Thursday, September 4, 2008

So much to say!

It’s been a really, really, REALLY long time since I’ve blogged – and I feel it was well over due! So much has happened since my last post I am not even sure where to start!

First we have June:
I survived my company's annual convention - a week of fast pace on your feet for 12-15+ hours a day, being friendly, smiling, doing whatever is needed and eating what and when you are told all in a BRIGHT orange polo shirt and a name badge! I deserved a break after that! LOL!

The end of June my mom and I went to the Monterey Bay Blues Festival - and OMG - WHAT FUN!!! Not only did I get to have awesome mom time - but I also tried Gator and some other interesting southern goodies I've never had - which by the way were amazing! I also go to learn about all sorts of fantastic talent I never knew exisited! Such as "The Homemade Jamz Band" - a group of 3 siblings - ranging from 9 years old to 16 - but you'd never guess it by their sound! As if that wasn't all exciting enough - I was privileged to be able to watch the legendary BB King Live and got to go right up to the front of the stage and take pictures! I was shaking so bad the first 5 or so came out blurry - but I finally got this one! It was an amazing trip!

Then in July:
Shortly after the blues festival - I was at a family function 45 minutes north and suddenly I was very sick! After a pretty horrific drive back down 101 to the hospital, 2 hours and many tests later - I was diagnosed with Pancreatitus - the inflammation of the pancreas! Normal levels of what they call "Lypase" (basically the enzymes that the pancreas releases to digest food) is like 24-300 - mine was at 90,000! I spent 6 pretty miserable days in the hospital, IV fluids and ice chips as my only source of food and drink...Ryan and my family/friends were awesome - I had so many visitors and people supporting me - it was really so humbling. Soon my levels went down and I was allowed real food and eventually discharged! It was really all very exciting in a horrible sort of way! I am not on a special low-cholesterol diet and I've lost about 15+ lbs! Trying to stay active and looking forward to a long time away from the hospital!

August was filled with lots of fun outdoor activities - capped off by a fun Labor Day weekend with a beautiful wedding, 2 potlucks and even a water balloon fight!

Ryan's got this great new job now and we are so close to moving I can just taste it! I just want a home you know? A place we can be proud to call our own. We've lived in our unfortunate apartment for long enough! I just keep thinking about our future, Ryan and I in our cute first house (rented - we can't buy yet - but at lease it's a house and not connected to anyone!) with a cute front yard with a path up to the door - maybe even a real front porch! We'll have the space for all our possessions and room to grow... as a family. We have most of everything we need saved - just waiting for the perfect place to become available - wish us luck!!

Thanks for listening,

Kela's Bargain Tip: If you are short on cash but need a suit for less then the average $400-600+ shops - try Burlington Coat Factory in Rohnert Park. It's a little scary "ghetto" on the inside but if you make your way to the suit area - you'll find tons of bargains!
Believe it or not - that pic above of Ryan and I - that whole outfit he's wearing was only $130! He looks good too! ;)