Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Low key start to the week

Happy Birthday first guy who broke my heart.  Why are there dates that I just can't eject from my brain?  Not needed thank you.

Yesterday was a pretty low key day.  I think it was much needed after a weekend on the water.  I had good intentions of getting the board and yak all washed down with soapy water but the cleaner I used overwhelmed me and I had to stop after getting one side of each done.  I tried all day to wash that stuff off of my hand and it would not come off.  Finally the only thing that did it was some peppermint scrub I had.  Thank the Lord because that stuff was ridiculous!

I perused Fitness Blender to pick out our form of strength torture for the night.  It was a shoulders and lats combo that I didn't particularly care for.  The last exercise was awkward and I burned half of what the top listed amount was and I'm always in line with that so I don't know what the deal was.  I think if I would've went heavier that I would've injured myself so I probably won't throw that one into rotation for a while.

Dinner was the whole wheat/zucchini hybrid spaghetti with chicken for extra protein.

I got sucked into an episode of Cake Wars when they mentioned it would be Hello Kitty themed.  Pretty interesting cakes and of course I can never seem to predict the winners of these things.

I needed to unwind mentally so I threw on KCSM in San Francisco and listened to the Jazz Oasis and brewed a cup of our Charleston tea.

I told you it was a boring day.  They can't all be adventures!

It's supposed to be 90 today.  Less than 60 days til Fall.

How do you get stinky chemical stuff off of your hands?

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Our first 5 miler and I've seen it all

It was quite the weekend.  We went on our planned paddling outing and scouted out a new place we can go after breakfast.  We stopped by a deli in town to pick up sandwiches and stuff for a lunch break.  The trek we were planning was going to be our first 5 miler and of course temps and humidity were going to be around 90.  

The Mr got our travel cooler and strapped it to his board and we put a blanket in the dry bag.

I enjoyed a leisurely paddle to the lilies.

We were about 90 minutes in before we said we'd head to the beach to eat lunch.  Of course that didn't mean we were anywhere near the beach.  We still had about an hour paddle time ahead of us.

I was so glad we brought our Hawaiian Sun Passion Orange drink because that stuff is refreshing on a hot day at lunchtime.  (Hot water just doesn't taste quite as good)

We enjoyed our lunch, the Mr refilled the water bottles, burned his bare feet on the hot sand/sidewalks and it was time to head back.  The beach in the summer is so not my scene.  Everyone was loud and annoying so I was more than happy to be in the peace of the middle of the lake again.  I was also thankful for the very limited amounts of time the sun hid behind a cloud for 2 minutes at a time.  It just zaps all of your energy.

It hit my distance and calorie goal for the paddle!

I thought I was going to be much more sore on Sunday but I was actually ready to go out again for a more leisurely paddle because the weather looks to be disgusting this week.  Lots of pop ups all day long so we had to bide our time and go for evening water fun.

It was quite adventurous for what was supposed to be a leisurely time,  I think I'll call this the "now I've seen it all" paddle.  We got everything blown up in record time and were on the water by 7pm.  At 7:03pm, I began taking on water and my ass was wet.  Thankfully we weren't too far away so I paddled to the nearby landing and the Mr found one of my water hole do-hickeys (technical term) was open and letting water in.  We plugged up, dumped the water and went on our merry way.  We wanted to hit a cove we missed on the last outing so we explored.  It went back further than we thought and we conversed and saw two people quickly buttoning up on the banks of the water.  Sorry people, public park...you're old enough to know better...and we had to do the same thing when we were dating and that's the chance you take, yo.  As the Mr said..."cockblocked!"  Once we decided to head back, the night fisherman were out and we saw a full bearded hipster smoking a hooka in his kayak.

The rest of the paddle was pretty uneventful but peaceful.  We were out for just under 2 hours and I got a nice little burn in for a Sunday night...

We've got a paddleboarding lesson set up with a friend this Sunday so I'd like to get one other session in toward the end of the week if the weather allows.  I don't think 90 degree paddles are my thing but if we can get out for a nice night paddle when the sun isn't zapping my energy, I'm down.  Plus it's better than being in the basement doing a traditional workout.

Oh!  Should you be in the mood for a healthy grilling recipe, check this one out!

What did y'all do this weekend?

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Friday, July 24, 2015

What I'm Reading This Week

It's been a long week and I'm glad for the weekend.  We took our first guest out paddleboarding last night so now we've got 3 vessels to dry out in the garage today.  It's too bad my other friend is recovering from surgery last week because it'd be the perfect weekend to meet her halfway and take her out too.  Maybe by our Fall birthdays.

But enough about all that, let's get to...

5 Reasons Your Workout Isn't Working  (Well butter my biscuit!)

8 Common Worries That Aren’t Worth Stressing About  (I still can't believe people don't take their vacation days.  Trust me, no one got to the end of their life saying I wish I'd worked more)

8 Things to Know Before You Renovate Your House  (I completely agree with #1 because I can always hear every single noise)

20 Reasons People Shouldn't Be Allowed on Social Media  (#1 will immediately get a permanent hide from me and my friend is so guilty of #14 I had to tell her to stop taking pics of her half eaten food...that's just gross!)

3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold Kicks Out Concertgoer: “You Don’t Hit a Woman"  (Language so may be NSFW.  Also make sure you watch the bottom video that starts with Dave Grohl.  Reason #1,345,987 why I love him)

Girl With Cancer, 4, ‘Marries’ Her Favorite Hospital Nurse  (So cute)

Do You Grocery Shop in Bulk? New Research Shows You Might Be Losing Money   (I live in a shoebox therefore bulk is not possible but in case the rest of ya's are buying barrels of yogurt)

Plus-size vlogger rocks a bikini to put body shamers in their place   (If you don't like the way she looks, so what?  Why do we all feel the need to comment on someone else's appearance?  Mind yo business!)

6 Sciatica Stretches You Can Do in Bed  (Keep yourself pain free!)

Which Is More Important: Sleep or Exercise?  (What I wouldn't give for uninterrupted sleep.  8 hours will always elude me)

Women's Running Chose a Plus-Size Model For Its Latest Cover  (Finally!  I know more 'plus sized' runners than wee ones)

8 Bizarre Side Effects of Exercise  (2 and 3 for me)

Technology Ruined Key Lessons We Learned in the '80s  (A thousand times yes.)

An Oral History of Live Aid: The Ones Who Made a Brighter Day, 30 Years Ago  (I was so mad, it was my dad's weekend and I was stuck going to my stepmom's reunion so I missed many performances until I locked myself in a guest bedroom with a TV waiting for Duran Duran.  Then it was a bad performance and I felt duped!)

We've got a nice weekend ahead so we may be packing up the board/yak and heading out.  One day I will make it to a farmers market...it'll just probably be on a rainy day.  Can you believe a week from today is the last day of July!?  I'd better get my booty to a market before they're all done for the season!

What are you guys doing this weekend?

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fall Preview

I started getting bombarded with catalogs and emails this past week with those words stamped all over them.  (Hey, it's only 61 days away!)  While paddling (and lower than normal temps) is making summer somewhat bearable for me for once, y'all know Fall is my favorite time of year so I'm going to share what's been catching my eye for the upcoming season.

Let's go to Pottery Barn!

Orange Mercury Glass Pumpkin String Lights

I love the way these look, giving that pumpkin feel but could be used throughout the season especially if you're in a warmer weather climate.  Or you could string them across a mantle for a pretty amber glow.  At almost $40 for 10 lights I'm going to have to wait for a sale but if I can snag them at a good price, I'm going to!

Painted Pumpkin Patch Indoor/Outdoor Lumbar Pillow

I love the hand painted look of this pillow and the fact it's outdoor as well means I might just be able to enjoy it on the lanai!  (Something the rain has kind of robbed us of this summer)

Let's hop over to Grandin Road.

Finley Hill Wreath

I don't know what it is about this wreath but I love it!  I wish I had a huge architecturally stunning front door to hang this on but over the mantel works.

Walnut Grove Garland

If I had a big ol barn party house where I hosted fabulous holiday gatherings, I would have this everywhere.  It just looks like harvest season and you sprinkle some real pumpkins in there and that's one fine looking arrangement!

Time to head to Sur La Table

Nordic Ware Pumpkin Loaf Pan, Bronze Finish

I'm thinking the only way you can improve upon pumpkin bread is by making it in this friggin' ADORABLE loaf pan!!!  Holy crap man, I mean look at the cute pumpkins and leaves on top!  Not only that but you could totally hang that on the wall as a decoration with its bronze finish and when you're ready to bake some bread...BAM...it's right there!  Definitely want this!

Italian Pumpkin Oval Platter

If I hosted the holidays and I had a big fabulous turkey sliced up, it would go on this platter.  Though it could be cute leaning against a shelf as a decoration too.  Yeah, that's it...it's a decoration and I know this because here's another shot of it...


So there's a little peek of what's coming your way this Fall.

When do you think companies should start giving their Fall previews?

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Drying out

Happy Hump Day all!

The basement guy was here right on the nose yesterday which is rare these days so it was much appreciated.  I guess he had calls from 25 other homes in our hood so the rainy summer has taken its toll on many of us.  It appears that it's just a matter of moisture being trapped between the blanket insulation and the wall.

No mold or mushrooms or anything.  (Seriously, he told us some jacked up stories!)  About two years after our place was built having that insulation was no longer deemed part of code and ends up causing more harm than good.  He said first phase is to pull down the insulation, keep a fan on it to dry it out and see if we end up with more moisture issues and go from there.  We're scheduled for a dry four days so it'll be a good time to stop the sponge effect.

We yanked down the insulation wearing our goggles, gloves and masks and got that wall bundled and out the door.  The right side definitely took more of a hit than the left.

I suppose we can thank our fur angel for that when out of anger of having run of the whole basement instead of the whole house, she tore down the left corner of our insulation like 10 years ago.

I guess she gave it room to breathe?

I asked about using that masonry lock paint stuff that's been around forever and he said not to go there because it has latex mixed in and it helps breed mold if moisture comes in.  He recommended something Sherwin Williams sells or for really bad basements this commercial stuff that requires you to be out of your house for 3 days with constant fans sucking out the toxic fumes but you'll never have another water issue again.  I'm hoping we're not in the latter category.

Due to the current state of the basement, this also meant the workout area was in a bit of a shambles so we went to the park for our workout.

It was only 82 degrees but with all the ground saturation and being in the woods, the humidity and bugs were no joke.  We were running low on hummus and I needed it for dinner for BBQ chicken naan pizza.

The Mr certainly wouldn't have wanted to miss that one since it's his favorite!

No idea what we're going to do for a workout tonight with all of the crap in the middle of the basement but we'll figure something out.  We sure as heck aren't skipping!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Basement prep, yummy eats and amazing rent

It was a stiff and sore morning for the Mr and I yesterday but I did a nice hand/wrist stretch video on Do Yoga With Me and it really helped de-stiff the ol' hands from the previous days paddle.  It was hot and humid again but I'm looking forward to the wee cool down we're *supposed* to get over the next few days.

After our strength session, we had to pull away the stuff from walls so the people can come and see what the deal is with our wet basement on the exterior walls.  He's supposed to be here at 9am so please keep your fingers crossed that this is a simple patch job needed and we can move past this pretty quick.  Luckily the TV issue we had was solved with a replacement board the Mr installed and we're back to full sized TV again.  The tree we lost had two others accompany it last week.  I'm not sure why but we saw the landscapers hacking two other ones down so we've got even less greenage.  Damn rain made it so the roots had nothing to hold on to.  Sigh.  I can't believe all of the rain we've had this year.  I can't remember if that means we'll have a more colorful, longer Fall or not.  I hope so.  I can't wait to paddle with the changing leaves!

We had dinner

Honey marmalade glazed salmon over fiesta rice.  So yummy!

I was in the mood for a movie so we rented Begin Again with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine.  Wow...what an amazing movie.  So full of pain and hope and emotion.  I immediately stuck the soundtrack on my wishlist.  Keira Knightley's songs are friggin' amazing times ten.  This might be an owner for me.  It more than made up for the crapfest that was Terminator Genisys on the movie front.

I'm hoping tomorrow's update will be that the basement dude says they're minor issues they'll come back and patch and replace our crappy insulation sheets on the homeowners association dime.  Fingers crossed.

Have you had a rainy summer in your area?

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Exhausting weekend

I am sooo tired y'all!  It was a busy weekend from beginning to end.

Friday we finally finished cleaning so we wouldn't have anything to do Saturday.  Our extra paddleboard arrived that day so the Mr blew it up to make sure it held air and such.  Yes, we bought an extra paddleboard.  We said we'd love to take people with us but NO ONE we know does any water sports stuff unless they rent something on vacation but they're not going to pay to do it at home.  The Mr offered to give people paddleboard lessons if they wanted them and two cousins piped up.  When we thought about it it was like someone was going to get left out if I was in my kayak.  So we said we'd think about getting one.  I was looking at packages last Friday night and I could find some for $500 but they weren't getting the best reviews.  I thought it would be nice if Tower had some because we own one and trust the quality of their boards.  Saturday morning, the Mr gets an email from Woot that they are selling the Tower Paddle Boards Adventurer Inflatable 9'10" SUP Package for $499 with a paddle and pump.  It was like God was saying "I'll give you this one."  So we counted the rolled change we had ($300) and each kicked in $100 of birthday money from last year that we had sitting around and covered the cost.  Last week we got some accessories people would need like a small dry bag, gloves, a whistle and life jacket.  We probably put $50 into that stuff.  So now we've got everything we need to take someone with us.

Saturday we tried to go to the DMV but the line was of course ridiculous so we decided to hit up the fish and chip craving we had since it was rare something like that sounded good to both of us.  We did a little driving around, picked up stuff for cookie sundaes (it was a belated birthday celebration) and got back to the house.  We met them at a restaurant and had a good dinner.  (Though my burger was overcooked for the second time but I don't really want to order it medium in case they get it right.  Grrr.)  Then it was back to the house for gabbing and sundaes.  I showed her the board and invited her along sometime.  Just so happens she has a half day Thursday so if the weather holds out, we'll have our first plus one on a paddle!  Woot indeed.

We slept in Sunday and lazed around.  I had small corn tortillas I needed to use so I made some chicken enchiladas and fruit salad.  The Mr was quite happy and with all that protein and feeling so full, I asked if he wanted to get a paddle in before rain was supposed to come in.  He leaped off the loveseat so I guess that was a yes.  He wanted to take the new board out and try out the kayak seat too.  It was stinkin' hot and I was hoping being on the water would be a little cooler.  It felt 90 instead of 94.  Yay?

We paddled a pretty good clip and I was starting to feel lunch's energy boost wearing off.  I brought some sea salt caramel peanuts we bought in Savannah with us in baggies and as we pulled off into a cove to enjoy them, I swore I heard it...


Mother hell.  The Mr chipmunked his snack in his cheeks and said "let's get the hell out of here!"  He said he'd have to kayak back so I scarfed mah nuts and paddled over to him to help him get the seat attached to the D rings.  Like a shot, he was off...

"Bye Felicia!"

We stuck to the shoreline as the thunder rolled in case we'd need to make a hasty retreat to the woods instead of being lightning rods in the middle of the water.  It would let up and we'd think we were in the clear but the closer we came to the boat launch a mile and a half away, it would get loud out of nowhere.  There was no visible lightning but that doesn't matter.  My kayak is pretty fast so I would take short breaks while he caught up to me.  I would encourage him because this was his first time kayaking on the board and wasn't quite how he envisioned it, I'm sure.  We made a goal to get to the bridge where we would take cover if needed.  We made it and sat for a second and we could see the storm rolling in up ahead.  We dug in and made that last quarter mile to the boat ramp.  Deflated, folded, wiped off the vessels as Mother Nature gave her deep, thunderous bellow as a warning shot to other boaters all vying for the ramp.  I was quite the pruney paddler when we got to the car.

We high fived and I checked my HRM for the damage.

As we made our way outta there, the sky looked more ominous.

A few minutes later we were in a downpour with lightning all around us and a freeway brought to a standstill a few times.

It was a close one but as the Mr noted a few days ago, each paddle is different.  That's for sure!  It was nice to get back without a drop of water on us but dang man, we had to paddle fast and furious and we're feeling it today fo' sho.

Is it nap time yet?

What did you guys do this weekend?

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