Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Five Things I Won't Apologize for...Either; Plus Some

In the June issue of Self Magazine, Miranda Lambert talks about the 15 things she will never apologize for.  I loved this self portrait of who she is and what she believes.  Here are 5 of her items that I won't apologize for either:

  1. I say what I think (and I say it to your face)-  I might be harsh, but you will always know where you stand with me. 
  2. I always scarf down food- In high school I could take a Big Mac in less than a minute.  No talking, meal time is for eating.
  3. I won't give up what I enjoy- I see no point in being masochist.  I do however believe in moderation for all things.
  4. I absolutely hate to exercises- Not sure where God went wrong, but I don't feel better afterwards, I don't find peace or "my time", actually I just really don't enjoy it.  However I love the benefits.
  5. I don't mind having a big butt- I'm Greek and I'm proud!

Here are a few to add to the list:

  1. I am a strong woman- I love a man, but I don't need a man (and my man loves this quality).  The best gift I can give my daughter is the gift of independence and ability to stand on her own two feet.
  2. My family comes first- It may cost my job or my friends, but my family comes first. 
  3. I am a picky eater- I love food, good food and it's about quality. 
  4. I am opinionated- I have an opinion about everything.  I may not say it, but if you ask, be prepared.
  5. I am afraid of the dark and bugs- I won't get over it, and I don't care if you laugh. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Moments Missed

I have a section at the bottom of the "My Hero" page where I am tracking big moments that my mom is not here to be part of.  I know she is watching and it tugs at her heart, like mine, that she can't be with us.  In case it gets overlooked, I wanted to post the list here.  There are countless moments where I think "Mom would love to be here."  No list in the world could hold all those moments.  But here are a few... 

Moments Missed:
  1. May 27, 2009- Birth of grandson via natural childbirth
  2. June 5, 2009- Birth of grandson via VBAC
  3. October 2009- Daughter spoke at Komen 3 Day Walk to 3,000 walkers and thousand more crew
  4. December 2010- Son graduates with double Engineering degrees
  5. May 2011- Daughter graduates with a Masters of Education
  6. May 2012- Daughter chairs the Relay for Life and raises over $60,000 for the American Cancer Society
  7. June 2012- Granddaughter graduates from pre-school

Thursday, May 24, 2012


What a week! This week in teacher land is a blessing and curse. It's HSA (High School Assessment) week in Maryland and as a teacher I have to proctor exams daily. It’s tedious at best, but it’s a nice break as well. This year however, I have a new challenge. Strep has been circulating my school and low and behold, I come down with it. Wow, talk about the worse sore throat I have ever had! The doctor mentioned that my tonsils are abscessing and if the antibiotic doesn't take care of the swelling, I will need to see an ENT to have them drained. That just sounds lovely!

Speaking of antibiotics, it occurred to me last night the antibiotics might impact my hormone replacement therapy. So, I go off to research the internet. Apparently, it can impact your hormone level, but not always, just like birth control. For me, it's not a huge deal. If it impacts my hormones, I will level off after the meds are over.

I did though come across this amazing website; HysterSisters. I remember when my mom had her hysterectomy, she read the book "Through the Land of Hyster: The Hyster Sisters Guide" by Kathy Kelley. It was hilarious and the most helpful book ever because it is written in part by many women who have experienced different hysterectomies for various reasons and their advice. It’s real and relevant. I recommend it to anyone facing a hysterectomy, or an oophorectomy. It also makes a nice recovery gift for a friend. The website has a forum section for live chat and to post questions not covered in the book, like "Will antibiotics impact my HRT?"

We are off to Chicago this weekend to visit my mom. I am very emotional about it. I just miss her so much.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Relay for Life and Race for the Cure!

Relay for Life is over, but its impression, I hope, will last a long time.  We raised, at this point, close to $55,000!  WHOA!  That's nearly $20,000 over our goal.  It was an amazing event with even more amazing people.  I am so proud to say that I was a part of this committee and I am even more proud to say that we made a huge impact on the journey to finding a cure for cancer!

Don't forget, my first race is June 2nd, on my 1 year anniversary.  I'll be running in the Race for the Cure DC!  Support me!  Please :)  I'll post my results afterwards.  I am SO excited!  Next up, a 10k. I ran my first training 10k about 2 weeks ago and I think I am ready to start training it to get my time down.  Hopefully there is a cancer charity that does a 10k, or even a half. Who knows where this will take me!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Running My Dog Ears Off!

I have been so busy with Relay for Life coming up in 2 short weeks that I haven't had time to post about my procedure this past Thursday.  I set out to Baltimore with my mother in law since I was told I would need a ride home.  I get there, get changed and prepare for the surgeon to make markings about where they needed to lipo and there they needed to cut.  The surgeon came in, opened my gown and cock his head sideways as if I was an alien. 

I said, "I think my dog ears have gotten better, what are your thoughts?"  He said, "Yea, I don't think I can do anything to make them better at this point.  Were you a cosmetic patient?"  Me:"No, I was a DEIP flap."  Him, "WOW!  You look phenomenal!  I thought you were a cosmetic patient."

We both laughed and I got dressed and went home.  Essentially, I have lost a few more pounds, started running more and more and I guess I no longer have dog ears around my hips where the scars are.  Surgery is official DONE!  Only think left is nipples (tattooing).  But only after we get the laser hair removal deal completed.

That's all for now.  If you are free and looking to give back, check out the Clarksburg Relay for Life May 19th starting at 5pm!  Gates are open to the public until 11pm.  We have vendors, moon bounce, face painting, locks of love, bone marrow registry and MUCH more!  Come out and support a world with more birthdays!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Shirt

Since my 5k race is only a month away, and it just so happens to be on my anniversary, I had a shirt made:

I will be rocking the pink tank, along with my teammate Jessica, June 2nd at the DC Race for the Cure!  Support me if you can here, or come out and cheer me on!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Plague

It all started last week with Andrea.  She woke up with a high fever but no other symptoms.  After a week out of school we were optimistic that this "virus" hadn't spread.  Friday night, I came down with a fever and head/chest cold symptoms.  Needless to say, we have all been sick in one way or another for over a week now. 

Jackson is in underwear today!  It was like putting a cat in a bathtub, but I remain hopeful that we can convince him that potty training is a good thing.

I had to cancel my hair removal session since I still haven't heard back from the insurance company about my coverages.  So much for "pre" approval!  Next Tuesday is my touch up for my hips.  Good bye Dog Ears!  I'll try to post pics as I wish I had taken more along this journey for followers to see.  Have a great and healthy week friends!