Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Life in Pictures #25

A picture of your favorite day:

I have no idea how I coild pick one favorite day. It could the day of a fun cycling race, or a day with close family, or a day with a friend or family member who has passed away. So there is no picture for this one, I just can't choose. I will say that you should try to make everyday your favorite day. You never know how many more you will get.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Life in Pictures #24

A picture of something you wish you could change:

hmmmm, there are many things. Things in the world we live in. Things with family and friends. And aspecially things with myself. That is my biggest problem, myself. But would I change the entire set of circumstances from the beginning of life, or just go back far enough to have a better outcome now? Tough question, but the answer does not matter. None of it can be changed. All I can do now is start from this moment in time and try to make things better for myself. I only have myself to blame if I am not happy. So my picture is of the only thing we should worry about trying to change.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Life in Pictures #23

A picture of your favorite book:

I love Stephen King  books. "It" is my all time favorite. At over 1000 pages, it a long read, but well worth it. I even like the cheesy tv mini-series. Mostly because Tim Curry was Pennywise the clown.

Monday, March 28, 2011

My Life in Pictures #22

A picture of something that you wish you were better at:

I wish that I was better at standing up for the things that I need to do for me. I've always been one to put other's needs ahead of my own. I know that's a good quality, but I've done it to the point that I have neglected myself and my needs. This is changing though. I have finally realized that life is too short to not do some things for you. Especially if it absolutely neccessary for your sanity and very existance.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

My Life in Pictures #21

A picture of your favorite evening:

I have a lot to choose from, so I'll take the latest.

Any night race is a good race. It so much fun. All the dynamics change when the Sun goes down and you have to rely on your own light.And of course the 24 Hour Burn is coming up. It's the best race because it's 24 hours long so you race all night. 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

My Life in Pictures #20

A picture of a place you would love to travel:

I really want to go to Ireland. Clifford is Scotch-Irish. It would be great to see the homeland. And to drink lots of good beer! :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Life in Pictures #19

A picture of you when you were little:

This is me, my Dad, and my sister. Those days were so simple and carefree.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


A picture of your biggest insecurity:

My biggest insecurity is myself. I've always been very self conscious. I never fit in. Something was always lacking or didn't feel right. Moving to a new place when I was 13 did not help either. I've always had good friends, but none of them really knew me. I'm hoping to overcome these insecurities. I think I am getting more and more confident all the time.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Life in Pictures #17

A picture of something that has made a big impact on your life recently:

This picture represents inner self. I am finally finding mine, or at least paying attention to it. I have ignored it for far too long. No one can be truely happy unless they love and understand themselves first.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

My Life in Pictures #16

A picture of a person who inspires you.

I know Jen will want to kill me when she sees this. :)  But she inspires me. Jen is a great friend and fellow mountain biker. She is kind, friendly, and non judgemental. I first met her while Geocaching. We have been racing together for many years now, and hopefully for many years to come. She is driven to the best she can be, but doesn't have any negative attitude that can come with it.
Thanks for being a good friend.

Monday, March 21, 2011

My Life in Pictures #15

A picture of something you want to do before you die:

There are so many choices. So much I want to do. I have always wanted to skydive. The rush and exhilaration would be awesome.


A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

I don't have a picture of my grandmother on this computer, but I couldn't imagine not having her around. She is 81 and lives next to my mother. A week ago she had a massive stroke and heart attack. Thankfully she survived and is recovering. All of her mental functions are intact but she can't move her left side yet. But there has been progress. She is an extremely strong willed person, and if anyone has the drive to get better, she does. Growing up, my grandparents were as much a part of my life as my parents.

Saturday, March 19, 2011


A picture of your favorite band or artist:

The Ramones began the punk rock movement in the US in the later 70's. Their songs were simple, fast, and timeless. They influenced almost every rock band since.

Friday, March 18, 2011


A picture of something you love:

This one one is tough, I love many things.

I love cycling. As you all know. Not just the interaction with the bikes, but also with the people.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


A picture of something you hate:

I don't think I can put a picture of this. It's not really tangable, but very real. I hate "hate". The kind of rediculous hate that some have for other people that they have no reason to hate, other than that they are different. This could be race, religion, sexual preference, or whatever. If they don't understand it, they fear it. And that turns into hate. Next time you are out in public and see someone that you think you would not like, step back and ask yourself why that is. Is it because of a certain look or action? No one is perfect and we are all different. Try to give that person a chance to actually give you a real reason not to like them. That person you hate is a human being just like you and they have people they love and people that love them, they can't be all bad. Threat them as you would like another stranger to treat you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Life in Pictures #10

A picture of someone you do the silliest thing with.

Zack is my buddy at work. We always goof around and do silly, crazy things. His excuse is that he was in a car accident and had a head injury, lol. I don't have an excuse. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Life in Pictures #9

A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.

Jess has been there for me for over 7 years now. Not only through normal life problems, but she is almost always there supporting me at the races. She will always be part of my life and there when I need her the most.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Life in Pictures #8

8.   A picture of something that makes you laugh.

This is Tyler and our friend Chris at the 2010 Shenandoah 100 mountain bike race. They had a great time hanging out and being goofy.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Life in Pictures #7

A picture of your most treasured item.

This picture represents the cycling/racing community. It's not all about winning or who is the fastest. It's about great friends who support each other and would do anything to help each other. This is especially true with mountain bikers. The atmoshpere is almost always laid back and friendly at mountain events. I feel lucky and honored to be a part of it.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

My Life in Pictures #6

6.  A person you would like to trade places with for a day.

I"ve loved Gwen Stefani since the early days of No Doubt. She always has a stunning look. From the punk alternative look to ultra glamorous. She has a great singing voice. With No Doubt, she was ska/punk. Then she went out on her own and went more pop. I guess the idea of being a rock superstar is very appealing.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Challenge Day 5

A picture of your favorite memory:

This is from my honeymoon in Cancun, Mexico. Is was so beautiful there. White sand beaches and crystal clear water. We had an absolute wonderful time. A week of relaxing in the sun and water, great food, and all we could drink! :)  This will always be a favorite memory of mine no matter what.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Life in Pictures #4

4.   Something you would like to forget.

    I can't put a picture up for this one. What I would like to forget is 39 years of hurt and pain. Not normal pain that you can take medicine for, but the kind that slowly eats at you. The kind that you don't even realize is there, then suddenly you see it. Now I know it's there and what must be done to get rid of it.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Life in Pictures #3

3.   A picture of the cast of your favorite show.

Like Missy, I couldn't decide if I should use my all time favorite show or my current  favorite. So I am doing both.
All time favorite:

Ok, this is actually all of the Star Trek shows. Yes I am a geek and I like them all, but my favorite was The Next Generation. Picard was the best captain of all.

Current favorite:

I love Family Guy. The humor is great with tons of reference from 80's shows and movies. They aren't afraid to poke fun at anyone. I like that the show doesn't worry about being "PC".

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blog Challenge #2

2.  A pictuure of you and someone you have been closet to for the longest time.

This is an older picture, 5 years, of my Mom, my step-father, and me.  I have always been very close to my mother. She's always there for me and is very loving and understanding. I wouldn't be who I am without her.

Monday, March 7, 2011

My Life in Pictures #1

Ok, the others have started, so I have to start too. :)

15 Facts about me.

1.   I am technically an only child.
2.   I have a step-sister and a half-sister
3.   My parents divorced when I was 4
4.   I was born in Manassas, Virginia
5.   My family moved to Amherst in 1984
6.   I joined the Air Force after high school graduation
7.   I had a Top-Secret clearance and worked on electronics from nuclear armed B-52's
8.   I played Dr Scott in Rocky Horror Picture Show showings in Biloxi Ms.
9.   I was in the Keesler Drum and Bugle Corp and marched in the 1990 Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans
10.   I drove air-cooled VW's for about 8 years
11.   I would do anything for friends and family
12.   I love cycling
13.   I am very much in touch with my feminine side
14.   I love my 96 Saturn
15.   I have many changes in my future

Sunday, March 6, 2011


   After having th flu for a week, I am finally starting to feel noticably better. Hopefully tomorrow I will be much better. I'll take what I can get for now. This last week was miserable. I hate being sick and having the flu is even worse. I'm ready to get back on the bike and start training again.

   On another note, two friends, Missy and Angee have put out a life in pictures blog challenge. Each day a picture will be posted per the that day's description. I don't know if I will start tomorrow, but it will be soon.

Here is the format:

Day 01 - A picture of yourself with fifteen facts.

Day 02 - A picture of you and the person you have been closest to the longest.

Day 03 - A picture of the cast from your favorite show.

Day 04 - A picture of something you wish you could forget.

Day 05 - A picture of your favorite memory.

Day 06 - A picture of a person you'd love to trade places with for a day.

Day 07 - A picture of your most treasured item.

Day 08 - A picture that makes you laugh.

Day 09 - A picture of the person who has gotten you through the most.

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the silliest things with.

Day 11 - A picture of something you hate.

Day 12 - A picture of something you love.

Day 13 - A picture of your favorite band or artist.

Day 14 - A picture of someone you could never imagine your life without.

Day 15 - A picture of something you want to do before you die.

Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.

Day 17 - A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently.

Day 18 - A picture of your biggest insecurity.

Day 19 - A picture of you when you were little.

Day 20 - A picture of somewhere you'd love to travel.

Day 21 - A picture of your favorite night .

Day 22 - A picture of something you wish you were better at.

Day 23 - A picture of your favorite book.

Day 24 - A picture of something you wish you could change.

Day 25 - A picture of your favorite day.

Day 26 - A picture of something that means a lot to you.

Day 27 - A picture of yourself and a family member.

Day 28 - A picture of something you're afraid of.

Day 29 - A picture that can always make you smile.

Day 30 - A picture of someone you miss

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 6

   I have done absolutely nothing today. And I still don't have any energy. I feel trapped on the couch. Not only has my body decieved me, but now my couch too? Please let me go. I want to feel better! Maybe tomorrow.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 5

   Ok, I'm really getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. Each day I get slightly better,  but this flu is tough to shake.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Flu day 4

Fourth day of the flu and fourth zapping. I think my energy was up slightly today, but I stayed dizzy at work for most of the day. I believe it is not going to go away easily, which means I may not be able to make the last MTX race on Sunday. :(

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Flu, day 3

   Tired....  Going to bed early.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Day 2

   Second full day of the flu. I'm feeling a little better. Still tired and sore. My cough seems better, but not gone. I did have a dizzy spell earlier. I am going to try to go to work tomorrow. I have so much to do and I am getting way behind. If I feel too bad, I may come home early, but we will see.