Archives for June 2012

#Poppit

I am not sure if you guys have heard about Pogo before but let me tell you that I love the site.  I actually have used the site since I was in a freshman in college.  I found it one night when I didn’t want to study so I was looking for something to entertain me because who really wants to study and do homework when you can find a great game to play.

The first game I found on Pogo.com was Poppit and let me tell you to this day I will always play this game.  It is a fast paced game and is so much fun to play when you need to take a break from working or if you are just looking for something to entertain you.  I can’t even tell you the hours I have spent playing this game.  Once I start playing it I forget that anything else is going on in the world.  Since I am writing a post about it all I want to do is stop and play the game instead of work.

I am sure most of you know by now that I always seem to be on the computer working but I also take time to just relax and take time for me and with that time I am always playing games.  Online games are great because they are easy to use and I can also play they from my phone if I happen to be at an appointment or something like that.

I have included the game below so you can play it.  I knew I better put it at the bottom of the post because if I say it at the top of  the post I wouldn’t get to reading the post because I would be to busy playing the game.  You really need to check out Pogo.com and play Poppit!

“I was compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.”

Race against the clock and pop as many balloons as you can. To play the Poppit!™ Sprint puzzle game, all you have to do is pop groups of two or more balloons of the same color in one minute. Fast pops of three or more balloons of the same color increase your multiplier and score.

Play the full version of this puzzle game for free* on Pogo.com. Once you register, you will also be able to save your high scores, tokens, and be able to enter daily for a chance to win prizes**. Join Pogo now and play over 100 free* online games!

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Changes Over The Last Year

Wow this past year has changed me in so many ways. I can’t even imagine where I would be if my life hadn’t changed that much.  I am going to write about the changes over the last year for me and some of the people in my life. All the changes has been so good for me and also for the people that are in my life.

It was this time last year that they let Misti go at work. I still remember the day they let her go like it was yesterday even though I still wish that is was just a bad dream and that I could wake up for it. I don’t know that it will ever be the same here without her being here. It is even harder to wrap my head around the fact that she has had a baby and is now a mother.

Also anyone who has followed my blog from the start will know that my daughters birthday is coming up and that always makes it a tough time of year for me. I am finding that this year is going to be harder than some of the past years have been. It is always hard to gauge how a year will be for me but I think this is going to be hard for me.

Well that was quite the tangent so lets get back to the post. Other than those things I am still pretty much blogging about the same things. I really haven’t changed what I blog about because I have always just blogged about my life and for the most part my life doesn’t change that much.

How has the past year been for you?

Mama’s Losin’ It-Changes over the last year

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The Band


http://bandbacktogether.com/

I am not sure if everyone knows what The Band is and since I recently started volunteering for them I wanted to write a post about it and introduce to what a great site it is.  I have been reading the stories on Band Back Together since it was started in 2010.  It is an amazing place where you can share stories from your own life of just read others stories and comment.  I haven’t shared any stories from my past yet but it is something that I hope I will be able to write about and have posted over there.

I recently joined the site and I am now volunteering and helping out with the site.  I have met some great people through the site and I have also learned so much.  I love to read others stories and take the lessons that they have learned and apply them in my own life.  It is such a safe place for people to go and write their stories because you don’t have to worry about getting rude and/or mean comments.

We all know there are things that we don’t want to share on our own blogs or that we aren’t at a point where we  can share them openly.  I am personally at the stage where I am not willing to share some parts of my past openly but I am going to share them over there because no one will know it is me.

If you have checked out the site yet please go and stop by because everyone needs to hear nice things and it truly does help the people who have submitted a post.   Also if you would like to volunteer send an email to volunteer at bandbacktogether dot com.  You don’t have to worry about a huge time commitment because you don’t have to do tons of things if you don’t have the time.  Right now I spend a like 30 mins or so a day and that is all.  I am hoping in time I can do more but for now 30 mins is what I have and they are happy with that.

Go check out the site and let me know what you think!

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Quote Of The Week-Silly Friend

I love this quote because I know that laughing and being silly with friends will definitely make your day and life better!

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So Creepy

Father’s Day started out like any other Sunday at our house.  I was woken up at about 6:50 or so by my grandparents cat which as I look back on it now should have been my first clue that something wasn’t right.

Anyway back to my story.  I was looking through the Target ad and saw that they had Dr. Pepper on sale so I decided I was going to run over to Target and then come back and work on designs.  As I was getting dressed I heard what sounded like finger nails on the wall under my bed.  The first time I heard it I didn’t think anything of it but when I heard it again I knew that there was something alive under my bed and it wasn’t one of my cats.

I finished getting dressed and then went and told my grandma that I thought there was a mouse or even a bird under my bed.  She came down to my room and started looking under my bed.  I ran to get a flash light and once she turned it on and looked under the bed she saw what was making the noise.

There was a BABY BIRD under my bed and it was very much alive.  Needless to say this immediately freaked me out.  I went and got my grandpa and we started to chase the bird around my room and into my grandparent’s room for the next hour.

Needless to say when we finally caught it my whole room was torn apart and a total mess.  My grandma and I then spent rest of the day cleaning my room and doing laundry since my entire bed had to be moved while we were trying to catch the bird.

Let’s just say I have never had an issue with birds before but now I find them totally creepy and I want nothing to do with them.  I also am going to be sleeping with my door closed because I can’t handle any more critters getting brought into my room!  Oh and it was my grandparents cat Vinnie that brought the bird in because my cats are terrified of birds.

I hope your Father’s Day was tons better than mine!

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Quote Of The Week

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My Open Adoption Thoughts

I haven’t written anything about adoption in awhile so  today I am going to talk about open adoption and why a totally open adoption isn’t for me.  If you don’t already know open adoption is defined:

Open adoption is an adoption in which the biological mother or parents and adoptive family know the identity of each other. In open adoption, the parental rights of biological parents are terminated, as they are in “closed adoptions” and the adoptive parents become the legal parents, yet the parties elect to remain in contact. Open adoption has become the norm in most states in the adoption of newborns.

Source: Wikipedia

At this point I would consider the adoption of my daughter to be semi open or even almost closed.  I get a card from them on Christmas and if during the year I want to an update I email them and ask for one and I am 100% okay with that.  I know that some people won’t understand why I am okay with so I am going to try and explain it as best as I can.

For the first year I got letters and pictures pretty regularly and to be honest every time I got pictures and a letter it brought back all of the emotions.  Once the letters and pictures stopped coming as regularly and now have pretty much stopped I have found been able to heal and stop living in the past.

Now that isn’t saying that I don’t think of her because I think of her every day but I feel that I am not stuck in the past.  In order for me to heal and get at the place I where I can now talk about it to anyone with out getting depressed I had to put everything that reminded me of her away.  I found that when I had her things out that I was dwelling on the pain and not living my life.

I am so glad that my adoption is how it is because it has allowed me to live my life and heal from the pain.  Now there are still times that it is hard for me but those times are few and far between anymore.

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30 Things About My Invisible Illness

I was going through the drafts of posts that I have and I found this questionaire.  I am pretty sure I got this last September during Invisible Illness week and for some reason I never filled it out and posted it.  I figured I would fill it out now and compare it to the one I did a few years ago.  If you want to see the other one click here and it will take you to it.

1. The illness I live with is: Multiple Sclerosis
2. I was diagnosed with it in the year: 2000 or 2001 I believe
3. But I had symptoms since: I was in 5th grade
4. The biggest adjustment I’ve had to make is: Realizing that I have to slow down and pace myself.
5. Most people assume: That nothing is wrong with me and that I am just lazy
6. The hardest part about mornings are: Getting up if I have been up most of the night or if I am in pain
7. My favorite medical TV show is: I don’t really watch any of these since they took Discovery Health off the air in my area.
8. A gadget I couldn’t live without is: My computer & my cell phone calander
9. The hardest part about nights are: Falling asleep and staying asleep.
10. Each day I take __ pills & vitamins. (No comments, please) 7 everyday and then maybe 3 or 4 more depending on pain that I am having.
11. Regarding alternative treatments I: Really want to try acupuncture but I don’t have the money to try it right now.
12. If I had to choose between an invisible illness or visible I would choose: Visible
13. Regarding working and career: I currently work as a receptionist and I also design blogs but I had to quit my job in the medical field because of it.
14. People would be surprised to know:That  my hands are numb and I had to reteach myself to type.
15. The hardest thing to accept about my new reality has been:Knowing that I can’t do the same things other people my age do and also knowing the people get scared off when they find out I have MS
16. Something I never thought I could do with my illness that I did was:I can’t really think of anything.
17. The commercials about my illness:I haven’t really seen any commercials about MS
18. Something I really miss doing since I was diagnosed is:Since I have had it so long I don’t really miss anything because I have been dealing with this for years now.
19. It was really hard to have to give up: It has been hard for me to stop eating gluten because I love bread.  I didn’t find out that I couldn’t eat gluten till about 5 years ago but when I don’t eat it my MS does so much better.
20. A new hobby I have taken up since my diagnosis is: Since I have had MS for so long I haven’t really picked up anything new other than design blogs and blogging.
21. If I could have one day of feeling normal again I would: There isn’t anything I  would do differently than what I do now.
22. My illness has taught me: Is to slow down and enjoy the little moments
23. Want to know a secret? One thing people say that gets under my skin is: “I am sorry” or “That has to be hard”
24. But I love it when people:Don’t judge and take the time to listen and learn about MS.
25. My favorite motto, scripture, quote that gets me through tough times is:“You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”
26. When someone is diagnosed I’d like to tell them:Do your research because knowledge is power!
27. Something that has surprised me about living with an illness is:How shallow and rude people are and can be.
28. The nicest thing someone did for me when I wasn’t feeling well was:Just be there
29. I’m involved with Invisible Illness Week because:I want everyone to learn about invisible illnesses
30. The fact that you read this list makes me feel:Good because it means that you are willing to learn and you are judging.

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Tandem

About

Six months ago, brutal murders shook the small Ozark town—murders that stopped after a house fire reportedly claimed the killer’s life. Lauryn McBride’s family auction house has taken responsibility for the estate sale of one of the victims—the enigmatic Markus Chisom. Submerging herself in Chisom’s beautiful but strange world, Lauryn welcomes the reprieve from watching Alzheimer’s steal her father from her, piece by piece. She soon realizes that centuries-old secrets tie Abbey Hills to the Chisom estate and a mysterious evil will do anything to make sure those secrets stay hidden. Even the man who grew up loving her may not be able to protect Lauryn from the danger.

When Amede Dastillon receives an unexpected package from Abbey Hills, she hopes it might be the key in tracking down her beloved sister, long estranged from her family. Visiting Abbey Hills seems the logical next step in her search, but Amede is unusually affected by the town, and when mutilated carcasses begin turning up again in the small community, the local law enforcement isn’t sure if they are confronting a familiar evil or a new terror.

Two women brought together by questions that seem to have no answers.  Can they overcome the loss and darkness threatening to devour them—or will their own demons condemn them to an emotional wasteland?

My Review

I am so glad that I decided to read this book. This type of book usually isn’t my thing but I fell in love with this book. It is amazingly written and it kept me wondering what was going to happen. I wish I would I have read the first book first but even with me not reading it first I was still able to figure out what was going on in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller.

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Quote Of The Week-Change Your Life

 

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