Jun 30, 2010

Skyler's TV Crushes, Part 6

The local Fox affiliate has a very good looking Meteorologist that Skyler likes, Crystal Egger. She joined FOX 31 News from Idaho where she was lead weather anchor for ABC affiliate KIFI-TV.

She was awfully young when she worked there, then she just got better as she got older.

Those were the official pictures from the news websites, then Skyler and I found some others while we stalked, er, searched for her online.

Here is a promo for a show they did on Fox:

Here is more Crystal than you ever wanted to see:

It's The Dad Life

It's how we roll, yo!

Dad Life from Church on the Move on Vimeo.

Jun 29, 2010

Bat Tat Tuesday

After an absence last week (I have a note from my doctor) we are back and better than ever! There really isn't a theme to this week, other than some guest tats and most of you didn't want to be identified.

Is that identified, or associated with this little corner of the world?

Whatever, it is all good by me!

First out of the chute is from Lilly of Darkness, who sent this one in:

How about that? A fan of the Poo and the ATL!

Is this in honor of the dude you shouldn't pick up on the highway?

I have said it before, and will continue to say it. If it's a tribute to your kid, make sure it looks human!

How lovely. The roll of toilet paper wasn't enough, we had to name it.

Mac and Cheese!! Yummy!

It may be rewarded, but points will be taken off for spelling errors.

We are getting into the not safe for work section now, so watch out at work!

That is some good art work, but wasted on a Pez dispenser.

It's not the Ninja's hands you need to worry about...

Does he work at an adult shop?

Just beyond weird, you would go cross-eyed staring.

Remember what I said about not safe for work?


That must have hurt like a bitch!

Jun 28, 2010

Monday Morning Madness Presents:

A Public Service Announcement to offend just about everyone. Go ahead. Clicky, you know you want to!

Children! - watch more funny videos

Jun 26, 2010

Home Depot

From my buddy Jack, this is great!

Charlie was installing a new door and found that one of the hinges was missing.

He asked his wife Mary if she would go to Home Depot and pick up a hinge.

Mary agreed to go. While she was waiting for the manager to finish serving a customer, her eye caught a beautiful bathroom faucet.

When the manager was finished, Mary asked him, "How much is that faucet?"

The manager replied, "That's a gold plated faucet and the price is $500.00.

Mary exclaimed, "My goodness, that is a very expensive faucet. It's certainly out of my price bracket."

She then proceeded to describe the hinge that Charlie had sent her to buy.

The manager said that he had them in stock and went into the storeroom to get one.

From the storeroom the manager yelled. "Ma'am, do you wanna screw for the hinge?"

Mary paused for a moment and then shouted back, "No, but I will for the faucet."

This is why you can't send a woman to Home Depot!

Jun 24, 2010

Thanks, and Vacation Report

First of all, I want to thank you all very much for your kind words on my last post about Skyler and the NICU. I appreciate all of the compliments, but I am not doing anything special. I am only doing what all of you would do in similar circumstances.

Next up, Kathy, Skyler and I took a couple of days off and drove over to the western side of Colorado to a small town called Glenwood Springs. We try and go there about once a year for a day or two just to hang out in the big hot springs.

Glenwood is a fun little town, and this time we tried renting a small cabin instead of the usual hotel stay. It was a pretty nice little place, with two bedrooms and a kitchen. It backs up to a mini-golf place, which was kind of fun to sit and watch the tourists knock a few around while we relaxed.

Across the highway (I-70) is the mountain that burned a few years back and took the lives of several fire fighters. You can see all the dead trees still standing, and the green shrubbery that is coming back in to take the place of the trees.

It is a long three hour drive over there, traveling west on I-70 all the way. You go through some spectacular scenery though, so it is worth it.

The Eisenhower tunnel which takes you through the continental divide through the Rockies. This is a crappy photo, but you don't stop inside to play tourist.

Copper Mountain ski area.

Vail ski area.

And finally, on the way home, we stopped by the side of the road to take a family photo of Lake Dillon. If Skyler looks a bit off, he got sick the night before and we just left early in the morning and headed home. Poor kid threw up in his bed, and a not-so-fun night was had by all.

I wanted to set up my video camera and record driving through Glenwood Canyon. Then I forgot and packed it away, and since we were hustling home to take care of Sky-man, I didn't stop to pull it out. Glenwood Canyon is 12 miles long, and cost more to build I-70 through there than the rest of the I-70 all the way across Colorado did. It is stacked in most places, goes through tunnels, and is just remarkable!

I snagged a few photos off the old internettubes;

OK, for the big finale, who is up for 2 1/2 minutes of the most inane, stupid, mind numbing video ever!?

Jun 19, 2010

The story of how Chris became Sky-Dad

I remember the very first Fathers Day for me pretty much like it happened yesterday. Or was it just one of some 90+ days sitting in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at Rose hospital where Skyler was born? They all tend to run together, and yet the memories are fresh, if that makes any sense.

Kathy's pregnancy was uneventful, she was, as she is today, in excellent shape. There was nothing to worry about, and she had even had a checkup the day her water broke - 3 months early. She actually didn't realize what was happening, because it wasn't a gush, more of a trickle that just wouldn't stop. I was up in Idaho Springs visiting my parents when she called me. Everyone told her the same thing, call the ambulance. Finally, she agreed and I sped down the mountain to meet her at the hospital.

I was met out in the hall by a doctor Day, who grabbed my arm before I went into Kathy's room, and said "Your wife isn't in any condition to make choices right now, do we try and save this baby or not"? OK, nothing like pressure there, I just kind of nodded and whispered yes.

One simple sentence, or word starts your life down an entirely different path, where you used to think you have it figured out, to the course where you just hold on and hope it all turns out.

They stabilized Kathy, stopped the contractions and kept her on bed rest. She was at 24 weeks and change into her pregnancy. At the time that meant about 30% chance of a live birth. They wanted some more time, as much as they could get before he delivered. The problem with stopping contractions and having little to no amniotic fluid is that at some point you will develop an infection, or cause damage to the baby. It is going to happen, it is just a matter of time.

A 26 weeks and 4 days, Kathy started showing the signs that there was an infection. And that wasn't the time that they wanted, but it was all we got. So she was prepped for a emergency C-Section because a live birth at that small of a size would likely result in death.

You have all seen or experienced what goes on with a birth, lots of coaching, breathing, the general feeling of happy expectation that fills the room? None of that was present in this case. Four doctors surrounded Kathy while she was strapped down in the exact position of Christ on the cross. She was given an epidural that didn't take right, and was rotated back on forth trying to get things to go numb. Meanwhile, in the back of the room was a tiny ICU on wheels known as an isolete, with another team of doctors ready to take Skyler when he came out.

At some point, the four doctors all held out a hand over Kathy, and I thought this is weird. I learned later that they were seeing who had the smallest hand, and that would be the one to reach in and find Skyler to try and extract him the safest way. Skyler was lifted out, looking like a tiny lump of an old man. He had absolutely no fat, just skin and appeared like a chicken in some ways. The isolete team take him immediately and begins chest compressions, a breathing tube is inserted, and another tube is inserted into an artery at the end of the umbilical cord. This is used to administer blood, nutrients, and medicine. It is the only vein available on such a small body.

Skyler is rushed up to the NICU his home for the next 3 months or so. I go with Kathy back to her room to be with her, because the nurse tells me you really don't want to see what has to happen in the first few hours. I am grateful for something to do, even if it is just to sit and hold her hand. The next day we both go to see Skyler as I push Kathy into the NICU in her wheelchair. We look into the isolette and try and make sense of the mass of tubes and wires that seem to obscure him.

Alarms go off at a constant rate as nurses go from bed to bed to take care of the number of different problems that occur in the room. We watch as Skyler's alarm goes off, and a nurse runs over and opens his isolette and raps him on the chest. Even though he is on a respirator, you have to remind him to breath every now and then she says.

He is one pound and fifteen ounces.

The days turn in to weeks, which turn into months. You become accustomed to what alarms are important, and which ones you can just handle yourself. After a couple of weeks, you finally get to hold your son. You get to try and feed him what seems like a ridicules amount of formula, about 2 cc's. But that amount goes up, and progress is made.

Along the way there are setbacks. An infection, a collapsed lung, a surgery to remove an undescended testicle that could cause another infection, and other things that I can't recall right at the moment.

Friends and family stop by to visit, uncertain what to say or do. There is an awkward pause as they try to figure out whether to offer congratulations or condolences.

You make friends with the other parents who are in the same boat as you, and still remain friends to this day. It is somewhat like the friendship you make with a fellow soldier or sailor, somebody you have been to battle with. Nobody else understands, they haven't been there. You rejoice with them when they finally get to leave, and cry with them when they get the dreaded "ethics talk" about how it might be time to stop fighting and let go.

At some point, you even get laid off from your job, and have to try and figure out where you will get the money to pay Cobra. Because the cost of Skyler's care runs about 5000 dollars a day.

There was the day when they told us that his brain ultrasound showed some damage, but not too bad, so we won't know how much he will be affected until he grows up some more.

All those bad days, and even some really good days, but there comes that one day when you go into the NICU and the staff is smiling a bit more at you. Then they tell you it is your day, you have graduated and are ready to leave. Skyler is strong enough for the real world, and it is time for you to take that step away from all of the support and love you have learned to lean on.

And the fun is just beginning.

Thank you Skyler for 19 years of Fathers Days.

Jun 17, 2010

Screen Captures

Some folks seem to have even more time on their hands than me for coming up with odd entertainment.

Witness the following screen captures and let me know if you think real or fake:

I don't know why we can't get good action films here in the US...

Jun 15, 2010

Bad Tat Tuesday Rides Again

You can't stop it, you can only hope to contain it!

At least he gets called "Mr."

Matching snakes, how fashion conscious!

Go big or go home I guess.

The character work is good, but the huge Finish Him is kind of over the top.

I kind of like this one actually.

The noose coming out of the skin adds to the ick factor.

This lettering looks so perfect it almost looks fake.

Have I already done this one? I lose track sometimes. But the machine gun Hello Kitty is awesome.

Oh yeah, that will get you a free pass to heaven dude.

It would have been better as an 8-Track!

Last but not least, our friend Cormac comes through with another winner:

That will give your little girl some great dreams someday buddy.