Hello My Dear Friends,
I feel so remiss, and of course, as always, I've missed you. These aren't even this years's photos. I just had to say hello and share the wee Christmas present that I got for you since it expires in about two or three days time.
I have so much to share, as you can imagine, but no time to do it in. I'll catch up soon, I promise.
I decided not to put myself through the usual nightmare of having to make a hundred individual sets of collage cards this year and instead I collected free I-Tunes Starbucks song cards every day for about a month from every store I went to. I would ask politely, explain that they were for my Live Journal friends and they would kindly give me stacks of them. Of course in trying to simplify I ended up creating another complicated project for myself because it's super time consuming to have to carefully type every single code into a document file and then double check each of them in order to share them with you, but that's what I'm doing. I've only typed up about a third of the ones I have and I'd hate to see them go to waste since I did this for you in lieu of a card. I guess if worse comes to worse I could take the left overs back to Starbucks on Monday and ask them to put them out.
Anyway, I'm going to post the names of the artists and their songs along with their codes behind the cut, but please do me a favor; when you take one, or one of each or whatever you like, will you please, please, please write a reply telling me which one you've used so I can cross it out or remove it from the list so people won't be confused when they try to use these codes? Also let me know if there are any you know of that you'd like more of, or if you remember any that Starbucks carried that I don't have up yet, and I'll check and put them up for you if I have them.
The one drawback to this is that they expire on the 31st, I think, and you have to have an I-Tunes account. If you don't, you're more than welcome to take a few and pass them on to a friend. I guess I'll just have to trust that people will be kind and share. Kind of like putting out a big bowl of candy on Halloween and hoping the first kids who come don't dump the whole thing into their pillow cases. I don't even know if you'll like any of these songs, and like I said, I have so many more. I just have to find the time to type them in, ack.
Right now I'm on my way to my plastic surgeon. The cats were racing around the bed and accidentally ran into my face, especially my eye, so I may need a stitch or two above my eyelid. No big deal, there are so many things in life that are worse than this.
Mom's cancer is progressing slowly. There isn't anything we can do for her, except love her up a lot, keep her happy and wait and see. The only symptoms she has so far are weakness and a loss of appetite, which is to be expected for someone with ovarian, and bowel cancer that has spread throughout her lymphatic system.
If you're a smoker, please, please, please do everything you can to reach out there and get some support to quit or cut back. I know what torture it is to quit. I'm not judging you at all. I have plenty of my own addictions. I just don't want this to end up happening to you. I've seen this happen to at least four people I love, years of smoking, or second hand exposure, followed by cancer, sickness, and eventually death. Although it doesn't always have to end this way, it just has for the people I've known.
I watched my Mom struggle for years quit. She tried everything then finally a combination of hypnotherapy and nicotine gum seemed to do the trick. It seems pretty obvious to everyone involved that her many years of constant smoking that caused the lung cancer that later metastasized throughout her body and caused most of the auto-immune diseases that I now live with. My Mom smoked constantly around me from the time I was very small until I was in high school, smoked in the car with the windows rolled up. It's gotten to the point now where I'm so allergic to any kind of smoke that just the smell of it on someone's breath or in their clothes and hair can make my eyes swell, give me a headache, and create this feeling of tightness in my chest.
Sorry to go off on the smoking, I swear to God I'm not judging anyone out there who smokes, it's just really hard watching my beloved Mom go through this when it's always seemed like such a likely eventuality.
I love you guys/gals. I hope you've had peaceful and relatively uneventful holidays. I'm all about ease and comfort these days. I don't yearn for the roller coaster highs and lows I once enjoyed so much.
I'll check back in later.
So, just in case I didn't explain this well enough. These are just a few of the free songs you can download off of I-Tunes that were give away, one a day, from Starbucks. All you have to do is go to www.itunes.com, open iTunes and click the iTunes store. Click redeeem. Enter one of the codes below and your download should start immediately. These expire on 12/31/07 so please hurry! The only catch is that you will need an iTunes account and of course that requires a credit card or a link to Paypal, best I could do. Hugs. XOX
(Bombay Dub Orchestra
Grateful Dub Radio Mix)
I Got It (What You Need)
I'm In Love With You
Only Mama Knows
Consider Me Gone
Pick Somebody Up
Hurry On Now (Featuring TM Juke)
Looking For Elvis
Day Too Soon
SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA
Frank and Ava