Breast Cancer Awareness, football, beach

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, football, beach,and a month of reflection for me.
As a breast cancer warrior and the reason I use warrior instead of survivor is because the game is never over and if you are not a survivor, what did you do wrong not to survive? You did nothing wrong.   Even after you deal with the chemo, the radiation and hear a few good reports from the doctor, you are still fighting for normalcy. It may be the mental fight or it may be a physical fight.
You are reminded each day when you bathe that your body has fought a battle and so far your armor was enough, but you know there are no guarantees in this life. We cannot predict tomorrow, but I think most people can block that out.
I say all of that to say… Enjoy every day and get your mammogram if you are female. Do a self-exam. Do not take no for an answer! Be that woman who demands a biopsy if you have the slightest premonition that something is not right in your body.  If you are a male, do not dismiss any type of unusual lump or difference in your skin, go to the doctor immediately.  Breast cancer is not gender specific and neither is the love of football.cupcakes for breast cancer awareness month

Kaden's first Ole Miss game.

Kaden’s first Ole Miss game.

Pops makes the tailgate!

Pops makes the tailgate!

I love football! Football home games are fun! Great food, fellowship, laughter, my famous punch, and games to watch on tv as we enjoy the fellowship.  This is a time when the family comes together, and we are not rushed. We have time to eat, laugh, and discuss what is going on in our lives.
My calendar works around the Ole Miss home games, and the away game weekends means an opportunity to get out of town which leads me to the fall Florida getaway.

Perdido Key 004Perdido Key/Pensacola Florida

Perdido Key is a great close vacation get away place. In six hours with bathroom stops, you can be looking at the beach. It is not as commercialized as some of the other areas.  The weather was perfect, and the laid back atmosphere was really nice. September and October are my favorite months to go to Florida. The weather is just right, and there are no crowded beaches or restaurants.
If you decide to visit, check out these places:
Fisherman’s Corner
Big Fish
Florabama
Perdido Sports Bar
Hub Stacy (my local favorite)
CobaltPerdido Key 040

The internet will suck time up like a vacuum!
I spend entirely too much time researching random topics and also topics that interests me. It usually starts with one website then it links to another and here I go. I look up and three hours have passed and then I get the question of what did you do today?  When I cannot spout off the mark off on my too do list, I start to hyperventilate a little bit because we type A’s are always supposed to be accomplishing something or at least that is how our brain is wired!
Sometimes you find a jewel, and I think I found one this morning. I googled “affordable two week vacations” because I have a slight break in action in December.

This led me to Nomadic Matt.
http://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/8-great-alternative-budget-vacation-ideas/

Then I clicked on Grassroots.
Grassroots Volunteering
http://grassrootsvolunteering.org/

http://grassrootsvolunteering.org/volunteer_opportunities

http://hands.org/projects/south-carolina-flood-response/

I like the history of this organization, and I think it is legit. It is a way to volunteer within your country if that is what you long to do.
Check it out when you have time. I do not give back enough, and I know that as I sit here in my comfortable chair drinking my absolutely amazing CUPS coffee from the Jackson store called Costa Rica Tarrazu’ with fast wifi, power, all the food I want in my warm house with a closet (ok… it is a room made into a closet full of clothes and shoes and purses). I have been blessed beyond measure, but I hoard my gifts of communication and organization that someone could use. I am writing this because when you see the written word on paper, it seems to be more credible. These are words for me to read to remember what an absolutely wonderful life I have had and hope to continue having and that I need to give back more!struggle

This weekend the sights, taste, sounds, cheers of football fans and the smell of pralines are calling my name. I will share with you later.

Happy last days of October!IMG_3420

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1 Comment on Breast Cancer Awareness, football, beach

  1. Lori
    October 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm (2 years ago)

    You are a teacher Wanda and I do not mean a professor of English. You have the ability to inspire us to live each day to the fullest. Your passion for travel and people are your talents. Your connection with people from all walks of life and from all areas of the world is your gift. Your profession brought you here, your talents and gifts will show you how to live. Thank you for sharing your life with us here in print and in friendship. Through you I have learned what a strong woman is. Through you I have experienced how a strong friendship with a strong woman can teach you how to truly love yourself and the entire world. Every person deserves to have a “Wanda” in their life. To experience being loved unconditionally and encouraged to be a better human being. I know the world is a better place because of you. I believe that guardian angels are friends that walk beside us during our time on earth. I am glad you are one of mine.

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