A Few Things…

Lately I’ve been waking up in the middle of the night with my nose as cold as a lonely Eskimo’s. Nothing else is cold. Just my nose. So I bury my face beneath the covers to warm it up.

I hate doing that for two reasons:

1. If my nose is stuffy I’ve been breathing through my mouth. If I’ve been breathing through my mouth it’s very likely I have poop breath. You’d think it wouldn’t matter since my nose is stuffy, but the stench somehow manages to seep through the stuffiness and into my olfactory glands.

2. People end up in the hospital or dead because of carbon monoxide poisoning all the time. So I start worrying about carbon dioxide poisoning. Can I get sick by breathing my own breath? Isn’t that how cats steal a baby’s breath? You can see how this is very disturbing.


I went to lunch and a movie with my friend, Kris, today. We had decided against seeing P.S. I Love You because we didn’t want to cry. Unfortunately it was the only movie worth seeing so we braved it. We stopped on the way and bought our own little kleenex packages. She called me all manner of bad names – or maybe it was only one bad name several times – because I forced her to watch this movie. I told her I proudly wear the title and refused to apologize.

It was one of the best “chick flicks” I’ve seen in a long time. Yes, it’s sad and good for a cry. But there’s so much more to laugh about. And how can watching a movie with an extremely charming Gerard Butler be a bad thing??


On the recommendation of my cousin and very good friend, Stacy, I bought Apples to Apples for a family Christmas present. We played it last night and laughed so hard it’s a wonder we didn’t pee our pants. Oh wait. I think Katie did. But anyway, it was hysterical! We had so much fun we played it two-plus times. Good stuff.


Between some Christmas money and a surprise bonus at work I bought a photo scanner yesterday. I’m so excited to get all my old pictures onto the computer. I also received the latest Photoshop from Todd. Does anyone know if that means I can airbrush photos of myself?? Just curious.


I’m reading my 41st book of 2007 (The Boleyn Inheritance). I really hope I finish it before midnight on the 31st so I can add it to this year’s reading list. Even so, 41 is pathetic. But I’m okay with it. I suppose 41 is better than 21.


That’s enough random for one post. The Funniest Commercials of 2007 is coming on in a half an hour so I gotta go!


  1. Angry Woman on December 26, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    I’m waiting to see PS I Love You this weekend. I’m only seeing it for Gerard Butler since I’m a ginormous fan of his. I am so not for chick flicks since I’ve sworn off of them many, many moons ago. Glad to hear it’s a decent movie though.

  2. April on December 26, 2007 at 11:53 pm

    No way! Reid bought me the Apples to Apples board game for Christmas. I forgot I told him I wanted it. I am looking forward to playing it when we get enough people. Happy New Year, my friend.

  3. Swishy on December 26, 2007 at 11:58 pm

    How funny … I totally said the same thing to my friend–that we couldn’t see PS I Love You because I didn’t want to cry. I think we still might go see it, though ;)I have Apples to Apples and I love it!

  4. Dev on December 27, 2007 at 12:05 am

    I’ve never heard of Apples to Apples. I’ll have to look it up. I want to see PS I Love You, but I’m still wanting to read the book first (even though I know it won’t happen).

  5. Eileen on December 27, 2007 at 11:29 am

    We played Apples to Apples for the first time last night. We have never laughed so hard! It was so much fun, and we played for hours! Great game.Hope you finish your book. It sounds like a good one.XOXO

  6. Tanya on December 27, 2007 at 12:43 pm

    I love some Apple to Apples. We had it on our Wedding Registry.Its the best game ever. “What we were playing to seven cards? I think its ten now. Oh, you have 10? I ment to say 15.” 😉

  7. The Daily "B" on December 27, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    I have the same carbon monoxide fear… I wonder what sticking your head under the sheet and breathing through your mouth really can cause if anything?I saw an old (2-3 years) chick flick on Christmas, Prime. Not worth the time. Can’t wait until PS I Love You comes out. I am so pathetic with my book list this year. I’ve probably read 15 new books in 2007, now that’s bad!

  8. Monnik on December 27, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    We LOVE Apples to Apples in our house! Great game.And Photoshop means you can get rid of extra chins, shave off a few inches of hips or thigh, and fix bad hair. Not, um, that I’d know about any of that, of course.The Boleyn Inheritance is a good book to end the year with. I get lost in Phillippa Gregory’s books. And 41 isn’t too shabby, that’s *almost* a book a week, girl!

  9. Jenster on December 27, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Aim – It’s a good movie. Lot’s of laughs and a few tears, too.April – It’s a blast!Swishy – I only used one kleenex and I never really cried. I did get a sore throat from holding back some of the tears, though. It was worth it!Dev – I didn’t even mess with the book because I knew it wouldn’t happen.Eileen – Isn’t it fun?!? Especially if you’re playing with crazy people. lolTanya – That’s exactly what we were doing. “Let’s play to 20”. hahaDeb – I’ve never seen Prime. Guess I won’t bother. :o)Monnik – COOL on the Photoshop thing! Not that I’ll use those features. I’m just saying.The Boleyn Inheritence is my last Tudor book. I read them in the order of publication instead of chronological order. I saw where she’s writing another Tudor book about Mary, Queen of Scots. Can’t wait!

  10. Lynilu on December 28, 2007 at 1:29 am

    I’ve been hoping to see PS I love you, too. I like the entire cast.Hmmm. I’ve got to learn to use Photoshop! And I haven’t heard of Apples to Apples, either. I’m gonna go look right now!:D

  11. SeaSpray on December 28, 2007 at 3:47 am

    It sounds like you have been having some good times. 🙂 I love this time of year.What is apples to apples?41 books is a lot. HOW DO YOU FIND TIME TO READ ALL THAT, BLOG, WORK AND TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY. Not yelling just really want to know. :)Suffice it to know that I am now disturbed about sleeping under the covers. ;)Happy New Year! biblically the number 8 represents new beginnings and it will be interesting to see what wonderful new beginnings are in store for us all this year. :)Also I got a GOOD report yesterday for my renal scan from urodoc and I am done with that now. The whole thing seems so surreal. Even though you got a good report that everything was now good for you and you were cancer free…did you at some level ever have a hard time believing it or have any sense of avoidance of starting work again? I know I am better because I feel better but the whole thing unnerved me I guess and it was a roller coaster ride. I am very happy but I also feel weird and don’t know where it is coming from. I’m sorry this is long. You have good insights and even though it is apples and oranges with what we went through we share that we went through something and came through to the other side with a good report in the end. I just don’t understand these feelings that are now hitting me. normally I would be saying see ya doc and they would have to hunt me down to get me back for a check up. Now instead…I think I am afraid to rejoin the mainstream again and that is not me. I guess that is exactly what i do need and once on the hamster wheel again it will be business as usual. 🙂

  12. creative-type dad on December 28, 2007 at 4:11 am

    Whatchoutalkin’ bout?!Cats can steal breath….?Now I’m just scared.

  13. Jenster on December 28, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Lynilu – The entire cast is great. And Apples to Apples is a great party game!Seaspray – Yea on the good report!! I think what happens is that we become defined by whatever ailment it is we have. Then when we don’t have that any more our definition changes and change is hard even when it’s good.Also, before we go through something like that we know we can – we know anyone can. But then when we do it makes it so much more real to us and we feel like what’s to stop it from happening again.Those are my thoughts on the subject in a very small nutshell. I could go on and on, but I won’t. lolCTD – Sure! Didn’t you see that old movie where they parents thought the cat was stealing the baby’s breath, but it turned out to be some goblin and the cat was actually protecting the baby?Oh wait. That totally messes up my theory.Nevermind.

  14. Lisa on December 28, 2007 at 9:52 am

    I missed the Best Commercials of 2007! Rats! I LOVE those shows!I can’t breathe through my mouth consciously. I gag. Yes, I’m weird.

  15. Jenster on December 28, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Lisa – What happens when you have a cold and you can’t breathe through your nose?

  16. radioactive girl on December 28, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    Apples to Apples is one of the most fun games EVER! Up until recently it was hard to play with our kids because they couldn’t read and didn’t understand how you could make things fit the category even if it really didn’t. They recently got senses of humor (or discovered how to use them) and learned to read well enough to play and it has been so much fun!

  17. SeaSpray on December 28, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you Jen…that is it in a nutshell…”we feel like what’s to stop it from happening again.” I have been around chronic and acute illness, traumas and sometimes death while working I’ve been with hospice patients and lost friends and family.Your right…we always figure we will handle whatever comes our way..we have to because you have to do…what you have to do. It is a scary thought and we all hope it doesn’t happen to us. We even know if it doesn’t kill you it will make you stronger and it does and i think we become even more compassionate.I don’t pretend for a second to compare what I went through to cancer or more serious life threatening or debilitating illness. The worst part was the 1st week when I was in the hospital with the sepsis, hydronephrosis and pyelonephritis. The multiple stenting and kidney/bladder spasms weren’t a day at the beach. I don’t have to tell you what it’s like to face and go through multiple tests and procedures – the uncertainty. The cancer returning is more frightening then my worrying if I would have to have surgery. I was high risk and so THAT is what scared me about that which is what I faced and was trying to avoid with the last stent. (Thank God and urodoc it worked-it was the 5th ureteral stent)I lost both jobs because I had to be out for so long and it was an up and down emotional and physical roller coaster.I think the other component to my fear (I know…fear is opposite faith)was that the whole thing snuck up on me without much warning , I have seen sepsis pts die and so your right…sometimes i guess I do wonder. BUT…I REALLY DO feel so much better. So good as a matter of fact that I go through long periods of time where I don’t even think about my kidney and ureter.The whole thing is surreal. I am so very thrilled that surgery was avoided!!! :)So…once I do get back into the swing of things I will be too busy to think about it.Truthfully…anything can happen to anyone at any time. There are no guarantees which is why we should embrace each day and enjoy where we are at right now. Not dwell in the past and not be fearful of the future. Maybe i will turn this into a post sometime. Jesus told us to live in the moment too.Thank you for sharing and if you ever have time i would love to hear your other thoughts on this topic. You could e-mail me or direct me to some of your previous posts.Have fun tonight! 🙂

  18. SeaSpray on December 28, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Also left you comment to yours on mine. 🙂

  19. Lisa on December 30, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Vicks salve and a lot of snorfling sounds. LOL

  20. Gretchen on December 30, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    We play A to A Jr., and love it, too. 🙂 Between that and Pass the Pigs, it’s a hoppin time in our neck of the woods. I almost bought The Boleyn Inheritance b/c I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl so much (thanks to your recommendation). I think my book # is around 21, so feel proud! I’d be surprised if I broke 30, but I did read some really great books. Unfortunately, I’m just slow b/c I don’t start reading until I’m 1/2 comatose anyway, and, therefore, it takes me 3x as long as if I would just sit down and read. I just bought a new Jodi Picoult book so I’m looking forward to that one.

  21. SweetAnnee on January 1, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Oh I loved P.S. I love youand the eye candyOh it was awesome.I had my kleenex with roseson them..and used themgraciouslysmiles to youHappy New Year, deena

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