Sunday, April 29, 2007

Busy Busy

It's been hectic here the past couple weeks, at least it's felt that way. I was trying to get things all planned and squared away for my PH support group meeting (which was today, more on that in a bit). Then on Thursday and Friday last week, I was hit with a really nasty stomach flu, and it really threw me for a loop. I spent all this week trying to get more energy, resting quite a bit, and sleeping often. But although I got my appetite back, my energy level hasn't been the same. No matter how much sleep or resting I do, I just seem exhausted most of the time. I'm thinking it has to do with several factors: still recovering from stomach flu, the weather, stress from planning the support group meeting (which, ironically, was all about stress! lol), female bs, and probably some other things I can't even think about now. I'm hoping that since the meeting is out of the way, and one other major issue I've been stressing about has been resolved, maybe I'll start getting back to my old self! I sure hope so, because I just can't take the exhaustion any longer.

So anyway, the meeting was a great success! I had 17 people there, which is really a large group. Eight of the people, including myself, were PH patients. We had lunch first, which was so yummy! And there was so much of it leftover, that my mom took it home and fed us all for dinner. lol After lunch, I let everyone chat for a little longer, and then we moved into the auditorium to discuss stress. There was a whiteboard there, so I wrote down Reasons for Stress on one side, and then Stress-relief Ideas on another. We talked about that for awhile, and then I read about the physiological aspects of stress...what happens to your body when you go through it. I could almost feel the signs of stress as I was reading what they were on the paper. lol Then Jacqueline (from Accredo Therapeutics) did a couple breathing exercises with us that were very relaxing. After all the discussion on stress, we turned to some other PH-related topics, and it was just a great conversation with everyone. Someone brought up fundraising, which I would love to do, except that I haven't gotten a steady large group of people to come to meetings. So it's very hard to do a fundraiser, and I sure as hell wouldn't plan one by myself! Talk about needing another lecture on stress right there! LOL I would like another meeting in July, so maybe I'll have the topic as fundraiser ideas. I know there were several at the meeting today who are interested in helping with something!

Last night, I went to see Wanda Sykes at Niagara University. She was so funny! We had awesome seats, since we got there so early before the doors opened. We sat in the 2nd row in the center! She is just cute in person, I've always liked her. Her standup wasn't too horribly raunchy like some comedians can be. So it was an enjoyable evening! It was nice, too, because it didn't end all that late, and I got home at a decent time so I could still go to bed early if I wanted. Which, I pretty much did. (See the exhaustion bit above lol)

I'm going to see Spamalot with my sistores (except Lisa) next Saturday afternoon. I am sooooo excited!! Monty Python & The Holy Grail is one of our all-time favorite movies, and even though Spamalot isn't a re-enactment of the movie, we do know the movie by heart to probably know what's going on in the play. I'm just so glad I get to share this with my sistores, since we really don't get to do things like this together much anymore. So I'm really looking forward to a great afternoon with them, and to a great play!

Well, my bed is calling me, so I better go. lol Til next time!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Me and Scooter!

I visited my friend on Saturday, to see her new puppy. His name is Scooter, he is a pit bull (not one of my fav dogs, but he was cute), and he was playful. Well, after he got used to me. He didn't like me at first, but after about 10 minutes, I was his new best friend! lol Here's a picture of us! Enjoy!

New Jewelry Website Yet Again!

Well, after a couple months of trying Ebay to sell my jewelry, it was getting too expensive. I only sold a few things, and I kept having to put things up for bid just so people could maybe see my store. I didn't like it much! I am very happy that a PHriend gave me a website for people who make things by hand, and I finally was able to use it! I spent about 4 days taking pictures of everything I've made on my new camera, and the pics looked great! Then I realized they were too huge for the website, so I had to resize them. UGH. But I got that all done, and finally put all my stuff up on the site, all 100 items. And it'll only cost me $20 for 4 months to have them listed. Yay!! Anyway, here is the site!:

www.fromtheheartjewels.etsy.com

Go! Look! Shop! Send it to people! LOL And if you don't, well, thanks for looking anyway! hehe

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A Realization, And My Day

I just realized, while typing email to a friend who isn't feeling well, that it has been one full year since I last had a major cold. KNOCK ON WOOD!!! LOL In the beginning of April last year was when I got sick last, the same time I had to go to Cleveland for a checkup, and I was NOT feeling well. Sure, I have felt run down on and off during the winter, but it never developed into anything. And I am sooooo greatful for that!! I think a couple of the reasons I haven't gotten sick is because I was home so often during the very cold winter, and I have consumed almost a bottle of honey in that time period. lol Let's just hope I didn't just jinx myself by writing how healthy I've been!! lol

Today I was pretty busy, and I wasn't overly tired from it either. I did my dishes this morning, and then cleaned all the fish. After that, I went out to a few stores to get some things I needed. And then I stopped over my friend, Kat's, house to see her new puppy. Scooter didn't care for me at first. He was woofing, and growling, and Kat kept yelling at him to stop. But after 10 minutes, I was suddenly his best friend! He is cute, but I have to admit, I do not like pit bulls. That's just me, though. However, the longer I stayed there, the more he wanted to curl up next to me and sleep. Awwwww! How can I resist that?? hehe

Friday, April 13, 2007

Kind Words From A Stranger

This morning a lady called me about my upcoming PH support group meeting on April 28th. She told me she'd like to attend, along with her husband. We chatted for several minutes, and she seemed like such a nice person. I told her I've had PH all my life, and that I started the group because I didn't know what to do after having to quit my job, and that I also wanted to meet others like me. She thanked me for wanting to do this, because she knew how much energy it can take to organize a support group, and that PHers don't always have that energy. I thought that was very kind, coming from someone I have not yet met. :-)

I am looking forward to the meeting. So far, I have 8 people coming! Five of them are PH patients. And this isn't even including myself, my mom, and Jacqueline from Accredo. It's still a couple weeks away, so hopefully there will be even more RSVPs! Heck, just having 8 people is already 3 times more than I had the last time! lol

The topic for the meeting is stress, and ironically I'm a little stressed about what to say. LOL There was supposed to be a speaker, but unfortunately, she can't make it to Buffalo. She sent me the info she uses when she gives this presentation, and I just have to go over it and decide how to present it. Jacqueline also said she would help me, so that's good! We are giving little gift boxes to everyone who comes, with hand-held massagers and other stress-reducing items. Lunch is also going to be provided, so I'm looking forward to this meeting!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Betrayals

It's rather difficult to believe that someone you thought you knew well could turn out to be such a monster. I have found out that one of my friends is someone other than what he's been portrayed all the time I've known him. I can't even really call him a friend now, I call his wife my friend more. I feel sad and even hurt a little, to know that he has said such awful things, and has even been abusive. It's just a sad situation, made even worse by the fact that their son is in the middle of it all. My prayers will definitely be with them for a long time.

It just reminds me of someone I knew for over half my life, who was my best friend, and I thought always would be. I honestly feel she just couldn't handle what my life had become after I had to quit my job, and I was sick for awhile years back. I miss her alot sometimes, and then I realize how much of a relief I've felt since she's been out of my life. It's sad that things happen like that.

But I'm so happy for my family and my true friends that I have now. Every day I thank God that I have them all in my life. I love them all so very much.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter! Or Merry Christmas??

It's very hard to believe that tomorrow is Easter. In the past several days, it has felt more like the last days before the Christmas holiday. The temps are hardly making it into the 30s, and it's been snowing! I've gone back to wearing long underwear, for goodness sake!! I sure hope this weather goes away soon, it's a little depressing!

I went to a re-enactment of the Stations of the Cross at my church last night with my mom. It was done by Franciscan Mystery Players, and it was something I've never experienced before. It was so moving! The players were teenagers. They had very loud instramental music playing, and then 2 speakers who went through the meanings of the stations the teens were re-enacting. I didn't think I'd get as emotional as I did, but my eyes wouldn't stop watering and welling up, and just listening to the words from the speakers was very enlightening. I truly was glad I got to go, and if they come again next year, I will try going again!

I worked on lamps tonight, I got 3 done. So I have a total of 4 finished, and I need to make 3 more. They are for a bridal shower in May, but I just want to get them done! I keep getting necklace and lamp ideas that I'd like to do lately, I just need to make a much bigger effort of actually doing them. lol I don't know what it is with me, I could have worked on stuff all winter, but I just didn't want to. Hopefully I'll start doing more stuff now!

I have an Ebay store with my jewelry and lamps currently, but I think next week I'm going to get rid of it. A PHriend told me of a website her daughter uses all the time, www.etsy.com. It's a site that sells handmade items, everything from jewelry to afghans to candles. And the fees would be so much cheaper than Ebay!! So I'm definitely going to create a store next week, and see if I can sell anything that way. I sure hope so!

Well I guess I'm off to bed soon. Hope everyone out there has a Happy Easter!! :)

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Things That Make You Wonder

I was talking to Erin today, and she told me her daughter, Sydney, said to her "You need Poppy D." Erin was like what?? Sydney again said, "You need Poppy D., mommy." Erin asked, "How do you know about Poppy D?" And Sydney said "He's with me all the time."

I teared up so badly, I almost started crying. Poppy D. is Erin's father, who passed away before Sydney turned 1. So it was so very surprising that she even realized who he was, since she was so little when he died. To hear a 2-year old say that her deceased grandpa was with her all the time....well, I don't even know what to say to that. It's overwhelming, to say the least!

April Is Here!

Lots of things have been happening around here, at least it seems like it. I've been busy the past couple days, and surprisingly not that tired, physically. I am happy about that, though. Today I ran a whole bunch of errands: went to the post office....got bloodwork done....went to pick up my ear drops.....went to the library....went to the cemetary to say hi to Grandpa lol.....came home and ate a sandwich, then went to pay the water bill.....then went to cash my SS check.....then stopped at my mom's and saw Joanie's new phone! It was a good day, until I got home and had to take a nap because of a massive headache!! But I felt better when I got up, which was good since I really didn't want to take an Excedrin.

Easter is just around the corner, and it's kind of hard to believe. The warmer weather has been here on and off, and it's been nice! However, winter is making a quick return this weekend, it figures. I didn't want to wear long underwear on Easter day. lol

I got a friggin awesome digital camera from one of my best friends a couple weeks ago. I'm still shocked that she gave it to me, though. She is too much! But I do so appreciate her friendship and kindness, and I love her as much as I love my sistores.

I wanted to type more, but I am suddenly very tired. And I can't think. lol So, I guess I'll just call it a night and try again tomorrow!