Monday, October 5, 2015

Testing the waters

Weekend's over again, eh?


We had to take my kayak back out on the water because we're planning a paddling trip soon and that would suck to relive the great Lake George disaster.  So we set out for the lake.

Since our last excursion, they've lowered levels.  To give you an idea, this bird is sitting on what used to be underwater.  Where the sticks poke up in the back is where shoreline was.

I remained buoyant for the trip as I saw more feathered friends.

Certainly better than before when I didn't even make it off the beach.

While I was paddling the shallows, someone took a nap break.

We had a pretty decent wind going out and as always, we had a hellacious time on the way back in.  I was tempted to say screw it and just let the current eventually maroon me on shore.  But we had things to do so I scrapped that plan.  The Mr kayaked on his way back.

We got home and I hopped in the shower and noticed my heinous tan lines which have the look of dirty ankles between the stop line of my water shoes and the hem of my neoprene pants that make me look like a seal.  Not a pretty look.

I made dinner of mahi mahi, thai lime rice and mixed veggies.  The Mr got his clothes ready for the next day, made his lunch, we enjoyed our Sunday night hot chocolate and then boogied out the door to go see The Martian with Matt Damon.  (Well, we didn't go see it with Matt Damon, it starred Matt Damon.)

That will bring us back to now.  Do, Re, Mi, La, So, La, Ti, Do!

What did you do this weekend?

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Friday, October 2, 2015

What I'm Reading This Week and Beekman Cookbook Winner

It's finally Friday!   Yeee hooo!!  This week was a bit too draggy for my taste.

It was quite nice settling in and watching Sleepy Hollow last night.  I had to be very vigilant about not reading any spoiler posts from related websites.  I hate how they give away waaaay too much these days before a season even starts.  I'm hopeful this season will be a good one and if its not, at least I get to stare at Tom Mison for 42 minutes each week.

But enough about my "free pass", let's get to...

9 Time-Saving Bathroom Cleaning Hacks  (Because no one wants to clean it longer than they have to)

15 Perks of Getting Married in Your Early 20s (or Even Younger)   (The only thing better than growing old with your best friend is growing up with them)

Is It Bad to Do the Same Workout Every Day?  (Inquiring minds want to know)

A Diabolical ‘Jeopardy!’ Contestant Tricked Alex Trebek Into Saying Turd Ferguson   (If you don't know the reference, watch the SNL video at the bottom of the link first)

11 Kitchen Storage Spots You Completely Forgot About  (Ooh, might do the in the cabinet ones!)

5 Places to Never Use Your Credit or Debit Card  (Hmm, I wonder if the Mr will change one of these habits)

Lush, Foodie Abundance in a Small Urban Garden  (Holy crap this is awesome!)

Oh, you probably scrolled past the links to see who won the autographed Beekman Veggie cookbook signed by the fabulous Josh and Brent, didn't you?

Yes, that's your book they're holding!
I wrote down everyone's name, folded the paper and because I'm classy, stuck it in the peanut butter box I got from Amazon yesterday, closed my eyes, ruffled around the box and congrats go out to....

Congratulations Dawn!  I'll be contacting you to get your info!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!  I wish I could give one to everyone.  For those of you who wonder what the little affiliate link commissions are used for...this book is one of them.  I don't get items for giveaways for free or have any kind of sponsorship like the big bloggers.  Affiliate links are used to help me give back to all of you who hang in there with us!

We love ya's!

This weekend we're doing an early birthday lunch for the Mr with my mom.  We've got plans for his birthday weekend so I figured if we could do it early, it wouldn't get overlooked.  Somehow he seems to get lost in the shuffle some years so I try to make his birthdays exciting.  (He hasn't been in town for his birthday since he turned 39.)

Anything on tap for the weekend?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Horrifying the doc, turkeys and waffles

Howdy do, you beautiful people, you!

I don't compliment you enough, just thought I'd rectify that.

It's October 1st.  Can you believe that shizz??  It's time for hot cider, rustling leaves, the smell of a distant bonfire you wish you were invited to and watching the Great Pumpkin.

Yesterday the Mr finished up his training course and we had the rest of the afternoon free.  Oh how it would've been nice to go out and do something but the pain in my leg was getting worse and I was now having pain with almost every step and was afraid to bear weight.  I knew what that meant...time to see the chiro.  The Mr said to book him an appointment too so he could laser him up one last time.  
When we got there, I decided to skip the water table and the girl put the Mr on it and took me on back.  I wrote down the extenuating circumstances around this incident from the 14 mile city trek last week to being crippled for 3-4 days recovering to bowlers lunges to breaking in new shoes.  He had me lay down on my stomach and when he felt my right ankle where the pain is, he was asking me questions and such trying to get an idea of what hurt me and what didn't.  Then he moved up to my calf and practically gasped in horror.  

"I can't believe you could walk in here with that thing!"  
"Pretty bad huh?"
"Um yeah, it's so bad there's actually an indentation.  The muscle is twisted onto itself.  This is going to hurt so let me know if you need me to stop.  I'm definitely going to laser this area."

It hurt but I guess I must be used to it by now or something because as he dug in, I just felt better knowing he was working that beast out.  As I was pointing and flexing my leg to allow him to release the muscles, he gave a nervous giggle and said "yeah, I'm feeling your pain here so I'm going to use a cooling heat gel to relieve the pain."

It felt okay but honestly he'd already done his worst to me so it didn't do much to relieve it.  Just made my leg all icy feeling.  He said it might've been a perfect storm of events to just give me that horrible knot and he told me to roll the back of it to keep it from coming back and I should feel some relief soon and he'll laser me again next week.  

Then the Mr came back for his session and he said his shoulder sprain was healed up, it just had a little healing to do on the back but if he built up his delts it would help take some of the load from the back of the shoulder.  So he's basically cleared.  

Later when trying to decide what to do for a workout, I knew I couldn't do something too intense so I decided since it was cool outside maybe we'd try a walk in the park.  My ankle did catch a few times but I was able to do just over 2 miles so I was pleased with that.  We sat on a picnic table and talked and had some visitors.

Is it wrong it made me crave Thanksgiving dinner?

I knew the dinner I had planned would be better.

Chicken and Trader Joe's Pumpkin Waffles with honey jalapeno infused light syrup and mixed veggies.  I wasn't sure the Mr would like it after saying earlier how he didn't care for chicken and waffles together.  So I don't know if his raving about how much he loved it was truth or back peddling.   Oh well, I liked it!  I wouldn't rush out to buy the waffles, if it's one thing TJ's apparently doesn't do well, it's waffles.  We tried their blueberry waffles not too long ago and they smelled like blueberries but didn't really taste like them.  They just taste like regular ol' waffles.  I said waffles a lot in that paragraph.

Waffles.  Waffles.  Waffles.   Does it sound weird in your head now?  Reading the word waffles?

Sorry, I'll stop.


What word sounds weird to you once you repeat it in your head or say it out loud?

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Just say no to bowlers lunges

It's the last day of September!  Where the *&$% did the month go???

Sunday night we did a strength session of Chalean Extreme and in it were some bowlers lunges.  Now as soon as I heard the cue for them, all of these red flags went off in my brain not to do them.  I knew they did something screwy to me but I couldn't remember what.  I thought they just made my legs sore the next day and figured I could handle that so I proceeded.

Monday, I felt like my right ankle needed to crack and halfway through our workout, I was greeted with a stabbing pain that shot up the back of my calf from my ankle.  I had to stop and have the Mr kind of yank it a little like the chiro will sometimes do and it seemed okay.  I continued on and a few minutes later got a little shooter again.  Great.  So I continue on the balls of my feet and as long as I didn't put any pressure on the back of my heel, I was okay.  I rolled and did an ankle massage before bed.

We were set to do a strength last night and I knew if I didn't have a DVD guiding me, I'd slack and the Mr said he wanted something slightly more challenging so we popped in Atletica by Powerstrike.  It was okay even with the lighter weights but with all of the leg work, I could feel the back of my leg getting a little irritated with me.  It backed off when I did a zillion squats and then my right knee was like "is there room for another at the pain party, yo?"  I cut out the last two exercises, which frankly, I could've done but I was over it and it'd been 40 minutes so I was done.  I went to get on my balance board to see if my ankle could take it.



Guess not.

Cue Simon and Garfunkel...

"Hello Achilles Tendinitis my old friend...."

I iced it as soon as we came up and it was mad at me just standing to make dinner so that was fun.

Mahi fish tacos and Brussels

I put the ice back on it after dinner and sleeved up with the compression gear.  I did some ultra sound on it before bed to help speed healing.  I know I can get this under control within a week if I'm good and I don't have a choice, we've got places to go soon so I need to be healed up.

So under no circumstances am I to ever do bowlers lunges again.  I want to, they feel challenging when I'm doing them but bottom line is my ol' bod just can't take them.  Rat bastard.  I hate feeling limited by some moves like that.

Now I have to figure out what cardio I can get in the rest of the week.  I might have to break down and do yoga on Friday instead of cardio so I can pair it with Saturday's rest day.  Then if I do upper body strength Sunday it'll be like a 3 day rest for it.

On a completely unrelated note, I'm listening to this.

On another unrelated note, tomorrow is Sleepy Hollow's season 3 premiere.   HELLS YEAH!  Tom's dropping the wig and while I wasn't a fan at first, his longer than Tom's/shorter than Ichabod's hair hath grown on me.

What exercise moves don't agree with you?  (Or is it just me?)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

So this is what spontaneity feels like

For those of you that have been following me for any period of time, you know I'm a planner.  I like the structure of an itinerary for a trip because it's important to maximize the time I have.  We don't always follow it to a tee like in the olden days but we've tried going sans itinerary and spent 45 minutes saying "where do you want to go?"  "I don't know, where do you want to go?"   Decide on something, then repeat for the next thing.  It just breeds frustration and irritation.

Part of the fun of last week's trip was we planned on paddling most of our indulgences off.  One of those trips may have been the night we got into Saratoga Springs just to knock the rust off of us from the car ride.  When we got there, we didn't have it in us and decided to skip it and walk the town.  Now that I know what was waiting for us, I'm glad we waited because it could've ruined my day at Beekman Farm given my pension for dwelling.

See that beautiful building in the background?  That's the Sagamore Hotel on Lake George in the Bolton Landing area.  I'd been dreaming about paddling around that with the Mr for 2 months.

See the Mr?  He's paddling that dream...while I take pics from the pier with tears streaming down my cheeks.  Why?  Because my delightful inflatable kayak decided to blow not one, but BOTH bladders.  The one was a complete rip that was not able to be patched.

The patch covered the initial leak but inflation to 1 PSI (half the normal) sent it busting at the seams...literally

The Mr said no way was he going without me and I insisted he go because one of us should be able to enjoy it.  Though it would've been nice if he hadn't gushed about how awesome the scenery was when he got back.  *flick to forehead*  It didn't help the restaurant we'd been looking forward to was the only one closed for the season.  Oh, did I mention we started off the day with a HORRIBLE breakfast experience and later that night some rowdy school kids made us get up and leave the theater before the movie even started with their antics?  So yeah, the 2nd half of our trip was nowhere near as good as the first half.

We were set to head for home the next morning.  I was bumming because Sleepy Hollow was only 3 hours away and I really missed it.  We joked about going that night and then decided against it.  Then next morning it was nagging at me and I felt I was owed an extra day to make up for the crap that was the day before.  It wasn't until we got in the car with it packed up that I said so where do I set the GPS for?  Sleepy Hollow it was.  Halfway there after constantly seeing signs for NYC and knowing that there was a train station in Tarrytown, the Mr and I both had the same thought.  He mentioned it first that we could take a train in and I laughed and said I thought the same thing.  I checked the departure times and started seeing what was close to Grand Central Terminal that we could cram in.  I knew we'd have to see things at break neck speed but we were on an adventure.

When we got to Tarrytown, I told the Mr to get the maximum amount allowed at the parking meter.  We had to be back at 9:21pm or I didn't know if we'd get a ticket or worse, they'd tow us and all of our clothes and possessions and we had nowhere to stay there locked down yet.  (I knew there were vacancies but didn't book anything yet)  So yeah, it was way out of our comfort zone.  The next thing we knew...

...we were in Grand Central Terminal.

Then Times Square.

Wandering the theater district

Enjoying some much needed sustenance at Angelo's pizza while watching the people waiting in line for the Colbert show.  We're more deep dish people but this was GOOD!

Making our way around Central Park was much more pleasant once we hopped in for a carriage ride, a dream of mine!

I was so glad we took this route over a pedicab.  If the building looks familiar, it's from Ghostbusters, Dana Barrett's apartment.

We enjoyed taking it all in.

Afterward, we wandered the park a bit more as I took mental notes on our ride and we returned to the Bethesda Terrace/fountain area.

Even though we're not Beatles fans, we swung by Strawberry Fields.

A part of me wishes we could've seen the Pope but we couldn't have seen about 90% of the things we did had we been there 4 days later.

As the sun began to dip into the sky, the neon lights of the city started to light our way back to the terminal.

Next time, Jimmy.

A quick photo of the Chrysler Building while we were waiting to cross the street.  No time to lollygag.

We were both broken by the time we reached the terminal and the following few days.  It was a whirlwind and we both feel like it happened to someone else because we only had 5 hours to take it all in.  But I think for having no itinerary I was able to find things concentrated in an area we could easily navigate and see some big landmarks.  It was a quick taste of midtown Manhattan and while we both agreed we don't feel the connection we feel to San Francisco or Chicago, we'd better plan a trip for the next few years because I'll be too old to keep that pace up!

When we got back to Sleepy Hollow after some uh..."issues" with the train, I started getting upset because I knew we were going to scrape back by the short hairs on the parking meter.  I told him to run ahead of me to get back to the car.  I don't think he was physically able to run at that point so I was only about 6 steps behind him.  We literally got in the car with ONE MINUTE to spare.

I got on a travel site and booked through them to get a better rate at a place we were looking at and we collapsed in bed.  Too bad the cement bed left me awake most of the night but I was just glad we weren't sleeping in the car evading the Headless Horseman all night!

We did go back to Sleepy Hollow cemetery and enjoyed our spot at the Headless Horseman Bridge, the lighthouse and enjoyed an afternoon tea in town.

(From last years trip)

I could so live there.  It's a beautiful town.

We left waaaay later than we should have if we wanted to get home at a decent hour but we were just enjoying it too much.  Mad props to the Mr because it was a long, arduous drive both ways but he tackled it like a champ.  I couldn't have driven half the places he did because I get so panicky when it's construction zones and it seems that's all we hit.

When we look back on the disappointment of the kayak issue, the last minute decision to stay in NY and then suddenly ending up in the biggest city in the world with no directions or plan, we can certainly say it was an interesting, whirlwind, unexpected trip and by far the most spontaneous thing we've ever done!

What is the most spontaneous thing you've ever done?

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Monday, September 28, 2015


Where did the weekend go??

I'm seriously trying to remember what the heck we did!

Oh yeah, Saturday we went to lunch.  It always puzzles us when people bring their kids into a bar.  This place clearly has no kids menu and even though we're not drinkers, they still have a good burger when they're on their game (which thankfully they were that day) so we go on occasion.  It's not exactly cheap either.  So we got through playtime and hung out and then I figured I wanted to at least get Trader Joe's and Target out of the way and we went a little pumpkin crazy.

The Mr and I both got a box because I wasn't willing to share.  *blush*  So this is likely going to be breakfast this morning, I'll report back.  

Run far, run fast.  These are too good and we had to give half of them away to avoid temptation.

When Trader Joe's gets in pumpkin pie spice for the year, you stock up.  It's a moral imperative.  It is the best ever and I use it year round.

We spent the rest of Saturday watching football including Hawaii.  Not giving up.

Sunday, I wanted to get some friends an advent calendar for their vacation. They're going to the Horror Night's thingy down in Florida and it's their first vacation by themselves in a while so I'm excited for them.  I could've sworn I saw Halloween advent calendars in the past at Hallmark and stuff and couldn't find them to save my life.  So I decided to make one for them!  We took it over to them, hung out with them and their massive curly pup (doodle) for a few hours and then it was time to get the rest of the groceries.  Thankfully I remembered my coupon for once to get $5 off for spending $50 or more.  I seemed to be forgetting it all summer which I'm sure is the goal.  But the mahi mahi helped with that one.  Man, I wish fish wasn't so expensive.  Then we got home and we were starving because it'd been about 7 hours since we ate.  I made dinner and then we went downstairs to get in our strength workout.

We were both really proud of getting it done because we were going to a movie and it would've been very easy to skip.  Instead I'm sure we'll be limping from all of the dead lifts and squats today.  We wanted to go on a paddle to see the super moon/lunar eclipse but Mother Nature pulled over a blanket of clouds pretty tight.  Sigh.

What did you guys do this weekend?  Bought any pumpkin products for the season?

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Beekman 1802 Farm Tour and a giveaway

We had a wonderful time on our tour of Beekman Farm.  We were shuttled by bus from downtown Sharon Springs to the farm where we quickly learned this was a family affair.  We were greeted by Josh's dad, Brent's mom and ├ľnder the pup.

If you ever watched the Fabulous Beekman Boys , you no doubt recognize this grand back porch.

Since it was harvest season, our guide generously offered everyone to grab an apple from a tree to enjoy while we toured the grounds.

We saw the Beekman crypt.

Behind the crypt was a heart shaped rock where they say if you kiss by it, your love will last forever.  Of course the Mr and I snuck a smooch!

The view of the home is just breath taking.  I can only imagine how beautiful it is in the spring when everything is in bloom.

Brent's mom took us over to the barn to see Farmer John.

...and of course the delightful goats!  They were all so cute.

The one on the lower left had a nice time nibbling my apple juice soaked fingers and the other goat would get jealous when I pet anyone but him (her?).

Then if you're a fan, you know this diva, Polka Spot the llama.

She seriously has a presence when she walks in and she looked at everyone like "excuse me, I'm here now, let the picture taking commence."

Then it was time to go to Josh's favorite spot, the veggie garden.

The wild flowers by the fence were beckoning on our way to meet one of the beekeepers.

One of the hens peeked her head out to see who was at the door.

When you buy a ticket to the tour, they don't boot you out as soon as it's over, you're allowed to stick around and enjoy the grounds until the last bus runs.  So the Mr and I sat on the grass by the pond and listened to the rustling of the weeping willow trees.

Then we hiked up wedding hill and took in another sweeping vista.  In a few weeks, this will be bursting with fall color.  I'm so jealous!

├ľnder watched on as we showed ourselves to the bus and began mentally planning our return trip in the future.

Now for a little surprise!

I picked up The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook at their store and ran upstairs and had the boys sign it for a lucky reader!

If you'd like to enter to win, just comment here or on Facebook with the phrase "BOOK ME!"

The winner will be revealed next Friday, October 2nd with the What I'm Reading This Week links.

I hope you enjoyed the virtual tour and consider making a trip to Sharon Springs during the Harvest Festival!

If you'd like to keep up with Brent and Josh and every living thing on the farm, they share beautiful photos and their adventures on their Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.  If you want some awesome products from their store, you can shop online.  (If you're new to the site, you can enter your email address for a 15% discount!)

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