Thursday, December 28, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Derek works for Stryker Orthopedics in the trauma division as a sales rep. This is the first full year Derek has been a rep. He set two goals in Jan. 06: 1) to make his number and 2) to sell at least $100,000 in product in a month. As of today, he has met both of his goals. In short, he blew those goals out of the water.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Well, we survived last week. It was busy, to say the least. This week is no better really. With only five days to get my house in order, I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everything done. Did part of the grocery shopping last night. Finished up all but two of the gifts that needed wrapping. Still lack a trip to Sam's and a trip to the post office for stamps. And then it will be time to settle in to get the house clean & the table set. Have two rehearsals and a church service to sing tonight. Have a family Christmas dinner to attend on Saturday. Have five services to sing on Christmas Eve. And then it will be time for the Christmas Day marathon--lunch at our house with my family & dinner across town with the in-laws.
And in 11 days...we'll know for sure if Derek made his year-end sales number. We're relatively certain he's already made the magic monthly number to put him over the top for the year, but the reporting system is slow. If he makes it, there will be a big, flashy post not to mention a big party at our house!!!!
Friday, December 15, 2006
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Monday, December 11, 2006
Each and every one of us is deserving of a kind word, a gentle thought, and the gift of understanding.
Perhaps there will be more kind words, gentle thoughts, and understanding at home today. If we avoid the subject altogether, that could be guaranteed. However, at some point, a discussion must be had and a decision must be made. For today, I'll settle for peace and quiet.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
My uncle, Gregg Hammargren, received an excellent report at his last appointment at MD Anderson. Thanks to the experimental drug Gleevic, the tumors in my uncle's abdomen have continued to shrink, and according to the doctors, the results are nothing short of miraculous. Surgery to remove the tumor has been delayed at least another two months to allow the Gleevic to continue to shrink the mass. The good news is that when the tumor is finally removed, Gregg will lose very little of his stomach. At this point, the attachment site is only about the size of a fifty-cent piece. The attachment to the liver is a bit more serious, but the doctors are hoping the extra time on Gleevic will allow them to perform total removal in one surgery rather than several. Please continue to pray for the Hammargren family as there is still a long road to recovery ahead.
My voice teacher's husband, Justin Tull, has received an excellent report from his doctors. After having several months of severe muscle pain and a brief stay in the hospital, the initial prognosis was quite grim. However, with extensive testing, his doctors were able to rule out bone cancer and have since come to discover the source of his extreme pain and fatigue is Lipitor. Having been off Lipitor for about a month, his symptoms have begun to subside and he is on the mend. Apparently, in some patients, Lipitor can cause serious life-threatening side effects. Thankfully, Justin did not wait too long and he is expected to make a full recovery. He is now on alternative medications for his cholesterol and is having great success with them and no side effects. Continue to pray for a full recovery.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
This weekend, I really got into Christmas mode as I dragged out all the decorations & began putting everything in its place. The tree is trimmed, the mantle is festooned, and the stockings are hung. I'm not quite ready to call it quits. A trip to Michael's is definitely in order. The family Christmas is at our house after all. The exterior of the house, aside from the front door, is still bare, so this week's task is to make it twinkle (like the rest of the ho-ho-ho block). By the weekend, I should be just about ready to declare the decorating complete.
Friday, December 01, 2006
It did precipitate yesterday as the forecasters predicted. In Rowlett, we mostly got a wintry mix of sleet, freezing drizzle, and snow. I stayed home yesterday--not because my office closed but because I was preparing for my evening event. Unfortunately, as the morning went on, the conditions in my area worsened and I made the difficult decision to call the people with whom I was booked to sing and cancelled my appearance. In the end, I think I made a good decision. The roadways were clear, but the bridges and overpasses were quite treacherous areawide by mid-afternoon.
So, I enjoyed a relatively quiet day at home with the dog, who is ecstatic that winter blew in and brought with it some white stuff. After quite the romp outside, she came in and took a long nap...curled up in her daddy's favorite chair in the gameroom. I did a little practicing and made a big pot of baked potato soup.
(Thinking mom's not looking, she crawled in & curled up for a long winter's nap.)