Monday, December 14, 2015

Please continue to keep my Father-in-Law in prayers. Delayed Open Heart Surgery.

We received news this morning that the pre-surgery blood work showed that his white blood count was extremely high. They have given him antibiotics and is sending him home. They have rescheduled the surgery until December 28th, at which time they are replacing 2 valves that are not working properly.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Please keep my Father-in-Law in your prayers.

Last April, my Father-in-Law, went in for neck surgery. He had several vertebrae that were fused together. The Doctors said he could move the wrong way and paralyze himself. During the surgery, he started loosing a lot of blood, so much so they almost lost him. They found that there was a valve in his heart that was not properly attached/working, that caused him to bleed internally. The heart Doctor and the neck Doctor wanted the other to preform their surgery first because they didn't want to be the one that caused problems on the operating table.

In October, the neck surgery and one of the heart specialists decided that he could not wait any longer and that they had to do the neck surgery.  There were no complications this time. He has been telling us how much better he feels and that he can swallow without pain now.

They called him Thanksgiving week, to come in to be cleared to have the neck surgery. He was cleared, they told him they would like to preform Open Heart surgery December 11th, but he told them his son was being hooded on the 12th and he wanted to go. They agreed to postpone until Monday, December 14th.  He is currently on his way down to Birmingham, Alabama to spend the night before reporting to UAB Hospital at 5 am for surgery. Glenda and her sister, Judy are going to stay at the hotel and travel back and forth to the hospital daily to spend time with him.

Please keep Wayne's surgery in your thoughts and prayers, along with the family as we all deal with our worry about him.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Not sure I can believe it

I took Xander to get new shoes. His were starting to get threadbare in places and he has only had them since August. Well his old shoes were men's size 10, his new ones are men's 11 1/5. He is only twelve, he can't have feet that big.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

To all my family, friends, 

Whether you are with those you love, family, friends, co-works, work, unable to travel to be with them, serving your country, whatever the reason. You are missed. I hope you all have great weekend where ever you are. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

New Internship

I lucked into an internship. David was talking to the Dean Tzeng of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Tech about a research they are working on. During their meeting, she mentioned that she was needing some marketing help. David mentioned that I was sitting outside waiting for his meeting to end and that I was a Marketing and Business Information Technology major. She asked him to have me come in. I spoke with her for about an hour, and she asked me to come back on Monday, November 23, after my morning class and meet with a few others. By the time I left that meeting, I had an internship and had about a dozen projects with 3 top projects.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Spring 2016

I have registered for my Spring classes. I am taking 15 hours.  I have 4 classes Mondays & Wednesday, Principles of Accounting I, Principles of Macroeconomics, American History I, and Music Appreciation.

I only have 1 class on Tuesday and Thursday and it is American Literature.

On Friday,  I have 3 classes, Principles of Macroeconomics, American History I, and Music Appreciation.

Xander is happy I don't have any classes after 3.

I also just received an internship, that they are having me start working on some of the projects now. I am going to be working on marketing projects for the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University.  I am already working on some projects and looking forward to working on some of the others that we have discussed me working on.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Reason I haven't blogged

Well to be honest, between school, family and work, I have been a bit busy. I kind of forgot about posting to this blog. Let see, Spring of 2015 I started back to school. I am working on a dual degree of Marketing and Business Information Technology. I took 16 credit hours in the Spring, 6 in the Summer and 16 in the Fall. Last February we moved to another house to rent since ours had not sold so we were not going to be able to purchase the one we were leasing to purchase. So now we are in a bigger house that has some issues but I love it. The house has personality which, our house in Alabama had but it was modeled like everyone else's. The house we were in when we first moved here, was about 100 square feet bigger than our Alabama house but it felt smaller, it was a plain ranch style brick house. 

We moved to the new place back in February during the ice/snow weeks. We are in a space that compared to our home in Alabama, this place is that size and half again (more or less). We are loving it (well except David and Xander hate all the leaves they have to rack). The house has a lot of trees, that if we owned the house, several would come down quickly and I could be talked into replacing them with something else. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Dr. David Brown, Phd.

Xander and I are proud to announce that, today, David successfully defended his dissertation.  He is now officially Dr. David Brown.Everyone is welcome to attend. Just send us an email and we will give you the details. There will also be a party, details to be decided upon. Congrats Babes, we love you.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Red Baron Pizza

I am a BzzAgent.  I get invited to campaigns where you try products, talk about them to people, you might have coupons to hand out and then you report any bzz you have and/or pictures/videos you have taken.

I received a campaign from them for Red Baron Pizza.  Kit had coupons to hand out, an apron and a coupon for a free Red Baron Pizza.  I use to not like Red Baron, I would choose Tombstone over it every time.  We used the free coupon and said we would try it since it was free.  Well, it was much better than it used to be and in fact, it was was better tasting than Tombstone, or DiGiornos'.

 In fact, Red Baron Pizza was so much better, my son asked us to buy more.  I think he had us fix it for lunch almost every day this summer when he was home.  He said the only thing better than Red Baron was possibly Papa Johns, Dominos, or my homemade from scratch pizza doughs.

Busy last six months and doesn't seem to want to slow down.

Been awhile since I posted here.  I have been keeping pretty busy lately.  No quilting has gotten touched. 

Let us start that I finally got a part-time job at Kohls back in October, then in January I started going to college at Tennessee Tech University and cut my days available to work to pretty much weekends and holidays.  I took 16 credit hours this past Spring.  

In January, we informed the lady that owned the house we were renting with intent to buy as soon as ours sold, that our house was not selling, had not had anyone even come to look at it so we knew we would not be able to close in the next 6 months. So we found another house to rent, much bigger this time for what we were leasing the other place for, so we contacted the rental company and moved in to the house by the end of February.  

My classes ended the first week of May, so I took on a few more days at Kohls, but still worked around dropping off and picking up Xander from school. I also signed up for Summer classes at Tech, 1 in the first section and 1 in the second section of Summer classes.  I am only a week into the 2nd section. 

We are getting Xander's and my school supplies bought because he goes back to school in a week.  He just returned from a week at Mamaw's after having his Birthday Party/Sleepover.  He had a blast.  Mamaw and Papaw brought him back home and stayed the weekend.  Xander is still trying to convince them to move up here and live with us.  

Glenda told me this morning before they headed back home that they were not encouraging Xander on his quest to have them here.  I told her that we knew that and David, Xander and I had already discussed it and that if they were to move in with us, we would have to see what we could do about buying/building a house and to make sure that they could have time away from us, make it have a mother-in-law suite, so they did not feel obligated to always spend time with us, or just to let them have a space that they can relax and not feel like they were being taken advantage of.  That we had talked and would love for them to leave with us, that we didn't think of it as a necessity but as loving our family.

My Great Grandmother used to live right next door to my grandparents, and it could feel like you were all living in the same house.  I for one, would enjoy having them live with us. I know David would have one less worry on his mind, because he could be there for his parents if they did need him or if one of them became ill.  He also wants to make sure Xander has as much time as possible with his grandparents.  It would also be one less worry on Xander's mind, as he also worries about them.

Xander starts back to school next week.  I finish my 2nd Summer class around August 6th and have a break until the 24th.  I will have taken 6 credit hours this summer.  I am taking 16 credit hours again this fall and have planned 15 or 16 credit hours again in the Spring and fall of next year.  My Advisor couldn't believe how much thought I had already been putting into what classes I wanted to take for the next year and half when I met with her in April.

David is finished with the testing and is working on the data and writing his paper for his doctorate.  He has his defense set for October 12, because Xander is on Fall Break and that is one of the two days Tech has their Fall Break so we can travel down to Decatur and go to Birmingham for his Defense.  As David says' "If all goes as planned, he will be Dr. David W. Brown, PhD."