Saturday, March 21, 2015

Sickness

This week has been full of yukiness for me.  I have had some sort of upper respiratory infection that has really bogged me down.

I am glad most of it is behind me now, besides the nagging cough... ya know those can linger on for months sometimes.. not cool!

I am in a sort of panic mode knowing that my races are getting super close.

Booked our weekend stay for Murfreesboro so we can spend time with friends and only be 45 minutes from race site.  Looking forward to a repeat weekend of last year when I did the Oak Barrel, all but maybe a better time on my finish. :)  I can't wait to see Heather and Darin again and spend a nice weekend away from home with my guy.  I love that he goes and supports me and takes photos and cheers me on big race days like this one. I hate he has to sit and wait on me for hours though... he is such a good sport about it though.

I also ordered new bike tires for my road bike Suzie.  I am going to have to take time within the next two weeks sit down and really feel more comfortable with bike maintenance and changing those pesky tires.  I give up every time I have tried and get assistance from Thomas.  It is great to have him here to help and do these things for me, but he isn't there on race day... or not out on the course anyway and if I have flat tire during a race I am pretty much screwed!  So... I need to know and feel secure that I can do some simply maintenance and tire changes myself.... just in case.  I have dropped the chain a few times and managed to figure that out in races lol but I HATE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!

Anyway ready or not these races are approaching... just a few more weeks. EEK! :)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

It's all about concerts

I think Thomas has my birthday (Saxophone) and the next few Holiday gifts accounted for already (Concerts).  Here is a run down of what we have tickets for in 2015.

April 15th Blue Man group in Birmingham, Al.  I got these tickets for Thomas for Valentine's gift.

July 8th: Imagine Dragons with Metric and Halsey.  Thomas scored us these tickets!  My friend Heather won tickets to this concert so this is going to be a great night to share with friends also! :)

July 10th: Train!!!! with The Fray and Matt Nathanson.  YES I KNOW how lucky I am to get to see TRAIN again!  I love love love this band! My guy knows this and scored me awesome tickets!!!

August 18th: Def Leppard with Styx and Tesla!!!! YES, I know 80's rewind! I can't wait.... this concert is going to Rock so hard!


So our calendars are pretty fun.  I can't wait for the warmer weather and great times! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Did you say snow?

We got snow!!! Lots of it.  The most we have had in many years here in Alabama.  8-10 inches fell and it was so beautiful!  We got out and played in it a few times. I got a bunch of snow cream from it and I am so glad we got to experience it, if only for a short while.





Friday, February 20, 2015

Saxophone Part 2

My guy picked up my Saxophone for me, they have done a great job cleaning it up and it sounds beautiful! 
I need a new ligature, and I need to re-learn, and need much much practice lol because well I sound pretty horrible playing it, but I can tell the sound of the instrument is absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to get to where I can make a beautiful noise with it! :)

My guy is so awesome... not many folks would take the time, effort, finances and spoil their lady like mine does.  He is so kind, thoughtful and I my only regret in life is that I didn't meet him earlier so we would have had even more years together.

I love you Thomas... Thank you for every single sweet thing you do for me... from going to get me a drink in the kitchen or making me popcorn to taking me on adventures, to awesome concerts and buying me nice gifts... you do spoil me and I love you for always treating me like I am special.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Saxophone

I started out in band in 6th grade.  I sat at a meeting that my Mom went to where we were to decide which instrument we wanted to play and they were all priced at that time for us... I saw the saxophone and OH this was the instrument I wanted so bad!!!!!  But, the cost of it was extremely expensive.  My mom said the only instrument we could afford was the flute.  As it was the very least expensive of all the instruments.  So that week we got a flute and I begin to play that instrument. I did learn to love it and got very good at playing it, it was probably one of the easiest of band instruments to learn.

I played that instrument up until 9th grade when my dad surprised me with a Tenor Saxophone.  We had talked about it for years and he knew that it was what I really wanted to be playing, so he found me one at a pawn shop.... and surprised  me with it.  I begin practicing on it immediately.  My band teacher was excited because I was excited but he wanted me to wait until concert time because my marching plan was already for the flute.  I did finally get to march and do concert both with the saxophone.  The instrument was set up much like the flute, it was amazing how easy it was for me to transfer over to the tenor saxophone. I always loved the sound of the tenor sax.  I wasn't ever great, but it was an instrument that I loved.

After having my baby and falling on some hard financial times, I pawned my saxophone because I needed the money more than I needed the instrument at that time.  I hated to do it, but in the same sense knew my responsibilities were greater and my daughter was so much worth this sacrifice so I have never regretted that decision.... but  I have always wanted another saxophone.

Well, my guy is so amazing that he spent many hours researching, and pricing and trying to figure out the best type of saxophone he could get me, and he got me this beauty.... just out of the blue.

 
It is a 1967-1968 Buecheler Aristocrat Tenor Saxophone. (Isn't it gorgeous?)
 
He spent time finding the perfect saxophone for me... I love the older ones, the tone is so beautiful and the newer ones are more crisp and harsh sounding where the older ones have such a fluid tone to them, this is exactly what I wanted! :) I love it so much!
 
Now, he is going to pay for me to have it cleaned up, re-padded and tuned up.  (Now you  know just how spoiled I am, saxophones are NOT cheap... and neither is there maintenance.... but he is spending pretty much all of his extra money on me for this... now lets hope I can learn to play it again.)
 
Thank you baby!!! This is a gift from the heart, and I appreciate the thought, time and money you have put in to it for me. 


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Double Date

Thomas and I met with Heather and Darin... they came and spent the night in Huntsville.

We started the night off with delicious hot wings at Tim's Cajun Kitchen (yum!) and ended up at Lowe Mill for a night of laughs with stand up comedians. It was a wonderful night... and I look forward to doing something like this again.

 
HAHA I look like a ghost but its one of Heather's best photos so lol I have to share! :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yellowhammer

I found this local craft beer.... I am not a beer drinker, do not like it, but have always wanted to be more of a beer drinker.  I saw this beer at our local little convenient store and picked it up.  I am so glad I did, it has to be my favorite beer. I can drink them, and enjoy them! :) And, the place that makes it is right here in Huntsville Al.  So I will be checking this place out in the future.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Football banquet

Me and my little man went to his Football banquet.  It is really more about the Seniors and he sat at a table with the other Sophomores so next time I know I want to have someone go with me because I sat and ate by myself lol but it was a nice time with my boy and seeing some of his friends/coaches.








Saturday, January 10, 2015

Family and Friends

Thomas and I ventured out to visit with family and friends... Matthew (Thomas' cousin) was in town so we all gathered for a nice little dinner.  It was also Matthew's Birthday.  We found a cool caboose and a trail that we want to go walk on sometime.  I can't remember the name of the little town lol but we know where it is! :)






 
Later we went to visit with friends in Cullman for Glen's Birthday.
 


 
We ended with dinner at AJ's steakhouse which was pretty delicious. :)
 
 
 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bring on 2015

Happy New Year!!!

As this new year rolled in I have spent some time reflecting over many years that have past, and contemplating what I want 2015 to hold for me.

In my reflections I begin thinking of things in 2014 that I missed.  Like I said I would do this and that but didn't do those things.  For example, I said I was going to reach my goal weight in 2014 and I didn't, I said I was going to beat all my races from the previous year and perform at my best in my sports but I didn't.  I said I was going to work on my debt, but I didn't.  Blah right?  Well, I decided not to beat myself up and instead to reflect on all of my accomplishments.  I mean ALL of them!  So, I decided I would reflect on the positive and continue to try my very best that hopefully 2015 will hold even more accomplishments.

Things I have accomplished:  My first memorable accomplishment was graduating from High School.  Then, I had my beautiful baby girl at the young age of 19.  I then had my gorgeous baby boy.  Both kids were raised by myself mainly, as far as the financial support I can have pride that I provided for them mostly all on own my own.  I managed to go through a technical college to obtain  a trade (Medical Assistant) to provide for my children.  I graduated with honors from that technical school.  I worked and went to school at the same time, with two small children, so this was a major accomplishment for me.  I bought my first home, all on my own.  I have worked up from a medical assistant to a clinical coordinator, to an Office Manager.  I quit smoking after smoking for 14 years.  I have been quit 10 years (Thomas' says 9 but I don't know lol its either 9 or 10 now).  I have went from a couch potato to run/walking my first 5k, to my first duathlon, my first sprint triathlon, my first half marathon.... and proceeded to continue to do these yearly since my firsts.  I have lost from 188 lbs to 160 lbs and gained, and lost again.  lol But, at the moment I am down so I will count it as a win! I have had a beautiful relationship with my love for 12 years... and having a successful relationship is an accomplishment because so many fail, and it does take two to make one work. So, I feel proud of things that I have accomplished so far.  I am not trying to brag or toot my own horn, but since my first thoughts of 2014 were negative like look at what all you DIDN'T DO... I really needed to remind myself of what all I HAVE DONE!  Because if I can do these things I can certainly accomplish anything I want to in 2015. 

What do I want to do in 2015?
1) Beat Diabetes.  I may always have this disease, but I want to own it. I want to get my sugar under control and avoid any medication.  I want to be in charge of my own health.
2) Reach new goals with my fitness, get stronger, faster and perform better. 
3) Be more financially stable, meaning pay off medical bills (2014 was my most expensive medical year of my 38 years, I have had mammogram/ultrasounds x 3/biopsy/ablasion/colonscopy with EGD all in one year and I have a $1500 deductible... so I have way too many medical bills on me right now). I would like to start paying off debt, and hope to have a start on plan in 2015.
4) I am interested in going back to school... 2015 might not hold this, heck I may never make it back, but I hope to investigate, discuss the options with a college and figure out my options within this year.
5) Be a better partner....I know there are numerous ways I could be better and no better time than now to do it.
6) Make more memories, and spend time with my kiddos more.

It's a lot to say I want to do these things, and even more to actually do them.  I hear folks say they don't make resolutions, and well that is fine.... but I like the reflection, I like knowing I have goals to reach for and work toward them... rather I meet the goals or not.... I am going to try because you never know what you will achieve.  It's better than just going around day to day with no goals... I think Goals are important.

Happy New Year and may you reach all of you goals, have happiness, health and friendship. :)

I know we enjoyed our pork, greens, blackeyed peas, tators, and corn bread so we should be set for 2015. 

OH, and I can't leave out... ROLL TIDE ROLL!!! :)