CLEOLEFT1's SparkPeople Blog CLEOLEFT1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Music Makes It ALL Better! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 12-6-14&#65532;5 min into outlaw roadshow Saturday and forced to leave WiFi. Every time! 'Someone ' doesn't want me listening. Spent all day immersed in @moderndaymidas @weslynn and @scarson45 . Spent time at sister in laws house. Pretended to dance with her Zumba video acting silly. Acting...right? Wonderful day. Now they will be going with us to the cabin this weekend! Yay! That means we are going in my... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 03:42:31 EST Concert Memories!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Another LOVELY day for an Austin concert 12-3-14!!!!! I left home at 1pm and got there at 3 pm to make sure I made it to first row. No traffic til my exit! Which I passed, of course. Note to really only have to get there half an hour before doors so if you plan to arrive an hour before that...IT'S ENOUGH!!!! Still had tons of fun amusing myself. Ate at Wholly Cow Burgers and it was AMAZING! Walked ... Fri, 5 Dec 2014 04:56:25 EST FINALLY!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This week has been heavenly. I have stayed busy at work but no really ad 911s. Got all Dakota's graduation stuff ordered and put in for the time off including two four day weekends for SXSW since Ryan still won't confirm the dates. House is decently clean and I am off tomorrow, weekend, and Wednesday and Thursday next week for the Augustana concert. Actually thinking I will get a motel room for SXSW to attend ... Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:00:30 EST Tired of Blah <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Only the 3 starfish and 2 sand biscuits were bought. Found the rest myself at East Beach. <BR> <BR> Mom is concerned because she still hasn't received her bank statement so I had to call the bank and talk to three different people and be placed on hold for thirty five minutes. And then start from scratch again so I gave up...and then it was in the mail. Ten minutes later. On the way to check the mail for the s... Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:06:29 EST vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The pigeons always seemed to want in our motel room. Ome even flew in at Ron's head. <BR> <BR> 1032pm Monday night. Saved by the iPod. Neighboring room loud sounding like Latka from Taxi endlessly jabbering but covered it up with my cc concert from 7-31-14. Can't sleep for re-living the concert experience but at least I'm not trying to kill anyone. Tuesday Ron woke me at 415am with alarm set for 5. Went to bre... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:56:10 EST If it weren't for bad luck... <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Started writing Friday 11-14. This has been the worst week I can remember. Monday, 11-10-14 two girls ganged up on one that just CAN'T keep her trap shut so I had to act like a med nurse and take her to Dr, T to get a gash over her eye durabonded and she kept re-opening the gash for the next 2 days. Tuesday, my boy unit was in riot mode for three hours with one boy being restrained twice and getting meds twice. ... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:13:53 EST Stress It To The Max, Baby! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I have my shadow box wall almost complete. Hanger ready for Galveston box above the bullet box. Going next week in 40 degree weather! <BR> <BR> FUN!!! My girls unit had so many issues the 7-3 RN and therapist didn't get to leave until 830pm. Yesterday went to 91 year old mom's house. Usually go on Tuesdays. Awful smell of gas and called out four times before answered. 'Oh yeah. It's been smelling like ... Tue, 11 Nov 2014 01:46:55 EST Jeez <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I'm getting sick of being picked on. Balancing my checking account found I only got 44 cents in interest when I normally get twenty two dollars. On top of that got charged eight dollars in ATM fees. All because my online PayPal payment didn't count as a debit so I was one short. Thirty dollars down the drain. I also got signed up to be on call at the end of the month. Without being asked. Even though there ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 00:22:09 EST Just Kill Me Now <img src=""> <BR> <BR> 10-25-14 <BR> It is currently 240 am and I have counted at least SEVEN incredibly loud aircraft circling the TSTC area since the sound woke me up at midnight. Obviously, there have been many more that I didn't count. This has happened several times in the past couple of weeks. My mother lives even closer than I do and there is never a gap in the air traffic noise during the day either. That is ok for her becau... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:35:59 EST blah <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Been looking for that folder with my budget printout at least for the past six weeks. I must have always known I would find it the day it was irreplaceable. Shadow box ocd...putting one together with my autographed CDs, ticket stubs etc. and HAD to have pic of me at last cc concert taken by bassist of Toad the Wet Sprocket but printer was ruined by leaking 3 year old roof so no way to re-print. The long lost fol... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 03:46:23 EST Surprisingly OK <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Best cure for depression is tackling goofy projects. Reorganized garage and clothes and stuff for shadow boxes and crafts, then cut around fence lines, house and curb with HEDGE CLIPPERS cuz neighbors already know I'm 'special' and now proud beyond words that my 17 yo is picking up all the clippings I swept into piles to get money off his Disney bill. I asked him to do it 6 months ago. Oldest got $254 in groc... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:38:13 EST Get Busy! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Saturday (of last week...I rant in bits and pieces) <BR> Reading this book 'I am the weapon' about a teenage spy type, brought up a memory. In Jr high, I had a penpal from Nagasaki Japan. Wonder what ever happened to her or if I could find her in this brilliant age of technology? Naa. Way too many Mami Yoshimoto's. I have been semi-depressed for the past few weeks and today, it seems to have turned to dread. ... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:55:29 EST Surely It Can Only Get Better? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Feeling like a rock star being in the list of peeps to follow. Made my depressing day tons better one day last week. OldJack, I'm guessing from my whiny posts and tweets, knew I was having an awful time of it and tweeted a bunch of their fellow band friends to follow with MY NAME smack dab in the middle of the list. THIS is why I love the Outlaw Roadshow family of bands. They are way more than just interactive ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 02:48:31 EST Meh <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Not a very good day but I would like to think I did turn it around. Woke up at 5am with the second month of neck pain. I'm sure it's related to my purse-got a new one that fully loaded weighs less than the last one did empty. Tried to go back to bed and Ron SCREAMED at me about ALWAYS stealing his covers. Then hounded me for three hours-'so this is how its gonna be?' Like I was the one that screamed at him. ... Sun, 21 Sep 2014 21:43:32 EST So VERY Productive!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Fall came to Texas in a flash on Friday so Saturday I FINALLY got to go hiking with my sister and after taking Ron to get deer hunting supplies at Academy, I decided to sort through the storage shed. Sadly, Ron got the view when I unlocked it. It started with not an inch of free space at all but I was determined. I moved a lot to the garage -and back when through. If I hadn't been so determined we would still ... Sun, 14 Sep 2014 23:59:46 EST Tablet Stress <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am totally dependant on my tablet. Imagine my horror Wednesday when I gave up my nap in search of a new power cord since I had it plugged in all night and didn't get a charge. Went to walmart and radio shack before going all the way across town where I bought it. They don't sell the cord in stores! 3.49 for the cord and 7 for shipping. MIGHT be here Friday. Better be! Today was a welcome reprieve. Last n... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 00:24:09 EST Amazingly Beautiful <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Birthday present from seester <BR> <BR> This has been an AWESOME day!!! I work all weekday holidays so I was at work yesterday to find that the mom of our special girly that drank shampoo August 20 decided Friday around 10 pm that she wasn't picking her up today for the scheduled discharge. I had bathroom problems ALL day knowing girly was gonna pitch a wall-eyed fit. She didn't. We haven't had any problems wi... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 03:20:41 EST DISLOCATION! I'm excited! <link><BR>/27/highly-recommended-counting-crows-<BR>somewhere-under-wonderland-sept-2-capi<BR>tol-records/#comment-10404 </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am EXTREMELY excited and waaaay happy!!! Adam is doing alot of press for the new Counting Crows album and interviews etc. So he tweets about the first blog he has seen about the new release and MY video for Dislocation is on it!!! Fi... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:27:26 EST Wonderful Let It Happen Day <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We thought we were finished! Now the ac's are leaking and ruining walls. Ron moved my trunks to the garage I was trying to clear out for car so I moved his tool boxes. <BR> <BR> Great day! Third day of trying to finish the podcast with CC Adam on The Chew. Woke up at 10am and had to rush to pick up mom and bring her over. Sister showed up and then we called my brother and talked him into coming by. He didn't... Sun, 24 Aug 2014 01:09:51 EST Great Stuff For Future! Great Present! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> It will be an agonizing wait until September 2. Counting Crows new cd will be released! But the agony is waiting for my special girl at work to hopefully be discharged that day as well. It's contingent on her getting off increased observations and I really doubt that is ever gonna happen. Every time we get a 911 campus wide, everyone already knows who it will be. Drank shampoo today with sad expectations of go... Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:11:58 EST Now I Can Have An AARP Cover Like Adam <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am now 50. Technically, in another 20 minutes or so. HOPEFULLY, I will remember when I get to work and it won't be too hot to do at least a little walking again because now that all my projects from the past THREE YEARS are finally completed, it is truly time to get back to diet and exercise. Since I told Ron all I really wanted was for him to take me dancing one more time like he did for Debra's birthday and ... Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:30:18 EST Content <img src=""> <BR> <BR> No one can understand how AWESOME it is to have my house completely finished!!! And the cabin finished. And the car halfway clean. And my youngest starting Senior Year in a little over two weeks. Aside from still basking in the after concert glow from a week ago, I am totally content. Even all the extra meetings and trainings during my off-time at work can't bring me down. Hoping I can stay content since two... Thu, 7 Aug 2014 03:26:25 EST My Epic Concert <img src=""> <BR> <BR> You had to know that the first thing I did was misplace my ticket!!! Lucky I only had to re-print it. Then...I left my phone at home and had to go back. Just before I left, I was tweeting with Jimmie Linville from Daniel and the Lion. He had two FREE tickets to give away! Just now, this cool dude asked if I MIND if he plays the guitar on the sidewalk! Duh! Me and him are the only ones here. I got here in ti... Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:17:59 EST Done! Completed! Finato!!!!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday. Three hour riot on the other girls unit. Three of us RNs telling staff to restrain the girl throwing a COMPUTER at staff and they still had to be told repeatedly. We aren't allowed to restrain. When it finally calmed down, my tablet wouldn't turn on. At all. It had been charging all night! Of course, instead of just being able to wait to try in the morning, I kept looking on the technical sites but no... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:27:45 EST &#65532;It's Happening! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> The past several years of renovations are FINALLY coming to completion in the most epic week of 2014...if you don't count Outlaw Roadshow. Which you really can't cuz that was basically just one day. Tomorrow is Friday! Last night I was surprised to see an empty box of nail gun nails set up as an unspoken message. Ron actually started working on framing out Zack's windows! And Dakota mowed the back yard all t... Fri, 25 Jul 2014 02:28:10 EST Almost Done!!! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am in shock. We started AND FINISHED the bedroom floors in six hours on Saturday. Then we got three fourths of the trim completed in two hours and I was able to empty four boxes of DVDs back into the shelves. Didn't put the shelves where I had planned due to the remaining trim to finish so I'm hoping the rest of the furniture fits as planned. I took all the ripped up carpet to the curb we have had in the carport... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:25:09 EST &#65532;Heartbroken <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We are SO CLOSE to finishing the house renovations! Of course everything 'extra' ends up in the garage so I tried a tiny bit of cleaning out tonight. I heard a crash and it was a dish fron Aunt Mildred. I only found one piece but I have the pain in my foot from glass to prove my sad, sad revelation. We saw the same dish at antique stores for fourteen dollars. It's not the money. It's knowing I have had it f... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:32:06 EST I'm Still Me Unfortunately <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I can't BELIEVE we got more done on the house last weekend than this weekend! This weekend...I mowed the lawn. The end. Well...I also did dishes and cleaned the fridge drawer...guess I will take the hedge clippers and cut the crazy long grass-weeds that flipped back over when I tried to mow them. It really sux because this is a once in a lifetime mild weather day in Texas summer. Ron is 'worn out'. I'm silly... Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:43:16 EST Got em! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Got my new table and benches! Two feet shorter than expected but probably because Tommy forgot to add to the bill and I got the dimensions I first wanted...sadly, woulda paid more for the two extra feet. Still came out better than I imagined and I absolutely love it! Love that I wasn't called in to work today and didn't even try to make Ron remodel. But I will tomorrow. Our very first brand new dining set in ... Sat, 5 Jul 2014 21:19:19 EST obsessive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My hawk from Friday. See nearby culvert for size comparison <BR> <BR> Ya'll know how obsessive I am on getting danged FINISHED on this crazy house. It SUX to know I am unreasonably stressing on it when it will get done when it ever gets done. It was funny last night on the way home on the radio, Nikki Sixx pretty much told me to quit trying to control everything and I would be alot happier. He said it to the c... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 02:20:06 EST I want to have My tantrum <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today... this whole weekend...just makes me want to throw a tantrum like my teenage girls at work that act like two year olds. I HATE being a 'grown up' and understanding others needs. I want what I want. And I want it now. After much searching, Ron said he would go with me to Kay's house yesterday and her cousin was actually there. So we found out the funeral was at 1030am instead of 2 pm and he was nice enoug... Sun, 29 Jun 2014 20:47:28 EST i miss you Kay Saw a hawk being dive bombed by our tiny birds right in front of my unit. He looked amused at their impertinence. Like an idiot, I thought that it a good and interesting day. <BR> <BR> I'm afraid of death. Not afraid. Just I don't know how to express sympathy-grief---whatever. I'm no good at it. With anyone. Just found out tonight that Kay died. A week ago Thursday. Juneteenth. I have to believe that once you die, God gives you insight. I HAVE to believe that she knows how much I re... Sat, 28 Jun 2014 03:12:42 EST End of Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Friday and Saturday. Ron has done good making sure I am too tired to try working on remodeling. Both days he woke me up saying let's go. Both days I conveniently left my purse at home. Both days he took me to breakfast and then antique looking. Started at the flea market Saturday where we met up with my brother and his wife and son. I made off like a bandit. Friday got a really big horse made out of leather... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 20:46:49 EST Vacation Part 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This tree was only halfway to my knees last year <BR> <BR> Tuesday. Left the motel around 1030am. Ferry to High Island around 1230pm and back at the cabin around 330pm. Sent Zack to get movies and pop, etc. Very breezy on the deck and I just saw a huge bunny that actually waited forever facing the edge of the woods as if trying to decide if my conversation was worth making him turn around. He even stayed whil... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:29:16 EST Vacation Part 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Monday. Not as great as expected but we are learning where we never need to waste our money again. We thought it would be fun for the boys to go to Pleasure Pier and yesterday Dakota was pretty excited about it. This morning he decided going on rides might aggravate his bladder problem. Since I am an idiot, I didn't think through the fact that although there are some midway games and such, the place is ninety ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 00:02:13 EST Vacation Part 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I was so proud of myself when I remembered to take the pager into the house so we wouldn't have to listen to children going off all vacation! Right up until a random number was paged at 529 AM in the MORNING on my busy get ready Lucky Friday the Thirteenth. I only had to mow my yard because of my fabulous sister and her husband taking care of moms. Now its 432 am the next day and guess who woke up for no reason... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 01:07:41 EST Working for the Weekend <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Dakota's last art project <BR> <BR> 1 day to Galveston. 50 days to Counting Crows and less than 40 wks til SXSW! Tuesday night was interesting at work. At 740 they called saying the girl that had been put on meals for a disruption in the cafeteria wanted to talk to me about it. But she is a TALKER. So I said to tell her I couldn't change anything. I waited 20 minutes and didn't hear more so thought it was cool. W... Thu, 12 Jun 2014 02:13:45 EST Closer to Vacation <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Once again, I'd rather be blogging on the porch than watching the end of the movie. Veronica Mars is an ok show but seems like made for tv from the start. Yesterday Ron discovered a small leak in the water heater ( why call it a hot water heater? Seems a bit redundant to me) so he but roofing ruberizer for the floor and kept checking it today in the middle of trim. I caught up the laundry and Zack did dishes. ... Sun, 8 Jun 2014 19:43:44 EST There's No Surf In Colorado Anyway There's No Surf In Colorado Anyway...Bowling For Soup Song <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Well you knew it was coming. We have decided it's too stressful to try to plan on the Colorado trip with a minute's notice since we don't have anything to help Dakota besides Benefiber until July. The therapist did some tests and says it is definitely a problem with his muscles and nerves. She says she can definitely help him and get him back to... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 00:24:56 EST FLEXIBLE <img src=""> <BR> <BR> At least I'm trying to get things on track and back to normal. I even caught up the laundry and dishes and cleaned out my closet again, sort of. Even bigger, I got the garage as organized as possible with it still being full of remodeling supplies. NOW I find the other two rolls of floor underlay! After I bought all we would need to finish thinking I must have just imagined we still had some. Lucky its light ... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 03:06:48 EST Exhausted <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Hilarious. We totally finished the living-dining rooms today! Except about two feet of the border deally between the rooms. He just couldn't stand anymore. I really need to mow after we finish the hall tomorrow. And buy groceries. Gonna be exhausted. Dakota MIGHT be back to normal now!!!! That is the best news ever!!! Lisa is just now going home and Ron is ready for bed but Ryan finally put up one song fro... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 22:01:23 EST Hoping for Lucky Friday 13th <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Had to get up at 4 am today to get Dakota to the hospital by 5am to check in for his 7am cystoscopy. He did fine until we got to the set up area where he had to go pee five times. The poor nurse was chomping at the bit to get his vital signs but she just had to wait. The doctor said the procedure would literally take two minutes. It's a really neat setup they have where each client is given a code number and th... Fri, 30 May 2014 02:01:08 EST Gotta Wear Shades <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have to say I am totally stoked about my upcoming cedar dining room table and benches! Tommy is going to make them match with the same style of legs and all rounded and smooth. He told Ron to come by the earlier the better but I bet he didn't expect Ron making us get going at 430 am after I had only gone to bed at 130 am. Meaning that we showed up at Deadwood at 630 am. Ron didn't knock very loud so we thought... Sun, 25 May 2014 21:28:47 EST The Epic Continues <img src=""> <BR> <BR> We just thought the Rocephin shot had healed Dakota's problems. He IS much better and did make it to school for the first day this week if you don't count the half hour he was there Monday before I had to go get him. I had to pick him up at 10 am for his xray and kidney ultrasound and school let out at 1230 so that was that. Now he is getting bad again and had to have the urinal for the trip both ways. They sai... Sat, 24 May 2014 01:05:05 EST OldJack!!! <link><BR>-clawing-offers-alternative-to-525-bos<BR>ton-calling-festivities/ </link> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I really need to sleep because Dakota's KUB xray and kidney ultrasound is in the morning before work but I feel sooo honored that Oldjack used MY video that I filmed at SXNE at SXSW in the link at the top. I know I am silly but I consider them real friends. The whole band is ULT... Fri, 23 May 2014 02:02:23 EST 18 Times in ONE Hour?!? <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Ironically, this was on Facebook today. <BR> <BR> Poor Dakota. I was wrong. He tried to make it to school but came back home after visiting bushes three times. Earliest the doctor could see him was 245 pm. Went by Urgent Care after calling work saying I would be there but would be late. Culture came back clear. They said keep regular doctor appointment because there wasn't any more they could do. Doctor did ... Wed, 21 May 2014 21:59:06 EST LOVELY <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Lite weight Biker jacket, mid length pea coat, shin length fake fur, and raincoat all in car 'just in case'. I live in TX. Took out all but raincoat. I woke up at 830 am for some reason and then found I had missed three calls from Dakota at school. Bladder infection. Luckily no pain yet. Just urgency and frequency but two hours later, still sitting at pharmacy. His Dr doesn't claim him because he hasn't needed ... Wed, 21 May 2014 01:42:19 EST Good Enough...I'm Happy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Enjoying what is possible over what is dreamed for. We finished the living-dining rooms walls and floors! In one 3 day weekend! Didn't do hall floors and still need trim in both but Ron worked like crazy on his birthday and deserved to quit by 4. He says next weekend is cabin weekend instead of finishing but I'm OK with that. I gu... Sun, 18 May 2014 20:56:23 EST Working It While Off Work <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is where we ended Friday after finishing the last three widows and starting floors. <BR> <BR> Such a wonderful weekend! Every hope of finishing floors in living room and hall tomorrow. Trim will have to wait til next weekend unless Ron says its cabin time, then weekend after. Pretty sure the two bedrooms will have to wait until after vacation. I swear. He is jealous of a radio show. I wait all week for... Sat, 17 May 2014 22:20:10 EST So Exhausted! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am exhausted from the wonderful remodel work even though we didn't get the last three windows done. We had to buy more panels and they are all bowed in the middle but at least we should have all the panels to finish. I was absolutely sure I would crash after I had to buy last minute groceries after the mom visit but I completed her clothes mail order and her I am. 1106 pm. Writing. Like anyone cares :-) Al... 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