Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Birthday Weekend

Remember when a birthday was only for a day? I was so impressed that Helen celebrates the entire weekend that I decided to do the same. Bonus: my birthday fell on Memorial weekend so I claimed an extra day. I think I claimed maybe 5 days as my birthday weekend.

Thursday I did the biking portion and running portion of a triathlon. It was such a beautiful day but the wind was really blowing (not fun on bike rides) and I waited too late so the temps were pushing the 90s. Way too hot.
 Here is the "before" picture: (oh look at me. I'm not sweaty at all. Smiling. Life is good)
 After 10 miles biking and 3.1 miles running on a hot day. (That smile was difficult. Hand on wall so I don't fall over. Life hurts. Kill me or drug me.)
 After the whole ordeal I realized that a bike ride is more like 12 miles for a sprint triathlon. Oh well. Two miles short.  Plus my brakes kept rubbing and made it feel closer to 30 miles.

Friday was rest day except for the regular weights and stuff. Then out to eat to celebrate the birthday! On to BJ's Brewhouse!
 Saturday Chuck had a shooting match. He's way in the back on the right.
 I grabbed some Starbucks and chilled and watched him shoot.
 He came in second place at the match! He lost by .41 of a second. Can you believe that?! So close.

Such a pretty day that the top went down on Rachel's convertible.
 More birthday celebrating! This time for fish tacos at Gringos. Yum!
 Accompanied by a margarita. Mmm. Apparently when you sit at the bar they make the drinks extra strong. And the bartenders gave us samples of the drinks they were making. Fun afternoon.
 That evening Chuck and I went to a German restaurant nearby. The kids weren't interested in going so it was a date night. We got a sample platter for two so we could try different sausages.
 And the biggest soft pretzel I've ever seen. All while sitting outdoors on the patio and listening to a little German band and sipping on some German beer. It was a great evening.
 Sunday we headed to my mom's house to celebrate with her after meeting up with my BFF Wendy in Galveston for lunch. Glaveston was packed!! It was good to see Wendy and her hubby and laugh over lunch and a margarita.

Then on the road to my folks' house. My parents' place is so beautiful. This is where I grew up but the house I lived in is torn down and they rebuilt. Such a pretty sunset.
 I got to play with the chickens. Here they are eating some vegetable scraps.
 The kids enjoyed swimming with their cousins.
 It was a great stay. I was spoiled rotten. Chuck made a sweet birthday card for me and gave me a foot rub and a new phone (Droid Razr Maxx). Mom gave me these sparkly flip flops....

.....and a new bird feeder. My niece and nephew made a card for me and picked a bouquet of flowers. My brother came over and gave me a mini rum sampler from St Croix. It was great spending Monday (my birthday) with family. I had a great time and wasn't ready to leave for the trip home.

I haven't decided if I want to tell people I'm 29 or 70. If I say I'm seventy people will say I look fantastic and want to know my secret. If I say I'm 29 they'll think, "Oh the poor dear didn't use sunscreen. Bless her heart."  So I'm leaning towards saying I just turned 70.

And my weekend drew to a close. I had a wonderful time. Now it's time to get back to exercising and working hard and cutting out those delicious and yummy nasty carbs. Too bad. I love me some carbs! :)

Hope you had a great weekend too.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Like Pulling Teeth

After such a relaxing trip, Monday came with a vengeance. Rachel had all four of her wisdom teeth removed that morning. I have pictures of her on the ride home but I don't think she'd appreciate me posting them. I'll keep them for blackmailing purposes. ;)  Joking, of course.

The procedure went fine. No problems at all. And today she is still sore but doing better. Doctor said the first three days are the worst.

After we got home and Rachel was settled down for a long nap, I did my exercises.

I really didn't feel like exercising but I have a new way of making myself do it. I post my workout on dailymile before I do it! And dailymile posts it on Facebook. So if it's posted that I did the workout I have to do it! Tada. Mind games. They work.

OK. I've only tried it once when I really, really didn't feel like working. But it did work for me and seems like a pretty decent idea on those days when I'm putting it off.

Monday: 50 kettlbell swings (30#)
20 two legged glute raises
15 flying dogs
bosu ball crunches
transverse abs crunches
90 squats
90 wall push ups
90 chest pulls

Tuesday: OFF  I was tired the entire day. Don't know what that's about.

Wednesday: 50 kettlebell swings (30#) They were easier today!
20 two legged glute raises
15 flying dogs
bosu ball crunches
transverse abs crunches
front and side planks
90 squats
90 wall push ups
90 chest pulls

Day isn't over yet but there is a 10 mile bike ride planned.

Last night I made some delicious cheesesteaks. Mmm....delicious.  I'm trying to cut out more carbs. I haven't been exactly perfect later and I feel it.

And I'm ready to tackle my goal of completing a triathlon. Reading material has been accumulated and I'm ready to do this. Beyond ready!
I'm a goal oriented person and like to work towards some kind of goal. I also get distracted easily. So I'm going to be posting my workouts and trying my best to stay focused and reach my goal this summer.

Now to find a pool or body of water to practice my swimming. :)

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Prom and Mini Adventure to the Hills

Last Thursday Rachel had her Junior prom. She looked so pretty. We found a beautiful dress (on sale!) and I got to fix her hair this year.
 Is this really my little girl who is almost 17?
 Her boyfriend rented a limo and they met friends for dinner at Cheesecake Factory. But before leaving they had to get some pictures with his dad's guns as a joke. In case you're wondering, Rachel is around 5'8" or 5'9".

The very next morning we got ready for a road trip to the hill country. I had a deal from Living Social for a place called Foxfire Cabins. It was a much needed weekend away but I had to adjust to not having my phone or internet service or TV. Totally unplugged! *gasp*

The cabin was a small two bedroom but had plenty of room and was a great price. Notice there is no tv? I tried to use the square object on the left as a tv. hahaha Joking.
 A small kitchenette with everything needed to cook dinner and breakfast.
 Both bedrooms looked like this. Our room had a door that opened onto the porch.
 Ahhhh. Time to relax and let all the cares just slip away.
 The view from the porch included a gorgeous view of a hill. At night the stars were so bright. We could see constellations, a shooting star and a satellite move slowly across the sky.
 The veiw from the front of the cabin. That little road leads to the river. They had a swingset, horseshoes, basketball court and fishign poles you could borrow.
 After being on the road all day, we all slept very soundly that night. Some weren't in any rush to get up the next morning. Charlie slept late.
 Chuck made a healthy breakfast of a triple decker grilled cheese with a fried egg and bacon. Yum!! Heart healthy for sure. One does not question the menu when someone volunteers to cook.
 One place that we try to make a habit of visiting on the rare occasion that we come this way is the Lost Maples Cafe. It's a little dive in the town of Utopia that serves great food and homemade pies.


 After dinner the weather was perfect and the sun started to set so we went out to get some pictures. Unfortunately the pictures don't do it justice. It's something you have to see in person. It's so beautiful!

 I admit it. At first I was having trouble unwinding from the pressures of daily life. Where was my internet and phone, etc?! But as the sun set I could feel everything just fade away and all that was left in its place was peace and serenity.
 You have to see it in person to feel it. And the air smells sweet here. This is on a scenic drive between Vanderpool and Leakey.

 It's a happy place for all of us. As we drive through the hills and the sun sets, the cool breeze and sounds of crickets and frogs do their jobs of washing away every care. The only thing we feel is this moment and it's perfection.
 The rivers have crystal clear water and smell sweet. You can see the fish swimming.  But it's also very cold water! It's not called Frio for nothing!
 Cypress trees line the rivers. Can you tell that I love this area?
 Sometimes we just sit for hours skipping rocks.
 We went swimming in the clear waters Saturday and looked for fossils buried in the riverbed.
A popular activity here is tubing the river. We didn't get to do that this time. Guess I'll have to come back. Oh darn!
 I would LOVE to live around here.
 We found some pretty good fossils. All of these are shells and the insides of ancient clams.
 We did have a little scare Saturday morning. Charlie went missing! We searched and yelled. He was supposed to be down by the water. We were terrified that he had drowned somehow. Eventually we found him. He had been exploring. After our knees and hands stopped shaking we explained to him why he must always tell us exactly where he is going to be!

Saturday night we sat around the fire and listened to Marty Robbins and watched fireflies flash in the dark. It was a perfectly relaxing evening.
Sunday it was time to leave. None of us were ready to go yet. But it was time to head back home. We took our time and stopped to see some historical markers.

 People are just dying to get in there!
 I even found a geocache by accident. Cool!
Even found a rough earth snake at the cemetery! (Yes, I need a manicure.)



So much history we just drive past usually. It was interesting to stop and take the time to read and learn. Or maybe we were just putting off leaving.
We made it home safely and slept good in our own beds and made plans to visit again as soon as possible.

This trip was much needed. Sometimes it's good to get away and unplug from the world. It's not easy. I wish I could bring the people I care about with me to enjoy it too.

Hope your weekend was relaxing as well.
Is there any place you like to go to unwind from it all?