Monday, January 26, 2009

Monday Musings

I know, I know, it's been forever (well a week really) since I've posted. I really had good intentions, but then life just got in the way. By way of excuses, I'll post a little about the "week that was".
Of course, you all know that Tuesday was a big day for citizens of the United States, with the inauguration of President Obama. Here in our little corner of the world, we had a celebration of our own. All during the presidential campaign, Jim and I have been joking with the couple who sit behind us in church about doing a write-in campaign to elect me for president. Well, as you all know, it didn't work. I am not the 44th president of the United States. Nevertheless, we invited my only two supporters to join us for coffee on inauguration day. We had a "loser's celebration."

Later in the day, Jim and I went to the movies. Tuesday is our favorite day to see a movie as it is "$1 popcorn day". It used to be free popcorn, but I guess the economy is catching up with everything. We saw the movie Defiant which I highly recommend. It is the true story of three Jewish brothers in Belarus during WWII, who saved over 1200 Jews from the Germans. I can't say it was an easy film to watch, but it was sure an eye opener.

Wednesday found us preparing for a visit from our friend/pseudo daughter, Heather, who was bringing her new beau to meet us. She is really close to three families from our church and circle of friends so we decided to have a dinner party at our house. Linda and I shared the food preparation.

As you can see, we had a really fun evening. We always manage to have lots of laughs when we get together.

As much fun as the evening was, I ended the day with some health concerns. Enough so that I decided to call my cardiologist on Thursday. That call lead to a doctor's appointment, which led to a stress test, echo cardiogram and EKG, all revealing nothing. Although both the cardiologist and I agree that this is probably related to some gastro problem, he scheduled me for a nuclear stress test later today. No big deal except that I couldn't have coffee this morning and you all know how I moan, groan and pout if I'm denied my coffee. That's okay, Jim's going with me to the appointment and will take me out for coffee and a muffin as soon as the test is over. What a great guy.

Since the week was pretty much a wash, we decided to see another movie on Friday. Movies are in the theaters for such a short time these days, you need to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak. We really wanted to see The Curious Case of Benjamin Button before it leaves the theaters, so off we went on Friday. Again, we really enjoyed the movie and would recommend it. We both cried at the end.
Our weekend was cold, cold, cold. After temperatures in the 40's on Friday (I managed to wash the car after the movie), we woke up to single digits on Saturday and Sunday. Other than going out to church and breakfast, we pretty much stayed in the house. We did venture out yesterday afternoon to take the recycling to the roadside.
Now that I've covered the last week by way of excusing myself, I will move on to something I've been remiss in taking care of. I have been given some awards. I do appreciate these awards, but have been slow to acknowledge them. I'm going to post them with thanks to the friends to passed them on to me. I am, however, not going to pass them on to anyone in particular. Just know, that I think all of you are wonderful and deserve awards and kudos galore.

From my British friend, Winifred, this Friends Award. Let me say that I can't believe how many wonderful friends I have made through blogging. Thank you all for your comments and friendship.

Also from Winifred is this Million Dollar Friend Award. She awarded this to me some time ago, but I just didn't get around to posting it. You are all worth millions to me.

And from Leslie, one of my newest blog buddies, this One Lovely Blog Award. Isn't it beautiful?

I think you all know that I love blogging. I love reading your blogs. It's a whole new world full of interesting people with interesting lives. Thanks for being part of my world.

~Hippo Hugs~


Monogram Queen said...

So glad you are having a check up Pam - you are too precious to lose! Of course life gets in the way of blogging sometimes - you always get a "free pass" from me cos' i'm so happy when you DO update. Thanks for your kind words this morning. I DO try to look on the brightside!

Leslie said...

Sounds like you had a busy week-but at least you got 2 movies in-a good escape from life's routine. Do stay on top of your health-can't afford not to. I'll pray that your stress test goes well or went well!

Much love,
Thanks for visiting today and glad you enjoyed my sox story!

Cheryl Wray said...

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful week. Both movies sound really good, and I am ALL ABOUT $1 popcorn. If we had that here, I'd probably go to the theatre to just buy the popcorn! :-)

Love all the pictures, and it all looked just like so many fun times!

Good luck on your test. Hope it goes well, and of course keep us updated!

Winifred said...

Sounds like you've had a hectic week. No wonder you had no time to blog.

I remember your posting on your "dreaded procedure" a little while ago. I'm doing one which has a certain link with it.

Take care of yourself.

hippo chick said...

Patti - Easy test went well. Thanks for your kind words.

Cheryl - I do love theater popcorn. They don't have that in Henderson where we winter. I have to pay full price.

Winifred - Glad to see you can get to other people's blogs again. Hope your test goes well too.


Faye said...

I'm so glad that you went in for the tests....not only for your peace of mind, but for your hubby and kids peace of mind...and ours :)
Sounds like you had a very exciting and fun week.

pam said...

Congratulations on your awards!!

Looking forward to the story.

Renie Burghardt said...

Hi Pam,

I have been in a bit of a blog slump, so haven't posted in a while either. But soon.

You have had a good week going to the movies and having friends over. Sorry about the health concerns. Hope the stress test goes well.

Congratulations on the lovely awards. Have a great rest of the week.



hippo chick said...

Faye - Yes, I'm glad I went too.

Pam - the story keeps rolling around in my head.

Renie - I've really missed your posts. I'll be watching.

Nancy said...

First of all, CONGRATS on the awards! Your blog and you are so deserving of them!!!

Start your next presidential campaign now and maybe you'll make it next time! LOL You are so funny!

Your dinner get-together looked like a fun time was had by all! That's what life is all about...friends and fun-filled times with them.

Glad you had a good report from your cardiologist! That nuclear stress test is quick but so tiring. It's the med they inject in your IV that makes you feel so tired, but soon as it's over, you're right back to normal again. It's smart to get a good check-up before your trip.

I've been up all night reading blogs! Still a few more to go yet, but I have to do some work, too. Then.....naptime after I get the cats all fed and done up! LOL

((( HUGS )))

Laura said...

Take care of yourself, Pam! As for coffee in the morning, I have to have my diet coke or I am a real grouch, too! Have a great week!

Alyson and Ford said...

Congratulations on the awards!! Fun reading! Enjoyed the visit!

Alyzabeth's Mommy