Sunday, October 31, 2010

New ALIAS discovery

((Nerd post))

Today we were watching the CBS sunday morning show and there was a story about Harry Houdini. Houdini died on Halloween. His real name: ERIC WEISS. Gregg Grunberg's characters name on ALIAS was ERIC WEISS. He was always trying to impress the girls with magic tricks. He even elluded to Houdini being an ancestor in one episode.
Learn something new everyday!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Team CoCo blimp in Meridian

Conan's promotional blimp made a stop in Meridian this evening for an overnight stay. Tonight, we went to the airport and took some pictures. Conan's new show on TBS starts next week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

As the Deer panteth for the water....

This is one of my favorite hymns from my childhood years... It means a lot more to me now. You see, being in Papaw's house, a lot of things become nostalgic. It took me a while to get used to the idea of sleeping in Papaw's room and things like that. Now that Wes is graduating soon and we could possibly be leaving soon, these things are becoming more sentimental. Knowing that after we move out, this house will most likely be put on the market and will no longer be in the family is a little disheartening. But I know it's just a house. The memories will still be in the minds of those who lived and loved here.

Deer have often walked through the front yard across the driveway, to the other side of the road and across the yard of the neighbors house to another wooded area nearby. This happens often. Papaw loved seeing the deer walk by, and almost every day. I've seen them numerous times myself. At first it didn't mean much to me. But when Papaw died, the day after he was buried, Wes and I were home and two deer were in the front yard. They usually walk through within a minute or two. This time, they were standing in the yard. For close to five minutes, Wes and I watched as they nibbled on the grass and watched us as well as the dogs in the neighbors yards. It seemed like they stared at us through the window. I started crying. I was emotional from the events of the days before. I felt in my heart that those two deer showed me that Papaw and Mamaw were looking in on me, checking on me and letting me know that they were ok and they wanted to make sure I was going to be ok. I slept well that night.

I see deer often while running in the early morning at Bonita. I love this. When I see them, I immediately stop running and watch them. I thank God for sending them to watch over me. They are a reminder that Mamaw, Papaw and many others are in Heaven watching over us. The deer often show up when I'm alone and in the woods or back out of the lighted areas. And several times they've come out of the trees at the right time, when I feel a bit nervous.

On Monday, Mrs. Virginia passed away. She was 91. She was ready to go. At the visitation, there were lots of people who came through talking about how wonderful of a person she was. I felt blessed to have known her for as long as I did. From the beginning of her relationship with Papaw, Mrs. V never intended to replace Mamaw. And of course, she never did. She never intended for anyone to feel that that was her intention. She loved and cared for Papaw. They were sweet together. Their years together made Papaw happy. We truly believe Papaw wouldn't have lived as long as he did without her companionship. She was by his side when he passed away. Mom, Ken and I were there. We believe Papaw waited for her to get there that morning. She claimed us as her family. She was always smiling, cheerful and witty.

On Tuesday morning, the morning of the visitation, I was biking on the trainer. I intended to run that morning, but I didn't sleep well. While riding, two does walked through the front yard and stood there. Looking around. Looking at me. Two does. On Wednesday, I was running the trails at Bonita and THREE deer crossed the path.

They were beautiful.

Sunday, October 10, 2010


Ran 15 today!!! :) Very little pain! The insole worked great. My foot was a little snug in the shoe and it ached a little bit, but the pain was minimal. It was about a 1.5 on a 10 point scale. Very tolerable. Since the run, other than stiffness and a little soreness, still no pain.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Less than a month!!

And I haven't run in almost a week!! Freaking out!!!!! It's been a bit of a traumatic week for me. After Sunday's 20 miler, my foot was hurting as expected. What wasn't expected was the pain not going away. I skipped out on Tuesday's run and rode 17 miles on the bike that morning. (There's only so many times you can circle the mall before losing your mind). I set out again on Wednesday because it was still sore. On Thursday morning, I got up, got dressed, put the bike on the rack (just in case it started hurting), but I never made it out of the driveway. It was hurting. I ran down the driveway and down the dead end road. I was crying. It wasn't hurting bad, it just never stopped hurting. I came back in the house, laid down, and balled my eyes out. This can't be happening! I was furious, fed-up, frustrated, and exhausted from telling myself it's just a sprain. An overuse injury. It'll get better. Well, it still hurts. I've tried three different insoles (although one seems to be beneficial), ice (my toes are turning purple), and a pain relieving cream from a pharmacy friend, nothing seems to be working. After several tearful phone calls and a wonderful mom with connections, I'm going to the orthopedic surgeon on Friday. The doc mom knows is a triathlete. This helps because he knows the pain tolerance marathoners and triathletes will go through to finish a race. He won't be a jerk and just say stay off it without any care. He'll be sympathetic.

So, I've been on the bike all this week. My rear end hurts... I don't know what's worse, arse pain or foot pain.... :) Sorry. Anyway, Tim let me borrow his stationery bike for a while. All I've been using is my bike on a trainer. I don't have a speedometer thing to tell how far I've gone. I've just been watching the time. The stationery provides more resistance and tells me distance. (I'm almost done with season 3 of Alias. I watch it while riding when Wes isn't around.) Although it's helping me maintain leg turnover and fitness, it's very dissatisfying. But I'll do whatever I have to do to make it to NY.

Tonight after my ride, I was looking at my feet. Feeling the area where the pain is. I realized that the bones of the pinkie toe on my left foot are radically different than the right. It feels like the bone makes a 90 degree angle up, then straight. It seems to me (I'm famous for self-diagnosing) that the way my foot hits the ground is causing the pain. I can walk slowly and avoid it. If I adjust my stride, it doesn't hurt. ((I just can't maintain that adjustment while running long distances). I don't know if this is the reason, but it makes since. I know that I have a metatarsal fracture between the 2nd & 3rd toes. That's what started this whole thing. But my compensating for that pain and the way its healed may have somehow changed the "structure" of my foot and how it lands when I walk. I don't know if this is the cause or if I'm being effected by the "Trumans" toes again. (Grandmother has bad feet. She's had several toes amputated. I hope it doesn't come to that.) I guess we'll see what the doc says this next week. I don't know if I can stand to go another week without running. If I can position that insole in a good place, I'm gone!!!