Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thankful Thursday

                      And here is a fun one for tbt circa 2005!!!

I know a lot of times in the airline industry we complain, and sometimes with good reason. However, in reality I have A LOT to be Thankful for tomorrow.

1) First off I am thankful for both our families, they both have helped us out a lot (and continue to do so) is so many ways, I am forever grateful to them.

2) I'm grateful for our house and where I live.  I love having a little bit of acreage but being able to get to one of the country's busiest airports in 45 min is priceless.  It's a good mix of country/city for us.

3) Thankful for our health, no really I am, it could be a whole lot worse. Also glad to have our super good health insurance!

4) I am super thankful dh has a job, and that it is a good enough job that I don't have to work.

What are you Thankful for?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Attitude Affects Everything

                                      My favorite pic after the marathon,
                                 I refuse to let any illness/surgery stop me!

So I just hit a milestone with my last hip surgery, maybe not a good milestone, but that was my 10th surgery!!  That's right 10 surgeries (of various nature, most related to endometriosis) and these are just the ones that I have had general anesthesia for, I figure local and twilight don't count.

My hip surgery wasn't bad by my standards, the kidney surgery a month prior was WAY worse.  It was horrible, and I ended up spending 4 days in the hospital.  Comparatively hip surgery was a breeze, I woke up and my first thought was, Why is it so late? We are going to hit rush hour! Turns out my hip was worse than they expected so it took a lot longer, that seems to be a common theme in my surgeries.

The thing is through all these surgeries I keep pushing forward, true some are much harder to push through (kidney surgery) than other surgeries.  One of the best things my mother instilled in me was even if you don't feel good get up, take a shower, and get dressed.  Its a "fake it till you make it" type philosophy.  This has worked wonderfully well for me, well that and a handful of pain killers sometimes, but none the less I don't often miss things because of how I feel.

I don't want you to think it's all unicorns and happy pills though, I do end up in the ER, sometimes a lot.  Sometimes I end up passing out when I get to the airport to pick dh up so he can take me to the ER, but I am usually back at it the next day.  Since dh is sometimes gone 5 days at a time I also don't have the luxury of lying around saying "poor me" I still have to take care of the horses/dogs/cats and anything else that comes up when he is gone.

Are there things I would have liked to do but can't? Sure, I desperately want to run the Goofy Race (half marathon and full marathon) at Disney this year, but that's not going to happen.  The important thing is to keep your head up and keep moving forward.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

2 Short Years

2 years ago.

  That's what I am thinking sitting here tonight, while strapped into a medieval torture device.  2 years ago I first found out that Disney World had races.  You see we had just finished a cruise and were killing a day at Disney before flying home.  I had seen people walking around with medals on wondering what they were from.  I asked a nice couple and they informed me it was from the Wine and Dine half marathon, which they had run the night before!!  It was as if the clouds parted and the sun came out!

I love Disney how had I not heard of this before?  So I went home and immediately signed up for the Princess Half Marathon (which was in Feb) and then got lucky and wiggled into the Tinkerbell Half Marathon (which was in Jan) when they had a Black Friday sale. 

I had never run a half marathon before, but what the heck why not?  Turns out I loved it.  So after doing those two races and because they were each at different parks (Disneyland and Disney World) I also got the coast to coast medal!  And of course when it was time for Wine and Dine I signed up, turns out it was my favorite race, one of the few that is a night race and they keep the park open late for an "after-party" after the race, it's fantastic.

Those races it turns out were just preparation for Disney's newest race introduced this year, the Dopey.  I happily forked over the money to run a 5k, 10k, 1/2, and full marathon (4 days in a row).  By now everyone thought I was crazy, it's one thing to do a half but a full?  And running them back, to back, to back, to back?  But I did it, and had a great time doing so, and now as a sit here tonight looking longingly at my facebook page and everyone who is running Wine and Dine where I should be I'm saddened, but it has also given me a chance to reflect on t how much I have done in 2 years!