Monday, May 14, 2007

Drinker's Info

Did you know:

"Whites are more likely to drink than blacks,

northerners more than southerners,

younger adults more than older,

Catholic and Jews more than Protestants,

nonreligious more than religious,

urban more than rural,

large-city dwellers more than small-city residents,

& college-educated people more than those with only a high

school or grade school education." - Ksir, Hart & Ray 2008

Just thought it was interesting and that I'd share. :)

Friday, May 4, 2007

Crisis Averted!

So an update on my sister... the doctors ran numerous tests and apparently she has an infection (bacterial... exactly what caused my premature labor). Luckily, they were able to slow the contractions down and avoid a premature delivery. She is now on medication to clear the infection. Although she is exhausted, she is in good spirits and just glad that they were able to catch it before it got to a point of no return (as in my case, I was already 6cm dialated when I got to the hospital!).

Sigh of Relief

We just finished our final presentation, which was FANTASTIC! Thank you ladies for such an amazing performance. And also for dealing with my family emergency and being willing to work around it if need be.

The moments leading up to the presentation for me were beyond stressfull. First of all, my mother was supposed to be watching my daughter during it and was running late, not to mention that my daughter wasnt exactly a happy camper. Then for some odd reason, our gardener shows up and starts mowing and blowing and making all kinds of noise. Did I mention he usually comes on Saturday mornings and has NEVER come at any other time? Yea.

So, babies crying, gardener's being noise and the dogs are going nuts, and then enters my little sister, who is 5 months pregnant. She had just gotten home when I heard her yelling for help. I run in to help her and she is having contractions and her cervix was opening (I only know this because my daughter was 9 weeks premature and that is exactly what happened to me).

Its now T minus 10 minutes before I’m supposed to call in. My mother comes in and they all leave in a whirl wind to go to the hospital.

So throughout the entire presentation my heart is racing!!! I was trying to focus but I was obviously panicking. Especially because my sister doesn’t deal with things very well and stresses more than she should, and then my mom can add fuel to the fire so I felt I NEEDED to be there… and on top of that they had my kid. Talk about stressful.

After we wrapped up our phone call, I ran to get my keys. But I quickly realized that they were in my diaper bag, that was with my mother, who was already at the hospital. So, I was just meant to be a part of that phone conference I suppose because I had no way of leaving. Just goes to show that everything happens for a reason.

Well now I’m waiting to be picked up by my sister’s boyfriend. Just thought I’d share the irony of it all.

Oh and her contractions have slowed down, they are monitoring her and baby as of now.

Talk about a crash course in crisis control!

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Moving Forward

Despite our group's recent "conflict," everything came together quite nicely and we were able to move forward with our orignal plan of action. (which makes our lives SO much easier) We have all the pieces together in our script as well as our powerpoint and all we have to do now is present! YAY! Hard part is over, the rest will be a breeze! Thank goodness because I think we could all use a break from the stress each of us has created for ourselves over this. At least we all know that we are all dedicated to our work and in the end everything worked out the way it should.

We chatted tonight, first in the chatroom and then via phone to test the conference call again. I feel that we were extremely productive and were able to put the finishing touches together quite easily (like how to go about not talking over each other, our introduction and conclusion). I couldnt have dreamed of a better rehearsal. I'm sure it will be just as good tomorrow for Dr. D. That is, as long as we all remember to SPEAK UP! :) Great job ladies!

Ponder this....

These are just some random thoughts that have been going through my head lately and I thought I'd share. I hope it is not too hard to follow.

Why is it that others constantly insisted that the “right” path of life has to be the easiest one? (ie. Going to school, getting a good job, and THEN having children.. in my case anyway.. this can be applied to many) Yes, you may get to the desired destination the fastest and with minimal effort; but is that really what life is all about? So what if the alternate route is an uphill struggle, at least you are able to enjoy the “scenic” route along the way. I believe, in the long run, that it is far more fulfilling! Why is it struggle such a taboo? Aren’t we all taught that you have to work extremely hard to get the things we want most, and that it will not just be handed to us on a silver platter? Yes, I realize that certain choices could lessen the amount of effort necessary, but what if you’re missing out on the beauty of life that is all around you, is it really worth it in the end? I do not feel that it is appropriate of someone to judge the choices made by another, for them to claim that that person made a “wrong” decision because it will be “too difficult.” For that individual, the most difficult route just may be the most rewarding and enlightening. My advice is, follow your heart, you may take a few detours, but in the end you will end up right where you were meant to be.

“Shoot for the moon! If you miss, you will still land among the stars.”

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Major tension

It REALLY bothers me when people are quick to judge others and "call them out" without being considerate of the circumstances. Especially when that person, although their portion is complete, was not willing to offer feedback when it was requested of them. You must move forward with the best that you can do at that moment, and know that you can add a small portion in at the last minute, especially when everything else is already taken care of. Have faith in your team members and be supportive. All else fails, we can work without the missing piece but I dont feel there is any reason to make someone feel bad that they were unable to summit it yet... we still have time, it is not Friday at 6pm just yet. And I know that I did a major portion of the work without being asked and without any input because it was not offered. Dont sweat the small stuff. Just Chillax! We'll be fine. Worse comes to worst, I'll throw a little of my own magic in... promise! We are all very committed women and I know we will shine in our presentation regardless of what happens. Dont forget to breathe! :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


I have yet to hear from my group members this week. I sent out an email and only received one reply. I'm getting a bit anxious and nervous about our project. I know that we have completed a great deal but I feel there is still work to be done, and putting it all together in an organized fashion. We're scheduled to chat tomorrow night but I'm not sure we are going to get much accomplished if no one is sending feedback on our resolution. I'm a PPT kind of girl. Perfectly Put Together that is :) (Sorority mottos.. they never go away lol) I know we all have a lot going on, some of us with work, travel and family, I just hope we can conclude with the same amount of enthusiasm as we started with in order to go out with a bang!