hillarygayle: (Galadriel)
1) What's the first place you remember travelling?

This is a toss-up. I'm pretty sure I was around 5 years old in both cases, but in one I remember going to the lake at Heber Springs, AR, and in the other memory we are going to our family cabin in Hardy, AR on the Spring River.

2) What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while travelling?

I am not a good flyer. I truly hate flying; it makes me so nervous that I literally ache when I get off an airplane; I sit with my muscles tense during the entire flight.
I am worst during takeoff. It's horrible & I hate it, and since I heard a geophysicist speak on the environmental dangers of continuing air travel at our current rate, I will not fly again unless it's to a place I literally cannot drive to.

That said, my funniest story happened on a plane. I was wearing scrubs & I was sitting next to a priest (see; it even SOUNDS like a joke: "a nurse & a priest were sitting on an airplane"). This flight was only a short 1-hour hop from Little Rock to Dallas, and I thought I had done well during the very uneventful takeoff. Apparently my emotions show on the outside, though, because after we had stopped that initial extremely fast ascent, the priest leaned over to me.

"May I ask you a personal question?"

I blinked in surprise. "Yes, sir," I answered.

"Have you ever considered Valium?" he asked in a very concerned voice.

Guess I hadn't done as well as I thought!

3) What's the worst thing that ever happened to you while travelling?

I am going to go with Billy the Kidney Stone. For those of you who were not following my LJ at that time, during the 2013 Arkansas Nurses' Association Convention (which I attend every year), Bryan & Ganon had a free weekend & they came with me. Long story short, on the last day of the convention (after which we'd planned to go stay in Eureka Springs for a night so I could take fall foliage pictures), Bryan didn't feel well at all...and then suddenly was in the most inexplicable excruciating pain of his life. Being a mainly critical care nurse, I had literally no idea what was going on...because kidney stones rarely make it past the emergency department & I had never seen the symptoms on a real person. We went to an Urgent Care, where they fixed him up with some ketorolac by injection & gave him a scrip for hydrocodone (which makes him intensely amusing). We had to cut the trip short, but I did drive home by Highway 77, so I got my foliage pictures anyway.
4) What's the furthest place from home you've ever travelled?

I believe my honeymoon in Orlando, Florida holds this honor. We honeymooned in Disney World. :)

5) Where is the next place you hope to travel?

I am really wishing for a trip to northwest Arkansas. That's more or less my baseline status, though. On a grander scale, I'd like to visit Japan, New Zealand, and Australia.
hillarygayle: (Dr. Tran what's wrong with you?)
Ganon: *runs into the kitchen & exclaims urgently* I DON'T KNOW!
Me: *also urgent* You don't KNOW?!
Ganon: NO! I DON'T!
Me: WHAT ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?!
Ganon: *stops, gapes at me* I...don't know.
Ganon: *blinks, walks out of kitchen*
hillarygayle: (Agent Nekkid)
Buffy vs. Edward

This is the best thing ever.
hillarygayle: (Cupcake Hussy!)
There's a Sesame Street podcast on iTunes! How awesome is that! I've been wanting to start Ganon on Sesame Street for quite some time now. He loves Thomas, and he learned to pay attention through that. He's been saying things that they repeat a lot on the shows (he says "Making tracks to great destinations!" and it's SO CUTE), and Thomas is great for teaching empathy. [personal profile] starry_midnight linked me to a CNN article about Thomas being used to help autistic kids learn to read the facial expressions of others. Ganon's neurotypical, but it's certainly worked well for him. He calls out "sad" & "cross" & "happy" as he sees them now, both on Thomas & elsewhere.

In this week's Newsweek article is a write-up on Sesame Street's 40th anniversary. They started Sesame Street in 1969; it was banned in Mississippi for showing black people and white ones living on the same street. Different era from mine, let me tell you. But I grew up with Mr. Hooper and Susan and Big Bird and Ernie and Bert. The Children's Television Workshop does tons of research, and there's lots to indicate that test scores are consistently higher through high school for children who watched a lot of Sesame Street before kindergarten. My mother considers me living proof, and maybe she's right. I know for a fact that my love of learning can be DIRECTLY attributed to Sesame Street; I remember seeing things on the show that I wanted to know more about. And the urban setting! Holy cow, that opened up a whole new world for this rural farm girl. To this day, Sesame Street is my ideal home--there in those row houses, sitting on the steps with my neighbors, buying stuff for supper at the corner grocery, having flowers in windowboxes and knowing everyone's name.


I am home from clinical. I am quite sick, and I"m going to bed. But first

STOP. Hammertime.

The gentleman in the suit top & sweatband cracks me STRAIGHT UP.
hillarygayle: (Ganon Loud)
Possibly my greatest moment of parenting thus far: sitting down with Ganon in the living room floor and having a serious conversation about how motorcycles are for boys (like Ganon) & girls (like Mama), but not for doggies (like Pete).


Went to Little Rock today. First we went to Newport so Bryan could get a few things done at school, but then we headed to LR and ate lunch at the Rivermarket. It's one of Bryan's favorite places; he loves the atmosphere and of course you KNOW I do. <3 The place is just awesome. After that, we went to the Museum of Discovery, down on Clinton Ave right next door to the Rivermarket itself. That was pretty cool, even if Ganon's a bit old for most of it. His favorite part was the room with--count 'em--FIVE train tables. I'm pretty sure that's Ganon heaven, right there. Whole Foods afterward, to get honey & some other stuff. We got Ganon some organic mini-waffles; Bryan's going to be responsible for breakfast, lunch & dinner on the days I have clinicals, and whatever makes that easier is good. Ganon can pick up a mini-waffle & eat it without much fuss. Even easier than cereal.

Tonight we're home, and I'm so tired. Exhaustion hits me heaviest behind the eyes, oddly. My eyes feel heavy, like the eyeballs themselves are made of stone--hard and dense.

Well, Mr. Overlord himself just came and laid across my lap. "HEEEEEEEEEEEEEY, Mamaaaaaaaaaa". I think someone needs some attention, so off I go.

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