Monday, March 11, 2013

Coolest Thing....

Check out this video.....

Awesomeness at its finest!

Read the back story at Gawker and then peruse his cause and the story of showing a man/boy his first ocean.

It is inspiring! And much much more!



Friday, March 8, 2013

Crossfit 13.1 Oh My....

So I haven't written in ages. I don't plan on writting much more. But I had to login today to discontinue comments because I get no less than 30 spam comments every day. Check out my comments, especially on the My Feet are Hot or My Grandma posts. I mean if you need Louis Vittons or Viagra or Oxycotin for free, the comments can help you find them.

Today I did something I CAN GAURANTEE I wouldn't have done last year. I did the first workout for qualifying for Crossfit Games 2013.

The workout...

Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 17 minutes of:
40 Burpees
45 pound Snatch, 30 reps
30 Burpees

I stopeed here. No need to kill myself for goodness sakes....

135 pound Snatch, 30 reps
20 Burpees
165 pound Snatch, 30 reps
10 burpees
210 pound Snatch, as many reps as possible

Here's a video of a woman doing the workout... Enjoy or cry, whichever....

Here is me during the burpee section of my workout...

(image from fabFitAndForty)...
(and she is FABULOUS)
I never thought I could do any of this. I almost cried at one point, but my people, my community carried me through to what I wanted. I managed to get 100 points but my time between is sure to mean I am THE LAST PERSON ON PLANET OF CROSSFIT OPEN PEOPLE.

I am ok with this. I did it. One year ago I would have laughed in your face if you said I would be able to snatch 45 pounds over my head in between doing 70 burpees.

Finshing this post with a copy of what I wrote on the discussion board of my gym because I have no feeling in my arms and I am being forced to parent by taking the kids to our school's caberet.

"So this was really hard for me. Turns out I have guerrilla arms and had to jump to the ceiling after each burpee. Took me forever and once I got to the snatch I was so upset I almost stopped and started crying. Allison saw me and talked me out of my panic. I am not an athlete and this used to be so far out of my comfort zone. I finished my snatches and the next round of burpees and then pr'd one snatch at 50#. Without all the cheering, my wonderful judge Binay and the great community in the background I would have walked out the door. I have never been prouder of myself. This is why I signed up for this. TJs continues to change my life.
I was in awe of all of the competitors this morning! Good luck to everyone tomorrow!"
And *mic down*
That is all...happymommy

Sunday, September 30, 2012

My Grandma....

There aren't many times when I get overwhelmed by sadness. I have a great life with so many blessings and wonder. In fact, if rainbows chose to turn into fireworks over my life it wouldn't be surprising. But today, for some reason, I am having sad feelings. There are remembrance of my grandma that I can't put behind me.
I think it started with me hearing "The Old Rugged Cross"
and I thought it was her favorite but turns out she loved...

My sadness has nothing to do with hymns or being Christian, or what side of the spectrum my beliefs lie. It was this... I love my parents. I love my in-laws. I miss my grandparents. I miss the grandparents I never knew. I am sad today. Why? I don't know.

Being without those you love whether they are next to you, far away or in the next dimension; family is family. Friends are friends. We know many people. How many do you love? How many are important to you? Treasure those who treasure you back. Even better, treasure those whom you don't even know. They may be worth it.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Simple Things...


The simplest things in life...
Bring you the greatest joy...


Monday, August 27, 2012

My Adventure...

We arrived in Denver...
It was truly the easiest travel day of my life.
I hope this isn't an omen, but a sign of the greatest trip of all time!

When we last met, I was planning my big Rock Chick Adventure here in Denver. Well, we are currently still in the planning stages since I haven't been anywhere but my in-laws' house and am only leaving today to drop Jeff off somewhere so he can do something crazy like buy us a new car. What?

It's hotter than a biscuit here in Colorado. Not North Carolina hot like my dad likes to say, but hot none the less. It is currently 87.3 degrees and will only get hotter. The kids biked to the park this morning while I "jogged" alongside them. According to them, this was torture; the worst idea ever! It was too hot. They were going to die. "The heat! The heat is too much mom!"

Because I don't like being accused of torturing small children who exaggerate greatly, we are currently doing this....
Girl got air....

Poor Jeff had to jerry rig (and that is what it is called because I looked it up) the thing with packaging tape. This is how we roll around here!

The pool opens at 3pm, so that is where we will be spending the afternoon. I won't "force" the children to walk or bike there. I am a great mom that way!


PS: I have made reservations at one Rock Chick Stop, The Barolo Grill, but there will be many of those over the next 12 days. I guarantee it. Even if I have to hire babysitters and force a friend to accompany me. I am THAT determined!

PPS: I will not mention that I had my MIL's macaroni and cheese for breakfast and her Buffalo Chicken Dip with chips for lunch. This will not be spoken out loud. Just sayin....

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I have been reading...

I started reading in May and haven't stopped. This is why I stopped blogging. Who has time to read and blog? My book choices have ranged from "those" books about Anastasia Steel to Gone Girl and back.

I wish I could say it all started when I was ten and reading was my life line. My dad would take me to a movie and then to pizza. I would read an Archie comic book and he would write the greatest American novel. It is my favorite childhood memory. I can picture us at the local Pizza Hut in suburban Atlanta reading, eating and just hanging. 

I majored in English and became a teacher. Life got in the way and I don't think I ever found my right path; until I was 31. I found my husband. He doesn't share my love of reading, but he does share my love of family. We have children who love to learn and they embrace the new. Lilly loves to read. And James, well when he figures out how to garner his energy into reading, he will love it!

I have an almost stalker love for the author Kristen Ashley. She writes the Rock Chick books and many other novels that are centered in England, parallel worlds and most importantly Denver. The places I can visit next week on our bi-annual trek to the Rockies that are central to her stories are on my list. Jeff said that we have more places to visit than we have time this upcoming trip. I wouldn't have it any other way!

One of the first places to visit in Denver happens to be the restaurant/bar where Jeff was a bartender when we met. I imagine a trip back to Brother's will be fun and sad all at once. When he left there, we began our life together. And what a wonderful life it is. We are blessed.

Watch for my adventures through Denver and beyond!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

My ipad just died....

I am in a long term love affair with my ipad. And tonight, it left me. It happened in the middle of a book on my Kindle for ipad, and one saved tweet not to mention a Facebook update. I am lost. Sad. Forlorn.

I guess I will have to start blogging again. Yes, it was a sign from the blogger world to stop reading, stop browsing and begin writing again.

We are one week away from our bi-annual trip to Denver. This year, I have a plan to visit many restaurants and attractions that I never knew existed until I started reading a certain author's books. I will expand more on this next week and I am excited to share my adventures and pictures with all two of my readers (Hi mom and Jim!).

I missed this and I hope to be back for good this time. We shall see....