Our Eighth Walk

This past Saturday, Michael and I attended our eighth Walk to End Alzheimer’s here in Dallas.  Last year’s recap can be found here.

 

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I say “attended” because I didn’t actually walk this year.  Since I’m in a high-risk pregnancy and have been dealing with a lot of morning sickness, we thought it would be best if I sat this one out.  I became the place where everyone would meet, left their valuables, and took pictures together.

I say “everyone” because we had quite a team this year.  Michael’s coworkers formed a big part of our team.  We were so happy that so many were able to come and support us.

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Also, Michael’s mom and her friend came (friend not pictured).  We were so happy she was able to come as well.  She also plans to walk in the Alzheimer Walk in her home state later this year.  It really made this weekend special!

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Of course, I didn’t sit alone!  Jerzee came along as well!  I can’t remember how many walks this will be for her, but she has been to most of them throughout the years!  She even wore her bandana she got last year.

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One of my favorite parts of the opening ceremony is when we all raise our flowers for Alzheimer’s.  Each color represents a different category.  Yellow flowers are the ones who are caretakers.  Blue flowers are the ones who have Alzheimer’s.  Purple ones have lost someone to Alzheimer’s.  And Orange ones are for those who are advocates or supporters.

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Because of all the support from friends and family, we made our team goal, plus some!  And I also made my personal goal (plus some) as well!  We are so thankful for your thoughts, prayers, donations, and supportive comments.  We are determined to find a cure for this horrible disease as well as help advocate for the care of those already dealing with this disease.  Thank you for all of your support!

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Fall Goals Update

 

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It’s already the beginning of October!  To be honest, since Fall is my favorite time of the year, I usually hope to slow it down and enjoy it.  But this year I don’t mind the time moving a little faster in this pregnancy.

But since it is the beginning of the month, I thought I would do a little goal update.

Spiritually, I am going to attend a Bible Study.  I am currently attending a morning ladies Bible class one day a week, and I have another online Bible study one evening a week, in addition to my daily Bible study which only blipped a little last week since I was so sick.  I have really enjoyed being surrounded by God’s word during this time in my life!

For healthI am going to do some type of yoga or meditation every day.  Last week was a fail since I couldn’t even get vertical most days.  I guess maybe there was some meditation during that time, but mostly it was just the mantra – Don’t throw up, don’t throw up, don’t throw up.  I hope since I think we figured out what was exacerbating my nausea is now removed, I can work on this goal more this month.

For homeI want to decorate each month.  I did manage to change the bedding to our fall/winter bedding and change out the wreath, put a few pumpkins out and change the dish towels in the kitchen over the course of the last two weeks.  This month, and hopefully, this week, I will be pulling out the Halloween decor.  I did a blog last year about my fall decor which I will link here since it’s basically the same.

For online/writingI’m going to do a weekly video check-in.  Surprisingly, I have been able to do this each week.  Last week was touch and go, but here are all of the weeks: Announcement, Week 5, Week 6, Week 7

And finally, the bonus goal, I want to get back into my planner.  This was hit or miss.  I’m still trying to figure out the style that I want for my planner.  I will try to share the monthly spreads soon.

Did you make new year goals?  How are they going?  If you accidentally forgot about them, or they don’t really work for you, or whatever reason, don’t be afraid to recalibrate and create new ones for this month!

September Favorites

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This month has been so crazy.  The first half was filled with anxiety, and the second half was filled with nausea.  My productivity levels have been low, but I did manage to find a few favorites to share with you.

Over the last year, I have tried a lot of ovulation tests, but the Easy@Home Ovulation Test Kit seems to be the easiest and clearest test of them all.  And they are cheaper than any of the ones I bought in the stores.  Bonus!  This comes with 50 ovulation strips and 20 pregnancy test strips.  The only drawback is that the pregnancy test strips are not early testers.  So they don’t show up as pregnant until after your period has started.  I did have to buy some of those to get the early results.I mentioned this journal in one of my weekly check-in videos, but I really have been impressed with the quality of this Rifle Paper Company Journal.  One of the issues I have with a lot of journals is that the pages will stick together or I will skip over a page layout without knowing. But the pages in this journal are not thin, so it’s easy to see right where you need to be. They are a little more expensive – about 15-20 dollars, but the quality is worth it.

Other than that, the only other things that seem to be favorites this month are the few foods that I am willing to eat and keep down.  Clementines, peanut butter banana smoothies, oatmeal, and eggs are my basic regiment lately.  I have been eating a lot of carbs and fruit, but I know from past experience that this only lasts a little while, about 5-7 more weeks (but who’s counting 😉 ) and then my appetite will be back and I’ll be ready to indulge a little more.

I do have some food aversions, but I think I will save that for this Friday’s vlog!

Do you have any favorites this month?  Any advice on morning sickness?

I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. These are all things I have used personally. I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself. Thanks!

Echo: A Review


Echo, Volume 1: Moon Lake by Terry Moore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels recently, but I enjoyed the Marvel universe when I was a kid, as well as an adult with all of the movies that they put out now. So, when I was looking to begin really getting into the graphic novel genre, I have a friend who is pretty well-versed in all things comics. He suggested this comic.
Terry Moore’s art is absolutely gorgeous. Each frame is detailed and visually beautiful. And the story is pretty interesting as well. It begins with a girl named Annie performing tests on a flying suit for a classified military contractor laboratory. And while doing the test, they shoot her out of the sky. Pieces of her suit fall from the sky over civilian territory, affecting a couple of people, though the one in particular that we follow through the book is Julie. The metal from the suit adheres to Julie’s skin and chest, and the adventure goes from there.
There is some language throughout the book, and some adult themes, but nothing really too extreme. The metal does adhere to her chest, so there are a minimal amount of boob jokes, but overall, the book merely sets the stage for the rest of the series.
I hope to get the next one soon so I can find out what happens to Julie. It’s definitely a great start to getting back into graphic novels!

I also wanted to let you know that I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.  These are all things I have used personally.  I wouldn’t recommend something I haven’t tried myself.  Thanks!