Even inside the casinos, everything shines bright with all the glitz and glitter. This is a photo I took of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity show at New York New York (ok, ok, you caught me, I wasn't supposed to do that but I couldn't resist sneaking one in.)
In the daytime, Vegas still shines bright -- this time, in the light of the hot desert sun. The glare makes it challenging to take good photos (for me anyway), but the results are so worth the effort -- I love the way the water fountains sparkle and the way The Pea's hair shines golden in the sun.
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Appetizer: What is the weather like today where you live?
Filipinos don't discuss the weather (since it's hot year-round, weather is a boring topic of conversation). So I'll just say that it was nice.
Soup: On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?
Once upon a time, I was a 7 or 8. But as they say, motherhood changes everything. So now it's down to a 4 or 5. Maybe things will change once the kids are all at school, but I will always work to live, not live to work.
Salad: What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?
We have a mix of wooden plantation shutters and curtains.
Main Course: Name something that instantly cheers you up.
Watching my children sleep.
Dessert: How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?
When I have to set an alarm, I almost always wake up before the alarm goes off, just waiting for the alarm to go off.
Happy as I am with my current fitness level, I do need to put things in perspective. The running club met again today, and everyone at Bootcamp watched as someone ran the 400-m track in 59 seconds. I did it in 2minutes, 7 seconds. I might need a million years at Bootcamp plus a dose of steroids to get to that level.
The Best Quiche Ever
1 frozen deep dish piecrust (9"), thawed
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup milk (2%)
1 1/2 cup Egg Beaters or egg whites or liquid egg substitute
1 package (12 oz.) turkey bacon, cooked
2 tbsp cream cheese
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Prick the piecrust with a fork on the bottom and sides.
- Spread the cream cheese on the bottom of the piecrust.
- Spread the cooked turkey bacon on top of the cream cheese.
- Mix the eggs, milk and cheese, and pour over the bacon.
- Bake at 425 degrees F for 35 minutes (you will need to cover the piecrust edges so they don't burn).
This week I've made it even easier for myself by going to the 7AM class instead of the 6AM class. Now that was bliss. No more alarm ringing into my dreams. No more early morning headache. No more shivering in the cold. I felt almost lazy, waking up so late. I'm not planning to wake up for an early morning work out every day for the rest of my life, but I'm certainly enjoying my mornings a lot more this week.
The Pea loved all the Kung Fu Panda craft stations, as well as a table where she learned (in just a few minutes!) how to pick up gummy bears, froot loops and goldfish crackers with chopsticks. She was too shy to join the Kung Fu Panda dancers, but she was happy to sit and watch as they danced to the tune of Kung Fu Fighting, again and again and again and again and again (thank God this happened in a side room and the music was not blaring over the main speaker). She also enjoyed posing for a photo with her little stuffed panda and Po the Kung Fu Panda.
Did 3Po and Jammy like it? Two words: video game. The first thing that caught their eye (or anyone else's, for that matter) were two giant tv screens with a Kung Fu Panda videogame playing on each. Once their turn came, 3Po and Jammy were enthralled. Since they've never seen, much less played a proper video game before, they couldn't really make the onscreen panda do more than jump up in the air and flail its arms and legs about. It took a couple of exasperated eight-year-olds to teach them the basics of video game controls. Once they figured it out, I had to forcibly drag them from the video area to check out the other crafts, eat, or pose for photos with Po.
As for me, despite stressing out over the number of videogames my sons played and the number of times Kung Fu Fighting played (I can't get the darn song out of my head now), I enjoyed the yummy food, the generous and friendly party people (who really panda-ed to our every need... get the pun, I mean pun-da?) and the company of my fellow mom bloggers.
Best of all (for a freebie-lover like me) were the treats they saved till the end. We were given a bag generously stuffed with goodies such as fortune cookies, tags, pens, Snapfish giftcards, Kung Fu Panda craft cd's, the movie soundtrack, and the videogame (I've hidden it from the boys).
Food, games, freebies... what's not to love? Thanks, SV Moms, HP and Dreamworks -- we really got a kick out of the whole thing.
Soup : What is your favorite color of ink to write with?
I don't have a preference.
Salad: How often do you get a manicure or pedicure? Do you do them yourself or go to a salon and pay for them?
I don't consider painting my toes or nails at home to be a proper manicure or pedicure. I love manis & pedis but they are strictly a treat for me. I tend to get them done only when I visit the Philippines, because it's so cheap to have it done there (approx. $2 - $5)!
Main Course: Have you ever won anything online? If so, what was it?
Yes! I won a gift box full of eco-friendly home cleaners from mod*mom, and more recently I won a set of Mommy Cards from MomViews. And for anyone who has never won anything online, go to my review site here! I've got a couple of nice giveaways going on and the chances of winning are pretty good :)
Dessert : In which room in your house do you keep your home computer?
We have a desk on our upstair landing and our home computer and laptop are both on it.
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No, the fatigue is coming from the routine of working out every. single. day. No rest day. No chance to recover or sleep late (this 10PM bedtime is KILLING me). Waking up in the morning and knowing there's no chance of lying in, even just a little bit. I know there are people who get up every day at 5:30AM to go to work, but that Just. Aint. Me.
Don't worry, I'll be at the track bright and early tomorrow anyway.
When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers -- Oscar Wilde
Yes, Oscar old chap, I'm tempting fate and asking the bootcamp gods to give us more upper body exercises.
1 lap around the track
100 jumps with jump-ropes
25 "bodybuilders" (squat, get into plank position, pushup, standup)
(repeat until time is up or you give up)
To distract my mind from my racing heart, I spent a lot of time watching the other runners on the track. They seem to belong to a running club of some sort. Young and old, they're all fit and fast. They look so graceful, making their way around in perfect stride, with long lean legs and sinewy arms. Like gazelles.
- Working out does give me more energy during the day.
- I can train myself to get to bed before 11PM.
- Except when So You Think You Can Dance is airing that night.
- I cannot get to 100 on a jumprope without tripping up -- yet.
- After 2 days of rest over the weekend, I will come back stronger than ever.
The strain is too much.
She keeps bursting into laughter while she runs.
Her mind has gone.
Well, now I have, and I think this is absolutely the most hilarious long-running gag on television today! I've always been a fan of Jimmy Kimmel from his Man Show days, and I also adore Matt Damon. I think he's a great actor and a handsome devil (Alfie thinks he's the most handsome star on the planet, next to Brad Pitt). This is just further proof that he deserves our adoration.
Apparently Jimmy Kimmel regularly closes his show out saying "Our apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time" (spoofing talk-show hosts who need to cut off their last guests due to time constraints). In September 2006, Matt Damon finally got to appear on the show -- sort of:
(I told you he's a good actor). The Gag continues with Kimmel using one of his sidekicks, Guillermo, to hijack Damon's Bourne Ultimatum trailer:
Even Guillermo didn't have time for poor Matt:
But Damon got some of his own back in January 08 when he appeared with Sarah Silverman in the smash YouTube hit:
Kimmel responded in February with an equally hilarious video of his own, featuring his boyfriend, Ben Affleck, and a bunch of celebrities:
Damon, when asked about the video, remained true to character:
These people are brilliant. My sides are aching from laughing so hard (wait, maybe it's because I did lots of situps at Bootcamp this morning -- but trust me, I really was laughing). I can't wait for the next run-in!
I don't know how these people do it. A good majority of the class (about 25-30 people) seem to be in the 40-55 year range; I hear quite a lot of them talking about their kids in high school or college. I'm there huffing and puffing and sweating and swearing, and there they are chatting about what they did over the weekend.
I hope they're regulars. Or cheating. So I don't look so bad.
A) In 10 minutes, complete as many of the following sets as you can:
B) Run as many times around the 400-meter track as you can in 6 minutes.
C) In 10 minutes, complete as many of the following sets as you can:
5 tricep dips
10 leg raises (lie down, straighten legs, lift them up & down)
15 gluteal lifts (lie down, bend knees, squeeze your ass up & down)
A) 8 sets
B) approx. 2.75 laps (approx. 1100 meters or 0.68 miles)
C) 11 sets
I haven't been doing any of the exercises in A or C regularly, so I'm not sure if my results mean I'm fit or not. I certainly thought I should have done better with the run (even though my pace was about 6.8 mph, better than my usual 6, it was only a 6-minute run). I'm sure I would have done better if my every part of my body (and parts I didn't know I had) weren't aching to high hell. But that's beside the point. We'll be repeating this test at the end of the 20-class session, so I'm hoping those numbers all go up.
The next question, of course, was how to keep my metabolism going throughout the summer? I figured that running around the neighborhood and rotating through my collection of workout DVDs wouldn't be enough to motivate me throughout the time that we're here. The solution: Community BootCamp at the Stanford Track. Every weekday for a month. At 6AM.
I've been working out regularly since my twenties, but I've never worked out every day before (heck, I've never woken up at 5:30 regularly before). So, for the month of June I'll be posting a day-to-day account of my Bootcamp experiences and reflections. Today was my first day. I won't describe it in full today so that I don't bore you all at once; let me just say that my ass and calves are already aching. At the beginning of the class the instructor informed the newcomers that everyone who attended every single class would receive a tshirt. My competitive spirit kicked in and I thought, of course I'm coming every day. I want that shirt. Halfway through the class I wasn't so sure.
Stay tuned as I drag my booty through bootcamp and see if I get the shirt!