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Prompt for the Day: “Diverse”

The narrow minded people at the Daily Post group of Word Press want US to focus our personal creative works of art on the word “Diverse“.

Attended College For Diverse Experience

In a different state of the US, I met people from all walks of life.  Many new cultures and religions where introduced to me.

First thing I was faced with was the confirmation that the church I was forced to belong to growing up was really just after my money, not actually helping others!  Ended up switching to another Christian faith.

Students at the college came from all around the world to pursue their education.  Became good friends with people from over seas.  The students coming from other counties actually tended to be way ahead of us American kids!  They had focused their childhoods on learning everything they could.  Was a little jealous of their dedication to knowledge.

Eventually, would end up meeting a young man who would become my husband.  The only problem was he had been brought up in the Catholic faith.  Ended up converting him to Methodist with me, since that was the church I had chosen to start attending in college.  We had a blast singing in their choir together.  Went on trips to help the elderly of the area winterize their homes.  Liked getting the chance to help other people!

Please Help Fight Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

Prompt for the Day: “Witness Protection”

The daredevils from the Daily Post division of Word Press came up with “Witness Protection” for today’s writing prompt.  Then they asked two seemingly simple questions-“When you do something scary or stressful — bungee jumping, public speaking, etc. — do you prefer to be surrounded by friends or by strangers? Why?”

Personally,

I prefer to keep my stupid mistakes completely to myself.  Unfortunately, when I pushed myself to become a good public speaker, in Junior and Senior High school it meant having to speak before large crowds of people.  On the positive side, I did not vomit before, during, or even after the speeches were delivered.  Actually managed to advance all the way to the state level of competition!

My speech writing skills came in handy when I went off to attend college out of state.  Now my speaking was done in classrooms full of total strangers.  There was not a single friend anywhere in sight!  Was glad to be making my mistakes in total obscurity.  Made a lot of them during the years I went to college.  Isn’t that the whole point of moving away from home?

Please Help Fight this Evil Disease

The medicine my neurologist has me on for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

All help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your generosity!

Prompt for the Day: “Happy Endings”

The people in search of a good story, devised today’s prompt of “Happy Endings“.    They included a simple statement followed by two serious questions-“Tell us about something you’ve tried to quit. Did you go cold turkey, or for gradual change? Did it stick?”

Alcoholism

Went away to college out of state all alone at the wise old age of 17 years old.  By the end of the first semester, relied on alcohol to help me complete my programming homework.  My best code was written when I was drunk off my ass!  Took coming across a picture taken with my own camera my sophomore year for me to realize I had a severe drinking problem.  Was pretty sure I went to the room next door wearing jeans and a T-shirt like normal, but the picture showed me in my pajamas.  When and where did I change clothes, and more importantly who was with me while I changed?  Immediately, dumped out all my remaining alcohol down the kitchen sink.

Spent the weekend alone experiencing detox from my drinking habit.  Spent too much time worshiping the porcelain gods vomiting in the bathroom.  Lighter now and clearer in the mind, cleaned up my mess from getting ill.

When my roommate returned from the long weekend, asked if she was around when the picture was taken.  Turns out, I had came back to our room and changed alone in the bathroom.  Did not touch a drop for the remainder of my college career!  My programming sucked when I was sober, unfortunately,  But I stood strong on my decision not to drink anymore!

Please help fight my disease

The medicine my neurologist has me on for my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri.  Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is impossible.  I remember when I first started on it , the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500.  There was no way my husband and I could afford that every 28 days!  Biogen (the manufacturing drug company) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely.  So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign.  To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes

All help will be greatly appreciated.   Thank you for your generosity!

Boink, OW!

Was dating a man who looked exactly like my grandpa’s pictures when he was just starting out in the Navy.  He acted like my grandpa did as well!  A true gentleman.  Eventually, he moved into my apartment with me.

He moved his futon chair into the front room of the apartment.  It converted to a full size bed when needed. Sure beat the heck out of fooling around on my bunk beds!  You remember the song about sleeping single in a double bed?  We were sleeping double in a single bed!  We had a walk in closet, bathroom, bedroom, and kitchen area.  Was a little cramped.  Had to listen to our elderly next door neighbors having loud sex at all hours of the day / night.  Don’t know where they got their stamina from.  Got tired of the drug busts happening in the complex, so we started looking for a new place to live.  I was still in college.  He had given me an engagement ring, but I could not marry him until I graduated from college.  We moved our wedding date up to the day after my graduation.

While at work one Saturday, he and his mother moved all our possessions across town.  Did not have the chance to clean the apartment before we moved out or in.  Really pissed me off!

We were still not married, but the quiet of the new place helped me concentrate better while studying for my college tests.  No more getting woke up by any type of sirens.  No more police raids or tornado warnings going off at the end of the complex.  Made friends with the older lady next door to us when the normal weather problems occurred.  Her son worked nights on the road, so she worried about him being hit out there.

The futon was put in the front room of the new place.  We were going at it one day on the futon.  The walls were a little closer than either of us had realized.  Hit my head on the one wall every time he entered me, thus the “Ow!”.  Didn’t ask him to stop, I was enjoying it way too much to ask him to stop!

Once we were married, we took some of the money given to us to purchase a queen sized bed.  The futon was pretty worn out, so we also got a couch to replace it.  A new kitchen table also replaced what we used at the first apartment.  We still use that table today in our house in Minnesota.  It went from Missouri, to Lombard, IL, to Colorado, to Wisconsin, back to southern Illinois, again to Missouri, to the apartment from hell in Hastings, Minnesota, finally resting in our house here in St. Paul.  It is NOT moving again!

Face to Face Interview for College Application

I  needed to get escape my family by moving away to college.  My only chance at success was to land a full ride scholarship.  Fear made me sweat for no reason.  My responses to their questions had to shout out my desperation to get away from home.

When they asked me what type of books I liked to read, I answered truthfully.  Science fiction had always been my favorite escape from reality.  Then they asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.  Astronaut was my first answer.  After those 2 questions they wanted to know how my career choice and my reading material went together.  I replied with the first thing that came to mind.  They were both fantasies.  When the interview was over, I was pretty sure I had lost any chance at receiving an award.  When all the applicants got together with their families over supper. they let us know we had all received a full ride scholarship.  So somehow, I did not blow it too bad.

This would end up being more stressful than anything in my life.  And I made it through with shining colors.

I hope this will inspire others to go for their dreams, even if you can not justify it to others.

You’ll never know how high you can go unless you try!