31st Mar2010

We Love Workouts!

by Daenel

I found this cute meme on Making Over Me and thought I’d participate.  Normally, today would be a gym day for me but my kids disrupted my schedule ~ overslept and missed the bus, so I had to modify today’s plans.  I briefly considered going for a run but then I remembered the snow/sleet/hail/slush/wth that we got yesterday afternoon and decided, instead, to take today as a rest day.

In the mean time, I am wearing my pedometer and my Therashoes, so even though today is not an “active” workout day, I’m still making sure I get in some fitness.  I’m also keeping up with my water intake and watching what I eat.

So what are your workout plans for today?  If you’d like to share, simply write a post or snap a picture of yourself working out and then go here and leave a link to your post.  Don’t forget to grab the badge and leave some comment love….

31st Mar2010

Weigh~In Wednesday

by Daenel

Now that my vision has returned, I am in the process of moving back into my normal routine.  Yay!  Yesterday I went to the gym and walked on the treadmill for 50 minutes.  Omg, did it feel good!  For a few minutes it felt like my heart was gonna pop through my chest but I pushed past it and managed to burn 352 calories and walk 3.64 miles.  I’m taking things slowly but I’m pretty happy with yesterday’s workout.

Honestly, though, I wasn’t expecting much by way of weight loss but I’m thrilled to report that the scale is on the downward slide!

Measurements
Bust ~ 37 3/4 in
Arm ~ 12 1/2 in
Waist ~ 31 1/4 in
Abdomen ~ 37 in
Hips ~ 41 1/4 in
Thigh ~ 24 in

Weight ~ 157.9 lbs  (~1.9 lbs)

Go Team Off the Oreos!

30th Mar2010

I Can See!

by Daenel


I am so happy to report that my vision has returned! Let me tell you, being able to see out of one eye is a bear. I want to thank everyone for their constant prayers, thoughts and words of encouragement. Your support has been invaluable. I’d also like to thank God because without Him this wouldn’t have been possible.

29th Mar2010

We Need to Protect Our Children

by Daenel

I don’t know if you’ve been watching the news, but it seems like there has been a surge in the abduction, rape and murder of children.  Or maybe it’s just getting reported more often, I don’t know…  But whatever the reason, this has to stop.  Just today a man in our area was sentenced for videotaping himself as he raped several children.  His youngest victim was six months old.  Six months old!

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My heart is broken.  Even now, it’s all I can do to contain the rage, anger, hurt and disbelief that I feel.  How does someone do something so evil to a child?  And where is the public outrage?  Why aren’t more parents demanding that these individuals be put away for life without the chance for parole?

Isn’t it time that the rights of accused and convicted pedophiles be set aside for the protection of those who cannot protect themselves?  At what point do we say enough is enough?  Obviously, our current method of punishment isn’t working.  These people are getting out of prison and going on to commit even more heinous crimes.  Think about how much grief and sorrow could be prevented if these individuals were incarcerated for life.  Why do they get a second chance?

I’m asking for the complete revocation of all rights for pedophiles/child murderers.  Once they harm a child, they give up all signs of humanity so why should they be allowed to get out of prison in 5 years so they can repeat their offenses?  The correct punishment should be complete and irrevocable incarceration for life.  No second chances.  Aren’t our children worth this and so much more?

When my children were little, there were three steps that I took to ensure their safety and I want to share those tips with you right now:

1.   Teach your children that their bodies are theirs and theirs alone ~ no one has the right to touch them

2.  Let your child use his or her voice ~ they have the right to say “no” to an adult when it comes to their bodies

3.  Never, ever force them to hug or kiss an adult (even a relative) ~ it may seem rude, but children should never have to submit to affection through force

For more tips on how you can protect your child, go to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children or to the Polly Klass Foundation.

28th Mar2010

Mamavation Monday

by Daenel

I feel like I’m starting this weight loss journey from the beginning…  This is not a good place to be considering how much progress I had made since I first started this lifestyle change in January.  I’m on medication right now that is affecting my weight, so the numbers are steadily going up while my energy levels are going down.  I know this is just a temporary set back so I’m trying not to get too upset about it but it’s difficult watching all of my progress disappear over night.

I will go into this week with the simple goal of not really trying to lose weight but simply trying to be active.  The good thing about knowing where I’ve been and where I can go is that I know what works for me.  I will continue going to the gym and walking a minimum of 3 miles on the treadmill.  I will also add weight training to my routine.  A few weeks back, during one of our Mamavation Monday chats, we talked to Amy Dixon and she talked about how important it is to mix things up with some weight training ~ not to bulk up but to shape up and enhance weight loss.  I just received Give Me Ten, her new exercise DVD, so I can’t wait to give that a try.

I’ve also slacked off on my water and fruit and veggie consumption, so I’m gonna have to adjust that too.  My goal will be 80 oz of water per day and a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and/or veggies per day.

As I’ve started transitioning from a sedentary to an active lifestyle, I’ve also started to consider the importance of what I put on my feet ~ those things carry a lot of weight over the course of a day (and over the course of a lifetime), so supportive footwear is vital.  Now, I have to admit I am not a running shoes kinda chick so unless I’m working out, they simply aren’t an option for me.  However, I do love myself some comfy cozy slippers!  So I proudly wear my Earth Footwear slippers around the house, that way I’m toning my calves, thighs and butt even when I’m not working out.  Earth Footwear will be celebrating their 40th anniversary on Thursday, 22 April (which also happens to be Earth Day) and to help celebrate they are giving away free pairs of Earth Footwear shoes through Mamavation.   For more information, go here.

To all the ladies who are applying to become the next Mamavation Moms, I just wanna say “good luck” and you have my support.  No matter how far you get in the campaign, I encourage you to join the sistahood.  We are here for you and having a support system helps out a lot.  Trust me.

So from the top…

Starting Weight ~ 159.8 lbs

Goal Weight ~ 140 lbs

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  This post is my entry into the Mamavation Blogging Carnival that is being sponsored by Earth Footwear.

27th Mar2010

Small Talk Six: Tween/Teen Twitterpation

by Daenel

And they called it puppy love... Do you remember the boys or girls who made your heart go pitter patter when you were a tween/teen?  I do!  Today’s Small Talk Six topic is to name six celebrities you had a crush on when you were a tween or teen.  Flash back time…

1.  Todd Bridges ~ Who did not love Willis?

2.  Shaun Cassidy ~ I had the Hardy Boys version of the Barbie doll but I refused to let him date Barbie…hey, he belonged to me!

3.  Michael Jackson ~ I swore up and down I was gonna marry him some day.

4.  Kirk Cameron ~ It was the lop~sided smile.

5.  Al B. Sure ~ Mmmmmmm…..  Yup, I even liked the uni~brow.

6.  Ricardo Montalban ~ I was a strange child

Do you want to join in the fun?  Head on over to Momdot.com to find out the details and all the topics for 2010.  To participate in today’s meme fun, go here and leave a comment with a link to your post.  You can answer with pictures, lists, sentences, etc.   Don’t forget to grab the badge  and leave some comment love for your fellow participants.

25th Mar2010

Hellman’s Presents The Real Food Project

by Daenel

I love to cook (you can check out some of my creations on flickr), it’s one of the ways that I show my family how much they mean to me ~ you know, my special meatloaf, mashed potatoes and green bean dinner on the hub’s birthday or orange cranberry tea loaf for the kids for the Thanksgiving holidays, etc.  So I’m always up for finding new and interesting ways to prepare foods that will appeal to every member of my family (I have a son who may or may not be a vegetarian, a husband who only likes veggies from a can and girls who are constantly trying to convince me that chocolate is one of the major food groups)…  That’s why I was happy to find out that celebrity Chef Bobby Flay and actress/mom Lori Loughlin have teamed up with Hellmann’s and Best Foods Mayonnaise for The Real Food Project, an online resource that offers tips on how to create foods using Real Foods.

The site offers entertaining video tutorials for everything from making sandwiches to entrees to side dishes.  You even have the chance to win great prizes like a kitchen essentials bundle, Bobby Flay Grill It, and Hellmann’s and Best Foods products by playing the “Wheel of Real” instant win game and entering the Real Food Sweepstakes.

So head on over to Hellmann’s and check out some of the recipes.  I can’t wait to try the Creamy Loaded Mashed Potatoes!  Yum!

Disclosure:  I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann’s prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.

24th Mar2010

Weigh~In Wednesday

by Daenel

This is one of those Weigh~In Wednesdays that begins and ends with an apology to my team mates.  I am soooo sorry.  I knew this was going to happen because of the meds though.  Again, why can’t I get one of those lose weight illnesses?

Measurements
Bust ~ 39 1/2 in
Arm ~ 12 1/2 in
Waist ~ 32 in
Abdomen ~ 38 1/4 in
Hips ~ 42 1/2 in
Thigh ~ 24 in

Weight ~ 159.8 lbs

I’m up 4 lbs since last week.  I’m apologizing for letting down my team because I really want us to win.  However, I have to take care of myself right now and part of taking care of myself is taking these stupid meds so I can get my vision back.  I will continue to move forward and re~evaluate my eating habits (we slipped into that fast food rut because I’ve been running back and forth to the doctor’s) and I will start working out regularly again.

On the plus side, I now have limited vision out of my left eye, which is better than what it was a few days ago.  I can’t read anything nor can I see very clearly but I can see ~ I’m happy!

23rd Mar2010

CoverGirl Asks “How are You a Sensitive Beauty?”

by Daenel

CoverGirl wants to know how you are a sensitive beauty. Submit a video telling CoverGirl how you give back to the community to make the world a better place and why this makes you beautiful, inside and out.

To enter, all you have to do is go here and submit your video.  If your video is chosen, you could win a humanitarian trip to Africa and the opportunity to participate in a CoverGirl photo shoot!

For every entry received, CoverGirl will donate a week’s worth of water to a child in need through their partnership with Children’s Safe Drinking Water.    The Children’s Safe Drinking Water Program provides clean water to developing nations.  This is an important organization, every day 4000 children in developing nations die as a result of disease due to unsafe drinking water.  That is a heartbreaking statistics.  We can make a difference and save lives, please help provide clean drinking water.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I just think it’s a worthwhile cause.

23rd Mar2010

Book Review: True Colors by Kristin Hannah

by Daenel

I’ve just finished reading True Colors by Kristin Hannah and all I can say is, I wish there were more…  I’ve been a fan of  Hannah’s since I read her book, Firefly Lane, a few years back because her books always leave me thinking and challenging myself to do more.

Set on a picturesque horse farm in Washington State, True Colors follows the lives of the Grey sisters who were devastated by their mother’s death while they were still young as they navigate through the haze of their father’s distant affections.

Winona, the oldest, is overweight and most starved for her father’s attention.  She’s an over~achieving lawyer who has never really felt at home on her family’s horse ranch.

The middle sister, Aurora, is the peacekeeper in the family.  While trying to keep everyone else happy, she neglects her own needs to the detriment of her marriage.

Vivi Ann, the youngest sister, is the star of the family.  Everything comes easily to her but then she loses it all in a matter of moments.

This book is part love story, part crime novel and full on family drama.  The sisters’ relationship is torn apart when Vivi Ann’s husband is accused of murder and Wynona refuses to help in his defense out of her own selfish reasons.  For years, Wynona watches as her sister wastes away thinking of the man and the love that she has lost until one day she thinks she may be wrong about his guilt or innocence.

One of the things that appealed to me about this book was the relationship between the sisters.  I have two sisters and we, like the Greys, have had our ups and downs, so I was able to identify with the characters and their need to support each other (and to also be right).  Hannah did a wonderful job of showing how superficial forgiveness can leave gaping holes in relationships.  While the women seem to be getting along on the surface, there’s so much tension flowing under the surface that it’s almost palpable.

The thing I liked least about the story was that Aurora’s story seemed to be neglected or, at the very least, an afterthought.  Her story definitely could have been more fully developed.  For example, her marriage falls apart but there really isn’t any discussion about how this affects her or her children or what becomes of her husband ~ do they share custody, did he leave town, what happened?

One of the biggest lessons I learned from reading this novel is how quickly an innocent person can be convicted based on eyewitness testimony, prejudice and faulty DNA testing.  In fact, this novel directly relates to the Innocence Project, an organization that is dedicated to exonerating wrongully convicted people through the use of DNA testing.  Although I’m aware of some of the injustices of the criminal courts, I never realized how easy it is for someone to get caught up in the system.  This project has definitely made me rethink my views on capital punishment.

Disclosure:  I did not receive any compensation for this post.  I simply happen to be a Kristin Hannah fan.

22nd Mar2010

Tropicana Introduces New Juicy Rewards Program!

by Daenel

Whether we’re moms, dads or busy people leading active lives, the one thing we’re all seeking in life is balance.  That need for balance is now extending from life and work and health and fitness, to the checkbook (I know I’m not the only one who relies on sales and coupons to offset the price of…food), so I was pretty excited when I found out about Tropicana’s New Juicy Rewards Program.  I already purchase Tropicana Orange Juice for my family on a regular basis (gotta get that vitamin C), now I have the chance to get discounts on purchases with Tropicana’s national partners such as Adidas, Coleman and EA Sports (love them). 

To thank customers for chosing Tropicana, specially marked packages of Tropicana Orange Juice contain codes that you can enter at Tropicana.com to redeem for discounts.  Each container is worth up to $15 in savings.  Woot!  You can also register to win the national sweepstakes for a Yosemite Adventure.

To create your own Tropicana Juicy Rewards account, follow the steps below.  It will only take a minute.

1. Go to www.tropicana.com
2. Set up your personal Juicy Rewards account
3. Use the following code immediately after you register to receive 1 free point right from the start! MOMCE-NTRAL.*
4. Visit the “Enter Codes” page within the site to enter your MOMCE-NTRAL code

 *This one-time use code is valid for new accounts ONLY. Must be entered within 6 hours of creating your account.

Here are some other fun ways to follow and fan Tropicana and find out about special deals!
•    Connect via Twitter – @TropicanaOJ 
•    Become a Fan on Facebook

Disclosure:  This information was provided by Mom Central.  I did not receive any compensation for this post.

22nd Mar2010

The View: Learn to Use Your Words, People

by Daenel

Although The View Moms Brand Ambassador campaign has ended, I will still be writing the occasional post about any Hot Topics that appeal to me because, well, that’s what I do.  So far, I’ve stayed out of the healthcare debate and I’ve pretty much avoided the downright rude comments directed at Elizabeth Hasselbeck, but now I won’t be silent any longer.

For weeks now I’ve read comments on various The View fan pages that suggest that Elizabeth ought to shut up or that she is annoying or that her voice is grating, etc.  There are also those who say they don’t watch the show because of Elizabeth.  The problem isn’t her voice or that she’s annoying, the real problem is that people disagree with her politics and, rather than challenge her political views, they attack her personally.  Um, really, people?  The purpose of the show is to explore the diverse views of different women at different stages in their lives.  If everyone on the show agreed, what would be the point?  It would be five women sitting at the table nodding their heads in agreement for an hour.  Boring.  I don’t always agree with Elizabeth (Whoopi or Joy, for that matter and sometimes I’m not even certain what Sherri is talking about) but I would never say they don’t have the right to voice their opinion.  Whether you agree with Elizabeth or not, she has the right to express her opinion and she should be respected the same way that you would expect to be if you were in her situation.  Elizabeth, I know you don’t need me  defend you but all of this nastiness is starting to get on my last good nerve.

Now this leads me to the insanity over the healthcare debate.  Spitting on people?  Calling people the “N~word”?  Yelling homosexual epithets?  Is this really what we’ve come to?  Come on.  Learn to use your words, people.  By acting out, you lose any validity to your argument that you may have held and rather than listening to what you may have to say, people start to focus on your behaviors ~ this is not the way to carry on a debate.

To see what others have to say, stop by and visit my girls at It’s Kerry’s World and Parenting by Dummies (they’re the ones who started The View Blab Fest ~ love them!). They’re funny, insightful ladies who’ll have you thinking and laughing.
You can follow along, chat with and connect with other The View Brand Ambassadors every weekday morning at 11 AM EST on Twitter by using the hashtag #theviewmoms. Also, you can fan The View on Facebook and follow The View on Twitter.
21st Mar2010

Mamavation Monday

by Daenel

This has been a crazy month for me.  Ten days ago, I woke up and couldn’t see out of my left eye and didn’t bother going to the emergency room until Sunday afternoon but wasn’t able to get an official diagnosis until Thursday of last week.  So things have been just a little bit woo for me.  I am on an incredibly strong dose of steroids which has made me put on some weight (Why can’t I ever get one of those illnesses where I lose weightI mean, really, can’t a sista catch a break?).  I am continuing with my workouts and I’m trying to maintain some semblance of a healthy eating pattern but this week I’ve seriously been relying on fast food to get myself and my family through the days.

Therefore, my goals for this week are to get back onto a healthy eating schedule and drag my family along with me.  They have totally enjoyed all the eating out but I can’t take it anymore.  I will also continue to workout at the gym – I really enjoy my time there.  I know I’m a Hot Mom has a challenge where she asks what moms do to celebrate themselves, well, that’s it for me.  I get on the treadmill and listen to DC Talk Radio on Pandora and totally zone out.  For 45 minutes to an hour all of my attention is focused on absolutely nothing and I love it.

Friday morning, I did a bit of “slogging” ~ slow jogging.  I had planned to do at least 3 miles but 1 mile into it, I felt like my heart was beating out of my chest, so I ended with a nice cool down walk and called it a day.  I’m not sure if it’s the meds that are messing with me or if it’s psychological, either way, I didn’t want to play around.

My success for this week is that I was able to complete (kinda sorta) week 1 of C25K.  Basically, what I’ve done is gotten tired of starting and stopping due to weather, illness or what have you. so I’m going to start week 2 tomorrow.  I know it sounds kinda contrary to what I just said about the chest pounding, but I’m hoping that the combination of walking and running will be less stressful and that I’ll be able to manage it.  If not, there’s always tomorrow.  The only person I’m challenging is myself.

Before I end, I just want to give my support to the ladies who are applying for the 4th Mamavation campaign.  I look forward to meeting you all and sharing this journey with you.  You have joined a wonderful group of women who offer support in a variety of ways from a gentle pat on the back  to the put-their-foot-up-your-butt-and-push-you-forward-cause you-need-it shove.  So don’t be shy, even if you’re not ready for the full on bootcamp, join the sistahood and make some friends.

19th Mar2010

Small Talk Six: You’re Not the Only Ones Who Eat Here

by Daenel

When I got married I knew that there would be some things that I would have to give up because the husband isn’t partial to them (you know, like dating) but I didn’t think I’d have to give up certain foods.  Yes, I’ve had to give up foods because my husband refuses to eat them.  Really, do you know how hard it is to enjoy something while the other person is sitting there griping about it?

Well, today’s Small Talk Six topic is to name six foods I love to eat but rarely get to because at least one other person in the household doesn’t care for it.  Easy.

1.  Fresh vegetables ~ my husband hates the “crunchiness” of fresh veggies, so unless it comes from a can, he’s not having it and neither am I

2.  Corn ~  you really don’t want to know, trust me

3.  Spaghetti ~ he says that I made it too much when I was a student, that is true, but the kids were little and they loved it

4.  Pomegranate Juice ~ *shrug*

5. Mushrooms ~ something about fungus is something you want to spray for and not eat

6. Peanuts, coconuts or anything that ends in nuts ~ I can only imagine

Do you want to join in the fun?  Head on over here to find out the details and all the topics for 2010.  To participate in today’s meme fun, go here and leave a comment with a link to your post.  You can answer with pictures, lists, sentences, etc.   And don’t forget to grab the badge.

PS
I have kids but they have to try everything, unfortunately, I cannot make the hubs eat everything
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19th Mar2010

Shhhh! I’m Calling It Quits

by Daenel

This morning I decided that I have had enough of this stopping and starting and stopping and starting, I need to finish this C25K program NOW.  I’ve been trying to complete a week of running since 9 February.   Everything seems to be conspiring against me ~ the weather, my health, etc.  So I decided that I’ve got to do something different, I can’t keep starting over or I’ll never get out of the first week.

This morning, the weather was absolutely beautiful ~ a sunny 37 degrees and the track was clear so I turned on the BlackBerry and headed out for a run.  It was so nice.  I followed the walk~run~walk pattern, sucked in the fresh air and did my running chant Left~Left~Left~Right~Uh~Left.  Yup, it’s cadence from my Army days.  Now I haven’t been totally slacking during the cold weather, I’ve been going to the gym and working out with my EA Sports so I’m still in relatively good shape (if I don’t say so myself).  Anyway, I decided that today would be the last day of Week 1.

Yup, you read it right.  After stopping and starting, I’m just going to move on to Week 2 and see how it goes.  I have to do something, my 5K is next month and I don’t want to collapse 20 seconds into the run, ya know?  Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes but for now, consider me a happy quitter.

19th Mar2010

The View Blab Fest

by Daenel

Today is the last day of The View Moms Brand Ambassador campaign.  Sniffle.  I’ve had so much fun tweeting with The View Moms and writing (and reading) blog posts about the show.  I’ll probably do some form of Hot Topic blogging in the future, just not on a regular basis like I’ve been doing for the campaign.  So stay tuned and, as always, feel free to leave a comment, you know I enjoy the conversation.

Hot Topics
I Can’t Hold a Grudge Even if Oprah Says I Should
Oprah says that you should have a 3 grudge rule ~ if someone rubs you the wrong way 3 times, hold a grudge. Ya know, I wonder if grudge is too strong. I know I can’t hold a grudge. No, let me change that….  If someone hurts one of my kids or one of my friends, consider the grudge held.  But when it comes to myself, not so much.  Not really sure why that is….  How about you?  Do you hold a grudge?  Or do you just blow up and forget it?

Guests
Fashion Friday with Jason Wu
I love clothes and shoes and handbags and jewelry, so seeing Jason Wu on The View is a nice little Friday treat.  Jason designed the dress worn by Michelle Obama for her husband’s Inauguration.  What a crazy cool honor for a 26~year~old!  Jason’s family immigrated from China to the United States when he was 13 years old so that he could have more opportunities in the world of fashion.  So, um, yeah, good job, Mom and Dad, ’cause your son is doing it.

To see what others have to say, stop by and visit my girls at It’s Kerry’s World and Parenting by Dummies (they’re the ones who started The View Blab Fest ~ love them!). They’re funny, insightful ladies who’ll have you thinking and laughing.
You can follow along, chat with and connect with other The View Brand Ambassadors every weekday morning at 11 AM EST on Twitter by using the hashtag #theviewmoms. Also, you can fan The View on Facebook and follow The View on Twitter.
Disclosure: I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for ABC Daytime and will receive a tote bag or other The View branded items to facilitate my review.
18th Mar2010

Friday Follow: A Celebration of Followers

by Daenel

Today’s Follow Friday is being sponsored by BeasGiftBaskets.com and hosted by One 2 Try, Hearts Make Families and Midday Escapades.  This is just a fun way to introduce yourself to new blogs and to get new blog followers.

Here’s how you can join in the Follow Friday celebration:

1.  Link your blog name and URL using the McLinky below.  Only need to add it to one blog to get seen.

2.  Grab the Friday Follow and Sponsor Badges and include both in your Friday Follow post.

3.  Follow the Friday Follow hostesses listed in the first 3 slots.

4.  Follow as many blogs on the linky as you’d like.

5.  Take a moment to comment on the blogs that you choose to follow and let them know you found them because of Friday Follow.

6.  Follow back when you get a new follower through Friday Follow.

That’s it!  So join in the fun.

18th Mar2010

I Have a Diagnosis

by Daenel

Yesterday my husband drove me to the Wills Eye Hospital in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania to see an eye specialist about my sudden vision loss.  After much testing ~ including blood work, vegetable dye chasers and lots of eye scans ~ the doctor diagnosed me with Multiple Evanescent White Dot Syndrome (MEWDS).  Doesn’t it sound like I have fizzy water floating around my eye?

MEWDS is a rare eye disease that affects young women (so take that “at your age) between the ages of 14 and 47.  Men can get MEWDS too but women seem to suffer from it by a 5 to 1 average. MEWDS is usually preceded by a viral infection (other than the headache, I didn’t feel a thing) and then the sudden disruption of vision in one eye (although it can happen in both eyes, this is very uncommon).  If you look at the picture ~ that’s not my eye ~ you can see a bunch of white spots all over the eyeball, well, that’s similar to what my eye currently looks like.

The prognosis is good.  I should regain my sight in a few weeks to a few months.  Yay, for recovered eye sight; boo, for waiting.  There isn’t any treatment (although the doctor has prescribed a heavy duty dose of steroids, which I will begin taking today). The only other question is what will my vision be like once it’s restored ~ will it go back to normal, will it be worse, etc?

Honestly, I feel a lot better now that I have a name to my condition.  Not knowing was much more frightening than knowing.  Really, waking up and realizing that you cannot see is one of the scariest things that could possibly happen.  Waiting  3 days to find out what’s going on?  One of the dumbest.  Take it from me, if you go to bed with the ability to see and you wake up and you cannot see, GO TO THE ER!

17th Mar2010

The View Blab Fest

by Daenel

I am so ready to get my blab on…  I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve tweeted with the girls.  And, boy, have I missed our daily chat fests.

In fact, I have like two minutes to go grab a cup of coffee before the Hot Topics…

So today’s edition of The View is dealing with women and addiction (drugs, alcohol and sex addiction).  Hmmm, I wonder what prompted this topic?  I only ask because there hasn’t been a deluge of news about addicted women or anything.  Although there was that spate of time when it seemed like moms in minivans were causing accidents left and right due to alcohol.

Today’s guest co~host is Kate Gosselin, she of I’m~addicted~to~drama~because~my~uterus~carried~a~litter~of~children fame.  On a positive note, I have to say, Kate’s hair is looking a lot better (even if it is a little Kim Zolciak) and she seems to have lost her scary edge since her divorce from whatshisname.

Hot Topics
The Twins Caused Our Divorce
A study said that parents of multiples are more likely to divorce than parents of singletons because of the stress of finances.  As a mother of twins (someday, I’ll have to tell you the birth story, you won’t believe it), I completely agree.  My husband and I gave up our careers in the Army because we couldn’t afford mentally, emotionally or financially to deal with twins, a toddler and an eight~year-old.

Guests
Dr. Drew Pinsky
The king of all addiction media was on to discuss women and addiction.  He stated that women are much more secretive about hiding their addictions and tend to lean more towards addictions that can be hidden e.g. pills.  Women are more harshly criticized for their addictions than men because they are viewed as irresponsible or slackers.  Sherry mentioned the term “coke ho” which is used to describe a cocaine addicted woman meaning that she will do anything for a fix.  Dr. Drew noted that you would never hear a man referred to by such terms.

The one thing that most female addicts seem to have in common is that they were abused as children.  So drugs becomes a coping mechanism that leads to a whole host of other issues.

Mackenzie Phillips and Mindy McCready
Both women had been guests on Celebrity Rehab ~ Mackenzie during a sober stage in her recovery and Mindy’s visit stemming a series of bad personal and professional relationships.  Both stressed that determining addiction is about consequences and maintaining boundaries.

Jennifer Ketcham
“Sex addiction is a real addiction. ”  One of the things that Jennifer said that struck a chord was that she learned to separate the physical act of love from the emotional connection.  That is the one thing that most sex addicts seem to have in common, the detachment.  I wonder if it’s because everything is so sexualized ~ check out this Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercial.  I never really noticed it until Miss 16 said “Ewww, that commercial kinda skeeves me.”

To see what others have to say, stop by and visit my girls at It’s Kerry’s World and Parenting by Dummies (they’re the ones who started The View Blab Fest ~ love them!). They’re funny, insightful ladies who’ll have you thinking and laughing.
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17th Mar2010

Wordless Wednesday: I’ve Been Counted

by Daenel

I filled out my Census form.  Did you?  Honestly, it took all of 7 minutes to fill out a piece of paper that will help my community for the next ten years.  Ten questions, that’s all there is.  Easy peasy.

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