Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

Okay, you know the deal – Each week, Hilary list four statements with a blank for you to fill in on your own blogs. If you want to join the fun and come up with four fill in’s of your own, please email them to her.

If she uses them, she will add you as co-host to the hop! SHE REALLY NEED STATEMENTS! This week’s co-host is TIFFANY ( ME) from SOUNDS LIKE LIFE.  I came up with THE LAST TWO statements. And my mom came up with the first two! ( GO Hilary’s MOM)

Feeling Beachie

 

The statements are:
  1. _____________ is one of my _____________
  2. I so ____________ having a _____________
  3. _____ you ever _________
  4. Weekends are for_______________

1. A hot bath after a long day is one of my favorite night time escapes!

2. I so enjoy having a glass of wine to go with the hot bath! (turns me to putty which then gives me a really, nice long nights rest!)

3. Do you ever just take time to to yourself and breath? I mean really breath?- It’s sooo therapeutic!

4. Weekends are for relaxing with a good book, on the beach or patio with a glass of wine and zero interruptions, and breathing – just breathing!

Thursday’s Thoughts and a tiny throwback…

We have been on spring break this week and by we, I mean my kids.

While my daughter has actually left the home to hang out with her friends, granting me time for three hours at most of her presence, the older one.. aka, my son, hasn’t left the house and has said very, very little to me except for… “may I drive the car on Thursday to follow up on some job leads I am hopeful of”.  Which translates into my wonderful hubby will take me to work because no one drives his Jeep.

Moving on…

Yesterday, I had my three month check up.

(times sure flies when one is simply living)

For those that aren’t aware, I have battled skin cancer for 13 years this July. This past December, I had my third case of Melanoma Stage 1 treated and removed and happy to report I  beat this monster yet again.  Since my original diagnoses all those years ago, I have committed to my treatment plan which involves checks up with my dermatologist every THREE months. This involves getting naked and letting my doc examine me with a micro lens – ALL – OVER. Should she/we decided that something looks funny, it comes off which equates to what many refer to as a biopsy.

SUPER FUN- yeah..?

Nope! I can think of soooo many other fun things to do.

For instance, Laundry.

While I share my journey about skin cancer on my blog, it is only a part of my life on this blog.

Truly, my reasons for all of the above are shown below.

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The three peeps and pup above are my life and I don’t want to miss a day or minute of life with them. So I fight, and I support.

The stories I want to share are the ones that involve my family, not my journey with a life threatening  disease, because who wants to hear about that?  I don’t!

I want to talk about motherhood and marriage, joke about my coffee verses my wine intake and how I managed to make it through another day and go to bed with a smile.

but…

I listen to others who fight the same battle and all forms of cancer and other illnesses as well because we are not alone and we all need support. So before you dismiss it as just another sob story, remember, it could be your child, your spouse, dear friend, parent, or you.

Everyone needs someone to listen. No advice needed, just listen and a happy vibe sent their way.

That being said, take a peek at the post from a few days ago. Tiffany’s Toosh because I am helping a friend spread the word for a good cause!

 

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday’s Coffee Chat: 17 again?

Time out for Mom

17 Again!  If you could be any age again, for one week,
what age would you be?
O.M.G. I think honestly I could easily be 5 again – just for one week.
Here’s why….
1. My laundry is done for me not to mention what I wear is picked out for me!
2. NAPS!!!!! I am forced - noencouraged to take a nap, every.single.day.
3. I get to play most of the day when I am not being encouraged to take a nap!
4. Hugs! Lot of hugs from mom!
5. Cartoons, I would be allowed to watch a cartoon and by a cartoon I mean this.

6. Did I mention NAPS???

7. School may or may not have started yet, but who doesn’t like kindergarten?

8. Peanut butter & Jelly sandwiches!

9. Bedtime stories

10. Good night kisses from mom AND dad!

 

( I have teenagers, I miss when they were 5, and loved hugs and bed time stories)

Tiffany’s Toosh

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Hello, my name is Tiffany and I have a confession.

I am a child of the 80’s who worshipped the sun. My youth revolved spending a good portion of my time outside, in the HOT Texas sun, swimming and running around with zero sun protection. Zip, zilch, zeroooo!

Sun block was the farthest thing from my brain, regardless of how many sunburns I came home with, I believed I was immune. Then I was told I had skin cancer!

I was diagnosed with Melanoma- Stage 1 once in 2002 – again in 2008 – and because all good things happen in three’s – one more time in 2014.

I have also had countless basal cell carcinomas removed from my body over the last 13 years!! Skin cancer isn’t picky or discriminating – it just is. My body is scarred everywhere. Face, arms, back, legs and my toosh too!

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The picture of me at the top shows one scar on my forehead (left side) that was Basal Cell Carcinoma, which required MOHS surgery – intense and scary. Then there are the scars from my back where two cases of Melanoma where found and removed as well as a zillion basal cells. My right arm scar where melanoma was found and removed just a few months back; My medical file at the dermatologist’s office.

I have joined forces with this fabulous gal; Heather Fall to spread the word of a wonderful product she & the company Mary Kay – sell.

Mary Kay® Sun Care Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – which I am happy to announce has the Skin cancer foundation Seal of Recommendation!!!

Go check out her page!!!!

Heather Fall Mary Kay

With the first day of spring upon us, which means summers not far behind! Protecting your skin is crucial when going outside!

Did you know Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer? Did you know that when caught in the earliest stages, Melanoma is 100% curable? Did you also know one of the key elements in preventing any form of skin cancer is to wear sunblock?

Keep in the mind the following:

We live in Colorado, which is a bit closer to that fiery orb in the sky, meaning you will burn faster!!!Love the skin you are in and protect it! Apply sunblock and reapply! Sunblock is now my American Express card; I don’t leave home without it.

Don’t avoid the sun; be smart about it! Tanning is equally as bad and fake baking FAR, FAR worse. Pale is beautiful. Be happy in the skin you are in! Cover up, wear sunblock and have a fabulous time outdoors! See your dermatologist once a year if you are uncertain of your risks or have a spot OF ANY KIND THAT BOTHERS you checked out! I have my 3 month check up this Wednesday in fact!!!

 

CALL HEATHER! She will keep you stocked up!

Sunday’s blog hop catch up!

Happy Sunday!

Where did the weekend go??? How is it already almost time to go back to work!

I adore my job, love it in fact. (not too many people can say that) as it doesn’t require much on my part and I am very much appreciated. I simply help run an office full of very intelligent folks and make sure everything is done in a timely manner. I try not to post much about my real job on here because this is my escape from life after all; but last week, even though it went waaaaaay better than expected, it still kicked my butt in regards to mental exhaustion. Which left most things at home unattended – this blog included.

So a few days late, but still joining in, lets get started shall we…

Over at my friend Hilary’s is her weekly hop Feeling Beachie

Feeling Beachie
  1. The worst ____________ is _______________
  2. I would rather____________________  than _____________
  3. I can ________ but I wish I could ________
  4. The song ________________ evokes memories of _______________

1. The worst thing about the weekend is the speed in which it travels.

2. I would rather work 4 -10 hour days than work 5 – 8 hour days just to have a three day weekend EVERY week! Imagine the chores, fun and relaxation I could accomplish with another day off!!!

This question actually ties into another blogger friends hop over at Time Out for Mom

who’s topic of the week is

Would You Rather?   Pose a question in your post, such as:  “Would you rather sleep in a 5 Star Hotel, or, camp out under the stars?”   It can be any question.   Provide your answer in your post, and invite readers to answer in the comments.

Time out for Mom

3. I can make yummy breads but I wish I could make fluffy cookies too.

4. The song Living on Prayer by Bon Jovi evokes memories of middle school and how so much has changed over the years, while at the same time, soo very little has too.

Here is hoping you all enjoy your Sunday!

Happy Birthday Mom!

I decided to dig into the archives for a post that I shared a year ago today when I was still using blogger. See here…
I made some minor edits….
Today marks a day that is somewhat sentimental to me.
It is my mothers 70th  birthday!!!!
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I miss her.
I love her.
I worry about her.
however
I don’t like her…at all.
I have no idea where she is, nor have I heard from her in years.
I don’t mention her much
We don’t have a “traditional” mother – daughter relationship.
( I won’t bore you with details)

I will say this!
All I want for her is to be happy, healthy, and stable.
I wish for nothing but unconditional love in her life.
Knowing full well she will NOT see this, it’s solely for my own sanity, especially today.
I wish her the happiest of birthdays!
My mother introduced me to the world of Garfield.
She taught me the ways of sarcasm and how it keeps many people alive.
She also showed me what is means to be strong.
It is because of her that I am the woman, friend, and mother I am today.
I am all of those things I wish I had and longed for all those years growing up.

Thank you mom.
&
Happy Birthday!

Friday’s 4 Fill in—- FUN

Feeling Beachie

The statements:

Having too____makes me_____
When it is____, I _____
Chocolate is ________
How do you feel after______

1. Have too much junk food makes me feel like a beached whale.

2. When it is sunny and 75, I am in my happy place.

3. Chocolate is so good, yet so evil!

4. How do you feel after a good workout?

Tuesdays Coffee Chat – My confession!

Time out for MomRandom Confession.  It’s good for the soul!

This post by my blogger buddy over at Time Out for Mom is by far my favorite to date!

I blog because it is a way for me to get all the millions and trillions of thoughts racing through my brain each day out! I don’t blog daily – I finally called U.N.C.L.E on that plan because it was causing me stress I simply didn’t need.

After reading Rory’s blog about coffee cups and washing, I giggled because I rinse my cup out and put it on the counter to use again later.

Why dirty another dish? Seems simple enough right?
Anyway, moving onto the bigger topic of this weeks coffee chat…. random confessions!
Mine is good one – a two – for – one really.

I have to confess that I while I adore being a mom first and foremost in this amazing life I have been blessed with. There are days where I do not want to not have to think about schedules, appointments, HOMEWORK, chauffeuring, dinner, laundry, cleaning or work of any kind and
simply not think at all!

I mean come on, now that I really see and have a true understanding of what being an ADULT means and all that I am held accountable for, it kinda blows depending on the day.

Take for example my office has a wellness committee that consists of folks who volunteered to be on it. Myself included because I thought it would be FUN.

That was until this months challenge started. Because I am part of this delightful committee, I kinda agreed to take part in all things we as a committee, create and put forth into action.


So onto my next confession!

I have discovered that when it comes to my overall wellness on my diet,                                          blood pressure and walking side of life, I am GOOD!
It’s my overall “fitness” that needs the work.

OMG… I cannot move my arms over my head and my shoulders are so sore.
But by golly, by the end of this month, I will be able to complete the following like pro!
100 sit ups
35 push ups AND
30(2minute)planks – which ARE NOT as easy as they appear!
The 3 items listed above happen to be our March Madness Health Challenge – which I agreed to and because I am an ADULT, I am responsible and making my family do it with me!!!!

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