Showing posts from April, 2009

The Cabbage Patch Diaries!

Wow, I didn't realize I had only posted 2 entries previously! I'm so behind!!! The funny thing about this entry is that Kristen, the girl I mentioned, found me on Facebook awhile ago! I should tell her about this! Or maybe not....I did call the songs stupid. LOL!

Movies And Books

I think I'll do a movie and a book review, since it's been a long time! First the book review.
Q&A, by Vikas Swarup, was a great book. It is the book that inspired the movie, Slumdog Millionaire. I went to the library back in February to request the book, and I had to put my name on the waiting list. I totally forgot I had my name on it until I got a call a few weeks ago that I could get it! I love this book just as much as I loved the movie. There are many familiar names in the book, but not too many of the same scenes happened in the movie. Of course, the movie was only inspired by the book. I really enjoyed the story and how well-written it was. I was very surprised when I found out that this was Vikas Swarup's debut novel!! It's sold millions of copies in several different countries, and inspired a film. How the heck does he make his next novel better?? lol I would recommend this if you liked Slumdog Millionaire, or want to learn a little more about Indian cult…

Do Re Mi, Train Station Style


Nine years ago today, I was at my PCP's office for the third time with a major respiratory illness. After examining me, leaving the room for a few minutes, and then coming back in a very serious mode, my doctor told me (with tears in her eyes) to quit my job. I think I was really stunned. Honestly, I don't remember how I felt at that exact moment, but I just remembered asking her to write it down on a piece of paper so that I could give it to my employer as proof she didn't want me working anymore. I left her office with another round of antibiotics, and headed right then and there to the office building for Headstart. I cried all the way there. I composed myself when I got inside, and tried to keep it together when I handed my note over and explained that I needed to stop working, but it was the hardest thing ever. I don't remember much about what happened after that on that day. While it's still on my mind, it is no longer such a tragic part of my life. I look at…

My Life In Holland

Thank you, Nancy, for sharing this with me when I wrote my post last night. It makes sense to me, and I really liked it enough to want to share with others! :)

byEmily Perl Kingsley.
c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved.

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "…

Part Of A Club

I got a call today from an unfamiliar number, and I thought perhaps someone was calling me about my upcoming PH support group meeting. So I answer, and the lady on the other end says, "Colleen?" I said it was me, and she said it didn't sound like me on the phone. Well, I am still a bit stuffed up and nasally, so I know I didn't sound like me, either! She told me it was Sherri, from pulmonary rehab. I love Sherri! She is so sweet, and just hilarious! She was calling me to ask if I'd like to be a part of a little group of women who wear oxygen. They get together for lunch once in awhile. I only know a couple people who go, her and another lady from rehab. She also told me several of the other ladies who go as well. She just thought that I'd like to be a part of the group, and I felt so honored to have her ask me. She told me not to really mention it too much in rehab, since there are other women we don't know very well (at least not yet), and they don't…


I'm sick. I was really hoping yesterday that the sneezing and the irritated throat I had was just something in the air, but apparently not. I used half a box of Kleenex last night, and I woke up with my throat on fire. Darn it, head cold!! It figures that the weather gets nicer, and I am sick. Why couldn't I have gotten sick in the dead of winter, if I had to get sick at all??? I'm just hoping it doesn't last long. As I recall, the last time I was sick, I had a sore throat that lasted almost a week before I decided to see if it was strep (which it wasn't). At least my sore throat seems to be gone already. I'm just having a problem breathing! My nose is going through periods of time when it's so runny I'm blowing it every 5 minutes. Then I take Revatio. And I can't breathe because my nose gets all stuffed up! You'd think that'd be a good thing, but it's really not! I've been using nasal spray, which does help a bit. But I seriously ha…

Happy Bit Of News!

It's been awhile since I posted any good news out there in the world! I wanted to embed this video in my blog, but the links on Youtube have all been disabled. So, if you haven't seen or heard about Susan Boyle, you might want to click on her name and watch the incredible video! I have seen it three times in the past couple days, including on the news, and I get a bit teary-eyed every time. Talk about judging a book by it's cover....NO one, and I mean NO ONE, could have ever expected that voice to come out of that woman! It lifts my spirits when I watch it, and what makes it even more wonderful is the look of shock and awe on Simon's face!! Enjoy!

This And That

Well I never sold anything in my store last week. I only had a total of 36 hits on my store (or visits), and that was for an entire day. I was a bit disappointed. I guess I gave it a shot, though! I'm at least glad that all my new pics are up and done, and I won't have to worry about retaking anything.

I had a very nice weekend. Friday I went out to eat with Erin, and then we went back to my house to get Eve, who was waiting there. I drove us to the Wine Bar, and we spent a few hours kickin' back the martinis and just chatting away. Eve and Erin are dealing with really big emotional things right now, and I really feel for both of them. All I can really do for them is keep them in my prayers, even though I wish I could do more.

Saturday night we went to the Easter vigil mass at St. Joseph's church. It was the mass where they baptized, confirmed, and gave Communion for the first time to several people going through RCIA classes for a few months. It was a loooooong Mass. Pa…

A Bit Excited And Nervous!

I have been preparing my Etsy jewelry store for the past few weeks for some changes. I re-shot pictures of EVERYTHING, because the picture quality of all my items just wasn't up to par. Mandy told me how to take pictures of items close up, and when I got the hang of it, I loved how much better the new pics looked compared to the old! Of course, Etsy won't take the pixel size of the pics I took, so I had to change all of them to make sure the pics could be uploaded onto the site. All of this took many days to get through, between taking the pics, resizing them, and putting the new ones up on the site and taking down the old. But, I got it all finished before I went on vacation!

Etsy has several sections where stores can be featured, and if you would like your store to be in a certain section, you can pay a fee for a slot in that section for a certain day. The thing is, though, it's TOUGH getting a slot! A couple weeks ago, I was going to see about getting a slot that went on…

Ocean Life

Lisa has made the nursery into an ocean-themed room, which of course, I just LOVE! While we were there, she was continuing the waves she started painting on one of the walls, and I helped her by tracing wave patterns on the other walls so she could just paint them when she had some time. She also started tracing fishies on the water part of the wall, and asked us to paint a fish for her little guy. I wanted to paint oxygen tubing on my fish, or maybe some bling, but sadly that idea got shot down! LOL! That's ok, I like how my fish turned out anyway, mainly because she actually had RED paint!!! Whooo hoooo!! After it dried, I added silver squigglies. My mom painted her fish blue, and added white dots and stripes afterward. My dad painted his fishy hot pink. lol I think he did a really good job! I'm sure my nephew will like to know in the future who painted the fishies, and Lisa will be able to talk about who did what fish and when. I think it was a great idea!

Back To The Crappy Weather!

I got back home from NC on Saturday night around 8:30pm. The trip was a lot better than going down there, I made sure I didn't watch any movies, which is what I think made me get carsick on the way down. I did listen to What About Bob?,but I know the movie by heart, so I really didn't have to watch it! When I got home, I put away most of my stuff, and tried to hang out with Mittens. He was a bit mad at first, and stayed in the cupboard for awhile, but eventually he got over it and wouldn't leave my side. I missed him, too!!

Sunday was rest day. I woke up around 9am, took a shower, and then the fatigue hit me. I just laid low and hung out with the laptop in the bedroom for most of the day! I also got the Partylite stuff from my candle party the weekend before I left, so I sorted that for the people who ordered stuff. I love the things I ended up getting! I'll have to try to take a pic of the reflections candle holder I've loved ever since I saw it several years ago. …