Wednesday, January 25, 2006


Well, just an update on Jackie's situation:

She returned back to WINR's when she was released from the hospital. She was met by the director of the program who began to complain to Jackie that her diabetes was a burden to the program. (Side note: Jackie asked about this when she originally applied to this program.) In the meantime, no one from staff has ever A) taken her to the hospital B) called her at the hospital to make sure she was ok nor C) visited her. The woman who was saying this to Jackie didn't even know Jackie's name or that she had diabetes before all of this!!! Then the woman told Jackie that there were rumors and suspicions that Jackie and this other girl (the lesbian) were becoming "intimate" and that she broke the rules by doing so. Jackie denied this vehemently (because it's NOT true) and they still told her that she had 2 choices: either start the program over from the beginning (she has 5 months in this program!!) or leave. Jackie told her that she absolutely wouldn't start the program over because she did NOTHING wrong. So, they told her to pack her things and leave immediately. And she did. I've spoken to her 3 times today. She was in tears because she really wanted that graduation under her belt. She wanted the satisfaction of knowing that she completed something. She wanted that acknowledgement of success. I felt so badly for her....still do.

So, in the meantime, she has decided to stay in AZ and look for her own place. She has safe friends to stay with for however long it takes. I just feel that she'll be fine...she WILL make it!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO JACKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We love you!

John's band and the fire

Well, the fire that burned The Oddessy's practice location made the local newspaper yesterday! They also made the local cable news last night! Hopefully, some music store (Sam Ash, Lou Rose) will offer to sell them new equipment at cost or at least with no finance charges.

I heard from Jackie last night and this morning. She is in the hospital...blood sugar was 500+ and not coming down. So, 2 days in ICU with an insulin drip and she's feeling better. Except that she's being accused of having an "affair" with another girls in the program, which is grounds for removal!! She's not..and I think that it's very unfair to make false accusations just because the other girl is a lesbian and Jackie is a good friend of hers. This poor girl! Just imagine being accused of numerous "affairs" just because you're a lesbian and live with all women!! Jackie will find out what's going to happen to her once she gets out of the hospital.

Ok...that's it for now! Peace!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

The good, the bad and...well,the ugly. (Sorry for the bad cliche)

The good: My sister is pregnant! Woooooohoooo! I'm still in shock!! She'll turn 44 the day before my 45th birthday (yes, she was born the day before my first birthday!!) so this is both happy and hmmm..not scary...but, well, "cautious" news. However, I am soooo thrilled about this news that I simply CANNOT contain myself!!!! Yeeeeeeeeehawwwww!

Also, I finally heard from Dar...she made the big move!!! Yay! She's in a much better place: mentally, physical, emotionally and financially. I'm so happy for her and her boys!

The bad: My son's band, The Oddessy, lost a majority of their equipment this evening when the place they stored their equipment at and rehearsed at went up in flames. The damages are still being totalled. I feel soooo badly for them and the owner of the garage ( a band member's mother)...Hopefully, they'll recover from this awful fire. Nobody was injured, thank God.

The ugly: Work. I won't go into detail but this week was pretty much AWFUL.....and not related to the job itself. Two people I care about a great deal have had pretty much the worst week in their lives ever. And I'm stuck in the middle. I'm not worried about losing my job but I am afraid of losing a friend. We'll see how this plays out...

Well, this is all the news that's fit to I'm outta here.


Sunday, January 15, 2006

Help a girl out!

Deborah (outtabodymommy) of "So this is what I'm gonna be when I grow up"  is looking to get 100 comments! Can you spare a comment? She is sooo damn funny! Check her out!

Ain't I quite the pimp today??!! LOL!!


And thank you, Jason!!

A great big ""THANKS" to my friend Jason over at Jason's Thoughts and Views!! He made his list of weird things about him!! Go check out his list AND his journal. He's a great guy, just like Brian at Becoming a Firefighter. Thanks guys!!

Thanks Brian!

Just want to pimp the fact that Brian over at Becoming a Firefighter made up his list of 5 weird things about him! Go on over and check out his blog!

Jason update: On Tuesday they moved Jason to a rehab facility. Yay!! He's in a great deal of pain due to the fracture in his back and the broken pelvis and hip. Mentally, he's not all there but they're working on it. It was great to see him yesterday! His dad, George, is in the hospital right down the road from Jason. He checked himself in after getting dehydrated from his radiation treatments. (He couldn't eat or drink anything because they did radiation on his neck and throat.) He's getting fluids and is doing much better. He'll be there til Tueday. Friday he finds out when he'll have surgery to remove the tumor from his neck.

Anthony update: If you remember, Anthony is the 15 year old who has osteosarcoma in his leg. He had 2 recent surgeries to remove spots from his both lungs. He's doing well. The most recent surgery was Friday. His dad reported that instead of the 2 spots they saw in the CAT scan, there were actually 12!! But they were able to remove them, thankfully. Keep this family in your prayers.

Darlene: Well, my girl had gone and done it! I'm waiting to hear from her. She was supposed to have sold her house and moved 3 hours away!! She got herself a job!! This necessitated the move, as a 6 hour per day commute wouldn't work! GOOD LUCK DAR!! (I'm still waiting to hear from her tho...gotta find out if this actually went down this way!)

Jackie: My dear daughter has decided to stay in AZ after she graduates from WINRs!! I'm (we're) all sooooo proud of all the great progress she's made! She really has changed herself, in a positive way. Words cannot describe how proud of her we all are! She'll come home for a week or so after she graduates (my parents are planning on going out for this!) and then she heads back to a brand new life! She's excited about this. She'll get her own apartment. My dad will ship her car out to her. She's training to be athe manager of the restaurant that she's currently working at. All very exciting things! We'll all (us, my sister, my parents) take turns going out to visit her..she'll probably never go more than 4-5 months without a visit from someone. Anyway...we're so thrilled by this decision...can you tell?!

That's it for now...gotta get to the food store befre my poor children starves!


Friday, January 13, 2006

Apparently I've been tagged!

A fellow journaler has tagged me. Amy over at My online Diary asked me to list 5 weird things about myself. Here they are, in no particular order:

1) I do not allow anyone in my family to load my dishwasher. Dishwashers were designed to be loaded in a specific way and damn it! I load it the way it was meant to be loaded!! LOL!

2) I will drive miles out of my way just so that I don't have to make a dangerous left turn.

3) I have many odd diseases: Addison's disease (JFK had this one so I'm in great company!), sarcoidosis, pernicious anemia..all of them are autoimmune diseases.

4) My favorite impression is that of a lizard, whereby I crouch on a chair and randomly stick my tongue out to catch flies. Yes, VERY weird..I agree!

5) When I'm walking barefoot, I walk with all my toes pointing towards the sky! (I think this is because I once stepped on a bee and I don;t EVER want that to happen again!!)

Hmmm...who do I tag now?? Adrian, CHOI, Brian, Jason and Gordy!!!

Monday, January 2, 2006


Happy New Year, all!!

Jason continues to make small (minute) progress daily. When we saw him on Saturday, he spoke and recognized people. When we went back on Sunday, he wouldn't speak. He was sleeping while appearing to be awake. Very strange...very scary. The neurosurgeon explained to Mo (Herman's sister) that it would take 6 months to a year for recovery. He has a traumatic brain injury to his frontal lobe.'s so awful watching this...1 step forward, 2 steps back.

He has such a long road ahead of him.

We just want him to be better...

..instant gratification.

Makes you really think about your brain and how little we know about it..

This accident has really put alot of things into perspective for me..

Like Sears and the technician who never showed..

Who give a shi*??

I gave up that battle.

I cannot imagine how I would feel if my child was in Jason's place..I know that I would cope on the outside ..

...and die on the inside.

Please hold this child and his family in your prayers.