Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mis-Text Story

Strange events sometimes happen, that leave you just shaking your head. Only with technology of today would this type of thing happen... Do people really hit on people they've never seen, met or knew existed because of mistake texts? Yes, yes they do.
Me: Happy Birthday, Charlie!!

Several hours later...

Guy: My name is NOT Charlie!!

Me: Oh... Sorry Charles... :(  I didn't know u hated that... or do I not have the rite number anymore?

Guy: Listen, I don't no u so leave me alone

Me: OMGoodness. My sincerest apologies. I thot this # belonged to a blog friend of years past. I will delete it from my fone. So sorry.

Guy: What? Can you show me your photo?

Me: No thank you. Bye bye. Sorry to inconvenience u. I've already deleted the number.

Guy: No, I am sorry

Me: My apologies.. I will go mourn the loss of his number. Have to contact him on twitter I guess. Anyway, bye bye. Have a wonderful life :)

Guy: Are u still mad at me?

Me: I don't get mad at strangers, but u can delete my number also. It was just Charlie that I was trying to wish a happy birthday. Hope you have a good day.

Guy: I have twitter
Guy: What is your name in twitter?

Me: I'm not interested in pursuing anything with you, kind person. I only use twitter for very limited interactions. Sorry. Pls, u can delete this convo and carry on with ur life. Bye bye.

Guy: K... bye bye
I was thankful this person didn't press on (I'm only assuming it was a guy). I didn't intend to keep texting back, but then I would have felt like I was being rude. I'm glad they finally said bye. It's really funny. I never get hit on in real life, not that I need to because I have Thor and he's amazing. I just thought this was funny enough to share with you all.

Have you ever had a mistake text conversation with a perfect stranger? How did it go?

Jules :oweird)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My book was reviewed!

WOWEEE!! I was just checking into how my book was doing on Amazon. As of tonight, it has been accessed (either borrowed from the lending library or purchased) 1281 times from places all over the world. Yesterday it was only 652 times. I'd say that it's been quite a hit, so far.

I would like to thank those who have left reviews of it on Amazon. It's been reviewed by 4 people now. It seems like people love it for one reason or another, and I'm so grateful for their feedback! I'm starting to think I might have to do the print-on-demand option, and maybe do the whole separate blog thing for it... and you know, attempt to appear all professional and stuff.

Apparently in the Amazon Best Sellers Rank, it's sitting at #531 in the Kindle Store, #4 in the Family Relationships Category (for Kindle) and #26 in the Children's Fiction (for Kindle)... out of how many books in total, I don't know. That sort of blows my mind! It's currently rated 4.8 stars out of 5. That makes me very happy.

Here's a link to e-book reviewer Paul Little's blog from Denmark ( whereupon I stumbled yesterday, who kindly took the time to read and review my book. He put a portion of this review on Amazon, but the whole thing can be read at the link above.  Thank you, Paul Little! I don't know you, but I sure appreciate your words!

The whole thing's so exciting that it's already got the wheels turning for my next project. I'll just have to gather my thoughts and then start to work on it.

Jules :Oelated)

    Sunday, February 17, 2013


    I have kept this under tight seal but now I'm ready to share it with you. I've been working on it for some time now. I had the story written a long time ago, but only within the last 5 months or so did I decide that I could illustrate it and e-publish it by myself. It's been a long haul, the illustrations took longer than I thought they would, but I finally finished (with the help of Thor's artistic eye and support) and now I can proudly present to you: 

    Book Title:
    Moms Are Magic
    Written/Illustrated by Julie Randall 
    Full copyright, all rights reserved.

    Here's the link that you can see it and buy it online, if you'd like to support me, don't worry, it's cheap. If that link doesn't work for you, just type in Moms Are Magic in your local Amazon (.com, .uk, .ca, .jp, .fr, etc.) and it will pop up.  Right now it's just for the Kindle e-reader format (and it makes most sense viewed portrait, not landscape on your tablet, thought landscape still works but not as flowy). If you don't have a tablet, you can download the Kindle app and view it on your smart phone (not sure how that will look, though), OR you can even download a Kindle app for your computer by clicking here and downloading whatever operating system/platform you have! 

    At some point, I may choose to get it printed in hard copy, as Amazon has a Print-On-Demand feature that I can tap into, but for now, it's just electronic. 

    I am so pleased to be able to share this with you. Let me know what you think once you've seen it! And by ALL means... SHARE the direct link with everyone you know! 

    Jules :Oeeeee!!! 

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

    I do, I do, I do

    There's only one definition for love.

    It's when someone comes into your life and stays with you, no matter how difficult, scary, rewarding, or demanding life gets. They don't falter, they don't waiver. They just stay there, by your side, supporting you and making you feel like you're all that matters.

    It takes time and dedication, you can't recognize love overnight because you don't see it fully and completely until you are put through all these things. You don't truly love someone until you've spent time with them, getting to know them, getting to grow with them through all things you encounter. Life's rewards and struggles don't push those who love each other apart. They just bring you closer together. You celebrate the happy bits and support through the bad bits, and that develops a love stronger than anything else. You put them above yourself and recognize that they are important.. not just when it's convenient, but all the time. It's about being thankful for every interaction you have with them by whatever means you have it, and for feeling grateful that they are in your life on a daily basis. It's about trust, appreciation and communication, which all leads to contentment, which is a huge part of love.

    I might not have lived a full life yet, so some may argue that I'm not wise enough to define love, but I'm pretty sure that I have a handle on what it's all about now.

    Love someone. I do.

    Jules :Oyes.

    Friday, February 15, 2013

    Emotional roller coaster day

    Day 8 was a busy, demanding, uber stressful, disappointing and yet ended up being a happy one.

    I had to go to the Cross in Edmonton for follow up radiation monitoring. It turns out I still can't be around people normally yet. Not till Tuesday. I'm bummed, because I really super miss my son. I miss our cuddle times, our giggles, our playtimes, our talks.. even the frustrating times, I miss right now. And knowing he's just down the street from me at his Dad's and at school really makes it more difficult to be away from him. But I just have to endure this for a few more days and then I can get back to living my normal life.

    The scary thing about the past 2 weeks has been that my Oncologist wanted to do a SPECT CT scan and the day after I had that done, I got a phone call from him saying he saw some questionable spots on my liver and spleen. So there was more testing necessary, and I've been waiting to hear about that. The fear of cancer being on more major body organs was a very hard thing to live with. Well, since my body is retaining the radiation longer than thought, they wanted to do an impromptu CT scan on me again today and see if the radiation had made its way to my liver and spleen, which would be indicative of cancer there also.  Thankfully, praise all the Gods in the universe, they see no cancer there. What I do have are called hemangiomas, and they are quite rare, according to my Oncologist. That's the same thing I have, basically, in my lung that nearly killed me twice a decade ago, think of it like a mass of twisted blood vessels that are all wound and squished together, whereby creating unwanted blood vessel pressure, where they should be laying in a nice flat pattern. They come with risks of their own. However, when it's on the liver and spleen, it has little risk of hemorhaging, so likely I'll just live a life with no complications from them. I guess we'll have to keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get too big throughout my life. I also have gall stones, but currently they are asymptomatic as well. I guess most of us have gall stones or kidney stones and don't even know it.

    I have not been cleared of cancer yet.. not given the "cured" word. In 3 months I'll have more testing. In 6 months, more scans. Hopefully after that, they will use the word "cured" and this will all just be a thing I lived through once upon a time. THAT is the day I have a big celebration.

    I don't think I'll blog about this anymore, at least not for a while, not unless anything big happens. I don't want to bring you all down. This blog is s'posed to be a fun and carefree place, well, most of the time. So for now I'll close this door and get back to my normal self. I'm still in here... somewhere. 

    Jules :Oj

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Seeing red, but in the best way...

    Well, my doorbell rang at 9am today, and while I normally would have been up and at 'em, I was only just dragging my butt out of bed this morning. So I had to answer it in my jammies and with my morning hair, but it was worth it!

     Thank you Thor, for my wonderful bouquet! I love them. Here are a few of the pics I snapped, because of course, a person can't receive flowers and not have a photo shoot with them.

    Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Whether you're attached or unattached, I hope you find a great deal of love in your day today and always!

    Jules :Ososweet)

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    My metamorphosis..

    Ok, I'm on Day 6 of my isolation from having my RAI Ablation Therapy and to be honest, things are starting to become a little bit dire. How do I know it? I've actually contemplated cleaning my windows.

    Cleaning my windows is THE task that I hardly EVER do. I hate cleaning windows because 10 seconds after I do it, they are marked up again because of several reasons:

    a) I have a child who loves to play at the window
    b) sneezing, coughing or booger debris deposits (because of a, above)
    c) during the winter months my child finds it exciting to breathe heavily and draw designs on the windows
    d) birds fly and poop on my windows from time to time
    e) no matter how hard I try and be streak free, there are ALWAYS streaks, and that's annoying
    f) let's face it, we can't control where dust flies and settles
    g) in the warmer months, you have no idea what gross things get on there when flies land and walk on them

    So basically, I'd rather never clean my windows. I just hate that task. Yet here I am on Day 6 contemplating doing it. The only thing worse than cleaning windows is replacing the shower curtain liner, and I've been looking at that with thoughts of doing the deed also. Seriously.. WHO AM I becoming?!

    What has this isolation come to? I'm afraid to find out what I've morphed into by tomorrow, let alone, Day 10.

    Jules :Oyikes!

    Monday, February 11, 2013

    A sweet little pick me up...

    My mom is a sweet woman. She came to my house yesterday to drop off a med that I asked her to buy me, and with it, she delivered this lovely carnation/orchid flower arrangement. You can see it, but it's in a heart shaped vase, so darling. Of course, I have all this time on my hands, so I photographed it and now I need to blog it. It's really a sweet little thing, and I can reuse the vase for all sorts of things in the future. Of course, with me being radioactive and all, she couldn't come in and visit, but she stood out on my front sidewalk and I sat inside my house with the door wide open, and we sort of holler-visited at each other. LOL. Bless her. Here's the arrangement, without further delay.

    From a different angle...

    There's nothing quite like the inside of an orchid... 

    A beautiful partnership of loveliness, the petals of each stand statuesque with one another.

    Jules :Opretty)

    Saturday, February 09, 2013

    My life as a movie rating

    Here is what you get when I have oodles of free time on my hands. I was contemplating this one question: 
    What would my life be rated if it were a movie? That prompted me to wiki the ratings for movies, and this is the result of me reading that information. Based on the definitions, I would have to say that I can't generalize my life as one rating. So I'm going to follow through with a percentages thing. I'll let you have a brief read of the def's and then you can carry on below that to my analysis. 

    I believe that my actual life breaks down this way, as per the movie rating system:

    50% is PG -13 - due to the suggestive material, nudity, some sexual situations and brief strong language.
    27% is G - those are the times when my son and or foster guy are home (no sexual goings-on but I might sneak in a little bit of mild language from time to time).
    12% is R - for the use of suggestive material, hard language, crude sexual content, sex and nudity.
    10% is NC-17 - very satisfying, explicit sexual content happens at times in my life, believe it or not, someday I will be married and this will jump exponentially.
    1% is PG - what can I say.. the only thing that worked for me in that def was the implied sexual activity.

    There. Does that add up to 100%?
    Did you just pause to add it? Don't you think I can actually add, you silly gip?

    What do you rate your life in movie ratings terms?

    Jules :O?


    Well, yesterday I went to the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton and received my dose (hopefully my only dose) of radioactive iodine. In order to totally wipe out the rest of my thyroid, and thus the cancer cells that were there also, they had to administer this radioactive iodine ablation therapy. I viewed yesterday as the first day of my healthy new life. It's not every day that you get to feel that way.

    It was really easy to do. Sit in a chair, drink this radioactive liquid that tasted like almond extract (not offensive at all), and then stay in the nuclear medicine room for an hour, while every once in a while a Technician checks on me behind a lead wall. It was an easy treatment to receive. They put this bracelet on me that has to stay on for 1 week, in case anyone needs to know of my radioactivity, and they gave me a letter so that when alarms go off at border crossings because of my residual radiation, I can still go to through the border.

    My Technician cracked this one joke that made me laugh "You'll never be *hotter* than you are right this moment", he said to me with a huge grin and a wink.. and then he realized the inappropriateness of that and clarified "I mean, radioactively speaking, of course." But I'm sure he says that to every patient he gives that stuff to. It's probably his *go-to* joke. It was still funny.

    So now I am in quarantine for 10 days. Heavy duty quarantine for 4 days, then I can be within 3 feet of people until day 10. On day 7, I will go back and get tested for radioactive output and they will tell me whether my boys can come home on day 10, or if they need to stay away until day 14.

    What does a person do with herself at home for that long of time and not start to go a little bit loopy? And before you go off on that "do with herself" tangent, I can't even think about being horny, because *all* of my bodily fluids are radioactive. So now that I can't even do THAT.. what shall I do with myself.

    Yesterday was day 1. I got home and just focused on relaxation, and drinking tons of water so I would pee lots. That was my job yesterday, and to some extent it also is today. Work on peeing. Fluid expulsion  The more of that I do, the less of it I have in my body.

    Also today I finally put away all of my X-Mas stuff and dusted the whole living room and entrance way. Things look neater now. I've tweeted a bit, blogged a bit, hung up a photo of my son that should've been done eons ago, and chatted with my sis via g-talk. I guess it will be about doing small things spread out throughout the day so as not to get everything done all at once. Maybe 1 task every 2 hours or so. Tonight I'll watch a movie called "The Game of their Lives" with Gerard Butler in it and drool. Cuz I love him.

    I'm guessing I'll be doing a lot of blogging. Because you're never really alone when you've got a computer and the internet, right?

    Good times.
    Jules :O)

    Friday, February 01, 2013


    Well in light of recent events, when I stumbled upon this product in a local store, my first thought was, "Wow.. I bet it won't be long before this company changes its packaging and no longer wants him as an endorser..." followed by a hearty internal laugh to myself. A really hearty one. Some of my laugh even squeaked out but then I put a lid on it when the guy down the isle looked at me funny. A health food store isn't really normally a funny place to be, you see. 

    I just think there's something really hilarious about using the slogan "pure natural energy" on a product with Lance on it. I was almost embarrassed to buy these, but it had to be done. I'm sure the product itself is really fantastic, I mean who wouldn't want to eat a chocolate, strawberry, lemon or honey waffle energy cookie thing, right? It's not the product that I'm laughing at, at all. Just the packaging.

    Internal laughter is good, but I couldn't help but share this particular irony with you all.

    Jules :O)