Monthly Archives: August 2008

“The Chatty One” (Boot Camp – Day 10)

This morning was graduation day for Class 149 – without any pomp or circumstance.  Ins. W. worked us really hard for the first hour – sprints with push-ups / 8-count bodybuilders / crazy Bobs / chasing rabbits / etc between each sprint.  For an hour.  And I was tired.  Really was dragging today.

After the hour of working out, he was all, Stick a fork in Class 149 because you are done.  He then called each person up to him to shake his hand and give them their completion certificate.  As he is shaking each persons hand and handing them their certificate, he is not saying anything.  Then he calls my name.  I run up there, and he is all, Ha! The chatty one!  I was so not expecting anything to come out of his mouth that I just was like, Hun?  and giggled nervously.  And then once he was done handing out certificates, his eloquent closing remark was, See ya when I see ya.

Highly underwhemling and sort of a let down.  In RIC Seals, on graduation day, almost all of the instructors are there, you shake each ones hand and then shake Johnny M’s hand and you get your coveted Seal Team PT (wicking) shirt.  In front of all the other Seal team members.  There is clapping and hollering and it is a happy time.

This morning was nothing like that.  We did get let out early, so we all socialized around B – the resident expert and advocate on H-town Seal PT – this was her 8th (yes, eighth!) time to go through Boot Camp.  Very, very nice lady but odd to have done so many Boot Camps!  And during this time, I did get confirmation that it was odd that he made the comment, The chatty one!, to me – as I was only the 3rd or 4th most chatty one.  Definitely not THE most chatty.  He did mention that he talked to all the instructors – and sometimes I had asked the instructors a lot of questions, so maybe that is what he meant.  Or he just got confused.  Who knows, he is definitely a mystery.  B enlightened us that he is not very social (big surprise there) – so he could never implement Johnny M’s business model.  But if he did, he’d have 100 B’s out there letting people know how awesome his program is.

I think my time with H-town Seal PT is over.  I want it to be something it can never be (RIC Seals) and thus will always be disappointed.  So I think I just need to move onto the next thing.  The Kenyan Way, the group that we do long runs with on Saturdays, also has hill and speed workouts on Mondays and Wednesdays.  I think I may join that – after I take a few days off.

There are changes ahead for Boom, Ruru and I (more on that to come – nothing too exciting, but changes none the less) so I am really glad that Boot Camp is over.  Interesting to have completed it and to see how 2 people can start with the same basic idea and execute it in totally different ways, but still very glad that it is over!

Ole Graybeard

I think little RuRu is getting old!  Her obvious gray beard and hairs throughout her coat are a tell tale sign – but her energy just seems to be waning these days.  After ChopChop and CapCap left (last Sunday), Ruby was wiped out for days!  and even now, she seems just a bit off.

I have shortened her twice daily walks, to help with fatigue.  On our afternoon walk today, we literally only walked past 3 houses before she was laying on the grass, her signal that she is tired and needs a break.  3 houses!  That is not very far at all.  I managed to get her to continue, but she was really panting and I could tell she just wanted to go home.

I wonder if she knows that she still has at least 10 good years ahead of her!  She is the best dog ever – I can’t imagine life without her.  Helps that she is super cute, too!

Almost Finished (Boot Camp – Day 9)

Today wasn’t bad – I thought it surely was going to be since I didn’t have my mat or backpack, but J lent me an extra towel to use as a mat and I just faked like I had a backpack.  We really didn’t do much with the packs on, so that is likely why the instructors didn’t notice that I was sans pack (and sans Boom).  I also got to drive a 4-Runner to workout – and I love those things!  One of my good friends in high school got one (brand new!) when she turned 16 – and we had so much fun with that truck.  Boom is not a big fan, but I think that sometimes when I like something he choses to not like it just to be ornery.

We ran to Westcott and back – not as painfully slow as we had been.  Then there were 10 little orange cones set up and each cone had some exercises on them – 25 crunches, 10 dive bomber pushups, 20 8-count body builders, etc.  But then there were some cones that had really high numbers on them – 300 jumping jacks (4-count), 200 Crazy Bobs, 300 push ups, etc.  So that caused a little confusion – that was never cleared up… the concencus was to just keep moving.  So we’d do the small numbers in full then when we got to the really big numbers, we would just do a portion, and then move on.  Would have just been easier if all the numbers were realistic ones, since we kept going around the cones in a loop.

Poor Boom – he flew to Dallas yesterday morning for meetings all day.  He told me that he was on the 9pm flight home, but that one of his collegues wanted him to stay for dinner, but that he was going to skip it.  Of course he ended up staying for dinner, so he wasn’t finished until 1020pm last night.  Because of Seals and a drs appt this morning, Boom decides to drive home – and he didn’t get into bed until close to 3am!  Well, of course I am not going to wake him up an hour later to go to Boot Camp – definitely not worth that (tho he claimed to be mad at me when I got home since he wanted to go to Boot Camp.  Even though he doesn’t really like it.  I don’t understand either.)  Anyway, his rental car was blocking my car in the garage, so I just took the rental.  And Boom’s car, that he drove to the airport yesterday morning and where it still was early this morning, has all of our mats and backpacks in it.  Thus, I was underprepared today, but to no ones detriment, thank goodness!

I am not sure if we are going to do the lifers program.  It is kinda costly – $95/month for 12 months, $125/month for 6 months and $155/month for 3 months – they have discounts if we sign up on graduation day (tomorrow) and also if you pay for the full year in advance.  Boom and I will need to discuss, but just seems a bit much.  If we did the $155/month for 3 mos (which is the most likely one we’d do, if any), that is nearly $8 day, if you went every day.  We’ll discuss tonight.

I can feel my IT band in my left knee – it is kinda aching and probably needs a good stretching.  So I will be going to yogidy tomorrow morning after our LAST DAY (yay!  woot woot!) of Boot Camp.  Glad this class is nearly over!

Class 149

Each graduating boot camp class has to create a memento for Ins. W.  and I think that some of the other people in the class are working on it.  However, Ins. H mentioned another class thingy – a man overboard ring – last week that he wants to see tomorrow.

Being currently unemployed and having lots of free time (and crafty), I volunteered to make the project that Ins. H wants tomorrow.  Here are the fruits of my labor:

I Photoshopped a clown wig on everyone and then cut their pics out.  Then I stamped (with Yarb’s foam stams) using acrylic paint all the words.  Then I stuck the photos on the ring.  That’s it!

I think it looks pretty good!

Only 2 more days to go! (Boot Camp Day 8)

This morning I was really tired.  Really, really tired.  It would have be a skip day for me, but I figured this was the 3rd to last day of Boot Camp, so I might as well suck it up and go.  Today was Ins. H and Asian Instructor.  Luckily, we started out slowly – a nice 10 minute warm-up.  Then we did a ton of stuff on our mats – sit ups, push ups, squats, arm circles, swimmers / supermans, flutter kicks, etc.  Was hard, but kinda nice that we weren’t running.  I was actually very surprised at how much I was sweating!

At 6:22 a.m. I assumed they would be letting us out a little early as they had been in the past, but Asian Instructor was all, RUN TO 610 (that is a highway) AND BACK!  MOVE!!!!!  We were all surprised, since we move like pond water when we have to run as a group.  Surprisingly we made better time than usual – I think everyone was ready for today’s boot camp to be over.

So all and all, not a horrible day.  But I do think one of the many mysterious insect bites (that has grown to a goiter) that I have is infected.  It is super itchy, but also weeping some weird looking stuff.  Gross.  At least  hump day of the 2nd week is over.  Only 2 effing days to go!  YAY!!!!

Toes and Ho’s

(Well, no ho’s, but it rhymed!)

Yesterday was Craft Monday, but no crafts were done.  Yarbs is quickly approaching her departure date for Spain, so we did some errands to help her get ready for her fun trip.

After lunch we went to get some dessert!

I had been there once before with Boom – and the cupcakes are quite delish!  And Yarbs had been jonesing to go there since the weekend, so I was happy to oblige!

I had a vanilla cupcake with chocolate frosting, and she had a red velvet cupcake with cream cheese (?) frosting.  I love when the outside of the frosting hardens a little bit – makes it that much more yummy!

And then we got mani’s and pedi’s:

I love the color – I don’t know the name, but I will give it my own name:  Orange You Cute!  I was in dire need of a pedi.  I haven’t had my toes painted in such a long time that it still seems weird to me to look down and see color!

Last but not least, I finally got my library card!  My neighborhood library is just a few blocks away – and I have been meaning to get a card for a while.  There are lots of books I have put on reserve (since Harris county is so large, there is a huge selection of books!) – so I can’t wait until they come in.  Many of them are craft books that I never expected the library to have – this is really great and part of my cost saving measures.  Hopefully we’ll be able to execute some of the projects during a Craft Monday in the future.

So Long Debbie Downer (Boot Camp Day 7)

I have decided not to get down on Boot Camp anymore.  It certainly is not like RIC Seals, but R-Seals is no longer an option for me so I just need to move on!

Today wasn’t too bad.  We carried our packs, and did a 4 mile out-and-back run.  The 2 miles out were SO SLOW – it was literally hurting my knees to run that slowly!  So when we reached our turnaround point, I asked if we could speed it up just a smidge.  Literally I could walk at not even a really brisk pace and keep up with how fast we were shuffling along.

I didn’t have to worry, ’cause a few minutes into our run back, the lifers came, took our packs (I felt so light
and airy without it on) and corralled us into an indian run.  Which I enjoyed, as the pace definitely picked up.  Once we got back to the workout area, we had get wet and sandy, and then run in the sand around the volleyball courts (2 of ’em) with our packs above our heads.  That was difficult – and I couldn’t keep my pack up the entire time.  I would try to keep it up for one side, then put it on my head for the next side, then up on the next side, etc.  We did this for quite a while.  When I was finally able to sneak a peak at my watch, it was 6:18 – only 12 minutes left!

We stopped running and got back to our mats – where Ins. W put us in pushup position (leaning rest) and told us a gruesome story of a mother who had been stabbed to death.  I guess the lesson he wanted us to take away was to always be aware of our surroundings, and to be careful.  Then he let us go – at least the talking didn’t last too too long.

Tomorrow should be more interesting – we (Boot Campers) had brought a boom box and CD with “Bandy the Rodeo Clown” by Moe Bandy, “Fly like an Eagle”  by Steve Miller Band and “Funeral Bell” by Black Label Society on it, at Ins. W’s request.  He didn’t do anything with the music today, so I suspect tomorrow it will come into play.