real life

(or something close to it...)

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Office Chair 1 Leslie 0

I just ran into the corner of one of my office chairs with my thigh. Ouch is a mild word for the pain I felt. Say all the "forbidden" swear words in your head... That's what I just said...but out loud.

I will have a bruise.

It will be the size of a small grapefruit.

Hopefully, there will NOT be a round two between me and the chair.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Rejected Hallmark Greeting Cards (no...really!!!!)

For Christmas:

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without peanut brittle....or Jesus.

For Marriage:

Marriage is a bond that is unbreakable except by two-thirds of the population....But it's you top-third couples that give the rest of us hope.

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Update on shoes ordered on they arrived on Monday... I am wearing them today. V.V. nice... :O) Enjoying v. much wearing shoes w/o socks on this beautiful Spring day!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Brains, Hearts, Kidneys, Lungs, etc....

Tonight was my first night for the Spring semester of Drexel's mini med school. This class is specifically for lay people (and high school students) interested in learning about medicine in a fun stress free way... Tonight was Gross Anatomy. It was great... I got to hold a human brain in my hands. I got to see what smoking does to your lungs. I got to see a poly cystic kidney... AMAZING....

And...drinking alcohol REALLY does keep your arteries clean... we saw one that had no plaque whatsoever... the pathogist said it was probably from an alcoholic...b/c no one's is that clean.... most everybody will have plaque at one point or another.. So, a couple of drinks will not kill you... it actually will help you... Crazy!!! But true.

We saw an artificial heart value. A brain with stroke. A heart w/ a scar from a heart attack....

And... truth be told... the smell wasn't all that bad...

My Weekend...

Was nice... Not too hectic... not too lazy. On Friday night I stayed at home and read a book and watched some good ol' college basketball (can we say GEORGE MASON!!!). You gotta love March Madness. Sports at its finest.

On Saturday I had the honor of helping out at a birthday party for my favorite little ones on the East Coast. Emma & Joseph. I was totally tired out after 3 hours of 10 little kids running around for 3 hours. It turned out to be a great party... Kudos to Sue & Jamie!!! After the party I did a little shopping at Ann Taylor Loft for Spring. Saturday night had a great salad & watched "The Bourne Identity" with some friends.

Sunday & Monday I was in Hershey, PA for a planning meeting for my conference in October. Love these meetings. Love the fact that I get free food... (ie Lobster Ravoli)... Drove home yesterday with the moonroof open and such... It was a beautiful day.

When I got back from Hershey I watched "The 40 year Old Virgin"... Great Movie. A little raunchy... but the movie had a different way of saying that celibacy until marriage is a good thing. Why would I want to have sex with someone who is not my husband? The quick answer... I wouldn't.

In other news: my friend's brain tumor shrunk 30-40%. Folks, this is a damn good thing. Damn good thing. The docs are amazed & befuddled. God still heals. It is apparent to every one of us (there is still a long way to go...but so good).

On the other end of life... is death. A person I knew from 10 years ago...he has lost 2 friends in the span of 18 days. This man & his family probably don't even remember me anymore... I knew him from when I planning a conference back in Ohio. He is a pastor of a church in Cincinnati. The people who died were also pastors...both young... one of cancer, the other of some type of pneumonia. I've been reading his blog lately and of the people who died. It's still hard to fathom sometimes... you are here today...but gone tomorrow. Literally. 3 days ago, one of the men was celebrating his son's birthday... and yesterday he died of cancer.

Sorry to end this post as a downer. But not really... because both of those guys are dancing with Jesus. So, it's not so bad... really???

Friday, March 24, 2006

Eating lunch...

Today's lunch was a cup of soup, some jello, and some cookies for dessert. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm... what fun.

Since the beginning of the year I have written down EVERYTHING I have spent. No matter if it's $500 or $0.50. I have realized I spend way too much on food... Honestly that's my biggest expenditure besides my housing costs. I mean to bring my lunch to work, to not stop at Wawa on Sunday afternoons, or stop at Baja Fresh, etc... I just don't... and it so needs to change. But the thing is... I hate to cook. I'm only one person.. the effort it takes to cook for one is hardly worth it. I would much rather cook for a family and take home left overs than to dirty 7 pans for one spaghetti dinner.

Other news:
1. My heart broke for Gonzaga last night... tough, tough loss. That's what I love about March Madness... REAL excitement, REAL misery, REAL talent, etc...
2. Another weekend in Hershey. I should just move there.
3. Found a pair of black shoes... v. excited... except my co-worker said that $80 was too much to spend. I disagree... I'll wear them until they have holes in the bottom.

Nothing else too exciting. Actually, life has been quite boring... which, in truth... can't be a bad thing.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes...

I'm in the middle of trying to find a new pair of black shoes for Spring... this is harder than I originally thought. I've tried lots of places for shoes... Lord & Taylor.. my usual shoe place... was a dud. Same with Nordstroms... which is KNOWN for their shoe department. I am now going online... I found a pair I like at may be promising.

I'm not really a shoe snob... but I know what I like and what looks good... and usually my shoes can't be had for under $70. Maybe that seems expensive to some dear readers...but I wear my shoes until they have holes in the bottom... Anyway, I don't buy that many pairs a shoes/year.. so, $70 isn't that much for me.

In other news:
1. Baseball season is coming close. I just received my O's tickets in the mail for the July 29th game. V. excited.
2. Have decided not to see Wicked (tickets mostly sold out... not willing to pay to sit behind a pole). Still debating about seeing The Lion King. V. mad that the Kimmel Center charges $11.50 for service fees per ticket... Almost seems not worth it.
3. Shashank has two more days at Penn... Gosh, I'm going to miss the guy. There is always email.
4. Hoping Gonzaga can beat UCLA. Definitely would be nice to see (oh.. I do hope Villanova wins also).
5. Ray Meyer, the "Coach", was laid to rest yesterday. One of the main reasons I attended DePaul was because of Ray Meyer. He was a favorite of EVERYONE in Chicago. I remember one person from a family picnic YEARS ago, saying how jealous she was of me because I was able to go to DePaul... She said she would have LOVED to say that she was DePaul student because she could then say that Ray Meyer was the coach of her college basketball team. He lived a good life... died at 92. He's now back hanging out with his wife in heaven. That's a good thought.

Nothing else too exciting. Looking forward to the weekend...but then again, I think I'm ALWAYS looking forward to the weekend.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


My old friend just corrected me on my last post... I don't know what I was thinking....

Yes... drug companies make billions of dollars on drugs. Billions upon billions of dollars. Billions upon billions upon billions are dollars.

We need more accountability...... but definitely not a national health plan..

Monday, March 20, 2006

Very Thankful for Health Insurance...

Just got my Lipitor refilled...

Without insurance... 90 pills... $227.98
With insurance... same amount... $20.00 copay.

No wonder our healthcare system is so screwed up. The drug companies who are charging outrageous prices aren't making any money... same with hospitals & docs.

Still not sure if we should go to a national health plan (ie.. UK or Cananda)... but there has to be a better way...

Friday, March 17, 2006

Sometimes a perfect day...

begins with a cup of Starbucks Coffee (like today)..

I hope it ends as well as it started.

Have a great St. Patrick's Day.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Match Day 2006

Today is the day all across the nation when forth year medical students will find out where they will be spending their next phase of their start their careers as doctors. It's a very exciting day. I'm in the basement and match happens two floors above me... I always can hear the roar around 11.45am when students open their envelopes to find out what hospital has chosen them.

I am slightly jealous of this... I'm slightly jealous that I don't have something or someone or some computer match me up with the perfect place I should be.

I wish I knew where was home for me... .'s a public shout out to Katy Balk. A woman of God if I've ever met one. She is amazing. She is intelligent (getting her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins). She is crazy. I'm thankful she's my friend. We had a wonderful conversation last night... the first in about 4 months. It was nice. It was worth using all of my cell phone minutes on her.

Ta-ta for now.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Checking in...

Hi there. It's been more than a couple of days... Blogging is definitely slowing down. I think this is a good thing....or maybe a bad thing.. one shall see.

1. Zoom-zoom-zoom. My little Mazda3 is a zoomer. Last night I had no where to go...but I still took it out for a little spin around the Delaware Valley. I ended up in Paoli... turned around and came back. It's a great little car. Totally my style. Things I LOVE: the 4 doors, the inside lights that turn blue at night, the great stereo, the mileage that only says "1025"
2. My tongue is still slightly numb from the wisdom teeth surgery. The oral surgeon said everything was healing nicely. Today is the first day since last week where I actually feel like I'm getting better.
3. My "No-Chocolate" during Lent update: Well, all of last week I didn't eat chocolate... this week is another story. I ended up buying a box of chocolate marshmallow star cookies from Acme last night. I ate 3 this morning for breakfast. V. V. good.

That's it for now...


Thursday, March 09, 2006

Saying goodbye is never an easy thing to do...

So, I met my friend/doctor (Shashank Desai) yesterday afternoon at Penn for a cup of coffee and some conversation. If you remember, dear readers, he is leaving Philadelphia for a job in Fairfax, VA to run & revive a heart transplant program. I was strong... I didn't cry until the very end.

We talked about his taking the job, his time at Penn, his choosing cardiology--specifically heart transplant & how there is NO money in transplant medicine... talked about me staying in Philly, me leaving Philly.. talked about his wife, my lack of a husband, my pining for a guy named Eric, me getting angry about a guy named Eric, we talked about him moving, about running a transplant program, about his lack of organizational skills, about his not having a clue, about how the "medicine" will be the easy part of his new job.

And, I truly believe, if ANYONE can do this job... it is Shashank. He is brillant and humble. Even though he says he doesn't know what he'll do... I know he does. He has trained at the best places in the country for transplant medicine. Now he is moving on to bring that knowledge to an area of the country that desperately needs it. (btw, you wouldn't think the DC region would have such a dire need.... but they do).

I am so thankful that I was able to cross paths with Shashank.
Well, must be getting along... my day is calling.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Please don't let it stay like this forever...

My tongue is still numb. 4 days after surgery. I read today that this risk gets higher the older you get... It could take weeks or months to go away... Or, worse case could be permanent. Right after you burn your tongue on hot soup or pizza... this is how it feels 24/7. I've started to lisp like Cindy Brady.

I'm not a happy camper today. NOT. AT. ALL.

I have an appointment with the oral surgeon on Friday morning. I'm sure he'll just tell me this is normal.

God, I'm hoping that this goes away.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Monday ramblings...

It's almost 72 hours post wisdom teeth extraction. And I still hurt. I've lost 3.5 pounds... and not for a lack of trying... I have tried eating and I'm not doing very well at it. Mostly have been sipping soup and/or tea. And lots of Nutrigrain bars..b/c they are soft.

To top that off... I think I caught a cold that was going around my office last week... Basically just adds insult to injury. I stayed home from work today... I have the sick time and that's what it is for... when I'm sick.

Post-Oscar Analysis... V.V. happy to see "Crash" win last night. Definitely a best picture worthy film. Jon Stewart wasn't the worst host.. but definitely not the best either.

Ok... I have a headache... think I'll take a nap now.


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Why I am running away from the Girl Scouts (& other random words...)

Today is the first day of Lent. Historically, this is the time we are to prepare ourselves for the crucifixion of Christ. In my Catholic upbringing... this also brought no meat on Fridays, the milk boxes to fill with coins for the missions, and the most revered of them all---abstaining from something for 40 days & 4o nights.

Since I have left the Catholic church and have adopted a more "evangelical" Christian outlook on life... and on Easter... most of my Catholic traditions have fallen away.... Yes, I will now eat meat on Fridays without hesitation, etc...

One thing that I have kept year after year is trying to abstain from something that I love. Every year it is sweets...and EVERY year I fail miserably...

So... again this year I will try.... today is Day 1. Only 15 more hours until I go to bed tonight... Only 15 more hours of trying to not eat chocolate. I'm taking it one day at a time.... Gosh, I sound like I'm in a 12 step program.

Regarding my title to today's post: I was at Acme on Monday evening... there were Girl Scouts at the exit hawking their last boxes of cookies... I saw the familiar purple hue of a box of Samoas (my favorite). I knew if I bought them I would have had to finish them all by last night...which, truth be told, wouldn't have been that hard (there are only 14 in a box)... but I went to the other exit... less be tempted by the Girl Scouts and their $3.50 box of cookies.