Crazy Sinus Pressure?

Obama 2008

Ok, so i’m about ready to blow my brains out just to see if I can relieve some of the sinus pressure i’ve had for the past few days.  Here are a few tips form a few websites I googled last night that have helped me deal a little better with it:

  1. Blow your nose a lot – this helps relieve the sinus pressure
  2. Drink a lot of water –  this keeps the mucus runny so you can blow your nose alot.
  3. Repeat

There are a lot of other good things these guys have to say about the subject, but just following this advice has helped me at least not think about the pain constantly.

Go Blogs!

I’m an uncle!!!!

Baby Emma Rae Walsh was born April 9 at 11:21 pm. She weighted 8lbs. and 9oz. From what I hear, both baby and mommy are doing well – i’ll update once I get some more details and pics!  My brother Reid has just joined the Daddy’s Girl club!

Our 10th Anniversary!

A few weekends back was Mel & my 10th anniversary!  It has been quite a journey thus far – many ups and a few downs, but after all, we have definitely grown together and stronger because of it!

To celebrate, we decided to stay “gazelle intense” about our finances and enjoy a “Timeshare Pitch” weekend in the Poconos. This works out for a couple reasons: 1) Our honeymoon was in the Poconos, and 2) The weekend only cost us $50 plus gas and food, very niiice!

Random Pic of backroad in the PoconosThe drive to the “resort” was quite nice – Route 84 all the way to PA, then route 209 through the Delaware Water Gap Reserve – which was beautiful to drive though!  Our little girls were joining us for the fun adventures, so with gameboys clicking, we had a nice quiet drive there!

We arrived at the resort around noon-ish on Friday.  Of course, I didn’t read the directions on our confirmation printout, so I drove us to to the wrong building to check in.  Melody was very gracious, she let me make my little mistake with much grace 🙂 While standing in line to find out we were at the wrong place, some lady gave me some discount mini-golf tickets, which I thought to be slightly odd… until I figured out that it was 6 bucks per adult for mini-golf!  We finally ended up back at the welcome center, where we confirmed our reservation, and were sent back to the first building to get our room keys.

With room keys in hand, we were off to check out our suite!  After taking at least 1 wrong turn, I got us there safe and sound! The timeshare facilities were cute little “villas” that were more like 2 level condos. From the outside, they looked spiffy enough, there were probably 80 or so nestled in the cluster we were staying at (pictures to follow)

Our first impression was that there was a dead animal somewhere near our villa (Ridgetop 103) but after a few trips back and forth to bring our bags in, I realized it was just the garbage bins that were right in the middle of everything in our parking lot. No biggie – at least we didn’t have to haul our garbage far when we checkout eh?

The rooms were spacious and inviting – almost like a ski villa – there was a cute firelpace in the small living room, a kitchen, dining room,  and some open toed stares that gave the upstairs a loft-like feeling.  Upstairs there was a small master bedroom, 2 full size beds in a separate bedroom, and 2 bathrooms (one with whirlpool tub… ooo!) The girls aren’t used to stairs (the only ones in our house are the crummy ones to our basement) so they made a game out of passing things to each other through the open stairs.  This was not a big thril for Mel and me – all we could envision was one of them getting their head stuck in the stairs and somehow hanging themselves to death or something else horrible… So… time for something else fun to do!

We went out to dinner at this place called Peppes – it was an italian themed restaurant that advertises kid-friendly atmosphere.  This seemed important to us, since many “fine dining” places in the area had either rules about kids, or no kid-choices on the menu.  This is usually not a problem for us, as our kids could split an adult meal – they are good eaters and not picky, but we figured we’d get better service at a place that marketed itself in our demographic.  It was a good choice – the atmosphere was somewhat unique, the wait staff was fairly nice, and quite attentive.  All in all, it was a great place for our anniversary dinner – they even brought blueberry cheesecake and sang happy anniversary at the end (surprise!)
Very nice.

recexterior4.jpgWe decided that it was time to get in some swimming – we got all done up and drove to the indoor pool attached to the main Shawnee recreation center.  The pool was nice, the room was very humid and a little dirty, but the girls had a great time swimming.  We were probably one of the only “Caucasian” families there – no big deal – the more the merrier eh?  This is not the kind of thing I would have normally noticed, but it seemed like there was sort of a general disregard for adults in some of these kids – splashing anyone they could in the pool, and not happy or sorry looks at all – just kind of mean stares…. weird.  I swam for about 15 minutes, and then sat out and did my people watching thing… It was getting depressing – one kid was cowering in the corner because his “friends” were going to beat him when he got in the pool.  We wrapped our our swimming shortly thereafter anyways because the girls were tired, and we wanted to grab an ice cream at the local DQ before we hit the hay.

The next day, we had to attend our 120 minute no-pressure sales presentation.  We signed up for the early show because we wanted to get it out of the way for the rest of our day, which we were hoping to spend at the Celtic festival going on that weekend at the ski resort.   The atmostphere was cozy, yet efficient (short, hotel grade rugs, self serve coffee and lobby-type waiting chairs… made me kind of feel like I was at bobs discount furniture) I could tell they were designing this place to move tons of people through will still trying to keep the maintenance down and looks up.  Looooong story short: we didn’t buy because their rate was outrageous and I didn’t feel like putting more credit through any other sources (i.e. credit union).  We were apparently the “ideal couple” making the “ideal income” and they wanted our business – the low pressure quicly became high pressure, and our salesperson looked more like she wanted a cigarette the whole time than anything else – I became frustrating to deal with, the pushed us through a few more salespeople before finally dumping us at the exit counter.  We grabbed our $100 refund and took off.  In hindsight, it was a very interesting experience – we learned a lot about timeshares, saw what Windham had to offer.  We completely underestimated the amount of energy involved to deal with the situation, and spent most of our brainpower for the day before lunch!

Country KettleWe took off to find the Country Kettle – they have a huge bulk-candy selection and being candy lovers all of us, we had to check it out.  4.5 pounds of candy later, we left to grab sugar buzzes and drive back to the villa. We all took naps, and when we woke, found that the weather sucked, nixing our plans for the Celtic fest that afternoon.  We grabbed some supper at the Four Seasons diner and played some pac-man, and hit the mini golf course to finish up our day.

4213e.jpgSunday, we had to be checked out by 10, so up and out we went –  we grabbed breakfast at a local “IHOP” type restaurant and decided to drive home instead of hang around.  I drove the first 40 minutes or so, but by the time we hit 84, Mel offered and I slept… all the way home.  She made great time!

Overall it was a cool weekend adventure that sort of embodied our 10 years – a little frustrating, a little me-being-stupid, a little unexpectedness, a little spontanaeity, some hard work and resulted an a lot of joy and some really great memories.  All in all, I think we would probably do it again… maybe in another 10 years!

I can ride a 2-wheeler!

Over the weekend, we made the decision to remove Harmony’s training wheels.  After advice from a number of people that she was tall enough to try, we figured that we should give her a few hours of attention over at Rockwell park to see how she does.  Aria has been doing so well on harmony’s old bike that she didn’t stop riding the whole time!  What a little trooper! 

Harm & Aria - Bikers!So after about a half hour of trying, we got a few feet out of Harm without too much success – and it took us at least that long to get into “patience” mode with the whole thing.  Mel and i took turns walking behind her, holding her seat.  

Ding dong! the Ice Cream truck pulls into the park and of course we all need some “refreshment” – so we sat on the rocks and ate Dora, Spongebob and the typical faire… Of course Mom and Harm finish first, so while I sat behind and helped Aria to not drip all over herself, Harmony goes and rides the length of the parking lot the first time out without help!  Go figure! 

By the end of the evening, she was starting out by herself, and beginning to take corners. The next night, we took over one of the upper parking lots over by the high school – she rode non-stop for 2 hours! 

The Passing of P.A.M. and Our Short Trip to Canada

Harmy & The Big BootThis morning we’re leaving to return home after the better part of a week here in Simonds, NB Canada.  Last Sunday, we had recieved the call that Percy Allen Milbury, Melody’s remaining grandfather had passed.  He was 91 and died from complications of a broken hip and fluid in the lungs.  Although we were sad, we were somewhat prepared, so we decided early monday that we needed to be up here for the family.

Wednesday was July 4th – We attended the funeral and visited with the “Milbury” side of the family – lots of really interesting folks from all over!  After the receptin in Tracy Mills, we made our way over to Presque Isle to take Mom and Gram out for fireworks in Limestone.  We had a wonderful visit with Mom; visited her at Baptist Park for dinner, and had a nice evening and Thurs. morning at the house.  We stopped by Gram’s place in the afternoon for a nice little visit, and Visited my cousin Andrew and the cows (and buster the goat) up at the dairy farm before heading back across the border.

Aria & Dad on the Jetski Friday, we visited at Julie & Sheldon’s camp – ran around on some Jetskis and ate way too much food. We got to meet Dakota, and the girls (especially Aria) had lots of fun playing with bubbles, special thanks to Aunt “Sweet Marshmallow” for bringing all the cool bubble stuff! After a not-so-honest but still just-as-fun game of Skip-bo with Grammy Graham, Julie, Alan, Dakota, Marsha and Me, we decided to call it a night and play “spot the moose” all the way home.

Big Aquaduct for 4 LaneSaturday we borrowed some quads and took to the rain-soaked trails to check out the 4-lane they’re getting so close to finishing.  Now, the funny thing about that, is that they were working on the four-lane highway to replace Trans-Canada route 2 since I was in college, back in 96-97.  I guess that kind of project just takes an awful long time.