Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
It seems that the holiday season and cold & flu season come hand in hand, skipping happily along in the cold weather to our doorsteps, and this year is no exception! We found out this past Monday (the 8th) that Jordan has bronchitis and walking pneumonia. I'm quite certain that it didn't arrive in a little wrapped package from Santa, so that means that someone SHARED it with him. He's having trouble getting enough air to breathe, he was up all night hacking away, and all in all, he's miserable. I started to feel a little icky on Tuesday, and now, I think I've developed into a cold with a touch of a cough. -Nothing anywhere near what Jordan has. BUT, if your sick, please use antibacterial hand gel and/or wash, disinfect door handles etc. cough into a SLEEVE and not a hand, and just be aware of the things that you're doing that could spread the sickness buggies.
I appreciate the opportunity once again to have that reminder of how I take for granted being able to breathe clearly and freely, and once again, I'm very appreciative of the times I'm well. Point taken, I'll remember!! Now, please buggies, move on to the trash can and STAY there, away from my friends and family.
And, I'll try not to share anything this year!!! :)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Anyhoo, to promote Leverage, there was a screening in Oklahoma City on Monday the 1st. Christian came to town to promote the show, but also did an acoustic show at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill (which is a bar and grill, just as the name of it says…) right before the screening. I was lucky enough to be chosen for 2 seats to the screening, and so Jordan and I decided to make a date of it.
I took the whole day off work and Jordan and I spent it at the house with the fur kids, just getting things done that we needed to, and just relaxing. When it got closer to “show time” we got around and headed into the city. We decided that since we were going to be at a restaurant (and since we’d probably be getting home later than a decent dinner hour would allow) we would just eat dinner there. The food was good, but I should know better than to expect to have a GREAT chicken Caesar salad at a country bar/grill. The chicken was really good, but the dressing is NO WHERE near as good as my sister-in-law Allissa makes. Jordan had the prime rib, which was delicious (he said), but I just couldn’t bring myself to taste since it was a lovely shade pink. (I need my meat to be somewhere between WELL done and burned to a crisp.)
The show was very laid back and casual, and it was an intimate enough setting that it was just all in all fun. Sad for me to admit, I’ve gotten old enough that I can no longer sit in a huge room full of screaming people (who are crowding each other, stinking up my airspace, and just plain old being rude to one another) with music that feels like it’s loud enough to pop my ear drums. In the words of my friend Shannon, “Oy.” I’m kinda afraid to ‘see’ what I’m going to be like in 10 years when it comes to concerts. I’ve grown comfortable in the thought of just sitting in a nice comfortable temperature-controlled (BY ME) room while I listen to music at the volume that I’ve chosen, by myself, or with people I have chosen to be there with me. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to meet some of the performers out there, but thinking back to all of the concerts that I’ve attended in the past, I was able to get two autographs, but never actually “meet” the artists. AND, those autographs looked like scribbled circles that I got while standing on the other side of a four foot high safety fence/wall thing that blocked off a pathway for them to go from the stage to their tour buses and back. (And, also having to pay anywhere from 3-6 times the price of a cd just so I can enjoy all that!!) All in all, it was nothing really too exciting in retrospect.
But, on Monday Christian played for about an hour, which included my favorite one of his songs “More Than I Deserve”. Afterwards I decided to use the restroom before we headed over to the theater. While I was washing, I noticed the other two women in the restroom were also two other ladies that were at the concert. One of the ladies (the blonde) had a REALLY nice camera and was taking pictures during the whole show, and the other lady (the brunette) was at a big table with a bunch of people who were taking some snapshots here and there during the show. Well, the brunette turned to me and asked where I’d gotten my shirt (I was wearing my Kane shirt) and how I heard of him. I explained how I first heard of the band…Jordan and I used to watch the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which also starred David Boreanaz (who now plays on the Fox tv show Bones). Well, after season three, David got his own spinoff called Angel. Christian Kane played an attorney on that series by the name of Lindsey McDonald. And it was while we were hooked on the 5 seasons of Angel, Jordan discovered that Christian had a band by the name of Kane, and time passes on…here were are today. Anyhoo, the brunette asked the blonde lady if she was with a promo company or something like that, and she replied that “everybody has a hobby, this is mine: concert photography”. (At this point, I’m still star-struck at the fact that I had actually been that close to him, and that I might actually get to meet him, and so I don’t bother asking the brunette how she’s heard of him…which I might add is a dumb move for anyone because 1) it’s rude not to reciprocate the question and 2) you never know what they might end up telling you that could be useful or really interesting.
We all decided it was a great show, and went on our merry way. When I came out, Christian was being interviewed for the news so I kept my distance and waited for Jordan and basically just kinda stood around like a dope hoping to get to meet him and maybe get a picture… After a couple minutes pass by, he’s done with the interview and goes over to talk to the people that were sitting at the big table (which included the brunette)… And guess what? If I hadn’t been so star-struck and rude, I would have found out that the brunette I was having the conversation with was HIS SISTER!!! Geez Louise…
Anyhoo, I stood around for a couple minutes and he talked to a couple people that went up to him, and then I got close enough that he walked over to Jordan and I and told us thanks for coming out to the show and stood for a picture with me. He then asked us if we were going to be over at the premier and when we said yes he told us that he had to get going, but that he would see us there.
The show itself was really good, although the theater people seemed to have a few issues, like not getting the lights dimmed enough before they started the show, and then also the first approximate 20 minutes of the show the screen was really dark. Christian had them stop it and made them adjust it because he said that the Director would be “really pissed if he saw that they were showing it like this”. It was kinda funny, but a TON easier to see after that. All in all, it was a great show (at least I thought). Afterwards there was a kind of informal Q & A, and one lady mentioned that she really liked it, and that it kinda seemed like a modern day A-Team. Not ever having watched the A-Team, I don’t know that I could agree, but it WAS good. Since I don’t have cable/dish/etc. I will be watching the episodes via streaming on the internet. If you do have cable/dish/etc. I recommend at least watching the first episode, if you don’t want to watch any others. It was entertaining, and at the screening there were even a couple kids there, I think one of the boys was somewhere between 7 and 9 that loved it. During the Q&A both boys (who were with different groups) actually participated in the Q&A and got to talk to Christian. The age range of the audience was from those boys clear up to a grandmother that stood up and her question was “Will you sign my shirt?” It was cool. Everyone there really enjoyed it. After the Q&A we went right outside that theater into the hall where he signed Leverage photos and posters and even took pics with fans there too. That’s where I got the pic of Jordan and I with him.
Sorry for the long post, but as Jordan (and my co-workers who have had to hear all about it) will attest, for me this was just like Christmas eve for an 8 year old. I was REALLY excited about it, and I’m THRILLED that I got to meet Christian and get photos with him. He was really laid back and down to earth. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or if you’re just plain old jealous!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I know it’s a little late, but I figured you might want to hear about our Thanksgiving anyways… This year was a pretty good holiday for us. One of the best things about it for me was that I wasn’t half frozen all day like I was last year!!! This year Jordan and I spent the holiday with Jordan’s brother Chase and his wife Meghan and their daughter (we did this last year too, but this year we went to their house instead). Meghan and I talked with our husbands and made a plan of she and Chase they would make and what we would make and decided we would eat at 4:00.
Last year Jordan got an idea from a cooking show to use oranges and lemons on the bird, and it turned out really good. He looked up the actual recipe on the internet this year (which included a recipe for gravy with the drippings) and made the bird that way. We bought an 18 ½ pound bird so that we would have leftovers, and it cooked most of the day. Jordan and I brought (in addition to the turkey and gravy) a sweet potato casserole (thanks Chase for the GREAT recipe), two kinds of stuffing, corn, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce and beverages. Chase and Meghan provided two different kinds of mashed potatoes (they were both very close to heaven), rolls, green beans (the good kind with the bacon in it), a veggie tray, homemade chocolate dipped pretzels, a homemade pecan pie, homemade cookie dough cheesecake and homemade pumpkin rolls.
Jordan and I showed up late (just like we normally do), but Chase and Meghan are forgiving…
We all ate (including Miss Kate) until we were stuffed and then we headed to the living room to stretch out and watch a movie (Open Season) and then we got desert and watched the last part of The Incredibles on tv and then watched an episode of The Office that came on after The Incredibles got over with. After the shows were over we packed up and headed home. It was a good day, and it was nice to be able to spend it with family. (Even if it was just a little bit of the family instead of the gobs and gobs of family back home!) Hope you like our spread…we were convinced we could’ve fed 20….
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
HOWEVER... I do want to say that I TRULY enjoy reading all of your blogs, and hope that all of you all keep your keyboards clicking away. I actually do have several posts started, as well as several in my head that will be posted as soon as I get "creative" and post them since I like my posts to not be boring and monotonous.
Well, here it is, 9:40 p.m., I'm sitting here with cold feet (as is the norm in the winter) thinking I should probably make something for dinner so that Jordan has something to eat when he gets home (Hastings has a midnight book release tonight, so... Jordan ended up being one of the lucky ones that "gets" to work tonight...they called him in...he wasn't even scheduled). And yeah, I know that I need to not eat this late and then go to bed. I KNOW, I KNOW, I KNOW. I've heard it. I believe it. In case you weren't aware, "Dinner" is a bane in my existence.....
Well, till next time...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Here is a picture of the flowers that Jordan brought me. He arranged it himself and put in some really beautiful red & gold roses along with a really pretty pink in between my favorite flower... two calla lillies.
Here's my cheeseball self at Red Robin.
Here's me with my birthday cake!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
However, sometimes I get behind in reading, and when I'm trying to catch up on all you guys are doing, I often feel OBLIGATED to comment, and I really dislike that feeling. I want to comment just because I WANT to.
So, just thought I'd let you know that I will no longer be commenting just so I meet my goal. If you get a blog comment from me, it's because I wanted to, and I had something to say about it. No more obligations. And yeah, I plan on catching up on reading all of your blog posts at least by the end of this weekend! :) Have a great one everybody!
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
When we got the baby, we wanted her to be able to get up on the bed whenever she wants to as well. WELL, whatever happened in her life before she came to live with us has got her very cautious and timid about certain things. This is one of them. She WILL NOT climb up on the bed using the "stairs". It's frustrating, because she acts almost scared to be picked up and put up there. She tucks her little tail between her legs, walks close to the ground, and usually heads for the space under the bed. However, once she's up there, she jumps around, "dances" (spins in circles), leaps over at Jack and on and on. She LOVES to be up on the bed (so long as Jordan or I is in the room with her).
At night, she likes to burrow down in under the blankets, and usually curls up by our calves or feet, and that's where she plans on staying for the night. And, if there is any movement around her, she gets MAD. She doesn't like the dogs moving around on the bed near her, or even Jordan or I moving our leg or adjusting at all. She's really funny about that.
Well, she did something really cute this past week. I was getting ready for bed, and since it was late, ALL of the dogs were crashed out in the living room. They all know the nighttime routine, so when I started getting ready, they all headed for the bedroom. Well, since Jill doesn't get up on the bed by herself, she had to wait until I was ready. She was really cute, she would walk down the hall to the bedrom, then walk back to the bathroom and peek in at me, and then repeat. When I was finally ready to go to bed, I walked to pick her up, and she did her little tail between the legs and crouching down thing, but this time when I picked her up, she kinda did a little 'jump' to help speed up the process. It was really cute. A couple of times since then, when she wants picked up (and knows I'm going to get her) she will wait in her little crouch, but she happily 'jumps' up in my hand. It's really cute.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So really, I don't have a lot to say that is an interesting update on what we've been up to. Work, school, home...that pretty much sums up the life of Jordan and I.
As for the kids, they're still happily truckin on. They have their daily routine, and they don't really like to deviate from that. When we're gone during the day, they are all in their kennels (each dog has their own so that they have their "own" space) and even though they all have toys and chew bones, I know they spend quite a bit of time napping. So, when a Saturday or Sunday rolls around, and there is a lull in our physical activities (like when we sit down and play a game), a couple minutes later, if you look around our house, it looks like a war zone with 4 sleeping dogs laying around everywhere. (It's a little house....) It's kinda funny.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Okay, I'm done. Thanks for indulging me!!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Monday, October 22, 2007
2008 Presidential Candidates
So, I found this website (my cousin sent me the link) and I took the little survey. It took less than 10 minutes, and I was able to see which candidate best 'fit' me and my beliefs.
Do us all a favor and check it out. MAKE SURE THE PERSON YOU VOTE FOR ACTUALLY AGREES WITH AND STANDS FOR WHAT YOU DO!!!
Then, if you're game, let me know where you stand...you can email your results to yourself or a friend, doesn't matter. Happy "Voting"!
I'm not here to urge you to vote for one candidate or another because I know that each person has their own individual beliefs, and someone telling you to vote for an idividual will not sway your decision. I do, however, urge you to check out the link and answer the questions. Please see who ACTUALLY supports your beliefs and stands for what you believe in (or at least comes the closest). I tried it again today just to make sure that I didn't flip-flop on my ideals or that some 'whim' didn't change who would best represent how I felt. I came up with the same candidate and that reaffirmed to me who I will be voting for this November. Please do so. I think it's VERY important to cast an EDUCATED ballot, and not just casting along party lines or tradition.
Oh, and by the way, in case you're wondering, Jordan and I have (at least more so than not) made ourselves Oklahoman's. We registered to vote here. I guess all we REALLY have left to do is each of us get an Oklahoma driver's license.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Anyhoo... my little 'resolution' that I made? Well, it's still going strong. I have discovered though, that I have some pretty lazy fingers. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to read what you're all doing, thinking, experiencing, etc., but I've found that I'm kinda lazy in my desire to comment. I love reading about all the interesting stuff you all have to say. I feel edified and closer to you when I read about it all. AND, I've been tempted to just smile to myself and go on my merry way. BUT, I'm STILL holding to my goal. It would be INCREDIBLY nice if some of the rest of you followed by example though...that way I KNEW for sure who was reading!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1. Be a Mommy to kids who don't walk on all fours
2. Buy a house
3. Own two cars at the SAME time
4. Travel to Italy with my husband
5. Go back to school
6. Go to the opera (Phantom of the Opera, preferrably)
7. Go to Hawaii
7 Things I Do Now
1. Text message people more than I call them
2. Miss my friends and family
3. Work at a CPA firm
4. Watch WAY too much TV --but I'm OKAY with it
5. Go to bed every night with at least 3 dogs in my bed
6. Love my husband more and more each day
7. Take a thyroid pill each day so I don't die :)
7 Things I Can't Do
1. Pee standing up...
2. Write my name in the snow :) he he he
3. Speak another language fluently
4. See my family whenever I want to
5. Remember everything I want to
6. Play sports well
7. Run a marathon
7 Things That Attract Me To The Opposite Sex
1. Symmetrical features (no lop-sided eyes, hunchbacks, etc.) he he he.. :)
3. Firm handshake
5. Sense of humor
6. Quick wit/intelligence
7 Celebrities That I Like
1. Ashley Judd (by the way...she has an AWESOME name)
2. Christian Bale (Pretty sure if I met him before I met Jordan, I might've been Ashlea Bale)
3. David Boreanaz
4. Christian Kane
5. Seth Green
6. Sean Connery
7. Sarah Michelle Gellar
7 Favorite Foods
1. Jordan's Italian cooking
2. Cold Stone Creamery (Mud Pie Mojo)
3. Rainbow Chip Frosting (I know, I know....)
4. Sauteed Mushrooms
5. Garlic mashed potatoes
7. Cheese sticks
7 People Who Need To Do This
1. Melissa Despain
2. Linsey Ethington
3. Ruby Weideman
4. Alicia Thompson
5. Tifani Wallace
6. Melissa Boggs
7. Chelsea Jones
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) - Topic Overview
What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
Some people call a transient ischemic attack (TIA) a mini-stroke, because the symptoms are like those of a stroke but do not last long. A TIA happens when blood flow to part of the brain is blocked or reduced, often by a blood clot. After a short time, blood flows again and the symptoms go away. With a stroke, the blood flow stays blocked, and the brain has permanent damage.
A TIA is a warning: It means you are likely to have a stroke in the future. If you think you are having a TIA, call 911. Early treatment can help prevent a stroke. If you think you have had a TIA but your symptoms have gone away, you still need to call your doctor right away.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of a TIA come on suddenly.
· One side of your body may feel numb, tingly, or heavy.
· You may not be able to move your arm, your leg, or your face on one side of your body.
· Things may look blurry or dim. You may have double vision or not be able to see.
· It may be hard to speak. You may slur or mix up your words.
· It may be hard to understand words.
· You may feel unsteady, dizzy, or clumsy. You may have trouble walking.
What causes a transient ischemic attack?
A blood clot is the most common cause of a TIA. Blood clots can be the result of hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis, heart attack, or abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). Brain cells are affected within seconds of the blockage. That causes symptoms in the parts of the body controlled by those cells. Once the clot dissolves, blood flow returns, and the symptoms go away.
Sometimes a TIA is caused by a sharp drop in blood pressure that reduces blood flow to the brain. This is called a "low-flow" TIA. It is not as common as other types.
What tests do I need after a TIA?
Your doctor will do tests to look at your heart and blood vessels. You may need:
· Tests that show pictures of your brain and blood vessels, such as a CT scan, MRI, magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA), or a cardiac catheterization and coronary angiogram.
· A test that uses sound to check your blood flow (doppler ultrasound).
· An echocardiogram to check your heart's shape and its blood flow.
· An electrocardiogram (EKG, ECG) to measure your heart rhythm.
Your doctor will also check to see if something else is causing your symptoms.
How is it treated?
Your doctor will start you on medicines to help prevent a stroke. You may need to take several medicines. If tests show that the blood vessels in your neck are too narrow, you may need surgery to open them up (carotid endarterectomy). This can help prevent blood clots that block blood flow to your brain. Another type of surgery is carotid artery stenting. During this surgery, the doctor puts a small tube called a stent inside your carotid artery. This helps keep the artery open. Carotid artery stenting is not as common as endarterectomy.
You can do a lot to reduce your chance of having another TIA or a stroke. Medicines can help, but you may need to make lifestyle changes too. Keep your blood pressure and cholesterol under control.
· If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.
· Take a daily aspirin or other medicines, if your doctor advises it.
· Take your medicines just as your doctor says to.
· Eat a heart-healthy diet that includes plenty of fish, fruits, vegetables, beans, high-fiber grains and breads, and olive oil.
· Get some exercise on most, preferably all, days of the week.
· Stay at a healthy weight.
· If you smoke, quit. Avoid secondhand smoke too.
· Limit alcohol. Having more than 2 drinks a day raises the risk of stroke.
· Avoid getting sick from the flu. Get a flu shot every year.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Of course they don't want to get in trouble, so they are out there hosing it down as fast as they can. Jordan went back to find out just what as going on, and I was trying to kennel the dogs so I could go see too. Well, after I finally get 3 in their kennels (Molly DID NOT want to be caught) I went out to the back and I hear a couple of neighbors yelling over their fences asking what in the world is going on, etc. Jerry (our next door neighbor) was out in his yard talking to Jordan and investigating as well, when he noticed a fire truck up front driving around looking for the fire. So Jerry and I ran up to the front and I shined my flashlight at the firemen (by the time I got there they were about 4 houses down talking to some people that had gathered outside). We told them the fire was behind our houses and the 2 firemen followed me into the backyard where Jordan filled them in on what he knew, and the guys went over our fence to see what the deal was. We heard the firemen asking the guy what was going on and the guy was of course downplaying it. The fireman asking the questions mentioned that SOMETHING was definitely going on, and it was more than just lighting some weeds because they were having calls coming in from a SIX BLOCK radius complaining about the explosion they heard.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The Thomas family reunion was scheduled for a campground in Idaho City (Idaho) this year. Jordan and I both wanted to attend, but since we're driving a Camry, have 4 dogs, and not enough room for 4 dogs, 2 adults and 4 dog kennels in our car (no, we're not going to show up without our dog kennels) we pretty much knew that there was no way that we were going to be able to drive up for the reunion. (We also found out that the campground does not allow dogs, and we didn't want the family to incur any additional penalties for us bringing them there.) So, Jordan stayed home with all the kids and I flew off to Idaho. I headed out of Oklahoma City and flew into Denver then on to Idaho.
(literally above the clouds.....................I wasn't on drugs)
I got in to Boise on Sunday the 10th. My little sister Jamie and her family came and picked me up. It was really cool to see them all since it's been just about 14 months since I'd seen them. My little sister and her husband were pretty much the same (not that many adults change THAT much in a year). Her little girl was a lot bigger, cuter and sweeter, so that was nice to get to see her. She is absolutely adorable. AND, she seemed really helpful with her little brother (who was not quite 2 weeks old when we moved out to Oklahoma).
Anyhoo, they took me to Parma to my parent's house where I was able to see my younger brother Brandon, my older brother Lorne and his family (wife Amy and kids Bodhi and Taylor), my older brother Robbie and his kids Jake, Matison and Seth. My dad showed up later that night too (he's been working and living in Wyoming--he's an electrician for a company out of Utah and that's where they had a contract at, so that's where they sent my dad).
My oldest brother Robbie
Robbie's youngest, Seth
Robbie's only daughter, Matison (aka Mattie)
Amy (at Red Robin)
The family reunion was Monday thru Thursday. Since dad had just gotten home, mom and dad did errands and stuff on Monday, and I pretty much just hung out around my parents and was happy to just do whatever. Tuesday we went up to the reunion and spent a couple hours, Wednesday we drove back up there and stayed the night since we were in charge of breakfast Thursday morning. Thursday morning dad got up and made breakfast before mom and I got up to do anything, so we were pretty much just there for moral support. -I didn't mind.
Jimmy, Kai, Allissa and Beckett
Me, Jimmy, Kai, Allissa and Beckett
Here is the picture that Beckett decided he needed to take of me.....
VERY UP CLOSE
Grandpa Thiel (Grandma was running around taking care of stuff like normal)
Ruby and her Daddy Mike
Ruby and Mike again
Mom Karen, Ruby and Daddy Mike
Me, Ruby, Karen and Mike
And Bodhi at Breakfast
And Lorne at Breakfast (I didn't have one of Amy at Breakfast because she was sitting right next to me and I was busy talking to her the whole time....)
Bodhi and I
Lorne and I
Lorne and I again
Me, Mom and Lorne
Lorne, Amy, Bodhi, and Taylor
Lorne and Amy
Taylor and I
Amy and I
(Taylor took this photo...pretty good, eh?)
Tina, Ron, Bodhi and Taylor
Tina, Amy, Ron, Bodhi and Taylor
Me, Mom, Lorne, Taylor and Bodhi
Me, Mom and Lorne
Bodhi and Taylor
Bodhi and Taylor again
Bodhi and I
Taylor, Me and Bodhi
Bodhi, Grandma Diane and Taylor
Brandon just chillin' at St. Luke's
Gotta have one with big sis!
Anyhoo, we only got in about 10 minutes late, and my husband was waiting for me there. AND, he brought the babies to see me too (Jack & Jill have been dubbed "the babies" at the house since they're the little guys). All in all, it was nice to come back home to my family, but I sure do miss Idaho!
Sorry it took me so long to post about my Idaho trip (I only typed the message and added pictures in no less than six sittings) so hopefully the gobs of pictures made up for it!!!