Daily Archives: June 20, 2010

Happy Father’s Day and Weekly Rehab

As Father’s Day comes to a close, I just want to thank my dad for being such an amazing guy. He taught me so much during my childhood, and he continues to teach me –even though he lives pretty far away. The most important thing I’ve learned from him throughout my 26 years of existence is not to sweat the small stuff. Yes, it may sound trite, but that is my dad. You see, my dad is a very chill and laid back kind of guy. He doesn’t let the minute things in life bother him or stress him out. He is also an intelligent man, always saying, “I know a thing or two about a thing or two.” The truth is though, he knows more than a thing or two about a thing or two.

I have some very fond memories from my childhood about my dad. My fondest is how he would always play the guitar as I sat on the floor enjoying some random toys. Because of this, there is a special spot in my heart for some classic rock/older county-rock songs –they remind me, and always will remind me of my dad. And as I type this I am listening to “Rambling Man” by The Allman brothers. Some more fond memories I have revolve around our numerous camping trips to Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. Whether I am riding in the back of a Bronco enjoying the sights of Yellowstone, sitting in a small boat ‘trolling’ for fish, and of course, I can never forget the ‘Navajo Lake Monster.”

That's my dad in the green sweatshirt. I just gave him a high-five at the marathon.

I was fortunate enough to have my parents drive down to Vegas in December to watch me run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Truth be told, waiting along side a street in freezing cold weather early in the morning does not sound like fun, but my dad was out there. Nearly my whole family was out there –my mom, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins…it was amazing. Well, as I was near mile 22 I passed my family. I gave high-fives and kept on running. They completely reenergized me with energy and I believe helped me finish the race in my goal time –in less than four hours.

So, dad, this post is for you. I love you more than words. You are the best dad any daughter can ask for.

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Now onto usual Sunday business – WEEKLY REHAB

  • Monday – 1.5 hours recumbent bike, ice
  • Tuesday – CPM machine, sitting and trying to straighten leg, ice
  • Wednesday – CPM machine, sitting and trying to straighten leg, ice
  • Thursday – CPM machine, sitting and trying to straighten leg, ice
  • Friday – CPM machine, sitting and trying to straighten leg, ice
  • Saturday – CPM machine, sitting and trying to straighten leg, ice
  • Sunday –  CPM machine, sitting and trying to straighten leg, ice
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Summer Reads pt. 1

Yesterday, while lying out by the pool (don’t worry, I applied a plethora of spf15 to my entire body and even some spf70 to my face and knee), I finished Cather in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. This book only took a couple days for me to finish as I was hooked immediately. I know, I know, it is odd that I’ve never read this book and I am planning on becoming an English teacher, but that is why I am going back and reading books like this. My own schooling consisted mostly of composition classes for English and in college I was not an English major.   

Regardless, this book was riveting. I was captured by Holden Caulfield’s perspective on life, New York, and all things he considered “phony.” His quest to “be sexy” with a girl, yet his underlying conviction that in order to do so he must have genuine feelings for the girl was a great juxtaposition. He yearned to lose his virginity, but when given the opportunity to do so he did not go through with it.

 I can see why this book is an assigned read in many high schools. Apart from all of the swearing, it deals with concepts that teenagers struggle with today: alienation, sexuality, and growing up. At first, I was expecting more from the ending, but after reflecting about it, I feel as though had it ended the way I wanted it to, the book would not have meaning; it is a realistic ending.

 Before starting Catcher in the Rye, I read Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley. This genre of book is more my style and the kind I would prefer to teach in school. I pretty much like everything about dystopian novels from the author’s creativity to the author’s warnings, and Brave New World did not fall short. The book opens up in a “Hatchery” where humans are made. Humans are alphas, betas, deltas, gammas, or epsilons, and of course, it is a hierarchy. Each class of human is conditioned differently so as to maximize human capacity and function in the dystopian society. Amazing!

 I chose to read Brave New World because like Catcher in the Rye, I had not read it yet. It was one I always meant to read, but just never did. You see, I did not read a lot in college. I wish I had, but I didn’t. Regardless, another reason for why I read this book is because my master teacher from student teaching was talking about combining it with Fahrenheit 451 for a quarter-long unit. I loved, loved, loved Fahrenheit 451, so I wanted to read Brave New World and see the two novels connected. Those are two novels I would definitely choose to teach together.

 So, there you have it, my two most recent reads. I started reading Pride and Prejudice last night and after that I have Catch – 22 waiting on my bookshelf for me. Once those two books are read I am open for suggestions. I am thinking maybe something by Ayn Rand, but I don’t know yet. Please feel free to give me a suggestion.