Tuesday, July 31, 2012

That's How I Roll

This kid. This smile. Those missing teeth. That shirt.

I don't know this little guy, but he just made my day.

I snatched this photo from 3E Love's Facebook Page. This is an organization aimed at Embracing, Educating and Empowering.

We have a sticker with their Wheelchair Heart on our VW.

Here's their website.

Monday, July 30, 2012


I could eat an obscene amount of chocolate right now.

The Happiness Project

Today, a friend asked if I had read The Happiness Project. I thought she was trying to tell me something until she said she is currently reading the book.

It probably seeemed like something I'd like.

She's right.

The blog is pretty awesome, from what I've read.

This one post caught my eye because I SO DO THIS.

 Here's an excerpt from Gretchen Rubin:

"Try Not To Talk in a Mean Voice. Try Again. And Again." 

"So much of my Happiness Project is aimed at helping me curb my very strong tendency to “talk in a mean voice” or “make a mean face” (which is how my daughters refer to this behavior). In a flash of irritation or anger, I snarl at my sweet daughters or my good-natured husband.

They don’t like this, and I don’t like this. These outbursts are short, but they really sour the atmosphere of our home. Paradoxically, too, I often behave worse afterwards, instead of better, because my guilt about losing my temper puts me in a bad mood, which makes it even harder to behave myself."

Talk in a mean voice and make a mean face. Yep.

Friday, July 27, 2012


There has never been a song more fun to sing. Ever, ever, ever.
Lots of bad words.
But it's such a pretty song.
Probably be paired well with a nice, cheap brown liquor.

By: Sara Bareilles
Album: Once Upon Another Time
Sometimes I can be perfectly sweet
Got the sugary me all stuffed up in my sleeve
And I'll talk of ponies and rainbows and things
And I'm just who you want me to be
Like most creatures down here on the ground
I'm composed of the elements moving around
But I grow and change and I shift and I switch
And it turns out I'm actually kind of a bitch
But that only happens when I get provoked
By some piece of shit asshole we all sadly know
And I sit and I write while reminding you all
That mean songs are still better than going postal

That guy's an asshole
And that girl's a bitch
Baby it's natural
No getting away from it
So sing it out with me
And then let it go
Fuck that guy he's just an asshole

And so I surprised you with some of my words
And I know that surprises, while fine, still can hurt
I hate to think I have ruined the day
You're the dick and the queen of the high horse parade
But I'm sick and tired of your poisonous ways
You're a toxin wasting perfectly good space
And I say what I think
'Cause it's more economic than drugs or a drink

That guy's an asshole
And that girl's a bitch
Baby it's natural
No getting away from it
So sing it out with me
And then let it go
Fuck that guy he's just an asshole

And I won't let him in
Under my skin
He's a sad sack of shit
It's pathetic
Just a festering sore
That will never be more than that
If I don't let him

That guy's an asshole
And that girl's a bitch
Baby it's natural
No getting away from it
So sing it out with me
And then let it go
Fuck that guy he's just an asshole

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Under Construction

Updated: More changes, again.

This is my new, new look. I am absolutely in love with it. Blog designer Becky did a phenomenal job. These are a great group of girls who do these blogs. I highly recommend them. The are so patient with the most indecisive clients (me).

Some of the links are still under construction.

Here's are some of the changes you'll see:

*Grab it button: You can copy the code and put it on your website/blog and it links folks to my blog. How handy!

*Social networking buttons: There are buttons for Jimmy's CaringBridge site, my Pinterest page, my Twitter page and of course my email.

*The navigation bar: when this is done, there will be all kinds of information on Spinal Cord Injuries -- new articles and cool accessibility features. I'll also list and link to my favorite blogs and sites. Jimmy has his own page, and so do I. I'll add photos as I snap them and much more.

I'm really happy with the photo booth strip in the banner. I had a vision with that -- presented it to Becky and she nailed it.

Welcome to The Flying Tire, 2.0.

I think I'll keep this one for awhile.
Posted July 2nd

You may have noticed some much-needed changes to my blog. I've been working with my great blog designer, Jenn, at The Cutest Blog On The Block to get a new look. I ran the mock-up by a lot of friends, and got lots of input -- but this is what I decided on as the final product.

With the help of another friend, I've got a new name as well.

Welcome to "The Flying Tire."

I thought this blog title was perfect.

It was a flying tire that changed our lives forever.  The events that followed could never be expected.

I'll write about our new life and my raw reaction, our challenges and victories. I'll also write about things like shoes, people that suck, people that rock, hair and make-up and all that other kind of stuff, as I always have.

Hope you enjoy the new look!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Another Post About Cake

After the Call Me Cake incident this past Valentine's Day... I decided early on I was going to buy my own birthday cake. I wanted a good, expensive cake this year. Three layers. Heavy. Substantial. Stuff on top. I wanted to pick it out myself.
I was actually happy about looking for the perfect one.

I shopped around online for a bakery in Atlanta and came across Piece of Cake in Buckhead. 

I asked Jimmy which flavor he would choose... he said Oreo. Veto.
I asked him what his second option would be. Orange. Veto.

I went with this beauty. A 9 inch, 3-layer white chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and pecans sprinkled on top. I mean, whaaaaa... if it tastes as good as it looks we'll be in good shape.

Oh. My.

Because Jimmy and I tend to do things the night before, we cut ourselves a little sliver sliver before he went off to bed.

So worth it.

So worth that dang $34 I could have put towards the water bill.

Even Jimmy asked why the nurse got a bigger piece than he did.

Oh, I'm pretty positive an oreo cake wouldn't have treated him quite as well.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Take a Deep Breath...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Satin and Bows

Oh just another day. "Cleaning my closet." Playing with my high heels hidden in the back. These were my wedding shoes. Pretty, pretty fun and cute.

Okay. Back to real life.

Monday, July 9, 2012

The Past Few Months In Photos

I realized I have over one-thousand photos on my phone. So with the help of a new app, I collaged some pictures of what we've been up to the last few months. There were a few things we did where I didn't take any photos -- which sucks. There are also some people who I didn't get any photos of at these events. Sorry, Mom and Dads. I still love you.


Trip to Columbia for our friend Kim's 'Welcome Baby Rory' party. It was one of the first day trips we had taken -- also in our new van. It's rare all of us are together, so I'm glad we went and got to visit. The guys built a ramp for Jimmy to be able to get into the house. That was pretty awesome.

My cousin Lori's wedding in Youngstown, OH. This was the first time I left Jimmy since his accident. I flew there, squeezed a hell of a lot into three days, and flew home. In the meantime, Jimmy was getting the royal treatment by our friends in Atlanta -- Jamie and Raf. I was born in Youngstown but moved to Myrtle Beach, SC with my mom and big brother when I was 3-ish. I used to go back for summer and Christmas when I was young. As I got older and started working, it was less and less, unfortunately. I think it has been at maybe a decade since I had been back. There was uncles and other family I visited with that I hadn't seen in at least 7 or 8 years. It was good, familiar and comforting. Food for the healing soul. 


On the very first day of June, we went back to the Upstate of South Carolina. This was also another day trip. A very long day, but well worth it. This was the first time back since Jimmy and I both left Greenville on August 23rd, 2011. That was the day when Jimmy was getting flown to The Shepherd Center. I packed some stuff for me and him and drove to the city in my car. Driving back to SC was exciting and familiar but also extremely emotional. We had to drive over the exact place on the interstate where Jimmy's accident happened. I lost it. I was trying to prepare myself for Jimmy to become emotional, but he doesn't have the vivid memories of that day as I do.
Once we pulled into WSPA, we were greeted with so many happy faces. It was amazing. Of course there was also a TV camera fired up and all on Jimmy. He loved it. From there, we had an amazing lunch, saw some great people, and then went to the other station where Jimmy worked, WYFF. This crew didn't really know we were coming, so there was a lot of excitement there. Of course I forgot to take pictures. Probably because we were there during a live newscast. After that, dinner with a dear friend and her family. Then we hit the road.

We also visited the aquarium. I wasn't expecting a lot since we visited the amazing aquarium in New Orleans while on our honeymoon. But this one was good, too. We had a really fun time playing tourists. The belugas: breathtaking. One of my favorite moments was when one of the white whales was doing it's business -- a little kid pointed and said, "Daddy, why is there smoke in the water?" Dad patted son on the head and said, "That's not smoke, son. Let's go."
We also learned that we'll never eat there again. Goodness me. It was $35 for Jimmy and I to eat chicken fingers, french fries, a turkey sandwich and some drinks. Jimmy's food was cold. Okay. Vent over.

This is me getting ready for The Emmy's. I took these pictures and sent them to friends to see how I should wear my hair, and what shoes I should go with.
Gotta love being a girl.

We had a blast at the actual ceremony in Atlanta and felt so grateful our station asked us to attend for our nomination -- Best Newscast. We wined and dined, and got to schmooze with lots of cool news people. We heard some veteran award winners give some really inspirational speeches. We didn't win an Emmy that night, but both will forever be Emmy-Nominated. Which rocks.

On June 11, 2012, Jimmy and I celebrated our very first wedding anniversary.  Went out to eat Italian and had a wonderful time. I mean, it was so beyond fun. I only took one picture, though. We ate. We drank. We laughed. Our nurse sat in the lobby and waited on us so we could have the table to ourselves. It felt very.... normal.

A few days later, Jimmy's old roommate and his family were in town for the Braves v. Yankees series. We met them for one of the games. It took us two hours to get to the stadium, even though we live less  than 7 miles away. It was also raining hard and they had run out of handicapped parking. BUT. Once we got inside, and got fed, we were golden.

In later June, we tackled our first actual beach trip. Think there were 8 of us total shacked up in this big beach house on Edisto Island, SC. A lot of logistics to work out and a whole lot of challenges. But we made it work. Jimmy got to relax on the sand and enjoy the beach.  There were lots of memories made that week.


On July the Fourth, we went to Lenox Square to watch some spectacular fireworks. We ate some good Ibiza Bites food, sat, relaxed and experienced some odd and interesting characters passing by. A good time had by all. The 10K I was supposed to run in was that morning. I had gotten dehydrated and sick from another outdoor activity a few days prior, and the doctor urged me not run. I'm glad we went out that night, though. It was the first time I had actually gotten dressed and done something in days.