Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Blogging into the Future

OK so...
as much fun as I've had with the Bucket, I think the time has come to try a new platform.
I've been using A Gibson Girl, on the tumblr platform, for about a week, and I really like it. It's easy to upload web stories, photos, text, quotes--all the stuff I love. Plus the format is much cleaner.
So--I will be moving my blogging over there. If you've got me bookmarked, change it to http://agibsongirl.tumblr.com.
Don't worry, the email (janeandessie@gmail.com) and this blog will remain, although this blog will be mostly for archival purposes. Not sure what I'm going to do with CPG yet.
I'm so glad that y'all have been reading and following my post-tx adventures. There is more to come, so jump over to the new blog, won't ya?

Sunday, May 16, 2010


Wrote about it over here.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New blog

I know, I have so many....
but check this out.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Retreat Journal #4

Up over here
(I'm not abandoning you, really, I've got a bunch of ideas, just no time to write!)

Sunday, May 09, 2010

All In The Family

Me and my godson

Me with Belle (Courtney) and her older sister, Molly (who was in Godspell last year at this school)

L to R: Kelly, Jack, Ryan, Paige, Me, Courtney, Brendan, grandma. :)

Saturday, May 08, 2010

The 'Burgh

Today was busy:
1) Lunch, Barnes and Noble and shopping w/ my cousin Kelly
2) Mass and dinner w/ the fam
3) seeing my cousin Courtney's theatrical debut in Beauty and the Beast, Jr., at her school.

Busy, but really fantastic! Here are the books Kelly recommended I get:
1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (we're gonna read this together)
2) The Bean Trees

Pics of the play coming tomorrow (don't have cord here).
Oh, and the Pens won. Series 3-2 Pens. Going back to Montreal on Monday.

Ain't That a Kick In The Head?

This book (see left).
Yeah, that one. It gave me a big kick in the head the first time I read it. I wanted what those women had so badly.
And then a little voice said, "Well, why don't you try to get it?"
So I asked certain orders if they'd take me.
Nope. I'm too weird.
So I gave up on the idea.
Until recently, when I tried again with these ladies.
And...we're going to give it a whirl!
I'm going to visit them in September for a weekend. (Weekend to be decided. Might not even be in September, might be later int he fall.)

And I re-read this book several times this week. :)
So this might be dangerous reading. But oh is it good. 

Monday, May 03, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook--May 3, 2010

Outside my window:
A very nice spring evening--low 70s, perfect. Might go sit outside and read after this.

I am wearing: 
my Boden dress in blueberry batik print. My last birthday present from my parents. It was a popular pattern so we have to wait for it to be re-ordered.

I am thankful for:
my friends

I am reading:

From the kitchen:

I am thinking:
That it is so beautiful outside!!

I am creating:
A clean apartment: vacuuming, mopping, running the dishwasher. 

Toward rhythm and beauty: 
Daily prayer; spiritual reading (currently Gospel of Luke)

To Live the Liturgy: 
see above

I am hoping and praying:
for my grandfather; my family members in purgatory; a friend of mine who is about to try his vocation as a Dominican friar.

Around the House:
See above. :) But the bathroom is pretty clean! Woo!
One of my favorite things:
Time with my friends.

A few plans for the week:
T: Voting day
W: Choir
Th: Voice
Friday-Sun: Pittsburgh to see the family

A picture I'm sharing: 
 me and my siblings (Melanie, center, Bryan, right)

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Clinic update

I had my regular clinic appointment last Monday, and all was well. The wrap:
  • New needles for port access; mom got it on the first go when she accessed me a few weeks ago with the 1" needle. Apparently port likes 1" needle now, the 3/4" needle is a bit wishy-washy. Besides the fact that the 1" needle looks super-scary when being inserted, it actually lays under the dressing quite nicely and goes in very well. So that's a plus.
  • CXR looks excellent.
  • PFTs also excellent. 62/57, if you're a number person. If not, um...I can't explain what they mean. I think they mean this: the 62% is how much volume I blow out in 1 second, and the 57% is my lung capacity. Course they could be reversed. Either way, much better than pre-tx!
  • Some med changes: I asked for my celexa to be knocked back to 10 mg. We upped it in 2006/2007, when I was in and out of the hospital and we thought it would be better at 20 mg. Which was fine then, but we never knocked it back down. Now I'm back to 10, and liking it so far. Drs. A &K also want to knock down the vfend from 200 mg to 100 mg. Vfend is a strange little drug that very few people take--I get a lot of 'huhs?' when I put it on med lists. It's a pre-tx antibiotic (meaning, I've been on it since, oh 2002? God prescribed it.). I guess since I"m about to hit 5 years, the chance of the bug coming back to cause problems is lessened, so we can knock it down to 100 mg. This makes me happy--the fewer drugs I'm on, the more I like--but it also can affect my tac level, so on the 14th I need to have a blood draw to check all that. Obviously we do not want the tac (one of the anti-rejection meds) messed with. I can't imagine it going any lower, since I'm only on 0.5 mg now, but I guess it could go up. Or maybe nothing will happen and my body parts and systems will all get along!
  • Nothing special planned for the five year, just the normal testing. So sometime in June I get to spend 1 1/2-2 days at Children's being a guinea pig. :) It's not so bad. I get to catch up on my reading and my children's television.

Breakfast time!

OK, if you know me, you know that I am not really a morning person. Sleep is my friend. So that means breakfast is usually a very simple affair--sometimes as simple as coffee and toast.
But this morning, I decided to get a bi creative, and I made these.
These are very, very good. And they take, oh, five minutes. Not kidding.
So, here we are:

Huevos Hyacinth
From The Pioneer Woman's Cookbook

For one:
1 slice ham (thinly sliced)
1 tomato slice, or picante sauce
1 egg
cheese of your liking (I used mexican blend, to fit the theme, but Ree likes crumbly goat cheese)

Turn on the broiler and butter one ramekin.
Place the slice of ham in the ramekin and top with tomato slices or picante.
Gently crack one egg on top.
Sprinkle with cheese. (OK  I did more than sprinkle. I gave it a nice covering.)
Place the ramekin on a baking sheet and slide under broiler. Broil for 4-6 minutes, or until egg yolk is slightly set. If you want it more set (as in, you don't like runny egg), broil for another minute or two.
Eat. :)

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Saturday Evening Blog Post--March and April

Elizabeth is doing a twofer this month--March and April. Here are mine: For April, The Easter Pics, and for March, the Wonder of the Guinness Cake (really, I can't link to this enough. )
For more, or to link your own favorite posts, go to Elizabeth's.