Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Movies and Knitting

My house is quiet. Everyone is sleeping. I am awake enjoying the night. Carpe noctem! Ssh!

I am off my workout schedule already. Sad to say, but I think I overdid it last week. I have a persistent cramp in my calf whenever I run or even walk fast. Boo. I am focusing on weights this week instead. I have a weight bench and I do a circuit of different exercises that I do 15 reps, three times each. I am sore! But, I love the way my arms look after a session. I just need some good music! My weights are in the same room as the Xbox and I'm tired of sweating to Minecraft.

This summer I decided to catch up on some independent films. Netflix is the best resource for indie flicks! I know a lot of people watch movies for entertainment and escapism, but indie films go beyond this. I consider a movie good if I have an emotional connection to the plot and characters. I love watching a movie and then thinking about it for days after. If you don't watch a lot of indie films, start with Sunshine Cleaning Company, one of my favorites. Also, anything with Bill Murray that is not mainstream like Lost in Translation or Broken Flowers. Wonderful movies!

Today I continued my Jenna Fischer marathon by watching A Little Help. Honestly, this movie was horribly depressing. Totally a downer. Beware. This movie is not a comedy. Though Jenna Fischer plays this type of character well, I felt bummed out and low after I watched it. I thought this could be the prequel to the other Jenna Fischer movie I watched, The Giant Mechanical Man, which was way better. Watch both of them and let me know if you agree.

If you want to see a great Jenna Fischer indie flick, and also see Chris Messina in an amazing role, watch The Giant Mechanical Man. Big thumbs up! I was surprised by how much I like this movie. I had never heard of it and randomly picked it. I loved the plot and Chris Messina was perfect. I recognized him from Julie and Julia, Julie's husband. He is now one of my favorites! Topher Grace is another reason to see this movie. I love seeing someone unexpected in a movie, like Topher playing a horribly obnoxious author. It was awesome!

(If there is ever a movie made of my life (don't laugh, it could happen) I want Jenna Fischer to be me. I love her style of acting and making these quirky people seem so real. I say quirky, but goofball is also an acceptable classification. I used to say Drew Barrymore should be me in my life movie, but I watched Fever Pitch the other day and...nah, I don't think she could pull it off. Jimmy Fallon on the other hand, if I were a guy, would be perfect! But I digress...)

So, of course, I chose another Chris Messina movie to watch today, Ira and Abby. I sense a Woody Allenesque portrayal in his acting this time. He can pull it off. I enjoy Woody Allen films immensely so this doesn't bother me. I am not very far into the movie, but so far so good.

How do I have all this time to watch movies you ask? I started knitting a baby blanket for my sister and it requires long periods of sitting and working a fairly simple pattern. I breezed through my Mad Med episodes today, too. Wow, I love that show! I caught up with my Breaking Bad episodes on Netflix, but I'm not recording the newest season. I like to watch those continuously or I get stressed out!  Anyway, the point is that I need to entertain my brain while I'm knitting or I will fall asleep. Seriously!

We are now counting down to our WA vacation, less than three weeks to go. I am hoping to run the Golden Gate Bridge on our way up. We'll see. What have you been up to this summer? Seen any good movies?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Stop Saying Tomorrow

Summer is here! We are in our second week of vacation already! We have been off and running since day one.

Right now, my kids are obsessed with a new video game on the Xbox called Minecraft. I don't get it. The graphics are old looking and the point of the game (I think) is to build and maintain your own community, like a castle or a farm. My daughter has domesticized a wolf and my son is raising pigs. Huh? Ok. I used to play Farmville a lot, so maybe I should be able to relate. But the level of their obsession with this game is mind-boggling. You want to build something? The Lego bricks are right there! You want to raise an animal? Play with the dog! She's right there! Obviously, this game isn't marketed for people like me. Obviously.

My kids are completely absorbed. Every conversation is about what they built or want to build on Minecraft. They are watching videos on YouTube of how to build things. Professor X spent a lot of time watching a video of a kid playing Minecraft. My son even saved up his money and pre-ordered the new version for Xbox when it was released. I mean, wow. They are totally into it!

I have my own summer obsession right now, running. I struggled in May just getting out the door. We were so incredibly busy with school and baseball and gymnastics! It's almost like I haven't had time of my own since before April. I had to stop making plans because nothing I planned worked out! So I am calling this summer's running "Stop Saying Tomorrow". I love that! I kept telling myself, Tomorrow I'll get to run. Tomorrow I'll do it. And it never happened! I had to assert myself and reclaim the time to run!

So, my new running routine is actually two runs a day. I do a short 2-mile morning run and a longer 3-mile evening run during the week. Then I do a 4-mile run on Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday is my rest day. I also started keeping track of my calories with Lose It again. If you think you know how many calories you are consuming, try keeping track for a few days. You might be very surprised!

I mentioned to DH that I think I need (emphasis on need) new running shows. I'm getting blisters and shin pain again. Plus, these shoes are so big and clunky compared to what Nike is currently putting out. I decided to start a shoe fund for myself by saving $20 a week. Let's see how long it takes me to get some new shoes!

I want to be healthy. I saw someone on Instagram using a "Fit By 40" mantra and that resonates with me. I would love to be maintaining my goal weight by the time I'm 40. How about you?