A stinkin’ blackout

I was going to talk about my CrossFit Games 17.5 WoD today but the power is totally out in as in a major neighborhood blackout. Therefore, I am typing this out on my iPhone. Thankfully I put it on the charger when I got home.

So I am sitting here in the glow of my iPhone, my Sheltie at foot. My Lab is in the master bedroom, on the bed, while my husband is outside investigating the issue.

And that is my big post for the day. It ain’t all about me.

8:40 p.m.

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Whenever I hear the song of a bird…

When I came home from Church today there was a little Cardinal that flew across my path. He came out a bush, shooting upward to the crepe myrtle next to the driveway.

He made me smile.

My friend, Marva, if she was here, would have blown him a kiss and make a wish. And that thought of my friend made me smile too.

Then one of my favorite songs began to roll through my head. Yes, I know My Heavenly Father Loves Me.

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17.4 is did, done and over!

Today was a great WoD for me. After a bout of bronchitis and then getting gobbed smacked last Wednesday with a horrific sinus headache and sinusitis I was not sure how well I could do much of anything today but today was my day.

Saturday I did a thirteen minute test run doing 25’s in deadlifts, wall balls, calorie row, and push press from the 17.4 Masters scaled. I managed to get to three failed attempts with the 45lb push press and had to drop to a 35# bar. (I have a problem with my shoulder.)

Today I did all 55 in the deadlifts and wall balls, then made it to the 24 cal in the row. My breathing was the best it has been in about six weeks time. It was good enough for me to be fairly steady for the entire thirteen minutes.  My only falter was my arms just quit moving at the 22 cal on the row. It made me laugh a little because I was thinking what the heck just happened to my arms? I’ve got to make it to 25 cal!!!

Thank goodness my Coach Charles yelled, “DON’T STOP! KEEP ROWING!” 

I just barely made it to the 24 cal.

Oh well. I know I did my best. Way better than last year. 

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The Spirit of Guns Out CrossFit

My teammates, all of them younger than me and way more involved in competitions than I am, had a friendly back and forth guessing game as to when and what this year’s CrossFit Games repeat WoD would be.

…And as competitive teammates sometimes are there was a little friendly WoD wager regarding what the winner would choose as a WoD for the loser to do. 

…And of course there was an upping of the WoD ante as the final results played out in the process last week.

Then today was the day of reckoning. (dun-dun-dun!)

In exemplary fashion, Johnny-The Winner worked out with Keith-The Loser in an unquestionable show of Esprit de Corps.

I love my teammates. 

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47 on 48 …

Argh! So I have a relapse of this sinus-flu thing come on Tuesday evening. Going to bed early I had hoped to ward it off but when I woke up Wednesday with a thunderous sinus headache that flattened me in bed for the day I somehow managed to remember to post something on my blog before midnight.

Today was a much better day but my brain is still woozy. About 7 p.m. while in bed for the second day it hit me that I needed to write something. While having deep thoughts in the shallows of my mind I dozed off. 

Now it is 12:36 and I cannot sleep knowing I missed my daily post for March 16th. Argh! 

So here is my yesterday post late getting posted on day 48. 

Weak as water, yet it is a posting just the same. I am counting it as good and as a kindness for the sake of my sickly self. Hope it reads well because I am not even bothering to proof it, well, maybe just a little in a delirious state. 

Friday is going to be a much day.

47/365 ….. see, and I had to edit it because I did not do that right. A 1,000 pardons!

Stinkin’ flu bug 2017 and other illnesses

 

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The weather has taken a turn over the last few days by increasing in damp coldness. After ten years in Florida with realtively mild Space Coast winters, the Montgomery days of warm and c-o-l-d  with raining weather have taken a toll on me. The sneezing, watery eyes, itchy ears and face have come on slowly until it has just about taken me down this evening. I am definitely not wanting to line up for a second go of bronchitis this first quarter of 2017.  

 

My coaches from 26.2 CrossFit can mock me now for all of the times I teased them, mercilessly, for wearing hoodies in low 60 degree weather. Well, except for the fact that today it was WAY colder than Space Coast weather where I now live (shoutout to Guns Out CrossFit).Ryanocare is Not FULL Repeal.jpg

Sneezing like a typhoon throughout the day, it is now time to crawl under my electric blankey, drift off to Neverland dreaming of the day when Paul Ryan’s sickly version of the ACA and #Obamacare are fully repealed. Repeat: FULLY Repealed then replaced with Free Markets! 

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CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations

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Erin & Joe Walker

It was great to see my friend Joe Walker at Guns Out CrossFit today. It has been a while because his schedule has changed so he works out at a different time now. In case you missed it, Joe is the guy who inspired me with the 365 daily render challenge he did and I just modified it to meet my skill setWe had a a moment to exchange thoughts and appreciations about 365 challenges even though his medium differs from mine.

Having only minutes, probably less than five, to chat it was great to quickly cover how we experience the same difficulties and joys with the time, joy, frustration, and discipline that daily postings take up in our respective creative processes. 

Like today. For me it is simply about choosing one thing in my brain and then begin write about it. 

When I first started, I thought I was going to die. I could not focus. I spent hours some days in front of the screen thinking What am I going to write about. It was like I was a boneless chicken, sliding off the couch. Other times it was begining and scrapping numerous starts to blurbs that ended up being flubs. 

Then there was a day I wrote a thought but forgot to press publish. Another day, several days in fact, I forgot to tag pieces and/or categorize articles. The lamest was misnumbering pieces and forgetting to number them at all. 

Today I told Joe that I was on article 34 even though I am tracking things on a spreadsheet and in fact, today is Day 44. Hard to believe it let alone remember it.   

There are days when a short post is the best I can throw together. There may be days when it is a hurried last minute post or, on rare ocassion as in yesterday, a post may done fairly early. It is just about the discipline of posting something every day. 

What has been great about this experience so far is how quickly I am able to put things together in such a short time, but more so the joy in accomplishing the daily challenge. 

It is like CrossFit for writing. It is #CrossWriting: Forging Elite Cerebrations.

44/356

If you only knew how many things…

One of my favorite lines from the television production of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES comes from Anne Shirley

I know I chatter on far too much but if you only knew how many things I want to say and don’t.

That is how I feel as I sit to write on day 43/365. I have a bazillion thoughts just running through my mind so I am simply going to write. Do not worry. I will not think them all out on paper.

That reminds me. You know Jonathan Crombie died. Totally broke my heart, such a young fellow. Colleen Dewhurst,  passed away several years ago and so did another favorite in the mini-series, Richard Farnsworth, who’s death was crushing to hear of when it happened. 

I totally love that particular cast, having watched that particular series beaucoup times. It was the most absolutely charming production. Just delightful.

Okay, so back to some other thoughts.

I received a wonderful suprise in the form of a book. It is titled A PARTICLE OF FAITH by Jason A. Densley and was told he has a second book coming out. I forgot the title of the next book but it does not matter because first things first. This book must be read first therefore it is on this week’s to do list.

This weekend was, what is called in my Cburch, Stake Conference. The theme, YOUR NEXT STEP. was the same one from the last Stake Conference, held in October. A great theme, the speakers had the opportunity to teach doctrine from many perspectives on how to improve oneself with the continued focus on how to draw nearer to Heavenly Father, feel the healing power of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to recognize, then obey the promptings of the Holy Ghost. 

The testimonies that were shared by those who accepted assignments to speak were awe inspiring. And though I am practically perfect in every way (thank you Mary Poppins – no comments from the peanut gallery), the sweetest feelings of encouragement to become a more disciplined follower of Christ filled my heart. 

It was a fabulous Sabbath day. 

If you want to learn more about the role of the Holy Ghost and how to seek learning by study and faith, just click those links! 

And my last thought is from an inspiring sermon titled JOY AND SURVIVAL by President Russell M. Nelson, an internationally renowned surgeon and medical researcher. 

“When the focus of our lives is on Jesus Christ and His gospel, we can feel joy regardless of what is happening—or not happening—in our lives.”

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