Saturday, March 29, 2014

Week 40: Hot Stone Massage

Let me preface this post my explaining that I do not like people in my personal bubble.  I do not like people who get too close to me.  And, I certainly do not like people who feel the need to touch me without my explicit permission.  If I am ever pregnant, I will be that crazy lady at the grocery store who punches a stranger for trying to rub her belly. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Week 39: Flash Fiction

Since deciding that I want to write more, I have been trying to find different types of writing exercises to get me back into the routine.  I posted about my study in character development a few weeks ago.  It was also suggested to me that I might want to try flash fiction.

The idea behind flash fiction is that you are only given a limited number of words to tell a story. 

Week 38: Weight for it...

In an effort to continue on this path to a healthier me, I recently subjected myself to a "real" workout with my brother, Matt.

And, let me tell you...

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Week 37: The Ultimate Goal

I've heard that once you set your ultimate goal in life, everything you do from that point on should be working towards getting you closer to that goal.  The problem, in my opinion, is being honest enough with yourself to reveal that ultimate goal.

So, what would it be?

Week 36: ALL the Races!

I felt I was getting a little lax on the consistency of my workouts so I created a workout calendar in Google drive.  I can keep track of the days that I workout and my overall progress.  That way, I can visualize how many weeks I have until the races I signed up for!

I physically registered for several races so that I would have that extra motivation to hit the gym.  After all, they are already paid for.

Week 35: Character Development

I have been trying to make myself write more...

Key word: trying.

It's hard for me to just sit down and write with complete focus, and it should be pretty obvious to anyone reading this blog that I'm not so great with deadlines.

I recently I worked on a Character Development Exercise in which I was charged with the task of coming up with ten truths (i.e. self-involved, mirrors his or her partner), ten lies (i.e. graceful, a real go-getter), and ten bizarre facts (i.e. sometimes writes with his or her less dominant hand) about any random character--real or imagined.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Week 34: Tap Takeover

A "tap takeover" is basically a promotional event where a brewery comes in and "takes over" most the taps at a given bar.  For however long the takeover runs, the bar serves a larger selection of that brewer's beers than is normally available.  This intended to get craft beer enthusiasts excited about that particular brewer as more and more breweries pop up and loyalties wane.

In this case, I went to a Dogfish Head tap takeover at The Blind Pig.   

These were the Dogfish Head beers on tap:

Dogfish Head Sixty-One

Pictured on the way right, our new friend, Zach (a rep from Dogfish Head) brought us a bottle of Noble Rot to try.

We were able to talk to Zach, the rep from Dogfish Head, about the direction the company was going with the types of beers they plan to produce.  It was interesting to me that they were trying to get more women into craft beers.  Noble Rot is kind of a cross between beer and wine which the company believes will appeal more to the female demographic.  I will say it was completely different than any other beer I've ever had.  It almost reminded me of champagne.  I tend to drink ciders and fruit beers so this beer is certainly a step in the right direction in my opinion.

All in all, it was a good time.  I would definitely go to a tap takeover again!

Coming Up... Week 35: Character Development

Week 33: SQUAT Team, Go!

At the beginning of February, I started a 28-day squat challenge.  The intent was to focus the entire month of February on improving myself through this particular method of exercise.  The motivation was a before-and-after picture of a young woman who did a 30-day squat challenge and ended up with amazing legs.
As follows is a recollection, in my own words, of how I failed miserably at the task at hand...

Not one to follow the crowd, I created my own workout schedule by combining the following two workout schedules: