And All of the Rest

Last week we recapped the first part of 2016. Now, let’s finish this thing out. The post and the year!

July

I had to go to Pennsylvania for work again.

I gymmed two and a half times.

I hiked twice. One of which was a lovely day trip to Jerome where we hiked in a lovely forest then had lunch with an amazing view. I love Arizona. It’s truly a beautiful state.

Lunch View

The month ended with me turning 44!

August

August started with my boyfriend’s birthday and me being better at Top Golf than either of us thought I’d be. Doesn’t mean I was good, it just means I wasn’t as horrid as expected. Then I took him and his dog to a Diamondbacks game and enjoyed all of the free treats, hot dogs, and drinks that we could all stand. We got to take home toys and a new bed. It was pretty awesome.

Then it was our 1 year anniversary! Yay!

I hiked three times. Once in a new to me spot and another in an old spot that, for some reason, gave me all of the anxiety. My anxiety was high a lot this year. I have theories as to why but I won’t delve into them.

Spur Cross

I gymmed with my trainer three times.

I had another massage. I’m clearly living a hard life.

We went to another work party for his company.

One of my tires totally just shred on my way to work one day and I had to buy all new tires. It was due. I just wasn’t ready. Life, sometimes, forces you to be ready.

September

When I saw it announced that The Revolution would be doing a reunion show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, I immediately told my boyfriend. Who immediately said “Are you going?” and me saying “Yes. This will not be a regret in my life.” He bought me my plane ticket for my birthday because he is so kind. So the very first weekend in September I took off on my own to Minneapolis with directions to the Purple Rain house, First Avenue, and Paisley Park. It was an amazing trip and I am so glad that I did it. I danced my feelings out for a while. I cried. I missed his presence on that stage. I missed his voice in those songs. It was amazing but not complete.

Celebrating the Music
First Avenue

Memorials

I had yet another massage. Because, really, why not at this point?

We went to my first NFL game! The Cardinals vs the Buccaneers. It was so much fun!

I was introduced to the world that is LuLaRoe and I now have many ridiculous leggings. The clothes are fun and easy and comfortable and it’s all ridiculous. I’m ridiculous. No regrets!

I took my dearest friend to California as a 2015 Christmas gift and we had pasta salad and relaxation on the beach for the weekend. I found a lovely bungalow on Air BnB and it was walking distance to the beach.

Our Spot

I gymmed with my trainer thrice.

Hiking? What’s hiking? – September, if it could talk.

October

Let’s just get this out of the way now. Yes, I had a massage. I truly had no idea that I’d turned massages into a monthly occurrence until I sat down to write this. I’m a lady of luxury, apparently.

I gymmed a whole big total of not at all.

I hiked once! It was a hike I organized and then once I was there I was all “this is not the trail I was looking for” and I regretted my decision. But a fun time was had by my little group, at least. The other group, that didn’t listen to my words, did not have such a good time. It happens.

Holbert Trail

We took all three dogs to Barktoberfest and had a doggone good time. I don’t regret that dad joke. Not one bit.

We hosted my friends at my house for a potluck “Halloween” dinner and that was a nice evening.

When my boyfriend learned that WVU would be the team his school’s football team would be playing for homecoming, he decided it was time to go home. So, I got to go to Oklahoma and see where he grew up, where his Mom worked, his hometown, his school, and meet two of his best friends. I also got to watch OSU beat WVU. But the crowd around us was so nice and put up with my cheering for the Mountaineers like good sports should. What a pleasant experience.

November

November was a crazy month! My boyfriend started a new job and was in NYC for two weeks then I went to WV for Thanksgiving for a week. So routines were non existent but it all worked out ok. The day I flew to WV was the same day he flew back from NYC. Luckily there was a gap in between those two events and we were able to meet up at the airport and have lunch together and hugs and kisses. Awww.

I managed to get two hikes in. And I drove my hiking friends and cheered for them while they did the Phoenix Summit Challenge. One of the hikes was the day after hike with the doggies.

Puppy Hike

I went to the gym and worked with Tyler six times!

I did not get a massage. What in the hell happened here?!?!? I demand better treatment from my schedule!

While in West Virginia I was the laziest lazy that never did a thing. I did drive to Virginia one of the days for a last minute visit with my friend, Jeff. We went to a safari zoo where you can drive through and feed the animals. OMG! That shit was hilarious. The llamas are intimidating as all hell.

Safari Park

My family and I went to The Greenbrier and had dinner then looked in all of the shops. I made my niece cry. On purpose. I’m harsh.

We also saw less than 25% of our fellow citizens vote for horribleness. And now we’re all stuck with it. Thanks to less than 25% of us! This does not sit well with me. It doesn’t sit well with me for so many reasons. I will not go into them for this is not a political blog but holy fuck do I hate seeing all of the people he is surrounding himself with and the potential to fuck every aspect of our lives that it holds. I’m angry and I’m sad. Fuck this guy.

December

I worked at the gym with my trainer five times. During our last session of the year he gave me a Christmas present. A book of stretches. Because he wants me to stretch. I think I’ll finally take that under consideration.

I got a massage. Balance has been restored!

Speaking of balance, we watched “A New Hope” with a friend in preparation for “Rogue One.” “Rogue One” is good but, maybe, not necessary. I like the look of it. The music was generic, however. And it felt like a much longer movie. The last 20 – 30 minutes, though, are pretty good.

My company had its annual holiday party at the owner’s house and it was, as always, lovely.

I hosted my friend and her family for our annual Christmas dinner. I used to go to her house on Christmas morning and was part of her family. But her life has changed and my life has changed and now we just do it on a different day and we are all still family because that never changes.

Christmas was fairly low key this year and I wound up really missing my family and just feeling sad deep in my soul. I’m not sure why. It’s possible it’s just the crap fest that was 2016 found me wanting to be surrounded with love, comfort, family, and familiarity. Someone once told me that having traditions was a double edged sword because it was nice when it happened but then it also gives one expectations that lead to disappointment when they don’t happen. I think I felt the cut of that sword this year.

Christmas Eve we went and spent the evening for dinner with his sister and her family and a family of friends, and that was really nice. Christmas morning we had breakfast tacos then we made carrot cake cheesecake and it was all low key and chill. Except for the dogs. They have no chill. These poor toys are already dead.

Christmas Morning

Then I also found myself feeling lots of bitterness and jealousy and resentment bubbling up. Again, I’m going to blame how shitty 2016 was as a whole. I mean, yes, you just read that I had a lot of good times. And I did. But, sadly, the death of Prince and the election of Trump and all of his cabinet picks so far just really overshadow that for me. And then just this week Carrie Fisher died. So, I’ve run out of optimism for the time being. I’m trying to work through my bitterness and jealousy because that’s not fun.

I had two hikes scheduled that I had to cancel out on because of overall feelings of ugh. It’s either high level allergies or a low level cold or both. And it sucks ass and is making me surlier since hiking makes me happy and now I can’t even do that because “rest!”

So, I guess I’m ending this year on a down note. That’s not like me, really. I usually find the silver lining or have some sort of Carrie Bradshawesque thought process where I’ve learned something. This year, I don’t like what I’ve learned.

But, in order to end on a positive, I do like that the year ends on a Saturday and the new one starts on a Sunday. It’s a nice, neat way to begin. Now, let’s see where it takes us.

Half a Year

The end of the year is quickly approaching and I’m realizing I only posted here twice. Once to catch up on 2015 and then when Prince died. That’s not super great. It’s like I’m not even a blogger! I guess maybe I’m really not?

But I want to be! I used to be! So, one of my goals in 2017 will be to use this space again. It’ll be a wee bit different than when I was using it to solely track my training and hiking leading up to the Grand Canyon hike but not by much. I want this space to keep me accountable to my goals and my aspirations and my emotions and feelings on track. A public journal so I actually feel accountable to something other than myself. Which is sad. But it’s reality so that’s that.

This post will be a quickie roundup of the first half of this year. It would likely be far too long to do it all at once. What with me being wordy at times and using photos so you can ooooh and aaaah at stuff.

Part two will be posted next week. Because there’s still a bit over a week left of the year and who knows what will happen!

January

The year started with my boyfriend taking me to the Cactus Bowl to watch WVU play ASU! Our seats were right beside the WVU Marching Band, which is awesome, and the Mountaineers won! It was so great to be walking around outside the stadium seeing so many of the WV logos and the blue and gold. It was great. I loved it.

I only worked out twice, due to having to go to Pennsylvania for a week for work and various family events. I did, however, hike three times in preparation for the National Trail Trek! Which was also in January. My friend, Jeff, came out and participated in it with me and then got stuck here due to snow on the East Coast. The day after the NTT we all hiked with our dogs to make sure we got a nice, easy hike in to reduce stiffness. Plus who doesn’t want to hike with a herd of puppies? Nobody I want to know!

Happy Hiker!

I continued to see the chiro all month to make sure my hips stayed in alignment and I ended the month with a massage and pedi. That one was well earned after the travel and hiking!

I was able to go to two Suns games, both for free! One of which was floor seats! Yay sportsball!

February

This was a bad month for activity for some reason. Timing and events, I suppose. I only worked out with Tyler twice and didn’t go to the chiro at all.

My Dad came to town for the Waste Management Phoenix Open and I did a lot of walking around that weekend, thank goodness.

My hiking friends and I had a clothing swap and me and the boyfriend went to a roller derby.

The month ended with the one and only hike! It was in a lovely location where we saw a herd of wild horses and a bald eagle soared overhead. It was quite majestic and my first sighting of one in the wild!

Butcher Jones Hike

March

I had allergy testing done and found out I’m allergic to a whole slew of things and should just never go outside ever. Oh, well.

I went to the gym and worked with Tyler NINE TIMES!! Go March!! *flex*

I went to the chiro once. I think that was my last visit.

We (when I say we, I mean me and my boyfriend. I’m a we now. It’s nice.) went to a Cubs spring training game. I decided then that I would be a Cubs fan for I like the little cubbie logo guy. And this turned out to be one of the best decisions I made this year.

I had my yearly mammogram and this one was the worst one yet. The lady manhandled me worse than I’ve ever experienced, it hurt like hell, and when it was all over I felt incredibly violated and I cried. A lot. I understand that this is part of taking care of my body and my health and my life but there has to be a better way. I shouldn’t feel such intense violation in order to stay healthy.

I had four hikes in March and they were all awesome. The first one was a fun little puppy hike. The second one was a beautiful hike in Sedona. The third one was an even more beautiful but terrifying hike in Sedona that was just my boyfriend and I. He got me through the very scary spots and I even went out on the very high and not as narrow as it seems bridge! The last hike for the month was the Move Across 2 Ranges. And instead of doing 21 miles I did 3. Because I was not in the mood. Instead I sat in the sun with a hiking friend who also determined she was not in the mood and talked and read a book and had snacks and it was relaxing and exactly what was needed.

Devil's Bridge

April

I gymmed four times. One of which was solo since Tyler took a vacation.

I hiked twice. One of which was in a totally new to me place and it was really nice.

There were lots of fun events in April. I went to a fun work party with the boyfriend. A Seder celebration with one of my friends at her home with family and friends. One of my dearest friends got married in Vegas and that was a fun weekend. The owner of my company took us to a lovely evening that included a limo bus ride to the venue, an amazing dinner, and a suite where we watched a Carrie Underwood concert. I’m not big on country but that was a really fun evening.

I already discussed Prince dying. I don’t want to again. It still sucks and I still hate it and I still find it terribly unfair and unnecessary and unreal.

I ended the month with a massage. I’m worth it.

Carrie Underwood

May

I only hiked twice but I managed to hit the gym and work with my trainer four times. Which is amazing considering I went to England for a week!!

That’s right. I finally made it to London. It was amazing. We did so many things and had such delicious foods and I finally saw Stonehenge and I had to drive and that was weird and just all of the things! Then an epic layover in Ireland that resulted in us really only sitting and enjoying the fact that we were in Ireland for, oh….half an hour! We didn’t realize the Dublin airport was a pre-TSA check airport and that we had to go through all of that. But it made the layover in Philly so much easier and relaxing. 

Dan Saturday

Stonehenge!

June

The month started with my friends coming to town for the Comicon. We did a low key version of the ‘Con this year and, instead, did lots of pool party shenanigans at my house. Fun was had by all.

I went to the gym and worked with Tyler four times.

I had a massage. Because I’m a mess of knots.

The only hiking I did was in Yellowstone! Yes, I went to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks with my family. I saw a grizzly bear with a cub. I saw a black bear with two cubs. I saw buffalo and elk! It was more beautiful than you can imagine. While there we hiked the Brink of Lower Falls trail and Uncle Tom’s Trail. The elevation of the park was enough to make it hard for me to breathe. Neither trail, really, is difficult. But yes it is if you cannot breathe. My first night in Jackson Hole I threw up multiple times due to elevation sickness. I get all of the dumb afflictions, you guys. But anyway, Brink of Lower Falls trail is a sort of steep graded set of switchbacks. Down was no sweat. Walking up required many breaks. Uncle Tom’s Trail, however, was mostly a series of staircases. With over 300 steps. That are mounted on the side of the mountain. And are see through. My fear of heights was deeply engaged. But I did it! Hell yeah, I did.

Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

And that is the first half of 2016 brief update. See you next week!