Saturday, January 31, 2009

My Top Droppers for January

I would like to give thanks to everyone that frequents my blog, but today’s post is an appreciative one and it goes out to my top droppers. These are my top visitors and readers from Entrecard. Since this is my first post of this nature I'll mention some things about entrecard. If you’re blogging and haven’t given entrecard a try, I’d suggest you check them out it’s a network for bloggers and is designed to encourage new readership for your blog as well as discovering new blog’s to read upon for yourself. Majority of my loyal readers are from entrecard. Big thanks to those that visited my blog the most for the month of January!!!

Thank you all!!!!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Home from a short hospital stay

My little slugger (6) had to spend the night in the hospital with his asthma acting up early Monday. We stayed in the ER for almost seven hours before they admitted him and sent him up to a pediatric room. In, addition to the long ER visit they kept him for 24 hour observation with an IV, steroids and breathing treatments. I am so tired who ever gets any rest when you have to stay overnight in a hospital. The patient does I guess, but not too often does the parent. No matter how comfortable they try to make your visit.

He ended up coming down with a virus that rapidly triggered his asthma and the breathing treatments I gave him at home just didn’t cut it for him, plus the virus made him run a high fever. At first they thought he had contracted the flu but it turned out that he didn’t, so it was lots of confusion. The peds dr. came down to see him in the ER before he was admitted and told me they initially thought he had the flu but turns out that he didn’t but it was indeed a virus just not the flu.

I stepped out the room after hubby made it up there so I could go eat and sit with the boy’s in the wait room for a little while. Hubby called my cell phone to tell me they were ready to take him up so we all headed to the ER to escort him up to the room before hubby and the boys went home to get ready for school the next morning. I noticed they had put a nose mask over my son and the transporter was wearing one as well, but no one mentioned why? We make it upstairs and the nurse was fully gowned, masked and gloved up still no one managed to offer at least a mask to my other boys so I’m finding all this to be weird. Now, after the nurse got his weight and we enter into the room she tells me my son will be in isolation and can’t leave the room and that they all will be wearing protective gear so that they don’t come in contact with and catch the influenza (flu). Geez, thanks for mentioning that it would probably be best if my other boys at least put on a mask or left the room to protect themselves as well, nobody wants the flu.

I tell the nurse that I thought he didn’t have the flu and she goes he does he has influenza flu A. I tell her the Dr. came down and told me it was confusion less than 15 minute’s ago so I ask her so are you sure? Meanwhile I told my hubby to head on home as it was getting late and that I’d call to update him. By now I’m getting teed off with all the confusion and instead of the nurse saying well let me double check and make sure, no she just arrogantly carried on that he has flu, so I’m thinking well maybe it’s the Dr that’s confused. It’s great to know that they taking precautions and all but this miss-information was killin me. A short while later the same Dr. comes in to check on my son. He confirms to me that my son doesn’t have the flu and that someone read the test wrong and something about the control test results showed positive but not to worry it’s not flu and that he would make sure everyone is clear. He mentioned how my son didn’t even have any flu symptoms and that he would have been surprised if he did have flu because he hasn’t had any flu cases this year.

Anyways he is doing better now and will be staying home from school for the week, of course.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Politics this week

We welcomed in our First African American President and First Black family into the White house (in part built by slaves). A young and intelligent President Barack Obama (47) First Lady Michelle Obama (45) daughters Malia, Sasha and even Marian Robinson Michelle’s mother to help and be there for her grandchildren. All a day after celebrating the National Holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. I found it impossible to hold back my tears while watching all this take place. Later to find out that Obama was sworn into office again on Jan 21st as a precautionary reason after the mishaps of the tangled wordings while taking the Oath of office.

We gave our farewell’s to George and Laura Bush as they headed back home to Texas after Bush was relieved of his two terms as President of the U.S. On CNN Martin Luther King III spoke that his fathers dream hasn’t been filled just yet, as we still have too many people still living in poverty. Caroline Kennedy dropped out of the run for the vacant New York Senate seat previously occupied by Hillary Clinton who is serving as our current United States Secretary of State under President Obama. Ted Kennedy was released from the hospital after suffering a seizure at the inaugural luncheon for Barack Obama. There are talks of Sarah Palin looking to pick up a multi million dollar book deal and that Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibran will be chosen to replace Clinton in the Senate.

On another note I published my first written article outside of blogging so if you could so kindly give it a view I would really appreciate that. America Welcomes Obama

Monday, January 19, 2009

I picked up Guitar Hero for $39.99 this weekend!!!!

Woo hoo can somebody say great deal! I absolutely love to shop around this time of year. Especially the clearance and bargains not that I’m a cheap person or maybe I am to an extent, but I most definitely love to grab me something that I consider a bargain to me versus paying regular price for something that isn’t on sale. So, I have a small habit of always checking out what’s been newly marked down in a store when time allows and what better time of year is this than right now with all the end of Holidays clearance sales and the semi annual sales where you can really rack up on some great deals.

I know you may be wondering by now where on earth did I manage to pick up guitar hero for $39.99? Well, it was at Meijers, if you never heard of Meijers it would put you in the mind of a Super Wal-Mart, Super Kmart and Super Target type of store which I call a one stop shop where you can pick up item’s like clothing and groceries all in one store. No, it wasn’t the newest guitar hero world tour. Though my guess is that this is the reason why they had the older version of Aerosmith marked down.

Well we never played the Aerosmith version of guitar hero which is currently priced at 79.99 in Wal-Mart right now, so we are just fine playing it even though they have a newer version out. I got the Wii version but they also had the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 version on sale for $39.99 as well, this is the game plus the controller. The extra guitar’s which are normally priced at $39.99 for one was actually marked down for $9.99 so of course I picked up an extra one for a funner 2 player mode. Target is currently offering this bundle right now for the Wii at $149 for the bundle of 1 game plus 2 guitar controllers and I purchased the same thing at Meijers for $49.99 that’s a $100 saving, yippee!! Now that Rocks doesn’t it?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Teen killed mother over Halo game found guilty

An Ohio teen Daniel Petric who is now 17 kill’s mom and shot father after taking away his Halo 3 game that he snuck out and bought on his own was tried as an adult and found guilty. The judge dismissed the plea of insanity that the teen was addicted to the video game and didn’t think death was real or thought his parents wouldn‘t be dead forever, what? How old was he? He could be facing life in prison without the possibility of parole for this of which happened back in Oct of 2007.

The boy had also been homebound for a year after a snowboarding injury that resulted in a severe staph infection leaving him with nothing to do but play video games and watch TV. Apparently he played the video game for hours at a friend’s house but his father refused to let him play it due to the violence of the game and confiscated it from his son.

The father took the game away and stored it in a lockbox in his closet next to his 9mm handgun in which the teen later got the key and removed both, then shooting both parents in the head of which only the father a minister survived and he believed he survived only because the older sister and her husband arrived at the home shortly after the incident. The teen told his sister she couldn’t come in because mom and dad had a big argument. After hearing the moaning from inside they pushed their way inside the home and made the call to 9-1-1. Get this though he actually tried placing the gun in his dad’s hand after all was done alleged to make this case appear as a murder - suicide, prosecutor’s mentioned. Doesn’t sound like much insanity there to me or does it? He asked his parents to close their eyes because he had a surprise for them and then fired. When he fled the scene he left only with one item and yes it was that Halo 3 game.

How awfully sad is this and I wonder what on earth was going on in the head of this teen while he just opened fire on his parents because a video game was taken away from him, that’s deep and disturbing.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Back in the Swing of things

I made a post a little while back revolving more around a random day in my life pertaining to me juggling family while currently wrapping up classes of my own. I was nervous when I first started back with school because my whole reason of being a stay at home mom right now is because the difficulties I faced while working and raising a child with disabilities and not knowing when to expect a great day or a stressful day became overwhelming. When I left my job I noticed how easier it made life for all of us and I was worried that leaving the home once again not to work but to go to school would throw everything out of wack but with effective scheduling and time management it didn’t and how relieved am I to say that (fingers crossed once again). It’s now time for me to get back in the swing of things as my winter break is over and my classes are back in this week.

I even decided to pick up a Saturday class this semester. What was I thinking taking a Saturday class in the midst of snow storm season, which means I have to wake up extra early on a weekend morning to get out the door allow myself enough time to cruise through the treacherous weather and make it to class on time, super! I figure allowing hubby and the boys to have Saturday morning all to themselves would leave me with more freed up time throughout the week to do my assignments and study while the house is empty with everyone else either in school or at work, so I hope my little schedule of classes work’s well this way for us all.

I ended my last semester with a 4.0 GPA so it would be great if I can remain at that once again after this semester end’s so wish me luck, here I go again!!!!

Friday, January 9, 2009

The return of Sanjaya and American Idol

It’s time for American Idol once again, the premier of season 8 starts January 13th. I been watching Idol since season 2 and although it hasn’t been as good as it used to be I will still be tuning in to see what this season has in store. I see they added a new Judge singer Kara DioGuardi to the panel. Voting begins February 17th. If you watched Idol did you ever call in to vote or did you just tune in to view it?

It’s also the return of Sanjaya, not back to idol but he is back with his debut 5 song EP entitled Dancing to the Music In My Head. You have to remember Sanjaya from season 6 even if you never watched the show as popular as he was. He was the most talked about idol contestant of the season known for his big hair do’s, personality and the high negative criticism that he drew from the Judges especially Simon Cowell for his lack of singing talent compared to the other contestant’s. His EP come’s out January 20th and he even has a memoir coming out that same day as well Memoirs of the People's Idol about how American Idol has changed his life and what went on behind the scenes. Well good luck to Sanjaya with all this and let the season begin!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Honest scrap award

I have to say that I have really been enjoying the blogosphere. Passing on this award makes my almost 50th post so my blog is still rather new but meanwhile I have managed to read some really nice blogs, somehow got myself a tiny little old 1 in google page rank, lol met some cool blogging buddies (you know who you are) and received a 3rd award in such little time. I really do appreciate receiving this Oscar award and I would like to thank Monica’s Blog for passing this on to me. She has a nice blog you may enjoy to read as well, so check her out.

Honest Scrap Award Rules

When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to said person so everyone knows he or she is real. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have 7 friends. Show the 7 random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with “Honest Weblog.” Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten honest things about yourself. Then, pass it on!

Okay, here are 10 things about me:

1. I don’t watch much TV but I do watch reality TV often. 2. I love seafood and crave it often lobster, crab, shrimp and fresh water fish oh my. 3. I own a bully breed and think BSL (breed specific legislation) need's to revised, because it's crappy right now. 4. I love taking family road trips 5. I can’t sing but think Karaoke is much fun. 6. I would probably go nut’s without listening to music daily 7. I like to shoot pool 8. I hate make up and rarely ever wears any. 9. I don’t mind cutting the lawn, on cool days that is :) 10. I like trying new recipes and love to cook big Holiday meals with my hubby, boys and extended family all of which I love dearly.

Now comes my turn to pass this on to 7 bloggers:

I would actually like to pass this award on to a new blogger that likes to speak her mind and always has, not to butter her up or nothing but I just recently found out that she has been a subscriber to my blog for sometime now without my knowledge until she jumped in with a comment here out the blue. I guess I finally sparked some interest out of her. I been mentioned my new little blog to her (my friend) and told her she should give blogging a try one day, so without further adieu drum roll please (just kidding) I would like to pass this award on to my friend Nique (she probably gonna get me for putting her front and center like this lol) anyways her blog is super duper new so stop by and pay her new blog a visit, she says she feels like she’s talking to herself, I told her well duh you are at the moment but in time you will get readers (right isn't that how it goes?) so just keep posting when you have the chance, okay okay here she is:

Mental Elevation

Up next are some blogs that I have been enjoying to read and some are frequent reader’s and commenter's of mine’s as well, so also check out these nice blogs that I’m passing this award on to:

Philly Today
Random and musings of what’s going on around Philly

Personal and random with some nice garden photos

Stacy's Random Thoughts
Personal and random with a nice sense of humor too

Purple Cashmere
Personal, life experiences and random musings as well

Positive Men
Random musings on positive issue’s

In the Eye's of the Beholder
Personal and some nice random musings as well

Okay thanks for the award and check out these great blogs, if you haven’t already!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Obama acceptance speech virus

As we near the days of getting closer to seeing the first African American get sworn into office at the inauguration on Jan 20th please be aware as email viruses will be more and more on the rise. I received an email warning about this and it has been verified by snopes otherwise I wouldn’t even be mentioning it here.

Don’t open any emails with the subject line of:
Obama acceptance speech
Amazing speech by Obama
World welcomes Obama’s win

These messages may appear to be from legitimate news sources and will try to trick you into clicking on a link that will lead you to a malicious website, or infected link with a Trojan horse attachment to make attempts to try and steal your logins and passwords.

If you see any email of this sort delete it immediately. I don’t open emails of these types of headlines anyways because they always make me skeptical. I do get emails from Barack Obama’s website from time to time though. Just thought I would mention this as I find it to be very important as I know people will be more and more excited and curious to hear, read, watch Obama’s acceptance speech, be careful of the links you click and to be safe don’t open any emails of this sort, just delete them.