Tuesday, January 27, 2015

An Open Letter to You on the Cellphone ... Yes You!

An open letter to you on the cell phone. Yes! I am looking at you!

I’m looking at you sir! The man that walks into a store and stands in front of an employee as you continue your conversation! Do you need assistance? Well why don’t you get off the phone and ask for it?

I’m looking at you ma’am who doesn’t seem to understand volume control in a public setting. I do not need to hear about your relative’s horrendous body odor or anything equally as disgusting.

And of course who could forget you? The salesman that feels the need to take personal calls while he asks me to lie out thousands upon thousands of dollars for a product. My time is important too and I don’t need to hear about your “crazy” ex-wife.

We live in the age of technology, information literally at our fingertips, but what has that done to common courtesy? When I was in college I was told once that if I’m ever walking into an office, a store, a place of business where I am going to ask for help I should NEVER be on the phone. I took that to heart and I abide by simple courtesy.

If I’m going to ask someone for help they deserve my full attention; their time is just as valuable as mine and as a fellow human being they deserve my undivided attention. The same goes for anyone that walks into my job and asks me for assistance. I will NOT compete with whomever is on the other end of that phone call. My time and my job are important just as important as yours.

Cell phones have become a force field, the cone of silence if you will; they almost give people the right to tune out to the world around them. Let me tell you it’s rude! I understand the need to be able to communicate at any given moment but there is no need to tune out the world around you. I mean let’s face it you tune out the world around you there’s just as much of chance of you walking into a person as there is walking in front of a moving car.

How difficult is it to stay outside for an extra sixty seconds to finish a phone call? How hard is it to let a call roll to voicemail every once in a while? It’s there for a reason.

Time for a little manners folks, we’re all capable of them.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Novena to St. Jude

 Novena To St. Jude

Most holy Apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the Church honors and invokes you universally, as the patron of difficult cases, of things almost despaired of, Pray for me, I am so helpless and alone.

Intercede with God for me that He bring visible and speedy help where help is almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly -

Virginia Fallon

- and that I may praise  God with you and all the saints forever. I promise, O Blessed St. Jude, to be ever mindful of this great favor granted me by God and to always honor you as  my special and powerful patron, and to gratefully encourage devotion to you.


St. Jude
Who is St. Jude? As a sister of Delta Delta Delta I’m well aware of the work done in his name at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. A children’s hospital that specializes in childhood cancer research, they research, treat and cure many forms of cancer.

But St. Jude is known as the Patron Saint of Impossible Causes. My mother prayed to St. Jude when my brother was sick as a baby. She prayed for a miracle and that’s what we pray for now; a miracle.

Between St. Jude and St. Peregrine (Patron Saint of Cancer) the Fallons are praying for a miracle as my mother goes through chemotherapy and radiation.

Prayers to St. Jude to heal my mother. Prayers to St. Jude to bring us another miracle.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Happy Birthday Dad!

January 13, 2015 ...

Great Sacandaga Lake
This week's Blog happens to fall on Papa Fallon's Birthday! So what better post to do today than to wish a very Happy Birthday to the best father a girl could ask for!

Supportive and loving from day 1! He's there for us in good times and in bad! I really could not have asked for anyone better in my life. Our recent bumps in the road have only further highlighted just how amazing he is.

So Happy Birthday Daddy! Hope you have an amazing day as amazing as you are! Love you lots!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

2015 Update

                An Update from the Fallon Household!

                This past Friday, January 2, Mama Fallon started her treatments at Memorial Sloane-Kettering. This process will last approximately six weeks not finishing until well into February. The first round of treatment went well, but it was a long, loong day! That being said my mom’s brothers used Christmas as a way to help her prepare for long days ahead, loading her up with DVDs to watch and even a portable player!

                This is all very good since her latest television fix has been watching Breaking Bad. I know! The irony that she picks now to start watching this particular show, with Walter White’s particular affliction, is not lost on me. But my parents both seem to love ending their day with a few episodes and pretty soon they’ll be all caught up. Thankfully I have gifted my father with season 1 of The Blacklist! One of my favorite shows, so fingers crossed they move onto that next.

                Although I’m pretty sure all the DVDs in the world pale in comparison to Cards Against Humanity. I really truly believe in that if you don’t laugh you’ll cry.

                However, when playing Cards Against Humanity sometimes you will laugh UNTIL you cry. There’s nothing quite like getting a group together to play this particularly irreverent, adult version of Apples-to-Apples will have you in a perpetual state of giggles. It did not surprise me at all to come home from work one Sunday evening to find my parents, my siblings and the Yergers seated around the dining room table immersed in an intense game. Believe me I don’t know that every kid would willingly play Cards Against Humanity with their parents, let alone throw their parents’ friends in the mix, but this particular group finding enjoyment was not at all a shock to me. And this game could have gone on for hours! Probably even had been going on for hours prior to my arrival home.

                So with the arrival of 2015 we’re starting it off going strong, we’re keeping spirits up and fighting this thing with everything we’ve got. The next few weeks are going to be rocky, it’s got to get worse before it gets better, but it will get better! We’re in the realm of making the best of things though and if nothing else this hiccup has shown us how amazing all of our family and friends are, we grow closer as a family unit and support each other. Things might be rough now but they won’t always be.

                After all when life hands you lemons, make limoncello!