Blurry Vision and Mixed Thoughts

November 19th

I woke up this morning and I swear my sight is going. I don’t know what the problem is, but my vision is considerably less accurate today than it was yesterday. I really need to get my eyes checked and my glasses fixed. Mental note: add $300 to already strapped December budget. Joy. Good thing I’m on my way out the door for a long swim, which requires little grace or 20/20 vision. Before I strap on my goggles, a few thoughts dancing around this morning:

~ Yesterday’s run was wonderful. The race redefined community participation. In contrast to some of the gazillion dollar races I’ve run in (namely the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon, which includes a full day trade show the day before with every athletic technology known to man), yesterday was 40 people on a dusty canal with nothing more than a stop watch and a mission. Rex stood at the start line (which doubled as the finish line) with a huge smile and I could tell he was embarrassed, but happy about our “I’m running for Rex” t-shirts. Everyone applauded him beforehand and gave him a high five when we finished. Several friends made it out for the run and it was a great time. Thank you all for your support! On a health update, Rex has one more round of chemo next week; I’ve got my fingers crossed he is creeping toward remission.
Prayers are answered.

~ I am so pleased to have signed up for Shelley’s City Swap. Shell is one of my closest friends from college. I could write novels about how incredible I think she is, but in a nutshell: when NAU stopped carrying Italian courses, she petitioned the university until they provided her with the education she wanted. Even if they may have rolled their eyes at the one girl on campus who wanted to learn Italian, they eventually caved. Shelley didn’t waste the knowledge; today she runs her own bed and breakfast in Rome with her Italian fiance Alessandro. Oh, and she speaks Italian fluently, of course. Finny chronicles Shell’s amazing life much better.
For the City Swap, I’ve been matched with Molly in Alaska. She seems more than somewhat refined and makes me once again wish I had this outdoorsy life I don’t have in Phoenix. I am looking forward to creatively coming up with $20 worth of Phoenix to send to arctic. (Close enough.)

~Turkey week is upon us and I’ve got my elastic pants ready. My parents arrive Tuesday and you can’t hear me, but I’m jumping for joy and doing my best Homer J. Simpson “WOO HOO!!”


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17 Responses

  1. Why is it considered a liberal/female virtue to hound an educational institution into some special privilege? Where does this “I will make your life miserable if you don’t do it my way” come from? To top it all off, the action becomes some sort of ‚Äúred badge of courage‚Äù. This is why women, who use these tactics, are not taken seriously in the real world.

  2. Its EASY to be outdoorsy in Phx Kel. 🙂 If you need help coming up w/ AZ ideas, let me know!

  3. Kelli – found your blog through Shelly’s. Yes she is amazing! Great blog. Been to AZ many times and well the swimming, yes I can relate..

    Hope you get your eyes checked soon!

  4. Posting stupid rants is why people like Gregg are not taken seriously in the real world. Then, because they aren’t taken seriously in the real world, they post stupid rants to “make an impact”. It’s like, totally self-sustaining!

  5. hahaha… elastic pants indeed.

  6. Such an inspiring post!! I am needing new glasses too and have been putting it off for weeks now – I am planning to finally give in this week though. Hooray for Rex! Hooray for a great run! And a big hooray for Shelley who sounds like such an inspirational person – thanks for sharing her story! Happy Holidays – here’s to a week of good food and family!

  7. darn it! i wish i would have gotten in on that city swap 🙁

    maybe next time.

    congrats on the run 🙂

  8. The run sounds great. Well, as great as a run ever sounds to me! But I would have loved to have been there, cheering everyone on (as opposed to running. Which I suspect I would hate…)

    Happy turkey day!

  9. You are a bundle of energy!

  10. You swam. I ate an omelette and sat in front of a computer all day. I call it even.

  11. Happy to hear the run went ok! Too pity I found out about Shelley blog too late to join the City Swap!

  12. ok, it’s not even 8am here & you’ve already made me tear up! i bet the race was wonderful. and i love that ya’ll had rex tees. fabulous! have a wonderful time with your family this week. i know you’ll be in heaven while they’re visiting!

  13. That is so great about the race.
    I can’t wait for turkey day… it’s my favorite. Good family time, good food.
    Enjoy the swim!

  14. Hey you! So glad you’re excited about my first little attempt at a “swap” (inspired by you, of course!) 😉 And did I forget to mention to you that Molly doesn’t have you as her buddy? That way it’ll be a big surprise when you get your package…let the swappin’ begin!

    And, GO TEAM REX!

  15. PS…Just read Gregg’s comment. Lovely. I don’t recall reading anything about “hounding” or “do it my way” in Kelli’s post. The petition for Italian lessons was actually led by a friend of mine who was an opera student, because the school was requiring him to take Italian for his vocal degree, but yet wasn’t offering the lessons, so it was a real catch-22. But, does it change anything that the drive was led by a male? No! People should be careful in putting words or assumptions into other people’s posts. In the end, it doesn’t matter who petitioned the school. Anyone who goes after what they want with their heart should be respected.

  16. gary moore November 20, 2006

    We at the bagel shop were informed by Kelli that she intends to bring us goodies on Wednesday. I am looking forward to feeding my face. I missed the hedgehogs she made but I got to eat the lemon cookies and the peanut butter/pumpkin cookies. Both were great!There is nothing wrong with your cookie sheets Kelli, just well used, a sign of a great baker. I remember the first cake I baked. I was six years old and I watched my Mom make a box cake. I asked if I could do that too and she asked in return, ‘could I read?’ Well of course I could read!’ Well, if you can read you can bake a cake which she proceeded to help me do. That was fifty-six years ago and I can still remember that time in my mind’s eye.
    I went to Shelley’s blog today and saw Amadeo’s art. Fabulous. The tulips were inspiring and I even enjoyed her cats. When I married my wife she had a cat, Tige, and over the last thirty years I’ve become a cat lover. They come and get you to love them then leave you alone whereas a dog slobbers all over you and is always trying to ‘sniff’ you and can’t get enuf attention. When I was sick and spent a week in the hospital and then a couple more weeks at home it was nice to have Samee available for comfort. He seemed to know that I was not feeling well and would let me take liberties that he normally didn’t allow. It was soothing to my soul to have him around.

    Thanks for your blog Kelli and the blogs of your friends. As a curmudgeon I was a little leery of ‘blogs’, something new, ‘change’ that was hard to fathom. I’ve found new places to go and to see. I envy Shelley and her life in Italy. What an adventure! To see the world from a different perspective, to put aside the American persona of Ugly American and be a citizen of the world and know how other people live their daily lives, what a treat!

  17. There must be something going around because I’m sure my vision is declining. My husband has been teasing me about it for years.
    Your run sounds wonderful, really warmed my heart.