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Fashion Show

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The first annual Berks County Breast Cancer Awareness Passion Fashion Show was held this past Sunday at a local county club. It was packed! Over 200 people showed up! The room was beautiful all in pink and white.

Getting there was another story. I decided to "carpool" with a fellow model that lives just down the road from me. She was suppose to pick me up at 8:45 a.m. I called her at 8:50 and she said "I'm so sorry, the electric must have gone out last night! I'll be there in 5 minutes." REALLY?! That's the best excuse you can come up with? What's next? The dog ate your homework?! REALLY! Anyway, after nearly hitting a dog on the way there, we finally arrived VERY late! I HATE BEING LATE!!! I was calm before all this!

They had professional make-up artist and hairstylist there to get us ready. My hair was spiked and much different than what I usually wear it. I managed to get calm before it was my turn to model. It went well....I think?! I honestly don't remember, it's all a blur but I guess I did alright because the professional photographer that they hired asked "You've modeled before right? Because you hit all your queues exactly". I have no idea what "queues" are but I guess they are good things to hit. I still have my camo suit. I am waiting to hear if I have to return it, or if I am to keep it. I would LOVE to keep the MUCK boots! They are so comfortable!

Ok, that enough about that. It is now the second day of this week and I have managed to do a workout both days before 10 a.m. DH and I are trying a "low acid" diet. We shall see.

Until later.... emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/21/2014 6:20PM

    Good for you for doing well at the fashion show despite being late. I'd like to see your picture.

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/21/2014 2:00PM

    Congrats on making it through in spite of the rough start, and on hitting all of your cues! You are a rock star, and I hope we get to see a picture one day.

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Just a few things

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I know it's been forever since I blogged so here are a few things I've been up to:

1. I have been crocheting baby booties and mittens for a baby girl that one of my students grandchild is having. I have been pretty faithful to my knitting group. I find that even though I have the youngest one (by MANY years) in the group they are a delightful group of women. We went out for lunch last Wednesday and I got to know them a bit better. I did realize how serious they are about getting items completed for charity until I talked to them outside of the knitting room! It's like finding a whole new group of friends! emoticon

2. DH and I took our friend and her daughter to "Field of Screams" last night. It was fun to be scared out of our wits for about 3 hours. The attractions were very well thought out and the actors were very convincing. My throat hurst a bit this morning from screaming so much.

3. We bought a new car yesterday! A VW Jetta Sportswagon -TDI. I didn't think I just love it! We bought a VW Golf two years ago and we are very impressed with their service so we decided to get another one. It is toffee brown with white leather seats and it has all the bells and whistles.

4. The eating is horrible and I need to get back on track. I having been to the gym enough and the scale is letting me know I am a very bad girl.

5. Tomorrow is the first annual Breast Cancer Awareness Fashion Show and yours truly is a model. I will be modeling Cabela's hunting camo outfit. I am a bit nervous but I have decided just to have fun with it. I figure the worse that can happen is that they do not invite me to participate in the event next year.

Until later..... emoticon

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MAVERICKDR 10/20/2014 9:40PM

    This was a nicely written update. A lot of good has been happening for you.Wishing you the best in your modeling career. At the very least you'll be getting excellent fuel economy on your way to the "job."

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/19/2014 7:31PM

    Sounds like you've been having fun. I'm sure that you'll do fine at the fashion show.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 10/18/2014 11:45PM

    You will look great and do well!

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SYDLETZIII 10/18/2014 10:12PM

    Wow, having fun knitting, new car, and modeling. All sound fun. Continue to have fun and everything else will fall into place.

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/18/2014 2:37PM

    So many blessings! Wishing you brilliant success!

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GARDENCHRIS 10/18/2014 12:57PM

    enjoy your day!

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PHHHISC 10/18/2014 9:27AM

    Enjoy the day.

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AUNTRENEE 10/18/2014 9:07AM

    Have fun at the fashion show.

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1 year ago today...

Saturday, October 04, 2014

1 year ago today I was diagnosed with breast cancer
6 months ago I finished chemotherapy
4 months ago my hair finally started to grow back
3 months ago I finished my breast reconstruction surgery
2 months ago I began to get my strength back
1 month ago I completed my goal to ride the 62-mile Pine Creek Trail
Today I feel happy to be alive!

Until later.... emoticon

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MAVERICKDR 10/20/2014 9:42PM

    I am holding you in the light for a long life of happiness. Happy with you! emoticon

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52BINCE 10/6/2014 4:02PM

    Congratulations on your success story...... May your journey to meet your goals to doing the things you love always be in health n fitness.....

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/4/2014 10:02PM

    Yeah!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/4/2014 7:43PM

    Wow! It's hard to believe it's been that long! I am glad I was one of your TWAS buddies during this time. I'm glad you are here today and doing so much better. Your story is inspiring! So great to share this especially during breast cancer awareness month! emoticon Here's to a wonderful success story and to many more years of health and happiness for you!!

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HOLLYM48 10/4/2014 2:59PM

    Congrats on fighting back and getting through that very tough journey. I wish you all the best in your continued journey to health!

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/4/2014 2:03PM

    I am so grateful for your health, for your inspiring determination, and for all of the blessings you share with us here.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/4/2014 12:56PM

    gosh has it really been that long?!?!? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 10/4/2014 11:29AM

    and the future is many many days and years full of opportunities waiting to be writen by you. HAG month

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2BDYNAMIC 10/4/2014 8:26AM

    P.S. Casey ......... I know you must be an awesome inspiration to many others!

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2BDYNAMIC 10/4/2014 8:24AM

    I remember getting the news soon after Casey .............. You are a walking miracle one year later ................. And I am glad I got to be your secret buddy ............... And so glad one year later it is a success story!!! ........ emoticon Wonderful to share during breast cancer awareness month too! ((Hugs)) ........... and to many more years of health and happiness for you!

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Just a few things:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Last weekend DH and I went to Jim Thorpe. It's about 1.5 hour drive from our house. What a beautiful small town! So crammed packed with goodies! Little shops, B&B, and yummy restaurants. We went there to ride the bike train. We started at 9 a.m. at the train station. They load up your bikes and then you board the train. The train ride is a bit over 1 hour and has some wonderful sights! We saw two bald eagles flying. We had some great conversations with the people around us and got some excellent advice on what rail trail to try next. We arrived at the White Haven station and waited for our bike to be unloaded. The trail was very well taken care of and the ride was lovely! At one point in the ride we saw a huge yellow sign with large black lettering that said "BEWARE: BLACK BEAR AREA!". I'm like "REALLY!?" We rode a bit fast in that area. We rode the 25 miles (with stops) in about 2.5 hours. I felt strong at the end. This was a great feeling. Later that same day we walked up and down Broadway street which is on a slant. All in all it was a great weekend.

Our house has been on the market for three weeks as of this past Tuesday. I sent an email to the realtor asking if this was normal. He said it happens and offered to set up an open house on 10/5. Yesterday there was FINALLY a message to show the house this Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed!

Today is DH birthday! We will celebrate by camping in Gettysburg. It's about a 1:15 hour drive from the house. We set up camp tonight and make somores! YUM! I know - they are not on a diet but I only eat them once a year. Now it that time of year emoticon Saturday we will drive to Somerset, PA, and visit the memorial site of Flight 93. We will also pick up the best maple syrup in the world at the Somerset Diner. After eating lunch at our favorite Mexican, across from the diner, we will set off to the elephant store. No really! It has elephants (made out of every type of material you can thing of) all over the place. It also happen to house one of the best stocked candy stores I have ever seen. I don't really eat candy but DH does and he loves shopping there.

We should get back home of Sunday around 11:30. Then it's time to quickly pick up, clean up, and stash all things not to be seen at the showing. It won't be much work because I am doing hours of deep cleaning today.

Until later..... emoticon

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JOELEVENACIOUS 10/14/2014 8:29PM

    Congratulations on your comeback! White Haven to JT is fantastic. I worked my way up to the round trip a few years ago, but no way without a lot of preparation for me to try that! I used to see copperhead much more scarey than the bears for me. Copperhead crossed the trail about dusk in late summer for water I guess.

Glad you are well hi to you husband too!

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SYDLETZIII 9/28/2014 3:21AM

    Did not know there was such a thing as a bike train, sounds fun, where is it located. Sound like you had lots of fun.

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/28/2014 2:19AM

    Sounds like you're trip is going to be lots of fun! My hubby just had his birthday a few days ago. Happy Birthday to your hubby. emoticon I hope your house will sell soon!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/26/2014 6:32PM

    We sold our house in Illinois about a month and a half before I was diagnosed with TNBC last year. It's hard living in a house while it's on the market because you have to keep it clean all the time! I know you will be delighted when the selling process is over.

We have a lot in common. In addition to loving to bicycle, hubby and i are also campers. We are leaving on Sunday for a month-long road trip and plan to camp about one third of the time. I'm going to be meeting up in Las Vegas with 8 other women from around the country that were all part of the Sept. 2013 chemo thread that I belonged to. It should be a blast!

I hope you had fun over the weekend celebrating your hubby's birthday!

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    How fun, so glad you are having a good time

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/26/2014 2:18PM

    So many blessings! Thank you for sharing.

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MAVERICKDR 9/26/2014 12:15PM

    Great update. Good luck on the sale of your house. I like that bike train idea a lot so I'll look into it. I have golfed in White Haven at Mountain Laurel. It's a beautiful area of the Poconos.

You sound like you are doing great. Happy birthday to your DH. emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/26/2014 11:13AM

    Have a great time and best of luck with the house.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/26/2014 9:19AM

    emoticon So glad for you to take this wonderful trip! .......... no black bears seen huh? ............. Happy Birthday to your hubby and good luck w/ your house!

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HMBROWN1 9/26/2014 8:20AM

    emoticon Sounds lovely!

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I DID IT!!!!

Monday, September 08, 2014

I did it! 62-mile bike ride! YEAH! emoticon

I knew it was going to be a great day from the start. We stayed at the Ludwig B&B where the beds are soft and the food is wonderful! Joyce (the owner) made her famous sticky buns with extra yummies on top! These buns are not on any diet but they are like having sex at the table. EXCELLENT!!! We then headed out to the pick up point where we would be transported to the top of the trail (25 miles) The man from the Pine Creek Outfitters was there waiting for us AND we were the only people to be transported. This save us a huge amount of time. He didn't even make us go to the office to pay. He just took the cash from us in the van as we rode to the beginning of the trail. We got to the top and purchased a delicious turkey/swiss sub for lunch. We started our ride at 10:50 a.m. which is an incredibly early time to get started!

About 5 miles into the ride we realized that there was also a 100K and 100 mile race being held on the path. DH and I had no problem getting around all the runners except for one. There's always one in the group isn't there? When we approached this runner, he said in a very snotty demanding voice"Can't you go around?!" Because I did not choose to interact with this animal, I said nothing but I will admit to thinking of a couple of hundred snappy come backs to that statement! Besides, we could not have "gone around" as he wished without taking a great risks of having an accident. Sadly, that was the only animal we saw or came in contact with while on this ride.

The first 25 miles I remember as being a game between the creek and myself. Whenever I heard the water moving faster, I knew I could gear down and move faster myself. I just really enjoyed those moments of decline of the terrain. We made a stop about every 7-8 miles just to relieve ourselves and/or get off the bike to give our fanny a rest break. At 26 miles were were back at the B&B where we stopped for lunch and enjoyed our sandwich. It felt good to refuel.

The second half of the ride was MUCH flatter than the first. The first 10-15 miles had a lot more people on it simply because there are a couple of crowded towns. We peddled on and reached an area of the path that had been covered with a much more course grain of gravel. We had to peddle through this for 12 full miles! My knees were letting me know that they did not like this type of path. What a relief to finally get to the easier type of path with the less course gravel. But....there's always a but....then it started to rain. Actually, it was a light and cool rain and it felt great! It stopped raining after about 8 more miles. We peddled on. We came upon an section of the trail that was closed due to pipe work. Of course, this did not stop us but only inconvenienced us. We got off the bikes and pushed our way up the hill and through the mud. Our bikes and our bodies where covered in 2-4 inches of mud!!! It was a mess! Right after fighting our way through the mountain of mud, it began to rain again.....HARD!!! I thought to myself - two ways to think about this

1) It's raining hard, it hurts when it hits my skin, and it's making this part of the ride horrible! OR
2) Oh Good! We will get a bit of cleaning off!

I went with number 2.

We had planned to stop for dinner on the way out but because we were so wet and muddy we decided to push through to the end. We started the count down at mile 58. The very last 100 yards of this 62-mile ride is uphill. I did it! Oh yes my thighs were screaming at me but I did it! I did a quick happy dance, took a couple of pictures (which I will get on here ASAP) and then went to the bathroom to change into dry clothes. It felt wonderful to be dry. It took me 6:20 do peddle 62-miles. All together, (i.e. with breaks and stops) we were on the trail for close to 8 hours.

We drove back up the road to Waterville and had a wonderful dinner. After that we got back to the B&B and took a hot bath. I'm not sure a bed every felt as good that that bed that night. I fell asleep easily enough but it wasn't a restful sleep. I never sleep well after a hard workout. Last night, after teaching a power yoga class, I slept very well - 10 hours!

Now it is time to get back to reality. I work for the next 4 days and on this Thursday (9/11) I am hosting my ladies from my breast cancer support group to a yoga party. Our house will to on the market this Tuesday. It will be interesting to see if there is any interest.

Until later... emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 9/13/2014 3:15PM

    You are AMAZING!!! Just AWESOME!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 9/11/2014 6:10PM

    Wow!! You are emoticon emoticon What a way to celebrate surviving breast cancer and being alive!! Also a great way to get back on the horse, so to speak! Definitely a celebration and a triumph!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 9/11/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon .......... Wow Casey!! Look at how far you have come from last year ........ this is fantastic .... so glad to see you up and feeling well and I am sure you will have encouraging words for others in this situation ........... Keep up all the good work!

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SYDLETZIII 9/9/2014 12:05PM

    Congratulation on reaching your goal. HAGW

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    That is absolutely WONDERFUL! Don't you just feel so good about yourself. Riding on gravel is hard! I bet that rain got a lot of the mud off of you. I always feel like a kid when I'm riding my bike in the rain.

Congratulations on completing your goal!


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BONNIEMARGAY 9/8/2014 2:21PM

    I am so proud of you! What an extraordinary triumph!

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    You should've warned us not to have a gulp of coffee in our mouth b4 reading. "Sex at the table" almost got my screen splattered! lol.

Great attitude! Sounds like an amazing accomplishment! So proud of you. That's a major feather in your cap!
Looking forward to the pics.
~ Teresa

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