Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, life happens

I have a case of the Mondays. Except on Tuesday.

I have always been honest with you guys and shared the rainbows and butterfly moments, but today I really don’t have a whole lot of nice things to say. But I am still very optimistic things will all work out and that my family won’t feel the need to murder me through the healing process.

I went in for an MRI yesterday and within 3 hours my podiatrist called with the not so good results. I will share them with you soon, but for now I just need a some time to process everything.

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I talked to my grandma last night. She is so funny and uplifting without even trying. Our conversation went from me filling her in on the ole paw, to her complaining about the garden being overgrown with tomatoes. She went on and on about how she has too many tomatoes and how she gives them away. 

She waters the plants, picks the tomatoes, gives them away. Waters the plants, picks the tomatoes, gives them away. It’s a first world problem to have I tell ya.

Then she says “I just want to go rip them out  of the ground and throw them all away.”  I freaking die!!

She told me about how Uncle Charlie was so proud the first eggplant was growing. She went out to check on it one morning and came back laughing when she told him the squirrels ate it.

There is no doubt things could always be worse and I’m thankful for the hand of cards I have right now. First world problems and all.

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I still have what matters most even if I am driving them, including the Bam nuts.

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But giving up is not an option. I’m too stubborn for that.

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Running, I STILL LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

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I’m not looking for sympathy or having a poor is me party. I just put on my big girl panties and roll with life. There’s really no other way in my opinion.

Who inspires you the most? I want to hear all about them.

Current favorite quote?

Favorite ice cream?

Mike recently came home with Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream from Ben + Jerry’s. He proclaimed that I would love it and turns out that boy was right!

I also love the lime bars from TJ’s.

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26 Comments on “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, life happens

  1. Let’s keep it light then J…
    You know them. I about lost it watching the video this morning about X (3 times so far). Emz is my girl. And not kissing ass here, you got me to stick around SCB for a little while now, so you are on my inspirational list as well. I can’t wait to lace ’em up with you. For realz…

    “You only get what the day gives you”… and for you, not to go all church again, “God only gives you what you can handle”.

    You ever tried Kona ice cream? It’s pretty much da bomb diggity.

    Stay fierce, stay blessed J.

  2. I’m sending you a cyber hug… things have been pretty crappy over here, but there are things that I just have no control over and you’re right I have to just throw on my big girl panties and roll with the punches (that keep coming in waves..lol). And you know something else? We are allowed to have bad days. I think they make us appreciate the good days even more…

    My kids inspire me the most… They are the reason I don’t give up. They need me. Kids have the most optimistic outlook on life. They are soo happy and cheerful and filled with “I love you’s” and hugs and kisses that when shiz hits the fan you cry about it and go get your hug.

    My current favorite quote… “success in life comes when you simply refuse to give up, with goals so strong that obstacles, failure, and loss only act as motivation.”

    My favorite ice cream comes from this local place and they make their own… It’s been my fav since I was 5… Bubblegum flavored with REAL gum inside… they also have the best baked goods… When I was pregnant for Ella I would eat three meals a day just to eat a cookie for dessert at every meal.

    • Okay we really need to meet in real life! I swear we would totally hit it off! Hang in there as well. We’ve got this!

      • One of these days we will for sure…. my goal in 2016 is to do the BOSTON 2 BIG SUR… and then spend some time in cali…. first things first, qualifying for Boston 2016….

  3. Favorite ice cream-can’t even pick! Ben and Jerry’s is my fave brand for sure, but I love so many flavors. Cherry Garcia meters chocolate fudge brownie was awesome, but I haven’t seen it in awhile.

    I don’t do quotes, so nothing there.

    Who inspires me? Anyone who overcomes an obstacle to reach a particular goal. I don’t really have anyone specific.

    Sticking with the questions listed, but maybe we can plan a coffee date for this period of time while you’re resting up.

  4. Hang in there! I am so sorry you got some bad news. Never easy but somewhere in there is a lesson. And this is only going to make your stronger.

    I got some bad news recently, too. Lumbar arthritis so not sure what that means for my running.

    The person who inspires me the most is my husband. He came through a tragedy when he was 11 that no one (let alone child) should go through. He is the most positive, inspirational and unconditionally loving person I have ever met. I can’t imagine what I ever did to deserve him.

    I love quotes and always have one on my desktop to look at.
    This week it is “what would you do if you weren’t afraid?”.

  5. My biggest inspiration is actually someone who has passed away….my husband. At 28 years old he was diagnosed with Melanoma…..and for 10 months he battled with a gentle and brave demeanor. Never pitied himself, never cried the river of why me, never let his illness crush our newlywed lives. He literally would be released from the hospital after having brain surgery and we’d go down to Atlantic City for the weekend to gamble and eat. Other than maybe needing a nap mid-day he fought so hard not to burden me, his wife, with his illness. He taught me so much about true love and about what’s really important in life. I live each day with that all in my mind. It keeps me strong and it keeps me motivated. I was given more time on earth that he was not given. It’s part of the reason running has become such a huge love of mine… Wow, sorry didn’t realize i was gonna spew so much. lol. 15 years later and he’s still my biggest inspiration.

    My favorite quote is actually a classic and it’s been one that has gotten me through some really rough times in my life: “when one door closes, another opens….but it’s a bitch in the hallway!”
    I always try to remember that when I feel stuck or things that I loved are no longer with me.

    As for ice cream? I like a plain old vanilla chocolate chip.

    Your summer of 2014 might not be the summer you ran but maybe it’ll be the summer you learned to watercolor or bake or garden…..then you could have too many tomatoes too =)

  6. I have to admit that I’m a heavenly hash and moonmist kind of girl…all the new flavours out there don’t peak my interest or tummy as much as the good old ones.

    I’m so sorry you are struggling with injury…I send you virtual hugs…and if we were on a coffee date…I’d be laughing out loud at your grandma’s story and finding the humor in anything we can!!

  7. your grandmother’s story is so cute!!! thanks for sharing 🙂 Stories about my grandparents are some of my favorites… My grandmother was recovering from multiple surgeries and finally starting to feel better and offered to host Easter for the entire family. Since the surgery her memory hadn’t fully recovered, so she was constantly worried she’d forget something. She started waking up at all times during the night thinking of things she needed for Easter, being a smart lady and knowing that her memory wasn’t the best she figured she’d write them down while she was thinking about them. Que my grandfather waking up with post-its on his forehead!!!! ‘Don’t forget the Easter Ham’ LOL I think it’s so funny to me because I just try to picture waking up with a post-it on your head and knowing it’s your crazy spouse (whom you’ve loved dearly for 50+ years). We asked her why she put it on his head and she said she couldn’t trust herself and standing to put it elsewhere was still too hard since the surgery. Anyways, hope that gives you another smile! Hang in there 🙂

        • ice cream: Vanilla Chip
          quote: when one door closes another opens but it’s a bitch in the hallway.
          inspiration: My husband. He’s not living anymore but continues to be my inspiration. He was diagnosed at the age of 28 with Melanoma and fought for 10 months before cancer took him. The ENTIRE time he was sick he continued to live as though he had never been diagnosed. He continued to LIVE and never even came close to harping on the illness. Sometimes’ i’d actually forget how much pain he was in or how uncomfortable he felt. He was gentle and brave. And the only time he ever really broke down about the situation was when he realized he had nothing to leave me! That was the moment that forever changed me because he DID leave me with so much more than things of value. He left me with knowing what true love was, knowing what a healthy relationship should feel like and that you have to LIVE the way you want to live and not hold back. He even went skiing just 8 weeks before he died. He inspires me every day to move forward and onward and upward. I would never be the person i am today (a girl who runs marathons! and is so much more self-confident) without having shared my journey with him as brief as it was.

    • Girl, best story ever!! You had Mike, Lu & I laughing over lunch!! Now I want to meet your grandparents. Thanks for sharing!

  8. ice cream: Vanilla Chip
    quote: when one door closes another opens but it’s a bitch in the hallway.
    inspiration: My husband. He’s not living anymore but continues to be my inspiration. He was diagnosed at the age of 28 with Melanoma and fought for 10 months before cancer took him. The ENTIRE time he was sick he continued to live as though he had never been diagnosed. He continued to LIVE and never even came close to harping on the illness. Sometimes’ i’d actually forget how much pain he was in or how uncomfortable he felt. He was gentle and brave. And the only time he ever really broke down about the situation was when he realized he had nothing to leave me! That was the moment that forever changed me because he DID leave me with so much more than things of value. He left me with knowing what true love was, knowing what a healthy relationship should feel like and that you have to LIVE the way you want to live and not hold back. He even went skiing just 8 weeks before he died. He inspires me every day to move forward and onward and upward. I would never be the person i am today (a girl who runs marathons! and is so much more self-confident) without having shared my journey with him as brief as it was.

  9. Aww I’m sorry friend!

    My mom inspires me the most. She NEVER complains and I don’t know how she does it. My grandma has dementia and my grandpa has Parkinson’s (both her parents) and she takes them to all their appointments, visits on weekends (she works full time), cooks them food, drives to their house to pick them up for family events, etc. She’s my rock.

    • Wow, your mother is seriously the best thing ever! Thank you for sharing your story. It really made me smile. Have a great evening!

  10. You’re a champ! Can’t wait til I’m back so we can watch comedies and eat ice cream.

    Most inspiring: my younger brother Andy… He has Down syndrome and never ceases to inspire me, crack me up, and fill me with joy!

    Favorite quote: whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. Henry Ford.

    Favorite ice cream: does fro yo count? Preferably peanut butter or cookies n cream flavored.

    xoxo

    • I had no idea about your brother. What a sweet story.
      Looking forward to doing nothing & eating ice cream with you soon!! Heal up as well my friend.

  11. Not sure if this will help you much but….I have rhuematoid arthritis in my hands and knees and was told when I was 20 yrs old to stop (STOP!) running and that I’d probably be using a wheelchair some of the time by the time I was 35. Well…..I didn’t like that answer so I kept searching, listened to my body and I’m running more now than ever. I’m 33 and training for my first full marathon (in 5 weeks! eek!) and run half marathons on the regular. I’m not sure what issue you are having, but I think you can overcome it if you want to. The mental part is the hardest!
    Favorite ice cream is Salt ‘n Straw – Freckled Woodblock Chocolate. I literally have to have someone stop me when I’m eating it, I lose all control.

    • Your story is amazing Elizabeth! Thank you for sharing it. And you are 100% right, it’s mostly mental. Good thing us runners are tough cupcakes. 🙂 Keep on running girl!

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