Saturday, June 27, 2009

A couple of fun stats to lighten things up a bit...

From my Google Analytics account...
The blog has now been read by people in 31 countries.
Interestingly, the average time reading overall is about 2.5 minutes, but in Argentina and Yemen, the average time is 21+ minutes.
Yea boyeeee....a shout out to all my Homies in Yemen and Argentina. :-)

Top Five Countries:
1) USA (by far the largest)
2) UK
3) Canada
4) Australia
5) Greece

The only one that really surprised me out of that list was Greece. Germany came in 6th.
For all you techies out there: Blackberry beat Chrome 8:1; Firefox beat Safari 2:1 and IE beat Firefox 2.3:1

Friday, June 26, 2009

Where we are at...and a bit of my philosophy of the day

Hi Everybody,
We have had several calls today, so obviously the word is spreading that we have contacted Hospice for help with Heidi and are now moving into another phase of care for her. Hospice is certainly known for "end of life" care and though we have reached out to them for Heidi's care, we don't necessarily feel like anything is imminent. Hospice cares for people when their "treatment options" have run out. With ALS, there never even really has been any treatment options, so I guess technically, we could have contacted them sooner. The reason we reached out to them this week is that H has been having some trouble with her breathing and were concerned with C02 build up in her bloodstream, especially in the am. I personally don't know what to do to manage that and the in-home care that Hospice provides really has helped to ease my mind with how I can make sure that H is comfortable and not suffering mentally or physically. They delivered an oxygen compressor today and though I have yet to convince H to use it, I'm comforted for its presence if we were to need it.

Nobody can really say how much time we have left with H, or anyone else for that matter. She could outlive me, or anyone reading this blog. All I know is that we can live every day that we have on this planet and do our best to take care of each other as best we can. We can strive to do the right thing and try to take actions that we would hope that others would take for us.

We can try to look at ourselves through the eyes of our parents and our children and hope that we would see a vision of reflection or emulation that brings positive feelings of pride or aspiration and above all Love.

We can try to look at ourselves through the eyes of our friends and hope to see bravery, unwavering loyalty and strength of character and the love of the family you choose for yourselves.

We can try to look at ourselves through the eyes of strangers and see hope, charity, generosity, kindness and of course, the common denominator, Love.

If we can live our lives in a way that these things would be reflected in they eyes of those that look upon us, we would all be great indeed and the world would be a place with much more of what we all really want.

Good night my friends.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Ah...the Internet...

News of my other buddies pointed out to me that Regina Brett is NOT, I repeat NOT 90. Apparently, someone decided that her wisdom would have more cred if she was depicted as a 90 year old. She's a much more spring chickenish 53, and yet...I still find her words of wisdom very wisdomish (wisdomy, wisdomful, wisdomliscious, etc.)
Here's a link to her explanation of not being 90.
I guess you can't believe everything you read in an email or on the web. Now, I guess I won't send my bank account information to that nice man in Somalia that wants to give me 10% of his family's fortune to help him send it over to America. LOL

Wisdom from Cleveland...

This was sent to me by a buddy of mine saying the only 7% of people would forward it along. Well, i'm not forwarding, it, but since most people I would forward it to read this blog, and a lot more that I don't even know read it, I thought I'd post it here. I really like and agree with these little tidbits of wisdom. Many of these ideas get me through the day....every day.

Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio "
To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written." My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's,we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."