Sunday, April 20, 2014

We had a very pleasant weekend, but I did not get more done outside.  That's okay though, it's Easter weekend, a good excuse to just relax and enjoy the sunshine, even if it is still a little too cool to crank open the windows.  I did visit with mom today and we had a good spread and a heck of an afternoon nap (it was very necessary after heading to the 6:30 sunrise service before heading to Altoona).  Happy Easter everyone!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

As the predictions said it did indeed drop from 80 to the teens in a matter of 30 hours.  There was a dusting of snow and there was much gnashing of teeth.  Fortunately, I volunteered to stuff Easter eggs for a hunt on Saturday last night, rather than to help with the blitz build of a house that is going on.  You'll find me over here, where it is warm.  That is all.  Now get warm again, please.

Monday, April 14, 2014

So yesterday I was in such a rush to post that I neglected to post something very important.  I decided to get (re)baptized in the Methodist church.  I agree with the thought that my baptism as a baby wasn't my choice and that this was my opportunity to say to the world that _I_ choose it.  How ironic then that I'd neglect to post this here.  I am also very blessed in that T and D from my small group this past winter were eager to come and be there with/for me.  For that I am grateful.
Today we celebrate another large event in my life - 4 years since Pete left this world.  We still miss you terribly.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

I definitely got my share of both exercise and vitamin D this weekend.  Saturday I headed out to make a drive to Central City and then back 160 to stop and get more photos at St Anthony's of Padua cemetery.  The weather was so agreeable that I ended up walking the remainder of the cemetery, so I have another 900 photos to process as time allows.

Back to the house and it was time to get started outside in preparation for some assistance I received from Prince Jacob today.  There was quite a few more bags of dog poo removed and easily 15 more big bags of raked up leaves and small branches.  Jacob also helped to turn over the garden and to pull the gravel back from the yard out front while I swept the small rocks from along the road (again).  I'm super pleased with the progress this weekend, it looks like summer (including a few daffodils that opened already) and the yard doesn't make me twitch anymore.  Now, I still have more to do, like mulch, but it looks tidy, there is much to be said for that.

Now to accomplish some of the online tasks on my to do list.  If I am not too sore to move after two days working outside I guess I'll do some of the housework in the evenings this week.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

When you start to screw up stupid little things it is time to go to sleep.  That is where I was last night.  I'm tired, my head has a low thud, it's been a hectic week.  Work has me in one meeting and discussion after the next.  Don't get me wrong, it makes the days go fast, but the lighting in conference rooms combined with our shifting weather has my head under pressure.
I retrieved my sister on Tuesday night so that I could drop her at the airport on Wednesday morning, headed for a doctor's appointment on Wednesday afternoon, need to get the car inspected today, and - gratefully - will go to a massage appointment on Friday.  Fortunately there are reminders for activities as I somehow managed to enter the wrong times for two of these items into my calendars (work and cell phone).  Since they were entered weeks ago I can't even blame my current bout of tired on those errors.
Tonight I will also relax and go see God is Not Dead with a couple of coworkers/friends and perhaps if others decided to join us.  I think I got enough sleep last night to make sure I won't be yawning and fighting to stay focused during the movie.  I guess we'll see.
Vixen came down the deck stairs this morning after the potty trip all by herself and without protest and then ran to the back door.  If you've been reading along you know that is an update.  She is still a bit wobbly and taking medicine but we're doing okay for now.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

So adding to the emotional concerns this week, mum wasn't feeling well, so much so that my sister decided to extend her visit a bit.  I did still drive down there on Friday, unaware of just how not well she was feeling, so I got to spend a little time with them both, which was worth the rainy and foggy drive back up the mountain.  The weather took another big topple towards cold on Saturday, which dried up the back yard faster than I would have guessed, so at least it isn't a muddy mess.  We're back to reasonable temps today.  It's a bit cool, but I still opened a door and a couple of windows just to get some fresh air in the house.

Since it was way too cold for me to spend quality time in the yard yesterday I decided to do some shopping.  I stopped at the mall where I fed my Vicki's addiction and stopped into the AT&T store.  Turns out, as noted by a friend, they've changed some of their plans and I could get a better plan for less without giving up my phone upgrade (which I am way overdue for).  I dropped the bill by a few bucks upping us to unlimited voice (which was never an issue with my previous limits) and made the both the leap from 200mb of data to 1gb and from 200 texts to unlimited.  Will I use the data?  Maybe after I do some research and upgrade my phone, perhaps to a Galaxy, but not so much right now.  Unlimited texts alleviates past issues for sure.  TJ Maxx and Ross meant a few things for me were purchased that I definitely didn't need, but I also got a few gifts for upcoming birthdays.

Today after church I enjoyed some El Jalisco with good folks from my winter bible study and then headed to hit Ollie's and Big Lots.  Because I didn't have a coupon for either I ended up finding plenty in both.  With Vixen having not felt well she ended up with one of Danika's beds, so a new one for her was in order.  She's not ready to try it out just yet however.  Both stores also had more dog food at awesome pricing, so I brought back another 125lbs.

I've made me to do list for outside and started a to do list for inside.  I wish I was as motivated as the FB friends that are excitedly doing their spring cleaning already, but I'm just not there yet.  Instead I at least decided to tackle some laundry, including the comforter, but I am not sure I am ready to swap out for the summer comforter.

No Walking Dead for quite a while, so maybe I'll get some online research done tonight.  I am prb three weeks behind on my online java class too, so I should take some time there.  I need longer weekends.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Well that was fun.  I think I need a bubble this morning.  I was out of the house extra early so I was going to stop and have breakfast at Denny's on my way to work, until I realized outside of there that I didn't grab my purse.  How does that manage to happen?!
So I came to work and made oatmeal.  The spoon melted in the oatmeal on the way back to my cube.  I try to shift my coffee mug to put the spoon on a napkin and dang near dump a big full cup of coffee across my desk (near miss).  Gah.
Take my normal vitamins before the oatmeal, eat the oatmeal, take the heart health pills that I was to start today (phytosterol complex and niacin) and am ready to dig into my day.  Quickly I start to feel warm, then almost burny from the inside out, I know my face is flushed, oy... allergic reaction?  I went to the first aid kit and no antihistamine, so I went to the front desk hoping they had additional medications that aren't in the kits to no avail.  By the time I got down there I must have been quite the lovely blotchy shades of red.
Fortunately, one of the guys I've worked with was just coming in and was willing to run to Sheetz to find me some antihistamines (Benadryl).  By the time he came back I was pretty warm, having mild dizziness, and a bit of nausea.  Two benadryls down and I started to feel better pretty fast.  I'm back in my cube and freezing cold again (back to normal).
I know there is what is referred to as a "Niacin flush" but I am telling you if that redness and burning sensation can be dumbed down to call it a 'flush' ya'll are crazy.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A quick update on Vixen:
My research aligned with what the vet believes to be going on with Vixen, so we left there last evening with steroids, antibiotics, and an anti-nausea medicine.  She did eat the previous night's dinner at some point yesterday, so that's good.  I bought some moist food to get her enticed and to aid in getting all of these pills down quickly.  She polished her breakfast this morning after eagerly following me with the bowl, that's an excellent sign.
She was pushing her luck on wobbly feet yesterday trying to lift her front paws on the seats at the vet office to get a sniff of the fresh air (yes, it was finally nice enough to open a few windows yesterday afternoon) and she got ahead of me on the deck and attempted to go down the stairs, tumbling off of the last one but fortunately didn't hurt herself.  She seems to be moving fairly well until she gets excited and moves a bit too fast, but I'm hoping to see steady improvement.  More prayers and warm thoughts welcome and appreciated!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

What a busy and, in some ways taxing, few days.  I worked longer earlier in the week so I could bail early on Friday and snag my Sister from the local airport and take her to mom's.  I was up earlier on Friday than normal as to drop the girls at camp and swap out cars to head to work so I could pick her up and head to Altoona straight from there.  I had just enough time to spend an hour with her before heading back up the hill to load the other vehicle and head to meet the youth group to head out for our weekend retreat.

We went to Camp Allegheny, towards Somerset.  With the early and busy day Friday our 1am lights out was a bit of a challenge for me.  Getting up early on Saturday and making it to a second 1am lights out was even harder.  There was a camp fire with smores (Yes, I cheated on my lenten sacrifice to indulge with the kids.  I won't add a but there, so I'll just say I hope I'm forgiven) and mountain pies.  We had wonderful worship services and good messages, including one that ran nearly 4 hours because the group was so present in the prayer time that they didn't stop to get to laser tag.  How amazing is that?  The hot water was rather inconsistent, but I still managed to get two showers that were both around 90% non-freezing and the bed was comfortable enough - so win.

There are some other tidbits of knowledge that lend to a bit of emotional distress this weekend over top of the busy and tired strain.  But I firmly believe that God heard my prayers on those concerns this weekend and he is at work.  So I went to a retreat to help support the kids getting closer with God and I got to visit with him along the way, it was a good weekend... until we woke up to -yay- snow this morning.

Fortunately, the roads were as clear as you could hope for.  We were home at noon and I dug through email and whatnot instead of napping until I could go fetch the girls.  Turns out Miss Vixen isn't doing great today.  They said it was evident this morning, she's a bit unsure on her feet and wobbly with a bit of a head tilt.  I wanted to immediately label this as a stroke, but as I read more when I got home I find it could be vestibular, which means it could just go away in a couple of days as quickly as it came.  She's always had ear issues (infections/gunk etc) so it could relate and the symptoms sound right minus vomiting.  I've always said I'd know something was wrong when the day came that Vixen didn't want to eat - this is that day.  She was interested in a busy bone enough to eat it however, but when she went to pick it up it was like her aim was off.  She eventually finished that and did eat a bite of food, but a good bit of her dinner remains in her bowl.  Hopefully we'll get dinner (and medicine) down soon, as Dani and Saf are not happy to have been banished to the basement to give her some space while she's unsure on her feet.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I've neglected to follow up here, so now is the time.  If you recall, Petco had told me they were going to give me credits on my Pals rewards after I contacted them about my accumulated purchases being wiped out and meaning nothing when they transitioned me to their new 'plan'.  Well, they never applied those credits.  I've tried contacting them with their email stating they'd do this and have heard absolutely nothing back.  Congrats Petco, you've lost 99.9% of my business with the exception of ON the girls' birthdays, and only then because I have no other option of a place to take them locally where they're welcome.
I have been dragging this week.  I went to bed fairly early last night, and slept well, so the only thing I have left to blame it on is the resurgence of hella cold dragging my body back into hibernate mode.  At least I got a little yard work done last weekend, at this point I'm pretty sure that is the extent of our spring.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Another example of people LOOKING for reasons to be offended:
I cannot tell you how many times in my life I've been asked that my heritage is (yes, I've heard it phrased as "what are you?").  I've got to tell you I never once thought it was a reason to assume the person was racist or to be offended by the inquiry.  I think the closest I've come to being offended by these types of comments was when asked if or had it stated (on numerous occasions) while still using my married name that "oh you're Polish".  Mmm, no.  And I'm only offended by your stupidity when you know it's not my maiden name, not by the inquiry or the presumed assumptions I could try to imply the person was making with that statement.
Maybe I'm more proud of who I actually am than I realized.  Clearly, I'm more proud of my slightly confusing eye-set and pasty white skin than the individuals in this video are.  If it is who your heritage created you to be, I'd think you want to announce it to the world... unless you're ashamed of it.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Finally a day nice enough to go without my coat for a while, and it's actually not while I'm stuck at work!  I headed out as I often do on weekends.  This time I was headed to Saint Michael/Sidman to find a cemetery to fulfill a request (success) and took the opportunity to add a bit of shopping to the agenda.  I didn't have a super successful trip, but I didn't leave empty handed either - so good stuff.

When I got back to the house I realized I really should take advantage of the sun and reasonable temps, so I headed outside to try and scoop up the winter waste (thanks beasts).  I have 4 full grocery bags, a thinned out but not cleaned up yard, and a sore back.  So to keep up the progress but but a little nicer to my back I headed to the front where I filled up four garbage bags of leaves and crud cleaned up, a solid first pass before I go buy mulch.  I pulled half of the driveways worth of gravel back from the yard.  I really really wish places were willing to pave the front, so the plow didn't create a gravel hazard for lawn mowing.

Today was a good day... and I have plans to slow cooker an other pork roast for tomorrow.  Tomorrow will be a tasty, er good, day too.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today's dr appt went well enough, at least my blood pressure was right at the 120/80 mark, so I'm feeling better about that after the slight spike at my regular doctors a few weeks ago.

It is the first day of spring, but I am telling you - it has been feeling colder and colder each day, like we're trying to sink into winter again, despite the weather reports sounding like it would be tolerable.  There is no way it was up to 46 today as the 'observed high' reads on  At least the snow is just in the air and not on the ground.