Tuesday, June 26, 2012

San Antonio

Our plan for vacation this year was a road trip west, but we had to adjust a bit to allow for Noodle's recovery from mono. 

We chose San Antonio and spent a few days, at a very leisurely pace, enjoying a short, easy vacation. 

We spent day one on the road. After checking into our hotel, we found the closest Mexican place and had a very good meal. It was slightly different from Oklahoma style Tex-Mex, but we really liked it!

My dinner at Papasitas. I ordered a three-taco place and had devoured two before I remembered to take a picture!

 The next day we visited the Alamo, San Antonio's lovely Riverwalk (complete with boat ride), and had lunch at a British Pub. My two England-crazed daughters were thrilled! 

In front of the Alamo. That girl in the background insisted on photo bombing all my Alamo shots!
The famous Riverwalk

There are some lovely Gardens around the Alamo. we saw these Koi there and they were freaking huge!  I'd say about  2 2 1/2 feet long.

Gorgeous mural!

"I can't believe I'm in a British Pub and I'm going to order Fish and Chips!!!"

River boat cruise...

 The next day we braved Sea World. We did not go on any rides and we took our time, rest and rehydrating often.

Dolphin feeding

Mama sea lion and her baby.

The girls got to feed these greedy guys!

The main reason for going to Sea World was to meet this guy. We got to visit the penguin habitat, learn how they're fed, meet with their caretakers, and actually pet penguins. It was thrilling, it really was. 

This is mated pair. They mate for life. 
 Our last day was spent on the road again.

All in all it was a nice little trip. We went at the right time, before it gets too busy and too hot. There were just the right amount of people, but no real crowds. Sea World was busy, of course, but not overly so. 

I definitely recommend a visit!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Back in March I wrote about how I was not going to let this damn disease (RA) get the best of me. I was going to fight harder. I'm still fighting. 

I have worked with my trainer every week since mid-March. It's taken some time to get beyond just the two days of weight training, and add extra activity, but I'm getting there. 

It's summer, and as a teacher I have the luxury of time off. I got our vacation out of the way as soon as possible, and have been focusing on myself. I'm writing, reading, and working out more and more every day.

Today I started the couch-to-5K plan and I cannot believe I actually ran. I RAN!!! I am also tracking my food on the "Lose it!" app. 

There's a part of me that feels like I have to get in as much activity as possible because who knows how long this "remission" will last. So, every day, the first thing I do is throw on exercise clothes and shoes. Before I get in the pool, run errands, rest in my recliner (I force myself to rest some every day, usually in the evening) I have to get those clothes sweaty. And I do.

I'll write about out little vacation later in the week.

Monday, June 18, 2012

As of today, I have two teenagers...

Today is Noodle's birthday, she's thirteen, and older daughter started driver's ed. *sigh*

I wrote this poem for Noodle last week and she scampered around the back yard. Yes, she scampered, because last week she was twelve and still my small girl.

Summer Morning on the Porch

Sophie, sitting at the edge
of the water,
blowing dandelion fluff
that slowly drifts like summer snow.

Bobwhites sing to their girlfriends.

Sophie, walking the length of
the pool,
longing to enter despite
The misty skies, cool breezes.

Puppy shadows follow her every move.

Sophie, cupping small pools
of water in her palm,
Savior of frogs, each one
named before it is freed.

Joan Hagy
Guthrie, OK
June 2012