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A S’more On A Grill Is Still A S’more

on June 10, 2014

Friday was SO slow at work I thought the day would never end. Once it finally did, we did our typical errands for the week and decided on a whim to grill up some burgers and eat outside since it was gorgeous out. We lit the patio candles and brought out the umbrella light and it was perfect ambiance. The bugs aren’t out in full force yet, but we also lit some citronella candles just in case and were OK for most of the night.


This is what happens when you get home from work and your wife tells you that you look nice and wants to take your picture but you really just want to get your errands done.

I am the Grill MASTER!


After the burgers, we made some s’mores over the side burner on the grill. High class here, people. We don’t have a fire pit so it will have to do. It still got the job done and they were delish. I didn’t want to stay up too late though, so we cut our porch time short. I think we ended up getting to bed just after 10:00.


Someone was getting a little punchy


I set my alarm for 5 am so that I could hit up the OCF class at Unleashed at 6:30. I think I left the house just after 6 am and had a few minutes to foam roll when I got there before we started. It was a KILLER class. I don’t know if I can remember everything, or the specific order we went in exactly, but basically it was sort of as follows: warm-up consisted of running 1 lap around the building, 5 burpees, another lap around the building. I think then we went inside, grabbed a 50 lb Wreck Bag, tossed it over our shoulders and ran around the building again, did 10 squats and went inside? I’m sure I’m messing the order up, but still all the same stuff was done. After we went in, with the bags still on our shoulders, we went over all the plyoboxes (6 boxes total maybe?) 3 times. We did left foot stepping up over all, then right foot up over all, then I think the last round was whatever we wanted, which I think I did left. At some point during all this, we did a couple of minutes of burpees as well.

After the “warm-up”, we broke into groups of 3 to start obstacles. The first set of obstacles was the 3 walls (6’ wall, 8’ wall and 12’ rope wall), the traverse ropes and vertical ropes. Our group was group 1, so we had walls first. I still can’t get over them, so I attempt the first one, then just end up rolling under all 3 of them. Next up – the traverse rope. I did REALLY well with it that morning, the farthest I’ve ever gone! If you don’t know what this is, you’re basically hanging upside down from a rope and need to alternate moving your hands and feet to climb across (and sort of up because they are tied to the top). Lastly was vertical ropes, which I still don’t have the hang of (get it? haha) so I use the practice rope and just do “climbs” up and down it lowering and raising my body weight to build grip strength.

After this set, I think we ran a few more laps outside, with burpees thrown in between each lap. When we came back in, we got back into groups and this time was the kettlebell hoist, cargo net/ladder climb and the traverse wall. I managed the kettlebell hoist no problem, but it sort of tweaked my shoulder a little. I tried the cargo climb after this, but my shoulder decided it was all done playing around so I just stepped aside and did burpees. I was fine with this because the cargo net and ladder climb make me too scared because they’re super wobbly and if I’m gonna be climbing, I want stability! Moving over to the traverse wall, I have trouble with this because of my grip, so I ended up using the wood slats built next to it and just basically shimmying side to side on it to work on my grip and foot placement. It was good practice at least!

After class, Unleashed was offering free FMS screenings so of course I wanted in on that. I had a screening when I first started seeing my sports chiro a few months ago, but I feel like it wasn’t the entire screening because this one on Saturday seemed more thorough. I continue to amaze people with how inflexible I am. The guy that did my screening was cool, though, and went over my results in detail and will be emailing me some exercises (which will be helpful since I can’t see the exercise specialist at the chiro anymore).

After the FMS screening, I chatted with some of the ladies for a few and then headed home to do yard work. I weed whacked, mowed, fertilized and watered but just didn’t have the energy to do the weeding so I left that for another time, probably this weekend.

Tara and I had talked about a hike since it was a gorgeous weekend, so we looked through a book we bought at REI recently and found a few nearby places. Tara still wasn’t feeling 100% yet, so we wanted a short hike, relatively close to home so we didn’t need to bring packs or anything. We found a few and ended up deciding on one that was about 20 or so minutes away called Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge.

The directions were really clear and it was easy to get to, however once we got to the road that we needed to take, it was SUPER sketchy. The road leading into the area was really narrow and windy, but this road was 10x worse. First of all, it was just a dirt road. No big deal, done it before, however it was littered with big rocks and huge holes. The sign at the very beginning when you turn on to the road stated “pass at own risk”, which is not a good start. Once we got about 100 feet in, the road took a STEEP decline and there was no way with that angle, plus the rocks and holes, that my little Hyundai was going in there. No way, Jose!

We had passed 2 small dirt parking lots on our way into the area that had some people at each one, so we decided to stop at the larger one and check it out. It wasn’t in our book, but Tara Googled it really quick and found out there was about 4.5 miles of trail in the woods as part of the Big River Management Area. There were 3 or 4 trail heads so we just picked one and decided I would watch my Garmin and see when we reach ½ mile, then we’d turn around and come back out since we didn’t know the trail and didn’t want to walk too far. It ended up being just over a mile since my GPS wouldn’t kick in until we’d already gone into the woods a little ways. It was a really pretty hike so we’ll definitely go back down there some time with our packs and make a day of it.


We saw tons of lady slippers!


After our hike, we decided we were close enough to keep driving south and go to The Umbrella Factory. Basically, it’s a hodgepodge of things. There are local artisans, a huge bamboo forest, a farm café and animals on the property (emus, goats, chickens and some other stuff I’m not 100% on). It was a really cute, very artsy place and it was all free to walk around.


Do you like my bamboo teepee?

Emus and goats!


We realized we hadn’t really eaten since breakfast, so we used Yelp to see what was in the area and ended up at K&S Pizza. It was a “seed to fork” pizza place and the menu sounded really good. It was a very cute place and I really love how everything is locally sourced. Tara got a Farmers Harvest pizza (basically a veggie pizza) and I made up for her and got a Meat Lovers pizza. It was so delicious!



When we got home, we were beat and wanted to start binge watching the second season of Orange Is The New Black. Well, it ended up that Tara wanted to work on her blog a bit, so she wanted me to watch something else so she could focus on her writing and not the TV. I decided that would be a good time to start watching Game Of Thrones. What ended up happening is that we are now BOTH addicted to it and we watched the whole first season, plus 7 episodes of the second season over the course of the rest of the weekend! I can’t wait to catch up to real time to talk to other people about it. Right now I’m just trying to avoid hearing too much about it that I haven’t seen yet.



Who else is hooked on either of these shows? Or what are you all hooked on?





18 responses to “A S’more On A Grill Is Still A S’more

  1. Awesome weekend! GoT is such a great show! We tried to get into OITNB but only made it about 3 episodes into that first season.

    • Courtney says:

      Aww, that’s too bad you didn’t like it. I’ve heard from various people that have seen it and they either love it or hate it. It doesn’t seem like there is any in between with OITNB.

  2. I’m hooked on OITNB! I’m watching the second season right now!

  3. piratebobcat says:

    OK, that ‘za looks good. Though is a chef hat and mustache all one needs to represent a pizza joint? Hhaha! Looks like you’re having some fun! A bamboo forest??? I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to cross that ‘bridge’ though!

  4. osarah26 says:

    Wow, busy weekend! Your Unleashed class sounds really intense but fun. I couldn’t get into OITNB but I only watched some of the first episode. I’m trying to spend more of the summer readings or being outside and less time glued to the TV! Although I am totally hooked on a British murder detective show right now and could spend an entire day doing nothing but watching it.

    • Courtney says:

      We still spent a good amount of time outside, but on Sunday I felt like I’d been hit by a truck from everything we did on Saturday so lounging around watching GOT didn’t make me feel that badly. LOL

  5. Nice weekend! I have been thinking about watching Orange. I tried to watch GoT but just couldn’t get into it.

  6. OK, loved all the pictures and tales! The lurking bamboo one is particularly hilarious.

    We have to give OITNB another try; liked it for awhile but the lead character kept doing too many dumb things, but I think we’re ready to jump in again. We had a serious House of Cards thing going,and blazed through that one after the other.

    Hey, have you discovered Last Tango in Halifax yet? It is BEYOND AWESOME. Not only is there a lesbian subplot, but it’s charming and adorable and british and the people look real not like fake hollywood actors, and even the annoying characters have their redeeming qualities. Got the first season off netflix but not sure the second is out yet.

    • Courtney says:

      We constantly entertain each other – we are never bored!

      The lead character drove me nuts at times, too, but got better. It’s all the minor players that give it the awesomeness.

      I’ve never heard of Halifax, but just added it to my Netflix queue so I can check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  7. dawn @ running the dawn says:

    i have been tempted to start orange is the new black, but i have an addictive-tv-personality and no self control…so i’m not sure i want to start down that slippery slope 🙂

    sounds like it was a great weekend!

    • Courtney says:

      Well…the good news is that if you DID start watching it, there are only the two seasons so far. I think it was only 13 episodes per season?

      I was told by a friend how good Supernatural was and I didn’t even start watching it until the middle of season 8 I think?? I watched it almost daily for months until I caught up and now I watch it in real time (well, DVR, but current season). Now THAT took some serious binge watching.

  8. Sounds like an amazing weekend. I Love that there are so many trails close to you.

  9. d20girl says:

    Love those photos in the bamboo! We have fun in the bamboo section of our local botanical garden, Eli is a big fan of shaking the bamboo and drenching us with the collected rain water in the leaves. I have read all of the GoT books that are out at the moment and am on season 3 of the HBO series. I’m actually not thrilled with some of the casting (mostly the Starks and John Snow) but otherwise they’re doing pretty well with the show. As with everything, I’d recommend reading the books to get some good insight and deeper understanding of the back story.

    • Courtney says:

      I’m generally disappointed in TV shows and movies based on books. They never nail everything perfectly. I’ve heard the books are good though. It’s not generally the type of book I’d read if I were to pick one. I’m a hardcore Stephen King fan.

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