I can't believe how many giveaways I have signed up for!! Even more shocking, I can't believe that 73 people (so far) have signed up to win the book I am giving away. :-) Now, if most of those 73 people find that I am worthy enough to come back and read my blog that would be great for my ego, because I am needy like that. :-)
Seriously, leave a comment and stroke my ego. :-)
I did read where there were several people outside of the US who were upset that so many people only opened there giveaway to within the US. (Yes, I was one of them) But, please be assured that the next giveaway WILL be open to everyone. :-) I have no idea what it will be or when it will be, but I promise it will be open to everyone, because that is the way I would want it if the shoe were on the other foot. :-) So, keep checking back. :-)
In other news: :-) I told ya'll I would let you know why I was MIA for awhile. Well, here is the whole, boring story. So, sit back, get a nice drink and prepare to be bored. :-)
I hurt my knee. I hurt it so bad it wouldn't bend, and I could not put weight on it. It was my own stupidity, really. I first noticed it hurting a couple of weeks ago. (Remember the week of the concert?) Well, that Wednesday morning this was my schedule: Got up around 6:00 am and ate breakfast, at the gym by 7:45 am, walked/rode 11 miles. Got in the pool and did weight resistance/swimming for about 45 minutes, then stayed for water aerobics class for about an hour. Went home, ate lunch. Got picked up to go clean the dressing room/cabin for the concert. Was on my knees for approximately 1 1/2 hours cleaning. Moved water and tables (which I'm not supposed to do), then went home and packed for the weekend.
On Thursday I cleaned the whole house, prepared Sunday School lessons and got everything ready for school on Monday. Went to the concert and stood for a lot of it. (It is a concert after all, and it was AWESOME!) Got home and in bed around 1:00 am.
On Friday I was in the car a lot and then went to the scrapbooking retreat for the whole night. I either sat scrapbooking, or worked in the kitchen. Slept for about 2 1/2 hours. Yes, my knee was hurting. From then on each day got progressively worse. Then, Thursday night I stepped on a "Green Goblin" action figure and twisted my knee. Friday when I woke up I could not get out of bed. That is when I went to the ER.
The doc told me that I have degenerative arthritis in my knee and, eventually, I will need knee replacement surgery. My knee is OK, but I aggravated it really bad. So, I have had to keep it straight and keep weight off of it. But, I am doing much better now. :-) I do plan to get back to the gym tomorrow. I was advised to only go 2-3 miles as opposed to 11. And I need to add in a leg machine, but that's cool. I'll add it.
I hate lowering my distance to only 2-3 miles, because I really thought I was doing good. But, I need to be good to my body, so I'll take it slow. :-)
OK, enough of that. :-)
There is a wonderful thing going on for our soldiers I would like to tell you about. Most of you know that I am a HUGE Eric Dodge fan. He was even kind of enough to let me interview him here. Well, he is trying to give the soldiers some support and say, "THANK YOU" by getting as many CDs to the soldiers as he can. He has set up a myspace page for those who would like to help. Please, visit his myspace page and support the troops. :-)