Monday Bacon: Crunch Time

Now that we’re in T minus 5 days to wedding kick-off, execution is coming down to the wire. Which leaves details.

Yuck. Details aren’t much fun. Broad, nondescript, things that are fun to talk about but have no idea how to make happen. That’s the fun in wedding planning. We have an increased sense of urgency to pull this thing off without many hitches and frankly it just makes me want to curl back up in our new Ikea ginormous, pillow top bed and have someone wake me up when it’s all done (the planning, I’ll show up for the party.)

This weekend, Matt and I figured out a great way to pleasantly run two consecutive days full of 6 hours of errands. Stop for food. And drinks. On Saturday, we shopped a little; ate a little. Of course we had to get in our Mint Julep for derby day. It wasn’t good but hey, it’s the thought that counts. Then we shopped a little more; ate a little more and since we were at Cooper’s Hawk to pick up wine-I drank wine. One more stop and then home. But wait a minute, cuz nothing’s ever easy, let’s change up our Friday evening meal with our out of town family and guests.

As much as we love the local brew pubs here, as we got more into the details of what our dinner would look like, we really wanted something different than just hanging out in a loud bar for our intimate little gathering. Add in the fact that it would add another $1200 to a budget and we said nope. Plan B. Uhhhhh, we need a plan B. Crap.

Enter friend’s who are not only award winning mixologists, but also run one of our favorite restaurants and talked the head chef into working our larger than their normal Friday night table’s group into the mix. We could not be more thankful. The fact that it’s about a quarter mile away from home and a mile from folks hotel and it’s a total win. Hit it out of the park! Thanks Brian!!

But now we only have about 150 small things to get done in order to breath easy once friends and family arrive. But we’ll get it done. And what we don’t, folks won’t even realize we wanted to. But now I have to get off the computer, cuz I’m supposed to be working.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

Yogi Berra

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About tosabarbell

For training opportunities at tosabarbell, call or text Juli at 320-296-9313. e-mail to At tosabarbell, I build relationships cultivated in a strength and learning environment. There is no 12 week magic pill program to strength but rather a lifetime commitment to be the very best and most useful human you can be. tosabarbell is a private, home grown gym with three lifting platforms; squat rack; prowlers; throwing implements; bars, bumpers and everything else needed for an effective strength and conditioning program. Straightforward barbell programming including the Olympic lifts; sound (read: not fancy bullshit) diet advance for weight gain or loss; and strong coaching will ensure you will meet your goals such as becoming stronger, more explosive, and better conditioned. I have been coaching teams and athletes for over 30 years. I grew up participating in various sports at various levels but was always drawn to those that require strength training. I have multiple local, national, and world records in the sports of Weightlifting and Highland Games Heavy Events as well as a combined total of 5 World Championships. My 5 years of training and coaching under Mark Rippetoe provided a wide range of influence from some of the top strength & conditioning and throwing coaches in the country. I will strongly encourage tosabarbell athletes to compete (and prepare you to do so.) However, tosabarbell is also for those who wish to be stronger and go through life feeling better. Matt WanAt is a retired Professional Strongman who competed frequently with Strongman Champions League in Europe. He played a year of D1 football with Iowa before concentrating on his Chemical Engineering degree in Iowa City. He is a native of Wauwatosa and still remains a staunch supporter of Tosa East. This blog will be a mixture of strength notes, coaching and nutrition tips, personal shit; bacon delicacies, and a whole lot of fun.
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