Friday, August 29, 2008

Workout Time

This past month, I planned to do only strength and yoga/pilates workouts...no cardio. I've been largely successful only doing one walk in the park and the 10 minute cardio segment from Women's Health Total Workout in Ten DVD one time. I must say it has been an enjoyable month. I despise cardio and I really enjoyed not feeling like I had to do it. However, I really did not feel like I had a productive month workout wise. I enjoyed my strength workouts but my meager yoga and pilates collection did not offer much variety on those days. I've thought about it and with the help of my new workout tracker, I've come to believe that I should strive to work out at least 80% of the days in a month. This month, I'm averaging a workout about 60% of the days in the month. Last month, it was around 55%. I calculated for September and I should be exercising at least 24 days this month to achieve my 80% goal. That seems really unattainable. I would have to give up my strict no workout on weekends rule in order to meet that goal. As if that weren't enough, I've also decided to finally try doing a P90 Masters rotation. I despise rotations but I've had the set since February. I either need to do them or get rid of them. So, my workout outlook for September looks bleak and unmotivating. Oh, well. I've got two days to come up with a plan and get myself in the right frame of mind. I'm not going to wimp out.

Monday, August 25, 2008

The Dark Knight

Against my better judgement, a friend and I went to see the Dark Knight. The Batman movies have not been the same since Michael Keaton played Batman. They've just gotten worse over the years. IMO, Michael Keaton was the best Batman. I am not one to listen to hype but everyone made such a big deal about this movie, I thought it would be a good idea to go see it. Not to mention, there was nothing else playing that I wanted to see, so Batman kind of won by default. I still don't know what to think of this movie. Heath Ledger did a great job as the Joker. Too good, in fact. I kept praying for someone to kill him because he really got annoying after a while. I am not sure why they had Batman talking like he had a really bad sore throat but, he sounded like Scooby Doo. I couldn't stop laughing. Why, in this movie, does Batman feel the need to disguise his voice when he didn't disguise it in all the others? It was so silly and unnecessary. The movie was also way too long and drawn out for my tastes.

My friend and I walked out of the theater convinced that the Joker- or the director, not sure which- was racist. Every time he turned around, he was killing a black person. In typical Hollywood fashion, the first person killed in an apparently otherwise lily white town, was a Black guy. There were two gangs in town..the Black gang and the Italian gang. Who does the Joker go and mess with? The Black gang of course! In fact, every Black character in this movie-except Morgan Freeman- was involved in some criminal activity. Good going Hollywood! Let's continue to perpetuate that stereotype. The bad cop that was tipping off the mobsters? The one Latino cop on the force. Would it have changed the plot at all to make the bad cop one of the white cops? I doubt it.

Don't get me started on the Batmobile. Why re-design a sleek, futuristic looking sports car into a lumbering, ugly armored car? And Batman's obsession with having this good face represent Gotham because he was apparently bad...what the heck was that all about? I am still trying to figure out why he was so bad. And Maggie Gyllenhaal...lord that woman is unattractive. Her face looks like a prune with all her facial features squooshed together in the middle of her face. I can't believe she's in her 20s. She looks like she's pushing 50. She was trying so hard to play this sexy, slinky, yet smart character and she was not believable.

There is so much more to complain about but strangely, I didn't hate the movie. I didn't love it either. There was just enough going on to keep it interesting but two weeks after I've seen it, I'm still sitting here going WTF was that.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cliques

Why do cliques bother me? Doesn’t everyone want to be in the in crowd? Heck, for most people any crowd will do. But, I resist cliques. I think I always have. I was never a popular kid in school but I was happy with the few nerdy friends I had. They were honest, loyal, we had things in common, we had fun together. I guess some people would consider my little nerdy group of friends a clique in itself but I guess when you’re on the inside, you don’t see it that way. I also think the difference between a clique and a true group of friends is that a group of friends is not exclusionary. Cliques, by their very nature are exclusionary. My friends and I welcomed anyone who wanted to hang out with us. Cliques, no matter how bad you want to be a part of it, have no room for outsiders. I guess this is on my mind now because I’ve been at my new job now for 7 months and the cliques are everywhere. I’ve made a few attempts to hang out with certain groups but it just doesn’t feel right. I have really tried to act like their conversations, activities, and lives interest me but I just know I don’t belong there. I have nothing in common with most of the people and I don’t particularly like being around some of them. Some of them are quite wishy washy-a quality I really dislike in people. It’s amazing though that as much as cliques bother me and as uncomfortable as I am when I am around them, I still want to be a part of that group. What does that say about me?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

So many men...

What is it about Slavic men? They just seem to have immense sex appeal. We went on a cruise on the Carnival Legend last November and the fitness director was Serbian. The man was balding and seemed quite stern. I took an aerobics class and there was just something about him. I couldn't take my eyes off him. I ran into him again on our last cruise on the Fascination in April and the attraction was definitely still there, if not stronger. I started a new job back in December and there is a guy there from the Ukraine. He is also balding and has a dark, brooding quality about him. I find him immensely attractive. Now, I am watching the Olympics and took one look at Cavic from Serbia. I swear, I'm ready to move over there!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The Color Purple

We went out to dinner and then to see the Color Purple with another couple this past weekend. I didn’t expect to have a good time but things turned out great. I must say the play is very different from the book. They completely lost me after the intermission. I just remember sitting there going, I don’t remember this from the book or the movie. They really played up Celie’s lesbian relationship with Shug. It became quite uncomfortable at times. The movie only hinted at it which I think is much more tasteful. I’ve decided I need to read the book again. After all, it was the 80s and I wasn’t even a teenager yet so it’s likely that I forgot some details. We ate at Baraonda before heading over to the Fox and although the servings were a bit small for my liking, the food wasn’t bad and the service was pretty good. It is an Italian restaurant so for someone who eats low carb, there were very few things on the menu I could eat. I ended up getting the sausage and peppers with roasted potatoes. I ate a few of the roasted potatoes but they were overcooked –that’s my nice way of saying the skin was burnt- and rubbery so I didn’t feel inclined to finish them. The sausages were a bit dry but the peppers were the best thing on the plate, delicious. My picky husband got the chicken ravioli. There were about 6 midsized ravioli on his plate. He liked them but he didn’t like the price, around $18. My sausage and peppers cost $16. My husband also got a martini- $12. Not our cheapest dinner but all in all, it was a good evening.