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We’re reopening…

19 Sep

As you may know we are reopening in South Florida.

And that means that I will be going back to a brand new office in Boca after October 1st. This company that I have been working with wants me in the office.

I saw a pic of the gutted rebuild going on at the moment. I am told my office will be a big one with a window.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone again as we have not had face time since February.

What I am not looking forward to is the couple of  hours this will add to my day. Commute time before going and back was like 2 hours. I am hoping with a sports car and fewer people on the road, I can shorten that commute.

I think it will take a while to build my stamina back up to those long kinds of days. As you know, it got dinged in April. But it was exhausting even before April. I still manage to churn out way more volumes of work that other people that do what I do, but that couple of hours is now time I take to cook decent meals, exercise, sleep and take care of myself. It also means that my productivity will likely go down. I am far more productive at home but people are social by nature and so are most businesses.

But on the other hand, I am looking forward to leaving my home and wearing the cute outfits, shoes and jewelry that just put me in a good mood. I love style. I always have. I could never work in Silicon Valley because of their wardrobes. Sorry guys…

I know have some people in my life that are going to freak out over the fact that I am going back into an office environment. Of course, I will take every precaution.

I am looking forward to seeing the new office. I just hope they don’t paint it dark colors. Light and bright is important to me. I offered free design consultation if they needed it but no took up the offer for a free but normally very expensive designer.

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It was a fun day…

18 Sep

It was fun because I got to churn out 10 videos that we might use for the upcoming Medicare Annual Enrollment Period.

Last year, I got creative during AEP. I churn out web sites, email drip campaigns, lead pages, animations, printed newsletters – you name in the marketing collateral world, I make it. There’s not much in life I don’t design.

After the newsletter gets printed, maybe I’ll put up a link to the PDF so you can see. I know some of the followers of this blog follow to see work links. I’ve got some company sites that I’ve never shown, videos etc.

Something came up that reminded me of the old park projects. If you don’t know the story, I figured out how to raise $750 million of $780 million to build a park in New Orleans. I did the business plan and designed the park, found the land, you name it. I went to New Orleans and started on the project when one day, inarguable evidence came forward on how much they had lied to me about fixing the drainage systems in New Orleans. We got a hard rain and I had 3 feet of water in downtown New Orleans. I had already designed this park to be as mobile as it could be but even at that, it was way too much water. All of my restaurants could actually be driven out of the park. I went to great lengths to think about how to get around the problems out there.

I had a back up plan for Florida but backed out that one too after the land I needed, the owners had made a serious mistake. There’s a major corporate headquarters sitting on it. They agreed to sell me the land. The problem is that in the middle of all the land, they had sold a track where a townhouse development was put in. The minute I would build this park, I would be sued by every home owner. I also was never comfortable with the fact that I feel there is not enough population right there. The major population is 20 minutes away.

After Hard Rock Park, I wasn’t going to pull the trigger on a project that I had reservations about. I never liked the location of Myrtle Beach park because there wasn’t enough population. I risked a bunch money in New Orleans. I made sure investors lost nothing. I took the loss when I shut it down. It’s always important to me to have the reputation in tact.

I decided I wanted to think about it for a few years. When the Pandemic came along, I thought, “It wouldn’t have mattered if I had selected the most golden piece of land in the United States. It would have gone under because of this.”

I seriously doubt I would ever do a park project again. However, I still design everything and anything.

I’ve been able to keep going in the Pandemic by doing marketing, computer science and creative works for a Medicare business. And we are gearing up for Annual Enrollment Period.

When one of my friends and former clients was in town we were talking about all the work I did since I came to Palm Beach for a variety of big names and the luxury business. Sadly, some of those big names went under in this Pandemic.

He said, “You’re still going strong. Except the numbers on your heart and BP are scary. But you’re making progress.” I am making progress but I cannot let fear get the best of me. We do this in flying where you have to hear the alarms but don’t “react” to them. Focus on what you have to do. The only thing to do is address the problems and keep moving forward. That’s how I’ve gotten out of every tough situation in my life. Like New Orleans, I didn’t want to lose that money but at a certain point you have to accept that some people lie and some people are dishonest.

I cut my losses. Hard Rock didn’t do that and the hotel they were building in New Orleans collapsed. My situation could have ended up much worse. I could have moved ahead with the project.

Yes I’m doing ok, because I always move forward. I did not let a pandemic or a major heart problem slow me down. You know it isn’t my style.

But one of the things I don’t do is watch the news. I mentally check out of this situation. I have to. And he told me he quit Facebook because things have gotten so bad. If you have a race to run, you don’t focus on the other runners at the starting line. You focus on what you have to do to get through it. You have to be responsible for your own success in life.

The recession after the closure of Hard Rock Park was a difficult one for me because I was still in my 30’s when it began. I had to go back to being a college professor for 3 years. And then I got promoted to being the Department Head of two campuses.

After I left, I opened up my business while we were still in a recession. That wasn’t easy. But I kept moving it all forward no matter what. And now when you think back over the number of businesses that I ended up representing and building and the body of work, it’s impressive.

I actually turned down another client this year on a deal I will always wonder about. I had the health issue I needed to deal with. But this client is a serial entrepreneur who has started a number of businesses. Once I made the mistake of taking on a client that was in the drug rehab business. The reason this ended up being a mistake was that the owner was a recovering addict who was NOT a nice person. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. But for the client I ended up with – he said, “Oh I’ve never touched drugs but I sell all these centers there testing supplies.” I ended up helping him with several of his companies. This year he came back and offered me 50% profit on a business that could supply the COVID-19 testing supplies.

That would have been interesting but I think risky for me personally. I love this client. We’ve worked together for years. I hated to turn him down but again, I listen to my gut. The Pandemic has been a little crazy and unpredictable. All along, I have chosen to bank on business that I thought could survive it. It’s a very conservative approach right now.

And I’ve got former clients and employers, who just decided they aren’t going to operate their businesses right now. They are waiting and holding their money. And they still stay in touch. I’m looking forward to when we come out of this and some of my former clients try to rebound. What doesn’t kill you does make you stronger. I do have personal experience with that one.

And for the Medicare business, they just opened an additional office in Charlotte.

So that’s why the work I might show you will be related to that business.

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This weekend I swear I am doing nothing…

16 Sep

No projects. No work. Nothing but relax.

I have sworn to myself that’s what I am doing with this weekend. This weekend needs to be down time.

I had a guest in town last night so we had a nice dinner and went to The Breakers for some cocktails and a tour and a little more nibbling. The Breakers parked my car in the number 1 spot again. They are so sweet.

It’s always good to see old friends and get caught up. I really enjoyed hearing what’s new with everyone and of course we discussed a fair amount of business.

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I’m going to go out again in a week or so…

15 Sep

You know I live on a lake and there are villas and houses across the lake. One of my neighbors wants to go out. I can see the houses he owns from across the lake.

He’s in Arizona for another week.

He has an interesting story. If you’ve ever bought a car and purchased a warranty on that car, you were one of his customers. He just retired and turned over the business to his kids.

He called me from Arizona and I told him when he comes back, yes we’ll go out. We’ll have some fun. He’s going to St. Louis first, where he owns a lake house.

Since he’s lived here a while I asked him what’s the story with the big house I walk by at night that has that sign that says, “The Ice Cream House.” It turns out it’s own by the people who own Carvel Ice Cream. Now I understand…

It makes sense.

Most of the guys I’ve dated are business owners. That way they can relate to my life.

I joked with him that while he’s in Arizona, “Why don’t you stop by and say hello to my team at Godaddy?” He laughed.

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So excited that one of my friends and clients is coming to town…

14 Sep

There won’t be a post tomorrow night because we’ll be getting caught up on old times.

We’ve known each other 9 years. We’ve been through everything from parties to business problems to their kids. They were clients and then they were friends.

I was there when he quit medicine because he had had enough of Medicare not paying for years. He was there texting me everyday when I was in New Orleans and decided to shut down the park project and take the biggest business loss I hope I will ever see.

I remember when one of his daughters’ schools had a problem because the teacher was suddenly out and they called me to see if I would come in and spend some time with the kids.

I about died when I got to the classroom and this teacher had tarantula, snakes and lizards all over the place.

His daughter J. was like, “What do you think of them? Aren’t’ they cool.”

I lied through my teeth and said, “Why they’re charming sweetheart!”

I could not wait to get away from those “little friends.” I thought, “I am going to pass out if they tell me she’s taking one of these guys home.”

His wife and I had one of the coolest luncheons ever where we got to meet a designer who’s merchandise we really love. I remember the person introducing the speaker singled us out and said, “And here are two more designers sitting in the audience…”

It’s been everything from The Chamber Ball to T. setting his house on fire accidentally. The tiki torches got a little out of control. That’s a completely different story. Collectively, I have some history with this family. Most of it is pretty funny.

I can’t wait to see him.

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I actually finished it…

14 Sep

I finished painting all the trim and the doors in the condo. Everything looks brand new again. It’s so nice to see those pristine white doors….

I was under a “deadline.” I didn’t finish painting until 1 a.m. last night and then I cleaned everything today. It looks really good.

Next weekend, I have sworn to myself that I am  not doing anything. I’m going to the beach or the pool just to chill out and read a book and do nothing next weekend so I can recuperate.

If it were daylight I would take pictures or a video for you but I’ll get to that another day.

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How do you break a collarbone playing basketball?

12 Sep

Answer: When the other player has a technical called on them. Some girls do not play nice.

I shot the technical shots with a broken collar bone. I got my points and then I left the court and said, “Ok, I’m done for the day.”

To this day, you can still tell I’ve had a broken collar bone if you look for it.

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Now I’m in a hurry…

12 Sep

I’m in a hurry now to get some of painting projects done.

One of my friends and former clients lives in North Carolina. He’s married to one of my girlfriends. I knew him before I knew his wife.

He’s coming to Florida on business next week. So he’s going to come and stay at my home for the night and we can get caught up as old friends and have some dinner and drinks. It’s not unusual for me to end up having clients that end up being friends or knowing their wife and the kids. They are kind of like family after a while.

It will be fun.

But in the meantime, I was taking my good, sweet time to finish some of those painting projects. I’m now trying to speed it up this weekend.

I had a nice productive work week but now it’s time to shift gears for the weekend.

Now here’s a piece of fun trivia. My friend that is coming played college basketball for a college that tried to recruit me for their girls college team. I played 11 years of basketball.

I opted not to play college ball. I ended up doing my undergrad on 12 academic scholarships and awards. In basketball, I was tired of getting beat up. Three broken fingers, a broken collar bone and knee surgery. 11 years was enough.

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I think you can expect those antitrust charges to made soon…

10 Sep

If you’ve been a long term reader of the blog then you know there were many of us, who are developers, who asked for investigations into a list of companies. You’ll often see the press report on Google and Antitrust, but there were others that we encouraged investigation based upon what we knew and had seen.

I think Google will the first to be charged and it could happen this month. But the one thing that this shouldn’t be with any of the companies on that list, is a slap on the wrist. A slap on the wrist will do nothing for what this has cost businesses.

Enough said right now. More later…

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Absolutely sinful dinner…

10 Sep

I went with a friend to dinner. We went to Benny’s on the Beach and had dinner on the pier.

We decided to be “bad” and get messy. Crab legs, corn, potatoes and all you drink Pina Coladas. It will take me a week to work off all that food.

But I will tell you, I was told the chef was amazing. He is spectacular. I can’t remember a meal where everything tasted that perfect. The Pina Coladas were made with fresh pinapple and some ice cream I suspect and they were served in a pineapple. They were like dessert. And we had far too many of them because they were so good.

The person I was having dinner with wanted to hear the stories about the old days and how I turned one thing into another and why it happened. It’s a given that I’m a smart lady but it was probably more charisma than anything that got me through each door. Those are stories for another night.

Dinner was fabulous. The ocean was relaxing. The company was fantastic and now I should starve myself for a week.

The chef is phenomenal.

We talked about how I take my work very, very seriously but I also want to make more time for fun because I am fun and let’s face it – we all need it.

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So what did I decide?

08 Sep

I had some friends who were waiting on me to say something about this -

They wanted to know if I decided to actually get into that relationship. You know what I mean about that.

I decided, “No.”

I sat back and saw what I needed to see, I even gave a second chance,  and then decided, “No.”

Enough said. Now you know what my decision was.

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I went golfing…

08 Sep

I went golfing. I had a fabulous time. It was so much fun.

I need to get more. This was really good. The weather was nice and breezy and not to hot.

It turned out to be a fantastic labor day full of fun.

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I’m going a little geek here but that is Wicked Cool…

03 Sep

Let me put into context the type of business that I work with day in and day out.

We generate leads from all kinds of sources. Those leads funnel into a CRM. We have agents and calls centers in an outside the U.S.

This is not an unusual situation for a variety of industries. But it takes a lot of systems to power – web sites, advertising, CRM, dialers, call recordings, Twillio, systems that process and route the leads, internal software systems, IVRS, dialers and a small army of people, etc. There’s a lot of intricate systems that have to work together. We are constantly hooking systems together.

Then I had to go looking and find a web application for a Click to Call system and I found this thing that pop ups, the user puts their phone number in and either gets called immediately or schedules a call, they can SMS, they can email if you turn on that option, the system sends this to an IVR. The IVR and the bot calls the user, records the call, sends it into a management panel, emails me to tell me what the agent did with the call or I can see it in the panel and the lead can be connected to Zapier which is how we connect most leads to systems. The SMS has automated responses and initiates the conversation. It’s unusual to find this in “one box.”

Now I am wondering if there’s a way to connect it to Google AI’s Dialog FX CX. I am wondering if I should suggest it to the developers.

It was like all in one box. Slick and Wicked Cool. Instead of lead forms, this is actually a good system for generating calls from your web site. And you can see and hear how the agent handles the call just like you do in all the other separate systems that you now have.

It did not take me long to install, setup and configure everything. I like a fast, well thought out product.

If you have no idea what I just said, welcome to 99.9% of the rest of the world. Just trust me, this is cool and can generate revenue for a company.

Now if I could just get Level 3 and Cloudflare to quit having problems and crises at the same time, that would be nice.

It’s hard to get traffic and funnel traffic when there are outages in one of the primary backbones of the Internet.

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Just talking with a friend…

02 Sep

I work from home now and I just seriously had to admit that I don’t get enough opportunity to leave my home at the end of my work day or on the weekends. It’s starting to bother me. I don’t have enough contact with people outside of phone meetings, which are not social.

The friend’s advice was, “You need to change that.”

I agree.

That’s easier said than done right now.

I need a vacation and I need to get out more. I need a vacation just so I can see scenery other than my home.

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My week…

02 Sep

The workday is the usual – right now I am working on building out content and code that is sent through  automated systems. I continue working on marketing campaigns. These are like email drip campaigns based upon whether their was a purchase that hits the CRM system, and SMS. Creative is always my passion in life. I miss the days of making the fun videos. I haven’t done that in over a month now. June and July were just churning out websites for new companies that spin off of this one company and loading up social media ques. Now that’s died down and I’m onto automation.

How I wish I had time to do my own stuff. I never have time for my own web sites and social media. Just the quick blog post, that’s pretty much all the time I can make right now.

Last night I painted more trim after work. I’m trying to do this slowly so that I don’t overload myself between a heavy workday and then painting my home at night. I’ll be so glad when this is done. It would be different if I had all day to paint, which I don’t. That gets assigned to the evenings. It’s the louvered doors that take the most time. But it had been 3 years since my renovation so it was time to do it. The new paint job does look much better because this time it’s not in a rush. Last time, I had to get a full reno job done in 3 months, so evey thing went fast.

And speaking of creative, I find myself counting days to the weekend. If you are wondering if we are still dating, the answer is yes. We are a month into this now. We’re usually able to fit in a dinner mid-week and then time together on the weekends.

He puts a smile on my face. And you know creative people are well…creative. Somehow something just clicks.

I might get in the pool and swim tonight before bed. I like late night swims.

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It was a low key weekend…

30 Aug

I’m riding out the side effects of one of those medicines.

I’m getting anxious for my body to just adjust to all this and let’s move on…but I am deciding when or if I should say, “This one has to go, it’s too much.”

Good news was that I had some nice company this weekend. That helps.

It’s storming and pouring rain here now.

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I am so sorry that hurricane has my name…

27 Aug

I just read that Hurricane Laura may go to a CAT 5 tonight. I am so sorry. I’ve been through a CAT 5 before. I will be thinking about you and hoping for the best.

In terms of my name, I much preferred the rock star who wrote the love long with my name this week. That’s more the sentiment that I would like associated with the name Laura.

The origin of the name Laura means Laurels or Victory. I’m just hoping that this one doesn’t have to win in the record books.

Peace be with you.

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So to answer the question of “How’s it going?”

26 Aug

I’ve had several people inquire about how’s it going with the health issue.

The jury is still out and will be out for two weeks. So far, none of the reasons to stop the medicines have appeared. I do feel like it’s taken me down a notch and I’m hoping maybe that will wear off. But then maybe, I think, that’s the point is to lower your natural energy and the fact that you run like a high performance sports car all the time.

There’s a definite shift in gears with all this, but I’m not sure that’s a bad thing. I certainly think it will take 2 weeks to adjust to it. I am making a concerted effort to have periods of time where I do nothing but relax. I was very good about that on Sunday.

I’ve always managed to solve problem after problem in my life and keep moving forward. I think we’re on the road to doing just that.

It would be nice not to be in the middle of Pandemic and just have one issue at a time but I’m not afforded that luxury. It’s so difficult because all my friends just seem to be having a hard time with this thing. I think that my friends that are business owners perhaps are more short tempered because of the additional stress and my other friends were not people who can handle a lot of stress in the first place. So that leaves me, just moving forward and not complaining because I think that’s a waste of energy and not my mindset.

I am all about creating a positive environment and surrounding myself with things that make me happy. There’s so many things in life that I can’t worry about so I don’t.

I know that I have friends right now who want me to weigh in on an issue, but I can’t because if I give an opinion, one side or the other will not be happy with me. I have friends who are very different than me and different from one another.

There are three things in life that I think most people don’t have enough – tolerance, forgiveness and patience. I try very hard to have all 3.

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So sweet…

25 Aug

It’s just one of those moments in life that you just want to savor.

He wrote a little song about me, recorded it and sent it to me.

So sweet.

It made my eyes water.

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I know, I know, I’ve been quiet about it…

23 Aug

I’ve had a few friends leaving me some voice mails and one just called. “What’s the story? You’ve been MIA for a couple of weeks and we know it’s a guy…”

Yes, it’s a guy. I’ve been spending time with someone. I want to protect his privacy so of course I’m not going to say names. But yes, girlfriend, you guessed correctly. I went out with the Rockstar and we’ve been seeing each other. He got out of the music business and into real estate but he is what you would expect – fabulously talented, really good looking, in shape and the icing on the cake is that he’s incredibly sweet.

Really, really fabulous guitarist. I’m actually going to let him play my number one Strat and I’ve never let anyone play that guitar.

Now, that’s all the details you get. But now you know why I’ve been quiet. He’s brining my blood pressure down.

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Well I now know the source of the problem…

22 Aug

After all the medical tests today, and five months later,  I know the source of the problem.

I have a valve in my heart that is too flexible and it’s leaking and prolapsing and causing blood to back flow through the heart. There’s like 2% of the population that has it and doesn’t have to be treated. In more serious cases, like mine we do have to treat it. It’s what’s causing wild fluctuations in the blood pressure. If you don’t treat it, you can have a heart attack a stroke or enlarged heart (that’s what back flow of the blood causes).

So there’s three medications that we’ll try. One of them is given to heart transplant patients. We’ll find out over the next 10 days if I can tolerate the medicine. If I can’t we’ll have to come up with a new plan. There is also a vein in the left leg that has a problem and can contribute to the blood pressure issue. I can’t see the vein but I can feel it.

People that have this issue are born genetically with a predisposition to it. It’s not something that’s acquired through lifestyle. It causes chest pain and fatigue. When your blood pressure bottoms out, the blood isn’t flowing because the hearts not pumping. When it’s high, you get a big headache and you feel funny. In April, we saw the two extremes in a serious way.

So, at last, some answers are beginning to show. I’m optimistic we’ll find a solution. He cautioned me that it might take a while to find the right combination of medicines, so be patient. That and keep decreasing stress whenever possible.

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They just had to name the storm that…

20 Aug

They just had to name the new tropical storm that might become a hurricane, “Laura.”

I hope this storm dies quietly and my name is not associated with a path of destruction.

The storm will be in Florida next week.

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I don’t think I was meant to be normal…

18 Aug

After months and months and months of trial and error on blood pressure medication, we’ve gotten my blood pressure to normal.

And truthfully, normal BP feels awful. I’m not so sure I was meant for this. I hope that it feels more “normal” over the next couple of weeks.

I work 9-6 every day. Outside of work, I’ve been doing what a lot of people in the U.S. are doing – painting their homes.

I’ve been working on painting my condo in the evenings. I’ll be so glad when this is done. Yes, it looks good but this makes for long days.

I would rather be swimming.

What I thought would happen is happening. In Palm Beach county, storage facilities are reporting that they are sold out and building more by the day because so many people want to move to Palm Beach county. It is paradise. I’ve traveled all over the U.S. and nothing compares to it but I am sad to see an influx.

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It was nice weekend…

17 Aug

I went to dinner with someone on Saturday. We went to The Breakers and had dinner and the enjoyed the stars from the beach at The Breakers.

It was nice to get out. I really enjoyed the evening.

I swam tonight and it felt really good. I need to do more of that because it lowers my blood pressure. And I just love water. It relaxes me.

I am having to learn how to relax and to make it a priority. I felt like I made some good progress on that this weekend.

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I’m dying to know but I’ll have to wait

14 Aug

On the test today, the tech saw something. So of course, I pressed and they aren’t allowed to tell me what they saw. Only the doctor will tell me and she said he would talk to me about this. I see him on the 21st.

But I asked the question, “But do you see something that could be the reason for all this?” The answer was “For sure.”

Part of me would be very happy to finally find an answer that suddenly makes all the pieces fit. And part of me would be scared because there might be difficult decisions to make in how this problem might be solved. Could we go the least risk, or do we not have a choice? The range goes from serious medication to serious surgery, which can kill you because it is risky but I might not have a choice. I’ve read different things and I would need details to know how difficult this would be to solve in my case. I do know, that if you don’t treat it, it can kill you at a moment’s notice. So I doubt that doing nothing, would be an option. And I do know I brought this up from the beginning, even in the hospital and they didn’t do this test.

I thought we had ruled this out months ago when I went for an outside test but I find out today, that the previous test for a different reason, we had never looked for this.

I’m dying to know because I physically feel the problem and I think I’ll be surprised if they don’t tell me what I suspected from the beginning. When I logically thought about what could cause a problem like for this to suddenly appear out of nowhere, this was the first thing that came to mind and it means the problem didn’t start with the heart.  I just don’t understand why what I am thinking wasn’t ruled out on the previous test.

If it is what I’m thinking, I actually knew someone in their 20’s who had this problem.

I need to mentally check out of the situation because the bottom line is that until they talk to me and until all the tests are done, I don’t know if we’ve found the answer and I don’t know how concerned I would need to be over what we have to do. Bottom line – I can’t make a conclusion right now and I can’t worry about what I don’t know right now. We know what the problems are. We know this came on suddenly. And we know we have to treat this.

What we do know at this point – this problem was not caused by diet, exercise or lifestyle. I did everything right. My blood work is perfect. No problems with Grave’s Disease, no problems with sugar or cholesterol. Those results were interpreted to me. When it comes to things like diet my life has been about “everything in moderation.”

I don’t run from problems. I address them and that has made me substantially stronger than many people in my lifetime. Knowledge is power and I’m looking forward to finding answers. Right now we don’t have enough of them but they may be coming soon.

In the back of my mind, I am holding out hope that by addressing the problem successfully, we could reverse some things. Maybe that’s too much to wish for, I don’t know yet. I’m not ruling that out yet.

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Some things got rescheduled…

13 Aug

They wired up the heart monitor today. Thank God I only have to sleep with this for 24 hours.

But someone broke the stress test machine (and it wasn’t me :) So they scheduled a Venus for tomorrow and moved the Stress Test and Echo until the 21st.

With all this COVID stuff going on they’ve had a hard time getting time on the equipment.

It will be interesting to see what happens tonight. I kind of feel a dive coming on, but I don’t know that’s going to happen. Usually I don’t get a warning but someone this different today.

My blood work did come back today and I was right the blood work was perfect. I have no issues like cholesterol or sugar. There’s nothing in my eating, drinking or exercise plan that’s been wrong. This is purely electrical.

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I’m getting hard wired tomorrow…

13 Aug

They finally got a hold of a heart monitor and we are going to wire me for 24 hours to see if we catch what we need to get an answer. They will take it off Friday.

I was tested several times for COVID when all this happened and it’s not that. I think this was brought on by stress. I never had any symptoms of COVID. It’s a heart problem, but it’s been an unpredictable problem.

As with computer science and design, I think all problems are solvable and we will solve this eventually.

I’m not someone who gives up on things. Friday, we’ll probably make another adjustment again.

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Quiche Lorraine and Reapainting…

09 Aug

I got up this morning and made the best Quiche Lorraine and French Press coffee. It was a nice breakfast in the dining room.

Then I decided it was time to start on my maintenance list and repainting projects at home. I’ve put this off for while. I’ve been working all day on it.

I work on a computer all day. It’s not such a bad idea to be reaching over your head to stretch.

I’m looking forward to getting all my real estate items done. So far it’s looking good. A fresh coat of paint just makes everything look fresh and clean.

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Night Swim…

09 Aug

It was fantastic. The colors are amazing at night. The pool lit up with it’s brilliant aqua against a night sky of deep purples, navy and shades of peach.

I find it to be relaxing and peaceful to swim in the solitude.

As I swim I can gaze up on the stars and the moon. I am always looking toward the sky.

It does inspire me to think of a famous quote however.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves.” – William Shakespeare

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I wish I hadn’t seen those…

08 Aug

I really wish I had not seen that ad for those earrings. That retargeting works so well. I hate it. I use it to for clients but I hate when it gets used against me and then I keep seeing the ad for the earrings I want. That’s so not fair.

I’m going to want those earrings the rest of the year.

And sometimes I really wish I wasn’t a girl because I tend to be all girl. Jewelry, clothes, purses, style, home, etc.

Yes, definitely all girl.

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Decompression time…

08 Aug

I treated myself to new bed pillows. I can’t wait to get a good night’s sleep on these.

I made a nice Italian dinner in my dining room and a bottle of fine wine. It was so nice.

Then I started watching Martha Stewart’s new show. She’s funny. I have a TV in the dining room for when I sit down to dinner by myself and I just want to look at photos on screen or entertain myself at dinner.

Now I want a nice spa bath.

I was thinking today, you know what miss most in all this? A massage. I am in such a need of a massage because I work on the computer all day and I had forgo all of that during this time. How I miss my massage…

I work way too much and too hard. You know that I’ve gotten no break during all this.

And my businesses did not apply for one cent of help. All I’ve done is work my ass off. I think I’m going to sleep in tomorrow.

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It’s a stupid roller coaster…

07 Aug

This week has been a little crazy because as you may have read since April we (three sets of doctors) have had a crazy time trying to control my blood pressure and heart. I really think this will ultimately be a matter of getting the medicines right. But I think this is like the 5th time they’ve switched me, because it isn’t working.

It goes from super high to super low. One morning this week, I woke up with 160/100 and I just wanted to throw up.

I called in, and the cardiologist was out of town, so they called another doctor. I was pulled off the last set of medicines because they said those were dangerous. Yes, you guessed it. They told me to combine the dangerous with the new. I’ll be happy when we finally figure this out and hopefully we will. Six months ago, I had none of these issues. I think the way that we are working and living our lives right now is probably not healthy for anyone. I need to find a way to take more down time.

I have more tests on August 13 and 14th. I’m actually surprised there are any left.

I work a hard week every week. I’ve always been a strong player. I can take most any assignment and turn it into something. The doctors have been trying to tell me to take a vacation but it’s like, “And where would I go right now?”

I haven’t had a vacation since I went to Paris over a year ago.

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I’m really scared for someone I know…

04 Aug

It was bound to happen where someone you know gets COVID. I haven’t seen them since February but I am really scared for this person and their family.

All I can do is pray and hope for the best but I am so sorry for what they must be going through.

Lots of prayers for them, please.

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The storm was fine…

03 Aug

It wasn’t much of a storm. I didn’t make a post because I didn’t feel that great.

I ended up trying to take it easy this weekend.

Now this thing is skirting off to visit my mother in South Carolina.

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I’ll sleep on the couch tonight…

01 Aug

There aren’t hurricane shutters on my bedroom and there is a tree 10 inches from the main window.

I don’t expect this hurricane to be bad but a flying limb could break that glass.

So I’ll push my ottoman into the couch and make a bed out there. I plan to go to bed early since the storm will probably wake me up around 2 a.m.

I have one accordion on the dining room and I closed that one.

It’s early for a hurricane, don’t you think?

Atlantis is about 10 minutes south of Palm Beach.

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