Sunday, July 31, 2011

July, Over And Out!

In 20 minutes, a new month begins. I can't believe how incredibly busy July has been. I remember during the winter, I kept trying to think of things to do to keep myself busy during the summer. I bought 2 paint-by-numbers so I could do them since I have not been working on jewelry much lately. I thought I'd have plenty of opportunities to do them, but I've only worked on one of them twice so far! August promises to be a bit less chaotic, so perhaps I'll be able to do more things around the house, and the paintings! I just don't like the fact that this summer is disappearing quickly!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Is This Thing On??

Here we are, a week later since my last post. I swear, I had very many good intentions on blogging this week, but then either something came up and I'd forget, or I'd just plain forget, or I would get ready to do it and figured I was too tired. Ugh. I think part of it is laziness, too! Anywho....

Sunday was Joan's last bridal shower in Canada, and it was nice. It was a cash shower, and there were no games involved, but we sure did eat. If what we had at the shower is any indication of what the reception's going to be like after the wedding, then I might as well start fasting now. Holy smokes, the food just seemed to keep coming! There was antipasto (antipasta??), which included lots of tomatoes and cheeses, ham, pasta salads, etc. Then bowls of pasta were brought out. After awhile, they brought out chicken covered with some kind of mushroom and bacon sauce, little potato puff things, and cooked green beans and carrots. And a salad. Everything was pretty good, although I didn't really enjoy the chicken, but I ate what I could anyway. Then everyone was told they could line up to get tons of baked goodies over in the one corner of the room. There were so many cookies it wasn't funny. This type of table will also be at the wedding. I am not a big fan of many Italian cookies, but there were a few I found tasty after Mandy went and brought us a plate to share. There was also the cake, which was very tasty! It was a vanilla cake with fresh strawberries, and the icing was so light, very good! After eating, Joan made a little speech thanking everyone for coming and for the support for her and Rick, and everyone started leaving after. We all did get prizes, we just didn't play names. Instead, they drew numbers from a bowl every time the course of food changed, and you could go to the back of the room and pick something. I started out with a 4-glass set, and then exchanged it with Mandy because I could really use some new measuring cups, which is what she picked out. So, it was a pretty calm shower compared to the one we had with our family the weekend before!

The rest of the week I spent driving. Between getting groceries, going to rehab, bringing my mom to a doctor appt, going to a few stores, and bringing Shelby to the vet, there was only one day where I had a break from being the taxi. That was Wednesday! On that day, I did a couple loads of laundry (which were both towels), and hung them up on the line outside. Then I took out my table set and painted my paint-by-number for a few hours. The weather was perfect, and it was very enjoyable to be out there! It was also relaxing!

I'm trying to enjoy my weekend without worrying about what's going on (or NOT going on) in Washington with the debt ceiling crap. So far, I haven't seen any positive Yes or NO's as to whether I (and millions of others) will be receiving our Social Security check if the debt ceiling isn't raised by midnight on August 2nd. The thought of not being able to pay the majority of my bills freaks me out a little. Ok, a lot. I know that I wouldn't be the only person in the same boat, though. I think the whole thing sucks, though. NO politician is safe in the next election after this shit is done!!

Ok, I'm off to try the jambalaya that's been cooking in my crock pot for the last 5 hours! I'm excited to try it, and I sure hope I like it, since I have enough to feed around 15 people!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Just Some Thoughts

I've been having such a lazy Saturday, and it's been rather nice. I didn't have to worry about getting up early to go to rehab, or bring my mom to the doctor's, or bringing Shelby to the vet. I got up a little late, read the news in bed for a bit, and eventually got showered and dressed. I didn't sit down for breakfast until it was 12. I really haven't done too much since! I shut the a/c off in my apartment, despite the fact that it's currently 90 degrees and feels like 97. Am I crazy? Well, most people would say yes. lol However, I'm so sick of the a/c being on, that I just wanted to use the fan. I'm a little warm, but not uncomfortable. I do wish it would rain, though, so maybe the mugginess would go away!

I got a text alert earlier stating that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment. Now, while I cracked a joke about it, that maybe she should've said yes, yes, yes to rehab, I have to admit that the situation is rather sad. And, who am I to judge her? I have no idea what it is like to have an addiction to drugs and alcohol, just as much as there are many people who have no idea what it's like to have pulmonary hypertension. I would hate it if someone made fun of me because of my condition, and I'm sure there have been people who've made some sort of unkind remark. So I apologize for my snide comment about Amy's poor misfortune of having been an addict. There are some people who are able to get help from the powers of being an addict, and there are some people who fail miserably because addiction is so strong. Sadly, it seems that Amy just couldn't win that battle.

My mom is supposed to have cataract surgery in August, a week apart for each eye. I don't know why I'm nervous about her having it done, but I know that it's been a pretty routine procedure for thousands of people. And we are all really hoping she can see so much better!! She should be all healed by the time Joan gets married in September, and I'm sure she is going to be so thankful she had it done.

I brought Shelby to the vet again yesterday with my mom, and those adorable kittens were still there in the lobby. Silly me fell in love with them even more after I went over and played with them while Shelby got her laser treatment. They are just too cute!!! I KNOW I cannot get these kittens, but it makes me think about the future when Mittens isn't here anymore. I know (and I hope) that is still many years to come, but I did decide awhile back that I would never get another cat. Seeing the kittens makes me sort of change my mind. And then I get to wondering if I do decide to get another cat, should I get two?? I see how much the little kittens play with each other, and it's just so entertaining, and so I think that maybe having two cats would be a good idea. But I'm getting WAAAAY ahead of myself!!! lol Shelby has another appt next week, and I'm sure I'll be bringing her again. I really hope someone has given the kittens a good home by then!!! lol

Joan's last shower is tomorrow, in Canada. The two showers she's already had were really different, but both very nice, so I'm sure the last one will be the same way! I'm expecting there will be a ton of women at this shower, considering Rick comes from a big Italian family!

Well, I'm off to read the book I started reading yesterday. It's considerably better than the two Danielle Steel books I finished. I used to love her books when I was younger, but I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I think her writing style sucks. Either that, or I grew out of it!! Happy Saturday!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Melting

Today was very hot here. Opressive. Although there was a lot of wind going on (which I think was a saving grace from downright hell), the temperature was in the 90s, and it felt more like 108 at one point. It doesn't get THAT hot here! I know I'm not supposed to really be venturing out in weather like that, but I had to bring my mom to her eye appt at 9:30, so we left at 8:30. We didn't get back home until almost 4. After the appt, we ventured around the mall for a couple of hours, something I haven't done in, years?? I just don't shop like I used to! We met my friend, Renee, for lunch at Panera Bread, and had a nice time chatting and laughing! Then we went into the Hallmark store, where I bought a gift for Mo's baby shower. On the ride back to the Falls, my mom fell asleep. I wish I could've, too, but I was driving!! We stopped at Mandy's house for a little bit, so my mom could give the kids shirts she bought for them. And then we finally got home.

I waited until 8 tonight to go water all the plants, and it still felt like it was 100 degrees. But the sun was vanishing, and the winds were still strong, and I have to admit that I LOVED it. I got everything soaked, and then I sat on the porch and just enjoyed the heat for a little while! I didn't want to go back into the air-conditioned house, which I'm just sick of being in! Hopefully just a couple more days of needing the a/c on (for me anyway), and I can shut my vents once again!! Off to bed now, since I have to bring Shelby and my mom back to the vet tomorrow. Maybe the cute little kitties will still be there???

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Trapped

I love summer. It's my most favorite time of year, and that's because it's warm! And sometimes it's really really hot. And sometimes it's unbearably hot, but I still love it anyway! I try so hard not to have the A/C running for myself in my apartment. There are so many days where I can have all the windows wide open, and a nice breeze flowing through the entire place. I usually run the A/C for the person upstairs and close up my vents. I just really hate the coldness, since I already get enough of that in the winter!!

This week, though? It's been brutal the last couple of days. It's mostly the humidity in the air. And as much as I truly didn't want to do it, I had to open up all the vents in my place and put the A/C on for myself and Mittens. I just can't breathe when it is that bad! The next few days are going to be in the mid-90s, and there's no way I can let a breeze flow through the house. There might not even be one! So, for this week at least, I will feel trapped in the apartment being able to breathe, but also freezing at the same time. I guess I'll wrap myself in a blanket or put on a sweater, which I think is utterly ridiculous this time of year!! I will also hope that it'll get to the point where I can open up my windows wide once again, and I won't need to worry about cooling the place off!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Calmer Days!

Well, my busy week ended on Saturday night when I got home from being in Horseheads, NY, for Joan's bridal shower. We had no idea how many were actually coming since I only had one person RSVP! We ended up with about 25 people, I think, and it was a great time! I saw some family I haven't seen in a long time, and some I don't really remember. lol The food ended up being really good, the games were so much fun (especially toilet paper bride!), and Joan got some very nice gifts. The day was a nice one, and I was very happy to end the week with my sistores all together, even for a short time.

This week brings some relaxation, and also some very hot temperatures. It's supposed to be in the mid-80s to 90s all week, but also humidity. I wish somehow the humidity could be low! Then I'd be able to open my windows, even despite the heat. However, I had to put the air conditioning on for my apartment this morning, not just for my neighbor upstairs. I just couldn't breathe well. By the end of the day, I was mostly freezing. I had a blanket on while watching a movie tonight! I think that is just ridiculous, in the middle of summer!! lol Looks like I'll have to keep the air on for most of the week, which just makes me sad. I truly believe windows should be open during the summer, considering I have them shut for too many months while it's cold outside!

I have to bring my mom to a couple appointments this week. She's not supposed to drive right now, so I'm the chauffeur as much as possible. She's driven me all over the place for so many years, that I don't mind mostly. As long as something else isn't going on for me, why not??

Today I brought my mom and Shelby to the vet for Shelby's laser treatment appt. Shelby is 14, and she has a lot of arthritis pain. Instead of putting her to sleep, the vet asked my parents if they'd like to try laser treatments to help alleviate the pain. Well, it seems to be working, and now they are giving her the treatments about twice a week. Anyway, we got into the waiting area, and there was a large cage in the corner with these two adorable kittens. They were sisters, and only about 2 1/2 months old maybe. Oh my gosh, my heart was melting as I was trying to play with them! Even though they were from the same litter, one seemed to be a short-haired cat, and the other was long-haired, which I thought was odd! As much as I thought they were so cute, I could not get them for a few reasons: 1) Mittens would kill me, 2) Mittens would kill the kitties, 3) I do not have the $100 to buy them. I also would not have enough money to even feed them and buy the litter, as I have a hard time doing that sometimes with Mittens (although he's never gone without!). Also, the kitties were spayed and had shots and stuff, but they were not declawed. I would have to get them declawed, as I'm on a blood thinner, and getting scratched would not be good! I already got clawed by the one kitty and my finger bled all the way home. lol So, the kitties were good entertainment for me while waiting for Shelby to be done, but there's just no way I could keep them!

Well, time to read before bed. I'm trying to finish a book I don't really like so I can read something better!! lol

Friday, July 15, 2011

Almost Near The End

Today Lisa came over for maybe 20 minutes or so before I headed off to rehab, and her little guy rode a Thomas train car down the block with her. He tried to find Mittens when they got in the house, and when he got a little too close for Mittens' comfort, Mittens ran out of the cupboard and cried all the way to the bedroom and under the bed. Oh well, at least he didn't bite anyone!

I went to rehab and did a good workout, but I was pretty exhausted when I got home. I had three things I wanted to accomplish for the bridal shower on Saturday, but the first thing I had to do was take a nap after I watered all the plants outside. Mittens hung out with me on the bed, but I just couldn't really doze. I spent maybe half an hour just laying there, and then decided to get up. I made hummus with roasted red pepper. Done! Then I started working on one of the games I'm going to do, when I heard a knock on my door. Lisa was back for a bit! She actually helped me with one of my other tasks, which was to wrap all the prizes for the games we were doing. Yay! Meanwhile, she had brought her camera over so I could "steal" some pictures, since I don't really have anything recent of her little guy in my frames in the living room. We chatted for awhile, and then she went down to the basement to go through my storage bins of teaching stuff. Sadly, she didn't get too far when my dad called to tell me that her son was wailing for her. So she walked back down to the house, and I finished working on the game stuff. After that, I made myself go lay down again, and I actually fell asleep for about half an hour.

Tonight, I went out for drinks with my sistores! We haven't done that in forever, so it was just so nice for the four of us to be together. We laughed and shared stories, and we also exchanged names for Christmas. We had to do it like five times because we kept getting our own names. lol I'm really glad we were able to go out for a little bit. I just wish we had more time to spend together!

Tomorrow we head to my Grandma's house in the early afternoon, a few hours from here. Saturday afternoon will be the shower, and then probably a couple hours after it ends, we need to head home with Mandy and Joan since they aren't able to stay until Sunday. I'm actually glad about that, because although I have had a great time this week with my family, and being busy every day, I'm worn out. I hate this fact really, that I just can't seem to keep up with it all. I'm not breathing any different, my lungs are fine (the pulmonary hypertension is in control), but I'm just exhausted. I'm not getting as much rest time as I'm used to when I've got nothing going on. So I'm relieved that I'll be able to not worry about doing too much next week once I get through this weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tired!

The last couple of days, I feel as if I haven't been living here. lol I spent most of the day out of the house yesterday, and I was out most of the morning/early afternoon, and then evening today. I'm trying to catch up on rest in between, but I've got stuff that needs to be done around here, so I'm starting to wear myself out. And poor Mittens seems to be missing me when I'm gone because he bashes my legs with his head for awhile when I get back! At least we did get to take a nap together today. I miss him, too! It's nice to be busy, but I also miss the relaxing I usually do. Hopefully that'll change next week!!

Tomorrow I'm hoping to get some things made for the bridal shower we're having on Saturday for Joan. It's our family bridal shower. We're going to have some finger foods, and I'm going to make hummus for it, so I need to get that done tomorrow. I also have to retype a couple games I found since I'm adding a few things to them. And, I have to wrap the prizes for the games. I don't have time to do this on Friday, because we have to drive to my grandma's house in the afternoon, and that'll take a few hours to get there. Then we need to go shopping for the food and whatever else we need to get. So the next few days are busy as well!! But tomorrow night, my sisters and I are supposed to be going out for drinks. I'm looking forward to that! I hope we'll have a great time!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Busy Family Week!


Here it is, the middle of July, and another busy week is planned. This time, most of my time will be spent with my family. This includes Lisa, and her little guy, who both arrived in town tonight for several days! It was so nice seeing them even for a short while at my parents, and I look forward to the week ahead. I know one night my sistores and I are planning to go out for dinner and drinks! On Friday, we'll be heading to my grandma's for a night, and Saturday will be our family bridal shower for Joan. So, lots of stuff going on yet again, and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll be able to keep up!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Things Kids Say!

Yesterday my family and I hung out at Mandy's house for the evening, eating good food and sharing lots of laughs. The kids were quite energetic, and played in their pool for a very long time before deciding they wanted to have dinner. While we were all in the garage, Mandy told us how her son, who is now 4, was playing one day and came up to her with a beaded necklace under his nose and around his ears. He said, "I'm Aunt Colleen. I have a breathing problem." We all burst out laughing! I thought it was so cute and funny at the same time!

Then a little later, my niece, who was sitting next to me, was in mid-sentence trying to tell me something when she said, "Ooh, your lips are kind of purple, Aunt Colleen." Well, I hadn't been wearing my oxygen for a bit, and so I guess it was time to go put it back on. lol I'm at least glad that both of the kids know enough that I have a health problem, since they've seen me since they were born with the oxygen and stuff. They don't feel funny about it or scared! And obviously, they aren't too shy about pointing it out, either!! LOL

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

What Would You Do If You Were Normal?

Today as I was driving to pulmonary rehab, I kept seeing people out exercising. Some were just casually walking. Some were power walking, pounding the pavement in a serious stance as they sped down the street as if there was a fire behind them. There were a few who were running quickly, and a few who were jogging. No matter what they were doing, they were at least burning some calories and I'm sure their bodies were appreciating it. And as I watched these people (and the road, I was also watching the road!!), I thought to myself, "What would I do if I were normal??"

Now, by normal, I certainly mean physically! I have spent many times pondering this very question, and most of the time I've come back to wanting to do one thing if I were ever go through a transplant or, best of all, there was a cure for pulmonary hypertension: running. Yes, I ran when I was a little kid, and yes, I got completely exhausted doing it. But, in the last couple of decades, running is something I don't even try to attempt. Since I know exactly how I feel when running, and I HATE feeling that way, I tend to avoid it!! So that is one thing I know I would love to do if I were a physically normal person!!

Sunday, July 03, 2011

An Awesome Evening!

I had heard over a month ago that a Canadian band I just LOVE was coming to play for free downtown on July 2nd as part of a free concert series through the Hard Rock Cafe. I was so excited!! I have tried twice to see Our Lady Peace in concert, and twice I wasn't able to go, even though I had the tickets. So I really wanted to see them! My friend, Dee, and I kept tossing the idea back and forth between last night and this afternoon. First we didn't know how hot it would be. Then we didn't know if it was going to rain. Then she wasn't feeling too great with her sinuses and stuffiness, and then I wasn't feeling top notch. In the end, we just decided to wing it. We went downtown, actually found a parking spot I could mostly deal with, even though we still had to walk quite a bit, and we headed to the new TGI Friday's that just opened up Tuesday in one of the hotels. It was crazy busy! We sat at the bar, which was a little better, but not by much. We waited forever for our food, but enjoyed it once it finally arrived. When we paid and left, the waiting area was packed. I think since the restaurant is still trying to work out kinks, the kitchen fell behind, and it caused such a backup of people waiting to get in!

We got back outside and headed toward the area where we thought the band would be playing, and could actually hear one of the opening bands singing. And then I realized the stage was straight ahead of us. There were a ton of people already. We walked past the convention center, and found a bench to sit on for a bit. We could see the stage from there, and decided to just stay there. There wasn't any seating near the stage anyway, and we weren't surrounded by swarms of people, and we could hear perfectly. Whoo hooo, worked for us!!

After waiting for the current band to finish playing, the next two bands to get up and play, and the fireworks display from the casino, Our Lady Peace FINALLY took the stage!! I think it was just after 10pm. Dee and I were so excited!! About 4 songs into the show, we started seeing lightning. The band finished up a song, and the lead singer (Rainn) said that since there was lightning, they were going to take a break for a couple minutes and pray for it to pass. Well, a couple minutes turned out to be 45 minutes. They kept announcing to the crowd to hang on and wait to see if Our Lady Peace could finish their set after the lightning passed. It never did rain, at least!! Tons of people did leave, but there was still a crowd by the time the guys came back out! I was so happy!! They played several more songs, and they played past the curfew time that was given since the lightning had ruined the original plans! The last song of the night was my absolute favorite song by them, called Starseed!! I was just so happy!! Did I mention that already?? I sang along to the song, and then the show was over, and Dee and I made the long trek back to her car. I'm SOOO glad we decided just to go ahead and see the band play. It was such a FANTABULOUS evening!!!