Thursday, October 23, 2014

Conquering the mountain...

Several times since I've returned to work, I have had people say things to me like "How are things going?  Just like you never left right?"  To these comments I usually say something like, "Well..." because the truth is...

It really does not feel like I never left.  I mean the job itself is much like a soap continued almost in the same place where it left off.  The thing that is different is the person playing the part. I don't like to continuously wallow in my own self-pity and review the traumatic events of the past 3 years, however, I think it's also important for me to acknowledge the fact that things are not ever going to be what they once were. I'm still in the process of finding my groove, and I will tell you, some days it's not the easiest task.  I still get in my car at the end of the day, take a deep breath and think, "I did it, I made it through another day", well half of one anyway, because then I get home and the 2nd half of my day is just beginning.  

I'm still trying to find the balance.  I'm trying to get myself to a point when it doesn't feel overwhelming to look at the day ahead of me, when I'm ok with a not so clean house, lots of laundry and thrown together meals.  This transition phase is hard, especially for someone who likes everything to be just so.  I'm trying to be patient with myself as I continue to make this adjustment and work through the glitches.  A special "thank you" to those of you who are also patient with me as I continue to adjust...I know it's not always an easy task to be along side me on this journey, especially when the terrain is not always smooth.  Thanks for packing your bags and coming along for the hike as I conquer this mountain!

*Above photos taken at Hill Orchards.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Thankfully my cousin shared the proper spelling and origin of "doozie" with me a couple of weeks ago, because today was, once again, a duesy of a day.

"It's duesy based on the car manufacturer Duesenberg who made every vehicle completely custom tailored to the buyer. This expense and luxury coined the phrase, "that's a duesy," in reference to incredible things."

The good news:  It's already Wednesday tomorrow, there are still many many things to be grateful for (this is true even on the worst days) and we now all know the proper spelling of duesy (even though my spellcheck keeps underlining it).

Here's to a boring Wednesday!

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, October 13, 2014

I finished...

Yesterday, we participated in the Gloria Gemma Flames of Hope Run.  Thousands of people were there to support the cause, all wearing their pink.  

E and Little Miss ran in the Fun Run.  They both finished with smiles on their faces.

 The Rhode Island State House is a beautiful backdrop to the event.

 Mom and Dad came to support.

 Here we are at the start of the race, still smiling and able to breathe.

 And, here I am right after finishing, yes finishing...
I thought I may vomit at the very end of the race and I had to walk for about 10 seconds at mile 3 to regroup, but who cares about all that...I finished! 
 Thank you to Shannon for running along side me, yesterday and in everyday life.

I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The 40 Project...

My cousin Jason has taken on a mission in celebration of his 40th birthday.  He has chosen to raise awareness and funds for 9 organizations that he has a personal connection to; he is calling it The 40 Project.  He is currently raising money for my Relay for Life team, Bosom Buddies. For the next 40 days, he hopes to raise at least $1,000.  Perhaps you can help.

Click on over to the Indiegogo Site to watch a Bosom Buddies' slideshow and read more about The 40 Project.

"We are love, we are one, we are how we treat each other when the day is done."