1. I have not abandoned ShoeShe. I’ve just been really busy at work and haven’t had a lot of time that I wanted to spend on a computer while at home.
2. I have started a new blog…My First Rodeo, and am having a blast taking on this new endeavor that sort of has a point. You can feel free to check it out, leave comments, or don’t. It is really more for my benefit than anything else. I want to prove that I can do something new every day (or at least 3-5 days per week).
3. Medical Update – I went back to my neurologist today, and I apparently have bone spurs on my cervical spine. I’ve been referred to a pain management specialist for some sort of injection. Ouch! Anyway…the double vision is still gone (but the doctors are baffled as to why/how…especially since my vision tests the same as it did while I had the double vision). The headaches are sporadic at this point. I have a pretty bad headache about once every week or two…but nothing like before. One of my doctors said that it is possible that the double vision was due to the severity and frequency of the headaches. Once the headaches were eliminated (at least mostly), I’m able to focus more easily and with less effort, thus minimizing the double vision. My jaw is doing much better, though is still hurting around the jawline on both sides and by the condyle on the left side. I see my TMJ specialist tomorrow to get my splints readjusted (a monthly process…which has turned into an every three weeks process for me and my “special” case). I love my TMJ specialist. He’s friendly, his office staff is friendly and his furniture is hilarious. Plus he really knows his stuff! I like that part the most!!!
4. I wonder if asking a child if he is dumb is the same thing as calling him dumb…either way I feel horribly about doing so, but you’d just have to see this kid in action. I swear he’ll wind up in prison someday. He’s just awful!!! And, when you tell his mother some of the things he does (while in Sunday School), she just says, “boys will be boys.” That’s when I want to snap and say…”No, mam…brats will be brats…so long as their parents allow them to be brats! You can teach your son to be polite and respectful of adults.” But I always just give up. It turns out that this “blessed little boy” treats his mother as badly ALWAYS (if not worse) than he treats me every Sunday. I feel for her, but I mostly loathe her for not teaching her son how to behave (especially in church). It should not be my place as a Sunday School teacher to be a disciplinarian…for reasons other than the fact that I’m terrible at it.
5. Insurance companies and medical billing procedures suck!!! I’m in the midst of a battle over some services that occurred in 2007…why they just now surfaced is further proof that something needs to be done about those procedures. I am adamantly opposed to Obama’s healthcare plan, because I think it opens a can of worms that needs to remain tightly sealed. While I think that we are in desperate need of healthcare reform, I don’t think the current plan on the table is the right solution. It could be what loses Obama his second term. The people that his plan would help could care less. They are already receiving free or greatly reduced healthcare services in overcrowded ERs. Those people won’t stop going to ERs either, because that’s how they’ve been trained. Nobody taught them to have a proper family physician to see for that pesky earache or low-grade fever. Nope. Their parents lugged them to the ER for every such occurrence as children. I suppose society is partly to blame. It is a bit of a never-ending cycle. And while Obama’s plan might help a few, I fear it would hurt the rest of us. Once employers no longer “have to” provide medical insurance for their employees, customer service will be at an all-time low. It is already hard enough to get answers from private insurance companies. Picture this: the government is in charge of answering those same questions. I don’t think we would ever be able to peel back enough of the red tape to get our questions answered. As for medical services, I also fear the worst! Picture this: my grandfather who has twice beaten the odds against cancer wouldn’t have even been given a chance to beat those odds, because the government says a full cure is unlikely, and thus leaves him to die. That’s not a world in which I want to live. While we can dream of a happy society where we have 100% national healthcare, the fact of the matter is that our society has not been trained to think that way. It could never work. Do you really want your grandmother’s cardiologist to be making $60,000 a year as a government-paid doctor? Heavens no! I like that my grandmother’s cardiologist makes almost 4 time that amount. Why? Because I can expect more. I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you my other concerns.
6. I’ve become quite good at cooking. I get to practice almost nightly, and I love it! It is so much fun…and it provides me with an outlet for my creativity. I realize that some of you remember my not-so-good-at-cooking days from college. Let me assure you that I haven’t tried to make any Death Chicken or Chocolate Stuff in years…nor will I ever!
7. My 10 year reunion is in October. I graduated from high school in 1999. Some days it seems like forever ago, and other days it feels like it was just yesterday. Why is that? I didn’t keep in touch with hardly any of my classmates…even the ones who were my best friends, but have since become their “friends” on Facebook. That seems odd to me. I don’t talk to you in 7-8 years, then all of a sudden we’re besties on Facebook…that’s weird! I feel badly about not keeping in touch with some of my friends, but at the same time in the back of my mind I remember that most of my teenage years were not fun for me. When I was in 7th grade, I paid two girls on my basketball team to be nice to me. It seems so pathetic now…it was even more pathetic back then. They made fun of me all the time, but if I gave them gum or money they laid off for a day or two. What was I thinking? Why didn’t I tell an adult? Why didn’t I talk to someone about how it made me feel instead of keeping it all inside? In 11th grade I went to a residential school for really advanced (and mostly socially awkward kids) to avoid the teen angst I was experiencing. When I moved back to my school (because I hated being with all those socially awkward kids…I am not socially awkward – and never really was) later that same year, I discovered that I had lost all but one of my friends. It sucked. All my other friends had moved on to drinking and mild drug use…or to the “popular crowd.” I did not. And while I don’t regret not ever drinking or experimenting with any drugs while I was in high school, I wonder what my life might have been like had I experienced some of the normal teen behavior. Would I have made new friends? Would I have stressed less over perfect grades? I guess it is weird that I even think these things. Oh well.
8. I didn’t have my first drink until my 21st birthday (in Chicago on a Model UN trip with Mrs. Huckablog). Later that year, I got wasted on two wine coolers on a different Model UN trip. I loved Model UN. In hindsight, it probably wasn’t a good idea to drink alcohol while taking heart medication. I am now off all my heart medication, and I love mojitos!!! They are my alcoholic beverage of choice these days.
9. I saw Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Saturday. Parts of it were nothing like my expectations from the book, but other parts were exactly as I envisioned them. It was well-done. I was impressed. And for all the book purists, I think you have to separate the book series from the movie series to get a full appreciation for the movies. Otherwise, you sort of get hung up on the things they leave out of the movies. Don’t you realize that if they made the book into a movie with all the details, the movie would be an 8-hour movie? My favorite book (and movie) in the series remains Goblet of Fire.
10. I haven’t read any of the Twilight books yet. I’m not sure why. But if it is any consolation, I didn’t read any of the Harry Potter books until 3 years ago, and I now love them. I guess it takes me a while to get on the pop culture bandwagon.