Saturday, May 26, 2012

Heaven Is Here

I've been reading Stephanie's blog for years, even before the crash, so I felt like I knew quite a bit about her life before and after the accident and I was pleasantly surprised that there was so much more in her book that I didn't know. I remember certain posts from her blog and to read Stephanie's description about how those events took place really opened my eyes to what she has gone through and the type of person she has to be to remain so strong.

If you are not familiar with Stephanie Nielson, aka "NieNie" you need to take a look at her blog and read this book, ASAP! She is a blogger who was involved in an airplane crash along with her husband and she was burned over 80% of her body. Her strong faith has helped her remain positive even after overcoming so many mental and physical difficulties after the crash. She had 4 small children when they had their accident and recently added a much wanted 5th child, Charlotte, in earlier this year.

If you read her blog and like her then I think you'll appreciate this book, very inspiring! If you read her blog and feel snarky, you might get a better understanding of why she has made certain decisions, or her thought process behind things and what she was going through during all her struggles post-crash

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Training is Over

My 5k training program at the YMCA had our last run together before our 5k on Sunday. I'm actually kind of sad it will be over, I haven't ran with a group of women since I was in high school 15 years ago. Its amazing how much more fun it seems when other people are out there doing it too. One thing I really like is that I am at a point in my life where I realize I'm just competing against myself, instead of getting so caught up in competing with teammates or feeling jealous if someone was faster. My only goal was to see some sort of improvement during these 8 weeks, either on the scale or on the clock--I'd be happy with either 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Best Mile Time Ever!

Ok, well maybe not ever but I had my first really good mile time in at least a decade. With my knee pain I've been taking things slow on purpose and being a little older and out of shape, that slowed me down even more. Tonight I was feeling like crap and if I wasn't meeting other people to run I would have totally skipped running. I just wasn't feeling all. It was a steady tempo run, 5 minute warm up, then 10 minutes of steady running and then 5 minutes faster "tempo" run and we did this for 40 minutes. Still sorta hard to do if you are in one of those "I'm not feeling it" sorta modes like I was today.

On my iPhone, I have an app I use while running and it calls out each mile split and the first one said 10:37 I had to check my watch to make sure things were correct! Of course, this mile time is about double what I was running 15 years ago in high school but thats ok. I've decided I'm not going to hang onto any old PR (personal records) times from a decade and a half ago so I'm starting over now, in my mid-thirties. My new PR is going to be 10:37. My second mile split was a little over 11 minutes which was also faster than my previous PR from a few weeks ago. In the span of the 8 weeks doing this running program I've dropped about 2 minutes from my mile time! Its been a lot of work so I'm definitely going to be happy with that. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Why not gay marriages?

I wonder later when we look back at things like North Carolina voting to ban gay marriages, if we will see it the same way as the South did back earlier during the fight for Civil Rights? As I get older, I don't understand why its such a big deal. I grew up in a Christian home, where being gay was WRONG but as an adult, I disagree with the way that our country has handled this topic.

Even IF you think its wrong, its not OUR place to judge and I guarantee there are plenty of heterosexual couples doing much more freaky stuff behind closed doors than some homosexual couples. I think its more important to be kind and to accept people for who they are at heart, not by their lifestyle if it doesn't affect me. What I DO agree with is that if two consenting adults love each other and want to start a family then they should be able to do what makes them happy, just like the rest of us. I also agree with the fact that in times of an emergency the person's partner should be able to be in the room, visit or make medical decisions if thats what the two of them want. It makes me sad to know that there are men and women out there who did not get a chance to say goodbye their family member because hospital rules allowed for family only. That just seems wrong that people have not been able to say goodbye or provide comfort to the person they love. We shouldn't be treating people that way, even if you think what they are doing is wrong.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Yummmmm Catnip

A friend of mine was thinking of growing catnip in her yard because it's a natural mosquito repellant but eventually changed her mind because she didn't want the neighborhood cats to roll around in her yard. I've had cats the majority of my life and had never given any of them catnip, can you believe that? I'm still not quite sure what to do with it, other than put in toys to get them to play with them more. Do they eat it? I bought a new scratch pad for the cats and it came with catnip that you are supposed to sprinkle on top before you give it to the cats. I tried it and OMG it's like they were ready to make sweet love to the scratch pad. Rolling over and over and doing all sorts of twists and turns just to rub it all over their body! I will definitely be giving them more, they LOVED it!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Could it be Karma?

I heard some news today about some people at work and IF (and thats a BIG if) what I heard is true, I think someone is going to be regretting a lot of stuff. I can kind of see why they'd organize this person under my boss but if it happens the dynamics in the office will drastically change. Imagine two people who hate each other, ones a bitter almost 60 yr old woman and the other is a guy in his 40s who can be quite the brown noser. If its true it will be very, very interesting.

Here are some funny karma photos I found:


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