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The Friday Five

It’s Friday…let’s get to it!

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1.  I am on vacation!  🙂  Tomorrow we leave for our annual March Break trip to Vermont to ski at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, VT.  We always have a fantastic time, and I’m sure this year will be no exception.  The ski box is loaded  with 4 sets of skis and 3 snowboards.  I’m bringing my board again this year, but haven’t decided if I will use it or not.  My knee still hurts from the wipe out I took last year, so I’m a bit nervous about it.  I will see how I feel and see what the snow is like and play it by ear.  I’m not too sure how much blogging I will get done next week.  If you are looking for me, check Wardance…it’s my favourite Okemo run!
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2.  It’s the week for 15.3 of the CrossFit Open.  There was lots of internet chatter about 15.3.
15.3For the first time in the Open, a workout started with muscle ups. That takes a huge chunk of CrossFitters out of contention before the workout even starts….me included.  Muscle Ups are the move that everyone dreams of being able to do.  I’ve never even tried one, so knew it was scaled for me!  The scaled workout removed the muscle ups and changed the double-unders to singles.
15.3 SCALEDI was happy to see the muscle ups go, but I wasn’t crazy about singles.  I haven’t done singles at CrossFit ever.  Double-unders are one CrossFit thing I can actually do really well.  In regular WODs with double-unders, I don’t finish last!  So, when they took them out I was a bit sad.  Plus, we have been practicing double-unders before every class for the last few weeks.  Oh well…that’s life!  I was thrilled to see the 10# wall ball.  I hate wall balls, so anything to make them easier is welcome in my eyes.  10# makes them doable for me.

I went to the 9:30am class today, instead of the usual Friday Night Throw Down, since I knew I would have last minute stuff to do for our trip tomorrow.   We did some muscle up progression work for the guys who were going to try RX.  It was interesting and really the first muscle up stuff I’d ever done.  One guy got his first ever muscle up in warm up and then managed to get 8 in the RX wod.  Totally awesome!  I finished with a score of 606.  I didn’t really have any idea how I would do, given my difficulty with wall balls.  I’m pretty happy with my score.  Last time we did Karen, it took me over 16 minutes to just to 150 wall balls and today I did 150 wall balls and 456 skips in only 14 minutes, so I can live with that.
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Next week I will have to do 15.4 on Sunday afternoon after I get back from skiing.  Last year I was so tired on Sunday after my week on the ski hill.  It was not my best performance.  Hopefully the workout will be something that isn’t too leg heavy.  Time will tell!

3.  This made me laugh.  I saw this today when I was scrolling through my Facebook feed.  It made me laugh out loud.  Warning…it’s a bit on the potty-side of humour!  That had to feel better!  LOL.

4.  Our kitchen makeover is almost finished!  The replacement counter for the piece that was made too short was installed today.  It looks great.  Half of the back splash is up, and the rest and grout are going up tomorrow.  I will post a picture of the finished product when I see it next Saturday!  Can’t wait!

5.  It’s getting late, I still need to pack my bag, but this is happening!
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Happy Friday!

Happy March Break!  

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Waiting, Waiting, Waiting

I am working from home today.  My son, who I usually drive to school in the city, is away on a winter camping trip with his class, so I skipped the drive in, and worked from home.

Since I was home, I went and got some x-rays taken first thing this morning.  I hurt my right knee snowboarding last year during our March Break ski trip.  This pic was taken when I got off the hill shortly after my fall:
photo-9.jpgWell, it’s a year later and it still hurts at times, so I mentioned it to my doctor when I was in for my physical last week.  She suggested an x-ray to see what’s up.  While at it, she added an x-ray of my right foot which I crunched in an air dyne a month ago and still hurts, and I’ve got some weird growth in web between my thumb and forefinger she’s going to check out too. I was at the x-ray clinic first thing when it opened, so I was in and out fairly quickly.

When I got home, I fired up my computer to do some work and had nothing but problems.  Windows did an update yesterday and things went crazy.  I couldn’t (and still can’t) login to my vpn..so no access to my files.  For a while I lost my “p” and “?” keys.  The p typed out as a * and the ? was typing as a +.  No idea why.  My tech guy from my office took over my computer, did some diagnostics and figured it was the windows update.  We tried a few fixes, but they didn’t work, so we went back and restored my computer from an earlier date.  That took forever!  Anyways, once that was finished I have p and ? back, but still can’t get into the vpn.  Makes for not the most productive day.  😦
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All day, while fighting with my computer, I have been listening to Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud on repeat..for hours.  I love this song.  I’ve listened to it all day and am not the least bit tired of it.  I only discovered Ed recently.  I am a classic rock girl.  Until about a month ago I had no idea who Ed was.  My husband couldn’t believe it.  Well, they don’t play it on Q107 (Toronto’s Classic Rock station), which I listen to in the car and in my office, so it didn’t surprise me I hadn’t heard of him. Well, now that I know who he is, and seeing him on the Grammy’s…I’ve got a serious crush on Ed! ❤  He’s just so cute and he can sing.  He can also dance…check out the video to his song.

Since I’m home, and can’t do too much more work as I can’t get at my files on the office server, I’ve changed my CrossFit class from 8:30 tonight to the 4:30 class this afternoon.  Might as well get it done earlier and free up some time tonight to paint my kitchen.  Our mini makeover is almost finished.  Just need a replacement piece of counter since the first one they made was an inch too short – oops!  and the back splash is going up tomorrow night (handy friend Dwight is once again coming to our rescue!).  We want to get it painted so the whole thing will be finished before we head to Vermont for March Break on the weekend.  I can’t wait to see the finished product.  It already looks a thousand times better than it did before!  I will post the final after shots once everything is finished.  Hopefully by Friday!!!

Do you have a song that you can listen to on repeat and not get tired of it?

Do you love Ed Sheeran as much as I do?

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Things From the Web

I feel like I should write a post today, but don’t really have much to say, so I will break out one of my favourite themes, and take the lazy way to getting a post out!

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While cruising Facebook at lunch, I came across this video.  I loved it.

In other news…I am going through a kitchen makeover.  It is making cooking challenging.  We had to completely empty our cupboards and they ripped out the counter on day 1..which I was not expecting.  It’s supposed to be finished by Friday.  Fingers crossed.

Here are some before shots:

kitchen beforeAnd here are some shots from Day 1 of the demo.

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We aren’t changing the layout or the actual cupboards (except for a few in the peninsula), but new facings for the doors and drawers, a new counter, new sink and faucet, and we are going to install a back splash.  A friend of ours already installed pot lights and under cabinet lighting for us (I love you Dwight!).

Hopefully by Friday I can post some pics of the final product.  I can’t wait to see how it all looks!

Have you lived through a kitchen reno?  Got any survival tips?

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Motivational Monday

Hey peeps!  Can you believe it is March already?

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As I mentioned on Friday, the CrossFit Open started last week.  The first WOD was a 9 minute AMRAP  followed by a max effort clean & jerk.  I opted for the scaled workout, since I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do the 75# snatch.
scaled 15.1I was pretty happy with my results:
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I was able to do all rounds of the knee raises unbroken and the deadlifts too.  I did pause at few times at the bottom of the snatch but I did do a full snatch, not a ground to overhead (clean + press/jerk), so I thought that was pretty good.  In the end I was 1 snatch short of 6 full rounds.  I was also pretty happy with my clean and jerk.  I eased up to 95# pretty easily, then I tried 105# and cleaned it no problem, but failed to lock out overhead.  I only had a minute or so left, so dropped back to 100 since I was pretty sure I could get that no problem.  I was right, but now I kind of wish I tried 105 again, but I’d never C&J’d that much before, so thought it was smarter to at least get 100#.   That ties the most I’ve ever done, and considering that was after I was exhausted from the 9 minute AMRAP, I can live with that!

I was thinking about trying the RX WOD at home in the basement on Sunday, but I ran out of time and when I tried a few toes to bar, they weren’t feeling that great, so I didn’t bother.  I’m not going to the Games, so I don’t need to worry about my place on the Leaderboard!

I did the WOD during our box’s Friday Night Throw Down.  All the regular members did the WOD in different heats.  I was in the 2nd heat and only had time to stress out watching one group go ahead of me.  Once I got into the WOD I was fine, but I will admit I was pretty nervous waiting for my heat.  After I was done I stuck around to cheer on friends and waited for the coaches and elite athletes to go.  The girls went first, then the guys.  They were so amazing to watch.   They threw the weight around like it was nothing.  They lifted heavy and it was awesome!  They were so inspiring to watch.

surround yourself.

I can’t wait until next Friday to do it all again!

In the meantime, tonight I’ve got the Filthy Fifty to look forward to!

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They’ve set a 30 minute time cap for this one tonight. I’ve done this workout twice.  March 13, 2013, I finished 7 stations in 35 minutes.  Nov 11, 2013 I finished the whole thing in 37:33 (they had a time cap, but I kept going!).  Hopefully tonight I can knock off the whole thing in 30 minutes.  Fingers Crossed!

Happy Monday!

Did you do 15.1?  How did it go?

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