Monday, February 27, 2006

Surgery Update

Can I do a Pre Signiture? Is that what that even stands for? Thanks.
P.S. If I got another tatoo, I would love one on my toe. I haven't really decided what, but it would be a good conversation starter if it were strange enough. :) I'm all about conversation starters. (or is that a side note?)

Now is this the body of the post? Here you go then. I have a scope and dilation scheduled for March 15. Why? Well, I'll tell you. I did my barium swallow Thursday morning, and it looked exactly the same as before pregnancy! Still having a lot of trouble eating. Had my follow-up appointment directly after, and it looks like more surgery for achalasia, but they want to "scope it out" before they go back in. HAHAHAHAHA, I'm really not laughing if you think I'm that big of a dork. :) The word you're looking for is...."Anyway"...The two options he gave me were 1) going in through the belly again, or 2) going in from the chest area on my side. #1 can only cut the front of the muscle more if they didn't cut it enough. #2 is more recovery time, but they also are able to cut the back of the muscle, as well. It could be that the stomach is wrapped too tightly around my esophagus, but here's one surgery for you that d i d n o t work! My doctor is going to call his friends that work at Mayo Clinic and see if they have run into this, because he's on new territory with me, I guess. That's where the "situation" sits. No, quite honestly I don't feel better. lol, is that okay just to blurt out like that? Oh yeah, I can if it's not in passing! You deliberately came to my blog, so that's not really in passing, is it. I'm a bit discouraged, but hopeful at the same time. Hope can be a scary thing, but necessary.

So more soup for me! I don't mind that part - I very much enjoy soup. Especially Long soup. lol Maybe I could grab some cheesecake and more peach jello? Okay, I guess I've hit my deductable anyway, right? Bring on the peach jello!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Who is Amie?

I was talking to my friend, Kodi, the other day and she said "Who's Amie?" is a very complex question. So I thought I'd let you in on the little tidbits that not a whole lot of people know about me.

1. I am a first degree black belt in TaeKwondo
2. I grew up Catholic
3. I lived in the same place K-12
4. I love peach Jello
5. I can touch my tongue to my nose
6. I love pink, red, and purple....and yellow, and black........
7. I was engaged to a guy I met on the internet
8. I've been to Paris - just for fun - with my mom, her sister and daughter
9. A few months ago my ponytail, after being cut of course, was the "star" on my sister's Christmas tree at her salon (thanks for reminding me, Heth). It was an inch or so shorter than what was required, so she kept it. She decorated the tree with hair supplies - I felt so special. :)
10. I love to scrapbook and make cards
11. My dad's an electrician, my mom's a banker
12. I have 2 sisters and 1 brother. I'm the baby
13. I like to be alone
14. I love doing nothing
15. Cooking is one of my favorite things......I wish it were more affordable :)
16. I love to make flower pens - just got my spring pens done, so IT BETTER COME SOON!
17. I like shopping if I know I won't spend money
18. My pink fuzzy robe is my favorite piece of clothing
19. I have socks and underwear, and earings to match any outfit I wear. Sad, isn't it.
20. I never remember to flip my calendar until it's well into the month
21. I LOVE school supplies. Pens, paper, markers, crayons, more paper, notebooks, name it - I love it.
22. I line most of my dishes with foil because I don't like to scrub my pans and baking sheets
23. My favorite kind of cake is plain old WHITE. I used to just eat the mix....those were the days.
24. I lack obedience
25. I played the trumpet for about ever. Loved it. I was even first chair most of the time.
26. I also play french horn, guitar, harmonica, and keyboard
27. My name would have been Brian if I had been a boy
28. I beat the high school push up record at 35 for girls with 115
29. I love cows - I collect them
30. 28 and 29 should explain my nickname "beefy"
31. I worked at a girl scout camp in 2000. My camp name was Lullaby.
32. In that era, I got my belly button pierced and a tatoo. Lips on my backside if that tells you anything about the way I used to be! :) Can't wait to see what it looks like when I'm 80.........
33. I love American Idol
34. I type 78 wpm
35. I'm not a big fan of pop. Soda pop, that is.
36. My right eye is green, my left eye is brown.
37. I could watch the same movie over and over....until I've memorized it.
38. When I was a toddler, I used my bottom to close cupboard doors - not my hands.
39. I don't comprehend things I read very well.
40. Math, English, and Music were my favorite things in school. Couldn't stand Science and History.
41. I do most things in pairs. Eat 2 at a time, oh, the OCD in me, I guess.
I could say so much more, but there you have it. 40 tidbits about me. It's not really a "tag" kind of blog, but I'm going to tag you people anyway. :) What are the little things that make up who you are?

Friday, February 17, 2006

Something New and Someone Growing

It occurred to me today that I haven't posted anything since the 6th!!! Where have I been?!

I want to thank you for the coupon ideas. I think that page is about finished because of you! :) Did I tell you guys that I'm starting a site? Well, that's what I'm doing. And I'm going to set it all up, and make you review it before it's ready for outsiders. Aren't you special? Oh, what's it about? You really want to know? Okay, I'll tell you. It is a website for married couples. Romance, intimacy, and everything else. No nudity, no pornography. A tasteful, wholesome site that people aren't going to feel bad about going to. Does such a thing even exist??? I know what you're thinking.....a little too brave, aren't I. Yes, I am! It's still on Microsoft Frontpage, so you won't get anything when you go there, so really...don't bother yet. :)

This is something I know I've been called to do, and I am absolutely excited! If you know anything about my past, it would be better understood why I feel so strongly about this. We're running into a lot of questionable items, or questionable packaging on some of the nice items, though. What do you do about that? Anyway, if you have any suggestions or comments, please let me know - I'm completely open to any ideas!!!!!! Or if you see me sometime, just come tell me. People are a little uncomfortable talking about things like that, though. I won't be offended if you don't. :)

On the other side, my baby is 5 months old tomorrow. She has just figured out how to throw things. "If I swing my arm and let go, it will fly and make a noise." Or maybe it's just fun to grip, swing, and let go? She's chewing on anything she can reach, and drooling like crazy. Those teeth are coming - I just know it! She's eating cereal and baby food every other day and doing a great job when I can keep up with her. She loves sleeping on her belly. So when I put her down to sleep, she'll roll over and then not be able to fall asleep. What have I done?? :) She ends up on her side sucking her thumb most of the time. And I printed off quite a bit of information on making our own babyfood, so I'm hoping to start that next week. Does/Did anyone else here do that??? I might need lots of help!

Okay, short blog, but that's all for tonight. I promise I'll try to do better about keeping up on it! Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is on tonight. I've never seen it, and Harry had a calf when he heard that, so here I am watching it. It's a good movie.....good flick.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Love Coupons

This weekend Harry is getting Darin some water, and Darin says "um, I can smell the caffiene in this water". I'm thinking he meant chlorine? :)

Okay then....this may all make sense later, but I need some ideas from you! Know those coupon books for your spouse? Well, part of the website I'm doing will include a coupon book. Customers will be able to choose what coupons they want in their own book. They choose, I create and send. We have the usual massages, romantic night in, romantic night out, household chores, date of my choice, outing of my choice, ___ hours of the remote control, and of course - a "get out of the doghouse" coupon. I need some a girl out! What would you love for a coupon from your mate? As many as you can think of - we need OPTIONS here!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006


Oh, what to blog about tonight.... GUESS what I'm doing?? I'm eating my long-awaited thickburger! Chewing so much my jaw is sore, but WELL worth it! Who's happy for beefy? I am, I am!

I had an AWESOME weekend, everyone! I went to my scrapbooking retreat in the NE corner of Iowa, and it was amazing! There were great meals, about 60 great women, and a TON of great crafting. I didn't actually sleep on Saturday night - I pulled an all-nighter and scrapbooked all night. I got my entire wedding scrapbook done - minus embelishments and journaling. I was in the gym by myself (and Tiffany) from 4:45 am until 7:15 am. Just us and Casting Crowns. Michelle was working with me all weekend on how to ask for help. I've always been terrible at asking for help. I even thought about wearing a sign around my neck that read "Approach me if I don't ask for help". How do you suppose that would have gone over? This is the best burger EVER!!!

This has to be the most dull blog ever - and I don't remember what T told me to write about, because I have the worst memory ever! So you have to put up with this. :)

My little girl finds her thumb now - officially a thumb sucker. She loves sitting up. She loves being held. She loves Hawaiian Delight baby food and loves peek-a-boo. She also loves to eat, so I'm going to leave you already and feed her! :) I love to eat Thickburgers! Later taters!