Thursday Thirteen – Things I Didn’t Do Today

My friend Heather posted a “Thursday Thirteen – TV Edition” today. I came across it as I was stalking looking at Facebook and trying to decide what to write about. And then it dawned on me that I should just hop right on Heather’s Thursday Thirteen wagon and ride along with her, because that was easier than deciding between all the stuff that was in my head.

And believe me, there is A LOT OF STUFF.

So, instead, I am writing about thirteen things I did not do today.

1. Stop.

2. Gag or puke.

I did not gag or puke when learning how to drain a Pleurx drainage catheter. I’ll give you a few seconds to process that.

Just when I think my life can’t get any more interesting, it goes and does. Several family members and I met with a Doctor at the hospital today so that he could teach us how to properly drain the fluid from the space around my granny’s lungs. When you stop for one second to consider that the drainage tube hanging out of my grandma’s back is the same one that is also running through her chest, and you are one of the few who will be draining it, well, let’s just say THAT is sort of a BIG DEAL.

Sheesh, just typing that sentence made me nervous.

Oh, and on the off-chance that you’re as nosy as I am you’d like to learn how a Pleurx catheter works, you can go here.

And speaking of catheter…

3. Count the number of times I peed today.

Yes, I realize this probably falls under TMI; however, y’all know I am never one to shy away from sharing TOO much here on the blawg. McDaddy will be the first to tell you that I’m guilty of this time and time again. But seriously, when a person consumes 80 ounces of water in a day, it has to go somewhere. And in my case, it goes somewhere fast. I spent half the day in various bathrooms around town peeing. And though my body thanks me, my overworked bladder is saying just stick a catheter up in there already.

Lord, help me make it through this challenge.

4. Drink more than 10 ounces of coke.

Yup, you read that correctly. And would you believe that I survived? I know I mentioned earlier that I was quitting cold turkey, but after thinking about that for a hot minute, I realized that’s probably not a realistic scenario because there is this whole love affair thing with an ice-cold coca-cola classic, and man, it’s too good to give up completely. So, I decided to allow myself a small glass at dinner.

5.Watch Buckwild

MTV’s newest baby was filmed just a few miles of my home. It premiered last week and there was a crap-load of hoop-la surrounding its premier. You might have seen WV Senator Joe Manchin on the talk show circuit pleading for MTV to cancel the show. To which MTV promptly said, “NO GO JOE!” and premiered the thing anyway. And of course all that did was draw even more attention to the 10:00 PM Thursday night time slot, now occupied by the crazy goof-ball kids from my community.

6. Pass on the chips and salsa

I had dinner at Chilis this evening, and though I am competing in this biggest loser competition, I COULD NOT – DID NOT, pass on the chips and the salsa. I did pace myself though. Oh, AND the fact that I had a coupon for a free appetizer didn’t help matters either.

7. Drive the SKY

There just wasn’t time for driving my beloved SKY today. I ran from the school to the hospital to the school to the school where my sister-in-law teaches to the hospital to Chilis and then back to the hospital. That left no time for car-shufflin’.


No big surprise here, right McDaddy?

9. Clean the hamster cage.

I’ve told McDaddy for the past week that I need to clean the hamster cage. And everyday, I get busy and forget.


10. Put the rest of the Christmas decor up.

At this point, most of what’s left out is snowmen, but here in West Virginia it snows clear up into April sometimes, so the way I see it, I’ve still got some time. 

11. Bust my tail-end on my front porch.

As I went out our front door this morning, my feet came *thisclose* to flying out from under me when I slipped on our slick porch, which might come as a big surprise to those people who really know me because I am the biggest klutz I know, who also writes the longest run-on sentences ever known to man.


It’s been four long days since I’ve had chocolate. The best I can figure it, this, my friends is a record.

13. Burn up any iPhone cords

Yesterday, as I hooked my iPhone into one of those generic adapter things in the Jeep, the adaptor thing immediately started smoking and stunk the Jeep up. After taking the adaptor apart to check things out, McDaddy said it was fried. I could have been killed.

Or at least severely burned.

But all I can think about right now is the fact that I have to pee. Gotta run!


  1. Jean says

    Julie, I’m so sorry about the catheter ordeal. But I’m so proud of you for your willingness to drain it for her. You are a special granddaughter. 🙂
    You’re doing great with your meals. And there is no way I could drink that much water – although I should. Enjoyed your blog. Love you. 🙂

  2. Wendy Brooks says

    Julie, I’m so sorry to hear about your grannie’s health problems. You are a very special person to be doing so much to take care of her. As yucky as it is, though, I bet you’ll be very glad that you get to spend the time with her and help her out. I wish you the best of luck as you do the drain each time. Blessings to you!

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