This evening as I was tucking Megan into bed I told her that she had to stop growing and stay my little girl forever. Of course, she said "no". When I asked her why not... this is what she said: "I can't, I have to get married!"
July 29, 2009
July 27, 2009
This is my first Menu Plan Monday post. Eric has been bugging me for a while to start coming up with weekly menus. I found this post at orgjunkie.com and decided to play along. So, here is my menu plan for this week. I will go grocery shopping this afternoon for MOST of the items. Friday we plan on having guests over for dinner, and the meal I plan on making requires a lot of fresh veggies so I will pick those up Thursday afternoon.
Monday: BLT with Chips and salsa (the only thing I need to buy for this is bread)
Tuesday: Turkey Eggplant Casserole (found here)
Wednesday: Picante Chicken
Thursday: Soup and Salad
Saturday: Breakfast (I love having breakfast for dinner!)
Sunday: Leftover night!
July 24, 2009
I had my first appt with the neurosurgeon yesterday. After a 2.5 hour wait we finally got in to see the Dr. She said that
because the tumor is so small, most likely benign, and because I
am not showing any symptoms, she wants to wait and watch it for a while.
I will have a repeat MRI in 3 months, and we will see if it is growing
at all. If it doesn't then I will just live with this thing in my head
and get regular MRIs. If it does, then we will discuss surgery.
She is also presenting my case in front of the KU Med Tumor Board on
Aug 3rd. There are 6 neurosurgeons that get together and review cases.
I should hear back on Aug 4th what the board decided, but she expects
that they will recommend monitoring as well.
When we finally left the hospital, Eric and I went down to the Plaza for dinner. We went to Plaza III and had a yummy dinner, followed by some Gelato from another place (sorry.. can't remember the name!) while we walked around for a bit before going home. All in all, not a bad day.
July 21, 2009
July has been an emotional roller coaster for our family. We have had lots of good family time, but it was tempered (at least for the adults) by some not so good news.
I get migraines, have had them for the past couple of years. This lead to me getting a CT scan
a couple of weeks ago. The CT results showed an "asymmetric density"
which led to an MRI. My MRI results came back on July 7th and showed that
I have a 1cm mass adjacent to the right lateral ventricle. Yep. I have a brain tumor.
I have been referred to KU Med and will see a neurosurgeon on Thursday. From my research so far I have found that the type
of mass that the radiologist suspects it is is usually benign, and meningiomas are usually very slow growing. There
are two treatment options if it IS a meningioma, wait and see - which
involves multiple MRIs to monitor for any growth, or brain surgery to
remove it. Because of the location, either in or pressing up against
the right ventricle, surgery is likely. I will know more after I meet
with the neurosurgeon. We are considering either MD Anderson or the Mayo Clinic for my second opinion and treatment, so trips to either Minnesota or Texas are in the future.
On the other hand, I received some very good news yesterday. The promotion that I have been working so hard for has finally come through! Unfortunately my excitement over the promotion has been tempered by anxiety about my appt with the neurosurgeon.
So, that has been my July so far. I am in pretty good spirits about it all, and have faith that everything will be ok.
July 16, 2009
July 15, 2009
This is the second card that I made using the Doodlebug PP scraps. I used the same colors and stamp set as the card that I posted yesterday. I changed the orientation, and used the Doodlebug striped paper instead of the floral. I stamped the Hibiscus Burst CS with Background Basics - Text Styles using the same color ink. And I STILL have some scraps left of this PP!
July 14, 2009
When I was done making the card and bow for my Moms gifts I still had quite a bit of the Doodlebug PP left on my workspace. I decided to use it! I made 2 more cards using the same PP.
I started with the Stampers Select White CS from PTI and used the EKSuccess mini border punch on the edge (I had scored the CS wrong, so this "fixed" it). Then I added a piece of PTIs Lemon Tart Bitty Boxes PP. I layered the Doodlebug PP on that and added the ribbon and bow. Then I had to decide on my focal image. I pulled out PTIs Garden of Life stamp set and stamped the flowers and sentiment in Hibiscus Burst. I added a little lemon tart in the center of the flowers and some Diamond Stickles on top of them. I layered the focal image on the Hibuscus Burst CS, and popped it up with pop dots.. but thought it needed something else. I punched a butterfly (using a Martha Stewart punch) out of some Lemon Tart CS, added some American Crafts bling and more stickles!
July 13, 2009
I needed a masculine birthday card and decided to chack out the recent challenges at SplitCoastStampers. This card is for Sketch Challenge 235. It is hard to tell (in this crappy picture) but the sentiment block is popped up on pop dots.
PP: Imagination Project
Ink: PTI Ripe Avocado and Tim Holtz Distress Ink
Misc buttons from stash.
July 11, 2009
I decided to keep the "wrapping" simple for my Mom's birthday gift since the box is a nice printed cardboard, and just made a pretty bow! I saw this tutorial on SplitCoastStampers months ago for the paper bow, but had not yet made one. The bow coordinates with her card, of course!
July 10, 2009
July 9, 2009
CS, Ink, Stamp: Papertrey Ink
Die: Stampin Up
Other: EK SUccess Border Punch, Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, Stickles, American Crafts bling
July 7, 2009
Here is the card that I made to go with the Recipe Box (below).
I love the Smokey Shadow ink from PTI. Black would have been too harsh on the front of this card, and I did not have the right blue ink to match the blue CS (Since it is not PTI). The grey ink worked perfectly though!
July 6, 2009
We had a good 4th of July this weekend. Spending time with family, hanging out in the pool, and shooting off fireworks in front of the house. All the while playing with my new camera! I have not edited any of this pictures yet, they are straight out of the camera.
A co-worker recently got married, and had a small destination wedding. Last week we had a reception of sorts for them. I was asked by the organizing co-workers if I would make a recipe box for the Bride and Groom, using the wedding invite stationary. So here is my first hybrid project. The patterned paper was designed by a co-worker. She also designed the recipe cards, but I did not get a picture of them.
Other supplies used:
CS: Bazzill and Papertry Ink
Ink, Stamps and Ribbon: Papertrey Ink
Pearls (Hobby Lobby), Heart Pin (MM), Nestabilities, Embossing Powder (SU?), Letter Stickers (MM?), Misc trim