Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Finally, a craft post!

I've been keeping a secret from you.

For the past several months, I have been working on embroidering/appliquéing a pillow for my new niece  who was born on October 30th. Many, many hours went into this pillow, and I am very happy with how it turned out. As it was my first attempt at embroidery or appliqué, I purchased the Welcome Baby kit from Dimensions. I was very happy with the the quality of the instructions and the materials provided. The only instructions I had to look up elsewhere were to complete the chain stitch, and only because I found it difficult to understand the illustration (which did make sense afterward).

Without further ado, here are some pictures:

Do you spy some knitting on my lap?

Immediately after finishing this project I started on a 'Montreal Canadiens' scarf for my mother-in-law. Look for details soon!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fitness Experiment 2: "Your ass is on fire!"

There is nothing quite like having a little asian man in short shorts yelling "Your ass is on fire!" to get you moving at the gym.

Let me back up a bit.

Last night's fitness experiment brought me to a gym that I don't normally go to, taking a class that I knew very little about. The class in question? Cardio Mix-up II. According to the website, Cardio Mix-up II "spices up your workout regime with a variety of techniques." and I should "come prepared for anything from interval and hi/low aerobics to boxercise." Looking back at the description, I think they should have stressed the "come prepared for anything" part of the description.

My first indication that this wouldn't be like the majority of my classes was when the instructor came in - a little asian man in black short shorts. Immediately after he came in, he started bantering with the different men and women in the room. It was clear that his attendees were regulars, and knew him well. With his instruction, everyone began setting up different stations around the gym. They included everything from weight bars to chairs to foam mats.

The instructor was very good for giving one-on-one instruction. That said, he may have been a little bit too good. There are two instances that stand out on my mind. First,  was on the 'fire drill' station (running football-style on the spot, then falling to the floor, rolling a few feet, hopping up, and repeat the opposite direction.) He stood in front of me yelling 'Hurry, hurry you ass is on fire!'

Later I was doing another drill - he had two triangular mat stacked on top of each other to increase the angle - they were a few inches higher than my waist, and angled down to about a foot off the ground in a six-foot span. He was having us run up to them and crawl over, face down. Now, picture this. I'm in spandex running shorts and a tight-fitting top (one of those moisture-wicking ones) with my butt up in the air, and all of a sudden I hear him yell beside me, "Ohhhh yeahh!"

Umm... can you say awkward?

I guess we can say that it was one for the books - both in that the class was very humorous and that it definitely pulled me out of my comfort zone.