Tomorrow morning I am off to visit my BEST FRIEND Courtney! I can’t actually remember how we met but I know it was in 10th grade, my first year of full time public school. We were fast friends and that entire school year and summer we were inseparable! Every night we were at each others houses, my parents became her parents and her parents (and Grandma) became mine.

Being that we were 15 and 16 kids we were all about the Sisterhood of the traveling pants books, as most girls our age were, we (along with another friend) found the character we related to and that was our thing. We actually had pants that we wrote on, embroidered and passed along to each other. I got to take the pants with me when my family moved abroad. It might sound silly but it helped me feel close to my friends even though we were thousands of miles apart.

I moved back home for the end of senior year of high school and with both of us having boyfriends we weren’t as close as we had been. We each went to college, her to Moorhead and me to Duluth, we were on complete opposite sides of the state. We talked a little and I actually thought that maybe we had grown apart for good. I’m not very social and I find it really difficult to keep in touch with people. Luckily through facebook and texting we were able to stay in touch and remained friends, even when she moved across the country.

I was so excited to have Courtney as one of my bridesmaids and she truly saved the day! Things were going wrong and I was stressed, she stepped in and told me that this was my special day and I needed to enjoy every minute of it. She seriously was a life saver!

Tomorrow morning I get to go visit Courtney (I haven’t seen her for 9 months)! I cannot wait to see her and have some girl time. It is so great that over the past 10 years, through high school, college, friendships made and lost, countless jobs, and serious relationships we have always come back to each other. She is my oldest friend and I care so much for her, her presence in my life has been nothing but great and I cannot imagine it without her.

Love you Miss C!




Week 2: Interrupted


Week 2 of my workout program.

Sunday my poor husband started experiencing severe abdominal pain. As someone who had her appendix burst I wanted to rush him to the ER, he thought it wasn’t ER worthy so we rushed to urgent care. We sat in the urgent care waiting room for an hour and a half before we were called in to see the doctor, the entire time Alex sat patiently but in pain. The doctor asked some questions and did a few tests, gave Alex a pain shot and told us that it was a kidney stone and if it got worse overnight to go to the ER. We got out of urgent care right at 6:00 PM just as all the pharmacies closed. I had to drop Al at home and drive 20 minutes to the closest 24 hour pharmacy, wait 40 minutes for the prescriptions to be filled and then drive 20 minutes home. That night I was up every 3-4 hours giving meds, making Al drink and get up to go to the bathroom.

Monday we slept in and by lunch Alex was is so much pain we made the trip to the ER, within 10 minutes we were in a room, Al was in a gown and the nurse was giving him pain meds. It was so great! Finally he was able to get some proper rest. After 2 hours and 3 IV bags we went home with new medication and the healing process began. We slept the rest of the day and all through the night. Tuesday we woke up feeling well rested and Alex felt so much better. He ate for the first time since Sunday morning and then back to bed. 

Wednesday he went back to work and I got to do some resting for myself! I spent the day relaxing, it was so needed. Thursday was spent helping my mom…so my workout was pushed to Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

I really did not want to work out today, I wanted to continue being lazy and just do a double workout tomorrow. Here is something you should know about me, I will NEVER do a double workout. I just won’t do it. So I got off the couch and did my workout. I started out strong and drifted into exhausted very quickly! BUT I worked out, I did it! I have 2 more workouts to go and then week 3 starts! I am so proud of myself for changing my life! It is so not easy, but the hardest part is starting!