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on September 15, 2008 - 7:10am

First, I was asleep when my son got home from his football game Thursday night, it was 11:15. He was so excited he woke me up. Why was he excited? He had caught an interception at the game.I was so excited for him.I even heard about it the next day at my book club meeting.Some of the Moms had decorated the locker room for the football team, they were so pleased. They didn't think anybody but varsity got that done.Surprise!
Second, book club on Friday was fun. I look forward to these monthly meetings to talk with friends and find new books to read.
Then came number three, work on Saturday. The ICU where I work was full and patients needing a bed in the ER. I had 3 patients which is a heavy, difficult assignment when they are ICU patients. But because I can "handle it" I get these assignments. I didn't even get home until almost 10pm ( I was there at 6:30 am ). I got about 5 hours of sleep and had to be there at 6:30 am Sunday. Thankfully, it was a much better day even though we were still full. The hospital had received a few Hurricane Ike evacuees but not the ICU where I work. However, I was told they sent some nurses from another floor to help with the "Ike" evacuees.
I listen to Josh on my car CD player on the way home to help me wind down after working.
Well, that's about it for me for now...have a great day.

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on September 11, 2008 - 6:57am

I too woke up and realized it was 9/11. Hardly seems possible that it was seven years ago that the terrorist attacks occurred. I know many of us remember where we were when we heard about the attacks. Myself I was volunteering at my son's school and there was a TV in the volunteer workroom that we were glued to. Was awe struck as I watched the 2nd plane go into the 2nd tower. And then heard about the Pentagon. We all knew there was no way that this was accidental..that it had been a well planned event by someone..who at the time we did not know. My son was in the second grade and the school was allowing parents to pick up their kids if they wanted to. I chose to leave him in school and keep his life as normal as possible. First, there would be enough time to tell him what happened and second, no way would I let whoever planned this to change
my life if I could help it. As far as I was concerned, that was their goal, to make us hide and be afraid. After telling my son about the attacks I remember him asking me "Why do they hate us so much?". I like many others have a small American flag in my window and it has been there since 9/11/01. A bit sun faded now however. I did not lose anyone that day that I personally know. However, remembrance of the day gives me strength as I fill Christmas stockings to send to the troops overseas. Unfortunately, many of these men and women suffer from "out of sight, out of mind" from the American public. But I do what I can to help people remember.
Josh if you read this have you ever thought about doing a Christmas special on TV and inviting some military families, as well as service men and women to the event. Personally, I would love to see you do a Christmas special, there are still many Christmas songs that you could sing that are not on the Noel CD. And of course I could listen again to any songs that are on the Noel CD. Would love to see Charice, the 16 year old singer from the Philippines sing with you. I'm sure you remember how you would have felt at that age to sing with someone as well known as you are.And Michael Buble, another great singer. I'm sure you could come up with a stellar list of stars that would love to be on your show.
Grobie fans...let us unite and encourage a TV special. Maybe if enough of us request it there would be a chance...never know unless we try.
Everyone take care and have a great day!

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Hurricane Ike

on September 10, 2008 - 2:00pm

Well, Hurricane Ike is expected to hit landfall here in Texas this weekend. I live far away inland (near Dallas) but we may get patients from the hospitals along the coastline into the ICU where I work if they evacuate. I work this weekend so I guess I'll find out when I get there.

Had the followup visit with the plastic surgeon and my facial incisions are healing well. Can't wear any makeup for at least another week though but with the stitches out, the swelling and bruising gone I don't look so bad anymore.

Going to help decorate the freshman football team locker room this evening (my son is on the team). High school football is like a religion here in Texas. People without children on the teams, band, cheerleaders go to the games.

Everyone have a nice day..will keep you updated on our hurricane.

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plastic surgery

on September 5, 2008 - 10:44am

As I mentioned on my last entry, I had 4 moles removed from my face on 9/3. Well, I must admit it is much more uncomfortable than I imagined it would be. Pain meds and sleeping have been my best friend. I look like Frankenstein's sister at the moment. It will be much better when the swelling and bruising get better; and after the stitches come out next Wed. Thankfully, I am not working at the hospital this weekend (planned this time off weeks ago) as I would be explaining this to everyone; plus I don't think the doctor would want me around any patients that might have an infection.They
sent the removed moles off to pathology. Not worried but just to make sure. This experience has made me wonder why people would want to do this voluntarily and some people, multiple times.
My son has a football game tomorrow so it should be interesting. I think most people think I had a car accident and are afraid to ask. Well, I am going to go and try to get some things around the house done. Baking muffins for my son sounds like a good idea while I fold laundry.

Plan to watch the MLB cancer show tonight just to see Josh. I have never had the pleasure of seeing him live in concert; just have to make do with the DVD's. Have been following his career since I saw his show on PBS many years ago. Just within the last couple of years have become comfortable enough with the computer to be able to join FOJG. However, would appreciate anyone who understands the website explaining it to me. I can help save your life as an intensive care nurse but websites are a foreign language to me.
Have a good day one and all.

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I know how she feels....

on September 4, 2008 - 6:58am

Was reading journal entries and read ObiWanCannoli's. some ways I know how you feel. My husband is a real jerk too. He hasn't cheated on me (at least not that I know of, but I think he is too cheap and lazy to have one and I pay all of the bills). And even if he did I don't think I would care, as long as the paycheck keeps coming in. I have spent almost half of the past 19 years of marriage supporting him. I knew I would be when we were married. He finally got a job after 4 years (right after the birth of our son and only child). Seven years later the company he was working at closed down so, I had to go back to work full time(I work in healthcare). He got real used to being at home and not doing much. He wouldn't take a job that he felt was beneath him, even if it would help take the stress off of me. I kept hearing "here's my scheme..". I didn't want to hear about schemes. Finally, after four years he got a job at a local university part time with a friend of his and then after he was there a year he FINALLY!!! got a full-time job. Thank the Lord! Many of you are probably thinking that he was a househusband...
WRONG!!! I still did 80% of the work around the house. His only work 3 days a week (12 hours/day, more like 13-14 on good days). One day when I was home shortly after I returned to work, he asked me "What's for dinner?", my reply, "I don't know what are you making, you are home all day." Well, now I work part time (12 hours shifts every Sat and Sun)and work all week at home. If it wasn't for my son I would have been gone a long time ago. It is a well known fact that a woman's standard of living goes way down with divorce. And even though I could support my son and myself...I feel my husband owes me.Plus there is NO WAY I will give half of everything I have (including my inheritance from parents)to him. We live like we are only roommates and that is fine with me. My husband was raised by a very selfcentered Mom and Dad and he is following in their footsteps. Would I get married again if something happens to my husband..HECK NO!! He saw his meal ticket and "played me like a violin". Well, I feel better getting that off my chest. So ObiWan...if you read my message, just remember I'm feeling for you.PS
I had some moles removed from my faceby a plastic surgeon and I need to go take a pain pill. It hurts more than I expected it would.



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