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13 moves in 10 years [Jan. 8th, 2008|07:24 pm]
[mood |busy]
[music |the sound of packing...]

it's official.

I have accepted a position at UNC Chapel Hill.

hopefully this one will be the last for at least 5 years.

I'm finally tired of moving.

At least we are staying in the country this time!


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Surrounded by estrogen... [Mar. 7th, 2007|09:42 pm]
[Current Location |Zelie]

So my Mrs and I found ourselves pregnant while we were living down under.

Considering our 5 year old took a 3 year battle with infertility docs, we were rather shocked to find ourselves in the family way again without the aid of a battery of professionals.

Then the bottom fell out.

About 6 weeks into prego, my wife's pseudotumor cerebrae started acting up.

(flash back 2 years to a 7 month ordeal when this was initially diagnosed which ultimately resulted in a shunt being surgically inserted into her lumbar region to physically remove the excess spinal fluid. TWICE.)

So shunt has ceased to function, and all regular treatments are moot due to the pregnancy.


(for those of you unfamiliar with this disease, imagine a 3 month migraine and you get close)

So, flash forward to today.

My Mrs. has managed to make it to 32 weeks prego thanks to about 20 spinal taps and a hopper full of drugs. She has been in the hospital for almost a week now. (btw, she HATES hospitals. *see flash back above*)

The docs today finally agreed that this Friday our latest will begin her out-of-womb experience via a cessarian.

Yes, I said her. [hence the title of the post]

So as exciting/frightening as all this sounds, we are collectively looking at major surgery via the abdomen followed most likely by back surgery about 10 days later. Add to this a VERY small baby who will likely be in the N.I.C.U. for 2 weeks.

Are we having fun yet? Booyah!

So if you see my sanity making a beeline for Alpha Centauri, wave.

It is likely just looking for my wife's to keep it company...
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old dog, semi new tricks... [Jan. 1st, 2007|04:02 pm]
Seeing as I havn't posted in what I believe is technically an actual 'coon's age' I obviously have a lot of room for improvement when it comes to my journaling.

So, I think even I can manage to have more than 2 entries in this year!

So, from those of us who find ourselves ocne again residing in the land of the free, Happy New Year!

Now I have to go be brave as we look for a home.

(I wonder if taokodr will count that as a pun?)

Cheers for the new years,

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Is this thing on?!?!? [Jul. 23rd, 2006|12:12 pm]
[Current Location |Headed for the garage...]
[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |Stepenwolf: Born to be wild]

OK, i officially suck at this.

It has been what, a millennium (give or take an eon) since I last posted.

What can I say, I guess I am not the typing kind.

I am the grease-up-to-my-elbows-in-the-garage-tinkering kind.

Speaking of which... (taokodr eat your heart out, I am the master of the segue!)

I managed to wade through the murky depths of the australian bureaucracy and get my motorcycle licensed here in SA.

After 7 months without riding, (and 6 months without the bikes) I am once again on 2 wheels and we are no longer a single vehicle family.


I tell you, when an overly officious inspector is grilling you and your "slightly modified" motorbike that you basically assembled from the wrecks of about 9 motorcycles, you get nervous.

Yippee for me! Now I can actually start riding all of these amazing roads in the hills around Adelaide.

Things that don't suck for a thousand, Alex!

I would promise to write more, but let's face it, that won't happen.

If you need me, I'll be out in the garage...

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VOIP is the coolest [Mar. 12th, 2006|05:22 pm]
As most of you know by now, I am a long way from home.


So I have embraced VOIP calling.

(a little behind the times I know, but I am not a big early adopter...)

Let me just say that it is the coolest thing ever.

I have gone a bit overboard and now have accounts with skype, googletalk and sightspeed.

All free, mind you.

Don't you want to talk to me?

I'm the tall guy in australia who has a wierd american accent. (NOT canadian, thanks)

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Serenity Meme take 2 [Mar. 10th, 2006|11:11 pm]
Your results:
You are Wash (Ship Pilot)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Inara Serra (Companion)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
River (Stowaway)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
You are a pilot with a good
if not silly sense of humor.
You take pride in your collection of toys.
You love your significant other.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character am I?" quiz...

My mrs came up Zoe.

Go figure.
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How long is a football field in Meters? [Feb. 5th, 2006|04:35 pm]
[mood |mellowmellow]

You know you're a long way from home when you look up when the superbowl is on, and it's on live at 10am MONDAY.

Kinda throws a wrench in the works for your superbowl party plans, eh?

So we will be watching the Steelers with a brunch celebration.
(Sheezsh, that sounds boring!)

And to make matters worse, I have a lunch meeting Monday that was scheduled months ago.


But I really can't complain, as it has been beautiful this weekend with temps in the upper 70's to mid 80's.

Not too bad for February.

And to all you folks who are shoveling the weather, cheer up!
At least the big game will be on Sunday night like it is supposed to be!
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Too trite to write? [Jan. 29th, 2006|10:44 am]
Forgive me,

I am a newbie.

So there.
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