Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekly Workout Challenge

In honor of the new domain, new look, and more professional feeling of my blog, I've moved on to a new plan of action. I've got scheduled weekly posts planned, and I hope to have this blog be less of a journal, and more of a picture of goals and how-to's.

For our first post in this new era, I'd like to introduce you to the Weekly Workout Challenge!

I've been following the blog, Incredible Shrinking Jeans for awhile now. It's a fitness community dedicated to losing weight in a slow, healthy manner. I'm currently involved in their challenge on, to lose 10% of my weight in six months. I didn't get the first month (lose 3%), but I'm dedicated to the second month.

Today, I'm starting their 6-week Online Boot Camp, which combines HIIT training and light strength exercising three days a week. It's doable, and the HIIT I was doing last week was awesome, so I'm pretty psyched to start.

Next week, I'll share how it went. I work out at Planet Fitness, which is a great place for me. It's got a lot of equipment, friendly staff, and when I'm done working out I can get an aqua massage. Win!

  • What kind of working out do you like to do? 
  • Where do you work out?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Fun Facts Friday!

How was everyone's week? I can't believe Friday is finally here. I'm pretty jazzed about it, so let's begin with some fun facts for the week.

1. My dad bought us a Mickey Mouse Waffle Iron this week, and it arrived on Wednesday. Last night, I made Breakfast for Dinner, and we were greeted by our favorite Disney Mascot.

They tasted more like pancakes, and less like waffles, but it was all good. I'm going to enjoy using that thing. Next time, I might try a Belgian Waffle recipe to make it fluffier, with a crunchier crust.

2. Last night, my mom and I stopped by the Main Street Farmer's Market to check it out. She's finally done with a class she was taking, and we decided to celebrate by supporting our local farmers. It was fun, and we got a lot of great stuff, including garlic scapes, fingerling potatoes, sugar snap peas, rainbow chard, beats, and spinach.

3. Also yesterday, I had a meeting with my mentor at work about where I'd like to see myself next year. Having been there for three and a half years, and never really thinking much about that, but I've decided by next year, barring any huge changes in my life, I'd like to be a Senior Analyst with an emphasis in technical writing on different programs. In my 3-5 year plan, I'd like to work my way out of Analysis, and doing full time technical writing for new programming. My mentor actually believes in me, which is a good feeling. Actually, it's a great feeling.

4. Speaking of work, I had to go in on Monday for a meeting, so rather than make an additional trip out to West O this week, I worked Monday instead. Meaning, four day weekend this weekend! I've got a baseball game on the agenda tonight (my first of the season!), and plans to watch a RomCom with Lauren for a new Riffs From the Dork Side post tomorrow evening.

5. For Father's Day this week, I had plans of making my dad the Pioneer Woman's Molten Lava cakes. It didn't happen on Sunday, because I was wiped out for some reason. So, after I got off work on Monday, I came home and made them. They were super rich, and unfortunately, mine didn't slip out of the ramekins like they should've, so we just ate them in the ramekins. Still tasty. :-)

6. I'm all about Grey's Anatomy this week (and the last couple). I'm finally on season 8, and loving it. The end of season 6, with the shooter had me on the edge of my seat. Netflix is a dangerous thing. Do you know how long it's been since I've been to the gym? Awhile. Whoops. That changes today.

7. I said this a few months ago, but this time, I mean it. There will be some changes coming to the blog. For starters, I'm hoping to purchase my own domain next week, and when that happens, I'll be sure to let you know, via my Facebook page and Twitter. Suffice it to say, I'm pretty excited about it, though!

That's all there is this week, folks! Thanks for tuning in! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I'm a Daddy's Girl

It's that time of year again. The day when we get to celebrate how awesome dads are.

Mine is especially awesome. When I was a kid, he introduced me to old movies, great old music, and old theaters. He taught me to appreciate organ music, and silent movies, and if it weren't for him, I never would have discovered Gene Kelly and Singing in the Rain or Carol Channing and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

I'm a total daddy's girl, and love him (and my mom) more than anything. I was truly blessed with parents who are supportive, yet realistic.

Ed, Kendra, Christina, Rebekah Martin
Happy Father's Day to an amazing man that I'm incredibly blessed to know and be genetically tied to. And also to my amazing grandfathers, who taught my parents almost everything they know.

Miss you, Grandpa
Jackob Lippert
Levi Martin
Pike's Peak 2010
And Happy Father's Day to all amazing dads out there!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Saturday Snippets

I'm trying something new today. I was planning to do another Fun Facts Friday post, but on Thursday, I was incapacitated enough to be unable to do it, so I'm changing its name and moving it to another day.

1. Speaking of being incapacitated, not sure how or why, but while lying in bed on Wednesday night, I was just reading, minding my own business, when everything started spinning. It was trippy, and kind of cool for a few minutes (almost like a cheap high), but then I walked to the bathroom, and nearly ran into the wall. It lasted almost all day yesterday. My dad took my blood pressure, my mom took my pulse. I think we decided it was dehydration and a bit of vertigo. With Meclazine and Gatorade, I was well enough to go to my cousin-in-law's bridal shower last night.
2. My cousin's bridal shower was at this restaurant out in Millard (a suburb of Omaha), Millard Road House. I got to try Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time, and enjoyed their Bourbon Burger, served on a pretzel roll. It was absolutely delicious. I'm just glad I was well enough to go. I think Noella had a nice time, and really enjoyed her gifts. She especially loved being welcomed into the "bosom" of our family.

It's a set of Bosoms.
3. I've been working my way through Grey's Anatomy on Netflix. Totally binge-watched season 5 Thursday while I was trying not to move. I'd only seen the seasons through most of season 4, and now that it's completely new territory, I'm really enjoying it. I really like Owen, despite the PTSD.

4. Jane's still doing well on her Fluoxetine. She took care of me on Thursday, just sitting with me, sitting on me, etc. She's not a touchy-feely cat, but she sure was a great help just sitting with me. I love my baby girl.

5. I got this obnoxiously adorable picture of my dad, Henry, and Frisket while we were watching Mulan the other night (Dad and I have been going through a Disney phase). Love it!

That's pretty much it. This morning, mom and I are going to pick up our Bountiful Basket full of produce, and I intend to sleep. I was pretty sleepy all day, yesterday, so here's hoping whatever made me dizzy will be gone, never to return.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Movie Weekend!

I had no intention to go to the movies three times this weekend. My sister and I had contemplated going to see The Amazing  Spider-Man 2 this weekend, and had plans to see Maleficent with our parents on Saturday morning (when tickets are CHEAP!).

My sister had the brilliant idea of doing a movie WEEKEND, and starting on Friday night with Spidey, and finishing on Sunday with X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Busy weekend, right?

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was so amazing! I was absolutely captivated the entire movie, from Peter and Gwen's graduation from high school (where he dipped her while getting his diploma. *swoon*), to the end, when Spidey battles Rhino and credits roll (He wasn't the main baddie this time around). It was riveting and heartbreaking, and cleared up some questions the first installment had left me with.

I love Andrew Garfield, and his chemistry with Emma Stone is amazing. It's no wonder they're dating in real life! They're just so cute on screen and off!

Kiri and I got to see Spidey for free because when we saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, our seats (our AMC theater has reclining leather seats) were broken. We stopped to tell them about it, so they could fix it, and they offered us free tickets. The tickets were good for any show, any time, regular, 3D, IMAX, anything. I'd hoped we could see Spidey in 3D, but it wasn't to be. Oh well. Free show is a free show, right?

Maleficent on Saturday morning. What can I say about Maleficent? Aside from how awesome it was? They took the track of every story has more than one side, which opens so many doors. Angelina Jolie was a badass Maleficent, showing colors of emotions that we all face as we grow, from the love-struck young woman to the jilted, forever changed person that we all inevitibly turn into, eventually. People say origin stories are getting old, but this is definitely one that got it right.

The best part of it was where Maleficent had to interact with a very young Aurora, played by Jolie's own daughter, Vivienne, who was the only child that wasn't scared by the eyes, prostetic cheekbones and horns. Love it!

My sister and I also went in "Costume."

Horns we got from a Vendor at the
Bellevue Berry Farm Ren Faire
a few weeks back
If you're friends with me on FB, you've seen my dad and I've been watching tons of old Disney movies. Of COURSE we're going to dress up for a Disney movie! This evening, my dad and I are watching the original source material, Sleeping Beauty, to get the other side of the story. This is probably the most stunning Disney Film, because it's so artistic. It's gorgeous.

Today, we caught another morning showing, this one after church, to see X-Men: Days of Future Past. It actually occurred to me that I had NO idea what the movie was about going in. At least with First Class, I went in knowing it was (another) Origins story, but this one combined the cast of the original two (ahem, X-Men: The Last Stand doesn't exist in my world), and the cast of First Class.

It was an interesting story and idea of going back to the past to prevent the present from happening. Hank McCoy/Beast (Nicholas Hoult) even mentions an idea in Quantum Physics about reversing the direction of a stream by throwing rocks in it, and deciding that some things are just meant to happen. Can we really change the past for a new future? It's that whole Bufferfly Effect thing, only done in a better way, a way that's end made me happy. :-)

I ended the weekend making Chocolate Gelato from this recipe on Pinterest, and it's in the ice cream maker now. I wonder if it's too hot and humid right now, though, because I did it for the allotted 45 minutes, and it's still loose, and not ice creamy, or even soft-servy, either. :-/ Might just have to freeze it in the deep freeze tonight. Hopefully it's salvageable. It's a tasty chocolate, though.

How was YOUR weekend?