This is my mom on the right and my Aunt Monica on the left, with their father in the middle.
All three were known for their smiles, I love how this picture captures them.
All three are now swinging together on clouds.
I have been too busy to participate in these Memes as much as I would like, but figured since I suggested the theme for this week it would look really bad if I didn’t post something. I went to a holiday party put on by Fresh and Easy last week, and while I wasn’t in a very festive mood (work is rough, home life is sad, blah blah blah) I tried to liven myself up. It only worked for a little while and I ended up leaving the party giving the excuse that work needed me. A few days later I was headed to an eighteenth birthday party at Hamburger Mary’s in West Hollywood. Again trying to put myself in a party mood I put on my ornament “earrings” and headed in. I had fun. I let loose and (I think my first Diet Coke had something more than soda in it) had a good time, I think the earrings worked. At the end of the night, this fantabulous Drag Queen gushed over them and I took them right off and gave them to her. I am not Dumbo, I will not lose my power to have fun if I don’t have my magic earring. Trying to get myself in the spirit of Christmas. Trying to get myself unbogged down at work. Trying to get myself moved into a more welcoming environment. Trying to……………………………………..
Adam has left again and I can’t even begin to express how much I miss him.
Last Saturday I got to spend the entire day just Caitlyn and I, we went to the movies, shopping at the Grove, picked out her birthday party decorations and just had an all around great day.
It has taken a long hard road but I look forward to Friday evenings which have pretty much become mother daughter time for Marisa and I.
Madilyn was sitting on my lap at work last week, she pointed to all the papers on my desk and asked what they were for. When I replied that I was supposed to be working, she came right back with “But you are busy hugging me”.
Matthew has such a great sense of humor and perfect timing. My friend Sylvia was watching the twins one evening and Madilyn was complaining of a pain in her thumb. When Sylvia asked what they should do about it aMatthew replied without hesitation “Let’s just cut it off”.
This is my family. I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
This is a guest post from my cousin’s son Sean. Sean has worked in a Pharmacy for most of his adult life and is now studying to be a pharmacist in Tennessee. I have used him as a go to resource for “medical” questions many times. It makes me happy to know that people I love are choosing careers that are helping others and they are passionate about. Now if only we can get him to get his blog up to date…………
I would bet that most people who are reading this had no idea that October is American Pharmacists Month. Unfortunately for pharmacists, this month coincides with a much more publicized cause: breast cancer awareness. In no way am I trying to diminish the work of those aims, since they are extremely worthwhile and I support them whole-heartedly. However, since pharmacy is my future profession, that cause means a lot to me, as well!
I am a first-year (P1) student at the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and it has been a goal of mine to spread the word about the work of pharmacists during this month. Since Adrienne so graciously asked me to write this guest post, I thought it would be an awesome idea to get the word out there! In addition, I have devoted most of my social media footprint to promoting pharmacists, I’ve passed out flyers in the community, and even worn t-shirts that promote the good work of pharmacists. So, as you can see, I am pretty passionate about what pharmacists do!
Many people might have a misconception about what it is that pharmacists actually do, so part of the aim for American Pharmacists Month is to clear up that notion. The classic example of a pharmacist is a person in a white coat who sits behind a pharmacy counter putting pills in a bottle. While dispensing medications to patients is still a significant part of a pharmacist’s job, there’s more to it than just counting out pills. Having worked in a community (retail) pharmacy for several years, I can speak with some authority that filling a prescription can be complicated at times. Balancing all the demands of our time with billing insurance, contacting physician offices for clarification or “prior authorizations” (which any of those in the health care field know all too well and hate with a passion), answering questions from customers, etc. can be daunting, but when it comes down to it, we all feel a calling to help our patients the best way we know how. And I say “we” here because student pharmacists are part of the profession right now!
Since I’ve gone over a “traditional” role of the pharmacist, now I’d like to mention some roles that may not be as familiar to those who just see their neighborhood pharmacist once a month for their refills. Did you know that pharmacists can give immunizations? Right now is the peak season for receiving flu shots, and pharmacists everywhere are conveniently able to give them, in addition to a dozen others! Did you know that pharmacists provide medication therapy management for their patients? Pharmacists are the second most educated health providers (after physicians, of course), and as such, can help their patients manage dozens of disease processes from their pharmacies! Did you know that in addition to dispensing prescriptions, your pharmacist can counsel you to ensure maximum efficacy of your medications? The drug knowledge imparted to pharmacists is unparalleled, so pharmacists have the skills to ensure that you get the most out of the medications your physician prescribes!
In addition to being superior health care professionals, pharmacists truly care about their patients. I have personally experienced on a daily basis what pharmacists will do to make sure their patients get the care they need, and I’ve heard from others about their positive experiences with their pharmacists. Some stories may be as seemingly simple as saving some money on a co-pay by working with the physician to change therapies, but saving money goes a long way in this day and age. Other stories I’ve heard involve catching a drug interaction or allergy that may have been harmful or fatal had the pharmacist not intervened. Still others involved just taking the time to listen and talk to a scared patient with a new diagnosis, or a grieving patient mourning the loss of a loved one. Pharmacists are some of the most accessible professionals in your health care team, and we (I love saying “we!”) take that responsibility very seriously.
So as you can see, pharmacists are really extraordinary people, for these reasons and many more! Maybe I’m a little biased since I am a future pharmacist and already involved in the profession, but I am a patient, too! I know from experience that having a good relationship with your pharmacists improves the quality of your health care, and I encourage anyone who is reading this to build such a relationship. I also encourage anyone who has a pharmacist story they want to share to comment on this blog, or you can contact me personally ([email protected]). One last encouraging word I have for all of you is to show your appreciation to your friendly neighborhood pharmacist during the last few days of this special month. You may not think it will mean very much, but I can guarantee that you will make someone’s day! And to all of those already in the profession (and all my fellow students/future pharmacists out there), Happy American Pharmacists Month 2013!
This is the South Sawyer Glacier in the Tracy Arm Fjord in Alaska. It is halfway (ish) between Ketchikan and Juneau. I sat and look at that for over an hour.
I have been able to find many quiet moments on this cruise. Napping on the deck.
An early up and a brisk walk to the nearest McDonalds for breakfast which just happened to be right next door to the Ducks we planned on riding. Riding a Duck? Yep!
The Ducks of Seattle is a great tour that takes you on land and on the lake all in the same vehicle. On top of that you get a top notch driver like Captain Bjorn Toorun and you have a romping good time. We drove all through downtown Seattle and onto the Lake (I forget the name) and saw some AMAZING floating houses and houseboats.
We were done in time to catch the monorail back down to Pikes Market to see a fish get thrown, buy a Hard ROck Cafe tshirt and have De Laurentis pizza for lunch. Whew! It was a busy morning.
Thanks to Kathy’s invaluable use of her ipad and travel we were able to catch a city bus that picked us up a block from where we were and let us off in front of our hotel.
Our intrepid driver from the night before picked up us and ALL of our luggage and we headed to the ship.
We have a COncierge Level stateroom which means no lines for us! We breezed through check in and ran up the ramp (literally, I ran, bitch was HIGH and over water and I was terrified) until we were safely and comfortably esconced in our room.
We scoped out the hot tubs first of course and the breakfast buffet and lunchtime grill next. FOund where dinner would be shortly and figured out how to sign up for the soda beverage package. All of our bases covered, we were ready to muster and set sail.
Every cruise I try to taste new foods. This first night it was Spicy Thai Beef Spring Roll. Meh. The beef was good but the spicy was too much for me.
We leave the house at 6am so we can make a 9am flight. Some of our travel party thought that might be a bit early but I think arriving to the airport 2 hours ahead of flight time is right on time.
Our flight to Seattle was thankfully uneventful. Even thugho the attendants cleaned up everything very early and made everyone return to their seats and they buckled in to their seats just about halfway through. Thankfully our skillful pilot was able to maneuver past storms (I could see thunderheads off in the distance) with nary a bit of turbulence.
Our car service picked us up fairly quickly as we waited in the drizzle and we made it to the hotel just around 1pm. A quick charging of my cell phone and some potty breaks and we were off to find some lunch. Erika was due in around 530 so we didn’t want to eat to heavily.
We found a burger joint on Yelp called Dicks Diner. One of the Yelp reviews stated their chocolate shakes rivaled In n Out and we were sold. It was just around the corner from our hotel and we set off to discover. One of the reviews should have stated Dick is a dick. They don’t take “special orders” for their burgers. They are all served with ketchup and mustard. We said thanks but no thanks and hit another burger joint across the street.
Our hotel was centrally located downtown in the Queen Anne district and right next door to the Seattle Center. Kat and I walked the two blocks over after lunch and made out way to the Chihuly Glass Museum. Both of us believing the other wanted to see this and being willing to do whatever the other wanted we paid our $19 each and headed in side. Boy are we smart. It was amazing. When I saw the exhibits I instantly recognized the artists work as something we had seen with mom on another cruise and we got a picture of the Holliday Park group under it. (I will find this picture when I get home, not willing to waste minutes on a paid connection for that sorry) As we came out we realized it was almost time for Erika to get here and decided to walk back to the hotel. Our walk was only about a half mile but it ended up being done in the POURING down rain, with the special inclusion of thunder and lightning. I have not enjoyed a walk so much in a long time. I was soaked to the bone but not cold at all and not really uncomfortable. Erika arrived shortly after our return and we headed off to dinner.
Thankfully we had the presence of mind to ask Erika’s car service to pick us up and drop us all at dinner because it ended up that dinner was up, WAY up a hill. On the same street as our hotel which is why we chose it but maps don’t really show you the variances in the landscaping. A quick cab ride after dinner brought us back to the Seattle Center so we could go up in the Space Needle at night. I only cried a little in the elevator and I did go on the observation deck and even NEAR the edge so we could get a picture together. I saw some people laughing at my fear but I didn’t care, I know what an accomplishment it was to just be up there and I was proud of myself. Another sister has the picture of me, but here is one of the two of them that I took.
This is what happens when twins invade your bed and foam swords are found and grandma is too tired to resist.
This weeks picture isn’t really a picture, it is a video. Marisa and I took the twins to the Griffith Park Pony rides last weekend. Ris had attempted to take them before and Madilyn “freaked out”, which she promised not to do this time. “I’m not going to freak out grandma, because if I freak out the horse will freak out”. To which Matthew replied, “You can say that again”. I don’t know where these kids get their humor (heh) but damn some times they slay me.
They are riding the “slow” horses. The ones galloping past them are the “medium”. They want to try the medium next time.