Friday, October 4, 2013

Five on Friday

Trying something new today, and linking up with Five on Friday happening over at The Good Life .  My Daughter1 links up here most Fridays, and I'm pretty sure I can come up with a list of five somethings, so here we go-

1. Boot camp. BOOT CAMP. Oh my word. I want it stated for the record that I pushed one of those horrible awful ridiculous weighted sleds back and forth across the room at 6 AM today, and I did not die. I thought for a minute I might, but here I am so it's all good.  In case you don't know what I'm talking about you'll find a photo here.

No, that's not me in the picture-ha!

I have no idea how much the sled weighs on it's own, but the instructor added 165 pounds to it, plus if you happen to be in tip top shape, she hopped on top of the sled, and you had to push her right along with it. Since I'm not in tip top shape (yet!), I just had the weights and trust me, it was enough.

I'd arrived a few minutes early and saw the class before mine moaning and groaning, and my heart started beating fast. Who needs a workout when you've got the worry gene. I can usually be counted on to get my own heart pumping.

But y'all! I did it!

2. Gourmet Lunch. An unfortunate segue from the fitness piece, but such is life. We have our first gourmet group luncheon of the year today and we're doing a harvest theme. The recipes all use fresh ingredients easily found this time of year like butternut squash, apples, beets, spinach, sweet potatoes and pears. I'm making chicken with a butternut squash and Gorgonzola sauce that sounds interesting. Always lots of wonderful foods, new recipes to try, and a great way to usher in the weekend.

3. Sometime last week I wrote my 1000th blog post. I thought I should mention it, maybe say something deep and meaningful, but it's Friday and did I tell you I pushed a weighted sled and did 100 planks and bounced one of those insane weighted balls at 6 AM this morning? It's made my brain a little fuzzy, so I'm afraid I can't do deep right now.

4. This post needs a picture, don't you think? I've been saving this one because I wanted to give it a post of its own, and I think I will still do that,  just not today.

I had a custom sign made for my family room by the wonderful Dee at Red Letter Words. I'd seen one on Lisa-Jo Baker's blog, and The Nester has one too, and if anyone needs a sign reminding them of all the streets and cities and countries they've resided in through the years, I'd say it's us.

I cannot tell you how much I love this sign and all the feelings it brings to the surface every single time I look at it.

5. How about we wrap this up with a random, but informative, fact that I wonder about every time we drive into city via the Lincoln Tunnel.  As you approach, there's a big banner on the overpass above your head, which you have plenty of time to read because you are generally at a crawl miles before you get to the actual tunnel, and it says,

"Welcome to North Jersey-Embroidery Capital of the World since 1872'.  

See, you always learn something when you read here.
Enjoy your weekend everyone!


  1. I love that sign. Might have to get one. Have a good weekend, Joyce!

  2. Okay, it is brag on you time! That was no small feat you accomplished this morning and I just wanted you to know that I am so proud of you. If you have made it this far, you can surely make the rest of the class, then who knows. You may become an endorphin addict. LOL. Have a great weekend.

  3. Boot Camp!! Go girl!!! That is tough work!!!!

    I love that sign with the areas... you could do that for vacations too :)

  4. Congrats on the sled thing. Wow! We have something referred to as boot camp, but I'm not ready, yet. The treadmill is my friend right now. I have a goal to walk comfortably at 3.5 mph. When I get there. I'll reassess. :) And congrats on 1000th post! That's quite a milestone!

  5. I am so excited for you and your Boot Camp....way to go! I have about 10 more posts to go to hit my 1,000th....congratulations! I love your sign, what a great idea. I will go check them out. Enjoy your weekend.

  6. I love your very own WORD collage. I may have to do that

  7. So impressed you went to Boot Camp! I'm pretty sure I would never do that. Also... excited to see you got the sign hung up! Looks great!

  8. Bless you for Boot Camp and pushing that sled!! Whewie!! Love the sign. Wishing you a great, restorative weekend!

  9. You pushed that sled??!! Wow, that is impressive, for sure! Good for you!!
    I love love that sign!

  10. I didn't realise that you had lived in England. How long for?

  11. Love the sign! What a GREAT IDEA for Christmas!

  12. So impressed that you're still hanging in at boot camp. Pretty sure I would have bowed out by now. :) Love the sign too! Have a great weekend!

  13. Woot woot for Severna Park. I can imagine the warm fuzzies from looking at your sign. Kudoes to you for doing boot camp. I'm pretty sure I don't have one tenth of the strength needed to push that thing an inch without a single weight added to it! Let me know if you like the chicken dish of which you speak. I love Gorgonzola and butternut, but can't say I've ever had them together.

  14. I think I need Boot Camp!
    And I love that sign. I'm from Richmond! :)

  15. Oh, I would die at Boot Camp, I'm sure sure of it. Think I'll just stick with the treadmill. :o)

    I love, love that sign and may have to check it out.

    Happy week!

  16. Joyce, way to go on the Bootcamp exercise! Tim McGraw does all that crazy stuff - and he looks pretty darn good! I love the "places you've lived" sign too! Hmmm....something I might give our family for Christmas? And, I do believe more specifically that Hoboken is the Embroidery Capital. Right? ha!

  17. I'm pretty impressed about the boot camp! I can't even get up the energy to take the dogs for a walk! :)
    LOVE that sign! PERFECT for y'all! :D