Somehow You Just Know

I’m watching massive amounts of football again today.

Just love fall sports! 🙂

I don’t really follow specific teams, so I generally channel surf while I watch.

I was watching the Dallas Cowboys vs the Philadelphia Eagles and happened to be watching when Cowboy franchise quarterback, Tony Romo, was hit during a play.

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As Romo walked off the field with assistance, anyone who was watching could see him mouth the words, “It’s broke.”

And indeed, he was right. Romo fractured his left clavicle.

I’ve broken quite a few bones in my lifetime. Our son, Rich, has broken at least a dozen. And our daughter, Melissa, has broken at least one. Rich has never broken a bone (which the rest of us find weird).

Anyway, it never ceases to amaze me that within a minute after the break, we have all said, “It’s broke.”

That quickly after the fall, hit, or whatever caused the break, it’s too soon for swelling,  but somehow you just know. It’s a distinct combination of intuition, nausea, and dread…

Somehow you just know that the bone is cracked… And sometimes, two are cracked.

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Mirna! My New Inspiration!

I miss hiking and trail running in the mountains!

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I’ve been using the hot weather as an excuse to take a break from pickleball and go for a hike.

I’ve also been postponing going because I get frustrated with how slow I am and how winded I get because of the changes in my body since my bicycle fall four years ago.

Last night I watched a story about a runner named Mirna on NBC News that has inspired me to go next week regardless of what the temperature is or how slow I am…

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Mirna is a fantastic woman who loves to run and measures her time running in hours, not distances. A good long run is three to six hours–yep hours.

She has inspired me to load Sophie in the Jeep, drive up near our old house, take a long, slow jog along what I used to call The Ranch Run. Pictures soon. 🙂

‘Fat Girl Running’ Blogger Challenges Stereotypes Miles at a Time

On a recent foggy morning in the mountains of rural Georgia, Mirna Valerio was doing what she loves: running. On this particular morning, she led a small group of women on a jog across the picturesque campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School, a prep school where she works as a teacher.

The women diligently followed her lead as she changed course, uphill and downhill, pounding the pavement despite the muggy conditions. Most of the women said they were there because of Valerio.

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“I didn’t do much running before meeting Mirna,” said one, while another credited Valerio with “always getting us going.”

Valerio, 39, does not fit the mold of a cross-country runner. She is overweight and keeps a slow pace as she methodically traverses mile after mile. She says when passersby see her running, they see “a fat girl running” and she’s comfortable with that label and even embraces it. When she started a runner’s blog in 2011, she aptly titled it “Fat Girl Running.”

The video below is what aired on NBC News:

It was not until a July 2015 profile in Runner’s World, however, that she became a well-known figure in the running world. The article sent a flood of traffic to Valerio’s blog. Runners of all shapes, sizes, and genders expressed their solidarity and support.

Overnight, Valerio became the voice for a whole class of athlete. “I too am a 250 pound runner,” wrote one reader. “And examples like yours make that a little easier.”

“Mirna, you have no idea what you have done to inspire literally every woman, not just women of size, but every woman to get out there and accomplish and achieve,” wrote another.

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For those uninitiated in the world of distance running, Valerio’s accomplishments are impressive. Her own personal record is 35 miles, a run that took her more than 13 hours to complete. She admits it sounds crazy — doing anything for that long — but says she is drawn by a love the outdoors and a passion about the challenges that long distance running brings.

Valerio was not always an avid runner. In 2009, she weighed more than 300 pounds. She says she often suffered from sharp chest pains, signs that led her doctor to issue her a blunt warning: She would not live to see her young son grow up if she didn’t lose weight. That scare set her in motion on to the path where she finds herself today.

She took up running. Getting on the treadmill for that first mile, she says, was slow and painful. She clocked in at 17 minutes, 45 seconds. Within the course of the next six to seven months, she lost 41 pounds.

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Miles don’t phase Valerio now. She says she craves the physical, emotional, and mental challenges of getting through a 26.2 mile marathon — a physical feat hardly matched in all of sports.

Next month, she will run the Javelina Jundred, an annual 100k race in the Arizona desert. Despite the impressive mileage she clocks, her weight remains mostly stable.

Valerio knows most people view her as fat. And she has no problem with that.

The video below is an excellent up close and personal expose of Mirna.

Special Movie Trailer

This is fun…

You may have seen it already because it’s been around since 2011,  but I just saw it yesterday on a Facebook post.

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It’s still fun and heartwarming to watch something lighthearted and lovely!

Matt Still tells his girlfriend Ginny he has to work on a Saturday and gets Ginny’s brother Charlie to take her see the Movie “Fast 5”. As the trailers begin to play, Ginny hears a familiar voice on screen. Watch the proposal that has now been seen worldwide!

Face Blindness

brokenpromiseI’m reading a new book called Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.

It’s a thriller and murder mystery combined. David, the main character, has a cousin, Marla, who is devastated by recent death of her newborn child.

David is horrified to discover that Marla’s been secretly raising a child who is not her own—a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel” left on her porch.

When asked to describe the “angel”, Marla can’t because she has prosopagnosia–an inability to recognize the faces of familiar people.

I love reading books on my phone because I can quickly search for more information about a word or event using Google which is exactly what I did when I read ‘prosopagnosia’.

Also known as ‘face blindness’, the illness most often is caused by brain damage, but there is a congenital form.

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There is no treatment, and sufferers try to use other clues to remember friends and family including clothing, hair color, body shape, and voice.

As I read more about it, I was surprised by Wikipedia’s list of notable people who have it including:

  • Jane Goodall, British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist who studied social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Africa
  • Oliver Sacks, neuroscientist and author whose books include The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat; although he knew what prosopagnosia was and had studied it, he did not realize he had it until people became shocked that he confused one of his brothers with the other and then, discussing it with family members, learned that a number of them had similar difficulties with face recognition.
  • Steve Wozniak, Co-Founder of Apple

It’s hard to imagine how devastating this would be…

Here’s a video of Oliver Sacks explaining his condition:

Four Point Oh!

Well, I got word late yesterday from the USAPA* that I am now a 4.0 pickleball player!

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Here’s the email I received (along with a few other new 4.0’s):

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Rankings range from 1.0 (newbies) to 5.0 (highly skilled).

I’ve been working towards this for over two years, so I’m thrilled!

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And here are the skills that accompany 4.0-level play:

  • Consistent and dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand shots.
  • Reliable serves, lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys and can use spin shots with some success.
  • Occasionally can force errors when serving.
  • Rallies may be lost due to impatience.
  • Uses the dink shot and drop shots to slow down or change the pace of the game.
  • Demonstrates 3rd shot strategies – drop shots, lobs, and fast-paced ground strokes.
  • Aggressive net play and teamwork in doubles is evident.
  • Fully understands the rules of the game and can play by them.

The most important thing I need to work on is impatience. Strangely, patience is one of the most important skills in pickleball, and it’s not my strong suit.

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So I’m off the courts again to work on it some more. 🙂

*United States of America Pickleball Association

Men’s Shirts — Short Skirts

7988293ca28a250ab86faef56c38829eToday’s weather is going to be PERFECT!

Cloudy all day long.

Temperature under 70 degrees.  PERFECT after this long,  hot  summer.

And I’m wearing my favorite outfit: shorts or a skirt and a long sleeved men’s shirt.

That reminds me of my favorite Shania Twain’s song because she talks about “Men’s shirts-short skirts”.

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One of my most cherished memories is singing this song with Melissa and Carol just before the Women’s Fitness Celebration 5K Race during Melissa’s first year in college at Boise State University.

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Carol and I had driven up from Fallon to visit Melissa about a month after she started college.

We joined 20,000+ other women in song along the streets in downtown Boise.

It was a magical moment with incredible energy and sisterhood.

And that’s when I knew I wanted to live in Boise. 🙂

That was 16 years ago this weekend.  So in memory of that…

Let’s go girls!

Man! I Feel Like A Woman!”

Let’s go girls! Come on.

I’m going out tonight-I’m feelin’ alright
Gonna let it all hang out
Wanna make some noise-really raise my voice
Yeah, I wanna scream and shout
No inhibitions-make no conditions
Get a little outta line
I ain’t gonna act politically correct
I only wanna have a good time

The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative to have a little fun

Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I’m a lady
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Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin’ it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

The girls need a break-tonight we’re gonna take
The chance to get out on the town
We don’t need romance-we only wanna dance
We’re gonna let our hair hang down

The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative to have a little fun

Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I’m a lady
Men’s shirts-short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin’ it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

The best thing about being a woman
Is the prerogative to have a little fun (fun, fun)

Oh, oh, oh, go totally crazy-forget I’m a lady
Men’s shirts-short skirts
Oh, oh, oh, really go wild-yeah, doin’ it in style
Oh, oh, oh, get in the action-feel the attraction
Color my hair-do what I dare
Oh, oh, oh, I wanna be free-yeah, to feel the way I feel
Man! I feel like a woman!

I get totally crazy
Can you feel it
Come, come, come on baby
I feel like a woman

Strange Football Ad

I watched football yesterday. A lot of it.

And while the football was very good, one of the ads that aired multiple times had me perplexed.

Usually football ads involve beer, pizza, tools–you know, things the quintessential male couch potato enjoys…

But I lost track how many times I saw Matthew McConaughey driving a Lincoln.

1001-McConaughey-Lincoln-970-630x420I don’t quite get the connection between McConaughey and football and why the advertisers think that airing their ads during an NFL game makes sense.

  • McConaughey is super thin and most couch potatoes watching football have loosened their pants so that they can eat more chips and dip.
  • He tries to come across as cerebral and metaphysical–two qualities rather lost on most weekend warriors who turn off their brains for the weekend until they go back to work on Monday

So here’s the interesting thing…

Apparently the ad works!

Lincoln’s sales went up 25% after McConaughey’s first Lincoln ad aired.

I’m not sure if it initially aired during football games or during opera performances; the latter seems like a better fit to me.

Maybe opera fans were Lincoln’s first target market, and now football fans are their next target.

For those who haven’t seen it, here’s a fantastically funny parody of a McConaughey-Lincoln ad by Jim Carrey for Saturday Night Live:

And another ad spoofed by Ellen Degeneres that is very funny, too:

Can I Rent a 12 Year Old?

We now have Direct TV for our satellite service.

And because we are new customers (and because satellite carriers give OODLES of things to NEW customers while they give their OLD customers SQUAT),  we get NFL’s Sunday Ticket free for this year.

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I have no idea what that means other than I think I get to choose ANY football game I want to watch regardless if it’s normally broadcast in our area.

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If that’s true,  I’m excited.

First game I want to watch : Bears vs. Packers.

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But because I’m TV- and satellite-technology challenged,  I need to borrow somebody’s 12 year old kid to figure it all out in two nanoseconds and then take two hours to show me how it works…

Then I can watch some football!

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Sweet 112

In dog years,  she’s 112. In actual years, she just celebrated her 16th birthday with a trip to New York City.

Fourteen years ago she and almost 100 other search and rescue dogs worked to find victims and survivors of 9/11.

DOG’S Bretagne’s (Brittney’s) BEST DAY

Giving deserving pups the best day of their lives, one incredible story at a time.

Meet Bretagne: the last known living search and rescue dog who worked at Ground Zero.

As members of Texas Task Force 1, Bretagne and her mom/handler Denise Corliss had an intense first deployment They joined nearly 100 other search and rescue dogs to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after 9/11. They’ve had an unshakable bond ever since.

After hearing Bretagne’s story and learning that her 16th birthday was coming up, there was no question in our minds that she deserved a Dog’s Best Day for the ages.

To celebrate her birthday and thank her for her incredible service, we were honored to team up with the dog-lovers at 1 Hotels to bring this New York City hero and her mom back to the city for the ultimate Dog’s Best Day.

Thanks to Lorraine for posting a link to this FaithTap story on Facebook.

Carol and I Have Got Balls!

Carol and I created a new product, and we received some great news yesterday!

A bit of background…

The product holds between one and five pickleball balls or tennis balls in a lightweight belt while you’re playing.

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It was born out of frustration because it’s annoying to have to go gathering errant balls while playing.

Our product lets you keep playing longer because you have more balls ready to go…

IGBSo we decided to call the product, “I’VE GOT BALLS!”

And we are sewing it in three colors: orange, lime green, and black.

It took a while to get the design down and we had lots of help from other players who critiqued our initial trial belts.

Back to the present…

Last week, Carol sent a sample to an online pickleball company, and last night she received an email from them saying…

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They ordered 30 for their initial order! Woohoo!!!!!!

I’m off to start sewing…

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