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Outdoor Zumba in Moab, Utah – Doing What You Normally Do Inside, Outside

A short story on how Outdoor Zumba in Moab Came to be. The mantra I’ve found myself repeating as I’ve downsized and downsized and downsized is this: Let it go. It will come back. So I let go, most times for ridiculously low prices, sometimes for free. We gave away or sold everything John and I decided wasn’t practical to […]

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Gabapentin Moment – Laughing Through Recovery

Laughing Through Recovery is Necessary. Without Humor, there’s no hope. Tuesday night I got a text from John. It was a photo. There was blood. He’d gotten in a fight… With a tree branch. It split his cheek open, but other than some glue, a headache, and some swelling, he came out fine. Having a […]

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El Grand County Combo – Salsa Dancing in Moab, Utah

Salsa Dancing in Moab, UT Just Got HOT! I’m excited in this moment. So much so that I’m positive I’m glowing. I wrote about how 2014 has been named ” The Year of Dance,” just a few days ago, and already my dreams are being realized! Two nights ago I sat with a group of incredibly talented musicians as a […]

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The Year of Dance

The Year of Dance – Live Life to Your Own Beat One of the MANY lessons I learned while in the military is that holidays are simply arbitrary dates. You can celebrate ANY DAY of the year for ANY REASON. Ultimately being “home” for the 25th of December as opposed to, say, the 6th of April makes absolutely no […]

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Hurricane Rita Birthday

The Meaning of this Birthday

This birthday means something a bit different from those of the past. When I was a child, my birthdays meant success. They meant I was a WHOLE YEAR older and I could puff out my chest when I claimed proudly, “I’m now EIGHT, and yes, I feel older!!!” to the age old question.  I’d look […]

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Rita’s Rat Lungworm Recovery Update – Prognosis

Where am I in my rat lungworm recovery? A year ago, they thought I wouldn’t walk again. They didn’t account for my determination. This day last year I slept about 20 hours of the 24. I was wearing a diaper because I could no longer control my bowels, weighed about 99 lbs, and could not […]

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Eating Slugs Promoted on TNT AFTER Contestant Paralyzed, Nearly Dies

Yep, you read the title correctly, EATING SLUGS PROMOTED. John and I watched my episode of 72 Hours again last night after our hot tub session. We snuggled up on the couch and acted like it was the first time seeing it while my legs twitched this way and that. Gotta love spasms. That is […]

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rat-lungworm survivor Aurita Maldonado

Weaning From Gabapentin

I’m weaning from Gabapentin. I called my neurologist two weeks ago and got the low down on a “safe” weaning process from the dreaded drug. I’m going to share it with you. I didn’t have a huge problem dropping Oxycodone from my life after 6 months, but I’ve been told weaning from Gabapentin can be much […]

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Paddling the Swattie – A Cocoa Kayak Adventure

Monday night’s storms made for some higher waters on the Swatara (Swattie) and Quitapahilla (Quittie) Creeks this past week. Logically, we wanted to paddle. The owners of Cocoa Kayak, Deb and Ben Miller were planning to go play, and since water has been such an integral part of my recovery from rat lungworm, John and I happily tagged […]

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72 Hours Season 1 Episode 8 Review – “The Rockies”

Here’s my review for 72 Hours Season 1 Episode 8. “The Rockies” – Friday, July 26, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Dropped into the southern Rocky Mountains, three teams composed of three strangers must navigate their way through towering peaks and dense forests while enduring unpredictable weather in order to locate a briefcase full of cash in just 72 hours. […]

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