Monday, May 18, 2015

Four Teeth Lighter - I'll Take It



I had my wisdom teeth pulled last Thursday. All four of them. BLAH. I'm still not feeling 100% but I'm glad I'm this far along in the healing process already.

I never really had any pain or problems associated with my wisdom teeth. But, I just spend a pretty penny on Invisalign (post to come later), and I didn't want those little jerks under the gums to shift my now perfectly straight teeth.

Also, once taking a look at the X-rays, those jerks were big and sideways and looking like they were definitely up to no good. So they had to go.

I haven't had any type of surgery since I was about seven when they cut my abnormally large tonsils out of my throat. (Apparently they were trying to strangle me.) I guess that's the reason I was a hot mess last Thursday morning. I just didn't know what to expect and I was nervous about being sedated. As soon as the nurses started hooking me up I lost it.

Luckily, they just pump a bunch of stuff in your veins and you pass out and wake up 45 minutes later talking all kinds of nonsense. The doctor told Tim they gave me more "juice" than others since I was all worked up. Apparently I'm not great with any type of medical procedure. Looking forward to pregnancy.. whoo hoo!

Four teeth lighter. They told Tim they were so big they had to use a drill. Thank whoever invented sedation meds for said sedation meds.

There is a video of me in the car after surgery and I must admit it is hysterical. But I look absolutely ridiculous and pathetic so I'm not sure I'm ready to post it on the big bad blog. Facebook was hard enough.

Now on day 5, I feel better in terms of not being in as much pain and not being dizzy from all the meds. But I still feel like there are big blueberries shoved behind my teeth and I so badly want to remove them.


I'm also still sticking to soft-like foods. Even though I want nothing more than to house some Chipotle chips and guacamole right now.

Do you know how hard it is to watch Tim eat all of the things I love to eat for four days while I slurp down yet another spoonful of applesauce?

Let's just say I think we should start considering it as an alternative form of torture. It's effective.

Until next time!




Tuesday, May 5, 2015

30 Miles in 30 Days

























I've fallen off the fitness wagon a bit. I wouldn't say I tumbled out the window and am watching it pull away into the sunset, but I'm more like dragging along side of it as my ankle is wrapped up in a rope.

Needless to say, I'm ready to swing back up and onto the platform. I went through my blog to find the last time I posted about fitness. It was Monday, February 9. Yikes, that seems like forever ago. I believe it was around that time that there was a foot of snow on the ground. Twice. Now it's sunny and glorious here in the bluegrass.

I just went over to MapMyRun to see how and when my fitness efforts started fading. February and March were still pretty good. Despite travel weeks, I was still going to the gym early a few times a week and getting in cardio and strength.

So from about September 2014 to March 2015 I was riding the fitness train like nobody's business. But it always seems to happen that once we get close to one of my events (3 per year) I prioritize other things and slack on the workouts. And then we GO to the event for a full week and I literally have zero free time.

Sunday the motivation struck to get back on there on a consistent basis. I got an email from Map My Run to participate in a 30/30 challenge (30 miles in 30 days). And it just so happened that Monday we had a wellness seminar at the office and kicked off a fitness challenge among our staff. We just have to tracked our exercise activity for the month.

So I'm all in for those two challenges. Here's my progress on the 30/30 so far...


Despite starting a few days late, I'm still doing OK. I'm actually long overdue for some new running shoes so I'll be heading to John's Walk/Run Shop this week to finally upgrade. (And I have a gift card from winning a 5k a while back!)

The only hiccup I foresee for May is that I'm getting ALL FOUR widsom teeth pulled next Thursday. So I will be bed-ridden for a couple days. (Can you say dreading this more than I've ever dreaded anything ever before???)

Hopefully I can still make up those days with longer runs on other days in the month. I just love little tracking challenges like this because you can do it with friends (Hey Joanna & Kylie!!) and you have a way to keep yourself accountable.

I'll be posting some updates on Instagram throughout the month using the hashtag #30Miles30Days. If you're feeling squirrely, feel free to join us!

Happy Running!




Monday, May 4, 2015

Playing with Alligators


After the meeting wrapped up in New Orleans Tim and I had the weekend to enjoy the city again! (We had gone during New Years this past year.) I was so excited because we had a swamp tour lined up. Those who know me know I have a weird love of alligators. I know most people think they are big scary beasts, but I find them adorable.

So I was excited to get up close and personal with the reptiles!


And we ate beignets. Lots of beignets.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

2015 Spring Meeting - New Orleans


Our first meeting of 2015 was a success! We spent the week in New Orleans at the JW with 325 of our awesome members, spouses, and guests.

We wanted to have another "local experience" like we did in Boston, so we had some fun up our sleeves for Thursday night.

I was really nervous about the weather because it rained as soon as we arrived Monday and pretty much didn't quit. Once Thursday afternoon rolled around I was about to go outside and do an anti-rain dance. But luckily, the skies cleared just in time for us to parade 200 people out of the JW, across Canal street (police escorts shut down the four lane road), and down Bourbon Street through the French Quarter. Our final destination was Bourbon Vieux, a fantastic event venue where we hosted a reception with cocktails and heavy hors d'oeuvres complete with a wrap-around balcony overlooking Bourbon. It was fabulous to say the least!

Here are some photos from the week!