Monday, June 30, 2008

Big A&& Bug Bite - Attack of the Killer Bug!

Tonight the hubby and I were standing outside tonight before and after my neighborhood track workout (the neighborhood across the street from us has a half mile loop with a pretty decent incline and then there is another small hill cul-de-sac that has a 130 meter hill) just chatting it up. He is going into surgery on Wednesday to get his pace maker moved (think breast implants - under the muscle versus over) and when I asked him if he wanted to go running with me, he said no because he knows he will be kind of out of it with recovery. But I went anyway. When I got back from the run, we were chatting outside on our two lawn chairs (we LOVE to sit outside and watch the neighbors come and go) and I realized I had just been bit by a HUGE bug. Enormous. And the bug had been flying around me for awhile - buzz, buzz, buzz, buzz - and then today BAM - bit me!

Yes, I have been bitten by the bug. The workout bug again. I knew it because I ran without the hubby. I knew it because I ran my ass off without an iPod or a running partner. It is funny because I have been reading Kelly's Aim High blog and SNAPS that girl has been bitten too! She is crazy! And Em has been bitten and back at it hard core! And I have been hearing that big ass bug buzz around my head for awhile but today (after a couple good workouts last week and tonight) it's official. I feel good about being injury free and feel my lungs burning again when I workout. Love this feeling.

Tomorrow will be a hard core upper body circuit followed by some cardio. Food was on today - maybe a shy short of my total calories needed but overall good.

On a side note, I am worried about the DH. While he is just getting the pace maker moved to a better location, it still worries me since he will be under General Anesthesia. I am sure he will be fine but any time someone you love goes under the knife, it is kinda scary! He is my soul mate and best friend so I want him to be safe and sound.

Hope everyone has a great week! Cynthia - only four more weeks girl! :)

Below is a recap of my workout last week:

1 hour bike (20 miles)
1 hour bike (20 miles)
Golf (kinda counts right?)
Upper/Core Circuits (UFP Day 2)
5 Mile Pain Free RUN!!!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pain Free Run! :)

Did my first full "back at it" workout yesterday. 45 minutes of my upper body Ultimate Figure Program workout followed by a 5 mile run (about 40 minutes) and another 20 minutes of upper body circuits. Felt great! Outside of the fact that the new insoles kind of pushed back into my heel and left a little space in the front of the toe area rubbing me funny, the run was pain free and I literally have ZERO foot pain today. Good stuff.

Also love the fat that I can actually see the difference in my arms after just one workout - muscle memory is a good thing.

Have a great Sunday y'all!

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Deep Thoughts (Not really but it got ya didn't it?)

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful week!

It was a busy one for me which I know you guys know already since I was not around much in blog land. Here is a quick update: rode my bike an hour both Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Mom and sister drove up from Louisiana after the funeral and stayed with us on Thursday so I left work around 3pm and got to hang out with them for a few hours before going to our Annual Fundraiser auction on Thursday night then had to be at the golf course Friday at 6:30am to work a hole until noon and then change and play with our CEO. For some reason he requested I golf with him and two other guys so that was interesting. I haven't really golfed in about two years and couldn't find my shoes so just golfed in my black Nike Shox. :) Who cares! It was a really good time - he was very laid back and didn't care about how any of us shot....just that we had a good time. And I made him laugh a bunch which I realized is a passion of mine. I am not as good as Cynthia at being funny in writing though - gotta work on that.

Have some interesting thoughts to share today....

Below is a post from Body Sport

June 23/08
Erin Sits Out!

With the Jr. USA and Jr. Nationals now recent history NPC National figure fans may be wondering where was Erin Heath? Last year Erin set herself up for a huge run at a pro card in 2008 with a win at the Emerald Cup, a 2nd place finish at the Jr. USA, a 3rd place finish at the Figure Nationals and another second at the USA Championships in Las Vegas. It seemed that picking up a pro card this year would be a mere formality for the beautiful Northern California native. Life however often divides itself into two separate paths; the way we plan for things to happen and the way the actually unfold.

"I have been forced to take the year off,” said Erin recently. “After a year and a half of dieting, it seems I am unable to lose weight right now regardless of what kind of exercise and diet manipulations I try. So, I am really sad about it, but I am going to have to take some time away from competitions to get healthy. But, I will be even better next year. ;)"

Erin will certainly be missed on stage this year by everyone except her competition. But don’t feel too sorry for Ms. Heath, a pro card is still very much in her future, in her own sweet time. In fact, expect this young lady to be a smashing fitness industry success both on and off the stage. Stay tuned to Bodysport for more on Erin in the near future.

So, my thoughts on this.....I find the most interesting quote in this to be: "After a year of dieting, it seems I am unable to lose weight right now regardless of what kind of exercise and diet manipulations I try." The more and more I read about Metabolic Damage, the more I am absolutely certain it is an issue and a bigger issue in the figure community where girls but their bodies through torture and hell to get to the look they have on stage. It saddens me to see that someone with so much hope and future in the sport is starving herself and doing hours of cardio in order to lose weight. I know there is a better way.

What do all of you think about this?

On another note, I am back to training with a fully recovered foot and in preparation for my October trip to Mexico. :) It will be FUN to prepare for the vacation - I am going to consider it competition prep. :) Competition for sitting on the beach with a cocktail! Hee hee.

Hope everyone is doing well! I am gonna get lots of workouts in this weekend so keep your eye out for workout updates!


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Insoles = Happy Feet

Hey y'all!

I know my last few posts have been kind of a downer b/c they have been focused on the death of my grandma but I said my good byes and she is in a better place so it is time for me to get back to rocking the blog. :) Thanks so much for all your thoughts and prayers.

So, after pretty much two weeks of no running from my foot, I called a recommended foot doc who couldn't see me for another week so I hung up the phone with him and picked up the phone and called my good friends Susan and Jason Zehner who have told me about their luck with supportive insoles. Jason worked for along time at an outdoor outfitter and worked in their shoe dept so I knew he would know the 411. After a long email/phone call chain involving a lot of me describing my foot pain much like you would describe a car to your mechanic - "it makes this weird clicking noise when I am in 5th gear" but instead I am saying "if I twist it to the right, it hurts really bad but in the stationary position it doesn't hurt at all" - he told me I should give inserts a shot and see if that helps.

I went to our local running store - Fleet Feet - and got a pair of Sole insoles (cute name huh) - they felt really weird when I just had them on in the store but she said I would get used to them - I just needed to give it some time to break them in. Breaking in requires you put them in the oven (yes, the oven) at 200 degrees for two minutes, place them immediately in your shoe and stand still, feet forward for 2 minutes and then wear them for 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours over the next three days before you run.

If you are still awake....:) here is the cool thing:


It is 100% gone. In fact, the circulation in my feet is amazing! I was barefoot today for a few minutes and normally (over the last couple weeks) I would have pain when I was barefoot but today my feet felt normal.

The key test will be when I take them out for a jog which I will try to do tomorrow. Will keep you posted. If any of you are having any foot/ankle issues, you might want to check them out. They are only $35 which is less than my copay to the doc. :)

And in other news, we joined the country club directly across the street from my office which means I will be reviving my lunch workouts again. I will literally walk across the street to workout. I am so excited! Watch out - who knows what will happen! :) The fire that has been burnt out it starting to light up again...I can feel it.

1 hour bike ride tonight - felt great! My cardio is crappy but I got out there and did it. :)
Keep on kicking ass everyone!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

You Know the Saying....When You're On Your Deathbed.... aren't ever going to wish you spent more time at the office.

Yes, I know you have all heard it - I have - in fact, I have said it to others 1,000 of times...and seeing my grandma on her death bed - literally - it forced me to sit back and look at my life and how I am spending my time.

Right now so much of my energy goes towards my job - and as my loving husband pointed out - I may be reaching a point of diminishing return...meaning the long hours I am working may not be paying off in the quality of my work output. I think I function best when I am very busy so that feels comfortable to me...but there is a point at which being very busy and being overwhelmed prevents me from doing my best work. Does that make sense?

I am not going to beat myself up over not working out last week as much as I wanted or even the week before - I injured myself and lost my grandmother. Which brings me to my next update....on Saturday, June 21st my Grandmother passed away and moved on to the next place...she is now with the friends and family members she has lost along the way. I am so happy for her in that she is no longer in pain or hurting and that her life was long and full of joy. She had 6 kids and 20+ grandkids! What a wonderful life! Thanks to all of you for your support and thoughts. I love you grandma and you will always be a special part of my life! Please celebrate her life and don't be sad - she is in a better place and I guarantee she is reconnecting with lost friends and family looking down on us all with love!

Outside of losing my grandmother and thinking about how I am spending my time, one of Visionquester's posts made a big impact on me this week and that was Stephanie's email to her about taking it one meal, one workout at a time. For those of you who missed it, here is an excerpt from her email:

do the work and the results will come. Don't concentrate on 'I have "x" amount of time' - just concentrate on your next work out - your next meal - your next cardio session... Keep it small - keep it simple...DO NOT CHANGE A THING when it comes to your thinking...Not too much pressure on any one certain day, any one certain meal, any one certain cardio session...It's just one more - that's all- one more"

I am terrible at trying to think too far in the future or think about the past and focus on those things instead of focusing on having my next meal be a good one or getting in my next workout. Stephanie wrote this in an email to Cynthia and yes, I knew this one too but sometimes things just hit you.

This moment, I am focusing on my next meal and making it healthy and good and to feed my body the nourishing food it needs and I am also going to focus on my next workout. And once I have my next meal and my next workout complete, I will focus on the next meal and workout. Little steps. So much better than thinking I have to tackle it in one fail swoop.

A couple other things:
  • Jody finished the Ozark Valley Triathlon a full 3 minutes faster than he did last year for a time of 1:46 minutes! I am so proud of him - he did amazingly well and he is my heart, my joy!
  • A HUGE thanks to Jody for going to Louisiana with me and spending time with my grandma. This is one reason I am so thankful he is in real estate because he could leave and go with me and even though he was COMPLETELY out of his element and hanging out with a bunch of red necks :), he was there for me and I couldn't have asked for more.
  • On our way home we had a flat tire on the Jetta at 10:30 at night in BFE. We got the flat right in front of someone's house so we pulled into their driveway to use the light from the street lamp to change the tire. Lo and behold, Jody has completely PIMPED out our we have custom wheels. Wheels that require a special lug wrench that will fit through the holes in the wheel....well, we didn't know this until we got the flat at 10:30pm in Fordyce, Arkansas - population 4700. But where we blew the tire was about 5 miles outside of Fordyce. Luckily, the guy that lived in the house we stopped in front of - who was about 75 and probably wondering why a pimped out jetta and two honkey's with a dog had everything in their trunk on his driveway - was SUPER nice and called his neighbor who ended up ultimately having the proper tools to get the wheel off. An hour and a half later we were on our way!
WHEW! Funny stuff.

Hope everyone had a great weekend! I am back at it kids!


Friday, June 20, 2008


I am here in Bernice, Louisisana (even smaller than Ruston) at my aunt's lake house. It is so beautiful here - they have about 300 feet of lakefront and a huge porch we have all been sitting on watching the sun come up or go down. Beautiful.

I saw my grandmother yesterday and while it was REALLY hard to see her in the shape she is in - so small and frail and weak - she knew I was there with her and I made her smile a couple times - I think I even heard her chuckle and that meant the world to me. I used to always make her laugh and smile and so knowing that I could still give her a little bit of happiness was very comforting. She could barely open her eyes and didn't get out of bed at all...but I laid down in bed with her with my head on her shoulder and she laid her head on top of mine. I am so glad I came down and so happy I got to see her.

Thanks so much to all of you for your thoughts and prayers - I can feel them. :) Her breathing has become very shallow and labored and hospice thinks she is ready and is letting go so we think it will be soon. For her sake, I hope it is - I wouldn't want to be in that much pain at the end of my life.

I am going to go for a run today at the park that is close by to clear my head. But I have to tell you I ate like CRAP yesterday. Grits, bacon, a shrimp po boy. Trust me when I say my options are VERY limited here. Very. But I love shrimp po boys and they don't have "real" ones in Arkansas so I said - why not! ;)

Love you guys! Thanks again for all your thoughts! We are coming back Saturday morning for Jody's big triathlon on Sunday morning that he has been training for 4 months for! Have a great Friday!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Envy and Sadness

I am envious of my hubby. We went to the track tonight and there he was - running happily around the track...he did 400's, 800's and more 400's and I worked out my thumb by hitting start and stop on the stop watch - GRRRRRR. I tried to do some light running up and down the football field while he sprinted and about 3 minutes later I started to have pain again. I DID run backwards with success though since it is just like being in heels which actually makes the ankle/foot feel better. I also did some lunges and felt it twinge too...argh.

He did awesome of course. Kicked ass! His fastest 400 was 76 seconds - which is great! Next time it will be 75! :)

I was very envious as I looked at his muscley quads and tight glutes and saw the sweat drip down his face. Oh well, I know I must be patient but I was GREEN with envy. Soon enough my friends, soon enough.

Ah ha ha! How funny is that picture?? Found it and couldn't resist. It isn't me of course (unless I had some serious facial reconstruction, developed some Asian ancestry and lost about 20lbs!! :)). Speaking of green, we saw The Incredible Hulk on Sunday - AWESOME! Really a surprise but lots of fun and super entertaining!

Eating today was ON. Yippee.

On a sad note, my grandma is getting ready to move on to her next chapter. She has been very sick as of late and told the family on Friday last week that she doesn't want to fight any more. She is ready to move on and asked us to call hospice so I know we don't have much time with her. Mom called me this morning and told me that my aunt was with grandma all weekend and she is giving up and ready to go. Jody and I are going to leave on Wednesday night and make the 6 hour trek to see her and spend some time with her before she passes. I will miss her so much but yet I know she is ready to go and she will be in a much better place.

It makes Terrible Tuesday's seem silly....makes all the little stresses in life seem so minuscule and non important. I can't wait to see her and tell her face to face how much I love her and how much she has meant to me. Such a strong woman - six children and lots and lots of grandchildren. She taught me to LOVE potted meat, molasses cookies dipped in chocolate, grits, and BACON! She also helped me understand my challenges with my mom and has always supported me 100% in everything I have ever done. She gave and gave and gave....and her biscuits are LEGENDARY! Oh and her gumbo - amazing. And she would rub olive oil on dry skin patches. Man I will miss her...

Next VLOG I will do my impression of her - it makes my mom almost pee her pants every time I do it - it is pretty funny.....but in a really good-love-you-so-much-and-will-miss-you way. :) I don't have a picture of her on this computer but will post one soon for you guys. She has gorgeous white hair and eyes that twinkle.

Have a great week everyone and be grateful...tell those who mean something to you that you love them and why. You never know when you won't have a chance to say it to them again.

Love you guys!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Happy Papa's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all you father's or future father's or even those of you considering being a dad. :)

Great weekend with the hubby! We went out to my in-laws house boat and hung out all day Saturday and this morning. So nice and relaxing. It is truly like being on vacation - you just unplug and that's it.

Kept off the foot all weekend - and it is now my TOM which is AWESOME! Not. I HATE Always' campaign: "Have a happy period." Are you serious? I don't care if it just lasts a day it isn't happy. Regardless, I didn't feel like working out today - I knew I should have but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. No energy.

Anyhoo, have a great week y'all!

Oh, and WELCOME BACK Em!!! We missed you and you looked BEAUTIFUL on your wedding day!


Saturday, June 14, 2008

Biofeedback, Intiuition and Common Sense

I utilized none of the things in the title of my post in deciding whether to run 9 miles with my hubby last Monday and as a result I am STILL paying the price. Foot hurts even when I am just walking around barefoot - the only time it doesn't hurt is when I have it elevated in a heel. Still very frustrated but what can I do??? Just let it rest. Right Cathy? :)

I did Day 2 of UFP today - just the first three sets four times through. My strength is low and I can tell the TOM is about to hit cause I am so tired....

Short post today.

Food for the week ON except for Friday where I had dinner at Bonefish - YUMMY!

Have a good one everyone!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Paying the Price and Motivation

As I stated on my Monday night blog, running 9 miles was not smart. I didn't and don't recommend it to friends or family. Or enemies for that matter.

I did 1/2 mile repeats last night and am now paying the price - majorly (which isn't a word btw).

Here is the math: 3 weeks not running + 9 mile run + 1/2 mile sprints (7) = tendinitis & a cranky me.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. I should have worked up to the 9 miles. I have had his happen before so I know I need to just let it rest a little bit and it will heal - just stinks cause I had a mileage goal for the week and now it is going to be near impossible to get it in. :( Scratch that, it is impossible otherwise I will injure myself even more and be able to run even less. Bummer but I have no one to blame but myself.

But, did want to share with you what my nipples looked like after my run the other day:

For those ladies out there, running can cause chafing. If you run long distances you have to be careful of the more sensitive areas like the nipples and I didn't put on band aides. Rats. So when I did sprints last night my nipples were on FIRE!

Was also talking to the hubby about how I wouldn't be able to compete right now with my work load the way it is and he said "You were just on a different level then" and he is right. I had a goal, I had set my mind to it and I was going to do it. And I did. And what is weird it that my motivation for my workouts is now weak - weaker than it has ever been. I don't get it....but I need to figure it out because I think when I do it will be the key to me getting back into it. Don't get me wrong, I have little bursts of motivation and excitement about working out but then it seems to stall out - I am tired and working out just isn't what I want to do.

Again, I gotta figure it out. Once I get to the bottom of it you guys will be the first to know. :) Or maybe the second to my hubby.

Until then, I will keep on posting. Keep on sharing.

P.S. Food was ON today. Yeah!

P.P.S. Did you SEE Craig Ballantyne posted on my blog yesterday??? BRAG, BRAG, BRAG.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Fat Loss Is Easy....Once You Realize How Hard It Is"

Happy Wednesday y'all!! I told ya I would be blogging everyday and HERE I am! :)

The above quote is a Craig Ballantyne special and I heard it this morning while listening to an episode of The Fit Cast and it really struck a chord with me. "Fat Loss is Easy....Once You Know How Hard It Is"....think about it....really, once you know how hard it is and how much work it will really take, it IS easy because you know what to expect and you know what it is going to take. You must recognize and appreciate how hard it is before it will become easy.

The other thing he says that if you want advanced results you must take advanced measures. Another awesome quote/idea. Think about it - there are no short cuts. This is life.

Couple things I have (I am into bullet points at the moment to bear with me :)):
  • Worried about my family in Iowa who is getting pounded with tornadoes and flooding.
  • My hubby is ROCKING it on his training for the Ozark Valley Triathlon in 11 days - he is really kicking it up a notch and even eating super good to lean up so he will be lighter and faster.
  • This week I have been 100% on with my eating. I know, it is only Wednesday but it feels good.
  • I need to incorporate weights more - I am getting in my runs, just not the lifts.
  • Cynthia looks AMAZING and needs to keep working hard towards her goal.
  • I am taking tomorrow off and I am FIRED UP! :)
Ran half mile sprints tonight - 7 rounds - 3.5 miles.

Happy hump day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Hey y'all - I will make this quick (gonna try to shoot for every day this week) but had a couple things:
  • Tuesday was NOT terrible. YIPPEE!! Got a lot done and didn't feel super crazy.
  • I am SOOOOO incredibly sore. Let me just say that running 9 miles when I haven't been running in weeks - NOT SMART. So sore last night that I didn't sleep very well and am in pretty bad pain all day. Taking tonight off and will hit it again tomorrow. :)
  • Eating: ON - two days in a row. Baby steps.
If you haven't checked out my blog and VLOG below, check it - its pretty funny.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Beginning of Week and NEW VLOG!

Hey y'all! Hope you are all doing awesome!

Yes, long, long LONG weekend and we recorded a VLOG but for some reason none of my computers are recognizing the USB device. So instead of posting vlogs or blogs, I was jacking around with my computer trying to show you the VLOG we did. UPDATE: Got it to work!! Check it!

Hope that was slightly entertaining - had no idea he was going to record it so totally had to wing it! And check out his walking while filming technique! ;)

As I said in my post on Friday, last week was a complete and absolute BUST. I didn't workout once. And this weekend I participated in the 48 Hour Film Festival project which is where you have 48 hours to produce a film. You can check it out at this link:
48 Hour Film Link You are given the genre, a prop and a line you must use. Ours was a suspense/thriller, a pencil and the line: "What did he say? Tell me." I am not an actress, have never been an actress, but the lead creative guy thinks I look like a tough bit## so he cast me as the lead of a bank robber ring in the movie. So I got called in at 7am on Saturday and was there until MIDNIGHT! Holy crap. It was a LONG day. And I missed Jody's race which I felt TERRIBLE about. Terrible. But I had a blast on the shoot and the film ended up being pretty funny and campy.

Here is a couple of pics from the shoot of me in my "costume" and with the gun :) and check out the tattoo on my boob. Keep it classy bloggers. :)

Times Up! Charlie's Angels Pose

Check out the TATT!!!
Below is the log of my workouts from two weeks ago and since last week was a big goose egg I am just going to skip that recap. :)

Jody and I had a long talk this weekend and I am going to start running again. It is something I enjoy doing, I can do it anywhere and it is something we love to do together. That being said, I ran 9 miles tonight. NINE miles. WHOA! And I am wiped out. Legs pretty tight too - I am not sure if running 9 miles was the smartest thing in the whole world but I am shooting for 30 miles this week and I wanted to get a good chunk underneath me starting with Monday. So, Jody and I strapped on the running shoes.

Also, since I ate so crappy on Tuesday of last week (off site) and Saturday/Sunday weren't great either, I spent about 3 hours last night cooking food for both Jody and me. I cooked all my egg white waffles, measured my cereal, cut green peppers, measured broccoli. It actually worked AWESOME b/c when I got up this AM, I just threw everything in my lunch bag and was out of there. It was AWESOME!!! :)

I am not sure how to work the UFP into my running program. My guess is Scott would scoff at me doing any type of running AND UFP but oh, well. I am going to see how this week goes with running and some upper body UFP workouts and see what happens. My eating will be ON and sleep should be good.

Oh, and I am taking a day off this week - it has been so crazy lately, I have to put myself first. :) So, I will take Thursday off - and I am re-committing to blogging more frequently. I have a loyal following out there (I think :)) and I don't want you guys to give up.

Have a great Tuesday - I am gonna ROCK it. ;)


Week of May 26th through June 1st:


Track Workout - 1 mile warm up, 5 quarter mile sprints
Day 1 of UFP - Lower Body Focus - 90 minutes
Day of 2 UFP - Upper Body Focus - 85 minutes
Day 3 UFP - Upper Body - Back Focus 90 minutes
AM HIIT Intervals - 30 minutes - 400 calories
Day 4 UFP

Friday, June 6, 2008

AHHHHH...End of Week

Thank goodness today was the end of the week. Now I can actually workout! :)

This week was a complete bust for me from a workout stand point. How many times did I work out Mon - Fri? That would be a BIG goose egg. Zero. Zip. Zilch. A totally crazy, insane week - probably easy 70 hours of work in after today. Yuck.

I think I am going to have to start working out in the mornings again just to ensure I get them in - which is ok, I will just have to plan my day differently.

Food was not ON so double whammy. But the good news is I have the weekend to make better choices and get back on track. Will do a VLOG tomorrow with the hubby who is doing the Xterra triathlon in Eureka Springs tomorrow. I am so excited for him and know he will kick ass. I am going to bring my running clothes and some weights and workout while he is off at the race. :) Gotta make the best of it!

On a sad and TRAGIC note, Amanda Savell has passed away in what appears to be a murder/suicide. There is more information on the Body Sport forums however I just wanted to drop a note about how tragic and wrong this is....and my thoughts and prayers are with Amanda's family. More information can be found here:

Have a great weekend everyone and if you aren't already, be grateful and thankful of all that you have!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

MIA and Canoeing

So I have been MIA - sorry y'all. I ended up having a super crazier than normal Monday and then Tuesday and Wednesday I had to go to a client off site meeting. I knew I was going to have to do the Tuesday thing but had planned on getting out of the Wednesday trip (canoing/float trip down the river). The client and the clients boss pulled me aside and asked me to be there Wednesday (today) so I went.

Needless to say, I am exhausted and have more work to do than I could imagine. But wanted to drop by and say hi.

My eating Tuesday and Wednesday was not good - not terrible - but not good. And I haven't worked out since Saturday. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

Anyway, I will be back with another post tomorrow - just wanted you to know I am still around. :)


P.S. I was assigned a canoe partner who SUCKED. We flipped our canoe 7 times because he had no idea what he was doing and I will take a pic of my legs that are completely beat up from falling out of the canoe. Pretty scary.