Month: July 2017

Trying New Things #4: CrossFit

Fitness is important to me. I’ve written about how I found the right fitness fix for me. Now, I’ve changed it up a bit. I’m still doing Fitness Blender. I’m still putting the miles (or kilometers) on the spin bike. And now, I’ve added CrossFit to the mix. I really wanted to do more with strength training. I thought about getting a personal trainer. However, every trainer I met talked about how women shouldn’t lift weights because that will make them bulky. First, this is not true. Second, any trainer who thinks that way is not the right trainer for me. Enter CrossFit. I figured that this was a place that wasn’t afraid of women with weights. (We want muscles with our mascara, thank you.) I’d have gone there sooner but I was worried about the high impact work, which would not bode well for my herniated disc. With CrossFit, you can make adjustments so I knew that part would be okay…but…it’s no fun if  you can’t do what the rest of the class is …

Back to Work

Well, sort of back to work. My sabbatical is over. It’s time to ease back into the workforce. For now, I’m taking it slow. We will be away for a month for home leave (every two years…wow it’s been two years!). I am not going to work during that time. That is reserved for my loved ones and shopping. (We’ll actually have some time to take in the city and enjoy New York this trip. We miss home.) I have reached out to people and let them I’ll be available. There are some things in the pipeline but nothing solid yet. I’m not worried though. One thing I’ve learned is that there will always be work. There will not always be time to enjoy life and take care of myself. That’s where my sabbatical really helped. I feel rested and refreshed. I’m ready to work again. And—this is the best part—I have a clearer sense of what projects I want to take on and how much I want to work. That’s what excites me the …

Review: M/Y Voyager

For our Red Sea dive trip we stayed aboard the M/Y Voyager.  We did the seven day tour of the Sudanese Red Sea. Details about the trip, the diving, and what we saw can be found on my last few posts. This post is all about the boat itself. For the boat – I give it 5 stars out of 5 For service- I give it 3.5 stars out of 5 Overall, the boat was great. It’s in good shape. It has ample room both in the common areas and in the cabins (ample for a cabin). Hot water and electricity were never an issue. The boat can accommodate 25 guests in 7 double cabins, 1 bunk bed cabin, 1 triple cabin, 2 double bed cabins and 1 suite. The main salon is comfortable and spacious and there is also an upstairs bar area and sun deck (partly covered). Plus there’s an upper level sun deck. Also, if you want a bit of a tour, J. shot video from walking around the boat. As for …

Umbria Wreck Dive

We got to dive the Umbria, one of the world’s best wreck dives and one accessible to recreational divers. The wreck, just north of Port Sudan, is in great condition, relatively easy to dive (though not for novices), and has interesting history. Why does this have an interesting history? For starters, unlike other wrecks we dove, this one was not sunk to create an artificial reef. It was sunk with purpose. In June 1940, the Italian vessel was at Port Sudan for supplies when Italy suddenly joined the war. The British, knowing that the boat likely had arms, wanted to detain it and search for contraband. On June 9, British did indeed board the ship to look for contraband. The next morning, June 10, 1940, while his crew as well as the British were still on board, the captain learned that Italy had declared war. He decided to sink the ship rather than turn over the weapons. The British noticed water filling the ship and gave orders to abandon ship. Although the ship was salvageable, …