Saturday, June 30, 2007


I'm such a bad, bad blogger. I've been so busy since we got back from vacation.... I'm behind on my proofing, trying to keep up with Wendy's class, trying to get this house in decent order, CHASING three kids.... wow! I've not had a lot of sleep the past week, but I can't really blame that on anyone but myself ;) Well, I guess I could, but I won't. HA!

I did get the absolutely, positively fantastic news that I got a finalist at Better Photo! I was SOOOOOOOO proud of this - it was the first time that I had ever entered a contest. And considering the FREAKING AWESOME competition, I felt really really honored to have the judges pick this photo as a finalist. It's Madison - isn't she a knockout?! This was taken waaaay back in October, when I got my first decent lens, but it's still one of my favorites.

Here's the link. My finalist! Look, a little silver badge. How cool is THAT? I feel like such a bragger. HA! I SOOOOOOOOOO am. And I don't care. ;)

Here's a couple more from vacation.
Cozumel, Mexico - via porthole.

Pirate in Costa Maya - LOVED this guy - he was a hoot - such a poser!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

I'm Baaaaaaaaaack!


Got off the boat this morning & headed out of New Orleans around 8am. I'M SO GLAD TO BE HOME! I missed the kiddos. Everything was beautiful, but I got really, really seasick - so all didn't go as planned, (naturally!)

I was pretty lucky in the casino on the boat - I sat down at a quarter slot machine & put in 75 cents (the max bet) - spun it ONCE - and BAM! $500 bucks. HOW COOL IS THAT!

Here's one from Costa Maya - trust me you'll be seeing a lot more, I'm unpacking & sorting through things right now. Can't play on the computer until that's all done (WELL..... I did sneak in just ONE.) <<*grin*>>

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Vacation time!

Yippeeeee! I'm headed to New Orleans in about, ohhhhh, 4 hours (yes, it's 2:30 AM!) and then we're off to Costa Maya & Cozumel! Can't wait - kids are staying with my mother-in-law, so I think this will be a REAL vacation.

I've started a photography class - I'm thinking it's gonna be good, but tough - HOWEVER, from what I have seen from previous students, I think it's gonna be worth it. For a "pre"-class assignment, we had to come up with a picture of 3 words she gave us. It was much harder than I thought (mostly because I procrastinated as usual & had to shoot them all in a couple of hours). Here's 2 of mine for ya.

I couldn't decide between the color or BW on this one - I'm not loving the BW conversion, I'm thinking I'll re-do that.

I promise to post more client photos on the blog when I get back - I know, I know - I'M A SLACKER. It's just been so busy with work and photos and the class and packing and.... *sigh* I'm tired. I'll do it when I get back.

Ta ta for now! See you next Friday!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

A Message

Disclaimer: This picture has NOTHING to do with the post. It's probably my all-time favorite & I haven't posted it on my blog before. I didn't want to post a novel length blog entry without a picture to go with it ;)

Last week, one of my favorite patients of all time died. He wasn't old. I can't tell you his name due to federal laws, but he had suffered several strokes and had come to us for rehabilitation. He was a success story. By the time he was set to go home, he was walking & talking - AMAZING, considering he was mumbling unintelligibly upon his admission. He would sit by the nurses' station pretty much ALL the time & kept us laughing non-stop! I'll never forget the day that they yelled for me down the hall - he was choking. I was scared to death. I tried to perform the heimlich, but couldn't fit my arms around him. He went limp. I began doing abdominal thrusts like crazy. He turned gray.... by this time the room was full of people.... I kept yelling... ARE YOU SURE HE CHOKED??!!! Because to me, he looked like he was having a massive heart attack & was dying. I was devastated - I was trying desperately to help, but I felt so helpless. I remember thinking, "Lord, please help me, he can't die!" I got almost in the bed with him and mustered up every bit of strength in me for another abdominal thrust - and OMGosh! It came up enough for another nurse to get it out. A WHOLE freaking WHEAT ROLL. I cracked a rib in the process but he survived it. When he came back I told him the LPN did it. (HA!) He never knew any different.

Time came for him to go home. We seriously didn't want him to go; but he was a young fella (as far as nursing home patients go) and wanted to go home. He would tear up when he talked about leaving, because he really did become part of our extended family. I didn't have to say goodbye, because he went home on a Saturday.

A month or so later, someone at work tells me... his obituary is in the paper. I couldn't believe it - he DIED?!? NO WAY! But there it was... in black and white....

I got really frustrated. I am always nice to patients, I always try to make a difference - sometimes they yell at me, sometimes they curse me. Sometimes they'll hit me, or kick me, or spit on me. Sometimes they don't do anything. Then every once in a while - maybe, just maybe, I feel like I helped. Then THIS! I started thinking, "Why bother? Why should I even try? It's useless!" On the way home, I heard this song on the radio. It made me cry. I really think God sends us messages in the weirdest ways sometimes. And I got the message.

One hand
reaches out
and pulls a lost soul from harm,
While a thousand more
go unspoken for.
They say what good have you done
by saving just this one?
It's like whispering a prayer
in the fury of a storm.

And I hear them saying
you'll never change things!
And no matter what you do
it's still the same thing.
But it's not the world that I am changing-
I do this so
this world will know
That it will not change me.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

2 Little Piggies

I'm sorry, I know she's mine, but I CAN'T HELP IT! She's taking cute to a whole new level with these pigtails...