Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Christmas from the Gridleys

We wish you and your family a merry Christmas. Some highlights this year in our family:
  • Gordon
    • Making good progress on his English Channel swim training for 2012. Up to 12.5 miles. (over 6 hours of swimming)

    • Still enjoying working with the Scouts.

    • Established an egg production enterprise for our home. 5 egg laying hens in their own coop in the back yard.

  • Cathi
    • Ran the Boston Marathon last spring. What a fun trip that was!

    • Completed her 13th marathon this year (26 total), with two of those being Boston Qualifying time marathons.

    • Now is serving in her favorite calling so far - Primary Music Chorister.

  • Austin
    • Is still improving in Table Tennis and won the gold medal in the Class A division at the 2009 Utah Summer Games. Also gold in the 17 & under division.

    • Busy with Deacons and scouts and earned his Life Rank. Now for the Eagle project!

  • Jacob
    • Ran in two half-marathons this year and plans to run a marathon next year.

    • Is doing very well in scouts and is very close to completing his First Class.

    • Learning how to play the Base.

  • Lucy
    • Preparing to participate in this summer’s Wizard of Oz/Wicked musical. She's a natural performer.

    • Enjoys her Activity Day events.

    • Started taking piano lessons and did fantastic in her Christmas recital.

  • Jonas
    • Quite a good reader in the 2nd grade.

    • Such a loving and kind big brother to his 3 younger brothers.

  • Isaac
    • Very energetic and loves being in kindergarten.

    • Tall for his age, Jonas and Isaac were on the same soccer team this fall and everyone thought they were twins.

    • A whiz on the computer, and a two-time farkle tournament champion.

  • Sam
    • Just watch, this boy is going to be a football star. He's a tank. He’s only five pounds away from both Isaac and Jonas.

    • Very smart boy, he loves "school". He meets twice a week for playgroup where they learn stuff and have fun.

  • Oliver
    • Loves playing with his hair, mom's hair. He loves hair.

    • Learning to talk so well, it’s funny all the new phrases he’s picked up. (And some other ones that aren’t so funny)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bah! Humbug!

With all the Christmas music on the radio which I usually enjoy, there are a handful that make me want to throw up in my mouth. There are three presets on my car radio with Christmas music-playing stations. This morning I heard #2 from the list below, changed the station to one of the other ones and they were playing it too! So I changed the station to the last remaining station and they were in commercial, when the commercial finished, guess what they started to play? You got it, #2! I wanted to go #2! What is it with you people who like these songs! Cause if nobody liked them, they wouldn't get played!

I'm about ready to throw in the towel listening to the radio, and just play my mp3 the rest of the month!

Gords' Most hated Christmas songs in order of suckitude:
(Links provided in case you need to build up some rage for a new bench press max, or something)
  1. Santa Baby
    What's up with this girl who sings in baby talk trying to be sexy. It's simply annoying! If I was Santa and some airhead chic sang that song to me I'd give a good beating for Christmas.

  2. Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas time
    Musically and lyrically, this is one of the most retarded songs ever.

  3. My Grownup Christmas Wish
    One can only handle so much cheese! What! You trying to make me cry with all the sentimism? Give me a break! Oh, by the way, props for world peace.

Monday, December 7, 2009

This is why I go to the Theater!

Since my last encounter with the theater which didn't go so well, I decided to take Cathi to The Blind Side which came out this week. I liked it. It wasn't far fetched, funny and inspiring. Cathi and I both enjoyed it thoroughly and hope that Sandra Bullock wins an Oscar for her performance in this film. Definitely a must see!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Septoplasty - it's done!

So this morning I got up and went with Cathi to the surgical center in Bountiful to get my polyps removed and my septum corrected. Was there waiting for about 2 hours before finally getting in there. Cathi and I talked and flirted in the prep room for a good 45 minutes. It was fun. They put the IV in and it was my first time with an IV. Not a big deal at all.

When the anesthesiologist got there and explained everything he injected the anesthetic into my IV and I was gone in less than 10 seconds. I don't remember a single thing. Next thing I remember someone asked me for a pain scale. "7" I said and they gave me something and it went down to about a 5.

It took me a good 3 hours after initially waking up to get to where I wasn't dizzy. Right now I'm feeling fine except I can't breathe through my nose, but that isn't something I'm used to anyway. Just trying to control the bleeding. I should be able to breathe through my nose in a couple days.

The kids have been so loving and Cathi has been such a great nurse! I'm sure blessed to have such a great support system.