An Injury and an Award!

Normally I don't flash any leg but thought you would like to see the immediate result of having 350 pounds of motorcycle fall on my leg. It was much worse in the bruising department as a few days went by!

I fell in my safety class…how hilarious is that?! I wasn’t paying attention, didn’t press the handlebars to the left (which is where the track was) and saw the grass.

I thought, If I hit that wet grass I’m toast. I went right into the grass, the bike went up on its side, came down on me and pinned me in the dirt. The instructors came down and helped get the bike off me, ascertained that I did not break my leg, and I went to sit my happy ass on the sideline while I nursed my pride.

Finally I was able to get back on and finish the course, take the exam and I passed! Even with a bum leg!!

I will say that I was quite the quitter early on. Being the only female in the class and being so close to finishing and taking the final exam...that kept me motivated. And my husband and son rode out to watch me in the final hours of class and to boost my morale ;-)I can say I am glad that I did it but it was tough going.

My leg was swollen by the end of Sunday evening. Had this injury occurred the day before then I could most assuredly say that I would have needed to reschedule as I could no longer bend my swollen knee.

After an x-ray to be sure I had not broken a rib, I have taken it easy all week, popping Advil, drinking whiskey to relax one evening (I was positively stupid by the time Jeopardy came on, ice and heat on the sore I am getting back to normal...such as that is.

To fun stuff - Laura of A World in a Pan and Nat of Girls are Made of Sugar and Spice have kindly bestowed upon me a cool award!

I am meant to share 7 things that you may find interesting....toughie, this one.

1. I didn't drive an automobile (nor was I licensed to drive)until I was 26 years old.

2. When I was 19 I traveled around Europe with the intent to stay or until the money ran out. The money ran out in 18 months but I saw many wonderful sites!

3. I first tasted oysters when I was in my 20s, after I'd moved to Florida. My favorite way to eat them is raw but I like fried as well.

4. I have a wonderful husband who shares the same interests I do - food, ales, wines, travel, motorcycles, Monty Python and the same sense of humor.... just to name a few.

5. I have had breast cancer twice, twelve years apart, and survived to be a pain in the butt to all around me ;-) I feel fortunate.

6. My favorite chocolate is dark and I'm partial to Green and Black brand.

7. In retrospect I realize that by today's standards I may have been considered a "stalker" of author James Michener by the number of letters and invitations I sent him in the 1990s!

More fun stuff..... I will nominate seven bloggers whom I enjoy reading and corresponding with. It's a toughie too as there are so many blogs I frequent.

1. Blogging Canada: Cathy at Accountants Can Cook!

2. Karen with Cooking with the Captain whom I am just recently acquainted and enjoy her recipes

3. Joie de Vivre who is one of the very first blogs I started following. Love her book reviews, recipes and French tips!

4. Laquet has two blogs that I enjoy but she's been inactive on both for awhile. I will select her Snipped and Snapped as I enjoy looking at all the photos. She gives me my "English and French fix" when ever we correspond ;-)

5. The Wandering Coyote also has two blogs and I am going to select her food blog ReTorte. She has been so very helpful to me with Internet questions,Foodbuzz questions, recipes and tips and so much more. There has not been a single recipe of hers we have tried so far that hasn't been a winner!

6. Kim over at Stirring the Pot has been a recent addition to my sideboard. She has some great recipes and a great sense of humor!

7. Last but not least, Janel of Janel's Jumble has a cool blog with good book reviews and much more. Check her out!

So this is what you have to do:

1) Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
2) Link to the person who has nominated you for the award.
3) Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
4) Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.

It's taken me forever to get back online so this is a pleasant thing to fool about with. I hope to be cooking and blogging about it soon.

Cheers everyone!


Wandering Coyote said...

OMG - that looks like a mess, Pierce! I'm surprised you didn't break anything. I'm glad you got X-rays just to make sure, and I'm glad you passed!

Thanks for the award! For some reason, this post never showed up in my Google reader so I wasn't aware of it until you left the comment on ReTorte! I appreciate this very much, and will get a post up...Um...Soon-ish! When I'm a little less busy and need a break from writing!

Kim said...

I've been wondering where you went and hoping everything was okay. I'm sorry to hear about your leg, but I'm proud of you for finishing the course and passing ;D That's awesome. Congrats on your award and thanks so much for passing it on, it makes my night!

Funny you mentioned falling in safety class. Reminds me of the time I was 16 and thought I would "teach" my 16 year old friend how to back out of my driveway (the driveway had many obstacles to dodge). I was completely focused on teaching her and proceeded to hit the neighbor's post. I ended up knocking off the sideview mirror on my car. Ironic that I was trying to "teach" someone else and couldn't even do it myself - LOL! We still laugh about that.

I hope your leg gets to feeling better and that your hubby is spoiling you well :D

girlichef said...

Youch!! Glad you're okay :D Congrats on your award, too.

Janel said...

That photo makes me cringe! Glad to hear it all worked out in the end and everybody can use some whiskey every once in awhile :)

Thank you for the award! I would love to just visit Europe. How wonderful that you got to live there.

Captain Karen said...

Yikes! What a nasty bruise! Glad to hear that's all that happened and nothing broke. Funny that this happened during your safety course. A friend of mine was doing a course earlier this summer and had a similar experience. The bike fell over (with her on it) and she broke her wrist.

Thanks so much for the award! My post is up now.

~~louise~~ said...

Oh my heavens Tina. That's a mighty bad injury. Congrats on finishing and passing. I'm sure hubby and son were relieved there weren't any broken bones.

Mike is almost finished building his CB750 and wants me to be the first to test the "Wolf" (his nickname for it not mine:) with him. I'm so hesitant. Not so much for injury as much as I may just want one of my very own:) I've loved watching it evolve.

Congrats on the award and thank you for sharing a bit more about yourself. I just can't seem to get past not having a license until you were 26. I too remember the first time I tasted oysters. It was at the Oyster Bay festival many bivalves ago...

Pierce said...

Thanks everyone! It kept me from being online that's for sure. Tylenol is my new friend :-) Bad thing is, the injury is better now but I twisted my neck trying to find a good sleeping position so that's just, well... a pain!

Kim, funny story about you learning to drive. All my friends couldn't wait to drive when they turned 16 but I never really cared. I walked alot, took buses and rides. Just never thought about it until I needed to drive.

Capt. Karen - that is too bad your friend broke her wrist. I heard about one girl who broke her ankle in the same THAT would put me off trying to ride.

Louise - let me know how that test ride goes!

And thank you all for your good wishes!

Joie de vivre said...

Tina, thank you so much! I am so honored by the award (and feeling guilty over my lack of blog motivation at the moment) It is people like you who make me smile. HOWEVER, I am not smiling after looking at your leg!!! My mouth is agape! I can't believe you finished your test after that! Your heart and will are made out of very strong stuff (even if your leg isn't!) That is so scary. I'm so glad you are okay.

Anonymous said...

Hi Pierce, I am so sorry to hear of your mishap... the bruises look mean... but Thank goodness you're okay. Also, congrats on your award, BTW...did you see my last comment on your previous roast chicken post ? ummm... I gave you the award too, but I guess you missed it ( it was more than 2 weeks ago)....!

Pierce said...

Joie - You are most welcome and thanks for the good thoughts. You are one of the first blogs I ever followed, whne I was relatively new to blogging ;-)

Nat - I apologize and will now go back and look at my comments! Right after I posted on the roasted chicken I was in that safety class and then totally missed your post!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pierce, I am silly ! I should have figured you were caught up and missed it.. I'm so sorry !

But...Congrats again, on getting the same award TWICE : ) ...

PS: Loved reading interesting things about you,...really... you are such an incredible lady !

Donna-FFW said...

Ouch, that looks like it hurts, cant even imagine how worse it looked. Hope you are on the mend.

Congrats ony our award!

Anonymous said...

Oh, dear. I do hope your leg will be feeling better very soon! Congrats on your awards!

Le laquet said...

Oh my lord you!!!! That looks so sore - bet you've needed lots of T.L.C. and there's more coming your way from me and Simon. I'll pick this up "WHEN" I get back to blogging - thanks honey *mwahs*

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