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December 30, 2005

Happy to be me

Every once in a while I have this longing to be famous. To portray some character on a TV show and have the whole world know me.

Then a star does something decidedly stupid and it's splashed all over the news.

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If I ever have to have a picture taken that looks like that, someone just kill me, please!

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December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas!!!!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

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December 14, 2005

More News

My mom just forwarded me an e-mail from my grandma:

I just got home from the Doctor and he said there wasn't any cancer in my lymph nodes and he didn't think I would need any treatments but I have to see an onocologist and I won't see him until after the first of the year. He will prescibe an exercise program for me and tell me what to do. I am really pleased with the report.

Hooray!!!!!!

That's exactly what we wanted the doctor to say!!!

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December 13, 2005

Brain Overload

Tell me. How do you all spend your Tuesday nights? Do you spend them reading project requirements relating to one of your companies business partners? No? I'm telling you, you don't know what you're missing. The acronyms, the legal language necessary for these types of documents, the portions of the document that don't pertain to your area. 19 pages of this stuff makes for some good reading!

I guess this is where I start using all of the crap I learned last week while I was in Milwaukee. Wait, I started doing that yesterday.

And on tomorrow's calendar, getting up at the butt-ass crack of dawn to shovel the driveway. I can't get a straight answer out of the weather forecasters, so who knows how much snow is going to fall by the morning. Maybe it will be enough to cancel work. Then again, this is Minnesota, and nothing short of an extremely cataclysmic ice storm will shut down anything in this state.

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December 06, 2005

Different things

I'm now in Milwaukee. My totally awesome roommate Wendy agreed to bring me to the airport this morning, which means we left the house right around 5:45. Damn but that's early.

We got here and went directly to my companies facility and spent until 4:00 in meetings. Always great fun, but at least this is informative and hopefully will help to resolve some system issues we've been experiencing for a couple of years.

Did you know that I can't access Wendy's site from the hotel computer? Because the f-bomb was dropped on the site, it comes up as possibly offensive. They give you the option to submit a request to unblock the site, so I did, because really, what can be so horrible about a blog?!

On to the next topic:

I got a message from my mom this afternoon that my grandma was out of surgery. They did a mastectomy and removed lymph nodes, but I'm not sure exactly what type mastectomy they did. Apparently there are different levels and degrees. The fact that I'm learning far more about this then I ever hoped to know really sucks.

My mom said that the surgery went well, she should be able to go home tomorrow, and according to the docs, she should be able to come up to Minnesota for the holidays. They sent everything off for testing and they should have the results in two or three days, but the doctor thought it looked like it was localized and they were able to get everything. I still haven't had a chance to talk to her, but I hope to have some more information later tonight.

I should be able to give you a more complete update after I talk to her.

Note to self, when they tell you it's time to start in on the mammograms, listen to them. It's better to find this crap early and get it taken care of before it progesses beyond the point of surgery.

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December 05, 2005

Record Breaking

I just set a new record for myself. It's not even midnight yet and I'm pretty much completely packed for my trip to Milwaukee. The only things left to throw in the suitcase are my clock and a pair of pants that aren't quite dry yet after the obligitory last-minute load of laundry. And I won't forget them because I made a list of things to pack, crossed them off as I packed them, circled the last two things on the list and put it on top of the suitcase. That way I can't pick the darn thing up without seeing my happy list that's not quite done.

Usually this process lasts until 2 or 3 in the morning for me, so I'm quite pleased with tonight's outcome.

I probably won't be able to write anything while I'm gone, nor read any sites, so I'll have a little catching up to do on Thursday night.

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Grandma update

Tomorrow is the day my grandma goes into surgery for breast cancer. I'm still not 100% sure whether their doing a full removal of the breast or just a lumpectomy, but I do know she still plans on being up here for Christmas.

She told my mom and aunts that they didn't need to go down there, but after the girls talked it over, they decided they didn't care what their mom wanted and they went anyway. It's as much for my grandpa and being there to support him as it is for my grandma. So early this morning, the three sisters piled into a car for a road trip, and by 12:00 they were just north of Kansas City, 6 hours from here. My grandparents live in the north-west portion of Arkansas, about 5 miles south of the Missouri border. Which means they should have gotten down there around 5:00 this evening.

If you happen to read this before 9:00 tomorrow morning, keep my grandma, my grandpa and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers. This isn't the first time breast cancer has struck the family, but we certainly hope it's the last.

The first time I heard this was when Wendy had the CD playing in her car a couple of months ago. It was deep and meaningful then, but even more so now.


I Run For Life

First appears on Greatest Hits Road Less Traveled (2005)

"Ford asked me to write a song for their "Race for the Cure" initiative to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer charities. I wanted to write a song that was personal; climb into people's emotions and portray a woman who has had breast cancer but is out of it. The first verse is about a survivor. The second verse is from my own experience and the last verse is for those who have not been diagnosed or don't know anyone with breast cancer yet. We are all running for answers and to make the situation better."

Written by Melissa Etheridge


It's been years since they told her about it
The darkness her body possessed
And the scars are still there in the mirror
Everyday that she gets herself dressed
Though the pain is miles and miles behind her
And the fear is now a docile beast
If you ask her why she is still running
She'll tell you it makes her complete

CHORUS

I run for hope
I run to feel
I run for the truth
For all that is real
I run for your mother your sister your wife
I run for you and me my friend I run for life

It's a blur since they told me about it
How the darkness had taken its toll
And they cut into my skin and they cut into my body
But they will never get a piece of my soul
And now I'm still learning the lesson
To waken when I hear the call
And if you ask me why I am still running
I'll tell you I run for us all

CHORUS

And someday if they tell you about it
If the darkness knocks on your door
Remember her remember me
We will be running as we have before
Running for answers
Running for more

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Hot Roommate

Apparently, I'm number one in the google search for 'my sister's hot roommate'. Which is really funny considering the only sister I have is a sister-in-law.

To that point, unfortunately, I'm number 3 on the search for 'sister-in-law in bed'. Seriously? That's what you're looking for? You need a little help, whoever you are from Alberta, Canada. Because really, there's nothing here worth looking at for you.


Search engines, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

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December 03, 2005

Unhappy news

In talking to my aunt this afternoon, I found out that my grandma has breast cancer. She went in for her regular mammogram, they found something, did a biopsy, and within 33 hours of the initial test, they had the diagnosis. Now she goes in for surgery on Tuesday to have her breast removed.

This is exactly why I'm so grateful that Wendy and her Boobylicious teammates for helping to raise money to find a cure for this disease.

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Great finds

I was looking for the power cord to my battery charger tonight and I made a fantastic discovery. I found a pair of shoes (they've been hidden since last winter) that go perfectly with a some pants I got last weekend. I've been pondering for the last week what shoe's I should wear with them and tonight I have my answer! Oh the things you discover when you're looking for something else. And I also have to fess up to the fact that while most of the time I'm a 28 year old tomboy who's not into girlie, I was particularly girlie in my happiness over my discovery. What can I say, shoes are my downfall.

Now, ask me if I've found the power cord for the battery charger yet. That answer would be no. I've found every other cord I own, but of course none of those work with the AC plug on the charger. They're all just too big. Maybe I'll find it eventually. There's always regular AA batteries around if I need them.

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