My Pursuit of Happiness and Skinny Jeans

My journey to a smaller jean size


on August 13, 2013

Hey, remember me!  I’m your friendly neighbourhood MIA blogger!

I did warn you in my last post that I might not be too regular with my posts since I was heading on vacation…but I really didn’t think I would go silent for this long.  I guess that just means I had a really good week…and I did!

Here’s what’s been going on in my world the last 13 days.

Our week at the cottage was amazing!  We had a weekend with hubby’s family and then they headed out and we had the cottage to ourselves…well, sort of.  As soon as his family left, my sister and her 2 little ones came up to spend the week with us, and then two days later a bunch of my friends and all their kids came up for 3 days.  It was AWESOME!

Highlights included: 

A cottage full of kids:  This is most of them.  cottage kids cropped

L-R:  Baby Peighton, Nick, Kenzie, Tanner, Maddie, Presley, Emma and Alyssa.  Missing:  Jackson, Ryan and Nolan. 

Ryan drives the boat:
captain ryan

Tanner enjoys a s’more:
tanner smores

We all wait out the tornado:
tornado waiting

This tornado/storm was pretty intense.  We thought it might miss us, but of course, as soon as we got the tent set up, and Gill loaded all her stuff in it, the rains came…big time!  I guess officially it never turned into a tornado in our area, but a pretty decent waterspout was seen a few lakes over from us.  We just had a LOT of rain… IMG_3239

and some pretty strong wind that pretty much leveled the tent:

We think the only thing that kept it from blowing completely away was all of Gill’s stuff, including her sleeping bags and clothes….all of which got COMPLETELY soaked. 
After the worst of the storm past, we went out to put the tent back together, take out all the wet stuff, and check out the damage, Nothing like a small lake inside a tent to make camping fun:

We got rid of the lake by lifting the tent up and dumping all the water out the roof!  It was a bit of a mess inside, and there was no way anyone was sleeping in there that night, so Gill and her two kids set up camp in the cottage basement.  Not the greatest spot, but a heck of a lot better than a soggy tent!  As soon as the power came back on, we put sleeping bags into the dryer and they were all set for the night.  By the next day, the tent had dried out and with a little wipe down it was good to go and the three of them camped tent-style the next night.  Good thing…those kids were dying to sleep in the tent! 

We drank just a few beer:

Can you tell why our hockey team is called the Corona Crushers?  Smile

The hockey girls and all their kids left Friday afternoon.  We had time to do a bit of tidying and then the weekend crew rolled in.  A couple of Rory’s buddies and their families came up. It was a bit tamer on the weekend that it was when the Crushers were here.  (The Crushers managed two nights of 4am…I am way too old for that!!)

With the weekend crew we took all the kids to town for ice cream in the boat.  Along the way they stopped for a little cliff jumping.  No way I would jump off this cliff, but the kids had no problem with it.

To get a sense of just how high it is….here’s a clip of one of the kids going over the edge.

Thomas takes a leap!

All in all, it was a great week at the cottage.  We all came home tanned, fat, happy, and just a bit tired.  We tried to rest up this week, because we are back up there tomorrow and will do it all again next week…hopefully just a tad tamer this time!

Being at the cottage for the week meant I went a week without CrossFit.  I was nervous and excited to get back to the box on Monday night.  The WOD on Monday was 21-15-9 Deadlfts and HandStand Push Ups.  This was actually a good WOD to get me back into CrossFit mode.  Aside from a 30 minute Jillian Michaels SHRED workout my sister made me do with her on the front lawn, the only exercise I got at the cottage was lifting a bottle of Corona to my lips!  In the WOD I think I lifted 95lbs for the deadlift and did my HSPU off a 24inch box.  I finished in about 7 minutes (I think it was 6:53).   I also did 3 sets of 15 on the Reverse Hyper.  I had never used that crazy machine before, but I picked it up pretty quickly.  I’m not sure how much weight was on it, but I just did the same and the guys before me were using.  This wasn’t the toughest workout I have ever done at CrossFit, but it was a good one to get back into the grove with.  I’m back at the Box tonight for some Back Squats, Kettlebell Swings and Ring Dips.  I can’t wait!

Tuesday was my golf night.  I played my next match in our league match play competition.  This time I was paired against a golfer with the same handicap as me, so there were no strokes given to anyone this match.  We just played and whoever had the lowest score won that hole.  In the end I was 2 up with 1 to play so I won the match.  YAY!  It was a nice night on the course, and I got to try out my new driver, since I broke mine when I was in Ohio.  Callaway replaced it with an XHot….and I love it!  My wicked left curve doesn’t seem to be as bad and the ball seems to go further than it did with my old driver.  In the end I shot a 49!  Another score under 50…super pumped!  Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a shitty golfer…now I’m just slightly less shitty than I used to be.  I’ve actually got my handicap down under 30:

I know it is barely under 30, but I don’t care…it’s still under, and much better than the 33.3 I started the year at.  Hopefully I can keep this “good golf” going and drop a few more decimal points before the end of the season. 

PHEW!  That was a long post. I still feel bad for neglecting my blog for so long, but at least now I feel like I am caught up.  Just in time to go on vacation again tomorrow and get behind in my posts again!  Hopefully next week, since we won’t have any guests, I will get a chance to write the odd post from the cottage.

Hopefully see you tomorrow with another edition of The Friday Five.

How have things been with you?
Do anything exciting these last 2 weeks?


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