Friday, May 24, 2013

3 Ups, Sydney Aaliyah, and Celebrate the Small Things

Randi at The Emotional Process of Writing a Novel, is hosting the awesome, encouraging 3 Up! Blog Hop! Each blogger visits another blogger and gives them 3 Ups, or writes a 3 Ups post in their honor, or writes an e-mail, or all three . . .

So, I just want to present to you:
Sydney Aaliyah! Now I admit, even though I follow Sydney, I realized I needed to get to know her better/stalk her blog to give her the best 3 Ups that I could. So here's what I've discovered anew about Sydney:

1. She sets goals, and gets them done. She's written novels, short stories, articles, and movie reviews. She's putting foundations under all her dreams, and it's pretty exciting to read her posts, and check out her Bucket Lists. Seriously, this lady has climbed the Wall of China and participated in a half-marathon! Wow! She rocks! She's also eaten some amazing food at world-renowned restaurants and traveled to amazing places.

2. She has great taste in movies! I loved her choices for the recent Best and Worst Remakes Blogfest. Total Recall rocks, and I love her reasons for choosing it - it made her want to write scifi and do world-building. She also is a great movie quoter. I love movie quotes, but I can never remember them "just right" in conversations or posts, so I have to say, wow! Great memory, great quotes! (And loved her post on Iron Man 3)

3. Her blog has a great theme: "Happiness, Passion, Love, & Faith." It's a fun place to hang out. I highly recommend you visit her!

Celebrate the Small Things is an awesome weekly hop hosted by Viklit!

My parents are healthy and well! (This is actually a huge celebration)
They embarked on an adventurous planned out two month road trip on Tuesday on a motorcycle with a sidecar. They planned to take a long slow drive on back roads to Arkansas to a "Sidecar Rally" but after just three days, they were in an accident. When they called last night, I seemed to just focus on that word - accident. I had to call them back later and talk to them again, because I really lost any sense of the conversation after that word. It was a word that I feared - knowing their ages (75 and 72) and some of their health issues - I had been nervous about them taking this trip - but at the same time glad that they were fiercely living life to the fullest.

The accident, thankfully, took place at fairly low speeds, and they both stayed on the bike (this is the benefit of the motorcycle with the sidecar - more stability), and the medics who arrived on the scene checked them over and decided that they didn't need to visit the hospital. My dad's wrist is sprained, but other than that and the bent up front wheel of the bike, they are ok. They will be coming home, in a rental car or Uhaul truck, early next week. They plan on selling their motorcycle, and their motor scooters. However, this last part is a bit bittersweet for me. I'm glad, and I'm sad at the same time. I don't want them to lose their adventurous spirit.

Here is a few pics of them from last Tuesday when they took off:

Yes, that's a fist pump from my mom as they drive away.
And today, I'm just celebrating that they are ok, and praising God for watching over them.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

God was really watching out for them! Sad they will sell their motorcycles, but I know you will feel better. They did get to enjoy adventure on their bikes when many wouldn't even attempt it though.
Sydney is very awesome!

Mark Means said...

I've been following Sydney for a good while now and can attest to her awesomeness.

Great write up and have a great weekend! :)

Michael Di Gesu said...

Thank God,

They are alright! I admire their adventurous spirit too, and I don't think this will stop them from perhaps other adventures ... like .... Jumping out of planes... LOL.

I don't think I know Sydney, but I am off to visit her now!

randi lee said...

Awesome Ups for Sydney, Tyrean. You've pegged her quite nicely!! Also, thanks for participating in the hop, it's greatly appreciated and I think it did a lot of good for the community!

And THANK GOD that your parents are ok! PHEW!!!!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - They have had many adventures, and I know they will in the future too.

Mark - Thanks! Sydney was easy to 3Up . . .she just rocks!

Michael - LOL . . . but you might not be too far off the mark on their next adventures . . .

Randi - Thank you for hosting this wonderful hop!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I totally did the 3 Up thing wrong. I must hang my head in shame.

God bless your parents! They look so happy. Good health is so important. My mother's is failing and it is so frustrating for her not to be able to do everything she wants to do.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Thank God your parents are safe. They look so sweet.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Wow, that is scary! I'm so glad they're ok! And I understand your cheering them on while biting nails.

Adventures keep you fresh and full of live regardless of your age. Up til this year, my mom has been full of adventures, lol! She's 75.

I like blogs full of passion, faith, love, and happiness. We need all of those qualities to really live life and not just exist in live. :-)


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Gotta admire a goal-setter!

Very scary for your folks and you. I'd say it's a mixed blessing they won't be biking anymore.

Anonymous said...

Such a great way to grow old. Glad your folks are okay!Sounds like you had a lot of fun stalking Sydney Aaliyah. Makes me want to get to know her better too. Best of the weekend to you, Tyrean.

Carol Kilgore said...

Tyrean, I love your parents' adventurous spirit! Trust me, it will live on even with the motorcycle and scooters gone. You may be surprised by what they come up with next.

Happy Weekend!

Suzanne Furness said...

What amazing adventurous parents you have. So glad they are safe, definitely reason to celebrate.

Heather R. Holden said...

Glad your parents are okay! I have an aunt and uncle who like taking motorcycle trips like this, and that never fails to make my grandma worry. That fist pump is too cute!

quietspirit said...

Praise the Lord. I know of two couples who didn't have that good of an outcome from a motorcycle wreck. My regular Sunday school teacher repairs Harley Davidson cycles for a living.

SK Anthony said...

I am so glad that your parents are okay! How scary.

Have a great weekend ;)

Michelle Wallace said...

Your parents rock! What a cute and adventurous couple!
Thank goodness they are okay!

Writer In Transit

Chancelet said...

It's wonderful to see your parents to still have that adventurous and loving spirit. I would probably have reacted the same way if it were my mom.

Sad, but sometimes if you get what you think may be a message from God to seek a different kind of adventure, it might be for the best. I'm sure they won't lose their spirit, only will find one that's best for them. Writer’s Mark

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Your parents are awesome!! Praising God for their health and safety!

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VikLit said...

I am glad they are okay.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Elizabeth -it's hard for my parents to slow down too.

Rachna - Thanks!

Diane - yes! And yes, it's mixed blessing.

Carol - I think it will be interesting to see what kind of adventure they choose next.

Suzanne - Yes, it is!

Heather - motorcycle trips are a little scary at any age, but I love seeing my parents full of joy.

quietspirit - Motorcycle wrecks are usually far worse.

SK - Me too. Have a great weekend!

michelle - Thanks! I think they're pretty fun too.

Nancy - I like your thoughts on the way God is at work, leading us from one adventure to the next.

Lynda - Amen!

Viklit - Thanks! said...

You have a couple of very spry, cool parents. Thank goodness they are alright, but I'm sorry for the huge scare to all of you.

On another note, thanks for your prayers. I'm doing better every day.

Be well, Tyrean.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Robyn - I'm glad you are healing well!!!

Brinda said...

Your parents are the coolest EVER!

Misha Gerrick said...

Sydney is one of my favorite bloggers.

So glad and relieved to hear that your parents are okay.

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loverofwords said...

Your parents tried it -- good for them. I love their spirit and I am sure they will find another adventure to try, perhaps a safer one.