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On the merits of strength training (a little achievement this week)

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

More of a proof of concept I guess. A few months back in Krav Maga class our instructor had us get with our training partners (we do a lot of sparring with pads and without). One person would get down into push up position and the other would pick up the other person’s feet. Then you would try to do your push ups. I failed miserably at it, could not get my strength up to do even one push up AND keep from breaking form and crumbling to the ground.

Then, I started doing strength training using Les Mills Pump at home. I’m not really following the set schedule (no real time for that), but at least three times a week I try to do Pump Revolution or Pump Extreme, and increasing the amount of weight on the bar.

Wednesday we had to do the push ups again in the same manner for Krav stripe testing. For the first time ever, I was able to do 10 push ups while my partner held my feet before asking him to drop me. Upper body and core strength…  it IS Increasing!

It’s a small victory, but one I’m pretty proud of. My body is changing shape little by little. I do have a ways to go, but I hope to be in fighting shape when it comes time for black belt testing. That’s my goal, for sure.

Martial arts is great in so many ways, but strength training has been a tremendous boost in reshaping and strengthening my body. I can’t recommend it enough, especially for women.

The Number 1 reason to watch True Blood

June 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Ahem:

Alexander Skarsgard

I’m not overly fond of the black tank tops Eric Northman tends to wear, but man, he’s smooth no matter what. I’d say in the vampire universe he’s the top of the charts, followed by Gary Oldman *swoon*:

Gary Oldman as Dracula… excellent movie. Well, except for Keanu and Winona anyway.

I don’t know how she resists, for real. Do you?

I’m really enjoying the HBO Go app for the iPad and XBox 360. Some of the content goes back 10 years + to my old favorites. Full seasons of Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and comedy specials, unedited, all great things. It’s also cool to watch shows I missed the first time around, like the Generation Kill miniseries. Normally I’m not one for war shows, but this one is pretty decent. The creators of The Wire also made it, and Skarsgard starred in it before he got the part in True Blood. I swear, to hear him speak you’d be 100% convinced he is American instead of Swedish.

The story behind Generation Kill is pretty simple: a Rolling Stone reporter is embedded with a unit of the 1st Recon Marines during the first wave of the assault on Iraq in 2003. Generation Kill chronicles his experiences with the men, and not just the good times either. It’s not as harrowing to watch as Saving Private Ryan, but there are scenes of gore (come on, it’s HBO after all).

Sure, he’s amazing to look at, but homie’s got his acting skills down too. He ain’t just a pretty face and body 😉

Some regular visitors to our backyard (Pics included)

June 26, 2012 1 comment

There is a kitty family that’s taken up residence in our backyard. It proves problematic not because they’re aggressive, but because I have to escort my dog outside so he doesn’t get too close. For the first time today I saw their offspring. The whole scene was very cute:

Mama kitty keeping an eye on me as I keep an eye on her.

Here’s the baby. So cute!

Look at that face 🙂

 

Poor thing’s all tuckered out *zzzZZzzz*

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Sun Stones are active today (Dragonvale)

June 20, 2012 Leave a comment

Very cool 🙂

I believe you have to have the Solstice dragon in order to activate them. It looks pretty cool.

Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser on Pete’s Smug Face, His Punchability, and That Receding Hairline (article link included)

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Pete Campbell is one of my favorite characters on Mad Men. I think it’s the bitchface. Vincent Kartheiser has it down to a tee. I think that’s strangely satisfying to watch Pete getting punched by Lane Pryce, so much so that a popular gif has been making the rounds:

The Campbell Beatdown

Niiiice.

Anyway, the following is a link to a great interview:

Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser on Pete’s Smug Face, His Punchability, and That Receding Hairline.

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Solstice Dragon (Dragonvale)

June 16, 2012 Leave a comment

I haven’t bred a Sun Dragon yet, but at least the Sun Habitat is getting some use now 🙂

Solstice is available only until June 27, I believe, so you have some time left. I’m still working on some other rare ones, but this one was nice to grab. I used the Mud + Blazing combo for pretty speedy results.

Panlong Dragon finally! (Dragonvale)

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

I was actually trying to get the new Solstice Dragon (mud + blazing), but I’ll take Panlong any day 🙂 Still trying for Solstice, though.

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