Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How stinkin' exciting!!!!

Can this day get any better than this!

Very humbled that Paper Wishes picked five of my designs to sell in their catalog!!!! Plus they had their design team make two samples from them! WAHHHHOOOOoooo!!!! Take a look on pages 10, 12 & 13! Thanks, Paper Wishes & LaserLine for such a great opportunity!!!

Off to work at Frozen Memories in Bartlett, IL....if you're in the neighborhood, stop by and visit me!

Make it a great day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Thoughts & Prayers to VA TECH!!!!

Finally heard through our Sorority "grapevine" that our sisters are safe "physically" at our chapter @ VA Tech....big sign of relief. But hope that they will receive love and support to get them through this.

I am so sadden about the ones that were wounded and who are no longer with thoughts & prayers to those friends, family & colleagues effected by this terrible event.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Enough sick talk....

This is something I wanted to share for awhile. This mini tag album was made with my "State Tag" kit from LaserLine. People always asked me what they can do with this particular product so I'm here to show you my take on it!

This is the cover and it's an "Ode to" my former home...

Inside I have pictures of rooms and fond memories & comments about them...

So what do you think? Something you like to try? LaserLine has agreed to make all 50 states available for order/purchase! I need to make nine....ten MORE of these to finish off my "Ode to" my old hometowns! HA!

I hope this inspires you to do your "ODE" about your hometown!
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

OK....DH's turn!

OY! I thought my virual infection was BAD!

On Easter Sunday, my DH woke up at 6:30am and felt dizziness, nasuea (sp?), headache and numbness on his left side of his body. So off we go to the ER at St. Alexius Medical Center. They checked him head to toe including CT Scan. From all that has occurred, we could only "conclude" that he might have a minor/mild concussion....during Spring break when I was ordered bed rest, we had not only painted the closet but we (mostly DH) had to take the wire shelves out. Didn't think it would be a problem except those things are determined to stay on the walls! Well, he banged his head against one of those shelves which smarted of course but not to a point of a minor concussion! A few days later, he had some headaches but nothing to write home about....maybe an onset of a cold...we thought.

Then the next day on Monday, his left ear started to bother him so we went to a doctor that the medical center referred us to. So now we think the cause of this whole problem was an ear infection. Thank goodness for the internet because after coming home from the doctor, DH looked up his symptoms to suspect that maybe he had Bell's Palsy.

He took his medication but his ear was getting worse and now it was inflamed....Tues night. The symptoms now looks worse than Bell's and now turned to Ramsey Hunt's Syndome! According to the (again) internet, the recovery rate is less than 50%! OY!!!!!!! Called the doctor on call and she prescribed medication that treats Hunt's. He has some symptoms of this but not all so maybe not all is THAT bad. I don' t know.

Wednesday and Thursday, we took the medication and waited for the effects. None of the five Ear-Nose-Throat specialists in the area were available until Friday so we took the first appointment available....

Went to the specialist on Friday first thing in the AM and reworked his medication which now seems to be working well. His ear is cleared up (95%) but his muscle strength on his left side of face is nil....he can't control his movement....not yet. I'm thinking positive!!!

We have an appointment with the specialist tomorrow afternoon and I'm hoping for some kind of encouragement from him :0) Let's keep our fingers crossed!

Although he doesn't show it, I know he is devasted by this...who could blame him but I am keeping a positive attitude because I know it can only get BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!

So for those of you who are the "praying" type, please include my dear hubby on the list for a safe & good recovery - thank you!

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Out of Order & Catch Up Time...

On Saturday (March 24th), a friend of mine (Michelle) and I FINALLY met for brunch...we haven't seen each other since CKU-A in Oakbrook Terrace a year ago!!! Of course, there isn't much time to catch up so we'll have to do it again, Michelle!!! LOL!!

After seeing her, the next day I had caught a virual infection (caused by stress & fatigue). Woke up to a whole body of the shakes....even DH couldn't warm me up so I took a VERY hot bath and soaked for about 40 mins (finally got it to a regular chill). I believe my temp was about 105 but by the afternoon, I was able to break the temp (only temporary) to call the Dr. on call. Usually I don't call but the shakes were so bad that morning and my left leg broke out in a very bright red from ankle to mid-calf. The dr. told me to drink fluids, take fever reducer and put my leg up. Called my primary the next morning for appointment to check the leg. Good thing I did! The reddiness went up to the knee the next day and stiffness = UGH! My dr. gave me a nice shot on the backside (lovely!) and "cow" pill antibotics. If it didnt' clear up by the end of the week, she's sticking me in the hospital! DH stayed home most of the spring break and was doing stuff around the house (and cooking!). I married a nice guy....most Japanese men wouldn't know what to do esp. cook! We painted our MBR closet too! LOL!! I was on the floor painted the bottom part of the walls and he did the top parts (it was his first and probably his last time he'll paint! LOL!!!). The Closet Works installer came in on Thursday and no more clothes all over the bedrooms! YEAH! The only bright spot of my sick time.

Well, I'm still taking the cow pills until tomorrow! YEAH...I'm counting down!

So my catch up time is to clean up the mess made from last week & a half and looking forward to getting the builder back in here to do something! Since closing on the 1st of March, he has only shown up once.....on March 6th! Since then, he has been calling and calling telling me what day he'll be in to finish up what he started....only not to show up! OY! I called him almost everyday and it's hit or miss in getting him to answer his cell or return my phone calls. DH had to step in and threaten legal action! Well, that got the owner's attention....the guy is supposed to come today! Will believe it when he comes knocking on the door! LOL!! One of the causes of my stress.....

Wish me luck!

Oh! I want to congratulate three IL Scrappers that made it into the honorable mention for CK's Hall of Fame (HOF).....Connie T., Janet O. and Christine T.!!! VERY exciting!!!

OK...back to work!