Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas is Over, Now What?

Does it feel like you are gearing up for Christmas months in advance? Then the day arrives, and two hours later it is all over with and you are packing it all away. Now what?

We all look forward to the New Year. Resolutions are written down with a strong will of "I will do this!". By the end of January you are laying on the couch with a bag of chips watching TV and thinking "resolutions? What resolutions?"

Break this habit! Don't do resolutions! They don't work. Instead, here is a concept…chose a word you want to impact, improve, or empower your new year. Easier said than done, let me assure you!

Every year, I chose a word that I want to become or impact my life. You can read about my journey of choosing a word here. I usually find my word by the end of the year before my annual trip to New York. This year I am struggling. One reason is I don't want to give up my 2014 word "BRAVE".

This word has had such a huge impact in my life. What I thought was going to start out as being BRAVE to get outside my beautiful, comfy box and to expand my blog has really taken different turns and twists. Let me show you how a word can impact your life.

2014 was my year to get outside my comfort zone. Boy did I and then some. It all started with LT's mom's health declining rapidly, in which she ended up in a nursing home the end of December 2013. Family drama happened and I am not going to relive that, thank you very much. Let's just say, I had to be really BRAVE for all that transpired. Then his mom passed in March during Spring Break with continued family drama. In January, I volunteered to be on the committee for the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in which I traveled to downtown Dallas every month until the climb in September and I was scared each and every time I drove down there. You can learn about the Dallas Stair Climb here. Then my BIL's mother passed unexpectedly in May. She was family to me. We were devastated. I did get my domain for my blog, but writing wasn't in me with all that was going on and then the big one happened.

My mom was diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer in July. She contracted pnuemonia while going through initial testing in which she spent a week in the hospital and it went down hill. I had to be BRAVE to face mom's late night pain, the begging of pain meds, her being totally out of it and not speaking coherently. Mom and dad were moved to Oklahoma to live with my other sister (who does a great job with mom!). It has been a roller coaster of getting better and getting worse. Physically, her cancer has shrunk, but still battling mental issues.

As I am writing this, my mom is laying on the floor. It seems the only position that is helping today. She sleeps a great deal of the day and is awake all hours of the night. It does put a strain on the family. I look at her and know her time is limited. I have to be BRAVE to help fight through this, to help her have a will to live and fight. The whole family is doing this. The last two days have been good days for mom, but today is shaping up to be a bad day. We will get through it. We will be BRAVE. Tomorrow is chemo and we are hoping she can get it. It has been two weeks where she could not have it and then she spent a couple days in the hospital before Christmas with extremely low sodium.

Christmas is over and we are ending 2014, so now what?

I am looking for my new word. I feel like I am looking for Waldo in the crowd. My word is not coming to me. This is what I want 2015 to look like: better health-With all the drama and deaths, I turned to my comfort of food and have gained at least 30 pounds (probably more but I refuse the scales cause I know it's bad!). So I need to eat better and exercise. I need to start meditating and devotionals, continue to build and maintain my relationship with LT and make sure he doesn't feel left out or ignored. I need to foster a better relationship with my sisters,  to release hurt feelings and to let go of controlling things/issues. This is the year of me. Selfish I know, but sometimes you have to work on you to be able to help others and to be there 100%. Maybe my word is FOCUS. That has been speaking to me. So has EMERGE and VOICE. There is a few days left to figure it out.

My blog is about showing while you face the hard times and good times and through it all I know, that I got this. My word has helps me get through the days and know that I really got this. I hope this helps you out.

Here are some resources if you are joining me in finding a word to start your new year in the directions you want it to go.

Christine Kane: Word of the Year (free)
Ali Edwards: One Little Word Scrapbook Project (price)
Susan Conway: Help find you word of the year workbook (free)


Are you joining me? What will 2015 look like? What is your word?




Monday, December 15, 2014

Pilgrimage to New York City

The weekend was a whirlwind of fun, excitement and new experiences. Every year in December, my sister D and I take our annual pilgrimage to New York City to embrace, inhale and instill the holiday spirit within ourselves.

After missing our initial flight, we were not discouraged and were off and running!

Some of our trip included shopping in Nolita, touring 9/11 Memorial and Museum, wandering down 5th Avenue, experiencing true New York life and being disappointed in store staples.

We also got caught up in the protests going on in New York. After researching on Monday, I found out about 25,000 protesters marched from Greenwich area (where we were) to 5th Avenue (where we were trying to go) and we got caught up in that driving nightmare in our taxi. But hats off to our cabby. He did everything he could and got us back to the hotel. He even knocked off $$ because of the inconvenience! Thank goodness we did not have to walk the 2 miles back to the hotel. We would have been swallowed up in the protest! EEK!

Oh and we always, although never planned, are in New York for the annual SantaCon. People dress up in Santa suits (or anything holiday i.e.: trees, candy canes, reindeer, etc) and do a pub crawl. Funny!

Had a great time! Loved everything we did and all the new favorite haunts we found!

So that was my weekend in a nutshell! Recommendations and links listed below. What new places do I need to try next year??

Store front in Nolita that spoke to us!

Le Pain Quotidien restaurant…so festive! 

Ferragamo on 5th Ave. The most lights on a store!

Radio City, a must stop for all to see!

SantaCon crawlers!

Restaurant recommendations
Xia Xia South African Wine Bar: we love the tapas menu!
Fig and Olive: Must have reservations
Le Pain Quotidien: ate breakfast there every morning. Loved loved loved their Moroccan Mint tea!
Spring Street Natural: so natural, refreshing and healthy! Quinoa salad to. die. for!

Shopping
Ricky's: Think Sephora or Ulta but full of everything! (you can get your pub crawl santa suit there)
Uniqlo: On 5th Ave. Great place for normal clothes for the whole family, reasonably priced!
Aesop: on Elizabeth St in Nolita: great lotions, face wash, shampoos, etc. It originated in Melbourne, Australia.

Tourism
National 9/11 Memorial and Musuem
Central Park

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

5 Quirky Holiday Gifts



I have compiled a list of the top 5 quirky gift ideas. These are gifts people want but they won't admit it.

1. SHARK SOCKS
Who does love shark week. If you say you don't I am going to say you are a closet lover of shark week and want a pair of these socks to wear while watching sharks. 

2. COASTERS
Everyone drinks water and the condensation from the glass/bottle leaves nasty rings on your table. Introducing Cat Butt Coasters! Keep your furniture clean as a cat's one eye monster! Oh come on, you know you are laughing at these and will secretly go look for them.

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3. MUSTACHE MUGS
Mustaches are the trend now so jump on the bandwagon! Get a cute little mug with a mustache so when your significant other drinks some in the morning you can have an excuse to laugh at them (and not because of their bedhead!) Best part…You can make your own! If you are like me you will need a template (because I can't draw a straight line, let alone walk one!) so I found one at See Cate Create

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4. SNUGGIES!
You need to be styling' while you are being a slug on the couch. What better way then being a superhero couch potato!

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5. SPREAD HEADS
How fun can brushing your teeth become with these Spread Heads! Watch a kitty throw up your toothpaste or ketchup coming out of a nose. It is fun for all ages!!

Spread Heads




Monday, December 8, 2014

Looking for Me?

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I have been MIA. I know. I wish I could say I have been jet-setting around the world or vegging on a beach and got a killer tan. Alas, I have been jet-setting between Oklahoma and Texas and as for the tan…I am fish belly white (unless I use St. Tropez tan-in-a-can). But I do come baring news!

As you remember from my past (long time ago), Momma was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer. Well, her 3 month check up showed significant positive response to the chemo! She is doing better, walking more and no more oxygen! She still has her days, but overall better news equals better spirits!

We are still making the trek to Oklahoma almost every weekend. We were blessed they came to Texas for Thanksgiving, and boy did we have a lot to celebrate.

I wanted my blog to be about showing how to make the best of your situation and stay positive. Don’t sit down and let things happen to you, you need to make them happen. Most importantly, knowing whatever happens good or bad, you really do got this.

But I feel like I have let you down in a way. I have been overwhelmed with mom’s diagnoses, taking care of and settling in our parents, juggling family dynamics and loving on LT and Gavin. Because of that, I have neglected my blog (and other areas of my life).  Sometimes it doesn’t feel as I “got this”.

A good example is every time, and I mean every time, I forget something at Oklahoma. Once it was a pouch of power cords. Last week, I left my only power cord to my phone. Topping off this week, I left my watch. I am so scatterbrained!


But I am going to try to get on more of a schedule and do better at blogging. I sure do miss it and y’all! I have a few posts marinating in the old noggin’ so be ready!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Pumpkin Design

My pumpkin we took to
the nursing home!
Don't you get tired of carving pumpkins? Wouldn't you like to do something a little different? I am here to tell you it can be done. All you need is a small to medium pumpkin, some electrical tape, color/print ribbon of your choice and a hot glue gun and glue. For you thrifty mommas out there, I got the electrical tape at the local dollar store, 2 rolls for a dollar!

To make this cutie of a pumpkin, you take the electrical tape, starting at the stem bring the roll of tape down and under the pumpkin. Then cut the tape. The bottom of the pumpkin does not matter what it looks like. Continue until you have the whole pumpkin covered. 

The bottom of the pumpkin.
Good news…no one sees it!
Now take your cute little ribbon you got and hot glue the ribbon at the base of the stem. You then take your hot glue down the pumpkin to it's base and place the ribbon on the glue to the bottom. When you reach the bottom, cut the ribbon. When you are finished, tie a ribbon on the stem.

Here is the fun creative side. You can mix and match ribbon like I did or you can use the same ribbon. You can have the ribbon going vertical or horizontal. You can paint the stem or add leaves or feathers or a boa! The ideas are limitless!

The best part is you can have your pumpkin indoors for longer than being outside. It will be harder to throw it away though so maybe think about investing in a fake pumpkin that you can store at the end of the season! 

I would love to see your pumpkins! Go over to my Facebook page and share your pumpkins!

Our secretary's pumpkin!
So many ideas
to have
fun with!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Red Ribbon Door Decoration

So every year schools in Texas celebrate Red Ribbon Week. All week we focus on promoting being drug free. Think of homecoming week with their themed days, but it is about being drug free.

We always decorate our classroom doors. This year I had the perfect decoration in mind….MINION! Yes I am a minion-a-holic. I just love those little guys! I have even had students give me stuffed minion dolls! So of course my door had to be a minion.

They even have their own seats in class!

I researched pinterest and then went for it. I was blessed with 3 of my boys helping me out. They were having so much fun! I will also admit, those guys came up with ways to make the minion that was easier and faster, but I will never admit a guy had a better idea than a girl. LOL!

So without further ado….The minion door!


Now if I could win a contest….do we even have one?


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Virgin Tipsy Artist

I am type A (capital, underline twice, bold letter A) personality. This comes in handy with my job…personal life, hit or miss. But when it comes to being creative and outside my box, that's where it goes out the window.

See, last week I went to one of those lets-have-fun-and-paint-while-drinking-alcohol-so-it-doesn't-matter-how-it-turns-out parties. I was looking forward to it, all excited to spend time with my sister K and just relax and unwind. Then I walked into the room.

You ever get that nervous hives nest of bees swarming around in your stomach? Yay, there I am feeling this start up. But I'm cool. We find out seats and my type A personality starts to take hold.

Thankfully, I did not have to do everything by free hand. Actually everything was a template you had to trace on the canvas. Here is what a dialogue in my head would sound like:

"Where do I put the legs? How far apart should they be from one another? They are too far apart, she looks fat! OMG chevron socks! Cute! Wait, how do I lay it out? The chevron is making the shoes look wonky! The socks don't look like chevron if I make the shoes look correct. I want chevrons and normal shoes!" 

Exhausting, right? It only got better. I was getting the hang of it tracing and mixing my paint. On went the background and found my groove.



Then I got a little cocky. Decided to got outside the box and do a different color with the dots. A Halloween picture needs some orange so let's do orange dots.

After I got the paint, I started to breath a little heavy and a little line of sweat dotted my forehead. My hands were shaking because I was going off grid. Yes, just over a different color of dots! But I stayed on the path I had forged and made it through going my own way.

As you can see everything worked out just fine.


The moral of the story is to try new things. You never know what you can do unless you take that first step. Get outside your comfort zone, even if it makes you uncomfortable. You never know what you can do or learn.

Just remember…you got this!





Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Decorating

Yes, I can read a calendar. I know that October is almost over with already. Give a girl a break! At least I have finally put up my Halloween decorations! Even though it is one of my most favorite holiday, and autumn my favorite season, life still kept me from enjoying my decorations longer. That's ok. It is finally done! Here is what I threw together. Unfortunately I have bought nothing new.

Outside my little house sits my welcome sign and my skeleton
I picked up last year at Joann's Fabric.
It is made with a spring for a spine!

The entry way. I made the "BOO" sign.
I put out the Munster family picture, which was
signed by Pat Priest last year, in place of honor!

On the mantle. Just a mix and match of stuff I have.
Some are still in the box.
Of course I had to put up my new picture I painted!
This is Merrill. He was a package deal.
Now he sits in the spare room with the door closed.
He is a freaky little old man that is about 3 -4 feet tall.
Sometimes I wonder about him…and my sanity!

I always think of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry is in Kramer's apartment and hears a noise and footsteps. Sometimes I lay in bed like this and wonder if the noise I heard was Merrill.





Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Getting Into Halloween Spirit







Picking Pumpkins

I love autumn! Have I shared that before? Well, I do! One thing I love is being able to go to the Farmer's Market in Dallas and pick out my pumpkin. My sister and I would walk all around the area and size everything up, debating sizes, diameters, and how many to make the perfect combination. Finally, we will pick the spot and start pulling out different ones seeing how they look next to each other….gotta have a tall, skinny and a short fat. I have been doing it for years and look forward to it!

This year, LT thinks we should get our pumpkins out of a Walmart cardboard box. Now I ask you…does that scream fun, picture worthy and memory making? I just had a visual of him taking pictures of me in Walmart pulling a pumpkin out of a cardboard box. Photos on Aisle 3! The sad part is, he would do it too! UGH!

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Needless to say we are still pumpkin free on our front porch and it may continue that way through the season. It is more than putting a fat orange ball on the porch to signify it is autumn, but it is the closeness of picking it out, the fun of debate, and the sense of accomplishment we worked together to make it ours.

Memories are things we can take with us. LT and I both believe in making memories. I believe in taking photos to capture that memory he prefers mental photos. I guess I need to remember we are making memories together and it should not matter where we buy a pumpkin, they are all the same.

With everything going on in life, focusing on what is important is the key. We will have fond memories of this autumn. Heck, it is almost as much fun debating where to buy the pumpkins as to actually doing it!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thoughts of Fall

I am on a roll thinking, dreaming, wishing for fall to get here full force! To make myself feel better, I looked through my pictures of fall. Isn't it amazing the power of a photograph? These pictures are from trips I took to the east coast for vacation.

Can't you feel the cool, crisp breeze?
Can't you see the long shadows stretching and reaching out?
Can't you hear the crunch of the leaves in a peaceful forest?
Can't you smell the Earth settling in for a winter nap?
Enjoy the journey.

Covered bridges remind me of fall. This is in the White Mountains.
Makes me want to take a horse and carriage
ride snuggled under a blanket with LT. 

My favorite decorated house in Salem, MA.
Love the mums and pumpkins with
big lights!

In Salem, Ma you can find all kinds of pumpkins!

Carved pumpkins in the park at night in Rhode Island.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Is It Fall?

Living in Texas, it seems we have two seasons: hot and OMG is this hell? I am hoping with the wonky weather we have all been experiencing, Texas can experience a cool front and some "fall-like" weather.

I am so ready to get out my fall decorations and get in the mood, but when it is still 90 degrees out, is it considered fall? Maybe I should just put the AC on really low and run around the house in winter clothes to get my fall season. Have you ever done that? Truth time…I have!

I promise, before the end of the first week of October, I will have my autumn/Halloween decorations up. Lt and I love Halloween. We are DYING! to wear our costumes! We have added hands this year!

Halloween 2012
We freaked a lot of people out with our
lifelike monkey masks!

Newest addition to our costume.
Can't wait to try it out! It'll be life like!

Oh, who am I kidding…autumn decor will be up by the end of this week! I am getting antsy! What is one thing you have to put out that says "autumn is here!" to you? Mine would be pumpkin spice candle and my velvet pumpkin!

I'll show pictures when it is all done. Pinterest is calling my name!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget

Today is the day we must never forget. Most of us won't. Even if we were not there front and center, we were glued to out TVs, radios and internet watching it all unfold. We were there in spirit and most of us wanted to be there to wrap our fellow Americans in our arms and let them know they were not alone, that we are grieving with them.

Today is the anniversary of 9/11. I don't have to remind those of you who are reading this what this date signifies. You all lived it with me.

As I have mentioned, LT is a fireman; proud of him and the job he does, hands down. I can't imagine anything happening to him, let alone on a scale of that magnitude. But his job did bring me in contact, in a round about way, with a wonderful group intent on keeping the memory alive of those first responders who gave their lives to safe others.

This year I joined the Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb Committee. They are dedicated to put on an annual stair climb for active first responders to fill the 343 firefighters, 70 police officers and 9 medical technicians to be remembered. Our climbers also wear their gear as they climb, just like in 9/11. This  means the firefighters were wearing approximately 60 extra pounds of gear. Our committee put on the Stair Climb last weekend, September 6, 2014.

The climbers wear lanyards with names and a picture of a first responder. At the end of the climb, they put the names on the accountability board.

This year, we had police officers from New York and firefighters from Chicago. There were even climbers from Canada and Poland! This event is getting international recognition!

Currently, there are stair climbs throughout the United States. I encourage everyone to go, experience and support their local first responders during this event. Nothing is asked of you but to watch and cheer them on as they climb 110 floors.

Climbers getting ready

Climbers headed to lower level to start their climb
of 55 floors, take elevator down and climb for
a second time equalling 110 floors.

Honor Guard at attention. As climbers complete,
they put the name they climbed for on the
accountability board.

Proof NYPD were in da' house! Thanks for
coming to TX to climb!




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Stay tuned...

On this eve of 9/11, I think back to that tragic day. Some things I remember vividly. Others are a blur. I remember I was teaching Sophomore English reading about New York after a nuclear war and what it was like. From what we read, one could see unfold in New York that day.

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That day, time meant nothing. I remember hearing the news and not understanding nor fathoming what happened or why. My co-worker whose classroom was beside me was affected the most. His brother worked at the Pentagon and there was no word of him. We gathered around my co-worker and took care of him. He finally got the call that his brother was alright. He should have been in the area that got hit, but stopped for coffee. Cuppa Joe saved his life.

It was time for Sophomore English. I had my lesson plans made out a week in advance, if not two weeks. As we began reading, a student asked me if I planned for us to read it because of what was going on in New York. I told him I had planned this weeks ago, not knowing any of this would or could happen. We all felt eerie and weird. First we were carrying on in our everyday life while life was standing still or ending in New York.

We were told not to really discuss anything about what happened with our students. That was up to the parents to decide and do. Totally made sense, but what do you say to 16, 17, 18 year olds that doesn't sound trite or stiff or even juvenile? How could I help my students process this horrific act? After school I sat in front of the TV, glued for hours, reliving what happened at the World Trade Center.

I look back, 13 years later, some events are etched in my mind like it was yesterday. Other events come out fuzzy and I wonder did it happen or did I think I did it. It scares me a little to think I may be forgetting some of that day. I feel a need to remember and to honor every American involved. It saddens me, the younger generation who are teenagers and young adults may not remember or were not involved in 9/11.

It has been months since I have gotten on to blog. Life gets in the way and more personal issues become pressing. I do not think often of 9/11 until it gets closer to the anniversary. I don't want this event to slowly fade into nothingness in American minds. Not every child knows what happened or how to even process it. They do not know that sense of pride and patriotism that swept the nation in support. It did not tear us down, it only brought us more together, reminding us of who we are.

I then think back to my parents and how it was for them to grow up in the 30s, 40s, 50s 60s, 70s, and so on and everything they have witnessed. Do they remember? Have they forgotten where they were and what they felt when Kennedy was assassinated? Should we pass down our experiences and feelings? Do the youth of today even care?

I do not have the answers to these questions. All I know is for me, I have to remember. There is a need for me to remember. Is it because of Lt? Is it because it was really one of the first major events of my time? I don't know. All I know is I have a voice whispering to me "remember and honor".

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Stay tuned for tomorrow and how I decided to remember and honor 9/11 this year. How will you?

Sunday, August 24, 2014

I'm Hanging in There!

First off...I am writing this on my blogger app on my phone. First time I am using it so I apologize if my post is wonky. Now on to my insight for the day.
I have been dealing with my feelings about my mom's cancer diagnoises and how it is affecting the family.

On top of that it is time to get the new school year started in which I am teaching two classes in a new program. It means going outside my box and having a weekend to prepare my lessons and room. It's down to the wire and I am hoping to have the first two days ready!

The one thing I have learned about myself is
1. I work well under pressure
2. I can pull it out of my ass and have a great chance of looking good.
Are you a pressure worker? Do you preform better under pressure? Let me know! I am hoping im not the only one!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Reason for Absence: Short Version

My favorite picture of momma with her
great grand baby Alli.
Let me start off by apologizing for falling off the face of blog world! July has been an emotional roller coaster. The super short version is on July 11 we found out my mother has transitional cell carcinoma of the pelvic region. The plan is to do chemo for bladder cancer, which weirdly started in the kidney and not bladder.

While we were all in Wichita for tests my mom needed to do, she contracted pneumonia and we rushed her to the ER around 1 am on Thursday morning. She spent a week in the hospital for that, but luckily we did get all the tests done, although the outcome is still the same.

While at home dealing with mom and her recovery of pneumonia, cancer, and pain management, we received the call we were waiting on…my Aunt Linda (mom's baby sister) has finally succumbed to her cancer. Our angel on earth was taken home Monday night.

With all of this going on, you can see where I prioritized my life and unfortunately my blog has been put on the bottom of the list. I am still trying to process all of this. The last two weeks have been a fog mostly. I think I may need to use my blog as a release, an outlet, a place of sanctuary for my thoughts and feelings.

To be honest, I am just taking it one day at a time. Even though I can no longer be there physically, my heart is still there.

Before I end this post, I have to say I am blessed with amazing sisters who have taken such good care of momma without any thought to themselves. We have all stepped up and work together as a team, but feel my sisters need the recognition for everything they have done. We all would not do anything different and would continue taking care of momma and poppy as long as we can.

Life is a funny creature and I just can't figure it out. LT reassures me - "we really do got this, babe".  On more than one occasion I have questioned if I really got this and honestly a voice in my head whispers "no". I guess I really did pick an amazing word of the year…brave. Don't feel it but being forced to be it.

Please forgive me if I am sporadic in my presence here. Love to all and prayers always appreciated!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

I Survived the 4th of July!


Ok, it wasn't really that bad, but it had it's moments and I swear I saw my life pass in front of my eyes at one point. Let me break it down for you.

My sister, D, and I flew to Kansas to spend some time with the folks. We drove my folks 2 1/2 hours to  my momma's 3:00 p.m. doctor appointment on Wednesday and was finally seen at 6:00 p.m. That should have been a heads up. Oh, slight change in my momma's macular degeneration, so just keep on keeping on is the plan.

But let's flashback a little before the appointment. My momma has been having back problems and has always wanted an inversion table. You know one of those tables that tips you upside down. Yep, my 76 year old mother wanted one of these tables for the last 3 years and Wednesday was the day. Daddy broke down and got momma a table. I will say I was glad I was driving because there was not enough room in the Sante Fe for four adults and a huge box. Momma and D had to share one seat for the 2 1/2 hour drive home. Bwahahaha!!

So flash forward to Thursday. We were going to put the inversion bed up but had to do some rearranging to make it fit. Momma's sewing machine desk, sans machine, was to be moved to the basement. I was going to go down first so I could direct the desk down the steps. You see where this is going, right?

You know when they say "That first steps a doozy!" it is not a lie! I stepped down to the first step with my left foot, but my ankle decided to go ahead and move on to the second step without the rest of the foot. You got it…down I went and a "pop" sound was heard round the world. Well, my sister and I heard it. I was blessed I did not fall all the way to the bottom of the steps and the desk did not come down either.

Needless to say I finally got up, after I had to tell everyone to leave me alone (I think I have a control issue) and felt it was either passing out or throwing up. I actually stood their debating couch or bathroom. The couch won (mom brought a trash can just in case). After the removal of my shoe, it was off to the ER. Daddy brought out the crutches I used when I was in high school back in 1988! Thank goodness he keeps things like that!

1988 metal crutches. Still couldn't walk with them then or now!
This is the same nurse that worked on my mom when she cut her finger open.
Small world!
After x-rays, I am the proud owner of a severely sprained ankle that hurts like a mother to walk on. It was interesting to fly home the next day, but I did it without those old metal crutches….and still paying for the pain of walking the mile and a half to the baggage claim area. The little old man that walked up the gang walk took my wheelchair at the top!

I could not keep my foot straight.
We prayed it wasn't broken.
So we are on day four and I'm still swollen and bruising on both sides of my foot. I am walking around when I need to, but staying put with my foot up all the other times. Gets me out of doing a lot of things, but it's not worth it. Plus I am going hiking next month so this foot better heal quickly!!

Can you see the bruising goes up my leg past the ankle?
Can you say "ouchie"?
Moral of the story: Go slow. You know those steps are dangerous and you and steps are not really friends, more like frienemies. Suck it up around your folks and never ever let them know how bad it really is, they don't need anything more to worry about in their lives. Lastly, do what your your fiancé says because he can make that ace bandage tighter than tight!

On the positive side: I did not break my foot/leg and the recovery time for both is the same. It is my left foot so I can still drive and be independent. It happened to me and not my parents, although I hope they see how dangerous the stairs are…and dad, it was not my weight that made me fall!

This accident has helped me focus on the purpose of this blog and that is to look at the positives in life. That is what it is about, look at the good and not the bad. Bringing positive vibes into your life. Think of it, no matter what happens, we got this. Yeah I sprained my ankle, have some pain, and walk funny, but I am walking and it's not broken. Heck, some would think life was over or make a big production about it (trust me I will milk it for about a week), but in the end, I got this and with Lt by my side…we really got this!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Laughter, Laughter and More Laughter



I love my older sister D. We are twins in more ways then one. We look so much alike (even though there is a 10 year age difference) we have been mistaken for twins. We have the same mannerisms and speech. And boy do we share the same sense of humor!!


This weekend seemed to be the best laugh fest we have had in quite some time. I don't know what it is when we get together, but we can get each other rolling!! We quoted Ace Venture Pet Detective 1 and 2 on the car ride to Dallas and we haven't seen that movie since it came out! The laughs just kept on coming.

The best was in Restoration Hardware. This store is huge and there are three or for rooms when you look down them, they look similar and makes you feel there is a reflection from a mirror to make the room appear bigger (but there is no mirror!). So here is how this conversation goes:

Sis: Is that a mirror
Me: Can you see yourself?

I don't think I laughed so hard. Throughout the whole shopping trip, I kept up the whole is this a mirror thing. She was a good sport about it. She better be because if the shoe is on the other foot, she would not let up on me!

We finished out shopping out at a great tapas bar. We had sparkling sangrias that had blackberries and raspberries in it. We also ate the grilled avocado stuffed with crab meat. That was the best meal ever! Don't you love a certain restaurant and keep going back? You know you are getting quality!


I moved to Texas about 18 years ago because of my sister. She has helped me out so much and has been such an inspiration and role model. But if you were to ask her, she would say she wasn't any of those things. I adore her and love hanging out with her. Most people do not get to see her the way I do which is sad because she is so much fun!