Monday, December 14, 2009

12/24/09 Christmas Eve

I'm so very excited. Christmas Eve brings me back to my childhood with all the same excitement and wonder. I absolutely adore getting together with my siblings and their families. Can't wait.


Mental Health Examiner: Quest for physical perfection killed former Miss Argentina http://bit.ly/74uT8M

Mental Health Examiner: Drunk four-year-old (Hayden Wright) accused of stealing presents '(video)' http://bit.ly/8q3t2w

Mental Health Examiner: Pets can be a great antidote to holiday stress http://bit.ly/85wdKL

Sunday, November 22, 2009

11-22-09 What a gorgeous day!

Can't believe it's almost the end of November. What a fantastic, warm day. It was fun spending some of it outside with Gus.


Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Amazing Race: On way to finale

Thursday, November 05, 2009

11/5 and 11/6/09 Profit off of tragedy

I absolutely hate making money off of a tragedy--but that's my mind of a social worker instead of a reporter. Am sure getting a lot of hits on the site.

Mental Health Examiner: What made Major Malik Nadal Hasan shoot?

Mental Health Examiner--Fort Hood Texas Army Base mass shooting: Allahu akbar--the cry of a mentally ill man or a terrorist?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

11/3/09 class reunion and...

Had a class reunion planning meeting at Mr. Bill's. Too bad I'm on call and couldn't have a beer. Drat.

One article tonight is Mental Health Examiner: Is technology messing up our memories? I'll write another one tonight but will post it tomorrow. Am tired.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

11/1/09 Sunday

Gus and I spent more than two hours at the dog park and he is happily sleeping on the floor where he passed out almost immediately after returning home. It's so enjoyable for me to see him having so much fun with other dogs.

Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Amazing Race: Play golf or dance

Thursday, October 29, 2009

10/29/09 Stayed home

Stayed home from work today because I started feeling bad yesterday afternoon. Thank God it's not the flu, though. It's a head cold or something like that. Headache, eye ache, body aches. No fever and no stomach problems, so I'm confident it's not the flu. I only have to work a half day tomorrow so will stay home again...

Slept all day long which is an unbelievable luxury.


Chicago Reality TV Examiner--Survivor Samoa: Is Shambo just one of the guys?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

10/25/09 A fun weekend

We all had such a great time at Matt and Beth's fall festival. It was so much fun with super people and delicious food. Beth even made meatless chili, which was very tasty. I forgot to bring some home with me. Drat.

Today, Gussie and I went to the Padua Pet Parade at QU, but I messed up and got there late. We were in time to see the ending, which was nice, and we were able to give a present for the Humane Society.

Then Gus and I went to the dog park and the only dogs that were there were the small ones, so this was a perfect day for Gus. He got to play with pals who were just the right size.

Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Amazing Race: Face your fears or go home

Monday, October 19, 2009

10/19/09 Another busy day

Had to take Gus in for a steroid shot. He's been scratching himself raw and biting himself. Turns out he's more like me than I thought. Allergies. Poor thing. I felt so bad for him. But it was great that the vet got him in right away. Then Elizabeth gave him a bath so he looked pretty, errr...I mean handsome.

Mental Health Examiner--Balloon boy controversy: Would you ask your kids to lie?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

10/13/09 Working out

Another nice workout with Jan at the aquaaerobics class at QU. It was fun, and this was the best workout ever. My back was hurting, but I kept with it and will keep trying, because this is supposed to help. I really appreciate that Jan encouraged me to do this.


Tonight's article is Chicago Reality TV Examiner--Biggest Loser: Tracy has a guardian angel or is in league with the devil

Sunday, October 11, 2009

10/11/09 About Obama again. No need to read if you are tired of this.

I've listened to other people's opinions and respect their right to those opinions. Contrary to what some people think, I've never followed a president blindly and am not doing so now. I'm listening to both sides, although I must admit that Rush Limbaugh's incendiary rhetoric is long on falsehood and short on truth. Here's a thoughtful response to Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize. It doesn't do any namecalling, but it quotes reasons why people in the past have gotten the reward. I liked her perspective.



Tonight's article: Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Amazing Race: Passports are important

Thursday, October 08, 2009

10/8/09 A fun weekend

Tomorrow I'm going to Davenport with Jan. And on Saturday night we're driving to Des Moines to see Wicked. I'm so excited. Have been singing the songs from the show for years and now I finally get to see it. It's the national tour.

And I can't wait to see Kris and Brian's home. Should be a fun weekend.


Tonight's article is Chicago Reality TV Examiner--Survivor Samoa: Waiting for Jeff on the beach

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

10/6/09 Another workout

Jan and I went to aqua aerobics again tonight, and it was a much better workout this week. I took it easy however, because last week I couldn't even finish teaching on Wednesday night. Can't believe that damn water aerobics did me in like that. And tonight I can already feel it starting, but perhaps with some extra pain meds I'll feel okay tomorrow. Sure hope so.


Tonight's article: Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Biggest Loser: Don't move, Tracy

Monday, October 05, 2009

10/5/09 Women dish on their guys

Good day at work but lots of pain. Pain for no reason pisses me off.

National Mental Health Examiner: Women dish on their guys

I'd love it if you would leave comments on the site...you can be anonymous if you want.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

10/4/09 A great lunch

Lunch at Maya with 30 members of my immediate family was so much fun. (Are brothers and sisters etc. "immediate family"?) It was so great seeing Craig, Megan, Ian, and Kris. Ian has grown into such a friendly little fellow. It was fun watching him smile at everyone.

Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Amazing Race: Like being dropped off on Mars

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

9/29/09 The Biggest Loser, etc.

Tonight's article Chicago Reality TV Examiner--The Biggest Loser: Trainers versus a two pound advantage

Had an early dentist appointment then worked all day. After work met Jan for water aerobics. Was there from 5:15 until 6:45, so I got a lot of good exercise. Thanks for going with me, Jan.

But I'm really tired. Am on call so sure hope the pager doesn't go off.

Sarah, thanks for walking Gus.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

9/26/09 A good Saturday

Gus and I started at Panera for breakfast--then spent some quality time at the office. :) Then off to the Pet Expo at the Oakley Lindsey Center where Gus scored some great goodies.

At home Gus got to play outside while Uncle Tim cut the grass. I think he had fun.

I went to dinner tonight with Jane, Pete, Jordan, Lyndsey, Deb, and Diane. First time at Kutter's and had an excellent pizza. Now it's time to put clean sheets on the bed, and get ready to watch the SNL season premiere. Tomorrow night I'll post about the new Amazing Race.

Mental Health Examiner: A hearty laugh can make your day

Thursday, September 17, 2009

9/17/09 Two articles

12 hours at the office and still wrote two articles. I'm beat. :)

http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-1906-Mental-Health-Examiner~y2009m9d17-Workplace-violence-From-Yale-University-to-your-office-it-never-goes-away



Chicago Reality TV Examiner--Survivor Samoa: The man you love to hate

Saturday, September 12, 2009

9/12/09 A day

Today was a day. Yep. And tomorrow will be another one.

I slept in excessively today and missed Weight Watchers. But according to my scale I stayed the same, so I guess it's okay.

Went shopping with Jane and Sarah after lunch. Hit Hobby Lobby, Kohl's and Dollar Tree. Unfortunately, it did in my back and I couldn't go to the celebration at Blessed Sacrament tonight.

Article is: Mental Health Examiner--They call themselves patriots but some are xenophobic, jingoistic, and racist

Monday, September 07, 2009

9/7 No labor Labor Day

Went out to lunch with Jane and Sarah, then an exciting jaunt to KMart. I've written one article today and have one more to do. Plus one more load of laundry. Yep, I've put everything off until the last moment as usual.


Today's Reality TV article--Big Brother 11: I want you to be in the final two with me

Saturday, September 05, 2009

9/5/09 A good weigh in

I lost 3.4 pounds and am now down 22.2 pounds with about a thousand to go. But I'm feeling positive.

After WW, Gus and I went to Starbucks and then to the office for a few hours. Have been taking it easy since then.

Today's Reality TV article: Real Chance of Love 2: Junk's name describes what she's throwing around

Friday, September 04, 2009

9/4/09 Eating tonight and weigh in tomorrow

Had dinner with Jane, Pete, and Sarah at Elder's. I sure shouldn't have gone there and eaten french fries--I have to weigh in tomorrow morning. Yikes. But I skipped last week for no good reason and I really have to go tomorrow.

Then Jane, Sarah, and Jordan came over and Sarah and I watched the Hannah Montana movie. It was predictable but really cute and had some good music in it. And Gus sure liked having company.

I wrote two articles tonight. Hope you enjoy at least one of them. :) Thanks for reading--thanks for at least clicking. :)

Big Brother 11: Do good guys finish last or will Jeff stay in the game?


Online therapy: My name is Eliza, how may I help you?

Monday, August 31, 2009

8/31/09 Great exercise for Gussie

Another bad day, back-wise, so Gussie's exercise consisted of walking across the alley to the gas station to buy some trash stickers. Then he walked out in front while I placed my recyclables at the curb. He really thought he got a nice walk since he had his leash on. And I don't even feel guilty.

Tonight's article is: Chris Brown "doesn't remember" assaulting Rihanna

Sunday, August 30, 2009

8/30/09 Lazy Sunday

Slept in and all I did all day was work on the computer. Lazy day, but it felt good.

Tonight's article: Mental Health Examiner: Do you live in a stressed-out city?

Last night had dinner at Jan and Tim's. My oh my the food was good. I ate way too much. Had to get back "on the wagon" today.

Friday, August 28, 2009

8-28-09 No new site yet

My Examiner boss is having trouble setting up my new site, but hopefully it will be done soon. In the meantime, here's tonight's mental health article: Worrying about losing your job causes high stress, even more than we thought

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

8/25/09 Puppies, puppies, and more puppies

Am going to see two Shih Tzu pups tomorrow. Free. Purebred. Just hope some family members want one. I know they are going to be adorable.

Applied yesterday for another examiner position--national Reality Show Junkie Examiner.

Tonight's article is: What role did Michael Jackson play in his own death?

Am tired out tonight. Will probably hit the sack early. Well, maybe after just one more game of Farkle... (fingers crossed behind my back)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

8/23/09 A beautiful Sunday

We all had such a good time out at the cabin. Thanks so much John and Paulette. Everything was perfect.

Today's weather was gorgeous. Didn't do much. Ate a lot of fried green tomatoes, because when I have green tomatoes in my house I just can't help it. Who else in the world has an addiction to fried green tomatoes? What a dork.

Gus and I walked for a mile throughout the university and it was fun seeing all the kids settling in for the year.

My latest article is Compassion versus justice: Scotland releases Lockerbie bomber

Saturday, August 22, 2009

8-22-09 Pedicures and puppies

I took Gussie with me when I got a pedicure. He absolutely loved it. First he had to smell everything because these were brand new smells for him. Then Kaitlyn and Jaden came in--the owners' kids. So Gus had a ball while I was relaxing and getting my toes prettified.

This afternoon we're going to John's cabin for a big family picnic. I'm excited. My sisters are bringing their dogs too, so should be fun.

Today's article is Does Kate--of Jon and Kate Plus8--have OCD?

Friday, August 21, 2009

8/21/09 A good day

I worked a half day then picked up Gussie. We went to QU to get my ID updated and I brought him in with me. It was really fun to watch everyone's faces. School hasn't started yet so I thought what the heck.

Then I slept all afternoon. And this evening went to Germanfest with Jan, Tim, Uncle Bill, John, Jane, Pete, and Sarah. I really enjoyed myself. Because of my recent bout with back "stuff" I couldn't polka with Jan like we always have done, but did do the chicken dance with Jan. (And, Jan, I'm paying the price as I feared, but I promise not to call you and cry.)

Here's my first article as the national Mental Health Examiner--Autism service dogs: True service dogs or merely comfort animals?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

8/18/09 Gus is a star

Gus is a star in the Alpha Dog commercial. He's in it a few places, but at the very end he runs toward the camera all by himself. I'm so proud of my little buddy. It'll be on KHQA through 8/31. Elizabeth showed me at Alpha Dog today, but I saw it during the news tonight. Gee, this is fun. I hope to catch it on video.

Tonight's article is: They gave a second chance to Michael Vick's dogs: Does he deserve a second chance too?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

8-15 Back home

After a fantastic vacation, I'm back to normal. (Normal?) Am working on publishing photos on Facebook, but am running into just a little trouble. I promise they'll be there by tomorrow.

Today was great--my sisters, niece Sarah, and I volunteered at HELP which is a back to school extravaganza, providing many needed services for kids going back to school. Back to school physicals, sports physicals, dental exams, clothing, haircuts, school supplies and backpacks, and probably more--all these services were offered today. It was wonderful. The other family members have been doing it for four or five years, but this is my first one. Won't be my last.

Then afterward a whole bunch of us met at Cassano's for Jane's belated birthday lunch. It was fun and delicious.

Tonight's article is: Euthanasia: Australian with quadraplegia has right to die.

Friday, July 31, 2009

7/31 Gus's health

Gus got a clean bill of health (thank you, God). He just has seasonal allergies and the vet gave him a steroid shot which will last 4 to 6 weeks. He's already scratching and sneezing less. I'm so grateful.

As for me, my back's been bad the last three weeks or so. So maybe the good treatment Dr. Ghalimbour gave me is starting to wear off. Who knows... it's just a day to day thing I guess.

My article tonight is President Obama's inauguration one of the happiest days

Monday, July 27, 2009

7/27 Poor little Gus

He's been breathing kind of weird lately so I made an appointment for him on Friday morning. Then when I got home today he had thrown up on the couch. I knew it was him because there were no hairballs in it. I can't remember the last time he threw up, so I knew the little guy was sick. BUT that must have made him feel a lot better because he finally showed some energy and acted like he felt good. So I took him to the dog park (couldn't make myself take him for a mile walk tonight). He had fun there. Besides a Rhodesian Ridgeback, there was an Afghan and a Great Dane. Such huge dogs. I tried but I couldn't get them in a picture together. He's sound asleep now at my feet. I can't get him to move at all.


Tonight's article is City Secrets: More than 2,000 psychoanalysts converge on Chicago

Saturday, July 25, 2009

7/25 A good day except for WW

I've loved today. This morning I went to WW and gained a half pound--BUT it was my only gain in 11 weeks and I feel really good about that. Today I'm starting counting my points using my iPhone and that will make things easier. No excuses.

Then Sarah and I took Gussie to lunch and to the dog park. Dropped him back at home and we went to see The Ugly Truth--probably the funniest chick flick I've ever seen. Sarah and I were embarrassingly LOUD with our laughter. We both heartily recommend it. Especially the panties part. (I'm laughing out loud just thinking about it.)

After I dropped Sarah off, I again picked up Gussie and we went to the park to the Curran family reunion, at Mark's invitation. I saw so many people that I knew (especially Cathy, with whom I went to school, and Mark of course). Mark's daughter Nikki is absolutely stunning with stunning children too. Such fun.

Then Gus and I came home and walked for a mile using my iPhone GPS pedometer. It only cost $1.99 and is fantastic.

A truly good day.

Tonight's article is: Obama, Crowley, and Gates: Let's sit down and have a beer

Monday, July 20, 2009

7-20 Weekend

It ended up being a good weekend, topped off with taking Gus to the dog park, swimming at Jan's, and eating a GREAT meal at her house. I think I like it when Tim goes out of town--Jan cooked vegetarian. I'm a lucky bug.

Tonight's article is Chris Brown apologizes: Is it enough?

Friday, July 17, 2009

7/17 Gussie's friend, Chance

He is adorable but he's marking his territory all over my house. I can't stand it. I've left both dogs outside as much as I can but they are both crying to get in. I'm going to put him in a crate and then will try to sleep. Hope it works.

Tonight's article: Feel-good Friday: Four types of food that slim your belly

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

7/14 Dog park

Yesterday Gus and I went to the dog park again after I got home from work. Some of his pals from the previous day were there, and it's becoming a social event for me as well as for him. Nice to see people I already "knew."

Today, I don't need to take him because he was at doggy day care and is already tired out.

The article tonight is called Trichotillomania: Pulling your hair out.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

7/12 Dog park

The dog park opened today, and Gussie and I were there. For about 90 minutes he ran with other dogs and seemed to have so much fun. It tired me out just watching.

Tonight's article is The deadliest day of the week.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

7/11 Does size really matter?

Thought that would get your attention. That's the title of my article tonight--Clothing labels: Does size really matter?

On another note, just returned from a wonderful, wonderful dinner at Debbie's. She and her two girls really put on a spread. Wish I could have eaten more, it was that good. Thanks so much for inviting me.

Tomorrow the dog park opens and I'm really happy. For $10 a year your pooch and run and play with other dogs. I love keeping Gussie socialized. Plus I haven't felt like walking him all week, and I feel guilty. Feel okay tonight, courtesy of sangria.

Gotta run. Bed is calling.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

7/7 The good and bad

It's been wonderful seeing our old friend, Ron Johnson, these past few days. He, Tim, and Phil were army buddies, stationed together in Hawaii. Ron knew Robbie really well as a little guy, because after I had major surgery Phil had to go to the field and Ron came back to Hawaii and took care of Robbie (and me) until Phil got back.

Plus he was instrumental in us getting Jill. There's a longer story there that I'll save for another time. He's a great guy.

Just returned from Tiramisu where Jan, Tim, Ron, Uncle Bill and I had dinner. Delicioso!

Tonight's article is Michael Jackson media coverage: Stick a fork in it, it's done.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

7/1 Humor about death

My family is always making morbid jokes. The body will be hardly cold before we start cracking jokes. So--this is all about Michael...

How soon is too soon to laugh about Michael Jackson's death?

Thursday, June 25, 2009

6/25 Quick post

I worked 12 hours today so am in a hurry. Great news from Kris and Brian--a baby is on the way. We are all thrilled.

Tonight's quick article--Why do we mourn when celebrities die?

Monday, June 22, 2009

6/22 I didn't win

Went to the Hyundai/Honda dealer to check my numbers from the newspaper and guess what? I didn't win $50,000. Okay, check that off my to-do list.

Enjoyed work today. I really think I helped some people. Found someone else who sees Jane for medical services. Lots of people seek mental health services after seeing Jane. You do the math.

Tonight's article is Chris Brown plea bargains a deal.

Now for dinner--thanks, Cindy, for the pasta salad. I can't wait to dive in.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

6/21 A super fathers' day

We had a good time at the Gustison Family Reunion. Lots of visiting, games and food. Wow. I'm still full. Looking forward to the next time. Gussie had a great time too.


Tonight's article is Rihanna a reluctant witness against Chris Brown.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

6/20 Rainy days

Note this is not a complaint, merely an observation: I slept a lot of the day asleep because I have a migraine. The weather has played havoc with most of my body, head, back, hips, leg, shoulders, etc. This is the gift of arthritis. Mix it with rainy weather and voila!

Jan called. She, Tim, Joe and Cindy are going to Junefest to meet some other family members, but I just didn't feel like going. They'll have a good time, I'm sure.

Tomorrow is the Gustison family reunion. Sure hope the rain stays away so we can have a great time. It's always fun when the family gets together.

Tonight's article is Psychologists and torture

Monday, June 15, 2009

6/15 Weird tv

Our cable network has our local CBS affiliate as the ABC station too. Does anyone know about this? I spent 40 minutes in an online chat with Comcast personnel and they told me about it. I was just reporting that our ABC affiliate seemed to be gone.

Maybe someone else in Quincy knew about this. Did you?

And tonight Gussie met the blind miniature dachshund across the street, Johnson.


Tonight's article is: Another family dead in murder suicide

Sunday, June 14, 2009

6/14 I love weekends

Yesterday WW told me I stayed the same. And after two weeks of family events I'm pretty darn proud of that. Now to get back to really working on getting healthy.

Last night was St. Francis Parish Picnic. Absolutely perfect weather. It's great to see people you went to school with and their parents, spouses, and kids. I love it. Trouble is--last year was my first year back and I was in the midst of really bad back pain so just stayed a short while. (Plus ate a giant sno cone and onion rings. Boy did that ever make me sick.)

So I was really looking forward to last night. Unfortunately my back was a problem. I didn't eat or drink anything and stayed a little more than an hour. I'd been doing well for a few months, but I think dancing at two weddings in a row might have done me in. Today it's still bad, so I'm hoping a little rest (but not too much) will help.

I can tell you this because I don't have my "no complaint" bracelet on yet. At work we got purple bracelets from a Complaint Free World. Here are the "rules":

"Suggested Rules

Begin to wear the bracelet, on either wrist.

When you catch yourself complaining, gossiping or criticizing (it’s ok, everyone does) move the bracelet to the other arm and begin again.

If you hear someone else who is wearing a bracelet complain, you may point out their need to switch the bracelet to the other arm; BUT if you’re going to do this, you must move your bracelet first!

Stay with it. It may take many months but when you reach 21 days you will find that your entire life is happier, more loving and more enjoyable."

On the website it also says that you can say something with a negative connotation as long as there's no ego involved in it. You can tell the waiter that your soup is cold--that's just a statement of fact. It's the comments to your friend afterward that's complaining. It's okay for me to say my back hurts, but when I say my back hurts and I didn't get to stay at the picnic and everyone else was having a good time without me and I didn't even get to have one beer, etc. That's complaining. Which is why, if I had my bracelet on, I would have moved it to the other wrist. I'm trying to go 21 days straight without complaining. Not easy. But I've gone several days, then just mess up. The nice thing is that the bracelet isn't judgmental. :)

Last night's article is Reality show junkie?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

6/10 Good and bad

So many great things have happened and also so many crummy things. It's life--up and down, in and out, sick and well, life and death. Humans are both the best and worst of the species on the earth.

Tonight's article is the shortest one I've written and has the longest title.

Anxious and depressed because of lack of sleep: Maybe it's all in your genes

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

6/3 I'm alive

Yes, I'm alive, but still very tired. Started my new job on Monday of this week. But that was after a wonderfully fun-filled week and weekend with family. Kris and Brian's wedding was beautiful and the reception was off the hook. (Never thought I'd use that phrase.)

I loved every minute of Rob and Beata's visit and they are safely back in North Carolina now. Miss you guys already.


Tonight's article is Texting: Good, bad, or neutral for your kids?

Monday, May 25, 2009

5/25 So much excitement

Rob and Beata (and Chilli) are on the road and should arrive tomorrow sometime. I can't wait.

Have been straightening up the house and have put in some more flowers in the yard. But I'll need help with more of them. The last poppy faded into oblivion--the storm knocked off the petals, so that made me sad. Wanted R and B to see those huge orange blooms. And of course Gussie had to pee on the rug. He's not had an accident in weeks. Guess this is to greet Chilli and let him know whose house it is.

Article tonight is Update: Arrest warrant lifted on cancer patient's mother

Saturday, May 23, 2009

5-23-09 A great start to the weekend

Went to WW this morning and lost another three pounds so that makes me smile.

After breakfast with Jane and family, Gus and I went to work for a few hours. I have my new office pretty well organized. Now I just need to get some work done, which I'll do on Memorial Day.

Tonight we went for dinner at Jan and Tim's. Oh my it was so good and the weather was perfect. Gus had fun with their three dogs.

Tonight's article: The 90-years-plus club

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5/20 Just everything

The poppies are blooming and will soon be gone. Some of the columbine are blooming with many more to come. The peonies are glorious and cheer me when I come home from work. Thanks so much Kris and Jan for making my beautiful little oasis.

My contributions are helping too. The only bad news is that the pole holding the birdhouse and flowers fell over during a bad storm. Jan thought she had it so far in the ground that it wouldn't dare fall over. Too bad. You tried, Sis.

I'll have Rob re-pot it. :) Plus he gets to put together my patio table and chairs.

He and Beata should be here Tuesday sometime. I'm taking off Wednesday and Friday, plus Thursday morning. I'm so excited.

Article tonight is--Update: Is it okay to let your child die?

Monday, May 18, 2009

5/18 Yum

Had another hard day at work, and Jane gave me some homemade soup. I don't have to cook tonight. As soon as I'm finished publishing this, I'm diving in. And she gave me a WW dessert too. Yay.

Tonight's article is Mothers have great influence over children's social skills

Sunday, May 17, 2009

5/17 A beautiful day

What a gorgeous day, huh? Gussie and I walked for a mile or so. Then we went to Panera where Gussie held court again. My oh my he is so popular, and he behaves perfectly there. Quite unlike at home. I mean he's good at home but when a person comes in he jumps all over them. Not at Panera. He is a perfect gentleman. I love it and I'm happy he's so popular.

Tonight's article is Is it okay to let your child die?

Just a little over a week and Rob and Beatka will be here. I can't wait.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

5/16 A good (and lazy) Saturday

Jane and I weighed in at WW and both did very well. Then Gussie and I went to the office for more than three hours. Afterward I came home and have been sleeping off and on. Have a terrible headache--a sure sign the weather will get bad again. Maybe it's a stress headache though and not related to weather at all. We'll see. And stress is probably why I'm so tired. But I move offices on Wednesday even though I'm still "the boss" until June 1.

Am on call right now so my slumber has been interrupted by crisis calls. How dare they! :)

Tonight's article is In the military you don't want anyone to think you're "crazy" (Hey, I have to have interesting titles to get people to read the articles.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

5/12 Storm's a'comin'

The air looks a weird shade of green outside my house. Don't know how I'd get all my pets in the basement if necessary. But I'd do it. Anyway, I think the really bad storms won't come until tomorrow night. We'll see....

Tonight's article is When a pet dies: Grieving is grieving and love is love

Monday, May 11, 2009

5/11 A good lunch and more

We had a healthy lunch at work for all of us who signed up for the getting fit program. It was a wonderful salad bar. But the fun was afterward. We got a lesson in Tai Chi. I've wanted to try that for a long time. And it was actually enjoyable. Very slow but I can feel that we did it.

Everyone says that Tai Chi is really good for your overall health, and the teacher talked a lot about arthritis and bad backs, so I know it was for me.

Tonight's article is New type of workplace violence: Women bullying women

Sunday, May 10, 2009

5/10 Happy Mothers' Day

I've had a great day. Bought some outside furniture. (Thanks, Pete, for unloading it for me.) Gus and I sat outside while I started reading Twilight. I LOVE IT!

Rob and Beata called me today and so did Jill, so my Mothers' Day was perfect. Plus I got a package from B and R with a lovely turquoise necklace and earrings. Additionally, a shout out on Facebook, an email, and a text. How connected is that? I'm so grateful. Love you all so much.

Last night was tons of fun at Kris's bachelorette party. It started at 4 and I was done by 8. This is a real down side of being old. But it sure was fun while it lasted. :)

Tonight's article is Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi: Moms trust them most and so do I

Friday, May 08, 2009

5/8/09 A great day

My sister and brother-in-law (Jan and Tim) are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary. That's really something to celebrate!

And 54 years ago today I made my first Communion. Another day to celebrate. :) I remember it very clearly. Feeling like a 7-year-old bride in my white dress and veil. It was such a special feeling. After the Mass, we went home and had a really big party and I got so many presents. I remember my godfather, Uncle Bob, gave me a statue of Mary and I treasured that for many years. Don't know what happened to it, but probably one of my five brothers broke it. When in doubt, blame it on your brother.

Tonight's article is Feel-good Friday: Use this plate to lose some weight

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

5/6 Last class

Tonight was the last class at QU for this semester. I love teaching, but it will be nice to have my Wednesdays back for a while. Thanks, Cindy, for taking care of Gussie all these weeks. You'll have some time off too. :)

Today was so crazy at work. I keep saying to myself--June 1 isn't that far away. The stress just exhausts me.

Tonight's article is a "feel-good" one for me--Katrina students graduate

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

5/5 A very long day

After a long day at work we had a dinner at Tony's Too for a colleague who's leaving. (I'm taking his place.) So I'm pooped.

But I still had to write an article. Tonight's is Second swine flu death confirmed: Stay calm

Monday, May 04, 2009

5/4 I've been a good girl

So far I've stuck to my eating plan. But now am sure ready for dinner. Just walked about a half mile tonight because of a dumb old foot, but it was sure nice anyway.

On our walk we stopped to see Cindy, Eric and Julie. And Kirby was a lunatic. Such a funny dog.

Tonight's article--Panic attacks: They can be cured

Sunday, May 03, 2009

5/3 Fairly productive

Gussie and I walked a mile today, I watered my flowers, picked up the house, cleaned up a hairball (thanks, kitties), went to the grocery store, wrote my article and did laundry. Makes me tired just to read it. :)

Tonight's article is--Do you really want to know if someone is lying to you?

Saturday, May 02, 2009

5/2 A day with ups and downs

A huge happy birthday to my favorite grand-daughter. Kayla is 9 years old today. Can't believe it. It seems like just yesterday I was holding this beautiful infant girl in my arms. She's still beautiful though. And quite the soccer player. She told me today, "You won't believe what happened. Mommy and Daddy and Uncle Joe and Aunt Cindy...(I had no idea where this was going)...gave me the same birthday card--a dalmatian with spots. Isn't that funny?"

She's adorable.

Then Pete had some problems today which caused a trip to the ER. He's absolutely fine now, but it caused a lot of worry for a short time.

Jan and I (and Gussie) went to the Juvenile Diabetes Walk at South Park. We were supposed to walk for an hour. Gussie and I made it for 33 minutes. Afterward Jan came over and planted some more flowers I'd bought. She's helped me so much and my backyard is looking really good. Last year the garden went to pot because I couldn't do anything at all. I can't do much now, but can do some things.

Jane, Pete, and I just returned from Ruby Tuesday for dinner. It was very good. Jane and I re-joined Weight Watchers this morning and we behaved very well at dinner.


Tonight's article is--Swine flu: More racist comments

Friday, May 01, 2009

5/1 Relaxing

I took the afternoon off and am happy. This afternoon I bought more goodies for my garden. Can't wait to plan more items, but may have to wait for Rob and Beata to arrive for some help. Jan said she may have time soon to do more planting. I'm okay either way.

Went to dinner at Maya tonight with Jan, Jane, Kris, and Sarah. It was delicious as usual. Then I wrote an article about racism--and mentioned Maya in it.

The flu virus isn't as bad as the racism virus

Thursday, April 30, 2009

4/30 I'm not tired

Like hell I'm not. Another 12 hour day. Can't wait until June 1--the day I'm no longer a supervisor.

Tonight's article: Swine flu: It's not funny anymore

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4/28/09 Have I ever said I'm tired?

That was a joke question. I know I say it all the time. But I am really tired and looking forward to going to bed in an hour or so and watching the DVR versions of Dancing with the Stars and Biggest Loser. Gussie is already sleeping--he had a wonderful day with his pals at Alpha Dog. I got to hold a puppy again today. They are adorable.

Tonight's article is Chicago high school is special in more ways than one

Monday, April 27, 2009

4/27 Rain rain go away

As I write this Gussie is out in the rain, in the mud hole where the sump pump water comes out. He is having so much fun that even my yelling at him didn't stop him. I've got to go get him soon and bathe him, but know that he will do it again if given the chance.

Tonight's article is School violence: Want to fight about it?

Sunday, April 26, 2009

4/26/09 Another great day

Jan and I spent the day together. We bought flowers and plants for my garden and then came back here and Jan did all the hard work. She really knows her stuff though and I'm learning a little from her. I now know how to put down newspaper and mulch. :) And I know how to tell Rob what to do with the rest of the plants. So thanks a million, Jan, for all your help.

We also went out to lunch which was so relaxing and enjoyable for me. I look forward to eating with family on the weekend.

Joe and Cindy helped me out too, by bringing extra mulch.

It indeed was a very good day, but now I have to get in a hot shower because I'm getting stiff. Gussie already had his bath from being a mud dog while we were outside. He sure had a ball. Love to all.

Tonight's article: Narcissism epidemic: Is it true?

Saturday, April 25, 2009

4/25/09 Another good day

Gus and I had a fun day. This morning I (without my faithful companion) went to Great Debate books downtown. Off Broadway, the coffee house located inside, had free coffee and food for QU professors and adjuncts. I met some nice people, including reconnecting with Jimmy's old girlfriend, Barb, who reminded me of when they would come over to John's and my house on Maine Street. (Not brother John, husband John.)

Then I picked up Gus and we went to my office for a few hours. Following that, a leisurely trip to the pet store and we saw Cindy out in the parking lot. She was buying more flowers for her beautiful garden.

This afternoon Jane called and asked if I wanted to go to Jan's for dinner and I yelled SURE! The food was awesome and so was the company. Just got home and finished up the article I'd started earlier in the day.

Now you can 'think' instead of type your Twitter message

Friday, April 24, 2009

4/24 A good life

At 1 I met Jan, Tim, Pete, Jane, Sarah, Jordan, and Ashley for lunch at Krieger's. What a perfect way to spend part of Friday afternoon. Cindy walked by and we chatted with her a while.

Jan stopped by my house a little later with some lovely flowers for my garden. She's the greenest thumbed person I know and she'll help me know the weeds from the not-weeds. Of course I can't do much work myself, but I'm feeling pretty good and can surely do some.

We spoke of all the activities going on this summer, and I think I'm going to walk in the Susan B Koman 5k in Peoria with Jan, Kristen, and Jane. Because we're missing the Avon Breast Cancer Walk this year, we want to do something.

Gus and I took a mile walk this afternoon too, and I saw John (our brother). It was nice to talk to him too. (Oh, yesterday I forgot to blog that it wasn't just Gussie's birthday, it was Bozie's too. And speaking of cats, Allie Cat had diarrhea on my bedroom carpeting this morning. But I still love her.)

Tonight's article: Feel-good Friday: Vaginas don't have teeth.

I'm so happy to be in Quincy. There are so many family events going on and I would have been so jealous if I were still in Biloxi. I love you guys.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

4/23 Happy birthday, dear Gussie....

Happy birthday to the Guster. He's one today and is having a slumber party at Alpha Dog. I didn't get home from work until after 8 so he stayed out there.

Hope to have a nice lunch with my sisters tomorrow afternoon. Hope it works out. Love to all.

If you want a happy child, move to the Netherlands

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

4/22 Yawn

Started my day with PT at 7 AM and ended at 8:10 PM. Then I had to come home and write my article, so it's a very tiring day. Thanks so much, Cindy, for taking care of Gus. He loves walking with you and Kirby. How cool for me to see you guys trotting through the college as I was going to work. :)

Tonight's article--Assisted suicide: Compassionate murderers?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

4/21/09 Puppies....

Elizabeth had the puppies down at the kennel and they are absolutely adorable. I'm just mad that I didn't take a picture. They're about three weeks old and precious. I got to hold one. Normally that would make me want to take it home but since they're $2500 each I think I'll pass. But if I were rich one of those puppies would be mine. Gussie smelled 'em and didn't seem upset about the fact that he couldn't get in the little pen with them. But his girlfriend, Hula, the baby mama, was happy to see Gus and vice versa. They kissed through the fence. Very cute indeed.

Tonight's article: Simon Cowell holds your emotions in your hands

Monday, April 20, 2009

4/20 Cleaners and poop

The cleaners came today but they put the litter box so the opening opened outward instead of against the wall. In other words, Gussie got to eat cat poop to his heart's content. I'm just conjecturing here, but I did see some cat poop on the floor. Ah well...

Tonight's article is: Older adults: To improve memory eat carbs and play games.


Muddy Gus before his bath yesterday.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

4/19 bad headache weather

Didn't do much of anything today--the weather has given me another gross headache.

Well, I did some laundry so I'd have something to wear to work tomorrow. And I gave Gus two (count 'em two) baths because of the mud swimming he did. There's a lovely pool where the sump pump water exits the house and it's just Gussie sized. I'm scared to let him outside again without me.

Tonight's article-- Is your workplace depressing you?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

4/18 Up and down all day

UP: This morning early Gussie and I went to my office and I caught up on a lot of work. Then we went to the Barkus Parade and Mardi Paws at Washington Park. I bet there were 200 dogs there. Gus loved it. So many butts to smell.

DOWN: Right after the weiner dog races it started pouring and we had two blocks to walk to get to the car.

UP: Came home and took a nap.

DOWN: Wrote an article about an 11 year old boy who committed suicide last week after being bullied. A picture of the young man accompanies the article and makes me sad.

UP: Jane called and asked if I wanted to go to the Chinese buffet with them. Hence I'm ending on an up note. (Burp!)


Article: Did bullies cause boy's suicide? Are they liable for his death?

Friday, April 17, 2009

4/17 Week not over

I'd say I'm glad it's Friday but I need to go to work tomorrow. It's been a helluva week, that's for sure. But I picked up Gussie from Alpha Dog. He's sleeping by my feet and the cats are ignoring me. All's right with my little world.

Tonight's article is Feel-good Friday: Plastic surgery as worn by Rupert Everett

Thursday, April 16, 2009

4/16 Unbelievably tired

I've been awake since yesterday morning. Yesterday we had so many screenings and they continued all night long. As the supervisor on call I didn't have to leave my home but still had to consult with people at emergency rooms, police stations, and homes. My last call was at 3:45 this morning and by then I couldn't sleep.

So I worked all day and took a 20 minute "power nap" on the floor of my office during lunch time. Had to work until 6:30 tonight, then rushed home to get my article written, grab a sandwich and hit the sack. I'm so happy Gussie is at Alpah Dog.

Tonight's article is Murder-suicide in Long Beach: What went wrong? Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4/15 REFUND

Yep, I'd made an error when I thought I had to pay federal taxes and I get a refund from the feds, Illinois, and Mississippi. I might be able to survive for a while longer. YAY.

Jill if you want to fly in for the wedding, I can swing it. Rob and Beata, I'm paying for your gas. Consider it an early/late Christmas present. I miss you all so much.

Tonight's article is: Tax day: Do you have any more hair to pull out?

Cindy, I assume you took Gussie for a walk. Thanks a million. My day was unbelievable. My staff are now on their 9th crisis call of the day. And I'm the supervisor on call. It's been incredibly busy. Tonight's class was nice though. I have some really neat people in it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunday, April 12, 2009

4/13 The White House has a dog

My new article tonight--The White House has a dog.

It was a good Easter. Gussie and I walked for a mile. I spoke to kids on both coasts, so I loved that. Went to Mass with family and then ate lunch at the Patio with Jane, Pete, and Sarah and Jan, Tim, and Uncle Bill.

Just finished filing my taxes and my state one was rejected. Have to figure that one out.

4/12 Q-town

Happy Easter, everyone.

This WGEM video is on Travis Hoffman and Q-town. If you've not gone to Qtown.info, please check it out. There's great information about our hometown. I go to the site nearly every day (plus of course am a Qtown (and Travis's) friend on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy this news report and then check out Qtown.info.

(Deleted the video 4/16 because it wouldn't turn off.) :) Still please check out Qtown.info.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

4/11 Didn't get taxes done

...because I spent 2 hours on the phone with Apple tech support and FINALLY I can now download all my iTunes to my iPhone. I've gone almost a year without being able to do that. And thanks to dear, sweet, PATIENT Andrew (oh and brilliant too), I now will be able to listen to my music while I walk my dog. Hooray and hallelujah!

Gussie and I walked more than a mile this morning and that was great. Later, Cindy and Cody came over for a little bit for Cody to move a file cabinet (small one on wheels...I mean he's strong and all...but...) Thanks, Cody. I really do appreciate your help. I couldn't get that thing moved.

Tonight's article is Lack of sleep can double the risk of suicide. Kind of ironic, since I'm on call this week. :)

Hope everyone has a superb Easter. Love to all.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

4/9 Still tired? You betcha

I just got home a little while ago after teaching a class to parents for my job. Gus is at Alpha and I really miss the little critter. Will see him tomorrow after I do two things--work on my taxes and go to physical therapy. Am off tomorrow. Yeah!

Tonight's articles is--Summer jobs: Good for teens' wallets and may help prevent suicide

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

4/8 Home from QU

It was a good class tonight, but it sure makes me tired.

Went to Doc today so I got to see Jan which is always nice. New meds for back pain, which I couldn't pick up tonight so I'll get tomorrow. Sure hope they work.

Tonight's article is sure to spark some controversy--New anti-smoking ad: Effective advertising or bordering on child abuse?

Cindy, thanks so much for taking care of Gus tonight. I really appreciate it. Love to all.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

4/7 What a day

Again, so busy that I can't believe how late in the day it is. I sure missed Gus. Tomorrow night I teach at QU (thanks, Cindy) and the next night I work late because of teaching a class to parents with children with behavior problems. I'm surprised none of my relatives are in the class.

Tonight's article is--This isn't sexist: Men really are the weaker sex

Monday, April 06, 2009

4/6 Sometimes work isn't fun

Today was so busy I can't even begin to describe it--except to say I should have stayed most of the evening. I just threw unfinished work into the desk drawer, locked it, and jumped out of there at 5:30. Tomorrow when Gus is at Alpha Dog I'll probably not pick him up until 6:30 because there's so much to do.


Tonight's article: Gay or lesbian? Come to therapy to change sexual orientation

Sunday, April 05, 2009

4/5 Happy birthday, Jill Ann!

Today Jill would have been 49. Unbelievable. I wrote an article today about sisters. Can't believe I even said that boys have cooties. How unprofessional is that!

If you are happy and optimistic there's a good chance you have a sister

Saturday, April 04, 2009

4/4 Nice surprise

Jane and I went out to dinner by ourselves tonight. It was really nice. Went to Gem City. Then went to Kohl's and did some damage. Thanks for asking, Jane. I had a really nice time.

Gus and I walked a mile today. Yay. But first we stopped in Joe and Cindy's yard. We saw Kirby in the backyard so I let Gus and Kirby run and play awhile. Don't know where Cindy and Joe were, but it didn't matter. I sat in the sun on their swing and enjoyed watching the dogs.

Jill, Todd, and the kids are officially on their cruise. I spoke to them today as they were driving down to Long Beach. The kids are really excited. Kayla said the best part will be the "formal dinners." She can't wait to dress up. Plus she said they can have dessert with every meal. :)

Tonight's article is Studies say 'no' to vaccines as autism cause

Friday, April 03, 2009

4/3 Glad it's Friday?

Boy I sure am. Even though I have to catch up on work in the office tomorrow, I'll be able to take Gus with me so I'll feel better about being there.


Tonight's article is Feel-good Friday: Study finds you look like your dog

Thursday, April 02, 2009

4/2 Worked late

Worked late tonight so Gussie is staying at Alpha Dog. Miss him. Sigh.

Today is World Autism Day. My article is Scientists baffled: Link between autism and vinyl flooring

Now to go watch the last ER (sigh). It's on my DVR so I can watch it without commercials.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

3/31 Let the kids see you fight

Stayed home from work today. Bad headache and so tired. Slept all day until a few hours ago. Woke up, let Gussie outside and he went right to the mud hole from where the sump pump empties. Yuck. And my bathtub looks horrible after bathing him. Don't feel like cleaning now. So I'll clean it in the morning while I shower.


Article tonight is Let the kids see you fight

Monday, March 30, 2009

3/30 Not a good day

I'm sitting here with a headache and a backache, so will go to bed ASAP.

In the meantime, my article is Screen all teens for depression. Thanks for your support.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

3-28-09 Such an early start

Had to get up at 5:30 this morning, and I couldn't get my pets to wake up. Had to get the Gus outside for a little bit and he wasn't really interested. I finally succeeded.

Six of us set up a double booth at the Monster Garage Sale and sold items for the Avon Breast Cancer Walk. To say we were successful would be an understatement. Everything went really well and we made a good haul.

We closed there at one, then everyone came to my house to change clothes for our niece Suzie's wedding shower. It was a really quick turnaround but we got there with about 10 minutes to spare. I was proud of us. And the shower went really well, and was fun. Excellent games, Cindy, as usual.

Tonight's articles is Snap judgments make perfect sense

Friday, March 27, 2009

3/27 Too tired

So tired that I fell asleep in the recliner and didn't even wake up for two phone calls. Plus my sister Jan came into the house, spoke to me, sat in the living room with me and watched TV, all the while I'm snoring. Now that's tired. I didn't know she was there until she told me when I saw her later. Can't believe it.

Tonight's article--Feel-good Friday: He helps people change their violent ways

Oh, and I went out to dinner with a bunch of family tonight. That was great.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

3/26 Yawn

Two thirteen hour days in a row. I am beyond tired. Then I had to come home and write an article. Ah, such is life. Gussie is spending the night at Alpha Dog because I didn't want to leave him here two evenings in a row. He's sleeping with Louie, a male Havanese, who is the proud father of five puppies born yesterday. Elizabeth is keeping him out of the house for a while, until the pups are a little bigger. Louie and Gussie are great friends and play together all the time. I'm glad Gus has another pup to sleep with. (No, Jeff, he's not gay.)

Tonight's article is 11 male secrets and why they need to keep them.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3/25 A very long day

Went to work at 7 this morning and got home after 8 tonight. A long day; the last few hours of which was spent teaching at QU, and that was fun. My regular work was difficult today, full of one crisis after another. Of course, that's what the job entails, but it sure takes it out of you.

Thanks, Cindy, for taking care of Gussie. I think he looks so cute since he got groomed today. All clean and cute. Of course I like him with long hair too. Guess I just like him. (But clean is best.) :)

Tonight's article has an illustration by a friend of mine, so I'm happy about that. Suicide and mugging: Is it all in the family?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

3/24 One year ago

I've been at my job for one full year today. In some ways it seems like I've been there forever. In other ways it seems like I just walked through the door. Certainly has been an eventful year, that's for sure.



Tonight's article is: Mentally ill in nursing homes: What's wrong with this picture?

Monday, March 23, 2009

3/23 11 months old

Yep, Gussie and Bozie are both 11 months old today, and Allie is 9 months old. They are sure growing. Gussie is now 18 pounds. If he gets too much bigger I won't be able to lift him anymore, and that would make me sad. He should be about done growing.

Gus and I walked for about 2/3 of a mile tonight and I'm not feeling too bad, so that made me happy.

I'm done with my article, did the walk, and now need to make dinner. I'm planning on potatoes and sauerkraut. Doesn't your mouth water when you think about sauerkraut? Mine sure does.

Tonight's article is Comedian Steve Harvey: Advice on love

Sunday, March 22, 2009

3/22 Lazy day

This was an extremely lazy day. All I did was laundry and work on the QU class--oh and watch TV with my pets. That's it. I hate being this lazy, but wasted a whole day off.

Cindy told me about a bridge in Biloxi that collapsed and I was really worried. Luckily it wasn't a big bridge, but it was a really long one. It goes over the Back Bay and Big Lake. Thank heavens no one was hurt even though a car did fall in the water, but no one was in it. A barge hit the bridge and that's why it collapsed.

Tonight's article is Long live love! Hope you like it.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

3/21 An odd day

A year ago today I moved from Biloxi to Quincy. Wow, time has flown by.

I'd planned to work on my class for QU and to write my article. But Jane and I went shopping at CJ Banks--40% off of everything in the store. Couldn't resist that. And the great thing is that Cindy took Gussie for a walk while I was shopping. I'm so grateful. Afterward we went to lunch with the rest of her family. Then went to TJ Maxx.

While there I got a crisis call (am on call this week). Had to go to Pittsfield to help out a colleague. So poor Jane and Sarah had to take me home to get my car. Jane suggested I take Gussie with me. I wouldn't have thought of that--but it was a great idea, Jane. We got to spend time together--one hour drive there and one hour drive back. The hour I was in the sheriff's office he slept, so it worked out well. Thanks for the idea, Jane.

Tonight's article is a real downer, but a sign of the times. Suicide forest.

Friday, March 20, 2009

3/20 Spring has sprung

Spring sprung and then ran away. My garden doesn't know it though--it thinks it's still spring. I definitely have crocus and gladiolus showing some gorgeous color. And other perennials are green and growing. Thanks, Kris and Jan, for leaving such lovely legacies for me.


My article tonight: Feel-good Friday: Bus driver is hero

Thursday, March 19, 2009

3/19 Still yawning

I'm still yawning most of the day from my new meds, but I've heard it can take three to four weeks before your body gets used to them, so I'm waiting (im)patiently. :) Jordan worked on my yard today and it looks lots better already. He's going to finish tomorrow. Thanks, Jordan.

Tonight's article is Have a drink with friends: It's good for you.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

3/18 Family therapy

Taught my first family therapy class tonight at QU. There are only five people registered so it was impossible for me them until 9. Only four showed up. It will be a fun class to teach, I'm sure. I feel lucky to have three jobs I really enjoy.

Tonight's article is Sometimes swearing just feels good! Remember I get paid by the click, so keep clicking. Thanks bunches.

And a big thanks to Cindy for taking care of Gussie tonight.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

3/17 Crocus? Crocuses? Croci?

I have seven of them in my backyard. (At least I think that's what they are.) They are purple and gorgeous, and certainly uplift my spirits. Wish I knew more about gardening. Hell, wish I could lean over to take care of a garden. :) But it's spring, and I'm smiling. At least it's temporarily spring, and it'll do for now. Yay.

Tonight's article is Traffic jams can cause heart attacks. Thanks so much for reading it.

Monday, March 16, 2009

3/16 Very busy day

Work just didn't seem to end today, but at least the day went by fast because I was so busy. I didn't come home at lunch to let Gussie out, so he was in the house for over 11 hours and he didn't have an accident. I was so proud. (Then why does he go outside sometimes, come back and pee?) Anyway, he was a rock star today. I took him for a quick walk then had to write my article. As soon as I have dinner I'll get to work on my QU class. It starts this Wednesday.

Tonight's article: Couple violence not limited to adults

Sunday, March 15, 2009

3/15 Today

Gus and I went to Starbuck's this morning and I worked there until 12:30 pm. It was a beautiful day to be outside and Gus behaved really well. Only greeted people when they wanted to be greeted. It was a good day.

This evening I'm going to the funeral home with my sisters for the wake of an old neighbor. Sad.



Tonight's article is Mass murderers: Similarities and differences

Saturday, March 14, 2009

3/14 Gus had a play date

Jan and Tim took me and Tim's Uncle Bill to Mike's in Liberty for dinner. It was so good! And the company was good too. :) Jan and Tim brought Alfie and Rocky with them. After dinner Tim went to Uncle Bill's to watch basketball and Jan and the dogs came here.

So Gussie had a play date with Alfie and Rocky. It was fun to watch them. Jan and I played with the Wii and found that neither of us has good balance. :(

Tonight's article is Tents for the homeless: Pride in ownership

Friday, March 13, 2009

3/13 A nice surprise

I got home from work and took Gus for a short walk, then Jane called and asked if I'd like to join them for dinner with Jan and Tim. Of course, I said. They wanted to go to Kutters, but there was a 45 minute wait, so we went to the Elks. Deb Stotts joined us when she was finished in the ER--yeah, her girls were in a car accident, but luckily they are okay. They have whiplash and will be really stiff tomorrow. Poor things. Poor Debbie. But everyone was really lucky.



Tonight's article is Kids, stop fidgeting: Sit on your stability ball

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

3/11 We walked

Gus and I walked tonight. It felt good to get out there with him even though it was only 2/3 of a mile. I'm so happy we were able to go. This is my last Wednesday at home for a while; I start teaching again next week.

Tonight's article is More abuse, more depression, more poor health

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

3/10 New meds

I have been yawning for several days. Am on new meds that make me sleepy. But my back feels pretty good, so I'm putting up with the yawning. Hooray for feeling better. :)

Tonight's article is Depression can break a woman's heart. Thanks so much for clicking. Love to all.

Monday, March 09, 2009

3/9 Yucky barometer

I'm getting really bad headaches with the quickly falling barometer. Supposed to have really bad storms today--I could have told them that. :) Tonight on NBC Nightly News they said that some people have heads that respond badly to barometric pressure, or something similar to that.


Anyway, tonight's article is Bad marriages make women sick

Sunday, March 08, 2009

3/9 Fun at Kris's shower

Kris's wedding shower was so much fun. The food was tasty, the games were clever, and it was so nice getting together with everyone. I love showers...corny, but true.

Today's article is Six ways to cope with change at work

Saturday, March 07, 2009

3/7 Got up early

As usual the animals got up me up early. Guess they knew it was the weekend though, and they let me sleep until 6:30. Yay.

I'm tired, so I wrote an article about sleep. :) No wonder we're tired: We don't get enough sleep

Today is Kris's shower and I'm really looking forward to it. Should be fun.

Friday, March 06, 2009

3/6 I still love Cindy

After I got home from work I put Gus's collar on to take him for a walk. Then I noticed Jane's and Sarah's cars at Joe and Cindy's. So Gus and I stopped by. Gus visited with Kirby, while I talked to the humans.

Cindy was wrapping some presents for Jane, so I ran home and got my present and wrapping paper and she did mine too. Not only that, she ended up taking Gussie for a walk with Kirby. So I was doubly rescued. Thanks a million, Cin.


Tonight's article: Rihanna/Chris Brown: More information revealed

3/6 Early morning writing

My channel manager wanted me to write a quick followup to the Chris Brown article.

Your friend is in an abusive relationship: Now what?

Thursday, March 05, 2009

3/5 Long day

I had a Red Cross Disaster Services meeting tonight. Had to leave it at 6:25 to pick up the Guster by 6:30. Am eating a veggie burger and popcorn, while writing and fending off three animals. Quite a sight.

Tonight's article: Chris Brown charged with assault: Arraignment delayed

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

3/4 What a nice surprise

Well, the surprise was a little anxiety-provoking at first, but then it became wonderful. I got home early, about 5:15 PM and Gussie was gone. I had a brief moment of semi-panic, but it went away quickly. I figured Cindy had taken him for a walk. I must confess that it made me very happy.

I'd promised myself I'd take Gus for a walk tonight no matter how I felt. And it was good that Cindy did it, so I didn't have to feel guilty if I didn't go. I've been feeling pretty good until the afternoon and then it's "not fun." But still much better than it was.

So I just finished writing my article (Can zapping rid you of compulsions?) and now I'm going to make dinner and watch America's Next Top Model.

And no, I don't think Jason from the Bachelor is a jerk. I think he was really scared he was making a mistake and he knew he didn't want to get divorced again. So I'd call him human. Not too classy at one point, but human. I still like him.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009

3/1 Update on lots of stuff

First, a cat peed on the clean towels I was folding on my bed. When I was there! And they had a brand spanking clean litter box. Am not 100% sure but I think it was Bozie. At least Allie looked innocent. Maybe that's her ploy.

Second, Gussie pooped on the floor. At least he waited until I wasn't there.

So now I'm washing my sheets and blankets as well as the towels again. What a day.

At least I had fun this morning. I went to church with Jan and Jane and we did some shopping for the shower(s). In between we also had lunch at Nothing Special. It was nice to spend time with them.

And Jill is now an official referee for youth soccer in Southern California. I'm so proud of you, sweetie.

Tonight I published an update-- Update: Reporter lives on food stamps

3/1/09 Happy birthday, Beata!

I hope the weather stays nice for your trip to Wilmington. And I hope Rob stays nice too. :)

Can't wait to see you for the wedding. It will be wonderful to have you two and Chilli here. :) Gus will be so happy too.


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This morning's article is TV host with disability causes complaints in the UK

Saturday, February 28, 2009

2/28 A wonderful day with my family

I spent the day with Jane and Sarah and it was really fun, although tiring. We spent so much time together that we had both lunch and dinner. Pete joined us for dinner. Then we went to Joe and Cindy's to say hi to Eric and Julie. And Gussie dragged his butt on the floor and made poop streaks. All because I gave him some Greenies and they made "stuff" stick to his fur. God bless him.

And God bless Joe and Cindy. They didn't even blink. While I cleaned Gussie's bottom they cleaned the rug. Kirby just watched.

I left early to write my article, so they're probably all still talking about me. :)

Tonight's article is about Qtown.info--City Secrets: Qtown embraces the soul of Quincy.

Friday, February 27, 2009

2/27 Home with the animals

The day started well, then I had bunches of pain so I came home around 2. I feel so much better after lying down for a while. I tell myself to be patient. It took about a week the last time for me to be totally pain free. It will be a week on Monday.

Friday's article on Examiner.com-- Aging: It takes a lot of courage to ask for help

Oh, and this is for my juggling brothers. This guy is amazing.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

2/26 Another day, another $

Gosh, I worked so hard today. Training new staff, coming out from under mounds of paperwork, seeing clients. I'm so glad to be home with my animal family.

Tonight's article is sad: 6 reasons fathers kill their families

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

2/25 Busy, busy, and more busy

Cindy was awesome today. She took Gussie for a walk with Kirby because I'm still not quite recovered from the back procedure. In fact, my butt cheeks are still a little numb. TMI? :)

Tonight's article is Working long hours? You could be at risk of dementia

Oh and I earned $100 for referring two people who ended up as examiners. So if anyone wants to write for examiner, let me know and I'll split the finder's fee with you.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

2/24 A funny day

I went to work today even though the pain doc told me to stay home. He was right.

I came home at 3 and relaxed for a while before making dinner and writing my article. Hope this finds everyone doing well. I'm feeling much better and am thrilled beyond words.

Tonight's article is Best friends: Do you have one? And it quotes one of my anonymous brothers.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

2/22 Yuck yuck yuck

The party last night was awesome. It was great to see everyone and the euchre tournament was a lot of fun. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it too much. This pain is worse than ever. Sure hope the pain doctor can do something with it tomorrow. I keep saying I refuse to have surgery, but I can't refuse when it's like this. I want my life back.


Tonight's article is Another fear: Bungee cord break

Saturday, February 21, 2009

2/21 Lots of fun today

Can't wait because today will be FUN. We're having a wedding shower for my niece, Jessi, and then a huge family euchre tournament. I'm stoked.

Today's article is Bartering: You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours and it was inspired while I was drinking a hot chocolate at Starbucks today. That's where I ended up writing it.

Friday, February 20, 2009

2/20 Tired and crabby

I'm very happy it's Friday and am looking forward to a fun time with family tomorrow. As for tonight, it's time for a rest after a really stressful week.

Tonight's article is Long-term relationships are great for your health. Hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

2/19 Crisis crisis crisis

That's crises when it's plural. Omigod, I'm so glad I am off call tomorrow morning. This round has been exhausting.

I didn't shoot Gus. He's my sweetie. And his breath is better. Maybe the rabbits ate mint or something.



Tonight's article is Bikini-clad women: Guys, it's not your fault that you look

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

2/17 Second article today

Tonight's article is: Are you cool or crazy under stress?

Gus's breath smells like shit--literally. He loves rabbit poop. Don't know how to stop him. Maybe if I shoot him every time he puts his head down on the ground it might discourage him.

2/17 Posted during lunch

Had a rough weekend but am just "sucking it up." Gussie is at Alpha Dog today and is an excited little puppy.

Chicago Mental Health Examiner: Does mom of octuplets idolize Jolie?

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

2/15 A great quote

I follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter.com and the quote today was awesome: "Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Gussie and I went to my office for a while, then to the grocery store. And that's it for today. Excitement, huh?



Chicago Mental Health Examiner: The letdown after Valentine's Day

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

2/14 Hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day

I had a lot of fun last night at my Mardi Gras party. The house was filled with people, and Gussie had a field day. He sure loves visitors.

This morning went to a cousin's wedding, but unfortunately am having a "bad back" day and can't go to the reception tonight. Wish I could make it, I just love being with my extended family. Luckily I saw most of them at the church today.




Chicago Mental Health Examiner: What do men and women really want?

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2/10 Joe, the superhero

I am so grateful for Joe. I locked my keys in the garage. Didn't noticed I dropped them on the seat. Gussie wouldn't get out of the car so I had to lift him out and I guess that's when it happened.

There's only the one garage key, so Joe pried the door open for me, then came back and fixed the lock. I really appreciate you, Joe.


Tonight's article is about Valentine's Day.
For singles: Valentine's Day can be whatever you want

Monday, February 09, 2009

2/9 Day went fast

Wow, today started and then it ended. That's how fast it went. I don't think I lifted my head once except to walk back and forth to the mailbox. Oh, I did leave once. I ran home to let Gussie out, but I couldn't stay at all because the work was calling my name. :)


Tonight's article is Want to get out of a bad mood?

Sunday, February 08, 2009

2/8 Horribly competitive

I am. Always have been. And since I'm 61 I probably always will be. But I'm also a good loser. I have to be since I lose more often than win, unless it's word games--then I have a fighting chance.

Anyway I thought of this because every chance I get I check my examiner.com numbers and where I am in comparison to other writers. I get to see the top 5 in the Chicago area, and those are in all topics, not just health. And I also get to see the top 5 in Health nationally.

This afternoon I'm number 2 nationally in Health and number 1 in Chicago. So yeah, I'm bragging. Had to write about it right away because it will soon change. :)

This morning's article was Food stamps: A solution or a stopgap measure? Am writing another one tonight on Confidentiality.

(Thanks, Joe, for helping me out this afternoon. Thanks, Pete, for offering to do so as well.)

Saturday, February 07, 2009

2/7 A busy day

Today I have lots to do. If only I could wake up. I slept 8 hours for a change, but feel like I could use 8 more.


This morning's article is Christian Bale apologizes for tantrum

Friday, February 06, 2009

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

2/4 More car woes

My car's gears were slipping and I was really scared. But it turned out to be only the transmission hose...and will be a lot less expensive than my fears.



Tonight's article is Study: Mental health alone doesn't trigger violence

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

2/2 Yuck

Still sick with the plague and bad back so going to bed early.

Tonight's article is Autism: CNN reports on a family in chaos. Thanks for clicking, and sometimes reading. Love to all.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

1/31 Sick?

I'm still sick but Gussie isn't. But he peed on the newly shampooed carpet. That's my boy.


New article this morning. You don't have to be kid to have a play date.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

1/29/09 Achooo!

I'm thinking my sinus infection has returned. Boo hiss.

Another boo hiss. The carpet cleaners were here today. The carpet was beautiful. Then Gussie threw up.

And the sad thing is he's been throwing up since this morning. I'll have to take him to the vets if this doesn't stop by tomorrow morning. Poor Gussie.


Tonight's article is about Bumper sticker 6.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

1/27 A rough day

Today was really rough. So many crises. And I'm on call this week and have already had three calls tonight.

BUT there was something good. I finally have my car back. Plus they took off $100 and threw in a free oil change since it took so long. Yay for that.

And the guy handed me a piece of tire maybe four inches by two inches. It went through my grill and struck my radiator, causing the hole in it. The mechanic supervisor suggested I talk to my insurance agent about it, and he'd be happy to verify it.

I do have the piece of tire as evidence, or maybe just a souvenir.

Tonight's article is Mental illness on TV: Part 1

Thanks for clicking.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

1/27 So very tired

I can't believe how tired I am, but I did manage to get two articles written, despite working all day at my regular job.

Tonight's article: Embarrassed at work? 4 things to help

Monday, January 26, 2009

1/26 Quick lunch

The cleaners are there today so I didn't have to go home and let out Gus. That gave me time to write over my lunch hour. Speaking of Gus, since he doesn't have his long coat anymore he can now JUMP onto the bed. It's high too, because I have a new mattress. I'm just amazed at how agile he is now. He and Bozie are both 9 months old. Allie is 6 months now. All of them are cuties.

I'm giving a Mardi Gras party the Friday before Ash Wednesday. That weekend is so crowded, with a niece's wedding shower and a family euchre party on Saturday. But I have to do Mardi Gras before Ash Wednesday and spent a ton of money on decorations from the Gulf Coast. Hope people can make it.

Today's first article is Gone Hiking. Hope you like it.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

1/25 I actually had fun

Jan and I went to Mass together, then out to lunch at Tony's Too. A little bit of shopping and then home. While I was recuperating from last night's festivities, Gussie looked out the front window and got really animated. I knew Kirby must be outside. So we got winterized and went over to visit for a minute while Cindy was shoveling their walk.

I love that we have snow. Unfortunately I don't own a snow shovel. Have to put that on my shopping list. Gussie sure loves the snow. He's fun to watch. He and Kirby had fun.

Oh, the big news--I was sitting in my recliner waiting for Jan to pick me up. I'd already given the critters their treats and had the baby gate up. Something scared the hell out of me--Gussie jumped in my lap. Don't know if he jumped or climbed over the gate, but it's served it's purpose. No more baby gate. Yikes.

My second article of the day is about the phenomenon known as Twitter.

1/25 Early morning

Woke up early because my cats thought it was Monday I'm sure. Gus slept soundly, but the cats didn't want me to be late for work. Bah humbug!


Early morning article: Is Miss America still relevant?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

1/24 Family fun

Had a great time at Kelly and Todd's tonight for Souper Bowl. We ate soup and we bowled on Wii. What a great idea. It was a double elimination and I finally lost out, but still enjoyed watching everyone else. Because of Gus I had to leave before the final game. I do know Brandon was going to go against whoever won the last game. So I'll be anxious to hear. Sure had a good time. Thanks again.


Published a second article yesterday about the Brazilian model who had both hands and both feet amputated. Then wrote two articles today: The first is Alleged daycare killer: Mentally ill? and the second is Bumper stickers 4 and 5 the next in the series. Thanks for clicking and reading.

Friday, January 23, 2009

1/23 Car is in the shop

Had to take Gus out to Alpha Dog and that's way out in the country. So I made it to the service department just as the needle started edging up to Hot! It was really good timing.

Got up really early today and wrote an extra article. This one is about Quincy.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

1/22 Car trouble

My car is overheating and I have to take it in tomorrow. Since I can't get home to let Gussie out I'm just going to drop him off at daycare again. He'll be thrilled. Elizabeth has two Havanese (?). The female is in heat and apparently likes Gussie better than Louie. Louie is destined to be the father of her puppies. They're going to have to do artificial insemination because her heart belongs to my Gussie. Isn't that funny?


Article tonight: Were they really the 'good old days'?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

1/21 So tired

I'm so tired tonight and Gussie is on crack. He's running around barking and growling. And all I want to do is finish my computer work and go to bed.


Tonight's article-- Shyness can be paralyzing: Here are three things that can help

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

1/20 What a day

I couldn't keep my eyes off the inauguration. What a treat. Luckily I chaired a meeting and had the TV on while we met. Sound was down, but we turned it up as soon as we were done. Amazing day.

My article today is really about hope. Hope you read it. :) The world salutes President Obama too.

Monday, January 19, 2009

1/19 Gussie is naked

Gussie started out really fuzzy this morning and now looks naked. Poor little critter. I'll post the pictures when I get a chance.

I had a great time with Wii Fit tonight. For aerobics I had to do the hula hope and Jane and Joe threw hula hoops at me and I had to try to add them. Oh my gosh I kept laughing at them throwing.

Then I had to run in place. Yeah, me run. Computer told me not to pass the Mii in front of me. The good thing that Jill kept running alongside me. Todd passed me and so did Hunter and Jordan. Oh, and when I did step aerobics--you should see Jordan dance. Cracked me up.

This is really what makes the Wii Fit so much fun for me.

New article: Bumper sticker 3: My child is student of the month at ______ School.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

1/18 A good Sunday

Went to Kohl's to return a gift (thanks for warning, Jan) and I saw Cindy there. Deja vu. Seemed like just yesterday we were there together. :) Then I went to Panera for a very late lunch and wrote two articles while there. After I came home I took Gus for a short walk--2/3 of a mile. It was so neat. Everyone we saw stopped and petted him. You know he LOVED that.

The last two days I've posted two articles each day. Today's are Bumper sticker 2: Grace happens and What to say to keep the peace. Thanks for reading them.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

1/17 Wii Fit

I love the Wii Fit. It's really fun and really smart. Okay, it doesn't have to be smart to know how much overweight I am, but it knew that I trip a lot, just because of the way I balance the board and how I distribute my weight on my feet.

Am going to work hard to make sure I continue to use it. Just wish I had good curtains in the living room so I could take off some of these heavy winter clothes in order to weigh. :)

Shopping yesterday was both fun and exhausting. Jane, Jane, Kris, Brian, Cindy and I went to Kohls. Cindy had already bought all her wedding and shower gifts, but the rest of us hadn't. So it took a long time to find what we needed off of the registry. BUT WE DID IT!

A special thanks to Jane and Cindy for helping to carry in all my loot. Plus I really enjoyed lunch at Nothing Spcecial. (Thanks also Cindy and Cody, for moving that piece of furniture for me.)

Yesterday I posted two articles, got 201 hits, and made $2.01. Guess I won't get rich doing this. I hope to get some comments from you on Bumper sticker 1: If you can read this, thank a teacher.

Friday, January 16, 2009

1/16 Poor Gus, Poor Me

Gus had diarrhea this morning. All over my bedroom carpet. There's a trail leading to the bathroom. He tried to reach a towel that the cats pulled down. He made the towel and finished his job there. But oh the trail.

So I was a bit late for work today. Had to clean the carpet, clean Gus, and clean myself. Poor Gussie. Poor Jer.

Today's article is Winter got you down? Maybe you have Seasonal Affective Disorder. Thanks for reading it!