Friday, September 28, 2012

Confessional Friday {Link Up with A Blonde Ambition}

1. I confess that my mom had to call 911 last night to have my dad readmitted to the hospital. I brought him home from the hospital Monday night and he did so well Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I woke up around 2am this morning and saw a missed call from my mom on my phone and I knew something was wrong. I know he is God's hands and trust in the Lord to do what is best.

2. I confess that I find it funny that I leave the lake on Wednesday and head to Joplin. Then of course Thursday my AT&T store at the lake calls and tells me they have my iPhone 5 waiting for me, but they can't hold it for me so it could end up being sold to someone else. And then my friend Justine, the manager at an AT&T store in Kansas City tells me she has a White 32GB iPhone 5 in her store, too! Can't their be one in Joplin so I don't have to drive 2 hours to get my new phone!? Seriously!? Oh well... I will be going back to the lake in the next day or two so hopefully my store will still have mine waiting for me.

3. I confess that I can turn really bitchy when the house is array. I haven't been in Joplin as much and I got a nice reminder of what Tyson's house looked like before I came along. A man can do some serious damage to a home in two weeks!

4. I confess that I made this dip and this detox drink last night. Both were surprisingly good! The pumpkin dip is very rich but it is definitely delicious and tastes just like pumpkin pie!

5. Let's keep up with the bitching, okay? I cleaned out one of the closets at my parents house this week and found 8 old cell phones. Of course the most logical thing to do would be sell them on eBay or Craigslist. That's easier said than done. To get the most bang-fo-yo-buck on eBay is to list details, details, details. Oh and pictures. People loveeeeee pictures of the crap they are buying on eBay. Ugh... talk about annoying and time consuming. I don't feel like cleaning old cell phones, digging for all their parts and accessories, taking pics, and then listing them. Pizzes me off.

6. I really want this dress
(in black)

and this dress

7. I now have a very small collection of Essie nail polish. Probably 7 or 8 colors. The only reason I bought these polishes is because EVERYONE UNDER THE SUN talks about them. All my favorite YouTube gurus, bloggers, friggin magazines, EVERYONE. So I gave in and bought a few colors. I am not impressed. Before this Essie epidemic started I used Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro. Now that shit is amazing. My manicures last 10-14 days. This Essie crap only lasts 7 days MAX.

8. I confess that I bought this for $10 bucks...

and this for $10.51...
Rush on over to and sign up for their newsletter. They have some awesome sales and no they aren't sponsoring me or whatever.

Okay that's enough bitching confessing for today. Have a good Friday!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Semi-Back to Normal...

I'm going to try to get semi-back to normal today. You know, with my rambling and random posts?


Here we go.

Earlier this month I completed my Eos collection. My favorite one is Honeysuckle Honeydew and Medicated Tangerine is just plain nasty.
I got some sweet low-lights. This is strange for me. I usually go straight-bleach-on-the-scalp-Playboy-bunny-blonde.
Tyson, Tim and I drove to Chicago on the 10th for a huge machine show. (We are in the machining biz.) It was nice to get away for a few days to a big city.
I have been staying at my parents house at the Lake to help take care of my dad, and Tyson has been in Joplin working so he came to the Lake last weekend. Saturday we moved a bunch of furniture and then went to dinner at Bandana's Bar-Be-Que where I discovered this delicious beer. Try it. NOW.
Digging my lipgloss in this pic!
If you read my last two posts you would know that my dad has cancer.


He had surgery on the 14th and I brought him home from the hospital yesterday. He is recovering from the surgery pretty well. He still can't eat or drink anything so he has a feeding tube. He also has this "drain" in his stomach but, trust me, you don't want details.

Right now our goal is to get his weight back up and re-gain all of the strength he lost. His muscles atrophied while he was sick. Today he walked pretty well with his walker so he is making progress.

After he gains weight and is strong enough, we will start chemotherapy treatments.

Please keep him in your prayers!

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Actually, double ugh.

My dad had surgery yesterday. They rerouted his intestines to a new spot in his stomach, put in a feeding tube, a drain, and a port for chemotherapy. Unfortunately, they could not remove the tumor. I'm at the hospital with him now. He looks so weak and he can barely talk. His throat is very sore and has has a nasogastric tube. He's soooo sleepy from the morphine. Today his nurse is Amanda. She's going to try to get him out of bed and give him a bath. He needs to get up and build some strength but he's just so tired.

I'm trying to stay positive throughout all of this. I get teary-eyed a lot but mostly I just want to do whatever I can to help. I hate seeing him like this and I know he doesn't like me to see him so weak, but I also know he likes to have me and mom here with him.

The surgeon said he has stage four cancer. I've been reading online about other people who have gone through this and there is not a lot of information. The cancer is very rare.

Please keep him in your prayers!!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Not fun stuff...

I couldn't decide whether to write about this or not. I like to keep things fun and cheery around these parts, but sometimes life throws you some down right crappy stuff.

For the past two and a half weeks my dad has been sick. He couldn't keep food or liquids down and was violently vomiting at night. My mom got him in to the doctor the last week of August and got him some medicine to help keep food down. The doctor diagnosed him with GIRD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and sent him home.

The medicine didn't work so my mom took him to the emergency room because he was getting weak and dehydrated. They gave him some fluids and started running some tests. They did an endoscopy and found some irregular tissue/tumor-like/weird stuff in his duodenum (the part of your intestines that is right after your stomach). This was what was causing him to vomit... this thing was blocking food from passing. They also did a CT scan and found some mets on his liver.

Now we are waiting to see how severe this is. As much as I hate the word, it's most likely cancer. A tumor similar to what my dad has, typically doesn't show any symptoms until it is mature, and mature cancers often metastasize. Which would explain the mets on his liver.

He is at Lake Regional Hospital now and will be released today or tomorrow to come home for a day or two. Then we will take him to Columbia, where another doctor will take a more in-depth look at the issue.

And to top it all off, our water pressure pump switch quit working so we have no water at home. Can't get that fixed unless someone is at the house.

And to top it off SOME MORE, my mom's dog Halo, has severe anxiety and we can't leave her at home alone... so she has to be boarded and given Xanax so she doesn't claw her way out of the kennels.

Awesome stuff, right?

Please pray for my dad.

He is 68 years old, strong as a horse, and stubborn as hell. We are going to fight this just like any other issue we have faced. We always make it through so I don't have any doubt that we can't make it through this, too.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Mini Mall Haul and Randoms...

Howdy HOOOOO Ranger Joe!
I love Full House!!

Anywho. I went to the mall yesterday! Exciting stuff, let me tell ya. Thanks for the bargains, Labor Day!

Yankee Candle $1.00 votives sale!

I had a 20% off coupon... ooooooh yeeeeaaahhh

Yes I went to Hot Topic. Skull scarf and set of leopard print and black bows.

Rose gold ring, silver hoops with white detail, gold and rhinestone earrings.

Sometimes when I go to the mall I "restrict" myself to a a small budget. It's a game for me to stay within a certain dollar amount. I like the challenge!

Now for the random stuff...
Started the Hurricane Party off with a Spiked Cherry Limeade from Cheddar's.

Got my birthday present from Mallory in the mail...
I LOVE Buxom lipgloss.
Best. Lipgloss. Ever.
She got me "Katie".

When I was driving home from the mall, there was a gorgeous sunset.
Don't mind the bird shit in the top left corner.

Oh and I discovered that a wine bottle fits perfectly in the cup holder in my new car.
I was pretty worried about that!
(Kidding you guys. I'm not an alcoholic and I don't play one on TV either.)

Oh and today we went to Lowe's.

So that's it for my mini mall haul and rando post. It' rained all day Friday and Saturday so I decided not to go to the lake for Labor Day. Looks like a lot of my other friends did, too.
That way they can't have fun without me! :-P