Saturday, January 29, 2011

Random Thoughts...

As I sit here trying to do some homework my mind won't stop thinking about so many other things. Of course this always happens when I try to do homework...

I had tryouts today and a week ago I was freaking out and having a panic attack. I was defeating myself and becoming my own worst enemy, something I am very good at. Several people told me to shut up and that virtual slap in the face was all I needed to snap myself out of it. I decided I wasn't competing against anybody else, I was competing against the Sharon that tried out six months ago and failed to make an all star team. Well, if no pain, no gain is true then I gained more than I expected. I am in so much pain right now, I came home took a hot shower, took two Aleve, lay in bed for several hours and I can still feel it...everywhere, not just my bum knee. I gave it my all and left it all on the track. Whatever the outcome I am happy with who I am today and the effort I put in, I have come a long, long way.

I also keep thinking about the things I would rather be doing than homework. I have a boxes full of projects waiting to get done and I cannot stitch something while reading a textbook...ARGH! Hell, sometimes I would rather be cleaning, but if I want to get done in two years and with good grades I need to get my ass in gear. So if I get off the blasted computer and get some homework done, I can get some stitching done while watching some anime...BRILLIANT! BTW, I am watching Fruits Basket and OMG, SQUEEE!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I Feel Accomplished!

The new year is starting out well with getting things done. I have already finished reading one book and more than half way done with another. I read Castle Roogna, a Xanth novel by Piers Anthony and it was the first one read on my Kindle. The book I am working on now (besides textbooks) is Mattimeo by Brain Jacques which is a Redwall novel (a series theme is evolving).
Another accomplishment is I FINALLY got the embroidered days of the week towels done for Brian's mom. This is an accomplishment not just because it's done but also because I have never done so much embroidery...AND finished it. I tried to use a variety of stitches to test myself and I really enjoy the stem stitch as an alternative to the back stitch. I also had to relearn how to do a French knot just about every time I attempted one, which was very frustrating. I only have pictures of six out of the seven days because I gave her one as a present to show her what was in store (eventually). I am very proud of these and hopefully my next completed project is not too far behind.

I almost forgot, I also finished Soul Eater. I loved it. It was fun and the dubbing was excellent. It makes watching it faster if I can watch it in English (remember I fall asleep while reading) and I can stitch while watching it dubbed. My goal now is to cosplay as Eruka Frog from that series. I am confident I can make this costume, as long as I can get myself into shape to look decent in it. I already have her hair (minus it being white).

On a final note, I thought I would get an email when a comment was posted and I didn't, so I'm not ignoring anyone, I'm just dumb. This will change.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Busy Week

I am on my last few day of base camp and we will see how successful it was when I weigh myself in the morning. It's been a busy week (like the title says!) and didn't get much sewing done...admittedly I could have done more but I got myself hooked on Plants vs Zombies, which I will have to stop playing if I am to pass my classes this semester. I embroidered for a half hour while watching an episode of Soul Eater, and that was it. I was hoping to have those done by now, and I'd like to say I will have the last of these flour sack towels done by the end of the weekend, but I have a bout on Saturday, I have homework to start and my mom will be down for the weekend.

I cannot wait for the bout on Saturday, I felt amazing at practice tonight. I am going to skate hard, smart and strong. Watch out, Sharon is coming. Go Brass Knuckle Betties!!




Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Survived!

I made it through my first workout of the New Year. It was difficult due to the fact I was still detoxing from the party. My bones felt brittle while doing the work out and it was not hard to believe that alcohol can aid in bone loss. I am very glad I hardly drink at all and New Year's was a reminder why. Here is my workout summary. Thank you Mike for making it a little easier for us recovering!
Warm Up:
3x run around court
bear crawls
frog hops
duck walks

Workout A: 20 seconds work/20 seconds rest, x3
KB 2 arm swings
rope "drumming" for lack of a better term
Jungle Gym rows
KB high pulls

Workout B: 20 seconds work/20 seconds rest, x3
mountain climbers
jumping jacks

Tomorrow I start base camp (strict 12 day diet) to get back on track. I am not looking forward to the shakes in the morning, but I am going to give it a try. I have several challenges facing me this month, the championship game and tryouts, and I have to be in my best shape to succeed.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's That Time!

Yeah, I'm going there. I'm not going to make you read it all, but it must be put into writing. My resolutions must be stated! I will admit, I am not in a great state of mind to be posting this, I am still recovering from celebrating the new year and my boy friend's birthday. So without further ado, the list:

1. Lose Weight, Get Healthy
This is the most popular of all time and I think the only time it did not appear on my list was when I was pregnant with my son. The reason this time is different you may ask? I have some weapons in my arsenal: roller derby, kettle bells and my trainer Mike Noritake. All I have to say is "watch out because I'm coming!"

2. Save Money
Another favorite! I keep missing out on things because I didn't plan ahead for them. I have my small accordion file with labels so I can stash the money and adding a second job won't hurt, either. Things I will be getting this year? New skates (I got a good start from family and friends!), a Trophy Queen purse (not a custom one, a sale one) and hopefully a vacation or some kind of get away (there's a large list of conventions I want to go to). I also plan on not scrambling for money come birthday time for my son (in July).

3. Stay Organized
Got a great start on this this past week. I just need to make sure all my things stay this neat and organized. With going back to school, working two jobs, roller derby, training and having my family to care for I cannot afford a messy desk, kitchen, craft area...anything!

4. Read More
I would like to say my goal is a book a month, but I am a terribly slow reader and with school I don't have much time to read. I like to multi-task and cannot do that while reading, but I did get a bed-side lamp so I will be going back to reading before bed. The down side? I train myself to fall asleep to reading, hence, I don't get through much subtitled anime before falling asleep >.<

5. Be My Own Hero/ Own My Victories
I believe this is probably the most important, it is the foundation that will support and drive the others. This was one of Mike's, my trainer's, first lessons to me when I started working with him so I got a good jump start on this one. I have to remember that I am a pretty awesome person and if you don't think so, too bad for you! I am proud to be awkward and dorky and random and believe that knowledge is power (thank you Schoolhouse Rock!).

I think that does it. I will make it a point to check back on these and see how far I've come throughout the year. Happy new year and here's to a healthy, wealthy 2011!