Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My boy

I just love my little boy. So what if he isn't that little... lol he will always be my baby.

I think despite his laziness when it comes to his grades, bedroom and stuff... you know normal teenage laziness... I think he is a pretty fantabulous kid!

He had a very good Christmas.  I got him a Fossil watch, a hat he had been wanting, a nike jacket, and tools/tool box for his car.

His Dad gave him money.

I called him today because I haven't heard anything since Friday from him... I knew he was safe, but he knows to check in with me too.... he is at his Dad's.

He said he was doing good and coming home tomorrow.  I asked what he got for Christmas and he said money... and he had already spent it.

He bought an i-phone.  I said who is going to pay the monthly fees, he said him and his dad.... so I was excited for him. Why? Because I have heard how bad he wanted one since he was about 12... I mean almost daily.  But with car insurance, and feeding him lol there was no way I could add the expense of a phone too.  Also, I don't get adequate help in the form of support so all of his day to day needs I have to meet... therefore I couldn't promise to pay an expensive data plan every month. 

He sent me a text from his new phone so I would have a number.... I text him back... here is a screen shot.
 
 
All I could do was smile... I love my boy and he is awesome! :)


Feeling better


 
I am finally feeling better after being horribly sick with C-Diff bacteria. 
 
It feels so good to feel more like myself again!!!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Productive Sunday

Today  has been so productive! I have ran 3 miles, went to work to do Payroll (I know it sucks to do this on Sunday), grocery shopping, laundry, and cooking.

I prepped some food for the week... made low carb cheese crackers, tortilla chips, ice cream and breakfast burritos for the week.  I also made a yummy dinner of philly cheese stuffed peppers.

I have been super busy since before Christmas with the shopping, cooking, cleaning... I am ready for a few days of nothing!!! :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Saturday Shopping

Thomas, Cathy and myself headed to Florence to check out he mall and do some shopping.

I racked up with some winter running gear!  I got 4 different outfits, and two jackets.  I bought some with my gift card from Cathy and then She spoiled me by buying me the rest.

We shopped until we dropped (literally).  We had dippin' dots too YUM! I got the yogurt, lol I tried to be a better than I could have been. haha.

On the drive home we went out of a way to eat at a little country diner Thomas and I had eat at years ago, it didn't disappoint.  :) I love little country places with awesome food!

Christmas is officially over, and now we are ready to move on to the New Year!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Day after Christmas

Christmas is not over yet!!!
My Brother is coming today, with my 3 beautiful Neices and my sis in law.

I am super duper excited! This is the first time that the girls have ever got to see out Christmas light show! :)

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Here are some photos from our visit.

They got here in time to watch the BAMA songs that we added to the show (ROLL TIDE) and watched some of the favorites in the show. We came back inside to have some dinner ( I made "stuff") and cookies.  Then we loaded up to drive to Destiny's work to surprise her with a visit.

It was a short but sweet visit, made my Christmas that much more Merrier to get to see them all!







Thursday, December 25, 2014

HO HO HO

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
 
Our Christmas begin on the EVE, we had a nice evening with family, food, and Christmas lights.
 
My Mom, My Dad and Karen, Cathy, Destiny and Derrick, Desmond, Thomas and myself as well as our guest Mark all sat down to eat dinner at 6pm.
 
We had Ham, potato salad, chicken n dressing, mac n cheese, broccoli casserole, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, and banana pudding.  (The Broccoli casserole was a hit)
 
This year was a bit off, because for many years my Dad and Karen would spend the night with us and be there when we woke up for Christmas gifts.  Then he started going to a hotel room but still here first thing on Christmas morning. And, now, this year he left on Christmas Eve and wasn't here for Christmas morning. It was a little sad for me, but I understand where he is coming from too.  He started being here on Christmas after I mentioned one year it was pretty depressing just me watching the kiddos open their gifts on Christmas morning.  Now Destiny doesn't come on Christmas morning and Desmond is plenty old enough..... so I understand there is no NEED for him to be here, but I sure did miss him Christmas morning!
 
On the Eve, we all watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes... not your traditional Christmas movies... but my Dad had never seen them and was wanting to so we put it on the big screen for him.
 
Christmas Eve was full of another gift, Cathy Decided to spend the night with us, and it was nice having both Mom's here on Christmas morning. It was pretty funny hearing the two of them cackling like children on Christmas morning trying to be quiet but laughing so hard they woke the whole house up... (all but Desmond, as he decided to sleep in still haha)
 
We had a marvelous Christmas morning full of gifts, smiles and love. 
 
After the gift opening we had breakfast (Ham biscuits), and got ready to head to Thomas' brothers for more Christmas celebration.
 
All in all I chalk this up as a very nice Christmas.  I only wish I had more funds so I could spoil my man... because I am poor when it comes to money... but rich when It comes to love!
 
But, never the less my guy spoiled me, as he always does. 


 
My Cathy got me this beautiful necklace too, it has my kiddos, myself, Thomas and Her birthstones in it, and It could not be more perfect!!!! :)
 
 
 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas light show and Dinner

I decided not to make the diabetic friendly dinner... after I made a low carb/sugar cake and it was a bit of a flop, I decided I couldn't torture my family by experimenting with new foods... I will work to find healthier food options and have a healthier holiday meal in the future though... no worries. I just rather the enjoy the meal I prepare  :) HAHA

I have helped Thomas work on some Christmas light sequences.... there is so much time involved in all of this light show, but it is absolutely WONDERFUL!!!

He has absolutely out done himself this year.  If you are able to check it out you definitely should!!!

If you are not able to here... you can check out some videos and our website here.

Website: Lights on Harrison Street

YouTube: Lights on Harrison Steet, Thomas T

And we even made the Decatur Daily.... here is a link to that article.

Decatur Daily: Lights on Harrison Street

Again, I am so proud of all my guy does, for the joy of others. :) Merry Christmas to all!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Party Animal-----not!

We decided to roast hot dogs across the street at our neighbors house.

I decided to drink entirely too much! It didn't end pretty.... that's all I am going to say.

 
 
 
Luckily this guy took good care of me! :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Date Night

 
My guy got me Train wine!!! I enjoyed a glass at Applebees and then we went by Publix and picked up more! I have the best DATE! :) I love him.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New tree, new hat

My guy let me change up the tree this year. He bought me a new skirt for the tree, and let me put soft white lights back on the tree instead of the LED lights that were sort of blue tint.   I absolutely LOVE IT!!! WE still get a real tree, and found this beauty at Lowe's this year!

 
 
Thomas also bought me a new hat..... ROLL TIDE!!!! HO HO HO
 
 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

My Bubba and Salters Christmas

Friday afternoon, my Mom and Maw-Maw, Jimmy and Aunt Rita all came up to see the light show.  It was a nice visit and I hope they enjoyed the lights.

Late that night my Brother rolled in around mid-night. We gave him his own private light show. He really enjoyed them I think.
Once we got him settled in, he wanted to watch Dawn of the Apes.. he stayed up until after 2 am to watch this movie... he said he really enjoyed it!

We woke up early on Saturday and drove to B'ham for our Salters family dinner.  It was a blast... we had a delicious meal, played dirty Santa and most of all got to spend time with family.  After our dinner we loaded up and went by my Mom's to surprise her! She was excited to see my brother I know lol but maybe me too. :)





 

Monday, December 8, 2014

C-Diff... Really?

As some of you know, I have had health issues for a while.  Recent onset of Diabetes, started Metformin, started with profuse diarrhea, discontinued Metformin, weeks later Diarrhea improved but still present. I also had lab work, colonoscopy with EGD (also included stool sample and biopsy) and abdominal ultrasound.

The lab work was normal considering I have Diabetes, but it showed I was slightly dehydrated... Thomas and both spoke up to that because I DRINK WATER ALL THE TIME!!!  But, I have had diarrhea lol so I guess it would be normal to be dehydrated.  The colonoscopy and EGD was normal, besides something that was sent to biopsy and some inflammation in my upper GI region which he wanted me to take Prilosec for... (Really? I have no symptoms in the upper GI and I HATE taking medicine... but he said I only have to take it for 6 weeks to help with the inflammation).  I have not received results of Biopsy or Ultrasound yet, but today I received a call from my GI doctor saying my stool sample reported a bacterial infection.... C-Diff.

Clostridium difficile is a bacterial infection found in feces... it can develop by taking long term antibiotics (which I have not) or through contact. 

This bacterial infection definitely explains the fatigue, diarrhea and ultimately feeling lousy that I have been experiencing lately. No telling now if the Metformin helped me get this bacteria by causing profuse diarrhea, or if I had this and Metformin had no effect on me at all? I just don't know, probably never will.

I do know that I started on an antibiotic today, will have to eat yogurt for the next few weeks and hopefully will get back to myself.  I would say it has honestly been about 6 weeks since I have felt well.  I haven't ran much, I have tried so hard to make myself, but the energy is just not there. I do good to get up and go to work, and clean the house... I mean seriously every task I complete I WORK hard to complete these days.

I am happy to have found what the heck has been the problem, and hope to feel better soon. Hopefully the rest of the test results will come back with good results.

Sorry to write so much about my health, but others my have issues like mine and maybe I can be of help to them, and its my journal and its a way for me to reflect on things like this in the future when I can't remember lol.

C-Diff is a serious infection, and it NEVER crossed my mind, nor my physicians with the prolonged, horrible diarrhea I have had, I mean Metformin made sense, because I hadn't been on it long and its side effect is diarrhea.... but just remember diarrhea more than 3 times a day is not normal... especially if it continues up to 3 days.... you might need to see a physician!

Anyway, I have said the D word enough in this post lol  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Whew, glad that is over with!

So if anyone is curious as to what happens with a colonoscopy and/or upper GI endoscopy... here is a synopsis of my day.

I hurried up to get to my appointment on time. Only to wait in the lobby area for about an hour. Then I am taking back to a holding are.... where a Nurse goes over a bunch of paperwork, lets me go potty and then gives me an IV.  Then my man is allowed back in the holding area with me, where we continue to wait for well over another hour.

 

From there I am taking into a SCOPE room. Where an anesthesiologist discussing my sedation with me, and I am hooked up to more wires and such.... and then my doctor comes in and says something like "I am going to take good care of you"... and poof, that is all I remember!



I wake up in holding area with my guy there, the nurse says I did great and as soon as I wake up I can get dressed. YIPPEE

I hurry up to get clothes on because I know my guy is tired of waiting it has been well over 3 hours actually already 4 hours by now... and that my friends is longer than any half marathon I have completed lol so I know its rough on him, because I myself I am exhausted from the long wait.

I get dressed to wait longer!  The doctor comes in and gives me photos of my procedure, and says everything looked good. He sent a sample tissue of my upper GI for pathology and some stool samples for culture... and says to continue taking the new Rx for Prilosec he gave me this week.  He said he wanted an ultrasound for the burning in my side, just to see if everything is ok... then I am good.

We wait again, for the nurse to schedule the ultrasound... lol finally I have my appointment for Monday morning and we can hit the road!

We went to eat immediately because OMG I can eat a cow right now!  I chose Mexican, not the healthiest food in the world, but I knew I could have chips and salsa IMMEDIATELY!!! :)

Anyway, glad that is over, and the procedure went well considering I don't remember a thing... and good news I don't have Crohn's or anything causing extensive issues..... I guess its just been the number that Metformin has done to my system. :)


Big day--- ughhhh

Well today is the big day! I go for my colonoscopy and EGD.  I am a bit nervous, but know in the end it will all be over. haha

I am STARVING right now.

My fasting blood sugar is 95.  I expected it to be even lower since I basically consumed NO CALORIES yesterday on a liquid diet, and did the colon cleanse.... but, I guess its a good thing its not too low because I can't have anything to eat or drink until after these tests.... I NEED CAFFEINE!

Also, anyone who has to drink the golytley I have empathy for you.... OMG that stuff is so horrible! I managed to drink 3/4 of the gallon or actually 4 pints of solution.  My poo was running clear as water and I honestly couldn't stomach another drink so I quit..... I hope that it is ok.... if not I guess I will soon find out.

I am fixing to go wake Thomas up so he can shower and get ready to take me, I am so thankful I have him beside me through everything life dishes out... the good the bad and the ugly. lol Here goes nothing....

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

More Health issues

My stomach has not been right for a while now. I have posted about it in the past, its more on the line of my gastrointestinal system just not working quiet right.

I had an appointment with a GI doctor today.  I told him about my symptoms (Bloating after meals, diarrhea at times, constipated at others... no real normal flow, and burning/stinging sensation in right lower side).  He has ordered up some tests to try to figure out what is going on with me.... so I go Friday for a Colonoscopy and upper GI scope (EGD) so he can do some investigation as to what is going on with me.

I am not looking forward to this as this is my first test of this nature and lol well... I am I picked up my drink mix today and the jug is quiet intimidating.

Also, it is this Friday... and Thursday night prior is my company Christmas party.  They were planning a sips and stroked thing but I will be required to drink my magical drink prior to this party.... so it looks like I will be missing out on that, I kinda hate to, but I also want to get this testing done before the end of the year while it is still under my deductible that I have already met this year.... so, here I go!

I really liked the new doctor, I am glad to get things checked out considering my Dad's medical history of colon cancer.

So, .... the rest will follow

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Another goodbye

Well, I gave away my cat Katee... I thinks he will be treated well, I just worry because it is young people who may not be responsible enough with her, but I know they wanted her and the girl seemed to be like she would take care of her.  She has been so sweet and I wanted to keep her but we were having to change things in our daily life to keep from getting upset with her because she was such a handful.  I pray she is safe, happy and well taken care of... they were told if they didn't want her, or couldn't take care of her to bring her back.  :( I have very mixed emotions about this, but knowing its time to put a tree up, and all the headaches we have and continued to have with her, it was time for her to go to a new home. I just always hope I make the right decisions when it comes to animals. I have made some poor decisions in the past... and really have learned as I went... I know animals are major responsibilities and I am fine with the two pups we have, but I just do not need any more pets than this!  I love that Katee girl... and hope she stays happy.  I miss her already and I feel horrible, but at the same time I feel a sense of relief, because she did tear my world upside down. She is young, and beautiful, feisty and I think she will be fine.  I think my two lazy dogs might rest more peaceful. I just hope I made the right decision.  blah.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Grooming

 
I spent time today grooming my animals.   I do this myself to save me 80-100 bucks every 5-6 weeks.... and no they are never going to look professionally done haha lol but they smell good and they look better than they did!  :)
 
 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Growing out a pixie

Whew you all remember when I chopped my hair off?

Well, I have been trying to grow it back ever since!!

It is finally getting a bit longer, but its to a point where I just simply can't do anything with it.... ACK!

lol So I am trying new things.

Today I wore a bandana in my hair, lots of compliments so maybe it wasn't as hideous as it is without it haha.

A few more months, maybe into Spring of 2015 and it will be long enough to try to get a shape back to it

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

This year's Thanksgiving was pretty uneventful for the most part, but enjoyable.  I didn't cook so I felt like I was missing out on something, I do enjoy making a meal here and it always tends to sadden my day some when I don't.  But, this year the expense of the meal just didn't make sense considering the number of mouths that actually show up to eat the food.  Plus, with my diabetes I wouldn't want to cook a bunch of stuff I can not enjoy.  Maybe I will make it next year and I will learn how to create a Diabetic friendly menu. :) 
 
I did however pick up my daughter and we headed to my mom's house.  I thought we were having the meal at her new house but it was at my grandmothers across the street instead. It was nice, but still not the same as the Thanksgiving I was use to at my mom's when I was younger.... I was hoping it would have a nostalgic feeling but it didn't.  I guess those Thanksgivings from my childhood are gone.  The food was good, the visiting was fun.  Just not as I had remembered and hoped for again.
 
I totally was surprised with a special gift from my daughter that just filled my heart with joy.  I have always held my daughter and rocked her since she was a baby singing the song "You are my Sunshine"  to her.... when she was down even as a teenager I would try to comfort her with my song to her and sometimes just out of the blue I would hug her and say "You know you are my sunshine".  Well, she found us bracelets..... mine says "You are my sunshine" and hers says "my only sunshine".  I absolutely positively LOVE THESE THINGS!!!! 
 
I enjoyed my day with my "sunshine".  Here are a few pictures from our day today!
Destiny and my mom
 
These are our bracelets
Me and my Mom
Me and my girl
Can you see how she is my Sunshine?
 
 
My boy spent his Thanksgiving with his Dad and his family there..... he enjoys time with them and the food there and I totally get that... I love him, and miss him and he knows that.... we have an understanding that if I don't cook he goes there.
 
I came home from our dinner and my guy had been working outside on the Christmas light Show all day long.... in the freezing cold.  I feel sorry for him, but know he loves doing this stuff. 
 
I brought him home a plate of dinner but didn't eat much  myself earlier so I ran out to Applebee's to get a salad... and OMG that salad was better than my Thanksgiving meal to me... I am really learning to eat well and I Love how it is making me feel.  I know that an Applebees salad is not the most healthy kind lol but, I was simply CRAVING a salad and fresh veggies which is an improvement from craving potatoes, bread, pizza lol you get my point.
 
As far as my Thanksgiving blessings.... I am so thankful for all that I have in my life.  From the people I get to share my everything with, to my friends who I get share my long runs with.....every single person I love and am thankful for their presence in my life.  I am thankful I have a job to go to, a roof over my head, clothes to wear, food to eat.  I am thankful I have my health and my mind.  I am thankful for my children's health and happiness.  There are so many things in this world that I am blessed with I could never properly express it, but I am so happy and thankful for everything that is good and even the bad as I learn from most of the bad crap that comes my way too..... life is short and I don't want to take anything for granted.  Happy Thanksgiving and I hope anyone reading this had time to reflect and be thankful and had joy and love in their hearts today.
 


Saturday, November 22, 2014

12 year anniversary

12 years ago I met the man that was going to be by my side forever, I just didn't know it that night.

I remember back the night we met..... we met at Skate Odyssey skate rink.  My daughter was with me, there was a bad car accident right in front of us and Thomas watched Destiny while I went to see if I could assist in the accident. What a chaotic first introduction, haha.  We proceeded to skate around the rink and he had to notice my unfortunate lack of skills on wheels... and I noticed how smooth and cool he was.  I was so attracted to him then and I still am now.

I love the memories we have made over the last 12 years and I look forward to seeing what the next 12 hold.

I am such a blessed women.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Alabama vs Miss State

Thomas' Mom Cathy blessed us with an awesome gift.... she got us tickets to go see #5 Ranked Alabama play #1 Ranked Mississippi State.

The fun started on Friday night when Thomas surprised Desmond with the tickets after his football game that night.  He was so super excited!!!

We got up early on Saturday and heading to T-Town. 

We stopped at Cracker Barrel for a big breakfast.

Arrived at T-Town early enough to check out College Game Day and hear Lee Corso pick Alabama for the win!

We watched the Walk of Champions come into the stadium.

We sat is awesome seats and sat and watched the Tide Roll!!!!  Yes, we defeated the #1 ranked team!!! Roll TIDE!

I feel so blessed to get to have the memories and experience from this day!  I am extremely happy I got to see my son excited and spend the day with My guy and my other mom! :)

ROLL TIDE BABY!!!









Thursday, November 13, 2014

6 mo US for breast

Well, I still have those breast scares with the fibrocystic cysts I have that they are keeping an eye on... I went in for a 6 month ultrasound after my scare in May.  Thankfully I am happy to report no changes and I cleared for another 6 months at which time I get to have yet another ultrasound.  I can breath again though. :)

Saturday, October 4, 2014

20 Year Reunion

Wow, where has the time gone? 



I had a blast going to see my old school mates. Unfortunately none of the folks that I was really close with in high school showed up at the reunion... but it was neat to see so many familiar faces even if we weren't extremely close.  I had fun while it lasted! :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday Thomas

Thomas and I headed to Atlanta for another haunted Birthday.  We were more rushed for time this trip, We spent the day at a hobby shop where he got a new airplane from his mom.  Then we went to an outlet mall called Sugar Mills and it was pretty neat.  Thomas bought me a wig haha, and I wore it the rest of the night.  We went to eat dinner at Nemo's again which was just as awesome as it was last year.... and we went to Netherworld.  We had planned to go to Chamber of horrors but since Netherworld was a bit of let down this year we decided not to do that and go see a movie instead.  We saw Annabelle and it too was a bit of a let down.

Netherworld recap:  It just wasn't as scary.... maybe it was the timing of the actors and how we went through the haunts but it just wasn't as spectacular as it was last year.... maybe its because we have seen the amazing sets already? I don't know.... but it was a bit of a let down.


Annabelle: This movie could have been SO SCARY, but they just didn't make it happen. 

I had a great time with the love of my life celebrating his special day. 

We were rushed due to Alabama vs Ole Miss game and us planning on attending my 20 year high school reunion.

It was a great trip though and I need to be thinking of a place we could go next year.