Europe 2013

It’s October! Yay! In 2.5 months Im going to be a maid of honor for the first time ever…yay!
September was a great month. I went to the beautiful Amalfi coast to a wedding , toured Rome, and spent a week in Austria. Exploring Italy was such an awe-inspiring experience- just to think of all these building which were built before the birth of Christ…I have shared a few favorites from the trip.


It’s been a minute….

Poor blog, I have really neglected my writing.
I’ve been pretty busy, but that’s not a good enough excuse. Big things are in the pipeline. So excited I’m starting my German classes this week-woot woot! Excitedly planning my trip to zit sky and Austria in September, and an added trip to Kenya in December, because one of my most favorite people in the world is getting married on December 20th.
While I’ve been away I’m now back on the fitness wagon and enjoying it. I have a goal, and some exciting plans coming soon.
Today I made a serious adult decision, made and offer on our first home;) and I am excited. They say we might be disappointed 😦 but I believe it’s its meant to be our home, so lets see if God thinks the same.
Now off to enjoy this life with my brother, who drove 9 hours to spend the weekend with me. Gotsa love brothers;)

The Big C…..Again

Last month I had a huge scare. Earlier in the month I had felt a breast lump in my right breast. I went to my doctor, who sent me to a mammogram and ultrasound.
My beautiful friend Mel went with me to the mammogram and ultrasound. Talk of good friends! They hold your hand even when you pretend not to be scared. My ultrasound showed a lump, and the radiologist said I needed a biopsy so I came back three days later. Well, it was not a fun experience- thanks Mel for taking me and hanging out with me when I had ice stuffed in my bra!
So I got my results three days later and it showed my lump had characteristics of a phyllodes tumor . They recommended an excision, because phyllodes tumor can grow pretty big.
I cried a lot…. And then decided that I wanted one of the surgeons at my job to take a look. She read the pathology report from the other hospital and she said she needed to remove it. We scheduled surgery for may 14th. She also wanted the cancer pathologist to look at it and get a better diagnosis. I prayed about it and made peace with the idea of surgery. Prayer helped with the nervousness.
Fast forward I go to Rwanda and on May 6, I had my pre-operative visit with my surgeon. She had great news- the cancer pathologists didn’t think it was phyllodes- it is a fibroadenoma and doesn’t need to be removed at this time. So for now we are just going to watch it by ultrasound and mammogram every six months. I can’t tell you how excited I was! I just thank God for being there and holding my hand. And for giving me family and friends who always support me.
So the lesson I hope you learn from this is that It is very important to check your breasts because only you know when something is wrong.


30 before 30 progress

I think I am doing pretty decent. I echo the words of Mrs Babes “without goals in life, you can get into the humdrum of life, the flow if I may say so and and one may do things because it is one is used to and is the norm. Having goals – some of which are DIFFERENT – make you think outside the box.’

  • Graduate from girl-pushups
  • Learn how to sew- Decided after a few attempts that sewing is not for me
  • Go three months without buying new shoes or clothes- two months and counting
  • Watch the color purple and the Sound of Music
  • Run a 10K  running a 5 k in March and May…hope to do 10 in June
  • Jump over a 30 inch box at crossfit
  • Learn German   Actively working on it
  • Go to Hawaai   loved it !
  • Go hiking
  • Lose four inches off my waistline  progress looking good
  • Get a Kenyan ID card     November 2012
  • Go on a medical mission trip- going to Rwanda April 19 2013
  • Attend my high school’s birthday service- will be there in Spirit- decided on Rwanda mission trip instead
  • Read 50 books- I am making decent progress. Doubt I will make 50. but its better than 0
  • Have a conversation with my family about my living will and what my medical wishes are-  I put it in writing, they will know if and when the time comes
  • Start a scholarship in my grandfather’s memory – working on this as soon as I am debt free
  • Save 10% of my salary- working on this and making good progress
  • Spend a week with my sister
  • Speak at a conference 
  • Visit Yosemite Park
  • Go without red meat for a month
  • Spend a day ” disconnected” from technology
  • Go camping
  • Start a photography/ travel blog- decided against a second blog- posting more of my photos on Kagori
  • Visit Alaska
  • Milk a cow
  • Serve a meal at a homeless shelter
  • See the Wildebeest migration Saw a bit of it in the Mara
  • Cut my hair. Done. May 2012
  • Learn how to dive/ snorkel   went snorkeling in Mombasa November 2012

The other side of the equation

So, today was day one at work after a week of no work- I could hardly wait to go home and do nothing. But…I was reminded to count my blessings and name them one by one.

The past month has been crazy! After a loved one had a cancer scare, I spent hours at my workplace – not working, but going from doctor to doctor and test after test. It was an interesting perspective, and by the grace of God, Friday we received the official “No cancer”. It was a great day!

Being on that side of the equation taught me alot, especially the worth of a smile, a hand-hold and a kind word. It made me proud to work with such an amazing group of people too. It also got me thinking about putting more effort into accomplishing the small goals I have set. Like getting better at photography, and learning German.

Speaking of photography, here are a few shots from Maui



This shot was from our Whale watching tour- which was INCREDIBLE!


One of the resident swans at our hotel



One more day to friday


Thought I’d share this story:

A married woman is having an affair. Whenever her lover comes over, she puts her nine year old son in the closet. One day the woman hears a car in the driveway and puts her lover in the closet, as well.
Inside the closet, the little boy says, “It sure is dark in here, isn’t it?
“Yes it is,” the man replies.
“You wanna buy a baseball?” the little boy asks.
“No thanks,” the man replies.
“I think you do want to buy a baseball,” the little boy says firmly.
The man considers the position he is in for a moment. “Uh, I see. You’re right, I do want to buy the ball. How much?”
Twenty-five dollars,” the little extortionist replies. “TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS?!” the man repeats incredulously, but then shakes his head and complies to protect his hidden position.
The following week, the lover is visiting the woman again when she hears a car in the driveway and, again, places him in the closet with her little boy.
“It sure is dark in here, isn’t it?” the boy starts off.
“Yes it is,” replies the man.
“Wanna buy a baseball glove?” the little boy asks.
“OK. How much this time?” the hiding lover responds.
“Fifty dollars,” the boy replies and the transaction is completed.
The next weekend, the little boy’s father says,
“Hey, son. Go get your ball and glove and we’ll play some catch.”
“I can’t. I sold them,” replies the little boy.
“What did you get for them?” asks the father, expecting to hear about lizards and candy and preparing a lecture about how valuable the baseball and glove were.
“Seventy-five dollars,” the little boy says.
“SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLARS?! That’s thievery! I’m taking you to the church right now.
You must confess your sin and ask for forgiveness!” The father hauls the child away.
At the church, the little boy goes into the confessional, draws the curtain, sits down, and says “It sure is dark in here, isn’t it?”
“Don’t you start that shit again,” says the priest.


A new day. A new dawn. A new year!

2013 is here,

I am so excited about this year. I’m beginning to think this has got to be the best year of my life yet.

So, every year I tell myself I will not really make resolutions, and then I do….

But we all do that, no?

So, this year, my goal is to stop fighting the alarm clock in the mornings. and to get serious with my workouts. I think I will become more serious with my fitness journal…

Ok, this time is going to be different….thats what we all say…