Oct 28, 2009

A Few Updates

So I was going to post a whole bunch of picture of the befores and afters of our home renovation.

Then I got behind and didn't post anything.

Then I went to take pictures of some of the afters and I can't seem to get any good photos of a room. My camera just won't allow me to get a 'wide' enough shot!

I'll see about remedying that soon.

But for now, here are a few ideas of what's going on in my house.

This is in the master bathroom. We just got all the door fronts put on the vanity and we are officially using it now. I love it! We had it custom made. Mike picked the finish and I picked the counter top. Although, I can't entirely take the credit because I really just copied my sister Jana. ;)

This is the new wallpaper in my powder room. Yes, I said wallpaper! :0 I was shocked too!!!! Kidding, but I really do love it. It's called Anaglypta Paper and it's a tectured, paintable paper. I'm in love!

This is in my entryway. I love this sign that my mom picked up for me on their last buying trip for the store. I also am in love with that old urn and faux grass on the bottom left. Mike calls it a chia pet gone bad, but I know he's secretly quite fond of it. ;)

And this is my new kitchen table and chairs! I love them. I've been saving up my hours at the store for some time now and with those hours I was able to purchase this awesome set. Please ignore the toys and other mess. :)

I guess they are really more of decoration shots but better than nothing right?

My Mike

So Mike's wanted to shave his head ever since I've met him. He's just never had the guts, or should I say reason to do it. That is until now. Last night was the Youth Halloween Party and he was kinda stuck with what to do for a costume. He went through the stuff we had on hand and picked up the blue face paint. Then this happened.

And the less crazy photo....

I like it!

What We've Been Up To

We've been doing all kinds of Hallowe'en 'y' thing at the Hurren home lately.

Only a few more days until Hallowe'en!!!

Oct 21, 2009

Should I Be Worried?

So due to all these wonderful kidney stone pains I've been having lately, my doctor put me on some new medication. The medication was prescribed while I was kinda out of it in the the E.R. the other day. I remember him saying something like, "I'm going to prescribe you a new medication that is supposed to ... blah, blah, blah, blah." You get the idea. Dude, if it's going to stop the pain and get rid of this little beast tearing up my insides, I'm all for it!

Fast forward to Tuesday afternoon when I took my second dose of this miracle drug. I swallowed the little beauty down with a nice big glass of cranberry juice (because we all know that cranberry juice is the huge cure-all for kidney stones right?). As an afterthought I figured I'd read the 'directions' that the pharmacist sent home with the drug. "Take with or without food." "Take medication once per day." "Blah, blah, blah." It was all the medical mumbo jumbo stuff that comes with every prescription. That is... until I read the following under 'Side Effects':

"Although most people tolerate Flomax well, there are some potential side effects of the medication. Some of the most common Flomax side effects include abnormal ejaculation, a runny or stuffy nose, and dizziness. In many cases, side effects are minor and can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. However, there are several side effects of Flomax that you should report to your healthcare right away, including signs of an allergic reaction or a painful erection that will not go away."

So, um, should I be concerned about this? Because... well... no need to state the obvious!

And then further down I saw this:

(You can also read about other possible side effects by reading:
* Flomax and Weight Gain * Flomax and Depression)

Yay me! Guess what... all side effects mentioned above (well, obviously not ALL) are welcome if it means I get to get rid of this little beast!

Oct 18, 2009

I Did It!

The half-marathon was a huge success!!!

Things were a little crazy the couple of weeks leading up to the race but we managed to pull through and made it to Victoria.

Becky got injured and discovered she wouldn't be able to run the race with us, much to my dismay. She worked so hard to get us all ready and then had to miss out. Thanks for all your hard work Becky!

My lovely little kidney stone threatened to sideline me but all to no avail. Many of you thought I was crazy for running in this race with a kidney stone, and at about mile 11.5 I was agreeing with you, but I'm so glad that I did run it. All that hard work was not going to go to waste dang it!

We, (Tiffany, Jena, Amber and I), left Vanderhoof at 5:00 a.m. on Friday morning. I woke up bright and early despite the power outage that affected the entire town. I made sure to get everything ready the night before so I wouldn't be late to pick up the girls. All I needed to do was fill the van with gas and we'd be on our way. This proved a little difficult due to the power outage. Every building in town, including all the gas stations were shut down! We said a little prayer and hoped we could make it to Prince George on the little gas we had. The tank was on empty from Bednesti to Prince George) about 45 km, but we made it! :)

Then, on to Vancouver. The drive went quickly, thanks to three teenage girls and some great I-Pod music. We made great time, even with all the construction we had to drive through, and Tiffany even managed to brighten the day of a few construction workers!

Friday night we stayed with my brother Kyle, his gorgeous and super pregnant wife Mindy, and their awesome little guy Gavyn. They were great hosts and took us shopping a great mall in Vancouver. It was a lot of fun. Well, that is until we found out that one of the Ferry's we had to take from Vancouver to Victoria had broken down! We knew the lines for the Ferry's were already going to be crazy because of all the people going to the marathon, plus it was a holiday weekend. We figured out best bet would be to leave super early, get in line, and just wait our turn, hopefully getting on a ferry sometime that day.

So, Saturday was another early morning for us. We left Kyle and Mindy's house at 5:30 a.m. and drove straight to the Tswassan Bay Ferry terminal. And we got lucky. We actually made it on to the first ferry that left at 7:00 a.m. It was such a beautiful ride. We didn't see and whales, much to our dismay, but the scenery was amazing and it was a really fun ride. Amber, Tiffany and Jena kept me laughing the entire time and I wasn't the only one. I'm pretty sure Deck 6 was kept entertained for the 1 1/2 hour ride to Victoria due to those three ladies!
(Garyn, notice the nice French Beret I'm wearing?) :)

Once we got to Victoria we found out hotel then made our way to the Victoria Conference Centre to pick up our race packets. The energy was palpable. It was so exciting to see all these people who would be racing with us. We picked up our race bibs, shirts, and racing chips, then took a quick walk down to where the start and finish lines were. Victoria is beautiful! If you ever get a chance to go you should!

The rest of the day we relaxed, went to the mall, and basically tried to relax before the big day. That evening we met friends from the running club here in Vanderhoof and had dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. Had to load up on the carbs of course! :)

Bed came early that night. I think we were asleep by 8:30! It felt great.

We woke up early the next morning, full of energy and ready to go! It was so exciting to put on the race bibs and timing chips. Ummmm, was this really finally happening?!?

Our cab showed up and we got a ride to the start line. The cab driver talked a little about the race with us. He'd run it a few years earlier and told us what a great race it was and suggested that we enjoy the scenery while we ran. I had great intentions to do just that, but you know what? Scenery was just about the LAST thing on my mind during the race! :)

We made our way to the start line and did a quick warm up jog around the area. There were SOOOOO many people! It was awesome!

(some of our running club ladies)




I've never felt anything quite like it.

I could go on and on but I'll make it quick. The race was awesome. It was hard. Really hard. With only a couple of miles left I really started hurting and wondering what I had gotten myself into. My back was KILLING me and I was pretty sure I might die. Well, at least be maimed for life! :) I had to walk for a while there at the end but I was determined to cross that finish line running, and I did it!

I can't even describe the feelings I had when I crossed that finish line. Emotions kinda ran wild and I had to really focus on not losing it. As we crossed the finish line they announced our names and home towns. It was fun to hear my name on the loud speaker. Right after we crossed they placed a finishers medal around our necks and I was so proud of myself. Still in enought pain that I was kinda not really lucid :) but proud of myself all the same.

Tiffany, Jena, Monica and Ginger were waiting for me after the finish line. I was so happy to see them and it was great to hear them cheering for me when I finished. I was really touched to see them all there because some of them had finished nearly an hour earlier and they were still waiting for me. Thanks girls!

All in all, it was a wonderful experience. A really great accomplishment for me and I'm so happy I did it. During the race I questioned my sanity in running this far but I am so glad I did it and you know what? I'm gonna do it again. Hopefully without kidney stones next time!

A huge thank you to all those that believed in me and encouraged me through this entire thing. I really helped me out. A LOT! I couldn't have done it without my running buddies, my awesome trainer, my super hot husband, my supportive family, and many others. I hope some of you will join me on my next one. You won't regret it. Promise!

(if you look closely you can see the word 'finisher' on the medal!)

P.S. If this post makes no sense at all, I blame it on the morphine shot I had due to pain from the kidney stones. Still waiting on the darn thing to pass!


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