Archive for January, 2010

Natalie’s Birthday

Today was Natalies birthday. She would have been 25 years old. I had been looking around my laptop for some stuff and came across these photos and thought I would share.

Transfering Natalie to Childrens' Hospital

This was the day that Children’s Hospital accepted Natalie into their living donor (living lobar transplant) transplant program.  If they had not done this, we would have been bringing her home for “hospice” type care.  This photo was taken about April 2004, I have exact dates somewhere.

Paitiently waiting for donor tests

 Waiting for donor screening. That is her sister who was one of the donors. She was in the hospital in isolation for almost 3 monthe prior to the actual operation. Her transplant date was July 15 2004.

Forcing a smile for some reason...

After transplant, about a year later.  Summer of 2005.

My donors

 Natalie’s useless lungs were completely removed and a lobe from each donor replaced them.  A miracle.  This is a very rare surgery.

Natalie died February 1, 2006 of rejection.  I miss her.

Happy Birthday Natalie!

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More 2009 Reflection

I realized I had not finished the meme from V-Lo!  So here is the rest of the 2009 reflection.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?

A Long December – Counting Crows, I think now this song reminds me of every year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder? a little  happier
b) thinner or fatter? a little thinner
c) richer or poorer? a little richer

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Said yes.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Stayed home.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

Cooking for the kids

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?


22. What was your favorite TV program?
Last year I Netflixed all the seasons of The Closer, Criminal Minds, West Wing and the Tudors. On television I watched Greys Anatomy and Brothers  and Sisters and other miscellaneous stuff.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

No I still hate my ex-husband.

24. What was the best book you read?

I think the best one was A Three Dog Life, by Abagail Thomas

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I rediscovered Carly Simon.  I had not listened to her for a long time and downloaded some of her stuff to my iPod.

26. What did you want and get?

A painted house, a contract at work.

27. What did you want and not get?

Making peace with my divorce.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?


29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 49 and I went to dinner at The Arroyo Chop House.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Jake doing better in school, making peace with my demons.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?


32. What kept you sane?

Probably Betty.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

I suppose our new President.

34. What political issue stirred you the most?

The wars.

35. Who did you miss?

Natalie, Barbara (my sister), being married. Notice I did not say my ex-husband.

36. Who was the best new person you met?


37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.

Happiness is in your own backyard.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
A long December and there’s reason to believe
Maybe this year will be better than the last
I can’t remember the last thing you said as you were leaving
Now the days go by so fast

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2009 Reflection

I borrowed this from V-Lo, I thought it might make it alot easier to look back at this year.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?

Go to a Weight Watchers meeting.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t think I made any last year.  Still deciding on resolutions. They seem so pointless.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No,  a co-worker, but we are not close.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Mom died in Dec of 2008, Sprocket died 8/8/09

5. What countries did you visit?

I didn’t travel, I painted my house.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?

Lose 20 pounds ( I lost 10 in 2009) so 10 more to go, and travel a bit.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

August 8, 2009, the Day Sprocket died.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I received National Recognition as a top 10 Digital City (I am the IT Director for the City) ans was invited to San Antonio Texas to receive the award.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Ah, I think there might be a list of them. But I am sure that like everything, these are relative.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nothing significant. But Daisy had major knee surgery.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Fixing the french doors and painting the house.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

Daisy, she received her Canine Good Citizenship certification from the AKC.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

The Banking/mortgage industry.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, home improvements.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The stuff I did to the house and Daisy passing her CGC. 

There is alot more to say but this gave me a start and allowed me to look back on this year.

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Back to the Grind

Gee.  It’s hard to get back to working 11 hour days after having 11 days off.  I am wiped out.  So much for my resolutions and reflections.  I guess my immediate resolution is to get through the week so I can write my resolutions this weekend.

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I spent way to much time on line today dealing with my new volunteering as webmaster and technical person for my girlfriends local animal rescue.  She recently received 501(c)3 status ans I have been “pimping her blog” via facebook and Daisy’s blog.  Trying to get her some traffic and donations and maybe a few foster homes.  If you are interested go read Daisy’s blog as I highlighted it today. 

I have decided over the next few days I want to make some resolutions and also reflect on the last 10 years.  I have been blogging for almost the full 10 years, starting in 2001. it amazing sometimes when I am trying to remember a specific event or issue and can’t I will read the archives until I find it.  Which makes it even more important to me to continue to write frequently. I turn 50 this month and haven’t decided to freak out or anything, but realize it is a significant turning point in my life.  Or maybe I want it to be.

I have been off work since Christmas eve, thinking I would have time for all things, but instead I have been busy with nothing.  Well not nothing, but things I had not anticipated.  I feel good about what I got done during the holiday, but also wish I had done more. I made a list of things and have one more day to finish crossing off the items.  Tomorrow is a Holiday since I normally have Fridays off.  Silly isn’t it. Back to work Tuesday.

 I am hoping for a bit more structure, discipline and moderation in my life.  These will be some of my resolutions I think.  I am not in any hurry to just jot them down, because I want them to stick, to last, to be things I do the rest of my life.

I did buy myself a new camera with this cool panorama shoot function and am loving it. 

Happy New Year to all.

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