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    Candidates

    Wednesday, February 20, 2008, 7:09 AM [General]

    I was going to vote for Mitt Romney. Now I am so disappointed in the way that things are shaping up that I am going to vote for Daffy Duck. I honestly believe that he could do a better job than any of the clowns we have running right now. This election is shaping up to be the battle of the clones. These guys are so much alike that it really won't matter who we voteĀ  for. We are still going to end up with Clobacain in the office. This is a sad day for America. When the candidates are this much alike, we the citizens of this great Nation have no real choice.
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    January 6, 2008

    Sunday, January 6, 2008, 2:21 PM [General]

    Today starts a new journey for Brandon. He received his engraved Bible from the church during this mornings service. This marks the beginning of his Communion classes. On Ash Wednesday he will be receiving his 1st communion. We are so excited for him. Although it does indeed mean that he is growing up. Following his 1st Communion, he will begin Confirmation. These are big steps in his religious education & helps us, as his parents fulfill the promise that we made when he was Baptised. May God walk with us on this journey.
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    November 6, 2007Election Day

    Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 10:06 AM [General]

    Wow,
    I never thought I would be falsely accused of anything when discussing politics in the Cafe.I understand that politics can make tempers run high, but, man, I really had to respond to that post. It makes me feel like a jerk for being so forceful about it, yet, I could not allow those comments to go unchecked. To accuse anyone of having a cavalier attitude about this war is reprehensible when it is true, but when it is false? I cannot believe it. She has no idea what we went through when Retta was in Baghdad. I hope that she never gets the phone call that we got when she was hurt. To say I am offended is
    an understatement. My feelings are hurt that she would even go there. Then to actually place my 12yr old son in that discussion is unforgivable. I do not think I will ever be able to talk with her on a personal level again & not think about that post.
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    Monday Nov 5, 2007

    Monday, November 5, 2007, 5:09 PM [General]

    Well,
    I decided to put it on"paper" so to speak. Today has been a horrible day. I feel guilty for having disagreed heatedly with Sean in his own room & now, it would appear that he has decided to leave the Cafe. That makes me feel like shit. I did apologize, but I fear that it was too late.
    Kathy was involved in that discussion as well & she has not posted since then either.
    It is cold & windy as hell here & I am in a rather pissy mood. I have been most of the day. I hope that i don't give this mood to my family. We all know how contagious a bad mood can be.

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    Brandon's overnight

    Friday, November 2, 2007, 11:04 PM [General]

    I am officially the worst mother in the world.
    Brandon is camping on an overnighter with his Boy Scout Troop. He has sweat pants, Sweat shirt, heavy socks, heavy coat, a sleeping bag rated at 30 or above & an extra blanket. It is 38` right now & he called to ask me to please come get him because he is cold & cannot take it anymore.
    I told him that he is a 12 year old boy & that he could take darned near anything. I refused to go get him. Now, I am sitting in my warm house, crying like a baby & feeling like shit.
    Way to go Jodi.
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    Could they be any louder?

    Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 11:29 AM [General]

    OK, So I know that I am cranky. I have a nasty sinus infection & as a result, my doctor has me taking steroids again. They make me cranky on a normal day. The thing is, I have this incredible sinus headache & the roofers are still here. Is it possible that they could be hammering any louder?!
    MY GOD ENOUGH ALREADY!

    I have this Halloween party tonight. I always do it during & after trick or Treat & I can't not have it. I have 20qts of chili cooking on the stove. I just wish that I felt better. At least the cape for my new witch costume is done.
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    doctor's visit

    Monday, October 29, 2007, 1:35 PM [General]

    Well,
    I went to the doctor today. The great news is that my blood sugar is under control. However, there is protein in my urine & he thinks i may have something going on with my kidney's. SO, I have to have some more tests. I have to tell ya, I am fed up with Doctors & tests. Everytime I go to the Doctor it seems he finds something else wrong. After dealing with the medical profession for so long, I have had enough. I wonder what would happen if I just said, enough is enough. No more tests. No more needles, no more poking & prodding. I have had enough. I think there comes a time when we need to say OK, I'm done. If it isn't bugging me, lets not worry about it.
    I know that is a very irresponsible thing to think but I am tired. Tired of lab tests, tired of sticking my poor fingers 3x a day to make sure that my sugar is OK, tired of all of it.
    Jodi
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    My Breast cancer story

    Sunday, October 14, 2007, 4:27 PM [General]

    In 2000 we discovered a lump in my right breast. It wasn't huge or anything. In fact, it felt about as big as a pencil eraser, just a little longer. I had to see my doctor in a couple of weeks for something else, so I decided to ask him about it then. I was 32yrs old & to be honest, I wasn't too awfully worried. So, when I saw my doctor in Oct of all months, he suggested a mammogram just to rule out anything serious. You will not believe this one. It didn't show up. According to the xray, that lump just wasn't there. So, he ordered an ultrasound. Again, it did not show up. At this point everyone was freaking out because you could feel it, but it just wasn't there according to the tests. I was referred to another doctor. Man I had so many people feeling that lump that for a while, I forgot that breast was mine. After a total of 4 mammograms & 2 ultrasounds, I was referred to a surgeon. He suggested that we just sit on it & watch it. He said that I should have a mammogram every 6 months for the next 3yrs. If it grew or changed in size, we could discuss other options. By this time it was the middle of January. We had not told our families anything at this point because there was nothing to tell. I was laying in bed at night unable to sleep because I was wondering if this thing inside me was growing or moving or invading other parts of my body. We had a young son & I couldn't imagine leaving him without a Mother. My husband & I discussed this one night when I was again unable to sleep, & we decided to ask for a biopsy. Just to ease my worry. After discussing this with the surgeon, the decision was made to simply remove the entire lump. With surgery scheduled, we did finally tell our families & I was amazed at how supportive they were. On the day of my surgery, we told the surgeon that if it turned out to be cancer, we wanted him to go ahead & perform a Mastectomy. I didn't want to chance leaving anything behind. I was awake for this surgery thank goodness. As it turned out, the lump that felt like the end of a pencil eraser, was about the size of a golf ball. It was full of cancer cells. The sentinel nodes were clear however. When the surgeon told us that the cancer was contained to the mass, we settled for a lumpectomy. I still have routine breast exams & a mammogram every 6 months. As of yet, everything has been fine. 7 years out & still clear. That is amazing to me. This entire ordeal has been an awakening of sorts for me. It brought home my mortality. I cherish every single day that I have with my husband & our son. Little things mean so much more than they ever did. Life is good.
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    Sunday Oct.14

    Sunday, October 14, 2007, 3:29 PM [General]

    Today I can say that I have found that practice makes perfect. Well maybe not perfect, but I have at least been able to figure out how to invite my friends to join me. I have also figured out how to email my pals. That is an awesome feature that i really do like.
    Yesterday, the Indians beat the Redsox in 11 innings so now that series is tied. It would be so cool if they made it to the World Series. They haven't been there since 1997. We are due for a trip.Our Buckeyes also won yesterday & the #1 & #2 teams lost. That put us squarely in 1st place! Now we are watching the Browns precariously holding onto a lead against the Dolphins. They really need this win as well.
    Other than that, my day is OK. Heck, it is 3:30 in the afternoon & I'm not even dressed yet!!!!!!!! How awesome is that?
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    My Morning

    Friday, October 12, 2007, 9:15 AM [General]

    I have discovered that we can all learn new tricks. I am disappointed to learn that I am having a great deal of trouble with the new Bnet system. I can only hope that things will get better. I will keep trying. I am frustrated the most with not being able to figure out how to invite friends to my profile page. I guess it will come in time. I will try to be more patient
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