Out of Body On My Mind

I have been dreading this day for a week.  I try not to think about it before Christmas, but once the last guest goes home on Christmas night, I turn morbid.

It happens every year.  This year, it only took mere moments after for me to snap off Taj’s head for the stupidest thing.  In under an hour I was a mess of tears, apologizing for being a bitch and explaining my mind set.

I thought maybe I could take some time from work and go away for a few days.  But this is a really busy time and I am supposed to baby sit the grand twins tomorrow night.  So I am stuck at home.

I couldn’t bring myself to go to the casino alone this year, so here I sit.  In front of my tv, in front of my computer.  Trying desperately to breathe.  Why can’t I breathe?

I miss you mommy.

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All Hail King Julien

King Julien_001_S1E2The world’s biggest party animal is getting ready to ascend to the throne in DreamWorks Animation’s ALL HAIL KING JULIEN, an all-new Netflix original TV series.  The first five 22-minute episodes will be available to Netflix members in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, UK, Ireland, the Nordics, Benelux and France to watch instantly beginning on Friday, Dec. 19.

Long before the Zoosters arrive on Madagascar, King Julien holds court – not to mention nightly revelries – over a colorful cast that includes fan favorites Mort and Maurice, along with a host of all-new jungle dwellers as they take on the craziest adventures and wildest parties the jungle has to offer.

Keeping tune with the dance-crazed taste of its lead character, the humor of ALL HAIL KING JULIEN is backed by a pulse-pounding original score that includes a brand-new, infectiously upbeat theme song.  The series features a talented voice cast that includes television legend Henry Winkler (Happy Days) as Julien’s regal predecessor, Uncle King Julien, alongside Emmy-winning actor Danny Jacobs as King Julien, Andy Richter (ConanArrested Development) as Mort, Kevin Michael Richardson (Family Guy) as Maurice, and India de Beaufort (One Tree Hill) as Clover, the king’s special-ops expert.

ALL HAIL KING JULIEN joins the hit series Turbo FAST in a growing lineup of Netflix original animated productions from DreamWorks Animation.  By the end of 2016DreamWorks Animation will debut 10 additional new series on the world’s leading Internet TV Network.

“The combination of comedy, original music and stories of simple lemur life turned upside-down and fabulous by King Julien makes this series unique,” said Margie Cohn, head of television for DreamWorks Animation. “All Hail King Julien is really a showcase for our talented artists to bring the Netflix audience the great storytelling, compelling characters and fantastic design that is the hallmark of DreamWorks Animation.”

 “We are excited to add a series focused on one of the most beloved characters from Madagascar to our growing line-up from DreamWorks Animation,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content, Netflix.  “King Julien knows how to throw a great party and we expect families around the world will enjoy spending their holidays with him.”

New 22-minute episodes of ALL HAIL KING JULIEN will debut throughout the coming year.

 

Attention Walmart Shoppers

I am an early shopper.  I like starting my Holiday shopping right after Halloween, if not before (yes I already have a bunch of stocking stuffers in my closet that I bought back in June).  Walmart agrees.  Below is an infographic with a ton of savings throughout the month of November

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Not So Wordless Wednesday – Wild Card

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Not So Wordless Wednesday – Father

 

Monica, Pa, Paulette

 

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.


Not So Wordless Wednesday – Ornamental – Crap It’s Tuesday!

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. ornIt 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. deragI 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……………………………………..

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Not So Wordless Wednesday – Family

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.

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American Pharmacists Month

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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!

sean  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!

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Not So Wordless Wednesday – Quiet

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.

Napping again.

 

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Alaskan Cruise – Day Two

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!

IMG_1256The 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.

IMG_1275One of us took immediately to the relaxation part of the trip and tested out the balcony, while the other two took too exploring our “floating house”.

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.

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