Friday, August 29, 2008
Your prayers are coveted.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
What Deborah Means
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I took the above photos with my camera phone after my camera died. I went in search of somewhere to buy batteries and ended up paying $15 for two batteries! Well worth it thought since the view was incredible.
My brother and his girlfriend, Stephanie, went with us and of course, I took a ton of pictures of them as he protested. The thing about my brother is that he protest but really loves it when people take pictures of him, if you were to look at his camera you would find a ton of photos that HE took of himself.
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We were coming around a corner, looking at the water and watching the sunset when I heard screaming. After looking around for some crazy person running through the crowd with flailing arms, I spotted parrots. Who knew they could make such a ruckus.
We ate this incredible pizza, mouth watering. If you haven't already notices, I love taking pictures of food. To me it's beautiful, most food, not all. I had people asking me at the wedding, "Did you really just take a picture of that salad?". It was a pretty salad.
On Sunday we went to Coronado Island. I love love love Coronado, the smells and colors, It's breathtaking.
Views from the bridge...
I've mentioned the Hotel Del Coronado before, we always make a point to stop here if we have some time. Stephanie is a big Marilyn Monroe fan, I recently showed her Some Like It Hot which was filmed at the Hotel Del Coronado in 1959.
The weather was perfect, ocean breeze with the sun's heat. We sat at the Hotel beach for a while before heading to Moo's Creamery for some ice cream to cool off.
We had so much fun, I'm now trying to recuperate and keep my lids open for another day of work. lol. I have a WW meeting tonight and from the looks of the pizza above you can tell that it won't be thrilling.
Hope you enjoyed this long, picture filled post. =)
BTW - I'm in the middle of A Passion Redeemed, excellent! You must order it!
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Cake and Seating Sail Boats
Candy Bar & Centerpiece
I ended up wearing flip flops, ugh; so much for stopping for shoes!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My 2 year old nephew is the absolute cutest kid. He loves his auntie who he calls, Beba. I think this love stemmed from me sneaking him Diet Coke as a baby. Yes, I am the culprit, but if this won his heart, I have no regrets.
Last night at dinner, he entertained us with his exuberant guitar playing, singing, Diet Coke drinking and silly languages.
CRAZY FOR DIET COKE
Monday, August 18, 2008
On July 4th I helped my cousin clean raw shrimp and squeeze about 20 limes. I developed some sort of burn like formation on my right hand a few days later, known here on out as the "thing". I went to see my doctor the week after and was told that "it didn't look scary", no need to worry... My cousin developed the same sort of burn like formation and went to her doc. She was told that she had a disease that came from shellfish, a disease that is fatal to some people that are infected! Of course being the hypochondriac that I am, I called my doctor and
The "thing" burned and itched like crazy causing me to put gallons of lotion, itch cream, Vaseline, and anything else that would help. A few weeks later things still weren't looking good. Sometimes the pigment would change to a purplish color and then back to a light brown. It wasn't long before the "thing" began to peel and turn bright pink, as if it was scarring. Then to add to the "thing", my fingers begin to crack and bleed and hurt like crazy!
Last week I had had enough, I called a Dermatology Clinic that was connected to a very good hospital and made an appointment.
I saw this doctor that asked me if I liked Coronas, "say again..." I said, confused. "Do you like Coronas, the drink?", "no". He looked confused, he then asked me if I ate celery, "nope". He looked confused, again. The he asked me if I had lime? "YES!" I told him about the shrimp and lime, he was surprised and said, "wow" or something like that.
He then told me that they saw this lady come in with something similar to my "thing", she had passed out with a Corona in her hand, it spilled all over her arm and she woke up with a burn like formation on her arm.
The doctor called in the senior physician and they both looked, squeezed, rotated, and pulled. They told me that this comes from the skin of Brazilian limes. I apparently got a burn because there was some left on my hand when I went into the sun. BIZARRE! Medical term - phytophotodermatitis, which sounds fancy... but it actually means some sort of burn.
The doctors then asked me if I would mind if some other doctors came in to take a look... "sure, why not..." My room turned into a lecture room with the intern doctors trying to diagnose my "thing" and pull and pick at my arm and answer their teachers questions... that was not the end.
As I was leaving the senior doctor pulled me over to the front administration office, gathered his employees and gave them a look at the "thing" lol.
I laughed all the way to the car... Who would have thought it!
So let me just warn you... BEWARE OF LIME! Specifically the skin of Brazilian limes!
Below is a picture of my "thing", it actually looks really good here and not so ugly, this was before it was beginning to peel and scar.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
For some reason, I can't seem to catch up on sleep, maybe it's due to watching the Olympics and not being able to pull myself away when the swimming is on late at night. Or it could be that I am just exhausted from life. eh, either or.
My mom started back on her shots for her tumor this morning and it just unnerves me. She is getting ready to make a decision since the shots have pretty much done all they can do which was not very much. She is supposed to see a specialist at Cedar Sinai, one of the top hospitals in the nation and home to all the overindulged celebrities. My conscious just told me to be nice. lol.
This specialist is the head of Neurosurgery and supposed to world renown. I told my sister-in-law that maybe, just maybe God was conditioning the surgeon for such a time as this. My mom is pretty special to me and that much more to God, so I can see Him doing something like this.
I will be glad when this hurdle is behind us and we can look back and say, "Mom remember when you had a tumor the size of a golf ball and God took care of everything...". Now to just tackle this little fear whispering in my ear...
We started Community Groups at our church and our area comes to our home. Very cool way to meet the community and to invite others that are a little hesitant about stepping into a church building. We are holding off on buying another building at this time, God's taking us into another place and of course, we follow. We are going to reach the OC one way or another, this is the right place to start, getting to know the people and showing them a side of God that maybe they never knew existed.
My sister did her screen test on Saturday, those of you that follow her blog will know what I'm referring to. I was asked to come along to do her makeup and hair... lol. Funny thing is I don't know anything about makeup and neither does she. So there we were in the makeup aisle at Walgreen's, looking for things that we'd seen on What Not To Wear. I told her to keep her voice down after she said, "NO! That's eyeliner!". We looked like makeup idiots. I think I did a pretty good job of giving her a camera face.
This weekend/week has been long so far, I'm looking forward to the weekend...
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Friday, August 08, 2008
Her gray chin gives away the fact that she's old. Very, very old. In human years, seventeen years and six months old. We picked her up at out local pet store when she was 3 months old for my brother Peter. He had a crush on a girl at the time, Tiffany. So, there wasn't much of an issue in choosing a name for his dog. He "loved" his crush and he loved his new puppy, easy choosing. She was such a sweet girl, we're onto the dog now, with these big brown soulful eyes; we fell in love with her and claimed her as ours. Except for when she
We got another dog years later for my younger brother David, Misty. This dog HAD to be from
Today Tiffany is very old, she could use a walker and maybe a few depends. That just sparked another thought, when she was in her baby bearing age she was not allowed to come in the house without something to cover her up... this may be TMI for some. I warned you. This covering up required an old pair of her owners underwear wrapped around so that she kept our carpets clean. TMI? okay then. She was just like a human... sort of.
The past few weeks have been really tough on her. She is like a stubborn old lady that refuses to listen to direction. She pushes, literally, until she gets her way and relieves herself wherever and whenever. This is from a dog who would get embarrassed if you saw her doing her thing on the grass. Now she can't help it. Soon she will be gone and that may be one the hardest things, she's been our family for more than half my life.
She still is the greatest dog alive.
Tuesday, August 05, 2008
I have to give her credit though, she's been cooperating with doctors orders. I wasn't sure how difficult it would be to keep her from trying to do what she normally does and keep her away from household chores and life in general. She showed us that she is able to slow down and take care of herself. Thank God!
The surgeon gave her the okay today to go to Vegas for the weekend for my cousin's wedding. She is very happy and looking forward to getting out of the house.
As for me, I feel so much better this week than I did last week. I had moments where I didn't think I could make it, dramatic, yes. I fretted and worried and just wore myself out. So much so that I lost 4.5 pounds! Maybe I should worry more. Hmm.
I put together a little slide show of things that were interesting in the hospital... Okay, so it's not too thrilling to watch but I wanted to document it for years to come. Kinda like an electronic scrapbook going on here.