Monday, February 23, 2009

Mix It Up

I haven't been to kick boxing class since January because I'm supposed to give my finger a rest. And when I see the punching bag, it's hard to remember that I am supposed to give my finger a rest.

Today, I saw a truly hokey infomercial on TV for Core Rhythms and while watching, remembered that the last time I was at the community center I saw an announcement for a Zumba class. So tomorrow, I will learn how to Zumba.

Or at least how to not fall over while trying to Zumba.

Or at least not punch any thing.

Or at least have something to blog about.

(I only really need one of those to happen.)

Zumba, with Rachelle Wish

It was a low impact, full body workout. (She even snuck some squats in.)
(Scale 0-5)

Instructor Cuing: 2 (Although, I'm not sure if they cue a lot in Zumba anyway.)
Instructor Fitness: 5
Instructor Enthusiasm: 5
Full Body Workout: 5
Fun: 5
Difficulty Level: 4
Intensity: 4
Booty Shaking Level: 5+
Sexual Energy: 4

So, big thumbs up for Zumba. Just don't take my spot in class!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Do Your Due Diligence

Martin and I went to see Coraline over the weekend. We went partly because Laika, the company that made the movie is based in Portland, OR, partly because it got an "A" according to Entertainment Weekly and partly to just hang out together.

We got there way early, so early in fact that we had memorized the "Fun Facts" reel about 5 minutes after sitting down.

Slowly, others started filing in with lots and lots of kids in tow. Martin and I are used to being the only adults without kids at "kid" movies (see: Monster's Inc, Finding Nemo, etc.) but this time as the adults and kids surrounded us on all sides, I said to Martin, "I hope these kiddos will be O.K., from what I've heard, the movie is going to be a little creepy."

And it was. Creepy. Oh, so, incredibly creepy. Not a lovey-creepy like Edward Scissorhands, not a funny/whimsical creepy like Nightmare Before Christmas. Creepy.

It was a horror movie.

Coraline is a horror movie.

It was beautiful. The effects and art were simply stunning. But it is a HORROR MOVIE!

Almost every trailer I saw before the movie was aimed at kids. In most online reviews, they are saying it is a "family movie". Please, don't listen to this. If you really want your kids to watch it, please watch it first.

You can get a little taste of it by watching the preview here. That spooky, hair standing up on the back of your neck feeling you get? That stays with you during the whole movie and it gets worse.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Break Some Barriers

Last night was the second ever Portland, OR area Type 1 Diabetes Supper Club. There were some new faces, and some familiar faces and lots of laughter. I was talking to one guy about how there are really only a few things Type 1 Diabetics can't do. And he said, "Yeah, like climb Mt. Hood or hike the Pacific Crest Trail." I wanted to scream BULLSHIT! But instead, I said, "Not true. I know of at least one very famous Type 1 diabetic mountain climber.

But I couldn't remember his name. So I looked it up today and I found not one but THREE.

Will Cross, Type 1 Diabetic, climbed Mt. Everest (plus many other mountains).

Bill Bicksler
, Type 1 Diabetic, climbed Mt. McKinley, (plus others).

Caroline Burridge, Type 1 Diabetic, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (plus others).

(and I'm sure there are more....)

but the best part of the evening was when the lovely, 18 year old, Type 1 Diabetic, insulin pumping, D. declared that she got Scuba Certified a few months ago. Jaws dropped.

"But my doctor told me when I was diagnosed [20 years ago] that Type 1 Diabetics can't get scuba certified." one woman said with tears in her eyes.

"Not anymore" said D.

Bam! Barrier broken.

If you live in the Portland, OR area, please consider attending the Portland American Diabetes Association Expo on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. I will be at the Animas booth, preparing to lift my shirt up as many times as needed. Please come say hello.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Have a Treasurelicious Tuesday (Inc., Oct. 2008)

It's Treasurelicious Tuesday, a day where I review items that I have found in a magazine/online or from one of our Treasurelicious users!

This week's review comes from the October 2008 issue of Inc. Magazine. Kenny Moscot, President and Co-owner of Moscot is featured in the Things I Can't Live Without section.

Chalet in France
Why yes, Kenny. I'd love to stay at your coveted Chalet in France. I promise I will clean up after myself!

Leica D-Lux
$600 seems like a lot for a camera, but hey, if you use it and you love it, good for you.

Specialized Langster Chicago Bike
I won't ever get between a man and his bike.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Go Frost Yourself

I picked up August 2008's Esquire magazine at the library. I'm crazy like that. Woo hooo! Esquire Magazine! Anyway...

The 10 Things You Don't Know About Women section pissed me off a bit. Actress, Andrea Savage was featured. Some of her things were O.K.,

"Murdering someone because he snores should be admissible in a court of law."

but the first one, the one she started with, really got me mad.

"Wedding rings need to be sparkly to remind us not to have sex with other people."

Now, I love sparkly as much as anyone, but that comment is simply bull-shit. I'm sure she was trying to be funny or witty or clever but it comes off as stupid.

It sounds like women are a commodity to be bought (hey, wedding dresses do often resemble gift wrapped packages) and that expensive, shiny things are what keep woman happy. You want to shower me with loose diamonds? Great. Just know that you can't buy my love that way. That takes work. Constant work.

Women will be happy when they do what they need to in order to have happy lives.

People cheat for various reasons, including the thrill of getting caught. No amount of diamonds will stop that.

Sparkly things are just the frosting on the cake of life. And there is no need to wait for a man to frost it. Frost it your damn self.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Think Before You Cheat

A certain ex-boyfriend's heart just sunk to his stomach. Calm down, I'm not telling that story.

This story goes back to the 1980's. It was a high school Geography or World Cultures class. We had a test. It must of been on the countries of South America or some other smallish continent.

Anyway, we were supposed to fill in a map. Apparently, my school mate Jennifer (may or may not be her real name) did not feel adequately prepared. The teacher soon found a map drawn on Jennifer's left hand.

I'm not sure what happened to her after that but I remember thinking it was an incredibly stupid way to cheat.

And now, a song about cheating by Carrie Underwood (or Carrie Underwear, as we call her in my house) which reminds me of a certain Spanish teacher at my other high school who used to tell us how to put sugar in gas tanks....

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Have a Treasurelicious Tuesday (EW, Jan 30-Feb. 6, 2009)

It's Treasurelicious Tuesday, a day where I review items that I have found in a magazine/online or from one of our Treasurelicious users!

This week's list will be short and sweet and taken from Entertainment Weekly in a section they call, Style Hunter. Entertainment Weekly readers write in and ask where to find things they've seen in their favorite TV shows and movies.

Dress from Bride Wars
The blue and navy dress by Nadia is quite pretty. And I'm glad I saw a photo of it in the magazine because I won't be bothered to see the movie. (The magazine gave it a low score in a previous issue.)

Mugs from Two and a Half Men
At $30 for a set of four, it's a great deal. But with all STD jokes that Charlie and Alan Harper throw at each other, I'm not sure if I would feel comfortable drinking from one.

Necklace from Bones
One of a kind pieces are always good, but starting at $500? No thank you.