Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ahhh how long ago July seems

Now that we have gotten into the swing of things and are both working super hard, it seems like forever ago that we were enjoying our wedding and honeymoon. In remembrance of the relaxation and immense joy we shared in July, I have decided to post two pictures from a happy moment we shared with a dolphin named Zara.
When I look at the photos, it brings me back to a time where our biggest stress was where we wanted to go for lunch or which bathing suit we should put on that day!!! Ahhh, how quickly three weeks of vacation can disappear.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Happy Birthday Katie

This is the first time I've ever been able to say happy birthday to a sister!! So, on behalf of Mrs. Howard and I, happy 21st birthday Katelyn! We love you and can't wait to spend the weekend with you in San Francisco!!

Mr. Howard

Sunday, August 19, 2007

And the Craziness Begins...

Tomorrow, once again, begins our nine months of craziness. Somehow this year I thought things would settle down and be a little more normal (last year I was getting my masters, completing my first official year of teaching, working on year one of BTSA, planning a wedding, all the while still trying to maintain a sense of normalcy with my friends and family and Mr. Howard was going to school at Sac City and Cal State Sacramento full time, working full time, and helping to plan a wedding). We essentially passed each other in the kitchen occasionally to say hello and check-in with each other, but really had trouble spending quality time together.

With the wedding out of the way this summer, my masters completed in March, Year 1 of BTSA and my first year of teaching completed in June, I thought it would free us up to spend a little more time together. But, it certainly isn't looking like it. Mr. Howard works five days a week and this upcoming semester, it's looking like his two days off a week will be spent attending class full time. He will not be getting any days off during the weekend (which is, of course, when I have time).

Just like always, we will make do and make this year the best it can be. But if someone can tell me when the craziness will end and how we're supposed to get through the next few years going at the rate we've been going...we're both all ears!!!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

San Francisco

On Tuesday we headed on down to San Francisco to see a plastic surgeon/wound specialist for Mr. Howard's foot and we got fabulous news! The doctor told us that because Mr. Howard doesn't smoke and because he's young, the wound will completely heal on his own. He has specific restrictions at work and a much more distinct "wound care program" that he has to do to his foot three times a day but all that, we can handle. :-) He also told him that there was no sign of an infection (so, if he had had one, the antibiotics had kicked the sucker out) and told him to come back in three weeks. Initially, they were talking about having surgery to sew up the hole in his foot and because the hole was so big, they were saying that he was going to need to graft (spelling?) the skin. Mr. Howard was certainly not thrilled about this (there goes his fear of needles again...) and was already trying to find ways to get out of it!!

Thanks for all your good thoughts and prayers!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Ladies and Gents, don't hold your breath...

Apparently, Mr. Howard's work has a bet going. What is the subject of the bet, you ask? When I will get pregnant, of course. Most of the folks that have come to know Mr. Howard, think that we will start our venture into baby-land very soon.

So, for those of you interested in making a quick buck...head on down to SaveMart on Fair Oaks in Sacramento, and place your bets. I would "highly suggest" placing your bet in the "at LEAST a year after the wedding" category, but what do I know?!? While I want children more than anything on this planet, can you give us some time to just be newlyweds? Geesh, people!!

All my love,
The childless one,
Mrs. Howard

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

What a Crazy Few Weeks

Stay Away From This Tow Truck

The day after we got married, we drove to San Francisco to be near the airport and were able to spend the day hanging out before leaving the next morning to Jamaica. While we were there, we decided to see the Harry Potter movie that had just come out and also decided we would go to a nice dinner. After leaving the movie theatre, we were stopped at a light so we could turn right, when a tow truck drove past the passenger side and hit us. We were both very shocked (surprisingly, with as many car accidents as the two of us have been in, neither of us have been hit from the side) and were sitting with our mouths open in confusion. The tow truck driver saw our reactions, heard a loud noise, and mouthed to us in his side mirror "did I hit you?" to which we replied by vehemently shaking our heads up and down.

We pulled into a gas station and he got out of the car and immediately started saying "I'm going to be fired....I don't think I hit you...I don't know how it was possible that I could have hit you, I wasn't that close to you..." We explained to him that he clearly had hit us, as the damage had only been done on the passenger side (right where he was) and the damage that was done was exactly at the same height as the tow part of his truck, not to mention that there was no one else to the right of us or behind us. After a while he agreed to give us his information, but we left feeling a little "iffy" about the whole thing.

We called Progressive right away (since we knew we'd be in Jamaica for the next two weeks and wouldn't have any time otherwise to get it all handled) and explained everything we could. Upon our return from Jamaica, we called the insurance company and they told us that the tow truck company had fired the driver and were denying having ANY INVOLVEMENT whatsoever with the accident. They claimed they had no idea how "Mrs. Howard had even gotten our insurance policy number." Hmmmm, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out how I got their policy number, drivers license number, license plate number, a description of the car, address, first, and last name of the driver, and PHOTOS of the vehicle. Give me a break!

Today, we finally took the car in to be checked out and once again, Mrs. Howard is driving a rental car. Didn't we get rid of all this bad luck with car accidents when we sold the mustang???? be lucky with cars!! Isn't there some type of quote that says if you have bad luck on the wedding day (or the day after - en route to your honeymoon), that you'll have a long and successful marriage??

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Mr. Howard's Work Accident

For those of you who don't know, Mr. Howard was injured at work fairly recently. As we've found out more and more news, I've posted it below.

May 25, 2007
Yesterday Mr. Howard had an accident with a pallet jack at work. He crushed his foot between the jack and a pillar and had to be rushed to the emergency room. Of course the first thing he said to doctor's in the ER was "It can't be broken. I'm getting married in 9 weeks and can't be in a cast!" He's doing super well today, despite a big scare yesterday and last night. The doctors are going to take it on a day-by-day basis and don't want to give a definite length of time, but right now they are saying he will be out of work for 6-8 weeks. They think that he won't be able to walk for at least that time. EEEEEK. This includes driving, which means that I'll be running the household up until the wedding. Good thing my work ends in three weeks and then I can be at his beck and call.

My mom has agreed to drive him to doctor appointments and he's just going to have to learn how to take it easy for a while. :-) Keep him in your thoughts and prayers!!!!

July of 2007
Mr. Howard was out of work for 4 weeks and was on crutches and a wheelchair, depending on where we went. After the fourth week, they put him on a cane and made him go back to work on modified duty (meaning he wasn't allowed to walk at all). After the fifth week, they took him off the cane, but continued to have him on modified duty and was told to keep his walking down to a minimum. After the sixth week (this past Monday), they officially cleared him for normal work and for walking down the aisle with me. Literally six days before the big day, he has finally been cleared.

I'm so happy he'll be able to fully enjoy the honeymoon (not that it would have kept us from ALL honeymoon activities). But at least now he can participate in any and all water activities. ;-)

August 2, 2007
While we were on our honeymoon, Mr. Howard's foot got much worse. The scab that was on his foot shrank and it became a pretty open wound. He was definitely in a lot of pain and we were both worried that it was going to become necessary for him to see a doctor. Close to the end of our stay in Jamaica, Mr. Howard went to see the doctor at the resort to get some bandages. The doctor took a quick look at it and asked him if he was on antibiotics. When he confirmed this, she gave him some bandages and sent him on his way.

Once we arrived in Alabama, it became apparent that Mr. Howard needed to get immediate treatment. He went to a doctor and she first x-rayed it (apparently, some infections can get into the bone) and then examined the wound. She was worried he had a staph infection and thus prescribed him a pretty strong anti-biotic to help with staph and made him promise he would see a doctor immediately upon his return to California.

As soon as we got back into town, he went to his physician. The doctor immediately was very worried and gave him a culture to test for staph and other infections. He told Mr. Howard that he was going to make a referral for him to see a plastic surgeon and put him back on modified duty at work. He scheduled a follow-up appointment for today.

This morning when Mr. Howard went to the doctor, he had the results of the culture. The good news was that he didn't have staph. The bad news was that his infection was worse than the infection they initially diagnosed him with in May and he now has to go back onto more antibiotics. He will now be entering his 7th week of antibiotic treatments (three different kinds) and the doctor still wants him to see a specialist. Additionally, the doctor informed him that it would probably be beneficial for him to take another month off of work, but said that he didn't have that authority because he worked FOR workers comp and workers comp wants him back at work as soon as possible. He also informed him that some people are even hospitalized for an infection with that severity, but he didn't see any reason why a young man like him needed to be in a hospital.

We'll see what happens next...

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