Friday, June 30, 2006

Bonus!

Yay! Yesterday my company decided to give us all a bonus holiday day.....our offices are officially closed on Monday! I was planning to not be here anyway....so this means that I just have to take one less vacation day!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Random Sight

Driving home from church tonight.....I saw a man riding a unicycle -- yes, down the normal streets of big city Dallas. He was wearing full normal biking gear -- but was on a unicycle rather than a regular bicycle. It was a pretty unique sight -- wish I had my camera with me!

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Another Prayer Request

I got a call this morning that my uncle Freddie (my dad's brother) is in the hospital -- he will be having quadruple bypass surgery on Tuesday morning -- one artery is completely blocked and three more are severly compromised. He has virtually no history of heart disease in either side of the family, but does have quite a few risk factors, so it is only by the grace of God that he hasn't had a major heart attack before this. (Although he apparently has had several "silent heart attacks" which have added to the damage.)

So, please pray for his boredom over the next few days (they admitted him to the hospital yesterday and he is already bored!), the surgeons and for his recovery process. Also pray for his family as they wait with him -- he has three daughters, 9 grandchildren and another due in about 10 days.

Thanks!!

update Tuesday, June 27, 4:30 pm:
Thanks for praying for my uncle today -- the surgery started about 9:30 this morning. They did do all four bypasses and everything seems fine. He'll be in ICU for at least 24 hours, then in the hospital for another 5 days or so. Please continue to pray for his recovery.

Friday, June 23, 2006

No deal

Well, after going back and forth several times, the sellers just didn't seem very eager to get this house sold. We couldn't come to an agreement on price and I wasn't willing to pay what they felt they must have. So, I walked away.

I'm going to push the "pause" button for a few weeks (going on a family vacation) and resume looking in late July. Who knows - this house may still be on the market and the seller more willing to deal!


Thanks so much for your thoughts, prayers and encouraging words!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Counter

Well, we're in the offer / counter-offer phase now....... negotiation at its finest...... keep praying, please!

I don't want to walk away, but I will if the price doesn't get to be just right......

Done

Check one thing off the list for the week......put in an offer on the duplex. Done! Now we'll see what the seller comes back with.....

I'm a bundle of nerves -- but your prayers are helping. Please keep it up!

Saturday, June 17, 2006

To buy.....or not to buy

I think I've decided to buy......now, if the seller will agree with how much money I want to take off their list price to cover updates that are purely cosmetic, but desperately needed......my realtor comes back in town Tuesday, so hopefully Wednesday we'll put in an offer! Yikes! Prayers would be greatly appreciated!!!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Home Search

So, how do you know when a house is "the one?" I saw a great duplex tonight -- huge, lots of potential, just a few possible question marks. But, I feel like I haven't really been able to see a lot of options, because of my location and price restrictions. (Basically I don't want to increase my commute -- but I can't pay an arm and a leg either!) So, how do I know if I should step off that high dive??

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Seat Belts

I have several co-workers and friends that do not think it is important to wear their seatbelt. Their excuses are usually "it's uncomfortable" or "I'd rather not be trapped in an accident." My parents made a huge deal out of wearing seatbelts all the time, regardless of front/back seat. When I was first learning to drive, the rule was (when I was driving my friends) that I couldn't put the car in gear until everyone was buckled in. If they didn't want to, then they couldn't ride with me. I still follow that philosophy now, even though I get grief from friends/co-workers.

I just saw a new "Buckle Up" commercial that gave the following stats:

if you have a wreck at 20 mph, without your seatbelt it is like falling from a 2-story building

if you have a wreck at 40 mph, without your seatbelt it is like falling from a 6-story building

if you have a wreck at 60 mph, without your seatbelt it is like falling from a 12-story building

Crazy. So, please, BUCKLE UP!!

Yep, I'm a mountains girl....

You Should Spend Your Summer in the Mountains
You're quiet, introspective, and a great thinker.You need a summer vacation that gets you away from the crowds and the heat.So retreat to the mountains, where you can clear your head.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Another platelet day

Well, today was another platelet donation day. Because work has been so crazy this spring, this was only my third donation of the year! But it managed to be exciting anyway.

*warning* - if you can't handle blood or talk of blood, you might want to stop reading!

It began with both a finger stick and a hand stick to check iron/pre-counts. The new girl didn't check my records and had already done the finger stick to check my iron level before she was told that I needed a hand stick to check my pre-donation platelet counts. That's when I should have known today would be an interesting donation day.

The next complication was when they stuck my "return" arm and I had some pretty serious pain/stinging. Apparently, the iodine was still wet, so I was feeling that inside my arm! Then, the blood didn't flow correctly. So, some rearranging of the needle and we seemed to be in business. Got the "draw" arm stuck and started. Then it stopped drawing. Meanwhile, the return arm was still hurting pretty badly and I saw my skin start to expand - like it was a balloon - apparently that's called infiltrating - it's when somehow the needle missed the vein and the blood/saline started to go into my arm. Thankfully, the tech was standing right there and saw what was happening so she cut it off. Pulled out the needle and started trying to find another vein to keep it going. She was able to start it in the same vein in my hand where they did the pre-count draw -- but the regular needle is much larger -- and I must say, it hurt!

Finally, after jiggling the needle in the draw arm, we were in business. My hand is pretty sore and I bet I have a good bruise, but we were able to salvage the unit and not have to waste the supplies. Whew.

Now I'm just taking it easy, watching the Mavericks try to win game one of the NBA Finals.

Laughter is good.....

Your Emoticon Is Laughing

You've got a wicked sense of humor. You're everyone's favorite IM buddy... at least today!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

New York City

Ok, here it is, the much promised post about New York City -- I'll just post a few of the almost 300 photos here....the link above should take you to my Snapfish photo album if you want to see more. (I'm having issues with Blogger uploading photos.....so, maybe later!)

We left Friday evening after being delayed about an hour. So, with the time change, by the time we landed, collected our bags, and found our driver for the trip to the hotel, it was about 1:30 am when we checked into our Holiday Inn. We crashed pretty quick and made plans to sleep in a little bit to try and catch up.

Saturday morning we got up and were on the road about 10:30 -- we rode the subway down to Soho and traipsed through Soho, Greenwich Village, Chinatown and Little Italy. We stopped walking for a bite to eat at Lombardi's on Spring Street. Yummm!!

We walked through a few flea markets and Washington Square Park before heading back to our hotel to change clothes before going to see Drumstruck - a truly amazing interactive African drum show. You gotta check it out!

Sunday we went to church at Manhattan church -- where I was able to catch up with a friend that I went to school with from 5th grade through college! He and his wife moved to NY for him to attend graduate school (at Columbia, I believe) and Brandon now works at the NY Stock Exchange. It was great to see a familiar face.

We walked from church to EJ's Luncheonette for a yummy brunch - crunchy french toast, belgian waffle w/chocolate chips and an omelette. It was great. We spent the rest of the day shopping and exploring sites from the movie "You've Got Mail" -- which Kelly and I can both quote. It was so fun to see those things in real life!

Monday we decided to rest our tired feet and jumped on a Gray Line tour bus. We rode the Uptown loop first - up by Central Park, Lincoln Center, through Harlem, the upper east side, Museum Mile and the Central Park zoo. We hopped off to do some shopping on 5th Avenue, rested for a bit in Bryant Park, then got on the Night Tour bus. Got off near Macy's in Herald Square and rode the historic wooden escalators.

Tuesday we had to pack up and get ready to head home. But we had time to ride the Downtown loop on the Gray Line bus, visit the World Trade Center site and see the 9-11 exhibit in the church across the street. (The church, by the way, was not damaged AT ALL with the planes crashing and the buildings collapsing. Not even a pane of glass cracked. I believe it was the hand of God protecting that building to allow it to be used so extensively by rescue workers during the search and recovery efforts.) Then back on the bus and through the rest of the Downtown loop.

We got off at Central Park south and caught a cab to the famous Serendipity restaurant -- a yummy lunch followed by a decadent Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. Oh my. It was delightful! We walked back from Serendipity to our hotel -- picked up our bags and caught a cab to the airport.

Whew - just writing it all down makes me tired again!