Sunday, September 11, 2011

September–Week One

After my lazy first five days of September, I am back in the workout routine, as evidenced by weights all over the floor instead of neatly stacked away in their storage area.


Speaking of which; remember back in January when I reviewed a couple of Jackie Warner DVDs? You’re forgiven if you don’t. I recently picked up a third Jackie Warner DVD that I’ve been doing about once a week, and the Power Circuit Training DVD is back in the rotation. And I also happen to have the New Rules of Lifting for Women sitting around, which is Charlotte’s September Experiment.


So I am currently kind of torn. I feel like I’m in a pretty good groove right now. Coming home and firing up a DVD is a no-brainer workout and I like that the Jackie Warner DVDs are a good workout in a short amount of time. But, I’ve meant to give the New Rules of Lifting a try and this might be a fun time to try it out. So I don’t know. We’ll see how things go I guess. I find my exercise routine can be very mood-dependant.

In other news…Found at Costco:


Husband may have laughed at the way my eyes lit up as I homed in on the display, hands eagerly outstretched. He just does not understand the importance of Mac & Cheese. Also? $11.99 for 12 boxes which is a whole lot better than the $2.59 I paid for one box at Sobey’s. Run to Costco! Go now!

The latest in the Feeling My Age Chronicles – blasts from my past.


Ah, the good old days. I remember renting The Last Starfighter on LaserDisc.


The which anniversary?

Okay, well I was a teenager when that movie came out. But then…


Another anniversary edition. All within a week. Because the original edition of this novel? Is on my bookshelf.


I remember picking it up off a sale table….well, I guess somewhere around 20 years ago now.

It’s funny how it can feel like things were a long time ago, yet not at the same time. Anyone else ever feel that way?

It felt a lot like fall this weekend. It was sunny but the air has that feel to it. We barely even had summer. I hope we have a beautiful, warm fall to make up for it.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Easing into September

This is pretty much what my weekend has  looked like.


Weekends are when I get things done, so I usually keep pretty busy. I was looking forward to having an extra day this weekend to get things done. What I actually accomplished was reading my way through a stack of books. I was just so tired by Friday and, despite a good nights sleep, did not feel any better on Saturday. So I mostly took things easy. I think I needed it.

The cats also think a quiet weekend is a good idea.


That’s okay; I didn’t want to make the bed anyway.

August was a pretty good month though. I started off with the Seven Days of Yoga Challenge and from there went on to  have a good month workout-wise. Mostly they were short workouts, but there were a lot of them so I’m okay with that.

August Workouts

Aug 01: Moon Salutations Flow[25 mins]
Aug 02: Crunch Yoga Body Sculpt DVD[40 mins]
Aug 03: Crunch Fat Burning Yoga DVD[45 mins]
Aug 04: Lunar Flow[20 mins]
Aug 05: Gentle Hatha Flow[20 mins]
Aug 06: Solar Flow[20 mins]
Aug 07: Ellen Barrett Yogini Workout DVD[45 mins]
Aug 08: Pick Your Level Pilates DVD[30 mins]
Aug 09: Lunar Flow[20 mins]
Aug 10: Jackie Warner Xtreme Time Saver DVD[30 mins]
Aug 11: Kettle Bell Swing/Squat Thrust Circuit(from 8) + Yoga For Weight Loss[24 mins]
Aug 12: Light yard clean up
Aug 13: House work
Aug 14: Gardening
Aug 16: Gentle Hatha Yoga[20 mins]
Aug 17: Jackie Warner Xtreme Time Saver DVD[30 mins]
Aug 18: Pick Your Level Pilates DVD[30 mins]
Aug 19: Gentle Hatha Yoga[20 mins]
Aug 20: Moon Salutations Flow[20 mins]
Aug 22: Jackie Warner Xtreme Time Saver DVD[30 mins]
Aug 23: Moon Salutations Flow[25 mins]
Aug 24: Jackie Warner Power Circuit DVD[30 mins]
Aug 27: Gardening[3 hrs]
Aug 29: Walk[40 mins]
Aug 30: Cardio Sculpt DVD[30 mins]
Aug 31: Crunch Fat Burning Pilates DVD[40 mins]

It has been the month of the breakfast smoothie, which has been going pretty well. Last weekend I decided to take one of my souvenir glasses down from the top of the china cabinet for my weekend smoothies. I’ll be sorry if I end up breaking it but it’s fun to drink out of it.


Also, we have a new cat toy. Frank thinks it’s great for cat naps.


Just for fun, when I was doing the photo of me with my camera bag for the Kelly Moore Bag review, I took a couple of pictures of me with the cats. My brother-in-law used to laugh at me carrying them around because they huge cats.

Holding Zappa, with the camera bag.


Holding Frank.


Ending with a little bit of a vent session – if you are squeamish or particularly sensitive about animals, feel free to skip the rest of this post…Keeping it short: Someone dumped a bag of garbage with a dead animal in it up the hill where I walk my cats every day. I discovered this on Tuesday. Not sure what it is, all I can say for sure is that it had grey fur, very similar to my cats. It doesn’t really matter what the animal was – it’s just wrong and it ruined my week. I called the sanitation department but they won’t do anything since it’s not city property. I called the police and they wanted to know if I’d seen who dumped it, since dumping garbage is illegal. The nice man at the police department also talked to someone at the city works department who agreed to come and clean it up, but that was Friday and so far no one has showed up. The whole thing just makes me sad and angry and frustrated. I don’t know who is responsible for stuffing a dead animal in a bag of garbage and dumping it on the  hill beside my house, but whoever you are, I hope there is a place for you in the special hell. That is all.