Monday, February 28, 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Oscars - My Predictions

Does anyone else agree that Oscar is kind of scary looking?   
I had a goal to see all 10 of the Best Picture nominees which are:

Black Swan
The Fighter
The King's Speech
The Social Network
Toy Story 3
The Kids' Are Alright
True Grit
Inception
127 Hours
Winter's Bone

I only ended up seeing 6 (the first 6 on this list).  I wanted to see 127 Hours on Friday night but wasn't feeling well.  Oh well.  I think I saw the best of the movies anyways.

If I wasn't so sick I would "review" each of the movies I saw but that just isn't going to happen right now. 

Best Movie
Movie I Think Will Win - The King's Speech
Movie I Want To Win - The Fighter

Best Actor
Who I Think Will Win - Colin Firth
Who I Want to Win - Colin Firth

Best Actress
Who I Think Will Win - Natalie Portman
Who I Want To Win - Natalie Portman

Supporting Actor
Who I Think Will Win - Christian Bale
Who I Want To Win - Christian Bale

Supporting Actress
Who I Think Will Win - Melissa Leo
Who I Want To Win- Amy Adams

Now I just hope I can stay awake to watch the entire program!  Looking forward to the Red Carpet in a little while.

What do you think?  Agree or disagree with my predictions??

Weekend Plans Ruined - I'm Sick!!!!

I had such "big" plans for this weekend.  Then I got sick.  On Friday at work I felt fine but I noticed a little tickle in my throat which was causing my voice to sound weird.  By Friday night I was losing my voice (but luckily go to skype with Peyton and Ella prior to totally losing it).  I started feeling nauseous and didn't feel like eating dinner.  I had a popsicle.  I did my MS shot which I do every Friday night.  I was exhausted so decided to call it a night around 9 PM.  I woke up at midnight and knew I was sick.  I felt like I was going to throw up, had chills, could tell I had been sweating, and felt achy all over.  I did get sick a few times and usually that makes you feel better right?  Well not this girl.  My stomach was still so nauseous and I had the worst abdominal pains.  On top of that I had no voice at all (yes I talked to myself to see) and was all congested and junky.  I attempted to go back to bed but felt terrible and couldn't sleep.  I was shivering, having pains, and just couldn't seem to get comfortable.  I knew I was getting dehydrated b/c I kept feeling like I had to pee then would try and nothing would come out.  Oh and I knew I was sick when I saw on the toilet seat and it was freezing when it touched my skin and hurt b/c I was so achy!  So the rest of the night continued to be the same.

The next morning I attempted to get up out of bed and felt dizzy and weak.  Back to bed.  Emailed my mom (who is in FL visiting my grandmother) and filled her in.  A little while later my dad called me very worried.  Funny thing is that he can't heard that well and I had no voice.  So I'm whispering to him on the phone and he finally said, "just email me!"  I emailed him a few things I needed (saltines, ginger ale, tissues) and he was on his way to my apartment (which is a little less than an hour away).  By the time he got here the decision had been made that I should go to the ER.  Didn't really want to go ($150 copay thank you very much) but I knew I should b/c I was very dehydrated.  The hospital I go to for my MS (and everything else) is 2 minutes from my house.  I had never been to the ER there which is brand new so I was getting to see it first hand.  Haha.  We were there from 3 to 8 PM.  I got 2 IVs (first one was giving me trouble per usual) and 2 big bags of fluid.  I got 2 shots of Zofran which helped a lot.  The doctor told me I am the lucky girl who got 2 viruses on top of each other.  One that causes the cold/voice lost and a 2nd that caused the GI bug.  Good times! 

I slept 12 hours last night and have already taken a 2 hour nap today.  I feel much better today but I'm exhausted.  I ate some saltines and drank some ginger ale and feel ok.  I plan to stay in bed all day and night! Thankfully the Oscars are on tonight to entertain me.  I had big plans to write an Oscar post today w/ my opinions since I've seen many of the movies.  We'll see if I can muster up the energy.  I even had to cancel a massage appointment for today.  Bummer!

Guess I'll have to take a sick day tomorrow which I hate to do since I have so little earned time right now.  Oh well such is life. 

Oh and I was joking with some Twitter friends that there must be a "Twitter virus" b/c so many of us are sick.  Who knew you could pass it through tweets!!!

Ok that is about all the energy I have right now.  Back to resting.  Thanks for all the sweet emails and messages my friends!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Email From Peyton

My 3 year old niece, Peyton, is very advanced and does "work" on the computer.  She likes to "send emails" too.  This is what she sent me!

Dear Auntie Jodi,




I refuse to let Daddy do work on the computer so I decided to send you an email....here is my typing to you.....


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Love, Peyton

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Listen To This!!!!

As I mentioned the other day I was interviewed by George Knight from WBOS, 92.9 which is a great radio station in Boston.  This interview will air on 92.9, 102.5 and 105.7.  George was able to send me a MP3 copy of the interview so that I could share it with all of you!




What do you think?  I always find it funny when I hear my "recorded voice."  I guess that is how I sound to everyone else but it sounds weird to me!  Haha!

My Favorite iPhone Apps

I've had an iPhone for about 3 years now.  I started with the iPhone 3G and now I have the iPhone 4 which I love!  You might say I've had some "issues" with my iPhones - aka - I've had one stolen, lost one and dropped one in the toilet.  Yup you counted right - I'm on my 4th iPhone.  Just doing my part to keep apple in business!

Anyways I LOVE my iPhone and couldn't live w/o it which is why I always went and bought a new one when I ran into "issues."  I love my apps too.  I thought I would share some of my favorite apps w/ all of you since now that Verizon is selling the iPhone I know a lot more people are buying one.

I have 5 screens of apps.  On the bottom of every screen you can put your 4 favorite or most used apps.  They will show up on every screen.  I have phone, iPod, Mail and Facebook.  Also on my first screen are the following apps that I've purchased:  (the other apps on there are included when you get the phone)

- Twitter (Do I need to explain? haha)
- One Tap Dial (see pics of people at bottom left and when I tap it calls them)
- Days Until (this is a countdown clock and I often put vacations, birthdays, etc in there - you may notice the 24 which is referring to the days until I go to Florida)

On my next screen I have:

Groupon
Google
Flixster (great movie theatre/movie app.  You can select your favorite theatres which is nice too.)
myWireless (for AT&T users)
ebay
ESPN score center (you select your favorite teams for each sport and can view scores and info quickly)
Flashlight (has come in handy a few times)
At Bat Light (MLB.com app which I of course have the Red Sox front and center.  This app is free and it is awesome.  It gives live updates throughout the game so you always know what is going on w/ the game.)
Citizens Bank (my local bank)
Sol Free (use to be my favorite game app)
iJewels (now this is my favorite game app - addicted to this game)!
Find iPhone (this is a new app for the iPhone 4 but hopefully I will NEVER have to use it)!!!!!!!
Skype (really cool to be able to skype w/ people when on the go)

Some other apps I have:

Chipolte (I've only used this once but so cool.  Ordered my food and it was ready when I got there)
Snapfish, Kodak Gallery and Shutterfly
USA Today, Today Show and my local news app
Urbanspoon (great app for finding restaurants)
Tip Star (I LOVE this app.  It is great for when you are out w/ friends at a restaurant and need to split a check)
The Weather Channel
MASH Lite (remember this fun game from when you were in junior high)
Taxi (finds you the taxi company's in the area - great for when traveling in a different city)

And of course I have a "Peyton Page" filled with all of her games.  She knows exactly how to find her page and which game is which! 

So these are some of my favorites.  What are yours???

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

INTRODUCING MY NEWEST FAMILY MEMBER. . .



Congratulations Chad and Meghan!  
I am so happy to have a new cousin and another girl in the family!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Radio Interviews


Last week I was interviewed by  Gay Vernon for a Sunday morning radio show on Magic 106.7.  It will air in March and hopefully I'll be able to get a copy of it to post on my blog.  She asked me questions about my MS story and why I do the Boston MS Walk.  It will be used to tell people about the walk and encourage them to sign up to walk too.  It was fun!



Then 2 days later I received an unexpected call from George Knight.  I was at work and in a patient's room at the time so I quickly excused myself and went back to my office and called him back.  He interviewed me and this interview will air on three different Boston stations.  It will also air on a Sunday morning.  He said he would email me an MP3 of it once it was edited so I will keep you posted.

So in case you were wondering I'm kind of famous around town (ha, ha)!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Ella Turns Two!

My beautiful niece and Goddaughter, Ella, is two and we celebrated with a family party this Saturday.  I can't believe she is two already.  She has changed so much over the past two years.  She is so adorable and has such a sweet personality.  She talks A LOT and always puts a smile on my face.  I still remember the day she was born and the first time I held her.  She looked just like Peyton when Peyton was born.  Now she is growing into her own little person!


Ella had a Mickey Mouse birthday party.  She has a lot of fun playing and dancing with the girls.  She loved her cake.  She loved her presents especially her new bike and wagon!  Neely the puppy survived the party too.  She spent plenty of time "attacking" us.  She loves to jump on your back when you are sitting and she eats your hair.  It is pretty funny.  She is getting pretty big so at some point it will be really hard to win!

Happy Birthday Ella!  Love You!
xoxo

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sleepover with Peyton

Peyton came for a sleepover on Friday night.  This is the 2nd time she has stayed at my house.  My dad was coming into the city on Friday night for a hockey game so he was able to bring Peyton to me.  We went to Pizzeria Regina's for dinner.  They have the best pizza but Peyton wanted pasta (of course).  She was SO good at dinner.  She was being shy w/ the person taking the picture which is why she wouldn't smile!  After dinner Peyton and I ran to the grocery store to buy supplies to make cookies.  To say Peyton was excited about this would be an understatement!

HOW TO BAKE COOKIES WITH PEYTON. . . 



Peyton really enjoyed the sprinkles.  Hope the people who have to eat the cookies will too.  Haha!  We made these cookies for Ella's birthday party and Peyton was very proud of them.

After cookie making Peyton did her FAVORITE thing - played games on my iPhone!  Peyton loves to play on my phone and she is so good at using the phone.  Her friends watched as she played.   :)

There were some uninvited guests at the sleepover.  Mr. Thunder and Mrs. Lightning make an unwelcomed appearance right before bed.  It wasn't that bad of a storm in terms of loud thunder but it only took one "loud noise" to freak Peyton out.  She kept asking "Jodi what is that noise?" with every little thing she heard.  So I turned on the tv to a show she likes and turned it up pretty loud.  We got in bed and watched tv and I let her play one more iPhone game.  Distraction is a wonderful thing.  She forgot all about the thunder.  It still took her until 9:45 PM to fall asleep!  The next morning she woke up at 6:00 AM which surprised me since it was still dark outside and really dark in my room.  I heard "Jodi? Jodi? Are you awake?" in the most quiet whisper she could speak.  I told her it was still night time and she needed to go back to sleep - hey it was worth a try right!?  She was pretty quiet until 7:00 AM minus the occasional "Jodi?" with some silly question following (always in a whisper).  

So I turned on the tv and got her breakfast in bed - powdered donuts (which she picked out at the grocery store the night before) and yogurt (which she also picked out but then wouldn't eat).  After breakfast we had to get ready for a special surprise. . . 

We went to Skyzone which is an indoor trampoline (or as Peyton likes to call it jumpoline) park.  Peyton was so excited and couldn't stop bouncing while we waiting in line.  She has happy memories of the last time we went to trampolines (on the Cape this summer).  She spent an hour running and jumping and loving it!  She had a blast!  They have a toddler area which was just the right size for her and we didn't have to worry about getting run over by the big kids!

Peyton really likes to take pictures with my camera and does a pretty good job.  She took about 40 pics of me then I had to send her back to jumping!

We had a lot of fun at the sleepover although I wonder why we call it a "sleep"over since there isn't very much sleep happening!  Hehe!  The next time we do a sleepover will be this spring when the weather is much warmer in Boston and we can do something fun outside!  Looking forward to it. 

Love you Peyton!  Hope you had fun at the sleepover.
xoxo







Friday, February 18, 2011

I'm Exhausted So This is RANDOM. . .

I'm participating in Wanna Bee's "Sleepover" Blog Hop.  The funny this is that I'm having a real sleepover with my 3 year old niece Peyton (who is still awake at 9:30 PM which is WAY past her bed time).  We are in bed w/ lights off and she is trying to fall asleep and I'm catching up on blogging (with a pillow next to my laptop so that she can't see the light from it).  Go check out Vintage Wanna Bee to play along.


And I had to play along with Kelly today.  This is my first time participating in SHOW US YOUR LIFE at Kelly's Korner but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about my alma mater, Elon University (well actually it was Elon College when I went there).


For those of you who don't know anyone about Elon I highly recommend you check out the website.  Elon is THE BEST school and I had an awesome four years there!  I can't speak highly enough about all of the amazing experiences I had while at Elon.  Just to name a few - admissions tour guide, very involved with Habitat for Humanity campus chapter and participated in many service break trips, studied abroad in London for a semester, did an internship with a Physician's Assistant, sorority member and so much more.  Sometimes I wish I could go back to college b/c it was so much fun!


About Elon University (from the website)


Elon University is a selective, independent, private university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon's beautiful and historic campus in central North Carolina is designated as a botanical garden.

Elon's rich intellectual community is characterized by active student engagement with a faculty dedicated to excellent teaching and scholarly accomplishment. The curriculum is grounded in the traditional liberal arts and sciences and complemented by distinctive professional and graduate programs. Elon students put knowledge into practice, fulfilling their roles as global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good.


 Elon sends more undergraduate students to study abroad than any other master's-level school in the nation, and was named one of the top three universities in the nation for community service by the federal government's Corporation for National and Community Service. In addition, 78 percent of students complete internships, one-third of students hold at least one campus leadership position, and about 250 students annually work with faculty members on undergraduate research projects.

In its 2011 "America's Best Colleges" guide, U.S.News & World Report rates Elon the #2 Southern University and among the top 86 colleges and universities in the nation "where the faculty has an unusual commitment to undergraduate teaching." Newsweek-Kaplan named Elon the nation's "leader in engaged learning" and one of 25 featured colleges in its 2010 guide, and Princeton Review ranks Elon among the nation's 373 "best colleges." Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, USA Today, Princeton Review and the Fiske Guide to Colleges all name Elon one of the nation's "best value" private universities. Elon is also recognized by Princeton Review for having one of the nation's most beautiful campuses.
Elon's 358 full-time faculty teach in more than 50 undergraduate majors. The university includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; and the School of Law. Master's programs are offered in business administration, education and interactive media, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law. Elon operates on a 4-1-4 academic calendar, including a four-week term in January.


 Elon's 5,032 undergraduate and 677 graduate students come from 48 states, the District of Columbia and 49 other nations. About 25 percent are from North Carolina, with 9 percent each from New Jersey and Massachusetts, 7 percent each from Maryland and Virginia, 6 percent from Pennsylvania and 5 percent each from Connecticut and New York.
Elon Phoenix athletics include 16 intercollegiate men's and women's sports in NCAA Division I (FCS football), and Elon is a member of the Southern Conference. In addition, many students actively participate in 18 intramural and 21 club sports.
Elon was founded by the Christian Church (now the United Church of Christ) in 1889, and its core values have remained constant throughout history: close relationships between faculty and students, a culture that supports constant innovation, and a strong sense of community. Each Tuesday morning, students, faculty and staff gather around Fonville Fountain for refreshments and fellowship during "College Coffee." Weekly chapel services in historic Whitley Auditorium provide an interfaith worship experience. Daily events, spontaneous gatherings and sidewalk conversations are the hallmarks of this friendly and welcoming academic community.

Elon University is a member of Project Pericles®, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to make socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of our educational program - in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.

 LOVE LIVE ELON!!!!

Just for kicks how about another. . .


I thought FILL IN THE BLANK FRIDAY at the little things we do sounded fun so here goes-

1.  I am. . . a daughter, sister, aunt, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend, social worker, person living with Multiple Sclerosis, vacation lover, scrapbooker, shopaholic, Facebook/Twitter/Email/Blogger addict, volunteer, mentor, fundraiser, advocate, procrastinator. . .

2.  The bravest thing I've ever done. . . handle my MS diagnosis with grace and continuing to have the courage to fight it every.single.day.of.my life.

3.  I feel prettiest when. . . I have a new outfit that I love and wear it for the first time.

4.  Something that keeps me awake at night is. . . what doesn't keep me awake these days!?  MS, insomnia, waking up to pee, stress, crazy dreams (from medication side effects?), being hot, being cold. . .

5.  My favorite meal in the entire world is. . . so many favorites to chose from - staying traditional - my mom's homemade chicken casserole, rice pilaf and fresh steamed broccoli.

6.  The way to my heart is. . . by supporting me as I fight MS weather it is by making a financial donation to my MS Walk fundraising efforts, calling me and asking how I'm doing or just being there. . . I have the MOST supportive friends and family and my heart swells with gratitude! 

7.  I would like to. . . take a year off from work (but still get paid and have my job to come back to) and travel around the world.  There are so many places I would love to visit and it would just be amazing to have a whole year to travel and explore!  

Drum roll please. . . last but not least. . . (mainly just b/c this is such an adorable picture) I'm participating in PASS THE PUCK at A Day in the Life of a Hockey Wife. 

http://adayinthelifeofahockeywife.blogspot.com/
 
Ok that is ENOUGH!  Haha!  Hope you had fun reading my very long post.  I should have gone to bed an hour ago when Peyton fell asleep.  Let's hope she sleeps until 8 AM {wishful thinking}.  Good night!









Fundraising Fridays

When I ask people to donate they often ask me what the money is used for.  Great question!  If you are going to make a donation to any organization you SHOULD know what they are doing with the money.  Fortunately for me (since I didn't really know exactly how to answer this question) the National MS Society did it for me!  So read on and you will know where the money you donate to me is going. . .

HOW DOLLARS ARE USED
 
The National MS Society’s mission is to mobilize people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenge of everyone affected by MS. In our area, that means providing the services and programs needed by the more than 19,000 people living with MS in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
These offerings include educational programs that address the physical, social and financial effects of living with multiple sclerosis as well as direct services that address the specific needs of individuals.  MS stops people from moving -- we exist to make sure it doesn’t.

UPDATE: As of 11:00 PM I have raised $4,337!  HOLY COW!!!!  AMAZING!!!  I have the most generous and supportive people in my life and I don't take it for granted for a second!

If you would like to donate please go to http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/jodi to view my personal page.











Thursday, February 17, 2011

"The Ride" with Phil Keoghan

One word. . . INSPIRATIONAL

 

In March of 2009, Phil Keoghan, the host of "The Amazing Race" and one of our most committed MS Ambassadors, left Los Angeles on his bike for a 40-day ride across America that covered over 3,500 miles. Joining Phil for this grueling journey were his cycling wingman, best friend, a former California Highway Patrol Officer and his father. Together they faced everything from sand storms and freezing temperatures to illness and injury.  In just 40 days he raised $500,000 and unprecedented exposure for the National MS Society.

AND THEN. . . .

He made his experiences into a MOVIE!  Last night I had the opportunity to see a special screening of "The Ride" and Phil was actually there!  I was so impressed with this man.  He is a typical guy, very down to earth and funny!  I found him to be so inspirational.  He set a goal and stuck to it despite facing many challenges.  I could relate to so many things he talked about in the movie.  Specifically he talked about feeling like he needed to "proove himself" to his father.  He wanted his father to be proud of him for accomplishing an amazing athletic achievement.  I think sometimes I try to hard to "proove myself."  Not really sure why but I guess it is mainly b/c I don't want people to think I can't do something now just b/c I have MS.  So sometimes I push myself to much (to my detriment) and end up fatigued and exhausted.  I'm working on finding that balance.  And of course most MS'ers could relate to his fatigue, exhaustion and sickness during his ride.  Many of us experience that regularly.  I was happy that during the Q&A he talked about how "we" (those of us w/ MS) kept him going b/c he knew that at the end of his ride he would get better but that people w/ MS don't have that option.  I would so happy he recognized that and mentioned it.  I have so much respect for him and what he is doing for MS.  What an awesome accomplishment! 

Be sure to check out No Opportunity Wasted, Phil's website.  You can also buy or rent The Ride and you will find the links to amazon and itunes on there.  Oh and isn't that the BEST name?  I love it!  NOW!

Let me know what you think!





Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Wee Bit of Me Wednesdays (Blog Hop)

 
{one} what is your favorite breakfast food?
Bacon (weird coming from a gal who doesn't eat meat except for chicken - and bacon)!
 
{two} how many pairs of shoes do you currently own?
A lot!  Not sure I really want to admit to exactly how many.  
Probably 30 and that is not including all the flip flops.
 
{three} city or country?
City.
 
 {four} what is your favorite part of your job?
Helping patient's and their family members feel better.
 
 {five} what is your favorite junk food to snack on?
I have to choose just one?  
Chocolate covered pretzels, pretzel M&Ms and potato chips are topping the list right now.
 
 {six} have you ever been mentioned in the newspaper?
Yes, a few times in articles about the MS Walk.
 
 {seven} do you use post-it notes?
Sometimes.
 
 {eight} do you have freckles?
Yes but mostly just on my arms from the sun.
 
 {nine} is it okay for men to wear pink?
Yes but in moderation.
 
{ten} when was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
Not much on long letters but I send cards ALL the time.  Love sending and receiving mail.

I REALLY Want a Puppy!


BEST IN SHOW!
Scottish Deerhound
Ch. Foxcliffe Hickory Wind

In honor of the Westminster Dog Show I thought I would share about my love for dogs {but I'll admit that I'm a dog snob and I only love certain breeds of dogs but like many others}! 


I love Basset Hounds.  If I could get a puppy right now I think I would get a Basset Hound.  How can you resist a Basset?  Those long droopy ears, wrinkles and that face!  I had a Basset Hound from the time I was in 5th or 6th grade until the year after I graduated from college.  Her name was Bailey and she was a "Red and White" Basset.  She was the cutest but dumbest dog ever.  I loved her! 


At some point in my life I would like to have a Bernese Mountain Dog.  I think this breed is so beautiful and the puppies are SUPER adorable.  How could you not love this fluff ball?  When I was in high school we had a stray dog who started visiting us.  He was big and black and white all over.  We didn't know what breed he was but he most resembled a Bernese so that is when I first fell in love with this breed.  I named the dog "Ralph" b/c when I called the number on his tag (which ended up being the vet) they said the owner was Ralph and the dog was "Sniffy."  Sniffy?  Really?  Who names their big, lovable dog Sniffy?  So Ralph it was.  He visited regularly and even came in the house.  He was best buddies with Bailey!


Another one of my favorite dogs is the Irish Setter.  We had an Irish Setter named Molly when I was little.  My parents got her before I was born and she lived until I was 10 or 11?  She was a proud mama twice with two larger litters of puppies.  She was such a good dog!  My Nana and Grampy took one of her puppies and named her Sarah and my grandfather took one of her puppies and named her Rayleigh.  I think Irish Setters make awesome family dogs so if I ever have a family maybe I'll have to get one!


Who doesn't love a Golden Retriever?  I've never had a Golden but use to walk one when I was younger.  Her name was Shamrock and she was the BEST dog!  I loved taking her for walks (I volunteered to do it b/c I liked her so much but then the owner started paying me - added bonus)!  I don't think you can go wrong with a Golden.  They are great companions, great w/ kids, smart and so pretty.  


Oh and I can't leave out Neely!  Neely is a Yellow Lab and she belongs to my brother, Timmy and his family.  She is now 4 months old and quite the character.  I'm sure you've seen some of the pictures I've posted.  If you have seen the movie or read the book, Marley and Me, then you will know what she is like!  She has been know to unroll the toilet paper from the bathroom, steal tissues from the box, steal money from my dad's wallet, eat my Valentine, somehow get up on the dryer, sleep on the computer desk, ride in the kid's car seat in the car, and so many other funny and silly things.  This dog has brought a lot of joy to our family (my dad is obsessed with her and has told me if I get a dog he will take care of it in the winter and I can have it in the summer when my parents are on the Cape where no dogs are allowed)!  Not so sure I like that deal!  Haha!

Someday in my near future I hope to have a dog.  I know I'll have a hard time picking which one to get but at least I have some great favorites to choose from!

P.S.  One of these days I'll see if I can dig out pictures of Molly, Bailey and Ralph and scan them so I can post them on my blog!!



Tuesday, February 15, 2011

My Blog Makeover

What do you think of my blog makeover?  Do you love it as much as I do?  Purple makes me happy!


Kymberly at Travel Babbles: Living the (Hockey) Life is the designer behind Wicked Awesome Blog Designs.  She was so great to work with and really "listened" (over email) to what I wanted.  She was very patient with me and made about 100 changes when I asked for things to be tweaked.  I'm so happy with the final product.  Kymberly was very fast at completing my blog makeover and her prices are reasonable.  I highly recommend her!




If you have never read Travel Babbles then I also suggest you click on Kymberly's button below and go check out her blog!  She is from Massachusetts (hence the "wicked") but is currently living in Germany while her finance plays professional hockey.  Go read about her interesting adventures!



In addition to my blog makeover I now have a blog button of my own.  I feel like I'm a "real" blogger now that I have one.  Haha!  Everyone else was doing it so I had to also.  So feel free to grab my button if you'd like.


I'm still working on updating all of my new pages that you will see in my navigation bar.  Check back after the weekend and they should all be updated!

Monday, February 14, 2011

It's Valentine's Day. . .

but for me today was not a day about flowers, candy and romance.
For me today was about a dying patient, a critically ill patient and many other very sick patients.
It was a day filled with sadness and sickness and death.
Days like today are still filled with love but not happy love, instead it is love filled with sadness.


Don't get me wrong . . .
I love my job as a medical social worker.
I love working in a hospital.
I love helping my patients.
I love helping my patient's family members.
I love counseling them and supporting them and guiding them.
I love the fulfillment I get from helping.
But today I am sad.
I am sad that people get sick.
I am sad that people die.
I am sad that life isn't easy or fair. 


Today I count my blessings once more.
I, despite having a chronic illness, am HEALTHY.
My family members are healthy.
My friends are healthy.
I am thankful that I have a job and an apartment and a car and SO much more.
I am appreciative of my family who always supports me and my friends who always make me laugh. 

Today, even though there is sadness and even though bad things happen to good people I am going to CHOOSE to be happy and thankful and grateful and strong.  
Today is Valentine's Day.  
Today is a day about LOVE.  
I'm lucky to have a lot of love in my life (even though I'm single - but that is a whole other post haha)!

Thank you to everyone who loves me.  
Thank you to everyone who supports me.  
Days like today I need a lot of love and support.

xoxo  


P.S. I'm participating in a blog hop over at Meg's blog.  Click on the button to check it out! 

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Katelyn's Marathon Fundraiser for MS


Katelyn's fundraiser was on Friday night at the Kinsale and it was a great success.  She had about 50 people who came which was a great turnout.  We enjoyed eating, drinking, talking and entering raffles.  Katelyn had the following raffles:

Celtics tickets
Bruins tickets
$400 worth of Stella & Dot jewelry
$125 worth of restaurant gift cards (PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Texas Roadhouse, Macaroni Grille, Not Your Average Joe's)
50/50 (aka cash - I think the winner got about $125)
iPad (which was the most popular raffle) 

I REALLY wanted to win the iPad b/c they are so fun but it is something I don't need and would never just buy for myself.  Unfortunately I did not win BUT I did win something . . . the restaurant gift cards!  So fun!  I was so excited b/c I seriously never win anything.  I already used one of the gift cards.  My aunt and I went to see The King's Speech yesterday (which was really good) and then we ate at the Macaroni Grille.  Such a fun afternoon.  And the best part is that I still have 4 more gift cards to look forward to using.  

Katelyn's event raised $1,556.  She is well  on her way to reaching her goal of raising $4,000.  She is also training hard for the marathon.  Yesterday she ran 18 miles with her team.  Keep up the great work Katelyn!

I'm Feautred at The Elephant's Trunk!






Go over to Lauren's blog, The Elephant's Trunk, and see my post.  Then take some time to check out her blog too.  I really enjoy reading her blog!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My {CRAZY} Adventure at CVS

This is one of those stories that I wouldn't believe except it actually happen to me so I know it is possible.  Yesterday was my friend Audrey's last day of work at the hospital.  During rounds we had planned to have a little party for her.  I wanted to stop and get a card for everyone to sign.  So I stopped at a CVS near work.  It was around 7:35 AM.  I parked and ran in.  I went straight to the card aisle.  I wanted to get one of those GIANT cards but they only had birthday ones so I grabbed a "good bye" card from "all of us" and called it a day.  I went up to the counter to pay but nobody was around.  I waited for a few seconds and then started to look around a bit. . . still nobody.  I yelled out "hello?"  Nothing.  Again, "hello?"  I walk up and down a couple aisles and realize that nobody.is.in.the.store!  Uh-oh.  Then I hear an alarm going off.  Oh crap.  Then I realize I'm on the video monitor.  Oh shit!  I put the card down and go to leave the store but I can't because I'M LOCKED IN!!! Yes locked in.  The door is locked and I can't get out.  I call 911. 

Police: What is your emergency?
Me: I came into CVS but there is nobody working and now I'm locked in.
Police: You're where?
Me:  I'M LOCKED IN CVS!
(I hear the police dispatch the info)
Police: Miss I have an officer who is right nearby so go stand by the door and he will be right there.
Me:  Ok

It is now about 7:45 AM and a woman approaches the door to the store and I realize she works there because she has keys.  Hooray!  I get a very strange look from said lady who is wondering what I'm doing in there and why the alarm is going off.  Then she pushes on the door and realizes it is unlocked (but not from the inside which is why I can't get out)!  I explain to her what happen as the police officer is arriving.  He proceeds to search the store.  Then the assistant manager of the store arrives and is just as confused.  Then another officer arrives.  I continue to stand at the front of the store waiting to be "cleared" to leave.  Haha!

The police officers return and say that the store is clear and that it does not appear to be a break-in.  The assistant manager says out loud but to herself, "Who closed the store last night?"  Oops looks like someone forgot to lock the door.  Thankfully I was not locked in CVS with crazy robbers.

The assistant manager and the police tell me I can go.  "Can I just buy the card first?"   So I buy the card and get out of there as quick as I can!  I call my mom again (I had already called her once while waiting for the police) and updated her about what had happen.  Needless to say I was on a major adrenalin rush.  Crazy!

I get into work (later than I had hoped) and run around to all the floors to get people to sign the (now famous) card for Audrey.  I of course have to retell this story about 100 times.  Nobody could believe the adventure I had had at CVS.

Audrey was very appreciative of the card which made it all worth the effort (and craziness).

I did joke that since CVS is one of my favorite stores that it would have been fun to clear the shelves while I was in the store alone.  Haha.  I think they should reward me for my honesty- shopping spree?, gift certificate?, free prescriptions for a year?  I'll take it!  Haha!

Oh and during rounds I really started to not feel well.  I was very hot and dizzy and just feeling weird.  One of the nurses took my blood pressure and it was unusually high for me.  We did it 2 more times during the next half hour and it stayed high.  I guess all that stress got to me!

So what about you?  Anything crazy like this ever happen to any of you??

Friday, February 11, 2011

Fundraising Fridays

TGIF!!!  It seemed to take FOREVER for Friday to get here this week.  Maybe it is b/c I am still recovering from surgery, or b/c work was really busy, or b/c I just LOVE weekends. . . whatever the reason(s) I'm so glad it is FRIDAY!!!!



Goal: $5,000.00
Achieved: $3,417.00
 I'm still rocking and rolling with the fundraising!  Woo hoo!  Thanks to everyone who has donated.  
Goal for next week:  send emails (to friends who aren't on Facebook)

And. . . while I'm blogging about fundraising, my cousin Katelyn is doing some fundraising of her own tonight.  As I've mentioned before Katelyn is running the Boston Marathon for MS and tonight she is having a party at a fun Irish bar.  There will be food, drinks and raffles (including an iPad which I really want to win)!  I'm really looking forward to supporting Katelyn tonight and to having some fun with my family and friends.  I'll be sure to post pictures after the event.
If you would like to support my fundraising efforts please go to my personal page .