August 31, 2010
This warms my heart because:
1) I was in FBLA (thank you very much!)
2) Marisa's self-esteem went up several notches (thank you, Ms. Campbell!)
3) She has been interested in web design for some time now (grateful for the recognition!)
4) Marisa has found another niche besides sports (academically speaking!)
Great job, Marisa! First club meeting is tomorrow...
August 29, 2010
August 27, 2010
One of the wonderful integrated therapies we provide in hospice care is pet therapy. I've been very fortunate enough to facilitate sessions for several patients. It is so rewarding for all parties. The other day, my friend Sherri posted this video of Baxter, a service dog. Danny and Marisa were at the table when I was watching the video. I was so excited to share with them what I do, what facilitating a session means. We were all in tears, but not with complete sadness. They were tears of compassion.
Next week I have two sessions: one to help a patient with a relocation from her assisted living apartment to a skilled nursing home; and, one for a patient that is bedbound and wants to 'snuggle' with a dog but is high risk for skin tears. The other time I facilitated a session was with an Alzheimer's pt to help bridge communication as she had lost the ability to complete thoughts. As she stroked the dog's back, she was able to complete 5-6 word phrases and talk with her daughter. It was beautiful. This is such a wonderful part of my job! When I get home, I hug my doggies and realize they are a part of our family! Hope you enjoy the video.
August 26, 2010
That costs money.
Why pay money to get the breaks replaced when Danny can do it himself?
After all, he IS a Garza!
We ate dinner, then he retreated to the garage to replace the breaks.
The auto parts store gave him the wrong size pads.
Don't you just hate it when that happens?
So off to the auto parts store he goes to get the right size pads.
Oh, and the 'right' size pads costs more money.
But, Danny is determined to do this himself....'that's so Garza'!
Now, don't get me wrong...that's a good thing!
August 23, 2010
1) Tony's 15th birthday
2) New windows for the entire house
3) Rodriguez family reunion in the Rio Grande Valley
4) Uncle Jase's birthday (annual trip to Six Flags)
5) 2 Van's Warped Tours (1 in Texas, 1 in Colorado)
6) Hours and hours of supervised driving with Marisa
7) Scrapbooking in the mountains (This one is exclusively mine!)
8) Las Vegas family vacation
9) New roof
10) Dad's diagnosis (not fun, but important/significant to our family)
11) Jotsna's Bharathanatya Arangetram (Solo Indian Classical Dance)...I posted this on facebook
12) Setting up the studio for Tony
We managed to keep the troublesome elements at bay this summer. We learned alot about tolerance, forgiveness, and acceptance. We practiced turning the other cheek. We made it!
Summer has ended. This summer was great! Now, it's time to start another school year. This calls for routine, predictability, stability, as well as flexibility, sacrifice, and more patience. Lots on our plates, but we can do it! Good-bye Summer.
August 22, 2010
August 19, 2010
Here's my girl, a Junior at Legacy high school. She was cracking up at T's excitement over the studio. I just love the picture behind Marisa here. She has grown up so much this past year. Good luck this year, Sweetie! Now, off ya' go...
August 16, 2010
I work with those afflicted with all kinds of cancers, COPD, congestive heart failure, failure to thrive, dementia, Alzheimers, heart disease, Parkinson's, leukemia, etc.
I work with moms, dads, grands and greats, aunts, sisters, sisters-in-law, uncles, brothers, brothers-in-law, cousins, neighbors, friends, children, etc.
I work with family systems that are open, closed, emeshed, disengaged, under-functioning, and over-functioning.
Today, I learned my dad has Parkinson's Disease.
August 14, 2010
Well, the 'cost' will be in a new homeowners rate next year.
August 11, 2010
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August 3, 2010
I was originally kidnapped from the High Elf City of Felwithe by the god Bertoxxulous. And, as a Gnome servant of Bertoxxulous, Danrael was awarded me as a wife when he lead a raid against an enemy of Bertoxxulous.
I am an Enchantress, so I am a master of illusions. Bertoxxulous has turned my powers against me and forces me to live in a Gnome illusion. I am to auto-follow the Gnome Magician, Danrael.
But every once in awhile, my true imagine will appear and reveal the real Garzael, a High Elf Enchantress.
Okay, folks! This is the character that Danny created for me in the Sony game called 'Everquest'. This is what's taking us to Vegas: the SOE Fan Faire Convention! I think Tony had a character at one time called Pooty-Poot.
August 2, 2010
1) Pick up after yourself
2) Put things back where you got them
3) Let us know if you broke something rather than hide it
4) You are responsible for messes your friends make, so clean up after them
5) Bring laundry down on Fridays or it won't get done, period
6) Put your own dishes away
7) If you complain about the house being dirty, then whatever you complain about is now your responsiblity to 'clean' it!
August 1, 2010
Start off with:
-6 or 7 cups of tortilla chips (I use 'On The Border' brand)
-3 cups diced or shredded cooked chicken
-2 cups of shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend (I add 4 squares of The Laughing Cow brand of 'Queso Fresco & Chipotle')
-1 can of refried beans
-1 small can of green chilies, chopped
-2 tablespoons of Jamaican Jerk Rub or Southwestern Seasoning Mix...you decide, I've used both
-1 small yellow or red bell pepper (I use a little of both)
-1 small lime
-2 tablespoons of fresh cilantro
-¼ cup sour cream and 1 teaspoon additional Jamaican Jerk Rub
-2 fresh Roma tomatoes, chopped to your preference
-Preheating your oven to 425°F.
-Arrange the chips on cookie sheet or baking stone.
-Heat up refried beans, mixing in green chilies.
-Combine chicken, cheese, and 1 tablespoon of the rub/seasoning, mix together.
-Smear beans on the chips, and sprinkle the chicken rub cheese mixture on the chips.
-Bake about 5 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
-While the nachos are heating, dice peppers and slice lime in half.
-Juice half of the lime into a small bowl, add remaining rub/seasoning and bell peppers, mix well.
-Snip the cilantro.
-Spoon the bell peppers over the nachos and sprinkle on tomato and cilantro.
-Have sour cream, salsa, and lime on the side, if desired.