The building where my parents live, and the marina
Getting the boat ready to go out
Enjoying the ride down the Manatee River
(I know my mom's hat is not my best look, but it kept me from getting burned!)
In the picture it looks brown, but the color is actually black. I also bought a nice futon that has a really comfy mattress with springs in it and everything, but I don't have a picture of that. Thankfully they can deliver all of it tomorrow because my brother, Chris, and our friend Scott are all coming to stay with me for the weekend and I need places for them to sleep! I am crossing my fingers to make sure it all gets here in one piece.
While we're on the subject of comedy, Chris and I also went to see the movie Tropic Thunder this weekend. HILARIOUS!! I have to admit, I was really annoyed as soon as I discovered Tom Cruise was in it, but he actually kind of stole the show. You have to see it!
My Grandpap was the son of Slovak immigrants, and grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Tarentum, PA. He was a veteran of World War II, a naval hero who saved many of his shipmates' lives when their ship was attacked and sank into the ocean. He married my grandmother, Jean, and they have five children, including my mother, Joan, and they also have fourteen grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to be outside, he loved gardening, and he loved sports, especially baseball. I have fond memories of him as a loving grandfather, always laughing and smiling. As my uncle described him at the funeral, what is most memorable about Grandpap is that everybody liked him. He was always friendly and joking around with people and could put anyone at ease. This became abundantly clear to me at his visitation and funeral, when person after person came to pay their respects and couldn't stop talking to me about how friendly and likable he was. "Jolly Andy", that's how most people described him.
It touched my heart when my grandmother told me that Grandpap loved to read this blog, passing it on to all of his friends, and was reading it religiously up until the day that he died. As a dedication to him, I am going to do everything I can to keep this blog going. I love you Grandpap!!!
(granted, it's not a great picture of me, but it's all I have!)
Some of my bowling team members: Brianna, Chris and Jennifer
The dinosaur hunters are ready to go! (Chris was making fun of our hats)
Chris managed to turn his dinosaur-hunter bag into a beer holder
Riding around in the limo
Does anyone else have a love-hate relationship with the Jamaica tourism commercial that is on tv EVERY morning?? Every morning after I pry myself out of my nice warm bed and I'm standing on the cold tile floor in my bathroom getting ready and watching the news on tv in my bedroom, this darn commercial comes on and then a wave of sadness takes over me and without fail I go sit on my bed and watch the commercial wide-eyed, desperately dreaming about lying on the beach in Jamaica. Then the commercial is over and I'm slapped backed to reality. Man I hate that commercial!! (but I love it!) http://www.visitjamaica.com/home/Default.aspx
Check it out: http://www.arrispizzaonline.com/
Just FYI, here are some facts about MS from the National MS Society website :
- MS is thought to be an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS). In MS, myelin, a fatty tissue which helps nerve fibers conduct electrical impulses, is lost in multiple areas, leaving scar tissue called sclerosis. These damaged areas are also known as plaques or lesions. Sometimes the nerve fiber itself is damaged or broken.
- Myelin not only protects nerve fibers, but makes their job possible. When myelin or the nerve fiber is destroyed or damaged, the ability of the nerves to conduct electrical impulses to and from the brain is disrupted, and this produces the various symptoms of MS.
- Symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from person to person and from time to time in the same person. The possible common symptoms include: Bladder Dysfunction, Bowel Dysfunction, Changes in Cognitive Function (including problems with memory, attention, and problem solving), Dizzines and Vertigo, Depression and other Emotional Changes, Fatigue, Difficulty Walking, Numbness, Pain, Sexual Dysfunction, Spasticity, and Vision Problems
- The exact cause of MS is unknown, but most researchers believe the damage to myelin results from an abnormal response by the body's immune system. In autoimmune diseases, the body attacks its own tissue; in the case of MS, myelin is attacked. While the triggers of the attack are unknown, researchers agree that several factors are involved, including: Genetics, Gender, Environmental Triggers (such as viruses, trauma and heavy metals)
- Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50.
- Twice as many women as men have MS.
- Approximately 400,000 Americans acknowledge having MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. Worldwide, MS may affect 2.5 million individuals.
The first weekend of January, Chris and I went to Kansas City to visit Wade and Melynda for Wade's birthday. We had lots of fun playing Guitar Hero and Wii (total nerds, I know!)
In mid-January I went up to Chicago to visit my old roomies Carie and Claudia. I surprised Claudia for her birthday by arranging the whole thing through Carie. Carie and JP picked me up at the airport then we showed up at Claudia's house to pick her up for lunch and she was shocked! We had a great weekend even though we froze to death.
Chris and I are anti-Valentines Day and all of the "Forced Romance" that goes with it (as my friend Jennifer says). But he surprised me by sending beautiful tulips to my office. Such a sweetheart! (They were still only buds in this picture).
February was a month of weddings and engagement parties. We started with Katie and Troy's wedding in St. Louis, and it was so much fun to see all of my old friends.
The very next weekend we were off to Joplin for my friend Audrey's wedding and an engagement party for a friend of Chris' family. Thank the Lord we have no more weddings to attend until June!!