Saturday, April 29, 2006

I'm waiting on the rain to pass.

Then I am going over to my parents' house (yeah, I'm an early riser).
Grannie is visiting for the weekend so I am going to get to visit with
her as well.

We were supposed to go deep sea fishing today, but Mother Nature had
other plans. Michael decided since we couldn't go fishing he was going
to go to work. I think the draft is this afternoon so he'll come home
to watch that - afterwards I don't really know what we'll do. I wanted
to go see United 93, too so maybe we'll go see that.

EJ helped me get another site set
up for my wedding site since the old one was running on pMachined and
pMachine isn't on his new now I am in the process of
getting that together again as well. Well, not so much in the progress
as it's on the "to-do" list! I haven't really had much time lately. It
won't be too hard, though b/c I save all the pages from the old site so
I will just have to tweak them a little bit and then paste them. I have
a big project to finish for the end of the semester so maybe after
that's done and before summer school I'll be able to get it done!
Thanks again EJ!!!

I am really missing my Fridays off from work. I didn't realize how much
I was able to get done on those days until they were gone. Thank
goodness it's only for a couple months, though and then we'll all get
them back - well, only people on the SAP team lost them...and I'm lucky
I haven't been on there all this time b/c they have been without their
Fridays for months and months! Even if all I had was a quiet day at
home alone it was much appreciated - I was able to do schoolwork or
other things I wanted to catch up on - scrapbooking, computer,
cleaning...or run errands that Michael doesn't like to do - go get a
hair cut! Oh well, I'll just have to go back to getting them done on
Saturdays like the millions of others here in Houston!!!

I think the rain is slowing down just a bit and I can see it getting
lighter outside! I might venture over to my parents house now. I don't
know if this is supposed to last all day or's great for the
yard, but I hope it isn't like this this evening!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Good news!

Mother visited her oncologist yesterday & got her reports from her blood work and her CT scan all both came back very positive!!!! It was such great news! She still has to have the chemo & radiation, but I would rather she have to go through it as a preventative measure. I know she was so relieved to hear that everything was clear.

She went out Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday this week - all to the doctor, but I think it was good for her to get up & get dressed and leave the house. Except for going once to each of my sister's homes or the doctor she really hasn't left the house. I hope she'll get out some more between now and May 8th - that's when the chemo starts - to build up her strength some more.

My Grannie is going to stay with her about four days. I am going to try to get over there this weekend sometime to see them both. We're supposed to go deep sea fishing Saturday, but if the forecast stays the same I think they will have to reschedule. We have to call tomorrow to see if they can sail or not. If not I'll go see them Saturday - otherwise I'll have to wait until Sunday!

I left during lunch to go get my nails done, but there was a 30 minute wait so I decided to go another day and just came back to the office for lunch. I tried calling this morning several times, but the phone just rang & rang. No one ever picked up. I asked if something was wrong with their phones, but the girl at the front desk said she didn't know what happened. Who knows!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Is this day over yet?

I think I told you that I moved upstairs to work on this project team at work. I don’t know if I told you about my new office conditions, though. Well, I still have my office down on 9, but I don’t go in there anymore…maybe during lunch so I can shut my door, but up here there are no doors! We’re all in cubicles.

Now…I did the cubicle life years ago. Even here at this job when we were on the old marketing floor in the office in Greenspoint…this team was also put on the old marketing floor in this building – I guess so that it’s more of a team environment.

Okay…that’s well and good. I can handle a box for a few months again. The problem is that the box I’m in isn’t even as big as all the others. It was put together on the fly I guess and it’s a smaller one. Not only that, but now I am sharing this little box!!!!! How? I don’t know how it’s going to work. Thank goodness at least the walls are short b/c otherwise I think I would feel way too suffocated. Wait a minute – I already feel that way!

One thing at least, she hasn’t been here much this morning – she’s been in another cube working with someone most of the morning.


On a happier note – classes are about over! Yay! I have one more time to go to Economics class (already met this week) b/c our final is take home – so we can just email it in & not have to show up that last day of class. We meet two more times for sure in Management (this week & next), but I don’t know if we have to be there the last day or not to turn in our case studies. She might let us email that in, too! Who knows! Then I’m off until summer classes start – which is June 1st I believe. So…I get about a three week break! I’ll take it!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

I've lost two posts this morning...

TWO! I don't know how I did that, but I'm not retyping everything again! I've lost posts before, but two in one morning? That's ridiculous!

So...I'll just summarize!

  • I had a great trip to East Texas yesterday with my sister

  • Michael left early to go fishing & I couldn't sleep

  • I brought the laptop into bed to blog/surf


Maybe the fact that I was laying in bed posting had something to do with it! So, I got up...moved around a bit and now I'm in the office & hopefully this will be my last post attempt this a.m. b/c I have to go finish my homework now!!!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

There is no time!

Okay now...the work load up here is horrendous! No more 1½ hour lunches for a while!! I think I am going to have to just start eating at my desk. Next week we have to have a demo of our data set ready for presentation - NEXT WEEK! Do you realize that I just got moved to this team LAST WEEK! No problem...I can learn in a week what everyone else has been up here learning over the last 8 months! Sure...piece of pie! The deadline on this project is way too needed at least twice as long it seems!

Otherwise, things are going good. Going to see my Grannie on Saturday and going to see EJ on Sunday to visit & play/learn DNN!!! So, hopefully after this weekend things will be looking better around here & eventually all the archives and other sites will be back, but that's not such a priority right now. All in good time! As a matter of fact there are a lot of good things coming to stay tuned in to find out what's coming!

We have Michael's cousins for one more night. His aunt & uncle will be home tomorrow - I think Michael told them yesterday that they weren't coming back for another week and stil hasn't told them the truth!!! It's been fun, though. The mornings were something to work out at first b/c Michael and I leave so early in the mornings for work, luckily they have a responsible older brother that helps out tremendously in that area. I got the up the first morning with me to eat b'fast and get ready and then later realized that was way too early for them and that they could just sleep in a while later! They were grateful! Imagine that...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

I wanted to take a nap...

I was going to have a nice nap during lunch, but obviously that isn't happening b/c I'm sitting here posting now! I went downstairs with my coworker to get lunch & brought it back upstairs so we could eat and visit and then the plan was to come back into my office, shut the door, and nap. Well, my head was down for about three minutes. Enough time to realize I wasn't going to be able to rest. So...I'm up and playing with all these new features in DNN.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Still trying to get the hang of it...

I've managed to play a little bit around here, but haven't done too much. I just haven't had much personal computer time. No way at work and last night I had class and didn't get home until after nine - tonight I'll have more time, though so maybe I'll learn something tonight!!!

I've been so tired lately. Everything is getting very busy right now and the end of the semester is coming up so that means finals and projects are coming up due...right in the middle of a lot of new stuff at work, too. I was going to take two classes this summer - one five week course summer one that was two nights & a ten week that is one night a week. So basically for five weeks I would have class three nights a week and then five weeks just one night a week. Now that I am getting so swamped at work I've decided to just take the ten week course instead...take a little break I guess! I don't want to burn out, but I don't want to be working on my masters forever either!

Otherwise things are good...we're keeping Michael's three cousins this week. His aunt and uncle are gone on vacation and have asked us to watched their boys. One is a senior and won't be here much except to sleep b/c he works every night - the other two are still in elementary, though. They have fun with Michael so I think they are enjoying themselves being here with us!

I am going to see what they are all up to in the other room now! It's getting kinda quiet!

Monday, April 17, 2006

Looks a little different, huh?

My Blog/Web/Computer Guru is upgrading the server and software for us and so for a while things are going to look a bit unfamiliar at - but if you'll be patient as I learn the in's and out's of this new package I'll get things back in order on my site and soon all the archives will be here, too!!!

Thanks for understanding!


This is the new home of!  Welcome to the new site!

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Friday, April 14, 2006

I did it!!! I set up wireless at home!!!

Kenny & my daddy will be proud of me! I had one little hiccup in the beginning, but it was resolved (I'm not really sure how), but now I am surfing in my office & Michael is surfing wirelessly in the living room!!!

WooHoo! Now I have to call daddy & let him know!!!

Can ya tell I'm thrilled?!?!?

Wireless is working again...

after all this time w/out wireless at home, it's working again. Well, it's working at my parents' house. That's where I am now and my laptop is working great - so I guess the problem was my router setup so today I am going to buy a new router - I figure I'll get what dad has since my laptop is working so great on it.

Michael is at Lake Somerville - he's been there since about five this morning. I was going to get up with him and come over to see mother, but I ended up falling back to sleep and didn't get up until about 7:30. My brother and two nieces came over around eleven and just left a little while ago and my sister and nephew came over for a little while, too.

Mother is doing good now. She had a bad morning, though - she got sick, but took the medicine the doctor gave her for nausea and has been doing better since. She has been sitting up with us all day and even went walking outside in the back yard with me after everyone left. I weeded her flower beds some and took some more pictures of the plants in her back yard. I'll post them later tonight. I took some more really neat ones of the bottle brush (two former posts) and how they "bud out" - I had no idea! You'll see what I mean when I post them. Now that everything is blooming out at our house, too I need to get out in our own yard with the camera.

I really think my brother's surprise visit really perked mother up today. He called me about ten and said he would be here in an hour, but not to tell mother. So, when I heard the car pull up and they walked in the door I got a big grin on my face and mother realized I knew they were coming! She was thrilled!!! I am glad they made the trip to see her today. My brother really doesn't like to come to Houston. When I ask him when he's coming this way, he answers, "Why - I didn't lose anything down there!" He just likes the small town, but since mother can't go up there right now he takes the time to come see her.

Of my two nieces that came one just turned 18...on mother and daddy's anniversary as a matter of fact - April 12th. For a b'day present they are stopping on the way home to get her a tattoo! My brother did the same with her older sister that was here with them today, too when she turned 18! Mother was giving her a hard time saying she didn't need one!! She doesn't really like that my brother and I have them either!

Mother has some paper work she wants me to help her with so I am going to go now! I am getting tired so I might take a nap afterwards - I feel like I haven't had any sleep in weeks!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

No more Fridays off :(

Because we're moving to SAP at work there is a lot of work to be done in a very short amount of time - actually there is a lot more work than time. The integration team has already lost their Fridays off and now that I have been moved to that team I found out yesterday I am going to lose mine as well - until all this is done I assume. Since tomorrow was supposed to be my Friday off, but it's a national holiday I was supposed to be off today - well, not now! So I'm working today!

After this week I won't really be in my office much. I'll be working in the "War room" - just two floors above mine so I'll be able to be in and out of my office. They haven't got my computer set up yet so I don't have a home up there right now. I am kind of in a holding pattern b/c I don't have access to get in and work right now - they are supposed to be pushing the program out to the computer here in my office, too and that hasn't happened yet. I won't really work from here, though b/c it makes more sense to be with the team and the resources and since I really won't have much time to do my current duties I don't want to seem available to everyone and don't want to have to be rude and say, "I'm sorry, but I can't help you," either.

Well, yay - I just got a phone call so I guess my computer is ready now! Off to learn!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Elaine has greats pictures documenting the entire cycle of monarch caterpillars...I don't know if I'll get to see these become butterflies b/c they are at my parent's house and I am not there every day. So...since I might miss that opportunity I decided to create this mosaic of the portion of the cycle I did get to witness! And who knows...maybe I will get to the next stage!

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Bottle Brush

I love floral macros - I think that is my favorite subject to photograph and between my mother and husband's green thumbs I get ample opportunity to snap away!

Our back yard has a lot of new plants that are growing so fast. When we went to the nursery last Michael said, "We'll plant these and these and these and they'll bloom and be so pretty and you can take all the pictures you want..." I think he was trying to bribe me to buy more plants, don't you?

I need to get my own camera in our back yard this weekend. I took the picture of this bottle brush while I was at mother's this weeekend, but I didn't have my camera - I just took this one with mother's canon elph. It's no wonder I am prejudice towards canon - all their cameras do a wonderful job!

We have a bottle brush of our own; however, it isn't quite as big as mother's. Michael also got a lot of new rock to line the flower bed in the back yard and it looks great. I need to update our own garden album anyway, whether I take any macros or not (which I will I am sure)!!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

I am just sitting down for the evening.

I've been at mother's sincce about seven this morning. Last week we went over to see her and daddy and see how she was feeling. They had been to the oncologist that afternoon and we also wanted to hear what he had told them.

Mother is going to have to undergo a six week/5 days a week Chemotherapy and Radiation session.

It wasn't too easy for any of us to hear so I haven't been able to write about it either. It's a preventative measure the oncologist feels will help ensure the cancer doesn't come back - or at least improve the odds that it doesn't come back again - and hopefully kill any that might still be there. The drugs that they give these days for the nausea and vomitting are much better and the doctor says, though she will get sick, it won't be as badly as it could be.

It's going to start in about three weeks. She needs more time to heal from the surgery and gain her strength back and a little weight, too. Her appetite isn't too strong yet, but it's getting better every day. She's getting stronger, too. She still isn't sleeping too good at night - doesn't sleep all the way through. Tonight she was pretty tired when I left. She was up most of the day and didn't nap during the day so maybe she'll be tired enough that she'll sleep through the night tonight.

I asked mother last week if she was scared about undergoing the chemo and radiation. She was she was nervous, but knew that going through it was the right thing to do. I just hate to think about her having to go through all that, but I know after it's all over she is going to be a lot healthier and the pain she's been enduring for so long will be gone.

I wish we were able to know how long the cancer had been there. It's hard to imagine her having it all this time and none of the doctors were able to discover it until after they did this past surgery and removed it - along with more than half her pancreas, her spleen, and other tumors.

I guess it's better we didn't know until after, though b/c knowing she had a malignant tumor inside her I am sure would be a lot harder to go through than knowing after it was already out. Less anxiety maybe; though, there is still the anxiety of wondering when/if it's ever going to come back again.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

It's early - very early...

and I am tired. It's been busy - busy at school, BUSY at work, busy with family - life is just busy right now in general. After tonight at least the school part is going to let up just a bit. Our group is presenting tonight and this project has been hellacious. Not a fun one at all, but it' all managing to come together in the end and I am ready to present tonight and get it done, over, gone!

At work? Well, I've been given a new role - no I haven't been moved out of my old one, so that's something I am going to have to figure out. How to do my old job still and the new one. That kinda already happened to me once about eight months ago, but this new role is going to be every so much more demanding. A lot of what I am doing now I can delegate (maybe), but not the allocations. Those are still going to be 100% mine...and I can pretty much get them done in a day now so it really shouldn't be a problem.

My new role? Oh yeah - I am going to be a trainer for SAP. Yes, we're moving to SAP and I am going to be the trainer for all AP/Operational Account - domestic and Canada (Yippee - I am going to Calgary). Training is going to be in May/June I believe so I have until then to learn everything myself. I haven't been on the integration team up until this point so it's all new to me and basically there isn't someone to train me. I guess if there were, they wouldn't need me to train - right? So, here's all this software and date - Go Learn It! That's kinda how my instructions are playing out! Not exactly - but kinda! All day yesterday and today are training sessions that are keeping me out of my office, but they are pretty high level and not only specific to the area I'll be training. I'll have Thursday/Friday to figure out how to accomodate my old job and then on Monday I'll be up in the war room and take the full plunge into learning the material I'll be training...and learning to navigate the team's database and get my presentation slides built - though actually I think these are already started - everything has the same basic presentation w/ the same design and mostly the same modules, you just have to personalize it to each area.

And family? Well, mother is doing better. She's able to get up out of bed without any help now, though she still can't get up from laying down on the couch - b/c it's mush lower than the bed I guess. Overall she is still healing very well and making good progress. She got an appointment with the oncologist, but it isn't for two weeks. They said if there were any cancellations they would call her. I hope there is honestly b/c I would like them to either get started on whatever treatment is going to be needed or send her home and say come back and 6 months and we'll check you out - i.e. all she'll need is to get "checked out" every so often, but for now she has a good bill of health! It's always the unknown that keeps your stomach tied in knots - I get that from my mother so I know if I am worrying, she's worrying ten times more! She worries enough for all of us, so I guess I really shouldn't (isn't that a movie quote - Julia Roberts/Steel Magnolias - not intended, but relevant)!!!

Everything else seems to be going well, though. Michael is getting our gardens, both floral and vegetable, looking wonderful! I need to get out there with my camera to give an update on what all we've got going! We have morning glories everywhere this year and Michael is training them to climb the fence - I bought a trelis for the ones on the side of the house so they'll stand out a bit and not climb on the brick too much. Everything looks so much more mature this year...and the veggies are also growing so fast! I'll get pictures this weekend to post - looks like that will be my first chance to!

Well, I was up working on our project when I decided to post, so I had better get back to the project before I have to get out the door for work!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Mother's pathology report came back on Friday.

It seems that one of the tumors the doctor removed w/ her pancreas & spleen was malignant.

I had spent all day Friday at mother's and went home when they left for the doctor. They called us back when they were on their way home so I knew the news couldn't be good. This cancer is a rare kind, though and not the more common Pancreatic cancer that everyone knows about & is usually fatal. This kind has an 80% survival rate. Since the doctor removed the tumor entirely with the portion of mother's pancreas that he removed we're hoping that was all the cancer. She is going to have to go see an oncologist soon to make sure that it is all gone & to make sure it doesn't return & if it happens to return to handle it as soon as possible and to see if she's going to have to have any kind of treatments for it.

It was scary news obviously, but it isn't the worst case scenario I guess. Daddy is having a very hard time dealing w/ it right now. My Grannie & Aunt & Uncle were in for the weekend, too. They left yesterday going back home. Mother is recovering well from the surgery and getting stronger every day, but gets pretty tired when she's up for too long. Her appetite is getting better daily as well - things still don't taste very good to her. She says that it all has a bitter taste & anything too sweet makes her sick to her stomach. When she saw the surgeon on Friday, though he was very pleased with her recovery - I mean she did have gigantic surgery (surgeon's words) so it is understandable it will take a while for her to get back on her feet. Plus the worry over the pathology report didn't really help matters much.

I asked her on Saturday morning, " you say that you HAVE cancer or that you HAD cancer?" and her reply was, "I say that I had a tumor that was cancerous removed.." - that sounds pretty positive, don't ya think?

Please keep my mother and my father in your thoughts & prayers...