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About Whine Less

Mom of two girlies. Hiker. Runner. Nature lover. Vegetarian. Coffee fiend. Music junkie. Bad dancer. Love my big family. Blessed.

Prom, Track, & Needles

Spring, glorious Spring! Oh how I adore you! We are trying to enjoy every bit of it.

Last weekend was Junior Prom for OMG Becky.

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Love this dress! It had a modest slit (just above the knee) and an open back (not low, just open.) Gorgeous!

Sassy had a big weekend, too.

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After three years of studying every Wednesday night, she was confirmed last Sunday! So proud of her!

We are also enjoying her very busy track season. Track is a new sport to us. Up until this year, I had never even been to a track meet!

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Her usual events include hurdles, high jump, 1600 meter run, and 1600 meter relay. I am in awe of her high jump skills! And she is getting so speedy! Her placement ribbons are stacking up. I’m really going to miss these meets when the season ends.

A not so good thing happening around here. I hurt my right ankle. No idea how. It’s been giving me problems the last two weeks. It doesn’t hurt much to walk. And I can run on it. It hurts more in the side to side movements. I’ve been icing and elevating it often. Then swelling started on Thursday. Ugh.

On Friday at work, I had ASTYM performed on it and then kinesio tape applied for support. It felt great the rest of the day. Yesterday was another story. It was the worst it had been and hurt with every motion. I spent most of the day avoiding any movement of it.

Today, I got the privilege of being a “patient” for a residency lab on dry needling. They evaluated me, put me through exercises, stretched me, and then the needling began.

(Cotchett M, Landorf K, Munteanu S, Raspovic A)

They needled my lower back, right glut, right calf, and right ankle. And it wasn’t so bad! Half of the needles I didn’t ever feel. The other half were just a slight prick. Others would get into the muscle belly and start twitching &/or pulsating. It was such a weird sensation! A few would then hurt and cause me to curse a bit. I was there for a good two hours. They told me I would be fatigued for a couple of days. I can deal with that. The best part? My ankle feels so much better right now! I hope it lasts! They think I either have a muscle strain or a stress fracture. I will have a couple more treatments this week, perform daily exercises on my own, and then we’ll see how it is doing. If not better, off to the ortho doc I go. Boo.

I will leave you with this life hack today. I have finally figured out how to properly reheat leftover onion rings so they remain crunchy!

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Reheat in an oven at 450 degrees for 7 minutes. Perfection!

Did you run track in school?

What’s your favorite track event to participate in or watch?

We Are the Champions!

Yesterday was a fun day for us!

It didn’t start off on the best foot. I had to take OMG Becky to work because her car was in the shop very early. (Did I tell you she had bought her first car? She did and she loves it! So proud of her hard work!)  After dropping her off, I had a an hour to stop for coffee before heading to the part of my morning I was actually looking forward to.

massage, massage room, spa

A massage! Oh so heavenly! I have discovered since I was in the wreck a few years ago, a massage every month really keeps my back and neck pain at bay most of the time. And it’s awesome for my legs and hips when I’m really hitting the trails. I don’t look at it as a luxury, though it is fantastic. For me it’s more about preventative maintenance. Now if I could just get my insurance to pay for it!

After that I worked a couple of hours for my parents, then Sassy called and was ready to come home. She had spent the night with family at the lake.

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Such a gorgeous day! Spring is here, I can feel it.

After picking up OMG Becky and taking her to get her car, (No big repair, thankfully, just a vacuum hose that needed to be replaced!) we had a road trip to get on. We were headed to the middle of the state for her high school boys basketball championship game!

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I think most of our city was there! We played a city from the other side of the state, but the game was right in the middle of the two. I kind of felt bad for the other team and the lack of their fan support. Our fans made up 4/5 of the arena crowd. Yes, I counted! More like a visual guesstimation by colors worn and sections filled, but I’m sure my guess is pretty accurate.

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And my goodness, our fans were loud! We sat next to the student section. It was across from the parent section. These two sections chanted and cheered back and forth the entire game. So much energy!

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Sassy and her friend were on the other side of the student section. She had come down with her friend’s family earlier in the day. They got there early enough to have lunch downtown and drive around the university campus awhile.

The game was an exciting one! We put the first points on the board and the other team, try as they might, just couldn’t ever catch us.

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State Champions! It has a nice ring to it!

What was the best part of your weekend?

Birthday Celebrations x 4

Sassy is breaking my heart. My baby. My little girl turned 14 last week. We had to celebrate and celebrate we did. For four days. It was a long weekend!

Thursday (her actual birthday), she got out of school at lunch time to spend the rest of the afternoon with her siblings. Their brother was in town! He’s a Marine stationed in California. He will be deployed for his second overseas mission later this month. This time to Iraq.

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How cute are they? I’m so glad they got to spend the afternoon together!

That evening I got her all to myself. We went out for froyo.

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She does it all wrong. She got one flavor of froyo, a bunch of candy, including gummy bears, topped it all with white chocolate sauce, and then stirred it all together. Ick! She obviously doesn’t know that you get a few different flavors. (On this day five for me.)  Top it with a few nuts, shredded coconut, and chocolate candies. Proceed to eat one flavor at a time. Perfection!

Back home, I left her open her a few of her gifts before she went to basketball open gym. Her main gift was a pair of running shoes she wanted.

open birthday present, Nike shoes gift

She was more than a little excited about them!

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I can’t say I blame her! They are pretty and they are my size. Hmmm…  She also wanted and received a pair of black and white running shorts to match. She is so my daughter!

With Friday night came more celebrating. We headed to the mall to meet up with Sassy’s best friend and her friend’s mom. The girls both had plans to get their ears pierced. Second holes for both of them. This was something Sassy had been asking to do for a few years. I had put her off, telling to wait until she was in 8th grade. Back then it seemed pretty far off! Either way, it was here and she still wanted it do, so off we went.

getting ears pierced

Sassy sat stone-faced like this the entire time. No flinching at all! I don’t know how she did it. Her BFF was so nervous! She made Sassy go first, but then she ended up thinking it wasn’t a big deal either. Silly girls.

pierced ears, double pierced

We also did a little shopping for the girls’ confirmation dresses. No pictures of the dresses because they are a secret until next month. I will tell you they are lovely!

The birthday festivities continued to Saturday for Sassy’s party with friends. She invited six of her friends over for pizza and an ice cream buffet. She got some great gifts.

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Do you like her tiara? It was a princess party in honor of the new Cinderella movie. After dinner and gifts, we loaded the girls up and went to see the movie. We all really enjoyed it! Well, except maybe my dad. He was disappointed to find out Bruce Willis was not it in. :-/

Sunday was our final day of celebrating. This time it was a family dinner party also celebrating two other birthdays that week. Each birthday boy/girl got his/her own birthday balloon and birthday hats were required for all. The birthday cake was another story. One cake, three candle blowers. This is their reactions after my mom explained the logistics of which candles they were responsible for blowing out. And also that we had to whisper the singing of Happy Birthday to them because my baby niece had just laid down for a nap.

family birthday party, shared cake

You would think between the three of them, they would have gotten all of the candles blown out on the first try. Nope. Sassy let them down and missed one of hers. And we didn’t succeed whisper singing either. Well most of us did, but then my 5-year-old niece got so excited at the end of the song, she screamed out in glee. Ha!

Have you seen the new Cinderella movie? What did you think?

Do you have pierced ears or other parts? My ears are triple pierced, but I hardly ever wear more than one pair of earrings a time. I also have the cartilage at the top of one ear pierced. I always have a flat-back stud in it.

Basketball & Trippin’

I have no excuse. Nothing to say why I haven’t blogged in weeks. It just hasn’t happened. So we are moving on!

Did you watch the Big Game? I did for the commercials (Ron Swanson for the win!), but didn’t even know what teams would be in it until I asked my coworkers a few days ago. #sosporty.

One sport I have been paying attention to lately is basketball. Sassy has had practice twice a week and games every weekend.

middle school girls basketball

And man, is she growing! She is all arms and legs that she uses to her advantage to cover a lot of space on the court. I think she has gotten the ball at tip off in all but maybe one game this year.

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Her free throws and rebounds have really come along nicely, too. It’s been a great season of watching her improve.

Last weekend was the last of her regular season games. My youngest niece got to join us for the game. I think she liked it!  She also really enjoyed playing with my foam rollers.

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I mean seriously, who doesn’t have fun with foam rollers?  ;-)

OMG Becky got the privilege of helping her eat lunch.

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Immediately after this picture, my niece wiped her mouth on her hand, then wiped her hand on my couch, and then her face on my couch. Ugh! Good thing she’s so cute. OMG Becky thought it was the funniest thing she had ever seen. She is easily entertained.

After that stunt, i made them both lay down for a nap.

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Not really. OMG Becky was trying to convince the baby a nap would be a good idea. Baby was not having it. Her mom showed up a short time later so we avoided the nap battle. Whew!

Other things lately…

Sassy went on a roadtrip to St. Louis with her youth group from our church.

stl1Apparently licking the Gateway Arch is a thing now. I’m going to go with no thank you.

I had a little trip myself. I had to go to Atlanta overnight for a work meeting. A coworker recommended we eat at The Marietta Diner.

IMG_0218LOVE the neon! This place has been featured on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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I had high hopes for this place. I wanted to enjoy it, but I didn’t. The food was just okay and the service started off great, but then our server promptly forgot about us. We had to ask for things multiple times and at one point, he just completely disappeared for a good 10 minutes.

I will say the dessert counter was amazing looking! Cakes, pies and cheesecakes galore! I was too busy drooling over it to take a picture. #bloggerfail. I hadn’t planned on having dessert, but after my less than stellar dinner, I felt I owed it to myself and the diner to give them another shot and order dessert to go. I asked my waiter for a recommendation on a piece of chocolate cake. They had four chocolate cakes to pick from! I went with his recommendation only to have him return to the table to tell me that flavor was sold out. Darn. Okay, I’m flexible, bring me the next best chocolate flavor. It was a huge piece of cake. My eyes were happy! Sadly, the cake was a huge disappointment. It was dry and the frosting tasted like it was store-bought canned. I munched on it throughout that evening, but barely put a dent in it. Oh chocolate, why did you betray me? Sadness all around.

One restaurant on the trip that made me smile was this KFC, which is saying a lot since I don’t eat KFC.

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The sign though! How awesome is that?! The best part? The beak moved! Now I want to know more about it. How old is it? Is it one of a kind? If you live in that area, please fill me in!

That’s it for January friends. Hopefully, February will be much more productive on the blog and the workout front.

Have you done any traveling lately? 

Planning any summer trips? We are thinking a beach vacation is in order this summer!

She’s 17, But I Haven’t Aged a Bit.

How is it that December is almost over? It felt like I blinked on Halloween and now suddenly it’s almost the New Year. Crazy.

December included a birthday celebration for my oldest daughter. OMG Becky turned 17 years old. Ugh. I don’t want her to be so close to being an adult. To me it seems such a short time ago that she was my little girl wearing everything pink and wanting me to do her hair.

birthday girl

On second thought, she’s probably right to not let me do her hair anymore.

I took Christmas Eve off from work to get ready for our Christmas festivities. I started out at 6:30 AM with a quick stop at Starbucks for coffee and a breakfast sandwich. Then it was off to store after store… after store. It might not sound like a lot of fun, but I really enjoyed it. There was no traffic, no crowds, no lines. I hit eight stores in two cities and was back home before 11AM. It.was.awesome!

Later was our Christmas Eve traditional candlelight church service with family. Then back to my parents’ house for dinner and gifts.

Eleven of the fifteen grandkids were there. (And a short Christmas tree that is my mom’s absolute favorite ever and she would like to keep up forever. Too bad it’s getting drier and drier by the minute.)

Christmas morning was great! My girls both wanted footie pajamas. Their wish was granted. And they look ridiculous in them, but they love them and that’s all that matters, right.

Sassy loved the sweater I got her with a picture of a boxer on it. Not sure Stella appreciated it.

Sidenote: I discovered the key to keeping Stella out of all the craziness that is Christmas morning package opening… I gave her the first gift of the morning! She got a new squeaky pig and was so excited. She immediately took it to her bed to chew on and had zero interest in what we were doing. Note to self: Make this a tradition!

Today, after all of the busyness that the last week involved, I needed to be outside. OMG Becky and I took Stella to the dog park where we tromped along the muddy trails.

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It was fantastic!

How were your holidays?

 

Music Moves Me

This is my favorite kind of post! New music I am loving! And I have so much to share with you.

(Did I tell you I got a promotion? More on that later. The important part for this post is my new position allows me to listen to music of my choice for most of the day. Yeah! Oh control of music, how I have missed you.)

And now let’s get this music party started!

It makes sense to start at home.  ;-)  Kansas City by The New Basement Tapes. I love everything about this song.

Weekend by Priory. Oh my goodness! This video reminds me of my Friday nights in fifth and sixth grade spent with my friends at the skating rink. The hair, the sateen jacket!

It also reminded me of how I can’t roller skate.

Left Hand Free by Alt-J. I am loving Alt-J more with every song!

And now I want to go tubing. I have never been!

Centuries by Fall Out Boy. I think I could make an entire running playlist from songs by them!

Bear Hands by Agora. The video is different, but the song is a great one! Another one that’s fun to run to.

Rollercoaster by Bleachers. Silly song, silly video, but I still like it.

Stolen Dance by Milky Chance.

An older song by The Lumineers – Slow it Down, that I just recently discovered. Man, I love that group as you may have noticed. They’ve made my Music Moves Me posts before.

Another one of theirs that I have just recently found. Classy Girls.

Budapest by George Ezra. I seriously thought this guy was middle aged judging by his voice. I was wrong. He’s 21.

What song is on repeat for you right now?

My Cake is on Fire

Remember how I told you yesterday that fall foliage is lacking in color here? Take a look…

trail in woods

Yep, that’s as colorful as it gets at the moment.

But don’t think that stopped us from hitting the trails again on Sunday. It did not. Sassy and I were only minutes into our run when she suddenly stopped and turned around to tell me she had just jumped over a snake that she thought was a stick.

snake on trail

A snake! Yuck. I think she startled it as much as it startled her because it was frozen. It’s head was on the left side of the picture. That meant Stella and I had to take it off trail to go around its tail to get past it. Please hold still snake. Please hold still.

I probably don’t have to tell you Sassy was a bit spooked after that. Maybe two minutes later a squirreled jumped off the side of the trail and made her screech. Ha! I couldn’t help but laugh. Bad mom.

I wish I could tell you that was the last only snake we saw on the trial. Nope. Maybe 10 minutes Sassy almost stepped on another one.

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Luckily, that one was a bit smaller than the first snake.

baby snake

Such a cute little baby! Not that I tried to cuddle it or anything. Or even try to touch it. That thing could be venomous for all I knew!

After our run, we had to get cleaned up quickly. My parents took us out to dinner for my birthday a day early. We went to my favorite Mexican restaurant. And it was just awesome! Chips, salsa, spinach cheese dip, spinach enchiladas, rice, and beans. All my favorites! Only thing better would have been a margarita, but those make me want to sleep all day. Monday mornings don’t allow that.

Then it was back to my parents’ house for birthday cake and gifts. These two headed for the leftover frosting as soon as we walked in the door! Ridiculous.

Also ridiculous was the amount of smoke these candles put off. I am not kidding when I say I was worried about the smoke alarming being set off.

homemade cookie cake

That homemade cookie cake put me over the edge. So very full. I’m glad my birthday only comes once a year.

Pick your birthday meal! What kind of cake do you want? What restaurant would you eat at?