Sunday, January 31, 2010

Things I love

I am going to be posting about things I love throughout the month of February.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Prayers for a friend

I got a message from a HS friend of mine about another friend. There are several words that make my throat go straight to my stomach when used in a sentence together. Two of those words are "spots" and "brain."

Who is this? A friend from high school and one of the smartest people I know.

What is wrong? Apparently, she began to experience extreme vertigo. She had some CT & MRI scans done of her brain and they discovered 4 spots on her brain. Two seem normal and the other two are abnormal.

What is happening next? Because the MRI's and CT scans are not showing the doctors exactly what the spots are, she is going to have exploratory surgery next week.

I have not talked to her personally, but I have sent in a couple of emails. I am sure she's been overloaded with emails and phone calls from people she's not seen or talked to in years upon receiving the recent news of her health. Just keep her in your prayers.

Arctic Blast Photos

It's still sleeting.

It wound up snowing until about 3am and then began to sleet. It's been sleeting ever since. I thought about not going out to take photos because it not only is cold, but it hurts when pelting sleet hits you in the face. :D However, I took the plunge and went outside. Don't worry I was covered from head to toe in warm clothes. Here are a few photos from 9 am this morning.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Still bracing

Keep an eye here for Arctic Blast 2010.

So far I've heard that Canton NC has 3 to 4 inches of snow. It's been snowing there since 2:30. Here in my home, we haven't had snow yet. It's been reported in Durham though.

So 6:45pm: No Snow. No precipitation.

7:45pm: No Snow here at the house, but apparently there is snow about 45 minutes away.

Began playing Wii Sports Resort to pass the time while waiting for the snow.

8:30 pm: SNOW! There is snow. And yes, it took 45 minutes to get here. Quite funny.

9:00 pm: My car is covered. Got my traditional date shot. :) Will be heading to bed soon. Hope to wake up to the ground covered. :D

5:30am: Woke up to check out the snow. It's covered, but I can't tell how mu8ch we received so far. I will wait until it's light outside to really get a good look. I hear the wintry mix outside. I'm sure there is some snow/sleet combo. No pictures yet because the camera couldn't focus from inside the house. It's too cold for me to try to go out just yet.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bracing for Arctic Blast 2010

I'll believe it when I see it. The weather forecasters are saying that our area will get 10 to 12 inches of snow on Friday/Saturday. I'll believe it when I see it.

Keep an eye out right here for further information on "Arctic Blast 2010." :)

Remember last year?

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Happy Birthday to me

Here's the infamous White Cake with Pink Icing cake I wanted. My darling husband made it so don't poke fun of the really funky frosting job.

So it starts off about a week or two ago when I asked for a White cake with Pink Icing. We picked up the White Cake Mix & the Frosting while at the grocery store. This morning, Rob decided that he might need an extra box of cake mix so he went to the store (hungry might I add). He picked up 2 more boxes of Cake Mix and another can of frosting.

He came home and began baking the cake. He did everything according to instructions including separating the egg whites from the yolk for three eggs. He put in spoonfuls of cake batter into pans to make sure the cakes would turn out evenly. Well in his excitement, he forgot to add the egg whites to the cake mix. (Let's call this Mistake number 1) He didn't realize it until he had put the cake pans in the oven and saw the egg whites in the bowl on the counter top. So he pulled out the cake pans and in the process spilled cake batter everywhere. (Mistake number 2).

He then chose to restart the process with cake box number 2. He decided to use the whole egg recipe this time and put the correct cake mix into pans. When they came out, one was much bigger than the other. (Mistake Number 3, but he doesn't know what went wrong there) He waited the appropriate 10 minutes and pulled the cake out of the pans. He placed on layer on a regular plate and the other layer on a paper plate. Let's call this mistake number 4. When he tried to remove the cake from the paper plate, it stuck to the plate causing the cake to pretty much crumble.

He frosted the mess out of one layer and put the 2nd layer on top squishing the cake back together. Then he placed 34 candles on the cake that had TWO FULL CONTAINERS OF FROSTING ON IT!

Can you say sweet?

Bless his heart. He tried so hard. We are still cracking up over the cake debacle of 2010.

Here's Ginger saying, "Happy Birthday." :D

What else did I do today? We ate at TGI Friday's. The food was awesome, but the people behind us were screaming at each other. Literally they were having a fight and were so annoying that even one of their own party moved seats and told them she wasn't returning until they could use their inside voices! Haa. Sadly no photos, but Rob & I went bowling. We bowled 3 games. Didn't do as well as I wanted, but had fun anyways.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Seems like yesterday

Seems like yesterday, not last year, that we did this:

December 29, 2008: My brother turned ## (that's for me to know).
Three days later, my husband had a birthday. He turned ## (again with the secrets).
Then, 26 days after my husbanbd ... it was my turn to turn ##.

We shared a birthday cake together on December 29, 2008.
It's almost that time again. Tomorrow, I turn ##. Oddly enough if you go back last year, you might be able to figure it out. ;) I think I'll try to keep it to myself this year though otherwise my parents might realize how old they are getting! :P

3 hours 55 minutes until my birthday. I think I'll spend the rest of the time of being 3* (almost spilled it) asleep in my nice King Sized bed! I'll probably be posting photos of my cake tomorrow. Instead of it being store bought, my husband is going to attempt to make me one! White cake with Pink Frosting. No Roses to fight over. :)

Monday, January 25, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away

This year (the year as in the last 365 days not as in 2010) there has been so much rain. It's so much rain that my husband can't park our truck in the grass or it will sink. It almost feels like Seattle or something like that we've had so much rain. Now I realize somewhat a blessing 2008 the first part of 2009 was because it barely rained at all (or at least when I had to be outside). The newscasters complained of drought, but being that I had a catheter I had to protect the lack of rain was excellent.

Fast forward to later 2009 when I had to drive my car onto our grass so that the heat man could fill up our propane tank for the mini arctic blast we're sure to feel at some point (and which we did feel last week or the week before). I pretty much ruined the area I drove on. A couple of months ago, it rained for days straight. There was never a time of relief.

While I don't mind the rain if I'm inside, it is a pain in the rear to drive in. While I don't mind the rain if I'm inside, it is a pain in the rear to stand outside in (especially in the freezing cold weather with sheets of wind). I'm hoping the rain will disappear (at least for a bit) while I drive the 45 minutes to work (who knows if it's still raining it could take me an hour or more). I woke up at 3am with that uncomfortable sweating that I generally only get when there is a torrential downpour. I woke up at 3am hearing the sounds of the beautiful chimes outside thrashing to the beat of the winds. I woke up to hear my dog outside my door hovering, shivering and whining.

So I got up to find my WCU poncho* for later** and checked my morning updates online. Now to begin to chant, "Rain Rain Go Away."

* Once upon a time, I went to a Western Carolina football game with my husband and it began to sprinkle. Now the entire time I went to WCU, I did not own a poncho even though it rained there all the time. We even had the joke that WCU actually stood for We Carry Umbrellas. So we went to the bookstore (where I used to work) and bought two really great ponchos.

** I have to stand outside with a girl in this torrential downpour while we wait for her bus. I'd rather be standing there in a WCU poncho than get drenched, but I'd rather the rain just go away.

P.S. Today apparently was a teacher work day. So I didn't have to stand out in the rain in my poncho! Yippee.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

January 24, 2000

Ten years ago today, a huge snow storm hit our state. The weather was so bad that we couldn't leave our subdivision for almost a week. We tried to leave 3 days after it started, but we couldn't and I was devastated. Every birthday the past few years, I had seen snow. Unbeknownst to me, the neighbors set up a surprise party for me. They wrapped up a few trinkets they had lying around their own home and made me a birthday cake. This week was the week that bonded our neighborhood.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Murphy visited my home yesterday. So every morning about the same time, I check the windows on my car to see if they are frosted. From the house window, I couldn't tell so I walked outside and put my fingers on the glass. I drew the letter S and walked back in. I wasn't about to waste 5 minutes of gas warming up a car that didn't have frost on it!

Came back in and did a few things. Five minutes later out I went and ready to start my car. To my utter dismay, my window had frozen over in the five minutes I was back in the house! Ugh.

I decided to pay Murphy back today. I walked out saw that it was just dewy (like yesterday) and I ran the windshield wiper over the dew. Hopefully today when I go back out .. it won't be frosted over again!

As far as the Tortoise Strategy ... let's say I'm going slower than a Tortoise's pace. Thanks for the reminder Kara. Leave it to you to remind me of what I'm not doing! :P~

Monday, January 18, 2010

Greensboro trip

Remember in February of 2009, I had a list. This was a list of things I was unable to do (or at least comfortably) while I had my PICC line in. Here was the list.

1. Take a nice long shower without a picc line cover
2. Find a hot tub somewhere and enjoy it.
3. Swim in a pool.
4. Go Bowling.
5. Walk on the beach
6. Go to a Winterguard show! :o)
7. Spin a rifle. (Okay maybe not .. but it would be fun.)
8. Hug my friends without fear of being hurt
9. Sleep on my right side without hurting

I did most of the things almost immediately. Some of them several times. However one thing on the list kept falling through. Number 4. I spent the majority of my free time during my junior & senior year of High School bowling. I spent a lot of time in college doing the same thing. I even took a class when I needed an extra physical education credit. I absolutely love to bowl. I am not the best bowler, but I do enjoy getting my bowl on. :o) I kept making plans to bowl, but things kept happening to keep me from going.

Yesterday when I arrived in Greensboro, my friend suggested we go bowling. I jumped on the opportunity! I enjoyed three full games of bowling and laughter. To my surprise, I made several strikes. Also to my surprise, I hit several gutter balls. I still had a great time though. So I finally finished my post picc line list.

P.S. If you haven't gone bowling in a few years, it is NOT a good idea to bowl three games in one day. Today my muscles are feeling it! Oh and make sure you wear clothes that will match the bowling ball. I just happened to wear this bright pink sweater and wound up bowling with a bright pink ball. And no I didn't get a picture. I should have, but I didn't.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Armed with Alphie

This morning in about an hour, I am giving my GPS it's first official test run. I have only used it to go places I already know in the month it's been in my possession. I wanted to get used to it before I used it to go to the unknown. Today, I go to an unknown place. I've been there a couple of times, but never alone and never where I've been the one driving. So today, I go armed with Alphie.

Hopefully Alphie won't steer me wrong. If it does, I am going backed up with maps. Always have a back up plan I say. I'm confident I'll make it there just fine though. I have been there before, but it's been years. Rob gave me the GPS to give me confidence. Today I go in confidence knowing that "home" is a button away.

I'm going to meet my best college friend, the first person I met in my first class. Whenever I think of WCU, this person is the first one to come to mind. He lives near Charlotte so we're going to meet at the half way point so neither has to drive. I wish my hubby could go, but it's his weekend to work. So I trudge solo to Greensboro armed with Alphie.

Hi Ho Hi Ho, it's off to Greenboro I go (well in about an hour)

*take the back up plan back* there are no back up maps. The printer isn't working. So I go armed with Alphie.

*** back up plan was not needed. I made it there and back in one piece without getting lost even once!!!! ****

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Klutzy Jennifer

I am a klutz. I think if there were some contest of Mrs. Klutz of America ... I would hold the title. As I'm sure you realize by now, whenever I have a revelation like this that there is a story to tell. I can't begin to tell you all of my klutzy stories, but here are a few prime examples.

When I was in high school, I was in the color guard. One time at band camp (yeah yeah) I tossed my rifle. It was such a beautiful toss until it cracked me upside my glasses and broke the frame. I was often tripping and falling or twisting my ankle. Once we had these huge backdrops on the field. It was a double header show day. We were performing in one city and then getting on the bus to go to a second show. Well during the first show, I had walked back behind the backdrop to switch out from flag to rifle (or flag to sabre or flag to something) and I slipped. The ground was wet from the rain we had earlier in the day. As soon as I slipped, I knew I had twisted my ankle. I wound up standing behind the backdrop the remainder of the show. I wound up not being able to perform the 2nd show.

My first day of college classes, I sat up in my bed. For other people, this is a common thing that wouldn't cause injury. Not for me. For you see, I failed to remember that I was not in my bed at home. I was on the bottom bunk of a bunk bed. Therefore, I sat up in my bed and hit my head. After I thought "Ow that really hurt," I got dressed and went to class. I hadn't been sitting in class long when a fellow that turned out to be a really good friend for the remaining 4.5 years of college informed me that my head was bleeding. Not only was I a klutz in private, someone had seen the evidence of such klutziness 30 minutes after said klutz moment occurred.

It was about a year and a half later I was walking from class to my work place. I worked in the college campus bookstore and often went straight from class to work. This particular day was quite memorable as it was my birthday. I also had a major project due this day in the class I would go to after I finished working at the bookstore. Instead of leaving my project in my room, I decided to bring it with me to work so that I could go straight from work to class. So I was on my way to work when all the sudden I fell. Now there was a good reason I fell.

That particular day it snowed. There was a patch of ice on the sidewalk which caused me to slip. Considering I had a back pack on and I was carrying my project, I simply wasn't prepared to balance myself well when I slipped. This caused me to fall flat on my knees. This fall caused my pants to rip, my knee to bleed, my project to get soaked and me to be horribly embarrassed since there were several others around me at the time. As opposed to being late to work and since I was only a few feet from the doorway, I went ahead into work. I still have a scar on my knee from that fall. I don't remember what grade I made on that project, but I do remember being embarrassed turning in such a disaster of a project.

A few months (maybe even further than that) back, I was working out on the Wii. While I was in the cool down mode for one of the runs, I walked to the kitchen to get a drink of water. I managed to trip over a bag of garbage and almost hurt myself, but I managed to not spill the water.

Now that brings us to last night. Picture this: Laundry is in the washing machine ready to be pulled out. I go and open up the top and start pulling out the wet clothes. Hmmmm something is stuck. I can't get it out. So I pull and pull. I reposition myself and yank. Then it happens. Klutzy Jennifer strikes again. While I was pulling my wet clothes (or not pulling as the case was), I jerked my hand/arm out of the washer and hit myself in the face. Yes, my lip started swelling. Yes, I used ice. Good news is by the morning, the swelling had gone down.

Ugh. The Klutz Strikes again.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tortoise strategy

This blog is going to be me blurting out and not doing a lot of editing. Typically I write a blog and go back and do a lot of editing. It helps it make sense and keeps me from rambling. Expect a lot of rambling tonight. I'm feeling a bit ADD! huh? What's that? I'm supposed to be blogging about the Tortoise Strategy? Okay let me get to it!

If the hare and tortoise are racing, the tortoise wins the race. Slow & Steady.
This is the strategy I'm using this round of supplement. I started off slower than normal. On Sunday night, I began my B12 & LDN. On Monday, I added B6 to my regiment. Today I added Selenium to my regiment. Slowy, but steadily I am adding one thing each day.

By the end of the weekend, I should theoretically be on

LDN (at night only)
B6 (twice a day)
B12 (at night only)
Iron (am trying to get up to 4 capsules a day; will start off at 1 capsule a day)
Selenium (for now once a day)
Zinc (for now once a day)
Vitamin C (am trying to get up to 4 grams per day to be taken with the Iron)
Magnesium Serene

So far this round I have taken 4 of the 8 things. Tomorrow, I plan on adding the Vitamin C & Iron. Both of which I have taken before. They should (theoretically) not cause me any problems. I had a small headache yesterday. The other thing that was bothering me was I seemed to be extra sensitive to noises. I was trying to go to sleep and every little noise made me jump. The LDN also seemed to cause me to have quite a few dreams during the night. I jumped awake several times from them last night. While I don't mind dreams, it's difficult for me to dream all night because I don't feel well rested when I wake in the morning. I feel as if I've done a lot of stuff in my dreams (especially if they are work related). I had a dream about trying to capture these praying mantises (what is the plural for praying mantis anyway?). I had a dream about hanging out with old friends. I had a dream about running into a friend I haven't seen or talked to in 20 years. Dreams about work, dreams about home, dreams about food, ... by the time I woke up this morning, I was sick and tired of dreams!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Jan 9 2010 Update

Concerns for Lyme Disease: And I quote, "No further treatment should be needed at this time."

Those were the BEST words I have EVER heard in the last ten years! Now granted it was followed by, "be conscious of risk for relapse." I will be having blood work in March and my next follow up shouldn't be until July unless I notice symptoms relapsing. We also discussed a detox and liver flush. I'll be honest .. I'm not to thrilled with the idea of a liver flush. :/ I believe it would include a 10 day fast (with a liquid diet). I fear that would cause me to lose the weight I have worked so hard to gain.

As far as my intestinal yeast infection, we believe that this is at a minimum right now. So we're going to stay off the Diflucan unless I notice symptoms starting to rev back up or unless I get a sinus infection that requires antibiotics. I will be resuming my LDN and if it causes me to have sleep disturbances we discussed lowering the dose or using a cream.

I will be starting (restarting) minerals and vitamin supplements that have been prone to deficiencies. In March, those levels will be tested. The ONLY part of the appointment that was a bit negative was that if those lab levels aren't improved then IV will be have to be considered to boost up my mineral levels.

I just loved these words:

"No further treatment should be needed at this time."

LLMD Hint!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Postponement Denied!

I had planned on calling next week to postpone my apppointment that I thought was on January 16th. Saturday, January the 16th 2010. When I got home I saw the voice mail flashing. So I check the message.

"Hi Jennifer. This is Barbara. I'm calling to remind you of your appointment tomorrow Saturday January the 9th at 8:30."

ahhhhhh. Guess I can't postpone it.

I have never wanted to postpone a Lyme appointment. I have never felt so "well" that I could even think about waiting for my next appointment. Minus this cold I've had the last few weeks, I haven't felt this well in a decade.

I was hoping to postpone, but

Postponement Denied!

(I couldn't postpone because my doc's office closes at noon on Friday. I got home past 1pm)

Nope, Nada, Zilch

Nope, Nada, Zilch

A dream woke me up so I decided to check out the window.

Nope, Nada, Zilch

There's not even frost on the car this morning at 4:30.

Nope, Nada, Zilch

Schools in the area so far have been delayed for ...

Nope, Nada, Zilch

I think rain has fallen, but as far as snow in my county?

Nope, Nada, Zilch

Apparently, snow did fall over night, but as far as what I see?????

Nope, Nada, Zilch.

Click on that last Nope, Nada, Zilch and you'll go to the regional radar for over night.

Maybe it wasn't a bad thing that schools delayed.

Guess I"ll find out on my way to work whether it was

Yes, Yep, Uh-huh or Nope, Nada, Zilch.

I thought I'd at least see this:

(from February 2009 at 5am)

Thursday, January 7, 2010

The four letter word

This four letter word starts with S. This four letter word shuts down our roads. This four letter word shuts down our schools. This four letter words causes people to run to the store for milk, bread and eggs. This four letter word is snow.

On Tuesday afternoon I was on my way home from work when I saw, "it." This was not snow, but the salt and brine they put down on the roads prior to future winter precipitation. I hadn't been watching the news and apparently missed the online edition where they predicted that snow would be coming. So I got online and found out that NC was expecting snow (trace to 1 inch) on THURSDAY night. So Tuesday they were laying down the brine for Thursday night's snow. That makes sooo much sense to spray the roads two days before the expected event instead of the day before such wintry mix. Of course I am a "Lymie." So maybe this is beyond my understanding.

Anyways. This four letter word even mentioned brings our state to a halt. People that move to NC from northern states think that they can drive in our "snow." Multiple times they are proven wrong because our snow isn't the snow they are used to. It's generally a snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain. So the roads are covered.

As of right now, not a drop of snow has been seen in the sky and 70 area schools/day cares/business are delayed for 2 hours. My guess is that we'll all wake up and there will be no precipitation at all. The schools and businesses are in a catch 22 situation. Wait too long and there are complaints. Call it too early and there are complaints. So they do the best they can with the information they have.

So now, I go to bed. I wait until I wake at 5am to discover whether it's snowing or sleeting or nothing. I will scramble to the website to see if my school has delayed or closed (which seeing pigs fly will have a better chance of happening in my particular case) and then if there IS wintry precip ... pucker my way to my job.

I'll believe it when I see it. Of course that's what I said on this day too: (January 20, 2009)

Not much to say

There just isn't much to post right now.

The cold is still hanging in there, but the good news is that it's not getting worse. I typically only feel "bad" in the morning (right now for example).

Maybe I'll think of a few good topics to write about later.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Pouring in

We have "gifts" pouring in. So right before Christmas, my hubby got a bonus from work. I'm not sure how it really worked, but he got to choose a place to get a gift certificate. He chose Amazon since they essentially carry anything you need. Then shortly after Christmas, he transferred some frequent flyer miles to a gift certificate. He also chose Amazon. So now the gifts are just pouring in. Most of the things we've purchased are camera related. Things that we would never otherwise purchase because it seems silly to purchase that kind of stuff when you have more important things to buy (food or medication).

On the cold front, I am feeling even better today. I still have some congestion and coughing, but every day I feel stronger and better. I even worked a full 8 hours today with only a few coughing spells.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cold Update

I feel better ever day. If I get "over this" without antibiotics, it will be a miracle. I've been using Dioxychlor twice a day. I'm still coughing a bit, but it no where near like it was on Wednesday & Thursday. I was coughing so hard on those days I was actually vomiting.

My nose has cleared up quite a bit. I think I'm on the downhill slope of getting well. I just have to be cautious and keep up with the Dioxychlor. Also have to steer clear of others that have colds or I'll get it again.

The big news from today is that North Carolina now has smoke-free restaurants and bars. This means I can go out to eat without feeling sick from 2nd hand smoke. My husband and I went out to eat this morning and didn't have to specify where we wanted to sit. We smelled clean air in the restaurant instead of having to hold our breaths when we walked by the bar to get to our seats.

Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 in review

** some of you using google reader may have had a sneak preview of this already. I accidentally published it for January 31, 2009. So then I tried to change it for the future and it published anyways. So I had to delete it and start from scratch. ** So this is not deja vu.

*** if you click on the capitalized key words, you'll see old posts that I've written.

January 2009 - I had a chelation challenge to find out that I had some ALUMINUM POISONING. The chelation was done twice to remove the aluminum from my system. We also had SNOW in January a mere 7 days before my birthday. My husband sent me flowers, balloon and chocolate for my birthday at work. I began working out on Wii Fit that my parents gave me for my birthday.

February 2009 - I had my first *real* shower in almost 7 months because my PICC LINE was pulled. It snowed twice in February. I went to a Winterguard show. I had my HAIR CUT for the first time since 2005 with exception of a trim here and there. I wrote LETTERS to NC government about supporting Integrative Medical Doctors.

March 2009 - It SNOWED again in March. March was the first month where I didn't have to go to my LLMD at least once a week. It was a huge blessing. I also poured out part of a bottle of Septra, my last ANTIBIOTIC and celebrated my 2 year anniversary with my LLMD. I realized I didn't have the HAIR FIXING gene, but ... I also realized that a straightening iron would soon be my best friend. I had meetings with CONGRESSMEN. I was at one of my lowest weights and purchased several pair of children's pants. I had what I called the "Great Closet Clean up of 2009." (which needs to be done again) I did most of the THINGS on my post picc line list. I went to the BEACH and prayed for my GRANDFATHER. I created Praying for Lymies.

April 2009 - I watched CAROLINA Men's Basketball win their national championship on the television. I finally received a POSITIVE CDC LYME TEST. My husband and I celebrated our 9 year wedding anniversary. Our neighborhood had a BRUSH FIRE which caused some serious breathing issues. My colleagues and my world was TURNED UPSIDE DOWNwhen we were told our friend passed away suddenly.

May 2009 - Showed off my Lyme spirit by putting up a LIME RIBBONon the mail box for the entire month of May. I was really annoyed by my PICC LINE BUMPS. Rob and I both had LIVE BLOOD CELL analysis done. We brought home "TREASURES" from my Grandparent's Apartment. Began trying to gain weight by eating lots of protein.

June 2009 - Found some OLD FRIENDS on Facebook. I went to CLEMSON South Carolina and met a fellow Lymie. I saw her graduate. Found a mole on my ear and went to the DOC IN THE BOX. I was not impressed. I found another TICK. Little HENRIK was born.

July 2009 - I discovered that my work had been chosen for an extensive remodel. This remodel would bring about MAJOR CHANGE in my work life. While it was devastating at the time, I have now settled into the new center. After I heard about this change, I took a week off. I also went to the BEACH for one day to relax. It was much needed.

August 2009 - I wrote my FIRST ARTICLE for the Public Health Alert. I went to PARTIES in one day. One for my friend Kellie's graduation and the other a reunion of sorts for high school. On a political front, the SENATE BILL that I fought for passed and was ratified by the Governor.

September 2009 - One of my FRIENDS from college that I haven't seen since college came to visit me. Also discussed the TRINITY OF HEALTHafter feeling a pain in my leg.

October 2009 - I got BRONCHITIS. It wasn't fun. I wrote a SECOND ARTICLE for Public Health Alert. The two fun things I did were go to LATE NIGHT WITH ROY and go to the FAIR. (there were a lot of posts about the fair. I chose to show you the one specifically on the flowers I photographed. Feel free to check out the rest of them in October of 2009).

November 2009 - I went back to CAROLINA. :) My EYE SIGHT was deemed a miracle. It hadn't changed in 2 1/2 years. This is the first time it's ever happened. Got to go to CAROLINA AGAIN. :) I wrote out my entire BACKGROUND story. Got to go to Carolina for the third time in a month. Got to meet my favorite Carolina player of all time. ERIC MONTROSS. They FOUND MISSING MOTHER Kelly Currin Morris. Then I went to my OLD HOME TOWN for the first time in many years. Then I went back again the Sunday after Thanksgiving. And OUR CHRISTMAS TREE was put up way early. Let's just say I think November 2009 is the best month I've had in almost a decade.

December 2009 - I was "JUST JENNIFER" for a day when I went to Wilmington. My brother GRADUATED from college. I was extremely proud. My husband was tempted to give me an early Christmas gift, a GPS. Got SICK again, but had a great CHRISTMASwith my family.

All in all 2009 was very positive. I lost some, I gave some, I learned some and I received some.

Remember what I said about 2008?