Saturday, January 31, 2009

Rings!


I don't know what got me started back into wearing my silver rings, but I have had them on every day for the past few weeks. The original rings I've been wearing are the big butterfly, the one with the little blue stone, and the Alice in Wonderland ring on my middle right hand finger. The ring with the big aqua stone is a new purchase! I have become at Etsy addict, I browse the site every day. I like to see what people make, and let me tell you, there is a HUGE variety of items that can be found on Etsy! Well, I thought of searching for rings a couple weeks ago, and I found a seller with beautiful handmade rings, for pretty good prices. I did purchase a different ring, and got it in the mail on Inauguration day. Although I thought it was really pretty, it didn't quite fit, and it was taller than any rings I've worn before. Most of my rings are flatter! So, I sent a message to the seller, to see if I could exchange the ring for my first choice, which happens to be the aqua ring in the picture above. I received it today, and I just love it! The seller was nice to tell me when she shipped it out that she wasn't going to send me an invoice for it until I got it, tried it on, and saw if I liked it or not. She was even NICER when she replied to my message saying I loved it, and how much do I owe, saying she wasn't going to charge me for the money, but to keep her in mind when I needed jewelry I couldn't make! I think I owed her like 4 bucks, but still, I think this was a very nice gesture on her part!
So far anyone who likes rings, please visit Phoebes Treasures! The thing I love the most about the shop owner is the fact that she was very nice during this whole transaction! She has great customer service, and she even gave me a few tips of how I might be able to get more people to come to my store and actually buy. So, much props to Phoebes Treasures!!
And I love my ring!!



Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Brief Summary Of My Day

*Woke up to snow around 9:30am.
*Fed Mittens, washed my face, got dressed
*Ate breakfast, read news, checked email
*Snow still falling at 12pm
*Mom called to see if I could change my dentist appt to another day, or ask for a later appt so she could take me. I did, the girl told me she'll switch it, but because I insist on only having the one dental hygienist, I can't get in til June. Ah well! lol
*Made sugar cookie dough
*Ate lunch around 2pm while dough chilled. Still snowing!
*At 3pm, I made the cookies. Recipe said Yield 48, I ended up with 61. LOL
*Around 4pm, I finished making the cookies, washed the dishes and cleaned the counter, but was beyond exhausted to frost the cookies, so I took almost an hour nap!
*Made dinner, ate it, watched some tv. Still snowing!! By that point, we had around 7 inches, maybe a bit more.
*At 8pm, I started hosting chat, and checking email again and stuff
*Around 9pm, I started frosting cookies. Took me a long time, but they are done!!
*Now it's almost 1am, and I am off to bed!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Nothing Big

My weekend went by quickly, but it was ok. Eve came over Saturday with Olive Garden and a movie, but we really spent the time talking about stuff. The food was good, the company even better, and when she left around 8:3o to meet Erin for drinks at The Brickyard (it was way too cold for me to join them, or else I would have been there!!), I took a bath and just relaxed.

Sunday was laundry day, and I don't remember doing much else. Oh wait, I made jewelry while watching What About Bob? I just love that movie! And after that, I watched Monty Python and the Holy Grail. That one cracks me up! I really listened to the movies more than I watched, since I was making a necklace. And of course, I was quoting half the Monty Python movie! lol

Monday and today I exercised, and did pretty well with it. Yesterday I finished folding laundry, and did a few random things. Today I hosted chat, which was pretty busy, and nice! Then I made a banana cake. I ate a piece tonight, it turned out yummy. I added white chocolate chips because I have no chocolate chips, which is a real tragedy for me because I ALWAYS have a supply of chocolate chips!! That will be the first thing on the grocery list when I go again!! Tonight I've been online for the evening because everything I watch on tv was a repeat. Pretty boring stuff here!

Tomorrow is a dentist appointment. I hope I remember to take my antibiotic before going. Of course, I hope I won't have to leave extremely early just to get there. We are expecting a storm, some areas south of me are already getting it. Seven inches are predicted for my area of the Falls by the end of it all, twelve inches predicted for the ski areas which, thank goodness, are well south of me. To be quite honest, I'd take the snow over the bitter cold any day! I just don't always like driving in it!!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Oxygen Sniffing War, And The Rest of My Thursday

I was over at Mandy's for a little while yesterday as part of my day of escape. The temperature was near 30 (heat wave for us lately!), and I actually went to pulmonary rehab for the first time this year! Everyone was happy to see me, it just really made me happy to be a part of the group I workout with. After a pretty good workout, I stopped at Wegmans for some sushi and a banana. Weird combination, I know. I regretted it later when I kept burping up sushi! I think it was the banana's fault. Anyway, I went to Mandy's after that.

Mandy showed me some glass pieces she had tried making, and they are so beautiful! They are plates, they can be used for something (like maybe to hold rings), or they can be just displayed. I also saw part of a windchime that she's working on. I really can't wait to see what that will look like when it's finished! She's got so many ideas on what she'd like to make, and so many different designs of things she's already completed. I'm a little envious of her. I want to play with glass and make really awesome stuff! I know, I do that often with jewelry I make. Lord knows I have enough glass beads to play with, I do NOT need to get into something else! LOL

I ate my lunch, got some really dirty looks by my nephew who totally wanted my sushi despite the fact he's never had it (it was so funny, he gave me this big pouty look, put his head in his hands, and put his head down on the table....Mandy and I both did this aww-laugh combo!), and then played Cooties with my niece! After we played for quite awhile, it was time for me to get going. I had to stop by to get samples from my doctor, and I was getting tired from having a good day. I had my niece start my car (car starter, remember??), and while I was getting my winter gear on, she asked me about the oxygen tubing. Now, she has seen me with it on since she was born. But being a very curious 3.5 year old, she seemed to want to know more about it. I told her it helps me to breathe, and I tried to tell her about lungs, and that some people need to help their lungs breathe. That's why I had oxygen, because I needed to help my lungs. She pointed out the fact that she didn't have oxygen, and neither did her Momma, and I said that was because her lungs didn't need help! And then, the oxygen sniffing war began. My niece was standing on the kitchen chair because she wanted a hug and a kiss (awww, I know!). She heard me breathe in with the oxygen, so she repeated it. So, I breathed in again. She heard it, and repeated it, with a little extra sniff this time. For a few minutes, it sounded like this:

Me: Sniff of oxygen
Niece: *sniff*
Me: Sniff of oxygen
Niece: *sniiiiiiff*
Me: Sniff of oxygen
Niece: *sniff* *sniiiiiiiffffff* (she beat me that round)
Mandy: *laughing at both of us!*
Me: Sniff of oxygen
Niece: *sniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiffff*

It was so hilarious! At least I know that for awhile, I can make oxygen entertaining for little children!! After our little war, I gave my niece that hug and kiss, and also a high five and bump knuckles (or is it bum knuckles?? whatever it is, she did it hard the first time and hurt both our knuckles lol). I took off to get my samples, and then headed back home!

I heard "the alarm" going off in the house before I even got close to it after I parked my car in the garage and started walking toward the house. "The alarm" is the new term I have given to Frasier. He seems to go off constantly when his mommy isn't home, but he also goes off if I accidentally make any sudden or loud noises. He's a very sensitive doggy!! Anyway, I didn't know how long Diane had been gone, so once I got all my stuff put down in the apartment, I went upstairs and let him out. He ran down all the steps, and when I let him out the side door to go potty, he took off running toward the garage. His mommy was home, and I didn't realize it! She was walking toward the house, and he didn't even seem to care that I had let him free for a few moments. It was all about her. lol

After I finally settled down from my outing, I realized how tired I really was, and I laid down on the couch. Forty-five minutes later, I jolted awake, and felt like I was in a zone. I got myself awake, and started making dinner. After that, I watched some tv, participated in on online webinar that was pretty neat, and watched more tv! I eventually got to bed, and had an ok sleep. I guess. I am tired today, and haven't done much, but I am about to make some more jewelry. So, maybe that'll perk me up for a bit!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Beginning Of Change

I have been glued to the tv since 10:30am EST. I had been looking forward to the Inauguration for awhile now, and I can't even begin to describe how emotional I've been on and off all day. The immense crowds on the National Mall were just overwhelming. They are estimating possibly 2 million people were there for the ceremonies. I believe it! Every time they panned the crowd, I felt a rush of wanting to cry. The actual Inauguration was very moving, as was President Obama's speech. His speech made a LOT of sense, and he brought back the reasons why our forefathers created the United States of America in the first place. I am sure that the excitement of the crowd could not be portrayed as well on tv as actually being there in person. But, just looking at the pictures, I can only imagine that the in-person experience will never be forgotten!

I almost feel as if I've wasted my day, but I am proud to be witnessing a day of history. I didn't watch the last 2 Inaugurations. I didn't care, and I didn't like who was coming into office. When President Clinton was being sworn in, I was too young to really care what politics were all about. So this day has meant a lot to me. I haven't had a day of watching news information on tv since 9/11, and this is obviously a much more positive and uplifting experience!!

The one small glitch during the day happened during the luncheon while cameras were off as people were eating. Sen. Ted Kennedy collapsed, and had a seizure, and he was eventually taken by ambulance to hospital. The last I heard, he is doing ok, but will probably be in the hospital overnight. But what a scary moment! I am thankful that it wasn't more serious, because what a mixed day that would have been if something had happened.

The Presidential motorcade ended a bit ago. If anyone thought the amount of people on the Mall was impressive, just seeing images of people anywhere and everywhere was amazing!! The crowds on the sidewalks were about 5 or 6 people deep, at least. Then there were people on rooftops and leaning out of windows and such. Just unbelievable! And seeing how the crowds reacted as President and First Lady Obama came out of the Presidential car to walk for awhile was unreal as well! It's been a completely wonderful day, and it's still continuing. I don't mind that I've spent the day on my couch watching history in the making, because I don't think anything like this will ever happen again in my lifetime!! I feel good that this day will bring about an eventual change in our country, a change that is desparately needed!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Happy Bit of News Sunday!






I decided Friday that my happy bit of news for today was going to be about the Miracle on the Hudson. Someone asked me why I would want to use a plane crash as my choice. It's not the crash itself that has amazed me, as I'm sure it has everyone else. For a passenger jet to land in a river is something no one has seen before! It's what happened before and after the crash that is the real story.

*A skilled pilot who had to make a split-second decision to land that plane in the water, and who became an instant hero for the way he landed without the plane breaking up

*The relatively calm demeanor of the passengers in the plane, who worked together to escape and help each other get out of the plane alive

*The fast arrival of the boats who rescued the people off the plane, and were there are the right time
*The very few serious injuries to the passengers, and no deaths to speak of afterward
I think Dateline NBC did an excellent job on Friday in covering much of this story. If you didn't get to see it, and are interested, please click here. I think this is going to be one of the feel-good stories for the year 2009. With everything bad going on around the world and at home, this miracle in the beginning of the year brings hope that perhaps maybe more good things will becoming down the road.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

Ok, so maybe brrrrrrrrr is an understatement! It's downright frigid here, and has been for the last few days. I've been hibernating since last Saturday. A friend asked me the other night if I was going stir crazy, and honestly, I haven't because I know that I just can't go out there!! The sun is seriously deceiving out there today. It's only a handful of degrees, but that sun can make you think otherwise! In a bit, I'm going to get the spare room ready for "the little guy." I haven't babysat him since before Halloween. He was sort of starting to walk then. I don't even want to know what he's doing now!! I will be finding out in a couple hours!

Last night, Diane came down to exchange our "winter gifts." She had not opened my gift to her for Christmas, because that was a really hard time for her. She was finally ready to now, which was fine with me! She gave me a really pretty fleece with a cat face on it. She also bought me different flavored cheese logs, because I mentioned that I love cheese! I need crackers!! She absolutely loved the blue illusion necklace I made her, but I think I want to add earrings to it. I wasn't too sure she wore a lot of earrings, but I've seen her with them on, sooooo, I'll make them later!

Diane asked me if I had started my car lately. I'm glad she mentioned it to me! I hopefully started it last night, and I think I need to do it once a day. I'm glad I have a car starter, and that it turns off after 10 minutes of running!! Sometimes the car doesn't start, though, and that is frustrating. But, for the most part, it's the best thing ever!! Last spring, because I didn't drive too much, I ended up with a dead battery. So I really need to start my car often!

Well, I must get ready for the little guy later! I really hope he is good! Wish me luck!! LOL!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just A Quick Post

I didn't go to rehab today, the weather wasn't great earlier. Well, it's still not great, but whatever. I did, however, walk on the treadmill today.

For 25 minutes.

Whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooaaaaaaaa!!

Not sure what's wrong with me today, but I never walk that long! I guess it was a combination of things that I just don't get, but whatever. I got my walk on!!

I know it won't happen again this week, but still, I am pretty proud of myself!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hibernating

I think I will be hibernating this week. We are supposed to get some of the coldest temps of the season, and I certainly don't want to be out in it!! I am so relieved that I got groceries over the weekend. I can't even imagine trying to get out there to get them this week, even if I did have help, or got dropped off at the door to go in and then get picked up. Windchills in the negative degree range?? No thank you!!!

I did random things around the house today, like sweeping, using the Kone, "vacuuming" the hallway rug (I use an old brush of Mittens to get the fur up, because the vacuum doesn't always get it on that rug. And besides, the vacuum is broke :(....), putting away the dishes, and folding the laundry from last week. I also wrapped the gifts I got for Lisa's baby shower this coming weekend. And then I took a nap! I don't know what else I'll do the rest of this week, but it's not like I don't have anything to do around here. Of course, there is always jewelry! But I also should file a years worth of paperwork that's been sitting on my desk. I could also Swiffer. I have to get the spare room ready for babysitting on Friday afternoon. I haven't had "The Little Guy" since right before Halloween! He was starting to walk then, so I can't imagine what he's doing now. I'm sure he's all over the place! I'm going to see how he is on Friday. I hope I can still keep watching him, but if he's a handful, I guess I'll have to tell my friend that's it. I should have plenty of energy if I'm going to be staying inside all week. Of course, what am I talking about?? I have PH, it's usually a different story every day on how I feel! DUH!!

Mittens jumped up on the bathroom counter this morning while I was trying to wash my face. I picked him up, and stepped on the scale. I had weighed myself just a bit before that, so I knew how much I weighed, and just subtracted the number I saw with both of us on it. OMG. Mittens is 25lbs now! I knew he had to weigh more, because lately he's been eating like a pig!!! I measure his food out every morning, and put it in his bowl. Usually, he finishes it all by the time I go to bed, and I go to bed late most times, usually never past 1am. The past couple weeks, there have been nights when he's finished off the bowl around 8pm. UGH!! I'm part of the problem, too. I give him a little bit more food. I have to tell myself not to do it, and that he certainly isn't going to starve to death!!! Somehow I have GOT to get that cat on the treadmill!! But.....I am thinking I don't want to die any time soon if I try! LOL

Guess I'll call it a night, and go read! I think I might start the Harry Potter series over soon. It would be nice to read the entire story without having to wait months in between for a new book!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Bit of News Sunday!

I decided this week to write about the idea for phriends I had that was inspired by a dearly departed phriend, TaraJ. Tara was a lively person, despite living with Lupus and PH. She went through many periods of just plain not feeling well at all, yet she was always thinking of others no matter how she was doing. Tara and I used to send messages to each other over Myspace, and often we talked about beads! She had a slight addiction to them as well. Maybe not as bad as my addiction, but nevertheless, she loved to oogle at the sparkly beads on a wide variety of websites. We even talked about maybe buying beads together to get a discount! Sadly, that never happened, but it was a nice idea at the time!



Over a year ago, Tara sent me a box of stuff. She used to make soaps and other pretty smelling things, and she sent me a few items she was trying to get rid of because she was moving with her husband to a new house. Inside the box also contained 24 tiny little cats and dogs, figurines that she just had no use for anymore. However, she did have a nice thought. She wondered if maybe we could do a PH Pal idea, and send a little cat or dog to a phriend who could use a bit of cheering up and good thoughts. I thought it was a neat idea, but at the time, I had no idea how to go about it! The box kind of got lost in the vastness of my computer room....ok, it's not that big, but I do have a mess going on in one corner, and the box got buried!



Anyway, I found the box last week, and as I was cleaning my bedroom, I contemplated on how to get Tara's idea into place. I decided to post about it on the boards. I stated how Tara had this idea, and I wasn't sure how to put it in place at the time, but now I had a little plan. Every month, I would take votes from phriends by email only (putting votes on the message boards might cause problems, I can just see it!!) for who they thought deserved a PH Pal, and why. Since I have 24 figurines, we could either have a winner once a month for 2 years, or we could have two winners a month, and keep it going for a year. I asked for any suggestions, whether anyone wanted to do it or not. I also included this photo of the little PH Pals (well, some of them!), so they could see what they looked like:

Aren't they cute?? Well, before I checked back on the boards later on in the day, I had gotten a couple of emails voting for people already!! When I did check the boards, several had posted that they thought the idea was a great one, and a wonderful way to honor Tara.

So, voting has officially begun, even though it unofficially started before I said to go ahead and vote! I've had several great nominations already, and I would LOVE to just give everyone a PH Pal, but, that is why we are doing this every month!!

So this is my Happy Bit of News today, because it just shows how much of a phamily we all are, and how much we care about each other. It also shows that when one of us has gotten their wings, like Tara did back in October, our memory for each other will always be there. Finding out ways to honor each other and our fights to endure this crappy disease for as long as possible means a lot to all of us!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mmmmm, Food

As much as I truly truly truly didn't want to get groceries this weekend, I knew that I had to do it because: A) I seriously had no veggies to really eat! B) I seriously had no fruit to eat! C) It's going to be seriously colder than it has been in a few days, and I definitely would NOT go out in that!! That's a lot of seriousness!! So, my mom picked me up around 2ish, and off we went to Aldi's. Then we had a side trip to KayBee toy store, which is closing for good in the very immediate future. I bought some gifts, my niece is covered for her birthday, and it isn't until June! Whoo hooo! After that, we went to Wegmans. We spent a lot of time in there, but I am now stocked up on a bunch of stuff that will hopefully last a couple weeks, if not a bit longer! When we left the store, it was snowing out, and as we traveled home, we realized it was not really the best traveling weather! But, we got back home safely, my mom lugged in all my purchased food items and toys (have I said lately how I thank God for my mom, and the help she provides me?? Well, it needs to be stated again if I have not!), and after getting out of my boots and winter gear, I sat down on the floor and sorted my items.

When I get a lot of groceries, I usually sort them out to where they go in piles on the floor, and in general relation to which cupboard or area they belong in. Tonight I sat on the floor and did it because I had a lot of stuff to sort, and I just didn't want to stand up! After everything was put in piles, then I got up to put them inside wherever they belonged. It's just easier on me to do it that way, and I don't get as tired! I'm also not going back and forth around the kitchen to put things in this cupboard, then way over in that cupboard, then back over to the fridge, etc, etc. A nice system that works for me!

I made dinner after, just something very easy! I decided to try grilled salmon sushi rolls, since I am in love with salmon lately, and it sounded appealing! I also had a cup of soup, and some yummy kettle chips. A nice dinner, and it surely filled me up, because I haven't wanted a snack yet tonight! I was supposed to babysit for Mandy tonight, but her hubby told me they were going to skip the movie since the weather was really crappy out. So, I've been chatting with phriends, and friends, and just browsing around online. It's been good chilling on my comfy couch, and relaxing. Although my legs are absolutely killing me again. I mean, really painful, just like they were on Monday from 5 hours of shopping. I swear, I am falling apart!!! I did take a Tylenol this time, and I'm hoping the pain won't continue when I get up in the morning!! Well on that note, I think I'll get ready for bed and read for a bit before I go to La La Land!!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Feeling Better

After resting for almost the entire afternoon, taking about an hour nap, and another Tylenol, I finally felt decent enough around 4pm to almost finish a triple illusion necklace set! I heated dinner, watched the news and a couple other shows, finished the necklace set and made another necklace (on my brand new board!!), and have been chilling on the couch for the last couple hours tutoring, chatting, and listening to music. I am hoping tomorrow I'll feel even better! I'll be spending another day indoors because of possible ice, rain, snow, and whatever else decides to fall from the sky. The oxygen guy is supposed to be coming with more tanks, and I also need to get laundry done. Hopefully it'll be a more productive day than today was! I'm just glad I got to do a couple things instead of nothing at all!

Gee Whiz, I'm Exhausted!

Yesterday, I had quite the busy day. I had to get bloodwork done in the morning, and after spending the usual hour there (because my blood is "special," special procedures need to be done for me, and it takes longer!), I left to go to the credit union. I took out money, put in a little money, chatted with Joanie, and left for home. I called my mom a bit before 3pm, to see if she still wanted to go out to some stores. She said yes, and picked me up about 15 minutes later, and we were off to shop!

And shop we did! Walmart was the first stop, where I had to get my monthly list of stuff that I needed. I tried to return a gift basket that I had gotten as a gift, but the tag wasn't on it, and there wasn't any left to even try exchanging with. Oh well, when I got home, I ended up splitting some of the stuff with Diane! Anyway, we spent awhile in Walmart, then went to Joann Fabrics, where I got a new beading board because mine was too furry and I had spilled orange juice on it last week. Ooops!! My mom bought a few Christmas items on sale, and off we went again. Target was the next stop, and was supposed to be the final stop. We spent what seemed like forever in there, trying to find baby stuff that Lisa had registered for. After that, I wanted to buy another 5lb weight. Of course, it doesn't match the first one I have, and I'm really trying to get over that. LOL! But it was on sale, so there ya go! We left Target, and tried to go to this book warehouse, but it was already closed. So, we went to Big Lots, and browsed around there for a bit. I looked again at their table sets, but they were a bit pricey for me. They also weren't sets. The table was sold separately from the chairs, so it would have really been too much. I bought some Christmas wrapping paper, and a roll for the baby shower presents, and we left the store. We went to Rosa's (a furniture store), in the same plaza area, and I quickly browsed their table sets before realizing nothing in my price range was in that store either. lol So, my mom and I went to a restaurant for dinner! We both had the Monday special, mac & cheese, and a salad. I swear, they made a box of elbows for each of our mac & cheese dishes, there was so much!! I have enough leftover for 2 more dinners. Mmmmmmmm. After we ate, my mom brought me back home!

We were out for about 5 hours. And I was surprised to realize that the one tank of oxygen I was using lasted that long. Usually, it lasts me maybe a little bit more than 4 hours. I am wondering if rehab is helping me to breath better, and I that's why the tank lasted longer. It was cool to realize I spent all that time out, and didn't have to change the tank!

After I unpacked most of my items, gave Mittens his new toy (a catnip block, which he loves!), and sat down to play on the laptop, I started to feel just how tired my body was from being out. I was achy everywhere, especially my feet. I debated taking a Tylenol before bed, but I figured I would just go to sleep, and I'd feel better in the morning. Wrong! I took a Tylenol about 20 minutes after I got up this morning. I did get all ready to go to rehab, but between the 13 degree weather at the time, and the all-over hurt I felt, I decided it would be best to give my body a break!! I am now on my couch under my nice warm blanket from Dee, and trying not to fall asleep again (although I think I'm going to lose that battle soon!). It was nice to be able to be out that long and feel ok during the adventure, but the after effects suck!!! So today I'm taking it easy. I was going to exercise at home instead, but I think the effort would be too much for me since my body is still achy despite the Tylenol. Tomorrow is another day for that!!

Sunday, January 04, 2009

A New Feature - Happy Bit of News!

I've decided to start a new feature in my blog, and hopefully, when I remember to do it, it will occur on Sundays. I'd like to start off the new week every Sunday with a Happy Bit of News. This happy news will vary on whatever topic I happen to find happy or inspiring! It may sometimes be personal, but for now, I will search high and low on the internet for something I find uplifting, rather than all the dismal news going on in the world today!

So today's first Happy Bit of News winner is:

Sesame Street is 40 this year!!!

Ok, you're thinking I am nuts, right?? Why in the world would a children's program turning 40 years old be a happy and inspiring bit of news?? Are you kidding me?? A children's program that has lasted FORTY YEARS is inspiring, for one thing!! A program that has educated millions of children in a bunch of countries and languages for all that time IS happy news in my book!! I was 7 years old when Sesame Street first started on the air, and I am glad to say that I am thrilled this program is still running. It has taught children the basics in everything from learning letters and sounds of them, to learning simple words. It has taught children to count, it's taught them simple science. The show has taught children about emotions, sharing, friendship, and so much more. And it continues to do so!! In recent years, this program has seemed to also entertain adults who watch it with their kids. I like to watch it once in awhile, because it's hilarious! So, to Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Prairie Dawn, and all the other characters and people working to make Sesame Street a success, I commend you for educating children for 40 years, and I sincerely hope that you continue to provide many new little viewers the same benefits that us "oldies" got when we were growing up!!

Here are a couple classic Sesame Street clips that I remember from when I watched the show!!



Friday, January 02, 2009

A Happy Anniversary To Me!

Ten years ago today, on a cold wintery day, after many weeks of packing up my belongings in my bedroom at my parents' house, my family helped move me down the street into my own apartment in a house my parents' had bought. It's really hard to believe that I have been on my own for ten years! So much has happened in my life in that time span. I went from living with the bare essentials, to having so much more stuff to move if I should ever leave this place. I have learned how fiercely independent I can be, and how independent I can't be in some situations. I had to quit my job a little more than a year after I moved in. I finished grad school after that. I've had a few parties with my sistores here, and a few sleepovers. I got my first cat, an animal I never thought I'd be able to have, and didn't imagine I could keep up with, but I love him tremendously! I've had five different upstairs neighbors since I've been here, and currently, I am hoping the one living up there now won't be leaving any time soon!! I've changed the physical aspects of the apartment in almost every room. My bedroom has had a makeover twice! This apartment has become my home, and I love the fact that I am able to live here and be on my own despite living with PH. Even when I thought I wasn't going to be able to stay here any longer after I quit my job and the money was extremely tight (not that it isn't now, but back then it was awful), my mom helped me figure out a way for me to keep living here. I am so grateful for that, and still glad to be on my own!

The one event I will remember most on this day is Shelby escaping the house and taking off down the street. Or, I should say, streets! I clearly remember being in the playroom in my parents' house, and Shelby in the room with me. We had been trying to keep the playroom door shut so she wouldn't run out and take off. Well, that silly little mutt somehow bounced the door open and took off like a rocket! Next thing I knew, we were all screaming at her to come back. I started crying, I was so upset. My dad followed Shelby as much as he could, but it was cold out, there was a lot of snow, and he finally just said screw it and started walking back home. Shelby turned around and started going back, and when she caught up with him, he grabbed her by the collar and picked her up. She got back home safely, thank goodness!!! And the moving continued after that!!

I also remember that I was supposed to start work again after the holiday break on Jan. 4th of that year. I got a phone call from my boss that morning saying we had a snow day. YAY!! That sure helped me get some more stuff settled because I had only moved in 2 days before that.

Being on my own has been a great thing for me, and the fact that I'm still so close to my family down the street has been a big help. I am hoping to continue to still live here for a long time to come!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

First Post Of The New Year!

Well, 2008 is gone, and 2009 has had an ok beginning so far. I rang in the New Year last night with a phriend, a friend, and many texts to other friends. It was bitter cold all day yesterday, so I just didn't go outside. By the time the ball dropped, the windchill was about -10 here!! I was nice and warm in my fleece pjs and bathrobe, and I toasted the new year to myself with my sparkly grape juice! It was a nice evening, but it sure didn't feel like we just began a new year!

I have no resolutions for 2009. I don't really make them. I know many times I can't keep them. For example, exercising. I could say that I resolve to make sure I'm exercising as much as possible, but I know myself. I usually won't do it after awhile. I'm thinking it might be different this year, because I am going to the gym twice a week. But I still don't walk enough at home like I said I would. I can make definite efforts, but to make a definite resolution to exercise more....well I can tell you already I'd break it!!

I am just hoping that 2009 will be a better year for so many of my family and friends, and my phriends. I pray for those who are sick and not doing well. I pray for those who are looking for a new job. I pray for those who may lose a job this year due to the poor economy. I pray for the new little niece or nephew that will be coming along next month, and for my sister to have a safe delivery. I pray for the phriends who possibly face a lung transplant this year. I pray that 2009 will be the year of the cure for PH. I would love for this drasted disease to be gone, and I know I'm not the only one who wishes that!

I spent the early afternoon today taking down my Christmas tree, and putting a few decorations away. I normally don't do that until a few days after the new year, but I was bored and restless, and didn't feel like doing anything else. I had my earphones on, and the music kept me motivated! I took my time, about 45 minutes. For some reason, it takes so much longer to put up the decorations than to take them down! I left my winter stuff up, all my snowman-related items. After that, I watched the Dark Knight on PPV. I thought it was a good movie, and oh my goodness, Heath Ledger deserves some sort of award for his acting!! I did not, however, like Christian Bale whatsoever as Batman. Something about him rubbed me the wrong way! After the movie, I took a little nap, then woke up and had a salad for dinner since I wasn't too hungry. I watched a little tv after the news, but the restlessness was kicking back in, so I made a triple illusion necklace set. It's a pretty blue color, and I think it came out nice!

It's now almost 11, and I still feel like doing something other than sitting at the laptop. Maybe I'll go read or something. I think I need to get out of the house, which I am hoping I'll be able to do tomorrow afternoon. A friend asked if I wanted to meet her for coffee, and I hope the weather isn't too crappy so I can go! I'll see in the morning, it's a bit of a drive out to meet her. However, if it is decent, I might go early to go to Michael's, and browse at their beads. I have a gift card I haven't spent yet. As if I need more!!!!! I'm a true addict!!! LOL!

Happy 2009!


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