MRI

Doctor’s office called me today, and set up my MRI appointment for tomorrow. So tomorrow afternoon I get to slip into that tube, and try to stay still long enough for them to get a good image of my shoulder.  Have you ever been told to stay still?  Do you realize how difficult that is for me on a normal basis?  To tell me to stay still will get me more antsy than normal.

Tubin'.

Goin’ tubin’.

This is gonna be interesting.

In celebration

I am finally getting back to normal with my respiratory health.  The sinus and upper respiratory infection  I battled with for weeks, finally met it’s match with the new set of meds the doctor gave me.  I even was able to get in some running last week.  I’m on my way.

Friday I really started battling a bit of tattoo fever.  I was planning on getting some small ink done this next Sunday at a benefit for Dog Star Pit Bull Rescue, but I also really wanted something to commemorate completing my first marathon; no a medal and a finisher’s shirt just was not enough.  I mulled over what to get, but I could never settle on a design.  I wanted something different, and something bold.

Saturday as we were coming home from brunch, we made a last second detour to our local tattoo shop; Saints & Sinners in Oak Cliff.  I think it may have been the brunch bloody marys or the chocolate wine that pushed me to just get this done.

I spoke to the artist and gave him what elements I wanted in my tattoo; 26.2 in roman numerals, the Japanese character for warrior, lots of boldness, and no flowery stuff. He went to work on it and had me come back in 30 minutes.

When I did, he had three concept drawings for me to look at.  Two were good but just not enough wow factor for me; the third one blew me away.  His concept had everything and had it bold as can be,  I loved it!

Within 30 minutes he had the stencil all drawn up, and was ready to start my ink!

I laid on that table for about 2 1/2 hours, and let me tell you this; my buzz left me about an hour into the session.  WOW!  It was painful as hell in some spots, but painful in general because of the fact that I have no meat on my left leg. It has always been atrophied.   Also I have a scar there from when I had my Achilles tendon lengthened about four decades ago.  Yeah you would think that after 40 freaking years that a scar would not have much of an impact.  WRONG!

It was so worth it though.  I LOVE my marathon tattoo!

Here are photos of the process:

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You wanna know who I REALLY cannot stand right now?

This guy!

I came down with a really nasty upper respiratory infection this week, and it has thrown me even further behind on updating my blog.  I have lots to share about my first marathon.  Hang tight, as soon as this glop is gone, I can think straight and get everything posted!

As a side note – the Z-Pack I was prescribed, RAWKS.  I feel exponentially better than i did two days ago.

Number 4

Wow okay so it has been more than a few days since I updated my blog!  I did get my running in, but took it easy as far as the holiday weekend goes. The last week or so has taken off on me, due to a very hectic workload at the office, and from rescuing a sweet puppy that was at death’s door, at a local animal shelter.

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My anxiety over the next few weeks of long training runs has temporarily subsided thanks to this.

The Oatmeal – I ran my First 50 Mile Ultra Marathon

I wonder if that tree moss grows here?  Oh never mind, I’ll take 7-11 bathroom single-ply scratchy paper, thank-you-very-much!

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Not enough caffeine in your blood to get you going this morning?  The folks over at  Black Acre Brewing Company are clever little monkeys!  Go to their site, select the link that you are under 21 and watch what happens.

Go ahead… click here!