Thursday, January 29, 2009
Second random fact, I cant sleep. I have conflicting issues every night when I get in bed. I know it is the time I need to go to bed, to be able to get up in the morning, but I'm not sleepy. Can you be tired and not sleepy?
Third, my OCD has come out with my DVR. I feel like as long as there are things recorded, I'm supposed to watch them. But, this produces a problem. I don't like to sit still and not be doing something. So, when you have recorded something you cant watch it and do housework like you can when you are...say watching a marathon of movies on Lifetime. You can come in and out of the room and still know what's going on. But when its a show you recorded, you feel like you need to stay and watch it all.
Next, I'm glad the ice is gone and Saturday is going to be beautiful.
I feel bad when I don't have time to get on facebook and respond to messages...ES, I'm just going to call you.
The thought of having a girls night with some of your friends, even if it is not for sure and even if it is a month from now...still gets me excited.
I got my desk cleaned off before Christmas, some of you who used to work with me, would not even believe, and now I feel like I cant leave until everything is back cleaned off. I know...again, the OCD thing!
I know I want something really good for dinner, but I cant decided what. I know I don't have many groceries (this is the problem), so I will have to visit one of the two local supermarkets. One of which is Wal-mart, my favorite store, but now that I live on the other side of town...it seems so far away.
Anyway, if you have any good dinner suggestions, let me know. I cant figure out what I'm craving!
Oh, and I've decided I'm going to Italy over Spring Break with my sister. What better time for us to go than now!!! I'm a little excited! or, ALOT!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
You are probably thinking the same thing I was the day I received the call. What is that? And, what does that mean? (I almost didnt even answer the phone at work, I thought it was another vendor calling to sell me something)
Well, here is my understanding as it is listed in the news paper..."section based on nominations from community leaders, Chambers of commerce, churches and everyday folks who see that these people are making their communities better places to live."
The article that ran was great and included all the things I would have wanted pulled out. My beloved Ouachita and my faith. What better things could be said about you?
Below are some pics form the award luncheon:
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Now, you can understand why I was so thankful for that complement, but let me just tell you that it hit me deep. What a nice thing to say. She was actually the caregiver to a woman that I am assuming is her mother. It was really one of the kindest things anyone could say to a person in that room.
She had probably looked at it long enough to figure out that it is real, but that is always a question in that room of people. Also, the fact that I'm in the middle of it all growing back out and the process means that it is always changing. Some days, it lays down and others it sticks up. Some days it looks fixed and others there is no amount of products that could make it do anything normal.
So, thank you ma'am for making my day...think about it. That cost her nothing more than breaking down a wall and saying something kind to me, a complete stranger.
It's amazing how far our kind words can go...think about it.
Anyway, We had some issues finding a vein to cooperate so they could set me up for the contrast dye. Lets' just say that if you see me tomorrow, know that I was poked and prodded today and I'm not a junkie. I do expect some bruises. He tried the inside of both elbows, the top of my left wrist (yes, that vein that runs on top of that nob..yeah, it hurts). And, finally after some arm hanging and squeezing a warm bag of saline, we got one to pop up on top of my right hand. It brought back memories of my first day of chemo. That was the day I knew I fell in love...with the port!
The scan went fine and then I was off to kill time before my apt with Dr. M.
That went great as well. He came in and said I looked great. There was a comment about the cheMOHAWK! Well, actually a smirk..he didn't have to say anything, I knew what he was thinking. He asked me how I was feeling and I told him great!
He was surprised that I did not have my "entourage" with me this time (I went up by myself, like a big girl!). I told him that I wasn't expecting him to tell me anything but good news, so I didn't bring them! He liked that.
He said that my scans look better every time we do them. And that there is no question I'm in remission! I loved hearing that. He is going to see me every three months for the next year just to watch progress. He probably wont scan when I go back in April, just look and make sure everything sounds ok.
So, a great day in LR and such good news. It's like that is one more hump that I can check off the list. I know I'm pumped.
I went to our local Relay for Life meeting tonight. Kinda an ironic way to end my day. Let me encrouage you to find a way to get involved with your local Relay for Life events! April 24th!!!
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Hope you enjoyed the tour!!!
(Plus, they are so darn pretty!)
and here is my new staff pic...oh year # 27!
Friday, January 9, 2009
this has been a long week. We hit three cities in 4 days to do regional receptions for our prospective students and alumni. It was exhausting. And, to finish off with a bang, my cell phone decided to stop working. Oh well...guess I'm making a trip to the Cingular store tomorrow and it's not because I have a new toy!
This weekend will be full of cleaning, cooking, laundry, and emptying out my favorite gift in '08 to myself..my DVR...how old am I?
Friday, January 2, 2009
(and of course there is the angel...I didn't even go there in this set of thoughts)
One sits on a table in the middle of our living room and another on a side table that you have to walk by to go anywhere in our den. Oh that Christ would always stay at the center. But, here are some thoughts that I have had regarding the nativity this year:
1. At the beginning of the season, we walked into Mardel and they had some sets on sale, so of course they caught my eye. But, as I lingered and looked at the large Willowtree set, I noticed that they called the wooden structure that Mary, Joseph and the baby lay in, a SANCTUARY. What a really neat thought. We always call it a stable and I've become accustom to calling it a creche, not really sure where that came from, but I like the word. Our nativity set at home did not always have this wooden structure. Which, is probably more Biblical than having one.
It always makes me sad to think about that night. Mary as uncomfortable as she had ever been in her life and Joseph tired and still confused and worried about what people thought about his decision to be obedient to the Lord, left to deal with their little "issue" out in the open world. Probably, even beyond the stables that we often like to think that the baby Jesus came in to.
But, to think that the place he was born, was a SANCTUARY. I love it! When I looked up the word SANCTUARY, I found these definitions: a sacred or holy place, the part of a church around the altar, and place of refuge, the holiest part of a sacred place, but my favorite was this, a shelter from danger or hardship. I bet the place that Mary and Joseph ended up was just that...a SANCTUARY. While debates continue to exist on whether it was a stable, covered or uncovered, outside, behind, with animals around or not, we do know this, Jesus came that night and everything was changed.
I wonder what His cry sounded like. Did it cause peace, or is it like the cry of other babies that make a mother move? Was he a happy baby or did He come knowing what was ahead of Him? Did Mary and Joseph feel like regular parents or were they heavy in spirit?
2. I have never seen the same "face" on any Shepherd in any set. Sometimes there is just one. Sometimes a couple, one older man and one younger. Sometimes they are holding sheep and sometimes, they are kneeling beside each other. But, it's always easy to spot them. They are usually off to the side in the rags and with the softest faces. Both of the ones in our house have a young shepherd and are holding a sheep. I could spend all this time going on about the imagery of a shepherd, but I do think it was neat that they angels appeared to shepherd. Probably the only people that evening that would actually pay attention. They had nothing else to do and at the same time, they were available. Oh that I would be available this next year and be invited to witness something as great as the night Jesus came into this world.
3. The cow. Was he really there? He always is at every nativity set I see. Maybe it is some symbol of being in a barn/stable. Not much to say about him, but that he is there, always there, because he is supposed to be?
4. The donkey. Probably as tired as anyone. Where do you put him? One set has him sitting right by Mary. Another set has him on the outer edge, looking out, like a watch dog. I can only imagine that, that night he was as tired as any one. Having walked as far as Joesph, and yet, carrying the weight of a woman who was uncomfortable, I'm sure not still and within days and hours of having a child. I haven't been around many donkeys in my life. They are however, one of my favorite animals. I'm fascinated by them. Again, not something that a typical person would have chosen to ride, but again, useful, something only the poor would be left to use and yet, a witness to the birth of Jesus. I can just imagine his curiosity that night if he was anywhere around.
5. Then, there are the wise men. Because of obvious reasons, I always struggle with whether they should be there or not. Since they are part of the bigger story, it is good for them to be involved, but I just don't like them standing so close to the manger. I think they should be off to the side, like they are looking for what's going on. That's what they did after all isn't it? They saw the star and then started their journey. But, it is always great to see them there with their gifts ready to present to the Savior.