Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Heavy Heart

I'm going to keep this post very brief - but I wanted to write something down about whats got my heart heavy over the last few days.

Many people did know - many did not - about my dear friend Thomas McBride. History buff, with a sense of humor not many understood. I did. I met him while I worked at EB Games in Raleigh - first as a customer and then very quickly as a co-worker. After I got over his eccentric weirdness (I mean that in a VERY good way lol) - we quickly became friends. 8 years I've known him, supported him and loved everything about the guy.

It was 6 years ago I walked with him through the confusion of what was going on with him with his health. After going through many clueless doctors he finally found out that he had Relapsing Polychondritis. A very rare disease... that I still don't totally understand. I was there that night... when his dog at the time jumped up and head butted him. Crushing the bridge of his nose. It was that point they believed that the dormant RP flared its nasty head and starting attacking Toms system from every direction. I know it doesn't make sense... but in my head I understand it with my limited knowledge of the disease. RP causes your system to fight itself... to think everything is a foreign matter that needs to be attacked and taken out. Even healthy cells.

Thomas was given his dream... a daughter, 6 years ago. He fought and fought for the sake of that little girl. Even when it got so painful and seemed like there was no reason to forge ahead and battle what was happening to him. He fought to see one Christmas... and then 2, and so on.

Thomas was the one of strongest men I've had the privilege of calling a friend. He pulled strength from a place I'm afraid to tap into. I have lots of thoughts and memories floating in my head - none of them really coming together well enough to put down on here...

Thomas passed away on Friday, February 8th, 2013. I had absolutely no idea. I had made a pot of coffee in the evening and sat down at my laptop in the dining room to do my usual checking of facebook and email... when out of nowhere his face floated into my thoughts. (Believe me... I think of him quite often and say many prayers for his well being...) I felt the urge to seek out his facebook in hopes of finding an update on his condition. This isn't a usual move - as I know his facebook is almost never updated or posted on anymore with his sickness at the point its at. But something still told me to check.

And that friends... is the moment my heart sank and I cried.. and cried. I found this upon going to his fb page:
Thomas K. McBride, age 36, passed away February 8, 2013 after a long battle with relapsing polychondritis. Born September 19, 1976 in Elizabeth City, Tom lived in North Carolina, Florida, and Alaska before moving to Raleigh over 10 years ago. Tom was an avid history buff and would talk about this passion with anyone who would listen. He imparted that love to his daughter, Anja Elise, 6, who was the light of his life.

Tom is survived by his beloved daughter, Anja, mother, Kitty McBride, father and stepmother, Tom and Sandy McBride, sisters, Kate LaPorte, Melanie McBride and Jessica McBride, brother-in-law James LaPorte, grandmother, Daisy Reese, grandfather, Aldo Tutino, many aunts, uncles, and cousins..

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held on Tuesday, February 12th at 3:00pm at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Bryan-Lee Raleigh. In lieu of flowers, a 529 College Fund has been set up for his daughter, Anja Elise McBride. Memorials may be sent to: Thomas K. McBride Memorial 5929 Cameo Glass Way, Raleigh, NC 27612

 So to my dear friend who fought a good fight... I'll miss you, love you dearly and will never forget you.

And to my husband... who came downstairs unaware and just hugged me for long quiet moments...  I love you.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Quad Ice Racing - Round One!

We did it! We made it through our first Quad Ice Race! 

We got there at 7:30a.m. and after a bit of a learning curve were ready to race at 10:30a.m.! So proud of Nathan, Jay and Jeremy... they stuck with it and did amazingly! First in Novice Quad (out of 2 groups... one of which got injured and had to quit half way through... BUT STILL) and around 18th overall out of 56 or so racers. Not bad for not much practice time! 

Although I'm American and have an allergy to negative temperatures - I made it with only having to sit in the truck to warm up a few times. lol

And I have to apologize to Jay. With only 2 or 3 laps to go in the race I jokingly said to everyone else with us - "Watch we crash just before the end of the race... lol". Well... Jay crashed about 10 feet from the finish line. I'm pretty sure I jinxed him. lol But thankfully he was ok! The quad needs a few minor fixes... but I'm sure they'll be all set for this weekends race. I PROMISE... NOT to jinx you guys this time... I swear. lol

Here are a few pictures from the many I took.... most of the day was cloudy and slightly gray... but we had a good hour where the sun was out and it was beautiful!

Bright and early pre-race.

And they're off!

Yay sun!

Nathan... lol  We didn't come prepared to put our number on the quad... so Jeremy found a frisbee and jimmy-rigged it. I think we should keep it that way! 

Go Jeremy!

It was crazy how far off the quads some of these guys leaned to make this turn...
Go Go Nathan!!

lol... Jay was the only one to really lean into it... Aerodynamics he claimed...
And just for fun... Jay... being Jay. lol

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pretending to be Trendy

Not quite 10 a.m. And I'm sitting quietly at the bar in Starbucks watching the snow float down softly on Whyte Ave. It's finally in the single negative digits and therefore completely bearable to deal with.

I stare across the crosswalk at Second Cup longingly. Wishing silently to myself that I'd not decided to settle for my least favorite coffee chain. But it is what it is as they say.

It was this or be witness to Shirley getting here nails done next door. And as that poses no possibility for excitement, I went with the next best option.

As we all know it's a very trendy hep thing to do now adays. People watching, often judging, while drinking over priced coffee that leaves a lingering memory.

But outside the strongly accented conversations floating throughout the room and a small sign promising free rainbows (weather permitting) - I'm a able to enjoy a few blissful moment of me time out in the real world.

It allows me to sit and be thankful for where I am in life. Not exactly where I thought I'd be... But blissful and full none the less.

Take a moment for YOU today. Seek out your free rainbow.

Friday, October 26, 2012

"I'm not dead yet!"

... so quoteth Monty Python. I haven't sunk into the earth... or been kidnapped by crazy gnomes. I promise. Just been crazy busy! Between doing some temp work at a Catering business, crafty classes, the World of Warcraft expansion and doing my best not to let any of my body parts fall off from the extreme (to me anyways) chill of Albertan fall... I've just not found 2 minutes to sit down and compose an amazing blog post. (Because eventually that day will happen... ONE of my blog posts will be epic!)

Nathan is heading off to New York (not city... more borderline PA) for a week - so THIS girl will have her house to herself! Time to myself to be artistic in my craft room and catch up on my blogs!

So stay tuned... you haven't heard the last from me yet! BWAHAHAHAHA!

 ("Must be a king" Why? "He hasn't got sh*t all over him" LAWLS)

Friday, June 1, 2012

First Trip to the West Coast!

Right after we returned from the States we decided to head out to the West Coast to Victoria Island in B.C. to spend a long weekend with Cori and Nathan's Aunt Sharron and Uncle Bryan. It was an amazing trip and absolutely beautiful! We'll definitely be doing again... and are so grateful for Sharron and Bryan for letting us stay with them! They were amazing hosts! 

We got lots and lots of sight seeing in - and I got some really great pottery pieces! It was great! Below are a few of the photos from the trip:

Love when we get to this point! It's so exciting to see the beautiful Mountains!

Depending on which point your at in your trek through the mountains... you'll see any different level of weather. Here there was still an obscene amount of snow - on our side... trees were just budding... but once you cleared the mountains everything was leafed out and green. It was nuts lol

Hmm... I think we'll keep going straight thank you. :)

My first Ferry ride!

This rainbow was bold and bright... it didn't last real long... but it was beautiful!

Overlooking Victoria on a chilly afternoon.

These guys come right up to the dock where boat-restaurants are serving the most amazing Fish & Chips! 

I talked Nathan into going into the Petting Zoo... lol

Japanese Gardens at the school Cori attends.

I wouldn't mind seeing this when I walk to class every morning!

Never did get used to turning your head while in the living room and seeing these guys 20 feet from you... lol

Super Moon!

The long walk down to China Beach!

After the walk down to the beach we had lunch at an amazing little place with the view below from the table... I also discovered Mighty Leaf tea... which is AMAZING. lol (Yes, I use that word a lot... but I mean it every time lol)

The biggest Mussle I've ever seen... lol

Do you see why I took this picture? lol This was at the Irish Pub we stopped at during a Shopping Trip/outing.

LOVE downtown Victoria!

Whats a trip without having your picture taken with a Moose?