I know. It's been a while. Too long... a rough few months.
I've been preoccupied somewhat since December... maybe even a little longer, with some things I didn't want to share yet on my blog. Good things, but still things that I didn't want to put in print yet, so let's get caught up. :)
So, Winter came and went. The holidays were great, even if I did fall of my Paleo wagon. No... I didn't fall off, let's just say the axel broke! It's been hard to get back on and string more than a few good days together, but I'm on the right track now.
In December my company was acquired by a private equity group and my dear boss retired -- I absolutely adored her. The first quarter of 2013 was not great. It's been a very bumpy and unknown ride at work and still is, but I'm navigating much better these days.
In February my bronther-in-law passed away, unexpectedly, leaving my Sister and 2 nieces behind. It was very tragic, but I was thankful work let me go home for more than a week to be with them. It was where I needed to be and I'm so glad I was there.
So, as you can see, lots of life events. Not stuff I really wanted to blog fully and openly about -- plus it's kinda depressing and boring stuff. I just couldn't come out to the blog though and not write about it, so I didn't write at all. Just wasn't inspired... that where the topic of my preoccupation comes in.
So back in August my BFF went to Rivercities Triathlon with me. She doesn't tri, but she's one of my biggest fans and we got to have some visit time together. She's not just my BFF, she is a "Sister" to me. I'd take a bullet for her. She's been there for me through good and bad since 1997, and is one of the first few people I met when I moved to Texas from NJ. My Husband calls her my "Normal" friend, because for a while there, every friend I had needed something from me.. and generally more than I could give.
He thinks she's "normal," clearly he's never seen her power-shopping. :)
Anyhoo, my "Sister" told me she wanted to do something for me. Something special. Something she knew I'd never do until Cassie was grown-up and out of college.
She started the conversation with, telling me how she came upon what I call, REALLY good fortune. She told me she had some things on a list. Things she wanted to do for others if she ever came in to a nice windfall of money.
Of course she would... that's how my BFF rolls. She's good people; the kind that makes others want to be better. The kind that makes you want to be more of whatever it is she sees in you. :)
Then she says, "I know your ultimate dream is to do an Ironman..."
Okay, you have my attention. :)
Then she went on to tell me that she knew my loose skin held me back from achieving my goal any time soon. Then she drops the bomb.
"I want to give you the money for your surgery." "I want to do this for you." "I want to help you reach your goal."
"She wants to to what? That's crazy!", I'm thinking in my head.
I was stunned. I was speechless. I teared up. We talked a more and I got my feet back on the ground. I have never had anybody *want* to do anything quite so generous for me. It was quite overwhelming. I mean, who am I to deserve that kind of thing? This is the stuff that happens to other people, not me!
Needless to say I thought on it for a few days and discussed it with my Hubs, because my BFF would have it no other way. I decided to accept her offer and was moving full-steam-ahead.
As with most business deals, things don't always go off without a hitch, and we hit a little obstacle with the funds coming in before my surgery date in December. I was bummed. BFF was heart-broken for me and her family. She'd been dealing with this business mess for a year already. She promised me it would still happen, but it would be in the future. It broke my heart to hear her so sad about it.
Well, friends, it's happening! I've waited as long as I could to say anything, but in a less than 2 weeks I will be having my excess skin removed by an extended abdominoplasty and arm lift (I rash really bad when running). Dr. L says I have 15-20 pounds of loose skin that will be removed.
So there you have it; the BIG news. More to follow.
And yeah, I'm signed up to volunteer for Ironman Florida in 2013 -- that only means one thing... guaranteed registration for Ironman Florida in 2014.
All because I have an amazing Husband, Daughter and "Sister" who support my crazy dreams.
Oh yeah... this is a "Hell Yeah!"
It's been quite a bumpy road over the last 6 months, but I'm here now and it's going to be an amazing ride. Amazing.