Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Meme

1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Went spelunking (Caving) deep underground. Was that in 2010? I think it was.


2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

No, my New Years Resolution was a fail, as usual. I think it had something to do with weight loss and I ended up gaining a bunch of weight this summer after dieting and not losing much the first part of the year. And then I got back on the diet bandwagon but have not yet lost all that I'd gained. And so it goes. And yes, more new year's resolutions for 2011. I'm a sucker.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Friend from knitting group and some acquaintances at Church.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

My maternal grandfather, Peepaw, died last January. I wasn't that close to him, but he's a "close relative" in that sense.

5. What countries did you visit?

The Land of Nod.

6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

Success losing weight or not gaining weight. Better habits in other areas. And a real bed instead of a mattress on the floor. Is a bed a selfish thing to wish for?

7. What date from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Getting the test results of Bethany's psych testing and her new diagnosis. That was huge.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Abbi's wedding dress, and getting back on the low carb bandwagon and doing some work on my inner being that is reaping good results.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Massive weight gain due to stupid philosophy of "non-dieting and self acceptance" that I experimented with, that involved legalizing EVERYTHING food-wise and resulted in a couple of months long sugar bender and about 20 extra pounds on my already obese body...and now my knees hurt perpetually and I desperately want to lose it again. And I'm trying.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Fibromyalgia...chronic. But it has been BAD this year. And LOTS of dental pain. Even after the root canal.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

New sewing machine! New phones (My touch 3G) And the Wii for Christmas.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

I have good kids. And I'm proud of myself for finally getting back on the low carb bandwagon as of November 9th or so.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

Mine. This summer. With food.


14. Where did most of your money go?

"My" money (earned from sewing) went towards getting Wes and I new phones.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

I don't have enough energy to get that excited.

16. What song(s) will always remind you of 2010?

Nothing stands out. Although Superman by Five for Fighting continues to resonate with me, especially when people at Church always comment about how patient I am with my kids (esp. B) and her health issues, and I think to myself: "I'm not a saint. I'm just too tired to lose it and fly off the handle."

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

Happier or sadder?--happier

Thinner or fatter?--fatter

richer or poorer?--same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Read my Bible, read other good books, knitting and sewing and spending time with friends.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Watch TV and read junk literature.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?

I spent Christmas in Church and at home with my family...as usual.

21. How many one-night stands?

I don't have a night stand. Especially not one shaped like the number one. I have a set of shelves next to the mattress on my floor. ;-)

22. What was your favorite TV program?

Bones and Chuck and Big Bang Theory are tied.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

I don't do hate.

24. What was the best book you read?

Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?

that Taylor Swift is actually talented. I'd written her totally off, and then I listened to some of her new stuff and really liked it. I've also discovered Paolo Nutini and I hope to purchase some of his music in 2011.

26. What did you want and get?

I wanted to knit myself a lace wool sweater and I did. I'm so proud of my accomplishment.

27. What was your favorite film of this year?
Harry Potter I guess...but that's almost lame to say. Have not seen that many movies.

28. What did you do on your birthday?

I can't remember.

29. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Fat people clothes! Whatever I can find at the thrift store.

30. What kept you sane?

Prayer and therapy.

31. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Gerard Butler

32. What political issue stirred you the most?

Health care system overhaul.

33. Who did you miss?

This year I've really missed the fact that I never really knew/have known my cousins. I think that feeling started when I felt so isolated from them all at my grandfather's funeral, wishing I were part of the crowd and feeling left out when I found out later via facebook that everyone went out for drinks and did not invite myself or my siblings...the "outsiders". But then they all grew up together and we were not a part of that so it's understandable.

34. Who was the best new person you met?

Nichole!


35. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010:

Several lessons:

My body can't handle carbohydrates. Converts them directly to body fat and does not use them for energy AT ALL. This will never change. I accept that.

The thoughts in my head and how I choose to interpret situations, my life, other people's actions, words, etc. will determine whether I'm happy or sad, empowered or powerless, joyful or embittered. I choose the positive in my daily battle against depression.

Looking Forward

113 days until Pascha!

...just thought I'd mention that.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

More Sewing Doll Clothes




Blush pink fabric with lace overlay and sleeves. Lace applique detailing at neck and waistband.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Another Cake Picture


The decorations on this are totally over the top and "old school".

My, aren't I on a creative spurt this week?



More sewing machine whimsy. Camera flips the image around, so in real life it's correct.

Working with Chiffon Fabric



Chiffon doll dress with bodice ruching and a blush-pink lining.

Tips for working with chiffon:

1. Use lots of pins, even when laying out and cutting the fabric, especially if it is a double layer.

2. Work slowly and deliberately, do not rush.

3. Pay attention to details-since it is see-through, the seams have to be perfect.

4. Either use french seams or serge/zig zag the seam allowances, again, due to the see-through nature of the fabric.

5. Instead of hemming, a very fine zig-zag stitch or scallops look very nice.

6. Be gentle if you have to undo a seam. Work slowly and carefully if seam-ripping and it is not a problem.

Happy Birthday, Wes!



Check out the crazy OLD SCHOOL style cake Ariana and I decorated.

And we MISCOUNTED the candles (discovered while removing them from the cake after he blew them out). There should have been forty-one, instead of the forty on the cake. We added another and made him blow it out. All by its lonesome.

Anyways, Happy Birthday, dearest Wes. God grant you many years.

And no, I did not eat, nor will be eating, any of that cake. Had leftover low carb pound cake in the fridge/freezer. Ate some of that. With coffee. I'm not suffering.

I'm doing some research on low carb cake icing, hoping to actually decorate something for my own birthday, coming up in just a few weeks.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Pretties

I spent some time today in my sewing corner, and while I started the day doing ordinary mending and alterations on some hand-me-downs we were blessed to receive, I progressed on to making a muslin bodice for one of the wedding dresses I'm making and then playing with chiffon to figure out how my new machine responds to that very slippery and fussiest of fabrics.


By the end of the day I realized that I'd accomplished quite a lot, and had a large pile of "Pretties" to show for my efforts.

Purple child's cardigan in wool with fun green heart buttons. I'm short two buttons and can only HOPE the fabric store has some more.



For Christmas, I wanted something colorful to wear, and so I took an old lackluster and out of style brooch that had belonged to my mother-in-law and I superglued some pretty beads onto it. A new look! Ok, so technically I made this on Friday, not today. But it is something I made and it's pretty, so it fit in with this post.

A wool hat got knitted today. I commissioned Bethany to make this, as I'd made it yesterday and then had to unravel it when it turned out to be too big for Wes' head. It's for his birthday which is this week. So Bethany got to earn five dollars and I had my time freed up to do other things (sewing work) today.

While I was working in my sewing corner I decided I wanted a pin cushion. I've been storing my pins on a magnet and have gotten fairly sick of poking myself when go to grab a pin.





And while I was playing with the yard of chiffon I decided to see what my machine could do with things like scallped edge stitching and embroidery stitches so I made a triangular shaped scarf with machine embroidery lace-look edging. It's pretty!

I sure do like working with my hands!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Slowly Losing It

Yesterday I was getting dressed and had to change my outfit because finally at long last, I officially have a pair of slacks that are too big for me.

And there's that one sweater that's starting to hang unattractively. I keep telling myself that I'd better wear it a lot before it, too, is too big for me to get away with wearing.

So, I'm grateful to be on this journey in a way that I can do long term that involves nutritious food and not starving myself.


And no, I wont be blowing my progress on Christmas cookies. I have a long way to go yet.

Perhaps I'll keep those slacks as my "before" pants and take a picture of me standing there holding the waistband out someday.

....in a year or so.

Meanwhile, I offer you some links to a couple of awesome low carb recipe blogs I've found: Healthy Indulgences and Lighter Side. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Evolution of a Knitter

I'm the kind of person who dabbles. And when I dabble, I do something for just a little bit and get a little bit good at it, enough perhaps to realize a certain innate talent at whatever it is I'm doing, or to realize my obvious limitations. And there I stay. And that skill, whatever it is, does not get developed beyond the rudimentary level.

This is true for folk art painting, which I dabbled in and impressed my friends and family with for about three months several years back (it's all about having good brushes, people), doing crafts with beads, crochet, playing guitar (I got to the simple "accompany camp songs and praise choruses" level of mad guitar skills way back when I was about 12, and have improved very little since then), cooking etc. etc.

There are two things I have developed beyond "beginner" level, and those are sewing and kitting.

And the knitting took less time to develop and learn than the sewing. Two years ago I was at the "I've knitted a couple of wonky ill sized plain flat sweaters" level of knitting skill. So today I'm going to tell you the steps I took to get from there to here. (See post below to see what "here" is...I just made a lace knitted cardigan coat length sweater in a month...and you could too because it's not hard the way computer programming or calculus is hard...it just takes time and effort and a bit of practice and some nimble fingers.)

So, lets pretend you are at the "I knit scarves" stage of back and forth knitting business. Here's is your step by step guide to developing your knitting skills to the place where you can do pretty much anything with two needles and some wool.

Step One: You must know how to knit and pearl and be able to do this with a good even hand. This is where many beginning knitters stop their mad knitting skillz development. It's a great place to start but there is so much more, grasshopper, so much more! When you get to this point, develop your addiction by knitting some scarves to give as Christmas gifts to your friends. If you've been dating a man or woman for a year or so, a hand knitted scarf might be appropriate. Do NOT, however, knit him a sweater until the ring is on your finger, girl!

Step Two: Add a hat to the scarf. This will teach you how to use small circular needles or double pointeds to knit on the round. Knitting on the round is like knitting a giant spiral. In such a project you will learn how to do decreases. If you are knitting a beret, you will also learn to do increases. Good skills to have. At this level, you will be learning how to follow a knitting pattern if you do not know how to already. You will check out some knitting books from the library and read them, peruse the pictures, and get addicted to the idea of whipping out little knitted items of adorableness for yourself, friends and family members. I call this the "one skein wonder" stage of knitting.

Step Three: Now is the time to learn how to do a yarn over and knit two stitches together, how to pass a slipped stitch over and how to use a cable needle. Again, none of these new steps are hard, per se...they just take experimenting and some practice. When it comes time for baby shower gifts, you will be the envy of all your friends, when you gift someone with something unique and hand crafted.

Step Four: Become a yarn snob. By now you will have done enough knitting and read enough books and be addicgted to the craft sufficiently that you will leave the world of acrylic yarn far far behind. Only the best will do: Cottons, wools, silk blends. Explore your city for the cute locally owned knitting shops. Join Ravelry if you have not already. You are SO on your way!

Step Five: Plunge into knitting socks (if you have not done so already). You have the mad skillz for socks already if you can do all of the above, but you might not know it yet. Many people are very frightened of the heel. All the heel involves is knitting short rows, that is, knitting part of a row and then turning your work and knitting back in the other direction. You will be able to pick up stitches at this point as well. Youtube is a good resource with lots of knitting how to videos. Join a knitting group.

Step Six: Lace and Fair Isle. You have the skills, youe stitches are even. You've made many small projects. Some of these small projects might have lace in them, and you realize that knitting lace is not hard, it just takes an even hand and patience and lots of stitch markers. At this stage you can read a lace chart. You borrow books such as this one from the library.

Step Seven: You find yourself asking for more knitting books and large batches of wool for your birthday, or for Christmas. You are hopelessly addicted to knitting and carry your knitting bag or basket with you everywhere you go. Your outfits have evolved into eclectic accumulations various of multi-hued hand knitted items such as a beret, a scarf, fingerless gloves, a cardigan and hand made socks. You start wearing sandals in the winter time to display your homemade socks better. The only difference in your summertime wardrobe is that your hand knitted items are made of cotton instead of wool. You have a mad look in your eye. At this point of addiction you are no longer a safe driver, since you will automatically slam on your brakes and rubberneck if you drive by anyone on the street who is wearing hand knitted items. You find yourself distracted in Church by persons wearing sweaters and such that could be done by hand, as you are busy memorizing the pattern.

So there you have it. How to develop your mad mad knitting skillz in seven easy steps.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Lace Sweater!!!!!





Hand knitted 100% wool lace sweater from Lion Brand Yarn Fisherman's wool. Pattern from the book Knitted Jackets, by Cheryl Oberle. I modified the pattern by making a bolero style lace jacket a coat length lace jacket instead. It used about 2.5 skeins of wool (they are big skeins).

Kursk Root Icon

Kursk Root Icon as it is being brought into the nave of St. Athanasius Orthodox Church


Father Justin Patterson holding a print of the icon that was a gift to the parish.

The priest who travels with the icon.


Yesterday my kids and I traveled down to Nicholasville, to visit our old parish, St. Athanasius Orthodox Church. The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, one of the oldest icons of the Russian Orthodox Church was visiting that parish at 12:00 noon. People gathered for prayers at that time. I overheard one young child ask her father: "Why do we pray to icons instead of to God?" And the Father answered: "We do NOT pray to icons. We DO pray to God. Icons give us something to look at." Good answer, dad.

The Kursk Root icon
has had many miracles surrounding it. It is the icon that the Lord used to heal the child who grew up to be St. Seraphim of Sarov.

I thought a visit was especially apropos this time of year, so close to the Nativity. The Mother of God has been on my mind a lot lately.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Dinner Plans

What's on your table for Christmas dinner?

Really, I need ideas. I have none. Meat obviously. The family wants pork chops. Meh, whatever. Me, I want effortless. We might order meat pizzas. Really.

Often in the past I've done the frozen lasagna thing, with much approval, but I'm off carbs so lasagna is off the menu. (yeah, I've tried subbing various veggies for the noodles. Not to be tolerated. Especially eggplant, an otherwise delectable veggie. It gets rendered nasty when asked to become an ersatz nooodle.

So what else should I make for Christmas?

As a buffet at breakfast: Summer sausage, sausages, fancy cheeses, cookies, eggs, etc.

Christmas cookies.
Some sort of low carb dessert.
Pork chops with cinnamon apples
Salad
Baked mashed potatoes (do them in advance and then heat them up in the oven)
Croissants
apple cider
roasted mushrooms and cauliflower.

So, it looks like I'll be in the kitchen. Oh well. All in the name of love.

What's on your Christmas table?????

Monday, December 20, 2010

Closure

I was in Lexington today, wedding dress fabric shopping with a bride-to-be for dress stuff I'm going to sew up. It was such a fun day. We had lunch at the Oasis (middle eastern restaurant extraordinaire!) with the most adorable new-guy bumbling waiter.

After our outing, I swung by Cuppa and hugged my friend Lisa's neck. She's the owner of that tea shop. If you live in Lex, go drink some tea there, it's awesome. Cuppa is on the corner of Jefferson Street and 2nd. Ave, I think. Very nice tea and it was SO GOOD to see my friend.

And then I decided to do a very brave thing. I decided to drive by our old house. Well, it's not our house anymore. We gave it up. It sat empty for a year and then it was auctioned. What became of it, I wondered.

I drove down Louden. I turned. A minivan was in the driveway. Some toys in the back yard. The overgrown honeysuckle bushes were still overgrown. The overgrown holly tree in the front yard, still big and bushy. The bushes by the side of the house were gone. But what made me really happy was to see that the house has new windows, a new front door, a new roof, and weatherproofing plastic stapled onto the frame of the covered back porch. Christmas decorations could be seen in the window.

I was happy. That's what I needed to know about that old house.

Before I left town, I decided to hit my favorite thrift store in the old neighborhood and came away the with cutest blue and white tea pot, creamer and sugar bowl set you could imagine.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

From Russia with love



All this Christmas joy is here for the purpose of leading us to lent and Pascha. So today I offer this lenten hymn instead of Ave Maria. Jesus is the reason for the season....

Behold, the Bridegroom comes at midnight, and blessed is that servant whom He shall find watching, and again, unworthy is the servant whom He shall find heedless. Beware, therefore, O my soul, do not be weighed down with sleep, lest you be given up to death, and lest you be shut out of the Kingdom. But rouse yourself crying: Holy, Holy, Holy, art Thou, O our God, Through the Theotokos have mercy on us.

Mutton Soup

I'm doing Atkins. And I'm doing it with the attitude that this HAS TO BE a permanent way of life. As in: Kill the passions (that would be bread and sweet baked things in my case) and buckle down and "git 'er done".

On a happy note, I'm nine pounds lighter than I was when I started. It was the week before the Nativity fast started. I remember because Fr. A told me that this IS my fast. And on Christmas day, I'll still be fasting. Lord have mercy.

But on that note, I want to share the delicious concoction that I made last night: Mutton Soup

1 lb. farm fresh ground mutton
1 large leek, thinly sliced/chopped
about 3 small stalks of celery
2-3 small garlic cloves
a bit of olive oil to sautee the veggies in
1 can of diced tomatoes
2-3 cups of chicken stock.

Sautee veggies in a bit of olive oil or butter, add mutton, salt and pepper to taste, and let meat brown. Add tomatoes and chicken stock and let simmer on stove for a while.

This was good. It made about six bowls of soup, 3 g carbs per bowl.

And speaking of which...I think I'd better go make some more chicken stock.

If you've never made homemade stock, here's what I do, easy peasy: Chicken bones in crock pot, add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, about a tablespoon of salt, cover in water. Can also add a couple of carrots, onion for some golden color and extra nutrients.

After a day or so off letting this stuff simmer, and adding more water as necessary, strain off the broth and throw the rest out.

That's all there is to it.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Schubert - Ave Maria (Opera)



Interesting stuff I learned last night cruising around the internet: Schubert's Ave Maria is NOT the usual "Hail Mary" prayer. It is a prayer, but it is an excerpt of a translated poem by Sir Walter Scott about the Lady of the Lake and it's called "Ellen's Song". The story line is that a young woman and her father are in trouble and hiding in some caves, and the young woman is praying to the Virgin Mary for protection. Here are the lyrics:

Storck's translation used by Schubert

Ave Maria! Jungfrau mild,
Erhöre einer Jungfrau Flehen,
Aus diesem Felsen starr und wild
Soll mein Gebet zu dir hinwehen.
Wir schlafen sicher bis zum Morgen,
Ob Menschen noch so grausam sind.
O Jungfrau, sieh der Jungfrau Sorgen,
O Mutter, hör ein bittend Kind!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Unbefleckt!
Wenn wir auf diesen Fels hinsinken
Zum Schlaf, und uns dein Schutz bedeckt
Wird weich der harte Fels uns dünken.
Du lächelst, Rosendüfte wehen
In dieser dumpfen Felsenkluft,
O Mutter, höre Kindes Flehen,
O Jungfrau, eine Jungfrau ruft!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! Reine Magd!
Der Erde und der Luft Dämonen,
Von deines Auges Huld verjagt,
Sie können hier nicht bei uns wohnen,
Wir woll'n uns still dem Schicksal beugen,
Da uns dein heil'ger Trost anweht;
Der Jungfrau wolle hold dich neigen,
Dem Kind, das für den Vater fleht.
Ave Maria!

and in English:

Hymn to the Virgin by Sir Walter Scott

Ave Maria! maiden mild!
Listen to a maiden's prayer!
Thou canst hear though from the wild;
Thou canst save amid despair.
Safe may we sleep beneath thy care,
Though banish'd, outcast and reviled -
Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer;
Mother, hear a suppliant child!
Ave Maria

Ave Maria! undefiled!
The flinty couch we now must share
Shall seem this down of eider piled,
If thy protection hover there.
The murky cavern's heavy air
Shall breathe of balm if thou hast smiled;
Then, Maiden! hear a maiden's prayer,
Mother, list a suppliant child!
Ave Maria!

Ave Maria! stainless styled.
Foul demons of the earth and air,
From this their wonted haunt exiled,
Shall flee before thy presence fair.
We bow us to our lot of care,
Beneath thy guidance reconciled;
Hear for a maid a maiden's prayer,
And for a father hear a child!
Ave Maria.

the Schubert melody was taken and the Latin "Hail Mary" prayer was put with the same melody after "Ellen's Song" was composed.

This prayer reminds me of "Steadfast protectress of Christians...".

Rejoice, O Virgin Birthgiver! Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev



In case anyone has not noticed, I'm doing an "Ave Maria" series. That's to say, a "Rejoice O Virgin" series, or a "Hail Mary" series. Pick your language, etc. ;-)

Seems seasonally appropriate. It all started when I was listening to a Christmas CD yesterday and got stuck on Ave Maria. Lovely. I'll do some Latin soon too.

It's a good prayer to fill one's mind and heart with these days. Any days. All. the. time.

Pray the Holy Scriptures, people! Luke 1:42.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bogoroditse Dyevo Raduisya. Rakhmaninov



Rejoice O Virgin Theotokos, Mary full of Grace
The Lord is with Thee
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
For thou hast borne the savior of our souls.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Priceless



Serving up Ariana's amazing cake to some very eager children at St. Michael's on Sunday. The looks on their faces are priceless.

Monday, December 13, 2010

A Winter Idyll


I can never resist peeking out of the window on a snow day, first thing in the morning, just to see the sight of the world covered in white. Yesterday we woke up to a dusting, but as it had been raining before it turned to snow, there was ice underneath, which made walking to the car especially hazardous. To make things even more exicting, we had this amazing cake that Ariana had made to take to Church. The Applepatch party (an organization that serves children and adults with Down's Syndrome) that it had originally been destined for, had been cancelled. Where else but Church would we find enough hungry bellies for such a large cake? (Three 9x13's and a double batch of rice crispy treats for the roof, not to mention all the goodies on the outside!)

And in the afternoon, we settled in for some snow! Knitting, games, old movies, hot tea and a log in the fire place. It was as peaceful and idyllic as an afternoon could get...after we all spent about half an hour tidying the place up, that is.

We all agreed that a tidy home is more relaxing than a messy home.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

About Facebook, blogging, etc.

Dear Blog readers,

I love you. Really, I do. You stroke my ego by reading my blog. But here's the thing: If you want to be friends with me on facebook (and I have no objection to that notion), and you only know me from reading my blog, it would be helpful to include a note like "I adore your amazing blog and read it regularly" along with your friend request. Otherwise, dear blog reader, I might not know who you are, and think you are some creepy person trying to stalk me.

I have just recently turned down a few friend requests from people I don't know and am wondering where they came from.

Also, if you know me in real life please note that reading this blog is not a sufficient way to "keep in touch" with me. Especially if you never comment. It's not even a good way to keep up with the latest news on our family. That's what e-mail and telephones are for.

Sincerely,

alana

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Exercise!

Today I was able to exercise and I'm so grateful! And this was AFTER going to hellmart for one of my weekly shopping trips. That's huge, you all.

My fibro has given me a bit of a break today. Maybe it's the fact that I've started taking vitamin D and B complex supplements, along with my meds. I was reading an interesting article that a friend sent me about most Americans not getting adequate vitamin D, and how it feeds the illness industry that is Big Pharm and their AMA distributaries.

But I'd already been taking the supplements. Should have been all along since I was dx'd with low vitamin D over a year ago. I'm so bad about vitamins. After all, I tell myself, they taste funny and they're "just vitamins". Yeah, whatever.

So, my exercise routine: I'd been going to Curves, and then discontinued my membership so that we'd have more money for other things like medical bills and the cost of expensive pills. Life can be such fun. Then I took a cake decorating class with my daughter and went from being fat to REALLY fat. Oh joy.

So basically I was fat-but-fit and now I'm having to regain lots of lost ground. Starting from "I have fibromyalgia and there are some days I can't move" scratch.

But even on my bad days I could do Curves, so I'm hoping I can do this little routine three times a week as well. The concept is the same: hit each body part at least twice with a resistance exercise for 30 seconds and alternate with 30 seconds on the mini trampoline. Those things have many benefits.

So for the weighted parts I do: shoulder presses, bicep curls, tricep extensions, flat bench press (using a footstool in our living room because I"m so glamorous like that), lat raises, crunches, squats, lying dumbell leg curls, deadlifts, overhead tricep extensions, hammer curls, flye press, oblique crunches and static lunges, and maybe a few extra leg extensions for my non-existent abdominals.

Ideally I'd do this twice for a full 30 minute or so workout.

Today I did it once since I'm so out of shape.

But it sure felt good to get my heart rate up.

So, that's what's up today.