Saturday, October 30, 2010

Kathryn Budig, Yoga and Jillian Michaels

As you all know I have absolutely no flexibility.

Yes, that was me running out of a level one gymnastics class in 6th grade with tears streaming down my face because all the other girls could do cartwheels, handsprings and the splits except me.

I played basketball my whole life and added volleyball to the mix in high school and have always enjoyed group sports.

However I have always been terrified of dance, gymnastics and yoga.

Running has really given me the confidence to start trying new things.

I had a blast taking ballet classes with Megan in Honolulu for two months and now Jo has sparked my yoga interest.

I tried yoga twice in Chicago and I was the worst one in the class.

Every move the instructor came over and tried to "fix me" but ultimately couldn't.

It was very embarrassing.

Jo got me to try the Jillian Michaels 30 min. yoga meltdown and I love it!

It's not your typical yoga its more power yoga and Jillian really just wants you to sweat but I feel like its a step in the right direction.

All this yoga talk got me thinking about a girl who went to my college named Kathryn Budig.

I believe she was three years older then me and I didn't know her but everyone said she was a great actress and singer in the department.

I came to find out that she has been practicing and teaching yoga in L.A. and around the world for a few years now.

I looked her up on the internet and came across her website at www.kathrynbudig.com

The following pictures are from there:


She is incredible!


I've never seen anyone do yoga as good as she can.

She is so much fun to watch and is my current obsession/ inspiration to continue trying yoga.

I encourage everyone to visit her webpage and if you can take one of her classes!

Bravo Kathryn!

Jillian Michaels was actually on our boat last week having a fitness cruise and Jo bought the above DVD and we have been doing it everyday!

Check out Kathryn Budig on youtube:

Fixing My Blog!

Sorry folks for the last few days I have been obsessed with giving my blog a make-over.

I was inspired by my dear friend Molly Wilbanks who's blog looks so great (you can find her under My Blog List).

Hope you guys like the new look ;)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lulu Lemon Running skirt





I want to be someone who looks decent and presentable before working out, during and after.

I think this can be accomplished with a Lulu Lemon running skirt.

How cute is this skirt?

I know what you're thinking, what about chaffing?

I believe it comes with spandex shorts underneath.

And if not I would just wear my own.

Unfortunately these skirts run in the $50 range.

One day I hope to have a running skirt and matching top with a cute jacket to go with it for every day of the week!

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Acorns


Every since I was little I loved acorns.


Fall has always been my favorite time of year and I love walking among the fallen leaves.


The leaves in Alaska are just starting to turn and I recently kicked an acorn and chased it down the road so I could pick it up.


I held it by its little hat and studied it up close.


It reminded me of so many things: the first day of the school year, a crisp wind and even an old VHS Chip and Dale cartoon my brother and I used to watch over and over again.


I almost kept it but placed it back on the ground where it belonged.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Joanna Cassidy

As you already know Don't Tell Mom the Babysitters Dead is one of my favorite movies.

Jeff calls it a Jeannie gem.

My favorite actress from the movie is Joanna Cassidy a.k.a Rose.

She is such a hoot.

I just recognized her in Six Feet Under, which is the most depressing show I've ever seen, and she is also a hoot and a half.

When I get old I want to act just like she does on the big screen.

So vibrant and full of life and very cooky and off her rocker!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Facebook Movie

I don't know if it's because I haven't seen a movie in a while...but I thought The Social Network was just phenomenal.

And since there are now 10 best pictures at the Oscars I'm going to say it deserves to be nominated.

I remember studying intellectual property in my constitutional law class in college and I found it fascinating.

Especially being an improvisor.

We make up everything on the spot yet I've heard of audience members who take notes throughout our show then go back to their college and write it up as their own play.

Another movie that is great if you like this kinda stuff is Pirates of Silicone Valley, the story of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Miniature World

I have always been obsessed with miniatures.

This pictures was from the World War two exhibit.

I thought Miniature World was going to be cute and sweet not sad and depressing.

I love the miniature smoke coming out of the miniature muskets.

There were a few risque miniatures.

Hubba Hubba!
Whoa!
A miniature model of a carnival at night time.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

The idea of drinking water from a stream





Now that I finally finished putting up all my pics from Japan, obsessions is back to blogging about obsessions once again.

Being in Alaska has brought up a long time obsession of mine.

I have always wanted to drink water directly from a stream.

I've often dreamt of cupping my hand together and scooping out cool water from a babbling brooke and putting it right to my lips.

For some reason, even though the answer is always no, I still like to ask anyone around me if they think it's safe to drink the water.

"You can't drink the water it's full of bacteria! You'll get sick and possible die!"

The other day I went to see a glacier and the tour guide said that it was safe to drink from.

Unfortunately the glacier was too far away to actually try drinking from it.

The one time I get the o.k. to drink from nature and I couldn't do it!






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Japan Day 7, Shinjuku

After the improv show we headed down the street to Shibuya home of the busiest intersection in the world.

It was still super busy and bright even though it was probably 2am.



Then we went to the world's busiest Starbucks.

While in line you are handed a menu and they only serve tall size drinks, nothing larger.

They only had three people working there yet it was the fastest Starbucks I have ever been to.





We ate our favorite ice cream treat one last time.


View from the hotel.


I finally dined at Afternoon Tea a restaurant I had my eye on all week.

I drank chamomile apple tea and ate a shrimp and avocado salad, literally the only vegetables I'd eaten all week.

I finished off my summer menu with a fall dessert, pumpkin pudding scone with ice cream and whip cream.

I loved that place so much!






Next we stopped at The New York Bar which is one of the main locations in one of Jeff and I's favorite movies Lost in Translation.

"Thank you we're Sausalito."

The red head no longer sings there.



I however accomplished my goal of singing karaoke in Japan.




My favorite purchase was my sheep ring!

It makes me giggle every time I look at it.

Thank you Japan for the best vacation of my life.

We will definitely be back.


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Location:Tokyo, Japan