When I’m up, I can’t get down!

Dobry wieczór, dear readers.

Today’s post will, again, be more along the lines of a journal entry than an informative one, so if reading my super-secret diary isn’t your cup of tea, don’t feel bad about skipping this one.

The day started with trips to patient advocates; these are the lovely people who basically represent the patients and try to get the best deal they can for them. I had the good fortune to meet two very kind people today, Dave and Teresa, and they both exerted a lot of effort for me. I gave them my sob story about my missed neuro appointment, and they managed to move heaven and earth to get me to see someone in neurology tomorrow. Initially, it was told to me that there was no way that I’d get in before July 27th, and as an international patient, that’s effectively saying that there’s no way I’m getting an appointment. Thankfully, Mayo stepped up and rectified its mistake, so I’m very happy!

See the resemblance? See it?


I had another appointment today (which was fairly useless and unnecessary in retrospect), and afterwards spent some time hanging out as a checker patient for the fibromyalgia clinic. While waiting, we amused ourselves by taking pictures. To clarify for the pictures to follow, the device on Dad’s ear is a pager they give you to call you up for appointments. After about 1:00 though, it was determined that there was no chance to survive make my time, so Dad and I went to eat and then went on an ADVENTURE!

Such a suave and dapper gentleman.

When one's appointment is 45 minutes late, what choice does one have other than to fashion jewellery out of one's pager?


Dad makes the most hilarious face known to man. It's reminiscent of some sort of ruminant.

"Too fat to hop" would make a good jive song name

So full of evil and malintent.

Quarry Hill Nature Centre is an incredible gem that I discovered on the intertoobs, and a great source of adventure when one desires it.  As you may have guessed, I get a little bit excited about seeing birds and wildlife, so when I heard that it’s the best place for birding in Olmsted County in the summer, I was obsessed. It didn’t let us down!! Barely 3 minutes into our walk, a gorgeous male Northern Cardinal flew right by us, showing off. Shortly after, a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker flew onto a tree above us and actually stopped to pose for a picture! It’s on my Dad’s camera, so I can’t show you now, but I’ll upload pictures from today some other time. We saw many other birds (complete list below), and an abundance of small furry woodland creatures. In addition, we saw some large, terrifyingly menacing “squirrels”, that were hogging all the bird food in the feeders. They were too fat to hop like regular adorable squirrels, so they actually paced along like they were some sort of fat jungle cat.

Cutest dust bunny I ever saw.

Screech owls are so adorable. Until they start screeching.

In addition to lovely trails through thick foliage and open plains areas, a large pond and ramped bridge, there was an interpretive centre. It was extremely nifty in that it had many large tanks holding huge native fish and reptiles, including short-nosed gar, alligator (as well as regular) snapping turtle, tiger salamander, channel catfish, the list goes on and on, there’s no way I’ll remember it all. What I remember very well are two adorable small birds that I managed to get half-decent pictures of!

What a sweet fluffy fuzzball!

Kestrels don't put up with any of your crap.

All in all, the bird count was: Dark-Eyed Junco M, Northern Cardinal M, Goldfinch F, White-breasted Nuthatch M, House Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Blue Jay, Turkey Vultures. That’s right; remember how flaming excited I was when I saw one? Well today I saw a flock of at least 40! FLIPPED MY LID!

After a dinner of pancakes, Dad and I spent the whole evening looking at pictures from slides that were taken 60 years ago. It was a truly wonderful evening, and I’m looking forward to sleeping past 7:00 tomorrow for the first time in a week! WOO!



About narsi1ion

My name is Tessa. I'm 27 years old, and I live in Hamilton ON, previously Calgary AB. I'm battling recently-diagnosed fibromyalgia, and steadily improving chronic dizziness. Things that I don't get angry at: Bunnies, Gerard Butler, Blood donors, The colour purple, Parrots, Flan.
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2 Responses to When I’m up, I can’t get down!

  1. Esther says:

    You and your dad are most likely my favorite people in the entire universe. Thank you for keeping the world updated!

  2. mo says:

    That statue is freaky!! His arms reach almost to his knees!!

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