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September 29, 2009

My Prayer for Today...

Dear God,
Grant me,
The Serenity,
To Accept the things I Cannot Change;
Courage to Change the Things I Can;
And Wisdom to Know the Difference.
Living One Day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting Hardships,
As the Pathway to Peace.
Taking, as He did,
This Sinful World,
As It Is...
Not as I Would Have it.
Trusting, that He Will,
Make All Things Right...
If I Surrender,
to His Will...
So that I...
May Be Reasonably,
Happy In This Life
And Supremely,
Happy with Him,
Forever and Ever
In the Next...
So much has happened in the last several months,
That I would really appreciate it,
If you could pray this prayer with me,
Today & everyday! God Bless You & Your Family!

September 28, 2009

The Day of my MRA... Closed MRI with Contrast...

Greg & I left around 12:30 for my long & painful 1:45 Injection appointment at the Hershey Medical Hospital. Greg has always been so kind & loving towards me & today was no different. He dropped me off at the main entrance & then parked the car in the garage & walked the whole way back to me, at the hospital… We walked down the hall past the lion statue, turned right & went down another hall to another set of Elevators; we took an elevator down to the ground level, got out and asked the lady at the desk, where to go. She told us to walk down another hall to an exit sign, turn left & go down yet another hall – to yet another desk, where they told us to wait in the waiting room. (For a little over an hour) Greg got up & grabbed me a cup of water so I could take my bedtime pills, which we thought would be good, considering I’m so claustrophobic.

After two episodes of “Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?” which was playing in the waiting-room, I was called to get my injections. As we walked down yet another hall, the lady asked me if I had any metal in or on my body… I told her I was dressed for the event & all I had to take off were my glasses & my head band. The nurse asked me all sorts of questions and then introduced me to the 2 doctors who would be putting the contrast material into my shoulder via injections. They asked me to take off my shirt partway, so they could get to my Left Shoulder, which the nurse helped me to do. Then they had me lay down on a cold table (or should I say a cold slab of metal?). They took a couple of x-ray shots and marked on my shoulder where they were going to inject the dye. They then proceeded to prepare my shoulder & then started the procedure, (even though my mouth was so dry, my tongue stuck to the top of my mouth!).

After about half way through with the injections (2 of 4), I asked ever so nicely: “Can I ask why you’re doing this all to my left shoulder? It’s supposed to be my right shoulder!” Oh you could have heard a pin drop! The Two Doctors & the nurse all got real quiet & then one doctor spoke up and said: “Uh, umm, what did you say?” - - - (I actually thought about waiting until they were completely done, but I decided to ask half way, which was great!) - - - I giggled quietly (mostly because my mouth was so dry!) & said: “No, you’re right it’s my Left Shoulder!” Oh at that point everyone was laughing and they kept saying: “That was a good one!” & “You got us good on that one!” Afterwards, when the injections were done, the one doctor actually got on the phone & told someone else what I had done! They both had a good laugh over it & so did the rest of us! I’m sure they’ll be telling many other coworkers, just like I’m telling you now…

Greg & I went up the elevator together, but we parted ways when we go to the cafeteria. I went in to grab some ice-cream for me & snacks for Greg, while Greg walked to the parking garage to get the car. When I was done paying for the stuff I got, I walked to the front entrance & sat outside, right next to the valet people… (OMG - The hospital has Valet parking!) Greg was there within moments of me sitting down and we headed to Hope Drive. But because we had to wait to get my injections, I was a little late getting to 30 Hope Drive, for my MRA. At first the lady at the desk couldn’t find my information, but once she found it, I was called right in and the female radiologist took good care of me! We talked on our way back to ‘her’ room about how my day has gone so far & by the time we reached ‘her’ room, she asked what kind of music I liked. I told her anything that would help me fall asleep! (Which she determined was spa music.) She knew I was claustrophobic and told me she had a towel for my eyes, then asked me to lie down on this VERY - VERY – VERY – VERY – VERY NARROW table & that I had to make sure my left shoulder went into this very tiny corner compartment so-to-speak. It was hard to do, but when she helped, it wasn’t as painful. Next, I had to try to stay on the table without falling off! I crossed my legs, but the radiologist asked me to uncross them. She then came over with a nice size ‘ramp’ pillow for under my knees & then strapped my legs down to the table, which actually helped me feel more supported, unlike my right arm – which was hanging off the side of the table!! As the radiologist put the towel over my eyes & put a set of ear-phones on my head, which also held the towel in place, another lady came in & took my right arm bent it up over my head & then I slowly drifted back into the MRI Machine!

Although I could not see or feel where I was inside this massive machine, I knew I was inside. How? Well, the radiologist was talking to me right inside my earphones! As the music played, she would tell me when & how long each photo would take. After the first couple she asked if I was okay. I told her that I was fine, but if she could turn up the music and not to tell me about the photos, because I was just gonna try to sleep… Which I did… Because next thing I knew, she was telling me, “Christina, this is the last batch of photos, it’ll take about 6 minutes and then you’re done!” Oh I was so grateful for that information, because by the time it was done, my right arm (which was above my head) was sore & my mouth was so dry, my tongue stuck to the top of my mouth! My body drifted out of the massive machine and the radiologist was there to help me slowly get up and on my feet. She had my glasses & metal head-band and informed me that my surgeon would get the results & images in the next few days. As she walked me back to the waiting room, the receptionist told me that my husband had gone outside; because his phone kept saying: “An Idiot is calling!” I told her that was my husband’s ringtone for our middle son! We both laughed… (Just to let you know our middle son is in no-way an idiot, in fact none of our sons are, but we all get a kick out of the silly ring-tones!) Like usual, Greg had gone to get the car.

Greg & I then went to our Favorite Pizza Shop: Tonino’s Pizza (on Jonestown Road in Colonial Park) & bought some pizza for just us, because as far as we knew, both of the boys went to work. Then we went to GIANT® Food Stores (also on Jonestown Road in Colonial Park) & he bought himself some chocolate milk & me some juice. When we got home, David came out & asked how everything went & told us that when he’s got a cold, he can’t work at the Olive Garden©. Then when we went inside we found Greggy lying down in the kitchen, in front of the Wood stove, with his head inside! My Mom went on to explain that she kept hearing knocking noises and that Greggy found a small squirrel in the metal pipe, going up the chimney; which Greggy was trying to catch! I said “Wow! I wonder if it’s related to that big squirrel you saw in the kitchen, in November?” with that she got up & went into her office. I then told her that I was tired & was going up to take a nap. (No response) Greg & I headed upstairs to our bedroom and enjoyed our pizza, while we both played online games on our computers. (I played Mahjong Garden on Pogo© trying to get another badge & Greg played Star Wars Galaxies™ Trading Card Game®) After I was done eating & playing 50 games of Mahjong Gardens, I took a 2 hour nap to let my extra bedtime pills go through my system. When I got up from my nap, I felt refreshed but still really sore. Oh I really hope & pray my new Orthopedic surgeon can fix me all up!

I'll keep you posted with updates later! God Bless!

September 25, 2009

You want me to do What?

After being interviewed by the school administration, the prospective teacher said: "Let me see if I've got this right."

"You want me to go into that room with all those kids, correct their disruptive behavior, observe them for signs of abuse, monitor their dress habits, censor their T-shirt messages and instill in them a love for learning."

"You want me to check their backpacks for weapons, wage war on drugs and sexually transmitted diseases and raise their sense of self esteem and personal pride."

"You want me to teach them patriotism and good citizenship, sportsmanship and fair play and how to register to vote, balance a checkbook, and apply for a job."

"You want me to check their heads for lice, recognize signs of antisocial behavior and make sure that they all pass the final exams."

"You also want me to provide them with an equal education regardless of their handicaps and communicate regularly with their parents in English, Spanish or any other language, by letter, telephone, newsletter and report card."

"You want me to do all this with a piece of chalk, a blackboard, a bulletin board, a few books, a big smile and a starting salary that qualifies me for food stamps."

"You want me to do all this and then you tell me... & I CAN'T PRAY?"

September 23, 2009

The Day After Pot Roast - Beef Stroganoff

Another So Easy Recipe!
by: Christina Whale & Tested by her Husband & 3 Sons (& Many Many Others)

---Using Left-Over Pot-Roast & Gravy (even if you have very little meat!)

---Cook enough Wide Egg Noodles for family...
.......(Follow directions on bag on how to cook)

---After Egg Noodles are done, Drain...

---Put leftover Pot-Roast & Gravy into same Pot & Heat thoroughly.

---After Heated ------- Enjoy!!

Unbelievably Scrumptious Crock-Pot Roast

by: Christina Whale & Tested by her Husband & Sons... (& Many Many Others!)

1 Beef Roast, large enough to fit in your crock pot
2 pkgs Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
5 pkgs Brown Gravy Mix (No name brand is fine)
2 pkgs Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix
4-5 cups water

In Crock-pot:

1. Whisk Gravy & Dressing Mixes with Water - then place Roast in crock pot.
2. Puncture the entire roast several times with a fork or knife
3. Cover with the lid & cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.
4. Occasionally, stir the ‘gravy’ & flip the meat.

-->The roast is done when the meat just falls apart!
Remove the roast, ‘slice’ & place on platter and pour the gravy into gravy boat.
Serve with potatoes & a vegetable!


You can start this before going to work...
-------Just flip roast and stir gravy when you get home!

If you have leftover Gravy & Meat...
------Put cut up meat & gravy into a container in the refrigerator.
------See recipe for: The Day After Pot Roast - Beef Stroganoff

FYI: You can double, triple, quadriple, & so on...
I made this with 4 (Four) HUGE Roasts & ended up using 12 cups of water, 5 dressing mixes each, & 12 Gravy mixes... I put them all in frozen the night before, on low. When I woke up the next morning, I stirred the gravy, flipped the roasts, & started getting the kitchen ready for all my guests... I watched my Soap (The Y&R) & took a nap... When I woke up yet again, I stirred the gravy, flipped the roasts, & started the Potato's & Veggies... Oh by the time they were done, the Roast was fall apart Delicious!!! Everyone at my dinner party Raved & Raved, especially when they heard they were all going to have some left-overs to make my Day After Pot Roast - Beef Stroganoff! And it was All-So-Easy!! The hardest thing I had to do that day, was to set the table for 17 people!! - - - - This meal is not only easy it is Unbelievably Scrumptious!

The smell of the roast cooking.......

-----may cause the Entire Family to stay home for dinner!

September 21, 2009

Just a Few Blond Jokes


Two blondes living in Oklahoma were sitting on a bench talking, and one blonde says to the other, 'Which do you think is farther away... Florida or the moon?' The other blonde turns and says 'Helloooooooooo, can you see Florida ???'

A blonde pushes her BMW into a gas station. She tells the Mechanic it died. After he works on it for a few minutes, it is idling smoothly. She says, 'What's the story?' He replies, 'Just crap in the carburetor.' She asks, 'How often do I have to do that?'

A police officer stops a blonde for speeding and asks her very nicely if he could see her license. She replies in a huff, 'I wish you guys would get your act together. Just yesterday you take away my license and then today you expect me to show it to you!'

There's this blonde out for a walk. She comes to a river and sees another blonde on the opposite bank. 'Yoo-hoo!' she shouts, 'How can I get to the other side? ' - - - The second blonde looks up the river then down the river and shouts back, 'You ARE on the other side.'

A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor's office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.. 'Impossible!' says the doctor. 'Show me.' --- The redhead takes her finger, pushes on her left shoulder and screams, then she pushes her elbow and screams even more. She pushes her knee and screams; likewise she pushes her ankle and screams. Everywhere she touches makes her scream. The doctor says, 'You're not really a redhead, are you?' 'Well, no' she says, 'I'm actually a blonde.' -- 'I thought so,' the doctor says, 'Your finger is broken.'

A highway patrolman pulled alongside a speeding car on the freeway. Glancing at the car, he was astounded to see that the blonde behind the wheel was knitting! --- Realising that she was oblivious to his flashing lights and siren, the trooper cranked down his window, turned on his bullhorn and yelled, 'PULL OVER!' --- 'NO!' the blonde yelled back, 'IT'S A SCARF!'

A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night.. it was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on Science & Nature. Her question was, 'If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?' -- She thought for a time and then asked, 'Is it on or off?'

A girl was visiting her blonde friend, who had acquired two new dogs, and asked her what their names were. The blonde responded by saying that one was named Rolex and one was named Timex. Her friend said, 'Whoever heard of someone naming dogs like that?' --- 'HELLLOOOOOOO......,' answered the blonde. 'They're watch dogs!'