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.  

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