Photo Challenge-Half Done!

September 23, 2012

Hey everyone! Here is an update from my photo challenge. If you like the photos here and the images previously posted, follow this link to see more and remember to LIKE my photo & design page!: Noel Photography & Design

DAY 11: Something Old, Something New

DAY 14: Animal (Half wolf & Half German Shepherd dog. 4-6 months old.)

DAY 16: Reflection

DAY 20: Something Green

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UPDATE!- In Loving Memory

September 5, 2012

After attending the funeral of my friend this morning, my heart feels slightly lifted and I am slowly coming to peace with what terrible thing has happened. it became very apparent that some nasty roomers were floating around and it was so nice that someone during the funeral stood up and agreed they knew the media was being inaccurate. So this post is just to clear up those untruths about his accident.The original report was that he was riding a wheelie down 4th street and clipped a truck, that caused him to slide with the bike into the curb and become air borne.

A few of the rumors going around included the wheelie, driving recklessly and even drunk driving. NONE OF THESE ARE TRUE. Danny was a responsible driver and the accident was caused due to a MOTORCYCLE MALFUNCTION. His bike had a frayed clutch cable that likely snapped about the time he was letting the clutch out, to ease forward to the stop sign on 4th street. When it snapped, it made the motorcycle take off and he began to lose control of the bike. He held on tighter to the grips, causing it to get more throttle and go faster. When a clutch cable snaps, an experienced rider, like Danny, knows to get the bike into neutral, however, for those who know bike gears (1, N, 2, 3, 4, etc), it is most probable that he bumped it into 2nd gear instead of neutral. With the simultaneous action of giving it more throttle and missing neutral for 2nd, it gave the bike even more power and even less control. This would give the appearance of reckless driving and even doing a wheelie. Unfortunately, there was a truck that he clipped the back of, because he could not avoid it during all this confusion. Hitting the trucked made the bike and him slide into the curb forcing him to be air borne followed by hitting his head on one of the sculptures; which ultimately is what made his helmet come off.

There have been several eye witnesses coming forward to shed light on what really happened and for that The Norby’s, Nicole, Marissa and Danny’s close friends are very thankful. If you hear someone telling incorrect information about this accident, in honor of Danny, please correct them so that his memory will live on untarnished.


In Loving Memory

September 4, 2012

Well, the hits just keep on coming. Unfortunately again, more bad news has come my way this week, so to hopefully help with the healing process I have decided to write. As many of you have probably read, my boyfriend had a motorcycle accident on wednesday. Fortunately, he was able to get through and start his recovery. He was very blessed.

As my boyfriend and I are spending our friday morning running errands, we receive a horrifying call that one of our friends has been in a motorcycle accident, and despite all efforts he did not make it…My jaw literally drops open. I’m in complete shock. I feel my face becoming very hot, and my heart just starting to sink. He was only 22 years old, with a beautiful daughter, who is just barely 2, how could this be happening??

I will always remember him for being such an incredible person. Words cannot describe how Danny has touched so many lives, including my own, with his happiness, care, and his amazing, fun-loving personality. He was my boyfriend’s best friend, who was like a brother and a best friend of mine who I knew would be there for anything. It breaks my heart to know he will miss many important events, but remember he will always be with us in heart and spirit.

Danny, I’m so sorry you had to leave this world so soon and the people you love. I hope you know that Chris and I will always be thinking about you, as will all of your family and friends. I know you would have been an extraordinary architect and amazing at everything you set out to do. I’m positive that God has a place and a plan for you–maybe to be our guardian angel. The tears shed for you will be uncountable, but you are forever loved and forever missed. I am so thankful that God planned for your path to have crossed ours.

-In Loving Memory of Daniel N.-

Flipping Cartwheels

August 31, 2012


Today’s post is unfortunately not going to be a fun one but a bit more on the personal and sobering side, since last night my evening took a heart wrenching and scary turn. If any of you are like me I never really understood the world of motorcycles until I found my significant other, who’s lifestyle is completely based around them.

That being said, I was at home last night around 5:00 PM when I got back from grocery shopping. My friend calls panicked because she is positive she has seen my boyfriend’s motorcycle wrecked near where he works. Quickly, I get into my car and drive to the scene, only to be horrified that, yes, it was his bike. Heart in my stomach, I drive to the hospital where his family is waiting and I go into see him. He is laying on a backboard in the bed, with a neck brace on, body, legs and feet scratched and bleeding in places. My heart sinks even further.

Apparently, another driver was trying to hurry to turn left off one of the in town highways before more traffic came. In their hurry they did not see that he was almost directly in front of them. Barely slowing down for the turn, the car hit directly into him causing the bike to slide and my boyfriend to complete three cartwheels in the air before landing on the ground.

Fortunately, my boyfriend was wearing a helmet, and thank God for that because otherwise he would probably not be here with me today. We spent five to six hours at the hospital before he was discharged, and he is now working on recovery.

So I leave you all with this– Drivers, PAY ATTENTION! Know that motorcycles are around and are very small, quick and hard to see. Don’t hurry yourself to the point that you can’t keep track of what’s going on around you, (that includes texting!). Hitting someone only takes a few seconds, but so does stopping to look! (You pick which you’d rather do…) Like I said before, I myself honestly didn’t think twice about motorcycles until I became part of and aware of the cyclist community; which is partly why I am posting about this so strongly. As a person who was not involved with cyclists all her life, I know how easy it is to forget about them and now I look around every corner and under every rock for them. Motorcyclists, also be aware of whats around you and never trust a driver. Most importantly, ALWAYS wear a helmet because you never know when it could save your life.

I just thank God for our miracle last night!