Monday, March 31, 2008



The decision to move to SoCal was a piece of cake.  
Everything after that however...

The downsizing.
The cramming our lives into 8 ft of truck space.
The good-byes.
The cross country drive, in separate cars.

All that stress, even before we crossed the state line & then when we did it was far from easy.

The 3 month living in a 125 sq. ft. room.
The job hunts.
The commute in L.A. traffic.
The ridiculous cost of living.
The constant homesickness.
The apartment search.
The cramming our lives in a one bedroom apartment.

But a year later...

We both have jobs we enjoy going to (most days) & they are 15 minutes away.
We can navigate through side streets and avoid getting on the interstate, whenever possible.
We are not only managing to pay our outrageous rent, but we're saving & having fun.
We've met some incredible people making the constant homesickness a little bit tolerable.
Our charming 1 bedroom apartment in the middle of it all is perfect.

The decision to move to SoCal was pretty easy...the decision to stay even easier.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Celebrating Life's BIG Victories.

Going into the hospital for a second cardioversion to correct your heart arrythmia.
Getting hooked up to the monitor.
And as it turns out your heart is in a normal rhythm (slow, but NORMAL).

Can't quite celebrate with a cold new castle yet, but we're getting there.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I forgot them at home.

My big girl panties that is.

I realized this today as I watched Ken get his blood drawn, yet again.  

Almost 2 months of blood draws, doctor's visits, EKG's,  & a cardioversion, you would think we'd be accustomed to the routine, on the contrary.   Some days are easier than others, today was one of those days that I wanted to crawl into bed, fall asleep, wake up & it's gone.  But here we are, preparing for yet another cardioversion, scheduled for Friday.

As a nurse, I take care of patients that live with A-Fib, most of them between the ages of 70-90 so I know that this is far from life threatening.  As a nurse, I know this is manageable.  But as a wife, who is watching her husband go through all this....

it sucks.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


It's officially here. 
Pollen and all.
Itchy nose.
Scratchy throat.
Runny nose.
To be so amazingly beautiful outside, 
makes me feel so miserable.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Separated at birth.

Kristi Yamaguchi & Myself.

*Brought to attention by Kenny's 85 year old grandmother.  Thank you Grandma Keil.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Catch the fever.

Of course he has to do me one better.

Copy Cat.

Celebrating Life's Simple Victories.

*Hitting the snooze button one too many times, then realizing you have 15 minutes till you have to be at work & all the traffic lights are green.

*Turning off your 5 am alarm & realizing it's your day off.

*You are the 6th person in the check out line at Ralph's & you're the first to notice a new register to open.

*Finding your size in the 75% off sales rack.

*An extra candy bar falls out of the vending machine.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sleep Clinic.

A conversation between my slightly sedated husband & his anesthesiologist.

K:  Can I get that stuff over the counter?
A:  No.
K:  You should totally open a sleep clinic up & give people this medicine. You'll be RICH! It'll be GREATNESS.
A:  I'd lose my license & I'd go to jail.
K:  Naw dude, if the police try to bust it, just give them the medicine, & they'll go to sleep.  IT'S. GENIUS.*

*No honey, you are, especially sedated & YOU.ARE.MY.HERO.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008

Heart of Rock and Roll.

So, two shocks later, it's still there.  The procedure itself went smoothly, the outcome another story.  Unfortunately, the heart arrhythmia is still there.  So, on to plan B, which includes a new medication & a second cardioversion in two weeks.  Needless to say, we still remain very hopeful & are determined to do whatever it takes to nip this in the bud.

On a more happier note, look who's a superstar.
(you should click the link)
There will be a signing on Saturday March 15, 2008 @ 1pm-3pm, if you're in the area stop by Wizard World @ the Los Angeles Convention Center.

Heart of the matter.

Leave it to a medical diagnosis to slap you in the face & remind you how vulnerable you are.  It's been a month since Ken was diagnosed with a heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation.  While it's not the greatest news we've had-we found it & thus is being taking care of.

Because he is Superman & is in excellent health, he has thankfully not experienced any of the discomfort atrial fibrillation can cause.  The echocardiogram, the stress test, the weekly lab draws, & the aggressive medicine regimen has finally prepared us for what we are hoping is the ultimate fix.  

Despite the long, stressful, exhausting month it has been for both of us, we remain very optimistic & hope this will all soon be a memory.

Dear God,

Grant me the serenity to 
accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
& the wisdom to know the difference.
I trust that You will make all things right
if I surrender to Your Will.
Plant dreams & hopes within my soul,
revive my tired spirit:
be with me today.
Be at my side and walk with me:
be my support today.
Show me your ways...
guide me in your truth...
for you are God my Savior
and my hope is in  you all day long.

*it's gonna be a long day.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Heaven on earth.

Zankou Chicken & the Boiling Crab
Two divinely delicious discoveries this weekend.
Add them to the million & one reasons why I adore living in SoCal.

That & a day spent with an amazing 3 year old, who happens to be my niece. A sunny Sunday at the park having conversations over a chicken McNugget picnic, flying kites, and climbing trees...a much needed break from the grind of everyday life.  

Wednesday, March 5, 2008


It was the easiest decision I've ever had to make.  
Ask me to do it again and I'd tell you I'd do it a million times over again.  

3 disgustingly happy married years later...
I still can't get enough of you.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Joshua: Are the primaries still going on?
Auntie RoRo: The presidential primaries?
Joshua: Yes.
Auntie RoRo: Umm. Yes.
Joshua: Who did you vote for?
Auntie RoRo: Obama.
Joshua: Good.
Auntie RoRo: Who would you vote for?
Joshua: Barack Obama.
Auntie RoRo: Why?
Joshua: I'd like him to be the first African-American President.

Auntie RoRo: When you try out for American Idol what's going to be your audition song?
Jonah: Through The Fire And Flames.
Auntie RoRo: From Guitar Hero?
Jonah: Yup.
Auntie RoRo: Nice.

After pulling Katie out of church...
Auntie RoRo:  OMG, kates, why are you being crazy?
Katie:  I'm tree (as she does a princess twirl).
Auntie RoRo:  Right.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

To Do List.

1.   laundry.
2.   pay bills.
3.   clean bathroom.
4.   clean kitchen.
5.   kick A-Fib in the a*#.
6.   clean out refrigerator.
7.   sweep & mop.
8.   dust.
9.   car wash.
10.  return movies to blockbuster.