Sunshine Award

Thanks to Container Chronicles for giving me the Sunshine Award, which is an award given to bloggers who have been inspirational.

sunshine-award-1The rules are simple:

  1. Nominate 10 other bloggers.
  2. Give 11 facts about yourself.

Now for the hard part – coming up with 11 things to share with you!

1. Yesterday I got a text from Mr. T.

Wanna have lunch with me today?! I am in the mood for Taco Casa… I would love if you could bring me some.

How does a mom say no to that? ūüôā I love, love, love the fact that my teenager still enjoys spending time with his mom. ¬†I love the fact that he enjoys when my hair is purple and isn’t embarrassed by it, and yes, I know that he really wanted Taco Casa (a really good fast food Mexican restaurant for those of you not lucky enough to have one!) but the fact that I got to come along with it was Awesome!

2. My friend Erica and I text pictures of our food to each other. ¬†While it’s not normally a competition (usually it’s more of a validation “Look! I cooked!”), yesterday it turned into one. ¬†She sent me a great shot of her lunch:

E lunch

And in return, I sent back this, with the caption “I win”.

lunch with Mr T

Her husband is contesting my “win” currently, but really, I don’t care how bad my bean burritos were compared to her bruschetta chicken, cause my teenage son invited me to sit with him at the table with four of his friends!

3. Here is the tweet that Mr. T sent out after I left.  (Mom, just skip this next part, it was funny in context, I swear it was!)

T tweets

Yes, my son’s Twitter handle is currently Master Sex Appeal. ¬†Yes, he is making a duck face in the photo. ¬†Yes, he’s wearing makeup. ¬†But, we were practicing our Halloween make up that night, and then because it was so funny, we were making duck faces and taking selfies.

4. I cannot make a duck face. ¬†I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but apparently the duck face selfie is not for me. ¬†I heard all of you sighing in relief! ¬†You thought I was going to subject you to a duck face selfie, didn’t you?

5. ¬†When my son goes out of town, I tend to live on PB&J and cereal. ¬†My friends tend to call and make sure I’ve had the PB&J and make sure I’m not just living on cereal.

6. My dad instilled in me a love of Science Fiction and I like to indulge as often as I can.

Star Trek predicting the future

7. You all know that when Dean Winchester comes to life he will be mine.  Mine I tell you! MINE!

Dean Winchester

8.  I found out today that one of my best friends and I have been friends for 29 years.  That makes me sound older than I really am!

9. ¬†I have multiple ghost/haunted house related activities on my Bucket List. ¬†I’m actually pretty sad that my house isn’t haunted.

10.  MeatLoaf is one of my favorite artists.  Seeing him in concert was a magical experience!


11. ¬†I have a Lion King tattoo. ¬†Sort of. ¬†I have an infinity symbol with Hakuna Matata woven in, and I worked hard for that! ¬†Hakuna Matata is Swahili and it really does mean “no worries”.

And now, 10 bloggers that have inspired me, both in the blogosphere and in real life:

  1. Surviving the Madhouse
  2. Winding Road
  3. Little Steps
  4. Orts of Sorts
  5. Soul Healing Art
  6. Mummy Flying Solo
  7. My Journey to Live an Authentic Life
  8. Kids “R” Simple
  9. Me, Myself and Kids
  10. Graced by Emilie

Please take a moment to visit those I’ve listed above and show some love! ¬†Tell them Kate sent you! ūüôā

And, now, in honor of Hakuna Matata, here are some bloopers from the movie:

Swan’s Song

Today Lee had a CT, as his labs keep showing that he has an infection, but he is on antibiotics and doesn’t have a fever. ¬†They didn’t really find anything. ¬†He went down and had more dialysis done today, since his other numbers were still high.

Friday he will have a Swan-Ganz right heart catheterization done.  The doctor will insert a small tube (catheter) into the right side of the heart and arteries leading to the lungs to measure function and flow.  (For future reference, this is really just called a right heart cath.)


This is not the type of Swan Lee is having done…

My understanding is that his body isn’t functioning like they expect and his labs keep going up and they don’t know why. ¬† I’m hoping that all they are doing is going to find a reason, or short of finding a reason, at least a treatment. ¬†I don’t know. ¬†All I know is that I know I’m tired of the ICU, and I get to go home everyday. ¬†I feel so sorry for Lee having to be there everyday. ¬†Not being able to even walk the halls for some change of scenery. ¬†But, like I told him the other day, being miserable over it won’t help anything. ¬†So, we will just keep asking for prayers and praying ourselves. ¬†What will be will be. ¬†My goal is to just help him and my parents out the best I can.

On a different note, my completely modest brother has become an exhibitionist. ¬†Part of it is that he’s out of it so frequently he doesn’t realize he is exposing himself all the time, part of it is that he’s just so uncomfortable and I’m sure part of it is just the fact that he doesn’t care anymore! ¬†All I know for sure is that I’ve spent the last two days hopping up to cover up his junk before he scared away dietary and environmental services!


Last night T and I were in the living room and he was doing his homework… well, he was supposed to be doing his homework; however, he kept coming up with distractions. ¬†“Hey mom did you know this?” “Hey mom…” “Hey mom what do you think about this?” “Hey mom I only have 1 chapter left.” “I wonder what other homework I have to do tonight.” “I think that I have to do this” ¬†“I think that I should do that”. ¬†I finally snapped back at him and, yeah… it got Tweeted later that night…


Of course, then I had to RT it, it was pretty funny…

Tomorrow is Friday and I have a late lunch with BA scheduled, and I’m really looking forward to it. ¬†It will be nice to get away for a bit. ¬†Then, mom gave me Saturday off – I didn’t even ask or bring it up – but since she did, I’m planning on spending the morning with Mr. T and then the afternoon with my girlfriends. ¬†Recharge my batteries! ūüôā ¬†Thanks for coming along on this journey with me guys! ¬†You’ve been awesome!

That sounded like I am leaving. ¬†I’m not. ¬†You aren’t that lucky!