Friday, September 29, 2006

People can be so unbelievably rude. I know my hormones are going bonkers and I may be easily offended, but rude is just that... rude!!!! That's all I'm gonna say about that. Well, whatever. I know what to do next time.

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Anyway... I'm still sick off and on. Today is just yucky for me. It's a shame because it's GORGEOUS outside. And I feel too bad to keep up with Valerie.

Monday, September 25, 2006

I really wish I could be one of those happy pregnant women. You know, the ones you see happily bouncing around the baby section of the store. Joyfully picking out baby things planning for their child's arrival. Smiling. Happy. Glowing with excitement. Not that I don't feel any of those things, because I do. I'm just this miserable complaining lump. It's hard to show any kind of happiness when you feel like crap. I had four good, decent days. I managed to do a little much needed cleaning. I even went *gasp* shopping one day. Of course I was completley exhausted, but far from sick. It didn't last. I'm back to being sick. I felt "ok" today. It's gorgeous outside. Valerie and I went to the dollar store right down the road from our house. We weren't gone longer than 15 or 20 minutes, but when we got back I was completely wiped out. And I started feeling sicker.. and sicker... and sicker. *sigh* And I was sick most of the weekend too.... Even taking Phenergan is not helping much. I know it's going to get better eventually.... I hope it's soon. For my sake and my family's sake.

OH NO

Be afraid.... be very afraid....


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There are wild TIGGERS on the loose!!!


Thursday, September 21, 2006

21 months old!

A special "HELLO" to all the Bon Jovi fans visiting from http://www.bonjovifrance.net/ !!!!! Isn't Bon Jovi awesome? (there's just one small correction in the translation -- Love Bugs are not MOSQUITOES!)
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Valerie is 21 months old today! My baby is getting closer and closer to two years old. It makes me sad but also it is wonderful watching her grow and learn. She amazes us each day with all she is accomplishing. She's the sweetest little girl always giving us hugs and kisses. It's so cute how she walks into the room and says "Hi Mommy," all full of grins and giggles. She picks up on new words so fast. She can count to 5, but after that gets stuck on 8 and 9. LOL! She recognizes quite a few of her letters. If you ask her to sing a song, she starts singing "A B C D E" but then gets a little lost and mixes up her letters. Val hasn't quite mastered her colors yet, but we are working on that. She loves to sing "row row row your boat" and "moon moon moon." She can't sing the whole song but she knows when to chime in with the parts she knows! She's such a joy and we love her so much!!

In other news... I haven't been sick in TWO days!!!! After throwing up every day for NINE weeks, everything I've eaten has stayed down for the past two days. I hope the trend continues!! I don't feel 100%, but I don't expect I will until March. I'll take it though.

As requested... you know who you are!!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Update

This morning was pretty rough. I woke up about 6am after hearing Val stiring over the monitor. And I was STARVING! Of course, I couldn't eat since I was going in for the gallbladder check. I ended up throwing up / dry heaving twice before I left for my appointment. Not fun. With my sore throat (yes I woke up with a sore throat yesterday) I was dying for something to drink... which I couldn't have that either. By the time 9am rolled around I felt just AWFUL and couldn't wait to get it over with. Luckily they were on time. And more good news -- they found nothing wrong! My gallbladder is normal. So, apparently I am just sick. I finally got a prescription for Phenergan!! Lovely phenergan which will put me to sleep but also lessen the puking. My doctor said if I keep losing weight (I've lost 2-3 lbs, gained them back, lost them again...) I might have to go in the hospital. I definitely don't want that. She wants me back in two weeks to see if I'm any better.

Tune into Oprah Wednesday!!!!

This segment is going to air on Oprah Wednesday! It was taped not far from my house.


Giving Love a Good Name
Rock star struts down local street


HOUMA -- Jon Bon Jovi said south Louisiana's hurricane victims share an agony unknown to anyone else, but he's doing what he can to help.The rock star strutted down a local street Sunday afternoon to hand-deliver house keys to 18 families who will move into homes built through a $1 million donation he made to Oprah Winfrey's Angel Network after Hurricane Katrina. The musician's visit gave residents of the Bayou Blue community's Bon Jovi Boulevard an unexpected chance to personally thank the roadway's namesake for their new homes. "I didn't expect him to come," said Angela Graham, who plans to move her family this week into her Bon Jovi Boulevard home. "It was good to hug him and tell him thank you and let him know how grateful we are."The band Bon Jovi and the nonprofit Angel Network worked with Bayou Area Habitat for Humanity to sponsor 28 homes in the Bayou Blue community. The homes are going to hurricane victims, including those from Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. "You put a face to the devastation and you see the desperate mothers, fathers, and grandparents, and you want to make a difference," Bon Jovi said. "I'm a firm believer in actions speak louder than words."

The rocker visited the Bayou Blue neighborhood this weekend to tape a segment to be aired later this month on "The Oprah Winfrey Show." Staff with the Angel Network said the exact air date hasn't been determined yet. The show willfeature Bon Jovi surprising local families with their house keys.The families live on Bon Jovi Boulevard, which seemed to please the rock star, said Jeanne Autin, executive director of Bayou Area Habitat."I think he was honored and privileged to have a street named 'Bon Jovi Boulevard,' " she said.A street in Bon Jovi's hometown of Sayreville, N.J., also featured his name, but the roadway was eventually renamed after too many street signs were stolen, he said.The rocker walked the local street Sunday in sunglasses, jeans and a black T-shirt, swatting at the steady stream of love bugs fluttering too close to his famous hair.Bon Jovi said the best part of his trip to Houma involved "meeting the people, putting the faces on my dream.""I think it was awesome for a guy to just give his money away to people who really need it," said Samuel Hall, Graham’s fiance. "It was just awesome to be able to thank him in person."Autin said the families showered the musician with gratitude."They hugged, they kissed, they told him, 'thank you,' they said, 'God bless you,'" Autin said.Graham, Hall and their three girls, ages 6, 3, and 1, have been living in a Thibodaux garage since shortly after Hurricane Katrina forced the family from their Kenner home."To have a home," Graham stressed. "I came out with so much more than I had before the storm." Her daughters are excited about the three-bedroom house, especially her oldest child "because she really understands," Graham said.Bon Jovi said he knew he could trust Winfrey to get his donation to those in need, and liked the idea of such a diverse pair working together to impact people's lives. A white, male rocker and a black, female talk-show host seemed about as diverse a team as possible, he said."I don't see skin color. I see people who need help," he said.As of now, there are no plans for Winfrey to visit the site, said Angel Network staff.The Angel Network neighborhood is part of Bayou Area Habitat's "Building Blitz on the Bayou," the group's campaign to build 100 homes in Terrebonne and Lafourche for hurricane victims by the end of this year. The organization has 54 homes completed or under construction in Bayou Blue, including the 28 sponsored by Bon Jovi and the Angel Network. The site, near the intersection of La. 316 and Bayou Blue Bypass Road, is one of Habitat International's first large hurricane-relief projects, said national Habitat leaders.As with any Habitat home, the families must pay for the homes and work a certain number of hours building them, Autin said.Ken Meinert, senior vice president of Operation Home Delivery, Habitat for Humanity International's hurricane-relief project, said the organization has 412 homes completed or under construction along the Gulf Coast in partnership with hurricane-affected families. The group plans to reach 1,000 homes by next year, Meinart said. Of Habitat's 20 hurricane-relief sites, "this is a real jewel," Meinert said of the Bayou Blue location. The site has drawn about 1,500 volunteers so far, with out-of-state and foreign teams receiving critical help from local groups."The local support means so much to us," he said.The community's residents, a mix of bayou folk and former city dwellers, seemed to have already bonded as neighbors, Meinert said."All of us are really a good community," agreed Hall.The celebrities not only sponsored the homes, but also furnished and landscaped them through donations made by the general public. They also landscaped homes sponsored by other groups. In addition, the Angel Network and the band garnered a sponsorship from Sprint that added a "first-class" playground to the subdivision, Autin said.Bon Jovi added he wants to lead by example. He said his contribution to hurricane-relief efforts spurred others to donate labor, furniture, and other items needed to complete the houses.Bon Jovi said he's made a number of tour stops in south Louisiana, but couldn't recall if he had ever visited the Houma-Thibodaux area. When asked if he'd sampled the local cuisine and culture, he replied, "Many times, of course I have."The toughest part of his visit here?"The love bugs, baby," he said, swiping at another pair of the pesky insects.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Thankfully the accident wasn't as bad as it could have been. When Clint realized what was happening, he managed to react quickly and turn to avoid a direct hit to the driver's side of the other car. The other car had a dented front fender. Clint's CRV is banged up on the passenger side. The doors won't open, but it's driveable. It would have been bad if he would have smashed into driver's door at 55mph. THANK GOD no one was hurt and both vehicles are repairable!

How ironic is it that in 2004 I was 9 or 10 weeks PG with Valerie when Clint was in a 5 car pile up in Houston. He had bought 4 brand new tires the week before only to total the vehicle. Here I am, 13 weeks PG and he's in another accident out of town. And the tires on the CRV are less than two months old. Clint even said he was scared to buy new tires again since his car was totaled right after! Talk about jinxing yourself.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Well, Clint was just in a wreck. He ran a red light (going 55mph) and somebody hit him. Luckily he's not hurt.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

13 weeks!!

Hello second trimester. I am hoping and praying that I get some relief from this sickness soon. It doesn't seem there is an end to it though. :-( I am still sick every day. I still feel bad most of the time. I am getting so depressed. I'm so upset about all the things I want to do but just can't handle. Clint reminded me the other day that his 20 year high school reunion is coming up. He has been talking about this reunion for at least two years!!! I just cried and cried because now he will miss it because of me. I feel so awful about it. I wanted to rejoin the community choir, but I doubt I can handle the drive and late night practices. I haven't taken Valerie to any playgroup stuff in so long. I'm letting her down too. *sigh* Being so sick for so long is just really bringing me down and I don't know what to do about it.
I thought that people who worked in the medical profession did so because they wanted to HELP people. Apparently that is not the case, at least not in Morgan City, Louisiana. My dad was diagnosed with a hernia. It is more serious than a normal hernia as it is internal and has prolapsed into his colon. His doctor actually called and told the results to my mom while my dad was driving home from the appointment. The doctor said my dad needed surgery immediately!! Over the next two days, my dad put in four calls to this doctor to ask questions and not ONE was returned. He also tried contacting the most well known (and for years the only) surgeon in Morgan City. Each time he was busy, not available, not there... My mom even asked the girl answering the phone if that meant they should just go out of town to have the surgery and the girl replied " I guess so!" WTF?? Next my mom tried our family doctor. She explained the situation to them and how my dad needed a referral to the surgeon because he wasn't getting anywhere. After being on hold for quite a while, she was finally told the next available appointment was in ONE WEEK and my dad should just go to the emergency room if he needed to. FINALLY my dad got the name of a new surgeon that comes to town twice a week. He was given an appointment for Tuesday. No telling how long it will take to schedule the surgery, as the doctor is only in town on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Isn't that just ridiculous???? What if something happens to him between now and then? Dad is in need of medical care, but can't get it because of the idiots who don't care.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Everybody...

PLEASE keep my Dad in your thoughts and prayers. It looks like he will be having surgery this week or the beginning of next week.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

We've been telling and showing Valerie there's a baby in mommy's tummy. I'll raise my shirt a little and point saying "baby." Yesterday I asked her "Valerie, where's the baby?" and raised my shirt some. She came over and patted my belly saying "baby!" then leaned over and KISSED MY TUMMY!!!! It was the sweetest thing.

Friday, September 01, 2006