Tuesday, February 19, 2019

No City-Wide Garage Sale Post This Year. I have to kick Cancer's ass first

I’ve had several people email me asking about a 2019 citywide garage sale post and I fully planned on putting one together but unfortunately, I’ve had a health setback and won’t get to it this year.
But you can check out my friend's blog over at Wichita on the Cheap and she'll get you some dates and locations!

Since this is my personal blog and I use it as my voice on occasion, I will share with you what I have going on… On January 24th, I came down with a horrible stomach something. I say ‘something’ because the mystery is still there.
Shortly after dinner, my stomach started cramping severely bad. Up high in the middle and maybe an inch to the right. It was a pain like I’ve never felt before. It felt like someone was punching me in the gut over and over and over again. It hurt so bad that I eventually got sick. I felt better after I got sick and so I went to bed for a bit. Then it started back up again. Repeat this all night, overnight Thursday until about 7am that Friday morning. I ended up sleeping on my bathroom floor. I mentioned to my husband a couple of times that if our boys weren’t sleeping, I’d go to the emergency room. This is coming from a girl that waits until she’s barely breathing to go to the doctor. So yeah, that was the pain.  That next day (Friday) I had zero energy (to be expected after a night of hurling) but still didn’t feel the greatest. I never ran a fever and never had body aches so I was pretty sure I had food poisoning and so that’s why I didn’t make an appointment on Friday.

I went through the weekend and went to my kids’ basketball and soccer games even though I still had a slight twinge. I was still pretty sure it was the food poisoning.
On Monday, I decided I’d go ahead and make a dr’s appointment since I still had that dull ache. None of my family members on my mom’s side have their gall bladder anymore so if I didn’t have food poisoning, maybe it was gallstones.
At the dr, he was palpating my stomach and was pretty sure I had gallstones or a gallbladder attack and so he ordered an ultrasound as well as a CBC and a urinalysis.

The next day I had my ultrasound and noticed that the technician only spent a couple of minutes on my gallbladder but about 10-15 minutes on my right side, down low and towards my back as well. I’m no doctor but I always thought the gallbladder was higher up.
The next day I received a call from my doctor and said my gallbladder and liver were great, however, I had hematuria (microscopic blood in my urine) as well as a mass on my kidney.

I didn’t hear anything other than “mass on your kidney”.
They set me up to have a CT scan with contrast the following week and the day after that, it was determined that I have a 2.5cm cancerous mass on my right kidney.
I was sent over to a Urologist to have him look at the report and the scan and he came to the same conclusion. I have Kidney Cancer (AKA: Renal Cell Carcinoma) and I will need to have surgery to remove the tumor as well as part of my right kidney on February 28th, 2019. Oddly enough, the month of March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month and come March 1st, I will hopefully be able to say that I am a Kidney Cancer Survivor.

I’m on autopilot right now. I don’t quite know how to feel about having cancer other than I just want the fucking thing out of me.
Honestly, I feel really, really good. Which is the scary thing about Kidney Cancer. Call it divine intervention or a guardian angel watching out for me or whatever you want to call it but the fact is, they found my cancer by complete accident while it’s still relatively small. Most of the time, by the time someone finds out they have kidney cancer, the tumor is quite large and causing noticeable symptoms and possibly already spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Sure I’m going to have to have a pretty major surgery and be down for the count for several weeks - but I’m so ready to get this thing out of me and get on with my life!
My boys don’t know that I have cancer. We’ve decided to wait until the pathology reports come back after the surgery. They have too much other stuff to worry about right now ~ stuff like, “where did I put my other shoe and why do our parents always make us take baths in the middle of a video game?!” type of worries.
My husband has been amazing through this with me. He’s been my punching bag and my shoulder to cry on and a face to scream at and the reason that I’m honestly still standing. I have fallen soooo many times during our relationship and he always picks me up and dusts me off. I couldn’t do this without him, honestly. And even though my boys don’t know what I’m going through (other than that I have to have surgery on a kidney), their little faces are the other reason I’m not only standing, but smiling as well. When I feel weak, they are the strength that keeps me going. When my mind turns dark, they are the light that I need.

I believe in the power of prayer. So if you wouldn’t mind saying this little prayer for me, I’d SO appreciate it…

“Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.””

-Luke 8:50

If you have another prayer, feel free to share it!

And even if prayer isn’t your thing, your thoughts and virtual hugs are plenty!

Thank you to my faithful followers who have been here since day one. Thank you to my new followers who found me after my Fortnite post and realized we had stuff in common. Thank you for being my people.

It’s time to go kick Cancer’s ass!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fortnite Valentine's Day Cards - Free Printable Fortnite Valentines

All it took was a quick search for Fortnite Valentines Cards to see that there aren’t many (if any) out there.


Who doesn’t play Fortnite right now?!?  My husband and I were talking and we get a little annoyed when our kids want to spend their allowance on V-bucks and Fortnite skins and the Battle Pass, etc.  But I’m pretty sure Fortnite will go down as the new G.I. Joe and Barbie of our kid’s time. And lord knows we all spent every penny we had on clothes and accessories for those two things!

Obviously my boys wanted Fortnite Valentines this year and since my search didn’t pull up anything I liked, I decided to make my own. And then I decided to share the love (pun intended) and make some FREE Printable Fortnite Valentines cards for anyone else who wants them.

So here ya go! Let me know how they print! This is my first time doing a printable on my website so I may have to deal with a few hiccups until I get it just right.

As far as what I'm attaching to them, I haven't decided that yet. Maybe some pixie stix (because, pick axes) or war heads (battle) or skittles (y'know, because boogie bombs). Who knows! My kids are just excited about having Fornite Valentines for school! But if you have an idea of something I could attach, let me know in the comments below!

Happy {early} Valentine’s Day, friends!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Summer Concert Series in Andover, KS

Have you heard?
Summer Concert Series is back in Andover, KS at the brand new Capitol Federal Amphitheater!

Construction started in 2017 on the amphitheater and the inaugural Summer Concert Season kicks off May 26th this summer at the brand new theater!  You can find directions and more info by going to the Andover CVB website here.

Here is this summer’s lineup...

May 26th, 2018 
w/special guest: JOHN ANDERSON
Tickets are on sale now!  $10-$100

June 16th, 2018
w/special guest: QUINN SULLIVAN
Tickets go on sale May 18th!  FREE - $50.00

July 21st, 2018
w/special guest: LITTLE TEXAS
Tickets go on sale May 18th!  $10-$100

August 11th, 2018
w/special guest: VERTICAL HORIZON
Tickets go on sale May 18th!  FREE - $50

You can purchase tickets for any of these concerts by clicking the links provided above or on TicketFly.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 City-Wide Garage Sales in South Central Kansas

We all love ‘em.  We all want to know when and where they are.  And now I have it...

Your 2018 list of City-Wide Garage Sales for the South-Central Kansas area for March-June.

I have only listed the towns that are within a 100-mile radius of Wichita.  You’ll have to find a blogger in your area to see if s/he can put together a list for you if you’re outside of that 100-mile radius.

I’m also planning on making a July-Fall list as well as there are several towns who host their Garage Sale Event in the fall and I don’t want to leave them off the list.

But this will at least get you started!

Feel free to share this!

And if I left one off, PLEASE let me know by sending me a quick email to: amanda@procrastinatingmommy.com

To see a list of garage sales in/around the city of Wichita, please visit: Wichita on the Cheap.

We will update this list as often as we can (possibly every day) – so keep checking back!

Edited to add:
  • Winfield does not have a set city-wide date but residents usually have their sales the weekend BEFORE Walnut Valley Festival  (which is in September)
  • Hutchinson does not have a set city-wide date either but the Hutch News does hold a "Monster Sale" at the State Fair Grounds in March. See the graphic to find out when.
  • Wichita does not have a set city-wide garage sale date but certain neighborhoods or communities will hold garage sales.  The best way to ADD your listing or check for Wichita area garage sales is by visiting "Wichita on the Cheap"
  • Augusta has not called me back yet
  • Haysville holds theirs in August
  • El Dorado holds theirs in August
  • The City of Andover (City Clerk - Susan) creates a more extensive list. She is still adding final touches to it so please be patient with her.  I will add them to my website as they come in.

Monday, December 4, 2017

PackageFromSanta.com - make it a new tradition!

It’s the MOST wonderful time of the year!  From the lights to the sounds to the traditions, this is my most favorite time of the year! 

This year, we're starting a NEW tradition with PackageFromSanta.com, the ONLY Santa memory service that does it ALL!  Personalized LETTERS, PACKAGES, CALLS, and VIDEOS from SANTA himself!

Do you want to see your children's face light up in amazement when they get a personalized letter from Santa Claus? Of course you do! This not just a letter from Santa. It's an amazing experience - it's joy, memories, wonder and happiness in a box! You can choose a specific letter theme and then customize it yourself to include details that only Santa would know!

Every package also comes with a FREE personalized CALL and VIDEO FROM SANTA that can be scheduled any time. This techy part of the PackageFromSanta.com was unreal! So surprisingly well done and high-end and my kids LOVED it!

It's such a joy to see my children continue to BELIEVE and PackageFromSanta.com really helped make the magic happen in my household this year!  I love it!
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The Silver Package ($24.95) comes in a red box & includes:
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  • BONUS! Personalized Video from Santa (retail $9.99)
  • BONUS! Personalized Phone Call from Santa to a cell phone OR land line! (retail $9.99)
  • Personalized Nice List Certificate
  • Autographed Santa Claus Photo
  • Autographed Rudolph Photo
  • Genuine North Pole Stamp
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