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I know we are going into the week of Thanksgiving, but I promised I would write up a blog on how I made my Vegas winning costume. And to go with the week of Thanksgiving I am very thankful that I won the trip to Las Vegas
!! I’m still shocked at the fact that we are headed to LAS VEGAS
!! I hope my win is encouraging to others and you too will seek out local contests in your home towns and strive for the prize in making the most epic Halloween
costumes next year. I want to see them. Read More
I can now reveal what I am for Halloween – I can’t believe I kept it a secret for almost an entire year. Very few people knew what I was going to be. Only those that were either going with me or were helping with the making of it knew. And everyone kept it quiet so I thank them as the surprise of what I am going to be is half the fun and if it turns out to be a total disaster when making it then no one is the wiser. I did kind of spill the beans at my birthday party on what I was going to be, but at that point I had already made half of it. Read More
I am pretty much done with my Halloween costume for 2013 and it is FANTASTIC! It’s still a secret though! The little I can tell you about it is that I am doing my own spin on a character. I’m going to be a little more eccentric and scarier than the one you see in the movies. Read More
Well, it’s officially my favorite time of year – I just celebrated another birthday, football season has started, and HALLOWEEN
is just around the corner! Which means if you are going to make your costume around your wheelchair this year you better get a move on! Read More
I was a Jack in the Box (or if you want to get technical since I am a girl - a Jane in the Box) a couple of years ago and it was by far one of my most favorite costumes to date and we all know how much I love my Halloween costumes! This costume was fairly easy to make and did not cost a lot. This costume can be made for both young and old, any color, pattern, and size. With the box basically being an empty canvas you have the ability to decorate any way you want. Read More
I attended the Dallas Cowboys
vs Kansas City Chiefs
game at Aarowhead Stadium
on September 15th as an early birthday present. My friend Carrie (also in a wheelchair), her friend Maria, and my dad attended the game with me. We had great seats in the club level near the end zone. We could see everything on the field and everything around it. The seats were some of the best I have had when it came to seeing a football game. However, I was a little ticked off at how many able bodied people were in this section. Now, I understand that there is a rule out there that the stadium and/or venues can sell those tickets if the game is sold out and those are the only seats available. That’s all fine and good, but Carrie and I went through hell to get the accessible tickets a couple of months ago. Read More
I got to do something I haven’t done since before I got hurt 18 years ago on my recent trip to Rochester, MN for a family reunion and my annual trip to the Mayo Clinic, I got to go in a HOT TUB. Yes, a hot tub!! I packed my swim suit for the first time because we were going to have some down time between the reunion and clinic so I figured with the help of my dad and family members we could probably get me in and out of the pool. Except, I didn’t need their help. The Comfort Inn we have been staying at for the last 5-7 years installed a pool lift, not only did they install a pool lift they also installed a hot tub lift as well. How cool is that? Read More
This past week I got to try adaptive kayaking for the first time and absolutely had a blast. Adaptive kayaking has been talked about since Cory Diedrich from the South Dakota Canoe and Kayak Association
saw us snow ski on the news this past February. There were a couple of trainings held for volunteers and those of us with disabilities to attend. I didn’t attend any of the trainings, but we really didn’t need to. Read More
This last week I stepped way outside of my comfort zone and attempted push-ups off the mat. Lucky for me I have a trainer that is willing to try new things with all of us and a college football player intern to help get us back up. My buddy Brett is usually the first to try new things in the gym and then if I like it, or think I can do it, I’ll try it too. He also likes to challenge me to new things and very rarely do I turn down a challenge. Read More
There are some annoying pet peeves we all have to deal with in the world and really they wouldn’t be that hard to fix if people just took the time to use some common sense. Today, while getting gas at Get n Go I encountered a man in a truck parking in the handicap spot. Read More
This was my fourth year attending the annual North Central Paralyzed Veterans of America fishing trip in Oacoma, SD (near Chamberlain) and this year I left with quite an adventure. My dad and everyone that is a part of this event look forward to this every year. A lot of times this is the only time we get out fishing throughout the year. Read More
It's May 2013 and I am still not fully in my new chair. I started the process on ordering a new chair in March of 2012. I was finally working with a DME that was listening to me and what I wanted. After being in a Colours chair for the last few years I wanted another one. I've never had problems with the one I have been in and worked with a wonderful guy at Colours and was looking forward to ordering a custom chair and the chair of my dreams. It’s been more of a nightmare than anything else. Read More
I’m starting a new weight loss journey after quitting Weight Watchers at the beginning of the year. I thought I would be able to do it on my own, but I am kind of just stuck. My former physical therapist, and the man that is responsible for starting the Accessible Wellness Center has been losing weight and I asked him what he was. He told me he was on Take Shape for Life aka Medifast with a coach. I have been looking at Medifast for a while, but just couldn’t decide if I wanted to spend the money. After seeing his results in such a short amount of time it was the perfect reason for me to decide to set aside the money to join. Read More
This past weekend was the first ever adaptive ski event at Great Bear Recreational Park
in Sioux Falls, SD and to say it was an absolute blast is an understatement! For this being Great Bear’s first time ever doing an adaptive ski event they did a wonderful job. The Great Bear staff and volunteers were great in their training and it showed when it came time for us to ski. Read More