Wednesday, March 03, 2010

99 things I ought to have done

It's been way too long since I've been to my little blog site but I saw this cute little meme over at charity mom. I'm a frequent visitor to this sweet blog & champion her charity and you should too! Anyway, I thought this would be fun & a distraction from my to do list so here it goes!

99 Things I Ought to Have Done...

Copy the list, bold the ones you've done (with explanations if needed), share with friends.
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland (land not world when I was a kid with Bernice & Aunt Dot, they were scared of ALL of the rides)
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped (not in this life)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a thunder and lightning storm
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant (service men/women, without them knowing it is me, huge rush for me!)
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business (call me for ALL your SCENTSY needs)
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies (used my Mt Vernon garage for county wide distribution 2 years in a row when my friend was cookie chairman)
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving (will NEVER happen)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check (oops)
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy (katelyn's emma)
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (2 toes & a tiny bone in my foot right NOW)
78. Been a passenger on a motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Got a tattoo
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee


Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Skylar is 4 eyed

The little girl's teacher stopped me the other day & told me she thought she was having trouble seeing the board & had requested the nurse check her vision. I told her don't bother the girl is destined to be blind. Sure enough, she is on the same road as her brother & sister. Let me just make it clear, they didn't get that from me, I see long as I have my contacts in!

Saturday, February 07, 2009


After reading the post below, Kevin says I shouldn't say "dump them off" so replace that with "safely deliver them to a higher level of care."

I got a nice surprise!

It's a fruit basket! The biggest, prettiest fruit basket I have ever seen. Kevin called tonight to tell me because dispatch was making him go to the Terrell South station to pick up a fruit basket that a patient left me & Jason Starnes. I told him nevermind I would go get it, called dispatch & drove over. I was looking forward to getting the note. I didn't think much of the basket, thinking it was just a token little thank you. I was just excited to hear from this patient because I sincerely thought he would be deceased. Since they passed the HIPPA Law several years ago & patient privacy became a big deal, we are unable to call & check on patients after we leave them at the hospital. I always did that in the past & I really wonder about some of them after we dump them off. Anyway, I got there & look at this basket! It is massive. And the note, well, let me tell you, we made a difference.

I don't know how Jason feels but this sweet note will hold me a long, long time through lots of "I have had a fever all day but haven't taken any tylenol" or "I want you to take me to the hospital because you can get me seen faster" calls.

Anyway, we rarely hear anything from our patients after we leave them, it's nice to know we made a difference for this family.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

catching up

I was going to write several posts to catch up but crap, I am so behind I don't think I will ever catch up. So how about some highlights?

After the big slumber party, we had a cheer competition. Cody went with me to watch K8 and as you can see, he had a marvelous did Bekah's dad...

We had a wonderful Christmas at home just the us and the kids. Santa, thanks to my wonderful direction, got us a WII. Skylar woke us up with the chickens and after the big unwrap she and Cody played WII for about 4 hours while K8 and I watched intently.>
After Cody's turn, Katelyn had several hours, then Kevin, then JJ. All in all, I think Skylar had about 12 hours of good times on the Wii. Unfortunately for her, she was completely unable to move her right arm the next day. She did recover and just so you you won't nag me about my parenting skills or lack there of,
Wii time is monitored in smaller increments now. We completed the holiday with a traditional Christmas the following weekend with my in-laws, a relaxing News Years at home and a great long weekend at my sister's house in Edna. Everyone is back to school and work and the routine is back. Thanks for hanging with us and I promise to jot down our crazy times more often and keep all involved.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I'm wayyyy behind so I will start here....

Yes, we are still alive here in the Walukas house. November and December have flown by except for one night, December 13th. The longest night in history! We had a pajama slumber party for Skylar's 8th birthday. We had a pretty decent showing, can you guess how many? Let me just tell you we were wall to wall girls. We cleaned the garage, Kevin decorated just a bit with some 20 strands of rope lights, balloons, streamers and a disco ball. We put a heater, some tables, and a dance area, it looked like an 8 year old's disco/party room. They ate, they ran crazy and all my ideas were over by 9. Thank God, Katelyn's friends showed up for the cake and ice cream with PARTY MAN HIMSELF, MR. JOSH HANKINS! Yes, that is a look of fear on his face but, he made a quick comeback and bless this guy, he was the hit of the party! He hosted a dance contest and sing off. Everyone had a great time and most importantly, he wore their little butts out! As you can see in the first photo with most of the furniture gone, they just barely fit on the floor with all their sleeping bags. Saturday morning we woke up way early and shuttled over to the school for the Breakfast with Santa extravaganza sponsored by the PTO. The girls ate donuts, made tons of crafts and sat for this priceless picture with Santa himself! A great time was had by all. And yes, you counted correctly but let me spell it out for you, S E V E N T E E N, that's 17 beautiful little girls!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

firsts & lasts

FIRST REAL BEST FRIEND: tie, Tammy Marshall, Kathleen Russell & Shannon West

FIRST SCHOOL: Russell School, Mansfield


FIRST FUNERAL: I think my great aunt's

FIRST PET: Cindy Lou

FIRST BIG TRIP: Disneyland with my Granny Bernice & Aunt Dot

FIRST FIGHT: see first friend, Kathleen Russell kicks my a**


FIRST KISS: P-John Christenberry

FIRST TIME OUT OF THE COUNTRY?: mexico when I was a kid with my mom

FIRST JOB: Lee's Supermarket, Mansfield



LAST PERSON YOU HUGGED: a patient's mom while ago

LAST CAR RIDE: car, this morning on the way to work...ambulance, a few minutes ago

LAST TIME YOU CRIED?: this morning

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED: Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Santa



LAST SHIRT WORN: this ugly uniform shirt





LAST TIME AT THE MALL: last week with Mindi


LAST PERSON YOU SAW: this person I am working with