And I can’t be totally Wordless on Wordless Wednesday because I like to talk! I was super excited to find my name on a Share a Coke with! I love things with my name on them! :)
I’m Falling Apart! July 18, 2014
I’m not sure what I did, but when I woke up this morning my calf felt a bit “off”, but I suited up and went running anyway! Since I’m finally making progress on the Couch to 5k, I wasn’t about to let a bad nights sleep that resulted in my calf feeling a bit “off” hinder my progress!
I got home, showered and went to work. A few hours later, my calf really hurt. A little bit after that I couldn’t stand it – I had too much to do to not be able to walk. Read that sentence as “I had too much shopping to do”
Digging through my medicine cabinet I found 1 last heat pack. It was meant for your back or hip, but darned if it didn’t wrap nicely around my calf!
I am sure I looked quite ghetto doing all of my shopping with a massive white wrap around my leg and a slight limp!
I did it anyway!
Well, I did take it off for the Target run – it was coming loose and I wasn’t patient enough to re-wrap it!
I felt the affects – and put it back on to drive back home.
OH – but, guess what I saw in the stores! Yes, I know that they are starting Back-to-school early, but you’ll never believe this:
Christmas!! Christmas in JULY!!!
Anyway, eventually my shopping was done and I was headed home; however, on the way home I saw a mobile blood drive. And, well, it was time for me to donate again. And it’s the right thing to do. I save three lives each time I donate! And, well, July donations got a coupon for a free pint of ice cream.
I would have donated anyway. Most likely. :)
So, I flipped a youie once traffic was clear and headed in. Low and behold, there was no wait! I was meant to be there!
I did all of the qualifications and took my test and got settled in the chair.
About 10 minutes later they were wrapping a bandage around my arm and moving me to a chair on the other side of the van. They could not get into my vein. They got all around it – and they knicked something because I already have a massive bruise forming – but they couldn’t stick me.
Fortunately, it only took about 4 minutes for them to figure it out on the other side and 5 minutes later they were wrapping me up and I was getting my cookies and juice.
Big white wrap on my calf.
Big blue bandage on my right arm.
Big blue bandage on my left arm.
Scabs healing on my knuckles (trampoline park was still worth it!)
Yeah… I turned 40 and it looks like I’ve fallen apart!
It’ll Be Fun July 14, 2014
I was in the mood for some adventure on Friday. It had been a really hard and very long week at work, my son had told me how he “Needed His Space” just a few days earlier and well, I was so over it all.
So, I checked my bank balance and then got on-line.
Hello indoor trampoline park! Fun and exercise! #Winning!
I grew up with a trampoline, my sister and I got it for our birthday one year (I think it was birthday, because it was sunny out, and our birthdays are in the summer months, but I could be totally wrong). And, I think I was under 10 when we got it because I don’t think we had Lee yet. (Yes, I judge a good portion of my life based on who is around me!)
I grew up on a trampoline – and I. Loved. It!!! It was so much fun, we all had a blast on it.
I haven’t jumped on a trampoline since approximately 1992.
So naturally, it’s a great idea to just dive right back in!
I bought an hours worth of time for me and Mr. T.
And we bounced.
And we played trampoline basketball! I actually made 95% of my shots! It’s amazing how accurate you get when you are inches from the hoop!
Then Mr. T goes “Go jump into the foam pit!”
“It’ll be fun!” he says.
So, I did it, because as I posted on Facebook:
A sweaty mom? Yes. A mom that sits on the sideline? Never!
Needless to say – the foam pit is not my friend. I felt like a beached whale trying to navigate my way back to the ledge, and then ended up having Mr. T come help pull me out because there isn’t a step or anything to help a 40 year old woman get her butt out of a pit filled with weird foam squares!!!
It was not my finest moment. I was totally drenched in sweat after that!
Still, it was worth it!
We bounced a bit longer and laughed and joked and then decided it was about time to head back. I knew I’d be feeling it tomorrow, but man, was it fun!
Later than night, I realized my hands were sore.
Yeah, okay, my knuckles are very red, and quite a bit swollen… and I know it was from some of the tricks I was performing while bouncing! And if you look closely, you’ll see that the redness extends all the way to my little pinky finger!
The next day they were still red and swollen, and then you could see where the skin was torn. It pretty much looked like I had been in a fight!
By Sunday I was starting to worry that I might have fractured my left hand – it was still really sore and swollen over two of the knuckles. Then I looked over and my right hand was still sore and swollen, so I decided that maybe it wasn’t fractured after all! I just tend to forget how very sensitive my skin is!
It’s three days later and the broken skin is healing, the redness is gone and the swelling is starting to finally subside.
But, you know what?
It was worth it.
I Need My Space July 10, 2014
My son had that talk with me this weekend.
“Speaking of our adventures, I think you need to have some without me.”
… (insert deadly silence from me here)…
“I think that I need some space, you know, to hang out with my friends-”
“when have I ever stopped you from hanging with your friends?!?”
“I’m not saying you have, I’m just letting you know that as an example.”
I’m not going to lie, I was blindsided by the conversation, but I was really proud of the way he approached it and the way he handled himself. He went on to state that he was growing and was ready for some time on his own.
I’m so very proud of the man he’s becoming and feel really good that I’ve raised him to want to spread his wings.
But he’s nuts if he thinks I’m letting him go just yet!
When We Last Spoke… July 7, 2014
When we last spoke Mr. T was back from church camp and cheer camp, I was back from my Vegas birthday party trip, had completed my challenge of 40 Random Acts of Kindness before my 40th birthday and discovered I was getting older.
We shall not discuss me getting older.
Since then we’ve been just as busy!
First, there was the fund raiser for the cheerleaders – look at Mr. T striking a pose!
And several of the girls were happy when the Shelby showed up!
Right after that I went to our family birthday party for me and the Twin’s. Because you can never have too many birthday parties!
Jayman checking out his gift.
And Joshua just jumping in to help me unwrap my gift!
The winner of the funniest gift goes to my parents. They got me a “Cut Glove”
It is designed to keep your hand safe when using sharp objects.
Which, we all know, I need all the help I can get! (This picture is from several months ago when I sliced my finger open!)
The very next day I left for a four day work conference in San Antonio. I am fortunate that several of my friends are also colleagues and we have fun – but more importantly, they are almost always up to
driving me around carpooling. At this conference I meet with clients, meet potential clients, and do lots and lots of training. I try and hit every manufacture and rep group that is there and learn about the new equipment and get refreshers on the existing. I did manage to get in some socializing time, as well. :)
Look! A car on a car!
Check this out! It’s a Pirate Pigeon! We had fun watching him one day at lunch time! Here is BA winning a contest at Coyote Ugly. I’ve never been in this bar, but IT WAS JUST LIKE THE MOVIE!! I even had to duck when I ordered a glass of water – she had the soda gun aimed right at me! I begged and pleaded, and she spared me! (This only makes sense if you’ve seen the movie – but trust me, I was almost drenched!) The view from my hotel room. The strip of water below is part of The Riverwalk Little drink… big straw! I got the straw for my birthday from the bar. Because again, you can never have too many birthday parties!
And this is what we do when we are breaking down the booth but the truck isn’t at the dock yet! I didn’t have the booth, but my wonderful car pool buddy did, and I was just along for the ride!
I made it home safely and had one day to catch up at work and home and then jumped right into the Annual 4th of July Family Reunion! This event is hosted by my parents every year, for over 25 years now, and it while it takes some time and effort to get the house and yard ready and the food prepped and cooked, it is so worth it! We had so much fun! And a really good turn out!
We broke in a new pool float!
Check out my Pinterest inspired fruit dish! I was pretty jazzed over it!
So, that was my last two weeks! And for everyone who invited me to participate in an event or blog hop, I hope you will forgive me for turning your invitation down – there was no way I was fitting any more on my plate last month! But, we had So. Much. Fun! I’ll trade the lack of sleep for all of the memories made!
I Sneezed June 27, 2014
And then had to go change my underclothes.
Yup, I’ve hit that age.
I’ve been to the optometrist three times so far trying to work out my contact prescription. The problem was, right before Vegas I realized I was out of contacts – well, I’m not traveling half way across the country without a back up pair, so I popped on over and he gave me a pair to wear to test the prescription and a back up pair. As soon as I put them in, it felt wrong. He said to just give my eyes some time to adjust.
It’s been a week and it still wasn’t right, so I scheduled an appoint to go back in. Well, my right eye is blurry, but we can’t bump it up anymore because I’m seeing 20/20 at a distance. We can lower the script in my left eye to help balance things out.
Okay, so I’m currently wearing that script.
But, do you know what this all means? It means that pretty much as soon as I turn 40, I will need reading glasses.
Yup. I’ve hit that age.
I’m at the age that I have started singing alone with the elevator music.
Conversations with my friends have turned into a competition of who has the worst ailment.
I seriously don’t recognize half of the people on TV now-a-days. Kelly Ripa has been on vacation, I haven’t recognized half of the women brought in to guest host with Michael Strahan.
Driving down the road the other day I thought “He’s a cutie”. And then gagged when I realized he might not even be old enough to drink yet.
All young people are starting to look the same age to me.
In just over a week I will have officially hit another milestone birthday. I’m not worried, but I’m pretty sure I’m not prepared, either!
Did I mention the reading glasses?
At least I can still be useful:
We All Can be a Ripple June 25, 2014
I DID IT!!
I completed 40 Random Acts of Kindness before my 40th Birthday!!
I will admit that the other week I had a small panic attack when I realized that I hadn’t focused on my RAK list and Mr. T, who I’m not sure how he is so calm when I’m so hyper, said “Just take a look at the list, I bet that you’ve done more than you know.”
So, we sat down together and started going through the list, and darned if he wasn’t correct! We both have completed more than 40 random acts of kindness – that’s a total of more than 80 RAKs!!
On another note, we both mentioned how hard it was to help someone with car trouble! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve stopped and asked only to be told that they were okay/had someone on the way/didn’t need anything. So, we didn’t cross that one off, but not for lack of trying!
Hold the door open for someone Teach a child something you wish you knew at that age Tip a waitress more than you normally wouldDone – at Starbucks :) Spend some time with a senior citizen Smile at a stranger Compliment a strangerDone! Thanks to Cranston for this http://cranstonholden.com/ Go check out his blog :)
- Put a quarter in a meter that is about ready to expire
- Leave the mail person a thank you card
Donate unwanted items to a homeless shelterDone! I donated to a store on the campus of a high school that has a high homeless population Donate your unwanted suits to a place that caters to single moms re-entering the work force or older workers re-entering the work force. Smile at the Walmart greeterAlways! Help someone learn something new Bake someone a cake Carry someone’s bags to the car at the grocery store Walk or run for charityDone! American Heart Walk in honor of my brother, Lee. Thank a soldier Let someone go in front of you in lineDone! Say “thank you” to the cashierEasy! Share inspirational quotes
- Donate books to a school or library
Give your box tops to a school ( found on General Mills products) Help someone for free
- Bring flowers to a co-worker, friend, or someone that may be having a hard time.
Tell your family you love them. I did this today! 11/20/13
- Donate coupons that have expired to a military family (they are honored at the military commissary)
- Buy that young mother a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a jar of peanut butter.
Praise a parent for their child. I’d like to think that I’ve compliments several of you reading this on your kids! Praise your bossDone! Instead of asking for gifts ask your friends to do random acts of kindness on your birthday.
- Donate stuffed animals, coloring books, crayons, stickers, and little toys to the police station to hand out to sick, abused, or scared kids.
Give someone a hug
- Help someone whose car is broken down
- Send a sunshine box to someone that is sick (put in Kleenex, their favorite cough drops, magazines, and anything that might cheer them up. Don’t forget the get well card )
- Hand out pennies at a wishing well or fountain. You never know whose wish you may help come true.
Surprise someone with a cup cake, muffin, cookie, etc.
- Pre-stamp some thank you notes and hand them out, letting the recipient know to send it to someone they appreciate
- Hide notes in library books for someone else to find.
- Make or buy hats for kids that are suffering from cancer and donate them.
Be a friend who listens Stick your change in the Ronald McDonald box at McDonald’s Make care packages and take them to a homeless shelter.Modified into the Blessing bags
- Leave your newspaper for someone
Donate bloodThe day this list went live, I got a tweet that the blood mobile was in my neighborhood – was it kismet or what?!? :)
- Donate school supplies to a school or preschool
Call a friend and let them know you are thinking about them Donate a $1 (when asked in line at grocery/convenience store “would you like to donate” say yes) Thank the police or fire department (drop off a case of water)done 1/25/14 Return a shopping cart for someone and save them the tripWe’ve done this several times already – and it’s always been appreciated!
- Take new parents a date night kit. (Movie rental, popcorn, 2 liter of soda, and candy.)
Collect canned food for a food bank
- Hand out Valentine cards with lollipops on Valentine’s Day.
Write a letter to someone who made a difference in your life. Pick up trash. Plant a tree Pat someone on the back
- Take little care packages to a Cancer center. Fill them with a travel size hand lotion, chapstick, and purse size package of antibacterial wipes. They will be much appreciated!
Pay it Forward at the coffee shopMr. T and I bought the coffee order of the people behind us in the drive thru Make and distribute Blessing Bags to the homeless Listen intently to people’s stories without trying to fix everything Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.
I was really pleased to challenge myself and to work with Mr. T and show him that you don’t need a lot of money to change the world and that small acts can become habits! I think that the biggest lesson we learned was that we may not be able to make a huge change, but we can make lots of small changes that have a huge ripple in the world.
We can do that – we can all be a ripple.