Friday, May 25, 2012

Just another day in paradise.

Last night was the first night we walked past the room where they hold the 101 boot camp class and intentionally headed for the room where they teach the regular class.  A week ago one of our trainers told us we were ready to move up, but regular class seemed so much more intimidating.  For one, those people actually look fit, whereas the 101 class is filled with people like us - puffy in the middle, new to exercise, each of us secretly hoping we'll lose weight without having to work too hard because, dammit, we showed up to class and that should really count for something.  (Maybe that last part is just me.)  I won't lie, I was also intimidated by the fact that they make the regular class run up this big-ass grassy knoll on the side of the building, and that shit is not fun.

But the 101 class isn't challenging enough anymore- 20 seconds of exercise, then 20 seconds of rest - I need more than that.  So we followed the fit people to the glass room, and there, laid out before us, was a circuit of shit we've never seen or done before.  Turns out, it was the trainer's last class, and he wanted to torture us have us work out with his favorite exercises.  He's graduated from college and is moving off into the world (Alabama), and this was his last hurrah.  I'm so glad we showed up for this.  (/sarcasm)  Did I mention this guy was a college-level swimmer and a professional trainer?  Fuck me.  Things like "rope slam" and "super jacks" and "burpee jacks"  (whomever invented burpees is an asshole).  As the trainer described each station, Melinda glared at me.  "It's not too late to go to the other class, you know," she said.  "Girl, we got this," I replied, lying through my teeth.

We did have it, though.  It was hard as hell and my shirt and bra were soaked through with sweat when we were finished, but we totally had that workout.  One minute on, twenty seconds of rest, then switch - much more challenging.  I left feeling like jello, all rubbery and weak and flushed and feeling like the fucking champion of the world because did I mention burpee jacks? 

I got home and Jimi and I spent some quality time hanging out on the front porch, talking about work and working out and trying to figure out which of the 20 things going on this weekend we're going to be able to attend.  I made smoothies and cereal for dinner. 

and then my ex-husband sent me a friend request on facebook. 

My heartbeat quickened, but in an "oh shit I've been caught and I'm going to be in trouble" sort of way, which makes no sense at all.  I tried to figure out why I was reacting the way I was, but I couldn't find an explanation for why my heart felt like it was trying to escape my chest, and I couldn't believe Jimi couldn't hear it.  My hands started to shake as I clicked on his profile and gave it a scan.  Yep, same guy.  I'll be damned.  I accepted his friend request, but I won't lie and pretend I didn't go to my own page first, to get a gander at what he'll see, what impression he'll get, what picture my facebook page paints of my life.  Fortunately, I'm pretty awesome, so I was all "sure, come on in, check it out, see what I've been up to for the last 6 years".  (You can say all that by accepting a friend request, did ya know?)  I mean, if I'd been so inclined and sent the request instead, I'd hope he'd give me the courtesy, I guess.  I'm just surprised, caught off guard - I sort of felt, for a moment, as if something bad was intruding on something good - past onto present, sad onto happy. 

It's just that I don't think about that life much anymore these days.  There were good times, sure, but I was mostly sad and drunk and alone during our marriage, and he sort of threw me away like I was yesterday's trash rather than the woman he'd chosen as his wife.  Typing that, I don't need to delve any further into this to figure out why I reacted the way I did last night.  Isn't that enough of a reason? 

I hugged Jimi tight before I went to bed - I thanked him for loving me, and for making this life with me.  I'm so very grateful for him. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Addy Rose

Stacy and Jessie and Addy Rose joined us for the evening.  Oh, that little girl just melts my heart. 

I watch Stacy with her, and I'm just in awe - she seems to know exactly what to do at each moment, how to turn or twist or bounce, just the second Addy needs to be fed or changed or burped. 

It just blows my mind that she made a whole another person. 

And that baby's smile?  It has the warmth of a thousand suns.  So full of joy and newness.

I'm totally in love.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Kentucky Derby 2012

As I've said a few times, I went to the Kentucky Derby this year.
It was the second time I've been - bossman gave me tickets 2 or 3 years ago - 
but this was my first Derby with my Daddy.
And it was my first trip to the infamous Infield.

This town gets down during Derby time.
We have a huge fireworks show to kick off two weeks of partying, 
and by the time Derby day itself, the first Saturday in May, rolls around,
the locals are filling up my Facebook feed with things like,
"One more day and this town can get back to normal."
 I like the partying, though.
Even if I rarely participate in any of it,
I love the atmosphere of excitement and fun, 
and I love that people from all over come to our city
and see all the awesome we have to offer.

Daddy says his favorite thing about the Derby 
is all the beautiful women in pretty dresses.
The men dress pretty well, too.

The neighborhood near Churchill Downs isn't high dollar real estate;
in fact, it's maybe a little on the rough side.
But that neighborhood rocks out Derby week.
Every house has someone standing in front with a sign that says 
"PARK HERE! $10"
Or $20, or $40, depending on how close you are to the track.
The 'hood becomes a block party -
everyone is grilling out 
(and entrepreneurs are selling hot dogs and burgers and bottled water),
music is blaring,
rednecks and hoodrats in chinos and polos driving golf carts and offering rides to the pretty rich folk who'd never intentionally come into this neighborhood after dark or during off-season.

I should've taken pictures of that.  THAT was the real Derby.

Oh well, these mostly-what-you'd-expect shots will have to do.  

Daddy met us at the house early Saturday morning, 
just as I pulled a hashbrown casserole from the oven.
I made smoothies, too.
We found close parking for $10, 
then caught a golf cart to the Infield gate.
(I almost left our admission tickets in the car.  
Having to go back for them would've been the ultimate walk of shame.)
In our own golf cart chariot.  An excellent shot of the back of my Daddy's head.

Approaching the Infield entrance gate.  At this point, everything's still fine.  No indication that anything is amiss.

Wait a second.
Wait just a minute.  Is that the line?

Dude in the middle there?  Preachin' 'bout Jesus.
At this point, Daddy's about to lose his shit.
He's doing that helpless hands-in-the-air shrug he does when he's frustrated,
and gesturing toward the crowd with a look of shocked disbelief.
"It'll take HOURS to get through this."

The line wasn't moving.  
At all.
See, this is the only entrance through which you can take chairs and coolers and the like.
Everything - EVERYTHING - has to be searched 
to make sure you're not trying to blow the place up
or drink without paying the track tax.

So I said, "Fuck this.  We don't have chairs or a cooler.  Let's walk around to the main entrance."
So we did.

No lines here!  Just walk right up, walk right in.
Security "checked" my purse - 
I held it open and he stuck a wooden skewer into it for one swipe and waved me on.
I really should've packed a flask.

These guys were my first favorites of the day.
I don't know it for a fact,
but I'd bet $100 that they had those suits tailor made.
They fit them like gloves.
One day, I too will be awesome enough to wear something outrageous in public.

Jefferson County's Smoking Ban applies to all bars and restaurants and public venues in the county...
Except Churchill Downs.  Smoke it up, Ladies and Gents!

You get to the infield through a giant tunnel that runs under the racetrack.
I asked Daddy,
"This isn't going to be like that tunnel scene in The Stand, is it?"

Notice how they're all facing the same direction? 
They're not facing the racetrack.

These people too.  They've positioned themselves where they are very purposefully.

So they can see the board, of course.

That's the track, through those fences and girls there.

Hey look!  I saw a horse! 
Lots of locals go to Derby and never see a horse, so I felt I was doing pretty good.

Derby is like camping, but with less fire and booze. 
There's still booze,
but at $9 for a beer or mint julep, there's not booze like you'd see around a campfire.

Daddy's friends brought their transistor radio to listen to the commentary.
Blast from the past!

Place your bets, folks!

It was hot and humid and expensive out there, so we only planned to stay for a few hours, beat the rush getting out, and be home in time to watch the big race on TV.
This was the crowd 4 hours before the main race, 
when I was trying to place my Derby bets before we headed home.

There are no chairs at the Derby unless you bring your own. 
Plan to pull up a piece of pavement.

We got lost in the college party section on our way out.
I smelled dope out there!

This was 4 hours after we'd by-passed the Infield entrance gate.
These people are just coming in from that line. 

And we all lived happily ever after.  

(And I won $52.60 when 2 of the 7 horses I bet placed first and second in the actual Kentucky Derby.
First time I've ever cashed a winning ticket.  YAY!)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Okay then

I love getting good, honest feedback.  Thanks, Ladies!  So I'm in transition - out with the old "new" and in with a "new" new.  And the blogger editor thingy is not very cooperative right this moment, so we're going to go with a "plain jane" look for a bit, 'twould appear.  I wish I was cool and could do design work here.  But I'm not.  So I can't.  *sigh*

I was supposed to come home and mow the lawn.  I was looking forward to it, even!  But then...well, I'm not going to tell you why i'm not mowing the yard right now because i hate it when chicks blog about their menstrual cycles, but let's just say I'm not out there mowing the lawn and it's not in my future tonight.  Which is a lame-ass excuse, but it's mine, and there ya have it. 

Jimi was s'posed to stop on his way home and get Frontline for the cat.  He remembered to stop, he even remembered the litter - but when he got home and parked and pulled the bag from the truck, he realized the Frontline he'd purchased is the sort for the dog, not the cat.  D'oh!  Poor guy, he was so mad.  Fortunately, Feeder's Supply will exchange it without hassle - well, other than the hassle of having to make another trip.

Those are all the words I've got for now.  Happy Hump Day!

A moment

Melinda says she doesn't like my new blog layout.  Do the rest of you feel that way too?  Did anyone else even notice?  Is this thing on?  *crickets*

Boot camp is awesome and I want to go every day.  I haven't lost any weight, but I feel like a total badass when class is over, which means I have to drive home with my windows down and my music loud and my arm out the window, making eye contact with the drivers stopped next to me at red lights, raising my eyebrows at them as if to say "Are you awesome, too?  Want to rock to this song with me?"  Of course, they turn their heads quickly and pretend they don't notice the crazy sweaty girl making eyes at them from the car the next lane over, the one bumping her hand on the steering wheel out of time with the loud Ben Harper CD that was hot maybe 12 years ago.   But whatever.  Boot camp is where it's at.

Sunday, May 13, 2012


I synced my phone to my computer for the first time since February, and then spent my morning reviewing the last three months of my life.  I've got lots of catching up to do, it seems. 

Here's a start:

A boy and his uke

Angie and Jimi and I went to dinner at the Cafe Mimosa on New Year's Eve.
Angie told us 'bout it.
(Notice Mad Men and Jersey Shore dining behind our friend? Yeah.)

On our way to the 138th Kentucky Derby, 2012

The horse saw me taking pictures and followed me around the rest of the night.
Fuckin' furries.

The hydrant must've been chilly.

The local ice cream shop sells milk bone sundaes. 

Finn loves ice cream.

Uh huh.

Brew Day!

Just add juice and a blender and viola!  Breakfast!

Front porch view

First Derby with my Daddy.

I don't know these guys.  I asked if I could take their picture, and Jimi said I should get in there with them.
Then he said, "Grab ya a big ol' handful of ass, baby!"
So I did.
I mean, it was Derby, it was totally expected and fine.

Barb made me an origami bouquet for my birthday.  I love it so much.

More words soon, friends, but for now, I've gotta go spend the day with my Momma.  I hope this day is a good one for you all.  Happy Sunday, and Happy Mother's Day!


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