dragonheart: (Default)
2013-09-05 05:09 pm

I have the best best friend on the planet...

 I mentioned in passing on Monday (at a holiday pool party) that we hadn't had a chance to cut back our thicket of Rose of Sharons this summer.

The thicket is lush and full and very beautiful, but it blocks the breeze and the view from our gazebo... and we have to trim them back several times during the summer because they grow like crazy.

I came home today from work and Lesia had trimmed them!

I love her!

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2013-09-04 04:51 pm

Just living this thing called life...

Life has been pretty status quo the last few weeks.  Nothing new and amazing to report and nothing really to rant and rage about.  I guess that's a good thing - it just doesn't make for a very exciting blog.

Hope everyone is doing okay!

dragonheart: (Yogi Toes)
2013-08-22 04:57 pm
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30 day yoga challenge

Starting another yoga 30 day challenge on Sept 1. 

In conjunction with my 1/2 marathon training - I will have no life.

Good thing I gave up fandom!  

where Kathi has lost her mind
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2013-07-23 04:54 pm

I am such a wuss sometimes....

I am getting some friendly pressure from my BF to run in next years 1/2 marathon for the Derby Festival and I really don't want to do it.  Mainly because I am lazy.

Maybe lazy isn't the right word.  I am NOT physically prepared to run 11.1 miles (I know some of you can do that in your sleep) and I don't have the time nor the inclination to train for it.  Gone are the days when I could just "do it".  The race is next April and while that seems far off - believe me I will need all that time and then some to get my runners legs back.  I will have to train and train hard.  I haven't run in over a year and it's been months since my bike has seen the light of day.  I have been on a yoga binge and that is where my work out quota has been spent. As great as Bikram is - it won't prepare you for a half marathon.  I am flexible and lean and feel strong - but it's a different kind of strong than what I need for running.  Night and day.

I can't believe I am stressing over this so much - I should just say no and mean it.  

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2013-03-29 05:23 pm

What I have been up to the past 30 days...

On March 2 I started a 30 day Bikram Yoga self-challenge.  The challenge was to do 30 (90 minute classes with temps between 105-107F & 50% humidity) yoga sessions in 30 days.

I missed a couple of days due to a ouchie (not yoga related), so this week-end I have to do 2 double sessions in order to finish my 30 by 03/31/13. This in addition to traveling to spend Easter with my parents, siblings and the various nieces and nephew.

The silver lining? I can’t tell you how good this makes me feel - mentally and physically.

I have been doing Bikram for about a year three or four days a week, but the 30 day stretch has made a difference in my strength, stamina and flexibility.  I haven’t felt this good in ages.  

In a way I almost hate to see it end, but I know I can’t keep this pace up much longer and I haven’t had much of a life except for work and yoga for the past 30 days.  My husband is more than ready for it to end (hee).

So I just wanted to take this opportunity to toot on my horn even if only to myself.

Yoga on.

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2013-01-07 04:54 pm

Gonna do it this year...

I am going to get the Lasik procedure done on my eyes this year.  I am soooo tired of wearing contacts.  I was outside for a bit today and I swear the darn things froze to my eyeballs - most uncomfortable.

I say I am going to do this every year, but I never end up doing it.  I don't know why as I am a good candidate, I know people who have had it done and they love it and my insurance pays for it.  So really, no reason not to do it....except for that whole laser cutting of your eyeball thing.

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2012-12-10 09:06 am

The part of the holidays I could do without...

Tonight starts the holiday dinners and parties for or by a sundry of clients, customers and suppliers.

I really hate this part of the holidays.  

It's work - it really is - and I have so much personal and family stuff I need to be doing in the evenings in preparation of the holidays.


Yes, I am in whiny mode.

I have 2 such dinners this week and 3 parties (yes 3) next week.

Silver lining?

If I can make it until 12/21/12 - I don't have to be back to work until 01/02/13.

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2012-11-26 01:10 pm
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The New Normal

As much as I enjoyed our holiday festivities, I am glad to be back in the real world and what passes for normal this time of year.  

Just skimming through my friend's page, I see that I missed quite a bit of fandom goings on, hopefully tonight I will have some time to sit down and catch up as I feel so out of the loop and out of touch at the moment.

I hope everyone who celebrated had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
dragonheart: (Halloween)
2012-10-31 08:11 am

Roll Call

Looks like everyone has checked in either by posting, text message or email - so very thankful that everyone came through the storm okay.

Happy Halloween!

dragonheart: (Rainy day)
2012-10-29 12:04 pm

Looks like Frankenstorm is going to live up to it's name

I have been seeing pictures this morning of the wind and water damage to the eastern seaboard and the storm hasn't even arrived in force yet.

It is unbelievable the devastation this storm is predicted to bring.

Even some of the inland states will feel the fallout:

Eastern Kentucky is expected to get 24" of snow in the next few days when Sandy meets the arctic blast coming down out of Canada.  I don't think we will see anything but colder weather in my part of the state; keeping fingers crossed that is the case.

To all my friends in the path of the storm, hunker down and stay safe - check in with us every now and again via posting or email to let us know that you guys are okay.

dragonheart: (Smiley)
2012-10-12 04:53 pm

This, That and the Other: Vacation!

I am now free from work for 9 glorious days!  I am so excited!

I have a week to catch up on my [community profile] ncis_verse  bingo tile challenge, write a "costume" fic, clean out my flower beds to prepare them for winter, and do some much neglected organizing of stuff in my home office.

I have my 5K walk/run tomorrow, the weather is suppossed to be beautiful.  If I survive that and feel like I still have some energy I think we are going to take the kayaks out on the lake.  The leaves are turning and it's a great time of refreshing and rejuvenating for my soul and I need that time of relaxation before the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

Not sure what the whole week will entail, but I kind of like it like that - no hard and fast plans is a good thing!

dragonheart: (Halloween)
2012-10-05 07:56 am

Mourning Halloween

It’s that time of year when everyone gets out their Halloween decorations, the kids start scrambling for their trick or treat costumes, and bags and bags of candy fill the aisles of the local stores.

It is also the time when I begin to mourn the death of Halloween…

When I was a kid, Halloween ranked right up there with Christmas, Easter and birthdays on the anticipation scale.  It was a big deal in the little town I grew up in.  In school, we spent class time making paper jack o’ lanterns, decorating trick or treat bags (remember those brown paper grocery bags?) and spent our lunch periods talking about our costumes and our “candy routes”.

Of course, the highlight of the holiday was visiting the haunted house that was sponsored every year by the city.  It was full of hokey, scary stuff – you know vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, witches – none of that gore fest / slasher sickness that passes for haunted houses today. 

And TV? Oh, my gosh – it was a scare fest!  There was a different “monster” movie on every night in the week leading up to Halloween – movies featuring vampires (the scary kind, not the sparkly kind), werewolves (again the scary kind, not the hot sexy kind), Frankenstein, gargoyles, etc.  It was the good kind of scared because you knew it was just pretend and those things really didn’t exist in the real world.  The scary movies touted about today (serial killers, torture flicks) – well, those are too scary for me – because stuff like that is REAL and it is not the least bit entertaining.  If I want to be scared like that, all I have to do is watch the evening news.

When my son was little, we  tried to recreate the Halloween of our childhood – it didn’t work, the world has changed too much, and so has the perception of Halloween, so we stopped celebrating it years ago.

Somewhere along the line, the spirit of Halloween was lost, and that makes me really sad for today’s kids.

dragonheart: (T/Z running)
2012-10-01 06:01 pm

Out of the loop for the past few days...

I have been out of the DW/LJ loop for the past few days.  My life has been crazy busy (in a very good way).

I hope to get caught up on the all the happenings in the next few days!

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2012-08-05 08:58 am

The month of madness begins...

The crazy begins today!

I will be able to visit the fangirl world only sporadically this month (which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as I think I need a little break from it), but 
I will try my best to hit DW at least twice a week for [community profile] ncis_verse stuff (can't let my team down).

And the silver lining to this cloud?  When I am able to get back to the fandom world on a regular basis - it will only be about three weeks until the season 10 premiere of NCIS.  *\0/*

I hope everyone has a good month and I will check in as I can!

dragonheart: (Rainy day)
2012-07-24 08:33 pm

Lots of thunder, the rain is coming down hard, and the wind is blowing

 Now, that's what I call good sleeping weather.

(as long as it doesn't get severe, I LOVE sleeping during storms)

dragonheart: (Default)
2012-07-19 06:16 pm

Oops, that is not good...

I think lightning just hit our air conditioning units - both of them.

Not good.  Not good at all.  

Hubby is now in a foul mood.  He gets cranky when he gets hot and I think it's gonna hot in here really fast, and who knows how much it is going to cost to fix them.  

We better get some good rain out of this... just saying.

dragonheart: (Abby looking down)
2012-07-16 05:43 pm

50 Shades of Gray

 That stupid book was the talk of the spa this past weekend.

You would think that grown women had never read (or had the opportunity to read) erotica before.

note:  I use the term "erotica" very loosely when associated with this book.

Granted, I haven't read the book, but I have read excerpts and the writing is TERRIBLE - actually it's worse than terrible and the fact that it started out as a Twilight fanfiction that was tweaked and later published and now has sold millions of copies just causes me to see GREEN.

Green as in jealousy and anger.  Jealousy because my writing is better than what I saw in that book (that's really  not bragging) and my stuff will never see print - and anger that there is such dang good fan fiction out there that deserves the attention that this book is garnering which will never see print and millions of readers. 

On the other hand - I have to hand it to the writer because she saw the opportunity and took it.  Nothing against her - my rant is against the "system".
dragonheart: (Default)
2012-07-15 09:26 pm

Well, well, well...

 And I mean that in a good way....
dragonheart: (Default)
2012-07-05 12:42 pm


Looking at my calendar this morning I realized that the year is officially half over (as of July 1).

Dang, I really need to get to work on my 2012 objectives list.
dragonheart: (Default)
2012-06-24 06:14 pm

My day

After church we headed off to our friend's farm to pick wild blackberries. 

There were a kabillion of them.  Seriously, the branches were so heavy with berries they were bent under the weight.  It would have been easy pickins except for the briars. 

My hands, arms and legs look like I lost a battle with a wild cat.  I was bloody and sweaty when I left, but I had a bucket full of berries - totally worth it.

My friend (who puts Julia Child to shame) whipped up a blackberry cobbler practically out of thin air - complete with whipping cream.  It was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten.

Other than that, we spent the day in the pool lazing around just eating and chatting.  A great day, but not productive at all.

I am leaving Wed for my girls trip - I haven't even begun to get my stuff together.  Normally, I would be a little antsy about that.  Right now, I am kind of "whatever" as I am too pooped to care.

a 7:00 p.m. bedtime is looking pretty good right now.

That's what is great about being an adult: not only can you stay up as late as you want to, but you can also go to bed as early as you want to.