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February 16, 2007

Colon Cancer – Awareness for Younger People

It started with one little phone call; my middle sister was on the line to tell me the results of her colonoscopy.  Her doctor didn’t like what he saw and recommended that any siblings she had go in for an immediate colonoscopy.  Now, while she does not have cancer the polyps that she has could turn cancerous and led us down this path of finding out more about colon cancer and the young person.Â

My mother, is an avid reader of the obituaries, she read to my sister the obit of one young lady, Heather Sherwin 34 of Issaquah, WA who had recently died, following the information given on her obituary we found out that while she didn’t die of colon cancer, she though had been diagnosed with stage III colon cancer.  Heather was active in The Colon Club, the cover girl for and one of two models for September in the 2007 Colondar, the annual calendar put out by The Colon Club featuring young people living with colon cancer. You’ll be surprised at the number of young people who are featured on not only the 2007 but 2006 and 2005 Colondars as well.  Take some time to read their stories and browse through each person’s stories.

Reading through this informative site, drives home that while colon cancer is known about, it’s often times thought of as an ‘older’ persons disease.  It’s recommended that adults at the age of 50 go in for a colonoscopy, but here is the thing, if you have a family history of colon cancer, or you exhibit signs, such as blood in your stool, you should consult with your doctor to be checked.  Colon cancer is often not diagnosed, because of the lack of symptoms or the mistaken belief that something else is wrong with you.  Before you ask, yes I am going through the steps that need to be taken in order to have a colonoscopy myself, based upon what my sisters Doctor shared with her.  For more information regarding colon cancer you can always check out the National Cancer Institute, they have valuable, upto date information regarding this disease.

Meet your life head on… You are never young to take charge of your health and life!

Filed under: Life by Kat at 3:28 am

February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!!!

The Story of St. Valentine

In 270 A.D., marriage had been outlawed by the emperor of Rome, Claudius II. Claudius issued this decree because he thought that married men made bad soldiers since they were reluctant to be torn away from their families in the case of war. Claudius had also outlawed Christianity in this time period because he wished to be praised as the one supreme god, the Emperor of Rome. Valentine was the bishop of Interamna during this period of oppression. Valentine thought that the decrees of Rome were wrong. He believed that people should be free to love God and to marry. Valentine invited the young couples of the area to come to him. When they came, Valentine secretly performed services of matrimony and united the couples.

Valentine was eventually caught and was brought before the emperor. The emperor saw that Valentine had conviction and drive that was unsurpassed among his men. Claudius tried and tried to persuade Valentine to leave Christianity, serve the Roman empire and the Roman gods. In exchange, Claudius would pardon him and make him one of his allies. St. Valentine held to his faith and did not renounce Christ. Because of this, the emperor sentenced him to a three-part execution. First, Valentine would be beaten, then stoned, and then finally, decapitated. Valentine died on February 14th, 270 A.D.

While in prison, waiting for his sentence to be carried out, Valentine fell in love with the jailer’s daughter, the blind Asterius. During the course of Valentine’s prison stay, a miracle occurred and Asterius regained her sight. Valentine sent her a final farewell note. He signed his last note, “From Your Valentine.” Even today, this message remains as the motto for our Valentine’s Day celebrations.

When I first heard this story, I was in catholic grade school. I have fond memories of passing out valentines to everyone in our class. Now as an adult, hearing my 3 year old nephews excitement about his first ‘real’ valentines to share with his class, my sisters sharing this special day with my brother in laws and my parents, it reminds me to give thanks to all those in my life who I appreciate and care about. We all have those we care about and this is a wonderful day to let them know that they have crossed your thoughts and brought a smile to your face.

I’m sure Tori, Cera and Ace will all appreciate the special ‘fancy feast’ dinner they will have tonight as our little celebration of this fine day.

So from myself and the kids…

Thank you for being such great readers… and we hope that each and everyone of you will be our valentine!


Kat and the kids.


Filed under: Life,Love by Kat at 4:20 am

February 7, 2007

The American/U.K. English Translation Dictionary

I’ve come to the conclusion from talking to several new friends in other countries, especially England (U.K.) that while we both speak the same base language of English, each country has their own terms, phrases and slang.  There are times when I type to a friend and I see the word *Dictionary* pop up which tells me he needs a translation of the slang term I have typed.  So to help out those who converse with other English speaking people, here are some slang terms with their translations.  Hopefully this will clear the air, for those of us who have difficulty understanding the terms put forth in chat.


American Slang

U.K. Translation

How are you doing?

Dime me out

Tell on me (Tattle)

What kind of ride do you have?

What kind of car do you drive?

Bless his/her heart.

This has several meanings:
1.       an expression of sympathy/pity
2.       a polite way to respond to an ignoramus, particularly male, who showers upon you flattering but unwanted compliments
3. a polite way to say “go to hell”


Short for Jesus, this is a nerdy way of saying the shortened version of Gee-Whiz

Oh Good Lord!

An expression of Surprise.

You gotta be kiddin’

Are you being truthful?

Are you pulling my leg?

Are you telling me a fairy tale?


G is the shortened version of a Grand which in the UK would equal One Thousand (K)

I spent 2 bills on that.

I spent two hundred dollars on that.


The nether regions of a female.


Short for California, often used in conjunction with things such as girl

Spouting off

Expressing oneself.

This is a small sampling of assorted terms I’ve had to define while chatting with my friend.  If you find that you are having trouble understanding what a person is saying to you, you can find additional translations at the Urban Dictionary.

I have also found that on the reverse or flip side of this language coin, I’ve had to use the *Dictionary* on things he has said back to me.  Not surprising, given the above phrases/slang that things are lost in ‘translation’.

I hope that you take the time to stop the person you are conversing with and learn their slang.  Before you know it you’ll be at a local bar (pub) with your friends using your new slang terminology.

If you feel I have missed any terms, please feel free to email them and I will add them to this list.


Filed under: Life by Kat at 12:46 pm
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