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Life updates in bullets…

  • Had surgery two weeks ago…. something that I had to put on the back burner while I battled cancer last year (I won by the way!)  Anyhoo, I'm back to normal activities – lost some weight and quality life improved.
  • Work.is.work. I'm employed and blessed.
  • T moved out.  My 1 AM curfew wasn't late enough and I guess she was tired of following my rules. Whateves, when you grown its time to move on.  House feels odd though… like too big.  I will deal.  Just wish she she would stop asking me for money. 
  • Got a new car, although my Mercedes was an 08 and I didn't need one.  Go the new Jaguar XF.  I really love it! The designer designed the Aston Martin.. so it looks like one LOL.  Had to order a white one.  It came in when I was recovering from surgery and couldn't drive for 2 weeks – yesterday was the first day I got to drive it.
  • Been following a lot of local jazz bands…. going to performances and such…. that's my new thing now.
  • If you on twitter.. hit me up.  I'm "hopluv" there too.
  • About to start planning my Xmas vacay.  I think I'm going solo this year….unless you want to go with me :).

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Here and There’s…

  • Happy Easter everyone!  It's been some time since I did a regular post.  I've lost the motivation to post here, there and everywhere!  Coupled with, the recent move into the new house and the demands of work… the thrill to post has left the building.
  • Speaking of the new house!  LOVES IT!  I've been in "Foxy" for about a month and half, I ended up closing on birthday on Mar 2nd.  What a gift to myself right?  Getting 30 years in debt lol.  Whateves!  I am SO BLESSED to be in a position to buy a home in this economy.  T and I are settling in nicely.  I figured out pretty much how all the systems work, with the exception of HVAC – still tinkering with those settings to find a comfortable temperature for each floor.  It took Time Warner Cable about five visits to stabilize the internet *sighs* and because its a new house in a new phase of the community it took AT&T two trips, the first visit lasting about six hours to complete the phone installation.
  • Been thinking about getting a new puppy – Mini Schnauzer or Italian Greyhound.  The only turn off is I don't feel like house breaking it!  So, I might go with an older dog that's already trained.  But, they aren't as fun – and they don't have puppy breath 🙂
  • I'm in deep vacation planning mode – for May and July.  I have a week in May and 2 weeks in July.  But, I'm on a serious budget – Foxy cost me a grip!  I'm thinking somewhere in Mexico for the May vacation since I went to Cabo for Christmas and LOVED IT!  Australia is still a heavy contender for July, but its super expensive – so not so sure if we will make it down under.  Any ideas for a cheap international destination?  
  • Ok, I'm going to really start twittering again – I mean it this time!  I installed TweetDeck last week.  I've had Tweeter for awhile, but for some reason I just can't get into it…. not sure why.  If you are on Twitter holla!
  • Oh damn, its raining on my new outdoor furniture!  I think I'm crazy – I know its outdoor furniture and its capable of withstanding the sun, wind and rain.  But I don't like when it gets dust on it or it rains or if the sun shines on it too much.  Yea, crazy as hell right?
  • I want the new Ninetendo DSi – but I can't justify buying one.  I have a DS Lite that I never use.  It only gets utilized when we travel.
  • Healthwise – I'm doing great!  I'm almost done with my Herceptin treatments, afterwhich I can have this freakin port removed.  The visits to my Oncologist are few and far between.  My hair started growing back in January, and surprisingly the texture is TOTALLY different then it was before it came out from chemo.  My hair has always been thick and course aka, nappy (requiring chemical relief), now its fine and curly.  I heard and read that this could happen – people's hair coming back different.  I'm having a hard time accepting this curly, soft hair on my head lol.  Its so odd to me.  I like it, but it is very odd!  
  • What's everyone doing tomorrow for Easter?
  • A couple of new shots of Foxy…

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Ramblins…

  • Vox is starting to get boring again.  Not a lot of updates, and honestly I'm not real motivated to post here either.  I have another blog that I resurrected the later part of 08, but I don't like trying to maintain two blogs. But, I just might go back to posting there exclusively.
  • Health wise – I'm doing wonderful!  Still taking my Herceptin ever 21 days!  If I didn't have the medi-port and had the need to visit the hospital for the one infusion I would feel 100% normal.  I've been following up on the nodules identified on my thyroid during the PET and CT scans taken during my active breast cancer treatment.  My Oncologist didn't think it was anything and wanted to wait until I finished the course of my treatment.  I actually brought it up as I want to rule out any potential problems read:thyroid cancer.  Had my first appointment with yet another Dr.M this morning.  She was cool, a breast cancer survivor.  She did a sonogram of the nodules on my thyroid and they drew blood to study my thyroid activity.  There will probably be a specialize scan (forgot what she called it) and perhaps a biopsy.  She told me she felt they were benign and that I shouldn't have anything to worry about.
  • Well I have a long "to do" list for this month!!! The builder advised me that my new home will be completed on Feb 26th.  So, one of the things I loathe – packing will have to start soon.  Along with all the other tasks associated with a move.  I'm excited!  But this date actually caused me to cancel my plans to go to San Francisco for my birthday.  Yea, its the exact week.  But well worth it!
  • Speaking of travel, I've decided to go to Australia this summer instead of Greece.  I saw a program on television that featured Melbourne – LOVED IT!
  • Been shopping for contemporary art and few specific pieces.  I think I'm going to be painting a few on my own pieces.  I forgot how expensive art supplies are though – MY GOSH!  I don't know how/why I forgot considering T is a second year art major and I've had to buy her supplies every semester.
  • One of my favorite shows is back!  Nip Tuck!  I think we are about 3 episodes into the new season.  Christian has male breast cancer and of course he has turned it into way to get more sex!  Whore!  Loves it!  Also, I watched RuPaul's new show "Drag Race" OMG!  Some of them are a hott ass mess!  His show should be interesting.
  • Work is work.  I'm blessed.  I have work.
  • Life is good!

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Ramblins…

  • Happy 2009!  This is my first "ramblins" of the year.  The year for me has gotten off to a pretty decent start.  I don't plan to post much about breast cancer this year after this post, with the exception of occasional updates.   To all those in my Vox family that provided words of encouragement, blessings and positive vibes – THANK YOU!  You helped me get through a rough year and your support was appreciated!
  • Funny thing is… for the last couple of week I've wanted to disassociate myself from all things cancer related.  I think it has to do with it being a new year and being told I was "cancer free" the first week in December.  I really want to put it all behind me.  I thought through this yesterday – I don't think that I can ever do that.  It's part of who I am now – forever.  And is it really healthy to do that?  I have been skipping my group sessions at Gilda's why?  Because it and the people there remind me of cancer.  I blew off a rehab appointment for my arm yesterday.  Why?  Because I did not want to look at Presbyterian Hospital yesterday and be reminded of cancer.  I can't get away from it if I tried though.  When I pass a mirror and see the peach fuss pattern of my hair growing back in – I'm reminded I had cancer.  When I shower and brush my hand across the bump that is the medi-port still in my chest for the purpose of infusions – I'm reminded I had cancer.  Every 21 days I return to the hospital for the infusion of Herceptin.  I sit in a room full of other patients in different stages of receiving chemotherapy – I'm reminded I had cancer.  Yea, I need to get my ass back over to Gilda's for my Wellness Group! 
  • Had my first mammogram since the breast cancer diagnosis today.  I have to say I was nervous!  Went back to Dr. J's office, where it all started last March.  She was happy to see me and said I looked great!  She also did a sonogram of the breast that had the cancer.  She said everything looked great!  She now has to see me every six months to do a mammogram of that breast because of the history.  C went with me which was very cool!  I think I would have beat every person in that office ass if she told me anything remotely close to "you have something strange, you have breast…, let's do a biopsy.."  Instead she said every thing was fine and showed my sketches her 12 year daughter had done.  Lucky for her 🙂
  • When I was growing up my mother had a formal living room which we really didn't use much.  It was always kept nice and used for special occassions.  Your folks have a room like that?  My mother also had underwear and night gowns that she reserved for "special" occassions.  Didn't make a lot of sense when I was a kid, however as a grew older and had my own household I started doing the same thing!  In previous homes I've had formal "off limits" rooms.  No one could sit in the room, vaccum cleaner lines had to be present on the carpet.  I loosened up on that in the last few years because I realized I wanted to live in every room in my home, and it was kinda dumb to have a room that no one used.  Still, I had "things" reserved as "special" certain clothes, shoes, jewelry and even perfume.  But why?  I could die tonight and my daughter T would get all that shit!  And knowing her, sell it on Ebay with no thought about it at all.  I was talking to T about this yesterday…  I told her I'm going to start wearing all my shit, all the time!  Although, I work from home.. I'm going to stop reserving stuff… gonna spray on my Cartier perfume in the mornings, Prada in the evenings and wear my nicest jeans around the house.  She laughed and said "when I come in from work you gonna be sitting up in here dressed in your best clothes, with your best jewlery and perfume on!"  I told her you damn skippy! Why not?  I need to stop thinking about living tomorrow and start living every day like its my last one – you dig??  Tomorrow is not promised.
  • The house is coming along great!  I asked the builder for a firm completion date.  He is thinking it will be done mid March instead of the end.  Barring any bad weather he has committed to providing the date within the next week or so.
  • I think I have located the chairs I want for my sitting area in the kitchen.  Teresa thanks for reminding me about E3Q.  I went yesterday afternoon to look at one I saw online.  They have about a 8 week shipping time, so I will see if I find anything I like better in the next week or so before ordering them.
  • Work is going great!  Easing into the new year with the perfect pace.  Still some worrisome accounts, but I won't complain.  I'm so blessed to have a job!
  • T starts a new semester on the 19th.  Had to drop the tuition for her classes this morning – yea as usual she waited to the last minute.  She works nearly a 40 hour week on her part time job!  In the voice of Rick Ross "every day she hustlin!"
  • Dropping the mic!

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Duct Tape May Have Been A Better Option…

and definitely a cheaper one….  this sleeve is making my arm ITCH like crazy!  I equate it to a arm or leg itching with a cast on it…. and needing to take a clothes hanger and stick it down in the cast to scratch.

Good thing is, I CAN take it off :)  Arm might blow up like Popeye the sailor man's arm – but, I can take it off nonetheless.

I think I'm going to order a more fashion forward sleeve from LympheDIVAs.  If I must were this mess, it has to a least be cute!

In other news…..  I'm was off today and am off tomorrow and all of next week!!!  I really enjoyed not having to deal with work stuff today.  I did submit my vacation request for the entire year of 2009.  We have to do it all at one time and first come first get – so the sooner the better.  Me and my boss are tight… so I suspect she will approve all 160 hours I submitted.  She better considering I worked like a Hebrew slave for my company, and this year I even worked through cancer and only took off five days after having surgery.

She makes the sleeve seem sexy *tongue in cheek*

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Here and There’s…

  • Today will be my 25th of 33 radiation treatments.  Wednesday will start what is called "boost" treatments – there will be six of those.  In this treatment they focus the radiation directly where the tumor was located vs.. the entire breast.  I've had little reaction to treatment, some tanning and a slight tingle is all I have noticed.  New special markings were done last week.  Looks like a child took a green Sharpie to my tit!
  • I've been such the winner since I've been going through my breast cancer journey.  Really, I've be extremely lucking in contest.  I won a beautiful bracelet for posting my story on the Pink for October website, I won a t-shirt from Words to Live By tees for my answer to what has made me "Resilient."  And just last week I won five $5.00 gift cards for Smoothie King from a breast cancer survivor website.
  • Christmas music in the stores immediately after Halloween annoys me to no end.  Can we get through Thanksgiving first?   Anyway, since I felt forced I dusted off my Christmas play list on the iPod in my living room and let it rip!
  • Finally getting over this cold!  Only thing remaining is a dry cough that sounds way more painful than it is.
  • Still geeked about buying the new townhouse this past weekend!  I have an appointment to pick out things like kitchen cabinets, flooring, kitchen and bath room fixtures, lighting, granite counter tops/back splash, paint etc. tomorrow morning.   Everything in the home will be modern to go with my decor, there are just so many choices!!
  • Still wanting to go to the inauguration in January – the hotel room is the problem.
  • Cabo San Lucus in December!  Yeaaaaaa Boy!!!!
  • For Thanksgiving we are eating out.  Not in the mood for a lot of laborious ass cooking. Although, I will make a few lite items for us to have later in the evening.
  • Vacation planning for 2009 has begun.  C and I will be going to "European Vacation Night" to see presentations for land and cruise vacations from the different cruise lines and travel companies tomorrow night.  Should be fun, plus there is free wine and cheese!
  • I think I'm Barack Obama's biggest fan. C and I watched he and Michelle on 60 Minutes last night.  Bentley was on the bed laying down.  I told him to sit up and pay attention because his daddy was on tv – LOL!  Bentley is a dog 🙂
  • Will Smith will be in Dallas tomorrow – I think he is pushing his new movie Seven Pounds.  I like Will, he does good work.

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Ramblins…

  • I'm not 100% today, more like 70%.  Woke up with a sore throat and a stuffy nose.  I am happy to have gotten through the last eight months without catching a cold!  With my lowered immune system a common cold could have put me in the hospital.  Thank god I got through chemo without catching one.  I've taken over the legal limit of over the counter meds to try to stop it from getting worse :)  I had things to do today!  Laying up with a cold really wasn't on my "to do" list.
  • I road around the majority of the day looking at townhouses.  I just moved in Jan of this year, but really not "feeling" my location.  Kinda too many old people in the community – I'm old (not really), but not old as some of the resident around me.  Plus, I've been thinking of moving to somewhere more, uptown, downtown, urban like and I want new construction.  I have no restrictions now that T has graduated, I don't care about school districts anymore or need a yard or to have kids around for her.  I can live where I want to!!!!!!!!!!  A condo or townhouse meets my needs, since I don't want to do lawns and stuff anymore. I want it to be modern/contemporary since that's my design aesthetic.   Visited five communities today, each had qualities I liked which I wish I could combine into the perfect home.  The one I really like best is at the top of my budget.  If I feel up to it, I'm going to do some more shopping tomorrow.  The economy sucks, but interest rates are low, inventory is high, all the builders I visited today are all offering 15K-20K in incentives and 3K-5K toward closing costs.  It's a buyers market baby!
  • At the midpoint in my radiation treatments – I think I have about 15 or 16 treatments under my belt.  I'm so tired of that sh%@!  My breast is getting darker too – not a good look! What eves……  My Radiation Oncologist is kinda crazy, he says the same thing every week, and talks in circles – what gives?
  • I will be celebrating the completion of treatment and Christmas in Cabo!  I'm so excited!  We will be there the entire week of xmas, basking in the sun.  I got a super nice room – 920 sqft.  I might not come back.
  • I have decided to do a project that I think will be challenging, but a phenomenal experience!  Can't say much about it now, but it will be something good for me and hopefully helpful to others.  Just hoping I can stay motiviated enough to complete the task.  More later…
  • New gadget alert!  Well I recently purchased a Macbook Air – this past summer.  We are Mac people, with another Macbook that T uses for school, and also a Mac Mini for personal use.  For work, I use a Dell laptop – it's aiight.   Company provided, so it is what it is.   I haven't purchased a PC for personal use in years!  The new craze is the multitude of little netbooks that are out by most of the PC makers.   Being the gadget whore that I am, I had to have one!  I've been researching them – reading reviews, studying specs and whatnot for awhile.  I decided on the Asus Eee and bought it from Best Buy last night.  It has the best specifications for the price…. Win XP, 120 gb hard drive, 1 gb RAM, 10" screen.  I got a piano black one.  I didn't need it, but its too cute and ultra portable to pass up.

  • Wanted to go to DC for the inauguration in January, but the prices for air and hotel have skyrocketed! Guess I will have to watch President Elect Obama get sworn in from home.  Its probably going to be too cold for me anyway!
  • I still can't believe it!  I pray for him and his family, they are going to need it.
  • I'm done.

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