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My diamond bracelet

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bet that caught your eye. You really ought to see mine. For years I have told my DH that I wanted a diamond tennis bracelet. I mean - I deserve it after almost 30 years of putting up with him...um, I mean being married. Actually, we all put up with our mates at times - and they put up with us too. I have married a gem - really!

Anyway, back to the jewels. I am so NOT a costume jewelry fan. My DD sells Lia Sophia jewelry, and that is great for her. I have bought some to help her out and give as gifts. But me? I want the REAL stuff! I have 3 pairs of earrings - 2 with diamonds, the other pearls that I wore in my wedding. I almost never take my earrings out for anything - other than to clean them or change them. I have a "breakless" gold necklace that I bought because every other necklace that I wore eventually broke because I wear it to bed, wear it in the shower, etc. I just don't like changing my Schmuck! (jewelry) On my necklace hang 7 little booties, one for each grandblessing, with his or her birthstone in it.

Then I have 4 rings. I wear them all, all the time (okay - yes, I take them off to play volleyball because people threatened me that I might catch them on the net and rip my finger off - Has anyone really ever done that???) I have my engagement ring (3 diamonds) and wedding band, which have been soldered together, on one hand. My husband found a simple plain wedding band in a car his dad bought when he was a kid. He forgot about it and gave it to me after we were married for 6 months. When people ask me why I have two wedding bands, I tell them that the one on my right hand is from my FIRST husband. I love watching their reactions! (I only have a first - and don't have any desire to change that!) Then when we celebrated our 15th anniversary he took me out to dinner and presented me with a tea ball (I collect those - because collecting diamonds is too expensive!) and inside was a diamond anniversary ring with 7 diamonds in it. Now I admit, I went to the jewler and picked it out and got a little card with all the info on it so he knew exactly what I wanted. I didn't want to be surprised with a ring that I didn't like and DH did a GREAT job in presenting it to me!

So, now back to the diamond bracelet. DH brought it back from America. Really, almost EVERYTHING is cheaper there than here! (Think $8 for a gallon of gas!)
So, I lay hints, ask, send links, etc. And then finally the day comes when he arrives home! Hmmm, what am I more excited about - him, or the goods??!! - Definitely HIM!! - but the goods are a close second!

He carefully unpacks his suitcase handing each one the ordered items; trumpet books for DS (he is an obsessive trumpet player - but it's all good) and a driver's manual for 16 year old DD - along with college applications. - Let's not talk about that! They leave way too quickly! And then my......
Garmin Forerunner 305!! (Ha! Thought it was going to be a diamond bracelet?) I am amazed how my wants have changed over the last two years on spark. Since being on spark I have bought a exercise mat, exercise ball, 3 exercise videos, weights, exercise bands, walking shoes, running shoes, a heart rate monitor, 3 pedometers - which have all bit the dust! (They don't like me I guess) running clothes (pants, shirts and now bondibands - which hold buckets of sweat while I am running - which may sound gross, but having it drip everywhere is grosser!)

Now, my new "diamond bracelet" (Mr. Garmin) will run with me, compete with me - yep, we raced twice yesterday and I beat him once! - keep track of my heart rate, tell me how far I have gone, etc, etc. More info than I will use in a lifetime. But unlike my Schmuck - I do take not sleep with Mr. Garmin!

And now the big initiation - Saturday's 5K. I already wrote about it - have looked forward to it for so long. When a young lady in our church mentioned it to me - I had never run before. She is a true runner and has qualified for the Boston marathon - even though she had no plans of doing it. I got so excited yesterday as I got my final e-mail about the race. I know the path, now I see where the water stations are, and probably more importantly, where the bathrooms are located on the way. I know where to pick up my number - (WOW a REAL number!! First time! ) My kids keep laughing at my excitement about wearing a number! And, I ordered a chip so I get my time documented - and not because I am fast - (I just hope to NOT finish last!) but because they will send me a document in the mail with my time on it! I want proof to show that this Oma of 7 actually ran a real race!

Then I read yesterday that the world's 4th fastest lady is going to be there - (so much for 1st place! lol!) and another renown triathlon person - okay, so I never heard of these people before. I'm a rookie of the rookies here!

All I can say is - I NEVER dreamed that I would be doing what I am doing. I HATED running and always tried to avoid it - even during my volleyball career. I never thought I would force myself to get up early to EXERCISE! I have never been a morning person - but I am becoming both a morning person AND a runner! There is just something about going out early and listening to the frogs croak and a cuckoo bird fly by (the real thing - with NO clock!) and scaring a pheasant as I run by. And the satisfaction of knowing that God made our bodies so wonderfully, that if we treat them right - we will reap the healthy rewards. The feeling of accomplishing something physically challenging is a huge reward in itself.

So, was my trade good? - A Garmin forerunner rather than a diamond tennis bracelet? Well, maybe someday I will possess both! But right now - I am thrilled for another tool to use to help me achieve my goals!


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  • SONGOFJOY27
    What an awesome gift - something you truly enjoy using! And how awesome it is to utilize your body the way it was originally designed!
    I'm really looking forward to reading all about your race!
    3546 days ago
  • MAMASUDS
    So glad to hear that your new trainer has arrived. I can't wait to hear how the race went.
    3546 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    Love it!

    Enjoy your diamond bracelet. emoticon
    3546 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4114604
    As i told you..i was 'feverishly' typing away on my Ipod screen to post my message to your great blog the other night..and then it went 'poof' emoticon away when i tried to use an emoticon! So i am sorry to 'just post now'..but better late then never right?!! emoticon
    Mariean you said the other day in the huddle (yes i did read that!!) that you don't like to blog...well..i am not sure WHY?? you write great blogs woman!! emoticon emoticon
    And you 'got me good' with that title up there!! Here i am thinking a 'Garmin' is some type of fancy schmancy Jewelry from America...until i figure out(finally!! emoticon ) that it is a Heart Rate Monitor...lol....
    Isn't it strange(but in our case good!!) how times (SPARK times) have changed us...for example... i was NEVER in the fitness aisle in any store that had one..and nowadays i actually look forward to see what's new!!
    I am happy for you on your new present..THE GARMIN...
    ... have fun at the race...and Ooooh by the way...you made a great trade!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3546 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/14/2011 7:01:01 AM
  • no profile photo CD1002161
    Congrats on your new "diamond" bracelet! Good luck with your run tomorrow!
    3547 days ago
  • COOKIEGRANNY
    You ALMOST make me want to run!!! I mean, really, you were one of the reasons that I tried it anyway. I still don't like it! But I know what you mean about how God made our bodies so wonderfully, that if we treat them right, we might be amazed at what they can do. I love your blog. You really ARE my hero, My Dear Friend.

    Cookie
    3547 days ago
  • CHRISPYLEE
    I LOVE THIS!!
    You are going to seriously blow Mr. Garmin outta the water tomorrow.....just something about "racing" with other people, really makes you go faster and harder!
    I wish i could run with you tomorrow....
    i will be with you in spirit!
    emoticon GO MARIEAN! emoticon

    Oh and yes very good trade in my opinion!!
    3547 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/13/2011 6:04:50 PM
  • JANIE724
    Awesome blog!!!! And yes, rings can get caught in the net. I knew a fireman who was wearing his ring while playing basketball... he went for a slam dunk... and the ring caught on the net and 'sleeved' his finger. Now, it's about half as long as it should be - yucky!

    Besides, who knows - if you lost a finger in the net, you wouldn't have all those digits to play with your Garmin!!!!
    3548 days ago
  • MONAMOM
    Mariean~~You are a gem!! Such a wonderful blog!! I can't wait to hear how you do in the race!! I know it will be GREAT!!

    You GO girl~~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3548 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7403040
    Awesome job! Good luck at the race!
    3548 days ago
  • THENEWME43
    emoticon blog! I'm so glad I got to read it!

    emoticon on all you've achieved thus far. Wow, a 5K on Saturday? emoticon emoticon emoticon Loved the part about your excitement in getting a number! I'll be praying you have a great run! BTW, you've inspired me to hit the treadmill this evening!
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    3548 days ago
  • MOTOGIRL2
    Great blog. You are so funny! $8 for gas? That is nuts!
    3548 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/12/2011 3:24:43 PM
  • IGSBETH
    Way to go!
    3548 days ago
  • PRNCSCUP1-2FULL
    Mariean-- I can't believe you don't like to blog! This was so entertaining and interesting! I smiled quite often and appreciate that! I think you made the right choice also! I found my excitement growing along with yours! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to live vicariously through your first race with a number! Go!
    3548 days ago
  • INIT2LIVEIT
    I love tennis bracelets too, but your Garmin sounds like a real gem!
    Enjoy and have fun at the races!! Good luck on Saturday emoticon
    3548 days ago
  • MTNGRL
    Nothing like a diamond I must agree. But I am glad you have the new Garmin Forerunner. Woohoo! Best of luck in your race!
    3548 days ago
  • no profile photo BIGDOG18
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    3548 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4599720
    YOU!!! I am so excited for you...if I start to write everything that I want to comment on here, I will have written a blog! HA!

    Enjoy the race. You will be so inspired! I am so very, very happy for you and proud of you!

    CONGRATULATIONS!! emoticon
    3548 days ago
  • PICKLEDGINGER2
    Good choice.
    3548 days ago
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