Saturday, December 17, 2011

Four months! WTF!

How is it that four months have gone by since I last posted here?!

I know that I have lost many readers, by my lack of writing and my dropping out of the runner's field - and for that I am sorry.

I have tried to get into cycling, and I have enjoyed my efforts. The Fiancé and I have done a few rides together.
Our last ride - the 40 mile Donut Ride
(donuts at every water station - yum and ick!)

Mostly the last four months has been an incredible work load and doing a little traveling for my job - conferences and trips to the field, as well as some travels for family and friends.

Some of our trips:
My grandmother's 90th birthday! 
 The small town my mother was born in.

New York City for a friend's wedding and a mini-vacation:
The Statue of Liberty on its 125 anniversary - we climbed to the crown!
Snow! and Gray's Papaya Dogs
My friend's Halloween wedding and our costumes
Top of the Rock and Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark (amazeballs!!!)
Central Park 
 The 9/11 Memorial, Van Gogh's Starry Night, and Love

I have also been trying to pull together the wedding of the century - ours! A bilingual, Catholic full Mass with an additional minister - The Fiancé's uncle!

It has been all quite stressful on top of an already busy life - but so worth it!  And house shopping on top of everything else is just more time and stress - but it's like shopping for the closest of your dreams - so much fun!

However, my brooch bouquet is done. The perfect shoes have arrived - I'd show pictures of both - BUT - I am trying to keep it all a secret for 4 more months!

I can't believe that I will be married in 4 months - holy smokes!

And on top of that I have been dealing with some health issues - nothing major - just feeling exhausted, drained, and ill all around.  I think my doctor has fixed my thyroid medication, so some of that should be going away. But only sleeping 4 hours a night is rough!

I was able to get some Christmas decorations up at the house - but my favorite - the Shrinky Dink Christmas tree!!!

Before and After 

So - to whatever blog buddies I have left - my apologies for leaving you for so long!

I'll try to be better!

Go team go - Merry Christmas!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Last Few Weeks in Pictures

My first stop before heading into the field - a fisherman's heaven!

My fancy new boots - that'll keep my toes safe from the 8000 pound reefs!

I drove down open highways to the final parts of Texas.

The place where Texas meets Louisiana.  
The part of Texas that I said I would never return to after my Master's research. 

Since I had time to kill before the work began I chose to do a good deed.
There was a mobile blood bank at the . . .  wait for it . . . 
local WALMART.

I stayed at a great hotel where the rooms where comfortable and the black-out curtains were very nice!

 However, it looked like this after I left - 11 days later!

I got up every morning at 0330 and headed to the building below -

 Then I balanced my way across one of the beams on this "dock" carrying a computer bag, camera, and the rest of my gear - wearing my fancy new boots.

When the sun finally came up, I tried to put a smile on my face - ok a smirk - and focus on the work.

Our newest reefs at SALT Reef Site

After working from 0330 - 1630 everyday, I came back to the hotel room to curl up and sleep - but after a long week in the field - I decided for some retail therapy!

 I'll give ya a hint  - 

I LOVE antique stores!

Go team go - boots!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Week So Far . . .

Did a little zumba on the Wii -

realized I can't dance - must get better before wedding as his family can SALSA!

Worked out with my trainer - who again kicked my butt with rubber bands and kettlebells -

Actually liked this one.

Rode the bike trainer -

Damn near broke my wrist on the second fall onto the wood floor.  Owie.

Tried another type of bike trainer -

I love how he says at 0:45 that it is "very stable."

Who fell off it???!!!

This gal!

Yesterday on the rollers I was able to crank out about 0.70 miles with my two falls onto the floor before I took my bruised and bleeding body to the couch.

Today I made it just over 13 miles with only 1 fall (I forgot to lock out the support leg - whoops).  It felt great to actually be riding again!

I have missed it.

Go team go - spin

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

New Torture - New Trainer

With these few tools, my new trainer almost made me pass out and nearly vomit:

 My old trainer has moved away suddenly and I was assigned to a lady.  I shall call her Lady Pain.

She has an infectious laugh, makes sound effects, and is highly motivating.

However, it is insane how much pain could be inflicted upon someone with such simple items.  An entire gym full of equipment and she had me sore and limping around, begging for mercy and my bed about 30 minutes in.

I think I am going to like Lady Pain.

Go team go - owie

Monday, July 25, 2011

The End of Sanity???

Today I actually looked forward to Boot Camp - perhaps because there was only 3 left.

It was insane - squats, lunges, lunges with weights, squats with weights, spinning, jump rope (modified for me), curtsy lunges (ya - I had never heard of them before either), and it went on and on and on.

It hurt and felt good at the same time - mostly because I know that there was only two left after this session.

And then it was 8 hours of work, 2 hours of guest list prepping and trying not to hurt anyone but staying under our predefined number, and laundry.

So not only did I learn about curtsy lunges (with weights), but I also realized that even though Mom tried and tried, I CAN NOT fold sheets - except I can fold a mean pillow case.

Oh well -
Probably how Martha Stewart does it

What mine always looks like - 
but I hide it by putting perfectly folded pillow cases on top

I might have to practice getting it actually right seeing as how I got the whole wedding thing on the horizon.

Go team go - sheet

Friday, July 22, 2011

Long, Wet Week

After the insane week I had the last handful of days, my week this time around has been pretty not bad.

That's me

Me again (on right) - without my stage bottle - YAY!


All photos credited to Chris from our program

I passed my Technical Diver class with a couple of dives down to 130 feet, assisting a panicked and maskless diver back to the surface, and practicing equipment malfunctions and shut-off drills.  I had to schlept my double (heavy) and a stage bottle around on most of the dives.  Ugh!

The trip went very well - until - bleeeaaaaahhhhhchhhh

The last night of diving I didn't feel too great.  I came up, dried off, and was relaxing in the galley until I managed to sneak away down to my cabin and vomit in secret.  The rest of the trip was miserable for me.  It was not sea-sickness in that it only hit me that one night, but the beginning of a stomach bug.  YAY!

I finally made it home Wednesday night and was excited to see that the cat's wound was beginning to show signs of healing!

So all is well with the world - except this:

I have just never learned how to make grilled cheese.  
Oh well.

Go team go - burnt!