Thursday, December 31, 2009

My Big Fat New Years Eve Blog - Goodbye 2009!

Every year on NYE, I analyze myself and the annual goals that I set at the beginning of the year. I'm almost afraid to look, but here we go...

Goals for 2009

1. Continue my education, either in college or with Bob Ross, Inc. DONE!!! 3.87 GPA in college, and hope to continue next year!

2. Find stable employment and reduce debt as much as possible. OH LORD...NOT EVEN CLOSE! My relapse of Periodic Paralysis has prevented me from working.

3. Go to church regularly and/or schedule a weekly Bible study. FAILED MISERABLY AT THIS!

4. Utilize my time more wisely by developing routines and following a schedule. DID PRETTY WELL BUT NEEDS IMPROVEMENT!

5. Have a piece of art in a show or fair. DONE!!! YAY!

6. Try at least a dozen new recipes. NOT SURE ABOUT A DOZEN, BUT I DID DO SEVERAL...I SHOULD HAVE KEPT A TALLY!


As suggested by my friend Marilyn last year (thanks M), here are a few things that I accomplished this year:

1. Taught DOUBLE the Bob Ross workshops this year than I did last year!

2. Joined and was appointed Secretary of Art With Heart Mississippi. What a blessing it has been!

3. Prepared and publicly displayed several works of art! I have five paintings in a local gallery right now...never thought I'd see that in a MILLION years!

4. Completed a semester of college and somehow (read: merciful teachers) made all A's!

5. On that same note, I started learning how to draw...something that has been on my bucket list for a while. Very emotional thing for me and I don't take it for granted.


And now...my goals for 2010!!!

The Mainstays (aka the stuff that's ongoing and on my list every year):

Maintain a healthy weight and keep blood panel numbers at an acceptable level by living a healthy lifestyle.

Stay involved in one or more charities/ministries.

Read more, write more, and learn more.

Be a good friend and relative.

The New Goals:

1. Continue college education

2. Return to Florida for Bob Ross training (either Florals cert or Landscape/Seascape audit)

3. Become more organized in every aspect of my life

4. Find a way to pay off some medical bills

5. Put a significant dent in one or more manuscripts

6. Knock out at least one item on my 2010 Bucket List



Wish me luck, I'm gonna need it!!! What are your goals for 2010? Let me hear from ya! There may be a little prize given to a random commenter. Ready.........GO! :)

HAPPY NEW YEAR, FRIENDS!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

You know you're gettin' old when... (PART DEUX)

...you use your Christmas money to buy this...




...and these...




...and you injure yourself while taking a nap.


(EDIT NOTE: Photo removed because of all the CREEPS downloading it! Really, Earthlings?)

Who knew you could sprain a neck just by sleeping on it? Seriously?

Actually, this is the perfect example of what I deal with on a regular basis. Pulling and tearing muscle and cartilage by doing nothing more than turning over in bed. I'm single for a reason, peeps. (Ok that's certainly not the ONLY reason...but it is a reason nonetheless). :)

I woke up with a huge crick in my neck yesterday that got progressively worse instead of better. This morning, I started blacking out and throwing up. My uncle had to deal with me, bless his heart, and I appreciated his help in getting me to the E.R. and getting my meds filled. Two shots, three prescriptions, and a neck brace later, I'm home on bedrest till my neck heals. Or until Monday, of course, when I have surgery. Then I'll be on a different kind of bedrest.


I CAN HAVE BODY TRANSPLANT NOW?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Recap and Catch Up!

That's what I'm trying to do right now! I'm behind on blogs, but hope to get caught up on everything tonight! If you're following me, you'll hear from me very soon!

Anyway, another Christmas has come and gone. Was nice to see some of the family, although we didn't see everyone due to schedules, weather, etc. Glad I got to hang with my parents and siblings for a little while, though, and I received some neat gifts...


Awesome Henna kit that has a henna tube, transfers, and a booklet with the history and everything. Love it!



My sister and brother in law raise reptiles. This abstract painting was done by tortoises! HA!



Please tell me I'm not the only nerd out there who loves travel stuff! All of this will come in handy when I return to Florida for more Bob Ross training!



From me, to me...a Skinny Dip Candle! It melts into an oil that you can use as a lotion, massage oil, whatever. I've been putting it on my hands and elbows. Yes, that is a Bob Ross book underneath...sorry! Ha!

Got some other cool stuff too, and money which always helps. I bought myself a neuromuscular stimulator and some pH test strips (more on those later), and I'll use the rest of the money to replace my IDs this week...my purse was stolen recently, and I lost a lot of important stuff. Bummer.

My pretzels were enjoyed by the family. I ate way too much. And now the new year is upon us. I'll blog again this week with what I've been up to for the past couple days, and what my plans are in the coming week.


This Christmas recap has been brought to you by the letter...


And since I just made a Sesame Street reference, you HAVE to see this vid that my friend posted on Facebook today...absolutely hilarious!!!




Talk to ya soon!

Kelli

Friday, December 25, 2009

A very Merry Christmas to my readers!



Despite flooded road and yard...




With high tide and an insane thunderstorm making it worse...




And a scaredy-dog who HATES thunderstorms...(yes of course we let her inside) :)




Some of the family was able to make the trip via SUV through the rough, wet terrain to the Sandy Bay in Bayou La Batre, Alabama for Christmas Eve festivities.




Now somebody get over here and help me eat these things!!! :)

Hope your Christmas is happy and blessed!

Love,
Kelli

Saturday, December 19, 2009

School's out...I survived...what's next?

Well, I made it through my first full semester of college at MGCCC. It wasn't easy...in fact it was very hard. God, it was so hard. But I did my best, and with the patience and understanding of my merciful teachers, I finished with all A's and a 3.87 GPA.

Music Appreciation and Art For Elementary School had a few issues, but thankfully they were worked out by the end of the term. Sometimes, I thought Drawing and Design were going to kill me. Physically speaking, I had a terrible time and I can't help but think about how much better I could have been in those classes if I hadn't been so sick and miserable. Maybe no better at all, but I wonder. It has been a very emotional experience for me, and I knew it would be. Learning to draw (and paint) has been on my bucket list for years...a childhood dream. I've been saying since Kindergarten that I wanted to be an artist, but I never thought in a million years that it would happen because I've always been so, so bad at it. Since becoming a Bob Ross instructor, then joining Art With Heart, I have felt crippled in a sense because I couldn't draw and didn't even have the knowledge to know how to learn. I'm still a newborn where this is concerned, but I am amazed by how much I've learned already. It brings me to tears...I can't help it. This experience has been very difficult for me health-wise but I don't regret it. It has meant a great deal to me. More than I can say.

I feel very disheartened, however, because I don't believe for a second that I'll be able to do this again. I am supposed to have the same schedule next semester, but right now that seems impossible. I was already sick every single day in class, in some way or another, and by the end of the semester I was having to lay down in my car at times because I was so weak and exhausted. It was (and is) a constant fight to sit up and act like nothing's wrong, and it's getting harder as time goes on. I've gone into "crash" mode again, and this time, I can't seem to find a way out. I can't stand the thought of being sick at school every day for four more months, and then four more months after that, and after that, and so on. But I also can't stand the thought of dropping my studio classes when that is the primary reason why I'm there. It would kill me to have do that since I have such a wonderful teacher (how many more times am I gonna say that before people finally say "Ok Kelli, we GET IT. He's WONDERFUL. Now SHUT UP.") Ha...ok, yeah. Moving on... :)

Anyway, I don't want to drop the classes. It would tear my heart out. Right now I've registered for the spring semester with 16 hours (yikes)...10 of those being online, the other 6 being Drawing and Design 2. Seems impossible, but I guess I'm gonna give it a shot. One of my classmates blessed me so much on the last day of school. He gave me a hug and said that he was praying for me, and that he hoped to see me in class next semester. He said he could see that I was very tired, but to not give up because it would be worth it in the end. He has no idea how much I needed to hear that. I cried all the way home, and most of the day as well. Amazing how kind words can give us enough strength to keep going.

Enough of my rambling. My point is that I'm grateful. Even though I'm struggling horribly and I don't know what my college future holds, I don't take a minute for granted. This rivals my time in Florida almost two years ago, and is definitely on my list of experiences that I will hold dear for the rest of my life. I'm just scared that I won't be able to continue, that's all. I have so many emotions right now, it's overwhelming. Blah. I'm such a sap. :)

So now, a short hiatus. Christmas is here (already...crazy), 2010 is around the corner, surgery the first week of January, then the insanity begins again. Full time college and part time teaching. Please pray for me if you will. I can't do this...ANY of this...without God's hand. Many days I feel like I am going to collapse (literally and figuratively), but somehow I make it through. It's only by His mercy and strength. Of that, I am sure.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

You know you're gettin' old when... (TMI warning)

...your surgeon is younger than you!!! O_o

Yep, he's a BABY! In training...a nice guy and I will be his guinea pig very soon. The biopsy was not successful (WHY DID THEY REFUSE TO TELL ME THAT OVER THE PHONE THREE WEEKS AGO?!?!?!?!?!?) so they are going to do it again during surgery via D&C. I will have three procedures total.

1. Remove all polyps (small tumors) from my endometrium; 2. D&C (remove the lining, send to Pathology for biopsy); 3. Endometrial ablation (destroys the inside of the uterus...hopefully for good).

It's not guaranteed to work, but they claim to have a great deal of success and all three docs I've discussed it with said that this is a much better and safer route than a hysterectomy, especially since I am high risk. They all said with no hesitation that this is the best choice for me at this point and time.

So it's a done deal. Three procedures in one, but considered minor. The risks are still there of course but I was so happy to hear that I would not have a laproscopy, which means no staples!!! That has always been the worst part of lapro/arthro surgery for me, believe it or not. They expect me to recover quickly and be back in full swing within a week or so.

This is something that they can usually schedule quickly, but they are so backed up with surgeries right now that they can't get me in until January. Thankfully, they were able to schedule it so that I'll only miss the first week of school (assuming there are no complications). So despite the terrible pain, I'm relieved that I'm not gonna miss finals this semester.

Family/Local Friends: I will need someone to drive me there and home (of course), and someone to sit with me for about a day. They think I'll be up and around on my own in 24 to 48 hours. Would greatly appreciate a volunteer to put up with me during this time. :) Also, please note that my mother does not know and is not to be told. She will hear about it when I see fit. Thank you for your cooperation.

And I am so thankful for everyone's thoughts and prayers. I love you peeps!

Kelli