Ups and Downs – But Nothing I Can’t Handle!

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Well, I had to cancel my Nerium party in Lexington last Sunday – no RSVPs :( It may be for the best, though. Since Michael and I are sharing a car and even a one-hour drive in tough on my back I think expanding outside of Louisville isn’t a reasonable goal for us right now.

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 We had some Jehovah’s Witnesses on the street the other day. I went into the living room to see why the dogs were barking like crazy and the couple had already moved on to my neighbor’s house – didn’t even knock on my door. Normally I’d be fine with that, but I’d promised myself that the next time someone was going door-to-door with anything I’d invite them in and tell them all about Nerium :D Surely there will be a tree-trimming service along soon – and those guys get some serious sun damage!

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At nearly the last minute I discovered that a Nerium Market Party I’d been planning on going to was going to be done entirely in Spanish. Since I took Latin in high school I think the best I could have done was order a margarita at the bar – not the best use of my time.

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Oh, speaking of Nerium (and obviously I can’t stop!) I got my first paycheck on Wednesday – OK, technically it was Michael’s paycheck, but I’m the one having fun with this business. He’s just doing the boring stuff. You know, the paperwork and so forth that . . . oh, yeah – that part that gets us paid. Oh, well, my time spent curled up in bed with my phone chatting on different social media channels is important, too, right? And someone has to go have a glass of wine at Wine and Wrinkles Parties and enjoy Market Party presentations from the comfort of a nice, high-backed booth!

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I did manage to write a short story this week. It has nothing to do with anything else I’m writing, but that’s OK, too. I’m writing!!

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On the downside I talked with Allsup, the company handling my SSI disability claim. I started the whole process in the spring of 2011, had a hearing in July of 2013, was notified I’d been denied in September 2013, appealed in October 2013, and here we are, almost a year later, and my appeal hasn’t even been assigned to a judge yet! I was told not to expect results for another 13 months. That will be 4 1/2 years on my first disability attempt. With letters from a half-dozen specialists saying I cannot work, MRIs and Functional Capacity Exams to back it up. Anyway, I’m seeing a lawyer Friday about my disability insurance company’s behavior, which a whole other stinky ball of wax. Honestly, I just try not to think about it, because there is truly nothing I can do.

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Let’s end on a positive note, though. I’m writing this Thursday afternoon, and looking forward to a Nerium Market Party (in English this time) tonight. I need to be surrounded by positive, optimistic people for a little while. These Nerium gatherings are better than therapy (and much cheaper)!

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“Race Around America” With Walgreens Balance Financial Card

Anyone who’s ever travelled through downtown Louisville will remember one thing most of all: the bat. The six-story bat that stands outside the Louisville Slugger Museum on West Main Street has become an iconic Louisville symbol. And on Wednesday, September 17th baseball fans visiting the museum were in for an extra treat! Chris Buescher made a pit stop there in his #60 Ford Mustang as part of the Walgreens Race Around America, where fans vote to select the route taken and upgrades to the Mustang along the way!
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He toured the museum (which is fascinating even if you’re not a baseball fan!), took a turn in the batting cages, and even paid the admission fees for the first 250 visitors! Then he moved on to the Kentucky Speedway for Saturday’s race. Evidently the track was pretty bumpy, but Chris kindly said the track had “character” ;) He’s now seventh in Nationwide Series standings.
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The new Balance Financial Prepaid MasterCard from Walgreens is prominently featured on the car, and lets card-carriers earn Balance Rewards Points while also making check cashing more convenient. It’s accepted anywhere Mastercard Debit cards are accepted, and is an easy, safe option for when you are travelling, sending kids on a school trip, or just forcing yourself to stay within your budget! It’s also a great way to pay a frequently-used baby sitter or make funds available to an older family member’s caretaker.
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Here’s the coverage from USA Today about the event – check back soon to see a video Chris shot while he was in town!

And don’t forget to check out the Race Around America website! Oh, yeah – you can win one of four trips to Miami and maybe even the ROUSH Mustang itself! (Must now go wipe my teenage son’s drool off the keyboard) *sigh*
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To enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Walgreens gift card and Roush Racing Merchandise just comment below with where you would take this flashy Mustang if you won it . . . and who you would take along! Entries close Tuesday, October 7th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Good luck!
 

Our First “Real” Nerium Week

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Michael, John and I went to the grocery one evening, and I wasn’t feeling great, was a bit stressed, but since I wanted certain things we normally don’t buy I went. I used to really prefer to do my grocery shopping alone – to concentrate on getting what I needed while still searching for bargains on things that may or may not be on my list. Even though it’s been three years now I still can’t get used to always needing someone with me for a grocery trip. But there are so many things I can’t pick up, and even if I’m just walking through, not pushing the cart or lifting anything my back is killing me by checkout time. This particular day, though, I was already talking to myself in the produce aisle. But unlike all the other times I talk to myself, this time I got an answer. I was muttering about mushrooms and a voice behind me said, “They are right over there.” This sweet little girl was being so nice to grumpy ol’ me I had to laugh!

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 I went to a baby shower over the weekend that was just fabulous! It was held at the grandma-to-be’s home with two out-of-town great-aunts-to-be hosting. The was a fabulous turnout, and they had put the most brilliant request on the invitations: instead of a card, buy a book and write in it! There were a lot of women in their forties and fifties reciting long-remembered Sandra Boynton prose that day, let me tell you! The games were clever, the food was fantastic, and every guest got a gift bag to take home! WOW, right? Something about that kept niggling at my brain, and on the way home it hit me. It reminded me of the movie Bridesmaids when everyone at the shower got puppies! I nearly drove off the road I was laughing so hard! When I got home I promptly texted grandma-to-be and thanked her for not sending us home with baby wombats ;)

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My fifteen-year-old inherited my deeply disturbed sense of humor, and when I was telling him and my husband about the party, and how frustrated I’d been not to remember what a baby deer was called John said that he had a movie idea. He thought they should remake Bambie as a zombie movie, and Bambie’s mother comes back to life as a zombie doe and eats the hunters. I’d go see that!

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My first Nerium party was Tuesday, and it was great! I say “mine” like I did everything, which couldn’t be further from the truth. My friend Lisa offered up her house since mine is inhabited by wild beasts. My husband and partner made most of the food and loaded it in the car for me. Lisa unloaded it. Cathy, my Nerium sponsor, assembled all the sandwiches and did the whole presentation. Essentially I smiled and thanked people as they handed me their order forms, then took their “before” pictures.

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One of the funniest parts of the party was when we went around in a circle introducing ourselves. A majority of the people there were nurses or worked in the medical field in some way. It was like “Seven Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, but we could have called it “Two Degrees of Nurses in Louisville”. Pretty much everybody had worked at the same hospital or for the same company at the same time, whether they remembered each other or not. I think teachers are the same way after a couple of decades. But it brought back a lot of great memories and reminded me that even though I can’t work as a nurse anymore I can certainly hang out with them!

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The guys were still awake when I got home to unload everything for me and eat the leftovers. John was particularly pleased that there were plenty of chocolate chocolate chip cookies left. “Why would anyone eat hummus instead of cookies?” he asked. I told them about Pooka, Lisa’s Schnauzer, who had posted himself under the wine box’s spout to keep the floor clean (uh-oh, tipsy dog!) and tried to fax in my orders. Faxing didn’t work. Another strike against Magic Jack. I’m beginning to wonder if $20 a year is a good deal when it pretty much does nothing I need from a land line.

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Anyway, I got up Wednesday for long enough to enter all my orders, then went back to bed with an extra pain pill. I slept all day and all night. Yeah, sure CIGNA – I can work a full-time job. I attended a ninety-minute party and had to spend the whole next day in bed because of pain – that’s normal. Not. Anyway, I have a party in Lexington Sunday (email me for details if you’re gonna be in the area!) and then an appointment with an attorney Monday morning. At least I’m not driving to or from any of that stuff. Say a prayer for me. And don’t call me Monday afternoon – I’ll be in bed!

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