Posted in Crafty, Fitness, Gaming, Home DIY, Life + Living, Strength Training

Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream

 

The title is inspired by the track that is playing in the background as I write this post.  I am such a lucky person.  Gainfully employed, completing my degree, happily in love and married, and about to buy my own home…. what’s not to love?  Life really could be a dream.

This morning when I came to work, my mom was approaching my desk with a gift for me:  It’s a binder with copies of execises that she’s collected from her experience at the gym.  There are BOSU workouts, bootcamp style interval workouts, etc.  And on the cover: a Post-it note that says “Because you are loved!!”

I told Mom how I’m getting back into fitness and ready to really hit it hard, and this is her way to encourage me.  🙂 I definitely have the warm fuzzies at this point.

Yesterday, I signed up for The Academy with Nerd Fitness:

 

The premise seems to be that it will guide me back into the fitness lifestyle by enticing me with the opportunity to level up my real life person instead of a digital character.  It plays like an RPG, except you get experience by doing things in real life.  The quest lines that you see there (General, Academy, Warrior, etc.) correlate to the type of training that you want to be doing.  I want to get started with the basics, so I’ll pursue the general quests first, then progress to The Academy and eventually start tackling some of the Ranger class quests.

I got 25 exp points for taking my ‘before’ photos, and I’ll get 25 more for taking my measurements.  The general quests start with small, easily accomplished goals and then work up to more challenging ones.  It’s just the inspiration that I need to get going without diving into the deep end and getting injured again.

We move in 2 weeks (if I’m lucky) and I have been dreaming about setting up a basement gym.  I’ve got images of rubberized flooring, inspirational posters, and blaring music dancing in my head.  Jeff wants to burst my bubble by reminding me that we have low ceilings, but then I remember that I’m short and go back to dreaming 😉

Can I have it? Pretty please?

So that’s what we’re up to 🙂 I’ll be sure to keep you posted.  Stay classy!

Posted in College, Fitness, Food, Gaming, Life + Living, Overeating

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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Posted in Gaming, Life + Living

Step by step guide to building a standing station

Last year, I posted a very high level overview about building an Ikea standing station conversion. This year, I’m showing you:

1: Read this guide
2: go to Ikea

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3: Daydream about making some of the rooms yours:

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4: Find and purchase the following:
~Lack side table (21×21″)
~Antonius shelf (31×11″)
~brackets of your choice

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5. Gather your materials.  You will need

– side table
– shelf
– brackets
– power drill with 1/16″ bit and Phillips had screw driver bit
– screws of appropriate dimensions.( I raided our junk drawer to find some. You want at least two that are just under 1/2″, and about four more that are about 1″)
– a pencil
– a buddy

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6. Assemble the table according to the included instructions (recruiting a buddy helps save fatigue in your forearms)

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7. Figure out where you want your keyboard to be by putting the table on your existing desk. Bend your elbows to mimic typing comfortably at a keyboard (usually around 90°) and mark off this height discretely with a pencil on the inside of the table leg.

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8. Measure and mark the holes for the brackets on the bottom of the shelf

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I couldn’t find my measuring tape, so I just eyeballed it.
9. Drill a shallow pilot hole for each of the screws using a 1/16″ bit. Only go deep enough to get through the veneer

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10. Line the brackets up as planned, then screw them down. Your screw should just fit:

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11. Referencing your pencil marks from step 7, mark where you’ll be attaching the other side of the bracket to the table

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12. Drill pilot holes *just* through the veneer, and use the smallest bit (1/16″ is what I used).  Get your buddy to brace the table so it doesn’t fall over on you. He or she can hang out and lend some leverage through the next steps.

13. Mount the shelf to the table using 1″ screws.

14. Place standing station conversion on your existing desk, move your monitor, keyboard, and mouse as needed and Ta da: standing station

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* if you use too big of a bit, drill too far, or use screws that are too short, you might experience the painful conclusion of your shelf falling off when you place your table upright

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Don’t worry, if plan “A” fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet. Plan “B” for me was to spin the table around and correct for my mistakes. The damaged part faces the wall anyway, so no one will see.

My trip to Ikea included the parts shown above, crafting beads, and lint roller refills. My bill came to $33.  The table itself should be around $7-9, the shelf around $6-7, and the brackets around $6-7.  Not a bad deal for $20!

I talked to someone there who had already made his version and he was helping a friend build one. This was #2 for me. Are you going to tackle it? Comment below with your thoughts.

Posted in Gaming, Life + Living

Scarlet has Destroyed Lion’s Arch (GW2)

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http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Scarlet_Briar

Scarlet Briar, born Ceara, is the sylvari responsible for much of the mayhem that has wracked Tyria for the last year. She has facilitated a number of unlikely alliances, such as the Molten Alliance of the Flame Legion and dredge, the Aetherblade pirates and the Inquest, and the Toxic Alliance of the Nightmare Court and krait. With the help of these seemingly disparate groups she has threatened the northern continent time and again, culminating with the building of a massive Tower of Nightmares in the middle of Viathan Lake. All her schemes so far have been seemingly foiled, but she is not deterred by setback and occasionally seems to revel in her defeat.

Her other actions throughout the year include the plotting of Theo Ashford’s assassination and Mai Trin’s subsequent attempt to ascend to the Captain’s Council; hijacking the humans’ Watchknights; and an attempt on the life of Queen Jennah. Scarlet was intentionally failed to prevent the accidental destruction of the Thaumanova Reactor, and took a strong interest in the discovery of magical ley lines criss-crossing the globe. She has also been seen using steam creatures and their technology, though the nature of her ties to them is currently unclear.

Recently, Scarlet seems to have begun preparation for her biggest attack yet. After the destruction of the Tower of Nightmares and the death of the Toxic Hybrid, Energy Probes have been placed throughout Tyria and the Mists themselves in search for something – the constant thudding of which have unintentionally attracted a great three-headed jungle wurm to the surface in Bloodtide Coast. In early 1327 AE, her Twisted Watchwork minions were recalled to Lornar’s Pass, where she proclaims to be testing her her most powerful weapon seen so far, though she detonates the weapon instead of utilizing it if powered up. Adventurers who have found their way into her secret lair have reported schematics for her Marionette, some huge drill (that appears to be the complete form of the device floating above Marionette’s Landing, and maps marking Vigil Keep, the Chantry of Secrets, the Durmand Priory, and Lion’s Arch. And on the ceiling of her lair, there is said to be a painting of a dragon.

A new patch advanced the live story in Guild Wars 2 today and man oh man… it’s rather upsetting!  Good ‘ol Lion’s arch is in tatters, her people scattered.  Heroes have been summoned from all over the realm to help rescue refugees and evacuate the city.  So, if you need me… that’s where I’ll be.

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Aminarra Westin rushes in to fight Scarlet’s minions and rescue the citizens of Lion’s Arch
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The city is burning…
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everyone died of toxic fumes while trying to evacuate the city. Good thing it’s a game and you get res experience…
Posted in Fitness, Gaming

It’s a bad-back day.

Checking in on my K.I.S.S. Goals, as you already know, I’ve kind of slacked off on the exercise front.  Packing meals has been going well, though.  Today–not so much because we never went grocery shopping.  I *did* plan out meals and snacks for the entire week, though.  I have every intention of joining the fitness center (didn’t do that, either), so I planned out breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, dinner.   If you’re wondering why there are two snacks in the afternoon, it’s because I planned everything to be pretty light/even.  Lunch, for example, is going to be an open-faced sandwich with an apple.  That’s only about 200 calories and so two snacks spaced further apart will be required to get me the 8 hrs from lunch until dinner.  The third goal, to be better at my job, has been going well.  I took more training last week and I’m going strong in Toastmasters.  The speech I’m going to present next week is about keeping it simple and having a meal plan.

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My impromptu goal of eating no chocolate has been going alright.  Last week was *really* difficult and I found myself thinking about chocolate quite frequently.  I tallied it up and determined that I have 5 sources of free chocolate, 2 sources of obnoxiously cheap chocolate, and 3 sources of paid chocolate at work–without seeking it out.  Add that to the multitude of places I see it throughout the day and it’s just asking for trouble.  I did *really* well, though, in that I resisted temptation the whole week through.  Last night, I had a small (dark) chocolate bar because I was getting to the point where if I did not make a conscious decision to have just a little bit, then I was going to backfire and binge on a whole lot.  Today, I feel great and I’m ready to go another week without.

I met one of my goals that I set last week, and that’s to set pre-requisites for gaming.  I made a post in my guild’s forums and basically asked for support in meeting my goals, which are as follows:

I have to get back into the routine of exercising daily and taking bio breaks every hour to two hours (max). I could do this behind the scenes but I wanted to throw it out there so that you know ahead of time and can give me a bit of a break, or maybe set similar goals. If we’re running WvWvW or back to back dungeons, maybe we could all take a fiver and save ourselves some of the back aches.

Personal Pre-requisites for gaming:

– 30 minutes exercise
– 10 minutes stretching
– pets taken care of (clean water, full food, ’empty’ litter box, snuggles for them)

Precautions during gaming:

– bio breaks every hour to two hours (max)
– curfew (weeknights) 10:30pm CST

If anyone else has anything similar that they’re doing, I’d like to hear it. Thanks for ‘listening’ such that it is.

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