Thursday, February 27, 2014

Stubborn Love

"Stubborn Love" by The Lumineers

So keep your head up, keep your love
Keep your head up, my love
Keep your head up, keep your love



She'll lie and steal, and cheat, and beg you from her knees
Make you think she means it this time
She'll tear a hole in you, the one you can't repair
But I still love her, I don't really care

When we were young, oh, oh, we did enough
When it got cold, ooh, ooh, we bundled up
I can't be told, ah, ah, it can't be done

It's better to feel pain, than nothing at all
The opposite of love's indifference
So pay attention now, I'm standing on your porch screaming out
And I won't leave until you come downstairs

So keep your head up, keep your love
Keep your head up, my love
Keep your head up, keep your love

And I don't blame you dear for running like you did all these years
I would do the same, you'd best believe
And the highway signs say we're close but I don't read those things anymore
I never trusted my own eyes

When we were young oh, oh, we did enough
When it got cold, ooh, ooh we bundled up
I can't be told, ah, ah, it can't be done

So keep your head up, keep your love
Keep your head up, my love
Keep your head up, keep your love

Head up, love
Head up, love
Head up, love
Head up, love

Monday, February 24, 2014

Heart Mandala

Jason made this heart mandala for my birthday card.



It's hanging next to my work station sending me love all the time. 

I heart mandalas!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

So, I spent the day working in a bar

I feel like I've been in this bar all day - and not in the good way!!


Home Turf Sports Bar at LAX at 9am.
Waiting for meeting.
 4 hours to go.
Maybe I got here a little early?
#ballerconsultant

Update:


Home Turf Sports Bar at LAX at 3:30 pm.
Waiting to go home.
1.5 hours to go.
At least the scene makes more sense with beer!
#ballerbeerdrinkerconsultant

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Muffintop Massacre

Whew! I really like the POP Pilates at Blogilates so I've been trying out different videos.

Jason and I did the "Muffintop Massacre" last weekend. I've done it a few more times and it's INTENSE!



Today, I also tried this total body workout. It was the toughest 17 minutes I've had in a long time!



I'm gonna be sore tomorrow!





Monday, February 10, 2014

Icelandia

Hello? Is anybody out there? We're just starting to emerge from our fortress of  ice and snow solitude.


Jason just left the house in the car for the first time since Thursday morning. We've only left the house once since Thursday, and that was a hike to get beer!

Like Jimmy Buffet sings in Boat Drinks, "This mornin, I shot six holes in my freezer, I think I got cabin fever, Somebody sound the alarm."

Winter weather gives me anxiety. Not knowing when we'll be able to get to the store again, or to work, or if we'll crash our car doing it. And the pets need their heartworm medicine from the Vet! Oh my!

Speaking of freezers and anxiety, take a look at our fridge as of this morning (Monday).


We have eaten pretty much EVERYTHING in the house. Luckily, the animals still have food. I'd hate to spend one night with a hungry Derville! He can be pretty crazy about his food - must be fed every 4 hours or he loses his shit. Thank gawd we have tons of pet food! (We may all be sharing it if we don't get to the store today.)

We had to shovel the driveway so Jason could get the car out. We really should buy at least one snow shovel (to use every 5 years) because garden shovels are NOT very effective for snow.

Jason took the flat head shovel and I took the pointy head shovel - it was slow going.

Driveway before shoveling:

Driveway after about an hour of dual shoveling:

It was really loud and I'm sure the neighbors were laughing their asses off but he was able to get out and on his way (still waiting to hear if he got there okay just got the text that he made it and picked up the pet meds!).

The ice is melting but it's still pretty bad out there.


Crash definitely isn't loving it. He'll go out to pee, but he's been a total poop with-holder! I bet it's hard to relax your butt-hole when it's this cold! We shoveled a path for him but he was determined to not use it!


We accumulated about six inches of snow before the ice hit.



Now it's just a waiting game - hopefully it will all be melted by this evening. We need to go to the store!!

The best thing about the snow-in is that we didn't have anything to do and TV was crap and we've watched ALL THE MOVIES so we exercised a TON. We did Pilates and Nia and Yoga and hoola hoop each day. It was kind of like a spa weekend. Just kidding - it was not like a spa weekend but it felt good not to just sit around like lumps on a log.



Friday, February 07, 2014

The Things We Do for Brew

Looks like we're going to be socked in for a few days so Jason and I decided to hike over to the closest beer store and get "provisions". It is super slippery and the snow is DEEP so it made for slow walking and difficult street crossings. It was dangerous, but we would not be dissuaded!

The mission was a success! 12 pack of Session, 6 pack of Drop Top Amber and a tube of Pringles. We're prepared for the worst :-)


Here's a gif of my (snow) man on a (beer) mission:


P.S. SEND TACOS!!!!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Snow Day!

It's snowing like crazy here! This is the first time Crash has ever seen snow and he's a little concerned.

I think this picture sums it up for all of us.

(WHY?!?)

I took this picture 2 hours later.


And it's not supposed to stop for 24 hours....

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Ray LaMontagne - Old Before Your Time

We recently discovered the magical sounds of Ray LaMontagne. He is filed under folk, jazz, country, soul and a few others. Jason says you know they're good when they can't be classified. This is a really beautiful song from his album God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise.

Ain't it about time you realize? It's not worth keepin' score
You win some, you lose some and you let it go
What's the use of stacking on every failure another stone
Till you find you've spent your whole damn life
Building walls, lonely and old before your time


"Old Before Your Time" by Ray LaMontagne



When I was a younger man lookin' for my pot of gold
Everywhere I turned the doors were closin'
It took every ounce of faith I had to keep on keepin' on
And still I felt like I was only losin'

I refused then like I do now to let anybody tie me down
And I lost a few good friends along the way
I was raised up poor and I wanted more
And maybe I'm a little too proud
In lookin' back I see a kid who was just
Afraid, hungry and old before his time

Through the years I've known my share of broken hearted fools
And those who couldn't choose a path worth taking
There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man
Who never knew his life was his for making

Ain't it about time you realize? It's not worth keepin' score
You win some, you lose some and you let it go
What's the use of stacking on every failure another stone
Till you find you've spent your whole damn life
Building walls, lonely and old before your time

It took so long to see
That truth was all around me

Now the wren has gone to roost and the sky is turnin' gold
And like the sky my soul is also turnin'
Turnin' from the past, at last and all I've left behind
Could it be that I am finally learnin'?

Learnin' I'm deserving of love and the peaceful heart
I won't tear myself apart no more for tryin'
I'm tired of lyin' to myself, tryin' to buy what can't be bought
It's not livin' that you're doin' if it feels like dyin
Cryin, growin' old before your time
Cryin, growin' old before your time

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Getting to the CORE of it


I exasperated my lower back issues (herniated disks) training for and running a 10k in October so it's been difficult to find exercises that don't make it worse. I've gone back to my physical therapy exercises from the first time my back gave me trouble 8 years ago. They've really been helping but my sciatica is still flaring up and it  feels like I've been kicked in the butt by a horse. My right leg alternates between radiating pain and tingling. I've done a lot of reading and basically, I need to build my core. I mean BUILD THE SHIT OUTTA MY CORE!

I feel like I've hit a plateau with my normal workouts (Nia, yoga, hoola hoop) so I've been searching out some new FREE routines.

I used to do Pilates with bands but I never felt results. That was before I had back pain, so I gave it another try today.

HOLY COW MY LEGS, ASS AND ABS!!! I was sweating more in 10 minutes of pilates than I would after running 3 miles! These videos are short and to the point. It's great because I only feel like I'm dying for a short period of time. Here are the three videos I did today.

Legs and thighs



5 Minute Ab Express Workout




Flat Belly Fat Burner