Monthly Archives: June 2014

Celebrate the Small Things-June 27, 2014

Hey bloggers! I’m so sorry I missed last week’s posting, but it’s been hectic for me, to say the least. There’s been too much going on, but at least for this week, I’m actually posting for Friday! 🙂  It’s time for the weekly meme ‘Celebrate the Small Things’ brought to us by the wonderful Viklit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

Celebrate the Small ThingsThis blog hop is super easy – just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. It doesn’t have to be anything related to writing. It could be anything happening in life in general.

Sign up by clicking on the image posted to your left, and hop around and celebrate with others.

After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Viklit’s awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

Even though I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, I have found a few things to celebrate over the past two weeks…

  • I’ve moved up from Advocate to Activist for AHA and ASA’s You’re the Cure Organization. Even though I can’t drive yet, doesn’t mean I can’t make a difference! Proof positive was given to me by You’re the Cure Organization. 🙂
  • I finally got to see my daughter’s godfather for the first time since her wedding in 2009 and am spending a couple of desperately needed weeks in Connecticut with him and family going over old times and clearing my head.
  • I’m also going to see his cousin Tony tonight, who visited me at the hospital when I had my bleed, and spend more time reminiscing about the good old days. I’ll also get to meet two of his kids for the first time, who happen to be adults now!
  • Another friend we grew up with (and who I haven’t seen in over thirty-two years) Leon is here as well, and we’re reminiscing about way, way, WAY back.
  • I got my hair cut, colored, styled, with my second mom, who I haven’t seen in YEARS. I missed her so much, I cried when I saw her. There’s no family like old school family.
  • I also treated myself to a manicure with wraps. I haven’t done anything special for myself in so long; I was way overdue.
  • Sophie, my Lhasa Apso, is becoming more social with other canine ‘babies’. 🙂
  • I’m still here to post about celebrating the little things.

What did you all celebrate this past TWO weeks? I need to catch up…

Coming Clean About My Stroke-Part4

Here’s Part 4 of the Coming Clean About My Stroke Blog Post Series that I wrote last year.

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So, it was time to say goodbye to the hospital and hello to rehab. I was nervous and really excited. Excited simply because I actually made it out of the hospital. It was going to be an awkward trip for me. That I knew. I was all bundled up in bed with my bags on a chair next to my bed. I was waiting for the ambulance that was going to be transporting me from the hospital to the rehabilitation center. What was I going to do? Or say? These were my people. I may not know them, but it hurt my heart knowing that they were coming to get me; doing what I should

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be doing for someone else. I want to say they arrived about lunch time. I’m not exactly sure. They were professional and polite. It was a male and a female. That I remember. I…

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Celebrate the Small Things-June 13, 2014

Hello bloggers. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. I know it’s SUNDAY this time, and I should’ve posted this Friday, but I’ve been all over the place. What can I do? I’m human, imperfect, but cute.  🙂  Time for the weekly meme ‘Celebrate the Small Things’ brought to us by the wonderful Viklit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

Celebrate the Small ThingsThis blog hop is very easy as usual – just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. It doesn’t have to be anything related to writing. It could be anything happening in life in general.

Sign up by clicking on the image posted to your left, and hop around and celebrate with others.

After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Viklit’s awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

I wasn’t much in a celebrating mood this week, to be honest. I’ve been in a lot of pain, meds haven’t really been cutting it, and I’ve learned a thing or two about people in general.

I was supposed to go to a dear friend’s wedding yesterday (Saturday) but had no transportation to get to NJ. Of course, after I have to break the news to my ‘adopted son’, (I know, I have EMS kids all over the place!) that I won’t be able to make it, someone I know, decides late yesterday to make plans in NJ for today. Too late for me to go now, but not too late to celebrate that my good friend is getting married to the love of his life.

Oh, and duh… I’m still here!!! Yayyyy!!! Good day or bad, if I have tomorrow, may it be better!

What did you all celebrate this past week?

Coming Clean About My Stroke-Part3

Here is Part 3 in the Coming Clean About My Stroke blog post series.

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Good evening to all my blog family! Sorry it’s taken me a bit to complete Part 3 of the Series. Last week was the week for me. I had a post due for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group on Wednesday. That had to be kept short and very sweet (and a little late) because I arrived in NJ to attend the wedding of a friend and wound up having a focal seizure while attempting to purchase a dress at the mall.  😦 Anyhoo, what matters is that I made it to the wedding and I will post a few of my ‘sexy mama’ pix in a future post.

Back to the hospital. . .

The neurosurgeon and neurologist are getting ready to clear me from NICU and transfer me to a regular floor until a bed is available at the inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Physical and speech therapists still come by…

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Celebrate the Small Things-June 6, 2014

Hello bloggers. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend so far. I know it’s Saturday and I should’ve posted this yesterday, but it’s all good. Time for the weekly meme ‘Celebrate the Small Things’ brought to us by the wonderful Viklit at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author.

Celebrate the Small Things

This blog hop is very easy as usual – just post a celebration, however small or big, in your blog. It doesn’t have to be anything related to writing. It could be anything happening in life in general.

Sign up by clicking on the image posted to your left, and hop around and celebrate with others.

After posting the things you have to celebrate, please don’t forget to visit and thank Viklit’s awesome and amazing co-hosts for the wonderful job they do:

Diana Wilder
LG Keltner @ Writing Off the Edge
Katie @ TheCyborg Mom
CaffeMaggieato @ mscoffeehouse

This week I’m celebrating:

  1. My daughter and one of her closest friends Samantha (my favorite, :-D, I call her my daughter too ) have come up from NJ to spend the weekend with me and I’m beyond thrilled.
  2. We went to eat at a buffet and caught up on a lot of news that I’ve missed out on.
  3. I’ve gotten a little closer to one of my blogger buddies and have been able to open up about some of my inner turmoil thanks to Celebrate the Small Things and my new blog. The world is truly small.
  4. It’s a warm and beautiful day.

Even though this past week has not been the greatest as far as my pain goes, I’m not going to let it interfere with the fact that my girls are here.

What did you all celebrate this past week?

Coming Clean About My Stroke-Part 2

This is Part 2 of the Coming Clean About My Stroke blog post series from last summer. Four or five more and I’ll be caught up…

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I finally stabilized enough that I was extubated for the last time, the first week of December. I’m in a private NICU room with doctors, nurses, therapists galore, family and my ex. I’m up, but don’t really understand what’s going on.

I remember one of the nurses asked me if there is something I needed, and I remember responding with a voice that was unrecognizable to me, “McDonald’s McNuggets and Sweet Tea”. I was speaking as if I had a small bag of rocks in my mouth. This was moments after being extubated (none of that I remember). They found the request amusing,  but I didn’t. I was hungry.  I was told I wouldn’t be able to eat any hard food until the speech therapist tested my swallow skills. I had just been extubated. I was looking at juice, apple sauce and jello. Whatever.

I remember my attention turning elsewhere. …

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Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG

Hello bloggers. It’s Wednesday, June 4, 2014, the first Wednesday of the month. We know what that means, don’t we?

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Yes, it’s time for the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writers Support Group – #IWSG. My talented, and amazing Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, who has yet to pick up his Award, founded this wonderful group.  😀

The purpose of this group is for writers of any kind to share their doubts and fears, trials and tribulations without fear of being mocked or feeling foolish. It’s also a place where writers who have “been there, done that” can offer words of encouragement and guidance. Don’t get me wrong, we also take this time to spread our good news. Whenever anyone finishes a draft, edits their work, finds the perfect critique group, publishes their work, or has any other good news to share, this is the place to do it!

This month’s fabulous co-hosts are: C. Lee McKenzie, Tracy Jo, Melanie Schulz, and LG Keltner! Please make it a point to pay them a visit.

Last month was a busy month for me as far as getting this site together. I’ve been mostly busy researching, organizing, signing up for publications, and setting up pages. She’s still in her infancy, but I’m aiming for her to be a well-developed site within the next couple of months. I’ve gotten some good feedback so far and made some good connections. I’m really proud of that.

Anyone else have any good news to share this month?