Friday, July 18, 2014

Royal Teeth

A couple weeks ago I met up with a friend downtown to see Royal Teeth play at Schubas.  While not the most mind-blowing concert I've ever been to, it was a good time.  Royal Teeth's music has such an upbeat, positive quality to it that you can't help but feel a little sunshine, even during a nighttime concert.  It was the kind of show where you couldn't not dance.  

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Happy Thursday!  It's cold!  Hypothetically it's way too cold right now for July, but I actually love it.  I think that 65 degrees is my ideal temperature.  It's still warm enough to be bare-legged, but chilly enough to warrant a little bit of knitwear.  

Plans to see friends.  With the two work trips I'm taking in the next couple weeks I'm hoping to find ways to see some friends, even if it's just for an hour or two.  What's a little road trip here or there, anyway?

NaNo Camp.  I've mentioned a couple times that I'm participating in Camp NaNo, which is a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. I didn't do so great for the first week.  Instead of giving up, I spent the last week typing frantically, and last night I finally caught up to my projected word count!  I'm over halfway there!  Now I just have to hope that I have enough of a plot left to carry me through the next two weeks.  

Work shoes.  Last week I did some shoe shopping, and now I have actual options when it comes to work shoes, instead of wearing the same pair every day.  It makes leaving the house kind of exciting.  I guess.

Students.  Today I'm getting a student worker.  I'll be their supervisor, and they'll be working with me full time for 5 weeks.  Um.  I'm excited for the help, but also terrified. I could potentially get a student who's older than me.  We'll find out soon!

Skype time with Roommate.  Always wonderful.

Pants.  Right now I'm wearing pants.  I'm definitely a skirt girl, especially when it comes to work clothes.  I bought a pair of olive green khakis from gap, and I love them.  If I could wear them every day I might, except then I might miss my skirts!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


This weekend Mariah and I attempted to bake some nata.  Nata is a portuguese custard pastry that is absolutely divine.  We used this recipe, which I chose mostly because it was funny.

We substituted homemade pastry crust for pre-made puff pastry that we cut in to squares.  Next time I would use plain old pie crust.  The puff was too puffy, and there wasn't enough room for the custard. Still, they turned out quite well, and I'm looking forward to experimenting with these further.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

A treat from Freddie Roach

Here's this week's boxing find.  This comes from an interview with Freddie Roach about an upcoming Pacquiao fight.  I dream about someday being able to do half of this list in one workout.  I think the run alone would knock me out.   
5-Mile Run (Decreased distance with increased sparring)Shadow Boxing (Build up a sweat before you get to boxing)8 Rounds Heavy Bag (Important to hit the bag hard with proper punches)3 Rounds on the Double-End Bag3 Rounds of Jumping Rope6-8 Rounds of Sparring Max (Pacquiao likes to spar 12 rounds)Cooldown

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

I have a whole day off this weekend.  I'm going to spend it writing and knitting and hanging out with friends.

Somehow I've managed to find time this week for 2 cups of coffee in the morning.  

Writing.  I'm behind on my Nano goals by about 6,000 words but I'm not upset, yet.  I have grand plans to catch up this weekend.  My project is still exciting and my cabin is nice and active.

Exercise! I'm trying to get back in to a routine.  I've been to the gym twice this week.  That's two more times than last week!  Even though it's hard to stay motivated when I'm working out alone, I'm still doing okay at sticking with it.  

Fun weekends.  Last weekend I went out to a concert with a really cool friend and had a good time.  

El espaƱol.  Things have been getting a lot better.  There are still phrases that are going completely over my head, but for the most part it's getting a lot easier to follow along in conversations.  There's one woman in particular who I work with who is a tiny little powerhouse: she's an aerobics instructor and radiates energy, and she talks so. fast.  I always feel great after speaking with her though, because I understand her and I find myself speaking more rapidly as well.  Learning and learning.  

Emails from friendly people.  I've been emailing back and forth for the past 2 months with my former boss from my internship.  She's a wonderful cross between a friend and mentor, and I love her.  I'm glad she's in my life.  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fine Knitting

I received the latest Vogue Knitting in the mail earlier this week.  Usually there are only a handful of patterns that I'm interested in, but this issue is full of great patterns.  However, I believe only one of the following patterns is knitted on needles bigger than a size 3.  I've never made anything bigger than socks on needles that small.  It's intimidating to think of how long it would take. That, and the fact that I can't ever seem to find fine weight yarn in solid colors, and I don't really like variegated yarn, especially for large projects.  

For know, I'm working on socks, while I try to get my hands on some lightweight yarn.  I don't know where I want to start!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ducking woes

I just the youtube channel for Knockout Women's Boxing Club, and I'm finding the tips very helpful.  The video that I'm loving right now is called "How to Improve Your Ducking", and it's fixing all sorts of problems I've been trying to work through.  I'm having a hard time posting the video on this page, so if you're interested in watching the video in question, click the link: Watch the video here.  If I didn't have to go to work in 5 minutes, I would sit and watch every video they have.  Note to self: come back to this.

Even though I've been boxing since I was 15, I only began learning to duck this year.  I know that I make a lot of these mistakes.  I've been working very hard since I started to stop making mistake #3. Bending at the knee is much more important than they mention here- not only is it better for form and balance, but it's a lot easier to hurt your back when you bend at the waist.

Tip #5 is something that I didn't even realize I was doing, but now that I see it on this video, I can clearly see how it's wrong and how I can fix it.  I love finding new things to work on in training.