Sunday, September 27, 2015

Updates & Pics.

I didn't realize it had been forever and a day since my last post. Oh dear.

Anywho, typical nonsense here in my neck of the woods.  Work, life, fitness (CrossFit, which I'm digging now - it took a while, I'll admit, but I've drunk the Kool Aid), and updating my condo. I had ceiling fans and lights installed over the weekend, which is something I really should have done when I first purchased the place!  Better late than never?

A recent WOD at my box.  I subbed step ups on the smallest box (not sure how tall it is, maybe 10 inches in height) for box jumps.

My brother, SIL, niece & nephew came over recently, and it was great visiting with them.

My nephew is perplexed by the Star Wars Legos!  It's supposed to be an enemy Empire aircraft.

My niece said to take a selfie, so that's what we did!

This kid.....that face....

And I met up with Margo in Brooklyn last weekend for dinner.

It's been a nice few weeks, and I can't believe it's fall already.  Anyone else sick of seeing pumpkin everything or is it just me?  I even saw pumpkin marinara sauce at the supermarket, ugh.

The Holy Father was in town recently.  I watched some of the ceremonies on TV with a special kind of awe.  I'm not super religious at all, I think of myself more as spiritual, but there's something to be said about this particular Pope.  Especially when he's conducting Mass in Spanish, or when he was speaking to the kids in East Harlem - it's like he's speaking to you directly.

That's pretty much all for now.  Til next time.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Boston & More Pics!

Hey, hey!

I haven't disappeared, I promise!  I just have been a terrible blogger lately.  I really need to be better about updating this.

Hope these pictures will make up for my absence.

Last week, I took a long weekend and headed to Boston to see some of my favorite people ever.

Thursday I took a half day and headed up to New Hampshire to hang out with Colleen and her lovely family.  It was my first time ever in New Hampshire.  Unreal, I know.

 With Colleen.

And I got to frolic with this beautiful creature.  Her Husky, Sophie.

While in New Hampshire, I decided to drop in on the local CrossFit box.  It was important to me to keep the routine going even though I was away.

That Friday, it was onto Boston, and onto to see one of my BFF's and one of the best people ever.  Dani!!!

Saturday we headed over to the Saturday morning meeting at the local WW center, which is a nice walk from Dani's house.

 Was within goal range, and I was happy with that.

Later, we took a day trip to Salem.  It was my first time there, and it was a nice day, overcast, but it wasn't humid or anything.

 The beach smells like charcoal, and was suprisingly pleasant.

 Stick art!
Statue of Samantha of the show Bewitched.  LOL.

One of the victims from 1692.  What a horrible way to die.  Oye vey.

After we arrived back at their house, Tori & I decided to get our nerd on and completely geek out.  MTG was in full on nerd mode.

I'm still learning the basics of playing, but my inner nerd loves it so far.  Have to play more in my non-existent copious free time.

Sunday morning I dropped in to the box by Dani's house.  I'm glad I went, it was a tough workout!

Then it was back home, and my nice little weekend came to an end.  Sad panda.

This Saturday, I WI'ed at my WW center.

Stayed the same.  :-)

I cannot believe it is September already.  Honestly, WHERE did the summer go????


Anywho, I don't think I have any more little road trips planned for the rest of the year, but you never know.

Back to the grind, as usual.  Just trying to be consistent, but not always successful.  ;-)

Til next t.ime

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Post in Pictures.

Hi everyone,

Where is the summer going?  I cannot believe it is mid August already.  Good Lord, it went quickly, right?  Oh well.  I'm just going to try to enjoy what's left of the warmth and sunshine.  Colder temperatures will be here before you know it.  Ick.

A couple of weeks ago, Sarah, one of my favorite ex pat bloggers ever, contacted us East Coast peeps saying she & her husband would be flying out to NY to celebrate their wedding anniversary, and she'd love to see us.  The plan was for a bunch of us to meet at Coney Island and catch up.

My friend Steve said he'd never been (I confess I hadn't been to Coney Island either) and he asked if he could crash on my couch last weekend.  So he came up, and a bunch of us got together in Brooklyn and had a blast!

Here are some scenes from last weekend.

Margo, me & Steve on the F train.

With Sarah.  Don't let her British accent fool ya - she's got quite a tawdry sense of humor!

I love Margo.  It was great seeing her again. :-)

Tracy ventured out from NJ to celebrate her birthday and see all of us!

So the Khaleesi and the Hand of the King walk into a dive bar in Brooklyn and.....

It was so much fun, it was such a great weekend, and I was sad to see it end.

Next weekend, I'm in Boston visiting friends, and I can't wait!  I'm also going to drop in to the local CrossFit box while I'm there in an attempt to keep up with the fitness. Really trying to be consistent with it.

Have a great weekend!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

WI Results & Friend's Birthday!

Is it me or has July flown by? :-/ Shame, since the summer has been pretty enjoyable.  And it just means that if the summer is flying by, then colder temps will be here soon.  But I'm ahead of myself.

First things first, WI.

Down 0.8.  :-)  Yay.  Feeling good, and I'm just going to go with the flow.

I'm getting more acclimated to CrossFit.  The Coach is more engaging, and I appreciate that.  A lot.  Those WODS are tough, even with modifications, and after my initial premature reluctance, I'm excited about my next fitness chapter.  It helps that my friend Katie attends this box, and she's such a big help and support.  Phew.  I'll be ok.  My CrossFit friends have warned me that there will be days I rock the work out, and there will be days where I'll leave wanting to cry, I'll be so wiped and worn out (humbled.)  I'm scared but looking forward to it, if that makes any sense.

Last night, I joined some of my Bootcamp friends for Brittany's birthday party at Prime.  It was a lot of fun!

With Lori and Peter.  I miss them!  It was great to catch up.  Let's do it again soon, guys!

Mom and Dad are hanging in.  Mom has to have weekly blood test for a while to see how her meds need to be adjusted.  She doesn't have to take Pradaxa anymore, which is great, but they put her on Coumadin while she was in the hospital.  As her numbers and levels progress, the hope is she'll be able to stop blood thinners at some point.  Hence, the weekly blood work for now.

Ok,  that's all I have for now.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Foo Fighters!

So Weds. night, I went with some friends to the Foo Fighters show at Citi Field.


The Broken Leg Tour, as it's been coined because Dave Grohl broke his leg while performing in Sweden, was awesome.  Even if the poor guy had to play & sing from his throne that he designed while recovering in the hospital.  LOLZ

Honestly, if you've never seen them live, you MUST see them!!  It was such a great night!

We had General Admissions seats, which meant we were standing the whole time on the floor.  I had woken up Weds. morning with a super tight back for some reason, so it was tough, but screw it - I sucked it up!  Four hours of head banging and dancing. And sweating - it was humid that night.

He had his leg in a cast and had to keep it elevated.

Concert selfie!  With Rita and Jenna.

End of show.  Chad from the Chili Peppers was in town, called the band up & said, "Hey Dave,  I'm in town, wanna play?"

So he guested on the drums while Taylor sang a few covers.  It was great!

Still continuing with CrossFit, and it's kicking my ass, but in a good way.  I've missed organized group fitness a whole lot, so I'm glad I found this box.  I'm still doing Foundations, and I'm almost done.  Friday will be my first WOD at this box with everyone, so I'm nervous.  I hope they like me.  The coaches there seemed nice, and one of the ladies from my WW meeting attends this box.  She's the one who pushed me into trying it, and Eric knows someone who goes to this box too.  So we'll see.

Sweating like a pig. Even this Met Con was tough, and it killed me!