I know it has been a really long time since I have blogged and I am hoping to publish about 5 half written posts soon to catch you up on what has been happening in my life. But for now I am focused on the present and some big goals I have made this year. I signed up for my first marathon! I will be running the Rock N Roll San Diego Marathon on June 2nd. I know in order to run 26.2 miles and stay healthy, I will need to be dedicated to training and therefore need to hold myself accountable. Therefore I am going to make some monthly goals and check back in weekly or monthly to let you know how I am doing.
Goal #1 – PR a 5k – (I am cheating on this one because I already did PR my 5k for February and I just need to blog about the Best Damn Race to let you know about it)
Goal #2 – 3 to 4 training runs a week -My running plans for this week :Monday – 4 miles, Wednesday 3 miles, Thursday 3 miles, Sunday 13.1 (Half Marathon) I have to give myself flexibility on 3 to 4 because my work schedule is hectic and my IT bands get so sore… which leads me to my next goal
Goal #3– Yoga 4 times this month ( I already did 1 intro to hot yoga class yesterday which I LOVED so much I signed up for a 10 class package) My IT bands and hips appreciate the good stretch.
Goal #4 – Strength training 2x a week
Here is to a great February!
P.S. If my brother reads this he better be just as committed as I am to running this marathon. Time to get training.
Today was such a fun day to meet with the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers. We were invited to go to the Parkesdale Farm Market for a tour and taste of their famous Strawberry Milkshakes. The drive was supposed to take us 45 minutes but traffic was light and we made it in a 1/2 hour. Bruce came with me to keep me company (and I bribed him with a milkshake).
August 4th and 5th I got to go to New York with Bruce for a quick visit. He was there to work but I was there to just have fun. Saturday I took a walking tour of the city which led me through Times Square and Central Park. I also do some shopping and I figure I walked over 6 miles on Saturday. I hope you enjoy some of the pictures that I took while on the walk.
Saturday night, Bruce and I had dinner at Grand Central Station’s Oyster Bar. Our second time there but it is so good and just what we wanted. On Sunday I was up early to watch the Olympic Women’s marathon. Then Bruce and I went to the 9/11 memorial and did more shopping at Century 21. After a quick lunch, Bruce went back to work and I did a little more walking around New York before we caught our plane. I just love New York. I love the fact that in the middle of the city is this beautiful park and everyone is out doing something. It makes it very exciting. I can’t wait to go back. What is your favorite thing to do while in New York? Or what is the top of your list to do on your first visit?
One day while I was playing around on Pinterest, I came across a recipe for Sarasota Lemonade. I pinned the recipe to make later as it had a picture of my favorite Moscato wine. Barefoot Moscato is sweet and you can usually find it for a great sales deal at Target or Publix. It is a perfect summer wine.
1.5 liters Moscato Wine (Preferably Barefoot)
2 cups raspberries
1 Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate
2 or 3 cups ginger ale
Put 1 cup of raspberries in a pitcher and mash with a wooden spoon to release their juices. Add 1/2 a bottle Moscato Wine and Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate. Mix well. Add 2 cups of ginger ale. Mix and taste. You may want to add more Moscato wine if you want more of a cooler effect or if you like more fizziness add more ginger ale. Serve over a few whole raspberries and ice.
This is how much I mashed my raspberries.
Here is how much wine I used. Again this is a 1.5 liter bottle. Also, I made this for my husband who is not a lover of wine but was told by his heart doctor to drink it. Since I made this for him too, I did not add anymore wine. (Also, please excuse the cat in the background. Stella was wondering what I was doing.)
Enjoy over ice and more raspberries.
I was able to finally swim with the dolphins yesterday. This has been on my bucket list since high school (along with learn to play the guitar and see Les Miserables which were both completed a long time ago).
I learned about Discovery Cove in Orlando through Mealsandmiles. But didn’t really have any idea of when I was going to be able to actually do it when a month ago, Bruce suggested we use a hotel living social deal for a weekend away in Orlando. The deal was about to expire. With a two night stay in Orlando, we knew we had to do something fun. Since we are doing Disney World in October we crossed that off the list first. Then there was the decision to swim with the dolphins at Discovery Cove, go to Universal Orlando, or spend the time shopping at the great outlets.
My husband knew it was always going to be swim with the dolphins. You see we had tried to swim with dolphins on our one year anniversary in the Keys but the weather (constant rain) made the timing not right. So I quickly booked our reservation to Discovery Cove. Yes you have to have reservations because the park is limited in the number of people allowed in each day and they fill up on the weekends quickly so book early if you want to go.
We ended up arriving at 9 am and the line was long but it did move fast. The park opens at 8 am so next time I am getting there earlier. This is the building where you check in. You are given a badge that identifies you and your time to swim with the dolphins. If you chose to drink, the badge will notate that you are of age and if you chose to connect your credit card to the badge it can be used to buy souvenirs in the park. The swim time is given on a first come first serve basis. Since we were late, we were given a 4:10 pm time.
After checking in, you have the chance to get a complimentary photo taken of your group. Do it as it is free. Sorry for the bad pic of a picture. But the grin shows you how excited I was. After the picture, we got our free locker (so convenient) and found chairs to save for the day. If we would have waited we would have had a hard time finding two chairs together but we lucked out and got chairs in the shade too. Get the shade because you spend a lot of time in the sun while you are swimming.
After relaxing for a bit we decided to stroll around the park and decide what we are doing first. The first stop was the reef and snorkeling with all types of fish and stingrays. There are shallow areas where you don’t need to snorkel and still pet the stingrays or there are deeper areas (12 feet) that allow you to dive too. So you do what you feel comfortable doing. Here is a picture of Bruce in his snorkeling gear ready to explore.
And a picture of me because we can’t just embarrass Bruce.
It was cool to snorkel right next to sharks. Bruce was trying to knock on the glass to get their attention.
We saw some pretty coral too.
I should mention the water is cold. It has to be cold for the fish. I was glad the sun was out and if I kept moving I was fine. Check what a pro I was at snorkeling…
This was what I was checking out. These two sting rays looks to be bigger then me. A little scary but maybe they were sleeping because they didn’t move.
There were school of fish too. The reef was so much fun.
After the reef, Bruce and I went back to our chairs with drinks and snacks to warm back up in the sun. We had a nice lunch and went around the lazy river. We didn’t take the camera so no pictures. About 3/4 of the way through the lazy river we were told we were on silver alert because of a storm that was coming so to be a little quicker on the way to the exit. There are only two exits in the river so plan on spending some quality time chilling unless you want to swim a lot to get out faster. By the time we exited we could see the storm clouds so we decided to give up our chairs and chill. We also started to worry about our dolphin swim. We asked an employee and was told that only lightening would delay the swim. Rain = water and would not stop the action so we shouldn’t worry. Although there never was a down pour it did sprinkle on and off during our dolphin swim. They do not allow cameras on the dolphin swim but there are professionals there so we got a nice picture of Bruce and I playing with our new friend.
I loved every second of the time with the dolphin. We got to touch, kiss, hug and play. Getting to grab onto her fins and have her pull was amazing. I could feel the power and strength as she moved her 400 pound body through the water pulling me. It was amazing. And then it was over way too quick. At that point I realized, I was freezing and the sun was not out to warm me. Don’t be fooled by the smile, it was cold.
I was so glad we had brought dry clothes to change into. By the time we were done with our swim it was after 5 pm and the park closes at 5:30 pm. With no time for another swim in the reef, Bruce and I had hot showers (with free shampoo, conditioner, shower gel) and got dressed in dry warm clothes. We walked around one last time to get some more pictures and drink one more beer. One of the employees offered to take our picture. (Actually more then one!)
What do I really think about Discovery Cove? The bad – it is EXPENSIVE. But you have to take into account that they limit the number of people in the park and that makes the customer service so much better. The park was kept clean through out the day. Every time I went to the bathroom it was clean which has to be hard with all the sand and water being dragged in. The food and drinks were good and included in the price. We enjoyed not having to worry about how much food cost and considered it to be cruise like for that aspect. Plus they supply sunscreen, towels, bath supplies etc. So you don’t have to pack it all with you. The extras we bought were a underwater camera which was $14 because we didn’t have time to stop and get one before hand. The $14 was worth it as she wrote my name on it with sharpie saying if it gets lost it would be at the lost and found. I would never have thought of that if I had brought one from home. We also spent $20 on the picture of the dolphin. Pricey but how often do you get to swim with one? So it was worth it. We had so much fun and even though it was expensive we will be going back someday. It was too much fun to not go back.
Sorry the pictures are so small. I can’t figure out how to make them larger. You can check out more pictures and click through for bigger pictures at this website.