Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tomorrow will be a busy day, not only it is my birthday, but our new windows are being fitted from 8 in the morning and we are eating at J's nursery whilst seeing all the pictures and work from his field trip.
Today's most exciting event was my hair cut this evening. After some discussion with my hairdresser we decided to go with a new, more edgy look. At the end of it we both agreed that there was a good chance that nobody would notice and it is really only edgy if you're very nearly 35 years old!
Monday, September 28, 2009
On Saturday we went to a Munch exhibit north of Copenhagen at Ordrupgaard. Lunch was OK, the exhibit was dull, but they have recently opened the house of Finn Juhl to the public much as it was when he lived there. Finn Juhl was a Danish designer and Architect who designed furniture and also the UN building in New York amongst other things. The house was really nice and quite contemporary even now. In 1942 when it was built it must have been amazing. One of the things that amused me was that the kitchen was almost identical to the one in our house when we moved in, but not in such good condition. It is a shame that is was just not suitable for today's living.
On Saturday evening I had an early birthday party at T&Bs house before they left for Russia. Thanks to everyone for the generous gifts and have a good trip.
Sunday was a day for taking it easy. J was a little under the weather so we made the usual pancakes and stayed inside for the most part. I took him for a short bike ride in the afternoon before going out for my own ride. I must admit that I felt a little silly riding in the full Lycra with J even though he goes quite fast these days.
We finished the afternoon watching Cadel Evans with the road race at the world championships. A well deserved win for a guy who rarely seems to have luck on his side and who as has his fair share of stick in the media. Well done.
There is no doubt that the summer is in it's death throws, we are now considering putting the heating on and the leaves are quickly moving through the yellows and reds to a somewhat depressing brown. I don't suppose it will be long before they've all gone. On the bright side, however, I'll be able to put my new cool weather cycling gear through it's paces...
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It's not the best photograph ever taken - sorry there is so much window and door, but they look like they are both having a good time.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Anyway, all is well. We had a busy weekend doing all kinds of stuff. I painted the basement windows and door, cleaned the windows and did a bunch of other domestic things including making a lot of banana buttermilk pancakes. These are a big hit with DK who still can't eat bread or anything hard so I had to make them on both Saturday and Sunday morning.
I had been harbouring secret plans to do a 100 mile bike ride on Sunday in the forecast good weather. Unfortunately there were all sorts of obstacles to escaping the house for 5 hours or so meaning that I just went for a ride in the afternoon with DK sleeping peacefully in the trailer behind me whilst I pedalled.
I made up for Sunday's missed ride this evening with a good hard ride out with the bike club. We did 85km or so in a pretty hard wind but I felt good and hung in with the fast guys all the way. I think that may well be the last evening training session of the year as the race season ends this weekend and it is now dark by 7:30. It's time to head indoors for evening training and to spend the weekends training instead of racing. Now I am looking forward to racing with the club in the 2010 season if I can keep training over the winter.
Friday, September 18, 2009
The situation is not helped by the 65km ride I did with the bike club last night. I was somewhat relieved that most of us who had been on the 85km hammer-fest on Tuesday evening opted for the shorter ride last night and took it relatively easy from the point that the long and short ride groups split up. One of the mistakes I made was going for an hours easy ride on Wednesday lunchtime to loosen up my legs, in the end I rode too hard and it only made matters worse yesterday. I struggled to keep up on any of the hills. Thank goodness I was not alone.
J is back from his trip tonight and chaos will surely return to the house with him. It has been quiet without him but I think it has been good for DK to get some extra attention. He is heavily into walking around the house holding both of our hands at the moment so I am feeling confident that I will win my bet with MK that he will be walking before the end of October.
Tomorrow morning I am looking forward to getting back into our Saturday morning ritual of making pancakes for breakfast and at some point I would like to fit in a last 100 mile ride of the year. Sunday looks like the best bet with the weather, but I think I'll have to get out the door early to avoid trouble and be able to get the garden work done that MK is planning.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
There is a way to go before he can walk unaided, but he is a very determined climber and we are expecting him to work out the furniture combination that he needs to get onto the living room windowsill very soon.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The racing season finishes at the end of September so there are only a couple of weeks left before everyone heads indoors for spinning sessions during the week and the outside rides are reserved for the weekends.
J is off on this nursery trip so it is just DK who is keeping us busy. He is eating a lot at the moment and insisted that we got up at 4 this morning to give him a midnight snack before he went back to sleep for an hour or so. He is getting rather talented at pointing to what he wants, he makes you pick him up then he points you to the kitchen and the the food and complains bitterly until he gets what he wants. We can't understand that he is eating so much, but are happy to keep feeding him hoping that he will put on some weight and keep growing. Now his swollen tummy has gone down, he looks like a skinny little oik!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
DK seems to be making a good recovery and is eating a lot at the moment. He is also filling nappies on an almost hourly basis so there are currently no problems at the other end although that may change...
We have been told that it is actually rather difficult to take a biopsy of the large intestine correctly, but we hope that the doctors won't f#*k it up next time they do it because we have more or less run out of faith in our health care service that we pay so much for.
The best description of Hirschsprung disease that I have found is here and if DK has it then surgery is apparently inevitable, I don't know if that is a good thing because it would mean that the problem should be solved, but we were at some point hoping that he would be able to eat more substantial food after his palate heals and the problem may go away on its own.
I suppose we'll have to wait until October to find out now.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Apparently the Xrays seem to show that there is a good chance he has Hirshprungs Disease so it is important to take the biopsy to get a final result.
We are not impressed :-(
J came home from T&B as well and was happy to see us all and deliver his cakes that he had made with T.
Yesterday morning I took my new winter bike on it's maiden voyage and was very impressed with it. It may seem somewhat over the top for a winter bike but I don't care and I took all of the parts from my old Cannondale so it is only the frame that is new.
On Friday night between 10 and midnight I finished my bike rack for the basement and am quite pleased with the results. It isn't pretty and I suspect that many of the angles are not exactly 90 degrees, but I made it myself from scratch and it only cost me about £20. It is a bit of a squash to fit them all in and my mountain bike is missing from the rack because it is missing a back wheel, but I think I can squeeze it in at some point. Do we have too many bikes? No not at all - the rack holds 6 and we have 6 to put in it.
Finally, last week before DK went into hospital for his operation, we had a test run with the trolley and were happy to see that he can walk with it on his own. It will be a while before he walks totally unaided but it was nice to see this much progress.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I went home and ironed the living room curtains and I am about to go in search of a apaintbrush to finish off the dining room windows.
They should be coming home tomorrow and we hope to get the results of the biopsy on Monday or Tuesday.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Just to add to the fun, J didn't quite get his bedtime nappy on straight and consequently wet his bed as well so there are lots of bed clothes hanging up to dry in the basement at the moment.
DK is back for more today so I guess there'll be plenty more laundry to be done tonight as well. His cold seems to be turning into a cough so we think there is a good chance that the cleft palate operation will be cancelled for this week which is a pain because it means that MK is likely to have to change her start date at work, we have to go through the stress and worry again at a later date and we still won't get an answer about his tummy because the biopsy was to be taken during the cleft palate operation.
The final exciting health update of the day is that J looks like he has a cold sore on his top lip. I have no idea where he got that from, but I certainly wasn't going to kiss him goodbye this morning.
Monday, September 07, 2009
After that we went back to the Children's ward so that DK could be washed out with a litre of saline solution ready for some endoscope action on Wednesday. He is going back for another colonic tomorrow but I guess he is getting used to it now so it doesn't seem to bother him all that much although he does cry a bit.
So far so good. Finally Happy Birthday to Lars, we hope to be in a fit state to see him at the weekend...
Thursday, September 03, 2009
- Paint the inner window frame parts for the dining room and put them back in place
- Prepare and paint the kitchen cupboard doors
- Build my new bike
Here in lies the problem, there is only one of the above jobs that I want to do and it is the one I should do last. No prizes for guessing that building the bike is more fun than painting anything but I must resist the temptation, if only because there is a significant risk of losing something important in the mess whilst trying to put it all together.
Anyway, whilst MK and DK are away next week and I am home with J, I plan on spending my evenings getting on with the basement projects and getting everything set up for a winter of riding the trainer down there and trying to keep everything tidy for once.