Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Trip to KY

Even though we live over 1700 miles from Colorado where most of our family is, we only live about 550 miles from my sister in KY.  So, we took a little road trip up to KY to spend Thanksgiving with my sis and her fam.  We had a great time too!  It was so nice to be able to spend the holiday with family!  :)

We ate lots of great food, spent lots of time catching up and of course some time shopping those great sales!  :)  It even snowed a little while we were there.  Which made all of us native Coloradans happy!  Here's a pic of the kiddos enjoying some time outside.
It was so great to be able to see my sis, her hubby and their kids!  They were so generous and let us stay at their new house for 3 nights!  I'm so glad we got to have Thanksgiving with them!  What a special time!  So even though we all couldn't make it back to CO, at least we could spend it out here together! :)

We all ate at Claudia Sanders' Dinnerhouse while we were there.  Claudia was Coronel Sanders' wife and rumor has it that she was a better cook than him.  Either way, it was a beautiful place to eat dinner and they had great food! (and lots of it!  My sis and I decided to split, which was good because we still got stuffed!)

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!!  :)

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi!  I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!  I plan on spending some good quality time with family and food!  I just love everything about Thanksgiving!  Isn't it great?  This year, like so many others, I have SO much to be thankful for like....my hubs, our fam, new friends, old friends, new places to explore with said hubs....to name a few....and most of all I'm thankful for our awesome God!

Just found this pic and thought it was too cute not to share.  :)
 What are you thankful for?  :)  Gobble, Gobble.  Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

We did it!!!!!

We ran our very first ever 5k this morning!  :)  We paced ourselves well and got to sprint right through the finish line!  I'm not gonna lie though.  It was really fun.  More fun that I thought it would be.  The finish line was such a rush, especially because there was a crowd cheering us on, and they called out our names as we finished.  It was cool.  I feel like we accomplished it.  We did it!  

I know it was just a 5k, but still, we set a goal 7 weeks ago and carried it out till today!  We certainly weren't the fastest, but we also weren't the slowest either!  We had a goal going into it today that we'd finish the 3.1 miles in 45 minutes. (or about 4 mph jogging pace)  It turns out we beat that time by just a little bit!  We came in at 44:19! :)  So, now we have a starting point for next time we do a 5k and how much we need to train to shave off some time!  I'm just so glad we did it!  

We signed up to run it as a recreational run (as opposed to competitive) which was nice to take some pressure off.   There were around 1200 runners today which really seemed like a good group of people.  It was nice for our first one to not be a humongous one like in a big city!  And of course, I got to wear my sweet SparkleSkirt and we wore our team shirts! :)

We got free Chic-Fil-A sandwiches, bananas and Gatorade after we finished too, which was pretty great too. Actually, I think those were the best sandwiches EVER!  :)  Here are some pics from today...
Here's what our shirts we got look like.  Cute huh?
Here's the Turkey, who actually did run the race!  Funny?  I think so.  :)  I bet he was HOT in that costume and jacket! 
 Ready to start! 
 After the race and just about to our jeep.  I think our shirts worked out nicely!  :)
 Fall colors.  :)

Anyway, I think we can actually call ourselves runners now.  :)  Woohoo!

Monday, November 15, 2010

On Mountains High...

Have you heard the of this name?  It's great.  I'll embed the song below. Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing in an ensemble at our Church.  We sang this song, and I also got to do the solo!  Our version was a little different than this recording below because we did it in 4 part harmony, and I had the solo instead of a man.  :) 
It's a really good song though. Great things to remember, that no matter what may happen I will praise His name! Whether I'm having a great day, or a not so great day. He is the Lord and has known me since before time, and has a plan for my life. I just need to trust Him and His timing.



Saturday, November 13, 2010

I really might just be a crazy cat lady after all....

:)  haha!  It's true though.  I have often joked about being a "crazy cat lady" in the past, but now...it's kind of true!

You see, a couple of months ago we went to an arts and crafts fair.  While we were walking around enjoying the various booths, there was one for a local cat shelter.  They were giving away little tiny bags of cat nip to take home to your cat.  They gave us one and some literature about their shelter.  Then they also told me about the giveaway they were having for a cat necklace.  So, I decided to sign up, because...well....we have a cat...I like cats...(at least ours)...and I like necklaces...(in general)...   So, I did. 

So two months pass and I completely forgot about it.  Completely.  Totally and utterly forgot about it.  Till yesterday when I got my mail and received a package with a little box inside.  I saw that box and immediately remembered what it had contained just a few short months ago.  Yep, it was in there still...the cat necklace.  So....now I am the proud owner of a rather large, yet rather adorable (even if it makes me look like a crazy cat lady) necklace!  :)

Here it is...  :)  It is silver and gold with little rhinestones for the tail.

And, the cat is actually a pin too.  :)

So....I guess I just may be that crazy cat lady after all.....at least now I have a sweet necklace to prove it!  :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Grateful

You know, we had another great whole weekend.  I just realized today, we really always do!  We are so grateful for our new place to explore, new friends, new Church and new found life together so far from home.  :)  I know I already blogged about the wedding we had the opportunity to attend on Saturday afternoon/evening, but we also did other things this weekend I didn't talk about.

Our friends C & T had us over for dinner on Friday night, and we had a great time.  T cooked again, and it was fantastic.  Then the four adults played Balderdash until the wee hours of the morning!  And we had SO much fun.  You know, you really get to know people better playing that game.  I still love it...although I had a bit of an off night...because T beat us all!  lol  :)

Saturday morning J and I went for our big weekly run and it went really well....even though it was pouring freezing cold rain!  We were tough though and just ran through it!  I even impressed myself really!  Next time I will wear another shirt though, because I did get rather cold in my soaking wet long sleeved t-shirt.  You live and you learn though right?!?

We spent the rest of Saturday getting some things done before heading off to the wedding.  Speaking of the wedding again, here's what I put together for a gift.  The did register for things, but not many things were left...and the things that were left were far out of our price range.  So, I put together a "game night" date at home kit.  
I really like the way it turned out.  We got a couple of these types of gifts for our wedding and they were some of our faves!  Anyway, I put some special Japanese sodas, popcorn, candy, and three different games.  The best part about gifts like this, is that you can customize to their tastes, your tastes or your budget super, super easily!  :)

Anyway, we also had a good Sunday at Church in the morning, a nap in the early afternoon, getting some things done during the rest of the afternoon and a bonus choir rehearsal in the evening.  So we had quite a full weekend of things, but also got some time to relax and enjoy the cooler fall weather.  It's been unseasonably cool here lately...like 15 degrees cooler than normal.  But it's all good.  :)  At least it's not 90+ anymore!

We really are so blessed to have so many great people in our lives, near and far!  :)  That includes you!  Happy Monday!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

A fall wedding

You know, I just love weddings.  They are so happy.  So fun.  So great!  You know what I mean?  Pretty dresses.  Tuxedos.  Flowers.  Gifts overflowing on the gift table.  Laughter.  Tears.  Joy.  And most importantly, the beautiful Bride and her Groom.  It all just makes me happy and smile. :)  Ok...anyway, we got to a wedding this afternoon/evening. 

You're probably wondering just where this wedding was because we just moved here...but yep it was in NC!  In fact it was for one of J's co-workers and he and his fiance were totally on the ball on inviting us to their wedding just one short month after we moved here.  Isn't that super nice?  I was impressed.  :)

The wedding took place at the Rand Bryan House in Garner, NC which is just outside the capital of Raleigh.  It's this beautiful house that was built around the turn of the century (if I remember right) and is SUPER cute!  The actual Ceremony took place outside the house and the Reception was inside. 

The only thing that wasn't quite perfect was the fact that is was about 45 degrees at 3:30 this afternoon when the Ceremony happened.  Wowsers....that's chilly when you are sitting in a folding chair on some soggy grass in a "little black dress" (that's not so little, but you know what I mean...) and the wind is blowing.  Luckily J and I brought our pretty-weatherproof jackets with us!  I had mine on and his over and around my legs, and was still chilly.  And so was every other woman there, including the bridesmaids and the poor bride.  There bare shoulders just made me shiver looking at them. 

Regardless, it was a beautiful, sweet and thankfully short ceremony!  :)  Then we got to go inside or some appetizers and "cocktails" which consisted of wine, beer or pop and we chose pop.  There was also thankfully, seating chart!  So we got to sit at a table with three other co-workers and their wives (which seems obvious I know....) and luckily it was the ones who are all Dr's too.  Not that I have anything against grad students...it's just nice to be around other people than them. 

Dinner was served around 5 and it was great too!  I had the asparagus stuffed chicken while Jesse had some of that and some London broil.  They also had salad, twice baked potatoes and broccoli which were also very good!   Then dancing, toasting, cake cutting and more dancing followed.  We even "tore up" the dance floor a bit. (According to the groom...embarrassing?!?!?  I think so! :/  ) 

We did get to talk to the bride and groom a little bit and then we were off to get home.  I still can't get used to it getting dark so early...and tomorrow it will be even worse because of daylight savings time.  lol  I suppose I will get used to it soon again...I just don't know how we are going to like having to run in the dark.  :/  

Anyway, thanks for reading and all the support these last few days.  :)  Sorry I seem to have rambled quite a bit again...and also managed to not get a single pic of this wedding.  It was beautiful though.....  :)

Friday, November 5, 2010

Results of the MRI

Alright, I got the results to my MRI.  I actually got them late yesterday, but wanted to digest the info and look at the images with my hubs.  :)  My sweetie also took me out to dinner since it'd been a long day (and week).  We managed to find a Texas Roadhouse in North Durham, and had an excellent dinner there last night.  Love that place.

I'm still SO surprised that I already got the results!  But I am so glad! :)   Ok, on to the results!  Everything is normal.  So the good news is:  my brain (and everything in my head) is fine!!!  While the bad news is:  we still have no idea what is causing the chronic headaches.... 

At least we can cross a few more things off the list, and those are the more serious ones that we can cross off.  But still...no definitive answer.  In fact, we may never have one.  I'm still trying to keep my chin up though.  I'm confident God is in control, and I'll just have to hang on tight for the ride. 

I suppose I need to focus on dietary things like headache triggers and also my stress levels for the next month or so till my follow-up appointment with my Dr. 

Oh and did I mention that the pictures of my brain are amazing?  I really can't get enough of them.  MRI's are so cool because they show all the tissue and stuff, but not really the bone.  It's so detailed that I can tell the profile is mine because of my nose.  And I can tell it's me because of the scars from my ear piercings.  (I have three on one side and two on the other.)  Cool huh?  Ok....maybe I'm too amused by them...  ;)

Hope everyone is doing well.  I really do want to thank you for all the kind words, thought and prayers throughout these last few days.  :)  Hope you have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

MRI--Check

I had my MRI at 7:00am this morning.  I'm SO relieved it's over!  Now it's just the waiting game for finding out the results.  They did however give me a CD of all the images of my brain.  So that's been amusing to look at, and hard to try not to decipher!....but I'm trying to be a good girl and just wait for the Professionals to get back to me. :)  Oh and:  this is why I got the MRI and what I found out about my eyes yesterday.

Anyway, the Dr. just scheduled my MRI for 7am this morning.  I don't think I would have chosen to have it that early...but it worked out SO well because J could go there with me!  :)  We left our place at about 6am and headed over to the Hospital.  We made it to the parking lot around 6:30 and made our way to the Radiology Department.  All the while it was raining pretty steadily--quite fitting right?  ;)

I had to fill out some paperwork once I checked in and since J was going to be in the room with me, he had to fill some out too.  We got taken back right at about 7 and put our things in a locker.  (Since nothing metal can be in the room with the MRI (large magnetic imaging device).  Then we were sent to a room with lots of medical supplies, vitals and things in it.  After sitting there for a few moments a nice nurse came in and was asking me more questions. 

Then another nurse came in and sat right next to me.  She asked which arm I wanted to use.  And since I wasn't aware of the fact I'd be having an IV, I just assumed she needed to draw some blood.  So I said, "you can use either arm to draw the blood".  Then she informed me (gently) that I was going to have an IV.  *YIKES* I thought...but after a failed attempt near my elbow, she followed my advice for doing it in my hand.  (Which is the only place I've ever had an IV...well, I'd only ever had an IV once before today which was back in '95 when I had a tonsilectomy.)

So, then it was on to the actual MRI....it looked something like this below to my delight.  It was made in 2005 (I noticed the year on the sticker) and it's a newer style of MRI machine, which is a short bore.  And, the even better part is that I didn't have to ever go in it all the way.  Since they were just imaging my brain, they just centered my head under the center of the machine.  So, I was only in it up to my waist.  --Big relief!!!!--  And, J got to stand right by me the whole time, and he held my leg.  Sweet huh? :)   The imaging only took about 20 minutes altogether.  (With the images and breaks, and break to insert to contrasting dye, etc...)  And, I got to wear the clothes I wore there, which were completely metal free.   So glad I didn't have to wear a gown.  :)
So, by about 8:05 or so, we were out the door with the CD of all my brain images in hand.  Pretty sweet right?  :)  Now, I just don't know how long it will take to actually get the reports from the images they took today....but I can sure rest assured that I made it through the MRI itself and that they didn't find anything SO bad that they had to do surgery right away!  God is in control and I'll rest in that.  :)  Thanks for all the prayers.  I really appreciate it!

Oh and afterwards we stopped at Dunkin Donuts Cupcakes to get some breakfast.  ;)   So apparently I really do like donuts afterall....perhaps that is why I accidentally said that on Tuesday....

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Free cupcake?

So, I have to tell you this story.  I meant to blog about it last night...but didn't get a chance.  (With all the election coverage and DWTS!) 

Ok, so on Monday night I had noticed that Sugarland in CH was going to give free cupcakes to anyone who voted in Tuesday's election that came in with their sticker on.  So, I was excited to see that, and since I was going to vote anyway that was in my plan for my election day. 

Fast forward to yesterday (election day) afternoon.  I'd already voted and with my sticker on my shirt I drove over to Chapel Hill to get claim my free cupcake.  I'd never driven downtown CH before...and definitely not during the day and parking was a bit of an issue.  Eventually I found a spot, paid for my spot and made my way to Sugarland.  It was only two or three blocks away and it was a cool fall day with people crawling the streets.  Most of the people were minding their own business...except for those who weren't. I mean, there were some people who were asking for money, etc...and they'd hit on me and then ask for money.  --For the record, that doesn't make me anymore likely to give you money if you hit on me.-- 

So, then, there is was, right in front my face.  I could smell their goodies from across the street as I waited for the light to change.  As I crossed the street my nerves were getting weak...did I really just come here for a free cupcake?!!??!  Yes.  Okay...better go in.  So, as I walked through their doors I noticed all their tables were filled with people eating their deliciously, sugary purchases. 

I made my way to the counter and said, "I voted.  Do I get a free donut?"  Direct quote from my mouth.  And no, you didn't read it wrong.  I didn't write it wrong either.  I was in this wonderful, renowned bakery and asked for not just something free, but I asked for a free item they don't even carry!!  Embarassing!!!!  And for the record.  I don't even like donuts.  At all.... 

So, after a moment passed and I realized what had come from my mouth and also that I hadn't just melted into a puddle that could seep out the door....I regained my composure and asked for a cupcake.  Then I profusely apologized, and cited that I knew about this offer from being a fan on facebook AND that I just loved all their cakes, etc.... 

The gal was surprisingly nice about it.  I can't assume that she's ever been asked that before.  I mean, really, who goes into a cupcakery and asks for a donut?!?!?!  But, she was super polite and still gave me a free cupcake.  I had to buy one for my hubs (not just because I wanted to be nice to him, but because I had just insulted their sweet little shop by asking for a free donut) and I gave her a good tip.

I mean seriously....what was I thinking?!?!?!?!?!?!?  Perhaps it was the creepy street people who had made me flustered...or the traffic or parking ordeal....  I don't know, but quite possibly this was the most embarassing thing I have ever, ever, ever done.  Or at least in the last month.  :)  Hopefully it gave you a laugh though!  :) 

Eye Results


Well, I got some answers today...but not the ones I've been hoping for.  I guess I had been hoping that maybe all these headaches were just related to my eyes getting worse and a new stronger prescription would fix it all.  Well....not the case.  My eyes are about the same as they were three years ago.  Which is actually a good thing for my eyes...it just means that I still don't know anything more about the headaches.  (I just have a slight prescription for glasses for night driving...my eyes aren't ever bad enough to be restricted at all for driving.)

I went to a an eye Dr. in Raleigh and wowsers, it was a busy morning to be driving there!  The interstates were packed and I had a bit of a hard time finding the actual Dr.'s office.  After finally finding it and also finding a parking place in the garage next door, I waded through people and cars to find my way up to the waiting room. 

I didn't have to wait for long, and soon I found myself getting poked and prodded...ok not really...but I was soon getting my eyes examined in every possible way.  The Glaucoma test came out fine but they did this old school type of test with this pen looking thing touching my eye. (Instead of the puff test that I had previously been exposed to.)  Then put the drops in to dilate my eyes, and sent me out to the small waiting room to wait for them to dilate.

After a few minutes the Dr. came to get me for the rest of the check up and was very  VERY VERY surprised to find my eyes to be VERY (VERY) dilated.  LOL....anyway, my optical nerve is also just fine.  In fact, she said it was beautiful.  So that's good right?!?  Long story short...my eyes are still SUPER dilated...hopefully they'll go back to normal at some point.  Light is not my friend today because of it....

Oh and she said I have some eye strain.  I guess all of us, as humans, concentrate too much when reading.  So, whether we are reading a book, magazine, paper or on the computer, we get so involved that we don't blink enough.  Literally, we don't blink enough and then that makes our eyes dry out.  (They create tears and lubricate while blinking.) So, she recomended that every hour or so that I am reading/on the computer, I use some artificial tears.  So that's a pretty easy thing to remember right?  You can do the same!  :)

So, good news and bad news right?  Good news being that my eyes are fine.  Bad news because that's not the cause of all the headaches.  We are still getting answers though....so I can't really complain.  Plus, my MRI is still this week....so we'll find out more soon!!!!!!!!!!!  :)  Thanks for all the continued support and prayers.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Don't forget!

to Vote tomorrow!  It's not a Presidential election, but it's still a good time to get out and make your voice (vote) heard!  J and I are going to go early...and hopefully not have to wait in line too long....  :)

We had a great weekend!  Hope everyone else did!  We only had about 15 trick-or-treaters come by, but they were all very polite and quite adorable!  Most were under age 5 and oh, so, sweet!  So that was fun!  We watched "Little Women" which is one of my all time favorite movies, and J had never seen it.  He actually wanted to see it, especially after he found out how much I liked it!  It turns out, I love it even more than I remembered, and he liked it too!!!!  Check it out if you haven't had the opportunity to see it!  :) 

Jo is my favorite character, and she really is quite a character.  She reminds me a lot of myself too...which is probably why I like her.  :)  Man, I just love that movie though.  Can't wait till next time I see it.  :)  Oh, and good book too!!

Anyway, we also had a good Monday and start to our week.  Plus we are right back on track with our training and already in week 5!  So, we will be racing before we know it!!!!  Exciting and scary at the same time!  :)

Well, try to remember and get out to vote tomorrow!  (If you haven't already done early voting.)  And, have a great week!!!!!!!  We're going to try to!