Thursday, June 28, 2012

they say bad stuff comes in threes....

 This so far has been the week of sickness for me. I got food poisoning Monday night, which was awful. And now, I've lost my voice. They say bad stuff comes in threes, but I'll be happy to keep the sicknesses to a minimum, thankyouverymuch.

 No more sickness, please!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Random thoughts of the day.......

 It's a nice day here in sunny Southern California and I'm just reflecting before I get started today.

 Random thoughts:

  • Been thinking a lot about finances lately. My new church went through a series done by Dave Ramsey that I guess was very good. Others I know have read his books and have been impressed with how easy it was afterwords for them to be more financially savvy. It's now my turn. While I'm good about some things financially, I know I have other things to learn.
  • Weight loss absolutely blows. My church is now doing a series on fitness, based on this. It's very normal and doable and yes, I've lost 8 on it so far. I guess I'm just tired of having to be so aware of the food I eat and it's nutritional value. <sarcasm>Yuck to that!</sarcasm> I know how important this is though, especially with my recent health issues.
  • And yes, the health issues absolutely blow too. I really hope that the breast ultrasound I'll have in a few weeks will show a good view of whatever it is that's in my ducts, and that the doctor won't need to biopsy it. If she does though, I am grateful that this is simply in my ducts, which in cancer terms (God forbid) is Stage 0. On the other hand, I'll be pushing for the brain MRI. A pituitary adenoma makes a ton of sense. As a friend said to me recently, "You of course don't wish for a tumor there, but you almost do, because it would be an answer to some long sought out questions."  I don't want it, but in a way I do so that I know and won't hear from another doctor, "Gee Kim, the blood work came back and I'm baffled...." The treatment is icky for this, but I'd be willing to do it just to have answers and be DONE!
 Have a good day, all!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CSS=can I pull out my hair now? :S

 One of the things I'm planning on doing is making a separate blog as an online portfolio of my work. I started in on it today. I got a domain name, a nice theme and now discover that I have to relearn CSS to make the site look decent. It's frustrating!!!

 My brain isn't liking relearning HTML or CSS again. I'm close to pulling out my hair! :( Fortunately, I know people who code for a living who can look over my work and save me from going bald. :)  Yaaaay....

 Edited: I figured out what I did wrong. The site looks much better. Still a work in progress, but much better. :)

Sunday, June 17, 2012

To my daddy on Father's Day...

 This photo was taken in 2009, on my dad's 74th birthday. I just wanted to reflect today on the blessing otherwise known as my daddy.

 My parents were in their late 30s when I was born. I had a dad who worked hard, paid the bills and was a wonderful money manager. I always remember him being a wonderful son to my Nana, who passed away when I was 10. He has always been kind, a hard worker and intelligent. He wasn't a pushover though and has always held the philosophy that he refuses to be a victim. That proved true in the '70s when he held a burglar at gunpoint at home one evening until the police arrived. This teenage burglar was a neighborhood kid who had stolen from other houses on the block and no one put their foot down with him to say enough was enough. That is, until my dad. The father threatened my dad after the kid was arrested, but nothing happened, as my dad didn't back down.

 Dad was a very active parent when I was growing up. He was always at school events, carpooling for my Girl Scout trips and even volunteered as a chaperone on a biking trip for Girl Scouts. I am grateful to have had such an involved father in my life.

 Dad probably took me on more boyish outings than I cared to go on. I went to the shooting range often with him, gun shows and even the LA Auto Show with him once. The gun shows always bored me, for obvious reasons, so my bribe would be that he'd buy me turquoise jewelry if I'd go with him.

 I learned kindness from my father. I learned respect of family from him, as he was always taking me to visit his side of the family. You name 'em, I met 'em as a kid. There were Christmas visits to Baldwin Park to see great-aunts and uncles. There were family get-togethers galore on that side, which I can see as an adult was wonderful for kids to have. I cherish a photo taken at a family get-together when I was 6 that is priceless.

Rockin' a sundress at age 6 while standing with my dad, my grandmother, my great-grandfather and his 2 sisters.
  I learned from Dad that it's okay to question. It's okay to be different. Those who tell you otherwise aren't worthy of your time. Dad has always been politically involved (that's how my parents met, actually) and was always writing letters to the editor and attending political events. I think his last political event was a Tea Party Rally a few years ago, which he loved, even though he's pretty hard of hearing and couldn't understand half of it due to that.

 Dad's winding down now due to his health. He's almost 77 and has congestive heart failure. The cardiologist wanted him to have bypass surgery last year, but he refused. The heart surgeon said that if one more artery clogs, he'll fall over from a heart attack. He still won't budge, which I know is because he's scared. I'm sad about that for selfish reasons. I know the truth though, and the truth about where he'll go when his time comes. I know that Dad has accepted the Lord as his savior, so I have no fear about that.

 Happy Father's Day, Dad!  I'm grateful to have had such an awesome dad in my life.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Huntington Library

 It's no secret that I love art. I almost majored in Art History in college until my parents gave me the "what the heck kind of a major is that?" speech. I also like art museums. As a result, I decided to take a day trip last weekend to the Huntington Library in San Marino.

 I'd been to the Huntington twice before as a kid. There's something about going as an adult through. The Huntington houses one of the few versions of the Guttenberg Bible still in existence, as well as the world famous paintings of Pinkie and Blueboy. I'm such a dork, but I actually sat in the seats in front of the paintings and just stared at them for a few minutes. I silently marveled at how the artists created lifelike creases in the clothing. I marveled at the talent.

 I sat in the mansion's patio.

Yes, it was a hot day....
 I stared out at the awesome view.

 And I walked some more.

 The Huntington is a fun place to visit and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

Frenetical friend fun (or something like that)...

 Robyn is out visiting, so I insisted she brave my sorta clean place for a few nights while we had fun together.

 Through junior high Home Ec., through Senior Proms, through it all, Robyn has been a dear friend of mine for almost 25 years. She knows me warts and all and still manages to like me all these years later. :)

 Robyn and I had fun. She had a great suggestion to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, which has a fantastic selection of art. They have a fun display out front of street lights.

A beautiful scene by LACMA

I also had a quirky idea. I'm known for those. :) I drove her by Octomom's house the last time she was here, so this time I suggested driving by the house they always showed in the Brady Bunch. :) It's located in North Hollywood, which was on our way for the day anyway. The address is Googleable for the world to see, so we made the trek there, with me annoying Robyn once we got close because I was so excited. ;) Pop culture side trips are fun!

Here's a story, of a lovely lady......
  The house is located in a suburban North Hollywood neighborhood and is only one story! What, TV faked us out all those years ago? ;)

For those of you wondering, the Brady Bunch house is located on this street. You're welcome. :)
   It was fun to see you, Robyn! Have a great rest of your trip!

Oh yeah, I should probably post!

 Sorry I've been in the dark lately. I've been busy with doctor's appointments-not only with me, but my mom also. If it isn't enough that I may have breast cancer, my mom has a nodule on her lung that she's seeing a specialist for. Cancer marker tests have so far come out negative though, praise God. My family knows how to have fun. We just head to the doctor's office!

 As for my issue, I had my first mammogram a few weeks ago. Ouch! :( It's doable, but I still say OUCH! That came back completely fine. I will have to repeat the breast ultrasound in a few weeks though, as the doctors want to monitor changes in the breast since the first ultrasound. Since the first ultrasound didn't conclusively show what was in the ducts (it's either debris or ductal papillomas), they want to conclusively determine what it is this time. If it's debris, the breast surgeon will leave me alone. If it's ductal papillomas, I'll be getting an excisional biopsy. (Wires! Ouch!)  That needs to be done because in a small percentage of cases, what tests showed to be a ductal papilloma is actually Stage 0 cancer, or beginning stage cancer.

 I could kiss the breast surgeon though. She had me do some blood work because my breast ducts are completely open, which should not be happening unless I'm pregnant and/or nursing. Almost any other time suggests a tumor in the pituitary gland. The blood work came back elevated, so she had me repeat it. If this test is also elevated, I'll need to get a brain MRI. I wanted to kiss her after Googling pituitary tumor, otherwise known as a pituitary adenoma. This explains a lot. I want to look into this further, even if this blood test comes back fine.

 And so, that's what's happening with me medically. Stay tuned for funner posts coming up soon!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

May 2012 recap

 And so, May has come to an end.

 I didn't do a whole heck of a lot in May. I heard Ron Paul, candidate for President of the United States, speak at California State University, Fullerton. I had my first mammogram. (Ouch! :( ) I also joined a Life group at my new church. Not much else though besides that.

 May June be more positively eventful! :)