Not So Badly Done

So like most Americans (seriously, we need to do something about this) I’m wanting to lose weight. I actually have lost almost 30 pounds since last August, which is not too shabby. My goal is to be 2-5 more pounds down by the end of August to bring that total up to 32-35 lost in one year. Not stellar but I’ll take it. 

I’m not going to spend a whole long time on this because 1. I’m not done, 2. I’m not an expert and 3. Not so much the point of this entry. 

Anyway, I’m putting the goals down on the interwebs to help keep myself accountable. I want to be another 10-15 pounds down (ish) from now in November, and at my goal weight by next August. But I’m not thinking too much about those down the line goals, I’m focusing on the 2-5, which has actually helped me lose and keep it off. The little goals are easy and I don’t get discouraged. How am I doing this? By putting everything I eat into my FitBit app, watching what I eat, and working out. Simple. Traditional. Effective. 

Moving right along…

If you haven’t been watching Emma Approved you need to go do it right now. I mean, I loved Pemberley Digital’s updated version of Pride and Prejudice with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and their update of Emma has been just as awesome. Seriously, updating Jane Austen is HARD, and they’ve done a spectacular job. 

**SPOILER ALERT FOR THE FOLLOWING TWO PARAGRAPHS**


Anywho, Emma is one of my all-time favorite books. I feel like I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. So for those of you who know the story, we just got to the point where Mr. Knightley scolds Emma for her treatment of Miss Bates at Box Hill. Now, in the adaptation, they had Emma embarrass Maddy Bates about her home-made jams at the celebrity opening of the restaurant Boxx in Beverley Hills (I see what you did there…). Then Jane gets mad at Emma because Jane is in love with Frank who has been hanging all over Emma like crazy, but we know that Frank is just doing that so no one knows about him and Jane. Why, I don’t know. So Jane reams Emma out (somewhat rightly so, but not entirely). Emma (fantastically acted by Joanna Sotomura) is reeling from this when Alex Knightley enters to get on her case about being mean to Maddy. 

We know, of course, that Knightley has come to the realization that he’s in love with Emma and he can’t stand to see her act like Frank Churchill. He believes she’s acting like Frank because she’s in love with Frank, which we all know isn’t true, but Emma’s behavior in this instance is not good. So Knightley leaves, and Emma, who has always had things handed to her is suddenly adrift. I hate sounding fangirlish but, the feels! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s episode will bring!

Moving right along. Mostly because that was two episodes ago and it still…mmm. So well done, guys! So well done! 

Last, but not least, book time.

I’ve started The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Talk about right in the feels! This book is convicting and well-written, if a little hard to get through because of the depth of the content and the language, which is at a significantly higher level than a fiction novel. (I know, talk about shifting gears…) Anyway, so far, so good. It’s been an interesting read that has given me a great deal to think on. I think this will be a slower read than what I am used to, however, I think it’ll impart much more knowledge than what I usually read as well. 

Until next time 😀


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This Will Be…A Creepy Experience

So I’m on eHarmony. I got a good deal for a three month thing and I have 4 friends either married to or getting married to someone they met online. I’m a tech savvy girl. I can totally do this.



Only I can’t. 


I don’t know what it is but I find the whole experience…sorta creepy. And I don’t think it’s the people. I have the filters set so that only Christian non-smokers in a 50 mile radius will show up as matches. And when I look at the profiles, most of the guys are totally normal, great sounding people. But for some reason I get to the point where I am thinking about making contact, and then…

(Come on. You knew I wasn’t getting through this blog entry without a single gif.)

Yeah. I chicken out. I’ve got no idea why. I think a lot of the people online are just like me: busy and tired of only being hit by people we will not consider dating.

Seriously. What’s the deal with that? The last few people that I can tell were interested in me were people that I either 1. just didn’t like or 2. so young or 3. soo needy. 

 I don’t do needy/clingy. At all. I took one of those personality tests and I either come up ENFP of INFP. I think it has to do with the fact that though I love being around people and I have no issues being the center of attention or talking to people or meeting someone new, I also like to have some time to myself or read a book or play on pinterest and relax. 

But I digress. Back to eHarmony. I guess the only thing I can do is try it and see what happens. God has a plan. Meeting someone online might not be it. But it might also be the way I meet my soulmate. And yes, I’m a romantic enough to believe in those, but I also think that people have several and not just in the romantic sense. There are people you meet and you just know: “we’re meant to be friends”. It’s like something clicks and you just know “this person, I want them in my life”. 

And then there are my Pinterest soul mates. Seriously. There are people that WHATEVER they pin, I pin, and WHATEVER I pin, they pin. I don’t even personally know all these people, but I know if we ever meet, we’re totally going to be friends! 

Except I don’t use humor, I change the subject! 

That’s actually all I have to say on the online dating subject for now. I’ll keep you posted. 

On to more fun things 🙂

I am somewhat late to the game on this, but I’ve started doing the 100 happy days challenge. For more info, visit here: http://100happydays.com/

The gist of this challenge is to find something that makes you happy and post a picture of it every day for 100 days. And then hashtag it, of course. It can be anything, I’ll show you days 1-7: 


 


It’s been a really fun thing to do so far, even though I’m only a week in. 71% of people don’t complete it, but I’m going to try my best. 

Want to give it a try? Go to the link above, sign up, and then post on your favorite social media platform. But remember, the goal is to post things that make YOU happy. Not your friends and not to show off. I’ll keep you posted. Who knows what the next 93 days hold for me? It could be I’m documenting a significant season of my life and I don’t even know it yet! 

Peace. 

(I’ve really got to come up with a better way to end these things…)

Shopping Secrets and #RE2PECT

As a Red Sox fan, I hate all things Yankee. Seriously. Hate it. With one exception: Derek Jeter. 


Jeter, you will be missed. As much as it hurts me to say that, you will be missed. Quick…I have to compensate for leading off this blog with a picture of a YANKEE…


okay. I feel better. phew. 

Sorry. It’s hard for a die hahd Sawx girl to talk about anyone who plays in pinstripes, even if he is completely respectable and an asset to the game. 

Speaking of baseball, despite my opinion that the All-Star game (hereafter abbreviated ASG) is completely overrated and ridiculous, it’s still baseball and I’m still gonna watch. Also speaking of baseball, I’m finally going to a game this season! Yay! 


No, the Red Sox aren’t playing. I’m going to see the Nats and Brewers. I have never seen the Brewers play before so this should be fun. I like Nat’s Park too. You can take the metro right to it and there is something fun about riding on public transportation when everyone is going to same place and it’s a fun place. It gives you a sense of camaraderie. 

Moving on from sports to my other love, shoes. I have a secret for you ladies, especially if you have a size 7.5 or smaller foot. The BEST place to get cute shoes at a low price is Dress Barn Women. Some Dress Barns are combined, misses sizes and women’s sizes, but some are separate. So Dress Barn Women sells the plus size clothes. Most of the women who shop there , many of them are very tall, which means their foot size is larger. So that means all their clearance shoes are size 6, 6.5, 7, and 7.5 with a handful of larger sizes. When my mom said she was thinking about going there today because she had a coupon my response was this:


And good thing too. Ten minutes later, I was walking out of the store with a pair of green flats studded with gold squares and a pair of subtle cowboy booties. My total? $16.00.

That’s right. TWO pairs of shoes for $16.00. That’s $8.00 a pair. You can’t really beat that. And to top it off, Dress Barn actually sells nice, fairly comfortable shoes. So remember this ladies: if you have tiny feet, check the clearance shoes at the plus size stores. And I’m actually pretty sure the opposite works too. 


So if I don’t blog again until I get back, sorry. I’m just…

I really need to lay off the coffee. And the gifs. :/ 

Peace 🙂

Geek Chic Caballero

If you haven’t already noticed, I’m a bit of a nerd. 

Yep. Nerd. But there are levels of nerd, okay? I own ONE Princess Leia costume that I made for Halloween and might wear another Halloween so I didn’t get rid of it. And while some people may enjoy wearing costumes like that other places…me, not so much. But I do like to show off my favorite fandoms in a more…subtle way. Let me tell you, between Etsy and Amazon, you can rock some really nerdy stuff without anyone (other than fellow nerds) noticing. 

For example, I own the following pieces of jewelry: 

 




A pendent with a quote from Lord of the Rings, a Mockingjay pendent, a ring with a quote from Hamlet, and I also own a ring that says “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good” (not pictured). When I wear these particular items, the Mockingjay for example, I get every comment from “cute necklace” to “is that from the Hunger Games?” to “Oh my gosh! Where did you get a Mockingjay necklace?” (answer: amazon).

These pieces express some of my personality, and are great conversation starters with fellow nerds. But even if someone doesn’t know that my necklace has a quote form Tolkien, they ask “where did you get it? I love that! And that quote is nice!” and you can expose someone to classic (like Lord of the Rings) or tell them that Etsy has all kinds of wonderful things based on classic literature like this. Seriously, it does. You want a Jane Austen pendent? Done. They even have Once Upon a Time based items (for all you Oncers out there!) 

So if you want some truly unique (or nerdy, or both) items, skip your traditional jewelry places and check out http://www.etsy.com and http://www.amazon.com. You’ll be amazed at what you find! 

Moving right along. I told you all I would review Isabel Allende’s Zorro. I finished it last night, and, well…

Let me start off by saying that it is a very well-written book and a good story. But if you are looking for the stories like we used to watch on the old black and white Zorro on the Disney channel…not so much. One, it’s a lot more focused on racism, the rights of Indians (as they are called in the story), the rights of women and the rights of slaves. Yeah. It’s also more of a prequel. How did Zorro become Zorro? Who was his mother? His father? See, Zorro chronology is difficult because the creator of Zorro didn’t always pay attention to canon and continuity. This story attempts to tie them all together, from the original serial all the way up to the Banderas movies. I almost wish the title wasn’t “Zorro” because he doesn’t show up very much or for very long. It’s a lot about Diego de La Vega, Bernardo, and the two of them growing up. It was a good book but I think I prefer the original and other more swashbuckling stories. I didn’t really care about the whole Napoleon took over Spain and then he lost it political drama, I wanted Diego to go back to California and fight the evil there. He did, but it was in like the last…5 chapters of the book or so. I missed the snarky Zorro (and equally, though much more subtly snarky, Diego). Good book, but as for Zorro, your best bet is the Guy Williams Disney version. 

 

So tomorrow I have an interview for a possible real, grown-up job (yay!) but this is a little bit how I feel: 


But I think (or at least I hope) I will do okay. If I could only find something to wear…

That’s it for me! Enjoy the Home Run Derby tonight and the All-Star game tomorrow 🙂 

Adios.





Relevantly Irrelevant

The MLB All-Star game is upon us!!!! Cue the excitement! Cue the music! Break out the beer and snacks!

Or not. 

Can we just discuss how completely ridiculous and irrelevant this game is? But because it’s got post-season implications, it is actually relevant? Forgetting that fact that the players are voted their by the FANS who are by their very definition BIASED (and despite what any of them say, they are all huge homers ), this game is useless! I am not a fan of the All-Star game because in EVERY. OTHER. SPORT. the all-star game is an exhibition. It’s fun. It means nothing.

But no. Baseball has to make this game “relevant“. So now we sit through an exhibition game and have to care because whichever side wins gets HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE for the World Series. Which if anyone is counting, the NL is winning 43-39 all time in All-Star games but in the last 20 years, it’s 13-6 in favor of the AL with 1 tie. 


I’m sorry. The team with the best record should get home field advantage, AL or NL. That’s how they do NBA, NHL…and the NFL playoffs do the same thing (NFL has only one game at a neutral site for the championship, thus it is hard to compare it to baseball). 

Will I watch? Probably. It’s hard not to when you are a sports fan and there is LITERALLY nothing else on. And I don’t watch a whole lot of TV anymore (gee, thanks grad school!) so many times, especially in the summer, sports are the only reason to turn on the tube.

The interwebs on the other hand…

So I tried, really tried, to hold off on watching Emma Approved. I mean, the Lizzie Bennet Diaries were like my biggest form of procrastination the whole time I was getting my Master’s degree. I was actually glad it was over before student teaching. And I refused to start Emma Approved until I graduated and got a job. Well, still no job but I did start (and catch up on) Emma Approved the other day and can I just say: It is FANTASTIC! 


Not only because of these two: 

Emma Woodhouse and Alex Knightley played by Joanna Sotomura and Brent Bailey


But because they are adorable. See exhibits A, and B: 

It also doesn’t hurt that Emma is one of my all time favorite novels with my hands down favorite leading man, ever. He’s always been one of my favorites. I love Jonny Lee Miller in the 2009 Masterpiece Classic Emma. He’s the long-suffering, sensible best friend who is adorably awkward. Bailey’s Knightley is less awkward, more adorable, and is subsequently dubbed “Snarky Knightley” during the show by Emma because he is. Very snarky. Adorably snarky. I LOVE it. I didn’t think it was possible, but I believe I like Mr. Knightley even more now… 

So yeah. I guess check out the All Star game and DEFINITELY check out Emma Approved and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (if you haven’t already)


Also, starting something new: book of the week. I’m reading Zorro by Isabel Allende. 


I’ve read the original (Curse of Capistrano by Johnston McCulley) and loved the Disney series (the one that came out in 1957. I loved watching the reruns of that as a kid) and the movies. So far the book is a bit…off beat. Not bad, but the narrator definitely has an agenda, which I don’t mind but I haven’t really gotten to any action yet. I’ll keep you posted. 

Adios!