Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 9/23/2010

This must be a very special post, because it's my first Thursday Thirteen since I reached 13 followers! So let's all take a moment of silence in honor of the occasion.

Okay, not really. That's a bit much, don't you think?

For today's Thursday Thirteen, I'm going to do thirteen pictures that make me smile. Some are of me, some are of family, some are random.


1. My sweet Cole. I think he was 2 in this picture? We went to the zoo. We were riding a train, which was his and Gage's favorite thing! While riding, he looked up with this adorably sweet look. I'm glad I captured it on film as it is one of my favorite pictures!


2. Silly Caleb..... my nephew is quite the silly little ham at times. Yes, in addition to the sunglasses, he is carrying around a toothbrush. Why, I really don't know!



3. Okay, this one has a story that makes the picture funny. As you know if you've been reading my blog, you know that last week I went out to Washington and Idaho to see a friend and her family. Well, this is her van in the picture. And here is the slightly (or very) embarrassing story behind all the white stuff on the van....

We went to Walmart (pretty much the only store in town!) to pick up some party essentials for the next day. When we got there, I discovered a big spider had built a web between the rear-view mirror on my side and the window. Now I HATE spiders. Especially big spiders....

So, killing wasn't a great option because I would have to get too close to it and it was big and ugly.

I had heard within the last month that when faced with these hideous creatures, a good way to kill them is to spray something on them. It momentarily paralyzes them, making them fall off of whatever they're clinging to, and thus making it possible to stomp on them to kill them. Easy enough.

I see sprayable sunscreen in the van......

(Now, in my defense, all sprayable sunscreens I had ever used were clear!)

I ask Lisa if she thought I should spray it on the spider. She says yes.

It went EVERYWHERE! And as you can see from some of the smearing, the more we tried wiping it off (with a wet baby wipe, when I think something dry was needed) the worse it got! So then, in addition to trying to clean up the mess while the two kids looked on in confusion, we were trying to do it while laughing so hard we could hardly breathe!

(For all of you "live and let live" bug lovers, don't hate me. Spiders just really creep me out!



4. Two of my wonderful friends - Audrey (the bride) and Linda. This was at Audrey's wedding (Audrey is actually my cousin in addition to being my friend). We needed to update the picture of the 3 of us as we all look better than the one I had currently had displayed at my house!




5. and 6. Also from Audrey's wedding. These two pictures have the same story, so I'm lumping them together. Kim (another cousin, Audrey's sister-in-law) was also a bridesmaid (hence our same "choice" of dress that day). We had these pieces of cloth that we were told we needed to wear. When that day came and we went to put them on, we realized that no one had thought about how we were to wear them and they were pretty long. So Kim and I got "creative." I thought we were funny. Some others didn't. :) (We ended up doubling them and wearing them over our shoulders. But my advice for all future brides is if you're getting married at a church that requires shoulders to be covered, just buy dresses that have something covering the shoulders. Adding to dresses is kind of a pain, and if you're going for the matching look, they don't end up looking identical.)




7. That is Gage, Cole's older brother. They were mice for a school play; and I have to say, for a rodent, he is downright adorable!


8. Another picture with Audrey. I just really like this picture of the two of us! This was at her brother Justin's wedding. She was the maid of honor, so she was more fancily attired. In addition to being my cousin, she's practically a sister to me. She lived with us for 6 months growing up and then again for 2 years when she was finishing up college. Love, love, love!



9. This is a silly picture of a good day. It was in Singapore on my mom's birthday last year. We went to a mall for a restaurant called "Carnivore." (As you can imagine, lots of meat was served!) Then we played on the play area with Caleb (Evan was only 6 weeks, so he didn't do much.) This was one of the things to sit/play on.



10. Why yes, my nephew is adorable. Thanks for noticing!



11. I loved my trip to Europe. I went with a large group ranging in age from 16-68! There were 43 of us, I believe! It was a great time, and this was our one whole group picture. It was taken in Switzerland, right before we went to Mt. Pilatus.

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12. More of my boys. I'm a very proud aunt; what can I say. :)



13. Because of the ghetto nature of the door (underground parking garage in Detroit), Ashley was doing her best "ghetto pose." Hehe!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless (Almost) Wednesday - September 22, 2010

Technically, it’s only almost wordless Wednesday. But here are some pictures from my trip. I must say, I have to say that I think mountains are my favorite natural beauty/wonder. Waterfalls are also in contention. I actually did see a little waterfall in Spokane, but everywhere I turned were mountains!



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Deanna's How To Guide On: Annoying People on an Airplane!

So, flight back to Michigan……
I’m actually typing this on the plane (yay for my first trip post-laptop!) but obviously can’t post from the plane. But since I have nothing else to do except apparently entertain my crazy seatmate, I shall write a blog. Allow me to explain…..
The flight from Spokane to Phoenix was CROWDED! As in, every single seat was taken. And somehow, I ended up with a middle seat instead of the aisle that I thought I booked. (I love aisle seats and hate the trapped feeling of a non-aisle seat!) So I kept thinking in the back of my mind (as I sat between aisle guy who was sleeping thereby blocking the exit and window guy who was talkative and hairy and kept eating stinky beef jerky) “Wouldn’t it be great if I had a row to myself on the flight from Phoenix to Detroit?” (I had one on my way from Phoenix to Spokane last week and it was FABULOUS! I slept practically the whole way by stretching out between 3 seats!
Fast forward to boarding the plane….. it looks like a light crowd. Things are definitely looking favorably!
Fast forward to them finishing boarding the plane. Things are definitely looking good! They announce that people can feel free to find alternate seats if they choose since there are so many empty seats. I watch nervously to see if anyone is currently in a row of 3 and they’re going to take one of “my” seats…. No? Yay! I can sleep! (Keep in mind my plane lands at 1:30 a.m. 45 minutes from home and I get up for work tomorrow around 6. My desire for sleep is totally justified, I think!
The captain turns off the “fasten seatbelts” light. I decide to stretch out a little as I continue reading. Not completely out – I don’t get out my pillow quite yet, but I move to the window seat for back support and stretch my legs out on the other two seats.
About 5 minutes later, this lady comes and says “I’m going to sit here now. I’m in a row by myself and I don’t like flying alone!” So she sits down in my aisle seat! Now I can’t get up whenever I want! Now I’m once again trapped! Now I’m forced to listen to her as she talks and talks. And, she’s a nervous flyer , so she keeps asking me over and over “How much longer?” My response each time (as I’m not wearing a watch and don’t even really know exactly when we’re landing”) “I don’t know.” I make polite conversation for like half an hour and sporadically after that as she started talking.
She finally got up to harass/talk to the crew about what causes turbulence, are we going to crash, how much longer, etc. and I take the opportunity to remove a few items from my carry-on since I can now access it. These items included my pillow, my food, and my headphones. When she comes back, I’m watching a DVD on my computer. Can there really be any clearer sign to a stranger on a plane that you don’t feel like talking than headphones on which I pointedly remove every time she asks me “how much longer?” If so, I have no idea what it is. But, being subtle is lost on this woman. (The headphones trick never works with my mom either…. But I thought with a stranger it just might.) She persists in making comments every couple of minutes. “Are we landing soon?” “Are you supposed to have your computer on?” “What time is it?” (Um, I don’t know. Yes, or they would have announced it. You’re the one with the watch.”)
I’m now considering moving on to step 2 – pretending to sleep!

Friday, September 17, 2010

5 Question Friday - September 17, 2010

Five Question Friday as brought to us by Mama!

1. What is the first nightmare you remember?
I have vague memories of having bad dreams before this, but the first one I can really remember was while I was in Africa. This (what I thought) was a cobra was chasing us and chasing us, trying to kill us. I remember crying when I woke up.


2. Even if you're not a sports fan, what's your favorite sport to play/watch?
Figure skating! But if you mean the more major sports, I suppose hockey. As far as playing, volleyball or basketball. But probably volleyball.


3. If you could pull off one piece of trendy fashion, what would you want it to be (jeggings, hats, thigh high boots, etc.)?

I would never wear jeggings just because I despise the name! :) Probably hats. They just look silly on me!


4. Did you make good grades in school?
In high school, I was the valedictorian. In college, I wish I had done a little better, but made Magna Cum Laude, so clearly I did alright!


5. What magazines do you subscribe to? Glamour.... a recent subscription. I like to read it while I'm at the gym!

My First Blog Award!

I just received my first blog award!



It was from the wonderful Price Family!

With this great honor comes great responsibility.... here are the rules for accepting the award. :)

Rules for accepting the award:

1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog with the name of the person who has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have newly discovered.

3. Contact those blog owners and let them know they've been chosen.


(I may be a bit loose in my interpretation of "newly discovered."

Without further adieu, here are the 15 wonderful bloggers I would like to award.

1) Molly at Stilettos and Diapers
2) Rachel at Randomness with Rachel
3) Lori at Everyday Blessings
4) Joy at All About the Hendersons
5) Anita at The Other Side of Me
6) Kim at Kropf Konnections
7) Ashley at Roja in Virginia
8) Jennifer at Do I Have To Be A DINK?
9) Mrs. G at My Life in the Making
10) Sonja at The Mud and the Lotus
11) Aly at The Infertility Overachievers
12) Britt at P.E.A.C.E. Began
13) Courtney at The Peeks
14) Rebekah at Heart Cries
15) Rebekah at Sailing My Way Through

Enjoy, ladies!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 9/16/2010

Happy Thursday, everyone!

Today is a great day. I'm on vacation (after 7 hours on a plane to get here) and so I have plenty of time to think. It's also my brother's birthday, so you should all wish him a happy birthday. Just kidding. :)

In honor of the fact that I am now in Idaho, I'm going to write my Thursday Thirteen about 13 places I have been. As I've mentioned before, I love to travel.

1) Hilton Head, South Carolina
We went here as a senior in high school for our senior trip. Priceless memories.... crazy memories, including a 17 hour van ride where our chaperone blasted the heat as high as it would go when he got upset with us. The beaches there were the prettiest beaches I have ever seen!

2) Singapore
I've been to Singapore 3 times - 2005, 2006, and 2009. It's a beautiful city nation. I find it to be a little too hot, but still very nice. By a little too hot, it's right on the equator, and it's between 80 and 100 degrees ALL THE TIME! And sooo very humid! I love it though, especially because that's where my babies are. :)

3) Orlando, Florida
When I was 6, my family drove to Florida over Christmas break. I think it took us 3 days each way of driving? Maybe only 2. Once there, we went to Disney World and Epcot! This was really exciting! We didn't do a lot of big vacations, but that one was definitely a highlight!

4) San Francisco, California
In 2002, I went on a vacation to San Francisco both to see the area and visit friends who had moved out there. They had been my campus pastors in college, and since I had finished school but couldn't start full-time teaching until the fall, it was the perfect chance to go. That was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean! We also went to Monterrey, Carmel, Pebble Beach, etc.

5) Hamilton, Alabama
This is a very unique place as well. But I love it. I love the people there, I love the Ramp, and I love just the atmosphere of the place. There are several little stores that are fun to look in. Really, I think it's mostly that I love the people and the Ramp down there!

6) Africa
When I was 8, my family and I went to Africa to visit my mom's twin sister and family. We flew into South Africa, but mainly spent time in Botswana. One dramatic story from that trip is chronicled here, but there were many more fun times, memories, and more!

7) Charlevoix, MI
Northern Michigan is beautiful! I grew up spending many summer breaks up in the Traverse City area where my Grandma had a home. But in more recent years, I went twice with a GREAT group of friends to Charlevoix. We rented two big houses, one on a beach and one on a golf course. They were the "quiet house" and the "beach house." Sleep was not something we did much of, but movies, food, luaus, and endless Uno games were the norm. Because it was through a church group, we also had worship services, Bible studies, discussions around the bonfires, etc. Love it and would love to go back!


8) Chicago
I put this on almost jokingly.... my aunt lives outside of Chicago. We go almost once a year and NEVER GO INTO THE CITY! I'm the only one in my family who seems to think we should. I mean, we've gone maybe twice? When we're like 15 minutes away? Really?

9) Pennsylvania
My cousin and his family live in Pennsylvania, so I go occasionally to visit. Other than spending time in their home, I love Presque Isle, which is a beach on Lake Erie.

10) Paris
As I've written about before, in 2004 I went to Europe. Paris was sooo beautiful!

11) Sandusky, Ohio
Home of Cedar Point, America's Roller Coast! I love Cedar Point and riding all the roller coasters. My favorite is probably the Maverick or the Raptor. But the Dragster and Millenium Force and Magnum are incredible as well!

12) Switzerland
Same trip as Paris, I loved seeing the Alps, riding to Mt. Pilatus, and taking a boat cruise to see more of the area. Not to mention, there was lots of great shopping. One of my favorite memories from this whole trip was a fondue restaurant we went to with live folk dancing and music.

13) Germany
Highlights of the Germany trip were Neuschwanstein Castle, the Black Forest, and Munich. It's a beautiful country full of friendly people!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Year Ago Today.....

A year ago today, I started my new job.

My previous job had been going worse and worse - we were losing so much money, 2 people had already been laid off, changes were always discussed but never implemented, etc. In a small company, covering for 2 people who left is really hard - that was about 20% of the company gone! It was also a far drive - 23 miles each way. I would routinely leave my house at 6:30 a.m. and return at 6:30 p.m., sometimes later. Even worse was the feeling of not being able to trust some of my co-workers- I felt they would gladly throw me under the bus if they thought it would save their jobs or make things easier.

In addition to that, because of everything going on, it was so stressful. I didn't really feel appreciated or that any changes would ever be made. To make a long story short, I started looking around for a new job.

Well, I found one! Interestingly enough, it's at a firm that I had interviewed at the previous December. I was one of the finalists for that position, but they hired someone else (who now works with me). But they were expanding again, needed more help, remembered me when I applied (for the anonymous Monster posting), and TADA! I'm there!

It's so much better of a work environment for me. Is it stressful at times? Yes. But it's a different type of stress. Instead of bleeding money, we actually make money - radical thought, I know! My boss is great about listening and implementing new ideas. If I ask why something is how it is, I've yet to hear the phrase "Because that's just how we do it." And..... it's a mere 7 miles from home!!!!

Working there the past year has been challenging, enjoyable, busy, productive, and overall wonderful. It's such a blessing to have a job I like (most of the time, hehe) and with people I don't dread being around. I recently received a promotion, and can easily see myself working there for years to come!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oh, Happy Day!!!!!

I FIXED THE PROBLEM WITH MY BLOGGER AT WORK!!!!!!!!!!

I can now read and write blogs from my desk at work! When I have time while doing other things of course! I can check my gmail on my lunch break. I can access calendars as needed.

I am soooo happy! Stupid spyware! Stupid tech who couldn't fix it! I fixed it after searching online for a solution! Craziness.....

I'm back!!!!!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

September 11

Wow, 9 years. It seems like a lifetime ago. It seems like just yesterday.

Today, I'm particularly thinking of those babies born to 9/11 victims and heroes. Babies that died never knowing their daddies. I saw a Primetime special on them when they were about a year old. I can't help thinking that those babies are now 8 or almost 9 years old. Their mommies have been raising their babies without their spouses/significant others for all those years. (I'm sure many of them have remarried, etc., but it's still just unbelievable to think about.) I pray for them.

I think about how our country has changed - 2 wars, new security checks at every airport, etc. I don't remember much about how travel was in a pre-September 11th environment.

I think about the heroes that died that day - from Flight 93 to the firefighters and policemen to the priest ministering to the hurting after the first tower collapsed.

I think about the many families who have lost soldiers in the fight against Osama Bin Laden and others like him since that time.

I think of the many feelings that came with that day that seemed to spread nationwide - feelings of fear, uncertainty, grief, but also of unity and pride.

I think of the kindergarten students I was teaching as the towers fell; they are now in high school. Just a few short weeks later, one of the fathers of one of the students went to Ground Zero to help (he was a firefighter). Upon returning, he told us a lot, but said it was really indescribable.

I remember the prayer meeting that night when my church got together to pray for our nation; things were a mess and confusing, but we knew 2 things - we wanted to be together and we needed to be praying.

I remember my brother was in India during the attack. I remember feeling grateful that he had left September 4th and not September 11th. Sometimes, one week makes all the difference.

Because things really do change that quickly - one week, one day, one hour, one second, and life as we know it can change.

I pray today for all those who are grieving on a personal level and for our nation as we grieve on a national level. To those who lost their lives, you are gone, but not forgotten.

God bless America.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Five Question Friday - September 10, 2010

Five Question Friday!


1. Do you feel guilty spending money on yourself?
Sometimes. I feel like I should be saving more or I'll think about the good I could do with the money if I were to give it away to help someone else. But, in everything, there's balance, right?

2. How well do you know your neighbors?
Not very well at all. I know the names of 3 of them, and a couple random facts (i.e. dog name, where one has a second home) but that's it. We smile and wave, and that's about it.

3. What age are you looking forward to being?
Hmmm..... can't say I'm looking forward to any particular age. Age is just a number. :)


4. Do you get excited when the mail comes? Why?
Yes, but once I get it I'm usually "meh" about it. I rarely get anything excited. :)


5. What is your earliest childhood memory?
I have an insane memory. I remember many things from when I was as young as two and can give details. (See yesterday's post for an example.) But because I was only 2, I don't remember the order of the different incidents! :)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 9/9/2010

As usual, I'm doing my Thursday Thirteen as inspired by the fabulous Rachel!

Today, inspired by an incident earlier today, I am going to write about thirteen of my more memorable injuries. In no particular order......

1) Head injury #1. This occurred when I was 2 years old. I have very vivid memories of it! This is where it gets bad to have a fantastic memory! I was in a treehouse with my cousins, and my older cousin was trying to rearrange people in the treehouse (just usual movement). Unfortunately for my poor head, he inadvertantly pushed me from the tree house. I hit my head on a rock as I landed. I was rushed to the doctor where I got stiches. No fun. I can still clearly remember what the doctor who did the stitches looked like and my dad coming straight from work to the doctor's office. Up until about a year ago, my family didn't realize how clearly I remembered the incident; they thought I had vague memories from being told about it. Then when I described the coat I was wearing and what was on the coat, they realized I really can remember it. :)

2) 3 Broken Fingers. I was in the 6th grade. I was playing basketball in my driveway with one of my brother's friends and he tripped me!!!! It may or may not have been an accident. I will never know. For 3 days, my mom thought I was complaining about pain because of the relatively minor scrapes. She didn't know why I was making such a big deal. Finally, she took me to the doctor when she realized how swollen my fingers were, and sure enough, broken! In that time, we had school pictures, and looking back, you can see how swollen the fingers were!

3) Bicycle Injury when I was 7, a.k.a. my first hospital trip! I was riding my bike with my brother and dad when I hit a patch of gravel. I FLEW off the bike over the handlebars. My mouth bled and bled. My tooth chipped. We thought my nose might be broken. A kindly neighbor gave us a washcloth and ice and let us use the phone to call my mom. She came, picked us up, and determined that a hospital trip was in order.

4) Tree stand adventures, aka Head Injury #2
So, when I was 7, my cousins, brother, and I were going walking through the woods behind my grandparent's house. (My maternal grandparents lived in the country, over in Indiana.) While walking, we came across a tree stand/hunting platform. We decided to climb it. As we were getting down, my shoe slipped off the ladder rung (I was wearing jelly shoes, if you remember those. They were pink and sparkly and NOT ideal for the woods!) Anyway, I reached out for a branch, and it broke!!!! So I fell the 6 feet to the ground, was knocked unconscious, and don't remember anything for the next 15 minutes. Apparently, my brother ran back to the house to get my dad while my cousin's stayed with me. When I came to, we started walking/them carrying me back to the farm house. My dad got to me before we finised walking and he carried me the rest of the way. Not fun....

5) Worst McDonald's injury. a.k.a. Head Injury #3/Back Injury #2/Hospital Visit #2
Okay, I worked at McDonalds 7 years and had many minor injuries, mainly burns. But one particularly bad injury stands out. It was December 1998 and I was working extra on my holiday break from school. I was in a rush as I was doing some closing stuff, and one of the crew people had apparently left water all over the floor prior to mopping. I slipped as I went around the corner, feet flew up in the air, and I landed hard. But don't worry, my head broke my fall. :/ Ouch! The other manager heard the impact, came to check what it was, and FREAKED OUT! Was sure I was even worse hurt than I was and was on the phone with 911 when I went into the office to figure out why he wasn't helping me. My back and head were hurting. Eventually, I got home and could barely sleep. The next morning, I went to work but was SO dizzy. And then when I would bend over (to put on socks, etc) I passed out and fell over... twice. Not good. The dizziness continued at work (yes, I tried working despite this). When my boss called, he said I didn't sound like myself and I told him what happened. He panicked, called another manager to run the store, and ordered me to the urgent care clinic. The doctor wouldn't listen to me about my head but acted like the back was the big deal.... until I passed out while he was examining my back. He then sent me straight to the hospital where I waited and waited for hours. It turns out it was a concussion. I got home after 11 hours in the hospital. When I got there, my aunt from Africa had arrived! :) A couple weeks later, I was not getting any better so I had to go back to the doctor who thought I might have a slight skull fracture. Turns out it was just a really bad concussion.


6) First Major Car Accident
In December 2007, on my way to Caleb's 1st birthday party, I did the reckless thing of stopping at a red light. The driver behind me thought this was CRAZY and drove through it at 65 miles per hour. Of course, driving through the light meant driving through me. My car was pushed around 200 feet, the frame broke in two places, and I ended up with whiplash, a bulging disc in my lower back, torn muscles in my neck, and a vertebrae that rotated almost completely around. Between physical therapy and chiropractic, I was in care for 11 months!

7) Second basketball injury, a.k.a. Head Injury #3
This injury came at the hands of my brother. In reading these posts, I think I can blame most of my injuries on family members. See, I'm not klutzy! It's my family! ;) Anyway, I was playing basketball with my brother and some of his friends (he was in a basketball league and we were playing afterwards) and I was defending my brother. He went one way in an attempt to fake me out; and thinking it worked, he passed the ball. It went right into my face..... concussion and several loose teeth later, I could barely talk with my swollen jaw. This was right before parent teacher conferences! Oops! One of the families in my room consisted of a doctor and a dentist. During my conference, she kept asking about my teeth and he was concerned about my head. :)

8) Knife to the thumb
So, my cousin used to be a cook at the Bible school that my brother and cousins went to. I was up there visiting and was "helping" her in the kitchen..... with a knife. In addition to slicing the buns I was asked to, I went above and beyond the call of duty and sliced my thumb too!

9) Major Car Accident #2
February 2009..... hit from behind in a hit and run. Fun times. Concussion, back injury, and whiplash. More fun in physical therapy! Fund with a neurologist! The fun never stops. :)

10) Soccer Injury
More minor.... sprained ankle playing soccer in gym class. Tore a ligament or two.

11) Alabama Oopsie!

12) Dog bite
When I was young, my aunt's dog bit my thumb. The dog was really just trying to get to the treat I was holding up. Not a big deal. Just a tiny scar. But I was running out of injuries to talk about!

13) Today!
Well, what started off as a normal day of work turned out..... not normal! I was wearing pants that are cuffed and just a bit too long. I was wearing heels. The two were an unfortunate combination. My heel got caught in the cuff and I fell.... hard. While carrying coffee. Injuries include sore back and neck from the hard fall (minor), cut thumb from impact, and a badly skinned knee from impact. I think I need reinforced knees like young boys get in their pants. I also have a sore wrist, scraped hands, and my shirt has coffee stains. And let's not even discuss my co-worker's wall...... or the important papers we had JUST received via Fed Ex! I can laugh at it now. Everyone else laughed at it, so I might as well. :)


Now why oh why do people keep saying I'm accident prone? ;)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

What a weekend!

Wow... it's been quite the whirlwind since last Friday. I alluded to it in my Five Question Friday post, but I'll post some more details now.

So, Friday I'm at work, and my mom calls and tells me my aunt is in the hospital. My aunt moved in August, about 2 1/2 hours away. So I'm immediately trying to figure if I should go down there if she has to stay. She has two young boys who are my "nephews." I'm worried that if she's in the hospital, obviously her husband will want to be with her, so maybe I should go take care of the boys? Hmmm... something to ponder. But I decide to wait until at least we know if she's being admitted, how long she'll be there, etc.

So Friday evening, I was headed to my cousin's house for a bonfire. It's about a 45 minute drive. While I was driving, my mom called. I assumed it was with an update on my aunt. It wasn't. The conversation went something like this:
Me: "Hi, Mom."
Mom: "Hi. Dr. X called, and I'm going to the hospital right now."
Me: "Huh... what?!?!"
Mom: "Yes, we just got home from dinner and he called. You're still coming over tomorrow, right?"
Me: "Yes. I mean, what? Wait! Why?"

To make a very long story short, her potassium and platelet levels were way high. Like crazily, dangerously high. So she had to go to the hospital for more tests. So I finally get to my cousin's house and complain to her about it all. (After making sure my mom didn't want me at the hospital. She's quite particular about that. The ER isn't a fun place and it's less fun when you have 3 people in a very tiny area.)

Anyway, Audrey was appropriately sympathetic. :) She was worried too about both my aunt and my mom. Later that night I heard from my aunt who was no longer in the hospital and my mom who had to stay in the hospital. :( Also, got ahold of my brother in Singapore to keep him informed. My, having a spread out family can be a pain at times!

Fast forward to the next day, after a largely sleepless night, and my mom thought she was being released at 11ish. Surprise! The new doctor on shift said she needed to stay another night. This was not pleasing to her..... to say the least. But, we made plans for me to come visit her after doing a ton of stuff at her house (sorting through boxes and boxes of teaching stuff that I had left there!). Then in another change, she was able to come home around 7:30! Yay! With medicine, including a drug that's used for chemotherapy.... seriously serious stuff!

Exhausting, emotional 24 hours. Sunday, I was so tired and worn out on every level that I skipped Sunday morning church. I went back to my parents' Sunday afternoon and then church Sunday night. Sunday night I didn't fall asleep until around 5:30. I thought to myself that I hadn't even fallen asleep until after the time I usually get up on Monday mornings! Good thing it was a holiday!

Monday was a day of cleaning and resting. Then Monday night was a much needed girls' night with Audrey (cousin mentioned earlier) and Linda. Chinese food, chocolate cake, and Pride and Prejudice (Colin Firth version, of course) were a needed cure for all the craziness. This is a picture of the three of us from Audrey's wedding last year. Some of my favorite girls' nights are with these fine ladies!


The craziness, two-nights-no-sleep, lots of stress, etc. is still taking its toll on me. Both physically and apparently my mind is processing it all and I'm having CRAZY dreams! Hopefully, this too will pass. :)

Oh, and I talked to my aunt again on Monday, and she seems to be fine too.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday - September 8, 2010



Happy birthday, Grandma Mary. I don't think they have calendars and therefore birthdays in heaven; but if I'm wrong, I hope you have a very special birthday in the presence of Jesus. Free of pain, suffering, and everything that you had your last few birthdays down here.

Love you and I'll see you again!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Five Question Friday - September 3, 2010

So late in the day to be posting this! Much craziness has been the story of the day.....

Quick recap - a.m. workout, crazy workday with no blog access, my aunt in the hospital, my mom in the hospital, my aunt checking herself out of the hospital, bad appointment after work...... the list goes on and on.

But now for the answers to Five Question Friday. I'm sure you were all waiting anxiously!



1. What do you do when you have time to yourself?
When I have free time, I usually either read or clean. Or sometimes I just lay around and watch Gilmore Girls DVDs or silly Lifetime movies. My days are usually just so overly scheduled that the rare occasions that I have total free time, I just like to relax.

2. When you look out your kitchen window, what do you see?
Nothing! I have no kitchen window. This would be so sad, but since I'm in the kitchen less than any other room in the house, I guess it works out well. :)

3. Who/What would you want to be reincarnated as?
I don't believe in reincarnation, so this question is just a little too weird for me to try to figure out. Especially after my rough day! It's too much! Don't you feel sorry for my rough day??? :)

4. What is your biggest pet peeve about other people's kids?
When they're disrespectful and the parents act like it's no big deal. Or when it's obvious that the parents let the kids get away with talking to other people like that. That's probably the worst ones. I have other ones as well. :)


5. Regular or Diet soda?

Neither! But on the VERY rare occasions when I drink pop (not soda!), it's regular. :)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - Books!

Thursday Thirteen as found on Randomness with Rachel!

13 Books I love and have read multiple times:

1. The Bible. The first time I read through it, I think it took me about 3 years. :) In my defense, I think I was 7 when I started, and it was the King James Version. There are a lot of hard words in that for a little kid. And a lot of begetting.... I lost interest in much of Chronicles. :) Further readings have gone much easier.

2. Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants - I've read the whole series more than once I think. Maybe not the 3rd one.... I own 1 and 4. This is one of the rare books where I think the movie is better than the book. But I like both. And the books are better than the 2nd movie, in my opinion.

3. The Princess by Lori Wick. This was the first Lori Wick book I ever read, and I fell in love with her writing! Lately, not so much, but her books for a time were my favorites!

4. Gone with the Wind. Like the Bible, I think I was overly ambitious the first time I read it. I was 11, I think. It took a very long time. Like I've mentioned before, once I start a book I almost always feel the need to finish it, despite the fact that I am struggling through it.

5. The WHOLE O'Malley Series by Dee Henderson. I think I've read them all 5 times each. The suspense is good in all of them, and I like the characters and how they interact. The premise is 7 adults who met in an orphanage but legally change their names when they turn 18 to form a family. They all have interesting jobs such as hostage negotiator, U.S. Marshall, etc. Each book has a mystery.

6. Love Comes Softly and sequels. Before I was a Lori Wick fan, I was a Janette Oke fan. This series, along with the Canadian West series, was my favorite. Now they have made movies out of them, mostly seen only on tv. The first one (maybe 2?) star Katherine Heigl before she really became all that famous. But the books are better. Look them up. :)

7. Pride and Prejudice. I love Jane Austen books and movies. I had never read any of the books, but had to read this one for my college English class. I loved it and have read it multiple times.

8. Dealing with the Rejection and Praise of Man by Bob Sorge. This is an EXCELLENT book. It talks about how we need to find our identity in Christ. We shouldn't worry when people reject us, but we also shouldn't put our stock in their praise of us.

9. The Comforter by Dr. Brian Bailey. I read this book for pleasure/learning, but then I ended up taking a class where I had to read it a second time. Not a problem as it was a great book.

10. Most of the Babysitters' Club books - the first 100 or so anyway. They were my favorite books when I was a preteen/young teenager.

11. Most of the original Nancy Drew mysteries/Nancy Drew case files. Always loved a good mystery! The old ones were the best, but the case files were good too.

12. Series 7 Manual. It took multiple readings to learn the info well enough to pass the 7 1/2 hour test!!!!! Muni bonds, options, and regulations - oh my! But I survived. :)

13. Never Again Goodbye by Terri Blackstock. Actually, most of Terri Blackstocks books. But especially this one. Not a mystery like a lot of hers, but a great story over all.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Random Thoughts

So, a couple quick things on my mind, both based on things I've seen in the last few hours....

-I hate, hate, hate seeing on facebook when ladies I know refer to their exes/fathers-of-their-children as the child's/children's "sperm donor." I get that you have no relationship with him and wish your child didn't, but they are a former relationship of yours and someone that meant enough to you that you did a very intimate act with. Not just out of respect for them as a person, but for your child's sake who may one day see what you wrote, show everyone (including your facebook friends) the courtesy of not being tacky. (Yes, I know that facebook friends can choose to ignore what you write/choose to hide you, but I'm just expressing how tacky I think it is.) Obviously, I'm not referring to anyone who ACTUALLY used a sperm donor to conceive their child. I'm referring to bitter ladies who feel the need to drag their former relationship through the mud in a very public place.

-Right now, I'm watching the movie "Something New" with my mouth hanging on the ground. I'm shocked that this movie was made this century. It is one of the most racist movies I have ever seen, but it "gets a pass" because it's African-Americans talking about race. But really? I can't imagine it ever being acceptable for a movie to be made about a successful, career driven white woman who meets a black man who she really enjoys being with, but fights it because he's black. And then she finds a white man that she should be compatible with based on careers (the black man is a blue-collar woman; the white man is an executive) and social circles, but she doesn't have chemistry with. What to do? But if you reverse the races in the scenario I painted, add in family and friends who are horrified that she's dating outside her race, etc., and you have this movie! I mean, really? Plotlines about whether or not you should date someone or not based only on skin color and this is okay? Referring to the guy as a ski-slope or a flashlight just because he's white?

-Due to a new security setting at work, I can't access blogger from work anymore. It's so sad. My blogging/commenting time is practically non-existant!