Friday, June 29, 2007

Praise be to God I have lived to see another day!

All week I have been quietly wallowing in worry as I anticipated an outpatient procedure to remove the remnants of years of sun worshiping. If you can take away one pearl of wisdom from reading this post let it be this.. listen to your MOTHER! Well, D-day was today and the anaesthesia of choice was "conscious sedation". Where the conscious part comes in I can't figure out because there ain't noone who can call where I was consciousness. Never before had I felt such dread over surgery.. and when the nurse asked me what worried me I thought about it for a nano-second and replied "Death"...but even worse... leaving my children without a mother. But alas, I put it in God's hand and came home intact, with all 4 limbs and a much prettier torso.

I feel so relieved and jubilant that everything is over that I felt compelled to write about the wonderful people that helped me today. First of all Methodist Medical Center is awesome. They have treated our families bumps, bruises and warts for years and are consistantly the epitome of professionalism. Although if I had one more person confirm my name and procedure I was prepared to start jacking with them. NO.. I'm not Diane, I'm Susan. ha ha... I'm here for a leg amputation.

Also a big Thank you to Dr. Richard Anderson, my surgeon, he is just a doll. He leveled with me and gave the proper amount of reassurance. Plus he didn't make me take off my skivvies during the procedure. A big high five on that one. Then there was the anaesthesiologist who could have had a role on "ER". It became obvious I was suffering extreme angst when I didn't even care that I looked like crap around him. Yeah, like he really cared...I'm probably old enough to be his Mother ... if I gave birth to him at 12 ;-)

Then there was the cutie patootie who wheeled me in to the OR.. he helped me hang my IV bag on the back of the door so that I could pottie and then helped me back to the gurnee... all the while not even trying to peek at my butt in that ridiculous hospital gown. What is up with that anyway? Why don't they have a butt?? I would love someone from the medical community to give me one damn good reason why those hospital gowns don't have a butt. OK... a little off track...

Then another gigantic high five goes to Emily Diane (that was her first and middle name), the nurse anesthesist. Girlfriend, you rock!!!

And last but not least was the woman who admitted me... a lovely black woman with great hair and nails...(I so wish I caught her name). She had a photo of her son who is currently serving in Iraq sitting next to her, and she got a little teary eyed when I asked about him. She said she gets through her days by putting it in God's hand. Wow, thanks for the reminder! I thanked her for her families sacrifice and she graciously said your welcome. I will pray for his safe return.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Be Nice Peoria project!

The forums are hot on a debate as to what ordinary citizens of Peoria can do to curb the rising rate of violence on the South end. Personally, I don't think its rocket science, but more of a grass roots issue, where a series of small changes among a large group of people may have a collective impact. Here is a list of things that ordinary citizens can do to make a difference.

If you see a young Mom or Dad struggling with their kids, offer to help, instead of glaring at them. If someone wants to merge in to your lane, let them. Smile at people as you go through your daily life, look a cashier in the eyes and ask her how her day is going. If you know of a child in the neighborhood that does not have a mother or father figure around, see if you can make a difference in that childs life. Offer the single parent a night out by watching their child(ren).

Reward those that are trying hard to make ends meet by having them over for dinner, or offering them household items or clothing you no longer need. Consistantly reward and encourage those around you who are trying hard and making good decisions in their lives.. show no mercy to those who don't. Don't allow your child to bully or be bullied. If you see someone doing something wrong, take a stand. Let them know that their behavior is not going unnoticed.

Help your child feel compassion, and understand points of view other than their own. Teach them to respect the world and themselves, and always lead by example.

The world and Peoria are not going to change overnight, but if every citizen takes an oath to be the best person that they can be, we will see results. Pollyanna-ish, I know, but its worth a try! Give it a fancy name (how about "the Be Nice Peoria project"), its own logo, a barrel of ink and some spammers, and see what happens.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Lakeview Museum seeking vintage accessory items for Fall exhibit

This sounds like a blast. If you haven't gone through those dusty boxes in your attic or basement for years, now might be a good time to investigate their contents. Lakeview Museum is currently assembling an exhibit of vintage fashion accessories that will illustrate the way people used to live in Peoria beginning in the 14th century through the 19th century. They are seeking fashion accessories, photographs or artifacts from around the Peoria area. All items will be returned to the original owners following the conclusion of the exhibit. What a great learning experience this should be for Kids!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Find a friend at Petsmart

Sofie, my Pekingese, has a case of the itchies, so I decided it was time to track down that medication that smells like concentrated road oil to slick on the back of her neck. Systemically it kills any cooties, nits, larvae that reside in her furry frock and God knows what else. (I try not to think about that!). Anyhoo I'm out at Petsmart looking for this nasty stuff when my conscience (spellchecked) levitated me towards the cat room. Ordinarily I'm a dog person, cause they poop outside, but these cats were quite compelling. The room was cozy and calm as the kitties snoozed in their little individual crates, but a few pushed against the front in order to cop a little scratch from me. As I petted one, another would get jealous of the attention and then move their furriness to the front of their crate, until everyone of those kitties had a nice little scratch. There were some really pretty ones. One had the grace and blue eyes of a Siamese but a tic-tac-toe pattern of grey and orange... another was a jet black and white one that looked like he was wearing a tuxedo. Some had little bio cards written on their behalf (lump in throat). Most of them were nuetered and de-clawed. If you have room in your heart and home for a cat, you should really check these dudes out. And a big High Five to stores like Petsmart and Petco who do not sell puppies. Instead, both stores provide pet adoption services for local animal welfare groups. Now how cool is that?

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Have you thanked a cop lately?

Since I can't get past the Supercalifredjulistic log in requirements of Billys blog, I guess I'll just have to comment here. The blogosphere and the PJStar seem to be all on the same bandwagon of police bashing these days. OK, maybe there is a rogue cop or two out there (as in any industry), but don't defame the whole police department. These men and women are kissing their spouses and kids goodbye every morning and wondering if they will ever see them again. Every traffic stop, ever call to a domestic disturbance, every blaring burglar alarm that they respond to puts them in harms way and their life on the line. Many of the people that they deal with are freaked out, stressed out, mad about something (nothing that they have done of course) and would mete out some significant bodily harm if given the chance. (Sounds a lot like toddlers now that I think about wonder I'm crazy!) Those that criticize them should try working under those conditions for awhile before casting stones.

Parade of Homes...

Peoria is fortunate to have several extraordinary builders in the area, and one of my favorite events of the year is the Peoria Home Builders Association annual Parade of Homes. This event offers our area home builders a chance to showcase their amazing talents by featuring 45 of their beautiful newly-constructed homes open to the public! The homes are open from 1-5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 & 23-24, 2007. As much as I love the event, it seems that I always end up depressed. Ordinarily, I am very content with my life, but after seeing all these gorgeous glammed up decorated-to-the-hilt showcase homes, I suddenly feel inadequate. My home is definately not as clean as the messiest of these, and although I love our decor, I'm as sure as the nose on my face our home won't be in any magazine anytime soon. So I'm driving home calculating morgage payments inside of my head, and coming up with my most pursuasive zingers to use against, uh, I mean to discuss with my hubby. At this point I'm pretty much convinced that we have GOT to move or I will spontaneously combust. I pull in to our driveway, and there are the loves of my life splashing happily in their toddler pool... not a care in the world. All of a sudden, it occurs to me that things are pretty darn good the way they are. I'm back to Plan A!

Friday, June 15, 2007

Peoria makes National News!

This morning I was watching the opening segment of The Today Show when Matt Lauer reported news from Peoria, IL, showing images downtown of birds dive-bombing near-by pedestrian traffic. Apparently there is at least one bird on the rampage and exhibiting psychotic tendencies. The story and images were humorous enough to be deemed worthy of about a 60 second spot on The Today Show. I'd love to see the PJStars "half full-half empty" spin on that!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 Members Bash this Saturday at Schooners 4:00pm

The Forum Members of have planned a little get-acquainted bash at Schooners this Saturday in the Beer Garden. Schooners is located at 730 E. War Memorial Drive. The word is that Schooners has awesome pork tenderloins so even if you don't care to meet fellow forum members just come out to eat ;-). Schooners is expecting us and has told me that children are welcome. Please print out your forum picture and attach to your shirt. Oh, And don't try to be clever and just lurk... we'll figure it out. Should be fun. See you there!

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Celebrating the music of Jimmy Buffett...

One of my favorite bands, The Boat Drunks, will be playing downtown next Saturday night, June 9, at the Cefcu Center Stage on the Peoria Riverfront. They are a guaranteed good time. The music of Jimmy Buffett is multigenerational and appeals to all ages. The Boat Drunks sing about bars, boats, ballads and beaches. Dress in your most festive and tropical attire and I'll see you there!