Howdie Family and Friends - here are the going ons in the life of me. Stew shows up frequently. My family and friends visit a lot. My nieces and nephews are represented throughout. It's all about me and how I'm traveling along in this thing I call my life.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Journal: October 9, 2012

Well, getting to bed late and then napping during the day really not doing much to help my sleeping habits.  Today is nothing to write about.  Nothing much happened.  I did get notified that there may be a patient going on my one study in Georgia, so hopefully that will take up two of my weeks in November and I got word to move forward with a PSV in New York so I'll get that scheduled hopefully for sometime soon.  Otherwise, work is moving at a snail's pace.  I'm going to remember complaining about this when I'm so busy I can't see straight.

Stew started his first day with his new team today and from the sounds of it, it went well.  He has a week of meetings though - so that's pretty crazy, but otherwise, he's meeting with his team and learning the ins and outs of how this section operates.  He's still pretty excited about it.

He got home from work after dealing with some really horrendous traffic.  There was an accident on the Tydings Bridge and that backed up traffic all the way to Joppatowne - so he got off of 95 at White Marsh and took 40 home - just like everyone else.  So he missed therapy tonight because of traffic.  So now he has therapy the next three nights.

He got home and we had dinner - he had pulled pork and I had chili and we watched Castle while we ate.  Love that show.  Nathan Fillion is a lunatic.  Then there was nothing left on the DVR that I wanted to see so I went to the craft room and he watched some other things on tv before going upstairs to read.  I ended my night with a glass of wine and youtube videos - unfortunately, the wine isn't helping put me to sleep tonight.  I don't know what will - maybe a mallet.

I'm going to play in the scrap room now until I get tired, which will hopefully happen soon, so that I can get to sleep.

Tomorrow - definitely have to work out (missed two days already this week, don't want to fall off that wagon) and no naps during the day so hopefully I'll go to bed on time.  We'll see.

POTD: October 9, 2012

Stew sent me this picture of his lunch and then this conversation happened.  I seriously thought that the cheese on his chili looked like fries.  Oops.

Journal: October 8, 2012

Woke up around 5:30 this morning, even before the alarm went off and I caught up on all my web stuff.  I love that I can do that while still lying in bed.  I found a new app on my phone to keep track of a to do list.  I'm hoping to get all my tasks loaded into it and then be a little more on top of when things need to get done and prioritizing those things.  Laid in bed and debated working out - it was soo cold in the house and soo warm under my blankets. 

I went back to sleep.

Got up when Stew woke me up around 8.  Freezing in our house.  About 60 degrees.  Stew said that maybe we should turn on the heat - HUH?  Though he didn't go as far as turning it on himself, I actually pushed the button, but the heat is now on with his approval.

We took a drive to LBI today.  Matt and Stew were off work and Dad, the jet setting retiree that he is, never says no to fishing, so Stew and I headed up that way.  Fishing wasn't that great.  They only caught one fish, Stew said about a 1 to 1.5 pound Blue fish that they threw back.  But as they say, a bad day fishing is better than a good day working - I suppose.

WTK had fun building sandcastles and then knocking them down.

I had a good time.  I got to hang out with Laura and got to go to the Arcade with WTK.  He spent a lot of time playing The Wizard of Oz game - he likes to rapid fire shoot the coins down and sometimes, I must say, it works.  But, damn it.  I told Laura I wasn't playing that game this year and what happens - she drags me over there and handcuffs me to the damn thing - well, it didn't take much in the way of pursuading and I did win like 4 of the needed 7 cards - but still.  I said I wasn't wasting money on that cash suck thing and what did I end up spending the most money on - sigh!!!  I did play some skee ball and tried some games I'd never played before.  Other than skee ball, I'm not very good at any of them, but it's still fun.

(above photo stolen from Laura)

WTK has like a million points and he redeemed some of them - he got two angry birds, the little red girl bird and the big Yellow one, he also got a red motorcycle and then he still has a million points left.

After the arcade there was a lot of back and forth about going to lunch or to play mini golf or lunch or what.  It's always funny to me when we're in a big group trying to figure out what we're doing next.  There's a lot of back and forth going on.  Mini golf was postponed because the guys were finished fishing and we wanted to grab lunch with dad before he had to head back for his radio club meeting. 

(above photo stolen from Laura)

We went to this restaurant called The Chicken or the Egg - it's apparently a favorite, but I'd never been there before.  I got a salad which was good and a fruit place which was huge.  Laura got cinnamon roll french toast which looked delicious (but I'm trying to lose my fat ass, so none of that yummy stuff for me).  Stew got an egg sandwich I think, Matt got fried chicken, dad got a burger.  Stew said his food was okay, they didn't cook his potatoes enough.  Laura didn't like the seasoning they put on her home fries, but they fixed that.  I would go back again - I think Stew would, too; he'd just order something different.

WTK didn't do much in the way of eating, but he did build a pretty impressive skyscraper out of creamer containers.

(above photo stolen from Laura)

We then left and it was a good thing we didn't stay to play mini golf, as it started raining on our ride home.  The ride home was delayed by an unexpected rest stop.  We never need to stop when we're driving somewhere to use the rest room, I typically am a very good girl and go before I leave, but two of those Arnold Palmers (sugar free too!  sooo good) at lunch and we had to stop.  Stew found a Friendly's and because I always feel weird just using the bathroom and not buying anything, Stew got a milkshake which was horrible and I got a cone with Chocolate Chip cookie dough ice cream - never again.  I will never cheat on Brewster's again.

We got home around 6:30, I went in the scrap room to load pictures and do things in there.  Then we watched some TV.  NCIS, LA from last week.  How I Met Your Mother from tonight, Revenge from last week.  Revenge is starting to get on my nerves some, HIMYM is no longer funny, and NCIS,LA - I'm just not sure.  I guess we'll see as the season progresses.

Got to bed way too late.  Really need to work on getting enough sleep at night.

Kids stories of the day:

  1. CEH is suffering through an ear infection and is teething, so this doesn't make for a very happy little girl.
  2. GDH is free of ear infections, think all of the her not feeling well is due to the change in the weather.
  3. GDH was walking around the house this morning singing God Bless America - which no one knew she even knew the words to.
  4. WTK told me about going to see The Avengers with his dad.  He told me how when The Hulk got a hold of Loki and swung him side to side by his head that that was the funniest part.  I worry for this child.

Monday, October 8, 2012

POTD: October 8, 2012

The only fish caught today.  A small blue fish - who is now happily swimming back in the ocean - the guys let him go.

Journal: October 7, 2012

Got up this morning and redid day 2 of week 3 of the couch to 5K since I didn't feel like I completed it while I was in San Diego.  Did today.  The 1.5 minute runs are nothing now, but the 3 minute ones are still kicking my ass pretty good, so I'm going to redo week 3 this week so that I'm more comfortable with that.  Day 1 of week 4 makes you run 5 minutes and there's no way my fat ass is ready for that - so I'll redo week 3 and hopefully by the end of this week, I'll feel up to moving on to week 4.

While we were getting ready, I was telling Stew how Laura told me last night that I scared her friend last week at the pumpkin patch.  He said, "I'm not scared of you."  I said, "any more."  He said, "or any less."  Sigh....He makes me laugh no matter what - one of the reasons I love him.

We got ready and headed up to Matt's for the dreaded (at least for me) Steelers vs. Eagles game.  I'm happy to say that the Steelers won, but as dad said, I think they should really be sending Vick a thank you card.  He was horrible in this game.  We lost Troy again.  That's not going to be good in coming weeks, especially since we play on Thursday this week.  It was an ugly, ugly game.  Both teams deserved to lose, but I'm glad the Steelers won.

The food was delicious.  My chili was a hit, which was good cause I'm always unsure of things when I bring them to events like this, but everyone seemed to like it.  Matt made pulled pork which I didn't eat at all...YET.  We brought some home, so I will definitely be having some of that.

There was also so many desserts, brownies, apple crisp, apple tart, cupcakes

And the kids made pizzas.

I spent a lot of time with my little CEH.  She wasn't feeling so good since she has teeth cutting, but for the most part she was her happy go lucky self.  I'm going to turn her into a Steelers fan if it's the last thing I do.

This is funny, after Stew took the above picture of her, she turned around to look at him - she knows what the click of the camera means - I love this look she gave him.

We also celebrated mom's birthday today.  Stew and I already told her what we got her.  There's a rapture photo shoot going on during the Cape May birding festival that we're attending so we bought mom a ticket to that and to the bird watching by boat tour - we had to tell her so that she didn't buy her own tickets - so no surprise there, but it was good to spend time with her and celebrate her day with her.  Loved the kids helping her to blow out the candle on the cake.

We bought Mom a shirt when we went to the aquarium earlier this year.  It's otters dressed up like Star War characters and it says, "Otters Strike Back."  WTK told Mom that it was the cutest shirt ever.

At one point CEH was trying to figure out how the Jack in the Box worked - she was hitting it.  Someone said, "That's the family way - beat it until it works."

When WTK was leaving, he and GDH were so cute - WTK wanted her to walk him out to the car to say good bye.  Awwwww. 

GDH was hilarious today as always.  First she was going around saying how Will makes her so frustrated.  The word frustrated coming out of a four year old's mouth just cracks me up.  Unfortunately, I need all of the mothers in my life to write me lists of what they consider bad words are.  For GDH, "stupid" is a bad word.  GDH informed me that, "bad words are dangerous."  Then later she was playing on the iPad and she was drawing a picture.  I told her that it was a very pretty picture and she said, "I know, it's me." 

The two techno geeks:

Laura and CEH having a good time

WTK loves CEH

 Such a pretty girl

Looks like someone needs to have a little girl!

After we got home, we went down to watch some TV.  We watched the last episodes of Flipping Out.  This show makes me laugh like crazy.  On one of tonight's episodes, Jenny and Jeff find these ski masks while they're out looking for gag gifts for Zoila, they decide to wear these masks home and stop to ask people where the nearest 7-11 or bank is.  This one guy tells them, "I don't know where they are, but there's a liquor store right down the street that you can rob."  Are you for real?  Too funny.  I sometimes wish I had the chutzpah to pull off some of the things that they do.  Funny as hell.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

POTD: October 5, 2012

That's all that needs to be said today.  Bring on the Yankees!

Journal: October 5, 2012

Holy Cow!  The Orioles won a playoff series - don't ruin my thunder by reminding me that it was only one game - it's a series and they won it!

On to play the Yankees - yuck!

Today was actually pretty boring to be honest.  I wanted to get a lot of stuff done around the house, but I'm still fighting off the effects of the trip to California and am feeling pretty exhausted.  So besides my time at work, didn't really do much.

Stew got out of class early and headed home.  Brought me WaWa and they forgot the onions on my sub - jerks!  Then I had tastycakes and a snickers bar - that's really not doing much in the eating department, is it?  And I didn't work out.  Sigh!

We watched some tv while we had WaWa - NCIS, that new show about the submarine (loving that one) and then I came in the scrap room to play and Stewbert watched sports - what else?

I'm once again trying to update this journal with all the entries I've missed over the past couple of months.  If I would just keep them up to date.  Sigh.  Hopefully soon.

Realized today that I completely forgot about LOAD October 2012 - which is probably a good thing.  Really don't need the stress of that right now.

Figured out the light I bought for filming videos doesn't work - the glare is still really bad.  Back to the drawing board on that one.

I uploaded all of the photos that we took in September.   862 of them.  That's really not a lot compared to other months - but we didn't do that much in September.  It was the month of the bad back, so, hopefully October will be a better month and Stew will start to be able to do things again, though right now, he's fighting a cold.  Hope he's feeling better for this weekend's plans.

Figured out that the bad ass chick on Person of Interest isn't the chick from The L Word at all - it's the girl from Angel.  Like that was an epiphany moment.

Tony Stewart announced his new sponsor today - Bass Pro Shops - there's a match made in heaven.  The car looks awesome, but this means I need to once again buy a new shirt.  Come on Tony - keep a sponsor for goodness' sakes.  My budget can't handle all of this jumping around.

Qualifying tomorrow - come on 5 and 14.  Need to rebound this weekend.  I'm going to miss watching the race since the Eagles are playing the Steelers and I'll be watching that - but I'm sure that Matt will be switching back and forth and I'm certain that Stewbert will record it because this is his favorite track.  Dega next year!  Or maybe Martinsville - yeah, Martinsville.

This is completely a disjointed, stream of consciousness post.  I guess that's what happens when you post in real time when you're exhausted. 

And with that, I'm off to bed.  Sleeping in tomorrow.  No plans until the evening when Stew and I are supposed to go see the bull riders in Philly.

Night, ya'll.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Journal: October 4, 2012

On the plane home last night, I had high hopes of what I was going to accomplish today.  I should have known better.  After getting in this morning around 2:30, not being able to get to sleep until around 4 and Stew waking me up at 7, it was a recipe for disaster.  Add to that the fact that I forgot my pills when I left on Tuesday and it wasn't only a recipe it should have been a foregone conclusion - but you know me, I'm the eternal optimist.  I can hear you all laughing, shut it!

I got up when Stew left for work (training again today), did my expense report for the week and cleaned out the emails I missed while I was traveling, then it was time for the teleconference for a study to which I'm assigned that has a very hard time accruing patients.  After that, I wrote out most of my trip report for this week's visit and then couldn't keep my eyes open any longer.  Went and took a nap on the couch.  Woke up and sort walked around the house like a zombie until Stew got home.  He went off to therapy and I laid in our bed and took yet another nap.  I had already made the decision that we were doing something easy for dinner and having tv night - my brain just isn't functioning.  He called when he was on his way home but I missed talking to him, so I got up and took a shower, then went downstairs and settled in front of the big flat screened time suck that hangs on our wall.  Stew brought home La Tolteca for dinner and we watched the following shows:

Big Bang Theory, The Decoupling Fluctuation:  Remains the funniest show we watch.  I love Sheldon.  The whole scene with Penny about homeostasis - classic Big Bang Theory and apparently Chuck Lorre has put a book together of his vanity cards.  That guy is a serious trip!

Castle, Cloudy with a Chance of Murder: Glad the bromance brothers have made up.  Not sure I'm liking this whole thing with Castle and Beckett.  Want to seriously just go back to the murder, solve murder routine I love so much.  Though Castle playing with the green screen and pretending he was superman flying over the map - too funny.  I wonder if that was scripted or if that was just Fillion being him.

Person of Interest, Bad Code:  Tired of this drawn out story line.  You guys know how I am.  I like things wrapped up in a nice and pretty bow in an hour.  Come on, damn it.  If it takes you longer than that, my interest starts to wan.  Not big on the patience, remember.  The current story line seems to have hit a point of a natural break.  Oh, I'm sure we're going to see the psycho back again in a later episode, but hopefully, I'll have a reprieve for a time.  There's just not enough Mr. Reese asskicking going on, in my not so humble opinion.

Life after Top Chef, Cook Your Aspen Off:  Really not sure about this show.  Jen's a whiny baby, Spike's an ass, Richard is neurotic.  The only bright spot is Fabio - he's just nuts.  I really want to go to LA and take one of his classes.

Project Runway, In a Place Far, Far Away:  YAY!  My favorite designer is going to show at Fashion Week.  This is really surprising, because typically when I start rooting for someone on one of these types of shoes, I'm usually the kiss of death and they get voted off like the very next episode.  So YAY! 

Then Stew went to bed around 12:30 and I stayed up playing in the craft room because after all the napping today, I couldn't go to sleep.  I'm heading off to bed now.  I laid down the mattress that we got from Phill and Christina on the floor in the guest room and I'm sleeping on it.  It's much more comfortable than the couch and I won't disturb Stew with my crazy sleeping patterns.

I hope tomorrow is more productive - but it's going to take some time to get back on track.  Sigh!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

POTD: October 4, 2012

Stew's work wife, Toni, is evil.  Stew's in training all week and is missing baked potato bar day at work - she was nice enough to send him a picture.  LOL!

Journal: October 3, 2012

Wow, what a long day, though it really feels like it was much longer than it was.

Woke up this morning in San Diego at 5:30 San Diego time.  Had to be at my site at 11 - moved it from 10 since the investigator wouldn't be available until 12:45, spent some time looking over all the sites on the internet that I read and went back and forth about whether or not to run, then it was do I just go to the hotel gym or do I run along the gorgeous waterfront right outside of my hotel.  Well, the question of whether to run or not was answered and I laced up my shoes, then decided on the elevator that I would take advantage of the weather and the scenery and run outside. 

My body is so not ready to run outside.  I didn't finish day 2 of the couch to 5K training.  I ran both of the 1.5 minute runs and half of the first 3 minute run, but walked the rest of it.  I actually went further today than I have on the treadmill ever, but walked a lot of it.  I think the difference between running outside and on the treadmill is that there's no rate limit when I'm controlling my own speed.  Pacing isn't something I know how to do yet - so I run all out until I can't breathe any more.  Let me tell you it's not easy getting this 200+ pound body to run at all, so running at full speed (1 mile an hour?  HA) gets me out of breath easily.  On the treadmill, the machine limits how fast I run, so I'm able to finish all of my timed runs.  So, the bottom line is I went further than normal, but I'm not satisfied that I finished day 2 of week 3.  I'm going to have to do that one again tomorrow.  I'm feeling pretty discouraged about the whole thing.  I made commitments to "run" in these "events" and I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but, I'm at least still trying and I'm going to give myself a good pat on the back for actually going out and doing it while I've been on the road. 

Spent some time on the swings at the playground along the jogging route after my "run".  I love swings - I want one in my backyard.

Eating today was pretty good, too.  Had yogurt, a banana and half of a sort of fruit shake for breakfast - while enjoying the view off of my balcony.

 (didn't eat the trail mix)

Had a turkey sandwich for lunch and a salad topped with grilled chicken for dinner - actually on the plane.  I have to say, it wasn't half bad for airline food.

Had some jolly ranchers while I was on the plane - not the greatest thing but everything gets so dried out when I'm flying.  I'll have to plan on that next time and find something else to have while I'm in the plane.

The debates were tonight.  I'm not sad that I missed them.  I'll watch them later - by myself and without all the talking head commentary.  It feels like voting anymore is like voting for the lesser of the two evils.

After I got ready this morning, I called for a taxi.  How unreliable.  They showed up early, left before the time they were due to arrive and then never returned or if they did, I wasn't around to see them.  I got on my trusty little iphone and found a taxi company and called a different one.  Was late to my visit because of this.  Will never not rent a car again.

The taxi drive was this very sweet, older, Muslim man.  He was about one of the nicest men I've ever met.  He wants me to call him when Stew and I go out to San Diego for vacation - he said he'd show us all of the neat, non tourtisty, things.  I think I'm going to take him up on that.  He was just so awesome - it's not every day you meet people like that.  He didn't even turn the meter on for our trip back to the airport, but I insisted on paying him anyway.  It was a nice gesture and I'm sure from what he told me of his background he didn't really need the fare - I mean he sat and waited for me at my site while I did my visit because he didn't want to get another fare and not be back at the time he said he would be - but I insisted that he take the money anyway - with a really good tip for just being an awesome guy!

The site I visited today was great.  They knew their stuff.  I mean I understand the reasons why we do Pre-Study visits but at big research centers they're kind of more just checking off the boxes since you assume that the centers know what they're doing.  (We don't assume in clinical research which is precisely why we do the pre study visit.)  I thought the campus was great - they offer shuttle service to their patients in these little golf carts - this one is named Minnie.

And here's a fountain they had there - if I could have figured out a way to steal this and get it home, I would have taken it for mom.

All of the plane rides on this trip have had some heart in my throat moments.  I just love flying over the Rocky Mountains - not!  And tonight there were really severe thunderstorms going on.  I think it's kind of fascinating to watch the lightning flash below you - others find it frightening, not me.  Which brings a thought to mind of what my new Muslim friend told me about his beliefs.  Now, seriously, I'm an ignorant person when it comes to his faith.  I honestly know nothing about it.  I was going to take a class at the local community college but the timing didn't work with my schedule.  I find the Islamic faith interesting and I want to learn much more about it since I really don't understand it and don't want to listen to any of the hot air purveyors on the news tell me what it is, but he told me that he believes that when we're born the day we are going to die is already foretold.  So there's nothing we can do about it.  We just live the in between times the best that we can.  Sure as hell does away with the fear of death, really, if I can't do anything about it, which, in my ADD way brings me back to flying.  I can't control it, so I don't worry about it.

I watched Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp on my way from San Diego to Denver - strange movie, but, I mean, it's Tim Burton, what do you want?  Good message about family in it, I thought.  It was a good way to pass the time.

Tried to watch the movie they were playing on the trip from Denver to Baltimore (Moonrise Kingdom) but it was so weird I couldn't continue to watch it.  The cast was pretty promising, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray - but the weirdness factor just completely ruined it for me.  I couldn't get into it.  IDMB describes it as, "Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down -- which might not be such a bad thing."  Just not for me.

All the flights were booked solid this trip with the exception of the last one - Denver to Baltimore - had the whole row to myself.  Except for the fact that the guy in front of me had his seat reclined and basically his head in my lap, it was pretty cool. 

Baggage unloaded quickly and I made my way home where I found Stitch waiting for me.  I couldn't sleep, so I started a scrapbook page and then gave up with that because my brain is tired - so now I'm going to try to go to sleep.  Here's hoping I can fall asleep.  I have a lot I want to get done tomorrow, or I guess, later today.

POTD: October 3, 2012

Got home tonight, and my little buddy was waiting for me with a treat!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

POTD: October 2, 2012

Text messages between Stew and me.  No TSA people in site - but I bet I'm on the watch list now.