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World Cup & Fourth of July

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Oh man! What a week.
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WORLD CUP - All the super powers have been knocked out! WITW?!? emoticon
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!
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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).
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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.
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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...
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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.
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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"!

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  • APRILBLESS
    Thx OLD_WINDBAG. I'm rummaging through my kitchen right now looking for a good size bottle. I love that idea. And I'll start working on my stretching too. I realize I don't stretch nearly as often as I should. Probably not even a tenth of what I should... (lol).
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    Comment edited on: 7/6/2010 9:41:57 AM
  • DENI_ZEN
    AHA! So the exhortations to eat, drink, be merry, and light up the sky actually DID come from the Declaration of Independence! I have always wondered where these traditions were rooted, and now - thanks to you! - I know :) Wish I'd caught the "Revolution" series - sounds like it really brings home this vital chapter in U.S. history.

    April...I'm so sorry about your plantar fasciitis! I had it when I was younger and have a good deal of pronation in my feet. My feet are now confined to "killer" orthotics in New Balance running shoes :) And I was never a runner. Yes, you're so wise to take that break from heavy exercise for a while. My injury was quite slow to heal, but you know what feels great, in addition to proper support? If you occasionally take a bottle of cold water - say, the usual 16-oz size - and put it on the floor, then rolling your arch back and forth over it, your feet will instantly feel better! And in the shower in the morning - I know it hurts then - extend each leg, then flex your foot upward, heel on the floor. This will stretch your calf muscles and alleviate that terrible morning pain. See if that gives you a little temporary relief. I really feel for you! emoticon - Sandi emoticon
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  • APRILBLESS
    Hey ladies! Thx for the comments... guess we have all survived...(lol), and Happy 4th!
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    good luck on your run. recovering from an injury can be frustrating... but it really reminds us to respect our bodies by taking care of it and not overdo our exercises. :) take care!
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  • MRSRUBLE
    I was going for Brazil, but it is anyone game now.

    I also wonder about the importance of a good running shoe. I actually had a conversation with my husband about this last night. I was thinking of what I won't for my birthday last year I want running shoes and of course I got them. But was wondering do I need a new pair, wondering if there is a difference of the wear and tear on a shoe if you run indoor vs outdoor. So I guess I'll let the family know I need another pair of good running shoes since I have taken up running now. Don't worry about having to start over and at least you are still in it to win it, that's the most important part.

    Thanks for another informative blog. emoticon emoticon
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    As you know, I've been diligently following the World Cup. I was hopeful for USA (of course!) but realistically I thought it was thinking it was going to be Brazil or Germany. Germany is a young team, full of talent and precise athleticism. Those guys are some beasts!

    I really want to get into running but the day after my rt knee is always killing me. I think it's because I have cross training sneakers when I really need to invest in some runners. Never even thought about trying to catch them on sale (duh!). I just figured I would go to the running store, pay an arm and a leg and take it from there. But I will be checking out every sale I possibly can to get some affordable sneaks that help me lift one foot in front of the other and start jogging.

    Went to the grocery store myself today and totally forgot that peeps would be out buying food for picnics and other social gatherings. I thought to myself, "Why is the store so pack?" Then i saw all the advertisements and it clicked. Glad I only needed a few things but I didn't catch any deals.

    I'm more of a PBS snob for documentaries and other educational videos. I did watch America on History Channel and I thought it was pretty good aside from the constant Bank of America plugs and hack celebrity commentary. Being from close to Philadelphia I LOVE history about our founding fathers and will have to check out this show. Sounds interesting!

    Oh and since it's America's Birthday I've decided to make her some low fat birthday cupcakes and celebrate this joyous occasion watching fireworks and toasting the good old U.S. of A with a bottle of prosecco. Good times! :)

    Thanks for posting. Have a spectacular Fourth!
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  • DARKCHILD
    If you like history, here's a great read: A People's History of the United States 1492-present by Howard Zinn. You will be surprised at all the missing pieces of history not taught in school. There is even a documentary of the book called The People Speak that has various actors/artist/musicians playing the parts of the people that were very important in the making of this great country.

    Great about the shoes, nothing beats a good sale! emoticon
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  • PMFISH
    Not into soccer, so have not watched the series. Glad you are enjoying them. Sorry to here you have Plantar Fascitis, but you might want to try my liquid vitamins - Vemma. Surgeon friend has the same, had handmade shoes -$500.00. He was very skeptical, didn't take supplements because he opened too many people to see undigested tablets. He finally agreed to get some for his Mother, she had arthritis. After a couple of months, he stopped into see her, she was working in the yard(something she could not even think of before). Decided to try Vemma, but would not let his wife know. One night he had a 911 call for surgery. He jumped up and about 4 hours into surgery, realized he had worn his slip on shoes. What a differnce. They got me up after surgery, when nothing else seem to work. Nothing to lose, 30 day money back guarantee. You can check on my web page - www.myvemma.com/patfisher. Everyone is different, but if these work for you - you will be so happy you checked them out.

    Happy 4th of July!! Be safe.

    Pat

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    Comment edited on: 7/3/2010 6:36:10 PM
  • DEBBIE_C
    Great blog as usual. emoticon Going to take my new found "World Cup" education and anxiously await the outcome! I think you're right about the finals. Sorry about the plantar fasciitis, now that's a real bummer. I had to get inserts for my shoes and upgrade the tennis shoes as well. Talk about costly! emoticon Be well my friend and enjoy your holiday! emoticon

    ~Debbie
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