Adventure #24 – Wilderness Shotgun Shooting

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Can we pretend for just a moment that THIS ^ is what we looked like in 90 degree, high humidity, Virginia weather while holding our 20 gauge shotgun? Ok, now get up off the floor and stop your laughing, ya’all! Is that how you spell ya’all? We are now all certified country, shotgun toting, don’t step on our property girls!

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Through the years I have introduced you to our adventure girls and I hope you have a mental picture of each one of them. Each unique, each strong in their own way and each so wonderful it can astound me. It has been awhile since all 7 of us that live in the area have been together for an adventure. We were once 10 strong, but Tracy moved to TN, Kelly moved to the beach and had a beautiful baby boy and Lisa just recently moved to NC and had a beautiful baby boy, too! Life moves forward and sometimes it stands in the way of things like having fish gnaw away at your dead skin or mixing drinks that taste like toothpaste. I am thankful that #24 brought most of us back together again.

It was Stacy’s turn to plan and she is one of our official bad a%4’%#! She fears no one and like The Onion (Kelly) she is extremely mysterious. She won’t text you back to answer your ridiculous questions so the only way to get in touch with her is by ringing her doorbell. I thought about it a couple of times, but decided I am not that pathetic. Instead, I just showed up at Phil’s (her husband’s) work and traded Stacy secrets for Adventure info. Just Kidding. No, I’m not. Just Kidding. Or am I?

There are a few of us that like to analyze the clues until we are sure there is no possibility that we will actually be doing anything that is adventurous. How hilarious is that? 10 Adventure Girls that are terrified of adventure. Wait, make that 3 or 4 Adventure Girls. I think the rest of them mix courage into their breakfast smoothies. Ok, so when I said 3 or 4 I actually meant 2. Patty and I will text back and forth and try to figure out what is is and how to get out of it. Here is one of our texts after we received the following clues from Stacy. “Complete your morning stretches to ensure maximum movement and flexibility, you will want to be “quick like fox”. Heavy makeup and hair styling is a bonus as it adds to the intrigue and sexiness factor of our adventure.”

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Tina is usually the one that talks me down from the ledge and then I pass that pep talk on to Patty. Somehow I have only chickened out of ONE adventure and Patty zero.

We met at Heather’s house in Clifton to find out what Adventure #24 had in store for us. I videotaped Stacy’s reveal and it cracks me up because you can see the intense nervousness on everyone’s face after she tells us we will be shooting at flying objects. As you may recall, we shot handguns in PG County a couple of years ago. I will never forget Tina turning to me after and saying, “this will be the last time I ever shoot a gun.” Her face in this video is priceless. For once, we were all pretty quiet after the reveal.

We made our way to the Bull Run Shooting Range in Centreville, VA. We had to drive in a caravan because some had places they needed to be that afternoon. This is how the caravan of cars rolled. Car One: Stacy and Heather discussing life and kids and politics. Car Two: Me on my phone with Patty freaking out about gun safety and ticks. Car three: Patty on the phone with me freaking out about the flying objects Stacy was talking about. Car Four: Suzy probably listening to music and feeling the warm breeze through her open windows. Car Five: Maryhelen and Tina calling me freaking out about back roads and all things bullet related.

We reach our destination and are surprised to find out for the FIRST time ever that we do not need to sign a waiver. This is shocking to us. I am pretty sure we have never had an adventure where we didn’t sign our life away. I am serious. Even when we jumped on a trampoline we had to sign that we would not sue should we die while performing a hurkee jump. Anyway, I digress. We met our incredible instructor Ken and made our way to the porch for a quick tutorial on shotguns at precisely 8:58 AM. Two minutes later at 9:00 AM one million people opened fire 20 feet away from us. We were all pretty happy we took a pee-pee break before heading out. Precious Ken said, “Well, what did you think it would sound like?” As he spoke we listened intently. All of us, but Patty. She simply could not understand how we were allowed to stand so close to real guns being fired. Ken said, “Ma’am I need you to pay attention.” Maryhelen had her head down, shaking and laughing. Every time we have our tutorial someone can’t keep it together. He explained the kickback to us and said we may have a mark on our shoulder that looks suspicious. I am sure you can guess that I figured out first that he meant it would look similar to a hickey. Sweet flashbacks to 1994.

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We moved on to the course. The course is 15 stations with wood platforms where we would take turns shooting at clay pigeons. Each station is a little different with the targets coming at you from different angles and different speeds. Some were shaded and some were not. Suzy’s hair would tell you that story. As we were standing at station one Tina turned to us and in her sweet, adorable voice said, “Yeah, I am not going to do this one, guys.” I had a feeling recalling that convo in PG County, but we all did our best to try to convince her to take a turn. Once we realized Tina was sure of her decision we respected it. I know that each of us will come face to face with an adventure that is just not going to happen. For me, it was tandem hangliding. For Stacy, it was frisky horses. For Tina, it was shotguns. The great thing is we just don’t care. We are happy to be with one another and conquer as many fears as our heart will allow. That being said, I am pretty sure Heather will never turn away from anything because a minute after that conversation, she put on her gun vest, hoisted that gun on her shoulder and POW! POW! That girl is crazy.

Heather "Pow-Pow"

Heather “Pow-Pow”

One by one, we took turns getting advice from Ken. He is pretty legendary. People were coming up to shake his hand all day. He was an amazing instructor and eventually every single one of us broke apart a clay pigeon. What a rush! He made it fun, engaging and I think we all feel much more confident holding and firing a shotgun.  He even has his own golf cart to get him around the course….while the rookies walked. It took me back to our surfing adventure in Delaware.

Laid back with my mind on my money and my money on my mind...

Laid back with my mind on my money and my money on my mind…

Ken patiently instructing MH.

Ken patiently instructing MH.

Maryhelen is usually in the middle of the most hilarious moments of the adventure and today was no exception. She was near the end of line for the first station. When she returned to the group she asked if Ken had asked any of us if we had any medical conditions. One by one we laughed and said no. We knew where this was going. She explained to us that Ken first asked Maryhelen if she knew where her earplugs were so she felt her ears and realized they weren’t in. She then watched Ken look down a bit and she followed his gaze. She had tucked them into the top of her sports bra and they were peaking out of her tank top. He said, “I have never seen anyone put them there.” Followed by, “Do you have any medical conditions I should be aware of?” Oh my word. I am laughing so hard right now just remembering her walking off the platform and telling us what just happened. Here she is with her booby plugs. Bless her heart.

You put your ear plugs where?

You put your ear plugs where?

 

We saw a lot on that course.  Most of the people we saw were not dressed like us.  Remember Stacy’s clue to wear lipstick and have big, sexy hair.  We did not fit in at all.  We will pretend the stares we got from everyone were stares of complete and utter lust and not of the “just who do these chicks think they are?” variety.

Big hair, pink lips and workout gear.  We fit right in....

Big hair, pink lips and workout gear. We fit right in….

 

The best thing we saw on the course was the gun stroller.  Who invented this thing?  We couldn’t get enough of it.  We knew that people loved their guns, but to treat it like a baby?  I think I am going to get working on some gun stroller mobiles.  The guns looked like they needed some entertainment.  Maybe it could play theme music from Gunsmoke, The Godfather and The Sopranos instead of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star?  Who is with me? Trust.  It will make money.

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Tupac with the gun stroller

 

We had a great time and decided after 5 stations that we could call it a day.  Actually we had to as our 2 hour lesson time expired.  We are slow to learn, but I hope we gave Ken a few good stories to tell around the campfire that night.   Thank you, Tupac Stacy!  Up next is Heather’s choice.  It is an all day affair and she says it is something she is extremely nervous to do.  That is scary, folks.

I would like to introduce you to the Annie Oakleys of this generation!

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Adventure #23 – Fishy Pedicures

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***I was unable to make this adventure.  Only my second miss in 23 adventures!  So, I let the girls know they were in charge of the blog this time.  Suzy did a fantastic job on the blog below!  Until next time…my little fishies. Love, Kat  ****

It was my turn to plan our adventure!  I was biting my nails as this would be our 22nd or 23rd?   It’s a tough challenge as we have experienced so much and all of us who “host” only hope that the girls haven’t experienced what we’re planning.  When I heard that our numbers were dwindling I decided I needed to go for it- FISHY PEDICURES!  Of course I was sad to hear of all of the conflicts keeping our girls busy and unable to attend.  But, it’s a wonderful thing to be so busy with first communions, races, games and family events.  I thought that four of us would be a perfect number for this adventure.

So, as we all do, I tried to throw everyone off.  I told them to wear their workout stuff and running shoes.  My plan was to bring everyone my all time favorite shoes for this event.  FLIP FLOPS!  So off to Wal- Mart I went to purchase some fun sparkly-cheetah flip flops.

When we showed up at the meeting spot, Safeway- across from Y’vonne’s salon in Alexandria, I was so happy to hear all of the guesses about what we’re doing.  Patty has the best expressions on her face as she guesses, “tattoos” or “brazillian” waxes.   Tina and Maryhelen giggled when I did the big reveal and passed out the flops.

I think I called Yvonne about a dozen times with questions and concerns about this event.  “How many girls can sit together?” “What food spots are close by?” Poor lady.  But, my favorite conversation with her was the one the night before the adventure.  I called after they’d closed and she answered cheerily anyway.  I mentioned that I’d seen a groupon deal and wanted to know if I could get the same deal for us.  Without hesitation she agreed and was extremely pleasant.

When we arrived at the salon we were greeted with a very warm welcome.   Of course we all had questions and were a bit loud and excited.  There were 3 fishy pedicure chairs available so we decided to split into pairs so we could chit chat.  Maryhelen opted for a manicure first, so off she went while Patty and I jumped in the chairs.   Patty was hilarious!  Some of my favorite quotes from Patty, “This is my kind of adventure!” as she cranks up the massage chair and “the fish are only going after my right foot”.   My fish were busy little guys, they certainly did a good job.

When it was time for Maryhelen and Tina, Patty and I switched to the other pedicure chairs.  Holy moly were those chairs nice.  Patty and I had a blast talking about our dogs (yes, we’re those kind of dog people) and laughing at Maryhelen and Tina.  Tina got the fishy pedicure seat that had been empty for a bit.  Her fish were like Piranhas.  They were jumping out of the water for a bite of her feet.  Maryhelen called out that Tina was holding her feet above the water and pushed her feet down.  Maryhelen  loved that one of the employees had nail polish that changes color- doesn’t take much to excite usJ

After our pedicures we went next door to eat Mexican food.  We loved the authentic appeal of this little restaurant.  Unfortunately, they didn’t sell margaritas.   But, we really didn’t even need one to cap off this great experience.  It’s a great thing when the conversation just rolls from topic to topic.  No holding back, no judgement and just good ole belly laughs.  Some of the best laughs came when we discussed the blog.  Our fearless leader Kat wasn’t with us so how could we ask her?  We all pulled the look down trick.  You know the one that everyone tries at a PTO meeting when they’re asking for a volunteer for some extremely time consuming task.  Reluctantly I agreed to try to fill Kat’s big shoes: Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.-Marcel Proust.

By Suzy Houtz

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Chasing Fear and a Challenge to you! -My Messy, Beautiful

“Love is the true antithesis of fear. It expands where fear constricts. It embraces where fear repels.” -Marion Woodman

I am not sure of the exact moment that I realized I was fearful of just about everything.  But, I can pinpoint a year.  It was 2001.  I can’t decide if that overwhelming fear was associated with 9/11 or having a new baby girl at home.  But, I suddenly found myself panicking when a new challenge or obstacle was placed before me.  Even things that appeared silly to others would cause my heart to race.  Crickets are the first thing that come to mind. Can you take it? Yes, I said crickets. We were living in a rental home with a camelback cricket problem.  I would turn to my husband if I heard one at night.  Knowing what that sideways glance meant, my beautiful husband would search the house looking for that unpredictable creature so that I could rest easy.  When we moved into our new home different fears would overwhelm me.  I would walk behind my son and daughter catching their every stumble.  When they asked to go outside to roller skate you would have thought I was taking them to a roller derby. Knee pads, elbow pads, helmets, fingerpads (ha!) were all essential to their survival.  Even after dressing them for all catastrophic events I would still go outside to supervise.  And I know that I was not alone.  So many of my mother friends stood guard over their children.

You thought I was joking about the finger pads, didn't you?

You thought I was joking about the finger pads, didn’t you?

One day things started to change for me.  I was visiting my courageous bestie-friend, Colleen, in NYC.  There is a wall of rocks in Central Park that the city kids climb and explore.  I stood in awe as her children took off for their adventure.  I looked at her in disbelief that she wasn’t on their heels.  My kids looked up at me tentatively and then ran to climb with their friends.  I would like to say I didn’t run like a crazy person while screaming slow down, wait up, mommy is coming, but that would be a big, fat lie.  I climbed those slippery rocks scared out of my ever-loving mind.  I was dripping with sweat when we were done “playing” and Colleen just looked at me, shook her head and said something like, “I just love you.”  Which is a northerners way of saying, “Bless your heart.”  Would I have changed what I did that day even though I was embarrassed by my fear?  No, those were some big a$$ rocks.  But, I noticed a shift in my perspective when I returned to Virginia. I loved the independent nature of her kids so I started to let go little by little with my own children.  The kids didn’t require a full on lesson in safety every time they walked out the door and I started to breathe easier when faced with a new challenge at work or home.  When my husband decided he wanted to leave his sales job to become a firefighter I shocked myself by going into full support mode.  Was I nervous?  Absolutely.  But my love for him trumped the fear and we walked straight into the fire.  Ba-dum-bum.

The Big Rocks of Danger in NYC

The Big Rocks of Danger in NYC

Our dinner conversations were a lot of exciting, funny stories about life in the firehouse and I was left feeling a bit boring and anxious.  Yes, I had started to give my children the freedom they desired and needed, but I hadn’t let go of my own fears.  I was chasing the fear at every step.  Instead of running through the fear, I found new items to add to my list of scary things.  It was thoroughly exhausting.  So one day, I made a promise that I would run through the fear straight into the arms of adventure.  I knew I couldn’t do it alone so I enlisted the help of 9 messy, beautiful friends and the race toward exciting, worry-free, fearless lives was on!  Over the past four years we have checked some pretty scary things off of our “TO LIVE” list. Some of our adventures have been tamer than others, but they always take us out of our comfort zone. We have stood steadfast encouraging one another to step off the ledge and do things that leave us shaking and terrified.  At the end of each adventure we survey the damage and decide that every tear, drip of sweat and scream of terror is worth it.  Life is full of surprises, both filled with joy and sorrow and I am thankful that I have them, as well as a pretty cool group of friends and family to walk alongside me, especially when old fears and anxiety come a-callin’!

I promised a challenge and I hope all who read this will accept it.  I have started a public photo album and I would love all of you to email a picture to me with a caption or short paragraph explaining why that photo shows you running through the fear. (10adventuregirls@gmail.com). I will upload the photos with captions and links to your blog (if you have one) and in a few weeks will put the link on my social media pages and blog to encourage others to look fear in the face and then run like a cheetah right through it.

I know there are other fear chasing women out there that are hopeful for a life filled with adventure.  It is possible and I hope you embrace that calling.  My suggestion?  Find some other messy, beautiful people to go on the journey with you.  You will find that having them next to you will bring more love and laughter than you can imagine. Go get ‘em!

With courage,
Kat

Here are my MB’s!
The Adventure Girls

 

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My two beautiful children who love me when I am fearless and love me when I am ask them to look both ways before crossing the street.  Did I mention they are 13 and 11.  :)

My two beautiful children who love me when I am fearless and love me when I am ask them to look both ways before crossing the street. Did I mention they are now 13 and 11. :)

 

My honey, my salesman turned firefighter turned back to salesman.  Love this guy.

My honey! My salesman turned firefighter turned salesman. Love this guy.

Adventure #22 – Mixology 102, not 101. 102. We are that good.

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FINALLY my turn again to choose the adventure.  I was so excited to plan a fun day for the girls.  As a group this has been a heartbreaking few months.  We have lost several beautiful people to cancer this year.  I had planned to include the amazing Emily on this adventure, but sadly she passed away just a couple of weeks prior on March 1.  Emily was a Kappa Delta at VA Tech with my biological sister, Theresa.  She was diagnosed with brain cancer a couple of years ago and had been fighting courageously from the start.  She started blogging about her journey and started a “to-see” list to conquer before the cancer took her sight. All the while she began educating others and raising so much money for research.  I noticed that snow-tubing was on her “to-see” list so I reached out to ask her if the Adventure Girls could help her check that one off.  We began planning the adventure and emailing one another.  It became clear last month that Emily would not be able to join us.    A group of KD’s, myself included, began calling nightly (at her request) to pray with her and sing her a KD lullaby.  I was once again reminded of the frailty of life and the importance of friendship. She inspired us to continue living life to the fullest.  She touched all of our lives.  Here she is with a suggestion for all of us.  You can also read more about Emily at www.emilyinthecity.com.

Emily also wrote something that stuck with me and I thought I would share. “Recently, two people have commented on all the fun I’m having on FB and in pictures. First, happy to trade – really, dying and relying on your parents, is not “fun.” I’m just doing what I would encourage you all to be doing: live. Just live every day to YOUR fullest. In fact, because both your hands work and you haven’t fallen three times in two days due to balance issues, YOU should be having more fun. If you’re not; you’re doing it wrong. If you hate something in your life – change it.”

So with that, and I am sure my Adventure Girls will agree with me, will continue to change the things in our lives that do not make us and our loved ones truly happy.   We are determined to heed her advice and live each day to our fullest and to make each day FUN.  And this particular day, at a beautiful little restaurant in Rockville named Quench, we did just that.

As the date of our adventure approached I started to get nervous, as I always do, that it was not going to be exciting enough.  But, I knew a break from yoga pants and sneakers would be appreciated.  We met at Tysons and after Maryhelen slathered lemon butter all over my cuticles we all drove to Rockville together.  We caught up on the way over.  Laughing and supporting one another.  Life is so good.

When we arrived we were told to sit at the bar and the bar manager would be over shortly.  There were drink menus placed in front of us and we were so excited to find out what we would be learning to make.  Here is the menu and what it looked like AFTER the adventure.

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One of our gals took meticulous notes.  I, on the other hand, watched, whispered with my friends and drank.  I drank every last thing that was placed before me.  Matt, the bar manager, was extremely patient with us.  We aren’t exactly quiet, active listeners.  Everything he mixed was delicious.  My favorite was the Back Porch.  One sip and I knew that it was correctly named.  That was not a drink you would want to sip on the front porch.  You could, but you would be the talk of the neighborhood before a refill. Here is Matt garnishing The Back Porch!

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After the class we were brought behind the bar in groups of two to make our own signature drinks.  First up were Team Super Hot Sisters.  (Maryhelen and her sister)  Happy Birthday, Colleen!  I can’t describe how seriously they took this task so I will just show a video.

This is Mixology for serious students only, folks.  :)   We had to name and present our drinks to the group and at the end Matt would vote on the best one.  Team Super Hot Sisters named their drink The Beach.  The name killed us.  It was so original and left us excited to try the suntan lotion in a glass.  Maryhelen “fed” all of us our drinks from a straw.  Two points for them.  It was YUMMY!

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Next up was Team We Don’t Know What We Are Doing. Ever. (myself and Patty.)   Our idea was to make it St. Patty’s Day themed.  We went with rum as our base and then added the mint bitters for color and taste.  I gave it a taste to see if we needed more bitters before proceeding.  Holy crap.  It was awful.  It was like Listerine on steroids.  So we added a lot of vanilla syrup and sprite.  Convinced it still needed a little something we added a little lime juice and garnished it with mint at Matt’s suggestion.  We chose the Das Boot glasses because they looked like leprechaun boots.  Our drink sat looking sadly full for over an hour.  Not sure it was a fav. LOL.

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Here we are serving our Naked Leprechaun!  At least our drink had style and a pretty cool name.

Last up was Team We Excel At Everything We Do in Life. (Tina and Suzy)  It seemed like it was moments before they were shaking and serving.  They made a delicious mojito type drink that we all LOVED.  Here they are shaking it up.

Crack me up, those two.  I just had to text Tina to remind me of their drink name. The Mint Krain.  It is so funny because at this point of the adventure a few of us were having major difficulties remembering anything at all.  I think their drink name changed 5 times before it made its way to our bar top.

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We insisted that Matt give us a winner.  He let us know that The Naked Leprechaun won for presentation and The  Mint Krain won for taste.  The Beach didn’t win any awards, but I now make my husband walk around and “feed” me my drinks with a straw.  Such service.  Here are our three signature drinks.  Aren’t they professional looking?

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At the end Matt asked if we would like to take a shot of tequila with him.  Umm, are leprechauns naked and taste of mouthwash? Of course we do!  He rimmed the glass with cinnamon sugar and garnished with a slice of orange.  If you haven’t tried this PLEASE do!  It was so good.

Thank you, Matt for teaching us the basics of Mixology.  We learned we will leave it to the professionals.  Your drinks were out of this world.  Such talent and patience.  Thank you to the chef for the amazing appetizers, too.  We will be back soon!

 PS. We had sober drivers and we ate burgers before heading home.

One last thing, on the way home Tina told us about a great new product that keeps your hair looking fresh while working out, but she couldn’t remember the name so we asked Siri.  What I said was, “product to help keep hair looking good while sweating.”  This is what she thought I said.  Reason:  We talk all at once most of the time and this was 4 convos going on at once.  Poor Siri.

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Until next time….Live Life to YOUR fullest!

Adventure #21 – Olympic Fencing

It was Patty who planned our trapeze adventure and it turned out to be one of the most challenging and exciting adventures for all of us. So, even though Patty and I are technically the screamers and scaredy cats I never assume that it will be easy. We met up at a McDonalds and found out we would be heading over to the Fencing Academy for a 2 hour training session. As always, we had a blast. I decided as a tribute to the new Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon I would write this blog as Thank You Notes to the Fencing Academy. If you have never seen this bit here is a quick clip so when you read my Thank you notes you can imagine the seriousness of it all. :)

Here goes:

Thank you, Fencing Academy, for allowing us to realize that we are not as super sleuth as we thought.

Our secret attempt at showing our readers the coolest looking pro-fencer EVER failed miserably.  Evidence below. #ponytailsandirishcapsrequired

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Thank you, Fencing Academy, for reminding us that no matter what story is being told Patty will always be wearing the fiercest expression on her face. #Pattyisnotimpressed113

Thank you, Fencing Academy, for providing us with giant sized everything to pose with and look super smart and super strong.  #crossfitmakesheatherthinkshecankickanyonesbutt #stacyandkat=bobbyfisher

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Thank you, Fencing Academy, for providing Kat the perfect storm of serious instructor explaining the term (real, live term people) of “dry fencing”.  #can’tbreatheheatherandstacymakingitworse

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Thank you, Fencing Academy, for giving us pink jackets to wear on Patty’s adventure.  Nothing says stabbing one another with swords like a pale pink jacket.  #cooolllllrider

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Thank you, Fencing Academy, for helping us continue our long lived tradition of laughing, crying, and supporting one another. #whatwaslifelikebeforethis?

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This place was awesome and our instructor was super knowledgeable and kind.  Terrific day planned by our Patty-kins.  Thank you!

Adventure #20 – Bikram Yoga

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Websters Definition of Bikram Yoga
noun: Bikram yoga
1. a type of hatha yoga characterized by a set series of postures and breathing exercises, performed in a room heated to a very high temperature
Adventure Girls Definition of Bikram Yoga
verb: Bikram yoga (because what we did was most definitely an action and not a stinking lazy noun)
1. a type of hatha yoga that will literally will bring you to your knees while you are screaming for the sweet release of death.
     This adventure was brought to us courtesy of Maryhelen and Tracy.  We were all convinced we would be indoctrinated into their crossfit cult (JUST KIDDING about the cult part) that day and were pretty nervous we would be on crutches for Christmas.  When we met them at the National Spine Institute parking lot (good job throwing us off) they informed us we would be taking a hot yoga class.  The exhales that followed were hilarious!  YAY!  We would not be climbing ropes and flipping tires.  Little did we know that Bikram Yoga would be the most physically demanding adventure to date and we will forever call it the “Most Underestimated Adventure of ALL Time.”
     We arrived at Reston Yoga and one by one we paid our $20 and signed our release forms.  At this point I realized I was already hot  and sweaty.  I turned to one of the girls and said, “Even though we have not been locked in the classroom yet, I am very hot.  But, I can do this.  I can do anything for an hour, right?”  To which I was told, “the class is an hour and a half.”   We sat around waiting for class to begin in the lobby.  We were told by our seemingly sweet instructor that the goal is to “just stay in the room. That is it. Just stay in the room.” Ummm….okeedokee. We were told that the yoga room is a place of silence and not to talk to one another.  Looking back I am wondering why she didn’t add that we were not allowed to breathe either.  I would have NAILED that one.
     Some of you probably  know that I find it difficult to not talk for an hour and a half.  And to not laugh with my girls on an adventure would be an impossibility.  The SECOND we made our way to our yoga mats I failed at both.  My mat was positioned directly in front of the heating grate.  I looked at Maryhelen and mouthed, “What the &*!?” to which she laughed out loud.  We are already failing.  But, I can promise you that once those doors shut there was nary a giggle.  I am certain smiling was out of the question, as well.  All we could do was glance at one another and give our special death looks.  I know that everyone spoke deep into my soul with just their eyes.  This is what I heard.  Stacy: “If we have to flip over one more time I am going to lose it on our instructor.”   Tracy: “If she tells me I need to grab my ankle the other way again I am going to grab HER ankle with my fist.”  Tina, Heather, Suzy,  Maryhelen: “Kat, you distract her and we will make a slow run for the door.”  Kat: “I think I might have died twenty minutes ago. My funeral will be your distraction.”
     There were times where I felt like a little girl that was desperate for her mommy’s approval so when our instructor said for the 100th time for me to please breathe through my nose and not my mouth or told me the gap in my fingers was too wide I complied.  But, then I rebelled. Oh guys, I rebelled so HARD.   When she told us to flip over to our knees for the 100th time from a laying position I didn’t budge.  I laid on my back like my life depended on it.  When everyone was done with the knee pose and flipped back over to the laying position I welcomed them back with my death eyes.  Thirty seconds later she told us to flip back over to the knee position so I shut my eyes and hoped she wouldn’t notice that I remained on my back.  And then I heard this. “This is not a class where we lay down and meditate.  You will need to finish this pose. You will need to get up and finish.”  She is not talking to me, right?  My eyes are closed so she can’t see me, right? No such luck.  I could hear Stacy breathing heavy two bodies down from me.  Tina whispered to me, “are our heart rates supposed to be racing?”   I see Tracy grabbing at her empty water bottle.  The instructor said she was ok.  We were almost done.  I passed what was left of my water bottle up to Tracy.  That was a mistake.  The second it left my hands I couldn’t think of anything but water.  But, we love each other with such abandon that we will give our last sips of steaming hot water to one another and not think of the consequences.  I swear I had visions of swiping it right back out of her hands, though.
     When the class was finally over we made our way out of the studio and I witnessed a grown man tearing up.  I looked at him and spoke to him with my death eyes.  “We will never speak of this again. We will carry on with our lives with the thermostat reading a beautiful 70 degrees.  Oh, and Namaste.”
     Once safely outside the studio of doom I began to like sweet Rima again.  We talked for a bit with her and I felt we had a kindred spirit.  She loves adventure and seemed to really enjoy hearing about our group.  I will also say that the next day I had a strange longing to go back and do it again.  Maybe Bikram Yoga is like childbirth.  You forget all of the pain and only recall the jubilation of the end result.  In this case, the door being flung open to cool air.   The veterans in the class told us they would have cried had they taken their first class with Rima.  She is tough, but awesome!  If she had told us we could have left at any time we felt uncomfortable I think we all would have left at the 15 minute mark.  But, she pushed us and we did it.  That is always our only goal.  To just give it a go!  I want to thank her for believing in us and pushing us to finish.  Bikram Yoga was a big accomplishment.  Bikram Yoga with Rima as an instructor deserves some kind of major award.
     Heather thought the adventure was going to be ice-skating.  Here she is before lunch at the Reston Ice Rink. We pretty much did the exact opposite.  We weren’t holding hands in the ice cold singing Christmas carols while happily gliding across the ice. Instead, we spent an hour and a half holed up in a room  that was 105 degrees with 50% humidity gliding across a mat of our own sweat and most likely a little pee-pee mixed in.  Good times.
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     Tracy and Maryhelen were so worried that they just took this group over the edge and that Adventure #21 won’t ever happen.  I say, NO way!  We will all look back on this one as one of the toughest, but we did it!  Once again, we leaned on each other and made it through what would be a nearly impossible task on our own.  I found this comic and I laughed so hard reading it.  I actually think our instructor said to “just not think about it” a few times.  This cracked me up!  We love you, Rima!
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     If you would like to give Bikram Yoga a try and live in the NOVA area check out www.restonyoga.com and ask for Rima.  Tell her the adventure girls sent you and Good Luck to you!
Here is what an hour and a half does to a girl.  Our after shot.
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Next up:  Heather and Stacy have something crazy on tap for us.  Can’t wait!

Adventure #19 – Biking over the Woodrow Wilson Bridge

Oh, my people.  If you have read our blog from the beginning you may have figured out I fear pretty much everything.  Some fears cause more anxiety than others.  But, bridges cause me to do and say things that make others extremely uncomfortable.  I grab hands and I really don’t take into account that some people (Suzy) aren’t hand holders.  I make the driver extremely nervous (Maryhelen) and am too obsessed with all possible dangerous outcomes to realize that.  So, I keep on obsessing about cars that may or may not becoming into our lane LOUDLY and I keep on squeezing hands that may or may not be breaking TIGHTLY.  You may also know that the last time I rode a bike I was with Tina, her husband and my husband and it was a muddy race.  But, did you know that Chris and I came in last place?  Did you know that after that ridiculous showing I sold my bike for $5.00.  So, guess what happened when Tina shared that we would be BIKING over a BRIDGE?  I bit the skin off of my toe-thumb.  I actually bit off ALL of the skin on my toe-thumb.

Enough about my anxiety over bridges and bikes….at least for the next paragraph.   None of us had bikes so Tina provided Stacy and Heather with the extra bikes she had in her garage.  EXTRA bikes!  Yes, Tina and her family are big into biking.  Her son, G, is pretty much a racing prodigy and I, for one, am looking forward to traveling to France to watch him one day.  Adventure #42!!!  This is what Tina’s family looks like when they are about to go riding.

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Aren’t they just so fancy?   Here is our crew right before we took off.

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We are not as fancy…but we look the part just a little, right?  Ok, now look at the background of this pic.  See that bridge WAY far away.  That,  my darlings, is the bridge we will be crossing.  It is very far away and three of us don’t even know how to set up our bikes.  Tina, rode the bikes around the grassy area and got the gears set up for everyone and we were off.   Well, Tina rode the nice bikes around and set up the gears.  My bike is my daughters and it was $50 at Wal-Mart so the gears are what they are.  Ok, now we are off.

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Heather!

Tina and Stacy took off like the rock stars that they are and Heather hung back with me like the rock star that she is.  Everyone needs a Heather in their life.  She will always make sure you are taken care of and never makes you feel like you are holding her back.  I made her ride in front of me so I had something to look at while conquering my fear of bridges with my girls.  She is so sweet and caring and kind until….until she screams at you for bad ideas and drinking coffee past 4PM.  Oh, how I love Heather.  She can ride in front of you leaving a draft to get you up a treacherous hill and then throw an F-bomb your way about wording for  a t-shirt for the VERY FIRST adventure girl baby.  (Sorry, Kelly for kind of spoiling the surprise). But, you should know the wording is NOT my idea because my idea was TERRIBLE.  I think it was because I was not allowed coffee and that hinders my ability to come up with good ideas for onesies.  But, then in the next breath when I tell her she can go ahead of me she says, “No, I am really just enjoying your company.”  I love you, Heather.  There is no tush I would rather look at while dangerous cars zoom past me.

Stacy!

Stacy!

And now onto Stacy.  I know I have probably said this before, but I really admire Stacy.  She has a dry wit like no other and she really gets people.  Her laugh makes me laugh and no one else I know would come to a biking adventure with hot rolled hair but Stacy.  Seriously, that girl looked so beautiful she could have been heading to Prom.  Even after 7.4 miles of blood, sweat and tears she looked like a million bucks.  And it was Stacy that I was able to share some of my deep thoughts about what the trek up that hill meant to me (while the others were off peeing) and I knew she understood where I was coming from and stood ready to offer kindness and laughter and all that happened in 45 seconds.  She really is THAT good.  45 seconds is all Stacy needs to make you feel loved.

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TINA “Spunky Tate”

Tina.  My Spunky Tate.  This girl is kind of a big deal.  She will always laugh at your jokes and I think she may be the most patient of all of us.   After a few emails from me asking if my “compromised lung” could handle the bike ride I finally just said, please tell me the route.  The following is the email thread that will prove just how beautifully patient Tina  is with me.

Tina: Drum roll…. Riding over the Woodrow Wilson bridge..stopping for guacamole & a margarita at national harbor and then when we’re well rested we’ll head back.  Seriously we can go super slow.  We’ll park on the parkway..not riding from my house.  Do u think that sounds fun & ok?  U know I always worry its not adventurous enough but I don’t think any has ever done it.

Kat: HOLY S%*$!  Riding a BIKE over a BRIDGE!   I can’t imagine anything scarier…for me anyways.  Is that a bridge that has a hill?  Freaking out already.  The margarita and guac will surely help ease my anxiety on the way home.  xo

Tina: Oops I didn’t even think about that!  Look at all u will be overcoming:)

Kat: Are we parking at Church St? Thank you for the adrenaline rush this morning.  Must go take nap.

Tina: No near marina where we went sailing..small park right there.  You crack me up.  You are going to rock this!  Still laughing that you got rid of your bike.

Kat: Good grief, that is 4.7 miles each way.  Damn!  We will name this adventure Kat’s Trail of Tears. Yes, I sold the bike for $5.00 and said Peace be With You.

You get the idea.  Tina is a saint.  And as always, plans the most excellent adventures EVER!  This had to be one of my favs.  The only thing that would have made it better was having everyone there.    Lisa came to meet us for lunch and cocktails even though she couldn’t do the adventure due to a nagging foot injury.  She is so loyal and wonderful to all of us.   Can’t wait for her to be back in the saddle.  If I had the strength to put her in a baby’s seat on the front of my bike I would have! :)  Love you, Lisa.  You are an incredible friend and I am so happy your house hasn’t sold yet.  JUST KIDDING…kind of.  not really.

Midway cocktails!

Midway cocktails!

In conclusion, here are a few things I have learned while biking from Virginia to Maryland via a bridge.

1) When someone yells LEFT don’t veer to the left.  That might be your natural inclination, but it is not correct.  Stay to the right.

2) When Tina is going through rules like the one above don’t stare at Stacy’s hair and wonder how she got it to look so good.  Actually listen.

3) Do NOT make a playlist for your ipod to listen to while biking over a bridge.  You will get yelled at by your friends and it will sound like this, “You can’t listen to music while biking over a bridge.  You NEED to be aware. GEEZ.”  If you would like my inspirational playlist let me know.  You can listen to it while doing less dangerous things like climbing a mountain or hunting.

4) When YOU scream left to a biker in front of you make sure you are actually going fast enough to pass him.  It can be quite embarrassing to scream LEFT  and never even catch up to him.

5) The same goes for walkers.

In all seriousness, I beg everyone to do this once.  It is a wonderfully fun, exhilarating, challenging adventure and I know you will love it as much as we did.  Here we are before the trek back over the bridge.  We survived!

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Adventure #18 – Paddleboarding on the Pohick Bay

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This has never happened.  I forgot to write the blog post after our latest adventure.  It was several weeks ago and it occurred to me this weekend when I was planning on meeting up with the girls for The Onion’s (Adventure Girl Kelly) baby shower.  Here is the bad news.  I have short term memory and I forgot all of the fun details.  Here’s the good news. Suzy sat with me at the shower and reminded me of the hilariousness!  Back to the bad news. As I sit here another 24 hours have passed and I forgot it all again.  Well, shoot.  I don’t really know what to do. I will give it a go with what I do remember.  Suzy (our fearless planner) came in jean shorts and a tank top and I laughed in her face when she told us what we would be doing.  My husband and I had “attempted” paddleboarding at the lake last year.  We both failed. Miserably.  I mean, we couldn’t even get UP, miserably.  The laughter made things worse.  Our two youngsters jumping on and paddling into the sunset made it so hysterical that we grabbed a cocktail and vowed to never try it again.  So, when Suzy said, ” I wore regular clothes because I can’t imagine we will fall in”,  I laughed hard.   More good news.  Suzy didn’t fall.  Heather didn’t fall.  Stacy didn’t fall.  Patty didn’t fall.  Lisa didn’t fall….and drumroll….I didn’t fall. Well, not that hard anyway.  No one really saw my fall so really, did it actually happen?  We paddled around the lake for a couple of hours and really enjoyed the beautiful day.  We, of course, went out to eat after and spent some time going around the table and catching up.  So many big things are happening for the girls.  Heather and Suzy both have new jobs and Lisa is moving.  I have plans to ruin all open houses because I can’t imagine her moving away from us.  Oh, I almost forgot!  Patty’s son won  the Arlington Little League World Series Game  this summer.

Wait!  Something else just popped into my head about the adventure! Whew.  I am getting old, people.  At one point my board veered into some dangerous territory and dear, sweet Heather started to paddle over to save me. I told her to save herself, but she kept on paddling over to help me out.  There were trees sticking out of the water, I am sure a few snakes and like always, I was confused and nervous.   Here is the great thing and I may cry while writing this, but I am never truly scared of anything we do anymore. I am always nervous but, I trust these girls with my life.  I trust these girls with my secret fears and I am so overwhelmed with their unconditional friendship.  My hope is that everyone that reads this has a friend or two that listens without judgment, laughs easily at your flaws until they somehow start to seem endearing and above all are kind.  Kind to one another, kind to others and kind to waitresses that don’t seem to give a flying fig about our adventure group.  I promise that I will not forget to write after our October adventure and it will be a better recap than this one.  Stacy and Heather are up and I think it is going to be super fun, folks.  Can’t wait.

As always, we missed the missing.  Here is to a wonderful fall for all of you!  Here we are on our boards.

PS.  Our adventure “guides” were young and cute.  They always are.

PS Dos. I do not know why my swim shorts are unbuttoned.  Did I forget to button them?  Based on recent events it seems likely.

 

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Adventure 17 – DC by Segway

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1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

How many times can you tell an Adventure Girl that we will be naked on an adventure and have her fall for it?  What number adventure are we are on? 17?  Ok, then 17 times.  This adventure was Tina’s choice and I know figuring out what to do was stressing her out.  In the end, she chose the Segway tour and I am so happy she did!  She thought the girls may think it was not adventurous enough, but I want to be clear on one thing.  If it is something that pulls us away from laundry and driving our children to sports practices, encourages us to take a moment to nurture our friendships by trying something new then that is all the adventure we need.  PLUS, Tina drove in DC….with Kat holding the GPS.  Adventure in itself.

Instructional Videos and Bathroom Breaks

Once again, we had to watch an instructional video that outlines all the ways you can die while on the adventure.  At least this time they used stick figures to show the many ways you could crack your head open.  This actually gave me great confidence.  Obviously, real people couldn’t fall off or they would have used actors to demonstrate, right?  But, my over-analyzing mind then took a sharp left turn.  What if they didn’t show REAL people because the results of the fall would be so graphic that you would ask for a refund and run like the wind?  So….when I get nervous I pee.   I walked into the bathroom and I caught the tail end of a conversation between two girls that would be joining our group.

Girl 1: In stall and I couldn’t hear what she said.

Girl 2:  Washing her hands says “Don’t be mean.”

It made me giggle because I was sure they were talking about us.  Here are some of things I thought Girl 1 may have said.  “Can those girls be any louder?”  “Can you believe we are going to have to spend 2 hours with those sorority girls?” “How many times is that girl with the black hair going to have to pee?”   In the end, I hope we won over the two Brooklyn Girls that were thrown into our madness.  And since they asked for our blog address I hope they comment on what was actually said before I walked in on their conversation.

Are you ladies ready? 

It was time for our hands on lesson.  Our guide, Julie, could not have been more patient and kind if she tried.  She reminded me so much of my dear, sweet Colleen Margiloff that I felt so at ease.  UNTIL, it was my turn.  One by one, my adventure girls stepped on their segways and one by one, they rocked it.  It definitely takes a little getting used to and I think it is a wonderful workout because of the sheer amount of butt-clenching.  As always, certain people shine when it comes to ability.  Tina, Maryhelen, Suzy, Heather.  And then there is Patty and Kat.  And actually I shouldn’t include Patty.  I am the only one that fell off during the training.

It was time to hit the streets.  After navigating our first ramp, we were off.  Because DC doesn’t allow segways on sidewalks we had to follow our fearless leader and “drive” alongside the DC traffic.  And Tina was nervous this wasn’t going to be adventurous enough.  You could probably guess who brought up the rear.  Patty and I were lagging behind and that proved to be a bit scary as we watched the crosswalk timer expire to its last few seconds while we were still attempting to cross the road.  Add to that our nervous laughter and it is a wonder we weren’t taken down by a Prius.

We continued on from monument to monument stopping at various locations to hear a story or two from Julie.  She is an excellent story teller.  My favorite was a stop at the Blair House where she told a story about Boris Yeltsin wanting to leave the quarters for an American Style Cheeseburger.  Apparently after a few two many vodkas he snuck out of the Blair House through a window to find a burger joint, but was quickly wrestled to the ground by secret service.  Kindly, they had the on-site chef make him one.  And it was also at that moment that we decided we were going to eat burgers for lunch.  We are always worried about the food.

We made it to the Lincoln Memorial and we were allowed to get off the segways for a closer look.  We were given 12 minutes.  This was the perfect moment for a few photo-ops.  Our Brooklyn girls were so kind to help us with our first one.  Isn’t our beloved city so beautiful?

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But, then we wanted a photo with Lincoln in the background and “The Brooklyns” were nowhere to be found.  So we attempted to take a selfie. After a million tries we had Success!  Until we realized that we forgot to include ‘ol Abe.  Here is our “successful” pic.  Sometimes I wonder about us.  I think if Kelly had been here this wouldn’t have happened.

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Finally, logic struck one of us and we looked around.  Realizing there were hundreds of people surrounding us we decided to ask one kind looking woman to take our photo.  Here is what using your brain looks like, folks.

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Maryhelen. The only title needed for this paragraph.  You are already laughing, I know.

It was finally time to make the last 5 minute trek back to the office.  We hopped back on the segways one by one.   We were all kind of staying put when Maryhelen, looked back and said, “See ya, ladies” and took off!  We all had helmets on and she took off so fast that the bottom of her hair was flapping up from the bottom.  It is so hard to describe, but I can’t stop laughing at the visual. The way she looked back and shouted the see ya still has me in hysterics.  We all followed suit and started tooling around the courtyard area.  Julie, ever so patiently, asks us all if we are ready and to please make our way back to her.  She says the following, “I know we are at the point of our tour where you all feel like pros and you are!  But, this is also when most accidents happen.  Let’s be careful and make our way safely back to the office.”  A few minutes later Maryhelen pulls up next to us and says, “Do you think that convo was directed at me. I think it was, do you?”  Umm, yes, Mario we do.  I wish I had the take-off on video, but here is our big attempt at breaking the rules with Maryhelen.    You can hear Julie’s sweet voice at the end telling us to gather around.  LOL.

What a great day!  We ended it with a trip to BTS.  A great burger joint recommended by Julie.  Boris would have loved it.  There were vodka-infused milk shakes on the menu.  Also, while eating we were reminded of how much we are needed at home.  One by one, we received calls and texts from home with our men needing our help.  The calls ranged from, “I was supposed to be home for daughter at what time? Oops” to “I need you to take a gander at my head when you get home.  I accidentally hit it with an ax.”  I am NOT kidding.  I love our guys.  Thanks for holding down the fort for us while we are away….kind of.

Here we are, including our Brooklyn girls, with our segways.  They were all named by the way, Crazy Eddie, Blackjack, Scareforce One, etc.  I miss those guys.  Acting like tourists is so much more fun while traveling 12 miles an hour.  THANK YOU, Tina and City Segway tours!!!  Visit them and ask for Julie.  You won’t be disappointed. http://citysegwaytours.com/

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A few more pictures of the day!  I love living near DC.  It is so much fun.

Thanks to Our Brooklyn Girls!

Thanks to Our Brooklyn Girls!

Beautiful Washington Monument

Beautiful Washington Monument

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Adventure #16 – Polo Lessons

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There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.  ~Winston Churchill

Hiatus OVER!

If you follow our little blog you may have noticed we have been on a bit of a hiatus.   We are a strong, collective group of 10.  When Tracy and Kelly both moved away from the area we took it hard.  There have been times when one or two of us couldn’t make it to an adventure for one reason or another, but this was different.  The dynamic had changed a bit.  We all bring something wonderful to the group and when one or two are missing it is not easy.  Life moved on and we all have been dealt a few blows this past year.  That didn’t make it any easier.  But, it was time to get back on the saddle . So I thought what better way to get back on the saddle than to ACTUALLY get on the saddle….with mallets and lots o’balls.  POLO balls, you dirty birds.

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I can’t even remember how I landed on Polo lessons for Adventure #16.  I always try to choose adventures that I know will give me butterflies and scare me silly.  I also knew from conversations with the girls through the years that it would stretch them, as well.

Phone Calls to Columbia

I am a bit of an over-planner.  I was relentless with my emails and phone calls to the instructor.  “Will there be enough horses?”  “We are all beginners, just so you know.”  “Are tennis shoes ok?”  “Do you think we will be ok?”  You get the picture.  My emails and phone calls were either not answered or I was sent a curt, “Yes, no or maybe.”  One time I called her and she was in Columbia.  She said, “I can’t hear you.”  dial tone.  I was a little nervous about what it would be like when we got there.   I will not go into too many details because in the end we left happy and fulfilled.  And to be perfectly honest,  I am scared out of my ever-loving mind that I will get my clock rung if I share the details.  Let’s just say she is tough.

Helmet Sqeevies

Patty doesn’t like lice. She now comes equipped with a beanie to put on her head just in case there is a helmet involved.  And the helmets…oh my word.  If you were there you would think we were picking out our dresses for the Golden Globes.  Those late to the helmet wall were left with the football helmets.  Once our heads were fashionably outfitted we were told to head to the barn and pick out a horse.  Tina and I were both a bit nervous so we asked for the calm, less frisky horses.  One of us got our wish and one of us did not. One guess who was saddled with “Horny Henry.”   Check out Tina and Heather trying to figure out the helmet cam, mainly to see the football helmet.

Stacy Lays Down the Law

Stacy was given a horse that just wasn’t feeling like being a good girl.  She took off running a few minutes into our lesson.  Stacy was not down with that.  She let us know she was calling it quits.  We looked over and said an encouraging, “You can do this.”  I was riding next to her and if there is one thing I have learned about Stacy through the years it is this; she says what she means and she means what she says.  She was done.  For the record, I would have been, as well.  That horse was not having any of this polo nonsense. Later that same day when Stacy showed the videos to her husband he laughed and said something along the lines of, “Are you sure those aren’t camels?  They are awfully slow.”  Oh Phil…I oughta….

It looks easy, folks.  It is not.  I have so much more respect for riders now, including my own daughter. But, to every cloud there is a silver lining.  If Stacy had not jumped off that horse we would not have this video footage.  You know the saying, “I can’t make this stuff up.”   Just focus on the audio…especially the last few seconds.  Can you take it? I can’t. stop. laughing.

Despite the “tough love” we felt ready to move to the outdoor arena.  I think Tina and Patty thought it was a lake at first?  In their defense Stacy has a watering eye and Patty is in her 40’s now.

Here we are heading to the “lake!”

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Ohhh….they are supposed to all go in the same direction. Yay, that’s not going to happen.

…and it didn’t. But, we actually learned to whack those balls.  My horsey was as sweet as could be, but was smitten with Suzy’s horse.  He showed his affection by doing the following:  showing aggression, sniffing her butt, pooping as she walked by, attempting to eat that poop when she rounded back around.  I miss him.

Once again, Kelly and Maryhelen led the pack.  Kelly was kind of a big deal.  She not only hit all of the balls, but they went further than a foot.  This isn’t the first time she has showed us all up.  Remember the cave where she scaled the walls?   Maryhelen wanted to trot towards the end of the lesson.  Our instructor let us know she would think about it.  I think right about now she is thinking, “Oh shoot, I forgot to let the skinny girl trot.”

I saw this beautiful quote and picture about friendship and had to share.

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It made me so happy and laugh at the same time.  I thought of the kitty with the missing tail on the farm and Stacy’s horse.  I wonder if they would smooch like that?

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Sweet little kitty.

They will never tear us apart

I do know one thing.  There is NO WAY I can ever go as long as we did between visits.  I feel so inspired and feel like I am walking on air for days after spending the day with them. I realize that one day our bodies will scream, ENOUGH!  But, we will find a way to adventure together.  Maybe Tina’s dream of going in topless in public will come true.  That shouldn’t be strenuous at age 80, right?  Tina, in 2053, I will make that happen for you.

All joking aside…thank you to our tough love instructor.  She was hard-core, but she helped us overcome a few more fears.

Here we are….the 2013 Polo Champions of the World.

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This picture of Stacy cracks me up.

Our instructor discussed with us how a horse can help with anxiety and depression. You could tell that she adored her horses and knew they were capable of doing so much more than just carry us from one place to another.   I can totally see that.  After the initial fear subsided I did feel sense of calm.

Until next time, my beautiful equestrians.   Next up!  Tina.  Can’t wait to find out what Spunky has planned for us in May.

One last thing: Lisa is a rockstar.  Despite foot injury and surgery she still got on the horse.  My girls are strong mammajammas.

A few more videos…

 

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