Friday, 30 September 2011

A little fitness update

I am so loving training with Tiffany.
I only go to her about twice a week because I workout on my own.
She gives me "homework".

And we've started working on moves like this.





(Meghan McCurdy)

I can lift myself, on a chair or bench, but cannot get my feet this high yet.
I can also half turn in (kind-of) this position.
It's amazing to me what I did on the first try.
Practice will make perfect.

We are also working on this move.


(Tiffany Yee)

This was funny for me to even try to get into, even with lovely trainer spotting me.
Another moment of practice will make perfect....
oh & building up muscle, lol.


Here's some more of what I will be learning.



(Jodi Boam)





(from Tanji Johnson's site)



and more!
I still have a loooooooooong ways to go, but it feels good.  =)

Plus, the little bit that I am learning I can begin to incorporate into upcoming shows too. ;)

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Vintage Halloween - Part 3

Ta-Da!



There is also a cat cutout on one side and a bat on the other.

Now, on to the head piece and underthings!

10 Day Challenge

I spend far too much time blog reading.
It's an addiction, as is reading in general.
I have come across the 10 Day Challenge,
mainly while reading
I adore her blog, so witty.
I've decided that I would try to take up this challenge.
I am not sure if I will begin today or tomorrow or Sunday, lol.
It depends how hard I find coming up with answers.

Here's what it entails:

Ten secrets, nine loves, eight fears, seven wants, six places, five foods, four books, three films, two songs, one photo of yourself.

Hell, I may even take up her created "Rock Your Bathing Suit on Christmas Challenge" -
even if it is a spoof.


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Halloween Inspiration - Part 2

Remember how I said I wanted to recreate the outfit this photo?




Well, I'm going about it with my own interpretation.
It's obviously a different shape.
I don't know how to draft true patterns, so just have to fake it through.
The fabric that I bought was a little thin so to get some poof to the skirt I psuedo-pleated it.

Here's the base dress.
I have not put on closures yet.
Now, I have to work on cutouts.
=)




I have great purple glittered heels.
With that in mind, I'm making the head piece out of purple sequinned fabric.
Though, I think mine may turn out more cap/turban like.

Hopefully, I'll have it done before the first Halloween shows that I'm booked for next month.

Then, I'll be scouting for a fun, vintage Halloween song.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

For the love of the chapeau!

I am having a serious problem with hats.
I keep buying them,
vintage, vintage reproduction, showgirl-ish, something different...

Today, Sammy got me another wool cloche!





It really goes with my 20s/30s aesthetic love.

Luckily tonight I am performing in a Frilles & Follies charity event.
It's carnival themed, and they requested guests to dress Depression Era.
Easy peezy!
Plus, I get to perform my flea circus act!

Fun, fun!

Friday, 23 September 2011

Puppy Love

I am such a doggie lover.
Don't know what it is about it, but
they just touch my heart.

This story made me tear up and my heart swell.
 
I am in love with little Harper.  =)



And this is one of my furry kids.
We adopted him from a rescue, wow, I think almost 4 years ago.
He's a big old love muffin.




Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Embroidery - Crafting






Well, I finally finished the embroidery of it,
and made an apron of it.
I wish that I had pleated the apron to make it poofy, but oh well.




The pictures are not great because I used my camera phone.

Actually, it's pretty sturdy and strong.
I used 2 pieces of material for the apron so it's extra thick.

Now, I'm debating giving to a friend who has a birthday coming up,
but wonder if they'll really like it.
Or maybe I'll list it on my etsy site
and make some cuter ones, along with napkins, tea towels, 
and vintage clothes that I have been hoarding but don't need.




Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Halloween Inspiration


I think that I'm heading out to the fabric store.
Yep, I want to recreate this for Halloween.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Enjoying Reading

Believe it or not, I have not 
been spending as much time on the computer lately.
I was getting sucked in by all the great blogs out there.
Instead, I've been filling out part-time job applications.
Well, that takes computer time because hardly nowhere has in house applications anymore.
I've been working around the house.
I've been working out and cooking and eating clean.
I've been trying to finish half done crafts.
I've been tending what's going to make it through the fall in the garden.
And in the evenings, I'm falling back into a missed habit of reading for enjoyment.

Currently, I'm reading
Vamp: the rise and fall of Theda Bara




I also picked up a few other books, as has become a habit when I go to the library.

Becoming Mae West

because I've read blurbs about her, and my interest was piqued.
Some things that caught my attention were her height and measurements,
which are pretty darn close to mine -
or at least were since I've been losing some.
Then I read she never drank or smoked or cursed, which was surprising I guess because of the characters that she plays, lol.
Once I finish Theda's story, I'll move on to Mae.

Then, I stumbled upon the recipe book section of the library.
That, I cannot resist.
I LOVE food and cooking.
I love making people happy with food, which is so wrong in some ways, hahaha.

I am not a vegan, but this book caught my eye.


The first page I flipped to was a recipe to make a vegan chorizo sausage.
In fact there's a whole section on "sausages."
I had to pick it up just because of that!
Making healthy sausages?!  If it comes out tasting half as good as normal chorizo,
well, maybe I'll have a healthy alternative!

Then, I picked up this one.


Turns out it's a vegan one as well!
I had picked it up because of all of the veggies we constantly have from the garden.
I am always on the hunt for new things to do with them all.

I saw one that I'm going to grab next time because it was something like the Gardner's Cookbook.
Knowing me, I'll eventually just check out every cookbook in the place!





I'm in love


A little albino seal abandoned by his mother and siblings.
Luckily, he was found and rescued.
So flippin' adorable

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Rant of Disappointment



I'm really saddened lately by so many folks.
I will not lie,
I have superficial wants, desires.
There are also material things that I would like.
I will often vocalize these as well.

However, I DO NOT think that I am entitled to any of it "just because I think I deserve it."

I think some of it stems from the loss of human touch that I talked about here.

Lately, I have heard a ton of selfish talk.
Gimme, gimme, gimme,
I deserve, I want, I should be given it.






I mean, between facebook, blogs, real life eve's dropping, 
I'm frankly appalled.

One woman was truly enraged that a perfect stranger wouldn't buy her a drink, 
for that matter all of them that she asked.
If she wanted to be out and drinking, she should have brought her own money.
What makes women think that all men are obligated to buy them drinks when they go out?
It's rude, stereo-typical of needy women, and just wrong.
I can honestly say, I never asked anyone to buy me a drink.
I even would spurn the offers.
(this often led to me being called some awful slur, but why would I want to be around a guy like that anyway?)
You can ask my husband.
When I met him, it took a month or more before I would accept a drink from him.





Take for instance, something really simple - losing weight.
Why do you think all of those diet books, pills and infomercials make a fortune?
People want a quick fix.
Why not just eat correctly, and possibly
get off their bums and move a little?
Too much effort on their part.

There's so much more in my head.
It's wrong, I know this.
But there is this mentality of 
"I'm better than thou" from others that is driving me batty.

Little things, holding the door open for the little old lady behind you instead of letting it slam on her.
Yep, seen that done.
For that matter, if I hold the door open for you don't just push past me while looking me up and down.
A "thank you" is just common courtesy.

People have also made themselves think they are better that they are openly hostile, will say horrid things to random strangers and not even hide that they are eyeing you or how you look.
Even my laid back husband has noticed the changes.
And one weekend while we were at an upscale mall doing some shopping, after some women passed us, stopped in front of us, turned and looked me up and down, gave the stink-eye-giggle then turned and walked ahead - he asked, "Why were they looking at you that way?"
Probably that I wasn't head to toe in expensive name brands, but whatev's.
He dwelled on why for quite a bit that day, but some people are very
judgemental.
He thinks it's because I wasn't carrying the $500 dollar purse nor wearing the $500 heels.

It's a shame because that happens more and more frequently with me.
Just rude.
I guess because I'm not a hair-extensioned, fake-tan-expensive-brand-wearing-just-like-everyone-else?

Of course, with adults acting this way, how do we expect the next generation to turn out watching their peers act like they have never left high school?




What ever happened to working for what you want?
Exerting a little effort?

People just want it, and they want it now.
Screw everyone else, they deserve it!
Screw saving money for something you want and making seem more valuable.
Just put it on a credit card and put yourself in debt.
Truly, more and more folks seem like morons
everyday when I hear them open their mouths and
spew forth their rhetoric.

And now, I sound better than thou.
But seriously, can people not become a race of toddlers?


(from here)





Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Well, well, well.....

Today, I had my consult with
Tiffany Yee







Holy crap, right?!

We did calipers, lean muscle percent, fat percent (aye, aye, aye,), goals, symmetry talk, competition talk, nutrition......

Yeah, I wanna do it.
I want to whip myself into crazy good shape and walk across a stage
and perform a fitness routine.

I signed up for starting some training and nutrition plans....
I know, I need to gain tons and lose tons.

I'm a fatty.
But, I want to be fit.
Athletic.
Strong.

It will probably take me longer than others.
(Especially finding the cash to do it. I put the beginning on a credit card today.
It's been at balance $0 for well over a year.)
I will find a way.
If I have to burlesque every night, I will.




I taught myself to do this and the splits.
I have minor dance skillz
& a comedic side.

I will figure it out.

I will make it happen.

Right now, I'm having a glass of wine, an ear of corn with dinner -
hell, I may have 2 more glasses because tomorrow
I start the nutrition plan Tiffany gave me.

I meet with a friend to do "our" version of leg day.
Friday, I meet with Tiffany.
She's going to introduce me to a real
BACK DAY.

Saturday I meet with a friend from roller derby
to go do my first boot camp.
Then, I'm meeting more with Tiffany all next week......

I will more than likely die.

Time to start picking up every penny that I see.

But, this is something that I would want to do for a living.
Teach people how to eat and become healthy.
Not necessarily to be able to go across the stage, 
but to be able to eat & exercise in an acceptable way
to be happy & healthy.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

A Healthier version of Shrimp n "Grits"

We LOVE shrimp n grits.
For breakfast,
for brunch,
for dinner.
Since I've been trying to make things a little healthier, I've been playing with my recipe.
Here's what I've come up with so far.

It made 2 servings and honestly, I only measured a few things because I feel like veggies can't be too much!

I've been using Lundberg Roasted Brown Rice Couscous in place of grits.
I made 2 servings according to the package, omitting the salt and using plain water.
While that cooked, I did the rest.

I use 8oz of raw, deveined shrimp, peeled - 4oz per person.

I used a non-stick pan and sauted (in water)
2 cloves of garlic, diced
1 jalapeno, diced - I leave the seeds in
about 3/4c zucchini, diced
some diced celery
grape tomatoes
fresh baby spinach
red pepper flakes
sprinkle:
cayenne
oregano
bayleaf
thyme
parsely
black pepper


(I use whatever veggies are in the fridge or in the garden, most times I also dice carrots, but didn't have any!)

Then, I usually pour about 1/4c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
This last time, I had some fat free cream cheese in the fridge - I added 2 Tbsp
I did this in place of the 1/2 of cheese I used to split into the sauce and the grits

Then, I threw in the shrimp and stirred until they were cooked.




Then, I just divided the couscous between two bowls,
divided the shrimp
and sauce.

Voila, easy and done and yummy!




I was too lazy to try and add up everything to get a nutritional content.

Heck, it's way healthier than the way we used to make it with butter, olive oil and cheeses!

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Thought for the Day

Today Put On Your Awesome Pants






and sparkle!

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Remember when I made the 

Well, I tweaked them again today.


1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
  2 tablespoons sugar
  2 tablespoons vegetable oil
one container of all natural applesauce (a snack pack size)
1 large egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
zucchini, coarsely grated (about 1 cup)
3-oz dark semisweet chocolate chips
water as needed

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners, or I use a silicone muffin tray.

In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.  In the bowl mix the sugar, oil, applesauce egg, and vanilla.  Add to the flour mixture and mix, adding water until it's a nice thick, creamy consistency.  Use a rubber spatula to fold in the zucchini and chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared liners/muffin pan.  I used a 1/4 cup scoop per muffin.  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly pressed.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let the muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing them to the rack to cool completely.



And there they are!
With the plethera of veggies we're getting from the garden, I've been trying to make different things.
Since we have a slight taste of fall weather, I made a vegan chili.
Pretty much threw everything but the sink in it:
Zucchini (of course!), sweet potato, garlic, onion, jalapeno, dried chiles, celery,
corn, pinto beans, tomatoes, oregano, thyme, smoked paprika,
chili powder, cumin, corriander, pepper, a splash liquid smoke and
dashes of cinnamon & nutmeg (sounds weird, tastes good!)
I really can't remember what else I threw in, lol!!




Here's some of the veggies that came from the garden this morning.


And on a side note, I received the nicest "fan" mail on my alter-ego FB today.
Made me all happy to hear that someone enjoyed my acts and could tell that 
I put a lot of thought into my characters and back story.  YaaY


 

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Some pretty for today




Catherine Baba






Isabella Blow






Coco Chanel






Random Lady - French Street Fashion






Self-Sabotage

So, I had been doing so well,
seeing progress,
beginning to make some lofty goals...
Then the past five days, though I worked out hard and consistently,
I blew it.



Lots of beer, gin, wine...
some not so good food choices, hell, horrible choices.
Last night, I spent two hours fighting myself on ice cream.
I don't even like ice cream.
I went to the store, picked up a M&F Hers and two pints of ice cream.

For some reason, I am not wanting myself to succeed.
I really don't feel like I deserve to become what I have in my head and heart.

I've been in a bad headspace that I cannot seem to get out of.
I need to start writing in my paper journal again to purge the negativity that is festering.

I need to start trying not to dwell, dwell, dwell, 
especially on petty things that are not worth it.

I also need to re-prioritize my life.
It's time for some changes -
changes of things that can be changed.

I'll figure it out eventually.

But I have still been going to the gym!

I haven't been posting as I should, but here's today's workout and pic.



Thursday, 1 September 2011

Cooking in the kitchen and out

I have been slacking in posting.
But we did go camping.

I decided to do some different zucchini recipes yesterday.
First I made these

I made some changes to "clean" them up a little.
First I used 1c WW flour and only 1/2c unbleached all-purpose.
Next I cut the oil, sugar and chocolate chips in 1/2.
I just added water till it was of a good consistency.
I was a little worried trying that, but Husband came home while
they were still in the oven.
I tasted a broken one and thought it was tasty, but healthier is hard to pass by some folks.
He scarffed three down as I popped them from the silicone pans, so they can't be that bad!
Plus, one was missing this morning too.

Here's how mine looked.




Then with our grilled salmon, brown rice with veggies, I also made these.

I will say that I nixed the olive oil completely because I baked them on a silicone sheet.
Also, I used WW flour and bread crumbs that I made from some whole grain bread that I also had made.

I didn't take a picture, but we still have some in the fridge that I will probably reheat in the toaster oven later.

I've still been trying to be a gym rat.
I've been trying to keep the diet in check, but let's face it
I'm an imbiber.
I can give up tons, but I like to have cocktails with friends,
or around the campfire!
But, I'm doing some serious cutting back of that because,
I'm thinking more and more that I'd like to do a fitness competition in the future.
I'm thinking a fitness one because you have to have a choreographed routine with certain
exercises (?), poses and such.
Kind of like a burlesque routine, but different, lol

Anyway, here's some workout logs and the newest pic of my itty bitty bicep!