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I had a feverish girl home from school two days last week and let me tell you,

I was so happy to be out of the house once she was better.
I started working out with a friend/trainer, Beth.
She texted me on a Saturday evening and pretty much told me I was going to start working out with her and a neighbor down the street.
It was an offer I couldn't refuse.
She participates in body building competitions and wins.
I have a healthy fear of her.
I had done precious little physically since my surgery other than riding a stationery bike and working with some stretchy bands that are WAY too tight or I am just WAY too weak for them.
Beth plopped some weights in my hand and had me working out like I'd not been lying on the couch watching Hallmark movies for almost an entire month.
I could not move the next morning.
Getting up and down onto a toilet made me holler out in pain.
I wondered if there was some sort of mechanical up and down toilet  that could alleviate the need to squat.
Get on …

The Choice

I've seen some really good movies lately.

There was a thread in each of the movies that connected them.
I'll explain more later.
Don't Think Twice

This movie is about an improv group in New York. It's all about "group think" and having each other's back while on the stage but clearly it's about way more than that.

It's about how they act as a group off stage. 
Two of the members of the group get an opportunity to try out for "Weekend Live" which is essentially SNL. The reactions of each of the members is soooooo interesting when one of the characters actually make it onto "Weekend Live."

I won't spoil if for you but it's such an interesting study in human nature and the way we react when jealous, hurt or faced with a challenge.

Great quote: "I feel like your twenties are about hope, and your thirties are about realizing how dumb it was to hope."

I loved this quote because clearly all of the characters in this mo…

Top 5 for 2016

Not to bore you, but I decided to look back at what posts were most visited in the past year.

It's always interesting to me to see what gets the most views.
Here's the top 5 for 2016:

A "Little" Procedure
I reported on Monte's nose cancer procedure.

Ho Ho Hernia
My Christmas hernia story.

Our First Official College Visit
Our college journey with McDaniel.
And black squirrels.

When We Miss Jesus
On missing Jesus when he's right in front of us.

How NOT to become deadwood.


in conclusion, you all like 
medical issues, 
and a little college thrown in the middle.

Thanks for reading!

Happy HIGH HOPES New Year!

Hope everyone had a great holiday.

December is crazy without having surgery but you know what happens when you throw in a hernia to the mix?

Even though Nigel and I spent 3 days laying on the couch staring out the window in between long naps,

he had surgery to remove a benign tumor 5 days before I had surgery,
everything got done.

The girls and Monte did the grocery shopping.

Monte helped me wrap presents.
Everything got done.
I was WAY more tired than normal but oddly not stressed at all.

I think there is something to this "Ho Ho Hernia" idea.
Maybe it isn't just the possible title of a Hallmark movie as Monte suggested,
but a new perspective on the holiday season.
It's like the Grinch Who Stole Christmas but it's actually a hernia and it wasn't Christmas that was stolen but all the excesses like stress, not enough sleep and overdoing.

I didn't hurry.

I got plenty of sleep.
I watched a lot of movies.
I wore slippers instead of real shoes  because I didn…