Friday, August 6, 2010

Where Oh Where Have You Been?

Seems I'm getting this question a lot lately. I know. I know. I've been a bad, bad blogger. Would it help to say I've had very good reasons for my absence? I actually have 3 very good reasons. Vacation. Infections. Uncooperative internet. Try as I might to work around these issues, I've been unsuccessful. It's quite evident how unsuccessful I've been given I haven't updated since...ummm...the beginning of time??? How about a little update.

Early in July I went to Canada to visit my girl. Her summertime adventure in Calgary seemed the perfect excuse for me to cross the northern border into our neighboring country. It was a quick but wonderful holiday. As luck would have it, my trip coincided with The Stampede, an annual cowboy festival to rival any I've ever known. Cowboy hats, cowboy boots, massive ornate belt buckles... studly wanna-be cowboys poured into tight jeans as far as the eye could see. Kinda made this single girl's day.

(Sidenote: They really grow 'em tall in Canada. Because of The Stampede, the streets were excessively crowded. Every time I turned around I seemed to literally run into someone. Most often I found myself staring into the chest of a many-inches-beyond-six-feet-tall fella. And let me tell ya..."tall" does it for me. My heart even skipped a beat just now as I relived the memory. You can imagine the heavy breathing and racing heartbeat I experienced when tilting my head ALL the way back to gaze into the eyes of the towering cowboy as I muttered my apologies for the collision.)

My northern vacation was incredible...but that's where the fun seemed to end. While I was there, I felt ill. I tried to blame it on the change in air and altitude but on the return flight home I began to realize I was one sick chick. Several doctor's visits and multiple prescriptions for antibiotics later and I think I'm on the mend. Missed vacation days and sick days have left me terribly behind at work. What days I could work, I pulled super long hours...can we say fun with a capital "F"? I still haven't completely caught up but I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

During those horrible sick days, Lady Luck decided it was time to poke fun and I was her intended target. Actually, I think she was suffering from an acute case of PMS HELL! If she was gonna suffer...someone was gonna pay...and that someone was me. Not so sure what I did to piss her off, but trust me, I plan to work hard to never do it again. One mini crisis after another cropped up. The most interesting being my A/C went on hiatus during the days I could barely lift my head off the sofa. Ninety plus temperatures, a raging bout of bronchitis and I only had ceiling fans for relief. During that time coughing fits became the bane of my existence. Sweat poured from my forehead as I coughed up first one lung and then the other. In hindsight, it was actually a little comical. I also had a severe case of laryngitis. All my cries of agony and woe went unheard as nothing...and I do mean no sound whatsoever...passed my lips. Even my coughs were squeaky and soft. I bitched and I moaned. And no one heard. Seems such a waste of energy now.

Leaking ceilings, broken refrigerator doors, wheel bearing issues on my car.... yep, Lady Luck was laughing her ass off at my expense. You would think Lady Luck would eventually decide I had been tortured enough and move on to another unsuspecting soul. You know, dump her excessive heaps of bad luck on someone else. Not so. The final blow came when my house was struck by lightning. How do I know it was struck? I was touching the keys of my keyboard when it happened. And let me tell you, that jolt of electric current that zipped through my fingers and up my arm...not the most pleasant of feelings. From that day forward, I vowed to steer clear of any and all electrical items when a storm is raging. The aftermath of being blindly hit from above has left me without cable, internet, phone, a multitude of lights, and several electrical outlets. We are still working hard to repair my internet issues. Until we do, I must steal time from my work day to play online. Sporadic, stolen moments in blog-land make it difficult to properly update me lil ol' blog.

So there you have it. My very valid...have-to-be-true-cause-nobody-could-make-this-crap-up...excuses for being AWOL. Whew! Glad to finally get that off my chest. So tell me. What's been going on in your world? I'm eager to hear all that I've missed.



P.S. If you believe in prayer, I'm asking you to please remember me. I underwent a few tests yesterday and as always, the waiting time for results has left me nervous. I feel certain all is well but my usual Pollyanna attitude is wavering. Prayer brings peace...and that's what I seek. Much love to you all.


  1. I hope you feel better soon! Yes, prayer does help. I need it too! I found out on Sunday, that my hubby has lung cancer and also has a spot on his kidney. I try to stay optimistic and pray that they can cure him. He's been in the hospital for a week now, going thrue test on daily bases. They should send him home and call him when they get the results and tell him what ... Also my sister-in-law is giving up on her lung cancer, after battleling for 5 years. Now they found a tumer to the brain. It's a questions of weeks. I've had my share for the past 5 years. My mother past away 2 years ago of cancer. It will be 2 yrs on August 26. My father past away in 2000. I have my 4 brothers, which I'm thankful to have and my family in law, friends.

    Sorry for the long comment, but I needed to share these.

    I hope you feel better real soon. Take care.



  2. Wow Lisa, sounds like our lives are mirrors of each other! When it rains it pours, huh?
    I'm so glad that you have your internet back up and have a link to the outside world.
    I recently went close to 60 days with no internet at home and thought I would lose my mind!
    I love the picture you painted of all the Canadian cowboys...woo hoo! ;)
    Such a bummer that you got so sick and weren't able to enjoy yourself more.
    I want you to know I will be praying that your tests come back with good results. I will also pray for God to give you peace of mind, Lord knows we all need it!
    I've missed you!
    Hang in there
    and if you have a moment, stop by my blog, I have some exciting news...

  3. I have missed ya girl!! Sounds like your vacation was great!!! And I'll be praying for ya girl! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  4. I have missed you Lisa!!! The story started out fun enough (had a good laugh with you describing your feelings about tall cowboys), but it sure went downhill from there! I hope the tests will bring good results and that your luck will make a turn for the better. I'm sure it can't get any worse after all of this, right???? Sending big hugs your way my friend!
    xxx Peggy

  5. OMG...nothing else I can say seems adequate!!! Praying fervently as I write & sending peaceful vibes through th ether!!! Hope you turn a corner & get some good news very soon!
    {{{Hugs}}} Sandi xx

  6. Oh you poor girl!!! I have been there...that point where you say "I can't possibly handle one more thing" and then there you go, one more thing seems to happen. It sucks and I am sorry. Prayers and hugs!!!!!

  7. Oh Lisa! It sounds like we are having similar summers although you definately have me beat with the whole struck by lightening thing. Prayers are definately going up for you...and since hugs never hurt either here's (((one))) just for you.

  8. Saying prayers for you. Waiting for test results is the worst. {{{hugs}}}

  9. Can't believe I didn't comment when this post went up! I remember racing over here, just as fast as my mouse would click to come see what you had been up to. But, I must have gotten distracted.....I'm going to blame the cat, yes, the cat...she's rather whiney these days, but at 17 1/2, she deserves a few extra scratches! :>

    I've seen your posts on FB and just wanted to send you a smile & a (((hug)))...hang in there, it looks like you have a lot of people to support you!! :>

  10. Hey Lisa! Long time, huh!?! Somehow, for some reason, my life right now is just not allowing for spending much time online...might be a good thing? & scrapbooking? Forget about it! Actually, I think I got burnt out...too many deadlines, etc. But I have been on Facebook & you have me very concerned...just know that I am thinking about you & sending PRAYERS your way! If you get a chance, shoot me an email...I need an update from you :o) Take care, Stacy


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