Archive | June, 2010

And he’s ok

14 Jun

So I realized that my last post was quite ominous. Turn’s out Gav’s ok. He went from the ICU to home in 24 hours. They think he was bleeding from the site where they took a biopsy from his colon, but it’s stopped and everything’s all good.

In other news, I had a graduation party on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who could make it. It was fun to get together — even though we had to nix the lawn games on account of the rain. I think I’ve been asked about a thousand times how it feels to be done with school. To answer, it doesn’t really feel much different. I’ve taken every summer off before this, so it feels natural not to be in school. When I get back from Thailand I’ll be applying to grad school (which is nearly as bad as going to school). I’m not sure when it’s really going to sink in. Maybe it never will because I have another few years of college on the horizon.
Graduation itself was pretty lackluster. Long and boring actually. Scratch that. Very long and very boring. But my family all came to support me, which is why I love them so much. I appreciated it an extra lot because there had been so much family drama that week. Gav was in the hospital and my grandmother died. Then I had graduation and Angela’s wedding that weekend. Lots to do in a very short amount of time.
Ange’s wedding was amazing. The rain stopped just in time for the reception. I was amazed at how many people showed up in 40s clothes. It really set the stage for an awesome night. Now that they’re married things don’t really feel any different (which is a good thing). I’m glad to have married friends that aren’t going to disappear after the wedding.
Aside from all that, all I’ve been doing is working, trying to study for the GRE and having all kinds of fun before I leave. The fam’s going camping this weekend, so I can check that off my list of things to do. Other list items include: going to Lagoon, having a bbq, acing the GRE, eating an Apollo burger and fries, cleaning my room, getting a blueberry and coconut snowcone from Bob’s Brainfreeze, hot tubbing, watching fireworks, finishing dad’s company website and going out for sushi.

I posted too soon

9 Jun

Gavin is back in the hospital. My parents took him in last night because he was bleeding internally. His blood pressure was 46/40 when he got there. He’s in the ICU right now. They are going to do another colonoscopy to try to figure out what’s bleeding. Not much to report yet, but we’re hoping everything is ok.

Update on Gavin

7 Jun

Hey everyone, since I’ve gotten so many questions about how Gavin’s doing, I figured I’d better post an update.
He’s doing MUCH better. He didn’t have that colon disease that they were so worried about. They think he probably just had some sort of infection that enlarged his colon. The tests did show that he has something called Barrett’s esophagus: bleeding ulcers in your esophagus. It’s easily treated with medication, but it’s a good thing they caught it because untreated it can be really malignant.
Anyway, they are treating him with a bunch of medications to try to calm down his irritated colon and to treat the Barrett’s. In the meantime, he’s feeling about a zillion times better. When I heard him cheering at the Wii I knew he was getting back to his old self.
Thanks for all your thoughts. I’ll keep you posted if anything changes.

Sugar Free Apple Pie

4 Jun

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of baking. I frequently make treats for the office. However, my boss is diabetic and can never partake of the sugary goodness. I resolved to make him a delicious sugar free treat before I leave for Thailand. Last night I achieved sugar-free perfection. I made Swedish Apple Pie, with a few substitutions of course. I also usually use one and a half times the amount of filling per pie to ensure that it’s full of apple-y deliciousness. Here’s the recipe:

Swedish Apple Pie

Topping:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup butter
Mix dry ingredients. Cut in cold butter using a pastry blender until well mixed and the butter pieces are about pea-sized.

Filling:
2 cups cooked, sliced apples
2 tbsp flour
3/4 cup sugar
Pinch salt
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup sour cream
Smash apples slightly. Add flour, sugar and salt. Beat egg and vanilla, add to apple mixture. Beat sour cream until stiff (it doesn’t get super stiff). Fold into apple mixture. Pour into 9″ pie crust. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake 15 minutes longer.

**To make sugar free, substitute 1/2 cup agave syrup for the sugar in the filling and 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar for the sugar in the topping.

I need your blog addresses!

3 Jun

I redid my blog and lost all of my links to the blogs I follow. If I’ve ever left a comment on your blog (and even if I haven’t, I sometimes stalk invisibly) I’d appreciate it if you’d leave your url as a comment. Thanks!

I’m still going

1 Jun

I’ve been asked many times lately if I’m still going. Due to the political climate, the riots and the possibility that I might not be able to get insurance, I briefly considered changing to another destination. I decided on Vietnam as my alternate. I emailed the program director in Thailand to get his take on the situation and he reassured me that I would be safe as long as I was smart and careful. That, along with my youthful delusion of invincibility, has given me the courage to brave the protesters. Also, my lazy nature made me reluctant to make all the arrangements required to switch locations.
Anyway, the trip is still most definitely on. I leave 4 weeks from tomorrow. Stay tune for more updates as I get closer to leaving.