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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Week in Review

I trided to take a closeup picture of my ornament, but I shake too much when holding the camera.  Let's blame it on the camera and not old age.

Tuesday night was our Red Hat Christmas Party.  It was in a small room, and I felt closed in and it was LOUD with nearly 20 women all talking at once!  I can't help it but it makes me feel anxious.  We had a white elephant exchange.  Many of the gifts looked like they had just been bought.  Just a few goofy ones. 
Do you specially buy a white elephant?  Do you give something nice?  I think we should discontinue the practice as it is quite unfair, but that's me.  We exchanged our wishes for the year and it became quite evident that the holiday is a sad one for many.  Illness, children not home to share with their mother, lonliness....quite sad and makes one appreciate what they do have.

Wednesday I had my evaluation at work.  It went horribly.  I am afraid by changing jobs I have gone out of the frying pan and into the fire!  I was told I am not friendly enough.  I have never, EVER, been told that and it was quite hurtful.  I am proficient, business like, professional, but not friendly enough!  Most evals take place once a year.  I have another in three months.  I have decided not to be afraid.  I will do my best to be friendlier  and if that isn't good enough, they can let me go!

We are supposed to get a snow storm this Sunday evening.  I haven't decorated the porch yet.  I am joining the many who are not in the Christmas spirit.  I push myself to do a little each day.

I liked this tree that I saw on my trip at the Desetrahn Plantation.


Linda said...

White elephants......hmmm....IMHO I think one should not buy something nice. If you have something nice you just don't use it's ok to regift. I guess I go for the goofy b/c I think it's for fun and not suppose to be a serious gift. Let's face it-at our age who NEEDS anything extra?
As for your evaluation: sounds like they are looking for the perfect combo of professionalism and personableness (does that exist?)Keep doing your best and try to be more friendly and let the cards fall where they may!!!

Gill - That British Woman said...

never heard about white elephants before.

You do know at evaluations they have to say something negative to keep you motivated and trying harder.


20 North Ora said...

We do a White Elephant party every year at Christmas and if someone bought something nice, we wouldn't know how to act. It bad when you pick your own gift just to know what you are taking home. ha