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Janice L. Mitchell

MITCHELL Janice L. Mitchell, age 63, passed away Monday, June 1, 2009. Preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Flora (Crisler) Jones. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Joel Mitchell; son, Steven (Mary) Mitchell; daughter, Sherry Knight; grandchildren, Riley and Wren; and sister, Wendy (Don) Gorman. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at SCHOEDINGER HILLTOP CHAPEL, 3030 W. Broad St., where funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Friday, June 5. Interment Sunset Cemetery. To send condolences to the family visit

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cam nov 06

Sad news...

For those that have not seen my facebook status message.  My mother has finally passed away as of this morning.  She fought a hard battle with cancer but it just couldn't be won.  She was first diagnosed almost 3 years to this date and I know she made the most out of the rest of her life that she possibly could.  She will be greatly missed and I am very grateful for all the support I have had so far.  Friends are a wonderful thing and I love you all. 

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cam nov 06

Dave you will be mised

Shortly after 11pm on Tuesday, April 7th, Dave Arneson passed away. He was comfortable and with family at the time and his passing was peaceful.

The Arneson family would like to thank everyone for their support over the last few days, and for the support the entire community has shown Dave over the years.

We are in the process of making final arrangements and will provide additional details as we work them out. We will continue to receive cards and letters in Dave's honor. We are planning to hold a public visitation so that anyone wishing to say their goodbye in person has the opportunity to do so.

Cards and letters can continue to be sent:
Dave Arneson
1043 Grand Avenue
Box #257
St. Paul, MN

He was only 61 years old. 
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cam nov 06

update on my mother

Her surgery went well yesterday.  They were able to remove the majority of the tumor from her spine.  They had to put some metal bracers in place to help support her where the tumor had caused deterioration.  She will be in the ICU for a few days for post op care simply as a precaution.  I talked to my father and she is doing well afterwards.  I unfortunately have developed a cough so I am not going out to see her until this is under control since she also suffers from asthma (even worse than me). 

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They changed my mother's surgery to Monday (the 6th) now.  

I talked with the contractor and my windows are in.  He's going to come out and put them in on Tuesday (the 7th).  I'm going to take the day off and go spend some extra time at the hospital with my mother since the job should only only take about 4-5 hours.  I took before pictures and will take some afters and post them once they're done. 
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cam nov 06

getting excited again

I just picked up my new custom blinds, they look great!  I can't wait to get them up and on the new windows. 
*taps foot impatiently*
I wish my new windows would get in from the factory so I could properly open up my windows and let this gorgeous weather come in.  Tomorrow I'll call my contractor and ask him if they were on the Thursday truck (I seem to recall him mentioning the factory ships on Thursdays). 

The new AC unit got installed the other week and I assume works great.  I'll find out when it gets hot enough to close my beautiful new windows, hehe. 
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just an update

Really not too much to say.  Been busy with work. 

We had the kids over the weekend and it was frustrating.   I'm not sure how to get a 2 year old to understand what is going on.  He is clearly suffering from some anxiety from being separated from Mommy when he's with us.  He is acting out little bit over it and also wakes up crying because she's not there.  I made a photo album for him to look at that includes a picture of her.  I'm really not sure what else we can do since she won't even talk to John unless forced to.  I'm thinking maybe if we called her before he went to sleep it might help calm him down a bit.  Anyone have any experience with children this young and divorce and visitation? 

My mother is scheduled to have surgery on the 7th now.  They've decided that they're not putting in a plate to protect her spine but are instead going to attempt to remove the tumor.  She will be in the hospital for about 10 days. 
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cam nov 06

Proof that I am not dead!

According to LJ I have not posted something in 93 weeks.  Whew, that's a log time! 

So I figured I'd at least stop and say Hi to everyone.  Most of you already know what's going on in my life but just in case anyone missed anything I"ll quickly recap with the biggest details

August 2007 - Met Fred at Gencon, we definitely fit well together.  We dated for a few months but unfortunately he lived 4 hours away in MI and the distances just isn't something I can handle well.  I ended the relationship with much sadness when I realized that neither of us was really interested in moving to the others city in the next 5 years. 

October 2007 - Bought my 2007 Chevy Impala, bought my (now old) windows phone

November 2007 - Made the switch to HD cable after buying a 42" wide screen TV and I'm still loving it. 

January 2008 - My mother almost died.  Her aggressive chemo treatments started to cause her harm and she ended up in the hospital for a month, 2 weeks of it in ICU on a ventilator. 

February 2008 - Met a guy with commitment issues, that ended in fiery flames in May.  We were spending every weekend together and having lots of fun, he told me he was starting to care about me and feel attached, but It all came to a screeching halt when I asked him if he minded me referring to him as my boyfriend.  Lesson learned there was when a guy tells you up front he is afraid of relationships and the L word and terms like girlfriend and boyfriend... believe him. 

June 2008 - Met John and it was love at first site.  We had a lot in common and the same values in life.  He happened to have plans for Origins already (as did I) so we ended up spending a lot of time together and that helped build a solid base for our relationship. 

August 2008 - Went to Gencon, had a great time with friends but honestly barely gamed.  John ended up having to go Indy to work (how ironic) so I spent a lot of time with him instead of the con and really messed up my sleep schedule. 

October 2008 - I met Johns 2 boys, Jake who is 2 and Josh who is 12. 

November 2008 - John officially moved in with me.  We hosted thanksgiving at my house with his family and mine

December 2008 - Celebrated our 6 month anniversary by going to the Melting Pot.  
December 2008 - Put up a Christmas tree for the first time in a long time.  Here are some pictures from Christmas eve with the boys. 

February 2009 - Had a wonderful birthday, John took me to Smith & Wollensky for dinner.   

March 2009 - My mother found out the tumors are still getting larger and now there is danger to her spine from that tumor starting to push in on the spinal column.  She will probably be having surgery to place a metal plate between the tumor and her spine to prevent further damage.  
March 2009 - Finally doing the long needed upgrades on my place (having two incomes really helps).  The AC is getting replaced on Friday.  I am getting new windows put in in about 3 weeks (waiting for them to come in) and also putting up new custom blinds.  

So overall, things are going extremely well for me.  I still can't get over how lucky I am to have John in my life and he feels the same way about me.  We just fit so perfectly into each others lives and needs.  I feel like he truly completes me... something I have never really felt before.  I've loved before but never felt this absolutely complete before.   My job is still going well and my future appears to be very secure there.  We were purchased by a larger company (25,000 versus our 5,000) over a year ago but our IT is taking over theirs and not the other way around as things like usually go.  We have to grow at some point in the near future to handle their demand.  

Oh yeah, still playing WoW.  Have 2 level 80s and working on my 3rd one now.  A little bored with it at this time.  I was hoping to try out Champions Online but someone keeps forgeting to send me my beta invite.  :D  S

Ummm, so how is everyone else doing?  I can't really come here from work anymore and my ability to IM was removed as well so I'm really starting to feel out of touch with a lot of people. 

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