Monday, October 16, 2017

Random Tuesday

I'm linking up with Stacy for Random Tuesday Thoughts.
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I had a pretty good weekend.  I was at a scrapbook retreat with my sister and about 20 other women, some of whom we knew, and some of who we now know.  And since it was a rather peaceful weekend, spending time doing something I love, Monday was a shock!

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Some of my students were completely nuts today!  A few were actually rude!  And my intern didn't get the papers graded - grades are due today at 4!  Eeeek!  Guess what I did for a long time last night?

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When I was at the post office getting stamps, I paid for them (using the automated machine because the windows were closed), and the machine said it was printing my postage.  I heard it printing, but my stamps never came out.  I bet there's little hope that they will actually believe me.

I needed to go to the bank to complete a transaction I can't do online.  I got to the bank exactly 1 minute before they closed.  They already had the glass door closed and the lights in the customer area turned off.  This teller just looked at me and said, "We're closed."  I'm thinking about changing banks.

PLUS, my car has been at the dealership for one day short of a week.  I finally was able to pick it up today.  They repaired my hood latch (recall) and they replaced my AC compressor, all warranty work, but they didn't fix the problem I took it in there for.  It's so frustrating!

I am SO GLAD Monday is over!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is the month to "pink out" in honor of breast cancer awareness.

 Houston is the home of MD Anderson Cancer Center, rated #1 in cancer treatment by US News. But more importantly, my mom is a survivor of breast cancer as is my mother-in-law, so this is a topic that hits close to home.

 Some facts:
1. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life.

2. With early detection and treatment, most people can lead a normal life.

3. Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer as the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide.

4. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women after lung cancer (which my mother has also had - early detection is important).

5. Hormone replacement therapy after menopause can lead to a higher risk of breast cancer.

 6. Death rates from cancer have decreased in the last 25 years.

7. When breast cancer is detected early and is in the localized stage, the 5 year relative survival rate is 100%.

8. The National Breast Cancer Foundation funds research for breast cancer treatments (MD Anderson is one of 3 centers that receive funds). They are having success with gene therapy that will hopefully lead to a vaccine.

9. There are about 400 cases of breast cancer in men each year.

10. Breast cancer risk doubles if a first degree relative has had breast cancer.

11. Symptoms vary: lumps (usually painless), swelling, skin changes such as dimpling, pain, redness or scaliness.

12. Diet is thought to play a part in some breast cancers. Obviously, no food will cure it, but when you're body is healthy and your immune system is boosted, your risk is lower.

13. There is NO scientific evidence to support the claims that antiperspirant (this is not my personal opinion) or bras increase your risk of cancer. There is also NO link between blood pressure medications and risk of breast cancer.

 My doctor recommends monthly self exams, yearly exams by your doctor, and mammograms starting at age 40. Think pink! Link up with Thursday Thirteen here.

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Random Tuesday

Stacy hosts Random Thoughts on Tuesday.

This day... October 10...
My dad passed away 13 years ago.

It was sudden.  He wasn't sick.  He was in good health, except for a subarachnoid hematoma that no one knew was in his brain.  His only symptom was a headache.
  He had even taken a CPR class at the fire station that morning.

My mom says I'm still in denial, and she's right.  If I don't accept it, maybe I can convince myself it's not true.  I never got to say goodbye.

And people will wonder, "Is she still not over it?"  Ummmm, no.

My role model, my hero, my pal, my father, my confidante.

And, as if this emotional roller coaster wasn't enough, I'm having other personal problems.  Life feels so insecure right now.  Perhaps I'm the type of person who needs to be alone.  I don't know.

So, here's a kitten picture to make you smile!
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Have a good week!

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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Monday, October 02, 2017

Random Tuesday

Linking up with Stacy for some randomness.

Today is all about heavy sighs.

I had an 11 1/2 hour workday, had to teach 6 classes, cover plans for two teachers who are out on leave, speak to over 100 parents, and stand on my feet the majority of the time.  I was at home showering shortly thereafter, and I realized it was only Monday, not Tuesday.  Heavy sigh!

Las Vegas.  Heavy sigh.

I don't understand how people can hate a whole bunch of people they don't even know.  I don't understand how people can blame so much on other people that they lose sight of the fact that we are all human and we all have feelings.  We are all someone's child and/or parent.  It is impossible to blame all the hate on one person, and start taking responsibility for our own choices and feelings.  Put the "blame" on ourselves.  I just don't get it.  Heavy sigh!

More football protests.  I'm so over it.  Heavy sigh.

Kittens are cute!

Have a happy week!

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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Sunday Synopsis

Haunted (Michael Bennett, #10)Haunted by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Detective Michael Bennett is back with crisis after crisis after crisis. First, his eldest son has been selling drugs. Second is grandpa Seamus's health. Last, well, the last one is very long and drawn out. Bennett, Seamus, Mary-Catherine and 9 of the ten kids go on vacation to Maine. They are offered a bargain on the rental of a Victorian home on the lake. It was arranged by his ex-partner Sandy.

While Maine seems idyllic, Bennett soon finds out that even small towns have their share of drug issues, and he gets pulled into it. There are some missing teenagers, kids selling and using drugs, and some shallow graves found not far from town. The problem? Dell Streeter, a drug-dealing Texan who has lived in town for only two years. How will Sandy and Michael figure out what is going on and how to stop it in time to prevent any more deaths?

So... I have read ALL of the Michael Bennett books, and I usually enjoy them. Usually. The new co-author working with Patterson on this one must have been completely in charge of authoring this story because it is was done very poorly.

First, it was extremely predictable. There was no mystery to it at all. The authors' attempt at foreshadowing was underwhelming at best. There were no surprises at all, and that is not typical of James Patterson. The language and syntax didn't even sound like his style. The disjointed plot was all over the place instead of flowing in a logical manner.

Several things did not make sense. There was a character named Sadie who was mentally and physically impaired, yet Sadie was doing things that most non-disabled people can't even do. And on a police detective's salary, it is unclear how Bennett can afford to feed a family 13, much less take them on two consecutive vacations. How does that happen?

And the title? Haunted? Where did that come from? Who is haunted? What is haunted? It was  unclear. I' sorry to say I was completely unimpressed with this novel.  Definitely NOT thrilling.

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