Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas 2008

Here's the evidence:

For a diabetic I sure did get a lot of sweets! :)

Molly looking beautiful in front of her Christmas tree!

Dad, me and brother modeling our new North Face gear

Pretty much how mu brothers holiday went!

Oh yeah, plus a laptop!

Pops and I

Molly and I at Christmas Eve dinner

Brother and I at Christmas Eve dinner

Santa left the diabetic glucose tablets in his stocking, ROCK ON SANTA!!!

Molly and I wishing everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Photo Shoot

So, I was at a photo shoot all day yesterday only I wasn't the star. My car was! Here are some photos of my car as it stood yesterday. I can't tell you what product it was for because that product won't be available until June. If you know who I work with you can probably guess though. ;) It was a long day but very interesting.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Thoughts For The Holiday

As I browsed CNN.com I ran across an interactive slide show, showing all of the famous people that passed in 2008. It was amazing to me to see how many people passed due to some sort of cancer. Maybe I'm just hyper-vigilant having a brother currently battling cancer but it made me think, as usual!

I'm thankful for my brother's will. His will to not let cancer get in his way, his will to stand up and take the hit of chemo every two weeks, his will to continue. I think there was a reason that my brother has been given this burden. Possibly to show us what the human spirit is capable of. Maybe to show us that we are a stronger family than we think. Maybe to show cancer that it doesn't always get to destroy peoples' lives. There's only one person that knows the reason for sure, the rest of us can spend our life guessing. Either way, I said it before and I'll say it again, Kevin in my hero.

Happy Holidays everyone, make sure you go the extra mile this season to tell everyone how much they mean to you!!! :)

P.S. Happy Eating as well! ;)

Friday, December 19, 2008

I thought About It At Least

What's that you ask???? Cycling. With all the craziness in my life between work and family, there are two things that help me relax: 1. Molly and 2. Cycling. However, my bicycle has gotten lost between 50+ hour work weeks, brother's chemo treatments, Christmas shopping, etc. I'm pumped for the holidays and new year!!! I think I will be turning over a new leaf, I'm not sure what exactly that is but I feel happy and excited. Now all I need to do is finish my video and photo shoot by Jan. 7 and I can take a deep breath and relax. No, it's not that glamorous, we are shooting new tires for a large tire corporation located in Akron, OH.

On a health note outside of being expensive the insulin pump has been amazing! It's made winter and the holidays so much easier to manage my diabetes! No more digging through layers of clothes to find ripe flesh for injections. My blood sugar numbers have been a little crazier lately but that's what happens on a 14 hour work day. Throw in vendors sending me way more cookies, chocolate and sweets than any person should eat. Let alone a diabetic! After the holidays everything will settle back down and I can get back into a better groove. I would say my average right now is probably around 160, up from 130 a few months ago. My goal is to bring that back down by 2/1/09.

I will keep everyone posted on my blood sugars and cycling/fitness progress as we head into 2009. Happy Holidays everyone!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I Love Christmas!

With the exception of working my third 55+ hour week in a row the holiday shave been amazing. Yes, I said amazing! It's been great putting up the tree with Molly and all of her incredible ornaments, baking cookies with my Dad, brother and Molly and buying everyone gifts! I love buying gifts, make me happy!!! Sooooo, come noon on the 24th I'm bustin out of work and heading home for the holiday!

Santa has a few more gifts to get for some people, however, there is plenty of time for that! For now it's brand planning, video shoot planing and photo shoot planning! Yeah! Awesome times!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Don't you hate....

the end of the year? It's not enough that there are holidays that require a high level of involvement. I'm ok with that because I love spending family and friends! :)

Is anyone familiar with the term SOX or Sarbanes-Oxley? It is a United States federal law enacted on July 30, 2002 in response to a number of major corporate and accounting scandals including those affecting Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, Peregrine Systems and WorldCom. These scandals, which cost investors billions of dollars when the share prices of the affected companies collapsed, shook public confidence in the nation's securities markets. This only affects public companies like the one I work with not any privately owned companies.

Basically it states that in order for something to be billed in against a specific calendar year, the work must have happened or at least started in that calendar year. Sooooo, if your company has a surplus of money at the end of the year and doesn't need office chairs or copy machines that you must use it on projects that year otherwise you lose it and it disappears into a black hole called the bottom line for that corporation. Hence why I've worked 3 twelve hour days in a row getting projects started and moving so we can bill against the 2008 budget instead of the itsy bitsy 2009 budget.

However, being gainfully employed at an economic time such as now is a good thing so I just shut my mouth and plug along. Is anyone else out there dealing with the same craziness or is this all some big joke being played on me?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tour de Cure 2009!!!

Yes, I know it's early!!! But I was excited to finally update my page. My brother inspired me to sign up at the last minute for this ride after his cancer diagnosis. My mind has been on this long journey since then about what truly matters. I've found many things that truly matter to me and one of those things is making a difference. If I can make a difference in the lives of others than I'll give it my best. I've set a high goal this year for the Tour de Cure, however, far from unattainable. Check out my page and if you feel like it or made too much money this and don't know what to do with it (riiiiight) feel free to make a donation. Well wishes and kind thoughts are also very appreciated! :)


Tour de Cure 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008

CAVS Game with My Brother

My sister and I decided since she was coming into town on 11/26 that it would be nice to do something with my brother. He had mentioned that he would like to go to a CAVS game. So I was able to get tickets for the four of us to watch the CAVS beat down Oklahoma City! Who knew they even had a team!!! lol I left work at noon packed up and headed home to pick everyone up for the game. My brother, sister and her fiance for the game. We went to Tower City and ate dinner at the Hard Rock! Then headed over for the game, luckily we were able to get the handicap platform just above where are seats actually were so the 4 of us went and enjoyed! Here are a few picks from the game:
The three of us at when we got to the Q

Opening ceremonies!:

Me harassing my brother about something:

Kim and Rhett
As for the rest of Thanksgiving, what can I say. Incredible, it's been nothing short of a dream spending time with Molly! She is also the best for taking care of me yesterday and this morning while I was busy being sick with something. Now, back to work! Hark, is that a whip cracking in the background?