I had always had it in my mind that I wanted to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. I’m not sure why, it might have been triggered by listening to Toto’s Africa when I was young or by spectacular images of the mountain that I would see from time to time over the years.
Whatever it was, it was always in the back of my mind that I wanted to climb it. I never researched it, never looked into it. In fact, if you had asked me a year ago, I would have guess that it took a day or two to climb it, that you followed a winding dirt road up the side of it and that it was relatively easy to do. That’s what I would have said a year ago.
Last fall I emailed my cousin and asked him if he felt like climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with me in the spring. He said yes and the planning began. That’s when I found out how high it is and that, consequently, altitude is a factor. I also discovered that it’s not one or two days and that I would best benefit from an eight day climb.
I planned, organized and booked the trip. Then my cousin, Hugh, and I were committed. Things came up – Hugh had to change his outgoing flight so I ended up arriving in Africa a day before he did. It was a little disappointing to have to head over by myself, but it worked out fine and was a good experience for me.
My parents were worried and something my dad said to me kept playing over and over again in my head “you haven’t researched enough.” Anytime something came up, I would jokingly bring up this phrase. Luckily it remained as a joke and not prophetic
But it happened. I hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro in March and I am so proud of myself. I have accomplished something I had always dreamed about – and the accomplishment is not just the climb itself. It was making the decision, planning it and doing something unlike anything I’d done before.
I’m sorry I disappeared for all of March, but in my defence I was away on a hiking trip for a good part of March without internet access…a weak excuse for nearly two months of not posting, but it’s all I’ve got.
Also, I want to finally share my new cowboy boots with you!
I won these boots on one of Pioneer Woman’s giveaways. I was soooo excited to have won anything!
I have never owned a pair of cowboy boots in my life, but I’m excited to have a pair now!
Now, where to wear them?
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I got chocolate from Ellen which was delicious and work gave out flowers
It was a really nice surprise to get flowers at work! I kept smelling them and it seemed like spring was just around the corner.
And it is, isn’t it?
I think so
January 27th was Adam’s second birthday and we had a blast!
But let’s recap…
Adam January 27 (or maybe 28 as he was born pretty close to midnight), 2010
Adam January 27, 2011
Adam January 27, 2012
We love him so much!
His birthday was so much fun and he LOVED his gifts!
He’s so much fun and we are loving watching him grow up
Happy Birthday Munchkin!
Work has been crazy! On Wednesday morning, as I was heading out for work, I got a text from my boss that there was what seemed to be a fire at our building and it was being covered on the news. I quickly left for work and came upon this scene:
Fire trucks, police cars, news vans – it was crazy. The whole road was blocked off in front of our building!
My job that morning was to turn students and teachers back as we were definitely not going to have classes. One day turned into three and we still can’t go in the building.
Apparently a water main broke and flooded the basement of our building where the generator is – or was. The generator broke and there was an electrical fire with lots of smoke, but luckily no one was hurt and it sounds like the actual fire was small – just lots of smoke.
So – we’re doing our best to get classes back up and running at our other locations – but the last week has definitely been abnormal and it looks like were in for more abnormal next week. Hopefully this won’t go on for too long!
P.s. I was allowed in with two other coworkers to get a few things. That was an interesting experience – walking up a pitch-black stairwell with no light. It only took us until the second floor to realize that we should download the iPhone flashlight application. After that realization, things went a lot more smoothly. I still didn’t let my coworkers leave me on my floor while they headed for their floor. I’ve seen plenty of horror movies to know that you stay together. I also didn’t fully trust their claims that they would “come back for me.” So we all went to their floor on 9 and then my floor on 4 and we made it out alive See you can learn valuable lessons from movies!
Future posts will include one on my boots (they arrived!) and pics from my Nephew’s second b-day – I love that little munchkin.
Now I’m off to watch Downton Abbey!
Just want to pop on here with a quick update. Still no boots in the mail, but they should be on their way so that’s exciting. I’ve been training for an upcoming hike/trip (details later) and the Tough Mudder in May which got slightly sidelined this week when I came down with the flu! I hadn’t had the flu in forever and then I got it two winters in a row! Perhaps I should think about getting the flu shot next season – I’m just not great with needles anymore
But I am on the mend and am hoping to get my training back on track this weekend.
Otherwise, work is the same and no big news here. Hope everyone is enjoying their January so far
Christmas holidays were lots of fun – snow, food, family and no work! I definitely ate too much and am still finding it difficult to not eat leftover holiday treats – like cookies from a cookie exchange which I purposeful froze so that they would last well into the new year – doesn’t look like that is going to happen :) I did break a teapot lid over the holidays which necessitated the use of super glue – it was another terrible experience with the glue, but at least the lid is holding together Otherwise, an excellent Christmas!
Boots update - So the boots I won are being sent to me! So exciting! I’ll post a picture of them once they arrive
Adam is nearly two and as cute as ever! He was over yesterday night and I took this video of him I love the little munchkin!
Hope everyone else enjoyed their holidays! Looking forward to 2013!