Letting go

I spent the 4th of the July weekend in beautiful Ouray, CO.  For those of your who have never been there, it’s been dubbed the “Switzerland of America” and they do Independence Day up right.  From the parade and jet flyover to water fights between fireman and ending the night with gorgeous fireworks, it was a good weekend.

Eating out proved to be a little bit of a challenge but some of that was my fault in not wanting to try overly hard to find a place that would accommodate my needs so I kinda lived off of potato chips.  Yup, the picture of health!

This morning I woke up at 6am, about two hours before anyone else was stirring.  It gave me time to think.  This last month has been a hard one for me and I can’t really put my finger on what is going on.  I want to blame things like meds being off or the heat or just too much going on, and that might have something to do with it, but…I’m not sure.

I know I’ve been harboring bitterness in my heart and the more it festers, the more frustrated I get with life in general.  It builds and then explodes.  Not a good scenario at all.  So this morning I decided to just let it go, let the frustration and bitterness go because it’s not doing any good.  Not for me or anyone else.

Also, last night a lot caught up with me.  My mom and dad are visiting family in North Dakota and part of me wanted to be at the family picnic last night so badly.  I have relatives that have had health issues and you just never know when the last time might be.  I took a little walk, cried a bit, and went back to the festivities.  I love my family dearly and, as I age, I realize how precious that time is.  Time to not be wasted on bitterness or frustrated or regrets or anything like that.  You gotta just savor the moments, make memories and laugh a lot.

I saw this today and it is true.  I needed this weekend, even though there were rough patches, to clear my head and move past things:


Just keep swimming…

Somehow the spring and summer got away from me.  It was an amazing time with friends, family and spending a LOT of time outdoors.  That meant that I spent LESS time away from my computer and less time writing, obviously, except for my weekly article for the Free Press.  I apologize for being lax in my writing for my audience.  It wasn’t my intent to forget you!

There were two things that stuck out for me that happened over the summer.  First, we had a family reunion over the 4th of July holiday…ok, we had two family reunions.  One planned, the other just happened.  You see, there is a lot of my family (from my mom and dad’s sides) that either hadn’t seen my niece and nephew and some that hadn’t even met my sister in law.  This was an opportunity to kill several birds with one stone.

My mom’s side of the family hadn’t been together since the funeral of my grandpa so it was decided that we would get together for something fun instead of a sad event.  There was so much laughter and memories during those day that went so quickly.  Then, as my mom’s side of the family left, my dad’s side came.  More laughter ensued…more great memories.

The best thing is that, during these few fleeting days, everything we ate was gluten free.  I don’t think a lot of people even gave it a thought as they picked up the scones, muffins and or other tasty treats that my mom had baked.  Most of the baked goods were recipes that had been handed down for several generations and she had modified.  It was, from my point of view, a great showing of what gluten free isn’t:  tasteless, cardboard food.  It was also a showing that we are normal people, we just had a disease that causes us to adjust HOW we eat and WHAT we eat.  An adjustment, not a death sentence, if we follow the rules.

The second thing that I did this summer was the Warrior Dash, which happened to be my third time running this race.  Despite disappointments during the actual race, it was the most fun that I’ve had at the race.  Shawna, my running partner and partner in crime, and I stayed at Copper Mountain this time and we were able to catch the post race festivities with our friends.  The nice thing about Copper is that, as a ski resort, they are sensitive to the needs of the GF community and I was able to eat sushi and many other things while there.  It was another amazing milestone for summer 2014.

I will try to not be so lax in my writing here on out.  Feel free to keep following and have a great day!