Archives for August 2014

A Saturday afternoon post…

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After working and being out of town 9 weekends in a row, I’m loving being home for my 2nd weekend in a row. Last night I was able to meet some friends for drinks at my favorite spot, Garage Bar then catch the Zombie Walk while having dinner. This morning was awesome waking up (not by an alarm clock) after 9 hours of sleep. Tang and I got to walk two loops at the park, and my friend, Myhria and I got to do a workout and a trail run. I’ve been lying on the couch for nearly 4 hours now, making my way through the 8 episodes of Modern Family that are on the DVR. Because I’m still not used to the DVR, I keep forgetting that I can fast forward through the commercials. I’ve finally seen enough “If I Stay” previews and just bought the damn book for my Kindle. Those commercials… they get you.  There’s a thunderstorm cranking outside, which gives me all the more reason to stay exactly where I am… and I’m ok with that.

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What are you up to this fine holiday weekend?

Tango and I hope you’re getting to lay around as well.

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Girlie Ish That Is My Jam Right Now

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I wouldn’t say I’m a girlie girl, but I’m not a tom-boy though either. I definitely spend time in each category at time…  Here are the girlier things I’m into at the moment, sending me more towards that end of the Chick Spectrum:

1) This video my girl Brandy shared makes me LOL. Because it’s totes true. #omgareyoumadatme

 2). Pinterest

Having an iPad now is suddenly making me spend more time on my Pinterest account. I’m not sure why, but it is. I now have more than two boards… I have even followed a few more people… which means I see more pins, which means I pin more things. Nevermind. I DO know why I’m on it more. #mysterysolved

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3) THIS song/video. It makes me really like Taylor.

4) Shades that make you look fancy. i.e. The Aviators from the above photo.

And also shades that make you look fun.  Neon is always in.

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5) Ballet.

I’ve made it to class twice this week. A new record…

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Are you girlie? If you’re not, do you fall for certain “girlie” things? Do you swoosh back and forth between that and tom-boy ish?

Happy Friday, bitches! Enjoy the holiday weekend!

*Top photo of me taken by my talented friend, Shelby of Joielala.

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Travel: Austin, Texas

 

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I was so excited to get sent to Austin, Texas for work back in June. I’d always wanted to go there but had never been. I had two days of play time before work, so I tried to make the best of it and see as much as I could. My college friend, Karley lives in Austin now and I got to hang with her most of the weekend. When she asked me what I wanted to do, I replied with “anything Austin.” And so she took me all over town. Here’s what we did:

 

Friday night: Honky-tonk 

I don’t know if this is Austin’s oldest honky-tonk, but it’s certainly the most well-known. It’s been voted “Best Honky-tonk in Texas” and “Best Dance Hall in the Country” soooo I’m thinking it’s pretty legit.  The Broken Spoke is such a cool place to be, with all its history. All kinds of country stars have played here and the owner is still there every night rockin’ it out and hanging with the music goers. We took some line dancing lessons, had dinner, drank beer, and saw an awesome live performance of Asleep at the Wheel. It’s must-see.

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Saturday: Stand Up Paddleboarding at Lady Bird Lake

Previously known as Town Lake, this lake is huge and beautiful. It spans a good distance along the city so it has great views. Karley works for a place called The Expedition School and was leading a group of girls scouts on Stand Up Paddleboards Saturday morning so I tagged along. We lucked out with the weather that day. It was warm, but not insanely hot yet, and the water was the perfect temperature. After learning some of the SUP basics from Karley, we played around in the cove, paddled out onto the main stretch of the lake, then came back in to practice yoga poses (unsuccessfully) on the boards. Karley also showed up some fun games like King of the Hill, where two people get on one board, each trying to knock the other one off balance and into the water. Good times. Hit up The Expedition School if you’re in Austin and want some fun on the water! They have kayaks and canoes as well!

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These last two photos taken by Karla Held   Thanks, Karla!

 Saturday Night: 6th Street

There are two ends of 6th Street. On the east end of it, you’ve got all the bars you could ask for. I stopped in for a drink at The Jackalope, a dive that plays lots of heavy metal. Since I was alone, and didn’t want any more conversation about Jesus with the guy next to me at the bar, I chose not to have my photo taken on the Jackalope. But if I return to Austin, it’s on.

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At the west end of 6th, you’ve got lots of new restaurants and great places to sit, drink, and eat on open-air patios. We had dinner at J. Blacks and were not disappointed. The drinks were great, the food (what I like to call “Fancy Southern”) was spectacular, and we enjoyed the awesome evening air and people-watching.

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Sunday: FIT Austin and Barton Springs

I had to work on Sunday but got to finally see FIT Austin. This is great small gym with tons of classes and personal training to offer. They have great space, an array of classes to choose from and showers to help get you out the door without looking a mess. I trained a bunch of newly qualified TRX instructors and  then headed out for my final night in Austin.

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 Dinner at The Shady Grove

Although there are innumerable restaurants in Austin, The Shady Grove was my favorite of the weekend. The website describes it perfectly: “Nestled under the shade of the tall pecan grove, Shady Grove serves up Austin-inspired home-cooking, cocktails, sunshine, and smiles.” We ordered food and margaritas and sat outside for a couple hours. It had gotten a lot hotter, but the shade and fans made it pleasant.

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Barton Springs

Y’ALL. Barton Springs was my absolute favorite thing in the city. It’s a natural underground spring with man-made walls, stairs, and a diving board surrounding it. It’s 3 acres! Even though it’s kind of freezing (avg. 68 degree water) we had to jump off the diving board a few times. I couldn’t stand to be in the water for very long, so we got out and did a walk all around the grounds. We then laid on the blanket on the grassy hills adjacent to the pool. It was the perfect way to end my time in Austin. At only $3 for entry, Barton Springs was completely packed when I’d tried to check it out on Friday afternoon. By Sunday evening though, the crowds had thinned and we were able to revel in the glory of the evening dusk. My phone had died by this point in the day, but here’s a link to Flickr album that shows the entire place. It’s amazing. Go there.

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If you’re going to Texas, visit Austin. If you’re going to Austin, visit these places. ; )

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Workout Playlist! Shake your ish…


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Notes: *My workout playlist consists of music that makes me wanna shake it… for an hour. *It has Iggy A, Taylor Swift, and Kanye all cozied up together. *Loving the first song, by Charli XCX. *My boyfriend, Lenny Kravitz has a new album out,as does Jennifer Hudson, who apparently is now going by “J-Hud”… which is interesting. *I don’t think I’ll ever make a playlist that doesn’t have Beyonce on it somewhere…

So either bust a move on the dancefloor, or get your workout on… either way,

#BeABeast

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It’s National Dog Day! I love you, Tango!

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In 2009 my boss, Joey, at Barry’s Bootcamp, brought a dog into the studio. Joey was always rescuing dogs from kill shelters in LA and bringing them into work so tons of people would see them and adopt them. They had been mostly smaller dogs, which I wasn’t looking for, but this day, it was medium sized, white dog, named Tango, with the best eyes you’d ever seen. Tango hung out behind the counter and while I was getting ready to teach my class, we kind of had a moment. He was super sweet and seemed to want to just be there with me. After I taught class, we hung for another 10 minutes or so and I called Joey to tell him I wanted this dog. A few days later, I picked Tango up to keep him for a few days for a trial run. My then-husband and I would keep him for 3 or 4 days, see if we could work it out, and then go from there. About 3 hours after I picked him up, I called Joey back to let him know we would take him. This dog belonged with me.

His first photo… well actually his second. He did the head tilt thing as soon as I snapped it so I had to snap another.

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This November will mark 5 years of my life with Tang. We’ve lived in California. We’ve lived in Kentucky. We’ve road-tripped across the country, been coast to coast, been camping and climbing. We’ve been to the beach, the desert, the mountains, and everything in between. We’ve lived in 4 places together… And I couldn’t ask for a better buddy.

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People always say dogs are a lot of work, but I don’t agree. Work is a lot of work. Dogs are easy. You feed them. You play with them. You let them out to pee. Not that hard… You have to work much harder at any other relationship you have, but not with dogs. Sure, getting him to walk next to me and be social with other dogs has been challenging. Making sure he’s taken care of when my roomie and I are out of town at the same time can be challenging… but in the grand scheme of things, having him has been the easiest thing in the world. I LOVE this dog. He’s sweet. He’s beautiful. He’s smart. He frustratingly independent, but I guess I relate to that side of him. He’s fast and agile and makes a great running/jumping partner. He’s an incredible snuggler. He puts me to bed every night. He’s ready at a moment’s notice to go anywhere. And everybody loves him.

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Tang.

Tang-eray.

Tangaroo.

The Tang.

Tango.

I love you, buddy. I’m so glad we’re in this thing together.

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Happy Dog Day to everybody out there, and your furry friends, past or present. xoxo

*the last 4 photos taken by my awesome friend, Danielle M.

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Filling this out… because it’s Monday and that’s all I got.

…and a fun photo. Because sometimes you need a little something like this to get you into blogger mode.

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Outline snagged from Bridget. She even posted it today… I’m copying same day… #facepalm

 

Making: Orzo Pasta is on the menu tonight. Quick and easy! Also because I never posted the recipe on here (like I promised some peeps I would do) and need to take photos.

Drinking: Lemonade… because Summer.

Reading: Still trying to get through “The Dragon’s Triangle,” but thinking about breaking my book rules and skipping ahead to “Wild.”  Need to read that ish before the movie comes out soon.

Wanting: The temperature to drop below 90 degrees… I’m all for summer hanging around, I just want to be able to play outside for more than 10 minutes, and be able to breathe at the same time.

Watching: Still trying to get caught up on Grey’s. I heard Burke came back so trying to get to that point. Only 15 episodes to go. sigh.

Eating: Funfetti cupcakes (minus the Rainbow Chip icing that Betty Crocker has discontinued) that my BFF made for my birthday last week.

Smelling: My laundry being finished… mmm, dryer sheets.

Wanting: A new travel mug for my tea. My morning routine has been thrown off since my last one (stupid $27 Heine Bros thermos that I got while trying to be all “buy local”) broke.

Enjoying: The fact that I had a great long weekend home last weekend. AND I get another one this weekend! Already planning on getting another 11 hours of sleep Friday and Saturday night again.

Loving: The fact that I’m an adult (I’m grown!) and didn’t have to go back to school last week. Such a cruel way to spend the rest of August, sitting in a classroom. It’s crazy that the first day keeps creeping further into August each year. The kids went back on the 13th here! Thumbs down.

Hoping: That my next ballet class will be better than today’s. We were strapped for time because of a delay, but there’s never a time when it’s ok for the barre warm-up to go 1) Plies. 2) Fondus. 3) Frappes 4). Battements. 5) Long stretch. Am I right?! (need some validation from other ballet dancers here…)

Needing: To find a widget that will post all the blogs I read onto a handy little list in my sidebar. I miss mine that I had when I was using Blogger. Can anybody recommend a good one?

Feeling: Hot. There’s no other feeling right now, in this heat, other than “hot as balls.” No matter where you are, it’s just hot.

Wearing: This new “Earn It” tank top that TRX came out with last week! I’ll post the link when it’s available online. 

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Growing up by 30… or at least acting like it…

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I turn 30 years old this Sunday! I’m really excited to reach this milestone. A year ago, I did this blog post, “29 lessons learned in my 29 years.” It was a great post, but at the same time, parts of my life still felt like I needed to learn more lessons. I wasn’t quite where I’d imagined I’d be by 29 years old. So I made some plans and vowed to get myself a little farther down the line to feel a little more grown up by the time I hit 30.

1. Get outta debt.

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I didn’t have anything crazy like $50k in credit card debt or anything, but with my car payment, dental/health bills, credit cards, and student loans, I had more debt than I wanted or needed. It didn’t seem like a lot of bills, but when I sat down last year and added everything up, it totaled about $12,000. I hated having to spend money each month paying on things, so I set to work on getting rid of all of it. (More on this in tomorrow’s post.) I am happy to say that I made my last payment on my last bill two days ago. I am officially out of debt! Now I can start working on “building my wealth.” #shitgrownupssay

2. Investing in my future.

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That sounds in credibly grown up, doesn’t it? Investing. What a ridiculous undertaking. Yes, I have a savings account, but there are SO many other ways to invest money, most of which I’m completely lost on. I made one of my new year’s resolutions to open an IRA this year and when I went to the bank on January 2nd to do it, the banker asked why I wanted to open an IRA. My response? “Because you’re supposed to.” Then when he started asking me whether I wanted stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, I just sort of blinked at him. Slow your roll, buddy! One thing at a time! Just put this money in that account and leave it alone. I gotta get rid of my debt real quick and then we talk about bonds and shit.

3. Working a little bit more.

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Being self-employed is really cool on some levels; you get to pick when you work, you can take off as many days a year as you’d like, you really like your boss, etc. But it also has its downfalls. Not working as much means not making money as much. BOO. So to meet my financial goals this year, I reeled it in on the fun spending and cranked it out on the work front. The more work I did, the more opportunities popped up. My business blossomed and I got all my debt paid off. Boom.

 

4. Floss Regularly

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I mean, flossing takes less than a minute and it’s really not that big of a deal, but it feels like such a pain in the ass every night. I just want to go to bed! But every time I go to the dentist and they ask me if I’ve been flossing, I want to feel good knowing I can say yes… and also so I don’t have to spit out a pint of blood when they do it for me. I’ll allow myself two skip nights per week; usually Sunday nights when I’m arriving back in town from a work trip, and Friday nights because reasons… Ever since I had to have a root canal and crown last year (with no dental insurance, it cost me $1500) I realized it can be quite beneficial, physically and financially, to floss my freaking gums every night. And get dental insurance. And who knows when I might need to strangle my enemies? ; )

 

What grown-up things have you caught yourself doing lately?

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Workout Playlist! August (2)

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Here’s what I’m workin’ out to this week. Have fun and get after it! #BeABeast

*One of the songs is about Ninja Turtles… you’re welcome.

*I added an extra song at the beginning for prep time. ; )

*This one is on hour and 7 minutes, so a little longer than usual.
I’m off to Anaheim, CA for the IDEA World Conference! Can’t wait to see all my fitness peeps and celebrate my 30th birthday with my man-friend. Have a great weekend, guys!
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You’re free, Genie.

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I feel like I’ve lost a close friend. I know I’ve never met Robin Williams, but his body of work has had a profound influence on me throughout my entire life. It’s crazy to think how many movies he did, for children and adults alike. From the craziness of Aladdin’s Genie, to the seriousness of his roles in movies like Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting, he was my all-time favorite actor.

His movies seemed to parallel my life for a while there… In the mid 90s, when my parents split, Mrs. Doubtfire had come out and made me feel everything. It was a heart wrenching movie at times, but he made the best out of it all and I think that had a profound impact on me and how I carried myself through that same situation. This ending scene resonated with me and it’s the first time I believe a movie ever hit me. I’ll always remember this scene, as I’m sure any other 90s kid with divorced parents does.

Later on he played “Jack” a story of a boy who had a disease that made him age prematurely. I used to babysit a little boy named Clinton, who had Progeria, a form of similar disease. You don’t actually grow tall and look like an adult, like the movie, but your body ages far faster than any normal person’s. Most children with progeria only live to be around 8 or so. My friend, Clinton died at 6 years old in 1999 and this movie I watched a million times to help me cope. Nobody played “kid” better than Robin Williams. He never lost his sense of joy and abandon, which is what made him perfect for movies like Jack, Hook, Jumanji, etc. It’s what reminds me to remember to play.
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As somebody who doesn’t like to talk about things that are bothering me (which I’m aware of and working on), it helps just to feel sometimes.  His movies made everybody feel. There’s no way you could watch Robin Williams and not laugh, cry, or just feel his sincerity of every single role he played. One of the coolest things he did was tour for the USO. He did shows for our troops for nearly 15 years. I’ve always compared Robin Williams to Bob Hope, another of my favorite actors/comedians who also made frequent USO tours to lift the spirits of the troops and just love seeing photos and videos from his stops. Here’s one of his most famous:
The way Robin Williams’ put expression into his characters gave us all the ability to relate to him. It didn’t matter if he was dancing around the house while vacuuming, or playing somebody as serious as a doctor, therapist,  or teacher, it felt like we were watching somebody we really knew.
I don’t know of another movie that talks about love as well as in What Dreams May Come. This movie can be a hard one to watch, but the way it expresses love in one the most enduring ways I’ve ever seen. If you’ve never seen it, please do.
“Is that a kind of occupational hazard of soul mates? One’s not one without the other?”
“It’s not about understanding. It’s about NOT giving up.”
So thank you, Robin for your kindness, your amazing ability to tell a story, your sincerity in your work, and for making us feel it all. I’m sorry you had to go through what hell you did. I hope you are now finally at peace.
Robin McLaurin Williams
1951 – 2014
If you or someone you know is going through depression or having thoughts of suicide, please call 1.800.273.8255.
Or message me. I’ll chat too. : )
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5 Things That Are Not My Jam Right Now

I’ll just go ahead and tell you that all these derive from me getting sick this week.

1. Not being in control of my body. 

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Usually my body and I are in sync. I’ve said on multiple occasions that I am a brick wall. I get sick once a year, sometimes twice. I don’t have allergies. I’ve never had an ear infection. I don’t know what a nose bleed feels like. I just don’t get sick that much. I like to think it’s because of my Jedi-like mind/body strength, but I know it’s just because I get lucky. So when I do get sick, I feel like my Jedi mind powers are lacking. I’m not in control of my body. I can’t tell it to heal itself faster. I’ve just got to give in, stay in bed, and wait that shit out. Whatever.

2. Not having a voice to teach with. 

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I’ve had crazy drainage all night long each night this week but last night was the worst and I hardly slept at all. I woke up at 3:30am and just started the day with a shower, breakfast and some work before my Bootcamp class. It was the final class of the camp so I couldn’t cancel it, but I had very little left in the tank vocally. I kept having to turn the music nearly all the way off  to speak or have my bootcampers yell things out for me. —-> Workout Buzzkill.

3. Having to cancel all my clients. 

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It’s funny… When my alarm goes off at 5am most days, I sometimes wish I could cancel everything and lay in bed. But when I have to cancel something, then I’m bummed. I guess that goes back to the whole not being in control thing. I hate having to cancel clients. It happens every now and then if a flight is delayed, but hardly ever does it happen because my body decides to stop being a brick wall for a hot second. But I know that in order to continue being a brick wall, I’ve got to chill the eff out and rest, so my immune system can do its thang. So that’s what I’m doing. Damnit.


4. Only being able to breathe out of of one nostril. 

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You know when you’re congested and only one nostril is working and the other one is completely useless? Then the one that’s working is on overload and it’s getting too much air and so it gets cold and irritated? I got that going on. Game Plan: I try to rollover on my side (the side with the working nostril) so that the stuffed up side has gravity pulling that ish out of there. I like to think that works. Then when I can feel it starting to shift, when the good nostril is starting to get stuffed up and the bad one starts to chill out, I blow my nose like a son of a b*tch. That’s my congested sinus strategy… Do you have one?

5. Not knowing how to properly “hock a loogie.” 

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You know in Titanic when Jack is trying to teach Rose how to do it?! My older brother tried in vain to teach me how to hock a loogie when I was younger (along with burping on cue, using my underarms to make fart sounds, etc) but I never quite got it. I’ve pretty much had to wait for the ish to be in my throat, then try to cough it up, which always kinda hurts my throat (shocking). I’ve always wanted to know how to do it though. I mean, yeah, it’s gross as shit when people do it, but when I’ve got all this in my sinuses, I DON’T CARE. I want it out. Before it goes down my throat. I tried last night and sorta did it! It was a moment of desperation, but because I was almost doing it right, I grossed myself out, gagged and nearly threw up. Sigh… I should call my brother today and see if we can start these lessons back up.

*Yes, I know I’m usually all “Glad Game” and whatnot, but occasionally I get pissy too. It’s my blog and I’ll complain on it if I want to. ; )

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