Archive | January 2013

Feeling Better Day by Day

This morning I went to Samaritan Albany General Hospital to have some preliminary blood work done for my PET scan this coming Friday. I had a new phlebotomist when I went in, so I was a little bit nervous, but she was amazing – it barely hurt at all! 🙂

After the blood draw, I got to go to Urgent Care in North Albany to have my ankles looked at. Last night, I was going down the stairs at my mom & dad’s house only to slip on the steps, roll both ankles, and break my favorite shoes! Grr. Anyway, I got in to Urgent Care, and when the doctor walked in, I thought I recognized him. Turns out, Dr. Simon was the doctor that was on duty last April when I went in with an irregular heartbeat. He is the one that found the tennis ball sized mass in my chest.

We chuckled over the discovery and talked about how my last year has been, and then he got to work. He looked over my ankles, even though the right one didn’t feel too bad to me. I was a little surprised when he said that he was going to have my left ankle & my right foot x-rayed. I said, “If you send me outta here with two casts, I’m never going to come see you again!” 🙂 Turns out, they’re both just sprained. It’s not really a big deal, I’m just wearing a brace on my left ankle – the right foot is virtually pain free.

I’ve been getting more energy day by day anymore. I think the biggest contributor is the fact that I started drinking some nutritional shakes three times a day. To keep from sounding too much like a commercial, I’ll keep it low key, but I am amazed at how I’ve been feeling lately! I’d be happy to tell you more about it if you want to ask me directly, but I can definitely say that I’m loving me some Reliv shakes!

I’ll let you know how the PET scan turns out probably next week after I meet with my oncologist, Dr. Sharman, on the 29th. Until then, enjoy life & don’t waste a day. You never know what the next day can bring!


Brilliant. Simply Brilliant!!!

I got an idea from a friend yesterday on Facebook.  She’s actually a friend in real life too – amazing but true, I know. 🙂  Anyway, she had posted a photo of a paper someone had put out for their kids.

It said:


Simply said, I LOVE THIS!!!!

Let me be honest here.  I love technology.  At work, I’m one of the geeks.  If my office door is open, I will frequently have people coming into my office asking for help with some computer issue or another.  I have fun with it, and am really glad they feel comfortable asking.  So I can be totally understanding when it comes to my kids wanting to use the computer and being online.  It’s fun after all!

Lately I was thinking that I wanted to monitor things a little better for my kiddos.  I mean, I am their mom.  It’s their dad’s and my job to make sure that they grow up to be well balanced human beings that contribute well to society.  In light of that, I just thought that unlimited access to the internet at all times is probably not a good idea.  I contemplated shutting off the router at night, but that would affect me too, and I’ll be honest, sometimes I would have to work late, so that option wasn’t very viable.  But what to do?

Fast forward to yesterday.  I think this idea may make a huge difference in our household.  At this point, I’m planning to have a list of chores that they will need to do for that day.  They most likely will change from day to day, but will always include having their homework done! 🙂  I suspect we will get a little push-back from them, but the fact is, I’m the mom.  Period.  End of story.  We are truly not doing this to be mean, we just want what’s best for our kids.  I know they’re not going to think this is cool, and perhaps we will be hated a while for it.  Time will tell.

Oh, and for the record?  I changed the master password that’s printed on the back of the router so they can’t go in there and make changes on their own.  Yup.  I’m the mom. 🙂

2012 in review

I thought this would be a fun post to have for those of you out there that want a very quick year in review of my blog. 🙂

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 14,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.