Mariah’s Brief Absence – Slow Return to the Blog

Hi all, sorry about my brief absence here, I am sure you’ll understand the reasoning behind it.

News Boy with animated words "EXTRA"

Some Of My Hubbies Health Issues Revealed:

My husband and I thought he had a heart attack back in, about, 2006… our Dr at the time checked him, called an ambulance and had him stay in the hospital overnight. The next morning before I took him home, they had him do a stress test (prior to his injuring his back) on a treadmill and the test was finished and they acted like it was nothing, sending him home with medicine for heartburn! Yup, true deal and one of the things that had us leave Kaiser Permanente as it was be beginning of our wondering if they were treating us right.

Sick Teddy Bear Bandaid Taking TempuratureRecently our new Dr, outside of Kaiser, took a very close look at my husbands health history and placed him on aspirin and some medications for his heart health and stated straight out that he had a heart attack back then.

Possible Further Heart Problems Discovered

My husband went in for some epidural shots in his lower back (he is disabled now in Chronic Pain) and the Doctor, that was to do the procedure noticed not only a fast heartbeat but his heart had skipped (what looked like half on the paper read out that I looked at with the Doctor) beats. The Doctor explained to us that we needed to see a Cardiologist and he refused to give him the epidural shots. The Doctor stated that if he got to close to a nerve he was afraid my husband would have a heart attack during the procedure.

Months Of Testing from March Onward

The final test was the clincher… one of the many tests that our Primary Physician ordered showed a problem. The test was a the Chemical Stress Test… it was time to finally see the Cardiologist, who’s office we visited for the Chemical Stress Test (this was 2 weeks ago).

The visit to the Cardiologist:

He revealed that my husband had PVC’s all over the place and it was either time for dangerous medications or time for surgery, angioplasty and a couple of stints, “ASAP.” And to look at the tip of the heart that appears to be dead. OMG Panic Mode here and Major stress hit us at home.

Close up of Mariah hubby after heart surgery

The Surgery For Hubbies Heart

Last week, on Thursday, we had my husband’s surgery and they explored his heart as they were at it. As my husband was going through all the Surgery Preps, they let him know that he not only had a heart attack, back when we were with Kaiser, but he had another one during the stress test. The surgery went well, however they found not the 2 arteries that were 90% blocked but a 3rd as well… so it wasn’t just one or two stints but 4. A nurse at the hospital indicated that we will know if he needs bypass surgery in a while, but we wait until after he looks healed for now and I am sure further tests will be involved.

hubby after heart surgery
Yes that Tattooed Man is my dear hubby. Here he is after surgery, He cannot remember this picture or the other one where he modeled for it. Poor baby was talkative but sooooo out of it. My job, keep him still, his back hurt laying still for so long and he kept trying to lift his head, a no no after his type of surgery.

The rest is history, my husband is home safe and sound, he refused to stay in the hospital since our Medicare Advantage through AARP would charge us a lot more than we could afford on $1500 a month that we live on (since we are both on Social Security Disability). My husband is on a lot of restrictions right now as the stints heal into his arteries of his heart, no stress, no exerting himself etc. The time period is up for the lowest amount of lifting, which was no more than 10 pounds, but still he has to be careful.

Stress and The Solution, A Get Away

Squirrels one massaging the other, in an animated picture
Hey These two know how to achieve some relaxation! It’s time for hubby and I to De-stress too.

As I am sure you can imagine, at this time, my life is still in crazy mode here. We did, under my husband’s insistence, go fishing on Thursday. He insisted that I was stressing far to much and he knew that my health can be at serious risk with stress and of course my stressing made him stress which is a big no-no.

the 5 fish we caught, my 2 Rainbow Fish, my 2 Brown Trout and My Husband's small Rainbow. Check out what we caught, my husband caught one small Rainbow Trout and I caught two nice sized fat Rainbows and 2 German Brown Trouts. One was 16 inches large, we measured it for the picture, however I was holding the tape measure with the hand I have to snap photos with and the tape measure slipped (as did my camera when I tried to get the whole fish in the picture).

My 16 inch German Brown Trout and it being measured at 16 inches.
Not a fish tale/tail (lol) my husband holding my big catch of the day. He kept saying you have “Bragging Rights” and we had to get a tape measure. It measured 16 inches, however at this angle it looks like 15 1/2 because of my moving the tape measure, the angle and we missed getting the whole fish in the picture as I couldn’t get far enough away. lol Believe it or not, It was a great catch and wonderful flavor for our healthy, heart smart meal. 🙂

We had a wonderful time fishing up at George Town Lake here in Colorado, here are the Road trip pictures and the picture of the scenery that I took while I was fishing. 🙂

Beautiful Scenery on the Way to George Town, Mountains & Road
Beautiful Mountain Scenery on the Way to George Town Lake, Colorado. The Brown Sign in the distance says, “Wildlife Viewing Bighorn Sheep” (I cannot read the exit number… this was on I-70.
Yay, almost at George Town Lake, our exit
Yay, almost at George Town Lake, our exit 228
Pulling up to George Town Lake, Colorado
Yay, here we are pulling up to the lake! Nice George Town Lake isn’t too far from home in Westminster, Colorado.
George Town Lake, Colorado Scenery As seen by Mariah of
As I sat down to fish, I first found I had a welcoming by some mean Red Ants. I did move my chair a little further over and after tucking my pants into my socks (with my big floppy hat tied on because of the wind, I sure looked like a Dork!) I looked up and saw this scenery. WOW! Much needed chance to relax and not worry about a thing was finally underway! What a Day!

I am trying to come back, although my life is still crazy hectic,  my reviews will possibly be a bit brief for me (maybe a welcome site for some of my readers, since I do tend to be wordy), but I will try to do them justice.

Thank you for your patience as I try the balancing act of health issues, family and the blog.

Love and hugs


Wordless Wednesday – Dog Costume Spider

Dog Costume, The Best Costume I’ve ever seen! I laughed so hard (so hard I almost wet myself), I have dogs and could just imagine the scene, as described in the story with the picture…I had to share this… okay, into wordless mode now! lol ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Halloween Dog Spider Costume, so funny to come home to this running up to greet you... omg too funny!
Great Dog Costume, the Spider Costume looks real! I am going to make this for my dogs!

Winners List – World Wide Bling and More Congrats Shoe

We have winners! If you see your name in this post, check for your email. You have 72 hours to reply with the information that I’ve asked for in your email to make your win official and save me from worrying about disappointing you when I need to pick a new winner. 🙂

Congrats to the 3 winners of the World Wide Giveaway for Bling by Mont Bleu! And I am so very thankful that one of our winners was online and watching twitter when they were almost disqualified from the Giveaway…. the problem was that the names in the comments area didn’t match the name in rafflecopter. I will see what I can do to help makesure this doesn’t happen again. Thankfully everything was straightened out in record time when it came to finding that winners entries that I couldn’t locate, to that, I think you for being such a good sport and helping me see where you were and see something that hopefully I can change about Rafflecopter…Thank you very much!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
This next Winner, this poor winner… I was checking and verifying their entries (as always) and suddenly I felt devilish and had to tease them! I couldn’t help myself as I sent them a tweet stating:

“oh my goodness, watch for an email with a win on it soon! 🙂 Wonder what you won? I’m not telling… it’s a surprise!!! lol”

  What was so funny about that? The Prize that they won was the Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa Surprise Pack Giveaway. 😛 I couldn’t help myself. Okay, so it was funny to me ! lol  Here is that Hard Rock Surprise Pack Giveaway Winner:

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now again checking through the next winner that Rafflecopter chose, to make sure the entries were legitamit, I have to say that something on their facebook page was so great that the picture alone should have won a prize.

The picture on their Facebook Profile Page, was so hillarious that I almost wet myself! Really it was the best laugh and one that I really needed. I could just imaging the woman in the Tale that comes with the picture going through the surprise when her dog came so joyfully running up to greet her. Lol I shared the picture with my husband and then proceeded to get up and run to the little bloggers room for some needed relief as I laughed so hard on the way that I had to hold my arm out to support myself on the walls. Lol


First, I feel I must share the picture with you:

Halloween Dog Spider Costume, so funny to come home to this running up to greet you... omg too funny!

And now for the winner of the Garlic Gold:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Watch for your emails folks, again I give 72 hours here for a reply to my email announcing the winners, giving you an extra day to save myself the extra work and hopefully saving you, my readers, from the disappointment of my needing to move onto picking another

Please winners, I’ve love to see you or the recipient of your the win with their prize! It would be a special treat to have a picture of you and your prize along with a comment that says something about your win or whatever you want to say… I would love to start sharing some of the winners and their quotes on the blog. 🙂  This could also help show that these prizes are real. 🙂

June At Hard Rock – Tampa – Events & Giveaway

Surprise Gift Pack Giveaway Honestly Mariah and Hard Rock Tampa Giveaway

Hi there folks, better late than never for my followers that love Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa.

No Promotional Consideration for these Announcements

Again there has been no promotional consideration for these announcements (in other words I have gotten nothing what so ever for sharing this information with you, nor have I received anything for running the giveaways), so this series may come to an end soon, as I am getting too busy with projects that compensate me.

Never received promotional consideration, ever by them, why did I expect it would change?

Did you know that on my blog with Joan, at the old “Joan and Mariah’s Reviews” blog (which is closed now) that Joan and I posted Seminole Hard Rock events monthly? for over 2 years? Yup I’ve been with them, one way or another for about 3 years now. You know what I’ve gotten for my posts for them even when I posted for Joan at least 1/3 of the time? Nothing.  Joan was fortunate she got compensated she’s received everything from  tickets for a VIP only Event, Concert Tickets, a share in the prizes with the winners and even a free day and nights stay at Hard Rock.

Again me, what have I gotten for my help… nothing ever, I though I received a biodegradable shopping bag, but that was from my post for  Mohegan Sun (casino, about 2 years ago) and so, that’s that… I never received a thing for all my helping them out in about 3 years.

NO Good Dead Goes Unpunished Folks!

Oh wait I received something from them, they keep track of the @SHRTampa that are tweeted and I got told I tweeted too much with my tweeting once every 4 hours about the giveaway and events… so I guess I got something. *shrug*

Things are changing here with June Events and this may be the last month of about 3 years of my working with Seminole Hard Rock, Tampa:

I will not be taken advantage of any further, I cannot afford to keep my blog going as it has not paid for itself in anyway at this point in time. So it’s time to start either getting paid for my work or compensated in one way or another and not spend hours on posts that do not have any promotional consideration for my time and effort. This post shall be as simple as simple comes… no more fussing to 2 to 3 hours per month on this post, I’m done with copying pasting pictures and optimizing them for the web, with rewriting what I received from Hard Rock, and rewriting the strange codes in their events announcements or bolding areas, adding subtitles, organizing the dates and info to make it easier to understand and I will no longer fuss with setting up links.

I will however take the few minutes to erase the almost 20 extra links at the end of the announcement they send me, as well as I will be deleting the one link that repeats with same link each and every event. All these links would ruin my SEO … heck the repeated one is over kill when it could be listed only once.

If you would like to continue seeing the Hard Rock Giveaways, you may always let them know, however I do not expect that they will wish to work with me again after I have openly voiced what I voiced in emails for months now, I have voiced that I do feel used and I now really feel that I have been taken advantage of, since they have been promising me compensation to keep my post going since March. I am patient, but perhaps too patient…

Okay rant mode off and Events listing on:

This month again it’s a surprise pack giveaway for you… enter to win something really cool from Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa!

Here are this Months Happenings at Hard Rock Tampa:

1). ³Treasures of the Hard Rock² Traveling Memorabilia Exhibit. June 12-21.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa will give fans an up-close look at
pieces of history from music superstars and legends with the
never-before-seen ³Treasures of the Hard Rock² traveling memorabilia
exhibit. The exhibit features iconic items from two one-of-a-kind
collections pulled from Hard Rock¹s vault, ³Gone Too Soon² and ³Music Gives
Back ­ Rock ŒN¹ Roll Philanthropy.² ³Gone Too Soon² pays tribute to music
icons whose lives and careers were tragically cut short. It features items
from contemporary talent such as an outfit worn by Lisa ³Left Eye² Lopes
during TLC¹s CrazySexyCool tour and an 8th grade yearbook from Kurt Cobain
to artifacts from legends of the past like Elvis Presley¹s custom-made
karate gi uniform and the unique Guild 12-string acoustic guitar Bob Marley
used to record ³Is This Love.² Hard Rock¹s ³Love All, Serve All² mantra was
the inspiration for ³Music Gives Back ­ Rock ŒN¹ Roll Philanthropy.² This
collection focuses on artists who have worked with the brand on various
charitable campaigns throughout its more than 40 years.

2). The Beach Boys at Hard Rock Tampa. July 18th. Tickets on sale Friday,
June 7 at 2 p.m. As part of the brand new Hard Rock Heatwave, Seminole Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is bringing The Beach Boys¹ beloved sounds of
surf, sun and fun to Hard Rock Cafe on Thursday, July 18 at 8:30 p.m. Hard
Rock Heatwave, the casino¹s first-time summer series offering special events
and promotions, offers sizzling fun Monday through Friday from July 1
through September 2. General admission tickets for The Beach Boys concert
cost $69 and are available at the Hard Rock Store and all Ticketmaster
outlets online.
3). Founders’ Day. Thursday, June 14th, 2013. To commemorate Founder¹s Day,
the anniversary of the opening of the very first Hard Rock Cafe in London on
June 14, 1971, Hard Rock Cafe Tampa will celebrate with music, food and
film. Hard Rock Cafe Tampa team members will dress in the likes of The Spice
Girls, NSYNC, Prince and more. They¹ll serve up decade-spanning favorites
such as the original banana split, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, BLT
sandwich and grilled cheese sandwich. All items are $1.50 including the
draft beer special of the day. The best music from the past will also be
featured throughout the day. Additionally, iconic films will play on the TV
screens (without sound).
4). Lexus IS250 Convertible Giveaway. Sunday, June 30. Every hour from noon
­ 8 p.m., three lucky Wild Card members will win $500 in cash. The grand
prize drawing will be held at 8:30 p.m. for a Lexus IS250 convertible. Earn
entries June 1-June 30.

5). Royal Flush Promotion. Wednesdays in June from 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.
Poker Room players will win $5,000 cash for every Royal Flush. In order to
qualify, both hole cards must be used in Hold¹em, and a player may not use
community cards in Stud. The hand doesn¹t have to be played to the river;
however the jackpot dollar must have been dropped. If less than $10 in the
pot, the player will win $500. At least four players must be dealt in on a
qualifying table. Tables with less than four players will not have a jackpot
drop. Live action poker games and single-table tournaments are eligible for
this promotion. Multi-table tournaments are not eligible for this promotion.
There is no limit to the number of Royal Flush Rewards a player is eligible
to win. Once the Royal Flush has been verified by Poker management the prize
for Royal Flush is $5,000 cash.

6). “Bring In The Weekend” Poolside Party Series. Fridays in June, 7 p.m. –
10 p.m. (Poolside). First 1000 people get in for free, 21 & up
Bring in the weekend with Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa and The
Eagle. Includes free sampling from popular craft beer and liquor brands
(varies weekly) and live entertainment, plus a chance to meet the master
brewers. A full bar will be available poolside for additional purchase.
Elite & Xcard members enjoy a complimentary open bar during the event.

7). VJ Kidd Leow at the Hard Rock Café. Spinning hits and rockin’ faces!
Cover for Ladies $5, Men $15 until 3 a.m. 12AM – 5AM at the Hard Rock Cafe.

8). Envy Saturdays rocks the house. 12AM – 5AM at the Hard Rock Cafe. Cover
for Ladies $5, Men $15.

9). Classic Rockers Vespa Giveaway. Mondays in June at Fresh Harvest. Wild
Card members 55+ can put their mailed entry coupon into the drawing drum at
Fresh Harvest anytime from 11 a.m. ­ 9:59 p.m.

If you want more info on these events or anything else, look it up on their site: <>

For the giveaway… of your surprise pack from Seminole Hard Rock
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Disclaimer: This was posted for Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, the experiences that I’ve had with them in the past 3 years of working with them is my personal experience, this may not be others experiences. So lets just say this is my recollection of about 3 years, perhaps other interested in working with Seminole Hard Rock will have better experiences.