Monthly Archives: October 2014

Week of October 27th – Best of Liver Lovers Unite


It’s Halloween. Happy day of candy eating, tricking, and dressing up. Derek and I will be handing out candy to maudlin teenagers that are frankly, TOO OLD to be begging for candy, especially when their costumes are woefully sub-par. Yes, I am the grinch that stole Halloween.

Hope you guys have a great weekend!

1. Benedict Cumberbatch clears up that whole peng-wings debacle.

2. I have never agreed with a poster more.

Just say NO to raisins. Always and forever.



3. Daniel Radcliffe raps Blackalicious’ Alphabet Aerobics

I thought the Harry Potter movies were pretty good. But Daniel Radcliffe? He is the real deal. I wish we were friends so we could hang out and play video games together. Sigh.

4. From one of my favorite blogs: Maddie on Things.

This dog is so patient.

maddie and balloons

5. If you’ve ever had to tape down cords, this video will blow your mind.


October 30th, 2013

A year ago today, our crazy adventure in liver transplantation began in earnest. For those of you that weren’t reading the blog back in the early days, here’s a link to Derek’s account of what happened the night the Red Sox won the World Series in 2013.

My Trip to the ICU and a Pragmatic Approach to Coping

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The Worst Witch

When I was a kid, my favorite movie to watch for Halloween was The Worst Witch. I really wanted to be a witch when I was a little kid. Well, it was one of a few options. I also wanted to be, in no particular order:

1. A witch

2. A spy or some kind of secret agent

3. A pool shark

4. A fighter pilot

5. An actress

These were all pretty unlikely career choices, and being a witch was obviously the least likely to happen, but I still fantasized about it. And The Worst Witch is just so endearing. Plus, Tim Curry is a delight and who doesn’t love Mrs. Garrett? So if you’re looking for a super cheesy 80s movie to watch to get you in the mood for Halloween, this is my suggestion. Skip to 46:05 to see Tim Curry being absolutely ridiculous.



Weekend Recap: October 24-26

TL;DR —-> We hiked up most of Cannon on Saturday and it was fun and challenging. Feel free to skip to the pictures. If you’ve got some time to kill, the full hike report is below. I am supposed to be doing homework, so of course I’m writing a nearly 1200 word essay on our hike instead.

Our plan last weekend was to hike Cannon Mountain, but as we mentioned, homework got the better of both of us. This weekend, we were determined to make the hike happen. When we arrived at the base we realized that last weekend was the last weekend the tram at Cannon ran until ski season. That meant we would have to hike up the mountain and back down the way we came. This did not seem like that big of a deal. I prefer loop hikes that offer one kind of terrain for the ascent and another for the descent. Or to put it another way, I don’t mind a technical climb up with a modicum of scrambling up rocks, but I sure as hell don’t want to do that on the way down.

The hike up Cannon gets your heart pumping right away; there’s a lot of vertical to go up in a relatively short period of time. Derek led the way and I followed. About a half mile into the climb, the terrain changed a bit. We had to navigate up some rocky parts and we were in some cases going up a sluice-like trail, or something out of an Indiana Jones movie: if water––or a giant boulder––were to suddenly be released from the top of the mountain, we would have been goners. Or taking a positive outlook, if it was water we’d have been in for an adventurous slide down a mountain ala that scene in The Goonies. That lasted for a bit and then the terrain changed again. Now we were gingerly choosing our foot placements as we traversed what was once a dry creek bed. It rained pretty hard the last few days and we were treated to many little waterfalls. No big deal, it was easy to sidestep the major puddles, and although most of the rocks were covered in leaves, neither of us had much difficulty finding a path that worked.

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