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   Posted 3/1/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Looks like we've been so busy lately, just wondering what everyone else has been up to?
I am buried at work...since I picked up a new customer last spring, I've been extra busy at work. Feb-March are our busiest times with client annuals and presentations....been working at home every night and weekend to meet deadlines, had 3 trips in 2 1/2 weeks and just trying to stay sane. Things will settle down after the end of March, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
I'm going to see an endocrinologist in April just to r/o any other disorder with the thyroid, given my family hx of it.
All else is fine here, lots of snow this season, sure is pretty but we're tired of it already. Tavish's legs have healed very well and we're looking forward to walking this summer with him. Short trip in April planned to follow Bruce to shows in Dallas and Houston, then visit my fam for a few days.  Just got granite put in 2 bathrooms and getting a new shower system in the master...and after we do our income taxes and see what's left, we're doing granite in the kitchen. Yea!
What's new with everyone else?
Miss you all!

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   Posted 3/3/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Guess no one has any news. No news is good news????

I think I mentioned I got a new baby tucked away in another thread. He is a Yorkie, ten months old and so full of energy I am wondering what I was thinking when I got him. He is adorable and sweet but he is still chewing on everything he can. He isn't completely housebroken, either. This morning my husband let him out and it had rained all night and was still raining, so he got good and wet and as soon as he came in he jumped on the bed where I was . What a shock!!! Last night when I was trying to read he saw the puppy in the mirror and stood on his hind legs barking like crazy. I couldn't get him to stop so I turned out the lights. He could still see the puppy, so then I blocked the mirror with a piece of cardboard. We are getting a lot of laughs and enjoyment from him, but sometimes I think I lost my mind getting a puppy even if he is an older puppy. We call him Wild Man but his name is Jimmy. I also call him Fou Fou dog.


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   Posted 3/3/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I celebrated my birthday on Saturday attending a work meeting.  Now, that was fun!  LOL  Actually, it was 2 other people's birthday, too, including the MC, so he told everyone.  I got more happy birthdays than I've ever gotten in my life.  I just started taking a German class, too.  I've always wanted to learn it, seeing that I'm 100% German.  DH and I want to vacation there next year. 
I had another abdominal CT scan last month and see the onc on Wed to get the results.  Today I get my 'girls' smashed (YEAH - not).  Other than being tired a lot, I'm doing fine.  I wish I was getting granite AND new cabinets in my kitchen.  I have wanted to do the kitchen for a long time.  Some day....................
I'm trying to arrange a visit to my family back in Ohio next month, too.  DH is asking for a couple of unpaid days off.  I hope he gets them.
Other than that, life is just busy with work and other commitments.
L & H,

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   Posted 3/3/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Took Bri to see her auntie in Louisville this weekend.  We went to the science museum, the "jazz factory" (which is a glass factory and has nothing to do with jazz, but you can create your own glass pieces and they fuse them for you), and bowling.  I haven't bowled in about 20  years, and I never thought of it as a "challenging" sport, physically speaking.  Well, Dobbie was feeling old and decrepit, let me tell you!  I stretched muscles I'd forgotten I had!  And I don't really think I ever want to stretch them again!  LOL  Of course, I don't think it helped that I slipped on the ice and fell flat on my back early that morning...or at least, that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it. We got back to Auntie's, and Bri was asleep in about 30 seconds.  Awoke at three in the morning to her wretching up Red Lobster in the middle of the bed, and I discovered that my daughter really needs a spare set of sheets from the Easter bunny.   Then Sunday, we got up and Brianna was right as rain, so we went out to breakfast with friends and had beignets, which weren't nearly as good as what you get in Louisiana, but when you haven't had them in years, they still tasted pretty darned good.  After that, we got to take a "Dobbie wants to" trip to the museum at U of L to see the Gee's Bend quilt exhibit.  Brianna enjoyed that as much as I did, I think, and her auntie and I were both pleasantly surprised by that.  We ended up having to drag HER out of the place, because we needed to pack up and head for home.
Not as exciting as granite and new cabinetry, but for me it was about the most excitement this old body can take in two days! LOL 
Hope there's plenty left over to give you the kitchen of your dreams, Lori.  I think the kitchen of my dreams is never going to happen, so I guess the one I have will do.  I'm jealous of all you "great kitchen" people.  MK and her 30 feet of counters...Ah, well. 
Take care, all.
Love and hugs...
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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   Posted 3/3/2008 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Not much going on here in Minnesota. We are enduring the last dregs of winter. I know we really can't complain when I hear about 94 inches of snow in Milwaukee. Our 22 inches sounds whimpy by comparison. I am busy with various organizations that I belong to. Ah, the joys of retirement. I have been spending more time at my mother's as we work to coax a very frightened stray dog off the streets. He is about the side of a yellow lab, but chunkier. He has been running my mother's neighborhood since early last spring. No one has reported him missing and the police cannot get hold of him. Mother opened the service door to her garage and we put a rug, some old blankets and a fiber filled pad down on the floor. He spends the night in the garage. I brought over an unused heated water dish and bought dog food for the poor guy. With lots of patience we've got him coming when called and he will take a dog treat from your hand. He finally let us pet him, but is really frightened. Someone really did a number on him. Hopefully, another month or two and we will have him settled in the house. We shall see.
Wes and I are planning a trip to Indiana to see the grandchildren the end of this month -- weather permitting. Luke will be 2 on the 14th of this month. Melanie is 4 `1/2 and may get to go to kindergarten in the fall. She currently misses the age cut off day by four days. That's about all from here. Miss seeing all my old friends. Lauri
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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha...no cabinets..see how rumors start? Just granite, we got a guy who is giving us a great price. Would love new cabinets but will settle for refinishing, but now we're getting a new shower liner, so the fun stuff gets to wait.

Glad to hear we're all caught up in the mundane-ness of life!

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   Posted 3/4/2008 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   

It's Jackie, your bandlady, reporting in from Alabama!  Good to hear from you all. In general things are plugging along. Jake and Shelby are now 13 & 15 and now in track season. Both are in the band and Shelby made district honor band this year; one step below All-State. My oldest, is now married, and teaching across the state. Halle, my granddaughter is now almost 6!

I'm still teaching band and English but starting to wonder how hard it is to get disability. I currently take Tykerb, Xeloda and Gemzar but have now found a small (b b size) lump on the left side of my chest. The size of it doesn't concern onc. and I, just the fact that it showed up at all while on 3 meds. We are "thinking" this week and what the next step is. Actually he and DH think it might be time to quit my job. Not giving up -- just hoping to take down the stress level and add some life years. Anyone have experience in this?  I think I can get teacher retirement disability - which cuts my pay in 1/2 . . have a disability insurance policy but not sure how it coordinates. Really want to go for SS disability but not sure if I'd qualify. Would love some words of wisdom. My fatigue has become unreal. Yes, I can teach as I force myself through the day - but then have no energy period for the evenings to cook, clean, or anything. Weekends consist of me in napping most of it away.  Surely there is more to life than sleep???

MK -- we, too, have a new Yorkie - Max - to go with our 4 big dogs.  He is soooo funny to watch trying to play with our Golden Retrievers.  They just sit there while he jumps around them on his back feet.  He is a very sweet lap/nap dog which I very much need right now.

Bev - I want new bedroom carpet

and to all my other breast friends - much love!


A new part to a quote I love -- "When God closes a door, he opens a window . . although there may be hell in the hallways :-)

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   Posted 3/4/2008 7:32 AM (GMT -7)   

It is always great to hear from you. I am sure you will qualify for disability with absolutely no questions. Jo-Ann went on it as soon as she was diagnosed stage 4. The other insurances will work with SS. My disability from work paid 65% of my salary minus what SS paid me. A private disability policy should have nothing to do with either of the others and should pay what it states they will pay in addition to them. So from what I can see you should be all set, just do it. In fact, with SS you can phone and get it started that way. I never went to the office during application. I had to go for a hearing but that was only because no one had really ever heard of my problem before. My daughter is talking about applying but has not done it yet. She lost her SS card and has to go in person because of that. Make that call today!!!!! No sense dragging yourself through a day of work. Fatigue won't help you battle the new BB. You are one of the big stars in our group. Take care of yourself.

Oh Yorkies are so funny. So much energy. The are quite the loving dog. But Jimmy doesn't sit still long enough to cuddle when he is awake. Yesterday afternoon we had snow and he was a riot running in the yard getting all wet, then he came in and jumped all over me. Yes, we had snow while Ohioans were out in shirtsleeves washing cars. Today we are back to normal sunshine and much warmer.

Take care and let us know how you are doing. Make that phone call!!

Love and hugs

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   Posted 3/6/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Tax return season is going by fast and furious this year.  I can't believe it is March already.  Of course I also have 25 returns sitting on my desk.  yikes. 
Family is doing good.  Jordan is part of a dance group so in addition to her regular class she also dances for 3 more hours on Sat afternoons.  So between that and gymnastics starting up in April we are always on the go.  On a more personal note I had a scare this past summer.  Went in for a bone scan for my hip and got a phone call telling me that there were spots on my spine.  Happened two days before Ashley's graduation party so there I was trying to put on this "happy no worries face".  Had additional testing and everything is okay but still will need to have scans done every year now.  Of course no one can tell me why my hip continues to hurt. 
Wish I was getting granite for my kitchen but we are putting in hardwood floors.  Finished the deck last summer and hoping that we will be able to complete our basement before summer.  
Bev -- tried to reach you the last time I was in West Chester hoping to meet.  Maybe sometime soon?   

We have done enough "racing for the Cure"
 Just give us the cure already

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   Posted 3/6/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,
Wish I could SEE my deck under the two feet of snow still on it.  We're covered.  Husband makes cabinets, ladies, custom.  "He da man"  Let me know if you want more info.  My kitchen is not custom, and forget about granite in my life.  We're mica people all the way.  
I haven't gotten spiles on the trees yet for the maple sugaring we were planning on doing.  so the sap's running away right now!  This past weekend was just too much weatherwize and tired wize.  Have the materials out and ready, just the gumption to treck in the snow and forge pathways is what's missing.  I wonder sometimes how I do all this work and keep sane.  Health is good, asthma acts up sometimes.  Guess it's really COPD.  Matthew's 8 as of this past Monday.  Wow, something, huh? 
Things at work are pretty great.  I can't complain, really.  Maybe, my boss says, in like five years or more, I can publish a really really fascinating case I was part of.  The present climate is not conducive to any career-advancing stuff at the moment, due to administration above my boss.  I don't care as long as my boss stays.  All around her are trouble, but she's great.
I'm truly grateful for my career and my family and my place in the world at this moment, and that's really all I can expect, more than, really if you think about it.  I must have done something really great in another life to deserve this.  The gift of the education and compassion to help others and noticing Rewards everyday is how I try to honor the gifts.  I keep saying if you do really good deeds in this life, maybe you get to come back as a housecat or my friend Mike's dog or some upper pinacle of existence like that!  This life is a pretty full one!  What's next? 
Money~well, that's another story.  Have had trouble sleeping due to money worries.  The problem is I can't afford my life and I have avoidant tendencies, procrastinate, and it tends to bite me you-know-where.  It's really dysfunctional, and sometimes scary.  Well, I've been in one of those "growth experiences" because reality's hitting.  My Uncle Matt is a wonderful help to me in my crisis.  If he didn't hold my mortgage..... well, I'd be in a spot millions of Americans are in or are going to be in.  I think he anticipated this...maybe he knows me and he probably anticipated the financial crisis upon us now?  Because of him, I'm currently safe, but will try to face my demons too.  It's a tough thing, the last thing, the demons regarding money.  I feel like all of the challenges I've had in my adult life, wild childism, many car accidents, analysis, school and doctorate, marriages, CANCER, childrearing, have all been met, and imaturity has been stripped away and problems worked on, but here's the one deep-seeded issue that's left--avoiding and procrastinating.  It's reared it's ugly head and is in my face.  I need a maid and a financial planner and a mommy, really.
I'd like to write it off to some depression or something like that, but I'm just tired and lazy and want to play when I get home from my 10 hours away every day.  There's no pill for this (I've asked!)   I don't do housework unless someone's coming over, and clean the kitchen about once a week.  I demand husband help, and sometimes get it.  
That's it in a nutshell.  Thanks for reading, I wanted to get this out, but didn't have the nerve to write so much uncancerrelated.  Thanks for this string!!!!!  I'm having friends over this Saturday.  so I'll be a basket case tomorrow, probably.  Overall, life's good. 
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   Posted 3/7/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm doing just peachy. This summer will be my NINE-year mark, so I'm happy about that. I ran into a woman on the elevator today at work who knew who I was and knew I'm a survivor, although I didn't remember ever meeting her. She's just one year out, but looked great.

I left work early today because of the weather (the company sent a blanket email giving us permission to go home at 2:00). I left at 2:30, and it took me an hour and a half to get home, a trip that I can make in 25 minutes in good weather. Didn't get over 25 miles an hour the whole way home. Now the weather folks are debating whether what's expected for tomorrow qualifies as a blizzard. I'm ready for spring, big time.

My kids are doing as well as can be expected for college students (stressed out). My DD just broke up with her boyfriend of over a year, and is living alone, so is lonely. But she'll have to learn to deal with that (tough love stuff here--and she's three hours away, so we don't see her as often as WE would like). My DS is heading into finals week next week, so I don't want to even call him! My DH retired last October, and I'm SO jealous, especially on days like today, when he never left the house. I'm thinking that 2010 sounds like a good year for me to retire.

We have an aging dog, a mutt named Wilson, who is starting to do weird things, like following me around, even into the bathroom and the laundry room. He hates it when my DH goes down to the basement and starts making scary noises (sawing wood, etc). He tries to find a place to hide as far away from the basement as he can, which is usually under the desk this computer sits on. He doesn't make a very good footstool. I think his health is failing, and the vet wants us to bring him in to have his teeth cleaned, but I'm afraid he wouldn't survive the anesthesia. So we live with his breath, which is like something crawled into his mouth and died.

I'm trying to log on more often because I miss you guys....maybe I'll make it to a gathering someday.

Love you all, Peg V

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   Posted 4/13/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -7)   
HEY LADIES!!! Great to see you all, and read up on your busy lives... I had wiped out bookmarks on my old pc and haven't been here in awhile... please forgive me! It's good to be back here. I just passed the 7-year mark this past Feb, and can't believe it. Feeling good, no problems... knock on wood.

Kids are growing... my oldest will be in HIGH SCHOOL in August! (he was 6 when i was diagnosed). How time flies. I am doing work from home as a Technical Writer for a consultant in the Home Automation Industry (you know, those 'smart homes'). Learning all about new stuff, it's exciting.. and of course it still allows me to be here when that big yellow bus comes by and drops off my 3 munchkins. Ah life, so far so good.

Hugs to all,
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                   but you learn to swerve"
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   Posted 4/14/2008 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Stef! So glad you checked in! I am always glad to see old familiar names tuning in. You sound happy and contented and that is great to hear. How wonderful that you can work from home!! "So far so good" is great news! Hugs MK

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