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GIVING THANKS AND COUNTING MY BLESSINGS (TOL #28)

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! Thanksgiving began as a day to give thanks for the blessings of the harvest and the previous year.  A good harvest provided for a bounty of food, hence the resultant feast.  There are many debates to when the first Thanksgiving was actually celebrated but it dates back to the Pilgrims and the early 1600s. Nowadays, it’s viewed as the start of the holiday season in the U.S. – although, if you ask the retailers, the holiday season starts before Halloween is even over! good grief. – and a time for families to gather…

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR RUNNERS

Y’all, Thanksgiving is in 2 days. TWO! Do you know what that means?  I mean, besides all you can eat turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie, of course. There’s only 34 days until Christmas! Um, yeah.  I’m not ready either! In fact, I haven’t even started thinking about what I might like to receive! Although, truth be told, I don’t like asking straight out for things. I’d rather be surprised! So, if any of my family happens to be reading this, consider this a hint. *wink wink* Most…

UPGRADE YOUR GAME/MOVIE NIGHT WITH POPCORN AND COCKTAILS!

So, many many moons ago, before I became the wine snob that I am today, my mother gave me this handy dandy cheat sheet on what wines paired best with certain foods. I think it was actually 3 sheets of paper and I used to keep them taped inside a cabinet. I treated those papers with tender loving care and made sure they actually moved with me every time we moved because I didn’t want them to get destroyed by military movers. Plus, who doesn’t drink wine while they’re traveling? I don’t…

VEGAS AND BLOGFEST (IN PICTURES)

Hey y’all!  I’ve been wanting to get this recap up since I got back but seriously, all the travel drama and then getting sick and then being the primary babysitter for my granddaughter really threw a wrench in that plan! BUT, I finally feel less like a zombie and my Nutrition for Sports Performance class is finished (squeaked an A!! Whoop!) and I have some time to get this done! I’m actually going to break it up into 2 posts because there’s just too much and I want to focus on my…

AWKWARD UPDATE. AWKWARD IS A WEIRD WORD.

So, if you haven’t left because you think I’m loony toons…well, I am and there’s still time! Head for the hills! Ha! Okay, but seriously, if you’re still here, thanks for sticking around. *hugs*  (And Happy Independence Day!!) I’m still feeling a little awkward for putting all that out there but you know what? it’s life, it happened, and I’m dealing with it.  Without getting into too much detail (because I’m not quite ready for that yet and some of it I…

Decisions.

There comes a point in time where you have to make a decision. Or decisions. And sometimes, they’re easy ones and sometimes, they’re not. And then sometimes, you don’t make a decision and things just happen. Like not blogging for 2 months. Yeah, sorry about that. :/ But seriously.  Decisions. In all honesty, when I started this post, I was full of emotion.  Four sentences in and my cell phone rang and the emotion went away, or at least got suppressed, because not everyone gets it.  I’ve put up a front for so…

MENISCUS SURGERY – 9 WEEKS DOWN

I know, I know, I’m a day late with this post. Technically, I’m at 9 weeks and 1 day post surgery. It’s all good – gives me another day of PT to tell you about! So, last Tuesday (the 11th), I got to warm up on the bike again! It takes me a minute or two for my knee to loosen up and I have to go really slowly but then, it starts to feel pretty good and I can really get to moving! Then, I got to do a little bit with my…

MENISCUS SURGERY – 8 WEEKS LATER

You guys, I’m so sorry I didn’t update you last week and show you me NOT using crutches! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was so sick. 🙁  And then, once the fever went away, I had a sinus headache for 3 days. THREE DAYS. Now, I’m in the stuffy sinus-y phase, no headache or fever, but sometimes I can breathe and sometimes I can’t. Gah. The pollen is SO bad this year! But anyway!! I had my follow-up with the doc on March 29 and you will…

MENISCUS SURGERY – IT’S THE 6 WEEK MARK!

WOOOHOOO!!! I’ve hit the 6 week mark and you know what that means!!! WEIGHT-BEARING STATUS BEGINS!!!! I’m so excited!! And I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little scared, too. I know they’re not going to take my crutches and say, “go for a walk” but I haven’t used my left leg to help me ambulate in 6 weeks so, I think nerves are to be expected. I go in for my follow-up with the doc tomorrow and then, I have a physical…

MENISCUS SURGERY – 5 WEEKS LATER

It is true. I did not share anything about my 4th week post-surgery. I am guilty. Let me ‘splain. The 4th week was rough. Like… really, really, really rough. One of the girls quit at work and the other girl was on vacation and that left me holding the bag and having to cover ALL. THE. HOURS. Which was great for that paycheck! But, not so great for my knee. 🙁 Not that I knew that at the time. But….it wasn’t good. Instead of working close to 40 hours for a 2 week period…