Sunday, January 29, 2012

Happy Birthday Wishes

I am thinking of my beautiful Grandma K. today, as she celebrates her 89th birthday with family who live much closer to her than I do. I wish I could be there as well! I did call her last night to wish her a happy birthday, and we chatted for a bit. You would never know my Grandma was 89. She certainly doesn't look it at all (which is a YAY for me since I have her genes!!). Besides the need for a walker nowadays, she's very healthy. Her doctor told her a couple years ago that she could be around for another 10 years, and she said, "Oh gosh, I hope not!!" lol  So today I'm thinking of her and hoping she gets to celebrate at least a few more birthdays in the years to come!! She is a special lady!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Whoa, I Got Tagged!

I don't think I've ever been blog-tagged before, and if I have, I sure can't remember! But over a week ago (UGH, I'm sooooo behind), I was tagged by Sunshine of Such Life in the Tropics, and I'm finally getting around to answering her questions!!

And Sunshine's questions are: (insert loud drum roll here if you wish!)

1. If you could go to any place right now where would you go? I'd love to be in Hawaii right now!!

2. What do you keep handy at your night stand? My night stand is used for my glasses (which I hardly wear, bad!), a basket I've had since I was a flower girl in my aunt's wedding many moons ago, and my alarm clock with huge numbers that I've had since I was a teen! 

3. When you were a kid, what was your family game? Hmm, I don't think we had a family game. I know my sisters and I used to make up all kinds of games when we were little! I think our favorite was Piggy. Don't ask!! LOL

4. What's your favorite kinds of food to cook? I love to make soups. 90% of the time I never follow a recipe for a soup, I just get broth, and chop things up that I like to eat, throw them in the pot, and voila. I've got soup!! And usually a ton of it!! 

5. What are 3 things you can't live without? I couldn't live without my phone, my Sony mp3 player, and my little guy (Mittens, of course!). 

6. If you could change somebody's life today, who would you help and how? If I had the money to do it, I would help my parents. I would pay off their debt so they would not have to worry about how to pay for things when my dad is no longer working. 

7. What do you think would be the hardest thing for you to give up on? Hmm. I'd have a hard time giving up the internet. I know, how sad is that?? But really, since I haven't been able to work, the internet has been a huge part of my life. I don't know what I would do without it completely!!

8. If you could change your name, what would you name yourself? Gosh, this is something I've never even considered! I honestly have to say with my red hair and green eyes, that Colleen really does fit well with me! lol

9. If you could do anything OR wish for anything that would come true, what would you wish? Of course, I am a bit biased, but I truly would wish for a cure for those living with Pulmonary Hypertension. 

10. Where would you like to go on your next vacation? Well, I am really trying to plan for Orlando, FL for the PH conference! And even though it would be a very busy three days, I'd still consider it a vacation since I never get to go places like that!! I think as long as I get to squeeze in SeaWorld, I'd be a very happy camper!!

11. What is your favorite blog to read everyday? I read several blogs every day. I don't really have a favorite! I think they are all really neat since every single one of them talks about very different topics!

Now, I am supposed to create my own questions and tag people so they can respond in their own blogs.  However, since I have no idea who really reads my blog a lot, I'm going to just ask the questions and leave it open for anyone to answer in their blogs! If you do answer them, please just leave me a comment so that I can come and see how you've answered them!!

Here goes!

1. What do you look forward to on the weekend?
2. You are given $10,000. You're not allowed to spend it on yourself. What do you do with the money??
3. What is the best gift you've ever received?
4. What was your most favorite vacation?
5. What is your idea of a perfect friend?
6. Name a book you loved, and tell why.
7. If you had to live in a different time, what would it be and why?
8. What is your favorite season, and why?
9. What is your favorite store, or place to shop? 
10. What was life in high school like for you?
11. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in your lifetime, if you haven't already done so?

Have fun answering the questions! I hope I didn't make them too hard!! lol 

Friday, January 27, 2012

A PH Kind Of Day

This week I exercised for 4 days in a row. While I think that is pretty good, and I was hoping to go for 5 today, my body screamed otherwise. Not only did I go to rehab yesterday morning, but I also went shopping for several hours in the afternoon after lunch with Renee, and wow, were my legs and feet just killing me. I was so exhausted by 8pm last night, but struggled to stay up until 10:30, when I just couldn't take it any longer. I was in bed by 10:45, and when K. texted me at 11:15 I was almost asleep. I got up this morning around 10am, but still, my body was telling me it wanted to crawl back under the covers. So what do I call this kind of day that is mostly utter exhaustion?? It's a PH day. It's a day when my body and lungs just don't want to do a thing because I've totally dragged them to the ground, run them over with my car, and then stomped on them for good measure. Ok, yes that's an exaggeration, but that's how I felt for most of the morning!! So I finally couldn't take it anymore around 1pm, and I went to take a nap. After that, I felt much better and was able to get some things done in the afternoon. I still considered exercising after dinner, but I decided (for once!) not to push myself. I made a necklace for myself, and then watched a movie. So it was a pretty calm day today, which is something I needed!! I'm glad for the rest, because my weekend will be busy with friends tomorrow, and going to K.'s on Sunday!! Yay!!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A Comparison Of Sorts

Everyone knows Mittens is my cute little(??) orange Maine coon kid. I got him as a little fluff ball, and now he is just massive. I quite often call him my little lion cub because, well, he resembles a miniature lion! So last week I saw a video clip making its way around the news and internet of a real king of the jungle who was not so happy with a little 3yr old girl tapping at the glass from which she was admiring him. And immediately while watching, all I could think of was, "Mittens does that, too!!!" I found it so funny to see the lion doing what Mittens does almost every single day to my doors around the apartment!! So, I have a clip below that I took last year of Mittens banging the heck out of my computer room door (because at the time I took it, the Christmas tree was behind that door, and he just KNEW it!!). And I also have the clip from Youtube of the zoo lion doing pretty much the same thing to the glass window separating him from the little girl. Do they not look the same??? The only difference is the size!! LOL

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Hmm, What To Eat??

This weekend it's been downright cold, and I knew I'd be stuck inside. So I decided earlier in the week that I wanted to cook several things, and I bought a variety of ingredients on Wednesday to prepare!

On Friday, I made a homemade pizza!

Saturday, I made a pot of spaghetti sauce in the crock pot!

Today, I am making chicken tortilla soup in the crock pot! I am also planning on going through the cookbook I won to see if there is anything simple I can whip up. However, I don't know where to put anything anymore!! My freezer is so stuffed. It almost looks as if I haven't eaten in weeks! lol

Friday, January 13, 2012

Why, Hello Winter

Guess what finally decided to show up?? The storm started late last night in most areas around here, and it was expected. However, I'm not sure how I feel about it!! The snow is pretty, but it's accompanied by some pretty nasty high winds and bitter cold temperatures. Considering the last two days were almost 50 degrees, and yesterday was rainy, I guess I just can't appreciate the snow!!! I know we're right in the middle of winter, but we've been so spoiled this year so far. It had to end some time, though, and maybe it's no coincidence that we got winter back on Friday the 13th???

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Special Delivery!

I never get my mail before 10am, or even before noon. So it was surprising this morning when I heard the doorbell ring and saw the postman standing there! I opened the door, and he had a package that needed a signature. After signing the paper, he handed the package to me, and I noticed that it wasn't for my upstairs neighbor, but for me! And then I saw that it was from Sunshine! Oh yay, it was the recipe book I had won from her blog giveaway last month! I didn't have time to open the package right then since I was trying to get myself out the door to go to rehab. So I opened it shortly after I got home. I was excited to see the cookbook, a "vintage Cayman Island" Christmas card, and even a little bag of treats for Mittens! But I was especially excited to see a very cute panda amigurumi crochet animal that she made all on her own! It is so adorable!! I showed it to Mittens, and he seemed interested in playing with it, so I'm gonna have to keep it somewhere he won't get it because it's not going to become his toy!! lol  Anyway, I flipped through some of the cookbook this afternoon, and there are some very delicious-sounding recipes that I'd like to try out already! I'm going to write down some ingredients, and maybe go shopping tomorrow so I can make a few of them soon! So although I didn't end up getting any other mail later on today, I'd say that's ok! This was a very nice package to receive!! Thank you so much, Sunshine!!  :) :)

Monday, January 09, 2012

Happy Spring! Oh, Wait....

The weather this winter has been very unusual. We've had some days that are almost spring-like, and it's not just in my area! All around the country, places that don't get snow have gotten some, and other places are wondering when the snow is showing up. Of course, I am so not complaining! We've had only a few days that were a handful of degrees, and I didn't go out. But mostly, I'm still able to get around and not freeze horribly, so it's been rather nice. Of course, things can turn on a dime!! I'm still thinking that all of a sudden, we're going to be hit with a huge storm, or a very bone-chilling cold spell. So I'm just trying to enjoy the nicer weather when it's here! 

This weekend wasn't too bad. Yesterday I went out for about an hour to get some food stuff at Aldi's, and to put gas in my car since the weather wasn't too bad. Today I spent the afternoon and evening hanging out with K. We made dinner, watched football (he's trying so hard to get me to understand what's going on, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of it! lol), and played gin rummy (where he proceeded to kick my butt!!). I really enjoyed the time we spent together. He's a really sweet guy! :)

Looks like my week isn't all that busy. I need to get my monthly bloodwork done tomorrow morning. I'm supposed to return some stuff to Walmart, but I'm not in a hurry to go back there yet again. I swear I live there! lol My friend, Renee, might be able to come over on Friday, and maybe she'll be able to try out my new coffee pot I'm expecting to arrive on Tuesday! I also need to make sure I try to contact the person at the hospital who schedules meetings that go on there, because I need to find out if I can have a couple more meetings this spring.  And when I do find out if I can hold more meetings, I need to plan them!! So maybe I will be doing more than I expected this week! We'll see how it goes!

Now before I end this post and go to bed, here is my interesting bit of information that I'm trying to include with  all my posts lately. Do you remember those crazy pots of plants called Chia Pets? They were so popular a couple decades ago and are unbelievably still being sold today (I can't believe it!). Well, apparently, chia seeds can be eaten, and are actually very healthy! Now I supposed if I found some chia seeds that I could eat instead of planting them in a pot that is the shape of a head, I'd be willing to buy some to throw into a snack or a favorite meal! lol You can find out more by reading the link below! You can even learn how to make chia breakfast porridge (not too sure about that??)! 

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Argh

It's days like today that make me wonder how I could be thinking about working. I woke up half an hour after my alarm went off at 7am to take my Revatio (I never even heard the alarm, and I keep the phone right next to my pillow!), and couldn't go back to sleep for an hour after. By the time I did get up around 10:30, I just didn't feel well. My head was killing me, and my ear ached. While these issues don't have anything to do with PH, the fact that I feel crummy makes my PH symptoms a bit worse, especially the shortness of breath. I really hate that. I'd rather be short of breath because I exercised or I vacuumed, not because I got dressed. I've been sitting in my kitchen on the laptop all day doing nothing but reading emails, news articles, Facebook, and playing a couple games. Not my idea of being productive at all!!

I have decided to try including something funny or inspiring or informative that I've come across on the internet in my posts. I can't promise something every day, because I know how badly I am at posting every day! But I just thought it would be neat to include, especially when I post something that isn't too happy! So I'm including a video I saw quite a long time ago, but that resurfaced in one of those "end of the year" compilations of funniest videos. If this does not make you laugh or smile like it did me when I first saw it, then I don't know what else to show you that would be funnier or cuter!! I also didn't realize that since this video first was seeing, little Micah has other videos of him laughing as well! He's one entertaining baby!!


Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New Year (Three Days Late)!

It's a brand new year! Many people see it as a brand new beginning, a way to start out fresh, to break old habits or start new ones. Some people see it as nothing different, just another year to add to the calendar. I usually try to think of a new year as a fresh start, but I don't make resolutions. I've tried in the past, and I never keep them! Instead, I just try to think of what I'd like to see happening for myself in the new year. For 2012, these are a few of the things I'd like to happen:

*I'd like to find a job of some sort. I know I can't really do a full time job, so it would need to be part time. I'd love to be able to find something to do from home. Going out in the winter is so hard! I might even consider just having a part time job for the summer. I'm on the lookout!

*I have an incredible amount of beads in the other room, and I'm not really able to have a business like I would love to own. I make jewelry as gifts for friends sometimes, and a few people here and there ask me to make things, but I really need to find something else to do with all the beads! So I'm considering several options, including blog giveaways, and just donating to women's shelters or something like that. I'll have to look into it!

*I usually only have 2 PH support group meetings a year, but this year I want to try adding a few more, mainly in the spring/summer. My group members really like getting together, so trying to have a couple more meetings, even if they are only for coffee or dinner or something, would be a great idea!

*Speaking of PH, the biannual PHA conference is this summer in Orlando, FL. I've applied for a full scholarship, and will hopefully find out by the end of the month if I'm eligible for it or not. I have a feeling I will be since I've never been to a PHA conference before, and because I'm a support group leader. My only problem is finding a way there! I have a feeling I might need to go by myself, so I'm trying to think of the easiest way to get there, which would most likely be flying. Of course, I've never ever flown before. And I don't really want my first major flight to be to a huge and very busy conference when I have no idea how I'm going to feel. But I will figure it out when I find out about the scholarships!

*I'd like to see what happens with K. and I. I've really been enjoying the time we spend together. It's been almost every weekend for quite awhile. We talk every day either on the phone or email or both, and texting is included, too. I still feel like it's not real, but I know it is! lol He's been a very sweet man, and I'm just hoping things continue to go well.

*Of course, above all else, I want to see my health continue to be stable, or even improve just a little bit!! I hope to do this by continuing to eat right, and increasing my exercise. I'm really so thankful that most of the time I feel well. I'm able to do things around the house, and go out often (unless it's the winter and it's only a handful of degrees, like it was today!!), and not always feel the need for a nap. I'm praying that it continues!!

I'm sure that during the year, I will have different goals or things I'd like to see happen in my life, but right now, these are the ones that are on the top of my list. I'm thinking very positive for a great 2012 for me, my family, my friends, and all of my phriends (PHers who are friends)!!