Wednesday, April 27, 2005

One final push for donations to Andrew Jordan's first MS Stroll. Paypal any donations to hollymoose78ATyahooDOTcom!

In other random news, I still haven't heard back from the doctor about the weird mass on my thyroid, and I'm really having TONS of fun thinking of all the worst possible things it can be. Sleepin' reaaaal well lately. (watch out, some sarcasm dripped over there...)
Counting Sheep

I think I made a major mistake on the baby sweater I was doing... but if I did, I can't figure out how it would have worked if I'd done it right. But because I don't have the baby to try it on, and I don't dare mail it possibly not fitting, I may end up just ripping the whole thing out.
Thumbs Down

One of the fish died.
Of course, it was the most expensive, the one that I practically begged GB to get, because he was so pretty - the fancy black goldfish. And of course I'm pretty sure we're past the two week "warrentee" from the store. And of course GB is out of town, so I had to fish it out myself. I swear the little buggers have a calendar in there and they just hang on until the worst possible time. "hmm... when would it inconvenience Amie the most? Okaaaayyyy....

Dramatic Death

And my boss sent me an e-mail this morning that said basically "I should have told you this three months ago, but I need this paperwork that should get updated everyday, and I need it for the dates starting Jan 1. Get that to me ASAP"
Paper Work

Which means lucky for you it's time to stop my grumbling and get to work.

Note to self: Someone's got it worse than you do:
Exploding Toads Puzzle German Scientists
'It Looks Like a Scene From a Science-Fiction Movie'

BERLIN (April 27) - More than 1,000 toads have puffed up and exploded in a Hamburg pond in recent weeks, and scientists still have no explanation for what's causing the combustion, an official said Wednesday.

Both the pond's water and body parts of the toads have been tested, but scientists have been unable to find a bacteria or virus that would cause the toads to swell up and pop, said Janne Kloepper, of the Hamburg-based Institute for Hygiene and the Environment.

''It's absolutely strange,'' she said. ''We have a really unique story here in Hamburg. This phenomenon really doesn't seem to have appeared anywhere before.''

The toads at a pond in the upscale neighborhood of Altona have been blowing up since the beginning of the month, filling up like balloons until their stomachs suddenly burst.

''It looks like a scene from a science-fiction movie,'' Werner Schmolnik, the head of a local environment group, told the Hamburger Abendblatt daily. ''The bloated animals suffer for several minutes before they finally die.''

Biologists have come up with several theories, but Kloepper said that most have been ruled out.

The pond's water quality is no better or worse than other bodies of water in Hamburg, the toads did not appear to have a disease, and a laboratory in Berlin has ruled out the possibility that it is a fungus that made its way from South America, she said.

She said that tests will continue. In the meantime, city residents have been warned to stay away from the pond.

Copyright 2005 The Associated Press.


Anonymous Shea said...

Gosh... I'm not feeling so bad about the cow stepping in the milk bucket last night now that I've read about you're less than stellar day(s). Hope all starts going well for you soon!


12:30 PM  
Blogger Leslie Shelor said...

Sounds like a Monday all over again. Sympathies!

2:13 PM  
Blogger vi said...

first off thyroid anything is very very slow growing for the most part
second you may find it is related to the pcos, I also have a mass on my thyroid
we are all pulling for you kid
I am so sorry about the goldfish crossing the river so to speak.....
I adore goldfish so that really makes me feel twice as bad

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They're warning residents to stay away from the pond." Yeah, I see that working real well.
Speaking of exploding, what was the final decision on the needles?

5:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Exploding toads? That is GEEEEE-ROSSSSS!!

Hey, glad you liked my "100 things" list ... I had fun thinking them up ;-)

Hugs, Jen

5:46 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Before you let anybody do anything about the "mass on your thyroid," get the image read by a reeeeallly good radiologist. I've known too many people run ragged seeing specialists about dire diseases when the first radiologist just didn't know what s/he was looking at and it turned out to be nothing meaningful at all. We don't always think about getting second opinions from radiologists, people tend to take the image at face value and go on from there, but the first interpretations can be wrong.

The exploding frogs story reminded me of the huge turtle I saw on the side of the lake this morning -this thing was the size of a footstool, all shiny and slimy from the lake, and he had his neck fully extended, a good 10 inches into the air - it was the most bizarre thing I've seen in some time. I think he was just drying himself off in the sun, but he truly looked like an extra from a Star Wars movie. Wish I'd had the camera.

7:11 PM  
Blogger David said...

Good advice, Catherine, re: the radiology films. Thanks for taking care of my sis. : )

And Ames: bosses suck.

: )

7:52 AM  

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