JAMIECARDER

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September 15th

Thursday, September 15, 2011

What a day! It has been a long and draining day. Since Tony was off, we took care of the normal payday errands. Yes, that means giving out a lot of money I'd rather keep. lol We also made our monthly trip to Sam's Club for meat.

One thing I did get to do today that wasn't fortunate, but was nice, was a visit to the hospital. I have a childhood friend that I have stayed in touch with even though we live in totally separate parts of the country. I found out yesterday that she was coming to town because her dad was in ICU. Now her parents have always been like my other parents so this totally had me freaked out last night. Tony and I were already planning a trip to Pensacola today so I told her I'd give her a call and go by the hospital.

Late last night her dad was moved from ICU to a regular room and was actually sent home today. He was having seizures because of being under too much stress. His body and mind both finally got the much-needed break that he needed and all test results had come back normal. The ironic part is that the much-needed stress was partially induced from his job, which is at the same hospital where he was at for treatment.

The whole visit to the hospital was bittersweet. I hated being there for that reason, but it was great to be there and to be walking out the door with him as he was going home. I reminded his wife, my "other" mom, that even though Amy (their daughter) and I don't get to see each other as often anymore, that they are all still family and I can still be there for them when their own children can't. We were both in tears and now she knows that family is just that, regardless of how near or far, and it doesn't always mean you're related by blood.

Despite all of the errands and craziness of the day, I have still managed to get in almost an hour of light cardio today and a 30-minute strength training session. Our BLC TNT Challenge for today was to complete 70/70/70 - squats, crunches, and push-ups. I did each on in sets of 20 reps so that I could stomach my way through them. LOL And, on top of those, I still got in 3 more exercises with at least 40 total reps each. I'm busting it out today. :)

With all of the anxiety I've experienced trying to grasp the concept that I have my first "real" photo shoot this weekend, I ended up dreaming endlessly about it all last night. In the end, I woke up and realized that I have absolutely no reason to feel anxious. I take photos all of the time and this is just another one of those times, but I'm doing it for a special occasion. I've done photos during the holidays, birthday parties, and just random events for years and a wedding is no different. The bride has a list of photos she would like me to try to get in - almsot every single one is a traditional pose (pics with certain family members, of specific parts of the ceremony and reception, etc.) . She has no expectations of anything special otherwise so I have full creative freedom. And the pictures she's looking forward to the most are the candid ones I'll end up taking throughout the prep and reception. I also found out today that the whole event is going to be fairly laid-back, which helps take some of the pressure off. The final outcome - my SparkFriends were absolutely right. I've got this! LOL

And what I've been waiting for all week, I got my new Mary Kay skincare stuff today, which I'm off to try...
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  • RASMUSSEN5
    WOW sounds like an emotional day. Good luck tomorrow! I know you will do great! I hope we can see your work! Glad to hear your friends dad is ok. Congrats on getting all your fitness minutes and TNT in! You are amazing girl
    2949 days ago
  • WORTHEYMOM
    sounds like a crazy but good day in the end! I'm sure you will have a blast taking all of those photos! I agree some of the candid shots are the best! We were totally goofing off at my sister's wedding after the ceremony and they got some great shots of it! priceless! Have a great weekend!
    2949 days ago
  • no profile photo LADYGREENEYES
    You should post a blog asking for fave wedding photo poses. One my parents had that I loved was the first page of their album- my father's hand over my mother's, holding it, on top of my mother's wedding bouquet. I had that in my album, too :D I took photos at my friend's wedding, casually, as she had a pro, and after he'd put his camera away, the groom dipped the bride suddenly, and I got the shot! That is their fave wedding pic. The photographer's sheet/background thingy was still up behind them, but it was totally spontaneous and the smiles are superb! emoticon Have fun with it cos today, it's all digital and editing is easy emoticon
    2950 days ago
  • FITCOUGARMOM
    Im glad u have calmed down and realized u got this!! sorry bout ur bff's Dad and even funnier (not really but) that her dad works at the same hospital!! Hopefull they see the stress his job is putting on him and they help him out!! Congrats on getting ur fitness in!! Im sick as a dog thinking its going in2 my chest but still went out and did a 2.68 mile walk/run 2nite., might pay 4 it later but gotta do it!! Let us know how the wedding went and cant wait 2 read about it!! Can u post some pics if she lets u just 2 c ur work? CANT WAIT!!!
    2950 days ago
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