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Nov. 8th, 2009

Good gravy!

It is almost 1 p.m. and I'm still in my pajamas. This is sooooooo not like me! (But I'm enjoying it!)

So I went to Crown Tourney with the fabulous Cassie. We left on Friday at around 2 p.m., in the hopes to arrive at the site before dark so we could set up the dayshade and not have to deal with it in the morning. Sadly, between heavy traffic, an accident on 95, and a missed street sign, we arrived after dark, which was no end of fun. Try setting up a mucking hoooooge dayshade in the dark, with only a flashlight, in the cold, and you will have hours and hours of pointless fun.

Luckily, Arn, who was there as field coordinator, took pity on us and thus we averted disaster. To make a long story short, although our dayshade, lovingly known as the MHD (mucking huge dayshade), is designed to be set up by two people in about 15 minutes, Cassie and I promptly realized that we only had one person setting up while the other held the flashlight. Thanks to Arn, we now had two persons setting up, and one holding the flashlight. The lack of daylight was still an issue, which made a 15 minute task stretch into an hour and a half, but that's life. Much laughter was had by all, and an MHD was accomplished.

Fast forward.

The procession at Crown was awesome, as usual. However, I think that the prize for most entertaining couple goes to Abel and xgreenjudasx. They had a fabulous Middle Eastern entourage, and she was carried in a palanquin by four strapping young men. Then Abel was announced as "fighting for the honor of the first, and most beautiful of his wives." I nearly died when I heard that. I have posted the Crown Pictures to my Smugmug account, and you can see what I am talking about. The pics of the fighting and a bunch of candids are up too. Here is the link.

To make a long story short, here are the highlights of the event:

  • Addie getting her Laurel
  • Fabulous fighting (I've always said that going to Crown is like going to the Super Bowl. Only the best of the best.)
  • Spending time with friends.
  • Receiving two faboo scrolls by Aneira and Rhonwen for Marcellus.
  • Jean Claude getting his Sea Stag.
  • Ella getting her Sea Dragon.
  • Great fun driving with Cassie.

    And this is it for now. I really most go take a shower and get myself into real clothes.

    Or maybe I will stay in my pajamas. It's that kind of day.

    Belfebe out.
  • Comments

    ( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
    Nov. 8th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
    I've seen photos of both scrolls - Very nice! Of course, my reaction to the photo of the Pearl scroll was . . . . Hassenpfeffer!
    Nov. 9th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
    You need to see those scrolls in person. The pics don't do them any justice. :-D
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    Nov. 9th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
    Re: Order of the Palanquin
    Ohhh, I agree! I now have palanquin envy. Hmmmm ... I must get me some of that ...

    Great pictures your most Excellent Excellency!

    Thanks! Glad you liked them!
    Nov. 9th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
    Secret to looking so great
    You promised to share your secret with me....
    Nov. 9th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
    Re: Secret to looking so great
    Absolutely! :-)

    The secret is proper nutrition and exercise. Now, the question is, what is proper nutrition? There is a lot of confusing information out there. Basically, you avoid processed foods, eat 5 small meals a day, and allow yourself a "cheat" meal per week so you don't feel deprived. By "small meals" I don't mean that you have to cook every time. It's a combination of complex carbohydrates and lean protein. And apple and a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, for instance, is a good example of a healthy snack. I pack a lot of food with me to avoid temptation. Small coolers are your friends. And Container Store has some great "ice" cubes, which keep your food cold all day and do not make a mess as those don't melt.

    I also use protein shakes and bars (not cereal bars, which are packed with sugar!). I have some favorite brands if you want to know more. All of this has to be paired with exercise, which would comprise cardio and strenght training. I don't exercise more than 30 to 60 minutes per day. You don't have to spend hours in the gym. There are very efficient ways of doing this, and you can even do it at home with very little equipment. Not even a treadmill -- the street is free ;-)

    There are a couple of books I can recommend to you if you wish to start. Body for Life by Bill Phillips is the one that I recommend to folks that want to begin. It's very user-friendly. The only thing is that Bill plugs Myoplex shakes a lot, and I don't like the taste of those. There are better and cheaper options.

    BFL is a 12 week nutrition and exercise program, and it's very well explained. Once you finish your 12 weeks, I'd recommend to experiment with other exercise routines to avoid boredom. Otherwise you stall.

    Another publication I live by is Oxygen Magazine. It is geared towards women who are into fitness, many of them body builders or fitness models. You will never see a Hollywood star on their cover, and all of their articles are relevant to nutrition and exercise. It's like having a personal trainer at home.

    I know how challenging it can be to carve time for exercising when you have a small child, but it can be done. It doesn't take that much time. It is in reality a change in habits, and a change in lifestyle, from the point of view that you are making a commitment with yourself. Losing weight is only half the story. Acquiring a new lifestyle committed to fitness is the whole goal. And this is something that will make you not only look great, but feel great. Plus, you will freak out your doctor when you have your physical. Usually, your results will surprise you and your medical provider :-D

    I will be more than happy to give you more info, and to serve as a sounding board, should you want to embark in this!
    Nov. 9th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
    Re: Secret to looking so great
    Thank you Thank you. I am interested. Let me grab that book and take a look.

    And please let me know what protein shakes you recommend.
    Nov. 9th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
    Re: Secret to looking so great
    This is me by the way
    Nov. 9th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
    Re: Secret to looking so great
    That's what I thought. LOL.
    Nov. 9th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
    Re: Secret to looking so great
    I love the Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard shakes. I live by the French Vanilla Cream! I get it through Bodybuilding.com. That site is awesome. They have the best prices, and they ship really fast. I get my Detour Protein bars through them too. Peanut Caramel Crunch.

    The best deal in the latter is to purchase the 12 unit box of the 3oz bars, and eating only half a bar at a time (they are too big to digest in one sitting). The 1.5 oz smaller bars cost a couple of bucks more, but you only get 15 bars. For two or three dollars more you get 12 large ones that after you halve them, make 24. ;-)

    Let me know how it goes! I'll be happy to help!
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