Sunday, August 13, 2017

Class of 1985

Dora, Kim, Tommy, Me, Karen, Orlando, Richard, Bruce, and Anthony

For the past two years, our high school class has been celebrating turning 50.  Richard, I believe was one of the last to turn 50 years old.  His lovely wife Michele hosted a fun dinner at Los Cucos last night with family and friends.  It's hard to imagine us all grown up with grown up children of our own.  I am so very proud of this group.

My sweet, crazy friend Orlando and his gorgeous partner Omar just add life to any party or gathering.

Karen and I were not friends in high school but that's not because we didn't like each other we simply didn't have time to know each other.  See my previous post-High School Friends.
She is one of the kindest, forgiving, gracious lady I have ever met.  I admire her get up and go and how she is a fighter and not a victim.  I don't think she realizes how much strength she has.

Through the years.......
Kim & Tommy Celebrating John's 40th (2010)

Kim & Tommy 

Brunch at Orlando's (2017)

Fourth of July at my home  (sorry about the hair, ugh!)

Richard and Tommy back in 1985.  

Yes, that's me at 18, braces and all.  

 Can you guess which one is pictured in the first picture on this blog?

32 years and counting of knowing these fellow Sam Houston Tigers.  To all those celebrating the big 5-0, I wish you all a very Happy Birthday!

It's so gratifying watching all these amazing people grow up and see their accomplishments.  I hope to continue enjoying their company and their stories for years to come.

Friday, August 11, 2017

I'm a Bad Ass

I have always had a difficult time accepting credit and pats on the back.  Trying to be humbled turned me into a person who crossed the line of being weak minded.  Not giving myself enough credit for my battles, my challenges, and my decisions.  Things don't just fall into our laps, we work towards them.  Consciously or not. That's what we do, every single day of our lives. Which leads me to my story........

Back in February I was diagnosed with a "severe degenerative disk".  I had been living with my pain for over a year.  Making one excuse after another and I chose to just suck it up.  When it started disrupting my sleep, I finally decided to consult a physician.  The intern who came in and gave me the bad news had me in tears.  I'll never do Crossfit again.  I had the back of a 70 to 80-year-old.  He even asked me if I did competitions?  He was completely perplexed why I took the news so hard. Surely, this was more than just exercise if I was balling my eyes out.

Why did I take the news so hard? Becuase I finally found my self-worth with exercise.  An exercise that pushes me, scares me at times but always makes me feel stronger afterward.

The Orthopedic surgeon wanted me to do cortisone shots and lay off the exercise.  He didn't recommend an MRI or physical therapy.  Just a quick shot for the pain and he was done with me.  If anyone knows me, they know that I don't do much medicine especially if it's only to address the problem and not cure the problem.  It was a band-aid that would only have me returning to the doctor's office every few months.  What kind of life would that be!?

Since then, I have educated myself in regards to spinal injuries and degenerative disks.  I listened to my inner voice and took not the easy road but the road to recovery and a healthy, semi pain-free lifestyle.  I mean really, who at age 50 doesn't have a few creaks, aches and soreness from time to time.

Mind you, I still had a two-day pity party for myself.  Which included three Corona Lights while in the pool crying.  It was a sad state of affairs that day.  John laughed at my pathetic display and gave me his best pep talk.  1) Fuck the doctor's opinion 2) Let's get an MRI for a better analysis 3) Talk to your coach and your chiropractor.   I love my husband.  When I am weak he is there for me.

I write this because I know that I am not the only one hit with roadblocks from time to time. Especially as we age.  Have your time to mourn, that your body isn't 20 something anymore. But then kick ass.

I could not have done this alone.  I was armed with one of the best Crossfit coaches in Houston.  He listened, he worked out a plan and got me back to lifting weights and doing Crossfit WODs in a smooth steady pace.  Matt Phillips is the owner of This box works very well for me and love the second family that I have here.

My Chiropractor Dr.  Clayton Hall at was a huge asset.  He talked me off the ledge and designed a physical therapy plan to make my core stronger in order to return to Crossfit.  He also ordered the MRI, that I needed to really look at what we are dealing with and arranged physician consultation to discuss the MRI findings.  You could see his genuine concern and determination to improve my back issues. Smart guy.

My pyramid of strength came from these two trainers; the foundation to keep me steady was from my family as well as my Crossfit Girl-Rillas.

What I'm trying to tell you is that success is from within but you need to make sure you arm yourself with people who want to see you succeed.  Because when times get hard you will need them to boost your morale.

When you have that inner voice telling you that you can't do another calorie row, or push up or even walk into the gym, you have your "team" behind you helping to tell that little negative voice to Shut the Fuck Up!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wine Country Part 2

Since our trip to the wine country was postponed due to John's work schedule it gave me more time to plan for this trip.  In order not to forget what I booked and keep track of our dinner reservations I made a spreadsheet.  I still goofed and double booked a wine tasting and an olive oil tour.  Guess which one we ended up missing.

On Tuesday we did "beginners" bike tour with two stops at local wineries.  One of them was the Buena Vista Winery.  One of my favorites this trip.  It could have been the 5-mile bike ride and that last push up that hill that made the wine taste so good.  

 Rick was our guide on this tour and was just wonderful.  Patient, knowledgeable, and a sweetheart.
If anyone wants to do a bike tour in Napa I would highly recommend this company.

Back to the Buena Vista Winery......... This is the Private Members Club Room.

Our happy little group close to the end of our wine tour.  The second winery was Gundlach Bundschu. Also very good wine and one of the largest private owned wineries.  Five generations in.

Our last wine tasting was at the Ledson Castle.  This wine is only sold to club members and this is how they get ya!  We are now members and look forward to our cases of wine.

We received a complimentary tasting since we stayed at their hotel in town.  The hotel is a gorgeous boutique hotel with only six rooms, all with balconies.  Some facing the parking lot and some facing the street.  Ledson Hotel is one of my favorite and hope that one day we can go back.

Another upside on this hotel is the location. We were walking distance from the best restaurants in Sonoma.  In fact, one of the top chefs, Ben Ford replied to my Instagram comment and recommended a few including The Girl and The Fig.  It did not disappoint.  Harvest Moon was across from us and was our favorite meal of the week and there were quite a few to choose from.

The square where the hotel is located also consisted of the most adorable shops with matching price tags of course.
Sonoma Grille
A Week in Wine Country Spreadsheet

I had several more photographs but did not want to bore everyone.  I hope this helped in nudging some of you to head to Wine Country.  As my husband says "Those wine plants, sure are purty."