Double Date

No trip to Boiler country is complete without a visit here!

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Interior of Mackey got some cool upgrades this year!

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The thing I love about this venue is every seat has a great view. Lots of new banners, flags, and big screens! It looked really great in there.

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As we are talking about 2 bigs, we were guessing where Haarms is from. Sweden? Finland? The boys in front of us turned and said “Netherlands.” I think they were his brothers… tall and skinny.

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We didn’t get to see this light show, but damn this is cool!

1 more stop to surprise this guy!

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Downtown Date

The starrs aligned for a great downtown weekend!

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Started our adventure with theĀ Evening of Promise Gala benefiting the American Lung Association. Attire was black tie with a bit of whimsy. Silly Hoosier felt this was whimsy.

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Since my dad and CS’s dad have both fought and are winning against lung disease, we were especially thankful that we could support this cause and still have our fathers in our lives! Great reminder to live every day to it’s full potential!

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After the event, we were treated to a wonderful stay at a friend’s condo to prep for a Colts brunch before the game.

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Not only did we know the hosts of the brunch, the best family East of the Wawasee Boat Company was there with us!

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Great memories made again!

Top Golf

When I heard about Top Golf, I wasn’t feeling the hype. What’s the big deal with a 3 story driving range?! Well, that was my bad. I assumed it was a driving range. I did no research. I asked no questions. After K said it was amazing, we said OK. Let’s try it out. For $5 you get a lifetime membership.

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CS and I had our clubs ready, then K says, “No one brings clubs.” WTF?! Welcome to Golf meets Arcade game meets Skee-ball!

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It was soooooooooooo fun! They supply the clubs, men vs women. It’s not so much about golf but about gamification. Hit balls into targets and earn points! Doesn’t matter if you duff it or kill it. Just wave your club over the laser to get a ball and SWING – hit the target!

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After 20 balls, she beat us both! Revenge will be had.

What’s With All The Racquet?

After being MIA from the racquetball courts for 10+ years, I found a new partner to introduce to the game!

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Grabbed my 15 year old racket – Let’s play ball! After 20 minutes, I look down to adjust my racket and WTF?!

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The tape literally turned to powder in my hand! Guess this puppy is done. Thanks to Amazon, my new racket will be here by the weekend. Racquet on!

That’s Bocce Said

With no extreme bocce this year on Strohs Road, luckly we didn’t have a problem finding it locally. Bike ride 13+ miles North, welcome to Quaker Park!

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A local Girl Scout Troop raised money to put the bocce court together. CS & I were there when they were putting on the finishing touches. We vowed to come back and make sure it was being cared for. It was nice to see it was intact last weekend!

But we had practiced a bit all summer. Thank you CCA for providing a league where we could handle our balls in style.

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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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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.

14hr : 41hr

25% drive time for 75% memory making time… pack it up and let’s head to KC for some family time. Let’s go on a boat!

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The paddle boards even made the trek West. We had a new taker ready to try it out. The low center of gravity always helps.

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Weird thing about this lake, the trees are petrified into the soil so these barren wood sticks shoot out of the lake everywhere! Not just the coast line, literally in the middle of the lake too. Watch your props people.

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Ok, next activity, let’s take in a Royals Game!

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Felt like a wolf-pack moment. First game for this kid!

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I was intrigued by the vendor’s carrying methods.

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We didn’t get a Royals win, but it was a win to be together.

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Sunday, was down time day. Just hanging out, lots of pictures, and 2 important birthdays to celebrate. But the highlight of my trip, was this…. I scored myself a new best friend.

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I think it was our matching hair styles! Every one that entered the room, whether it was their first time or tenth time entering, they got with a finger point at me “Hey, that’s Natalee!” Every time he entered the room… “Where’s Natalee?” Cuteness achieved!