Thursday, January 31, 2013

Flight

We saw the movie Flight and it was really good. I think Denzel Washington did an exceptional job.  The movie has highs and lows, literally.  Its really worth the view, so I recommend it.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Scholarship

My girl got her first Scholarship!!! 3500 each year is pretty fantabulous! She auditions for a music scholarship in February so lets all keep our fingers crossed that this pushes  her through to cover all of tuition at least. I am super proud of her!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Liar, Liar, Pants on fire

Image viewed from Sports Illistrated

I first heard about the fact that Lance Armstrong was possibly doping a few years ago and I was like oh surely not.  He wouldn't do that.  He wouldn't... would he?  I started having doubts more in his innocence once others were coming out.. When George Hancapi came out about it, I was devastated.
Image viewed from USA Today

I remember waking up early on weekend mornings to watch the Tour live with Thomas and staying up late to watch a recording of the live show from earlier that day and rooting for Team USA and then Team Discovery. I remember Hancapi, specifically watching his loyalty to his team and more specifically his team mate Lance Armstrong. He literally would ride his ass off to help his "friend" take the yellow jersey....and then continue to help him defend that yellow jersey.. Race after Race, Year after year.  When Hancapi made this statement:

"The doping controls were not very good, and we came to believe that we needed to use banned substances to compete at the very highest levels," he stated. "While I understand that the choices we made were wrong, I understand why we made them and why, at the time, we felt justified in making them. I do not condemn Lance for making these choices, and I do not wish to be condemned for the choices I made."

I knew that it was true, and started to get a sick feeling about Lance as he continued to deny his own guilt, in my opinion turning against his friend and trusted teammate.  Time kept going by and the more I thought about the more nauseous it made me feel.  I felt like I had been wronged, personally affected by his horrible decisions.  Because I was rooting for him.  I was here thinking of their trials/struggles, and hoping like hell he would prevail yet again... and he did every time.  Amazing that my guy was winning... Now to know that he was nothing but a cheat as I had already came to the conclusion before he made it public... FINALLY!

I think this is another thing that upsets me so much is his denials, I loved this man and he let me down... Not the first time someone has let me down and we all make mistakes. I make them daily probably.  I try to live and learn from mistakes and if I wrong someone I always "man up" and say I am sorry, and mean it!  

He absolutely knew his fan base, he absolutely knew he was cheating and he absolutely lied about it for years!  

I am pissed, and actually a bit heartbroken over it. I started riding a bike after watching my first Tour De France and seeing Lance Armstrong take the Yellow Jersey for US Postal Service.  I know how hard it is to ride 32 miles (my longest bike ride). I could only imagine riding 100+ miles through unimaginable mountain heights and across terrifying cobblestone... the competition is fierce and I could see where a temptation might come and how like every human bad decisions could be made in most any situation, but not if you are a role model.  Not if you are a super athlete with many cancer patients/survivors pulling for you... and not when your teammates are coming clean do you ever be as cowardly as he has been.  He makes me sick, the man I once thought OMG he is so cute, he is an awesome athlete and role model for a sport that I enjoy.  

Some may defend the fact that he did finally come clean and maybe he needs credit for having the "ball" to do that, but no its too little too late in my opinion.  One to many lies.  He gets paid to do this, it's his job.  I would be fired if I did drugs at work, right?  I don't think I could sweet talk my way back to a normal situation with my employer. It's not like I could say I am just trying to level the playing field so my co-workers don't do a better job than myself. 

I didn't invent the culture, but I didn't try to stop the culture, and that's my mistake, and that's what I have to be sorry for, and that's what something and the sport is now paying the price because of that... Did you feel bad about it? No. Did you feel that you were cheating? No. At the time, no. I viewed it as a level playing field. I looked up the definition of cheat. The definition of cheat is to gain an advantage over a rival or foe. I didn't do that. I viewed it as a level playing field.'  - Lance Armstrong

Oh well, what's done is done. I hope he has to re-pay some folks a bunch of money and I hope he never gets another endorsement for anything else.  I agree he shouldn't be in triathlons and such because you never know when he may be cheating.  

Maybe I am being harsh, but again I am angry, down right mad that he even done it, that he lied about it, and that he is just now coming out about it...it all pisses me off. I haven't watched much of the Tour since I can't help but feel that whoever is winning is probably cheating.  I do honestly believe that the majority of those men are not cheaters, and I see them get all mangled up and leave so much of themselves out there on that race, that I hope one day they get the sport cleaned up and get the trash out of it.  It truly is an amazing sport. 



Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dark and dreary

This weather is depression weather.  Dark and dreary.  I have been slacking on everything but housework this week.  The weather is just not cooperative with me right now, its cold, dark and hard to even stop by the gym on the way home.  Blah.

On another blah note, my car broke down on me Friday which was 5 days ago and it still isn't fixed, nor do I even know what the problem is.  It has been a headache, and I am pretty frustated with not knowing the issue or how much it might cost me. Blah.

My kids are not really helping me around the house, actually no one is helping so while I have been going to the gym several nights a week and finding things fun do to on weekends and not actually cleaning... the house has went to shit.  I spent all day Sunday and most every evening this week washing clothes/cleaning up just to get the top layer of the house partially clean. I will spend another two weeks probably getting it up to par, while no one really steps up and helps.  The garbage didn't even go out for 3 weeks to the road... I am seriou when I say I am not getting much help around there. I have decided that I am woman (hear me roar), society says it is my place to clean the damn house regardless if I work full time and try to fit in a healthy lifestyle and get some extra pounds off... I guess it means that I have to do the damn cleaning.  So I am trying to buckle in and buy groceries and cook and clean and get it all together but this week with the weather and my house work there is no energy in going to the gym. BLAH!!!!

Movies: We saw "Perks of being a wallflower" at the dollar movie in HSV and it was as awesome as I thought it would be. It's a coming of age movie and I read the book several years ago and just knew they would make a great movie.... years later here it is. I also enjoyed the $1 theater it was clean and actually very fun for the money. :) 

Ok... I need to pick myself up and dust off... its been a bad few days with the weather, finances, damn car, and house work.... I am blessed and life is good... it's as good as I make it.  I have a weight lose goal to meet and its time to quit fretting over the last few days and look ahead!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Acceptance

My baby girl was accepted to the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  This makes me happy because it has lit a fire in her, she is filling out financial forms now and seems to be excited about the journey to come after graduation in May.  I am excited because it means she doesn't have to rush to get a place, although she still can't wait to get out of my house (what is it with teenagers lol), she doesn't HAVE to if she can't figure it all out right away she can still start school.



Now I just need to wiggle my nose like bewitched and sell her bug so we can get her another car to drive back and forth to school.  Oh and somehow make it though graduation.

Movie reviews

Les Miserables  I went to see this movie with Carrie and came equiped with a box of tissues.  We saw it at the Monaco Prive theater and it was absolutely wonderful! I cried and sobbed through the entire film.  I was new to this story having never seen any of the previous films/plays and didn't even really know what the story was about, but it was a very touching/moving film.  Hugh Jackman should get every award there is for the role he played, amazing!

Django Unchained  I saw this at Carmike in Decatur with Thomas on a date night.  This movie is awesome as most of Quentin Tarantino's films are, he didn't let me down.  I loved Jamie Foxx in this role, couldn't have had a better guy for the role. The blood/gore is obscene but again just what I would expect from one of his films.  The story is touching, and Dr. King Shultz has to be one of my favorite characters as he has a heart and can't stand for the ignorant ways of the slave owners a  man of my own heart.  There is comic relief throughout the film but it is depicting a story that is not the least funny and it will touch many hearts. I hear it is controversial because of the use of the N word, but in the time it has taken place that word was used by many so it would be fake to try to say it wasn't used in that time. Movies like this make me ashamed to be white. I don't know if my ancestors owned slaves, because they damn sure didn't leave me any money if they did, but the thought of people of my race treating others in the manner that just make me want to hide under a table. The movie is a must see in my opinion. I totally enjoyed.

Monday, January 7, 2013

NO DAME WAY!!!!

ROLL TIDE ROLL BABY!!! I just got to watch my Bama Boys kick some major irish booty!  We have won 15 National Championships... 3 of which in the last 4 years. It is great to be from ALABAMA!
Picture borrowed from Bama Pics


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Surprise!!!!

My man rocks so hard!!! I was sitting at work today kinda bored, not really wanting to be there at that moment when in walked some guy who said "This is for Tonya West" and I looked up to see the most beautiful arrangement of flowers just for me!  I knew immediately who they were from because he is always so awesome like that but not what they were for, until I read the card.


OMG, melt my heart.  I told yo he is my biggest fan and supporter.  I needed those flowers more than I knew I did. It made my day, it made my year! :)


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Year in Photos

Well I took too many photos in 2012 so here is a video if you care to take the hour or so to watch it.

Should the link below not work here is a link to 2012 Photos.

Welcome 2013

Well it's a new year.  I welcome 2013 and all the amazing things it will hold for me and my family.  It didn't start off wonderful because when leaving the beach I noticed someone hit my car with something which made me feel a bit sick, but not enough damage for me to really fret over I reckon.

We stopped by the grocery store on the drive home to pick up the ingredients for our traditional New Year's Day meal of hog jowl, black eye'd peas and collard greens.

I have new plans for 2013.  New races, new physical fitness goals, and financial goals.  It's not just a New Year's resolution, its a whole lifestyle change that is about to take place.

I will be fit by the end of the year.  I will have a better 5K time and half marathon time by the end of this year. I will complete in duathlons and triathlons and hopefully improve from my time in 2012.  I will be stronger and I will learn to eat better and make better choices when it comes to how I feed my body as this is a major step for me to overcome with my weight, strength and over all training.  I will utilize the gym membership I have to the fullest.

A lot of other things will happen in 2013. My baby girl will graduate from High School and my son will become a Freshmen in High School, both of which concern me, make me happy and make me sad.  Let's bring on this year of wonderful things! :)


New Year 2013- in PCB

After the race my guy and I spent time shopping and we went to see a movie in IMAX 3D (The Hobbit), we had a marvelous day.  We had dinner at Sharky's and just enjoyed the rest of our stay.  We met up with William and Lawanda and we rang in 2013 with a band at the Beach Ball Drop.  Here are some of the photos.