Lost and found

Five years ago this week, I signed up as a volunteer for the Special Olympics Kentucky State Basketball Tournament. Next weekend, I’m going to be watching a team I coach participate in that tournament. Four years ago, I was starting to get more involved with the organization – but hadn’t yet found my place. IContinue reading “Lost and found”

An important reminder: Words still can hurt

Have you ever been called something horrible? Maybe it is something other people don’t think is horrible but for you, it went straight to the heart and squeezed until it hurt. I’ve been called names – and when I was younger and my skin hadn’t thickened up enough and I thought the people calling meContinue reading “An important reminder: Words still can hurt”

Keeping my feet on dry land

As some of you may know, last year, I decided to be crazy and jump in freezing cold water. Now this isn’t something I normally do, ’cause, you guys, it takes me forever to get into a pool even if it is pretty warm. Ugh, when it hits that part of your back and it’sContinue reading “Keeping my feet on dry land”

Finally thawed out

A little over a month ago, I was getting in the shower (p.s. I have taken many showers since then, just so you know), and made the mistake of stepping in before I’d tested the water. The hot water wasn’t coming out so I got a nice, cold surprise to wake me up for theContinue reading “Finally thawed out”

Why it’s completely worth it

I might get hypothermia on Saturday. I might get frostbite. I might scream an expletive in front of either children or news cameras. And while I probably will regret it immediately afterwards, when I can’t feel any part of my body, after I thaw I’ll remember why I decided to jump into freezing cold water.Continue reading “Why it’s completely worth it”

Freezin’ for a reason

Fun fact: While in England a year and a half ago, Ashley and I went to the traveling Titanic exhibit at the O2. Towards the end of the exhibits – right before you found out if the passenger you’d been “experiencing” the thing as lived or died – was a big ol’ slab of ice.Continue reading “Freezin’ for a reason”