Archive | December, 2007

us paralympics + hope

30 Dec

today i went to my fitness class at the gym early so i could get some running in beforehand, but that didn’t happen b/c i got so caught up in watching the paraolympics swim meet. i saw people, many of whom use wheelchairs, swim the length of the big pool and back. afterwards some needed to be helped out of the pool and back into a wheelchair. othertimes, they hopped around on their own.

but these men and women are my heroes. it takes a lot of determination to play sports despite a disability, especially a loss of a limb. and for them to do a whole body sport like swimming, was amazing. granted i felt like the meet was rigged, although i knew it wasn’t, when people with all their limbs won their round. but jonathan heider was the best. he finished more than 2 minutes after the first place guy, double the time, even, and the max time had already run out. and by the time he finished, many of the other swimmers were already out of the pool and disappeared. but he had no legs past his thighs and no arms past his biceps. when he started the race he sat on top of the starting block and pushed off into the water. and he swam butterfly down the pool and back and it was the highlight of my day.

27 Dec

thankful thursday

  • baptism for 6 of my fair loves
  • last minute “discuss the future of the drama team” meetings
  • general craziness with the p.ville kids
  • making new friends
  • low key days filled with doing nothing
  • movies
  • laughter that ensues from cleaning the house with my fam
  • re-igniting of my love for bmore
  • getting to see umbc+arbutus again after SO long
  • blue collar towns
  • cleanliness and organization
20 Dec

thankful thursday

  • professional bakers/bakeries
  • cupcake liners
  • box cake mixes
  • dental floss
  • coming home to a working tv
  • days i can sleep in
  • books, music, bed (the cozy things)
  • cars
  • funny 509 stories (like playing catchphrase, sports category, with cath+dan)
  • little lights kids
  • people who donated a lot of time and money to help with the LL christmas party
  • &co
  • being a part of LL this semester
  • finally finishing fall semester
  • my boys who coordinated getting a book for me to write my paper
  • fun office parties (schlogg, cheddar larvae, statue of liberties)
  • scoring on the white elephant exchange with sweet steelers stuff 🙂
  • free food leftovers from the office party
  • mr andy’s lady friend said yes 🙂
  • real friends, dates with friendly hearts, catch up talks
  • winter break, which couldn’t have come at a better time
  • mittens, hoodies/hats
  • empty gyms
  • diner, dairy and all places providing me food lately with my lack of groceries
  • extended deadlines
  • lip balm
  • people who believe in me
  • jer 29.11, psalm 91,
  • holiday cheer
13 Dec

thankful thursday

  • cozy sweatshirts
  • lycra/spandex pants to wear running outside
  • bmore boys for getting the book i need for my take home exam/paper
  • the end of classes
  • having no final exams to study for
  • people that pushed me to finish my drawing last night
  • my final drawing turned out pretty well!
  • memories, happy hearts, old loves
  • becky’s camera
  • fitness classes that push me
  • empty gyms during finals week
  • late nights with the roomie
  • early morning greetings!
  • non-comcast tv. or tvs that work correctly
  • LL staff that know how to deal with kids
  • LL kids without hw so that we can play games instead
  • days without work OR class
  • days i can just come home, cook/bake, and then pass out
  • having the chance to be a part of an art gallery exhibition
  • my high school, which sadly, will soon be demolished (just like my elm school!)
  • easy discussion exams.
  • IB english, for teaching me to appreciate invisible man and how to analyze poems
  • campusfood for when i’m hungry
  • not having to use campusfood as much this sem and thus saving mucho dinero
  • cheap clothes + thrift stores
  • good lunch deals at olive garden
  • sleeping in til 1pm, esp when buttttt tired or after stayed up late with friends.
  • having time and people willing to sit around and watch movies. esp on our dying tv.
  • people who go to a cappella shows with me!
  • knowing a cappella semi-well enough to recognize good arrangements
  • all my friends that are coming home soon for winter break!
  • the music that plays at the gym that i sing with while lifting b/c of post-run endorphins
6 Dec

thankful thursday

  • free food (at work, mtgs, etc)
  • clementines, healthy fast-food 🙂
  • my madre who picked me up early last weekend and took me home and made me congee b/c i was sick
  • miss vicky who bakes REALLY good food. oh gosh, that coconut cream pie…
  • plenty of food at home last weekend
  • a couple of sick days over the weekend to just rest my body and sleep
  • cancelled LL so i could have a girls/roomie night
  • a ride back from dc after going to LL
  • my football, so i can play football whenev i want
  • girls/roomie nights
  • being able to be shown in an art gallery
  • cs3 that is saving my butt for projects
  • pinder liking my drawings and thinking i’m funny
  • gingerbreadman, so i don’t have to stare at will all day anymore
  • crc for being warm
  • people who drag and drive my butt to the crc when its cold out and my bed is warm
  • fitness classes at the crc
  • mouse traps
  • finishing this week’s hw early so i have a less hectic week than usual
  • being done with final exams!
  • those wall heaters in art/soc that warm my butt every mon and tues
  • being almost fully healthy again
  • delayed openings for school
  • easy thursdays
  • normal tv (i.e. not comcast/cable)
  • heaters, blankets, snow!
  • hot cocoa, hot apple cider
  • MITTENS, or else playing in the snow is bittersweet
  • hope + jer 29.11

today i went to my fitness class at the gym early so i could get some running in beforehand, but that didn’t happen b/c i got so caught up in watching the u.s. paralympics’ swim meet. i saw people, many of whom use wheelchairs, swim the length of the big pool and back. afterwards some needed to be helped out of the pool and back into a wheelchair. othertimes, they hopped around on their own.

but these men and women are my heroes. it takes a lot of determination to play sports despite a disability, especially a loss of a limb. and for them to do a whole body sport like swimming, was amazing. granted i felt like the meet was rigged, although i knew it wasn’t, when people with all their limbs won their round. but jonathan heider was the best. he finished more than 2 minutes after the first place guy, double the time, even, and the max time had already run out. and by the time he finished, many of the other swimmers were already out of the pool and disappeared. but he had no legs past his thighs and no arms past his biceps. when he started the race he sat on top of the starting block and pushed off into the water. and he swam butterfly down the pool and back and it was the highlight of my day.