Friday, April 12, 2013

a link to the first 150+ random things..

I tried to post a link to the first 150+ random things you never wanted to know about me during yesterdays post, but it wouldn't I'm trying again!
it's not letting me insert the link so I guess you'll have to copy/paste. Sorry! Happy reading!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

100+ more totally useless random things you never needed to know about me....

A few years ago I posted 100+ random things you never wanted to know about me.
It was fun to do, and I got a lot of feedback from friends saying they enjoyed it and wanted to write their own posts. Now, 4 years later, my life has changed so much, I figured it was time to write 100+ more random things that you never wanted to know about me ;)

so, here goes! Hope you dont get bored!

1. I HATE black licorice!

2. I've been on 10 cruises!

3. Krispy Kremes aren't better than any other donuts...just sayin!

4. same goes with IN N OUT burger...sorry!

5. I didn't love LES MIS as much as everyone else did.....

6. Me and high heels don't get along.

7. I'm addicted to reality tv. Not the smut like real housewives or big brother or Jersey Shore, but I love Idol, THE VOICE, X-Factor, Storage Wars, Extreme Makeover, and Biggest Loser.

8. I've now lost almost 50% of my starting weight....which is more than 90% of the biggest loser contestant from all seasons have lost.

9. I own a book club and have over 1000 books that I'm able to share with my friends. We have almost 100 members on fb!

10. I have no more living grandparents left =(

11. I have NO cousins..but my kids have tons..and they are all very close!

12. I used to daydream about being a character in an 80's movie. 16 Candles, Say Anything, Some kind of Wonderful, Pretty in Pink, etc

13. I've seen the movie Dirty Dancing at least 100 times and can quote it word for word.

14. Same goes with Labyrinth and Princess Bride

15. I've met one of my favorite authors-Sarah Jio. She's awesome!

16. I've met several of my favorite published scrapbookers. They are all amazing!

17. I'd love to get paid to scrapbook

18. I'm addicted to Instagram

19. I make jewelry

20. I hate horror films. Don't laugh, but after watching the Blare Witch project, I havn't watched one since.

21. driving out in the boonies on deserted roads at night gives me the heebie jeebies. I think I watched too many Nighmare on Elm Street and Jason movies when I was younger.

22. I've known my longest friend for 33 years. Her name is Kiera Hamilton. We took a girls cruise together a few years ago. =)

23. I take a "friends" vacation every year. Its always awesome!

24. I tuck my kids into bed every night and give them "tuck tuck widdle diddles"

25. I cry in my sleep when I have bad dreams

26. I always lock my front door-even during the day

27. I've never driven without my seatbelt

28. I think Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers are two of the most annoying people on this planet

29. I was a brownie (girlscout) for all of 2 seconds, but still remember the pledge they had us say 28+ years later

30. I miss girls camp and would love to go back someday as a counselor or craft lady

31. Camp Noyo is one of my favorite places on earth. Nothing but good memories there

32. I've met SO MANY new friends that I know I'll be friends with for life through my weight loss group on fb. Who knew something amazing could come out of being a former fattie?

33. Cheddar and sour cream Ruffles are my guilty pleasure!

34. When I was a teenager I would go to the fortune teller to find out my "future." lol Funny thing is, she was right about so many things!

35. My favorite Jelly Bellies are green apple, red apple, juicy pear, cherry, peach, and strawberry daqueri

36. I hate ironing. I'd rather fluff the clothes in the dryer

37. I'm addicted to Pinterest...I have over 6000 pins, over 2000 likes and over 1000 followers.

38. I hate iphones and will never own forever! lol

39. I've never been to Hawaii

40. I'm great at english...SUCK at math!

41. I hate my handwriting-I used to copy my friends handwriting in elementary school

42. we've lived in this house for 6.5 years and have never used the master bathroom shower, cause we don't want it to get scuzzy.

43. I hate floral scented perfumes-I like fruity scents

44. I read 60+ books a year (prob not gonna make that goal this year =(

45. I havn't checked a book out of the library (for myself) in over 20 years....I just buy them

46. I lived in wine country for the first 23 years of my life and never drank wine

47. I have over 8000 pics on my phone..yikes!

48. We've won 2 slot tournaments on cruises. One on our honeymoon cruise, and one on our 10 year anniversary cruise. Both were 500.00!

49. When I shop, I haggle like I'm in Mexico. Most of the time, I get a discount =)

50. For the first time in my life...I like buying clothes...maybe a bit too much!

51. I keep my friends christmas cards every year....

52. I'm a great cook, but a horrible baker. I burn cookies!

53. I love reading teen fiction

54. I suck at bowling-badly!

55. I've never kept a journal but always envied people that do...I guess fb is my free online journal-for the world to see! eek!

56. I hated Pulp Fiction

57. I still remember watching MTV-back when It had music videos! ZZ Top's "She's got legs" was one of my faves, along with Aha's "Take on me".

58. I've purchased several professional cruise photos over the years and have yet to frame a single one =(

59. I have a mini fridge in my bedroom...its never filled with anything but water bottles

60. I love the movie "What about Bob?" (I'm a sailor..I'm sailing! I sail!!)

61. I chew sf gum every day-I hate bad breath!

62. I bruise really easily...and the bruises last for weeks! =(

63. The only things I've ever bought from Victorias Secret are lip gloss and body sprays...I think that needs to change!

64. I weigh less now than I did in 7th grade!

65. My dogs spoon me every night...they sandwich me in! One in front and one in back. Its great in the winter when I'm cold..but sucks in the summer! lol

66. My 10 year old daughter talks in her sleep

67. None of my kids got the creative drawing gift =(

68. I still have my bridesmaid dress from my brothers wedding when I was 16. Its way too big for me!

69. Someday I want to take photography and art classes

70. I want to go to New Zealand someday...

71. I want to swim under a waterfall

72. I don't have kankles anymore...winning!

73. The only thongs I'll ever wear will be on my feet....seriously!

74. I would love to be a personal trainer someday and help people reach their goals! (or a motivational speaker)

75. I'm a hoarder-but working on it!

76. I like cleaning other peoples own? Not so much.... (again, working on it!)

77. My son's middle name "Patrick" is after my brother's ex girlfriends stuffed frog that she named Kcirtap (patrick backwards)

78. The tooth fairy saves all the baby teeth in our house (wierd?)

79. I have a goiter on my thyroid...and I hope I don't have to have it removed.

80. I love toasted heirloom tomato sandwiches

81. I love cheese...especially pepperjack!

82. I hate jello and pudding and anything else that voluntarily slides down my throat

83. I never smile with my teeth

84. I have dentist office anxiety

85. I love my dr and my kids pediatrician is awesome!

86. I used to cut my own hair in jr high...epic fail!

87. When I was in school, I was so shy that when the teacher would call my name to talk, i'd get a lump in my throat and feel like I was gonna cry-oh how that has changed~

88. I don't like camping in tents cause I'm afraid of bears-thanks to my high school wildlife biology teacher!

89. When driving across the state of Kansas, I was so worried about a tornado, I sat gripping the seat and staring out all the windows for 6 hours straight (too many natural disaster movies!)

90. I dislike the smell of beer...and champagne..and wine...yuck.. (and the taste too)

91. Gangnam Style irritates me like fingernails on a chalkboard

92. My son is self taught on the piano and guitar. He's awesome!

93. I don't like swimming too far out into the ocean...sharks..eek!

94. I put chapstick/tinted lipgloss on like 10 times a day. I hate dry non-shiny lips

95. I own a snoopy snowcone machine. Don't be jealous!!

96. When I was little I used to love scratch and sniff stickers and collect garbage pail kids and jelly bracelets lol

97. I've never had my eyebrows plucked (I know how badly you wanted to know that little tidbit)

98. Unibrows freak me out ;)

99. I have the most amazing friends....

100. When I was little and had to walk home from my friends house in the dark, I would walk in the middle of the street and sing songs out loud cause I was terrified someone was gonna kidnap me.

101. I've been to the Dr Phil show 3 wasn't all

102. I think underwater basket weaving would be fun!

103. When I was little I wanted a Candy Apple Red Convertible Corvette...cause it SOUNDED cool.

104. I miss mistletoe. Can't find it anywhere around here

105. I would love to be an author

106. I think coconut is gross..but I love German Chocolate cake. Go figure

107. The only way I like eggs is over easy, or poached-scrambled is nasty!

108. cotton candy-yuck

109. Carnies at the fair freak me out worse than clowns

110. I once went on the ZIPPER ride at the fair 20 times in one day. Now you couldn't PAY me to get on that ride!

111. I wish my grandma hadn't sold my mom's ballet dresses =(

112. None of my kids has ever gotten lice (knock on wood)

113. Fb game addict...uggghhh

114. secretly happy that my kids don't play school sports. Every year I see my friends suffer through practices in the rain and the heat and their complains make me glad I'm not in the same boat. lol

115. Payday and score/heath fave candy bars....Its all about nuts...and chocolate. Yum!

116. I didn't go to my own prom...but my sister did!

117. When my dad calls me, 90% of the time its to tell me his bad joke of the day...and you wonder where I get my sick sense of humor..

118. I steered clear of IN N OUT burger for 10 years because the first time I went there I accidentally asked for my burget "doggie style" instead of "animal style" (with sauteed onions) The drive thru people were cracking up.

119. None of my kids sucked their thumbs, had special blankies, or imaginary friends

120. I have an involuntary nose twitch that my kids make fun of.

121. I still love watching disney movies....more than my kids!

122. Someday I want to run a half marathon or participate in a triathalon.

123. The smell of tuna makes me want to hurl

124. I love dancing but lack the confidence to do it in public

125. Miranda Sutton and I have kept the "Pancho and Pedro" joke going since jr year in high school ;)

126. Dr. Horrible is the worst movie ever made...sorry Miranda and Brian!

127. My first time at a bar was on my 21st birthday. I was with Christina Magoulas. I accidentally asked for a furry pelvis instead of a fuzzy navel..I was mortified!!

128. I applied for biggest loser season 6 and have a pic with Alison Sweeney. 7 years later, I took another pic with her and the differences are amazing!

129. One of the kids I used to nanny for is now a professional model. I'm very proud of him!

130. My son told his kindergarden teacher that we changed his name to "Dirk". Don't know where he got that name from, but it certainly wasn't from any movies we have

131. In high school, two of my teachers both threw donut parties for the class if I was able to attend school 20 days in a row without skipping. Both times were successful, both times I was absent on day 21. lol

ok that's enough useless Jill info for now...If you acctually read through to the end..congrats! You now know nothing more about me that you wanted to know! ;)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pinterest Party

I know, I know, I havn't blogged in a year and a half, and then today I blog 3 times. I can't help it. I'm addicted again! Lets hope I don't stop this time! Tonight I was invited to a pinterest party thrown by my good friend Christy. The rule was that you had to make a handmade gift that you've pinned onto your pinterest boards and make food that you've pinned as well. The gift exchange was "white elephant" style, so there was gift STEALING! I was excited when I saw all the talent and great gifts everyone made..and the food was great too! Below are pics of the gifts we all made, and the food we ate. The gift I made was the christmas mini album

Best Christmas Card EVER!!!

So after the tragedy at the school in Connecticut today, I was sad, missed my kids, couldn't wait to get them home to hug them and spend time with them. I thought it would be a good day to take pics of them for Christmas cards! As I was snapping the picture, both of my dogs simultaneously started pooping in the background. We all started cracking up! What a way to end a tragic day. And yes, these are really gonna be my Christmas cards!


Has it really been a year and a half since I last blogged? Holy cow I had no idea! I miss it I really do! I used to blog almost every day. I think back then I scrapbooked and crafted every day and acctually had something to show on my blog..and then I had a hyserectomy, and a tonsillectomy, and I realized my blog posts were horribly depressing cause I was blogging about being in pain and so I stopped blogging. I also stopped crafting for a while. *gasp* Well, I've watched my talented scrapbooker friends post their blogs and Ideas on facebook and pinterest lately, and it gave me the crafting bug, so the past week I've been crafting my butt off every chance I get, and I thought I'd be kind enough to share it with you all on my blog. (and then I can pin it to pinterest..since pinterest doesn't let you pin pics from facebook *their fail* The first craft I did was just a little ornament kit I bought at Joanns a few years ago, and I came across it the other day and it looked fast and simple so I opened it up and started putting it together. Super cute and easy!
We're supposed to create something handmade for our book club gift exchange this year, and I started out making a burlap wreath that looked horrible so I set it aside and started tearing up canvas, and that looked horrible too, so I added a ton of vintage lace and prima flowers, and then I fell in love...I just might keep it now and use something else for book club!
I saw this on pinterest...I think...and then I was walking thru my room yesterday and looked on top of my book shelf and there were 4 empty glass bulbs sitting there that I prob bought 2 years ago for a project I never did (no I dont clean my clutter very often obviously. ) So when I saw the ornaments It made me think of what I saw on pinterest and I got out all the other supplies I already have (cause I have everything michaels has *seriously) and started putting these together with my mom. Only took us about half an hour. LOVE FAST CRAFTS!
This is the burlap wreath I started the other day. The one I put aside. I originally just threw a couple of prima flowers on there..and it looked so bare and boring. So today I got it out again and fiddled with it, added red ribbon, started making some rosettes that I saw Margie Romney Aslett make on her blog. Ripped up some vintage books *gasp* and added some stuff...took it off...added 2012...looked dumb....then thought about that book club exchange again...ripped the 2012 off, and added "read". ahhhh now I'm in love with this wreath...hmnnn should I use it for the exchange or keep it as well what to do what to do??
I'm going to a pinterest party tonight where we are having another exchange. IT has to be something we pinned on pinterest and then made, and the food we bring has to be something we pinned on pinterest too. Well, I've pinned several mini albums to pinterest, but none of them looked like this. This is for once my own design 100%. And once again I like it and don't want to part with it. Bummer!
Pinterest inspired Christmas coasters. Super fast, super easy, and super grateful for mod podge...enough said! =)
Last but not least, a decoration I made on a tile for a friend (that I hope doesn't read my blog today cause she will know its for her (hostess gift)
so there my friends are the crafts I made this week. HOPEFULLY there will be more to come and I'll be inspired to blog about them. This blog was once hopping. I used to get obsessed with waking up in the morning and seeing how many hundreds of people had viewed it in one day all over the world. Maybe, just MAYBE It'll get that way again someday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bookmarks all packaged up

As if my life isn't busy enough, I've been busy making packaging for my bookmarks to make them look more professional. This post is going to be short but sweet, because I still need to post about easter and my nieces 1st birthday party! Let me know what you think of my bookmarks! thanks =)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

30 days of mini (attainable) health and wellness goals

Ok ladies (and willing gentlemen!) I'm throwing out a challenge to get us all back on track. The more people that do the challenge them more motivated I will get, so I hope I get some followers! I'm going to start (on facebook) a 30 day mini goals challenge for health and wellness. Each morning for the next 30 days I will post a mini goal tailored to myself. An attainable goal, not something I know I won't be able to accomplish and therefor fail at, cause who wants to feel like a failure every day? Not me! So, when the day is over, I'll ever post whether I met my goal, or I will try harder next time, cause I'm tired of even writing that I failed at something. Failure is an evil word and we shouldn't say it..especially about ourselves, right? So here's the rules....

when you wake up, set your goal-on your own page. You can also post your goal under mine on my page so I can see what you are doing and who is participating!) At the end of the day, post whether you were successful with that goal or not.

sample goals are (and it doesn't JUST have to be about food or exercise!)

* declutter my house/clean my house (cause it makes everyone FEEL better and therefore is a wellness goal! woot!

* drink 8 glasses of water today

* journal my foods

* journal my feelings

* take a walk today that is at least 1/2 hour long

* pray for strength to make it through the day (this one helps!)

* call a friend to cheer them up (score a joy point and make yourself WELL by making someone else feel better!)

* think positively (positive affirmations are so powerful you won't know what hit you!)

(remember these goals are DAILY goals, not weekly so you don't have to write something like " exercise at least 5 times this week and sweat till I bleed"

....daily baby step at a time...we can DO this!

oh, and you can post the same goal more than once in the 30 days. As a matter of fact you can post the same goal over and over if that's what you FEEL you need to do

If you have any questions, let me know!

ps- I posted one of my favorite GIRL POWER poems below by Maya Angelou. Enjoy!

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

got the picture problem worked out. woo hoo!

ok so in order to catch up I'll just post a few pics I love from the last year...just a few.....really...i swear! (see have a years worth of catching up to do**)

...a few is 10, right? Notice most are from vacation...hmmn...i wonder what i'm trying to tell myself??? lol

Pics aren't showing up right

I'm gonna give this another try. Just attempted to post some pics and it screwed up the whole blog layout so I'm gonna try again till I get it right! Here are some of the pics of the projects that my friend Christy and I have been working on ALOT lately. They are corner bookmarks and we're gonna be selling them this weekend. Let me know what you think! Also, the banner that we made for our booth. I came up with the name "corner mark-it." You like??

Over a year since blogging? Unacceptable!

So I've had a lot of friends tell me they miss my blog. I think my only excuse is that Facebook has turned into my blog, journal, photo album...but no more excuses! I need to get back to blogging. I miss it!
What have I been doing lately? Omg how do I write a years worth of updates in one post? Jadyn ( my baby girl) just turned 5. Still scrapping and crafting. Started a book club with my friends. Now addicted to scrabble games on my phone. Still cooking healthy yummy meals.
Havnt been on a vacation in 3 months straight. ( I think that's a record that will be hopefully broken soon!) Btw...this is a test post direct from my android phone so if it works you'll see me posting pics a lot more often!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

post op days 11 and 12

I'm doing ok during the day...still have stinging, but it's tolerable, and still taking x strength tylenol every 4-6 hours. It's the night times that are really hard. When you lay down, all the pressure goes to your ears, and the pain is very intense. Very hard to sleep, and when you wake up in the middle of the night cause the meds have worn off, you can hardly swallow the next round of pills. I'm still having to put ice packs on my neck and heating pads on my ears when i wake up at 2am. I did, however, sleep longer periods last night, so that made me happy. The pain in my legs from being bedridden for so long (atrophy) is still there...I'm not walking all wobbly anymore, but last night while sitting in bed watching American Idol, my legs were really sore, and I could hardly concentrate...drove me insane. Hopefully that'll go away sometime soon. I might need to see a chiropractor or do accupuncture or something like that as well if it doesn't go away soon! Saw the dr yesterday for my post visit, and he said I was healing well, but I'd probably still have pain for about 2 weeks, and I stil risk bleeding in that time too, which shocked me, cause I havnt bled once yet, surprisingly. He said the reason I felt more pain then most people is because my tonsils were larger, so they were deep rooted and they had to cut wayyyy back into my throat...I have the gaping holes to prove it! lol I asked him If I would be fully healed before my next surgery (hysterectomy) next month, cause they'll be putting a tube down my throat, and he said yes, and that I'd have "MORE ROOM" back there for the tube to go down now..eek! lol
I have more energy now, and went to the grocery store yesterday, and to my appt 30 min away, but still verrrry exhausted, and a full day like that really wore me out. Dr said I might be trying to do too much too soon and to take it easy. The thing that hurts most during the day is yawning...I hardly EVER yawn, but for some strange reason the past 2 days i'm yawning over and over again all day long and it hurts my jaw and stretches my wounds and I'm writing in pain....yesteday i had an hour where every 10 seconds i'd was horrible!!! Also, i've developed a tickle in my throat..probably from talking so much, and then it makes me start to cough, which freaks me out cause coughing causes the bleeding. It happened several times at the store, and I didn't have any gum in my purse, so i was swallowing like crazy and in the aisle freaking out with tears running down my eyes, cause i started having coughing bueno!

Anyways, today is a new day, had a weight watchers smoothie for breakfast, and for some reason it hurt realllly bad , so i dont know if it was from the cold or some ingredient in it. For lunch i'll have some warm soup i made yesterday, and probably soup again for dinner. I dream of the day I can have bread, tortillas, and crackers again!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

post op days 7 8 9 and 10

Good lord, in my drug induced haze I didn't even realize I havn't posted in 4
I wish I could say it was because I was out partying, and having a great time, but I'm not gonna lie...I was in the depths of hell. I'm only writing this for people that havn't had the surgery yet and are considering it, i'm not REALLY writing it for my friends to feel sorry for me or be grossed out, but I know if people do a google search on tonsillectomys they like to know what they're getting into. I'm at the end of day 10, and I THOUGHT it was getting better today, so I decided to go off my narcotic meds and just switch to extra strength tylenol. I'm afraid now that maybe it was too soon, and I might have a seriously horrible painful night ahead of me. Advice for people that are about to have this done....
do NOT assume that you're STRONGer, so it'll hurt less, or you're healthier cause it will hurt less...because that's a load of crap. You will be in severe pain for AT least 10 days, to the point of excruciating, shaking, crying, hysterical. Nights are the WORST...I DREADED when the sun went down cause you sleep for an hour at a time and wake up with the worst cotton mouth of your life, so dry that your tongue will stick to the top of your throat. You will have 24/7 nonstop CONSTANT mass foam/saliva in your mouth that WON'T go down, no matter how many times you swallow...for days and days and days, and i'm almost on day 11 and its still there. The worst taste in your mouth, horrible breath, your jaw will feel like it had been wrenched from your head, your teeth will ache, and your neck will hurt for days because you are so TENSE from the pain. Make sure you sleep on a TON of pillows...laying flat or on your side will severely increase the pressure in your ears, and the ear pain is the worst part. You will se massive thick white and black patches on the back of your throat.this is NOT try to pick it off for any reason! Dont be dumb like me and try to look at your throat in the mirror a million times a day, cause that just stretches the wounds and makes it crack and bleed. Dont talk alot..i talk TOO much and that probably prolonged the bad parts. drink water..even at night..every chance you can get when you wake hurts sooooo bad, especially at night, but it helps sooo much! The first 4 days, water and ice were best for me, and popsicles..after day 4, cold hurt like hell..even room temp waterbottles sting my throat and hurt my ears. Drink warm tea with HONEY. I think honey helped my healing a LOT, when i woke up in the middle of the night with dry throat, I ate a tsp of honey and sucked on it till it coated my throat, and then was able to rest a bit longer. IF you are like me, and the pain meds dont last at ALL till the next time...drink that warm tea..not hot! slightly warm. it will feel soooo good and will help ease the pain till the next meds. also, i slept day and night with freezer gel packs (the squooshy kind) on my neck and a heating pad on my on ears, cold on neck....rotate always, it helps like you wouldn't believe!!! Gum.....chew gum like its going out of style. One night i woke up and my mouth was sooo dry and it hurt so bad and i still had 2.5 hours till my next meds..i was DYING, so I chewed a piece of gum, cause it aids in the healing, and helps you salivate...hurts cause you have a sore jaw but just DO IT! Then i would get online at all hours of the night to get my mind off of the pain if i could an online game, read a book, take a bath (very helpful, i've taken a ton this week) just keep your hands from overdosing on those pills! Cold foods dont feel good to me either...i can't eat pudding or jello without pain, and ice cream and popsicles? no way....what felt gooooooooddddd....cream of wheat, oatmeal, verrrryyy watered down with no chunks, ramen soup is the thing i like best cause it feels the best. mashed sweet potatoes with butter..very mashed...sooo good. warm canned green beans with butter...chew good, goes down smooth. Like I said, I'm at the end of day 10, and I'm positive i've got at least 5 more days of pain ahead of me, so this is a LONG process, and HOPEFULLY worth it! If i can help ease someones pain, then I've done good posting all this!

Friday, February 19, 2010

post op days 5 and 6

sorry I've been slacking. I think the main reason I havn't written anything in for days 5 and 6 is because the pain isn't getting any better, in fact, as you can see, its 4:30 am as I'm typing this, and I'm wide awake awaiting my next pain meds so I can attempt to sleep. I havnt slept in 3 days. My pain level has been at a constant 8 to 9, and even drinking water is a nightmare! One thing I DIDN'T notice much on the online posts about this procedure is the "foam" or crap that gets stuck in your throat 24/7 that you can't swallow down, you try to swallow a thousand times a day and its just stuck there making you gag and choke, and makes it impossible to sleep. Also, with just finding out for sure that I have fibromyalgia, which some of you know makes you very COLD sensitive..and I have to have cold packs surrounding my throat for the pain....but the pain from the cold also makes pain go down my neck, my back and gives me a raging headache. I STILL dont think ANY scabs have come off, which means today is day 7 of nightmare city and I STILL have yet to endure the most painful part...this scares me the most! I thank my friends soooooo much for the foods they've sent over for the family every night, Darci for getting that all set up, and helping out with the girls, Jodi for all the advice, ice chipper, humidifier, etc, and my mom for being here to help me and take care of the kids. Also thanks to my wonderful hubby that has to endure all my my crying and gives me meds at 1am, 5am, etc even on work nights when he's exhausted. I'm sooooo sorry! If I had known that it would have been THIS bad, and the meds would have provided no relief, I NEVER EVER would have done this!

Monday, February 15, 2010

tonsillectomy day 4 (day 3 post op)

still in hell. Not getting a break with these meds, and I didn't expect the severe pain to last this long with no breaks! I slept on and off today cause that's the only time I'm not feeling the pain, but I snore and choke so badly when sleeping that I keep waking myself up. I pretty much didn't do anything but lie in bed with ice packs on my neck and heat pads on my ears and head, but I did manage to take a shower with Jasons help, and the hot water felt good, but was exhausting. At least I'm clean though. Gonna try warm broths, etc tonight cause the cold seems to be stinging pretty bad right now...even ice. The only GOOD news is that my skin is clear as a babys, and the scale is dropping like hip bones are protruding and it's only day 4! I'm hoping for at least a day reprieve before the scabs start coming off, cause I've been told that's the most painful of all, and I just want a slight break from pain before then so I dont need to be checked into the insane assylum...seriously...just a couple of hours and I'd be that too much to ask? The meds are only lasting about 2 hrs between pain, and I can only take them every 4 hours, so I'm trying to sleep through most of it, but that's not working out so well. So far my fave food has still been the bread dipped in sugary cinnamon milk (has to be orowheat buttermilk bread) sooooooo good...sounds gross looks gross but sooooo good. Ok back to bed, I'm exhausted!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Tonsillectomy day 3 (day 2 post op)

I slept a lot better last night, although every 4 hrs when I woke up to take my meds my throat stung really badly and my ears have begun hurting now too with every swallow. Cold things like ice and popsicles aren't feeling so good anymore, and so this morning jason pureed a peach cup and heated it up to luke warm in the microwave. That felt pretty good. I'm going to attempt a high protein hot chocolate (with water not milk) and have it luke warm at dinnertime. Very sore throat today. Been putting ice pack on my throat and one of those rice filled sacks you heat in the microwave on my ears...i think that's what helped me sleep last night. I also took a bath today and attempted to wash my hair but could only get it wet. Luckily, I dont feel hungry at ALL...dont know if that's cause of the meds or because of the pain, but I can't even finish a whole applesauce cup at one sitting right now. Feel like I have a throat full of foam right now, but i think its just mucous collecting around my uvula...making me swallow all the time but nothing will go down and it hurts like hell. Gonna go take a nap, and then my friend Jodi is going to come over with some white bread dipped in milk and sugar..supposed to taste good and go down smooth. Hope to get some relief tomorrow! Jason and Jacob are doing a great job tending to me and aren't complaining too much! Thank you everyone for your well wishes!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

adult tonsillectomy from hell

I am sooooo sorry that I havn't posted since August! I think my only excuse is that I got totally addicted to facebook so my whole life is on there, as well as everything I've done since august and all my pictures too! If anyone knows of a way to link my pics on my facebook to my blog, PLEASE drop me a message and let me know! Lets see...before I get down to the title of this post, I'll give you a little bit of a recap of life since August 2009. I did the October Ontario expo, as well as the Sacramento expo last year, and then came a great "spoiled rotten" christmas. My trainer opened up his very own studio in December, and I've been training there 3-5 days a week. Found out in January that I need a hysterectomy. It's scheduled for next month, and yesterday I had my tonsillectomy. I'm going to post all about everything in my recovery to hopefully help anyone else (adult) out there to know what to expect, so here goes!

Adult female 33 years old. Mother of 3.

Tonsillectomy day 1
I was scheduled to be at the Inland Surgery Center at 10:15am on Friday Feb 12th. They immediately got my paperwork done and brought me in to get my blood pressure and change into my gown. Everyone was very nice and made me feel at ease. They were running wayyyy behind, so a nurse put me in a room with a tv so I could sit...for 2.5 hours! Thank God for the tv, cause my mind would have gone crazy just sitting there thinking about the surgery. Jason stayed with me in the room and kept my mind from wandering. I was given an iv with a slow drip to keep me hydrated. 2.5hours later, the anesthesiologist came in and asked me questions, let me go to the bathroom again, and then stuck some meds in the iv...everything went really fast from there...I got wheeled into the surgery room, and within 2 minutes they put a mask on my face and I swear i was out cold in 30 seconds! When I woke up, I was in the recovery room. It was really hard to open my eyes and she put something over my eyes to block out the glare. I had a HORRIBLe headache, jaw and teeth ache, and was shocked at how much pain I was already feeling. I had read so many things about the first day not hurting very much so this pain was a surprise. She asked me on a scale from 1 to 10 how I was feeling, and I said 8.5. The nurse gave me 2 grape otter pops and a cup of ice...both felt really good. She gave me 3 more doses of meds before she sent me home(with 2 more otter pops), and none of it seemed to help at all. I was sent home about 45 min after waking up, and we picked up my meds on the way home so I could take them as soon as I got home. I had to take all my meds with food, and at around 3pm I had my first food of the day. baby food pears. It hurt and stung really badly, but at least I didn't get nautious. In fact, I'm on day 2, and havn't felt nautious once, and no blood either, so I am grateful for that! Hubby made sure that I drank a TON of water on day one and a TON of ice chips too. It hurt really bad to drink water, but if i poured it into a cup of shaved ice (thank you Jodi for the ice shaver!) and sipped it with a spoon it was much better. The hydrocodone stings, so suck on or drink ice immediately afterwards! The amoxicillin didn't sting and tastes soooo good! I'm frustrated to say that so far the pain meds havn't given me any reprieve at all! Severe pain all night and my uvula is so swollen I keep on almost swallowing it and choking on every swallow. Needless to say, I didn't sleep more than a total of a half an hour all night long. Jason made sure to make a medicine schedule for me so that we wouldn't forget a single dose..even at 1am and 5am! Luckily, I dont feel hungry at all, and am only eating 15 min before each medicine dose, and its usually just an applesauce cup, followed by shaved ice to take away the sting. I can't stress enough how important it is to drink a TON of water and ice so you dont get constipated or also helps you heal faster and keeps you from bleeding! I peed a million times, but that's good!
Day 2
One wierd thing...every time I got up to go to the bathroom, a ton of air (burp) came out of my throat..for like a whole minute..seriously, I could have won a contest! It was kinda funny but kinda freaky at the same time...could be from the breething tube, or the meds?!?!? Also, sleep elevated...VERY elevated. I slept on my bed with a ton of pillows, and even elevated, I woke up choking several times because my uvula was so swollen that i couldn't swallow. it also made me snore...badly...which woke me up too, so that's why i couldn't sleep..that and the fact that my pain level was still at 8.5 with no end in sight.
I made the mistake of looking at my my throat in the mirror with a flashlight this morning. If you have a weak stomach, you might not want to read this paragraph! It was hard to open my mouth wide enough to see anything, but it looked like someone stuffed HUGE chunks of bleu cheese into gaping holes in each side of my throat, and my uvula was so swollen it looked like a big red tootsie pop. so wide that it touches both sides of my throat, and goes down so low you can't see the bottom of it cause its halfway down my throat. Breathing is hard, and dont talk! I think part of my pain last night was from the fact that i wouldn't stop talking. trying to talk much less today! This morning I had to take a different med. In pill form...eek! Its some kind of steroid and I dont know what it's really for, but I cut it in 4 small pieces and mixed it up in my pureed frozen peach cup (yum for the throat) I think it was that pill that gave me a sort of cotton mouth and numbness that acctually helped ease the pain for about 1/2 an hour. Yesterday the ice packs on my throat didn't help at all, but this morning it helped me to take a small nap. I've pretty much spent the last 24 hours in bed propped up with pillows. I have my bouts of tiredness and weakness, but other than that, I have some energy. I think that'll go away when the scabs start coming off and it hurts to eat anything...then i'll feel the weakness everyone is talking about. From what I've read so far, day 3 (tomorrow) is supposed to be the most painful day. I'm not looking forward to it! I also don't think I'll ever want applesauce again after this! I'm too afraid to try anything salty or warm right now, but maybe in a couple of days?!? I attempted sweet potato baby food for was horrible and stung badly. My son switched it with applesauce with cinnamon..didn't know till after the first couple bites that it was cinnamon...stung quite a bit but i ate it all anyways, followed by shaved ice with water to take away the sting. Not in as much pain right now...probably at a
6. Want to try to find something different to eat for dinner tonight...I'm all appled out! Will update tomorrow on tonights events and day 3!

For dinner I had jello brand rice pudding. Didn't sting at all, felt soothing, but kinda hard to get down. Prob should have waiting a couple more days. Just now, before my next pill, I had small curd cottage tasted sooooo good! My first salt in 2 It felt good too and didn't sting, but I worry about the mucous it might cause so i'm drinking a TON of water. Mom brought over dinner for Jason and Jacob, and she brought me some gatorade to keep up my electrolytes. I poured some into my shaved ice and I'm eating it with a spoon...really yummy. The pain is probably at a 7 right now. Still very swollen and hard to swallow. I HOPE I can sleep tonight cause I'm exhausted! Mom also bought me some baby prunes and prune juice "just in case"
One of my meds is giving me the visible rash, but this has happened to me before, so I'm pretty sure it's the hydrocodone...driving me insane! Hopefully it goes away soon or I'll have to have them call in a different prescription. Goodnight!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

A Teresa Collins Album

So last year, I went to an expo (or maybe it was early this year acctually) and I bought a KIT from a company that sells album kits (very very talented chicks)and I finished the album in less than an hour, but never had a bind it all to complete it, so FINALLY, today I took the kids with me to my LSS and used their bind it all (not gonna say their name on here, cause they were giving me crap about using their machine and not BUYING one from them)..but's finally finished!

So here are some pics..and remember, i took these really fast cause my battery was they're blurry, crooked, bad lighting..etc..but at least you get the picture, right? right...

so much to catch up on!

I havn't blogged in almost a excuse except I've really been enjoying my summer and have been gone 34 out of about 50 days total! I'm gonna skip my big 26 day vacation (cause that post will take forever, but don't worry, when I get time, I'll post my favorite pics) and skip the CKU pics too, but those will probably come this week or ASAP, and go straight into pics of things i CREATED at CKU, and other fun stuff..cause that's how I roll.

First of the items we made in Tim Holtz class. Granted we only had 1.5 hours, but we finished 4 projects, and they all totally rocked! My pics are all TOTALLY blurry cause my battery was almost dead, but I'm lazy and posting them anyways, otherwise they'll NEVER get posted...seriously..

This next pic is of a mini class we took on wednesday after the bus tour was over. I barely made it to the class cause our bus was late late late!

This next pic is of the album we made in Teresa Collins class...seriously, we made a whole album in an hour and a half...ok so we didn't completely FINISH the album, so I'm only showing the cover, but it'll be finished soon, so I'll show it all off later. This album totally rocks, and Teresa was sooo super sweet and an amazing teacher..and of course...she's beautiful!

These next 6 pics are from my "album" class with Margie Romney Aslett. I can't even say enough about Margie and how AWESOME she is...I told her I was her long lost sister..even her ipod songs are like mine, and her personality is amazing! This class used scenic route paper designed by the Gorgeous Sarah Milne, and every page is fantastic! I spent 2 hours cutting out flowers, so I was only able to finish 6 pages...will show the rest when I get them done!

During one of the crops Little Yellow Bicycle rocked our worlds with a goodie bag FULL of their travel line...we created this travel album (including the chipboard) in one night! Ok seriously....DONATED all this 250 people! LOVE LOVE LOVE them!

thats all for now...more soon,I promise!