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Flat tires, bills, and so much more

So much has happened since my last entry, you would think that I lived a million lives, but it’s been like a month or so.  First off, I’m out of school for a month…w00t!!  I ended up making straight A’s, which I was happy about, I apparently ended up figuring out how to be sociable and I pulled an A out of that class.  Of course it took sequestering myself into a lot of study time, alone and without interruptions or distractions…but hey, the point is that I pulled it off.  I signed up for another online course in July then A & P and Computer Literacy in the fall; as we trudge along toward our goal.  I was going to go through the summer and start the program this fall, but ‘life’ happened and things are not totally on hold but have been put into first gear and we’re going a little slower.  But it’s still happening and that’s what matters!!

I went to St. Louis on May 11-12.  I went up for a doctors appointment, and was able to hit the town with my friend Ethan; we went to the Cafe Ventana (awesome), the downtown sculpture park…it was a great night even the horrendous mother of all thunderstorms that occurred couldn’t take away from the fun.  Caught lunch with Mel on Wednesday after the doctors appointment…it was great to catch up, even if only for an hour.  I went to the Advanced Medical something 0r another building for an appoint (part of Barnes Jewish)…the people there were amazing.  They were all very nice, helpful, and my wait time was not bad at all.  I know that at some point they will probably have some wait time (and I was prepared with my Sociology book and some other homework); but I didn’t even get to do any of it.  The doctor (Dr. Luethardt) was great…the only downfall was that he did not give me the news I wanted.  He told me that my spine was that of a healthy 33 yr old, the fluid and all the bones were good.  Bleh!  No surgery (which is good, but bad); and if I want physical therapy in the future he will write me a scrip…yes, I want to be able to go in for a massage three times a week and let my insurance pay for it for ‘therapy’. :)  Anyway…I go back to another doctor this Thursday…and I really hope that he has no news either.  I’ll just be a healthy 33 year old with a numb left arm/hand.  I can live with that!!

Pictures from STL Trip!!

I got my bills from my foray into the medical world.  They are oh so lovely!!  I have insurance, but it has a $2500 deductible…so I think I’m going to start picking up cans!  Medical bills and school bills do not compute very well (one of the reasons things have been kicked into lower gear).  I’ve decided that I’m going to go have about twenty children…then the government will help pay for things.  As of right now, they don’t help out single white females who work and own a home…for some reason that equation does not compute for free funds.  Oh well, my dad helps me out when he can…which I appreciate, he’s my government funds!! :)

I had a flat tire the other night.  It was great.  I could tell my car was running kinda weird, but there was no distinct ‘hey I have a flat’ feeling.  I let go of the wheel and it stayed in the road, didn’t jerk, or veer off in any direction.  I came up to a church and decided I would check it out, so I pulled over.  I definitely had a flat.  It was about 1:00 am; so I called my friends house I had just left to inform them I wouldn’t be a little late letting them know I had made it home, because I had to change the flat tire.  Luckily that was some basic info my dad made me learn!  I proceeded to empty my trunk out onto the church parking lot and got down to business!!  Put my lovely do-nut on and was on my way in about 2o minutes.  Then Saturday, I got to spend some quality time at the tire shop to get some tires on my car…gotta love male orientated businesses.  I felt like I needed to spit a couple of times and wipe my nose on my shirttail…or better yet just hold one side and blow it out! :)  At least they had a girly magazine to read — better homes and gardens.

Sunday (May 23) was Pentecost Sunday…it was some awesome church.  God is so good to me!!

I’m going to wrap it up here…I could go on and on still, but I think I’ll give those two people that read this a break. :)


Proverbs 31 Mother of the Year

Today is Mother’s Day (Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there); today in church we honored my Great-Grandmother, Eva Gentry (a.k.a. Granny Gentry) as the Proverb Mother of the Year; based on the passage of scripture in Proverbs 31:10-31, where it speaks about the virtuous woman.  Granny turned 97 on December 23, 2010, and though her mind is still sharp her body is starting to give out.  She was unable to be in church today, due to getting sick last night; so we all went over to visit with her this afternoon after church.

Here’s Granny in her crown:

I’m full of Poo and this week was Poo!!

I love the show Scrubs…well the older ones, the new season is o.k….but anyway, back to my train of thought.  Here’s my theme song for this month, “Everything Comes Down to Poo“.  This week was one of the longest weeks in history I think, and my stress level has went up about twenty notches, which in turn has activated my IBS, which makes everything about poo…or the lack there of.  So as my title indicates, I’m full of poo! :)  Wanted to know that right…well it’s life and I’ve gained about 8 lbs from stress eating and I’m feeling like a big bloated whale and I just want life back to normal…with my left arm non-numb, my IBS dormant, and money back in a savings account.  But alas, I don’t think that will happen soon…therefore I will consciously need to make myself eat healthy (bought some good food the other day); only eat when I’m hungry (that will be a hard one), and start exercising again (stress/depression causes a lack thereof), will drink lots of coffee (natural lax), and hopefully be back to my happy 8 lbs lighter self in a week or so.  Plus I get to see a doctor this coming week in STL that will hopefully shed some light on the numb left arm and get some answers and solutions.  If not then I get to see another one on May 27…hopefully he doesn’t give me the answers because I don’t want the ones he’ll be giving.  Curse the numb arm and crazy shooting tingles that run down my back and legs when I bend my head forward!!  (I have a new respect and empathy for my brother!!)

This week had all the crazies out.  That happens occasionally around my neck of the woods, but sometimes you hope that they stay home or that they took some smart pills over the past month.  But they never let a person down, and they show up.  But I hold out hope that it’s only for a few days, then they fade away and you only have the occasional one here and there.  It keeps life interesting, and gives one things to chuckle about when sitting alone, or when one needs a break.  It all works out.

Got awesome news about my Sociology grade this week…as long as I do decent on the final next week I will more than likely come out of the class with an A.  With all the curves, the ten point paper, and the option of retaking the second test…things have worked out in my favor.  Though the teacher did not specify that you were only allowed ONE ten extra point paper…and since I did mine prior to the one she offered everyone, I thought I would get the extra credit for the assignment she posted…not so.  I watched shows about lost childhoods and did a paper for nothing.  Even after I had asked a question concerning the assignment, she let me do it…then informed me that I wouldn’t get the credit for that paper.  GRRR!!  Oh well…I guess I gained knowledge if not extra credit! :)

Loving the weather today!!  It rained non-stop for awhile, then got HOT and HUMID (two other givens for my area); but yesterday afternoon we had a freak rain shower and things cooled down.  I’m sitting with my windows open and my house is a cool 61 degrees.  It’s awesome!!  My house got aired out and I got to leave the air off…and to snuggle down in the blankets is always a bonus.  Life is good!!

I need to get myself motivated and get the house cleaned…I have been selected to help with Mother’s Day preparations today (putting flowers together and doing last minute candies bags); we have an awesome day planned tomorrow for our Mother’s at West Point…I’m really excited and cannot wait.  They are going to be very happy and blown away I think.  (Shout out to my own Mother…Happy Mother’s Day mom…you’re the best ever!!  Thanks for always doing the things you do, and for being there with a helping hand…Love ya!!)

Well…here’s a sign off to this past week…when I found information out or confirmation about some questions that I had in the back of my mind, was haunted by a former friend who I cannot seem to get away from regardless of how much I try; was faced with the knowledge that if I continue on the path I’m on I’ll be 200 lbs by Christmas (if not before); had to curb my natural instinct of not doing stupid well and had to pretend that I cared about some of the situations I was faced with; realized that my schooling was going to be put on hold and would not continue on the time schedule I had set out for myself; and came to the realization that friends are what matters…the ones that you can joke around with, laugh with, and make comments about or to and everyone knows that it’s a joke and you can be yourself.  To FRIENDS!! <clink, clink>

Later online world…take care…ERM.