Wednesday, January 30, 2008
I DON'T have the flu, I have drug interactions. And the culmination of it all? Tuesday night I had actual Alice-in-Wonderland-style Hallucinations and ended up in the emergency room, barely able to walk. SCARIEST. THING. EVER.
There was pink paint coming down from my ceiling. Things in my room were wiggling. There was a whirlpool in my wall. My soap dish was jumping. More paint dripping from the ceiling. Nightmare while awake, with all the lights ON. My muscles were rigid and I couldn't walk. I tried to close my eyes, but it didn't stop. I saw squirming colors. Like worms. It was almost worse. Bawling, I called my parents who took me to the ER. We came armed with every pill I had to let them see what might be interacting or if I had Serotonin Syndrome. I was there for awhile. They gave me a shot (in my butt) that counteracted the crazy pills, but for some reason made me hurt really bad at the same time, and VERY sleepy. They let me go home, under supervision. So I have been at the padres' till now. But I still am being VERY careful. It was SCAAAAAARY. And yucky. And I still feel like crap. But at least the paint is staying where it should.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Anyway, as I DID nothing today (literally. Like I slept. That's it.) I have nothing to write but wanted to share another article about President Hinckley. (he at least deserves more blog coverage than Heath Ledger, right?)
This is from the New York Times. I like it because, well, sometimes it's nice to see him acknowledged for all the good things he did from a NON-churchy source (plus reading "Mr. Hinckley" kinda makes me giggle) .
Also it has some funny quotes. I *heart* our Prophet. I will miss him so much.
January 28, 2008
Gordon B. Hinckley, Mormon Leader, Is Dead at 97 Copyright 2008 The New York Times Company
Gordon B. Hinckley, the president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who led Mormonism through a period of global expansion, died Sunday at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 97.
The church, which announced his death on its Web site, said a successor to Mr. Hinckley was not expected to be chosen until after his funeral.
Mr. Hinckley spent 46 years in the church’s top leadership ranks, 12 of those as its 15th president. He was the oldest president in the church’s history.
In a faith that is relatively young, founded in 1830, Mr. Hinckley’s impact was formative. He traveled to 60 countries and dedicated 95 of the church’s 124 temples, some on sites that he himself had surveyed and selected. Wherever he went, he drew large crowds of church members waving white handkerchiefs, a sign of affection that began in Chile and spread.
With his buoyant personality and affinity for public relations, Mr. Hinckley made Mormonism more familiar to the public and more accepted in the Christian fold. He gave news conferences and was the first church president to sit for interviews on “60 Minutes” and “Larry King Live.” When the Winter Olympics went to Salt Lake City in 2002, the church’s home base, he guided the church outreach campaign.
To emphasize its commonality with other churches, he changed the church’s logo, making the words “Jesus Christ” in the church’s name much larger than “Latter-day Saints.” He arranged to make the church’s huge library of genealogical records publicly available on the Internet.
“He’s been the face of the church, not only for church members, but more than any other president, to the world at large,” said Richard Lyman Bushman, professor of history emeritus at Columbia University, a member and scholar of the church. “He exposed himself to all these interviews and seemed to enjoy it. That has won the admiration of church members. We have been a little bit isolated and clannish, and it’s wonderful to see our church presented to the world.”
During his tenure, Mr. Hinckley faced tough questions about whether the church had muzzled critical scholars and about the role of Mormons in the Mountain Meadows massacre in 1857, when a wagon train of emigrants crossing the Utah territory was attacked. Under Mr. Hinckley, a church magazine published an article about the event and a memorial was constructed at the massacre site.
He would often disarm interrogators with peppery humor, once welcoming a reporter for The New Yorker magazine to his office with the greeting, “All writers should be put in a box and thrown in the sea.”
In President Hinckley’s term, the church grew to count more than 12 million members worldwide — more than the largest Lutheran denomination. It is now believed to be the fourth-largest church in the United States. (But the Mormon church has acknowledged reports that a significant percentage of new converts, especially overseas, do not remain active members.)
Mormon presidents serve in office until their death, but Mr. Hinckley stood out for his enduring vigor. When his wife of 67 years, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, died in 2004, he told Larry King: “The best thing you can do is just keep busy, keep working hard, so you’re not dwelling on it all the time. Work is the best antidote for sorrow.”
President Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004.
Gordon B. Hinckley was born on June 23, 1910, in Salt Lake City, a descendant of a governor of the Plymouth Colony. His grandfather joined the Mormons as a teenager in Nauvoo, Ill., where they had taken refuge in 1839 after being run out of Missouri. But four years later in Nauvoo, anti-Mormon mobs killed the church’s founder, Joseph Smith, and chased his followers out of the state. Mr. Hinckley said his grandfather was among those who made the trek by covered wagon and handcart across the Great Plains to Utah.
Mr. Hinckley returned 158 years later to Nauvoo as the 14th successor to Joseph Smith to dedicate the rebuilt temple, which had long ago been destroyed by a fire and tornado. “This is the greatest season in the history of the church,” he said in a news conference, “and it will only get better.”
He grew up in Salt Lake City, where his father ran the LDS Business College and invested in real estate. His mother was a former English teacher who kept a large library at home. He graduated from the University of Utah with an interest in writing, intending to become a journalist. But at 23, he accepted the call from the church to become a missionary in England, where he preached from a portable stand in Hyde Park in London.
After two years, Mr. Hinckley returned to Salt Lake City and informed headquarters that missionaries needed better materials to explain the church’s teachings to prospective converts. He was soon assigned to direct the church’s publicity efforts, which he did for the next 20 years. For seven years after that, he managed the church’s missionary program.
As the church was growing overseas in the 1950s, Mr. Hinckley came up with the idea of producing a film to be shown in temples as a part of the instructions in the ritual. The film, which teaches about salvation and redemption, was easily translated into many languages and is still part of temple ritual.
In 1961, Mr. Hinckley was brought into the upper echelon of church leadership. For 20 years he served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the church’s second-highest governing body. Then he ascended to the First Presidency, an office that consists of a church president and his two advisers. The presidents he served, Ezra Taft Benson and then Howard W. Hunter, were in failing health for much of the time. Mr. Hinckley had effectively been leading the church well before he was ordained as president on March 12, 1995.
To Latter-day Saints, the church president is not merely a temporal figure but also an inspired prophet who interprets church teachings for the present day. In his first year in office, Mr. Hinckley issued a proclamation on the family. Besides reaffirming Mormon belief that families live on together after death, it condemned domestic abuse. It also said that gender was a characteristic determined even before birth, and that procreation was reserved only for a man and a woman as husband and wife.
Under Mr. Hinckley, the church endorsed a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman and financed political campaigns to support legislation that would bar same-sex marriage in California and Hawaii.
In his worldwide travels, Mr. Hinckley became attentive to the needs of church members in developing countries. He established a “Perpetual Education Fund” to pay for needy church members to attend college. And he designed a smaller version of a temple that could be built more quickly, for less money — giving many more church members access to the sacraments at the core of Mormon spirituality.
“That was hands-on, sitting at his desk drawing the floor plan,” said Boyd K. Packer, the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve. “They are being built everywhere in the world.”
In Salt Lake City, he oversaw the renovation of the historic Mormon Tabernacle, where the famed choir sings, as well as the construction of a new 21,000-seat assembly hall four times the size of the tabernacle to seat the faithful who attend the church’s semiannual general conferences.
Mr. Hinckley is survived by his children, Kathleen Barnes Walker, Virginia Pearce, Jane Dudley, Richard Hinckley and Clark Hinckley; 25 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Anyway, right now I feel like crap.
Also, earlier tonight Steph called me and asked if I was watching TV (I wasn't. I was laying in bed, feeling like crap.) because they had just announced that President Gordon B. Hinckley, the prophet of our Church, had died. I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I know this sounds weird, but he felt like a GRANDPA to me. Not just the leader of a church, but someone I truly loved. On the other hand I am so happy for him. He has got to be overjoyed to be back with his sweetheart Marjorie again.
Another sad thing I remember today is the Challenger. It meant a lot to me because at the time I was in kindergarten and obsessed with the idea of being an Astronaut. They let us watch the launch in class. And then all that happened. It also meant a lot in my family because my Uncle Bob worked on parts of that Shuttle and when it happened people in his neighborhood blamed him and some still do. They were horrible to his family. It was really sad.
Anyway, to a nerdy kid like me, this was a really really memorable day. I cried and cried. Our teacher cried, too. She had talked SO much about how one of the astronauts, Christa McAuliffe, was a teacher. Anyway, just a little bit of history for ya.
It is Sunday, and I intended to go to church, but to the Padres' ward, where I have decided to go awhile. But this cold/flu/black plague thing I have going stopped me from going to ANY ward today. Or, basically, any room besides my bedroom and bathroom. I spent most of today asleep though, drifting in and out. I have gone upstairs exactly once. The Roomie and her boyfriend are sorta spooning up there and 1. I don't want to interrupt and 2. I don't want to make anyone sick and 3. I haven't gotten DRESSED all day either.
Oh, the Legislator's Night Schmoozing went okay the other night. Not good, but fine. Most didn't even come over to us unless they had kids or grand kids who wanted to do it. And we decided on making cornstarch plastic instead of seed necklaces this year. Some were impressed. Others, not so much. As always, Dave is our hero and ran the show, schmoozed while secretly mocking and called us rockstars. We *heart* Dave! Anyway, glad that's over, even though we ate some of the mighty yummy finger foods once the majority of the big wigs went into the Dinosaur Movie. It was a long day for this medically-frustrated part-timer.
It is going to storm AGAIN. Even though this fever has my face on fire, I really am sick of feeling like I live in a freaking igloo. ENOUGH WITH THE SNOW! EXCEPT that I heard that the DROUGHT HAS OFFICIALLY ENDED! I kind of didn't know that would EVER happen in Utah. I mean, not REALLY end. So I better stop whining about the cold and snow. But still... BRRR!
Anyway, I am going to cross my fingers that the snugglers are done so I can grab some grub for the gliders and go to bed... even though that's where I have been all day. Good night.
p.s. The Roomie is very good and Moral and I am not saying HER Spooning will lead to ANYTHING.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Anyway, I really like Dr. Apparently. But I do NOT like therapy. I think it helps... or WILL help... but I think it hurts. It actually HURTS to talk about some stuff, you know?
But I go. I like, though, that he doesn't JUST talk "fluff." He KNOWS medical stuff, and he talks it. That's his specialty... coping with chronic pain and we talk about the science of it. Things like my low thyroid and Fibromyalgia. We'll see. I just want to feel GOOD for a change. Healthy... moderately happy. You know?
After my appointment I went to work, though. It was a Educator Night. BLEH. It was not very good. But it was better than I expect TOMORROW to be. LEGISLATOR NIGHT. I am NOT excited to teach a bunch of politicians how to make seed necklaces and stuff. In truth I am so nervous I am sick. But there are almost NONE of us available that night to do so, so there is no getting out of it. I don't know what I am going to do. I am so scared. I hate adults. Especially official ones.
Anyway, on the way home, Rinny called. Her battery died. So turned back and jumped her car. But DANG IT IS COLD OUT THERE!!! I mean, it was cold ANYWAY, but the wind starts whipping around out there at TGP and you just FREEZE. It was so cold while we tried to fix that car. When will it ever get warm?
For that matter, when will I feel happier?
I know... give things time. New pills. Life changes. But... I have been ME a long time.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I avoid talking politics because, well, my friends and I sure do not always agree. And that's okay! But I thought the quiz on Ashdown's blog to tell you who you should support was pretty interesting. So, I am posting it. Don't hurt me.
|1.||Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)|
|2.||Mitt Romney (61%) Information link|
|3.||Chuck Hagel (not running) (60%) Information link|
|4.||Sam Brownback (withdrawn, endorsed McCain) (57%) Information link|
|5.||Tom Tancredo (withdrawn, endorsed Romney) (57%) Information link|
|6.||Jim Gilmore (withdrawn) (56%) Information link|
|7.||Alan Keyes (53%) Information link|
|8.||Stephen Colbert (campaign halted) (53%) Information link|
|9.||Duncan Hunter (51%) Information link|
|10.||Ron Paul (49%) Information link|
|11.||John McCain (48%) Information link|
|12.||Fred Thompson (48%) Information link|
|13.||Mike Huckabee (45%) Information link|
|14.||Tommy Thompson (withdrawn, endorsed Giuliani) (44%) Information link|
|15.||Christopher Dodd (withdrawn) (43%) Information link|
|16.||John Edwards (43%) Information link|
|17.||Alan Augustson (campaign suspended) (40%) Information link|
|18.||Kent McManigal (campaign suspended) (40%) Information link|
|19.||Barack Obama (40%) Information link|
|20.||Hillary Clinton (40%) Information link|
|21.||Al Gore (not announced) (38%) Information link|
|22.||Rudolph Giuliani (38%) Information link|
|23.||Joseph Biden (withdrawn) (38%) Information link|
|24.||Wesley Clark (not running, endorsed Clinton) (37%) Information link|
|25.||Bill Richardson (withdrawn) (35%) Information link|
|26.||Newt Gingrich (says he will not run) (32%) Information link|
|27.||Michael Bloomberg (says he will not run) (32%) Information link|
|28.||Dennis Kucinich (26%) Information link|
|29.||Mike Gravel (26%) Information link|
|30.||Elaine Brown (18%) Information link|
Wanna play? Take the quiz here.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
I don't have any for sure cures, but for a change, I HAVE HOPE!
First of all, my stupid side pain. Well, I was getting injections, but they really stopped working. So, even though he isn't covered by my crappy insurance, we decided to go back to Dr. YeahBaby, who helped my head so much. And Dr. YeahBaby had a NEW idea, one that DIDN'T involve sugar-raising steroids. We are going to try to give my nerve FROSTBITE and KILL IT! REALLY! Use a "Cryo"-probe and maybe it will kill it for forever, or maybe it will grow back, but either way, IF they can get the nerve... yeah. HOPE.
Also, 2 pills that haven't been helping have been taken OUT of my massive daily collection... and 2 have been added. Because when I was at the Neurologist's yesterday we talked about what Dr. Apparently said about Fibromyalgia. Well, after asking some questions and doing those mean touch you all over to see if it hurts test (umm, yes, YES it does), she determined that in her opinion I DEFINITELY have Fibromyalgia. So, now I am taking Cymbalta and Lyrica. Maybe this will be a really good thing. Those are what Dr. Apparently wants me on anyway, Celexa sure isn't cutting it. So we shall see.
So, while everything is still rather an experiment, this could be good. I hope I hope I hope.
Other than that, I have been really frustrated with my dumb dumb dumb Depression. And doctors EVERY SINGLE DAY this week. I am cheering myself up by watching every past episode of Cute with Chris. I freaking LOVE that show (but, a warning, it is definitely at least PG-13, so expect swearing. And a plastic horse named Pervy. Not for everyone.)
An example... of the more G to PG variety:
hee hee hee!
ANYWAY, in other news...
*I finally wrote an article for Thai's brilliant website The Hip Homemaker. You should check out her, like, WHOLE site if you are homemaker-ish.
*I haven't got to play with LeslieKay yet, but we did add each other on Facebook.
*Our sweet Deafie baby boy Jordan has been fixed and adopted. I would just like to say that the Utah Animal Adoption Center that took over Wasatch Humane is a GOOD place. Though, I admit part of me wishes he could be MINE. I am a bad foster mom... I really just want to keep EVERYTHING. hee hee!
*I hate being a girl. A lot. BLEH. *I'm gonna take a bath and go to bed. Okay that's not exactly news. Whatever. Hee hee! Goodnight, Homies.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I know it's a new year but it didn't occur to me that this ward might change (unlike other singles' wards I've been in lately) until I went to church today and saw way too many cars in the lot... and FAMILIES walking in the hall. Yup. Checked at the library and they said "my" ward now met 5 hours earlier.
I HAVE been thinking about going with my fam to their ward. The past while, when I have been up to sitting through church I have often needed a RIDE anyway... thus going with my family to their church. May as well make it official.
I just wish someone had told me.
Instead I went to some random ward that was in my chapel at the same time I usually go. It was fine... I'm just... having a hard time. In a multitude of ways.
Friday, January 11, 2008
She was, like, super member missionary. She had a CRAZY life. She had been homeless, basically raised her little brother and herself in a shelter, and was a recovering Meth addict. But she was AMAZING about the gospel... and she slept over at our apartment (we got permission from our President, don't worry) to go on exchanges with us. And the thing is I felt like she really was, like, a FRIEND, you know? Like not just a person that helped the missionaries, but a friend, too. And that was rare.
Anyway, this awesome ex-druggie went on a mission herself after I went home and I was SO proud! Well, we lost touch and I always wondered what became of her... did she stay strong? Was she okay? TODAY I found OUT! SHE EMAILED ME! SHE LIVES IN PROVO!!!!! PROVO!
So we can get together and PLAY! Play with LeslieKay!
That was a really fun thing for today. Also fun today, I went with Rinny to HER Movie. No, not sucky Single's 2nd Ward that she's IN... I mean the movie that basically IS her life. ENCHANTED. Hee hee hee! And you know what? It was cute and pretty dang FUNNY! Especially with the pigeons, rats, and cockroaches cleaning the house. (Which is why when I start breeding Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches for feeders and pets my breeder couple WILL be named Giselle and Prince Edward!) That killed me. Bravo, Disney! HA! Pretty good stuff. Made me giggle repeatedly. And I will see it again.
The bad stuff has just been general suckiness. I am tired to death of hurting all the time. Right now they are thinking the stomach/side thing is "Abdominal Cutaneous Nerve Entrapment Syndrome" commonly called ACNES. Hee hee hee! Yeah. Pretty stupid name for it if you ask me. And my psych, Dr. Apparently, thinks I have Fibromyalgia or something making the pain FROM these random things more acute, but who knows.
I had to go BACK to THE VR WITCH this week. They want a full "psychological evaluation" on me now and a bunch of other rather nervous-making stuff. I cried a lot. I'm not excited. A big Psych test AND some other tests. I HATE tests. Except, you know, THESE kind. Hee hee!
|You Aren't In the Best Of Moods|
While you aren't full on depressed, things aren't going your way.
You may be hurt, angry, frustrated... or all three.
Not to worry - you'll be feeling fine in no time.
|What BethAnn Means|
You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.
You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.
Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.
You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.
You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.
At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.
You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.
You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.
You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.
You are truly an original person. You have amazing ideas, and the power to carry them out.
Success comes rather easily for you... especially in business and academia.
Some people find you to be selfish and a bit overbearing. You're a strong person.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
|People Definitely Like You|
You are very well liked, and many people admire you.
You are friendly, well mannered, and fun to be around.
Of course, you're not perfect... but that's okay.
Your friends are usually willing to accept you for who you are!
What People Don't Like About You:
People don't like that you forget them easily. No one wants to be friends with someone who doesn't remember their name!
People don't like that you seem unnatural and stiff at times. You sometimes give off an impression of being standoffish or fake.
What People Like About You:
People like that you're interesting and intriguing. You always have something interesting to say.
People like that you give them complements. You make people feel good about themselves!
People like your self deprecating sense of humor and that you don't take yourself too seriously.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
|You Are the Middle Finger|
A bit fragile and dependent on your friends, you're not nearly as hostile as you seem.
You are balanced, easy to get along with, and quite serious.
However, you can get angry and fed up with those around you. And you aren't afraid to show it!
You get along well with: The Index Finger
Stay away from: The Pinky
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
1. Will you be looking for a new job?
probably. A SECOND job, anyway.
2. Will you be looking for a new relationship?
Maybe? Who knows.
3. New house?
Not unless something catastrophic happens, no.
4. Do you plan on having a child?
No, I need to have sex first.
5. New Years Resolution?
I WASN'T going to do resolutions, but I SHOULD. So, once again I go to my favorite goal-making scripture Luke 2:52 (My favorite goal-ACCOMPLISHING scripture is Philippians 4:13). Talking about the way the Savior improved himself as a young man it says only "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and favour with God and man."6. What will you not be doing in 08?
So those are my categories to improve in... Wisdom (Intellectual), Stature (Physical), Favor with God (Spiritual), and Favor with Man (Social). I will not put a lot, or it will just make it seem impossible. But a few in each and then I can add more through out the year.
1. Always bee reading something. Have a book with me so if I get bored I don't waste time.
2. Sell more stuff on eBay for money.
1. Join some sort of CLASS to lose weight. Either Weight Watchers or the class at my physical therapy pool.
2. Do ALL Therapy "homework" from Dr. Apparently
3. Find a good Internist and figure out what the hell is REALLY wrong with me.
Favor with God:
1. Never miss church for dumb reasons
2. Read SOME scripture every night.
3. Find SOME way to share the gospel weekly, even if it just means posting something good in the Forums or Guilds at Gaia.
4. Pray a lot more. I seriously need it.
Favor with Man:
1. Make a much better effort to stay connected to my friends. I have a tendency to withdraw and not talk to people I don't see everyday, not answer emails, etc. I want to change that.
2. Flirt better.
3. If anyone asks, I WILL go out at least once (unless, you know, I think it's a really bad idea... like if I feel like it may be scary (As in DANGEROUS NOT because I have ANXIETY)or I definitely know I don't like the person.)
4. Make my life and home a happier way/place to be by getting back into FlyLady and gaining control of my LIFE!
Ummm... getting married? Lots of stuff.
7. Any trips planned?
not so far, but I do not plan that far in advance.
8. Wedding plans?
I plan to go to the fewest of them I CAN, I guess?
9. Major thing on your calendar?
all the holidays?
10. What can't you wait for?
a few books being released... Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke and Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyers. Oh heck yes.
11. What would you like to see happen different
Less freaking medical mysteries, thank you very much!
12. What about yourself, will you be changing?
My health... especially my weight, My hair... probably dying it red again, and my outlook in life hopefully with the help of Dr. Apparently
13. What happened in ‘07 that you don't think will ever happen again?
Having a boyfriend, maybe. I don't know.
14. Will you be nicer to the people you care about?
I hope so... stay in touch with them better and such.
15. Will you dress differently in 08 than you did in 07?
probably not. Jeans and T-Shirts are pretty standard.
16. Will you quit drinking?
I SHOULD drink MORE! Water that is. I don't drink alcohol anyway. hee hee!
17. Will you better your relationships with your family?
I hope so, I think therapy probably helps with that, eh?
18. Will you do charity work?
Yes, I would like to.
19. Will you be nice to people you dont know?
20. Do you expect 08 to be a good year for you?
I really really hope so!
21. How much did you change from this time last year til now?
a lot in not so awesome ways. I think I am a more depressed and bitter person. I hope to change that.
22. What will you do different in 08?
Question 5, people. QUESTION 5!
23. Will you still be friends with the same people you are friends with now?
I sure hope so. I have lost some people in my life, but those I have now are FREAKING AWESOME FRIENDS!!!
24. Major lifestyle changes?
be more careful with my diabetes, swim even more often, walk when I can instead of driving.
hope not, no.
26. What will you make sure doesn’t happen in 08 that happened in 07?
going to the hospital so dang much, getting my heart broken, etc.
27. What were your New Years Eve plans?
Played at the padres', ate some food, played Catch Phrase with Uncle Doug, ditzy Auntie O (example: Answer was Chicago Cubs. Her clue: "This is a sports team... and I think they are in Denver" NO, they are in, umm, CHICAGO. And it was girls verses boys... so yay she was on OUR TEAM. HA!), cousins Brett, Annie, Kyle, and Vicky, and Boo (the cousin's kid... not the Gerbil). Counted down, etc.
And there you have it. Bring on 2008. Here's hoping it is WAY better than this last bit of 07.