Friday, December 30, 2011

Yes Dr.

I have debated about posting this. However, I feel you are all my friends, so I had better keep you up to date.

I had an appointment with a cardiologist today. My chest pain is not a result of Pericarditis. It turns out that I had a minor cardiac event. (read: mild heart attack) yes, I am only 28. So far, he is certain it was stress induced  (gee, working customer service at Toys R Us during Christmas? who would have thought?)

I have to wear a heart monitor for 2 weeks, and then have an echo-cardiogram and a stress test.

I don't have much else to say, I am still processing.

Friday, December 16, 2011


For those of you who already know what Pericarditis is, no worries. For those of you who don't, let me educate you. This condition occurs when the pericardium (the sac-like covering surrounding the heart) becomes inflamed. Caused by a virus, it can range in severity from acute (short term) to chronic (long term). Now, let me tell you a story. You love my stories, right?

Our story begins on Thursday, December 8, 2011. I began noticing pain in my chest, localized just barely left of midline. Not a lot, just enough to be a bother. As the next couple days passed, it steadily worsened. By Saturday it was enough to worry me a little more. At work on Monday the pain became almost unbearable. I began sweating copious amounts, and could not catch my breath. A customer approached me and asked if I was feeling alright. I told her I wasn't feeling 100%, but it was ok. She asked me what was feeling poorly, so I informed her of the chest pain. Immediately she told me she wanted to call an ambulance, because I was gray.

I worked through the end of my shift, and called my Dr's answering service. He called back and said if I felt that I couldn't wait until the following morning to be checked out, then I should head into the ER. I did NOT want to spend most of the night in the ER, so I chose to tough it out. However, Tues morning I had to work an 8 hour shift, so I downed some Ibuprofen and went to work! Still no improvement, so after my shift I headed into West Linn to see if Dr Farley's office could squeeze me in. I got an appt for the next morning, and headed home. My breathing seemed to be a little more under control, and my color was better, but the chest pain was still intensifying.

I went in for my appt, and following a very thorough exam (including an EKG) it was determined that the muscles around my heart were inflamed. (Pericarditis) Caused by a virus, and probably exacerbated by the amazing amounts of caffeine I was consuming. He restricted my caffeine intake, and has me on Ibuprofen. If the pain does not decrease withing the next week then I will be referred to a cardiologist. He also told me to avoid stressful situations. I told him that I work Guest Service at Toys R Us, and he just laughed. Good luck was all he had to say.

I went into work and filled in my boss (Bill). He knew I had been having chest pain and that I was going into see a Dr about it. He told me I was not allowed to have a heart attack or get sick until after Christmas. When I told him about the stressful situations comment, we both began to laugh uncontrollably. Bill asked if the Dr had just signed my death certificate then and there. I told him I was scheduling a heart attack for January 15, 2012, after all the returns had been done. haha.

Sorry, some Christmas retail humor. Anyhoo, this should resolve itself shortly. I am still having strong chest pains, but hope they will subside after Christmas when I have a little time to slow down.

Just wanted to keep you informed!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Harry Potter, the whole enchilada

Last week, a customer came into work and returned a few of her HP movies. We asked her why she was returning them, and she told us that Target had the movies for $5 each!

That's right.


So, my next chance I had off work, I ran to Target to get the whole set! Each one was indeed $5, and Deathly Hallows part 2 was $13.

That means the whole set was $48!!

Love it!

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol, The Musical

From the musical pen of Alan Menken, composer of Little Mermaid, Enchanted, Beauty and the Beast and Newsies. l

Show times:
Thursday Nov 17, 7:30pm
Friday Nov 18, 7:30pm
Saturday Nov 19, 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Join our cast of 100+ people for our 12th bi-annual musical production. Showcasing voices from age 4-84, accompanied by a full pit orchestra.

Admittance is FREE
Food donations requested in behalf of the West Linn Food Pantry

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October General Conference

I love General Conference. 

I just wish I could stay awake for the morning sessions. At least I woke up for Pres. Monson's talk.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Finally, post 100!

I have seen other people do 100 things about them for their 100th post, but I am positive I can't find 100 things interesting about me. But, I will give it a try and see how far we get! Here you go.

100 Things About ME!

1. I love to sing. (If you know me, you already know that)
2. I love to color my hair. Especially when I can put 4 different colors in it!
3. I loathe folding laundry.
4. Reading is a passion. Especially murder mysteries.
5. Dr Pepper is my sweet nectar of life.
6. I got a new purse. Its purple!
7. I rock at Qwirkle.
8. I desperately want an I phone
9. I recently discovered Santa Fe dip, and would eat it every day if I could.
10. I make jewelry
11. I love the smell of wood smoke and rain, especially together.
12. I love food. 
13. I love chocolate
14. I hate fish. Unless its white, beer battered, and fried (ie, fish and chips)
15. my clothing of choice is sweats and a t-shirt
16. I never learned my 7 and 8 times tables
17. I have a dog named Annie
18. and a sister named Anna
19. I like Criminal Minds
20. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers
21. I am 28
22. I work at Toys R Us, where a kid can be a kid
23. I love sunflower seeds
24. and avocado
25. and toast
26. my favorite movie is Annie
27. my 2nd favorite movie is Princess Diaries
28. my 3rd favorite movie is Rent
29. my Best Friend is Mrs. Jenna Elizabeth Grant Matthews 
30. My 2nd Best Friend is Tamara Clayton
31. I love movies
32. I make and sell super cute flower hair clips
33. I am a fiercely loyal friend
34. I can sleep 10-12 hours no problem
35. my favorite vegetable is green beans
36. then corn on the cob
37. my favorite (and only) cheese is anything Tillamook
38. Baked potatoes are the best
39. I get to have my first EKG next week.
40. I have no will power
41. I crochet
42. I have the cutest niece and nephew in the entire world
43. I love candles and sconces
44. Ice cream
45. I love music
46. I sing with the Oregon Chorale
47. I play the Organ
48. I have played almost every instrument in the band
49. I sort of knit
50. I did Search and Rescue for Benton County
51. NCIS is possibly the best show on USA
52. I do not enjoy making my bed
53. I live in the country
54. I collect Willow Tree figurines
55. I collect sheet music
56. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
57. I have been (and will be again) the assistant music director for the West Linn-Wilsonville Middle School Musical
58. I am hungry
59. I learned what Anise Seed does to your body. (google it)
60. I admire Sandra Bullock
61. I will only drink milk if it's chocolate
62. Mayo, not Miracle Whip
63. Black olives are the best. I will add them to almost anything
64. I love french fries
65. Five Guys Burger and Fries is my favorite burger joint
66. Cafe Rio is my favorite Utah restaurant
67. I don't wear lipstick
68. I haven't made out in 4.5 years
69. I love long hot showers
70. my new favorite Bath and Body Works scent is Twilight Woods
71. I have never left the Continental United States
72. I would love to go to Hawaii
73. I plan on someday going on a cruise (to anywhere)
74. Utah gives me the creepy crawlies
75. I used to be a dispatcher
76. I just lost my last Grandpa
77. I am in the Lake Oswego stake play A Christmas Carol
78. I recently got passed over for a promotion at work
79. I love being on the stage
80. I have had 7 surgeries
81. I have a 6 foot by 6 foot shelf full of books
82. I went to 3 high schools in 4 years
83. I try to give blood as often as I am able
84. I was an EMT
85. I was a CNA
86. I have lived in 19 places in the last 15 years
87. I have had 9 jobs
88. I was a nanny
89. I have only seriously dated 2 guys
90. I used to direct traffic after the OSU football games with the Benton County Sheriffs office
91. my favorite actress is Julia Roberts
92. I have never seen all the Star Wars movies
93. Just last year I finally watched the Lord of the Rings movies
94. I have read the Harry Potter series 10 times
95. I am a steak and potatoes kind of girl
96. I know how to etch glass
97. Mary Higgins Clark is my favorite author
98. I desperately want to be a wife and a mom
99. My dad is an amazing man
100. I made it!!

If you have read all this, congratulations! Here's to another 100 posts.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


We said goodbye to our dear Milo this past month. He was hit by a car and killed instantly. I feel for my poor roommate who was with him right after he was hit. He was her dog, and she loved him dearly. There is a special kind of love between a dog  and his owner. Korie and Milo were no exception. Yes, I loved him and he me, but they were bonded together. Goodbye Sweet Milo, we will miss you.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The End of an Era

Alas, it is time to say goodbye. My dear Frankie Elizabeth has been sold. This was done with much trepidation, but with conviction that it was very necessary. I am looking for a new (new to me) car, but in the meantime I am driving Alejandro, my parents Lincoln Town car. I am grateful to my parents for letting me borrow him.

So my dear Frankie, thank you for all the road trips, errand running, and simple pleasure of driving you. You were an awesome car and I am sorry to let you go. Here's hoping you go to a great new home.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

At last, My Love has come along.

Meet Milo. He is my roommates new puppy. Some pertinent facts:
He is a Pomchi (cross between a Pomeranian and a Chihuahua)
He is 9 months old.
He is 9 lbs, the biggest he will get.
He is so smart and cute (as you can see)
he is a lover. he loves to snuggle.