Monday, January 30, 2006 | 0 Comments

I feel like I'm in the big league now. 10,000 visits to my blog in less than a year of keeping track of them.

I got the 10,000th Saturday. Whoever is from Everett, Washington; owns a Mac, and came over here from DrMax's blog; YOU ARE THE 10,000th VISIT!!

Geez, I really have to celebrate this.

What to do? What to do?

I know! I'm going to go get my hair done - cut and highlights! I've been meaning to get it done and now I have no excuse not to.

Thanks everybody!!


Blogger nope said...

Whoo hoo!

January 30, 2006 8:23 PM

Blogger Shamus O'Drunkahan said...

Love hanging out with you and SSB. Through your blogs, that is.


January 30, 2006 8:41 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Indiaiynke, thanks. I'm pretty excited myself.

Shamus, awe!! That is so sweet. That's kind of what I like to think of my blog as - my home where people come to hang out and visit with me.

January 30, 2006 9:00 PM

Blogger evilsciencechick said...

10,000! you're DEFINATELY in the big leagues now!

just make sure you post pics of your new do ;)

January 30, 2006 9:14 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

ESC, I was planning on posting the pics. Who doesn't love a good before and after?

January 30, 2006 9:39 PM

Blogger Shannon said...

Hoorah for Syllogism!

January 30, 2006 10:01 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Shannon, :D
I can't wait for this weekend! How weird will that be?

January 30, 2006 11:47 PM

Blogger Wendy A said...

Wow! Can you sell your blog for big bucks now that you reached the big 10K. Well done! How long have you been blogging to reach such a big number? I'd go get a cut and add on a pedicure, facial, or manicure. Treat yourself,

January 31, 2006 4:06 AM

Blogger Lindsay Lobe said...

What will I do ?

What will I do with a single blog start?
Create a few more from my gardener’s heart
What will I do just give out advice
Maybe it’s going to add spice to my life

What will I do when I’m not feeling well?
Post pretty pictures and moan like the hell
What will I do with my son’s new school?
Post a new post and try and stay cool

What will I do if I haven’t a job?
Call on the force to be my new voice
What will I do if I’m sick when I start?
Call 10,000 bloggers to rev up my heart

January 31, 2006 4:13 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Wendy A, I've never gotten a pedicure, manicure, or facial before.

Once, I called to find out the hours of a manicure place because I was thinking about getting one either that day or the next. They called me back about an hour later asking me where I was. I NEVER GAVE THEM MY PHONE NUMBER OR SET UP AN APPOINTMENT! Weirdo manicurist stalker!

So if I can find a place that isn't so creepy, I think I might just do that.

Lindsay, you are so talented with your poetry. And of course it is always nice to here such beautiful things about myself!

January 31, 2006 8:54 AM

Blogger cookie christine said...

I think you oughta get all liquored up and run naked through the snow. That's certainly how I'd celebrate if I were up north.

January 31, 2006 3:20 PM

Blogger DrMax said...

I raise a bottle of cold Leinies to you Syl, 10,000 well deserved hits! Happy my blog played a small roll in the big event.

That Lindsay is really showing us up...seems to actually putting time into his replies....hmmm.....

There once was a blogger named Sylvana,
Who's blog 10,000 folks thought was Nirvana,
They keep dropping by
To leave their replies
Crap, all I got for a the last rhyme is banana.

January 31, 2006 3:27 PM

Blogger Tayster said...

Congrats! That's awesome.

January 31, 2006 5:13 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Cookie Christine, I would be contemplating that if we actually had snow.

DrMax, mmmm... Leinie's! I might actually do that tonight. I need a good drink after talking to that ditz at the salon!

Tayster, thanks! I never thought that this would happen in less than a year!

January 31, 2006 6:03 PM

Blogger Maria said...

Does he win a prize? Congrats to you! Pedicure time, for sure.

January 31, 2006 8:36 PM

Blogger sideshow bob said...

Tag, you're it!

January 31, 2006 9:42 PM

Blogger canuk said...

Congratulations Sylvana, and in no time at all you will reach the 20,000 mark. It is not surprising since you have a wonderful blog.

If you want to celebrate, get drunk. That way you can party and drown out the dimwit when he gives his BS SOTU address.

January 31, 2006 9:43 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Maria, hey! You are back! I'm saving the pedicure for summer.

SSB, go here to read my post on this meme. It was pretty good.

Canuk, awe, thanks. We watched "Crash" the movie instead of "Chimpy" (thanks for that, Cookie Christine) the idiot.

January 31, 2006 10:03 PM

Blogger Lindsay Lobe said...

Hi Sylvana & Dr Max

Dr max -Keep going I sense a late flowering talent emerging from bloggers on Syllogism !! inspired by a force.

Best wishes

February 01, 2006 6:09 AM

Blogger sands of time said...

Thats great so many hits

February 01, 2006 9:21 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Lindsay, I believe you have inspired people.

Pink Lady, and the hits keep coming!

February 01, 2006 9:29 AM

Blogger Derek Knight said...

look at you go.

February 01, 2006 12:46 PM

Blogger sideshow bob said...

Your hair rocks!

February 01, 2006 6:57 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Derek, I KNOW!!

SSB, awe, thanks. I was worried.

February 01, 2006 7:10 PM

Blogger Astrid said...

I am absolutely positive it wasn't me, but I am for sure part of the 10,000 visitors! Rock on!

February 06, 2006 12:32 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Astrid, and I am so glad that you helped me to that 10,000!

February 06, 2006 12:53 PM

Feeling Better

Thursday, January 26, 2006 | 0 Comments

I decided to go to the doctor yesterday. Well actually, my employer convinced me. They were very "concerned" about my cough. I knew it wasn't bronchitis yet because I could still breath, but I figured that maybe the doctor could at least give me something for the cough since nothing OTC seemed to be touching it.

I don't have any health insurance right now, so this was looking to be pretty expensive for a visit that might end in a sour look from the doctor and a "There's nothing I can do for you. You'll just have to ride it out." But I really didn't want my boss thinking about making me stay home.

I got a really nice doctor though (those are few and far between around here). It wasn't bronchitis - I knew that.

She gave me something so that I could sleep through the night and something for the tickly cough. I was worried about how much the pharmacy bill would come to, but it wasn't bad at all! One of the benefits of working for a pharmacy. I got two packages of cough drops, a big bottle of decongestant, plus my Rxs for under $13!

And being able to sleep through the night did me a world of good. I feel so much better now! I should be back to normal in a few more days.

And I also feel better about being insuranceless right now. Although the doctor visit will run around $60-80, we paid $150 per month for insurance plus the deductable, so it looks like right now anyway we are saving money not having insurance. I'm still looking around for something affordable, maybe some sort of catastrophic insurance? There's Badger Care, but we have to be without insurance for three months before we can get that. Does that make sense to anyone?


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Blogger sands of time said...

At least it's nothing too serious.Hope you'll be feeling 100% soon.

January 26, 2006 10:47 AM

Blogger nope said...

Glad to hear that you are doing better. I know what you mean about 'knowing' it's not bronchitis - I had that once (well, probably more, but ya know) and I swear to GOD I thought my lungs had totally died. Breathing = pain. That was the time I actually quit smoking cold turkey for 6 days. Of course, the 7th day had me going out for smokes again. Ah, memories, aye?

January 26, 2006 11:06 AM

Blogger The Doc said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Sylvana.

January 26, 2006 3:33 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Pink Lady, I did a pretty good job drinking lots of fluids and taking guaifenesin (a must have for cold season! Plus I've been eating clementines and dropping vit C supplements like they were candy. Otherwise I probably would have pneumonia by now!

Indiaiynke, I have had bronchitis LOTS of times! I mentioned before that colds are especially nasty for me because they go straight to my lungs. That's why I get so worried when I get one. Luckily I have only had pneumonia a few times. Yes, bronchitis feels like an elephant has parked its rear on your chest and refuses to budge.

The Doc, thanks. So am I. Now I can finally go to Narnia and my parents' house for a visit!

January 26, 2006 5:12 PM

Blogger DrMax said...

I'd just like to be able to smell again (although it is nice when changing diapers). I guess this flu we have going around here in the Northwest hangs on for weeks. Hope you are feeling 100% soon Syl.

January 27, 2006 1:21 PM

Blogger OldRoses said...

I'm tempted to move to Wisconsin. It's a minimum of $125 here in NJ for doctor visits and $50 to $100 for prescriptions. Thank goodness I have health insurance and a prescription program.

January 28, 2006 5:02 AM

Blogger Elizabeth said...

I'm glad you got a good doctor. I keep trying to convince my husband that we should move to France but he doesn't listen.

Best of luck with the insurance, though, especially for your kid.

January 28, 2006 6:55 AM

Blogger Behrooz said...

Not the best thing to visit you first when you had a bad cough. The good thing, thoug, is that you are riding it out now.

January 28, 2006 8:54 AM

Blogger Shannon said...

Glad you're feeling better!

January 28, 2006 11:00 PM

Blogger Wendy A said...

I sure wish they US would sort out the medical. It is a down right shame! There is no reason for US citizens to have to go without proper medical insurance. Glad your doing better and you didn't have to sell your first born to get better.

January 29, 2006 3:14 AM

Blogger Lindsay Lobe said...

Oh dear Sylvana, your have such a sore chest
Like this poor poem its not one of my best
A poem for you my poor coughing friend
Whatever it causes it time for its end

For Sylvania chest is as heavy as lead
Her nose is as red as a publicans red head
The bagpipes it seems will mirror her wheeze
Bronchitis won’t go with some haggis and cheese

Awaken the cold it time to p….? off
Take no cough lollies to counter that cough
Don’t bother your chemist he’s coping okay
No need for prescription bloody cold please go away

Trust in your engine fill up with food
Oranges and lemons to alter your mood
Her future is rosy like a rose’s new bloom
Return to your health I do hope so soon

January 30, 2006 5:31 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

DrMax, my nose is finally clear, now I just have to get all the gunk out of my lungs.

OldRoses, I might be a little off on that amount. I'm going by the visits that we paid to cover our deductible when we had insurance. We'll see when I get the bill.

Elizabeth, do they have good doctors in France? Or is it that they have universal health coverage?

Behrooz, welcome to my blog! Yeah, it's kind of depressing right now, but you can always check out my archives for more interesting stuff!

Shannon, thanks! I was worried that I would still be sick by this coming weekend and that would all around SUCK! But I think that I should be in pretty good shape.

Wendy A, so much of a person's success in life depends on their health. I can't believe that this country hasn't woken up yet!

Lindsay, I have been drinking lots of green & citrus tea, rose hip tea, eating lots chicken soup. It has been helping.

January 30, 2006 9:40 AM

Four Things

Tuesday, January 24, 2006 | 0 Comments

I have been tagged again (by Wendy A), and since I am too sick to work through the posts that I already started, I decided that this would be an easy filler. I changed some of the format to suite myself, so if you have seen this before, but it looks a little different, you now know why.

Four Jobs I have had:
1. Incentive silkscreener - I silk screened promotional products and got paid per piece.
2. Daycare teacher - loved the kids, didn't really care for the adults.
3. Economics tutor
4. Drug mule - er...I mean librarian

Four movies that I could watch over again
1. The Nightmare Before Christmas (seen it literally hundreds of times. This is my favorite movie of all time!!)
2. A Christmas Story (seen it over fifty times)
3. The Big Lebowski (seen it around thirty times)
4. Raising Arizona (seen it around twenty times)

Four places That I have lived
1. Wisconsin
2. Wisconsin
3. Wisconsin
4. Oh, and Minnesota for a brief time.

Four interesting places that I have visited
1. Costa Rica - for two months
2. Scotland - for two months
3. Ireland - for ten days
4. Iceland - for four days

Four TV Shows I must watch
1. My Name Is Earl
2. The Simpsons
3. Survivor
4. Scrubs
(also Arrested Development, The Family Guy, Bernie Mac, Everybody Hates Chris, The Daily Show (on the internet), Monk (hopefully will be getting the DVDs soon), The Biggest Loser, American Idol, The Office, and Professional Bull Riding Championship (once a year))

Four places that I'd like to go on vacation
1. Australia
2. New Zealand
3. Madagascar
4. Alaska

Four Favorite Foods (the following are basically the Sy Four Food Groups)
1. Potatoes
2. Dairy
3. Chicken
4. Chocolate

Four Blogs That Aren't Mine That I visit Daily
(or at least when they have a new post)
1. That One Blog
2. ...But Mostly Rants
3. It All Comes Back to the Simpsons
4. The Shannonosphere


Blogger Wendy A said...

I thought about tagging you Syl. but figured you had the 100 things on your side margine.

I love survivor. biggest looser, American Idol, but the BULL RIDING CHAMPIONSHIP is by far my favorite. Have you ever seen bull poker??? What a hoot.

January 25, 2006 3:41 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Wendy A, I thought you DID tag me! I forgot to put who tagged me in the post. Oops. You didn't? I must be going nuts, or there is another blogger with my tag-name.

Bull poker is AWESOME! Speaking of people who have gone nuts! You can tell the newbies from the old pros. Or is it the sobers from the drunks?

Oh, and you will always find out new things about me that will make you go, hmmmm....

January 25, 2006 8:07 AM

Blogger sands of time said...

Well you can eat chocolate watching your TV shows.Some of my favourites are there as well.

January 25, 2006 8:35 AM

Blogger SierraBella said...

Haven't been by for awhile and wanted to say hi!
I see you added some new 'stuff' to your sidebar... cool!

January 25, 2006 4:10 PM

Blogger DrMax said...

Awwwww Syl....dang it....(sniff).....thanks. You always prove to me the kindness of Wisconsinites.

January 25, 2006 4:26 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Pink Lady, mmm... chocolate. I'm going to eat lots of it once I get rid of this cold!

Sierrabella, I saw that you got back from your break. Hope you had lots of fun and rest.

DrMax, hey, what can I say? Your blog rocks!!

January 25, 2006 4:49 PM

Blogger Kathleen said...

Can't wait to meet you in New Zealand. We have lots of room.

January 25, 2006 10:55 PM

Blogger Wendy A said...

Syl- I did tag you! Sorry.I am going nuts, not you. I was thinking about it but I...it must be early onset of something. Maybe it was that bull poker round that I played...

January 26, 2006 3:18 AM

Blogger OldRoses said...

Chocolate is definitely a food group, but I would have put it as #1 rather than #4.

January 26, 2006 5:20 AM

Blogger Sylvana said...

Kathleen, we're going to be pretty much broke for the next couple of years, but hopefully after that! Maybe if we can get plane tickets and enough people who will put us up we could do it sooner.

Wendy A, whew! Not that it would have surprised me if it was me going nuts. I pretty much had that figured out in junior high.

OldRoses, I love chocolate, I mean I REALLLY LOVE CHOCOLATE, but in moderation. It makes it oh so much better!

January 26, 2006 8:30 AM

Blogger sideshow bob said...

I didn't know you wanted the Monk DVDs...You know, your birfday's coming up...

(now you'll really be surprised when you open up that toaster cozy!)

January 26, 2006 9:56 PM

Blogger Sylvana said...

SSB, so's yours!

February 06, 2006 12:55 PM