Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Easter bonnets

Brad's cousins Mike and Aj hosted Easter brunch this year in McMinnville. Besides the awesome food, they often plan a fun activity, and this year was Easter bonnets.

Aj provided blank caps and woven hats and a huge pile of crafty things to attach to the hats. We supplied the creativity.

Back row: Mike, Aj, Deborah, Donna, Steve, Barbara
Front row: me, Brad, Jordan, Allison
We had lots of fun making cute, fun and crazy hats.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

3 miles!

The doc told me to run a little this week so I did 2 miles Friday morning and 2 miles again Sunday morning. It was way harder than it should have been, but nothing hurt. So I decided to do more today.

First things first: I cranked up Colbert Report on the Roku. Then I warmed up with some walking before running a very slow 2 miles. I took a short walk break and decided to try 1 more mile.
My lower calf was tightening by the time I stopped to cool down. But no real pain! (other than my major sucking wind!)

This was happening right outside the garage door:
I have acupuncture this afternoon. Hopefully Judy will give me the OK to run a little more :) :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

I love this

This speaks to the heart of this injured runner :)

No. 20

No. 20, King Dork by Frank Portman, was another one I grabbed from the in box at the THS library.

This young-adult book was different from others I've read because it was written from a boy's perspective. He and his buddy are trying to survive being tormented in school. He also starts investigating his father's mysterious death. 

The book is amusing and provided a couple good chuckles. I especially enjoyed the ever-changing band names and instrumentation. However, the mystery never resolves, and that kinda sucks. :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

Matthew 28: 5-7

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2 miles

My acupuncturist asked if I was going to run this week. I told her I'd do whatever she told me to do. I was thrilled when she suggested I try a mile or 2 later in the week!!

So Friday morning I laced up my shoes and jumped on the treadmill. 

I started by walking .25 miles. Then I sped up to a slow run. Everything felt OK, so I hit the "faster" button at the quarter mile. And again. And again. 

I still felt good after 1 mile running, so I kept going. I sped up at each quarter mile and ran a total of 2 before walking another .25 mile.

I was huffing and puffing and sooo sweaty. Out of shape! But it felt so great. Then I celebrated by icing and taking advil :) 

 The tendon still feels good, so I plan to try again before church Sunday!! :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Beauty - 4/17/14

The beauty is sure easier to see some days, isn't it?!? But it's there on the bad days, too - you just have to look a little harder.

A warm, rainy bike ride to work.
A body that's strong enough for biking and pool jogging.
Friends who understand and support.
The co-workers who get it. 
Spring storms and evening clearing.
Maundy Thursday service at NFC.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" James 1:17 NIV :)