November 1st, 2003


Brief midget update and Halloween photo link.

Haven't been on much this week between sinuses and Halloween and Dia de los Muertos projects, so you, dear reader, get the digest format.

Laurel's opthalmologic exam on Tuesday was hardly worth the time or cost. The technician that tested her vision didn't test the vision in her right eye (after asking her to identify the same picture/glyph out of a set of six they use for pre-readers several times, Laurel got bored and quit answering), the few minutes we saw a doctor was spent by him pushing $10,000 surgery that's the most common procedure the practice does. After I pushed back, she has instructions to wear an eyepatch for 3-4 hours daily and a followup appointment in late December.

[EDIT: Around 18 months, her right eye spontaneously started not focusing when her left one was. It's improved tremendously since, but her pediatrician was adamant at her 3-year checkup that an ophthalmology evaluation was necessary to rule out any serious underlying cause for it. I wasn't worried since one of my aunts had lazy eye at the same age and it was remedied by patching.]

We went to the early-evening Halloween event at the high school since Petunia was booked there to twist balloons and we wanted the staff member running the entry to see Laurel in her JoJo costume. She made it an hour and a half before excitement and tiredness got the better of her.

If you just want to see this year's pumpkins -- Barkley, a sleeping Elmo buoyed aloft by balloons, Sulley and Boo from Monsters Inc. and Teeny Little Superguy -- feel free to skip the sprog cuteness and go directly to those photos.

My first attempts at sugar skulls for Dia de Los Muertos are currently in a display case at the high school and once I finish cutting the 10x20" papel picado banner I got a wild hair to do for the same teacher that asked about the skulls, photos of both will be added to the main Halloween album.