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Witkin Memorial Concert – 28 Jan. 2007



Many thanks to Anamaria for posting these photos at The Johnny Depp Zone.

YouTube videos:
Johnny Depp and The Kids (3:07)

Johnny Depp and The Kids (3:16)

Johnny Depp and The Kids (0:24)

Johnny Depp and The Kids (0:26)

Newspaper article from the Florida Sun-Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2007:
Remember the Cichlids? Critical Mass? The Kids? They’re all reuniting for a concert

new look

What do you think about the new look of the blog?

I was so bored with it and tired of the username Titanium – relevant at the time I signed up with it – that whole if that which doesn’t kill me makes me stronger, I’ll be made of titanium in no time thing.

I wanted a change. I had started thinking that thought bubbles would be cute, but when I was searching for bubbles or balloons, I found a bunch of hot air balloon pics. And here we are – a new look – for now. 🙂

birthday party

Youngest daughter is at a birthday party right now. I’ll pick her up in 2 hours. It’s her first party since her diagnosis. I’ve been nervous about how it will work with her wanting to eat with her friends – since we all know kids want to constantly eat & not have to think about it. She came up with a plan. She’s going to call me before she eats, we’ll figure out the carbohydrates in the food, then she’ll do her injection in the bathroom & eat up!

Daughter was going to spend the night, but our weekend plans changed. Since we’ll be driving down to Dallas early tomorrow morning, she decided to not stay overnight.

Thursday Thirteen #38


Thirteen HAPPY things

1. laughing children
2. sunshine
3. youngest daughter singing in the shower
4. sleeping through the night
5. Sunday afternoon naps
6. a good book
7. hugs
8. the sound of rain on a metal/tin roof
9. a full tank of gas in the car
10. public libraries
11. line dried towels
12. flannel sheets
13. snow days

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one-sided

Have you ever had a friendship that began as a give and take friendship and then became one-sided?

I’ve got one of those right now. Someone I considered a good friend knows next to nothing about my life & I know everyone about that person’s life. I’m not sure how it happened – although it’s been gradually getting to this point for a couple of years.

During the past month, I’ve probably spoken to this person for 10 hours and I’m not sure that they have any idea that I’ve been having a hard time with the whole “visitation & the XH & wondering if I was alienating the kids” thing. I tried to mention it, but the subject was quickly diverted back to the other person & whatever that person needed to talk about at the moment. This friend knows about DD & the diabetes diagnosis, but not much else about what’s going on in my life.

I’m not sure if I should just interrupt & blurt things out or just let things continue. It’s tiring.

diabetes education for XH

I know, I know.. I probably shouldn’t have. XH should take the initiative & do it himself, right?

But I did it.

I looked up the listing of certified diabetes educators in the state where XH lives.
Then I called the number listed for the diabetes educator who’s at the hospital/medical center at the military installation where XH and his family are stationed.

Turns out that the diabetes educator works in internal medicine and no one would transfer me to her.

They told me to call pedicatrics.
Then the lady in the pediatric clinic told me to call the insurance company, Tricare.

Instead, I called the main hospital number & spoke with the patient advocate/representative. He suggested that I speak with a nutritionist & said that’s where the diabetes classes take place. Finally – getting somewhere!

When I called the nutrition clinic, though, I was transferred yet again. This time to a Lt. Col. who was very very nice. She told me about the diabetes classes that are every Tuesday and said that if XH and his wife would call, they could get in a class to learn carbohydrate counting.

After they’ve completed the class, the Lt. Col. will help XH and wife find a nurse/diabetes educator who will educate them about diabetes – the signs, symptoms, cause, effects, treatment, administering medication – the same things I learned with the diabetes educator before leaving the hospital.

The Lt. Col. commended me for searching for information to make it possible for my daughter (and her siblings) to be able to spend time with my ex-husband, his wife & their children. I told her that it was not for me – but for my kids – since they deserve to see their dad regardless of what I think of him.

I called XH to give him the phone number to call to set up the appointment. I called his home number thinking that they’d not be home & I could just leave a message with the clinic phone number, but his wife answered the phone & we spoke for a bit. She was concerned about DD & wanted to know about her diabetes, how it’s going, what we do daily to manage it, what the initial hospital stay/diagnosis was like, and how all three kids are dealing with it. She is very interested in the class and said she’s going to call & get it set up.

A few things she mentioned revealed lies XH had told her about me & the kids but that’s no surprise. I’ve learned to expect it over the years.

Overall, I’m happy with how the conversaton went. It was about 1000 times better than some of the conversations I had with her 4-5 years ago.

visitation

After XH made his comment about me not ever driving the kids down there, I started thinking about that. I pulled out a copy of the visitation schedule to verify that it doesn’t say anything about transportation to & from visitation – it doesn’t.

Today I’ve gone through an entire range of questions:

Am I alienating the kids by not meeting XH halfway for pick ups and drop offs (a 2 1/2 hour drive for each of us)?

Does it matter that he was 2 hours late each time to pick up or drop off when we had agreed ahead of time to meet halfway at a certain time with a 30 minute window?

Should I offer – again – to meet halfway?

What’s best for the kids?

I want them to know their dad – I want him to want to see them – and I’ve been frustrated that he’s made no effort since August 2005 to have them come visit. He has come here to see them – but has not had them there with him & his family since then.

After discussing it with a few friends who have lived the visitation lifestyle for several years, I’ve decided to offer to drive the kids one way. If XH will pick them up from my house for the visit, I will drive to his house to bring them home. This way, I’m not sitting at the meeting place for 2 hours waiting for XH to show up.

Now, we’ll see if XH meets with a diabetes educator to learn how to care for DD during visits.

XH saw the kids today

for the first time in a few months. He lives about 5 hours away.

In his usual fashion, XH came to see the kids early this morning and left around 2pm this afternoon.

When he was here, DS asked about the video game that XH had told him he bought for DS for Christmas. XH told him that if DS will come visit, he can have his video game – and that the girls can have their Christmas gifts then too.

They said, “Why don’t you pick us up & take us down there, then?”

He said, “Well, your mom won’t ever drive you down there – and now I have to take classes so I can help take care of youngest DD.”

Oldest DD said, “Mom has offered to meet you half way – and besides, you have to want us to come.”

I was in the kitchen or my bedroom when these things were said – or just going around in the house doing whatever I was doing – cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. – not in the same room as them. I could hear it all b/c the house isn’t very big. I was going to leave, but with youngest DD’s recent diabetes diagnosis, XH said he’d feel better if I was here since he didn’t know how to handle an emergency should one come up – so I stayed.

XH also told the kids, as they were playing Uno Attack! that oldest DD is his favorite – although he loves them all the same. I have no idea why he did that – it makes no sense. I cannot imagine what he thought it would accomplish.

XH is now dangling a Spring Break trip to Florida or Las Vegas and a summer vacation cruise in the Bahamas in front of them. He said that he wants to get the diabetes education classes out of the way so the kids can come with them. I hope he follows through – it’s awful to see how it hurts them when he doesn’t. The kids would love to go – but after being out of school all last week for ice/snow, the school district has not said how those days will be made up. Once that’s announced, I will let XH know, so he can plan around their school breaks & hopefully it will work out.

Shantaram director named

I’m so happy that ‘Shantaram” has a director – from what I’ve seen, Nair, with her eye for detail, will be perfect for the job.

Nair, Depp journey to India film
Director hitched to ‘Shantaram’

By PAMELA MCCLINTOCK

Mira Nair will direct big-budget Johnny Depp starrer “Shantaram” for Warner Bros. Pictures, with Graham King’s Initial Entertainment Group and Depp’s Infinitum Nihil producing.

Brad Pitt’s Plan B is a producer as well.

Nair’s arrival means the project –which may be Depp’s next starring vehicle after “Sweeney Todd” — is back on track after helmer Peter Weir dropped out last summer. Production is likely to begin as soon as this fall, with a possible 2008 release.

Nair will direct from a script by Eric Roth, who is adapting Gregory David Roberts’ tome of the same name. Novel is based partly on the author’s own adventures, according to publisher St. Martin’s Press.

In “Shantaram,” an Australian heroin addict escapes from a maximum-security prison and reinvents himself as a doctor treating the destitute in the slums of Bombay. His drive to procure medicine leads him into counterfeiting, gun-running and smuggling.

King said Nair’s “lush visual style’ lends an “authentic and vital eye” to the story.

Nair next will be in theaters March 9 with Fox Searchlight’s “The Namesake,” based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri. Pic is her first since Reese Witherspoon starrer “Vanity Fair,” released in 2004.

Most of her films have been about her native India, including her debut feature “Salaam Bombay!” and “Monsoon Wedding.” Other credits include “Hysterical Blindness.”

Initial Entertainment and Infinitum are producing through their deal with Warners (Infinitum is an Initial company). Projects in the works include “A Long Way Down,” based on Nick Hornby’s novel, which scribe D.V. DeVincentis is adapting, and “Bomb,” based on the book by Dr. Mahdi Obeidi, Saddam Hussein’s top nuclear weapons scientist, and American journo Kurt Pitzer.

Infinitum and Initial also are developing “Happy Days,” based on the novel by Laurent Graff. Terry Zwigoff is attached to direct from a script he will co-write with Jerry Stahl.

Nair is repped by Creative Artists Agency; Depp by UTA.

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I’m a featured blogger today! YIPPEE!
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Thursday Thirteen #37

Thirteen things about Titanium

1. It’s been 4 weeks since youngest daughter came home from her stay at the hospital.
2. Youngest daughter (age 10) was diagnosed with Type I diabetes on December 19, 2006.
3. Her blood glucose was over 750 and she was diagnosed with DKA (diabetic keto-acidosis.
4. The first time I gave DD an insulin injection, I thought I was going to pass out.
5. Now, it’s completely normal to give her injections.
6. DD started giving herself insulin injections when we’d been home from the hospital for a week. Now she does about half of her injections and I do the rest.
7. Youngest DD and DS started a new elementary school this month.
8. My kids have been out of school this week because of icy road conditions.

9. For the past 2 days, they’ve been sledding with my sister & her children in the afternoons. They’ve had a blast!

10. We’re not used to ice and snow in Oklahoma – I’ve seen some really crazy driving this week.

11. We’ve been advised by local weather forecasters to expect 3-6 inches of snow this weekend.
12. Nothing brings a family together quite like the auditions for a new season if American Idol.
13. We’ve had a blast watching the past couple of nights.

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Well, hello there Captain!

I’m counting down the days until May 25…. savvy?

The people have spoken

2007 People’s Choice Awards

Favorite Male Movie Star — Johnny Depp
Favorite Male Action Star — Johnny Depp
Favorite On Screen Match-Up — Johnny Depp and Kiera Knightley
Favorite Movie — Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Favorite Movie Drama -Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

A clean sweep. Not too shabby, eh? Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Back to school

The kids went back to school after Christmas break today. Oldest DD went to the same school, but DS and youngest DD started at a new school today. When we moved in December, that put us in a different elementary school’s zone, so they finished the semester at their old school & started fresh today.

I was really nervous with DD’s diabetes – but the faculty & staff were wonderful and I left feeling that my kids were in a great place. DD did great with her injection at lunch time & checking blood sugars before PE.

DS made new friends & liked his teacher a lot. DD also made new friends & thinks her teacher is great. They both came home happy & full of stories about their new classmates.

They’ve both signed up for the 5th & 6th grade volleyball team already. Practice starts on Jan. 11. They’ll have practice on Mon – Thurs afterschool until 5:15pm. On Wednesday nights, practice is over at 5:00. I’ve not seen a game schedule, so I have no idea what dates/times yet.

I know nothing about volleyball. Never played outside of a few games at church camp. Have never gone to a real game. That will soon change, eh?

On Golden Pond

I went to see the production of “On Golden Pond” this afternoon at the Civic Center. It was an incredible performance. I loved it all: the set, the actors, the performance.

It was the first time I’ve gone to an event like that alone. Mom, my sister & my niece also have season tickets, but due to illnesses in our family, I was the only one who could attend. I tried to talk my kids into going, but they were not interested at all. I would not have enjoyed myself had I taken them with their disinterest.

I enjoyed it. A lot. I liked being alone with my thoughts – laughing aloud at funny parts, shedding a tear in an emotional part, soaking it all in & enjoying my time alone.