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Jillian Michaels…Yoga Instructor?

Shortly after I did the zombie 5k earlier this year, a couple of my friends invited me to join a Facebook group full of other badass ladies with a similar devotion to bettering ourselves. I have never really been much of a participant in groups before, but these ladies are so darned awesome and supportive that I look forward to every post in the group. The other day*, someone asked for yoga video recommendations and one of the workouts mentioned happened to be a Jillian Michaels dvd. That’s right, friends. Jillian Michaels. Yoga.
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in My new life plan, Schadenfreude for you

 

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Spandex is your best friend, and other things I learned at the Hard Charge

Spandex is your best friend, and other things I learned at the Hard Charge

Earlier this year in a fit of insane optimism I signed up for a 4-mile obstacle course called the Hard Charge. I don’t even know how I got the idea but it was probably Facebook. I’m pretty sure all bad ideas start on Facebook.
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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in My new life plan, Schadenfreude for you

 

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I might never eat a double chocolate jumbo muffin again

A couple of weeks ago, my company sent a few of its employees (including me) to attend a Women’s Health Conference. It was sort of fun and informative, though it was kind of a long day for me to be in a building with that many women talking about womany things. I mean, I know I am a woman and stuff, but I don’t especially like a lot of the things traditionally discussed by women in large groups. For example: fashion, makeup, historical pseudo-romantic fiction… The whole time I was there I didn’t meet a single person who seemed a likely candidate for discussing Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Legos, or the latest in companion mammal veterinary medicine.

Of course the best thing to come out of any conference (other than free food) is the swag, right? I collected numerous pencils and pens, assorted mini-chocolates, and a few other little items, but there was one freebie that stood out.

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My, what a big bolt cutter you have there

My, what a big bolt cutter you have there

A few days before the zombie 5K race I did in April, I remembered that I was supposed to be working out at least 3 times a week, but I wasn’t because NEWS FLASH I am lazy and hate working out. I mentioned this to my mom and she convinced me to go to the Y with her that night because she is a horrible person good mom who helps me remember my commitments to myself. After working out we decided to use the hot tub for a little while, so I put on my swimsuit and threw all my stuff into my locker but then I realized I still had my cell phone in my hand, and since I didn’t want to drop my phone into the hot tub (because I am TOTALLY the kind of person who would drop her phone in the hot tub) I opened up my locker, tossed in my cell phone, and headed back to the hot tub. After the hot tub I had a shower…and when I went back to my locker to get dressed I realized I did not have my keys. At that moment I knew exactly where they were they were, but out of a desperate sort of optimism I checked back by the showers and the hot tub to see if I had left them there. Of course the keys were not there, because they were exactly where I knew they would be. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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Kids: Nature’s Petri dishes OR The solution to the unemployment problem?

You know how they make those tablets that turn all the plaque in your mouth pink if you chew them up?

I was just thinking. What if there was a product like that, but that worked on skin? So before your kids take a bath or shower, a spritzer would cover them with this magical solution that would turn all the dirt on their skin some hideous color (which is easily removed by proper showering).

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Because I decided I was not geeky enough already

Yes, I am a nerd. I love Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Trek, Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, Legos, and video games, among other things.

When I was in junior high and high school, being a nerd was something you tried to avoid because “Cool” was supposed to be the goal. I assume it was the same way for pretty much everyone else, because of how it has been the subject of countless movies and television programs. Little did teenaged Kari know that one day she would be proud of her nerdiness, and would not only embrace it, but celebrate it!
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I forgot I’m not supposed to be allowed in the kitchen

I can hardly believe it myself, you guys, but it is 100% true. You might remember from this blog (or this one) that I generally do not consider myself an expert in the kitchen. I made a dinner that was so delicious, my kids asked for seconds. And then they asked for thirds. And my daughter even asked for fourths. She might have even asked for fifths and sixths but I finally had to cut her off so we’d still have leftovers by the time Ian got home from work. My son even offered to clear my place at the table as a thank you “for being such an AMAZING cook.”

Since I so rarely have such great success in the kitchen, I thought I would share the recipe.
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