Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Best Blog Award

While I was away MamaOTwins+1 from 3 Boys+1 Hubby= What Next??? was kind enough to bestow upon me the Best Blog Award. I need to mention that the day I received this news had been particularly heinous, as I had been dealing with Army and civilian idiots for hours. Getting this award literally made my day, and help to redeem my faith in humanity that there are good and generous people out there. Please stop by MamaOTwins+1's blog when you get a minute to spread some bloggy love, she has some great posts that are both informative and entertaining!   

Now without further ado, in keeping with the tradition of blog awards, it is now my honor to pass this baby along to 5 fellow bloggers and my recipients are:

Gaelikaa for both of her blogs, Out of Ireland into India and Gaelikaa's Diary. She has inspired me on more than one occasion through her candid and eloquent writings, and virtually every time I visit one of her blogs I learn something new.

Messina at And then there was me. Whatever she's writing about from all things related to being a Mom to her inner thoughts on anything and everything her writings are simply poetic. As if that weren't enough she blends this amazing poetic ability with wit, which makes for a killer combo.

Jayne at Misplaced City Girl. Her insight (more often than not combined with wit) yield post after post of good reading! What I love most is her killer personality that shines though, no matter what she's writing about! She also hosts a ton of giveaways and has the inside scoop on new products too.

Krystel at Army Wives 101. This woman is a key tool in navigating the often stormy waters as an Army Wife. She devotes her time selflessly to ensure than other Army Spouses have a place to go for much needed information, as well as entertainment and giveaways! A one stop shop of Army resources and fun!

Jessica at Baby Davis Michael. Her blog is beautiful and an absolute reflection of all that she holds precious, hence the name! :) Her writings are honest, poignant and entertaining too! Her posts always draw me in, which says something considering I don't have kids and still i can't stop reading! :)

Thanks again to MamaOTwins+1 for this most rockin award and congratulations to my nominees!

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Skinny

Wow, it feels so good to be blogging again! I cannot believe it's been 2 weeks since I've been in my normal blogging groove! So much, and I emphasize both SO and MUCH, has happened in the time I was gone that in an effort to keep this post from becoming a mini-novel I'm going to give a very abridged version of the story.

Firstly, I'm feeling much better. The viral infection of my heart seems to have dissipated almost completely. I say almost because I am still having bouts of intermittent chest pain. This however is nothing compared to how I felt previously and therefore it leads me to believe its resolving itself and I will be feeling completely symptom free soon.

Secondly, the hubs unfortunately is not feeling so great. His nerve damage continues to worsen, so much so that it's making his right leg have sporadic episodes of intense weakness. He's fallen four times in the last two weeks as a result of these episodes. in fact, the last time he fell, he hit his head and was briefly unconscious. In a state of sheer panic, I called 911. The ambulance took him to the hospital on a backboard with a C collar on to make sure he didn't have any serious neck or head injuries. The good news is that besides a minor whiplash injury, his head and neck are okay. He had one handsome bump on his head and a heck of headache the next day, which was also accompanied by some residual dizziness, but that was only temporary. The bad news is that his leg still continues to have episodes of weakness, and thus I'm still concerned he might be seriously injured if he should fall again.

In relation to the hubs latest health drama, the Army, specifically his company, has kept with the tradition to be as stupid and unconcerned as possible. At least they're consistent, note the sarcasm here. For example, the night he was in the hospital, we were in there until after 2;30 AM and didn't get home until after 3:00 AM. Instead of letting me bring in his paperwork, which stated he had the next two days off per physicians orders, his Motor Sgt. (being the complete bastard that he is) required him to be at the company at 6:00 AM to turn it in himself. He was exhausted and in pain, and yet his jack ass of a Motor Sgt. will take any step or measure he can to make my hubs life harder. As an NCO his job priorities are simple: 1)The mission and 2)The welfare of the soldiers under him. He has failed time and time again on regarding the latter and as a result he's failed the former. I had decided I was done playing this stupid game of his and leaving our future left in the hands of incompetent idiots who obviously don't give a damn, but then we found out from his physician (who by the way I plan to file a complaint with the Med Board since he's a civilian doc, but that's a-whole-nother story) that my hubs was accepted into the WTU! Hurrah! We've been praying, hoping and wishing desperately for this, so it's indeed an answer to our prayer! Supposedly he'll be transferred there in the next 7-10 days. Once there his whole job will be to focus on getting better. Basically all he has to do is go to his appointments and then go home and rest, thus the "focus on getting better' part. I will definitely keep you posted about this. Oh, and back to the doctor, I don't even want to get into that story right now, as every time I think about it, my blood boils, but I will say this. I'm not going to file my complaint until my hubs is safely in the WTU. At this point, after waiting 4 months for something that should've taken 30 days, I don't want to do anything that would jeapordize his getting into the WTU.

Also, the night that my hubs fell and had to go to the hospital, was the night before my final paper (worth 40% of my grade) was due. Needless to say it was late. My rockin' awesome facilitator gave me an extension, and in the end I got a 95% on it! Needless to say I was totally stoked! This also means I got an A in the class, as all my grades on the assignments, etc. were A's! Yay!! So far, granted it's still really early on, but so far my goal for a 4.0 GPA s in tact and my future goal of an Ivy League Law School is still a possibility! Happy sigh of relief! My next class started today, and is called "Literature, Film and the American Dream" I can't wait!! But if I thought my first class was intense, I was sorely mistaken, as I have taken a lookie-lou at the syllabus for this class, and it is beyond intense. We're reading three novels and watching 6 movies in 7 weeks! Not to mention the required blog and discussion posts, as well as a "conceptual map' whatever that is, and a research project worth 50% of our grade. Sigh. Oh well, at least i'll have more time to devote to it now that I don't have to worry about my job anymore. Oh, wait I haven't gotten that far yet have I?

So, because I took off time, like two weeks due to my heart infection and then my hubs fall and consequent issues, I was told by my Manager, that since I have so much on my plate right now, I should take a break from work. This turned out to be her polite way of letting me go. At first I was highly annoyed, but then I realized everything happens for a reason, and once I saw the syllabus for my upcoming class, I new I needed more time than ever to devote to school.

I'll also have more time to dedicate to my volunteer activities. The AFTB Program Manager, Cat, is anxious to get me back to teach, citing that I'm one of their best as her reason, which does my self esteem good after the whole losing of my job ordeal. Additionally, Cat is also excited to get me more involved in AFAP which she is now also running. Lastly, it's getting close for me to make my first donation of crocheted items to hospitals and women's shelters. I had planned on doing that in the middle of October, but considering that time has come and gone seemingly in the blink of an eye, the middle of November is my new goal. In related news, I'm hoping to complete the Articles of Incorporation for my charity, With Love, by the end of the month, hopefully (they're tricky little devils to write!).

That's pretty much the meat and potatoes of the last couple of weeks. Oh, one more thing, in happy news, I finally got one of my financial aid checks, and am now the proud of owner of my very own MacBook Pro, otherwise known as my version of heaven! :) That's right, I almost forgot, speaking of all things tech-ie, I also got a new cell phone, the BlackBerry Storm! My hubs contract was up for renewal and since Alltel just officially became Verizon, we renewed his contract with them and they were running a special on BlackBerries, buy one, get one free, and so we did! See, not all that's happened to me has been bad! :)

Before I sign off, I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all those who expressed their concern and well wishes for me while I've been gone. Your support was so very much appreciated at a time when it felt like everything was going wrong, receiving a thoughtful comment literally made my day, and helped renew my faith that not all humanity sucks. :) Thanks again! I seriously have the BEST followers in the blogosphere! :)

I just re-read over this post, so much for "abridged,! Stay tuned this week for more posts to come!

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

M.I.A. Part 2

Smiley 128 From my lack of posting lately, it would appear as if I’ve dropped off the face of the earth. In truth, it’s just taken me a lot longer to get over this whole heart infection thing than I had anticipated. A lot, and I mean, a lot, has happened in the last few weeks that has tested my sanity to the fullest.

I’m trying hard to catch up, and I’m glad to say that finally I’m making some “slowly but surely” progress. Sometimes it feels like one step forward, two steps back, but such is life.

Right now my biggest priority (besides me health) is finishingBU Logo 2 my final paper (can you believe that my first term at BU is almost over?) which is due Tuesday. Once that’s done I hope to get back to my normal blogging groove.

In the meantime I just wanted to let all of my awesome followers know that I’m alive and well and anxious to return. Also I wanted to say THANK YOU for all of the get well wishes and support I’ve received from everyone! I appreciate all of the encouragement and concern so very much!

Thank You Americana

PS – For smaller updates you can find me on Twitter and Facebook. I’m updating those a little more regularly as they only take like a second to write! :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Sick Teddy I’ve been a little MIA this week (reflected in my lack of new posts) so here’s the skinny on my absence.

Monday night I started to feel icky. Early Tuesday morning I started to have chest pains and shortness of breath. When it didn’t go away my hubs decided it was necessary to go to the Emergency Room. I’m not a fan of ER’s, but then again who is, so it took some insistence on his part, but finally I agreed to go. The end result was that I had “Atypical Chest Pain” caused from an infection of the muscle of the heartSick Heart , also known as Myocarditis. Many things can cause this from a simple viral infection to an autoimmune disorder (which coincidentally my Primary Care Physician believes I might have due to a specific set of symptoms I’ve had for the last five years, and has recently referred me to a specialist for further evaluation). 

There is no treatment per se for Myocarditis, sometimes they prescribe steroids but there is conflicting results on whether or not they actually work, so typically they just treat the symptoms and most cases resolve themselves in time. Those that don’t resolves themselves can lead to bad things like Sick Bunny Congestive Heart Failure, but there’s no reason to worry about that at the moment.

The ER staff stabilized my vitals, then sent me home. They instructed me to continue with my prescribed medications (as many of them would treat my symptoms) and to avoid physical activity for the next few days, hence why I’m not at work right now. They also said if I don’t feel better within 24 hours to follow up with them or my Primary Care Physician.  Yesterday I still felt pretty icky and today, while for the most part my chest pain is getting better, every nowSick Lego Smiley and then it hurts like Holy Hannah.  Meanwhile my shortness of breath is directly related to the amount of physical activity I do, getting much worse when I’m moving around. So, I’ll see how things go today and if I’m still having problems, I’ll call tomorrow morning to get in and see my PCP before the long weekend, but really I’m just hoping I start to feel better.

Monday, October 5, 2009

One Lovely Blog

I had some very happy news last week, Mesina over at “And Then There Was Me” bestowed upon me the awesome “One Lovely Blog Award.” I am so honored and touched to be the recipient of this fabulous award and more so because it came from someone’s who’s writing is truly phenomenal and serves as a huge inspiration to me. Thank you Messina!

One Lovely Blog Award

The rules of receiving this “lovely” award are to pass it on to 15 other bloggers I’ve newly discovered. It’s taken me almost a week to write this post because I’ve been trying to determine which 15 I shall bestow it to. I’ve been doing some serious blog walking lately and it’s been quite difficult narrowing it down, but alas I have made my list.

The fabulous and lovely bloggers who I am nominating for this award are (in no particular order):

  1. Laura from “My Best Day Ever” – Initially I was totally captivated by her very different, very artistic blog design, then I read just one of her posts and became a follower in 2 seconds flat. They’re most often quirky, fun and about everything from parenting to cooking to randomness.
  2. Rachael from “Little Red Door and a Whole Lot More” – Her blog reminds me of a spread from “Better Homes and Gardens” and the first time I came across it she had the most to die for salad recipe in time for fall. In fact thinking about it is making my mouth water. Yum.
  3. Krystel from “Army Wife 101” – She has a fantastic blog that is not only cute as ever, but is also a GREAT resource for Army Wives! Thanks Krystel!
  4. Jessica from “Baby Davis Michael” – She is beautiful (inside and out) and her blog is the same! Her posts are straight from the heart and she is one of the nicest, sweetest bloggers I’ve met in my blogging journey!
  5. Leigh from “Leigh vs. Laundry” – She is absolutely HILARIOUS! Her posts are also the perfect blend of insightful and honest. She writes about being a mom, her misadventures in homemaking and anything else that comes to mind.
  6. S.E. Sward from “Black Holes and Macrame” – She has the best writing tone, clearly displaying her clever humor and brilliantly honest observations about life. Her blog is about a little of everything (girl after my own heart) and the minute I stumbled upon it, I was sucked in, huh, just like a black hole! :) Plus I totally dig the black against purple look!
  7. Heather from “Theta Mom” – I cannot believe it took me this long to find this blog!! She’s a mommy blogger, and while I’m not a mommy her attitude towards blogging and life in general, is straight up genuine and sincere, and what hooked me instantly! For mommies her posts are honest, resourceful, and underlined with a fun undertone. Plus her blog design is beautiful!
  8. That Girl from “That Girl Blogs” – This blogger is seriously dedicated, continually putting up new content and completely devoted to blogging! Additionally, she is a stupendous writer with witty insights into family and the world around her.
  9. Confessions of a Country Girl from the blog with the same name and “Confessions of a Book Junkie” – I love her blogs! She’s simply genuine and as a result so her is writing, which coincidentally is also good. Both blogs have posts fun undertones, and her book blog is a wonderful and fun places for book lovers to frequent!
  10. Nettagyrl from “Nesty Nachos” – She is an aspiring writing (another girl after my own heart) and an all-around awesome chick with attitude! Her posts vary about a little of everything and her blog design is pretty sweet too!
  11. Tammy from “My Organized Chaos” – She’s a Canadian mommy with a totally rockin’ blog! She hosts tons of giveaways, and gives insightful and helpful reviews. She’s the mother of baby girl twins plus one five year little girl, and somewhere in there she manages to blog about her life as well. PS – Her blog is positively beautiful!
  12. Nanny Goats in Panties from the blog with the same name, she is oh so FUNNY and posts a little about everything. Her posts are wonderfully well written and gleaming with wit. Her blog is a fabulously fun design with clean easy to read lines.
  13. That One Mom from “A Day in the Life: Chronicles of an Only Parent” – This is such a fun blog! She’s comedic honest and genuine. Her posts reflect these traits and cover a variety of subjects from parenting alone to dating. Always an entertaining read!
  14. WhiteSockGirl from “The Joys of My Splintered Small Town LIfe” – This blog is one of my faves! Phenomenal in writing style, tone and stupendously entertaining content! She’s witty, and brutally honest which is reflected in her blog through and through!
  15. Mary from “The Adventures of Mommy Maestro” – She’s a mommy blogger full of fun, witty, often resourceful posts relative to all things mommy related and a lot of things life related. She’s got a fun attitude and reading her blog is always enjoyable!

Congratulations ladies and thanks for making the blogosphere such an amazing place! Also, again many thanks to Mesina from “And Then There Was Me!” I really appreciate this absolutely lovely award!!!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Addition

For a very long time now the hubs and I have been wanting a dog. We have debated endlessly over big dog versus little dog, the hubs obviously wanting the former and me the latter, but we decided that when and if the opportunity presented itself to get a dog when we would evaluate it further at that time. That time came yesterday.

My Manager from the Thrift Shop had a dog (a Fox Terrier) she was trying to find a good home for. The dog was a year old and the family, although they adored her, they simply didn’t have the time to devote to her that she deserved. The hubs and I went to her house yesterday to meet her and we instantly fell in love.

Meet our newest addition to the Norton Family:

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She is just the sweetest, smartest (albeit a little hyper at times) dog ever! Of course as a new doggie mama I’m completely biased. :)

She’s already house trained and responds to commands like sit, stay, shake, and lie, and she’s not a barker or crier! We found out last night she’s not a huge fan of bath time, but even still, she really is a great little dog! Especially considering she’s in a totally new environment with new owners. Thus far she’s handled the transition really well, and granted it’s only been a day, but still, I think that says something about her awesome rockin’ character! 

I’ll be writing much more on our new addition, but right now I’m off to battle the crazy bargain shoppers that make their way to the Thrift Shop on the one Saturday a month we’re open for our “Dollar Sale” (everything in the store-excluding consignments-is a dollar)! People start lining up after 8:00 and we don’t open until 9:00. I just wanted to get a quick post out to celebrate our happy news!

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Meka's Fox Pic

Friday, October 2, 2009

Five (Plus Five) Fun Facts for Friday!

Heinz Worst Sauce 1. Worcestershire Sauce is basically an Anchovy ketchup. (I knew I didn’t like it for a reason.) :)

2. Lincoln Logs were invented by Frank Lloyd Wright'sLincoln Logs son. (Like father like son, only on a smaller scale.) :)


Tulips 3. The city of Mt. Vernon, Washington grows more tulips than the entire country of Holland. (Either Holland doesn’t make as many tulips as I thought, or Mt. Vernon makes a whole LOT of tulips). :)

4. There are almost twice as many people in RhodeAlaska Map Compared to US Island than there are in Alaska. (What a trip, but not surprising when I think about it.)

Ralph Lauren Black Logo 5. Ralph Lauren's original name was Ralph Lifshitz. (No wonder why he changed his name.) :)

**Bonus Facts:

*The white part of your fingernail is called the  lunula. (There’s seriously a name for everything isn’t there?) :) Fingernail

*The ball on top of a flagpole is called the truck. (Huh, wonder why?)Flag US Large

*An animal epidemic is called an epizootic. (Now this  word is just fun to say!) :)

Zoo Clip Art

New Yorker’s probably know these last ones, but I always wondered how these neighborhoods got their names, so I threw them in anyway!

I Love New York

*Tribeca stands for TRIangle BElow CAnal street.

*Soho stands for SOuth of HOuston street.

Today’s facts were provided by Deb and Jen’s Land O’ Useless Facts! Thanks ladies!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Silverish Clock There is such a thing as a biological clock. I know this because mine is blaring at me like a tornado warning siren. It’s loud and relentless and it’s driving me crazy. Let me explain.

Prior to the emergence of my biological clock, I had no desire to have children. I didn’t go all ga-ga over babies, and I didn’t put a pillow under my shirt imagining what I would look like pregnant. I was quite content and happy being me and doing my own thing. Besides, I had more than one health issue that made the notion of me having kids seem like not the greatest idea.

After I hit 30, strange things started happening to me. When Stork with Baby Plaid BG I would see a mother with her baby, I would be drawn to them. When I would see tiny infant clothes, I would stop to look at them. When I saw children playing in the park, I had a tug in my heart. What was going on? I couldn’t understand why I was having such a reaction to these types of situations when previously I was completely indifferent.

Then I heard it, a subtle “Tick-tock, tick-tock.” It was faint at first, at times I barely heard it at all, but as the days turned to weeks, and the weeks to months, it grew louder and louder until is started to sound like my morning alarm clock, a piercing, “Rerh, rerh, rerh.”  Then it would simmer down again, and when it did, it’s message became more clear, “Tick-tock, tick-tock. You’re time is running out.” It kept on in this pattern for a while, alternating between the alarm mode and then the message mode.

Pregnant MOm It seems like everywhere I turn these days, everyone is pregnant. I realize this may seem like a mellow-dramatic generalization, but seriously, the preggies are everywhere! Family, friends, blogging buddies, customers at the Thrift Shop, aquaintances at the Commissary; everywhere I turn, there’s another one. Though it’s my preggie friends and family members that seem to have the biggest impact on me.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for them, truly and deeply, but at the same time inside I feel a little pang of sadness mixed with jealousy (ick!).

In a nutshell, here’s the deal:

My mind says: You never dreamed of having children. YouGirl Thinking are very happy with your life and the life you share with your husband. You are actively pursuing your dreams of becoming a lawyer, and have many other engaging and fulfilling pursuits and activities in your life. You have a number of health issues that would have to be seriously addressed, if not fixed all together, before it could even be a remote possibility. Not to mention, your immediate future is shaky and uncertain. You literally have no idea what your husbands future in the Army will hold from one day to the next. He could be medically discharged tomorrow, or he could (if the right people were found to help) rehabilitate and be given the chance to re-class and stay in until you finish law school (the latter would be ideal). What sense does it make to bring a baby into the world when you don’t even know if you’ll have a place to live or a job to support him or her. Not to mention, having a baby would make completing law school VERY difficult.

Heart Black My heart says: Having a baby would be an experience of a lifetime. You and your husband would make good parents. There is never an ideal time to have a baby. Adding a baby would be challenging but infinitely rewarding too.

So, that’s the conflict logic versus the insane desire to have a baby. I say insane because truthfully, I don’t want to want a baby. I liked it so much better when I was just going along my merry little way without this fairly consistent feeling rising within me.

Some days I’ll see a baby and my heart will melt, or I’ll find out someone dear to me is pregnant and I want to be too. Then some days I’m so happy I have the options to doCircle of Arrows Blue whatever my heart desires, that I have the opportunity to fulfill my educational goals and consequent career goals, that I can be me with no restrictions. I do this dance back and forth daily (and I’m not EVEN going to go into the societal pressures and influences related to this subject. I’ll save that for another post). It’s a vicious little cycle!

Ringing Alarm Clock Meanwhile that damned biological clock just keeps getting louder and louder. If it were a tangible object I would’ve thrown it at the wall by now. “Tick-tock, tick-tock  .  .  .”


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