Sunday, September 05, 2010

Watching A Movie With the Mater & Pater... 8|

Okay, so I'm watching "Interview With the Vampire" starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt when the first "risque" scene comes up...aaaand my mom and dad are sitting RIGHT THERE. :| Yeah...can we say "AWKWARD MOMENT?!" at the top of our lungs?! Well, they both kept their eyes front and center and I found that it was time to take the dirty cups back to the kitchen...ahem.
Yeah. Anyone else had an episode like that? Ugh.
Now, I really like this movie, but it kinda made me think, even though I enjoy watching movies and stuff, is it really all that worth it? Or could my time be spent on more worth while things? Things that are more, idk, productive...?
So, I've decided to spend less time watching TV and more time reading and studying...and eating. :)
My idea over the next month or so is to get into a good schedule: i.e. exercising, reading, studying, learning, helping others, and trying to find a job.
To start with, I've begun doing Tony Horton's Power90, and, I have to say, I'm lovin' it! :D You need to realize that it is a BIG step for this girl to say that. I hate sweating, but I love exercising...yeah, I know, I know, "YOU'RE WEIRD!" is what you're screaming at the computer. And yes, I am. Thanks for pointing it out, again. :P
Yes, I hate sweating. I don't like feeling sticky and slimy. It goes against the grain. I like feeling clean and neat...well, for about half an hour, I don't feel clean anymore, but I DO feel good!
I realized how out of shape I was getting, but I didn't have the motivation to get off the couch, let alone press play...well, God knew what I needed! About a week ago I was on Facebook and happened to see something one of my friends (let's call him "L") posted on his pastor's blog. Apparently, our pastor friend had started working out to get healthier, and L was encouraging him to stick with it. L mentioned how he and his roommate at college were doing BeachBody's "Insanity" workout together every day, and he's already lost 16lbs!
Well, when I read that, I realized that this guy that I knew was going to come back from college fairly hunky, and I didn't want to look like a lumpy white potato standing next to him! Hence, I have now started on my goal of getting through BeachBody's P90. I took it rather easy the first couple of days, but now I'm all in!
Wish me luck as I rebuild my body, gain confidence, and start living a healthier lifestyle!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

History Geek? I Think YES!!

Okay, so lately I've had some extra time on my hands so I figured "What the heck, I'm gonna do some fun reading!" Haha, idea of fun reading is to sit down with a book over six hundred pages long and just, well, READ. Yeah, I know. Geek. Darn right I am! Lol, and to compound it all, History is my favorite reading material! Yeah, I know what you're thinking now. MAJOR geek. AND you're TOTALLY right, I'm proud of it!

My latest discovery is "A Patriot's History of the United States" by Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen. It's about 829 pages long with an added 70 pages of fine print notes, and an Index of 30 MORE pages...and guess what? I'll probably read through all the notes. Yeah, I do that too. See, I'm kinda CDO (a.k.a. OCD), so whenever I see one of those little numbers in the text, I have to turn to the back to find out what it says. And I can't help it! It's like an automatic reaction. I've gotten to the point where I keep my right hand in the notes and flip back and forth between reading the text and reading the notes. Sad really...Unfortunately, (well, it kinda depends on your perspective...) this book has a LOT of notes. A rough estimate seems to be 80 to 100 notes per chapter, and a little over 2 or 3 notes a paragraph. Oiy. :| But I'll get through it, you can bet on that!

Actually, it's been a really good read so far. Most of the time I find history text to be very biased one way or t'other, but this seems to be fairly in the center. I've heard some very, very far left liberals say that it's extremely conservative and capitalistic, but I have to say, (now please remember, this is just my off hand opinion and you should still get a hold of the book and read it for yourself. Plus I am only 1/6 of the way through the book!) that I have found it to be accurate and only slightly, very slightly, to the right of center so far. I do like to research whatever I read, and I do not take most things at face value, so I hope I'm unbiased and informed enough to review it properly. :) But, what the heck, read it and find out for yourself!