Monday, October 26, 2015

Weekly Recap

Linking up with MissSippiPiddlin and HoHo Runs for their Weekly Wrap linkup!

Not posting any spoilers but after The Walking Dead last night, I need a hug.   Waahhh.

Not the best effort with food and exercise this week but not the worst either.  I got some movement in each day but only 1 session of C25K last week and only one tennis match. I need to do better with C25K and get back to it 100%.    Also I really need to get back to weight training.  I need to do that at least twice a week.

Also food for the  most part was pretty good. We had a lot of people over Saturday and it sort of went down hill with all the chips, dips and beer.  I logged pretty much 5 out of 7 days on MFP but I forgot to hit submit a few times so it didn't register.

All in all I'd say a B- for exercise consistency (although I could have done more) and a C+ for food.   Too much to drink on Saturday and Sunday.

Here's a couple of pictures from my weekend:

I had a bit of a challenge trying to get his costume on

Finally with some assistance, we managed.  Not a good pic, but alas.... BatDog!

We went to a Howl-O-Ween party at our local park

It was packed!

And he started to get sleepy

We hosted one of Chris's former co-workers going away party on Saturday

My car hit 50K!

We've had a good bit of rain here lately so had to move my walks indoors.

And finally, Ollie was very excited to break into his Bark Box this month

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chattanooga (The Tennis) - USTA 40+ Mixed Doubles Sectionals Championship

The Mixed Doubles Sectionals Championship was from October 9th to the 11th in Chattanooga.  Our team (Catatonics) were scheduled to play 2 matches on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Because of rain, our Saturday matches were pushed back to start with and they ended up moving them to back up facilities.  I had never played indoors before so this was a whole new element to get used to.

Our 9am scheduled match got moved back to 1pm and was held at the Racquet Club of Chattanooga.  There is one huge gaffaw to note about these indoor tennis facilities up there.  There is no air conditioning.  It was HOT in there.  I'm very glad I layered up with my tank top below my removable jacket.  It would have been really uncomfortable playing in sleeves in there. 

Our first match was vs Mississippi (and I'm totally having to go back to my USTA player profile page to try to remember how we did on each match).  What I do remember about this match was that we played really well at the net and returning the ball but I did have a hard time returning the first serve of the guy.  His second serve was kinda a lop in so I had much better success when he messed up with his first one.  He did get a couple of aces on me though.  He served THAT hard.   We ended up winning that match 6-3, 3-6, 1-0.  (In fact with the exception of the finals, every single one of our matches as a team, all went into tiebreakers!

Craig and I discussing strategy before our match
Our next match was pushed back to 6pm and was held at the McCallie School.  This was one of two private boarding schools that we played at through the weekend and I was equally impressed with each place.  Both of them were like little universities, with very state-of-the-art facilities.  Very very different than anything we have in Baton Rouge.  I can't even imagine how much the tuition costs at each place (Thank you Mr. Google.  around $45,000 PER YEAR for each school!!!!!!!!!!!!)

This is the indoor tennis facility at the McCallie School.  (Pic provided from their website)
This match was the exact same score as the first.  6-3, 3-6, 1-0 and we played North Carolina.  And I'm not sure why but I remember more of how the men played versus how the women did.  This opponent had a weird topspin on his serve that caused it to curve and do weird stuff.  But I was able to eventually get a handle on it and return it.  Craig (my partner) dominated with his serve and got several aces of his own.  This match also went into a tiebreaker

The next morning we were set for a 8:30 am match at Baylor School.   Out of the two boarding schools this one was (in my opinion) far more impressive.  It was actually on a mountain range and just the facilities and the scenery were amazing to behold.    (The pic below doesn't really do it justice so be sure to check out the links to these schools websites.).

This match, I was playing with David and we were playing against South Carolina.  This is the team that everyone was talking about the whole tournament so we knew we were in for a challenge.  And they totally came out the gate gunning for me.  (I found out from David much later in the day that he found out that their captain had researched our team and was asking questions about us.  So she knew that I was the lowest ranked player on our team).  And that information found its way to our opponents.  The man literally slammed every ball he could to me.  This is the first time I've ever played a match like this and hopefully the last.  I managed some how to return a few but one did ding my arm and left me with a nice little bruise.  Thankfully I got more in than I missed but it just wasn't quite enough.  We lost this match 6-3, 5-7, 0-1.

Match #3 with David at the Baylor School
Even though we lost this particular match, our team as a whole won with team scoring.  Each match, we played 3 sets of players and each time we won 2 out of 3 total which put us at the top of our bracket.   All that means, is that we freaking managed somehow to advance to the finals held at the Champions Club Tennis Complex!

Ah the finals.

We played Tennessee and they were a force to be reckoned with.  I could tell in warm ups that they would kick our butts sad to say.  BUT, we fought hard and the main goal (other than to win....) was to try not to get a bagel, (a zero).  We just wanted to make it respectable and give them a bit of a fight at least.  (And there is NO WAY the lady that we played was a level 2.5 - the same level as me.)  She dominiated in every way.  They both did.

We lost 3-6, 1-6.

At least it wasn't too embarrassing.  But the bottom line is that we made it to the finals and we played really great to get there and had a blast in the process!

Finals match at the Champions Club Tennis facility
Wins are in red, losses in green
Image courtesy of USTA Southern's fb page.  From L to R: Bob, Me, Bill, team captain Catherine, David, Missie and Craig

Chattanooga (The Trip), Part 2

The next day we woke up with plans to see Rock City and at the spur of the moment, found out that my Uncle would be at the Georgia Mountain State Fair Fall Festival selling his wares (shameless plug - if you are in the market for custom rope work, hammocks, miniature ships in bottles or other U.S. Navy memorabilia, go check his page out!).

We started the morning off at Rock City when they opened and it was perfect because the crowds were light that day.  We spent a good long time adventuring and seeing the sights.


Fall colors!!  YAY!

Mushroom Rock

Needless to say, I did not try the rope bridge but mom and Aunt Darlene did!

Heading into Fat Man's Squeeze

We left Rock City about 2 hours later and started to make our way to the Georgia Mountain State Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, Georgia.  The drive was absolutely amazing to get there.

Once we arrived, we had loads of fun surprising Uncle Jimmy and his wife, Sherry. 

Each vendor had their own little group of 'cabins' to sell their stuff

Aunt Darlene inspecting Uncle Jimmy's hammock.  For science.

Aunt Sherry's Soaps

Aunt Darlene, Uncle Jimmy, Aunt Sherry and Mom (from l to r)
We stayed a few hours there and then started back to Chattanooga.  The next day was our first 2 matches of the tournament so we headed back early to get some rest (mainly for me). 

This is my current fb cover photo.  As we were driving back to 'Nooga, we pulled off at just the right time and I ran to the lake to try to get a shot of the sun going down between the mountains.  Nailed it!
The next morning we woke up... to rain.  Lots of it.  So all the matches got pushed back.  We were supposed to be starting at 9 but that got moved back to 1pm so that meant we had time to explore again!  We ended up in Downtown 'Nooga and the Chattanooga Choo Choo (which is now a hotel, we discovered as we were walking around the complex). 

We finally got the go ahead and started our matches (they were moved indoors, more on that on the tennis portion of the post).

Then our last full day we snapped a few more pics of Chattanooga during our drive to and from matches.

Chattanooga River

We had such a wonderful time.  And there is plenty more to do and see that we didn't even get a chance to try.  Chris would totally love driving this route in our car and the fact that it's only like 7 and a half hours away makes future trips very possible!