Boredom Bustin’

I’m a fan of Louis C.K, and I find myself thinking about one of his ‘skits’ quite often. In it, his young daughters complain of being bored and he responds with this:

and I think it’s a really great way to look at things! Buut I’m struggling with that right now.  Before you call me a spoiled brat for living in Italy and being bored, sometimes I just want to catch a movie with friends or ride my bike around the neighborhood.  Seeing that the majority of my friends live on a separate continent and I’m scared to drive here, not to mention ride a bike on the street, I’ve been scrambling for new ways to keep myself entertained. Today I decided to start Jess’s Summer Shape Up plan and I’m sooo glad I did. 

Excited about gettin’ in summer shape! source

The workouts are laid out very clearly with video examples and it gives me a solid goal to work towards, which is something I thrive off of.  And the “hard core” workout was killer! I love being challenged in new ways. Hopefully this will help stave off the boredom until our next big adventure!

What are some of your favorite boredom busters? I’m working on a cross stitch piece right now, but needlework requires a certain amount of calm that is hard to come by sometimes!

 

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Southern Living Wednesday?

Yesterday was very busy between running errands and getting ready for a dinner party our family hosted last night.  Our neighbors are moving in a few days, and since the packers arrived yesterday to start loading everything up, we invited them over to our house for a meal (yay for more Southern Living recipes!).  It was a lot of prep work, but also a lot of fun!! I’m sorry I just met them this summer, they’re very cool people! Our menu consisted of

It was a really fun meal and I was ecstatic the pie turned out well.  My mom helped me with the filling, but I was still worried I would somehow manage to ruin it.

Looks pretty good, huh?

Looks pretty good, huh?

I discovered lemon meringue pie is really my thang, but I think we executed it well.

I went to the gym this morning and was looking forward to that Fit Boxe class I chickened out on Tuesday.  I gave myself a little pep talk and as I was doing my 30 minutes on the bike I was pumped to try the new class.  But it was not to be.  For some unknown reason, the class was cancelled today, which really put me in a funk.  I was excited to participate in a group ex class again and working out by myself suddenly seemed lonely.  I did some exercise I saw in the special summer issue of Self magazine that involved a Swiss ball, and that got a little goofy.  I think I managed to cheer up one guy’s day as he saw me struggling hopelessly with my ball, trying to keep it under me as I was laying on top of it on my back.

If only it were this relaxing…

Not an invigorating workout, but I’m glad I still managed to do something.  Next Thursday that class is mine!

Guilty.

Well friends, today was full of things I’m not too proud of.  For starters, I wore makeup to the gym. Usually I can’t understand why people put on makeup before working out, but this morning I was draggin’ and adding blue eyeliner usually makes me feel better.  It worked, but I felt ridiculous. Today’s gym experience consisted of 30 minutes on the treadmill set on the incline workout.  I hate running on treadmills, a hate which was reaffirmed this morning when I kept smacking my hands on the front of the treadmill.

That little tray thing on the front is a doozy

I gladly hopped off after 30 minutes, but then came my next not-so-proud moment.  I originally planned on going to a Fit Boxe class following my treadmill time, but I completely chickened out 😦 I saw a guy who I thought was the group instructor and he looked like a hard body muscle man, plus I didn’t actually know what Fit Boxe was and I got cold feet.  There’s another class on Thursday that I’m trying to work up the courage to attend.  I’m sure you’ll hear about it later this week 😛

When we got home I cleaned up and sat down to finish What the Dog Saw. By the last 50 pages, I was just ready to be done with it, but felt so guilty about my first two personal transgressions this morning, I managed to power through.  I did learn some things thanks to Mr. Gladwell, but overall I’m glad I’m finished with the book.  I then picked up Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris and read it all the way through.  It’s an extremely quick read and I laughed out loud several times! I really enjoyed it, especially after reading essays that made me feel like most of our efforts in life are futile.

My 3rd crime? Mom made these delicious smelling Duncan-Hines brownies because our landlord delivered eggs fresh from his chickens, but two were a little cracked and Mom didn’t want them to go to waste.

Fresh eggs from right next door! Lovely.

Fresh eggs from right next door! Lovely.

By the time they were out of the oven, I was practically drooling they smelled so good.  She specifically stated the brownies were for dessert tonight, but c’mon, how can I resist a fresh-out-of-the-oven brownie? So I ate one… Mom wasn’t exactly pleased but she understood.  Sorry Mom!!

I’ve been catching up on season 3 of Downton Abbey since I didn’t have time to watch it in school and holy cow!! This season is a heart wringer! I still have about 4 episodes left I think but man, I cried like a baby today. Movies and TV shows really get to me. Better stick to books, so on that note, off to go start another book from the stack!

Upside Down Day

Breakfast for dinner = upside down day in this house. But dinner comes at the end of the day, so let’s start from the top.

Quin had an appointment on base this afternoon, so after a slow morning watching Jeopardy and the Tonys (how incredible was NPH’s opening number?? I was floored.  He’s the greatest.) we headed to base.  Since I didn’t have any business at the hospital today, I hopped over to the gym and did a 45-ish minute workout.  I warmed up and cooled down with 10 minutes on the bike, completing some strength exercises I ripped out of Self Magazine‘s April issue in between.

Sorry for the terrible quality    :( I did numbers 2, 4,6, and 3, sans dumbbell because I hate going into the weight room when stinky boys are in there

Sorry for the terrible quality 😦 I did numbers 2, 4, 6, and 3, sans dumbbell because I hate going into the weight room when stinky boys are in there

 

I liked that the exercises worked more than one body part at a time and they were challenging enough so that I was grateful for the end of the set, but not so killer that I felt like I couldn’t walk out of the gym.  That’s a win in my book!

After hittin’ the grocery store we headed back home and I read a little more of What the Dog Saw. Still not in love, but it has some interesting essays. Then came the good stuff. Dinner!

3 ingredients! 3/4 c buttermilk, 1/2 c butter, 2 cups self rising flour.  Badda bing badda bum

3 ingredients! 3/4 c buttermilk, 1/2 c butter, 2 cups self rising flour. Badda bing badda boom

To make the biscuits, cut the butter into the flour and add buttermilk.  You’re done! After baking at 350 for about 15 minutes, that is. Then we prepped some eggs, fruit salad, and maple syrup sausages and sat down to watch The Place Beyond the Pines.

Breakfast is a great meal, no matter the time of day

Breakfast is a great meal, no matter the time of day

The movie wasn’t what I was expecting, but I really liked it! My parents were a little distracted by their weekday responsibilities, but we all agreed it was very well acted and cast.  It’s a little on the long side at 2 hours and 20 minutes, but I didn’t get bored.  Maybe because Ryan Gosling was on the screen?

Have you seen any really good movies lately? It’s really hard for me to not give a good review about a movie because I love the whole experience movies offer.