HAPPY GOBBLE GOOBLE

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I want to wish everyone a wonderful, safe and joyful thanksgiving! 

Things I am thankful for this year….

  • having a home
  • having my health finally return
  • having friends and family who love me
  • having a fantastic boyfriend
  • being employed
  • furthering my education
  • my pets
  • my memories

Enjoy the feast if you are blessed to have one and take a moment to think of those who do not have what we do… and take another moment to remember those who we’ve lost…

love you dad… miss you like hell today…

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Tipping point

I think I may have hit my tipping point today….

I headed up to the student health center to get a quick check up (one of the cat’s has been sick and I had a rash on my hand that I wanted to make sure was nothing serious) and of course they weighed me when I got there…

And I’m depressed to admit over the last year I’ve just assumed I’d be around the 240-245 mark… and well lets just say New Orleans did me in because I tipped the scaled at 252…

First time in my life I’ve been over 250 and I’m a tad bit heart broken… so that’s it… Thanksgiving will be the last hoorah and then I’ve GOT to get this under control…

I know with the stress of school and work that it will be tough but if I continue to let myself go then the stress will only get worse…

Steve asked me while we were away this weekend what a goal date would be for me to drop the largest chunk of the weight I wanted to lose… I reluctantly named July 4th but I didn’t name the amount of weight I would want to have off by then… I would rather like to say that I want to be able to run a sub 10 min mile by July 4… We’ll see…  I know that I can do this… Its a matter of conquering my psychological issues to master the physical ones…

Support on this journey is more than welcome….

a weekend away

I may not have any posts up this weekend… my new power cord from best buy still hasn’t arrived (after 2 weeks – geek squad and I are not ok right now)… and I will be a bit preoccupied because I am headed to ~~~~~~~~

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I’m heading down to help present a symposium at the Gerentological Society of America’s annual meeting where my boss and colleagues will be presenting some research findings… It also happens to fall on the ONE YEAR anniversary for me and Steve… hard to believe its only be a year hahah feels like 10… but we’re excited to get away for a weekend and have a little time to see some sights and get to eat good food…. (ok the food part is mostly me)

I will try to take lots of pictures to share upon my return…

Also a wonderful happy 25th birthday to Steve as well… my fabulous boyfriend is a quarter century old today!!!!

Letter to the Editor

I was published in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette yesterday… just a letter to the editor… For a class I am currently taking we were required to write a letter to the editor regarding something surrounding health or health care that sparked our interest… if the letter got published we would be awarded 5 extra points…

Awesome I thought because I spent 2 years in high school as the editorial editor of my school paper and I also had a guest column published in college that stirred up quite a bit of controversy (if you have more questions about this please email me directly tallieterp at msn dot com)….

So I looked and looked for an article that I thought I could really identify with and then I stumbled across this one…

http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/10305/1099311-51.stm

Regarding how to share the bad news of a medical diagnosis with loved ones…. But as I finished the article I was left thinking, why was nothing mentioned about what happens when you choose to keep it all to yourself, or when you choose to lie about the diagnosis…??? and moreso, why do we seem to be glorifying those in the media who admit that they keep these things from family members… don’t get me wrong I LOVE Mondo on project runway but I was so upset when I found out he had kept from his family that he was HIV+ for 10 years…

So I wrote this back… and 3 hrs later got a call saying that they would like to publish it… just a small victory in my mind… but its something…

Denying grief

While I was glad to see the topic of how to share the news of a medical diagnosis tackled in “Why It’s So Hard to Share Bad News — Fear, Anger, Uncertainty Drive Behavior” (Nov. 1), I was disappointed in what the article left out. It did not mention any effects on the immediate family members. By not telling those in your life about your diagnosis you are denying them their right to grieve.

When I was 16 my father told me he had a kidney infection. A little less than a year later, he admitted that it was cancer. Weeks before his death the truth came out that the original diagnosis was terminal cancer with a year to live. I lost precious time with him thinking that nothing was really all that wrong.

Maybe he thought he was protecting me, that I would have acted differently had I known the truth. It should have been my choice to decide if I wanted to give up time with my friends to be with him. His decision denied me that.

Illness affects everyone that it comes into contact with. Patients have the right to decide what information to divulge to others, but when it comes to immediate family, especially children, I just suggest that you ask yourself, are you really protecting them or are you protecting yourself? In the end, the ones you leave behind are the ones left with the consequences of your choices.

blue rare

I’m getting ready to head to New Orleans for a work conference next week and its times like this when I’m reminded of times when my dad would head off for hospital administrator conferences throughout the US and always come back with great stories about the food and the people.

Part of me thinks this is why I always associate traveling with food because he always would tell me about what they had to eat where he went.  I remember two stories specifically about steak that he returned with once.

The first one was after a trip to Nebraska.  When he came back he said that steak would never taste the same once you’ve had one that came straight from the grazing fields.  He promised to take me out just to have a steak there sometime, maybe one day I’ll go on my own.

The other story was about the perfectly cooked steak.  I’m not sure where he was I want to say somewhere in Canada.   My dad always said he liked his steak still mooing (sorry to any vegans or vegetarians reading my post – he was a meat and potatoes man)… and though for years I ate my steak well done as I grew up and he got sick I started to take on his traits… maybe as a way of holding on to him as I was losing him…

But after returning from his trip he exclaimed oh my gosh they make something rarer than rare! It’s called a blue rare steak and you literally get your cooking surface extremely hot, sear one side, flip and sear the other and serve the steak.  Cooking time is approximately 20-30 seconds.

I can’t bring myself to try anything THAT rare, that’s like carpacchio to me and I just don’t do that.  But he was so enthralled and excited.  He talked about it to anyone that would listen.

So as I prepare for New Orleans with all the Cajun cuisine that I must say I’m not all that familiar with I am prepping myself to try something alittle out of my comfort zone… Blue rare steak? probably not… frog legs? maybe… steve says we have to just because we’re there but I’m thinking he might chicken out…

A closing thought… the other day someone asked how long it had been since dad died… and I couldn’t remember… after a few moments I finally counted back and was able to answer that it will be 8 years in feburary… but I guess as time goes on you realize time begins to morph and you lose track a bit…

miss ya today dad.. rainy football days always make me miss you…

Plumbing…. is the devil

So after another 3 hrs and 2 trips to Home Depot last night we are finally ohhhh so close to having the plumbing issue fixed…

Obstacles we have run into along the way

1. the original plumbing was not repairable

2. the PVC plumbing was too large for the area behind the access panel

3. the hot water pipe no longer fit with the new piping so it would need repiped

4. the PVC pipes are wider in circumference than the original copper/brass tubing so the fixtures we bought don’t work (this is the current hold up)

5. half of a floor joice had to be removed and a 6x6in part of the floor pulled up to fit the new plumbing…

The good news… everything is in place we just need to get a coupling “thingy” that will connect the PVC piping with the smaller copper/brass pipe, which Mr. handy man Steve said should be easy to do tonight…

Then we will have to build out the access panel to accomodate the chunk of floor board that was removed etc…

I said now I have to lose weight because I might fall through the floor ha… ugh… I just want a shower in my own bathroom…  The good news… I now have a new shiny drain in the tub…

And my sales pitch… we didn’t have to soder a thing with the hot water pipes because of these fabulous couplings called Shark Bites … They are snap on couplings and fittings and they are fantastic… no leaks either…

So fingers crossed by tonight I will have a working bathroom again…