Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Interpreting Monday Morning Question

Okay, let's interpret our Monday Morning Question.  Keep in mind that this is only for fun, lol. 

Let's do question #2 first. 

2.  What is your favorite color?  Name three adjectives to describe this color. 
Interpretation:  This is how you view yourself. 

Now let's go to #1.

1.  What is your favorite animal?  Name three adjectives to describe this animal.
Interpretation:  This is how others view you!

3.  What three things come to mind when you think of the word white? 
Interpretation:  This is how you view Heaven.  (Don't get upset if this one didn't work, many people don't like their answers on this one!)

There are a few I wanted you to take a look at that are posted in journals.  Take a look at theseLadyHasFlava, fasttrack58, cdittric77

Hope ya'll had fun, Krissy ;)

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

I started a Weight Loss Journal

Today I started a weight loss journal.  It is a private journal.  If you would like to be invited, leave me a comment in the comments section or email me.

It is based on the book Thin Within by Judy and Arthur Halliday.  If you want to get the book, you can order it from Amazon or Barnes&Noble.  By the way, the authors are Christians, so it has a Christian slant.  

Here is a description of the book from the publisher:

Thin Within:  A Grace-Oriented Approach to Lasting Weight Loss

Diets just don't work.  Judy Halliday and Dr. Arthur have years worth of research to prove it and most Americans have personal testimonies that echo that same sad truth.  But Halliday's extensive experience and study also prove that you can reach and maintain your ideal weight by simply listening to your body.  If you have suffered from being overweight or have struggled with an eating disorder, Thin Within is the truth you have been searching for and it will set you free.

-The original hunger-fullness plan, time-tested for over 25 years
-Learn to eat like a naturally thin person
-Leave diets behind forever
-Eat your favorite foods and still lose weight
-Identify and resolve issues that cause you to overeat
-Feel good about yourself as you melt down to your natural size

Krissy :)

Monday, September 26, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

Actually, this is three quick questions.  I am going to ask you to take a little psychological test.  Answer this either in your journal or in the comments section below.  Then come back to my journal on Weds. and I will tell you how to interpret your results.

1.  What is your favorite animal?  Name three adjectives to describe this animal.

2.  What is your favorite color?  Name three adjectives to describe this color.

3.  What three things things come to mind when you think of the word white?

My answers:

1.  cat: playful, fun, lazy

2.  purple:  beautiful, spiritual, stable

3.  the blending of all colors (hence colorful), peaceful, calming

This Week's Hunt

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#43) will be due on Sunday, October 2, at 11 PM EST.  

When  you have completed your entry, please leave a link to it in the comments section below. 

Category:  Favorite Bracelet

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #42

Category:  Sleep














I hope you will go and take a look at all of these sleep entries.  They are priceless.  Krissy :)     

Scavenger Hunt #42 - Sleep

I snapped a shot of Michael enjoying his favorite pastime.  Sweet dreams, Kitty!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Update on John

Hi.  I haven't given an update on John in awhile.  For those of you who don't know, John is my husband.  He has been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.  At some point he will have to have a bone marrow transplant.

So what's new?  He has been sleeping a lot lately. 

Something else that is new is John was accepted into a program called Chemo Angels.  If you know somebody who is going through chemo, or is going to have a bone marrow transplant, you may want to suggest they go to the Chemo Angels site and fill out the form to get an Angel.  If they are unable to do it themselves, then ask them if they would like an Angel, and fill out the form for them.  The site is  The Chemo Angel Organization matches a volunteer "Angel" with a cancer patient.  The Angel sends cards and other little things to the patient to cheer him up.

John signed up and got two Angels!  A letter came from a family on Thursday and from a woman on Friday.  He was really excited!

Let's see.  What else is new?  I am on the board of the Cancer Survivor's Association, Inc.  It is a local group that does a lot of things for cancer survivors.  One thing we do is hold montly meetings for cancer survivors and their significant others.  Another thing we do is bring a basket of fun and helpful items to a cancer survivor when they complete chemo, and ask them to join our meetings.  We are thinking about starting to give them the basket sooner, and asking them to join the meeting sooner.  Another thing that the Association does is education.  Just a few weeks after John found out he would eventually need a bone marrow transplant, the president of the organization was at our home with information on the procedure.  She also matched John up with others who had had the procedure.  It is a wonderful organization. 

So Monday night John and I went to a picnic for board members and survivors.  It was a lot of fun.  We had to introduce ourselves and name something in our refrigerator that we drank.  Everybody was saying they drank "coke" or "diet coke".  When it was John's turn he said, "I used to have Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Now I have bone marrow cancer, and in my frig you will find non alcoholic ginger beer!"  Everybody Ooed and Ahhed!  "What eclectic taste" they said!  It was funny.  That is my John.  He is different.  He likes ginger beer and classical music!  And Star Trek, lol.  

Take care, Krissy :) 

Monday, September 19, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

Many of you recently have said you would like to write a book and have it published.  If so, what would the subject matter be?

My answer:  Maybe it would be about being a caregiver to a cancer survivor.  I have thought about writing about this.  There are so few books on the subject.  Especially for those who are to become caregivers for bone marrow transplant patients.  The book would be about how the caregiver could help the patient, as well as how they could avoid burnout themselves. 

On a lighter note, I would also like to write a little children's book.

This Week's Hunt

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#42) will be due on Sunday, September 25, at 11 PM EST.  

When  you have completed your entry, please leave a link to it in the comments section below. 

Category:  Sleep

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #41

Category:  My Family









kokoapuffy1   did "Something Interesting I Did This Week" and "My Family" in one entry.  Check it out.  It's fantastic!

If you want to see my family, check out the entry below.

Thanks everyone for sharing your families with us!  These were great!  Now we all know one another a little bit better!  Krissy :)

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Scavenger Hunt #41 - My Family

My husband, John, last Winter:

Mr. Michael The Maine Coon Cat:

My Mom and Dad:

My brother Carl:

My Sister Valerie, Me, My Sister Therese and My Sister Grace on my wedding day:


My Sister Deirdre:

Well, there you have it.  John and I (and Michael of course!) are one happy family.  And then in my family of birth there are my parents and six children.  Hope you enjoyed the photos.  Don't worry, I won't show you the hundreds of cousins, lol. Krissy :)    

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

The Krissy Quiz

I got this idea from Judith's journal.  She made a quiz about herself so I made one about me.  Go ahead and take it and see how well you know me!  

quizHow well do you know me? 

How did you do?   

Monday, September 12, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What latest trend simply baffles you?

My answer:  Owning a ferret.  Why would anyone want to own a sneaky weasel? 

Uhmm, can I have a second answer?  Tongue piercing.  It's very unsanitary and it can't possibly feel right.

What's your answer? 

This Week's Hunt

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#41) will be due on Sunday, September 18, at 11 PM EST.  

When  you have completed your entry, please leave a link to it in the comments section below. 

Category:  My Family

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #40

Category:  Something Interesting I Did This Week





And here are some SKY photos:




Scavenger Hunt #40

Something Interesting I did this Week

Thursday I put together my new vacuum cleaner, and then vacuumed the carpet.  It is a Bissell POWERforce BAGLESS.  Why, you ask, would I put this down as something interesting I did this week?  Because this is my first bagless vacuum cleaner!  And it works so well!  I am so excited to have it.  Welcome to the twenty first century, Krissy!

If this is one of the highlights of my week, perhaps my life is dull!  Then again, you can't do without a good vacuum.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Seven Things

I was tagged by onemoretina and heathyrxmarie.  But I didn't want to come out and play.  Then I got tagged by Promise.  I figured I'd better participate or people wouldn't quit touching me, lol.  No, seriously folks, I am glad I did this, this was fun!

7 Things I plan to do before I die:

1.  Learn Spanish

2.  Help with John's hospital care for his bone marrow transplant, and his recovery at home

3.  Help other cancer survivors in a significant way 

4.  Eat properly and exercise

5.  Tell more people about the Lord

6.  Write a book

7.  See the ocean again

7 Things I can do:

1.  Be a loyal friend

2.  Teach a Bible study

3.  Help run a Congressional campaign

4.  Teach English as a Second Language 

5.  Advocate for John's health

6.  Teach my cat tricks

7.  Remain hopeful 

7 Things I can't do:  

1.  Geometry

2.  Tolerate injustice

3.  Listen to rap music

4.  Listen to classical music

5.  Do the splits

6.  Hawaiian dance 

7.  Roll my tongue

7 Things that attract me to the opposite sex: 

1.  Love for the Lord

2.  Intelligence

3.  A good sense of humor

4.  Integrity

5.  A good conversationalist

6.  A positive outlook on life

7.  Good looks.  Okay, I said it!

7 Things I say most often: 

1.  Did you hear what I said?

2.  Did you take your meds?

3.  I love you.

4.  Jesus, help me!

5.  LOL

6.  You've got to be kidding.

7.  Where's my kitty?

7 Celebrity Crushes:

1.  Shaun Cassidy (when I was a kid)

2.  Kevin Costner (in my younger days)

3.  Greg of the Wiggles (now)

4.  Murray of the Wiggles

5.  Jeff of the Wiggles

6.  Anthony of the Wiggles

7.  SpongeBob Squarepants (now)

7 People I want to do this:

1.  Annie 

2.  Sara

3.  Jules

4.  Kasey

5.  Jenny

6.  Mary

7.  My sister Val, when she gets her computer fixed.

Have fun!

Thursday, September 8, 2005

John might have a donor!

I am so excited!  John may have a donor!

Yesterday John called Hershey Medical Center (where he is going to have the bone marrow transplant) to ask if a donor was found for him yet.  Ruth, the RN who handles such matters, was not in.  So John left his name and number.

Well, Ruth called back at 8:30 AM today.  She told John that one more thing needed to be checked, but they think they have found him a perfect match!  A PERFECT match!  She told him to keep positive, because when everything has matched as it has thus far, the last piece almost always matches too.  She said by the time John comes to see Dr. Claxton in October, they will be finished with what they need to do, and will be sure whether or not it is a match.  

I am so excited.  Dr. Claxton told John at his initial appointment that he had an 80% chance of finding a donor.  While this is a high percentage, in the back of my mind, I kept thinking, what if he was in that 20% who can't find a donor.  Well, today's news is a good sign.  It looks like his marrow type is not a real rare one.

So I hope they found a donor on the first check.  Here's hoping and praying...

Monday, September 5, 2005

Monday Morning Question

Monday Morning Question:

What would you like to do before you die?

The first thing that popped into my head was - learn Spanish.

I asked John what his answer was.  "Live another 80 years," he replied.  We both laughed uproariously.

This Week's Hunt

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#40) will be due on Sunday, September 11, at 11 PM EST.  

When  you have completed your entry, please leave a link to it in the comments section below. 

Category:  Something interesting I did this week

Entries for Scavenger Hunt #39

Category:  Sky










Don't forget to visit my entry below!  And please visit all of these entries, as they are absolutely superb this time.  I know I am constantly saying that, but these were especially nice, lol.  Thanks to everyone who took part.  It was nice to see some new participants!  Keep coming back and sharing your photos with us.  Love, Krissy  

My "Sky" Scavenger Hunt Entry

Sky after it rained Wednesday

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Val's Biopoem

My sister Val asked me to post this biopoem in my journal that she wrote about herself. Her computer is not working too well right now, and she can't post it in her own journal.  

Animated, emphatic, joyful and creative
Who lives at a snail's pace
Sister of Jesus and Daughter of God
Who needs affirmation, marvels at creation
and is thankful for each new day.
Lover of words, her family, truth
Who fears cancer, rejection, the unknown
Who needs stillness, gentle words, hope
Who gives her heart too easily, her ear when needed
and a smile freely.
Who would like to be worry-free, a better world for 
my children and to get a hug from God.
Resident of a quiet sanctuary

And here is a biopoem I wrote about John:

Serious, loving, quiet, highly principled
Son of Ed and Kathy
Who is always trying to better himself, 
is amazingly courageous, never gives up hope
Lover of God, Star Trek reruns, classical music
Who fears tornadoes, nightmares, but not much else
Who needs Krissy and Michael, hope for the future, 
a bone marrow transplant
Who gives his all for his wife, help to all who need him,
and a beautiful witness
Who would like to live a long life, try haggis,
see Antarctica
Resident of the Universe

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