Word Press Photo Challenge: Treat

It’s a treat to thrash Bob — hard!

Bopping Bob.
Bopping Bob.

In only two months I’ve gotten so much better at it. When I started fighting Bob, I could barely tap him in the chest for 15 seconds. Now I can beat on him for a minute without being out of breath. (OK I exaggerate a LITTLE.)

I’ve learned to sock him in the solar plexus.

Watch out, Bob!
Watch out, Bob!

I can back arm him and thoroughly box his ears.

Two months ago my husband and I began training with our best friend’s daughter, Melissa, a five foot two powerhouse who has competed successfully in at least one national fitness competition. When we started I couldn’t plank, not for a second. Now I can hold still, not without a lot of groaning, for at least 30 seconds after doing two rounds of other serious exercises.

Melissa and her friend, Bob

Some things I still can’t do. While V is doing serious pull-ups, I’m stretching trying to hang from a bar without pulling anything up. I still have to have my tippy toes on the ground, though, and even that hurts. the other day I stretched out with my feet on the ball and my hands clenching a couple of hanging rings. I swear I lifted my body about an eighth of an inch. I was so proud I called over to Melissa to watch.

But put me behind a pair of rope handles, and I can drive those ropes into submission. Melissa tells V to watch my great form. I am so proud.

So what does all this violence do for our bodies? Melissa says our core will get stronger. So far I have only gained weight – about 4-5 pounds. My clothes still fit , and my body still looks roly poly in the mid-section, but I’m definitely able to do more harm to Bob that I ever thought possible, and that’s a treat!

BTW, I thought Melissa named Bob after her dad, but everyone on YouTube seems to call him Bob, and here I thought I was pounding “Bob,” (which I would never have dared in real life!) ¬†ūüôā

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Considering Your Costume Choices?

People enjoy¬†Evengeline’s Costume Mansion in Sacramento year round, but I’d bet it’s packed today, the day before Halloween. ¬†You might be planning to wear a sexy costume like the mannequin pictured here.

The new Marsha ???
The new Marsha ??? ¬†I photoshopped her arm joint seams, but she still looks rather … dead.

My husband, Einstein’s look-alike, wants to dress as Father Guido Sarducci. Good choice for him, don’t you think?

Father-Guido

People don costumes for many reasons year-long, and sometimes we copy them for Halloween. Here are a few costumes I’ve seen in my travels.¬†In Hawaii we¬†accidentally toured a park during a religious building dedication. Participants in the ceremony wore native costumes.¬†Native dress for the men included tattoos.

I got a little shaky taking this picture. hahaha I had my zoom extended out to 270 mm, and I was in too much of a hurry! hahaha
~~~~ I got a little shaky taking this picture. I had my zoom extended out to 270 mm.  You would have shaken too!

The girls that sang had their costumes wrapped around them. ¬†It reminded me of a church play, where the church costume designer didn’t really go all out with the costumes, but the cute factor was still there.

The women didn't get as into the total costume as the young man did. Does it look like he's glaring at me?
The women didn’t get as into the total costume as the young man did. Does it look like he’s glaring at me? ¬†It was a very solemn ceremony.

Performers wear costumes on stage year-round, not just for Halloween.  Trick or treaters may buy costumes like these , but nothing matches the storytelling, grace and beauty of the Hawaiian dancer.

Luau Kalamaku in Kauai

Mexican folklorico dancers wear colorful dresses with circular ruffled skirts which they swing and raise to show off their legs as they do tap dance-like percussive steps called zapateados.

2013 CCSS Folklorico Dancers

Different street dancers in wide assortments of costumes entertain daily passersby in large cities like these we saw in San Francisco.  Dancers from Thailand depict combat with short and long sticks. Agile dancers, as short stick fighters do, stay close to their opponents. The teut-teung drum keeps the beat during the energetic dance.

SF Thai Dancer229

Do you have your costume picked out for tomorrow?¬†Hope you have a Happy Halloween and don’t get too scared!

Mapping Back to TCHistoryGal.wordpress.com

Good morning everyone. This is your troubled WP friend, Marsha Lee, streaming thoughts, good and bad for everyone to see.

Streaming or screaming, Marsha? I can't tell.
Streaming or screaming, Marsha? I can’t tell.

 

I received an answer to my cry for help from the Jonathan S the Happiness Engineer from WP. It looks like with one simple click I am back in business on this site Рnow that I started a new one. I guess I am happy now.

Honey are we having fun?
Honey are we having fun?

I’ll keep this one going as my fun, social site, so I don’t lose my friends. Thank you Ute, Dianne Gray and Naomi for writing to me on my new site. You made my day!

What are your favorite social activities?
What are your favorite social activities?

The new site, TCHistoryGalProductions.com, will be my professional writing site.

How to write and read millions of books in 10 minutes a day.
How to write and read hundreds millions of books in 10 minutes a day.

TCHistoryGal.blogspot.com is my site for local history.

Photo courtesy of Ellie Cain
Photo courtesy of Ellie Cain

How many websites have you started either accidentally or on purpose?  Have a great week!

Kind regards,

Marsha Lee ūüôā

Lost in Cyberspace WP.com v. Private domain

Where am I?

I seem to have lost my domain name, tchistorygal.com. My account says it is there, but the webpage is not available. So I switched the site back to wordpress.tchistorygal.com until I can find myself out there somewhere.

Thank you all for your concern about my web presence. You are BFFs. ūüôā

I’m Really Not Dead, But I Wasn’t Fighting in the Battle

It’s 4:03 in the morning. I slept all day yesterday after minor surgery, so I’m relatively bright-eyed and drug free. How are all of you?

It’s been so long since I’ve written anything besides letters, emails, figured budgets, and fixed computer problems that, I’ve forgotten how to write blogs! So I guess I’ll write you all a letter.¬†I remember getting letters from my grandmother, and every one of them told us about someone we didn’t know or remember who had died. So I wanted you to know that at least I didn’t die, and I’m going to tell some of you about a bunch of people you don’t know.

2015 WVMS Civil War111

I got a call to be a REAL photographer last week by a friend, Lauri Polly, who IS¬†a real photographer and editor of our Kiwanis Magazine, “What’s Happening in the Foothills.”

I’m sure you¬†can imagine, if you don’t already know from experience, how much work it is to plan and execute a day of activities for several hundred students. ¬†First you have to line up volunteers to present, which means you have to know a lot of people who know a lot of stuff, AND are good with kids!¬†Then you have to con your last-minute volunteers (teachers and librarians to stand in for those who couldn’t make it.)

Then you plan the weather. It should be sunny, with a light breeze, not too hot.

Oops it rained. Plan B
Oops it rained. Plan B

Then¬†you invite other students to join you, so there’s a little more pressure on you as a planner, but adrenaline helps¬†because the event¬†is exciting, after all. ¬†I’m sure Courtney slept well that night.

Finally you plan a grand finale. And what could be grander than shooting off a Civil War canon?

And that’s how you send off the year of studying eighth grade history in Woodlake, CA with a big bang.

There’s not much information in here about the Civil War. I can’t with so many of my friends who are experts in the subject – I’d embarrass myself! ¬†I have all the pictures with some notes from the event posted on my Facebook Page.