Monthly Archives: February 2012

#CT Problems:


Uh oh….we could POSSIBLY get 1 – 3 inches of snow later today….CLOSE DOWN THE STATE! Living in Connecticut is interesting because we live in New England, but many people living here don’t really know how to act like New Englanders.  I am, knowingly, the worst New Englander ever in the sense that I HATE snow and cold, but where there is snow and cold, I at least know how to handle it.  While last year at this time, our state was blanketed with over 3 feet of snow, this year we have been much luckier and have had no  snow falls that left any lasting effects.  We’ve had only 2 “significant” snow falls and both were only a memory within 2-3 days after.  In fact, I think we have had at least 1 day a week that has been 50+ degree, and multiple days each week in the 40’s… now THAT’S my kind of winter!

Today, we are looking at the possibility of 1-3 inches and just about every school in the state has ALREADY planned for an early dissmissal.  For anyone that is reading this that is not in CT currently, as of right now it is SUNNY and 40 degrees…but it MIGHT snow later so lets all close up shop!  I just think this is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen…seriously.

Trying to be a Yogi (and we’re not talking about the bear)


Bikram Yoga Poses

I’ve dabbled in Yoga here and there over the past few years.  I started with Bikram Yoga, which is insanely hot, but after you get over the heat its actually wonderful – and a pretty intense workout of 26 poses over a 90 minute period of time.  Eventually I stopped attending because the price is outrageous.  More recently I’ve started going to The Yoga Shop in South Windsor, CT.  They still do heated yoga, but I think the temperature is more around 85-90, instead of Bikram’s 105.  Trust me, there is  HUGE difference.  Anyways, The Yoga Shop offers free yoga on Saturday evenings, which is amazing, but I’ve gotta be honest, I go for more than one reason.  Since I run and lift weights normally, I think that the yoga really helps to relax and stretch my muscles as well as give me greater flexibility, but that’s the smaller of the two reasons I love yoga.  The bigger reason is the entertainment value of going.  Some of the people in class really are something.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going there to fool around and giggle, but a gal can only “OMmmmmmm” for so long before it takes a toll on her! This last class especially was quite comical.  It seemed like after each pose there was a huge sigh of relief from all the people in the class, and I don’t really get why.  It’s just yoga, it’s not like you’re holding a 110lb bar bell above your head…you’re just holding your own body weight for crying out loud!

Another interesting factoid that I did not know.  I recently heard from a friend of mine that technically the catholic faith is 100% against yoga because you are actually worshiping another God and therefore, opening yourself up to the devil.   Don’t believe me?  Check out what Father Gabriel Amorth, the Vatican’s chief exorcist has to say HERE.  Althought I wouldn’t take what he says too seriously because he’s also totally against Harry Potter.  Personally, I don’t really believe or agree with this.  To me, it’s just a workout.  I mean, maybe if I was in a Hindu temple, oh and actually knew what I was doing, things would be different, but I’m just standing there in Reverse Warrior, trying not to fall over.

 

Another Hidden Talent


So I went to Cardio Express in Manchester to participate in the Jim Calhoun Cardio Raiser yesterday to help raise money for Autism research and awareness and I participated in my very first Zumba class!  It was amazing!  The music was pumping and the dance moves were flowing.  But, what you’re not picturing is how bad I am at Zumba.  In my defense, it was my first class ever, but I’m not sure that is really an excuse for my performance.  I’m not the most coordinated person in the world, probably not even in the top half.  In fact, at one point in the class my teacher actually turned around and asked me if I was ok.  I’m serious, that really happened.  It also probably didn’t make me look any better that my BFF Liz came and OF COURSE she’s super coordinated and graceful and basically looked like she could teach the damn class.

Well, you live you learn!  I’ve found that although I am absolutely terrible at Zumba, it’s still ridiculously fun!  I’ll definitely do it again!  Hey, who knows – maybe it will even improve my coordination! Ok, I said maybe!  I am still taking donations for the Cadio Raiser HERE.  If you would like to support a great cause (helping to raise money to find the cause, treatment, prevention and a cure for autism), please donate by clicking on that link!

Complete Disclosure


As you may see from my blog, I happen to run into some pretty interesting people and situations on a fairly regular basis.  Recently, I’ve been amazed by the amount of things COMPLETE STRANGERS will disclose to you within an hour, or even a few minutes, of you knowing them!  For example, when I was away last weekend, a woman had 2 dogs and one of them barked at our neighbor.  Her deduction from this was that the man obviously beats his wife and three kids…  This is what I’m talking about.  This woman  very openly shared her opinions about this without knowing me or my friend for more than 30 minutes and certainly not knowing our relationship with that family or how we feel about petty gossip.  Of course we both love petty gossip, but thats not the point.  The point, my friends, is that I just think it is absolutely crazy that people will talk about personal opinions on religion, race, workplace drama etc to people they do not know.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to run my mouth (shocking, I know), but for the most part, its to my best friend, my wifey at work, or my mom and sister…NOT to the gal checkining me out at Big Y, or the person I get paired up with at boot camp!

Complete Disclosure


As you may see from my blog, I happen to run into some pretty interesting people and situations on a fairly regular basis.  Recently, I’ve been amazed by the amount of things COMPLETE STRANGERS will disclose to you within an hour, or even a few minutes, of you knowing them!  For example, when I was away last weekend, a woman had 2 dogs and one of them barked at our neighbor.  Her deduction from this was that the man obviously beats his wife and three kids…  This is what I’m talking about.  This woman  very openly shared her opinions about this without knowing me or my friend for more than 30 minutes and certainly not knowing our relationship with that family or how we feel about petty gossip.  Of course we both love petty gossip, but thats not the point.  The point, my friends, is that I just think it is absolutely crazy that people will talk about personal opinions on religion, race, workplace drama etc to people they do not know.  Don’t get me wrong, I have been known to run my mouth (shocking, I know), but for the most part, its to my best friend, my wifey at work, or my mom and sister…NOT to the gal checkining me out at Big Y, or the person I get paired up with at boot camp!

This makes me laugh.


Source: facebook.com via Kate on Pinterest

Right from Left


Many of my friends tease me because “I don’t know my right from my left”.  I’m over it.  Most normal people learn their right from their left between the ages of 4 – 9.  Back then I remember this being a total guessing game.  One that you had a 50% chance of getting right.  Nowadays it’s not that I don’t know my right from my left.  I mean, if I really thought about it, I’m sure I’d always get the answer right, but why think about it and worry about remembering things when your body gives you a built in cheat sheet??  All I’m saying is that if you put your hands out in front of you with fingers pointing upward, and stick out your thumbs, one of your hands will make an “L”.  This is your left hand.  It may sound stupid, but unless the person/people you are with already know that you’re slightly retarded, they will never know your little secret.  Plus it frees up some memory for more important things!

Happy Friday!! T.G.I.F!

 

Girls Weekend


About a year and a half ago, some of my girlfriends and I decided to go on a girls weekend to relax, lay back, and well, I’m not gonna lie…party it up!  Since then, we have gone on 2 additional trips!  The trips have each been drastically different, but each experience was interesting to say the least!  I just thought I’d recap these weekends quickly, as I just returned from GW3 and thought it was way too fun to keep to myself!

Girls Weekend 1:  GW1 was a great time.  Or at least I had a great time!  I think maybe it was too diverse of a group (8 girls from all different states, groups of friends, and interests), but I think at the end of the day almost everyone had a good time.  We stayed at Kathy’s Lake George Chalets in Lake George, NY, and had planned everything before hand (as we do for all 0f the girls weekends) so once we get in the car, we have already paid for everything – chalet, food, and activities!  Once we got there, we made “team t-shirts” (we had Team VT and Team CT – obviously Team CT was better! 😛 ). 

Since we went in the first weekend of October, we decided that an Oktoberfest Cruise on beautiful Lake George was definitely in order!  It was quite an interesting experience, though.  We got on the boat, and we were LITERALLY the only 8 people, besides the ship’s crew, that was under the age of 75.  But, there was a bar on the ship, so naturally we were able to overlook this fact.  After the enjoyable, but freezing, cruise, we decided to walk around downtown Lake George and ended up back at the Chalet for outdoor games and chill time. 

Things may have gotten a tiny bit crazy that night, and we even inherited our own paparazzi!  Who would have thought we were that interesting.  But then again, who isn’t interested by a bunch of wound up up girls jamming out to hits like “Hit Me Baby One More Time” and Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”??

Girls Weekend 2:  GW2 was a little more spontaneous.  In fact, one day it was a passing thought and the next day we are up in NH!  Here’s what happened:  my best bud was between jobs and boyfriends and I was more than ready for some relaxation.  After all, we were amidst the most snow that CT has ever seen in the month of January.  What else are we supposed to do other than LEAVE!?  So we did.  We went up Pemi Cabins, in Lincoln NH.  We thought that the Pemi Cabins were amazing.  Mostly because they were cute little cabins and had a little fire place and had a back porch that overlooked a river. 

This weekend was a bit different though.  Since it was only the 2 of us, we were a little bit calmer.  Not much, but definitely a little bit.  All we did all weekend was eat, drink, tell stories, play outside, read, and do a puzzle.  Actually – I take that back.  We TRIED to do a puzzle, but for whatever reason, there was no edge pieces in the box!  I think someone was seriously messing with us!  We also switched into another cabin right next store to this place, which were pretty much the same.  These cabins were nice and cute, but despite the solidarity that the photos depict, they were about 12 feet from Route 3 – a very busy road. 

Girls Weekend 3:  GW3 was by far the best one yet!  We stuck with the just the two of us again and went further north than before to Jefferson NH’s Josselyn’s Log Cabins.  Josselyn’s Cabins were amazing and seriously blew the past two places out of the water! Not even comparable!  They each have their own space and their own theme!  The theme of our cabin, Rainbow North, was Christmas!  Everything was hand built, from the cabins themselves to the porch swings to the dining tables/chairs to the bed posts and light fixtures.  It really was a peaceful and fun place to be.  And one of the best parts about it was that it was dog friendly!  My two puppies Jake and Taz has an amazing time! 

We didn’t plan too much here because it’s winter and we figured we just relax, but we ended up doing a ton!  Everywhere here was a solid sheet of ice, which was awesome for our cabin because we had a steep hill and ramp, which we named “the luge” right behind us.  Josselyn provided us with sleds, and the rest was history.  We’re lucky we didn’t kill ourselves because we definitely picked up some speed!  We went on a longer trip this time, but it was definitely worth it!  We spent our mornings doing puzzles (we completed two 500 piecers…HOLLER) and from about lunch on we bared the elements by making a fire and hanging outside all day chatting with people, playing with the dogs and the kids and sledding. 

We had a pretty solid fan base here too.  I’m not sure if its because we had a fire going in the dead of winter outside and invited others to join in, because my dogs played with the others’ dogs, because we were sledding and entertaining the kids for hours, or just because of our amazing personalities, but either way everyone loved us.  No seriously – we got asked by 2 different groups to join them for dinner and people were literally waiting on our door step for us…it was unreal.   We LOVED this place, and although we are beginning to think maybe we should try some place other than the while mountains (we have both vacationed here 3 times in the past 18 months) we booked another trip…we couldn’t resist!

Each trip we go on we get better!  Better packing, more fun, and better composure! I mean on this trip neither of us either took a nap!  It’s insanity.  Maybe one of these times we will actually go on a hike or use the yoga mats that are perpetually tossed into our luggage, but any way you look at it life just keeps getting better and better!

 

 

You say why? I say why not?


This puppy looks like shes really enjoying herself!!

 

Home Hand Sanitizer Dispenser


Since when has soap and/or antiseptic gel become unsanitary.  First we don’t use bar soap anymore because that’s gross, so we switch to gel soaps in pumps.  Then just washing your hands after using the bathroom or sneezing or before touching food has become inadequate and people are forced to believe that they need to carry around miniature hand sanatizers in their book bags, purses or even key rings.  Then it moves to the statement that even touching these containers is unsanitary and you need a “hands free hand sanitizer dispenser”?!  This is ludicrous.

I am totally and completely against the whole “hand sanitizer thing” and even more against needing an antibacterial hands-free dispenser to receive it from.  So these sanitizers supposedly kill 99.9% of germs…OK that’s wonderful, but did you ever really think about it?  99.9% of germs aren’t harmful.  In fact, it is this top layer of oil and skin that is peeled off from “waterless sanitizing products” when you use antibacterial gel that are supposed to be present in the body in order to keep us from getting sick!  I’ve even done some research here:  Barbara Almanza, an associate professor at Purdue University who teaches safe sanitation practices to workers, notes that hand sanitizers do not significantly reduce the number of bacteria on the hand and in many cases, it potentially increases the amount of bacteria on the hand.  Furthermore, without the “good bacteria” to fight the bad, frequent users of antibacterial gels and creams are more susceptible to illnesses!

Anyways, back to the real issue at hand.  A self cleaning product shouldn’t need a hands-free dispenser!  Even if the outside of the dispenser is a bit dirty, the crap coming out of it is supposed to sanitize the hell out of everything it touches…hmm.  Maybe if Americans were a little less worried about stripping their body of every germ they come in contact with and a little more worried about staying busy and active and leading an overall healthy lifestyle, less people would get sick.  It’s my personal belief that things like eating healthy, getting fresh air, getting exercise, and getting enough sleep are major factors in health.  Much more so, in fact, than making sure that you dry out your skin with sanitation gels!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not pro-dirty.  I definitely support washing your hands and a regular bathing schedule.  But personally, I think I’ll stick with good ole soap and water.  You know, really live on the edge! 😛

 

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