Friday, October 29, 2010
I get to start my Friday out with a much over do haircut! Can't wait.
For the weekend I have two relatively short walks (8 miles on Saturday and 6 miles on Sunday) planned for our last weekend before the 3 Day 60 Mile adventure. Weather.com currently shows the most amazing weather in Dallas for next weekend! Thank you Lord!
We have a flag football game on Saturday morning and then the big boys are heading up to Dallas to see Game 3 of the World Series. What a great opportunity to be a part of the first World Series game ever for the Rangers. Those Rangers need to start hitting and I sure hope they turn it around and win the game on Saturday! Make the trip up there even more fun!
Sunday we have Halloween plans out the wazoo! Our neighbors are coordinating a little get together in the middle of our cul-de-sac. Harry and his buddies have a little get together being planned down the street. Chip will once again convert into Whiplash and we will canvas the neighborhood looking for candy galore! I can't wait! I love seeing all the creative costumes people come up with.
Must get busy packing all my things for the walk - figure out what I am going to wear, gathering all my foot doctoring supplies, etc. Hoping to travel pretty light since mostly all I need are my tennis shoes and three walking outfits!
Hope your weekend is kicking off in style!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Ladies, let's talk about this torture device.
I had my annual mammogram this past Monday. Based on the fact that I am 44 years old, I would say that I have had five or six mammograms in the past. Those five or six were nothing compared to the one I just endured.
You know all those funny emails that float around about how to get ready for a mammogram, like lay in the driveway and have someone back over your boob and then do it again. I always thought they were funny, but not really that accurate. Every mammogram I have ever had was really not that painful. Kind of embarrassing with the technician handling your girl parts so casually, but not painful. The way they push, pull and manipulate your boob to get it just so under the machine is kind of like....I was going to say like something (baker, bread maker, bra fitter....) but I honestly can't even begin to compare that ordeal to anything. You just accept the fact this lady handles boobs all day long, pressing them between glass panels and hitting a button. Makes subcontract administration seem like a damn dream job.
Anyway, I went in on Monday expecting the same thing. Get undressed, put on this gown, open to the front, come on in, hold this bar, turn this way, lean in, shoulder back, the technician is pulling and placing and talking and positioning me. Then WHAM!!! She starts lowering the glass panels to clamp in the old girls and I swear I almost cussed. I don't know if the machine was set for someone that was 5'9" or 4'1", or if she was trying to press them to the thickness of a piece of paper, but whatever was happening was horribly painful. I literally wanted to break out some Lamaze breathing to get through the pain.
Then of course she says "Hold your breath." Dang, there goes my Lamaze breathing technique.
I hold my breath and scream inside my head "Release, Release, hit the *&!@%#$ Release button."
Finally it opens. Good night. I didn't know whether to run over and punch her in the face, massage my boob to see if I could somehow help it recover or dig in my purse for money to bribe her to go easy on me for the next one. I had to do it three more times. All three positions hurt as bad as the first. Good Grief. I couldn't wait to take my squashed boobs and get the heck out of there. I apologized to them for the torture treatment when we were alone.
So for all you ladies who have endured this yourselves, I am sorry that I did not have the appropriate level of sympathy for you. I know now. I know so well what those crazy mammogram emails are all about. They are the truth, is what they are.
My hat is off to all you women out there who have been in the death grip of a mammogram machine. May your boobs recover, your scans come back clean and you have only vague memories by the time you have to roll in their again next year! That is what I am hoping for!
Boys, if any of you were brave enough to read this all the way through, here is your take away lesson. The next time your wife is scheduled for her annual mammogram buy her flowers. She deserves them.
Monday, October 25, 2010
In this corner, checking in with his awesome abs and a complete obsession with all things wrestling - its.......Chip!
IMPORTANT NOTE: This event was not planned. Chip was heading to bed at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday night when his Dad walked out of the kitchen dressed like this!!
Walking up the stairs to actually go to bed after all of this unexpected sweating, laughing, fighting, and choreography Chip says to me "That was the best night of my life." Then he yells downstairs "Hey Dad, can I have a rematch tomorrow night?"
Chip has talked of nothing else since. I so wish I had taken a picture of the costume that he came up with for the re-match. It is hysterical. He got some entrance music going, the whole nine yards. Maybe I will catch some of the action tonight.
I predict I will need a new couch in about six months!
Great opportunity to give the old Whiplash costume a dry run.
I also want to mention right here, so I never forget...at one point during the party I was sitting around yacking with some other moms as the children ran around like crazy bangees. Chip takes a break from being a bangee and comes over to where we are sitting. His exact words "Mom, do you need me to get you anything? Do you want some pizza or a drink?" All moms within earshot gave a collective "Awww, that was so sweet!" That nice kid. When he is not pretend electrocuting me, arguing about hair gel or stabbing a pumpkin with gusto is a pretty sweet fella! I'm going to keep him.
Friday, October 22, 2010
We kicked off Friday afternoon with an impromptu Cookie Tasting exercise. I was sampling some sugar cookie recipes to find the best frosting. It was basically a dry run to see which cookies tasted the best so I could take them to a Halloween party on Sunday afternoon.
I called in my two best cookie connoisseurs, Chip and Pootie.
Gave honest feedback about what they liked and didn't like about each.
Thanks boys. I appreciate you help!
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I tried to stay calm. I was prepared. I had worked on my speech. I had practiced. I was just there to tell them about the walk and how much I loved it.
My girls, Beth and Cindy, went with me for moral support. I was so happy to have them there. We were all sporting our 3 Days 4 Hope shirts!
We had a little snack and I sipped on some water. I was sweating profusely in spite of the Clinical Strength deodorant I was sporting specifically for this event.
Then it was time.
My neighbor Francene introduced me. Said the nicest things ever about me and I got teared up. No fair! I am trying not to cry here!!
I thanked her for her kind words and launched into my planned speech. Before I knew it - 35 minutes had passed. I got choked up just a couple of times. At one point I couldn't see my paper and had to get some Kleenex to dry my eyes so I could focus! The audience had laughed and cried with me and I hope really got a taste for how amazing the walk was.
Then they gave me a standing ovation and I was embarrassed. But also pleased as punch. SWEETEST LADIES EVER!
Next, Cindy and Beth joined me at the front of the room for some cute pictures and then they started giving us money. We walked out of there with $225 dollars and a promise for more if we would send them the website link. I did. I hope more donations come in!
Then, because it wasn't already awesome enough Francene proceeded to give us gifts. Tons of gifts. She gave us the following Pink Breast Cancer items: Hat, socks, shoelaces, water bottle, wristbands, mints, chap stick, deck of cards, air freshener, duck tape, pink M&Ms, two ink pens, a scrapbook page, pink highlighters and a beautiful handmade beaded bookmark.
SHE IS SO NICE!!!
Bottom line - it was scary and it was awesome!!!
Hope your day has been outstanding!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I am nervous. Most of you know that I have no problem writing down my feelings. Written words are safe. You can erase, backspace, delete, move, rearrange...make it all perfect well before anyone ever gets to see your thoughts. Now talking. I enjoy talking and few things rev me up more than talking about the 3 Day Walk. It is something I am passionate about, it moves me, I believe in it. Should be easy to talk about, right?
But in front of strangers??? The thought of that just makes me sweat.
I have been working on what I am going to say on and off all day today. Trying to get my thoughts in order so I don't jump around too much and get the message all jumbled up in and amongst random stories I might get sidetracked with. I thought I had a pretty good plan.
I just did a practice run through with Harry as my sole audience member. Speech last 31 minutes. That is perfect. A minute more than I am scheduled. I am sure tomorrow I will be even more nervous and will talk a little faster so I will probably shave that extra minute off no problem.
But get this...I CRIED. A LOT!! On the practice run!!!
What the heck? You can't cry when giving a speech! Who cries???? How embarrassing is that going to be? There was snot.
Please schedule me an additional minute or two to blow my nose.
Prayers for 10:00 tomorrow for me to be entertaining, informative, easy to understand, motivational and all that jazz! But mostly pray that I can keep my emotions in check. NO SNOT! That is really the kicker right there!!
Can't wait to tell you how it goes!
Wish me luck!!!
Sing it with me now:
So I put my hands up
They're playing my song,
And the butterflys fly away
Noddin' my head like yeah
Moving my hips like yeah,
And I got my hands up,
They're playin my song
I know I'm gonna be ok
Yeah, It's a party in the USA
Yeah, It's a party in the USA
It was a total party, but with REALLY, REALLY sore feet!
A couple of other biggies that I am counting down the days until:
Halloween is just 12 days away. Chip is going to be "Whiplash" the bad guy from Ironman 2.
Harry is going to walk around with this hat on acting like a teenager that is way too cool for trick or treating.
Also on the radar is Thanksgiving! We are flying to Bama to spend it with our family. Love, love, love everything about Thanksgiving. The family, food, football! YEAH!
Then the big daddy....Christmas is 66 days away! It is official - I have started Christmas shopping. I haven't even put up my Halloween decorations yet!! What is going on with me? It is a bit earlier than usual for me, but honestly if this year goes by any faster I am going to wake up tomorrow and it will be 2011!
So, I built my little Christmas spreadsheet, jotted down some ideas that have been swimming around in my head. Did a little searching on the internet. Found a few things and instead of waiting I just hit the buy button and checked it off the list. Felt pretty good!
Put on your seatbelt, once Halloween gets here it seems like the rest of the year is just a blur!! Hang on tight and enjoy the ride!
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Look at this cute picture I got of Chip and his tattoo! I just love it.
Now do you see what is on my plate spinning boys right hand? Yes, that is a splint. During the brotherly love session on Wednesday night Chip fell hard in the neighbors driveway and hurt his wrist. It was still bothering him on Thursday so I took him to the Urgent Care for a quick xray. It wasn't broken, but severely sprained. He has to wear the brace for about 3 days to let it heal. He absolutely loved the splint at first and I think he thought of himself as a little Ironmanish. Today, not so fun. Not so cool. Itchy. Hot. Bothering him with a capital "B". Makes me so thankful it didn't require a real cast for six weeks.
I hope your Friday was as pleasant as mine and that the weekend stretches in front of you with endless possibilities for fun!
Have a great day!