Storm Stella

Did you get a lot of snow from Storm Stella? We got about 24 inches give or take in CNY. I have never seen so many businesses in New York shut down for a snow storm before. However, I think it was a smart call. People shouldn’t be out traveling when weather conditions are so bad. Sometimes we get so caught up in all of the things we need to do and places we need to go, we forget what’s important. In this case, our lives. Is it more important to go to work, to the store or out to eat than to be home safe with your family? Of course not! Many of the counties around us issued travel bans so people couldn’t travel.

Yesterday I got out of work early due to the weather and today I didn’t have to go in at all. I did however, spend the majority of the afternoon shoveling the driveway. It was coming down so quickly that as soon as I finished, it was time to start all over again. I shoveled about 6 times between noon and 6PM. This morning Adam and I were back at it at 5AM! He still had to go to work today. Needless to say, I’m extremely tired and sore today. This morning I spend a lot of time stretching areas that are very sore. I will probably do a stretching video this afternoon.

This picture was taken on 3/14/17 @ 1 PM

  This picture was taken on 3/15/17 @ 1PM

5 more days till spring can you believe it!! This weekend Adam and I were suppose to run 16 miles for our training. It was only suppose to be about 17 degrees in Syracuse. The following weekend we were only scheduled to run 8 miles. We decided rather than torturing ourselves, we should swap weekends and run 16 next weekend when it will be in the upper 30’s lower 40’s.

Saturday we did our shorter weekend run inside on the treadmill. Later in the afternoon we took Porter out to Chapman Park along Oneida Lake so he could play at the dog park. There weren’t any other dogs there (as we figured there wouldn’t be due to the weather). We played chase with him ourselves and it gave him the freedom to run in a big open area. After the dog park, we walked out on the pier. The views were so amazing!

           

The ice that had frozen to the pier froze sideways due to the strong winds in the area.

      

The ice floating on the lake looked really cool!

Sunday we drove down to Ithaca and ran at Cass Park for a treat! Cass Park is my favorite place to run! It runs right along the bottom of Cayuga Lake and the scenery is absolutely beautiful! After our run, we treated ourselves to lunch at Ithaca Beer Co.. Lunch was delicious! I had a cup of cauliflower soup and a winter salad. It was perfect for the weather! Adam had a bowl of the cauliflower soup and a grilled cheese.

14 Mile Run

When I woke up on Sunday morning I can’t say I was excited to jump out of bed! I’m usually a morning person, but my phone said it was 1 degree outside and I knew I had a 14 mile run to do.

Completing 14 miles on the treadmill sounded about just as exciting as completing 14 miles in the freezing cold! Nevertheless, it had to be done! I got up, had coffee, cereal and a banana and waited for the temperature to rise as much as it was going to before it got too late. Adam and I decided to leave Porter at home for this one. 14 miles is a lot to run for a pup and the pavement would be very cold on his paws! We drove over to the Erie Canal so that we would have a beautiful view during our miles. I like to change up where we run on the weekends to give ourselves scenery. We have lots of different segments of the Erie Canal nearby that we could start from. There was a local running group doing a long run at the same time, so it was nice to know we weren’t the only crazy people out that morning!

I made sure to dress in lots of layers. Once we got going, I warmed up and it felt really great to be out enjoying the beautiful views along the trail. I even took my gloves off to let me hands breath for a while.

When we got back to the car, we drove straight home to stretch in the warmth of our house! Later that evening, we did a 30 minute stretching video from YouTube specifically for runners. At this point, I understand what areas need to be stretched after a long run. But it’s nice to complete a stretching video to make sure that I slow down and really take the time to stretch every area properly. This way I have the least amount of soreness the next day. I am someone who is always thinking about what I am going to be doing next and rush through stretching rather than giving it the time my body needs. Stretching videos help me to stay in the moment and lets someone else lead how long I take and what moves I do.

This is the video we completed from YouTube.

Monday, the tops of my thighs were just a little bit sore. So I made sure to stretch them well.

Week 8 Marathon Training

Monday- 6.1 Miles- Treadmill
Tuesday- 5.3 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 5.5 Miles outside
Thursday- 3.1 Miles- Treadmill
Friday- Rest Day
Saturday-  4 Miles- Treadmill
Sunday- 14.3 Miles- outside

Hope your all having a good week!

Interval Running

Weather in New York can be absolutely crazy! Yesterday I saw the temperature get up to 66 degrees and this morning it’s SUPER windy, snowing and 32 degrees. The temperature is suppose to get down into the 20’s today. It’s not often that you see it warmer at 5:00AM than it is expected to be at 12:00PM. The wind kept me up most of the night last night. It is so loud!

Because of the changing weather, I’ve been switching up whether I have an inside or outside run. There are so many different routes I can go outside, I’m able to change up my runs quite a bit.

Likewise, I try to make my inside runs challenging and interesting so that I don’t get bored. I get up pretty early to run before work, so if I am dreading my run it makes it THAT much harder to get myself out of bed and motivated. This week I have been watching the Oscars while running inside. One thing I do to keep my runs challenging is changing my speed and incline during my runs. Last week when I was running on the treadmill I started running a 5.0 pace and would run that for 5 minutes. Then I would increase my speed to 6.0 for the rest of that mile. After every mile I would take my slower speed up a notch. For example, mile 2 I ran the first five minutes at 5.1 and finished the mile at 6.1, mile 3 I ran at 5.2 for five minutes and then finished the mile at 6.2 and so on. This allowed my body to warm up at the beginning and have cool down periods during my run all while challenging my speed. It also helps me get to my running goal quicker than if I kept the slower speed.

This week during my treadmill runs I have been starting off running at a 5.3 pace and every half mile I increase my speed 0.1.

Interval running keeps things interesting while running and gives me something to look forward to every few minutes. What types of things to you do when running on the treadmill to keep your running exciting?

Getting new running gear is always another way to get excited to exercise! This week Adam and I got new running shoes. These are the shoes I will be wearing for my marathon at the end of May. I haven’t broken them in yet. But maybe next week. These are my third pair of the same shoes, just a different color. When I first started running I blew through shoes very quickly. My heels would somehow break through the fabric of my shoes and the plastic built into the heel of the shoe would cut right into my foot. Then I found shoes that didn’t have plastic in the heel and never had that problem again! These Nike shoes are basically made of a thick sock material. They form right to my foot and I love them!

Since I started running, all of my shoes have been Nike except the shoes I run indoors with which are Under Armor. I got those on clearance and thought I’d try them out. They’re not bad. Very light weight. I looked at the Under Armor shoes last week, but they didn’t have anything similar to what I already have.

Do you have a favorite type of running shoe you prefer? I find that running shoes are very unique to the person. It’s hard to tell someone what “the best running shoe is” because it depends on the support you’re looking for and the type of running you do.

When I woke up this morning there was no snow on the ground. This is what it looked like outside when I was on my way to work.

Week 7 Marathon Training

Monday- Rest Day
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.5 Miles outside
Thursday- 4.5 Miles outside
Friday- 4 Miles- outside
Saturday- 9 Miles- outside
Sunday- 4 Miles- outside

 

Yoga for Runners

Saturday morning Adam and I went to a local restaurant, Core Life Eatery for a free Yoga for Runners class. The class was led by Sophia Tashkovski, a local yoga instructor. We started with a small group run with some other participants taking the class. This was my first time running in a group that was not a race. I really enjoyed chatting with other runners and hearing about their experiences in races they have participated in during the run. I enjoy running, but have only done a small handful of races so far. While I enjoy participating in races, they can be packed with people which doesn’t always allow you to run your best. They can also be expensive to do. I know they are expensive to participate in because they are expensive to put on, and often they are supporting a charity of some type. However, running for me is often just a free way to get exercise, spend time with Adam and Porter, and done on my own time. Since I have started running I have done 1-3 races each year.

The yoga class was amazing! It was an hour and fifteen minutes of great stretching and learning new yoga positions and techniques, while working on form and practicing some positions I have become familiar with. The teacher, Sophia, was very knowledgeable about the muscles runners should pay close attention to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The restaurant that put on the class, is a newer restaurant in the area that serves delicious, healthy food. Probably my favorite part of what they offer is their juice selection! My two favorite juices they offer are the Cranberry Cayenne Lemonade and their Beet Lemonade! I’m not going to lie, sometimes I go there just for the juice. We were getting hungry, so we stayed for lunch! I had the steak, bacon and bleu cheese salad and Adam had the Tuna Poke bowl. Both were very tasty! It felt great to have such a healthy meal after our workout.

You can check out a short video of the class here.

It was a beautiful day on Saturday, so after we got back home from Core, we grabbed Porter and headed to Onondaga Lake Park to run a little bit more and have a relaxing walk! We ran 2.5 more miles and then walked about 5 miles. There were tons of people at the park enjoying the beautiful day!

I wrapped up my week 6 marathon training on Sunday morning with a 12 mile run. This was the longest run I have done in quite some time! It felt great! The sun with bright and beautiful and the weather was perfect! Looking forward to more long runs in the near future!


Week 6 Marathon Training

Monday- 3.1 Miles Treadmill
Tuesday- 10 Miles Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.3 Miles Outside
Thursday- 6 Miles Treadmill
Friday- 4.1 Miles-Treadmill
Saturday- 5.9 Miles Outside
Sunday- 12 Miles Outside

Valentines Day

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentines Day whether you were celebrating the love you have for your significant other, friends or yourselves! I know some people think Valentines Day is corny and you should really show love for those special people in your life on a daily basis. I agree that you should always show love and appreciation for those special people in your life daily. However, I also think it’s nice to have a particular day that inspires you to express your exceptional love and appreciation. It’s just fun! You don’t have to spend a lot of money- actions can be much more meaningful!

I read a great blog post about the importance of loving yourself. I read this blog a lot and find Monica both very informational and humorous!

10 years ago this Valentines Day Adam proposed to me. He cooked shrimp scampi and steak for dinner. It was a very snowy evening and my apartment had a huge picture window that over looked a busy street in the living room that we sat in front of. He nervously sat down and started reminiscing about memories we had had together. Then he popped the question. I was extremely excited. And the rest is history. 🙂 Every year on Valentines Day we recall the events of that night. This June we will have been married for 8 years!

This Valentines Day we woke up to no electricity in our house at about 3:35AM. I’m not sure what woke Adam up at first, but he felt cold so he got up the check out what happened. Our house was down to 60 degrees. I had planned to complete 10 miles on the treadmill that morning and worried that I would have to postpone my run. At 4:20AM the electricity came back on. Thank goodness!

I got up, got dressed and started running on the treadmill. I have been watching Nashville on my runs. It took me a while to warm up to the show, but I’ve been enjoying it. I was really happy to get this run in because I had felt awful for missing it on Sunday. After running 10 miles, I came upstairs to find beautiful flowers and a lovely card from Adam. Then I went to get ready for work and find these adorable pillow cases!

During my lunch I went to the Cheesecake Factory to grab us both a piece of cheesecake for our dessert. The Cheesecake Factory is one of our guilty pleasures that we treat ourselves to pretty often.

Adam learned how to make risotto from a co-worker and was excited to make it for dinner along with shrimp scampi. I was pretty helpful with the dinner, as I prepared the steamed broccoli. 😉 The dinner was most delicious! There are leftovers I am definitely looking forward to!

It was a very relaxing night with great conversation. What did you do for Valentines Day? Is there any yearly tradition you have for celebrating this day?

Winter Wonderland

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you’re in New York, I hope you were able to dig yourself out of all the snow we got between last night and this morning! I think I woke up to more snow this morning than all of January! In January we had a record low of 8 inches in Syracuse! Syracuse has not seen this little of snow in January since 1950! Pretty crazy stuff! These pictures are from my walk this morning with Porter.

I was unfortunate enough to get yet another cold last week. I am never one to get colds! The cold medicine in our house expired in 2011- that’s how little we get colds. Needless to say we had to purchase some new meds. I have been trying to drink a ton of fluids, take my Emergen-C tablets to get some extra vitamin C, resting, going through tissues like there’s no tomorrow, and sucking on cough drops. I finally feel like I’m on the upswing! Friday and Sunday I actually had to skip my runs. I felt awful for skipping them. Friday was only a 3 mile run but Sunday was suppose to be a 10 mile run. I am going to try to do a 10 mile run this week to make up for it. Those are the important runs that make a lot of difference for me. There was just no way I could have done them.

This weekend Adam and I had planned to go to the Finger Lakes for some wine and beer tasting and we scheduled a brunch at our favorite winery for Sunday morning. Our hotel reservations could not be refunded, so we still went and tried to make the best of it!

We left Saturday after we both got our 4 mile runs in. We started with Prison City Pub & Brewery. Their Mass Riot IPA was named the best IPA on the East coast. They have a limited supply of it, and just tapped a new keg on Saturday morning. Adam is a huge fan of IPA’s so we stopped there for lunch on our way to the Finger Lakes. I stuck with some green tea. Their food is delicious! I had a butternut squash soup with a grilled cheese and apple sandwich. Definitely helped my throat!

We checked our also went to Serenity Vineyards, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Climbing Bines Hop Farm, and Belhurst Castle Winery. It was a good day. We enjoyed checking out new places and revisiting some places we go to often. Then we went and checked in to our hotel. Once we got settled Adam picked up some take out for us. Eating take out is nothing like eating at the restaurant!

On Sunday we slept until 9AM. I can’t tell you the last time I slept in that late! I am usually such an early bird! We got around and went to brunch at Fox Run Vineyards. They had the most amazingly beautiful spread! Everything looked like it was from a magazine! All of the food was delicious! They had a pastry and yogurt bar that you could go up to anytime to get food, and then you ordered your main meal with the waitress. We both had eggs benedict with crab cakes. We each got two tickets for their blanc de blanc which you could have plain or you could have cranberry juice or orange juice added to. This was the second event we have gone to at this winery and they do not disappoint!

After brunch, the rain had started to turn into snow. We decided it would be best to head home. I’m glad we left when we did. Once we got home, we already had a couple inches of snow.

Marathon Training Week 4:

Monday-Rest Day
Tuesday- 6.1 Miles- Treadmill
Wednesday- 6.5 Miles- Outside
Thursday- 4.4 Miles- Treadmill
Friday-Rest Day
Saturday- 4 Miles-Treadmill
Sunday- Rest Day

 

Goals

Good morning! Happy February to everyone! The groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter so I’m trying to make the very best of it. But I’m still waiting in anticipation for warmer weather. I feel like a little kid waiting for presents on Christmas morning!

Week 3 Marathon Goals

I wrapped up week 3 of marathon training last week. It feels good to be accomplishing goals and staying focused!

Monday-Rest day!
Tuesday- 6.3 Miles
Wednesday- 5.5 Miles
Thursday- 6.1 Miles
Friday- 3 Miles
Saturday- 4.4 Miles
Sunday- 9 Miles

Monday I took full advantage of my rest day. Porter and I had a nice long relaxing walk in the morning. I truly enjoy drinking my coffee and listening to my audiobook or a podcast while walking with Porter in the morning. For a while, we worried about Porter’s poor paws when we were walking on very cold mornings. Every once in a while he would hop on three paws because one was too cold and hurt to touch the ground. We would cut our walks short so it wasn’t torture for him. But he loves his walks in the morning! He’s a true sniffer and is always excited to check out new footprints in the snow. Our neighbor told us about this wax he uses on his dog, Brooklyn, so that the coldness of the ground doesn’t affect Brooklyn. The day after telling me about this wax, our neighbor brought me over a tin of it for Porter. He spoils Porter with treats all of the time, and it was super nice of him to get the wax! Porter is not a fan of putting it on his paws, but it definitely helps protect this feet!

I ran everyday inside on the treadmill this week except for Sunday. It was a cold and snowy week. Sunday was still cold, but I couldn’t fathom running 9 miles on the treadmill. At least on Sunday we could run in the daylight. So we bundled up and went for a run. We took Porter with us for about 6 miles, then dropped him off at home and kept going.

One of my favorite post run breakfasts last week was Chobani Dulce De Leche yogurt with fresh fruits! It was so delicious! Chobani has a good amount of protein in every cup which keeps me fuller longer and is great for recovery after exercise. This one has 12 grams of protein.

New Years Goals

Last week we moved into February, which means moving into a new month to meet my new years goals. In January we went to a couple new restaurants. We went to Viva Taqueria in Ithaca, NY with my mom and aunt for my birthday. Mexican is one of my favorite types of food and I really enjoyed that restaurant. We also went to Notch 8 for my birthday. I loved the atmosphere at Notch 8! We ate at The Evergreen downtown Syracuse which has a fantastic beer menu and some yummy food!

We also went on a couple new hikes! We hiked at Clark’s Reservation in Jamesville, NY. We also hiked a new waterfall in Ithaca, Potter’s Falls on Six Mile Creek. We did the Creekwalk downtown Syracuse. I’d say we did really good on the 1 new restaurant and 1 new hike a month goals!

I did a lot of searching for Century Rides that I am interested in signing up for. There are some good ones out there, but I haven’t quite decided yet. I am hoping to officially sign up for one this month to lock it in. There was one in NYC that I was pretty excited about, and the website has been down. Hoping it comes back up soon!

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How are you doing on your New Years Resolutions/Goals? Are you looking forward to anything coming up in February?

 

 

 

Overcoming Sciatic Pain

For the past week and a half I have battled sciatic pain, known as sciatica. Sciatica is known as a common pain from the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back down each leg. My pain is on the right side of my lower back and goes down my right leg.  Have you ever experienced this pain before? If so, what did you do to get rid of it?

They say some symptoms of sciatica are: lower back pain, pain in the butt (literally) or leg, you can experience hip pain, a burning or tingling down the leg, a weakness, numbness or difficulty moving the leg or foot, a constant pain on one side of your butt, and a shooting pain that makes it difficult to stand up.

Have you ever experienced these symptoms and not known what might be the problem? The symptoms that are bolded are the ones I have been experiencing. When I first started running a couple years ago, I began to experience sciatica. The first time I had it, I stopped all exercise to try to rest my body and let it heal (I didn’t know what it was). One night I was experiencing a large amount of pain from my lower back going right down my leg. It hurt so badly I couldn’t sleep. At about 3AM I finally had enough and asked Adam to take me to the emergency room. The pain was so intense and I had no clue what it was. At the emergency room, they were very familiar with what I was experiencing. They gave me two shots of pain medicine, suggested I see a chiropractor, prescribed some pain medication and sent me on my way. We were there less than an hour total.

The shots quickly worked to relieve my pain. However, once they wore off my pain came back. I made an appointment to see a chiropractor. I had never been to a chiropractor before and was interested to see what they could do for me. Conveniently, we have one right at the end of our street. I went three times within a two week period. I didn’t notice any change in my pain after seeing him. The chiropractor did however give me a sheet with some stretching moves to try at home. This led me to looking on YouTube to see if anyone had stretching videos I could try. I quickly found some great stretching videos for getting rid of lower back pain. It turns out there are TONS of them out there. If you do experience this pain I highly suggest you find a video that works for you and do it often! Some videos are only 10 minutes long and some are 45 minutes or more. Find one or two that work for you and save them. My favorite ones are Fitness Blender and Yoga for Sciatica. I have also done other videos from those same people an enjoy them.

Whenever I get sciatic pain it is always so difficult to keep moving and going on with my days. All I want to do it rest it until it gets better. I have found the more I sit or lay down stiffer and more sore my pain becomes. The past week and a half I have been doing a lot of stretching both by myself and with YouTube videos. I have been in a lot of pain during my runs, but just keep powering through. Taking Advil before a run definitely helps, but it wears off quickly.

Luckily today I am feeling a lot better!

Birthday Weekend

Last weekend was my birthday weekend and the weather was beautiful! Saturday I saw it get up as high as 58 degrees and Sunday I saw it get to 55 degrees! I was loving the weather and wanted to be outside as much as possible!

Friday was my birthday and that night Adam and I went to see the Syracuse Crunch play the Binghamton Senators. My work gave away over 200 tickets for the game to local fire fighters and we were lucky enough to get tickets as well! It was a lot of fun!

After the game, we went to a local bar called Wolff’s Biergarten to hang out. It is a German style pub. They offer a free boot of beer on your birthday. The boot holds 2 liters of beer! They fill it with Hofbrau Munchen Original which is a pale lager. You do not have to finish the boot in order to get it for free, you do have to give them your license and a $40 deposit incase you break the glass or try to steal the boot. Adam and I shared the boot while we watched some basketball and played a couple games of darts. I managed to win both games of darts we played! It took about 3 hours to finish the beer. The male record time for finishing the boot is 17 seconds! The female record is about 2 minutes and 41 seconds. I cannot imagine drinking it that quickly!! The bartender showed us the video of the guy who drank it in 17 seconds and he didn’t even have any beer dripping down his chin!

    

     

    

I must say, that was the latest I had been up in a very long time!! We got home about 1:30 AM and attempted to watch Top Chef, but mostly fell asleep on the couch. 🙂

Saturday morning Adam made crepes! They were delicious! They were filled with whipped cream, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries and raspberries.

    

 

We went for a 7 mile run at the canal with Porter. It was a beautiful day for a run and it felt so great to get out and get some fresh air! It was nice to see quite a few people out enjoying the nice weather.

We went to Clark Reservation State Park and did some hiking. Clark Reservation is a glacial lake with lots of amazing rocks you walk across, rugged cliffs and a 175 ft overlook. This was our first time at the reservation and I look forward to going again soon! There are lots of trails to choose from. Most of the trails are pretty short, but you can link them together and make longer hiking trails. We hiked about 2 miles altogether.

    

After hiking, we went to 1911 Distillery in Lafayette, NY to have a drink, listen to some live music and enjoy the view! It was very relaxing listening to the music. I had a Moscow Mule made with their house made vodka. They use their locally grown apples to ferment and make into vodka. Adam had one of their hard ciders. Both were delicious! The view was amazing! In the fall, we usually pick apples at their orchard.

    

We had dinner at Notch 8 Cafe & Bar. I loved the atmosphere there! The décor was really neat. I had the Roasted Beet Salad with mixed baby greens, feta, grilled apple/cranberry compote, roasted thin beet slices with an IPA vinaigrette. Adam had the Big Caboose Burger which had black angus ground beef, pulled pork, fried egg, crispy onion, smoked bacon jam, cheddar and lettuce with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious! Adam’s burger was very big and juicy! I won’t lie, I ended up liking his meal a little better. 🙂

    

After dinner we went over to our friend’s house and played Cards Against Humanity. There were about 10 of us playing! By the time the winner got 10 black cards, I had only gotten 1!

We went home and had some of the Caramel Macchiato Cheesecake Adam made for my birthday. It was amazing!

Sunday we ran 4.2 miles outside. Then we showered up and went to Ithaca to hike one of the waterfalls. It was another gorgeous day! A couple years ago Adam and I discovered that Ithaca has many waterfalls in the area with great hiking trails around them to explore. We are trying to get to them all. Sunday we brought Porter along and hiked Potter’s Fall on Six Mile Creek. Most of the hike was easy going walking trails. There were a few parts that were challenging and muddy. There were so many amazing views along the trail!

    

    

    

    

Afterwards, we met my mom and aunt at Viva Taqueria for an early dinner. The food was fantastic! I had the Chicken Mole Burrito. It was very filling and delicious! I would definitely go there again.

We had a busy weekend! We stayed up much later than usual for us each night and was able to get a lot of great exercise in due to the amazing weather. So we went home to relax for the night!

 

 

 

Celebrating Grandma No No on her Birthday!

My Grandma and I at my brother’s wedding.

Today would have been my Grandmother’s 97th birthday. Sadly, she passed away last April and wont be here to celebrate this day. There are two ways I could approach today. I could be sad that she’s not here to wish happy birthday, eat cake with and celebrate with. I’m choosing to celebrate her life today and be happy that we were able to have such a close relationship.

Gnome kisses while my cousin steals my candy!

From as early as I can remember, my grandma was my babysitter. Sometimes she would come to our house to watch us, but most often we would go to hers. She took us to school, picked us up and watched us when we didn’t have school. She would braid my hair and make sure we were dressed. She fed us breakfast, lunch and dinner if necessary. We drank tea and watched soap opera’s together. I was her informant, telling her what my brother and cousins were up to and tattling if they were doing something they shouldn’t have been doing.

My Grandma always had a beautiful garden. She has such a green thumb!

My favorite memory was eating cut up bananas covered with cinnamon and sugar while watching Guiding Light together. She LOVED soap operas and got really into them! She would watch them from 11AM until Oprah came on at 4PM. They kept her very entertained.

Eating dessert of course!

Just like she helped me when I was younger, I was able to reciprocate and help her as she got older. When I got my license I began taking my Grandma to get groceries and where ever she needed to go when I was in town. When she began needing someone with her at all times, I would volunteer to help my mom and aunt whenever I could.

Adam, Grandma and I at Christmas!

Today I’ll be thinking of her a lot and all of the memories we shared together. I definitely inherited her sweet tooth. 🙂 So I will plan on having a donut for breakfast in her memory. I may also try putting together a puzzle or clogging- which she always talked about but never really showed me what it was. One of her greatest qualities was the ability to make people laugh. There’s truly something special about those who can put a smile on your face! She didn’t always tell you what you wanted to hear- but she always told you the truth the way she saw it.

This is my Grandma who was born on 1/25/1920 and my nephew, Andrew who was born on 1/25/2015. <3

In the end of her life she always asked if she could go home, no matter where she was. Even if she was home. I hope she made it home. I hope she’s happy.