Mo Tab Inspriation

SOOOO – yesterday we my friend L.N., my husband, and I were driving home from seeing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in concert here, I was sharing about my recent post….ya know, the part about how I said I would to a triathlon…but didn’t. Remember?  WELL – it seems as though there is a women’s only triathlon in July (won’t be here this year) 2014.  Hubby recruited my friend and I – so, the goal is July 2014 I’ll do my first triathlon 🙂

Picked up my currencies today. CHF, super pretty bills.  I’m sure there are laws somewhere prohibiting photos of money – so just google it.  One of the prettiest monies out there.  Random note – have to get a “European wallet” little USian wallet is too short for the extra tall European money!

The choir – small army.  Loved the concert, loved Come Thou Fount.  Sure, 10 years ago I probably would have thought this choir to be an “old people’s choir” – but I’ve changed that perspective.  They’re a disciplined, well-oiled machine and their dedication shows through their performance.  I teared up as they stood and sang their first song. Tears came again as they sang Come Thou Fount (my wedding march and a dear hymn) is a video of it, but super more fantastic in person 🙂



long time

SOOOO – it’s been a year and a half!  What has happened…I really never finished my trip to Italy in Summer 2011..but it was fun and I made lasting friendships..hence my return March 2012!  And THAT, dear friends, leads me to NOW!

Scott and I celebrated 10 years this past March *woot woot*  Some days it seems like yesterday..others…whoa, am i cut out for eternity?  It’s definitely not easy, but I know it’ll be worth it 🙂

This past May (though not a triathlon and 18 months later) I completed my first half marathon.  Started off with me ripping my bib off my race belt – Scott teased me about being a rookie the whole time.  No photos are logged because my bib wasn’t visible to log my photos 😦  Also, completion was not a record of a time, my dear husband got a leg cramp after about 1-2 we walked it in 3 hours…and…50 minutes 🙂  However, my time didn’t log – for all we know, I set a world record!!!

After that, I stopped – pretty much all – gym going.  Didn’t shed an ounce this entire time either…so that’s moderately…majorly (nothing moderate about it!) frustrating. BUT, I figure…my lungs are probably healthier!

Well, June 1 rolls around and we take part in our second mud run, Warrior Dash. Totally fun, totally uphill!! click Butler, OH Saturday and bib # 9969  Don’t know how long the link will be available, so good luck!

Anyway, there’ s more – I  shall log later!! My darling husband is competing in Ironman Zurich – his first full Ironman – – why not be crazy and make it a destination!

You’re caught up.

Blessings to you and yours.



Gee whiz! Time sure does fly! I know I’m not a loyal poster, but that’s just cuz I don’t have tons to say 😉 I should have looked at the last post before I started this one….oh well!

SINCE the last post, I’ve not really been training hard for a triathlon – things got switched up a bit. Instead, I’ll be spending some time in Italy though CISV. Myself and another leader will be taking 9 kids to Padova, Italy – while there, each of us will live with a different family. After about 3 weeks, we come home and await our new Italian friends to come and live with us. The idea is promoting peace through gaining an understanding of others through experiencing their culture. If you get super curious, a parent set up a Facebook page CISV Padova is the name..I think 🙂

Aside from that, I’m finishing my 2nd year as an interpreter in a school. It’s a blast, but it’s tuckerin me out these past two days!

Moving on from triathlons and on to mud runs… my friend at work, her husband, me, my husband – we’ll be doing that on September something. Should be fun.

Anyway, that’s my brief update – planted a garden – keeping the neighborhood cats out is the biggest challenge, but so far so good.

Racing to Italy, Maybe…


I haven’t posted anything recently because I’ve had nothing to post!

I’ve not been the most faithful about going to the gym 6 times a week – though a week hasn’t gone by that I haven’t gone to the gym. YAY! I’m up to 50 lengths with no floating device!!! Even if there ends up being no tri in my future, I love swimming and am improving 🙂 I’ve looked into some girls only tris; the entry fee is more than my husband’s race fees! (Reason being – half the fee goes to the Susan Komen foundation(s) ) I haven’t started working on the bike or the I should probably consider doing that and incorporating weights.

On a typical day I’m able to go directly to the gym after work, do an hour on the elliptical, then join my husband in the pool. He was talking the other day about making his cardio come first because he’s experiencing fatigue after the pool – so that would allow me to add in something else too. Plain and simple – after I get wet, I don’t want to sweat again…it’s like a second bath AND I don’t want to change from work clothes to gym clothes to swim clothes to work out clothes..then to night clothes, or whatever – mainly convenience is what drives me 🙂

Umm..I finished my article for the Spring RID VIEWS and have submitted it – it is currently in the editing stage. It’s kind of stinky because I had to delete a sentence about God – that’s the world I live in I guess. I tried to be vague – actually, I won’t post the article because I just cut and paste some of my blogging blurbs, edit them – helped it fit together a little more..and there it was. After it’s published, I’ll try to figure out how to attach the link so you can see the finished product! It’s fun cuz, although I didn’t go for the fame..and fortune, lol – but I’ve been very blessed for the experience to Ghana 😀

As I’ve stated before, I’m unable to make a repeat trip THIS year due to funding – however, there is something else in the works. The classroom teacher that I work with everyday is involved with an organization called CISV – Children’s International Summer Village. Check out their website at and the Columbus chapter is no www – tried that, you get a Weebly error 😛

Anyway, I have the opportunity to be a leader of Interchange. The long and short of it is this: some kids are selected to go from 2 different countries. The first country goes to live with a counterpart in the other country and then they switch – like an exchange program for the summer. I would be living with an adult and then that adult would live with me. And Scott. Therein is my hangup. My poor husband is an introvert and supports me in any way – he’s supported many of my crazy adventures in the almost 8 years we’ve been married – but he’s not quite sure about having a 62 year old Italian man living with us for 20 days….the expense of it, and the weekend vacation we’re to take him on, and the whole comfort of it all. If Scott says ok, it’ll be my job to “chaperone” – which it would be anyway, so no skin off my nose.

I think it’d be an awesome travel opportunity – I was thinking about being a camp counselor – there ya go 😀 I love to travel – and I love being “enculturated” as opposed to just being a tourist. SO, fingers crossed he says OK!

It would involve me going to a weekend of training, running a weekend “mini-camp” and planning a “typical” family weekend vacation..but they’d be doing all the same stuff on the Italy end, an exchange of time and love for other cultures while promoting those ideals among the youth. I’ll keep you posted!

Week 2

I was counting – my hubby and I have managed to work out 12 out of the past 30 days – well, …he’s worked out more than me 😉  Each time we BOTH work out, I draw a nice smiley face on the dry erase board 😀

I’ve managed to..not conquer..but push myself to try and overcome my irrational fear of putting my face in the water. Although I breath every time (to the right) – I’m showing signs of improvement 😉  I tried breathing to the left – not as glamorous.  I did a “mini” tri in the gym yesterday – 50..or’s hard to keep track sometimes – but that many laps, one mile around the indoor track (run-walking), and 5 miles on a stationary bike.  I think this was over the course of 2 hours.  I need to add a mile running and biking and mini tri complete 😉

I was joking with my husband that he’s training for an IRONman and I’m training for a MINIman – it’s ok, you can laugh!

oops – add 2 miles to the bike.

ANYWAY – on the Ghana front – Auntie Baaba put me in touch with one of GNDCS’s recent volunteers. It’s been fun reading his blog and reliving some of the same experiences.  Makes me want to go  back 1000 times more this summer.  Matt is volunteering through One World a long and intense-ish program.  I don’t know if I ever posted this..Auntie Baaba – one of her sons WAS living in New York and he recently (maybe early Nov/late Oct) moved to Columbus.  Small world, folks.  Although I’m a patriot I’m also a citizen of a global village – it rings truer and truer as each day continues on.

To get all churchy on ya, I find myself torn between that patriotism and the knowledge that we are all brothers and sisters – whether your in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ukraine, Japan, the US, or Canada.  We promise to be law abiding citizens – but there is a huge wedge in my soulful ponderings about the many people of the world who could use my help because even the poorest of the poor in my country have more than the average in another country.  Try not thinking about that as you play your Wii..even as I think about paying entry fees for a race for “fun” – makes me feel somewhat guilty for all that I have – but more of a reason to be thankful for all that I am blessed with.  The people I met in Ghana were so grateful – SO grateful for every little thing they had.  I need to feel the same attitude of gratitude.

Week one in review

This isn’t as interesting as when I was in a far away land….I went back the next day and did a repeat workout of day 1 – I was a little more tired, but still got it in 🙂  I’m writing smiley faces on our dry erase calendar on days when we BOTH work out, that’s kind of fun.  Saturday Scott ran 6 miles…our gym track is small so it was 72..I don’t remember how many laps – it was a horrendous amount!

I did daydream about us both going to Kona though – one of us makes it there by qualifying, the other by a lottery – then John Tesh says something about me beating Scott..or Scott beating me..whatever way 😉 Then at the end of it – “remember the couple that was competing against each other? Amanda – YOU ARE AN IRONMAN…SCOTT YOU ARE AN IRONMAN..MR and MRS KAISER – YOU DID IT – YOU’RE BOTH IRONMEN” – I’m a nerd – and considering you have to be crazy in love to do that sport – I’m not there.  With my husband, yes – with near drowning..biking from here to Grandma’s..and running who knows…to Marysville – not in love with that!   I did do a mile with Scott on Saturday then headed to the elliptical (has a tv attached..better entertainment than random traffic!) Which is ironic, I’m always teasing Scott about not being alone with his thoughts cuz he likes to always have the TV on..and in something where you should, and ultimately have to, be alone with your thoughts – I’m the one who has issues with it!

Anyway – my bear’s on his way to being an Ironman – Rev 3 is the series he’ll compete with this upcoming September. Me on the other hand, HFP..or HPF..some racing organization down here – girls only triathlons. They’re dinks – but that’s ok 🙂 250 yd (why not in meters like they do the guys, don’t know) swim, something bike, 2 mile run.  The little “Cub” I interpret for as my “job” – she wants to do a tri too – she read about it in the kids Sports Illustrated – so, you should join us – it’ll be a good year 😀


For those of you who were just alerted that there was a new posting on my blog – my apologies. It isn’t Ghana related.  I don’t think it’s feasible for me to return this summer – although, I would LOVE to. After visiting there once and having a better sense of what the children need – I think I would be better able to prepare lesson plans and bring appropriate supplies.  BUT….. 😦 unless some random foundation is started and finds my cause worthy…it’s out of the realm of possibilities for this year – don’t think I’m giving up – I’m NOT!  I have some ideas on how to solicit funds..though it doesn’t feel entirely right…to ask for money for my own causes.  However, if someone wants to throw money at me, I won’t stop them 😉

Anyway, this new category is me following after my husband.  See, for the past two years he’s enjoyed, if you can call it that, the loveliness of competing in triathlons.  Why should I let him have all the fun?  First, I need to find one that’s on a Saturday – after that – the goal will be set.  I’ve made it to the gym a few times this past week – and I’ve started my “training.” You must understand – my husband is training for  a full length Ironman equivalent (a different organization, so it’s not called “Ironman”) training..his training…HA!

I can report, on this 18th day of January – I was able to do the elliptical for an hour – 4.33 miles, and follow it up with a 1000m swim.  I did take a break every 100m because – well, I’m not an athlete!  A few years ago – I forget where..maybe the YMCA where we used to live, I couldn’t swim one lap to save my life.  Although I used one of those foamy weights between my thighs, I swam the entire 40. The goal was 40 lengths in whatever way I could.  Although MY freestyle is in no comparison equal to Mikey’s (Mr. Phelps to those unacquainted with him 😉 ) I still did it.

If you’re willing, I invite you to travel this journey with me – as a 211lb (+ or -), 31.5ish year old journeys into the world of triathlons. 🙂 Well..triathlon. Don’t plan on making a career of it – come on! I’m a band nerd, not a ..sporty lass 😉