Friday, September 30, 2005

We're In The Money...

It's hard to believe that a week ago, I was in Horseheads! I don't know where the week went, but it flew. Anyhow, here's one of the things I did while I was there!

My grandma had bought tickets to see the play, 42nd Street. It had been a while since I've even been to a play, and I hadn't seen that one. I had heard about it, but wasn't exactly sure what the storyline was about. So I was excited to go because my grandma doesn't always have an opportunity to bring her grandkids to something like this (she has over 25 grandkids, and several great-grandkids!), and I was going to see a play I hadn't seen before!

Saturday morning rolls around, and grandma announces she's got a sore throat that is not going away. So she is not sure about going to the play. However, she does decide to go to an outdoor festival thing going on in downtown Elmira (coincidentally across the street from where we'd be seeing the play). When we got back home, she definitely decides that she is not going to the play. How frustrating and disappointing! Of course, I can't blame her for not going. I wouldn't either if I wasn't feeling too well. So, she decides to ask my Aunt Dolores. Now, Dolores is a wonderful aunt. She is mentally challenged, but she is her own independent person. And sometimes she is just so funny! She enjoys the little things in life that most people take for granted. So she was very excited to be going to the play with 3 of her nieces!

So the 4 of us get to the theater, and we're quite impressed! Grandma managed to get tickets that were about 5 rows from the stage! Yay grandma!! The show begins about 10 minutes after we are seated, and I have to say that it was pretty entertaining. The tap dancing alone was amazing! I haven't seen tap dancing performed live, and it was really cool to see it! I didn't recognize any of the songs until they started singing "We're In The Money." Of course, then I had it in my head all night!! But the show was wonderful, and I thanked my grandma several times for buying tickets! I only wish she could have come!

After the show, Dolores and I waited outside for my cousin to get the van to pick us up. As we waited, we started recognizing some of the faces of people coming out of the building. They were actors in the play!! Dolores was amazed! We said congratulations to most of them, and it was just exciting! My aunt said to me, "Now you can tell your mom you met some movie stars!" Of course, they weren't movie stars, but to her they were! She really got a kick out of seeing the performers from the show we had just seen. It was awesome to see her reaction!

The play was really great, and I'm glad I got a chance to see it. It's always fun going to see a show! I just love watching and listening to how talented the actors are, and I've always wished I could be like them. In my next life, I want to be a performer and singer! lol

As for right now, I must figure out how to get We're In The Money out of my head!!

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Thanks, it's in my head now. Along with the rest of the score! Comment from luvmort - 10/4/05 2:28 AM

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Almost Bedtime

I realized I haven't written since my birthday, and then I also realized that I went away last Friday, and came back yesterday. lol I know I was busy the week before my trip, too, so that's another reason I haven't written in a while. Anyway, I went to my grandma's house in a little town called Horseheads, NY. It's right near Elmira, and it's a quiet area for the most part. It's about a 3 hour drive from my house, and usually very beautiful the closer we get there. The trip was very nice. I saw family that I haven't seen in quite some time, and it was so great seeing them! The one thing I took home from the trip: my grandma's sore throat. Grrr! So now I'm sick, and slowly (ever so slowly) am I getting better. It's so annoying not to be able to take a decongestant, or else I'd have this dumb cold gone by now! Ugh!! Anyhow, I plan on writing more about my trip, but right now, I need to get some sleep. Hopefully I'll be able to get some without coughing all night! I'm sooo tired....have a good night!

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Hope you're feeling better! Comment from luvmort - 10/1/05 8:19 PM

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Whoo Hooo, 30!!

Today is my 30th birthday! Some of you may think, "OMG, she's gone mad!! Celebrating being 30?? Oh my!" Well, I think of it as quite the opposite! I think of it as 30 years that I might not have had, considering my health conditions, and that my parents were told I might not live past the age of one. So, I thank the Good Lord for another year, and I pray that I might have 30 more!! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!

I'm having a party at my parents' house tonight with a bunch of family and friends. I'm looking forward to it, because they all mean so much to me. More than I can explain in words. I think they are a reason I'm still here after 30 years, because they show me such love and support when I'm going through tough times. I love them all, and I thank them also for giving me such happiness!

Ok, before I get too mushy, I'm off to rest a bit before getting changed and going to my parents'. I hope you all have a great day! :)

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Happy Birthday! Sorry I'm a little late, didn't sign on this weekend. I hope you saved me some cake :) and had a wonderful time celebrating with your friends and family. You're not getting older, just getting better. ((big b'day hugs)) ~ Lori Comment from fitzzer - 9/19/05 9:13 AM

Happy Birthday, my friend!! :D My greatest wish for you is to have 30 more wonderful years, and another 30 after that. :)I treasure your friendship more than you know. God Bless!! *Birthday HUGS* Comment from anglswinks - 9/17/05 6:11 PM

I WANNA COME! Happy birthday, dahling! Comment from luvmort - 9/17/05 3:56 PM

Friday, September 16, 2005

A Sad Loss

Being part of a support group is wonderful. You slowly start to feel like the other members are family, for the most part. They are people who really can sympathize with you, because they know exactly how you feel and your emotions since they also deal with the same thing. For over 2 years now, almost 3, I have belonged to PHA, and I read the message boards at least twice, sometimes 3 times a day. I've also participated in weekend chats, and chats on Wednesday nights. I've gotten to know many people, and I care about them all. We all support each other when we're down, or even when we have good news. We welcome the newcomers with open arms. It's wonderful to feel like part of a group who truly cares about each other. And I'm not even sure if I"ll meet any of these people because we are all over the country, all over the world.

With this all being said, we have lost a member of our "family." A wonderful woman who had PH so long, has died from it. While there have been a couple others who have passed away from PH since I was a member of the support group, this woman's death is different. She had had a heart/lung transplant. Her PH was gone, she had started life anew. She was doing well, and suddenly, the doctors discovered that her brand new lungs had also developed PH. This is unheard of. She is the first person with PH who had a lung transplant, and redeveloped PH. Sadly, they couldn't save her this time. It is scary to know that this could happen. How it did, we don't know. The doctors don't know, and are baffled. All I can say is that this woman is finally at peace, and breathing easier. May God Bless her family and give them comfort in knowing that she is finally not suffering anymore.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. ~ Lori Comment from fitzzer - 9/19/05 9:14 AM

So sad. Sorry to hear about this. Comment from luvmort - 9/17/05 12:13 AM

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Not A Happy Camper!!

I am rather irritated.

Because of my health, I haven't worked in about 5 years. Since I haven't worked in that long, I usually have no reason to get up very early in the morning anymore. Once in a blue moon, but not all that often.

Today I awoke to the lovely sound of 2 shitzu's scream barking at the top of their little shitzu lungs. Mind you, their wonderful pal, the golden lab, decided to also join in the ruckus.

It was still dark outside when this occurred!! It could have been the middle of the night for all I knew, but according to my watch after I activated Indiglo, it was 6am!!!

6am people!! I do NOT get up at this hour!!

After contemplating two very tempting options (one being yelling a obscenities out the window, the other one involving hurling a heavy object out the window), I decided on the third option of turning over and trying to go back to sleep. Somehow, I managed to drift back off into Lala Land. Only to be awoken about an hour later by a very loud sound. I thought it was a part of my dream at first. But then I realized there were loud bangs and crashes, and that they were right outside the OTHER window.

7am people!! I do NOT get up at this hour, either!!!

I layed in bed trying to go back to sleep. Yeah right. After about an hour of the madness outside, I finally just decided to get up. I looked out the window to find that the neighbor across the alley from me was having his driveway torn up and redone. No wonder I heard a jackhammer being 7am!!!

It is now almost 11am, and I'm already dead tired. This is not normal. I need a nap right about now. But unfortunately, the men are still working in the alley, which means trying to take a nap in the noise is just not gonna happen!! Maybe I'll go watch the men. See if any of them are cute. That just might make up for all the time I've been up so far today.

It just might.

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Grrr....I hate when that happens. It seems like people are always up clanking and clattering around here at 7am too. Now we've got guys up on the roof pounding away. Guess I can't complain about that one so much since we're getting a new roof on the place. Hope you get your ZzzZzzz in tonight! ~ L Comment from fitzzer - 9/16/05 8:47 AM

Morning has broken...Comment from luvmort - 9/14/05 11:04 AM

Thursday, September 08, 2005

School's In!

Today was the first day of school in my area. I heard the buses driving around this morning, a sound I need to get used to again. So all the kids are back in school! I felt bad only for the little ones starting their first year in preschool and/or kindergarten. Not only were some of them most likely afraid of leaving their parents, but we had a huge thunder and lightning storm this morning as well! I did NOT envy those poor teachers who might have had to deal with both issues!! lol

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Wow! Our schools started here on August 15. The school where my sister teaches in Florida started on August 5. That is way too early. Lori Comment from helmswondermom - 9/10/05 8:04 PM

Wednesday, September 07, 2005


I haven't been writing too much lately. Mostly, I haven't had too much to say. Shocking!! The past couple of days, I have been feeling miserable. And I almost wish I had a real cold, but it's allergies. After almost 30 years of not having any allergies, the past couple of years I've started to slowly develop them. This summer, whenever it's been cooler, my allergies have been driving me nuts. I'm exhausted, and I can't breathe!! This is bad, considering I already have a lung problem!! The oxygen doesn't help any with that either. I was given a generic Claritin prescription that I can only take once a day. I was only taking it on days that I felt lowsy, but my doctor's nurse told me to try taking it once a day, so it's in my system. So, I'm going to try that for a week, and hopefully it'll make some sort of difference. If not, I'm about ready to try my sister's vacuum idea. LOL

I haven't made jewelry in a while, but I think I need to start up again. I'm going to try having a couple jewelry parties before the holidays, so I'd like to have a nice supply for people to choose from. We'll see how that goes!

I'm still trying to get a support group going for PH. I keep leaving messages and emails with people so I can try to get a place to have the first meeting. People aren't answering me in a timely fashion, and I get annoyed not having answers when I'm trying to plan something! Just part of my personality. I either have to learn to be patient, or I have to turn up the heat and drive people nuts with wanting an answer asap!!

Well, since I'm exhausted, I think I'll try going to bed early tonight. I've been staying up way too late, probably another reason I'm not doing so well lately! I have to break out of the habit I've started of staying up until 2am. So, I'm off to bed! :)

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Well, I for one, am glad to hear from you! Comment from luvmort - 9/13/05 4:17 PM

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Hurricane Katrina

This week has shown that, as much as the US can help assist other countries when they have some sort of disaster strike, it can't help it's own people. The federal government has showed such a poor display of helping the citizens down in the Gulf coast. Regular citizens have responded overwhelmingly, though. They have reached out more help than the government has!! In my neck of the woods, there was a collection of supplies and donations this morning. The radio station sponsoring it only meant to fill 2 semi-trucks with goods. Instead, they filled TEN TRUCKS!!! Ten trucks of food and supplies for the people who have been devastated by the storm. They also raised over half a million dollars! These are ordinary citizens with huge hearts, willing to give their time and money to help people they don't even know. And where has the government been? Why did it take almost 4 days for Bush to finally tour the area and start talking to the people? I laughed at how they said he didn't go into the heart of New Orleans for safety's sake. I can imagine he wouldn't have gotten out alive if he had!! I'm so aggravated with him and with the lack of government response until now. It's just ridiculous crap, I tell ya!

I received an email from a friend today. I liked it so much, I'm copying it here. It's written by Michael Moore, and it sums up a lot of how I've been feeling the past couple days.

Friday, September 2nd, 2005

Dear Mr. Bush:

Any idea where all our helicopters are? It's Day 5 of Hurricane Katrina and thousands remain stranded in New Orleans and need to be airlifted. Where on earth could you have misplaced all our military choppers? Do you need help finding them? I once lost my car in a Sears parking lot. Man, was that a drag.

Also, any idea where all our national guard soldiers are? We could really use them right now for the type of thing they signed up to do like helping with national disasters. How come they weren't there to begin with?
Last Thursday I was in south Florida and sat outside while the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed over my head. It was only a Category 1 then but it was pretty nasty. Eleven people died and, as of today, there were still homes without power. That night the weatherman said this storm was on its way to New Orleans. That was Thursday! Did anybody tell you? I know you didn't want to interrupt your vacation and I know how you don't like to get bad news. Plus, you had fundraisers to go to and mothers of dead soldiers to ignore and smear. You sure showed her!

I especially like how, the day after the hurricane, instead of flying to Louisiana, you flew to San Diego to party with your business peeps. Don't let people criticize you for this -- after all, the hurricane was over and what the heck could you do, put your finger in the dike?

And don't listen to those who, in the coming days, will reveal how you specifically reduced the Army Corps of Engineers' budget for New Orleans this summer for the third year in a row. You just tell them that even if you hadn't cut the money to fix those levees, there weren't going to be any Army engineers to fix them anyway because you had a much more important construction job for them -- BUILDING DEMOCRACY IN IRAQ!

On Day 3, when you finally left your vacation home, I have to say I was moved by how you had your Air Force One pilot descend from the clouds as you flew over New Orleans so you could catch a quick look of the disaster. Hey, I know you couldn't stop and grab a bullhorn and stand on some rubble and act like a commander in chief. Been there done that.

There will be those who will try to politicize this tragedy and try to use it against you. Just have your people keep pointing that out. Respond to nothing. Even those pesky scientists who predicted this would happen because the water in the Gulf of Mexico is getting hotter and hotter making a storm like this inevitable. Ignore them and all their global warming Chicken Littles. There is nothing unusual about a hurricane that was so wide it would be like having one F-4 tornado that stretched from New York to Cleveland.

No, Mr. Bush, you just stay the course. It's not your fault that 30 percent of New Orleans lives in poverty or that tens of thousands had no transportation to get out of town. C'mon, they're black! I mean, it's not like this happened to Kennebunkport. Can you imagine leaving white people on their roofs for five days? Don't make me laugh! Race has nothing -- NOTHING -- to do with this!

You hang in there, Mr. Bush. Just try to find a few of our Army helicopters and send them there. Pretend the people of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast are near Tikrit.

Michael MooreMMFlint@aol.com
P.S. That annoying mother, Cindy Sheehan, is no longer at your ranch. She and dozens of other relatives of the Iraqi War dead are now driving across the country, stopping in many cities along the way. Maybe you can catch up with them before they get to DC on September 21st.

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This may be coming to late for you to read. Have to say it anyway. Don't you love Michael Moore? I get so angry with Bush and all who continue to support him. Where are their "thinking brains"? Thank you for printing what you did. May it make its way across cyberspace! Comment from katerh99 - 9/24/05 1:58 AM

What's great is the outpouring of help from other countries. I was very shocked at that. Comment from luvmort - 9/13/05 12:09 AM

Thank you for posting this. I hope you don't mind, but I'd love to borrow this letter for my journal? I'm so glad there are people out there who are willing to step up when our own government won't. Except to help people who aren't in our own country. I couldn't agree with you more. And I can't even stand to see Bush on TV anymore. He infuriates me to say the very least. ~ Lori Comment from fitzzer - 9/3/05 9:14 AM