Friday, May 28

Looooong Weekend

I've always believed that Samoa has too many holidays. We have holidays when important people die, we have holidays on Saturdays, we have holidays whenever (it seems) the government feels like it. Why am I complaining about it? While the time off is nice, it's very disruptive when it comes to work.

Take for example the upcoming Independence Day holiday. On all of the official government documentation, Tuesday, 1st June 2004 was supposed to be the only holiday. Now I hear that the cabinet has approved the Monday before Independence and half of the Wednesday after it to be public holidays as well. Huh?

So now we have a 5 day long weekend ahead (with 1 days notice), we're to return to work next Thursday for a 2 day week. Why didn't the geniuses in the Cabinet declare Thurday and Friday off as well while they were at it?

Only in Samoa.

Tuesday, May 25

Gall Stone Scare

Rachel had a scan at MedCen Hospital today for a scan to check on some pain she was experiencing in her chest. The scan revealed multiple gall stones. Ouch!

I did a little research on the Net about gall stones and their treatment and here's what I found.

Surgery to remove the gallbladder is the most common way to treat symptomatic gallstones. (Asymptomatic gallstones usually do not need treatment.)Nonsurgical approaches are used only in special situations such as when a patient's condition prevents using an anesthetic and only for cholesterol stones. Stones recur after nonsurgical treatment about half the time.

From what I've read so far, it would seem that gall stones are very common. Most of us have them but they only become evident when they cause blockages within the digestive tract.

I'll have more info on Rachel's condition tonight, when the painkillers wear off. Wish us luck!

Monday, May 24

Daddy Can I Crash Here Tonight?

For some reason, Madison didn't want to sleep with Mommy out in the living room last night, like he always does. Maybe he was upset with mommy or maybe he just wanted a change of scenery but he suprised us both last night when he refused to sleep in his bed and instead got into my bed, curled up into a ball and went to sleep.

So, of course since I'm not used to sleeping with Maddy, I couldn't get to sleep at all for fear I'd roll over and suffocate him or something. So at 2.30am I gave up and took him back to his bed. He didn't notice a thing.

Friday, May 21

What You're Missing Out On

For those of you who don't have the pleasure of watching Madison grow up on a day-to-day basis, here are a few of the funny things that Maddy does that you're missing out on:

When Madison wakes up, the first thing he does is sit up, smile and wave at you.

When I pick him up from Papa's place after work, I can hear him screaming with delight before I even pull into the drive. (yes, our car squeaks and makes that much noise)

Madison can open the dvd player, remove the dvd, place a new dvd in there and then close the drive all by himself. When he doesn't want to watch a certain dvd, he'll go take it out and put his own movie on. (much to the chagrin of his parents)

When asked to close a door in the house, he'll go close ALL the doors. Let me rephrase that, he SLAMS all the doors.

Madison will drop whatever he's doing for a ride in the car unless he's watching Lion King at the time.

Madison picked up the phone last night and said "Mommy!", which I took to mean that he wanted me to call his mommy up at work. When I did, Maddy proceeded to chat to his mom on the phone for the next 5 minutes.

Tuesday, May 18

Maddy & Daddy

The last couple of weeks have been Maddy and Daddy time. Mommy has been either at work late doing overtime or at school. Either way, the earliest mommy will get home is around 8pm so Daddy and Maddy have been spending lots of time together on our own.

It's been fun spending time alone with my son. He doesn't "act" up when we're on our own. He saves all that for when his mom is around. I think it's funny, mommy doesn't!

I've moved this blog back to and I've added a Haloscan comments feature which should be a heck of a lot easier to comment with on Maddy's posts. You don't need to sign up for anything; all you do is enter your name and whatever you want to post and voila! it's all done.
Maddy's Blog Returns to

Welcome back to Maddy's blog. I've decided to move it back here because it looks better and since noone seems to be using the comments feature on the Xanga site, I didn't think anyone would mind anyways.

Hakuna Matata, what a wonderful phrase. Hakuna Matata, ain't no passin' craze. It means no worries, for the rest of your days. Hakuna Matata