Thursday, March 24, 2016

2016 Can Suck It

I've been meaning to write for awhile now, but I've lacked motivation do everything but that basics required to get through the day.

2016 has been my hardest year in a very long time. Work has been overwhelming at times and stressful on a daily basis. My personal life feels beyond my control. Life in general just seems to suck on a daily basis. I'm anxiously awaiting consistently good weather in hopes that being able to get out on my bike on an almost daily basis helps lighten things up. Who am I kidding? Of course it will because motorcycles are the best therapy tools on the planet!

In the past week though, I made a conscious decision to halt letting the other person dictate my happiness. I'm going back to controlling that. No one, my dearest readers, should ever be given that kind of dominion over your life. You have to take care of yourself, because at the end of the day, you're really the only person living your life. So, I'm back to focusing on my health, fitness, and happiness. It's not easy to put myself first all the time, but it's what I have to do in order to survive this ordeal.

I promise the old Rogue will return soon enough! She's bad ass and you can't keep her down forever!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dear Winter... Go Away!

Truly I shouldn't complain. It's been a fairly mild winter here in the Midwest. Folks around us were riding well into December this year. I say 'folks' because I, alas, couldn't get my schedule coordinated enough to ride past mid-November. Between the new house, friends, and family, I've been one busy little beaver. Still, I'm over it and I could do with a day that doesn't involve dressing in layers and checking the windchill before leaving home.

So, what's a girl to do during those cold months? Well, I don't know about the rest, but I tend to fill it with entertaining friends. This was the spread for the appetizers at a Pre-Christmas dinner party I hosted. The main course consisted of my homemade lobster-bacon macaroni & cheese. My goodness, I could have that once a week and be a happy, happy girl!

I've also been working on perfecting my cheesecake skills lately. My most recent one was a traditional New York Style cheesecake topped with a raspberry coulis and chocolate sauce garnish. I'm told I knocked it out of the ballpark on that one.

To offset all the entertaining, and heavy, winter food the mister and I have joined a new gym that's about 5 minutes from the new house. So far we both really like it. There's a good mix of ages and fitness levels so that no one feels out of place. In addition to the usual cardio and strength training workouts, we've been attending yoga classes a couple of days a week. Yoga is a great way to improve your flexibility and riding.

And that's how all my time has been spent for the past few months: house stuff, entertaining, and hitting the gym. I've been trying to keep myself as busy as possible so that I don't have time to slip back into the deep level of melancholy that hit me after losing Loki and Edward. I still miss my fluffy little guy more than words can convey, but I have to keep moving forward.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Home, Sweet Home!

We own a house! An honest to goodness, not connected to another residence house! For some that's not a big deal, for me who's spent 95% of her adult life living in apartments, condos, and townhouses... well, it's a huge deal!

You see, back in 2008, after being in apartments for several years as a I bounced from state-to-state, I decided to settle down and I purchased this little nugget. Now, don't get me wrong, I loved it for years. It was absolutely perfect for the single woman with 1 car, 2 cats, and a very demanding job. Then I met Mr. Rogue and it was still great for the years while we were dating. Once he moved in, things got a little cramped, but still manageable.

My car fit in the garage okay with his 2 motorcycles. So what if his car was always relegated to driveway parking, right?! ;-) And like that we lived for 5 years despite the fact that the garage started getting a bit more cramped during the cold months with my Ninja tucked behind my car, his Multistrada parked on the side, and the Husky relegated to our storage unit several miles away. It wasn't a perfect arrangement, but it we made it work. Hey, when the real estate market tanks that badly, you think long and hard about selling a house that you owe more on than it's currently worth.

Thankfully the real estate market picked up enough that it didn't hurt quite so much for me to let my little townhouse go. So, on October 19th we handed over the keys to a new set of owners and we signed the papers on a gorgeous new house with a 3 car garage! Yes, it's true... 4 months after selling my fun little car because I was tired of our motorcycles being stuck outside spring, summer, and fall in combination with the fact that I barely drove it 2k miles a year, we moved into a house with a 3 car garage. Oh the irony, she burns!

Speaking of garages... can I just reiterate how wonderful it is to have one with a ton of space and an entire area dedicated to motorcycle parking? In the spring we'll add the garage door opener to that bay, but in the mean time, I'll just keep enjoying how awesome it is to walk into the garage and not trip over rear stands trying to get to the car.