The Donnell Family...Life Chronicled for Paige, Drew and soon to be Gage Donnell

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Glasses and Bangs

That's right. When you've reached my point, you really start to notice other things that make you look skinny -- and bangs and eye glasses will do the trick. I noticed this a minute ago when I saw myself in the bathroom mirror. Not only do I look smart today, my face looks skinny. Agh, I love getting my hair done... I always leave the hairdresser feeling so much better about myself... Now I only need to get a mani/pedi and a spray tan and I can take on the world HA!

ok, let's get to it. I know I've been slacking on my posts so here we go:

So this past weekend, we threw Beth a baby shower and all went well. UNTIL, we went to her house after the party and i dropped my glass of red wine all over Baby Jordan's room. It looked like a murder scene -- red wine on the swing thing, the bed, all over the floor, not to mention the glass. You would have thought i threw a bottle of wine in there it looked so bad. it was a pretty sobering moment, that's for sure. Luckily though, Beth is a clean freak and had all sort of tools for us to clean everything up with == so the room is back to new (thank the Lord!)

And, Drew and I are still laying tile. We pretty much have the front two rooms done -- well we have to cut and lay the tiles around the edges, but all the main areas are complete! We started tearing out the baseboards though since we're going to put new ones of those in, and I accidentally put a hole in the wall doing that. But Drew reassured me he put his fist through several walls in college and he knew how to patch a hole in sheetrock, no worries. I thought that was a pretty good quality in Drew -- he's handy, right? So he's goign to fix that right up... but it's going to look good and i'm going to have a little party once we're all finished to showcase how handy we are :)

We're ripping out the rest of the carpet in the house tonight and hopefully we'll have the front three rooms completely tiled after this weekend. yahoo! here are some photos to recap: -- oh by the way, we did a little relandscaping in the backyard too. These aren't the most updated, but here's a little looksy... (above is the backyard before and below is the after !)

The part that is dirt has since been filled in wtih grass by the way. Here's the rest of the house.... so far!

Anyways, I'll have more pictures to post after this weekend, but keep reading so you can see how things turn out! As soon as we do the tile and baseboards, I'm going to put a big chandelier in the formal dining room and buy a baller dining room table. I think I deserve it after waiting this long!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Ok, so last night I was watching TV, and they were talking about how all these liberals are boycotting Whole Foods over an article the CEO wrote on how to improve healthcare. Now, the owner of Whole Foods makes so much money, he quit taking a salary years ago, and donates all money off stock options to charity. He is a self described libertarian, and if I had to speculate on what type of crowd goes to Whole Foods most from going there myself, I would say it is a more liberal crowd. I think it's ridiculous that so many people are boycotting Whole Foods, and I'm pretty sure I'll do most of my shopping there from now on. His points in his article are excellent, everyone should read!

Here's what he wrote:

Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.

"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people's money." -Margaret Thatcher

With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people's money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction-toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:

Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs). The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems. For example, Whole Foods Market pays 100% of the premiums for all our team members who work 30 hours or more per week (about 89% of all team members) for our high-deductible health-insurance plan. We also provide up to $1,800 per year in additional health-care dollars through deposits into employees' Personal Wellness Accounts to spend as they choose on their own health and wellness.

Money not spent in one year rolls over to the next and grows over time. Our team members therefore spend their own health-care dollars until the annual deductible is covered (about $2,500) and the insurance plan kicks in. This creates incentives to spend the first $2,500 more carefully. Our plan's costs are much lower than typical health insurance, while providing a very high degree of worker satisfaction.

Equalize the tax laws so that employer-provided health insurance and individually owned health insurance have the same tax benefits. Now employer health insurance benefits are fully tax deductible, but individual health insurance is not. This is unfair.

Repeal all state laws which prevent insurance companies from competing across state lines. We should all have the legal right to purchase health insurance from any insurance company in any state and we should be able use that insurance wherever we live. Health insurance should be portable.

Repeal government mandates regarding what insurance companies must cover. These mandates have increased the cost of health insurance by billions of dollars. What is insured and what is not insured should be determined by individual customer preferences and not through special-interest lobbying.

Enact tort reform to end the ruinous lawsuits that force doctors to pay insurance costs of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. These costs are passed back to us through much higher prices for health care.

Make costs transparent so that consumers understand what health-care treatments cost. How many people know the total cost of their last doctor's visit and how that total breaks down? What other goods or services do we buy without knowing how much they will cost us?

Enact Medicare reform. We need to face up to the actuarial fact that Medicare is heading towards bankruptcy and enact reforms that create greater patient empowerment, choice and responsibility.

Finally, revise tax forms to make it easier for individuals to make a voluntary, tax-deductible donation to help the millions of people who have no insurance and aren't covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
Many promoters of health-care reform believe that people have an intrinsic ethical right to health care-to equal access to doctors, medicines and hospitals. While all of us empathize with those who are sick, how can we say that all people have more of an intrinsic right to health care than they have to food or shelter?
Health care is a service that we all need, but just like food and shelter it is best provided through voluntary and mutually beneficial market exchanges. A careful reading of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution will not reveal any intrinsic right to health care, food or shelter. That's because there isn't any. This "right" has never existed in America

Even in countries like Canada and the U.K., there is no intrinsic right to health care. Rather, citizens in these countries are told by government bureaucrats what health-care treatments they are eligible to receive and when they can receive them. All countries with socialized medicine ration health care by forcing their citizens to wait in lines to receive scarce treatments.

Although Canada has a population smaller than California, 830,000 Canadians are currently waiting to be admitted to a hospital or to get treatment, according to a report last month in Investor's Business Daily. In England, the waiting list is 1.8 million.
At Whole Foods we allow our team members to vote on what benefits they most want the company to fund. Our Canadian and British employees express their benefit preferences very clearly-they want supplemental health-care dollars that they can control and spend themselves without permission from their governments. Why would they want such additional health-care benefit dollars if they already have an "intrinsic right to health care"? The answer is clear-no such right truly exists in either Canada or the U.K.-or in any other country.

Rather than increase government spending and control, we need to address the root causes of poor health. This begins with the realization that every American adult is responsible for his or her own health.

Unfortunately many of our health-care problems are self-inflicted: two-thirds of Americans are now overweight and one-third are obese. Most of the diseases that kill us and account for about 70% of all health-care spending-heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and obesity-are mostly preventable through proper diet, exercise, not smoking, minimal alcohol consumption and other healthy lifestyle choices.

Recent scientific and medical evidence shows that a diet consisting of foods that are plant-based, nutrient dense and low-fat will help prevent and often reverse most degenerative diseases that kill us and are expensive to treat. We should be able to live largely disease-free lives until we are well into our 90s and even past 100 years of age.

Health-care reform is very important. Whatever reforms are enacted it is essential that they be financially responsible, and that we have the freedom to choose doctors and the health-care services that best suit our own unique set of lifestyle choices. We are all responsible for our own lives and our own health. We should take that responsibility very seriously and use our freedom to make wise lifestyle choices that will protect our health. Doing so will enrich our lives and will help create a vibrant and sustainable American society.

Mr. Mackey is co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market Inc.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Always RUnning Behind It seems like...

Ok, I'm back and apologies for not updating yesterday... but to be honest, I didn't have much to talk about yesterday... So, here's a quick recap of my life...

First off, Drew and I are re-tiling our house (the main rooms) by ourselves and I must say, it's looking pretty good. We've got the foyer and half of the formal living room done. I think we're planning on doing the rest of the living room tonight, so once we have that done, I'll take photos so everyone can see!

Next, Drew and I went to a wedding in San Marcos this weekend, and I must say Texas State has really stepped it up a notch. It looks so much better than what I went to school there, it looked great! And the square has totally changed -- all the bars are different, except the dirty bird and Nephews... Which naturally, we went to the bird and I lost my cc... oh well.

Ok, so they have a new Embassy Suites in san Marcos and it's really nice, so Drew and I and some other friends decided to stay in a cheap hotel Friday night to save money so we could stay in the nice hotel Saturday... we figured we'd only need it to sleep in anyways... WELL, first of all, the card key wouldn't work to get in the door, the light in the room had been ripped out of the ceiling -- so when we turned on the light in the room we looked like we were in a cave in Afghanistan it was so dark... We had to basically sit in our underwear in the room bc the AC wasn't turned off and it was so hot. and then Drew decides to take a shower and the towels are like 2' x 2' big. and Drew then tried to act like the hotel was fine and was like, "what, that's a perfect size towel"... I was like whatever. so anyways, we got back to the hotel around 2:30 am and as we're walking to our door, we can hear people down the hallway doing their business.... It was the worst hotel I've ever stayed in... and that's when Drew and I had to have a heart-to-heart. I told him I never realized I was high maintenance, but from here on out, I would never stay in a hotel short of a Holiday Inn. I mean, if I could have changed hotels I would have...

So the next day Drew had to go to the rehearsal for the wedding and he left at 7:30... and I just felt so gross in the hotel I just got up and did stuff until i could check into our other hotel at noon... never again will I stay in a dingy hotel. it was awful!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Today is my Friday!

What? What?! That's right. I don't have to work tomorrow and I also have Monday off, which I'm pretty pumped about frankly.

Ok, let's get to it. If you like your healthcare (like me,mine is amazing) raise your hand. If you are glad you have healthcare -- and not the nationalized medical care like some countries, raise your hand too.

I'm pretty sure that encompasses most of us. And if it doesn't -- or if you're one of those people that doesn't have healthcare, you're in luck. They have these things called insurance brokers, where you can buy insurance for yourself and actually negotiate a pretty low rate for you and your family so you can have insurance. A girl at my work used to do it so she could get her blood transfusions and her insurance rate was pretty good. Now my point is this -- if you have a job that provides insurance great. If you have ok insurance, be greatful. And if you don't have anything and are too dang lazy to buy it, then don't. If it's not a priority on your list, I shouldn't make it a priority on mine, and therefore, let's all agree not to pay for it and save all of our money.

Now, I've been watcing all these townhalls and I have to saw I find them pretty shocking. Not because people are yelling -- I think that parts awesome. The fact that the elected official isn't listening to their constituents is what I find most damning. They're still saying, you simple Americans don't get it, but I do, so I'm going to vote yes to healthcare for you even though you're screaming at me to vote no. I have a feeling if this thing passes there's going to be thousands more angry Americans than what you see out now -- and good for them, that's their constitutional right. For now anyways, that may be gone along with our guns right after healthcare.

Now, did anyone see our very own Sheila Jackson Lee answer her cell phone during her townhall while a cancer survivor was speaking to her? How dare she. ... Let's pray she doesn't get re-elected again, but then again she's made it this far. I also liked how at Obama's townhall, no one had any problems with the nationalized health bill, and the only one who questioned it was the 11 year old girl , whose mom is such a pro-obama supporter they somehow got tickets in... Hmmm, and they say Fox News is biased.... Way to go Mr. President. Oh and also, he says he supports a multi-payer system, but if anyone finds his old speeches, he says in them, he defo supports a single payer system. So again, which is it Mr. President because you tell so many lies -- or misinformation, that I can't keep up. Feel free to vent in the comments area...

Monday, August 10, 2009

I have to vent!

Ugh, so those of you that know me know a few things:

1. I used to sport a size 2 -4 body.
2. I have health problems.
3. I have gained weight and can't lose it and can't figure out why.
4. I'm waiting for someone to tell me why the weight gain since I eat good and exercise...

But in the meantime while no one can figure out what's wrong with me, I have gone from a svelte size 4 to a size 6... and then finally I broke down and got a size 8 pant on last Thursday. I didn't want to do it, but I had to. My other pants were too tight and I just don't like my pants tight.... So I bought the 8.... which totally sank my self-esteem by the way.

Then today, Monday, I put them on for work, and now they're so big I could literally pull them down to my ankles without unbuttoning them... Seriously. I showed my co-workers. Now, besides the fact that I'm upset because I finally broke down and bought the size 8, I'm a little peeved because now I need the size 6. And the thing is, if I had bought the size 6, chances are I would still be blowing up and would need the 8. What to do... RRRGGHHH! This is a day in my life for sure. And I'm sort of mad becuase I like these pants and now they look like a garbage sack and the bottoms are going to get all scuffy.

Working on a Monday, again!

Can you believe it? Yes, I am working on a Monday again and am quite busy, so this post will probably be short!

Alright, so since the Food Network Star isn't on anymore... (dangit), I've had to shift my focus to the other cool shows on Sunday night. Ok, I really like Hung -- I think it's weird, funny. Drew doesn't think it's so great, but whatever. And then we watched Entourage, which frankly, I like as much as Drew. Besides that, we worked on the house this weekend and cleaned off the floors and laid out tile, which we are going to officially put down starting this week! yahoo! It's going to look so good.

Other than that, our wedding album came in and it looks amazing! Friday night we just hung out at Chase and Steph's and Saturday night we had Drew's parents, so overall, it was a very relaxing weekend!

I'll try to post something funny this afternoon, this is all I've got for now!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I'm Finally Back!

Sorry I was so busy yesterday I didn't have time to write the political post! So let's hop to it -- there's only a few things on my mind today...

Number one -- I was watching the news the other night and the new things is for elected officials to go to their areas and host townhalls to tell people how great nationalized health care is. Well Americans aren't buying it -- Democrats or Republicans. I saw this videotape of a registered Democrat fly off the handle and tell his representative that he was a liar... He then went on to say that Obama spent more time picking out his family dog than he is on Health Care.... and I have to say, this is a very legit point in case no one has thought about it. It did take Obama and his family almost 6 months or so to choose their dog and he's trying to shove healthcare down everyone's throat. As a matter of fact, he's saying that lobbyist and right wingers are paying people to attend townhalls to protest. And if I had to guess, i think the American public is more than peeved about this health care thing and I bet it doesn't pass. I also saw another sign that said if socialized health care is so great, why didn't Ted Kennedy go to Canada for his brain surgery? Ha, I liked that one too! I think it's awesome! I also think I might donate to this cause...

Secondly, the cash for clunkers program is off to a roaring start! I think this is soo great too! So the first $1 billion dollars that went to the program as a test ran out in less than a week. And do you know what people are buying? Does anyone know what they're trading their clunker in for???? Take a guess? No, not a GMC ---- PEOPLE ARE TRADING IN THEIR CLUNKER FOR A FOREIGN CAR. So since Nobama finds this program so successful, he is pouring another $2 billion into it -- to go straight to foreign auto companies -- not the domestic auto companies we've already poured billions into. Good idea, Mr. President. This is working exactly how it should.... I swear. If I ran the country things would be so much better.

Ok, last. So last night I couldn't sleep and I started thinking about this... It's sort of odd so bear with me.... If there are so many people who don't believe in Creationism and God and all that , but they believe in evolution, let's look at this: If man evolved from Ape, how come we don't ever see a cross - breed like the guy in the Geico commercial walking around town? I mean shouldn't there be a cross-over version strolling around somewhere out there? At least one, right? I just don't get it... If someone can explain this to me I would really appreciate it, but the truth is, they can't... because humans didn't evolve from apes, we came from G-O-D!

And one last point... No, I am not a democrat, but I am so addicted to the TV show Vanguard. It's on Al Gore's TV program, Current. The rest of the shows are weird, but the Vanguard is some intense documentaries -- actually, those two girls Laura and Euna worked for it when they were captured. You can watch it on TV or on the internet and I suggest you look up some of the episodes. I watched one on oil refineries in Port Harcour, Nigeria and was fascinated. The trips they go on are so totally dangerous though -- no wonder those girls got caught. And Drew and I watched an episode about narcotrafficking in Mexico the other night. I'm telling you, agree or disagree, this show is really interesting. I like it!

So this weekend I think we're laying tile, yahoo! and the next six weeks I'll be busy at weddings so don't ask me to do anything. I already have plans. and sorry I've sucked at posting this week. I'll be better next week!

Happy Friday

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Women Police of Broward County.

Ok, sorry I didn't post yesterday a lot has been happening.

First, recap of all the awesome TV shows I watch!

Melissa won the Next Food Network star and I have to say I called it. I've been telling everyone for weeks how awesome she is. Since I haven't been feeling well, I laid on the couch with my feet propped up and watched every single episode AGAIN before the finale. And I was so excited when she won!

So has anyone seen the previews for the Police Women of Broward County? While this looks like the female version of cops, I was laying on the couch last night and told Drew I could defo see myself watching that dumb show. That's the thing with me, I love reality TV -- good, scripted reality TV. It is the best.

So Drew's family came in town Monday and we got on the subject of the Obama-chia pet. Yes, it's real, this is not a prank. Anyways, I think I'm going to order one for our patio. We were talking -- I mean how this isn't a racial slur, I don't know -- the chia pet grows an afro for crying out loud. But whatever, I'm going to consider this being patriotic.

Last two comments and then I'll be done...

So as many of you know, I've got a lot of health issues, so I went to the endocrinologist on Monday to get sorted out. Well the appointment was for 10, but you have to be there at 9 or so to do all the paperwork because I'm a new patient. So this means I ate breakfast approximately 8 am. I was with the doctor until about 12:30, and then they wanted to take some blood. Now if you know me, you know I always eat a snack at 10, and eat around 12... well by the time they took my blood I was starving number one, and number two, by that point I was dehydrated... So the lady sat there and pushed on my vein trying to get more blood out bc i couldn't fill up all the viles. Well when your veins try to push out more blood, they squeeze the needle and essentially collapse -- which really freaking hurts.... so anyways, they didn't get enough blood and now I have a giant bruise on my arm to the point where I look like i did heroin or something.

and other than that, there are seven houses on my street being remodeled, including ours. which i really like. I took Lady on a walk the other day, and on another street, there are five houses in a row being remodeled, and I am A BIG FAN OF THIS! it's making my property value go up -- there's even a house in my neighborhood listed at $550,000 now.... maybe a little high, but I like it!

Oh, and tip of the day -- if you have skin tags under your arms, it's a sign your insulin levels are too high, so everyone check for that.

i'm out.