Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Life is Short

Posted by Sarah

The cardiologist appointment went about as well as expected. Yet another test. She is convinced that my problem is something called vasovagal syncope, with my trigger being heat related. As a final confirmation she wants to do a tilt-table test on me. This requires me to be strapped to a table, have the table tilted at a 60 degree angle, then have fluids sent through my body. After about 30-45 minutes of hanging there with them watching my heart on the monitors, if I haven't passed out, they will start pumping medicine through my IV to make my heart speed up. I have to have that for 30-45 minutes as well. The purpose of the test is to recreate what happens in my body when I have my episodes. Either way the doctor is convinced this is what I have and the test will I guess determine if she wants to put me on meds for it or have me continue to make adjustments to my lifestyle to accommodate my episodes. I'm really kind of nervous about them making my heart race, but she (the cardiologist) will be in there the whole time. So, let's make Sarah pass out!

I get a night at home tonight! Rock on! Ry has rehearsal at church tonight for who only knows how long, so I get to veg at home. Yay! I have a room full of Christmas presents to wrap. I hope I can keep George Carlos off the wrapping paper and out of the bows. Oh my, he's gonna love it.

I decided this morning while I was in the shower that I would long to have a laptop of my very own. With my new job it would be really nice for different projects. I wonder if there will be any good deals closer to Christmas. Granted, this is the very last thing we need to purchase with a struggling economy, but if any of you have seen any phenomenal deals- send them my way!

TODAY I LOVE: Christmas and Christmas treats

SONG OF THE DAY: "Life is Short" by Butterfly Boucher

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Eyes on Fire

Posted by Sarah

I have my cardiologist appointment today. It is the follow-up appointment to my appointment back in September. I'm not looking forward to this for several reasons: it's cold and I don't like stripping down into a thin gown when it is cold, I can't understand a word that this doctor says because she's Indian with a VERY thick accent, and lastly she's going to tell me everything I already know with no answers. Bah! It's just an excuse to get my money. I'm convinced.

Some good news- I have officially found my trainer. Her name is Jessi Neal and she runs Next Level Fitness here in Springfield. She is amazing. She is also a nurse, which is very reassuring should I have any issues with passing out or asthma. I am down to my last I want 12 personal training sessions with her one-on-one OR do I want personal training in a group setting (groups no bigger than 12 individuals) with 24 sessions for the same amount of money. I'm torn. I need to make my decision quick because both options are filling up on her calendar and I want to be sure my name is in one of those places come the first of the year!

This weekend was both good and bad. Friday night we went to Silver Dollar City and it was just lovely. My husband blesses me so very much. I'm a super lucky girl. He took me to see the tree, bought me wassail AND taffy, and gave me kisses under the lights. It was a good night. It was the next day that I got sick. :) Stupidly, Ry and I continued on with our dogged schedule for the weekend. We went to Warrensburg to see Danae (my brother-in-law's official fiance) graduate college. They also got engaged this weekend! Yay! It was so very nice to see them. It's been a long time. After that Ry and I headed south to go to Pittsburg State to watch our Bearcats play. Oh, we also made a pit stop in Lamar to say hello to my brother Clay. By the time the game started Ry and I both felt like crap. On Sunday, well, I only made it to one of the 4 events I had scheduled. Ugh, I would swear someone hit me with a truck and forgot to tell me about it. I'm feeling marginally better everyday, no fever anymore, just very very tired and a lot of drainage. It's beautiful. :)

No word yet on when I get to move to my new job.

Well, have a great day everyone and be safe! It's cold outside and stuff is falling from the sky...dangerous driving conditions. Be careful, my friends!

TODAY I LOVE: Emergen-C and humifiers

SONG OF THE DAY: "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation

Friday, December 12, 2008

Happy Day

Posted by Sarah

If you haven't already read it on my Facebook, I got the job. :) Happy days have come again! It is a good thing. They offered the position to me yesterday and I accepted. Once they told the other applicants I was able to outwardly be ecstatic. I will now be a credit analyst, no longer a loan assistant. This is quite a step-up for me! I've been wanting this for a long time and now it is in my grasp. I don't think I slept a wink last night. It was like that kid in the Disney commercial, "I'm to excited to sleep!" That was me. I'm kinda draggy today because of it, but I'm all glowing because of the good news.

Ry and I are supposed to go to Silver Dollar City tonight and use our free passes. I'm really very excited about that. I hope we still get to go. Ry hasn't felt very well the last couple of days with a head cold. I'll be so sad if we have to stay home because there won't be any more time for us to go because everyday is full until Christmas. It would be the best celebration with lights, wassail, and taffy! I haven't had any taffy yet this year! Anyway, I need to calm down in case we don't get to go.

The rest of this weekend is NUTS! Tomorrow we're going to Warrensburg, MO to watch my future sister-in-law graduate college and to see my brother-in-law Brock. This will be the only time we see them before Christmas. Then we are immediately heading south to Pittsburg, KS to watch my Bearcats take on Pittsburg State University. Go 'Cats! On Sunday we have church, then some lovely ladies are preparing us lunch, then I have a jewelery party at my lovely friend Laura's house, and then our pastor and their family are taking us our for Christmas. Whew- nuts.

Have a great weekend, my friends!!

TODAY I LOVE: wassail and taffy! (maybe)

SONG OF THE DAY: "Happy Day" by Fee

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Thank You For Not Moshing

Posted by Sarah

I worked out today! My unofficial trainer can be proud of me. :) I did the Sarah version of Tone to the Max at my house this morning. It was a great workout. I think I could be a personal trainer. I'll probably be sore later. Yes!

I hope, hope, hope to have news today about the job. I hope it is good news. The suspense is killing me...

My Bearcats play Southeastern Oklahoma State tonight. It should be a good game. Now, my guys should dominate if they play like they are capable. It will be awesome. My good friend Amanda is coming with Ry and I to the game. She better have her vocal chords ready to scream! I need to try to remember to pick up a new SBU coffee cup while I'm up there tonight. I adore my coffee mug but it is looking a wee bit nasty and I can't drink out of a wee bit nasty cup. I think the coffee over the years is staining the inside of the white cup.

TODAY I LOVE: the color purple and creating playlists on my iPod

SONG OF THE DAY: "Thank You For Not Moshing" by Reel Big Fish

Monday, December 08, 2008

Rock and Roll

Posted by Sarah

Ryan and I didn't make it the gym today. We both feel like poo and now we feel like double poo because of the guilt. We went to bed at 7:30 last night, doped up on NyQuil sinus. I don't think it helped all that much other than making us loopy and slow (more so than usual). Ryan keeps calling me apologizing for us not getting up. Seriously, it's ok. We'll get there. If my head doesn't stop hurting soon I could care less if I ever make it to the gym. I'm welcoming a lobotomy right now.

We had a great weekend. Saturday we went to Branson to shop. That was a bad idea. I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Branson during the Christmas season. It is absolutely beautiful but a nightmare with people. We are going back to the dreaded city on Friday evening to visit Silver Dollar City. It is so lovely with the lights. I really am looking forward to that. If I can get rid of this headache, of course.

No new updates on the job front. I'll let you all know when I get to know something. There was another interview this morning. Ugh. I need to be put out of my suspense.

I realized today that I have an uncanny knack for unintentionally offending people. I don't know why that is! I have the best of intentions, I do good deeds, and somehow it all gets twisted around and I manage to offend someone in the process. It doesn't matter what I'm doing, someone is offended or has their feelings hurt. I must have missed the class that gives you social graces. It is to the point now that I'm afraid to do ANYTHING because no matter what someone will come to me telling me how I've hurt them. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that I have open relationships with my friends and co-workers that they feel comfortable telling me when I've upset them, but sometimes it just makes me feel even more like poo. Sigh...

TODAY I LOVE: that my Jesus forgives me for my shortcomings and loves me just the same

SONG OF THE DAY: "Rock and Roll" by Eric Hutchinson

Friday, December 05, 2008


Posted by Sarah

My good friend Mark did exactly what I needed him to do today- make me feel appropriately ashamed for not getting my booty out of bed this morning to go to the gym. Thank you. I should have gotten up. No excuse other than laziness. I must do better next week. I think Ry is going to join the Y with me and that will be nice because we both will go. I'm going to give him a tour of the facility tonight and he'll decide. He's kind of excited about it.

I wish I had results on the job, but I don't. I've seen a few others getting interviewed today for the position and it is hard to watch without wishing them ill thoughts. How bad am I? I must improve my attitude. I think it is because I didn't workout.

Tomorrow Ry and I are going to Branson to do some shopping and then we are going to the Haygoods show for the evening. This will be so exciting and put me in the Christmas spirit. Ry's mom is a high school choir director and is AMAZING. She can get sounds out of those kids that are frankly glorious. Anyway, she is treating the choir to this concert and we are going with them. I think the choir might be performing before the Haygoods, but I'm not sure.

Oh, GOOD LUCK ANASTASIA on the LA Half Marathon tomorrow!!! You're going to do GREAT!! I'm so proud of you for persevering and getting through the tough spots to get through the training and to the race. You are a champion, my friend. Go out there and have a good time!

TODAY I LOVE: Christmastime and Friday-itus!

SONG OF THE DAY: "Christmastime" by Michael W. Smith

Thursday, December 04, 2008


Posted by Sarah

My exciting news was a job interview. I had it at 9am today. I was so nervous. There were 5 applicants for this position. I'm excited and I think I did pretty well. I won't know anything about the results until the first of next week. This opportunity would be really great for me. Cross your fingers!

Speaking of interviews, I'm in the process of interviewing personal trainers. I have spoken with one candidate so far, my ideal choice, however the price is ASTOUNDING! I am in the wrong profession, my friends. He is knowledgeable, confident, and driven. The type of trainer I need. Someone who will push me to my max and not feel guilty about it. I just cannot justify that type of moula right now. I am going to continue my search for a trainer within the same company in hopes that their rates are somewhat cheaper. I know my limit.

Well, back to work. I need to keep my head in the game!

I don't know about you all, but this month is quickly filling up with activities. My weekends have vanished under the various places to be. I need to fit in Christmas shopping somewhere. Yes, despite all my Type-A characteristics, I am not one of those people who has shopping finished way in advance. I wish I was.

Have a great day everyone and thanks for the happy, well-wishing thoughts this morning!

TODAY I LOVE: still being able to fit into my "suit of confidence" and Grey's Club tonight with my friends

SONG OF THE DAY: "Stronger" by Kanye West