The cities and dates for season 10’s filming of American Ninja Warrior were announced this morning, and the Ninjaverse (see what I did there?) is all a-twitter.

The cities this year are LA, Dallas, Miami, Indianapolis, Philly, and Minneapolis.  Dates range between 3/6 and 5/26.

If I were to be selected, the closest place to me is Dallas, and it’s filming the end of March.  That’s just 2 months away!  Just the thought of it makes me nauseous.  But in a good way.  If there is such a thing as good nausea.  I read once that they look at submissions in order of when that person’s region would be filming, so those closest to LA would get looked at first, and Minneapolis submissions would be last, and so on.  I’m not sure how true that is, but since Dallas is filming second, I’m guessing they’d be looking at my submission soon-ish.  The producers for American Ninja Warrior are going to be looking at a video of me, that I made, soon-ish.  That’s just crazy.

I intend to write a whole post on the surreal-ness of making an application video for ANW.  It’s a crazy process, and it was crazy hard for me.  But just for fun, I put together a blooper reel of some of the outtakes I got.  Enjoy.


10 Reasons Why I Want To Be An American Ninja Warrior: Season 10

I started this blog post many months ago, close to the beginning of my journey.  I’ve added to it here and there, and it’s interesting to look back and see how my motivation has evolved throughout the process.  The main driving points haven’t changed, but there are a few things that don’t matter so much anymore, and some new motivations have emerged that weren’t there at the beginning.  In no particular order, here’s the top 10 reasons why I want to be on American Ninja Warrior Season 10.

  1. I want to inspire other moms with young kiddos, especially multiples, to get out there and get started on their journeys.  Whatever journey that may be.  Often times when you have a baby, or multiple small kids, you kind of get in this overwhelming funk of the day to day.  Postpartum depression is real.  And mommy-hood can be brutal.  Moms are so mean, so competitive, and so condescending to each other.  Social media often seems to be the death of decency and kindness.  But having a challenge, a cool goal to work towards, can help clear away the fog and make everything better.  Whether someone wants to be on ANW, or learn photography, or go back to school, I want to inspire other mommy’s that it’s possible.  Even with a bunch of kids in tow.
  2. I’m a competitive person, and I love a challenge.  The ANW course looks like so much fun, super challenging, and I want a shot at it.
  3. What a cool thing to be able to say you did.  Someday when I’m old and senile, I can show my great-grandkids what I did once, and hopefully it’ll make them think I’m kind of cool.  Or at least that I was kind of cool once.
  4. I love my kids.  I do.  I love being a mom.  But I’m at the point in my life where I want to do something for me.  I want to be something more than just the person that changes diapers, makes meals, and referres fighting siblings.  Perhaps I’m having a mid-life crisis.
  5. I want to make a goal, work hard for it, and accomplish it.  To be able to say, ‘yeah, I did that’.
  6. I need an outside interest.  Something to be proud of.  And I want my family to be proud of me.
  7. I want to show my kids that they can do anything they set their mind to.  Make a goal, work really hard, and accomplish it.  Don’t let anyone tell you you’re too old, too young, too short, too tall, not quick enough, not smart enough, not _________ enough.  Believe in yourself and work hard.  You can move mountains.
  8. I want to overcome fears.  The fear of new things and new people.  The fear of failure.  The fear of putting myself out there.  I’ve already made huge strides toward this goal just in the process of training for ninja warrior.
  9. I want to see what my body is capable of.  I’ve already seen the miracles it can do just giving life to, and carrying, twins.  I want to see what it’s capable on the other side of the spectrum.
  10. I want to meet some really cool people.  And let’s be real.  All those ninjas on TV?  They seem pretty dadgum cool.

How has 2018 sucked? Let me count the ways…


So far I’m not a big fan of 2018.  Actually, anything after Christmas 2017 has pretty much sucked.

My daughter started back to school yesterday, and was literally sick the entirety of her Christmas break.  We had so many plans of things we were going to work on.  We did absolutely none of them.  She finished up her antibiotic the day before she went back and was finally feeling better.  We got her all patched up in time to go back to her classroom full of other kindergarten petri dishes.  CORRECTION:  We got all 4 of my kids patched up in time for her to go hang out with the other kids with plague and bring it back home again.

All 4 of my kids have been sick the entirety of Christmas break.  2 of them are solidly better.  1 is still iffy.  And I thought the other was better except he woke up this morning complaining of his ear hurting and wouldn’t get out of bed.  If the boy had a broken leg with the bone sticking out, he wouldn’t refuse to get out of bed, so this is significant.

I have been sick since December 9, but the pleasure of adding strep throat, courtesy of one of the kids, didn’t get thrown in until last weekend.  And then because I can’t do anything half-assed, I also went and got a (suspected) tonsillar abscess.  Cuz that’s how I roll.  So now I’m on my second antibiotic and second steroid hoping to ‘avoid having to go in and drain the tonsil’.  Yes please, let’s avoid that.

My husband and I had lots of goals this year, some of them financial.  That’s pretty much shot now, by the 5th day of the year, cuz having 6 sick people visit the doctor and minor med, prescriptions (I think we’re at 12 so far this year?), and just as many over the counter meds ARE NOT CHEAP!  The problem is that when I’m so super sick and feeling like death, I’ll pay whatever I need to feel better.  But that’s not when you pay.  The bills don’t come in until a couple months later once you’re feeling better, and then you’re like, ‘man, was I really that much money sick?’ and you start to question what feeling good is worth.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Let’s see, what else.  My mom is in the hospital back home and I’m really worried about her.  As of late last night it seems they may have figured out what’s wrong with her, but she has been really worrisome for a while.  And being so sick here, I couldn’t travel back to be with her.  So that sucked.  Hopefully now that they know what they think is wrong, they can start to fix her.  But then she still has to battle the ‘aggresive’ form of skin cancer that they continue to cut out of her (rapidly shrinking) body.

There was one day over break that I felt decent, so I plastered on a lot of makeup trying to not look like death, and made my ANW submission video.  This is bad news because about 6 hours after I submitted it, I thought of THE.BEST.IDEA. that I should have had in my video.  But of course it was too late.  And I have now convinced myself that I totally ruined it, but had I done this other thing in my video, I totally would have gotten picked, and I blew my shot in life, and I’m an idiot, and yada yada yada.  The delirium from being sick may have contributed to that, but I seriously obsessed over blowing it for days.  Dreamed about it, cried about it, the whole 9 obsessive yards.

My husband is going away to baseball fantasy camp this month.  If you’re a baseball fan you probably know what that is.  If you’re not a baseball fan, you probably don’t care.  My daughter and I were going to travel out there for part of the week to see him in his uniform playing, and attend a couple of the events.  But through a variety of sucky circumstances, we aren’t going to be able to do that.  My father in law also backed out of going, so now no one is going to be out there to see him suited up and cheer him on.  He’s pretty bummed about that, and I’m pretty disappointed too.  I firmly believe that these things happen for a reason, so I take some comfort in that.  Plus, all the money that was going to go to that trip will probably now have to go towards medical bills.  But it’s still another disappointment that 2018 has brought us.

Oh, and apparently Apple is deliberately slowing down my iPhone 6s.  Thanks for that, Apple!

My husband is waiting to hear about a new job he interviewed for.  2018 is telling me I shouldn’t get my hopes up.

I know these are all first world problems, and I shouldn’t be complaining, but still not a great way to start a new year.  I am thankful that we all have our ‘health’.  Right now it seems to be all viruses and bacteria that will eventually work it’s way out and be gone.  Nothing lifelong or debilitating.  I’m thankful that my husband and I both have jobs that will eventually be able to pay for all the medical bills, and so far, there’s nothing major to be paid for, like surgery or hospitals.  I’m thankful that my mom has a diagnosis finally, I hope it’s correct and all-inclusive, and her cancer takes a hike n’er to return.  I’m thankful my husband gets to go to camp at all.  So things aren’t all bad.  Take that, 2018!

My son literally just called me from the couch…

B: ‘mom, I have some good news and some bad news.’
Me: ‘what’s the bad news?’
B:  ‘I’ll tell you the good news first’
Me: ‘okay, what’s the good news?’
B: ‘i feel better’
Me: ‘that’s great! What’s the bad news?’
B: ‘i don’t know the bad news’

Cue about 3 seconds of thinking ‘maybe this year is looking up’… and then one of the baby’s starts screaming… ‘nevermind’