We get these monsoon storms that rip through town so fast. It's so strange to see these sheets, it's the only way I can describe it, of rain all over Tucson. You can see it clear and sunny at 1 spot then you see this "curtain" of blackness next to it then sunny again! You can drive through these walls of rain to sun to rain to sun again too. It's so weird.
The thunder & lightening make a pretty good show too. My 1st year here in Tucson, it was the lightening that was my fireworks show for the 4th of July.
There have been a few vehicles stuck in the water. The washes were running fast and someone got swept away again. I still haven't heard if he got out safely or not. They had to quit looking for him where he went in. So sad. I hope he's ok.
We even have the Stupid Drivers' Law, which is if you go into a running road thats closed you have to pay for the rescue. Only fair. right?
These winds & lightening here are really dangerous too. A friends carport got torn off of his house and planks of wood from it got stuck in his roof! Holy crap! These are from the sudden micro-bursts we get here too. Trees get uprooted, power lines get broken and downed. Nuts, I tell ya, just nuts. I think I wrote a couple of years ago about an acquaintances' friend being hit and eventually dying from being struck by dry lightening.
People sometimes accuse pool instructors of just not wanting to teach a class but that not the case. It's freakin' dangerous to be out there. If I see lightening, hear the thunder, I'm ending the class. Thats it. My hair is curly enough right now. By the way, we've watched my hair get shorter, bigger or wider & curlier as each day comes & goes. Love our humidity. Anyway's back to the point. GET OUT OF THE POOL! If there's thunder & lightening, even if it seems far away, get out of the water and away from it. It can be on top of you in no time flat. Please people, stay safe. And...the animals are none too happy with the thunder either.
I did get some rain last night though. I saw the lightening and woke up at some point to hear & smell the rain. I think it lulled me quickly back to sleep. I had a great nights' sleep last night. Fabulous!
On to my amazing dinner last week for my brother, sister & me for the 4th of July. Whoo!
I have to tell you. The ribs I made were unbelievable. Holey Mahoney! (I dunno, it just popped into my head.) The sauce was sooooooooo delicious. I'll share the recipe on the recipe page for you. You have got to try it. Turns out there are recipes for a cherry sauce on meat out there. This one that I tried was a sweet/hot combination. A cherry-chipotle sauce. Simple, easy, just a little baby-sitting the sauce while it cooks up.
I threw some EVOO on the 3 racks I made, (my brother did accept the invitation this time, happily for me & G.) along with some of Buck & Judy's Dang Rub #9, let them marinate for a few hours in the fridge then slow cooked 'em on the grill for 3.5 hours over indirect heat. The meat just fell off the bones.
By the way, if you don't know what indirect heat is, it's when the heat is around the meat NOT directly under it. So, I had the 2 outer flames going but not the center one and the heat was low on the grill. Yes, I have a huge grill. Love that thing.
I basted the sauce on 'em a number of times during the last 1/2 hour of grilling. Then you let the racks rest for about 5-10 minutes and hack 'em into 2-4 rib pieces.
I have to tell ya, B. never takes home left-overs. G. & I live for them but he NEVER takes any home. Well, he did last night! G. & I thought we had a huge haul 'til he said he'd like some. That secretly made me pretty proud. But sad 'cuz that meant less leftovers for the 2 of us!
After eating, we let the meal settle a bit. By the way I'd bought 2 salads, one lg. amount of a pasta salad and a smaller amount of a veggie salad and combined them, threw on a little shredded Parmesan cheese, tossed and yum! We went to my sis' place to watch some of the fireworks going on, apparently all over town. Very cool. We then ate our dessert and went to our respective homes. I really enjoyed the day of cooking for my siblings. Feels like it's been awhile.
Well, all went well for this last week. I got in a couple of workouts. Added a 3rd set and felt my upper quadrant abs, from bracing through some exercises & triceps for a few days afterwards. Actually felt great.
I've started keeping my feet on the floor while bench-pressing rather than putting them up on the bench. This makes me engage my abs/core quite a bit more to protect my back. Hence the discomfort afterwards. It's all good. I do like that feeling. Not incapacitated, just enough to let me know I worked well.
I'd also done some repetitive grand plies in 2nd position, sumo squats for the guys, during a class I taught and felt my adductors (inner thighs) for a few days after. Whoa! I hadn't done those fully in some time but decided it was time to try and was thrilled to see I could do them again. Yes, again testing my new knee. Always testing.
I see my surgeon in a couple of weeks for another follow-up. I think they'll take some pics of the knee. My scar is getting flatter & flatter, sinking into the leg. It doesn't as "thick" as it had but I can still feel some weirdness in it. I still don't like anything touching on it but I think thats gonna be a forever thing. Just bugs me. All tingly. Ick. I'm not worried. I know my leg is great and I couldn't be any happier. I really feel like a new person. Doing so many things that were soooo painful for years and now Fabulous! Pain-free, what a concept.
On a sad note, I just heard that 50 year old actor Dave Legeno died while hiking in Death Valley of heatstroke. Unbelievable. RIP.
Hmmm, as always you-know-who is looking at me wanting his you-know-what so I must end this weeks notes and head out.
Keep dancin' and be healthy.