I love this time of year...the snow is gone (leaving mud in its place, of course) and it's supposed to be in the mid to high 70's the rest of the week!! I transferred up to Fostoria in April 1986, and that was the coolest morning drive to make! I'd go about 8 blocks west farther into town, & drop Tif off at her babysitter's...then go east out to US 23, and go north for an hour, and that was all it took to get to work! I remember the sun was always on my right side...and I never was around any city traffic...we didn't have any here, & there was even less in the towns/cities to the north, unless you were going to Cleveland or Toledo! I always kept my doors locked while I was still in town, even though it's not a bad town, but, once I got out on the highway, I unlocked both doors (it was a Honda Civic)...maybe that was a stupid thought, but, I was always thinking if I wrecked and hit my head and needed help, I wanted someone to be able to open the doors...
This was also the start of the "festival season" in northern Ohio...well, probably everywhere else too. The first one I remember going to was St Wendelin's church festival. That was fun! You (or, we!) bought beer in a plastic bucket, & got a bunch of flimsy plastic cups! Now that was a good time!! The one festival I never got to was the "Testicle Festival"! Not sure what town that's in, but I know it's in northern Ohio. And they have beer & deep fried hog nuts!! Hmmmmmmmmm...maybe THAT'S why I never felt drawn there to party. Just as well...knowing how I used to do anything when someone said "I dare you...", I might've ended up doing the unthinkable... :-(
Well, risking a bunch of resounding 'boo's' here because none of you reading this have much in common with me when it comes to some of my tastes...(that's ok...at least it's not hog balls!)....I got 2 books today I ordered a few days ago. Dick Morris & Mike Huckabee, and they're both signed & in good leather boxes, & have certificates! I'm happy!
So, since it's gonna be beautiful into the weekend, I'm gonna do the same thing I did last year at this time, go down to the Dollar Store and get stuff to make Easter baskets for Tif & Mr Tif, and the baby, and their 2 dogs!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I got my hair cut today, I told H to make it really short so it won't get bushy when I'm in the hospital after my thyroid operation (which, btw, is 4-12-10!). Her youngest daughter is graduating next year, so H is letting her and some friends drive to Florida on spring break to stay at "uncle Jeff's", & H said she has to keep telling her brother, remember, you aren't the fun uncle on this trip, you're the PARENT! hahahaha...good luck with that one!
And Tif & Talan are coming over tomorrow. That's gonna be fun...besides getting to cuddle him, Tif's giving me a Mary Kay facial! whoo hoo!!...(I'm a mom, remember? Starting when she was 5 or 6, I was the guinea pig for everything she wanted to do...Now, I'm reaping the rewards!). I kinda wish that I was into wearing nail polish & everything, but I'm not...went through that stage as a senior in high school, then got pregnant & married (& graduated, of course!), and my life got too busy to worry about breaking a nail or chipping nail polish! Plus, long nails & nailpolish didn't work when I had the jobs when I unloaded trucks 6 days a week all through my 20s...Now, with my shaky ms hands, it's not even a consideration!
I'm getting all caught up in some tv lately *hiding my head in shame*...now it's "Hoarders" on A&E *snicker*...nothing will keep you motivated if THAT doesn't! And I LOVE "Pawn Stars" & "American Pickers" on the history channel, along with Ax Men & the regular history stuff. A&E has a cool show about Billy the Exterminator, & I used to watch Parking Wars when that was on. But, keep in mind, I ALWAYS have a book beside me for the commercials! Alright, I gotta go...
Sunday, March 21, 2010
I really need to quit thinking today...no good ever comes from that, right? lol! My insomnia has been SO bad this week, I can't stand it! I'm going to bed at 1 am, and tossing & turning until I fall asleep...at f*ng 6:30 or 7 am!! I did give up & turn the tv on last night at 3 am...my favorite movie was on..."Phonebooth"! I used to be able to take a 25 mg Benadryl if I had a hard time falling asleep (which wasn't very often), but not now, even 2 25mgs won't work. Bullshit!
I was thinking about when Tif was in school, it really was fun...she was a cheerleader, & ran cross country, & was on the school's soccer team, and all kinds of other stuff! And she was the most popular kid I ever knew! And she liked me! lol! I was definitely NOT one of the popular crowd in high school! How did I get so lucky as to have THIS girl?
So, when she and her friends were getting their senior pictures taken, one of the girls was bitching about her hair, always! I don't know why, she had naturally curly dark hair, and if she ever let it be curly, it looked really beautiful, it was the kind of curls you can only hope to get when you get a perm, and her hair was down to the middle of her back. She flat-ironed it every day, cuz she wanted it straight so bad...wow, that had to take a couple hrs a day to do! So she was telling us all about how she ALWAYS wanted straight blonde hair. She had begged and begged her mom to get her Johnson's baby shampoo. So when she finally got a bottle, she had her mom use that on her, of course Moms always will humor their daughters.
After she got her hair towel-dried, Brit looked in the mirror & started bawling her eyes out...she thought that shampoo would've made her hair look just like the little girl's on the bottle, straight & blonde!! That was funny as hell! Not to the two of them at the time, though, I'm sure...
Then there was the time when Tif was in maybe the 2nd or 3rd grade, she and her friend across the street were walking home from school, & were arguing about something, & Tif whapped her friend in the stomach with her bookbag. Then Tif got home & she was crying about the fight. She got all the sympathy in the world...until Kev asked her about the way it ended & we found out that we hadn't known about the whap in the stomach with the bookbag!
And the time she had a friend stay overnight, and they found a way to have fun on the stairs...we were downstairs watching tv, and all of a sudden it sounded like a herd of rhinos! I got up & went around the corner to the bottom of the stairs, & Tif & her friend were sitting in laundry baskets, sliding down the stairs from the second floor to the first, banging to a sudden stop against the wall at the bottom of the stairs!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Well, I went back to see my gp (Dr A) this morning, and I didn't have a heart attack! Cuz in the last 2 or 3 days, I've had a stress test, an echocardiagram, etc! But today, he was all smiley, and told me my stress test was great, & so was my echo...I said, well, what the hell was all that crap that had me scared half to death?? All he could think of was maybe Phyllis didn't put the leads in the right places...whatever....I still like Phyllis...
That pic up there at the top is Bro with Talan, and I'm at the bottom with him! I had everybody in my house the other day, so we NEEDED pictures!! And the other one is Truman...in his dreams!
So, anyway, I got back on my once-a-week avonex ms shots today. Thats what I was on for the first 13 yrs I had ms, then I stupidly got off of it & tried 3 other different things. I'm glad I did, cuz now I know what works for me & what doesnt! pheeeww...having ms is a f*n fulltime job!
Now I'm going to bed...they're scheduling my thyroid surgery tomorrow...
*Pads off with a self-satisfied smirk* LibbY!
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Well, so, Monday & Tuesday were my checkups with my ms dr (Monday) for surgery clearance, & my gp for the same thing Tuesday. Mon was fine...Tues my gp's assistant was giving me an ekg on my heart...she took the paper that printed out & went to the next room to show Dr A...he came hurrying back in and asked if I'd had any chest pain, and I said no...he asked if I was sure (no, I was lying...&*sarcasm*), then said "You've had a heart attack in the past, it looks like." Dear God, what else???
That brought me to the hospital yesterday for an *all day* resting stress test. Logically, now that I think about it...you go to the dr just for a once-over, and he tells you 'You've had a heart attack.', nope, no stress here...c'mon!
All of this stems from the one time Dr P did an mri on my c-spine too, just to check & make sure I had no ms scars on my spine...then she finds a node on my thyroid...then I get told I need a needle biopsy on it...it's 'indeterminate', so I need surgery...b4 surgery, I need checked...they find something else, & think I've had a frikkin heart attack in the past...just what the hell is up here?? Man! I'm the healthiest sick person I know...or the sickest healthy person.....
I really hate this part of my life, I really do.
I'm done for tonight....
slinks away, muttering... Libby...
Saturday, March 06, 2010
O-kay...I'm really sick of having to be serious! The movie "Shallow Hal" comes on at 4:00, and, even though I have the dvd, I'm watching it! That's about one of the funniest movies I've ever seen! Of course, I lmao'd at 'Weekend At Bernie's' 1 and 2, so...
I was on the phone with Kim last night, and she told me what she had done to her youngest boy a few years ago, when she & her kids went to Florida with her mom & dad (she's as good at the great American sport called "embarrassing your kids" as I am!). He was about 12 or 13, and they were at a motel. She & Boy2 were on the way to the pool, and he went around a corner in the motel, and said he had to go to the bathroom. There was a door to the bathroom, and he went in and locked it. Kim had her video camera, and was just wandering around filming this and that...then she went back to the bathroom door with the cam on, and started jiggling the doorknob "click-click-click-click". She said she heard him say in a low voice "There's somebody in here." She walked around for a minute, and went back to the door "Click-click-click-click-click-click", sounding more frantic. Here's Boy2, a little louder, "There's someone in here!" ...Kim takes one more circle around the lobby, then back to the door.."Click-click-click-click-click-click-click!", with an additional rap at the door. "There's someone in here!!" She said the camera got all shaky at this point, cuz she was laughing SO hard, but holding it in so he wouldn't hear her distinctive hyena-laugh! That's when he actually opened the door, & she zoomed in on his face. I can't wait to see this video! She's under orders to dig it out, I HAVE to see this!!
So you see...THIS is what I was lucky enough to immediately 'click' with in 8th grade & become inseparable with!
I went to bed last night with a bag of powdered donuts & a box of Cheez-its, & a can of Coke...*heavenly*! And I stupidly kept the tv on in there, so I had to keep watching 'Numb3rs' (I LOVE that show!)...maybe it's because of this....Charlie Eppes has it all on the outside, and, on the show, he knows physics, and that's...well puts his character at the top of the food chain. Or then there's this ...
Just in case anyone wonders...no, I'm not desperate for a guy...I prefer to be on my own at the moment! I'm doing exactly what guys do, ya know...appreciate something or someone that looks good!
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Okay, now I know more of what's happening...I met the surgeon today. He wants to take my damn thyroid (Helene asked 'why? doesn't he have one if his own?'...she's good, wish I'dve thought to ask him!).Anyway, I was saying 'all of it??', and he explained that they don't know exactly what this "node" is, so, to avoid a future operation, he wants it all out now. Which is the best way, I guess...I'll be damned if I want him to slit my neck twice...he IS hot, but I gotta draw the line somewhere. So I hafta see my ms dr Monday, & my regular dr Tuesday, then he'll talk to them & set a date for surgery :-/ .
I'm thinking that I might ask Joe to go out for some beer before the surgery...that was not a mistake, yes, I did say some beer, not a beer. :-)
Anyway, the insurance is figured out, I'm keeping what I have through Kev's old job with cobra. Expensive, but cheaper than paying for all the hospital & surgery bills myself. And the drug company that makes my expensive ms once-a-week shot called yesterday & they'll work with me. Yeah, it has been a busy few days, why do you ask
Okay, done~! BoUnCeS!! LibbY!
I had to ask the guy across the street to come over & shovel off my ramp out back...hopefully for the last time this year!!
I had to just get a new template, because my personal hot programmer suggested that would be the best way to take care of it...soooo...
I need to hurry, I have an appointment to meet a surgeon, for God's sake! Because my endocrinologist called last Monday morning (her, not her assistant) & said that my needle biopsy came back 'inconclusive'. I said, that means you don't know anything? And she said no...but I recommend surgery. Oh, holy crap, of course you would! Isn't that my luck in the last few years?? Grrrrrrrrrrrr!! And, of course...there's always that little fact about insurance...but...Kevin mentioned cobra (he's not getting it)...and I called the VZ benefits, and I can get it for myself, so I am, and probably at a reduced rate cuz my only income is SS disability! Yeah, it's way expensive, but surgery and the hospital stay would be a whole helluva lot more! So, I may write again later after I find out what he says...