Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I'm Alive...

I'm alive....just super tired from my very stressful and super looooooong day trying to get home yesterday.

I am saving my trip post for Wordful Wednesday. I had the best time ever on my trip home. Great memories made. I miss my family so much.

More to come... :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mama Kat's Thursday Writing Assignment!



It's that time again for Mama Kat's weekly writing assignment and this week I am choosing to participate! I am going to write about two things. #2 Memorial Weekend Plans and #3 10 things that I am currently sick of.


#2: Memorial Weekend Plans

I have a very fun and exciting weekend coming up...starting tomorrow! At 12pm I fly out of Tampa and head to Charleston! My dad is picking me up at the airport and shortly after that I am going to my best friend's final wedding dress fitting. Friday I will probably spend the day sailing with my dad and hanging out with the family at the Charleston Marina. My dad is keeping his sailboat there for the summer and it's super nice. I can't wait to go!

Saturday morning I am meeting up with C to get a pedicure and that evening is her bachelorette party. Sunday morning I am getting up super early and driving to Myrtle Beach to meet up with my family to go camping! They are leaving Saturday morning and I can't leave then so I'm going to meet them up there. I am so excited! The campground that we are staying at is right on the beach! Monday afternoon I fly out of Myrtle Beach back to Tampa. I'm excited about that already because my super sweet David is actually picking me up! Then the two of us are going to go pick up Miss Latte from Alicia and Michaels house! I sure am going to miss her while I am gone. Too bad it costs way too much to have her fly with me. Monday is also David's Dad's Birthday! I'm not sure if we are doing anything that evening or not. I really hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! I am sure that I will. I can't wait to see my family.


#3: Ten Things That I Am Sick Of

1- The rain...day 3 is enough.

2- All the health problems I've been having lately.

3- Lizards, snakes and roaches.

4- People who just don't give a shit.

5- My boss who doesn't know how to be a boss.

6- Sad stories on the news.

7- Never having any money and barely making it paycheck to paycheck. BUT I love my job and I love living here. I am so glad I got the chance to have my own place and do things my way.

8- David....just kidding :) (He made me write that!)

9- Laundry
10- Trying harder at things than I should or have to.


Well there you go. This is my Thursday writing assignment! I don't think I'll be posting very much on my trip this weekend so you all have a great rest of the week and weekend. Have a great and Happy Memorial Day! God Bless Our Troops.



Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Terriffic Tuesday!

I am feeling pretty good today considering the terrible weather we've been having. It's been raining non-stop for two days now. 35 mph winds and about 68 degrees out. Most definetely NOT Florida weather! I am so excited about my trip home this weekend! I hope the weather holds out in Charleston too so our camping trip doesn't get spoiled or my bestie's bachelorette party! I really hope the weather clears up here on Thursday so that I don't end up getting a delayed plane at the airport. That would not be fun!

So because I am leaving in a few days I decided to clean my apartment, top to bottom. It's lookin' pretty good now and I got side tracked while cleaning as you can see below....hehe



I decided to finally wash clothes. I think I did 3 or 4 loads...



I did the dishes...


Ate some Swedish Fish...yum...
Decided what toys Latte could bring to Alicia's house while I'm gone...this is half


AND tuned in to catch the second to the last episode of American Idol! I am torn between the San Fran and Louisiana. I think they both have amazing talent and to be honest I have no idea who is going to win. I originally thought Adam but Chris has def. proven himself the past few weeks so I really don't know who American will choose. I am rooting for Adam personally. So is my mom. And sister.

Well I better get going. Dryer buzzer went off. Latte has to potty. I got to pack and call my cousin! Haven't talked to her in a week and I've having withdrawals! :) Good night everyone.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Not Me Monday



It's that time again for Not Me Monday!!! Hosted by the one and only MckMama! :)

I did not look up to see yet ANOTHER lizard on my crown molding this past weekend.

I did not attempt to remove that image from my brain and continue on with my evening activities.

I did not just let him go and still do this day not know where he is.

I did not eat a whole bag of Swedish Fish on my drive home from David’s house yesterday. Nor did I have a huge double bacon cheeseburger and Cajun fries from 5 Guys before leaving David’s house. Yum.

I did not wake up and actually get excited this morning when it was raining and thunder storming. We do not need rain very badly down here.

I did not go out with some girl friends this past weekend and have a blast! I was not the D.D. for the night and I did not enjoy being the D.D. (in case you are reading this wrong, I was the D.D. and I did enjoy being the D.D. that night…just to clarify…hehe)

I did not FINALLY do some laundry yesterday because everyone knows that I love to do that.

I did not get excited about my trip home this coming weekend! I am not leaving on Thursday at 12 noon! YAY! :)

I did not make the best hot sausage dirty rice for dinner tonight! And it is not my honey's FAVORITE meal :)

I did not say that it was cold outside when it rained all day, had 30pmh winds and was 68 degress today! haha

I do not absolutely love my dog, David and living in FL. Best decision I ever made. I said it once and I'll say it again! :)

I am not done trying to make other people happy. I am also not done with trying harder than I should to make someone else happy. I do not think that I've done what I can and tried to make the best of the situation only to not still look like a bad person.

ANYWAY...I am not going to be done with this post.

I am not going to now go and hang out with the greatest man on the planet and the cutest dog to ever exist. I love them so much :) No idea what I would do without them! Happy Monday!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

God Remains

Ever tried so hard to do the right thing and make something really special to have it beaten down and looked at as less important? It's not fair. Especially when it doesn't matter what you say or do. My mom says that this is part of life and things change over time. I guess she's right, but I don't want to believe it. One person can only try so hard and a girl does what she can. Whether or not people respect you for doing that is something that isn't really in your hands. But I will be strong. I know who I am and what I have done. I have done the best that I can. And sometimes that's not enough and it's not always easy for someone to see that. There are usually two sides to every story. One not being more important than the other but both matter in trying to analyze a situation. I am rambling. I guess my mom is right. I don't understand eveything in life and wish that I could. I wish that I could make things better when they've gone awry. Make things calmer when they've gone out of control. Make things brighter when there are too many clouds. And pick up the pieces of a broken puzzle. But I can't. I guess that's why there is God. He can. No doubt about it. God understands. He doesn't judge or make assumptions. God sees both sides of the story and knows what goes on anywhere and everywhere. He understands. So I pray for him to help me understand. To help me be stronger. To help me pick up the pieces of the shattered puzzle and put them together again. Time and life goes on. God remains. He will always be there.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Funny Video and Crohns Update

Hey everyone! I haven't posted in a few days because I've been real busy. I had my appointment yesterday for my Crohns and I am now on medication and apparently will have to take it for the rest of my life! It seems like my last GI doctor wasn't as informative about Crohns as he should have been and left out the fact that it's a chronic disease and has to be medicated to be kept in remission and to prevent the increased risk of colon cancer. So now that I know that, I plan on taking the medication basically until the day I die. I was super excited to hear that the doctor did not want to a colonoscopy right away. He wants to wait and see how the medicine works and if things get bad again we'll do one. So I basically got pretty good news at my appointment which is what I hoped for and for what you all prayed for! :) I have a few other less important issues that we are going to be doing some tests on. I also have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome...who knew??) that has been causing some other issues in my digestive area. My doctor thinks that I might have a gluten/wheat allergy that is causing those issues. So if the tests come back to show that that is the case, I may be on a new diet soon. I know some of you out there have children with that allergy so any advice would be great! I appreciate everyones concern and prayers. It's so nice to have all of you.
In other news...I am flying out next Thursday to visit home! I am super excited and have a weekend jam packed with fun things to do AND I got a huge surprise for my bride to be best friend and I can't wait! Her bachelorette party is Saturday and that morning we are getting pedicures and spending some much needed time together. Being so far away is hard on a relationship. I haven't been able to do as much as I would have liked to do as her MOH being 500 miles away from home so I am looking forward to next weekend! :) And I'm sure she is too! But no more about that because she does read this blog and I'm sure she's waiting for me to slip about the surprise! LOL!
Last night I went to a cocktail party that was being hosted at the Hilton St. Petersburg. It was basically a network gathering where you go to meet other business professionals in the area. I went with a group of people from work and we had a blast. Everything was entirely free even the open bars, the never-ending supply of fried lobster, tequila sauteed shrimp, fruit, desserts, HUMMUS, oysters, etc., etc. and live music and even some limbo!!! When you first walk into the hotel lobby there were a few different booths set up and the video below is something that me and 4 of the other girls made. I think you all will get a HUGE kick out of it! :) For some reason the song is not edited so I apologize for the few "bad words" that you may here. The song is "My Humps" by the Black Eyed Peas...

Well I'm not sure what my plans are for the weekend. I do know that I will be super busy tomorrow cleaning my apartment. I may go to the beach again (I know I go all the time...but how can I not when it's so beautiful and FREE?? I love spending one on one time with Latte because I don't get that much time with her during the weekdays) with some friends but I may not because we are suppose to have bad weather this weekend. The rain is much needed down here though. I do have alot of studying to do. I am about 15% of the way through with my Green Belt Training for work. That takes up alot of my time during the week nights, so I may take a break and not work on it this weekend. I haven't played much Sudoku since I was in the hospital one Monday night soooo there may be a little of that going on!

Have a great weekend everybody!!! :) Who doesn't love Friday?!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

What a Day/Two for Tuesday

Happy 7 Month Birthday Miss Latte!

Mommy and Daddy Love You so Much! :)
Geez what a day...

I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease about 3 years ago when I was 19. It can only be diagnosed through a colonoscopy or endoscopy (depending on what part of the digestive tract the disease is located). It is a chronic disease which means that it does not go away. It kind of goes into remission and then flares up after time. I started taking medicine for it and took it for about a year. Then I went off the medication because it was expensive and I thought that I was ok. Well apparently not. That was two years ago and I have been ok until the past few days.

I won't go into details but if you are familiar with Crohn's then you know what I've been going through. If not, click
HERE. Last night was so bad it ended up causing me to go to the emergency room where I spent 6 hours getting fluids, having a CT scan and having bloodwork done. Thank GOD David was with me. I don't know what I would do without him.

CT scan didn't show any inflammation but usually it doesn't with Crohn's. Like I said it's only something that can be diagnosed through a colonoscopy. My previous diagnosis was only a mild one but now I think it's gotten worse (based on what I've been through the past few days). It's difficult for me to even eat without it coming straight through me immediately after I eat it.

Fortunately my ER doctor's husband is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease specialist! She said he is really popular and it takes weeks to get in to see him. So she called him, told him my name and he made sure it was on the list when I called this morning. Now I have an appointment with him on Thursday morning at 730am. Pretty awesome how it all worked out. I did not have a gastroenterologist here because I haven't lived here very long and hadn't had any problems. So I am very blessed to have found such a great doctor that I can see right away. My ER doctor put me on two medications to help so I really hope they kick in soon so that I can eat something.

Anyway, there is always something wrong with my body. I have too many issues to be so young. I was such a healthy kiddo. I do thank God that there are options to get the help that I need and also thankful that my cancer has not came back.

I am not sure what the doctor will have to say on Thursday. I am really nervous to go and find out. Please say lots of prayers. I really miss my mom and dad :( They have always been there when I'm sick and now not to have them here is so hard. They are so worried about me....BUT I will be fine. God will make sure of that! :)

Monday, May 11, 2009

Not Me Monday!



Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

I haven't done this in a while sooooo I thought that this week I would participate. Head on over to MckMama's blog and check out all of the other fabulous Not Me posts this week! :) Happy Monday everyone!

I did not pay $15 to have my Mother's Day card overnighted to my mom on Friday afternoon so that she would get to SC in time because I totally did not forget to mail it sooner.
I did not give a homeless guy $3 and a bottle of water Saturday at the red light while David and I were on the way to rent some movies. Poor guy...it was 92 degrees outside regardless of why he was standing there...and I did not give the same homeless guy a bottle of water and a bag of blueberry muffins that I made the next day!
I did not leave the taco meet sitting on the stove all night one night because I did not feel like cleaning it up....sick....

I did not reuse the same towels for a week because I did not feel like doing laundry...I know..sick....oh wait...I did not do this...

I did not have my house sprayed last Thursday only to have 2 roaches in my bedroom this past weekend...{{gross!}}

I did not go to take a dead flower off my orchid plant only to crack the entire plant in 1/2....killing it...*sigh*

I did not make blue berry muffins this morning and have Coldstone Vanilla ice cream with sprinkles and oreos Saturday after the beach trip only to sabatoge Operation Big Fat Fatty...nope NOT ME!

I did not put sunblock on 5 times at the beach on Saturday only to still get sun!!!

I did not cry my eyes out watching th 100th episode of Grey's Anatomy last Thursday!

I did not totally take a break from exercising this weekend because David is around! hehe

I did not just decide that maybe it's time to shave my legs....nope not me...

I did not just realize that I do, in fact, have an obsession with Sudoku.
And finally. I did not just realize that I LOVE hummus. :)
Happy Monday!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Mom you are so beautiful,
And so special to me...
I miss you dearly,
And wish I could be home with you...
Have a Happy Mother's Day,
because you most definetely deserve...
Wish I could give you a hug and kiss,
and let you know how much you're loved.





Saturday, May 9, 2009

Please pray for Bekah!


My family needs prayer warriors and I know the blogging world is full of them. Please visit this blog and pray for dear Rebekah. She is the sister in law of my cousin, April. She was in a very bad car accident last night and is not doing well at all. Please say some prayers and keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Thanks everyone.



"He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Thursday Writing Assignment: Summer Plans!



Mama Kat is hosting Thursday's Writing Assignment again and I think that this week I will participate. I usually don't but I am feeling creative today :)

I am choosing her #5...My Plans for Summer Travel

I actually have quite a busy summer planned so far. For Memorial Weekend I will be flying to Charleston, SC to visit friends and family. Plans while I am home include shopping with my mom, going to the barn with my sister, hanging out with my friends, possibly going sailing with my daddy and me and my family are going camping in Myrtle Beach, SC which is about 1.5 hours away. The place we go to, OceanLakes, is this huge family campground right on the beach and it has a restaurant, grocery store, church, two pools and put put, playgrounds and a bunch of other really neat stuff. It's like the ultimate vacation spot if you love to go camping!

In June I am going home again for my best friend's, June 13th Wedding! :) I am super excited about it and David is coming with me. We will be driving and it will be super nice to have someone with me this time around. Driving that far alone is rough. We will be there for 4 days! YAY! :) The plan is for my little sister to come back to St. Pete with David and I and spend about 2 weeks until my parents take a trip down to pick her up. While she is here I would like to take her to Busch Gardens, Sea World and definetely the beach! I love the beaches here! :) I am hoping my parents will come down to get her so that they can see what I've done with my place since January! It's totally different since they've been here. There are a ton of things that I would LOVE to do with them while they are here.

In July David and I will be celebrating our 4 year anniversary! Can you believe it?? 4 years is such a long time. We will probably have something special planned for that weekend since our anniversary just so happens to be on the 4th of July! :) I'm thinking a really nice dinner, fireworks and maybe a trip to Sanibel Island? It's near Naples, FL and it's about a 2.5 hour drive from here and they have the most amazing beach and seashells ever.

The very end of July I am taking a trip to Minneapolis, MN for a work seminar! I am super excited because I have NEVER been to the midwest before! I'm sure I will stick out like a sore thumb because of my "southern accent"! HAH! I am hoping I get to see some of the sites and check out this really huge mall that everyone is talking about :)

After my stop there I am flying home to spend the weekend with my family. It will be my parent's 26th wedding anniversary so I would like to take them to dinner or something :) That is such a long time and I admire them for the love that they have for each other. They set such a great example and they are so happy and still in love like the day they were married.

I am hoping that my little sister will get to fly back home with me since she will only need a one way ticket, and she can spend a couple more weeks here with me! What a lucky girl huh? Four trips to FL in 7 months?? hehe...While she is here maybe we will check out Sea World if we don't get to in June or check out the Busch Gardens waterpark or Universal Studios or even Disney World! She would love that!

In August I am hoping my parents will again come down to visit. I'm sure there will be plenty of things for us to do while they are here. So much goes on in this area there is always something to do. For my birthday (August 19th) I am hoping to head to Charleston for the weekend, probably the weekend before to celebrate with my family. We will see....I would like to take a trip down to Miami so we'll see :)
Woooo sounds like I got a busy few months coming up! I am super excited about every bit of it. Thanks for listening and Happy Thursday!!! If you posted a writing assignment, tell me so in a comment and I will check it out! :)

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Super Sweet Sunday!

I've had such a productive/relaxing weekend. It's actually felt like a long weekend but it was just the regular two day weekend I get every week. Friday I was pretty sick, but the past two days I've felt a little better. Better enough to be productive that is! :)

Saturday morning I got up bright and early and cleaned my apartment from top to bottom! I mopped, dusted, vaccumed, dishes, washed clothes and picked up Little Miss Latte's messes! After David left for work, I went to the gym and did my work out, then Latte and I went to the dog beach again. It was such a beautiful day! Afterwards we came home and I took a little nap (the beach always make me sleepy) then went over to my friend Alicia's house for a BBQ! We had alot of fun and the girls ended up watching a movie while the men went to see a fight up at Winghouse. We watched a movie called Grey Gardens staring Drew Barrymore. It was an interesting movie, one that I understood better after seeing the behind the scenes reel. After watching that I had a better appreciation for the movie. I'm not sure I would watch it again but it's def. worth seeing if you never have.

Today I woke up early again, put on a pot roast, bought my plane tickets for my Memorial Weekend trip to Charleston (YAY!!!!), did my work out, cleaned up a little more, took Latte to the dog park and walked around by the water with her in downtown St. Pete. I really love this place....it is so beautiful. I can't wait until my parents visit because there are a ton of places that I want to take them to. I would love to take them to a Tampa Bay Rays game! Me and David are going to one of those soon! I am really excited. I've never been to a professional game before...so it should be alot of fun.

Now I am home, relaxing...probably going to take a nap as soon as I'm done with this post OR continue be feed my addicition to Sudoku....haha

Later tonight, my honey is coming over and we're having pot roast! Yum! :) I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! Unfortunately we must go back to work tomorrow...blah! hehe

Friday, May 1, 2009

What's wrong?


So for the past few weeks, maybe even couple months, I have felt like crap every single day. I wake up with completely no energy, no desire to do anything and I struggle through the day trying to feel better. Usually by the end of the day I end up with a headache and I'm so tired that I go home and lay down. I walk around at work with a droopy face and even my eyes sag because I feel so drained. I am not sleeping well and my appettite is all over the place.

Yesterday I had an allergic reaction from an acne medication my dermatologist put me on. It contains Sulfa, which apparently I'm highly allergic too now. Didn't know before hand or I wouldn't have taken it. Anyway, while I was the doctor getting examined for that, he felt my lymph nodes in my neck and the one on the left was really swollen and it felt like it had a lump on it. I noticed the lump about a week and a half ago but didn't think anything of it. The fact that it's still there scares me because I'm not sick. I don't have any infections that I know of and other time I've had swollen lymph nodes both were sore/swollen and not just the one. It's sensitive to the touch and feels like a hard lump. I'm scared of what it might be...I've had cancer before in a different place and the thought of it being that really scares me. I know I shouldn't jump to conclusiong but I can't help to think that right off the bat because of the way I've been feeling lately....

I really don't know what is going on with me. Have any of you felt like this before and had an underlying problem you didn't know about? I am sick and tired of feeling like this every single day of my life. It's to the point now that I cry because I'm so sick of it...


I have way too many health issues at this point in my life. I am 22 and already have a huge list of problems I've had/still have. I don't get it...I was such a healthy kid growing up and now I feel like I'm falling apart. Lord help me.