I have started a new hobby, pole fitness. Yes, it is pole dancing in a pole gym, and Yes, it is AWESOME! It is actually very athletic and takes a ton of strength and coordination. Some people are actually lobbying to make it an Olympic event, think gymnastics on a pole. At my gym, La Bombe, there are 2 rooms with 6 poles in each room. There are no boys. There are mirrors on all the room so you can watch your form, and the best part...mood lighting! Colored lights make you feel like a rock star.
I've been going for 3 weeks. It is hard work. A lot of pole is lifting your body or supporting yourself in some way. I've been doing a bunch of sad, sad pull ups. I am such a weakling! However, I have gotten a little stronger, I'm hoping to get to be able to pull myself high enough to invert (go upside down) on the pole in a few months. I have also been working on spins, which are my favorite thing ever! I love the sundial spin, the fireman spin, and the ice skater spin. In my pictures you can see I am not very high on the pole, but hopefully my that will get better.
Sundial or stag spin
What I will look like someday!!!
If you want to go with me, let me know! It's so much fun, and a great work out. I have also told Porter I want to put a pole in the living room so I can practice and build strength. He was like "do people do that?!." Actually, you can buy a pole for $350, and you can move them if you need too. Now if only I could find a place for it in our little house. Hurray for pole!!!
Last Saturday I went with one of our good friends, Jill, to take her Bridal pictures. It was so fun. Her mom and sister came, and Porter came to help me. It was a hoot! Her family is awesome. She had a really fun idea to go to a local pool hall and do some shots since she and her fiance love pool. I think they turned out very well. We had her shooting pool, leaning on the table, and I even convinced her to lay on the table! Huzzah!
After we were finished at FATS, (the cool pool hall in Sugar House) we headed up to This is the Place Heritage Park. It's a memorial park for the pioneers that settled the Salt Lake Valley. There are a lot of cute buildings in their pioneer village that are great for photos. We ended up taking over 300 pictures! Wow! So, these are just a few of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them!
My sweet Mother-in-Law turned the big 50 last weekend! We celebrated by going to dinner at Cafe Trio then to the Ute Gymnatics meet. If you have never been to one, you need to buy tickets, now. They are very exciting. Although, that night there were a lot of falls. A girl face planted off the high bars, ouch! Afterwards we came back to our place for cake and ice cream.
Kenzie getting cake ready and Julio....ummm, helping her???
The molten lava cakes were delicious!
This is Porter's Grandmother, Bea, his sister McKenzie, his Mom and of course the puppies and me. I can't believe Bonnie is 50, I mean she seriously doesn't look like it. However, I hear 50 is the new 30. I wonder what that means for us 20 somethings.....we are still teens?! Eeep!
Speaking those little fluff balls in the front. Daisy (the one on the left) had to go in for an unexpected surgery today. She had a growth on her toe that I discovered last night, when she came in from playing in the snow with a bloody paw, poor thing. We took her in today and the vet said he needed to surgically remove it. Oy! I hate that right when I feel like we are getting a head with finances and such, a big whammy hits right in the forehead. I just hope it all goes well and that the growth isn't cancerous, which the vet said it shouldn't be, so here's hoping to a good outcome!
This past weekend we went up to Logan for a day trip to visit our good friends Kim and Matt. Kim and I have been friends since we were 5 years old in modern dance together. Throughout our lives I feel like our seeing each other goes in waves. Sometimes we see each other all the time, then life gets in the way and we go months without playing. This is why we went to Logan. Because I refuse to let some mountains and a long stretch of freeway come between me and one of my best friends.
I have had this visit on the calendar for month. I was sooo excited! We got up super early on Saturday and drove up. First we stopped and had crepes with Porter's Dad and Grandpa since they live up there too. Then we headed over to meet Kim and Matt. We chilled for a bit then hit up the DI up there. There was a beautiful bed spread there that I wanted really bad, but Porter wasn't convinced that it was worth redoing the color scheme in our room for. So, alas, I left it there.
Kim is going to Florida for 2 weeks, I know, lucky right?! So she and I headed to the spa for her to get her first ever bikini wax. The last time we tried waxing was in junior high for a dance. She had bought some NADS, which was green gloopy gel that you smeared on your skin, put a little cloth on and ripped off. It was supposed to be waxing without the hot wax. Well, we put it on her upper lip, waited then ripped. The good news was that it pulled the hair off. Bad news, her skin came with it!!! There was blood coming from all the little follicles and from the lack of skin. It was so sad and funny at the same time. Anyway, she was a little nervous. I don't blame her! I was having a manicure and scalp massage so there was no fussing on this end. When she was done, I asked how it was. Mind you, the waxing lady was still in the room, she said 'it was great! Really great.' As soon as the waxing lady left, it was a totally different story, she was like 'ouch! that hurt like a mother!' Hahahaha! Ah well, she will have a great time in her bikini on the warm sandy beaches.
Later we went for nummy Indian Food. I had never had Indian before, so I was quite excited. This is us before heading in.
This is some of our sampler plate. And later we got a curry of some kind. Matt ordered a Vindaloos, which is one of the spiciest curries. I am proud to say I tried it, and actually like it.
This is after our feast, we ate so much our guts were hanging out!
Afterwards we went to a cheese factory and grabbed some cheese and flavored milk. We brought home cookies and creme milk, strawberry, mango and root beer milk. All are pretty good but root beer is my favorite! It tastes like a root beer float in your milk! To end our trip we grabbed gelato. Kim and I wanted to show you our favorite flavors. Mine was the mama mia, vanilla, chocolate and cherry. I miss Kim, but I love the time and silliness that we get to share!