Friday, July 31, 2015

Big Announcement!

Yes, I joined Instagram!  If y'all follow me on FB, y'all will have seen the announcement.  I may be a few years late to the party, since people seem to be heading to Periscope, but I move to my own drum.

If y'all want to connect, my Instagram is @inlesleyscorner.  I figured sticking to my blog name would be the easiest.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Allie's Story

Today is thinking out loud with Amanda, and I realized I haven't shared Allie's story yet.  I adopted her January 2014, but she has a back story.

She was rescued by a rescue shelter from a high-kill shelter where she was dumped when she got pregnant.  She had a guardian angel because the rescue shelter stepped in before she was going to be euthanized.  And she was scheduled to be euthanized, despite being pregnant.  She was able to have her 8 babies in her foster home, where they were all adopted.

These 3 pictures were sent to me by her foster mom.  I was told Allie was a great mama to all her babies, that she was a natural.

Now I've had her a year and a half, and she rules the home.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Showtime

Today's Wordless Wednesday with Deb is "showtime".  My favorites at Disney are actually the pre-shows, whether it's entertainment or ride queues, people are entertained during their wait time leading up to the show.

and my favorite preshow at the parks:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Musings 7/27

Weekend Update with Tara.

It was a good split between busy and relaxing this weekend.  Friday started with a date and seeing Jurassic World.  I don't know what my expectations were but it was actually a fun movie... not to mention Chris Pratt is nice to look at ;-)  I like the first movie, was turned off of the franchise by the second movie and didn't see the third movie.  It's kind of like the Pirates franchise - the first movie is fun and was very successful, but then they slapped together sequels to get more money.  And per usual, none of the trailers were interesting.  We got 5, and all of them were no's.

Saturday I took a step forward and went beyond a 5K distance on the treadmill.  I was feeling good and pushed it to 3.25 miles!  I was a very hot sweaty mess when I was done, despite using my complex's fitness room with ceiling fans and our treadmills have built in fans.  It was a hot one this weekend, and there was no way I was doing more than a mosey in the sun.  I got the run done though, and I stayed inside the rest of the day, until it was time to go to the FCD game, which we won.

Sunday I finished my wall gallery.  I really like how it turned out, with a good mixture of different-sized pictures.  I moved the decorations from that wall to another wall so by completing the gallery, I decorated even more around my apartment.  And while I was doing all that, I was also watching Ratatouille.  Ratatouille is my favorite Pixar movie, but it always makes me hungry.

I also discovered these.  How great are they?  They're just enough to treat myself to ice cream but they're not a full bar.  They're really good too :)  Magnum makes other minis, which I was just have to try out.


Sunday: 2.25 miles

Monday: rest

Tuesday: Glute strength training

Wednesday: 2.5 miles

Thursday: yoga!

Friday: rest

Saturday: 3.25

Book finished: Go Set a Watchman

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Drinks

Friday Five is favorite summer drinks.  I do have seasonal drinks that I love in the summer, and there are some that are just great to have year round.

1) Starbucks Passion Iced Tea.  I love this tea in the summer, and I'll get the box of tea bags from the grocery store so I can brew it at home.  The only downside is it's considered an herbal tea, so I need caffeine on top of that when I start dragging at work.

2) White wine.  I mentioned in a previous Friday Five post I love light white wines in the summer, specifically sauvignon blanc and Pinot Grigio.

3)) Nuun.  I love Nuun, but in the winter, I don't sweat half as much as I do in the summer.  Even two miles in the summer leave me a hot sweaty mess.

4) Milk shakes.  Not just your any ol' milkshake from McDonalds.  I'm talking ice cream parlor type milkshakes, or frappes, or whatever the regions call them.

5) Frozen adult drinks.  I love frozen margaritas and adult slushies, and in the hot summer months, they're even better.

Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?!


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thinking Out Loud 7/23

Thinking Out Loud with Amanda was prevalent in my mind this weekend.  When I went to Michaels to get picture frames, I saw they had fall decorations out already.  O...K... yes, I want cooler weather after a week of 100+, but that's too much.  And apparently a couple of my friends have seen Halloween decorations at Hobby Lobby.  Not to mention the Disney Store has released some new designs for their annual Sketchbook Christmas ornaments.  I'm not making that up!


Does anyone else agonize over their weekly workout schedule?  I am.  Since I started hanging out with friends to watch Dr. Who on Tuesdays, I've been trying to figure out a good workout schedule to accommodate that day as rather busy.  Saturdays are a must to run because if I'm at soccer or hockey games Saturday night, my legs are heavy Sunday mornings.  I found that out this past weekend, and even though I had a good workout, I could feel it in my knee Monday night and Tuesday morning.  Right now I'm thinking of strength training Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday and running Wednesday/Saturday.


And last night I had a great time trying to look for that white sleeve that comes with Netflix discs.  I have two standard spots I put it when I'm watching the disc and I just couldn't find it.  It was driving me crazy.  I even started blaming the cat.  I got Netflix 4-5 years ago and I never lost the white sleeve, or red mailing sleeve for that matter.  I did find a cat toy I thought was lost.  Eventually I found it, under the couch, so I was right to blame the cat.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

It's Wordless Wednesday with Deb at Focused on the Magic, and today is Disney nature.  I was at EPCOT in March for the start of the Flower and Garden festival, which was SO much fun!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Alternative Medicine Treatments

Today's Tuesdays on the Run is about alternative medicine treatments.  I've had some experience with that since I got hit with ITBS in 2013, so here we go.

First, I started seeing an orthopedic chiropractor in September 2013 when it was obvious my leg was not loosening up at all.  I had rested the whole summer, I had the WDW half '14 to train for, and I was making 0 progress.  I started going twice a week, then once every week, now I'm going once a month to make sure things are staying in alignment.  My first visit was great because he figured out a huge problem and set out to fix it.  My hip muscles had gotten so tight to balance my weaknesses on both sides, they were pulling my right hip up and out of alignment.  He had to fix that first before getting my spine and hips back in alignment, which did take some work.  Even with all this, I couldn't run WDW half '14 so I walked it.

Next was in 2014, after my coritsone shot didn't help one iota, but the orthopedic surgeon, after saying they don't do surgery for ITBS, recommended Airrosti (I'm not advertising them, this is just my experience).  This is what got me started back down the path of fitness.  It's similar to a deep tissue massage, and they focus solely on the trouble area(s) to get the knots out and loosening up the muscles and fascia.  I don't bruise easily, and I had some pretty impressive bruises!  I went there for a month before I was given the OK to do the home exercises on my own, and I've slowly been building since last October.  And I do mean slow!  They stressed going slow, otherwise I'd be back at square one.  They don't have locations in many states, but they are in Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and Washington.  (If anyone reading lives in the northern Dallas suburbs, I went to Dr. Brown in Plano.)

Since my cortisone shot failed, I won't be going down that path again.  The surgeon was great, but if it's not going to help, why do it?  I'm still building, maybe too cautiously, but I was out of the game for two years and don't want a set back.

Tuesdays on the Run with  AprilPatty, and Erika.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Musings 7/20

It's crazy that we're in the second half of July, but part of me is happy.  We've hit triple digits and yet we're closer to fall.  This is the toughest part of each summer though, because the heat can be brutal.

Today is Weekend Update with Tara!

Most weekends I don't plan too much and yet I get busy.  Saturday and Sunday I set out to get as many frames as possible for the pictures I want to hang up.  I found out I hate frames that have mattes because the opening cuts off parts of the picture, and without a solid space to put the picture, I struggle to get it straight behind the matte.  I bought a frame for family pictures, but now I'm thinking I want that at work.

The cities represented (so far) are London, Edinburgh, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn, Venice, Copenhagen and San Francisco.  I will start hanging pictures next weekend so I know what I can still add.  These are the 8x10's and 5x7's, so I need to see where the 4x6's can go.

It was also pretty much an Allie weekend.  She was ornery most of the weekend, and some things I just don't understand.  Like, when it's 100 outside and she prefers to lay under the lamp, which is emitting more heat???

I know cats have their quirks, but this one baffles me.  I prefer to stay cool in the summer, she wants more heat.


Sunday: Pure Barre

Monday: bike 5 miles

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: Iron Strength workout

Thursday: sore

Friday: sore

Saturday: sore so I did corework instead

(Yup, I was sore for 3 days after Iron Strength)


Book finished: the Turncoat by Donna Thorland

Friday, July 17, 2015

Disneyland 60th Anniversary

“To all who come to this happy place: Welcome. Disneyland is your land. Here, age relives fond memories of the past, and here youth may savor the challenge and promise of the future. Disneyland is dedicated to the ideals, the dreams, and the hard facts that have created America, with the hope that it will be a source of joy and inspiration to all the world.”

5 throwback photos to celebrate Disney's 60th anniversary!

Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Iron Strength Workout Review

For some maybe sadistic reason, I was looking forward to skipping my run yesterday and instead head home to do my first workout to the Iron Strength DVD I bought.  Yes, maybe sadistic is right.  I'd watched the routine after the DVD arrived, just to see what I was getting myself in to, and for whatever reason, I was excited to try it.

The main routine is about 50 minutes when all is said and done.  There is a quick warm up to get the muscles loose, then it's right into the exercises.  Anywhere from squats and lunges, to core work to upper body work.  It's a total body strengthening routine and there's very little rest between each super set.  I was huffing and puffing and even pausing the DVD to get some more time to catch my breath.  I hadn't done that type of workout in quite a while.  There's is the warm up, 5 super sets, then planks and stretching to wrap it up.

For those just beginning, he does have one of the "models" so a modified version, which I was doing for some of the workouts.  I certainly did the modified push ups because I remembered how many push ups are in the routine, as well as other arm workouts, and I didn't want to kill my arms.  My legs would be dead, but I wanted my arms to make it through.

So how am I feeling?  At the moment, my lower quads are jelly.  I live on the 3rd floor, so walking down the stairs to my car was interesting this morning, as was walking down the stairs in the parking garage at work.  My glutes are OK, but I'm anticipating them getting sore as the day progresses.  My hamstrings are a little tight, but the main soreness is right in my quads.  They're taking all my attention this morning.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Running Muscles

Today's Tuesday on the Run is show us where you run.  I run on the treadmill right now so that'd be boring.

Instead I'm going to talk about running muscles.  I ordered the Iron Strength workout a couple weeks ago and it arrived on Friday.  I've only watched the routines, but my first workout will be Thursday this week.  I might use the bonus workouts first since they're shorter, to try to ease my muscles into this workout.

This was created by Dr. Jordan Metzl when he noticed runners at his medicine practice were more prone injury than triathletes with lack of cross training and body strength.  One thing he mentions a lot in the routine is running muscles, and in the bonus glute workout he mentions what he calls "weak butt syndrome."  He said running injuries can be traced back to the weak butt syndrome, and the workout is meant to engage these muscles and strengthen them.  Yes, I have weak butt syndrome, but I'll blame that on "desk job syndrome."  Dana Carvey was right, "you lose your ass by 30 because you're sitting all day."

All I can say, after watching the main routine and the glutes routine is, what am I getting myself in to?  Seriously, what have I decided to do?!  These are super sets, with 4-5 sets each of exercises.  Yes I can do them all at home, but holy chocolate!  Last week I cancelled my PT session for this week because I'm ready to try things on my own.  This is definitely a no pain, no gain thing, but still.

Tuesdays on the Run with  AprilPatty, and Erika.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Musings 7/13

Weekend update with Tara.

After a busy weekend for the 4th plus the Gold Cup, this was more a lazy weekend/get stuff done at home.  Saturday I decided to put off my workout until the afternoon, and took my time waking up.  I made a breakfast run to Panera before watching Wimbledon.  Just about the time Serena wrapped things up was when the Verizon store opened.  I actually upgraded my phone, and I have an up-to-date phone.  This is big for me :)  I went with a 6 since the 6-plus is just too much phone for me.  Since I use my iPhone as my iPod when I'm running, I didn't want anything too big to be strapped to my arm.

Sunday was back to Pure Barre after a 2-week absence.  It was a tough class, I think in part due to that 2-week absence, but my booty was feeling it during the class.  More and more instructors at the studio are being certified in the double band, so they're excited to incorporate it into the workouts.  I came home and sprawled out on the couch with Allie.

I also got some more decorations up.  I know, I've been in my apartment since late January and I'm still trying to figure out how to decorate.  I got a blackout curtain up in my bedroom since we're supposed to hit triple digits this week.  I only put it up on one side to still get some light in the bedroom, but I'm hoping one curtain can cut down on the sunshine-induced heat in the bedroom.  I was also inspired by A Couple of Dashes to create my own picture gallery to help decorate the living room.  I have tons of pictures from past travels and I've ordered my first batch.  Now all I need are picture frames.


Sunday: Strength training

Monday: Biked 4 miles

Tuesday: tailgating for Gold Cup, on my feet 4-5 hours

Wednesday: rest

Thursday: 3.1 miles

Friday: rest

Saturday 2 miles

Friday, July 10, 2015

Health Trends

Do you ever look at something and really wonder why people do it?  And if the person who came up with it knew what they were doing?  Today's Friday 5 is Health Trends I Will Never Do.

1) Juice cleanses.  These are suppose to cleanse the body of toxins, but guess what?  We already have a natural organ that does just that.  Our liver!  I'm not going to drink some nasty liquids just because Gwyneth Paltrow promotes it.  If you take away my food, I will be your worst nightmare.

2) Cross-fit.  I know my boundaries, and I already had someone yelling at me to keep going, in a sergeant major voice.  It's called a college coach.

3) Gluten free.  I can process gluten, so there's no point in me going gluten free.  I know people suffer from Celiac, and some people are extremely sensitive to gluten, like one of my friends.  Outside of that, it's a diet fad that will go away, just like every other fad.  This is up there with cleansings.  It's a fad, and I'm not buying it.

4) Vibram five fingers (or other "natural running" stuff).  I know my feet, and I have high arches.  I over pronate and I have high arches.  That just spells disaster if I don't have cushion and support in my shoes.  The shoes may be clunky, but my feet are happy.

5) A Tri.  This is nothing to do with the race itself.  I think people who do triathlons are great, and huge kudos.  I'm just not a water person.  I know how to not drown, but I don't have a good relationship with water when it comes to swimming.  I failed at snorkeling for crying out loud!

Friday Five with Eat Pray Run DCMar on the Run and You Signed Up For What?!