Friday, August 29, 2014

Facing Fears

The subject of this post may lead one to think something adventurous has occurred in my life recently.

Maybe I tried rock climbing? (Which my crazy husband is trying to convince me to do. He's crazy. I don't even climb past the 3rd rung on the ladder.)

Maybe I've signed up to go sky diving?

Or base jumping?

Or maybe I'm stepping into a jumping castle full of a large group of wild children during flu season. (another persistent fear of mine...bouncing, germs)


 
How about........
 
 
Connor Jaeger in the Olympics?
 
No...he doesn't scare me.
 
It's what he's perched on!
 
Swimming blocks.
 

 Let us all take a moment to let our heart rate come down. Wipe the sweat beds off our face.
 
 I don't know about you all, but the pure thought of diving off a platform that is whopping 1-2 feet above the a pool of water sends shear terror through my spine!!!
 
I have swam my entire life, but never learned to dive. In swimming lessons, they tried hard to teach me - but I would panic every time my body would start to hit the water. My "dive" would transform into this eel-like flop into a cannon ball.
 
Finally, my teachers just gave up. Rightfully so.
 
So I, too, gave up. Learning a new skill is harder the older you get - so I succumbed to the fact that diving isn't my "thing".
 
Then this summer one evening after dinner, we were out swimming in our pool. Ryan was stunned by the fact that I cannot dive. I showed him my feeble attempts probably 5 times, he couldn't bear to watch any longer.
 
We spent a good hour working at it. And sure enough - by the end of the night, I was diving.
 
Now, I'm not going to say it's pretty - but it's a proper arm-head-body dive-ish-plunge. It passes.
 
Well, I am thankful for that today - because in masters swim practice, our coach had us do relays for our main set was.......*gulp* off the blocks!!!
 
I'm sure my coach and team-mates thought I was kind of strange. I had the biggest, silliest, ear-to-ear grin the whole time! And at one point someone even complimented me on my dive. Instead of me saying, "Thank you", the appropriate response. I chimed back, "Hell yeah it was! Was it really?!Cool!!
 
I guess my take-home message from this was - facing your fears (no matter how silly they may seem) rarely has a bad outcome. I didn't even care about my times during the relay, because I was just so excited to be diving like one of the "cool kids" (well, actually I'm probably the closest thing to a kid in terms of age on my team).
 
What silly, irrational fear do you hold? After I shared mine, no one should be hesitant to share. As mine is pretty ridiculous!!
 
 
 





Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Currently

A few months have managed to pass since I did my last post like this. So here are my current "Currently's"  :)

Current Book:
"Me Before You" by Jojo Moyes. It's about a women taking care of a quadriplegic. It sounds like a sad book, but it's actually quite funny at times - as the character has a funny and dry sense of humor. It also really opens my eyes to things I've never really thought about with being w/c-bound.

Current Excitement:
My Friday night date with 2 of my girlfriends. We are having dinner and going to a movie based of a book we read --  "If I Stay". Excited to see it! Fully prepared for tears, since I cried during the book!

Current Fashion:
Well, In 4 days I will begin wear jeans again. (September 1) Even if it's 100+ degrees out. It's September. I'm ready to boycott summer! I miss jean and sweaters so much.......

Current Drink:
I am currently drinking a lot of Bigelow Green tea with Mint. I made a huge batch of it for our party Saturday, so had leftovers. Now I'm kind of hooked!!

Current Love:
The rain. We have had 1-2 good rains/week over the past month - which we need so bad. The humidity is brutal, but I'm okay with it if it's bringing moisture to our dry ground!!

Current Food:
I have to brag on my red-pepper pesto I made for the party. It may be my new favorite. It had roasted red peppers (about 2 cups), 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, 1/4 cup grated parmesan, several cloves garlic, salt, pepper, and I added some lemon.

We used it for dipping bread @ the party - but Monday night I took leftovers and mixed it with whole-grain pasta. Yum!!

Current Indulgence:
Lattes. Lately, I splurge at least once/week and get a Skinny Vanilla latte at Starbucks. So good when it hits your lips...

Currently Pondering
The current theme of my life is pondering what I want to be when I grow up. And then realizing I already am a grown up. Trying to come up with a great master plan. Getting frustrated. And just forgetting about it and praying I can figure myself out.

Current Mood
Calm and quiet.... I haven't been feeling the greatest the past 2 days (I think my body is trying to fight something off) - so I'm finally just listening, and letting it rest and heal. I skipped swim practice this morning and my planned gym workout tonight. It's amazing how much spare time comes about when you take 2 hours worth of training out of the day! ;)

Current New Find
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar! "Bragg's, Raw, Unfiltered, With the Mother". - It's supposed to change your life and make you super-healthy, apparently. For me? It tastes better than the Kroger-brand cider vinegar.

I will say I tried the 2 oz vinegar, 1 tbsp. honey, and water drink that was supposed to taste good?..... No.

Current Outfit
I'm still in my work clothes - so I'm wearing a white A-line skirt with a navy and white cardigan. It's one of my favorite work outfits! It comfortable with a touch of nautical :)

Current Peeve
Not being able to breath when I run. I assume it's the humidity. I'm too stubborn to take my inhaler.

Current Triumph
I've found a new and efficient way to do audits at work - and that's my triumph this week. I love audits. It makes some odd part of my brain strangely happy!

Current Wish List
New running shoes. I'm annoyed that my Mizuno Wave Creations are so expensive!!!

Currently delaying
"Pulling the trigger" and registering for my half ironman. It's really frickin' kind of scary. That's a lot of miles. But prices go up in a few days!!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekend Recap: White Party & Mountain escapes

Ryan and I have few weekends where our schedules align...and this was one of them. Therefore, I try packing in as much possible!

I had a 3 day weekend - so mine started bright & early Friday morning at 5 am with masters swim, followed by a 24 mile bike ride! I had some technical difficulties with my bike, on a crazy-steep incline, and it was scary. But I managed to fix the chain on my own!!

*insert fist pump*

The rest of Friday was spent cleaning house, grocery shopping, and making deserts for the party we were hosting Saturday night. Ryan and I ordered in thai food and watched "God is not Dead" while I made white-chocolate truffles. It was a productive, but nice night in! And green curry always makes me happy....

Saturday I needed to sleep in past 4:30....so we "slept in" until 6 am! We had 10 miles to run, and I knew we had to get somewhat of an early start. We were on the trail by 7 am, and it was already 84 degrees F. *insert tears*

Unfortunately, it was so hot that I couldn't bust out another mile (or step), and had to stop at 9 miles. But I'll take it! It was really nice to have Ryan with me to motivate me to keep going.

Here we are post-run. It doesn't even come close to doing justice to just how sweaty we were!!! But you can see how delirious we were!

The rest of the day was spent prepping & getting house ready for our White Party. I co-hosted a party with 2 other girlfriends. The theme was:
  • Attire: Wear white (last weekend before Labor Day!)
  • Food theme: Pesto
  • Wine tasting (we had 4 blind tastings of white wines)
  • Beer tasting (summer beers - IPA's, hefeweizens, lagers)
  • White Desserts
Here is a picture of the "spead"! Yum!
 
I was pretty proud of my beautiful-looking bread I made for pesto-dipping!
 
 
 
 
It was so much fun! Also, it was so nice to split the party planning among 3. I made a roasted red pepper pesto, traditional pesto, and Ryan made Cilantro-Pesto chicken kabobs. The girls made a huge spread of antipasta trays, petit fours (white, of course), white donuts, chocolate covered rasberries, olive tapenade, the list goes on......it was wonderful!
 
 
This is one of the "co-hosts", Heather and I! We forgot to get a picture of all 3 of us. But we were busy-busy prepping for the party before it started (and drinking champagne....)
 
Here is a photo of the whole crew. I adore these women - such a fun group!!
 
 
 
The party went until after 12 am (which is late for our crew), due to a little game of "Cards Against Humanity". It is such an inappropriate game, but so funny!!
 
Sunday Ryan and I woke up, saw the thermostat rapidly rising, and decided on a spontaneous drive up to Mount Lemmon! We drove from 95 degrees to 68 degrees (in 1.5 hours). It was my "rest day" in terms of training, so we just did a fun and easy 2.6 mile nature hike around some active streams and looked and butterflies. 

Very happy, relaxed faces in this photo!
 
Our little hike worked up an appetite. We sought out to find "The Best Picnic Spot on Mount Lemmon".
 
We wanted secluded, breath-taking views, and a big log on the ground for a "bench". We enjoyed our sandwiches, and left-over jalepeno hummus! It was perfect...
 
 
 
How was your weekend? Have you ever tried co-hosting a party? It really takes a great deal of pressure/work off. Plus, it makes budgeting easier!! :-) If you're Type A about entertaining (like me) - you have to pick the right friends to co-host with, I will say. Which I totally did. We are all extreme "list-y", type A ladies - so this worked perfect!