Saturday, January 31, 2009

I Have the BEST Husband

As I am crunching on some projects, D has been taking very good care of me. Today he made breakfast...yum, homemade waffles and helped with dinner...pasta in a red clam sauce and a salad.

I am getting psyched for the game tomorrow night. Knowing the Steelers will bring home the Lombardi trophy because:

Monday, January 26, 2009

Vacation Trip Planned!!

D and I have booked a 4 day/3 night trip to Orlando, FL! I am so excited. We haven't been on a trip alone since our honeymoon. Over Spring Break D & I will be in Orlando, FL. I can't wait. It will be a nice break before I sit for exams. Hopefully, this trip will help keep my stress levels lower than they might be if I stayed home and studied for all of Spring Break. I get 4 whole days of my baby's attention! YAY!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Getting Ready...

I am getting everything done that I need to get done early today so that I can watch as Barack Obama is sworn in as our President! I am so excited for change and to watch history as it happens.

Chris has a beautiful letter to President-elect Obama regarding some suggestions for running his presidency. You should definitely go check it out. It is some wise advice from a young father.

Besides the historicity of this moment, I am looking forward to many eloquent speeches from President-elect Obama to use as examples in my communication courses. He is a well-spoken man with the charisma to draw you in to his speeches.

Welcome to a new day America!

Sunday, January 18, 2009


Soxy can't wait! She knows the Steelers are bringing home a 6-pack!!

Here are some Steelers Fight Songs to get everyone psyched!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Pain Clinic Revisited...

(as much as I hate to take Soxy off of the top of my posts)

Today I went back to the Pain Clinic for more nerve-blocking shots. However, today they completed the procedure on 3 nerves: right occipital, left occiptial, and lower left occipital. Prior to this, I had only had 1 injection each it was three. I came home and slept for about 3 hours before waking up to prepare my lectures for tomorrow. I really hope these work as I need to be 100% focused and alert for this semester, both teaching and preparing for exams. Fingers crossed and happy thoughts that this time it worked requested.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Ask and You Shall Receive...Soxy Pictures

De-Lurking Day

(Image "borrowed" from Dackel stop over and de-lurk there also!)

Hi Everyone.

Once a year a whole handful of bloggers I know get together and we have a day we call De-Lurking Day.

This is a day when we ask everyone who may be reading our blogs to comment. Just say hi, guten tag, bonjour, hola, ciao, or well, you get the idea.

We all love to get comments, and more than anything we love to know from what part of the world you are commenting from.

So don’t be shy, join the fun and De-Lurk!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I've Been Tagged

I've been tagged by Vito for 2 memes...the first one is:

The first tag is to open my photo folder to you all. Here are the official rules:

1. Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
2. Go to the 6th Folder and then pick the 6th Picture.
3. Post it on your blog and tell the story that goes with the picture.
4. Tag 5 other glorious peoples to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog tellin’ them ’bout it.

This picture is from my Godson's baptism. The priest was explaining the entire process and exactly what was going to happen to both families. It is a unique process in that everyone can follow along, even those that aren't Catholic. I was so proud to be asked to be Frankie's Godmother.

The second meme is:

In the second meme, Uncle Vito wants me to share 7 random things about myself. Here they are:

1. I am German, but hate sauerkraut.
2. I cannot imagine my life without D.
3. I have been dealing with migraines since a car accident in 1998/1999...I really can't remember.
4. My first dog was a Beagle mix named Sox. My second dog is a Lab/Border Collie mix named Soxy...the second was rescued and was already named when we rescued her.
5. I have worn glasses or contacts since I was 2 years old.
6. My favorite drink is still a Jack and Coke...even though I hardly drink anymore.
7. My dissertation topic is going to be about Interpersonal Relationships and the Internet...blogging, online dating, gaming, email, and business relationships...I will be a royal pain in the butt with questions and surveys for all of my online friends.

I am now supposed to tag 7 people to do this meme...but leave me a comment if you would like to play along. :-)

Ok, so I am going to pass both of these on to the following:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Update After Doctor's Appointment

Thank goodness the news from the doctor was not terrible. This seems to be a recurring theme of occipital nerve damage. Only this time it isn't just one side, as it has been in the past...I am waiting for the Pain Clinic to call me back to see what they feel my next steps should be.

As the pain was radiating through my head from the top of my spine, I was afraid my brain stem injury was getting worse and would require a surgery that several surgeons have refused to do at my "young" age...they've told my I'd have to be at least 80 and unable to move before they'd try it. So I'm just glad it's the same-old same-old, even though I hate this and don't want anymore nerve injections.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Little Nervous

I never made it down to the treadmill the last two days. The headache and meds have screwed up my stomach and I just don't feel great. I have been a bit 'off-balance' and don't think that's a good condition to be walking on a treadmill.

I finally see my doctor tomorrow at 9:00 am. I am hoping for a quick and effective diagnosis to get rid of this. However, I am not holding my breath. This is not anything that I have felt before. I don't like where the origin seems to be as it leads to a larger, preexisting problem. Prayers and happy thoughts requested. Usually I don't sweat doctor's appointments, but I'm terrified of what I'm going to hear tomorrow.