Monthly Archives: August 2013

Inked up

I’ve talked about getting a tattoo in the past, but the idea I had in mind was always an orca whale on my ankle.  I even gave my friend a picture, so he could draw it up for me several years ago, but I never followed through.

Sometime in the past few months, I decided I wanted a breast cancer ribbon on my wrist.  I wasn’t sure how big or what I wanted it to look like, but I knew that was what I wanted.

In July, we went to Fiesta Texas and I had a temporary glitter tattoo put on my wrist just to try it out. Testing out a glittery "tattoo" before getting a real one. Lol photo 1052892_10151718136053841_538339974_o.jpgIt stayed on for a couple of weeks and when it started to come off, I decided that I was ready for the real thing.

As soon as I came to that decision, I sent a message to my friend, Mark, who does tattoos on the side.  His daughter and H went to day care together and we’ve kept in touch with them over the years.  I knew I would be comfortable with him doing it and I gave him my ideas.  I had to decided to add the years 1992 and 2011 to the design.

1992 is the year that my mom died and 2011 is the year that I survived breast cancer.  I showed up on July 27th and Mark had several ideas, so I picked the one that jumped out at me.

It’s finally completely healed, so here’s a current picture:

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I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I was afraid it was going to be painful and that I would move around too much and mess him up.  Well, I will admit that it was painful on my wrist and I don’t know that it’s something I will do again.  I love my tattoo and I don’t know what else would ever have the same meaning to me.

Do you have any tattoos?

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New kind of busy

Another football season is here and in addition to Haley’s soccer schedule, we will also be adding 7th grade volleyball to the mix.  I just thought we have been busy the past few years, but now we are going to kick it up a notch.

I’m disappointed that I will be losing my zumba class because I just won’t be able to make it.  I have grown to love Zumba every week.  I started going as soon as soccer season ended in May and tried to go 3 to 4 times a week.  The past month, I’ve been lucky if I can get there twice a week.  This week I won’t make it at all and I’m sure that’s my new normal with school starting on Monday.

I purchased a FitBit Flex in June and love, love, love it.  It is an activity tracker and also tracks your sleep patterns.  It has caused me to be aware of my activity levels.  My coworker also bought one and you will find us during the day running in place in our offices to get our step counts up.  We are constantly going back and forth asking, “how many steps do you have?”  I don’t like to be behind, so I’m glad that I have her to push me to do better.

I have agreed to be on my local American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Accounting Committee again for the upcoming year and we have our first meeting today.  I’m excited to do this again even though I have stepped down from being my team’s captain, but I think I’ve left it in good hands.

I hope everyone has a wonderful football season!!