Thursday, November 09, 2017



I am actually posting this to make a copy of these words in a Radiohead font, in order to make my Halloween costume.

Adding this for fun!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My Life According To Radiohead REVISITED 2017

My Life According To Radiohead REVISITED 2017

I did this in 2009, and decided to do it again 8 years later and 2 albums later.  I changed ALMOST all the answers.  You can read the original here:

July 19, 2017
Rules: Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, answer these questions. Pass it on to 12 people you like and include me. Don't use the artist/band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It's a lot harder than you think! Repost as "My Life According to (BAND NAME!)"

Pick your artist: Radiohead

-Are you a male or female: Anyone Can Play Guitar (That's about as close of an answer as I can get.

-Describe yourself: Feral

-How do you feel: Million Dollar Question

-Describe where you currently live: House of Cards

-If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Planet Telex
-Your favorite form of transportation: Lift

-Your best friend is: The Tourist

-Your favorite color is: Pearly

-What's the weather like: Backdrafts

-Favorite time of day: Morning Mr Magpie

-If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box
-What is life to you: Like Spinning Plates

-Your relationship: True Love Waits

-Your Fear: Climbing Up the Walls

-What is the best advice you have to give: How to Disappear Completely
-If you could change your name, you would change it to: Lotus Flower, but I also like Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief, because it has a nice ring to it.  ;-)

-Thought for the day: I Might Be Wrong

-How you would like to die: I Want None of This

-Your soul's present condition: Permanent Daylight

-Your motto: 2 + 2 = 5

Friday, July 07, 2017

Stuff You Don't Know About Hardcore Radiohead Fans

Stuff you don’t know about Hardcore Radiohead fans...

  1. THEY ROLL THEIR EYES WHEN YOU MENTION “CREEP.” When you tell a hardcore Radiohead fan that you know that “Creep” song, they are trying really hard not to roll their eyes at you.  You see, we actually do like “Creep,” but, it was a song from Pablo Honey, which is widely considered Radiohead’s freshman album.  When you say that, you are telling us that you have not listened to their many other songs that are much better and highly revered.  “Creep” is the standard issue Radiohead song.  It’s like saying your favorite pizza is cheese when there are so many toppings you are missing out on.
  2. FANS HAVE AN ODD SENSE OF HUMOR.  I belong to a meme page for Radiohead fans, and making fun of our favorite band is actually acceptable, in certain terms.  I mean, your jokes need to be funny, thoughtful, and relevant.  It’s not a page for people to just tear down the band.
  3. HARDCORE FANS ARE UNDERGROUND.  Many fans (like myself) are willing to go to great lengths to get the best tickets and hear the music first.  There is an underground scene for Radiohead fans.  Am I willing to give up my secrets?  Um no.
  4. FANS DISAGREE ON WHAT IS THE BEST RADIOHEAD MUSIC.  Fans engage in meaningless (usually online) debates over what songs are better than others and what albums are better.  There really is no point in it, because everyone has their faves.  But, I guess it’s a great way to pass the time.  In the end, most hardcore fans are into just about all the songs and albums.  The one exception to this is Pablo Honey.  While many of us have listened to Pablo Honey, most fans will list it as a least favorite album or not mention it at all.  It’s not a bad album, but it’s just not a seasoned Radiohead album.  I still really like some of the songs on Pablo Honey.
  5. FANS MAY BE JUDGING YOU AT RADIOHEAD CONCERTS.  If you are able to get Radiohead tickets, do yourself a favor and learn their music.  Radiohead fans will be secretly judging you at the shows if you don’t know any lyrics, or if you look lost, like you don’t belong there.  It’s true.  If you don’t know the music, but still want to blend in, wear something dark.  Don’t dress up in your fancy, cutesy clothes.  You don’t need to overly hipster-fy your look; a simple black t-shirt and jeans will blend you with the crowd.
  6. RADIOHEAD FANS WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THEY LOVE RADIOHEAD.  Radiohead fans are kind of like vegans, in that, they will probably let you know they are fans.  “Yes, I am a Radiohead fan.  Thank you very much.”  If you run into this topic with a fan and you don’t have much Radiohead knowledge, just change the subject.  PLEASE, PLEASE, WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T SAY YOU LIKE “CREEP.”
  7. FANS ARE HELPFUL TO NEWBIES.  If you are interested in trying out some Radiohead music, most fans will do whatever they can to help you.  Even though they view Radiohead fandom as some sort-of an elitist pursuit, they also really want EVERYONE to know how good the band is.  I was on a thread in a group where someone asked what to listen to to “get into Radiohead.”  The fans were happy to help.
  8. HARDCORE FANS ARE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.  Hardcore Radiohead fans may not be noticeable in your city, but they are a worldwide phenomenon.  That’s right.  In the Radiohead fan groups I am in, there are lots of international fans.  Radiohead fandom is definitely NOT an American or British thing.  There are people all over begging for Radiohead to tour their country.
  9. HARDCORE FANS CAN SPOT A FAKE.  When it come to Radiohead, if you aren’t in the know, it’s only excusable if you are forthcoming with it.  We can still be friends, though.  Be yourself, and we can help you along the journey, if you believe Radiohead fandom is right for you.  Just don’t be a poser, because the fans won’t buy it. 
  10. Bonus Post Script: Some people don’t “get” Radiohead.  I truly believe that there is at least 1 (or 5) Radiohead songs for each person.  if you don’t “get’ them, you haven’t found your songs yet.  But, here’s the reality of it… there are some people out there that just will never get into anything that doesn’t fit into the norm.  This is the reason why Radiohead is not for everyone.

Here's my personal list of live tour dates from my Twitter.  I'm a huge fan of Radiohead, and also a family vlogger with 7 kids.  Check out our vlogs on YouTube here: BANANA SPLITS VLOGS - Six kids & expecting! - YouTube

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Birth Story For Baby #4

NOTE: I am posting this here and not at my address, because my domain name expired, and I need to talk to customer service to get it back up.  Until then, I'm just gonna post here.  I can import these later.

So, as many of you already know, baby boy A decided to hang out in the breech position, particularly in the footling breech position.  This is a dangerous breech position, because in addition to the feet being down in the pelvis, you run the risk of the umbilical cord going down there, too.  The cord could get lodged in the birth canal during labor and potentially lead to still birth or birth defects like cerebral palsy.

That being said, I did not want to go into labor with the baby in the footling breech position.  So when my doctor gave me the option of trying to have the baby manually turned, I jumped at that.  I had done my research, and I knew that trying to turn the baby (or ECV - external cephalic version) was the only chance I'd have at a vaginal delivery.  I also knew that there is a good chance that the procedure would not work and I'd end up with a c-section, anyway.  So, the plan was to go ahead with a scheduled ECV, and then if successful, I would stay for an induction.  (This would ensure that the baby would not turn back to breech before I went into labor.)  If it wasn't successful, then I would have a c-section right there so that we wouldn't risk going into labor on my own with a breech baby.

So, the big day comes.  I was told to be at the hospital at 4:30 a.m.  Kyle and I got down there, and the front desk couldn't find us in the computer.  They had no record of our scheduled procedure.  They called L & D upstairs, and they had to search through all the paperwork from probably the last several days.  It took a while, but L & D found it and sent it down to the registration desk.  We were a little worried for a while there, to say the least.

We got the go ahead to head to Labor and Delivery.  I was already a tad nervous.  The doctor had already told me that the hospital informed him that they had no room for inductions.  So, I knew that I could potentially get up there, turn the baby, and be sent home with the possibility of the baby flipping back before birth.

I had my support team coming a little later, and that was my friend who is studying to be a midwife and my mother-in-law.  I agreed to have my friend in there along with Kyle to observe the ECV.

So, I get in there and they set me up with a room, monitor the baby, and start me with an I.V.  Oh yeah, I'm feelin' pretty hospitalized already.  The nurse who got all my information was very cheerful and nice.  Kyle's mom and my friend arrived, and it seemed like the time was flying by.  My procedure was going to start between 7 and 7:30, but it seems like the wait in between felt really short.  When it was time to go back to the E.R., my nerves were beginning to shoot through the roof.  This is where time was weird and things were weird, too.

They took me back there for the epidural while Kyle and my friend were prepped and told they had to wait in the hall until after I got the epidural.  I had cleared their presence with both of the doctors beforehand.  So, I have no idea what happened when I got in there, but they didn't get to come in.

Anyway, getting back to the epidural.  This was the worst epidural experience that I have had yet.  I've had it twice before without any complications.  This time was different, though.  I think that I had to get stuck at least 4 or 5 times before they found the right spot.  I have no idea why.  It seemed to take much longer than I remember from before, too.  I know that in the past, I was in active labor when I had it done.  So, I actually had to hold still in the midst of severe contractions to get it done.  The fact that I was more focused on those contractions than the epidural during those times may be the reason the epidural was easier to deal with.  But, I'm not sure.  I don't think they had to stick me so many times before.  Anyway, it was a long ordeal.

After that, they instructed me on how to position myself on the table and asked me questions to see if the epidural was working properly.  I was super-duper nervous at that point.  I was shaking, and I know it was more from nerves than the epidural, because the shakes started first.  The scene in there was intense.  Lots of nurses running around.  The nurse that had brought me in there was new to the labor and delivery department.  She had been a nurse for 3 years, but this was her very first day in L & D.  I could see that she was flustered, and the other nurses were looking like she needed to get it together.  This may have been the reason that Kyle and my friend were not brought back in for the ECV.  I mentioned something to one of the other nurses about "when my husband comes in..." and that was supposed to be a hint to remind them.  But, it didn't work.  Before I knew it, the doctors were in there, and the whole thing was starting.  Meanwhile, Kyle and my friend were still waiting in the hall and wondering what was taking so long.

I was stuck inside, a ball full of nerves, and I figured it must have been too late at that point to get them in there.  So, what happened?  I still don't know.  It is very possible that the doctors didn't want them in there, but I didn't get that sentiment from them when I spoke to them both just the day before.  My other guess is that the new nurse was really flustered and completely forgot about them, and none of the other nurses probably knew they were supposed to be brought in.  Well, in short, I was disappointed and so were they.

Other than that, the ECV went alright.  My nerves didn't let up the whole time.  I felt a lot of pressure, but the epidural worked well.  There wasn't much actual pain.  That's a good thing, because the procedure itself is very painful.  I could tell by the vibe that the doctors were trying their best to get the baby to turn.  They managed to get the feet dislodged from the pelvis, which gave me a little hope.  But, when it came to moving the head, it wasn't happening.  They tried to turn it in both directions, but nothing.  They tried several times, and it wasn't working.  I remember hearing them say "let's give it one last try," and I was just hoping and praying that this would be it.  I was hoping this last ditch effort would work, and we could start the induction... it didn't.

I knew that I was about to have a c-section.  I was mentally prepared for that news, though.  So, I was disappointed, but accepting.  I know that towards the end I got a little teary-eyed.  It was just an overwhelming experience.

It seemed like from there it was the blink of an eye, and we were ready to do a c-section.  My friend and Kyle were brought in for that, and it all happened very fast.  My memory is a blur.  The doctor told me that I would feel less pain than I had from the ECV, and he was right.  I barely even felt anything when they had cut me open.  I wasn't even sure they had until they told me that the baby was almost out.  I remember my friend held my hand, and I looked up and cried when they told me he out out, and he was beautiful.  It was strangely more emotional than my previous births, which I don't think I cried for those at all.  The next part is blurry again.  I know they took some pictures of the baby, but I don't even remember seeing the baby before they took him to the nursery.  I asked Kyle later, and he said that he did indeed show me the baby.  Kyle and my friend had to leave when they sewed me up.  Then, I was in there for a short time until I went to the recovery room where I was going to have to stay for observation for a while before going to a room and seeing any family.

I made sure I let them know that I would be nursing the baby, and I needed to try as soon as possible.  So, I reminded the nurse again a few minutes after I got into the recovery room.  She called the nursery, and they were already on their way with my newborn son.  Well, this is my happy ending.  They brought me my baby, and he was wonderful.  (I am so gonna cry now thinking about it.)  The lactation consultant helped me get him started nursing, and he did great.  There is so much more to tell about the hospital and the challenges of the next few days and even weeks, but I'll save that for another time.

I am just overjoyed (here come the tears again) that even though I didn't have everything the way I wanted, I have a perfect, healthy baby, and I'm healthy, too.  I thank God for blessing me and my family, for keeping us safe and healthy, and for prayers answered.


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Happy Haiti

Tonight, Kyle and I will be double-dating in celebration of our 6th wedding anniversary.  Mom got us tickets to a Jazz for Peace benefit for the organization, Happy Haiti.  This organization is raising money for many projects to help out Haiti.  Here's what they plan on doing (straight from their website):
"As native Haitians themselves, the Kreative Images Foundation aided with the development of the Czichomski’s nonprofit (Happy Haiti Foundation).
Even before the recent earthquake disaster the Czichomski’s had donated multiple acres of land to address the poverty in Haiti (land located in Morne Tranchant, between Kenscoff and Furcy, valued at $800,000.)  Now after the earthquake catastrophe, Happy Haiti’s services are needed even more.
In addition to building dome housing to replace the multitude of inhabited shacks, the Foundation is on target to build a trade school campus, which will create local jobs and provide needed employment training, thereby impacting the local economy. The training facility would also teach English, French, Spanish, Arts & Crafts, Woodwork and other trades.
Additionally the foundation’s long-term goals are to build roads, install sewage systems, water wells and latrines."
I would like to encourage anyone who would like to help out to visit their website and donate.  This is a worthy cause, and it is sure to change and impact many lives.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Going To See Radiohead In Houston!

Two nights ago, I stayed up half the night to get a ticket from the presale to see Radiohead in Houston on March 3rd.  After numerous computer problems, the tickets went on sale and I got one in the pit!  I am so excited!  The rest of the tickets go on sale Saturday, November 12th at 10 a.m.  If you are interested, then be at your computer at that time.  They WILL sell out.  Anyway, I am stoked for my 7th Radiohead show!