Sunday, November 30, 2008


I really PIGGED out for Thanksgiving (must have gained ten pounds) so I've got a lot of work to do to get ready for Lavaman. Training starts tomorrow and although the Doc says no swimming (my back is still having some swelling and quite a bit of pain), I can still bike on my trainer and run on the tready.
Only sixteen weeks until Lavaman so hopefully my back will be better soon so I can swim. That is my biggest weakness in the triathlon so I need to be in the water as much as possible.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Fred in Dallas calls his son in New York just before Thanksgiving and tells him, "I'm sorry to tell you this but your mother and I are going to divorce. After 45 years of living with her, I just cannot take any more of her moaning. We can't stand the sight of each other any more. I'm telling you first, Eddie, because you are the oldest. Please tell your sister."

When Eddie calls his sister Julie, she says, "No way are they getting divorced. Lets fly down there tomorrow and tell them we will not allow them to divorce."

Julie phones her parents and tells them both, "You must NOT get divorced. Eddie and I will be there tomorrow. Until then, promise you won't take any action until we get there. please listen to me," and hangs up.

The father puts down the phone and turns to his wife and says. "Good news honey. Eddie and Julie are coming for Thanksgiving and they are both paying their own way."

May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!

Friday, November 21, 2008


I love making Thanksgiving dinner, mostly for the leftovers. Turkey dinner with all the trimmings, turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, turkey pot pie, turkey for a week until you're so sick of it you don't crave it again for a whole year. And while the turkey's cookin' we're goin' down to the pier to do some ocean swimming. Our Thanksgiving tradition. I haven't been swimming since I fell off the ladder and so maybe our Thanksgiving swim will be the first day of my training for Lavaman.
Here's to all of you making turkey dinner, and to all of you just eating turkey dinner, and to all of you who aren't planning on having turkey dinner- let us know. We'll have plenty to share.

Saturday, November 15, 2008


I went to the doctor yesterday and she said that I have swelling and strained muscles in my back and shoulder. She put me on light duty at work. No lifting anything over ten pounds. I don't know how I will get my job done at work. A lot of my freight weighs a lot more than ten pounds. Like all those Christmas trees and heavy cases of lights.
She is also ordering PT but she said workers comp takes about a week to approve it so I'll be hearing from a PT in about a week.
What I think is strange about the whole thing is that I don't know how I fell. I fell about three feet, straight back and landed on my back. I just happened to be right under a camera and the upper management has seen the video but every time I ask one of them about it, and how I fell, they say they're not the one that saw the video.
However, after I fell, they took every ladder in the store and examined them all and threw away several defective ladders.
So my question is, was I on a defective ladder? Is that why I fell? I had people on the safety committee tell me that there have been several ladder accidents but this is the first time they checked out all the ladders for defects.
I go back to the doc in two weeks and hopefully I will be better by then. I think the reason my back still hurts so bad, is from all the heavy lifting I have been having to do at work.
Anyway, I really want to be better so I can start training for Lavaman. I only have fifteen days left until I start training.

Saturday, November 8, 2008


Only twenty three days left until I start my serious training for Lavaman. I was starting to do so well with my swimming and then hurt my shoulder. I couldn't even lift my arm above my head so it's been a few weeks since I've swam. Then just when my shoulder was starting to feel a little bit better, I fell off that ladder at work. My back still hurts pretty bad, so all I have to say is that it had better feel better by December first. Otherwise you may see me out there crying instead of training. Or crying while training. Or crawling instead of running. I really want to do the Lavaman.
Randy's doing so much better from his surgery and is anxious to get out there to train. His knee feels so much better than it did before the surgery and hopefully once the swelling goes down he'll feel as good as new. Otherwise he may be out there crawling with me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


Well as far as we know the surgery went well. What was supposed to be a half hour surgery lasted for an hour and a half. The doctor didn't come in to talk to either of us afterward so we don't know why the surgery took so long or if everything went as expected.

Driving to the hospital. Randy didn't seem too nervous until right before we got there.

The two hour wait for the surgery seemed to take forever.

Right before they took him away for surgery.

Five hours later we are home. Randy is feeling okay, icing his leg and watching tv. Thank you all for all of your thoughts and prayers today. They really helped.

Monday, November 3, 2008


For all my family and friends that are going through a hard time right now, here is

I love you all and am praying for you.

Sunday, November 2, 2008


I've been looking at other peoples fall photos on the mainland and I'm missing the beautiful fall colors so last weekend while we were out and about, I tried to find fall here. I didn't find the beauty of a mainland fall but I found a Hawaiian beauty. Flowers everywhere. Palm trees, trees full of fruit. I only had my cell phone to take pics with so the pictures aren't the greatest but I had fun trying to capture the beauty that I saw and even though I didn't find fall, I had a blast spending the weekend with Randy and Rebecca.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Had to be at work at 2:30 this morning (my sixth day in a row) and worked until 12:30 then went to vote. There was no line (yessss). However, they didn't give out stickers that said we voted. :(
Hope you all had a good halloween yesterday and are having a great weekend.