Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Jolly Saint Nick

Lydia and I went to the mall today, and look who was there! I am in for a really rough future if today was anything to go by. From the moment we walked in the mall, Lydia's face was radiant. She LOVED the shops. And, yes, we DO go shopping together. We just don't visit the mall very often. I haven't liked the mall since I graduated from college and had my first "real" job. I finally had money to spend, but when I went to the mall, I couldn't find anything I wanted. I felt like I was too old for the mall. Not any more!!! I'm back, and I have a shopping buddy!!!

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kandy Kisses Boutique Give Away

Kandy Kisses Boutique is having a Black Friday HOURLY giveaway. Go check it out!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

This one's for Shelle...

On the one hand it seems like such a piddly little thing. On the other, it did result in saving two lives.

I used to work in a great big basement without any windows, and we had to cross the street to get to the employee parking. Many of the upstairs employees came downstairs to exit through our door as it was on the same street & same level as the parking lot.

I happened to be the last empoyee leaving my level, and I locked the door behind me. I noticed Shaquita was sitting on the loading dock, and I asked if she needed a ride. She told me no, her car was across the road, but she felt really tired and wanted to rest there for a minute before she went home. That was odd because she'd walked out of that door more than 15 minutes before.

If you're like me, you like to respect other people's privacy and allow them some dignity. I didn't want to pry, but I was getting the weirdest feeling not to leave her. I knew she was pregnant, and I knew she hadn't been feeling well. She was still in her first trimester which could have explained everything, but I couldn't leave her there. So, I sat next to her and told her I'd sit with her until she felt better. I said there was no hurry which wasn't exactly true as I had a home health patient I NEEDED to go see before I went home to make dinner.

She called a friend and asked her to pick her son up from daycare and to keep him for a while so she could lie down and take a nap. Then she asked me to drive her car over to the loading dock so she wouldn't have so far to walk. It wasn't much of a walk, it shouldn't have seemed like a daunting task to her, but I agreed. I even helped her into the car.

I went across the street to my own car, and I really would have liked to drive off to my patient's home. Again, I just felt like it would be a very bad thing to leave her there. She started her car and sat there for what seemed like a long time.

Eventually, I went back to her car to check on her. I called one of the upstairs employees for help. We decided to take her back inside, and she had to sit on a rolling chair to get her over to our mat table to lie down. Her color was lousy, she wasn't breathing right, and I asked if I could call for an ambulance. She said yes, and soon the paramedics were there giving her oxygen and taking her off to the hospital.

Shaquita had a pulmonary embolism, and she told me that the doctors said she and her baby would have died if she'd gone home and taken that nap she had planned on taking. So, just by taking the time to respond to that feeling that I shouldn't just walk past her like several other employees had to go about my own business led to life saving interventions for Shaquita and her baby. She called me her angel, but I'm pretty sure HER angel was talking to me. I just took the time to listen.

And my home health patient? Well, I had to reschedule, but it didn't change his outcome or mine. It made a world of difference to Shaquita and her family, though.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Have you ever?

I thought I'd play along with this one. The highlighted items are things I've done. Mind you, some of these were done when I was little & have very little memory of them or none at all, but my parents said I did...

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland/world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo (it's true, I was in the 2nd grade before I went tone deaf)
11. Bungee jumped (I've done the tethered thing at Six Flags Over Texas & won't willingly do it again)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb (I don't think so, but I have held a baby kangaroo/joey)
26. Gone skinny dipping (think toddler)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (Li River in Guilin, China)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (again, think YOUNG)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class (sort of: self defense in college covered some karate, judo, & jujitsu)
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching (sadly, they didn't show up)
63. Gotten flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job - Does being laid off/let go count?
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person I THINK we did this when I was a baby
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee

If you decide to play along, leave me a note so I can visit and read your list

Friday, October 17, 2008


After we got home, Lydia changed into her PJ's, brushed her teeth, listened to her bedtime story, said her prayers and went to sleep. Tonight, she actually took the lead during her prayer and asked God to bless Mommy, Daddy, GeGe, LuLu, and Unk. I suggested a few more blessings to which she'd agree, "Uh huh." Amen. It was a great day. Now, Mommy is going to put her feet up and watch an episode or two of "House" before she calls it a night.
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Up from the nap

Look who woke up in a really good mood!

And who wouldn't be in a good mood when her Daddy picks her up after the nap?

Dinner was at El Chico with Uncle Rob, Aunt Tonya, and cousings Ross & Chris. Lydia LOVES chips and salsa and cheese dip. Yep, we eat healthy 24/7 around here.
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So mom can blog all about it. I told you I was blessed.

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More about lunch

Mom's yummy smoked chicken salad. Lydia gives the ranch dressing a taste test. Delicious! And watching a gumball spiral down the machine.
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A little late for lunch

Happily coloring one minute & fussing the next. Clearly, I should have fed Lydia earlier.

Who is this woman trying to horn in on Lydia's picture? Lydia is trying to ignore her existence.
Finally! The french fries at Rib Crib are yummy, and the server was kind enough to keep them in the back until they were cool enough to eat. Don't you just love thoughtful people?
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Then a visit with Meema

Come on, Mommy! Let's go see Meema

Meema's pink cadillac.

She saves Lydia styrafoam cups which Lydia stacks, unstacks, and eventually throw in the trash.
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Busy little bee

Next we threw rocks into the creek behind the house.

Look at Lydia climb the steep stairs back up to the house.
She's still got energy to burn!
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And then

Lydia shows Resin his eye and then a little love.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! "Let's read it," is one of Lydia's favorite phrases.

Hope shows Lydia some love. Unlike Resin, Hope is a real, live dalmatian.
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A day in the life of Lydia

Before Lydia woke up this morning, I checked on one of the blogs I follow to a reminder that today is part of Shanny's PhoBloggy Days. I ran to get a camera & get started!

This is the view from my window. You can tell by the angle of the sunlight that I got to sleep in late (ok, and if you're not talented with the angle of the sun, there's a time stamp at the bottom that should read AM instead of PM). I am blessed!

These two monkeys were the first to greet me in the morning.

Breakfast is yummy Eggo Cinnamon toast. Don't judge me. We split an apple, too. And tomorrow, Daddy is bound to take us to IH0P or Cr*cker B*rrel or he might even scramble eggs & cook turkey bacon.

Lydia dressing herself. I did not pick out any of this ensemble.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008

When I grow up

I want my OWN pumpkin patch! I don't think I ever took Drew to one when he was growing up (I'm so sorry, Drew! Either they didn't have them or I never heard about them), but I'm planning on making up for lost time. We'll be driving past the exit on our way to the next home game for the Razorbacks, and I'm hoping Gene will let us make a detour. We might even get a pumpkin for GeGe so he'll have one for Halloween. When Lydia was done running, swinging, climbing, sliding, and waiting in a long line, we sat down with lemonade and apple slices with caramel dip. There were bees all over the place, but I just told Lydia to be gentle so the bees wouldn't get angry. Next year, we may check out more than just one pumpkin patch. And maybe next year my camera battery won't give up the ghost before I'm finished with my trip.
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More Pumpkin Patch

Lydia loved all the playground type equipment the pumpkin patch had available. Slides, swings, and a sandbox were just a few of the thing available to work off some energy. Don't you wish you could squat like Lydia does in the sandbox? I wish I had all the energy she has, but I did share her enthusiasm as she raced from one activity to the next.

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This little piggie

This little pig immediately captured Lydia's attention. Isn't it cute? Can you see the duck in the pen with it? Lydia was beside herself with excitement as she saw DUCKS, geese, goats, pigeons, and calves. She even petted one of the goats. Pumpkins were just a small part of our trip to the pumpkin patch.

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