Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Week Worth Celebrating

 In case you were wondering what My Sailor does, he's an MT on one of these.

Geeks have the coolest jobs.

Of course, I'm sure it's decidedly less cool when it's finally beautiful here in Washington, and he's stuck 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Today is one of those days. My Sailor is standing a 24 hour+ shift (called a Duty Day, which he does several times/week, regardless of weekends). This morning he left around 5:30 am and I probably won't see or hear from him until around 5-6pm tomorrow night. (See what I mean by 24+ hr shift?)

 While he's out there keeping us safe, I get some of my own down time. Sure, I miss him, but it's also nice to enjoy some down time flying solo as well. See- I learned a long time ago that being alone doesn't have to be this scary thing. In a world with instant connections (facebook, texting, etc) we're rarely really ever "alone" with our thoughts. It's almost as if we've lost something in that need to express ourselves or connect instantly. Maybe it's just the philospher in me, but I've found that I do some of my greatest growth when I'm alone. After all, the difference between "being alone" and 'flying solo' is just perspective.

I choose to fly.
Laughing w/ My Sailor and My Dad
That said, I'm happy to report that the amazing weekend has surely bled over into a week that deserves celebrating.

So here's the news!
My Brother bought a house! That's right, we're BOTH homeowners now! Who would have thought we'd become adults?! Certainly not me. Then again, that's a testament to our parents. Like I've said before, my brother and I (both adopted from different bio families) certainly won the parent lottery. We wouldn't be who or what we are today w/o them.

More good news - My Dad is doing amazing. His recent tests look unheard-of amazing, which fills my hear to overflowing every time I think about it. I mean, we all know our parents won't live forever. Both of my parents are now orphans themselves as their parents have all passed away. But I'm glad we're not staring down the barrel of hospice just yet. In fact, we're doing the opposite! His tumor appears to be dying a little, so there is a chance that, a few more rounds of this aggressive Chemo,  some radiation, and he might actually be a canidate to have it removed! We're far from out of the woods yet, but it's such a huge reliefe on my heart to know that he's doing well. Especially when I can't be there to see it all first hand. Looks like Dad will not only get to walk me down the aisle in about TWO WEEKS - but he'll be able to enjoy our visit with them in California. I'm a firm believer in the power of Prayers and Postive thoughts - so please keep them coming. At the moment, I couldn't feel more blessed or be more grateful.
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Another victory - I did 1/2 an hour of Insanity this week! I know that doesn't sound like much, but I really prefer Zumba. I'm the first person in our house to even attempt it. I won't lie - I'm pretty sore, and I'm not one for work out videos very much anymore. I get bored really easily, but it's a good way for me to fight that "I Can't" Stinkin' Thinkin' that infests my brain when I get bored working out. It's a mental excersize I'll NEED as I face the Run For Your Lives 5K on August 4th! I can smell it's stinky Zombie breath breathing down my neck from here! We're registered to run as "Survivors" through the course, and AFTER we do that, we'll be decked out as Zombies and we'll be chasing down other "Survivors" as Zombies! 

While I'm not seeing much motion on the scale (I seem to be playing w/ the same 3 lbs of late), I am seeing changes in more valuable areas - like how I feel emotionally and physically, how I look, and my attitude is far more confident than when I made excuses for not working out.

Now - to plan an active honeymoon!

Well, we've got a good start! Our first day in CA is going to include Snorkeling in La Jolla w/ the Leopard Sharks! I really want to go Kayaking in the Sea Caves as well that day, but our honeymoon registry has proven to be a woeful failure, so I can't count on gift money to add in excursions. I'm sure we'll do lots of walking around Disneyland pre-wedding as well, but I plan to check out the hotel's work out room as well - just to be on the safe side. No one said celebrating had to lead to blimpiness!

Tonight I'm celebrating a hard day of work, followed by Zumba, by attending a girl's night! Board games, good company, and a little alcohol. Very little in my case. I have a gown 2 weeks away! I'm sure booze will taste a LOT better in that gown than now anyway! Oh wait... we're not having booze at our wedding celebration.... oh well!

1 comment:

  1. My uncle lives in La Jolla and he RAVES about the scuba diving there. I have still never been (i think it will make me feel claustrophobic) but I'm trying to work up the courage to go. Enjoy yourself!