Thursday, February 28, 2008
2 years ago I used to get up every single morning at 5:50am, go down to the fitness room in the Brigham Apartments where I was residing, and work out. EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING. Before my 8:30am class. Amazing isn't it? I had a solid routine. Work out, School, work, homework bed (look at all the working!). And it went on like this for an entire year. I THEN, started taking a cycling class at the U on Tues and Thurs. THUS, I was not only running in the mornings, but switching up the routine every other day. I really don't know how I was such a work out rock star. Oh wait, yes I do. Sigh, can I tell you a secret? I was chubby. TRUE! A little rolly polly in the old days. It was mostly what some refer to as "baby fat" in High School. Mostly just a little squishy here and there but nothing to detrimental to the old self-esteem. Then Snow College came and I began running some. The downfall was actually when I moved to SLC and became inundated with juggling a job and school and all those things poor students have to juggle. The work out stopped most abruptly and the "freshmen 15" began to manifest itself. By the end of my first year at the U, right after spending 6 weeks eating butter, soft serve ice cream, and crepes in London and Paris, I suddenly came to the stark realization that I was well on my way to becoming a short, round, tub of gooey chub-chub. That's right I said it, chub-chub. Thus, with the promise of never getting married tagging along with health concerns and poor self-esteem, I started my rigorous morning exercise routine. 20lbs lost later, I was a happy camper again.
I've changed my work out routine in a variety of ways now. I'm a fairly active person anyway, but for the last years I've been working out in the evenings and not every day. It's kinda fallen into every other day and in the winter months when there are now outdoor physical activities to be had - well, it drops even more dismally. I've been meaning to start my morning regime again, but have yet to find the motivation (nor get to bed early enough) to accomplish it even once. Plus, now that my running distance has increased from those morning work outs two years ago (2miles to 4-5miles) I need a little more time in the morning to accomplish my running goals and feel like I really did get a decent work out. Besides, in addition to running, I like to do some stretching, ab scrunching, and arm work outs as well. The summer months are UPON us folks!! SUMMER MONTHS! Minimal clothing! Aaaaand, now I have someone I want to look normal in a bathing suit for - it's just a little extra kick in the "get working out now" arse.
So, the point of today is - I GOT UP and ran 3 miles in THE MORNING. And, I just want you to be proud of me :)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Provo is kinda sorta maybe full of weirdy's. Granted, LDS folks are a peculiar people, it's true. The world is going the way of Sodom and Gomorrah: morally it's a mess, and ethically it's a disaster. When people are surprised that a person returns a lost wallet or helps a stranger pack in their groceries, it's an indicator that the world is in a rather sorry state of existence. Thus, in such a place, to find a group of people who not only profess to uphold what seems out-dated: i.e family ideals (stay at home mum, many kids), morals (no sex before marriage), and high necklines, but even live that standard, is...well, somewhat peculiar. There is a difference, however, between peculiar and weird. Provo, my friends, is WEIRD!
- Guys, you should date a girl while she's on her period. I know I know. That seems weird, but seriously trust me. If you can love her when she's feeling fat and miserable and in pain all she does is rant and rave and maybe cry and want to hit you in the face - well you know what to expect every month for the rest of her (and your) menstrating life. We won't talk about menopause...cause after 30 years of menses I'm sure you can handle, by that time, menopause.
- Girls, pick out of the afore mentioned months to gauge the importance of sports in your mans life. Spring equals baseball beginnings and March Madness. Two big events in man sports life. Fall signifies the beginnings of Football season and the ending of Baseball season, again two big events in the sports world. Sit with him, if he's a sports man (I like mine cause he's not really - I'm so proud), during a crucial game and see what happens. If his team loses and he punches you in the face - well clearly there is an anger issue there. If his team loses and he kisses his overly enthusiastic sports buddy instead of you, well, I don't need to say RED FLAG do I? If your dates are contingent upon him catching every single game, well, again...you choose if that's a deal breaker or not. Cough...breaker.
- Seasonal Dating. Spring and Fall give you warm, summer-esque days, and cold, winter-bundling days. It's suggested to see how your "dating prospect" reacts and or changes with the season/weather. S/he may get depressed and angry when it gets cold - and if you live in Utah - that's about 4 months of angry to deal with each year for 50 years. Think about it. Also, think of the sweat ladies (and guys!). You have to see what happens when s/he sweats - as in saturation and smells. I just can't handle some smells....that of BO is the worst.
- Covers stressful School Times. Usually, here in Utah, we date students. We marry young(er) than most others. Date someone during a really stressful school time (thus end of Fall semester or end of Spring semester) and see how it goes. If they turn into a ranting raving lunatic who (heavily) relies on Prozac to make it through each semester, well...just consider how well they can handle LIFE without exploding all over you. Nobody wants to be exploded on. Everyone stresses; but how folks handle that stress is really telling of who they are. It's that whole "get to know them" idea again.
- Spring and Fall fashions. MONEY guys! The new styles are in and the ladies are ready to transition their dull wardrobes they've been rotating all winter or all summer into the new season set before them. It's a magical time really. Watch and see how many times that credit card flashes, and having said that, it's also the time for new hair. Make sure you love summer hair her as well as winter hair her. Not to mention tans and short sleeves are traded for tights and sweaters. This is crucial from cold weather clothes being more forgiving than summer wear clothes. I believe women will spend more money within the season transitions than any other time - and guys, you should really examine how much money that really is and IF you want to or can keep up with it.
- Winter Flab, Spring Thin. See who fattens up come winter and who slims down. If she starts out normal in the Fall, you're probably guaranteed she can shed the winter pounds in the Spring. A month is a good way to gauge health practices. See if either partners rockin bod is due to youthful metabolism or good habits. Superficial, maybe. But I also don't want my hubby croaking of heart disease because his genetic gifts can burn off bacon wrapped in bacon now - but not when he's 40 years old.
Monday, February 25, 2008
No really - it can't get any better. Or can it? (Oooo, foreshadowing)
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Grandpa and Seth (the long lost Caribbean brother)
The little (yes little - all of them) brothers and moi.
Gasp! Who is that dashingly good looking boy? A Gillette razor model? Pay no attention to the girl.
Yes yes, the boy came too. And really, he was basically a rockstar with the fam. ROCK-Star! He impressed all those who needed impressing and THEN some. He's already training for cattle wrangling with Grandpa. Now that's saying something...
Thursday, February 14, 2008
- Utah has the youngest population of any State (bunch a whipper snappers!); 59.3% ages 18-64, 32.2% under 18, and 9.4% under 5.
- Utah is 270 miles wide and 350 miles long. Eh? Who knew? Noooo one.
- Official State Dance: The Square Dance (root-tootin!)
- Official State Game: Chess (snoooozer. I'm going to the Square Dance)
- Official State Colors: Indigo, Blue and Yellow (Where's the Crimson? Go Utes!)
- (This will come as a shock to girls) 49.9% of Utahns are Female, 50.1% are Male (so why in the world is my Ward 3 girls to 1 guy?!?!)
- The LDS Church is 60.7% of the State's Population (okay that's not shocking - I just had to send out a holla! for the Church)
- Utah is ranked the top state in the nation for Economic Dynamism: "The degree to which state economics are knowledge-based, globalized, entrepreneurial, info tech-driven and innovation-based." (eh? I thought it was interesting...)
- In central Utah, coal production accounts for much of the mining activity (Holla! Emery County (hometown folks - come on) Whoop!)
- I-70, between Salina and Green River (yes - holla again for E County) is the longest stretch of interstate in the country without any services! So pee before! Truuust me.
- The Utah Airport, in 2005, was ranked 1st in on-time departures and 2nd in on-time arrivals in the country (take that Mormon Standard Time!)
- Utah granted full voting rights to women in 1870, 26 years before becoming a state (and can we say years ahead of US Constitutional Amendment 19 in 1920); only Wyoming granted women suffrage earlier (pro-gress-ive! Mmm, soup.)
- Utah is also one of the only two states in the US to outlaw all forms of gambling.
- Utah was the only state in the nation where Democratic candidate Bill Clinton finished behind both George H W Bush and Independent candidate Ross Perot in 1992 (we could tell he was a sicky...)
- Utah is the least populous US state to have a major professional sports league franchise (Go Jazz!)
- Utah (as of 2000) ranked first in anti-depressant and narcotic painkiller use (sad...er, clearly).
- Jell-O is the official snack food of Utah (we're high class)
- Roseanne Barr is from Utah (what the hell?)
- Orson Scott Card is from Utah (phew...better)
- Butch Cassidy is from Utah (that's hot)
- Jewel is a Utahn (a Payson, Utahn)
- James Woods is a Utahn (Vernal!!)
- And how can we forget that dream-boat - Donny Osmond is a Utahn (but you knew that) What sister?
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
- He's a true American: Barack knows the people. He wasn't born to priviledge like many politicians, and he's seen the humble as well as the proud. He has captured the American vision by rising up and working hard.
- He Represents! It's no secret Barack is half African American. I think it's time America had an African American President; if anything, to really prove that America is learning from it's past, and pressing forward with hope.
- He tells the truth. I know, I know. He's a politician and lawyer before that - so amazingly, the fact I trust the man I think says something real about his character. When he talks about hope in America - about not a "black America or a white America - but a United States of America" I know he believes it.
- No Alternative Agendas. One word "oil." I think Barack is running for America, not for big business (can we say Clintons and Wal-Mart?), not for crude oil exported from other countries (cough - Bush), but because he believes America needs change, and he believes he can bring that change. Granted, some of the changes he proposes I may not agree with, BUT, his reasons for change, I feel, are pure. He thinks it will better America - not further his own, personal, agenda.
- "Dreams From My Father" - We can see where he was, how he developed and transcended race to find who he was, and where he is now. He's a man with flaws, but more importantly, a man who progresses and learns. A friend showed me this article (which changed his Barack opinion - I'm so proud :)), talking about Barack's book, and I liked what he had to say. It's called "Biracial, but not like me." Check it out.