Weekend update

Unfortunately, I didn’t get my strength training in as I had hoped.

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Organized accessories using a shower caddy

I did, however, complete 2 written assignments for college, get started on a third, cleaned the whole house (including 5 loads of laundry, excluding the kitchen, which Jeff cleaned), got new glasses,

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Taz approved

did the meal planning, grocery shopping, modeled a bridesmaid dress for my long distance bestie, picked up our bikes from the repair shop, and finally got off my feet to play guild wars 2 for a couple hours over the course of the weekend.

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Yes, I could’ve worked out instead of spending time on the computer, but I’m a big fan of balance and after so much work, it was time for a recharge.  It was a fantastic weekend and I’ve done enough of the prep work to be ready for Monday when it comes swinging. 😀

Bring it on.

Sunrise: 9-volts, doge, and noodles

The other day, (Wednesday, I believe,) I had a dentist appointment that turned into a lot of pain. By the time the anesthetic wore off, I couldn’t talk because it felt like I was being jolted. Ever put your tongue on a “dead” 9-volt battery as a kid? That’s what it felt like. It sucked.  The Naked Juice from the previous entry was all I could eat that day.  Unless, of course, you count the doses of Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Orajel which aren’t pictured.

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In other news, my teeth are feeling much better now. I have a bit of a toothache today but it’s nothing like 9-volt Wednesday. 

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Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis

School has been keeping me busy. I have two papers and two speeches to write this weekend, on top of a project at work, an eye exam, cleaning house, and celebrating Easter.  I guess that’s why sunrises come so early in the day– so you can squeeze in all the things you have to do.

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Today I’ll be working on the aforementioned tasks, but I also wanted to fit in some food planning and grocery shopping.  For the past couple nights we’ve had take out because we simply have no food in our house.  It was tasty, but costly: $21 for Japanese (Soba) noodles, a salad, and 6 pot stickers.

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Bbq chicken salad, Noodles and Company

Things and stuff and words

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What’s up, bloggy-type people? I haven’t written any entries recently because I’ve been letting my standing station entry sort of sink in. I shared it with people at work, so I kind of wanted a gap between that and my normal content.

Here’s a few things and stuff and words that matter to me today (get out of my head, Phillip DeFranco!):

1. Eating is (mostly) on par, but I still eat too much sugar.

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2. Jeff got a new desk and it’s REALLY COOL. It’s an Obutto Revolution cockpit built for a range of PC activity, but specializing in flight sims, racing games, and other stuff. His friend came over on Monday and helped with the assembly.
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It’s wicked.
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Before:
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After:
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3. When I went to Ikea recently, I happened upon a set of perler plates and a bucket of beads. My first creation…?

Well, I have had a week of static. To the point that I shocked my computer mouse the other day and killed it (thereby leaving me stuck with a mini mouse that only fits one and a half fingers):
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Because of this, Jeff proudly proclaimed via Facebook that he married a pikachu. My first creation then, was a pikachu.
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Breakfast: Quaker Oats Medley’s with Strawberries

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This is actually a pretty hearty cereal.  It generally keeps me sated until lunch time.

I know I haven’t posted fitness in a bit… I didn’t take pictures, but I wanted to share one of my fitness exploits from the weekend: minute to win it One minute intervals.  I set a 1-minute timer (really 1:05 so that I could get back to position) and then just did whatever I wanted for a full minute.  Then I reset the time and did another minute.  And another.  Soon I had a 20 minute work out in, where otherwise I wasn’t doing any.  I did high knees, bosu cross-overs, push ups, crunches, squats, punches–etc.  It was a great way to blast just a handful of calories and wake up before going back to work.

Tonight, I have a fitness assessment and personal training session at the gym.  Once my loan is paid off, I’m investing in personal training.

Party Rock – on a rock – in game

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This weekend was 100% enjoyable.  a majority of it was spent gaming, hanging out with the family (Jeff, and our two fur-balls, Taz and Toby).  A LOT of it was spent studying because I had two exams to post for.

Breakfast this morning was Quaker Real Medleys with blueberry and banana, with a side of research.  See, I’m still dealing with chronic back pain.  Turns out, I’m doing it wrong.  When my back hurts, I feel like I can’t  exercise because of the pain.  It’s like, I can’t twist or bend, so why try?

Well, I was reading some peer reviewed articles on www.spine-health.com and one of them said that for Chronic Intractable Benign Pain (CIBP) one of the best things you can do is to exercise.

 A typical response to experiencing back pain is to take it easy – either staying in bed or at least stopping any activity that is at all strenuous. While this approach is understandable and may even be recommended in the short term, when done for more than a day or two it can actually undermine healing. Instead, active forms of back exercises are almost always necessary to rehabilitate the spine and help alleviate back pain.

Guess who’s going to the gym after work?

 

“I will tickle you all back to health”

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“Klonex: Oh my.. I will tickle you all back to health.
Corrderio: Thanks.”

Gamer culture is weird, but that’s probably why I like it. Yesterday, I put in a 14 hour day at work followed by an hour or two of gaming.  I was having back spasms yesterday and that really put a damper on my mood.  Our guild had an event night last night, though, so it was fun to just give in to the distraction.

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Warning: neurotoxins can alter reality and produce harmful hallucinations

Yesterday wasn’t all bad, though.  I made it to and from work without incident, had a marginally healthy day, and got to talk to my friend Lyz for about an hour on the phone.  It was really actually pretty good.

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Today, I’m hitting the books, writing an essay, taking an exam, and hitting the gym.