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Monday, July 11, 2011

It's time to get back on the Spark bandwagon! This weekend has been a bit of a "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" kind of weekend (just regarding food, guys, nothing else emoticon) But I have finished up some things (which is good for me 'cause I'm all about lists).

Took my content exam on Saturday; I cannot go any further in my studies until I pass this test. It felt like I did OK. I knew a lot of the answers straight out, some of them I had to eliminate until I got to the best answer and some I just had to guess on. It is 125 questions covering about five different subjects. I studied for it, got up there in plenty of time and ate (some, not a lot) chocolate chips right before the test. (Brain works on sugar and chocolate helps calm me down). They gave us five hours to take the test; I was done in an hour. You either know it or you don't, sitting there for four more hours would not have brought in any missing answers. I will find out the results on August 5. Keep your fingers crossed!

We had a surprise party for my son; he turns 30 this month. It worked. He was surprised and delighted. The party was lovely, the house was shiny and the food was good. Had a pina colada and yummy food. I didn't go overboard but I'm pretty sure that I went over my limit a bit. I hadn't been tracking food consistently because the test AND the party were on the same day (it just turned out that way), so I was a little overwhelmed with trying to complete everything. And then I had a flare last week (urgh! evil RA) which slammed my workout schedule.

But today is a new day; my meds are working, the house is relatively clean and just needs a slight buffing, the garden is all planted and right now the heavens are watering it for me and my test is over so I don't need to study right now.

This gives me time to:

1. Read (oh glorious, non-school/non-work related, doesn't have to stick in my brain reading)
2. Start working on my LiveText. This is an on-line portfolio that teachers in my program have to fulfill. It's not due until Fall 2012, but if I start doing it in little increments now it will not be a pain filled exercise. I am thinking about spending 10 minutes a day on it
3. Work on my archery, I have two more classes left and it is fun in an Amazonian kind of way.
4. Clean. I actually like cleaning my house, I just don't like having a deadline. This way I can putter around and obsess on things...
5. Log my food and pay attention to what we eat. We have been successful in this. Can I tell you how proud I am of my husband? He's lost over 40 lbs and I am approaching 30 total from last November, although after the party I am going to wait until Friday to get back on the scale..
6. Get my running back on track. I would really like to get under 30 minutes for a 5k.
7. Sew, meaning get the little things that need to be fixed so I can make some fantastic costumes for Halloween.
8. I want to make a tiny fairy garden inside my garden; so I need to build some teeny little houses.

You get the picture right? Silly, lovely, summer things that just make me smile.

Gotta go now, if you need me I'll be upstairs reading... emoticon

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MDBUTTERFLY 7/13/2011 9:01AM

    Love the list (Im a fellow list maker, lol)!
Good luck on those exam results, hope its great results!

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I ran today...

Monday, June 06, 2011

and it was glorious! Oh, not the running part, that was red-faced and panting, but the finishing part was most excellent.

It dawned on me that my last few posts had been unhappy ones; either my grumbling about my limitations or talking about life's foibles. That should not be so, because I have a HUGE amount in life to be grateful for, they are (in no particular order)

1. The best husband in the world (he is, I've done surveys>;-)
2. A roof over my head that does not leak,
3. A hugely talented son who is also good and kind.
4. A smart, beautiful, talented daughter-in-love that I would not trade for anything.
5. Girlfriends with devilish senses of humor (you KNOW who you are)
6. Drugs that stop the pain and symptoms of my disease
7. Enough money to buy healthy food
8. A math professor who lets me help tutor his class, which give me insights on teaching and helps me to understand voodoo math even better. He is also very kind, gracious and amazingly smart.
9. A new found ability to say no (thanks Teeny)
10. Days that I CAN run.
11. A four year old niece that I get to spend time with (including reading, baking, time-outs, cuddling)
12. Friends that enable me to be more creative (see number 1)
13. Getting the chance to go back to school and finish my degree at my age (also see number 1).
14. Spring
15. Summer
16. Winter
17. al

I am so lucky; and if I haven't told you how much you mean to me lately, remind me, 'cause it's important that I tell you often. Now, I need to go back downstairs and continue the Ant Wars (more on that later). Life is good.

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TEENY_BIKINI 6/29/2011 9:32PM

    You are awesomeness!!

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MDBUTTERFLY 6/12/2011 7:20PM

    Love the list. I need to do this ESPECIALLY when I feel down. Thank you!

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MARTY728 6/6/2011 3:30PM

    Reads as though you are at a good place it life. AWESOME! Keep Sparking! emoticon

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oh piffle!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I have Palindromic Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am very lucky in that the ER doc I saw (after my own doctor kept ignoring my calls) sent me to a specialist and he diagnosed it. I currently take methotrexate, which is a chemo drug. It dampens down my body's autoimmune response enough to stop the flares. Last semester's workload and stresses necessitated an increase in my dosage; not a lot, just nine pills once a week instead of eight. It is working. The flares seem to have stopped. I still have some joint pain, but that will probably fall by the wayside once everything is adjusted. BUT, since the dosage has gone up, the fatigue caused by the meds is back. ARRGGH! It is summer, I have loads of things I want to get done. Running and exercise programs to begin, plantings in my garden. Instead, I seem to be operating in a slightly foggy state for about three days after the meds. Naps are an integral part of those three days (yes, plural). Ahh well, this too shall pass. It is better than the pain and the looming fear of the wheelchair. I guess I will just have to become more efficient.

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JMMANGEL 6/5/2011 2:36PM

  thanks, I'm sure they will but now and then I get a little grumbly...

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MARTY728 6/5/2011 2:05PM

    Hoping things improve quickly!

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JMMANGEL 6/5/2011 10:11AM will get better, but I am ever hopeful for instant gratification.

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PAMMYLBEAR 6/5/2011 9:16AM

    Wow! You had to go to the ER to get diagnosed?! Sad, sorry state of affairs. I'm glad the meds are keeping the pain under control. Too bad your specialist doesn't have a magic pill to give you back your energy.

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And I just guess that's life...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Anyone that has read the last couple of my blogs knows that my maid of honor was deathly ill. She had fallen victim to TSS after her husband dropped dead of a heart issue (embolism we think). I want to thank everyone that was kind enough to offer prayers for Donna's recovery. This is the note that I never wanted to write. We put Donna to rest last week. She was only 43 years old; with her death, their eleven year old son becomes an orphan. I am heart-broken.

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JMMANGEL 5/10/2011 11:56PM

  Thank you

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/10/2011 10:46PM

    Oh - I am so so so so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. I am praying for you and their son.

Hugs. My heart goes out to you as well.

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JMMANGEL 5/6/2011 9:45AM

  Thank you, I appreciate your thoughts.

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TRIGFROST 5/5/2011 9:48PM

    Oh-No....My Heart goes out to you + the faimly members... emoticon

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Just for a lark

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

While perusing my Facebook, I noticed that Neil Gaiman (one of my favorite authors) had a contest could enter a reading in the contest and maybe ending up having a role in his next audiobook. How cool is that? So I've created my reading and am putting the link in this blog. Vote for me if you would, this would just be a hoot! Can't hurt, might help and it's just plain fun!


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