Monthly Archives: June 2006

Donate! Donate!

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As promised, here’s my friend Brenda’s page for accepting donations for the 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk. Click here to donate to her campaign. Bubba sez thanks!

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Lunchtime at work

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Yep, good times, as I sit here in my cubicle, relaxing in the 9 square feet that are granted to my body and chair.

Anyhoo, this week is taking a toll on me. Not sure what it is, but I’ll blabber on some more.

First, Unca Bubba is an Unca again. Congratulations to my sis, who has given birth to an 8 pound, 2 ounce, 21 inch-long niece, making it Bubba’s 3rd niece, to add to his collection of 4 nephews. I don’t have the money or time to see them nearly enough, but I love them just the same.

Next, I wish to do a commercial for Simply Asia noodle bowls. Just got my second Roasted Peanut bowl. Cheap, and not too bad. Good stuff for lunch from my neighbors next door, the health food store. Goes well with the golden delicious apple I got, too.

There are a LOT of people at work that are not having a good health day, besides myself. About half of my team has headaches, several of them migraines. We also have stomach aches, nausea, and various other aches and pains. It can’t be that we’re all stressed, or anything like that…

Last night, went to Rubio’s to have a fish burrito. If you ain’t tried it, Bubba sez don’t knock it. It’s good stuff, Maynard. Anyhoo, the reason I went is because my good friend Brenda is doing the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, and 20% of what I spent went directly to her walk. If I get her permission, I’ll put a link on here so you can donate directly to her walk. If I remember correctly, she needs to raise about $2,500 in order to participate. Good luck, Brenda. Bubba will help however he can.

Saw a great episode of House last night. If you’re following the series, this was the one where the young homosexual guy with AIDS gets House to work his case. Seems like there was a lot packed into this episode…House tries to get with his ex, one of the characters gets high and sleeps with another one (I ain’t tellin ya, look it up), and House assaults his patient’s father. If you haven’t seen House, Bubba sez check it out. And for those of you saying “hey, House wasn’t on last night!” you’d be right, except Bubba has himself one of those DVR thingies. Don’t know how I lived without it.

OK, enough about the other stuff. I have noticed that this week has been really hard to get through. I am finding myself really tired…and probably depressed. Went to bed around 6:30 last night. Obviously didn’t go to sleep right away, but wasn’t out of bed after that for more than about 15 minutes, and that was to get up to find if there was a potential interaction between the Ambien I take every night, and the Darvocet I wanted to take because my back was hurting me so badly. Didn’t find anything, but I decided to tolerate the pain and just skip the Darvocet.

I did go for a decent walk yesterday, but not sure if that had anything to do with the additional tiredness. I know that the weather here in Arizona is changing quite a bit. There’s a 30% chance of rain with the storms that are moving here…which has most of the natives pretty excited. For those of you like Bubba, who haven’t lived in the desert for the majority of your life, rain and clouds aren’t something you normally look forward to. However, people who have lived here all their lives nearly wet their pants, saying “ooh! it’s so pretty out!” when there’s an overcast day. Oh well, takes all kinds, I guess. But I also know we need the rain, so Bubba will shaddup.

Sorry, got off on a tangent, there. But I’m going to the doctor’s next week, and if my depression doesn’t lift a bit, I’m going to ask about upping the dose on my Cymbalta, or switching to another drug altogether. There are just some times when I wonder if I’m going to be able to keep working until I retire, or if disability is something I will have to consider. God, I certainly hope I don’t have to.

Well, it’s about time to get back to work…and for that matter, for YOU to get back to work. Stop surfin the web on company time! Ha ha…just kiddin. God bless!

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Punny Potato

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Well, Girl Potato and Boy Potato had eyes for each other, and finally they got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they called ‘Yam.’

Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.

When it was time, they told her about the facts of life.

They warned her about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn’t get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like ‘Hot Potato,’ and end up with a bunch of Tater Tots.

Yam said not to worry, no Spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her!

But on the other hand she wouldn’t stay home and become a Couch Potato either. She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her Shoestring cousins.

When she went off to Europe, Mr. and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland.

And the greasy guys from France called the French Fries and when she went out west, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn’t get scalloped.

Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn’t associate with those high class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say, ‘Frito Lay.’

Mr. and Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that’s Potato University) so that when she graduated she’d really be in the Chips.

But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Tom Brokaw. Tom Brokaw! Mr. and Mrs. Potato were very upset. They told Yam she couldn’t possibly marry Tom Brokaw because he’s just…….

Are you ready for this?

Are you sure?

OK! Here it is!
A Commontater

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Gotta do kitties too…

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Mahna mahna…

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Weekend update…

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Hiya kids, Unca Bubba here. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but life has been busy and tiring.

The first part of last week found me helping out a friend that wasn’t feeling well. I also went to the doctor’s on Tuesday. Doctor said “well, we know what’s going on now, go lose some weight and drop your blood pressure.” And then he said “see you in four months.” Which, I have to say, is some of the happiest words I’ve heard for a while. I know that I’m really no closer to feeling better, but the fact that I don’t have to visit a doctor every week (or 2, 3 times a week) really makes me happy. I have to go back to the rheumy on 7/6, but other than that, my life of sitting in doctors’ offices has been severely curtailed.

I actually felt pretty good for the first few days of the week. Then it seems like about Thursday, I just hit a wall. I got really tired, but I still stuck it out at work, and made it through the week, including fixing a couple of computers on Friday night in exchange for dinner (and it was AWESOME dinner!)

Saturday comes along, and I pretty much stayed in bed for most of the day. I finally got up for good about 5:00 pm…to go to a bbq for the people that do production-type stuff at church. Not too bad…catered by Famous Dave’s. FWIW, it was much better than the first time I had FDs in Chicago. Then I was supposed to go to a friend’s house, but got a call from my friend saying everyone was too tired, so I just went home and moped for a bit before going to bed (at 8:30).

I found myself much too tired to go to church on Sunday, and I felt like I had a marching band going through my head. Even the darvocet didn’t chase it away…so I was pretty miserable. But when my friends called and asked about lunch, I didn’t care how I felt…I just had to get out of the house. Luckily, after I got to C-Fu Gourmet and started eating, I felt much better. Good enough, in fact, to go over to Jeff’s house and play some Starcraft…I forgot how much fun that was!

I’ve had a lot more headaches lately, and I am also finding I have a lot of the symptoms for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). Sorry to mention it here; I usually don’t go into that much detail. But then again, the blog is as much for my record-keeping of symptoms as it is for you to be entertained by the drama my life provides (I keed! I keed!) However, don’t worry…I won’t give you any details of the workings (or lack thereof) of the lower half of my gastrointestinal tract.

Other than that, I am just trying to live life as it comes, enjoy what I do have instead of focusing on what I don’t. Hopefully, I’m successful. I’ve also been making sure I read my Bible each morning, and doing a least a little praying…working on my relationship with Him.

Well, that’s all I got for now…till then, Unca Bubba sez God Bless!

PS: Almost forgot! Bubba is an Unca again…as Kim has her first on Wednesday!

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Weekend tidbits

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  1. This weekend was BADLY needed. Having worked all 5 weekdays last week for the first time in over a month, I was really wore out.
  2. That being said, I also went swimming to try to get SOME exercise into my routine. Went pretty well, but once again, made me really tired on Sunday, a day that I did lights at church. For those of you that haven’t been to my church, what that means is I get there at 7:45am, run through setup and rehearsal, and stay until almost 1:00pm sitting in a chair moving sliding switches up and down, working a computer and projector, and trying to stay awake enough not to mess up. It’s one of those jobs that if you do it well, no one notices. If you do mess up….well, then EVERYONE notices. At least I got to take a nap afterwards.
  3. I also did laundry on Sunday, including hanging everything up and putting everything away. I’m so proud of myself! Seriously, as tired as I was, I not only did that, but also did most of the dishes, cleaned up the kitchen a bit, and got my dry cleaning together.
  4. The White Sox swept the Cincinnatti Reds over the weekend. However, they didn’t make any progress towards erasing the 1.5 game deficit they have in the AL Central, because the Tigers also swept their series…against the Cubs. Proving once again, northsiders…the Flubbies are USELESS.
  5. Meanwhile, the Diamondbacks have dropped 12 out of their last 13, including the 8-2 disastrous loss to the Giants. I know I’m an amateur fan, having never even played hardball myself, but it just doesn’t look like the guys were really hustling out there. Now, I’m not trying to say they’re lazy, or anything like that. But right now they’re in a huge slump, and need to do whatever they can to get themselves out. The silver lining in this cloud: they’re still only 1 game behind the division-leading Padres and Dodgers. While I type this, I noticed the D-backs have allowed the Pirates to erase a three-run deficit to tie the game at 4-4. Groan.
  6. If you are reading this blog, and you have a suggestion of something I should do to ‘cure’ or ‘manage’ my fibromyalgia, please keep it to yourself right now. I just don’t have the energy to ‘try things’ to make my life better. I know that logically, this doesn’t make sense. But I’m going to ask you to trust me. Right now, I just can’t do things that may or may not work, and thereby setting me up for another letdown. So, if I need advice, I will ask. I appreciate your respect for me in this matter.
  7. If you like online games, please leave a comment, and I’ll get you a free guest pass for Pogo. I’ve spent a lot of time on there. It’s something I can do that keeps my brain engaged, and allows me to stay out of bed for a while when I’m home. If you already belong, come say hi to fmpower98.
  8. Hot dogs, while probably not the best dietary choice, are cheap, and mighty tasty with some mustard.
  9. Bottom of the 9th, Dbacks and Pirates still 4-4. Greg Aquino just came in….and I have to get going. Bubba sez be good, kids, and God Bless you.
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Long week, it has been.

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Hiya, kids. Unca Bubba saying howdy to both of you reading my blog. That is, if you’re both still reading after my political rant the other day.

Had a very, very productive day at work yesterday. Because I left early to go to the D-backs game, I didn’t help with training like I did the rest of the week. So I followed up on some of the cases that I was working before I went to training, and solved four cases worth a lot of money.

Then I went to the Diamondbacks game. I have to admit, it was nice getting out of work early to go watch a baseball game. There’s just something about being able to call one of your coworkers from behind home plate, relaxing and munching on peanuts. However, that was about the only nice aspect of this one, because we got clobbered. Call me an amateur fan, but it just doesn’t look like the Diamondbacks are really hustling on defense. Hopefully, Bob Melvin will light a fire under the boys.

I also realized that there must be something to this ‘cannot concentrate on anything’ deal that I’ve experienced lately. I lasted one inning of the ballgame in my seat, before I had to get up and walk around. I mean, what’s up with that? I like baseball…it wasn’t a boring game…but all the same, I was, well, not bored, but just couldn’t sit there and concentrate on the game.

Otherwise, though, I’ve been feeling halfway decent. Yes, I am still terrifically tired…yes, I still get aches and pains, but other than that not too bad. Must be I’m starting to learn how to count my blessings.

Well, I’m going to lay back down to rest a bit before work. Should be fun…we’re going to dress up today to graduate the class I’ve been helping. Take care, and God Bless.

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Another day in paradise.

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Got a decent amount of sleep last night, thanks to being in bed by 9:00 and taking my Ambien. Still felt pretty tired and worn out this morning, but better than I have a lot of mornings, so I’m thankful for that.

First order of business when I got into work this morning was to walk down to the local police station with the rest of the training class to get our pictures taken. It was a bit of a walk, so I guess I could call that exercise (somewhat). But, to counteract that exercise, we went to Starbucks. MMMM good…AND I have some caffeine.

But at least I wasn’t riding a motorcycle that hit a car yesterday. I did a quick prayer for Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steeler football player that wasn’t wearing a helmet, got into a collision, and (supposedly) landed on his head. He was in surgery for quite a while yesterday, but sounds like he’s going to be OK. The next questions, though, are based on speculation on how much time he will miss. With the first NFL preseason games less than 2 months away, it’s almost a given that he will miss at least some of those games, and possible regular season contests as well. Not to be disrepectful of the seriousness of his injuries, but it’s going to be an interesting soap opera to see how he is penalized by the team for engaging in hazardous activities, such as riding a motorcycle without a helmet.

Part of what has my panties in a bunch today is the poll released by CBS News, stating that most Americans believe the death of al-Zarqawi has little or no effect on the war in Iraq. Part of what Bubba believes is that a lot of Americans are not well versed in war.

War is an option of last resort. In this case, we had a dictator (Saddam Hussein) who had murdered his own countrymen, with conservative estimates of casualties numbering in the hundreds of thousands. This, folks, is genocide, and we cannot just turn a blind eye and pretend that it ain’t happening. Not to mention his attempt to invade other nations (Kuwait).

When the decision to go to war is made, though, there has to be a 100% committment to do the job. Halfway will get a lot of people killed needlessly. So, we’re in Iraq; let’s finish the job. And the job that needs to be done isn’t going to be completed in a few months, even though it appears that Americans have grown quite tired of the cost in lives that is being extracted from us…so others can have the freedom that we seem to take for granted every day.

Now, when we started the war, the majority of Americans were in agreement with the decision. However, now there are all sorts of polls stating that we want our troops out now.

To me, this indicates the lack of knowledge of the American people about war. War is not about an opinion poll. This war is about the belief that people should be free of tyranny, opression, and fear of being killed by your own government without reason. We started it, let’s finish it.

Back to the original topic — why should we be publicizing a poll that criticizing the success of the military’s operations when it’s abundantly clear that Americans don’t understand the committment needed to be successful at waging war?

OK, time for Bubba to get off the soapbox. If I stepped on your toes with that post…well, get your own blog and tell the world what an idiot Bubba is. Until then, Bubba sez God Bless all of you, even if you don’t agree with me…and hug someone today. And if you find a soldier…give them two hugs…one from you, and one from Unca Bubba, k?

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Various rants from work.

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Hi there kids. Unca Bubba deciding to rant for just a bit.

  1. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition, with no cause yet discovered by doctors. Therefore, please do not look at my waistline and automatically assume that because I’m fat, that you should ask me if I have FM because of my diet. Yes, I acknowledge that I’m overweight because I’ve made some bad dietary and lifestyle choices. However, my condition has deteriorated because I started exercising, and about wore myself into the ground. So, to sum up, I know I’m fat, you know I’m fat. Nuff said.
  2. The Diamondbacks have been stinkin up the place since the Grimsley IRS raid. They are sure not to lose today, because they have the day off. But I’m going to see them on Thursday, and they better have turned it around by then…or I will NOT be a happy camper.
  3. Speaking of baseball, the White Sox are looking a bit better these days, having occupied first place for a bit before being replaced again by the Detroit Tigers. We’re going to Texas now, and hopefully can gain some ground on the Tigers, who are going to Toronto.
  4. As I learn more about FM and how it affects people, I am really surprised how varied the symptoms can be, but how much we have in common with each other. At this point, I am thankful that I can still drive, open cans and bottles, and work…all things that many FM patients can no longer do. However, it gets me just a bit concerned about whether I will eventually get to that point. I’m thankful for a God that loves me enough to be concerned about this for me, friends who will be there if I need support or help, and a workplace that has constantly accomodated me when I need it.
  5. Right now, the US is down 2-0 to the Czech team in the World Cup. Hopefully they’ll come back to at least tie it….
  6. I want to go to sleep so bad I can feel the pillow under my head.
  7. I’ll say it again. George W. Bush is NOT as bad as the Democrats make him to be, and he’s NOT as great as the Republicans say. Also, the Democrats should just shut up. Why? Because if Bush is as unpopular, stupid, and crooked as they say, they could’ve ran anyone with a personality against him, and won. However, they ran John “I need to get out more often” Kerry against him, and lost. That’s right, you LOST. Start preparing for 2008, when you get your next chance. Until then, shaddup.
  8. I have never in my life lived in a place that cared less about the NHL than here in Arizona. Never. I couldn’t even tell you who’s winning the Stanley Cup Finals. This, folks, is an embarrassing statement for me to make.
  9. While I’m making my Shut Up requests, Cubbies fans are next. While we (the White Sox) are reigning World Champions and only 1.5 games out of first, you guys are 11 games out of first place, and have already warmed up the ‘wait till next year’ chant, because you’ll be one of the first teams mathematically eliminated from reaching the playoffs. Bubba sez shaddup, and for Pete’s sake, get rid of Wood and Prior.
  10. Breaktime is over. Enjoy.
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