". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Project 52 #5: Mrs Vader is in the HOUSE - Meet Me on Monday #33

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#2: I created a page for "A Year of AWESOME"
#3: I created buttons for
"A Whole Year of Awesome"
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and Project 52 (see above...) 
that link to their respective pages.
Also created a button for "Sunday Expressions"

#14: Hubby now sleeps with Mrs Darth Vader...
How romantic!  ;p
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Well, I guess if my body rocked like that, 
perhaps the mask would be easier to overlook! 
Progress on:
#20. Game night with family every month Jan√ - Played "Don't Eat Pete!"
#46. Date night at least 2/month = January went to TEPANYAKI for my birthday and to The Garden Restaurant and "Evening with a General Authority" the end of the month. 
#51: Went to lunch with Mom and Pop = January

1.  What do you put on your hot dog?

Usually ketchup, mayo and sweet relish.
Only a thin line of each, though. 
What you see in that pic would make me puke... LOL!

2.  Do you play Sudoku?
Oh YES! 
I have books of them for long drives!!  ;D

3.  What is your favorite vegetable?

4.  Do you color your hair? 
I have very thick hair. 
Not many stylists want to tackle it... 

5.  What is your favorite brand of clothing?

Tough one... 
Probably Style & Co 
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Sunday Expressions: Children Will Listen

Hubby and I went to a meeting and social 
Friday evening where 
Dieter F Uchtdorf was the speaker. 
I always LOVE to listen to him speak... 
(and NOT just because of his AWESOME German accent!)
He always has such a GREAT message 
and speaks it with wisdom and wit!  ;D
The audience was teachers of the Church Education System. These individual work with and teach the youth and young adults of the Church every working day! (And spouses... YAY ME!!)  ;D

He offered guidance in following the spirit and always remembering that everything should point to Christ as the example. They should not be concerned with having their own following. They should show love, compassion and faith by word and deed. They should encourage and show belief in the youth even when the youth act in a way that is contrary to the teachings they've received. Love, truth in Christ, His example and the promptings of the Holy Ghost is what touches their hearts and is remembered in the long term. THAT is what is most important. 
I was amused when he quoted from a song from 
Into the Woods that fit SO PERFECTLY! 
 I posted a clip of that song with the lyrics. 
No matter your religion or beliefs, this has a GREAT message!!  
Children Will Listen 
I'd love to hear your thoughts! 
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This week I've added Tripp and his parents!
Tripp is a sweet baby who has Junctional EB
His family is a wonderful example of
faith in God and that their sweet baby
is in HIS hands!
This is from his sweet mom:
"Though caring for him is a very tough job, I would not trade any of it for a second. Tripp has taught me true love, patience, respect and selflessness. Being a Mommy has changed my life, but being TRIPP'S Mommy has brought so much joy and happiness into my life. I am entrusting Tripp's life into God's hands. He knows best. May His will be done-not mine."
Their story will touch your heart!
I've also added Mel of My Twisted Stitches who is dealing with debilitating back pain in addition to many other life circumstances, trials and responsibilities. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pitiful and Petty for Date Night... ;p

My date night this week... Friday night in fact... TONIGHT for me since I'm still UP... We went to SLC for a meeting with President Dieter F. Uchtdorf for CES employees and retirees. We had decided to go early and eat at The Lion House before… We first walked to the Lion House which was CLOSED for “historical renovation”! UGH!! Next choice, The Garden(The Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo is to DIE for, by the way… just imagine this description:  "Grilled Chicken, Prosciutto, Sautéed Button Mushrooms, and Diced Tomatoes tossed in a Creamy Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce"... MMMmmmm...) ANYWAY, I wore heels and there was a LOT of walking to do... MISTAKE!! So as I'm continuously making him slow down and eventually take the shoes off to ruin my pantyhose over the frozen cement, I comment to him that "doesn't he wish he'd have chosen XXX instead of me..." He laughed and said, "NO WAY!"

This woman was INTERESTING… LOL!! After Hubby's first wife had passed due to brain cancer it took him a bit to think to date... He NEVER ASKED her out anywhere… Anytime they’d gone anywhere, it was because she called him and had somewhere to go and didn’t want to go alone… would he please be her +1? She invited him to a wedding and apparently had been telling people they were engaged because some people shook his hand, hugged her, and said how HAPPY they were for them!  ??? After this, when she called he was BUSY...

When she heard that he and I were engaged, she wanted to "TALK" at to him and proceeded to tell him how hurt she was that he LED HER ON... BAHAHAHAHA!!! 

Well… (it gets BETTER…) we went to the meeting (It was AWESOME and I’ll probably talk more about it tomorrow!) and afterwards there was a social where there was a buffet...  As we were herded like cattle into this conference area... LO and BEHOLD... there SHE WAS as one of the USHERS!!! OMG!!! OF COURSE she had to run right over to him and tell him how HAPPY she was to see him!! She ignored me... LOL!! I was FINE with that… Yeah… He’s MINE!!  ;p Of COURSE I teased him about it the rest of the night! HAH!! OH… and whined about my feet hurting… *sigh* WHAT did you EXPECT??  ;D

OK. So I guess I’m a little petty… In spite of the blister on the ball AND heels of my feet, I’m glad he chose me, too! I thought it kind of ironic that I had JUST brought her up right before the meeting… HEHE! …and I was a bit AMUSED!  ;p

PS: This might GROSS you out… (it does ME...) BUT I made a discovery, too!! If you walk in dress shoes and get blisters on your heels... then your DOG thinks he should LICK them when you don't see it coming... it STINGS!!! Gross factor aside.... EEEWWWWWwwwww.... ;p  Going to wash my heels NOW!! 
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Oh yeah... since he's MINE... 
and I'm BAD/PETTY... 
I consider this 
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Fiddles and Spirits: My College Boy's 2 min Film Assignment

This was my son's first assignment for his Film Production 1 class. This assignment was another where he could not use sync sound from the camera. All sound in this film was added in post production. Along with this requirement he had to pick three papers randomly from a pile that had some kind of noun on it that he had to incorporate into his 2 minute film. The three nouns that he got were: "A dirt road", "a has-been musician", and "a stuffed doll". With these three requirements this is the idea that came to him. 

I remember thinking it strange that he was asking me where he might find a stuffed devil holding a miniature violin... in SEPTEMBER!! LOL! He ended up getting the devil on EBAY and I think the violin came from the thrift store. I was pretty amazed that he was able to find them. I guess I convinced him to go ahead and post it even though he said it need more polishing... because it showed up! 

Please watch and enjoy and feel free to comment and critique. I will forward those to him. He welcomes them. OH YEAH!! He's the guy that walks by holding hands with the girl. The fiddler is his room mate that doesn't play the fiddle! I thought he was an AWESOME FAKER!! ;D

If you'd like to know more about him, I did a post about him for his birthday HERE... and his other video, which is quite funny... is towards the bottom of that post.
OK, this one is my son's creation...

but since I helped in HIS "creation"... 

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I was pleasantly surprised to be featured by
Java at Never Growing Old
for her
Follow Friday 40 and Over meme.

If you'd like to play along...
CLICK on over!
So I get 2 AWESOMES out of this post!! 
My son's video clip 
Getting featured by JAVA!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Writer's Workshop: WHAT Would I Change About JAKE?

This Week's Prompts 
1.) If you could change anything about your pet, what would it be? 
2.) Write a love poem to a favorite food. 
3.) Describe a time when you felt left out. 
4.) Read the quote and let it inspire your post: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". -Maya Angelou 
5.) Social media is an amazing way to reunite with old friends. Describe a good or not-so-good experience you've had with it.
Jake, when we first got him in SoCal 
Bet you can't guess which one I chose... LOL!!
Meet Jake! He is the oldest of my lovable pups.
(YES! I AM aware that he is in need of a good groom...)
He is approximately 13 years old. I say approximately because we gt\ot him through a rescue so we go with a best guess. Actually, their best guess was off and our vet later informed us that he was at LEAST 3 years older than what they'd claimed. I DO wish he were younger!! I wish he were healthier. It makes me sad to see him age. We have already come close to losing him several times. He has Cushing's Disease, arthritis, cataracts, big moles growing all over (vet says he's just getting old...),  twice what he should weigh, and having mini seizures. He probably has doggie sleep apnea the way he snores!! LOL!! I WISH I could take all of his ailments away!! 
April of 2007 was the first time he tried to die on us... 
They diagnosed his Cushing's and told us 
he probably wouldn't make it 18 months... 
We are always sure he has plenty of water (tendency to dehydrate with the Cushing's...) and give him a good diet most of the time... We do give him treats... CARROTS!! He loves them!  ;D And things to chew on. He has soft beds in different rooms to be comfy. We put in a doggie door and a ramp so he doesn't have to do the stairs. We are cherishing the time we do have with this sweet dog. He does still have quality of life... so as long as that's the case, we will keep on loving him! He still plays with us at times... He still begs for treats... He' still happy to greet us... He still tries to pose with my clients... He still tries to get kisses from Jazzi... 
So for now, we'll keep him close to our hearts...
It will be so hard to let him go. *sniff*
Even though this isn't my dog in the clip below, 
this song chokes me up every time... 
When you hear this again, it will probably 
be to a slideshow of my little friend. 

* sniff * sniff *

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OH YEAH!! My little Jake is 
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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Awareness: Sleep Apnea - What's YOUR CAUSE?

This week I've chosen to feature
AWARENESS for Sleep Apnea! 
Perhaps me procrastinating so long for following through for the final steps of the process for getting set up with my CPAP has something to do with this. I am scheduled for that TODAY... My doctor is sure that following through with the treatment for my sleep apnea will resolve many of my health issues and give me a much better quality of life. I hope and pray he is right. Perhaps after I've been using it a while I can do a follow up post on the resulting effects for me. 
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The following information is from: 

snoring is no laughing matter pictureThe Greek word "apnea" literally means "without breath." There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed; of the three, obstructive is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Mixed apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality.
Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences.
Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment options exist, and research into additional options continues.

The following is an excerpt from: 
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea 

Most people with sleep apnea are unaware they suffer from it as most of the symptoms are most noticeable while you are sleeping. If you’re in one of the high risk categories or think you may have it then ask your bed partner if they notice any of the following:

Common Sleep Apnea Signs And Symptoms

  • Excessively loud or chronic snoring
  • Long pauses in breathing
  • Shallow breathing
  • Struggling to breathe properly (including choking, snorting or gasping for air)
  • Sleepiness during the day, no matter how long you sleep for.
Tip! If you sleep alone then you can set up a video camera or voice recorder to see if you have any of the symptoms or signs of sleep apnea.

Less Common Signs And Symptoms Of Sleep Apnea:

  • Needing to use the toilet frequently at night
  • Waking up with a dry mouth
  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Insomnia
  • ADHD (mostly in children with sleep apnea)/Difficulty concerntrating
  • Restless sleep
  • Waking up suddenly for no apparent reason
  • Morning headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Impotence/lack of interest in sex
If you or your bed partner notice any of the signs/symptoms then it’s extremely important to consult your local doctor or a sleep specialist to get a professional diagnosis. This usually involves undertaking a sleep study or sleep apnea test. While it can be a serious (even life threatening) condition it’s also entirely treatable and most people go on to live normal lives with a few minor inconveniences.

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The American Sleep Apnea Association
Diagnosing Sleep Apnea 
Both of these sites have a wealth of knowledge on the subject. Please don't be as stubborn as me with finding out if sleep apnea could be causing your ailments.  
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Innocent Wonder and Project 52 Progress

Theme this week from I Heart Faces:
Innocent Wonder

This week I can't really cross anything OFF my list, but I didd make progress.
  • #18: I made my new recipe for this month. I got a recipe from my sister for Poppy Seed Chicken. It was yummy.
  • #45: I've entered images daily at Better Photo... Working towards a finalist or better...  ;D
  • #14: I have the appointment set for Wednesday to pickup and do the final steps for getting going with the CPAP... Grrr...
  • #38: I created a Valentine's themed background... Not so sure about it, so if it changes... that's why. LOL!! What are YOUR thoughts on it? Too much pink/burgundy?
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Monday, January 24, 2011

My Top 10 Songs and Meet Me on Monday #32

Choosing an all time top 10 is a very difficult task. I know there are favorites that aren't coming to mind and favorites change with moods for me... LOL!! I could probably do favorites lists for every decade since the 50s! I could also do favorites of different styles... (Except hard/acid rock and rap... BLEH!) I LOVE music!! I identify with music... It speaks to my soul. I MISS being able to play music a LOT!! It can totally lift my spirits and help me accomplish things better... 

So here is the best I can do for now.  ;D 
They are in no particular order 
and they are ALL AWESOME!!

Get a playlist! Standalone player 
The following weren't available at PLAYLIST.com,
but this post could NOT exclude them!

Come join the fun!
Click the pix to link up.  ;D

1.  What is your favorite kind of fudge? 
I'm good with regular fudge... ;D
2.  Is there snow outside your window? 

Not today
3.  What is your favorite meal of the day?

Probably dinner...
4.  Do you text on your cell phone? 

Surely... but NOT as good as my kids! LOL!
5.  Waffles or pancakes?

Like them both! 
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