Saturday, November 29, 2008

Big Blog Catch Up

We have been busy having all kinds of fun. Now that we stopped for a minute, here is what we did over the last few days.

Turkey for me, turkey for you! I'm eating turkey like a good boy should. It's turkey... so good!

The annual preparation of the bird is kind of a ritual around the Weaver household. I have a notebook that I keep from year to year with past recipes. Here is this years bird.

We soaked it in brine for 36 hours.

Next it was smoker time. This is by far the finest way to prepare the bird.

8 Hours later

Mmmm, that's good bird.

On Thanksgiving we got a hand me down scooter from my brother. My niece has her learners permit and is no longer interested in riding scooters. After about 2 hours of cleaning, repair and a couple new tubes; it was roadworthy.

After all that fun, our friends the Thurman8ers came over for homemade sushi. It was tasty goodness.

Thurman8er enjoyed his sushi a lot.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Chuck Norris Friday

Chuck Norris has the greatest Poker-Face of all time. He won the 1983 World Series of Poker, despite holding only a Joker, a Get out of Jail Free Monopoloy card, a 2 of clubs, 7 of spades and a green #4 card from the game UNO.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Very Super Cool

Here is something I saw over at Greg Swan's blog. If you don't have Microsoft's Silverlight installed yet, your gonna need to do that first.

Here is what you need to do.

4. Use your mouse wheel to zoom in. I mean, really go in. Head over the Glacier point and zoom all the way in to half dome. Go to lower Cathedral Summit. Zoom in on El Capitan and find the climbers.

This is the kind of groundbreaking technology that could change everything.

Chuck Norris Friday

Nuff Said...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oh Dude, that's totally gnarly

So today I got my cast off. (Woo - Hoo) When the nurse cut it off, I thought of those famous words from Jeff Spicoli when he went on a field trip to the morgue. "Oh Dude, that's totally gnarly."

This is the hole on the top. Not very impressive. This is where the doctor took the biopsy and then later covered that hole with his thumb as concrete came squirting through.

This is the other side. Yeah, that is the gnarly side. This is where they opened the hole and put in all the cool titanium. I told the doctor that my friend Jim Healy has a titanium bike. He told me that this little piece most certainly cost more than Jim Healy's bike.

I was totally surprised to hear it but I am released to get back in the pool next week to swim. (No polo yet)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Water Polo Season

This years season ended last week without me. While I was in the hospital waking up, our team took their season ending loss in the CIF semi-final game to Monache. It was strange to not be part of that this year.

One of the things that I do every year at the conclusion of the season is to make a video recounting the season. We show this on the night of the awards ceremony and then every senior is given a copy as a parting gift. It has kind of become an institution and every year I feel pressure to improve over the past year.

For the past 6 years I have started the movie with the old THX introduction and rotoscoped out "Lucasfilms" and put in "Sunnyside Films." This year I made a new introduction. (Yeah, I had to learn to use the mouse with my left hand)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Been blog absent a while

So if you have been following our blog, you may have noticed that things have been dark lately. Well, about 3 weeks ago I went to the doctor with a sore wrist. I figured that it must be tendinitis because of all the video work I had been editing. It turns out that I had a bone tumor growing in my wrist.

The dark center part of my radius is where the tumor was. The word tumor is really scary.

In a matter of 2 weeks I had just about every possible scan and pre-op procedure done to me. At one point, I even had a local doctor tell me that I needed to be mentally prepared to have my hand amputated. My local doctor referred me to a specialist at UC Davis and that is where I went for the procedure. The plan was for the doctor at Davis to remove the top 4 inches of the bone and replace it with bone from my leg or hip. The doctor at Davis said that the way this tumor presented itself, he was very confident that it was a giant cell bone tumor which is a benign tumor. He also felt very confident that he could get it all and save my bone.

Once he got the tumor open, he took a piece and under the microscope he confirmed it to be benign. With that behind us, it was just a matter of scraping out all the tumor (he said it is like butterscotch pudding) and then scraping and lasering the bone to be sure he went deep enough to get it all.

After the scraping, there was not much bone left so he used some special cement and titanium hardware to put me back together. For the future... I will be getting to know the UC Davis campus pretty well. I need to follow up with the doctor at Davis every 4 months for 2 years and then every 6 months for another year.

Many of you were praying for me and my family through this ordeal. I thank you for this. If you know my wife, you know that she is a worrier. She truly had peace through this time and I am sure this is due to your prayers and God answering prayer.

Please continue to pray that this chapter is over. There is a chance that this could return but I hope that is not something that is to come.

This picture is from yesterday. Lisa and I are home now recovering with my family.