Knee injuries suck!

For the last few weeks my right knee has been bugging me, as well as my hamstring. Last  Monday I was working on laundry on the couch and when I stood up, I had a zinger! I lost my range of motion in my right knee, and what worried me (and Rob) the most was the dull ache/pain behind my knee (ACL location). So I called my Osteopath, Dr. Carter, and was able to be seen the next day. So I iced it in the mean time and waited until the following morning. I went in and she checked it out, knowing I’ve had issues with it before. Sometimes my left hip would rotate and just shorten my left leg enough to cause knee pain on the right.

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Black Belt Test

On June 18 and 20, 2013, I embarked on a test that was nearly two years in the making. I was invited by my instructor, Angel, to test for my black belt in Taekwondo (TKD). I knew about the test about 6 weeks ahead, which enabled me to train much harder and focus my time in the areas that I was lacking in. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I would be at 24 hr fitness  doing cardio for about 45 minutes and then I would work on my Poomsae (forms) in the Group X room for about another 45 minutes. Eventually I added doing the same on Tuesday and Thursdays as well as the usual TKD training we’d do in class. On June 17th I did a light cardio workout and ran through my Poomsae, and realized I was indeed ready. I wasn’t nervous, I knew what I needed to do, I practiced, I visualized the self-defense moves, and how I’d spar. I was good to go. Bring it on!

On Tuesday at 5:30 PM, I show up to Black Eagle ready to go. Below is the agenda for the two-day test, each day was about 2 hours.

Agenda for the 2 day test

Agenda for the 2 day test

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Go Beavers!!!

Holy Cow! What a game!
I am still shocked 2 days later! We got there 5 minutes into the game and Rob swore by the time we got to the seats that USC would have the ball on the 20 yard line and be ready to score! HA! He was so wrong!!
It was a game I will never forget! Seeing Quizz Rodgers just blow through the USC defense, running for over 180 years. It is just unreal. I wish my Dad were here to see it, he would be reliving his college days. Talking about the “Mud Bowl” when the Giant Killers showed OJ Simpson’s Trojans who can be the #1 team! How he drank for 3 days and couldn’t walk straight to class. 🙂 But I hear his story in my head and heart and know that I will have another story to tell my boys… About how the 26 point underdogs had the heart to beat the #1 team in the country, and do it well. How the crowd of 8,000 students stormed the field with 2:30 left in the game; reminding me of the 1998 Civil War.
I will never forget this amazing Oregon State victory. And I will annoy my children about it like my dad “annoyed” me.

A trip to Corvallis!

We took the sojourn to Corvallis this morning to see the first home football game! We saw half the game and listened to the rest in the car. We had a great time! Chandler loved playing with the binoculars that my Dad had in the orange bag that came with us to all games. Lincoln slept for the first part, then drank a bottle. I carried him in the sling, which was a life saver! The Beavers won the game pretty easily and tomorrow morning I will have no problem flying the OSU flag on the suburban. 🙂
Here are some pictures!

The Beavers taking the field!

Rob & Lincoln
Lincoln & I

Lincoln in the sling

Chandler & his binoculars

World Series

GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rob is a big Red Sox fan and today we are so stoked that they just made it to the World Series! We are so excited! We are going to Boston in 1 year (October 08), and we can’t wait to see Fenway Park! So in the mean time….
GO RED SOX!!!!!!!!