Friday, October 11, 2013

30 Days of Gratitude: Week 3

The strongest part of my body in this moment is......I'd have to say my legs. Even after basically taking a 3 week break from running (with a few intermittent jogs in the middle) - I am clear to resume training. I went for a 10 mile run yesterday, and worried that I wouldn't be able to carry though. But to be honest, my legs didn't even feel a hint of soreness. I have all the strength training and biking to thank for that!

Even after a rough day at work, the things I'm most grateful for are.....This answer is very evident for me right now! My coworkers. After working at different hospitals in a different state this summer, I gained a serious appreciation for my coworkers. I honestly think my ER is the dream team of ER's. No matter how busy it is, everyone helps each other out. People always have your back, and that energy is contagious. We all work as a cohesive team, and we find things to laugh and smile about throughout the day. It makes even the worse days enjoyable.

I also love that I am an 8 minute drive from my house. Yep. It takes 8 minutes every single day.

I'm grateful that my legs carry me....Period. I have a very active job, that requires me to be running around on my feet for 12 hours at a time. I also enjoy an active lifestyle. Over the past year, I've had 3 incidents where walking hurt -- so my appreciation for moving pain free overflows!!

I felt a little burst of energy today when....The alarm went off at 4:45 am, I grumbled a little and was still in that "confused awakening fog". I then remembered, "I'm not in Texas anymore!!!!!"

The best song I heard today was.....It's early, so I'm going to pick yesterday's best song. We had a little dinner party last night, and after our guests left I was doing dishes and our music was still playing. The song "Lazy Mary" came on, and Ryan and I started dancing in our kitchen - and it just brought me great joy and laughter.

When I look inside my closet I'm grateful for....So many things. 1) Obviously that I have clothes. 2) That I can afford to have clean clothes. And clean water in order to launder those clothes. 3) That most of my closet is full of summer clothing, swimming suits, and dresses because I live in a warm & sunny climate. 4) That my closet is no longer the kitchen pantry in a hotel room. 5) That I don't own any rompers.

Your turn to answer these questions!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Winged: So Long, San Antonio!

Last Friday, Ryan got his wings pinned. He is now officially a military rated pilot. Pretty cool. When he was 17 years old, he signed up for the Air National Guard. He had one goal: to become a pilot for the Air Force. From there, every decision he made had that goal in sight. He chose electrical engineer, he got an internship (and then a job) in the defense industry, he worked as an Avionics technician on F-16's, we moved to Tucson to get to a different base where there were more opportunities.....9 years later, those wings were pinned on!

9 years of some amazing experiences. I've been a part of it for 6. The amazing part is...this is only the beginning! So many years lie ahead of us, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.

The weekend went perfect. Everything from our time spent with his family to the ceremonies was just perfect. It was wonderful to have both his parents there. It was also really cool to see his Dad give him his "blood wings".

A little military history for you...."Blood Wings" dates back to WWII, where when a military pilot got his wings 'pinned' on, they didn't just simply "pin it". They placed the pin, and punched that pilot in the chest HARD. Often times, the punch was so hard that their chest would bleed. Hence, "blood wings". Regulations about "hazing" has calmed this ole tradition down.

Where was I? Oh, yes...his Dad! Ryan's Dad had an important impact on him growing up, who retired from the Air Force several years ago. So it was cool to see his Dad get to do that. His Dad drove 12 hours to be there for this!

I will let the pictures do the talking for the weekend.....

Ryan and his Dad after the ceremony. Don't they look alike?!

Ryan and I prior to the luncheon. I find him to be very handsome in his dress blues.

Ryan getting his "Blood Wings". Chris was too nice to give him any blood though ;)

Ryan and his Mom!
It was an emotional day, I must say. It was just full of lots of happiness and excitement. I really felt like my heart was pouring over with blessings.

So, I am writing this blog post to you from HOME. Not home, as in hotel room..but home as in HOME in Arizona! I will be doing a follow up post soon, just recapping my reflections on this experience. I will also be pouring my heart out on how much I can relate to Dorothy (Wizard of Oz, Dorothy), who said "There's no place like home...."

This week is pretty dang crazy though. Got home, cleaned the house and got it back in order, preparing for a dinner party Thursday night with Ryan's old boss, then a party Saturday night where we will be having about 40 guests. Oh, and I returned to work after my LOA and got put on a huge product....and was told "Oh, the bulk of your research needs to be done by Monday."

Life is full! Life is good!