helikedmyshoes: (bsg + k/l + start a war)
Is it lame that it's not yet 11 and I am seriously contemplating going to bed? I cleaned the house pretty thoroughly today, the only thing I didn't do was wash my sheets which I will do on Wednesday.

I love my roomba (it is totally a CYLON btw, it has a mind of its own sometimes! Quick, someone get Cavil to lobotomize it) but it won't pick up the cat hair off the hard wood floors (which my entire apartment is. Ugh). It just clumps it together and pushes it around the floor. I think it's because the hair itself is really static-y, and I googled it today and apparently that just happens in the winter when the humidity is so low, and I have noticed that the cats are prone to static when I pet them but I thought that was just from my clothes or something. So, that's annoying, because I let Roomba do its thing, and then I had to get out the dust buster, and THEN I had to sweep. And then mop. And there is still cat hair on the floor. AND my cats are short hair. I can't even imagine how much worse it would be if they weren't.

I have been playing around in Photoshop and it's been a lot of fun! I'm a little rusty, but I'm getting back into the groove. BSG has eaten my brain and I may have been fooling around with some stuff because I am a ridiculous fangirl.

So my computer is doing something weird. Whenever I unplug it, the screen darkens to conserve the battery so I can stay on it longer. Logical, yes? Well, now the screen is darkened when it's plugged in, and brighter when it's not: the opposite of what it should be. I don't know if there's a button that I hit accidentally or what, I tried searching help but it didn't tell me anything. Has anyone else ever had this problem before?

OMG CAN IT BE FRIDAY ALREADY?!?!?! I NEED NEW BATTLESTAR! This week is all about my girl Kara...I just know it's going to be awesome and for the love of the Gaius Christ we had better find out what the frak happened to her in that damn mandala!!!!! Seriously. Someone fast forward the week.

I'm reading Sandman Volume 4 and just loving every single panel. I had Matt order me Volumes 5 and 6 and I refuse to finish 4 until I have them in my hand because I know I am going to want more as soon as it's done. Neil Gaiman OWNS ME. Love him so much.

If I go to bed now, I definitely have to get up tomorrow at 7:30 to go to the gym before work. I am getting so much better about working out! I have gone to the gym 4 times a week and given myself a great workout, at least an hour of cardio, weight training and ab work. I am serious about getting back in shape and losing weight and toning up, and I am excited to go to the gym because I feel so much better after I work out. Even during the CRAMPS OF DOOM I went and did something, and I am going to keep it up and turn it into a lifestyle. 4 days a week. I can do that.

Okay. Bed for real now.
helikedmyshoes: (ad + lindsay is a big ol' slut)
It's SNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWING!

Also, freezing. And hailing at times. Winter sure is mad people thought it wasn't coming to the party this year.

I remembered an old Disney movie the other day that I used to LOVE as a kid...it was about two hats, a fedora and a blue bonnet (Johnnie Fedora and Alice Bluebonnet! How adorable is that?!) who fall in love and then are separated when they're sold. Johnnie chases Alice all over New York City until finally they are reunited and live happily ever after. I could not for the life of me remember what it was called, and I googled it and found it and now I want this because it's on there and I know I'm never going to see it any other way.

*happiness*

For the hell of it...stolen from [livejournal.com profile] ashley

If My LJ Were it's Own Fandom...

a. Who would people ship me with?
b. Who would be my arch-nemesis?
c. What would a Mary Sue in my fandom be like?
d. When or how did I/will I jump the shark?
e. Write a one sentence summary of the story that would win the Best Fanfic Award in my fandom.
f. What would a typical badfic involve?
g. Who would be the BNFs in my fandom?
h. Why would my fandom end up on fandom_wank?


Adam is at Anna's because they all had to "talk." Yikes.

I bought A Condfederacy of Dunces and Atlas Shrugged today at Barnes and Noble after spending 2 hours wandering around finding a thousand other books I want. I'm hitting the used bookstore ASAP to find everything I want for cheaper. Also, I need winter boots.

I am so full...we met up with OtherAdam at Goose Island down the street in Wrigleyville for dinner and I ate a burger AND fries, very effectively negating all the exercise I did today on the elliptical. I want one of those yoga balls so I can do crunches and other fun stretches at home. Of course as soon as I get it it's just going to sit in the study so I'm holding off until I absolutely HAVE TO HAVE IT. And then I'm going to wait some more. Y'know, just so I can really make sure that I want it.

I think it's time to curl up in bed with a book under my down comforter.
helikedmyshoes: (vm + v/l + we're only love)
So I finally got off my increasingly-fat butt and joined a gym today. I went down to Bally Total Fitness on Clark because they had a 2-week free guest pass, and the guy gave me his spiel about the place and I decided to go ahead and join. The club is super huge and really nice, tons of treadmills and ellipitcals, a track running around the whole facility, even a pool. Way bigger and better than LA Fitness.

Of course, bigger and better comes with a price. Apparently that is the one thing LA has over Chicago - gyms here are at least twice as much. Actually, most of the gyms here run around $80 or $90 a month, which is kinda of crazy. I was paying $30 at LA Fitness, and now I'm paying $60 for Bally. I could've paid less if I signed a 2 year contract, but doing month to month instead was only a $10 difference and I am SCARED of a 2 year commitment to anything, especially a gym. It was a little more down but this way if I want to quit I can, say, if I get a job that's nowhere near one of the clubs or if I can find a better deal somewhere else, and there won't be crazy fees if I do. Plus, hi, COMMITMENT PHOBE. I am so weird, give me a relationship and I will give it my all, balls to the walls, but a 2 year contract or a full time job? I don't think so.

I was going to look into the gym Adam goes to, but he was pretty adamant about me not joining there for whatever reason (it's pricey at $90 a month, he pays less because he gets a Second City discount, there's only one so if I get a job that's far away it won't be convenient, they make you sign at least a year contract, blah blah blah) and contrary to popular belief, I CAN take a hint, so Bally it is. It's also in the same building where Anna has her Aveda Institute classes so I can go visit her as well.

I have an appointment with a personal trainer on Thursday, and I'm finally going to learn how to start weight training. I need to tone up my arms and back now that my abs are under control. Plus there are yoga classes that I'd like to start going to, and I should not be this excited about being able to work out again but I am. I've missed it in the month or so I've been away from the gym. WOW I never thought I'd say that, but it's true. I did 3 miles on the treadmill today, half walking and half running, kind of an easy workout since it has been a while and I didn't want to hurt myself. Time to kick it into high gear.

I had the zaney idea of actually getting up with Adam and going to the gym at 5:30 in the morning. We'll see if that ever comes to fruition. I have dedication, but there is a line I don't know I can cross. But it might be nice to get up and go and get my energy up first thing. Better than sleeping in every morning and having crazy dreams. I keep wondering where said dreams are coming from - I've had so many in the last week that I actually remember, which rarely happens. It must be my sleeping pattern, when I go back to sleep after he leaves I don't think it's a deep sleep and that's when they come.

Last night we ate a whole pizza by ourselves. That may have been the final motivator in joining the gym.

We've been watching this show called Black Books for the last few nights, and oh my Lord is it hilarious. Mark, I'm sure you've heard of it, it came out back in 2000. So far it's had every single cast member from Shaun of the Dead guest star, the guy who played David in SotD is the lead actor and head writer of the show. It's hilarious, I highly recommend it. I still have to watch this week's BSG, hopefully it downloaded correctly.

We're going to a show tonight, I think, and Anna's back in town so there were rumblings about drinking. Someone please get Lil' Kim's Magic Stick out of my head. It's making me blush.
helikedmyshoes: (brokeback + you can't fix it)
I booked the hotel for Vegas. We will be staying at the Signature at the MGM Grand, in a junior suite with a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. Yeah. Happy birthday to me! Got to the website and tell me how awesome that room is.

So Adam's flight has been booked, and now the room has been booked. Next I have to start packing. Figuring out what to take, what to throw out, what to give away. I'm probably going to ship most of my books media rate to free up room in the car, and I'm buying those Space Bags for most of my clothes to keep my suitcase free for other things. I keep thinking I don't have much, but I know I'm going to have more than I think.

Yes, I am getting excited. Yes, I am counting the weeks. It's still too soon to do the days, but once September 1st comes it won't be. I am a little scared, too, to be honest, getting up and getting a whole new routine, learning a new city, meeting new people, but it is something I have been preparing for, longing for, thinking about for a long time. I am ready.

Also I have to figure out what I'm doing with my gym memberbship. I went on the LA Fitness website but the only two gyms in the Chicago area are not actually in the city, even though Adam said he saw one in Lakeview. I have to go in and talk to them and find out what the deal is. Otherwise I have to give them my notice that next month will be my last.

I need to talk to Kevin as well, and I'm thinking of calling the temp agency and asking for an assignment just for the week if they have one, just to make some extra cash. I may do that tomorrow. I'm hesitant because I keep thinking the restaurant will pick up (even though it's going to keep winding down as summer coms to an end) and I don't want to spend my last few weeks here working like a crazy person. But I also don't have to get a job as soon as I get to Chicago, so I may just bite the bullet.

Still have to write up my parents' stay - we had a great time, and I love them so much.

Random celebrity sighting: Travis Barker skateboarding on the bike path at Santa Monica Beach. We were riding bikes in the opposite direction so we just passed each other briefly, but he was covered in tattoos, all skin and bones.

I should go to the gym - I told Louis, the bartender on today, that I'd go in early to relieve him so I have to be to work at 4 instead of 6. I'd like to get a brief workout in, maybe just run a mile or two and jump on the stairmaster for a few.

Yesterday, as I was working out on the bike reading The Kite Runner (a fabulous book that everyone must read), one of the personal trainers interrupted me and asked what I was reading, then went on to say that I wasn't getting a workout because I was reading and listening to music. He gave me his whole spiel how what I was doing wasn't enough and I need to work my core and strenghten and tone and blah blah blah, obviously just trying to get me to sign up with him for sessions. Umm...no. I've lost 20 pounds already doing what I'm doing, obviously it's working for me just fine. I HATE that about my gym, the trainers are always on your ass to sign up with them. It's like, if I wanted to, I would do it, so leave me the fuck alone. As soon as I said I was moving he backed off and went away.

The thing is, I DO want to have a session with someone just to get new exercises to move to the next level, start strengthening my arms and legs. All I do is cardio. But I don't want to take my free session that I still haven't used from when I signed up in January because I know all it will be is an hour long pitch on why I need to hire them to be my trainer. I'm thinking of asking my neighbor downstairs, he's a trainer and I'd much rather have him show me than someone else.

Anyway. I'm going.
helikedmyshoes: (chicago + he had it comin')
Trying to book plane tickets...

and the hotel in Vegas (a junior suite at the Signature MGM Grand!)...

and cleaning because my parents are coming in tonight.

I have to pick them up at 6, which means braving the 405 during rush hour. Let me tell you how much fun that's not going to be. But I'm excited for them to be here, and it's weird that they're finally going to BE here because we planned this back in June and it's already August and I am leaving six weeks from tomorrow.

I also went to the gym last night for the first time in FOREVER. And I'm going to go today because with my parents here I don't think I'll be able to go again until next week. No, I'll just eat and eat and eat and be lazy while they're here. Willpower, why can't we get along?

yeah.

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