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Where Did the Summer Go?

Where Did the Summer Go?

I have been pretty quiet I know, it’s been a weird and kinda crazy summer.  I finally got my diagnosis (dermatomyositis), got my first treatment; landed in the ER a couple of days later with WORST SIDE EFFECT EVER, then went on to have a series of strange days.

I woke up in the mornings and didn’t have glass feet!  Soon, I was walking without my cane! (this is huge as I’ve been attached to that dang cane for a while now) All of those little cells from 1,000 healthy people were coursing through my veins waving there little cowboy hats and yellin Yeee Haaaawww! and I’m gonna git you sucka! to all of my Good Cells Gone Bad.  And they were winning! I had days where I felt great.  I could load and unload the dishwasher and not be bed-bound for 2 days after. This was actually the case before the IVIG.

So- here’s where I’m the lame-o.  After going in to the ER in the back of an ambulance, I freaked out that I wouldn’t be able to have another treatment. I scheduled an appointment to visit my rheumatologist at the hospital but failed to schedule myself the next round of IVIG.  So, when I meet up with the doc, he tells me no, I can get more treatments-they can pre-medicate to try and prevent the headache of the century and all the vomiting and oh, by the way, when do you go back?  I’m sitting in the chair in his office going

, uhhhh.  Gee, I didn’t schedule an appointment… So he goes down the hall and brings one of the infusion nurses into the room and tells her to squeeze me in. Try as she might, it’s a no can do. Their chairs are booked solid. So, I”m having my next treatment on the 21st, and oh man.  I definitely have no stampede of little warrior cells going on now. Probably just one little lone ranger and that’s why I’m having a few good hours here and there.  Other than that, I am in full flare mode again.  Rash, muscles constricted to the point of PAIN and so many weird little things that go with the package.  I had to talk myself down from an anxiety attack this morning.  I felt like I was going to stroke-out with the icepick that was pushing through my skull.  So, yeah.  There’s my illness in a nutshell for the summer.  I left a lot out because it’s BORING and blah blah blah.

OK, now for some good stuff.  We got a new puppy!!! His name is Brutus and he is the most awesome little dude ever.  I say little dude, because if our pets could talk he would totally have a surfer thing going on man, catch a wave dude, awesome, tubular even. And he would talk real s-l-o-w.  Yep, that would be Brut Bruteman.  That’s what I call him because obviously I have problems.  But it suits him.  I call our other dog Pete, Pete Peteman so it was a natural progression.  I guess.  Wanna see some pictures? No? Alrighty then, here we go! (like when someone comes over right after you’ve been on vacation and you make them look at all 350 shots of random buildings and trees in a town they’ve never been and could care less about, fun!!) OK, NOW here we goooo!!!

The Bean decided she wanted to hold the bowl while Brutus ate some.  It was hard to say no…



Look at those eyes! He is going to be one spoiled doggy, for sure.  It’s hard to deny a face like that.


































This is the infamous Pete Peteman.  He rocks.  And he keeps the deck held down at all times.


Alright, I’m off to bed.  Today sucked in terms of pain and icky feeling, I’m hoping tomorrow is a better day.

Until next time

Update and my addiction to all things digital

Update and my addiction to all things digital

I had to delete my previous post, we now have to have a confidentiality agreement if we are to achieve our goal.  I’ve never deleted anything before, sorry.  Jackie, my one and only commenter 🙂 thank you so much for leaving some love and support.  It touched me.  Like I said in the comments that are gone, one day we are going to take a trip back and see my ancestor’s homeland and I will be ringing your doorbell.  Lookout, crazy American’s storming your house! lol

I have so much of nothing to say now…our entire everything is under wraps.  Well, in trying to keep my mind off of everything when I need to, I have become addicted to shopping for graphics for digital scrapbooking.  I have a trial version of Aperture 3 for my pics (to DIE for) and Lightroom 2 (LOVE IT!!!) OK, I’m gonna link all of this stuff so if any of you out there is a photo/digital editing/scrapbook fanatic like me you can check this stuff out.  I bought Photoshop Elements 8, which I do think is great but I want Photoshop really bad.  Like really bad like a kid wants a certain toy.  If I could throw a fit and get it, I would.  But I would just end up getting up off the floor, wiping off the tears and drool and sitting back down to PSE 8. sigh.  Photoshop is just too spendy for me right now.  I’m saving my pennies for a camera upgrade, either a Nikon D5000 or D90. Alright, back to what I was saying, graphics.  I absolutely love ‘window’ shopping.  I have spent countless hours looking, I spent my fair share purchasing, but oh man, there is SO much out there.  And some really talented designers.

One of my fav sites is  Unbelievable talent all at one site.  You can not go wrong at SBG. And one of my favorite designers there is Tangie Baxter of Studio Tangie.  The link is to her Studio blog, which gives a link to her personal blog, and also to her store.  She is an amazing altered art artist and has a ‘thing’ called the Art Journal Caravan-A Journey in Discovery.  I highly recommend joining the caravan if you can.  It’s a really cool way to express yourself through art.  Check it out!  That’s an order!

Another one of my haunts is The link is to their gallery, which has a really diverse group of digital scrapbook pages on display that members of the site have put up.  So beautiful!  The resort has a really laid-back feel to it and you won’t find nicer people that will help you out with any questions that you may have about scrapping. They have classes there also for beginners and intermediate digi-scrapping that are pretty reasonable too.  Gee

, I sound like a commercial don’t I? Ha ha ha, I really am that addicted to the sites, the graphics, the forums and galleries, and also to learning more and more about digital photo editing.

I just realized that I have TONS of resources to share and this old bag needs some sleep.  I’m gonna call this part 1 of Michelle’s Obsession To All Things Digital and come back with more.

Until next time,


* This is not a paid review of any kind. The artists and sites, software companies, etc have no idea I’m blogging about them.  Surprise!  Peace.

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