A botched reimbursement from my training last week had put my family in some temporary financial dire straights. I am still out of pocket (but the issue is now addressed, and money should be arriving soon) for a HUGE chunk of cash that covered my hotel room for the week. Although it has caused stress on me from every possible angle, I am still happy that I made this investment in myself and my career. Abbe has been a freaking rock for me. Dammit, I love this woman.
I am reminded of going without on a daily basis by two very important objects. These are my glasses. I need to replace them. I need an eye exam (last one was 10 years ago). Abbe glued them together as best she could. I think it looks like I’m intrigued when the one side of the lens pops up like an interested eyebrow…
And these are my running shoes. There are 904.6 miles on these shoes. I know that number to be exact because I track all of my runs. The heels are falling apart…
And the toebox has very little support left too. I like to think that I’m transitioning into minimalist shoes…
I’m fine with both of these very important things that I need nearly every day. I give up spending money on new running shoes even though I’m training for a marathon because I am happy to pay for my son’s ice time and my daughter playing soccer. I am perfectly content to wear those embarrassing glasses (stop my cubicle at work, and watch how fast I take them off to avoid people noticing) because I would rather wake up at 6am to drive my son to an ice hockey game somewhere in North Jersey (spending money on meals and gas). Abbe is right there with me too. She leaves work early to help Viv get to soccer practice. And she gives up time consistently to help the kids with their activities or with studying.
We don’t hear thank you often or somedays, at all.
But that’s OK, I put on my shitty running shoes at a way-too-early o’clock so I don’t disturb anyone else’s schedule, or put on my glued-together glasses to get to work every morning – and I smile, because I love all of these people for whom I sacrifice.
Speaking of running, I made up some ground with my fundraising the past few days. I am now at 82.5% of my goal! I only have $175 to go to reach my goal of $1000 raised for Athletes Vs. Epilepsy. Let’s do this!
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