Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Toobing, Toona, and Too many things lost!

Yesterday, I met Ben from BnA fame..aka TunaJuice. Everybody's beloved fish! Sean and I met him and his friends up for a tubing trip down the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels. It was a good sized group to go out -- me, Sean, Ben, Brian and Ryan (roommates), Kristen, Erin, Clay and Loralie (sp) -- fiancees, Ana and Brent -- married couple...I think that was it! On the way down, we stopped at Rudy's for a quick bite to eat. Then headed off on the road.

Me and Ben..I told him to smile! Driving to New Braunfels:p Posted by Hello

I'll just make it a short story, because I'm too lazy to write a novel :p It was good times. Packed the coolers on tubes, cold river water, cloudy..ahhh..sun..3 fun chutes, lost a few people in the pack, caught back up, Ben lost his sunglasses, Loralie lost her shorts with ID and credit card (ouch!) and Toohey's hat, Ryan lost his Cubs hat, saw a girl get cuffed and arrested for a possible MIP and public intoxication, and then the river ride was over! Twas fun!

Afterwards, we hung out at Brian and Ryan's place, Clay lost his phone down the sewer in the apartment parking lot, ate pizza by the pool, jumped in the hot, hot, hot spa that was so heavily cholinated and hot that it killed any kind of bacteria out there!

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Recon projects...

I've been wanting to revamp my wardrobe lately. I'm getting sick of seeing the same things, day in, day out. I want something new!!! But I don't want to spend the money...

One reconstruction project I started sometime last year, but never finished, was turning my Slickrock Belize T-shirt, which was way too big for me, into something fun that I could wear and not feel like it was drowning me.

On the front of the T-shirt was a Slickrock logo. On the back is a large colorful image of a kayaker paddling into the sunset towards the island with palm trees on it. At the bottom of the image is "BELIZE" in large letters. I loved the image, but needed something that would fit much better.

Thus comes out the scissors. Snip, snip, snip! I decided to use the image that was on the back of the shirt as the front of a tube top style shirt with a "V" halter strap. I cut a rectangle out -- the image and a bit further below it for the length of the shirt. For the back side, I used what was the front of the T-shirt, since it was blue..leaving the Slickrock logo out (sorry, Slickrock! :p ). I used some of the leftover fabric to make the V halter straps.

I sewed the front to the back, until it fit nicely..not too snug, not too loose. I sewed a casing at the top for 1/4 inch elastic. I hemmed the bottom with a stretch stitch -- this makes the bottom roll up, like unfinished T-shirt material does. I sewed the V halter strap, pulled it right side out, then sewed it to the top of the tube top. Added wooden pony beads to the end of the straps and tied them off..and Viola!!! A new top is born! :D

Reconstructed top - front (was the back of a T-shirt) Posted by Hello

Recon top - back side...note to self..windex mirror before attempting Craftster style pics...(I think it's been months since I cleaned the mirror..yuck!!!) Posted by Hello

Recon top - back side -- wooden beads on the ties Posted by Hello

Friday, May 27, 2005

Think pink, part II

Last night, I trimmed my hair by about an inch or so. Then when Sean came home, I had him straighten out the mess that I had created. After that, I used the rest of my Red Passion Manic Panic hair dye. There are still some parts that are orange, but the pink took on pretty well. I didn't have enough to get it all over the place..that, and I didn't try that hard with the dye job either :p

My hair's grown out quite a bit. So it looks a little funny part black, part pink..although people would pay loads of money to have that look!

When I got to work today, I had Sarah French braid my hair so that the braids would be the pink part. I love this look! Here's what turned out:

wicked hair...left side Posted by Hello

right side Posted by Hello

right side Posted by Hello

left side..yes, apparently I dyed my scalp pink too!!! :p  Posted by Hello

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

So Sean and I both have these mysterious bites on us, from a few days ago. He found out they must be chigger bites...all the symptoms point to them. This is the first time I've ever been bitten by them. Now here are some interesting tidbits about chigger bites! Yuck...

"Chigger larvae do not burrow into the skin, nor suck blood. They pierce the skin and inject into the host a salivary secretion containing powerful, digestive enzymes that break down skin cells that are ingested (tissues become liquefied and sucked up). Also, this digestive fluid causes surrounding tissues to harden, forming a straw-like feeding tube of hardened flesh (stylostome) from which further, partially-digested skin cells may be sucked out. After a larva is fully fed in four days, it drops from the host, leaving a red welt with a white, hard central area on the skin that itches severely and may later develop into dermatitis. Any welts, swelling, itching, or fever will usually develop three to six hours after exposure and may continue a week or longer. If nothing is done to relieve itching, symptoms may continue a week or more. Scratching a bite may break the skin, resulting in secondary infections."

The bites itch like hell! :(

And here's a pic of the damn buggers!!!

Damn chigger Posted by Hello

Monday, May 23, 2005

You guessed it..it was a Sunday, no rain..Reimers day!!!

Yesterday, Sean and I went to Reimers. Saturday proved to be extremely fucking hot! So Sunday was going to be the same...we decided on an early start.

We got to Reimers early in the morning. There were a decent amount of cars in the lot. We decided on going to Shortcake wall to warm up and to try the 5.9 and 5.10a routes that we tried last time. Then we'd move on to Prototype and see how we felt from there. We did the obligatory hike to the walls -- a hike down a spring fed creek - slippery at times, passing Sex Cave and Sex Canyon, staying to the left of the creek, passing through lush green ferns and such, then crossing the creek with a hop up to dry rock, hiking up a little bit to Shortcake Wall. That hike in always wears me out!!!

I started out by leading 'Got a Dollar?', a 5.7, for a warmup. Nice and easy. Sean followed and cleaned the route.

Me on 'Got a Dollar?', a 5.7 Posted by Hello

Next, we decided to move on to 'Hat Dance', a technical 5.9 that Sean had difficulty in leading last week. I'm not confident enough to lead this route quite yet. I'll work up to it...but not yet! So he lead the route. He did it, little difficulty and a smooth transition on the little traverse/transition spot. Then I toproped it, no problems, no rests.

Sean on 'Hat Dance', a 5.9 Posted by Hello

Me cleaning 'Hat Dance' Posted by Hello

Changing into my Tevas after 'Hat Dance' Posted by Hello

Just plain being goofy Posted by Hello

Next up was 'Fat Chicks Tryin' to be Sexy', a 5.10a. Last time, Sean did not complete the lead..but once getting the beta from toproping it, he was determined to do it. Sean lead the route, found the secret crimpy holds at the crux, then pulled through.

Sean at the top of 'Fat Chicks Tryin' to be Sexy', a 5.10a Posted by Hello

I followed it, had a bit of trouble near the crux. The moves are so powerful for me, and my muscles are...well...small. :p So I rested once, pulled the move..stretch stretch..breath..breath..breath..grab! And then I pulled through the crux. Ahhh...After that, the route is a cake walk!

Cleaning the top of 'Fat Chicks Tryin' to be Sexy' Posted by Hello

I cleaned the route as well. When I was slung in and off belay, Sean scrambled up the crag to the right of 'Hat Dance', and free climbed all the way to the top in sandals..to take pics of me. It was hilarious! And he got over the top of the rock, told me that there was a fence and the goats by the house! So he hopped over the fence, losing his chalk in the process, and took a few snaps. By then, I had finished cleaning the route and hung there by slings, while Sean looked down, wondered how he would strategically get down. It was entertaining. He made it down safely then belayed me down.

Cool rocks at Prototype Wall Posted by Hello

Green stuff growing on the rocks Posted by Hello

We packed our bags and headed past Dr. Seuss Wall on to Prototype Wall, to check out the famed "Eight Flake". Holy crap, this wall had some long routes on it!!! It looked somewhat intimidating. A few guys were doing a combination of Clone Call and Bisector, which shares anchors with Eight Flake, so we rested in the shade and watched the other climbers.

Sean lead 'Eight Flake', a 5.8 that goes up a large flake, then transitions to a small flake you can stick your fingers under. I followed and unclipped, no rests. That route was fun! But I still don't feel quite confident to lead it...yet. Let me toprope it a few more times! When I cleaned the route, my feet hurt so bad -- the wide part of my feet...I just wanted to take my shoes off and throw them down! They hurt that bad, I cleaned the route, grimaced in pain, cleaned...pain pain pain..when I got back to the ground, I ditched my climbing shoes for my comfy Tevas.

Sean on 'Eight Flake', a 5.8*** Posted by Hello

Sean pulling the rope so that I can unclip 'Eight Flake' Posted by Hello

Me cleaning 'Eight Flake' - I've got my knees pressed up on the rock! Posted by Hello

Rope art...I think Sean was bored while I was cleaning the route :p Posted by Hello

Then Sean lead 'Clone Call', a 5.9 that goes to the right of the dihedral and up to the anchors of 'Eight Flake'. He did fine on the route. As for me..well..it was definitely not graceful. So..with 'Clone Call', I had trouble getting off the ground!!! (I was unclipping the route) I had trouble with the start...if only I was a few inches taller...yeah. So I tried, and tried, and tried, and tried, and tried...and finally, I got off the ground! Sheesh. What the hell, it's a 5.9, I should be able to do it! I was so wiped out after the initial start, and a bit demoralized, that I pieced my way through the rest of the route, panting all the way up. My arms jello. But once I got to the end, I was excited..yes! Finally! And I was pooped.

Sean on 'Clone Call', a 5.9 that shares anchors with 'Eight Flake' Posted by Hello

Unsuccessful attempts at beginning 'Clone Call' Posted by Hello

Unsuccessful attempts at beginning 'Clone Call' Posted by Hello

Unsuccessful attempts at beginning 'Clone Call'..."TAKE!" not that I had anywhere to go b/c it was the bottom... Posted by Hello

Sean then toproped 'Bisector', the 5.10a that climbs the face of the dihedral and shares anchors with Eight Flake. Of course, climbing the face was the difficult part. It bulges out a bit. But he pulled through the route. I was so worn out by then...I didn't even want to try it...especially after struggling with 'Clone Call'!!!

We left in the mid afternoon, and a fun boulder...

Hiking back on the wrong trail, we found a fun boulder to play/pose on! Posted by Hello

Of course that pic is a posed one. I would never boulder with my tongue sticking out like that...if I fell..ouch! And I wouldn't boulder with a backpack on! :p

Sean and the cool boulder Posted by Hello

Hydrating up at the end of the day! Posted by Hello

Oh, the beauty of Reimers!!!

Beautiful Reimers scenary crystal clear spring fed pools with majestic tall trees Posted by Hello