Friday, December 30, 2016
When I think of the word strong, my first thought always goes to “physically strong”. And I don’t think of myself as being physically strong. I need Hilary to open most jars, Liam to carry heavy things down the stairs and I couldn’t do a push up or a pull up to save my life.
But strong can mean so much more. I want to be strong in my resolve. I want to be strong in my convictions. I want to be strong in my relationships. I want to be strong for my family and friends. I want to be mentally strong. And yes… I want to be physically strong too.
In 2017 I am going to focus on being strong. I don’t know how that will look, or what the end result will be. But I do know that I will be a stronger person in the end.
Check out my previous words of the year:
Friday, December 16, 2016
- eat healthy
- improve my physical health
- have healthy relationships
- be emotionally healthy
- improve my overall mental health
Edited to add: after I finished writing this, but before I got it posted, I managed to hurt myself - again. I did a SPECTACULAR swan dive in the living room after tripping on a cat toy. I landed on my bad left side. Other than a lovely purple bruise on my hip and a very bruised ego, I am okay. A bit sore, but okay.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
One of the downsides of having short hair is that the style is the style... there isn't much you can do with it. At best if I let it grow a bit long I can spike it up, but that only lasts for a week or so before I get it cut again.
The one thing I can do, and have been doing a lot, is change the colour. It started out with just dying the bangs different colours, but lately I've been doing the whole thing! People often worry that I am ruining my hair with all the chemicals, but then I remind them that I shave it off every 6-8 weeks anyway, so it's really always new, untreated hair that I'm dealing with.
The whole head colouring started on a whim to dye my hair blue for the BlueNose! Then I switched it up to purple to match the Sole Sisters race. Now that I don't have any races on the books until September, I'm just having fun, changing it up every couple of weeks. My favorite so far was a complete accident that ended up with a yellow and red "fire" look.
I've stuck mainly on the pink-purple-blue colour wheel. Yellow is pretty shocking, but very spring-like. Currently I'm playing around with green. I have a work trip planned in a couple of weeks, so I'll have to figure out what is the best work appropriate colour!
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
I don't know if there is a plan for another reunion, passing the planning and organizing on to the next generation, but if there is one, I'll be sure to go.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Yes the new year started a week ago, but for our family we are starting it today. Today everyone is healthy - and what better way to start a new year off!
2015 was not a good year for us health wise.
Hilary was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer in June. She underwent both chemo and radiation treatments from September to November. It was a long and rough road but a road that has led to recovery. Her oncologist declared that there was no longer any visible cancer so she is now being seen on a regular basis to make sure that it doesn't come back.
Liam managed to drop a canoe on his toe in July that caused a cut near the toenail. It became infected and overgrew the nail. He underwent surgery this week to clean it all up, remove part of the nail and to sew a flap of skin over it. While he is still bandaged and won't have the stitches out till next Friday, he is well on the road to recovery. At least he is no longer leaving bloody/pusy toe prints all over the house.
And me? For the past couple of years I have been having gallbladder attacks. I saw a surgeon in September who finally realized that the frequency and intensity of the attacks warranted surgery sooner rather then late.
So what does a family who has multiple medical issues do? Schedule 2 surgeries on the same day.
Hilary did an amazing job of keeping everything together. She and Liam got me registered at the adult hospital before they headed down the street to the kids hospital. His surgery was over first, so he got settled at home before Hilary headed back to pick me up.
The original plan had been for Hilary's Mum to fly in and help out for the week. But the best laid plans are always the ones that don't work out. Hours before leaving for the airport, Rosemary came down with the flu. She couldn't leave the bathroom, let alone fly across the country. Hilary and I have some amazing friends who came to our rescue, offering drives, sitting with Liam and taxiing Hilary to the pharmacy late at night.
So now we are all on the mend and ready to start 2016. Hopefully this year is free of all things medical for our family!