Sunday, August 12, 2012

2012 Summer Olympics

Now I know that it has been a long time since I have made a post, but I never want to forget these past 16 days.

I wanted to take the moments that have stood out to me over this time.

With a take on the history of Great Britain, 007, and her Majesty the Queen sky diving into Olympic stadium, I would have to say that my favorite was Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) playing Chariots of Fire with the London Symphony.

In no particular order.....

 This is Sally Pearson (the blonde in the middle)
She is one amazing woman... This girl made hurdles look easy, 
She moved like there was nothing in her  way.
When she got to the end and waited for the results I have to say when she let out a cry of joy it was a beautiful moment!!!!!

 Ok I have to say it because for real... ARE YOU KIDDING ME????? 
Mr. Michael Phelps is not just a star in the water but I think he may be half dolphin!

 This was the first upset. With Christine Sinclair's hat trick this team was on fire. These Canadian girls worked so hard and I am sad to say that after poor reffing these girls lost. This could have made these girls sour and cold and it could have effected the next game they had to play
But that's not the Canadian way. We may say we're Sorry but we will still bring it on!
And little Diana Matheson placing her foot in the right place at the right time shooting that winning goal. Canada won bronze like gold medalist! 

Damian Warner was Canada's Contribution to the Men's Decatholong.
He had the goal of making it to top 10. And after beating so many personal bests this young man was able to place a top 5 position. I am cheering for him to make it to 2016 in Rio and showing us what he can do.

Ladies and Gentleman I give you The Worlds Greatest Athlete.
Ashton Eaton the winner of the decatholong and engaged to 
Canadian Olympian Brianne Theisen.
He was amazing to watch!

An Beautiful time for Women

The First 2 women to be in the Olympic Games from Saudia Arabia!

With 4 gold medals, and both Canadian & US passports; 
this Colorado native Missy Franklin (who's parents hail from Canada)
Is going to be a big time STAR!

The only athlete to bring home gold for Canada Rosie MacLennan in.....
You guessed it trampoline. this is every child's dream, I thought when they announced it coming up that it was a joke, but this girl showed me! Way to bounce Rosie - you made me proud to be a Canadian!

Allyson Felix of the USA was beautiful to watch as she won Gold in the
 200 meter
and Jessica Ennis was a star of stars as she won #2 of 3 gold medals in an hour.
She won for Heptatholon.

The good looking (double amputee) from South Africa
Oscar Pistorius 

And last but not in time
It's the Jamaicans! Oh SNAP can these men run!!!
The "Beast" Yohan Blake  
And "The Fastest Man on Earth" Usain Bolt!
I could watch these men run over and over and over!

This was a games to remember and it ended with a fun closing ceremonies that included the Spice Girls I have to say that I am going to miss coming home from work and watching these games. Its been a good 16 days!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Goodness I did it again

Well hello there world!

I am learning that this blogging world is HARD to keep up with - and I should have little to no excuse.

So I will start on my tail of woe...

January I was struck with a bad case of pneumonia and was placed on antibiotics - this continued on into February.

Just in time for my 29th birthday I had 2 teeth that decided to quit on me. (I am my fathers daughter) and I had to be put on another bunch of antibiotics to set me up for 2 root canals.

Whew! With that out of the way I was set for 2012 ready to be full of everything healthy and wonderful.
But alas my body was not ready for that and another 2 teeth wanted in on the root canal fun - therefore another bunch of antibiotics. 

The day of the dental work was the beginning of what I would now like to call "the beginning of the belt line".

So.... who knew that antibiotics could be REALLY bad for you?!? The prescription I was given by the dentist did not leave my body and formed a bacteria that grows in the gut and started to take over the intestine right on into the bowel. So long story short I have an infection that has covered my whole middle section. 
Now I have to say a few things - because I have dedicated this blog to all things beautiful (and that is anything but...) I am very blessed!

Blessing #1: I had a dear friend Cindy that was with me at the dentist and stayed with me that night as "the beginning of the belt line" started (my insides wanted to be on the outside) and came - even though she was so tired - to the hospital with me at the end of the next day.

Blessing #2: I learned that the nicest nurse seem to all work together. And after feeling like I had been intimate with more doctors than I would every like to say (not of my choosing) I needed some caring nurses that were kind!

Blessing #3: I went into the hospital with 1 thing and came out with 2. 
How does that happen you may ask? Well let me tell you - I had an ultrasound and as they were checking out my left side (the side I had all the pain) they took a peek at my right side and found that I have a cyst on my right ovary (about the size of an orange). Now you may ask, how is this a blessing? to that I would say that I am sure that I would have gone through life - in pain - without getting that checked. So it is a blessing indeed.

Blessing #4: As my stay was coming to a close an older gentleman was placed in my room, I learned that he had had the hiccups for almost 2 weeks. This is in no way a blessing for him, but what I learned was that I was willing to have issues in "The belt line" just as long as I don't have the hiccups.

So after all of that I have been walking around like an 80yr. old and have been in so much pain.
The week following my little hospital stay I was placed on bed rest and the week after that I was again placed on bed rest. I am not sure where I will be in a week - but I am hopeful that there is no where to go but up from here.

I hope that I will be able to start moving soon and that I will be able to introduce food back into my life.

Until that time I will just (in the words of my dearly departed Dad) Try to Keep on Keep'n on.

Oh and Blessing #5: I have been blessed with such a loving family and group of friends I have had amazing people that have picked me up from the hospital, made meals, called, and sent well wishes. 
I am a lucky girl who is very blessed!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

Oh Me Oh My a LONG time has gone By!

Well the hustle and bustle of the last 3 months took me off to a land of little sleep and lots of work.
I have so many things I would like to share about what has gone on over the past 3 months but I feel like these memories are a bit fuzzy.

Let me start with the wonderful world of Christmas (or I should say Christmas parties that took up most of my November and December)
I love what I do but I can say with firm conviction that in the months of November, December, and July (Stampede in Calgary is ridiculously busy)

I have just a little e taste with this winter themed table that I worked on with my dear friend and co-worker Alleisha; I would also like to credit her as the photographer (her company has been mentioned previously in past posts White Owl Photography). 

Christmas this year was extra special for me. To start I had a goal to make 90% of the gifts that I gave to everyone. So every spare moment I had, I spent making clutches, “elf” stockings, vases, cookie jars, paintings, and a few other little treasures.

I have to say that this really made me feel like I was a BIG part of this Christmas tradition and I felt so much love for the people that I made things for.

In the Larsen clan we do a gift exchange by drawing names. My Big brother D had my name this year. I have to say I did not expect much because I knew that he was working away and would not be able to do much shopping. I had put a coat on hold that I loved and told him about it – but he told me that he was not going to be in town so I forgot all about it.

Christmas day came and to my surprise I opened my gift and there it was! I have to say that my dear sweet big brother mad me cry. I had forgotten all about this coat and I felt so much LOVE. Christmas is not about the gifts but the thought behind them and I have to say I loved every bit of Christmas 2011 because of that fact.

I have had a busy January as well but I hope for it all to slow down just in time for the month of Birthdays. This month I have so many friends that will be reaching new milestones and to them all I wish them nothing but the very best!