Day 83-Free Days-Walk, Bake and Showtime

Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square
Site of PKD Walk in Southlake Square

This morning was finally the day for the PKD Walk, put on by the good folks in Southlake and was relatively well attended.  Nothing compared to the walks to raise money and awareness for breast cancer, and not as organized, but I was glad to be a part of it. My hubby walked with me, after the balloon release, which was emotional for me. It makes me feel bad that I could have and should have been doing more to raise awareness and money since my mom was first diagnosed. So, I was thinking of her as we released our balloon and her name was on my back as we walked. Not that many were there to see it-my hubby and I were way out in front of the pack the whole way, our pace being much quicker than most. Thanks again to everyone who donated to my “team”, even if that team turned out to be my hubby and me. I also put in my own private donations, although I would have done that online as well, I would have been able to designate part for myself and part as a pledge in my Mom’s name. She passed away two years ago from the disease. As far as I know, I’m the only one of her five children to be diagnosed as well. Anyway, I hope next years Walk is bigger and better, and that the contributions for research keep pouring in.

Later in the day, he took our son Chris to play golf as part of his birthday present. While they were gone, Becky and I secretly baked him a kickass Banana Pudding birthday cake and, just in case he smelled something cooking when he arrived back home, I made some Paleo chocolate chip cookies so he wouldn’t get suspicious. I got the recipe from http://Www.ambitiouskitchen.com and they are delicious.

My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies
My homemade Paleo chocolate chip cookies

After all the activity in the kitchen, I subjected Becky to my taped recording of the Rocky Horror Picture Show remake-she wasn’t impressed. Then again, she is so young, she barely remembers the original. We had fun laughing at it anyway. See, I DO remember the original and I appreciated the music of both versions. The soundtrack and of course Tim Curry (the original Frank-n-Furter) made the whole movie. So I was happy to hear all the songs again, even if they weren’t exactly the same renditions as the first. I though the remade Riff Raff was awesome and Victoria Justice was very good as Janet.

Credit:Fox
THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: L-R: Reeve Carne, Annaleigh Ashford, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCartan and Christina Milian in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW coming this Fall to FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Steve Wilkie/FOX

 

Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
Original stars, Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter
The new Dr Frank-n-Furter

It was kinda like the creators of this one forgot the whole point, originally, it was so outrageous for a man to be playing a transvestite with over the top makeup-just not the same with a female playing a transgender role.  Although I must say, the acting and singing would have been fine had you never seen the original and had it to compare to.

All in all it was a very good day, and the night is yet young! I can’t wait to see if Becky chickens out on performing her birthday “rap” for Chris’s birthday! Stay tuned, results will be in tomorrow, on the patio 😉

 

 

 

Day 82-Last Chance

Wow! It just so turns out that my Dad’s 82nd birthday is today and I’m also on my 82 post in the 365 day challenge! What a coincidence!

Also, today is the last chance to get a donation in for my team in the PKD walk. Of course, you can always donate or make a pledge, however, tomorrow is the actual PKD Walk, and I’m just halfway to my team goal. I’d appreciate whatever you can do to help me in this effort. And thanks again to the bloggers who have donated so far! I was reading some news today concerning future treatment options for my disease, and there are five new medications in clinical trials! Yea! Would it not be fantastic if me and  hundreds of other PKD patients had the option of stopping the advance of the disease with a simple medication and not have to go on dialysis or have a kidney transplant? That is what we are raising money for, to make medications like this possible and other life saving treatments and research is ongoing in this endeavor.

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Tap on the picture to enlarge it, otherwise, just go to http://Www.walkforpkd.org/northtexas to give in my name for my team.

I know y’all are probably “tired of” me talking about this and pleading for donations, I will soon be giving it a break for a while…til the next walk lol! But seriously, because it is a cause close to my heart, my Mom had it too, I will continue to educate myself and others and do what I can to support this cause. Wish me good luck and pleasant weather on tomorrow’s short walk. Luckily, mine is short, since the old back ain’t what it used to be. A mile ain’t nothin for a stepper though, and my hubby will be with me all the way.

After all that, I will be busy with preparations for the big birthday weekend. My Dad and my son have birthdays two days apart, and my friend’s is the day after my son’s. She is unfortunately out of town on business, so I already put her card and gift in the mail. My son and my Dad will be joining us for dinner Sunday and so far, that’s all I know, lol. Hopefully I get something figured out for their gifts before then. I, for one, think birthdays should be special. I’m sure I will get something worked out. 😉

 

 

Day 81-What R U Tired of Week

                 Bad Traffic Behavior

Bob's personal journey of spiritual growth gets bogged down behind some idiot going half the speed limit.
Bob’s personal journey of spiritual growth gets bogged down behind some idiot going half the speed limit.

Ever have those days? Despite your best efforts to be nice, not curse at bad traffic or the behavior of some folks on the road, you fail? I’m sure we all do, whether it’s a jam, someone cutting you off, or just idiotic behavior you notice-someone on the phone, eating and driving, reading and driving, going too slow or too fast, weaving all over the road, heck, I’ve even seen someone doing their nails!!! We have all dealt with it, maybe even been guilty of a few things ourselves.

 

That’s why I’m a fan of newer cars that offer hands free, Bluetooth enabled vehicles. No excuse to have the phone to your ear anymore. Like the one my hubby surprised me with yesterday! (Sorry, had to brag a little, its a beauty!)

My new ride- a Dodge Challenger
My new ride- a Dodge Challenger

Actually, my last car,  Chevy Impala, also had it and many cars made in the last three or so years do. Why, then do we continue to see people with the phone glued to their ears? I have literally counted the cars for a certain stretch of time that had someone doing something more than driving. It’s no wonder there are so many accidents and road rage occurrences. Distracted drivers are the number one cause of all traffic accidents today.

We all need to be safer on the road, not to mention considerate of other drivers on the road. Can we all just slow down, be polite and less distracted? We will all get to our destinations, even if it takes a little longer-at least we arrive alive!

What bad traffic behaviors are you tired of? What other improvements do you see car companies making to remedy the problems? Let me hear from you in the comments.

I’m off to watch the remake of Rocky Horror Picture Show, who’s with me?!! Later Janet!

Day 80-What R U Tired of? Week-Minor Annoyances

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I’m so glad I blogged early yesterday because I spent most of the day in agony with muscle spasms in my back. I wore my Dad’s back brace that he kindly loaned me on a separate occasion last week! I’m sick of dealing with my stupid back, if it isn’t one thing-my hip out of joint-it’s another, like these too frequent back spasms. The pain goes right over my kidneys, making me worry that it’s them hurting and not my back, except for the fact that I felt the exact moment when it happened. I was reaching for the soap while in the tub when….like a lightening bolt of pain, one second was all it was, resulting in a long day of pain. Same thing happened last week while I was helping Stephanie with her stretches. All I did was bring her legs back up on the bed, the action of the muscles in my back resulted in another spasm so bad I had to sit down and work on getting breath into my lungs. I tried ice, which helped temporarily. Yes, I know I should probably go see a chiropractor but that’s an expensive and time consuming bother right now at this very busy time of the year.

Yesterday afternoon, I could take it no more and finally went to Walgreens and got some Percogesic, an OTC medicine with a pain reliever+mild muscle relaxer.

Surprise shopper at Walgreens yesterday
Surprise shopper at Walgreens yesterday

(seeing this funny sight at Walgreens yesterday slightly lifted my spirits)

It helped, but I’m still sore this morning. Personally, I think all this is stemming from my couch, which wasn’t cheap by the way, and while it fits our space perfectly, it is impossible to sit comfortably on. We are constantly shifting positions, trying to fluff the deep seated cushions, moving the oversized pillows, nothing helps. Anyone want a huge couch that seats eight people-albeit, tall people, “comfortably”? Anyhoo, I’m currently writing this blog from my husband’s old recliner, which may or may not be a better seating alternative. I’ve got my coffee and the diffuser going with some orange, lemongrass and bergamot essential oils, and it smells heavenly in here! By the way, here is in the game room where the recliner is and right now, the minor annoyance is the sun coming through the blinds and right in my eyes! -sigh-

 

Day79-What R U Tired of? Week-This Election

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Ready-for-it-to-be-over!!!

Yall with me on this? Me too, I got you Boo!

Seriously, is it time to vote yet, cause I’m over it already. Whether you choose a side, vote for the lesser evil, don’t vote at all, just get it over with! I’m sick of the smear ads, the comical debates, the sad truth that SNL’s portrayal is wildly more popular than the real thing, I’m just done with it. I want voting day to just be here already so we can put an end to it, and get on with the suffering. Cause I mean, really, that’s what we’re in for-four (at least) more years of suffering under the guidance of either a tyrant, or a bully, depending on which side wins. Four more years of promises that never come true, agendas that congress won’t approve and media coverage ad naseum of how bad the new pres is making all of our lives. I can’t wait! 🙄 At least the waiting for Election Day will be over though, right???

How do you all feel about it? Do you really think either one will make a good president and change anything for the better? Let me know your thoughts (good or bad) in the comments below. And if you’re sick of this, wait til Election Day, when we start hearing about how the voting was rigged blah, blah, blah. It’s going to be a circus, I’m sure. That’s only my unsolicited opinion though, I want to hear what y’all have to say. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on my next post, story or article on the patio 😉