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Single tired mom of four. Lover of chocolate and coffee - not necessarily in that order. Lover of Jesus, photographer by trade, Photoshop junkie and crime TV watcher.

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Upper GI Fun

April 30, 2008

Project 365 – Day 76

I thought I would grab my camera and try a night shot on my way to pick up my new prescription.

No, not for crazy pills Carrie.

The dope is…I went for an upper GI series today.  Oh the fun.  Three cups of Barium on an empty burning stomach.  As if having it on a full stomach would have made it any more pleasurable.

And the news is….I have acid reflux and duodenal diverticula.

Your asking me?  What do I know?  Other than I feel like….well…crap, for lack of a better term.

My gastroenterologist wants to start me on antibiotics to rid me of any possible infection, otherwise known as, Diverticulitis.   He thinks there is a chance that could be causing my symptoms.  I doubt it after seeing the reflux on the screen today.  It looked so terrible and from what, I can’t understand.  Faulty valve maybe?  All I know is I need relief.  Medications don’t help and I have had enough.

I eat very healthy, rarely what one would consider junk food.  The only thing I can put my finger on that could be causing the diverticulum is lack of fiber.

I rarely eat bread, or grains.  Even though I eat a lot of veggies, maybe it just hasn’t been enough.  Maybe.  Although, I’m hesitant to commit to that thought right now, I’ll get back to you.  The jury is out.

So, what’s next?  Good question.  I nailed the APRN with every question I could think of.  They hate that.  I’m convinced they would prefer you to be stupid and not ask questions, but that is not me.  I need to know the way things work so I can mull it over and help diagnose myself.  My trust in modern medicine is long gone.  Add to that the fact that I am currently scheduling an appointment for my mother at Yale New Haven Hospital for a possible Esophageal Bypass surgery, caused from prolonged acid reflux disease.  No.  I won’t sit idly by and not ask. 

So I’m off to another endoscopy in a couple of weeks.  Days like today I feel over the hill.

 

Wordless Wednesday – Boston Chicken – It’s What’s for Dinner

April 29, 2008

Project 365 – Day 75

I hit Boston Market today after a slight change in dinner plans.

I received a phone call from my mom telling me that my father was on the way to the funeral home because my brother’s father-in-law had passed away.   I was more than a bit confused because I had heard he had a stroke on Saturday, but was never told that he had died.

I grilled my mom for information and then tried to reach my dad on his cell phone to find out what was going on.  He informed me that he had forgotten to tell me about his death and wake.

Well “thankyouverymuch” I replied and quickly drove to the funeral home to support my niece over her grandfather’s passing, as I knew she would be upset and wanted to pay my respects to this sweet man. 

As I stood among my brother’s family, my father casually walked over and loudly said, “Did you see Chet?” as he pointed to the casket with a slight grin and spoke in a tone like we were at a restaurant and he just stumbled upon a neighbor sitting at the booth adjacent to our table.

I just about swallowed my tongue.

Uh…does he not realize the man is dead and in *that* casket right over there?

So I did what any one would do in that situation, I gave him a quick tight lipped nod and quickly started up a conversation with someone else, pretending that I hadn’t heard him.

I stopped at his house later to let him know that his comment was tasteless and politely asked him to refrain from any further commentary at any future events.   After all, he has been known to take his camera with him. 

Bizarre I know. 

He seemed to be concerned that I did not get to see him up close and personal.  I informed him that I am happy remembering someone as they lived and not in death.  I have prepared enough corpses in my days working hospice and I went to support my family, not to be a typical gawker that whispers things like, “Gee, he looked just like himself.  They did a great job.”  I am more concerned about the soul and whether that person is with the Lord.

Oy.  Some things I guess I will never get.

The Party’s Over…Sniff, Sniff

Project 365 – Day 74

Sadly I dropped off my dear friend at the airport today and as my mother used to say, “All good things must come to an end,” which stinks in my opinion, but what can you do, other than kidnapping and I’m not into that sort of thing.

We made a lot of great memories over the last few days and I have been truly blessed by Carrie’s visit to my otherwise dull household. 

For once I was a child again, acting giddy and silly, those things that sometimes get lost in the sea of responsibilities we as parents bear.  But not this weekend.  Oh no.  This weekend was all about the fun and if we weren’t so dad gum tired all the time, we would have really raised the roof.  We might have caused a disturbance.

Well we could have.

 

And let me tell you, Carrie was so excited to see the ocean, she thought she would eat some of it for lunch.   She offered to share, but I told her I wasn’t really into seaweed straight up like that.

 

One might think Bella was dancing over the ocean, but she was really dancing because Carrie was with us.  Bella just kind of stared at Carrie for the first couple of days.  I think Carrie was getting a little wigged out by it, but what can one do?

So if you ever get the chance to meet someone you met online, don’t chicken out, you could make a great friendship that will span a lifetime.

 

How Much Wood Could A Woodchuck Chuck?

April 27, 2008

Project 365 – Day 73

While my dear friend Carrie was taking a nap I went outside to do a little work in my garden.  Not your typical garden tools I realize, but we New Englanders are serious about our gardening.  After the roots were cut, the neighbor graciously came over with his pick-up and pulled the stump right out, saving my wittle arms for any further hard labor.  Although I must say there is nothing more liberating than swinging an axe with authority.  Makes you feel like you have muscles.  I almost felt like Robert Conrad for a split second.  Almost.

Carrie is leaving in the morning and we had an awesome weekend….well I had an awesome weekend, and you’ll have to confer with her for her side of the story.  Honestly, I am very sad to see her leave.  She is hilarious, down to earth, gracious as all get out and total fun to be with and I can’t wait for her to come back.

I will try to post the photos of our weekend over the next couple of days.  There is a lot of editing involved, which takes a great deal of time, but I have not forgotten that you have been promised some photos.

 

“That Salad You Lurve”

April 26, 2008

Project 365 – Day 72

I know all of you are waiting to see all of our wild and crazy moments on film, but honestly, we have been so busy that by the time we get home, we are too pooped to edit photos.  But we have not forgotten about our commitment to post the hilarious goings on over here.  Believe me, there have been many. 

So in my vain attempt to hold you over, I am posting this recipe that Carrie just threw together in five minutes.  I have not one bit of creativity when it comes to mixing foods, but Carrie does and this was the best salad I have ever had.  So here goes.

“That Salad You Lurve”

Layer on  a plate:

Spinach leaves
Lettuce mix
Tomato slices
Sour cream spread on tomato slices
Avocado slices
Salt & pepper on tomato & avocado
Turkey lunch meat
Provolone
Crumbled bacon
Cilantro

And if you want to go right over the edge, drizzle some bacon fat on it.  Oh my heaven!  This is delicious!  Carrie also suggested some grilled onions, toasted almonds, black olives, sauteed mushrooms, or lime juice.  So get with it and make yourself a snack.

Carrie & Kimmie met today and we did what all women do when they have the chance to get together.  Shop, talk & eat.  That about sums it up for today. 

Okay, time for bed.  This girl is wearing me out!

Making A Pearl

April 25, 2008

Project 365 – Day 71

 

She’s Finally Here!

April 24, 2008

Project 365 – Day 70

Carrie is here!  We made it to terminal B without getting lost and we were even early.  I am always early when I am out of my comfort zone.  The airport clearly does that to me.

Meeting Carrie for the first time was like meeting someone you have already known for your entire life and she is just as kooky in person as she is online.   She is genuine to the core.

How cool is it that I was able to meet my bloggy friend in person!   For all of you that secretly thought we were crazy, it turned out exactly as I knew it would. 

We were out rather late tonight so the rest of the details will have to wait, but here are a few photos from our day.