Friday, November 30, 2012

Women, crafting and decorating for the season... a feminine themed week?

  I can't put up my wreath before December 1st. I just can't. I kept thinking of this as I put away the Thanksgiving decorations and  got the Christmas ones out of the garage. Call me anal, call me strange for that, but I just don't have the heart to decorate for Christmas before the 1st!'ll go up, tomorrow... It's only a day away! :)

I love Christmas time though. It's a special time for me as a Christian. It's not about the gifts. It's about the specialness of simplicity. Seeing the lights, togetherness, midnight service.... Things fade away, but memories last forever, which is why it's so special.

 As for this past week, I hate to say it, but anxiety started it out. I may have done something stupid and panicked as a result. We'll see. I'm probably okay though, as I acted in good faith to fix the problem. For those of you that don't know, I have a pituitary gland tumor, which is known to help anxiety become greater than it needs to be. I'm really trying to work on this and hope when the tumor subsides, so will the anxiety. My doctors have told me to start exercising to ease the symptoms. I guess it's equally as effective as medication. Dang. ;)

 I had a nice visit with my friends Kelly and Brian on Saturday. I went to their place to use her Cutterbug (?) to do titles for my mini books I'm selling. I'm so glad that all I have to do is bring over my scraps of paper and Kelly works her magic.

 My aunt, uncle, cousin and her husband also came to visit on Saturday.We met at El Cholo's and it was nice. For those that don't know this place, it's what I call the white man's Mexican food. It's decent and a spot where I spent many birthdays as a kid. Is it the best place to go for authentic Mexican food though? Heck no! I always say we should hit the more authentic place, Ricardo's El Ranchito, to which my mom doesn't object but knows my yuppie aunt and uncle would just die entering an authentic place like that.

Yes, I'm too fat.
 I also had another visit with the endocrinologist this past week. I'm happy to report that the hormones for my tumor are within normal levels. Yay! I asked if this means I can get off the Bromocriptine, to which the doctor said no. I guess I'll be on it the rest of my life. Honestly though, this doctor has the worst personality. I read online before seeing him that he's one of the best doctors in the group he's in, but he sure doesn't show it! (I guess the lesson to be learned here is to not always believe online reviews for a doctor!) I say this because I  nearly got yelled at for asking a question at my last appointment and can tell at each appointment that he doesn't remember a thing-or write anything down either, which is why I want to be done with him. I sent an online form to request a second opinion at UCLA, which I read invented the technique for removing pituitary gland tumors. Since I have a PPO, I'm going to take advantage of it and get a second opinion. If endocrinologist #1 is right, so be it. I just can't stand his personality!

 I also made a trek to LAX. I took a neighbor to the airport. I'm fine taking and picking anyone up there as long as I don't have to park the car and spend $20. My neighbor knows this for when I pick her up. She said she'll call me when she gets out of customs that day. Good neighbor. :)

 I also went to a fun event this past week at my local library. It was called Celebrating Women In Leadership and was a good way for me to advertise my gift tags. I gave away a set of 10 with my card attached to advertise the craft fairs I'll be in. It was basically a networking event for local women to listen to inspiring stories of successful local women. Probably the one story that I really enjoyed was hearing the life story of the new, local university president.

 And now, it's time for me to get ready for tomorrow evening's craft fair. I hope to make a zillion bucks to be able to stay home forever and never have to get a real job again. ;)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving wrap up and Christmas plans

 Happy belated Thanksgiving, all! I'm happy to say that mine went well and everyone liked my stuffing. :) It's now onto the season that celebrates Christ's birth. Happy, happy! :)

 There are certain traditions each family has for Thanksgiving, and my family has some interesting ones.  There's the Turkey Day Morning Store Run. This is my mom farming out the responsibility of being organized about Turkey Day shopping onto her kids. My sister and now ex-BIL used to hit the store all the time for her and used it as an excuse to also load up on snacks for their drive home afterwords. I did it last year. I can honestly say that I made my first ever cell phone call in a grocery store during last year's run. It was odd to call my mom to discuss almond milk... Honestly though, Thanksgiving morning is a good time to go... Fortunately though, I'm happy to report that I didn't make the run this year. Mom was organized. :)

 There's also the recipe pull out session. My mom must have saved every Thanksgiving recipe since time began, and they alllllll come out and decorate my parents kitchen table. I told my mom she should try Pinterest and dump the magazines, which of course gets me a horror-filled look.

 Thanksgiving was different this year, only because I actually volunteered to cook something. ;) My mom assigned me the stuffing and pumpkin pie, which was fun. I found a recipe for stuffing and another for mini pumpkin pies on Pinterest. I at first thought my mom was nuts for asking me to pick up a pie and told her to just hit the Marie Callender's by her. I told her I'd do just that if she wouldn't. She reminded me to be frugal though, which is when my inner Martha kicked in and I remembered the Pinterest recipe I saved.

 And then, I went grocery shopping and spent far more than I usually do cooking for just me. I also couldn't find pie crust dough, so my mini pies got interesting. Really interesting. They were filo dough pumpkin pies!

A friend of mine who loves to cook told me good luck working with the dough, because you have to know what you're doing. I overly buttered the dough to make it come out in one piece. I'm happy to report that it did! I have to admit though that when I taste tested the sorry looking one that I about gagged though because of all the butter. My mom called them "interesting." LOL. And I'm also betting that my 2-day sinus headache (which began the day I cooked) was probably due to eating more butter than I ever do in a year.

 I'm happy to report though that the stuffing turned out nicely. Once again, more butter than I eat in a year, but it had a nice golden color, don't you think? :)

 In fact, my mom liked it so much that I now have stuffing duty every Thanksgiving for the rest of my natural born life. This recipe. Forever more....

 I also did something I've never done before for Thanksgiving. I took someone to Costco! An elderly woman  I know who has vision problems asked if I wouldn't mind taking her to get her Thanksgiving supplies. I certainly didn't mind. I think she had me come with her to help with cart navigation, because everyone and their mother were there. It's just a WOW experience for me to go to Costco during the holidays. Granted, the samples are nice to have if you miss lunch, but it's just a busy place. Do people really need mass quantities of stuff??  I guess I ask that because I don't have a family and don't need to buy in bulk. Do I really want to go there even when I do have a family, though?

 All in all though, it was a nice Thanksgiving. My uncle and 12-year-old cousin came over. My other aunt and uncle are possibly visiting today (don't ask) before they head home. One of my cousins and her husband live in San Diego, which is where they spent the weekend. We got a late invite this year to join them and totally would have if we hadn't already started planning. I totally want to join them for a San Diego Thanksgiving if they go there next year.

 As tradition dictates, I stayed in bed for Black Friday. In no way will you get me out of bed that early to stand in a mob of people waiting for a deal! Robyn posted a picture of herself on Thanksgiving evening in the longest dang line-waiting to get into Target! I'll stay in bed while you all shop, thankyouverymuch!

 And now, Christmas has made its way. I was wrong in my last post. I thought of a Christmas card idea, which I'm working on now. I'm now in the process of cutting and stringing away. :) I made ornaments as Christmas cards almost 10 years ago and decided to take it up again with these prints. And the newsletter. :) I'll show my masterpieces next week. Right now, feast your eyes on these prints....

 Let the season begin. I love this time of year for many reasons and will be happy to experience it again this year.

 Until next week! 

Friday, November 16, 2012

Frustrated and other thoughts of the week

  I was recently telling Robyn that I didn't feel like making a zillion Christmas cards this year (as I usually do). Photoshopping a creation came to mind. And then, I thought of something <sarcasm> brilliant</sarcasm>.

 I'll make a newsletter!

 "And then I thought, 'Oh yeah, no one will want to hear about me and my many trips to the breast surgeon, the hospital, the endocrinologist, the lab for bloodwork...' " I said to her as we chatted on Facebook.

 I consider this blog my Christmas newsletter of sorts. I know it's not the most read thing on the earth, but it's good therapy for me and provides me a laugh or 2 when someone I know reads it and talks about it to someone else.

 Anyway.... On to my week.....

 This week was fairly typical and started, of course, with blood work. I hope to get to a point where I'm not routinely giving blood every few weeks. :( The small lab by my endocrinologist's know me now. Is that good or bad? This lab work was ordered by my primary doctor though and surprisingly came back normal. My A1C level was amazingly good!

 As for frustration, yes, it has to do with many things family. Let's just say though that what I see is troubling and getting on my last nerves.I was told recently to ask for help with this issue when need be, and I will. It's sad that my sister doesn't really care, which means that I need to. I've tried to discuss this with her, but it seems to go in one ear and out the other. It's frustrating. I know everyone goes through this eventually though. And honestly, I'm blessed in many respects compared to some other friends.

 As for positive things, I was asked this past week to be in another craft fair next month. I have a TON of my crafts that I just want to MOVE.Namely, my gift tags....

 I've made my own gift tags for years and have a stash that I would love to sell. I'd be happy to never sell anything else as long as these gift tags sold. I seriously mean that I want them gone. 

 I also want to sell the mini albums I make. I personally think these would be a great gift for someone. Maybe a baby book? 

 Any way you look at it though, it's time for the holidays. Yippeeee! I think what I really enjoy about the holidays are the traditions. I just simply enjoy them. This coming week will be Thanksgiving. I get to make the stuffing this year for our family dinner. Yay! I get to use my Pinterest finds! I knew it was good for something. :)

 Until next week, happy Thanksgiving to all and be grateful for all you have! 

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Elections and discernment

 So another week has come and gone and our current president stays on for another 4 years. I was up for hours on election night doing my updating online for my freelancing work. I was checking election results like a mad woman that evening. We still have some undecided races here in my area. One being a city council member who's only ahead by 133 votes. That one will go down to the wire, I'm sure!

 With elections also comes thinking about discernment. Did I personally vote for the right candidates? Did I vote the right way for the propositions in my area and state? There are many types of discernment to think about also though, which I did this past week. Namely about trusting my judgment.

 My parents are elderly and nearly had me at a heart attack this past week for many reasons. A repair man came to the door while I was at their house a few days ago doing laundry. I told my mom I'd get the door for her, but she said don't bother. I didn't but wish I had. This guy wanted to bring over an estimate for some repairs for dryrot-to their garage door that needs to be replaced.... After telling the sales guy that she and my dad were retired (!!!!!!) and were going to be gone from x hour to x hour the day he wanted to come over (!!!!!!!!!!), I was almost waiting for burglars to come over and rob their house. After thinking about it for a day, I did tell my mom that she shouldn't have been so, um, personable with the salesman. That, of course, got me an "I knew what I was doing!" (um...) I've been told fun like this is just beginning with my parents. :(

 I was always the kid who never rocked the boat and always believed my family was right. That has obviously changed dramatically since I was a kid and it's sad that my judgment is obviously better than theirs. My sister is not here to experience this fun and in fact told me when we spoke recently that our parents are simply annoying to her. Let's just say I'm an only child for all intensive purposes.

 I do have some positive news to report though! I'm happy to say that I'll be in a craft fair next month at a local church. The price was right to be a part of it, so I'll be happy to make some extra $ from it. I started in last night creating some stuff for it.

 I think you'll like what I come up with. :) Stay tuned.

 And now, I'm off to see if the lab is opened today. My new primary doctor wants to check and see if I have elevated cortisol levels, which would apparently explain a lot. I think she's right after Googling it, but we'll see.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

October 2012 recap

 October was another month of doctors visits and tests. I had a thyroid uptake and scan because the endocrinologist thought I needed a biopsy. I may, but the doctor decided to hold off since my thyroid nodules are only millimeters big. They apparently need to be in the centimeter range before he can do it. So, I'll have another ultrasound 6 months after my last one to see if there is any change. I'm also still taking Bromocriptine for my pituitary gland tumor, and the last blood test showed that a hormone level I need to have is back to normal again. Yay! I'll see if I'm done with medication in a few weeks at my next appointment.

 I also had a birthday. I'm getting up there! Lol :)

 I also had a major honor (to me, anyway) bestowed on me from my church. They put on a major event each year and asked me to head up their media section of it next year. I can't even begin to tell you what an honor that is to me!

 Boring month, but good nonetheless. Hope this month stays that way also. :)