Back to Competition

After an almost 30 year break from competing as a synchronized swimmer, I competed at the Masters Pan-Am Games in Medellin, Colombia!

The sport is now called artistic swimming and the routines and requirements have changed, but so much has stayed the same. I swam a duet with our head coach Lucie. We swam a tech routine and a free routine and I’ve never practiced so much or so hard for a competition. We also spent a lot of time coordinating our swimsuits and clothing for the meet – obviously suuuuper important LOL.

Oh yeah and we won silver!!

The twins got first place and they were incredible. Lucie and the twins have all competed in the Olympics so it was just a bit intimidating swimming with and against them. They were all so supportive, though, and cheered so much for us – and we cheered for them. We were the only competitors from the US in artistic swimming and because the twins won gold we still got to hear the US National Anthem played when we got our medals – so f*cking cool!

The twins are also competing in the European Championships later this year so this was kind of a practice meet for them. And because they knoxed their hair, we decided to as well. Masters competitors don’t always knox, but it looks nicer and it was actually kind of fun to do. Here’s what our hair looked like for our free swim:

We stayed in Colombia for almost a week after competing and we had our own little entourage:

Yep, that’s G holding our club sign and that’s Petr (Lucie’s partner) with the Ipad recording routines. No, G and I are not together, we’re just friends. #exhusbandsarethebesthusbands #exesandfriends

We also traveled to Cartagena and we had a really amazing time in Colombia so I’ll be back with some more posts about it. I couldn’t be any happier about competing again and about how I swam after being away from the sport for so long 💪🏻💪🏻.

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A Graduation Partaaaayyyyy

Wow, two posts in one month! Who am I? Things are the same and different and all over the place. I’m swimming so much to get ready for competition next month and that’s scaring the sh*t out of me. But I also love it. A lot. I’ll definitely post pics.

Last weekend, my nephew graduated from high school and we had a big party to celebrate!

And don’t worry, everyone’s favorite friend joined the party too:

Yep, G is still around all the time. He comes to a lot of the family events (Thanksgiving, Christmas, birthday parties, etc.) and we try to get together a couple of times a month. No, we’re not getting back together, but we have an incredible friendship that’s pretty fun. He’s also coming with me to the swim meet next month to cheer us on! Super cool.

Ooooh, and I haven’t talked about the true love of my life in a while: TOT!

He is just the cutest thing EVER. He’s (finally) growing up and calming down (maybe). He is not going to doggie daycare anymore, but the daycare took this picture of him and I just love it.

Oh and I guess I should do a quick update on my 365 days of sobriety from dudes. Uh, well, it’s been a bit rocky and not quite the clean break I thought it would be – oops. But, I’ll figure it out, sooner or later. No, it will be sooner. SOONER.

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Day One

Wow, it’s been a minute. I think I last wrote in February when I was taking a month off work. That was awesome. Before catching you up on everything that’s happened in the last few months, I need to tell you about the current state of things.

Surprisingly, I haven’t gotten married. Sad, right? Kidding, not sad at all. But I did do something a bit different for me. For the last five months I’ve been dating a 22 year old. After only dating older guys for my entire life, I decided to change things up. I kind of got tired of all the baggage and drama with the older dudes so I put no limitations on my dating app age range. And wow, that was interesting.

I don’t think I actually thought I’d go out with anyone that young, but then this dude messaged me. He’s an athlete in college and wanted to know more about swimming. He seemed cute and nice and very British, which I loved. I don’t think either of us expected us to date for very long, let alone for five months, but it was fun, easy, and so chill. Probably just what I needed. Anyway, he’s going back to London and we ended things. We’re still friends on very good terms, but we want different things in life AND HE’S ONLY 22! He doesn’t need to be hanging around with this old lady. Damn.

Soooooo…the relationship with this dude made me realize a lot of things about myself, which I think was good. I spoke to my therapist about some of the things and she said that I probably needed take a one year break from dating. A ONE YEAR BREAK. Damn.

I don’t think she’s wrong, but wow. She told me that a couple of months ago and since then I’ve deleted all the dating apps and just kind of waited for this relationship to end – which happened yesterday. And now I’ve officially made it through day 1 of no dating.

I’m saying that I’m one day clean and sober from dudes. And I’m looking forward to the next 364 days. Or however long it takes for me to deal with my sh*t. Obviously, if someone comes into my life and they’re everything I’ve ever wanted/needed, fine, I’ll go out with them, but I’m not pursuing dating and I think that’s so important.

In the meantime, I’m still working, swimming, and doing a bit of traveling. I’m most excited about competing in my first Masters Artistic Swimming competition, which is happening next month. I’m very nervous and we’re training hard. I haven’t been this physically challenged in a really long time and I’m really looking forward to it.

And because there were so many words in this post, here’s a picture for you:

That was from Sunday at my sister’s Pints & Paint event for her nonprofit. HAPPY PRIDE 🌈 🌈 🌈

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