Friday, April 29, 2011

Five Question Friday! :)

First of all...

Thank you!

Thanks for reading my 200th post and for your kind comments.

I honestly was so excited about sharing that here and you guys totally delivered!

Don't expect too many more of those "original works"...I'm kind of a "one-hit-wonder".


Anyway, I'm so glad to be back with Five Question Friday this week!  Seems like it's been forever! :)  My Friday's have been busy over the past few it's nice to have a return to somewhat normal!

1. If you could buy any car, money not an option, what would it be?

Well, to be quite honest, I've had Mustang fever for as long as I can remember.

In fact, I almost went and looked at them when I was shopping for my current (more responsible, practical) car. 

However, I knew that if I looked, I would buy.

My sister has had the Jeep Wrangler fever...and she may have also rubbed that off on me a little too.

I can tell you...I do not want a mini van - EVER.  I'm not knocking them...I'm sure they are great and wonderful and you can put lots of kids & junk in them...yadda yadda yadda.  But I seriously would prefer to have a Tahoe, Suburban, Armada, Sequoia, Acadia...anything but a mini van.

And, yes, I do understand that most of these vehicles have horrible gas mileage...not as good as a mini van.

But remember, money is no object!!! ;)

2. What was your worst first date ever?

A lady at church wanted to set me up with a guy she knew.  He was very nice.  I met him a few times and then he asked me to go to dinner with him.

He had a '68 Corvette...nice car...nice, LOUD, car.  By the time I got to the restuarant, I had a headache.

And then the conversation was in I would ask him a question and he answered with a one word answer. 

So awkward.

And he said something about his pastor's "old lady".

That did it for me.

3. How old were you when you fell in love for the first time?

Honestly, don't think I've ever been there yet...

4. When was the last time you reconciled your checkbook?

It's been too long.  I know approximately how much I have in the account...but haven't done the actual math.

Must do that's probably not going to be good...


5. If you were going to fashion a "Wanted" Ad for a best friend, how would you word it?

Well, I already have the awesome-est best friend.

Seriously, we've been friends since we were about 13 & it's hard to think of needing another best friend!

But, if I suddenly needed one...this might be what it would say:

Single mother of one with a slightly twisted sense of humor seeks best friend who will allow her to be somewhat shallow from time to time, laugh with her when she does somewhat "stupid" things, be willing to talk her down when she gets too stressed, and allow her to cry when no one's looking! Must be willing to people watch and comment mercilessly on people whose style is not up to par to our own.  Because, no matter what anyone else thinks, we are the most stylish people we know.

OK - that was entirely too complicated to write...mostly because I was basing it on my current BFF! :)  Sometimes it's hard to put our friendship into words!

Hope you have a simply wonderful Friday.

And for those of you catching the royal wedding today...

Cheerio! :)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Dreamed of You

This is my 200th post.

Wow...200 posts ago, I wasn't even sure I'd have enough to say to keep this going.

I've thought and thought about what to do to celebrate this accomplishment.  And sometime today, I made the decision that in honor of my 200th post, I wanted to share something that I've never shared with anyone.

Not even my BFF.

But, I need to back up a bit...because I need to let you know what brought this particular item back to my thoughts.

Last week was Parenthood's season finale.  I've thoroughly enjoyed this show.  It's real.  It's just incredible.  But this particular scene really struck me...and made me think back to something that I had written in the past.

Let me set the scene for you.  Zeke's granddaughter Amber was in a car accident in which her side of the car was most impacted.  To make things worse, Amber was in the car with a 'friend' and they were both drunk and/or high (I can't specifically remember).  Even though Amber wakes up in a hospital with broken ribs, a fractured wrist and countless lacerations, she doesn't seem to grasp the seriousness of her accident or the events that brought her to be a part of the accident.

Now watch...

The line that got me was when Zeke said "I dreamt you"...and it took me back a few years.

You see, I'm a day dreamer.  I day dream about my future all the time.  What Dylan will be like.  What it would be like to be married...have a kid or two more.  I do most of my day dreaming while I'm driving.  I make up stories of what I would say to these kids that I may some day have.  At one time I did a lot of driving back & forth - taking Dylan to school...picking him up...taking him to the sitters for after school...then going back after work to pick him up.  And I did a lot of day dreaming then.

I know it sounds a little nuts...but this is my world.

And one day, I remember it just like yesterday, I was driving to Dylan's sitter's house and I remember thinking I would love to tell my future child one day that "I dreamed of him or her".  The words stuck in my head...I couldn't shake them.

And so, one night...I wrote this.

For my 200th post, I'm sharing this very special thing that I've written...I'm not sure you would necessarily call it a poem or what.  I would love one day to publish it as a children's book...but for now, I'm sharing it with this little part of my world.



I Dreamed of You

     I dreamed of you...

Before you were ever born,
I dreamed of you.

I dreamed of how it would be to have you in my feel you kicking and growing within me.

I dreamed of what it would feel like to hold you for the first feel your warm body in my hear you cry and feel your hand around my finger.

     I dreamed of you.

I dreamed of what you would look like...would you have brown or blonde or black or red hair...would your eyes be blue or brown or green or some mixture? Would you have my smile..would you have Daddy's nose?

     I dreamed of you.

I dreamed of you taking your first steps...carefully...holding on to make sure you didn't fall and knowing all along that you would.

I dreamed of hearing you say "Mommy" for the first time...of hearing you say "I love you"...

     I dreamed of you.

I dreamed of how you would very bravely walk into your first big school you would hold your head high...but look back to make sure I was still there. How you would need me...but not really. I dreamed of how proud I would be of you...

     I dreamed of you.

I dreamed of how you would love me and tell me silly stories...and how we would go for walks...and how you would brighten every one of my days...just by being in it.

     I dreamed of you.

And all of this I dreamed before I ever even knew you would be mine...

     but I did dream of you.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


OK - doesn't have quite the same ring as "Gratituesday"...but what do you do when you are a day late?

I had mentioned several weeks ago that I wanted to participate in PBJ Dreamer's "Gratituesday", where she lists of 10 things that she's grateful for...but I didn't.  And she called me out on it! :)  Seriously, no hard feelings!  I should've done it.

And I fully intended to do this yesterday...but the guys at work tempted me with Mexican food for's my weakness.  I can give up a lot, but not Mexican.  Especially on Tuesday's when they have my favorite dish (chimichanga) on special!  YUM!

So, you will have to just deal with the fact that I'm participating in Grati-Wednesday this week...and hopefully I can get my act together and particiate on the correct day next week! :)

10.  Already said, but yesterday I had lunch at the local Mexican restaurant.  Tuesday's are my favorite day to go because my favorite dish is on special.  But, as a bonus, one of the other guys paid for our lunch!

Free lunch?  Fabulous! :)

9.  Yesterday morning, Dylan woke up not feeling well.  He barely ate any breakfast, which isn't really unusual, but he mentioned that his stomach was really hurting.  He troopered through the day and texted me around 2:15 to see if my Dad could pick him up early.  My Dad was out of town, but my mom had to pick up my niece at school and was able to pick him up early so he could go home and not have to ride the bus.

Having a retired mom who is willing to pick up her sick grandchild? Fabulous! :)

8.  Furthermore, Dylan is feeling much better today!

Well kid?  Fabulous!

7.  On Sunday, my Uncle Eddie had a stroke.  He was very far from a "good" hospital.  Fortunately, his family realized what was going on and called the EMT's, who airlifted him to Duke Hospital. They were able to give him the clot busting drug in enough time to help reverse the effects of the stroke.  By Sunday evening, he had regained strength in his hand & foot and by Monday morning, he had been released from physical therapy and by that afternoon he had passed the swallow test for thick liquids.  Yesterday, he was able to walk out to the waiting room to visit his grandkids.  The only effect that he seems to still have as a result of the stroke is that his speech is still slurred.  He will probably go home by the end of this week.

My uncle's expected full recovery from a stroke?  Fabulous!

**Truly, my uncle is amazing...he has had two near death experiences - not including this stroke - and has walked away from both. I could probably write a whole post on him!**

6.  My BIL had to work on we celebrated as a family on Monday night.  Sometimes I enjoy the delayed holiday celebrating.  Seems to work out that way for Thanksgiving & Christmas too, because of his work schedule.  It's like a little bonus holiday!  We had such a good time...laughed a lot and just enjoyed being together.

Having family time, any time?  Fabulous!

5.  The weather in NC has been beautiful this week.  It's been in the mid-80's all week.  At little on the warm side, but I'll take that over cold, snowy weather!

Beautiful, sunshiney weather?  Fabulous!

4.  Yesterday afternoon, part of my job was unwrapping 100 packs of gum and gluing business cards to each pack.  While this might seem like a tedious task (and usually I hate tedious tasks), it was really kind of relaxing and nice to have a change of pace!  It also meant that I could listen to music and not have to constantly pause it because I was trying to concentrate on writing a letter or something like that.

A change of pace at work?  Fabulous!

3.  A few weeks ago, I won a giveway on my friend Katie's blog.  It was quite ironic because we live kind of close and I actually knew her when she was younger.  I had told her that if I won, she would be able to hand deliver the goody bag...and she did!  I couldn't even remember what all was in it was even better when I actually got it!  It had 30 Day Shred (which is still wrapped in plastic and I'm currently ignoring!;) ), a cute make up bag, some pens, some fabulous Bath & Body Works candles, which I have in my bathroom, pretty lip gloss, nail polish and some coconut M&M's...which I shared with my mom & dad (because she met me at the soccer field)!

Winning anything???  Fabulous!

2.  Also, while I was hit or missing in the blog world, I went to a BBQ that had a bucket raffle.  If you've never participated in a bucket raffle, it's so much fun.  You buy raffle tickets and then choose the items that you want to "enter" by dropping your ticket (or tickets) in the corresponding bucket.!  I won $25 to my favorite Mexican restaurant, a basket full of Scentsy goodies and some Starbucks coffee with a thermal coffee press, which I'm dying to try out...when I get brave enough! :)

Winning some of my favorite things???  Fabulous!

1.  My next post will be my 200th post.  Amazing that I've had so much to say and share.  And I'm still so amazed at the little community that I have joined here in the blog world.  I don't even really know any of these people who read my blog, well know them in real life (except Katie, of course), but there is such a sense of family.  And in a few weeks, I'll be hitting one year of blogging!  Simply amazing!

Having a place to dump all of my thoughts & feelings and having people read & respond???  Fabulous!

Have a great Wednesday wherever you are.  And if you are in the stormy parts of the US, please be careful!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Hello, again! :)

No - you are not imagining things...I really am updating my blog!

It's been a crazy few weeks since Dylan came back from his trip to CT.

We've spent at least 2 nights per week at the church, getting ready for the Easter drama.  That doesn't include the regular Wednesday night activities and Sunday morning church.

However, it was all worth it because that was hands down, one of the best Easter dramas our church has EVER done.  Such a powerful re-telling of some of the miracles Jesus performed, as well as His death, burial and ressurrection!  We did three shows over the weekend and during the intermission at the last show, they decided to do Act II at both morning worship services.

It was a great thing to be a part of...glad we did it...and I am glad it's done!

Since I last regularly blogged, D & I have joined a gym.  So far, so good.  We've been members for a little over a week and we enjoy it, for now.  I know that eventually the 'newness' will wear off and we will begin to make excuses to not go.  I just hope that's a while from now.  My BFF also joined and as I'm going more often, I'm discovering other people I know that are members.  I'm hoping that will keep the excitement going to!

My BIL had to work yesterday, so we are celebrating Easter as a family tonight.  Not only were D & I really involved in the Easter drama (and to be honest D had more to do with it than me!), but my mom was also the Costume Coordinator - which meant she was sewing right up until the dress rehearsal.  So, we are all looking forward to things calming down and being able to spend some time with family.

The weather in NC is absolutely BEA-U-TI-FUL today...we basically went from Winter to Summer in a snap.  We probably will have a few more chilly days before it's all said & done...and I can't say I'm complaining.  Flip flops & sundresses are my favorite part of NC spring/summer.  So, this weather can stay!

Hope the weather is beautiful wherever you are.  I plan to be back more often and hopefully will be able to visit you guys too! :)  I've been trying to keep up when I can...I may not have commented, but I was there!

Hey - BTW - my 200th post is right around the corner!  I can't believe it!  And May will mark my one year blogging 'anniversary'.  Doesn't seem possible.  Not sure what I have planned for either event, but stick with me! :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Grass Heads

No...I don't mean 'pot heads'! ;)

A few weeks ago, our church had a health fair and they asked me to come up with some kind of activity for children.  I tried to find something crafy that I could do relating to good eating or good health, but it's kind of hard to find something along those lines.  So, I switched gears and tried to find something spring-y.  Plus I had a VERY small budget.  I landed on what I called 'grass heads'.

 picture courtesy of Family Fun

I found this activity on Family Fun's website. I used to subscribe to the magazine, but I never seemed to have time to read it.  I may or may not have several years worth of back issues at my house. But, you can usually find some cute things to do with kids on this website, whether it be crafts or games or costume ideas. 

Anyway, to go directly to the official instructions, you can click here.

Here's how I made ours:

I used ankle high hose - who knew they made such a thing! And I'm not really sure who's ankles these came up to...they seemed pretty long.

Put about 1-2 teaspoons of grass seed in the toe of the hose.  On top of that, put enough potting soil to make yourself a good "head".  Tie the hose off in a note and decorate your "face".  I used googly eyes and drew on a mouth with a Sharpie.  Then place the grass head in a cup filled with water in a nice sunny window and within a couple of weeks your "head" will grow "hair".  We made these on April 9th and I noticed the grass yesterday.  So, it doesn't take too too long.

I have to admit I was getting a little worried since I didn't try this out beforehand...but the grass finally came in!

The Family Fun example used decorated yogurt cups as the base of their grass heads. I just used a smallish plastic cup because I'm a slacker and planned this at the last minute. I love the decorated yogurt cups, though!  They are so cute.

Now a word to the wise, be careful how you shape your grass head...mine obviously has all the grass seed towards the back of his head...which I guess is like a receeding hairline! hee hee! :)

Happy Wednesday!  Easter is almost here, which means the crazyiness in my life should calm down a bit and I can get back to posting more regularly.  Especially considering I'm only a couple of posts away from my 200th post and about a month away from my one year blogging anniversary! :)

Have a great week...hopefully I'll see you again this week!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Five Question Friday!

The crazy days are continuing...and I don't expect to slow down this weekend...not even on Sunday.  I have at least 1000 things to do this weekend.  And an Easter egg hunt on Sunday at church.  Which really bums me out since that's when I catch up on my rest!  Oh, well...I guess I'll sleep later! ;)

Today, as I do *most* Friday's, I'm linking up with Mama M for Five Question Friday!  If you'd like to play along, feel free to head over to her blog and link up! :)

1. What is your favorite sign of spring?

Of course my absolute favorite sign of spring is when the temperatures begin to warm up.  I am not a cold weather person - which is so funny to me, since I lived in the mountains for two years!  I like not having to put on bulky sweaters and real shoes!  I can switch over to my flip flops and that makes me happy!

Also, I love just seeing everything blooming and looking so pretty.  I was just noticing yesterday that the dogwoods & azaleas are looking so bright & beautiful.  I love the pink dogwoods...and the white aren't too shabby either. 

2. What was your best birthday ever?

I'm not sure which was my *best*.  I've had a lot of good ones.  My 16th birthday was a surprise party.  And then last year, I headed to the beach on my birthday.  That was pretty good too!  I think one of the best, though, was a year that I took the day off, went to the movies with Dylan in the afternoon and just kind of hung out all day.  I still love birthdays and in my family they are a big deal.  I love that.

3. What is your favorite dessert?

I don't know that I really have a favorite...I love lots of desserts - peach or strawberry cobler, pound cake, chocolate eclair dessert, brownies, ice kind of just depends on my mood.  But I ALWAYS love birthday cake!  At ASU, they used to have a 'bakery' where you could order cakes & such...and when they had left over birthday cake, they would sell it by the slice in the dining hall.  It was my favorite! :)

4. What is the best excuse you've ever used to get out of a ticket?

I don't have one...not that I haven't been pulled...but this is my favorite "speeding ticket" story.

One night, I was heading home after dropping my friend off at home.  I was just driving along, listening to my music and all of the sudden I saw blue lights in my rear view mirror.  I looked down & noticed I was going 50...which I didn't think should be a problem because I was thinking that the speed limit was 45.  I pulled over...the officer came to my window and asked the proverbial question "Are you in a hurry to get somewhere?" To which I replied, "Not really."  He asked if I knew what the speed limit was and I responded "Well, I thought it was 45, but since I know I was going 50 when you pulled me, I'm going to say that it must be 35."  He just chuckled and said I was right...asked for my license & registration...and went back to his car to pull my record.  When he came back to me he said that the residents living on the road I was driving down had requested that the WSPD patrol that road a bit more because a lot of people were speeding up and down that road.  He said that ironically the majority of the people that they were pulling actually lived off of the road!  He gave me a warning and sent me on my way!  I was so relieved! :)

5. Do you wake up before your alarm, with your alarm, or after hitting snooze several times?

All of the above! :)  Sometimes, like this morning, I wake up because I hear Dylan go to the bathroom (which is right outside my bedroom).  His alarm is set to go off earlier than mine - basically so he can watch TV in the morning.  He doesn't often wake up with his alarm...but occasionally he does.  Most mornings I wake up WHEN the alarm goes off, but I lay in bed and listen to the radio...and occassionally fall back to sleep.  Most of the time if I hit the snooze button, I don't go back to sleep...but sometimes I do.  I usually only use the snooze button on the weekend....which I know is weird, but I like to listen the morning radio show during the week and on the weekend it's usually just music! :)

Hope you have a great weekend!  We are supposed to have storms all day tomorrow and it sounds like they could be pretty severe.  I'm just hoping we keep power throughout! :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The crazy days just keep on coming...

I really should be "punching back in" from lunch about now...not because I've used up my allotted hour, but because I have SO. MUCH. TO. DO. 


I've been missing writing here...and reading your posts.

But, right now...I just don't have time.

Even though Dylan was gone for 6 days...I don't think I stopped for a minute.

Ok - that's a lie because on Sunday afternoon I took a nap! ;)

Our church is gearing up for our Easter I'm spending two extra nights at the church for that.

Tonight, I *think* I will get to stay home...although, I think we might have to go sign up for a membership before the promotion ends tomorrow...

So, just know that if I don't show up here again for the next week or so, I'm not ignoring you and I haven't given up...I just don't have time.

BTW - Dylan had a FABULOUS trip to Connecticut.  He brought me a t-shirt AND a cupcake from Carlo's Bakery...and I will say...I ate the cupcake 4 days AFTER he bought it and it was still pretty good.

Although, I have to admit that I'm more partial to the cupcakes from a local bakery.

Dylan got to visit Hoboken, he went through NY City, visited Lexington & Concord (Massachusetts ??), went to UConn (and got a National Championship t-shirt), went to see the Statue of Liberty, went to Philadelphia and through DC...and arrived home yesterday morning at 2am! :) 

But I think he had an awesome trip!

Hopefully I will see you later this week...but I make no promises...

Have a great week! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Crazy Days...Crazy Nights

Oh. my. goodness.

What a crazy week so far!

I was planning to blog on Monday...and didn't have time.

And then Tuesday was crazier than Monday...

So, here it is Wednesday and I'm trying to squeeze this in while putting off updating sales folders. 

Sales folders - completely redundant & tedious...UGH!

So, what has been so crazy in my life this week?  Well, I'll tell you! :)

Saturday I spent a good portion of the day working in my poor non-flower beds.  I call them non-flower beds because there are no flowers growing in them...currently.  I have hosta that have come in and that's about it.  I used to have a monkey grass border on the one bed...but I dug it all up!  Monkey grass is a great border...but it tends to not stay within its own now monkey grass in my real grass...and that is not cool.  I also have a bed of cana that is being dug up because it's not my favorite and it spreads as well.  I have no idea if I'll ever be able to get all of that up. 


Plus, someone before me spent a fortune on little white rocks as covering in the beds.  My original plan was to remove them all.  After I removed about a 2 foot square, I realized this was futile, at best, and so now I will bury them in the top soil.

After all this work, I spent Sunday afternoon in bed.  Granted this is not unusual for me...but still, I was worn slap out!  It didn't help that I drank a huge Coke on Saturday afternoon...which led to me not sleeping well - at all!

Monday was just a regular old Monday...I thought we had to be at play practice Monday night for our church Easter program...and they did have play practice (Dylan is running video / I'm a stage hand), but we weren't really needed.  Wish I had known that because I had to do all of Dylan's laundry for his big trip (getting to that in a minute).

I had been hearing for days that we were supposed to get some pretty severe weather on Monday night as a cold front was approaching NC.  When I checked my forecast Monday night before bed, it showed chances of thunderstorms all. night. long.  This did not make me happy.

So, needless to say, I was already not sleeping well when I woke up at 2:30ish to the most horrendous wind, lightning and thunder I've ever heard.  Not to mention my phone weather text alerts were going off non-stop.  Severe thunderstorm warnings. High wind warnings. Tornado watches & warnings. I live so close to the county line that I get alerts for the county I live in, as well as the next county.  So I was getting them twice. 

Scary stuff.

Finally around 3:45ish I was able to get to sleep...once I was certain that the crazy storms were past us.  I got ready for work...Dylan got ready for school.  I happened to check my phone and I noticed I had a text...when I checked it was a notification that school was cancelled!  And I began to understand why when I called my sister...who had been without power since about 2:30am.  Since she's only minutes from the elementary school, I assume that the elementary school did not have power...and as I found out later, several of the schools were without power.  Dylan was, of course, excited to have an extra day off. 

Between the time that I woke up and the time I left for work, we were having super high winds and heavy rains.  We still had power (which is just amazing because we usually lose ours at even the suggestion of a stiff breeze) when I left for work...I happened to call Dylan from the driveway to remind him of something and he said that I had just gotten in my car when our power went out!  So, we got all of his stuff and I took him over to my parents' house for the day.

I'm sure it was interesting, since they ended up having Dylan (14), Alyson (7) and Ayden (17 mos)...and no power.

Rest assured, my power is back on...and so is my parents' and my sisters'! :)

After I got off work yesterday, I took Dylan to his Dad's house - which is about an hour away because...they are going on a family trip to Connecticut!  Dylan's grandfather is originally from Connecitcut and Dylan's great-grammy (who is in her 90's) still lives there...along with some other family members.  Dylan & I have only met his great-grammy once...about 10 years ago.  Ever since she met Dylan, though, she has sent him cards & money for holidays, including his birthday.  She is not a wealthy woman and this has always meant so much to me that she would consider and remember him for everything.  She is no longer able to physically send the cards...but her daughter who takes care of her has kept up the tradition and sends Dylan a card on his birthday and at Christmas.  I'm really excited that Dylan will have the opportunity to see his great-grandmother again (even though she won't remember him...I believe she has alzheimers) and meet his great-aunt as well!  Plus, his grandparents are flying up and meeting them to spend the time with them in Connecticut!  So, it will be a great family trip.

It will also be interesting, since he will be in a car with his dad, step-mom, twin 4 yr old half-brothers and 3 mo old half-sister. :)

On their way, they are going to stop in Hoboken to visit Carlo's Bakery - yes THE Carlo's Bakery from Cakeboss on TLC.  And they are going to go through New York City.  I'm not sure how much time they will have in the city itself...since his dad called Carlo's and they told him it would most likely be an hour & a half wait to get into the store!  But he will SEE New York City, if nothing else.  They will also be visiting UConn, since that's where Dylan's grandfather went to college.  It should be fun since they just won the NCAA tourney.  On the way back, they are either going to come back through Philadelphia or Balitmore.

So, needless to say, this will be one of those hard-to-forget trips!  I'm so excited for him...and a little sad too, since he will be gone until Monday.  But he's so excited and I know he's going to have fun!!!

Of course, I don't really have a free moment while he's gone.  I didn't plan it that way...but it's working out that way.

Well...that's where I've been...what I've been up to.  Tomorrow I'm taking off to try to get some more stuff done on my flower beds since the rest of my weekends in April are booked up!

Hopefully, I'll see you before Friday...but if not...hope you have a great week! :)

Friday, April 1, 2011

So Glad It's Friday!

YAY Friday! 

I always love Friday's...but today is even better because I see SUNSHINE!  After a fairly cold, rainy, dreary week, I am super thankful to see a little sunshine outside!  And it looks like the sun will stick around for the weekend!  We won't be back to the glorious upper 70's or even 80's this weekend, but I'll take sunny & 60's over rainy & 40's! :)

And, Mama M is back with her Five Question Friday! :)  Another reason I love Friday's!

1. Have you ever had surgery?

Yes - when I was 21ish?  I had my tonsils out.  So thankful I did it.  That fall I had been battling tonsil infections for about 2 months.  I would go to the doctor, get an antibiotic and within days of finishing the anitbiotic, I would be sick again.  I was on 3 antibiotics and codeine for the pain (which I had to cut in half because my throat was so swollen) before the final Z-Pack knocked the infection out.  However, a week or two later, I checked my tonsils and they were almost touching.  And I was technically well!  I went back to the doctor and told him - I think my tonsils need to come out.  He took one look and went to get my referral to the ENT.  Right after Christmas, I had them removed. 

Even now, if I get sick, it seems to attack my throat first...I don't know why.  But, it's nothing like those months when I was continuously sick.  So, I'm thankful to have lost my tonsils! :)

2. Ever ride in an ambulance?

Nope - and I hope to never have to.

Although with a little boy who knew (and still sometimes knows) no fear, I'm surprised that I never did.  Our only trip to the ER was from our doctor's office and didn't necessitate an ambulance ride.

3. How are you in a medical emergency? Panicked? Calm?

In the one medical emergency that I've had to deal with I was very calm.  Of course, part of my calmness was due to the fact that I kept downplaying what was wrong.  So, as far as I was concerned, there was nothing to panic about.  I was a little more uneasy when I had to leave Dylan before his operation...I was leaving my child with a person that I didn't know and trusting a doctor I hadn't even met yet!  God truly gave me a peace during that whole situation!

BTW - to get the whole story on Dylan's emergency surgery, click here.

4. Do you have a garden? Flowers or veggies?

I currently don't really have a garden.  I would like to create a flower bed in the front of my's on my ever growing house to-do list!

The only veggies I would probably personally grow are tomatoes & cucumbers...but I'm not sure that I have a place in my yard that I can grow them.

So, I will steal them from my parents' garden!

Shhh...don't tell! ;)

5. When did you move out of your parents house?

Three years ago this June.  I had Dylan when I was about halfway through college...and then a couple of years after I graduated, I had him at a private Christian school through 6th grade.  I found our house in the spring of his 6th grade year and decided it was perfect for was a good time to buy a house, since I didn't have to sell anything to get into it...and we made the move. 

Hope you have a fantabulous Friday...for those of you still getting snow, ice & cold weather...I'm sorry.  And please don't send it back to NC! :)