Monday, May 04, 2009
that's right... A whole ahlf of my fac and mouth is numb. Wisdom tooth was pulled aobut an hour ago. I'm waiting for robert to bring me my vicoden from the pharmacy. I'm still literally Numb.
For now i am not going to be eating. maybe not even today. Then start slowly. Have to watch my numbers so as to not get an infection caused from Diabetes. i ahve things to do, a life to live, a race to win. yeppers.
Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues.
Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his
better self, his real self that can dare and do and win out.
-- Eleanor Porter (1868-1920) American Novelist
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
That is the truth. My computer took a crash last night. Thank you Father for providing robert with a network of 10 computer systems. LOL That, too, is the truth.
I am not now getting my energy back from that racing on sunday. Yesterday i felt like blahhhhh.
Monday i have a 2-3 hour nap. I don't even remember when I had a nap the last time. I am an active old one. Those races are fast. You are pulling a lot of water with your arms. Monday my upper arm muscles were hurting badly. But I am not giving up. Like the Queen says... "You're burning some good calories!" That is true, too.
Blessings be to all of you!
The naked truth is always better than the best dressed lie.
-- Ann Landers, born 1918
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Ha! think you've ahd enough of Dragon boats, have you??? LOl more to ocme.
Check this out
This was the event i participated in yesterday.
This is my medal I was awarded on my team shirt.
There was another member who started around the same time I did. She is totally blind. To give you an idea of how others liked this I've copied a pied she's written. She accidentally hit me in the back of my head with her paddle in yesterdays race. Through it all I was a trooper. Even with the bloody headache. LOl Today I kicked back and even ahd a 2 hour nap. Yeah I really needed that.
Wow, I hope you guys can put up with me, because I am really addicted now.
I wanted to write down my experience of yesterday, to remember it, and I'd like to share it with all of you.
I was really nervous to go to Olympia, but I am so glad I went.
Warming up, and then lining up and waiting and waiting to load the boats, I felt that old familiar nervous anticipation I haven't felt since I ran track when I was in middle school. Talk of a flipped boat, discussion of previous boat collisions, it was a little scary, but it really just raised the stakes and made me focus. My hands and feet fidgeted with nervous energy.
Then there was the matter of getting a paddle, an unfamiliar paddle, yikes! I was surprised to find that they don't all have a t shaped top, some of them have a curved sort of grip at the end. And they aren't all the heavy wooden things I've been practicing with either. I was so relieved when Bri handed me one with the shape I am used to.
Finally, it was time to go down to the dock. I felt a sense of calm and increased focus from my nearby teammates.
I stepped on to the boat, and that sense of calm vanished for just a second, to be replaced with a burst of plain old fear. While my mind thought, "oh my god, this is not our boat, its so small, its so wobbly, I have to walk to my seat, oh my god I am going to fall over," my mouth fortunately only expressed this in one exclamation of "Whoa!" or something like it. But David was there with a hand to balance, and calm instruction to walk forward and step over the benches. And I did, and then I was there in my bench, with Larry next to me, and Darrel behind me, and the boat seemed sleek and sure in the water. I found the foot pegs, ah, my legs could stretch out to brace in front of me. I dipped my fingers in the lake water, which felt just a little warmer than our river, and smelled its slightly marshy shore smell. And then we were moving, a slow stroke out in to the water, as I worked to find my rhythm in the new boat, with the new paddle. And then we were lining up, every cell in us waiting for those start calls, my internal monologue "oh crap, what are those new start calls again? Oh well, I'll just bury my paddle and listen for the horn." And then the horn, and this surge of speed, and water flying, and Bri and Darrel yelling, and the boats next to us close, to close, but being able to tell by the sound of them that we are holding our own. And so quickly we are finishing it, and we have finished it, and I am drenched and still full of adrenaline. And we are paddling back, somehow, but my head is still in the race, where I was not very strong, but together we were, strong and fast and synchronized, that one paddler we have been practicing to be.
And then we are out of the boat, and walking up the dock, and the PA system announces our win and our time, and I am yelling and cheering with the joy of it, and we are together in the tent, hugging each other, and celebrating what we have just done, One minute and twenty-three seconds of art and science and unity, and all I can think is, "I want to do that again!"
Monday, April 27, 2009
It was a very long tiresome day for me and i am glad I got through it. We rose at 4 am and drove to Portland, OR for our ride to Olympia, WA. this took between 2 and 2 1/2 hours. We got there jsut in time for Opening Ceremonies for the Dragon Boat Races. this was opening day.
As we lined up for our first race the team before us out on the Puget sound ahd tipped their boat and they ended up in the water. the water was very cold. A coast guard boat helped the into his boat as theys hivered. meanwhile my team was very nervous that this will ahppen to us. Most of them ahve not been on this new boat. Here si the team in the water.
Each race had 4 teams competing. We lined up and waited for the "Go"! and we paddled our healthy lil buns off. My team "Blind ambition won the first 2 rases and lost the third. We were so victorious in our win. I got to be a part of a joyous event and you should ahve seen the crowd of onlookers and spectators cheering us on as we walked by. I almost ahd tears in my eyes. In one Picture you will see us at the finish line. We beat out 3 other boats more than 2 boat lengths ahead. 2nd race was for speed. We got clocked at 500 meters in 1 minute 24 seconds. that's darn good timing for us. the last race we lost at the same time we did the previous race but were only 4 short seconds behind the winners.
The emdal my team won is so beautiful I will show you a picture soon. It's my first ever award.
I hope you enjoy this. Olympia Puget Sound is a nice place to ahng out at.
Next may 16 we have another long day racing in Tacoma, WA. We might jsut make this an over night stay ina hotel.
A Poem received by one of my blind teammates I love it!
We survived swift Boats,
Transit team bus rolled over,
Sank their dragon boat!
Two firsts and a fourth,
We did well today in race,
This calls for a fifth!
Give our coaches thanks!
We did the job in the boats,
They gave us the tools .
Jasmine loose again!
Heidi and Jim chased her down,
Brought her back to Bill.
Reuben got attacked!
Rottweiler on flexie leash,
Mauled his neck and ears.
Laura Lines comments,
Negatively toward our team,
Ayla flipped the bird!
Fun was had by all,
In the boats and in the tents,
Paul wore yellow socks!
We all did our best,
Positive energy flowed,
We are quite the team!
New paddlers raced,
Erin, Debbie, Larry too,
Laura added strength.
Bri, Jenny, Darrell,
Special Thank you to our guests,
Made it possible!
Wonderful first race!
More fun yet to come for team,
Tacoma's up next!
This is all for now,
Kevin, Ayla, off to bed,
And our doggies too.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thank you my friends for your warm loving comments on my pages. You make me smile and cheer me up.
Open up new doors and try new things. don't be afraid to get your feet wet. Sometimes you ahve to jump in and feel the uncomfortable cold waters to find yoru diamonds on the bottom of the ocean. This quote by Jonathan Winters suits me jsut fine.
If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!
-- Jonathan Winters
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