La-Z-Boy? More like Ea-Z-Boy!

Dear Mr. Mauldin, Mr. Darrow, and Ms. Popp-Hellebuyck

My name is Heather Ross and my husband is Lt. Colonel Gary Ross. We are an active duty military family temporarily staying at the Residence Inn in Denver while my husband receives cancer treatment at the Colorado Blood Cancer Institute. When we got here and met with the Oncologist he said that we would be here for a minimum of 6 months or longer; pending the outcome of his chemo treatment. So naturally we wanGary Reclinerted to get a comfortable La-Z-Boy recliner to provide comfort to him while he recovers from his surgery and upcoming treatments. When we arrived at your store #216 (with our service dog Lucy in tow) we met your associate, Kate and she knew exactly what we wanted. The prices were so good, we ended up purchasing TWO of your recliners!

We explained to Kate that Gary would be having surgery early Wednesday morning (Sept 5th) and that’s why we would like to have the chairs in place prior to that procedure. She said she couldn’t make any promises but would see what she could do.

Tuesday afternoon Kate called and said that due to the Labor Day holiday she couldn’t get a driver to deliver until Wednesday. We explained that we wouldn’t be home all day on Wednesday because of Gary’s surgery but that evening would be okay. She asked if she could call us back after looking at the schedule. We said absolutely and then never heard back from her.

We were sitting in our hotel room having dinner when there was a knock at the door. There standing with recliner #1 was Kate. She had a huge smile on her face and she said that she was delivering our two recliners. We stood there in shock as she rolled the recliner right into the room, put it all together and explained how it worked. My husband is very limited in moving items but we offered to help and she said absolutely not. She went downstairs and in a few minutes she was back at the door with recliner #2.

Again, she rolled it right in and set it up for us. I couldn’t fully express my gratitude because I didn’t want to start “ugly” crying. Cause let’s be honest, once the “ugly” cry happens it’s a hot mess for a solid two hours.

We were floored by Kate’s KINDNESS and her amazing CUSTOMER SERVICE. Amazing customer service and kindness are not often highlighted or appreciated as it should be. In a world of constant bickering and people being mean, when we have something GOOD happen it NEEDS to be celebrated and acknowledged. So please know as a caregiver, Kate is truly a hero and as a military spouse I don’t use that word lightly.

Thank you Kate and La-Z-Boy for allowing my husband the opportunity to come home from surgery and relax comfortably. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making this incredibly difficult time a lot less stressful.

Customers for life and HUGE fans of Kate! 🙂

Gary and Heather Ross
(The picture attached is Gary in his Ted2 outfit in his new recliner. Hey-whatever makes him happy, right?)

 

WTF Did I Just Eat!?

I wanted to live dangerously this weekend so I decided to try a healthy option of ice cream. The last time I tried an ice cream that was “sugar free” I came close to blowing a hole through my toilet. All I could remember was how my bowels boxed my colon for about three days.

As I started down the ice cream aisle I found a brand called Enlightened. This ice cream claimed their pints were high in protein and high fiber with low sugar and low fat. What the hell?! I bought two.

I’m proud to say that I made it through the weekend without any explosions from ANY location. To be honest, this ice cream is fantastic! The mint taste compares to the mint chocolate chip at Baskin Robbins. The only difference is after eating THIS ice cream I don’t want to punch myself in the face.

Guilt free ice cream is a dream come true. So stop dreaming friends! Get Enlightened about eating good for you ice cream. (See what I did there?)

BTW: I am not getting paid for this. Although I should! 😂🙌🏼👊🏼

No More Crying Over Cracker Jacks!

Cracker Jacks 2By now you have probably guessed that my weight loss journey has taken a back seat.

Why you ask?

Life.

I could list a million reasons why I haven’t “hit my goal weight” or ran a flippin’ marathon and slapped one of those pretentious 26.2 stickers on the back of my car to show everyone: Look at me, I got my fat ass up off the couch and ran a marathon.

Truth is… I don’t give two shits about running marathons or hitting my goal weight. I’m just trying to survive.

While there are fabulous “Soccer Mom’s” out there… I have to admit that I am one badass “Chemo Mom”.  Okay, so I’m driving my husband to and from his chemo appointments, but to be fair he does act like an overgrown teenager all the time at times. (Sorry, honey)

After my husband’s recent diagnosis with Waldenstrom Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma all he wanted was Cracker Jacks. So I was off to find some Cracker Jacks for him and an extremely large bottle of wine for me. The first grocery store was fresh out of CJ’s, so I paid for my groceries and went to the CVS down the street.

As I walked up and down each aisle I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. I wasn’t going to cry. I’m an Army wife and by God I am going to find the damn Cracker Jacks!

I found the peanuts and popcorn section right next to the big red “OUT OF STOCK” sticker under the empty shelf where the Cracker Jacks should have been.

Cue the water works. I sobbed and sobbed over the fact that my husband was going to be dealing with this cancer. I sobbed because I couldn’t find the one thing he wanted at that moment. So I drove to every damn grocery store in Seal Beach until I found the Cracker effing Jacks at Ralph’s. I bought all of them on the rack. Every…single…package.

So we adjust our crowns, take stock of all of the POSITIVE things in our life — like having an amazing medical team at Chao Cancer Center at UC Irvine and we move on with life like a boss. A boss with a shit ton of Cracker Jacks and an oversized empty bottle of wine.

Note: To all the people out there who actually raise little humans, work jobs and maintain your sanity…I bow down to you!

Feeling Selfish is OKAY!

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For the longest time I would put other people before myself. I would feel enormous guilt if I wanted to do something for me. After years of counseling I realized that being SELFISH is absolutely OKAY! I’ve heard it before time and time again that I needed to “take care of myself first” but every time I would start, I would feel like I was being selfish. Finally my heart caught up with my brain and now it’s easier to say “no” or opt out of things if they don’t bring me joy or fulfill whatever need it is that I’m longing for.

If you’re in a place where you want to do something that makes you happy, but you are hesitant for whatever reason…go for it! You may feel like you’re being “selfish” but that means you’re doing something right!

No More Slimy Salad!

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When I started eating better I would always grab the mixed salad in the clear containers. No matter how much I would rinse it off, and pat it dry with a paper towel, the salad always felt slimy when I ate it.

A few days ago I was surfing the web and I saw the Taylor Farms “Fresh Handcrafted Salads” on an Instagram post. So I thought what the heck, and purchased a few varieties. I can tell you that hands down this is the BEST salad I’ve ever purchased from the grocery store. You can use the dressing and toppings that come with it or use your own dressing. I add a diced chicken breast and the taste is unbeatable!

It’s one thing to WANT to lose weight, but if you’re eating food that tastes gross or slimy, its only natural to NOT want to eat it. If you’re on the fence, please give this product a try and let me know what you think.

Eggcellent Weight Loss Secret!

A few weeks ago I was home scrolling through my Instagram when I saw my friend Tamara Mack holding a container and flexing her muscles.

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Intrigued, I clicked on her post and read about the product that sponsors her called, Egg Whites International (No, they do not sponsor me or have paid me for my opinion.)

I went to their website https://www.eggwhitesint.com and checked out the FAQ section. I couldn’t stop reading about “egg whites” and weight loss. I decided what the hell, I would order some and see how it goes.

For my first drink, I added a little of the egg whites to my juice and shook it up. I couldn’t taste the egg whites at all, but it still grossed me out a bit. It was just the thought of egg whites that I couldn’t wrap my head around. These are flavorless liquid egg whites that are 100% pure. There are no additives, preservatives, artificial ingredients, flavorings, or food colorings. They are gluten-free, lactose-free, odorless, tasteless, USDA inspected, and Kosher approved. It was just my mind playing tricks.

So I decided to blend the egg whites with a morning coffee drink and holy egg whites Batman!! This stuff is really good.

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Im only on day 2 but so far, I think I have met my weight loss prince!

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