Monday, December 28, 2009
Negatives: People are often too busy around the holidays to celebrate with me, unless I am already going to see them on Christmas or Christmas Eve. It is harder to celebrate with friends. Combo gifts. Birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper.
Positives: People generally don't forget my birthday. Even people I have not seen for 20 years remember my birthday. Some friends and family go out of their way to make my birthday special and separate fro Christmas. When everyone is done opening presents on Christmas day, I still get to open a few more.
I guess it is a pretty weird day to have a birthday. If anything, it is a good conversation piece. When people see my birthday, I'd say 75% of the time, people take up a conversation about it.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The morning before I received an e-mail from the animal shelter notifying volunteers that a shelter dog Radar was most likely going to be euthanized due to some health complications coupled with being at the shelter for 4 months without finding a home. I felt so sad, I wanted to do something to help him, but what? I can't adopted him and I can't donate enough money for his surgery. I was going to think about what I could do for a couple of days.
When my dessert was brought out to me, there were three candles. The waiter said, "Three candles for three wishes." I wished Radar would find a home, fast. I used it as all three wishes. The next day at the shelter, Radar had an adoption pending. And yesterday we was taken home to be with his new family! Not only did my birthday wish come true, but Radar found a home just in time for Christmas.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
2. A warm meal will always be served at the old kitchen table.
3. I watched the steam rising from the hot cup of coffee (or tea) and thought: that looks so yummy!
4. It's hard to believe it's going to be okay.
5. I'll take some good news, please.
6. Dogs are the best friends a girl could ask for, at least from my point of view.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dinner with family, tomorrow my plans include celebrating my birthday with friends and Sunday, I want to bake cookies!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
It is a very rewarding program to participate in. And to see our office come together and help provide presents for 71 needy people makes me very proud of my co-workers. We are all dealing with a 15% pay cut right now, so I was not sure how successful participating in this program would be. But when I started to look at some of the wishes people had, I begin to realize how much I have to be thankful for and how lucky I am to have so much in my life.
I am a state employee and I often am subject to negative comments about government employees. Perhaps this is an example of how not all government employees are bad people, as we seem to have a reputation for.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Just Breathe, by Pearl Jam
"Stay with me...let's just breathe. "
Thursday, December 10, 2009
On a different note, I started No Two Snowflakes Are Alike one year ago today! I am glad I have stuck with it and have connected with some great people out there.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Here is the scary part...I did not lose my credit card. It was in my wallet, just where it should be. Someone got a hold of my number and either made a card using my information or they were just using the number without a card. Even scarier, this just happened to me 3 months ago, but this a different card. Same situation though, I never lost my card...someone was just using my number...in Mexico. As a precaution, I had a credit check run just to make sure my social security number was not being used to open up credit cards. Everything on the report looks good, thankfully.
In both cases of credit card fraud, the banks have been great. From calling me to verify activity to not being held accountable for the charges. The worst part about it is I had to cancel my account and open a new one, leaving me without a card for the moment. Its the only card I have, so I have no way to finish my online holiday shopping. I also have the hassle of changing account information on my auto billing accounts like the gym and netflix. Oh well, could be worse. At least I don't have to pay for the charges, that would be terrible.
Check your accounts often. Pay attention when the bank calls you to verify activity. I know it seems like a pain if the transactions truly are yours, but this services is priceless if someone really is really using your card number. Also, remember to let the banks know if you are going to be traveling out of state. It can help them manage theft better.
Friday, December 4, 2009
2. Move from one event right to another.
3. It's Christmas time.
4. Crocks look ridiculous!
5. I feel more informed.
6. Good luck and ...goodnight!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to the gym, tomorrow my plans include Winter Whiskers and Wine and Sunday, I want to decorate for Christmas!
I have been TOBI in nasal rinses since March. I do four weeks on/four weeks off. During my off times, I feel terrible...during the on times I feel about 90% better. I think the TOBI is working miracles up there. I am in an off time right now and I am struggling. Pain everyday, even headaches. I am talking to the doctors about just doing TOBI all the time. The funny thing is, putting TOBI in nasal rinses really isn't "excepted" by the general medical community as having a scientific benefit. Because of that, my insurance won't cover the medication. Grrrrr.
Ronnie- I agree with other CFers out there, that nasal rinse they gave you was weak sauce. I use a neti pot, 8 oz of warm water, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and what ever meds. I am mixing in. Talk to your docs. about using this more traditional method. Mandi will be more pleased with the results :).
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
2. I WATCHED BOONDOCK SAINTS and it made me smile.
3. If you want IT, HERE IT IS, COME AND GET IT.
4. I JOKE because I CARE.
5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO REMEMBER NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.
6. FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND GOOD FOOD makes for a happy holiday.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to PLANETARIUM, tomorrow my plans include STAYING DRY and Sunday, I want to RELAX!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Later that evening I met up with my husband's cousin, Heather. She is on maternity leave a little earlier than expected, so we decided to take advantage of both having time off and getting together. We went out to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and then spent the night in SF at Hotel Bijou. This is a boutique hotel, with themed rooms! Each room is themed after a movie made in San Francisco. Our room was "Interview with a Vampire."
The next day we went to the DeYoung Museum to check out the King Tut Exhibit. The exhibit was awesome. The exhibit was mostly select items found in King Tut's tomb, discovered in the 1920's. The tomb dates back over 3,000 years. I was a little disappointed the exhibit did not include any mummies. With further research I learned that King Tut's mummy and tomb still rests in Egypt. I'm glad I had the opportunity to see this historic exhibit. Check it out if you are in San Francisco or if this exhibit ever comes to your local area!
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is PUMPKIN PIE. (if you don't celebrate thanksgiving, insert your favorite holiday)
3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is NOT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING DONE.
4. Thoughts of SHELTER DOGS fill my head.
5. I wish I could wear MY PJS TO WORK.
6. Bagpipes ARE A RANDOM TOPIC FOR A FRIDAY FILL IN.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 9 (YES PART 9), tomorrow my plans include STAYING HOME and Sunday, I want to CELEBRATE CHRISTIAN'S BIRTHDAY!
Friday, November 6, 2009
2. I'm happy when things ARE QUITE .
3. The last thing I drank was WATER .
4. One of the most valuable things in my life is MY EDUCATION.
5. I like JUST CHEESE on my pizza.
6. Dear November, GIVE US LOTS OF RAIN.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to THE GYM WITH A NEW PLAYLIST, tomorrow my plans include GOING TO A BABY SHOWER and Sunday, I want to VOLUNTEER AT THE ANIMAL SHELTER!
Saturday, October 31, 2009
10. Wizard of Oz- you know that witch is scary!
9. The Birds-Being chased by birds is terrifying!
8. Friday the 13th- I have seen this movie a lot, the boat scene scares me every time!
7. Silence of the Lambs- a man that eats people and another one making a human skin costume....nuff said.
6. Jaws- Makes you think twice about swimming in the open water.
5. Halloween (Original) So scary when Michael Meyer's face slowly appears in the dark background.
4. Saw- a scary psychological thriller, I spend most of this movie with my eyes covered.
3. The Decent- A movie about being trapped in a cave is scary enough...creatures trying to kill you while trapped puts this movie over the top for suspense.
2. Sorry, Wrong Number- an older flick, a woman terminally ill is home alone, unable to get out of bed. She realizes someone may be trying to kill her. Home alone and helpless, the movie builds on each scene, make each scene more and more suspenseful.
1. Psycho- the original scary movie, I don't know if its the music, the shower scene, or a cross-dressing weirdo that makes this such a powerful and timeless scary movie classic!
Friday, October 30, 2009
2. IT WAS TOO COLD OUTSIDE, so I offered to take the books myself.
3. Rushing out, I FORGOT TO TAKE AN UNBRELLA.
4. AS I WAS GETTING SOAKED...I think I heard a howl!
5. Shhhh...IT'S GETTING CLOSER.
6. SMELL MY FEET-give me something good to eat!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to A RETIREMENT PARTY, tomorrow my plans include HALLOWEEN FUN and Sunday, I want to CLEAN UP FROM HALLOWEEN AND DECORATE FOR THANKSGIVING!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
At first I thought it would be hard to be around all the animals with no home. But the facility is so nice, some of these dogs probably have a better life than some dogs with homes. I am volunteering to interact with the dogs, of course. I get to play with the dogs, take them for walks, and play in the yard. Some dogs are so excited to be outdoors, others just want to be petted. No matter what, it is a great feeling to help these little animals. Plus I feel like I make instant friends. Usually as I am driving to the shelter, I think about which dogs are my favorite and who I want to play with first. Then when I get there, I find my favorite was adopted. Which, of course, is the best news, but it is hard not to feel a little sad that I won't get to see that friend again. But it feels even better to know that dog has found a new home.
In the picture is Niko. He is a very scared little guy. Right now, he does not get to go for walks. So we just play in his habitat. At first he is scared, but after a few minutes he just walks up and sits in my lap. He loves treats, so we play treat games. His tail is usually between his legs, but the other day when I gave him a treat, the tail came out of a quick second and he was even wagging it! Its the best to know that I am helping this dog not be so scared. I'd bring him home, but he really needs to be the sole dog in the home. Any takers?
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
2. HALLOWEEN FUN is what's up ahead.
3. I love to DRINK COFFEE ON MORNINGS WHEN I HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO.
4. PLAY GAMES of some sort.
5. I walk a LOT MORE IN THE SUMMER THAN WINTER.
6. FAMILY is the true elixir of life!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to SEWING, tomorrow my plans include HALLOWEEN BLOG PARTY and Sunday, I want to FINISH HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
FEF 50 83.3
FEF 75 48.7
I am really pleased with these results, considering I had a bad cough for the weeks leading up to this test. Although I could not dig up my 2008 results, here are my 2007 results for comparison.
FEF 50 72.2
FEF 75 36.4
In other doctor news, I had to temporarily change PCP. My previous doc stopped taking my insurance. So, I met my new PCP. (PCP will be changing again with new insurance in January). Changing PCP was not a heartbreaking moment for me. I never cared for my previous PCP. I think she was in denial about having a patient with CF. Anytime I came in with a CF related problem, she would always say "Yeah, that's normal for you, you have CF." Ok, but that doesn't mean the problem doesn't need to be addressed. Other times she would try and treat me like I didn't have CF. If the CF doc thought I needed a special test, she would usually respond by saying "People in their 20's don't need that test." Generally, I just felt like she never listened and never really cared. The worst was when I needed to go on TOBI, but I needed her to order me a nebulizer. Her response was "that seems like over kill. Can't you just take regular antibiotics as a pill?" Oh, then there was the time I asked for a referral to a orthopedic surgeon for by back and she said "No you don't need back surgery." Five months later, I had back surgery. Yeah, that should of been enough for me. But it just seemed easier to stay. There just never seemed to be a good time to switch dotors. I regret not doing it sooner.
This new doctor seems really responsive. I went over all of my current health care needs. I would like to see all my specialist one last time before switching insurance. He gave me a referral to every single one (there are four). No questions, no making me feel guilty, no asking me to justify why. Hmmm, that is what I needed in a doctor all along. He also got me set up with a flu shot. While I am a little disappointed he will only be a temporary doctor, he gave me the names of a few doctors to check out under my new health plan. Hopefully, the transition will be smooth and I will find nothing but great doctors in my new adventure.
Friday, October 9, 2009
2. GETTING SICK IS HARD ON THE BODY, especially for me.
3. Silliness SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR DAILY LIFE.
4. THE DOGS ARE DRESSING UP AS THE TIN MAN AND THE SCARECROW this Halloween.
5. Outstanding or not I WILL STAY LOYAL TO MY OAKLAND A'S.
6. TO GO BACK TO BED is what I want right now!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to HAPPY HOUR WITH THE GIRLS FROM WORK, tomorrow my plans include TBD and Sunday, I want to TAKE ETHAN OUT FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Every year I think about changing health plans, but it never seems like a good time. I am always in the middle of a treatment and it's not a good time to make the transition. Last year it was sinus surgery; the year before was my back. By changing plans, I will have to get all new doctors. Even my CF doc. That is probably the hardest transition to make. I have been with this doc for almost 10 years. He knows me and my case; its hard to start that relationship all over. But my insurance has become so complicated that I cannot do any PFTs at his office. He is in San Francisco, about 60 miles from my home. The insurance company will pay for the visit with him, but no tests. They will only pay for test that are done closer to my home. So, I can only do PFTs once a year at the local hospital. I feel like I am being deprived of some basic CF stuff that should be part of every visit. Same with any labs the CF doc orders. I have to go back home, have the PCP order, arrange for testing. The results never make it to the right office. We spend more time at CF clinic tracking down test results, when we really should be focused on what the results reported.
With the new insurance, this will all be eliminated. I am switching to Kaiser, which is like the "all inclusive" health care provider. Its is still an HMO and I am sure it still won't be perfect. But all the services are provided within the system. My CF doc can order tests, I can have them done in his office, and all of my doctors will have access to the results. I guess I really don't know how to explain how Kaiser works, it is just a simplified HMO. Hopefully. If I don't like it, I can always switch back. But honestly, I don't think it can be any worse than what I have experienced with my current plan.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Watching Yankees/Twins right now. How cute is Derek Jeter? I didn't name my dog after him for nothing!
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
2. HOW TO CURE CANCER is something I wish I knew.
3. I'm eating (or recently ate) A VERY YUMMY SUGAR COOKIE COVERED IN ICING.
4. I'M GLAD I'M NOT on the road.
5. So that's it, that's MY LIFE.
6. A LITTLE IS better than nothing!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to HAPPY HOUR, tomorrow my plans include WIZARD OF OZ and Sunday, I want to SEW, SEW, SEW!
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
2. I PLAYED CHURCH when I was young.
3. Mama told me EVERYTHING IN MODERATION.
4. DOTTY, JETER, you and me.
5. Take your time THERE IS ALWAYS TOMORROW.
6. IT will pass!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to SEWING, tomorrow my plans include CLEANING UP and Sunday, I want to SLEEP IN!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Disneyland was really fun. Even thought we spent two full days, it just doesn't feel like enough. The park has so much to offer: rides, shows, parades, fireworks. Its hard to fit it all in. My favorite ride in Disneyland is The Pirates of The Caribbean. I love the mystery of the ride. As you load the boat, you really have no idea what the ride is going to be like. My least favorite ride is Snow White's Scary Adventure. First, you don't see Snow White at all during the ride, so I am guessing you are suppose to be Snow White, as the rider. But then it ends with no Prince...but the last scene is They Lived Happily Ever After. Who? Does not make sense. Oh well, can't wait to go back.
Friday, September 11, 2009
2. WAIT; I'm over here!
3. The possibilities include: SWIMMING, WALKING, OR ELIPTICAL.
4. HOT COCOA is one of my favorite cool day recipes.
5. How will you know WHAT TO DO FIRST?
6. GRAY CLOUDS and a stormy sky.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to MY DAY OFF, tomorrow my plans include DINNER WITH VICKY and Sunday, I want to SCRAPBOOK!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The project went longer than scheduled, as the Mazda went back at the end of July, even though the car was not ready. Ethan was at a point where he was trying to start 'er up, but something wasn't right and it wouldn't start. For weeks now he has been trouble shooting to figure out the problem. While I cannot comment on specifics, yesterday a milestone was reached and the car started! We are very excited, as Ethan has put a lot of time and money into this project. Below is a short video of the build up to the car starting. A few minor steps to take before the car is on the road, but the hard stuff is done.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
It was also breast cancer research awareness day. The give-a-way was a pink scarf. Before the game over 500 breast cancer survivors paraded around the field. The team also presented a check to a breast cancer research foundation for over $75000; thet money was what the team raised during the year. Go A's!!!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
Years ago, Ethan and I decided not to exchange gifts for our anniversary. Instead, we try to decide on something to buy for the house that we both could enjoy. This year we bought a Roku Box. This is a devise that you hook up to the TV and you stream movies from Netflix. We already have a Netflix account and the streaming feature is already included in the monthly fees. The really exciting part of the box is we can also stream MLB games. All of the games (execpt local games, they can only be watched once the live game has ended). It will be great watching the last month of baseball. The playoff race is on!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I have a friend at work who has a friend diagnosed with Leukemia fighting for her life at this moment. She is about 40 years old, married with two young sons. I don't know her and I have never met her. But yet, I have been affected by her story. She was diagnosed last summer, under went a bone marrow transplant, went into remission, only to find 6 month later cancer was back, in full force. Now she lays in a hospital bed, basically waiting to die. On Thursday, the doctors didn't expect her to live through the night. She is still holding on, still fighting, but it is just a matter of time before her body gives in.
While I don't know this person, I think one of the reason her story is so powerful is it leads me to ponder the question: Why? Why does this person have the disease? What was she exposed to that cause it? She seems to be just your average person in society, which leads to the second thought...it could be anybody. That is what makes cancer so scary to me. No one is immune, not even the most healthy person around. It's out there, just lurking around, waiting to strike the next victim. Anyone could be next, including me or you.
I remember once when I was younger thinking AIDS would be the epidemic of my life time. I don't know anyone with AIDS...but it just seems cases of cancer keep popping up.
This is also why I feel my job has such an important place in society. By helping keep California's water clean, hopefully we can eliminate the exposure to cancer-causing chemicals in drinking water.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I am a pretty nervous person in general, but when it comes to medical tests, I can be...well lets just say sensitive. Most procedures make me nervous. From having blood drawn to sitting through an MRI, I just can't ever seem to be fully relaxed, or even a little relaxed for that matter. I usually manage to get through my nervousness because I know these tests/procedures are to help me and I get through them one way or another. And when they are over I almost always say "there was really nothing to be nervous about!"
Besides by-annual routine cleanings, I don't have a lot of experience with dental work. I did have my wisdom teeth pulled several years ago and I have only had a cavity filled one other time. So, at least I knew what to expect when having a cavity filled, but of course I was still rather nervous. To make things easier for everyone, I requested the "laughing gas." I though if I could be placed in a more relaxed state, I could relax and the Dentist would have an easier time.
This was problem #1. As the gas started to kick in, I felt like I was weightless. Is this normal? I asked myself. Because I really felt like I was going to pass out. Maybe the Dentist was giving me too much? Maybe I was going to have some sort of negative reaction? I could tell my heart beat slowed down, what if my heart stopped? As all these thoughts raced through my head, I was now more nervous about the side effects of the gas, opposed to procedure it self. I shared these thoughts with the Dentist. He adjusted the dose, stating I was probably just getting too much in my system at once. I starting feeling better. Until problem #2: the rubber dam.
The Dentist explained that they would be using a rubber dam during the procedure. I was pretty sure the devise was used with my previous cavity, so when they asked me if I had a problem with that, I simply stated no. As they started to connect the devise to my mouth, however, I quickly realized I was definitely NOT familiar with this devise. Oh well, what could be the big deal anyway?
With the rubber dam in place, Novocaine shots taking affect, and the laughing gas in my system, the dentist began drilling. At first I found myself in a very relaxed state and then something in my mind just started to panic. I felt the instant need to rip the rubber dam off my face. It was constricting and I suddenly felt like I couldn't breath. Then I realize I couldn't speak to the dentist with this thing on my mouth. More panic set in, not only about having this thing on my face that I couldn't get off, and not only about feeling like I couldn't breath, but I was back to thinking about the gas: what if I had a reaction to the gas and I couldn't tell the Dentist there was a problem? And how do I tell him all of these fears I am having at this moment? Then I felt like I was spinning. I raised my hand and the Dentist stopped. I'm guessing he could sense something was wrong and he asked me if I could breath and swallow. I said yes to both. At that point the assistant took my hand and said everything was fine. The procedure would be quick and it would be over before I knew it. They also cut me off of the gas, which I guess was for the best.
Having the assistant talking to me really helped. It helped me calm down. I just closed my eyes and it really was over rather quickly. It didn't hurt, I was fine. All that and it was all really no big deal. I wish I could train myself to realize these things are no big deal BEFORE the procedure, but the nervousness is involuntary. It's like trying to stop your heart beat, you just can't control it.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
By early November, I was in for sinus surgery. The procedure was nearly four hours. The goal was to open up the drainage ways so the mucus getting stuck in my sinuses would drain better. My sinuses are really affected by having CF. I just always feel stuffed up and I cannot smell scents very well. While that is still the case, the surgery really helped, at least in terms of the headaches. Although I still had headaches after the surgery, I have been headache free since March. Suppressing the headaches was due to not just the surgery, but finding the right maintenance for my sinuses, post-surgery. This includes sinus rinses twice a day. Every-other-month, I mix an antibiotic (TOBI)into the rinse. I think this has been key to keeping things in order.
I also go in for a check up once a month with the ENT. I just went in about a week ago. Recently he invested in a technology that allows the patient to see the sinuses as he is performing the examination. He uses a scope with a camera on it, puts it up the nose (way up the nose) and the image is displayed on a screen. During my last visit, I took a picture of the screen showing my sinus cavity. The pic is included below. You can see where the mucus is getting stuck still. But between the success of the surgery and keeping up with the rinses, it is moving through my system, as opposed to sticking there, causing an infection, followed by inflammation, and leading to a headache. I'm so glad to be feeling better, but it was a long road to get there.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Ethan and I never miss the Sonoma County Fair. This year was really busy, but we still managed to spend an evening at the fair. The weather was perfect, the food was great, and the entertainment was super. Highlights this year include Fido 500 and The Pork Chop Review. We also like to spend time looking at all the arts and crafts. I won a carnival game. Below are a few pics.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
10.101 Dalmatians (Live Action)
9. Weird Science
8. Uncle Buck
7. Home Alone
6. The Great Outdoors
4. Sixteen Candles
3. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
2. Christmas Vacation
1. The Breakfast Club
All of these movies are part of my home movie collection.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
After my appointments, I always spend a little time in San Francisco. I know my way around the city now, so I usually take the bus to my desired destination. Some times I hit up the gym, meet a friend for dinner, shopping, what ever I feel like to kill some time before making the drive home. I almost always end up in Union Square, as I did yesterday. Stops included Gold Dust for a few beers, dinner at Lefty O'Doul's, a little shopping at Macy's, and I finished the night off with getting a piece of cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, to go. I'm sure I'll be back in SF before my next clinic visit in October, but I just love spending the day in SF.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Also on another exercise note, the Monday night water aerobics teacher is now only teaching on Fridays at 10:15. Luck me to have *most* Fridays off so I can still go. But I really like going to the class on Monday nights. The gym is really crowded on Mondays. Going to the class when it is crowded, I could avoid having to wait for a machine. The course is still offered on Mondays, it is just with a different teacher. I'll probably still go on Mondays the weeks I have to work Fridays.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Over the past couple of days, I have deeply reflected on the influence Michael Jackson had over my generation. The white glove, the red zipper jacket, the moonwalk, the short pants with white socks. Michael Jackson had numerous trade marks, which will always live with his memory. Michael Jackson was an 80's icon. What he did with "Thriller" is untouchable. No one has ever created such an imaginative, creative, and unique video. We were obsessed with it; everyone was. We knew the words, we knew the dance routine. We watched the video and the making of the video daily. The Thriller movement consumed our society. I don't know what it would take to top that one; I don't think anyone ever will. And yes, initially I was scared to watch it.
Another huge part of the 80's was "We Are the World" in which Michael Jackson was a big part of. I think I am very lucky to have lived during the times of these two videos.
I know Michael Jackson had developed a negative reputation over the last few decades, and lived a cryptic life of mystery. Undoubtedly misunderstood. No doubt at times I would see pictures of him and think "he is so weird." But this man needs to be remembered for all of his positive contributions to society, especially in the 80's. He needs to be remember for his powerful influence over people and the pure magic he created with his music.
Thus, I give you my Top 10 Michael Jackson Songs:
10. You Are Not Alone
9. Smooth Criminal
7. Beat It
6. Billie Jean
4. The Girl is Mine
2. Man in the Mirror
1. Don't Stop 'till You Get Enough
Ethan with his M.J. jacket:
Hard to see it, but that's me with my M.J. buttons:
"Gonna make a change for once in my life. Gonna feel really good, gonna make a difference, gonna make it right."
You sure did.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Dinner at Grandma and Grandpa's
Wario Smooth Moves- Go Ray!
Arts and crafts with mom and Aunt Mike (card making class)
Old Style, Miller Lite, MGD
Greg gets speeding ticket (warning) by a bicycle cop
Liz and Brian's wedding
Baseball White Sox @ Milwaukee- Miller Park
Vito and Nicks
Bacon Waffles, that's bacon in the waffles.
Vince's graduation party
Pizza at Uncle William's old folks home
Lunch with Kelly and her kids
Dinner at Aunt Laura's with the whole family (minus Liz and Brian)
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
June 9- Allergy shot, Dotty to the Vet
June 10- Leave for Chicago
June 11- Downtown Chicago
June 12- Liz's Wedding
June 13- White Sox @ Milwaukee
June 14- Vince's Graduation Party/Dinner with Miehlich's
June 15- Lunch with Kelly
June 17- Field Work
June 18- Dotty's Surgery
June 19- Work at Home to Take Care of Dotty
June 20- Lauren's Shower
June 21-24 Sacramento for Work
June 26-28 Boonville for Joe and Kristy's Wedding.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
10.Concerts-seems bands travel more during the summer than any other time of year.
9. More daylight-the sun is shining when the alarm goes off.
8. Blockbuster movies.
7. Fireworks on the 4th of July.
6. The County Fair.
5. Weddings-people like to get married during the summer. This year we know four people getting married between June and August.
4. BBQ's and eating outdoors.
3. Fresh (local)corn-on-the-cob.
2. Fresh (local) fruit-peaches, strawberries, watermelon.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Day 2 Wednesday 3/4 Long drive from Fresno to Goodyear, AZ. The drive was pretty long and boring. We were able to stop at the "Large Marge Sent Me" diner from Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (The Wheel Inn Restaurant). This is the place with the huge dinosaurs that Pee-Wee watches the sunset and is then chased by ANDY!. A total of about ten hours on the road and a one hour time difference, we arrived in Goodyear by about 7 PM.
Day 3 Thursday 3/5 White Sox vs the Dodgers in the new Glendale Stadium. Dodgers won 5-4, in the bottom of the 9th. First win for the Dodgers in their new Spring Training facility. When we got home from the game we were surprised to find Dotty and Jeter hanging out in the front of the house. They were home alone during the game and some how the front door opened. Who knows how long they were out there. I am just thankful they stayed at the house.
Day 4 Friday 3/6 Seattle VS Oakland. Oakland wins 2-12. Good game, except Giambi got hit by a pitch for all three at-bats. It would of been nice to see him get a hit. No home runs at this game...just a lot of good base hitting. Ethan got hit in the back with a foul ball. The ball was actually hit behind us, bounced off of someone's face, hit Ethan, and then hit the girl next to us. The ball then rolled under the bleachers...no one even got the ball in the end. Ethan is fine.
Monday, March 2, 2009
February 27-March 1
E.G. Daily autograph
Buco de Peppo with Heather and Jake
24 Hour Fitness
San Fran Wine Tasting Event
A little more WonerCon
Me with Blade
My loot pile (mostly free stuff)
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
But there were down times too, as I guess that is always what life has to offer. I suffered with sinus problems for months, which ended with a successful surgery. I lost two friends during the year: one suddenly to cancer and another suddenly to an allergic reaction to a bee sting. The loss of these two individuals is still difficult to accept. It is a lesson that death can really strike anyone, at anytime. Steve and Elmer, I miss you.
What will 2009 bring? Four weddings, more babies (Sarah, Craig, Cody, Jesse), Las Vegas in January, Paws for Love in February, 10% pay cuts for both Ethan and myself, Spring Training, Baseball, tattoos, Chicago in June, The Wolverine movie, and ???.