03/31/11 The Biggest Risk

I mentioned yesterday that D and I met online. Not thru a dating website but surprisingly because of a parenting email list. Something just clicked between the two of us and soon we were emailing off the list which led to AIM chats and then phone conversations. Around three months later work sent him to Florida and for some reason I offered to pick him up at the airport and drive him home. Yes, this was as crazy as it sounds. I had no cell phone, no one knew where I was going, we had never met in person…actually the only picture I’d seen had been taken years earlier. I’d never done a drive like that alone: 250 miles, 4.5 hours. Thoughts keep bouncing between knowing I was doing the right thing and am I absolutely insane? At that time you could still meet passengers at the gate, and as soon as I saw him I knew everything was fine: we hugged and started talking like friends who had known each other for years.

That was 11 years ago today. Topic #79 at The Daily Post was Describe the biggest risk you’ve ever taken. I’d have to say that drive of faith would be mine. I still occasionally joke that he’s an ax murderer; his response is that he’s a very patient man and waiting for the right time 😉

[Disclaimer: Many people meet thru the internet with good or even fantastic results. I do not recommend meeting anyone-friend or potential date-the way I did. Be smart and be safe!]

03/30/11 I Am Versatile

ver-sa-tile [vur-suh-tahyl]
1. capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc
2. embracing a variety of subjects, fields, or skills; also: turning with ease from one thing to another

Am I versatile? I’ve re-read the dictionary definition a number of times, and while it’s not a word I’ve ever used to describe myself I supposed I’d have to say yes. Day to day life in a busy house, multi-tasking…even the fact that I’ve been keeping this blog going-with regular visitors and subscribers!-while still out of the regular motorcycle riding season…

Apparently there are others who feel the same way about me. Not one but two friends gave me the awesome and very cool Versatile Blogger Award. This was a nice surprise and I would like to thank Brenda, followed by Shell, who wrote: Theresa writes about, and photographs, her many trips on the back of her husband’s motorcycle. It’s a great blog whether you ride or not.

Ta da, here is the award:

The Versatile Blogger Rules:

  • Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post
  • Tell seven random facts about yourself
  • List several bloggers who you deem worthy of this award

Seven Random Facts About Me:

  1. I met D online 11 years ago
  2. My 15 minutes of fame: when child #4 was accidentally born at home
  3. I took ballet for 10 years
  4. I’ve always wanted to own a horse
  5. Only broken bone: my right thumb at age 10 while attempting a jumping cartwheel off a chair
  6. I’m cold probably eight months out of the year
  7. I rarely use the phone and I do not text

My Versatile Blogger Award Nominations:

I would like to take this opportunity to share a few blogs written by some younger WordPress authors:

Today I foolishly vacuumed, did laundry and some cleaning in the kitchen as well as a body-contortionist type shower in order to keep the incision dry. Not smart decisions and as a result I’ve had more pain today than yesterday. With near-freezing temps overnight and the possibility of snow Dan is planning to take the van to work so tomorrow will be a ‘nothing’ day. Time for me to get some sleep….as I’ve said before: whether it’s your first time here or you’re a subscriber or somewhere in between: thank you so much for visiting!

03/29/11 Catching Up Again

We took A to Ziki Japanese Steak House for his birthday. This is currently my favorite sit-down sushi restaurant. He had been to a sushi buffet previously but never actually sat at the bar and watched the chefs, which I think is a great experience. We each had soup and a hand roll, and shared five eight-piece rolls. On the way home we stopped at the grocery store so he could choose a dessert to have at home with the other kids.

Yesterday was the procedure. The only pain I felt was from the needles to numb the area, but the odd pressure feeling from the actual cutting and stitching wasn’t exactly pleasant either. There are two sets of stitches, one dissolves, the other will be removed in 10 days. Unless something shows up in the lab results I go back in six months for a follow up. So I now have a bandage covered by a 4 x 6 piece of tape that has a strong disinfectant smell. Showers will need to be done carefully or with assistance. There is pain but it isn’t constant; because of the location it’s worse when sitting. And as I discovered last night I won’t be sleeping on my right sides for a few days.

That was basically two days off the computer so now I’m behind again: Facebook requests, an email folder of blog subscription update notifications, another of blog comments. I’m going to make time this morning to start getting caught up on those, try for even a short nap early this afternoon, and continue reading the latest Jodi Picoult book that had been sitting on my desk untouched for over a week. The chores can wait another day or two 😉

03/28/11 Wind Control

After our Berkeley Springs ride I mentioned the fact that I’ve been getting knocked around a lot by the wind on the new bike. D did a bunch of research and ended up ordering a Clearview Windshield. It arrived today, installation was fast, and then we did a quick test ride. I still have more wind noise than on the Volusia, but the windshield significantly decreased the amount and I didn’t get knocked around at all, even going ‘slightly’ higher than the speed limit on the highway.

The first photo is the old windshield in front on the new which really shows the difference in size.

03/26/11 Weekly Photo Challenge: Ocean

Last year around this time we did a ride to Virginia Beach for a two night stay. I think that was the longest ride I had done at that point. It was unseasonably warm, in the 80s. Walking on the beach in a bathing suit was comfortable but the water was painfully cold. I found a sand dollar on the beach that I still have. The temperature didn’t cool down much at night and we were able to sleep with the balcony doors open.

In the morning we watched this sunrise followed by numerous dolphins swimming back and forth very close to shore.

03/25/11 Photo Friday

Nandy is laying on the couch in a spot chosen to get both the most sunlight from the front window and the best view of mom. The sun is deceptive though: the current temperature is 32°.

Earlier this morning I got the phone call I’d been hoping to avoid: apparently the ‘probably nothing’ is actually ‘a something’. A bunch of words: Doctor B’s office…biopsy results…precancerous…30-40 minute procedure…as soon as possible…[pause]…are you okay? Am I okay? What kind of question is that? But she was kind and only doing her job so I replied yes and then thanked her for calling. How’s that for irony?

So I now have an appointment on Monday. Since then I started laundry, cleaned both bathrooms, vacuumed, tried to eat, paid bills, filled out some school paperwork, swept the kitchen, took a shower, caught up on blogs and emails, got a few things ready for the oldest’s birthday on Sunday.

The solar-powered pit bull stares at me with her big brown eyes: mom, I love you, come snuggle with me. She has the right idea. I will.

03/24/11 Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

This week’s photo challenge at The Daily Post is Spring. We’ve had three days of grey skies and occasional rain; cooler temperatures too so it feels-and looks-more like winter. Less than inspiring for spring photos.

These two shots were taken at last year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, the first time we went since moving here. The trees are gorgeous, and definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area during bloom time!


03/23/11 Argh Stress

I was in the middle of a long post when WordPress started having issues and it was lost. I had a yucky day and am in a not-so-great mood in general. So here’s the update on the appointment I mentioned yesterday:

About a week and half ago I was scratching my back and felt something different. Checked it out in the mirror, had D look…it was new and I called for an appointment the following morning. Like I wrote yesterday, I am a nurse, not a patient. I take care of D, the kids, the dogs…make the appointments, drive, fill out forms, pick up prescriptions, buy treats. My dad was the same way, it was almost fun being sick when I was growing up. But again, I’m a terrible patient. So I stayed up too late, didn’t sleep well, woke up too early. Fast forward: the two spots on my back-one old, the other new-are harmless and could be removed if I wanted. No thank you. The doctor decided that since I was already there he should do a skin check and found a spot on my chest, top of the rib cage, that he wasn’t happy with. It is now gone and I’m at that point where I’m waiting not to get a phone call.

This is kind of a big deal to me for two reasons. First is the fact that there’s a lot of cancer history in my family. The other is because of something stupid I did years ago. Not long after graduating high school I went on a cruise, stayed up late one night, and fell asleep on deck the following morning. I was in terrible pain when I woke up and later found out that the front side of my body had second degree burns. I ended up with small moles scattered across my arms, chest, and stomach. I was also told to always keep an eye on them for any changes and the chance of melanoma.

Stressful? Um, maybe a bit. I was fine until after the local wore off and the pain kicked in. Around that time I noticed blood had soaked the bandage and was actually leaking thru. Replaced that a number of times and then finally called the office to find out if it was normal. Was told if it didn’t stop within a few hours to call back. At this point the bleeding has stopped, still have the pain though.

So again, not a very good day and something I have to shuffle to the back of my mind for the next week…

03/22/11 Catching Up

I’ve managed to keep up with PostADay2011 for almost a month now. When I started I promised I wouldn’t get overly stressed for missing days but fortunately that hasn’t happened so far. I’m very much enjoying the blogs I subscribe to, reading posts from Japanese, Scottish, Dutch, Jamaican, and even close-to-home friends (and yes, I really love Gonzo Bunny-Ears!). For no particular reason I’ve procrastinated about responding to comments on my blog, to the point where I had almost 70 outstanding. I’m happy to say that tonight I cut that down by more than half! I really do appreciate all the visits and comments 😀

It’s getting to be a busy time of year, not just with rides but life in general. E started practice this week in allied softball, a part of corollary sports. That means I’ll be picking her up three days a week. The oldest has musical rehearsals next week that run til 10pm so I’ll be taxiing him as well. I have a doctor appointment tomorrow that I’ve been really stressed about. While I make a fantastic nurse for anyone in the house that is ill, I’m actually a terrible patient.

What else is going on? I’ve still failed miserably at my New Year’s resolution to quit biting my nails. Daily to-do lists have been manageable, leaving me with less stress and more time to do other things. Just one less FB application has made a huge difference in computer time. The recent warm weather has brought a return of the stink bugs, which makes Nandy quite happy (see photo). While I still have daily neck/back pain it hasn’t been quite as bad due to the fact that I’m made a big effort to do exercises every day for it. The goal to grocery shop only once every payday has been working out; with careful planning, trips to the store for bread, milk, and fresh fruit in between big shops have been necessary. So lots of good, positive things…one thing that could really use improvement is sleep but I have no idea what to do for that.

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