Friday, October 24, 2008

10 Things you may not know about me. :D

I have been tagged by dayngr to go through the file cabinets in my head and figure out 10 things you probably don't know about me. So here we go!

1. I feel most comfortable with either children or the elderly. I feel most uneasy around my peers.
2. I didn't learn to swim in the deep end of the pool 'til I was 13, I was too afraid to before that. Now I teach special needs children to swim.
3. I am so afraid I will never be able to have children.
4. I get angry at parent's who call Autism a "curse." Yes it can be hard, yes it is life changing, yes depression sets it. Move can't let it stop your life and you need to make the best of what you have. And yes I do have room to talk, I've been beaten on, bitten, almost had my nose broke, been glared at and yelled at in stores because the child was screaming and crying and having a melt down and we had to restrain him, I've been rammed into. And all this by my wonderful brother. I wouldn't have it any other way. You live and you learn and that is all you can do.
5. I am scared to move away from my mom and brother.
6. I have 6 piercings. ;) all above the waist.
7. I never really know the right thing to say, so I run the conversation in my head...and never say any of it out loud.
8. I have a huge super crush on Anthony Michael Hall. (I totally <3 geeks!)
9. I was so desperate to sleep with this one guy in high school, and when we did years wasn't all I made him out to be. Isn't that usually how it goes?
10. I hate the color pink but it is one of the colors that looks best on me.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Freezin' for a Reason!

For the last two years, a handful of friends and I have done the Polar Plunge. It's actually called the IL Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge for Special Olympics...big mouthful, so most of us just call it the Plunge. :D What is it? It's a great time! It is a bunch of crazy people (believe me...get to know some of us and you will believe it!)raising money and jumping into freezing cold water to benefit the athletes of the IL Special Olympics. I personally got involved because of my brother, who is on a SO Swim team and the SO swim team I assistant coach. I love them all dearly and this is the least I can do to give back to them some of the joy they have brought me!
Keep your eyes open on here for more info.
Maybe I can get my soldier to do it with me this year! ;) He would have last year, but he was across the world, experiencing conditions that were the "polar" opposite of mine!
Here is the vid of us doing it from last year!
Look for the Polar Bears, that's my group! :D

Here is some more info about the Polar Plunge. The one I will be at is at Northwestern University's North Beach, Evanston. Not the Super Plunge, but the regular one. :D
"What is the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge? It is a unique and wacky opportunity to support Special Olympics Illinois ( SO ILL) athletes by taking a flying leap – a leap into the frigid waters of an Illinois lake! In 2009, there will be 17 locations (see below).

Participants raise at least $75 in donations from friends, family and co-workers in exchange for jumping into the icy waters in the middle of winter. Each plunger receives an official Polar Plunge sweatshirt and entrance into a Post-Plunge Party, plus the chance to win additional prizes for raising more money. All proceeds benefit the more than 21,000 athletes of SO ILL!

Get involved and take the Plunge!

In 2009, Polar Plunges will take place from Feb. 27 to March 21 in 17 different locations around the state:

Friday, Feb. 27 & 28 (tentative):
*SUPER Plunge at Northwestern University's North Beach, Evanston

Saturday, Feb. 28 (tentative):
*Northwestern University's North Beach, Evanston

Sunday, March 1:
*Miller Park Lake, Bloomington
*Lakefront Park, Fox Lake
*Lake Storey, Galesburg
*Twin Lakes, Salt Creek Park District, Palatine

Saturday, March 7:
*Rend Lake, South Sandusky Beach, Benton
*Carlyle Lake, Carlyle
*Lake Springfield, Knights of Columbus Hall #4179, Chatham
*Lake Decatur, The Beach House, Decatur
*Lake Sara, Effingham
*Sunrise Beach, Lake Bluff
*Manteno Lake, Manteno
*Moorman Lake, Upper Moorman Park, Quincy
*Olson Lake, Rock Cut State Park, Rockford

Sunday, March 8:
*Loon Lake, Silver Springs State Park, Yorkville

Saturday, March 21:
*Lincoln Lakes, Private Beach Access, Lincoln
*Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, Mahomet"