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Missing My Airmen

Today is one of those days I’m really missing my airmen. Albeit, today was a good day. It’s just one of those day’s that I would have loved being able to see his face and give him a hug. Being a military mom is hard sometimes, especially when you don’t know when you’ll see your airmen next. Fortunately, I am blessed with the knowledge that my airmen is happy and thriving in his new role.

I actually got an early start to the day since I didn’t snooze my alarm. Consequently, there were no lakes in any of the puppies’ crates. Early on in the day it was evident that leg day was super effective. Naturally, my Tuesday runs tend to be more difficult as my muscles are sore from the previous day’s workout. Nonetheless, I powered through and logged another 2.7 miles on the treadmill. Of course, I was enjoying the musical stylings of Metallica while taking in the comedic antics of Larry David.

Afterward, I headed to the studio for my favorite yoga class of the week. In fact, it was even better this week as my friend Pam was back in class. Yay!!!! My legs and hips were quite fatigued from the run and the work yesterday, but the yoga did a body good. Right before class started my girlfriend Pam, who hasn’t seen me since the Covid19 shut down, told me how fit looked. Clearly, there can be no doubt: the BBG plan, running and yoga classes are working!

I spent my afternoon in the company of one of my favorite people – Terri. Initially, we were going to go to Starbucks, but since there is not eating available we decided against it. Consequently, we ended up sharing an appetizer of vegetables with hummus and tzatziki at the Greek restaurant next door. First of all, it was nice to be eating in a restaurant (even if we were the only ones there.). Secondly, the food was very tasty and healthy! Lastly and most importantly, the time was spent in great company. Truly, it was a wonderful afternoon.

We both have the honor and distinction of being military moms. Terri’s son has been in for several years now, so she’s a pro. Consequently, she and her hubby have been great resources for the hubby and I as we embark on this new chapter of our lives. Moreover, she understands what it’s like to not be able to see your child for extended periods of time or worry about where they’ll be stationed. At the end of the day, however, what’s most important is the pride we both have for our children that serve. Nonetheless, I would love to see my airmen soon!

Meanwhile at the homestead, the Mayor continues to get non-stop, round the clock FaceTime calls. Since we share an Apple ID, our phones don’t stop running. It’s driving my nuts. As for Goalielocks, he’s been hanging out with his school friends tonight. Since the virus shut things down, this is only the second time he’s been able to see his friends. Additionally, instead of hanging out at someone’s house, they’ve been meeting at the courts and pool instead. This way they’re outside and not in close quarters.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Took obligatory picture of Anakin

Anakin loves sleeping on my legs

*Gentle Flow with Monica from Open Heart Studio

*Obedience training Anakin

*Coffee and appetizers with Terri

*Missing my airmen!! I love him!

*Dropped Goalielocks off at his friend’s clubhouse in Boca.

*Cooked a super yummy dinner courtesy of our friends at Blue Apron

*Week 4 BBG 2.0 day 2 cardio – run, Forest run

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena out for dinner 

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Here Comes the Sun

Here comes the sun, doo-dun-doo-doo. You sang that first line, didn’t you? I knew it because I totally did. As the title suggests, we finally saw the sun today!!! Yay! Can we get a hurrah for the natural provider of vitamin D? It seems like a year since we last saw the son in 2020. Mostly because each week of 2020 seems to be taking a year. Anyway, the sun has me in a Beatles inspired mood.

Speaking of which, my morning got off to a late start. I was going to wake up early to go for a walk, but my stomach was not feeling it. Clearly, I can’t afford to be non-compliant with a gluten free diet. Unfortunately, it means I really can’t eat it at all. Needless to say, I ended up sleeping later that anticipated, which means the dogs got taken out later than normal. Consequently, poor Anakin had a lake in his crate when I woke up.

I got him out of ASAP and wiped off his feet and body with a towel. Afterwards, I took him out for a walk. Naturally, he needed a bath, which the Mayor gave him after his walk. Together we cleaned up the mess while also taking care of our other two fur babies. All three of the puppies were in great moods this morning. They love to play all together. Honestly, there is not greater gift than a dog. They love unconditionally and are always happy to see you.

Despite the rocky start to the morning, I found my zen on my mat with Monica at 10. My muscles were tired today. Not sure if it was from the hard work I did in Monica’s vinyasa class Sunday or just old age. Nonetheless, it was a good class. My legs and hips definitely needed the gentle flow today as they were quite tight this morning. The gentle flow has been a great addition to my yoga practice.

Afterwards, I took a brief snack break before launching into my BBG leg workout. Significantly, these workouts have gotten a lot easier for me. Obviously, it means I’m making some great progress. Moreover, I see a lot progress in my yoga practice due to BBG. The BBG workouts have really made me strong as I’ve become more flexible. Consequently, I have a lot more mobility now than ever before. For example, in wheel I used to have discomfort in my lower back, now I only feel a great stretch on my belly.

This afternoon, I had my yoga teacher training focusing on anatomy. Fortunately, I have a pretty good understanding on anatomy courtesy of my house full of athletes (myself included.). Afterwards, I started cooking dinner, which was shiitake hoisin burgers courtesy of Blue Apron. It was very yummy. When the fridge shutoff in the middle of the night yesterday, I grieved all the meal kits that had been spoiled. Until I realized I had most of ingredients that were spoiled in the kits in my fridge. The only thing I had to buy was the meat. We also grilled some steaks since I accidentally got the meal kit for two this week. Whoops!

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Gentle Flow with Monica from Yoga Mundo

*Yoga teacher training with Monica from Yoga Mundo

*Obedience training Anakin

*Cooked a super yummy dinner courtesy of our friends at Blue Apron

*Week 4 BBG 2.0 day 1 leg day

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena out for dinner 

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The Tropics

The tropics have fired up early this year! Tropical Storm Cristobal is churning away in the Gulf of Mexico bringing much of the Florida peninsula rain today. Markedly, today is the first day in a minute that we haven’t received significant rain. Nonetheless, it’s still overcast and cloudy and we didn’t see the sunrise and won’t see the sunset either.

Unfortunately, the path a head for the storm brings it to our airmen’s doorsteps. Fortunately, it appears to be mainly a rainmaker at this point. Also, they’re forecasting it to remain a tropical storm at landfall. This is obviously a good thing, but it along with the path could change at any point. Fortunately, his base has been through these things before and is well prepared for whatever Cristobal will bring.

Since the weather’s still questionable and we’re still staying home as much as possible, I made today productive. Or at least as productive as I could. Fortunately, I got a lot done around the house. I started cleaning our bathroom, but fill finish it tomorrow. However, I was was as able to get the laundry completed. Naturally, I spend a lot of time straightening up the family and room and living rooms because that’s where the dogs spend most of their time.

Unbeknownst to me, Anakin stuck outside behind me when I went outside to shake out the broom. You can. Imagine my surprise when coming out of the bathroom two minutes later, I couldn’t find him anywhere. And then I heard him barking. The poor guy snuck outside and was at the front door waiting for me to open it. Thankfully, he’s a well trained puppy and didn’t run off. Obviously, we were both relieved when he made his way back inside. Nonetheless, I’m sure there are plenty of untold stories from his outdoor adventure today.

Before all of that nonsense, I got in my fourth run of the week. I decided to do a hybrid steady state and HIIT. After warming up, I ran five minutes at a steady state before walking. Once I started walking, I started the interval work. For this I alternated every 30 seconds between 7.0-8.0 mph sprints and walks at 3 mph. Clearly, this type of run brings its own challenges, but I find it goes quicker. This is likely due to changing the tempo so frequent. Afterwards, I completed my post run stretch routine, which felt great and continues to keep my legs healthy.

For dinner, I made the hubby and I cumin spiced pork roast served with vegetable fried rice courtesy of Blue Apron. Since I accidentally selected the 2 serving option, I ordered Pizza Hut for the boys. The Mayor was pleased that after having asked everyday for the last week, I finally acquiesced to his request. Fortunately, both their pizza and our pork with fried rice were great. Since we were doing carry out at Pizza Hut, we ate dinner a little bit earlier than normal as the hubby picked it up on his way home.

Today’s featured picture comes courtesy of my mother’s garden in Minnesota. The pink and white flowers are peonies. My great grandmother passed these beautiful plants down to my mother. I always loved going to my great grandmother’s house and seeing the peonies that lined her driveway in bloom. Indeed getting out of the car was a treat as the sweet aroma of the peonies hit your senses. My great grandmother also passed down the purple flower, an iris, to my mom. Unfortunately, I cannot grow either of these flowers in South Florida.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Worked on website

*Obedience training Anakin

*Cooked a super yummy dinner courtesy of our friends at Blue Apron.

*Week 3 BBG 2.0 day 6 cardio

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena out for dinner

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Holy Humidity Batman!

Holy humidity Batman!! Here we are the fifth of June with a dew point in the 80s. Oh the joys of having a tropical system in the Gulf. For the uninitiated, dew points in the 80s make the state feel like a sauna. Unfortunately, in our case there’s no cold, refreshing water to dive into to help cool us down. Naturally, we experience these dew points every year, but it is a bit unusual to have it so humid this early in the game.

This was from 9:00 am this morning!

As you can see by the “real feel” temperature, it felt like 95 degrees this morning. Naturally, this is a big reason I’ve taken my run indoors. These temperatures with this humidity, even with the cloud cover, can be dangerous if you’re not properly hydrated. Additionally, since I run outside with my puppy, I must take into consideration what is best for her health. She loves to run, but in this heat it’s too much. Plus, the path heats up and can even burn her paws.

My Sweet Athena!

So after yesterday’s scheduling debacle, I made sure to design my day so I wouldn’t miss yoga again. I was so bummed when my memory, fallen by thyroid brain I’m sure, conveniently reminded me at 11:30 that 11:30 was actually the new class time. Nonetheless, today I was victorious. I got my BBG workout in and made it to yoga in time! Today’s BBG workout was abs plus skipping rope. As always, I sucked at jumping rope. Jenn’s class was amazing. She taught a great, creative flow that was just what my body needed.

This evening we went to our friends’ house for dinner. It’s the first time I’ve seen sweet Ava in months. She’s grown so big! Truly, it was great to spend some time with people socially outside of our house! Plus, my friend Hanh is an amazing cook. Fortunately, we were also working on our vacation plans. Ordinarily, we’d all go to the Bahamas over spring break, but COVID shut that down this year. Since Atlantis is still closed, we’ll be heading to the Keys for some rest and relaxation. It should be a wonderful time.

Ava taking a selfie!

Lastly, I don’t know about you, but Facebook has become a complete dumpster fire. There is so much hate and division that it mutes the protests. Hate begets hate. Division begets division yet here we are… This blog isn’t political never has been and never will, but as a country we have to do better. Everyone should have the same opportunities and rule set. Nonetheless, people have different opinions, which on Facebook apparently warrants a delete and block. If you’re operating in absolutes or false dilemma logical fallacies and deleting people, your part of the problem.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

*Gentle Flow with Jenn at Open Heart Yoga Studio – in studio!

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Worked on website

*Obedience training Anakin

*Enjoyed a well cooked dinner courtesy of our friends

*Week 3 BBG 2.0 day 5 abs

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena out side. Unfortunately, due to the holy humidity Batman, it was too hot to go for walks

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Congrats are in Order

Congrats are in order for my airmen, who completed his technical training today. We’re so excited for all that he has accomplished since joining the service last year. Of course, it was a wonderful surprise to get a FaceTime call from him in the middle of the day. Seeing his smiling face with his graduation certificate was an absolute treat!

Since it was Tuesday, I logged a solid 2.7 miles on the treadmill while watching Larry David and the early Curb episodes. I usually do a mixed tempo run on Tuesday. However, today I decided to do the first half at one speed. The second half I did at three different speeds by altering the tempo very sixty seconds. By the end of the run, I was completely gassed! Fortunately, tomorrow I have my tempo run, which is a feast way to mix things up.

Afterwards I went to yoga at the studio. It’s the first time I’ve been to class since the studio closed due to COVID. There were only two of us, but it felt great to be back in the studio environment. Monica did a nice, balanced flow that my body just loved. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was on cloud nine after our time in sleeping pigeon. Oh that felt so good!!!! Sadly now that I’m back in the studio you won’t be subjected to me and my yoga poses. After class, Monica came over and we gave her two mango and banana saplings.

We had thought about taking Goalielocks to hockey tonight, but the city where the rink is located is under curfew. Since we live far from the rink, we decided to keep him home out of respect to the curfew. Plus, it would be the Hubby’s luck to get picked up for it. Needless to say, it just seemed like a smart decision to stay home tonight. Plus, it’s raining. Who wants to go anywhere when it’s raining?

Before I forget this morning, the Mayor and I were watching a nature show in the Smithsonian Channel. It was about the Sea of Okhtosk in north eastern Russia. First of all, this place looks absolutely amazing. However, it seems a bit scary between the bears, the Siberian tigers and volcanos. Nevertheless, the bears captivated Anakin. He alternated between barking at them and just taking in the scenery. Clearly, it was quite adorable.


This evening we’re just chilling at the homestead. I made an Italian Steaks and Panzanella from Blue Apron. It was okay, but the steak wasn’t super tender. My boys didn’t like the panzanella because it had pesto on it. Needless to say, I don’t understand how anyone could not like a bread salad. As for the post dinner chill, we’re enjoying some vintage episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette a wonderful book by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Worked on website

*Jake finished his technical school!! Congrats are in order!

*Gentle Flow with Monica from Open Heart Studio

*Obedience training Anakin

*Enjoyed a well cooked dinner courtesy of myself and Blue Apron!

*Week 3 BBG 2.0 day 2 cardio

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Missed a Day

So I missed a day! In my quest to write everyday since the pandemic began, I’ve only missed two days. Unsurprisingly, there is a commonality involved in both of these days. I’ll give you a hint, if tastes good and includes tequila. Yep, you guess it it was another epic night of margaritas and Prosecco. On the scale of margarita nights, it was a one paragraph night. Meaning I could only read one paragraph in my book before falling asleep.

Nonetheless, the margaritas were the perfect happy ending to a productive weekend. Before I got to Sunday night, I competed my Chair Yoga Certification with Eva at Open Heart Yoga Studio. Let me tell you, I wish I had chair yoga available to me when I tore my tendon. I could have kept up my practice without injuring my ankle further. Moreover, as the chair yoga class I took showed, the calorie burn was equivalent to a mat yoga class.

It was truly an eye opening experience. What I love about chair yoga is it makes yoga accessible. Importantly, I’m pursuing my yoga teacher training because I want to help people help themselves. A regular yoga practice has been cathartic band healing for me. Additionally, the training provided me with the opportunity to practice teaching. However, the best part of training was the teacher and fellow students. I learned so much from everyone. Eva teaches an amazing yoga class and is the perfect teacher. I loved every minute of it.

Pursuing yoga teacher training coincides perfectly with my desire to pursue a life where peace and happiness are the only choice. Clearly this doesn’t mean that everything will be perfect, but the things that no longer served me will be gone. Too often the only lens we see in this world is the one that gives the bleakest picture. All weekend we were inundated with pictures of rioters and looters. Meanwhile there were beautiful and meaningful protests going on across the country and in conjunction with local law enforcement. Even in the craziness, there was love to be found.

The last several months have been incredibly difficult for everyone: especially virtual school. So naturally I had to celebrate the end of the school year. The margaritas PJ was making were so good that we had a bit of a goose that laid the golden egg situation. We went through all the mixers and alcohol. Fortunately, I came prepared with a chilled bottle of Prosecco. Once the margarita well ran dry, the Prosecco rose merrily to the challenge.

We had such a great time with Mel and her folks last night. Since she officially graduates on Wednesday, we brought over her graduation gifts and card. Fortunately, we got a gift ourselves when Jake called via FaceTime. It was a lot of fun for him to talk to all of us. After awhile, we decided to give my parents a call, so we all spoke on FaceTime. It was great to see Jake looking so great and happy to be talking to everyone. Additionally, it was a great distraction for my parents after all the riots in Minnesota this past week.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette a wonderful book by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*watched Bolt

*Obedience training Anakin

*Enjoyed a well cooked dinner courtesy of myself and Blue Apron!

*Week 3 BBG 2.0 day 1 legs

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Last Day of School

It’s the last day of school!!! I officially survived the last two months of virtual school. Impressively, so did my kids! I couldn’t be more relieved to not have to fight too good fight day in and day out. Truly, it feels like a gigantic weight has been lifted from my shoulders. So cheers to all of us parents fighting our way through virtual school!

While my kids wrapped up their 19/20 academic year, I got in my ab workout for week 2 of BBG 2.0. The workout went great with the exception of skipping rope. I actually made it through each circuit three times per round. Previously, my best effort has only gotten me through each round 2.5 times per circuit. While usually I’d head to yoga after completing BBG, today I again headed to yoga teacher training.

In yoga teacher training, we had our first quiz, studied the chakras and began our study in anatomy. Particularly, I enjoyed learning about the chakras. I’ve never studied them in depth, but have been curious, so today was awesome! In order to be certified by Yoga Alliance, you have to spend 20 hours studying the history and philosophy of yoga. Thus far, I’ve found this study to be so vastly interesting. Tomorrow I’ll be taking a chair yoga certification, which will be great.

This morning before starting my day, I spent some time in the garden. Only in my garden, would there be baby ducks growing next to the sweet potatoes. In addition to the garden blooming, we also have mangos and avocados on the trees. Surprisingly, we don’t have a large harvest of mangos this year. We had an early heat wave followed by cooler weather, so perhaps that suppressed the crop. Nonetheless, I’m looking to harvesting some avocados and giving away some mangos.

As for my night, I made a glorious poem sausage bolognese courtesy of HelloFresh. It was amazing. I’m enjoying the dinners, however, the HelloFresh meals tend to have a lot more calories than the Blue Apron meals. However, both meal kits have provided some great dinners. Both the Hubby and I enjoy trying the different recipes and food. After being a family for 21 years and eating the same things, or so it feels, it’s nice to add some variety to the dinner table.

Of course, I spent much of day with my wonderful puppies. These dogs are my saviors and keep me sane. It’s hard to be anything but happy when you’re hanging out with your dogs! Anakin is doing well today after having his rabies vaccine yesterday. Fortunately, he doesn’t seem to be limping as much. I love watching him play with his two sisters. He likes to hit at Maya and then Piggie will get super protective of him. I’ll have to record them playing, so you can enjoy the cuteness.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette a wonderful book by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Yoga teacher training with Monica from Yoga Mundo

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 5 abs day

*finished my internship in virtual school leadership. Yay for the last day of school!

*Enjoyed a nice, celebratory glass of Prosecco

*Obedience training Anakin

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Bacon and Steak

Oh yeah, it’s Wednesday night so we had bacon and steak. What could be better then a filet mignon wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection? Nada. I worked hard today completing my BBG 2.0 Arms day and HIIT workout on the treadmill. I may have even added a hill run onto my treadmill workout. Naturally, I’m sure I’ll sleep well tonight after all that hard work and a hearty dinner of bacon and steak.

The most convincing argument I’ve heard for staying home

For the first time since Saturday, we had good weather this morning. Truly, the crystal clear blue skies were a thing of beauty this morning. Clearly, I be become a bit spoiled living in Florida. Otherwise, I wouldn’t complain about 72 hours without sun. Growing up in the Midwest, we’d go seven months (at least it felt like it) without seeing the sun. Then, as per usual during the rainy season, the beautiful clear skies gave way to stormy skies. Nonetheless, the stormy skies put a snag in my afternoon walk plans.

Today is the 27th, which means I have two more days of virtual school to survive. This has been a colossal undertaking for all involved. Okay, maybe for the parents and teachers. Needless to say, I won’t miss fighting with Goalielocks to get up and get on Zoom. Nor will I miss the countless emails and calls that my child is missing some work. Truly, the 29th will be a day of celebration. In case you don’t believe me, check back Friday so you can see pictures of me popping bottles to celebrate.

Since I was doubling up my workout today, I spent some time chilling with the puppies. With everything that is going on in the world, the unconditional love of man’s best friend is the perfect anecdote. We’re fortunate to have three dogs with great, loving dispositions. Indeed it’s fun to watch them interact with each other and how it impacts there interaction with me. For example, if I call Maya over, you can be sure that Anakin and Athena will try to be her to me. If I call Anakin, Athena is sure to show up. In fact, our sweet Piggie re-learned to lay down, but only on the “Anakin lay down” command.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 3 Arms and HIIT

*Watched Curb

*Looked online for roses that grow well in south Florida

*Obedience training Anakin

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Rain Rain Go Away

“Rain rain go away. Come again another day.” Like seriously, the rain can stop already. It’s been almost constant rain and storms since Sunday morning. At this point, we’ve received close to six inches of rain since this started. Clearly, that’s a bit excessive, but also effective for keeping the beaches and roads empty this holiday weekend. At any rate, it would be nice to see the sun and be able to take a walk outside with the dogs. Maybe if it was cool enough, I’d even take my run back outside!

Since the weather wasn’t cooperated, I again took my run inside. I was a little worried that my heart rate would go high since I took my T3 later than normal, but the run went okay. My peak heart rate was definitely higher than normal, but overall my heart rate was only slightly higher than normal. During the course of the run, I finished season 10 of Curb, I really hope there will be an eleventh season. The nice thing is I’m back to a point in my training where the run is more enjoyable than it is arduous. I guess it helps when it doesn’t feel like your chest and bosom are going to explode.

My post stretch routine took me right into my Tuesday yoga class with Monica. Today’s class was a gentle flow, but with some additional poses over Monday’s class. For years, half moon pose was elusive on both sides due to my tight hamstrings. However, since restarting my practice in late October, my hamstrings have opened up making the pose accessible on both sides. This may seem a bit silly, but it’s pretty exciting to me. The lack of flexibility and mobility in my legs undoubtedly contributed to my tendon injury. Being able to open up my muscles and improve my mobility while resistance training and running is a huge win for me.

After yoga, I grabbed some leftovers from yesterday. The pasta was amazing. Then I made myself some coffee and enjoyed a nice chat with my folks. My mom and dad have been working the garden, so it’s nice to hear about what is in bloom. Unfortunately, they might get some hail tonight or heavy rains that may damage the peony blooms. They are my absolute favorite and I hate that we can’t grow them here in Florida. Hopefully, my mom’s peonies don’t get taken out by poor weather tonight.

I spent the rest of my afternoon working on my websites, stretching my shoulder and reading insipid posts on Facebook. In fact, I truly read some of the most ridiculous things today. Following the list, I’ve added a gif of Larry David, which sums up my feelings nicely. Here’s a sampling:

  • COVID-19 is actually a bacteria and WHO is lying to everyone…
  • Wearing a mask leads to hypercapnia, which has a 71% chance of killing you, which is a significantly higher risk than dying from COVID19. Finally, we have an explanation for what’s killing 100% of the doctors and nurses wearing masks throughout their 12 hour shifts! #smh
  • JFK Jr. really isn’t dead…. wow – just wow!
  • COVID19 isn’t spread by asymptomatic carriers. This is just dangerous! It is spread by carriers.

If there’s anything this pandemic has taught me, it’s that we need to be careful in the information we take in. There’s so much information and misinformation out there that it’s not surprising people are anxious. Chiefly, the amount and disparate nature of the information can be alarming, which is why we need to selective in our sources. Facebook groups filled with opinions are not a reliable source for facts. Nor has the mainstream media been for that matter, which is why I’m a fan of sticking to the Mayo Clinic, my doctors and John Hopkins for information. When you cut out the crap, your anxiety levels will decline.

Lastly, here’s a quick update on Goalielocks’ friend. Yesterday he was moved from ICU to the ortho floor, which was a huge step for him. Additionally, he was supposed to have surgery on his shoulder, but his doctor was able to reset the shoulder without surgery. This kid is a walking and talking miracle!!!! Your prayers are making a difference, so please keep them coming.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Gentle Flow with Monica.

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 2 cardio

*Watched Curb

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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Memorial Day 2020

Memorial Day 2020 was a wet and stormy day. Clearly Mother Nature thought Florida needed a little help in maintaining social distancing. Apparently, a nice low pressure system has setup and is ensuring South Florida will no longer be in a drought. Fortunately, I had nowhere to go, but to Dunkin’ this morning. I hate driving in rain here. Word is if th me gator sees his shadow, we’ll have six more days of rain. I’m only kidding.. We should be sunny by Tuesday afternoon.

Despite the holiday, I made sure I didn’t forgo my Monday workout routine. I kicked it off with a great yoga class with Monica from Yoga Mundo. My body was much more obliging today and really felt good during and after the class. Monday’s class is more gentle than Sunday’s, so it offers a nice contrast and balance to my practice. Afterwards, I took on day one of week two of BBG 2.0. It was an easier workout than last weeks, but my lower back was not feeling it. Consequently, I made sure to take additional time to stretch between each around circuit.

For dinner tonight, I made a vegetarian dish from Blue Apron that only I ate. While I enjoyed my gourmet meal, the boys enjoyed some veal parmigiana. It works out since I wasn’t really feeling the acid that comes with tomato sauce. My dish, a cheesy baked cavatelli pasta, took awhile to make so I made that first. Then while that baked, my hubby and I made the veal parmigiana. Team work makes the dream work! At the end of the meal, the whole family was well fed and happy.


Today we remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. As a military mom, these holidays resonate in a different way. Today I’d ask that as you remember those that died for our country that you’d remember the gold star families- parents, spouses and children – that were left behind. For them this solemn holiday is a reminder of their loved one and their sacrifice.

The concept of sacrifice seems to have become somewhat foreign to us. Over the last couple of months, I have seen people complain about the sacrifice they have made by wearing a mask or not going to a restaurant. Perhaps the most offensive post, however, was one that equated the combat deaths of our military members with those that have been hurt by the quarantine efforts. Are you fucking kidding me? You’re going to argue moral equivalency between someone sacrificing their life for your freedom and someone on unemployment due to COVID? For fucks sake, sorry mom, get your head out of your ass and get a grip. We have all had to make sacrifices during this difficult time, but they pale in comparison to the sacrifices of our troops.

Nobody wants to be in quarantine for perpetuity, especially those of us that are parents. No matter are location, career path or economic station, our lives have been turned upside down. A lot of weeks, virtual school has been hell, but you know what? It’s a lot better than a foxhole in the mountains of Afghanistan. Also, this time in quarantine gave me the perfect excuse to go to a Target or Publix with out the kids. #winning

As for wearing masks, it’s a small thing we can do to mitigate risk. I understand there’s some debate as to their efficacy, but wearing one in public does no harm. Also it’s not your constitutional right to not where a mask into the business. I sometimes wonder if the people protesting the mask requirement also protested the requirement of shirts and shoes in stores. After all, it’s the same argument is it not? Nonetheless, until my doctor or the Mayo Clinic tells me otherwise, I’ll be wearing my mask while in public.

At the Military Working Dog Memorial at JBSA Lackland

Now that my rant is over, let me update you on Goalielocks’ friend. He had an awesome day today! In fact, he was able to stand up and is being transferred out of the ICU and into the Ortho unit. This is absolutely incredible news! Undoubtedly, all of our prayers are making a difference. He continues to surprise his doctors with his progress. Although he’s made great progress, the road to recovery is still long. He and his family will need our continued prayers during this difficult time.

Here’s a list of our day’s activities:

*Reading Vilette by Charlotte Bronte, which is a place I’m likely to find the word gossamer.

*Morning and afternoon meditation

*Gentle Flow with Monica.

*Week 2 BBG 2.0 day 1 leg day

*Watched Family Guy

*Obedience training Anakin courtesy day Goalielocks

*Took Anakin, Maya and Athena on multiple walks

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