Correcting Your Eyes Non-Surgically Part 2

Went back to the eye doctor today, and I'm now down to a -1.25. I'm actually reading my computer monitor now with no contacts in or anything, and not having any problems. Well, it's a little fuzzy, but not that bad. I can even read my laptop screen sitting next to this monitor. I'm still very excited about this procedure, and hoping to be really really really close to 0 by Saturday (if not at 0). The hard lenses which weren't horribly comfortable the first night aren't as bad now, and my sleep pattern is pretty much back to normal. You actually can get used to them.

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Correcting Your Eyes Non-Surgically

There's this medical treatment that's been out for awhile called Ortho-K. Basically you wear hard contact lenses while you sleep, and it reshapes your cornea while you sleep. Both of us have worn soft contacts for sports and such, and neither of us wants to get Lasik, so we were intrigued by this, and finally decided to try it. The big benefit is that if at any time you want to stop doing it, you just stop, and your vision returns to exactly what it was before you started. It's not permanent, so you do have to wear the lenses every night.

It turns out that our eye doctor, Dr. Jordan at Peak Family Eye Care does this. He talked us through all the pros and cons of both this and Lasik, told us about what to expect, and after listening to his knowledge, we both went for it.

Last night was our first night on this. Having not worn hard contacts before, it's definitely an eye-opener (pun intended) when you try them for the first time. It feels like there's something in your eye. It doesn't hurt, just uncomfortable. I do know a few people who wear hard lenses and they say you do get used to them. Anyways, with your eyes closed it's not that bad, although neither of us slept well. I was a little paranoid about having them move on me while I slept (they didn't).

We went to the eye doctor this morning to see if they sat well while we slept, and to see if they did anything. Fortunately the eye doctor is about 3-4 miles from us so Leif wore his glasses (which he said felt weird) to drive us. Imagine my surprise when the doctor checked me out, and said that in 1 night, I had gone from a -4.5 to a -3 (the goal is 0). Poor Leif had to get custom lenses ordered since his apparently sat high on his cornea while we slept, so he can't wear them again until those come in.

The doctor gave me some soft lenses to wear during the day, and guesstimated what I would need tomorrow and Thursday until the procedure was "complete." The only issue I'm having is the soft lenses don't correct for my astigmatism in my left eye, so my vision is a little weird today.

I'm pretty excited about this, but hoping I can get used to the hard lenses sooner rather than later so I can get some sleep.

An Letter to the Makers of Guitar Hero II

Dear Red Octane,

I hate you guys, I really really hate you guys. Prior to you releasing Guitar Hero 2 for the Xbox 360, I had played it for maybe 20 minutes in a Best Buy (going during the day has its benefits) on a PS2 system they had set up. I thought to myself, "well, that's pretty darn cool, I hope it comes out for the 360 at some point." It did, and now I hate you guys since I can't stop playing it.

Granted everything past level 5 is death metal and I can't stand it, but who knew I'd sit and spend hours trying to learn "Cherry Pie" or "Shout at the Devil" on hard? Not just learning them, no doubt, but actually trying to 5-star them? I was so excited today when I hit 96% with "Cherry Pie" on hard that I raced upstairs to tell Leif of my achievement. You would've thought I won some major award, but nope, just my first over 90% song on hard. If it weren't for "guitar solo B" then I would have hit 100, so I still have something to work towards.

Thanks to you, I can't get songs like "Surrender" out of my head, and not only that, but when I hear them in my head, I envision the Guitar Hero notes used to play them. I'm addicted to your stupid game!

We did have some exciting times last week when our friends Ryan and Carol were in town. Rather than just sit and watch a movie at the end of the day, we all played some Guitar Hero, either in career mode or in multiplayer. It made for some entertaining evenings, and by the time they left, we had unlocked all 8 levels and multiple bonus guitars and characters.

Please make the madness stop.

From Winter to Summer

I can't stress enough how nice it is to have seasons again. There's always something to look forward to, so you can't really ever get tired of 1 season. It was a long-ish winter I guess, with a little bit of spring mixed in, but that's ok, now we're moving on to summer. While neither of us enjoys when it gets really hot (in the low-mid 70's is ideal), we're switching from winter snowboarding, to all the summer sports. So far we've gotten our scuba diver certification through PADI, and will be getting our open water certification starting next weekend (pool dives and classroom, followed by a lake dive the weekend after). I highly urge anyone interested in getting their scuba diver certification to do it while they're on a cruise. We did it on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas (yes, the really big boat), and it was great doing our open water dives in Cozumel where the water was 80 degrees.

Aside from continuing our scuba diving certification, we also started taking whitewater kayak classes. So far we've been in the pool for 2 days and learned the basics, and the roll. We both need lots of practice on the roll (which we'll continue to get at open pool sessions over the weeks), but we've got our river course scheduled for June.

Finally on the water front, we're doing a 1 day rafting trip in July.

It's looking to be an exciting summer!

Lost Boys Reference

I saw this image on a thread on Fark today, and for some reason it just amused me. If you're offended by it...well...then...get a sense of humor. If you don't understand why it's talking about Jack Bauer, then you need to see The Lost Boys, or if you don't want to, it's a very early Kiefer Sutherland cheesy vampire movie.

The Sedin Twins

The Sedin BrothersI know I'm an Avalanche fan, but I still have a thing for Henrik and Daniel Sedin of Vancouver. It's not just the fact that they're Swedish, but they're twins! (yes people, there can be male Swedish twins too). It's a lot of fun to watch them play on the ice because they just can completely anticipate what each other is doing. I almost feel bad for the center who plays with them, unless it's Markus Naslund because he's Swedish too. Not only are they identical, but they grew identical goatees, just to make it difficult to tell them apart.

Between periods of the game today, Altitude did a little profile on the Sedin twins because of their nhl.com commercial. I was wondering if they ever switched jerseys or anything dumb like that because they were twins. Henrik told a story about one time when he was kicked out of the face off circle, skated over to where Daniel was.....and just skated back. The referee didn't bother to look at the jersey numbers, so he ended up taking the face off anyways. Good story. :)

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Who Cares if We're Comfortable?

About 6 3/4 years ago, Loki and Odin were both about 3 months old. They both were crate trained and loved sleeping in the crate at night. Once we realized they were housebroken, we started leaving the door of the crate open so they could sleep on the floor of the bedroom. Both Leif and I had vowed to never let the dogs up on the bed.

One night, the dogs both stood by the side of the bed as we got ready to go to sleep and started whining. They didn't need to go out, they just finally realized our big bed was much nicer than the crate or the floor. Both were too small to jump up themselves. It took a lot of effort, but we didn't let them up. We stood firm. We stood our ground.

This went on for a few nights.

Soon after, we woke up one morning, and lo and behold, both dogs were sleeping soundly at the foot of the bed! Neither of us remembered lifting them up onto the bed. The same thing happened the next night, and the night after. Finally the 4th night both Leif and myself pretended to fall asleep. We lay very quietly in the bed while the dogs were settled on the floor. While waiting patiently, we heard Loki get up off from the floor, and come over to my side of the bed. Odin got up off the floor, and went over to Leif's side of the bed. Loki nuzzled my hand to see if I was asleep, and then with one swift movement, both dogs jumped up on the bed, and IMMEDIATELY lay down again so as not to disturb us.

It was at that moment, that we realized we lost the battle for bed supremacy. The dogs now freely sleep in the bed whenever they want, and Loki has come to realize that it's HIS bed, and we're just people he allows to use it. He'll lay between Leif and I, and if there's not enough room, he'll still squeeze his way in, forcing one of us to move closer to the edge of the bed. Odin enjoys sleeping at the foot of the bed, but a little closer to the middle, so he's always laying on someone's feet or legs.

And finally, there's the ultimate:

It's all About Loki's comfort

Fortunately Loki doesn't do this to me, and while it must be comfortable for him, it definitely wasn't comfortable for Leif (he stayed like that though until I took the picture, and then he moved Loki away).

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Soft Powdery Goodness

On Wednesday we headed up to Winter Park for a few hours. One of the guys who had done our garage floor in October teaches private snowboard lessons up there so we had arranged a few hours with him in the morning. Amazingly not only had it been snowing there since Monday, it was still snowing when we drove up, and the snow was white, fluffy, and very very soft.

He definitely helped to step up our boarding in terms of making faster turns and such, and also helped us get started even more in the terrain park. I handed him a small video camera to shoot some video, and geez, it's a whole different experience to watch yourself. I thought I was going really fast on the jumps, but when watching the video, it turns out I really wasn't. :)

Anyways, I made a 1 minute compilation of our couple of hours up there. I'm not sure what happened with the first few seconds, since my upload was fine, but everything else looks good.

The Most Surreal Thing We've Ever Witnessed

A couple of nights ago, Leif and I decided to go to Black Angus for dinner. We took 6th (a freeway) to Union, and were waiting at the light in the right turn lane. Union I think has 3 lanes going north, 3 lanes going south, with a median in between. There's a car in front of us waiting for traffic to clear too. Finally, the lanes are clear, the car in front of us is getting ready to turn, when off to our left we hear a loud noise. We turn, and see a white van barreling from behind us. It passes us on our left, goes straight across the 3 lanes going south, hits the median, jumps over the median, lands partly on some guy's hood, keeps going straight, slams into a pickup truck, keeps going straight across the 3 lanes going north, hits the curb, goes through the guard rail, over a tiny incline (like really tiny), and stop right past the guard rail when it hits some trees.

Van Whose Brakes Went Out

We sat there for a moment, then Leif made the quick turn, pulled over on the side, and carefully jumped out of the car and ran across to see if he could help (he was careful - at that point I was thinking of that article I had read on people who help after a traffic accident getting hit themselves). I called 911, as I'm sure a ton of other people did, put on the hazard lights, and went over as well.

The 3 guys in the van had already gotten out by the time Leif had gotten there. The 2 people in the cars who had gotten hit were understandably very shaken up, I mean how often is it that a van just lands on the hood of your car. The pickup had the worst damage though, that thing was totaled. The hood was all smashed, the passenger door barely opened, fortunately he was ok.

Pickup truck who got hit

Big kudos to the Lakewood Police Department. Within about 2-3 minutes of me getting off the phone with them (that's who I was transferred to when I dialed 911) we all heard sirens. 2 fire trucks, several police cars, and I think an ambulance showed up.

We stuck around to give our info to the cops and the people who had been hit since some of the witnesses decided enough people had witnessed it and left. I think we were the only witnesses who stuck around though (hey, I'd want people to stick around too if it were me).

We did make it to Black Angus after that, but wow, both of us were really happy that everyone was ok, no one was seriously injured or killed, and it hadn't been us.

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The Terrain Park Has Been Entered

On Wednesday, we took Carter and Monika to Winter Park, which is supposed to be one of the cooler resorts in the area. I also had further motivation as well - they're supposed to have a decent beginner-intermediate terrain park. The jumps at Loveland looked way too big to start on, so I figured this was as good a time as any.

Well, we did it. We ventured into the Jack Kendrick terrain park, bypassed the low rails (saving that for next time), and ended up at the top of where 3 jumps started. After first going slowly down them just to get the feel for it, Leif shrugged on our next trip up, and decided to get some speed. If he could do it, I could do it, and while it was a little scary with the speed we got just to get over the jumps, by the end of the morning I was landing all 3 consistently. Very very cool feeling to get that air and then successfully land.

Next up, more jumps, and the low rails. They couldn't have been more than 6 inches off the ground and had snow ramps leading right up to them, so I'm ready to tackle those!

EDIT: found a picture of the jumps that someone had taken. A neighbor kid said they were 6 foot, but I have no idea. All I know is that they were fun.

Jack Kendrick jumps

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