I haven’t posted in a while (I have a great talent for stating the obvious don’t I?)  In short I have been really ill for the last few months and have been subjected to many rounds of tests and a hospital stay.  They have figured part of it out but I am scheduled for more tests toward the end of May.  So the doctor has been trying to find medications that don’t make me sicker and all the while I have been going to work and just trying to hang in there.  I haven’t done much writing and only slightly more reading.  Haven’t seen very many people or talked to anyone.  Kinda hard to follow a conversation when you feel like you are going to vomit at any moment.  Hopefully things are looking up a bit.  I’ve went a week without getting sick so I am thrilled.

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Well I have spent the last week being poked and prodded and tested (thank goodness there is insurance).  Have a maybe diagnosis but there is some other stuff going on that the doctors haven’t figured out so tomorrow I go in for an MRI on my brain.  Hope they find one, a brain that is.  hee hee!  It is such a relief to finally find a doctor who believes me or anyone that believes me. 

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att00026.jpg  A friend of mine sent me this picture and couldn’t resist putting it on my blog.  OMG and I thought my kitty was fat.  Sorry Zippy you can have your canned food back.  You’re not fat you’re just well insulated.  This kitty is the size of a dog.  How in the heck does a cat get that big?  Is it some giant, hybrid, new cat breed?  It makes me shiver to think about it.    My kitty likes to jump on my tummy to wake me up.  This one would knock the breath right out of you.

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How about that weather?  I had my days off this month on Friday and Saturday so I was home when it hit but had to return to work Sunday night.  Now that was fun.  It took me an hour and 15 minutes to drive 18 miles.  I was exhausted from the stress when I got there.  Last night wasn’t too bad, the roads were pretty clear but I was still cautious. 

I started graveyard shift last night.  It is really dead but I can take my laptop with me and work on my writing.  Thank goodness, I have been having health problems again and haven’t done much more than sleep on my hours off.  I went to the eye doctor last week and he thinks I have nerve damage in my left eye.  I have hardly any peripheral left in that eye and I have been, well seeing things that aren’t there.  Everyone that knows me knows I’m a nut but I was really starting to think I was loosing it.  Apparently with optic nerve damage your nerves tell your eye or brain (I’m not sure which) that something is moving when it isn’t or that something is there that isn’t.

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I’ve been MIA for awhile, just trying to get through the holidays and get over a cold that seemed to linger most of December. 

I managed to get my STBP entry turned in at the OKRWA Christmas party.  Not that it was an easy feat.  My new printer cartridge printed a few pages then quit.  I went to Kinkos and put the disk in the computer and printed off my 10 pages then went to print off the cover page and it was corrupted or something anyway it locked up the computer all the while my money is ticking off the card.  The girl tells me to reboot the computer which takes forever and is still taking my money.  I finally get it going and recreate the cover page to the best of my memory.  I go to make my 4 copies and they come out blue.  So I have to go stand in line so they can credit my card and I ask the lady if I have enough to make 4 copies and she says yes.  I get through 2 and the card runs out.  So I am back in line waiting to put more money on it because of course all I have is a $20 and I don’t want to put $20 more dollars on that stinking card.  I get that done and have all my copies and decide to go to the restroom before I leave.  I sit the copies on the back of the toliet.  After I wash my hands I turn to pick them up and the lights go out.  Apparently they are on a timer.  Well, I think you can guess what happened.  It startled me and I knocked my 4 copies into the toliet.  By this time I am sniffling.  Did I mention I was on my way to work and only had a shot amount of time to do all this?  I actually did start crying a little and the girls felt sorry for me and reprinted it for me. Which was nice.  I am leaving and run right into the glass door.  Why in the heck do they only unlock one of them? ugh!  I said that “F” word that I am trying to quit saying when I am frusterated so that my 2 year old nephew won’t repeat it.  A woman who was coming in the other door gave me a dirty look and I didn’t even care at this point.  I was just wondering how fast I was going to have to drive to get to work on time.  I get out to the truck and no keys.  I looked all over it and my person then back into the store.  I am sure that it took only a few minutes to locate them but it felt like ages.  But despite my experience and my wondering if it was all a sign that I should forget it, I got it turned in.  My first contest.  Actually my first submission of any kind.  I just never think my work is good enough to submit.  Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. 

I usually never make resolutions for the new year but I am going to for my writing.

1. Enter some contests

2. Submit to some agents

Doesn’t sound like that big of a deal, I know, but for miss scardy cat it is.

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Today is my day off.   I worked a 12 hour shift yesterday and it was brutal.  I am trying to work it around so that I can come to the OKRWA Christmas party in a few weeks.  I have to get it figured out quick or get my submission done to send to the STBP coordinator before the deadline.  I thought it was done then decided to read it out loud.  Yes, my dears, that changes everything.  So it is still a work in progress. 

How does everyone feel about that large amount of snow we got dumped on us here in OK?  I had over 15 inches in my town and loved it.  Still had to go to work and listen to everyone else bitch and moan about it but I still enjoyed it.

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Well, I survived my first seven days of work and am glad to have yesterday and today off and thankfully  I didn’t have to get out in the nasty weather, except to go to the grocery store.  What is it about bad weather that people think that they have to go buy tons of food in case they are snowed in for days and can’t get out?  As if that is likely in Oklahoma.  But I was right there along with them buying stuff like milk and sugar and eggs.  Of course I was more motivated by the thought of oatmeal cookies than anything else.  They were good too.

I haven’t gotten my Christmas decorations out yet.  Last year I didn’t decorate.  No tree, no nativity scene, no decorative table cloth.  I just wasn’t in the holiday spirit.  With all the difficulties in my life this past year I think I will make a special effort to celebrate the holiday.  To celebrate what the holiday is meant to be.  A celebration of the birth of Christ, thanksgiving for the obvious things in my life like family, friends, my home, my new job and the not so obvious things like waking up each day, being able to see and hear and walk and talk, the food I have to eat and the ability to feed myself and other things that I tend to take for granted on a daily basis.  Things that if my life was going smoothly, I might have over looked.  I hope that each of you take the time this holiday season to be thankful for those things. 

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