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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.


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Nov. 1st, 2003 04:32 am (UTC)
You did a great job on the costumes and pumpkins! I stillhave to carve mine...it's just sitting there.
Nov. 3rd, 2003 01:17 am (UTC)

Last year I bought three pumpkins and only finished carving two, so I only planned on doing two this year until my sister came home from buying pumpkins and asked nicely if I'd do one for her. Now I fear it's going to sit in the house until it rots because she's so protective of it she wouldn't even let Dad put it outside with the other pumpkins.
Nov. 1st, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
Those pumpkins are so much with the awesome.

I'm not sure why I'm posting it here, since I told you in ICQ, but it deserves restating.
Nov. 3rd, 2003 01:19 am (UTC)
Thanks again.

I should give props to Himself here for bequeathing me his old woodcarving tool set -- it's too beat up and chipped to use on wood, but it's great on pumpkins. Also much faster than previous years, where my primary tools were an assortment of paring knives and a darning needle.
Nov. 1st, 2003 09:39 am (UTC)
She is so cute and I love those pumpkins! :)
Nov. 3rd, 2003 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Nov. 1st, 2003 08:47 pm (UTC)
Your midget has my prayers and thoughts for her eye!
Nov. 3rd, 2003 01:22 am (UTC)
Thanks. I'm confident the eye patch will get her right eye working like it should, but I was cranky the doctor suggested surgery as a first choice and backed it up by saying that it was the most common procedure the practice did. It makes me think of dentists that automatically say "you need braces".
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