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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.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Cookie Monster

I am a cookie monster.  (I have the cookie jar to prove it.)
I have been addicted to many things.  I used to be a pack a day smoker.  Now I eat cookies.
Hubby and I are almost up to a package a day!  The other day he made a trip to the Rippon Cookie Factory store.  Needless to say he bought tons of cookies.  We have cookies on order with the Girl Scouts too.  I only had four cookies this morning....or did I have five?  I wonder how much weight I would lose if I gave up my cookies?  Oh, I don't think I could do that!

Oh, I know...moderation.  But they are like potato chips to me....or popcorn...or M&M's.
What to do?  Give up my cookies?  No way!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Life is Good!

I am tired of winter, so I must change the appearance of my blog.  Actually this is the mildest winter I can remember.  Global warming?  It has been 40°F in late January!  The snow is melting.  Oh, I know we will get colder temps yet and at least one or two snowfalls.  Will we get a storm?  Who knows?  Still, I look forward to my annual trip to Florida where I can wear sandals and capris!

It will be fun to bring my hubby and now he will know why I love to go there so much!  Naples is beautiful!
I can't wait to visit it again!

Work has been going well.  I am starting to calm down.  For quite a few days I was experiencing stomach aches and anxiety chest pains.  It's gone now.  I can only do my best and take one patient at a time when registering them.  It will all fall into place.

I learned something last week.  When shopping, if you find something that fits and you like it, scoop it up!  You will wear it more often then.  I cannot wait to wear my grey jeans and tops that go with.  One of these days I will model the outfit for you!

Life is good!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Just Another Week

This week I have been gaining confidence at work.  I don't know it all for sure, but I am slowly learning.  The worst thing about work is that every time someone comes in the door, they bring the cold in with them  Working at the front desk, it is ALWAYS cold.  Friday I wore my wool socks, so at least my feet were warm.  I try to dress in layers, but my hands are cold too.  I am glad it is busy and the day goes fast. After, I get to brush the snow off of my car, and drive home to my nice warm house and have a bowl of Jim's Chili.

Mom has accepted the fact that she will have good days and bad days.  Don't we all?  She is just not used to the bad days.  The Health Care Center is doing their best to make her comfortable.

 I was supposed to be having a scrap booking party but the demonstrator's daughter went into labor, so I called everyone and cancelled.  Jim had helped me clean and said we had cleaned for nothing.   No!

  I had a cheese ball made, so went to my bff's to share it.  Her granddaughter, Tailyn was visiting.  I love Tailyn.  She is about 12 years old but is so sweet yet.  I hope she doesn't become a moody teenager!  She and her friend like to scrapbook.  I had  a scrapbook that needed binding so my bff, who happens to own a Zutter machine, was kind enough to bind my two little scrapbooks.  I plan on decoupaging the covers.

Last night we went to Applebees for dinner, then, to visit Mom.  Jim was tired and started to nod off in the chair.  Time to go!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Trying to Gain Confidence

I am trying to get over feeling old and stupid.  It is difficult starting a new job.  Maybe I think being "old" is why I feel stupid.....like "you can't teach and old dog new tricks."  Most of my coworkers are about the same age that I am, so that can't be my excuse.

I am too hard on myself.  That is what my supervisor and coworkers say.  I expect perfection.  I hate to make mistakes, but I have only been at my job one month.  So, I will tell myself that I am doing an awesome job, and that I will learn this.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Work, Laundry and other things....

It seems all I do these days is work, laundry and sleep.

I am loving my new job, but it is so difficult and challenging, I wonder if I will ever learn the processes?  I look like a receptionist, dress like a receptionist (I love putting together outfits other than scrubs!), talk like a receptionist, but I feel so stupid!  Receptionist duties are far more than what meets the eye.  We don't just sit and smile and say "have a seat." We schedule multitudes of appointments, phone calls, and do all the grunt work no one else wants (stuffing envelopes?).  Still I continue on and hope that someday I will feel like a receptionist and not a moron.  My coworkers and supervisor encourage me and say that someday it will all click.  I hope so.

Today I am going with hubby to Green Bay to see my transplant team.  After today, I will probably be changing because of insurance.   Nothing new there, which is a good thing.

I plan on returning some items to stores and doing some errand shopping.  Hubby says I may be tempted to shop after Holiday sales.  We'll see.  It is too difficult with him along.

Mom has pneumonia again.  She is feeling dizzy and they are monitoring her blood pressure.  I wonder if I should not have purchased those airline tickets to Florida?  Well, if I have to cancel and am out money, it won't be the first time.  If you are the praying type, please pray for my Mom.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Am I Getting Old?

I went shopping yesterday.  I was looking for work clothes.  Couldn't find dress pants.  Tried on SEVERAL sweaters.  I hate the new styles.  Most have belts, accentuate my butt and tummy;,they are long even in the petite section.  I ended up with a pair of corduroys, three blouses for Spring/Summerand one sweater for year round to wear over a cami.  Now I have to try it all on to be sure it fits.  I ran out of time in the store. 

I looked at the boots, but most have high heals and complicated closures.  I just want to throw my boots on and go.  I want heels but don't want to contort my foot into an unnatural shape.  Am I getting old or what?