Archive for October, 2012
October 31, 2012
Boy, it is chilly and gloomy outside today! It’s almost like there is something kind of eerie going on around here…
Oh yeah, Happy Halloween everyone!
For some reason, today does not feel like the usual Halloween Day for me.
Maybe it is because we are living in a hotel and are not surrounded by fall scents and decorations. Maybe it is because we haven’t carved any pumpkins. Maybe it is because I have not been able to make anything pumpkiny since before we moved. Maybe it is because we don’t have any dynamic duo costumes to put on or any candy to hand out to the adorable (and sometimes scary) trick-or-treaters… or…
Maybe it is because I am saddened by the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy on the upper east coast.
Being from Florida, I can relate to how scary it is to know a hurricane is coming. Hurricanes Andrew and Irene hit pretty hard a few years back, and I know we all remember the devastation that was Hurricane Katrina onto New Orleans. No matter how much we prepare, however, no one is ever really ready to deal with the losses and damage after such a shockingly catastrophic storm.
To those of you who have been affected by “Frankenstorm” as people have been calling it, I am so very sorry! The most upset we have seen in Michigan is a drop in temperature and a few tall waves on the lakes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Looking around, I feel like I am not the only one who does not feel exactly Halloween-ey.
I am beginning to think Roadie might be more anxious than we are to get into our new condo. Good news! We get the keys today! Whoooo hoooo! Did you hear that girls?
I said… we are getting the keys to our new home today!
I guess I am the only one who is jumping up and down over here.
Poor things! Ever since we have been in the midst of moving, all three of them have become prettttty lazy. The cats sleep about twenty hours of the day, and Roadie sleeps about half of it. The cause is boredom, I’m sure.
I am crossing my fingers that we get set up and settled into our new condo by the first snowfall. I promise it will all be worth it, kiddos!
For those of you with power, enjoying a nice (hopefully not too chilly) Halloween morning, I hope it’s a good one for you! Stay safe and have a wonderful day!
Oh, and Roadie says Muwahahahaha.
October 30, 2012
Okay everyone, I have a new workout program to share with you!
With the show only being about a month away, the company released a program sharing workouts, nutritional tips and behind the scene exclusives on how their runway models get in shape for it.
Yesterday, I re-tweeted the first workout I have seen on this program via Shape.com. After watching the video, I jotted down the workout and wanted to try it out for myself. I was a little sore from working my lower body out the day before, so an arm workout seemed right up my alley for the day.
Since our resistance bands are conveniently packed away with the rest of our house in storage right now, I decided to use the five pound dumbbells in the hotel gym. I would have loved to use tens instead, but my selection was slim. Even with a light weight, my arms began to burn at the end with the rotational pulls.
Nice work, VSX trainers!
Feeling good, I finished off my time at the gym with thirty minutes on the elliptical. Gosh, it has been ages since I have used that machine! Trying to get back into the swing of things, I went for three miles, changing up the resistance every so often. Next time I will be sure to share a clear workout with you!
For now, here is an easy way to keep the VS Runway Arms Workout handy.
*Please note: the second set of bicep curls are done to the side (changing up the angle).
After I got back to my room, I grabbed a new recovery snack to try. The wonderful folks over at Premier Protein sent me a care package of different shakes and bars to try, and after sharing a photo via Instagram, I received feedback that the chocolate flavor is mighty good.
That is was! I have tried a lot of different chocolate flavored protein shakes in my day, and I really think this one – by far – has been the tastiest. I can not wait to dig into the vanilla flavor tomorrow.
It tasted way better than it looks in this fuzzy photo. Gotta love hotel lighting!
I am really looking forward to trying out more of the Train Like an Angel workouts! When we finally move into our new condo and settled, I hope to test out an actual program and share my experience with you.
Have a great Tuesday!
October 29, 2012
As Scott and I were flipping through television channels the other night, we came across a special on the Travel Channel about America’s Scariest Haunted Houses. Instantly intrigued, we watched a few minutes and then both of our jaws dropped as we looked at each other when the word “Erebus” came across the screen.
Located just about five minutes from our hotel, the world’s largest haunted house is located right here in Pontiac, Michigan. It takes an impressive forty-five minutes to walk the warehouse and has become a main attraction for this part of the state. Who knew?
Here’s a little preview of what we saw about Erebus: Haunted Attraction:
Scared? I sure was!
I can do scary movies, but I have such a love/hate relationship with haunted houses. I love the idea of them, but when it comes time to actually go, I become a big baby, death grip whoever is next to me, and run through the rooms as fast as possible. I also try to “fake out” the monsters/ghouls/crazies hiding behind the corners by laughing at them. Hey, it seems to work most of the time! Little to they know it is very much a nervous laughter.
I have learned (the hard way) that if you show your fear and scream, they chase you. No fear!
It was no secret that I was a ball of nerves when we walked up to the main entrance.
A few friends of ours just so happen to know the owners of the place, and we somehow managed to skip the quarter mile line wrapped around the building. We were very lucky to be in the right place at the right time…
Or were we?! <- Yikes!
As soon as we walked in, there was footage playing from some of the best scares in the house from over the years. I was pretty confident this house was about to get even more to laugh at from me.
I knew I was not going to be able to take any photos after we passed the main lobby, so I decided to take a before and after photo with my friend, Yana. Here we are before, smiling because we have no idea what is about to happen!
After a forty-five minute walk of horror, this was our after.
I was pretty scared! The rest of the group (including Scott), however, was not completely sold on the scariness. The majority voted that after hearing the build up, they still expected more.
I, on the other hand, beg to differ! I was pretty freaking terrified.
I have been through a handful of haunted houses before, but they have all only lasted a few minutes at a time. Going in, I expect to see a variety of creepy people dressed up in who knows what, hiding behind every nook and cranny just waiting to scare the living bejesus out of me. That, I have gotten a little better at handling over the years.
What I was not expecting was all of the different environment and elements portrayed in the warehouse. At one point it really felt like we were walking through a swap, then underwater into a pit of darkness. At another, we were forced to separate from the men in our group (sneaky, sneaky!) and walk through a few rooms of terror by ourselves.
There were two things I had never experienced before:
One was being “buried alive” by plastic balls you would find in the ball pit at Chuck E. Cheese. It was cool, then scary, once I realized I was truly buried from head to toe and had no control over when I could get out. When the balls started to disappear through the cracks, it became cool again because I realized one of my childhood dreams just came true. (<- you know you have had the same one!)
The other was an illusion that we were walking a cliff. We had to stay against a dark wall, while walking across a narrow glow-in-the-dark sidewalk. We were told to stay on the path, or fall into the darkness. Of course, curiosity got the best of me and I dipped my toe next to the sidewalk a few times. Scott says he felt the illusion, while I felt like I was actually walking on a cliff, one hundred percent. It was so trippy!
Eventually, we made it through and can now say we survived one of the top scariest haunted attractions in America!
If you are ever in the Southeast Michigan region this time of year, I highly recommend you checking this haunted warehouse out for yourself. If you dare…
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever been through a haunted house? Was it scary to you?
• What is your take on scary movies and haunted houses? Love them or hate them?
Like I mentioned above, I can do scary movies. I actually love them! I go into them knowing it is not real life, and only start to get a little nervous if the movie is based on true events. Then, I can become scared, but still love the thrill! Haunted houses, however, I will do, only if my friends drag me there. I will never be the instigator of the group to go to them!
October 27, 2012
Happy Saturday! I originally scheduled this post to go out yesterday, but lo and behold when it came time to publish it, the entire thing disappeared. Bloggers: has this ever happened to you? It has happened to me a number of times, twice being this week. Super frustrating! #blogpostingproblems
So a Saturday late morning post it is!
As the days go by, it feels like we are starting to settle into the area and get back to more of “normal” routine. Normal for me includes blogging and working from home, spending some quality time with Roadie, running errands, working out, and possibly even attending an event our outing.
Outings have been taking up the majority of our time lately! I spent the entire day with Yana yesterday shopping for winter clothes, signing a lease for our condo (YAY!) and going to a Detroit Pistons game. Today, Roadie is loving that both Scott and I are spending the afternoon at
home the hotel.
Fall 2012 Workout Playlist
Since the 80 degree weather turned into the low 40s this morning, I think it is time for me to test out the whole running outside in the cold thing, while it’s still on the “warmer” side. Yes, to Michigan locals, 40 degrees is warm. Yikes!
Hopefully a fresh batch of tunes will help motivate me to get out there with an extra pep in my step. (It usually does!)
For those interested, you can also listen to this playlist online.
And yes… I had to include a little Gangnam Style. The song (and especially the video) gets me every time!
For more workout song ideas, check out my Playlist category located on the Fitness Page.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Question of the Day
• What kind of music do you like to listen to while running or working out?
I am usually a sucker for what is currently popular on the radio. I am also a HUGE fan of 80s music! Whenever I have a long day at the computer ahead of me, I often find myself jamming to the Best of the 80s Reloaded Pandora station. So good!