I just flew in from Minneapolis…

…and I’ll save you the corny joke!

It was quite an adventure. Minneapolis is quite an
interesting place…in my effort to notice things
more, you’ll see I took to documenting some of the
oddest with my camera phone. Check them out below –
you’ve got to see them to believe them!

Other things I took notice of:

A man who looked startlingly like Johnnie Cochran. So
much so, in fact, that I wondered if it was his son or
if perhaps the stories of his death were exaggerated
and he was really living under an assumed name in

A gentleman dressed from head to toe completely in
lilac. I’m talking hat, shirt, pants and shoes.

That a corkscrew is not a confiscatible item at
security checkpoints but completely sealed manicure
kits are.

That our shuttle to the airport did not have seatbelts
for the passengers, but did for the driver.

And finally, the icing on the cake – that my streak of
being delayed EACH AND EVERY TIME I FLY remains
unbroken! Whoo hoo.

Well, I am glad to be home. Can’t wait to sleep in my
own bed tonight!!


So many interesting things afoot…

Wednesday night, I had to have a sleep study.  I’m always tired and wanted to find out why and what I can do about it.
I arrived there around 8:30 and they weren’t ready for me.  I sat and watched CNN until they called for me.  They took me into a little room and glued electrodes all over me – to my face, my head, my collar bones, my legs…and when I say glue, I mean GLUE.  It is not easy getting that stuff off your face – let me tell you!  I was going to take a picture of this madness but I decided it would definitely somehow fall into the wrong hands and I’d see it on the big screen at some event in the future.
After I was all frankensteined up, they told me I could go watch tv in the sitting room with other patients.  Um, no!  They weren’t all wired up like me and I didn’t want to watch tv with strangers anyway.  So I sat in “my” room and read until it was time for bed. 
Then they do all these calibration things to make sure the wires are all working right and tell you to go to sleep.  I’m a big toss ‘n turner, so being covered in wires wasn’t making for a restful night.  They woke me up at 6:30 AM and told me to go watch tv until it was time for my “nap”.  I was supposed to stay there all day and take naps because for some completely unknown reason, after my initial consult, the doc thought I had narcolepsy.  Yeah, the girl who can’t sleep well anywhere but her own bed, can’t sleep in moving vehicles, etc has narcolepsy?  Gimme a break.
My first nap was at 8 AM.  I did eventually fall asleep because I was exhausted and then they woke me and sent me back out to watch more tv.  Luckily, I still had some of my book left so I finished that.
At 10 or so, they told me they were letting me go home but I had to come back again for another night.  No diagnosis, no comments, nothing.  I asked the receptionist on my way out and she said, “You have apnea.”  That was it. 
Is it bad?  No clue.  Is it minor?  No clue.  Do I have to get a breathing machine?  I think that’s their point in having me come back another night.  Will I actually use it?  Unless I am going to die from this, probably not!  I couldn’t even keep a mouthgard in at night when they thought I had TMJ, how in the world will I sleep with a big mask strapped to my face and a hose attached?  Plus you have to sleep on your back, which I just really can’t do. 
So, now I am irritated by the lack of info I have received, the fact that they want me to come back and that I can’t get this frickin’ glue off my face.  Actually, I think I got it off but my skin is red and rough where it was.  Stupid glue.
And to top all of this loveliness off, I have to go Minneapolis for work for a couple of days soon.  Last time I went, we went to the Mall of America.  Sounds exciting but unless you want to partake of Snoopy’s Adventureland (not), not too much to do.  King of Prussia is MUCH better in terms of stores and variety.  So I have no clue what I can do to occupy myself during the off hours.  Maybe I can watch $12 movies on pay per view in the hotel.  Haven’t see many new releases yet.  Too bad the co. won’t pay for that!
On a positive note, though, I am looking forward to heading up to Nan’s tonight for a scrapbooking class and “Crop Club”.  I really like scrapbooking – I wish I had more time to do it.  I haven’t seen Nan in a while, so it will be nice to visit for a while. 
Another good thing is that it looks like our church’s Women’s Retreat is coming together.  We have had a good number say they were coming which makes me really happy, and it looks like the lessons are going to be great.  I’m really looking forward to it!  It’ll be nice to have a weekend away, too!
So, ta ta for now!

Living in the moment redux…

Ever since I read that article about living in the moment and really taking time to notice things…I’ve noticed that I don’t notice much on a daily basis. So I made a concerted effort yesterday to notice six things:
1. A fox with a really long tail crossing Yoder Road
2. That Vinnie’s Pizzarama is painted red (boy, I hope it wasn’t always red, because I’ll feel really silly for suddenly noticing that after driving by it 800 times)
3. An old guy on a bright yellow moped
4. That where I got gas at 9:30 AM had gone down 5 cents by 1:30

Still not six things, but it’s better than nothing…which is my list for today! I was trying to explain this to some people yesterday and they thought I was nuts – until I asked them to tell me six things they really and truly paid attention to and took notice of that day. Give it a try – and leave me a comment!

I’m still in the throes of irritability about my limbo-ness and all the drama of last week but I think I am on the upswing. I have to remind myself that what you do or deal with 9 to 5 doesn’t define you. No one is simply a job title. We all have other things in our lives that matter, that make us happy,that make a difference in some way, even small ones

I wanna move the people on a hot summer’s day
I wanna serve up the truth like it’s pink lemonade
I wanna give my people what they can’t deny
I wanna light up the sky like the 4th of July

Anyone know the song? Racegrrl, I know you do! : ) Gotta love Tobymac.

I recently read a series of books by Ray Blackston about some Christian singles trying to meet people. At the beginning, it starts with some quotes that tell something about each one. The main character’s love interest says, “My name is Allie, and I work for God.” I think about that a lot, especially in terms of what I’m doing with the children and youth at church. That’s what’s really important to me. Not this other stuff; that’s all just stuff. Gotta keep your focus, especially when those around you are losing theirs.

Everyone limbo now!

Limbo (lim’bo) n.: a dance, originated in the West Indies, in which the dancers bend from the waist as far back as possible to pass beneath a bar that is put lower and lower. n.: any intermediate, indeterminate state or condition

I am in limbo at the moment (the second definition, though sometimes I feel like it’s the first…but that’s a completely different entry!) and it is making me crazy.


Help Me Light the Night

For the past several years, I have taken part in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night walk and will be doing so again at the beginning of October. Light The Night Walk is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s nationwide evening Walk to build awareness of blood cancers and raise funds for cures. Walkers carry illuminated balloons-white for survivors and red for supporters-to celebrate and commemorate lives touched by cancer. My team, the Nite Lights, walk in honor of survivors we know and also those who have lost their battle. I personally walk on behalf of my mom’s best friend Rose, who is a survivor, and my friend Tracey’s nephew, Anthony, who lost his battle at just five years old. Many others on our team walk for friends and family members who have passed away. It is a very somber event, yet we know that by taking part, we are helping to raise money that can lead to a cure for these blood cancers.

I hate to use this as a platform to ask for donations…but frankly, I think it’s a good way to do it. If you are also on my email list, you might hear from me that way as well. If you would like to make a donation online, please visit my Light the Night website by clicking here. You can donate there with a debit or a credit card. If you would rather mail me your donation, please leave me a comment with your email address and I’ll send you my address. Please make checks out to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Thank you for your help! No donation is too small. Every dollar raised goes to research to end these terrible diseases.