You Too? @ U2

I was hanging out after #Corporate Challenge volleyball to cheer on the cornhole team. Amazingly, free U2 tickets were being passed out. WTF?! I’m not a huge fan, but not a hater so yes I’ll take free tickets! Lucas Oil Stadium transformed for some music.

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Once I started saying to peeps we are going to the show, everyone else was too! Let’s see it! They opened the Joshua Tree tour with power on the walk-about stage.

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I was impressed with the lights. Sometimes, I’m just a little kid loving sparkles.

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Bring me my sparkles!

Lake Freeman

Captain Jack & his first mate have invited us to their lake house every year. This year, we finally made arrangements to spend some time on Lake Freeman. I was super excited until I got there to find this….

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WTF. Not again. Is this really why you invited me there?! Of course I had to dig in when my puzzle gene took over. We didn’t get it finished, but I did get it to a place where the Labor Day crew would get it done. Hell, L started this in January! After they would drag me away from it, we got some Rummikub in! Had to teach the college kid this old school game.

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We woke up to a beautiful blue sky and ready to take a boat ride! But not until my parents arrived! Always a blessing when they can join our festivities!

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Great low and high bridge architecture to check out!

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We had to make the tourist stop at the sand bar. Little different than I’m used to. People literally run their boats up into the sand bar. Anchors aren’t needed here!

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But is a grill needed? Yes please! I don’t even like hot dogs, but the thought of a grilled dog from the boat? Count me in.

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Come dinner time, we were ready for a hearty steak!

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Great friends, great memories. And I’ll have this memory to laugh at forever!

Riverside Ride

Thanks to a Indy e-newsletter, I learned about a new obstacle course sponsored by the Colts and @Play60. And we can get there via the Monon and Canal Tow Path? Sign us up for a date day ride!

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I had no idea how cool this would be (for an adult)! First we were greeted with a 40 yd dash.

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You stand on the Colts Horseshoe and a timer starts. Sprint to the end to see how fast you are. There was 1 other family there with us, and they kept racing. So fun! Next was the obstacle course. You hit a start button and ready, set, go! Here’s me off in the distance.

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CS brought out his inner Ninja Warrior on the floating plates and rope web.

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We ran the course a few times. The GPS map I made wouldn’t let me zoom in like I wanted, so oh well. This installation also has a simple work out area to use.

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Very very clever park. Please visit! Until next time, thanks @IndyParks!

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100 Acre Ride

With CS’s new love of biking, I figured we have lots of spots to visit on 2 wheels. I bought a granny basket so we can travel in style! Packed snacks and bevs, let’s go!

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First trip… 100 Acres Park for a picnic!

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We grabbed a bench at the lake to take in the fresh air. So peaceful.

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We made our own art project!

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I just love this park. So much to see, do, explore. Go visit! It was a great 20 mile ride for us!

This Might Be A Bad Idea

46 miles across Indianapolis looks like this.

2017 Urban

With a new team this year (Previously), we needed a new name and new shirts to race the 2017 IndyQuest Adventure Race. Since CS has heard about the race every year, he said he was interested in racing. Hmmm. I thought… That might be a bad idea. So our team name was born, This Might Be A Bad Idea. My super gym-mate MH was on board. Alright we are doing this! Here is the selection I sent my team.

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Of course, the $4.97 Snaccident shirt won. I even had to admit that it is pretty funny. After a long day of racing, we were pooped.

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We were able to catch up with other racers sharing our experiences of the day.

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Did you get that checkpoint?
How long did it take you to do the puzzle?
Are your clothes dry yet??

After food and bevs, we were a much happier team!

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And even scored 2nd place in our division! Not too shabby for this group!

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Happy to report the poison ivy was very contained this year. Phew. We’ll be back.

Zoo-Rangutan

When the sun is out in Indy, every body or every seal is out to soak it in! That’s how brown I want to be!

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I had not been to the Indy zoo since WAY before the Orangutan exhibit opened. I could see it every time I ran the canal. It was time! Can you see the one on his perch high in the sky?

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I loved it! I always feel so conflicted visiting zoos. While I love to see the beautiful creatures, I hate the trace-loop most caged animals end up doing. I remember a polar bear at a zoo when I was a kid. He had a pattern. Forward around, reverse. So sad.

Back to this extraordinary open enclosure! A real marvel to look at. Spears, ladders, glass. Swinging fire hoses to climb and metal rungs to explore. It did look like these guys and gals were having fun. But Mama, Sirih, kept following the baby, Mila, like she didn’t approve of her antics.

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Thousands of zoo fans voted to name this adorable baby with a name that translates to “dear one” in Indonesian. He was dear.

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Then this joker comes climbing down from the top and I thought, that could totally look like a sasquatch or a yeti depending on your terrain.

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After we were done with these characters, let’s see some more animals! This guy doesn’t need to climb anything.

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Our zoo puts on shows through out the day, so we took in a dog show. We always love them on AGT, so let’s see it live! These were all rescue dogs who were given a chance by their amazing trainer. See them jump!

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Next were the big cats. I’ve always loved tigers. Rewind 7 years ago when B & P & I actually got to play with them! Most amazing hands on experience that started my journey towards always having real contact with wild animals. Oh wait. P & I got to do it TWICE!

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Must have a tiger selfie since I can’t pet him.

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Add the lemurs were, first napping in a pile. Later, they were bums on a log. Booooooring. I’m so spoiled. At least these brother bears gave us some action!

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Then came the scary train ride.

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Thank goodness my parents were here to comfort me.

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On our way out, real life happened. Hello sssssssssnake!

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People were freaking out on the sidewalk. Come on, it’s a zoo! Last show of the day, the Macaws. This was awesome. There are 3 tribes of Macaws at the zoo right now. During specific times of the day, each tribe’s cage door opens and they are trained to fly from the cage to the Bicentennial stage near the zoo entrance. Very very cool.

And these birds were not shy about getting to the stage, so watch your head. It’s not the biggest zoo around, but I learned we have a lot to offer. I hope visitors of our city enjoy it too!

The Year of the Blood Clot

Doing some spring cleaning and stumbled upon my old medical paperwork from 2007, AKA the Year of the Blood Clot.

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In 2007, I was busy painting the entire interior of my condo. That coupled with my workout mania, led to a blood clot forming in my upper right 1st rib/clavicale. But being young and dumb, I didn’t know I had a blood clot. I just had an arm that would swell up as I worked out, then go back down. No big deal, I thought. Boy was I wrong. After a few weeks of my observation, my cousin said “GO TO THE HOSPITAL NOW”. I had no idea what I was in for. I was scared literally to death. Thought I was going to die. To add to this fear, it was the Friday before Memorial Day. The hospital was empty. The doctors saw me, then sent me home with a DVD to learn how to inject myself in the stomach with blood thinners. Seriously?! I think I cried for 2 days straight. Momma came to comfort me.

The doctors assured me I would be fine, but a battery of tests were coming my way. The overly organized person I am, I started a folder and a spreadsheet. It went to every appointment with me tracking my health. Once I was calm about the blood clot not ending my life, they say “We saw spots on your lungs we want to check out.” OH SHIT. I’m dying again. I am healthy. I don’t smoke. What the hell is this about? Cancer? Well, basically everyone in the Midwest has had Histoplasmosis at some point. It makes spots on your lungs. You’d think you had a coldĀ but in real life, you have a type of lung infection caused by inhaling fungus spores found in soil and in the droppings of bats and birds. WTF. I was told it’s just in the Midwest air. Lovely. Bring on the CT scans.

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Clearly had my clothes on during that scan! But it proved I do have a heart! A soul? That’s still up for debate. So now I think I’m in the clear again. Until the day I realize it’s been 5 days since I pooped and I was getting uncomfortable. Tried pills from both ends. Nothing worked. Called the hospital and they said, come to the ER now. Son of a bitch!

Because I was off birth control, my ovaries started firing again. Firing so much a cyst formed blocking my intestine. Add that my hematologist was not properly monitoring my clotting factor levels. Normal level is 2.0-3.0, I was 7.5 INR! Signed up that day for a new hematologist.

My blood was so thin. After 2 IV bags and several restroom trips, I headed home exhausted. Many rounds of follow ups occurred that year. End result: No more birth control, get an IUD and you don’t have an genetic clotting issues. I just happened to win the fluke blood clot lottery one day in May 2007. 10 years ago.

At least I got all these cool scans of my innards. Check me out and enjoy the added music to lessen the creep factor!

If you need a

*Hematologist
*Vascular Surgeon
*Pulmonologist
*Gynecologist
*ER Doctor
*Allergist

I know people. Now, I need to go paint my bathroom. Not kidding.

Blinded

Travel. Travel. Travel. Love it! But I was ready to kick off my shoes and hear some music in the Lawn!

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These kids invited us to go see Third Eye Blind with them. Because I love 90s music anyway, I didn’t do any research on their more recent stuff. So I went in prepared to be underwhelmed by some cheesy 90s band. Boy was I wrong!

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Not only was the company with the V’s great, TEB put on a helluva show!

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While I enjoyed “Semi-Charmed Life” & “How’s It Going to Be”, I loved their later stuff too. Definitely being added to the playlist.