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July 15, 2009

Recent happenings

Filed under: Family, Lindsay loves Neal, Personal, Pregnancy — Tags: , , , , , — llcall @ 6:36 pm

Thanks for the well wishes after my last, mournful post.  I have a newfound empathy (deep, deep empathy) for anyone who itches.  I don’t think I ever realized how awful it could get.

So some quick updates: the rash is still present some 5-6 weeks after it first appeared.  It’s a lot better, but 3 different doctor opinions and treatments later, it’s still with me.  Some days I do okay and then about every 3rd night I am so itchy I feel like I’m going insane and I just want to tear my skin off (last night Neal got to witness one of those nights with all the attendant writhing).  I really don’t know what to say except that I never would have imagined how much a rash could throw my whole life out of whack!


Meanwhile the big Horton family reunion (my Mom’s side) came and went.  I am glad it happened; I’m always moved by the sacrifices that some family members make to not just come but to really participate and give and show love.  Unfortunately, I didn’t really feel like I was in good enough shape to be as participatory as I would have liked.  Most of the conversations I had with people revolved around them asking about my rash since I couldn’t stand anything on my lower legs (which for those who don’t know is kind of crazy for me because I’m just NOT a shorts-wearer) and so they could see some of the worst parts in all their hideous glory.  I had to take lots of breaks to get my energy back up, but even so, two thumbs up.


Directly on the tail of the Horton reunion was Stevie B’s Party Week, my immediate family reunion.  This is Stevie B:

ayda & grandpa

The day he became Gramps in 2008

(who along with Neal REFUSED to call it Stevie B’s Party Week–party poopers!)  This reunion was perfect for most of us because it was basically just one string of games, movies, and relaxation.  I only left the condo we rented once to go to the condo clubhouse, some 100 feet away, for the double-elimination Air Hockey and Ping Pong tournaments.  This cute guy was the undefeated Air Hockey champ:

(He's a little older now)

(He's a little older now)

My hero!


This little girl was the real star of Stevie B’s Party Week:

Larson-100_9656We need some more kids in the Larson/Call family soon before all the attention permanently goes to her head.

She particularly fell in love with “Uncle Nino” as evidenced by the fact that she called me, her Aunt Kimby, Uncle Ben (on her Mom’s side), and all sorts of assorted people “Nino” forever after.  I’m still hoping to get my own name someday, but for now “Nino” and I are one and the same to her.


Speaking of Neal and Ayda, they had a sweet moment together in which Neal was trying to convince her to call him Uncle Hawkeye. This is a dream of Neal’s, to be called Hawkeye.  Someday soon I’m sure it will catch on with people.

Of course, the funny part is that my sister-in-law Marisha thought it was very peculiar that Neal was trying to get his niece to call him “Uncle Hot Guy.”  But can you blame him?  This is a Hot Guy, no???

really good one



  1. Wow, so much to take in! So sorry about the rash! I’m starting to feel like me again—let’s talk soon!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — July 17, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

  2. Get better!!

    Comment by Audrey — July 17, 2009 @ 6:10 pm

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