Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cancer, how dare you!

This past weekend I found out that my very dear friend Bonnie was diagnosed with breast cancer. She lost her mother to breast cancer 2 years ago. Deb, a friend of Bonnie and I lost her mother and a month later found out her breast cancer had reoccurred after 18 years! Another friend is fighting cancer and was recently given 2 years to live. Sam's friend Travis' Mother is dying of cancer. WTF!!!! For some reason Travis' mother, who I barely know, is REALLY bothering me. I think about her and her situation and I cry. I don't understand it. I pray for all my friends, and now say some extras for Bonnie, Deb, Denise and Travis' Mother! Nothing else I can do for all of them. how sad!


I have decided that I am going to share my thought, etc.... I always have a lot going on in my head and I think it is a good idea to get them out. Be forewarned....some of what I have to say may not be very politically correct, so if you can't handle it, don't read it!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

A Week in the Life- Day 2

I realized something today. This is going to be a very boring week in the life. I probably should have waited until the summer when I am off from work. Oh well....I started and I am going to finish! Maybe I will do it again sometime during the summer.

Here I am in the morning, before leaving for work. Bruce stayed home because he wasn't feeling well and I had to drive myself to work. I am such a spoiled baby because Bruce and I commute to work together. The only time I have to drive myself is when he is sick or has a meeting, if I have a meeting, or one of us has to do something after work. I shouldn't complain because I get dropped off and picked up just about EVERY DAY!! One good thing about driving myself today is that I took Bruce's car. He has XM radio and I was able to listen to XM44, Classic Alternative. That's my favorite radio station and I don't get to listen to it often because Bruce HATES it!

This is what I see all day at work, my computer and a wall of pics of my sweet handsome son!
The calendar helps me count the days... 40 days left till June 30th, but I will be gone before that. Something nice to look forward to.

Nice ride home today. We have been having a little traffic on RT 130, but today it was clear. Listening to some Depeche Mode made the ride a little more pleasant.

I was so tired when I got home from work today. I didn't sleep well last night and I just wanted to take a nap. Thankfully I prepared the lasagna yesterday so all I had to do was pop it in the oven.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

A Week in the Life Day 1

Once again I am copycatting (is that even a word??) Danielle Taylor. She did a week in the life project. It sounded like a great idea, so I decided to try it too. I have no discipline but I am going to try my hardest to make it through the entire 7 days and post it here on the blog and continue on to finish the actual scrapbook.

So here goes...
I love to sleep late but lately I have been getting up early. Sleeping past 9 is late for me these days.

Got up, took a shower and did what I do every day, put my hair in the velcro rollers

It was such a beautiful day, and what did I do? Went grocery shopping.
It had been weeks since we did a real grocery shopping and it felt like it took forever. I treated myself to a special treat when I got home
Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake

Sunday is the only day I can really cook. During the week I throw meals together, but I love to cook and miss not having the opportunity to do it often. Most weekends we run around on Saturday and Sunday. It was nice to have a day where I didn't HAVE to do anyting. Sam asked for lasagna last week so I decided to make it for him.

The Dreamfields pasta is delish! Can't wait to eat it tomorrow night after Bruce and Sam get home from soccer practice.

Sunday is my favorite TV night. Amazing Race and Cold Case
I don't know what I am going to do on Sunday nights now. It was the Cold Case season finale, and next week is the season finale of the Amazing Race.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Assorted photos from the Orphanage

Sam and Sister Catalina. I don't know why this photo appears twice.

Orphanage visit

Don Wilson picked us up at 2:30 for our 3 pm visit at the orphanage. We had a wonderful welcome. Everyone was glad to see us and were very interested in our story. One of the volunteers, Lisa, translated for us. She was so nice and helpful.
When we first arrived Sister Catalina (the sister who runs the place) wasn't there so Lisa took us around with one of the other sisters. We visited the area where the babies live and went out to play with the toddlers. It was so hard to see all those babies and wonder what will happen to them.

Sister Catalina arrived and came up to meet us. She was so sweet! She loved hearing Sam's story and was really glad that he came back to visit. She was very grateful for all the things we brought. The economy there took a big hit like ours did and donations are not what they used to be. We spoke to Sister Catalina about the need of the orphanage, and what we could do to help. She thought for a while and then a big smile appeared on her face. She told us about a 16 year old boy, Jorge, who lived at the orphanage who is going to mechanic school. She said Jorge and Sam were about the same age and reminded her of each other. They needed funding to keep Jorge in school and to help when he was done. We thought it was a great idea. We had about $500 left from everyones kind donations and we had already spent about $500 on the stuff we brought. We decided to donate another $500 from my brother, sister and I. Michael ran to the ATM and took out the additional $500 and gave her $1000. Half of that money will go to take care of Jorges school and what he needs. The other half will be used for whatever Sister Catalina feels is most important. We got to meet Jorge. He was a very polit, shy young man. It's an amazing feeling knowing that you are making a difference in someones life.
Here is a photo of Jorge and Sister Catalina.

The staff was able to find Sam's file. Unfortunately there were no surprised in it. I already had all the papers that were in there.

Sister Catalina invited us into her office for a drink, (of orange soda). She must have know that it was Sam's favorite!

We took so many photos, I couldn't decide which ones to share. The slow speed of our internet access makes it a pain in the butt to upload a lot of photos. I tried twice to upload some, but keep getting failures, so I guess it will have to wait till I get home.

I am only one day behind on these updates. I can't believe that we are leaving tomorrow.
The spell checker isn't working, so please forgive the typos

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The middle of the world!

Our driver, Don Wilson, picked us up at around 9:30am. Our first stop was el Panecillo to see the statue of the Virgin of Quito. Awesome views of all of Quito from there. Spent a little while taking photos and Janet and I talked about when the Amazing Race did a segment there. I have to look it up on Youtube now.

From there we headed north to Mitad del Mundo, the middle of the world. Bruce and I had been there before but now that they found that the actual equator was not where they thought it was, there is a new tourist area. It was really interesting. We had an english speaking guide and they give you a lot of history of how different indiginous people lived. They also have a bunch of demonstrations/experiments that we got to participate in. One was to show that you are weaker when you are right on the equator line, one showed how you couldn't walk a straight line along the equator because the north and the south are both pulling you. Another was being ab le to balance an egg on the head of a small nail. Out of our whole group, Sam was the only one who could do it. He got a special certificate

After that we went to the original equator monument. We took a lot of silly photos, but this one was by far the best.

Don Wilson took us to a great place for lunch that had an awesome buffet. The food was great and we had so much fun. As usual, Michael entertained us. He was dancing and had us and other people in the restaurant cracking up.

On the way back we stopped at the Centro de Salud #8, the place where Sam was found. The center was closed but we took some photos and he at least got a chance to see it. It was the first time I had been there too and it was interesting to see.

Next, the orphanage!