Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
At the clinic, the LPN, doctor and staff all marvelled that my daughter communicates using sign language. She knows about 10-12 signs and uses most of them on her own without prompting. I admit that at times I have taken this communication skill for granted.
We came home, I gave her some of her medicine, and let her play while it "took". After a while, I looked at her and said, "Jadyn, do you want to go night-night?" And you know what she did? She signed, "Please."
Good Lord, I love that kid.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Maybe she understands my cluelessness after all, and is just trying to comfort me through it.
Monday, November 27, 2006
I love small-town life.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Maybe the stuff will be up next week...we'll see.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
So we went to Wal-Mart this evening. It was much as I expected, with the exception of toys being placed for sale on the endcaps of the grocery aisles. Wow, are they ever pushing the kid stuff! I'm so glad Jadyn doesn't "get" it yet. I may be in for it next year.
Friday, November 24, 2006
Sounds like a MasterCard commercial, doesn't it?!
Thursday, November 23, 2006
- My sweet hubby, who makes me laugh, makes me think, and keeps me real.
- My darling little girl, who dances and plays peek-a-boo like no one else.
- My friends, who like me for me while challenging me to grow.
- My parents, who have been supportive through all the craziness of my life.
Wherever you are, and whatever you are doing, I encourage you to take a moment think about what you have to be thankful for.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
It hasn't been an overwhelmingly wonderful day. But I'm thankful that we have a second vehicle, that I have health care and insurance, and that I have a daughter to pick up in the first place.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Thursday, November 16, 2006
As if watching TV shows whenever we want is actually a need.
But pausing and rewinding live TV really does come in handy when you miss a pivotal line in LOST because your toddler picked that moment to test out her vocal capacity.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
You can only type one word. No explanations.
2. Your significant other
3. Your hair?
4. Your mother:
5. Your Father:
6. Your Favorite Item:
7. Your dream last night:
8. Your Favorite drink:
diet dr pepper
9. Your Dream Car:
10. The room you are in:
11. Your Ex:
12. Your fear:
13. What you want to be in 10 years:
14. Who you hung out with last night?
15. What You're Not?
17: One of Your Wish List Items:
19. The Last Thing You Did:
20. What You Are Wearing:
21. Your Favorite Weather:
22. Your Favorite Book:
23. The Last Thing You Ate:
24. Your Life:
25. Your Mood:
26. Your best friend (s):
27. What are you thinking about right now?
28. Your car:
29. What are you doing at the moment?
30. Your summer:
31. Your relationship status:
32. What is on your tv?
33. What is the weather like?
34. When is the last time you laughed?
Monday, November 13, 2006
When we got there, the stage was open. I looked at the set and was so confused because I couldn't figure out how all those scenes could be played on that one stage. And the band was on the stage with the cast in this little box!
Soon the cast came out, and WHAMMO, it was awesome! So many more numbers than were in the movie. The whole story was richer and fuller. Experiencing it live was 100x better than seeing it at home via DVD.
The part of Roger was played by a Brit, which was kind of different. Instead of an American rock god, he was more of an angry punk rocker. It was not what I was expecting and it took a while to adjust to it.
The cast was talented and it was obvious they were having fun while working hard.
I came away wanting to run away and join a theater troupe.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
To Let Me Out
The pain ebbs and flows
Like the tide but never goes away
All the way
I can’t get a grip, shut my lips,
My heart as touchy as
I’ve felt stuck in the muck and mire
And I’m tired of the fight to
Get my head right,
Understand who I am and who I’m not
And what’s what.
How ironic that I blame
The same One who
Came to free me from
So I could finally change.
I’ve got a choice,
Raise my voice
Give it up and then rejoice
Because if I let him, He
Can set me free
And let me see
Who He made me to be.
I now avow
To allow Him
To remove my sacred cow,
My right to hurt, to avert
The healing He wants to exert.
Let Him in
To let me out.
Friday, November 10, 2006
I KNEW I was unique!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
THE Soup (We call it that because it's THAT special to us.)
1 can chicken broth
1 can beef broth
1 can Progresso Minestrone Soup
1 cup Acini de Pepe pasta or some other teeny tiny pasta
1 box frozen chopped spinach
1 lb ground beef
1 or 2 cups of already cooked chicken, cut into small pieces (I often use leftover made the day or two before)
First, roll ground beef into 1 inch meatballs and brown them. Don't forget to drain them.
Cook the pasta in the broths. (It adds flavor to the pasta, trust me.)
Combine all ingredients, stir, and put on medium heat till it's all hot. This feeds 6-8 big servings at least. It also freezes well.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
I'm getting there, but I'm not there yet.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
I've made "The Soup". This is a family favorite called THE soup because we have no better name for it. It's sort of based on Italian Wedding Soup. It's perfect for chilly weather and I love it because it fits this season so perfectly.
So now, I'm going to eat some. Yum.
Friday, November 03, 2006
I had more pictures taken of my insides before I was ushered to an outpatient room. I had to wear one of those mortifying gowns and these odd panty-hose with no toes. They stuck me with an IV and eventually wheeled me into a "holding" room before the procedure.
Eventually some doctor with good drugs put something in my IV and I was asleep on the table. I don't even remember falling asleep. I do, however, remember waking up and vomiting. Apparently my body doesn't like general anesthetics.
I finally became somewhat conscious while I was being wheeled back to my room. Paul had put Jadyn in a hospital crib so she could take a nap. Poor thing was konked out. Eventually they let me go, but not before proving I could "void" without problems.
All of this took about 4 1/2 hours. It felt like forever at some points. I'm tired and groggy and a bit bruised on the side, but all in all, I'll survive.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
All this from drinking too much milk. Apparently, it does not always do a body good.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This month started off rather painfully. I awoke at 5 AM in terrible pain. It was reminiscent of labor on pitocin, but was just on my left side and went around to my back. After some groggy deliberation (and some getting sick) we decided to get everyone up and ready to go to the ER. Of course, the one in town is not in our insurance network so we had to drive 30 minutes away.
So I answered a bunch of questions (some more than once), gave up some bodily fluids and had a CAT scan. That was kind of like being put on a big table and being passed through the window of a laundromat dryer. Finally it was announced that I have a kidney stone. A large one, it would seem. So this afternoon I'm off to the urologist to find out more about the tiny rock rolling around inside me. Until then, it's lots of liquids and - get this - straining the liquid I produce to catch any bits potentially passed in the process.
If this is any indicator of what the month will be like, let's just skip to the Christmas Carols and get it over with.