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Games Open Update


Burpee's at 6 inch target

Workout 12.1

Complete as many reps as possible in 7 minutes of:

This workout begins from the standing position. The Athlete will move from flat on the ground to touching an object with both hands that is 6 inches above their max reach. Score is total reps completed.

My Result 12.1: 87 Burpees


Workout 12.2

Proceed through the sequence below completing as many reps as possible in 10 minutes of:

30 Snatch (M 75 / F 45 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 135 / F 75 lbs)
30 Snatch (M 165 / F 100 lbs)
Max Rep Snatch (M 210 / F 120 lbs)

This workout begins from the standing position. The athlete will complete all reps at the first weight before advancing to the next weight. Score is total reps completed in 10min.

My Result 12.2: 63 Snatches


CrossFit Games: The Open!


Do you know what CrossFit is? Did you know that I CrossFit? If you want a demonstration of CrossFit, here is a highlight video from the 2011 CrossFit Games. I am not that awesome! It’s actually kinda surprising that I have never mentioned CrossFit on my blog before. I also don’t really talk about the fact that I eat Paleo, with the exception of string cheese (favorite part of my day, and yes I actually string the cheese like a child), organic yogurt, and taste testing all these deserts I make. It weird that I don’t talk about it, because it’s a huge part of my life. Other than hanging out with Trent, going to work, and cooking, CrossFit is my life. My gym members are my family and best friends. It’s really hard for me not to talk about CrossFit all the time, and I don’t do a good job at not talking about it. When Trent gets home from work I can’t wait to tell him if I’ve had a good day at the gym. I am like a child that got all A’s on my report card.

The only reason I am bring it up now is because my outlook on CrossFit is begining to change.  Finally, I am starting to feel like a real CrossFitter. I feel strong, athletic, and accomplished. I have been taking my workouts very serious for a while now and I am making improvements every week. I have shaken the feeling of being an imposter! I am not afraid to tell people I eat paleo. I am okay with the fact that paleo isn’t always the most sustainable way for the world to eat, it’s hard for a lot of people, and most importantly I am okay with the fact that I don’t ALWAYS eat perfect. 

With that said, now is a time for change. I am participating in a nutrition challenge with my fellow CrossFit on the Plains members. I have also signed up for the CrossFit Games Open. The Open is the first step in getting to the Games. It is open to everyone, so don’t think I did something awesome to get to this point. I just paid them 20 dollars and they are going to let me abuse myself! The Open will consist of five workouts over five weeks.The Open’s top 60 athletes in each region move on to the second stage of the competition, Regionals. Now this is scary because my name is going to be alongside some of the best athletes in my region, and I don’t expect my score to be among theirs. I may have a good week, but I am almost certain there will be something I can not do and that is OKAY with me! The result is not as important as the motivation to clean up my diet and work harder to be a better athlete. Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself! I will be posting my results for each week here. Welcome to the first round of the CrossFit games, maybe one day I’ll get to the second round!

♥ Tyler!

Scuola del Cuoio


I haven’t talked about it with a lot of people, but my grandmother passed away in early November. I truly could never fully express how much she meant to me. I’ve thought about posting the eulogy I wrote for her funeral, and I will when the time is right, but for now I’ll just give you a little insight into my slightly more humorous response to her death.

First let me make something clear: I am not a nic nac person; I do not collect things; I do not enjoy clutter. My grandmother however over the years accumulated a lot of cool “crap”. She was an artist, world traveler, and loved to order stuff out of catalogs. When she passed away most of her stuff was donated or given to family and friends, but not before I had the heart breaking (yet entertaining) task of combing through her many things. That experience was full of many tears and laughter. I don’t handle loss the greatest, and I tend to hold a lot of emotions to myself. However this time, my denial for the lost of my grandmother presented itself in a weird sentimental “hording” of sorts. If asked whether I wanted something of hers I pretty much just said, “YES!!”. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I was saying yes to a lot of stuff I didn’t really want. Now that my head has cleared I have found new homes for some of the things I collected, and its very entertaining to make fun of some of the things I actually took from her house. Anyway I did manage to inherited a lot of cool jewelry. One of the things I was given was this neat little leather bracelet. It had an in graving in the inside, Scuola del Cuoio, Firenze.

The city of Auburn, AL is under a tornado warning today. It’s raining cats and dogs outside, so I decided to look up the engraving of this bracelet to see if I could find any in site into where it might be from. Heres what I found out. One, its made of python! Two, it’s from a really cool place called Scuola del Cuoio. So here is a little history lesson for you…

Scuola del Cuoio was created after World War II through the collaborative efforts of the Franciscan friars of the Monastery of Santa Croce and the Gori and Casini families, Florentine leather artisans since the 1930’s. Their mission was to give orphans of the war a means to learn a practical trade with which to earn a living. The Basilica of Santa Croce is the burial-place of some of the most illustrious Italians, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Foscolo, Gentile and Rossini, thus it is known also as the Temple of the Italian Glories.

There you have it ladies and gentlemen. I inherited a 13$ Python bracelet from Florence, Italy! I can just imagine my grandmother, in Florence, selecting the little souvenir that I now wear on my wrist. Thank god for rainy day fun, and sentimental hording!

♥ Tyler!

Oh Christmas Tree!?!


This is Trent and I’s first year together, so everything that happens is our “first”: anniversaries, holidays, meeting friends & family, concerts, trips, dates, movies…. you name it, and I am pretty pumped about it. Trent is a pretty normal guy. He enjoys sports, tailgating, stocks, electronics, Los Vegas, vodka, you get the point. He doesn’t enjoy shopping and hobby lobby, baking, decorating for holidays, planning dinner parties, or any of the stuff I obsess over.

With that said, I am very, very, very grateful when he not only obliges my whimsy, but puts his own little spin on things. The other night he surprised me by pulling out some pre-Tyler Christmas decor, which wasn’t half bad. My favorite was a moose made from bark and cork that Trent named “Chris-moose”! We even used his christmas tree skirt for our FIRST Christmas Tree!!!! (which we picked up from Home Depot yesterday) I have to say, our tree picking out skills have some room for improvement, or the guy who cut the base of our tree needs to work on his skills, because our tree looks like it’s leaning from almost every angle.

We put it up with no problems. I decorated it with no problems. Then, when I was placing  the LAST ornament onto it, the whole tree came crashing down on me [literally]. Trent rescued me and put the tree back up. Now it’s a leaning-lopsided tree, but its standing and I am not laying underneath it with shattered ornaments all around. And that ladies and gentlemen spells SUCCESS!

♥ Tyler!

Realization And A Little Hot Tea


First, I would like to apologize for never posting on my blog! I have a million and two things going on. I have every intention of posting these things to my blog, but I never have time to complete my ideas in full. I will find or create a great recipe, and not make it; or make it, then forget to take pictures; or make it,take pictures, and not type up the recipe… you get the point! This is true about funny stories, fun craft projects, or whatever else I think about sharing. I have come to the realization that maybe I should hold myself more accountable and just start posting. I have had it stuck in my head that each post has to be this complete work of art from start to finish, but I know this isn’t always possible. Maybe one way for me to hold my self accountable is it post on ideas I have, and then I’ll be forced to suck it up, and complete the thought, project, meal, or expression whatever it may be.

I have a bunch of half done posts and ideas and I will start getting them out of my WordPress purgatory. And I will start this process now….. with a useless post about hot tea!

This Double Spice Chai is a black tea from Stash. A box was given to me by my friend Amy, who bought it and didn’t care for it. I kinda liked it, so she gave me the box and now I really like this tea. It was so strong, but I kinda got used to it. Once it wasnt so overwhelming I really started to like it. It has A LOT of cinnamon, ginger, clove, cardamom, allspice, coriander, and nutmeg. If you see it, and you want to dare your taste buds with double chai spice, I would actually recommend trying it. It’s a lot like drinking red hots. Great way to spice up your cold winter days!

Woman’s Best Friend, and His New Best Friend


Charlie Pants is my favorite thing on earth! The only down side is his insatiable need to be played with. He is UNSTOPPABLE: Tennis balls, sticks, soccer balls, cat toys, or stuffed animals he doesn’t care. Charlie just wants to play fetch all day everyday. Its great really…NOT, but then I found a great toy we could both agree on. Frisbee!

Once upon a time I was super excited about Charlies love for the soccer ball. I thought wow how great is this, I can just kick the soccer ball and he will run and run. However, it turns out I am not good a kicking the soccer ball, and it really starts to hurt after a while. So now here we are, present day, and the Frisbee is our new exciting toy. Its easy to throw, it goes far, and when it hits the ground it rolls and rolls, and charlie chases and chases it. Also, its easier for him to pick up with his little underbite.

Im so excited I thought I would change the words to the slinky song to illustrate how much Charlie and I love this new toy.

Who flies thru the air without a care
It shoots so high in the sky.
Bounce up and down just like a clown.
Everyone knows its Frisbee.

The best present yet to give or get
The kids will all want to try.
The hit of the day when you’re ready to play
Everyone knows it’s Frisbee.

It’s Frisbee, It’s Frisbee
for fun it’s the best of the toys
It’s Frisbee, It’s Frisbee
the favorite of girls and boys.

Charlie looks like my little pony in this pic

Sushi Night


Sushi, sushi, and more sushi! What a great night with the girls from work. Tonight was our first time trying some homemade sushi fun. Everyone brought a few key ingredients to help make an eclectic group of sushi rolls. Some we left the Nori (seaweed) on the out side, and some we did rice on the outside. Everyone got their fingers wet and jumped in to help make dinner; putting their own spin on the type of roll they wanted to create. We even broke out my apron collection: just a little something extra to enhance the domestic look!

I sometimes can be some what of a control freak, but not tonight, tonight I had so much fun just watching everyone make sushi. It was great to see the different combinations everyone came up with. They were all so tasty! Miss Allison Moody made the sushi rice herself, and it turned out perfect. I hope she enjoyed making the rice because that is now her official duty for the next sushi night.  My favorite roll was what I was calling the “Volcano Roll”. It is a California Roll with cooked spicy scallop on top. To make the spicy sauce for the scallop we just mixed mayonnaise with Sriracha. If you have never had Sriracha it is a Thai hot sauce that is super spicy, and super yummy. To finish off the evening I made a desert sushi roll. I took homemade rice crispy treats and flattened them out. Then I added a chocolate ganache layer and some fresh cut strawberries. After all that was layered I rolled it up like a sushi roll. The result was an amazing desert treat that looked nothing like sushi, but tasted like heaven. I cant wait for Sushi Night Dos!