Friday, December 30, 2011

Yay Christmas!

I know, Christmas has passed and it is almost the new year! But I wanted to at least write up a quick post about my Christmas.

It was great. The family got together and my Mom cooked a great meal.  We had lasagna, chicken wings, vegetables, etc.  All very delicious!

A few weeks prior to Christmas, I bought a new jacket. I sold my previous jacket on kijiji so that I could put the proceeds towards my new jacket.

Here I am in my old jacket.  These are pictures that I took specifically for kijiji:



Well, I didn't actually put that second pic up on kijiji, but you get the idea :P  The above jacket is the ever so popular tna jacket. It costs about $350 brand new, but the one I ended up selling was purchased used as well.  It is a great jacket, but it is a medium and is too big for me.  It has always been too big for me, so I figured I would just get rid of it and buy myself a new one.  It doesn't look particularly big on me in the pictures, especially in the first one, but that's because I have my hands in my pockets and am "pulling" the jacket back so that it is more snug against my body.

I like my jackets slightly "roomy" in case I want to wear a heavy sweater underneath.  I used to have a brand new tna jacket, but, as I may have mentioned in a post last winter, it, along with 2 of my other jackets (a bomber-style Danier leather jacket and a wool tna jacket) all went missing, likely to the Goodwill by accident of my Pops. *sad face*

So I bought myself a new jacket, a (size small) Canada Goose trillium jacket.  I plan to record a review of the jacket and put it up on my channel soon!  I ideally wanted a brown or navy one, but ended up getting it in black as it was more readily available in size small, the size that I wanted.  In retrospect, if I waited about two weeks, I would have found it in brown.  However there really wasn't any way of me knowing whether or not the jacket would become available, and these jackets are in high demand.  I'm quite happy with my black goose jacket now that I have it. It is incredibly warm and really nice. A friend of mine has this jacket in a different colour but in the same size.  She even suggested that I size down at it is a naturally roomy jacket, but I opted against that.  I have a bra size of 34D, and I was afraid that I would "suffocate" my chest if I got it too small! The small is just fine.



Now the reason I brought that up is because I asked my sister to give me money instead of giving me a Christmas gift because the Canada Goose jacket was rather pricey.  I already knew that my Mom and Dad would give me money. 

So, as expected, both of my parents got me cards with money in it.  What I found particularly funny was the fact that my sister gave me some cash and put it in the following envelope with the slogan for Scotiabank on it


I can always rely on my brother to get me a nice pair of sneakers for Christmas.  Last year he bought me a nice black and pink pair of Nikes that fetched me plenty of compliments.


This year, I got a new pair of Nikes! I really like them. I especially love the bottom of the shoes! The bottom of one shoe says "Just Do It", while the bottom of the other shoe says "Nike".  Love them!



My favourite hair braider also came to join us in the festivities.  It was a great time :)


I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday season.  Up next: New Years! :)

P.S. Here's a picture my Dad took of my legs/feet when I wasn't paying attention! Silly!


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to take a quick moment and say Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to everyone! Sorry I'm late!

I'll post a more informative Christmas post later! :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hip replacement scar: 4 Months Later

I thought I would share my hip replacement scar again as it looks today.  It has been about 4 months since my surgery :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Operation: Get me a kidney= back on!

I have a lot to be thankful for as the holiday season draws near.

The other day my transplant coordinator called me and let me know that the group of doctors (nephrologists) got together and finally discussed my case in regards to kidney transplant.

There was a lot for them to talk about and consider, including whether or not it was realistic and safe for me to go through with the transplant since this new smoldering myeloma diagnosis had thrown a wrench into my plans.  The doctors required additional information from my oncologist.  After much back and forth, they finally got all of the information they required in order to re-visit my case.

I'm happy to say that they have agreed and approved our plans to move forward with the kidney transplant.  I'm really happy about that. There has always been SOMETHING that has blocked me from getting this transplant and I'm glad that we are moving in the right direction.

The next move will be for me to have an appointment with the transplant nephrologist as I have not seen him in a couple of years.  Yup, I should have had a kidney a number of years ago if not for things continuously throwing these plans off track.  Hopefully THIS time will be the right time.  I may not get an appointment until January or so, but that's ok...let's just get this transplant done!

Another thing that I'm happy about is the fact that this one course that I am taking will soon be finished.  I have one more assignment to turn in (which I will begin to work on after I finish this blog post), then I have my final exam in the first few days of January.  After that, I'll finally be finished school.  All of the hours of studying for tests, exams, certification exams, doing assignments while juggling to maintain a proper home dialysis schedule...all of that will have finally paid off.

If it hadn't been for this transplant stuff, I'd have started applying for HR jobs within the company that I work for already.  My resume is on point...all I need to do is hit "submit!" But i know the second I do that..I'll go through all sorts of interview processes and such...and within my first week of work is when the transplant will be scheduled!! I'm trying to do what I feel is the "right" thing and wait before I start applying for HR jobs..but there is also something in me that's just like..."Live your life!"  We'll see.  I feel like I'm getting close to transplant.  If any delays should occur for ANY reason, I'm just going to apply for jobs.  I thought I was going to receive a transplant years ago.  Imagine if I put my life on hold all this time just waiting for it..?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

10 Answers to 10 Questions!

Answers to the 'randomest' things you've ever wanted to know about Miz Flow!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Relationships and Chronic Illness

Check out my vlog on relationships/dating and chronic illness and tell me what your opinion is on the subject!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Food with Friends

I haven't been ignoring my blog...I swear.  I really just haven't had much to say.

My routine has been pretty simple for the past few weeks.  I've been going to work, relaxing at home, doing homework, etc.

Last week Monday was a pretty cool day.  I took the bus to work because my father, who would normally drive me to work, was out of the country.  So i took the bus, got off at my stop, and walked towards my building.  When I went through the doors and was in the lobby before the security doors, I saw my old childhood/neighborhood friend Kiko.  I knew he worked for the same company I worked at, but his location used to be downtown.  He had told me previously that his company had moved from downtown to my building. I still hadn't seen him in a few years, and it was just very coincidental and nice that I saw him in the lobby/security area.  I only managed to catch him there because he had forgotten his security pass and couldn't go any further without getting someone to sign him in.

I'm glad I caught him in the lobby, as we went for lunch together along with one of his co-workers to a place nearby.  It was a fried chicken place-the authentic kind.  Rice and peas..all that.  Delicious.

Anyhow..to be honest, I haven't much to say yet.  Still waiting on transplant stuff.  Just wanted to touch base :)
 
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