Saturday, March 25, 2006

Medical Update and New Pages

Well, it's been over a week again, oops!! Oh well, I'll say I've been busy, which isn't really a lie. I went to the dermatologist about these silly hives on Wednesday (yes, I STILL have them!!). Turns out I have chronic urticaria (ie hives that have lasted for more than 6 weeks) and the doctor is pretty sure it is because of the kidney stones remaining in my kidneys. From what I can understand, until they are gone, I will probably have hives. I'm learning to live with the itching, the antihistimines are keeping it pretty much under control.

On the positive side of things, I've been having a great weekend scrapbooking. I've gotten 2 pages done so far, and I still have all day tomorrow!! Here's the progress I've made. It's great to have a good supply of stuff at home and it's great to be using up some supplies. I'm having a great time. Also found out that I'm able to go to the next crop weekend on May 5th and 6th. I was unsure for a while because of a work course, but things have changed and I couldn't be happier. The last crop weekend we had back in February was a lot of fun, there were 90 people there!! Hopefully this one will be even better.

Not much else new, we watched Chicken Little today - cute movie. Also, watched Just Friends through the week, it was pretty funny. There were lots of people in it from the show Corner Gas. Bevan and I started watching Corner Gas just this past year - it's a really funny show. It was great to see some of the actors in something else.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

My Weekend So Far...

Great weekend so far. I worked at the scrapbook store on Friday. Had my regular Friday card class, this week we made two easter cards. Last night we watched Walk the Line. It was a great movie. So glad Reese Witherspoon won an Oscar for this movie.

Today I slept in until 8:15 - yes, that is sleeping in for me. Then when I got up I went to Walmart to get more bobbins to continue the organization of my ribbon that I actually started last night. Check this out, I'm pretty happy with it:

I used to keep my ribbon organized by color in jars. Now there are just over 200 different ribbons in these 2 containers, which take up way less space. I still have some ribbon on the original rolls on the back of my scrapbook room door, plus some that was too wide or too long to fit on the bobbins in these cases. I just love it when things are nice and organized. Also bought the latest issue of Stamp It at the store. I'm so addicted to scrapbooking and card making magazines it's not even funny. I actually saw this one there last night, but didn't buy it then because I couldn't remember if I already had it and had to check at home first!!

Other than that, the weekend has been pretty uneventful. I'm really itchy again tonight. I'm totally relapsing with my hives I think. I did miss a dose of medication this morning because I ran out, but I'll get back on track tonight. I don't know if that is making it worst or not. It's been soooo nice not to have anything major going on this weekend. It was a great day today too, really spring-like, barely any snow left again. It's hard to believe it's almost the middle of March!! Anyways, I'm going to go spend some time with Bevan. Saturday Night Live is a new episode tonight, although Bevan told me it was Natalie Portman and Fall Out Boy, but I just checked and am disappointed to find out he was wrong!!! I was really looking forward to Fall Out Boy, I love "Dance, Dance". If you've never seen the video for this song, it's great. I guess that while I'm on the topic of music and Bevan I should thank him for not letting me listen to the crappy stuff I would probably be listening to if I wasn't with him. He pretty much knows what I will and will not like, and he won't let me just listen to something once and judge it. He puts all kinds of new songs on CD's in the car and knows that by the time I hear them 3 or 4 times I'll be singing along just loving them, regardless of my first impression. Thanks, Bevan!!

Thursday, March 09, 2006

10 things that are GUARANTEED to put me in a good mood!!!

1. A visit to a scrapbook store.
2. Seeing Frankie (my sister's puppy)
3. Going out to eat.
4. A clean house.
5. Being able to sleep in.
6. Getting good mail, ie - an issue of Paper Crafts or Creating Keepsakes, a card or letter from a friend, or any package at all!!
7. Going to a stationery or business supply store.
8. Coffee!!!
9. Clean bedsheets.
10. Movie Popcorn.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

New Cards

Just wanted to post 3 new cards I made tonight. Still feel blah about work, plus I have to miss the upcoming Scrapbook Retreat Weekend - that makes me pretty cranky, too. Oh well, tomorrow will be better!!

I am a "Woo hoo itchy woman "

For those of you who are totally confused, those are the lyrics to a song by the Eagles, well, almost. It is supposed to be witchy woman, but this morning, when I woke up to a new batch of hives I changed the lyrics and started singing "Itchy Woman". That's right, I have more hives. I realize I never posted the pictures of my face from my first bout with hives. The first picture is what I looked like on Friday, February 17th, and the second picture is what I looked like on Saturday, February 18th. It all started in January before my kidney stone, and I've had hives ever since, much worse at some times than others. Today, my arms are covered in welts, as is my stomach and back. Still no idea what is causing it. Still taking 5 medications to try to keep them under control. I'm off to see a dermatologist in Moncton on the 22nd, hopefully I'll get to the bottom of all of this, but I somehow have my doubts.

In more exciting news, Bevan and I bought "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" on DVD this evening. It's a great movie, based on an even better book. Love these books. Can't wait until the 7th (and last) book, but sad that it will be all over after that!!

I had a yucky work day today. I was on Two Peas before work today, and it really made me want to just stay home and scrapbook all day. I should have done just that. It would have been a much better day. Other peoples scrapbook pages really inspire me to scrapbook. It's soooo great. I really wish I could just scrapbook for a living. Maybe that can happen someday, but for now I'll just have to keep working as a dental hygienist.

Anyways, I am going to go scrapbook now, maybe it will make me feel better!!

Monday, March 06, 2006

Party Weekend

Well, we went to Sussex this past Saturday for my uncle Garfield's surprise 40th birthday party. His birthday is actually March 9th (the same day as my mom's 50th!!). So at around lunch time on Saturday we headed out for New Brunswick. We stopped at Payless here in Summerside first, where I bought some great sneakers. Then we were on the road. We stopped at the Champlain Mall in Moncton first. It was pretty busy there, or it seemed busy to us anyways, but I guess when you haven't been to a real mall in months, it's gonna seem busy regardless. That's one bad thing about living here on PEI, really crappy malls!! So, we only bought a few things in Moncton. I got some Olive Oil Body Butter at The Body Shop, I love that place!! We don't have one here on the island, so I really stock up when I get there!! We left the mall to head for Sussex. Well, we got slightly lost, had to stop to ask for directions at a Petro Canada, and took twice as long to get there as we should have, but we made it. We got to Garfield and Kathy's house and waited with everyone else for Garfield, Kathy and the kids to get back from the movies. We surprised him when they walked in, and the party began. It was lots of fun. Mom just got back on from a vacation in Mexico, and she brought Melanie and I some sombreros, which go modelled by many people throughout the evening. Frankie had a great time, but passed out before the night was over. I've posted some pictures of the festivities here. All in all it was a good weekend. Garfield got quite a shock when we all yelled "surprise", even though I think he was suspicious about the party. I think Bevan had a good time, too, although he did have an unfortunate run in with a cat named Slate. You can read about it here. Check it out, it's a pretty funny story.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Wow...2 days in a row!!

2 posts in 2 days, this has to be a record for me. Not much to say today, it's only early though. I did some scrapbooking last night. Bevan had a meeting in Charlottetown and didn't get home until 10:30, so I was free to scrapbook my heart out. I scrapbooked one page of Frankie (I love scrapbooking that cute puppy!!) and I made a card for one of the women from work. I also got my second card done for my class this morning. I'm off to the scrapbook store today for a day of class teaching, paper picking out, and hopefully, more scrapbooking!! That's it for now, off to shower and get ready for work.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

About Me!!

Hi there, I saw this survey on another blog I was reading (ps. I'm addicted to blogs!!) and thought it would be a good post for my blog, so here goes:

1. Your name spelled backwards: notrub nwad assilem
2. Where were your parents born? my dad was born in Cape Breton, my mom, that's a really good question!!!
3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? Anna Nalick's "Breathe"
4. What's your favorite restaurant? Well, there are NO restaurants here in Summerside worth mentioning, so I'm gonna say Cafe Italia in New Glasgow, NS.
5. Last time you swam in a pool? I believe it was Carolyn's pool in July.
6. Have you ever been in a school play?I had silly parts in a couple of elementary plays, and in high school I was cast in a play, but we never ended up putting it on!!
7. How many kids do you want? Right now - zero, but 2 at some point
8. Type of music you dislike most? country
9. Are you registered to vote? yes
10. Do you have cable? just basic cable
11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? nope
12. Ever prank call anybody? nope
13. Ever get a parking ticket? nope, my goodness, my life's starting to sound pretty boring!!
14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? probably neither, but if I had to do one, I would rather go bungee jumping.
15. Furthest place you ever traveled? Nashville - pretty funny for someone who hates country music, eh?
16. Do you have a garden? no, hopefully someday when I have my own house though, but I've not had much luck with house plants, so I'm unsure of my ability to maintain an entire garden.
17. What's your favorite comic strip? i don't think i have one
18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem? i think so
19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? shower every morning or i feel gross all day long
20. Best movie you've seen in the past month? Just saw "Just Like Heaven" - cute. Haven't been to the movies in a long while though.
21. Favorite pizza topping? mushrooms
22. Chips or popcorn? Popcorn, especially at the movies!! If I'm not hungry enough for popcorn I don't even want to go to the movies because I feel like it's a wasted trip!!!
23. What color lipstick do you usually wear? none
24. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? unfortunately, I can answer yes to this question, I was in 2, never won anything though.
25. Orange Juice or apple? Apple
26. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine? Went to lunch with Melanie and Michelle at The Lady Slipper Restaurant last Saturday during our scrapbooking weekend. Last dinner was probably with Bevan at the same restaurant for my birthday.
27. Favorite type chocolate bar? Very hard question - probably Hershey Milk Chocolate with Almonds
28. When was the last time you voted at the polls? January
29. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? Not sure
30. Have you ever won a trophy? I can't remember
31. Are you a good cook? I think so, except for oatmeal, right Bevan?? But I hate cleaning up!!
32. Do you know how to pump your own gas? yep
33. Ever order an article from an infomercial? nope
34. Sprite or 7-up? sprite
35. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? I guess I wear uniforms now in my job as a dental hygienist, although scrubs are not really a formal uniform.
36. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? medication, too much of it lately!! Thank goodnes for my heatlh plan!
37. Ever throw up in public? Well, once on the Pictou Waterfront, but it was after the bar, and Bevan was the only person there, so I don't know if that counts.
38. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love? true love
39. Do you believe in love at first sight? Don't think so
40. Ever call a 900 number? no
41. Can exs be friends? sure
42. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital? my grandmother, she broke her ankle and had to spend this Christmas in the Hospital
43. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? an average amount I think
44. What message is on your answering machine? Hi, you've reached Melissa and Bevan, we can't come to the phone right now, so leave us a message and we'll get back to you!"
45. What's your all-time favorite Saturday Night Live Character? Will Farrell and Chery OTeri as the Cheerleaders.
46. What was the name of your first pet? Chopper, my pet Chihuahua.
47. What's in your purse? My wallet, probably a hair elastic, way too many receipts, and right now probably some medication.
48. Favorite thing to do before bedtime? watch tv
49. What is one thing you are grateful for today? heat, it's freaking cold outside!!