Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Yesterday Sandiegojohn posted this on his feed:
SANDIEGOJOHN A lesbian Emmy host. A trans-man on Dancing With The Stars. And Don't Ask, Don't Tell is gone. Tough day to be a homophobe. 1 day ago
Today I cam across this you tube video of a young soldier calling home to tell his family he is gay. It brought happy tears to my eyes so I thought I would share. Enjoy
Monday, July 18, 2011
The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, "Man, Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
"Our lives take on their true meanings when we do our best at the ordinary things in life: working hard, being thankful, thinking good thoughts, doing the right thing, practicing self-reflection and self-discipline, refining our minds and elevating our character in everyday life."
I don't know the author of the second quote........if anyone can help I'd appreciate it!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Yep......my mom
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Today
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No.....and I went to Catholic school!
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? REAL Turkey
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? Two daughters
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Yes
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Unfortunately, yes
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? no
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Absolutely not
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Fiber One
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? No, but I should
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Yes
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Vanilla
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Kindness
15. RED OR PINK? Red
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Insecurity
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? My mother-in-law & my mom
18. Favorite summer food? Berries & stone fruit
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Tan running shoes
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Cantaloupe
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Replay of the Women's World Cup Final from 1999.....we were there at the Rose Bowl with our youngest daughter who turned 16 that day.
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Purple
23. FAVORITE SMELLS? Vanilla
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My daughter, to wish her a happy birthday
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? Beach House
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Soccer......especially women's soccer
27. HAIR COLOR? Lt brown
28. EYE COLOR? Blue
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Glasses
30. FAVORITE FOOD? I have to pick one????? Anything sweet....cake, pie, ice cream, cookies
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy endings
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Midnight in Paris
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Lavender
34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter but fall is my favorite
35. HUGS OR KISSES? Both
36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Again.......I have to pick? Anything sweet and really fattening!
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO? Cardio......but really both
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? Computer......I love SP!
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? Neon Rain......James Lee Burke. Wonderful book
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? Don't have one
42. FAVORITE SOUND? My grand-children, laughing or babbling
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Beatles all the way
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Netherlands & Belgium
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can talk to anyone and make them comfortable. I make candy too!
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? Cleveland, Ohio
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? So. California
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? Tan stucco
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? Gold....ish
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS.....yes. I hope others will too. Love to learn more about my friends!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Stress and not falling off the wagon!
To say that my life and that of my husband have been stressful over the last couple of months would be an understatement. The life changing events are for another blog; how I've reacted to the stress has been nothing short of amazing to me. I still cry.....a lot. I'm still angry and hurt but am trying my best to work out those feelings.
In the past. my way of dealing with stress was to eat anything and everything made of simple carbs. A whole recipe of pancakes or waffles, with a cube of butter and a cup of syrup, doughnuts, toast, butter and jam. You get the picture. I would eat my way into a food coma, then sit on my ever widening butt watching TV all day. My stomach was constantly upset and I spent any time not in front of the television on the toilet. I didn't sleep well and headaches were common.
So far, other than bouncing up and down by a couple of pounds my weight has stayed the same. I have flirted with binges a couple of times but have managed to avoid a full fledged binge. I continue to exercise on a regular basis and have added many more steps and miles to my days. When stress threatens to overwhelm me I take a walk, run or hike. I run on my mini trampoline. I go to the YMCA. I take a step and Pilates class. I strength train.....anything to keep me moving. Never in a million years did I think I would turn to exercise instead of food. Exercise calms me, helps me to stay more centered, make my brain & body feel better.
It is still a struggle not to eat an entire bag of M & Ms or a carton of ice cream if they are around. It's even hard to get all of my steps & exercise on some days. But, the feeling I get as I drift off to sleep after an active day when I've eaten well is priceless. My former fat girl self is still in the shadows, often begging to come back. I'll keep her at bay by practicing my new passion......exercise in any form!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Running for Life........My First Half Marathon
I had way more fun than I ever imagined…….It was tough, painful, exhilarating, exciting, exhausting and inspiring!. The excitement all around me was contagious. People of all ages and fitness levels…….I missed it, but there was even a flash mob. Here is a link to the video.
My 27 year old daughter, Meghan, ran with me…..with no training. I had to work to keep up with her! She is amazing. Meghan told me no running, we would walk this ½ marathon. That lasted less than a mile. We both slowly ran at least 8 of the 13 miles. We listed out finish time as 3.5 hours when we entered the race and finished in about 3 hours, 15 minutes; 14 to 15 minute miles with a potty break and walking.
Meghan getting ready at home......3:30 AM
32,000 people raced between the ½ & the complete marathon….it took over an hour after the official start of the race for our corral to be released. We ran on city streets and the 163 freeway finishing next to Sea World. I was excited about running on the freeway, maybe because it is usually forbidden to pedestrians. Those four miles were the toughest part of the race. The freeway is banked for runoff so I constantly felt like I was leaning one way or the other. The weather was perfect, sunny & cool with a breeze for most of the run.
Getting close to the start.......almost 7:30 in the morning
The bands were terrific….everything from rock to Zydeco to the pipe organ in Balboa park & everything in between. The last three to four miles of the race had cheerleaders and other organized groups giving us encouragement.
Rock & Roll
The Pipe Organ in Balboa Park being played for us
The marathoners amazed me. How do they manage to finish 26 miles period, many of them in far less time than it took us to finish 13 miles. One marathoner was walking back though the course encouraging us to finish strong.
This was the longest mile of my life!
This race was to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma society so there were countless people running to raise funds through Team in Training. They could be easily identified by their purple shirts, many with hand written names of friends & family members suffering with Leukemia & Lymphoma. There were cancer survivors as well as people undergoing treatment running. I saw a man limping so badly it made me hurt to watch him but he kept on going. He told me running this was easier than chemo. As were we complaining about how tired we were we passed a TRIPLE amputee…….we complained no more. A young woman in a sling who’d had shoulder surgery six weeks ago crossed the finish line just ahead of us as did a man with an amazing prosthetic leg, meant for running. I am humbled by people who overcome so much and still move forward, helping others along the way. I felt blessed to be touched by these amazing people.
We are saving up to enter our next 1/2 marathon; maybe the Las Vegas Rock & Roll in early December. The run is at night on the strip. Can't imagine that street with NO cars just runners. That alone makes it worth the travel.
Give running or walking a try. There are fun one milers as well as long competitive races. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could run/walk/jog even a mile let alone 13. It is worth the effort, it's fun and you meet amazingly motivating people.
My daughter crossing the finish line
At home after the race in the T-shirt I will treasure forever............
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