Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Official NORAD Santa Tracker

Did you know on Christmas Eve you can track Santa's progress to see where in the world he is flying and delivering toys?!  Well you can!!  NORAD has a special website just for him!

It's not quite Christmas yet so the site have activities and things you can play around with in the mean time.

Check it out HERE.

Merry Santa Tracking!!!

Signing off 12:38

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Totaling the 12 Days Of Christmas gifts....

EVERYONE knows the song the 12 Days of Christmas.

This blog has to do with just that.

The song.

First I will start out with a little history on the song and then I will get to my point.  Y'all know how much I love Wikipedia!  A search on Wikipedia found an article describing the background on the 12 Days of Christmas song here.  If you want to read the whole article there that's all well and good but the first section is pasted below for easy reference:


The twelve days in the song are the twelve days starting Christmas Day, or in some traditions, the day after Christmas (December 26) (Boxing Day or St. Stephen's Day, as being the feast day of St. Stephen Protomartyr) to the day before Epiphany, or the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6, or the Twelfth Day). Twelfth Night is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking."
Although the specific origins of the chant are not known, it possibly began as a Twelfth Night "memories-and-forfeits" game, in which a leader recited a verse, each of the players repeated the verse, the leader added another verse, and so on until one of the players made a mistake, with the player who erred having to pay a penalty, such as offering up a kiss or a sweet. This is how the game is offered up in its earliest known printed version, in the children's book Mirth without Mischief (c. 1780) published in England, which 100 years later Lady Gomme, a collector of folktales and rhymes, described playing every Twelfth Day night before eating mince pies and twelfth cake.
The song apparently is older than the printed version, though it is not known how much older. Textual evidence indicates that the song was not English in origin, but French, though it is considered an English carol. Three French versions of the song are known. If the "partridge in a pear tree" of the English version is to be taken literally, then it seems as if the chant comes from France, since the red-legged (or French) partridge, which perches in trees more frequently than the native common (or grey) partridge, was not successfully introduced into England until about 1770.

This leads up to the info that I found online yesterday.  Someone took the time to total up the prices for all the gifts given in that song based on today's prices.  They even gave a comparison figure based on last year's prices.  The prices in the list are only for 1 "set" of gifts as the link here explains.  The whole package with all 364 gifts at today's prices would be around $107,300.24 Yikes!

As promised here is the list (I added the pictures):

Prices of items in the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” according to PNC Wealth Management:

- Partridge, $15; last year: same

- Pear tree, $189.99; last year: 169.99

- Two turtle doves, $125; last year: same

- Three French hens, $165; last year: $150

- Four calling birds (canaries), $519.96; last year: same

- Five gold rings, $750; last year: $645

- Six geese a-laying, $210; last year: $162

- Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000; last year: $6,300

- Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same

- Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $6,294; last year: same

- 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $4,767; last year: same

- 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,562; last year: $2,428

- 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,776; last year: $2,630

What I want to know is where the hell did she PUT all this stuff?!

I hope you have a happy holiday, no matter what you celebrate!

Signing off 09:45  


Friday, October 26, 2012

Piecaken and jello brains

This post is going to be pretty boring.  Mainly because I am talking about the first piecaken I've ever made.  Mostly because I forgot to take pictures as I was making it.  I know...that sucks.  I promise I will take pics of the next one.  I SWEAR.  We are getting prepared to move next weekend and I've been stressed about it and forgot.  Ugh.

Anyway.  I made a piecaken.  What is a piecaken you ask?  It's a pie (of any type) baked into a cake (of any type)....whole.  I made one with a cherry pie inside a chocolate cake and it turned out pretty damn good.  At least everyone who tried it liked it.  It's really easy to make also:

Step 1: Obtain box of cake mix of any variety (and the eggs, water, oil etc you need to make it)

Step 2: Obtain a whole pie (or make a whole pie and bake it)

Step 3:  Heat oven at temperature listed on cake mix box

Step 4: Spray and flour a springform pan of the round variety bigger than the pie

Step 5:  Prepare cake mix and pour 2 cups of it into the bottom of the springform pan

Step 6: Place entire whole pie in the bottom of the springform pan on top of the cake mix

Step 7: Pour the rest of the cake mix over the pie, making sure it's completely covered.

Step 8: Bake until cake is done (will probably take longer than listed due to the pie being in there)

Step 9: Once piecaken has cooled you can frost it if you want to

Step 10: Cut it in half so you can see how cool it looks and display for consumption

Step 11:  Enjoy!


Made jello brains in a mold too....those didn't work out too well as they lost shape upon removal from the mold.  We kept it to eat anyway cause cherry jello is yummy!

Let me know if you attempt a piecaken and how it turned out!

Signing off 22:50

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Few Random Images.....And Teddy

Today I just felt like posting some random images from my vast collection.
Like this

And this

And this

And Teddy

Friday, September 28, 2012

Music I remember loving in the 80's

I heard a song today that I hadn't heard in a long time.  'Mandolin Rain' by Bruce Hornsby.  I got to thinking about the first time I remember hearing that song.  I must have been 9 or 10 years old and I can specifically recall loving the piano part and the words.  I used to tape songs off of the radio just so I could listen to them over and over again.  I liked to memorize songs and be able to sing them word for word.  Heck, I still like to memorize songs.  That's what drove me to memorize 'We Didn't Start The Fire' by Billy Joel when I was in 12th grade.  I used to drive around in the car with the cassette tape in the tape deck and the windows down.  I would rewind it and play it over and over and over again.  I can still sing the whole damn song word for word (and I know about all the historical events and people he talks about there :-P )

When we were kids my Mom sold Avon and had a regular route with customers that she went on delivering catalogs and merchandise orders.  That was one of the things my sister and I helped my Mom with on Saturday mornings.  We'd drive the route in my Mom's car with the radio on and sing along while we made deliveries.  I have to say I learned a lot of songs this way.  I'd hear a song I liked and when it came up on the radio I'd tape it and memorize it.  I still love to sing.  D makes fun of me sometimes because I will sing along to anything whether it's in my range or not!

All of this thinking about my childhood got me to thinking that I wanted to pick 25 songs that I remember being my favorite in the the 80's.  Then I realized that I would have way more that 25.  So I picked the first 26 that I could remember.  In no particular order.  Finding them on YouTube was pretty easy, as was saving them to a playlist.

1. 'The Way It Is'- Bruce Hornsby
2. 'Mandolin Rain'- Bruce Hornsby
3. 'The Living Years'- Mike and the Mechanics
4. 'Billie Jean'- Michael Jackson
5. 'Walk Like An Egyptian'- The Bangles
6. 'Come On Eileen'- Dexys Midnight Runners
7. 'Take On Me'- A-Ha
8. 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go'- Wham
9. 'Under Pressure'- Queen and David Bowie
10. '867-5309'- Tommy Tutone
11. 'Sister Christian'- Night Ranger
12. 'Born In The USA'- Bruce Springsteen
13. 'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)- Dead Or Alive
14. 'Mickey'- Toni Basil
15. 'Jack And Diane'- John Mellencamp
16. 'Take My Breath Away'- Berlin
17. 'Whip It'- Devo
18. 'Straight Up'- Paula Abdul
19. 'Faith'- George Michael
20. 'She Blinded Me With Science'- Thomas Dolby
21. 'All Night Long'- Lionel Richie
22. 'Down Under'- Men At Work
23. 'Uptown Girl'- Billy Joel
24. 'Tiny Dancer'- Elton John
25. 'The End Of The Innocence'- Don Henley
26. 'We Didn't Start The Fire' -Billy Joel

 I hope you enjoy the songs and let me know what your favorites were from your childhood. I always love hearing thoughts on and reactions to my posts. Thanks.

 Signing off 04:38

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11....(eleven years later)

I'm sitting here in Queens, NY in our office with the windows wide open and the breeze blowing in.  I hear the trains and traffic going by and I hear people in the lot next door talking and laughing.  This is the first September 11th that I have worked since I was sent home from work on September 11, 2001 and told by my boss that she was paying me for the rest of the day because they might need me at the fire house.  The events that day and the months that followed were bizarre, surreal, and I'm not sure I ever really got over it.

Today's weather is exactly the same as it was in's even a Tuesday.  Every year I take September 11th off from work and spend the day at the fire house.  The place we all gravitated to as the events in 2001 were unfolding.  We prayed, stared at the TV and monitored the scanners.  We talked and stood around in a state of shock.  We didn't truly know what was really going on with our brother and sister firefighters and EMT's until we started getting phone calls about people we knew who were working.  Some people hadn't heard from them since before the planes hit the towers.  Guys were MISSING.  It was a little scary.

We prepped the trucks and the ambulance in case we were needed to assist anyone, anywhere.  We sat one wanted to leave and go home.  Our families didn't really understand what we were feeling.  My ambulance responded to a ferry terminal and assembled with several other ambulances to remove and transport some of the more minor aided to our local hospitals as the city ones were becoming overwhelmed with wounded.  I don't know what time we got back to the firehouse but I then received word that two guys from a neighboring fire department who were both working that day were missing.  So I went with some people over to their firehouse and a few days later was involved in a prayer meeting as we held out hope that they'd still be alive.

But they weren't.
I went to many, many funerals, wakes and vigils that year and the next for brothers who died in the line of duty.
I know many others who survived the response that day but who are now sick with lung issues, cancer, are battling PTSD, or have since passed on.

I think about how we are all tied together because of what we do.  Firefighting and EMS is our calling.  I personally wouldn't have it any other way.  It doesn't matter if you didn't know someone who died that day, we are all brothers and sisters in service.  It's not just today that I think about my friends who perished doing one of the things that they lived for.  It's every time I get on a rig, every time I head off to work and bandage someone up, every time I see a skyscraper or airplane, every time I push that siren button as I sit in the front seat of that ambulance and head off to a call.  I take comfort in the fact that they SAVED people from dying that day.  People are alive today because of my brothers and sisters who put civilians lives before their own and for that I am very proud of them.

It's a daily struggle for me to understand why people want to cause trouble for others, to try to injure and kill each other.  Especially people they don't know.  Every assault victim I see and every news report I hear makes me even more determined to try to make a positive difference.  The gods gave me the power to help people and I try to do the best I can while I make my way in this world.  I get into the back of that ambulance and I hold the hand of the elderly woman who fell and cut her head and needs stitches.  I take a minute to reassure the husband of a patient that his wife of 60 years is going to be alright.  I hold a child who has had a febrile seizure and explain to his sobbing mother that what happened is perfectly normal and he will be fine.  I try to make a little difference wherever I can.

I have been serving for the last 13 years and D for the last 18.  I hope that when we have children they will get the service bug in them too and continue the work that we have started. I serve in the memory of my friends who have died in the line of duty and the friends that I have made since I have been part of this thing that is bigger than I am,  it's bigger than all of us.

Rest in Peace guys.  Just know that we won't ever forget you.

343 on 9/11/01
To TL, GH, PL- R.I.P
To my sick friends:  Keep fighting!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Summer is over?

Sorry about my lack of postings lately folks.  This summer has been very eventful for Teddy, D, and I so there hasn't been much time for writing.  Hell I haven't had much time for reading either!  You know things are seriously busy when I don't have time to read.

D and I drove to Maryland to see sister S and brother in law J last weekend.  It was a very fun trip down and we had a great time goofing off in Walmart (I saw a Mennonite woman and her kids!), eating at Sonic for the very first time (that place is super fun)!  We made friends with the people in the mini van next to us when I got out of the car to take pics of D and sister S.  The folks in the car on the other side of us asked about the ferret bumper sticker I have on my car.

I told them about Sir Teddy the awesome and showed them a picture.  They complimented him on his good looks! :)  I'm a proud mama!

I'd have to say the craziest part of the trip was the drive back home.

We stopped at Antietam to see the sites and after the cannon firing demo we got caught in the worst rain storm EVER.  Downpours.....everywhere!

Poor D drove us halfway through Pennsylvania before we got ahead of it and were able to stop and take a break.  Took about 8 hours to get home after we stopped at the PA Dutch gift shop, Cabela's (bought a weather radio), and Applebee's (for dinner), and the Vince Lombardi service area in NJ for fuel (it's cheap).

Boy was Teddy glad to see us when we got home!  :)

Signing off 17:41

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Teddy Speaks

Hi everyone!  It's Teddy!  After my introduction blog Mommy said I was a pretty good writer.  She helped me sign up for my very own email address and my own Facebook page!!  I now have my own handle here on blogger so I can post blogs on Mommy's blog.  I just wanted to post my info on here so if anyone wants to be my friend they can find me!

My email address is

My Facebook page is

Hope to see you all soon...I'm going to take a nap!

Love and kisses


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I just wanted to wish everyone a 

Happy 4th of July!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hi!!!! My name is Teddy!

THIS is Teddy!
Hello! My name is Teddy! I am a 4 month old white marked ferret.  My birthday is January 29, 2012.  I weigh around 2 pounds but mommy calls me "chubs" :D

 I live with my mommy and daddy in our little gray house.  Inside our house I have a huge cage that my mommy and daddy bought me and I love it!

I have a hammock and a sleeping bag in my cage and they are very soft and comfortable.  I spend my days hanging out in my cage while mommy sleeps after work.  Nights are spent running around the living room playing with my bell balls, chew rope and plastic rollie tube.  I also like to wrestle with my daddy and sneak around trying to scare mommy and daddy by jumping out from under the couch!

My daddy told me I was born in upstate New York on the Marshall farm where they raise ferrets.  After I was big enough they sent me to a pet store to live with other ferrets and to wait for someone to take me home.  I remember the day that my mommy and daddy came into the store.  Mommy came over to the cage and started talking to me and waving at me.  I went over to the wall of the cage because I wanted to get a better look at her.  They walked away and I started to eat because I was hungry.  A little while later my mommy came back and told my daddy that she wanted to see me.  The pet store man came over and opened the cage and picked me up.  I heard daddy talking to the pet store man about me and then mommy said she wanted me.  Daddy said the cage wasn't set up yet but mommy said she didn't care.  She said I was the one.  The pet store man took me from daddy and put me in a small cardboard box.  I was scared!  I wanted to go back to my big cage!

Daddy opened the top of the box and it was very bright out.  We weren't in the store anymore!  Mommy said we were in the car and they were taking me home!  I was scared again but they were very nice...talking to me and petting me.  When we got home they closed the box and left me in it for awhile.  I tried to get out but I couldn't.  I guess I'm still too small!  Later on daddy took me out of the box and put me in the sink to give me a bath.  I didn't like that too much so I played with the drain cover in the sink and then tried to get away from them when they took me out of the sink because I was cold!!

After I was dried off they put me in the living room with some toys.  I didn't want the toys but I did want to look around and see where I was.  I ran around for a little bit and explored.  The cage they put me in after it got dark was nice but I didn't like it because it was too small.  I heard Daddy say that I would be getting a new cage in the morning so I settled down and went to sleep.

The next day we went to the pet store (I went too in my new carrier!) and got me a new cage.  Daddy calls it my mansion!  It's HUGE!!  4 floors, a hammock, sleeping bag, 3 ramps, 2 potties, food dish and water bottle.  I have tons of toys too!  One of them is a ball that makes noises.  It dooks and meows and says doo doo doo doo doo!  My favorite toy is the one on the stick that has hair on it.
Mommy says I have to go to bed now so I will write more again another time.  I will have mommy put some more pictures of me so you can see how little and cute I am!  She says I have a whole album on her facebook page (she always has the camera in my face!).  Goodnight!!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Adventures In Wisconsin!

We returned yesterday from our vacation in the very cool state of Wisconsin.  So I figured why not write a blog about it! :-)

We left on May 31 and drove up to D's parent's house in Connecticut and crashed there over night.  We had lunch the next day with Joe and Darryl and then headed up to the airport.

I was so excited because this was my FIRST FLIGHT! EVER!! (I never go anywhere exciting).  We hung around the airport after going through security for awhile (what a pain in the ass trying to explain to them that I wanted them to HAND SCREEN my epi-pens instead of putting them thru the x-ray machine) and then boarded our flight.

Awesome clouds

  I took a bunch of cool pictures from the plane of the clouds and the ground once they told us it was safe to use our electronic devices.

I don't know if we are technically allowed to do that, but the sights outside of the window were just too cool to not photograph.  I even turned off the shutter sound so I wouldn't bother anyone. I'm so nice! :-)

Everything looks so small!
Smoking permitted???
 After landing in Kentucky (another state I'd never been to) to catch our connecting flight (had to wait 90 minutes) we grabbed some food and  noticed this sign:

 I stopped and did a double take!  They don't allow smoking inside ANYWHERE in New York and I was shocked when I saw this!  When we were kids I remember my grandma smoking in restaurants and stuff but that was before the bad effects of second hand smoke were really understood. Anyway I had to take a shot of it and here it is for all to see.

We finally boarded the second flight and in about an hour we touched down in Madison, Wisconsin.  It was fairly late there (22:00 hrs or so) and the airport was very quiet (kind of creepy).  We got our rental car and headed the hour away to Wisconsin Dells and our hotel.

Kilbourn FD
The next day we attended D's brother's graduation where I met his sisters, nieces, and nephew and then had lunch and went swimming at the hotel.  Later that night we walked into town and did some sightseeing and I took LOTS of pictures.

This is the local fire department (the town used to be called Kilbourn.)  They changed the name of the town but not the fire department. 
View from the river walk

The next three pictures are from the river walk we took in town.  It follows the river down to this big bridge.  The views are incredible!  We even saw a freight train go over the overpass by the dam.  It was so noisy!  It had about 70 cars pulled by 4 engines and I had to stand and watch the whole thing go by.
Foot bridge going over a drainage line

  We played adventure mini golf and had dinner at this groovy Mexican place called Pedro's.  (by the way they have awesome margaritas)  There is a 3 pound burrito on the menu and if you can finish it in one sitting they will take your picture and hang it up on their wall of fame.  A large party came in to the restaurant while we were eating and this tall, skinny guy ordered the 3 pounder!  He was half way through it when we left to go back to the hotel.  I couldn't see him finishing it....he looked like he was in pain already!

We are kind of lame and seemed to get to bed every night by midnight....I figured we could a least stay out late ONCE but by the time it got late we were both exhausted!  I think it's because we were doing so much walking and everything.

We did actually go out to Walmart at 02:00 hrs the first night we stayed in Wisconsin.  I had a reaction to the bedsheets (probably the soap they used) and started getting hives.  There is a 24 hr Walmart just 5 minutes up the freeway so poor D had to get up and take me there to get a pair of sweat pants and some benadryl.  I bought him a cool looking camo baseball hat with a W on it to try to make it up to him.  (sorry again babe).   So I guess that counts as staying up late even though I had to wake him up to take me there?
View of the Wisconsin River from the road bridge
I love margaritas!
D went on those!
 We got free passes from the hotel to go to Chula Vista's water park.  It's an indoor/outdoor water park and it's HUGE.  They have water slides, a man made beach (chairs on sand for sunbathing), a whole shallow park for the kids, and the coolest attraction.....the action river!  We rode the action river 5 or 6 times.  It's a long river that makes a big oval around the kid's area.  It has waterfalls and fountains and at the end it had a section which has huge ocean like waves.  You sit on a plastic tube and float down the river.  I'm not much for water slides but the action river was a ton of fun!  D went on several water slides...including one outside that had a crazy drop off (I couldn't watch) and another that started inside, went outside and ended inside.  He managed to coax me on a water slide (it was for kids actually) and I went down it just to shut him up! :-)
2 of the Ducks

We took a tour on the Wisconsin Ducks.  They are amphibious military vehicles from the 1940's that drive through the forest and then into the Wisconsin River.  They tell you about the history of the area and show you the sites.  We saw amazing rock walls and formations, forests and I got a picture of the dam.  When our tour guide splashed down into the water above the dam we all got soaked!  It was fine though because it was actually a very warm day.

Later on D and I met his sister, niece and nephew for dinner and then went to the Tommy Bartlett show.  It's a water/air/stage show that has been running for the last 60 years.  They had water skiing, boats racing and jumping over ramps.  They had acrobats, jugglers, a clown, a gorilla and a guy that told very bad jokes!  It was fun.  D's niece climbed up on my lap and sat there for most of the show.  She is 4 and would get so excited when she saw the water skiiers and the clown chasing the gorilla!

We spent the last day of our trip doing more sight seeing and shopping for things to bring home with us.  I took the above picture because I freaking love cows!  They all looked at me when I got out of the car to photograph them.  D sat in the car shaking his head and laughing when I said hi to them and waved.  How do we know they can't understand us?  I was taking their picture...the least I could do was say hi!  they stood still for me till I got back in the car and then they wandered away.  I even thanked them for letting me capture them on film.  I think D thinks I am crazy.....

Our flights home took us to Detroit, Michigan (another state I'd never been to!) and then we had to run to catch our connection back to Connecticut.  Our plane into Detroit was late so we had 15 minutes to run from Terminal C to Terminal A!  I hate that airport!  My knee decided to give out mid dash so we stopped at one of the desks and they called our desk to tell them we were indeed on the way.  We made it with 5 minutes to spare!

We landed in Winsor Locks about 10:00 and stopped for dinner on the way back to Derek's parents where we crashed for the night.  Our arrival at home was around 17:00 hrs on Tuesday.  D and I crashed on the couch for a few hours and then we went out to get sushi for dinner  because there was no way in hell I was cooking!

I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures in Wisconsin!

Signing off 01:27

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Bone Marrow Registry

Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, bone marrow in large bones produces new blood cells.

Leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood or bone marrow characterized by an abnormal increase of immature white blood cells called "blasts". Leukemia is a broad term covering a spectrum of diseases. In turn, it is part of the even broader group of diseases affecting the blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid system, which are all known as hematological neoplasms.

DKMS Americas is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 and based in New York, NY that recruits volunteer bone marrow donors of all races and ethnicities to help leukemia patients in need of a bone marrow transplant. DKMS Americas was co-founded by Katharina Harf and her father Peter Harf. It is the US offshoot of DKMS (Germany), formed to help leukemia patients in need of bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants.

You may be wondering what this all has to do with me (and you).  Well, first of all I want to credit Wikipedia for the 3 definitions above.  Now I will explain what is going on.

I received my bone marrow donor registry card today in the mail.  I became inspired to register after a friend of mine donated his bone marrow and recounted the experience for me.  So I fired up google and was directed to the DKMS website.  After reading through all of the information and doing a bit of independent research on the subject I decided to see if I could even BE a donor (given my medical history).
The following info is straight from the DKMS website:

Potential donors MUST:
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 55
  • Be in good general health
  • Weigh more than 110 lbs but not exceed a BMI 40
  • Not be HIV positive or have been diagnosed with AIDS
  • Not have had heart surgery or have heart disease
  • Not have autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis or fibromyalgia
  • Not have sleep apnea, breathing problems or severe asthma (daily inhalers are acceptable)
  • Not have diabetes requiring insulin (or injectible medication)
  • Not have hepatitis B or C
  • Not have kidney or liver disease
  • Not have had a stroke (including a TIA)
  • Not have chronic or severe neck or back problems
  • Not have had uncontrolled epilepsy and not have had any seizures in the past year
  • Not have a history of blood clotting or a bleeding disorder
  • Not have a personal history of cancer (melanoma, breast, bladder and cervical cancer [stage 0, in situ] and cured localized skin cancer [basal cell or squamous cell] are acceptable)
Well there was my answer. Yup! I am OK to be a donor!  I sent for the swab kit and waited.

About a week later I received my swab kit and after reading the directions I pondered if I really wanted to go ahead and register.  I talked it over with D and made the decision to go ahead with it.
The directions were very easy (you just have to swab with inside of your cheeks with these big Q-tip things) and wait for them to dry.  Then place them in the envelope and mail them.  That was about 6 or so weeks ago.  I had actually forgotten about sending them in when I opened the mail today and saw my card.  I'm actually very excited. :)

I know the chances of me actually getting called to donate are pretty slim. But if there is even the remote chance that I could someday help save someone's life it's worth me taking the 5 minutes to swab my cheeks and get on the registry.  You never know.  I am already on the NY State organ donor registry and I give blood as often as I can so I guess the bone marrow donor registry was the next logical step.

I encourage everyone who can to check out the site and contemplate registering.  You can access the site through the link above or there is a counter on my home page you can click that will take you right through.

Just think about could possible help save a life one day.

I registered.....are you next?

Signing off 03:08


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Jim Croce - Time In A Bottle

I don't know why this song makes me tear up every time I hear it....

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day 'til eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go through time with

Copyright Jim Croce 1972

Signing Off 04:38

May comes in with a sneeze!

Well May certainly came in with a sneeze at our house! Bronchitis is NOT a fun illness and I developed it about a week after having one of my patients sneeze in my face.  Eww.....I just knew I was going to get sick.

Sick I did get, and Derek hauled me off to the doctor.  I always self diagnose and so far on all occasions I have been right.  Dr. S confirmed my bronchitis and sent me home with a scrip for antibiotics, Robitussin with codeine, and a doctor's note.

I took up residence on the couch later that afternoon surrounded by my medication, a pot of Vicks Vapo-Rub, a box of tissues, a trash can (Giants....of course), a bottle of water, a bottle of orange Gatorade, the tv remotes, my Blackberry, my computer, my favorite pillow, my green Snuggie, and a giant fluffy blanket.  Derek had taken Wednesday off to care for me and my Mom came by Thursday to bring me more Gatorade and some cans of Cambells chicken noodle soup.

3 days out of work and then the weekend arrived.  I was feeling somewhat better.  We had to make a day trip to CT to pick up our new electric lawn mower....Sears delivered it to the wrong address!  Visited with Derek's Dad, his brother Chad, and their new dog Belle.  We had lunch with Joe and then hit Ikea before we headed home.  We bought a new memory foam mattress pad for our bed and a new memory foam pillow for me.  The pillow seems to be helping with my headaches some which is always good news.

Sunday found us back home where we slept in, did some yard work (Derek mowed the lawn) and then we took the rest of the day off by getting lunch and then camera shopping.  I bought a new camera and we went to the beach to test it out.  It has a VERY COOL sweep panorama feature which I tested and now have to figure out how to get the pics from the camera to the computer.  All in good time....we have 3 weeks until our trip.....hope that's enough time to figure out how it works!

Back at work and so far so good.

Signing off 04:21

Friday, April 27, 2012

Happy Birthday to ME!!

How come nobody ever walks around singing Happy Birthday to themselves?

Well here it is folks!!

Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me! Happy Birthday to me!!!!!

Yes, it's my birthday! I'm 32 today (but don't tell anyone!)

Off from tonite!


Signing off 18:00

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hello My Name Is ______.

Usually I think before I post in my blog but I think this is one of those weird days.  I get random thoughts that pop into my head occasionally (OK all the time) and I usually try to write down the more bizarre ones to see if I could use them somewhere.  So here is one of my usual strange ideas!

You know when you go somewhere and they make you wear those sticky name tags that say "Hello My Name Is ______." I've always wanted to alter it to say "Guess My Name." Ya know....just to mix it up a little..... :D 
You could always put the name of a random object in the blank space. How about "Hello My Name Is Peanut Butter Sandwich." Or "Hello My Name Is Jellyfish." 
How about Peanut Butter and Jellyfish?

 Or my fathers' "Hello My Name Is Rupert Bagbee."  I saw him write that on a name tag once.  He went the whole night laughing because everyone he didn't know was calling him Rupert (his name is actually Douglas).  My family was in on the joke too so it was pretty hysterical....I guess you had to be there. :D

I like to use Runs With Trauma Shears or my alias Groovyfirechick.  They seem to be interchangeable these says....usually proceeded my Captain or sometimes just Cap....especially when people need something. :)
Well that's all for now.
Peace and Love
Signing off 21:08

Friday, March 30, 2012

And The Story Continues.....(Migraines: Part 2)

More about migraines!

Part 1 of the migraine story is here 

How fun is THAT?!

Actually they are not fun....

They suck....

Found out today through a friend that them giving me the Toradol in the ER was not OK!

This is a fact sheet about Toradol.  Everything a medical person will need to know about it.

See where it says "Absolute Contraindications"?


Well # 2 states: "Allergies to Aspirin or other NSAID's"

Yeah....that's what I have....and allergy to Ibuprofen....which is an NSAID!!

And they knew that...I told least twice.

I wasn't harmed by it except for some hives so I'm not going to complain about it any further.  Hope the ER staff learned something from my little mishap.

Anyway I digress....

I went to the neurologist today and he checked me over.  I have to go next week and get an MRI of my brain and the week after I get an EEG to see if there is anything afoot.  He did notice some nystagmus in my right eye but he says it could be the result of weak muscles in my eye or from hitting my head too many times.  He wants to see what the tests show before he come to an educated conclusion about why my migraines are getting worse.

He gave me Imitrex that I am supposed to take at the onset of a migraine and then 2 hours afterward if it's not better.  I asked some of my friends who take it and did some research and the reviews on it are mixed.  Some people say it works but only if you take it right away.  Some said it didn't work for them.  Haven't had a reason to test it yet (but seeing as I get at least 1 migraine a week) I probably will in the next 7 days or so.

The doc told me to see a record of when I get headaches and what may have brought them on so we can see if there is an established pattern to them.  Apparently there are may things that can bring them on: weather, food, stress, etc. So we shall see what happens.

Until then folks...send out peace and love and forget the hate.

Signing off 03:40

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fun times in Migraineland! (Migraines: Part 1)

I'm used to getting migraines by now.  They suck but usually can be dealt with by taking 2 Naproxen, drinking a ton of water and taking a nap.  Not so last night!  D came home and found me curled up in bed and not very happy. He insisted after arguing with me for 15 minutes that I go to the ER.  I was too tired, nauseous, dizzy, and in too much pain to put up a off to the ER we went.

After they put me in a room and put in an IV the doc came in to see me.  She ordered Zofran for the nausea and Toradol for the migraine.  After that was on board I sent D to go get himself some dinner because he hadn't eaten.  About 10 minutes after he left I started getting itchy.  After scratching for a few minutes a nurse wandered in and took a look at me and sent for the doctor.  I had hives from the Toradol!  I was given Benadryl for the hives and then (because the migraine was still persisting) I got some Morphine.  Then I took a nap.  We got home about 22:00 last night and I slept on the couch for awhile after having some soup broth and then I went to bed.

In talking with some people on line that I know through an allergy forum I was told that because I have an allergy to Ibuprofen (which we knew) that I should not have been given Toradol.  In thinking about it I already knew that.  We carry it on our ambulance and give it to our patients for pain.  I guess I was too out of it last night that when they said they were going to give me Toradol I didn't put two and two together.  D didn't know, so he didn't say anything.  So now he knows in case it happens again he can say something.

Lesson learned!  Docs aren't perfect and you and your family members should keep up on your allergies and medications.

Part 2 of the migraine story is here

Signing off 16:31

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I joined Pinterest today!  For those of you who don't know what it is:  You can create online "bulletin boards" and pin things to them.  Pictures, recipes, quotes, directions to make things....the list goes on and on.  I though it was a cool concept so I decided to try it.  I'm hooked!!  So go check it out!! If you need an invite to join let me know! 

Link for my Pinterest Profile and Boards

Enjoy and follow me once you create your boards!!

Signing off 14:40

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Troubling Times In The World

Not sure how long this post is going to be so bear with me as I will ultimately get to my point.

This story begins some time ago when I became aware of a group based in California called Invisible Children through another of the activist groups that I am involved with.

Invisible Children was founded in 2008 to bring awareness to human rights violations.  Particularly the conflict that is going on presently in Uganda.

What conflict? You ask....  Have you ever heard of Joseph Kony?.... Who?.....The Lord's Resistance Army?......What?  Do you even know where Uganda is?....let me explain.....

The short version goes like this: 

Uganda is a country in Africa where most of the people who live there live in poverty.  (The following I have copied from Wikipedia at Wikipedia article on the LRA:)
"The Lord's Resistance Army insurgency is an ongoing guerrilla campaign waged since 1987 by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebel group, operating mainly in northern Uganda, but also in South Sudan and eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The movement, led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the "spokesperson" of God and a spirit medium, aims to overthrow Yoweri Museveni's Ugandan government and to establish a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and Acholi tradition, according to its leaders.  The conflict, one of Africa's longest running, resulted in a very severe humanitarian crisis. The LRA is accused of widespread human rights violations, including mutilation, torture, rape, the abduction of civilians, the use of child soldiers, and a number of massacres."

Yes, you read that correctly....CHILD SOLDIERS.  Joseph Kony orders the abduction of children from their homes and turns them into slaves and child soldiers. He will often send them back to their villages with orders to KILL AND MUTILATE THEIR PARENTS.  This has been going on since 1987....I was in second grade in 1987!  It's 2012!  Things like this shouldn't be happening. This guy needs to be stopped.  

The Hague wants him to try him for his crimes.  The only problem is that they can't find him.  After much work by Invisible Children and US citizens, the government of the USA was convinced (for the first time EVER) to get involved in a foreign issue that did not threaten the USA's stability.  President Obama sent troops over to Uganda to act as advisors for the Ugandan military so they can get the training and skills needed to flush Kony out so he can stand for his crimes. 

We need to make Joseph Kony a household name and make a stand for all the children that have had to suffer at his hands.  I recently watched an excellent video that details the conflict in Uganda and the whole situation with Kony.  I will post the link below.  Please watch it and if you can take action.  The only way Kony will be stopped is if we ban together and take a stand.  

Enough is enough.  We need to save the lives of these kids before more have to suffer.

 Invisible Children on Facebook

Video about Kony 2012  

Invisible Children on Twitter 

Signing off 01:01