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Now that's more like it..

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I've read so many blogs, and regretfully only had time to comment on a handful. Many of you have been doing so well! Even if you're struggling, you're not stopping. If you're succeeding, you're sharing your success with the rest of us, and encouraging us to keep on. That's what I really love about my Spark family here - you tell it like it is, good or bad, and keep on keepin' on.

I read several BLC blogs (you all are rockin' it, really!) and realized that, while there's nothing wrong with trying to 'go it alone' as it were, I probably need to find a challenge/team that will push me more. I love the teams I'm on now, but I recall a small private team of women I joined that introduced me to Lori and Karen and other great ladies, and helped encourage me to do more, be more. I haven't had a challenge team like that since, so I should probably seek one out again.

That's an encouraging sign, isn't it? Wanting to seek out more challenges, more encouragement, more activity and purpose and direction? I'd like to think so.
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So, I got home after work yesterday, all psyched up from reading about successes and efforts and progress, determined to get out of the house and get some miles in. Yes, having plans is great - and I had plans for the week off from work to recover from the dental implant. No, I did not follow my plans - I did alright with the food, mostly, but didn't bother to leave the house but once.. ONCE.. the entire 10 days. That was pretty indulgent, lazy, and wonderful all at once.

I had messaged Bill earlier in the day, asking if he wanted to go with me. Now, keep in mind, we're in Oregon. Our rainy season has JUST started, so it's as if we're playing catch-up, all the rain we've been missing being tossed in and thrown at us now.

Anyway, Bill wasn't really feeling the need to get outside.

"You're going to get rained on," he said.

"That's been known to happen. It ~is~ Oregon," I replied, in case he'd forgotten where we lived.

I wanted to find my gloves to wear, but couldn't put my hands on them. Get it? Gloves? Hands on them?
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Ahem..

I pulled on my current favorite pair of workout pants (they have a wide waistband that I fool myself into thinking helps hold Eunice and other various belly-jigglers in place), my Heartbreaker long-sleeve tech shirt (because it's roomy and I fool myself into thinking it helps disguise Eunice and the jiggly bits), my Hope pink ribbon baseball cap, and my Mirage runners.

If you dress the part, you're more apt to play the part.
Or something like that.

Garmin, music, and you all were with me when I stepped out the door. I have figured out a nice 3 mile route that is mostly flat except for a small hill mid-way through. I headed down toward Sandy (.5 mi from our house) with my alert set to go off every 45 seconds. I'd run one interval, then walk two. No big deal, no great effort, but it sure beats the h*ll out of schlumping on the couch.

Am I right?
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I do the half mile down, and half mile back, and head to the house. It's been drizzly, thinking about raining, the whole time, but wasn't really putting anything down. Yet.

As soon as I step in the door...
"Gotta go potty?" Bill asks.

"Yep!" as I trot on by him.
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Hey, stuff happens, right? LOL I had to chuckle, recalling a previous blog post about my backfield not being in motion.. ahem.. and a comment from Dee about her dogs running around in circles when ever they had to 'go' and how maybe that would help. Let's just say.. it does!

So I'm back out the door, on my way to the next mile. This is where Mother Nature decides to teach me a little lesson. I did state in my feed yesterday afternoon that rain or shine, I was getting out for some miles. She decided I needed a little more rain.

It poured.
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I mean, it came down so hard, it was raining down and bouncing up! All I could do was snort and grin as I kept up with my intervals.

Remember this?

It's ok if you don't! It's from my abandoned 'why I run' blog back in March.
Anyway, that's how I felt, all bad*ss running in the deluge, laughing at the joke Mother Nature was sharing with me. I spied a patch of clear, bright skies off to the west, so I just watched it as I ran and walked my way through the mile, until the rain slowed to a drizzle then finally stopped. I glanced over my shoulder, and there was this bright rainbow.

It was lovely. I like to think that it was Mother Nature saying "ok, you didn't quit, I guess you deserve this."

I finished mile two, chugged up the small hill, and finished off mile three, feeling pretty darned good. I was getting tired, admittedly, so my endurance has waned a bit. That's ok, I can build that back up.

I finished what I started. 3.14 miles in 46 minutes. That's the same time as my very first ever 5K. That's fine by me. I'm toting around an extra 18 lbs right now. Timing will improve as the extra lbs are removed. There will be more running than walking at some point.

I hesitated about blogging this, because what if.. what if I lose my groove again? What if this good feelings falls away? What if 18 becomes 25? What if?
But I've got to start (or resume) somewhere, right? Why not right here, right now. Here's to moving forward.
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ROXIT22222 10/25/2012 9:05AM

    Way to go! That rain is something that is making us have to want it for sure. Hope you got some more run's in this week. I'm getting ready to head out for mine this morning.

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ANNESYLVIA 10/25/2012 7:25AM

    I happy to hear at the end you got in your planned walked/run and over 3 miles to boot. Way to girl.

Hope you find that encouraging team of people you are seeking. I am still after 2 and a half years searching for a energy buddy but to no avail. Not a virtual one a actual real live person. Oh well, such is life.


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PARNELI 10/24/2012 3:37PM

    I just love reading your blogs. I haven't been over here to see you in awhile and decided to drop by for some reason today and I'm so glad I did. You are AMAZING! You had me smiling at the bathroom part. Generally happens to me when I run on the treadmill at home and dh says about the same thing. Gotta love our men.

Let me know when you find that challenge group as I myself would like to find one also.

In the meantime, keep at friend. So what if you have a few extra pounds today that weren't there awhile ago? You got out there and did something about it. That's what counts right now, today. Yesterday is gone and now it's water under the bridge. But today, that's what you can control.

You rock! Keep up the good work. And I hope you find those gloves soon.

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/24/2012 12:29PM

    if you lose your groove we will be here to help you find it!! I think its a great blog and i really enjoyed reading it!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/24/2012 12:01PM

    Thank you for sharing where you are, no matter where you were or where you will be! It's great to get your update and to be able to use it as inspiration!

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I had a favorite wide-banded exercise pants that I LOVED for holding in my Eunice. Oh how I miss those pants and I haven't seen others like them.
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That reminds me that I need to figure out what to wear for cooler walk/runs in the rain because I NEED to go outside periodically. And I'm quite positive that it will be less than ideal weather on Thanksgiving for my next 5k (where I WILL run the entire thing-she says with more confidence than she feels).

By the way, love that Bill told you that you would "get rained on"...how quickly we forget that getting rained on IS the norm in this part of the world! Too cute!

Your blog makes me smile!

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And don't think about the what ifs...just one day, one hour, one minute, one step at a time.

Congrats on starting (or resuming) right where you are!


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IMIN2GENES 10/24/2012 8:49AM

    That is so awesome! I say screw the "what if's" and let's just do it. I'm still up 15 which is better than the 20 I was... Like Irish said, you (and her too) inspire me every day. No matter what - good or bad - you just keep on pushing. Thanks for the inspiration!
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GAYEMC 10/23/2012 7:51PM

    Way to go GF!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/23/2012 4:14PM

    Candy, I've said it many times.. and it bears repeating - you inspire me.

You have (more than once) been the force that pushes me to say.. "ok I can't quit. Candy didn't"

No pressure in that statement, by the way.

And one of my biggest thrills was when someone told me they were facing a hurdle and said to themselves "Ok I can't quit. Irish didn't".

THAT sums up SP for me in the simplest terms. People inspiring people.

Thank you for being my inspiration

~Irish

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/23/2012 4:06PM

    Wow. You're my hero. Raining that hard and you kept on going. I think there's a sparkly star in your near future!!! WTG!

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GINGERHAWK 10/23/2012 2:13PM

    Don't focus on the what if's...focus on the here and now. What you're doing today to feel better and stay active. Sticking through in spite of a down pour is impressive - I usually high tail it for home right about then. I do wish, however, that there were more rainbows. Darn those things put a smile on my face!

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ALICIALYNNE 10/23/2012 12:12PM

    Friggin awesome blog!

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Nothing like the satisfaction that comes from pushing past obstacles and GETTING IT DONE!

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HEALING_LORI 10/23/2012 11:57AM

    OMG - gloves - hands - dogs running is circles when they have to pee - bad a$$ running.......
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(I just read this with a gigantic smile on my face)
This is why you are my FAVORITE and I have missed yous so much! Your stories and recounts are priceless! What if? What if you just get your a$$ back in gear and take it one day at a time???

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FEISTYOWL 10/23/2012 11:36AM

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Back.. mostly..

Monday, October 22, 2012

Thank you, everyone, for the good thoughts and goodies and messages.
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I'm back at work today, and back online. Everything went well with the implant - actually much better this time. I'm hopeful it will take and be permanent and that I won't have to go through this again. Fingers crossed and all that.

It was so very nice.. let me say that again.. So Very Nice.. to be disconnected and offline the last 10 days. It's rough settling back into the work routine but it's busy enough to keep my mind occupied.

I'll slowly work my way through your blogs and catch up on the goings-on with everyone.
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IMIN2GENES 10/24/2012 8:41AM

    Yay! So happy to see that you are back and that things went well. I'm kind of jealous that you were able to unplug for 10 days...
Chris
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GAYEMC 10/23/2012 7:44PM

    So happy to have you back. I hear you on being away from the computer.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/22/2012 10:22PM

    Welcome back! Glad you are on the mend.

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SP_COACH_NANCY 10/22/2012 7:13PM

  WELCOME BACK, my sweet friend!!! HUGS!!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/22/2012 5:39PM

    WELCOME BACK!!! Glad it went well!!

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REALLY_ROBIN 10/22/2012 3:26PM

  So glad you are back and that you are doing well!!! Hugs my friend...Robin

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/22/2012 2:15PM

    I'm glad you are back and that things went well. I missed you! Catch up as you can. Sending lots of hugs! Take care!

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KASHMIR 10/22/2012 2:01PM

    Glad to hear things went well with the implant!!!

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HEALING_LORI 10/22/2012 12:54PM

    YAY - Candy is back!!!
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I am so glad to hear that the implant went well and you got a much needed break. Take your time getting back into the swing of things and don't get too overwhelmed. I hope this week goes smooth and quickly at work.
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OH BOY have I missed seeing you around!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/22/2012 12:24PM

    Happy Monday and welcome back. Good luck sliding back into the work and other routines.

Thanks for sharing the good news that your impant process is going well and much luck with it.

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PARASELENIC 10/22/2012 12:23PM

    Take your time, so glad to hear that everything went well. Welcome back to the electronic madness!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/22/2012 12:21PM

    I'm glad to hear you are back and more importantly, glad to hear things went well.

~Irish

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Coming up..

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tomorrow I'll be going under again for yet another dental implant. I had two done back in March but unfortunately one of them didn't take, so we must do it again. I at least know what to expect this time, and am prepared. I've got my menu planned out, relying on Reboot juices and smoothies and soups and well-baked veggies to see me through. I've got Bill on board for helping me get over myself and get outside for walks as soon as I'm feeling human again.

I'll be out of work for a week with initial recovery, then hopefully back to normal once again. They had wanted to do it the last week of September. Well, I was not about to go through this procedure and have it interfere with my Portland Half! It contributed to my lousy attitude and basic 'giving up' when it came to the Rock'n'Roll in May, so I wasn't interested in going through that kind of downer again. The office admin chuckled when I told her it had to wait until after the Half and set the appointment.

Here's to the stopping of eating as if it's going out of style.
Here's to stopping feeling like a tick about to burst. Bust? Explode.
Here's to using this opportunity to Reboot and refind my groove.

I'll probably check in over the weekend.
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C~

  
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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/15/2012 3:26PM

    Glad to hear that you still got to do the half and didn't let this get in the way! :o)

That said, I hope the procedure went well and you are recovering. We're here for you if you need anything, but I'm sure you will be back to yourself in no time!

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GAYLEP67 10/14/2012 8:49AM

    Sounds like you planned for this very well (not surprising to me!). Hope everything has gone as planned and that you are on the road to a quick recovery.
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Thinking of you always!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/12/2012 7:02PM

    I'm so late here. I hope the implant went well and I hope you are starting to feel better. I love yoru plan and I'm wishing you, Bill and the pups all the best!
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    Thinking of you and wishing you well!! emoticon emoticon

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ROXIT22222 10/11/2012 11:37PM

    Good luck!

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GAYEMC 10/11/2012 9:32PM

    I'm sorry you are having to go through this again and hoping it won't be so bad this time.

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PARASELENIC 10/11/2012 4:24PM

    Sending healing thoughts your way. May the procedure be successful and your healing time be super speedy!

Your plan looks very sound-- I'm excited to hear about your reboot!



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GETFIT2LIVE 10/11/2012 1:18PM

    Hope it all goes well and takes this time around. Smart to plan ahead and know what you need to do to get through the healing process!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/11/2012 1:09PM

    I hope it goes smoothly and is just the reboot you need gal.

~irish

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REALLY_ROBIN 10/11/2012 11:53AM

  Praying for you Candy...for a successful surgery and healing! You've got this girl and sounds like you've got a great plan of attack!!! Hugs...Robin

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GINGERHAWK 10/11/2012 8:54AM

    Good luck with the dental implant. I had one myself a few years ago and remember the recovery was more difficult than I originally imagined. At least you're going into it with a solid plan (I foolishly did not) and recovery time. Heal quickly and come back with your new groove!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/11/2012 8:53AM

    Sending you lots of hugs and loving thoughts. I hope this one goes easier than the last. Remember to take really good care of yourself. I'll be thinking of you!

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LISA01605 10/10/2012 8:24PM

    Good luck! I hope everything goes well!

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TAMMYINPA 10/10/2012 7:59PM

    Take care of yourself!!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/10/2012 7:52PM

    Good luck..keep us posted!! I'll be thinking about you!!

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BIGMAMAT 10/10/2012 6:19PM

    sending you a big hug to help get you through!!! emoticon You are the bomb girlie for getting everthing ready before hand. I guess since you've had this done before, you know what to expect and what you will need. Sending hugs and love. T emoticon ( and an extra dose of patience for you DH.) Tell him to be go to my beautiful sparkfriend) emoticon

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Portland Half Marathon.. Done!

Monday, October 08, 2012

I completed my fourth Half marathon yesterday. It was a great day for a race - just this side of cool and crisp in the morning, ending up in the sunshine when I finished. It wasn't too hot or too cold.

This was my first experience with the Portland Half/Marathon, and I was impressed. They put on a fantastic race (after 40 years they've worked out the bugs!). Let me back up a bit though.

We had a good productive weekend, putting in a total of 8 hours at OHS - 4 for dog walking, 4 for groundskeeping. We ran errands and wotnot, and I was feeling pretty good for Sunday. At least, until Mother Nature decided she wanted to give me a little something extra special for the day.
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Ok, fine, I'll make the best of it anyway. And I did!


I was snappy and short at the house, but Bill was gracious anyway and drove me downtown. Were I him, I would have said no, but he's nicer than I am, fortunately. I got a bit weepy on the ride in, apologized for hormones and nerves, and bounced out of the car while still on the bridge (yes, Bill had stopped due to traffic being backed up) and walked over to my starting area.

I just happened to run into Roxit22222 at the corner! Pure luck, and I was glad to see her. We were in the same corral, although I was starting as far back as I could, knowing I wasn't going to meet my projected 3 hour time.

I dropped my bag (even though the line was long, it moved pretty quickly) and meandered toward the back of the crowd. A cheer went up at some point and we knew the first corral had been released out into the wild to take Portland by storm!

Finally, our corral surged forward, and I got a bit weepy again. It was time to go! It took us a while to get closer to the starting line. Another first experience - there were volunteers spread across the street that we passed on our way to the starting line. They were checking bibs to make sure everyone had one on, so that no bandits made it in with our corral.

I kept glancing around at the people in my group and wondering if I'd see any of them after we crossed the finish line. I didn't know how well or poorly I'd do, but I was going with a plan to alternate intervals with walking for as long as I could.

I interval-ed the first mile, then walked the next as planned. We were heading up an incline, so I stuck with walking and hot-footed my way up. My walks up and over Rocky Butte paid off. I didn't feel stressed or winded as we made our way along, and as soon as I hit the top of the rise, I took off intervaling again. We cruised back into downtown, then headed out NW. It seemed to take forever to get to the turn around, but once we finally did I was excited, knowing we were almost done.

I sent a few text updates to 4My2Kidz and Karen42Boys and my sister and Bill, keeping them apprised of my progress. The last one I sent before finishing ended with "boy I'm hungry!" LOL

I was a dolt and did not eat breakfast before leaving for the race. I had a banana, but I usually have either cream of wheat w/ p-butter and banana or waffles and p-butter, something substantial. I didn't do that this time, and was pretty ravenous even after my Honey Stinger chews and gummy bears along the way.

I interval-ed as long as I could, but finally had to accept that running took more out of me and made it harder to keep walking than just straight walking did, so I gave up the intervals and kept on jiving my way along. My music helped to keep up my pace and I repeated a few songs as the beat was just right. My body got tired, but I never once thought "Ok, I'm done" or "Why?" I just kept going, enjoyed the shade when I was lucky enough to cross through some, and made it back into downtown.

I've walked the 10K walk before, but I haven't done the Half. It was really much more emotional for me this time, having my name on my bib, people yelling it out, cheering me on. I got choked up as I rounded the corner to head up the street before the finish. I had done it, I was almost done, I hadn't quit or given up on myself, I had adjusted my plan and I had triumphed in spite of myself!
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The finish line was sweet. A beautiful medal, a nice rose, a mylar blanket LOL all gratefully accepted. The photog said "Candy, hold up your medal" and my fingers felt clumsy and I fumbled with it, but finally lifted the bling. I gratefully accepted water, and chocolate milk and ginger snaps and grapes and part of a string cheese. I felt a little sheepish with the snacks - the Marathoners needed the recovery goods much more, but I figured I'd put in my 13.1 miles, I deserved a little of it after all.

I wound my way through the finisher's area, picking up my shirt and coin and pendant, passing on the sapling, or getting my picture taken. I wanted to find Bill and get my bag and sit down! LOL It was nice to slow down, and finally locate the Man for a congrats smooch and a 'I'm proud of you' from him. That was even nicer than the medal. Well, almost!
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This was my fourth Half, but I think it was my best. Not time-wise (3:21:59) no, but attitude- and enjoyment-wise. I had looked forward to the race. I had prepared for it, but without going overboard, or shutting Bill out completely from my plans. I completed it by myself, but I wasn't totally alone. I was happy to do this race, and even happier to finish.

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BIGMAMAT 10/10/2012 6:22PM

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KASHMIR 10/10/2012 3:13PM

    Way to Go Candy!!! Thank goodness the weather cooperated for you. When's the next one????
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I'm so proud of you and it is great to hear that his was your best!

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It was great to bump into you before the race. I kept looking for you and a few other of my friends along the cross over sections. You where the only one I missed! emoticon

I know what you mean about getting to that turn around. OMG.. and then when we did to realize the Fremont Bridge was SO FAR AWAY! I think we ran half way to St Johns before turning around!

LOL about your last text and being hungry. I did eat my normal race day food and was Famished! 4 gummy bears for 13 miles is not enough! There should of been Gue!

Note to self: Put name on BIB for next year... (did I just say next year?)

My favorite sign was the Big one that said "ALMOST DONE!"

I had almost the same snacks you did (except I passed on the ginger snaps) and I passed on the sapling... Like I need more allergy producing trees around me.

Last interesting fact... I just realized today that the portland half marathon was my 4th one this year! WOW

Now I'm going to do some 5 keys to try and find the fun again.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/9/2012 11:46AM

    Just got done reading all your blogs from the last month, and it sounds like you've turned things around. Congrats on finishing the 1/2 - you should be proud! And I'm glad you got to TX to visit your sister and niece for her bday. There's nothing like relaxing, celebratory time with family, so I'm happy for you that you got to enjoy it!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/9/2012 11:37AM

    you ROCK!!! i am SO proud of you!!! what an inspiration!!

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IMIN2GENES 10/9/2012 11:24AM

    Congrats! That is so awesome!

I have to say though... your closing paragraph nearly made me cry. "I completed it by myself, but I wasn't totally alone." It's a wonderful lesson to learn and one I'm working on myself.
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/9/2012 11:03AM

    Wow. You did it. I'm sitting here in amazement. I did a couple 5ks awhile back and thought I had conquored the world. A half. Candy did a half. Is that amazing or what?! I'm so proud of you!

Please ask Hubby to give you a big ole hug from me and a high five too. You can do anything Candy.

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ASWENTZ 10/9/2012 9:53AM

    I even got weepy for you!! So proud! And thank you. You just convinced me that I need to finish this amazing year with a half. I am going to run my first in Nov. YOU are an INSPIRATION! emoticon

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RJFERRARO315 10/8/2012 11:46PM

    Congrats!

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I'm glad you ran the race - Your way! Nice to hear that you had fun and enjoyed it and didn't worry about the numbers - just running it was enough to be proud! BTW I love how you report your races.... I can just imagine the flood of emotions you must feel after your 4th half!!!
CONGRATS again!
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MADIGRAM1215 10/8/2012 7:27PM

    awesome accomplishment!

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FEISTYOWL 10/8/2012 5:33PM

    Awesome job - well done you!! How great for you to have done it on your terms and enjoyed it and you seem to have savored the experience!! emoticon

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GINGERHAWK 10/8/2012 5:09PM

    You should be so PROUD of yourself. Nice job and yay for you!

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GAYEMC 10/8/2012 5:09PM

    Well done Candy! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and what a beautiful day!

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    Way to go! emoticon

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ENDUROVET 10/8/2012 4:54PM

    Great job! I am ready to start hitting the road & see how my "rehabbed" feet hold up...
(Reports to follow) Then hopefully I will be picking out MY next half!

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Ms. Poppy's Party..

Monday, October 08, 2012

Ms. Poppy turned the big ~*1*~ on Sept. 30, and Bill and I were lucky enough to fly down to Texas to help her celebrate. My sister puts on quite the shindig! The theme of the part was Birds, as in put a bird on it!


The menu consisted of birds nests (made out of butterscotch chips and crunchy noodles) chicken salad sammiches, quiche, mini cupcakes, fruit kabobs, hummus and cheese dips to go with smoked salmon and crackers.


Auntie Sissy (that's me) and Uncle Bill helped with the decorating and some of the cooking.


I was charged with the very important duty of cutting the sammiches into bird shapes LOL

Poppy got her own cheese pie to celebrate turning 1! Yep, it was in keeping with the bird theme.


She wasn't sure about it at first LOL


but eventually go the hang of it!



My sister and I do not really look like we came from the same family. We may share a few features, but I tower over her. Most important though is the fact that we are so stinkin' similar it's frightening (for our husbands!)

We've visited off and on over the last couple of years, but for whatever reason, it was this trip where I really truly realized how alike we are. We're vastly different in many ways, but it was overwhelmingly comforting to finally realize and know that there's someone else out there so very much like me (crazy-making and all). I think I've been feeling isolated again, here with Bill and his family and our friends.


Out lil lovebug is growing up so fast. She's walking like she's been doing it her whole life and loves zipping across the floor at high speed (for her at least). It was well worth the trip and I can't wait until I can convince them to come visit us here in Portland. I may have even talked my sister into doing the Rock'n'Roll Half with me in May!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/9/2012 10:41PM

    Little Poppy is ADORABLE! What a cutie!

I have a sister but we're not close enough and don't see each other often enough to really know of our possible similarities. You make me think we probably share a lot of similarities and it's a shame we're not closer.

Anyway, it would be awesome if your sister and little Poppy could come in May for the RnR Half with you!

Thanks for sharing the pictures and the birthday trip with us! What an adorable theme and you all did Poppy very good!
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REALLY_ROBIN 10/8/2012 6:33PM

  What wonderful pictures from your trip. I'm so glad you had a great time and got to reconnect with your sister! Hugs to you Candy!!!

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FEISTYOWL 10/8/2012 5:28PM

    Love the pics - my sis and I are the same as you two - height wise. I tower over my sis too, always thought it was funny (she didn't tho).

Looks like loads of fun - the bird cake is adorable!! And I'm so impressed you can cut sandwiches into bird shapes!

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ENDUROVET 10/8/2012 4:52PM

    Great pic!!! If Sis needs a workout partner in the DFW area, point her my way!

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ANNESYLVIA 10/8/2012 4:49PM

    Wow! What a lovely party. You all made lil Ms Poppy's first b-day real special.

God Bless her always!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/8/2012 4:47PM

    Oh I loved the pictures! I'm so glad you got to go to the party. It looked like it was a lot of fun. I've got my fingers crossed that the sisters rule the Rock'n'Roll Half in May!

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MRS_EVA_K 10/8/2012 2:50PM

    She's so cute! and I love the birds.

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GAYLEP67 10/8/2012 2:41PM

    Oh my gosh she's grown so much! What a little cutie...

Sounds like a dose of family did you good.

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PARASELENIC 10/8/2012 2:27PM

    I'm really happy that you were able to find a mirror of yourself in your sister. It's very comforting to find someone who shares similar personality traits to you-- it makes talking so much easier (so little to explain and justify, you know?)

That party looked like a ton of fun, and I must say those are the best lookin' bird sammies I've ever seen.

You're a fabulous aunt and sister. I'm glad you got to celebrate.

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CHEETARA79 10/8/2012 2:24PM

    Cute baby! Happy birthday, Poppy!

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