Archive for February, 2012

Congrats to Bret McKenzie, and other things

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I forgot to mention it yesterday, but he won the Oscar for Best Song for “Man or Muppet”. Here he is singing a duet with Kermit on “Life’s a Happy Song”:

In other news, I got my Kung Fu weapons yesterday. I felt like a little kid again, begging my Dad to let me take Karate. He’d say no because little girls didn’t do that, and it was too expensive. Now I get to finally live out the childhood wish, and I’m happy for that. Check it:

Powa checking out my new weapons.

It’s stripe testing week, so I’m in for double the world of hurt, but that’s the nature of the week. If you can’t deal with it you don’t get your stripe. This time around I have to qualify in Kung Fu and Krav Maga instead of Kickboxing because I’ve moved up to purple belt. More hurt, but the payoff is worth it. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself 🙂

What I love about Kung Fu is that it really feels like the movements are more traditional, and require a lot of stamina, flexibility, and strength. In a strange way, Yoga sort of prepared me for some of the movements like the horse stance, splits, and stretches. In those moves, breathing has to be part of the movement to keep it going for long periods of time, and Yoga is the same. I like that parallel. However, once you start doing the kicks, blocks, and forms, that’s where the similarities end.

So, I will be complaining for the rest of the week about how sore my body is, but will keep going back because that’s just the way it has to be. Right? RIGHT?? 😉

DVD workout review: Les Mills’ Pump Revolution

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment

This particular workout has all the old favorites from the class offered at the gym (forgive me if the order is off):

  • Warm-up track
  • Squat track
  • Chest track
  • Back and legs track
  • triceps track
  • biceps track
  • lunges (and squats) track
  • shoulders track
  • Abs track
  • cool-down track

A grand total of 56 minutes approximately. I have decided not to follow the schedule that’s included because as it is I’m trying to attend as many martial arts classes as possible, and let’s face it… I’m not one of those two-a-day-workouts type of athlete. My body has a limit 🙂 So, if at all possible, I’m going to do Pump Fridays and Sundays, and martial arts M-W and Saturday.

You’re probably saying to yourself, “This chick is nuts… why does she put herself through all this?” Well, I’ll tell you… I have somewhat of a case of the insanities 😛 No, I kid, I kid. I’m the type of person that’s happiest when I’m working out. It keeps me centered and gives me an outlet for frustrations having to do with work, or life in general. The stronger my body is, the stronger I feel overall. I can deal with work, school, and life better when I can do what I consider fun. Exercise (the right type mind you) is fun for me.

Netflix Recommendation: Downton Abbey Season 1

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’re a fan of Gosford Park, you’ll love this show. Granted, I’m a latecomer to the party, but better late than never, yeah?

It’s set in the early 1900s, during a time in England where the aristocrats still employed household employees to manage their sprawling estates. The workers have as much drama to deal with as their employers, and it’s all very scandalous for the time. An example: An unmarried woman could not even share a sandwich with an unmarried man without it looking “inappropriate”. My, how things have changed 😛

Season 1 is on Netflix. Season 2 can be seen on PBS’s site. AND, glory of all glories, PBS has an app for the iPhone and iPad since we can’t use Flash to view videos. I’m in heaven 😀

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In the vein of who is pretty hot, the award goes to

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment

a few dudes along with some of their popular work:

Chris Hemsworth - Thor, Star Trek, The Avengers

Dan Stevens - Downton Abbey

Ewan McGregor - Trainspotting

Antonio Banderas - Desperado

Colin Farrell - Minority Report

Ami James - Miami Ink, NY Ink

Ami I met during a meet and greet photo session he and Chris Nuñez did a few years back. He’s really nice in person, despite how he comes across in his shows. One day I hope to get a tattoo done by him.

Anyway, the above is just a short list of who I find striking as far as the men types are concerned.

Categories: Musings about things

Malachy the Pekingese wins Best in Show at Westminster, and the Internet hates on him

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

Malachy - 2012 Westminster Best in Show

Some comments from around the interwebs:

“That thing’s a dog?!?! It looks like some sort of hairy alien species!”

“Sorry, but that is one ugly worthless breed.”

“If you shaved a Pekinese it would be a dead ringer for the parasite in Shivers.”

“A caterpillar on steroids. Creepy.”

That really chaps my hide. Admittedly, I didn’t really know much about them, but 7 years ago, when my Bear first waddled into my life, I realized that the Pekingese is a breed of dog with a charm that’s irresistible. He’s very gentle with cats, loves kids, and makes a great watchdog. On the other hand, he’s stubborn as hell, gets obnoxious about chicken, and tends to get underfoot when I’m cooking. But, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Oh and, Pekes don’t look like the parasite from Shivers when you shave them :

Bear just back from the groomer

Bear's got things to do

If you want to get to know a cool dog, say hi to a Peke. I can assure you they are not aliens and are a worthy breed. I think the Pekingese breed has proven itself as it’s been around for centuries, but that’s just one Peke owner’s opinion 🙂

Les Mills’ Pump – two weeks out, plus, other things

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Well, unfortunately I haven’t been able to stick strictly to the schedule set in the books. However, I am trying to get at least two days out of the week in for Pump. Martial arts three days out of the week  plus night classes two days out of the week doesn’t leave me a lot of downtime, but I don’t feel too bad. The way I see it, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, and Kung Fu is still helping to strengthen my body even without using weights. Pump is the icing on the fitness cake in that sense for me.

Pump Shred is in the rotation these days. It’s a great workout, and I definitely feel the burn and the urge to tack on the extra weight (up to 20 lbs for the back and shoulder track, less for the others). I wish the system came with more weight options aside from the 10s and 5s, but it doesn’t. So, I went out to a local sporting goods store and bought a couple of 2.5 lbs. It’s not much, but it’s noticeable especially in the chest track. The downside with metal weights is you have to be really careful taking them off the bar, or you’ll scratch the finish pretty badly. I learned that one the hard way.

On to other things…

As I’m sure everyone is aware of, Whitney Houston passed away tragically. I’m not really going to say much on that other than it’s a real shame. Whitney defined a lot of the 80s for me as a kid since her videos were constantly on MTV. I never really liked her later stuff (yes, even I Will Always Love You), but her first couple of albums were pretty cool in my book. So, I thought I’d share a couple of video favorites:

First World Problems

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

A list:

  1. Still in search of a hair stylist. I’ve been to three different salons in the past six months and still haven’t found my “home”. Here’s a tip for curly hair: If you go get a haircut, ask them to cut it when it’s dry. As we all know, curly hair tends to straighten out and give the illusion of being longer than it really is when it’s wet. So, if it’s dry when cut, you’ll get a much better idea of how your style will look when you get home.
  2. Should I make that lemon cake this weekend or not? It’s pretty labor intensive.
  3. Will it stop raining before I go to martial arts tonight? Sources say probably not.

Again, first world problems.

The bane of my existence right now is the Horse Stance. We use it in Kung Fu as an almost meditative pose. It makes the quad muscles hurt something fierce, but it’s supposed to be less painful the longer you do it as those muscles get stronger and more flexible. In the black belt tests, depending on degree one may have to hold it anywhere from one minute to ten full minutes. Wow… one would really have to go deep into their happy place to last that long.

The stronger your legs become, the easier it gets… or so they say 😛

Since last night was Kung Fu, tonight is Krav Maga. This song always reminds me of that class in particular:

Rock on.

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