Scans — all good!

Mike had his scans yesterday to check on his back — everything looks good! It’s been nearly 5 years since he was diagnosed with cancer and began treatment, and 4 years he’s been in remission. I can hardly believe it sometimes What a miracle my boy is! Here’s to 4 more years in remission… and 40 more after that. πŸ™‚

Happy Belated Birthday, America!

So on Tuesday was the 4th of July, but that wasn’t the best part of my weekend. First of all, Mike’s brother Greg got married and Mike and I were in the wedding. I don’t have any pictures (yet) but I do have some pictures of what my hair looked like:


Here is a profile view… TONS of curls.


You can see my makeup here, too. I also had some poofy kind of hair going in the front. Jessica Alba’s 2006 VMA Red Carpet look was my inspiration.


CURLS.

So that was Saturday. It was really fun, but also really hot and exhausting. I’m just glad it’s over πŸ™‚ The next day Mike and I spent time with his family, since they’re all from out of town. On Sunday night my neice, Amber had a baby! His name is Gregory Charles, he’s 5 lbs 1 oz and 16 inches long. He’s a tiny little thing, but the doctors think he’ll be OK. Then on Monday Mike had to work, but I went to ANIME EXPO with Vanessa, Maz and his girlfriend, Amber. Ahhh! Unfortunately, I’m not as into manga and anime and I used to be when I first started going, but I still really look forward to AX every year. This was my 6th year going (since 2001! I haven’t missed a year) and while we were there we got to meet some people from a (now defunt) forum that Vanessa and I used to frequent back in 2001-2002. We’ve all kept in touch and to finally meet them after all this time was amazing. Shout out to Jake, Ryan, Ricky (who likes to be called Cid :P), and Ian! Then that night Mike, Vanessa and I went and saw The Devil Wears Prada. It was good!
Then on Tuesday I cleaned my room and burned off some creative energy:


I recovered my bulletin board that I did in 6th grade. The tacs aren’t sticking in too well, but the anime/Disney pins at the bottom are doing just fine. I should have put less stars on the ribbons up top. There’s no room to stick anything in underneath the ribbon now x.x;; After Mike got off of work we went to his parents house and watched Last Holiday and fireworks. The movie was better. xD
Anyway, time for work, ttyl πŸ˜€

Comments now functioning.

One thing about upgrading WordPress I hate is that comments never seem to work after I’ve upgraded. that’s because for each theme you need to upload a new comments page. Well I knew all of this, I’m just a lazy sloth and never got around to it. So comments work now, you’re welcome! Now comment and tell me how much you missed me. Also I fixed smilies. It was a simple upload of my old vars.php.
So far this summer has been super busy. I have Greg’s wedding next weekend and all the prep that goes with that. I’ll be really happy when it’s over! Tomorrow is the bride’s Bachelorette party, but since I’m poor I won’t be going with them. They’re going to Disneyland, and with tickets at over $50, plus food, plus souveniers, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were over $100. I just can’t afford that right now unfortunately πŸ™

Well, my neice’s baby shower is today, so I need to get off of my dead butt and clean up a little bit. Yes, my neice is having a baby. That will make me a great aunt at 21. Help!

Bridesmaid stuff.

Well, yesterday was an eventful bridesmaid day! I went to David’s Bridal and picked up the final version my dress, with all the alterations done and everything. By the way, it’s this dress (Style # 8660 in Apple). I’m SO glad that’s out of the way. The alterations I had to do on it cost the same as the dress itself, weep. My damned big ass.

After that, Teresa and I headed over to a little bridal shop pretty much a couple blocks away so I could try on some bridesmaid dresses (again). Teresa is letting her bridesmaids pick pretty much any dress they want, as long as it’s in the right color and material. The first time I went I thought I liked this dress (style #369 in Pomegranate), but when I went back again I realized that I didn’t really care for that dress at all because the detail at the waist was in a weird place and made my waist look… well, weird haha. When I went back I tried on this dress (style # A6242 in claret) and decided to go with that one. You can’t really tell in the picture but it’s just below the knee and has an option for straps, which I may go with, I haven’t decided yet. I’m really excited that I finally ordered the dress!! Hopefully Teresa’s other bridesmaids will get on the bandwagon now, hehe. The maid of honor is most likely getting this dress (style #442 in Pomegranate), one of the other maids is probably getting my first choice, and the last maid is probably getting a shorter length one like mine.

I really like how she’s letting us choose our own dresses. Since all of her bridesmaids live all over the country (one in San Francisco, one in Portland, one in Boston, and me in Orange County) it would have been too hard to order them all from the same store so we could all get our dresses from the same dye lot, so we might as well have different dresses, too. Plus this way we’ll all have the dress we like the best and feel the most comfortable in. I’ll probably do the same thing if I ever get married. πŸ™‚

Only two weeks until Greg’s wedding and 5 months and 2 weeks until Teresa’s wedding! I can’t wait!

Fwds are Lame, but I Liked This One.

My friend Amber ({Maz}’s girlfriend, not my neice :dorkygrin: ) sent me this email yesterday. Kind of lame, but it helped me anyway. I got lots of calls and emails yesterday, thanks everyone. πŸ™‚

John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood
and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him
how he was doing, he would reply, “If I were any better, I would be
twins!”

He was a natural motivator.

If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the
employee how to look on the positive side of the situation.

Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and
asked him, “I don’t get it! You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?”

He replied, “Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two
choices today. You can choose to be in a good mood or … you can
choose to be in a bad mood. I choose to be in a good mood.”

Each time something bad happens, I can choose to be a victim or…I
can choose to learn from it. I choose to learn from it.

Every time someone comes to me complaining, I can choose to accept
their complaining or… I can point out the positive side of life. I
choose the positive side of life.

“Yeah, right, it’s not that easy,” I protested.

“Yes, it is,” he said. “Life is all about choices. When you cut away
all the junk, every situation is a choice. You choose how you react to
situations. You choose how people affect your mood. You choose to be in a good mood or bad mood. The bottom line: It’s your choice how you live your life.”

I reflected on what he said. Soon hereafter, I left the Tower Industry
to start my own business. We lost touch, but I often thought about him
when I made a choice about life instead of reacting to it.

Several years later, I heard that he was involved in a serious
accident, falling some 60 feet from a communications tower.

After 18 hours of surgery and weeks of intensive care, he was released
from the hospital with rods placed in his back. I saw him about six months after the accident. When I asked him how he was, he replied, “If I were any better, I’d be twins…Wanna see my scars?”

I declined to see his wounds, but I did ask him what had gone through
his mind as the accident took place.

“The first thing that went through my mind was the well-being of my
soon-to-be born daughter,” he replied. “Then, as I lay on the ground,
I remembered that I had two choices: I could choose to live or…I
could choose to die. I chose to live.”

“Weren’t you scared? Did you lose consciousness?” I asked.

He continued, “..the paramedics were great.

They kept telling me I was going to be fine. But when they wheeled me
into the ER and I saw the expressions on the faces of the doctors and
nurses, I got really scared. In their eyes, I read ‘he’s a dead man’.
I knew I needed to take action.”

“What did you do?” I asked.

“Well, there was a big burly nurse shouting questions at me,” said
John. “She asked if I was allergic to anything. ‘Yes, I replied.’ The
doctors and nurses stopped working as they waited for my reply. I took
a deep breath and yelled, ‘Gravity’.”

Over their laughter, I told them, “I am choosing to live. Operate on
me as if I am alive, not dead.”

He lived, thanks to the skill of his doctors, but also because of his
amazing attitude… I learned from him that every day we have the
choice to live fully.

Attitude, after all, is everything .

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about
itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34.

After all today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

I’m choosing not to be a victim. πŸ™‚

Get into the Groove.

I wasn’t really able to work out in April because of all of the stuff I had going on but I finished the last of it this week, so this weekend I was able to get back into my workout routine. πŸ™‚ Hopefully I’ll start going during the week again, but for now I’m just happy I went this weekend, hehe. I really want to work out a lot this summer, I need to shed some pounds… To date, I’ve gained exactly 30 lbs since HS :faint: I know, I’m a big fatty. Ideally I’d like to lose 30 lbs, but I know that is pretty much impossible lol. I calculated my BMI and according to that, I am overweight. πŸ™ I don’t want to follow in my family’s footsteps when it comes to weight gain, so I really need to crack down.

Also, I never revealed the results of all my tests! See, I’m so busy I forget these things. Well, I don’t have cancer, Celiac Disease, parasites, or severe inflammation. So pretty much my doctor just thinks that I have oversensitive nerves in my intestines, aka IBS. I’m to continue taking fiber supplements and watch what I eat (nothing overly greasy, acidic foods in moderation, dairy in moderation, no caffeine, no alcohol (BOOO)) which should also help with losing weight.

It’s kind of weird. I remember a time when I was talking to Mike’s mom because she has Celiac Disease. Therefore, she can’t eat bread, pasta, pretty much foods high in carbs. As a result, it’s not hard for her to maintain a reasonable weight, but she’s not skinny or anything. I remember thinking, I wish I had a disease that would force me to eat healthier, maybe then I could lose weight.

Looks like I got what I wished for. πŸ˜›

I love Threadless!

Last week my favorite destination for tee shirts, Threadless.com had a $10 sale. It was MADNESS trying to get on to the site and order anything (I ended up submitting my order twice — oops!) But I managed to get these three shirts:


Pandamonium in Guy’s Medium


We’re Toast in Guy’s Medium


99 Luftballoons in Girly Large

My favorite is We’re Toast, but it’s kind of really large. I sent Pandamonium back because they have other sizes now, but they’re completely sold out of we’re toast. 99 Luftballoons fits me perfectly. Yay! I hate how fast they sell out of everything though.

Buy from threadless! πŸ˜€