Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things Patty is thinking about

1.Finding a teaching job for the fall.

2. Scared to death that I won't find a job.

3. Hoping that DJ doesn't catch the pink eye that was discovered in his preschool class today.

4. How much I miss my grandma.

5. That I wish we lived closer to my parents, brother and SIL.

6. Wondering why it is taking so long for my fingerprints to sub to come back.

7. Worrying about paying the bills that keep piling up because I am not teaching, and not subbing.

8. Worried about spending so much time working at Lowes and tutoring online at night/on weekends that I don't get to see the kids.

9. How nice it is to live here in Georgia.

10. Worried about our house in Florida, the whole renting it out, is the rent going to be to us in time to pay the bills we need to pay, how long until we can sell it and not loose our shirts, etc.

11. Praying for Tricia, Gwyneth, and Nathan, that Tricia and Gwyneth have continued improvement, and that they all get the rest they need.

12. Who would I vote for, for President, if the election was tomorrow. I think I "know" who I would vote for in the primaries, if I wasn't a registered independent, but then between the two, beats me.

13. How glad I am, that I am feeling better today, yesterday, I joined Wordless Wednesday, mostly because I was SICK!! And did not feel like typing! ;)

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I am a mean mom this evening too!

I am a mean mom tonight too!

We have a walk through tomorrow with the rental company, to note all of the little things that are wrong that you don't notice until you have lived in a house for a few weeks. So we made the girls clean, clean, clean. Of course Jerry and I cleaned too, but with the complaining that was going on you would have thought we were asking them to clean all of the moon dust off of the moon! ;)

But hey the house is clean! It is cluttered still because like I have said I need either shelves or another curio cabinet, but hopefully they wont care about that. (they shouldn't but you never know what some people's level of clean is.)

On other news:

Alice from Living Life Breathlessly
, Alice will hopefully be moved to a general ward tomorrow! Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers for an increased improvement.

On Confessions of a CF Husband, this is what I saw when I got up this morning!

Gwyneth Rose's distention is all but gone! The barium enema they gave her did the trick (meaning it helped her make a few very large poops)! I went down to visit with her around 2:30am this morning, knowing that they had taken another x-ray at midnight and hoping for a good report. The nurse practitioner showed me the x-ray they had taken at 4pm yesterday compared to the one they had taken at midnight tonight, and the difference was incredible.
Please keep little Gwyneth in your thoughts and prayers that she continues to improve. :)

And then tonight Rick from Catchin' some waves posted for Nathan this:
Tricia's sister Megan has been with her all day and reports that Tricia has had a wonderful day! In fact, she's asked Megan to paint her toenails and they're playing a game of scrabble. Sister stuff along with prayers has made a big difference.
Please keep Tricia in your thoughts and prayer for more improvement and for her to be released out of the ICU soon.

I am a mean mom this morning

I don't have to be into work today until 9, because I am working at the registers all day, and I am filling in for someone that can't come in. But I thought I would take the few extra minutes and share how I am a mean mom today.

I am a mean mom, because...

I had Jerry take DJ to preschool, so that I didn't have to go on base, drop him off, and then take the car seat to Jerry's work. Neither one of them feel good today, so I doubt if they last all day. DJ sounds like a seal with his cough, though I am hoping that once he was out in the cooler air, and his zyrtec kicks in it will go away.

I am a mean mom, because...

I made Natalie clean up the bathroom this morning so that there was nothing in there for Roo to destroy. We use the bathroom as a kennel right now for Roo, and she has managed to get a hold of a couple of things the last couple of days.

I am a mean mom, because...

I made Kelsey WALK to school, after making her walk home yesterday after school. It is about 1 1/2 miles to her school from the house. Yes, I was awake, and dressed (not ready for work dressed, but sweats dressed), and I still made her walk. It does her good, she just kept putting it off in hopes it would be late enough that I would have to take her. Um didn't work.

I am a mean mom, because...

I made the girls clean, really clean the house last night. I "made" them actually do their chores properly last night, which meant doing all of the dishes, wiping off the counters, sweeping and mopping the floor (mopping because it needed it).

I am a mean mom, because...

I told the girls that today they have to do their homework before they go off to the park to play with the neighborhood kids.

I am a mean mom, because...

I made sure Natalie had her school id, bathroom pass, homework and Saxophone before she walked out the door this morning. Oh and I made sure that both she and Chris (the neighbor girl) had eaten something before they left.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Baby Tristan

Please keep the Hostetter family of Florida in your thoughts and prayers tonight. Their little baby boy Tristan was born with T-18 56 days ago. This evening he passed away.
Please keep Trayc, Yvette, Tanner and Tayden in your thoughts and prayers, as they go through this rough time.

Just another Manic Monday

Six o'clock already
I was just in the middle of a dream
I was kissin' Valentino
By a crystal blue Italian stream
But I can't be late
'Cause then I guess I just won't get paid
These are the days
When you wish your bed was already made

It's just another manic Monday
I wish it was Sunday
'Cause that's my funday
My I don't have to runday
It's just another manic Monday

It was one of those Mondays around here today.

Work was work. Not bad, but not all excitement and fun either. My favorite "overheard" conversation at the cash registers today went something like this:

"So K, Why were you late this morning?"

"There was an inch of ice on my windshield, and I didn't have a scrapper."

"It wasn't that cold at my house this morning, we only had a light frost."

"Oh well, it was at my house, it was 15 last night."

"Um, where do you live again?"

"Blankety blankety blank" (honestly I have no clue what she said).

"WOW thats like 1/2 mile from my house! I am soooo amazed that it got that cold only a half mile away, when my thermostat outside my house said the low last night was 32! Must have been some direct Arctic Blast right on your house!"

Insert lots of blushing and rolling of eyes here.

Then the second person said "I would work on that reason for being late, before you talk with the MOD, because I don't think that one is going to fly."

I was trying so hard not to laugh out loud, because really I don't think they knew I could hear their conversation.

DJ did not want to go to school this morning. So much so that we had crying and screaming before he even left the house. Jerry called after he dropped him off, and said that kid has as many arms as a octopus when he doesn't want to go somewhere. Then when he picked him up he was having a moment too. I really hope that he wasn't that way all day.

Does anyone want two teenage girls? Or I guess I should say one teenager, and one almost teenager? Talk about hormones and crying all over chores tonight.

Please continue to pray for Nathan, Tricia, and Gwyneth, Nathan's dad Rick from Catchin' Some Waves updated Nathan's blog for him today with this:
Gwyneth is still about the same. She did have an enema, which did produce some results! However there is still some swelling. So this afternoon they are going to do a barium enema in radiology, which will pinpoint any blockage. Doesn't sound like fun, and is more "invasive" (according to her nurse), but will hopefully give some answers. I know you'll pray.

Tricia is still in ICU. The stresses of everything in the past 3 weeks are being tough on her right now. It's (stress, baby, meds, hormonal changes, ICU, surgery, etc.) all ganging up on her. Her mom and dad, as well as Nathan are with her. She desperately needs some good sleep. Thanks for your prayers for her continued healing.

Alice from Living Life Breathlessly is doing great! Reports tonight say that she is eating well, and getting stronger. Please pray that she continues to do so!

Please add Hudson to your prayers, he is the son of a friend of Heather from Rice-o-roni-ville. Here is what Heather posted tonight in her blog:

I would like to ask all of my blog-reading praying friends if you would please pray for my best friend Heather's son, Hudson (age 5) He was admitted to the hospital this morning via the ER. He tested positive for Influenza B last week. He's been running a fever of 102F- 104F and has become dehydrated. Tests at the hospital also revealed double pneumonia. He will be in the hospital (for a couple days) being re-hydrated via i.v. and will have constant breathing treatments. I went up to the hospital earlier today to pray with Heather and Hudson and the poor little guy is so scared because he doesn't understand all that is going on. PLEASE PRAY for God's healing. Give them all peace and rest. Thanks in advance.

And one last prayer request, this time a semi-personal one. D from work's cousin is still in a coma from his stroke last week, and they were going to do another surgery this afternoon because he was seizing again/still. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday, not quite super Sunday, but Sunday indeed

It is now almost 8 pm, and I am still in my pajamas. How is that for a lazy Sunday?

Now I wouldn't really call today lazy though. It was spent hanging pictures, emptying boxes, rearranging kids rooms, going through toys and books.

The garbage men will probably hate me again come Tuesday. There are boxes upon empty boxes out by the road waiting to be collected. Of course the pile is smaller than yesterday when we had put out some older furniture that we didn't need, and people have come along and asked if they could have them. And I am sure that it will get even smaller before Tuesday from people that need boxes for moving that stop by and pick some up. I know I could probably have listed them on Craigslist or Freecycle, but honestly that sounded like more hassle than it was worth, and I figure that last time we put out this many boxes I think the garbage men only picked up 5.

I have most of the pictures up on the walls. There are a few that I can't find, but they are decorations type of pictures, so nothing too bad. There are a few things that I am not hanging up this time, and there are some things from my Grandma's house that I got, that I didn't hang up before that I have now.

We got DJ's room arranged and I went through all of his toys and books, washing and packing up the ones that he has out grown. I know where they are going, along with blankets and his first Christmas outfits, but I have to wait a few more weeks before I spill the news, because I promised. Not even the girls know. :evilgrin: But knowing where the stuff is going, and knowing that it is going to someone that I know and love made it that much easier to pack it all up. Because I admit giving up his baby stuff, knowing he is my last baby was tough, and I put it off, and put it off. Now I know why I put it off. :)

Going through all of the boxes was tough today. came home from the funeral, and even after the trip up to see her the last time, we brought home stuff that had meaning for me. I put some of it out to be seen every day, and others of it, we just never found the perfect spot for it. My curio cabinet here is over flowing, because I have put so much of it in there (we need shelves, or another curio), but I want to be able to see it every day, and remember the love that I had for my Grandma.

The one that really got me in tears was the last of my Grandma's Duck Glasses. It only holds maybe 6 ounces and every morning Grandma would serve orange juice, and on the weekends we had Cherry-go-round. Just seeing that glass today made me be able to smell the Cherry-go-round.

Here is the recipe for Cherry-go-round

1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
1 cup warm milk (110 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling:
2 cans (16 ounces each) pitted tart cherries, well drained
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecans

For the Icing:
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk


In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add warm milk, sugar, butter, salt, egg and 2 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Line two baking sheets with foil and grease well; set aside. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Roll each portion into a 14-in. x 7-in. rectangle. Spread cherries over dough to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine the flour, brown sugar and pecans; sprinkle over cherries.

Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams and tuck ends under. Place seam side down on prepared baking sheets; pinch ends together to form a ring. With kitchen scissors, cut from outside edge two-thirds of the way toward center of ring at 1-in. intervals. Separate strips slightly and twist to allow filling to show. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Combine icing ingredients; drizzle over warm coffee cakes.

I don't think grandma did it as a jelly roll, if I remember correctly she did it in a cake pan and cut slits in it. I think I am going to email my mom for the recipe that she has.

If you could keep Nathan, Tricia, and Gwyneth in your thoughts and prayers. They are having some rough days, mentally right now it sounds like. I am praying that they continue to do well physically, and improve every day.

Alice, in South Africa is off of the vent! Which is wonderful news.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Job fair update

So this morning I went to a teacher job fair in the next county over. There were 6 of the school districts that are within 40 miles or so of that town represented. Except for our school district, because they have their own job fair next weekend.

I woke up a little late, and hadn't printed off my resumes to take, so I didn't get up there until about 10:45. Which wasn't a big deal.

After signing in at the main table, I went around and talked to a couple of the districts and a couple of the schools.

Its been 14 years since I have attended one of these, so I really didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if they would all be in the gym, and you just handed them your resumes, or how it worked. How they did it was each district had their own hallway of the high school, where the fair was held. Then each school had their own room. You could look at each schools information tables, and then go in and talk to the administrator or one of the teachers (depended on the school, which).

One school district you filled out the paper application and then you could talk to the administrators. There was a line about 15 people long there so I said I would come back.

Then I went into the hallway that had the middle and high schools from the town's district.

And then...

We have success!

I was offered a contingency contract for one of the middle schools that is about 20 miles from the house. I asked if I could come home and talk to Jerry about it, and if I could come and see the school first. I learned the hard way last time, walking in sight unseen. I learned the hard way last time we moved not to do that. So on Monday I am to call the school and set up an appointment for Thursday to go up and have more time to sit and talk with the principal.

I also got to talk for a couple of minutes with the director of that district's ESOL program, and she took a copy of my resume and said that she would be in touch (this conversation happened in the middle of the conversation with the school representative).

I really want to go to the local districts teacher job fair next weekend, before I make a decision about where I would like to teach.

I also have to call the school where I think I am going to do the long term sub position on Monday. I was supposed to go by on Friday, but with DJ being sick it didn't happen. I want to take the principal there my new revamped resume, since he is the one that gave me tips on how to make it pop, and see if there is anything else I should work on before the next job fair.

I feel better about the job hunt than I did yesterday, or last week, or last month, or last year. I feel like this is the reason why we were moved here, because I have a positive vibe with this whole process. Plus I have a feeling like this is a place where we can be happy for a long time.

If you haven't already seen the post below, but Tricia got to go down this morning to see the baby! Check out Nathan's blog for pictures of the momentous event!

Alice in South Africa still needs prayers for her infection after her double lung transplant.

What we all have been praying for

Nathan, Tricia, and Gwyneth!
Tricia got to see Gwyneth in person!!! The pictures were up this morning when I checked. Go look at Nathan's blog to see the pictures from the momentous occasion. I am so happy for them!

Keep Alice, from South Africa in your thoughts and prayers. She had a double lung transplant earlier this week, and has developed a fever.

I am off to a teacher job fair in Macon. While I really want to get a job here locally, I am going to this for the experience, and maybe it will lead to something for the rest of this school year. Wish me luck!

Friday, January 25, 2008

excited, and yet disappointed

Today started out as most mornings do...

Alarm goes off

Hit Snooze

Alarm goes off

Hit Snooze

Alarm goes off

Drag hinney out of bed, jump in shower, wake up DJ.

Who proceeds to cry: "My eyes, My eyes, I can't see!!!"

"Oh DJ you just need to wake up, your eyes will be fine."

He then proceeds to follow me into the bathroom, crying.

"I can't breathe! I can't breathe!" And then proceeds to dry heave and dry heave, and dry heave.


Jerry had appointments all day, so he couldn't call in to work. I call D let her know whats going on, she says no problem, we will see you Monday.

Proceed to lay back down with DJ and watch PBS kids.

Then the phone rings.

It was a secretary from one of the schools that I dropped off my resume at on Wednesday. She needed a sub. At this point DJ has not actually thrown up, so I am thinking that maybe, just maybe if I call the district office and my paperwork is back I can do it.

Not 5 minutes later DJ threw up.

Sigh.... I didn't even have a chance to look up the phone number for the district.

6 more times before noon my phone rang with secretary's or teachers looking for a sub for the day.

Which makes me excited.

The disappointment was in the fact that I couldn't do any of them since DJ was sick, and I still don't know if my paperwork make it back.

I think that there is only one decent place to eat in this town (I know that isn't true, but it sure felt like it tonight). We went to use a gift card that we got for Christmas tonight for dinner, and its the second time this week that we have tried to use this card. BOTH TIMES we have walked into a packed place! Tonight though we put our name on the wait list, and after about 5 minutes Jerry decided to have me see if we could get the curbside to go service even though we were in the place already. So thats what we ended up doing. Placed a to go order at a sit down place. It worked though and we were out of there in about 25 minutes total from when we pulled in the parking lot.

Please keep Tricia, Nathan, and Gwyneth in your thoughts and prayers tonight. Baby Gwyneth was still struggling with her tummy troubles this morning when Nathan posted. However, the good news is that Tricia has spent more and more time off the vent, which is excellent!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Lots of link love...

Ok I know most people do link love on Fridays but hey since when do I follow the rules?

First off, you know those reusable grocery bags that you can buy for $5-10 depending on where you live? Yeah, those. Over on Domestic Chicky's blog, she directed us over to Wisdom of the Moon. Who has a very easy pattern to MAKE YOUR OWN reusable grocery bag! I am totally stoked, and as soon as I can find the time, I know what I am going to be making, because we have some old sheets that are just begging to be used for something good.

Another cute craft that I want to make soon is over at Island Mama's blog She put up a kid's fat quarter tote bag with instructions. I am thinking that I can use mommy appropriate fabric and make me a cute bag. ;)

Over on This wasn't in the plan A shares some cute cheap artwork that she and her little man created for their craft room walls.

One blog that I found this week that I think is just too cute is Modish: the blog style for the handmade life. Just some really cute ideas.

Please remember to pray for King JuJu's family as they are dealing with all of the emotions of loosing him to his fight with cancer. Michelle has a beautiful post on her blog today, as does Renee, on Life with My Special K's, she and the kids released yellow balloons for Julian, Lisa on Final Score: Boys 3 and girls 2 also has a post dedicated to him. I wish there was more I could say about how much his story has touched my heart.

Edited to add: I just found this post over on Rice-a-roni-ville it is a precious pendant that she made to send to Mimi oh but to have 1/1000th of the talent of some of these women.

Baby Gwyneth needs extra prayers and positive thoughts right now. From Nathan's blog
Please, continue to pray for Gwyneth. The x-ray at noon showed there is still inflammation in her bowels. They're watching conservatively right now, but it is serious if it doesn't work itself out soon. The next xray will be at 8pm tonight.

I spoke with the doctor and nurses, and they're told me that she has Distention and could possibly have NEC (Necrotizing Enterocolitic) (although, which is common among preemies/babies, but can be very harmful and even deadly. It could be caused by an infection, by normal bacteria or by a plug somewhere.

They've got her on several antibiotics as precautions. It could work itself out withint the next 24/48 hours, or it could lead to so much pressure that it could cause a leak in her intestines which will cause some serious issues.

This is the first major issue, so of course, we're very concerned. But, this another opportunity for God to show Himself.

Tricia has had another good but tiring day. Two sessions of PT, and now she's off the vent and breathing on her own with some extra O2 for a few hours of trial without the vent!

Which means they should be doing her next set of xrays right about now. Please please pray that she will have success fighting what ever this is.

Life here today, was typical life here. Well except that I got to play HR because the real HR had life interrupt, which well happens. If you can spare a couple of prayers for D's cousin who had an brain bleed last night and was still in a coma when I talked to her this afternoon, I am sure they would appreciate it.

DJ had a pretty good day at the CDC from the sounds of it. Jerry does want to know why he has to wash his hands before he signs him in and out though. I figure it has to do with the different viruses that float around, and they are trying to avoid them spreading more. Anyone know for sure?

Natalie is coming along very nicely with her saxophone lately. :-) Even Jerry noticed, which is saying something.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Eventful day

Last week when I was at the substitute orientation for the county the two gals running the orientation recommended that if we wanted to start subbing as soon as our clearances had gone through, and if we were interested in subbing a lot, to print out business cards with our contact information, and resumes. Then take them around to all of the schools that we were interested in subbing at.

Since I have not heard anything about the position I interviewed for last week, and I had the day off at Lowes, today, I did just that.

I printed off a bunch of copies of my resume, and printed more business cards, then took DJ to school and ran over to Jerry's shop to borrow a stapler (I couldn't find ours, who knows where it is with the move.)

Then I programed the first of the schools on one end of town into my navigator on my phone and I was off. I did it in a big circle, because I figured that I would need to come by the house at some point for something (and I was right I ran out of business cards).

I hit up every school in town, explaining at each one that I was new in the area and that when I did the substitute orientation last week they recommended that we go around, yadda yadda.

I talked to several of the principals, including the principal that I interviewed with in September. Nothing to formal, or longer than a couple of seconds, more its great to meet you, hope to see you subbing a lot.

I had 5 or 6 of the schools where they reminded me about the job fair in a couple of weeks. I have already requested the morning off at Lowes. Smart cookie, I am. ;)

I had a couple of schools very excited to have someone new to call.

I had a couple of very strange looks, like "sure, ok, unhuh they recommended that you bring this by."

And I had one school (the last one I stopped at), where as I was getting in my car the gal I gave the information too came running out to my car. She asked me if I would be interested in doing a long term sub for a 5th grade class. So I went back in and talked with her for a while, then talked to the principal for a while (who gave me some tips for getting hired in the district, and said that he wants me to make sure that I find him at the job fair.) Then the gal from the front desk (the one that chased me down) showed me around the school. She was trying to find the teacher, but the teachers must have left for the day as soon as school was out. So crossfingers unless something goes funky I have a long term sub position starting in February.

Overall, I think it was a pretty successful day, I now know where all of the local schools are located, or at least a general idea. Plus I have for the most part met the person who sits at the front desk of the school.

I did decide not to drive to the outlying schools. I am hoping that I will get enough days locally that I wont have to drive to those schools. If I do, I do and that is great too, but there are a lot of schools within a 25 mile radius of the house that I think I will be ok, and there is nothing saying that the next time I have a day off I can't run out there.

Hopefully I will start getting calls to substitute as soon as my paperwork goes into the system. I need to rework my resume, with the tips the Mr. L (the principal) gave me, before the job fair, and I want to do it tonight while they are fresh in my mind.

DJ had a rough day. He did not want to go to school this morning. There were tears before we even left the house, and more tears when we got to school. Ms. D said that he didn't want to take a nap at rest time and there were tears then too, so she ended up sitting with him for a while. However if he napped it means we will have a late night again.

Natalie was sent home from school early with a headache. Jerry went and picked her up. He said she was flushed and miserable when he picked her up. When I came by the house she was sound asleep. She said she feels better now, but plans on taking some allergy medicine and going to bed early (mom told her she is).

Kelsey came home today and said that the talent show that she is performing in with her friend from school is March 1st.

Today over on Confessions of A CF Husband, Nathan posted a questions and answers segment, where he attempts to answer a lot of questions that they have gotten lately. I hope that if you take a few minutes to stop by and check on Tricia and Gwyneth's progress (Gwyneth is 2 weeks old today, with no major complications!!! Nathan posted pictures to celebrate) that if you have any questions you first go "back in time" and read past posts, because many of the questions that I have thought of, he has already addressed. Or else you can check Tricia's website and read things from her point of view.

Most of all I hope that you keep this amazing family in your thoughts and prayers. They continue to amaze me every day, as they not only are concerned for themselves (and they have the right at this point IMO to be totally selfish and only think of themselves) but they ask for prayers for other premature babies (and their families), other CF patients, and other people that have touched their lives.

This is a video that Julian's family made to share with the world who he was. I was seriously bawling by the end. Please keep the Avery family in your thoughts and prayers tonight for the viewing, and tomorrow for the service.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Long day

DJ and I had a long day. We got up early, and headed out the door. We arrived at the CDC at 7:15 (with a crying DJ, saying NO NO NO, I don't want to go to school, I want to go back to BED! If only he would cry I want to go to bed at 7 pm instead of 7 am. sigh) By the time I left the CDC 8 minutes later, he was happily going with Ms. Tracy to explore the sand table, and all was fine in the world.
I then drove to Lowes and worked the rest of the day away.
I got to work a register today, and customer service. :) The head cashier asked what I knew, and what I didn't know and I told her that I knew how to do most of the cashier stuff, but would need a refresher course on customer service, as some of the things we didn't have down in Crestview, and some of the stuff, well I just never did.
I also got to help put schedules in the computer. :) That was actually fun, because I could "see" how things worked and why they work out the way they do with matrixes and such, and why some times the best laid plans go awry. It is interesting though that here, if you are part time, at no point will you be scheduled for more than 30 hours. Period. In Crestview, we broke that almost every week, or at least my schedule did. Most weeks I was scheduled for 35 hours especially the last couple of weeks I was there. Maybe once spring comes the rule here will change too?
So far everyone is very friendly at the store. I started out yesterday scared to death, but they are very welcoming, and very helpful. I think it will take me a long time to figure out where every thing is in the store. I kid you not, the store is at least double the size, if not quadruple the size of the store in Crestview.

DJ had a good day, if a long day, at school. He said he had fun, and made new friends. He was working on puzzles when I picked him up, and he says that they read books, sang songs, and played outside. Jerry was going to pick him up, but I had the car seat. I am not sure if there is a place that we can leave them at the CDC. I think Jerry is going to drop him off tomorrow (or I hope he is), and at least if I want to go pick him up, after Jerry takes him, Jerry's work is right there close.

Kelsey had her first "seventh" period today. This is the class where they do the play rehearsals and what not. She says that it went well. Next up for her is working on a poetry anthology. Oh joy of joys.

Natalie is in practicing her Saxophone. The band here is behind where her band in Florida was before Christmas. Which for us is a good thing, since after her surgery she was always a bit behind the curve. I almost wonder though if her teacher/director in Florida wasn't pushing them a bit to hard, since the band here is about 40 lessons behind the band there. But I will admit they sounded great at the Christmas concert.

I am copying the following directly from Nathan's blog
Lawrenson's Best Day Ever!

Four things have made this the Best Day Ever!

1) Gwyneth Rose made a POOP! Sometime this morning! They say they'll begin feeding her soon!

2) Gwyneth Rose had another head/brain ultrasound this morning, and there is NO BLEEDING!!

3) The same Transplant Doctor who told us two weeks ago that it would be at least 2-3 months before Tricia would be well enough for the double lung transplant list told us today that it could be A MATTER OF WEEKS instead!!!

4) Gwyneth Rose is two weeks old today! Two whole weeks without ANY MAJOR COMPLICATIONS!!!!

Nathan has posted some beautiful pictures of both of his girls. Please pray that the girls continue to well, and that Tricia is able to be put on the transplant list soon!

Nathan asked for prayers for Alice A young woman in South Africa with CF who had a double lung transplant today. The posts from her younger sister on her blog indicate that she is doing very well. Please add her to your prayers.

And last but not least
Wear yellow tomorrow and Thursday for Julian. His Obituary is here
One little boy who touched the hearts of thousands through his fight with cancer. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with the loss of this beautiful little boy. Photobucket

Monday, January 21, 2008

First day at work and a fat lip

Today was my first day at work for the new store (new to me). The store is huge, and it is going to take a while to get adjusted to it. But as first days go it was a pretty good day.

DJ and Natalie were rough housing when I got home from work, and DJ ended up with a fat lip.
I am not sure how well you can see it in this picture, but he has one, and he told me to take a picture.

I am tired, the girls had a friend stay the night last night, against my better judgment (I said No, dad said yes) and managed to wake me up about a million times before I came out and chewed them out and told them to go to bed.

DJ was supposed to start preschool here today, or so I thought. But with the holiday the CDC was closed. I just wish I would have known this before I woke him up and dragged him out of the house at 7 am. I know, I know, I "should" have known, since the CDC is on base, but last week when we were there everyone said they would see us Monday, and its Monday. Plus when we drove by yesterday there was no sign up on the door saying they would be closed.

On Nathan's blog last night He posted that Gwyneth's CF screening came back negative, and that she is almost down to room air percentages of oxygen going through her vent. :) Tricia is getting stronger, with a few scares with her trac and coughing.
Please keep this awesome family in your thoughts and prayers, and if you haven't ventured over there yet please do so.

Ok short blog tonight, I am too tired to post much.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sunday again

I can safely say I think that this move has been a success. The girls are adjusting nicely, and have a friend from the neighborhood staying the night tonight. The only strange thing is that the girl's parents didn't call, or come by. I hope they really know where she is. The girls went with her to get her stuff, and Natalie walked back down to her house a bit ago, because they had forgotten something. But I still find it a little odd. Jerry offered to call or go to their house and was told it was ok.

DJ doesn't quite know how to act, because they are not paying attention to him, but he will survive.

I start work tomorrow, and DJ starts school (I think, there is no sign saying they will be closed for the holiday, so we will go in the morning and see.)

If you are following the story of Tricia, Nathan and Baby Gwyneth Nathan explains in today's posts how they learned of Tricia's pregnancy, and their choices that they made in the last 25 weeks. There have been no health updates this weekend so I am praying that this is good.

So with that I am getting off of here for the night.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Our Washing Machine Eats Socks

We have a Maytag front load washer and since the move the thing has been leaking.
We thought at first it was the hoses going into the washer, thinking that they were loose. Nope not that.
Then I noticed that the drain hose was creeping out of the drain, and thought it was that. Nope not that.
Today Jerry pulled the front panel off and cleaned out the drain filter, thinking that it was that. Nope not that.
Then Jerry noticed that it was spinning funny, or something. So he messed around with the seal, around the tub, and pulled out two socks.
Its not leaking any more... (insert rolling eyes here)

This morning was spent cleaning the house and working at getting it more organized. Jerry and I now have 3 of the 4 antique dressers in our room for our clothes. I still have to send the pictures of my cedar chest to my brother to see what he can come up to fix the leg that the movers broke. Slowly but surely we are getting the house put together. I need more shelves for the different things that we have collected through the years, and a place to store Tupperware. This house does not have enough kitchen cabinet space. But it all has to wait until I have a full time teaching job (still praying and crossing fingers and toes for the job that I interviewed for on Thursday).

The kids and I went up to Macon and rented Natalie's Saxophone this afternoon. The store reminds me of the bookstore from Neverending story, old and dusty, but in a homey come in and relax sort of way. DJ was disappointed that they did not have a piano that he could play, and even asked the guy where his pianos were. I had to explain to the nice man that the music store in Florida where we rented from had all sorts of pianos out, including a player piano that DJ would listen to and sit at one of the other pianos and play along with.

On the way home we stopped at Hobby Lobby and picked up some pastels for Kelsey and a new sketch pad. I drooled over several things in there, that would fix the shelving situation, but controlled myself. LOL

No new updates on Tricia and baby Gwyneth on Nathan's blog, which is a good thing, since they have major amounts of family visiting them at Duke this weekend, and Nathan's last bump said that unless there was something major to report he would not post anything until late tonight. Gwyneth's grandpa did post a couple of pictures from today when he visited with her, and then some pictures from last night when Tricia and Nathan watched the video he had shot last week. Tricia looks amazing for all that she has/is going through. Please pray that both Tricia and Gwyneth continue to do well, and continue to improve day by day. If you have not heard their story follow one of the links to Nathan's blog it is a story that will touch your heart, and it is a story that has brought back my faith

We however did lose a brave fighter today. Since December or so I have been following Julian's story. Mostly through Dawn's blog and Michelle's blog. But recently have subscribed to his care pages. Today Julian lost his battle with Medulloblastoma. I am crying for this sweet boy and his family.
Please hug your little ones a little bit tighter tonight for Mimi and her family, and send up a prayer for Julian.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Good day

Today was a pretty good day, all around.

DJ and I slept in. He played with his guitar today, a lot. I wish I would have had my phone out and ready a couple of times. My favorite moment today was when he was sitting on the living room floor singing/jamming Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and when I say jamming I mean jamming. When he was done with his performance, he jumped up and took a bow, yelling "Thank you, Thank you very much!" Little ham.

I finally set up a plan with the HR at the Lowes here, and actually got to meet with her for a couple of minutes. I go in on Monday and start working with her in her office for a week or two, then we will figure out my schedule of availability from there.

I dropped off my thank you note to the school where I did my interview at yesterday. I am hoping and praying for a positive outcome from the interview, but know that I have a very slim chance, if any. If you have a couple of spare positive thoughts for me, I would appreciate it.

We went out to lunch with Jerry. It was pretty good, the only bad part was when we went to move the table closer to DJ and I, Jerry's drink split all in his hat and on his jacket. Oops

Kelsey got signed up for 7th period, so she can be part of the crew for the play. I am not sure what happened to her being part of the ensemble, but what ever. Plus she and her friends have signed up to be part of the talent show that the school is having in March.

Natalie came home from school all excited about a "Rock All Night" fund raiser that her band will be doing in March. Look for announcements coming to an email near you. ;)

The girls seem to be adjusting to this move a lot better than they did when we moved from England to Florida. The weeks leading up to the move were more traumatic this time, but the end result has been easier, so I will take it.

Tricia and Gwyneth
both seem to be doing well. There is a possibility of lung infections that they are running tests on, please pray that they come back clean. Tricia can not meet Gwyneth with out the all clear on these tests. Nathan has posted pictures of Tricia on his blog, there are also some new pictures of Gwyneth.

The only negatives that came out of today were:

Roo got out, when DJ got over excited about leaving the house to go to Lowes and opened the door. She was a stinker and did not want to come back to the house.

I cut the bottom of my foot open. AND IT HURTS!! I know poor is me... ;)

What's in a name?

I found this over on My Semblance of Sanity
What Patricia Means

You are influential and persuasive. You tend to have a lot of power over people.
Generally, you use your powers for good. You excel at solving other people's problems.
Occasionally, you do get a little selfish and persuade people to do things that are only in your interest.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

What Jerry Means

You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.
You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.
You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.
You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.
You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

What Kelsey Means

You are a seeker of knowledge, and you have learned many things in your life.
You are also a keeper of knowledge - meaning you don't spill secrets or spread gossip.
People sometimes think you're snobby or aloof, but you're just too deep in thought to pay attention to them.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.
You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.
You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.
You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.
You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

What Natalie Means

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You tend to be pretty tightly wound. It's easy to get you excited... which can be a good or bad thing.
You have a lot of enthusiasm, but it fades rather quickly. You don't stick with any one thing for very long.
You have the drive to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time. Your biggest problem is making sure you finish the projects you start.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

What Declan Means

You are balanced, orderly, and organized. You like your ducks in a row.
You are powerful and competent, especially in the workplace.
People can see you as stubborn and headstrong. You definitely have a dominant personality.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.
You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.
A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.
You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.
Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

My faith

Today/yesterday/some time this week, I had an interesting email from someone who reads my blog, but obviously does not want me to know that they read my blog, since they a. sent me an email about this, and b. sent the email under a false email, with a false name.

This person questioned my faith, and my belief system, in the fact that I have been quite "vocal" in asking for prayers for Nathan, Trisha, and Gwyneth.

Basically this anonymous person said how could I a "non-believer" ask people to pray?
Since I don't have a way to reply in private to mr/ms anonymous (I tried), I decided to explain it here. Not necessarily because I think they deserve an explanation,but because it bugged me enough.

I am the first one to admit that I have done some decidedly non-believer things, and things that I know were "sins". Nothing that I feel could/should send me to damnation for, but things that most devote Christians are supposed to say is wrong. I know that there are many devote religious people out there that have done worse, I have met a few of those hypocrites in my life, and have to remind myself that they will get what is coming to them, for preaching on one hand the "word" and turning against it on the other hand, all within a few moments of each other.

When I was growing up, my brother and I were made to go to religious education classes, I was an active member of our church youth group, and we attended church services every weekend, only the worst of the flu could get us out of going, my brother was an alter boy, I did church leadership camps. Dare I say it? I enjoyed being a part of that community.

When I went away (the whole two hours to Flagstaff) to college, I spread my wings religiously speaking. I attending services with all of my friends. I have been to synagogue, I have been to Mormon services, I have been to many many Baptist services (I even went to those while still living at home and still had to attend the Catholic service the same weekend ;) ). I was curious as to what was out there, and what other people believed. I had friends that believed in/practiced Wicca, and listened to them, and what they believed in as well. All in all it was a growing experience for me, but I still attended Catholic services on the weekends I was at home in the Valley, and when I felt down I would attend a service at the Catholic center on campus, to feel at home.

My sophomore year in college found me unmarried and pregnant, by a man that I knew I didn't want to spend my life with. I moved home and attended college at the local community college. My mom helped me find counseling with Catholic services, so that I could figure out what to do. My counselor was a wonderful caring woman. After the second session she offered to start coming out to our church rectory to do the sessions instead of me driving into the city to see her. This to me was great, because I could talk to her on a more regular schedule in between classes if it fell right, where as driving into town I only had one day a week that it was even possible.

However, this change necessitated that the priests at the church being told about my pregnancy. Not that I was hiding it, but I also wasn't going around telling everyone I met either. I was trying to decide if I was keeping K or giving her up for adoption (we all know what I chose, and I would never ever go back.) But I didn't want everyone's opinions on the matter either.

Fr. P was very supportive of me. Fr. P being the younger of the two priests at the time, was the one that I was the most comfortable with anyway. But he offered to sit with me and just talk if I needed it. He offered to be a friend first and foremost,
and a priest second, if I needed his "priest" side to come out (his words).

Fr. J was the pastor of the church at the time, and the "older" of the two. Not that he was old by any means, but he had been ordained longer or something I guess. I never felt comfortable per say with him, but never felt he was wrong either.

The one session I arrived before the counselor, and as I sat waiting for her Fr. J came up to me. Fr. J proceeded to read me the riot act for my irresponsible behavior at getting pregnant and not being married. There was no temperament to the conversation at all. I was basically called a whore, by this man of god, and he told me that I was setting a poor example for the younger girls in the church.
I was not the first unwed mother in our church, nor was I the last. I know that I stood there dumbfounded, and I did not say a word to him the entire time.

It was on that day that I "gave up" my faith.

In my mind, he was a man of the "cloth" and very hypocritical, and how dare he talk to me like that. I don't know exactly how to explain what happened to me, or what made me stop, I just know that it did.

The deacon's daughter has a son a year older than K, and she wasn't married, and her dad was a man of the "cloth". I remember gathering my courage one Sunday after church and asking her if Fr. J had told her that she was a poor example for the younger girls. She said no.

I asked a couple of the other girls that had been in my shoes the same question, the answer was always no.
These were girls that I was friends with through youth group, they would have told me.

I still attended church every Sunday with my mom, K was baptized on my Grandmother's birthday, and the day my Grandparents renewed their vows for their 50th wedding anniversary. But I had given up on my faith.

J and I were married in the Catholic church, and we did the marriage classes required to be married in the church, for my mom. And yes Fr. J was the one who married us, but I tried my darnedest to get either Fr. T or Fr. P to return from Notre Dame and perform the ceremony, because I did not want Fr. J to marry me. And I had given up on my faith.

J, K and I moved to Florida, and K and I attended a total of 2 Sunday Masses in the 2 years we were there, both times my mom was visiting.

J, K, N and I moved to England, and I can count on 2 hands the total number of times I was in the chapel for church services, including baccalaureates and memorial services. On visits home, we attended with my mom, for my mom.

I would not necessarily say that I have ever been a non-believer, I have just given up on my faith. I still prayed for people suffering, or if someone specifically asked for a prayer for strength, I still said a little prayer when I needed to be strong (my emergency surgery in England, and D's birth when he wasn't breathing right away are two times that come to mind.)

But I do not attend services, and I for the most part do not read bible quotes or really really stop to pray.

Until this past week or so when I found Nathan's blog.

There is something about his blog, his dad's blog, his uncle Andy's blog, and his BIL Terry's blog that has made me stop and think. Stop to take time to pray for Trisha, and Gwyneth. Consciously pray about them.
I don't do it as an "Our Father who art in heaven" type of prayer, it is more of a I hope the continue to do well, or please let them have a better day, type of prayer.
It is more that I stop and think about someone who is suffering and needs all of the positive vibes that they can get.

I don't see myself ever becoming as faithful as I was before that "chat" with Fr. J. even though the grown up me, knows that he was not a typical pastor.

But part of my faith has been restored, because I can "see" what the power or prayer, or positive thought has done for this family.

So people can think what they want to think about my prayers for others, they can call me a hypocrite, they can think what ever they think. I am not asking for the reader to come out of lurkdom and acknowledge the email, as a matter of fact it would complete shock me if they did.

I know why I am asking for my readers to say a prayer, or think positive thoughts, its because while I don't attend a set church, I still believe in something.

DJ wants to try out for Uncle Matt's Band...

Today at the Evil Empire, they had kids electric guitar on sale. It was a pretty good deal, and DJ wanted it so being the cheeseheads that we are, we bought it for him.
He did this video as his audition for Uncle Matt. :)

I hope it works going to the link, its only about 15 seconds long because thats all the longer my camera will do video for.

The word is spreading, and Trisha is AWAKE!

Trisha is AWAKE!!! I am so happy for Nathan and Trisha and their entire family I can't quite put it into words. I got up this morning and checked the blogs right away, and there had not been an update yet, then I checked them again while I was getting ready for my interview and was so happy.

Also, I am amazed, I am amazed at the blogging world and how many people have embraced this family and their journey.
Last week when I first found Confessions of a CF Husband, there were only one or two blogs out there that I could find with information (outside of the direct family). I was soon hooked and check in on Nathan's blog at least twice a day.
Now I have found that there are a lot of blogs that I frequent that are posting updates to the story, and asking for prayers for this wonderful family. Which I think is wonderful, so I want to give a shout out to them.

Catching some waves
This is Nathan's dad's blog, which I have found inspiring and wonderful to read even between the Trisha, Gwyneth updates. :)
Angelica Grace DesignsFun and funky fashions, gifts and accessories for you, your little ones, and your home. Plus she is a pretty funny writer.
For the love of the family A "typical" Mommy blog (if there is such a thing.
A Glimpse of My World

Prochnow Blessings
This is it, making lemonade out of life's lemons

Searching for Balance
Teacher in the middle
Hee hee a teacher/mommy blog, which hits home for me on a couple of points.
The Little Sykes Ladies
Musings from the Minivan This is actually one of Trisha's sisters blogs. The footprints we leaveThis is Trisha's other sister's blog. :)
The ADD Youth PastorNathan's uncle's blog
65 Roses for Patty Sue Trisha's blog and story
Now I know that these are not the only blogs out there that are praying for the family, and I know that they are not the only ones that have posted about them, but these are ones that I already visited (minus the family blogs) before.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Confessions Of A CF Husband: (Bump) Your Offer to Help

Confessions Of A CF Husband: (Bump) Your Offer to Help
Nathan on Confessions of a CF Husband has reposted ways to help them. I have sent the Duke E-card, and if we can get ahead monetarily I am going to send something to the trust fund.

Cute DJ quote of the night

I can't sleep, so instead of laying in bed fighting it I got up. As a special treat for the night, you get to see my DJ quote of the night.
As always before bed we have to go to the bathroom (we meaning DJ). Tonight DJ told me that he was going to use my bathroom. The conversation went something like this:
P: "OK DJ time to go to the bathroom before bedtime."
D: "OK, I use you and daddy's bathroom."
P: "Why are you going to use our bathroom?" (Mind you both bathrooms are about the same distance from his room.)
D: "Because I don't have a potty in my room Mom, duh!"

Guess he told me.

Check marks on the to do list

Today I was able to get a couple of things marked off of the "Patty's to do list".
Turn in DJ's CDC paperwork---------------- Check
Turn in substitute paperwork--------------check
Make substitute business cards-------------check
Rewrite resume-----------------------------check
Set up interview for kindergarten position-----check

Ok so that last one wasn't on my, to do list last night, when I was going through what had to be done today. This morning about 830 I got a phone call from one of the local schools wanting to know if I wanted to interview tomorrow for a Kindergarten position that has just opened up. So I said yes, and then got on with my day. Now I am sufficiently scared to death nervous. I have looked at the schools website, and I have pulled up the state standards for Kindergarten, so I think I have done everything almost everything that I can do. There is a link on the school's website that I am not sure what it means, and I have a note to myself to remember to ask about it. It is called Georgia's 21st Century Learning Environment, which I have never heard of, and can't quite figure out the ins and outs of the website.

If you can spare a couple of positive thoughts tomorrow at 1 eastern time, and then off and on until they make a decision I would appreciate it. I have been turned down so many times this school year already it is hard to stay positive with it all.

DJ and I got a late start to go to his registration meeting at the CDC. I guess it was not a big deal, since I was the only one there, and it was just with the secretary of the CDC. We finished filling out all of his paperwork, and then went on the "official" tour of his classroom. He wanted me to hold him, and not to leave him today, which was good, since he wasn't staying. Hopefully on Monday we will have an easy drop off.

After we left the CDC we went and had lunch at BK, and then drove over to Jerry's work and got the paperwork I needed for my substitute package out of the truck plus went in and talked to Jerry.

We took the scenic route (all back roads) down to Perry to the district office and dropped off my substitute package. I didn't do the reference forms since they said yesterday that if we had done an application on line we didn't need to. The secretary that took my package looked and I have 6 out of 6 reference forms returned. I hope that is a good thing!

I am frustrated with Lowes up here, that's for sure. I have played phone tag with the HR since applying for my transfer back in October, and we have only talked twice on the phone. Since getting here on the 3rd I have not managed to catch her yet! I went in one day last week and she was out of town, so I left a message. Then she called back on Monday, but I missed the call on the house phone due to the fried phone fiasco, and she called my cell phone it was in the car and I was taking groceries in the house. When I called her back, she had left for the day. Then yesterday and today both I have called and she was in meetings, but she didn't call back either day. DJ and I stopped by the store on the way home from Perry, and asked about her, and was told that she was still in a meeting, I swear she is in more meetings than the President of the United States! I am tempted to throw in the towel with it all, and just put in to work all hours at Sylvan that don't interfere with subbing (or teaching if there is a miracle and I get offered the kinder job). But with all that Ty did for me to get me this transfer I really don't want to do that.

Kelsey got called back for the play that she tried out for yesterday, they are doing the casting call for it tomorrow. Which means, we are now entering the world of High School Drama. I mean that literally, as in theater department drama, not just the typical high school drama that goes on in high school. Kelsey also switched classes today, she switched out of chorus and into a computer class. The chorus class wanted $100 for a uniform, and then another $600 for their field trip to Washington DC, and both from the sounds of it were mandatory. So last night she asked me if it was ok with me if she switched out and maybe took it next year. I figured on the counselor calling me or Kelsey telling me that I needed to go in and sign something, but that wasn't the case, she just came home and said that the switch had happened.

On the news of Trisha, Gwyneth, and Nathan over at Confessions of a CF Husband, Trisha and Gwyneth both had rough days yesterday, and Nathan stayed at the hospital to be with them last night. His last update was at 1 today, and they were weaning Trisha off the rest of the sedatives, so I am praying that she did well with that. There are no other updates on any of the blogs, so pray that this is a good thing!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Any one want to fill out a job application for me?

I fill like all I have done lately is fill out job applications and turn them in. Maybe thats because thats all I have been doing, and it is getting old and frustrating. I know that I have to stay positive and keep the course, but not hearing anything from most of the jobs that I have applied for is stressful. I know I have my job at Lowes to fall back on, but since that is not my dream, it makes it hard to be excited about that one.
Today I went to the orientation for substitute teaching here, and got yet another application to fill out. At least with this one, I will know something in about 2 weeks (thats how long it takes the background check).
The bonus is that since I have already filled out an application to teach for the county I only have to fill out about half of the packet. So I should have it all filled out by tomorrow morning (really I should already have it done, but I have a headache again).
The bad part is that I had to have my fingerprints done, again, for the 4th time in 3 years. Why, you ask? Well it is simple, I started off teaching in one county in Florida, then after that year moved to the alternative school and had to get my fingerprints done for the county that we lived in, then this fall because I was transitioning from teaching to subbing, and since I was not "on" the county's payroll at the alternative school I had to have them done again. Now with the move to Georgia I had to have them taken once again. Let's do the math $65x3 in Florida, plus another $40 here in Georgia, is $235. Ouch.
I really wish someone would come up with a Nation wide standard, or database that all teachers were kept in. I guess they would still have to check to make sure that we are who we say we are. Darn...
But I bet that who ever sits and watches the data popping out of the fingerprint system is wondering what the heck is up with me getting my fingerprints done so often. I wonder if that flags against me?
DJ had a good couple of hours at the CDC today. He was "resting" when I went in to pick him up, and said that he had a good time. He was a little sad when I left him, but he got over it before I even got out to the lobby of the CDC where the video monitors are. Right now he is a little sad, because after we left the CDC we went to the commissary and got groceries. He got Popsicles, and has been eating them almost non-stop since we got home, and Jerry just told him no more until after dinner.
Kelsey tried out for a part in the school play today after school. She said that she tried out for part of the ensemble, and if she gets that she will have a 7th period class for rehearsals. She said that on the tryout forms she put that she would be interested in doing crew if she did not get a part in the play. The school here seems to have a big theater department, since they just performed Sussecial last weekend and are already doing tryouts for a new play this week, which to me seems to mean that even if she doesn't get a part in this play there will be plenty of opportunities before she graduates, as long as she doesn't give up.
Over on Confessions of a CF Husband Nathan has posted a few videos of his and Trisha's life together up to this point. It is a pretty neat way to get to know these people that I have been thinking of a lot lately, that I don't even know in person. He also did one post titled Like a Virus that he has asked that everyone posts a comment with their blog addresses if they have posted for prayers for the family, so that when Trisha is able she can go easily and read them all. The last time I looked there were 155 comments on there. It is amazing to me the people that they have touched with their story. Gwyneth is being put on a CPAP machine today, which is GREAT NEWS! Lots of prayers that she will "remember to breath" so they do not have to intubate her again. Trisha seems to be as well as can be expected at this point, and does better when Nathan is with her, as I can imagine, he is her rock, and her link to the world of Gwyneth, major prayers that she continues to stay strong.

Monday, January 14, 2008


I am not sure if it is the fact that it is winter, and every where we go has their heaters turned on, or the change in climate, or what the deal is, but I can not seem to stay hydrated since we have moved to Georgia. What is worse is that it is not until I get a headache from it, that I realize what is going on and remember that I need to drink some water or gatorade and get back to an even keel. The last time I remember being this bad about drinking enough water was 12 years ago when I was pregnant with Natalie.
Today DJ and I went to the CDC on base and got the paperwork for him to start preschool there next week. He was very excited and asked about going to meet his new friends. The woman behind the desk was very impressed with his manners, he asked if he could play with the puzzles that were in the lobby, when she said sure go ahead, DJ replied Thanks! in his cutest little voice. I also inquired about an hourly care for him to go to tomorrow while I attend a substitute orientation in Perry for the school district. At first she told me that the other CDC did hourly care, and I would have to either go across the parking lot and inquire to if they had room for him. Then she dialed the phone for me to save us the walk. The phone was busy, so I said we would just run over there. Well she got an idea that maybe DJ could go to his new classroom on an hourly care basis tomorrow at that center. :) So she asked the director if that would be ok, and he said yes. So tomorrow morning about 9 I will take DJ to his new classroom for a couple of hours of fun. He is very excited about the whole idea.
You will be happy to hear that Jerry and I replaced the phone that I fried yesterday, today at lunch. So we have a working house phone again. We only missed one or two calls, and neither was super important.
Natalie came home today and said that she had seen an old friend from Lakenheath today at school. She was very upset that I did not remember this friend at first, but they were closest when I was pregnant with DJ, and there were a lot of big things going on at our house, and in our lives at the time. Once she reminded me of a few details, I knew who she was talking about. Hopefully Natalie and Kelly will get a chance to exchange phone numbers later this week and spend some time together soon.

On a note about Trisha and Gwyneth from Confessions of A CF Husband Nathan has uploaded some adorable pictures of Gwyneth tonight. She is so precious, and such a fighter. He said in an earlier post today that
Her PDA closed sometime in the night (just after I asked for your prayers), which is a great thing. This also means they'll be able to take her off a few drugs.
They are hoping that she will have a bowel movement soon so that they can start her on a feeding tube which will help her gain more strength and weight. The transplant team was to visit with Trisha today, but Nathan had not updated about that yet. I am hoping that this means that they have positive news and he is waiting to get confirmation on this, and not bad news. If you can not tell I have become obsessed with this family's journey, something about them has touched my heart, and I check the blog a couple of times a day for updates. I am not sure why, but I know I am not the only stranger that is checking on them and praying for them.

What book are you?

You're Adventures of Huckleberry Finn!

by Mark Twain

With an affinity for floating down the river, you see things in black
and white. The world is strange and new to you and the more you learn about it, the less
it makes sense. You probably speak with an accent and others have a hard time
understanding you and an even harder time taking you seriously. Nevertheless, your
adventurous spirit is admirable. You really like straw hats.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Straw hats? and the accent thing, hum I am living in the south, and been married to a southerner for 13 years, who has an accent? ;)

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Weekend update

It is Sunday night again, and for once I am not wondering where the weekend went to. Of course this could be because I know where it went, or it could be because I don't have to work tomorrow, so I don't care where it went. ;)
Friday night we went out to a co-worker of Jerry's house for dinner and a bonfire with the people from his new shop. This couple live out in the toolies, but have a beautiful house, with a lot of land for their 3 dogs and two horses. Kelsey got a line on a couple of babysitting jobs, and DJ got to play and run around with some other little people, while Jerry and I just got to enjoy the company of the people he will be working with for a few hours, and get to know them better. Natalie was at a new friend's house staying the night.
Saturday morning bright and early I got up and drove down to Americus to go take a test for a state job. Lets just say it was an interesting test, the first 36 questions were spelling, take 4 words and say which one is spelled wrong. Then the rest of the questions were reading comprehension type of questions. Very interesting, lets just say that the state of Georgia needs someone to rewrite their tests, even if these are just the tests to see if you qualify to even be considered for a job, um yeah.
While I was in the room taking the test I started to get a headache, I am not sure if it was from lack of sleep on Friday night or from the perfume of the woman sitting in front of me. I of course couldn't run out to the car and take anything while doing the test, but the test only took me about an hour to complete, so I was hoping that I caught it in time.
On the way home I decided that I needed to stop and let my headache meds kick in, so I stopped at Andersonville, which was a Civil War prison camp, and now has the National POW museum on the property. The POW museum brought tears to my eyes, it is very well done and something that the creators can be proud of. Then I got back in the car and drove to the cemetery, and around the property before driving on home.
andersonville prison cemetary
andersonville prision
I am looking forward to going back down with the family in the future, where I can spend more time, and have my camera with me (the pictures were taken on my phone).
By the time I got into Warner Robins I thought that the drive home was the longest 55 miles of my life. My headache had turned into a full blown migraine. I ended up spending the rest of the day in bed asleep, so much for getting the house organized.
Last night Natalie went back to her new friend's house and stayed the night again. This friend is involved in the Girl Scouts, so I am thinking that this friendship will be a good thing, and it is nice that she has found someone that she clicked with so quickly. Kelsey has made a few friends in her first two days at school as well, which is nice, as the phone has rang for both of the girls. It makes me feel better about this move in the middle of the year.
Today, Jerry had to go into work, so the kids and I worked our hind ends off on organizing the house. I got my room rearranged, and only managed to break one thing. The house phone, I plugged the wrong power cord into it, and fried the base. So if you need to call and get a hold of us in the next couple of days, call one of the cell phones. I also managed to get most of the boxes unpacked that were cluttering up the dining room. I discovered that we do not have enough shelf space here and we will need to do something about that in the near future, my curio cabinet is cluttered now, as I discovered more of my grandma's things that I want to have out to enjoy. I put some glass bottles and candle holders on the top of the entertainment center, but Jerry is worried that they will break there, so they need a new home. But they are pretty there, see:
Tomorrow DJ and I go and enroll him in the CDC on base. I had found him a preschool off base that I was going to enroll him in, but the CDC is just as close, and it should be less expensive for the same if not better quality care. I just need to inquire into hourly care for Tuesday as that is when I have my substitute orientation, as he does not have a spot with the CDC until the following week.
Nathan over at Confessions of a CF Husband has put up more pictures of Gwyneth, including one of her great grandmother getting to touch her, so precious. As well as a couple of prayer requests for other families that have little ones in the NICU with Gywneth. If you have not been over to see his site go check it out now, and say a little prayer for Trisha, Gwyneth, and Nathan.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Prayer is powerful

Yesterday I was out blog hopping and in my journeys I came across Confessions of a CF Husband. The blog is the story of a young couple and the journey that they are going through right now.
Trisha has Cystic Fibrosis, and has fought this battle most of her life (her entire memory, as all sufferers of the disease do). She tells her story n her words at 65Roses4Patttysue.
The very short and condensed in my words version is:
A few months ago Trisha was put on the double lung transplant list, and shortly after they found out that they were expecting. Trisha and Nathan were advised by doctors to give the baby up (terminate), but could in their belief system not do so.
Fast forward to this week, the struggles of being pregnant were too much on Trisha's body and the doctors at Duke University decided it was time to take baby Gwyneth at 25 weeks.
Here is where prayer is powerful, Gwyneth is a micro preemie, at just over 1 pound, but is doing well. Trisha with all of her health concerns is still in a medically induced coma (my words), but reading Nathan's blog is doing well. I think the reason for this is all of the people that they have praying for them.
I want to ask everyone that reads this, to take a minute and pray for them. I will continue to follow their incredible journey, and will probably take the time to update on here as everything progresses, but I invite you to go to Nathan's site and say a prayer for them. A prayer for baby Gwyneth that she continues to improve and do well, a prayer for Trisha that the continues to improve, continues to get stronger, and can receive her lung transplant so that she may live a long and happy life with their miracle baby.
If you believe in prayer circles and the such please add this family to yours. If you don't believe in prayer necessarily please think a few positive thoughts for them. Their story has touched my heart, and reminded me once again how blessed I am to have a healthy family.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Who are you going to vote for?

Today as I sit here relaxing before we go over to a co-worker of Jerry's for a bonfire/get together/meet the new guy/akkkk what have we gotten ourselves into, I was out blog hopping, as I have a tendency to do. Over on New England Mama's there were actually two articles that I was really interested in. The one on the American Dream, by Ruth I will either take up tomorrow, or later tonight when we get home.
The one titled I know where I stand, but who do I stand behind by Jane hits on a post that I did a couple of weeks ago (December 28th).
What is interesting to me is that I went back to vajoe today and got a different result. I don't think that my answers to the questions changed all that much. And then I went to a couple of the sites that people had left in the comments section of New England Mama's blog, and got different results each time there too.
For example I went to the Minnesota Public Radio's questionnaire and got yet a different answer.
There are all sorts of these things out there, and they all give you different answers to basically the same questions.
I mean how are these things supposed to help you decide anything if they are going to give you a different answer. I know that I for one answered them each with the exact same type of answer. But then again I also know that the people it picked for me today at least I had heard of before, where as two weeks ago the person it said I had never even heard of.
I wonder how many people out there are doing these questionnaires and then basing their vote on what the questionnaire tells them? What if that person is only doing one questionnaire? How can they know for sure that the questionnaire was not biased in some way, or paid for by one campaign or lobby group? Is the future of our country going to based on what these questionnaires tell people what they should think? I would hope that people are looking at the morals of the people that they are considering voting for, but if you have no "stake" in this election who are you listening to? I realize that every voting American has a "stake" in this election, but how many people realize what stake the have?
I guess I have realized with this election cycle how much more I have at stake, this time around. My husband's career, my career are both dependent on who we put into the Presidents office.
Our lives hang in the balance on that one person's decisions that they make over the next 5 years (5 if you count things that they have in their head now). If the American public chooses poorly and puts some one that is not going to protect and think about the military men and women and how the war affects them and their families, my family is at risk, my husband is at risk. Add in the fact that in 3 years Kelsey could decide that the best way for her to get an education paid for without having to go into major debt is to join the military, and that adds in more hard decisions for me.
Or if the American public chooses someone that does not believe that the American education system needs to be properly funded, or that high stakes testing and punishing teachers for things out of their control (poverty, single parents, grandparents raising the student)is the way to go, then my job and career get that much harder.
I don't know who I am going to vote for in November. I have my ideas now, but November is 10 months away and a lot of things can be done, and be said between now and then, by every candidate.

Help a kid out

Dawn over at Because I said so posted today that her son is doing a social studies project. They are asking that anyone that can send him a post card or a letter to him, so he can take it into his class.
I think its a pretty cool project, so if you can help him out, let me know. :)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

My haircut

I asked Kelsey's counselor yesterday where she gets her hair cut, and she gave me the name and number of the lady in town that does her hair. Luckily for me Tracy had time today to cut my hair.


I wanna be this mommy when I grow up...

I was out blog surfing when I came to Are you going to be this way the rest of the time I know you? And on there she talks about the self proclaimed Meanest mom on the planet, let me tell you right now, I want to be that woman when I grow up, or at least when my kids grow up and start driving. If you don't know the story, the mom from Fort Dodge, Iowa, took her son's car away from him and sold it. Because she found alcohol in the car, and part of the deal when he got the car (a month or so ago), was no alcohol, he reneged, so she took the car and sold it. I think she rocks.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

two in school, one to go

The fiasco that was Kelsey's credit drama is resolved. The school in Florida gave her the credits. If she would have had poor grades, or a lot of absences they would not have done it. I had to call the school in Florida this morning and make sure that they got the fax and Mrs. A called back and said it was sorted. So we went out to lunch with Jerry and the gal from his work, then went into the school and got her all signed up. They do not offer art courses, so she is a little disappointed in that, but she will still have chorus. She starts tomorrow morning bright and early. Of course we were warned 3 or 4 times that if the paperwork doesn't get to them soon she wont get credit. I guess I am going to have to be super mom/annoying mom and be on the phone checking to see if they get it or not.
Now I just have to see about finding DJ a preschool here in town. I have emailed two preschools today to see if they have room in their 3 yo classes, and I plan on going by both of them tomorrow.