Friday, April 30, 2010

Mother's Day Already!?

So I have just come to the realization that Mother's Day is next weekend. Oops. As my family is unfortunately well aware, I am terrible at giving gifts on time. I think this is for two reasons:

1. I am procrastination's b*tch.
2. I hate giving crappy, meaningless gifts and often I get so caught up in not giving a crappy gift that the receiver gets no gift at all!

Sigh. It's really terrible. It happens at Christmas, birthdays, and pretty much any other holiday that involves a gift. So, here I am again, faced with the dilemma of what to get my mothers (yes, plural, mom and step-mom) for Mother's Day. I guess I'd better do some thinking and some shopping this weekend!

Does anyone out there have any, ahem, cost-effective ideas for Mother's Day gifts that don't look like I found them on the side of the road??

Blog Makeover

Ok, so I'm going through a little bit of a blog identity crisis. Not with the content, I pretty much accepted when I started that this blog was not going to be about any one thing in particular. (I have much too short an attention span for that.) Anyway, I'm going through a aesthetic blog identity crisis. I decided recently that I didn't love the way the blog looks right now and have been searching for something different. I was considering something simple or something chic or something summery...but I can't decide! And I don't want to waste anymore time not posting because I haven't yet changed the background.

So, for the next couple weeks or so (hopefully not that long!) the blog may be changing its face a lot as I try to settle on a style I'd like to keep. Please feel free to comment on the new looks and let me know how you like it/them!

Monday, April 26, 2010

In other news...

In my very first blog post, I wrote about Athletic Training. I wrote about the need for exposure and education about my profession. Well, some students at James Madison University recently took that to a whole new level. In their video, Athletic Trainer: Smooth Professional, they sing and dance to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" with lyrics and performances that educate and promote the profession of athletic training. This video was sent to me by a friend and I have emailed it to every athletic trainer I know! I think it's a really fun and effective way to get the word out about our profession. So kudos to you, JMU athletic training students!

Now to another athletic training related topic. I stumbled upon some pictures on Facebook detailing the First Annual University of Alabama Athletic Training Olympics. I haven't actually talked with anyone from my alma mater but from the pictures it appears that at the very least there was an injury management relay, dizzy foam roller race, and a water bottle relay. Maybe next year they'll have an alumni division?! Please?!

In other news, I am moving in less than three weeks! Eek! I feel like there's so much to get done, but as long as I work on it day by day, everything seems to be falling into place nicely. I've even managed to sell off most of my furniture thanks to a couple of desperate Facebook statuses that read something to the effect of "I'm moving and NEED to sell my furniture!". That was the general jist anyway. Now I just have to finish the semester, pack up the stuff I want, and garage sale the stuff I don't want. So yeah, I still have a lot to do, but I'm ready to move so bring it on!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Softball Soup

Today I went out to Commerce, GA to play in a Relay for Life softball tournament with a girl I work with. I was really excited to have something new and different to do with my Saturday. But, when I woke up this morning it was pouring outside. I gave her a call and she said the tournament was on rain or shine. So I drove the 35 minutes out to Commerce ready for a day of rainy softball. Well, ready is a relative term as I didn't actually bring a rain jacket or hat or change of clothes. Oops. Ok, so I guess I wasn't all that ready for the rain after all.

Our first game started at 10:15 and the field was super sloppy but at least it wasn't actively raining. We played about the first half of the game like that and then...the rain came. By the time the game ended (which we won!) it was practically a monsoon. We had opened up a little tent and were all standing under it when one of the tournament directors came and told us our next game was immediately. Really? Ok, let me just go get my canoe and I'll be right over. It kept pouring and the field just kept getting worse and worse so we finally told them we were pulling out of the tournament. We didn't mind getting messy but it was just getting unsafe. So we called it a day and went and had some mexican food. :) It was pretty fun and I wish the weather hadn't been so crappy but at least we got in one game!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pile of Books

I have several goals for the time I spend at home this summer. One of those is to read some books I've bought over the last year or so (some were bought as long as 2 years ago!). As I was packing my bookshelf, I left out the unread books in attempt to get these read before I buy any more! I love buying new books and think I would feel even better if I didn't have a pile of 6 unread books sitting at home. So, here's the list as it stands now:

Push by Sapphire
The Diary of a Young Girl - Anne Frank by (of course) Anne Frank
Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough 
1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
Columbine by Dave Cullen

There it is. My mountain. I'm about 100 pages into Columbine so I'll probably try to finish that one before moving on to the others. Also, I've banned myself from Harry Potter until I've finished these books. I love Harry Potter and my Nora Roberts romance novels but since I'll have the time and energy, I'm going to broaden my horizons a bit. I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

to market, to market...

So today I went to check out the flea market that I'm considering using instead of a traditional garage was awesome! I forget sometimes how much I enjoy quirky, local things like flea markets. This flea market is HUGE, and I don't for a minute doubt it's claims that it's the biggest in Georgia. I only checked out the outdoor portion as that's the area I would be using. It was rows and rows of wonderfully crappy stuff. I even saw a guy selling a goat! Yes, a real, live farm animal. I also saw the most adorable German Shepherd puppies for sale...sigh. Anyway, I went wondering if there was any method to the madness and whether I should try and set up in a certain area when I take my stuff over there, and I answered my question with a firm no. I am going to try and get a table more near the center of the action for more exposure but other than that no worries. I'm nearly certain that this adventure will turn out well because if there's anywhere people go to get crap they don't need for's a flea market. And I have plenty of crap for the selling.

Well, now its time to resume cleaning, packing, and gathering stuff for my flea market debut.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Sell Sell Sell!!!

Gah! I'm very frustrated with myself that it has taken me another whole week to get a blog post again. Sigh. Here and now I am going to try and do a minimum of two per week.

So, as most people in my life now know...I am making a big life change, one which I am very excited and happy about. However, with that comes one little problem...moving! This will be my 3rd move in as many you'd think I'd be an expert at it by now right? Riiiiight. Not so much. I definitely learn a little something each time and something that I've learned is to move with as little excess crap as possible. I literally threw out four trashbags worth of stuff that I had insisted on brining here from Maryland. Ugh. So, I'm separating all my stuff into three categories: trash, sell, keep. I'm hoping that this time I can really cut down on the excess of crap in my life. It's amazing the kind of stuff we keep and then look back a year and say "Really? I needed these 7 binders worth of crap from undergrad???" Again, sigh.

So after the separating comes the issue of a garage sale. I'm planning on just having your plain old run of the mill yard sale, but someone suggested to me today to go the local flea market, rent a table for $5, and get it done that way. I would certainly be available to a lot more people that way and am going to consider that option. And let's face it, I have junk to get rid of and people at flea markets love junk. Maybe my trash will be someone else's treasure. :)

Any ideas on the best way to get rid of my stuff? Especially the furniture!?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Exercise and Breast Cancer

Ok, so I had to write this "article" for a class...but I thought it had some good information so I thought I'd share it here. This is probably not new news, but hey, I think it's worth sharing.

Prevention is the name of the game these days. From everything from skin care (anti-aging anyone?) to vitamins to all sorts of workout regimens everyone is trying to prevent something. We try to prevent weight gain, wrinkles, osteoporosis, and even cancer. Especially for women, preventing breast cancer and maintaining breast health is a concern. I mean, there are tons of anti-aging face creams but there isn’t a whole lot of talk about breast cancer prevention. However, there are studies that have been published in both the American Journal of Epidemiology and The New England Journal of Medicine that suggest a link between physical activity and the risk of breast cancer.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine study, the relative risk of breast cancer went down among women whose jobs required them to be physically active. They also saw a 52% reduction in women whose jobs required heavy manual labor. But does this mean in order to reduce the risk of breast cancer you need to get a new job that requires lots of lifting? Absolutely not. The New England Journal of Medicine study also found a significant decrease in breast cancer risk with an increase in leisure time activity. In addition, the American Journal of Epidemiology found that several other articles indicated a dose response relationship between physical activity and the reduction of the risk of breast cancer. That means that as the amount and intensity of physical activity increases, the risk of breast cancer decreases. The American Journal of Epidemiology found that their results of reduced risk for all types of activity were consistent with those of other studies. 

So, what does all this mean for you? First, no one is suggesting that there is any way to completely eliminate the risk of breast cancer. However, even a change from a sedentary lifestyle to moderate physical activity can have some impact on your risk. However, the change is even more evident with a regularly active lifestyle. Breast cancer can affect the life of you and your family in a very profound way, and I’m sure we would all avoid it if possible. Exercise is a relatively easy way to try and decrease that risk.

Thune et al. (1997). Physical activity and the risk of breast cancer. New England Journal of Medicine, 336, 1269-1275.

Matthews CE, Shu XO, Jin F, Dai Q, Hebert JR, Ruan ZX, et al. Lifetime physical activity and breast cancer risk in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study. Br J Cancer 2001;84(7):994-1001.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

To Run or Not to Run...

Yeah, yeah, I know. I haven't written anything in almost a week and a half, but you'll have to forgive me as it's been a fairly tumultuous week and a half. But that is neither here nor there.

So, yesterday I ran again for the first time in...a while. It went ok, except for the part where I felt like I was dying. Ok, I'm exaggerating a little, but I did feel incredibly out of shape. I used to be something of a workout junkie and by the time I graduated from Alabama was running over 3 miles almost everyday. But then enter a whole series of events that caused me to ditch my workout routine. I know, you're crying on the inside. Anyway, recently I have half-heartedly been thinking of trying to get back in the swing of things and what I finally decided was that I need to just do it. There are 3 main reasons for this:

1. Being physically active is healthy. I've been in a class all semester (Exercise Epidemiology) where the basic premise of all the research we go over is that exercise reduces the risk of many diseases that kill hundreds of thousands every year. So, why not go for a run a couple times a week and reduce the risk of disease?

2. I get out of breath (like, seriously winded) walking uphill and talking on the phone at the same time.

3. I tried on the cutest pair of little summery cropped jeans this past weekend and could barely fit one ass cheek in my normal size. Not cool.

So, yes, I admit that this is a little bit about vanity. But I really do want to start living a more healthy lifestyle in general. My "run" yesterday was about 22 minutes in length...and I walked for about 15 of those minutes. But hey, that just means I can do more tomorrow! So, for now, my heart and lungs are fat and out of shape, but that's soon to change.