10th. That is 10 weeks off school! 10 WEEKS!!

What am I going to do with them for 10 weeks?! Also as we are currently a 1 car family, I won't always …

Surgery Bill

Got the bill for my surgery today.
Total was originally $6,636.15.
Insurance paid some and 'negotiated a discount' which leaves me to pay $1,127.72!

Car Grumble

I have a couple requests for the drivers out there.

If you are driving a car and are going to make a turn at a junction or something, here is an amazing idea that may not have come to you. Use your indicators/turn signals! They are there for a reason! It really helps other drivers know what direction you are going to go in. Also once you have made your turn can you please turn OFF your indicator/turn signal and not go past 3 more possible turnings with the light still blinking. Same goes for using the indicator way too soon. If there is going to be 5 turning points in a road and you are wanting turn 5 don't indicate at the 1st one!

If you are going to have to use a roundabout during your journey, please know how you are supposed to drive round it. Don't stop half way round to give way to someone else. If you do then you run the risk of being rammed up the backside by another car!

I am not saying I am the worlds best driver. Far from it. It took me 7 attempts to pass my UK driv…

Cancer is just my astrological sign.

I have just come back from the plastic surgeon where I had my stitches out. As I had not heard anything about the tests on the mole that was removed I thought that meant that everything was fine. After all, no news is good news. Right? Well, sort of. It turns out that the biopsy results came back abnormal. He told me the medical term but it currently escapes me. While the mole was not cancer it was pre-cancerous. If it had not been removed, and it has all been removed, when it was then I ran a very high risk of it becoming a melanoma.

So, what does that mean? Well, I need to go back in 4 months for a check up with the plastic surgeon. (There is always a chance it could grow back). I also need to have a dermatologist for the rest of my life. My plastic surgeon is sending a report to my dermatologist and they will be in touch with me to schedule another appointment. I will probably need to have a full body check so he can see if there are any other moles or areas of my skin that need to…

How long is a piece of string?

How long is a piece of string? That may be easier to answer than how long will we be here for. Currently we are here on H1B/H4 visas. They are due to expire Sept 2012. If they get renewed that will take us to around Sept 2015 most likely. (By then I will be 39(!), Z will be 12 and K will be 10) If Bens employers decided then they were willing to go down the GC route for us then that process could take anywhere from a year if went EB2 route or 7-8 years if went EB3 route. Going by the EB3 route that would take us to around 2022! (By then I would be 46(!!), Z would be 19 and K would be 17) They would be very close to 'aging out' and requiring their own visas to stay, if that is what they wanted. If I am ever to work here and have us become a 2 income family again, we would need to go down the GC route and I am not skilled enough to get my own visa. I know this is an expensive process to go down but part of me wants to know what is going to happen down the road. It is not  my pla…

Mothers Day

Today is Mothers Day in the US so I got spoiled today. I woke up late to find a tidy apartment and some flowers, a message from the kids, a card and a couple pictures and hand made cards from the kids. Ben had taken them both to the Kids Museum so I could have a relaxing start to the morning and catch up on watching "Fringe". It's not really a show I would want the kids to see.

They came back at lunch time to take me out for a meal. We went to The Cracker Barrel. This is a place I have not been to for about 15 years. The last time I went was when I was an exchange student in Michigan. As it was Mothers Day I was anticipating having a long wait but we walked in and were taken to a table right away. There was a large family of about 7 or 8 that were waiting but we had no problems.

We have discovered that when we order for the kids, even though we are ordering from the kids menu, it is best to choose one thing and ask for 2 plates. Otherwise there is just too much food and i…


I went out the other week for a 40th birthday meal. I know! Shocker, I went out with grown ups. Whatever next?!

Anyway, it was Sian's 40th birthday and she invited me to go for a meal at Kona Grill on Clay Terrace. I have never been there before so had no idea what the menu would be like. I couldn't look online either at my laptop was away in Texas being repaired.

I arrived first and stood outside sending my brother an email. (He is getting married next year and I was trying to get a load of information from him so we could work out flights etc back to the UK for the wedding. Looks like it will cost around $3,500 for flights only!) Angela arrived a few minutes after me and we went into the bar to wait for the others. She said she would get me a drink and I asked for a Diet Coke. She then asked for a drink and the bartender seemed to have a real problem understanding what she was asking for. I seem to recall muumuu being mentioned a few times but I can't quite remember if tha…

It is back.

A lovely FedEx delivery lady just dropped off my laptop. It is all repaired and ready to go. They keys feel weird but it is back and I missed it. Odd how I missed a bit of technology. Don't know how I coped without a laptop for as long as I did.

So, blogging shall be commencing again. I am sure some stuff has been happening recently that I need to tell you about!

Why the Silence?

My laptop is away being repaired so no posts until it is returned. It is currently sunning itself in Texas. Lucky thing!

Feel free to talk amongst yourselves. Normal service shall be resumed shortly. Hopefully!

(In case you are wondering am currently using my old Dell laptop that was bought around 2003 and is very very slow! Takes about 10 minutes for it to warm up and start working so not going to be using this one much!)

Off to take K for her KG shots in a bit. I finally had my blood tests this morning. Blood sugar level is 84 which is normal. Got to wait for results of other stuff. Am assuming that is cholesterol tests etc. Back to plastic surgeon next Tuesday (still no word on mole so am assuming all is fine) and K also has her school medical assessment next Tuesday.