Sunday, June 25, 2006


Just thought I should let everyone know that things will be quiet on this blog for the next week. I will be gone for a vacation/family reunion and won't have a computer with me. It seems so strange to be seperating myself from something that is usually such a big part of my life. At a time like this it would be nice to have a laptop but then again it's good to take a break. It will make me appreciate my computer time so much more when I get back! :)

I don't really know what I will be doing with my time off but hopefully it's fun and relaxing. Have a great week!!!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

How many of you get the privilege?

Today at work I had another UNIQUE project come across my desk that I just never thought I would be working on.

As a designer I like to work on projects that I get to make look pretty and nice but today was about being practical I guess. I was asked to make some new "toe tags" for the morgue at the hospital where I work. Oh my! I wasn't quite sure what to do at first but then I just started to laugh. Four years of college, thousands of dollars later and I am making... toe tags? Yep, go to college kids the rewards will be outstanding! Just kidding, you really should go to college but then when you get into the work world expect the unexpected!

I emailed my friend about the "special" project I was working on and he said that I HAD to blog about it. I hadn't even thought of that, but when he said it I definitely agreed!

So how many of you out there are as privileged at work as I am? :)

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Bone Marrow Registry update

Some of you may remember that I did a blog back in March about being a part of the National Bone Marrow Registry. Well today I received an interesting email (copied below) from the NMDP (National Marrow Donor Program) that I wanted to share because they have made the whole process even easier and pain free now. What more can you ask for?

Collection of cheek cells replaces blood samples for tissue typing
Say goodbye to blood samples -- say hello to buccal swabs!

"Buccal" (pronounced "buckle") comes from the Latin word for cheek. A buccal swab is a cotton swab used to collect cells from the inside of the cheek. These cells are used to determine a person's tissue type when joining the Registry.

Beginning in May, buccal swabs are replacing finger sticks and blood draws for sample collection. They are as accurate as blood samples for tissue typing. Buccal swabs are also convenient and painless. The vast majority of people joining the Registry prefers the buccal swab to a finger stick or blood draw.

If you or potential donor on the Registry comes up as a match for a patient, we will likely need the donor's blood sample then, so we can confirm the best possible patient match.

Easy, right? Wow!

They also included the web address where you can go and join the Registery online: and order a tissue typing kit (the buccal swab) to be sent to your home. They charge $52 to do it this way, in order to cover the tissue typing costs, but you wouldn't even have to leave your home to join the Registry. That's pretty convenient!

If you have any interest in helping this cause with me please go and get more information from THANKS!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

I saw the movie "Cars" today and thought it was REALLY good so I had to hop on the ole blog and tell everyone to go see it. Take the time to go while it's still in the theatres because it is another Disney • Pixar film that has some AMAZING animation in it. I am always awed by what these talented people can do!

I thought it was a good story and they did well with the humor because it kept me laughing throughout. Young, old and everywhere in-between seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as I did. So have a fun night out with your family or friends and go see "Cars." That's an order! :)
The path to the unknown - A.K.A., life :)

Saturday, June 10, 2006

A priest, a seminarian and an engaged man...

Sounds like the start of a joke doesn't it? Nope, sorry, just an observation from my life.

Last night I was in a room with a priest, a seminarian and an engaged man and the subject of marriage came up a couple of times. The response from all three of the men on the subject was quite negative. I have to say that such a response disturbs and saddens me. Is it just because I am the "emotional" female? Or is it something else?

Why I, of all people, still have such a belief in and desire for marriage is kind of amazing to me. My entire life has been surrounded with relationships/marriages gone terribly wrong and yet I still truly want to be married. To openly and honestly share my life completely with one man for the rest of my life sounds great to me. I don't think I am crazy in these thoughts because, as I have very recently been learning, this is what God has intended from the time of Adam and Eve. Since these thoughts and feelings are something that God has created in me I will just have to try and patiently wait to see what will happen with this aspect of my life.

Lord, give me strength!

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Well, I survived...

I am alive and in one piece after my motorcyle course. I guess that's pretty obvious since I am typing an update here.

It was a fun, nerve-racking, embarrasing, HOT and tiring experience. I met some really nice people and tried to do the best I could. The weather didn't cooperate with us quite as nicely as I had hoped for. Saturday it was 90 some degrees which meant it was over 100 degrees on the asphalt that we were driving on. Our required "gear" for riding was long pants, long sleeves, gloves, helmets and over-the-ankle boots. Not exactly 100 degree weather clothing of choice, ya know. We were all pretty much melting out there but everyone kept a good attitude and still had fun.

It turned out that in my group of 10 riders I was the ONLY ONE who hadn't riden a bike before. 2 of the people even rode up on their own bike's to class. Ummm, not a good start for me. I had never been on the front seat of a bike before - only happily on the back seat. So I was waaaaaaay behind from the start. Then the class just moved along much too fast for my slow-to-process brain. I couldn't keep up with the other riders, most of whom had their own bike's and had riding experience ranging anywhere from 1 month to several years.

I will address the embarrasing part now and get that out of the way - I laid the bike on its side twice. Oh yeah, I felt soooooo bad and embarrased. (Luckily I didn't hurt the bike because I was barely moving both times.) Those bikes are really heavy and once they get out of your control it's over. I, of course, was the ONLY ONE, once again, to do this horribly embarrasing act - while all of these other "experienced" riders were watching. I persevered though and got back on that bike after both times and continued on. It wasn't pretty, but I actually drove a motorcycle all by myself. I'm still kind of amazed by that fact.

I would still like to have my own bike someday. Then I could learn to ride at my own (slow) pace, and I wouldn't have to feel so nervous. I am the type of person that needs to learn something then have time to absorb it and get comfortable with it before I move on to the next thing. When the right time and opportunity come along I will get that chance. I look forward to it!