So, let's get going! First things first...my second child now has his driver's license...what a mixed bag for Mom, right? Seriously. I gave Valiant his last stern warning the day before he tested, as he was giving me a bit of attitude (your 16-year old son doesn't give you a bit of attitude? really? hmmm...I'm not sure I believe you). I finally looked at him and said, "Look...you are asking me to give you the power to kill yourself and/or others and the tool to do it with, so you're just going to have to deal with me being concerned. This is the biggest act of faith your parents have had to go forward with, so cut me some slack." I'm happy to report that gave him pause. The next morning, he passed his driving test and became the proud possessor of a driver's license. He's pretty darned tickled and I confess to being really happy to have another driver in the house. Let the next parenting challenge begin!
In the meantime, while my Valiant is keeping me on the edge of my seat with visions of automobile disasters, my beloved little Buttercup (not so little, but still little to me) decided to jump in the fray with Women's Climb Night at REI. Now, you need to understand something. I've never thought of myself as afraid of heights and I don't really think I am. However, I've never been one of those people who sees a rock wall and thinks to herself, "Man, I'd love to climb to the top of that...just to see if I can." Seriously. That is not who I am. Ask me if I can lift something heavy and I'll be intrigued with the possibility...climbing, not so much. But, because God has a sense of humor, that is exactly who Buttercup is. Off to the rock wall we headed...
|Making it look easy!|
|Listening to the belayer at the bottom...how can she hear her way up there?|
I didn't want to let her down, so I tried my hand at it. Honestly, I didn't love it. I'm not sure I'll ever love it. Maybe it is just not my thing.
|This was far enough for me...my arms were shaking...this is hard!|
Now on to the food! Remember a few days ago, I made homemade mayonnaise? Well, on Day 8 I used some of that wonderful mayonnaise to make some egg salad (using my pressure cooker hard-boiled eggs) and it was phenomenal. After sitting all night in the refrigerator, the mayonnaise was just, well, mayo. I was worried that I'd taste the lemon and I didn't. It really was better than "Best Foods"...who knew?
Dinner Day 8 was CORN: Clean Out Refrigerator Night. We used up all the little bits and pieces left from the previous week and had a Paleo feast. Dinner Day 9? We had dinner with friends who did their very best not to undermine our challenge: Steak, Salad, and Fruit Salad for dessert. (They had potatoes available, but we declined. Pretty cool, right?
Oh, and I made it to the gym both days...had pretty decent performance, too. Got a new PR (personal record) for my 3x Deadlift on Monday and had a not-embarassing time on the scaled Diane (which was also a PR, but when it is scaled, I don't really count it much...I can't do a handstand, let alone a handstand push up, but, hey, they're on my CF to-do list!). Rowed 2000 meters in under 9 minutes on Tuesday...pretty cool, right?