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Your Favorite Winter Olympics Sport – Capture the Everyday

First, a HUGE “Thank You” to Melissa Culbertson, who hosted Capture the Everyday on her early blog, Adventuroo. She kindly gave me permission to start it up again!

Yes, I’ve been on a blog-cation for many weeks. I’m finally treading water again, and I’m looking for more people who want to be positive about the little things in life! I’m still working on my badge and suggestions are welcomed!


Link up below with a post, write a comment, or just post a picture. I’ll be doing this every Monday (next week’s topic announced below). If you are linking to a blog post THANK YOU! And it would be wonderful if you would use just a simple link to my site to help spread the word.

So here’s my personal favorite Winter Olympic sport: Ice Dancing. I used to love Figure Skating, but now that everyone and their sister can do a triple axle it appears so emotionally devastating for the young competitors that I enjoy something that requires not only athletic ability and skill on the ice; but drama, emotion, and a clear connection to the musical choices.

I adored Trovill & Dean’s performance of Ravel’s Bolero, which took Gold in the 1984 Olympics.

They competed again in 1994 with an incredible revised routine with the same music, but only took home a Bronze medal. I can’t find it on YouTube, but it was brilliant.

What’s your favorite? Why? Has that always been your favorite? I want to know!!

{Next week is about your furbabies. Past, current, future, or all of the above!}

Why Does a Stranger Get to Control My Life?

This is as close as I could find to a representation of my last disability hearing:

People who have applied for disability and not been approved at the two earlier stages end up with a hearing. There is a door at the back where the possibly-disabled and their attorney enter. The seats closest to them are where they sit, as if disability of any kind was contagious. There is a stenographer to my left on the square of tables, and a disability occupations adjudicator at the table to my attorney’s right. Directly in front of me is a dais. Once everyone is settled in the judge will enter from a door directly opposite the one I walked through. In his or her black robes, of course. My judge this time is male, and I suspect is the same judge I had last time.

So before a word has been spoken the stage is set. The judge, formally dressed, sitting higher than anyone else. The stenographer and adjudicator sitting close to, but lower than the judge and at an angle toward him. My attorney sits beside me. He doesn’t know me at all, even though we’ve been through a hearing together before and everyone insists he’s great. He was assigned to me by Allsup, a company I’ll be happy to pay since THEY jumped through all the hoops for me. If you need someone, call and mention my name. I think I should have frequent flyer points to share or something.They have a 97% success rate!

My judge has a documented 38%  approval on disability cases, which I found out yesterday. The adjudicator guy will do most of the talking. He’ll list all the jobs I could do full-time, since I clearly can’t return to Nursing. Pretty much I sit there and they talk about me between themselves. This time I’ll stand and tell my own story. No one in that room knows me or my family or what we’ve been through.

If they did they’d all give me gentle hugs, tell me I was in their prayers, and approve me for disability all the way back to the start date of 2009. My children, too, since my pain screwed up both of their lives, plus Michael’s. I don’t think they give compensation to spouses, but he deserves something for all he’s endured.

My hearing is Tuesday (the 14th) at 10 a.m. I would be incredibly thankful if my friends could pray for me, send some positive energy, or just think about me that morning, please. I’d appreciate it SO much! Even if I’ve been a bitch to you lately (as I have to most of those closest to me) just think back to the good times we’ve had and think fondly of me, even if it’s only a minute or two.

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