28 October 2010

Hiking and running

The Flat Irons! People were rock climbing that.... silly people

Sentinel Pass, Not so high, not so terrifying

At the top of Royal Arch. Gorgeous view, when not looking down..

25 October 2010

Back to work

Back to work, and a word to the wise, don't pods off your dispatchers!
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24 October 2010

Run like the wind, bulls eye!

Tess and I hit the gym again today. I didn't do as well as I'd have liked, but I did alright, overall. I'm already sore, so that's a good sign.

I discovered that to walk 3 miles in 45 minutes, I have to walk 4 miles and hour. Walk, not run. Because to pass the red card test, you have to walk. I need to drop more weight and strengthen my legs some more, a lot more.
Work is going to be putting on a Red Card class at some point, that would be awesome. I just need to be fit enough to pass the physical portion before that so that I don't make a fool of myself.
The good news is, I got the all clear to start working out again with my personal trainer, so long as I take care doing so. Awesome!
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23 October 2010

Ha Shalom

I'm sitting at National Jewish, waiting for the doctor to come in and see me. So I figured I'd catch the blogging world on the going-ons in my life.

I have added to my long-term goals that I want to run.the Boulder bolder next year, I want to run a marathon at some point, and I want to get my fire 1 and red card. I haven't been able to see my personal trainer because of my recent lung condition but I've been on two hikes and ran the Bobalink trail in Boulder. I just haven't done any weight training. So we'll see. Hopefully soon I can pick that back up. I really like having the structure and the assistance in learning what exercises are best to achieving my goal. It's going to be exceptionally more difficult for me because I am only 4'9", which as of late, makes me the only "little person" working for my company. (we think that I may be the smallest EMT in height in the US.) Maybe one day, people will want to read about the journey of the smallest EMT becoming the smallest firefighter. Who knows.

I managed to run 1.5 miles on Bobalink yesterday. Tess said I ran like the wind. I say I ran like a drunk gazelle. Then it was pointed out to me that gazelles have long legs. I do not. I guess if accuracy is in question, I run more like a tipsy hobbit. That is okay though. I'll get better. I just need to keep doing it.

Well, you all didn't notice the lag between that sentence and this but the doctor just came in. He is ordering a biopsy of my sinus cavities and ordering high dose inhalants (ie Symbicort) as well as high dose Prednisone. Now I'm waiting for the nurse to come in and cut a piece of nose off and out. Sounds like my tonsils and adnoids may also be needing to come out.
Dr... I still don't know his name, equated my lungs to fire (fitting much?) He said when all this happened first, my condition was like a little grass fire. My maintenance meds are like a little garden hose. Now my condition is like the Haymen fire, a garden hose just won't cut it. So he wants to call in a strike team to get me back under control. So I'm to start high dose steroids both inhalant and oral. Hopefully I'll start feeling better soon. They also want to repeat the sleep study to see if I've still got obstructive sleep apnea. But they won't do that till I've finished losing weight and I have another 40lbs planned. So he'll have me do that when I'm done losing weight.
Nurse is here, I better go get cut.
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27 September 2010

On the path

So, I've made the decision to get my Fire 1. I really don't know if I want to be a fire fighter, but I know a lot of agencies require you to have your fire certs and then you work in the ambulance. As it appears, to get into a lot of those places, you need to have fire experience.


I'm currently in training to be in top physical condition (because at 4'10", it's not going to be easy!) in order to take the testing required so that I can go and be a fire fighter, and then a fire EMT (and eventually, a fire medic)

That being said, I had my first training session with the personal trainer, Michael. He's not too terribly cruel yet. I'm hoping he stays that way :)

Burpee's suck, just so you know!

22 September 2010

I know why I do so horribly at keeping these things up-to-date. A. My grammar is atrocious and I hate proving that by writing where everyone can read it (without an editor, anyway.)
B. I have a paper journal that I can carry anywhere with me.
C. I'm pretty sure nobody reads this anyway.
But occasionally, I feel like I should at least attempt, just incase there is somebody out there who cares what might be happening in the far-away life of me.

So, that being said. If you actually read this, let me know and I'll try to be more diligent. If not, I'll just keep this to follow everyone else :)

21 September 2010

Testicular cancer

I found out a few days ago that my best friend has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. He went into surgery this morning to remove a tumor and they've discovered that the cancer's spread to his abdomen. He'll meet with the oncologist in the next couple days to get the next line of attack/defence in order.

Keep him in your prayers

03 September 2010

At least today is over... Bring on tomorrow. I need a sunrise.

12 August 2010


"Every day is another page that's added to my story
Sometimes it's like, I see my life open right before me
More than all the chapters of my life,
I'm thankful for what's not in black and white

For the roads I've never traveled, for the pain I never knew
For the places that you kept me from, Father I thank you
For the days that were not wasted,
For the days that were not spent in vain
I'm grateful for the days that remain, unwritten

Through twists and turns, Lord I've learned
Any place I'm going, you're mercy's been with me in
Always that I could know and through the miles and all I've seen and done
there's so much you have protected my heart from

For the roads I've never traveled, for the pain I never knew

For the places that you kept me from, Father I thank you
For the days that were not wasted
For the days that were not spent in vain
I'm grateful for the days that remain, unwritten

From cover to cover I've been sheltered by your grace
for so long, in so many untold ways

For the roads I've never traveled, for the pain I never knew

For the places that you kept me from, Father I thank you
For the days that were not wasted
For the days that were not spent in vain
I'm grateful for the days that remain, unwritten"

Hilary Weeks's "Unwritten"

Today was one of those days that reminded me that I need to show more gratitude. I could have ended up a lot worse, under the circumstances. So here's a list of gratitudes:

  • Not being internally decapitated
  • Not being externally decapitated
  • The music that bouy's my weary heart up
  • Friends that do the same.
  • Always and forever, my family. All crazy, insane, infuriating members of my family.
  • The Gospel.
  • My work, that allows me to make a small difference in somebody's life every day.
  • The determination and perserverance to make it through anything.
  • Finding that I don't need anyone to survive, but that I have everyone I need to thrive.
  • Knowing that part of being happy is the choice to be happy
  • Learning my weaknesses, and through them, learning my strengths.
  • Living in a place where outside activity is plentiful
  • Learning who I am.

10 August 2010


I need a recharge. Every negative person and negative comment from about five this evening has been and is cancerous to my ridiculous cheerful demeanour. I am annoyed that I only allowed myself to feel hungry for a little while, although tomorrow is a new day for that.

In the grand scheme of things, if the worst thing I can say about my day is that, we ran two emergent calls and got the things we needed to do, done, then it's been a good day.

I think my lack of days off is where this grump is coming from. I need some time off ( while still getting paid! ) or a nap. Or reese's.
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09 August 2010

Last weeks goals, this weeks goals

I slacked hugely with my goals this week. awesome...

This weeks goals:

• bike to work

• finish another chapter in my story

• yoga at least three times this week.

• go the extra mile at least once.

• journal at least three times.

• report back next Saturday.

Ready. Set. Go!
This Weeks Goals!
  • Matter to somebody
  • Feel hungry at least once a day
  • No soda
  • Sing once when somebody can hear me
  • Journal at least twice
  • learn something new about myself

04 August 2010

Please leave the light on.

Have you ever had one of those days where you said all the wrong things, you broke everything you touched, all your important plans fell through. You find out your coworker left without saying goodbye, or even hinting they may be leaving. You get insulted and you feel hideous, physically and otherwise?

That was today.

In the grand scheme of things, if that's the worst I can say about my day, all in all, it can't have been too bad a of a day, right?

Two songs I love played tonight on the radio though, If you're going through hell. Love it
And I'll pray for you. Love it also!

31 July 2010

Sweet Midgets.

After a midnight run for pita bread and banana peppers, I found that King Soopers knows me well! they even sell my kind on their shelves! word
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30 July 2010


This weeks goals:
• bike to work
• finish another chapter in my story
• yoga at least three times this week.
• go the extra mile at least once.
• journal at least three times.
• report back next Saturday.
Ready. Set. Go!
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29 July 2010

Eye statements

I often joke with people when I say "I used an "eye-statement", there needs to be resolution now!" because I statements were big n grade school, the way to end bullying. Being short as I was, and knowing the differences made you a target, I knew I would need to learn how to talk my way out of situations. And thus grew my ability to charm and sweet talk people to get enough consideration to get away. (Also I think it's what has helped me to connect with people in a way that allows me to be friends with pretty much everybody, differences or not.)

I also have always been a push-over. I don't enjoy confrontation, mostly because I just don't have time for the ridiculousness that is involved with confrontation. I've always been taught to be the bigger person (ironic seeing as my tallest height has been 4'10", that's right folks, I am legally a midget... ahem... "little person") and to just walk away from conflict. So that is what I did. Unless a punch was thrown. I was taught to never throw the first punch, but was taught to finish it.

Recently my life has been nothing but drama and I'm done with it. I avoid drama like nothing else. I avoid it well. That being said, today I was assertive, I used those fantastic eye statements and stood up. I will not be pushed around. And if that makes me the selfish bitch that I was called, then so be it. I'm okay with being selfish. I spent the last 21 years more concerned about everyone else than me, I can take some time to take care of me. To ensure that I am okay. And I refuse to feel guilty or bad about it. Nobody else is willing to be concerned about me, and I won't allow my happiness and future suffer because of it. I have my back, and there's nothing wrong with that. I feel better about myself when I stand up for myself. No more emotional or verbal abuse for no reason. No more drama.

In other news, there was a piece of yarn in my inhaler that I inhaled... now I can't stop coughing and it hurts to breathe. Can one get aspirated pneumonia from a fragment of yarn?

26 July 2010

Adventures of a lifetime

I thought perhaps a quick little update before I hit the sack.
I'm chilling at the station right now. All the fellas and our Batt Chief have gone to bed and all through the house, all you can hear is the tapping of my keyboards (except for the letter C, because that button fell off)

I have been fairly productive today, we ran a call. A 3 year old with Asthma whose grandmother made me feel stabby. Nit picky and micromanaging. I'm all for family riders if they can console and calm the patient, but don't try to do my job when you don't know how... Capeesh?

In other news, I have officially had my obligatory week-long relationship that everyone has at some point in their lives. I don't regret it, and it was a blast while it lasted. I won't bore you with the details, as there are so few. But things ended on amicable terms, I think we're still friends, I certainly hope we still are. Above dating, above being in a relationship, I value those friendships, ya know? And we'd been friends for a while, and whle that wasn't a strong enough foundation for anything more, it's a strong foundation to be friends. That's what matters.

Other recent adventures include:
4-wheeling, without injury!
Century Sunrise bike race (I was support staff)
Job change (to a partial 911 system that I've been going for for the last 3 interviews)
Caught up on laundry!
110 hours of work this last week (wow! crazy much?!)

Never a dull day. There are of course other drama's going on, but the less I dwell on them, the less they bother me.

On the injury front:
None to report! Woop woop! I do have a sore knee, but it's my bad knee and that's because I've worked so much recently. I need a massage, and a hot tub. That would be lovely!

05 July 2010

Hard at work

The boys and I are staying fit by playing Wii sports. Does that mean we can pass EVOC by playing Mario Kart? Good day so far, we've run one call, from the SNF literally across the parking lot from the hospital. Goodness gracious we're working hard.
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29 June 2010

"In Poverty's Vale, or abounding in wealth"

In every condition, in sickness in healthy. In poverty's vale, or abounding in wealth. At home or abroad, on the land or the sea -As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand, as thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.

I may be in poverty's vale, but everything will be okay. Somehow, I will be okay. Somehow, everything will work out. I just don't know how yet. And I'm learning, I don't need to.

I had a lesson with The Sister's today, and we were talking about Matthew 7:24-27. And what I love about that scripture is that it says that those who build their houses on a sure foundation (the rock) they will have the strength and ability to withstand the storm. Those who do not have that foundation will surely crumble and fall. What I love most though, is that both the prepared and the unprepared will both experience the storm. That makes me feel so much more at peace, to know that the church doesn't prevent the storm, but it will give me every ability to withstand it.

The thing is, I was inactive for a while. Did things I'm not proud of. I cracked my foundation. That means I have a lot of hard work ahead of me to rebuild. And that scripture tells me how, to listen and follow His word. And in the meantime, while the storms build around me during the rebuild, I'll just have to have faith that I can withstand.

In other news, rereading Harry Potter makes me remember how much I love Harry Potter!

27 June 2010

Moving on up!

Tomorrow I begin my new shift, it's the back-up unit for our busiest system, which is all fine and dandy, except that more transfers happen than overflow 911's.

Thankfully, this is only a temporary transfer, then I get to go back home! I'm hoping to get to use this time to really learn cardiology and EKGs and in general, just learn a lot. I'm hoping. We'll see how it goes! However, this waking up at 5 am, not so looking forward to that. And just think, I want to start riding my bike! (crazy!)

The Alpha

Well good evening, blogging world!

Fear not that this is my first blog, it's not. I used to have a livejournal, which I'd had since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (so last week???) but it randomly deleted, and I decided that since all the people I know have blogs here, I would jump on the bandwagon and come here.

I can't promise I'll have anything interesting to put, or that it'll be done in any regular fashion, but here you have it. The obligatory "alpha" the beginning.

So, to start off, here are ten facts about me:

1. I am a Latter-day Saint
2. I am an Emergency Medical Technician
3. I live in Boulder (and love it!)
4. I have a teddy bear named Lucky Bear, who I've had since I was a day old, Thanks Tess!
5. I'm the youngest of three kids.
6. I am the shortest employee at my company
7. I love to do crafty things.
8. I am possibly the most stubborn person you might ever meet
9. Lilacs and Daisies are my weakness
10. I have a hard time slowing down for "still things." I keep moving.

Other things you might want to know about me,
Monkeys and turtles are my favorite animals
I read more than anyone else I know
I'm learning to play the piano and the acoustic guitar.