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Friday, October 10, 2008

I'm not almost 50 years old!

LogoThe other day when I was getting a couple of belts replaced in my vehicle one of the mechanics commented that I look like I am about 27 years old. I walked out of there with a very big head. Being 40 and being told I look like I'm in my 20s is definitely an ego booster.

My ego was definitely deflated after I took the RealAge test, which calculated that my real age is 47.6 years. I don't feel almost 50 years old. I almost said I don't feel that old, but in actuality 47 is not that far from now. Besides my medical issues, I think I feel about 30 years old... uh, give or take. I am, however, open to the fact that there are quite a few lifestyle changes that I need to make to make my real age close to or lower than my physical/chronological age.

According to these are the things I need to do to bring my real age down: stop using the cell phone while driving, know my cholesterol levels (I know it's elevated, but not the specifics), spend more time with family and friends, eat more veggies and push myself more in physical fitness.

I found all of the information useful because I am always open to improving myself. I already knew that I didn't totally have it together and now I have a good idea of what I need to work on. Now I think you should take the Take the RealAge Test! It's Free! After you're done then come back here and share your results. I can't wait to hear them and what you think about the RealAge Test. So, what are you waiting for?... Take the free RealAge Test right now.


What about my boobies?

I am excited to present my first installment of Friday's column: In This Woman's World. As you'll notice, the text is pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sometimes I hold them up and look at them in the mirror; trying to imagine where they used to be. Other times I think where they should be. Then there are times I just gaze at them. Contemplating them.

People say they're nice. (No, you don't need to know what people.)

They've nurtured life, provided pleasure and been the source of discomfort. But how do I feel about them?

I, like every woman, have my thoughts about them. Sometimes negative, sometimes accepting and other times proudly with the help of a push-up bra.

Now that I have reached the age when it's time to get mammograms, I think of them practically and thankfully. Practical because I have to maintain their health and thankful that I - like so many of my sisters - am not fighting to keep them.

Special children's furniture

I would love to be able to get my four children bedroom furniture that matches their styles and personalities. In fact, my three youngest children share a room and I've tried to incorporate each of their own little things into a small space.

If I had the opportunity to give them their own rooms (in my dream house, of course) I would buy them unique furniture. However, I wouldn't want to spend an outrageous amount of money so purchasing Lea Children's Furniture from is a good move.

The retailer has a wide variety of styles to choose from so it’ll be easy to find furniture for my teenager, pre-schoolers and toddler. Now, that’s decorating made easy.

Oprah's breast cancer awareness show

Most of you know that I very seldom indulge in live television so my DVR is always backed up with shows that I want to watch. Last night I watched Oprah (and I'm not sure what day it was because my television is doing something weird with the screen size and the details were cut off) and was extremely moved by the women who have survived breast cancer.

Oprah interviewed Christina Applegate who talked about - what some consider radical - her decision to have a double mastectomy. It was stories like hers that moved me. I had chills as I watched as the majority of the women in Oprah's studio audience raised their hands to indicate they are breast cancer survivors.

I am amazed that we are surrounded by fighters and survivors. ...

I learned the entire story behind the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and, in fact, have learned more about breast cancer in the past few weeks than I've ever known. I feel empowered and a little nervous -- especially as I face my first mammogram at the end of this month. Will my breasts be too dense for just a mammogram and will I have to assert myself to receive an MRI? Is this a disease I will have to personally fight or will I be a "lucky" bystander?

I won't dwell on these negatives... I'll just continue to support the fight against breast cancer by helping to spread the word and support my sister friends as best as I can. Have you joined the fight? And, even more importantly, do you do monthly breast self examinations and get mammograms?

In the photo above are Christina Applegate & Oprah Winfrey (Photo:


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Let's go shopping

With five people in a household buying clothes we like could get expensive when you don't know where to look (especially for me and the teenager). That's why I was excited to learn about a denim clearance sale where I can get cheap jeans.

Heavenly Couture has high quality women's fashion and they have some fab teen clothes. Although my teenager and I wear different sizes, as I lose weight I am able to fit into her clothes so when I saw a pair of Wide Flared Dark Denim Jeans with Cuffed Back Pockets (the ones pictured here) for only $13.80 I was so tempted to snatch them up.

Right now all denim is on clearance and available for $13.80. This deal is only online.

Heavenly Couture gets their quality discount clothes from throughout North America and brings them to use with a savings of up to 85 percent. Nothing costs more than $17.95. Now that's a price that's just right for me.

Besides jeans, Heavenly Couture sells tops, dresses, pants, shorts, skirts, shoes, accessories, outer wear and much more. The site is easy to navigate and has adequate descriptions of the merchandise to assist you in making a good buying decision. They are also well stocked so you don't have to worry about not being about to get something you like. I've really been wanting a maxi dress, but I haven't found one that I really like. When I saw this one (for just $17.95) I fell in love with it. I think it's perfect.

I think this is the ideal spot to get quality discount clothes for yourself or your teenager.


Posting schedule

I realized that I am getting a little content rhythm with this blog so I wanted to give you a heads up on what's coming and when. This schedule is liquid, but at least if a mental block occurs then I know I have my daily to do list - if you know what I mean.

Monday - I really like Maternal Spark's Monday Muse so that will be a regular post here. The first time I did a muse post it was a quote and then I wrote about how new journals and notebooks inspire me to write. Maybe you'd like to join in on Monday Muse too.

Tuesday - I've noticed that I normally post My Health & Weight Loss Journal on Tuesdays so that will continue. Tuesdays seem good to me because that's when I normally do my weigh ins. (Carrie has gotten me into that habit.) I'm excited about upcoming journals because there will be some different things going on like my incorporating Sensa into my weight-loss plan and my first mammogram at the end of the month. Seems appropriate since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Wednesday - I'll always do Wordless Wednesdays and although it's not my original idea, I think it's a fun post to share something I see from a visual standpoint. My photos aren't normally award worthy, but I like them. :D

Thursday - To say I've always loved to read is an understatement. I don't get a chance to read as often as I would like and there are many books that are brought to my attention that I don't get to share with others and Thursdays will be my opportunity to do that. Those installments, called What the Woman Reads, will be my "what's on my bookshelf" moment. It will be a book review, synopsis or a look-what-I-saw-that's-interesting write up.

Friday - I am really excited about a weekly (well, at least I plan on weekly) column called In This Woman's World. It will most likely be an essay-like post that may be a vent, a realization or just something that's on my mind. Or it may be a poem or a quote that is significant to me that week. Actually, it'll be whatever is in this woman's world...! It's my way of inserting a little creativity, a little humor and, well, just a little more of me. (As if you don't get enough of that already. LOL) Tune in tomorrow for the first installment. Okay?

Saturday & Sunday - Both days will be Random Weekend posts. Most weekends go by without me posting anything so I am going to try to make an attempt to post at least one thing on either of those days. No promises though 'cause even bloggers need a day off. You may pop by on a weekend and see a one word or one sentence post, but - hey - that's just me being random.

Oh, and I must let you know that I'll still sprinkle in some paid posts... a girl has gotta pay the bills, right?

Typing at 150 wpm

As a writer I have aspirations of one day finishing a novel (I've started about three) so I am thinking about participating in NaNoWrimo, which is National Novel Writing Month. I joined one year, but I didn't get very far because it was hard for me to keep up with the daily word count. Since I am generally not a quitter I thought I would give it a try again this year.

Writing a novel in one month seems like a daunting task, but it can be done. I've discovered that I can be even more successful if I'm able to put down 150 word per minute. That would guarantee the completion of a novel in a month, wouldn't it? Do you think you could write a novel in one month at 150 wpm?

It just might be possible with Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I took Dragon’s typing speed test! because I type fairly quickly and I thought for sure I could keep up. Well, I was wrong. The guy speaking/reading the text finished a good six words ahead of me.

Here are my results:

Although I type 77 words per minute (with 87 percent accuracy) it still does not touch the 150 wpm that you would be able to speak. Can you imagine getting all of your typing completed so quickly? What would you do with the extra time? I, for one, would get so much more writing done that I think I would be like SuperMomTheWriter (yes, you have to read that all together like a superhero name!) and finish novels in a single month, leap... I mean, type articles in a single minute... you get my point. I think I may just get my novel complete by using Dragon NaturallySpeaking for NaNoWrimo and I would use the PC version to get it done.

Now that I've taken the typing test and seen what this program can do for my daily typing life it only gets good Dragon Reviews from me.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred


Did he dream about me too?

I was going to title this post: "I'm dating Obama!" But I thought I would get a lot of flack about that. LOL... I'm sure you know where I'm going with this. Last night - or rather early this morning - I dreamt that I was dating/seeing/in a relationship with Sen. Obama. Now, I like him as a presidential candidate, but I had no idea that I was harboring a crush!

The dream gets even more interesting because it seems as if I am also friends with Queen Latifah. I was at her house and everything. Mmmhmmm. Obama came there to visit me. The thought causes a little giggle. I know. I know. I am silly. Hey, but you gotta admit it is an "interesting" dream.

My interpretation of it is that Obama will be the next President of the United States and he's a little nervous, but I was able to give him support. LOL. I can't even say that with a straight face. Okay, so maybe the dream had nothing to do with me and the fact that we've reached a very historic time.

An-t-way, I'm not going to get all political on you because I'm sure you notice there's a couple of subjects I normally don't talk about here: politics and religion. But the dream got me to thinking about what it really means. (Remember my last dream?)

So I, again, consulted the Dream Moods Dictionary and here's what it said about celebrities (as it relates to my dream): "To see a celebrity in your dream, represents your beliefs and understanding about him or her. Something in you waking life has triggered these similar beliefs and feelings. It is not uncommon that your obsession with a certain celebrity may carry over onto your dream world. Celebrities are often seen as heroes and all that is mighty. Also consider any puns within the name. To dream that you are good friends with a celebrity, represents your idealized version of someone you know in your life. Perhaps you hope that a real-life friend can act more like a particular celebrity. Consider the qualities that you see in this celebrity and how you want your friends to have those qualities."

I had just watched the debate, which I had recorded, the night before and I was really impressed with Obama. It's been awhile since I've watched Queen Latifah in a movie or on television, and I don't listen to her music BUT I do think very highly of her from everything I've read about her.

So when I cross referenced actor/actress in the dream dictionary this is what I read: "To see an actor or actress in your dream, represents your pursuit for pleasure. Your admiration of a particular celebrity may lead to a desire to have some of their physical or personality traits. Consider also who this actor/actress is and what characteristics your associate him/her with. These may be the same characteristics that you need to acknowledge or incorporate into yourself. The dream may also be a pun on his or her name."

I really find these dream interpretations very interesting and they seem fairly accurate. Do you wanna see what a dream of yours means? Check out So far it's the best free dream interpretation resources that I've found.

This is actually an image of an Electric Sheep Screen saver, which I made me think of dreams. Here's the explanation: "Electric Sheep is a free, open source screen saver run by thousands of people all over the world. It can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the screen saver comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the Internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep."

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Protection for the future

As a mother there is a lot to do to take care of my family – my children. Besides providing for their everyday needs and some of their wants, I have to think about and be prepared for anything that may happen in the future. Including, unfortunately, what may happen in the event of my death. It is my responsibility (as it is every parent and spouse’s responsibility) to ensure that every aspect of their future and circumstance is taken care of.

That’s why it would be such a load off of my shoulders if I knew that my home would be paid for in the event of my death. If something were to happen to me anytime soon the responsibility for closing out everything would fall upon my oldest daughter. Instead of interrupting her life plans I could simply invest in mortgage protection insurance so that my home would be paid for if I died. Getting NAA Life’s mortgage insurance is more than just a piece of paper; it is an investment in peace of mind.

Speaking of that often avoided subject; death, it’s also important that I (and, yes I am going to keep saying it, every parent) invests in life insurance. If you have young children, like I do, then you want to make sure they’re well taken care of. That's why you may also want to consider investing in final expense insurance that will pay off your credit card debt, loans, burial expenses and estate costs. You wouldn't want to leave any of this behind for your family to have to deal with.

Will you go pink?

On Monday, I asked you "What are you going to do?" The question was posed in reference to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I shared that I have made a couple of purchases in support of the month (check out that post and the accompanying picture) and had planned on making one other purchase, which is going to be one of the Warriors in Pink shirts at Ford Cares. I haven't gotten around to that yet but...

... I made another purchase today. Just two small things: a pink Kroger reusalbe bag and pink TicTac freshmints. Proceeds from both purchases benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Today I signed up at to go pink on my site (however best suits It's a woman's world!), which is why this type is in pink. [I read about this at Lookit! I Spy... which is a great review site.] I've changed the color of my previous post about my breast cancer research support and any posts I write in the future on this subject will be pink throughout the month of October.

The other thing I did, which I learned about from
Toni, is join the Gal to Gal virtual walk. I created my own virtual gal and will walk daily with the team It Is Nap Time. Yesterday we walked through Orlando, Florida and today we're in Miami. Joining is only $5 and it goes to such a worthy cause.

It's not how big our donation -- whether time or money -- is; it's just that we donate.

Wordless Wednesday - And the forecast is...



Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I can't see a thing

I hate to admit it, but it has been more than three years since I had an eye exam. I know that isn't good, but I have a good reason. Really. I have astigmatism and normally my eyeglasses - not including exam - cost way more than I am able to spend.

Lately I haven't paid attention to any deals being offered until I heard about This site offers single vision eyeglasses starting at $8.00. Yup, you read that right. In fact, Clark Howard even recommended them during a segment on his nationally syndicated radio program.

With a family of five finding a great deal on something that is a must-have always reduces a little stress on me as well as on my purse. You may be thinking that the eyeglasses offered for $8 aren't that snazzy, but you're wrong. I took a peek at the most of the glasses, including the lowest priced ones, and found a great selection.

It's the perfect place to shop for specs for the entire family -- teenagers included! I have my eyes on a couple of different pair, but I am having a hard time deciding. In the past I have found that lighter colored frames look best on my face, but I am really thinking about getting a red pair.

Now that I think about it, with prices this low I can get two or three pair and change them about as often as I change my purse and my shoes. What do you think about these? I think they are my favorite.

I tried to find some that were different than what I have, but not too outrageous. Are they me?

If you'd like to get a good deal on eyeglasses then you have to browse ZenniOptical - you'll be glad you did.


Shedding pounds

My health and weight loss journal

If you remember from my last health and weight loss journal I refused to move my weight-loss ticker above even though I gained a little weight during my birthday celebration. I am happy to report that I am back down to 170, but in all of my stubbornness I am still refusing to move the ticker. I am sure next week my scale will read 169 or lower so... well, there you have it.

The best thing about my future weight loss is that it will be assisted by Sensa, which is a weight-loss system. You'll be able to follow me for the next two to six months and see how this revolutionary product works for me. Sensa is "a new approach to weight loss that offers life-changing results without a change in lifestyle."

And you know I'm all about making small, realistic adjustments to meet a goal. One of the most important things, for me, is that Sensa is not a diet. It uses your senses of smell and taste to control appetite. Yup, you read that right.

Now, if you're like me you'll do your research and find some of the negative things that have been written about Sensa. Let me reassure you that I did my research as well and what better way to see if a product works, but to try it out for yourself.

We'll do this together... you can either "watch" my progress (yes, I'm expecting weight-loss progress) or participate with me to see how it works for you. If you'd like to learn more about it and/or join me in this weight-loss goal, check out Sensa now.

If you decide to try it out then I have a great offer for you: Click this link and use the promotion code ROCKETXL for 15 percent of your order (no minimum) and free ground shipping or just use the ROCKETXL code upon checkout at

I am looking forward to continuing to share this journal with you. What weight-loss techniques have you been using?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Win a 2009 Civic Hybrid

Sign up for Charter services or register to win a 2009 Civic Hybrid that’s worth more than $24,000. It’s a giveaway that’s definitely worth talking about. Choose the Charter cable television, high-speed Internet and telephone package for only $99.97 for the year; the digital high-speed Internet is just $74.98 for six months or the regular high-speed Internet is $24.99 for six months. With these services you can save green while going green.

You can save on services and help the environment at the same time if you win the car. Potential winners must live in an area that is services by Charter. Not to mention save a lot of money on gas. (Do not forget to tell your friends after you complete the easy registration.) The car features a polished metal metallic exterior, fabric interior, USB Audio Interface/MP3 Auxiliary Input Jack, cruise control, 160-watt sound system and power windows and doors. It gets up to 45 miles per gallon on the highway with a continuously variable transmission and a 110-hp, eight-valve, SOHC, i-VTEC® four-cylinder engine. Now who would not like to cruise around in that?

Don’t forget to check out Charter services to see how you can Save Green, Go Green.


Pleasing all your children

As my three youngest children get older, I am finding it more and more difficult to accommodate everyone. When I picked the two middle children up from HeadStart today I turned up the music because a song that I know my 3-year-old daughter likes came on.

Andre, the 4 year old (he'll be 5 this month), who sits all the way in the back where the speakers are a little louder immediately covered his ears and said it was too loud. I turned it down a little. Amareah said she couldn't hear it.

I ended up changing the knob from front and back to just front. Then it seemed too loud for me (as Andre smiled), but I didn't say anything or change it. Then, wouldn't you know it, Amareah said it wasn't loud enough.

"It's loud enough," I say, showing my irritation a little.

This seems to be more of a common occurrence. They can't agree on the snack they want, the movie they want to watch, the show they're going to watch or anything else in between. I have decided that I am not going to be doing two of everything (and then three when the baby gets old enough to voice her opinion); they are going to have to learn how to come to an agreement.

The only time they get to choose what they eat is snack time and they can choose from one of two things. Amareah tried to go outside of those two things today, but I stood my ground. When they can't decide what movie they want to watch -- I decide. If they argue over a toy and won't share -- I take it away.

I normally iron their clothes for the week so they get to choose what they're going to wear from the choices that are already ironed. Not a big deal. But I don't know how long it'll take for them to understand that they have to work together or they're going to miss out. How do you please all of your children? What rules have you put into place for your children to make life a little easier for you?

Book meme

Sandra tagged me with the book meme. Here are the rules:

Grab the nearest book.
Open the book to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the text of the next two to five sentences in your journal/blog along with these instructions.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one: pick the
Tag five other people to do the same.

Luckily the closest book to me is the one I just finished reading. Actually there are all kinds of books within arm distance, but I am choosing the one I just finished reading. It is Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. My BFF and myself read it together. (Remember the book club I told you about?)

"...They sometimes know things that are going to happen, don't they?"
"They're generally not friends. Just passing acquaintances. Anyway, they're helpful only when they want to be helpful."
"If I were dead, I'd help you," Terri assured me.

I've been thinking that I posted this meme before so I did a search and found The page 123 meme, which is similar. I don't feel like tagging anyone, but if you feel like doing it just let me know and I'll pop over and read it.

Happy reading.

Find your realtor

A lot of people who I talk to about where they would live if they could move to a warmer climate often choose Florida. I can understand the draw to that state because Florida is viewed as similar to island living with nearby beaches, lots to do and a relaxed atmosphere.

For those who are seriously considering that move then they should check out Sarasota Realtors to find that perfect spot to live. Realtors in Sarasota are especially trained to locate the property that specifically meets your requirements. Finding the perfect certified expert is just a click away at ClickSmart.


What are you going to do?

There are so many companies supporting breast cancer research and the fight against breast cancer that we sometimes forget that we -- as individuals -- can do our part. I know I often get overwhelmed with thinking that I have to do something big to support the fight, but I am coming to realize that it's the small gestures that also make a difference.

A couple of years ago, I bought two pink ribbon pins for my teenage daughter and myself to show our support for breast cancer research. About a year ago my daughter bought a "pink ribbon" t-shirt, which I have since adopted, to show our support to others. And about two weeks ago I bought a simple 2008 bracelet (it was only $2) from Payless shoesource to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. The bracelet purchase means I am "taking steps to fight breast cancer™."

Don't think that the fight is too big for you to participate in because there are many things you can do. If purchasing "pink" items isn't your thing then see if your community is sponsoring a walk, visit some of the many
sites that offer information and ways to help or simply help spread the word about being proactive about breast health among your female friends, relatives, colleagues and associates.

One in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime (read more facts
here) and in order to beat this with have to do something... something for ourselves and all of our sisters.

The perfectly decorated home

I subscribe to at least three different home magazines because I always dream of the day when I’ll have the home I’ve always wanted – one that’s decorated to my specifications and that speaks of my personality, style and creativity. One of the ways for anyone to achieve their desired look for their home is to find a store that has furniture and home decorating accessories that exactly meet what they’re looking for.

If you’re looking for Eastern Inspired Living then you can find that with Lombok. Their site features furniture and home decorating accessories that have clean lines and are simple and elegant. As a book lover, I am drawn to their handmade bookcases, which give me visions of a library or office lined with rich-looking, sophisticated bookcases like those included on Lombok’s site, which is easy to navigate. They feature rustic, ladder style and distressed bookcases as well as a nice assortment of other styles.

To add ambiance to any room it’s important to have fragrant candles housed in elegant candle holders. Lombok has a variety of candle holders to fit any style and personality, and they’re all reasonably priced. I am a sucker for the dim light of a candle because it makes me want to grab a comfy throw, curl up in a plush armchair and stare out the window at the quietness of nature.

If you’re like me then you’ll want to grab a couple of Lombok’s throws. My favorite is the chunky woven throw, which is a wool/acrylic blend – perfect for the upcoming cool evenings. Don’t just take my word for it… hid on over to Lombok and check out their fabulous furniture and home decorating accessories. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed and you can have that perfectly decorated home that I dream of.

Fresh pages fuel creativity

A fresh notebook or journal always creates a little spark of creativity in me. It fuels me to write lists, poems, letters, journal entries... my brain starts to race trying to come up with something to write. Something to put down that I want to remember - something creative.

You already know I'm addicted to magazines, but I don't think I've shared my addiction to journals and notebooks. I recently bought the red journal with the excuse that since my favorite color is red and it says "write" on it that, of course, a writer must have it. And, yes, I've already started writing in it: A log of my children's book submissions and a record of my freelance income.

The "fresh start" journal, which I got through Oprah magazine, is filled with my journal entries and mementos. The coffee paper notebook (I have two of those, but they're different styles) I stole from my best friend. One contains my blogging information (sites, passwords, ideas, etc.) and the other contains a record of the college information/activity that I'm doing for my teenager.

See I need each and every one of those journals and notebooks.

Yes, I even need the stash I have in my room on a bookshelf. The pages are still blank and fresh just waiting for me to break them open and begin creating something impressive.

You should try it... When your muse gets a little stuck just take a fresh notebook, journal or pad and draw or write your way to a breakthrough. You'll feel accomplished, creative and productive. Come back and tell me how it goes.

If that's not your think then let me know what gets your sparks to flying. Tsk tsk... keep your mind out of the gutter. ;)

(To share your spark go to Maternal Spark!)

Get early Christmas presents

The Pinay Blogger has got together with her blogging buddy Gen who is hosting an Advance Christmas Giveaway.

Here's a list of the prizes:

1st Prize
$15 thru PayPal - My Endless Thoughts & Simple World of Haze
5,000 EC - History And Travel
customized blog header - Designs By Vhiel
1,000 EC plus 125X125 Ad for 1 month - The Pinay Blogger
1,000 EC plus 125X125 ad for 1 month - Momma Wannabe
125x125 ad for 1 month -
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2nd Prize
$10 thru PayPal - Wonderful Things In Life
1,000 EC plus 125x125 ad for 2 weeks - Praning's Shoutout
1,000 EC - My Collection
1,000 EC - Regalo ng Diyos(God's gift)
1,000 EC - What A World
1,000 EC -
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125x125 ad for 1 month - Aerin Collections

3rd Prize
$5 thru paypal - Beauty Of Life
500 EC plus 125X125 ad for 1 month - Life Expressions
500 EC plus 125X125 ad for 1 month - Pinaymama's Diary
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500 EC plus 125X125 for lifetime - Starts at Two
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4rth Prize
500 EC plus 125X125 Ad for lifetime - The Money Maker
500 EC - OnlineBiz and Resources
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500 EC - Brown Pinay
300 EC - A Message From My Heart
125X125 ad for 1 month - A Mother's Journal
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5th Prize
500 EC - Digital Life Scraps
500 EC - Pheandy's Blog
300 EC plus 125X125 ad for 1 week - It's My Party
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The contest runs until October 20. Winners will be announced on October 21.

To enter, hop on over to The Pinay Blogger and follow the entry rules. Good luck.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

That is so nasty

I woke up one morning with a bump on my stomach - a little below my breast. Before the day was out that bump had developed into a very nasty-looking rash. The rash, which is extremely itchy, developed from one bump into two mounds of a rash. It has little fluid looking blisters that are starting to heal... I had an ultrasound of my liver on Saturday and the technician said it looks like poison oak or poison ivy. That's puzzling, I said. She said that it's possible to touch those poisonous plants and not get the breakout where you touched them. Hmmm... interesting, but that doesn't help me. I can't recall touching any plants, I don't have animals and none of my kids are broken out with anything.

What the freak? If it wasn't so nasty looking I would show it to you and get your "professional" opinion. I guess I'll have to figure out who to go to at the Veteran's Hospital to get this treated. Alcohol doesn't seem to do anything (well, it may have contributed to some of the drying out) and I can't tell a bit of difference with using cortisone cream.

I just want it to go away 'cause I'm sure I was gonna hit a beach and wear a bikini for the first time in more than 20 years. Uh... not!

What are your home remedies for mysterious rashes?
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