Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Blogging hiatus

Hey guys,

Just wanted to pop in for a bit and say something that has been rumbling around in my mind for a while now. 

I think the blog needs to go on the backburner for a bit.  My heart just isn't in it at the moment.  I feel like I'm always trying to come up with things to post and I'm just not really feeling it.  I read somewhere that the average lifespan of a blog is 2 years and maybe because I'm at the 2 and a half year mark... I dunno. 

I'm going to still be around on social media here and there (Instagram mainly) and (hopefully) active in my Lovely Ladies Losing It facebook super-mega-awesome group but as far as the blog is concerned I'm going to batten down the hatches for a bit and shift my focus back to where I need it to be.

I want to seriously thank each and every one of you who have commented or read any of my posts here.  This blog was created initially just for a way for me to journal my thoughts and feelings when I began my journey.  I had no idea in the process that I would actually have a following and have met some salt-of-the-earth, great friends in the process.  So THANK YOU.  From the bottom of my geeky heart!

Much love.

Desiree'


Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekly recap

I haven't done one of these in a while so here's a recap of a few things that happened last week.

Since exercise has been futile lately, the only recap I'll have on that front is my tennis match from Thursday night. 


It was a really intense match.  I was (as usual) a bundle of nerves prior to it too.  (Although I may have stumbled onto a little secret... one tiny glass of wine pre-match.  shhh!)    My mixed doubles partner was awesome and so very encouraging even though I couldn't get my serve to work at all it seemed.  We both played well together and I think now that this first match is under my belt with the new team it should be a bit easier from here on out.   I'll still be nervous because I always am but this one was a huge confidence booster.

The match itself was very evenly balanced.  Our opponents were a good contrast and we all had some really good returns and volleys.  David and I actually took the first set pretty quickly and went ahead 6-1 but then the 2nd set everything started to fall apart.  We made a few bad shots and I think we lost 2 games on my serve alone that set (which is devastating to me... you usually win the games where you serve especially if you are a strong server) but we did manage to come back after being down 1-5 but we still ultimately lost that set 3-6.  So we went to a 2 set tie-breaker since we won the first set and they won the 2nd.  That goes to 10 points: (tennis is so confusing I know...) we went ahead 2-1, then they went ahead 2-3, then we went back ahead 7-5 and then it was my serve.   We got the next point due to some amazing returns from David so at this point we are up 8-5 and just need 2 more points.  My serve still and I hit an ace.  I couldn't believe it.  Did not expect that at all!  Now it's 9-5 and the opposing teams turn to serve for match point.  I play the deuce side with David meaning that I receive the serve when the opponents start out on their right side.  I returned the serve cross court back to the server and then we had a nice little rally going until she finally hit a drop shot (drops just over the net) so I had to run and get it.  I just threw my racquet out there and managed to hit the ball on the edge.  This is where it all went into slow motion.  The ball flew up just over the net on their side about 2 steps away from the receiver.  It dropped in the court and not out of bounds.  It was probably pretty hilarious to watch because David and I just stopped and held our breath.   And we won!  It was a huge confidence boost especially since the other team had all the momentum going into the tie-break!

I tried to take a post-match victory selfie with Ollie but got kisses instead
We spent the rest of the week/weekend getting caught up on everything.  Laundry. Meal Prep. Friday Night Lights on netflix.  :)  

We also visited my dad for Father's Day.  He took out my grandpa's old Model A that usually lives with my Uncle in Florida but Daddy will be spending some time working on a few things on it over the next few months.   We drove around for a bit in it and got tons of gawkers looking at it. 

I couldn't help but get my car in a pic with the Model A.  2 Fords, many years removed!

Had my first and last snoball of the year.  Ick too sugary and I felt sick after

Tuckered a certain puppy out while playing in my parents big back yard!

My dad!
So my game plan for this week is this.  I'm going to try to walk Ollie for 30 minutes each day before work.  I know, I know.... key word is "try".  Mornings are tough for me so we will see.  It's just too hot in the afternoons.  The only exception is going to be Wednesday morning when I'm going to have to forgo Ollie's walk and will have to do it in the afternoon because Wednesday morning I'll be taking my mom to her colonoscopy.

Maybe if I type this out it will happen so here goes.
M - 30 minute walk with Ollie (done); weight training after work then bowling
T - 30 minute walk with Ollie; Tennis practice at night
W - 30 minute walk with Ollie; obedience training that night
Th - 30 minute walk with Ollie; swimming or elliptical and weight training that night (we have a bye week for tennis)
F - 30 minute walk with Ollie
S - 30 minute walk with Ollie; tennis clinic
Su - 30 minute walk with Ollie

I'm aiming for 30 minutes each day.  He needs it and apparently I need it.  I'm also going to try to walk at work too.  I need to figure a way to get more gym time in if possible somehow too.  It's not much, but it is a step in the right direction at least.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Houmas House Plantation

This post is not about fitness nor geekery!  (Although we did do a good amount of walking!)

Yesterday I took a mental health day off from work to spend with my family.  The main purpose was to drive down to NOLA and visit my 96 year old aunt.  But after a nice long visit (and she is still just as spunky and awesome as ever) we took the river road route instead of the interstate to do a little sight seeing along the way!  We passed close to 3 or 4 plantation homes and oodles of fabrication plants along the Mississippi River and then we finally decided on a whim to go ahead and check out one of the plantation homes.

We ended up at Houmas House Plantation in Darrow, Louisiana.


It's located a little less than halfway between Baton Rouge (where I live) and New Orleans and right smack on the edge of the levee near the river.

I will also say this.  I usually get creeped out going to places like this (the history...ugh), but this one didn't make me feel too uneasy.   I've been to several Plantations before (The Myrtles, Oak Alley, etc) since they are so abundant here in Louisiana but this was the best one I think. 

Here's a few pictures from our little in-state jaunt and I'll let them do the talking.  All in all it was a perfect little getaway from the day to day hustle of everyday life.  The grounds were absolutely stunning and its no wonder so many people want to have their wedding ceremonies performed here.










This is the coolest bookshelf I have ever seen!

From the second floor balcony looking towards the levee
And a small side note here.  All these animals were donated by my uncle and his family after he passed away 2 years ago.   He was a big game hunter.  (This is one of the reasons we have always wanted to see this home, to see these once more!)








My dad and uncle admiring a bird cage

A trip to a Southern plantation just would not be complete without a Mint Julep!


There was a bar in here.  Seriously.  And I wanted to steal that frog statue

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Missing in Action/Weigh In Wednesday


Wow its been a hot minute since I've posted.   Er, sorry about that.  As I mentioned in my last post, life has been kinda crazy lately and it hasn't really let up any since getting home from vacation.

Nothing bad, of course, but just stuff.  All. the. time. (Dog training, family in town for a visit, trying to schedule tennis stuff around the rain). 

And then all that "stuff" leads to not really sticking to plans, not really meal planning, not wanting to blog, not really exercising and then it all just sort of snowballs and keeps on getting more out of control.  And I know I have no damn excuse other than laziness especially since I have no young kids at home. 

Which makes me even more surprised that I actually lost weight today.  Not much, but something at least.   I'm down .4 (so that's barely a loss) from my last weigh in but I was up on Monday due to a Chinese Food feeding frenzy (i.e. lack of meal planning and resorting to cheap and easy methods).

So yea, that's where I am.  Looking to find the motivation train and get back on board.

I did sign up for a tennis clinic in 2 weeks that is going to be held on LSU's campus.  I'm pretty excited about it too!   LSU has a gorgeous campus! 

Also in other tennis-y related news, I do play my first match with the Mixed Doubles team tomorrow night.  Nerves are on edge about it right now.  As of this posting our team is #1!  So please don't let me screw it up tomorrow!  Ack!

Did y'all see Jurassic World yet?  It was the bomb!  Love it!  It washed the bad taste from The Lost World and JP 3 out of my mouth.  I felt like after we finished the movie, like I felt after watching the original 22 years ago!  So, yea, we can't wait to see it again!


And here's some of Ollie's adventures of late...





Hope y'all have a good Wednesday!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Life...lately

To say that life has been crazy lately is a huge understatement!   I think (*hope*) that things are finally falling into place now and we can get back into some normal routines.

First up let me give a small recap of the knee situation.  May 9th during a tennis tournament I fell and landed hard on a concrete tennis court directly on my knee.   I stayed off of it pretty much the whole week because on the 16th we left to go to NYC.  During that week, I made an initial doctor appointment with my normal G.P. to assess the damage.  He told me R.I.C.E method basically and I should be ok since the x-ray showed no breaks and he gave me the clearance to go on my trip as scheduled.   Since I am on coumadin (blood thinners) for life, the bruising was pretty bad - and actually still is.  It will just take time to get over.  Anyway, I went on to NYC and with the amount of walking we did, I was still in a good amount of pain and dealt with all the swelling. I would take a tramadol ( a little more than tylenol ) to get through the day and then at night, had to rely on a hydrocodone. 

This is what it looked like after just one day of walking while in New York -


While still in NY, I contacted my G.P. and told him how bad it still was/is and he arranged for me to see an Orthopedic doctor on the Thursday (we flew back in on Wednesday).   I met with this new doctor and he prescribed me some anti-inflammatory meds (which affect the coumadin so I had to notify the people who manage my INR blood levels).  But, essentially that medicine did help with the infection.  The ortho did arrange for me to have an MRI, which I had last Wednesday.  On Thursday of last week, I had another follow up with the ortho.  Since then the swelling has mostly disappeared, as well as the redness.    He went over the results with the MRI with me and we got the best news.  Thankfully I only had some fluid buildup around the kneecap.   THANKYOUSWEETBABYJESUS!  Nothing torn, broken or strained.  It will just take time for the fluid and bruising to go away!  In hindsight probably walking all over New York City with a new injury may not have been the brightest idea I have ever had, but I would have really regretted not going. 

Exercise still has been minimal at best lately, but I am going to start taking baby steps to get back in the swing of things.  I'm going to try to get back to walking on my breaks at work and slowly introducing other things back into the equation.  I will play tennis for the first time since May 9th tomorrow.  Its with friends, and they know of my injury so if I even start to feel any discomfort, I will stop.   I'm also thinking about maybe planning to do at least one day of swimming in per week and getting back into a good gym routine too when not playing tennis.

On the other hand, since my exercise hasn't been the greatest, Chris and I have been doing really well with eating and trying new veggies out.  We had baked fish Sunday night when we had our normal Sunday night gathering.  We normally make loads of stuff on this night and it's not usually healthy either since we also feed our friend John and also Chris's brother on this night.  But this time everyone ate fish, carrots, and brussels sprouts!  (This time I didnt eat them though, they were ick.  I'm not sure if Chris cooked them differently than he had earlier in the week or what but the smell of them got to me this time and I couldn't eat it). 

Back to the whole crazy that has been my life lately.  In the last 2 weeks, we've seen my daughter turn 21, Mr. Skinny Geek and I bought her a car, I've had numerous doctor appointments, Chris's car when into the shop so we've been living on 1 vehicle for the last few days, Chris has had several job interviews and I've had to go with Devyn twice to the dmv - once to renew her license and then to get the title of her car.   Phew.  It's been insane.

On top of ALL that, Dev got her car on Saturday.  On Saturday night, we got "the call".  The car had stalled out on her.   We just got it that morning!  Are you freaking kidding me!? 

Earlier that day, in happier times

And after...
So yea, its at the shop now.  The good news is that its not the engine.  We think it's just the catalytic converter which is an easy fix.   She should get it back today or tomorrow.

Sometimes its like Murphy's law around here.

And I'm just exhausted. 


In puppy news, Ollie just had his last round of puppy shots this weekend so now we can plan to take him to the dog park and we have already signed up this little dude for obedience training!   I can't wait.  He has taken to jumping on people, a lot, and it is definitely time for some training.  We start a week from tomorrow.