Saturday, January 31, 2009

Gut-Buster Birthday Bash!

Too much food and many good laughs, that's the kind of get together it was at Candi and Joes' tonight. We were celebrating the Birthdays of Derek and Carl with food and merriment. Candi made a feast of a wonderful mexican foods. Yummy appetizers of guacamole, chips and salsa with Margarita's started the party off on the right foot. We watched the basketball civil war, and rooted the Beav's on. They won, Yippee and HA HA Uncle Phil! Present this night, besides our Hosts and honoree's, were Granny, Kris, Randy, Chris and Annie. Annie is Derek's girlfriend, and this was her first introduction to the family. I'd say it went pretty well. She's a beautiful girl and fit in perfectly. I bet we didn't scare her off and I look forward to having her join us again in the future. On to the main course....The three or four different types of enchildada's kept us all busy for dinner, with only a select few able to make it to the taco/burrito bar. Even though we were all full, we gathered our forks up and finished the evening with the choice of cheese cake with fruit or coconut cake. Both YUMMY!! Now I'm too full. Time to sit and let it all digest. Dustin and Brianna, and little E, we missed your presence and look forward to your upcoming visit.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Reincarnation of a King

"The King" had a birthday party, and we had tickets to it. Saturday, January 10th we traveled to Three Rivers Casino to watch Justin Shandor impersonate Elvis. Randy and I stayed at the Casino and Carl and Joe drove over just for the afternoon/evening. We had a great meal at the buffet, I don't think any of us over ate too much. It was seafood night, Yum-o! We did a little gambling before the show, generally not doing bad there either.
As for the show, I will admit that I was sure I wouldn't enjoy it. But I was wrong. Justin did a great job of keeping us entertained while singing songs that we all knew. We were in the third row and had a great view of all the "action". Justin had many visits from ladies in the audience, who came up to get kisses from "Elvis". If the real Elvis was this charismatic, I can see why he was a popular guy. I would highly recommend this concert if you get a chance to see Justin. Here's a sample of Justin, I mean "The King", at work...

After the concert some of us gambled (you know who that was) and some watched football on the big screen in the bar before Carl and Joe headed home.
The next morning Randy and I tried the breakfast buffet and found it to our liking as well (Yeah, surprise). I gambled a little before we made some trips around town and headed home. I ended up with more money in the wallet than when I started, so I call that success.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Do you Synch or Swim?

I synch better than I swim! I'm talking about synchronized swimming of course. Synchronized swimming has taken bad rap and most people think of ladies in pink swimsuits with plastic flowers stuck to their caps. Want to see what I mean? Check out this YouTube clip. The swimming starts at about 1:37


What synchronized swimming really is, is a wonderful water workout with friends. We work together to perfect our water routine. The moves will tone your abs and your arms, and if you keep moving you will get an aerobic workout as well. I love getting a workout while playing around like kids in the water. It's so much fun, I urge you to give it a try.

If you can make it to Corvallis twice a week, we'd love to have you join us. Our group consists of 5-6 ladies of all ages and abilities. We swim from 10-11am on Mondays and Wednesdays at Osborn Aquatic Center. You can watch our group from the observation deck, or pay the drop-in fee at the front desk and give it a try. We have a great coach and there's no pressure to be perfect, we just want to improve.

For those that laugh at this sport, I urge you to watch the "pro's" do it. How they do what they do is truly athletic and graceful. Check out the inspiration below. These girls are amazing and they are never touching the bottom of the pool.