Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hello Y'all

No big, deep blog entry today just wanted to check in.

What an amazing week!! We rented a house at Hilton Head Island with 2 other families. It was the most fantastic vacation. We've never actually done that type of trip. Its usually to visit family or short weekend trips. We saw dolphins, climbed to the top of the Harbour Town Lighthouse. The kids learned to wave dive and LOVED it. It was sad to leave the other families and the house but we took the kids and headed to Charleston for a few extra days. We honeymooned here in 2001 so it has been fun to retrace some of our steps and see all the changes. The kids really enjoyed the Aquarium and the Fort Sumpter trip today.

I hope everyone has been weathering the heat and staying cool. More to come.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blessings...

 "You are blessed to be able to workout that hard." --Chalean Johnson, Beachbody

I just finished one tough workout. Be glad there is no camera on this baby. My heart rate was over 180, I'm sweating all over the keyboard but, I FEEL AMAZING!!! She finished with that quote and I knew I had my next entry.

How many times have I whined about having to workout? How many times have I tried to make excuses not to? How often have I envied the people who are naturally thin? Yet every time I push through I am rewarded with something more addicting than any food or drug...A SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT! SATISFACTION! EMPOWERMENT! I feel like I can master anything or anyone.

How many people wish they could workout that hard? How many people would give anything to feel that same reward and because of circumstances they can't?

What else can you apply that statement too? I don't know about any of you but, I can think of a hand full of things right off the top of my head.

I'm blessed to be able to....  Maybe I'll make a list...

Have a blessed and powerful day!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Over 45 and the meaning of desperate...

Mmmmmm...doesn't sound pretty...but, it does seem accurate. At least at this moment anyway. Actually, its a bit worse than that...it should say over 47 and desperate, but I didn't want to sound too OMG she's on the ledge and she's ready to jump! Know what I mean? So, I'm not sure where I'm going, not sure why I'm doing this, not even sure how long it will last. With 50 less than 3 years away it just seemed like a good idea. So here it goes.


Thirty. Three...zero...30...a benign set of numbers really. A 3 and a 0. Separately, they could even be called innocuous. But, put them together in certain context and they are <shudder> merciless...    
I once had a sense of style, if you could call it that. 
Size 6 pencil skirts, spiked heels, jackets with shoulder pads and big hair. Headbands, leg warmers, string bikinis, mid-drift-baring tops and my dazy dukes...and of those I had a few despite my father’s never ending disgust ( LOL sorry Pops!). The night was young at 11:00, the party just gearing up at mid-night. Alcohol, chocolate and chips did not concern me or my hips and a life-time seemed so long...
Today I find myself walking to the mirror slower. Who needs to see what new fun ways time has found to mark the years? I find myself sitting by my pool in the heat of a Texas evening with the love of my life and the music of katydids underscored by the joyous sounds of my kids laughing at their own jokes. One glass of wine and I’m out like a baby. Is there even a mid-night on the clock anymore? And a life-time seems to have passed in a blinding flash...
Now, here I sit with the realization that next year will be, dare I say it? Thirty years since I graduated high school. How does that even begin to be possible???? It can’t be...I refuse to allow that into my thought processes. I mean really, me? Out of high school 30 years? No way. All right...enough self-absorption...there is an entire generation coming to this mile-stone and I find a great deal of comfort knowing that I am not alone in this next journey. 
I will find my new style, I will set my feet firmly on the next phase of my adventures and I will relish the past journeys I’ve had. I will find the joy in every minute that is ahead of me and I will praise GOD for the beauty that my life has been and will be!!