Tuesday, May 17, 2016

A little muddy

Well hello to you too! I must be doing something in my life that needs documenting, because back here I am. We've actually had a few trips lately, but I've been so lazy with taking photos that it hasn't made for much of a blog post. Summer will change that I'm sure, and especially since the hubs got me a new camera for my birthday. Fingers crossed I don't drop this one while the lens is in full zoom - good times.

Well, off to Richmond I went a few weeks ago for a little bit of mud.  Scratch that, a whole hell of a lot of mud! My brother convinced me to sign up months ago for the Rugged Maniac 5K, and it was crazy, fun and a bit rough as well. I'm sure you've heard of them many of times, but this was my first time. It was insane with the water, mud, and obstacles that took you through underground tunnels, climbing walls, rope swings and way more than I can remember. I'm still shocked that more people don't get hurt on these things. Lord knows I walked away with some bruises…and yes, I'm actually going to show you them. Be prepared to be grossed out! Of course I thought I was in pretty good shape with my Warrior course I've been taking 4 nights a week for the past 4 months, but oh what a reality check I had. Of course I'm determined to go back next year and kick butt a little harder. However, out of all 25 obstacles, I didn't skip one. You had an option to go around any that weren't suitable for your experience or physical fitness, but I didn't skip one. That's right, high five this way!

Rob and I arrived in Richmond the evening before, which gave us time to see one of my best friends. Dinner and drinks out with her and her husband was a perfect start to the weekend. Moira, next time you'll be at the start line with me the following morning. :)
Rob and my SIL, Amy, were photographers and supporters during the entire race. Rob has an amazing camera and loves taking photos, but dear lord the photos he took of me were enough to make children cry in fear. Your clothes cling to you from all the water and mud, so of course you can image what all shows as every fiber clings to you. Needless to say, my mid-section was looking like a hot mess. Note to self, don't stop my Warrior class…I have a ways to go. But at the end of the day, I did it and had a blast with my brother.

We've had nothing but rain for the past few weeks, months, years…I don't even know how long it's been, but that day the sun was out and the temps were perfect. We're to the far left…my green shorts stand out. That's another thing, next year I'm wearing all black!
Then it was time to start the race. Make certain your shoes are double knotted, because you may finish the race with one less shoe. The depth and thickness of the mud is no joke. Rob wasn't able to get to access to most of the race, so he truly missed the more insane obstacles. Just trust me and try it for yourself.

Crashed and burned right at the end of this obstacle. 
 My brother and I stayed side-by-side the entire race. Thankfully he didn't leave my side.
You can kind of make out the reaction on my face. This was a 50 foot slide we went down at the very end. And this was right after I hurt my arm from getting up to that slide.
Don't you hate people who acknowledge the camera? :) Hey, I was just letting him know I was still alive!

What a day! When we finished and I stepped back to see the bruises from my little adventure, all I wanted was to get to the beer truck immediately. I mean, check out these things.
 And these photos were taken when we got back home and it had already started to improve!

After getting cleaned up, we enjoyed a nice dinner out at this quaint little pub down in the historic part of town. It was the perfect way to end the day.

 Thanks for a great race, Scotty! Bring on Rugged Maniac 2017! 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Life after snow…with Garth!

Well unless you've been living under a rock, you know the east coast was hit pretty hard with snow last week, and B'more definitely wasn't spared. We ended up with 30" of snow, and I think I ended up with an additional 30 lbs on my hips. That may have been due to the fact that we stocked up on nothing really healthy, unless you think a container full of cookie dough is healthy. One nice thing about being snowed in while living in the city, you can still get out and walk to plenty of places.  It's a good thing considering my car looked like this by Saturday night.

The snow started on Friday night, and Saturday morning everyone was out walking the city streets before the big hit was due later in the day. I love how snow days bring all neighbors out!

By Saturday night, Rob and I were getting serious cabin fever and had to get out for dinner with friends.
 Dinner…and plenty of drinks! Drink up, the snow is coming! 
The office was closed for two days, and thankfully the week slowly got back to normal. Although we are still living with mounds of snow, and someone had the nerve to mention that the Farmer's Almanac is calling for another big snow storm around Valentine's Day weekend. Mother Nature, I'm starting not to like you! 

We finished off the snow week, with a fun weekend with friends and a great concert. We got together with another couple for restaurant week here in B'more. We checked out Pazo in Harbor East and it was perfect. I loved the food, and the atmosphere was definitely a place I could see getting a group of girls together for a few drinks. 
Saturday after I suffered through another kickboxing class, I walked around the city and found the cutest store in one of the city neighborhoods, Federal Hill. If you are in the area, have you been to Pretty in Punch? It was such a fun find, and tons of adorable gifts. 
To top of the crappy snowy week, we ended the weekend with hitting up a new spot for lunch, which was full of character and lived up to the great reviews.  Saturday Morning Cafe! 
After lunch, we had a date with Garth Brooks!!  What an amazing show this man puts on! We were supposed to be at opening night last Friday, but because of the snow it was postponed until this past Sunday. We were rocking it out at 3:00 on a Sunday, and it was awesome.

I sang, danced and screamed for 2.5 hours! This guy puts on one hell of a show! Even if you aren't a big country fan, this show would not disappoint. It was his first trip to B'more, so I hope he enjoyed our hospitality and will be returning.  Thanks for a great show, Garth!

It was a gorgeous night as we got out of the concert, and as Rob and I headed home, I took a few photos to capture the evening. Quiet Sunday night through the city was quite peaceful. 

Hope y'all had a great week, and if you were a part of the crazy snow, I hope you survived! Here's to spring time getting here ASAP! 

Monday, January 18, 2016


Well it's that time of year once again. I am forcing myself to put down the slice of pizza and pasta dishes, and instead pick up a piece of lettuce and lots of healthy foods. Blah, blah, blah…that's all I hear.  The last few months, or what seems like years if I'm being honest, have been horrible. I hate how I feel, look and how every piece of clothing fits on me. Can I just get a job where they allow me to wear sweatpants? I promise I'll at least make them a cute color with a matching top. It really would make my life easier - elastic all the way!

Well 2016 needs to be different and I'm trying to get in shape. Of course I've tried this every other year as well, but this time just feels different. Now of course you can call me out on this if months from now I'm still bitching, but just be nice about it. So, last week I bought a Groupon for a bootcamp (Training for Warriors) class that I can walk to here in the city, and I fell in love. If you are here in B'more, you should check it out.  I of course cursed through the entire class, but I still lasted the full length and actually went back four more times. Seriously, what is up with that? Me in an exercise program for five days straight? That has to tell you something. My Groupon ends in a month, and then I'll be on a 6 month program. Bathing suit season and strapless dresses, I'm coming for you!
 The instructor getting a group shot after two of the classes this week! Friday night's class was what he called a "Playground"…certainly not the playgrounds I'm used to seeing. This playground kicked my butt! 
Each class is set up with stations, and each night is different. I love how it changes up and you don't get bored. It kicks my butt each night, no joke! Not to mention that I love the instructor, Casey. Such a nice guy, and he is really involved with all the members. At the end of each class, he ends the session with getting everyone in a circle, hands in the middle and then on 3 you shout out WARRIORS! Cheesy I know, but it keeps me pumped. Well, for the first week at least.

Wish me luck, and if you have any suggestion on how to keep on track and reach weight goals, bring it my way!