2.27.2010

The Invincibles

My mother, Elaine and two of her dear friends, Ellie and Annie are all around the same age, you know young at heart. Seriously though they are in their early 60’s. They all met when I was in 3rd grade. So they have known each other for a good amount of time. Annie has a daughter, Kim the same age as me, and we met in school and then our mothers met and Ellie is a cousin of Annie’s. Ellie has 2 boys that are around the same age as us. We would all get together and do things, go camping, go trick or treating, shopping , sleep over’s…you know the usual things.


The Invincibles are the mom’s here. They are some pretty terrific women. Tough women. Smart women. Women that don’t give up. Women that actually think they are invincible! They all have had their “issues throughout life.

Annie~ lost her husband to brain cancer. He suffered horribly and now she lives alone. Granted she has her daughter and her family but still we all know it is just different. That was her sweetheart from school. Can you believe that? After he passed, she had a scare with breast cancer, but thankfully beat it. Her hands are giving her a horrible time and it looks like she is going to need surgery as she can barely use them. Her eyes are getting pretty bad as well. She also has arthritis pretty bad.

Ellie~ lost her ex-husband suddenly. I know you are thinking “ex-husband”, but they still had a really good relationship. She moved up near Carmel and has been battling many health issues. She has severe asthma and needs oxygen; she has had a problem with her foot since she was a child and need to have a surgery every so many years. The last surgery she had did not work out too well, and now she needs to have another one to fix it. At this point she is not supposed to walk on it at all. She fell awhile back and broke her arm and had to have surgery for that and is still having problems.

Elaine~ Of course I know the most about her, since I am her daughter and all.  She has had a rough life. Since I was about 11 yrs old she started having health issues. She got hurt on the job and ever since she seems to be struggling. She also lost her husband about 1 ½ years ago. He also suffered for a rather long time. She has had many surgeries, many illnesses and they seem to continue. Now she suffers from COPD, and needs oxygen 24/7, she is also waiting to have her surgery so she can have a total knee replacement. It has been so long that she is no longer able to walk at all. She also has Fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis and degenerative arthritis. Needless to say her entire body hurts …all of the time.


I say these ladies are invincible because none of them stop. They never let any of these illnesses or problems or anything stop them. They keep going. It is funny in a sense. Although they are riddled in pain they don’t stop, they continue to push themselves. Sometimes I wonder if that is so smart. I mean are they pushing themselves too much? They insist on walking when they can barely move, they continue to drive when they shouldn’t be; they continue to do even though it causes them so much pain. I came in on a phone conversation between my mom and Ellie and it was humorous to hear even though it was just the one side, you can kind of put it all together. They each tell the other that they need to rest and take care of themselves, and yet they themselves don’t even take their own advice. I heard them laughing saying how it takes them so much longer to do anything they had done before. I actually heard my mom say she thought she was invincible. Then I heard Ellie agree with her and say “I guess we’re not, huh?” I laughed out loud, and said are you guys serious? They talk about the young kids and the stunts they do, guess the world should be worried about the “Moms” out there and the ones that don’t know when to “stop” or “slow down” and take care of themselves!!


I think of all what they have gone through in their lives and think about the young ones these days and think they couldn’t handle a 1/3 of what these women have survived.


These women are truly INVINCIBLE!!

2.22.2010

Movie Review: The Wolfman

I like scary movies. I don’t find them too much for me to handle. I like the gory and the grossness of them. When I had seen Wolfman advertised awhile back, I thought it looked good. Well I guess they must have shown all the good parts in the previews. I can’t say I was impressed at all. It took place in the 1800’s. It was a very dark movie by that I mean the lighting). I had the movie figured out from the beginning. I was disappointed that I was able to figure it out that quickly. I expected a plot at least one better than the one they used. As much as I like the gory parts I actually thing they overdid and it was too much, like an overkill (excuse the pun). 



I went with a male friend of mine and he kept me entertained. You see he jumped and freaked out through the movie. I don’t think I have ever seen a guy jump like he did in a scary movie. It was funny, here we are in a scary movie, and I am laughing…at him…but I am laughing.


All in all I would give The Wolfman only 1.5 stars. If it happens to come on DirecTV or cable and it is a free movie and there is nothing better to watch, then go ahead, but surely you don’t want to waste your hard earned money on this movie.

2.18.2010

Chip(s) and Dip(s)

I was talking to my nail girl, Pink the other day. Yes, I said her name was Pink. I know I know, that is just her American name. She says she goes by that so that maybe she will get all of the customers that just want pink and white nails done. She is cute. So anyway this was my first time going to her because my normal girl was out of town being that it was Chinese New Year.


Ok... back to the story. We were talking about animals, as she likes animals. I find this interesting as you don’t find many Vietnamese people that like animals. She does. Her sister has a Chihuahua that is just so cute she tells me. I tell her that I have a dog and a cat. She asks their names, which I tell her the dog is Tee-Tee and my cat is Chip. She started laughing and pretty hard too. She asked me if Chips name was spelled like C- H- I- P. I confirmed that she was right and was a bit surprised because most of them aren’t really big spellers. So then she explains to me why this is so funny to her.


Her son had chickens as pets. He had four of them and had named them Chip and Dip. I said but that is only 2 of them, what are the names for the other 2, she said that is it. The boys are Chips and the girls are Dips. We both were laughing so hard. It was hysterical. Her son is only 12 years old.


I thought that was pretty clever for a 12 year old.



2.17.2010

A book review by little ol' me

A Return to Love ~Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles
by Marianne Williamson


My psychiatrist gave me this audio book and suggested I listen to it. I am a fan of Marianne Williamson to begin with so I was interested. It was an enlightening experience to say the least. It’s 3 CD’s that total 3 hours. I couldn’t believe how quickly it went by. Marianne the author is actually the one that reads the audio book and she has such a soothing voice it is almost like a being in a meditative state.

I have read some of Marianne’s other books but this is my first audio book of hers. I enjoyed it. She seemed to really hit the nail on the head. She talks about God and spirituality, and the Holy Spirit and how “we” fit into the world and the “plan” of it all. I get “it”. It all makes sense.

She suggests different affirmations and explains why that one would work. It makes sense. I don’t want to go into detail and spoil any of it for you, in case you do decide to purchase it, but I just can’t say enough positive things about the book. I would give it 5 out of 5 stars.

I guess some people might call this a self help book, but I think of it as a mixture.  A little spiritual, self-help, memoir and meditation.  This book makes me want to read or listen  :) to more of her books and maybe even take the Course in Miracles.  This is just yet another great book by Marianne that anyone could benefit from.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us."----from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.

2.06.2010

MIA

Hello everyone! I am here...yes I am still alive. I know it is hard to believe. Hell I can hardly believe it. I mean it is like I fell off the face of this earth. In my mind I had this "vision" of what I was going to write as my "comeback" blog. It was going to be filled with funnies, and lots of pictures. As I was MIA, I was NOT on vacation in the Caribbean ( I had planned to have an awesome picture here), nor was I working my ass off ( also planned to have another picture here), I didn't return back to school (there was suppose to be another picture here as well). Are you seeing the theme here? GAWD, I sure hope so. LOL


Because I had these "great" ideas in my mind or shall I say my mind's eye I kept looking for pictures and I just was unable to find anything that really sparked my interest, therefore causing me to just put the whole "comeback" off. Which is WRONG. I know that NOW. I mean it has been even longer and yet I kept putting it off...for what... because I couldn't find the "perfect" picture. Leave it to me to do something like that.

So... like I was saying... I have not been traveling the world (although that would have been nice), have so NOT been working in any capacity, did not go back to school, although it was a brief, fleeting thought. What have I been up to, you ask? Well, my illness has been worse than usual, I mean I wasn't in the hospital thank God, but I wasn't doing to good either. We had some work done around the house, and in an odd event, we lost INTERNET CONNECTION. Can you believe that? I sure the hell can't?!! I thought that was going to be the death of me for awhile. I lived through it...not sure how, but I did.

I am back....I have missed writing... missed reading everyone...and hope I have not lost my billions of followers. ha ha