Sunday, November 30, 2008

Letter to Santa

Dear Santa,

I've been a good girl. Mostly because I've been too sick to be bad, but that still counts as good right? Thanks so much for the early gift of President-elect Obama and a Democrat controlled Congress. I'm forever grateful for that! Here's the rest of my wish list. Hope you can make some if not all of this list happen.

  1. A new kidney. I'm grateful for all the volunteers and hoping for a match!
  2. An end to war. Ours and everyones. This has got to stop. We've got to find a better way.
  3. Economic stability.
  4. A stop to all the homophobic, deny human rights, fear based BS about GLBTs.
  5. A good solution to tax issues.
  6. Al Franken wins the recount. A long shot, I know.
  7. Health, happiness to all my family and friends. Even the ones who make me crazy.
Thanks for reading this Santa and I hope you can fit it all into your sleigh!

Your most devoted friend,

Friday, November 28, 2008

Random thoughts about random things

I understand the people who would throw W out on his ass today and let Obama take over. I wonder all the time what he will fuck up before he leaves office. I think the entire country (except the hold out neocon wingnuts) gave thanks that W is O.U.T. in a few more weeks.

Cornbread dressing is great. Bread stuffing is meh.

We got to feast with friends yesterday and everyone preferred the Chocolate Decadence cake over the Pumpkin Pie 5 to 1.

Only one eatery was open when we got home last night and yeah we were hungry. Thank you Wing Stop, you rock!

No calls from my brothers. What a shocker.

It is Black Friday. I hope all the shoppers are having a good time and the stores are making some money. I feel for all the people who work retail. Blessings to you today.

I will be working on Logan's baby quilt today.

Love to all.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Feeling Grateful

I love Thanksgiving! Here's some of my gratitude list.
  1. Kim & Pierre for inviting us to the feast.
  2. President-elect Obama.
  3. My awesome family. Even the ones who make me crazy.
  4. The best friends one can ever imagine.
  5. OCICBW peeps.
  6. A/E B'netters.
  7. My critters.
  8. My doctors and their staffs.
  9. St. Sue of Delaware.
  10. And really the number one, my husband, the love of my life.

Friday, November 21, 2008

The eyes have it!

So I go to the eye doctor yesterday and my droopy eyelids interfer with my vision so I get an insurance paid eye lift. 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

New baby on the way

We've got a new baby coming to our family. His name is Logan and he's due to be born on Christmas day. I'm having a blast shopping for baby clothes. I'm such a sap, they're all so cute I have to be careful not to buy the store.

Logan will be my nephew's second son. Having no children myself it is my duty to spoil nieces and nephews and the greats shamelessly. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Lunch with Els

Today started off badly when G's boss called to see if he would work today. I was looking forward to hanging out with him and getting some run-around chores done like plates on the new car, but noooooooooooo. Then my friend Els called and was in town for a couple of meetings with a nice long break in between so we went to a late lunch. I have found my new favorite Arian cuisine neighborhood restaurant! We each had a soup. Mine was thin slices of raw beef tenderloin sliced into a steaming hot broth and served up with all the regular fresh beansprouts, kefir lime, jalapenos, that gooey sweet hot sauce. Truly OMG delicious. Els had the Thai Hot and Sour soup with shrimp and crab meat. Each soup was served in its own tureen with enough for about 20 people. Sharing soup is a great way to pass time with a friend.

Els is taking a six month sabbatical starting the first of the year and taking a trip around the world. If things go well I'll be transplanted around that time so we're both off on a journey of healing and restoration. Els is an advocate for children and the Act 1 vote in Arkansas was very painful for her. 10 years ago in the county she covers there were 10 foster homes serving a population need off about 20,000 people. Today there are 8 foster homes serving a population of around 50,000.  So way to go all you anti-gay children hating bigots. Nice work.

Reading it again

What are your favorite books that you've read more than once? The ones that just never get old and still make you laugh or cry or ponder?

Right now I'm reading A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole again. I lived in New Orleans for a time and I swear I knew these people!

Serve it up folks! Share your favorites.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

She is the smartest person on TV. She is also on the cover of this month's Advocate. Most important, she is my top secret lesbian crush. Don't tell anyone okay?

Catch the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC. You can also download it on iTunes. 

This made me cry

Sunday, November 9, 2008

My friend the Mad Priest

I have a friend who is a priest in the Church of England. His blog, Of Course I Could Be Wrong, is one of my favorites. Right now Jonathan is under attack by some vile people who would destroy him and his blog ministry if they could. I'm not going to mention their names or link to their site. I wish I had something wise and uplifting to say but I don't. I find these people so hideous and horrible that I'm afraid their stank will rub off on me somehow.

Martin Luther King sums it up for me, "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

Friday, November 7, 2008

Random thoughts on being home

Hooray! I am home from the hospital. I am so grateful for all the prayers and non prayers and good wishes.

A special thanks to Sue Taber aka St. Sue of Delaware. Through Mimi and the Mad One I have made a great new friend who has already walked the path of receiving a kidney transplant. She is a mighty blessing to me and my husband.

I am happy to be with my wiener dogs and evil kitties. 

I love getting comments from everyone. I feel like I am in a wonderful state of grace. My country has a new president and I feel real hope that I can again be proud to be an American. I feel real hope that I will get my country back.

I am disappointed with some of the awful anti-GLBT votes. I just ache for my brothers and sisters who have to live everyday with hideous discrimination and I vow to stand with them until they are free. None of us are free until all of us are free. I love you and I will stand beside you and do what I can.

I love all the people who have offered me a kidney!! 

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What a long strange trip its been

So, on Thursday I ended up in the hospital again. My nephrologist and all around great guy, Dr. Kimball said no further delays for any reason because the kidneys are landing me in the hospital every few days. Yipee skipee yahoo!!! So he turns to my new urology surgeon and all around great guy Dr. Mooney who thinks the best thing to control post-op pain will be an epidural. 

I've always been a big chicken about epidurals. The whole needle in the spine deal is just so disconcerting. Then I get the fabulous news that the surgery will be done under general anesthesia and the epidural will be put in while I'm still under. Then Dr. Whoosiewhatsis, anesthesiologist and all around not-so-good guy decides since they were doing lap I didn't need the amount of pain relief offered by the epidural. Wrong.

The alternative was big ol' whopping doses of morphine which made my blood pressure drop to 0 over 0. I was whisked off to ICU which was fine by me. BEST THING EVER was when I got the steroid shots. A side effect of this particular steroid is EUPHORIA! I didn't think I could feel more euphoric after Obama's election but man oh man, I was the most euphoric woman on the planet for a good 6 hours. 

My southern friends will understand this revelation. It turns out my nephrologist and urologist are the doctors for my brother, cousin's husband, sister-in-law's daddy, and sister-in-law's niece is nephrologist's wife's sorority sister. IOW, we're related. 

Thanks to everyone who prayed and/or not prayed.  It is cool how not prayers work too!

Love alla y'all!