Friday Catch-Up

by Lisa on Friday: Apr 12, 2013

Happy Friday! It’s time to do a catch-up post:

– Easter happened almost two weeks ago now, but I’ve yet to write about it. D and I go to our separate family’s houses on Easter and each just have a small family gathering. For me, it was just myself, my brother and parents. Having a small get-together like this is nice for a change once in a while, especially after the massive gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas. For the most part, we only did two things that day: eat and dance. The eating was a bit on the extreme side. You’d think we were having 10 people over with the amount of food my mother prepared! There was lasagna, salad, ham, artichokes, vegetarian chili, plus appetizers of guacamole, chips, cheese and more. My brother, who is not a vegetarian, decided to put together the chili especially for me, and it came out pretty great! Between courses, we threw on Just Dance and challenged each other. I’m proud to say that I won every song that day. I guess it helps that I’m obsessed with the game 🙂

– Shortly before Easter, D woke up one morning with intense pain in his shoulder. He’s always had shoulder troubles dating back to a car accident he was in a very long time ago. This pain was new for him though, and was so bad that he almost couldn’t move his shoulder. We put ice on it for a few days, got him a sling at CVS and hoped this was one of those things that would clear up on its own. Well, it wasn’t. After a few doctor’s visits and x-rays, they found that in that original car accident years ago, pieces of bone had broken off and were just kind of floating around causing issues. (I had never heard of such a thing before, and it sounds pretty painful!). He had a procedure on Tuesday of this week that will hopefully help, but if not, he might have to go in for surgery to fix it once and for all. We’re crossing our fingers that this is not the case.

– I have a confession to make: I’m not succeeding at losing weight. At all. Despite all the things I’ve done this year to motivate myself and make better choices, I haven’t had any success and I’m still struggling with trying not to gain any additional weight. I know I’ve been eating badly for the past few weeks due to stress, and let’s be honest – a little laziness. I’ll put together a post soon to talk about what I’m going to do next and to try to turn things around.

– Speaking of Just Dance, I found something amazing via Youtube recently: Just Dance Wii (the Japanese version)! It’s all j-pop songs, which is a type of music I’ve loved ever since I visited Japan several years ago. It seems like you can’t play this version of the game on American Wii systems due to region encoding, but a lot of the dances are on Youtube, so I just throw on the videos and dance to them. It’s so fun! Here’s one of the songs featuring Exile, one of my favorite j-pop groups:

Have you ever listened to j-pop? Tell me some random updates from your world this week!

Weekend in Review

by Lisa on Sunday: Dec 04, 2011

I can’t believe it’s Sunday already! But in retrospect, the weekend thus far has been pretty enjoyable and also productive.

Friday was an insanely busy day at work, which I welcomed for a change. Things had been a little slow previously, but now I have a bunch of tasks and a few things that really required a lot of thought, so I didn’t even take a lunch break that day. I worked through the whole day and got a ton done. It left me feeling great when the work day was over, even though I was mentally tired.

D and I stayed in that night and played our retro Sega games again. We’re kind of hooked. If anyone is interested, this is the collection we’re playing. It was nice to just relax and spend time together, because Wednesday and Thursday were actually pretty crazy days over here.

On Tuesday night, D called me on the way home from work to let me know that the oil light had come on in his car and apparently that can mean some really bad things (his oil was full, he checked on that first) so we almost rushed off that night at 6PM to go get it checked. Instead, he took my car to work the next day and immediately after we drove it over to Sears, where they turned us away because they thought it was an electrical problem, which they don’t deal with there. This was REALLY annoying, because we had to drive about a half hour to get there, in 2 separate cars, and we immediately after had to go to our regular Wednesday night obligation, completely discouraged and not knowing what we would do about the car.

Later that night, we decided on Thursday morning, we would take the car to the dealership first thing in the morning. They opened at 7:30 and we both still had to get to work on time, so we woke up at 6:30, immediately rushed off to the dealership and then came back to the house so we could get ready to leave for work. We picked it up that night (and got good news…. the repair cost less than $200 when D was expecting it to cost $1000), then did our food and alcohol shopping to get that out of the way.

So, in summary: a whirlwind couple of days.

Saturday, D and I went to the gym first thing in the morning and I did something I’ve never done before: I did a 5K on the treadmill! I ran and walked, so it’s not like I ran the whole thing, but I was able to run for 15 of the 49:38 minutes I was on. I also followed it up with a bunch of weights.

Last night we went to our first concert of the season. D is really into metal and this was a metal show for sure. It featured As I Lay Dying, with I Wrestled a Bear Once, The Ghost Inside and Of Mice and Men. When we go to a lot of metal shows, we have to drive a good distance because most of them are located at the Palladium in Worcester (for those outside of Mass: this is pronounced “Wooster”, or if you want to say it like the natives, “Woostah”). This is a 1 hour 15 minute drive without traffic, which means when you’re coming home after a show at 11PM, you want to die.

Anyway, the show was decent and D seemed to really enjoy it. Our next concert is this coming Tuesday, when we’re going to see Tori Amos in Boston.

I also made a TON of progress on Christmas preparations and also got to catch up with one of my old college friends on the phone. Today, I’ve already gotten on the bike for 35 minutes and now I’m catching up on the internet. So, all in all, I’m pretty satisfied with the weekend.

How was yours?

Magic Music

by Lisa on Friday: Nov 25, 2011

Well, Thanksgiving has come to a close and now it’s time to work off all those extra calories at the gym. I’m off to a good start… I just got back from a really intense workout!

D and I went to the gym together since we both have the day off today. I had next to no motivation to do anything when we first got there. So, to start I did:

– 5 minute warmup on the elliptical
– vertical chest press machine
– leg press machine
– hip adductors

Then my plan was to get back on the elliptical for a lengthy cardio workout, but I just wasn’t feeling it. At all. Instead, I went over to the treadmill and decided to just walk with some incline, put my ipod on shuffle and see if any motivation hit me.

To start, I was doing my usual: 5 minute walking warmup, 1 minute running, 1-2 minutes walking, etc. Then an amazing song came up:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih82-oMFaY4&feature=share

It’s jpop and it’s the most high energy song you can possibly imagine. It was magic! I started running at the beginning of the song and didn’t stop until it was over. It was 3.5 minutes… the longest running interval I’ve done in a very very very long time. And it felt great! I was shocked, to say the least, that I was able to do it and feel so good about it.

Today was also my first day running with my new sneakers and apparently, based on those results, they were worth the purchase!

And because it’s Friday, I’ve once again joined up with the Restless Blog Hop:
young and restless

Happy Friday to all!