Friday, August 18, 2006

So its been a while I haven't been good at all about blogging - in fact I have somewhat abandoned the practice. But anyhow, I have decided to take it up again - we will see how good I am at it. It has been an extremely busy summer...

Unfortunately, not much knitting has gone on. In fact, I am still working on the same project I was over Spring Break...but perhaps it will be finished by the time winter begins. (It is a sweater)

I began my Master in Public Health. I took classes this summer and got a first look at what my education will be like for my second degree. I won't really be doing much more work on that for another 2 years though. It was good to get a start on it.

I helped plan a U2 Eucharist at my church. We weren't very thrilled with the turnout. Of the people that did come though - it seemed to go over well. We are planning another one in the very near future - so maybe that one will have a better turnout.

I started marathon training. If you would like to donate just click here. We are almost halfway through and I just ran the Chicago Distance Classic - a half marathon that was this past Sunday. It is a little scary to realize that starting next Saturday, I will be consistently running on Saturdays further than I have ever run before. I just have to remind myself that I have a few good reasons for going through the training.

Finally for tonight - Chris moved in this past June. So far things are going well and we both seem to be pretty happy. The only thing is that our condo is pretty small and we would love to have a bigger place - but our place is great for now.

Okay, I have to make dinner now so that I am rested when I wake up at 5am tomorrow for my 10mi run. (This is a cut back week - I still can't believe that 10 is cut back)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Summer Ride

Your Summer Ride is a Mini Cooper

You are all about unique, one of a kind adventures.
The only thing predictable about your summer is that it's unpredictable!

Support my goal!

According to the American Cancer Society, this year in 2006, approximately 212,920 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among American women. It is also estimated that, in Illinois, approximately 1,780 women will die of breast cancer this year. This year, I have chosen to make a difference in the fight for breast cancer by Running Pink. I have committed to running the 2006 LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and raising much-needed funds as part of the "Pink Streak" team for the Illinois Affiliate of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.

We are all affected by breast cancer in some way. According to the American Cancer Society, between 1993 -1997 in Illinois, the rate of breast cancer was 108.1 per 100,000 residents and the rate of death because of breast cancer was 26.7 per 100,000. I am not big on statistics, but this set is personal. My aunt, Shirley Traback - who I affectionately called TwoMamma, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996. After many medical ups and downs and trying all of the treatments we could, Shirley lost her battle with breast cancer on October 18, 1996. Loosing Shirley was devastating for my family. The 3 years after she died, my mother and I walked in the Y-Me Race Against Breast Cancer on Mother's Day. This October is the 10th anniversary of loosing Shirley and I have decided that I will be running the 26.2 miles in her honor.

The mission of Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization pretty much says it all: this amazing organization works to ensure that no one faces breast cancer alone. With all of the cases of breast cancer comes a huge need for support, to help the women and men recently diagnosed, to help the friends, partners, and caretakers of breast cancer patients. Y-ME Illinois does just this - and so much more.

The Illinois Affiliate works right here in my community, implementing programs and services free of charge to all those facing breast cancer. Some of these include support groups, educational programming and public outreach, a wig and prosthesis bank for women with limited financial means, and a state-wide grassroots advocacy program that works to secure governmental funding of research and access to high quality health care for all.

I am asking for your help! I am required to raise a minimum of $750 as part of the Pink Streak team for Y-ME Illinois. My personal goal however is $1,500 for this incredible organization. With your help I will be able to do that. While I encourage you to be as generous as possible, and amount will be greatly appreciated and make a difference! (All donations are 100% Tax Deductible)

I will be facing a tough summer of early morning long runs, energy bars, gel packs, and sore muscles. But I know that those dealing with breast cancer face a much tougher challenge every day of their lives. I am committed to making a real difference for all of those touched by breast cancer, and appreciate your participation in my endeavors.

Visit my Personal Giving page to make a secure online donation.


$1.00/mile x 26.2 miles = $26.20
$1.50/mile x 26.2 miles = $39.00
$2.00/mile x 26.2 miles = $52.40
$2.50/mile x 26.2 miles = $65.50
$3.00/mile x 26.2 miles = $78.60*
$3.50/mile x 26.2 miles = $91.70*
$4.00/mile x 26.2 miles = $104.80*
$4.50/mile x 26.2 miles = $117.90*
$5/mile x 26.2 miles = $131.00*
$100/mile = $2,620.00!!*

*T-Shirt giving level – Anyone who donates at or above $3.00/mile will have their name written on the back of my race shirt so that they are making the run with me!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Holy Week

Holy Week was filled with good things.....
Finishing my first half-marathon on Palm Sunday
Getting accepted to the MPH program so I am now officially a MD/MPH candidate on Maundy Thursday
Finding out I passed my last couple of exams on Good Friday
Successful Easter Egg that I planned (the rain held out until after wards) on Easter Sunday.

It was a good week!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

So there are many things that I have to blog about especially since it has been so long (AWE meeting in NYC, my cruise with Chris, Anatomy being over). But those are going to have to wait until after my exam on Monday.
Three little things have made my week this week
1) I learned to suture today
2) When I got home from my run yesterday, the flowers I planted in the fall had started to sprout
3) I was able to run in shorts outside - Spring is here!

Sunday, January 15, 2006

New Year, New Challenges

So with the new year have come some new and exciting challenges. Well, at least 2 exciting challenges besides my new classes.

1) I was appointed to the Bishop's Commitee. For those who might not know, a Bishop's Committee is very similar to a Vestry. The main differences are, as far as I am aware that is, that terms are for 1 year, members are appointed by the bishop (rather then being ellected by the congregation), there is no Jr. Warden, and they are for missions (rather than parishes). So this is the beginning of some exciting work.

2) Tuesday I begin training for my first half-marathon. I am planning to run the St. Louis Half Marathon on Palm Sunday. As long as all goes well, I plan to run my first full marathon this year as well - the Chicago marathon in October. I have never run more than 6.2 miles, so here goes 13.1 then 26.2.

So we will see how this goes :)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Here is a picture of Chris and I from a cousin's wedding in October. We don't usually agree on pictures - one of us always finds something wrong with them. That is true of this one as well, but we do agree that it is one of the better ones. Hopefully I will have new pictures after tomorrow's party.

This is the lace scarf that I am so very proud of. It is my first lace pattern and it came out pretty well if I do say so myself. It took me forever to finish with classes and exams and such (which I thankfully passed). This picture is taken curtesy of one of my Christmas pictures. I got some great things this year including one of those sets of interchangeable knitting needles which I am really excited about.

After I finished my lace scarf, I made a quick scarf with some yarn that I had gotten for a dollar over the summer at JoAnns. After knitting it up, I decided I didn't like the color combination, but my mom's best friend liked it so it is on its way to her. Here is a picture of it. Right now I am using my new set of needles and making a computer bag. Once its all knitted up, it gets felted, so I am excited about my first felted project. I am hoping to finsih the knitting before Monday because I start classes again on Tuesday. My break has gone by so quickly.

A quick run down of my break....
Celbration dinner with 2 of my med school friends after our last final, saw Wicked, Large family dinner, some relaxing evening, helped out at Church to get ready for the Christmas and Christmas Eve services, some relaxing evenings with Chris, made Christmas Eve lunch for my parents, Christmas day brunch at my Godmother's house, made lunch for my mom and her best friend, spent a day in bed with a migraine, cleaning, reading, saw a couple of movies and knitting. I actually did get a lot done in the past two weeks. Tonight I will be making a cake for Chris's 25th birthday. We are sort of having a party for it at a bar so that should be fun. Okay, I must finish cleaning before tomorrow morning. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.