Friday, June 15, 2012

Staying Busy Through Dark Days

I thought I would be able to get so much done in my time at home before trials, but I am still feeling overwhelmed.  Even though I am tapering, doing all the small things to get prepared for a big event does take a long time: trying to sign up for Trials as being sponsored by both Team USA MN and Oiselle, buying 18 pound bags of ice at the grocery store for icing, and getting lots of sleep.  Also, having to spend a lot of emotional energy coming to terms with the ending of a 3-year relationship has been difficult the past couple of weeks.  My sex offense and offenders class has not made things any brighter – this week we are studying sexual violence against children and offenders of those crimes.

A few highlights of my week:

1.       Patricia Weaver Francisco came to the Ramsey Country SOS support group as a special guest.  She wrote, ‘Telling,’ an account of her rape and her recovery from the trauma.  The book was the first account of a personal experience of rape, when she published the book in 1994.  She brought so much positive energy to the group because she had gone through a horrific incident, like everyone else in the room and had gone through 10 hard years before she could celebrate her survival.  She encourages victims to tell other people they feel comfortable with about their experience, in order to create a more vocal and supportive culture for survivors.

2.       When I got home from Indiana, I had a box full of beautiful running clothes, given to me by Oiselle, to wear at Trials.  I was smelly and stiff after driving 10 hours back from Indianapolis with the Yetzer family on Sunday night, but the first thing I did was tear open the box with my parents, and try on all the clothes.  My favorites are the Boise Bra (so soft), the Lesley Knickers (capris are my favorites), and the Happy Hoodie (so cute).

3.       Being reminded of my parents love and support for me in Trials and in life.  Even though they strongly oppose me buying a puppy pug. 

4.       Dinner at the Yetzer house last night.  Such good food and beautiful company. 

Back to homework!

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