Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Spa day

Raleigh dog and I went to try out a new place today, I have found that bending over makes my head pound. So in order to get him his spa treatment and get his funky smell out of my house, we headed off to a self service dog wash.

I went in to check it out first...Was it clean? How many dogs were here and how friendly were they. It all checked out, So I bring in the Mr.s Dog and proceed to bathe him. It was a pretty neat experience really they provided everything including towels, shampoo, conditioner, brushes, and blow dryer table.

The bath stall was tall enough that it was minimal bending over on my part, Bonus, and he seemed to enjoy having to put up with me knowing he wasn't alone in his treatment.

I enjoyed the fact that all that mess was there and all the hair was not all over my bath room floor.

You know the double clean thing, first the dog and then the bathroom.
I only wish I'd thought of this first, a person could make good money doing this.

Only 14 bucks that's it!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Well now I've gone and done it!

Today My Co-author had to go to the Vets office for a cyst on his front leg and had me worried. I brought in the carrier and he knew from that point on that I had some ideals on him that would not be fun.

So what does he do? He hides and closes his eyes like if he can't see you, You can't see him, and he thinks I don't know where to find him...
I load him up and think the vets going to just shit he's getting so heavy, But no the vet says that's one healthy cat.
Now the vet pisses him off right off the bat with a thermometer up the butt, Hmmmm no temp.99* that's normal. Looks in his ears, then his teeth and gums, Hmmmm everything looks good. Lets just watch the little cyst for now he says.
Oh, but I couldn't leave well enough alone, I say "let's vaccinate him and get him up to speed and worm him while your at it". My co-author looks at me like I betrayed him...I swear he knew just what I was saying.

You know the funny thing was all the way there all he wanted was out of that kennel, Yowling loudly and with a low gruff voice all the way there (can I say it was un-nerving at best). But when the vet was done with him all he wanted was back in his kennel and yowled until he got there. He's always been like that though, It seems neither side of the front door is the right side either.

All the way home he put his butt to me and would respond to my voice no matter how sweetly I spoke to him. I haven't seen him since and I know he's pissed at me, I'm not feeling the love. I even bribed him with wet cat food, Fancy feast even to no avail.

You know what I'm thinking ... He's gonna get even with me and you know when it will be? Between 3:30 and 5:30 in the morning when he wants out and I'm sleeping like a baby.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Ummmm you should smell this...

The Mr. and I had a couple of kids home for dinner and one of the cousins was here too, so I made this Chocolate Passion cake.

It was a double chocolate cake, coconut crusted (a new twist on German Chocolate) and to top it all off a handmade Chocolate Granache icing all to be served warm with generous scoop of French vanilla Ice Cream.

I know it was a hit due to the amount of cake that went. It could have been classified as death by chocolate but not as sweet as it looks, Just semisweet and extremely moist.

Dinner was on old favorite amongst the kids, Chicken curry and noodles, and a corn scallop casserole. Neither Item was too challenging, just comfort foods.

Some days, food is love....

Friday, February 24, 2006

Happy Birthday Carl

Happy Birthday to Brother Carl
This was taken during his wait to compete in the PRCA Steer Wrestling event at St.Paul Rodeo 2005 over the fourth of July weekend, Which by the way is my birthday weekend.

He's so cute! ...and has a heart as big as the outdoors too. Oh, and ladies he's married to a great little gal too.
So you can look but no touching.

Happy Birthday Carl!

Here's to s*** eating grins...

I remember preaching to my mom just before I took this picture that "It really doesn't matter that you don't look perfect for the picture" "what really matters is that the picture is taken"

Now, with that being said...This was the last picture taken of my mom 2/24/90 she was 58 years old and had just finished radiation therapy for lung and brain cancer.

She was feeling OK here but her head was still bald (but looked great in her wig) and her face still puffy from the steroids. I painstakingly put her make-up on her and fixed her hair just how she liked it, Something I did for her growing up to improve her self esteem and make her feel good.

This was her 58th Birthday and as part of being the smart ass Norwegian that she could be from time to time, She shot me this hurry up and get it over with grin and it ended with a "Are you done yet?" from her, and I said Yes mom.

That was the last picture of her. Today would have been her 73rd birthday.

This message is to my family, Although we all have our addictions I refuse to let another family member go down the same way without someone saying...STOP SMOKING as soon as you can...Please.

...And to everyone else the next time someone wants to take your picture for the family albums don't say no and hide, it could be the last one ever taken and memories like these depend on it. I cherish this picture.

My baby sis...

OK, Since I got out of the Hospital I have been improving but the sick to my stomach thing continues. I now think that it is the antibiotic they have me on, Only because thru the day I feel better and better, Then its time to take it and Bam there it is again about 1.5 hours later. I'm trying to stick it out and only have 3 days left but everyday it gets harder to choke it down.
I had a post-op appt. yesterday and found out that from the cat scan before my surgery showed some areas that were pretty bad. Now when he went in some of the bad areas were better but the good areas were worst...Go figure.

Meanwhile the Baby sis is dealing with some similar problems only I believe she is suffering from excess tissue in her respiratory paths causing horrible snoring and a lot of rescue breathing thru out the night. She's doing the fight to get her health in order thing now too. Only she's dealing with Kaiser Permanente which is just better than no insurance. They make you jump thru so many hoops to be able to get something taken care of, I have no idea how anyone ever gets well on that plan.

Oh, and the phone wait times is so irritating I have waited on the phone for a live person an hour and a half personally. Is this really necessary people?
I try to entertain myself by thinking what could be possibly taking so much time and a vision comes to mind of a group of office people drawing straws to see who gets my call and there is more straws than people so I wait for someone to draw my straw. It could be...But mostly I know that it is just a poor managed costly system that's undermanned and overbuilt.

Anyway, The baby sis is filing complaints and seeking advocacy due to the one Dr. saying one thing and another saying something else. Whatever happened to DR's conferring with each other and making something happen or just being on the same page, Instead of playing what seems so frustrating to a patient the bounce back and forth with conflicting opinions thing?

Now, its not like they don't have each others numbers, They are in the same managed care network via computer even...Send an email, Do something. How hard could it be to communicate?

Now the baby sis is worried she is pissing off her Dr. and then has to go under the knife with him, Yeah, It's a scary thought. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Today was a good day all in all, But I'm having some problems med.(nausea) wise, and soreness seems to be increasing. Simple things like yawning hurts in the roof of my mouth. I had an earache for a while today too, I am developing two shiners they are ever so slight right now but as soon as some of the internal swelling goes down I'm almost positive they'll be more prominent. But just knowing I'm on the road to some kind of recovery makes it all worth it.

This experience I would have not wished on my worst enemy, for 2 years and counting, treating sinus infection after sinus infection, Everything irritated me...Exhaust, dust, cigarette smoke, floral perfumes and the worst was field burning or yard debris burning. I pray that this will give me some relief from this misery and all those sinus pressure headaches.

My DR. said there was most definitely infection in there and Oh I knew he'd find it if I could persuade him to just go in and look. This was the second E.N.T. Dr. I have been to.The first said oh there's nothing wrong with you and sent me packing. I went home and just cried, How could it be that I could suffer this and the Drs. can't see anything? Sometimes the pressure pain was more than I could bear.

It was only once I got my regular Dr. to listen to me and I persuaded him to help me find a way to get rid of the horrid headaches and staying so diligently on this coarse that I found relief.

I know that Drs. aren't always miracle workers and they don't always have the answers but when you finally get to the one that listens to you things start to add up. This is where I'm at now, I am looking for the answers to my health issues as I'm determined to get answers.

I have to say thanks to the ones that got me to this point. Even if it was just an antibiotic or a pain killer, I was given a reprieve to go on and fight another day, I've learned way more about myself than I really wanted to know. But know when someone tells me something like "Oh there's nothing wrong with you" I get pissed and take a stand!

...and get a cat scan.

So Dr. Leedy thank you so much!!!!!,Dr. Tom Stewart , Thanks again helping me not to give up. Dr. Kelber You were there in the mix too. I appreciate being listened to and taken seriously.

Now I'll do my best to get better, If you feel compelled to send flowers don't - just send Chocolate :) it always makes me feel better!

Monday, February 20, 2006

You know I had to write about this, Having a mammogram has to be one of my worst dreads, It's uncomfortable and sometimes hurts but is a necessity to keep the girls healthy. I always plan mine for February because its my way of loving myself and I'm worth it.
............It came back, No sign of cancer, What a relief! .....................
Now I must convince two women in my life to go get yours!
Stop putting it off. Just do it!
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

...My Funny Valentine Rocks

The Mr. and I set out on Valentines Evening to the Car-Toys store and his gift to me was new speakers for my truck...WooHoo!

The previous owner of this vehicle had blown the speakers, and I being the patient one had waited for years for new speakers and it was painfully obvious I wasn't buying them myself. I could find twenty things that required the same amount of funds to spend it on, Only not get near the amount of enjoyment from it.

The chosen ones were my choice and it ended up being Infinity brand all the way around, 2-6x8's and 2-6 1/2's. They sounded the best to me.

Now, I could have subconsciously planted this seed and without realizing it I swear! ...I got the Mr. a Pioneer Surround sound system and installed it myself...Oh, and I'm handy that way...Now his game players, Dvd, everything goes thru with brilliant clarity and every thunderous sound that you could possibly want is there in my living room.
The cannons on "Pirates of the Caribbean"...You feel it.
This was big for the Mr., he loves it.

Now, knowing that he now knows what good speakers should sound like and hence, this is where I draw my analogy. Might I have made the suggestion?

Anyway, Back to last evening....We choose the speakers and then walked a bout 1.5 blocks to the Krispy Kreme Doughnut shop for Coffee and Doughnuts...
...And the light on the fresh sign was ON, They were warm slightly crispy with and sensual vanilla scent and sweet goodness, that absolutely melted like butter in your mouth, Yummmmmm.

We enjoyed our conversation and ate doughnuts, It was fun.

I swear there is something in them that makes you reach for another and another. It's addicting!

Now I didn't eat all of these myself, But I did go till I felt I'd better stop to prevent getting sick.
I am so thankful that Krispy Kremes are out of my way most of the time, I will allow myself to indulge only when in the area for obvious reasons.

So Happily it was sweets for the sweet and also for the Car-Toys Guys...By the way they love the doughnuts too, And were pretty stoked to see a box coming their way.

The music in my life is good, Thanks guys!

Now onto this morning, I awoke to the Mr. expressing he was getting a cold of some kind, This freaks me out just a little especially with surgery pending for Friday.

he was complaining about the thingy that hangs down in the back of your throat, you know the flapper thingy...then sneezing and crankiness set in.
Oh no....Pray for me not to get this please, I am the type that will care for him and then get the same thing myself....and pray for him too, He's my care taker after my surgery and I need him to feel better soon.

I hope you all had a nice V-day or ME-Day, Sweeti

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


...It's still the love letters that make the biggest impression on me, The Chocolate, Mmmmmmmmm it's good too! But truely and most importantly it's knowing your special to that special someone.

That's why I love Valentines Day and the message it conveys....and yes, it should be shown thru the year and most do, But luckily for us we have created this day just for this, So poo, poo, to the nay sayers that think it's to commercial. I'll take any excuse to show my love and you should too.

To My single friends, Consider this a me day and be good to yourself with a your worth it kind of special pampering.

...Love Sweeti Posted by Picasa

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Finally, the Hospital issue is taken care of and the surgery scheduled. My Sinus' have some relief in sight after a long time coming, My deviated septum will be straight once again and nighttime breathing thru my nose will be possible after the swelling and pressure is gone, WooHoo!

Now, This is the part I have no problem with, its him making an incision under my eyebrow to clean out upper sinus' that freaks me and the scare of looking in the mirror the first time to someone I will not recognize with horrific black eyes and swelling beyond belief.
{{{{EWWWW}}}} I can't even go there.
You know, I have every confidence in my young nice looking Dr. And I am so ready for this to be over But....I am getting so {{{{Nervous}}}}, I swear every added responsibility seems like a stack of bricks right now. Yet if I just sit and think of it I'd go out of my ever loving mind and dummy me I schedule a mammogram for Monday as if the week wouldn't be treacherous enough already.
What the Hell was I thinking?

I have so much to do before my state of know nothing for the next week and the real need to be completely organized is setting in, You know get everything done in advance that you can so you don't have to suffer thru it afterwards, Most men wouldn't understand...And mine is no exception, Oh, he'll take good care of me afterwards and feeds me well, But he does sometimes get feeling like it's too much and he finds work that needs to be done else where. I know it's hard to watch someone suffer that you care about.
I forgive him already...I know and except it.
I just hate laying around feeling pitiful and looking at things like vacuuming, dishes, and the laundry piling up and having all this to do when your better. It seems like I never catch up.
Oh I'll get thru it fine, I'm just with the nervous jitters and feeling the anxiety that goes with it.

Welcome to my little drama. I am not usually the Drama Queen but ...

Monday, February 06, 2006

A Damn Good Thing it's Not 1955...

I've read it and I couldn't have done it not even in those times, Don't get me wrong I'm pretty dotting and the Mr. is spoiled, But this is way over the top.
The scary thing is there were people that actually followed this to the letter I'm sure.

A good woman knows her place, OMG, I'm over board on this statement alone. Posted by Picasa

The Beauty of Memory Lapses...

Ok, Lately I've been watching old reruns of my formerly and still favorite shows. The one thing I'm gaining from these episodes is, I can't remember seeing some of them. How can that be?....

"You guys ought to see the way she works her nails across my back. Ooooo! She's a maestro. The criss-cross, the figure-eight, strummin' on the old banjo. And this wild savage free-for-all where anything can happen."
- Kramer, in "The Pie"

"I did something stupid."
"What'd you do?"
"Well, I was shaving, and I noticed an assymmetry in my chest hair. And I was trying to even it out. And the next thing I know... Gone!"
- Jerry and Kramer, in "The Muffin Tops"

Now, I can tell you that while Seinfeld was in the filming process I did not miss a single episode, It was the humor in my life then and I lived from week to week for Jerry and Elaine. However, I have come to the conclusion that the slightly aging memory cells do have their advantages, some episodes are like brand new....Who Knew...

Friday, February 03, 2006

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Mr. and Sweetilicious
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  • Are aspiring to almost elope amicably.
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How fun Marianimal Thanks...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Our Signs, Our Bad Habits, and how to change them

...Here's a little somethin' for everyone. It's from the net and I thought I'd share.
Bad habits of every sign, and how to correct them...Well, Maybe.

Nobody's perfect — every sign has its vices. Fortunately, astrology provides valuable clues for breaking bad habits. Ending these patterns will help you realize your full potential. Here are some tips for conquering those negative behaviors that get in the way of your ultimate happiness.
by Stephanie Dempsey

Aries – Rams have a habit of pushing to the front of the line, both literally and figuratively. And while this quality has helped Aries get ahead, it can also compromise their relationships. Putting an animal, child or plant in their care can correct the problem. As soon as this sign's nurturing qualities are cultivated, their selfishness will diminish.

Taurus – Bulls love clutter. Being surrounded by all their possessions gives them a sense of security. It also creates headaches, confusion, and chaos. Storage systems that keep their stuff on display will prevent this sign from strewing their stuff all over the house. Stacking baskets, glass jars, and open shelving can promote organization.

Gemini – While bountifully blessed with the gift of gab, Twins are notoriously bad listeners. A good way to become more attentive is to practice staying silent. At first, Gemini will have a hard time breaking the minute mark. Eventually, however, even the biggest blabber mouth will learn how to button their lips and open their ears.

Cancer – If you've ever wondered how Cancers stay so sweet, take a look at their sugar intake. This sign loves cookies, candy, and ice cream. An occasional indulgence is fine, but too much dessert can take a toll on waist lines and energy levels. What Crabs are really seeking is oral gratification. Sugar-free gum or dried fruit provides a healthy distraction from candy crunching.

(No seriously Stephanie It's Chocolate...Just semi-sweet, smooth, luscious Chocolate! ...there is no substitute)

Leo – The guy who's sitting next to you in the elegant restaurant, shouting to his personal assistant on his cell phone? Probably a Leo. It's only natural that a sign that is blessed with creativity, charm and wit feels tempted to show off. Actually, this desire to brag is rooted in insecurity. The sooner Lions learn to compliment others, the quicker they'll receive the praise they crave.

Virgo – These nit-pickers sometimes compromise their own pleasure for the sake of perfection. Deep down inside, these folks are really sensualists at heart. They need to learn that it is better to feel good than to look good. Allocating a few minutes each day for fun but messy activities like baking, painting, or sculpting can cure Virgos of their fear of filth.

Libra – Librans gave birth to the term "shopaholic". These folks have every credit card known to man. And while their taste is undeniably impeccable, it can get them in trouble at bankruptcy court. What's really at stake here is a quest for beauty. Enjoying simple but inexpensive pleasures like nature walks and museums can quell the urge to splurge.

Scorpio – Nobody carries a grudge better than this sign. Unfortunately, hanging on to resentments has a way of crowding out love, happiness, and trust. In order for Scorpions to let go of anger, they must first practice self-care. Getting a massage every month or writing in a journal each day will soften this sign's heart and enable forgiveness.

Sagittarius – Archers have a bad habit of telling the truth. And while these folks have the best intentions, that doesn't take the sting out of comments like, "Gee, those pants make you look fat!" or "Were you drunk when you wrote this report?" The best way for Archers to cultivate tact is through prodigious study. Etiquette books will definitely help!

Capricorn – This sign is the original workaholic. Many Capricorns fear that poverty will set in the moment they stop toiling. Keeping a gratitude journal can break this terrible habit. The more Capricorn becomes aware of their non-material blessings, the healthier their behavior will become. No more cutting vacations short for the sake of work!

Aquarius - Water-bearers get into the habit of creating completely self-sufficient lives. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for them to achieve intimacy. Basically, Aquarians are afraid that relationships will compromise their independence. Fortunately, these folks love to experiment. By treating intimacy as an exercise, this sign can relinquish control for the sake of loving relationships.

Pisces – As a water sign, it's only natural that Pisces finds comfort in liquids. When those liquids have a high alcohol content, problems can ensue. Naturally, a twelve-step program can be of enormous benefit here. Meditation and yoga can help, too, as they allow Pisces to achieve a healthy sense of nirvana. That's all these Fish are really seeking.