Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Day 17 Report Card

One ornament here explains the color scheme.
You can see from the picture that we are still celebrating Christmas. I realize its almost the middle of January but it's just now getting cold here (on occasion) and I wanted it to feel like a chilly Christmas. I also love the glow of the lights at night. Perhaps there a bit of love for a bohemian vibe there.

There's also the fact that I don't feel like getting into the attic. It's awkward and I have to stoop, and I am not a good stooper. Maybe my motivation is that this might very well be the last time I put Christmas away in this attic. The new house will, I hope, have an attic to rival an Amish barn.

Maybe not.

30 Day Flexibility Challenge
 -- Knee to chest, again. Love it. Could sleep like that. Maybe.

30 Day Journey to Splits
 -- Okay, at this rate, this journey is going to take a long time. Am I that inflexible? My hamstrings are almost refusing to stretch past a certain point, and I'm nervous about pushing it. I've pulled one of those muscles and it's not a fun or fast recovery.

30 Day Burpee Challenge
 -- I am happy to take this day off and walk the dog instead. It's less stressful...except if you notice that a neighborhood dog has decided that your yard is a perfect place to squat. Oh, people. Pardon my French, but NON!

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge
 -- Went with this one. chirography: handwriting, penmanship; calligraphy.

30 Day Back Challenge
 -- I am sooooo looking forward to the next rest day. ha ha!

30 Day Cleaning Challenge
 -- Dust seems to love our lamp shades. Anybody have any ideas for lamps that gather less dust?

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge
 -- Yeah. Three sessions. Boom.

30 Day Plank Challenge
 -- This is getting seriously shaky. I shake much.

30 Day Arm Sculpting Challenge
 -- Ooooo, burning!  Burning muscles!

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge
 -- I hope the fact that I still like these doesn't mean it's not working as well as it could if I hated them.

30 Day Mom Challenge
 -- So, kinder is balancing chemical equations these days. D found a good nerdy joke relating to it:
I heard Oxygen and Magnesium are a couple.
OMG!

- 30 Day Blog Challenge
 -- I'm busting these out with very little planning. I know for the non-challenge posts, I'll need more than one picture and will have to do actual research for my home-building posts (saying 'that thing that looks like a plank of wood but isn't' probably won't make readers understand a thing, unless I take a picture and draw an arrow to 'that thing.'). Grow with me, people.

By the way, if you were able to buy a ticket to the ridiculous jackpot, congrats! I went out this morning with that intention (just a couple of tickets, come on!), and they denied me. Their machine wasn't allowing them to sell anything, and now I smell conspiracy. What do you smell?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Day 16 Report Card

Weird Florida 1 of 12
Above is one of the Weird Florida things we went to see this past weekend. It's called 'Muse of Discovery' by Meg White. On the Weird Florida site, they call it the Half-Buried Giant Woman. It would've been cool to see it at night, since her blanket of greenery appears to be decorated with lights.

Guess what that means?  It means I get to check something off my personal challenges for the year.  Only eleven more Weird Florida things to go this year!  Now, for part 16 of my 30 day challenges!

30 Day Flexibility Challenge
 -- Today, I'm not tortured and enjoyed myself.  *yay*

30 Day Journey to Splits
 -- Put some official yoga moves in today.

30 Day Burpee Challenge
 -- *pant, pant* I broke that up. I can't run a marathon just yet.

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge
 -- I went to the original pin page. rutilant: having a reddish glow.

30 Day Back Challenge
 -- Rest day. There are too few of these for this challenge, I must say.

30 Day Cleaning Challenge
 -- Aww! D did this yesterday. Very sweet.

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge
 -- Getting close to the three-session mark with these. What's your max on these? Is anyone else doing these?

30 Day Plank Challenge
 -- Two sessions again, but really, the forearm plank is making this hard.

30 Day Arm Sculpting Challenge
 -- Day off! For the record, I would like a day when ALL physical work-out challenges allow me to veg.

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge
 -- The side-view is pretty awesome these days!

30 Day Mom Challenge
 -- C at 25. Driving. Working. Paying a mortgage. Whoa, you guys.

- 30 Day Blog Challenge
 -- Can you tell which days I'm feeling less than motivated with my words? I guess the good thing is that I'm meeting the challenge, and that's awesome. I know I won't be updating every single day once the challenges are over. Getting the feel of posting is the preferred outcome.

My husband found a hot dog place near his work. I think we'll visit in the next couple of weeks, so be expecting some pics of wacky dogs, you guys. I'll try to include the list of ingredients, just in case anyone wants to recreate said wacky dogs.



Monday, January 11, 2016

Day 15 Report Card

Ready to scoot!
Ah, Monday. It's one of those special days that happens once a week that seems to bring out the grump in us all. Not me! This was the Monday that I broke out my new boots in preparation for the dude ranch and strutted around the yard. I don't have cow poo to kick just yet, but I'm workin' on it. But seriously, these are so cute, I don't wanna kick poo. I guess I'll continue to be a drugstore cowgirl for now.

30 Day Flexibility Challenge
 -- What is this torture?! I haven't yet completed my Journey to Splits, and this challenge is telling me to just go ahead and do a couple?  Nonsense. I faked these and checked them off anyway. Like gifts, it's the thought that counts...at least for the stretches today.

30 Day Journey to Splits
 -- Still on my Journey, right 30 Day Flexibility Challenge?! Ooooo, the day 15 extra is also a fave of mine.  Love that stretch.

30 Day Burpee Challenge
 -- This is getting up into 'need a bucket beside you' territory. I have thrown up working out several times in my life, but learned the warning signs of impending doom so I can avoid it if at all possible. I know the build-up getting to this point is small enough to make it seeeeeeem easy, but I'm someone who is just now returning to something other than walking. I'll keep at it and relish my rest days.

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge
 -- Changed it.  onerous: oppressively burdensome; having obligations or responsibilities that outweigh the benefits. I have potentially onerous challenges on this list. First on the list? 125 reverse flies! lol

30 Day Back Challenge
 -- Let's just say I'm looking forward to rest day. I might have to break these up from here on out.

30 Day Cleaning Challenge
 -- Should be a very comfy evening with a fresh bed! I sprinkled baking powder all over the mattress and let it be for an hour, then vacuumed it up!

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge
 -- Two sessions for this. Not bad, but still a challenge.

30 Day Plank Challenge
 -- Two sessions because the forearm one, as has been mentioned before, is much harder.  Did one on forearms and one on hands.

30 Day Arm Sculpting Challenge
 -- These are getting easier. I suppose I could up the weight.

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge
 -- Nice and challenging, but doesn't make me puke. I like this.

30 Day Mom Challenge
 -- I think we're at the stage where even saying hello might be considered harsh.  Ah, teens.

- 30 Day Blog Challenge
 -- I feel like I'm getting later and later with these. It's like the cold has made it hard for me to type or something.

I'm pretty stoked! I'm half-way finished with these challenges. I'll be sure to approach the remaining days with lots of gusto, but I know there will be a few days that will be a challenge, as I'll be oot and aboot and not near my workout stuff. I'll have my list of things I can do without equipment with me and get that stuff done, but will either have to get up early (!!?) or wait until midnight to get it done (thus waiting until then to update my blog). I'm thinking out loud here...

By the way, I'll have pretty cool updates for Saturday and Sunday. So excited!


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Day 14 Report Card

"Take Flight" by Douwe Blumberg, one of many sculptures surrounding Lake Eola.
I forced the fam to go downtown and see art...and birds. There is the possibility we saw more dogs than birds. It was a chilly walk for someone now acclimated to the usual hotness that is Florida. It was 70 degrees F...but see, it was windy -- AND, we were near water.

If you decide to go visit Lake Eola here in Orlando, FL, take some spinach or other lettuce for the swans and ducks. No bread. No popcorn. If you're really into feeding them, they sell food pellets in gumball machines. For those unfamiliar with pigeons, they will swarm if those pellets take flight. Don't say I didn't warn you to keep your mouth closed and face down.

30 Day Flexibility Challenge
 -- Is anyone else doing this with me? I could fall asleep doing some of these...

30 Day Journey to Splits
 -- It's hard to find a big wall to do that day 14 pose. We have furniture in our house.

30 Day Burpee Challenge
 -- No jumping. You guys go ahead and jump.

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge
 -- This one.  ignominious: dishonorable; despicable; humiliating. 'Ignominious retreat' seems like something I might take part in after smack-talking a Steelers fan yesterday. Y'know what I'm sayin'? I don't have a dog in that fight, so I'm not taking sides, but that was...weird.

30 Day Back Challenge
 -- I feel like if I add any more reps, I'm gonna hulk out. I mean, looking ahead to the last day of this challenge, I have 125 reverse flies to complete. THAT DAY! ALL IN ONE DAY!  I'm gonna need some protein.

30 Day Cleaning Challenge
 -- Hmmm, I guess I did that.

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge
 -- Still two sessions. I need numbing lotion for my thighs.

30 Day Plank Challenge
 -- Back on my forearms. I'm a little sad, but my hands and wrists feel normal.

30 Day Arm Sculpting Challenge
 -- My day to massage my huge arm muscles. Nice!

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge
 -- Still love these, but a bubble wrap for my knees would be awesome.

30 Day Mom Challenge
 -- It is a gift. I'm grateful.

- 30 Day Blog Challenge
 -- I'm going to have to learn how to blog on the go. I can't be busy all over town then wait until evening to make my notes. I'm sure it would make everything easier.

This was a very chill day. I can really get into chill days, but know that there are days when 'chill' just isn't going to allow much to get done. I have big goals this year, so days like this will be few and far between. I don't just want to be busy, you know? I want to get out and see stuff and improve myself and taste new things...and write stupendous run-on sentences.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Day 13 Report Card

Big. Pile. Of. Ropes.  The battle ropes are gonna be used a lot.
Can't believe it's already Saturday. I started the day with a huge cinnamon roll from D. I never thought I'd actually say this, but it had too much frosting. Quel dommage!  Is that correct?  French was ## years ago. Yes, that ## was on purpose.

30 Day Flexibility Challenge
 -- Oooo, this day made me feel very flexible...even holding things twice as long as they require.

30 Day Journey to Splits
 -- Mkay, so that fifth pose still hurts a little, but the extra post (number 13) was fab.

30 Day Burpee Challenge
 -- Not gonna lie: I was nervous doing these. I tweaked my knee yesterday, so my knee was wrapped up and I was cringing. Instead of jumping, I just used hand weights for that part (so, instead of jumping, I did overhead presses with weights).

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge
 -- This one. fealty: intense fidelity. Since we don't practice feudalism here (or do we?), I didn't include the part about vassals and lords...unless you count this sentence, then I guess I did. Hmm.

30 Day Back Challenge
 -- Superman. Again. Dude is tough. I want a blankie after that.

30 Day Cleaning Challenge
 -- Did the challenge for today only, so that other stuff will have to wait. That nap yesterday took a toll on my schedule and I stayed up until 9 a.m.  Yes, 9 a.m. this morning. I did feel the need to get a few z's, so indeed, my entire day was weird and off, made even worse by the headache centered around my left nostril. If you see me with my finger pushing on my left nostril, you'll know what's up there (namely, not my finger).

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge
 -- So, 130 seconds. I goofed the other day when my 110 second calendar item equaled two very unequal wall sits. I suppose I was wishing things. Either way, I was wrong. I am now in full acceptance of the fact that I will think this challenge as punishment. This might be worse than being grounded.  One full minute plus 5 seconds, twice. My no-slip solution isn't working anymore. I need some clogs super-glued to the floor...

30 Day Plank Challenge
 -- I got a day off, so I contemplated going back to the forearm plank. I'm sure that will be better for my hands and wrists. *ponder*

30 Day Arm Sculpting Challenge
 -- Did you see that pile of ropes way up there?  If you've never seen them in action, I'll try to show you later this month, when the rain isn't an issue.  Today, however, was all about 14 x  3 sets of those sculpting beauties.

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge
 -- Added a bridge or five today, but really, I've been holding a bridge during my back challenge pull-overs. There are tons of pull-overs.

30 Day Mom Challenge
 -- Mmmm, hard when you get the 'teen 'tude when you open your mouth...or exist. Fun.

- 30 Day Blog Challenge
 -- I did it, and did it twice yesterday. Did you see my second post about personal challenges for 2016? All the interesting challenges mean I'll be writing about it here or giving stuff away. Who wouldn't want my old movies? Hey, I could even give away one of my crafts -- but only if you want it. No concrete hands, though, I'm afraid.

So, back to the ropes. They are more than just for arm workouts. They work the full body. I won't get into the 'calories burned per hour' debate, because that can get ugly. I will get into how awesome they are, though. Plus, you can act like you are a drummer with really heavy, floppy drumsticks. Fun times!



Friday, January 8, 2016

2016 Personal Challenge

 

Okay, I've seen other bloggers do this, so I thought I'd give it a try. I'll update my progress once a week or so, just to keep myself accountable.

Books
1. Read 50 paper books (50)
2. Give away 50 paper books (50)
3. Organize books by category (1)

Movies
4. Watch/give away 10 owned movies (10)

Family
5. Sandcastle challenge with pics whether they rock or not (1)
6. Ski ball on the beach (1)
7. Sea turtle walk (1) - call in May for June/July events
8. Photography walk (6)

Travel
9. Weird Florida (12)
    1. Half-Buried Giant Woman - done!

Health
10. Workout (4+/week) (208+)
11. Eye Doctor (1)
12. Physical (1)
13. Go to sleep by 11 p.m. (2x/wk) (104) -- I predict a failure here, but I do have hope.

Food/Drink
14. Try cut-out recipe (keep or toss) (52)
15. Organize recipes into categories (1)

Craft
16. Valentine's Day (1)
17. 4th of July (1)
18. Halloween (3)
19. Christmas (3)

Sewing
20. Make skirts (3)

Art
21. Glass-Blowing Class (1)
22. Painting Class (1)

Blog
23. Cookbook review and giveaway (12)
24. Pinterest projects (6)
    - Concrete hands
    - T-shirt bag
    - Sharpie shirt
    - Watercolor words
    - Pearl hairpins
    - Fabric-covered binders

Other
25. Great Courses learning (6) -- They have these at my library!
    - Influence: Mastering Life's Most Powerful Skill
    - Fundamentals of Photography
    - Fundamentals of Photography II
    - Fundamentals of Sustainable Living
    - How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening for Everyone
    - How to Grow Anything: Your Best Garden and Landscape in 6 Lessons
26. Organize each day (365) -- Each day, figure out what isn't working, then try to fix it
27. Write 100 words each day (100)
28. Make List for 2017

I might add to the list, but let's face it - - if I add anything else, chaos will ensue.  I'll keep it short.

Day 12 Report Card

Young tomatoes and eggplants in soil-less bags. Amazing set-up!  I'll have this on my land at some point.

I was a farmer today. I went to a mini-farm that grows tons of things a variety of ways: hydroponically, soil-less bags, containers with actual soil, etc. I am so glad I was introduced to this amazing place, and try to volunteer there once a week.

Today, I spent a good deal of my time raking up busted tomatoes and clearing the walkway for foot traffic. I would say I spent over an hour alone with that task. Mind you, it was supposed to be an off day for my poor, poor arms.  ha ha!  Needless to say, when I returned home, a nap was in order. I think I set a record with this one, people.

30 Day Flexibility Challenge
 -- I just want to add another 20 seconds to each pose. Might just do that from here on out.

30 Day Journey to Splits
 -- Pose 12 was okay, but I didn't look like the pic. I was a little bendy.

30 Day Burpee Challenge
 -- Ouch.

30 Day Vocabulary Challenge
 -- This one, ,again. rugose: full of wrinkles. I like the 'rugose visage' in the second sentence.

30 Day Back Challenge
 -- Day of rest.  I invoked nap time.

30 Day Cleaning Challenge
 -- Nope. This is what weekends are for...at least this weekend.

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge
 -- Broke this into two sessions again. Wonder what the magic number will be for three sessions!

30 Day Plank Challenge
 -- A minute and a half of lovely contemplation of my yoga mat. I need to rinse it off. My dog loves it. Also, this one semi-hurt my palms. Isn't there a solution out there?  Anybody?

30 Day Arm Sculpting Challenge
 -- Another day of rest? Added to my nap time...

30 Day Butt Lift Challenge
 -- Ten of each. I guess I can't point my toes at all anymore. The cramping of my toes is getting out of hand. It's creepy.

30 Day Mom Challenge
 -- Indeed. Many days, that's all I can do.

- 30 Day Blog Challenge
 -- I think this update was a little lazy. I'm probably still napping.  More likely, however, is that I'm thinking about a couple of future posts about the farm. There is so much coolness there, and I want to show it to you, right here!

I will admit, yes, to having a large, large nap today. Farming is hard, you guys.