Friday, December 21, 2012

Running with Bibs

Finally I decided what to do with my running bibs and the two medals I have received from my races. I've been letting them stack up wondering what to do with them. I saw a pin (yep, on pinterest) that showed them in shadow boxes. I decided I wanted to put the bib and coin from the Army Ten Miler in a separate one. I even decided to add the back of our team shirt to the box. Don't worry, I still have the front of the shirt and plan on using it in the quilt I plan to have made using all the shirts from my races. Here is the finish product. Can't wait to add more bibs to it. I've already signed up for my second half for next year!! And training for my first full marathon!!!! Woot Woot!!
 
 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Crafty Wine Bottle

I've been seeing on Pinterest people doing some really cool things with bottles. So I wanted to try something out as well. I think it turned out pretty good, I wanted to do a chevron pattern but just wasn't having any luck with it looking right. So I went with just a crazy design.
 
Before


I painted (muliple coats) using Martha Stewart (I figured channeling Martha would help me), Multi-Surface Satin craft paint in Cloud.

After waiting a few days, I taped in my design. Again, from Martha Stewart.
Hey, it can't hurt can it?! ;)

 And here is the finished bottle. I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Pearl Craft Paint in AquaRium


Tada!

And project redo desk is complete!!!



 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Getting Crafty

It's something about this time of year, I tend to get crafty. However, I'm not the greatest crafty person so don't expect to see my work featured on Etsy. hehe!!! For the longest I have been wanting to do something with my desk. I wanted to paint it as its a dark cherry but the thing is SO heavy the hubs said no way. In fact, if we ever decide to move he has stated the desk would stay with the house. We barely got it down the hall and into the office. (The way the turn is it made it a tight sqeeze).


So since I couldn't paint it, I decide to dress up the back of the desk with corkboard tiles. I must say I think I did a pretty good job! I even added some material to the keyboard area and spray painted the hardware!! Go Me!!! ;)


Here is a before (excuse the mess)

 
 
And here is the after (still gotta add everything back)
 



 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Day 30 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for hot water! I think this is something we all take for granted at some point, usually when the water heater goes out. ;)



I am super proud of myself for keeping up the 30 days of thankful. I may have missed a few days, but I still came back and did them. What are you thankful for today?!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day 29 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for Pintrest!!!! Man the ideas that you can gather on that site! Anything from photography to crafty ideas! Shoot, I could totally rebuild my house with all the pins I had! I've since made a list of the crafty projects I want to do and plan to start them next week. Alot of them have to do with my office! Yesterday, I decided to spray paint a wreath along with the letter "H".

Here is the finished product! I haven't hanged it yet, I still need to secure the "H" and fix the ribbon, but plan on having that done this weekend.









Here is the link if you would like to do your own. I did decide to put the "H" in a different place. http://sweetdaisydesigns.blogspot.com/2011/11/wreath-update.html


What are you thankful for?!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 28 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for putting smiles on people's faces! It may be the small things, but it still warms my heart to make someone's day!!!! You never know they may have been having the worst day until you make them smile!


What are you thankful for?!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Catching Up On Being Thankful...Again!

I am a little behind once again, so here we go.....


Day 24: Finally getting to go see Breaking Dawn!!!!!! It was pretty good! I won't go into details, but if you haven't seen it go watch it!!! It was great catching up with an old friend.



Day 25: Thankful for those who like their own Facebook status....you can tell they really "like" what they are posting if they "like" their own status. ;) Makes me giggle when I see it.



Day 26: My crazy dog Eva, it seems she loves to play with rocks. Not to mention chew up her bed and even the portable dog house she was in. Oh and lets not forget the rocking chairs on our front porch!!!




Day 27: Waking up on early mornings, only to want to crawl back into the bed for a few more minutes.


What are you thankful for today?!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Day 22 & 23 of Being Thankful

Day 22: Today I am thankful for being around family! Its always so much fun being around them all for Thanksgiving. We spend the day stuffing our faces and watching football. Well, usually I'm over in a chair reading a book I'm not really a football fan at all. Ray usually takes his gun up to do some shooting, getting it ready for gun season to open up for hunting. Thankfully we haven't went deaf yet as it is pretty darn loud. This year was quite funny as we took up a Turducken (Turkey, duck & chicken). It was too funny hearing his aunt Betty, trying to get the name correct. She was saying everything but turducken. After that we teased her a bit on it. ;) Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.



Day 23: Today I am thankful I'm not crazy enough to head to the Black Friday sales. I worked enough of them while I was at Walmart to get my fill of them. It was insane standing at the service desk watching people throw televisons right over other people. The kinda funny part is, usually in January all those electronics would end up right back in our store because something went wrong with them. Usually they were off brands that we only carried during "Black Friday".


What are you thankful for?!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Catching Up On Being Thankful

I'm a little behind on my days of being thankful. I've been pretty busy trying to finish up some sessions I have done this month. Trying to get them all done in time for my clients to view before Christmas. So here we go.......



Day 18: I am thankful for memories. Eighteen years ago on this day, three of my classmates were taken way to early. I remember waking up the next day to a phone call from my friend telling me that Ryan, Dean and Melissa had been killed in a car wreck on the interstate. Another friend, Emily was injured very badly. The following days at school were something many of us never thought we would ever have to experience. Our classmates seemed to realize that life could be taken at any moment, with out warning. We got stronger with each word of news on Emily. Her strength made us realize that we would make it through this and be even stronger. RIP Ryan, Dean and Melissa. Forever Class of 1996.


Day 19: On this day, I was so thankful for my chiropractor. Since having daily migraines for a few years now and finally getting some relief by seeing Dr. Toney, I know longer have migraines!! Woot Woot!!!! So, I look forward to seeing him just to keep those monsters at bay!!!


Day 20: Today I woke up to get back to editing, only to see that my battery was just about dead. I plugged it up the night before, yet still it was only at 4%. I switched batteries even tried different outlets. Still nothing. Finally one of the batteries slowly started to charge. I wanted to be sure nothing was going on, so I got ready and went to Murfreesboro to Best Buy and see Geek Squad! Thankfully the guy told me after taking the battery out and plugging it in and turning it on. He said "it's the battery." Woot Woot!! So glad I didn't have to leave it as I need it to edit with. I'm also thankful they didn't charge me either. ;)


Day 21: Today I am thankful for people who don't have stinky feet. I know this is probably a weird thing to be thankful for but hey its true. And I know everyone's feet smell at some point but whoa some people's feet can just about knock ya down. No matter if their shoes are on or not. You know what I mean. Its almost like you smell popcorn then figure out that no one has put any in the microwave. Only then you search for the source of the smell then figure out where its coming from.


What are you thankful for?!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Day 16 & 17 of Being Thankful

Day 16: I am thankful for the aersonal of migraine meds that I have. Its like choosing candy as to which one I want to take to put a stop to the headache trying to form.


Day 17: I am thankful that my migraine is gone!!! I've got a session later today and need to have my A game and not be in pain. Excited for Monday as its time for my chiropractor appt.



What are you thankful for today?!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day 15 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for feeling much better than I was yesterday! Having that yucky feeling isn't any fun at all.


What are you thankful for?!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Day 14 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for pajamas.......I have been in them all day! It feels great being able to just lounge around when you feel like poo! (If that is suppose to make you feel better, being in pjs all day long). Here's to hoping I will be feeling much better tomorrow.



What are you thankful for today?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Day 12 & 13 of Being Thankful

Day 12: I am thankful for our home! It shelters us from the wind, rain, snow and anything else mother nature decides to throw at. I know there are many in the world who do not have the comforts of a home and make the best with what they are given.



Day 13: I am thankful for the Vet. I know such a weird thing to be thankful for, but I am. I don't have to worry about taking care of 3 dogs and X amount of puppies and trying to find them homes. Yay for spayed and neutered pets!!! Please be a responsible pet owner and spay or neuter your pet.


What are you thankful for?!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 11 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for our Veteran's!! Both past, present and those who choose to join in the future. I am very thankful for the sacrifice that each Veteran has made for this country!

This time last year I was in NYC with Chaz, Jessica and their cuties to participate in the Veteran's Day Parade! It was the most amazing experience! To be apart of it and seeing everyone come out just to say "Thank You" to these Veterans! I remember getting teary eyed quiet a few times. Especially with one Veteran on our float who stood up the whole time waving to everyone! Every once in awhile he would turn around and point to his jacket which proudly displayed his unit. He was so proud!!! Below are a few snaps I got, I hope you enjoy them.

Here he is waving to the crowd!





 
 
Here are a few photos I got before we stepped onto the float!








Finally we were on our float and off down the streets of NYC!!! It was awesome seeing everyone standing there with their signs held high! Here are a few shots I captured!




 



 
 
 
 
Chaz being Thanked for his service


and one of my favs from the day



 
 
 

 

What are you thankful for?!








Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day 10 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for having ice cream in my freezer!!! Its the little things in life that seem to bring the most joy in ones life. Don't ya think?!


What are you thankful for?!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Day 9 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for drivers who acknowledge and pay attention to runners! While running today, I had a car see me but still pulled out right when I was near her. This isn't the first time its happened. Running with a friend we had a car come over to us because he wasn't looking where he was going. I had on a bright yellow glove and waved at him, just trying to get his attention. He ended up turning around and asking us for if we knew where a house was. We both said "no" and kept running. When you are driving, keep watch for runners. We don't want our fun turning into a trip to the ER. Watch for Runners!!!!!!!!!!!!


What are you thankful for today?!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day 7 & 8 of Being Thankful

Oops! Skipped a day......oh well, at least it wasn't a year right?!


Day 7: I am thankful for the option to hide people on Facebook! I can't tell you how many I have hidden. Its insane! Its the day after the election and boy were the posts flying about Obama winning! Here's my take on it....its over!! No point in crying over it, you voted and that is the most important thing! Complaining is not going to have the election be redone is it?! You may not agree with anything Obama has done, but he is still the leader of our country! Instead of complaining, pray! Pray that our leaders will finally start getting along and making this country work! God has a plan and we have to trust it! You can't let things you can't control consume your life!!!


Day 8: Today I am thankful for the medical personnel. On my way home today, there was an ambulance at the house of my former manager. He ended up having to be airlifted to St. Thomas. I'm thankful that his wife was there with him to be able to call the ambulance. He is such a great person, both of them are. It broke my heart seeing him getting ready to be put on a medivac! But even with him getting poked and prodded by the paramedics, he was still cracking jokes!



What are you thankful for today?!








Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 6 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful that it is FINALLY election day! No more receiving the political flyers in the mail. No more seeing the signs plastered every where, even though it will still be the end of the year before we see them all gone. I think if they aren't removed within a week, that party should be fined!! And most of all, no more rants on Facebook. I can't tell you how many people I have hidden from my newsfeed because just about every post made is some rant towards the election or the current President. Just VOTE people!! No need for all this posting on Facebook. I along with others, do not care who you vote for. I just want you to vote!!!!


What are you thankful for today?!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day 5 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for friends and thankful that some "friends" are no longer in my life!!

It always brightens my day to get a phone call or a text message from good friends. Today I was lucky enough to not only get one phone call but two from my buddy Jess. Its always great to hear from her and to have our little giggles at the craziness going on, especially in her life. ;)


What are you thankful for today?!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Day 4 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful for John Deere riding lawn mowers. No it isn't because you no longer have to push a mower you can just ride it. I don't even mow our own yard. In the 7 years of living in our home, I think I have probably mowed the yard like 5 times. No joke. Ray says I take to long. It could be part of my mad plan to have him do it....hehe.

No, today I am thankful for it because it help to drag a deer that Ray killed out of the woods. Otherwise, I would have had to help. This morning he woke me up saying "I got a deer. But its not here." I said, "so I have to help drag it out, let me get ready." While I was getting warmer clothes on, he was out in the garage making some racket. He then rolls out on the lawn mower, minus the mowing deck!!! You see where I am going with this?! He loaded it on the trailer and we took off to my dad's house.


Here I am playing "deer hunter"



Here is Ray with his 8 pointer!!



And here is my hubby being a genius!!!! Who would have thought... a Deere pulling another deer!!! ;)

 
 
Here is a little video..... hehe
 

 
 
 
 
So now you can see why today I am thankful for our riding lawn mower. ;)
 
 
 
What are you thankful for today?!



Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 3 of Being Thankful

Today I am thankful to be given the chance to run for a few heroes!! I am a huge Wounded Warrior supporter!! I love to support these guys who gave so much for us. Seeing Chaz get to "grow" during one of our trips to DC while he was at Walter Reed was the greatest thing ever! Since then, we have got to see him do the Army Ten Miler just 9 months after he was injured! Along with other milestones. Just his whole attitude about this is simply amazing! You would never think he lost his legs in Afganistain, his attitude is the same as it was when I met him before he deployed!!

Today, I did the Wounded Warrior Project 8k run in Franklin, TN. It was amazing seeing all those people there to show supporter for our warriors. The night before, I listed a few heroes in the "In Honor Of" section. Well, there just isn't enough room to list them all. Maybe WWP should have a bigger section. ;)


Once I arrived at Battle Ground Academy, it was just jamming! Here is the start/finish line.


The race started with the Wounded Warriors who were on bikes, then we were off about 10 minutes later!!! The course was pretty good, had a few hills but still good. I even took on those hills, no walking up them for me. I owned them. ;) I ended up finished the race in 1:05!! I was super excited about my time.

The best part of the race was seeing a man use his walker the entire 5 miles. He kept going with the truck following in behind him. As we would get closer, we would clap and encourage him to keep going. He in return would tell encourage us as well. Seeing him just made you kick it in gear and keep on running. Later I found out that he was a Veteran, he was the last person to cross the finish line in 2:38!!! Even though he was the last one, it just goes to show you that you CAN do anything you set your mind too. Your excuses mean nothing!!!!!!!!





This is him crossing the finish line!!!
Photo by: I Run for the Party







 
 
 
Here are a few shots I got with my phone.
He was awesome too....he ran holding the flag.
 



 
 
 

If you are ever feeling down and out, I encourage you to take a look at the many, many Wounded Warrior Facebook pages and see what these guys are doing with their "new normal". I promise you won't anymore!!! You can see a full list of pages at www.facebook.com/GoTeamAllen

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day 2 of Being Thankful...

Today I am thankful for being able to do some of the many things that I love to do. Photography. I am blessed to be able to have my own business and help my clients to capture the moments in their lives to hold onto for a lifetime.



What are you thankful for today?!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

30 Days of Being Thankful

It's November!!!! I am going to attempt to do a post daily of things I am thanful for. I'm secretly hoping this will keep me to writing even after November has ended. ;) I'm also going to take a page out of a friends blog and not list God, Family or the Military as one of my being thankful for. I agree with Jessica that we should be thankful for those everyday! So here we go.......

Day 1:

Today I am thankful for finally being able to come off my medicine! Never did I imagine that I would be able to ever do this. Its going to be a new adventure, but I am super excited and very thankful to be given the chance to finally (after all these years) come off of it!!!




What are you thankful for?!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Is it possible....Seizure Free?!

Many of you know that I have seizures, I am happy to say I haven't had one since 96!!! But with most things you have to take medicines to prevent them from happening again. I started out having seizures when I was pretty young, around 8 or 9. I would just be talking and stare off into the world. My mom would call it "day dreaming" we later found it was seizures. I was having Petit Mal Seizures. With these you just stare off and once you come out of it you forget what you were doing.

As I got older, I "graduated" to the Grand Mal Seizures. These are not so much fun. I remember watching my sisters fish tank that she brought home from college. We got her some neons and dropped them in the tank and they just took off. I remember sitting in a chair just mesmerized by seeing them race to one end and back again. I vagely recall my mom saying "that's enough of watching them, you need to get up." I did as I was told. But that is all that I remember. What happened next?! Well, as I stood up I hit the wall and slide down it. I was having a full blown seizure, not just the "staring out in space" ones.

The ambulance was called, by the time they got to the house I had already had one seizure lasting about 25 minutes and once it had ended I had slid into another one lasting about the same amount of time. I was alert when they arrived and extremely exhausted. I felt as if a mack truck had hit me mulitple times. I had chucks missing out of my tongue from where I bit it.

This wouldn't be the last time of having them. I continued to have them every so often thoughout school. I also remember having to be put on different meds. That was the worst I think. With seizure medications, you can't just stop one and start the other. I felt like a zombie/drug addict. (Not that I know what those are actually like, its how I envision it).

The last one I had was in 1996, since then I haven't had one. Woot Woot! I was hoping I finally "out grew them". In place of the seizures I started having migraines. My neuro at Vanderbilt is simply the best ever!! He changed my meds, first time since 9th grade! Two years ago, he also wanted me to do a 5 day EEG test. Well, I thought I would still be on meds during this test. Nope! They took me off my meds and did all these tests to try and make me have a seizure. I never had one. I was there for 5 days and nothing. They wanted to keep me a week, but I needed to get back to work. If you have ever had an EEG, you know they put that gunk in your hair to hold the electrodes in. Well after 5 days, it was difficult getting it out. I also wasn't allowed to drive for 6 months since I came off my meds. Totally sucks having to ask someone to come pick you up and drive you to work.

Dr. Arain slowly started to drop the dosage on my meds. Finally, I was down to taking one pill!! My last visit to him last month, he told me since I wasn't having any spells or issues and my migraines have gotten better. And its been 16 years since I had a seizure that I could...wait for it............
COME OFF MY MEDICINE!!!!! Eeeeeeek!! I'm so excited but nervous at the same time! So on Monday, I didn't take my medicine. He wants me to take it a month then stop. No more. He told me to decrease it how I felt comfortable. So I am going to gradually stop. Skipping a few days and I'll probably drag it out to 2 months instead of a month. And best of all, I still get to drive. I kept asking him "I'm ok to drive?!" Normally, you can't drive for 6 months to a year. But he said since its been so long that I can still continue to drive. I then asked, "So did I finally out grow seizures?!" He said yes! I am super pumped about this adventure. Don't worry, if I have any sort of twitch, numbness or anything. I will be calling him!! Promise!

A few myths about seizures...You CAN'T swollow your tongue! The worst that will happen is you use it as a chew toy. It can block the airway, so if you see someone having a seizure put them on their side. Place something under their head, like a jacket. And above all....DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGER IN THEIR MOUTH!!! Especially if you want to keep it. In fact, don't stick anything in their mouth. Just let them have the seizure and call for an ambulance. *This is just from my experience!!*




Monday, October 29, 2012

Training Ends and the Army Ten Miler Begins

Finally October 21 arrived!!!! This was what we had been training for and now it was time to prove we could do it! Ray and I got up early on Saturday morning to go pick up Jessica's mom and catch an early flight to Washington, DC. Normally on flights I tend to read a book but the night before I didn't sleep a wink it seems. I kept going over and over in mind about the race and what needed to be done. So I slept on the plane ride to DC.

We landed at Regan Airport and normally you are left off the plane and put on a bus that takes you to the airport. Well, I guess since we were on a bigger plane we didn't have to do that. Once we landed, I let Jessica know we had landed and would be out shortly. Instead, she wasn't able to reach us because the roads getting to the airport were closed off. So we jumped on the metro and took off to Silver Springs, MD. Thankfully, Jess already picked up my packet, race bib and shirt at the Expo on Friday so we got to just chill back at their apt.



Jess and I got up early on race day and donned our Team Operation Ward 57 shirts to take the metro down to the Pentagon. How cool are these shirts?!

And the back


Here is the front



 
 
We were suppose to drive in because Chaz was going to be doing the race as well using a hand crank bike. But instead Chaz had to stay home because he gotten shingles a few days earlier. Since Chaz didn't get to race, I told him I ran for him. :) So Jess and I get up and head off to the race. Once we stepped outside the wind was howling and was pretty cold, my teeth started to chatter. But by the time we got to the Pentagon, it wasn't as bad. However the line to the porta-potty was completely insane!!! One line was going one way, the other line was going around to the ones on the other side. Whoever started those lines had to have been a man. (sorry couldn't resist)
We then took off to our corrals, I was in the last wave and Jess was in the one before me so we took a quick pic and parted ways.
 
 
 
I met up with two other members from Team Operation Ward 57, Laura and Siobhan. And we waited for the start of the race. Everyone was all chattering, you could barely hear what was going at the start line. But then a guy to my left shouted "National Anthem". Everyone got completely silent. Then the cannon shot off for the first wave of runners to take off. Slowly we inched closer and closer to the start line. Finally around 8:25ish we crossed the start line and we were off running!!!
 
I wanted to start out with a nice pace and not one so fast that I would end up out of steam before ever reaching the finish line. I did walk but not for long. I kept up with the time, because if you weren't at mile 5 by 9:45 then you were put on a bus and taken to the finish line. But even if you reached mile 5 you still had to reach mile 8 by 10:45 or that bus was there waiting on you. I sure didn't want to hitch a ride with the bus after training this long and traveling to DC for this race!!!
 
The funny part of the race was around mile 7, this lady jogs over to these soldiers and gets a cigarette. Yep, a cigarette!!! She comes beside me and 2 other ladies with it in her hand and continues to jog slowly. We all look at each and end up saying "that seems healthy, I'll just have a smoke and then try to run." This lady goes to the end of the street and stops to finish the cigarette. We all just shook our heads and giggled. I then see a fellow OPW57 team member and shout "Go Jillyan Go". Just a bit in front of me I see Heather and Jess (two more OPW57 team members and Wounded Warrior Wives). Jess whips out her phone and snaps a pic of me running towards them.
 

I keep running afraid if I stop to walk some I won't start back to running. I must say the water stations here are simply the best!!! At one stop that had water and gatorade, some of the soldiers at the end we shouting "Water Sucks, Gatorade Rocks." They were quite funny. People were constantly shouting or ringing Cow Bells (Shout out to Fisher House). Some would even hold out their hands to give you high fives!!

At mile 8, I sent a text to Ray to let him know where I was at so he could start keeping an eye out for me. However, I almost blew past him before ever realizing it was him and Kathy standing there. I thought he was more down towards the finish line, but he was before it. Here are a few snaps he got of me....



Here is where I almost missed him.


Jess wasn't far behind me... here she is making her way to the finish line!!


 
 
I started walking a bit at mile 9ish, until I spotted this Warrior up ahead of me making his way towards the finish line. I automatically picked up my feet and started back to running again. How can you not when you see this warrior not quitting?! Once I got closer, I told him "Thank You for your service. You are doing great!"
 


Here are a few more shots Ray got while waiting on me....



There were 2 Captain America's running



Here I am finally crossing the finish line!!!!! Woot Woot!!! I finished in 2:23!!!!



After crossing the finish line, I made my way on down to pick up some bananas..wait there were none! But there was water & muffins. Also got to pick up my Finisher Coin too.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

After Jess crossed the finish line, we made our way over to the Hooah Tents. On our way we ran into the amazing Tish from Fisher House! She is simply the best!!! She told me next year I should do the Marine Corps Marathon. We shall see if I am crazy enough to do it. ;)
 
 
 
Once we got to the OPW57 tent, we chatted and had our photo taken. Then it was off to hop on the trolley to take us back to the Pentagon so we could get on the Metro. We chilled at the apt for a bit telling Chaz about the race before getting ready to head off to the airport!!
 
 
 
 
Until next year......... Can't wait to do the race again.