Friday, May 30, 2008
We had stumbled upon the opening night of the movie, Sex and the City. A look at the concentration of women waiting in line was a dead giveaway. Some dressed in cocktail attire like the fashion icon character in the movie, Carrie.
My husband observed that THIS would be the place to hookup for the single guy ... but then (he thought), the girls would look at the guy and declare, he must be gay. (LOL)
Thursday, May 29, 2008
"Are you pretty mellow?", the nurse asked.
"I think so." I replied. Nothing really bugs me and I rarely get angry or upset. Rarely...
But I will surely bet that my blood pressure sky rocketed this morning while I was driving to work!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
We arrived in Lake Havasu around 10:30 a.m., apparently at just the right time as the lines at the launch ramp started to wind along Lake Havasu Boulevard. I learned that this particular launch ramp, the smallest out of the three on that island, allowed 500 vehicles (with boats) in before closing the launch ramp. We made it in the water at the nick of time.
The moment we cleared the London Bridge and made it out onto the open water, we drove around the island towards the Parker Dam. Despite the lack of wind in the air to stir the river, the boating activities were enough to churn the waters of Lake Havasu like a washing machine. We managed to do okay on our boat but passed a rescue helicopter just outside of Copper Canyon plucking three men from the water who apparently sank their watercraft.
Even if there was a slip for us to beach at, there was no way we were going to be able to relax in all the boat exhaust fumes and the greasy water from their oil, the smell of cigarette smoke and sweaty warm alcohol-soaked bodies that filled the channel.
So we decided to hang out at little sand bar (the big sand bar is always closed on holiday weekends). This location proved to be much better. We had a litle more room around us, flowing water from the river, and the breeze was refreshing compared with the stagnant air in the channel.
We cut our afternoon short to get off the water before the remaining hundreds of boats decided to do the same. Besides, we wanted to catch dinner at Cha-Bones (its name alone has kept us from trying out the restaurant in the three years that we've frequented Lake Havasu). But we've received strong recommendations persuading us to give the establishment a try.
Naked Turtle Beach Bar for drinks. There was a live band performance consisting of two guys and they played songs from Jimmy Buffet and other songs that people liked to dance to. We people watched while waiting for our friends to join us but exhaustion got the best of us so we called it a night to rest our weary bodies.
There is something about Lake Havasu that wakes me up early in the morning. I never struggle to rise and even when I felt like I had enough sleep and am ready to get up, it's barely 6 or 7 a.m. Perhaps I'm excited about the day.
The next morning we woke up before 7 a.m. and prepared to spend the day in the channel. Since it's Monday, the lake shouldn't be as crowded as it was yesterday. Those who come out today are either residents of Lake Havasu, live in Las Vegas and have less than two hours drive, or took Tuesday (or the entire week) off. That leaves those who may not have taken extra days off or they have five to six hours to drive home to CA. Or maybe, just maybe they are simply partied out...LOL.
I'm glad we took a chance against Mother Nature to spend our Memorial Weekend in Havasu; it turned out to be a great trip.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
To give you a preview of some of the contents:
- What's Your Perfect Weight? (a question I've been trying to answer to set a realistic goal)
- The WH Pefect Body Diet
- 10 Foods, 40 Recipes (forty delicious, no-hassle recipes from ten nutrient-rich foods for the carb-sensitive and carb-friendly dieter)
- The Perfect Cardio Plan
- Hello, Abs!
- One Perfect Hour
- Mind Over Fatter
- How to Get Your Fill
Women's Health also has an Ultimate Fit Plan 2008 (a 6 month workout plan in three 8-week schedules to transform you) that I'm thinking about joining (especially because I can download the exercise videos to watch on my iPod). The last thing I need is another e-journal and fitness log (my PDA/Phone is my current tool) but it just might be the challenge I need to reach my goal of losing the last 4 to 6 ½ pounds. That and the effective eating, workouts, recipes, and tips from this Slim-Down Secrets guide should do it!
This week I decided to take a couple group classes, a step and strength training class and a cardio kickboxing class (not both in the same day of course...LOL). The step and strength training class came first in the week. When I first walked into the class, I was so excited to be there in that large room with other people and start a different workout. I had taken step classes before so I am somewhat familiar with the moves. By the end of the class, I felt the routine left something to be desired. The moves were difficult to follow because the sequence wasn't logically tied together and (personally) I found the instructor's high-pitch small voice overwhelmed by the loud music annoying and hard to hear. Still I tried to make the most of my workout putting forth as much effort as I could; I hate to waste my time (doing half-assed workouts).
The strength training portion, however, made up for my evening. I was introduced to new moves that challenged me. The soreness I felt the next day assured me I had put forth enough effort. I was looking forward to the next group class, cardio kickboxing.
THAT class was high-energy from the start; alternating medium and high-intensity moves. It left me invigorated when all was said and done--even squeezing what energy I had left to do the strength training moves afterwards. I will definitely take that class again.
I'm glad I decided to take some group classes. Now I know there are options for my workouts and I don't have to work out alone.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Charcuterie & Cheese Plate (house-made cured meats, marinated olives, domestic & imported cheeses) and Grilled Prawn Flatbread (tomatoes, basil, and garlic cream sauce) with our wine. It was just enough to fill our tummies and fuel us for the grocery shopping we needed to do for our trip.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I was at a restaurant which boasts having the world's largest selection of beer on tap. With so many choices to choose from, I settled on one of their beer blends, the Black Velvet. It is Wyder's Pear Cider with a float of Guinness Stout and the mix was just smooth on my lips. Sipping the Black Velvet, I can taste the sweetness of the cider coming through the Guinness--it tasted like eating a chocolate covered pear!
Wyder's Pear Cider can be too sugary sweet for the hard core beer drinker and Guinness can be too bitter so their marriage is sweet success as far as I'm concerned. You can learn how to make your own by visiting a post by The Disgruntled Chemist.
I give the Black Velvet three cheers .
Sunday, May 18, 2008
I couldn't resist ordering the hot shell-on shrimps cooked Louisiana style, served piping hot in a spicy garlic sauce that is delicious enough to dip bread in. The portions here are generous because I'm positive there was more than 1 lb. on my plate. I can't remember what John ordered but it had lobster, crab, and shrimp in a buttery gravy sauce. It was YUMMY too!