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Sunday, October 9th, 2005
6:40 am - Top 100 songs the year I graduated from high school
Top 100 Hits of 1981 / Top 100 Songs of 1981

1. Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes
2. Endless Love, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
3. Lady, Kenny Rogers
4. (Just Like) Starting Over, John Lennon
5. Jessie's Girl, Rick Springfield
6. Celebration, Kool and The Gang
7. Kiss On My List, Daryl Hall and John Oates
8. I Love A Rainy Night, Eddie Rabbitt
9. 9 To 5, Dolly Parton
10. Keep On Loving You, REO Speedwagon
11. Theme From "Greatest American Hero", Joey Scarbury
12. Morning Train (Nine To Five), Sheena Easton
13. Being With You, Smokey Robinson
14. Queen Of Hearts, Juice Newton
15. Rapture, Blondie
16. A Woman Needs Love, Ray Parker Jr. and Raydio
17. The Tide Is High, Blondie
18. Just The Two Of Us, Grover Washington Jr.
19. Slow Hand, Pointer Sisters
20. I Love You, Climax Blues Band
21. Woman, John Lennon
22. Sukiyaki, A Taste Of Honey
23. The Winner Takes It All, Abba
24. Medley, Stars On 45
25. Angel Of The Morning, Juice Newton
26. Love On The Rocks, Neil Diamond
27. Every Woman In The World, Air Supply
28. The One That You Love, Air Supply
29. Guilty, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
30. The Best Of Times, Styx
31. Elvira, Oak Ridge Boys
32. Take It On The Run, REO Speedwagon
33. No Gettin' Over Me, Ronnie Milsap
34. Living Outside Myself, Gino Vannelli
35. Woman In Love, Barbra Streisand
36. Boy From New York City, Manhattan Transfer
37. Urgent, Foreigner
38. Passion, Rod Stewart
39. Lady (You Bring Me Up), Commodores
40. Crying, Don Mclean
41. Hearts, Marty Balin
42. It's My Turn, Diana Ross
43. You Make My Dreams, Daryl Hall and John Oates
44. I Don't Need You, Kenny Rogers
45. How 'Bout Us, Champaign
46. Hit Me With Your Best Shot, Pat Benatar
47. The Breakup Song, Greg Kihn Band
48. Time, Alan Parsons Project
49. Hungry Heart, Bruce Springsteen
50. Sweetheart, Franke and The Knockouts
51. Someone's Knockin', Terri Gibbs
52. More Than I Can Say, Leo Sayer
53. Together, Tierra
54. Too Much Time On My Hands, Styx
55. What Are We Doin' In Love, Dottie West
56. Who's Crying Now, Journey
57. De Do Do Do, De Da Da, Police
58. This Little Girl, Gary U.S. Bonds
59. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
60. Giving It Up For Your Love, Delbert McClinton
61. A Little In Love, Cliff Richard
62. America, Neil Diamond
63. Ain't Even Done With The Night, John Cougar
64. Arthur's Theme, Christopher Cross
65. Another One Bites The Dust, Queen
66. Games People Play, Alan Parsons Project
67. I Can't Stand It, Eric Clapton
68. While You See A Chance, Steve Winwood
69. Master Blaster, Stevie Wonder
70. Hello Again, Neil Diamond
71. Don't Stand So Close To Me, Police
72. Hey Nineteen, Steely Dan
73. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It, Stevie Wonder
74. All Those Years Ago, George Harrison
75. Step By Step, Eddie Rabbitt
76. The Stroke, Billy Squier
77. Feels So Right, Alabama
78. Sweet Baby, Stanley Clarke and George Duke
79. Same Old Lang Syne, Dan Fogelberg
80. Cool Love, Pablo Cruise
81. Hold On Tight, ELO
82. It's Now Or Never, John Schneider
83. Treat Me Right, Pat Benatar
84. Winning, Santana
85. What Kind Of Fool, Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb
86. Watching The Wheels, John Lennon
87. Tell It Like It Is, Heart
88. Smoky Mountain Rain, Ronnie Milsap
89. I Made It Through The Rain, Barry Manilow
90. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', Daryl Hall and John Oates
91. Suddenly, Olivia Newton-John and Cliff Richard
92. For Your Eyes Only, Sheena Easton
93. The Beach Boys Medley, Beach Boys
94. Whip It, Devo
95. Modern Girl, Sheena Easton
96. Really Wanna Know You, Gary Wright
97. Seven Year Ache, Rosanne Cash
98. I'm Coming Out, Diana Ross
99. Miss Sun, Boz Scaggs
100. Time Is Time, Andy Gibb

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Friday, September 2nd, 2005
12:32 pm - Update
Geez, I thought I'd updated this journal.
I had my gastric bypass surgery on May 31. It went very well. If anyone in the St. Louis area is looking into doing this, I highly recommend Dr. Van Wagner, part of the New Start program at St. Alexius Hospital. He is great. If anyone has any questions about my experiences, please contact me. I initially consulted with a different surgeon at New Start. I won't give his name here, but he and his staff were pretty horrible and kept me hanging for two months.
I'm so grateful and glad I did this. The approval process and pre-testing process took months, but it was well worth it. I've lost 68 pounds in three months. I'm off three diabetes pills, two blood pressure pills and Lipitor. I'm taking half the insulin I was taking and will be gradually be getting off that soon. My A1C now is 7.2 and I'm getting blood sugar readings in the 90s every morning. I joined a great health club two miles from my house three weeks ago and I've been going four times a week. I can already do two miles on the treadmill with no back pain and I"m lifting weights again. Life is much better.

current mood: accomplished

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Sunday, November 28th, 2004
8:47 am - Long time no post.
A lot has changed since my last post. My diabetes is even more under control now. My HBA1C number went down from 8.2 to 7.6, mostly due to doubling my dose of Avandia. Cholesterol is 92. Work is going great. I'll be done with my last class toward my billing and coding certificate in three weeks. My coding teacher says I"m more than qualified to take the national certification exam on March 5, the next time it's offered in my area. I still really like my job. Still slogging along in my old van.
I've begun the process toward getting approved for gastric bypass surgery. My insurance company will approve it. I have to pay 20% of the cost of the procedure. I have to get a psych eval, a letter from my internist clearing me for surgery, and a TSH test. Hopefully, I'll get all that done by Christmas. I have my concerns about the surgery, but it could totally elminate my diabetes and I could get off some of my medicines. That would be awesome. Anyway, I had a nice Thanksgiving and the sun is out today for the first time in several days.

current mood: thankful

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Monday, April 5th, 2004
12:31 am - Top 10 Favorite Movies
Someone on another livejournal posted his top 10 favorite movies of all time.
I decided to post mine.
DVD Cover of Darling
Darling has been my favorite movie since I first caught it on Showtime back in the late 80s. I had a horrible videotape of it. I bought it on DVD in December 2003 when it was released and haven't had time to watch it yet.
It's hard to explain why this is my favorite movie. Part of it is that I love the black and white movies of the 1960s such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf . It's a brilliant movie, brilliant script and you watch it and wish there were roles for women like there were in the 60s.
I guess I related to Darling. She was always bored and found it hard to focus on one thing because her mind was always racing on ten different tracks.
Jeez and you compare these movies to the crap that's out today.

1. Darling (1965; Julie Christie won Best Actress for this one; it was finally released on DVD in 2003)
2. Terms of Endearment
3. Educating Rita
4. A Passage to India
5. The Birds
6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (I don't think this one is on DVD yet.)
7. Pulp Fiction
8. Reds (This isn't on DVD yet either. I have a feeling Warren Beatty is obsessing over it.)
9. Annie Hall
10. Lady Sings the Blues

current mood: drained

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Saturday, March 13th, 2004
1:30 pm - Hello again.
I haven't updated my journal in many months. I don't have an excuse, but I have been real busy.
Life is good and I haven't been this busy in ages. My job changed from being the transcriptionist at the plastic surgery practice to the claims specialist/billing and coding position. Out of the blue, the girl who was doing that position decided to quit for a better paying job in St. Louis. It's a great opportunity, but it's a little scary since I'm still in the middle of my billing and coding classes for this semester at school, where I'm learning how to do the exact things I'm supposed to do at my job. But I really doing the job way more than just doing transcription and the experience will be great for me, especially since I'll be taking my certification test sometime in 2005 (probably after May, when I graduate).
My blood sugars have also improved quite a bit since I saw my endocrinologist. She put me on Avandia and for the first time since I"ve been monitoring it, I've had morning bg readings of 120!! Today it was 127. I've been near the 300 mark as recently as a month and a half ago. I also got a very expensive scale so I can accurately weigh myself. I haven't had a proper scale for several years. So things are looking up all the way around. Aaron's doing well in school. I think he's worrying a lot about what kind of teaching job he'll get when he finishes, but I suspect he'll have a lot more opportunities than he thinks he will. I'm so proud of him.
Anyway, it's a beautiful Saturday afternoon and I'm going to get out of here and hit the Y and get my heart rate up.

current mood: rejuvenated

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Saturday, December 20th, 2003
10:37 pm - Happy December to me.
I made it through my first semester of my Billing and Coding program at SWIC. In 3 of my 5 classes, I got a B and two A's. I got an A in my hardest class, Medical Pathology. In the other two classes, I think I got B's.
And as of last month, I'm employed again. I got a part time job doing medical transcription at a great medical practice 7 miles from my home. I really like it and there's a chance it could go full time. I want it to, but if it doesn't, I can probably get a job at a St. Louis hospital. Life is good, full of possibilities, and I'm just really happy. Things are going good with Aaron academically. The situation with his family is still not good, but everything else going so well, I'm not sweating that so much.
Knock on wood.

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Saturday, November 29th, 2003
6:46 am - Thanksgiving is over
Thanksgiving has come and gone. Aaron and I decided to stay home. We had Honeybaked ham and roasted turkey and my mom joined us. My blood sugar was much closer to normal today and yesterday. I now think all the recent stress from Aaron's family is part of the reason why it had been so high lately. The whole deal made me a bit agitated for a few days and it's just not worth it. I have so much to be grateful for this year. I'm working again, school is going well, my job prospects after I finish my billing and coding are outstanding, and while my diabetes isn't perfectly controlled, I'm going to be seeing an endocronologist in the near future and that will help a lot.

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Saturday, October 25th, 2003
1:21 pm - Midterms
Today is a rainy Saturday in southern Illinois. I had to get up early to go get a wheel alignment, which couldn't be done because I need new tire rods. It will all get done late next week now, which is fine.
I got my midterm grades this week. As of this week, I have A's in all my classes. I have a 95 in Medical Pathology, my hardest class. I was surprised about that because I got a C on the last test.
I feel pretty good about all this. I thought I'd do well, but I wasn't expecting that it would be this good. I'm happy and proud of myself, but it's all a little hard to process.
I think even Aaron is a bit surprised by how interested I turned out to be in my medical classes. He's proud of me.

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Monday, August 25th, 2003
12:03 am - Back to school.
Today is my first day back to school for my medical billing and coding program. It's supposed to hit 101 degrees this afternoon, but I'll be home by 2:00 and I can take a nap in the air conditioning then.
I hope it all goes okay.

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Tuesday, June 24th, 2003
10:47 am - Catching up.
A hot summer day in St. Louis. Went to SIU to take a Civil Service Exam for a job opening there. Got my hair cut. I have an appointment with Dr. Freeman at noon. Aaron's visiting his sister Wendy and mom in Fulton till Wednesday. I miss him.
Didn't work out yesterday. Felt tired all day. I'm going to work out after my doctor appointment. Energy level is much better today.
Being out of work sucks.

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Saturday, May 17th, 2003
8:58 pm - Petula Clark
Listening to a Petula Clark compilation. She does a version of "Monday Monday" that sounds a lot like "Downtown" and all her other Tony Hatch hits. I like it.
Quiet weekend. Aaron and I slept a lot today. We tried to go to Olive Garden, but when we got there, it looked like it would be an hour wait so we left there and went to a pizza joint and had salads and pizza instead.
Saw "Matrix Reloaded" Thursday. I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Much more than the first one, that's for sure. Monica Belucci came in halfway through and stole the whole movie. Her brief kiss with Keanu was nine times hotter than any of his scenes with Carrie Ann Moss, one of the worst actresses in the universe. On the other hand, Jada Pinkett didn't exactly give an Oscar worthy performance either.
I'm not depressed tonight exactly, but hearing Petula Clark sing "People Get Ready" fits my mood exactly.
Hmmmm...

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Sunday, May 4th, 2003
2:27 am - X Men 2
Well, the summer movie season started this week and I can say I sat through X Men 2.
It went by pretty fast at least.
It was a long day. Aaron and I went shopping for his sister Wendy's birthday presents.
And I can't believe Buddy Jewell won Nashville Star.
It's not right.
But things could be worse.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2003
1:44 pm - Scott Peterson
Scott Peterson, whatever must you be going through now? I still want to believe he didn't do it. He told the best man from his wedding to Laci that his hair turned blonde from the bleach in a friend's swimming pool. Apparently, it also made him grow a Toby Keith goatee! I thought he was better looking as a beefier clean shaven guy. Perhaps he knew he was going to jail and he wanted to grunge up his looks a bit. Why he didn't escape to Mexico before they found the bodies I'll never understand.

It's a cloudy rainy weekend here. I'm coming off the week long cold/sinus congestion/allergy thing everyone in Madison County, Illinois and St. Louis seems to be getting. Mine started a week ago Friday and I'm just now starting to come down from it. Unfortunately, Aaron caught it Wednesday and he's pretty bad off today. I'm going to try and get it up to hit the gym before it closes at 6:00.

current mood: awake

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Thursday, March 27th, 2003
7:53 pm
Not a bad day. I'm now one week into my new diabetes medicine, Metformin. My bgs aren't that much better, but I have much more energy and have been able to work out four of five days this week. Better record than in months. Listening to some 70s soul music and waiting for Aaron to get home.

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Monday, February 17th, 2003
11:55 pm - Presidents Day
The ice started to melt. It was nice to get out of the house for awhile. We hadn't left the house since Friday.
Watched all of NBC's Michael Jackson ratings grabber. Nothing new. At all. Crossing Jordan would have been better.
Listening to a web broadcast of BBC Radio 1's Top 40 Countdown. Compilations by Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole and Barbra Streisand are in the British top 40 album chart.
I miss the 80s.

current mood: sleepy

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Saturday, February 15th, 2003
2:46 am - Day after Valentine's Day
V Day is over. Staying up too late again. It's almost 3 am and I'm still not in bed. V Day was nice with Aaron. We slept late, watched the rest of Godfather 3 on DVD. We have now seen all 3 Godfather movies on DVD. 3 sucked by the way. Didn't do much else. Went to the bank, worked out at the Y, picked up a prescription at Walgreens, returned DVDs at Blockbuster, took nap, gave Aaron a V card and a Whitman's sampler, went to an early dinner, came home, watched Special Victims Unit, last night's debut of Survivor 6. Worried about a lot of stuff. Being out of work sucks big eggs.

current mood: pensive

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Sunday, September 22nd, 2002
8:03 pm - End of the weekend
All in all, it wasn't a horrible weekend.
Aaron was in Colorado with his sisters, dad, stepmother and brother-in-law visiting his paternal grandmother who turned 90.
He will be home tonight. I missed him a lot.
Thank God we have cell phones now. It makes it a lot easier when we have to be apart, that's for sure.
I didn't do too much yesterday. I wasn't feeling that great. Spent the whole afternoon in bed. Caught up on some TV.
I'm so glad they booted that holier than thou Jason off of Big Brother 3 last night!
Emmys are on. I"m doing laundry. Saw "The Banger Sisters" with my mom. Enjoyed it. Even cried during a few scenes. For some reason, the scene where Goldie takes Susan dancing at a bar made me cry a lot. For one thing, it reminded me of my good friends who I used to go dancing with all the time in our new wave days. And the scene was just so well done. Susan made me really believe how happy she was to be letting her hair down again after 20 years and how emotional that was for her.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it an 8.
Aaron will be home in a couple of hours!

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Saturday, September 14th, 2002
11:57 pm - I'm still here
I'm still here. Old Broadway dames like Elaine Stritch sing that song. I'm 39 and I can sing it too damnit. I'm still here. Sometimes I wonder if I'm supposed to be still here. But I still am. Diabetes, sleep apnea, fat, kidney stones. I'm dealin' with all of them and a job where I use maybe 10% of my intellect. Oh, I"m so precious. When was I here last? It's probably been awhile. Aaron is back with me and back in school at Wash U. His first semester of working on his Ph.D. It's so good to have him home. His grandma died two weeks ago. He was so sad and it made me sad too. He didn't cry as much as he needed to until the night after the funeral. We were in bed together. He was half asleep and I must have accidentally made him wake up. He rolled over toward me and said, "I love you, Grandma". He woke up, realized what he'd said and cried for almost an hour. I just held him, let him cry and told him over and over again how much I loved him. It was one of the most emotionally satisfying experiences of my life.

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Saturday, July 20th, 2002
1:22 am - Miss him
A's been gone for a month now. He'll be back in exactly 28 more days. Basically, we'll have spent nearly the entire summer apart and when he gets back, he has to go back to school. I knew I'd miss him. Didn't know it would be this much. Be safe, my love, and hurry home. I miss you.

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Thursday, May 30th, 2002
11:19 pm - Classic Rock
I've been listening to the local classic rock station 96.3FM a lot the past two weeks. Their featured artist this week is Eric Clapton so every other hour they play two Eric Clapton songs in a row.
"Let it Flow" is a perfect song, very soulful. It makes me feel good.
I think I'm angry at my diabetes. I think I'll have to go on medicine for it and I don't want to. I"m trying to come to terms with it. I go between denial and acceptance and good and bad all day every day now.
It's hard.

current mood: cranky

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