Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring has not sprung :(

Well, I thought spring was here.  The big event that usually kicks off spring is Steeplechase.  Its a horse race here in town, where everyone gets dressed up - girls in sundresses (some wear hats) and guys sport their sear-suckered pants/shorts.  Its the event of the year in our town!  This year was my 10th Steeplechase (if I remember correctly) and the first year we had bad weather.

Typically, its slightly cool in the morning, but by the afternoon the sun is shining & you can even get sun burnt if you aren't careful.  However, God had a different plan this year.  We had rain :(  But, we made the best out of it!  Still got dressed up and headed to the field at 9:30am.  It was overcast all morning, until the rain started around 1pm.  We all huddled under the tent, thankfully it didn't give way to the heavy rain.  Wish I could have snapped a picture, definitely was a funny site seeing everyone hiding out and the few random people just running around getting soaked.  It only rained for a short time & the races started back up!

Although, the weather was yucky, I'm sure I'll remember this Steeplechase for many years to come!  If your going to get stuck outside in the rain, there's no one else I'd rather be stuck with besides my wonderful friends!  I'll post some pics soon!

The thunderstorms have continued since then all the way til this morning.  Looks like more are to come - joy :)  It makes sleeping great, the rolling thunder and flashes of lightning...as long as I'm inside & safe, its fine with me!  And these lovely storms brought back the chilly weather.  Maybe spring will come again soon!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Appointment

I had a great appointment on Friday!  Will even tagged along this time!  My FEV1 was 93% and my FVC was 101%!  Woohoo!  We talked about me not exercising the past couple months & I informed them, I am on my way to make a come back in exercising.  Then, we discussed changing my enzymes since the Ultrase MT 20s still aren't approved...I've just been living off reserves & its time to switch since I can't get them any more.  They have me trying Zenpep.  So far, so good.  Had a few belly aches at night, but nothing major, probably just getting adjusted.  If all goes well the next few days, I'll get my prescription for those.

Don't I look thrilled to be wearing my face mask!
Also, we discussed getting Will tested for the CF gene.  Now don't go crazy thinking I'm going to have a kid anytime soon (if at all).  Just curious and want to know all our options before we make any kind of decision.  I guess we will get that taken care of in the next few months.

As for my exercising, Will and I went to buy a mountain bike for me after my appointment.  That's going to be our new hobby!  He bought one the week before so I felt left out and wanted one too.  Saturday morning, we got up and rode 7 miles - there is a trail about 20 minutes from our house.  We went with some friends who have been doing it much longer then us - they were very patient with us :)  I love the feeling after excercing - I'm all pumped up and ready to take on the world (after drinking some water).  Then, just last night I took a Zumba class with 2 girlfriends - I really enjoyed it & we are planning to go back for the Wednesday night class.

And last, I started Cayston on Saturday.  I had my first treatment before my bike ride.  I used the Ventolin inhaler first and haven't had any discomfort.  My coughing has increased slightly, but I'm blaming the pollen outside.  Everything is turning YELLOW - gross!  Here's a pic of my Cayston (my little Chemistry set) and my Altera handsets.  Pulled out the sterilizer on Friday to get ready for Saturday.  Will just loves all my "stuff" in the kitchen.

 
That pretty much sums up the past few days!  Just got word that one of my dear friends is in labor - her baby boy will be here soon - congrats Amber & Jim!! 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Top of the morning to ya!  Well, afternoon now.  Happy Saint Patty's Day :)  I remembered that today was St. Patty's but completely slipped my mind when I got dressed, so no green for me today.  Fortunately I work from home and no one will pinch me or give me a hard time (Will knows better!).  That used to drive me nuts in school when people would pinch.  However, Sophie is sporting her festive Shamrock collar today :)  She was refusing to get her picture taken today (like most days), but I snapped a few as she was looking out the window.



So glad its my Friday!  Taking a vacation day tomorrow for my doc appointment and then to relax and enjoy the weekend.  Kind of been a chaotic week at work for me and Will.

Last but not least, Happy Anniversary to my wonderful In-Laws!!! Love you guys :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pics

Just wanted to share some pictures from my trip to Pittsburgh:

We rode the Duquense Incline - this is the view looking up the track.

My Daddy & sister Callie on the Incline


Going up!



View of Pittsburgh from the top
 
View of the stadiums

This is what we were riding in :)



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

!*^$?<@#!*^?

As of today, I'm failing Lent.  I have not had any Sour Patch Kids (despite my cravings and the 3 bags my Aunt gave me in Pittsburgh!), but I've cursed more than I care to admit.  It doesn't help that I have a very bad case of road rage and people cannot drive.  Poor Brandy, was subjected to my behavior on our drive to and from Pittsburgh.  I cursed, I honked, I flashed my lights, I flipped the bird, I tailgated and just about lost my mind while driving.  I'm sure I'm not the best driver in the world, but I at least have a clue what's going on.

I don't understand how people ride in the fast lane when they aren't even doing the speed limit - MOVE OVER PEOPLE.  The worst is that they are oblivious to what's going on - cars pass them in the right lane and they just keep on putzing along.  Ahh!  Then, you have the people that pass you (I am considerate and move over if I'm in the fast lane and see someone approaching behind me).  Then, a few miles up the road, I pass them.  I hate playing tag!  I have cruise control set, so I don't know what their problem is.  They are a hot rod until they get on the phone and can't seem to concentrate on two things at one time.

I about lost my mind just running an errand this morning - any and every time I'm in the car, I'm on a mission.  I am to get where I am going as fast as possible (legally and safely of course).  I'm not just out lolly-gagging or wasting time in my day - I'm a busy gal and have stuff to do!

Will yells at me for my road rage & says I'm going to honk or yell at the wrong person one day...but I say bring it on!!!  I bet my car is faster than yours :)

So, if your on the road and see a black BMW in your rearview - please move over :)  Ok - thanks!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Road Trip

I took a road trip this weekend with my BFF Brandy - and it was great!!  We left Friday late afternoon and drove to Pittsburgh.  I've done the drive more times than I can count, but this is the first time that I was the driver!  Let me say, its definitely less fun as the driver - 9 hours in a car, in the same position, staying awake - yuck!  But, I'd do it again in a heartbeat to see my family.

We arrived just before midnight at my Aunt & Uncle's house - needless to say, we pretty much went straight to bed.  Saturday morning, we got up and went to the best chocolate/candy place ever - Sarris Candies.  They have every kind of chocolate imaginable.  So, we got lots of goodies and headed to my Pap's house.  (I highly suggest their chocolate covered pretzels - best in the world).  We visited with Pap for a bit, then headed downtown with my Dad & little sis Callie to ride the Incline.  I haven't done it in years, so it was cool to do a touristy activity :)  Then, us gals headed to Wings, Suds & Spuds for the world's best wings and curly fries.

Then, we headed to Mass (Brandy's first Catholic Mass & she was a great sport).  It was in memory of my Gram - and they even played her favorite hymn during Communion...of course, this lead to tears.  But, tears of joy because I know she is still here with me and watching over all of us.  Love you Gram!!!

The final event of the trip was my cousin's surprise birthday party!!  Somehow, it was able to remain a surprise - that was a surprise in itself.  So, we ate some more and partied with the family, but not too hard since we had to drive back to SC the next morning & lost an hour of sleep with the time change.

So, Sunday morning rolled around and we hopped back in the car after stopping to tell Pap, Dad & Callie goodbye.  I must say, Brandy is a trooper - we only had one potty break on the way up and one on the way down - woohoo :)

Haven't downloaded the pics yet, but will post a few later!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Our visit to the zoo

A few weekends ago, the weather was fabulous, so our friends invited us to the zoo with them.  I just love the zoo - animals make me happy (with exception to snakes, spiders and all those creepy crawly things).  Just wanted to share some pics from our great day:

Baboon - just relaxing
Lions - passed out on the rocks

Our friends: Brandy & Matt with my favorite little guy, Preston

Will feeding the goats

Begging for more food

Cute little Praire Dog came over to say hello!

One of the more active animals that day - haha!



Cutie-pa-tootie :)

The elephants were showing off their tricks



Yes, this is my husband...pushing a stroller...I never thought I'd see that day!!!


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A little of this, a little of that

Lent has begun and I must admit I'm craving some Sour Patch Kids - ahhh!! This is too soon to be having withdrawals.  Unfortunately, I've cursed at least twice today. I caught myself immediately and corrected my verbiage :)

I had lunch today with some old buddies from college.  We had a great time catching up - I love spending time with friends - it just makes my day!  And tonight, we are going to eat dinner at our best friend's house & get to hang out with my favorite one year old!!

I'm on week 3 of my off week from Cayston & feel fabulous.  I have coughed a slight bit more today and yesterday, but I blame the hubby.  He's had a funk the past few days and hacks a lot.  I'm trying to avoid him :)  I'll start back on the 19th with my Cayston.

I'm heading in for my quarterly check up next Friday, so I'm excited to see my fabulous CF team!  Should be an easy visit, just PFTs and my regular appointment - no X-rays, blood work or bone density test - Yay!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Hooray for Lent

I've very happy that Lent will be starting on Wednesday!  A little background on me, I was raised Catholic however, do to all my moving around as a kid, I was never Confirmed.  I stopped CCD after I made my first Communion (I was a year behind and did this in 3rd grade).  Unfortunately, I don't go to church as I should and hope to improve this in the future.  I too would like to get Confirmed, but I keep finding excuses to not enroll in the classes.  Will also missed Confirmation - he did all the work, but skipped the service for a wrestling tournament.  So, we are in the same boat.  Speaking of Confirmation, my little sister is getting Confirmed this June & I'm sooooo proud of her! 

As for Lent, this is a great opportunity to give up things (foods/actions).  Last year, I gave up my two weaknesses - Sour Patch Kids and dark soda (Diet Dr. Pepper & Cherry Coke Zero were my addictions).  On Easter, I packed in the Kids (as I call them) and I have only had 1 or 2 dark sodas since then.  So, for Lent 2011, I'm giving up Sour Patch Kids again.  I've tried to give them up during the year, but I always fall back and eat some.  I can't cheat on God, so I will stand firm - at least the 40 days :)  A plus side - maybe I'll shed a few pounds by not snacking!

I'm also giving up cursing.  Sad to say, I have a mouth like a sailor sometimes.  I think this will be the most challenging of all.  But, it must be done!! 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Amazingly Fabulous

Have I said how wonderful my family & friends are?  I'm not one to brag (too much), but when it comes to how awesome my support system is - I just can't help it!  The Great Strides walk is just under 3 months away - and of course I have been procrastinating in raising funds...its not cause I don't want to and I don't care - I just simply despise asking people for donations.  But, back to the point, I already have donations from some friends & family - how cool is that!!  I haven't even harrassed anyone yet - other then emailing last year's walkers & asking them to walk again.

And, my fabulous BFF is hosting a party on Friday (31 Gifts, Willow House - formerly Southern Living, Pampered Chef & Stella and Dot).  These fabulous consultants (which are also amazing friends of mine) are donating their commission to CF!  Again, how cool is that!!  Shopping & fundraising - fabulous!

Now, that I've used a million amazingly fabulous adjectives about my family and friends, I'll sign off!
There are many different was to raise money and spread the word about CF - and they can even be fun!!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Birthday Sophie

My little girl turned 6 on Saturday!  I can't believe how fast time has gone by.  Its nice that she's getting older - not quite as hyper as she was as a puppy.  I don't know where she gets the energy - bulldogs should be lazy - I got a defective one!  JK - she is perfect & I love her!

As usual, we had to make a trip to the vet - we are good for something to go wrong at least once a year.  Although, I was looking back at the receipts from last year & she had a great 2010 - no surgeries or emergency vet runs - woohoo!  So, we ventured off for a quick check up yesterday.  Since we moved, I needed to find a new vet for her anyway, so we killed two birds with one stone.  The new guy was great - Sophie loved him - I know this because she peed everywhere, multiple times. 

Turns out she has a staph infection which is causing the pink hairless spots on her belly and legs.  So, the doc prescribed an antibiotic for 20 days and cream on the sore spots.  Fun stuff, but should be a quick recovery :)

Pardon the quality of my camera phone :(

CF Appointment 3.14.19

And just like that, another 3 months has passed by.  I headed to my CF appointment on Wednesday, March 13th. I saw lots of my favorite peo...