Please help with even a $10 donation!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
On another note, I am busy booking flights, cars, hotels and making plans for a bunch of states. I almost have the schedule mapped out and it is coming together quite nicely. Stay tuned; I should be posting more details soon. Now I have to stop eating cookies and actually train.
Happy holidays to all!!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thanks to your donations in 2010, OCRF researchers have worked hard to push forward the science of ovarian cancer. Below is a partial list of the exciting discoveries made by OCRF researchers this year. With each new finding, momentum is being created to change the future so that no woman has to die from this disease. To learn more about an individual finding, go to the OCRF website at www.ocrf.org. We are all in this together and your contributions have made a difference. Thanks so much!
- Discovered five gene variants linked to ovarian cancer
- Revealed how microRNA regulates ovarian cancer stem cells
- Shown that the change in CA-125 over time can be useful for early detection
- Discovered a protein that boosts the creation of ovarian cancer blood vessels
- Identified SIK2 as a potential target for ovarian cancer therapy
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Holiday chaos is here and in between festive moments, I am trying to plan my race calendar. Hopefully by early January I will have it locked in. But in the meantime, hearing from states with generous offers to participate in their races is in the true spirit of giving and is making my holiday season that much more festive. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My husband and I hosted 36 of his family members this year. Everyone contributed to the dinner and this will be a tough year to beat. Truly, everyone pulled out all the stops and prepared some creative things. My favorite was my husband's onion casserole and a close second was my sister-in-laws artichoke stuffing. Turkey? Who cares about turkey. I'm all about the sides.
But I digress; this is about getting back on the beam. But not until tomorrow. Tonight there is still one more piece of pumpkin pie with my name on it.
Monday, November 22, 2010
- My health, which was almost taken from me due to ovarian cancer.
- My husband, who has been my friend for almost 30 years.
- My mother, who is my biggest fan and backs my every decision.
- My friends, who lift me up, when I can barely lift myself.
- My home, that provides me with a haven to recover and recharge for another day.
- My sport, which has become my lifestyle.
This list is by no means exhaustive. I am sure as soon as I post it, I will think of at least a dozen more things to add. In the meantime... be safe this holiday and enjoy your loved ones. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Sunday, October 31, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This young athlete, Gracie Morris, embodies everything triathlon. She races for the pure joy of it but also combines a charity close to her heart when she trains and competes. We can all learn a lesson from Gracie.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Another email came from a firefighter in Dallas, Texas whose wife is battling ovarian cancer. He has wanted to do something for this "teal" cause but didn't know if anything existed. He has raced for other charities and thought it would benefit many people if he could spread the word about ovarian cancer. Resigned to take on the task himself, he read about my 50x50x100 campaign and contacted me. We have been emailing ever since and it looks like he and his triathlon/fire fighter buddies are going to join my campaign this year. They will don the teal colors and race to raise funds for OCRF. So it looks like Dallas, Texas will also be on my list for 2011.
I am thrilled this campaign is becoming viral. That is the only way we will save lives, one person at a time. Spreading the message and getting donations into the hands of researchers is how we will conquer ovarian cancer. I am doing my part. Would you consider helping with a $5 donation?
Monday, October 11, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
This month I am the featured triathlete in the same magazine. It is pretty exciting and my hope is that it reaches many people and saves some lives. Click on the link below to read the article. Triathlete Magazine
And while you are at it.... would you be willing to donate $5? Even if you have already donated, can you donate another $5? Thanks so much for your support!
Thursday, September 30, 2010
The race director in Mississippi caught wind of my campaign and has asked if I would like to wear #20 on race day. He also found a bike mechanic that is receiving my bike (via UPS) and putting it together for me. Thanks Ben and Sam! Now that's southern hospitality.
Someone asked me at the beginning of the season if I had a goal. Honestly, I wanted to come out of the season still enjoying the sport and uninjured. I am happy to report success in both areas.
If you are in the area of Hattiesburg, MS next weekend, please come out and say hi. I'd love to meet you.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Just released, this short video explains why Kelly Ripa is so passionate about ovarian cancer, early detection and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Good news!!! Hot off the OCRF presses... See how your donations are working.
An international consortium of scientists funded by the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) have discovered new genetic variants linked to ovarian cancer risk. The study was published in the Sept. 19 online edition of the journal Nature Genetics.
The Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC), which was created in 2005 by a grant from OCRF, analyzed the DNA of more than 10,000 women with ovarian cancer and more than 13,000 women without the disease. They found five genetic variants in regions of the genome (chromosomes 2, 3, 8, 17 and 19) associated with ovarian cancer risk.
Four out of five of these variants were more common in women who had serous ovarian cancer, the most common and aggressive form of the disease.
This means that your donations are working!!! Science IS advancing and we are getting closer to finding a method of early detection. Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far. For those of you who haven't made a contribution, I beg of you.... give up one Grande-skinny-mocha-latte-no whip this week and donate $5 to OCRF. It all adds up. Thanks!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I had the honor of being asked to be one of two presenters at their employee breakfast this morning and it was a wonderful event. Standing room only, I spoke of my journey with diagnosis, treatment and my current campaign and effort to raise money and educate women about early detection. I think it went well; feedback was great.
In a world where money and profits seem like everything and greed runs rampant, L'Oreal is leading the way by being successful BUT doing the right thing. It is often hard to do the right thing but I think it is harder not to do the right thing. Their generosity is overwhelming and continues year after year.
September marks Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. All month L'Oreal will host events to educate their staff, their customers, all benefiting OCRF. They are the model company and it was a pleasure to be asked to present for them.
Monday, September 13, 2010
It was hysterical. The mud was everywhere. I attempted to try to stay clean but at one point, I gave up and just went with it. It worked to my advantage... I guess. I had an amazing race. Placed 20th in my age group out of almost 200 old gals. Averaged 22 mph on the bike... even through the puddles. Wind beneath my wheels. And a solid run thanks to 2 women who paced me the whole 6 miles. Whoever they were, they were my running angels!
I walked the capital the day before and since it was September 11, it was very special. I met lots of folks along the way, gave out lots of cards and talked about my campaign. But I also took some time to thank the vets I met, saw the memorials and remembered those who lost their lives on that fateful day. The experience was very powerful.
Sore muscles today and a day off from exercise. Only one more race this year and then next year's planning begins. Hoping for another 10 - 12 states next year but let's not get ahead of myself.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Today Toby got us tickets to the show so Kelly could officially meet me and make the connection. It was a blast. I've never been involved with live tv and it was pretty cool to see how it all comes together.
During a commercial break, she came over to introduce herself. She had me stand up in front of the audience and asked me to describe my 50x50x100 campaign. I got a huge round of applause and then she hugged me and told me how awesome the effort is.
I have to admit, I am a bit embarrassed by the recognition but the point is awareness and spreading the message. That being said, what better mouth piece than Kelly Ripa?
I gave her a card with my blog address and we'll see if any more comes of it. In the meantime, lots of people in the audience got a chance to see that ovarian cancer does NOT have to be a death sentence. Thanks Kelly!
Friday, September 3, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
Now I know what that means... or at least applied to this yesterday's race. I raced locally yesterday with my club, Team Total Training and it was terrific. It felt like old home week. Here is a photo of me with one of my favorite teammates, Steve. Mother Nature provided us with a spectacular day to boot.
I wore my TTT uniform instead of my teal OCRF suit, as NY state didn't really need to "count" and I wanted to feel like I was a part of the club effort. Not sure how many of us were there but I know there were a lot. Everywhere I looked, there was a TTT uniform. And quite a few of us took home some hardware. I think we had 4 in the top 10 overall. I was 5th in age but more important, I bested my time by 2+ minutes. This is a race that I can actually compare, as I have done it 3 times before. I gave it my all, had nothing left in the tank, and had fun racing with friends. You can't ask for a better day.
TTT had a team party afterwards so we all got to see each other "with our clothes on". It's a bit of a triathlon joke because we usually only see each other in bathing suits or bike helmuts. At the very least, we are sweaty. So this was a nice occasion to look like our "real' self. Or is the sweaty triathlon look our real self? I wonder.
No time to rest. I got my confirmation for Nation's Tri today. Swim wave #19. It's a giant race. Excitement building...
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
It's funny but I guess I am a bit lonely. I've been traveling all over the country and meeting lots of people but haven't had a chance to see friends, train with the team or do much summer socializing. Don't get me wrong; I am not complaining. But when the opportunity to be with my "peeps" came up, even though I didn't need to race NY, I jumped and registered right away.
So off to Oyster Bay and the TOBAY triathlon this weekend. Wave #6, Sunday morning. Weather forecast is great, after a very soggy, rainy week so the tri spirits will be with us.
Then two more races after that... but I am not thinking about them right now.
Friday, August 20, 2010
On a training note, my husband joined me this morning for my am run. For all of you who know my husband, you must be laughing or are confused. HE DID NOT RUN. He followed me on his bicycle and paced me. Which means, I had to keep up. And it was not easy. He can be quite the task master when he wants to. So I had a very good run this morning, thanks to Don.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Tons of specatators for Virginia so mom and I were able to hand out lots of cards, talk to lots of people, educate about signs and symptoms and early detection of ovarian cancer and make some friends. Deleware had a smaller crowd so not as much networking.
I have 3 more races this season, having planned this past weekend as the "peak" of the summer. In 2 weeks, I will do a local team race on Long Island. Then Washington DC in early September and Mississippi in October. Then some much needed R&R, while planning my race schedule for 2011.
Big thanks to mom who keeps me company and does whatever I ask of her on this adventure. I really appreciate it! Now off to work, the chiropractor and a much needed massage this evening.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
It gets better. I met a man who recognized me for my campaign based on my uniform and said he had "seen and heard" of me. That means the message is getting out there. He lives in Chicago and seems to remember reading something about me on line. All the social networking is paying off. Better still, he is ALSO doing 50 triathlons in 50 states (for no particular cause other than for fun) and West Virginia was state #30 for him. We spent at least a half an hour talking and asking each other questions. I have asked him to email me so I can use him as a resource moving forward. Since he is ahead of me in this process, I think he can be very helpful. He had some interesting thoughts for my final #50 state race but I will keep you in suspense for now.
Keeping my eye on the goal, mom and I were able to talk to lots of folks about ovarian cancer and spread the message. I have 3 emails in my inbox already this morning from folks I met in WV yesterday. I am glad I added my email address to the blog for just this reason. It was a very friendly and welcoming crowd. So state #17 complete. I am riding on air this week.
Friday, August 6, 2010
When my bike arrived home from Utah, the computer was broken. It must have gotten smashed by something in transit. The computer is the gadget that records time, distance and average mpg. I called Darren to see if I could just buy a computer head. He said no but that he had a spare lying around. He offered to meet me at his house the next day and bring it to me so I would have it for my race in West Virginia this weekend.
NO CHARGE! Actually that's not entirely true. The replacement battery cost $5. And he had it set for the correct time and already set for my bicycle/wheel.
In a day and age when customer service should matter the most, I find most places are sorely lacking in this area. Carl Hart and Darren, in particular, not only talk the talk but walk the walk. I am so proud to call them my "go to" bike store. Thanks guys!!!!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
On another note, I wanted to thank everyone for the amazing feedback to the QVC piece. It has been great to get Facebook comments and emails from all over the world. The message is getting spread about the need for early detection and the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. This is still a grass roots effort so don't be shy. Talk to everyone you know about what you have learned. And oh yeah, pass on this link if you can and ask your friends for a $5 donation. Thanks!!
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
cross paths occassionally. He leaves for NC for work and I travel to WV for another race. It's the nature of our lives. It's ALL good. Thanks for following us on this journey.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I had a really tough time on this race. Mostly the swim. I couldn't catch my breath and for the first time
the first time ever, I had to do the breast stroke and backstroke. I figured as long as I
was making forward progress, I couldn't quit. But DNF did cross my mind.
The bike was better. Picturesque. Lake Mary is really a beautiful place. And average
18.6 mph so obviously my breathing was better. I took a tip from a pro I met recently who
told me I spent too much time in the big ring. So today I stayed in the small ring the entire time
and I think it paid off.
So since I used the small ring, I had fresh legs for the run. And run I did. I was very
happy with my run. I've been working on it since its been my weak sport.
No podium finish but given the altitude, I'm thrilled. A big shout out to my cousins
Janette and Butch who drove from San Diego to be with me. And of course, Don for
being my chief cook and bottle washer.
Note this post is from my Blackberry so apologies for any formatting errors.
We head to the Grand Canyon tomorrow en route to Utah for next week's race.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
My bike has arrived. I got a call from Tom at A-1 Bike Center in Mesa that she arrived safely and has been put together. Check. Camping gear assembled. Check. Race documents and maps organized. Check. Tonight I'll figure out the clothes. 40 degree temperature swing in Flagstaff, where the race is. Layers of clothes, I guess. It's the desert, afterall.
And racing at elevation. Don't even get me started on that. That'll be interesting. Don't count on any podium finishes this time.
So if you're in Flagstaff on Sunday, please come say hi to me. I'll be the one in the bright TEAL uniform, riding the bright TEAL bicycle.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Yesterday my bike was shipped to Arizona for the AZ and UT races. I leave next week for the southwest leg of this triathlon season. I am really excited because my husband is joining me and we are renting an RV and cruising through the Grand Canyon.
Just to remind you... this campaign is 100% self inspired, self organized and self funded. Not one penny of your contributions goes to my travel arrangements, flights, bike ship or race entries. That's all on me and is my commitment to the cause. Please consider making a $5 donation, even if you have already made one. Or consider passing this link on to anyone you know who would be able to donate. Fundraising is tough in this economy and I am doing everything possible to spread the word. Please please help if you can.
And if you live near Flagstaff, AZ or Salt Lake City, UT... come see me race and say hi!
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Guess what? People are reading my blog. I am so glad I put my email address in my revised blog. I am actually getting emails. It makes my blog experience seem a little more meaningful.
This week I got an email from a gal who lives in Texas. I am not sure how she found my blog but she was interested in my campaign and offered her home and hospitality when I race in Texas. Can you believe it? The kindness of strangers! A total stranger offered to house me when I race in Texas. I am planning on being there next year and will definitely keep her in mind. I have saved her email (I hope I remember where next year when I need it) and will contact her after I plan next year's races. I am still blown away.
So lest I doubt that these little notes are reaching people... I now have proof.
Thanks to everyone who commented on my new design and for those people who are following me. Please consider throwing the net a little wider and sending this link to your friends.
Happy and safe 4th of July to all!
Sunday, June 27, 2010
I raced in Vermont today and since I am from Massachusetts, I took some time to visit friends along the way. A big thanks to everyone for feeding me, housing me and providing laughter and conversation. I started in Quechee on Friday night where Marty and Chris entertained me on the veranda, overlooking the mountains. The evening was cool and breathtaking. On to Kevin and Sharon's new house in White River Junction. Lots of pets, lots of love, lots of good conversation to "chew" for weeks to come. Thanks Spooch.
Next day to the National Forest and the little town of Ripton where I FINALLY met Yib and Yared, sons of Jes and Chris. They had a friend over for dinner and being around 3 teenage boys was quite entertaining. Last stop, Natick, Massachusetts and the home of Cath and Jelly, the cat with the unusually long whiskers. Quick stop at DQ tonight for a world famous blizzard and I am almost ready for bed. Home tomorrow.
Oh yeh.... the race. That is the point. It was terrific. No podium finish but I had a really good event. Wound up placing 4th but gave it my all, so nothing to be disappointed in. Averaged 19.1 on the bike and was around 8 minute miles on the run. Strong swim too but other heartier, Vermont gals were just faster than me today. Talked to many women about ovarian cancer. Many came up to me, as they recognized my tri suit was different with the OCRF logo and started asking questions. I had some very meaningful conversations. I hope it made a difference in someone's life. That REALLY is the point.
So all in all, a terrific couple of days. Another state done. Next stop Arizona.
Monday, June 21, 2010
Marty and Christine will feed me on Friday night. Kevin and Sharon will put me up. Jess, Chris and the boys will be my hosts for Saturday night and then Cath will be my final stop in MA before returning home on Monday. I am taking the extra day since I have so many people to see.
The race will be in the Green Mountains, near Middlebury, so I am sure it will be spectacular. The hills should be challenging and the water might be chilly but the vistas will make up for it. I had my bike in for a tuneup this week and she is ready to go. The derailer actually had a crack in it which would explain the recent clunk clunking. But I'm good to go now.
More after the race... stay tuned.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Truth to tell, I am looking forward to the girl time with mom. We never run out of things to talk about. Why is that? And I am looking forward to being one state closer to my goal.
So check out my blog next week. I will try to get a video and photos up on Monday. In the meantime, please ask your friends to donate $5 to OCRF by clicking the link at the top of this page. We really are closing in on finding a method of early detection and need every penny to make this a reality.
Monday, May 31, 2010
I have not cycled that far, especially solo, in a long time. Truth to tell, I was nervous, especially the first 10 miles, as I asked myself... "Can I do this? Am I crazy?" Yes and no, were my replies.
The day was a little overcast. Note to self, always carry a rain jacket and a plastic bag for my cell phone. I got caught in a down pour at mile 50. I am happy to report the cell phone survived and so did I. But I was quite chilled and never warmed up for the duration of the ride.
It was by far some of the most beautiful landscape I have seen in a long time. There is something meditative about country roads, alone, with only the sound of the gears. I had a ball.
I averaged about 15 mph and because of my husband's daudling, I actually beat him to the 2nd destination.
Cycling is my strong sport for sure. Now if I could get my swim and run that secure, I'd be unstoppable. Next stop, OHIO next weekend. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Frigid temps this season and especially this week means that water temps may not even reach 60 degrees. I am racing in TWO states this weekend. NJ on Saturday and MD on Sunday. I have never done two states before and although skies will be clear and air temperature warm, the water will be freezing. The MD race is in a lake so I am not too concerned with Sunday but Saturday's race is at the Jersey Shore and the ocean will take my breath away. Double caps, earplugs and a full wetsuit are highly recommended. More to the point is racing twice in one weekend... I am a little nervous about how my body will respond.
But even more to the point is why I race. My friend Patti just completed her rounds of chemo and I am so happy for her. This weekend is for her and her triumph. I will carry her with me all weekend.
This is why I race.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I'm reading this hysterical book called Trizophrenia. It's written by a triathlete, comic, artist, writer guy who (I swear) has me blowing in his ear. His sentiments and take on the sport of triathlon is so accurate, I find myself chuckling out loud as I read it. My husband bought me the book for Christmas and I have been saving it for the race "season". I had no idea I would enjoy it so much.
Last night, the author posed a serious question. Do I train to race or do I race to train? Without a race, isn't it just exercise? I found myself questioning my efforts as I drifted off to sleep.
This morning the answer is clear. I train and I race to find a method of early detection for ovarian cancer. I don't have to think any further.
Someone asked me the other day, "What will you do when you finish all 50 states?" "Probably sleep a lot", I told her. Seriously, I am not sure what I will do or if it will include this sport. But honestly, can I cross that bridge when it gets a little closer?
Friday, May 7, 2010
While I was undergoing chemotherapy, I lost my hair. I really didn't mind. I actually liked being bald; it was very free-ing. Women (and some men) spend too much time and too much money on their hair. I wore a cap for warmth and can count on one hand how many times I wore a wig. This is one of the only photos of me right after chemo. My hair was long before I got sick and I cut it in anticipation of losing it and then had my husband shave my head just as it started falling out. I remember having to catch my breath for a moment when the hair "buzzer" turned on but then I felt like Demi Moore in G.I.Jane.
I have kept it short since it has grown back. It was fun to have a different look. There are so many perks to short hair; the best one being not wearing a swim cap. Well about 2 months ago, I decided it was time for a change and I am growing my hair again. For anyone who has ever had short hair and decided to grow it, it is torture and I am in the "awkward" stages. So be it. There might actually be the hint of a ponytail by the end of the summer... at least that's the goal. But in the meantime, it is long enough in the pool to be getting in the way of my goggles. I guess it's a good problem to have. It means it is actually growing. So now I need to buy a swim cap. I haven't owned one for over 3 years.
Not sure why this feels like a big deal to me. I can only guess it is another level of being "well" and putting my cancer behind me. Look at me... giving all this energy and time to my hair. Wasn't I just complaining about that?
Monday, May 3, 2010
What an exciting day! QVC, you know... the home shopping network?.... came and shot me today for an upcoming segment for Super Saturday. It will air in July and I will make sure everyone knows the date. They wanted a survivor and a face for ovarian cancer that has "beat" it and is living a full life. Well they came to the right place. Full life is an understatement and they got a taste of it today.
It was totally cool and I want to thank Mike and the guys for all their hard work today. They came from PA and sat in rain and traffic for about 4 hours to come to my home. They shot for about 6 hours, only to turn around in rush hour traffic to do it all over again. They rock!
The best part was this tricked out camera that was attached to the back of the truck The cameraman was actually strapped in (I asked) and he was able to film me while riding my bike. I got a sneak peek at the footage and it looks awesome. My little streets of Freeport look like the open road and I look like I am going 50 mph. I can't wait to see the finished product.
The viewing audience for Super Saturday and QVC is pretty huge. If everyone who watches donates $1, I will reach my goal in no time. I hope that message gets across. But I also hope that I provided a message to women who are fighting this battle and women who have yet to be diagnosed.
Thanks guys for a great day and a great start to my season.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
That being said, the main goal is to finish well but finish healthy. I have a long season ahead of me and I need to preserve my body. So I will attempt to treat these 2 races like training days and go out and enjoy myself. I will be the ambassador for ovarian cancer and hope to raise awareness along the way. That's really what this is about.
But I know me... today I am concerned about racing back to back. But when the gun goes off, I will be concerned about passing the next woman in front of me.
Monday, April 19, 2010
I worked out 2 times while I was gone. One morning I ran around Mirror Lake, which is the area where the 1980 Winter Olympics were held. It was a lovely morning with the fog coming off the lake and a slight chill in the air. It felt terrific but I did notice the difference in my breathing. The second workout was in the gym of the hotel because it was pouring outside. I just didn't feel like being cold and wet. Did I tell you it snowed for most of the weekend? Really and I'm not kidding.
So there you have it. A change on venue, a change of altitude. It's all in a day's training and it's all good.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
It would have been terribly dishonest for the race company to use these standards of practice. Integrity lost. As it is, I am leary about ever signing up with this race company again. But at least they are honoring my request and refunding my much needed race fee. I wonder how many other folks are in this situation and have no idea the race date has changed? How many folks will show up on the wrong day?
Heck of a way for a race company to make money.... Synical this morning. Sorry.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
A big shout out for all the recent donations! Thanks but we need more. I think there is a mis-perception that if you can't donate a bunch of money, it isn't worth it. Nothing could be further from the truth. PLEASE... $5, $10 donations are great too. If you could ask 5 people to donate $5, that is as good as you donating $25. My goal of $100,000 is lofty but possible if we can get everyone on board.
Please consider forwarding this link to anyone who might be interested in making a difference. We are very close to a method of early detection and need more funding. All of your donation goes to Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. NONE of it goes to me and my racing efforts. That's all on me.
Please help me fight this disease. No one has to die if we can find a method of early detection. Enough said.