Saturday, November 29, 2008

Twilight the movie

I finally got to see the movie today. Took my kids and we went to the matinee, hubby had no interest in it. Good thing he was working today. Had to stop at two stores to find the third book. We had borrowed it from the library and finally own a copy. :) Now we have all four of them. We'll read them over and over.

The movie was pretty good. It wasn't perfect though. I didn't like what was done to Jacob's character, but it wasn't completely awful. We'll see how he changes for the second movie.

Emmet was spot on. That's how I pictured him while reading. Alice, I thought would be smaller, more pixie-like, but the mannerism were definitely right. Edward was good. I liked him, but son didn't. Guess it's a girl thing! :) Bella was a good choice. I didn't like Carlisle. That's not how I pictured him and he just reminded me of a blond Tom Cruise and I do not like him. Jasper was good. I can see him as the character. Esme, too, but I thought she was blond? Rosalie, well, she isn't the gorgeous creature described in the books. The actress just wasn't that pretty.

What did everyone think? Any other fans out there?

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Friday, November 21, 2008

I'm a Top Momma!

I'm a Top Mommma!

I signed up for this site ages ago and truthfully forgot all about it. I got notified today I was accepted. :)

If you have a minute, can you give a click HERE ? Once you get there, just click on the puppy with the Santa hat. It gives me points to stay in the competition a little longer. Thanks!!!

I'm a Top Mommma!


Back from Ohio

I'm back from a disappointing trip to the Cleveland Clinic. I was scheduled to be there for four or five days of their intensive IV therapy. Well, I walked in the morning of the third day and was informed they would be giving me fluids and releasing me because the doctor felt it wasn't helping. I cried. All the pain of getting the two treatments were for nothing. :(

It's true, they did nothing for me, but they're supposed to be the best. How can they just give up? They wanted me to talk to their "pain therapist." Why is it that people with headaches are considered crazy? I just don't get it.

I went along and talked to her. If you've seen the movie Fight Club, then you could have been there, too. The scene I'm talking about it when Ed Norton's character was in the one support group and they were told to go to their happy place. SIGH! My happy place didn't have the talking penguin, just a young therapist who kept checking out her watch to see when she could get rid of me.

They wanted me to stop all my pain meds because they're so evil. Well, I get back from that nonsense and what does the nurse do? Shoot me up with Demerol. My hubby was beyond furious.

I'm home now. Not sure what I'll do next. They gave me a bunch of pills. I'll give them a try, but all the hope I have is gone.

What a nightmare this whole thing is. I'm sorry we even went. My head is exploding right now, so I'm going back to bed for a bit.

I do want to thank everyone who has been so kind and send their prayers and well wishes. It does mean so much to read them.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Cleveland Clinic

I'll be leaving for a week of intensive IV therapy in just a couple hours. The neurologist thinks that replacing all my current meds with brand new stuff will make all the difference. He's also warned me that it will be very painful for at least the first couple treatments. Just what I needed to hear. Even more pain. :( The treatments start at 8 a.m. tomorrow morning and go five hours a day. The thought of getting jabbed every day is making me very nervous. I'm not good with needles at all. My veins are very small and will roll and hide from IVs. I've had more than a few veins collapse because of that.

The doctor said he's treated other chronic migraine patients like me and this does help. I promised to try anything that might give a little relief, so ...

Of course, it's snowing for the drive. Can't have nice weather. It's not coming down as hard as it did our last trip there.

We have a room right across the street from the clinic. It's an efficiency apartment, so there's a stove, microwave and refrigerator for us to use. Much better than eating out every night. How many fast food burgers can anyone eat before they puke? They also have a van that will take us to and from the treatments as well as local restaurants (Hard Rock Cafe, here we come!). That will be so much more convenient that driving and trying to find parking. We can just leave the car at the hotel the entire time we're there.

Not sure about internet access. This laptop is about dead. I've asked Santa for a new one, so we'll see how that goes. It doesn't even have to be fancy. As long as I can get on line and do my articles and photos, I'll be happy.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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The evil Darth Mittens demanded she be included in this week's blog entry. She feels that only a cat needs to grace the page. She's tired of birds and other animals taking her rightful place. :)

If you want to take part in the fun, stop over at Camera Critters Central and check it out.

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Skywatch Friday

This photo was taken as we were driving to get my son his new video game - Gears of War 2.

If you want to take part in this fun meme, just stop over at Sky Watch Friday.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy Birthday, Melissa!

You're hitting a milestone today. Hope you enjoy it!

Melissa is one of my cousins. We're an extremely close family. She's a "few" years younger than me and I use to babysit her. Now she's all grown up and a mom now.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

Besides being a very important birthday, today is also Veterans Day.

For all those who have served, I thank you, all 48 million of you. For those that have died, rest in peace.

But fame is theirs - and future days

On pillar'd brass shall tell their praise;

Shall tell - when cold neglect is dead -

"These for their country fought and bled."

~Philip Freneau

Millions like me enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices of young men and too many of us take freedom for granted.

Randy was a Marine when we got married and served in the first bush's Iraq War. It was truly a time of nightmares. Every time the phone rang or someone knocked on the door, I broke into cold sweats. Was it going to be "that" message? Luckily, he came home safe and sound, but there are too many who don't. We need to remember their sacrifice every day and make sure no more have to lose their life. It's time to end the non-stop war and bring our troops home!

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Happy Birthday, Trevor D!!

Today is my darling little boy's 14th birthday. Hard to believe that many years have gone by, but I know it must be true when I have to look up at my baby. He has a good 5 inches on me. His voice is getting deeper and he's losing that baby look.

Randy is on second shift today, so he won't even get to see him today. He has tomorrow off, so we're all going out to Red Lobster to celebrate then. He'll get the rest of his gifts then.

Today, my mom, A and I took him for a nice Chinese meal. We gave him a couple presents - a Halo backpack that isn't available in the USA yet and A made him a green gym bag during her sewing class. It looks like something you'd buy in a store. She has a lot of talent. She wants to be a fashion designer, so it's an important talent to have. :)

He'll spend the rest of the night in his room, playing video games, but it's what he wants. I'm not able to really do much, so it's a good choice. Going for food and stopping to get cat food took more energy than I have. Need to rest up for tomorrow.

I'm getting nervous about the Cleveland trip. It's less than a week away. I know in my head it's going to be a good thing to have these treatments, but then I remember the neurologist saying that it's really going to hurt the first couple days and I get scared. Do I really want to put myself through more pain? SIGH! Just can't win. There's no chance I'll get better without the treatment, but is a chance worth more pain?


Sunday, November 09, 2008

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Who doesn't love penguins? I tend to take a lot of photos of them when we find them in a zoo. They're so comical in their little tuxedos.

To take part in the fun, stop over at Misty's Camera Critters and learn all about it.

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Photo Hunter: Together

The theme of this weekend's photo hunter is "TOGETHER." Family should always be together, so I offer my daughter and her cousin as my entry. :) This was taken at our youngest two cousins' baptism.

To take part in the fun, stop over at Photo Hunter and check out the rules.

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Took this through the windshield of the car while we were driving to get my son's new video game Gears of War 2. It was released on Friday, so he the second he ran in the door after school, he ran through his chores and off to the near-by WalMart we ran. :) My 16-year old daughter drove us since I'm not up to that chore. I get too dizzy and tend to black out, so having me behind the wheel probably wouldn't be a good thing. Of course, what parent of a 16-year old child ever gets to drive anyway?

He's been playing pretty much non-stop since then, with quick sleep breaks. He was kind enough to allow his dad to play with him last night when he got home from work at midnight. Wasn't that sweet? Then I had to two of them blowing up alien invaders (at least I think that's what the villains are) all night.

To take part in the fun, stop over at Sky Watch Friday and learn all about it!

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Big winners

These are the local winners. Our retiring US Congressman John Peterson standing with Congressman-elect Glenn Thompson, State Representative-elect Matt Gabler and incumbent (also re-elected) State Senator Joe Scarnati.

Gabler was the huge upset of the night with his win over 18-year Democratic incumbent Dan Surra.

Of course, we're all celebrating President-elect Obama's victory! The GW years are at an end and it can't happen soon enough! The people have stood up in huge numbers and said "ENOUGH!" It's time to take back our country. Now, if we can repeal the most evil legislation ever passed since the Enabling Act.....

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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Get out and Vote, America!

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.  

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote. And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women. Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press. So, refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because - why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining? Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO's new movie 'Iron Jawed Angels.' It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder. All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.
Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was inconvenient. My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women's history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was--with herself. 'One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,' she said. 'What would those women think of the way I use , or don't use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.' The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her 'all over again.'
HBO released the movie on video and DVD. I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn't our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.
It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized.
And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave.
That didn't make her crazy.
The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.'

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

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I took this photo while we were in Ohio. We were offered press credentials for the races at Northfield Park and were allowed to be right at the track's edge and in the winner's circle. Really cool. We had never been to a horse race before, so it was interesting to try and figure out the program. I only lasted four races, then my energy was gone, so we went back to the hotel.

If you want to take part in this fun photo meme, check out Camera Critters' home page and learn all the details.

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Photo Hunt: Blue

Here's my addition for this week's photo hunt: blue. The blue on the sign showing me I was almost home. After the time in Cleveland, it was so good to see that sign! I have to go back on the 17th and spend a week getting daily 5-hour intensive IV therapy, but the thought of seeing that blue sign on the 21st will keep me going. The neurologist thinks I need to stop all my current meds and get on a totally new regiment of meds, so he'll infuse me with the new stuff. He warned me it will be very painful the first few days, but I promised to give anything a try if it could help, so....

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Trick or Treating

My contribution for today is my children dressed up for trick-or-treating. Why is it so scary to me? It's my worst fear come to life that another generation of children will be taken for the non-stop war the current regime in this country has started. The thought of either of my babies being sent off to some hell hole to be shot at and killed is more than I can bear. I would sooner lose my own life than see that happen. I only pray our country is smart enough to elect someone who will end the madness before it's too late.

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