Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Wednesday

So, today is Wednesday. Hump day. The downhill slide to the weekend. Except that this week, the upcoming weekend is going to be far more work than relaxation. Yes, you remembered correctly - the first weekend of December is the New Friends New Life Home Tour. Like last year, I'm responsible for the checkout process at the Holiday Shoppe. Ensuring that our visitors have a smooth and easy checkout process, and that we can evaluate effectively where they spent their money.....yep. That's my job. Hopefully will be a little smoother this year than last. Saturday we'll spend the day getting the Holiday Shoppe set up, then Sunday is the big day. The Home Tour brings in a big chunk of change towards the annual operating budget and the determination of how many women we can help in their venture to straighten out their lives.

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On this Wednesday, I am also wondering several things:

*will I ever figure out what I am "supposed" to do/be?

*will my Prince Charming ever cross paths with me? and is it time to help that along by joining the digital age of dating?


*do I really want to stay in my apartment -- or is it time to "put on my big girl panties" and deal with home ownership?


*are we supposed to "figure it out"? whatever "it" is......


*how can I reconcile the talents that I have related to working and the deep-seated desire that I have to chunk that work out the window and be "just" a mom? am I going to have that choice to make?

*why do I have such a hard time waking up in the mornings? even when I know that I am getting sufficient sleep?


Ok, I'm going to stop there. I have many, many more questions swirling around in my brain, but I think that is enough for today. I don't want to freak anyone out or cause any of my readers undue worry. :-)

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Home Again

Well, I'm home again.

Our Thanksgiving was somewhat unconventional - at least by the traditions of my family - but it was a good time to hang out with family.

We all got home Wednesday evening, went out to dinner, etc.

Thursday, my sister and her husband headed out to his sister's house for the day. Since Mom & Daddy's kitchen is still under construction, we went up to University Place (where my grandparents live) to eat lunch with them. There were far fewer choices and the food wasn't quite up to our standards, but it was okay. We went back home after lunch, took naps, watched football, etc.

Friday, we got up and went shopping. But not at the crack of dawn with all the crazy people. Just a leisurely 10:00 am departure. We went to see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Shopped some more and ate dinner at a new place in town, Red Robin.

Saturday, Heather and I had haircut appointments. After lunch, Heather & Phillip headed back to Mesquite so they'd have some weekend left to clean house and decorate for Christmas. Mom, Daddy & I laid around and watched movies.

Church today, lunch, then I headed home. Construction and serious traffic jams on I-20 caused me to take the scenic route -- took about an hour longer than normal, but at least I was moving the whole time and the roads I took were pretty empty.

Now, I've unpacked and am just relaxing before gearing up for a BUSY week.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Going Home

Packed (well mostly) and ready to head home for the holiday......

Now, if I didn't still have a day of that pesky little thing called work!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Question

Do you ever feel like you just don't fit? Anywhere? There are days that I just don't feel like I fit.....in my own skin, in my job, in my family, with my friends, in this big city...... I just wonder - what is going on? Am I doing somthing wrong? Why am I feeling so disconnected and disassociated? Why don't I feel like I fit .... here (wherever that is)?

I do.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

I did it again....

Yep, I did. Just like last year ...... I decorated for Christmas again before Thanksgiving. Ugh. I hate, Hate, HATE that I have to do that. But, I do so much in this season that I can't get it all done without some serious list-making and time-organizing.

So, yes. I spent all evening Friday, all day yesterday and the better chunk of this afternoon unpacking boxes and scattering decorations all over my little apartment. I do save the outside stuff (door hanger and door mat) until after Thanksgiving, though!!

I'm headed home to
my parent's casa for Thanksgiving this week. It will be a little unorthodox this year, since mom still doesn't have a complete kitchen. So, no home-cooked Thanksgiving staples this year! It will be good to be home and hang out as a family though.

Now, I'm off to be a couch potato for the rest of the evening.....

mmmmm........pie

You Are Mud Pie

You're the perfect combo of flavor and depth
Those who like you give into their impulses

Friday, November 18, 2005

20/15

Yep, you read it right -- I'm not just seeing perfect at 20/20 in each eye, I'm seeing 20/15 using both eyes together!!! I just love technology! Thanks for all your prayers for the surgeries and the healing process afterwards. They were definitely answered!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Learning Chinese

My 93 year old granddaddy often sends email forwards that he gets from who knows where. This one struck me as funny. Enjoy!

Quick Lesson in Chinese (read the translation OUT LOUD for full effect)

English Chinese

That's not right Sum Ting Wong

Are you harboring a fugitive? Hu Yu Hai Ding

See me ASAP Kum Hia Nao

Small Horse Tai Ni Po Ni

Did you go to the beach? Wai Yu So Tan

I think you need a face lift Chin Tu Fat

It's very dark in here Wai So Dim

I thought you were on a diet Wai Yu Mun Ching

This is a tow away zone No Pah King

Our meeting is scheduled for next week Wai Yu Kum Nao

Staying out of sight Lei Ying Lo

He's cleaning his automobile Wa Shing Ka

Your body odor is offensive Yu Stin Ki Pu


Tuesday, November 15, 2005

WIND!

Well, some norther did blow in today while I was up on the 28th floor working like a banshee. It was a balmy 65 or so this morning when I headed out and at about 5:00 when I left the office the temp had dropped to about 55 and the wind is blowing hard from the north. Brrrr!

I am so ready for it to feel like winter though. Terri has talked about the summer monster and winter monster fighting it out. I think the winter monster may have finally won here in North Texas.

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My eyes are doing great today, in case you are wondering. I actually started getting antsy yesterday just sitting on the couch and watching TV. Even though today was a busy, busy day, it went so much faster because I was being productive! My vision is sharpening up each day and it is wonderful! Just two more nights of sleeping with crazy plastic shields over my eyes. And just a few more days until I can start wearing eye makeup again!!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Home to Rest

So, the doctors told me that I shouldn't plan on working today. One of the short-term effects of the surgery is difficulty focusing when reading. That translates into computer work as well. Unfortunately, I had to go in to work to get the presentation ready for our monthly staff meeting that is tomorrow.

I planned to go in late, get what I had to done, and then come home. I slept until about 7:30 this morning, made it to work about 9:30 and now it is 1:30 and I'm home resting my eyes. I feel good, my eyes feel good (no grittiness, crud, etc), but I get a bad bad headache when I try to focus on close up things. Which means I just HAVE to sit and watch TV!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

So far, so good

So, yesterday morning, got up bright and early. Ate a little breakfast, then headed for the surgery center.

Checked me in, lots of deadening drops in the eyes. Take me back to get really ready for surgery.

The surgeon and the doctor that I've been seeing for followup come in and have a discussion about what treatment they were actually going to do! LASIK vs PRK. Benefits and risks with both. I was starting to freak out here a little bit, because I was all set for LASIK and had never even heard the PRK option! It was just a difference of professional opinion and we finally proceeded with the LASIK augmentation as previously discussed. Whew.

Since I had already had LASIK and my eye "caps" were already cut, they just had to perforate the scarline, and then "unzip" it to lift back the cap. Then about 10 seconds on each eye, replace the cap, tape up my eyes and put me down to rest.

Came home, ate a little fruit snack, took a sleeping pill and went off to nap. Roused enough to eat some lunch, then crashed again. Got up about 4:30, went to dinner with my folks and watched some TV until about 9:00. Took another sleeping pill and went back to bed. Woke up about 7:00 this morning.

Breakfast - then back for the day-after check up. Reading 20/20 off the chart!!! Yippeee!!!

So, now I just have to be as careful and exacting with the drops, not rubbing my eyes, etc as I was the first time and we should be home free!!! Thanks so much for all your prayers. I really appreciate it!!

Thursday, November 10, 2005

More eye surgery

Saturday, I'll go back to the eye doctor for another LASIK procedure. They call it an "augmentation" - but it is really the same sugery again, with just a smaller amount of nearsightedness to be corrected. Your prayers for the surgery to go smoothly with no complications and that my recovery is as speedy and easy as before would be greatly appreciated.

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The Hays family has posted the video of Baby Ira coming home ..... check it out here if you haven't seen it yet. What a miracle.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Nap Couch

So, this post started coming into my brain as I was waking up from my Sunday afternoon nap....who knows what generated it.

After the two mandatory years of living on campus at college, my friends and I all moved off and got apartments or houses off campus. My junior year, I lived with Sarah and Sara in a duplex affectionately known as "the dupe" (named such by Sarah's brother Jason and his friend Darren). Katie, Dara, Mollie and two other gals lived in a house known as "the Abbey." Senior year, Sara moved over to "the Abbey" and Lacey moved into "the dupe."

The girls at the Abbey had three couches. Now, as most furniture of college students is, these couches were hand-me-downs. From whom, I have no idea - grandparents, older cousins, parents, goodwill, etc. One of the couches was known as the "nap couch" - presumably because it was quite conducive to a good nap.

As I woke from my Sunday afternoon nap on my couch today (after a series of strange dreams in that nap time), I realized that I have a great nap couch.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Pray

Please pray for my friend Allyson. Her mother died earlier this year. Tonight, her grandmother (her mom's mom) died after a long battle with cancer. Please pray for this family.

Dallas Stars

I had the opportunity to use my company's tickets to attend tonight's Dallas Stars hockey game vs. the Chicago Blackhawks. It was such a great game....final score:

Stars 9
Blackhawks 1


I became a hockey/Stars fan in the 1998-99 season during the Stanley Cup playoffs. (That was the year the Stars won, in case you don't keep up with hockey.) Ever since then, I've enjoyed learning about the sport, attending some games, and even watching a few on TV. I've been blessed to go to each game on someone else's tickets, which I must say is the way to go! Why pay for a ticket when you can go for free?!

Now, I'm not a crazy, lunatic fan, and I don't keep up completely with all twists and turns in the season. But I would definitely root for the Stars anytime! Although I can't say that I really missed it last season when the NHL was on hiatus due to player strikes.....which many people would say makes me not a true fan.


Now, off to bed....and to sleep late in the morning!!

I got tagged

I have been tagged by Donna.

The rules:

1. Delve into your blog archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).
4. Post the text of the sentence in your blog along with these instructions. Ponder it for meaning, subtext or hidden agendas.
5. Tag five people to do the same.

From September 14, 2004: I've come to the realization recently that one reason that I have been out-of-sorts, floundering, perhaps even a bit depressed is that I am not desperately seeking God.


Ok, well the thing that bothers me about that sentence and that entire post is that I could write almost exactly the same thing today!! You'd think in the space of about 14 months, I would have moved on from those thoughts and feelings. Yet, I still need that reminder to always, always, ALWAYS seek God in all that I do. To give over control to Him. To trust Him to guide my path and to trust that He does have a mangificent plan for my life!

Thanks, Donna, for the reminder nudge.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Eye Doctor update

So, I am back now from my visit to the eye surgery center. It was a frustrating visit, but in the end, I'm all set for my augmentation procedure next Friday.

See, here's the thing - my regular eye doctor was pregnant when I was getting ready to have my LASIK in January. So, she did all my pre-op testing and then referred me to the surgery center, where they performed the surgery and have done all my post-op care. So, when I was in for my six month visit and decided with the surgery doc that my vision could be augmented to get closer to perfect, he told me that I would come back to do the pre-op testing at the surgery center.

That is not normally the case -- normally, I would go back to my regular eye doc and she would refer me back to the surgery center. But since I have unique circumstances that meant I hadn't seen my regular eye doc since before the original procedure, there was some confusion today as to why I was there for my pre-op testing and not at my regular doctor's office.

I was frustrated because I've had to explain this odd situation several times - they never seem to remember it or make any kind of notes on my chart. Which almost caused me to have to figure out how to schedule an appt with my regular eye doc and then another with the surgery center BEFORE I could do the augmentation procedure, which probably would have meant that the appointment I have for next Friday would have had to have been rescheduled.


Thankfully, they were able to call my regular eye doc and get her permission to just go ahead and do the dilation and testing today and I don't have to go see her before the surgery. At least I assume that they spoke with her -- it is what they said they were going to do. In any event, the surgery center doc did the dilation and testing and I'm all set for my surgery next Friday.


Whew. Now I'm off to lay down for a bit -- I have a headache from straining to see since my eyes have been dilated!

Back to the Eye Doctor

You may remember, back in January when I talked about having LASIK. I had a successful surgery, but since my vision was SO VERY BAD to begin with, they didn't get me corrected all the way to 20/20.

While I definitely could live with 20/25 (which is where I am now), I figured that if I paid all this money and they can do a little enhancement procedure, then why not?

So, today I go in for the pre-operative testing, confirming that my eyes are still good candidates for surgery, dialation, etc. Then, next Friday, November 11 (my sister's 27th birthday, by the way), I will go under the knife (okay it's actually a laser) one more time.

Your prayers for a smooth and successful procedure would be greatly appreciated!!