Thursday, April 6, 2017

Movin on....jumping and leaping

Good rainy afternoon....yep, rain again....why? I don't know but it fits my mood perfectly.Image result for gloomy weather gif

Why down in the dumps, BPM?
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Fade to black......
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As you know the big leftie has been sick for a number of months. He has seen everyone except a Shaman. Nothing...can't figure it out. As great niece Cupcake would say "what's the deal?" Actually she says "It's not my deal." Nice.
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And so, we look for answers....

ON another note, godson is tearing up the track with his relay sprints. Pretty cool. Hopefully Saturday will be a nice day because I am heading to the games. His brother L Boy runs the hurdles. Actually, so does Lil A.
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What is my take on this as a non runner?Image result for tripping on the hurdles gif

Well......I think.....

They are crazy!

yep, that's what I think. Consider are running down a track at record breaking speed, then you have to jump over an obstacle and not kill yourself.  Then somehow make it to the finish line erect.Image result for tripping on the hurdles gif

As a non runner, I believe that a sadistic person developed this race so that they could sit on the sidelines and watch idiots like me run and jump at the same time. It must give them a chuckle or ten.
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I admire anyone who does this and once again, feel oh do I say it? Inferior...that's the word.

Am I inferior or just a smart cookie who knows her limitations and understands that running and leaping are not in the code of conduct for one BPM?Image result for gloomy weather gif

OK, I have to work on a final exam.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Movin on...flagless

Good morning! This is a quickie since I am headed to spin class to work off the extra winter pounds. Then it is off to the honor society induction for work. Yep, it's a Sunday. Yep, I have to work. Didn't God tell us to rest on the 7th day?

Yesterday was my big volunteer day as I assisted with the Dash for Diabetes 5K. No! I did not run.....where would you get that idea? Instead, I signed up to line up the runners.

My shift was to begin at 2:45 and end at 4:30 leaving me a small window of time to make the 5p mass on the other end of town.

I was mentally prepared for the event as I parked the car and walked to the volunteer tent. The forecast called for 51 degrees with a slight breeze...not great, but not horrible. After thinking twice, I picked up my winter coat before leaving the house. At 51 degrees, there was no need for gloves or a hat, right?

On to the sign in...

BPM: I am here to volunteer

Ladies at the desk: OK, here is your chartreuse tee shirt with a sneaker on it and vest.

BPM: OK, what am I to do?

Ladies: You are one of the start concierges.

Start concierge? Moi? A start concierge? Is that a fancy term for the person who blows the whistle to line up the runners? Do I use my flag to direct traffic? Am I going to be on the microphone thanking runners for joining us for such a worthy cause? Wow! Me? Cool.....Image result for holding a flag gif

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Then it happened....a serious volunteer who is on the hospital board approached me....She was formidable and an expert in flag waving and lining people up. I was in trouble.Related image

Big lady: You don't need a flag. I am the only one who has a flag. As long as I have one, you don't need it.
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BPM: Gee, the directions said that I needed a flag.
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Big lady: No. I have it. Follow me.
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Crud,,,double crud...triple flag...but I did have a cool vest over my winter coat which sort of made me look kind of official.....Image result for traffic cop gif

It was 2:45 and a winter breeze was turning into a frigid wind.

Big lady: Let's go. The race starts soon.Image result for 5k gif

I followed Big lady to the start of the race. No one was there except a few cops standing on the corner.

Uh, Big lady...where is everyone? They don't expect me to they?

Big lady: The children's race starts first then the 5K. It should begin any time now.

And so, I waited on the corner....the breezy wind was now howling.....I missed my hat and gloves but according to Big lady, we would be done soon....Image result for cold woman gif

Now it was three o' was getting chilly....Image result for cold woman gif

Looking again at my watch it was fingers were going numb as I stood at my post with Big lady waiting for a runner...any runner....
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3:25....I was shivering....flagless and now standing in the street. Finally runners showed up for a 4 pm start. Yep, Big lady with the flag was wrong. She made me stand out in the cold and wind for 90 minutes without a flag, gloves, hat or anything to do.Image result for cold woman gif

Finally the race was set to begin. Yes, there were runners....
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Big lady then positioned my on the corner to stop traffic and people from interrupting the race.

Stopping flag...just me in my yellow vest....That's rich.....which Mac truck is going to stop for me in my winter coat as my body shakes uncontrollably as I try to protect those crazy runners? I was hoping all of them would. Image result for holding a flag gif

The race began and I was set to drop my vest off and shake my way to my car.
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Big lady: We're not done yet. They make another lap, then we wait for the stragglers and take down the traffic cones.Image result for holding a flag gif

Traffic you mean that I am going out in traffic and pick up the orange cones and bring them to a truck? Uh Big lady, I do not think that a start concierge is supposed to play in traffic...especially if she does not have a flag with her nose running down her face and in the race.... Isn't there a stop concierge who can do that?Image result for big lady with flag gif

Finally....yes, finally, the last of the runners who were more like walk runners limped by and my job as start concierge was in the books for a year. A nice young man in a truck came by and picked up the cones. My big stop of the day was a woman with a stroller who was about to hit one of the runners. Yep, I saved the day....without a flag.Image result for holding a flag gif

And so, we end yet another fantastically mundane moment in BP mom's odd life as I consider how I am going to take Big lady down next year and grab my own flag. After all, I am there to protect and serve. To do so, I need to be properly equipped. Right?
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One last note...I am still cold 12 hours after the event. My blood has not defrosted and I am still, eh?
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Off to spin....

Friday, March 31, 2017

Movin on....Living in the moment.

Good rainy morning! Mother Nature teased us yesterday as she gave us 3 minutes of sun. Then back to the drearies. One of these days....we will see sunshine...I can feel it.....Image result for mother nature sun gif

Tomorrow is my big day....yep, I have been to the gym lifting weights preparing to wave runners left on the street corner or is it right? I take my responsibilities seriously. Image result for flag lady waving gifOf course the weather is going to be typically yukky. The big leftie and I are plotting our escape south....west....anywhere...out of here. It is times like this that I miss the road trips south to sit in the stands and wait for a momentary appearance on the mound.Image result for waiting in the bleachers gif

Yesterday I watched a HBO report on a MLB pitcher who basically lost his mojo. He could not find the plate and was relegated to the minors to figure it out and find his groove again. Finally he came back as an outfielder who could hit home runs. It was a good story.Image result for bad pitcher gif

So I texted the big kid and shared that I saw the report and was impressed.

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"Don't be."

BPM: "why?"


BPM: "oh"

Yep, that one hurt. Then I texted that I was glad that he was moving forward and no longer under the scrutiny of thousands of people. He agreed and said that it was a shallow lifestyle.

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Huh? Shallow? Superficial? This was what he wanted from age four. He had a mindset to go to the MLB and pitch in the World Series.

What happened to the little guy who slept with his glove under his pillow and bat by his bed?

The only thing that I can think of is that he is excited about law school.Tomorrow he has an orientation with the members of his class. So, in a way, he has gotten past his little boy dreams.Image result for little boy big dreams gif

How about the rest of us? Have we made peace with goals that were not achieved? Dreams that were not actualized? Image result for banged up crv gif

I am not sure. I see some people living in the past and not enjoying the present. I also see people so future oriented that they miss the beauty of the moment. There has to be a balance between the past, present and future. For the life of me, I do not have any advice. However, if is my take on it.....Image result for little boy big dreams gif

Some folks are not pleased with themselves or their lives. They are waiting for something magical to happen. Then there are those who feel that the past cannot possible be matched. Here is where they are wrong.Image result for little boy big dreams gif

The present is all we have. The past is just a memory to be enjoyed and pulled out when we need it. The future is for dreaming, but not too much since we are not guaranteed anything past the moment. Just ask Daisy whose 45 year old cousin past away suddenly yesterday.   if we do not live in the moment then we are giving away a gift.Image result for little boy big dreams gif

That's it. That's all I have at this moment since I have to take Tink and drop her car off to be painted. She has had a few....oh let's say....fender benders...the best one was when she hit the trash cans in the garage. Believe it or not, they did the most damage. Then there was the time when someone keyed the car at a fair. Finally, it looked so banged up that we had to do something...and today is the day.
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And so.....Off I go....
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Movin on....Germs!

Good morning! Like Wildcat, I am putting off work and posting rather than answer emails and upload a quiz while grading papers. Why? Well, I don't feel like it.

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Is not feeling like it a solid reason for ignoring the mounds of paperwork on my desk? Well, yeah....I believe it is. It is a lame reason but one that I can live with for the next 15 minutes or so....

Then, I will start a project and have to stop since I have Pilates class at 10:30.
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I am sure that you are thinking...hey, BP Mom, get a grip. The rest of us start our day with a bowl of Special K and a Starbucks frap and work until 5.
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I admire you. Last night a dinner, dad and I were talking about teachers.....real ones not faux like I am....OK, I am not faux, but at times, I feel like I am.
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My contention was that I could not teach in a classroom with the same faces for 180 days. It would seem like torture.....for the kids, not me.Image result for sick gif OK, too.....The heroes are the men and women who do this work day in and day out.

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As far as my teaching is concerned, I can see the same students for 7 weeks or an entire semester. I can live with this lifestyle. Therefore, I vow.....OK, not vow, will try....
Perhaps, "try" is not the right about "think".....

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I vow to think about never complaining about my job again. That's good...
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On to Daisy who is headed to NC to visit her god daughter for an award ceremony and Bridal Show. You sweet oh-so-intelligent god daughter is graduating from medical school and getting married....then moving to Connecticut. How about that for a little stress?

Anyway, "Violet" is extremely bright and wants to be a pediatrician. How great is that? This is a woman who will work with kids day in and day out....then she will go home some day to more children (her own). Kids will be her life.....Nice.....Image result for pediatrician gif

I have always loved children but could not work with them in a health care way. I get squeamish when a child is sick. Then I think philosophically about how life is not fair and how little children should have enough food, the tools that they need to learn, and a healthy body.
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And as I continue to see children who are sick, I become physically and emotionally ill because my head continues to play games with me. Rather than thinking about how unfair life is to these children, I probably should be thinking how I can make their lives better. Perhaps that is the way to handle my anticipatory grieving when I see sick little faces.
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Speaking of sick, the big leftie continues to struggle with his health. He went to two specialists this week and they continue to give him medication. With his allergies and asthma, he should not be working at the baseball center, but he continues to do so hoping that his medication will stabilize his symptoms for a few hours.

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What's my take on this?

Well....he is nuts. That's right...craz-eee.

He should stay away from a caustic environment and human petri dishes, his clients who are little leaguers. These kids are walking micro organisms who delight in spreading germs. Naturally, with his weakened immune system, he picks everything up, gets sick, and brings the bugs home. He sneezes, coughs, hacks, and gladly shares his sickness with the rest of us. It looks like he has lost about 10 pounds and cannot shake this infection.  I am not sure what to do short of sending him to the Mayo clinic for a complete work up or Florida for some sunshine and relaxation.
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With that said, I have enough guilt built up that I need to start one project....just one...then Pilates....

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have a great day!