Saturday, July 14, 2007

Catching up

Mike Update
Hugs to everyone who is praying for Mike. He's a super stubborn guy who pulled out his ventilator tube on Thursday night (! -- Cheryl was told there was about a 10% chance he would ever be able to come off the ventilator!), and is now on pure oxygen via a face mask. Mike was born with Cystic Fibrosis at a time when most CF people lived till their late teens/early 20s. So he's defied the odds by making it to 50. His health has gone downhill in the last 3 years or so, but his stubbornness has worked well for him. A few months back he was told that his lung function was so low that he qualified to get onto the transplant list. Yeah, this is the guy who NEVER misses a day of work! So his condition is still very serious and day-to-day, but he's moving in the right direction.

Tracy made me smile when she asked if I ever took a bad picture. Of course I do, but I get to post the ones I want to! I love that Tracy posts videos of her workouts. If I did the same, you'd see some not so great looks, for sure. Interestingly, I feel like I look my very best when I am working out. And if I can ever get my scanner to work, I might post a picture of me when I was 24, right before I got sober. In it, I'm fat, drunk, and smoking. Wow how things can change in a couple of decades, huh?

Unusual Weekend
Tim and Tucker left yesterday afternoon for the annual dads & kids camping trip, and I pick Austin up in Davis today in the early afternoon. So I have 24 hours of nobody but me here. What luxury! Yesterday I took a nap, did an hour run/walk (hamstring was bugging me, or there would have been lots more running) and some park play exercises. It was really hot at 4:00 when I was out doing this, so when I got home I immediately dove into the pool to try to cool down. It helped a little, but it was hard to get back to normal body temps as I was getting ready to meet some girlfriends at Crush 29 (the new hot spot in town) for dinner. Had a great time at dinner, and was home by 8:00 to watch "The Devil Wears Prada", a movie I've had for months but have never taken the time to watch. It was fun!

Today I'm going to Bikram Yoga with a girlfriend, and then it will be time to get Austin.

Movie recommendation
Has anyone seen "The Man in the Moon", Reese Witherspoon's first movie? I saw it years ago when it first came out, and I remember thinking, "I don't know who that girl is, but she's fantastic!" I think what I love best about the movie is that it very accurately depicts how hard it is to be 14 and poised between childhood and adulthood. If you're looking for a movie, you might want to check this out out.


Eileen said...

Guess what?

I watched The Devil Wears Prada last night too. And I NEVER watch movies lately.

Read the book right after I stopped working at a job very much like the one in the movie (without the free clothes!).

Very jealous of the time alone. Enjoy it!

Irene said...

Sorry I've missed your last few posts!

Mike sounds like an amazing guy, fighting CF every step of the way! I'm amazed. My thoughts and prayers will be with him and his family.

Alone time? Yes it is a luxury! I'm lucky if I have an hour. :)

Just caught the "Naked Cowboy" pictures! LOL! How funny!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Brit-Man said...

Reece Witherspoon. Interesting proposition, but I'll pass.

Now if you'd said Bruce Willis, you might have floated my boat.

Or Bill and Ted. The start of a great career, well for one of them anyway :-p.

Hope you're having a great day. Amazing what the human body can do, when you want it enough.

Best wishes Leslie.

:-) :-).


Stef said...


Colette said...

Happy about the good news regarding Mike.

Hope your weekend was great!! I love when I get those times to myself...makes me a better person for my family.

I think posting pics of your past is a great shows people how far you've come.

Hey, how did you like that place, Crush 29? Rob and I went for lunch last month (he heard it was the hot spot too) and I was so not impressed! Seemed to TRY to be phoo phoo, like you should be holding a glass of wine with your nose up in the air.
I don't know, that's just me ;)

Anonymous said...

Mike is in my thoughts and prayers too. Sounds like he's a good guy and a stubborn one at that! Good.

Never saw that movie with Reese in it. May have to rent it. Haven't seen The Devil Wears Prada either.
Blockbuster here I come.

Tracy said...

Leslie, How did you like Bikram? As you know it;s part of my regular workouts, you either love the heat, or you hate it!

I would love to see you at 24!! It was one of your worst years and one of my best! I would of said it WAS my best, before my weight loss, but now these are the best years of my life! I look and feel better than ever, and I like myself more!

Mark and I met and married when I was 24, so I'll eventually post our picture at that time, since our 20th anniversary is coming up soon.