Sunday, June 26, 2005
Is Orlando Ready for Me??

As long as a doctor (NOTE-not my doctor since he can't see me until freaking Thursday) gives me the OK, I'm heading to Orlando on Tuesday! After a family function earlier in the day, I hit the mall to find some extra snooty business wear. I found a great skirt that is reversible and on sale for $10! Usually reversible makes me run away in horror, but the skirt is really cute! So that covers two days of clothing that I have to bring. I have absolutely NO idea if I'll have any free time at all...but the resort we're staying at is pretty darn snazzy! Six days and five nights at the wonderful Walt Disney Dolphin resort :) I'll have two other gals from school with me and since the national competition and conference is a huge event, we have a great group discount. I haven't done a lick of studying, but I'll do some review tomorrow to make sure I remember everything.

Health Update: Well, I'm still having some difficulties, but I'm learning how to manage with the pain. As long as I don't use my arm too much, walk around too much, eat too much, and always have some tissues for two different nose drippings, I'm ok. Still not going (ya know, #1 in the bathroom) more than once a day despite all my drinking, but it doesn't hurt or burn. TMI, I know. I am so crossing my fingers that the infection is gone, or that it was an infection, and not that other possibility.

Mental Update: No more emails from Paul's family, thank goodness. I actually have regained my sanity after the first week back from NYC. It's a bit weird not hearing my phone ring so often, but I actually don't think of him much unless my family brings him up. OK, so there are unanswered questions about what happened to him after we last spoke, but I don't really care. Who knew it would be so easy to get on with life? My parents think I'm just bottling my emotions, but I am fine! My mom even bought me a self-help book upon the recommendation of my loopy aunt. Would someone else like to tell my family that I'm not sad and pathetic?

I haven't decided if I'll bring my laptop along yet, so if I don't post the rest of the week, I'll make sure to update when I get home along with pictures!! And hopefully a trophy :)

Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Don't Gotta Go Right Now! left hand is feeling a bit better so I'm going to write a post!

So, Friday I went back to the doctor again. I think his second marriage has made him a bit kooky...he wears bright shirts and just seems loopy overall lately. But then again, it's been over a year since I've seen him before this last bout of yuck. I go there due to the lack of my hand listening to me, back pain, and a fever that decided to play havoc as well last week. Also, I had a creepy rash that started (later determined by him to be petechiae.) The headache and dizziness came back too. Yeah, when I get sick, I go all the way! So, I go get my blood drawn for a CBC and other crud, do the pee in a cup fun, and have a sinus X-ray. Well, my white blood cells were extremely high and they were also in my urine. Yep, I have a lovely kidney infection. Since then, I've just about lost the urge to urinate despite forcing down the fluids. Lovely! He is still concerned about the WBCs being elevated and the petechiae so I'm supposed to go in again on Friday. Yippee! I'm hoping the antibiotics kill it and his extra worry is nothing.

Good Florida trip is set and I'm leaving on Tuesday. Well, I hope I will still get to go! I've never been to Florida before and we're staying at one of the Walt Disney World resorts. I need to crack open my accounting book in order to prepare for the big competition. I'm not looking forward to dressing up every day with the heat. It's already humid and about 80 here...I can only imagine what it's like there! Crossing my fingers everything works out! Then, I can go and refocus on the marathon...the weight loss has been actually easy the past month!

Friday, June 17, 2005
I'm Alive...

This post will be short! Muscles and joints are acting up...can barely use my left hand, all joints ache, and I have a weird pin-prick rash and fever that popped up in the past few days. I also had an allergic reaction to the muscle relaxant given which gave me another fun ER trip in the past week. Blah! Will be going to the doctor (AGAIN) later today! I want this to be over NOW!

Sunday, June 05, 2005
Waving From Hell!!

Wow, it's June already!! The NYC Challenge is over, the Belly Buster is over, and the Blogger Fat Off is wrapping up by the end of the month, so it's time for another challenge to keep me going. I must admit, the past couple of weeks haven't been the smoothest due to personal troubles and physical pains...why do I let that get in the way?? Arrrgh! So, I'm going to be developing a new goal for the rest of the summer sometime this week. I have to analyze my stats and figure out what I want to work on now.

I'm still dealing with Paul aftermath. If I receive one more email from a member of his family, I'll crack! I won't go into too many details...but I am SOOOOOOO glad I'm through with him after the totally fucked-up story I've been told to make me feel guilty. I know the story isn't I'm not going to respond to the notes/calls until they get tired and stop the stupid charade. And if for some reason the story about Paul's condition now is true (which it totally isn't because I know how to verify information), let him freaking haunt me. I DARE YOU!!

Finally, tomorrow I start back to my marathon training. After walking miles and miles through NYC, I know one of my pairs of shoes aren't going to work for the MCM. I have some beautiful blisters to prove it!! So, looks like I'll be doing some more actual road testing :)

Thursday, June 02, 2005
Three Things...

I've been tagged by Marta! Yet another 3 Things meme:

3 names I go by:
- Jodi
- Gigglepuss
- Jods

3 screen names I've had:

- msgigglepuss
- clar1425
- drjlr318

3 physical things I like about myself:
- my eyes
- my ankles
- my fingers

3 parts of my heritage:
- German
- Pennyslvania Dutch
- American Indian

3 things I am wearing right now:
- pink t-shirt
- grey workout capris with pink running stripe
- Curvations pink flowered bra (yes, all clothing matches today!)

3 favorite bands/musical artists:
- John Mayer
- Rob Thomas
- Dave Matthews Band

3 favorite songs:
- My Favorite Mistake by Sheryl Crow
- Mr. Brightside by The Killers
- Rich Girl by Gwen Stefani

3 things I want in a relationship:
- good taste in music
- a sense of humor

3 physical things about the preferred sex that appeal to me:
- hands
- eyes
- smile

3 favorite hobbies:
- watching movies
- reading blogs
- shopping (with or without money!)

3 Things I want to do badly right now:
- take a trip around the world
- win a substantial amount of money in the lottery
- find a job that I love more than half the time

3 things that scare me:
- deep water/drowning
- never being completely happy again
- cancer

3 of my everyday essentials:
- food
- water
- music

3 Careers you have considered or are considering:
- trapeze artist
- pediatrician
- human resource manager

3 places you want to go on vacation:
- Australia
- France
- London

3 kids' names you like:
- Kaitlyn
- Madeline (Maddie for short)
- Zach

3 things you want to do before you die:
- finish school
- get married and have children
- own my own home

3 ways I am stereotypically a boy:
- I'm messy
- I don't enjoy cooking
- I'm competitive

3 ways I am stereotypically a girl:
- I hold grudges
- I like to shop
- I love pink and purple

3 celeb crushes:
- George Clooney (sure he's old, but he's still hot!)
- Matthew McConaughey
- Hugh Jackman

Ok, my turn to tag 3 people!! Jenniy, Dazed, and Kristi are it!!

Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Back From NYC!

I am back from vacation! I hung out with seven great people from my LO team on Ediets for the majority of the time...and they were AWESOME! It is amazing...we all have such different personalities and live nowhere near each other but we all clicked! There was no awkwardness or dull moments and we acted like we've known each other forever. Well, we have known each other quite awhile, but only by what we share with the team. Amazingly, everybody was exactly how I'd imagined surprises at all! I have so many pictures that I want to share once I get my cord. I just wish I could hang out with these folks in person everyday...I truly count them as my closest friends after this weekend.

One of the coolest places we went to was the Museum of Sex :) It was a hoot! One of the exhibits went through the history of porn movies with clips...the old ones are hilarious! One was about a guy asking a gal to "breathe" on his cock...requesting "more...More...MORE!!" They also had some crazy contraptions like the "Monkey Rocker" and the "Drillomatic" (not quite sure of the name but click the link to check out the picture). There was also a site where you can add your own sex stories...we added a whopper one to the state of Maine. We also went to an off-Broadway production of "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change", saw the Statue of Liberty, walked through Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, made it to the top of the Empire State Building, did a ton of walking and shopping, and drank a bit too much.

Another cool thing: we decided to go as a group for a psychic reading. We were a bit drunk and saw a special a few doors down from the hotel. By reading my palm and telling one wish, she said I'll have a long life, my best months are September, October, and November, I'll find my dark-haired soulmate this fall, have two kids, I should keep a fair-haired man in my past because things will never go the way I want, and should go back into the medical field. I'm taking all this information lightly, but it sure was interesting. She was so worried about one of our members that she wanted to counsel her for another week by phone :) She must have sensed that she had the most money...Ha!

Oh yeah, and the big thing...Paul and I are done. Over. Forever. I'm still trying to get a grip on the situation...the whole thing was odd and there are some things I still need to figure out. I've been told some new information as well and I still am trying to clarify some crap. Once I've figured it out, I'll share. Right now, I'm going through the emotions of anger and then least I won't have him to stress about anymore. I'm ready to see what will happen in the next chapter of my life. There is so much to look forward to and I know I'll be just fine!