Utah Bound

We’re wheels up on our way to Utah and I couldn’t be more excited. For the ten months, our oldest was deployed overseas and is finally home!!!!! I can’t tell you how hard it was as a mother to have a kid down range. I can only think of the Military moms and wife’s that came before me when the technology took keep us connected didn’t exist. My heart would have been in my throat daily if I had to wait for a letter via post. Technology, as sucky as it can be, was an absolute god send during his deployment. Anyway, I’m super excited to be spending the next week plus out West with my boys.

Buffalo Bound

The Mayor was Buffalo bound this morning for a fun, spring hockey tournament. Due to work schedules, the hubby and I weren’t able to make the trip, which is a total bummer. Fortunately, he was able to go with his friend Ryder and his mom, our friend, Elizabeth. They left FLL at the ass crack of dawn to head north to New York.

My hubby was kind enough to drive them to the airport this morning. Due to a 5:30 am flight, they had to leave the house before 3:30 this morning. I kept waking up every hour nervous that they’d sleep through their alarms despite the fact I wasn’t going with them. Honestly, I should have known better. The Mayor was showered and ready to go well before 3:30. And just like that he was Buffalo bound.


Once they left, I was finally able to get some good sleep. Unfortunately, I may have slept too well as I didn’t wake up until 8:05. The main problem there, of course, is that I start work at 8:00 am. Thank god I work from home and am a top tier agent, so I can pop in late without issue. Naturally, I never take advantage of that flexibility. I can’t help myself and am always, except for today, ten minutes early to work.

My stomach has been bothering me, but I all still managed to get my run in. I may have, however, cut the cooldown short because I spent too much time throwing up. So there’s that fun. The run itself went pretty well. The medicine I started as part of the Calibrate program makes me super nauseous. Fortunately, the nausea lessens after a few days.

The highlight of the afternoon was hearing from Jake. He looks and sounds amazing. His job is keeping him busy, but he looked well rested. After we talked to Jake, the hubby grilled up some amazing steaks and roasted some sweet potatoes. It was a very yummy dinner. I love sweet potatoes. We definitely have plenty of steaks to eat for dinner tomorrow. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see all the pictures from the Mayor’s Buffalo bound trip.

The Season is Over

The season is over after the boys lost a hard fought semi final game to the Makos Sunday morning. It’s hard to put into words how hard each of them played during that game. Obviously, it would have been nice to win, but I’m so proud of their efforts. I’m also proud that our coaches didn’t resort to petty shenanigans in an effort to gain an advantage.

Now I’m sure you’re intrigued by that last sentence, so let me elaborate. The league requires that all players, including goalies, have stop patches on the back of their jerseys. Unfortunately, one of our player’s stop patches fell off during an earlier game in the tournament. The opposing coach approached the referee several times asking him to penalize our team for a missing patch.

When the referee basically told the coach to pound sand and take it up with the league, he sent his team manager up to the league director’s office to plead their case to the director. I mean, can you imagine anything so ridiculous?!! Who is that freaking petty? Literally, the other coach was trying to get the league to suspend our coach over a patch that had clearly just fallen off.

While the Makos manager was up there pleading the case, I ran off the bench to get a stop patch and tape. Once back on the bench, we affixed the stop patch as best we could to the back of his jersey. The league didn’t suspend or remove our coach from the game, so obviously they were less than impressed with their pettiness. Fortunately, karma was served rather quickly as the Makos lost their first game of the weekend in the championship game. You just can’t put that kind of energy into the universe and not expect any repercussions.

At any rate, outside of the kids’ first game Friday night. They had a good weekend. In fact, Saturday they beat the Flames for the first time this season. The boys lost to the Wolves, but it took four periods for them to beat the Hawks. My Mayor had a great weekend and I couldn’t be prouder. He always grinds and plays his hardest every shift. This weekend he blocked a ton of shots and had the bruises to prove it. Now that the season is over, it’s fun to look back and see how far he and his teammates have come since August.

State Tourney Day One

State tourney day one, or should I say night one didn’t go our way. After an almost five-hour drive across Florida (including the cluster fuck that is I-4,) we finally made it to the hotel just before 5:00 pm. The drive to Wesley Chapel is always miserable. We were lucky, however, that the weather cooperates. Our hotel was allegedly fifteen minutes from the rink. That estimate of time is apparently representative of driving at midnight because it took us almost forty minutes to get to the hotel from i-75 at 4:00 pm.

While our hotel is closer to the Tampa airport than the rink, it is a great location. There are several restaurants, a beer garden, an ice cream shop, and even a liquor store, so I guess all is not lost. Consequently, we had a great dinner at Brick City. The hubby and I shared a Margherita pizza while the Mayor enjoyed some chicken parm. I loved the pizza! I’d definitely go back. After dinner, we stopped at the beer garden to enjoy some beers and ciders with some fellow hockey parents.

We finally headed to the rink around 7:30 pm. Their first opponent of the tournament was the Makos. All year, the teams have been pretty evenly matched, so it should have been a good game. Well, the first period was good. Our Hawks started the scoring with a beautiful goal in the first. They played a solid first period. However, The second period was an absolute dumpster fire. The hockey gods were not on our side after the first period last night. The squad gave up five unanswered goals in the second period as the Makos capitalized on small mistakes. They also had all the puck last night. There was no puck luck happening for the Hawks last night.

The final score was 7-1, which was obviously a disappointing start to their state tournament. Post-game, we got the Mayor some food before heading back to the hotel. Naturally, the only thing open at midnight was fast food. Unfortunately, the fast food wasn’t so fast. Once he finished eating, he took a warm shower followed by an ice bath. We finally headed to bed well after midnight. It was a long, exhausting day. We’re heading to the rink shortly for the first game of the day. Let’s hope day two of the state tourney is not as disappointing as state tourney day one.

Date Night

For tonight’s date night we headed to Sicilian Oven in Delray. It’s a lot more casual than the restaurant we visited last week. Thankfully, it was a beautiful night because we ended up sitting outside waiting for a table for over an hour. There were people waiting everywhere! The night sky was absolutely beautiful with a crescent moon off to the west. By the time we got sat, I was bordering on hangry. I’m never happy when a “30” minute wait turns into a 60 minute plus wait.

We started our dinner with some bruschetta and wood fired wings. Both appetizers were very good. I definitely would order them again. we washed them down with a strawberry aperol spritz and blood organge margarita. I liked my spritz, but the hubby didn’t love his margarita. We shared a wood fired pizza with pepperoni, sausage and meatballs for dinner. The pizza was good, but I didn’t love the sausage. I’m not sure that we’ll go back. The good was good, but not worth the hour wait.

You’ll be happy to know that Goalielocks remembered to bring his little brother to school today, so I’m going to count that as a win for the day. My day at work was okay, but it was free benefits Friday. I had an okay day, but it certainly wasn’t stellar. Honestly, this week has pretty much sucked. Hopefully, it will get better.

We were able to speak with Jake yesterday, which is always a great. He looked and sounded wonderful. In fact, he even look well rested. Thursdays are defiantly my favorite day since we get to talk to and see Jake. I can’t wait for him to come back for a visit! On Fridays, I wear red to remember everyone deployed. So if you have red, throw it on every Friday and support the brave men and women of our military that have been deployed. And now I’m off to cap off date night by defrosting my venison tenderloin for Sunday. Yep, we’re going to have a crepuscular animal for dinner

Forgot Something

So apparently Goalielocks forgot something when he left for school this morning. Okay, technically he forgot two things because he also forgot his volleyball shoes. Unfortunately, Goalielocks went to school without his brother. We discovered this when the Mayor stormed into our room yelling that nobody woke him up and his alarm didn’t go off. Fortunately, my Hubby was headed South, so he was able to drop the Mayor off at school.

Consequently, I had to text Goalielocks to see what he would say. I sent him a text asking if he forgot something and he had no idea what I was talking about. Calmly, I responded that he had left his brother behind. At the point, he claimed the Mayor told him I said he could stay home as he wasn’t feeling well. Meanwhile, the Mayor has no recollection of that conversation, which isn’t surprising if he was half asleep. Nonetheless, the whole situation had my hubby and I in stitches.

I took the last two nights off the blog because I was absolutely exhausted. The Mayor had a scrimmage in Pompano Tuesday night, which saw us getting home well after our bed time. By the time we fell asleep, it was well after midnight. Oh my alarm came way too early yesterday morning. Honestly, I was absolutely fried. I even took a mini nap after I finished my workout. Nevertheless, I went to bed mighty early as i was still exhausted.

The Mayor, by the way, had a great scrimmage. He scored the game winning goal and had an assist on the second goal. His team beat the top team in their division, which was a nice confidence booster before states. If only it was like two hours earlier and a few degrees warmer, it would have been the perfect night. Meanwhile in Boca, Goalelielocks’ volleyball team had their first game of the season. They also won!

So I’ve been flabby for awhile now, which is why I started the Calibrate program last month. I have packed on the pounds since my doctor diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disease. Unfortunately, these extra pounds have shown a level of resiliency not often seen in this world. Like a pebble in your shoe, they have been the bane of my existence. Fortunately, I’ve met with some early success with the program. I’ve got high hopes!

Month End

A couple of years ago, month end (along with cycle end) would have made me crazy. In fact, it took shelf to uncouple from the unhealthy month end cycle after leaving my last job. I certainly don’t miss the insane rhetoric regarding “priorities” that I had to endure there. Thank God none of that same lunacy exists in my current role. If it did, I would have ran for the hills ages ago.

Literally me everyday at my old job

Nevertheless, intrinsically I still want to finish the month strong. I mean the fact my job has a great bonus structure has nothing to do with either…. Or does it. Fortunately, after quite the shitty week last week, I ended February on a very high note. Despite the lack of volume, I still managed to put up a 10K day and put 70K plus more than last February on the books. I’m definitely thrilled anytime I break my previous record for a month.

If I had to pinpoint a cause, I’d have to say it was on a account of my wonderful sales assistants. Today I broke out a new AFLAC duck for them. Anakin took to it right away and naturally got very territorial over the duck. Athena, on the other hand, decided she was absolutely terrified of this new AFLAC duck that is identical to the last one. Ultimately, I had to put the duck up, so Athena would stop hiding behind my hubby.

Last Game

Today was The Mayor’s last game of the regular seasons. Due to the high school state hockey tournament and injuries, his team had a short bench facing one of the best team’s in the division. Nevertheless, they were the little entice that could today. It was an awesome, fast-paced game that ended in a 0-0 tie. Obviously, both goalies had great games. I was impressed with the boys’ conditioning given they haven’t been able to practice for a couple of weeks.

In anticipation of this last game and states, the Mayor has been working hard to keep in shape. He’s been running three miles several days a week as well as lifting. More importantly, he has built stretching into his routine, which will help keep him healthy as he continues to run, workout and play hockey. When I first suggested he stretch and foam roll, he definitely gave me a big eye roll. Nevertheless, he took my advice and I’m by thrilled.

Last night the Hubby and I went out for a nice date on the town. For dinner, we headed to Pistache in downtown West Palm Beach. We split a wonderful charcuterie board with Brie, cheddar, chèvre, jambon, chorizo and all the accompaniments. It was very tasty. For dinner, I had, no surprise here, the steak au poivre. The Hubby meanwhile enjoyed the steak frites. For dessert, we shared the crème brûlée. It’s hard for me to quantify how much I love that dessert and Pistache’s version didn’t disappoint.

We ended up going out for dinner again tonight unexpectedly after the Mayor’s game. Tonight we joined my bro, Brandi and company at Casa Tequila for some amazing Mexican food. It was absolutely delicious. We split some nachos grande and queso, which was beyond amazing. Both exceeded my expectations. For dinner, I had the chicken fajitas. Although truth be told, I had a fajita and will be eating the rest for lunch tomorrow. We’ll definitely be returning to Casa Tequila!

Naturally, we’re all quite sleepy after a heart meal at Casa Tequila. Consequently, we’re chilling on the couch peacefully watching the Lightning and Predators duke it out in the Stadium Series. So far, it’s been an entertaining and physical game. We won’t probably make it through the entire game however because the Mayor has an early practice tomorrow in Coral Springs.

Rascal

I got this sweet rascal a very cute shirt courtesy of the Mandolorian and Kohl’s. It’s absolutely adorable on him. I wanted to buy Athena a dress, but we didn’t think she would fit into any of them. They did have the cutest yellow gingham dress that I wanted to get for her. She’s got such a friendly, cute personality, the dress really would be perfect for her.

After our morning errands, I chilled on the couch for quite awhile before deciding to run. Fortunately, today’s run went much better than Thursday’s runs. Thankfully, I didn’t throw up after this one. I toyed with the idea of doing the BBG ab workout, but decided to take it easy the rest of the day.

For dinner, I was feeling like Greek food. Consequently, we had lemon lamb chops, lemon potatoes and homemade bread. I also made a chickpea salad as an accompaniment for dinner, but also as something for me to snack on through the week. On this new program, I have to be careful about the snacks and foods I choose. A chickpea salad with lots of fresh vegetables is a perfect fit.

The rest of the night will be spent watching the Minnesota Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers. Naturally, the rascal, aka Anakin, and Athena will be chilling with the hubby and I as we take in some hockey. Once the game is over, we’ll head to bed because I’m tired. Lastly, congrats to the Finnish Men’s hockey team as they won the gold medal last night.

Some Days

Some days are just tougher than others. Work was super slow. Honestly, I wasn’t feeling it at all. Nonetheless I managed to pull out a few sales, which was great. I’m hoping that the lead flow will pick up considerably next week. Otherwise the last week of February is going to be a long one.

Perhaps it was the weather that set off my not so fabulous mood. It was unusually cloudy and gray here for most of the morning. I get it, I’m entirely spoiled when it comes to the weather. Nevertheless, I hate those days that are bleak and gray. To be fair, the cloudy weather didn’t last all day. Thank god we live in Florida where if you wait a few hours, the weather will be beautiful again.

My morning did start off with a wonderful cup of coffee from Dunkin. In fact, it was so good I degusted it as I started my work day. This is the third week that I’ve been off of Splenda. I had to give up artificial sweeteners as part of my new program. It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and the program gave me the push to do it. I had toyed with the idea of breaking out the teapot for tea, but decided against it.

I’m looking forward to an relaxing evening of relaxation and Netflix on the couch with the Hubby and our puppies. We started watching the show Norsemen on Netflix. It’s absolutely fabulous. If you loved Vikings and Monty Python, you’ll love this show. They filmed it in both Norwegian and English, who I is great. I like having the captions on even while watching the English version as some of the accents are quite thick.