Sunday, January 31, 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010
Here are pictures from the evening:
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Dad is still in heart failure. Dad has 2 leaky valves, the mitral and the aortic. Until / if the heart muscle gets stronger then they will address the valves.
I typed what the Dr said while he was talking with us so I have more detailts but we have to get back to him. We left for lunch since he was having lunch.
More later! Thank you to everyone for your good thoughts and prayers!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
The People In My Head are always SO supportive. Because of course, it is my brain and the only negative person allowed in there is me.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I miss you everyday. I am grateful that you are at peace and watching over us from Heaven and some times through Jacob. I look in his eyes and see you staring back at me. A little freaky and a lot comforting at the same time. Thank you Mommy!
P.S. here is a link to a post I did about my mom and the birth of Son. See Mom died on the 24th and Son was born on the 27th. We left the graveside services to go to the hospital. Anyway, go read if you have time for a long post!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
You take one of these:
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
My Dad has had a knee replaced and has beat 2 types of cancer. He's a fighter.
After Christmas, Dad announced that he wasn't feeling so good. His feet and legs were swollen and he was tired. He would sit down and fall asleep, in a wink! We all urged him to go to the hospital but being the stubborn MAN he is, he refused. He did follow up with his regular doctor who ordered lots of tests and finally came up with a diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure. CRAP.
Ok. Deep Breath. My grandmother (Dad's Mom) had it for many, many years and seemed to be fine. It doesn't have to be a death sentence.
Dad followed up with a cardiologist this week, who ordered MORE tests. REALLY? there are more tests you can do? OKAY. Did I mention that my dad smokes like a chimney in the middle of a blizzard? For about 50 years? Lovely.
Tomorrow he goes for a stress test and next Wednesday back to the cardiologist to get a plan in place. My step mother is scared Silly about all this. I guess I'm a little scared too. I'm not ready loose my friend, my Daddy. I'm not ready to have Son loose his favorite grandpop. Love you Daddy!
Prayers and fingers crossed for tomorrows test will be greatly appreciated.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I am feeling better. Last night I actually slept for 6 hours without waking up at 2 am! Talk about refreshing. I have been walking twice a day with my friend Neicy, killing two birds with one stone (exercise AND sunshine). I have noticed more patience with Son from my better attitude and I was able to concentrate on my reading much better this weekend.
Thank you SO much for your support and tips. I know that I am strong enough to succeed and I am not afraid to ask for professional help. I also am not afraid to take meds if necessary. When I was in therapy before, I was on meds and told my therapist that I wanted to get better enough to cope with life without meds. I worked hard with her to learn my coping skills to get off the meds. That is one reason it was so important for me to catch this early, so I didn't let my mood get bad enough to need meds.
So, I know that I still need to concentrate on applying my skills to continue to improve my mood. But after just one week, I am feeling better. So for the next week, I will continue with what I have been doing and know that I will continue to improve.
On another nutty note: I am still planning to go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean on Super Bowl Sunday with Son and Neicy! We are still asking for donations to benefit the Special Olympics of Delaware! Leave me a comment if you are interested in donating.
Son and I had a 4-day weekend. For some reason, his school was off on Friday, something about an in-service day. me? I think it was a scam to get a 4-day weekend! Whatev. I decided that since my dad has been sick lately (more on that tomorrow after his Drs. appointment) that I would take a day off and not dump the kid on him.
So on Friday, Denise and her boys came over to my house to play! Denise and I both got Sony eReaders for Christmas and we each had books to share. So while the boys played trains or Nerf Guns, we shared our books and chatted. It was a great day!
On Saturday, Son and I did the weekly shopping/laundry/housecleaning thingy. I heard from a friend that he was in town visiting with his family. He said he would try to squeeze a little time for me too. YAY! He did manage to stop over for a quick visit on Saturday. It wasn't long enough for me but he was here to see his family, not me. I have to share.
Sunday, Son and I were bummies. I read pretty much all day, Son played video games and watched TV. We went out to dinner with the family as usual. Later, my friend IM'd me to see if he could come over and watch a movie. So we watched Cloverfield. I had trouble keeping up with who was who and what was going on in the movie. My friend described it as Blair Witch Project Meets Godzilla. Perfect description.
Monday was another bummy day. Son watched the all day marathon of Mythbusters while I read/napped/did absolutely nothing.
See? Boring! lol Anyway, I sit here with less than an hour before I am supposed to be at work and still need to get showered, etc. Gotta run! Tah tah for now!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Starting today, I have put up a BlogRoll on my sidebar. I will be using that to come and visit your actual blog!
Many talented women today risk undermining their careers without realizing it, simply because they don’t understand how they are perceived by their male colleagues and customers.
In What Men really Think, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn reveals the inner reality behind men’s views — the unspoken expectations that no man would dare to publicly acknowledge, and no woman would learn from an HR department. These revelations include:
• Men’s unwritten ‘rules’ of the workplace
• How men perceive workplace emotion
• What common situations with female colleagues most frustrate men-- and why
• Why revealing clothing can sabotage a woman’s effectiveness
• Why some men think flextime is fine, but equal compensation for it is not
What Men Really Think equips women with the information they need to make informed decisions and compete on a level playing field.
This book gave me some insight into working with a male boss again. From the chapter about emotions in the workplace to the chapter on the little things that drive men crazy, there were many insightful tidbits to help a woman in a male run workplace.
Shaunti put a lot of research and time into the information in the book. And while there was information specifically for the Christian, it could be easily missed throughout the book. There was a chapter on putting it into perspective at the end of the book directed specifically toward the Christian woman.
I enjoyed reading and learning about the male thoughts on emotion in the workplace, how men compartmentalize their thoughts and duties, and how perceptive they can be toward women in the workplace. I hope to apply some of this information in my own position.
You can purchase the book here:
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
6. Sunshine. You need sunshine.
Monday, January 11, 2010
Tomorrow. I WILL like myself better. Promise.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
This year, Son is old enough to join us and he is SO excited! We, of course have to raise money. If you are interested in donating, send me an email and I will send you the link!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
I guess after all the drugs and exercise they think you need alcohol. I know I would!