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.

10 extra pounds of fun (Boot Camp – Day 6)

This morning at Boot Camp, we had to wear backpacks filled with 10 – 20 pounds of whatever – rice, beans, sand, etc.  Along with Instructor W, there was a new young instructor, that had just gotten back from Marine Corps boot camp.  He was mean!!  We spent a lot of time in the sand pit in the beginning – bear crawling with a 10 pound pack on my back was not fun.  Made my neck and wrists hurt!  Lots of bear crawls, and chasing rabbits (running in place on your hands and feet) in the sand.  When we finally were allowed to stand up and run, it was such a relief!  No sweat running into my eyes for a little bit.

And we ran as a group, with 2 of the team who had been called out for bringing small bottles of Gatorade carrying 2 medicine balls.  We all helped with the med balls – never fun to run with those puppies.  Mean old  Instructor W called us the “Rodeo Clowns” so we had to run around for a bit acting like rodeo clowns.  Kinda odd, but whatever.  We also did a lot of sprints then leaning rest (resting in push up position).  Instructor W also wanted us to do flutter kicks with our pack on – which I couldn’t do more than a few at a time.  The angle was too weird – and it hurt my back.

Close to the end of workout, we were chasing rabbits, forever, it seemed like!  With the extra weight on my neck, it was very uncomfortable.  Todays entire workout was just so uncomfortable – not too terribly hard physically, but very uncomfortable, and tiring with the extra weight.

I know I am always comparing it to RIC Seals, and since today was NO FUN at all, it was about as different from RIC Seals as you can get.  I like Johnny M’s model b/c he builds people up and encourages us to cheer on our teammates, as opposed to Instructor W who yells at us when we talk.  Johnny M is also always looking for feedback, and Ins. W told us that he “makes the biscuits” the same way and has been for 11 years.  Ins. W seems to use the fact that he was a Navy Seal as proof that he has “done his time” and can now yell and preach at us civilians.  Literally these 6 days have basically been hazing.

I think Ins. W should take a trip up to Richmond and see how a really successful Seals program is run.  He could have 100 “lifers” come a day instead of 20, but maybe his personality is not suited to that sort of success.  I was really down on it on the ride home, and definitely did not want to join the lifer program, as I didn’t want to validate Ins. W.  Boom said we should 1) stay positive, since this is hard enough as it is without us getting really down on it, and 2) not judge the lifer program just yet.  He agrees that he does not want to validate Ins. W, but that maybe we should try out the lifer program for a month or so to see if we like it or not.  So likely we will give it a shot – hope I will love it but suspect that I won’t.  We’ll see…

ChopChop, CapCap, & RuRu

Al and Park came to visit this weekend – yay! Our first couple visitors!!! Look at that awesome basket they brought for us – and Al thought it all out very well!  Wine ’cause I was in a wine club, gnocci and sauce ’cause we went to Italy together, chocolate ’cause I love it and b/c we went to Switzerland together, and lots of treats for Ruby!  Unfortunately, they ran into some traffic on their way down on Saturday – so we were starved by the time we had a late lunch at El Tiempo. I didn’t want us to fill up too much since dindin was at 8pm, but we were all so hungry. We had some margaritas there and also had some drinks at home. We took all the doggies on a walk in the neighborhood – showed Al and Park our community tennis courts and pool.

We were able to rally and get to The Grove by 825 – opps! But we know the Executive Chef (aren’t we cool?!) and he sent out 4 (four!) different appetizers – one that wasn’t even on the menu. Dinner was really good – I wish I had been hungrier. None of us were able to eat all that much, unfortunately. We had a really good table, and I wonder if Ryan (the exec chef) had anything to do with that. He also came out and talked to us – and he was all dressed in his official Grove chef wear. I wish I had taken a photo!

After dinner, we went upstairs to the rooftop deck – the Treehouse – for a drink. It was a nice night, but the bugs were bitting me! We decided to head to another bar – Boom asked the bartender for some suggestions, and he said that we should go to some of the Rice bars. Boom had also heard from a buddy that the Ginger Man in Rice Village was supposed to be pretty good. So we decided to head that way, since it is really close to home. We got to the area behind Rice Village where all the bars are – and Boom and I were all like, who knew we had so many happening bars so close to home?! We went to some Irish bar, that had a band playing some pretty good pop songs!

Aren’t we cute?! Even though we were likely some of the oldest peeps at this bar, we really were also some of the cutest! I know a lot of smart peeps go to Rice – most of the chickies were not cute, and also needed to lose some LBs. Anyway, not very nice of me – bad Tingaling, bad Tingaling!

By midnight, we were tired. and headed home. Luckily it was just a short 5 minute drive! Al and all of us were so tired, so we called it a night soon there after.

They brought Chopper and Captain for Ruby to play with – and she loved having the canine companionship! ChopChop is really so cute – just like Dooce’s Coco, but not a mini, but rather a regular sized Australian shepard. I had never really been around Australian shepards, but really enjoyed ChopChop. He was sweet and chill and really cute!

He let Ruby be the alpha dog, which she always wants to be, so they got along just fabulously! She would only want the toy that ChopChop wanted – she was kinda a brat in that way.

And CapCap, well, he has some issues. He is a boy dog, but seems rather high maintenance – every time we called him, he’d look at us and run the other way!

He definitely is a mama’s dog! RuRu didn’t know what to make of him – she didn’t feel threatened by him at all!

After sleeping in on Sunday, we had brunch at the Buffalo Grill – so we hit all yummy favorite spots in H-town! We were – again – starved since we had not eaten too much for dinner, so we kinda ate a lot! I was stuffed! Al and Park headed back home after that – she had work she had to do once she got home! It was really great seeing them – really nice to spend some quality time with Park. He is a really good guy – and he and Boom got along great!

Fun times – can’t wait to see them again!

False Accusations (Boot Camp – Day 5)

Boom is such a smartie pants – he told me last night to be prepared for a hard day today at Boot Camp. I was all, why? And he said, Because, it is the end of the first week and they will likely want to work us hard before the weekend. And they did.

We did a 10 minute warm up in the parking lot in our usual 2 line formation. Then we ran to 610 and back – about 1.5 miles round trip and did that as an indian run. I was worried about M, but she did just fine. We were going quite slowly, but faster than if we had run it in our 2 line formation. Just proved to me that M can run, but she just sometimes doesn’t want to and is either lazy or lacks some mental toughness.

When we got back, we did timed 2-minute push ups (35 off my knees, 25 on my knees), sit ups (only did 65. Back in the day, I was able to do more than 100 in 2 mins, that one time). Also did 1-min worth of 8 count body builders, crazy bobs, star jumps, etc. We also did a times 1.5 mile run – I can in 3rd of the boot campers (M’s boyfriend and Boom beat me) – during the first lap of that run, one of the instructors I had had during pre-boot camp (Instructor H) was all, Are you sandbagging?! And I yelled, NO Instructor – I am not sandbagging! ‘Cause I wasn’t – I was putting out – just was a bit tired and didn’t have a banana before working out. But I was still going fairly quickly – definitely the first girl from the boot campers to finish. Boom told me he overheard Instructor H saying to the other instructor (about me): She is one of the top ones in boot camp, but she is always sandbagging… I know she can do more.

Which is kinda a compliment, but also a really big insult! Makes me sound like I am lazy and not hard working. Grrr. Boom says it is because I don’t whine or make weird grunting noises when I am working out – so it makes them think I am sandbagging. Blah. And at the end of the workout, he told the class that our class nickname was “The Sandbaggers”. A dig for me?  I think so. Oh well, whatever. I actually think Instructor H kinda likes me – maybe below what he thinks is my sandbagging he can see my spunk!

The 4am wake-ups this week have been pretty tiring. I think I may skip my 9.5 mile run tomorrow. Though I would be able to “sleep in” until 5am. We’ll see.

Just if you are wondering why I exercise like I do, it is so I can eat desserts like this:

After I had made this dessert of strawberries macerated with sugar over angel food cake topped with a lot of whipped cream (full fat, from Whole Foods – I have forgotten the name of the brand – but it was the most delicious whipped cream from a bottle I have ever had!) and brought it over to the couch where Boom was sitting, I was all, It’s not as big as it looks. He took one look and started laughing. Then I started laughing. And it was huge! Not to worry, I was able to put it all down, no problem. So I have to workout a lot since I like to eat (sweets) a lot!