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.

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