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Archive for May, 2007

the telling

Friday, May 18th, 2007

There is little that is harder than calling your mom who lives 2,000 some miles away and saying, “The doctor thinks it looks like lymphoma.” Even harder is calling your dad who is only 20 miles away and can’t drive and say the same thing.
The list of calls you have to make seems a mile long and you have to pray for strength even if you are only leaving a message on an answering machine. The telling is not the easiest thing.

tired of being poked and prodded

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

I’ve had blood work done. I’ve had a gall bladder ultrasound. I’ve had an Upper GI done. Now I have an endoscopy scheduled tomorrow at some horridly early hour. They must fix this soon because I am at my limit.

don’t forget

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

The Newberry challenge officially starts today!

so over it

Monday, May 14th, 2007

I am so over being sick.
I’ve not eaten real food in eons.
I’ve lost a good 15 lbs (which I needed but would have preferred to do the “normal” way).
I can’t exercise because I have no energy so my muskles ala popeye have gotten flabby.
Housework while always a drudge is near impossible to do when you have problems standing for 2 minutes at a time.
I am too tired to read even.
I just watch reality tv reruns.
And that ain’t good for ye ol’ brain.
I am so over being sick.
Hopefully they figger out what is wrong soon.
I have to chaperone a field trip in a weeks time.
I have a vacation to CA coming up too.
Must. get. better.
If only we knew what was wrong?!


Thursday, May 10th, 2007

I just blogged a fairly decent blog and lost it. I’ll try again later when I have more energy.

Guilty Pleasures

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

There are things I enjoy that I am almost ashamed of. They are things that might not hold with my outward image I like to project. Then I remember that outward image is just that…outward. Who I am is and inward and outward being. There is more to me than the jeans I wear and the things I own.
Yet there are still some things I only do under the cover of darkness, things I don’t shout about on the rooftops. I’m going to whisper them to you right now. Full disclosure.
I love What Not to Wear. I want to be made over by Clinton and Stacey.
I read People magazine and not just for the book reviews.
I dance around my apartment to Don’t Ya by the Pussycat Dolls, Sexy Back by Justin Timberlake and My Humps by the Black Eyed Peas.
I love fountain Pepsis from Rickers’ and the occasional non Starbucks capp – straight from the convenience store.
I love TGIFridays Chicken Quesadilla Rolls dipped in sour cream. AND I double dip.
I like to go to movies by myself and not just “grown up” movies. I go under the guise of screening for my kids, but I saw Meet the Robinsons by myself and I had a good time.
I would also have gone to the opening of Spidey 3 at midnight if I had a car. Yes, I am that geeky.
I will eat in restaraunts by myself as long as I have a book, I am happy.
As much as I enjoy dancing to Baby Got Back, I also enjoy silence. Silence is golden.
Now that you know all these private things about me will you still respect me? Probably not. But that is okay. You have your guilty pleasures too.

For Everything a Season

Saturday, May 5th, 2007

I. love. Philip. Gulley. When I can manage to read this past week, I’ve been enjoying his book For Everything a Season – Simple Musings on Living Well. It is a collection of vignettes based on the verses in Ecclesiastes – “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”
I love his droll sense of humor. Gloria Gaither calls him part Mark Twain, part Garrison Keillor. I agree. Those are two other authors I love with a passion that is holy.
Just to give you a taste of his writing if you’ve never read him, here is a quote from the chapter “A Time to Hate.”
“…ever since then I’ve been trying to find a way to hate certain people and walk close to Jesus, but without success. If you’ve found a way to do that, let me know. There are several people I would love tohate if I thought I could get away with it.”
His non-fiction essays are simply lovely and his Harmony series is a hoot. Any one who has been a pastor or a pastor’s wife should enjoy his witty insight on being a pastor.
I’ve not read his other non-fiction works (If Grace Is True & If God Is Love) because I don’t hold with all his theology. That doesn’t mean that his other works aren’t fantastic! He lives here in Indiana. I’d love to meet him and pick his brain some time.
Mr. Gulley, can I sit on your stone porch some time and talk about black maple trees?

under the weather

Friday, May 4th, 2007

I’ve been feeling under the weather for…well, forever. It started innocuously enough. I felt really full and would have intense indigestion after eating just a little more than usual. Then I started throwing up if I ate more than usual. Even if it was just a bite. Then diarrhea. Then more throwing up. Till all I seemed to do was live in the bathroom or hugging a bucket.
I finally went to the doctor. Want to know what finally prompted me to do it? I felt too puny to read!! I knew something serious was wrong then.
The doc still doesn’t really know what is wrong. He listed a veritable laundry list of possibilities. I’ve been poked. Next week I’ll be prodded. In the mean time I’ve lost at least 10 more lbs from it and my jeans keep falling down.
I could still stand to lose 20 more lbs according to the doctors scales, BUT I want to be able to choose what I do and do not eat. Right now I don’t have a choice. All food is off limits to me.
So, here’s to not feeling puny any more and actually being able to read with out hugging the porcelain god.

are you a kindred spirit?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Which Anne of Green Gables character are you?

You are most like Anne Shirley. You love to day dream, read romance novels, and TALK! Yet, you are starving for love and attention, that is, till you come to Green Gables and meet Matthew, Marilla, and Mrs. Lynde.
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