Category Archives: Meeting New People

Mid-Week Day Off!

Since I have to work on Saturday this week, I took today off. It always feels odd, to have a day off work like this in the middle of the week, but I like it! šŸ™‚

(Of course, this means that my plans for Saturday… will have to be canceled. I forgot about that part….)

I took the opportunity to plan a day with my friend, Amy, whom I met on Facebook. We had met briefly in person at the first HHS rally, but this was to be our first chance to actually get together. I make friends with people so quickly, I had to keep reminding myself that I was still pretty much a stranger. LOL! šŸ™‚ It was such a lovely afternoon! And passed by all too quickly!

Can you believe that I spent an entire day off and didn’t take a single picture?! I even brought both cameras with me!

And, I never did find out what jobs she had waiting for me…. šŸ™‚ Perhaps next time….

I wake up throughout the night, usually. Since today was a day off, I got to sleep in until about 7 am. I had originally intended to go to the 9:30 am Mass here in Troy, but knew that I had some things to do before I left the house and that it probably wouldn’t be practical for me to get them done and fit Mass in also. Plus, I wanted to make sure that I felt well enough to visit this afternoon. So, I ended up laying around in bed reading a book until 9 am or so. It was a really good book, which added to my lounging. šŸ™‚

Finally, I dragged myself out of bed and went to tackle the laundry situation. See, I only have one pair of shorts. And I had worn them to the picnic last week where there was the possibility of them (and me) having come in contact with some poison ivy.

I hate poison ivy with a vile, vile passion.

So, they had remained in a little heap by the laundry room, waiting for me to “decontaminate” them. Which I had put off. Until today.

But I couldn’t just do this pile of clothes. That would be too easy. I had let laundry pile up. I hadn’t laundered those clothes because I had a load of towels in the washer, needing to be dried. And I hadn’t put the wet towels in the dryer because there was a dry load in there waiting to be removed, folded and put away. And I hadn’t done *that* because every time I thought of it, I was exhausted and couldn’t possibly bring myself to take them out of the dryer, carry them to the bedroom and put them away.

Because taking clothes out of the dryer and carrying them to my bedroom makes me short of breath. And I’d have to make at least two trips to get all of the clothes out.

This disease really makes my life complicated sometimes.

So in order to get ready for this afternoon, I had to empty the dryer, run the load of towels again (since they were starting to get that mildew smell and had to be washed again with some detergent and vinegar — remind me to sing the praises of vinegar for you one day…), toss *those* into the dryer, run the load of picnic clothes, dry *them* and then get dressed.

I don’t have the world’s fastest dryer. I asked for “cheapest” when I went to buy it. It has three dry cycles. I use two of them. “Automatic high” for everything, and “Timer” for warming up clothes in the winter or getting the wrinkles out of dirty laundry that I’m going to wear again (yep, I’m a bachelor). It has three cycles because apparently they don’t make a dryer that only has one. Truly, I only need “on” and “off”. The salesman looked at me oddly when I asked if there were such a thing.

Needless to say, I was running late. šŸ™‚ I stopped at a Biggby coffee to get drinks for Amy, me and the kids. For the kids, I ordered 100 oz. of frozen hot chocolate. šŸ™‚ For Amy and I, I picked up some iced drinks and for once ordered them *with ice* like a normal person. However, I managed to slop part of one of the iced drinks on me when trying to get into the car. Luckily, I had a towel inside and could wipe off. And, thankfully, I had a dark shirt on, so could arrive without a glaringly obvious coffee stain. šŸ™‚

It was a lovely visit, and not only did I get to spend time with Amy and her family, but I also got to meet her friend, Lydia! šŸ™‚ And, I had some of Amy’s pot pie for dinner! Yum!

Too soon, it was time to head home. I listed to another episode of Catholic Answers Live (which I had heard previously) on the way back, because I am *certain*, or at least 87% certain, that I heard one of the guests say on the program that Pope John Paul II wrote something where he made a distinction between human life and human personhood. I had asked Fr. John what this writing might be, as I wanted to read it, and he said that this didn’t sound right — that JPII wouldn’t have said something like that. So here I am, listening to all the episodes from the past week, trying to find it….

I got home and was surprised at how tired I am. Just hanging out here on the couch, playing online a bit. Today’s a fasting day, but I can’t fast from food, so I decided today to fast from TV, since I’d been creating a habit of vegging out and watching DVR’ed episodes of House Hunters until late in the evenings. Amazing how that can get to be a routine, even though I’d gone without watching any TV for about 8 months or so until recently.

For the rest of the night, I think I’ll be online for a little bit, read for a little bit and spend some real quality time in prayer. šŸ™‚

Have a good night!

Dream Vacation!

Today is the last day of Jenna’s Commenting Challenge! šŸ™‚

It’s been fun to meet new people and I’ve gotten so many ideas from you all! šŸ™‚

Today’s Topic: Tell us about your dream vacation! Where would you go? Have you been there before? Who would go with you? What about it draws you in?

As fun and interesting as some of the places I’ve been are, I think my dream vacation will always be some destination that I’ve not yet been. I’ve been collecting places I want to go for a LONG time. At the top of my list are:

The Holy Land
Grey Bear in the Holy Land

Rome
St Peter's Square

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Galapagos Islands
Sally Lightfoot Crabs - Galapagos Islands

Paris
Paris Exposition: Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower, Paris, France, 1900

Moscow
Moscow at night

Thailand
Thailand Buddha

China
Guilin fisherman - China

New Zealand
New Zealand - Lake Hawea

The South Pole (How many people can say they’ve been THERE?!?!) šŸ™‚
South Pole Landscape

As much fun as I have traveling, it’s always better to be traveling with friends. So, if you are up for it, let me know! I tend to pop off at a moment’s notice! In fact, I keep my passport on me most days. šŸ™‚

What I Love To Do!

Today is Day 4 of Jenna’s Commenting Challenge! šŸ™‚

Today’s Topic: Tell us about your hobbies! What do you do in your free time? What are your favorite books, movies, music etc?

I love photography! I take a camera (or two, or three if you count my phone) with me wherever I go! šŸ™‚ This usually means that I end up with hundreds of pictures of things I’ve photographed a billion times over, but I don’t mind. šŸ™‚ What I shoot mostly are probably flowers, but I would love to take portraits and travel pics. Which leads me to another favorite hobby:

I love traveling! I will go anywhere! I love beaches and things like this, but if it’s interesting, I will seriously go anywhere. Some of my favorite places have been:

Jamaica
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Gorgeous Water - DSCN6619

Hawaii
World's Largest Aloha Shirt

Australia
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I also love to read and will read whatever’s put in front of me. My favorite reading of late has been Catholic non-fiction. Theology and spiritual reading. I guess it’s a good thing that I am working on my Master’s degree in Theology, or else I’d just look like a big nerd… šŸ™‚ Which I totally am.

Lately, I’m very restricted in the physical activities which I can do, but I love to rollerblade and have a trampoline in my back yard. I also like playing volleyball when I can get a group of friends together. Tennis and golf are fun, too. Oh! But SWIMMING! I love swimming! It’s hard to pull me away from the water! I’ve been known to take naps in the pool.

I like going to the movies, too! I have a wide range of things that I will see: comedies, dramas, action, thriller, etc. I am, however, getting out of the horror flick genre. I used to watch this all the time as a kid. Not quite sure why. But I just don’t have the interest in it that I used to. And popcorn is usually a must. Except if you happen to be watching “For Greater Glory.” Then, don’t buy popcorn. In fact, it’s probably best if you don’t eat right before or right after the movie. Amazing movie, though.

I love to dance, I love hanging out with my friends, I love going to Mass, I love amusement parks (Rollercoasters!), I love…

I love a lot!

How about you?

Socially Speaking…

Day 3 of Jenna’s Commenting Challenge has arrived! šŸ™‚

I would say that so far the challenge has done for me what it’s intended to do… So far, I’ve read 52 people’s blogs and left comments for them. I’m pretty sure my comments seem a little generic (I was responding to the introductions), but I quite enjoyed meeting everyone. I know we are only “supposed” to read/comment on 10 per day, but my goal is to read something of each person on the list.

Today’s blog topic: Tell us about your social media! Where can we find you? Link to your twitter, pinterest, Facebook, instagram, or google +. If you don’t use these sites, then tell us why not!

Also, what are your favorite websites? Are there any that you check daily? What do you like about them?

Looks like I am all on up on my social media! LOL!
Twitter? Check.
Pinterest? Check.
Facebook? Check.
Instagram? Check. [I’ve only ever used this on my phone. Can you see it on a web page? I can’t get a link…]
Google+? Check.
St. Blog’s Blog? Check.
WordPress Blog? Check.
Blogspot Blog? Check.
Livejournal Blog? Check.
Tumblr Blog? Check.
Foursquare? Check.
YouTube? Check.
Vimeo? Check.
Qik? Check.
Flickr? Check.
Evernote? Check.
StudyBlue? Check.
Goodreads? Check.

I’m sure there’s more out there, but this is what I can recall off the top of my head. šŸ™‚
I suppose I’m a pretty social person. I took a temperament test. It said that I was a sanguine-choleric. So maybe that explains something about me.

Basically, if you type my “name” (CadyLy) into Google… At least the first 10 pages, excluding maybe the foreign language ones, are me. šŸ™‚

As far as what web pages I read… I have some of my favorite blogs loaded onto my Google Reader, but to be honest, I don’t read it every day. The nice thing is that Google will collect them for me there, so I don’t miss anything when I do pop on.

Facebook is probably my most used social media site. I look at it as the CNN of what matters most — the people I know and love. šŸ™‚

Wherefore Art Thou, Blog?

Welcome to Day 2 of Jenna’s Commenting Challenge!

Today’s blog topic: Tell us about your blog. What do you blog about? Why do you blog? How did you start blogging? What kinds of things do you/are you willing to share with the world? Where do you find your topic inspiration? (Hint: Don’t share about your social media just yet!)

I actually have quite a few blogs going. Unfortunately, I tend to keep myself busy, so I don’t update them nearly as often as I’d like! šŸ™‚ This particular blog is my “number two” blog. I created it not too long ago as a place to document all of my adventures.

I have a real passion for life and adventure. My mom said that from when I was a little girl, I would be willing to go anywhere with anyone. I would ask people their names, so they wouldn’t be “strangers” and I’d be able to talk to them without getting in trouble. Without really knowing what I was getting into, I joined the Navy. I have packed a lot of experiences into my life, and I like to think that I’m still fairly young. The world with all it’s beauty and delights beckons to me and I long to see and take in it all.

But.

About two years ago, I started noticing my capacity for running diminishing. I was getting short of breath very quickly. It was so bad that I could only run for maybe 2 house-lengths. I started having chest pain. I went to the doctor. Over the next several months, I became a frequent visitor to the ER. I was admitted one night and they kept me for a few days doing all sorts of cardiac and pulmonary tests. I had all kinds of scary diagnoses thrown in my direction as the doctors tried to figure out what was going on. Congestive heart failure. Pulmonary hypertension. What was it?

After ruling these out, my doctors began to suspect a mitochondrial process. At the time, I was working as a secretary for three surgeons at U of M. So, although the muscle biopsy which would confirm the diagnosis is normally performed by a neurosurgeon, I asked one of my surgeons to perform the operation. He’s always looking for something new and interesting, right? Just after Christmas, I went under the knife. Or, well, the scalpel. šŸ™‚

I had the results read by two neurologists, one a U of M doctor and the other outside of the U of M community. Both came back with the same diagnosis: I have a neuromuscular disorder, a mitochondrial myopathy. There are different kinds of mitochondrial myopathies. Mine seems to be most closely identified with the one called MELAS. This disease looks differently in each patient, so there wasn’t too much specific information that could be offered me.

Except that this is progressive. And terminal. And there is no cure or treatment.

So, while I always enjoyed life, now I have more reason to document it. That, and I like people and I love sharing! šŸ™‚ I hope you stay and poke around and see what trouble I get into next! šŸ™‚

Oh. Wait. There’s more questions up there, isn’t there? Okay. Um. There’s not much that I *wouldn’t* share with the world. I mean, we are all going to be united in the Divine Life in Heaven, right? If we’re all going to be friends there, why not start now? Seriously. Why not?

Inspiration. Hmm. I guess I don’t really worry about this. Usually, I am either (a) busy or (b) sick, so I am back-logged on the things that I want to blog about. This has gotten so bad that I’ve even taken to writing what I intend to blog about on my to-do list on my calendar. šŸ™‚

Commenting Challenge Commences!

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My friend Stacy is participating in a Commenting Challenge to help her get to know some of the other bloggers out there. Iā€™m always up for participation in fun things, so I figured Iā€™d give it a shot.

What about me? You can call me Jenn or Jennie. Iā€™m not a fan of my full name and only use it in an official or legal capacity. I am currently single. I have been civilly married and divorced, but the Church found my marriage to have been null. It feels like a lifetime ago, and in a way, it was. I live by myself in a house in the suburbs. Iā€™m not sure how much or how little to say in this little introduction. If I had to describe myself, I suppose I would say that Iā€™m a truly happy person. And that I love deeply. I giggle a lot and tend to spontaneity.

And… that’s the short, short version!

I’m looking forward to meeting you all! šŸ™‚