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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I want to be Thin!

I had my gallbladder removed three years ago. Since then I have put a whopping thirty pounds on my already "more to love" frame. I have tried to steel myself to strictly diet but I love food and I have no willpower when it comes to good eats. Additionally, somewhere in my 30's, my metabolism came to a shuddering halt. I have found a solution (maybe).
This lovely place, is a place of torture. However, my willpower has gotten me there every day this week. I am scared to get on the scale because if my weight has not changed, I may attack the muscle bound stud at the front desk. Every muscle in my body is screaming, I am exhausted.... Add the final insult- I spent 1 hour on the treadmill walking very briskly- 4.5 miles per hour..... with a skinny (90 pounds soaking wet) chikadee running rapidly on the treadmill next to me. Is it bad that I wanted to trip her?

Thursday, November 15, 2007


I have been writing the date all day and have just now realized that it is already the 15th of November. Seriously people, where has the time gone?

As I drove into work this morning, it was pouring rain and foggy. The combination made the leaves really pop and I spent my time in traffic admiring the lovely colors. I tried to capture them on my camera phone but I am afraid that I have failed....

It really was gorgeous....lots of oranges, reds, yellows, and greens. Unfortunately, my job is demanding my presence and I am leaving the blog at this. I am having a minimeltdown that Thanksgiving is next week..........

Sunday, November 11, 2007

5 Boring things you may not know about me....... (Yawn)

1. I am sister (the youngest of the three) to cats, books, life is good and HHG.
2. I would much rather read a book or sleep than socialize. Most men are not worth the effort- can you feel the years of losers ringing through your computer?
3. I am not nearly as competitive as my sister, Mary Beth. (See her post for Sunday 11/11). My mind actually wanders during board games and card games.
4. I am fascinated by cooking shows and new cookbooks. I even watch the shows about fish- I am highly allergic (refer to my first ever blog).
5. The thought of cleaning my bathroom most days will bring me to tears, as will the thought of doing laundry- hence the once a month extermination that happens in the bathroom and my recently (over several months) purchased 46 pairs of high leg briefs......

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Rainy Tuesday Morning

It is early morning and I should be getting ready for school. Instead, I am posting a blog after the cat has tried all of her tricks to put me into a coma and stay home in bed with her.... I am leaving her in bed as I head out into the cold and wet. Sigh.............................

Monday, November 5, 2007


On Halloween, I was fortunate to see one of my favorite patients who had, unfortunately, been admitted to the hospital with a reoccurring pneumonia. Tommy is a 45 year old Downs Syndrome patient that I have become very attached to. His sunny attitude is contagious and often he is found singing along with the soundtrack to the Sound of Music. Additionally, he hugs everybody and smiles all the time. (Need I say more?). He has been living at a group home for the disabled since he was 25 because his mother was worried that he was isolated living with her. She visits him daily and brings him lunch.

I was upset that my friend had been readmitted again but happy to see him. When I walked in the room, I found him sobbing. I asked him what was wrong. "I am missing Halloween, I was supposed to go trick or treating in the offices with my friends". My heart broke. Tommy had been watching the TV that someone else had put on in his room and heard the mention that it was Halloween. He would never have known had someone not turned the tv on. All they had to do was put a movie on his portable dvd player and he never would have known. (Short term memory is not his strong point...) He was devastated and inconsolable. I brought him candy, the nurse gave him her cat ears- it would not do. His friends weren't there and he couldn't go see his friends that work in the office. I kid you not when I say that he almost came home with me that night to go trick or treating..... I found out later that his nurse took him to every floor in the hospital trick or treating with devil horns that someone had given him. He couldn't eat the candy but he got to go trick or treating......

Friday, November 2, 2007

Halloween in Montclair, NJ

On Halloween, I escaped my work confines to drive from PA to North Jersey to hand out candy to the trick or treaters with my mother. I have done this for several years running as I get no trick or treaters where I live. My mother and I dress up as Tigger and Eeyore and hand out candy to the hundreds (literally) of children who come to the door.

This whole escapade started the weekend before Halloween. We realized that we did not have pumpkins. It is not Halloween without Jack o lanterns..... After searching places at the shore, we came up only with little pumpkins. This is ok, we thought, we will just carve alot of them..... Sunday evening, we lined up my brother and father to help, and found that we could not make a dent in the pumpkins. Maybe not ripe??? Either way, we were back to step one. My father, Christopher Robin, came to the rescue and found a farm stand on Monday. He carved three glorious pumpkins and we met on the NJ turnpike for the handover...... Here are some pics- kind of blurry being from the cell phone.... In any case, it was a beautiful night with lots of little ones. We started at 430p and ran out of candy at 9p. I am tired from all the driving back and forth but will do it again next year in a heartbeat.....