Monday, November 30, 2015

I sit down to write and then life happens, and then I don't write for a while.  Must work on that.  Life will happen no matter what.

The biggest things that are happening right now are just mundane life things.  Car repairs, for example (it has not been a great year in the car department for me.  More on that in a bit.)

I've been enjoying CrossFit lately, but the sad thing is my Coach decided to leave for another box in the city.   We are all very happy for her, it is an exciting new opportunity for her, but we were all terribly sad to see her go.  Her last day was this past Friday, and it took colossal effort on my part not to cry as I hugged her and wished her godspeed.  :-(

Francesca & I the other night.  I'm really going to miss her.

Sunday morning, someone backed into my car, hitting it right where the license plate is.  It's not terrible at all.   The plate bore the brunt of the damage.  The person was extremely apologetic about it, which makes it easier.  The next step is to take it to a body shop and get an estimate.  It's not a huge deal, but it's certainly something that didn't need to happen, you know?  This after having just gotten it back because there had been a misfire to one of the 4 cylinders.  I get the car back Saturday, then boom, this happens.  ugh.

I've decided to get an early start on my Christmas shopping this year.  I'm already looking at stuff for my niece and nephew.  I'm steering more towards getting them comic books, puzzles, gift cards, and some nerd related things - Star Wars, comic book related coloring books, etc.  Must ensure the nerd continues with the younger generation.  :-)

Anywho, not much else to add.  I'll post a Thanksgiving update later this week.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Update, CrossFit, Knee Update.

This past weekend, one of my favorite people ever, Dani, came into town to run the Brooklyn half.  Steve decided to come up from Baltimore since he hadn't seen Dani since the Portland Fitbloggin.

So we had a little Fitbloggin reunion right here in NY!

We had so much fun!  It's always wonderful to see Dani, and I'm super glad Steve has become a great friend.  I marvel at how social media, Fitbloggin, and Weight Watchers have all changed my life, bringing wonderful people into my world.

Remember that orthopedic appointment I had a few weeks ago?  So he told me that while I have arthritis, my knee is still in pretty good shape.  He even recommended I continue CrossFit, with modifications.  As long as I stay away from super high impact moves, and scale accordingly, I'll be ok. No double unders for me - which I'm totally fine with!

Here's a recent CrossFit WOD that I participated in this week.

Overhead squats, regular pushups for me since handstand pushups are a no-go for me, and I subbed 25 situps for double unders.

See that Rogue tshirt I'm sporting?  I got some nice compliments on it.  :-)

So I'm still here, still grinding, still trying to put in the work, and still not giving up.  That's all I can do, right?

All we can do everyday is try.

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!