Oh man! What a week.
WORLD CUP - All the super powers have been knocked out! WITW?!?
France, Italy, Portugal... Brasil, Argentina?!? WOW. This is crazy. Plus the upset of Ghana's loss. OMG. That was my very first broken heart in the World Cup since I've been watching as a child. USA did great in their very first Round of 16, so I am pleased on that end. Now, my disclaimer is that I hold no allegiance to these countries, but I picked them and admire them just the same. Uruguay, I said from game one this year. "They are playing like stars...I think they're going to go all the way." And Germany... I have ALWAYS, ALWAYS said, "Germany are MACHINES!" Like the "Agents" in the Matrix (lol). You think you've got a handle on one, and then they just keep coming! They are amazing. My prediction, Germany and Uruguay in the finals. Should be fun. Keep watching!
PAIN - Unfortunately my friends. It is confirmed. I have Plantar Fasciitis. It is not a pleasant feeling at all. Pain in my heels every time after I run. Like my heels are severly bruised with every step I take. No doubt due to my weight, lack of running experience, and poor, sad shoes which I've overworn for years. (Oh, those poor things!) So I have had to take a break from heavy exercise as of late, in order to protect myself against injury and save up for some decent running shoes ($120).
So far I am healing nicely. But I shall not let it devastate me. I am happy to report that I have been awaiting the lovely Fourth of July sales and I located an excellent pair of AVIA Running Sneaks for only $60!!! Yay, yay, yay. I am so happy. They are not the pro ones like I wanted, but I think they'll do for now. And I shall be running as of Monday. Can't wait, even though I will have to start my Couch to 5k program all over again. No worries though. Back 2 steps, Forward 1. Bumps in the road, should never get you down. We all have to keep moving towards our goal.
GROCERY STORE - I almost died people. The mob at the grocery store today almost took me over...(lol). But I survived! I survived! (relieved sigh, lol) I went to the store just to pick up a few things, completely forgetting that the barbecue holiday weekend would bring about the family crowds, shopping in bulk no less. What was I thinking?!? I think coming in contact with so many people, all "together," made me a little sad. But I shall push through. I abandoned half of my grocery list for the essentials and got my butt out of there. I at least got one 'Buy One, Get One Free' deal...
THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR & THE FOURTH OF JULY - In the spirit of the Fourth of July, I have tuned my TV to the History Channel, one of my absolute favorite channels EVER. I feel my brain growing with intelligence every time I watch it, I swear...(lol). Don't you?
Anyway, I've been watching the series "Revolution" practically from start to finish. Besides the cheesy re-enactments and the droll recaps of a few of these historians who are just beyond boring, it's a fantastic series. Learning the actual DETAILS and NUANCES of all the battles and strategies on how the U.S. got its independence is fascinating. Understanding how Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, George Washington, Samuel Adams and even Benedict Arnold plus the British, the French, the Germans (surprisingly), African Americans and even the American Indians all had their parts in this war of America's freedom from the British. It's quite an impressive presentation of the event. It's like you learn it in school in the history books and you just learn it. But with this series, it's like, I GET IT. Like the 'connecting of millions of dots' that I was taught when I was a child and throughout my college years.
The Declaration of Independence, Congress, Brooklyn and the Battle of New York, Philadelphia, The Battle of Valley Forge, and The Battle (and victory) of Yorktown. It was A WAR, that was sparked because of the Declaration of Independence by America, completed July 2nd 1776, and approved and signed by the Continental Congress on July 4th 1776.
You know the document - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Outstanding prose from Mr. Jefferson.
And even in the celebration of the Declaration of Independence, it was actually called forth that (and I'm paraphrasing here) "from this day forth on this anniversary, this declaration should be celebrated with food and drink and celebrations and the sky should light up with fire and lights from one side to the other." Isn't that neat? Hence the very way we celebrate the Fourth of July today.
After which we must remember, the thousands of soldiers that gave their lives for American freedom in the Revolutionary War. And remarkably, won. Quite a history this country has, and we now have the freedom to celebrate it.
Anyway, just wanted to share.... in hopes it inspires remembrance in your own holiday celebrations.
So to everyone, I wish you a Happy Fourth of July!!!! It's my absolute favorite holiday. I wish this to you in the celebration of FREEDOM with family, friends and the "pursuit of (your very own) happiness"!
Peace and Love Everybody. Bless.
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