Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

I thought I was going to have time to work on this post over my lunch break at work, but that didn't happen!  Work has been very stressful for the last couple days in preparation for a meeting today that went very smoothly.  After 3 months I'm starting to feel like I know what's going on at work, at least the majority of the time.

Happy things!

I'm going to see friends soon.  I have two weekends blocked off to visit all my favorite Muncie people and I couldn't be more excited.  

Employment.  In addition to my "real job," I somehow managed to pick up two more opportunities.  For the rest of this month until October 4th I'm working weekends to help register people to vote, and starting in October I'll be working as a seasonal temp in the mall.  While it's a shame to lose my recently gained free time, it will pay off in the end, I hope.

Book.  I just finished a book!  I have a stack of 7 books that I've started and haven't finished at my bedside, so it feels really nice to have completed one.

Concert tickets.  I'm going to see Paloma Faith in a month!  

Monday, September 1, 2014

On the creativity of boxers

Boxing, as a sport, requires very little in the way of equipment from those looking to participate.  Any gym worth it's salt will have the big equipment needs of boxers covered.  Due to the nature of the sport, boxing equipment endures a lot of wear.  

I'm continually amazing by the lengths that boxers will go to in order to avoid repairing equipment.

I've seen double end bags secured with bungee cords, with spare handwraps, and with jump ropes; heavy bags repaired with duck tape, heavy bags completely covered in duck tape; Boxers are creative people.  That's all I have to say.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Alright.  I've been on a bit of a blog hiatus as I did a bit of travel for work, a bit of travel for fun, and then a lot of catching up on life.  

Moving.  My friends and I have been apartment hunting.  I'm preparing to move out of my mother's house for the first time.  Exciting! Scary! We've found an amazing apartment in Chicago and have applied, and are waiting to hear back if we'll be allowed to rent or not.  As a result of this I've been having a lot of serious discussions with my mom.  Is this the point where I become a real adult?

Reading.  I'm hoping to make a dent in my reading pile soon.  I need to get back in to keeping a book at work to read during lunch!

Social time.  I've spent a lot of time in the past couple weeks out with friends.  I'm definitely a homebody, so it's been tiring but very fun.

Mexican food.  Falling in love again.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Fun with friends.  I've had a nice balance this week of work and play and rest.  I should've taken notes.

Breathing.  After about 3 weeks of terrible asthma, I'm officially breathing again!  My mom went grocery shopping and came home with an air purifier, which she found on sale.  Apparently when I was diagnosed with asthma 14 years ago the doctor told her that getting one would really help me.  Go figure, after 2 days of having it turned on I'm just about back to normal!

Gym time.  First thing I did once I was breathing was head back over to my favorite boxing corner.  I didn't get all the way through my workout, but I got pretty darn close for having taken a 3 week break.

Road trips!  After I returned from California (more on that later, I promise!) I felt a little down.  I took an impromptu road trip to Ft. Wayne to see a friend in a production of A Midsummer's Night Dream.  Terrible Chicago traffic meant that I got to her play in time to see the last ten minutes.  It was still worth it, though.  We went to Barnes and Noble and talked, and I slept over.  I felt so much better the next day.  I love my friends.

Sunrise over Indiana cornfields.  One thing that Indiana is good for.

Sundown on the city skyline.  

New books!  At the bookstore with my friend I bought 2 new books.  I'm halfway through the first and loving it!  This weekend my family is going on a mini vacation- hopefully that means lots of time to read for me.

Craft time.  Once life settles down in a couple weeks I promise I'll post all the exciting things I'm eluding to!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Yoga for boxing

At the beginning of the summer I started blogging once a week about boxing; it's an interest of mine that I wanted to explore more, both physically and in writing.  However, it feels insincere lately.  I write about boxing, but my asthma has gotten so bad that some days I can barely function, let alone get to the gym to practice what I discuss here.

Enter yoga.

Every summer I vow to get in to shape, and every summer by July my asthma has kicked in to the point that I can't go run or do something that involves the amount of effort that boxing takes.  What I can do it yoga.  Yoga is tough, works your muscles and improves flexibility and balance, which are important for boxers, without causing the jump in heart rate that would knock me flat in the middle of an asthma episode.  In addition, if things become difficult, I can just lay down on the floor to rest, which is difficult to do in a gym, or outdoors on a run.

I've been using Yoga Download's 20 minute podcasts for the past couple years.  They have about 90 podcasts for free download on itunes.  I really like their power yoga and core yoga.  In addition, I stumbled upon this video by JT Van V, who is the youtube god of boxing.

Hopefully my asthma will give me my lungs back once the weather stabilizes.  I would really love to get back to the gym; for now this will work.

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.