29 November 2011

My New Mantra

I saw this saying on a card on my recent trip to Boulder and it "spoke" to me.  So I made my own little photo. You savvy readers will also notice I replaced my header with this new mantra.

24 November 2011

Happy Turkey Day!

Fred Meyer is at it again! Happy Turkey Day everyone!

21 November 2011

Thanks Uvex!

After the accident, henceforth known as the Epic Bike Header of 2011 (not to be confused with the Epic Face Plant of 2010), I posted the photo of my bloodied, scuffed-up sunglasses on the Facebook Page of Uvex Sports.  You see, I was wearing Uvex sunnies when I biffed it and I wanted to thank them for saving my eye! 

I was very surprised and happy to later receive a message from Katrin and the Uvex Cycling Team stating their desire to send me a replacement pair.  I should get the new sunnies in a few weeks!

I want to shout a huge thanks to Uvex for their generosity and awesomeness!  It goes without saying that I would 100% recommend Uvex products - and with this kind of excellent customer service they've made a customer for life! Danke!

17 November 2011

How Your Face Heals

I was hesitant to post any full face shots until I was was looking and feeling better. Seriously, it was BAD people! But, now that the swelling has abated I can feed my complete fascination with the body's ability to heal itself. Here's a little photo montage for you - I call it "healing".

Full Frontal (read left to right, top to bottom - click images to expand):

Side Impact:

The Creepy Eye:

Good news is, 10 days in, I'm feeling much better!  Here's the before and after!  The body really is an amazing thing!

10 November 2011

Collateral Damage

There's this saying in College Sports that people "bleed" their school colours. It's a cute expression, and in my case, it's actually true. I do bleed purple and gold (Go Dawgs!).  

Exhibit A:

Can't get much more purple and gold than that!
Even my non-injured eye is having sympathy bruising

And while the focus of my pain has been in my face, I also got a pretty nasty scrape on my shin, which has incidentally turned green.

Green Shin

I also have a nasty bruise on my shoulder, which is hard to see but I'm posting it anyway because it hurts dammit!

Bruised Shoulder (ego bruise is invisible)

To add insult to injury, they had to give me a Tetanus shot. Could they do it in the arm that was already injured? Of COURSE not. It had to go in the other arm! So that left a bruise too, and I'm ANGRY about it!

Tetanus Circle of Anger
Before I show you all the gross red eyeball shot (which is why you're reading, admit it) I'd just like to thank everyone who so thoughtfully stopped by, brought me flowers, sent me 'get well soon' texts, and offered to go on grocery runs for me. I couldn't have made it through without all of my amazing friends - my "Family". I really have the best people in my life. Thank you.

My fave!  Purple Lillies that match my eye!

Without further ado, what you've all been reading for - the Devil Eye!:

Gross?  Or Awesome?

p.s. Who wants to come over and fix Luna for me? BTW she's getting renamed I think....apparently "luna" is short for "lunatic".  That explains a lot actually....

Get Bent

07 November 2011

Face, Meet Pavement: A Bicycle Tale

I have a running joke among my friends that I am better at hurting myself than anyone else. There was the electrocution incident in Greece, the near toe-decapitation in Spain, and of course my climbing/skiing/cycling accidents detailed here. Well, yesterday I had an accident that put all of these to shame. I wish I were joking. Perhaps I really should never leave the house....

I set out on a bike ride over to Alki with a friend and fellow bike enthusiast. The day was excellent: cold, crisp, and sunny. Perfect for a blue-bird ski day or a lovely bike ride through fall foliage.

On the way back home as we were rounding the bend at the West Seattle Bridge, DISASTER STRUCK. From what I recall, I was riding quickly (about 16-20mph according to the bike computer) and approaching a large muddy patch on the right side of the path. There was also an oncoming cyclist, so I couldn't just swerve around the muddy spot. I hit the brakes, and apparently I hit them a little too hard.  My front tire locked up and I was thrown forward and did a total header into the pavement.

Yes, that really does mean I landed on my face. Luckily I was wearing a helmet (of course!), and sunglasses (which are toast now).

Not Halloween Makeup

After smacking my face, I flipped over and eventually came to rest on my back. I have some abrasions on my left shoulder and right shin, but luckily my clips released and the bike didn't land under and/or on me. Luna's in pretty good shape....considering. She just needs some adjustments to the horn. I'm also really glad my partner, who was behind, didn't run over me!

Sunnies no more

Another cyclist saw the accident and nicely stopped to help. She called her husband, who lived close by, and he gave us a ride to my house. There, I cleaned up a bit, then we headed to the hospital. It was pretty apparent I would need stitches.

Post at home clean up

They took X-rays of my shoulder, a Cat Scan of my FACE, and gave me a tetanus shot for good measure. Everything came back clean, nothing broken (thank goodness). My eyebrow cut had to be glued shut and they put 4 stitches in my lip (gross pictures below - not for the squeamish).

Now I'm resting at home with lots of pain meds. My face is pretty ridiculously swollen today - I won't subject you all to a full face shot...but here is what my eye is doing:

If this is the Universe's way of telling me to slow down, I got the memo. I'm lucky to be able to work from home for the next few days while the swelling goes down.

Let's hope I'm really done with all of this now. I'm ready to be happy and healthy and accident free!